“We must get of capitalism, once and for all.”
Note to the left: He’s trying.
“We must get of capitalism, once and for all.”
Note to the left: He’s trying.
Here we go again.
Via Guy Benson:
Democratic messaging gurus and pollsters have warned embattled incumbents not to defend Obamacare. It’s too toxic. They’ve also admonished their party against touting the economic recovery. It’s too weak; the idea that America’s economy is roaring back to life isn’t resonating with voters. Democrats have virtually zero chance of winning back the House, so their primary concern is retaining the Senate — which the GOP can reclaim by netting six seats in November. Some losses are expected, but Team Blue believes it can use political triage to save their majority. In order to do so, they’ll need relatively strong turnout from the voting blocs that were instrumental to re-electing President Obama in 2012, so strategists are dialing up every play in the book to galvanize specific constituencies. Colorado Senator Mark Udall’s first ad of the cycle hews to this strategy. It attacks Udall’s Republican opponent — Rep. Cory Gardner — for wanting to “outlaw” birth control, an outlandish claim. [see video above]
A friend snarks that Udall’s facial expression near the end of the spot is eerily reminiscent of “blue steel.” As preposterous as the attack seems, setting the record straight on this sort of issue is important. So important, in fact, that I’d recommend that Gardner push back forcefully in an on-air ad of his own. Democrats got a lot of mileage out of the “Republicans want to take away your birth control” garbage in the 2012 cycle, and Terry McAuliffe used the issue to define Ken Cuccinelli early in last year’s gubernatorial race in Virginia. Cuccinelli ended up closing a large gap because of Obamacare, but fell short. Perhaps the biggest reason? Unmarried women, who overwhelmingly backed McAuliffe. This narrative needs to be nipped in the bud — or else, like a mendacious weed, it could take root with just enough potential voters to make a difference.
I can’t fathom how someone would be proud of their success if it was because of the color of their skin.
(WASHINGTON) — In a dissent to Tuesday’s Supreme Court ruling upholding Michigan’s voter-approved ban on affirmative action programs in its public colleges, Justice Sonia Sotomayor speaks from experience about the complex impact of such programs on her own life.
Sotomayor’s 58-page dissent, joined by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, has one theme: Race matters.
Sotomayor notes that voters in Michigan could have used other means to eliminate the use of race-sensitive admissions policies.
“They could have persuaded existing board members to change their minds through individual or grassroots lobbying efforts, or through general public awareness campaigns,” she says. “Or they could have mobilized efforts to vote uncooperative board members out of office, replacing them with members who would share their desire to abolish race-sensitive admissions policies.” [...]
Sotomayor, 59, writes that “much has changed” in the thinking about affirmative action “since those early days when it opened doors in my life. But one thing has not changed: to doubt the worth of minority students’ achievement when they succeed is really only to present another face of the prejudice that would deny them a chance even to try.”
Would the teacher take away a Koran from a Muslim student? No, because that would be “intolerant,” or something.
CYPRESS, Texas — The family of a 2nd grade student at Hamilton Elementary says their daughter’s book of choice – the Bible – was an issue of concern for her teacher, and that two weeks ago, during a “read to myself” time, the girl’s teacher took her Bible away.
The family did not go to the school’s principal, instead, reaching out to the Liberty Institute, to convey its concerns to Cy-Fair ISD.
The family wants to remain anonymous, fearing retaliation.
Michael Berry, senior counsel with the Liberty Institute, says the alleged incident happened about two weeks ago. He added that Hamilton Elementary’s library contains copies of the Bible.
“So if it’s appropriate for their own library, why on Earth would it not be appropriate for their own students,” said Berry.
Parent Jennifer Muse found the news upsetting.
“They are letting them read the Hunger Games, that’s kids killing kids, why can’t she read the Bible,” said Muse.
In a statement, it said that during a student’s independent reading time, kids are required to read a book that is “just right,” meaning kids can read most of the words, comprehend the text, and that it’s appropriate for the genre that is being taught.
These people are literally insane.
On Tuesday’s Hardball, fill-in host Joy Reid compared the Supreme Court upholding Michigan’s ban on affirmative action to upholding white supremacy.
“If this court has a central narrative, it could be that those who have held the advantage for most of this country’s history deserve to have it back if they can find the legislative or political means to take it back. If they do, the Court won’t stand in the way,” Reid ranted at the end of the show.
The regular host of MSNBC’s The Reid Report also compared the state bans on affirmative action to Jim Crow laws, the decision being akin to “states that were once blocked from passing restrictive voting rules from the Voting Rights Act but are now free to do so.”
It’s not like the hijackers were motivated by Islam… no, wait?
Via NY Times:
Past the towering tridents that survived the World Trade Center collapse, adjacent to a gallery with photographs of the 19 hijackers, a brief film at the soon-to-open National September 11 Memorial Museum will seek to explain to visitors the historical roots of the attacks.
The film, “The Rise of Al Qaeda,” refers to the terrorists as Islamists who viewed their mission as a jihad. The NBC News anchor Brian Williams, who narrates the film, speaks over images of terrorist training camps and Qaeda attacks spanning decades. Interspersed with his voice are explanations of the ideology of the terrorists, rendered in foreign-accented English translations.
The documentary is not even seven minutes long, the exhibit just a small part of the museum. But it has suddenly become over the last few weeks a flash point in what has long been one of the most highly charged issues at the museum: how it should talk about Islam and Muslims.
With the museum opening on May 21, it has shown the film to several groups, including an interfaith advisory group of clergy members. Those on the panel overwhelmingly took strong exception to the film and requested changes. But the museum has declined. In March, the sole imam in the group resigned to make clear that he could not endorse its contents.
“The screening of this film in its present state would greatly offend our local Muslim believers as well as any foreign Muslim visitor to the museum,” Sheikh Mostafa Elazabawy, the imam of Masjid Manhattan, wrote in a letter to the museum’s director. “Unsophisticated visitors who do not understand the difference between Al Qaeda and Muslims may come away with a prejudiced view of Islam, leading to antagonism and even confrontation toward Muslim believers near the site.”
Museum officials are standing by the film, which they say they vetted past several scholars.
It’s not just for drug offenses, it’s for any offense. They going to let thousands out.
Via Fox News:
The Justice Department moved Wednesday to significantly expand the number of people eligible for clemency, issuing new guidelines allowing certain prisoners who already have served at least 10 years behind bars to apply for release.
The initiative is part of a broader Obama administration effort to ease sentences for nonviolent drug offenders.
Deputy Attorney General James Cole outlined the changes, which include six separate criteria inmates must meet to be eligible, on Wednesday morning. Among the requirements is that inmates must have served at least 10 years of their federal sentence and not have a “significant criminal history.” They must be “non-violent, low-level offenders” with no significant ties to major gangs, have a record of good conduct in prison and have no history of violence.
Is it time for the special prosecutor yet?
Via Clarion Project:
Newly declassified documents obtained by the Clarion Project show that the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) misled members of Congress in 2012 about its involvement with Muslim Brotherhood-linked entities.
Further, the documents show that there were even a number of internal communications within the Office of the Director of National Intelligence expressing concerns about the Brotherhood links of these entities.
The story of the deception began when the Director of National Intelligence James Clapper testified to Congress on February 10, 2011 saying that the Muslim Brotherhood is “a very heterogeneous group, largely secular, which has eschewed violence and has described Al-Qaeda as a perversion of Islam.”
A recent change to the Venezuelan education system has prompted more Socialism to be introduced into the school systems in Venezuela, effectively brainwashing children from a very young age.
Such favorites include pictures of genocidal maniac and mass murderer Che Guevara and odes to Cuba, jeers to America.
Via Washington Examiner:
Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, considering a 2016 presidential bid, does not have the support of his party’s base, with just one in four Republicans eager for him to run and an even worse 18 percent of self-identified conservatives backing his bid.
With the GOP considering a slew of conservative potential candidates, including former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee and Sens. Ted Cruz and Rand Paul, a new Economist/YouGov poll found that among the right, Bush is considered too moderate.
A word bubble produced by the poll showed the hurdles he faces entering the presidential race. The acronym RINO, or “Republican in name only,” is prominent, as is “legacy” and “Bush,” and the polling firm said that the public isn’t keen on having a third Bush presidency. [...]
“Bush’s ideology — or lack of it — forms part of his overall Image,” said the poll memo. “‘Moderate’ is one of the positive words people use to describe Bush; but it is also one of the words used by those who have an unfavorable view of the former governor. So is the acronym ‘RINO,’ Republican in name only. ‘Conservative’ appears hardly at all among those with positive views of Bush, but it is there among those who dislike him,” it added.
Pissing off our top allies seems to be an Obama specialty.
When Japan scored Caroline Kennedy as the new US ambassador to Tokyo last year, Japanese officials and media were ecstatic. That President Obama had named such a globally recognized figure and the daughter of a widely beloved and glamorous president to represent the United States in Japan was seen as a sign of the country’s enduring importance to Washington.
But that was then. Now on the eve of Mr. Obama’s state visit to Tokyo this week, Japan is back to openly fretting about its place on America’s priority list – particularly in comparison to rising rival China.
The reason? When Obama arrives Wednesday evening, he’ll disembark Air Force One solo – without first lady Michelle Obama. Obama will be the first US president to come to Japan on a state visit in 18 years, but never mind: Michelle’s absence has thrown Tokyo into a tizzy.
Media commentators, social media discussions, academics, even some officials, named and unnamed, are wringing their hands over Mrs. Obama’s decision to sit out not just Japan but her husband’s entire eight-day Asia trip, which will also take in South Korea, Malaysia, and the Philippines.
At least one miffed member of the Diet, Japan’s parliament, has gone so far as to become snarky – so not like Japan – and intimate that the president’s solo travel must say something about the state of the Obama marriage.
But for most of those doing the chattering, Mrs. Obama’s absence is a woeful sign of Japan’s retreat from the top tier of America’s allies.
No doubt the first lady’s no-show would have disappointed and prompted speculation under just about any circumstances. But what has really thrown the Japanese for a loop is that her failure to grace Japan with her presence comes within a month of Mrs. Obama’s widely covered trip with daughters, Sasha and Malia, to (shudder at the thought) China.
To the Japanese, the sight of Michelle jumping rope with Chinese kids, feeding pandas, trying out tai-chi, and meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping and his wife, Peng Liyuan, was more than insult added to injury. It was proof of China’s ascendency to the top rung of America’s strategic priorities and Japan’s fall to second class.
They still haven’t read ACA
States continue to consider whether or not to expand Medicaid under Obamacare, and some are trying to shut the door on it — tightly. The Kansas legislature, for instance, has indefinitely barred the governor from expanding Medicaid; it’ll take the legislature affirmatively voting for the expansion at some point to reverse this.
But its next-door neighbor, the state Missouri, seems to be heading in another direction. Governor Jay Nixon argues that not expanding Medicaid means the state is losing millions of dollars – as in, by not increasing the number of Medicaid recipients, which will cost the state money, the state is losing out. Yes, at first the federal government will cover 100 percent of the cost of the expansion (though the state would still have to foot the bill for administrative costs). But after three years, the federal government will reduce its subsidy to 90 percent of costs — assuming it keeps its commitment over time in the face of its own financial problems. Some Missouri politicians are so convinced this actually involves spending less that Republican state senator Ryan Silvey proposed a “Missouri Solution” that explains what to do with the money “saved” by the expansion.
I have bad news for the state politicians thinking like Silvey: First, there are no free lunches. The money for the Medicaid expansion comes with strings attached — mandates and rules dictating how the states should spend their money, what services they should provide, and how they should provide them.
State officials should know that already, because that’s pretty always how the federal government operates. In a 2012 article from Governing, George Mason University professor Paul Posner explains that “there are more than 950 federal grants that provide the vehicle for most federal mandates, rules and regulations affecting the states.” In fact, he explains, “They . . . are the principal constitutional vehicle that allows Congress to adopt policies beyond its enumerated powers in such areas as education, law enforcement, community development and social services.”
Revolting to say the least.
Via Detroit News:
Four men will stand trial in the beating of Clinton Township motorist Steven Utash, following a raucous hearing Monday in which some courtroom onlookers blurted objections and laughed at a description of the near-deadly thrashing, and a defendant made an obscene gesture to a photographer.
Latrez Cummings, 19; James Davis, 24; and Wonzey Saffold, 30, were bound over for trial on charges of assault with intent to commit murder. A fourth defendant, 17-year-old Bruce Wimbush, waived his right to a preliminary exam during the hearing in 36th District Court and will face a trial.
Max Mohr, Utash’s brother-in-law, said he was disgusted by the courtroom behavior.
“Why would you laugh about someone being in the hospital?” Mohr said. “To make a mockery in the courtroom … what can you do?”
The four allegedly were part of the group that beat Utash on April 2, when he left his truck to check on a boy he hit after the 10-year-old darted into the truck’s path.
A weapons charge against Saffold was added after witnesses said he brandished a gun during the incident.
All the defendants are in jail in lieu of $500,000 bond.
During Monday’s hearing court deputies admonished onlookers for talking. One man was removed from the courtroom.
Saffold made an obscene gesture to a photographer.
A group whose members described themselves as relatives of the defendants laughed when Assistant Wayne County Prosecutor Lisa Lindsey read aloud Saffold’s description of how the mob kicked and punched Utash.
More blowback from Obama’s Libyan adventure.
Via Daily Beast:
A key jihadist leader and longtime member of al Qaeda has taken control of a secretive training facility set up by U.S. special operations forces on the Libyan coastline to help hunt down Islamic militants, according to local media reports, Jihadist web forums, and U.S. officials.
In the summer of 2012, American Green Berets began refurbishing a Libyan military base 27 kilometers west of Tripoli in order to hone the skills of Libya’s first Western-trained special operations counter-terrorism fighters. Less than two years later, that training camp is now being used by groups with direct links to al Qaeda to foment chaos in post-Qaddafi Libya.
Last week, the Libyan press reported that the camp (named “27” for the kilometer marker on the road between Tripoli and Tunis) was now under the command of Ibrahim Ali Abu Bakr Tantoush, a veteran associate of Osama bin Laden who was first designated as part of al Qaeda’s support network in 2002 by the United States and the United Nations. The report said he was heading a group of Salifist fighters from the former Libyan base.
In other words, Tantoush is now the chief of a training camp the U.S. and Libyan governments had hoped would train Libyan special operations forces to catch militants like Tantoush.
WASHINGTON — The Internal Revenue Service handed out $2.8 million in bonuses to employees with disciplinary issues — including more than $1 million to employees who didn’t pay their federal taxes, a watchdog report says.
The report by the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration said 1,146 IRS employees received bonuses within a year of substantiated federal tax compliance problems.
The bonuses weren’t just monetary. Employees with tax problems received a total of 10,582 hours of paid time off — valued at about $250,000 — and 69 received permanent raises through a step increase, the report said. The report looked at bonuses in 2011 and 2012.
Employees’ tax problems included “willful understatement of tax liabilities over multiple tax years, late payment of tax liabilities, and underreporting of income,” the report said.
“We take seriously our unique role as this nation’s tax administrator, and we will strive to implement a policy that protects the integrity of the tax administration system and the reputation of the service,” IRS chief Human Capital Officer David Krieg said in a written response to the audit.
The IRS said it has instituted a policy to take conduct into account when handing out bonuses to senior executives. Making that policy apply to all of the agency’s workers would require negotiations with the National Treasury Employees Union.
He’s a mayor alright. The mayor of having sex with children town.
Via LA Times:
Harvey Milk, the slain politician who became an icon of equal rights not just for the gay community in San Francisco but across the nation, will be commemorated in a forever stamp next month, the U.S. Postal Service announced Tuesday.
The stamp’s issue will coincide with Milk’s birthday on May 22. The stamps will be available in sheets of 20 and may be pre-ordered.
The image on the stamp comes from a circa-1977 photo taken by Daniel Nicoletta of Milk in front of Castro Street Camera in San Francisco. Antonio Alcalá of Alexandria, Va., oversaw art direction for the stamp.
The stamp comes a little more than 35 years after Milk’s assassination in San Francisco City Hall alongside then-Mayor George Moscone on Nov. 27, 1978. Milk had won a seat on the Board of Supervisors in 1977.
Do tell, Harry.
BUNKERVILLE, Nev. (CBS Las Vegas/AP) — Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid says “something is going to happen” to get Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy to stop letting his cattle graze on federal land.
“It’s obvious that you can’t just walk away from this. And we can speculate all we want to speculate to what’s going to happen next,” Reid told KSNV-TV. “But I don’t think it’s going to be tomorrow that something is going to happen, but something will happen. We are a nation of laws, not of men and women.”
Full battle rattle SWAT, all they are missing is an MRAP
Via Watch Dog
A New Mexico Watchdog story about a 30-second commercial for the police department in Hobbs has drawn national attention, with a well-known author and civil libertarian criticizing the ad running on television stations across the state emphasizing aggressive, military-style policing.
But Radley Balko points out the Hobbs video isn’t unique. In fact, the author of “Rise of the Warrior Cop: The Militarization of America’s Police Forces,” gives examples of police departments across the country who showcase recruiting videos that highlight the ”shoot ‘em up” aspects of the job.
“Now ask yourself: What sort of person would be attracted to a career in law enforcement based on the images and activities depicted in that video? And is that the sort of person you’d want wearing a badge and carrying a gun in your neighborhood?” Balko asked in the online edition of the Washington Post.
“The video isn’t disturbing only because of the type of police officer it’s likely to attract. It also suggests that the leadership in the Hobbs police department believes that these are the aspects of police work most worth touting — that this is the face they want to project to the community,” Balko said in the civil liberties and the criminal justice blog that he writes called “The Watch.”
Hobbs isn’t alone. Balko said the video is part of a trend and offered seven other examples from around the country.
HT Theo Spark
Add “white belly dancers” to the long list of things deemed racist by the left.
Google the term “belly dance” and the first images the search engine offers are of white women in flowing, diaphanous skirts, playing at brownness. How did this become acceptable?
The term “belly dance” itself is a Western one. In Arabic, this kind of dance is called Raqs Sharqi, or Eastern dance. Belly dance, as it is known and practiced in the West, has its roots in, and a long history of, white appropriation of Eastern dance. As early as the 1890s in the U.S., white “side-show sheikhs” managed dance troupes of white women, who performed belly dance at world’s fairs (fun trivia: Mark Twain made a short film of a belly dancer at the 1893 fair). Many white women who presently practice belly dance are continuing this century-old tradition of appropriation, whether they are willing to view their practice this way or not. [...]
“It’s Arab face,” my friend Nadine once said, pointing at an invitation from a white acquaintance of hers. The invitation was printed on card stock and featured the woman and a dozen of her white friends dressed in Orientalist garb with eye makeup caked on for full kohl effect and glittery accessories. We wanted to call these women up and say, “How is this OK? Would you wear a dashiki and rock waspafarian dreads and take up African dance publicly? Wait,” we’d probably say, “don’t answer that.”