Liberalism, or progressivism, is a wide one-way road that leads to destruction.
Gas prices are high* because liberals are opposed to every practical
source of energy,*
including offshore oil drilling* and oil production in
Electricity is expensive because liberals are engaged in a war on coal.*
It's nearly impossible to run a business because of all the red tape generated by
and of course, Obamacare.
New York City has bedbugs because liberals got DDT banned in the 1970's.*
Unemployment is high because the minimum wage is too high,* and because it's
easier just to live on food stamps and "disability" checks.*
Millions of children have never met their fathers, because the welfare state rewards
Many others have been abandoned* because of the belief that
a baby is just a growth or piece of tissue that's part of a woman's body, which she can dispose of as she
pleases.* Over 54 million people have been killed (so far) because
of that kind of thinking.*
That's why the Social Security ponzi scheme is falling apart — there are fewer young workers.* Drunkenness
and gluttony are now considered diseases instead of being evidence of bad decisions, because political
correctness* has done away with stigma.*
The public schools are mass-producing dimwits who don't speak intelligible English*, can't write a coherent paragraph, don't know American history,
don't know the difference between facts and opinions, can't make change without a cash register, and can't multiply or divide without a
calculator.* They are being taught that styrofoam, oil, guns and Christianity
are bad,* but animal rights,* car
pooling* and Islam* are
good. (Don't bother to bring your lunch to school.* You can eat out of
Big Brother's hand.*) Billions of dollars are being wasted on solar
panels* and windmills,* because
of a baseless fear of "global warming"* — even though global warming
stopped, all by itself, before the end of the 20th century.*.
The goal of progressivism is the abandonment and destruction of traditions, rules, standards,
conventional wisdom, common sense and common knowledge.
This is a copyrighted original compilation, © 2015 by Andrew K. Dart
And you would already know all this, except that the so-called news media are now just producing infomercials for big
America is being destroyed from within (much like Detroit or California) by
left-wing tax-and-spend socialist Democrats, and here are the results:
Why pay high ticket prices to see a circus with no elephants?
Bros. circus plans to shut down 'Greatest Show on Earth' after 146 years. After 146 years, the curtain is coming down on "The
Greatest Show on Earth." The owner of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus told The Associated Press that the show will close
forever in May.
Bros. circus closing. The Ringling Bros. circus is closing down after more than 100 years in operation,
according to a press release from Feld Entertainment, which has owned the circus for the last 50 years. "I have made
the difficult business decision that Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey® will hold its final performances in May of this
year," CEO Kenneth Feld said. High operating costs and the decline of ticket sales "made the circus an unsustainable
business for the company," Feld said.
rights activists claim major win in Ringling Bros. closing. Animal rights activists claimed a major victory
Sunday after Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus said it would halt its show in May after 146 years. The move
came as circuses and animal-performance shows across the country have struggled with declining attendance and shifting social
pressure brought to bear by activists who argued the animals were sometimes poorly treated. Ringling Bros. and Barnum &
Bailey Circus removed elephants from its performances last May, and the company said ticket sales then dropped drastically.
couple hired to co-pastor D.C. church. A historic church in the heart of the nation's capital has hired a
married lesbian couple as co-pastors. Calvary Baptist Church in northwest D.C. announced the hiring of Sally Sarratt
and Maria Swearingen on Jan. 8 during morning worship, where they were approved by the congregation. "We have found it so
easy to fall in love with Calvary and its longstanding commitment to be a voice of justice and compassion for those who perpetually
find the wholeness of their humanity disregarded and maligned," the pastors said in a press release issued by the church.
Jersey City is 'Queerest City in America'.
Step aside New York, San Francisco and Miami: Jersey City, New Jersey, has been given the title of the "Queerest City in America."
Campaign's municipal equality index, according to "The Advocate," the oldest and largest LGBT publication in the nation.
hate crime a microcosm of 'collapsing of civil society' under President Community Organizer. Thursday evening [1/5/2017]
on "The Mark Levin Show," Conservative Review's editor in chief addressed the "absolute, horrific inhumanity" of the racist torture
attack on a developmentally disabled man in Chicago, stating it is but the latest example of the "collapsing of the civil society" in
Chicago and other communities under Democratic policies.
Mission Accomplished: Blacks Torturing Whites. While some on the left claim to be upset, this is exactly the hate and violence
they hope to generate throughout Trump's entire presidency. A farmer does not plant corn and then act surprised when stalks of corn begin to
grow. The left has been planting seeds of racial hate and division ever since white America elected Obama. Why? Because the left
needed to be able to scream "racism" whenever anyone opposed Obama (their Trojan Horse) implementing their far-left-radical socialist/progressive
Still a Mad, Mad California. Abstract idealism on behalf of the distant is a powerful psychological narcotic that allows caring progressives
to dull the guilt they feel about their own privilege and riches. Nowhere is this paradox truer than in California, a dysfunctional natural paradise
in which a group of coastal and governing magnificoes virtue-signal from the world's most exclusive and beautiful enclaves. The state is
currently experiencing another perfect storm of increased crime, decreased incarceration, still ongoing illegal immigration, and record poverty.
All that is energized by a strapped middle class that is still fleeing the overregulated and overtaxed state, while the arriving poor take their places
in hopes of generous entitlements, jobs servicing the elite, and government employment.
Liberals Awake From an 8-Year
Moral Coma. For eight years, the voices of what passes for morality on the left were utterly silent as the values of generations of Americans
were flushed down the drain. Those Americans whose desires, experiences and values differed from the leftist elite were treated as worthless garbage,
no longer necessary to the imminent liberal utopia, except as a source of revenue. Christianity was treated like a virus to be extinguished, or
revised and controlled to accommodate leftist ideology. Speech that offended the shameless was branded as hateful, and those daring to openly
object to the onslaught of vice and immorality were falsely smeared with every vile epithet the liberals could conjure.
Driver's Licenses to Illegal Aliens Makes Illegal Voting a Real Possibility. A December 28 report in San Jose’s Mercury News noted
that two years after the implementation of AB 60, a controversial law allowing illegal aliens to obtain driver's licenses in California, an estimated 806,000
illegal residents have received driver’s licenses, according to the latest Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) statistics. However, the fallout from that law
is even worse than allowing more than four-fifths of a million illegal aliens on the road. On October 10, 2015, Governor Jerry Brown signed Assembly Bill
1461, the New Motor Voter Act, which will automatically register people to vote through the DMV, and could result in illegal aliens voting.
Latest Desperate Fad: Dropping F-Bombs. The other day, I happened to click on to Amazon and read their
top 100 best-selling books for that hour. As I read the list, I was shocked to note — fully understanding
that as a conservative, time has passed me by — that 5 of the top 100 books had the f-word in the title. [...]
Book publishing is a business, and I get that as much as anyone. Unfortunately, it's also a bit of a dying business in
search of a new business model or fad which will sell copies or downloads while preventing bankruptcies.
illness tied to marijuana use on the rise in states with legal weed. For more than two years, Lance Crowder was
having severe abdominal pain and vomiting, and no local doctor could figure out why. Finally, an emergency room
physician in Indianapolis had an idea. "The first question he asked was if I was taking hot showers to find relief.
When he asked me that question, I basically fell into tears because I knew he had an answer," Crowder said. The answer
was cannabinoid hyperemesis syndrome, or CHS. It's caused by heavy, long-term use of various forms of marijuana.
Vast Cognitive Gulf between the Left and the Right. Everyone knows it is the self-appointed morally superior Left that is behind the
tyrannies of multiculturalism, political correctness, a genderless society, man-made global warming, the promotion of homosexuality and gay marriage,
the crusade against all religions but Isalm, the most violent and intolerant faith on the planet.
to Democrats: The rules have changed. After decades of indoctrination in the public schools and
universities, a population of newly minted liberals has filled the big cities and the coasts, feeling entitled to win
elections, even when they don't vote. Merely disagreeing with them incites them to anger, sometimes to violence.
Thus, they rarely if ever hear what we conservatives have to say. They vilify middle America. If you respect
unborn life, they label you a woman-hater. If you weary of your child's school being overcrowded with illegal (and
illiterate) aliens, they call you a hater. If you lose your job to a foreigner, they regard you as an angry white bigot.
Keywords: tantrum, petty, paroxysm, huffy.
Free therapy because Trump won?
According to the New York Post, Mayor Bill de Blasio is creating a citywide safe space for New York City's municipal workers and offering them psychotherapy
sessions to deal with the results of the presidential election. Taken literally (and we should), the mayor is telling citizens of New York City that
they should indulge any potential weakness inside them that makes them believe they can't deal with the results of American democracy when the results
don't go their way — that they're easily injured, inherently weak and don't have the personal fortitude to keep fighting for what they believe in.
See, there are politicians who will use any occasion to coax people into dependency on the state — whether for food, shelter, the raising of their
children or hand-holding — when anything in life doesn't go their way.
has the Highest Black Unemployment Rate in the Country. Illinois has maintained the horrible distinction of
having the nation's highest black unemployment rate for the 15th month in a row, according to a new analysis from the
Economic Policy Institute, or EPI. Illinois' black unemployment rate is 14.2 percent, compared to the next highest state,
Pennsylvania, at 11.8 percent. Illinois' slow economic growth and weak industrial job creation, along with heavy
regulations on occupational licensing and poor school options for many minority children have had a pronounced effect on
black job opportunities. Ironically, for almost the same duration of time that Illinois has had the highest black
unemployment rate, Illinois' Democratic legislative leaders have insisted economic reforms are unnecessary for Illinois'
economy, putting them at odds with Gov. Bruce Rauner.
Election Saves Us From the Evil Party. When health care and higher education and food and housing are "free"
for so many, the cost borne by those who have the misfortune to be productive members of society (or, even more immorally, by
our children), the economy struggles along with little growth or opportunity. Indeed, Barack Obama will likely be the
first president since the Great Depression not to preside over a single year with at least 3 percent GDP growth.
and violent Chicago removes remaining Trump street signs. Chicago's bonds are rated as junk. So far over
700 people have been murdered this year — far more than in Los Angeles and New York, which are much more
populous. Last year Chicago taxpayers were punished with the city's largest tax hike in history — to pay
for underfunded municipal worker pensions. But city officials are have other priorities.
the Democrats Can't Stop Calling the GOP Racists. Democrats don't debate Trump on the issues, because their
agenda is a turn-off. Under the leadership of Alinskyite Barack Obama, the Democratic Party has degenerated from
liberalism to progressivism. It has not been pretty. A focus on preferential treatment for blacks has given way
to a war on cops. Caring about Hispanic Americans suddenly means America shouldn't have borders and should have
sanctuary for rapists and killers — as long as they are here illegally. Browbeating college kids by
empowerring feminists and black activists with Title IX money has turned college campuses against freedom of thought and
speech. Women's issues have bizarrely turned into a war on masculinity. Gay rights has morphed into men in
women's bathrooms. Pro-choice turned into third-trimester infanticide and lawsuits against the Little Sisters of the
Poor. Physical violence against Republicans is encouraged by President Obama and Clinton under the euphemism 'protest.'
Trump the Left's National Tantrum. The left's national tantrum over the Trump victory, evidenced by freeway blockages,
street riots, internet rants, harassment of members of the Electoral College, and tasteless displays of moral superiority from the
Hollywood elite, is appalling. In traditional America, such petulant conduct does not find itself bleeding out so profusely
among grown people because it is trained out of youngsters by parents who discipline their kids for throwing fits in the candy store
after Mommy hasn't bought them an extra gumball. Unfortunately, the modern left is populated with legions of adult brats who
were raised without such disciplinary boundaries while concurrently having been coddled with participation trophies, self-esteem
awards, and Ritalin.
Chance to Fix American Higher Education. The culture on college campuses has descended to the point that some now refer to them
as institutions of lower learning. Hook-up culture, rape, STDs, drugs, and alcohol abuse are just the tip of this disastrous iceberg.
Below that lies a rejection of widely accepted moral values, dismissal of the noble traditions of Western Civilization and regular, unrepentant
violation of the standard rules of human discourse, logic, and reasonable disagreement. Wreckage is the result. The refusal of
academics to tolerate different points of view (or even recognize that there are other points of view) undermines their own professed
obsession with "inclusion" and "diversity" to the point of absurd hypocrisy.
Tyranny in Trump's Crosshairs. We have a VA that purposely lets vets die without medical care. We have an
EPA at war with the energy industry. The Department of Education threatens public schools with loss of federal funds
and mandates progressive lies about American history, teaching generations of schoolchildren to be ashamed of America and
ignorant of our Constitution and our forefathers. Universities are forced by the DOJ to hire feminist and racialist
thought police under an Obama bureaucrat's interpretation of the Civil Rights Act. We have an IRS that has a political
enemies list its employees punish at the behest of Democrats. Homeland Security and FBI are under a gag order that
forbids them to use the term jihad or Islamic extremism. Everywhere we look, regulations are strangling
business, intruding into the personal lives and property rights of ordinary citizens.
Filth, Courtesy of Hollywood. The corruption of American culture is evident in many ways, but few markers are
more telling than the way Hollywood entertains us at Christmastime. It was 70 years ago when "It's a Wonderful Life"
was released. NBC describes it as "a holiday classic and remains the movie people associate with Christmas more than
any other. Frank Capra's definitive film is a tearjerker that proves that, even in our darkest hours, the human spirit
can and will rise triumphant." Today, we are being treated to obscene lyrics, raw sex, misogyny, and violence. Not
one of the four Christmas-themed films released this season is worthy of being described as a family movie. There are
no guardian angels directing the lead characters to consider how the world would be without them; no triumph of self-sacrifice;
no statement against greed; no childhood sweetheart to marry; no inspiration of any sort. Just filth.
Blacks and Politicians.
Using 2012 data from the FBI Uniform Crime Reporting Program, Law Street Media offers some sobering statistics in an article
titled "Crime in America: Top 10 Most Dangerous Cities Over 200,000". The nation's most dangerous big cities are
Detroit, Oakland, St. Louis, Memphis, Stockton, Birmingham, Baltimore, Cleveland, Atlanta and Milwaukee. The most
common characteristic of these cities is that they have predominantly black populations. Another common characteristic
is that for decades, all of them have been run by Democratic and presumably liberal administrations. Some
cities — such as Detroit, Buffalo, Newark and Philadelphia — haven't elected a Republican mayor
for more than a half-century.
Era Is Over. Obama and his supporters loved talking about history. His victory was historic. They
were on the right side of history. History was an inevitable arc that bent their way. The tidal force of
demographics had made the old America irrelevant. Any progressive policy agenda was now possible because we were no
longer America. We Were Obamerica. A hip, happening place full of smiling gay couples, Muslim women in hijabs and
transgender actors. We were all going to live in a New York City coffee house and work at Green Jobs and live in the
post-national future. The past was gone. We were falling into the gorgeous wonderful future of dot com instant
deliveries and outsourced everything. We would become more tolerant and guilty. The future was Amazon and
Disney. It was hot and cold running social justice. The Bill of Rights was done. Ending the First and
Second Amendments was just a clever campaign away. Narratives on news sites drove everything. Presidents were
elected by Saturday Night Live skits.
Murder of Cops Via
Ambush Up 167% This Year. This won't get any better while the media continues to refer to rioters as
protesters, or said rioters aren't arrested for fear of of a public outcry. If cops remain skittish about doing their
jobs when dealing with criminals (which rioters most definitely are) where does that leave the law abiding citizens?
How long before everyone is at the mercy of the lawless?
All the Queen's Men. [Scroll
down] Lest we forget: It was at a Manhattan LGBT Gala in September where Hillary Clinton proclaimed half of her opponent's supporters
to be a basket of deplorables — a declaration met with resounding cheers from those whose lives stand for anti-complementary, anti-conjugal
marriage. Beyond that, these are the urbane pro-motherlessness and pro-fatherlessness elites. Progressive elites — especially the males
among them — are untroubled by motherlessness and fatherlessness. This would have been horrifying ten years ago. Today it is a badge of
sophistication. More troubling, it is an act of compliance with our new laws. In the religion of the sexual revolution, adult access to
sexual pleasure trumps everything else, including the best interests of children. And leading the charge to destroy the American family and
faith — dragging us deeper into the dark pit of chaos of the sexual revolution — are all the Queen's men. Why are we deplorable to them?
Because we strive to maintain a degree of self control over our appetites. And more than that, we have a conscience, especially concerning the
loving care of children, and they have none. They cannot bear our presence.
Bright Shining Lies. We conservatives and Alt-Right deplorables are acutely aware of the appalling corruption
of the Clintons, from the pay-to-play Clinton Foundation money laundering scheme to the tens of thousands of deleted emails,
and from the anti-Islam video as pretext for a riot in Benghazi, Libya to the trail of mysterious deaths of dozens of people
who ran afoul of the Clintons. But the most effective lies in Hillary's arsenal, the ones that could get her over the
top and into the White House, may be the most conventional ones that are hiding in plain sight, the ones that are not
criminally prosecutable; the platitudes and pejoratives that simply capitalize on the economic ignorance of the American
people, thanks to fifty or more years of progressive dominance of our education system, and the transformation of our
society away from business ownership and toward corporate or government employment.
Baby With 3 Parents Has Been Born. These Are the Dangers. The first baby with three parents has been born
this year, raising troubling questions about our culture's dedication to human dignity. The U.S. Constitution is
predicated on the principle of the inherent worth and dignity of the human individual. Fundamental rights do not depend
on any other fact than that each of us is a unique human being. Thus, any proposed legal action or scientific endeavor
is subordinate to those rights. Often, however, we find that proposed scientific "advances" — particularly
in areas like genetic engineering — trample on the rights and dignity of the individual.
Dangers of Hillary Clinton. The dangers of a Hillary Clinton presidency are more familiar than Trump's
authoritarian unknowns, because we live with them in our politics already. They're the dangers of elite groupthink, of
Beltway power worship, of a cult of presidential action in the service of dubious ideals. They're the dangers of a
recklessness and radicalism that doesn't recognize itself as either, because it's convinced that if an idea is mainstream and
commonplace among the great and good then it cannot possibly be folly. Almost every crisis that has come upon the West
in the last 15 years has its roots in this establishmentarian type of folly.
hit record high: More Americans than ever are catching chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis, CDC warns.
Infections from three sexually spread diseases have hit another record high.
An Establishment in Panic. [Scroll down]
Establishment panic is traceable to another fear: Its ideology, its political religion, is seen by growing millions as a golden calf, a
20th-century god that has failed. Trump is "talking down our democracy," said a shocked Clinton. After having expunged Christianity
from our public life and public square, our establishment installed "democracy" as the new deity, at whose altars we should all worship.
And so our schools began to teach.
and the fundamental legal premise of tyranny. [Scroll down] "Disappointing" is a word we use to describe a result that might realistically
have turned out otherwise. Watching your favorite baseball team being eliminated from the playoffs is disappointing. Finding out the new
owners of your favorite restaurant have changed the recipes is disappointing. But watching a glorious seven-hundred-year historical arc
exhausting itself at last; seeing the immense intellectual achievements of philosophers and artists from Aquinas and Dante to Locke and Swift
being snuffed out in favor of neo-Marxist critical theory and the nihilistic, infantilizing vulgarity of our popular entertainment; and observing
in real time the final outcome of the civilized world's two-hundred-year submersion in the moral quicksand of government-controlled child-rearing
(i.e., public school), is not "disappointing." It is revelatory. What has been revealed is that this age has tempted fate too long.
'Ironic That The Democrat Party Wants to Throw Down the Morality Card'. The release of an 11-year-old videotape
in which Donald Trump speaks in vulgar terms about trying to seduce women has prompted outrage among Democrats, some
Republicans, and the liberal media, but it's hard to believe they're really offended, Rush Limbaugh said on Monday
[10/10/2016]. "You know, I find it ironic that the Democrat Party wants to throw down the morality card. The
Democrat Party, which is responsible for the dissolution of morality in this country. The Democrat Party, which is for
all these progressive new attitudes in our culture, and now all of a sudden acting like a bunch of prudes, [...]"
The sudden onset of Victorian vapors among the liberal intelligentsia and political class at the revelation of Trump's
locker-room talk is part and parcel of the Left's hypocrisy when it comes to feminism and sexual liberation. [...] But the
feminists can't have it both ways: declaring that women should be equal to men in all things and then still demand a
chivalric deference to female's delicate sensibilities. Either women are the same as men or they're not. It is
particularly galling to see the selective resurrection of Victorian values from the same crowd that has been pushing
transgender locker rooms on the world, in an effort to destroy the last shred of girls' innate sexual modesty.
Core Update: Feelings are More Important than Accuracy in Math Answers. "Any emotion, feeling, statement, or catchphrase is an acceptable answer
to most of the problems in the new mathematics standards," a Common Core representative informed interested media outlets. "As long as students are being sincere,
genuine, authentic, and true to themselves at the time they are answering the question, that's all we can ask as educators." "Who are we to tell anyone that their
own mathematical truth is wrong?" the Common Core representative added. The Babylon Bee reports that these same touch-feely standards will be added into the Common
Core standards set for history, biology, and chemistry. English literature teachers apparently are already able to take the students' feelings into account when it comes
to filling out report cards.
Day and what Native Americans really need. The two million Indians in this country are the poorest racial
group. They have higher rates of gang violence than blacks or Hispanics. Indian women are raped at 2.5 times the
national average. Indian children are abused at twice the national average. And suicide is the leading cause of
death for American Indian boys aged 10-14. [... But] the reason that American Indians are where they are today is not because
of events that occurred 500 years ago or even a century ago. It is because of policies perpetrated in Washington
today. American Indians are poor because people who live on reservation don't have property rights. Their land is
held in trust by the federal government — which means they cannot buy it or sell it or develop it as they wish.
They can't even get a mortgage to buy a home, which is why reservations that have hundreds of millions of acres also have housing
shortages and why people are stuffed into overcrowded trailers. Indian reservations contain almost 30 percent of the
nation's coal reserves west of the Mississippi, 50 percent of potential uranium reserves, and 20 percent of known oil
and gas reserves. Those resources are estimated to be worth nearly $1.5 trillion. But the vast majority of
Indian lands with natural resources remain undeveloped because of federal regulations. In fact, just about every aspect
of the lives of people on reservations is micromanaged by the 9,000 employees at the Bureau of Indian Affairs.
High School After 100 Years. In 1899, when it was called "the M Street School," a test was given in Washington's
four academic public high schools, three white and one black. The black high school scored higher than two of the three white
high schools. Today, it would be considered Utopian even to set that as a goal, much less expect to see it happen. The
M Street School had neither of two so-called "prerequisites" for quality education. There was no "diversity." It
was an all-black school from its beginning, and on through its life as a high quality institution under the name Dunbar High School.
But its days as a high quality institution ended abruptly in the middle of the 1950s. After that, it became just another failing
Sun Is Setting on America as Founded. The authoritarian/socialist mindset most often identified with the Left
is now overwhelmingly dominant in the United States of 2016. The acceptance of a powerful central government and its
attendant governing class dictating to all Americans what they can and cannot do has become the norm. Beginning in the
1930's, but in earnest over the past five decades, a socialist Democratic Party, media/entertainment complex, and education
establishment has effectively conditioned a majority of Americans to look to the government as the source of salvation, opportunity
and rescue in times of difficulty. Thus, there now exists a permanent ruling class or oligarchy in charge of all the levers
of power in the government, including the Judiciary, and in a majority of all societal and educational institutions.
Carolina University: Future protests of national anthem 'will not be tolerated'. East Carolina University
said members of its marching band will not be allowed to kneel during the national anthem moving forward, after a protest
during Saturday's [10/1/2016] game against the University of Central Florida was met with boos. At least 19 members of
the Marching Pirates took a knee while playing "The Star-Spangled Banner" in Greenville Saturday night.
The Editor says...
Public school students are pumped full of anti-American propaganda in class,
so the protests could have been anticipated. If the schools teach anything at all, they should teach young people to
do their jobs without offering any unsolicited opinions. In this case, just play the clarinet and march in sync with everybody
else. After you graduate with a worthless degree, just bring my lunch out to table 17 without spitting in it.
sneers at cowboys. Is that allowed in America? Was there ever a politician with a worse tin ear than
Hillary Clinton? [...] "It is outrageous," Clinton incanted [10/3/2016], "that eight years after a cowboy culture on Wall
Street wrecked our economy, we are still seeing powerful bankers playing fast and loose with the law." Actually, wasn't
the economy wrecked by government busybodies such as former Rep. Barney Frank, D-Mass., insisting that people with no
money, no credit and no chance of repaying loans should become homeowners?
and Potty-mouths in Paradise. Studies mentioned in my first column show that pot is a good recipe for poverty,
poor education, brain abnormalities, pot-related traffic accidents and emergency room visits for toddlers who've accidentally
Venezuela New Food Police Unit Targeting People For Waiting In Supermarket Lines. Venezuelans continue to fight
for survival, as the nation's socialist experiment has all but collapsed. Looting is commonplace. Hunger is
rampant, with Venezuelans of every economic class eating out of garbage cans for sustenance. And a medical system that
is so starved of supplies, like soap and gloves, that newborns are reportedly being put in cardboard boxes in maternity
wards. That's coupled with the spikes in infant deaths that began when the country started to falter. The energy
shortages haven't helped either. The rapid inflation has rendered the nation's currency worthless, there's no real
domestic food production, and all of this has led to empty shelves at supermarkets.
Is Destroying America. How is it that eight years after Obama promised a post-racial America and fifty-two
years after the Civil Rights Act was passed, Americans are more divided by race than ever before? It is certainly not
for lack of resources being thrown at the problem. American universities have Black Studies Departments, corporations
have diversity trainers and racial staffing quotas and the mainstream media covers race issues constantly. Despite all
of this, the divisions keep worsening. This trend is not being driven by white prejudice. It is being driven by
ideology. The reason race relations in America continue to deteriorate is the cultural Marxist philosophies being
taught relentlessly in schools and colleges across the nation.
"Candy" Holt Moderates a Completely Useless Debate. Nobody Won. America Lost. [Scroll down]
And the 1972 Justice Department suit against hundreds of Apartment owners was the beginnings of the whole "redlining" debacle
that actually caused the housing crisis that crashed the economy in 2008. And guess who played a big role in that crisis in
the 1980's? Tim Kaine, Hillary's running mate. And while Hillary blamed Reagan's "Trickle Down" economics for the
housing market crash (???) it was actually people like Tim Kaine. Redlining, in case you don't know, was the term used
to "prove" banks were practicing racial discrimination in lending by comparing the number of declined mortgage applications
in poor areas to those in wealthy areas. It seems that poor people were turned down more often than more affluent
individuals. And since the population in poor areas was heavily black and in wealthy areas heavily white, it must be
racism. Because poor people are just as good a borrower as wealthy, if you don't consider income. This was nothing
more than a case of banks turning down poor credit risks and loaning to good credit risks. There was no racism involved.
Meddling Is Killing Affordable Housing In Seattle. A few years ago, Seattle saw a boom in what is called
"congregate housing." Basically, this is the modern-day equivalent of boardinghouses, with tiny rooms — as small
as 175 square feet — that include a bathroom and kitchenette, plus some common areas for residents to gather.
This is part of the trend in Seattle and elsewhere toward micro-housing: very small but affordable living spaces in trendy
neighborhoods that appeal mainly to young people.
left Venezuela a 'walking dead' nation. Here's socialism at its finest: Venezuela is now forced to import
oil from the United States, the devil in the eyes of the regime. Yes, the South American energy powerhouse is still
pumping 2.4 million barrels a day on its own — but that's a million barrels below the level before Hugo Chavez
took over in 1999, and down 350,000 barrels from just last year. Worse, production in key fields has reduced the state
to buying 50,000 barrels a day of US light crude to blend with the domestic petroleum for a product fit for export.
Under Chavez and his successor, Nicolás Maduro, the government nationalized key petro companies — then
failed to invest in basic maintenance, instead spending the cash on buying popularity.
Many things that are supposed to help blacks actually have a track record of making things worse. Minimum
wage laws have had a devastating effect in making black teenage unemployment several times higher than it once was.
Hours of Terror: Just Another Weekend in Leftist-run America. We live in a country run by people who tell
us that if a man puts on a dress and says he's a woman we are supposed to take him at his word. But, if a man goes on a
murderous rampage in the name of Allah, and ISIS claims responsibility, we shouldn't draw conclusions. The weak and
ridiculous position in which we find ourselves did not happen on its own. Americans elected this band of leftist fools
who have zero aptitude for dealing with terrorism.
'Now, the Cars are Made in Mexico and You Can't Drink the Water in Flint'. During Donald Trump's visit to
Flint, Michigan on Wednesday [9/14/2016], the Republican nominee commented on how the automobile manufacturing industry has
moved to Mexico — impacting trade — and how people in Flint can't drink the water, much like the water
What Can Discrimination
Explain? According to the National Assessment of Educational Progress, sometimes referred to as The Nation's
Report Card, nationally, the average black 12th-grader's test scores are either basic or below basic in reading, writing,
math and science. "Below basic" is the score received when a student is unable to demonstrate even partial mastery of
knowledge and skills fundamental for proficient work at his grade level. "Basic" indicates only partial mastery.
Put another way, the average black 12th-grader has the academic achievement level of the average white seventh- or
eighth-grader. In some cities, there's even a larger achievement gap. Is this a result of racial discrimination?
Hardly. The cities where black academic achievement is the lowest are the very cities where Democrats have been in charge
for decades and where blacks have been mayors, city councilors, superintendents, school principals and teachers. Plus,
these cities have large educational budgets.
fleeing New York in droves. Taxpaying New Yorkers are leaving in droves for other states, according to a new
study. In 2014, 126,000 New York tax filers fled to other places in the United States — more than from any
other state, according to the study posted on newgeography.com by two demographers. The Empire State also lost the most
"high earners," who reported incomes of more than $200,000 a year.
Dragon Comes With a Suitcase. The Era of Hope and Change has been one prolonged act of suicide. If anyone
had said that Obama would manage to alienate Israel and the Philippines, lose Turkey, pay Iran a hundred billion dollars,
preside over the loss of a won war in Afghanistan, lose billions of dollars in military equipment to ISIS, watch a consulate
burn, restart the Cold War with Russia, cause Japan to re-arm and go the knife's edge with China would you have believed it?
If someone had told you in 2008 millions of refugees would be heading for Europe and that the UK would leave the EU after
Obama went there to campaign for them to remain would you not have laughed? He promised "smart diplomacy" and the
restoration of American prestige in the world. How did it come to this?
laboring under delusions. [Scroll down] Four years ago, Democrats passed legislation allowing home day
care centers — mainly women-owned — to join a union if they accepted one child on a state
voucher. Large day care centers have lobbyists, so they were exempt from this thuggery. The Democrats insisted
the union could negotiate a better reimbursement rate for state vouchers. But the Legislature could have just voted to
increase the voucher amounts instead of this forced unionization. Is that pro-worker? Is that pro-women? A
strong economy creates a demand for employees which naturally increases wages and benefits. Democrats have to turn to
artificial, harmful means because their policies naturally dampen the economy.
Democrats Own the Ills of the Inner Cities. [Scroll down] In her eight years in the U.S. House of
Representatives Ms. [Marcia] Fudge has not improved the situation of her District-11 constituents. Incredibly, it is
possible that she does not recognize what is important to the people she represents. On July 15, 2015 Fudge was quoted
by Sabrina Eaton, Northeast Ohio Media Group Washington Correspondent, as saying that the issues that "matter to people in my
district... [are] income equality, women's rights and universal voter registration." The anecdotal evidence and the
statistics collected by Dr. Goldstein tell a completely different story: the issues that matter to the people in her
and Fudge's district are a lack of jobs, leading to poverty and the inability to feed their families, along with the whole
litany of social ills outlined above. They are also concerned about providing a quality education for their children,
and are overwhelmingly in favor of school choice.
affordable US cities revealed. A report has revealed the wildly varying salaries needed to buy a home in
different parts of the US. Loan site HSH.com analyzed what salary families would require to snap up a property across 27
metro areas in the country. The report assumed a buyer's down payment was 20 percent and used the lending standard
that a monthly home payment should not be more than 28 percent of income.
Mayor Of Bankrupt City Denounces Critics As Racists. The Democratic mayor of Petersburg, Va., has denounced all
critics of his leadership as racist Republicans in a bizarre email replete with many grammatical errors. Petersburg, a
city of just 32,000 people, is battling severe budgetary issues. It has an expected budget deficit of $12 million and
over $19 million in unpaid bills. The city is even in danger of losing its garbage pick-up service because of missed
payments to the Central Virginia Waste Management Authority.
Worst Cities For Poverty All Have One Thing In Common. Each of these places has been Democratic for many
decades, some even longer. And what do each of these places have in common? That's right, they're all run by
Democrats. Big government, high taxes, lots of regulation, and plenty of welfare and poverty. Yep, that's
Democratville for ya.
The Democrats Turned Milwaukee Into a Cesspool. [Scroll down] And indeed, wherever we look —
Atlanta, Camden, Newark, St. Louis, Chicago, Flint, Detroit, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Washington — we see
one-party cities that are crumbling testaments to the awesome power of bad ideas. Specifically, Trump referenced "the
situation right here in Milwaukee, a city run by Democrats for decade after decade," citing its high rates of homicide,
joblessness, poverty, and educational failure. But Milwaukee wasn't always like this. It was once a prosperous
metropolis with a host of thriving industries, particularly renowned for its breweries and manufacturing. Modern-day
Democrats and their leftist allies, however, snuffed out those good-ol'-days like a jackboot on a cigarette butt. Every mayor
of Milwaukee since 1960 has been a Democrat, and the one who served just prior to 1960 was Frank Paul Zeidler, an open Socialist.
the Worst President Ever, Except Maybe for Hillary. [Scroll down] Liberals scoff at our supposed sensationalism in depicting
Obama's record, but they are the ones in fantasyland — not us. Their judgment is so skewed that they wouldn't
recognize a disastrous, perennially sluggish economy if it hit them in the face — because it has. They wouldn't see
it if Islamists were waging war on the United States, because they are and they don't. They wouldn't be alarmed if the
Constitution and rule of law were under ongoing assault, because they are and they aren't. They don't care that the
nuclear family is in peril, because they favor diluting traditional and gender distinctions. And they wouldn't care
if the federal government were deliberately fostering dependency addiction among its citizenry and demonizing work, the work
ethic, productivity and business, because it is and they enable it.
Grievance: The Engine of Progressivism. Secular humanism takes a political form that regularly exploits the personal dissatisfaction
that flows from its own broken philosophy. That political form is called liberalism or progressivism — its "arc of history" set always promising
better days, delivering worse and profiting from the manufactured villains it wrongly blames. Given liberalism's elite, self-designated managerial
class is on average no more competent than the rest of us, the policy failures are unsurprising. However, the opportunistic blame shifting that
follows and its resulting strife are appalling threats to the common good. [...] We've seen this before. Communist regimes used fear to turn
citizens against each other, consolidating control by dehumanizing people. The goal was never the promised post-revolution utopia; it was just
continued revolution, for the elite who benefitted from it.
Hill: Just Because Poor Cities Are Run by Democrats, Doesn't Mean Democrats Are to Blame. On Wednesday's
[8/17/2016] CNN New Day, Chris Cuomo brought on CNN commentator, author and host of BET News Marc Lamont Hill and
former Secret Service agent and current candidate for congress in Florida Dan Bongino, to discuss Trump polling poorly with
African-Americans. While Bongino argued that democrat run cities have failed black communities, Lamont Hill claimed
that poverty and Democrat machines are connected, but that "doesn't mean" being a Democrat makes you poor. After Cuomo
brought up a new ABC News/WSJ poll that predicted only one percent of blacks would vote for Trump, he asked Bongino why Trump
was unable to make the case to blacks that their Democrat-run communities would only keep them in poverty.
County Sheriff explains the cause of Milwaukee riots: Failed Liberal Policies. Milwaukee County Sheriff
David Clarke explained on Fox Business that these riots, like we saw in Milwaukee over the weekend, are the result of "failed
liberal urban policies" that have left many of these ghettos with inescapable poverty and terrible school systems: [Video clip]
The Misinformation Age. Consumers of mass media are not seeking to be informed,
because they assume it is all nonsense. They just want to be entertained. It's probably why Trump is one nominee and Clinton is the other.
Everyone is looking forward to the brash bully tearing into the corrupt old cow. It may be awful for the country, but it will make good TV.
Reaches the End of the Road to Serfdom. A lefty correspondent who believes that I have been unfair to Senator
Bernie Sanders — specifically, that I have given insufficient attention to the "democratic" part of his so-called
democratic socialism — writes: "You should write about those millions of souls trapped in the Canadian,
Icelandic, Danish, and other democratic-socialist gulags." But, of course, there are no Canadian and Danish gulags.
Then again, Canada and Denmark are not socialist countries. This is a truth the Left, and some of the Right, insists on
refusing to learn.
news conference: Everything wrong with Democrats, encapsulated. In President Obama's news conference [8/4/2016], he was correct that so
many young people going to prison has devastated communities, but he fails to recognize that many of the policies that he and the Democrats advocate contribute
greatly to the problem. The anti-poverty Great Society programs from the 1960s contributed greatly to the breakup of families, especially minority
families. The majority of minority children are born out of wedlock, and single parenthood is the greatest indicator of who will end up in poverty
and dependent on government. Democrats generally want to expand these programs, even with their terrible results. It helps greatly to have two
parents as role models. Also, it is generally Democrats who block big box stores from building in inner cities. This takes away opportunities
for inner-city youth to start moving up the economic ladder. This causes teens and young adults to be on the street more or join gangs, and this
causes more young people to commit crimes and end up in prison. Now Democrats want to massively increase the minimum wage which, along with other
costly regulations like Obamacare, further takes away opportunities.
This is where socialism eventually leads:
Government: You Are To Leave Your Jobs For 60 Days To Work In the Fields. We all know that Venezuelan
socialism has been a total disaster. People were reportedly eating dogs, cats, and birds for sustenance. Crime
was spiking. Inflation is out of control — and there is what could only be described as gladiatorial battles
to get the most basic supplies at the supermarkets. Energy shortages have led to rolling blackouts. Toilet paper
is now a luxury item. Access to medicine has been a nightmare, with the country's entire hospital system operating in
deplorable conditions. It's so bad that some places don't have gloves or soap. Of course, many Venezuelans have
resorted to looting to survive. As for food, hunger has gripped the nation, with shocking footage of people eating from
Bernie Is a Mainstream
Democrat. At this point, people who are willing, even eager, to support a full-blown Commie are legion — and growing.
This is not surprising, given the daily onslaught of left-wing propaganda from Hollywood and the media and the relentless indoctrination in our
public schools and universities.
Voters Could Have Egg on Their Faces. Ballot measure will decide in November whether to impose unwise, harmful,
costly, and unconstitutional standards for raising a host of livestock animals.
town's water tainted by marijuana chemical, authorities say. Residents of a small Colorado town were told
Thursday not to drink, shower in or cook with their water because of evidence of THC, the intoxicating ingredient in
marijuana. The Lincoln County sheriff's office tweeted that bottled water was being brought to the community of Hugo,
about 100 miles southeast of Denver. Authorities added that there were no reports of any unusual symptoms. The
sheriff's office added that the contamination was discovered after testing brought about by "complaints", but did not
found in water of small Colorado town. The water supply for a small Colorado town in Lincoln County is tainted
with THC and residents are warned not to use it. Residents in the town of Hugo are being told to not drink, cook or
shower in it at this time, according to a tweet sent by a Lincoln County Sheriff's Office official.
Islamism Rises from
Europe's Secularism. In France, the Socialist government imposed a "secularism charter" in every school,
banning Christianity from the educational system. Municipalities have already changed the enrollment form for
schoolchildren by eliminating the words "father" and "mother", replacing them with "legal manager 1" and "legal manager 2".
It is George Orwell's "Newspeak". After two major terror attacks in 2015, France, instead of promoting a cultural "jihad" based on
Western values, responded to Islamic fundamentalism with a ridiculous "Day of Secularism" to be celebrated every 9th of
December. This narrow secularism has also prevented France from openly supporting Eastern Christians under Islamist oppression.
The Anti-Cop President.
[The 1960s] sexual revolution removed the stigma from out-of-wedlock pregnancy. An explosion of inner-city illegitimacy
ensued, with between 70 and 90 percent of black children born to single mothers, depending on the city. [...] So by the early
1990s, murders in New York, for example — mostly by young black men killing other blacks — were occurring on
average every four hours, every day. The same spirit of elite racial contrition made generous welfare payments, with virtually
no questions asked, seem like appropriate reparations for the long mistreatment of African Americans. In this way, government
ended up enabling the spread of out-of-wedlock childbearing, which the culture had legitimated. But those fatherless
welfare families proved far from ideal for raising successful, law-abiding children. What came to be called the cycle of
poverty — single parenthood, school dropout, drug use, crime, non-work, welfare dependency — went into overdrive.
Down the Left. After nearly a century, with the tacit abetting by a feckless Republican Party over the past 30
years, the Left has succeeded in breaking nearly everything in the political china shop. American society is
calculatingly in shambles as race relations, ethnic assimilation and religious freedom have been the target of exploitation
and condemnation. The economy is mired in a permanent state of malaise as capitalism has been attacked, relentlessly
vilified and hamstrung, resulting in a declining standard of living for the vast majority of citizens. A preponderance
of two generations of Americans, in an attempt to convert them into foot soldiers for the cause, have been defrauded and
deluded as they know nothing of their country's history and expect as their birthright guaranteed income and a life
President? [Scroll down] Believing that welfare payments constituted well-deserved reparations for 300
years of slavery and oppression, we New Yorkers created a come-and-get-it dole that ended up with one in eight of our
neighbors on the welfare rolls — paid for by the rest of us and resulting in a multi-generational
underclass. We entertained the foolish notion that black crime was a manly revolt against oppression — that
black criminals were only protesting against the closure of all avenues of honest advancement for their race, as well as
against the daily humiliation heaped on African-Americans. The resulting depolicing of black neighborhoods and
unwillingness of courts to punish black criminals drove crime to Hobbesian levels and turned minority neighborhoods into
killing fields, where mothers put their kids to bed in the bathtub, trying to keep them safe from stray bullets. They
would never send them out for a bottle of milk or take them into the street to learn to ride a bike.
and the Will to Power. [Scroll down] That is how vile these people are. So determined to protect their own power,
influence and affluence, they will lie, cheat, steal and blame innocent people for their own crimes. They appoint
and confirm people like James Comey and Loretta Lynch who know they must do their bidding to keep their jobs.
There is no honor in our government anymore. And that, ladies and gentlemen, is where we find ourselves at this
moment in time. We are a crippled America; crippled by the success of the Marxist left and their mission to inculcate
our youth with their doctrine of moral relativism, entitlement and antiAmericanism. Two generations of our youth
know little or nothing about the Constitution or the men and women who brought it to fruition.
California Ever Thrive Again? There was more of the same-old, same-old California news recently. Some 62 percent of
state roads have been rated poor or mediocre. There were more predications of huge cost overruns and yearly losses on high-speed
rail — before the first mile of track has been laid. One-third of Bay Area residents were polled as hoping to leave the
area soon. Such pessimism is daily fare, and for good reason. The basket of California state taxes — sales, income,
and gasoline — rates among the highest in the U.S. Yet California roads and K-12 education rank near the bottom.
After years of drought, California has not built a single new reservoir. Instead, scarce fresh aqueduct water is still being diverted
to sea. Thousands of rural central-California homes, in Dust Bowl fashion, have been abandoned because of a sinking aquifer and dry
wells. One in three American welfare recipients resides in California. Almost a quarter of the state population lives below
or near the poverty line. Yet the state's gas and electricity prices are among the nation's highest.
Denial Dies in
Dallas. The crime wave in Chicago illustrates how politicians trapped themselves in a vise of conflicting
expectations from which there is no escape. It has proved impossible to do something and its opposite simultaneously,
in this case withdraw the police and protect the community. It may prove just as impossible to require transgender
bathrooms and guarantee no sexual harassment takes place or open the borders while promising there will be no terror attacks.
School Girls Angry After Boy Is Crowned Prom Queen. Teenage girls at one New York high school are upset after
an 18-year-old boy who identifies as "nonbinary" — neither male nor female — was crowned prom queen
earlier this month. After Matthew Crisson was named prom queen of Manhattan's La Guardia High School, some of his
female classmates took to social media to complain about the fact that both the prom king and queen were boys.
The Editor says...
Take it easy, boys and girls, as the case may be. A prom queen is not really a man and probably will never be a man. A culture
that allows men to go into women's restrooms (and vice versa) can't be expected to ensure that the Prom Queen will always be a female.
workers being trained on correct transgender pronouns. Firefighters and medics will take their first "Trans 101"
course on Tuesday [6/28/2016], learning the correct way to interact with transgender people — and even getting a lesson
in what LGTBQI actually stands for, a city official said. (It stands for lesbian gay trans bisexual queer/questioning and
intersex.) The two-hour sensitivity training was launched in March by the city Commission for Human Rights after Mayor de Blasio
signed an executive order allowing people to use any public bathroom or locker room they identified with, regardless of their sexual
anatomy. The training at FDNY headquarters in Downtown Brooklyn will go over correct terminology and even how to ask for a
person's preferred pronoun.
The Editor says...
If you're trapped upside down in a wrecked car, do you want to have a conversation about pronouns before any action is taken on your behalf?
of Country's Most Lead Poisoned Cities Are Controlled by Democrats. A majority of the cities with widespread
lead poisoning in young children are run by Democrats, according to a new study published in the Journal of Pediatrics.
The six-year study, which took place from 2009 to 2015, was based on more than 5 million blood samples of children under the
age of six across the 50 states and the District of Columbia. The study found that 3 percent of children tested across
the nation had blood lead levels categorized as "high." It singled out six cities — Syracuse, Buffalo, and Poughkeepsie
in New York, York and Oil City in Pennsylvania, and Cincinnati, Ohio — as especially troubled communities where more than
14 percent of children had high levels of lead in their blood. Two thirds of those municipalities are controlled by
Democrats and have been for some time.
Quietly Reveals: Democrat-Run Blue States Have About 50% More Mass Shootings Than Red States. And what
are Democrat-run states? They're the ones with the most gun restrictions.
Outlet Accidentally Proves Blue States Have 42 Percent More Mass Shootings. Blue states have 42 percent more
mass shootings than red states after adjusting for population, according to data published by Vox, a progressive media
outlet, and examined by The Daily Caller News Foundation. Vox published its data after the Orlando terror attack last
Sunday, and it suggests that blue states, which tend to have extremely strict gun laws, are ironically much more likely to
have mass shootings than red states with less strict gun laws.
of Dog [Poop] and Sugar Taxes. As I have documented in dozens of previous articles, the depravity, decay and
degradation of West Philly cannot be overstated. It has to be seen to be believed. A once thriving neighborhood
in the 1950s now looks worse than downtown Baghdad after shock and awe. The picture below is representative of 75% of
the houses along this stretch of squalor. The occupied houses are crumbling hovels, with collapsing porch stoops,
broken windows, leaking roofs, and a generally dilapidated state of repair. The sidewalks and streets are in a similar
state of disrepair, as the City of Philadelphia doesn't [care] about this part of Philly either. The corrupt Democrat
politicians spend their dwindling cash horde on union pensions and keeping the white people in Center City and Society Hill
safe from the dregs in West Philly. The funniest part is this section of West Philly has been declared an Obama
Keystone Zone. I guess I'm missing the revitalized part.
Blasio approves bills making it easier to pee and drink in the street. Mayor de Blasio signed off Monday [6/13/2016] on
eight bills that make several quality-of-life crimes — including urinating, boozing and blasting music in public —
civil rather than criminal offenses. The new laws — known collectively as the "Criminal Justice Reform Act" —
mean people cited for the offenses will face justice in administrative hearings rather than in criminal court. Advocates claim
that will divert 100,000 cases a year from the criminal-justice system.
The Editor says...
That's one way to put it. Another way to put it is, it will let 100,000 misdemeanor offenses go unpunished every year,
which will encourage even more uncivilized behavior.
Triumph: Americans Are Broke. [Scroll down] So, we are left with a huge irony. We have low
interest rates, but clearly the kind of long-term capital investment is not common in the US economy at the present
time. Firms and entrepreneurs are investing in long-term capital overseas, but not here, given that even while
politicians such as Bernie Sanders, Donald Trump, and Hillary Clinton are decrying that fact. Of course, given the
hostility of the American Political Class to private investment and given the fact that Sanders is running a campaign based
on attacking and ultimately destroying private enterprise in the USA (with Clinton not far behind), investors are reading the
tea leaves and taking their money elsewhere, something that infuriates the Political Class.
of Non-Judgmentalism. There is a fundamental contradiction at the heart of daily American life. It's one
that undermines the role that citizen sentinels are obliged to serve in the collective effort to combat low-tech aspiring
terrorists who may be operating independent of a foreign or domestic extremist network. At once, Americans are supposed
to be vigilant and unafraid to express to authorities their fears when they believe someone is behaving abnormally and may
represent a threat. At the same time, however, society frowns on those who are perceived as judgmental. Since
social pressures to avoid being seen as hypercritical, paranoid, or — worst of all — bigoted are acute,
and the rewards for keeping an eye out for the next terrorist plot are virtually non-existent, the vigilant are often
inclined to keep their concerns to themselves.
Has Blood On Its Hands For 3 Worst Terror Attacks Since 9/11. Three of the worst terrorist attacks on American
soil since 9/11 have been overtly caused by political correctness.
• In 2009, Nidal Hassan killed 13 people
(as well as an unborn child) in an attack on Fort Hood. CBS reported that "despite significant warning signs that he was an
Islamic extremist bent on killing civilians," the FBI "was too concerned about political correctness and did not launch an
investigation" into Hassan.
• Up until this weekend, the San Bernardino attack ranked as the deadliest
display of terrorism on U.S. soil since 9/11, killing 14 people and wounding another 17. Neighbors of the
shooters in this case reported that they failed to notify authorities of suspicious activity because they didn't want to be
branded racists. The Daily Mail reported neighbors noticed the San Bernardino terrorists 'acting suspiciously but did
NOT report them for fear of racial profiling.'
• Omar Mateen, who killed 50 and wounded another 53 at
the recent shooting at an Orlando nightclub, was reported by a co-worker for 'unhinged' behavior. But their employer,
GS4 Security, "did nothing because he (Mateen) was Muslim."
and change' hard for women to find under Dems. Under President Obama's watch, over 2 million women have fallen
into poverty, according to U.S. Census data released in the fall. With an abysmal record like that, can women afford to
give the president a proverbial "third term" by electing another lefty like Clinton? The hard truth is, women have
suffered the most under progressive policies, despite being spoon fed by the DNC and compliant media that progressives are
the "party of women." The sobering facts are after 7½ years of Democrats in power, there are
57 million women over the age of 16 out of work while median income and wages have declined. The poverty rate
among single mothers (39.8 percent) is nearly double that of single fathers (22 percent).
Oregon judge allows
person to change gender from female to 'non-binary'. An Oregon judge ruled Friday [6/10/2016] that a transgender individual can legally
change their sex to "non-binary" rather than male or female in what is believed to be an unprecedented ruling. The Oregonian reported that
Multnomah County Circuit Court Judge Amy Holmes Hehn legally changed Jamie Shupe's, 52, sex from female to non-binary. [...] Shupe is an Army
veteran who retired in 2000 a sergeant first class. She began transitioning in 2013 while living in Pittsburg and knew that neither the
male or female gender label fit.
ruling changes Army vet's gender from female to nonbinary. Oregon residents can now legally identify as having
a nonbinary gender identity, according to a recent court ruling that legal experts say is the first of its kind in the
US. On Friday [6/10/2016], Judge Amy Holmes Hehn legally changed the sex of Army veteran Jamie Shupe from female to
nonbinary. Judge Hehn wrote in the ruling that Mx. Shupe's "sexual reassignment has been completed," therefore
complying with Oregon's law allowing for the change of a person's sex if a judge determines they have had surgical, hormonal,
or other treatment related to gender transition. "Oregon law has allowed for people to petition a court for a gender
change for years, but the law doesn't specify that it has to be either male or female," said civil rights attorney Lake J.
Perriguey, who filed Shupe's petition for gender change in April, to CNN. "The law just says, 'change.' Historically, people
have asked for a gender change from male to female and the other way around, but Jamie is the first to ask for the gender of 'nonbinary.'"
Rise of the New Patriarchy and Title IX. A teen boy runs, and wins, against teen girls in a high school level
competition. The winning part is not surprising. Men have some biological reasons for being physically superior
to women. Testosterone increases their muscle mass, lung capacity, and upper body strength. [...] Put this boy with
other boys and he wouldn't be competitive. He would lose — not just in state-level competitions, but in
local meets. He's slow for a boy. He runs with unfair physiological advantages against girls. The playing
field is grossly unequal.
in hot pants stirs transgender uproar at Texas BBQ joint. When it comes to eating at a barbecue joint there's
an unspoken code of conduct. You don't order salad, you don't use a fork and if you're a cross-dressing cowboy with an
affinity for stiletto heels — you don't use the ladies room. And that brings me to a story from the pages of
the Fort Worth Star-Telegram about a small-town barbecue joint that inadvertently found itself right smack in the middle of
the big debate over transgender bathrooms.
Rhode Island teens charged with groping girl in school bathroom. Both boys were arraigned on charges of
first-degree sexual assault and are being held at the Rhode Island Training School. They are not being identified
because they are juveniles.
Cowboy Told to Stay Out of Ladies' Bathroom at Texas BBQ Joint. A Texas BBQ restaurant has made their
transgender bathroom policy abundantly clear — "No Men Allowed in Women's Bathroom." A cross-dressing cowboy truck
driver has been stirring-up trouble in the Texas BBQ joint. The trucker likes to come in dressed in a skirt or hot pants and a
blouse and six-inch stilettos. The sign in the small Texas town restaurant now politely warns, "No men allowed in the women's
bathroom please." The restaurant shares the building with a Texaco service station.
A New Transvaluation.
[Scroll down] Today, the great muddled thought processes of the indoctrinated are presented with a multiplicity of
genders before them like some sumptuous buffet: a veritable feast wherein an emancipated humanity might pick and choose their
erotic flavor of the day. Mood and inclination will now trump nature as we become sexual flies of a season, owing no
quarter to God or man as our sexual identities spin like a carnival wheel — alighting on a moment's temporal
fancy. The only problem with this elitist idyll is that any man possessing a modicum of good sense knows this is a
sham. Those 31 hypothesized New York City genders are merely homosexuality's obfuscationist window dressing, and it
makes little substantial difference whether an aging decathlete parades about in a push-up bra or a pathetic wretch submits
his flesh to the horrors of surgical mutilation.
Not Fair': Transgender Student's Success in Girls Track Causes Backlash. An Alaska transgender student's
success against female runners — including capturing all-state honors — is causing a backlash among parents and her
rivals. Haines High School senior Nattaphon Wangyot, who was born male and identifies as female, took fifth place in
the Alaska high school girls 100-meter finals and third place in the 200-meter race on May 27.
The Editor says...
Of course he did well. He's not a girl. But what can the school do about the unfair competition between males and females when
they've been trying for decades to teach the kids to think of gender as an imaginary "social construct"?
When Heroes Are Villains.
We have reached peak topsy-turvy. Whatever is up is down, whatever is good is bad, and whatever you should be proud of
should bring shame. Heroes are villains in this day and age and shooting an ape that's about to kill a child needs an
explanation. If you rescue your wife from being raped, you will be arrested. If you set aside a day to
memorialize the fallen soldiers who fought for our freedom, we're going to use it to make you feel guilty about
slavery. Conversely, pedophiles deserve some respect. Archaic cultures that abuse women and gays enrich our
lives. We get mentally ill drag queens in our bathrooms and Muslims are allowed to have "women-only" time in the pool
where they wear so much burqa it changes the color of the water. If you notice this pattern and speak out you're likely
to lose your job, but the evidence is impossible to avoid. Anything straight white male is villainous and anything
non-straight white male is heroic. In the case of the husband who beat the rapist to death, he's black. However,
he was behaving in a manner that mimics the white male patriarchy of yore so he needs to be punished as such.
Message Of The San Jose Violence. Politics is now a maelstrom of baying mobs with burning tires, shattered
bottles, eggs hurled, shot-out tires, smashed in windshields, rocks hurled as cops stand around doing nothing. Nor, if
you are a Democrat, do you have a right to have your vote counted fairly — the establishment above you has named some pigs
more equal than others and created a superdelegate system that makes a mockery of voter sentiment, and enforces the status
quo. What does it add up to? A realization that democracy itself is under assault, far weaker than anyone realized.
Enable Sexual Predators to Hunt Women. A recent Daily Signal article explained why a CNN poll about letting men
use women's restrooms was flawed: the reality is, most people oppose letting men use women's restrooms. While it's an
excellent article, it implicitly buys into the liberal framing of the whole issue. While "transgender" men who are
attracted to women — as Bruce Jenner is — are a valid concern, the biggest problem with this liberal
policy is that it allows any registered sex offender to use the women's bathroom with impunity. The vast majority of
the opposition to "gender-neutral" restrooms is based on the fact that liberals believe that since gender is fluid, a man
could consider himself a woman any time he wanted to molest women. Liberals don't require a man who uses a women's
restroom to have a doctor's note; his word that at that moment he's feeling like a woman is enough.
States Are Heavily Republican, Study Finds. The ten most financially sound states in the country are all
heavily Republican, while all but one of the ten worst states are heavily Democratic. That's according to a ranking of
states in a new report from the Mercatus Center at George Mason University[.] The report — "Ranking the States
by Fiscal Condition" — used official government data to measure the states' ability to pay short-term bills and
meet longer-term obligations, such as public pensions or health care costs, using five separate measures.
We Can Learn From the Epic Economic Meltdown In Venezuela. We are watching an entire nation collapse right in
front of our eyes. As you read this article, there are severe shortages of just about anything you can imagine in
Venezuela. That includes food, toilet paper, medicine, electricity and even Coca-Cola. All over the country,
people are standing in extremely long lines for hours on end just hoping that they will be able to purchase some provisions
for their hungry families. At times when there hasn't been anything for the people that have waited in those long
lines, full-blown riots have broken out. All of this is happening even though Venezuela has not been hit by a war, a
major natural disaster, a terror attack, an EMP burst or any other type of significant "black swan" event. When debt
spirals out of control, currency manipulation goes too far and government interference reaches ridiculous extremes, this is
what can happen to an economy.
the Democratic Party Ruined Atlanta. Atlanta, Georgia has not been governed by a Republican mayor since 1879.
Most significant is the fact that the city has been led exclusively by Democrats since the 1960s and early '70s, the period when
the Democratic Party emphatically broke away from centrist liberals and fell predominantly under the sway of its far left wing,
a course which it still follows to this day. [...] Atlanta is merely one of many Democrat-run cities whose economies, school
systems, and quality-of-life indicators have been run into the ground by their political leadership. And yet, for decade
upon decade, Atlanta voters have never questioned their blind devotion to the Democratic Party.
When 98 Percent of Students Would Let Men in Women's Sports. Imagine a fairly muscular, athletic young man,
acting like a man and dressed as a man, tells you he identifies as a woman and asks you to sign a petition supporting his
effort to play on his college's women's basketball team. Your response? If you're like 49 out of 50 students
approached at the University of Maryland recently, you may sign and say "You go, (girl?)!" And, no, according to Campus
Reform's Cabot Phillips, who masqueraded as the aspiring woman, he didn't show just the eyebrow-raising responses. He
says that he asked only 50 students for support, and 49 offered it.
Crisis Is the Latest Example of Why Socialism Doesn't Work. It seems the "Socialism of the 21th Century" is
really no different from socialism from the past. Venezuela's current tragedy, simultaneously culminating in food
shortages, a crime epidemic, and an energy collapse, is the latest example of why centralized planning economy does not
work — and how it is indistinguishable from tyranny. In the South American country, even the most basic
services and products are becoming inaccessible as a result cronyism, interventionism, and a controlled prices policy.
The government now works only two days a week in order to diminish the constant electricity blackouts. The inflation
rate is the highest in the world: it is expected to be at 720 percent by the end of 2016.
for the Uninformed. While throngs of young people are cheering loudly for avowed socialist Bernie Sanders,
socialism has turned oil-rich Venezuela into a place where there are shortages of everything from toilet paper to beer, where
electricity keeps shutting down, and where there are long lines of people hoping to get food, people complaining that they
cannot feed their families. With national income going down, and prices going up under triple-digit inflation in
Venezuela, these complaints are by no means frivolous. But it is doubtful if the young people cheering for Bernie
Sanders have even heard of such things, whether in Venezuela or in other countries around the world that have turned their
economies over to politicians and bureaucrats to run.
York City decriminalizes peeing in the street, drinking alcohol out of a bag and littering. Peeing in the
street, loitering, littering, drinking alcohol out of a bagged bottle and other quality of life crimes are to be decriminalized
in New York City. Under bills expected to be signed by Mayor Bill de Blasio soon, police will no longer automatically treat
such crimes as criminal offenses, but instead serve civil summonses to pay a fine in court. But not everyone is happy.
Who is Paying for Diversity?
Two emerging professions servicing the academic community are Title IX advisors and diversity consultants. The former
show university employees how not to run afoul of the federal law which was originally intended to bar discrimination by gender
that has morphed into a cover for sexual harassment policies, whether or not evidence exists to support the charges. The
latter group of diverse professionals provides advice for university administrators wishing to remain politically correct,
and most do.
Hillary Clinton's Village.
[Scroll down] At the bottom of the barrel, public schools provide warm classrooms and decent food in the cafeteria. They are
shelters from chaotic, rough Section 8 warrens and ramshackle trailer parks. The waifs and punks come in black, white, and every other
shade, all disconnected from an economy that rewards academic skills and hard work, and few possessed of any promising attitudes or abilities.
Troublemakers flourish. The custodial village that Hillary and the Village People tirelessly defend seems to breed sloths and sociopaths,
and educational cesspools seem to be a major incubator. Clinton's Village People are foundational to the Democratic Party. They
represent liberal assumptions, policies, and programs in place for decades that have proved incorrect, futile, or worse, and that are now
complicated by rising race-based sensitivities about discipline, learning disabilities, and evaluation.
nation of Peter Pans. We have created a nation filled with too many perpetual children — Peter and Patty Pans — who were brought up
getting trophies for participating in sports, instead of winning, protected from the supposed horrors of being ranked by grades and scores and sold
corrosive message by the likes of Barack Obama and Hilary Clinton that everyone deserves every kind of support, regardless of the level of education
they have or the work they put forward. We have hobbled a generation, or two. These Peter and Patty Pans are so addicted to drugs like
Facebook and Twitter that blow up their egos and make them into fake celebrities that they can feel pretty good for a long time, even when their
lives are going pretty badly. They can live at home with their parents in Neverland and use Tinder to "hook up" sexually with a different
partner every week, or, sometimes, a different partner every night. They can watch the Kardashians and delude themselves into thinking everyone
is content to vamp for cameras, taking lots of selfies and sleepwalking through life.
York City Lets You Choose From 31 Different Gender Identities. Individuals living in New York City can choose
from a minimum of 31 different gender identities, many of which allow them to fluctuate between some version or combination
of male or female identities. Businesses that don't respect and accommodate an individual's chosen gender identity risk
incurring six-figure fines under rules implemented by the city's Commission on Human Rights.
in Detroit Hillary says Trump's policies will bankrupt America. While pandering to union members in Detroit
yesterday, Hillary Rodham Clinton claimed that the economic policies of Donald Trump will "bankrupt America." Well,
shortly after Detroit's last Republican mayor left office in 1962, liberal Democrat Jerome Cavanagh signed into law a
commuter tax and a municipal income tax. Detroit's first black mayor, Coleman Young, not only was a race-baiter he was
a onetime member of the Communist Party. His economic record made Soviet leader Leonid Brezhnev look like a Yankee
capitalist. As for Clinton's old boss, Barack Obama, federal debt has doubled since he took office.
scant California's licensed illegal immigrant drivers getting insurance. In the push to grant illegal
immigrants driver's licenses, Californians had been assured that doing so would spur them to get safety training and
insurance coverage. Nearly a year-and-a-half later, there's no evidence it worked.
Burlington College. [Scroll down]
Slightly north and east of the Windy City is a final example of leftist perfidy and incompetence for our list, which we would caution is anything but
exhaustive. You've undoubtedly heard about the Flint water crisis, which is a great example of how the Left is able to weaponized its failure in
governance; somehow Flint is Republican governor Rick Snyder's fault despite the fact every single individual responsible for subjecting the residents
to a poisoned water supply is a Democrat.
Hurdle: Finding Workers Who Can Pass a Drug Test. All over the country, employers say they see a
disturbing downside of tighter labor markets as they try to rebuild from the worst recession since the Depression: They
are struggling to find workers who can pass a pre-employment drug test. That hurdle partly stems from the growing
ubiquity of drug testing, at corporations with big human resources departments, in industries like trucking where testing is
mandated by federal law for safety reasons, and increasingly at smaller companies. But data suggest employers'
difficulties also reflect an increase in the use of drugs, especially marijuana — employers' main
gripe — and also heroin and other opioid drugs much in the news.
involving stoned drivers soared in Washington since pot was legalized. Stoned driving can be as serious a
problem as drunk driving. Fatal accidents involving stoned drivers have soared in the state of Washington since
marijuana was legalized there, according to a study from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. But it's difficult to
determine whether a high-on-pot driver is too impaired to drive, according to a separate study from the same group.
Wasn't Supposed to Work This Way. Local authorities in Pueblo, just 40 miles south of Colorado Springs, were
recently alerted by a vigilant resident to a possible illegal marijuana grow operation. Within days, on March 31,
sheriff's deputies from the Special Investigations Narcotics Section raided a single-family home that was in the process of
being converted into a "grow house." Authorities discovered 127 marijuana plants, over $100,000 in growing equipment, and two
Cuban nationals. At first, no one seemed to take particular note of the individuals, Adriel Trujillo Daniel, 28, and
Leosbel Ledesma Quintana, 41, who had recently moved to Colorado from Florida. They were arrested on felony drug charges but
local authorities initially believed it was an isolated event. But in the span of the next week and a half, local authorities
would arrest at least four more individuals in the Pueblo area in similar cases, with similar backgrounds.
pot industry descends on Florida as voters consider medical marijuana. Three thousand members of the nation's
budding legal pot industry are visiting Florida this week — and not for the beaches. "It has nothing to do
with the climate or the attractions," said Chris Walsh, editorial director of Marijuana Business Daily, a trade publication
that sponsors the twice-annual Marijuana Business Conference. "There's a lot of excitement about the Florida market."
Medical cannabis in the nation's third-largest state could open up one of the biggest markets in the world, a potential cash
cow for companies looking for innovative ways to produce the drug and a massive patient base for researchers.
The Editor says...
So-called "medical marijuana" is the key to legalizing recreational marijuana. It has little or nothing to do with
helping patients. It is about legitimizing an industry in which a lot of people
already make a lot of money.
Drivers Are Killing More and More Innocent Victims. Blake Gaston, 23, killed while riding his motorcycle in
Seattle. He played the piano, guitar, drums, wrote music, and developed websites. Elizabeth Kemble, 46, was
killed by a car while walking across the street in Portland, Ore. She previously survived three kidney transplants, and
dedicated her life to helping dialysis patients and hungry seniors. Debra Majkut, 34, mother of two, killed while
sitting on her couch with three children when a car smashed into her house. And the list goes on and on. Each
person was killed by a person high on marijuana. And it is only going to get worse, given the trend towards increased
legalization and liberalization of marijuana laws in the United States.
as Barack Obama. [Scroll down] And be warned, we trans-statuses and transgenders will have many allies in
our bonfire of the insanities. Psychologists also define something called "species dysphoria," which is when an
individual identifies as a different kind of creature. Examples of people brave enough to live as their true animal
selves may be Texas resident Wolfie Blackheart, who insists "I am a canine"; and a Norwegian woman called "Nano" who says
she's a cat. Note also, there's every bit as much scientific evidence of trans-status' and transgender's validity as
there is of trans-species' validity.
Mental Illness Taking Over America, One Bathroom at a Time. I feel as if the world around me is suffering from
some undiagnosed, contagious mental illness, and the few of us trying not to contract it are being screamed at for not
wanting to suffer, too. Yes, I'm talking about the transgender bathroom hysteria. Let's get this out of the way
right now: This is NOT about transgendered people using the restroom of their choice. To my knowledge, they've
been doing just that for years and years with no problems. The number of transgendered people is so low that the
chances that I've actually been in the bathroom at the same time as one of them are astronomically low. But if I was,
I had no idea and it doesn't bother me to think that I may have, at some point, shared a bathroom with a transgendered
person. That's not why America's mothers and fathers are up in arms.
fever: World on brink of global emergency over deadly outbreak, academics warn. Urgent action is needed
to combat a yellow fever epidemic in Africa amid signs it is turning into a global health emergency and a severe shortage of
the vaccine, academics have warned. Africa and Latin America and the danger of an outbreak in Asia, immunologist
Professor Daniel Lucey and Lawrence Gostin, a professor in global health law, called on the World Health Organisation (WHO)
to declare an emergency saying delays over Ebola had "cost lives". And they also said that because of the surge in new
infectious diseases in recent years — thought to be driven in part by climate change — the world should
now set up a permanent committee to decide how to respond as new threats emerge.
How is yellow fever transmitted? Mosquitoes.
Why are mosquitoes still around? Liberal environmentalists got DDT banned.
Gender Chaos in an XX-XY
World. We live in a country where people think it's okay for has-been rock stars to cancel concerts because of
their beliefs but it's not okay for bakers, florists and photographers to do the same. We also live in a nation
controlled by very confused people who believe it's good to reinforce the abnormal behavior of a few by altering the normal
behavior of the majority. If you ever needed a definition of insanity, well, there you go. So how did we get
here? It's pretty simple. We no longer live in a society that filters the world through the Biblical prism of
"right and wrong" or "good and evil." In the absence of moral absolutes, people tend to make issues over non-issues
and create wars defending non-victims.
To Bolivarian Socialism: Venezuela Is Now The Country With No Beer. It seems that the economic management
of Venezuela has just been able to chalk up another milestone. We might have to give them a prize of some kind for this
one: in a week or so the country is going to run out of beer. This isn't because no one wants beer, not at all.
There's been no mass outbreak of Islam or Mormonism to turn the population away from the locally highly popular drink.
It's not because people don't have the money to buy it: Polar, the local manufacturer, can sell all it is able to
make. It's not because Polar can't make money doing so either: the company makes a good profit making and selling
beer. Nope, it's purely and only because Maduro and the other Chavistas are entirely incompetent at the management of
Council finalizes bills easing penalty for peeing in the street. The City Council wants to slash maximum
sentences for littering, drinking and peeing in public as part of a plan to go easy on quality-of-life violations —
while trying to keep offenders out of criminal court altogether, The [New York] Post has learned. A series of bills quietly
finalized earlier this week calls for several city code violations to be prosecuted primarily as civil offenses, punishable by
no more than monetary fines. "We're creating a hybrid where the default will be a civil penalty," said Councilman Rory
Lancman (D-Queens), who chairs the Courts and Legal Services Committee.
The fruits of national socialism:
declares a 2-day workweek because of dire energy shortages. In a desperate attempt to save electricity,
drought-stricken Venezuela has introduced a new concept to the workplace calendar: the five-day weekend. President
Nicolás Maduro will furlough the country's public employees — who account for a third of the labor
force — for the bulk of the week, so they can sit through rolling blackouts at home rather than in the
office. "The public sector will work Monday and Tuesday, while we go through these critical and extreme weeks,"
he said on his regular presidential broadcast.
official Venezuelan work-week is now only two days long. Venezuela's government has announced enforced leave
for public sector employees three workdays a week, in a bid to tackle an electricity shortage that is causing power cuts and
protests. "There will be no work in the public sector on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, except for fundamental and
necessary tasks," Vice President Aristobulo Isturiz said on television Tuesday [4/26/2016]. It is the latest drastic
measure by the government as it grapples with an economic crisis that has left Venezuelans queuing for hours in shops to buy
What a joy it must be to be a leftist knucklehead. There's your opinion — and then there's hate. [...] You
never have to prove your point, you only have to bask in the glow of your own unassailable virtue. You never have to
explain how it is that, after decades of pure left-wing governance, Detroit is in ruins and Chicago is following after.
You never have to try to understand why, after living under your wonderful non-racist left-wing policies, black people are
deserting your cities in droves. You never have to confront the fact that after years of Feminism Triumphant, women are
killing themselves in record numbers.
Parents Sue To Get Trans Classes In Kindergarten. Parents of a 5-year-old "transgender child" have filed a
complaint against a St. Paul charter school, alleging it failed to protect him from bullying and refused to teach all
the students their preferred transgender-awareness curriculum. David and Hannah Edwards, whose child was born a boy but
now thinks he's a girl, has filed with the city's Department of Human Rights, claiming their child "wasn't able to take full
advantage of Nova's educational opportunities because of her gender identity and expression. This violated her rights."
Wonderland. In 2016 the American people are seriously discussing, and acquiescing to, the wisdom of allowing
men to freely use, under the guise of transgenderism, women's bathrooms and locker rooms. Yet at the same time much of
society is railing against a supposed rape and patriarchal culture. [...] If a Christian owner of a bakery refuses, due to
religious convictions, to participate in a gay wedding, that person is subject to fines, jail time and political
intimidation. On the other hand, if a Muslim owner of a bakery refuses to do the same that person is left alone and
afforded the right to do so solely based on their religious beliefs.
Hands Off the Ladies' Rooms.
If it concerns sex in any way, you can be sure that our culture will fixate on it and manage to defy common sense with
hyperventilating indignation. Same-sex marriage roiled the waters for decades, but now that the Supreme Court has
big-footed that question, culture warriors are prowling for new realms of transgression to embrace. So, coming soon
to a bathroom near you: transgenderism.
the Democrats Destroyed Camden. A century ago, Camden, New Jersey was a thriving model of prosperity.
Indeed, the city was home to 365 active industries that employed scores of thousands of people in companies like RCA Victor,
Campbell's Soup, and the New York Shipbuilding Company. But today, Camden is an economic and social basket case.
Virtually wherever one looks, one can readily see evidence of its decline: abandoned houses with collapsing roofs,
crumbling facades, missing or boarded-up windows, and "lawns" choked with several years worth of weeds and brambles; churches
with bullet holes in their stained glass windows; walls of buildings defaced by all manner of graffiti; the stench of sewage
pervading run-down streets and avenues; and small, melancholy shrines (often adorned with empty liquor bottles) marking the
spots where someone was once murdered. Camden has not had a Republican mayor since 1936.
Court: Schools May Not Provide Separate Bathrooms Based on Biology. On Tuesday [4/19/2016], the Fourth
Circuit Court ruled against a Virginia school district that sought to accommodate a transgender student while also protecting
the privacy rights of other students. The court concluded that Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 —
which prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex — should be interpreted as prohibiting discrimination on the
basis of gender identity, as a Department of Education letter suggested in 2015. The ruling allows a lawsuit brought
by a transgender student to proceed.
Court Favors Transgender Student in Virginia Restroom Case. Weeks after a new North Carolina law put transgender bathroom access
at the heart of the nation's culture wars, a federal appeals court in Richmond, Va., ruled on Tuesday [4/19/2016] in favor of a transgender student
who was born female and wishes to use the boys' restroom at his rural Virginia high school. Advocates for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender
people note that the ruling from the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit applies to North Carolina, where the controversial law
approved last month limits transgender people to bathrooms in government buildings, including public schools, that correspond with the gender listed
on their birth certificates.
Will Be Compelled to Agree. The rules of bigotry according to the left represent a constantly shifting
kaleidoscope of nonsense. This week, we learned that if you don't want your small daughter peeing next to a giant man
who thinks he is a woman, you are a bigot; if you are a woman who is uncomfortable with a man who thinks he is a woman
whipping out his male genitalia to urinate in front of you, you are a bigot; if you are a religious person who doesn't want
to participate in an activity you consider sinful, you are a bigot.
the Market for Fetal Body Parts, a Baby's Brain Sells for $3,340. Republicans on the special House panel
investigating the transfer of fetal tissue from aborted babies will present evidence in a hearing today that breaks down the
price per body part. With release of this evidence, Republicans say, they have enough documentation to show that
several abortion clinics and middleman procurement businesses may have violated federal law. "It is just horrifying,"
Rep. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., who leads the House's investigation of the fetal tissue industry, told The Daily
Signal. "They are putting a dollar value on these organs from these children — unborn children that have
been aborted. It is just beyond belief."
American Law Upside Down for the Transgendered. Our nation's centuries-old commitment to free speech and
religious liberty was already under threat. But it took men wanting to use women's bathrooms and vice versa for the
Left to truly show its hand, plainly and unequivocally declaring that American legal traditions should be set ablaze.
Yesterday [4/18/2016], the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights published a "Statement Condemning Recent State Laws and Pending
Proposals Targeting the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Community" — a statement motivated by new
Mississippi laws protecting religious freedom and by North Carolina's much-discussed "bathroom law. The Commission
claims that any law requiring men and women to use bathrooms that correspond to their biological sex "jeopardizes not only
the dignity, but also the actual physical safety, of transgender people whose appearances may not match societal expectations
of the sex specified on their identification documents."
Murder Provides a Lesson in Evil at the University of Texas. The evil responsible for [Haruka] Weiser's death
at 18 years old is brutal and ugly — right out of what might be called inner-city ghetto subculture with all its
violence, dysfunction, and its many children who grow up without fathers. And it is embodied in Weiser's alleged
killer: a troubled black 17-year-old named Meechaiel Criner — a ticking time bomb, as some described
him — who was the youngest of five siblings of a drug addict mother. Criner never knew his father. [...]
Criner had recently been in foster care and was attending high school, but he ran away; and like many in Texas who are
homeless (or who embrace the homeless lifestyle) he gravitated to politically liberal Austin, a Democratic mecca well-known
for its tolerant attitudes and reputation for providing easy pickings for panhandlers, drifters, and illegal immigrants.
Democrat-Run Education System Responsible for Our "Disgraceful State Of Politics". Salon is one of the main
websites to head to when you want to see what the nutter Democratic Party base really thinks. Er, feels. Every
once in a while, they unintentionally land on a real truth. In this case, how bad the education system is.
Obviously, they fail to assign blame, which lands almost entirely upon the Democratic Party. Poll after poll after
poll, article after article, protest after protest, they all show that the vast majority of teachers vote Democrat.
Sure, not all of them are the nutters creating songs about Obama and forcing students to do exercises that make them
"understand radical Islam", and aren't freaking out about water pistols and finger pistols, but, they vote Democrat.
Their unions are chock full of the more hardcore Progressives, which vote Democrat.
Determines Sex, Not Legislators. There is no doubt in my mind and I am totally convinced that our society has
gone completely mad. The lack of common sense these days just boggles my mind. When someone is born they are
either a male or a female, God decides what we are, now it seems the politicians are trying to tell us what a persons
physical sex actually is. We now have states around the country trying to pass legislation to allow restrooms to be
used by people who say they" identify" with a different biological sex then they were born to. Which means that your
10 year old daughter or granddaughter will be using the same restroom as a 40 year old man, just because
that man feels like a woman that day? Is there a person out there with half a brain that thinks that is right?
predators take advantage of transgender laws. It may not have been intended, but it was predictable. This
video spells out case after case of sexual predators entering women's locker rooms and dressing rooms and other private
places that are speedily becoming "unprivate," demanding to shower and change with them. [Video clip]
Is In The Age Of Stupidity. For me America stopped being America with the passage of Obama-Care. The
thought that the federal government can force people to buy a product would have been incomprehensible to our founders.
What will they force us to buy next? Just look at the news everyday, we see things like; laws being passed that allows
men and women to use the same restrooms and shower facilities, that's stupidity. In Colorado they hand out satanic and
atheist literature without parental consent to middle school children, that's stupidity. We have schools that will not
suspend students of color no matter what they do, because people of color get suspended more than whites. Instead of
teaching students of color how to behave, they just ignore it, that's stupidity. We have a president who believes that
global warming is a bigger threat than Muslim Terrorists, that's stupidity.
Tax Happy Vermont
Becoming A State Where Only The Rich Can Afford To Live. High taxes, heavy regulations and other policies that
depress economic growth have made Bernie Sanders' home state of Vermont a difficult place to create jobs, earn a living and
raise a family. Underscoring this is the fact that Vermont saw a net outmigration of more than 5,000 residents over the
last decade. Now Gov. Peter Shumlin (D) and state lawmakers are looking to double down on their anti-growth
policies with the state house's approval last week of another round of tax hikes of individuals, families and employers in
the Green Mountain State. The Vermont House of Representatives recently approved $48 million in higher taxes and
fees. Levies were raised on home heating oil, mutual funds, banks, drivers, and the Employer Health Assessment Tax on
businesses who don't provide health insurance for employees was hiked.
The Editor says...
I challenge you to find "outmigration" in a dictionary -- meaning a big heavy book that contains every valid English
word. The online dictionaries have it, but even there the word is hyphenated.
Muscle into the Restroom. [Scroll down] These misleading actions, words, and ideas are how the marginal
have managed to gain despotic dominance over the majority. A prime example of how the minority dominates the majority
happens when liberals foster the idea that gender fluidity determines which public restroom members of the LGBTQQIAP2S
community should have permission to use. In other words, if liberals have their way, a new level of tolerance will be
realized by sharing a public bathroom with every manner of sexually confused individual. Despite a handful of
open-minded heterosexuals, who wouldn't mind sharing a urinal cake with Chaz Bono, or tinkling while Caitlyn Jenner
eavesdrops, the goal to establish gender-neutral bathrooms will likely have to be accomplished under public duress.
vs. America 2016. Is America a better place today than it was back in 1956? Of course many Americans
living right now couldn't even imagine a world without cell phones, Facebook or cable television, but was life really so bad
back then? 60 years ago, families would actually spend time on their front porches and people would actually have
dinner with their neighbors. 60 years ago, cars were still cars, football was still football and it still meant
something to be an American. In our country today, it is considered odd to greet someone as they are walking down the
street, and if someone tries to be helpful it is usually because they want something from you. But things were very different
in the middle of the last century. Men aspired to be gentlemen and women aspired to be ladies, and nobody had ever heard of
"bling", "sexting" or "twerking". Of course life was far from perfect, but people actually had standards and they tried to
live up to them. So how did it all go so wrong?
to decide within months whether to change federal status of marijuana. The Drug Enforcement Administration says
it plans to decide within the next several months whether to change the federal status of marijuana, according to a letter
sent to lawmakers this week. Marijuana is currently classified as a Schedule I drug, alongside the likes of LSD and
heroin, which means it is deemed to have a high potential for abuse and no current accepted medical use. Rescheduling
of marijuana could open the floodgates for research on potential medical uses of the drug, a move that would be cheered by
medical marijuana advocates.
Did It Become Controversial To Keep Men Out Of The Women's Bathroom? Determining what percentage of the
population is actually transgender is very difficult. For example, would Bruce Jenner have counted before he started
dressing in women's clothes or not? But, the best estimate puts transgenders at about .3% of the population.
However, if you're talking about people who've had hormones and surgery and also dress in the opposite gender's clothes as
opposed to simply "feeling like a woman," it's most certainly lower. On the other hand, roughly 50.4% of Americans
really are women. That means there are 168 women for every transgender person in America. Even if we accept
that a transgender man dressed like a woman would be embarrassed to go into a men's bathroom, doesn't it make more sense
for him to be uncomfortable than all those women?
'illegal' and 'alien' banished from public libraries. Pro-immigration groups have successfully pressured the
United States Library of Congress to remove the words "illegal" and "alien" from materials because the words are considered
"pejorative" to people who enter the country illegally. The move will affect all U.S. libraries. Fusion
reported that the change was made in response to a group of illegal alien students at Dartmouth College: "If you visit your
local library today to research undocumented immigrants, you'll probably find the books are housed in a section with the subject
heading "illegal aliens" — a term that immigrant-rights groups say is racially charged and dehumanizing. The
nation's leading news organizations, including this one, have banned the phrase unless it's used in a quote. But soon
that's going to change, thanks to a group of undocumented students at Dartmouth College in New Hampshire."
Comes Down on Fake Service Dogs. Service animal fraud is a growing problem in dog-friendly Colorado, says [Angela]
Eaton, who has been training service dogs for 35 years. State legislators agree; the Colorado House unanimously passed
a bill on Monday that would make it a crime to misrepresent a pet as a service animal in the state. But vague service dog
guidelines and a growing acceptance of "emotional support dogs" have blurred the line between pet and working animal.
Christianity in America. The radical fringe of the sexual revolution that began in the 1960s coincided and was
parallel with the Civil Rights movement, gradually poisoning and then determining to kill outright the Christian religious
conscience that was and still is the backbone of reform in America. The radicals behind the sexual revolution substituted
in the place of Christian conscience answerable to God a militant view of self-determination that held to no god but the inner
god of human will and power. In an astonishing perversion of the Quaker idea of the inner voice of conscience answerable
to God, the inner voice of the individual human being was determined to be infallible in matters of sex and practice —
"If it feels good; do it." What any individual believed to be his or her inner voice granted unqualified authority to remold
the world according to the latest revolutionary fatwa concerning sexual freedom.
Questions Liberals Never Have to Answer. [Question #3] Why do you support legally persecuting millions of
Christians who quite correctly believe that they cannot live in accordance with their faith if they participate in a gay
wedding? Who's a worse person, a Christian cake maker who happily serves gay customers, but believes it's wrong for
her to cater a gay wedding or a gay couple that deliberately searches out a Christian cake maker who can't participate in
their wedding so they can sue her? Why should little girls be forced to share a bathroom with grown men who claim
they "feel like" women? What about their safety? What about the fact that many of them don't feel comfortable
sharing a bathroom with someone with male genitalia? Are you helping people or hurting them by falsely telling them
they can change their sex and encouraging them to mutilate themselves through surgery instead of encouraging them to get
Subsidizing Terrorists. All along, liberals have been playing with fire. Their conceit has been that they could
control the tribalism in the latest immigrant wave in the same way that firefighters think they can fight wildfires with
controlled burns. But the liberal record isn't so great. Liberals legislated monopoly rights for unions, and the unions
burned down big steel and big auto. How did that help the workers? Liberals encouraged African Americans with race quotas
and tolerance for gangs, and blacks burned down their ghettos. Liberals vowed to smash the patriarchy by devaluing marriage and
made a generation of women angry and desperate. Hey, why not encourage Muslims in their religious ghettos and no-go areas!
What could go wrong?
Schools To Let Students Choose Gender, Name And Bathroom. Michigan's State Board of Education has drafted a guidance that would
push the state's schools to allow all students, regardless of parental or doctoral input, to choose their gender, name, pronouns, and bathrooms.
Spearheaded by board president John C. Austin and signed by state superintendent Brian Whiston, the guidance informs Michigan public schools
that only the students themselves — i.e. not their parents or doctors — can determine what their individual gender identities
are. "The responsibility for determining a student's gender identity rests with the student. Outside confirmation from medical or mental
health professionals, or documentation of legal changes, is not needed," the guidance states.
Obama's collateral damage. Mr. Obama's stubborn devotion to his agenda of change reveals a closed mind with lethal
consequences. There are more than a hundred Americans who should be alive but are not, along with thousands of surviving
victims of lesser crimes, the grim result of the president's determination to keep the nation's southern border porous. He
may consider that a small price to pay for reshaping the nation to match his vision, but he's not the one who must pay.
Blasio orders city workers to allow people use NYC restrooms based on their gender identity. Mayor de Blasio
signed an executive order Monday [3/7/2016] requiring workers in city-owned buildings to let people use bathrooms based on
their gender identity, regardless of their anatomy. The executive order, which seeks to clarify existing rules issued
by the city's Commission on Human Rights, also mandates training for municipal workers on the policy, which is designed to
help 25,000 transgender New Yorkers.
from New Jersey's Bad Tax Policy. Just fifty years ago, New Jersey was like New Hampshire with no income tax and no sales
tax. It was a fast-growing and prosperous refuge for people escaping high tax burdens in New York and elsewhere. But then
a state sales tax was adopted in 1966, followed by the enactment of a state income tax in 1976. Not surprisingly, politicians used
those revenue sources to finance an orgy of new spending, to such an extent that New Jersey is now in last place in a ranking of state
fiscal conditions. And ever since new taxes were adopted, politicians have routinely and repeatedly increased the rates, diverting
ever-greater amounts of money from the state's private sector.
Is the Real Enemy. Fact 1. Obama and the hard left are deadly foreign toxins imported into the American body
politic, pumped into us by the remnants of the hard left that seemed to be defeated after 1990 due to the collapse of the Soviet Union.
[...] Fact 2. Obama, Hillary, Bernie, and their kind show us that the virus has survived in the shadows, while we have
dropped our guard. The hard left now dominates the Democrats and their one-party media. Fact 3. The hard left
here and in Europe has built a malignant power axis with jihad, which rose to global prominence with OPEC around 1970. [...]
Fact 4. Obama, Hillary, and Jarrett are in close alliance with our enemies, jihad and the hard left, after penetrating
the Democratic Party and therefore the one-party media.
out of NYC while you can. New York City is one of the worst most populous places to live in America, barely edging
out dusty hellholes like Fresno, a study of the nation's choicest urban enclaves revealed Wednesday [3/2/2016]. US News &
World Report analyzed 100 cities from the nation's largest metro areas, basing evaluations on the local job market,
affordability and quality-of-life measures that included crime, education and transit measures. New York was ranked
No. 96 — just ahead of Fresno, Stockton, Modesto and No. 100 San Juan, Puerto Rico —
largely because of the city's sky high housing prices.
Graham rips 'wicked and filthy' transgender ordinance. A state lawmaker in North Carolina is warning that the
city of Charlotte has blown privacy to "smithereens" and the speaker of the state House says there's support for a special
legislative session to correct that. The fight is over the recent vote by council members in Charlotte, where the Billy
Graham Evangelistic Association is headquartered, that will allow "people to use the bathroom of their choice." The issue
has played out in several other major venues across the U.S., most recently in Houston, where voters rejected out of hand a
lesbian mayor's imposition of the same transgender protection plan.
Man Pervs On Girls In Changing Room Because 'He's Allowed To Be There'. According to [a recent news report], a
grown man walked into a women's changing room at a public swimming pool in Seattle where a girls' swim team was
changing. Their mothers and other women in the locker room asked the man to leave, but he refused, saying that he was
allowed to be there. He didn't claim to be a trans-woman or anything like that. He just sat there and watched the
women change — though eventually he did finally leave.
Has A Chance To Improve More Than Its Water. As we drove through the north side of this flat, sprawling city,
Monica Villarreal, the pastor at Salem Lutheran Church, pointed out landmarks. There was the Lawrence E. Moon
Funeral Home, where online obituaries included a 24-year-old man who was recently gunned down in a restaurant parking
lot. There was D&H, a liquor store that neighbors only half-jokingly refer to as "death and homicide." There was
the house less than half a block from the church with the porch caving in. After a conversation in her office back at
Salem Lutheran, Villarreal handed me a parting gift: a plastic bottle filled with rust-colored water freshly drawn from the
Blocks of Ya Gotta See It to Believe It. I got frustrated Monday morning [2/29/2016] on the Schuylkill
Expressway when traffic ground to a halt just before City Line Avenue. I impulsively got off at City Line Avenue and traveled
up to Belmont Ave. I took Belmont through Fairmount Park (where dead bodies are found on a regular basis) to Girard Avenue.
After making the left on Girard, you enter a land time forgot, along with hammers, brooms, paint brushes, trash cans, marriage licenses,
school books or condoms. This stretch of West Philly makes the area around the zoo seem like paradise. The vacant, trash strewn,
weed infested lots along this decaying stretch of squalor are the highlight of the trip. There are a couple bars, nail salons, and
daycare centers (can you imagine the "care" the children receive). But for the most part it's unadulterated ghetto, with garbage
blowing along the ancient trolley tracks like sage brush in the old west.
is on the Road to Declinistan. Several years ago I began accumulating data to support the thesis that we are
living through America's decline. My premise was initially based upon my distress over the degradation and corruption of our
moral fiber. I watched Miley Cyrus twerk on stage, Janet Jackson expose her breast on national television, and near-naked
panhandlers run rampant through Times Square. On the heels of a philandering POTUS who swore to the nation, "I did not have
sexual relations with that woman" before being impeached for lying under oath and spending his retirement years with rumors of
untold numbers of affairs, I have to remind myself that I'm not living in France. Hillary standing by her man in Mao-style
pantsuits makes it easy. The legalization of marijuana and footage of people smoking across Denver made this mother of three
sick. Bob Dylan's "Everybody must get stoned" was a song from the 60's, not the law of the land. Speaking of the law,
with a Supreme Court that legislated out of thin air constitutional rights to abortion and gay marriage, we shouldn't be surprised
that our current president ignores constitutional restraints imposing everything from the destruction of the coal industry to
Gratuitous Hatred Is Destroying
Republicans — Just as It Did the Ancient Israelites. Most Republicans view this election as the last chance to save America
from becoming the opposite of what it was founded to be. The Left has been eating away at America's foundational values for nearly a
century, and it has been largely successful. Two examples: Seventy percent of college students do not believe in freedom of speech if
the speech might hurt someone's feelings, and many young Americans support a socialist for president.
N.J. had record $153.5 billion in outstanding debt last July. New Jersey faced $153.5 billion in outstanding debt obligations last
July, hitting a new record, according to a report released by state officials Friday [2/26/2016]. The cost of public employee benefits, school
construction and transportation projects drove the 6.9 percent, or $9.9 billion, increase for fiscal 2015.
30 Blocks of Democrat Governance. I've
written dozens of articles about the 30 Blocks of Squalor over the years. The 30 blocks are essentially from 69th Street to 39th Street
encompassing the wretched potholed route from unsafe Upper Darby through the killing fields of West Philly. The fine union government workers in the Streets
Department have consistently maintained Chestnut Street in a constant state of disrepair. Not that drivers notice. When there is an accident on the
Schuylkill Expressway in the morning I'm forced to run the 30 Blocks gauntlet down Chestnut Street. I've had to do it a few times in recent days.
The expletives flowed in waves as I hit four unmarked craters in the center lane.
Blasio administration mixing a toxic brew of class and racial warfare. The prospect of unanticipated destructive consequences
from a de Blasio mayoralty emerges through recent developments. They include a new campaign to close Rikers Island and a push to extend
municipal voting rights to noncitizens, including illegal immigrants. Coming on top of City Hall's efforts to handcuff police and
decriminalize low-level infractions, to incentivize welfare and homelessness, to dumb down schools and impose burdensome wage and benefit
packages on private businesses, the latest measures amount to another round of body blows against the city's social and economic fabric.
Francisco homeless crisis sparks bitter debate over the tents lining its streets. "A city of tents" — that is how a local government
official chose to describe San Francisco, fuelling a bitter divide in a city that is dealing with a mounting number of homeless people. Scott
Wiener, who is on the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, is determined to close down the tents for homeless people on the city pavements.
Homeless charities, however, say these inhabitants have nowhere else to go. In a Medium blog, Mr Wiener said: "Permitting these
encampments is neither humane nor progressive."
wants to open supervised injection facility for heroin in NY city. One upstate New York city is planning an
unconventional approach to combating a growing heroin epidemic: Letting addicts shoot up on government property under the
supervision of medical professionals. Ithaca Mayor Svante Myrick unveiled his controversial proposal to open a supervised
injection facility during an interview with The Associated Press released Monday [2/22/2016]. The facility would provide a
space for users to inject pre-purchased drugs with clean needles under the watchful eye of healthcare professionals who could, in
theory, keep them safe and direct them to addiction services.
The Editor asks...
Who provides the heroin? Is this facility strictly BYOH? If the state is providing heroin to addicts, why isn't it also
providing whiskey to drunks, or cigarettes to smokers who can't quit? If the state is providing supervisory medical professionals, why
aren't the professionals administering the dope? If somebody injects something other than heroin, and subsequently dies on the spot,
is the state liable?
Man Undressing in Women's Room Cites
Transgender Rule. The Seattle Parks and Recreation department is facing an obstacle regarding gender bathroom rules. According to
KING-TV, a man undressed in a women's locker room on February 8, citing a new state rule that allows people to choose a bathroom based on gender
identity. Seattle Parks and Recreation says a man wearing shorts entered the women's locker room at Evans Pool and took off his shirt.
Women alerted staff, who told the man to leave, but he said, "the law has changed and I have a right to be here."
Despite knowing of lead in water, EPA planned to let Flint keep drinking it into 2016. Four months after being notified about high lead levels in a
Flint home, the Environmental Protection Agency was prepared to let the city continue giving lead-contaminated water to customers until at least 2016, emails
released Friday [2/12/2016] show. Jennifer Crooks, the Michigan program manager for the EPA's Drinking Water State Revolving Fund, sent out an agenda on
June 8, 2015, for a planned call with Michigan Department of Environmental Quality officials.
Indenturing Students. Young voters should be
very cautious in accepting Bernie Sanders' idea that college should be free. Anybody who thinks this socialist-spun fantasy is a responsible plan should look at
the rising student loan debt. It is now at $1.3 trillion and is stifling the finances of young people who want to get married, buy a house, buy a car, or
pursue any other financial goals. Socialism is a millstone around the necks of America's middle class and poor. Anyone who disagrees with this should
look at how the cost of a college education has risen much faster than wages. This was only possible because student loans became a substitute for incomes.
They seemed to make college more affordable but that was not only an illusion: it was a hurtful, intentional fraud.
United States at the Point of No Return. Beginning in the late 1980's, the cognoscenti declared that expansive government
spending, globalization and free trade, combined with a comprehensive and overarching regulatory regime determined to root out so-called
corruption and inequality as well as save the planet from the over blown evils of global warming, would be the course the nation should
pursue. The result of this foolhardy and myopic scheme: [#1] In 1988 the national debt of the United States stood at
$2.6 Trillion, today it is over $19.0 Trillion — an increase of 635% (and projected to reach $29.0 Trillion
by 2026). [...] [#2] Since November of 2008 the working age population has increased by over 18 million. However, the
number of those employed has increased just 5.5 million. Meanwhile those unemployed or no longer in the work force has
ballooned by 12.4 million to a staggering total of 102 million or 40.4% of the working age population. [#3] Another
factor impacting on the economic health of the American people is immigration. In 1988 there were 16 million immigrants
(including less than a million illegal aliens) living in the United States. Today that number has skyrocketed to 42.4 million
(including an estimated 12 million illegal aliens).
workers in San Diego barred from uttering 'biased' term 'Founding Fathers'. The traditional reference to America's patriotic patriarchs is
considered gender biased, and a city manual banning the term was reinforced this week with verbal orders, according to legal watchdog group, Pacific Justice
Institute. "At a time set aside to honor American icons to whom we owe our constitutional freedoms, it is offensive and indefensible that the City of
San Diego is directing employees not to even mention the Founding Fathers," Brad Dacus, president of the Pacific Justice Institute, said in a statement
provided to FoxNews.com. The warning against referring to Washington, Jefferson, Adams and company as "Founding Fathers" first appeared in a section
of a city-issued manual titled, "Bias-Free Language."
Peasant King of Crass Leads the Field. [Scroll down] It is the vulgarization of American politics. The
GOP's open embrace of Trump, much like the Left's continued infatuation with Bill Clinton, is clear evidence that many, if not
perhaps most, Americans no longer hold the Office of President as above the lowest common denominator. These men do not
represent the very best of American ideals, but closer to the very worst; that it is okay to engage in perverted sex acts in
the Oval Office, it's okay to lie, it's okay to insult people individually and as a group, it's okay to brag about buying-off
politicians for personal gain, it's okay to use vulgar language in public because — to these people and to their
enablers among the voting population and the media — such conduct sells and, after all, simply reflects the "people's
culture." Vulgarity and baseness has become the New Normal.
New York is
falling down. Tonight I walked onto the subway and saw the car was half-empty because a stinking bum was lying
on a seat, and no one wanted to smell him. Rome fell. New York is falling down. It is filled with illegalities and
filth as a result of the good intentions and failed ideas of liberals. Politicians pretend to want the best while they deliver the
worst. De Blasio and New York City Council speaker Melissa Mark-Mark-Vivirito have decriminalized public urination and quality-of-life
offenses. Are they kidding? De-civilizing a beautiful city is not a positive. It is a fall from grace.
Trump's foul mouth is just a cover for his ignorance. We are a culture conditioned by cable television, which has made the language of sailors,
mobsters and New York real estate developers available to any digitally literate 11-year-old. Even the cable channels you don't pay for have taken to
constant, blindingly obvious bleeping, in a wink and nod to their perception of modern usage. This, after all, is the way "real life" sounds.
Let us hope not. In real life, expletives are often used as a form of aggression or cruelty. A co-worker who tells you to Trump yourself
is usually being unpleasant. A co-worker who does this every day is often creating a hostile or demeaning work environment. Language suitable for
decent company is a form of politeness, which is a species of respect, which is an expression of morality.
Lessons from Flint.
Flint, Michigan is the poster child of one-party, generational Democratic rule. Flint, Michigan's City Council is all Democratic.
A generation of Flint's mayors have been Democratic. Rick Snyder's immediate predecessor as governor was Obama darling Jennifer
Granholm — a Democrat. The federal bureaucratic agencies — including the EPA — are all Democratic.
Bad Water and Wedgies. It's
hard to get the truth on anything from anybody anymore. Take the Flint, Michigan water crisis: now we know the rest of the story.
Here is the Cliff notes version: The Flint water crisis is the result of a Keynesian stimulus project gone wrong. Who could have
figured that switching to a parallel water pipeline being built by a private company might actually cost more than staying with the Detroit
denials, state workers in Flint got clean water. In January of 2015, when state officials were telling worried
Flint residents their water was safe to drink, they also were arranging for coolers of purified water in Flint's State Office
Building so employees wouldn't have to drink from the taps, according to state government e-mails released Thursday [1/28/2016]
by the liberal group Progress Michigan. A Jan. 7, 2015, notice from the state Department of Technology, Management
and Budget, which oversees state office buildings, references a notice about a violation of drinking water standards that had
recently been sent out by the City of Flint.
Hug-A-Thug Policies Backfire In NYC, St. Paul Schools. New York public schools are dealing with escalating classroom chaos after
adopting minority-friendly discipline policies that the Education Department pushed to close so-called "racial disparities" in suspensions and
expulsions. Educrats have been threatening school districts with lawsuits and funding cuts wherever if finds disparities. High-school
kids are getting "warning cards" for offenses that normally would result in a criminal summons and suspension, such as drug possession and disorderly
conduct. Liberal New York Mayor Bill de Blasio says crime is down in the schools, but it's not. It's just that schools are ignoring it.
The only thing that's down is suspensions.
2024 retirees will cost Illinois more than teachers in the classroom. Public-sector unions and their enablers,
mainly but not exclusively Democratic politicians, have ruined Illinois.
The Flint water crisis is
the result of a stimulus project gone wrong. [Scroll down] All of this shows two things: One, the Flint water
crisis is the result of a Keynesian stimulus project gone wrong. Two, emergency managers are not always a panacea for fiscally
mismanaged cities. The assumption behind handing them control of city finances is that they are grown-ups who, unlike politicians,
are immune from special interest pressure and therefore more capable of making tough cuts. In reality, they can have their own
political grand plans that don't always overlap with the city's fiscal interest. But to add insult to Flint's injury, while the
rest of the Genesee County continued to be served by DWSA before the new system became operational, Flint was switched to its old,
moribund facility. That's not because Detroit refused to cut off Flint, as the governor's office and local authorities have
suggested. It's because Kurtz and the then Flint mayor, Dayne Walling, sources say, believed that this facility was an
underutilized asset that ought to be put to good use to save money.
traffickers secretly shipping mass quantities of weed out of Colorado. Seeking a safe haven in Colorado's legal
marijuana marketplace, illegal drug traffickers are growing weed among the state's sanctioned pot warehouses and farms, then
covertly shipping it elsewhere and pocketing millions of dollars from the sale, according to law enforcement officials and
court records consulted by The Associated Press.
Assault Victims Speak Out Against Washington's Transgender Bathroom Policies. A group of women who say they are former victims
of sexual assault are making an emotional plea to Washington state legislators to reverse a bathroom policy that they say leaves them and
their young children vulnerable, exposed and unsafe.
The Contempt That Poisoned Flint's Water. Even before the drinking
water in Flint, Michigan, was found to be tainted with lead — before water from some areas tested at more than twice the level considered to be toxic waste, and
public-health officials said that every last child in the city should be treated as if the child had been poisoned — the governor's office knew that the water was
discolored, tasted bad, smelled strange, and was rife with "organic matter." They knew, as one memo sent to Governor Rick Snyder in February, 2015, noted, that "residents
have attended meetings with jugs of brownish water."
and clean water — remains elusive for the people of Flint. The residents of this battered city have
lived for years under some of the worst conditions in urban America: soaring levels of violent crime, poverty, unemployment
and blight. Now, for many, the catastrophe of a water supply that may be poisoned indefinitely appears to be the final
insult. Many are desperate to escape the city, but some don't have the means to do so. The old and poor,
especially, are stuck.
officials poisoned Flint's drinking water and the EPA covered it up. The latest indignity to plague this city
of nearly 100,000 is lead poisoning via their drinking water, a man-made disaster created by the arrogance and incompetence
of government officials in Flint, Lansing, and Washington — Democrats as well as Republicans. Anybody angry
enough to call for GOP Gov. Rick Snyder's resignation should also want the scalp of an Obama appointee at the Environmental
Protection Agency who sat on lead test results. "The EPA buried this," said Virginia Tech researcher Marc Edwards, whose
water analysis in 2015 helped expose Flint's contamination.
City in America to be Muslim-majority; can Sharia law be far behind? In November, the blue-collar city that has
been home to Polish Catholic immigrants and their descendents for more than a century became what demographers think is the
first jurisdiction in the nation to elect a majority-Muslim council. It's the second tipping for Hamtramck, which in 2013
earned the distinction of becoming what appears to be the first majority-Muslim city in the United States following the arrival
of thousands of immigrants from Yemen, Bangladesh and Bosnia over a decade. The once-thriving factory town now struggles
with one of the highest poverty rates in Michigan.
Water Crisis Caused by Toxic Levels of Bureaucracy. The Environmental Protection Agency has found itself at the center of
another environmental crisis. The epicenter of this particular disaster is Flint, Michigan. It's [sic] drinking water has been
contaminated with elevated levels of lead, a fact known to several regulatory agencies for many months. Tragically, instead of
protecting people, these officials opted to wring their hands and kick the can down the bureaucratic road.
of drinking water Flint, MI residents were told was safe to drink. Flint, Michigan is one of many blue hell-holes
infamous for forced unionism, easy access to welfare, and outrageously expensive benefits for public sector workers. Its
economy imploded decades ago and the pain still continues for the dazed retinue unable to move away. The latest debacle?
To save money, the bankrupt city government switched its water supply from Detroit's system to one sourced by the Flint River.
The Flint River water was found to contain lead that had leached from ancient plumbing systems.
Poison. Flint, Mich., has been poisoning its residents. The city, in an attempt to save money, planned to stop
buying water from Detroit and sign up with a regional water system; in the interim, it was getting its municipal water from
the Flint River, which is as much a garbage dump as it is a body of water. Residents complained that the water smells of
chemicals, that it isn't the right color, etc. Children's lead levels are dangerously high, and an outbreak of Legionnaires'
disease may also be linked to city water. The city knew about this, and did approximately nothing in response until the
problem was well advanced. A word that is curiously scarce in coverage of this disaster: Democrat.
Flint, like big brother Detroit down the way, has a long history of political dominance by the Democratic party.
Liberals Are Foaming At The Mouth Over 'New York Values'. Senator Cruz was talking about cultural and political
values. Duck Dynasty values versus Bill de Blasio values. He was referring to the permissive New York values
celebrating public debauchery that would make the citizens of Sodom and Gomorrah blush. Just ask the families from the
Heartland who've been accosted by topless women in Times Square. Remember Occupy Wall Street — turning public
parks into human cesspools — people defecating on police cars? He was talking about those values, too.
Along with the values that propelled citizens into the streets to justify violence against police officers.
the Left Even on America's Side Anymore? [Scroll down] The Left is blind to the responsibility of
inner-city populations for their off-the-charts violent-crime rates. The failure to embrace the responsibilities of
parenthood is as characteristic of the progressive attitude as is its blindness to the betrayal of inner-city communities by
Democrats, responsible almost entirely for the disgraceful condition of America's cities. Chicago, Detroit, Baltimore,
St. Louis, and numerous other centers of out-of-control black poverty, failed public-school systems, and black-on-black violence
are 100 percent controlled by the Democratic party and have been so for 50 to 100 years. Yet 95 percent
of the black vote and 100 percent of the progressive vote continues to go to Democrats who oppress African Americans.
Out of (gun) control.
As noted by many other commentators, American states and cities with the most restrictive laws are also places with some of
the highest levels of crimes involving firearms. A side note: these jurisdictions are run by Democratic politicians,
though the major media rarely note the connection. And the police, who feel under constant attack, have pulled back in
some cities, like Baltimore, contributing to the upsurge in gun crimes by thugs who don't think they will be caught.
and the Insanity of the Liberal Mind. History will look back at an America that won the Cold War under Reagan only to
reignite it under Obama. Our descendants will ponder how their ancestors abandoned American supremacy, ingenuity, and civility due
to ignorance, idealism, and an irrational obsession with politically correct progressivism that led to the transformation —
and decline — of this once great nation.
American Left and the Death of Political Discourse. The majority of the American people, asleep during the past
sixty years of overwhelming peace and prosperity, are gradually waking up to the massive deception that has been perpetrated
by the Left and their inability to solve the almost insolvable problems they, in large part, have created. Thus the tone
and nature of political discourse has become more strident as the Left, in an effort to protect their gains, status and
self-image, will do or say anything regardless of the damage it may inflict on the country including demanding the
de facto repeal of the First Amendment.
Doesn't Have a Gun Problem, It Has a Democrat Problem. America's mass shooting capital isn't somewhere out west
where you can get a gun at the corner store. It's in Obama's own hometown. Chicago is America's mass shooting capital.
There were over 400 shootings with more than one victim. In 95 of those shootings, 3 or more people were shot. 2,995 people
were shot in Chicago last year. Shootings were up, way up, in Baltimore. With an assist from Al Sharpton and #BlackLivesMatter,
Baltimore beat out Detroit. But Detroit is still in the running. Chicago, Baltimore and Detroit all have something in common,
they're all run by the party of gun control which somehow can't seem to manage to control the criminals who have the guns.
Rahm Emanuel's Cuban Vacation.
No doubt you, too, spent the holidays relishing the humiliation of Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, the overrated and obnoxious Democratic Party
hack who, finally, is teetering on the brink of political oblivion. [...] How bad is Rahm Emanuel? He makes Bill De Blasio look good.
He was forced into an unprecedented runoff before winning a second term last spring. In early December his approval rating was
18 percent. Protestors, including Democratic powerbroker Al Sharpton, want him to resign for the city's withholding of video in
the case of Laquan McDonald, a black teenager killed by a police officer in 2014. Gang violence is pervasive. Municipal finances
are a wreck. Normally one might be inclined to sympathize, however faintly, with a city manager out of his depth and at the mercy of
events. Not in this case.
The Fall of Chicago. What our
Marxist friends call "internal contradictions" are bringing down Chicago, as they have already bankrupted Detroit. [...] There are some exceptions
(San Francisco being the most prominent, with Oakland close behind — where the tech boom has led to in-migration of affluent techies),
but most large Democrat-run cities are following this path to disaster, with a shrinking base of taxpayers supporting a growing population of
dependents, as municipal employees consume ever greater portions of tax revenue for their retirements and health care benefits. The money
runs out, services decline, and the dependents get angry and unruly. Even more taxpayers flee, until the bills cannot be paid.
Homelessness Is the Fault of Liberals. Every
major city in the country has seen a dramatic uptick in homelessness and the common denominator are always leftists. Whether it is at the federal, state or local
level, liberals in government are the cause of the homeless disaster. In downtown Los Angeles, the famous homeless area known as Skid Row now spans 50 city blocks.
Reverend Andy Bales is the chief executive of the Union Rescue Mission, who help those on Skid Row. He says what is happening there is, "the worst man-made disaster
in the U.S." The Reverend is indeed correct. Rampant homelessness is entirely man-made.
Left's Retreat to Fantasy. The left's slide into irrationality in recent years should come as no surprise.
There is no way the ideology — in particular regarding its record — can be rationally defended any longer.
[...] The UK, Sweden, France, and all other social democratic states have been forced to admit defeat. The same occurred
in the U.S. with the Great Society and its underpinning programs — federal welfare, urban renewal, the War on Poverty.
All were based on the most rigorous rationality, and all were abject failures. Which doesn't mean that leftists have given up.
True believers don't. Instead, the collapse of the liberal/leftist program following the 60s led to a retreat into romantic
fatuity — evanescent claims of "compassion" and decency that were considered to be beyond debate. But these are
no longer tenable either, after 65 million abortions, mass murder and outrage in the inner cities, and the piles of dead
generated by the left-supported "Arab Spring," to mention only three outcomes of leftist policy.
Will Fine You $250,000 For 'Misgendering' A Transsexual. Did you call a transsexual person "he" or "she" when
they preferred to be called "zhe?" According to a newly updated anti-discrimination law in New York City, you could be fined
an eye-watering $250,000. In the latest, astonishing act of draconian political correctness, the NYC Commission on Human
Rights have updated a law on "Discrimination on the Basis of Gender Identity or Expression" to threaten staggering financial
penalties against property owners who "misgender" employees or tenants.
Liberal Christmas from Hell. [Scroll down] Look, it all makes sense. Everything that liberals built is
broken. The economy is a mess; health care is a mess; the universities are broken; K-12 education is wrecked; welfare is out
of control; the Middle East has been torched. And liberals did it. Then there is the wife of my 60ish friend who's
wondering about all that women's liberation of which she'd heard tell back when she was young. Or the college women screaming
for safe spaces, not from the so-called "rape culture" but really from the anti-woman squalor of the hook-up culture. Or the
"mismatched" African American college students protesting on campus in a rage of disappointed hope.
police scandal fueled by decades of one-party rule. Monopolistic political machines breed contempt for voters,
animosity toward policy innovation and even minimal notions of transparency. Ending one-party rule in Chicago and other big
cities won't solve all of their problems, but it can force a more honest conversation about what those problems are.
Gay Agenda and the Real World. There's just one problem with the gay agenda: it's based on a lie. Homosexuals
are not like heterosexuals, nor is the practice of homosexuality innocuous. The single largest problem for the gay agenda is
medical science. In 2014, the CDC found that men-who-have-sex-with-men (MSM), about 1 percent of the population, accounted
for 83 percent of syphilis cases in the U.S. Syphilis, a disease that was once on the verge of eradication, is spreading like
wildfire. According to the CDC, syphilis rates "are increasing at an alarming rate." The statistics for AIDS are similar.
In 2010, MSM were responsible for 63 percent of new AIDS cases in the US. The rate of anal cancer among MSM is seventeen times
higher than among heterosexuals. It is alarming that the gay community exhibits no restraint and cannot be self-policing.
Even school children know about condoms, yet venereal diseases rage unchecked through the population of gay men. A recent report
in the medical literature found that infection rates for both gonorrhea and chlamydia are increasing among MSM. The fact that
about two-thirds of syphilis and AIDS cases occur amongst one percent of the population tells us something that is immediate and
unambiguous: that homosexuality is not an innocuous choice. What gay men do behind closed doors is fundamentally different
from what heterosexuals usually do in their bedrooms. It's also more dangerous.
In a rational world, this demented fruitcake would be locked in a rubber room.
father Stefonknee Wolschtt leaves family in Toronto to start new life as six-year-old girl. Stefonknee
(pronounced 'Stephanie') Wolschtt, 46, had been married for 23 years when she realised she was transgender.
She's now living with an adoptive family, and says she does not "want to be an adult right now".
If not overnight, when?
President Obama has done great damage to to the rule of law, to American national security, to race relations, and to our health care system.
We are mired in an era of pitiful economic growth that feels like stagnation. He has vastly expanded government dependency, but he counts this
an accomplishment. Obamacare is a Rube Goldberg contraption of untold destruction. It's hard to assess where Obama has done the most
damage. The damage may not be irreparable, but it won't be repaired any time soon.
Bernardino: The American left has reached a point where everything is politicized. Islamic radicals, including
a husband and wife, shot up a Christmas party. On CNN, an analyst of some sort actually suggested that perhaps the Muslim
man was upset that it was a holiday party. The American political left has reached a point where everything is politicized.
Shows get awards based on how faithful they are to the LGBTQ community. Bruce Jenner gets applauded as a hero for becoming a
woman. Christians get mocked for praying. Republicans get attacked because Islamists shoot up a holiday party. When
shootings happen in America, conservatives immediately conclude it must be a mentally unstable person or an Islamic terrorist.
For the American political left, they always conclude it was a white, Christian, Republican. It is the default of normal
Americans to assume the best about their neighbor and fellow American. It is the default of the political left to assume any
bad act is the result of conservatives, including the awful tragedy in California.
Empower Citizens to Restrict Constitutional Rights. The contempt President Obama has for established order in Federal government, particularly
in the manner in which he has ignored Congress, is well known. He has also stated that if he doesn't like a law written by Congress, such as any law
dealing with immigration, he will just ignore their proposed bills and declare his own by Executive Order. Democrats have now empowered citizens to
decide when and where other citizens may exercise their constitutional rights. This is most clearly illustrated in how government treats the
rights of storeowners with regard to same sex marriage and concealed carry laws. Examples abound. In Colorado when a bakery refused to bake a
cake for a same sex wedding, the state court ruled against the baker. The government has made sure that no bakery, florist or pizza place may refuse
to serve a same sex couple.
Employee Sues Company for $518,682 for Not Acknowledging its Lack of Gender. It's not gay rights. It's not even LGBT which
includes men who dress up like women. It's actually LGBTQIA which includes a bunch of people who don't know what they are, including
"Queer" and "Asexual". [...] The supervisors chose not to waste everyone's time with the insanity of a crazy person. And here comes the
lawsuit because the catering company chose not to manufacture a single new gender consisting entirely of "Jones". This whole thing
[disproves] the notion that you can just sign on to gay marriage and be done with it.
Parenthood Killer Was a Deranged Pothead. The liberals were quick to blame conservative Christians, Republicans,
and others on the right for the carnage in the Colorado Planned Parenthood clinic. It turns out the killer was a
paranoid pothead who probably moved to Colorado because it offered him plenty of legal weed. The murders were just the
latest example of President Obama's pro-pot policies causing "active shooter" cases in which innocent people get maimed and
killed. While "progressives" hope to capitalize on the killings by stopping investigations into Planned Parenthood, the
case of Robert Lewis Dear has backfired on them in more ways than one. Dear, who looks stoned out of his mind in his
mugshot, looks like another case of a cold-blooded killer whose actions may be attributed to his heavy use of a substance
that many progressives deem harmless and safe. It's time for the major media to quit making jokes about marijuana
and instead examine its harmful and deadly effects.
Crazy People Are Dangerous, Part 7. How many
times do I have to explain this? You let enough kooks run around loose — as has been the policy in this country since we
de-institutionalized the mentally ill in the 1970s — and people adjust their expectations. People become accustomed to encountering
weirdos, freaks and lunatics, jabbering madness to themselves on street corners or posting deranged nonsense on Tumblr blogs. You're not even
supposed to notice there is anything strange about these wild-eyed nutjobs roaming around with facial piercings, tattoos and purple hair.
Is No Bigger Threat to Millennials Than Liberalism. From raising the minimum wage, to Obamacare, to the negative emotional and
intellectual effects of "political correctness" on college campuses, liberalism is harming the young and decreasing their chances of rising
in the world. According to Salon's Amanda Marcotte, "Young people are under assault from reactionary forces and most of their
grievances are not about imagined slights, but about very serious problems they are facing, on and off campus." Ironically, Marcotte
is right — but the "reactionary forces" truly at fault are those of the left, not of the right.
Surging Anti-American Sentiment of the Left. As one of the former leaders of the New Left who has now turned
into a fierce proponent for conservatism, David Horowitz, explains that the Democratic "party apparatus feeds off the
entitlements of the welfare state: social workers, university intellectuals, trial lawyers, bureaucrats, and government
unions are all clients of the big-government programs the party promotes". The more the individual is given entitlements, the
longer the individual is kept dependent upon the program in which the party promotes. Today it has resulted in more than
23 percent of Americans being dependent on some form of welfare while the American workforce has become demoralized as
millions have given up searching for jobs. Moreover, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the percent of Americans
in the workforce — either working or seeking work under the Obama presidency has plummeted from 65.7 percent the
month he took office in January 2009 to just 62.8 percent in November of 2014. That translates to more than
7 million fewer workers in the workforce.
Carbon Restrictions Hurt Poor, Minorities. Jonathan A. Lesser, in his paper, "Less Carbon, Higher Prices: How California's Climate
Policies Affect Lower-Income Residents," examines a number of California's environmental policies and how they impact electricity prices at the
county and household level. Lesser finds three significant economic results from the state's renewable-energy mandates and carbon cap-and-trade
program: Rising prices, a hidden regressive tax, and increasing energy poverty. California's renewable-energy mandates and carbon
cap-and-trade program have caused household electricity prices to rise, and Lesser estimates they will likely continue to rise at an even faster
rate in coming years.
Deserves Riots Over The Laquan McDonald Shooting And Coverup. Chicago suffers from the classic big-city dysfunction that
results when the police view themselves as alien from a hostile population: the callous and excessive use of force, yet without any
actual benefit in the reduction of crime. So if there are any people who have a right to be lividly angry at their city government,
it's the people of Chicago — even more so because they have voted lockstep for the Democrats for 50 years, and this is
the thanks they get. Ah, but there's the rub. If the city is about to get the riots it deserves, the protesters have to admit
they have gotten the city government they asked for. It's not just that they have voted for politicians from the Democratic Party.
It's that they have uncritically embraced that party's ideology. As they have suffered under the yoke of a big, intrusive, corrupt,
callous, and indifferent government, they have clamored for more of it.
Communist Is Today's Progressive. The new American morning shadowed with trepidation; what new crisis will
emerge wholly created by this administration that pits one group of Americans against each other? New morals, values, laws
and rights are established at the benefit of a few to the detriment of the majority. All the while this is happening we
meaninglessly drift away from the norms established in the past as our own history fades away from popular discourse. In
the blink of an eye, or in a generation, society itself unravels as it seems today to have lost the ability to retain the
qualities that once made America exceptional. Liberty, freedom, truth, and the Constitution have given way to ideology,
entitlement, and moral relativism. What we are left with is a pervasive atmosphere of decadence and moral bankruptcy that
stands no chance in fighting an ideology that is consuming us.
America's Toxic Brew:
"Diversity". Logic evidently does not exist among the "diverse" crowd. Parents are being urged by various
PC groups to raise their children in a "gender-neutral" way so the child may "select" which gender they feel "comfortable"
with. This "select-your-own-gender" idiocy has led to schools dealing with "select-your-own-restroom" students who
evidently are finding legal support from the Justice Department. The real tragedy is that childhood can be confusing
enough for children trying to understand themselves and the realities of growing up, without a bunch of politically correct
manufactured "choices" being thrust upon them in the process. Ultimately, these children will suffer, as will society.
Terrorism Deaths Quadruple Under
Obama. The worldwide number of annual terrorist deaths has more than quadrupled since President Barack Obama was inaugurated
in January 2009. Deaths from terrorism increased 80 percent last year to an all-time-record of 32,658 people killed, compared
to 18,111 in 2013. The number is up about 426 percent from the 7,654 killed by terrorists in 2008 under President Bush,
according to the latest report from 'Vision of Humanity.'
65% say the news media has a 'negative effect' on America. An extensive new Pew Research Center survey finds that 65 percent
believe that the news media "has a negative effect on the way things are going in the country." Some 56 percent said the entertainment
industry has a negative effect. For comparison, 51 percent believe that the Obama administration has a negative effect and
40 percent say labor unions do too.
The Chickens of Communism Have Come Home to Roost. The
urban dictionary defines cultural Marxism as "The gradual process of destroying all traditions, languages, religions,
individuality, government, family, law and order in order to re-assemble society in the future as a communist utopia.
This utopia will have no notion of gender, traditions, morality, God or even family or the state." There is no shortage
of Lenin's "useful idiots" with brains addled by drugs and agitated by paid Alinsky-style community organizers. "Useful
idiots" are easily manipulated individuals without a compass, without a country, with allegiance to global citizenship and
Mother Gaia, humans ruled by emotion and devoid of rational thinking. They are used skillfully to implement cultural
Marxism, to disseminate poisonous ideas, chaos, decadence, and worthless entertainment parading as art.
has worst business tax climate in U.S.: study. New Jersey's high property and income taxes contribute to its
standing as the nation's least attractive tax climate for businesses, according to a Washington tax policy group's annual
ranking of the 50 states. The Tax Foundation, a public policy group that has two former Republican lawmakers on its board
of directors, considered five metrics, including corporate, individual income, sales, unemployment and property taxes to arrive
at an overall rank. New Jersey ranks dead last — a distinction the Garden State has had since at least 2013.
of New Yorkers Say They Are Barely or Not Getting By, Poll Shows. Half of New York City residents say they are struggling economically,
making ends meet just barely, if at all, and most feel sharp uncertainty about the future of the city's next generation, a new poll shows. The
poll, conducted by The New York Times and Siena College, shows great disparities in quality of life among the city's five boroughs. The stresses
weighing on New Yorkers vary widely, from the Bronx, where residents feel acute concern about access to jobs and educational opportunity, to Staten
Island, where one in five report recently experiencing vandalism or theft.
Coming Next? Men as Mothers. There has long
been a subversive "anything goes" streak in bioethics. [...] Biologically male mothers would be unethical and immoral from every angle one looks at the issue;
whether the potential fatal harm to the man, treating new life as a mere experiment, and the obliteration of the concept of societal norms.
A ruined generation (or two). Neil Cavuto
interviewed Keely Mullen this week. Mullen is the organizer of the Million Student March, which she described as "a movement for a more
equitable and fair system of education as opposed to the really corporate model that we have right now." They have three core demands:
(1) free public college, (2) cancelation of student debt, and (3) a $15/hr minimum wage for students who work on campus.
Cavuto asked her how all of that would be paid for. Her answer (wait for it): the top 1% of people who are hoarding all the wealth!
The White Working Class
is in Trouble. In the TV sitcom, "All in the Family", with Archie Bunker, liberals gave themselves permission to hate on the white
working class and stigmatize Archie and the millions like him as racists, sexists, and bigots. This dovetailed with the liberal agenda because,
with the cultural Marxist turn to race politics and gender politics, somebody was going to have to pay the price of Affirmative Action for blacks and
women in the government bureaucracies, and it wasn't going to be educated and evolved white liberals. Ditto when it came time to create sanctuary
cities for illegal immigrant Hispanics and bake wedding cakes for gays or else.
Years of socialist indoctrination in the public schools are now paying off:
Student March aims to fight for free college tuition and cancellation of student debt. On a recent Tuesday at
the City College of New York in Manhattan, a handful of students, activists and professors sat in a small circle casually
planning a revolution. Surrounded by other students typing on their laptops in a basement lounge a few escalator rides
down from street level, the group's conversation flowed easily from the mundane — how many fliers each could hand
out in 15 minutes — to their lofty goals: The cancellation of all student debt, free tuition at public
colleges and universities, and getting campus workers a minimum wage of $15 an hour.
Daycare Workers Fired for Refusing to Call a Little Girl a Boy. Two daycare workers have been fired for
refusing to go along with the center's transgender agenda. Madeline Kirksey, one of the workers who is an author of a
Christian book, says her religious liberty rights have been violated. The two were fired after refusing to call a little
girl a boy.
Daycare Workers Fighting Back After Being Fired For Refusing to Call a Girl a Boy. Two Christian daycare
workers fired for refusing to call a six-year-old girl a boy are fighting back. They have hired legal counsel and are going
to sue. One of the workers was fired from a Houston area school the day the Houston "bathroom ordinance" was soundly defeated
by voters. The other worker was fired the Thursday before.
Listing the 18 Mayors That Told Obama They Want To Take In Syrian Refugees So People Will Know Who To Tar and Feather. Here are
18 mayors that signed a letter letting Obama know that that they have the welcome mat out for Syrian refugees. (Most are not from Syria.)
Of Eighteen U.S. Cities Tell Obama They Are Ready To Take More Syrian Refugees. Mayors from eighteen U.S. cities signed a letter to
President Obama saying they are willing to take even more refugees than what has been proposed by the administration. "We will welcome the Syrian
families to make homes and new lives in our cities," wrote the mayors, all of whom are part of the Cities United for Immigration Action coalition.
Proof that the big game is a political lever:
of Super Bowl Boycott After Houston Equal Rights Measure Rejected. The controversial measure would have established nondiscrimination protections
for LGBTQ people in the city, among other groups. "I fear that this will have stained Houston's reputation as a tolerant, welcoming, global city," Houston
Mayor Annise Parker said at an election night watch part in downtown Houston. "I absolutely fear that there will be a direct economic backlash as a result
of this ordinance going into defeat and that's sad for Houston."
The Editor says...
Quite the reverse is true: Tourists aren't going to visit any city where there is no difference between the men's restroom and the ladies' restroom.
win on election night as voters elect GOP governors, reject 'bathroom bill,' pot. With 30 percent of precincts counted, The
Associated Press declared that Houston's Proposition 1 had gone down to defeat. [...] The vote capped a pitched 18-month battle between
Houston pastors and Mayor Annise Parker, the first openly lesbian mayor of a major city, who had championed the ordinance allowing people
to use restrooms, showers and other public accommodations based on their gender identity, not their biological sex.
fails by wide margin. Houston's controversial equal rights ordinance failed by a wide margin Tuesday
[11/3/2015], with voters opting to repeal the law that offered broad non-discrimination protections, according to incomplete
and unofficial returns. The hotly contested election has spurred national attention, drawing comment from the White House
and the state's top officials. Largely conservative opponents of the law allege that it would allow men dressed as women,
including sexual predators, to enter women's restrooms. Supporters of the law, including Mayor Annise Parker, argue that it
extends an important local recourse for a range of protected classes to respond to discrimination.
The Editor says...
When you choose to do your business in the men's room or the ladies' room, as appropriate, is that an act of malicious discrimination, or is it just plain common sense, such as we have all experienced for
as long as public restrooms have existed? And why does "a range of protected classes" exist in this country? It is because socialist Democrats categorize everyone. Republicans (theoretically)
are in Washington to protect and defend traditional conservative ideas and values (individual liberty, capitalism, freedom), while the Democrats are there to protect and defend
classes and categories of voters (homosexuals, baby killers, illegal aliens, welfare addicts).
seeks right to marry. The hitch? They're legally father and son. The legalization of same-sex marriage has
given way to a new problem for a Pennsylvania couple, who technically are father and son. Before states across the
country began striking down bans on same-sex marriage and the Supreme Court ultimately decided the issue nationwide, some gay
couples used adoption laws as a way to gain legal recognition as a family, and the related benefits such as inheritance and
hospital visitation rights.
DOE is now in the High School Girl's Shower. The Civil Rights Division of the DoE declared a new cultural
battleground when it sent a letter to Dr. Daniel Cates, Superintendent of the Township High School District 211, a school
district near Palentine, Illinois, accusing the district violating anti-discrimination laws when it did not allow a
transgender student who identifies as a girl to change and shower with the girls in the girls' locker room without
restrictions. The DoE gave the district 30 days to accommodate the transgender student or lose its
Title IX funding. The problem began when the transgender student's family filed a complaint with the
U.S. Department of Education's Office of Civil Rights (OCR), because the student was not allowed to shower with
the female students. The student filing the complaint is biologically male, but self-identifies as female.
The school made arrangements to accommodate transgender students by providing separate, private facilities for the
student to use to use. This was not satisfactory for this student.
of Civil Rights says disguised boy has right to shower with girls. The Department of Education's office of civil rights says that a
disguised boy has been discriminated against because he is not allowed to shower naked with girls. [...] This is an enormous opening for Republicans.
Who is waging the "war on women" now? It is radical Democrats pushing for girls to be exposed to naked men. Now Hillary Clinton has
become a born-again transvestite supporter. Would it really be hard for a Republican in a debate to turn to her and say, "Mrs. Clinton, do
you really want girls to be forced to expose themselves to boys in locker rooms?" It's indefensible.
Could America Elect a Mentally Ill
President? Political taboos, campaign dealbreakers and electoral glass ceilings are crumbling. Members of Congress
are openly gay and bisexual, there's a black man in the White House, and a woman may be next. Voters have accepted all sorts of
behavioral warts and missteps in their political candidates, too. DUIs? A mistake of their youth. Draft dodgers?
There's a long list. Womanizers? A much longer list. Illegal drugs? In just a few short elections, we've gone
from a president who "didn't inhale" to one who openly admits using cocaine in his youth.
Feds back transgender
teenager in school restroom dispute. Schools can't prevent transgender students from using the restrooms that
correspond with their gender identities without violating federal law, the Obama administration says.
It is Liberalism that killed
NYPD Officer Randolph Holder. It takes a Liberal mindset the ability to think giving a drug diversion program for a career criminal instead
of jail a good idea. This how Liberals think, stupidly! Unfortunately, for NYPD Officer Randolph Holder, a piece of filth was allowed to walk
the streets of New York City free to commit more crimes thanks to the Liberal mindset that knows better. He had easier access to guns, again thanks
to the Liberal mindset that declared Stop and Frisk was an ineffective crime tactic. Do you see a pattern of dumb thinking here?
About Marijuana and You. [C]laiming or implying that smoking or eating only marijuana can relieve suffering, the legalizers
also manipulate people's natural compassion on those who suffer with diseases and pain. But here again science does not support
their claims. Of course any substance that tweaks the brain is bound to provide some relief, but smoking or eating it is not a
wise and safe delivery system. Therefore, states that have legalized marijuana for recreational or medical purposes must reverse
their course. And states contemplating doing so must not go down this smoky path.
myths about marijuana and society. Myth 1: Tax revenues from marijuana sales will benefit government budgets
[...] Nationally, by taxing tobacco and alcohol, we collect $40 billion annually, but we about lose $400 billion annually
from lost productivity, premature illness, accidents and death. So it is true that Colorado has collected an estimated
$12 million to $21 million from January to July 2014, from marijuana sales (the figures vary). But it is not
difficult to predict, from the numbers for alcohol and tobacco, that the social monetary costs will far exceed the taxes.
Declares State of Emergency for Homelessness — Guess What Their Solution Is. Hawaii [...] now has
the worst homeless problem in the country. What do you suppose causes that? With the highest cost of living in the
nation, it is small wonder that if someone falls on hard times that they wind up on the street. It's also a magnet,
climate wise, for those who know they will be on the streets. The Hawaiian government is notoriously controlled by
Democrats. Their progressive policies have created this mess. But, never fear, they've come up with a solution!
declares state of emergency for homelessness crisis. Hawaii Gov. David Ige has declared a state of emergency to
deal with the state's homelessness crisis just days after city and state officials cleared one of the nation's largest
Tragic Legacy for Black Americans. At the urging of labor unions, President Obama has pushed for higher minimum
wages that price a disproportionate percentage of blacks out of the labor force. At the urging of teachers unions, he has
fought voucher programs that give ghetto children access to better schools. Both policies have a lengthy track record of
keeping millions of blacks ill-educated and unemployed.
Facts About The Moral Collapse Of America That Are Almost Too Crazy To Believe:
[#1] Approximately one-third of the entire population of the United States (110 million people)
currently has a sexually transmitted disease according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
[#2] Every single year, there are 20 million new STD cases in America.
[#3] America has the highest STD infection rate in the entire industrialized world.
[#4] Americans in the 15 to 24-year-old age group account for about 50 percent of all new STD cases each year.
[#5] It costs our nation approximately 16 billion dollars a year to treat our sexually transmitted diseases.
[#6] According to one survey, 24 percent of all U.S. teens that have STDs say that they still have unprotected sex.
[#7] In Chicago, public school kindergarten teachers are now required to set aside 30 minutes a month for sex education.
[#8] The United States has the highest teen pregnancy rate in the entire industrialized world.
[#10] At this point, one out of every four teen girls in the U.S. has at least one sexually transmitted disease.
[#11] According to the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, there are 747,408 registered sex offenders in the United States.
[#12] There are 106,216 registered sex offenders in the state of California alone.
How Dr. Spock Destroyed America. In the last 50 years, our nation has
taken a moral nosedive. Since 1960, the rate of violent crimes has more than tripled. Every day there are news reports of
heinous crimes unheard of in America a generation ago. Children murder their playmates, their teachers and their parents.
Teenage mothers abandon their newborn babies in trashcans, and every year students commit carnage on their classmates. Our culture
has sunk so low that children are no longer safe with their teachers in school or at church — scores of men and women are
arrested every year for preying on the children under their care.
Are Devoid of Critical Thinking Skills. Never has there been a time in history requiring that an individual be
equipped with critical thinking skills more than now. The biggest problem that America is facing today is the inability of
the vast majority of the citizenry to think critically. Matt Drudge went so far as to say that Americans are sick.
Lack of the ability to think critically is a mental symptom that affects all people regardless of their level of education,
economic status, age, race, ethnicity, sex, or political party (although it appears that liberals are more likely to lack such
skills). If we are to ever bring America back to the point where she is great again, the majority of the citizens are
going to have to acquire and hone critical thinking skills.
State Dems: Let Transgender Men Into Ladies' Rooms. The leader of a group calling itself the Mass. Transgender Political
Coalition told a reporter that "advocates would not stand" for any attempts to deny men full access to toilets and locker rooms that have
always been restricted to females. Transgenders are already protected by a 2011 state law against discrimination in housing, employment,
public education and lending. Now they are pushing what is known as "the bathroom bill" — allowing males who at that moment
claim to be female total access to areas traditionally reserved for females.
bathroom bill debate centers on differing definitions of 'men'. The noisy debate over this city's Proposition 1
has centered on whether it would allow men to use women's public restrooms, which boils down to how you define "men" and "women."
In a battle that has ranged from bathroom etiquette to gender rights to constitutional debates over religious freedom, a key skirmish
broke out after former Houston Astros baseball all-star Lance Berkman appeared in an ad saying that the Nov. 3 ballot measure
would "allow troubled men who claim to be women to enter women's bathrooms, showers and locker rooms," and the Yes on 1
campaign fired back.
The Center Holds. While the Republicans will
not nominate an extremist, the Democrats will. Like Wilson before him, Obama has taken his party far to the left, too far. [...] Gay marriage
is the tip of the iceberg of the homosexual agenda. They will always want more. They want their lifestyle celebrated, and the D's will
gladly comply. Forcing little girls to share a bathroom with some confused little boy will not win many votes.
7 years of Obama brought the world from Kumbaya to chaos. [S]even years into Obama's presidency, the promised
worldwide Kumbaya is instead global chaos — caused in large measure by his willful retreat from America's position of
leadership. Washington's traditional allies increasingly feel abandoned, its enemies emboldened. The United States
isn't even leading from behind — it's cowering in weakness.
mom claims retailer booted her for complaining about man in girls' restroom. A California mom who says she was
recently kicked out of a sporting goods store after alerting a manager that man had frightened her young daughter in the
women's restroom is demanding answers — and a policy change — from the Washington-based chain.
The woman, who spoke to FoxNews.com but asked not to be identified, said she was shopping with her 12-year-old daughter and
the girl's younger friend when her daughter told her what had happened moments earlier at an REI sporting goods store during
a shopping trip in late August.
gets judge's OK to parade nude in S.F.. It's illegal to go naked in public in San Francisco, unless you're part
of an event with a city permit, like a parade. And that's what 50 to 100 nudists plan to do on city streets Saturday [9/26/2015],
with an assist from a federal judge.
Reassignment Is Latest Company Benefit in Equality Push. U.S. companies are swiftly adding health insurance
benefits for employees who want to transition to another gender, a fairly inexpensive way to show they're serious about a
diverse workforce because so few people actually use them. More than 415 of about 780 firms surveyed for their
friendliness toward lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender workers now cover related procedures, including hormone therapy
and sex-reassignment surgeries, according to the Human Rights Campaign. That's more than double the number in 2012, and
up from just 49 in 2009.
swear more, Twitter study claims. Left-wingers are more likely to use swear words than their right-leaning counterparts,
a study of thousands of Twitter accounts has suggested. While conservative-leaning individuals are, perhaps unsuprisingly, more
likely to use religious terms such as "God" and "psalm", those on the liberal end of the political spectrum are heavy users of "f***"
and "s***" online. Researchers at Queen Mary University in London analysed more than 10,000 Twitter users who follow either the
Republican or Democrat party Twitter accounts.
The Editor says...
It should come as no surprise that profanity naturally flows from the hearts and mouths of hopeless, godless humanists.
of a failed liberal state. [Scroll down] Why should residents of other states care about this financial
meltdown in Chicago and Springfield Illinois[?] The answer is that Chicago is the canary in the coal mine when it comes to
the government pension crisis. Pensions to retired teachers and state employees are bleeding the state dry. Since 2006,
annual pension payments have grown tenfold, from $60 million to over $650 million. A state budget office spokesman
tells me that "nearly one of three state tax dollars now goes to paying pensions for retired municipal and state employees."
Meanwhile tax increases on the rich under the previous governor failed to raise much money, but did accelerate an exodus of money
and talent out of the state.
Those Yellow-Stain Blues.
It's a lucky thing the driver wasn't crushed when a three-story-tall lamp post fell on top of a car stopped on the corner of
Pine and Taylor Streets in San Francisco on a Monday evening last month. The base of the lamp post had been corroded
after countless soakings with urine from San Francisco's ubiquitous homeless, prompting a spokesman for the city's Public
Utilities Commission to encourage people and dogs alike to water fire hydrants rather than light poles because the fire
hydrants are made of stronger cast iron. That collapsing lamp post is a perfect metaphor for urban Democrat governance.
If you want to know what inevitably results from allowing the Far Left to run cities cleared of middle-class voters over decades,
picture vast armies of homeless bums gleefully micturating on public infrastructure, while public officials merely beg for more
clichéd choices amid terror of alienating a prominent, if noisome and not quite sane, constituency, until that
piddle-drenched infrastructure inevitably topples. That is, after all, what Democrat cities ultimately put on display.
Wrong with California in One Photo. Nationwide gasoline prices are below $3 a gallon. But here in California it
is not unusual to see prices still over $4 a gallon. So what do liberals here want to do? Pass a law that mandates
reducing gasoline consumption by 50 percent by the year 2030 — just 15 years from now. This proved
too much even for some Democrats — the ones who represent actual poor and (previously) working people in the Central
Valley, unlike the West LA and Silicon Valley and San Francisco Democrats who represent smug rich people who drive Teslas.
These old-style Democrats said they would not vote for the bill.
How Grown-Ups Deal With
'Microaggressions'. Whenever I first heard the word "microaggression," sometime in the last five years, I'm sure I was
unaware how big "micro" could get. The accusation of a microaggression was about to become a pervasive feature of the Internet,
and particularly social media. An offense most of us didn't even know existed, suddenly we were all afraid of being accused of.
We used to call this "rudeness," "slights" or "ignorant remarks." Mostly, people ignored them. The elevation of
microaggressions into a social phenomenon with a specific name and increasingly public redress marks a dramatic social change, and two
sociologists, Bradley Campbell and Jason Manning, have a fascinating paper exploring what this shift looks like, and what it means.
The Progressive Crime Wave
Grows. Murder rates are skyrocketing in large U.S. cities, but President Obama's progressive pro-crime policies
and endless racial provocations have nothing to do with it, the New York Times predictably declared in a recent article.
Nowadays Americans are being killed and maimed explicitly because of their race. Execution-style cop killings are becoming
distressingly common. Killings and vicious assaults based on the skin color of the civilian victim are also becoming common.
That any of this is happening shouldn't surprise anyone who follows public events. For years media outlets have acted as
uncompensated publicists for the Obama administration's ongoing campaign to turn America into the progressive paradise that is
Robert Mugabe's Zimbabwe. And they're still doing it today.
Nine Signs of
the Impending American Collapse. Gender has come increasingly to be regarded not as a biological fact but as a
social construct, and ultimately as an expression of one's "inner feelings" (as if there were any other kind) and
affect-laden sense of sexual or personal identity. A man is a woman is a trans is a tiger is a wolf — in other
words, an idiosyncratic caricature of a normal human being. [...] Such aberrations follow from and go hand in hand with a
longstanding, aggressive and doctrinaire feminism that has infected every important social and professional institution,
leading to the legal and societal deprivileging and even the feminization of men, who must not only endure institutional
inequities but must continually apologize for their existence — another recipe for social and cultural catastrophe.
President Obama's Peculiarity. A
year after President Obama vacates the White House almost any Republican president working with the Republican Congress will have
cleaned up the mess — except for the debt. That will take longer. In foreign policy things may be even
worse. A nuclear Iran will have to be dealt with. When the President without a shadow leaves office after withdrawing
American power from every corner of the world, Americans will see how dangerous a community activist can be in the White House.
Fighting Back Against the Social
Justice Warriors. [Scroll down] And now, after a century of their rule, we all live under the boot of their
compulsory administrative government programs. What are taxes at 33 percent of GDP but exploitation? What is the
vast apparatus of government entitlements but a vast coercive patriarchy? What is the cruel politics of identity and diversity
but racism? Was there ever a government so oppressive and unjust?
Bums Bury San Francisco in Feces. San
Francisco is also a center of leftism. The liberals running the city have laid out a red carpet for dysfunctional street people,
who come from all over the country to collect their freebies and crap on the sidewalk. Combined with the policy of no longer
incarcerating any but the most obviously violent lunatics, this has reduced the city to a cross between a mental institution and a sewer.
The modern malleability of gender and
race. In the present postmodern world, we are told that there is no such thing as a biologically distinct gender.
Instead, gender is now socially constructed. It can be defined by the individual in almost any way he or she sees fit.
Here ze comes.
Glenn Reynolds links to a Daily Mail article highlighting usage notes issued by a gay rights official at the University of
Tennessee, where Glenn teaches. The university official has advised staff and students to stop using "he" and
"she" — and switch to "xe," "zir" and "xyr" instead. The idea is to avoid any implication that mankind is
divided into men and women. This is discouraged as "binary" thinking. In the brave new world, gender neutral
pronouns are preferred to make the university "welcoming and inclusive" and to prevent feelings of marginalization.
I feel marginalized, however, when men can't recognize women and rules of grammar are destroyed.
The ridiculousness of
'Parent 1' and 'Parent 2'. It is political correctness run amok. That the courts would hold up the preference
of the two-percent gay community in place of the zeitgeist of the majority-heterosexual society is an assault on democracy. It is
a linguistic trick to distort the gestalt of the majority. It is political correctness leading to language perversion.
Communal, communist societies try to destroy the family structure. Family values are against big bureaucracy and the left
coddles big government. Leftists are afraid of mothers and fathers. They want robotic parents. They want
"Parent 1" and "Parent 2."
York State cops descend upon Times Square in attempt to crackdown on naked painted panhandlers. State Police
descended on Times Square Saturday as the topless painted ladies and their male managers who have been preying on tourists
for tips were questioned on whether their basic business practices are on the up and up. One state officer
was armed with a clipboard and grilled the women, trying perhaps to find a way to kick them out of the Crossroads of the
World once and for all.
Now Demanding To Live on the Streets As Matter of Right. America's homeless are lawyering up to fight for a
"right" to live on the street — your neighborhood and personal safety [notwithstanding]. From Fort Lauderdale
to Los Angeles, cities are struggling with a surge in people living in cardboard boxes and doorways. Local lawmakers are
trying to ban "camping out" in public and ordering police to clear the fetid encampments. Now lawyers for the homeless
are pushing back. They're demanding that "sleeping rough" be legally protected. In Denver, where living on the
street is outlawed, lawyers for the homeless want to guarantee vagrants "the right to use and move freely in public spaces
Politicians Double Down on Dangerous 'Sanctuary City' Policies. Chicago politicians and advocates of mass immigration are
pushing "sanctuary city" policies that allow criminal aliens to run rampant and resulted in the high-profile death of one city resident
in 2011, according to Progress Illinois. Many want to shield illegal aliens from immigration authorities. Illegals with
pending criminal cases should not have their information given to U.S. Immigration and Customers Enforcement (ICE) if they're stopped
again by police, says one advocate.
of Companies Leaving Illinois Turning Into a Flood. On Thursday [8/13/2015], Hoist Liftruck's announcement that
it was moving more than 500 manufacturing jobs to Indiana was just the latest in a long and almost fevered list of other
companies seeking to escape Illinois' outrageous workers compensation costs and high taxes. On July 14 machine-maker
DE-STA-CO said it was moving 100 jobs to Tennessee. The next day energy processor Bunge North America said it was shutting
down its plant in Bradley, Illinois, and laying off 210 workers. The day after that General Mills pulled the plug on its
manufacturing plant in West Chicago, terminating 500 workers.
offensive could speed arrival of robot-powered restaurants. [Scroll down] The industry could be ready for
another jolt as a ballot initiative to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour nears in the District and as other campaigns to
boost wages gain traction around the country. About 30 percent of the restaurant industry's costs come from salaries, so
burger-flipping robots — or at least super-fast ovens that expedite the process — become that much more
cost-competitive if the current federal minimum wage of $7.25 an hour is doubled. "The problem with the minimum-wage
offensive is that it throws the accounting of the restaurant industry totally upside down," said Harold Miller, vice
president of franchise development for Persona Pizzeria, who also consults for other chains.
Target, I Do Want My Daughter To Conform To Her Gender. You've likely heard by now that Target will be ending
the segregated, Apartheid-like conditions in their stores, getting rid of gender labels on toys, games, and most other
products. They'll also ban the colors pink and blue, and tear down the barbed wire fence that separated the two areas, which
apparently made it previously impossible for a girl to enter the boy's section or vice versa. For the time being, there will
still be girl and boy aisles in the clothing department, but they assure us they're keeping the labels because of "fitting
and sizing differences," not because they would presume to insinuate that only girls should wear dresses.
every parent knows (and Target doesn't) about boys and girls. The girls' and boys' section of any store is rudimentary:
it caters to the majority of consumers who frequent the stores. Parent whose children fall outside the norm are perfectly capable of
buying their children whatever it is they're interested in. They don't need Target to hold their hand and lead the way. Target's
new policy has nothing to do with making children feel better about themselves. It looks like it's about the company making sure it
doesn't get sued by parents who see injustice everywhere.
Mayor Wants to Make Seattle More
Sharia-Friendly. Edward B. Murray, the mayor of one of the most politically progressive cities in
America — Seattle — wants to make it easier for the 30,000 practicing Muslims in his city to
get home mortgages without violating religious Sharia law. It is part of his plan to ease what he says is a
"housing crisis." A new company in Seattle wants to help that happen, along with allowing Muslims to invest
in retirement plans without violating Sharia law. But conservatives have been warning for years that doing
business with Islam is the same as doing business with terrorists, and a Seattle radio talk show host wonders why
progressives favor Muslims over Christians.
The Beef? $15 Wage Means 36% Smaller Burger. Would you pay the same price for a Mini Mac instead of a Big Mac?
Raising the average fast-food wage to $15 an hour could force restaurants to hike prices by 11% — or shrink the size
of burgers by 36%, according to an IBD analysis of data from a recent Purdue University study. Higher prices and smaller
burgers are just two of the unappetizing menu of options facing fast-food chains and their customers as cities such as Los Angeles,
Seattle and New York raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour.
Liberals are Dangerous. People in positions of power who place feelings above common sense, responsibility and
reasoned thinking are dangerous. They (liberals) must never be in charge. Take sanctuary cities. These are
liberal-governed U.S. cities that have officially decided to disobey federal law by sheltering illegal aliens. Liberalism
has been described as a "mental disease." For whatever reasons, liberals who run sanctuary cities feel it is unfair that we
in America have so much. Consequently, they roll out the red carpet to illegals; gifting them welfare, college tuition, and
benefits unavailable to legal American citizens.
Reaction to the death
of Cecil the lion is further proof of secular society's moral confusion. In Western
Europe and North America, we live in the first godless and religion-less generation in Western (and
probably world) history, and without Judeo-Christian values, there is no compelling reason to hold
human worth above animal worth. Judeo-Christian values are based on the Bible, which asserts the
fundamental principle that human beings, not animals, are created in God's image. Therefore, human
life is sacred; animal life is not.
Rabid job-killing environmentalism:
coal-mining Kentucky, shock and dismay over Clean Power Plan's new targets. It is a
tense time in Kentucky. The Environmental Protection Agency has just come out with its final rule on
reducing carbon emissions — the strongest step ever taken to counter climate change in
the United States — and this coal state is reeling. Kentucky's energy secretary was
in talks with EPA officials all afternoon on Tuesday [8/4/2015], trying to figure out what the rule
means — and trying to understand how it was that the agency boosted the target that it had
proposed for Kentucky last year. A target that the state was on track to meet.
want of sentiment. This diminution of empathy may be why some younger people are
committing crimes not seen in past centuries, and why there has been a notable absence of affect
while doing them, or even while being sentenced. Horror films, and their popularity, ought by now
not to exist, since they artfully craft cruelty, ways to ingeniously make humans bleed and die. Why
would the genre not be done with by now? Is the empathy button now on Off, replaced with "entertain
me"? The shrinkage augurs poorly for the development of solid relationships, it would seem. Are
the adolescents and millennials going into careers not necessitating empathy, such as medicine and rescue,
emergency and fire squads, baby care, nursing, and therapy?
Guilt as Power.
[Scroll down] In our modern, post-religious age society needs to know what ethical taboos, if
any, remain. What won't we do? Now that we have resolved to live without God and must perforce live
under men that is all the more reason to know what those men believe. Sigmund Freud believed that the
secular motives of "educated people and brain-workers" would be a reliable substitute for what was formerly
regarded as natural law. Can these educated people spare a moment then to explain what their secular
motives are? Besides money that is.
Twitter Mob: Society's New Mechanism for Enforcing Morality. [Scroll down]
Indeed, there's a tendency on the right to bemoan the fact that traditional morality is breaking
down — and that's obviously true. But the conclusion many take from it is that nothing is
taking traditional morality's place. I've been writing for years that this isn't true. Society,
like nature, abhors a vacuum; if you remove one moral dogma, another will rush in to take its place.
That's what much of political correctness is — an attempt to replace one system of customs,
mores, values, and ethics with another.
This is satire, I hope.
am royalty born in a commoner's body, and society is discriminating against me. I was
born in the body of a regular person, but in my mind, I feel I am royalty. I can't help this
feeling; it's just the way I am. And it upsets me when people don't treat me according to my royal
identity. When men talk to me, they do not bend the knee; women do not bow or even curtsy. And
no one calls me "m'lord" or even apologizes for retreating from my royal presence without leave. I
didn't ask to be born this way; it's just the way I am. And I feel very discriminated against by society,
which treats me like a commoner. When I go into a bathroom, everyone should leave so I can use it, but
no one does. That makes me very uncomfortable. All I want to do is to go to the bathroom in
peace! I think every business should either make everyone leave when I enter the bathroom or have a
bathroom that can be used only by royalty.
college will now ask students to pick from 6 genders. Beginning this fall, students at UC Irvine will have
the option to self-identify about their sexual orientation on all university admissions forms, reports CBS Los Angeles.
The new form will ask students to pick one gender from six different choices.
The Editor says...
Why must an applicant select only one gender? That sounds inflexible and exclusionary!
Guilt as Power.
The people who in the videos merrily describe the prices they can obtain for this or that body part
may one day be old and as helpless as the infants they have dismembered. Then they will be in the
care of men like themselves. And on that far day these young — then old — may
want water. On what grounds will they demand it? On what basis will they ask for care, love or
Regulations could leave Manatees out in the cold. It's no secret the President's carbon
regulations will force the premature retirement of coal-fired power plants across the U.S. In
fact the President seems wholly indifferent to the thousands of jobs and livelihoods he's destroying.
However what the President and EPA did not count on is that some of the power plants that will be shuttered
are integral to the survival of hundreds of Florida manatees. The issue stems from the fact that the
warm-water discharge from some Florida coal-fired power plants, such as Florida's Big Bend Power Station,
has become home to hundreds of West Indian manatees. The manatees are drawn to the warm-water
discharge for a nearly six-month period in the winter.
the Matter With San Francisco? I moved to San Francisco for its radical politics. Lots
of people did, for generations. Maybe it was like moving to Los Angeles if you wanted to be a movie
star: If you wanted to be part of the grand project of reconstructing the American Left in the petri dish
of a single city, San Francisco beckoned. The quirky, counter-cultural San Francisco so many of us fell
in love with is almost gone now, destroyed by high housing costs. We've lost not only the politics, but
all kinds of cultural experimentation that just doesn't thrive in places that are expensive. We are
watching the old San Francisco slip away before our eyes. Every time a housing unit becomes vacant, it
goes on the market at a price so high that no organizer, writer, teacher, activist or artist could dream of
affording it. Trying things that don't have monetary potential just isn't possible anymore.
sees fallout from $15 minimum wage, as other cities follow suit. Seattle's $15 minimum
wage law is supposed to lift workers out of poverty and move them off public assistance. But there
may be a hitch in the plan. Evidence is surfacing that some workers are asking their bosses for
fewer hours as their wages rise — in a bid to keep overall income down so they don't lose
public subsidies for things like food, child care and rent. Full Life Care, a home nursing
nonprofit, told KIRO-TV in Seattle that several workers want to work less.
Consequences of Lib Indoctrination from the 60s to Obama. Churchill said, "If you're
not a socialist when you're 20, you have no heart. If you're not a conservative by the time you're
40, you have no brain." Churchill's point is youths are idealistic. Liberals (Leftists) have been
allowed to exploit the idealistic nature of our youths from kindergarten through college, making everything
about fairness and not offending. High school grads who cannot read their diplomas are well-schooled
in guilt and anger over "White Privilege" and "Social Justice."
Of Violent Felons To Be Released In November Under New Sentencing Guidelines.
Thousands of dangerous federal prison inmates will be released in November as a result of the U.S.
Sentencing Commission's decision to lower federal sentencing for all drug trafficking and
distribution crimes. According to House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte and Senate
Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, the release will include inmates with violent criminal
histories who committed crimes involving assault, firearms, and even murder.
Dept. Of Energy's War Against Common Sense Continues. Toilets that don't flush;
washing machines that don't wash; light bulbs that don't illuminate; electric cars that don't
drive; exploding windmills; useless solar panels, and now...
industry warns federal dishwasher regs would lead to dirty dishes. The recent proposal
from the Department of Energy is meant to boost dishwasher efficiency by setting stricter limits on
the amount of water each dishwasher can use, among other changes. Under the plan, washers could use
only 3.1 gallons of water for a single load. But an appliance industry group says the new
measures would be counterproductive — as they'd force users to run their dishwashers more,
and hand-wash, just to get the same results, in turn using more water. "[The regulations] would
result in dishwasher performance that is unacceptable to consumers, essentially turning back the clock
to the days of hand-washing dishes," the Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers (AHAM) said in
terrorists to Ted Kennedy. Every time another foreign terrorist murders Americans in
cold blood, I think of Ted Kennedy. It's still unclear how this latest Middle East monster
infiltrated the United States. But you can bet it involved his family taking advantage of one of Ted
Kennedy's "landmark" laws — the Immigration Reform Act of 1965, perhaps, or the Refugee Act of
1980. Or maybe his father utilized one of the "terrorist visas" enshrined by the Immigration Act of
1990. That catastrophe, by the way, was signed into law by Juan Ellis Bush's father, Bush 41.
Teddy's fingerprints are all over each of these disastrous laws — as well as so many others.
The Editor says...
Mary Jo Kopechne is currently unable to offer any comment about murdering Americans in cold blood.
the cliche that it's better to let '10 guilty men go free'. The old liberal cliché that it's "better 10 guilty persons
escape than one innocent suffer" has been upended in recent years — at least when it comes to accusations of sexual assault.
The cliché has been replaced by: "It's better 10 innocent persons suffer than one guilty escape." The push to reduce campus
sexual assault has bred this new sentiment, as policies purporting to make colleges and universities safer actually increase the likelihood that
innocent students will be accused and punished. The new policies broaden the definition of sexual assault while narrowing the definition
of consent, and remove due process protections for accused students while severely limiting what constitutes "evidence" in their defense.
How's that Great Society working out?
time, black kids in poverty outnumber white. The number of black children living in
poverty in the U.S. has surpassed the number of poor white children for the first time since U.S.
Census has tracked such numbers in 1974, according to an analysis by the Pew Research Center.
Overall, 20% of children in the U.S., or 14.7 million, lived in poverty in 2013 — down
from 22%. Of that, black children make up 4.2 million while white children account for
4.1 million. Children make up 38.4% of all black people living in poverty; children make up
21.8% of all white people in poverty; children make up 42.5% of Hispanics in poverty; and children make up
20.6% of Asians in poverty, according to the Pew Research Center. Poverty is classified as a family
of four with a household income below $23,624.
Democrats' doctrine of 'government is the solution' is in tatters. People have lost
faith in our politics and government. The next president needs to work tirelessly to restore voters'
faith in our government's ability to function. What part of the federal government is working better
than it did six years ago?
Things the Left Should Apologize For. At the macro level, the Left should apologize to
America for their continued allegiance to European-style welfare statism. At the micro level, they
should apologize for their ongoing use of hateful division politics. These two guiding ideologies
of the Left have caused immeasurable poverty, misery and grief. Their intent to divide us is leading
to concertina-wire-reinforced borders among the individual race, gender, and religious silos that they
have chosen for us.
presiding over rapid decline in NY city quality of life. New York City has never been
a paradise, but for 20 years previous to the election of Mayor Bill de Blasio, quality of life had
risen dramatically as a result of what's known as "broken windows" policing — enforcing minor crimes
to take people off the streets and prevent them from committing major offenses. But now, with
the far left wing mayor leading the charge, more and more minor crimes are not being enforced.
Predictably, this has led to a surge in violent crime and an invasion by vagrants and homeless
people that hasn't been seen since the pre-Guiliana days.
Planned Parenthood Sells Baby Parts. Planned Parenthood thinks it can put a price on a
baby: $30 to $100 per part. An undercover investigative video released July 14 showed a Planned
Parenthood executive confess that her taxpayer-funded organization sells the body parts of aborted babies
by using the partial-birth abortion procedure to ensure the baby parts stay intact. Pro-life leaders
challenged the abortion giant after the Center for Medical Progress, a citizen journalist group focused on
medical ethics, caught the scene on camera.
about Planned Parenthood.
Hails Women's Clothes on Men: 'The End of Gender Is Near'. Friday's [7/10/2015] Washington Post hyped a
new trend in fashion on the front of the Style section. The headline was "His. Hers. Theirs. Whoever's. In an
increasingly genderless fashion industry, if the blouse fits, wear it." Fashion writer Robin Givhan championed designers
who are asking "Why are clothes assigned a gender at all?"
The Editor says...
A few years further down this slippery slope, leftists will normalize nudity.
allowing 15-year-olds to get state-subsidized sex-change operations. The list of
things 15-year-olds are not legally allowed to do in Oregon is long: Drive, smoke, donate blood, get
a tattoo — even go to a tanning bed. But, under a first-in-the-nation policy quietly
enacted in January that many parents are only now finding out about, 15-year-olds are now allowed to
get a sex-change operation. Many residents are stunned to learn they can do it without parental
notification — and the state will even pay for it through its Medicaid program, the Oregon
Health Plan. "It is trespassing on the hearts, the minds, the bodies of our children," said Lori
Porter of Parents' Rights in Education. "They're our children. And for a decision, a
life-altering decision like that to be done unbeknownst to a parent or guardian, it's mindboggling."
The Coming Confrontation.
We now have a Democrat party that spreads half-truths, propaganda, and tells outright lies to its
citizens. In our schools, our children are being turned into good little Marxists with
indoctrination into such areas as lifestyle, climate change, and immigration. Together, with our
media, they have slowly inculcated all aspects of our lives, both moral and political. They
further these ideas by encouraging a vast populace in this country to become dependent on government,
and looking to one political party to bail them out, turning a challenging time into a hammock of
irresponsibility where people can relax in Marxist splendor, while others work to pay for them.
States Outperform Blue In Managing Taxpayer Money. A new report from George Mason
University's Mercatus Center ranks all 50 states based on 14 measures designed to determine whether
states can pay their short-term bills and meet their long-term obligations — debt, pension liabilities
and such. The data go through 2013. The best-run states have enough cash to pay [their] current bills,
enough revenue coming in to meet its fiscal year needs, a cushion for economic shocks, and management long-term
liabilities. The worst states, in contrast, have "tens, if not hundreds, of billions of dollars in unfunded
liabilities — constituting a significant risk to taxpayers in both the short and the long term."
What Obama Has Taught Us.
[Scroll down] Try a thought experiment about changes in government. Say "the ______ under Obama" and then fill in
the blank with what follows: IRS, VA, NSA, GSA, EPA, TSA, DHS, ICE, Secret Service, NASA. Have these
agencies "changed" and do we have more "hope" because of their evolution? Are any of these bureaucracies more
transparent or efficient than in 2008? Do we associate their directors with skilled and honest leadership? Or
do we see these alphabet soups corrupted by cronyism and politics, immune from audit and accountability, led by
incompetents, and now mostly social-welfare organizations bent on patronage and redistributive engineering?
the Future. Forty-three years ago, there were roughly 1,500 black elected officials
nationwide. According to the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies, by 2011 there were
roughly 10,500 black elected officials, including a black president. But what were the fruits?
By most any measure, the problems are worse. There is the greatest black poverty, poorest education,
highest crime and greatest family instability in cities such as: Detroit, St. Louis, Oakland, Calif.,
Memphis, Tenn., Birmingham, Ala., Atlanta, Baltimore, Cleveland, Philadelphia and Buffalo, N.Y. The
most common characteristic of these predominantly black cities is that, for decades, all of them have been
run by Democratic and presumably liberal administrations. What's more is that in most of these cities,
blacks have been mayors, chiefs of police, school superintendents and principals and have dominated city councils.
Penumbra School of Law. I was watching in horror a series of Mark Dice videos of
interviews in which passersby signed petitions to repeal the First Amendment to shut down criticism
of Obama because it was all clearly racist[,] petitioned to repeal the Bill of Rights; revealed they
didn't know when and why we celebrate the Fourth of July; signed up to ban the American flag and
replace it with a New World Order one. I wanted to believe the people responding were
outliers — just ignorant San Diego beachgoers. Unfortunately there are too many
indications they are not, and that this disregard for the Constitution and its protections, this
lack of knowledge of our history and how it shaped the Constitution, and why it is important to us,
are rife in both the states and the federal government.
Progressive Policies That Murdered Kate Steinle. [Scroll down] Although this
violent thug pulled the trigger, progressives, through the laws they have enacted, put this man on
the streets which allowed him to murder. Federal authorities had Lopez-Sanchez in custody in
March after he was set free from a federal prison. They transferred him to San Francisco authorities
because he was wanted by them on drug-related charges. The feds filed what's called an "immigration
detainer" requesting that the local authorities notify them before releasing the man. But San
Francisco, home of the most militant leftists in America, refused the request because local policy
forbids it. The prisoner in effect got a "get out of jail free card" from the left-wing open-borders
movement which argues that keeping illegals in jail violates their constitutional rights.
Steinle was Murdered by a Sanctuary City. In San Francisco, city employees are barred
from aiding ICE in raids, arrests or investigations unless "required by federal or state law, or a
warrant." Among those political figures who could feel the heat is the pro-sanctuary Kamala
Harris, California's Democratic attorney general and possible replacement for retiring Sen. Barbara Boxer.
Steinle Died Because of Democrat Policies. The family of a California woman who was
allegedly shot dead by an illegal Mexican immigrant have criticized officials who didn't hand him
over after he was jailed just months before the attack. Grieving relatives of Kathryn Steinle,
32, who was shot dead on San Francisco's Pier 14 Thursday night [7/2/2015], made the comments in light of
revelations that alleged killer Francisco Sanchez, 45, had already been sent back over the border five times.
Brown, Harris Allowed S.F. Murderer To Stalk The Streets. The senseless, random murder
of 32-year-old Kathryn Steinle last week, allegedly by illegal alien Juan Francisco Lopez-Sanchez,
has shocked the city of San Francisco and outraged the nation. The alleged murderer was free
because of a local policy and state law that prevent cooperation with federal immigration
detainers — and because of a federal government that encourages such disobedience.
about California's sanctuary cities.
on The Truth: It's a Progressive Disease. You'd better think twice before you tell the truth about the emperor's new
clothes. Progressives are using the power of government to force society to go along with the insanity. This goes on
wherever progressives hold power. Politically correct speech codes have been enforced on American college campuses for decades,
where conservative and Christian students and faculty are routinely discriminated against and decried as "haters." Now that
progressives have taken over broad swaths of federal and state government, they have greatly enhanced power to enforce their will.
Bakers and florists who refuse to participate in same-sex ceremonies are driven out of business, despite the First Amendment's
guarantee of free exercise of religion. Religious liberty is under assault in America. People who espouse Judeo-Christian
values are being denied entry into graduate schools and driven from their jobs. Just ask Wes Modder, the chaplain who recently
was kicked out of the Navy for telling counselees the truth about what the Bible teaches about sexuality, including homosexual behavior.
No Truce With the Left. Republicans
are still trying to figure out a truce on gay marriage. They retreated to civil unions, then
accepted a full defeat on gay marriage and then acted baffled when Christian bakery owners were
dragged into court for refusing to participate in gay weddings. When the left insisted that gay
marriage was a civil rights issue, they refused to take them at their word. Now they're
wondering how an accommodation can be made with tranny rights. A brief look back at gay rights will
show that the only possible accommodation is one in which men in dresses have a legal right to use
the ladies room and every single closed female space and event. And yes, that means your business
will be shut down if you object to Steve using the female locker room.
Montana trio applies for wedding license. A Montana man said Wednesday [7/1/2015] that
he was inspired by last week's U.S. Supreme Court decision legalizing gay marriage to apply for a
marriage license so that he can legally wed his second wife.
Destiny in the Balance. [Scroll down] After nearly six and half years of the
Obama administration and the ongoing rampage of the Left, it is clear for all to see what future
lies in store for the United States under the long term reign of this cabal:
The Supreme Court is one justice away from being dominated by politically motivated leftists, four
of whom are already in place, bent on relegating the Constitution to the dustbin of history and
replacing it with the Left's agenda.
[B] In due course, freedom of speech, religion
and the press will be what the central government and courts, controlled by one party, allow it to
[C] All macro-economic activity will be determined by Washington D.C., and in
order to continue to operate major corporations, their managements will have to be subservient to
the central government per the basic tenets of fascism. Small business formation will be severely
curtailed as the federal regulatory state determines who and what business can be formed.
[H] Eventually this nation as we know it will cease to exist as a violent reaction to all
the above will eventuate in a revolution and split the country into three or four independent nations.
Hidden Message of Same-Sex Marriage. The road to gay marriage began with feminism.
Feminists argued that there were no important differences between the sexes. Thus, mothering and
fathering were interchangeable. The word "parent" became a verb. If mothers and fathers bring
nothing unique or complementary to their roles, then it logically follows that two mothers or two fathers
should be just as good. Talk of three or more parents misses the mark. The relevant number
is one. If fathers are no different from mothers, then single women needn't pause before embarking
on "parenthood" solo — and they aren't. Along with feminism, the past few decades have
featured a widespread retreat from the idea of family duty. [...] Marriage today is treated as optional
by many parents, just one of many available paths. As Alito noted in his dissent, fully 40 percent
of American births are now to unmarried women. Additionally, more than half of all children will
spend some part of their childhoods in a non-nuclear family.
Time magazine says:
the Time To End Tax Exemptions for Religious Institutions. The Supreme Court's ruling on gay
marriage makes it clearer than ever that the government shouldn't be subsidizing religion and non-profits.
The Progressive Timeline. Detroit
collapses in on itself and Progressive are out in the streets protesting as if the city was run by a
secret cabal of Free Masons. They demand change and the implementation of their preferred solutions.
Left out is the fact they were the ones in charge for fifty odd years and they had implemented all
of their preferred polices, causing the collapse. Race is the most obvious big social issue which
has been totally controlled by Progressives. Since the 1950's, the Left has had a free hand in
trying to[ ]make the races get along. They even control the definition of "getting along."
Has not the time come for polygamy, social liberals? Faster than one can say "slippery
slope," quicker than the echoes of Chief Justice John Roberts' warnings on the subject could dissipate,
Politico Magazine published a rather lengthy appeal to the leaders of social liberalism to use the
Obergefell decision to push for a constitutionally-recognized right for plural marriage.
You're What You Say You
Are. [Scroll down] The bottom line is that modernity permits liberties previously
unknown or unrecognized. Today we're not held to reality. For example, one does not have to
accept the limitations of biology. [...] For example, Bruce Jenner, Olympic decathlon champion and reality
show personality, has recently become Caitlyn Jenner. People now are required to address him as her.
There is a condition known as species dysphoria, similar to gender dysphoria. It is a condition in which
people think they are animals trapped in human bodies. I've been giving this option some serious
thought. I've been thinking of calling myself a springbok trapped in a human body.
Leaders: Gay Marriage Is Not Enough. [Scroll down] Poverty, contraception, and abortion might
not seem like inherently LGBT issues but they are certainly intertwined with them. According to the Center
for American Progress, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender women are more likely to live in poverty than their
heterosexual and non-transgender counterparts. They are also at increased risk of sexual assault, as the
National Center for Lesbian Rights notes, which makes abortion access essential for lesbians and bisexual women.
Attorney On Gay Marriage Decision: SCOTUS Opinion 'Resonates With Our Arguments'. [Scroll down] Academic Frederick deBoer
writes in Politico Magazine how the Supreme Court's decision opens the doors for legal polygamous marriages. "The marriage equality movement
has been both the best and worst thing that could happen for legally sanctioned polygamy. The best, because that movement has required a
sustained and effective assault on 'traditional marriage' arguments that reflected no particular point of view other than that marriage should
stay the same because it's always been the same."
Transgender Student Forces Cambridge University To Alter 500 Year Old Dress Code. St.
Catherine's College at Cambridge University has decreed that men can wear skirts at formal dinners,
following a campaign by a transgender-rights activist student. The 542-year-old college has
broken down its long-standing traditional dress code which Pink News claims said that men had to
wear suits, whilst women had to wear dresses or a blouse and skirt to the events.
Oregon, 15-Year-Olds Can Get Taxpayer-Funded Sex Changes Without Parental Consent. The New York Times has an alarming
article today [6/17/2015] about the movement to push sex change operations at earlier and earlier ages. [...] If Oregon's political leadership thinks
that 15-year-olds are so capable of making monumental decisions like getting sex reassignment surgery all on their own that they're
willing make taxpayers pay for it regardless of what parents or guardians think, why do the myriad of other age related restrictions
remain in place?
Dolezal, America's Newest "Victim". If you peruse the exhaustive press coverage since [Rachel] Dolezal was "outed,"
you'll enjoy various stuffy and serious-faced speculations on the social constructs surrounding race, the complex intersections of
biology and modern identity, the similarities between Dolezal's "transracial" experiment and Caitlyn Jenner's transgender gambit, and
the insistence that any comparison between the two is so offensive that we might all suddenly implode like a box of half-baked Chinese
fireworks naively purchased from a backwoods Indiana roadside shed. It is, to put it mildly, a lot to digest. It's almost
like auditing a class at Oberlin, but without the half-hearted drum circles, pilfered Xanax, and crippling piles of denial and student
Lies about Sex. Jesse Jackson said
that we couldn't say "black" anymore. All at once, university presidents, network anchors, United States congressmen and senators,
corporate executives, even Republican politicians, said "African-American." I think the last people to stop saying "black" were
the black people themselves, who had not been consulted. I don't know who the Jesse Jackson it was that stopped us from saying
that men and women are equal and made us say that they are alike, but alike it is. So we forgot about equality and pretended not
to notice the differences, and, lo, now we can't figure out who is a man and who is a woman.
Academics Shocked That Their Creatures Turn on Them. Recently several progressive professors have
publicly complained that their students are hounding them for failing to consider their tender sensibilities by
straying beyond the p.c. orthodoxy on sexual assault, sex identity, linguistic correctness, and a whole host of
other progressive shibboleths. [...] These incidents follow the complaints of other progressives like Kirsten
Powers and Jonathan Chait that the intolerant ideology at the heart of progressivism is now getting out of
hand — something that many of us have been writing about for nearly 3 decades. That
these progressives should now be shocked at such intolerance and persecution after decades of speech codes,
disruptions of conservative speakers, campus inquisitions which ignore Constitutional rights, cancellations of
commencement speakers, and ideological litmus tests imposed on new hires and curricula, bespeaks not principle,
but rather indignation that now they are on the receiving end of the bullying and harassment long inflicted on
conservatives and people of faith.
Patrick Moynihan and the triumph of deviancy. Former Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan,
writing in his 1993 article "Defining Deviancy Down" posits "... over the past generation, the amount
of deviant behavior in American society has increased beyond the levels the community can 'afford to
recognize' and that, accordingly, we have been redefining deviancy so as to exempt much conduct
previously stigmatized, and also quietly raising the 'normal' level in categories where behavior is
now abnormal by any earlier standard." I think we've reached the point where we can say without
fear of contradiction that Moynihan was both correct and, at the same time, crippled by a lack of
of Reason. Today an American conservative might well feel like a Kafkaesque protagonist, as the
country appears to be drifting increasingly into absurdist territory under the leadership of Barack Obama, the
Democratic Party, and leftist elites in the media and entertainment industries. The lionization of Bruce
Jenner's makeover into a pseudo-woman is but a symptom of this slide into mass irrationality. [...] The idea
that some men, despite the obvious biological evidence, are in fact women, and vice versa, has become generally
accepted by a large percentage of the country, and endorsed by none other than the president himself.
Rather than society sympathetically tolerating Jenner, or offering him mental health treatment, he and other
so-called transsexuals (like convicted Army private Bradley Manning) can now medically mutilate themselves at
public expense. They can compel girls to use public bathrooms and showers with biological boys who
claim to be female.
Transgender Bathroom Choice a Matter of 'Health and Safety'. The Department of Labor
(DOL) issued instructions for how private businesses should address a transgender individual who
wants to use a different bathroom, arguing that allowing transwomen to use the ladies bathroom is a
matter of "health and safety." "The core belief underlying these policies is that all employees
should be permitted to use the facilities that correspond with their gender identity," according to
the guidance, issued by the DOL's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). "For
example, a person who identifies as a man should be permitted to use men's restrooms, and a person
who identifies as a woman should be permitted to use women's restrooms." "The employee should
determine the most appropriate and safest option for him- or herself," the document said.
with the Highest Minimum Wage. Hourly earnings in the U.S. rose 0.3% in May to $24.96 a jump of
2.3% from the year-ago period. However, those earning the minimum wage are still getting paid a lot less
even in the 29 states paying above the federal minimum wage.
safety agency says women's bathrooms safer with creepy men in them. OSHA is concerned
with safety — i.e., chemical, biological, and physical hazards in the workplace, and
everything from the dangers of toxic chemicals to dangerous machinery that can hurt workers. That's
why speaking out on the issue of letting men into women's bathrooms is clearly central to OSHA's mission.
Bruce Jenner a Woman Is an Insult to Women. Parents, be aware: soon the magazine rack
in the checkout line at the supermarket will feature this profoundly disturbing image of Bruce Jenner.
The picture is plastered right on the cover of the next Vanity Fair issue, and it shows Bruce dolled up
in makeup and hair extensions, posing in a corset, with parts of his face, forehead, and throat shaved off
for cosmetic reasons, and his chest enhanced by hormone pills, Photoshop, and silicone. The idea is
to make the 65-year-old grandfather look like a college girl, but the effect is that he looks like a distorted
version of neither. What he most closely resembles is a mentally disordered man who is being manipulated
by disingenuous liberals and self-obsessed gay activists. Far from having the appearance of a genuine
woman, he reminds me of someone who is being abandoned to his delusions by a culture of narcissistic imbeciles.
America Moving Left? Statistics from the most recent Gallup poll indicate that Americans'
moral views have become increasingly liberal over the past 14 years, with U.S. citizens tending to approve
of behavior they would have deemed immoral or sinful just a generation ago. The biggest change
percentage-wise has been in Americans' positive moral evaluation of polygamy and human cloning, both of
which more than doubled since first measured by Gallup in the early 2000s. In 2003, a mere 7%
thought that polygamy was morally acceptable, whereas in 2015, the figure has grown to 16%.
Similarly, the recent poll found that 15% of Americans now accept human cloning, up from just 7% of
the population in 2001.
Effect': America's New Crime Wave Is All Part of the Plan. The Wall Street Journal is
calling the dramatic end of America's two-decade-long drop in crime "The Ferguson Effect." Led
behind the scenes by President Obama, America's fraudulent civil rights leaders (Al Sharpton) and
the mainstream media (especially CNN), worked together — starting with their lies in
Ferguson — to launch hate campaigns against the police. The result is an empowered
criminal element and by extension a horrific increase in murders, shootings, and other violent crimes.
Work. 108 people were shot in New York, Baltimore and Chicago over the weekend. Many
of the casualties were saved from that terrible "school-to-prison pipeline" that bedevils promising
young crack dealers and instead went straight to the morgue. 56 people were shot in Chicago
including a 4-year-old girl. That's quite a step up from last year in which only 17 people were
shot. It might actually be the most violent Chicago weekend in a while. And that's saying something.
Rican legislators narrowly approve raising sales tax to highest level in U.S.. Gov.
Alejandro Garc'a Padilla is expected to sign the bill that would increase the tax from 7 percent
to 11.5 percent, as well as create a new 4 percent tax on professional services.
infrastructure. A month ago, we spent a spring break week in southern California. The
weather was glorious, and we had a wonderful time. But we were appalled by the third-world condition
of California's roads and highways. California's highways are not just decrepit and pocked with
potholes, they are downright dangerous. Billions of dollars would be required to bring California's
roads, bridges, cloverleafs and related infrastructure up to the level that is taken for granted in,
say, South Dakota. But California's Democrats have higher priorities, whether it is doling out
dollars to the party's supporters, funding environmental projects that will never see the light of
day, or finding new ways to attract illegal immigrants.
God isn't making Transsexual children,
lib-left politics is. It's a politically correct fueled pop culture behind the sudden
rush to Transsexual Transformation. Within weeks of Bruce Jenner revealing 'SheHood' complete
with an ABC Television announced Reality TV series about to show how it's done, it seems the whole
world — including the Girls Scouts of America — is going Tranny. In the U.S.
boys wearing skirts will be welcome in the Girl Scouts tent. In Britain, boarding schools have been
told to adopt gender neutral uniform policies in order to avoid discrimination against lesbian, gay,
bisexual and transgender (LGBT) pupils.
officer deaths in the line of duty double as morale sinks to new low. Law enforcement
morale is at an all-time low as uniformed officers endure increased pushback from the communities
and politicians they're risking their lives to protect, and a new report released Monday [5/11/2015]
shows on-duty law enforcement deaths in 2014 occurring at nearly twice the previous year's rate.
"One of the things that we've seen just lately, that we've never seen before, is police officers are
telling their own families, and their own children, 'Don't go into this line of duty, this line of
work, because it's not worth it any more,'" said Bill Johnson, executive director of the National
Association of Police Organizations.
enforcement deaths double in 2014. The atmosphere of hate being ginned up against the
police has resulted in double the number of deaths in 2014 compared to 2013, according to a preliminary FBI
report. Bill Johnson, executive director of the National Association of Police Organizations, says
that the campaign of demonizing police has taken a toll on morale as well.
up 12% in L.A. city and county. The homeless population jumped 12% in the last two
years in both the city and county of Los Angeles, driven by soaring rents, low wages and stubbornly
high unemployment, according to a report released Monday [5/11/2015]. In one of the most striking
findings, the number of tents, makeshift encampments and vehicles occupied by homeless people soared
85%, to 9,535, according to biennial figures from the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority.
The Editor says...
High rent and low wages can be blamed on illegal aliens who should have been stopped at the Mexican border instead of being welcomed in.
High unemployment can be blamed on Obamacare and other red tape and regulations imposed by Barack H. Obama and his minions.
In other words, left-wing liberals are entirely to blame.
Liberals Have Ruined College. The root of nearly every free-speech infringement on campuses
across the country is that someone — almost always a liberal — has been offended or
has sniffed out a potential offense in the making. Then, the silencing campaign begins. The
offender must be punished, not just for justice's sake, but also to send the message to anyone else on
campus that should he or she stray off the leftist script, they too might find themselves investigated,
harassed, ostracized, or even expelled. If the illiberal left can preemptively silence opposing
speakers or opposing groups — such as getting a speech or event canceled, or denying campus
recognition for a group — even better.
Urban Pathologies on Display. President Obama is concerned with burnishing his legacy
during this second term of his presidency. One major part of his legacy will be the way his "divider
and conqueror" political tactics have highlighted the many pathologies plaguing black urban culture
in this country, and have brought about a massive deterioration in "race relations." These
pathologies did not originate with Obama. They have been half a century in the making, and may be
traced to the mid-1960s when the legitimate civil rights movement was co-opted by the Left under the
twin rubrics of the "War on Poverty" and the "Great Society." If indeed we have been engaged
in a "war on poverty," it is long past time for us to acknowledge that poverty has been winning.
The Chains They Revere.
Why are so many of the young "misguided youth" in Baltimore so badly educated that they can
barely speak English? [...] Believe it or not, in 2011, the public education system in Baltimore
spent $15,483 per pupil... which was only second to NYC, which spent an incredible $19,770 to
basically produce the same wretched results. Of course, spending $15,483 per pupil is a total
waste of money when most of those receiving it drop out of school because they place no value on
it[,] just as the shattered "families" they come from see no value in it either, except to use it as
an excuse for their failure to make anything out of it. So there you have it, a complete Democrat
run city (for decades) spending a huge amount of money on a public educational system that is totally
controlled at every level by a key Democrat base group (the Teachers Union) which has instituted
every single "educational reform" advocated by the academic left for the last
40 years[,] and all it has produced is yet another generation of semi-literate and illiterate,
violent, utterly un-employable, lumpen-proletariat street thugs who only know how to make incoherent
complaints for the cameras about a society they live in, but in which they have no idea how to succeed.
Prospects for Black America.
[Scroll down] America has made no real, concerted effort to promote fatherhood, and part of
the problem is feminism, with its refrain that "strong women" can rear children without men.
"Fathers," [Heather Mac Donald] said, "should not be seen as an optional add-on or frill."
Illegitimacy, she added, is such a disadvantage to children that we should come to grips with the
idea that "it is not true that everybody has the right have a child." [John] McWhorter agreed that
it would be marvelous if blacks would marry each other, but noted that "after 50 years, there is no
way to create a movement in black America to rebuild the family." If even half the black leaders and
columnists and preachers came out with a strong endorsement of fatherhood, the other half would call them
vicious names for letting "institutional racism" off the hook.
My party didn't cause the problems in Baltimore. Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) on
Wednesday [5/6/2015] rejected the idea that Democratic political leaders were responsible for
problems in Baltimore. [...] Some conservatives have suggested that Baltimore, where riots broke out
last week over police mistreatment of minorities, is the result of failed liberal policies.
Baltimore last had a Republican mayor in 1967.
Workplace Safety Agency Takes On Transgender Restroom Access. The Occupational Safety
and Health Administration (OSHA) isn't just about hard hats and safer machinery anymore. The federal
government agency charged with regulating workplace conditions has formed an "alliance" with a "national
social justice advocacy organization for transgender people" primarily to promote gender-appropriate
restroom access. The agreement, signed on April 27, is part of a larger OSHA program to partner
with groups "committed to worker safety and health to prevent workplace fatalities, injuries, and illnesses."
Forcing Public Schools to Adopt 'Nondiscrimination' for Transgender Teachers and Students. The
U.S. Department of Education is demanding that the Fairfax County Public Schools, in the Virginia suburbs just
outside Washington, D.C., "revise their non-discrimination policies to include gender identity" or risk losing
the federal funds they receive for their schools. The "nondiscrimination" would apply to transgender
students and teachers. The Fairfax County School Board is scheduled to vote on the new policy, a revision
of its existing non-discrimination rule, Policy 1450, on Thursday, May 7.
petri dish laid bare in Baltimore. All the mayhem unfolding in Baltimore is nothing
short of an unspeakable American tragedy. Laid bare are the failures of cradle-to-grave social
policies held so dear by politicians in both parties, but embraced and celebrated most lustily by
Democrats. These self-proclaimed Robin Hoods and do-gooders have issued open and unashamed
invitations to the most vulnerable in society to become completely dependent upon government for
everything from food to cellphones to home heating oil. Left in the wake is the utter
annihilation of families and the destruction of cohesive neighborhoods. Complete dependency
comes at such a high and bitter cost. All in return for what really amounts to a sad
pittance of welfare payments. It is a twisted mockery of the American dream.
Self-Immolation: Democrats, You Built That. It's really a tale of two cities, depending on who's
telling the tale. The borderline-Jacobins at Slate, who believe spanking is child abuse, and personal
responsibility is out of fashion, try to explain looting away as a social phenomenon: "Why would anyone
burn down the only CVS in their neighborhood?"
Course Democrats Deserve the Blame for Baltimore. If a person happens to point out
that Baltimore's criminally inept government has been run exclusively by Democrats since 1967 (with
one Republican mayor since 1947) and features not a single city councilor who isn't a liberal, he
may be called a lazy apparatchik. Because not everything, you see, is reducible to mere party
politics. Now, if an economic renaissance sparked by the progressive policies of Stephanie
Rawlings-Blake had lifted Baltimore from poverty, I imagine Democrats would be eager to claim credit
for the accomplishment.
Burning Cities. Are the riots caused by the Baltimore Police Department's "documented
history" of abuse? Which party has run Baltimore and allowed its police officers to allegedly run
amok? Going deeper, which American political movement lionizes public-employee unions, fiercely protecting
them from even the most basic reform? Public-employee unions render employee discipline difficult
and often impossible. Jobs are functionally guaranteed for life, and rogue officers can count on
the best representation money can buy — courtesy of Blue America.
Baltimore Is a Catastrophe Entirely of the Democratic Party's Own Making. St. Louis
has not had a Republican mayor since the 1940s, and in its most recent elections for the board of
aldermen there was no Republican in the majority of the contests; the city is overwhelmingly
Democratic, effectively a single-party political monopoly from its schools to its police department.
Baltimore has seen two Republicans sit in the mayor's office since the 1920s — and none since
the 1960s. Like St. Louis, it is effectively a single-party political monopoly from its schools
to its police department. Philadelphia has not elected a Republican mayor since 1948. The last
Republican to be elected mayor of Detroit was congratulated on his victory by President Eisenhower.
Atlanta, a city so corrupt that its public schools are organized as a criminal conspiracy against its
children, last had a Republican mayor in the 19th century. Its municipal elections are officially
nonpartisan, but the last Republican to run in Atlanta's 13th congressional district did not manage to
secure even 30 percent of the vote; Atlanta is effectively a single-party political monopoly from
its schools to its police department.
Violence [is] the Fruit of Collectivism. Granted, the violent faction achieved their presumed goal
by garnering plenty of attention, but they created far more enemies than friends with their escapades.
In letting off steam in such a manner, they reinforced negative stereotypes, marred a legitimate protest,
made people fear them, and necessitated a police crackdown, including 35 arrests. Worst of all,
they themselves acted on and perpetuated the conceptual root of racism: collectivism. Collectivism,
both in its political and philosophical manifestations, places the importance of groups (collectives) above
the rights of each individual. Stemming from the fallacy that groups act, rather than individuals,
collectivism also assigns responsibility to one's "people" — whatever group that may be —
and fosters prejudices and division.
How Long Does America
Have? The riots followed a weekend in which GoFundMe shut down a fundraising page for
a Christian-owned bakery that was hit with a huge fine for refusing to serve a gay wedding. GoFundMe
has said its policy precludes raising money "in defense of formal charges of heinous crimes, including
violent, hateful, or sexual acts." The key word here is "hateful": if you can expand or
contract that word at will — which many people in this country can and do —
you can accomplish anything. Every week this country is consumed in a new distended orgy of
polarized, mutual hatred, set against the backdrop of outrage mobs, race riots, shuttered businesses,
scandals, Twitter-induced career ruination, gleeful smear parties, and partisan hackery.
against Perversion? President Obama says that we are not at war with Islam but with
those who have perverted Islam. Since when have liberals been against perversion? Name one other
perversion they are against. [...] Liberals have ruined education. They have turned civil rights into
uncivil wrongs. They have spoken power to truth. They have politicized the churches. They
slaughter millions of birds with their [...] wind turbines. They have turned reporters into propagandists.
They trick people into wearing ugly clothes and bizarre hairstyles. They call noise music. They design
ugly buildings. They even like weird furniture. They don't mind perverting education, rights, truth, God's
creatures, news, clothes, hair, music, architecture, furniture, anything, anything, anything, anything but Islam.
Decay Is Speeding Up. There are no moral truths because there is no longer a religious
basis for morality. More than the Enlightenment, it was the Bible — especially the Hebrew
Bible (which was one reason America's Christians were different from most European Christians) that
guided the Founders' and other Americans' values. Not anymore. Instead of being guided by a code
higher than themselves, Americans are taught to rely on their feelings to determine how to behave.
Instead of being given moral guidance, children are asked, "How do you feel about it?"
How the Baltimore Mayor's office
explains her infamous 'space to destroy' remark. With massive violence spreading in
Baltimore on Monday, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake is under fire for a statement she made over the
weekend indicating that she ordered the city's police to give people the "space" to destroy
property. "I've made it very clear that I work with the police and instructed them to do
everything that they could to make sure that the protesters were able to exercise their right to
free speech," Rawlings-Blake said in a press conference.
mayor's 'balancing act' gave protestors permission to turn violent. "I wanted to give
space to those who wished to destroy," that is how Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake described
her policy Saturday [4/25/2015] at a press conference. Her words, which effectively told police to
stand down as those gathered to protest the death of 25-year-old Freddie Gray smashed store windows,
looted 7-Elevens and forced attendees at a Baltimore Oriole-Boston Red Sox baseball game to remain in
the stadium because it wasn't safe outside.
Is a Democrat Problem, Not America's Problem. Contrary to the emotional blackmail some
leftists are attempting to peddle, Baltimore is not America's problem or shame. That failed city is
solely and completely a Democrat problem. Like many failed cities, Detroit comes to mind, and every
city besieged recently by rioting, Democrats and their union pals have had carte blanche to inflict their
ideas and policies on Baltimore since 1967, the last time there was a Republican Mayor.
businessman blames 'stoned' workers for move to SC. When workers at his Colorado
business went to pot, Mark Brawner said it was enough for him to roll out of the Rockies and head
for South Carolina. Brawner, who ran Little Spider Creations out of an old Denver warehouse for
years until this month, told KUSA-TV Thursday he moved because pot was hurting his company. He said
employees started to come to work stoned after the state legalized the drug for recreational use in 2012.
the Left, Society's Death is Victory. What can the left achieve when it no longer has
to worry about a conservative opposition, budgets, democracy or any other obstacle to its great
dreams? Cities filled with old men and women who never had children. Cities filled with
young men and women who will never marry, who are still working on their fourth degree without ever
having held a job. Cities filled with multi-generational welfare recipients who are also the
only ones having children. Cities owned by foreign nations from their historic buildings to
their imported booming populations. That was the great accomplishment of a united Europe.
No children, no jobs and no future. No great works, no civilizational progress and no golden age.
Soft Police State. Even before 9-11, the Drug Enforcement Administration used judge-less
warrants to harvest phone records. How can this be? Apologists for the federal administrative
police state may cite the sometimes-inconsistent application of search and seizure practices at common law
before the American Constitution was written. Institutionalized bureaucratic violations of the Fourth
Amendment, however, can be directly traced to the expansion of the administrative state under the New Deal.
This was unthinkable 50 years ago. Thanks, liberals!
ballot initiative would keep boys out of girls' bathrooms. A group called Privacy for
All is trying to get enough signatures to create a ballot initiative in California that would
prevent boys from going into girls' bathrooms and locker rooms, even if the boys wiggle when they
walk and talk in high-pitched feminine voices.
When children are raised in godless, fatherless households, and morality is no longer taught in schools, stuff like this happens:
Secretary: 10,400 Male Troops Subjected to 'Unwanted Sexual Contact' Last Year. Defense Secretary Ashton Carter told
a group of ROTC cadets on Wednesday [4/22/2015] that sexual assault is a "particular challenge and a particular disgrace" to the U.S.
military. He noted that last year, far more men (10,400) than women (8,500) "experienced unwanted sexual contact." "We've
made some progress," Carter said. "We seem to have seen some decrease in the estimated number of assaults, and we seem to have
seen some increase in those reporting an assault.
Blue States Have Tried the Elizabeth Warren Model. Their Residents Are Fleeing. The
blue states that try to lift up the poor with high taxes, high welfare benefits, high minimum wages
and other Robin Hood policies tend to be the places where the rich end up the richest and the
poor the poorest.
$228 million time bomb. Even as it confronts a federal investigation that's embroiled
its chief executive, Chicago's public school system is facing the prospect of having to make
payments to four financial institutions that would largely wipe out its cash reserves. And they
could demand those payments with just 48 hours' notice, records examined by the Chicago Sun-Times show.
Economic Death Spiral After 84 Years of Democratic Control. Run by Democrats for more than eight decades,
Chicago should serve as a showplace that reflects the wonderful world of "progressive policies." Public schools are a
mess, and the city's finances place their bonds at near junk level. In 2013, the city averaged 36 homicides a month,
with the majority of them unsolved. [...] Nationwide, 10 percent of all parents have their kids in private schools.
In Chicago, 39 percent of public school teachers with school-age children have their kids in private school.
say California drought caused by misguided environment policies. In an average year,
California gets enough snow and rain to put 200 million acres under a foot of water, but
environmental opposition to dams over the last several decades has allowed the majority of the
freshwater to flow into the ocean, even as the state's population exploded to nearly 40 million
people. The current drought has left farms parched and residents under strict water consumption
orders, but some say it didn't have to be that way.
blamed for California drought. For California Gov. Jerry Brown to crack down on shower-taking and toilet-flushing
to save precious quarts of water as millions of gallons flow into the Pacific Ocean doesn't make a lot of sense to Travis
Allen. [...] With everyday Californians now on the hook for drastic conservation measures, Republicans say the time has
come to focus on the real culprit: a state and federal regulatory framework, fueled by environmental litigation,
that requires a certain aquatic environment for at-risk fish while making it nearly impossible to build dams and other
the Environmentalists are Destroying California. In 2007, they mobilized around saving
the Delta Smelt, a three-inch baitfish, as an outgrowth of a policy that for decades put animal life
and vegetation ahead of drinking water and food. The Delta Smelt requires a rare and somewhat
precise mixture of fresh and salt water. It is by any measure a fragile species. In
August 2007, Federal Judge Oliver Wanger ruled that the fresh water pumped into the Central Valley,
the lifeblood of its economic base, threatened the survival of the Delta Smelt. He ordered a
severe reduction in the water directed to Central Valley agriculture. The ruling (subsequently
reversed for sloppy science and then upheld) resulted in a loss of thousands of jobs and acres of
farmland. [...] The fight over the Delta Smelt [...] is a fight between people who value a
baitfish over productive farmland and America's food resources.
A Return to Pagan Mythology. Declaring one's self to be other than what one is created
is an assault on material and human reality — an exercise in magical thinking that is
bound to run up against the reality of the created order, including the reality of humankind created
as male and female. Yet a recent article in the Daily Beast contains a complete glossary of
gender options. The glossary is currently comprised of 51 genders, among them an option to be
"gender fluid," that is, having the ability to flit from one gender to another according to what the
individual would like to be. The idea is that though biologically one may be born with male or
female parts, gender is a choice, not a fixed category. Instead, gender is determined by how
an individual feels about his or her self.
An Engineered Drought.
We're suffering the ramifications of the "small is beautiful," "spaceship earth" ideology of our
cocooned elites. Californians have adopted the ancient peasant mentality of a limited good, in which
various interests must fight it out for the always scarce scraps. Long ago we jettisoned the can-do
visions of our agrarian forebears, who knew California far better than we do and trusted nature far less.
Now, like good peasants, we are at one another's throats for the last drops of a finite supply.
Bullies and the Laws That Enable Them. I think it's time to consider whether, in an
effort to undo state mandated discrimination against blacks, we have gone too far afield and should
scale back the push to regulate discrimination against a variety of protected groups in the private sphere.
explosions prompt proposed changes in legal pot states. Alarmed by a rash of
explosions and injuries caused when amateurs make hash, lawmakers in Colorado and Washington are
considering spelling out what's allowed when it comes to making the concentrated marijuana at home.
Up for Indiana! In what has been called the "Catholic moment" in America, in the late
1940s and 1950s, Catholics were admonished from pulpits to "live the faith" and "set an example" for
others. Public lives were to reflect moral beliefs. Christians were to avoid those "living in
sin." Christians who operated motels and hotels did not rent rooms to unmarried couples. Fast
forward to 21st-century America. Indiana just enacted a law, as have 19 other states, to protect
the rights of religious people to practice their beliefs in how they live their lives and conduct their
businesses. And the reaction? Nearly hysterical.
professors say. Colleges have been able to raise tuition at three times the rate of
inflation for about half a century, thanks to massive subsidies and credit financed by the federal
government, and their gatekeeper role as certifiers of intelligence for prospective employers.
Intelligence tests have been forbidden as a means of screening applicants, so as a means of screening,
employers have had to rely on the certification provided by a college degree. This has enabled
prestigious colleges to act as the gatekeepers to high paying careers, and thereby extract crippling
levels of tuition from parents desperate to launch their children on high-paying and prestigious
careers. Occidental College, for example, currently charges $47,522 a year for tuition.
Add in room and board, textbooks, travel and incidentals, and a parent must cough up a quarter
million bucks or so to certify a child with an Oxy diploma.
Academia has given us so much for which not to be grateful — identity politics,
race/gender studies and sundry unpleasantries. But it has topped itself now with one even
better — the right to be treated as something quite fragile, always endangered and almost
too precious to live. Last December, the Boston Globe informed us that "students at Harvard Law
School, joining their counterparts at a pair of other leading universities, have asked that final
exams be postponed for students who have been 'traumatized' by recent grand jury decisions" in New York and
Missouri, explaining "we cannot walk away from our pain." In England, some female students suggested
we move from clapping to hand waving to signal approval, as the sound of applause could be threatening.
God Loves Abortion and Hates Israel. The Presbyterian Church (USA) is the Radio Shack
of church denominations. It's been in free fall for so long that it's sometimes difficult to believe
the church is still around. It makes news only when it makes bad news. This is a church that has
long embraced a culture of death by accepting abortion on demand. Indeed, church materials have
declared that abortion can even be "an act of faithfulness before God," and church policy states:
"The considered decision of a woman to terminate a pregnancy can be a morally acceptable, though certainly
not the only or required, decision."
The fruits of multiculturalism:
Raped by Muslim Gangs on "Industrial Scale". Nearly 400 British girls as young as
eleven are believed to have been sexually exploited by Muslim rape gangs in Oxfordshire over the
past 15 years, according to a chilling new report. It charges local officials with repeatedly
ignoring the abuse due to a "culture of denial." The scale of the abuse in Oxfordshire, a county
in southeast England, mirrors similarly shocking accounts of the sexual exploitation of white British
girls by Muslim gangs in Bristol, Derby, Rochdale, Rotherham and Telford, and implies that the problem
is not isolated, but endemic.
Blocks of Racism, Incompetence and Collapse. Philadelphia's mayor is black. Its
previous mayor was black. Its City Council is overwhelmingly black, with a few Hispanics and liberal
union loving whites sprinkled in. Its police chief is black. Its fire commissioner is black.
Its school district is run by blacks. The population of West Philly is 76% black. And you
know who is racist? The black leadership of Philadelphia is racist. Last week we had two
ice/snowstorms that struck the Philadelphia area. By the morning all of the roads in my northern
suburban area were plowed and easily drivable. When I got off the Schuylkill Expressway at
Girard Avenue and entered West Philly, the land where snowplows and salt evidently don't exist,
it was like I had arrived in a third world country where government services were nothing but a dream.
liberal discipline policies are making schools less safe. New York public-school
students caught stealing, doing drugs or even attacking someone can avoid suspension under new
"progressive" discipline rules adopted this month. Most likely, they will be sent to a talking
circle instead, where they can discuss their feelings. Convinced traditional discipline is racist
because blacks are suspended at higher rates than whites, New York City's Department of Education
has in all but the most serious and dangerous offenses replaced out-of-school suspensions with a
touchy-feely alternative punishment called "restorative justice," which isn't really punishment
at all. It's therapy.
Order Sheriff to Remove American Flag From Courthouse. By now you've all heard about
the flag controversy at the University of California-Irvine, where the student government voted to
ban flags, including the American flag, in student government offices. While a higher student body
vetoed that measure, the debate on the university's campus is not over. Now, on the East Coast,
we're seeing a similar controversy brewing at a courthouse in Virginia.
Left's Destruction of Inner-City Communities. Progressives and Democrats control every
major city of any size and every major inner city of any size in America, as you've heard me say
before. Everything's that's wrong with the inner cities of America, that policy can affect
progressives, leftists, Democrats are responsible for. They have monopoly control in all these
cities: Chicago, Detroit, Philadelphia, St. Louis. There's not a Republican in
sight. Progressive welfare policies destroyed the black family beginning in the 1960s.
Seventy-five percent of African American children were born to two parents at that time. Now,
80 percent in the inner cities are born out of wedlock. The absence of a father and
authority figure in the home, often complicated when the mother works as well as raising her
children, has produced a series of pathologies which we summarize as the underclass, which were
predicted by Daniel Moynihan in 1965, of violence, drug abuse, and criminality.
'Compassion': New Minimum Wage Laws Kick In. It is fascinating to see brilliant people
belatedly discover the obvious — and to see an even larger number of brilliant people
never discover the obvious. A recent story in a San Francisco newspaper says that some
restaurants and grocery stores in Oakland's Chinatown have closed after the city's minimum wage was
raised. Other small businesses there are not sure they are going to survive, since many depend on a
thin profit margin and a high volume of sales.
New $15 Minimum Wage Law Causing Restaurants to Close All Over the City. Since Seattle
forced a raise in its minimum wage to $15 small businesses, especially restaurants, have been
closing all across the city because they just can't afford the new wage and stay open. Higher
minimum wages always seem like a great idea to people as a general idea. Unfortunately, in
real life forced higher minimum wages are disastrous for all small businesses and Seattle is a
perfect example of why it is a bad, bad idea.
restaurants going dark as $15 an hour minimum wage goes into effect. Seattle is about
to embark on a civic experiment that most experts predict will be an economic disaster; a $15 an
hour minimum wage is set to go into effect on April 1st. And some restuarants in the city have
already shuttered their doors and are either going out of business or moving to friendlier climes.
This was entirely predictable — and was predicted when the measure passed the Seattle city council.
Decades of "self esteem" building in the public schools are paying off!
Parenting Style That Turns Kids Into Narcissists. Rearing kids to become adult
narcissists seems easier today than at any other point in human history. Just give them a
smartphone, a few social media accounts, and a trophy for participation. Right? It's a reasonable
presumption, but researchers at the University of Amsterdam took a more methodical approach to determine what
kind of parenting yields narcissistic kids — those who "feel superior to others, fantasize about
personal success, and believe they deserve special treatment." The team studied 565 kids and
705 parents over two years and tested two hypotheses for what makes kids narcissists: parental
worship or a lack of parental warmth.
Know: The Participation Trophy Era is Producing Kids Who Are Raging Narcissists. When
childhood is spent being rewarded for nothing, adulthood can be a bit difficult to navigate. There
seems to be no balance between avoiding damage to children's psyches and coddling them to the point of
inducing neuroses. Yes, psychotic, screaming parents at sporting events are awful, but last
Saturday I saw pre-season parade for a Little League, celebrating merely getting through the registration
process, I guess. Narcissism is at the core of progressivism. The sense of entitlement inherent
in leftist ideology is being nurtured in public schools that decades ago began prioritizing feelings over
Fitness cancels woman's membership after her complaints of transgender woman in locker room. Yvette
Cormier said the incident occurred Saturday, Feb. 28, when she entered the women's locker room at the Planet
Fitness location at 701 Joe Mann Boulevard in Midland. "I was blocked, because a man was standing
there," Cormier said. "It freaked me out because, why is a man in here?" Cormier said an employee at
the front desk told her that the individual identifies as a woman. After taking her complaints to Planet
Fitness' corporate office, Cormier said she was told that the gym was a "no judgement zone" and they would not tell
the individual in question to stay out of the women's locker room. The person has not been identified.
The Editor says...
A disgusting sex pervert shows up at the health club, and if you complain, you're the troublemaker.
judging allowed: Planet Fitness drops member after gender identity complaint. [Scroll
down] "I was stunned and shocked. He looked like a man. He did not look like a woman," says
Cormier. Cormier is talking about a person who walked into the woman's locker room while she was getting
undressed. She says she couldn't believe her eyes. "This is very unprofessional. This is
very scary," continues Cormier. Cormier says she immediately complained to the front desk and
eventually to corporate offices. "They told me the same thing, that he was allowed in there
because that's the sex he wants to be," says Cormier.
gym reportedly bans woman over gender identity complaint. A Michigan gym reportedly
canceled a woman's membership after she refused to stop telling other members that "a man" was using
the women's locker room. Yvette Cormier told MLive.com that the incident occurred at a Planet
Fitness on Feb. 28 when she walked into the woman's locker room and was "freaked out" because there
was "a man" in there. When Cormier told the front desk, employees told her that the person
identifies as a woman. Cormier took her case to the gym's corporate office, but was told that they
would not tell the person to stay out of the women's locker room because the gym is a "no judgment zone."
The Editor says...
A normal person would reasonably surmise that a "no judgment zone" is a place where the gym rats won't
make fun of a beginner because he can only bench-press 40 pounds, because at least he's trying
to get in better shape. Instead, this is a "no judgment zone" in liberal dystopia, where you no
longer have the right to object to perversion, and you can no longer assume that only women are in
the women's showers.
You Will Be Made To Accept.
[Scroll down] Planet Fitness cancelled her membership because of this event... not because
she didn't want a man in the women's locker room, but because of the way she expressed her feelings.
Planet Fitness, in other words, gets to play thought police. There is, of course, a difference in
what a private business does and what a government does — you have alternatives to Planet Fitness
(and you really should choose them, not just because of this story) — but it is still an issue for
those in the world who are not transgendered or believe that you can use whichever bathroom/dressing
room/locker room you want based on how you feel. The vocal minority wins the game because
businesses are so afraid of the PR hit of being seen as bullies. As a result, they cave to those
vocal minorities and completely ignore the silent majorities that aren't comfortable with the change.
Now Allows Users to Create Their Own Gender Identity. Facebook is now allowing users
who find it hard to express their sex with the 58 existing field options to create their own gender
identity by making the option fill-in-the-blank. While the network's form originally offered two
options, male or female, in February of 2014 it was updated to include alternatives for agender,
androgenous, bigender, cisgender, non-binary, and many more.
Country looks to marijuana as new moneymaker. After making hundreds of billions of
dollars running casinos, American Indian tribes are getting a good whiff of another potential
moneymaker: marijuana. The first Tribal Marijuana Conference is set for Friday [2/27/2015] on the Tulalip
Indian Reservation in Washington state as Indian Country gets ready to capitalize on the nation's expanding pot
industry. Organizers said representatives from more than 50 tribes in at least 20 states have
registered, with total attendance expected to surpass 300.
Million Americans Lack Basic Work Skills. A report conducted by the OECD and commissioned by the
U.S. Department of Education entitled Time for the U.S. to Reskill? has found that a staggering 36 million
adults in the U.S. are "low-skilled." That is, they lack the most basic skills in literacy, numeracy and
problem-solving deemed minimally necessary for meaningful employment in a high-tech global economy.
According to the OECD, black and Hispanics are "three to four times more likely to have low skills than whites."
The Liberal Circus.
The liberal left got what it wanted in 2009 with a supermajority in the Senate and large majority in
the House, a subservient mainstream media, the good will of the American people, and the most
liberal president in American history. It only took that liberal hierarchy six years to erode the
Democratic Party to levels that we have not seen since the 1920s. Almost every policy initiative we
have seen — whether climate change, foreign policy, health care, or race relations —
has imploded. The answer to these failures has not been introspection, humility, or reevaluation
why the liberal agenda proved unpopular and unworkable, but in paranoid fashion to double-down on it,
convinced that its exalted aims must allow any means necessary — however farcical —
to achieve them. The logical result is the present circus.
becomes first to allow babies with 3 genetic parents. Britain has became the first
country in the world to allow babies to be created with the DNA of three parents. The House of Lords
voted Tuesday to approve the use of a groundbreaking and controversial in-vitro fertilization technique
known as three-parent IVF. That followed a similar vote in the House of Commons earlier this month.
The technique would likely only be used in about a dozen cases a year in the U.K. involving women with faulty
mitochondria, the energy-producing structures outside a cell's nucleus.
Yes, at first it's only for cancer patients and those with genetic abnormalities. But then when you
get accustomed to the idea of three-parent kids, the idea will be hip and trendy.
The Scorching of California
by the Green Radical Left. In the 1970s, coastal elites squelched California's
near-century-long commitment to building dams, reservoirs, and canals, even as the Golden State's
population ballooned. Court-ordered drainage of man-made lakes, meant to restore fish to the
1,100-square-mile Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta, partly caused central California's reservoir
water to dry up. Not content with preventing construction of new water infrastructure,
environmentalists reverse-engineered existing projects to divert precious water away from agriculture,
privileging the needs of fish over the needs of people. Then they alleged that global warming,
not their own foolish policies, had caused the current crisis.
More Obamacare victims noticing
that they're on the hook to the IRS. [W]hen these people realize that they have to
give back money (around 53%, according to the above link and the Jackson Hewitt company), they are
not going to react positively to the Democratic message of You should have known better.
Yes, perhaps they should have known better than to vote for Democratic politicians that pushed the policies
that are now forcing taxpayers to pay out to the IRS... what, that's not what the Democrats meant?
Jon Stewart and Progressivism's Bodyguard of Lies. The traditional courtroom oath used
to require the witness to state "I swear to tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the
truth, so help me God." To emphasize God's role in this oath, the witness would place his
hand on the Bible. When a witness took that oath, even if he was only a moderately religious
person, he could not escape the knowledge that he had put his soul on the line. If he got creative
in his testimony, he wasn't just lying to the court, he was lying to his Maker. That's serious
stuff. For the past many years, though, the oath has been abbreviated in American courtrooms.
Now, witnesses about to testify keep their hands in their laps and state only "I swear to tell the
truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth." The end.
Marijuana Causes Lots Of Crashes, Why Are They So Hard To Count? Last year, during a
congressional hearing on the threat posed by stoned drivers, a representative of the National
Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) was asked how many crash fatalities are caused by
marijuana each year. "That's difficult to say," replied Jeff Michael, NHTSA's associate
administrator for research and program development. "We don't have a precise estimate."
The most he was willing to affirm was that the number is "probably not" zero.
Cities Following D.C.-Area Lead, Debating Non-Citizen Voting Rights. More cities are
trying to follow in the footsteps of D.C.-area jurisdictions to give non-citizens the right to vote
in municipal elections. Though many of these proposals have failed, the Washington Post notes
that activists in Amherst, Massachusetts, Madison, Wisconsin, and Burlington, Vermont are also
clamoring to give voting rights to non-citizens.
work of fixing the Deadbeat State begins with confronting unions. Thanks to years of
poor and corrupt rule and an equally corrupt judicial branch, Illinois has become nearly
ungovernable. Its revenues are now insufficient to cover its operating expenses, and so the state
was forced last year to pay $7 billion in IOUs instead of cash to its vendors. Yet Illinois tax
rates — ratcheted up in 2011 in a futile effort to end the state's status as a deadbeat —
are already so high that businesses are fleeing to neighboring Indiana and Wisconsin.
Offers Nine Marital Status Choices. If you list your marital status as "Interlocutory," LensCrafters
wants you to feel included. Polygamists, too. Today at LensCrafters I was handed an iPad and instructed
to "update my medical history" prior to my eye exam. Purportedly for the sake of greater efficiency and accuracy,
I was confronted with screen after screen of repetitive requests for information, most of which should have already
been in their database. [...] In addition to the repetitive requests for my address and phone number(s!!) were more
intrusive demographic questions, including an inquisition about my race and ethnic background. And right there
on the very first screen was a mini-interrogation about the intimate details of my marital status. Am I married?
Divorced? Widowed? Never Married? Interlocutory?
Wage Hike Closes San Francisco Bookstore. An independent San Francisco bookstore says
it will be closing its doors by March 31, despite having its best year ever in 2014. And
it's pointing at San Francisco's newly enacted minimum wage law as the reason.
Wage Hike Hits Home in SF. This is a bookstore that has survived the doubling of rent
in San Francisco, the impact of Amazon and other online retailers on book sales, and the recession.
But despite all of that, it is the city's new $15 an hour minimum wage that will finally put them
over the edge.
one in 10 pupils at east London primary speaks English as first language. A
fly-on-the-wall television documentary reveals that in 1997 at Gascoigne Primary School in Barking,
East London, 90 percent of pupils spoke English as their first language. That figure has now fallen
to ten percent. More than 60 different languages are spoken by the youngsters, according to the
four-part series. The documentary shows foreign children struggling to cope because they do not
speak English, while teachers and even other pupils devote time during lessons to helping them.
The Editor says...
The scattering of the nations, imposed as punishment at the Tower of Babel,
is now being reversed by multiculturalism, and this is the result.
property taxes top $8,000 per home after rising 2.2 percent last year. New Jersey's sky-high
property taxes rose to new heights last year, from an average $7,988 in 2013 to $8,161 in 2014, according to
data from the Department of Community Affairs. The nearly 2.2 percent increase breaks down to an extra
$173 for the average property taxpayer, on top of what were already the highest property taxes in the country.
considers ban on welfare cards at pot shops. Welfare money or food stamps for marijuana?
It's an urban legend that won't go away in Colorado, and state lawmakers this year are poised to pass a law
clarifying that public benefit cards can't be used at dispensary ATMs.
Left Realizes Too Late that Political Correctness Is a Virus. It is enormous fun for
conservatives to write long essays that rail against and mock the scourge of "political correctness,"
and yet, as I am coming to learn, it is also a monumental waste of our time. As a genuine "liberal" in
the classical sense of the word, I have no particular objections if people wish to descend into surrealism
and intolerance. But I am under no obligation to indulge them either.
This is a byproduct of rabid environmentalism:
government now going through citizens' trash for public shaming, revenue. Sure, the
incentive to compost is the putative reason for this regulation, but exactly how is it
enforced? In order for city officials and trash collectors to know you have committed the civic
sin of disposing of leftover food in your trashcan, they have to examine the contents of your
trashcan. Let's hope the citizens of Seattle and trash collectors can come to some kind of
silent truce over this.
This is a byproduct of same-sex marriage:
woman marries herself in elaborate ceremony. A woman who vowed that if she didn't find
love by the time she turned 40 married herself earlier this month in a lavish ceremony here in
Houston, according to reports. Yasmin Eleby married herself at the Houston Museum of African
American Culture on January 3 in a lavish ceremony with 10 bridesmaids in attendance, plus family and
other guests on hand to celebrate the event. For this ceremony, Eleby's minister sister
performed the spiritual service, as it's not legal to marry yourself.
The Editor says...
What does that mean? It isn't legal, unless your sister officiates?
new physician general brings an LGBT point of view. Rachel Levine stood tall in the
doorway, offered a polite handshake, and took a seat at the L-shaped desk in her drab, blank slate
of an office. The room, with its empty bookshelves, dual computer screens, and not much else,
seemed appropriately open to possibility as the headquarters for a woman about to chart new territory.
Levine, who has just been named Pennsylvania's physician general, spent most of her 57 years — at
least outwardly — as a man.
Transsexual Weirdo Rachel Levine Nominated to Be Pennsylvania
Physician General. No, Tiny Tim did not come back from the dead with a bleach job.
That's actually a woman — or at least, the media expects us to regard him as a woman.
[...] Governor Wolf says that Levine was chosen not because he shows up for work in women's clothes,
but in part because of his "extensive background" in "behavioral health."
Exploit Race & Gender. The growth and impoverishment of the black underclass in cities governed for decades
by Democrats is our greatest domestic tragedy. Blaming it on mostly mythical white racism obscures the real causes,
prevents solutions. But if liberals acknowledged the progress that's been made, more blacks might wonder why all
the "help" they've gotten from Democrats has done them so little good. So they pretend every year is 1963.
Legalizing pot was bad idea. Colorado's decision to legalize marijuana was a bad idea,
the state's governor said Friday [1/23/2015]. Gov. John Hickenlooper, a Democrat who opposed the
2012 decision by voters to make pot legal, said the state still doesn't fully know what the unintended
consequences of the move will be.
governor explains why legalizing marijuana in the state was a bad idea. Speaking on CBNC's 'Squawk Box',
the 62-year-old Democrat said: 'If I could've waved a wand the day after the election, I would've reversed the
election and said, "This was a bad idea".' Gov Hickenlooper, who opposed the 55 percent 'yes' decision by
voters to make marijuana legal, warned the state still does not fully know what the unintended consequences of the
ruling will be.
Byproduct of Legal Marijuana: Homes That Blow Up. When Colorado legalized marijuana two years ago,
nobody was quite ready for the problem of exploding houses. But that is exactly what firefighters, courts
and lawmakers across the state are confronting these days: amateur marijuana alchemists who are turning
their kitchens and basements into "Breaking Bad"-style laboratories, using flammable chemicals to extract potent
drops of a marijuana concentrate commonly called hash oil, and sometimes accidentally blowing up their
homes and lighting themselves on fire in the process.
are fleeing N.J. faster than any other state, moving company says. Nearly two of every
three families making an interstate move involving New Jersey last year were leaving the Garden
State, the highest rate in the country. New Jersey had the greatest percentage of outbound moves
of any state nationally last year with almost 65 percent departing, according to a company which
bills itself as the largest transporter of household goods in the country. The Garden State has
led the nation in outward migration for the fourth time in five years. In all, United said it
tracked 4,003 moves out of New Jersey in 2014 compared to 2,169 inbound.
Statistics That Destroy Liberal Narratives. [#13] The more progressive the city, the
worse a place it is to be poor and/or black. The most pronounced economic inequality in the United
States is not in some Republican redoubt in Texas but in San Francisco, an extraordinarily expensive
city in which half of all black households make do with less than $25,000 a year. Blacks in San
Francisco are arrested on drug felonies at ten times their share of the general population. At
6 percent of the population, they represent 40 percent of those arrested for homicides.
Whether you believe that that is the result of a racially biased criminal-justice system or the result
of higher crime incidence related to socioeconomic conditions within black communities (or some combination
of those factors) what is undeniable is that results for black Americans are far worse in our most
progressive, Democrat-dominated cities than they are elsewhere. The progressives have had the
run of things for a generation in these cities, and the results are precisely what you see.
fruits of cowardice and appeasement. Aside from murderous attacks primarily directed
against Jews in Europe over recent months, there have been ongoing massacres and atrocities
committed by Islamic terrorists throughout the world. To name a few: the butchering of 2,000
Nigerians in the wake of the Boko Haram enslavement of 300 schoolgirls; the murder of 130 schoolchildren
in Peshawar, Pakistan, by the Taliban; the barbaric videos broadcast of hostages being decapitated; ongoing
mass murder in Syria and Iraq; oppression of women; and gruesome persecution, expulsion and murder of Christians
in the Middle East. Today, as the global impact of Islamic fundamentalism grows exponentially, with
increasing manifestations of brutal terrorism, Western leaders lack the courage to even identify the enemy.
Obama Economic Record is Even Worse than You Realize. Six years ago this month,
America cast its lot toward a young, first-term U.S. Senator from Illinois to lead the greatest
nation in the world. His mesmerizing words and bold promises drew folks in by the millions.
However, unless you're a bleeding heart liberal, you realize the social experiment of electing an
unqualified, former professional antagonizer has been an economic disaster. The quantitative
evidence, and it abundant, is overwhelming and ever-growing.
Misery Index Grows More Than 50% Under Obama Adminstration. Young America's Foundation
has released its Youth Misery Index (YMI) numbers for 2014, and it's a record high of 106.5. The
Youth Misery Index (YMI) is calculated by adding youth unemployment, student loan debt, and national
debt (per capita) numbers. Young people are experiencing hardships like never before under the
Obama administration, and this generation is especially suffering the consequences of this administration's
Dead,' the Constitution and the Roman Empire. Thanks in part to President Barack Obama
and his pledge to fundamentally transform the United States, and in even larger measure to the
lethargic indifference of the citizens of the country to what is being done to them, the
constitutional republic founded in 1787 has more or less ceased to exist. [...] This disaster did
not happen overnight like the one on the TV series. It's been under way for more than 50 years,
maybe ever since 1914 when Woodrow Wilson was president and the progressives started to make "minor"
adjustments in how the Constitution was interpreted.
Is Being Transformed Into Brazil. Our dishwasher broke just after Christmas. The
timer stopped working, and a new one costs about $100. My wife suggested that since the dishwasher
is nineteen years old, we should buy a new one. Up until now it was working very quietly and
efficiently, washing and drying a full load in about an hour. We visited the appliance shop where
we had recently purchased a new clothes washing machine a few months earlier. I mentioned to the
salesman that our new washer was very slow, taking nearly two hours to finish a large load compared to
our old one, which took about 35 minutes. With a bright smile, he explained that that was
because of the new federal energy efficiency standards for clothes washers enacted by the Obama
administration's Department of Energy in May 2012.
is a terrible place for small businesses, analysis finds. Less than two months after a
report was released that declared New Jersey has the worst tax climate for business owners, the
state received more unwanted recognition. The Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council recently
released rankings of how friendly each state is for the organization's constituents. Not
surprisingly, the Garden State fared poorly. In fact, only California finished with a worse
score in the rankings the SBE&C compiled.
voters may allow pot smokers to carry concealed firearms. Colorado was the first state to legalize
recreational marijuana sales. Now the state's voters may consider a ballot measure to allow pot smokers to
carry a concealed firearm. The Colorado Campaign for Equal Gun Rights is working to put a question on the
November 2016 ballot to have Colorado ignore guidelines from the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and
Explosives about firearms and pot. The measure would change state law to prevent sheriffs from denying
concealed-carry permits because of marijuana use.
Race Card's Steep Cost. The cold-blooded murder of two New York City policemen as they
sat in their car is not only an outrage but also a wake-up call. It shows, in the most painful way,
the high cost of having demagogues, politicians, mobs, and the media constantly taking cheap shots at
the police. Those cheap shots are in fact very expensive shots, not only to the police
themselves but to the whole society. Someone once said that civilization is a thin crust
over a volcano. The police are part of that thin crust.
Clarke: Obama, Holder, Blasio Made 'Pathway That Contributes to Unjustifiable Hatred' of Police.
President Barack Obama, Attorney General Eric Holder, and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio have fueled
animosity towards the police through political rhetoric and "created a pathway that contributes to an
unjustifiable hatred of law enforcement officers across the country," said Milwaukee County Sheriff
David Clarke Jr., now in his 37th year of law enforcement and who was named the 2013 Sheriff of the Year.
Police Die, Racism Narrative Unravels. After four months of non-stop condemnations of
the police and the justice system for both racism and deliberately targeting African Americans for
violence, it is time for the race hucksters and their political enablers such as President Obama,
Attorney General Eric Holder, and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio to stop the campaign of
incitement against the police.
States Sue Colorado Over Marijuana Legalization. The Attorneys General of two
neighboring states, Nebraska and Oklahoma, are suing Colorado in order to have their marijuana
legalization policy declared unconstitutional. Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt said in a
statement that Colorado's policy has "injured Oklahoma's ability to enforce our policies against marijuana."
Student Files Federal Complaint Against School District For Banning Him From The Boys Restroom. A
transgender teenager in rural Virginia is taking his case to the U.S. Department of Justice, arguing in a complaint
that the Gloucester County School Board violated his rights by approving a policy this month prohibiting students
from using restrooms that do not correspond to their "biological genders." The complaint, sent Thursday,
argues the school board ran afoul of Title IX, a 1972 law that bans gender-based discrimination, which has
been interpreted recently to protect students from discrimination based on their gender identify.
Employers Can't Discriminate Against Transgendered. On Thursday, US Attorney General
Eric Holder announced a new interpretation of the Civil Rights Act meant to prevent employers from
discriminating against people who claim the status of a transgendered person. Holder announced in
a memo that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which bars discrimination on the basis of
sex, also applies to the transgendered. "This important shift will ensure that the protections of
the Civil Rights Act of 1964 are extended to those who suffer discrimination based on gender identity,
including transgender status," Holder said in the announcement.
Decrees Crossdressing Protected Under Federal Law. Attorney General Eric Holder has issued an edict, through a
memorandum, that cross dressing and transsexualism is now protected under federal civil rights laws which were designed to
protect women from sex discrimination. Existing federal law provides no statutory support for treating cross-dressers
and transsexuals as the law treats female victims of discrimination. This means that the Justice Department could now,
for example, consider the decision by a school or church to not hire a transvestite as a violation of federal law.
Politically Intimidated Police Afraid to Shoot Maniac
Who Chased Them With Butcher Knife. The insane consequences of the fabricated "police
brutality" spectacle that began in Ferguson are already putting lives at risk.
Inequality Is Greatest In the Most Liberal States. The list of worst-run states — compiled by
the news site 24/7 Wall St. using things like pension funding, credit ratings, unemployment, poverty, crime and high
school graduation rates — shows that three of the bottom five are liberal. Illinois ranks dead last,
followed by New Mexico, with Rhode Island coming in at No. 5. At the other end of the spectrum, only one
of the top 5 best-run states — Minnesota — is liberal. North Dakota comes in first,
followed by Wyoming, Nebraska and Iowa. Liberal states also show up, amazingly enough, as having the greatest
levels of income inequality.
This is what "inclusion" and "multiculturalism" and unrestricted immigration will bring:
is [the] Most Popular Name in Britain for New-born Boys. Muhammad is the most popular name for boys in
Britain, pushing the traditional British names of Oliver and Jack into second and third place respectively, according
to the website BabyCentre. There is a surge in Arabic names generally, with Nur a new entry in the girls' top 100,
jumping straight to number 29, and Maryam rising 59 places to number 35. Omar, Ali, and Ibrahim
are new to the boys' top 100.
working for the working class. [Scroll down] So if Democrats want to win back
the white working class — and they kind of need to, if they want to win elections,
because it's an enormous demographic — maybe they need to start thinking about honoring
and encouraging work, rather than talking about race or class. One person who has some ideas in this
direction is Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, who suggests that the government invest heavily in infrastructure,
which would create a lot of blue-collar jobs. That was actually an original part of Barack Obama's
stimulus plan, but it was derailed by feminists within the Obama coalition who thought it would produce
too many jobs for men.
about feminism and anti-masculinism.
goofy green-energy rules. The EPA's proposed Clean Power Plan regulations are the most
expansive and economically disruptive rules in four decades from an agency that is notorious for its
reckless disregard for the financial consequences of regulation under the Clean Air Act. The
EPA's rule aims to reduce carbon-dioxide emissions from U.S. power plants by 30 percent. That's an
enormous and costly burden on our power generating utilities. According to Energy Ventures Analysis,
an energy research firm, the annual costs for residential, commercial and industrial energy customers in
America would be about $173 billion higher in 2020 — a 37 percent increase.
Average annual household gas and power bills would increase by $680 or 35 percent.
about the Democrats' war on coal.
Minnesota churches go gluten-free
for communion. The communion host, the centerpiece of Christian religious services, is
undergoing a 21st-century transformation to match the growing food sensitivities of folks in the
pews. Alongside the white and whole wheat bread, gluten-free wafers are making their way into
churches across Minnesota.
The Editor says...
If the gluten content of a communion wafer is your foremost thought at church, you are wasting your time there.
support' pig kicked off flight for being 'disruptive'. A woman was kicked off a US
Airways flight after the pig she brought for "emotional support" became disruptive, an airline
spokeswoman told CNN. The passenger and her large pig were booted from the flight before it left
Connecticut's Bradley International Airport on Wednesday, spokeswoman Laura Masvidal said. "After
the animal became disruptive, the passenger was asked to deplane," she said. How disruptive?
Fellow passengers told the Hartford Courant that the pig stank up the cabin of the tiny DC-bound aircraft.
The Editor says...
There's not one person in a million who would complain about a guide dog for a blind passenger, even if the dog smelled bad.
This business of taking a pig everywhere (as a sidekick for the emotionally disturbed) is a very recent development. I
suspect the idea must have originated on one of the many TV talk shows that specialize in hypochondria, and now the animal
rights and "special needs" activists are seeing how much the public will tolerate. It's one thing to sit in the park and
mumble to yourself, but if you are so close to a breakdown that you need to cradle a pig on a commercial airline flight, you
should be locked away in a rubber room.
teenagers, don't shoot me". Has the use of the word "teenager" by the old media given
criminal teens a sense of immunity? You see it again and again. Trayvon Martin is constantly
referred to as a teenager, as though that somehow absolved him of his crimes. Most male children,
who are brought up in intact families, do not become predatory creatures in their teens. But for
those who do not have strong, moral, male role models in their lives, especially if this is the default
position in their community, predation is a common role. [...] The "progressive" position seems to be that
"children" are inherently good. That is not true. Children are inherently selfish and amoral.
In Christianity, this is recognized as original sin. Each child is a wild animal that must be
civilized and taught moral virtues. This is much harder to do in a single parent home.
versus Prescriptive: Another Left-Wing Scam. Teaching is typically prescriptive, and
that's how it should be. Schools should teach the right ways to do things. (This approach has got
to be far more efficient than what many public schools are now doing: teach no ways at all, or teach
all the ways as if none is preferable.) Bottom line, what newspapers call Standard English should
be taught first. That seems to be what our left-wing professors are eager to stop.
Shreds Constitution. [Scroll down] Nothing was done to stem the tide of the
Democrat Party's Sanctuary Movement, and other cities in the U.S. followed Chicago's example.
A few months later New York's mayor Ed Koch distributed a "memo" to city agencies specifically stating
that all city benefits and privileges be given to residents regardless of citizenship status.
What has followed has been an avalanche of illegal immigrant entries into the U.S. From 1990 to
2000 the U.S. grew by 30 million persons, the most ever in a ten-year period, and the majority of
these persons are illegal immigrants and their children. Illegal immigration is the greatest
scheme of political corruption in history and is already the most expensive.
It's Time to Save the American Family;
A Joyless Experiment Strained to the Limit. While it's true that a Conservative wave
just swept the USA in the 2014 elections, the accumulated damage of progressive theory upon the
American culture has been nothing short of devastating. The list of areas where Americans are now
struggling because of the importation of foreign ideas against American ideals is staggering. The
family is probably the most endangered because of the incursion against traditional, biblical and
common sense practice. Anti-Americanism has been institutionalized for decades, as a result of
creeping Marxism affecting our teachers, instructional materials, and in the minds of the mandarin
elites, daily spewing their contempt for tradition into the media, academia, and Hollywood.
Patient Sues After Firm Won't Hire Her. A graduate student has sued a textile company
for refusing to hire her for a two-month internship because she uses medical marijuana to treat
frequent and debilitating migraine headaches, a decision her lawyer calls discrimination.
In Transtopia: Murmurs Of Sex Change Regret. Everyone has regrets. Some of us have big
regrets. Most everyone has some place to go to get help dealing with them. Except for, say, a guy
who had sex-change surgery and now would like to have his penis back. (The one God gave him.) Our
culture seems pretty much "to each his own" when it comes to elective bodily mutilation and the regret thereof.
And there's a lot of regret out there.
propose: Let boys into girls locker rooms. If you live in Minnesota, your high-school
daughter might soon be showering next to a male after athletic practice if a "transgender" policy
being considered by the Minnesota State High School League is approved next month. And beyond
Minnesota? Such a policy could be coming to other states, too, if there is not already one in place.
Cathedral to Host First Muslim Prayer. Washington National Cathedral is hosting a
Muslim prayer service for the first time on Friday [11/14/2014]. Planners say they hope Friday's
service at the historic cathedral will foster more understanding and acceptance between Christians
and Muslims around the world.
Activists on Transgender 8-Year-Old 'Coming Out': 'Pint-Size Hero'. Gay activists are hailing an eight-year-old
girl for "coming out" to her mother as transgender in a video filmed at Camp Aranu'tiq, a camp for "transgender and gender
variant youth." In the video, the girl — dressed like a boy — tells her mother that she is her
son. "It looks like we just found our new pint-size hero," an article posted on Huffington Post's Gay Voices section
stated. "Alex hasn't even left elementary school but he already has a firm grasp on his identity and what it means
to be transgender."
"It were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck,
and he cast into the sea,
than that he should offend one of these little ones."
— Luke 17:2
School District Announces "Raced Based Discipline" — Whites Will Be Suspended, Blacks and
Minorities Will Be "Reviewed". We have tracked this intent for 5 years as it evolved from
theory, to hidden practice, to policy discussion, then presidential executive order, and now into full blown
implementation. Both Miami-Dade and Maryland Schools did it secretly. At least the Minneapolis School
District is being open about their intentions, all former districts have done it without telling the public.
Minneapolis will now institute a policy of disciplinary suspension for white students, but blacks and other minorities
will not be suspended and allowed intolerant behavior to correct the disparate impact.
The Editor says...
Would you (or do you) send your child to a school where the blacks face no consequences for their actions,
just because they're black?
fined for refusing to host same-sex wedding on their farm. Cynthia and Robert Gifford
are caught in a same-sex nightmare. They've been forced to defend themselves against claims that
they're lesbian-hating homophobes. "We respect and care for everyone!" Cynthia Gifford told me.
"We had an openly gay man working for us this past season," she said. "We've had a woman who's
transitioning to be a man. We don't discriminate against anyone." But the government of
the state of New York sees things differently.
'bathroom bill' puts women, children in danger. The Cleveland (Ohio) City Council is
conducting a public hearing Wednesday afternoon [11/12/2014] to discuss a proposal that would permit men and
women to enter public restrooms, locker rooms, and showers of their choice — including restrooms
located in businesses. Local news media report the ordinance is being considered "in an effort to help
transgendered people feel more comfortable" using those public facilities.
that expose the invisible side of homelessness. New York City and Massachusetts are
legally obligated to provide shelter to all homeless residents year-round, while Washington, DC must
do so when temperatures fall below freezing. In all three places, family homelessness increased by
roughly 40% since 2011 in the midst a national decrease of 8%. Major cities such as Philadelphia,
Atlanta, Houston, Seattle and San Francisco saw no change or even a decrease in family homelessness.
It's the Socialist Democrat Party
on Tuesday's ballot. [Scroll down] For the truth is, in all but name, the Democrat
Party is the Socialist Democrat Party that is giddily well on its way to completion of the Fundamental
Transformation of America. Even though half the country did not vote for him, this is what millions
of Americans, promised Hope & Change by Obama back in 2008 got to date: a vulnerable borderless country,
an all-but-gutted military, increased threats of Islamic terrorism and an Ebola pandemic. But the
biggest change notwithstanding all of the above in Obama's promise of change is that millions of
Americans no longer have jobs and little hope of ever finding a new one.
Cities Have the Least Bad Unemployment Rates? In March 2009, Provo, Utah saw the nation's lowest unemployment
rate at 5.1% and Modesto, California had the highest at 17.5%. Moreover, five of the six worst unemployment rates are
located in California. Similarly, from March 2008 to March 2009, ten of the 15 areas with the largest change in
the unemployment rate were located in California and Florida.
Jersey ranks last in business tax climate, again. For the second year in a row, New
Jersey's tax climate for business is the worst in the nation, according to a report released
Wednesday [10/29/2014]. [...] In the latest report, New Jersey earned its best ranking in the
individual category for unemployment insurance tax rank, at 32. But the Garden State continues to
suffer from high property taxes (50), high sales tax (48), high income tax (48) and a high corporate
tax (41), according to the report.
Administration Allows Fertility Clinics To Sell US Citizenship. President Barack Obama's administration has
decided to let the surrogate birth industry sell U.S. citizenship — and access to the U.S. welfare system —
to foreign parents who never even set foot in the United States. The fertility clinics will be able to pocket the
profits, after granting access to American education, health, welfare and retirement services to the foreign children
and the foreign parents.
I Have Learned From Debating Young Liberals. How can a person go through life parroting talking
points? What is going to happen to the individual when he or she is faced with reality? Most
importantly, what is going to happen to America with these individuals as future leaders?
Prices Soaring In Top Wind Power States. From 2008-2013 electricity prices rose an
average of 20.7 percent in the top 10 wind power states, which is seven-fold higher than the
national electricity price increase of merely 2.8 percent.
about wind energy.
Threatens to Arrest Ministers Who Refuse to Perform Same-Sex Weddings. Two Christian
ministers who own an Idaho wedding chapel were told they had to either perform same-sex weddings or
face jail time and up to $1,000 in daily fines, according to a lawsuit filed Friday [10/17/2014] in federal
court. Alliance Defending Freedom is representing Donald and Evelyn Knapp, two ordained ministers
who own the Hitching Post Wedding Chapel in Coeur d'Alene. "Right now they are at risk of being
prosecuted," attorney Jeremy Tedesco told me. "The threat of enforcement is more than just credible."
about same-sex marriage.
Enablers in the Senate. Barack Obama isn't running merely the worst American
presidency since James Buchanan's, but the worst imaginable presidency in this day and age.
And every single Senate Democrat is thoroughly complicit in Obama's horrendous record. Is there a
single Obama initiative that has actually worked as advertised, or even one that has improved the
lives of most Americans or improved the U.S.'s standing in the world?
[A]n increasing number of your neighbors have been keeping company with their pets in human-only
establishments, cohabiting with them in animal-unfriendly apartment buildings and dormitories, and
taking them (free!) onto airplanes — simply by claiming that the creatures are their
licensed companion animals and are necessary to their mental well-being. No government agency keeps
track of such figures, but in 2011 the National Service Animal Registry, a commercial enterprise
that sells certificates, vests, and badges for helper animals, signed up twenty-four hundred
emotional-support animals. Last year, it registered eleven thousand.
'LGBT': The 'T' is for Tyranny.
Washington state, dateline 2012: Colleen is just like the girl next door. Well, sort of.
Colleen has a penis. So, I guess, unless the girl next door has a penis, Coleen really isn't much like
her at all. But that's beside the point. In Washington you must, under penalty of law, pretend, along
with Colleen and Democrats that, in the face of both reality and sanity, Colleen really is like the girl next door.
This includes letting Colleen, who is actually a 47-year-old dude named Clay Scott Francis, lay naked and "sprawled out
in a sauna exposing himself" to girls as young as 6 years old. This really happened in the ladies locker room
at Evergreen State College. It's only fair, you see, because, as Clay, er, "Colleen," complained, and as police
agreed, this sick bastard was "discriminated against" when he was asked to leave on behalf of a terrorized 17-year-old girl.
Wage War on the Truth. In the history of our nation, only the pro-slavery Democrats of
the 19th century rival the political deception employed by today's liberals that lead the modern
Democrat Party. Support of everything from abortion, to gender perversions, homosexuality,
pornography, a redefinition of marriage, wicked climate policies, and an enslaving welfare state
have made today's Democrat Party little more than a modern-day Mephistopheles. Instead of magic to
lure their Faustian targets, today's Democrats employ, among other things, bribery, class warfare,
fear, greed, lust, propaganda, scientism, vengeance, and violence. This is really unsurprising.
When your politics regularly conflict with absolute truth, constant deception is required.
The Power of Perversity.
Last week I heard a young woman speak to Rush Limbaugh about the paradigm under which the younger
generations operate. Her thesis was that the young have been so trained to feel bad about being
white, about being well-fed, about being American, about being "oppressors," that they make both
their personal and political decisions from a stance of abject repentance. Whenever they have to
make a decision — a buying choice, a voting choice — they choose that which
would present the least benefit for themselves. They vote and buy penitently, painfully. They seek
primarily self-flagellation. They seek that which they know will be bad — for them and
for the country, which they think is the fount of all misery and unfairness. I really tuned into
this call because I've been aware for quite some time of the perverse nature of most liberal positions.
Any behavior, purchase, or political decision that we would traditionally consider either morally good or
monetarily beneficial, the younger generations categorically reject.
devastating 20-year study finally demolishes claims that smoking pot is harmless. A
definitive 20-year study into the effects of long-term cannabis use has demolished the argument that
the drug is safe. Cannabis is highly addictive, causes mental health problems and opens the door
to hard drugs, the study found. The paper by Professor Wayne Hall, a drugs advisor to the World
Health Organisation, builds a compelling case against those who deny the devastation cannabis wreaks
on the brain.
Divinity School Introduces 'All Gender' Restroom. The Twitter account for Harvard
Divinity School published a photograph of a sign outside a campus restroom. The restroom is labeled
an "all gender restroom" and the sign adds that "anyone can use this restroom, regardless of gender
identity or expression."
Worker: Boss Told Me Not to Say 'God bless you'. A former New Jersey toll booth worker
said she was told by her supervisor to stop saying "God bless you," because it might offend
motorists. Cynthia Fernandez has filed a lawsuit against the Garden State Parkway claiming her
former boss violated her First Amendment rights. "I was so upset, I was crying" the mother of
three told me. "There's nothing wrong with saying 'God bless you.'"
Boys born as boys can shower with girls in Kentucky school. I probably would have
missed this story were it not for Maggie Gallagher at The Corner. It seems that the good people on
the appeal board considering a case at Atherton High School (part of the Jefferson County public
school system) have determined that you can use the girls' bathrooms, locker room and showers if you
say you're a girl. No physical required.
Is A Mental Illness, Not A Civil Rights Issue. If someone came to a doctor and asked
him to cut off a perfectly healthy arm because it just felt "wrong" for the arm to be there, should
the doctor do it? This isn't an idle question because this does happen with a mental illness called
Body Integrity Identity Disorder (BIID). People who have it feel as if they're not supposed to have
a certain body part, like an arm or leg. As a general rule, doctors won't remove a healthy body
part; so some of these poor deluded people crush, mangle, burn, or otherwise deliberately destroy
their own arms or legs in order to get a surgeon to slice them off. This raises a question: Are
surgeons who refuse to remove healthy limbs from people with BIID doing them a service because they're
mentally ill or are they denying them their civil rights?
clean fuels' program is a hidden tax on gas. Many politicians on the West Coast have
fallen in love with untested policies and programs they say will help solve global warming. Many of
these policies are mind-bogglingly complicated. What, after all, is a low carbon fuel standard
(LCFS), or clean fuels program? And how exactly do programs like "cap and trade" work? And, perhaps
most importantly, how do these policies impact you, the consumer? Here's the dirty little secret the
politicians don't want to talk about: All of these policies are going to make it more costly to
produce gasoline and diesel.
From Disparate Impact Rules In School — High School Senior Rapes Teacher On Campus. A Florida high school
senior confessed to raping a teacher on campus and fleeing the scene of the crime in her stolen car. Homestead Police arrested
18-year-old Victor Marshall Nash after the Friday [9/19/2014] attack. He made his first court appearance Monday, where a judge
set the South Dade Senior High School student's bond at $62,500. Police said Nash attacked two hours after the final bell
machete attack by illegal aliens caught on camera in Chicago. A horrific machete
attack by an illegal alien gang on two innocent young men waiting on a platform for a Chicago El
train has been caught on surveillance camera, and is making big news in Chicago. Chicago is, of
course, a sanctuary city for illegal aliens under the policies of Democratic Mayor Rahm Emanuel.
Outbreak Feared in Massachusetts After Obama Ships Hundreds of Illegals There. Crime,
disease, racial strife, terrorism, violence, and war. Yep, we've got a Democrat President, alright.
Ranks in Top 10 for Households Receiving Public Assistance in 2012. In 2012, the
District of Columbia, the home of the federal government, ranked in the top 10 in the United States
for having the highest percentage of households receiving public assistance, according to data from
the Census Bureau. According to the report, Public Assistance Receipt: 2000 to 2012,
3.9 percent of households in D.C. received public assistance in 2012, or about 10,456 households,
which was up from the 3.7 percent in 2011. The District came in seventh in the ranking, behind
1) Alaska, 2) Maine, 3) Vermont, 4) Oregon, 5) California, and 6) Washington.
The Editor says...
Hmmm... What do all those states have in common?
Hazy Contribution to Highway Deaths. As states liberalize their marijuana laws, public officials and
safety advocates worry there will be more drivers high on pot and a big increase in traffic deaths.
to Stock Up on Styrofoam and Plastic Dishes and Utensils. Because our anti-human
tyrannical overlords have decreed that Americans must not have the ability to get our reusable
dishes clean enough to eat off of. They already took away our good detergent and forced useless junk
on us that leaves the dishes far from spotless, and now they want to make it impossible for us to get
dish-washing machines altogether unless we are rich politically connected leftist elites who are exempt
from moonbat rules and regulations.
Carolina teen sues DMV over license photo. The family of a South Carolina teenager who
was ordered to remove his makeup before taking a driver's license photo this year has filed a
federal lawsuit against the state Department of Motor Vehicles, according to court records. Chase
Culpepper, a 16-year-old who identifies as male but wears makeup and women's clothing on a regular
basis, was ordered to remove his makeup by DMV officials when he tried to obtain his driver's license in March.
The Streets of San Francisco.
If you want to film a zombie movie on the cheap, San Francisco offers a ready-made location overflowing with extras.
The mentally ill, addicted, and homeless find a home in the City by the Bay as they do nowhere else in North America.
In this walkable Western metropolis, one walks a gauntlet of down-and-outers betraying that unmistakable drug gait and
displaying lights out upstairs through their windows' 100-watt stares.
The Editor says...
The article above gives a fairly good description of Hell. Unfortunately the writer is describing San Francisco.
Movement forces Child Welfare Services, run by Churches, to Close. In recent years, some religious child welfare
providers who believe that children deserve to be placed with married mothers and fathers have lost government funding and have
shut down because of laws requiring them to serve the lesbian, gay, bi and transsexual (LGBT) communities, despite their contradicting
religious convictions. In Illinois, unmarried heterosexual couples and homosexuals may legally adopt children and become foster
parents, leading to the discontinuation of the Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Rockford's adoption services. In
Washington D.C. a similar adoption program was shut down due to another law that requires religious organizations serving the
general public to provide services to homosexuals regardless of religious beliefs. Comparable cases are found in California,
Massachusetts, and all across the nation — cases which offer a choice between sincere religious beliefs and punishment under law,
or compliance and the forsaking of religious conscience.
The ultimate end product of liberalism is evenly-distributed poverty.
Rationing, Venezuela Takes The Misery Crown. [S]ocialism has made Venezuela the most
miserable place on earth. But don't take our word for it. That's the result of objective research by
Johns Hopkins University economist Steve Hanke. He has created a "Global Misery Index" based on the original
inflation-unemployment misery index of the late economist Arthur Okun and the interest rate and GDP per capita
additions of Harvard economist Robert Barro. Put them all together and Venezuela tops the globe in misery with
a figure of 79.9. The misery in this case, as in so many others, is the product of socialism implemented in
another purported but misguided effort to help the poor.
Is About To Pass A Bizarre Law Making Sex A Legalistic Nightmare For College Males.
The bill, which is based on guidance from the Obama administration, requires an "affirmative consent
standard" that school administrators would use to determine whether a sexual assault has occurred.
The standard would define every sexual encounter as an "an affirmative, unambiguous and conscious
decision" by everyone involved. Under the law, a person who communicates nothing would not
consent to sex. A person who is asleep or drugged cannot consent, but such people already
can't consent under current law. At the same time, communication of consent can be vague and
muddled — a nod of the head, say, or perhaps some kind of lean-in movement. The
bill says consensual make-out sessions leading to sex must be "ongoing" and "can be revoked at any time."
aims to sell more legal pot. Seven months after Colorado legalized recreational pot,
the state has an unexpected problem. It needs to grow more. Because even though sales have surged,
only about 60% of the marijuana sold is the legal variety. The rest is either illegal or grown
unregulated in the so-called gray market, where unlicensed citizens can grow for their own use.
Reasons Not to Trust the 'What Me Worry' Media About Ebola. [#1] The Mainstream Media
Love to Lord Their Superiority Over Us[.] Accusing the hoi polloi of panicking and then
calling for calm is the first knee-jerk reaction of anyone who gets off on puffing themselves up as
Our Betters. And that is our media personified.
Is America Too Far Gone? The
reason that we are in this mess in the first place is due to a dumbed-down electorate coupled with a lying media. I will
concede (although I will never understand it) that some people were persuaded [by Obama] in 2008 by all his slick talk.
However, it is depressing to witness grown people not being able to discern the dangers of this president's and the Democrat
Automation [is] the
Joker in the Deck. At the same time that the political Left is agitating for the minimum wage
increase, it is seeking legalization, or normalization, of millions of illegal aliens, most of whom fall into
the low-skilled category. In effect, they are promoting one measure that would reduce low-skilled
employment while at the same time increasing the number of people seeking those jobs.
Price of Electricity Climbs to All-Time Record. For the first time ever, the average price for a kilowatthour
(KWH) of electricity in the United States has broken through the 14-cent mark, climbing to a record 14.3 cents in
June, according to data released last week by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Before this June, the highest the
average price for a KWH had ever gone was 13.7 cents, the level it hit in June, July, August and September of last
year. The 14.3-cents average price for a KWH recorded this June is about 4.4 percent higher than that previous record.
Children Fleeing Violent Honduras Heading to Violent Chicago. A thousand children said
to be fleeing the violence in Central America will be welcomed to Chicago, where local children are
routinely in the cross-fire of gang-related grudges. Mayor Rahm Emanuel, at the request of the
Obama administration in which he formerly served, says he is working with local organizations to
make room for up to one thousand additional unaccompanied children "traveling" from Central America
to the U.S.-Mexico border in the coming year.
of Marijuana Increases Homeless Population. Officials at some Denver homeless shelters
say the legalization of marijuana has contributed to an increase in the number of younger people
living on the city's streets. [...] The Salvation Army's Men's shelter in Denver has seen an
increase in the number of 18- to 25-year-olds. An informal survey found that about a quarter of the
increase was related to marijuana, including some who moved hoping to find work in the marijuana industry.
Get Ready for
the New England Power Shortage. In 1980, under the first administration of Governor Jerry
Brown, California decided it wasn't going to build any more power plants but would follow Amory Lovins' "soft
path," opting instead for conservation and renewable energy. By 2000, with the new digital economy
sucking up electricity, a drought in the Pacific Northwest cut hydropower output and the state found
itself facing the Great California Electrical Shortage. You know what happened next. For weeks the
Golden State struggled to find enough electricity to power its traffic lights. Brownouts and blackouts
cascaded across the state while businesses fired up smoke-belching diesel generators to keep the lights on.
Telling and the Abuse of Language. If you were a member of an elitist group trying to get
complete control of a logical and stiff-necked people, what would you have to accomplish first? The
citizens of that country would have to stop thinking, and since you can't just pass a law against thought,
their basic ability to think would have to be destroyed — gradually before they noticed. The process
Lower standards for both teacher and student.
Fill both teachers and texts with propaganda.
Give awards to everyone.
Fill entertainment with the same messages.
Encourage pot-smoking — make it more and more available and acceptable.
But the most effective tool is one Orwell could see coming in 1948 — the erasure of our language.
Rental Car Agencies Now Dumping Grounds For Pot. Rental car workers at Denver
International Airport say pot tourists are regularly leaving them with marijuana that travelers
don't want to try to carry through DIA. "It happens quite often," a rental car employee at a
national chain told a CBS4 employee. "Every couple of days. I just throw it in the trash."
Island Shows Blue-State Model Of Activist Government Is Built To Fail. Progressives
say the blue-state model works. After all, states like California, Massachusetts and New York have
some of the nation's wealthiest and best-educated populations. But many are also basket cases,
reeling from problems ranging from high costs of living and widening income inequality to chronic
fiscal crises. And leading blue states often possess unique assets that protect them, at least for a
time, from the full economic consequences of their public policies.
Driver's Licenses Bogging Down Colorado DMV. A new kind of driver's license for
non-citizens will soon be available but even before the Department of Motor Vehicles can issue them,
advance requests are clogging up the system. Tens of thousands of drivers in Colorado are calling
the DMV to register for the new ID which is clogging the system.
Another harmless incremental step. Next: government subsidies. Later: Marijuana "access" is a right.
Dispensaries to Provide Free Marijuana to Low-Income Members. Medical marijuana dispensaries in Berkeley will
likely soon be required to provide free pot to low-income members and homeless people, according to an ordinance
approved by the city council on Tuesday [7/1/2014]. The city is also looking to approve a fourth dispensary,
raising the current limit of three locations.
turn out for Trans March in S.F.. Thousands of people descended on Dolores Park on
Friday afternoon [6/27/2014] for the nation's biggest transgender pride event, the 11th annual
Trans March, before moving the celebration to the site of the Compton's Cafeteria Riot at Turk and
Taylor streets in San Francisco. Once at the site of the one of the most important transgender
riots in U.S. history, city officials unveiled a street sign honoring the late Vicki Marlane, one
of San Francisco's legendary performers. The Board of Supervisors in April approved a resolution
to recognize the pioneer, who died of an AIDS-related illness in 2011.
16 Reasons Why the United
States is Going to Hell in a Handbasket. [#2] America has turned from a nation
promoting morality and a belief in God to a nation where anything goes, with the most perverse and
ungodly acts being accepted, promoted and even glorified. And if anyone disagrees, or speaks
out against this immorality they are quickly labeled as promoting hate, bigotry or of being a racist.
This quickly shuts most opponents up while simultaneously, implanting the message in everyone's mind,
that those acts in-question are to be accepted and are somehow cool.
Establishment's Conspiracy to Silence Conservatives Could Destroy Our Country. The
key to any democratic republic is legitimacy. If the system allows a full and fair airing of
different views before a decision is made, groups that lose the debate will accept the decision.
You are disappointed if the other side won fair and square. But you are furious if the other side
cheated. And all the other side does today is cheat. Worse, it does so with a mindless cynicism,
having discovered that if other elements of the establishment play along — like a mainstream
media that refuses to perform its accountability function — then there are no immediate
consequences. Over time, this risks of alienating nearly half of our citizens.
The Trans-Agenda Seeks To Redefine Everyone. In November, the U.S. Senate voted in favor of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act
(ENDA). The law is based on the assumption that one's perceived "gender identity" does not always
"match" your sex "assigned" or "designated" at birth. So, the thinking goes, the law should allow a
more ambiguous array of gender identities: male, female, both, neither, or something else entirely.
It's not an overstatement to say that ENDA is a huge step, mostly under the radar, to codify a new
definition of humanity.
this what would happen if cannabis was legal in Britain? In the U.S., Barack
Obama — who liked to get stoned as a teenager — recently gave his support to
the Colorado initiative even though it meant contradicting his own drugs advisers. But as I
discovered in Denver this week, five months in, this shoddily handled experiment should give serious
pause for thought to those in Britain who want a cannabis joint to be as freely available as a pint of beer.
Sex Change Regrets.
While some might find the story laughable, I personally find it tragic: Don Ennis, an experienced TV news producer was fired
from his job, allegedly for performance-related issues, after reappearing as Dawn Stacey Ennis, marking his third gender change since
last year. [...] It would appear that Ennis is quite troubled and in need of serious help, but even to suggest such a thing is to be
branded transphobic and hateful.
Civil War Is Exactly What Democrats Wanted. The chaos that is unfolding in Iraq is
being portrayed in the media as an unexpected development. It certainly is an unnecessary fate for
a country that had, until recently, a chance of survival. Yet it is not only the predictable, but
in fact the desirable, outcome in Iraq for Democrats, who in 2006 were pushing for as quick a withdrawal
from Iraq as possible — never mind the foreseeable consequences, including genocide and a
The Bluest State. "Rhode Island is in the midst of an
especially grim economic meltdown," a 2009 New York Times story began, "and no one can pinpoint exactly why." Five years later,
the state continues to suffer from most of the same problems the Times story described: high unemployment, a crippling tax structure,
dangerously underfunded state pension systems. But contrary to the Times's claims, Rhode Island's predicament is easy to explain.
With no special economic advantages, the state has maintained an entitlement mentality inherited from an age of colonial and industrial grandeur.
The War on Social Science. In editorials,
sound bites, social media, and floor debate, the Left continues to insist that state and local tax burdens have no effect on economic growth,
that higher state spending on Medicaid and unemployment insurance creates jobs, that teacher assistants boost student achievement, and that
offering teachers bonuses to obtain graduate degrees makes them more effective in the classroom. None of these claims has empirical
support. For decades now, social scientists have examined each and found them wanting.
But Not in Denver Parks. In an ironic but typical example of government logic, the
City of Denver imposed rules limiting group exercise in city parks and open spaces. Specifically
the decree is for no commercial activity without a permit. And of course a fee that accompanies the
permit. Two thousand miles away from Denver, the New York Times took notice. They reported that a
group called Stroller Strides, new mothers working out while pushing their strollers, received a
cease and desist order from Denver Parks and Recreation.
Austin homeowners surprised to find they have to pay all the taxes they voted for.
Voting and paying are different endeavors entirely. Often, when one has to pay for the things one
has voted to fund, that decision becomes less flippant. This is a comment, less on the specifics of
Texas' or Austin's tax system than the blaring disconnect between liberals in Austin who are voting
for higher taxes and the actual paying of the taxes. Which, as it turns out, is painful,
discouraging, and can be a detriment to the fabric of the city.
Obama and His Urban Parasites Declare War on the Constitution. A key element of supply chain value
analysis is, in fact, the identification of waste in your supply chain. If your supplier is in Manhattan,
you are paying Bill de Blasio's inflated taxes, and the city's inherently exorbitant rents and costs of living,
as well as for the goods or, more likely, services you are actually receiving. When enough productive
people and employers figure this out, the last worker to leave New York City will hopefully remember to turn
out the lights, the way he did when he left Detroit.
Dissolving: "A Hurricane Without Water". [Photos show rapid decay.]
will cost almost $2 billion to rid Detroit of urban blight. The Detroit Blight Removal Task
Force, convened by President Obama last fall, based its report on a massive, detailed survey of Detroit's
377,000 parcels of land, concluding that the city should quickly demolish about 40,000 of them and consider
scrapping or restoring more than 30,000 more. That will cost up to $850 million, the report
estimates, and it will cost up to $1 billion more to save or dismantle the city's almost 600 giant
Mayor Forces All to Open Girls Rooms to Men. Houston's bathrooms, showers, and dressing facilities will now be
open to all, regardless of gender, gender identity, gender expression, or other predilection of gender behavior. By
an 11-6 vote of the Houston City Council, Mayor Annise Parker achieved this as the crowning jewel of her tenure as mayor.
Mayor Parker, Houston's first openly gay mayor, said passing this ordinance was not the most important thing she has done in office,
according to an article in the Fairfield Citizen, but it is the "most personally meaningful thing I will ever do as mayor."
& Crime At All Time High, Detroit Approaches Third World Status. Detroit is often
heralded by small government proponents as a perfect example of an over-involved government pushing
themselves into the culture of a successful city and creating a state of dependence which
eventually collapses in on itself. In other words, a great example of why big government fails.
But this is really only a partial explanation of the issue. The real issue in America and the
problem that is bankrupting cities just as much as the U.S. treasury, is the problem of cronyism.
This, above all other factors, is the legacy of Detroit.
Of The Future: Where the Radical Left is Herding Us. [Info-graphic]
VA Fast-Tracks Sex Change for Manning While Vets Die on Waiting
Lists. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has formally approved the request of Pvt.
Bradley Manning, convicted for leaking classified documents to Wikileaks, to be temporarily
transferred out of military custody in order to undergo expensive hormone therapy and surgery to
become a woman. Manning, whose taxpayer-funded request to change his name from Bradley to Chelsea
was approved last month by a Kansas court, has been able to obtain repeated diagnoses from military
doctors that he suffers from "gender dysphobia"; a condition of someone 'discontented' with the sex
they were 'assigned with' at birth. It was first listed as a medical condition in 2007 by the
authoritative Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders.
neighborhood blight could cost $2B, Detroit group finds. The most comprehensive
effort yet to catalog Detroit's empty, dangerous properties and trashy lots has found that 84,641
properties are blighted or vacant and it will cost $850 million to eliminate them. It
could take five years and $2 billion to get rid of them all — including blighted
commercial properties, according to results released Tuesday of the Detroit Blight Removal Task
Force, an effort of private and public sector leaders that was convened last fall by the Obama
Colorado drivers in fatal crashes positive for pot, study says.. Two new University
of Colorado studies paint an ominous picture of the direction of the state since marijuana
commercialization, but neither provides conclusive evidence that legal pot is causing harm.
One study shows more drivers involved in fatal car accidents in Colorado are testing positive for
marijuana — and that Colorado has a higher percentage of such drivers testing positive for pot
than other states even when controlled for several variables. But the data the researchers use does
not reveal whether those drivers were impaired at the time of the crash or whether they were at fault.
Dakota U. Bans Something Truly Ridiculous from Campus. Fencing is not only an Olympic sport; it is
sponsored by more than 30 NCAA colleges and universities. However, that didn't stop a North Dakota university
from banning its fencing club from practicing on campus. The reason? Fencing violates the school's "weapons
You Can Do About Climate Change. [#4] Reduce Emissions In Transit: The key thing here is to avoid electric
cars. Even before it rolls off the production line, an electric car has created far more CO2 than a conventional one.
That's because the manufacturing process — notably the energy used to create its battery and mine the lithium — is
so un-eco-friendly. Avoid also using bio-fuels, one of the most environmentally damaging forms of energy available.
In Asia and Africa, the demand in the West for mandated bio-fuels has led to the replacement of rainforest with plantations of
industrial palm oil; it has also driven up food prices by diverting agricultural land for food production, thus harming the
world's poor who are especially vulnerable to starvation.
a Bay While Treading on Truth. For reasons known best to themselves — because they've mostly
eschewed reasoned argument for slogans, fabrications, and junk science — the federal government and environmental
groups have waged a crusade against a family-owned oyster farm in the waters off Marin County, Calif. So far, the
oyster farm owners and employees are losing: Their last hope is a pending appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court.
The law does not appear to be in the oyster farmers' favor, but it's still the kind of thing that gives liberal activists
and their bureaucratic enablers a bad name.
The absence of fathers
matters. We have evolved a society wherein we pretend the opposite is true. The disappearance of fathers
is now nearly the norm. Almost one in four American children lives in a household without their biological dads.
For brown kids, that number stands at about 28 percent. For black kids, it's a little better than half.
Mass incarceration and the War on Drugs have certainly played a role in this. But just as surely, a role is also
played by the new social more which says it's okay for a man or a woman to be feckless, for him to wander away because he is
immature, selfish and young, for her to have a baby on her own because the clock is ticking and really, she doesn't need
a man for anything more than sperm. This is the new morality, the new American mindset.
front-row seat at the culture war. It appears that the goal of pro-tolerance agenda being promoted by
the leftists is to stamp out diversity. In other words, a "tolerant" society makes room for (or actually
glorifies) illegal aliens, oppressive dictators, homosexual marriage, abortion rights, convicted killers, sharia law,
unrestricted pornography, teen-age sex and redistribution of wealth, so anyone opposed to these is not just intolerant
and outside of the mainstream, but actually subject to shunning and possibly incarceration. Moreover, the left
is intent on co-opting traditional defenders of values such as the Boy Scouts, the Catholic Church, the Southern Baptist
Convention and the Republican Party, and turning them into mouthpieces for a form of "tolerance" that not coincidentally
turns their own tradition-upholding members into purported agents of hate.
Pentagon Paid $150 Per Gallon for Green Jet Fuel. The Department of Defense (DOD) paid $150 per
gallon for alternative jet fuel made from algae, more than 64 times the current market price for standard
carbon-based fuels, according to a report released on Wednesday [5/7/2014]. The Government Accountability
Office (GAO) noted in its report that a Pentagon official reported paying "about $150 per gallon for
1,500 gallons of alternative jet fuel derived from algal oil."
Poll: Half of Illinois residents would move from the state if they
could. Half of Illinois residents would move to another state if they could — the highest
percentage for any state, according to a poll released by Gallup this week. Nearly half of those polled in
Connecticut and Maryland said they would move. Some 19 percent of Illinoisans surveyed said they plan
to move in the next 12 months, a rate that trailed only Nevada.
Tops List of 10 States With Highest Taxes. The Tax Foundation has ranked the states by their
state income tax rates and among the highest are California, Hawaii, and Oregon.
District of Columbia [is] the Nation's Most Expensive Place to Live. Elevated housing costs helped
to make the District of Columbia more expensive to live in than any state in 2012, according to data released
Thursday [4/24/2014] by the Commerce Department. Regional prices for goods and services in D.C. were 18% higher
than the national average in 2012, Commerce said in a new report that compares income levels and costs of living
across 50 states and the district. It also gives a breakdown for big cities. The metropolitan
area with the highest cost of living in 2012 was Honolulu, followed by New York-Newark-Jersey City.
Left's Advice Would Bring A Second Great Depression. One oddity of the current economic debate is
that the more Barack Obama's incompetent income-redistribution policies have failed, the more the left calls for
more government-intervention policies to correct for the deficiencies of the earlier rounds. American
middle-income families have lost nearly $3,000 in purchasing power since 2007, and the left's only solution
to get us out of the rut is more debt, more social-welfare spending, more income redistribution and higher
taxes on the rich and big business.
Having learned nothing from Colorado's experience...
want task force to push pot legalization. Citing strains on the criminal justice
system and the economic costs of enforcing anti-marijuana laws, a group of Democratic lawmakers
called Monday [4/28/2014] for the creation of a task force to pursue legalizing and regulating the
drug in Illinois. Cook County Commissioner John Fritchey said he will introduce a resolution at
the May 21 County Board meeting asking the General Assembly to put together such a task force.
If passed, the resolution would go to the speaker of the House and the Senate president for consideration.
Mountain High and Unintended Consequences. Within two weeks of marijuana legalization
in Colorado, a stoned motorist plowed into two State Police vehicles in metro Denver. And a
69-year-old driver was pulled over in Idaho, detained, and his vehicle searched. He was profiled
over his Colorado license plate and Washington driver's license. Tragically, a 19-year-old Wyoming
college student jumped to his death from a Denver hotel balcony after eating a marijuana cookie.
Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man
soweth, that shall he also reap.*
caught distributing pot in school. Several Montfort Elementary School students were suspended
Tuesday [4/22/2014] after school officials discovered they were selling and trading stolen, loose-leaf
marijuana and edible forms of the drug at school. "Over the past two days, we have had two separate
incidents of students bringing marijuana into our school, both in the form of loose-leaf marijuana and an
edible form of the drug," Principal Jennifer Sheldon wrote in a letter to parents. On Monday, a
fourth-grade student brought loose-leaf marijuana to school and sold it to three other students.
Revelers Leave Golden Gate Park with 10,000 Pounds of Garbage. The mellow, "peace now,"
countercultural, environmentally conscious "420" celebration deposited 10,000 pounds of garbage on what
is known as Hippie Hill in Golden Gate Park, leaving volunteers and park workers to clean up the
mess. According to the San Francisco Chronicle's website SF Gate, this year's celebration
drew a massive amount of revelers estimated at between 10,000 and 15,000. The pot smokers'
untidiness will cost the city more than $10,000 in cleanup costs.
concerns about legal marijuana edibles. Two recent deaths and increased emergency room visits in
Colorado have highlighted concerns about the safety of legal marijuana edibles. [...] "The edibles industry is
huge," points out Colorado state representative Jonathan Singer. "About 40 percent of the marijuana
industry is in edibles." "Edibles are a huge part of our business," agrees Jamie Perino, owner of Euflora,
situated on Denver's 16th Street Mall and a popular tourist destination.
The Editor says...
Edible is not a noun.
Colorado 4th graders sell, trade pot, prompting warning from principal to parents. School
officials in northern Colorado are asking parents to take care with their newly legal recreational marijuana,
after fourth graders were caught dealing the drug on an elementary school campus.
power grid at the limit: The road to electrical blackouts. Americans take electricity for granted.
It powers our lights, our computers, our offices, and our industries. But misguided environmental policies are
eroding the reliability of our power system. Last winter, bitterly cold weather placed massive stress on the US
electrical system — and the system almost broke. [...] Eight of the top ten of PJM's all-time
winter peaks occurred in January 2014. Heroic efforts by grid operators saved large parts of the nation's
heartland from blackouts during record-cold temperature days.
The Editor says...
What would alleviate this problem? Increased production of electricity, of course, but that is exactly
what environmentalists oppose when they campaign against coal,
because coal is no longer used to power factories, propel ships and heat large buildings — it is used
almost exclusively in the generation of electricity. When the lights go out on the coldest (or hottest) day
of the year, you can blame left-wing tree-hugging environmentalist hippies (and their socialist Democrat congressmen)
who think they are "saving the earth" by eliminating the use of coal.
Why Everything Is Dirtier. [Scroll
down] My needs are for clean clothes, same as the laundry needs of the whole of humanity since the beginning of
time. The whole purpose of laundries is to meet that need. Here's the problem, however. The goal of
the regulators who regulate the laundry is not to improve your life. It is to wreck your life a bit at a time by
pressing increasing numbers of restrictions and mandates upon private producers. One of these mandates has removed
TSP from detergent — and with catastrophic results. No one wants to talk about this.
There is a major hush-hush culture here because business, understandably, doesn't want to face a consumer backlash,
and government doesn't want to acquire the reputation for being the civilization wrecker that it truly is.
Subways A Sign Of Violent Times? The store was clean and looked just like any other well-run Subway
restaurant, except for the bullet-proof protection for the employees and lack of a bathroom for customers.
In fact, a few patrons asked for hand sanitizer because they couldn't wash their hands.
Watters Goes to
Colorado Pot Rally. The O'Reilly Factor sent Jesse Watters to Denver, Colo., for the popular 4/20
celebration. The annual marijuana holiday coincided with Easter weekend this year and tens of thousands
attended. By late afternoon, authorities had issued 47 citations for public marijuana consumption
and made 16 arrests. Denver Health Medical Center paramedics treated 14 people, including
three that were taken to detox.
will charge homeowners who generate their own power. [R]afts of new regulations from
Barack Obama's EPA and pressure from eco-warriors is moving us toward potentially crippling
shortages of energy on the grid. If enough coal fired plants are shut down prematurely, you may
not be able to simply take it for granted that the lights will come on when you throw the switch some
morning. People willing to make the investment in producing their own energy — as well
as spreading the extra around — should be encouraged, not subjected to discouraging fees.
This is where Obamacare is headed.
Dems want government health
care for all — no matter the cost. With little fanfare, Vermont is preparing to become the first
state to implement a single-payer, government-run health-care system. The Vermont plan, if implemented, would abolish
private health insurance in the state and replace it with a taxpayer-funded system under which the state government directly
pays doctors and hospitals. Of course the state is having a bit of trouble figuring out how to pay for the program's
estimated $2 billion price tag, considering that the entire state government's operating budget is currently just
$2.7 billion. Currently under consideration is an increase in the state sales tax from 6.9% to 29%.
marijuana use linked with brain abnormalities, study finds. Casual marijuana use may come with
some not-so-casual side effects. For the first time, researchers at Northwestern University have analyzed
the relationship between casual use of marijuana and brain changes — and found that young adults who
used cannabis just once or twice a week showed significant abnormalities in two important brain structures.
bailout plans just paper over the problem with more money. In Detroit's unfolding saga, the only innocent
victims are city residents. So if there is any case for a Motown bailout, it is to make the city more livable for
them. However, that seems to be the main goal of neither the Democratic White House nor the state's Republican
governor — both of whom have come up with nifty new schemes to shovel taxpayer largesse to city retirees.
Just two weeks ago, Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr had been threatening to put a buzzsaw to the city's $3.5 billion
unfunded pension liabilities to lop off savings to "invest" in city services.
mom avoids jail after driving 12 miles with baby on roof. An Arizona mother will avoid
jail time after she got high and drove nearly 12 miles with her 2-month-old baby on the roof of her
car. Maricopa County Superior Judge Cynthia Bailey sentenced 21-year-old Catalina Mariah Clouser on
Wednesday to 16 years of supervised probation. [...] Miss Clouser pleaded guilty in February to
child abuse and driving under the influence of marijuana after her infant son was found miraculously
unhurt in the middle of a Phoenix highway in June 2012, still strapped into his car seat, Reuters
Dire Debt Warnings Show Nation's Democrat Future. Andrew Jackson, who in 1835 succeeded in
paying off the national debt, was famous for considering debt slavery. The current fiscal path the
U.S. is on does indeed lead to slavery, but the slave masters of the future will be well-heeled politicians
and federal bureaucrats, not plantation owners. The CBO's new budget projections contain an eerie
warning that we are on path from today's already unfathomable $17.7 trillion in gross federal government
debt to more than $27 trillion in 2024. This in spite of finger-crossing projections of tax
revenue over the next decade exceeding its 40-year average as a share of GDP. Debt will reach 78% of
GDP by 2024, CBO warns, which is double the 39% average of the past 40 years.
Democrat Lies. A fascinating article by Francis Wilkinson appeared in Bloomberg View
last week (h/t Instapundit). Wilkinson detailed the fact that income inequality between whites and
blacks is worse in leftist cities: [...] Now to someone like me — a former liberal who became a
conservative, in part, because I saw the devastation wrought on poor black neighborhoods by leftist
policies — this is no surprise, not even all that interesting. What I did find riveting though
were the desperate attempts by presumably left-leaning social scientists to explain the discrepancy away.
Probe finds 104
school staff-student flings since 2009. More than 100 city teachers, administrators and other school
staffers have been caught in the last five years engaging in sexual or "inappropriate" relationships with students,
The [New York] Post has learned. The special commissioner of investigation for city schools, Richard Condon,
has fielded 593 complaints about such illicit relationships since April 2009. His office substantiated 104 cases,
it revealed Friday [4/11/2014]. "I'm absolutely stunned at that number," said Laura Timoney, a Community
Education Council member whose 15-year-old daughter attends a city high school on Staten Island. "It's shocking,
but what do you do to stop this?"
Cigarette machines are unthinkable,
but a vending machine for marijuana cookies is okay.
Vending Machine Unveiled In Colorado. You may be picturing a vending machine on a sidewalk, ready to
dispense pot brownies to anyone with correct change. That's not quite what backers of the machine have in mind.
For now, at least, the ZaZZZ is aimed for use only by medical marijuana patients. And it'll be in licensed stores,
where it will serve a purpose like that of an automated checkout line at a grocery, they say.
Single-Payer Dream Is Taxpayer Nightmare. Of the plans that states have hatched for the Affordable Care Act, none
has been bolder than that of Vermont, which wants to implement a single-payer health-care system, along the lines of what you
might find in Britain or Canada. [...] 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.
1993, there were no mass shootings on U.S. military bases. In 1993, most soldiers were stripped
of their right to carry a weapon onto United States military bases, effectively turning them into gun free zones.
While the directive was composed under big government progressive George H.W. Bush, it was implemented shortly
after big government progressive Bill Clinton assumed office.
about gun-free zones. Thanks for nothing, liberals!
transgender student suspended for using women's bathroom. Central Piedmont Community College officials say
they suspended Andraya Williams, 22, for not handing security officers her student identification and said she couldn't
come back unless she used a gender-neutral bathroom.
Maryland's bathroom bill
benefits few transgenders, puts all girls at risk from pedophiles. Maryland moms and dads will now have to
be more vigilant when their children use public bathrooms. It will soon be legal for a man who simply says he
identifies as a woman to use the ladies' room. This serious risk for sexual assaults of women and little girls
is all in the name of political correctness. And this is just the latest in a string of successes by the transgender
lobby. On Friday, the Maryland House passed legislation that prohibits discrimination based on "gender identity"
in employment, housing, credit and public accommodations — which, most disturbingly, includes restrooms.
student falls from balcony and dies after eating marijuana cookies. Levy Thamba, a 19-year-old exchange
student, fell four-stories after eating the legally purchased cookies in what's believed to be the first publicized
fatality linked to pot since its legalized sale in January.
Policy: Male Federal Workers Can Use Women's Restrooms, Locker Rooms. When an expectant mother visits
her doctor for an ultrasound, the doctor invariably asks: Do you want to know the sex of your child? The
Obama administration, however, does not believe an unborn child has a sex — even when a doctor sees
indisputable physical evidence. Obama's Office of Personnel Management has published what it calls "Guidance
Regarding the Employment of Transgender Individuals in the Workplace." This document speaks of "sex" as
something a person has "assigned" to them only after they make it through the birth canal.
Obama's 'children' on a rampage.
[Scroll down] The mainstream media, ever-supportive of Obama, neglects to publicize any such event and only
local newspapers are reporting the increasing meaningless and violent attacks against white victims. [...] It is
undeniable that once those wrong doers in the black community (which represent a very small minority) realized they
could essentially get away with murder, it was inevitable that racial anarchy would ensue. America might have
been a post racial nation before but after 2008, it has become anything thanks to the constant class warfare promoted
by the Democrat Party for its own preservation of power.
The Decline of the
African-American family. In reaction and repentance sparked by Dr. King's nonviolent civil disobedience
and the systemic introspection of social norms by whites, Americans overcompensated with sweeping entitlement programs
under President Johnson's "War on Poverty," and by turning a blind eye to accountability on longstanding values and
principled behavior within the African American community. While affirmative action and desegregation jump-started
social change, the unintended consequences of shifting the cultural incentives upside down were ignored. [...] And with
Civil Rights Act of 1964 giving legal credence to making any sort of behavioral judgment toxic, the cultural glue that
held together the African-American family was fundamentally changed.
states with the most segregated public schools are epicenters of liberalism. The state with the
most segregated public schools is New York. Other states with exceptionally segregated schools
include California, Illinois and Michigan. These findings come from a longitudinal study of enrollment
figures conducted by the Civil Rights Project at the University of California at Los Angeles, The Associated Press
reports. The period studied was 1998 through 2010.
NY Schools Are Most Racially Segregated. New York state has the most segregated public schools
in the nation, with many black and Latino students attending schools with virtually no white classmates,
according to a report released Wednesday [3/26/2014].
Indiana Clean Coal Plant Uses More Energy Than It Produces. Duke Energy was very proud to discuss their
clean coal plant back in 2009. They replaced a 60 year-old coal plant with clean coal technology. But it
uses more energy to run than it produces.
What U.S. states have the highest
and lowest taxes? If you hate paying taxes, pay attention to where you live. Residents of the nation's
lowest-tax states pay less than one-quarter of the levies contributed by those in the highest-tax states. And that's
even when they earn the same amount and spend the same amount on everything from housing to beer, according to an analysis
by personal finance site WalletHub. The site looked at 10 different taxes, from property and state and local income
taxes to those on vehicles, food, alcohol, fuel, telecommunications and sales.
A convoluted insanity defense:
Woman Claims Former Male Self a Murderer. Authorities in Washington State believe that a series of murders of prostitutes
in 1990 were committed by Washington resident Douglas Perry. Now Perry has been captured and charged with the murders, but
Douglas has become "Donna," a transgender woman who claims that she is not responsible for the murders because Douglas no longer exists.
state residents pay fewer taxes than blue state residents. The average American family pays nearly $7,000 in
state and local taxes in a given year, but the actual amounts vary wildly. A Californian who lives on the western
side of Lake Tahoe pays almost three times more in state taxes than their neighbor on the Nevada side of the lake. Someone
living in Portland, Ore., pays more than twice as much as a neighbor living across the Columbia River in Vancouver, Wash.
Dereliction of Duty in Detroit.
I've had my eye on Detroit's bankruptcy proceedings because it is indicative of what's to come for a lot of cities. How Detroit
deals with its bankruptcy could also set a precedent for other cities forced to deal with the decisions of bankruptcy, satisfying
pensions and debtors.
law so stupid California legislature seeks to repeal it two months after it took effect. California's state legislature is
seeking to repeal an idiotic law that took effect January 1st. It turns out that some feel-good regulatory efforts generate
enough blowback that they can actually be reversed.
Corruption in the City of Brotherly
Love. Philadelphia Daily News reporters Wendy Ruderman and Barbara Laker have written two powerful series of articles
on abuse, corruption, and intimidation within the city, state, and federal government. These stories read like something out of a
political thriller. [...] The authors found that some police were as corrupt as the criminals they targeted. These detectives
terrorized hardworking legal immigrant shop owners, sexually assaulted women, and fabricated search warrants.
Downgrades Chicago's Credit Rating, Lowest Of Any Major City Except Detroit. The agency announced Tuesday [3/4/2014] it's
lowering the rating on $8.3 billion in debt from A3 to Baa1, putting it only three notches above junk-bond status.
Insurers in the nation's capital
must cover sex-change surgery. New laws in Washington, D.C., compel health insurance carriers to provide payment for sex-change
treatment and surgery. Mayor Vincent Gray says the regulations will prevent discrimination against the transgender population.
When 'leave us alone' became 'bake us a cake!'
Sexual orientation is not race — and permitting what would most definitely be a very small number of observant Christians to exercise their right
of conscience is vastly different from pervasive and state-sponsored racism. [...] We have reached a point in the gay rights debate where all the low-hanging
fruit has been picked. We are now entering into the zero-sum game phase of the debate, where gay rights and religious liberty must collide.
Enough with the Gay Mania. It's one thing to be
tolerant of what once were known as "alternative lifestyles." It's another thing to be asked to celebrate them, as the exuberant mythologizers of
Michael Sam and Johnny Weir ask us to do. And it is way beyond the pale to hold forth on any sort of sex life — perhaps apart from
self-restraint — as if it's a form of heroism. Yet the culture of the professional Left, enthusiastically aided by the establishment
media, is going bonkers in pushing active homosexuality (or any one of several exotic variants thereof) as an absolute virtue.
the Left's favourite 'socialist paradise' is sliding into poverty and dictatorship. How are things coming along in Venezuela, that
paradise of democratic socialism? [...] Well, tens of thousands of protesters are in the streets, the army's been sent to crush revolt, an opposition
leader has been arrested and supporters of the government just shot dead a former beauty queen.
Assisted suicide and shallow, superficial vanity are two of liberalism's fruits.
Italian woman pays
$14G to commit suicide at euthanasia clinic due to being 'sad about losing her looks'. A perfectly healthy Italian woman paid
$14,000 to commit suicide at a Swiss euthanasia clinic because she was "sad about losing her looks." Oriella Cazzanello, 85, reportedly
took her own life at the right-to-die center in Basel after getting "weighed down by ageing and the inevitable loss of the looks of which she
Germany's Energy Goals Backfire. Germany's
radical initiative to subsidize renewable electricity generation has resulted in higher carbon dioxide emissions and the most expensive electricity in
Europe, with the poor disproportionately bearing the burden.
The Costs of the Environmentalism
Cult. California is in the third year of a drought, but the problem isn't a lack of water. The snowfall in the Sierra
provides enough to help us ride out the years of drought. All we need to do is store it. But California hasn't built a new dam
in 35 years. Worse than that, every year we dump 1.6 million acre-feet of water — about enough to serve 3.2 million
families for a year — into the Pacific Ocean in order to protect an allegedly "endangered" 3-inch bait-fish called the Delta smelt.
Obama's Fate. [Scroll down] This is what the
Democrats have in mind for the rest of the country. The prospect we're facing is not 1984, or Nazi Germany, or even Suharto's Indonesia.
It is contemporary Argentina, controlled by elites, bouncing from one political extreme to the other, run by an ever more bizarre train of
lunatics, with a government that relates to the people in much the same way that a parasite relates to its host. Can this be stopped?
Only if we begin acting like citizens of a republic, which may well be too much to ask.
Obama Twerks America. No... you cannot keep your
insurance, no matter how much you like it. You also can't keep your doctor, or your full-time job. Twenty-nine hours a week or less
of gainful employment will have to suffice going forward. And that's a good thing. Just ask any Democrat — it's freedom
from job-lock. Americans, thanks to Barack Obama, now have the right to be unemployed. [...] Besides, stop your whining, are there not
food stamps, acquirable in an instant? How much does he have to do for you people?
Avoid Becoming The Next Detroit, Puerto Rico Needs Growth, Not Taxes. Puerto Rico's debt has been cut to junk by two credit
rating agencies, prompting an outcry from officials of the recession-hit island that, after all, they've hiked taxes. Well, that's the
problem right there.
If You Like Your Light Bulb,
You Can't Keep Your Light Bulb. A recent study found only 28 percent of the public was aware of the 2007 law that unrealistically
raised the minimum efficiency standards for light bulbs to the point where it effectively turned the 25 cent light bulb into contraband.
"In its place," reports CNS News, "alternative, costly and mercury-filled CFLs are manufactured in China, and incandescent factories in the US have
been shuttered." The last U.S. incandescent light bulb factory, in Winchester, Virginia, closed in September 2010, leaving 200 well-paid
employees feeling they'd been "sold out by the government."
about the prohibition of incandescent light bulbs.
Do Liberals Care if
Third World Illnesses Infect Americans? The Biblical scourge of leprosy, a "slow-growing bacillus... parasite with a tropism
for peripheral nerves, skin, and mucous membranes... upper respiratory tract, anterior chamber of the eye, and the testes," is also within
our borders. In 2002, there were only 900 total cases of leprosy in the US. In the next three years there were 9,000, mostly in
states with the largest immigrant populations. [...] So, a word to the wise: the next time a French fry falls on the table in the food
court or the handle of a shopping cart is grabbed, remember that along with open borders and liberal politicians come diseases and various
deadly pathogens either formerly eradicated or never endemic to the US in the first place, are waiting for a new host, and you are nominated.
'Aid in Dying' Movement Takes Hold in Some
States. Helping the terminally ill end their lives, condemned for decades as immoral, is gaining traction. Banned everywhere but
Oregon until 2008, it is now legal in five states. Its advocates, who have learned to shun the term "assisted suicide," believe that as baby
boomers watch frail parents suffer, support for what they call the "aid in dying" movement will grow further. In January, a district court in
New Mexico authorized doctors to provide lethal prescriptions and declared a constitutional right for "a competent, terminally ill patient to choose
aid in dying."
The Most Corrupt Village in America.
Alorton, an African-American village run by Democrats, may actually be the most corrupt village in Illinois and the United States. Alorton's
violent crime rate has been as high as ten times the national average. Its biggest employers are health care, fast food, welfare and education.
The unemployment rate for black men is at 31%. Half the people in Alorton live below the poverty line. 70% of poor households consist of
single mothers. The village has the fourth highest poverty rate of any place in Illinois. Its corruption and misery are examples of what
happens when the Democratic Party's power goes unchallenged.
Study: Fatal Car Crashes
Involving Marijuana Have Tripled. According to a recent study, fatal car crashes involving pot use have tripled in the U.S.
"Currently, one of nine drivers involved in fatal crashes would test positive for marijuana," Dr. Guohua Li, director of the Center for Injury
Epidemiology and Prevention at Columbia, and co-author of the study told HealthDay News.
Illinois Loses 80,000 Workers in One
Year. President Barack Obama's home state, which has been governed by Democrats throughout his national political career, has slipped
in the rankings and now has the third-worst unemployment rate in the nation. Though the jobless rate was the same in December 2013 (8.6%) as
in December 2012, the state's labor force declined by a staggering 80,000 workers, according to Michael Lucci of the Illinois Policy Institute.
Detroit has the highest child-mortality rate of any American city, exceeding that of many parts of what we used to call the Third World.
The rate of death before the age of 18 in Detroit is nearly three times New York City's, and its infant-mortality rate exceeds that of Botswana.
The main cause of premature death among the children of Detroit is premature birth — the second is murder.
Study: Liberals drink more alcohol than
conservatives. A sobering new study published by the Journal of Wine Economics — yes, there is a Journal of Wine
Economics — finds that alcohol consumption in American states rises as the population's politics becomes more liberal.
The Poison of Postmodern
Lying. All presidents have, at one time or another, fudged on the truth. Most politicians pad their résumés and
airbrush away their sins. But what is new about political lying is the present notion that lies are not necessarily lies anymore — a
reflection of the relativism that infects our entire culture. Postmodernism (the cultural fad "after modernism") went well beyond questioning
norms and rules. It attacked the very idea of having any rules at all. Postmodernist relativists claimed that things like "truth"
were mere fictions to preserve elite privilege. Unfortunately, bad ideas like that have a habit of poisoning an entire society — and
now they have.
Guns Don't Kill People, Democrats Kill
People. Even a casual reader of local news headlines should not be shocked to learn that firearm-related homicides are more prevalent
in some neighborhoods than others. However, what may be shocking is the near exclusivity of firearm-related homicides to a small subset of
neighborhoods; neighborhoods that vote predominately for Democrat candidates.
Fact-Free Liberals: Part
II. Words seem to carry far more weight than facts among those liberals who argue as if rent control laws actually
control rents and gun control laws actually control guns. It does no good to point out to them that the two American cities
where rent control laws have existed longest and strongest — New York and San Francisco — are also the two cities
with the highest average rents. Nor does it make a dent on them when you point out evidence, from both sides of the Atlantic,
that tightening gun control laws does not reduce gun crimes, including murder. It is not uncommon for gun crimes to rise when
gun control laws are tightened. Apparently armed criminals prefer unarmed victims.
and Least Bible-Minded Cities in the United States. After interviewing more than 46,000 adults nationwide over a seven-year period, the
American Bible Society, in conjunction with Barna, ranks Chattanooga as the number one most Bible-minded city in the United States. Providence,
Rhode Island, and New Bedford, Massachusetts, share the dubious distinction of being the least most-Bible minded cities in America.
Pushing The Pink Police State.
The Human Rights Campaign, the gay rights lobby, is denouncing Gene Schaerr, the Utah attorney defending Utah's stand on traditional marriage
because of his religious convictions. The idea is that his religious beliefs have no place in this discussion. The HRC is trying
to drive religious people out of the public square.
Kiddie Porn Does Not Count as "Moral
Turpitude" to S.F. Govt.. A former high-ranking San Francisco government employee convicted of felony possession of child pornography
will continue to receive his government pension because, according to city regulations, evidence of "moral turpitude" is required to revoke a pension
yet viewing violent kiddie porn does not qualify as moral turpitude.
Gambling revenue [is] at [the]
heart of Detroit's dilemmas, new and old. Michigan voters in 1996 approved casino gambling in Detroit, hoping to revitalize the ghost town.
Lies Liberals Tell Young Americans. [Scroll down] You want a society with no moral code, where no one is ever
made to feel bad about doing disgusting things? Well, then you should expect school shootings, welfare fraud, a
deterioration of marriage, women having five children out of wedlock with four different men, perverted politicians,
etc., etc., etc. When you say morality isn't welcome, you don't get to pick and choose which dearly held precepts
are trampled into the dirt in the public square. If you want your kids growing up in a modern day Sodom and
Gomorrah, buy into the idea that morals don't matter and you'll be doing your part to make it a reality.
Court affirms Mass. murderer's
right to get sex change in prison. A federal appeals court on Friday [1/17/2014] upheld a judge's ruling granting a taxpayer-funded
sex change operation for a transgender inmate serving a life sentence for a murder conviction, saying receiving medically necessary treatment is a
constitutional right that must be protected "even if that treatment strikes some as odd or unorthodox."
The Left's Reordering of Human Desire.
Human desires are frequently cited, accurately or not, as the basis for human rights. Want publically funded birth control?
Then argue that it's a human right. The same goes for SSM or assisted suicide. If you love someone, then it's your human right
to marry them; if you no longer want to live, then it's your right to die. If you don't want a child, then abort it. But if
that same baby dies in a car accident on the way to the abortion clinic, the death becomes homicide. By making human desires
indistinguishable from human rights, the Left fundamentally recreates the historic Western category of the human.
exacerbates inequality, economist argues. When liberals start talking about inequality, it's nearly always in pursuit
of more government. They take for granted that a free market makes inequality worse and Big Government programs are needed to
mitigate it. This argument appears flawed in many ways. For one thing, inequality in and of itself — as separated
from the problems of poverty and immobility — might be harmful only when that inequality is created by cronyism.
Also, the Left's economic policies can exacerbate inequality as often as they can shrink it.
All wrong — in
California, girls can use urinals in the boys' restroom. As of January 1, students in California public schools have been
able to choose whether to use the boys' rest room or girls' rest room, as well as the girls' locker room or boys' locker room, based on whether
they feel female or male, not whether they are anatomically female or male. That's right: Governor Jerry Brown, of
California, signed a bill that took effect January 1 that tells kids from kindergarten on that they should decide whether
they believe their gender identity is and act, accordingly.
The Idol of Equality. Most
initiatives that Obama has embraced are characterized by going after a suspect group or tradition — targeting particular
businesses deemed not sufficiently socially sensitive to workers, focusing on legal gun owners, eroding the military tradition in
infantry service of restricting women to non-combat roles, coercing schools that would discipline trouble-makers in class, promoting
the suppression of interest rates by the Federal Reserve to reward the many who owe money and punish the fewer who saved some —
all on the notion of helping the proverbial "people." Such a thoroughgoing effort at enforcing ideas of fairness covers both the
important and the trivial: The government renames terrorism "man-caused disasters"; the fight against it is merely "overseas
contingency operations." The Muslim Brotherhood is "largely secular." If need be, we can jail an obscure video maker on
trumped-up charges of parole violation to serve the larger need not to show bias against anyone.
Driver who hit 2 state troopers was
high on pot. State troopers say the man who drove his car into two patrol cars this weekend was under the influence of marijuana.
[...] Troopers say they arrested Keith Kilbey, 23. He is charged with driving under the influence of drugs.
The Editor says...
Of course this might have happened anyway, even if marijuana hadn't been legalized days earlier. But the State of Colorado
has now made fatalities like this more likely.
Named Most Pro-Life State; Washington The Least. Americans United for Life released their annual "Life List" report on the
most and least pro-life states in the US. This year, Louisiana came out on top for the fifth straight year, followed by Oklahoma,
Arkansas, Arizona, and Pennsylvania. Nos. 46. Connecticut, 47. New York, 48. Vermont, 49. California, and 50. Washington
state brought up the rear, with Washington placing last for the fifth straight year.
releases updated STD data; syphilis, gonorrhea cases are up, chlamydia numbers are stable. Wyoming had the lowest rate, at 7.7 per 100,000 people.
The District of Columbia was the highest at 388.7 per 100,000. Ohio's rate was 142.9 per 100,000. The number of cases reported in Ohio in 2012 was 16,493,
down slightly from 2011. More than 15,000 primary and secondary syphilis cases were reported in 2012, a rate of 5 per 100,000 people. The rate increase was
solely among men, especially gay and bisexual men who represent an estimated 75 percent of cases.
Gonorrhea, Syphilis Regain Traction in U.S., CDC
Reports. While all three diseases [gonorrhea, syphilis, chlamydia] are curable with antibiotics, many people don't get tested as recommended, said Gail
Bolan, the director of the CDC's STD prevention division. That's especially the case for syphilis, where the rise is entirely attributable to men, particularly
those who are gay or bisexual.
Count Begins For Calif. Law That Lets Boys Play on Girls' Sports Team, Use Girls' Bathroom. The California Secretary of State's
press office confirmed on Wednesday [1/8/2014] that Secretary Debra Bowen has given all 58 counties in the state until Feb. 24 to count
and verify every signature in a petition campaign to let voters decide whether a law that gives students the right to use facilities and take
part in sports and other activities based on their "gender identity" and not their biological sex stands. Assembly Bill 1266, the School
Success and Opportunity Act, was passed by the state legislature and signed into law by Gov. Jerry Brown in August 2013.
The Denaturalization of America. Homosexual
marriage, a passing joke at parties until a few years ago, is now legal in much of the U.S., as in many other Western progressive countries.
Meanwhile, in decisions soon to be upheld by the Supreme Court no doubt, various U.S. jurisdictions have declared that schoolboys who decide they
feel more like schoolgirls will be permitted by law to use the girls' locker room, while the actual girls, unprotected by any new laws of their own,
will apparently just have to get used to undressing in the company of boys.
Pot Opponents Predict
'Hogwild' Colorado Trainwreck. Colorado will make history Wednesday [1/1/2014] as the first American state allowing stores to
sell marijuana for recreational use — eliciting fear and predictions of doom from anti-drug campaigners. On a Tuesday [12/31/2013]
conference call hosted by Smart Approaches to Marijuana, former Rep. Patrick Kennedy, D-R.I., said Colorado and Washington state —
where stores will open later in 2014 — are "canaries in the coal mine."
Predicts More Than $500 Million in Marijuana Sales in 2014. A Bloomberg report on the eve that marijuana legalization takes effect
in Colorado notes that the state also expects $67 million in tax revenue alone from those nearly $600 million in profits. The
profits will go in part to funding schools, and only those over the age of 21 can buy marijuana at legally licensed stores. The stores
opening tomorrow morning were already in existence, selling their product medically to those with a prescription. No new shops may legally
open until July.
The Editor says...
Notice that (1) medical marijuana was just an introduction: after we all got accustomed to it, then recreational marijuana arrived;
and (2) marijuana is being taxed, and the proceeds go to education, so recreational marijuana is "for the children" after all. This
emotional ploy helps to deflect opposition.
Mass Shootings and the Left. A
return towards traditional social structures and values would perhaps help more than politically motivated, lobbyist driven, misdirected
legislation touted by the left as "gun control." It would seem that what we need is people control. While unbounded freedom of
personal expression might lead to Utopia, it can also lead to anarchy, a lesson liberals have yet to learn.
Good news from Chicago: Only
413 murdered Americans this year. Good news from Chicago: The catastrophic murder rate in the Democratic-controlled city was
slightly less catastrophic in 2013 than in 2012. Only 413 Americans were shot, stabbed or bludgeoned to death in the city, where all
50 aldermen are Democrats. Most of the victims in the blue-voting city were African-Americans or Hispanic, and very few were white.
Still, the city's Democratic leaders cautiously cheered the deaths of the 413 Americans, more than one victim per day, which included one young
woman who marched in President Barack Obama's 2013 inauguration parade.
The Straight Dope on Homosexuality.
Disease rates are one of the few undisputed facts about homosexuals. The Centers for Disease Control says that in 2008 "men who have sex
with men" accounted for 63% of new syphilis cases. If men are half the population and 3.3% of them are homosexual, it means that 1.65%
of Americans account for 63% of the country's syphilis cases. It's even worse for AIDS. In 2010, homosexuals were about 200 times
more likely than everyone else to be diagnosed with HIV. However, the CDC says they are only 15 times more likely than everyone else to get
Hepatitis B and about 17 times more likely to have anal cancer.
TSA Offers 'Transgender
Travelers' an Advice Page. The TSA is well-known for being too aggressive in its body searches, so it shouldn't be surprising
in the Obama years that the TSA has a web page titled "Transgender Travelers: Special Considerations." "TSA recognizes the concerns
members of the transgender community may have with undergoing the security screening process at our Nation's airports and is committed to
conducting screening in a dignified and respectful manner," they promise. First, they reasonably suggest that your birth date, name,
and gender on your reservation match your government ID. [...] Then there are those pat-downs that can go wrong.
The Great Race Hoax. When Barack Obama rose
to national prominence following his 2004 keynote address at the Democratic National Convention, his African-American heritage was a
footnote to the fawning reception he received from the media and from most Americans. [...] Fast forward to today. President Obama's
race is no longer a footnote. It is central to his presidency. It is arguably his defining characteristic. Unity and
bipartisanship are nowhere to be found. Who is responsible for this? The blame rests squarely with the American Left, and
specifically, with the racialists.
Prices Rise Dramatically Under Ohio Renewable Mandates. Electricity prices in Ohio have risen approximately triple the national average
since Ohio enacted renewable power mandates in 2008. The sharp rise in electricity prices occurred despite promises during 2008 legislative hearings
that renewable power mandates would have little or no impact on electricity prices. In 2008 the Ohio legislature passed legislation creating
the state's renewable power mandates. Under the mandates, Ohioans must purchase 25 percent of their electricity from designated renewable sources
by the year 2025.
Electricity Prices Soar
As Government Regulation Surges. In November, the Bureau of Labor Statistics' Electricity Price Index hit 202.284, an all-time record and
nearly 20% higher than just six years ago. This might strike some as strange, given the private-sector shale-fracking boom going on in the Midwest,
Northeast and Texas, which has led to soaring new domestic supplies of natural gas and oil. According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration,
as recently as 2008 the U.S. produced 2.1 billion cubic feet of natural gas per day. Today, it's 12.3 billion cubic feet and growing
fast — truly astounding growth.
Anarchy in Detroit. Detroit's future, to put it mildly, looks bleak.
About one-third of its 138 square miles are deserted, it has no tax base, and its schools are horrendous. Last year, one in every 1,800 residents
was murdered. In July, the city filed for bankruptcy, and politicians, unions, and investors are currently slugging it out in court, grasping for
whatever little cash remains in the Motor City's coffers.
What to Do When ObamaCare Unravels. This
fall's website fiasco and policy cancellations are only the beginning. Next spring the individual mandate is likely to unravel when we see how sick
the people are who signed up on exchanges, and if our government really is going to penalize voters for not buying health insurance. The
employer mandate and "accountable care organizations" will take their turns in the news. There will be scandals. There will be fraud.
This will go on for years.
The next Detroit?
Atlantic City and Las Vegas facing catastrophic collapse. With the closure of the recent Atlantic Club Casino Hotel, rumors of the
bankrupt Revel being sold to Hard Rock, more than half of the mortgages in Las Vegas under water, casinos opening up all around the country and
online gambling legislation underway in various states, it seems as if the reasons for the very existence of Atlantic City and Las Vegas are in
The Decline and Fall of Political Discourse.
The majority of the American people, asleep during the past sixty years of overwhelming peace and prosperity, are gradually waking up to the massive deception
that has been perpetrated by the Left and their inability to solve the almost insolvable problems they, in large part, created. Unfortunately it has taken
the election of Barack Obama and the imposition of ObamaCare, among other policies aimed at concentrating power in the hands of the American Left, to achieve
Polygamy and the Left. With the ruling of a federal
judge last week that declared part of Utah's anti-polygamy law unconstitutional, the left finds itself torn. Of course, with their ever-wavering
consciences that are willing to go along with whatever seems the latest fad that tests our moral boundaries (especially in the sexual realm), some
liberals say that it is time that we take a closer look at plural marriage. After all, if consenting adults want to enter into such relationships,
what is the problem? In other words, as I asked over five years ago, what's wrong with polygamy?
Polygamy and the Marriage Free-fall.
Marriage in America is in a state of free-fall, and it's the confluence of American attitudes and legal rulings that are responsible for helping push it
off the cliff. On Friday night, a George W. Bush judicial appointee, Judge Clark Waddoups, struck down a part of Utah's law against polygamy
in a 91-page ruling. [...] Waddoups's ruling can't be viewed in isolation from the events that preceded it, especially the debate over same-sex marriage
and the larger effort to undo the norms of family life. Social change, for good or ill, rarely happens at a single moment in time, but over time as
the sum total of a thousand smaller events. This Friday night in Utah was one such event.
Judge Cites Same-Sex
Marriage in Declaring Polygamy Ban Unconstitutional. In a game-changer for the legal fight over same-sex marriage that gives credence
to opponents' "slippery slope" arguments, a federal judge has now ruled that the legal reasoning for same-sex marriage means that laws against
polygamy are likewise unconstitutional. In his 91-page opinion in Brown v. Buhman, on Dec. 13, U.S. District Judge Clark Waddoups struck
down Utah's law making polygamy a crime. In so doing, he may have opened Pandora's Box.
Pajama Boy: The Obama Machine's Id.
The Obama administration isn't doing very well with putting an empathetic face on its calamitous health-insurance law, is it? First, we had Julia, the
creepy, eyeless, vision-of-horror from Brave New World whose life was run from cradle to grave by the federal government. Then, we had Adriana, the
painfully neutral and carefully ambi-racial stock-model-from-everywhere whose face became so synonymous with HealthCare.gov's hilarious launch that she had
to be replaced with a graphic plugging an 800 number.
The Editor says...
Advertising very often includes actors and actresses who are chosen for their indistinct ethnicity, such as the "painfully neutral and carefully
ambi-racial stock-model-from-everywhere" mentioned above. This is because liberals insist on multiculturalism, diversity, and the inclusion
of everyone who isn't lily white; and if there is only one role to be played in an advertisement, the actor or actress must resemble everybody
and, at the same time, nobody.
What Does A Satanic Monument Look Like? I read
at Breitbart that the Satan-worshipping group Satanic Temple wants its very own statue outside the Oklahoma Statehouse in Oklahoma City
alongside a Ten Commandments monument. [...] This all got me thinking: What would be an appropriate Satanic marker for the Oklahoma
Festivus pole to go up in Florida Capitol
rotunda. A nearly 6-foot-tall "Festivus" pole made from empty beer cans will be put up in the Florida Capitol this week as a
not-so-subtle protest to the recent placement of a Christmas nativity scene.
The Editor says...
The Satanist and Festivus monuments would never have received a moment's consideration 50 years ago, but now such requests must be
entertained because of the "inclusion" and "diversity" dictated by liberal PC. Otherwise, a Christmas display or a Ten Commandments
monument wouldn't be "fair," and a handful of troublemakers from left-wing fringe would be "victims." This incremental manipulation
of public buildings and public spaces will only get worse. Not suddenly worse, just a little this year and a little next year,
until sensible Americans grow tired of defending centuries of tradition.
Obama's home town by the numbers. Chicago,
which has some of the toughest gun control laws in America, had a rough November. Despite the cold weather, it was a popular month for shooting.
Hate Crime Tip-hoaxing. Two recent
incidents have caused many people, including blogger Elizabeth Scalia, to suggest that people stop tipping with cash, in order to prevent
being falsely accused of a hate crime. [...] So, if you want to avoid being falsely accused of stiffing on a tip and committing a hate crime,
always put the tip on your credit card. And save your receipts and credit card bills.
Knock Out Black Self-Hatred. The
"knockout game" is a prime example of the demise of black families across America. The goal of the "knockout game" is to catch someone
off guard and try to knock him or her out in one punch. Many media outlets initially highlighted youth as the common denominator among
the attackers. Other media outlets reported that the majority of the perpetrators were Black males. [...] How does an individual
come to think it's fun to harm another human being, capture the attack on film, and share it with the world through social media?
One has to wonder what is (or is not) going on in the households of the attackers.
America Is One Step Closer to a
One-Party Tyranny. November 21, 2013, may be another date that will live in infamy. Instead of conventional bombs and
aerial torpedoes exploding at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, the "nuclear option" went off in the U.S. Senate at Washington, D.C. By a
52-48 vote, the Senate voted to change the institution's regulations related to the filibuster, thereby emasculating a political
minority's ability to thwart, or at least delay, majoritarian dictatorship. A Senate minority can no longer thwart the president's
nominations of judges to lesser federal courts or of executive department officials.
Bad managers ruined
Obamacare. All appearances to the contrary, the managers involved in this debacle aren't dumb. But they come from a
background — law and politics — where arguments often take the place of reality, and plausibility can be as good as,
or better than, truth.
Keywords: necessarily skyrocket.
Price of Electricity Hit
Record for October; Up 42% in Decade. The price of electricity hit a record for the month of October, according to data
released Wednesday [11/20/2013] by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. That made October the eleventh straight month when the average
price of electricity hit or matched the record level for that month. The average price of electricity in October was 13.2 cents
per kilowatt hour (KWH), up from 12.8 cents per KWH in October 2012 — and up from 9.3 cents per KWH in October 2003.
Americans now pay 42 percent more for electricity than they did a decade ago.
West: Amnesty, Govt Dependence Create Conditions That Lead to 'Knockout Game'. Col. Allen West, former GOP U.S. Congressman
from Florida, said at a Thursday morning [11/21/2013] panel focused on the devastating economic impacts of amnesty that economic policies
that displace black youths from jobs — like President Barack Obama's immigration policies — have led to fads like
the "knockout game."
someone mention the knockout game?
Climate Scientists Murder World's Oldest Creature. A
group of "climate change experts" that discovered a 507-year-old clam that was the world's oldest known creature killed it in the process of
determining its age. The scientists, determined to count the rings on the inside of the clam's shell, killed the creature instantly
when they opened it up.
ObamaCare Breaks Obama's Middle
Class Tax Pledge, Too. Matthew Fleischer, a freelance writer in Los Angeles, recently learned ObamaCare will force him off a plan he likes,
and a comparable policy will cost him nearly $800 more next year. "Most young, middle-class Americans I know are happy that millions of previously
uninsured people will receive free or heavily subsidized insurance under the Affordable Care Act," he wrote in a Los Angeles Times op-ed. "We just
didn't realize that, unless we had health insurance at work, we'd be the ones paying for it." Adam Weldzius, a nurse practitioner in Illinois,
came to the same realization after finding that his premiums will go up nearly $3,000 a year.
Central Planning, and the Truth. Looking at what was promised under ObamaCare and there is no wonder
why people were dazzled by what it offered. Of course when you talk in ideals everyone would love to have universal
healthcare. People might even believe it is possible. After all, if it can be envisioned, why can't it come to
fruition? Unfortunately for you, ObamaCare, as it's affectionately called, is by all means of empirical evaluation
not only a disaster, but the quintessential example of why central planning does not work.
Does Environmentalism Cause Amnesia?.
[Scroll down] What does hurt people is bad public policy. Exhibit A is the U.S. ethanol mandate — justified in
part as a response to global warming — which diverted the corn crop to fuel production and sent global food prices soaring in 2008.
Exhibit B is the cult of organic farming and knee-jerk opposition to [genetically modified crops], which risk depriving farmers in poor countries
of high-yield, nutrient-rich crops. Exhibit C was the effort to ban DDT without adequate substitutes to stop the spread of malaria, which
kills nearly 900,000 people, mostly children, in sub-Saharan Africa alone with each passing year. The list goes on and on.
Sixteen tons to sixteen cents. The bankruptcy of
Detroit, America's most African American major city, raises the question of how safe those Blue Model public pensions really are. This was
dramatically heightened by a report that the city could only pay sixteen cents on every pension dollar.
A Shocking Number. So far, the LBJ plan seems to
be working perfectly. Black Americans did not leave the party of Lincoln for the party of Joe Biden; they left the party of Herbert Hoover for the party
of Franklin Roosevelt. Or at least they thought they did. What they got instead was the party of sky-high crime, dangerous and dysfunctional schools,
a joblessness rate for black men that is more than twice the rate for white men at 14 percent and rising. Twice the unemployment, twice the
high-school dropouts, four times the abortions, four times the HIV, seven times the prison sentences, twelve times the babies born with congenital syphilis,
fourteen times the murder victims, and nineteen times the gonorrhea.
How to Break an American City. [When Detroit] filed for Chapter 9
this July, it was actually behind the curve of civic bankruptcy. Stockton, San Bernardino, and Mammoth Lakes in California all declared bankruptcy in 2012.
Central Falls, Rhode Island, did so the year before that. Around the country, from Maine to California, Alabama to Illinois, local governments are seeing their tax
revenues decline or simply fail to keep pace with politicians' ever-expanding promises of how to spend them.
A Way to Deal With Public Unions.
The average BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit) worker makes over $76,000 per year, plus huge benefits. Janitors make as much as $82,752. But the unions want
more. And they are willing to bankrupt the region to get more. In my opinion, San Francisco is already bankrupt due to pension obligations that
cannot possibly be met (but the city may not realize that yet). Oakland is without a doubt bankrupt due to public union pension obligations.
Oakland city officials likely realize that (but they just do not want to admit the obvious). In due time, both Bay Area cities will follow Vallejo,
Stockton, and San Bernardino into bankruptcy. In the meantime, unions are hell bent on driving cities right over the bankruptcy cliff.
staff if they are 'intersex,' 'transsexual,' 'genderqueer,' male-to-female. The 60,000-strong Thomson Reuters media empire, in an effort to
determine its diversity success, is asking its staff of reporters, researchers, marketers and others to pick their sex from nine choices, including
"genderqueer," a category for identities other than man or woman. According to the company's annual employee survey, choosing a sexual identity
doesn't have to be based on a worker's actual sex, but instead "a person's innate, deeply felt psychological identification."
Lessons in Liberal Projection:
Conservatism Is 'Mean'? Typically, liberal/Democrat policies and programs are ill-conceived, emotion-driven, and void of reality.
For example: decades of liberals/Democrats lowering standards and morals have destroyed the black family. Now we see over 70% fatherless
households, with epidemic high school dropouts. Blacks are aborting themselves out of existence. Then there is the liberals' irrational
obsession with gun control, also known as disarming the good guys (law-abiding citizens). Bad guys — that is, criminals —
do not obey gun laws.
Oakland robberies surge as investigations
sputter. No city had more robberies per capita than Oakland in 2012. According to new federal statistics, Oakland had 10.9 robberies
per 1,000 residents. And 2013 is shaping up to be even worse.
This story has it all: Gender confusion, assisted suicide, psycho-babble and expendable human life.
killed by euthanasia after a botched sex change operation. Nathan, born Nancy, Verhelst, 44, was given legal euthanasia, most likely by lethal
injection, on the grounds of "unbearable psychological suffering" on Monday afternoon [9/30/2013]. Wim Distelmans, a cancer specialist who carried out
the euthanasia, is the same doctor who late last year gave lethal injections to congenitally deaf twins who were frightened they were also going blind.
You are now paying to clean up the Democrats' mess.
Detroit to Receive "Not-Bailout" from Federal Government.
Detroit is going to receive an infusion of cash, courtesy of the federal government. The municipality declared bankruptcy this summer and is trying
to avoid having to pay the $18 billion in liabilities it has accrued, with court battles and protests raging all the while. Final details will
be worked out in Detroit by an Obama administration delegation led by Gene Sperling, head of the White House National Economic Council, which sounds like
something out of an Ayn Rand novel. [...] The ostensible purpose of the meeting is not to talk about bailouts (which aren't happening, everyone insists)
but rather to discuss plans to "lift up" Detroit, "to expand opportunity and renew this world-class city."
Obama administration plans
$320 million to aid Detroit recovery. Top Obama administration officials will head to Detroit on Friday [9/27/2013] to announce
nearly $320 million in federal and private aid as the city grapples with the largest municipal bankruptcy in American history.
Meet the slush funds Obama used to bail
out Detroit. According to the Detroit Free Press, [Gene] Sperling "wasn't immediately able to break down" exactly how much of the money
awarded represents "new funding" for Detroit, but he did say "much of it represented an effort by administration officials to scour their departments
for funding that Detroit could access." In other words, this is all the cash Obama could scrape together after looking for spare change in between
the couch cushions of the federal government.
Liberalism and Mass Shootings. It's often
pointed out that without the top four American cities for homicide — Washington, Chicago (newly crowned murder capital of the USA), Detroit, and
New Orleans, the U.S. would have one of the lowest murder rates in the industrialized world. All these cities suffer from the liberal curse.
As I demonstrated in my book Death by Liberalism, liberal "judicial reform" triggered the "Great Crime Explosion" of 1964-1994, with a death
toll in the hundreds of thousands. The current plague of insane gunmen is simply a back eddy of that colossal act of hubris.
There They Go Again. Obama recounted in his
September 22 remarks, "As president I have now grieved with five American communities ripped apart by mass violence: Fort Hood,
Tucson, Aurora, Sandy Hook, and now the Washington Navy Yard. And these mass shootings occur against a backdrop of daily tragedies
as an epidemic of gun violence tears apart communities across America, from the streets of Chicago to neighborhoods not far from here." [...] When
was the last time a Republican served as Mayor of Chicago? Or of Detroit? Or governed the "neighborhoods not far from here"?
On guns, why won't Obama lead?
Where gun violence is up in recent months, it's in gun-free towns like Chicago and New York. And whether it's the tragedy at Sandy Hook
Elementary School, the Aurora, Colo. movie theater, the Washington Navy Yard or earlier, Virginia Tech, Fort Hood or Columbine High School, it's
clear that gun-free zones don't prevent the mentally unstable from wreaking havoc on innocent victims. In the case of Aaron Alexis, he
bought a shotgun legally and then reportedly stole handguns inside the facility to perpetrate his crimes. The laws of the
facility — and the District of Columbia — didn't stop him.
Same Lies, Different Day. When the left focuses on the gun as
the common element, they don't have to focus on the depravity they have engendered as that common thread. They don't have to answer for the lies they have
told to keep the poor compliant, and tethered financially, to the politicians who endlessly promise to someday save them. They don't have to answer for
their utter failure and refusal to address the root causes of the violence: the fatherless homes, the drug-addicted parents, the high crime rate, the
welfare addiction, the rampant poverty, the joblessness, or the propaganda that others are to blame for their situation, all of which are products of the mess the
left has made of those lives. They evade accountability for the pervasive hopelessness of victimhood that is so necessary to the left's political power.
Defenselessly 'sheltered' as anti-gun fortress
is breached. As any decent American knows, there is no feeling more powerless than to realize that a couple of mass murderers are loose in your
neighborhood and you are denied the right to keep a gun to defend yourself, your family or your home. A sickening knot tightens in your gut. [...] Then
came the latest Orwellian phrase in the "homeland security" lexicon: "Shelter in place!" So, not only are you not allowed to defend yourself against
mass murderers, you are not supposed to run from them, either. This, my fellow countrymen, is pure insanity.
US Military Bases are 'Gun Free Zones' Because Democrats Decreed Them To Be. After Nidal Hasan killed 13 and wounded more than 30 in
November 2009, John R. Lott wrote about one of the craziest policies to come out of the Clinton era: making military bases "gun free zones."
Yes, that's correct. In 1993, President Bill Clinton decreed that US military personnel were to surrender the Second Amendment rights that they
swear an oath to support and defend.
Lesson of Navy Yard Shooting Echoes Lessons of Camp Liberty, Ft. Hood.
Yesterday's [9/16/2013] shooting spree at Washington's Navy Yard reminds us that disarmed military personnel are made-to-order victims for spree shooters.
[...] The lesson of the Camp Liberty and Fort Hood shootings was that disarmed soldiers are just as vulnerable as anyone else to a spree shooter exploiting
the fish-in-a-barrel opportunity of a "gun free zone." More details will emerge from the Navy Yard shooting, but we already know everything we need to
know. The criminal justice system had the shooter in its control, but for whatever liberal impulses were at play that day, this dangerous man was released.
FBI: Chicago passes New York as
murder capital of U.S. The city of Chicago registered more homicides than any city in the nation in 2012, surpassing even New York —
despite the fact that the Second City has only one third as many residents as the Big Apple. In new crime statistics released Monday, the Federal Bureau
of Investigation reported 500 murders in Chicago in 2012, up sharply from the 431 recorded in 2011. New York reported 419 murders last year,
compared with 515 in 2011.
Tax and spend socialism has been tried, and it does not work.
How Detroit went broke.
An in-depth Free Press analysis of the city's financial history back to the 1950s shows that its elected officials and others charged with managing its finances
repeatedly failed — or refused — to make the tough economic and political decisions that might have saved the city from financial ruin.
The cities with the most restrictive gun laws have the most murders.
Young Fatherless Elephants. Thanks to the cold-blooded
murders in Oklahoma and Washington, black teenage thugs have been much in the news lately. But they've been newsworthy for quite a while
now. [...] What's easy to forget, especially if you're a liberal, is that it's all an inevitable consequence of Lyndon Johnson's policies.
It was he and his stooges in Congress that made welfare to black women conditional on there not being a man on the premises. With a swipe
of his presidential pen, Johnson ended black families, as America had known them. Until he put his welfare policy in place, the rate of
marriages was higher among blacks than among whites.
More than 25 Shot in Chicago Holiday Weekend Bloodbath. At least eight people are dead and more than 25 others were wounded in
shootings over Labor Day weekend in Rahm Emanuel's Chicago. [...] At lease one shooting occurred in one of the city's newly created "Safe Passage"
routes, designated to provide a gun-free zone for Chicago students to get to school. In the midst of Chicago's bloody holiday, Police
Superintendent Garry McCarthy continued to tout the city's overall decline in murders from 2012 and push for "stronger gun laws."
The Editor says...
Nobody guarantees the "safe passage" routes to be safe on a long holiday weekend when the schools are closed. On the other hand,
nobody with any sense believes that more gun restrictions will have any effect, since it's apparently very easy for criminals to find
guns. People who are intent on homicide don't care about gun laws. Neither do people who have been to prison already and
didn't find prison life all that rough.
Watson warehouse blaze: solar panels hampered firefighting, officials say. More than 7,000 solar panels on the roof of a burning warehouse in
Burlington County proved too much of a hazard for firefighters, local officials said today. "We may very well not be able to save buildings that have
alternative energy," William Kramer, New Jersey's acting fire marshall, said after Delanco Fire Chief Ron Holt refused to send his firefighters onto the roof
of the 300,000-square foot Dietz & Watson facility, ablaze since Sunday afternoon. Solar panels are particularly hazardous to firefighters for a number
of reasons, according to Ken Willette, a division manager with the National Fire Protection Association.
Unintended Consequences. One of the many unintended
consequences of the political crusade for increased homeownership among minorities, and low-income people in general, has been a housing boom and
bust that left many foreclosed homes that had to be rented, because there were no longer enough qualified buyers. The repercussions did not
stop there. Many homeowners have discovered that when renters replace homeowners as their neighbors, the neighborhood as a whole can suffer.
Is this Martin Luther King's
legacy? National Mall covered in garbage. The day after thousands rallied to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King
Jr.'s March on Washington, the National Mall looks like a trash dump. The grass from the Lincoln Memorial to the World War II Memorial is
covered Sunday [8/25/2013] with empty soda cans, water bottles, boxed lunches, newspapers, a broken chair and rally signs. The Reflecting
Pool also was filled with trash.
Illinois v. Texas: Ballotpedia
analysis should have us all packing our bags. Internet encyclopedia of all things electoral, Ballotpedia, has published a study analyzing both the
partisan makeup of a state based on new criteria — the "Trifecta" of control — as well as the state's quality of life (the "SQLI"). [...]
The SQLI uses 19 factors to assess quality of life. [...] The three states that experienced the greatest improvement from 1992 to 2012 were Texas, North
Carolina and North Dakota. The three states that saw the biggest decline in their rankings from start to finish were Nevada, Connecticut and Illinois.
The Editor says...
Hmmm... What do Nevada, Connecticut, and Illinois have in common?
Tolerance, Health and Fascism.
In the name of tolerance, girls' high school teams in California and elsewhere must now accept male players who feel female. In the name of tolerance,
businesses cannot fire a man who one day shows up on the sales floor dressed as a woman. For the left, tolerance does not mean tolerance.
It means first, acceptance. And second, celebration. That is totalitarianism: You not only have to live with what you may differ with,
dear citizen, you have to celebrate it or pay a steep price.
Abandoned Dogs Roam Detroit in Packs as Humans
Dwindle. As many as 50,000 stray dogs roam the streets and vacant homes of bankrupt Detroit, replacing residents, menacing humans who remain and
overwhelming the city's ability to find them homes or peaceful deaths. [...] One officer in the Police Department's skeleton animal-control unit recalled a pack
splashing away in a basement that flooded when thieves ripped out water pipes.
Bankrupt Detroit: As many as 50,000 stray dogs
roam city streets in packs. As many as 50,000 stray dogs roam the streets and vacant homes of bankrupt Detroit, as many residents flee the once-booming
metropolis. The city has shrank [sic] from 1.8 million to about 700,000 and packs of as many as 20 dogs have been found in boarded-up buildings of
former residents, Bloomberg reported. There are as many as 70,000 abandoned buildings for dogs and other animals to make their home.
The Editor says...
I suppose it would be impossible to declare "open season" on wild dogs, since only outlaws have guns in a liberal Utopia. And since it's a
liberal Utopia, the dogs have rights, too!
Welfare Can Make
More Sense than Work. In Connecticut, a mother with two children participating in seven major welfare programs (Temporary Assistance
for Needy Families, Medicaid, food stamps, WIC, housing assistance, utility assistance and free commodities) could receive a package of benefits
worth $38,761, the fourth highest in the nation. Only Hawaii, Massachusetts and the District of Columbia provided more generous benefits.
When it comes to gauging the value of welfare benefits, it is important to remember that they are not taxed, while wages are.
Government Graft, Corruption,
and Retaliation in Democrat-Run Virginia. All across America, billions of taxpayer dollars are wasted or mismanaged by local governments because of little
to no government transparency or accountability. Alexandria, Virginia, provides an example of why. Ironically, local government, which is arguably the
"closest to the people," is in many ways shielded and protected from public scrutiny and questioning. Only a select few who either work in local government or
watch the actions of their local representatives closely catch these cases of waste, fraud, and abuse. Their stories are often ignored because the media is more
drawn to high-profile cases at the state and federal levels.
The Tales of Three Bankrupt Cities. Why did so many
people move out of Detroit? The quick answer: crime abetted by welfare. During the decade from 1965 to 1975, crime and welfare dependency roughly
tripled in the United States and rose even more in Detroit. There was a connection between the two trends. Welfare encouraged single parenthood; fatherless
boys often grew up to commit violent crimes. Most violent crimes were and are committed by (and against) blacks, whose numbers in Detroit during the great northward
migration rose from 149,000 in 1940 to 660,000 in 1970.
Food-Stamp Use Rises; Some 15% Get Benefits.
Food-stamp use rose 2.4% in the U.S. in May from a year earlier, with more than 15% of the U.S. population receiving benefits. [...] Mississippi was the state with the
largest share of its population relying on food stamps — 22% — though Washington, DC was a bit higher overall at 23%. One in five residents in
Oregon, New Mexico, Louisiana, Tennessee, Georgia and Kentucky also were food-stamp recipients.
Newark is named the world's least
friendly city. The 'winner' of the competition for the least friendly global city was Newark, which is known more for its airport than any other attractions. [...] Other
American cities in the top 10 included Oakland, California, New Haven, Connecticut and Detroit, Michigan — as well as New Jersey's Atlantic City, which despite being a
casino resort was denounced as 'a pale shadow of Las Vegas'.
Emanuel's Chicago Is On Path To Be The Next
Detroit. Chicago appears to be following Detroit's lead to financial disaster, perhaps the latest victim of decades of one-party rule by
Democrats eager to redistribute wealth while driving real wealth creators out of cities.
Black Politicians Mostly to Blame
for Detroit's Demise. [Scroll down] The way it works is fiendishly simple. Black politicians pass laws that extort
wealth by gunpoint from those better off (the so-called rich) and give it to those less so (the poor) — in this case, poor blacks.
Over time, made dependent on government largess for survival, an ever-growing number of poor blacks vote for the black politician, who promises
to shower them with the most free goodies paid for by the "evil rich."
L.A., Chicago Rank 1 and 2 for Gun Murders;
N.O. Has Highest Rate. The Los Angeles and Chicago metropolitan areas had the most gun murders among the nation's fifty most-populous
metropolitan areas in 2009 and 2010 (the latest years for which data is available), according to a report released today by the Centers for Disease
Control and Prevention. During those two years, 1,141 people were gunned to death in the Los Angeles metropolitan area and 1,139 were
gunned to death in the Chicago metropolitan area. The New York metropolitan area ranked third with 1,101 gun homicides.
The Editor says...
I read a lot of news articles, and this is the first time I've ever seen a firearm-related homicide described as someone having
been "gunned to death."
Chicago's cash cushion plummets, debt triples, arrests drop, water use rises. Mayor Rahm Emanuel closed the books on 2012 with $33.4 million
in unallocated cash on hand — down from $167 million the year before — while adding to the mountain of debt piled on Chicago
taxpayers, year-end audits show.
Shows How ObamaCare Will Bankrupt the Country. Looks like Detroit might get a federal bailout after all, by offloading its retiree
health costs onto federal taxpayers via ObamaCare. It's a window into why Obama-Care costs will quickly spiral out of control.
Saving Detroit From Itself. The
AFL-CIO and its friends are mourning Detroit as a victim of capitalism, claiming the government has a moral obligation to rescue the bankrupt
city. This is a nice political fable, but the hard truth is that Motown is a victim of its own political vices and a bailout would merely
forestall the necessary rehab.
socialism and save Detroit, all in one move. Detroit is the poster child for failed liberal social experiments. Detroit was at
one time the fourth largest city in America. Instead of being the poster child for failed liberalism, it was the poster child for the success
of the American free market. [...] The left wants Detroit bailed out so their fiscal sins can be covered and forgiven. But there is a problem:
Detroit is not the only city teetering on the edge of bankruptcy. Many major cities, run by Democrats for decades are now facing fiscal Armageddon.
Chicago and New York are facing the same issues that drove Detroit to bankruptcy.
Detroit Ran Into The Inviolable
Rule Of Economics. [Detroit's] Cause of death? Corruption, both legal and illegal, plus a classic case of reactionary liberalism in which
the governing Democrats — there's been no Republican mayor in half a century — simply refused to adapt to the straitened economic
circumstances that followed the post-World War II auto boom. Corruption of the criminal sort was legendary. The former mayor currently serving
time engaged in a breathtaking range of fraud, extortion and racketeering. And he didn't act alone. The legal corruption was the cozy symbiosis
of Democratic politicians and powerful unions, especially the public-sector unions that gave money to elect the politicians who negotiated their
contracts — with wildly unsustainable health and pension benefits.
Unions ask Obama for Detroit
bailout. Union leaders are calling on Congress and President Obama to provide a federal bailout to the city of Detroit. The
executive council of the AFL-CIO, the nation's largest labor federation, called for an "immediate infusion of federal assistance for Detroit" to be
matched by Michigan, which they say has not done enough to keep the city from going through bankruptcy.
No Taxpayer Bailout
For Detroit. Having dug itself into an $18 billion hole, bankrupt Detroit now has allies in Washington calling for a federal
bailout. This isn't going to help the city recover.
Detroit's Got Nowhere to Run and Nowhere to Hide.
There were over 1,849,000 people living in Detroit mid-decade in the '50s due to the automobile boom post-World War II. [...] Private enterprise is the
straw that stirs the drink of any flourishing city, state or nation. Not the other way around with the public sector leading the way as the sad case
of Detroit's current bankruptcy and demise as a great American city is going to prove once and for all. Today, Detroit is down to around 770,000
What Detroit's Demise Says About
America. On race and other issues, Detroit should be a warning to the country. It was — and in many ways,
still is — a great city, but poor leadership and an ambivalent citizenry allowed Detroit's problems to fester, grow, and
eventually overwhelm it. A nation can make the same mistake.
It was suicide by
government. The city [of Detroit] undertook a controlled experiment in what happens if you are governed by a toxic combination
of Great Society big spenders, race hustlers, crooks, public-sector unions and ineffectual reformers. It spent and misgoverned itself
into the ground.
The Detroit Detox. In a letter authorizing Detroit's bankruptcy
filing, Governor Rick Snyder, a Republican, noted a few problems that have contributed to Detroit's dilemma:
• The city's unemployment rate has nearly tripled since 2000 and is more than double the national average.
• The homicide rate is at historically high levels, and the city has been named among America's most dangerous
for more than 20 years.
• Roughly 78,000 city structures have been abandoned.
If Obama Had A City, It Would
Look like Detroit. Consider the following regarding the city of Detroit:
• 40% of its street lamps don't work.
• 210 of its 317 public parks have been closed.
• It takes an hour for police to respond to a 911 call.
• Only a third of its ambulances are drivable.
• One-third of the city has been abandoned.
• Forty-seven percent of adults are functionally illiterate.
Evidently 50 years of governance by compassionate Obama community organizer types have driven out the business class and now there is
no one left to rail against. To top it off, Judge Rosemarie Aquilina declared Detroit's bankruptcy "unconstitutional."
The Downfall of Detroit.
[Scroll down] Forty-seven percent of adults are functionally illiterate, which is about the same rate as the Central African
Republic, which at least has the excuse that it was ruled throughout the Seventies by a cannibal emperor. Why would any genuine
innovator open a business in a Detroit "innovation hub"? Whom would you employ? The illiterates include a recent
president of the school board, Otis Mathis, which doesn't bode well for the potential work force a decade hence.
Government Motors Is Alive
and Detroit Is Dead. Last Oct. 13, President Obama boasted in a weekly address about the bailed-out auto industry that, "We refused to
throw in the towel and do nothing. We refused to let Detroit go bankrupt. I bet on American workers and American ingenuity, and three
years later that bet is paying off in a big way." Less than a year later, the American auto industry is indeed surviving, bolstered largely
by a Ford that refused government assistance and foreign transplants located in right-to-work states. Even General Motors has been forced
to pay the free market some lip service, lest its customers go elsewhere, even as it accepts Chevy Volt subsidies. Detroit, however, is
dead, and unions and government killed it.
bankruptcy — this is what happens if you vote Democrat for 51 years. I've been to Detroit and I won't be hurrying back.
I've never been surrounded by such appalling poverty in a Western country — rows and rows of public housing, every window broken, every door
barred. I was advised to take a cab everywhere and to avoid the sidewalk at all costs. The gas station near my motel was a notorious hangout
for crack dealers. The only way to get any food was to order it in, and the pizza guy refused to enter the motel itself. I had to come out
to the freeway and nervously exchange money for food in the middle of the road.
foreseeable bankruptcy: Coming to a nation near you? Get out your cellphone. Set the alarm for 58 minutes from now. [...] When
it goes off, you'll know how long it takes Detroit police to respond to an emergency 911-call, on average. More than five times longer than
nationally. As one result, that once prosperous, bustling city has the highest violent crime rate of major American urban centers.
Criminals know they can do their thing and be miles away before help arrives. Detroit has about 700,000 people now, more than 80% black.
The Editor says...
Is Detroit an example of what happens when Democrats rule for 50 years? Or is Detroit an example of what an 80 percent black
city with no firearms looks like? Or is it a city populated by people who thought they would be able to make $50 an hour putting
floor mats in Cadillacs — forever? Answer D: All of the above.
Just Can't Help But Ruin the World. From the 1960s well into the 1980s, laws regarding criminal justice and self-defense were stacked
heavily against law-abiding Americans. Liberal judges routinely handed down minimal sentences after criminals had been convicted of heinous
crimes. Americans who had defended themselves against criminals using force, often in their own homes, faced severe prosecution for exercising
their natural right to defend their loved ones, their homes and their property. Crime rates soared and outrage built up as the legal system
allowed criminal after criminal to walk free while acting in self-defense could ruin a law-abiding American's life. Liberals did all of this in the
name of "social justice," on a theory that the system is inherently racist, poverty causes crime, and society is ultimately to blame for criminals.
Detroit files for Chapter 9
bankruptcy amid staggering debts. Detroit on Thursday [7/18/2013] became the largest American city to file for bankruptcy, a historic
move sure to ignite complex battles in coming months with creditors, pensioners and unions who stand to lose significantly as the state tries to
rescue a city whose failure Gov. Rick Snyder said was 60 years in the making.
Emergency Manager Calls for 'Complete Restructuring' of City Operations. "No one should underestimate the severity of the financial
crisis," [Kevyn] Orr said in a statement. "The path Detroit has followed for more than 40 years is unsustainable and only a complete
restructuring of the city's finances and operations will allow Detroit to regain its footing and return to a path of prosperity."
Top 10 priciest U.S. cities to rent an
apartment. Of the 10 cities on the list, six are located on the West Coast, while the other four are on the opposite side of the
country on the East Coast. Of the six out west, five are located in California, with three of those clustered in the northern end of the state.
County Municipalities In Worse Shape than Bankrupt Stockton, Calif.. The 518 taxing districts in Cook County, Illinois have debts
that impose a combined "financial burden" of almost $34 billion — an average of $17,147 per Cook County household — according to a study
by The Heartland Institute and the Institute for Truth in Accounting. With a population of 5.2 million persons, Cook County is
the nation's second-most populous county and includes the City of Chicago.
The echo of gunfire.
Six months into the year, more than 1,000 people have been wounded or killed by gunfire in Chicago. And this is an improvement.
NHS hospitals asked to generate their
own power amid blackouts fears. According to one energy company, four hospitals have already signed up to a deal under which
they will reduce demand at peak times by using diesel-fired generators. KiWi Power, which is a commercial partner of National Grid,
says it has started to approach every NHS trust in the country about undertaking similar plans after winning a government contract to
encourage power saving.
The Editor says...
There is no longer enough centralized generating capacity in England to serve all customers during periods of peak demand. This is
because England's energy policy is dictated by environmentalists who are opposed to the use of coal. So the hospitals — and
presumably any other large consumers of electric power — are being asked to switch to diesel-powered backup systems during peak
demand hours. How big is the "carbon footprint" of a megawatt diesel-powered generator — or a dozen of them? What if the
generator runs out of diesel fuel, and the (centralized) utility power fails, due to transformer overload, falling trees, lightning,
or something else? What will this increased demand do to the price of diesel fuel? Any guesses?
America's top 10 snobbiest cities
revealed. Travel + Leisure has revealed America's top 10 most pretentious cities, with San Francisco topping the list and New York City
and Boston not far behind.
Calif. lawmakers pass K-12 transgender-rights
bill. California lawmakers approved a bill Wednesday [7/3/2013] that would require public K-12 schools to let transgender students choose which
restrooms they use and which school teams they join based on their gender identity instead of their chromosomes.
The Editor says...
Whenever schools allow the kids to make decisions about their rules, trouble is inevitable in the chort term, and chaos in the long run. The
same would be true if the inmates were allowed to make policy decisions in prisons. Where liberals rule, common sense does not.
is about to pass a law requiring bathroom, locker room access regardless of gender. Mere ownership of a penis or a vagina will no longer limit
California students in their decisions concerning which bathrooms and locker rooms to use, or which sports teams to join. Under a proposed law that has
passed the state legislature and now awaits the signature of Gov. Jerry Brown, students in California will be able to make such choices based on their
perceived gender identities, CNN reports. Assembly Bill 1266 aims to extend the rights of transgender students.
Is Obama a Victim of Self-Esteem
Education? I never understood Barack Obama — or even some of my friends — until I read The
Amateur by Edward Klein. But first you also need to remember the plague of "self-esteem" based education. And
finally it all makes sense. The self-esteem movement hurt our public schools and degraded the curriculum. The
self-esteem time bomb is now coming full circle, as the victims of our schools, colleges, and universities have moved into
leadership of our country.
Chicago is basically a one-party regime. How can you tell if you're living under one-party rule? Your media aren't
going to tell you. Your government isn't either. Your schools are part of the mob monopoly. But there are
signs: the biggest one is that open scandals and crimes have no consequences. We all know Holder is a perverse
attorney general, that the EPA is run by scientific know-nothings, that Wall Street has high-level lines running into this
administration, that "green technology" contradicts the known facts of physics, and that "catastrophic climate change" is a
in gay homeless people threatens San Francisco's name as gay-friendly mecca. Thanks to the equality rights work of pioneers
such as the politician and activist Harvey Milk, San Francisco has a reputation as the gay capital of the world. But as the city
recovers from its 43rd gay Pride festival at the weekend, attended by more than 1.5 million people, it must confront an uncomfortable
UK blackouts has increased, Government admits. Ofgem warned there could be energy shortages in the middle of this decade as the UK
has failed to build enough new wind farms and nuclear powers stations to replace old fossil fuel plants. It also believes demand for energy
may not fall as much as originally expected, as fewer households are insulating their lofts and switching to green appliances than predicted.
The Editor says...
Conservation, insulation and rolling blackouts are not energy sources. The only solution to an energy shortage is increased energy production.
As a practical reality, the most reliable, cost-effective fuels for the generation of electric power are coal and natural gas.
This was all common knowledge 50 years ago, and then the tree-hugging earth-worshiping environmentalists acquired political power.
Now, even the sensible population in England is reaping what the greens have sown, and the same thing can happen here.
Democrats put Blacks in the Back of the Bus.
Currently the unemployment rate for black Americans is 13.5%, vs. 6.7% for whites, but the rate for black teens is 42.6%, vs. 21.6% for whites. It's clear
that the Obama economy has had a very disparate impact on blacks. This is in large part due to the much lower skill levels of blacks than whites.
While 94.4% of whites finish High School only 88.1% of blacks do. Similarly while 39.2% of whites have at least a Bachelors degree only 20.1% of blacks do.
There are many theories as to why this gap exists but a likely cause is the horrible state of public education in the inner cities where Democrat politicians and
teachers unions work together with little concern for the children they're supposed to serve.
Shape-shifters are Changing America. Mostly
unbeknownst to most of us mortals, a modern day shape-shifter can become the opposite of the sex he or she was born as, transforming into a man or woman in
an instant. It doesn't matter if the biological assignment given at birth remains. Proclamation of one's sexual identity is enough. One's
gender can be established by fiat. Even children may change sex just by proclamation, as the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary School
guidelines affirm, stating that even if a child physiologically resembles a boy in every respect, but decides to be a girl, his new identity is to be
acknowledged as the "real" one. Just to be perfectly clear, lest anyone accuse the district of discrimination, it is not necessary to declare one's self
male or female at all. A student can essentially check the box "Neither."
goes Detroit. Urban America has a much-needed new truth-teller, and his name is Kevyn Orr. Mr. Orr is emergency manager for Detroit —
a Democrat tasked by Michigan's Republican governor, Rick Snyder, with arresting the financial death spiral in that state's largest city. On June 14,
Mr. Orr issued a 128-page report that cut through years of official obfuscation and delivered the grim facts about the city's plight.
The Consequences of Liberalism.
It's misleading to say that the social consequences of the welfare state are "unintended." We know what the liberal welfare state
does to people. I occasionally rile up my liberal friends by noting that a century ago the rich were fat and the poor were thin,
but today the rich are thin and the poor are fat. Same with work. Back then the poor worked all the time; today the rich work
all the time. Liberals don't like to hear stuff like that. [...] We know full well the consequences of liberalism. They are
manifesting themselves before our eyes in Chicago's bloodbath and Detroit's bankruptcy.
Other countries are further down the same road.
Brazil's Woes Are The Wages Of
Socialism. Brazil's rulers have been taken aback by the millions of countrymen surging up against them, venting their fury. What we have
here is a fresh example of why socialism fails. [...] What started as a protest against a 9-cent fare hike on public transport fireballed into a gigantic public
protest against political corruption, high taxes and lousy public services — and the government itself.
Decaying And Bankrupt: Detrot and America. Much of America was shocked when the city of Detroit defaulted on a $39.7 million
debt payment and announced that it was suspending payments on $2.5 billion of unsecured debt, but those who visit my site on a regular
basis were probably not too surprised. Anyone with half a brain and a calculator could see this coming from a mile away. But
people kept foolishly lending money to the city of Detroit, and now many of them are going to get hit really hard.
Emergency Manager: Detroit Won't Pay $2.5B it Owes. A
team led by a state-appointed emergency manager said Friday [6/14/2013] that Detroit is defaulting on about $2.5 billion in unsecured debt
and is asking creditors to take about 10 cents on the dollar of what the city owes them.
New Republic Contributor Compares
Sex-segregated Bathrooms to Jim Crow Racial Segregation. Having a strict "girls' room" and "boys' room" is just as
bad as keeping black and white bathrooms separate, claimed UCLA law professor Adam Winkler. In a New Republic article called
"Bathrooms Are Not Separate-But-Equal," Winkler sympathized with Maine high school student Nicole Maines, a 15-year-old "transgender
girl" who was denied access to the girls' restroom, since Maines is biologically a boy who wears female clothing and makeup.
Winkler decried the "intolerance" of the "insensitive" schools officials who aren't comfortable letting the male Maines use the girls'
bathroom, and complained that these are "strict and outdated rules that discriminate in who can use which restroom." He
insisted that such standards are "acts of discrimination no different from those that prohibited black people from entering
white bathrooms until the 1960s."
Tells Woman who Ran into Cross-Dresser in Ladies Room to Try Men's Room. A Nashville woman who found herself
face-to-face with a "big, burly" cross-dresser in the ladies room of a family restaurant felt her horror turn to anger after
a restaurant manager suggested she try the men's room. Transgendered people in several states have been fighting for
the right to use public restrooms that correspond with whatever sex they consider themselves, with lawmakers in California
and Massachusetts providing support for the idea.
overreach? Are you really surprised? [Scroll down] Benghazi is a natural outcome of a policy of appeasement
in the Middle East. Fast and Furious is a natural outcome of a policy of willful blindness to the dangers of a porous border.
But it's about more than just scandals. It's about consequences. Almost everything going wrong these days could have been, and
was, predicted to follow from the votes of Congress and the policies of the president just as night follows day.
Student Suspended For Toy Gun The Size Of A
Quarter. When you add liberalism, political correctness, and gun control monomania, you'll get a toxic combination of absurdity.
In the very blue state of Massachusetts, one six-year-old was suspended over a toy gun about the size of a quarter. Do you hear that?
It's common sense going down the drain.
Four Chicago Neighborhoods Named on List of 25 Most Dangerous. NeighborhoodScout, a real
estate blog, has compiled FBI data from 17,000 local law enforcement agencies to rank America's 25 most dangerous neighborhoods.
Chicago has four neighborhoods on the list, tied with Detroit for the city with the most neighborhoods listed.
Signature Shortages Of
Socialism — Here In America. Shortages of 300 drugs, vitamins and trace elements have reached the highest levels ever recorded
in the U.S., according to a report by Alexandra Robbins in the Washingtonian, "leading to complications usually only seen in the developing world."
It's a direct result of the Food and Drug Administration's stepped-up harassment of makers of some of these lifesaving compounds — which has
shut down 30% of U.S. manufacturing capacity in some specialties.
Europe's anti-carbon agenda is adverse to
human health and welfare. The hostile regulatory environment toward carbon, especially coal, is leading to business closures,
higher prices, stagnation, unemployment, fuel poverty and an increase in the death rate. In their fascination with computer models
based on untested hypotheses, European Union policymakers have put their countries so far behind the economic curve that it will take
decades to catch up to more competitive nations.
is becoming a green-energy basket case. For years, European leaders have flaunted their unwavering commitment to fighting
climate change — and chastised the United States for lagging behind. But last week brought yet more confirmation that
the continent has become a green-energy basket case. Instead of a model for the world to emulate, Europe has become a model of what
not to do.
European power plants are burning firewood from U.S. forests because of "global warming" restrictions.
Europe's Green-Fuel Search Turns to America's
Forests. Loggers [in Windsor, NC] are clear-cutting a wetland forest with decades-old trees. Behind the move: an
environmental push. The push isn't in North Carolina but in Europe, where governments are trying to reduce fossil-fuel use and carbon-dioxide
emissions. Under pressure, some of the Continent's coal-burning power plants are switching to wood. But Europe doesn't have enough
forests to chop for fuel, and in those it does have, many restrictions apply. So Europe's power plants are devouring wood from the U.S.,
where forests are bigger and restrictions fewer.
Europe importing U.S. trees to keep the lights
on. Environmentalists in the United Kingdom are outraged by what has become a growing trend in Europe — countries are
importing more wood from the United States in order to meet the EU's strict renewable energy mandates. The BBC reports that millions of tons
of wood pellets will be shipped into Europe to help keep the lights on in a more environmentally friendly fashion. Environmentalists argue
that burning wood pellets wrecks U.S. forests and does nothing to address global warming in the short term.
The Editor says...
The environmentalists who are so alarmed by this latest development should have asked (years ago) where their energy was going to come from
after coal was outlawed. I'm pretty sure they didn't see this coming. And what does Europe gain by burning down the forests, if
global warming has already stopped?
Texas, Red States Beat
Blue States On Jobs, Growth. Texas outperformed every other state in the nation on jobs and growth over the past
decade, according to the latest annual report on state economic performance released Thursday [5/23/2013] by the American
Legislative Exchange Council. Michigan came in dead last. The rankings are based on state GDP growth, population
shifts, and changes in non-farm payroll jobs between 2001 and 2011. The ALEC report also finds that Utah has the best
economic outlook this year, and Vermont the worst.
Barack Obama's America.
Barack Obama's America is a place where felons can vote but soldiers can't. It's where elderly people are arrested for peacefully
protesting against abortion, but where paramilitary-dressed black radicals can't be prosecuted for threatening voters. It's where
children can't shape breakfast pastries into the vague shape of a gun, but where children can procure abortions without even informing
Report: Detroit's finances crumbling;
future bleak. The first report by Detroit's emergency manager declares that the city is broke and at risk of running
completely out of money — a financial meltdown that could mean employees don't receive paychecks, retirees lose their
pensions and residents endure even deeper cuts in municipal services.
Barack Obama and the End of an Era.
The essential civil rights movement and the tragically successful Viet Nam protests spawned numerous causes, among them: feminism,
environmentalism, global warming, and gay rights. For each generation born after 1940 it has been a rite of passage to take up the
mantle of protest concurrent with mindless dedication to oftentimes absurd and erroneous beliefs, which have, in nearly all cases, resulted in
disastrous societal and economic consequences.
There's a shooting every six hours in America's gun control utopia. America's urban gun control
utopia, Chicago, is a bastion of strict gun control laws. So far this year, the city is averaging a shooting every 6 hours and roughly a homicide a
day. And the weather hasn't even warmed up to 80 degrees yet! Does this sound like a place you should be visiting from business or pleasure?
Not if you're a reasonable person who makes prudent choices with regard to your personal safety.
California Group Mails Condoms to 12-Year-Olds.
The CFHC [California Family Health Council], a non-profit organization, has set up a website advertising its "Condom Access Project," where teens as young
as 12 years old can receive free condoms in the mail.
Jihad Blows Up the Liberal Utopia.
The Liberal Utopia is a land where the War on Poverty was supposed to end poverty — and instead winds up sending violent crime
skyrocketing, and, in the words of Thomas Sowell, setting up the American black family for rapid disintegration in the liberal welfare
state "that subsidized unwed pregnancy and changed welfare from an emergency rescue to a way of life."
most dishonest neighborhoods revealed. America's top tax dodging hotspots have been revealed with about a third of fraudsters
in California. Neighborhoods including Beverly Hills and Newport Beach in California, New Carrollton, Maryland and College Park,
Georgia, were among the potential tax evasion clusters targeted for auditing, according to confidential IRS data. They were
identified by the National Taxpayer Advocate using the IRS's confidential tax return data. In all, researchers identified areas of
possible tax cheats in more than 350 communities in 24 states.
They Lied to us Then About
Immigration; They are Lying Now. It is impossible to quantify how much the last two decades of illegal immigration —
a direct result of the '86 amnesty — has cost us in education, healthcare, welfare, refundable tax credits, and criminal
justice. It is impossible to quantify how much the 1965 Kennedy bill has upset the balance of the country, ballooned the welfare
state, and created a permanent Democrat majority in many parts of the country. Now, instead of being ashamed of his past failures and
lies, Chuck Schumer is back pushing amnesty for the people who were never supposed to come here as a result of his original amnesty.
1984 + 29. Imagine if, during
the campaign of 2008, someone had written the following: "If Barack Obama is elected president, then each year from now on the
federal budget will be a trillion dollars in the red. He will pile up in two terms more debt than all previous presidents
combined. Interest rates will stay at near zero; 7.6 percent unemployment will be proof of progress in creating jobs.
Record use of food stamps, unemployment, and disability insurance will be hallmarks of recovery. The government will take over
health care, and the costs will skyrocket. During Obama's second term, ammunition will vanish from America's store shelves in
panic buying. Gay marriage will become uncontroversial. Women will be eligible for infantry combat. [...]" Obviously,
such a conspiracist would have been dismissed as an unhinged nut.
"Obama Will Let Me Go".
Linda Vickers, who owns a ranch in Brooks County, which is Ground Zero for the immigration debate, pins the blame directly on talk of 'amnesty' and
a 'path to citizenship' for people who entered the U.S. illegally. She recalls one man being arrested on her ranch not long ago.
"The Border Patrol agent was loading one man up, and he told the officer in Spanish, 'Obama's gonna let me go'." Border Patrol agents
report that immigrants are crossing the border, and in some cases surrendering while asking, "Where do I go for my amnesty?"
CA Crime Skyrockets in Wake of Brown's Prison Release Plan.
In 2011, Governor Jerry Brown signed into law California Assembly Bill 109, a piece of legislation designed to relieve overcrowded prisons in
accordance with a Supreme Court decision. AB 109 enshrined "realignment" into law — a plan to place supposedly "non-violent,
non-serious, and non-sex offenders" in county jails rather than state prisons. In other words, local governments were handed the problem of
prisoners the state didn't want to hold.
Why the United States is a Dying Country.
[Scroll down] [Over the past 40 years] the American people have sanctioned, through legal abortions, the death of over 54.5 million
children. Once this disregard of human life took hold, the citizens of this nation were susceptible to wholesale changes within society.
Far too many of the American people, flush with prosperity, willfully ignored the infiltration of the education, media and entertainment establishments
by the 1960's radicals, the most narcissistic and radical legion of socialist true-believers on the face of the earth. Through the control of
these media of indoctrination, an ever increasing percentage of the population has been conditioned to believe there are no moral absolutes and
there is a limitless list of rights as granted by the government.
Portrait Removed From Ohio School. A Jesus portrait that has hung in a southern Ohio school district's buildings since
1947 has been taken down, because of concerns about the costs of a federal lawsuit.
Don't Buy an Electric Car.
I live in California, home to all sorts of environmental nonsense. We couldn't build our house where we wanted to because of a
tiny plant you can hardly see and a grasshopper that might — just might — live there. It cost a fortune to
replace our perfectly good septic system with a more environmentally friendly one to meet new codes.
41% in Bankrupt
Stockton Don't Speak English at Home; 21% Can't Speak It Very Well. In Stockton, Calif., which has just entered into
Chapter 9 bankruptcy, 41 percent of the people do not speak English at home and 21 percent cannot speak it very well,
according to the U.S. Census Bureau. [...] Looking at the subset of Stockton's population that was five years old or older (264,713), the
Census Bureau estimated there were 119,991 people who did not speak English at home.
Americans Are Migrating
To More Free Republican States. The "Freedom in the 50 States" study measured economic and personal freedom using a wide
range of criteria, including tax rates, government spending and debt, regulatory burdens, and state laws covering land use, union
organizing, gun control, education choice and more. It found that the freest states tended to be conservative "red" states, while the
least free were liberal "blue" states. The freest state overall, the researchers concluded, was North Dakota, followed by South Dakota,
Tennessee, New Hampshire and Oklahoma. The least free state by far was New York, followed by California, New Jersey, Hawaii and
And the least free
state in America, is... George Mason University's Mercatus Center just released the third edition
of their comprehensive "Freedom in the Fifty States" study, ranking "the American states based on how their policies
promote freedom in the fiscal, regulatory, and personal realms." The researchers calculated in factors ranging
from the states' levels of government spending and debt, tax burden, property rights protection, and health insurance
freedom all the way to their policies on alcohol, tobacco, gambling, marriage, and firearms.
New York is the Nanny State with the least freedoms:
national study. New York's big government — with its hands deep in taxpayers' pockets and regulations controlling
everyone's lives — has made the Empire State the worst in the nation for personal liberty, a new study shows. A war on
sugary drinks is the least of freedom-loving New Yorkers' worries, according a report by George Mason University, which rated the state
No. 50 for the level of freedom its residents enjoy.
110,197,000 Venereal Infections in U.S. According to new data released by the federal Centers for Disease Control and
Prevention, there were 19.7 million new venereal infections in the United States in 2008, bringing the total number of existing
sexually transmitted infections (STIs) in the U.S. at that time to 110,197,000. The 19.7 million new STIs in 2008 vastly
outpaced the new jobs and college graduates created in the United States that year or any other year on record, according to government
Sharp Left Turn Began With Education Takeover. A better-educated citizenry surely would have been less likely to
vote for continued progress toward national bankruptcy, strangulation of our energy resources leading to higher gas prices, destruction
of the greatest health care system in the world (rated #1 in outcomes by the World Health Organization, despite what you've heard),
and weakened national defense while our adversaries are building up. But how did we get to this point?
Could Illinois be run any worse?
We're still in a jobs depression in many parts of Illinois. New business activity has slowed considerably thanks to sky-high taxes
and a state government so incompetently run, they still owe bills from 3 years ago. But the talk today is about a pension bomb
that threatens disaster and the settlement the state made with the SEC for misleading investors about the billions in shortfalls the
pension system was operating under.
Relativism: America's new 'religion'.
It is unlikely that many Americans would consciously choose a culture of coarseness, so why is American culture — TV, radio,
films, books and advertising — so immersed in violence, indiscriminate sex, superficiality, pornography and ugliness?
There is much talk about our freedom to choose, but we rarely hear that we can't choose the consequences of our choices. When
relativism is adopted by a society, it does not produce beauty, but coarseness, if not as the desired outcome, then as an unintended
consequence. One can see this occurring in America, in a descent to the lowest common denominator when it comes to art, music,
literature, public discourse and entertainment.
Is Why Greece, Italy And Detroit Suffer. From Greece to Portugal to Detroit, it would seem some alien being called
"austerity" has descended on their bankrupt economies. In reality, it's the consequences of socialism itself.
Taxes are highest in states run by Democrats.
States With the Lowest
and Highest Tax Burdens: The average American paid 9.9% of their income on state and local taxes during 2010, according to
data from The Tax Foundation. The state of New York ranked highest, with residents paying 12.8% of their income on state and
local taxes. The lowest: Alaska at 7.0%.
Detroit- Most Miserable City in
the US. The criteria: "Forbes looked at 200 of the country's largest urban areas and ranked them on factors
including crime rates, foreclosures, taxes, home prices, commute times, weather and decreasing populations." Detroit has
been run by Democrat mayors since 1964.
protesters vow 'civil disobedience' in opposition to city's emergency manager. On Thursday [3/14/2013], [Gov. Rick] Snyder
appointees on a three-person panel confirmed African-American lawyer Kevyn Orr as the city's "emergency manager," a powerful position
that gives him authority to restructure the city's finances and change labor contracts while the all-black elected city council sits on the
sidelines. The move, facilitated by Snyder, has sparked charges of racial animus and "anti-democracy" against the governor.
Copper Thieves Plunge Detroit
Freeways into Darkness. In other news from the city that came out 98 percent for Obama, the freeways, which have no lights
anyway, are closed due to weather-related accidents. There's a backlog of 11,000 untested rape kits and the governor is looking for an
emergency financial manager to take over its finances as it appears to be on the verge of bankruptcy with an $8.2 billion debt that would
make it the largest municipal bankruptcy in American history.
The Decline of America.
In August 1945, Hiroshima was in shambles, while Detroit was among the most innovative and wealthiest cities in the world.
Contemporary Hiroshima now resembles a prosperous Detroit of 1945; parts of Detroit look like they were bombed decades ago.
History has shown that a government's redistribution of shrinking wealth, in preference to a private sector's creation of new
sources of it, can prove more destructive than even the most deadly enemy.
America's Suicidal Cities.
Some major American cities are dying, and the worst part is that these grievously ill patients often are refusing to take even the mildest
medicine that would make things better. Take Detroit, a city that has become a synonym for urban failure. The murder rate of
one per 1,719 people last year was more than eleven times the rate in New York City. One contributing factor may be that
two-thirds of Detroit's streetlights are broken.
Mounts of Mass Shooting Causes: Sociopathic Progressivism & Drugs. It seems the root causes of this twisted behavior
include, at least by affinity, the ideological motivations of, or even pathological drives for, political or sociological causes
shared by the progressive "left" — mixed with psychotropic drugs — and that, especially among but not limited
to adolescent men. I am not joking; deadly serious. This brief compilation may serve as an introduction. I have
seen sound reports on numerous of these instances.
America Needs a New Birth
of Freedom. It was under [President] Johnson, who championed the "Great Society" in the 1960s, that a good portion of the runaway
government spending we are trying to get under control today originated. Johnson signed into law Medicare, Medicaid, the War on Poverty
programs, and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. [...] So the Johnson administration years marked not just the beginning of many huge
government programs that we can't pay for today, but they also marked a major cultural change where government began displacing family and
personal responsibility. It is no accident that as the American welfare state grew, the American family collapsed.
Lines Data Show People Fleeing States With Big Fiscal Problems. Citizens and businesses are fleeing states with fiscal
problems — that is one apparent message from the latest annual report from United Van Lines. The company's study of 2012
interstate shipments, released in December, showed significant continuing flight from states with high state government debt loads as
measured by the Institute for Truth in Accounting (IFTA). For example, the top five states for the share of outbound interstate
shipments in the latest UVL survey were, in order from one to five — New Jersey, Illinois, West Virginia, New York, and
is Not a Republican Problem, It's a Democratic Problem. 67% of firearm murders took place in the country's 50 largest
metro areas. The 62 cities in those metro areas have a firearm murder rate of 9.7, more than twice the national average.
Among teenagers the firearm murder rate is 14.6 or almost three times the national average. Those are the crowded cities of
Obamerica. Those are the places with the most restrictive gun control laws and the highest crime rates. And many of them
have been run by Democrats and their political machines for almost as long as they have been broken.
The Missouri 'Rat Your
Kid Out or Rat Yourself Out' Act. A state legislator in St. Louis County has sponsored gun legislation for the State of
Missouri. Senator Maria Chappelle-Nadal, D-University City, is sponsoring SB 124, the Rat Your Kid Out or Rat Yourself Out
Act. [...] Notice there is no specificity in the bill. That is not by accident; this is intended to be as broad as possible, to
open the door for more and stricter regulations down the road. Were Chappelle-Nadal putting forth a serious bill she would have
specific definitions and a very circumscribed legal requirement. It is open-ended for a reason.
Bed bugs were all but eliminated years ago — and then the liberals banned DDT.
And the most bedbug-infested U.S. city
is ... The exact cause is not known, but experts associate the resurgence with increased resistance of bed bugs to available
pesticides, greater international and domestic travel, lack of knowledge regarding control of bed bugs due to their prolonged absence, and
the continuing decline or elimination of effective pest control programs at state and local public health agencies.
Detroit Betrayed: The
Radical Wrecking Of An Iconic City. [Scroll down] Coleman Young, the mayor of Detroit from 1974 to 1993, was able to "move
forward as he did" thanks in part to training he got from the "party" — that is, the Communist Party. [...] Young had a woeful impact on
Detroit. If there is any wonder why Detroit often resembles an Eastern Bloc municipality (minus the police state, since Mayor Young made
it a routine to attack and neglect the city's police forces, ensuring that the 1967 riots picked up where they left off), consider that
for 19 years the mayor who ran the city economically and socially was a closet Marxist. Carl Levin, senator from Michigan, was
Young's right-hand man as Detroit City Council president during the most destructive years of Young's reign.
Chicago's Out-Of-Control Murder Rate Connected to Its Sanctuary City Policies? There are no gun shops in Chicago, so they
say, but murders are on pace to hit 730 for 2013.
Moving Company Reports
People Fleeing Illinois & New Jersey. The St. Louis based moving company United Van Lines is reporting that Illinois leads the nation
alongside New Jersey with the nations highest move out rates. United Van Lines spokeswoman, Melissa Sullivan told CBS affiliate KMOX in
St. Louis, 60.5% of their business comes from individuals and businesses leaving Illinois. She also said, "Illinois has seen more
outbound movement every year since" they have been keeping track, beginning in 1977.
Rahm Emanuel Out of Excuses for Chicago's Murder Rate.
In 2012, Chicago recorded 505 murders. That may not sound all that bad, since in some years in the past two decades the city had over
900 murders (1991, 1992, and 1994). But it looks like a terribly high number when compared to New York (which recorded 414 murders
in 2012) or any of the other ten largest cities in America, because Chicago is not only the murder capital of America in terms of experiencing the
most murders. It also has, by far, the highest murder rate among America's ten largest cities.
America Has Begun to Reap What It Has Sown. [#7] Our first priority when it comes to schools is catering to the teachers'
unions, not educating our kids; then we're surprised at the poor quality of public education in our country. [...] [#16] We worry more about
children's self-esteem than their performance; then we're surprised when college kids aren't ready for the working world.
Hobby Lobby and
the Loss of America's Soul. In America, established rights such as religious liberty and the right to
bear arms are currently under attack. Liberals are in charge and they seem to feel that straightforward Constitutional
precepts require alteration or eradication. Take for instance the "right to privacy" — the left has had no
problem broadening the meaning of "privacy" to include the right to kill an unborn child. As for religious liberty,
unless you're a Muslim demanding a Ramadan meal, liberals like Supreme Court judge Sonia Sotomayor, rather than uphold
religious liberty, facilitate Barack Obama's effort to redefine the free exercise clause of the First Amendment.
This isn't America Right Now. The nation is more
divided than ever in history. The nation is more immoral and unethical than at any time in history. The nation is more fiscally broke than
at any time in history. The nation is more hate-filled than at any time in history. It is more violent than at any time in history and it
is in fact, more racist than at any time in history.
446 school age children shot in Chicago so far this year with
strongest gun laws in country — media silent. The cesspool known as Chicago probably has the toughest gun laws in the country, yet despite
all the shootings, murders, and bloodshed, you never hear a peep about this from the corrupt state run media. In Chicago, there have been 446 school age
children shot in leftist utopia run by Rahm Emanuel and that produced Obama, Jesse Jackson, Louis Farrakhan, etc. 62 school aged children have actually
been killed by crazed nuts in Chicago so far this year with almost two weeks to go. So why isn't this news worthy?
Obama administration, Congress quietly let school security funds lapse.
Government officials told the Washington Guardian on Friday night [12/14/2012] that two Justice Department programs that had provided more than $200 million
to schools for training, security equipment and police resources over the last decade weren't renewed in 2011 and 2012, and that a separate program that provided
$800 million to put police officers inside the schools was ended a few years earlier. Meanwhile, the administration eliminated funding in 2011-12 for a
separate Education Department program that gave money to schools to prepare for mass tragedies, the officials said.
The right states of mind. The writing is on the
wall. Between 2000 and 2010, the population in the eight states without income taxes grew by 18 percent, while all others grew by 8 percent; the
(then) 22 states with right-to-work laws grew by 15 percent; the others grew by 6 percent. Population flowed from north to south, with warm sun
and friendly Republican governors. Florida grew by 17.6 percent, Texas by 20.6 percent ... and New York by 2.1 percent.
"White flight" happens for a reason.
Tragic Decline Is Largely Due To Its Own Race-Based Policies. In 1960, Detroit's population was 1.6 million. Blacks were
29 percent, and whites were 70 percent. Today, Detroit's population has fallen precipitously to 707,000, of which blacks are 84 percent
and whites 8 percent. Much of the city's decline began with the election of Coleman Young, Detroit's first black mayor and mayor for five terms,
who engaged in political favoritism to blacks and tax policies against higher income mostly white people. Young's successors, Dennis Archer and Kwame
Kilpatrick, followed his Third World tyrant policies, but neither had his verbal vulgarity.
If you lock up the lunatics before they commit a crime, who will run
the government? Apparently far left groups (the ACLU filing against the law) defeated a Connecticut mental health protections law just months before the
Newtown shootings. Their primary concern being that the proposed law would "severely curtail the privacy rights and liberty issues of people with psychiatric
disabilities." "Disabilities?" That's a nice politically correct term. Unfortunately nobody on the ACLU staff addressed the severe curtailment of
the privacy rights and liberties of the victims of a person suffering from one of these "dangerous disabilities."
How much wealth do the poor in America have?
[Scroll down] In America, poverty is self-inflicted. But that doesn't mean that the Democrats don't help the poor to stay poor. Democrats wants [sic]
to raise minimum wage, which promotes higher unemployment among younger workers — and more dependence on government programs. They want to subsidize
single motherhood and enact no-fault divorce laws, to destroy marriage. And they want to push gay history and green propaganda in the public schools, to diminish
the economic value of a high school education. They don't want the poor to lift themselves out of poverty so that they are independent of government.
Progressive Policies Are to Blame for the
Mass Shooting in Sandy Hook. [Scroll down] What is clear, is that decades of failed liberal policy have made it difficult to force people with
severe mental diseases to be treated or institutionalized. And, then we are all shocked when these same dysfunctional individuals go on a shooting rampage
like we witnessed today [12/14/2012] in Newtown.
Defeated Connecticut Mental Health Bill [Could] Have Stopped Friday's Shooter. In February 2012, Connecticut Senate Bill 452 (SB452) was put
forward to remedy the fact that Connecticut was one of less than ten states in the U.S. to lack an "assisted outpatient treatment" (AOT) law. But the bill
was passed to Connecticut's Joint Committee on Judiciary in March, where it quietly faded away because of opposition by those who viewed it as "egregious" and
Killed Connecticut Forcible Institutionalization Law That Might Have Prevented Killings. [W]hy don't we have a brief conversation about what
might have actually prevented the shooting by dealing with the mental illness of the shooter. Let's talk ACLU instead of NRA.
Months Before Shooting, "Civil Liberties" Groups Defeated Conn. Law Aimed at the Violent Mentally
Ill. Connecticut is one of only SIX states in the U.S. that doesn't have a type of "assisted outpatient treatment" (AOT) law (sometimes referred to
as "involuntary outpatient treatment"). There's no one standard for these types of laws, but (roughly speaking) these are laws that allow for people with
mental illness to be forcibly treated before they commit a serious crime.
$822,000 Worker Shows California
Leads U.S. Pay Giveaway. Nine years ago, California Democrat Gray Davis became the first U.S. governor in 82 years to be recalled by
voters. The state's 20 million taxpayers still bear the cost of his four years and 10 months on the job. Davis escalated salaries
and benefits for 164,000 state workers, including a 34 percent raise for prison guards, the first of a series of steps in which he and successors
saddled California with a legacy of dysfunction.
Caesarism in the USA. Under Woodrow Wilson,
government gained the ability to manipulate the wealth and productivity of the whole country through taxation, changing the value of the
currency, and debt manipulation. And finally, Caesarism was openly installed by Franklin D. Roosevelt. Congress has never
been able to regain the power the Founders expected it to have. Instead, Congress has been content to "go along to get along" with the
commander in chief and to compromise just as long as congressmen and senators were left free to reward their political supporters.
The 11 Death Spiral States. Eleven states made Forbes' list
of danger spots for investors including California, New York, Illinois, and Ohio. They warned (and with the cliff it is even more critical), if
you have muni bonds in these states — clean up your portfolio; if your career takes you there — rent, don't buy!
1 of Legal Pot Marred by Deaths at Alleged Wash. Growing Center. The first day of legal marijuana use in Washington State
was marred by an attempted robbery ending with two deaths at an alleged pot-growing facility just south of Seattle. The
possession of pot became legal in the state Thursday [12/6/2012] after voters passed a measure decriminalizing it in November.
Celebrations as pot use becomes
legal in Washington state. The crowds of happy people lighting joints under Seattle's Space Needle early this morning
with nary a police officer in sight bespoke the new reality: Marijuana is legal under Washington state law. Hundreds gathered
at Seattle Center for a New Year's Eve-style countdown to 12 a.m., when the legalization measure passed by voters last month took
effect. When the clock struck, they cheered and sparked up in unison.
Tax and tell.
Illinois has a reputation for being an expensive and difficult place to do business, a big reason why the state has the ninth-highest
unemployment rate in the country, higher than every state that borders it.
Time to Break Apart the United States? What the liberals have done to Detroit they
do most everywhere that they go. The only reason that each and every liberal enclave has not imploded under the weight of liberal stupidity, greed, and cupidity
is the constant influx of revenue from the more conservative and responsible (and yes, honest) citizens in America.
Ten Little-Known Consequences of a Second Obama Term
Believing in activist government means your work is never finished. You pass a new law that you think combats injustice and inefficiency.
Then human nature kicks in and, with great disapprobation, you discover that injustice and inefficiency still exist. So you pass another law,
The exhibitionist as a civil
rights hero. [Scroll down] The offender is "Colleen" Francis, whom I wrote about in a previous column.
Francis is 45 years old, white and a so-called transgender person. That is to say, Francis was born a male and has male
genitalia but chooses to identify himself as, and live as, a woman. Francis's anatomical maleness did not prevent Evergreen
State College in Washington from giving him permission to use the women's locker room on the campus.
Transgender Student in Women's Locker Room Raises Uproar
. The decision to allow a transgender
45-year-old college student who identifies as a woman but has male genitalia to use the women's locker room has raised a fracas among parents and
faith-based organizations, who say children as young as 6 years old use the locker room. The locker room at Evergreen College in Olympia, Wash.,
is shared with the Capital High School swim club and a children's swim academy, along with the students at Evergreen.
The economy is in the worst shape in the states that are run by liberals.
N.J. unemployment rate rises to 9.9 percent, highest
in 3 decades
. In a mixed bag of economic news that was challenged by the Christie administration, New Jersey's unemployment rate inched
closer to 10 percent even as it added 5,300 jobs in August, according to figures released today [9/20/2012] by the state Labor Department.
The unemployment rate rose to 9.9 percent last month, up slightly from 9.8 percent in July and nearly two percentage points higher than the
national average of 8.1 percent.
Pelosi's Divine Comedy
. At the core of the Obama
campaign is the insistent message that his failures should be discounted because of the overwhelming economic mess he inherited from
George W. Bush. It is befuddling that so many Republicans (including Mitt Romney, it seems) are so quick to concede a point that is
demonstrably untrue. Track the ebb and flow of our economy through the years, and it is stunning how frequently the bad times coincide with
Democrat control of Congress, the White House, or both.
Criminals thrive in cities run by liberals.
Enter Detroit at your
own risk! Police issue shocking warning to baseball fans
. Police officers in Detroit greeted football fans attending Saturday night's
Tigers game with a shock warning: 'Enter Detroit at Your Own Risk.' To protest against plans to cut their pay and increase their hours,
an estimated 400 off-duty police officers handed out fliers to fans as they entered the Tigers' Comerica Park stadium.
Poverty abounds in cities run by liberals.
New Census statistics paint grim picture of Camden
The recently released Census figures paint a grim picture of Camden. One that is worse than the year before. According to the new estimates,
Camden is the poorest city in the country with a poverty rate of 42.5 percent. The rate for children living in poverty in Camden was even higher
with a rate of 56.7 percent.
The poor people Obama left behind
Four years after Barack Obama's historic election as president, little seems to have changed for the African-American communities on Chicago's South Side.
The lack of change — or the sense that these neighborhoods are getting worse — is eroding the president's standing among African-Americans
in his hometown. In 2011, Chicago suffered the third-highest black jobless rate among the nation's major metropolitan areas, at 19 percent,
according to the liberal Economic Policy Institute.
Obama's Perverse Middle
East Policy Bears Fruit
. It would not be fair to blame yesterday's disasters in Egypt and Libya entirely on Barack Obama's
failed Middle East policies. The Muslim extremists who attacked our embassy and consulate are alone responsible for their actions;
they are, as a former president memorably put it, evildoers. Nothing we say about American foreign policy excuses them to the
slightest degree. It is nevertheless true that what happened yesterday in Egypt and Libya is directly related to the perverse
policies that the Obama administration has followed for the past four years.
Consequences of Obama weakness
The murder of U.S. Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens in Libya on Wednesday is the direct consequence of President Obama's weakness as a leader.
[...] These are not isolated incidents but the predictable result of four years of Mr. Obama meekly trying to "lead from behind."
Dithering Obama too dangerous for U.S.
This past week's deadly violence in the Mideast and North Africa rolled a storm cloud over President Obama's sunny landscape of Arab Spring.
It rained blood on the seeds of weakness that Obama had planted with his "lead from behind" foreign policy of feel-good apologies, bows,
empty words, mixed messages and appeasement.
city in America plans to disband its entire police force
. The deadliest city in America is disbanding its entire police force
and firing 270 cops in an effort to deal with a massive budget crunch. There have been a staggering 41 homicides in Camden,
New Jersey, already this year but the Camden Police Department will be replaced with a force run by the county, which supporters say will
cost significantly less and allow more officers on the streets. Some citizens worry, though that the new officers, many of them from
the county police force, won't be prepared for the tough, violent work of patrolling a dense urban city.
In Baltimore, Illegal
Immigrants Welcomed with Open Arms
. The mayor of Baltimore, Stephanie Rawlings-Blake (D), deliberately wants the city compete
to become the nation's largest sanctuary city. Baltimore's unemployment rate is at 10 percent. For blacks in Baltimore, the
unemployment rate is over 20 percent. People are fleeing Maryland — and its major cities like Baltimore — to
states like Virginia and North Carolina that have better conditions for economic growth. But none of that seems to matter to
Rawlings-Blake, who thinks opening up Baltimore to illegal immigrants (her goal is to attract at least 10,000 immigrants to Baltimore) will
solve — and will not exacerbate — the city's economic woes and counteract population decline.
Ideal Voter: Illegal Alien, Single Mother, Convicted Felon
. How can a country that elected Ronald Reagan have Obama
tied in the polls with Mitt Romney? The answer is: It's not the same country. [...] The same process that has already
destroyed California is working its way through the entire country. While conservatives have been formulating carefully
constructed arguments, liberals have been playing a long-term game to change the demographics of America to get an electorate
more to their liking.
City Learns Big Government Perils The Hard Way
. How did the mayor of Joe Biden's hometown of Scranton, Pa., end up
slashing every city worker's pay to minimum wage? Try big government, a tax squeeze on business and too many free riders.
Leave Like East Germans Fled Communism
. New York thinks of itself as the place to be, but its high taxes have made
it a place to flee. Those who have escaped the Empire State tax man could fill a major city.
North Korea, The City Of Broken Lights
. Detroit, the buckle on the Rust Belt that as recently as the
1970s had 1.8 million people, now has only 713,000 in an area of 139 square miles. It fell victim to
one-party Democratic rule and labor unions that made its key industry — auto manufacturing —
uncompetitive and financially unstable. Before there was Greece, there was General Motors. Now Detroit
has announced plans to reorganize that could have come right out of Pyongyang.
Illinois Had Nation's Worst
Jobs Record in 2011
. Over the past year, Illinois has been dogged by numerous news stories about the state's
poor jobs climate and negative economic outlook. The latest employment numbers indicate the trend won't end anytime
soon. In 2011, Illinois experienced the largest increase in unemployment rate of any state in the nation, according
to a new report by the Illinois Policy Institute.
Taxpayers Flee Illinois
with $26 Bil. of Taxable Income
. "One taxpayer moved out of Illinois every 10 minutes between 1995 and 2009,"
according to the Illinois Policy Institute, and it appears taxes and tax policies are to blame for many of the losses.
Researchers at the institute examined IRS and other data and found over the past 15 years, more people have moved out
of Illinois than moved in.
Sex and the city leads to
. Last week it was revealed that a staggering one in four adults in New York has the virus that causes
genital herpes, with the rate climbing to a colossal one in two for African-Americans. Far more women carry the virus
than men — 36% vs. 19%. This makes New York the national capital for genital herpes, something
which will surely grace the state's licence plates in years to come.
. According to an
American Community Survey, by the U.S. Census Bureau, the top 10 poorest cities with populations more than
250,000 are Detroit, with 33 percent of its residents below the poverty line; Buffalo, N.Y., 30 percent;
Cincinnati, 28 percent; Cleveland, 27 percent; Miami, 27 percent; St. Louis, 27 percent; El Paso,
Texas, 26 percent; Milwaukee, 26 percent; Philadelphia, 25 percent; and Newark, N.J., 24 percent.
The most common characteristic of these cities is that for decades, all of them have been run by Democratic and presumably
Carbondale in top 100 for
most dangerous cities
. Carbondale ranks as the 95th most dangerous city in the U.S. according to
NeighborhoodScout.com. The website says it bases it's rankings off of mathematical algorithms and crime
data from the FBI to rank the cities. People that live in the city, have mixed feelings about the results.
No-Labels Movement: Another Liberal
. After twenty years of mentoring athletic children, my brother is not coaching a little league football team this
year. He said things have changed. He ranted, "The kids run the show. They do not fear or respect anyone.
Parents cuss you out or worse for verbally disciplining their child. Some teams have banned keeping score, and every kid gets
a trophy — pure politically correct namby-pamby feel-good garbage."
The New American Divide
Changes in social policy during the 1960s made it economically more feasible to have a child without having a husband
if you were a woman or to get along without a job if you were a man; safer to commit crimes without suffering
consequences; and easier to let the government deal with problems in your community that you and your neighbors
formerly had to take care of. But, for practical purposes, understanding why the new lower class got started
isn't especially important. Once the deterioration was under way, a self-reinforcing loop took hold as
traditionally powerful social norms broke down.
the Left is Sucking the Life out of the Private Economy
. [Scroll down] The left will,
besides denying any responsibility for this devastation to the American economy, claim that their policies
have helped the poor and downtrodden. However, in 1965, the poverty rate in America was 15.4% (today
it is 15.1%). Not only has the income of Americans stagnated, but the disparity has widened —
not because of the so-called greed of the rich, but because there is now minimal upward income mobility
compared to the past, as high-paying jobs are no longer being created. The U.S. is not competitive
in the world market, as the manufacturing sector has been forced to wither on the vine. And
America has joined the list of countries facing insolvency due to out-of-control spending and borrowing.
The Blew It states
: MSNBC listed
Ten States That Cannot Pay Their Bills. Nine of them were among the 28 states that Barack Obama carried
in 2008. Only 1 of them was among the 22 states that John McCain carried. In other words, the
Blew It states are Blue states, with the exception of Arizona. Now for the kicker, Real Clear Politics
lists 7 of those deadbeat states as going for Obama again in 2012.
Death by Liberalism
The soft lethality of liberalism is a result of that saddest of English phrases: "unintended consequences."
Liberal politicians, academics, and operatives want to do good. They want to benefit Americans and the
country as a whole. They want to do it their way, through large-scale governmental policy. They
know exactly how it is to be done, and they will brook no interference. So they set out on their grand
schemes, and it ends, always and without exception, in disaster. Some of those disasters go over the
line into something resembling mass negligent homicide: the legal procedural revolution, the DDT ban,
CAFE fuel standards, federalized child protection, deinstitutionalization of the mentally ill, and gun-free
zones, to mention only a few.
The Schools in the District of Columbia are notoriously bad.
Pick Sidwell Friends For Kids' School
. "A number of great schools were considered. In the
end, the Obamas selected the school that was the best fit for what their daughters need right now," said
Katie McCormick Lelyveld, a spokeswoman for Michelle Obama. ... Lelyveld said that while public schools
were considered, the Obamas felt that a private school was in the best interest of their children.
The Editor says...
No kidding. That's a polite way of saying that the kids would not get an education at a public
school in Washington, DC.
Eventually he came right out and said it.
D.C. schools don't measure up to his daughters' private school
. President Obama said Monday [9/27/2010]
that his daughters could not get the same level of education from D.C. public schools that they receive at the
elite private school they attend.
Being Made to Hire Back Fired Teachers
. An independent arbitrator recently ruled that D.C. Public
Schools will be required to hire back 75 teachers fired during Michelle Rhee's tenure. On top of
this, D.C. will also be required to pay two years in back wages, costing the city approximately $7.5 million.
Although the dismissed teachers were still in their probationary period, arbitrator Charles Feigenbaum claims
that they were improperly let go because the district failed to comply with proper dismissal procedures.
Child' Data on Violence Skewed
. At Anacostia Senior High School last school year, private
security guards working under D.C. police recorded 61 violent offenses, including three sexual assaults
and one assault with a deadly weapon. There were 21 other nonviolent cases in which
students were caught bringing knives and guns to school. [And yet] Anacostia is not
considered a persistently dangerous school.
Compulsory education for
D.C. councilman proposes forcing toddlers into classrooms.
Graduation Rates Down
. The on-time graduation rate for D.C. public schools has fallen
below 50 percent, according to a new study, while the rates for Maryland and Virginia have not
improved since the mid-1990s. The study, released today by researchers affiliated with the trade
publication Education Week, examined data from 1996 to 2006, the latest available federal figures, to
calculate the percentage of students who graduate from high school within four years of starting ninth
grade. In 2006, the study found, the D.C. graduation rate fell to 48.8 percent, down
8.8 percentage points from the previous year. The figure did not include public
Parents worrisome about D.C. schools system
. "Parents tell us, they know in many cases, in D.C., if
they're sending their kids off to the public schools the chances are very good they're going to end up in a
gang rather than graduating high school," Sen. Jim DeMint, South Carolina Republican, said during a news
conference Thursday [3/5/2009].
[Scroll down] Witness the District of Columbia, which spends more per public-school student than any other school
system in the country. In terms of academic outcome, school discipline, and almost every other conceivable
measure, the D.C. schools are a notorious disaster, and for children with special needs they are an absolute
scandal. The idea that throwing more federal dollars into this sinkhole is a solution of some sort is
School Choice Is Change You Can Believe In
Just how rotten are the D.C. public schools? In a recent survey by Education Week, the D.C. public schools
ranked fourth from the bottom in terms of graduation rates. Test scores for basics like math and reading
are also near the bottom. It's not for lack of money: A recent U.S. Census Bureau report says the
district school spending clocks in at more than $13,400 per child — third highest in the nation.
It takes a lot of money to run a school system as lousy as D.C.'s.
The Union War on the No Child Left Behind Act
Spending per pupil has skyrocketed over the last three decades — going from just over $3,000 a year to more than $8,194 a year.
In our nation's biggest districts, such as Washington, D.C., that number has reached more than $16,000 a year. Yet,
despite this increased spending, fewer than one-third of our fourth graders (and an equivalent proportion of our eighth
graders) read proficiently. Reading performance has improved only slightly over the past fifteen years among fourth
graders and has not improved at all among eighth graders.
Public School System, Not Vouchers, Is What's
. The District of Columbia is widely cited as having one of the worst public school
systems in the country, with reported graduation rates at a mere 57 percent and politicians crying foul
over an alleged lack of funding. But as Andrew Coulson of the Cato Institute noted in the Washington
Post, public funding of DC schools is commonly claimed to be $8,322 per pupil, which is higher than the
tuition for many private schools in the area. And when Coulson accounted for all education expenditures
in the district, he found actual public school spending was about $24,600 per child! You could send your
kids to the toniest of private schools for that kind of money, yet the DC schools are a disaster.
D.C. kids in danger
. The D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program saves lives. The fate of the nonprofit
outfit, which takes poor children out of failing schools and gives them scholarships to private institutions, is currently
up in the air — in the hands of Congress and, ultimately, the president. Supporters of the program cite
its strong record of academic improvement, but its value goes beyond grades. It quite literally saves lives.
Children enrolled in the DCOSP, now in its fifth year, are physically safer than they were in District public schools,
some of the most violent in the nation.
The education establishment and politicians tell us that we need to spend more for higher teacher pay and smaller
class size. The fact of business is higher teacher salaries and smaller class sizes mean little or nothing
in terms of academic achievement. Washington, D.C., for example spends over $15,000 per student, has
class sizes smaller than the nation's average, and with an average annual salary of $61,195, its teachers are
the most highly paid in the nation.
Teaching Moment From the District of Columbia
. The District of Columbia
is proving that spending
more on public schools is a waste of money. That was the unintended lesson of the press conference District
Mayor Adrian Fenty called this week to announce that half the District's public schools would not have proper
textbooks for opening day and half the school buildings would not have air conditioning. This is not
because the District has been frugal. Its public schools wallow in cash.
Higher Grades Contradict
. Forty-three percent of white students scored at or above proficient levels on the
reading test, compared with 20 percent of Hispanic students and 16 percent of black students.
On the math test, 29 percent of white students reached the proficient level, compared with 8 percent of
Hispanics and 6 percent of blacks. The gap in reading scores between whites and minorities was
relatively unchanged since 2002. One of the stated goals of the federal No Child Left Behind law is to
reduce the gaps in achievement between whites and minorities.
Schools Be Fixed?
The schools spent $25 million on a computer system to manage personnel that
had to be discarded because there was no accurate list of employees to use as a starting point. The school
system relies on paper records stacked in 200 cardboard boxes to keep track of its employees, and in some cases
is five years behind in processing staff paperwork. It also lacks an accurate list of its 55,000-plus
students, although it pays $900,000 to a consultant each year to keep count.
Live and Take in D.C.
: The Santa Clausiness of the D.C. government is almost beyond
comprehension. It seems that all you have to do is work there and money just falls into your
lap. For instance, The [Washington] Post reported just last week on how a former principal requested
a grant to train teachers and the school system authorized $3 million in a single day. And when she went
to pick up the first $1 million, the school system just handed over the money — no silly,
fussy contract or anything like that.
This article includes a state-by-state chart of spending per student.
D.C.'s Distinction: $16,344 Per Student,
But Only 12% Read Proficiently
: The District of Columbia spends far more money per student in
its public elementary and secondary schools each year than the tuition costs at many private elementary
schools, or even college-preparatory secondary schools. Yet, District 8th-graders ranked dead last
in 2005 in national reading and math tests.
Study finds one-third
in D.C. are illiterate
. About one-third of the people living in the national's
capital are functionally illiterate, compared with about one-fifth nationally, according to a
report on the District of Columbia. Adults are considered functionally illiterate if they
have trouble doing such things as comprehending bus schedules, reading maps and filling out
The 65 percent solution
Nationally, 61.5 percent of education operational budgets reach the classrooms. Why make a fuss about
3.5 percent? Because it amounts to $13 billion. Only four states (Utah, Tennessee, New
York, Maine) spend at least 65 percent of their budgets in classrooms. Fifteen states spend less
than 60 percent. The worst jurisdiction — Washington, D.C., of course — spends
less than 50 percent.
The Rise of a Judicial Dictatorship
[In Washington DC,] integration seems to have proven a false promise and a colossal failure. While per-pupil
expenditures are among the highest in the nation, the test scores of children in these D.C. schools are among
the lowest. In too many, the kids are learning at levels three and four grades below the national norm.
District fails to check
. D.C. school officials did not verify residency requirements for more than 200 students
at schools and facilities receiving city funding during the past two years, violations that potentially cost
the District nearly $3 million, according to a report by the D.C. inspector general.
With Public Schools
. Consider Washington, home of the nation's most devoted government-lovers
and, ironically, the city with arguably the worst public schools in the country. Out of the 100 largest
school districts, according to the Washington Post, D.C. ranks third in spending for each pupil ($12,979) but
last in spending on instruction. Fifty-six cents out of every dollar go to administrators who, it's no
secret, do a miserable job administrating, even though D.C. schools have been in a state of "reform" for nearly
End Them, Don't Mend
. [Scroll down] The District of Columbia's per-pupil outlay is claimed to be $17,542.
The real number is an astonishing $28,170 — 155 percent more than the average tuition at the
famously pricey private academies of the capital region. ... And the extraordinary expense of the D.C. public
school system produced a 2007 class of eighth graders in which, according to the NAEP, 12 percent of the
students were at or above proficiency in reading and 8 percent were at or above proficiency in math.
Many of these young people are now entering the work force. Count your change in D.C.
Council set to tighten school-truancy standards
. The pending legislation, introduced by council
member Tommy Wells, would replace rules made just last year by the Board of Education, which allow students
to accrue as many as 25 unexcused absences before child welfare and judicial authorities intervene.
Mr. Wells' legislation cuts the number of days to 10.
The Editor says...
When I was in the public schools, I think that number was two or three at the most — not ten, and certainly
not 25. But you know, if the fools would prefer to flip burgers, join the Army, or go straight to prison
instead of graduating from high school, why not let them make that decision for themselves?
Obama states the obvious: DC schools stink!
D.C. schools don't suit daughters
. In a rare and blunt criticism of education in the nation's
capital, President Obama on Monday [9/27/2010] called D.C. Public Schools a "struggling" system that doesn't
measure up to the needs of first daughters Sasha and Malia.
The Urban Plantation
The blight in the District of Columbia infects higher education, too. The University of the District of
Columbia is ever in danger of losing accreditation and has one of the worst graduation rates in the country.
D.C. public options are so bad that residents receive subsidies to pursue degrees in other states. Again,
the taxpayer pays twice: for a sub-par college, and for subsidies that take serious students elsewhere.
If public school teachers and administrators could be sued for malpractice, the schoolhouse might improve overnight.
crimes of all kinds are on the rise in D.C.
. A violent weekend in Washington, D.C., in which
five people were shot, one fatally, in one incident and another person was killed in a separate shooting
capped off a 30-day period in which all categories of violent crime in the nation's capital increased over the
past year. Internal department documents obtained by The Washington Times contain preliminary police
statistics that say 11 homicides were recorded in the past 30 days compared with nine over the same
period last year.
DC Schools 'Cheating'
Scandal Heats Up
. The story involves possible cheating on tests by "erasure corrections," bonuses
handed out to those teachers and principals overseeing the testing, and [Michelle] Rhee's feigned innocence about
the matter. ... If Rhee's "double-digit growth" numbers sound too good to be true they probably are. A
March 2011 report in USA Today investigated an abnormal amount of erasures occurring on standardized tests in
103 public schools for the 3 years Rhee was at the helm.
It Strikes Me As Odd
One of the hardy perennials of American politics is an insatiable demand for more educational spending.
Outlays for education have been steadily and massively growing year by year, while the academic achievements
of American kids have been dropping. If it were only about money, schools in Washington, D.C. would be
the best, not the last, in the nation.
School Reform In
the Wrong Hands
. There's more bad news coming out of the DC Public Schools this week.
Already under investigation for a major cheating scandal beginning in 2008, the DC Comprehensive Assessment
System reported a double-digit plunge in math and reading scores for the 2011 school year. Some of
the same schools that were flagged for a high number of erasures on standardized tests from 2008-2010 showed
the sharpest decreases.
Obama's War on Black Education.
Notorious for being violent, under-performing laggards, D.C. public schools have among the highest dropout and lowest graduation rates
in the country. In 2007, D.C.'s 4th and 8th grade students scored lower than children from all 50 states on the National
Assessment of Education Progress (NAEP). Fewer than half of children in D.C, public schools rated "proficient"!
In the District of Columbia, guns are under control, but crime is not.
free in D.C.
: This is life in "gun free" Washington, D.C. No one is
safe. Marion Barry's a victim of a home invasion. Supreme Court Justice David
Souter was assaulted while jogging last year. Teresa Heinz was mugged outside her
Georgetown home. Wanda Alston, the head of the mayor's Office of Lesbian, Gay,
Bisexual & Transgender Affairs was murdered in a home invasion robbery. You are
not safe in Washington, D.C. No one is.
Fables, Myths & Other Tall
: Washington, D.C.'s ban on handgun sales took effect in 1977 and
by the 1990s the city's murder rate had tripled. During the years following the
ban, most murders — and all firearm murders — in the city were committed with
handguns. Chicago imposed handgun registration in 1968, and murders with
handguns continued to rise. Its registration system in place, Chicago
imposed a D.C.-style handgun ban in 1982, and over the next decade the annual
number of handgun-related murders doubled. [This list also goes on and on.]
More Gun Control,
Why does Washington, D.C., a district whose laws make it illegal to buy, possess,
transport or acquire a handgun, experience the highest per capita murder rates in the nation?
"Gun Control" Failures
The federal Gun Control Act was imposed in 1968, yet violent crime increased until 1991.
Washington, D.C., banned handguns in 1976 and by 1991 its homicide rate had tripled, while the U.S. rate
had risen only 12%. Chicago, the only other city to ban handguns, has had more murders than any city for
the last two years. Despite having some of the most restrictive gun laws, Maryland's robbery rate remains
highest among the states, and Baltimore's murder rate has nearly overtaken D.C.'s.
D.C. cleans up its
. The nation's capital is home to some of the most restrictive gun laws in the country.
Washington city leaders intentionally crafted convoluted regulations to make it difficult for citizens to own
firearms legally. Now that these obstructionist rules are in the spotlight, the D.C. Council realizes it
needs to clean up its act.
Statehood, or the equivalent, for the District of Columbia:
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A look at Pelosi's voting
. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi would bring to the office a level of left-wing
liberalism that will be unprecedented. … Until she received a 95 percent liberal rating in 2005 from
the Americans for Democratic Action (the nation's pre-eminent liberal organization), Mrs. Pelosi had
racked up five consecutive years (2000-04) of 100 percent ratings. Her lifetime ADA rating
is 96 percent. Last year, the American Conservative Union gave her a zero rating.
Senate Vote Reveals Who's in Bed With MoveOn.org
The MoveOn.org Party was at it again, flexing its muscle in the U.S. Senate. The issue was a completely
symbolic sense of the Senate vote supporting Gen. David Petraeus. It didn't mention the MoveOn.org attack
ad against Petraeus but the resolution didn't have to. Everybody knew what it was about.
Bills Tell a Liberal Story
. Various amendments to the Constitution, recently proposed by
Democrats, would create a constitutional right to equal public education, a constitutional right to equal
health care, a constitutional right to housing, and a constitutional right to full employment.
Power struggle: The
past as prologue if the Democrats win
. Voters seemingly poised to hand control of the House of
Representatives and perhaps the Senate to Democrats should be thinking hard about the consequences on an array
of defining issues. The most reliable guide to those consequences is not what Democrats are saying on the
campaign stump — or mostly not saying, witness the suddenly missing Nancy Pelosi — but how they
have actually voted in Congress again and again on core issues.
The Trouble with Democrats
Democrats have become, more and more, largely a coalition of minorities, each with its own special agenda.
The first of these was the African-Americans, who regularly cast about 90 percent of their votes for the
Democrats. Also early on the scene was a large, disaffected segment of the intelligentsia, dominant in
the universities and angry at the failure of the country to recognize its superiority and its right to
rule. Then came the ultra-feminists, the abortion supporters, the gay lobby, the environmental
extremists and a newly vocal pack of secularists, openly hostile to religion and furious at the alleged
efforts of the "religious right" to impose a "theocracy" on society. These are the groups that
dominate the national Democratic Party today.
: Of course, when liberals say government should stay out of our hair, they mean
Uncle Sam should offer an open bar on abortions and gay-marriage licenses. Beyond that, everything's
fair game. How else to explain the fact that Ms. Goldwater interviews … people who support
nationalized health care, smoking bans, gun control, hate-crime laws, and other libertarian
wolfsbane — to testify about Goldwater's libertarian enlightenment.
Fifty Years of Fidel
Castro never stopped hating America: He just transferred his nominal allegiances when the Axis lost. This
made him the perfect hero to the Far Left. There is no real "ideology" to the Left. It is simply a vast,
noxious stew of hatreds. The meat of this hatred is hatred of America, individual liberty that works. We
are honored by the enemies we make, like Fidel Castro, the man who ruined Cuba.
The Cult of Soros
the Democratic Party become a cult? And is leftwing billionaire George Soros its guru? The chorus
of hosannas with which leftwing bloggers now greet Mr. Soros' silliest utterances — and the
faithfulness with which Democratic leaders repeat them — suggests that the answer to both questions
The Religious Quest of
: Tivadar Schwartz, George Soros' father, rejected his own Judaism in youth, but
found another "religion" at some point in the First World War. During his years as a Russian POW,
Tivadar became enthralled with the obscure, synthetic language, Esperanto.
Esperanto was devised by a
Jewish physician in Warsaw during the 1880's. But it wasn't (and still isn't) just a made-up language;
it served as the embodiment of a cult formed around the ideas of "internationalism, anti-sectarianism and
cosmopolitanism," in the words of Soros biographer Michael Kaufman. Esperantists believe that a new world
order of harmony and cooperation will be ushered in through the adoption of their made-up, one-world language.
The Democratic Secular Socialist Revolution
Secular socialists like Lenin and Marx failed to force socialism upon the west. But plan B, the slow
drip of misinformation that would one day cause average American voters to vote themselves into tyranny, is
almost complete. They are five lies from victory and today's Democratic Party is working around the clock
to gain general acceptance of all five.
Marx is the hero of some labor union leaders and civil rights organizations, including those who organized the
recent protest against proposed immigration legislation. It's easy to be a Marxist if you haven't read his
writings. Most people agree that Marx's predictions about capitalism turned out to be dead wrong.
What most people don't know is that Marx was an out and out racist and anti-Semite.
All Evil is on the Left
Bolsheviks, American "progressives," and Fascists have all held the same positions. They have suspicion
or contempt for Jews, Christians and the Judeo-Christian moral traditions.
They seek violence and
propaganda (violence against truth) as the primary instruments of their power.
The Constitution, Nazis, and the Corpse Man
[Scroll down] To understand the roots of Nazism is simplicity itself. NAZI is an acronym (in German) for
Adolph Hitler's political party, the "National Socialist German Workers Party." Take out the words "National,"
and "German," and you're left with the "Socialist Workers Party." The "Socialist Workers Party." Hello?
That is unequivocally NOT a conservative outfit, folks — that's as Far Left as you can get.
Definition of Liberalism
: Liberalism has become synonymous with any action or doctrine that
tends to destroy existing standards of morality and decency. … New Deal liberalism transformed the media,
by default, into the the creator and shaper of public morality. Whatever "wrong" the media chooses to
publicize and whatever "remedy" it chooses to support tends to become public opinion.
Liberal Chronicles: Chapter 1
. Instead of addressing hard problems with real solutions,
today's Liberals spew forth a stream of self-serving, high-minded platitudes and slogans designed to make them
appear loving, caring, generous (with other people's money), and above all enlightened. It's better to be
seen as Progressive in the face of a failed policy than support a program that actually works, but diverges
from Liberal orthodoxy.
No Terrorism To See Here
Critics of President Bush's conduct in the War on Terror get testy when they are accused of not taking the
threat of terrorism seriously, but with increasing prominence, they are making their true feelings known.
Quite simply, they don't think terrorism is a big deal.
The Sky Is Not
. It's fun to say that the Democrats offer us no solutions on any of the major domestic or
foreign policy issues. The fact is, they have plenty of solutions, and their solutions are exactly what
you should expect from liberals — more government control over your wallet and your life, a less
secure America that does not want to offend Islamic terrorists and a permanent erosion of our individual
freedoms and liberties.
Witch Hunter in
. Other than reducing entire forests to pulp for the paper to print his reports, the
American people, in whose name all this is being done, have precious little to show for his tireless work.
Notwithstanding [Rep. Henry] Waxman's billing as a legislator who loves to "write laws, and he has been
extraordinarily good at it," only three of the 95 bills he has sponsored in the past decade have been
A Dialogue with a Liberal
training and welfare are demonstrable failures. I think that treating a national community like a
family is a grave intellectual error. A national unit is an institution that creates a legal framework
for a large group of strangers to interact. A family is a small group that interacts on the basis of
personal bonds. Strengthening government serves to weaken families and other vital civic institutions.
Issue Assessment: The Democratic
. Some specific points from an analysis of the speeches at the 2004 Democratic
National Convention. [PDF]
experiment with 'none of the above' Democrats
. Do we really want Congressman Alcee L. Hastings,
who was impeached as a federal judge and removed from the bench due to charges of accepting bribes, put in
charge of a committee handling top secret national intelligence? Do we really want far-left Congressman
Dennis Kucinich to be chairman of the subcommittee on national security? … Do we really want Detroit
Congressman John Conyers to become chairman of the House Judiciary Committee...?
Democrats Don't Want You to See
. There's a reason the Kerry Democrats are the
political equivalent of a general anesthetic. They can't risk leveling with us. If
they told the electorate what they really want, voters would run screaming into the night.
Which party supports your
Compare the basic principles and values of the two
major political parties and decide for yourself.
Are Americans stupid?
How can 59,054,087 people be so dumb?" That was the headline in the British tabloid Daily Mirror
announcing the reelection of President Bush. American liberals are asking the same question, concluding
that the 51 percent of the public that voted against their man is just not smart enough to appreciate the
The Welfare Debate We're Not
: It turns out — apparently to the surprise of many on the left — that
working for a living is better than subsisting as a parasite on government handouts.
What transition costs?
The Democratic Party establishment is appalled at the thought of private Social Security accounts turning ordinary
Americans into owners of stocks and bonds and, therefore, potential Republicans. The argument by Democrats
that private accounts are too risky fails the test of history. Nobody can find a 20-year period in
America when investments have not gained.
the Democrats are the party of moral and intellectual bankruptcy
. Sean Hannity says, "Don't
ever, ever be tempted to vote for a liberal, even as a protest vote. David Limbaugh shows you
why, in the most devastating critique I've ever seen of just how intellectually and morally bankrupt the
Democratic Party has become."
Kerry's scarlet letter
It seems like a lifetime since July 1991 when Sen. Kerry declared: "I'm a liberal, and proud of it."
Thirteen years later, the L-word is forbidden language for Kerry. He is attempting what only Bill Clinton
among recent Democratic candidates has accomplished: covering left-of-center policies with a facade of
moderation. Kerry, less skilled than Clinton as a political dancer, is burdened with a 30-year record of
nearly unbroken liberal votes.
It's The L Word, Stupid
Kerry is the most liberal Senator, against tough competition, the proof of which is that he has a 92% lifetime
rating by the Americans for Democratic Action. Remember, these are the liberals who give the ratings; they
think it's a good thing. They've been rating all members of Congress for more than half a century. Which
leads to the second measure of Kerry's extreme liberalism: he's the most liberal candidate the Democrats have
ever run, with a higher lifetime ADA rating than Al Gore, Walter Mondale or George McGovern (Since Carter, Dukakis
and Clinton never served in Congress, they don't have ratings.)
I survived the
Democratic National Convention
. For four days, the Democratic Party put on its
quadrennial scare-old-people-and-minorities party. Democrats, of course, rely on the 90-plus
percent monolithic black vote. Thus, a black "non-liberal" poses a direct threat to the
party's national prospects.
: Kerry and Edwards are both liberal … in a political
sense, which today manifests itself in reactionary policies, such as wealth redistribution,
anti-entrepreneur laws and regulations, protectionism and refusing to fundamentally reform
Social Security for the 21st century, which is imperative.
"Socialism is the
philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance and the gospel of envy."
— Winston Churchill, 1948.
Where Do the Candidates Stand
President George W. Bush promoted and signed the Partial Birth
Abortion Ban Act into law. Senator John Kerry voted against the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban
Act every chance he got — six times. Dick Cheney has taken a strong pro-life
position. During his 10 years in Congress, he compiled a 100% pro-life voting
record. He opposes partial-birth abortion and he voted against tax funding of
abortion. John Edwards, in his six years in the Senate, has compiled a 0% pro-life
voting record. He voted to keep partial-birth abortions legal and he supports tax
funding of abortion.
Top 10 Democrat Sex Scandals in
: [For example, #8] Rep. Barney Frank. The outspoken Massachusetts
Democrat hired a male prostitute who ran a prostitution service from Frank's residence in
the 1980s. Only two Democrats in the House of Representatives voted to censure him in 1990.
An Enigmatic Kerry-Edwards Energy
. The eight-page Kerry-Edwards energy plan reads more like a new age feel good tome than a
policy program. Its specific proposals are either self-contradictory or depend on passing unusual
legislation that would repeal the laws of economics, chemistry and thermodynamics.
A Vote For John Kerry Is Like A
Vote For Ted Kennedy
. One of the first names that comes to mind, perhaps the
name that comes to mind, when you talk about liberals in the United State Senate, is Teddy Kennedy. And
largely because of that liberalism — although leaving Mary Jo Kopechne to die certainly doesn't
help — Ted Kennedy would be defeated as badly as Michael Dukakis and Walter Mondale if he were
running for President this year.
The Kerry-Edwards Postal Plan Won't
. In an effort to win the support of America's Postal workers, John Edwards recently
announced that if elected, he would "never privatize the U.S. Postal Service." He further declared that
he and John Kerry would defend the current "no-layoff status" of America's Postal employees. Although the
Kerry-Edwards stance may score points with the Postal Service's entrenched unions, it completely ignores the
reality of USPS ledgers. Any serious assessment of the organization's finances shows that it is in
desperate need of an overhaul.
of the left
. [At the Democratic convention, Senator Hillary Clinton] made clear
what she and John Kerry are about by defining the solution to our problems in education as
putting more money into the government public school monopoly and opposing vouchers and other
attempts to give parents options in finding the best education alternatives for their
children. One has to wonder if Senator Clinton has ever taken note that the inexorable
rise in postal rates inevitably means that we simply pay more and more for the same mediocre
product. Monopolies exist to defend the status quo, not to find ways to improve.
liberalism prospers in his positions, his votes and the company he keeps
since he rose to the top of the pile of Democratic contenders for his party's presidential
nomination, John Kerry has sought to "introduce" himself to the American electorate — to flesh
out his political profile, to present as a dedicated, balanced, evenhanded centrist floating
along in the political mainstream. Evidently it didn't work.
Dead Catsup Bounce
. Omitted from mention
in the platform itself were Democratic staples such as partial-birth abortion, gay marriage, capital punishment
and the Kyoto Treaty. Such is the desperation to beat Bush that even hardcore lefties coalesced around
this vision of the one (or is it two?) Americas so embraced by their ticket. This may explain the
confusion that seems to be reflected in the poor poll numbers so far. Voters don't seem to recognize
this new flag-waving version of the party and the time to re-re-introduce
their candidate is
The strange disappearance of the
: When did Democrats stop calling themselves "liberal"? Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass.,
when asked whether he considered himself a liberal, treated the questioner as if she belonged to the House
Committee on Un-American Activities during the McCarthy years.
Liberals believe that the availability of guns causes violent crime.
Conservatives believe that violent crime reflects a lack of values.
Liberals believe that society is responsible for protecting people.
Conservatives believe that a man is responsible for protecting his own family.
Liberals believe that government should be more powerful than the citizens.
Conservatives believe that the citizens should be more powerful than the
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