1. Leave it to DC to find a way to screw something positive up.
2. Someone get Michelle Obama on the line…
Via Opportunity Lives:
Washington, D.C. recently placed a new tax on fitness studios, yoga instructors, and gyms. The tax, referred to by many as a “yoga tax”, effectively makes all kinds of exercise-based services 5.75% more expensive.
The tax has motivated many of those who own small fitness businesses in the city to organize against it. Graham King, who owns the Urban Athletic Club, played a key role in driving the opposition to the tax. He began reaching out to other fitness club owners and created a Facebook page urging people to “make calls to the mayor and city council to have our voices heard.”
It was the straw that broke the camel’s back … I thought it would be imprudent for me to increase my expansion without knowing the effects of this tax.”
He told Opportunity Lives that taxing fitness in what the American College of Sports Medicine recently labeled America’s fittest city “constitutes a slap in the face to Washingtonians.”
King also said that the tax will “have an overall negative impact on society.” He pointed to the different ways that fitness benefits society and, by extension, raising the cost of fitness hurts society. He also raised concerns over how the tax might affect the city’s economy.
Since when did Obama listen to military leaders anyway?
Obama’s strategy on how to combat ISIS is confusing at best, but one thing is clear: the battle brewing between Obama and America’s top generals about how to move forward against the terror army.
Earlier this week during a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Dempsey said there is potential he will recommend ground troops should the coalition with Arab countries against ISIS fail.
“My view at this point is that this coalition is the appropriate way forward. I believe that will prove true but if it fails to be true and if there are threats to the United States then I of course would go back to the President and make a recommendation that we include the use of U.S. military ground forces. To be clear, if we reach the point where I believe our advisers should accompany Iraqi troops on attacks against specific ISIL targets, I will recommend that to the president,” Dempsey said.
This is exactly what people want to see. Anything to push an agenda…
Via CNS News / AP:
Laverne Cox will host a documentary on MTV and Logo next month that profiles seven young transgender people.
The special, “Laverne Cox Presents: The T Word,” will air simultaneously on the two channels on Oct. 17. Cox, a transgender actress, was nominated for an Emmy Award for her role in Netflix’s “Orange is the New Black.”
After the documentary, Logo and MTV’s web site will air a forum where Cox and the documentary’s cast members answer questions from viewers about their lives. MTV personality SuChin Pak will help lead the “Trans Forum” discussion.
Trying to push all the liberal votes to one person.
Via The Hill:
The Kansas Supreme Court ruled Thursday to grant Democrat Chad Taylor’s request to be removed from the Kansas Senate ballot, dealing a blow to Sen. Pat Roberts’s (R-Kan.) chances for reelection this fall as he faces a surging independent candidate.
The court’s decision now removes an obstacle from self-funding independent Greg Orman’s path, making Roberts’s reelection race far more complicated and potentially upending the battle for the Senate.
Brusied from a bitter GOP primary, polling has shown Roberts was vulnerable in a matchup, but still competitive. But with Taylor out of the race, polling has shown Orman surging ahead of Roberts.
Concerned about Taylor’s personal baggage and the potential to split the anti-Roberts vote, both state and national Democrats successfully pressured Taylor to drop out earlier this month. But Republican Secretary of State Kris Kobach said Taylor’s letter was insufficient because he didn’t specify why he wasn’t able to serve if elected, pursuant to state law.
Forced to hire teachers to teach English to the 500 plus illegal alien children in the district.
Via Washington Free Beacon:
The influx of unaccompanied alien children will cost one school district in Louisiana $4.6 million alone this year, as local school budgets across the country are bearing the brunt of the thousands of illegal immigrant minors who crossed the border this summer.
According to the Louisiana department of education’s response to an inquiry by Sen. David Vitter (R., La.), the Jefferson Parish School System will be forced to hire dozens more teachers to teach English to the more than 500 illegal alien children who have been relocated there.
“It’s a very significant cost to the Louisiana taxpayer, and that’s just education,” Vitter told the Washington Free Beacon on Thursday. “We have plenty of other categories that are impacted, like health care, emergency room and other health care, and other benefits. That’s just public education.”
This is our shocked face.
Via Capitol City Project:
Once again, to no one’s surprise, Washington, D.C. sits at the top of the the highest median household income list in the United States– dwarfing the top 25 most populous cities in the nation.
According to newly released data from the Census Bureau, which was conducted using data on median household income at the national and state levels based on the 2012 and 2013 American Community Surveys (ACS), DC had a median household income of $90,149 in 2013. This figure is $10,000 more than San Francisco, which comes in at second in metropolitan areas with a median household income of just below $80,000.
Christie walks away intact.
Via Daily Caller:
Federal investigators have found no evidence linking New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie to the closing of the George Washington Bridge lanes, according to a report from NBC.
NBC 4 New York cited sources Thursday saying, “The U.S. Justice Department investigation into Gov. Chris Christie’s role in the George Washington Bridge lane closure scandal has thus far uncovered no evidence indicating that he either knew in advance or directed the closure of traffic lanes on the span.”
Christie, asked about the report while on his monthly “Ask the Governor” show on NJ 101.5 FM, said the report “comes as no shock to me.”
Multiculturalism trumps women’s rights.
LONDON (Reuters) – Women’s rights activists have accused the professional body representing lawyers in England and Wales of endorsing discrimination against women by refusing to withdraw its guidance on sharia wills.
The Law Society issued its guidance on ensuring that wills drawn up for Muslims comply with sharia in March, drawing criticism in the local press that it was effectively enshrining Islamic law in the British legal system for the first time.
In an open letter published on Thursday campaigners said the guidance, “a source of immense concern,” encourages legal services “to accommodate highly gender discriminatory religious laws that are being increasingly defined by religious fundamentalists in our society”.
The guidance informs lawyers that in general, under sharia, male heirs inherit twice the amount a female heir will receive and that illegitimate children are not heirs.
The letter said the Law Society’s failure to withdraw the guidance amounted to a “a gross derogation of duty”.
“Are we to assume that when the Law Society refers to equality, it does not include minority women’s right to equality?” the letter said.
Mooch defecting to the GOP War On Women?
Why are they being tracked when they should be arrested?
Via Free Beacon:
Rep. Tim Bishop (D., N.Y.) warned during a recent speech that up to 40 radicalized U.S. citizens who have fought alongside the Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL or ISIS) have already returned to the United States, where they could pose a terrorist threat.
Bishop claims that of the 100 or so Americans who have traveled to the Middle East to join ISIL’s ranks, some 40 have returned and are currently being surveilled by the FBI, according to his remarks, which were filmed and uploaded to YouTube last week.
“One of the concerns is the number of U.S. citizens who have left our country to go join up with ISIS,” Bishop said during the speech. “It is believed there have been some number up to 100 that have done that.”
“It is also believed that some 40 of those who left this country to join up with ISIS have now returned to our country,” Bishop said, eliciting shocked responses from some in the crowd.
These 40 individuals, Bishop said, “are under FBI attention and surveillance. So they are known and being tracked by the FBI.”
It’s a sad state of affairs at OFA.
Apparently your coach was right, you can give it 110%.
Update: WZ reader Capt. Dam Mit reminded me to wish everyone a Happy Talk Like a Pirate Day.
And check out friend Stephen Gutowski’s latest edition of Games and Guns.
More like a national embarrassment.
She is without a doubt the most partisan hack First Lady in history.
Via Washington Examiner:
First lady Michelle Obama, stepping onto the campaign stage to help Democrats in the midterms, is arguing that her husband “truly made” the change and hope he promised after former President George W. Bush gave him the keys and he saw “the mess he’d been handed.”
“When folks ask me whether I still believe everything we said about change and hope back in 2008, I tell them that I believe it more strongly now than ever before, because, look, I’ve seen it with my own eyes,” she said at a Democratic campaign in Washington late Thursday.
“While we still have plenty of work to do, we have truly made so much of that change we were talking about,” said the first lady.
He is an absolute train wreck.
John Kerry suggested today that the task of defeating the Islamic State could fall to Iran and the Syrian government if the US was “failing miserably” in its effort to defeat the jihadists.
The hypothetical scenario raised by the secretary of state is likely to be a new frustration for the White House, which has spent the day quashing speculation by American generals that US ground troops could be sent back to Iraq.
Mr Kerry’s words may also heighten Sunni suspicions that the US secretly intends to ally with the Shia governments in Damascus and Tehran against Isil.
Mr Kerry made the suggestion as he faced hostile questions from Republicans during a hearing of the Senate foreign relations committee. [...]
“I’m not going to get into hypotheticals but you’re presuming that Iran and Syria don’t have any capacity to take on Isil. I mean, who knows? I don’t know what’s going to happen here,” he said. “If we’re failing and failing miserably who knows what choice they’re might make.”
Here comes the impeachment card.
In one of her first campaign stops of the midterm cycle, a women’s political gathering in Washington Thursday evening, Michelle Obama implored Democrats to engage in the 2014 election.
The first lady hit many familiar themes, including the need to encourage women, minorities and young people to vote, and she railed against “Washington” — saying midterm losses for Democrats would lead to “more conflict, more obstructionism, more lawsuits and talk about impeachment.”
But they claim they still need the MRAP and 60 M16 rifles.
LOS ANGELES — School police departments across the country have taken advantage of free military surplus gear, stocking up on mine resistant armored vehicles, grenade launchers and scores of M16 rifles.
At least 26 school districts have participated in the Pentagon’s surplus program, which is not new but has come under scrutiny after police responded to protesters in Ferguson, Missouri, last month with tear gas, armored military trucks and riot gear.
Now, amid that increased criticism, several school districts say they’ll give some of the equipment back, while others plan to keep the rifles they received. Nearly two dozen education and civil liberties groups sent a letter earlier this week to the Pentagon and the Justice and Education departments urging a stop to transfers of military weapons to school police.
The Los Angeles Unified School District — the nation’s second largest school district covering 710 square miles and enrolling more than 900,000 students — said it would remove three grenade launchers it had acquired because they “are not essential life-saving items within the scope, duties and mission” of the district’s police force.
But the district plans to keep the 60 M16s and a military vehicle — known as an MRAP — used in Iraq and Afghanistan that was built to withstand mine blasts.