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51  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / Re: Colbert's joke on: March 28, 2014, 10:41:17 AM

Most Americans of asian background are too busy being successful to play the victim game.
52  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Saudi Arabia & the Arabian Peninsula on: March 28, 2014, 10:33:17 AM
The world is waking up to the reality of the end of pax Americana.

I guess we need a reset button and some extra deep bows from Buraq.
53  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Fascism, liberal fascism, progressivism, socialism: on: March 28, 2014, 10:29:13 AM
Socialism is the system of the future. It's never worked in the past, it doesn't work now but they are so sure it'll work the next time.
54  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Corruption on: March 28, 2014, 10:25:04 AM
I expect these cases were in the pipeline for years.

Still waiting for the FBI investigation of the IRS targeting of conservatives.
55  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / Re: Marry and submit to him on: March 28, 2014, 10:21:12 AM

Everything is to be accepted as a personal choice, except for traditional gender roles and heterosexual marriage.
56  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Glibness or Media? Wash Post says people STARTING to quesition Competence! on: March 27, 2014, 05:44:57 PM
They didn't see a competence problem during Cash for Clunkers, Solyndra, Russian reset, the Queen sent Obama speech videos - in American video format?!  Norwegian ambassador who doesn't know the capital?  Susan Rice promoted?  Fast and Furious??!!

If we had a competent media people might know whether or not thew administration was competent.

It's not a matter of a competent media, it's a matter of having a corrupted media.
57  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Ukraine on: March 27, 2014, 02:39:55 PM
It's all about feeding soundbites to the short attention span, low information voters. To them, saying something is just like solving the problem.
58  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Ukraine on: March 27, 2014, 02:29:53 PM
Meanwhile Obama guts our military...
59  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Comparing Putin and Baraq on: March 26, 2014, 11:53:05 PM
A few of these are cheap shots but overall rather potent:

60  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: The Way Forward for the American Creed on: March 26, 2014, 10:39:29 PM
We are past the point of no return.

The hard reboot is coming.
61  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Anti-semitism at U. Mich. on: March 26, 2014, 10:36:56 PM

I'm sure their official stance disavows antisemitism. It's a convenient fig leaf for the left.
62  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Homeland Security, Border Protection, and American Freedom on: March 26, 2014, 10:34:58 PM
Gee, I wonder how the FBI missed the Boston Marathon bombers, even after being tipped off by the Russians...
63  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Philly DA Blows the Whistle on Pennsylvania’s State AG on: March 25, 2014, 06:03:07 PM!

Philly DA Blows the Whistle on Pennsylvania’s State AG
 Why did the AG drop a case that exposed Democratic corruption?

By John Fund

Prosecutors almost never go to war against each other. But in Pennsylvania, Democratic attorney general Kathleen Kane is being brutally criticized by Seth Williams, Philadelphia’s district attorney and a fellow Democrat. Williams is upset that last year one of Kane’s first acts in office was to decline to prosecute four Philadelphia state legislators and other government officials. In a sting operation, all had been caught accepting cash or Tiffany jewelry in exchange for votes or favors. Kane, who is white, has defended herself, saying that the investigation was badly managed and tainted by racism. She claims the criticism comes from what she calls the “Good Ol’ Boys Club.” Williams, who is African American, has shot back: “I have seen racism. I know what it looks like. This isn’t it.”

The sting operation followed pretty much the same playbook as the federal Abscam investigation of the 1970s. Begun in 2010, the Philly probe was conducted under Kane’s three immediate predecessors as attorney general, and it resulted in more than 400 hours of video and audio recordings. Tyron B. Ali, a lobbyist originally from Trinidad, served as the undercover agent; after he was charged with fraud, he agreed to wear a wire in exchange for lenient treatment. Word of his cash offers eventually got around and prompted some elected officials to call him first. “Sources with knowledge of the sting said the investigation made financial pitches to both Republicans and Democrats, but only Democrats accepted the payments,” the Philadelphia Inquirer reported last week.

Attorney General Kane inherited the investigation when she took office in January 2013. She told the Inquirer that she stopped it without filing any charges because it was “poorly conceived, badly managed, and tainted by racism.” She quoted Claude Thomas, the chief investigator in the case, as saying he had been ordered to target “only members of the General Assembly’s Black Caucus” and to ignore “potentially illegal acts by white members.”

In response, Williams issued an angry statement and penned an op-ed in Sunday’s Inquirer. “The notion that they would target anyone based on race is ridiculous,” Williams said in a statement. “I am confident they are not racist, and it is regrettable that the attorney general would casually throw around such an explosive accusation.” Thomas, who is also African American, now works for Williams and denies he ever made such a statement.

What is clear is just how damning some of the collected evidence is. The Inquirer reported this exchange between Ali, the lobbyist, and state representative Vanessa Brown:

Ali went to Brown’s office and handed her an envelope with $2,000, according to people who have reviewed a transcript of a tape Ali made on that day.

As Brown accepted the money, they said, she put it in her purse and said: “Yo, good looking and Ooowee. . . . Thank you twice.”

After he gave Brown the money, Ali urged her to vote against a bill that would require voters to show identification at the polls, the sources said.

Kane’s supporters say that federal law-enforcement officials she consulted believed the probe had suffered from a lack of “quality control” and could be viewed as entrapment. “Is the acceptance of cash alarming? Absolutely,” one person close to Kane told the Inquirer. “But you’ve got to think: I’ve got to try this case.”

It certainly may have been politically awkward for Kane, as a Democrat, to prosecute only African-American defendants, but a conviction on something should have been a slam dunk. Even if prosecutors couldn’t prove a quid pro quo, it is illegal for politicians to accept payments to enrich themselves and also illegal not to report the income. Further, the prosecutors in this case have a sterling track record in securing convictions against the leadership of both parties in the legislature, winning 21 convictions in the 2010 “Bonusgate” scandal, which involved illegal payments to legislative staffers who performed political work. All of those convicted were white.

Kane has declined to answer detailed questions about why she dropped the investigation. Her critics, she says, are “playing political games to discredit me in order to fulfill their own selfish and improper agenda.” When she met with Inquirer editors last Thursday, she brought her personal attorney and on his advice declined to answer any questions after the meeting. Her attorney says she may file a defamation suit against the paper, a ploy frequently used by public figures to intimidate journalists.

Williams says he is tired of Kane’s “escalating excuses.” He points out that when she took office, the files on the probe were with federal prosecutors who hadn’t yet concluded whether they wanted to pursue their own case. “All she had to do was leave the investigation in the hands of federal authorities,” Williams wrote in Sunday’s Inquirer. “But she didn’t do that. Instead, she asked for the files back. And then, after going out of the way to reclaim the investigation, she shut it down.”

One bit player in the drama, who had dealings with Ali and was shocked to learn later that Ali was a government agent, says the whole thing reminds him of a John Grisham novel. My vote is for House of Cards. And from what we know so far, it shouldn’t be too hard to start matching up some of the Philadelphia players with their dramatic counterparts in the Netflix series.

— John Fund is a national-affairs columnist for National Review Online.
64  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / Rhein v. Pryor (N.D. Ill. Mar. 20, 2014) on: March 25, 2014, 05:48:07 PM

Free speech, right to bear arms, search and seizure, and due process claims based on gun seizure can go forward

By Eugene Volokh

March 24 at 9:35 pm

So holds Rhein v. Pryor (N.D. Ill. Mar. 20, 2014). At this stage of the proceedings, there has been no factfinding based on the plaintiffs’ allegations, so one cannot assume that the defendants indeed behaved the way the plaintiffs claim. I quote the case only to show what legal theories can be brought if government officials do indeed act in the ways the plaintiffs allege. Here are the factual allegations; note that a FOID card is a Firearm Owners Identification Card that is required under Illinois law to possess guns:

[Plaintiffs allege that, as] of February 3, 2011, Plaintiffs possessed FOID cards, owned firearms, and kept their firearms in their home. At some point before February 3, 2011, David expressed “unpopular political views … about his support of Second Amendment rights” to “a locally elected official.” That official, somebody in that official’s office, or one of the individual defendants falsely construed David’s comments “as evidence that [he] had a mental condition that made him dangerous.” On February 3, 2011, [Illinois State Police] Lieutenant [John] Coffman wrote a letter to David revoking his FOID card under § 8(f) of the Act based on the false and unreasonable assertion that David had a “mental condition” within the meaning of that provision. The letter was mailed on February 4, 2011, and David did not receive it until February 7, 2011.
On February 5, 2011, with Lieutenant Coffman’s approval, Agents Pryor and Summers entered Plaintiffs’ home without a warrant or consent, conducted a search, and seized Plaintiffs’ firearms, which Plaintiffs used for personal protection, hunting, investment, and enjoyment. These actions[, plaintiffs allege,] were taken even though “[t]here was no reasonable basis to conclude David Rhein had a mental condition that presented a clear and present danger to himself or anyone else.” It follows, the amended complaint claims, that the seizure of Plaintiff’s firearms and the revocation of David’s FOID card was “in no way … justified under this statute [§ 8(f)].” Kim’s FOID card was not revoked.
Plaintiffs hired an attorney, and in Summer 2012, as a result of a court order, their firearms were returned to them. Plaintiffs plan to continue engaging in political commentary in support of the Second Amendment, and they fear that their speech will put them at risk of being labeled “mentally unstable and dangerous” and having their firearms seized and FOID cards revoked.
Here’s the court’s analysis:

Plaintiffs allege that Defendants violated their First Amendment rights when they revoked David’s FOID card and seized their firearms because David had “express[ed] unpopular political views, specifically about his support of Second Amendment rights.”
To state a viable First Amendment retaliation claim, a plaintiff must allege that: “(1) he engaged in activity protected by the First Amendment; (2) he suffered a deprivation that would likely deter First Amendment activity in the future; and (3) the First Amendment activity was ‘at least a motivating factor’ in the Defendants’ decision to take the retaliatory action.” The amended complaint plainly alleges all three elements — David’s speech about the Second Amendment was protected by the First Amendment, having his FOID card and firearms taken away could deter him from engaging in that speech, and his FOID card and firearms were taken away because Defendants did not like his speech.
[Plaintiffs] allege that “[t]he actions taken against David Rhein … were done because of his political comments to a locally elected official some time before the illegal search and seizure that concerned David Rhein’s views about Americans’ Second Amendment rights that either the representative, someone in that representative’s office, and/or one of the Defendant Officers somehow construed (falsely) as evidence that David Rhein had a mental condition that made him dangerous”; that David “was unreasonably deemed mentally unfit based on the exercising of his free speech issues regarding the Second Amendment”; and that “[w]hile Coffman alleged in his letter that David Rhein had … a mental condition, this is totally without merit, [and] Coffman had no reasonable basis for making this conclusion.” These allegations are sufficient at this stage of the proceedings to support a claim that Defendants revoked David’s FOID card and took away his firearms in retaliation for his protected speech….

Plaintiffs also allege that the revocation of David’s FOID card and confiscation of their firearms violated the Second Amendment, which provides an individual right to firearms ownership. If David indeed had a mental condition of a nature that posed a clear danger to himself or others, then he likely would have suffered no Second Amendment deprivation. See Heller, 554 U.S. at 626 (observing that “the right secured by the Second Amendment is not unlimited,” and noting that “nothing in our opinion should be taken to cast doubt on longstanding prohibitions on the possession of firearms by felons or the mentally ill”). But Plaintiffs allege that David had no such mental condition and could not reasonably have been thought to have such a condition. Because those allegations are deemed true at the pleading stage, the individual capacity Second Amendment claim survives dismissal….
Plaintiffs allege that their Fourth Amendment rights were violated when “Defendants Pryor and Summers, without a warrant, the Plaintiffs’ valid and voluntary consent, or any other legal justification, entered … and illegally searched the Plaintiffs’ home, and, once inside, … illegally seized the Plaintiffs’ firearms….” The entry and search of a home without consent or a warrant presumptively violates the Fourth Amendment. An exception applies if exigent circumstances are present. Exigent circumstances may be present if there is a “need to protect or preserve life or avoid serious injury.”
Defendants contend that there were exigent circumstances here — namely, the “immediate risk of harm” posed by David’s “mental state that presented a clear and present danger to himself and others” and his possession of firearms. But again, Plaintiffs allege that the supposed concern about David’s mental condition was a ruse and a pretext to take his FOID card and guns in retaliation for his pro-Second Amendment speech. And even putting aside the allegation, taken as true at this stage, that the individual defendants did not subjectively believe that David’s mental condition posed an immediate danger, Defendants must prove that they “had an objectively reasonable belief that exigent circumstances existed at the time of their warrantless entry into [Plaintiffs'] residence.” The amended complaint alleges, plausibly, that any such belief would have been unreasonable, which is sufficient to defeat Defendants’ exigent circumstances argument at the pleading stage….
Plaintiffs allege that the revocation of his FOID card and seizure of his firearms violated his right to due process. Defendants’ brief does not mention the individual capacity due process claim, let alone seek its dismissal….
65  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Long-term jobless face a dark future in U.S.: study on: March 25, 2014, 05:41:33 PM

Long-term jobless face a dark future in U.S.: study

By Jason Lange

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The millions of Americans suffering through long stretches of unemployment could be left behind as the economy strengthens, a study by an influential former White House economist found.

 Alan Krueger, a respected labor market economist who led President Barack Obama's Council of Economic Advisers, said those unemployed long term tended to put less effort into their job hunts than others and were often viewed by employers as undesirable.

 The sobering analysis published on Thursday by the Brookings Institution, a think tank in Washington, projected that people out of work for more than six months will increasingly give up their job search in the coming years.

 Their plight could be one of the deepest scars left by the 2007-09 U.S. recession.

 While the unemployment rate has fallen quickly over the past year, most of the workers getting jobs have experienced only brief stretches of unemployment.

 It has yet to be seen whether the long-term unemployed will eventually get jobs as the economy strengthens or drop out of the labor force altogether. Krueger's analysis suggests America is headed towards the latter of those two paths.

 "A concerted effort will be needed to raise the employment prospects of the long-term unemployed, especially as they are likely to withdraw from the job market at an increasing rate," Krueger wrote in the paper, which was coauthored by his Princeton University colleagues Judd Cramer and David Cho.

 In February, there were 3.8 million people without jobs who had been actively looking for work for at least 27 weeks, nearly three times more than on the eve of the recession.

 Krueger and his coauthors found the long-term unemployed were especially prone to dropping out of the workforce. While that pattern is suppressed in the aftermath of recession, the researchers concluded it would reassert itself in coming years.

 It also appears unlikely a strengthening economy will benefit the long-term unemployed much. The researchers found that even in states with low jobless rates such as North Dakota, where the economy is booming thanks to surging oil output, the long-term unemployed don't seem to be doing any better.

 The paper also suggested the U.S. Federal Reserve would do better to monitor the dwindling ranks of short-term unemployed than the overall jobless rate when trying to gauge when a tightening labor market might fuel inflationary wage pressures.

 The research supported the growing view among economists that those out of work for an extended period don't suppress wage growth much, perhaps because they aren't trying very hard to get jobs or aren't seriously considered when they apply.

 That means there could be less slack in the job market than would be suggested by the current unemployment rate of 6.7 percent. The number of short-term unemployed workers has fallen quickly in recent years and is now at roughly the same level as it was in 2004.

 "Further declines in short-term unemployment would be expected to be associated with rising inflation and stronger real wage growth," the economists wrote.

 While this view has gained currency among academic economists, Fed Chair Janet Yellen on Wednesday said recent evidence supporting this conclusion was far from conclusive. She said she remained concerned about people who gone for long stretches without work.

 (Reporting by Jason Lange; Editing by Meredith Mazzilli)
66  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Israel, and its neighbors on: March 25, 2014, 05:31:21 PM
Partners in peace!
67  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Malaysian Air 370 on: March 25, 2014, 07:35:41 AM
I'm not satisfied with Malaysia's work on the investigation here.
68  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Military Science and Military Issues on: March 25, 2014, 07:28:55 AM
If obama was trying to destroy us, what would he be doing differently?
69  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: IL: Sup. Ct overturns public recording ban on: March 24, 2014, 08:18:50 PM

70  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: IRS employs cop convicted of FBI snooping on: March 21, 2014, 12:26:49 PM

No worries, he'll only work on the returns on conservatives...
71  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: Citizen-Police interactions on: March 20, 2014, 08:10:09 AM

It seems they have at least one police report, so why not post the entire thing rather than snippets along with the editorializing?
72  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Abbas refuses to recognize Israel as a Jewish State on: March 18, 2014, 03:39:26 PM

The toughest part is getting Obama to recognize Israel as a Jewish state.
73  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Immigration issues on: March 18, 2014, 11:38:34 AM
74  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Immigration issues on: March 18, 2014, 11:35:14 AM
Fake statistics to deceive the public? NFW!!!
75  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Bureaucracy and Regulations in action: The Fourth Branch of the US Govt. on: March 18, 2014, 09:43:00 AM
Fcuking outrageous.
76  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: Crime and Punishment on: March 16, 2014, 04:30:22 PM
I'd suggest working at the line level as a C.O. in the prisons with the inmates that earn their way into solitary would be more educational than this little publicity stunt. Now, there are mentally ill inmates caught up in the system that need treatment that often doesn't happen, but that's a separate issue.
77  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: CO prison chief does 20 hours in solitary on: March 16, 2014, 02:32:52 PM

Stupid pandering to inane lefty audiences.
78  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: The war on the rule of law on: March 13, 2014, 09:44:40 PM
Works for me, even though the notion of President Biden leaves me looking like a Jewish Don King.

Stupid hurts. We all are going to pay the price one way or another.
79  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: The war on the rule of law on: March 13, 2014, 08:25:36 PM
The constitutional answer to a lawless president is impeachment.
80  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: FBI blocked in investigation of Sens Reid and Lee on: March 13, 2014, 08:06:46 PM

Funny enough, Harry Reid grew up poor, yet somehow got rich while working in government his whole life. Must have hit the lottery at some point.
81  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: The Politics of Health Care on: March 13, 2014, 05:58:34 PM
82  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Wesbury-tastic! on: March 13, 2014, 05:50:42 PM
- The Daily Caller - -

Data shows millions of Americans falling out of the workforce

Posted By Neil Munro On 1:59 PM 03/13/2014 In | No Comments

The number of native-born, working-age Americans who aren’t working has shot up by almost 9 million since 2007, and by almost 15 million since 2000, according to a new report by the Center for Immigration Studies, an anti-immigration group.
By late 2012, roughly 50 million native-born working-age Americans weren’t working, up from 40 million in 2000, according to the March 13 report, titled “Still No Evidence of a Labor Shortage.”
The army of idle Americans is important for the immigration debate, because advocates for greater immigration say foreign workers are needed to fill slots that can’t be taken by Americans.
The 50 million idle Americans include many who are studying, have chosen not to work or have retired early.
But the government data shows that 16.7 million native-born Americans wanted — but did not have — full-time work in 2013, up from 10.5 million in late 2007, and 7.8 million in 2000.
These unemployment and underemployment numbers include all native-born Americans who sought work in the last few weeks, are working part-time while seeking full-time jobs, and those who are “marginally attached” to the workforce.
The rise in the number of unemployed Americans was accompanied by increased employment of immigrants.
The data shows that 23.8 million immigrants had jobs in 2013, up slightly from 23 million in 2007, and up sharply from 18.8 million in 2000.
The shift in employment patterns underlies the numerous polls that show rising opposition to any amnesty for illegal immigrants, and that show lopsided opposition to further inflow of immigrants and guest-workers.
A March 13 report by Gallup showed that only 4 percent of Americans regard immigration as the top problem facing the United States. The poll did not say if the four percent want more or less immigration. Unemployment and the economy was deemed most important by 36 percent of the 1,048 adult respondents.
The opposition to increased immigration may have played a role in the March 11 win by Republican Rep. David Jolly, who slammed his opponent after she supported greater use of migrant workers.
“We have a lot of employers over on the beaches that rely upon workers and especially in this high-growth environment, where are you going to get people to work to clean our hotel rooms or do our landscaping?” Sink told her audience Feb. 25.
Subsequently, Jolly ran a TV ad in the district, saying “on illegal immigration, I favor stronger borders. Not amnesty.” He won the district, even though he was outspent and 50.7 percent of the district’s voters pulled the lever for President Barack Obama in 2012.
The opposition to amnesty gives the GOP an opportunity to leapfrog over the Democrats, according to Sen. Jeff Sessions.
“Republicans have a choice… [because they] can either join the Democrats as the second political party in Washington advocating uncontrolled immigration, or they can offer the public a principled alternative and represent the American workers Democrats have jettisoned,” he wrote in a March 13 article, titled “Becoming the Party of Work.”
“Republicans can either help the White House enact an immigration plan that will hollow out the American middle class, or they can finally expose the truth about the White House plan and detail the enormous harm it will inflict,” he wrote.
“Is it not time for the GOP to make a clean public break from the special-interest immigration lobby and let Democrats own — solely, completely, and exclusively — the unwise and unpopular policies they are pushing on these groups’ behalf?” said Sessions, who may be preparing for a presidential run.
“The heart of the GOP’s pro-worker, pro-middle-class agenda should be a bold reforming of our welfare system… [and] should be combined with a series of conservative policies all united by that common theme: shrinking the welfare rolls and growing the employment rolls,” he said.
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83  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Excrement approaching fan on: March 13, 2014, 05:35:31 PM

For the Ukrainians. Obama is working on a humdinger of a letter telling Putin just how unhappy he is with this behavior. I'm expecting a very bold font and perhaps some underlining.
84  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: US Economics, the stock market , and other investment/savings strategies on: March 13, 2014, 12:33:58 PM
Wow! It must be recovery summer again!
85  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Affordable Health Care? on: March 13, 2014, 10:52:21 AM
Yes, but there are no opportunities for graft and control over the masses if you did that.

The whole point of health care reform (and the first name of the act) was (is) affordability.  Affordability has two components, the cost of your healthcare and the size of your income.

To address the affordability 'crisis' we committed maybe a trillion dollars so far to a program that made costs go up, incomes go down, and made affordability much worse.  (The law of holes suggests it is time to stop digging?)

Another approach (looking backward or looking forward) would be to grow personal, household and national incomes to make basic expenses like food, clothing, shelter, transportation, and yes, healthcare, more affordable.

Imagine instead if we had legalized free enterprise, encouraged the productive use of capital, removed burdensome regulations, simplified and lowered tax rates, opened up competition (in all industries), employed idle labor, and massively grown the private sector instead of this 7 year project of super-sizing our federal government.  What would that do or have done to the affordability of health care?
86  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Military Science and Military Issues on: March 13, 2014, 09:43:04 AM
Bottom line, if in the case covered by the slimes, if your victim loses credibility, your case is done.

In the case CCP mentioned, if the victim isn't interested in going through the lengthy and traumatic legal process, nothing can be done.
87  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Bullet train fustercluck now dead broke on: March 13, 2014, 09:02:08 AM
Who is shocked to read this? Aside from the majority of Californians...

88  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: The Hillbillary Clintons long, sordid, and often criminal history on: March 12, 2014, 07:38:55 PM
Dinesh D'souza was unavailable for comment.

Clinton Campaign Corruption
Washington businessman Jeffrey Thompson pleaded guilty Monday to illegal campaign finance activities. Thompson funneled millions of dollars to several DC and federal office holders while getting a kickback in the form of city contracts. Among the recipients of his money was Hillary Clinton, whose 2008 presidential bid deposited over $600,000 of Thompson's "off the books" money. Clinton's aide, Minyon Moore, sought and secured the contributions, though prosecuting her for campaign finance violations now will be difficult given the expiration of the five-year statute of limitations. Prosecutors say they have no evidence that Clinton was aware of the activity, but let's face it -- the Clintons are pros. And really, what difference does it make anyway?

89  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: The fustercluck continues on: March 12, 2014, 07:35:23 PM
Is Lurch enroute with a reset button?

Libya's Prime Minister Dismissed After Tanker Escapes
Libya's parliament held a vote of confidence Tuesday to dismiss Prime Minister Ali Zeidan over the failure to prevent an oil tanker from exporting oil from the rebel-controlled Sidra port. Defense Minister Abdullah al-Thinni has been named as Libya's interim prime minister. Despite a travel ban against Zeidan, Malta's prime minister reported that Zeidan had arrived in Malta Tuesday en route to a European country. Libyan authorities seized a North Korea-flagged tanker Monday after it attempted to leave Sidra port, however the tanker escaped the naval blockade overnight. The tanker -- the first vessel to have loaded oil from a rebel-held port since the separatist revolt erupted in July 2013 -- is estimated to have taken on at least 234,000 barrels of crude oil from the rebels. On Monday the parliament ordered an operation to liberate all rebel-held oil terminals. Special forces are expected to deploy within one week. In related news, the U.N. Security Council's Libya sanctions committee reported this week that Libya had become "a primary source of illicit weapons," and that trafficking from Libya was fueling conflict and instability on several continents.


The last point about arms trafficking is one we have been making here for quite some time-- including the notion that the US should have been scarfing these weapons (including MANPADs) up as part of our helping the overthrow of Kadaffy , , ,

90  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / Re: Good hardworking teen gets fuct on: March 12, 2014, 03:35:42 AM

It's OK. Eric Holder wants him to be able to vote and get welfare.
91  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / The vile racism of the left shows it's face on: March 11, 2014, 06:15:48 PM!

What a Difference a Year in the Life of Ben Carson Makes

 By Tim Cavanaugh

March 8, 2014 6:15 PM

Left-wing racists are attacking Johns Hopkins University physician Ben Carson, who delivered a crowd-pleasing speech Saturday at the Conservative Political Action Conference.

The indispensable Twitchy Team collects many jaw-dropping assaults on Carson as a thinker, a professional, a leader, an American, and a human being.

Carson is an “Uncle Tom,” tweets self-described comedian Laura Levites.

“I’d like to thank brother Malcolm X for explaining the House Negro and Field Negro,” adds “Unabashed class clown” @WiseGuy Eddie, who promises to “make you laugh” in his Twitter profile. “Ben Carson is the former. #CPAC2014″

CEO Elon James White tweets that Carson, whose record in the field of neurosurgery has won plaudits from far beyond the narrow world of politics, defies “science, history, common sense too.”

“They like a black man telling them it’s okay to discriminate and hate political correctness,” feminist funmaker Kaili Joy Gray deduces.

Other epithets hurled by progressive bigots: “lunatic,” “clown,” “house negro” and beneficiary of the “soft bigotry of low expectations” — this last a sophistical phrase baritone Michael Ditto expropriates from former president George W. Bush.

The high toxicity of progressive venom may be partly explained by Carson’s personal history. Though few Americans may have been aware of Carson prior to his breakthrough speech in the presence of President Obama at a 2013 prayer breakfast, fewer still thought of him as a political player in any regard.

Carson was known him mainly through his books, which straddled the inspirational, popular medical and self-help genres, and which included titles such as The Big Picture: Getting Perspective on What’s Really Important in Life; Gifted Hands: The Ben Carson Story; and America the Beautiful: Rediscovering What Made This Country Great. Amazon groups Carson’s Take the Risk: Learning to Identify, Choose, and Live with Acceptable Risk among its “Applied Psychology” titles.

That as of late 2012 America the Beautiful was given away to students in the Democrat-controlled Alexandria, Va., public school system, that as of February 2013 Carson was considered a smart choice to share a podium with the president, indicate that the Left viewed Carson as a safely non-political figure.

Carson pointed out Saturday that three signers of the Declaration of Independence were physicians — but it’s clear the leftists attacking him are not overly concerned about his skill in operating, literally, on people’s brains. The embrace between Carson and the Republican party since the prayer breakfast has been mutual and rapid enough to come as a shock to progressive bigots.

In retaliation they have subjected Carson to a string of small-bore sitzkriegs such as a petition demanding that he not give a Johns Hopkins commencement address. These are unlikely to hurt Carson’s standing as either a public figure or potential politician. If they had a case against Carson, the Democrats wouldn’t be going straight to the whip.
92  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Israeli Bandage use on: March 11, 2014, 05:54:34 PM

Easy to carry and use to keep the red stuff inside until EMS is on scene.
93  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Asian Geopolitics on: March 10, 2014, 05:14:38 PM
Consistent with Bojinka type attack.
94  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: SG nominee says banning guns is good medicine on: March 09, 2014, 06:58:24 PM

We can be as healthy as everyone in Chicago!
95  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: The Hillbillary Clintons long, sordid, and often criminal history on: March 07, 2014, 09:06:39 AM
She allegedly has a vagina. Oh, and she has skillfully facilitated he husband's predatory behavior as a means to gather wealth and power and described his victims as "whiney women".

She's an amazing investor in cattle futures!

Isn't that the very embodiment of the feminist ideal?
96  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Senator Marco Rubio on: March 07, 2014, 09:00:19 AM
For some years now I have been posting here about the lack of a coherent American foreign policy.  Certqinly the libertqriqn wing of the Reps offers one, but IMHO it contains some serious flaws.  Rubio begins to threaten to offer a vision.  This beqrs watching.

Libertarians have a foreign policy beyond "me and my shotgun on my front porch"?

Really? Do tell.
97  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: reporter bites hand that feeds her on: March 07, 2014, 08:58:17 AM
At a minimum, she might want to start running a Geiger counter over her food.


On Today's Program

  Gutsy or crazy? Another Russia Today anchor with a death wish: Rips Putin, quits
on air   In a scathing rebuke of the propagandist TV network Russia Today, a news
anchor ripped the state-controlled news outlet and tendered her resignation - live
on air. This comes on the heels of another RT anchor strongly criticizing Russian
intervention in the Ukraine. Given how many Russian journalists have
‘mysteriously’ died after criticizing Putin, these anchors have great courage.
Check out the resignation and Glenn's reaction HERE
98  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Gov. Chris Christie on: March 07, 2014, 08:56:04 AM
I'm not a fan. If this takes him out of the running, awesome.

Sure, governors from a NE blue state with rino tendencies have been electoral gold in the past for us, but maybe it's time to look past the rino with the BMI of a rhino and the dulcet speaking voice of Tony Soprano.

Just throwing that out there.
99  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: Citizen-Police interactions on: March 07, 2014, 08:44:09 AM
Law enforcement isn't out looking for innocent people to jam up. Those who actually do the majority of police work are a small number of the officers being paid to work, depending on the agency.

If you are actually trying to catch real bad guys, it's like sales. It's about numbers. If you stop John or Jane Q. Citizen, you can quickly find they are not a problem and cut them loose.

You are looking for the guy who starts out explaining why he doesn't have ID and he borrowed the car from a friend who doesn't have a last name and an unknown address. Or the driver who slurs their words and has a strong odor of an unknown alcoholic beverage on their breath and person.

If you look at statistics, the biggest thing you can do to save lives as a patrol officer is take drunk drivers off the road.
100  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / Re: Legal issues on: March 06, 2014, 09:00:07 AM
He shouldn't get one thin dime. Should have to cover all court costs too.
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