Saturday, November 29, 2014
The association cited recent lawsuits by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission against company health policies as the reason for the shift.
"The fact that the EEOC sued is shocking to our members," said Maria Ghazal, the group's vice president, told Reuters on Saturday. "They don't understand why a plan in compliance with the ACA is the target of a lawsuit. This is a major issue to our members."
Roundtable members are scheduled to meet in private with President Obama on Tuesday to discuss their objections.
The association has objected to EEOC lawsuits directed at company "wellness programs" — policies that are aimed at reducing employer-sponsored medical insurance costs by promoting healthier lifestyles, such as avoiding smoking or exercising regularly. Obamacare allows companies to reward employees who participate and penalize those who don't....
...The number of times he resorted to the first person singular was significantly expanded by his decision to engage a group of hecklers in the crowd, who apparently did not believe he had gone far enough in his unilateral actions on immigration.
“I understand,” Obama told the hecklers, according to the White House transcript and video posted by C-SPAN.
“Here, can I just say this?” Obama said. “All right, I've listened to you. I heard you. I heard you. I heard you. All right? Now, I've been respectful. I let you holler. So let me--all right? Nobody is removing you. I've heard you. But you’ve got to listen to me, too.”
“But what you're not paying attention to is the fact that I just took action to change the law,” Obama boasted to the hecklers.
“Some have said it was a mistake for me to act. But then others remind me why I had to,” Obama said later.
“The day I sign a comprehensive immigration bill into law, then the actions I take will no longer be necessary,” he said. “But in the meantime, I'm going to do what I can to make this system work better.”...
Maybe it is just a picture or a moment in time..I prefer to think of it as a sign of hope. http://t.co/HIWNpgb6e5— Senator Rand Paul (@SenRandPaul) November 29, 2014
◼ 5 Acts Of Kindness In Ferguson The Mainstream Media Ignores: #2) Helping Natalie DuBose - NewsNinja
DuBose, the single mother of two who used her life savings to open her own bakery, had found her sales plummet for several months due to the protests following the Brown shooting. It was sadder to see it in ruins when some rioters destroyed it Monday night. Despite the horrible circumstances, one of the fundraising websites committed to helping out has funneled in $257,781 at the time this article was written. Of course, DuBose was so gracious for the support, thanking everyone who helped her along the way. KEEP READING◼ Rand Paul calls viral Ferguson photo 'sign of hope' - JUSTIN GREEN/Washington Examiner
◼ The December 3rd, 2013, exchange made waves on social media, but deserves reinvigoration due to the incisive manner it cuts down numerous arguments being circulated in the media and in the government that the President has somehow miraculously stumbled upon some arcane formula for effectively legalizing 5 million non-citizens... - IJ Review
Before left-leaning websites started post-hoc justifications of President Obama’s abuse of executive authority to unilaterally grant exemptions from the law to five million illegal immigrants, and after the President himself had said on at least 22 occasions that he did not have the power to do so, there was a directly relevant exchange between South Carolina Congressman Trey Gowdy and two legal experts: Simon Lazarus, senior counsel to the Constitutional Accountability Center, and Jonathan Turley, a liberal Law School Professor at George Washington University.
Perhaps coincidentally DeAndre Joshua also fits the social profile of an eye-witness who gave a police/FBI statement and testified before the Grand Jury in the Mike Brown shooting case. If that were the only coincidence it might be easy to dismiss. Alas, it’s not. Out of an abundance of caution for other witnesses we are avoiding outlining the most direct connections – however, they are not in doubt....
Witness #35 would not give his real name, nor his social security number, nor his address or contact information, and would only sign his statement with an alias.
In hindsight, and against the backdrop of the death of DeAndre Joshua, the reluctance of Witness #35 might lead a researcher to understand a prescient fear was not unfounded....
Several of the eye-witnesses, who gave honest testimony to the Grand Jury, were, according to their own statements, warned immediately after the shooting to keep their mouths shut.... KEEP READING
◼ The Strange Case of Ferguson Witness 40 - Jack Cashill/American Thinker
◼ Sen.-Elect Tom Cotton gives the Republican Party's Weekly Remarks - Andrew Malcolm/IBD
◼ Obama Weekly Remarks: 'It's easy to focus on what separates us' - Andrew Malcolm/IBD
...In truth, Obama is playing political chess. He’s trying to outflank the GOP on the populist side. Back in 2012, he could get away with fighting for corporate loopholes in 2012. Now that opposing these breaks wins him populist points, he goes on the attack.
“The president would veto the proposed deal,” the White House said, “because it would provide permanent tax breaks to help well-connected corporations while neglecting working families.”
Obama’s attack resonated among left-leaning journalists: New York Times writer Eric Owles wrote on Twitter: “2014 Election Results: major tax breaks for corporations & race horse owners, but not for the working poor.”
Republicans could curse Obama's hypocrisy and dishonesty. Or they could be smart, and call his bluff — and then out-populist Obama.
It’s standard behavior for Republicans, but it needn’t be. The opposite approach is arguably more conservative, and certainly more of a political winner.
Instead of making permanent corporate tax credits, Republicans could scrap the tax credits altogether. This would be a tax hike, sure, but it would also make the tax code more neutral, which conservatives understand is good for the economy. And the revenue generated by closing the loopholes can be used as an offset for other tax cuts: reducing the corporate tax rate, or providing tax relief for regular people still suffering from the recession. Propose this and force Obama to defend his beloved tax credit for General Electric's windmills.
While Obama’s favored family tax relief involves more targeted tax credits, and picking winners and losers, a conservative tax cut for working families could be simpler: Cut payroll taxes for everyone. Republicans could slightly lower the payroll tax rate, or create a small personal exemption, so the working poor get to keep their first few thousand dollars before being forced to contribute to Warren Buffett's Social Security.
The Obama administration will soon turn over thousands of documents related to improper disclosures of confidential taxpayer information by the IRS to the White House,
...On Monday the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) informed the watchdog group Cause of Action that it will turn over nearly 2,500 documents in response to a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit filed by the group.
In a statement, Cause of Action said the number of documents “signals that the White House may have made significant efforts to obtain taxpayers’ personal information.”...
Friday, November 28, 2014
Although the media is desperate to keep the false narrative alive that the family of Michael Brown is only calling for peace, the fact is that on Monday night, just before all hell broke loose in Ferguson, while Michael Brown's mother stood silently by, Brown's stepfather repeatedly ordered the mob surrounding him to "Burn this bitch down!"
The next morning, the Brown family church was one of about a dozen or so buildings burnt to the ground. Worse still, a 20 year-old man was found dead....
◼ The Brown family’s pastor tries to make sense of the fire that gutted his church - Washington Post
...No one would blame Lee — who is the Brown family pastor — if it was a bit difficult to be thankful this year. With the whole family watching his crestfallen face, Lee took a deep breath, and began: “This last couple days had just been crazy. . . . Since August the ninth, it’s been real crazy.” Still, he said, “I’m thankful for life, and for my wife, my children, our parents. . . . If I lose everything that I have, but I still have my joy, I have enough to build it all over again.”...
◼ Story: S.F. Ferguson protesters scare shoppers, defile Apple Store, scream at police. - SF Chronicle
◼ Armed Black Ferguson Residents Protect White-Owned Business During Riots - - Mara Zebest/Gateway Pundit
Review Journal reports the following (via Inquisitr):
[...] One, a 6-foot-8-inches man named Derrick Jordan — “Stretch,” as friends call him — whisked an AR-15 assault rifle out from a pickup truck parked near the entrance.
Jordan, 37, was one of four black Ferguson residents who spent Tuesday night planted in front of the store, pistols tucked into their waistbands, waiting to ward off looters or catch shoplifters.
Jordan and the others guarding the gas station are all black. The station’s owner is white.
Ferguson has seen a stark demographic shift in recent decades, going from all white to mostly black. About two-thirds of the town’s 21,000-strong population are black. By some accounts, the Brown shooting has heightened racial tensions in the city. But not at the gas station.
“We would have been burned to the ground many times over if it weren’t for them,” said gas station owner Doug Merello, whose father first bought it in 1984.
Merello said he feels deep ties to Ferguson, and if the loyalty of some of his regular customers is any indication, the feeling is mutual.
This year, for example, we learned that California’s Legislature includes 93 people who seem never to have had sex. They enacted the “affirmative consent” law, directing college administrators to tell students that sexual consent cannot be silence but must be “affirmative, conscious and voluntary agreement” and “ongoing throughout a sexual activity.” Claremont McKenna College requires “all” — not “both,” which would discriminate against groups — participants in a sexual engagement to understand that withdrawal of consent can be any behavior conveying “that an individual is hesitant, confused, uncertain.”
A severely moral California high school principal prohibited the football booster club from raising money by selling donated Chick-fil-A meals because this company opposed same-sex marriage. The school superintendent approved the ban because “we value inclusivity and diversity.” Up to a point. At a Washington state community college, invitations to a “happy hour” celebrating diversity and combating racism said white people were not invited.... KEEP READING
Obama was wrong, at least in the case of Darren Wilson. In viewing thousands of pages of FBI interviews and grand jury testimony, it becomes eminently clear that many members of the local community did make up the story about Michael Brown being executed by Wilson – and pressured others to lie to police or keep silent.
According to the St. Louis County Police Investigative Report, the mob mentality took root almost immediately after the shooting. By the time detectives arrived at the scene of the incident, there was “a large crowd of bystanders and a large uniformed police presence at the scene when detectives arrived.” That crowd included both Brown’s mother and his stepfather, according to witness testimony. The police report states, “Many individuals were clearly upset and were expressing their frustration, by at times yelling obscenities and threats, and attempting to encroach on the crime scene itself.”
It got worse:
As the scene investigation continued, there were several large groups of hostile individuals around the perimeter of the crime scene. The investigation of the scene was interrupted several times by death threats directed toward police officers and gunshots being fired by an unknown persons around the crime scene.According to the police report, a bevy of witnesses described intimidation from the local community, as well as falsification of testimony. One witness initially told police she didn’t want to “get involved for fear of retaliation.” She said, “I don’t know these people. I have to live here.”
...At least 12 witnesses claimed that Brown was shot from behind, which was factually false. At least 16 witnesses said Brown’s hands were up when he was shot, which was factually false. One witness said Wilson used a Taser, then a gun: false. Another said she witnessed the events, but admitted she was blocks away when the events occurred. Still another witness said there were two officers involved in the shooting, and admitted she couldn’t tell what she’d seen and what she’d read about the case. One witness admitted in testimony to changing his story to “coincide with what really happened.” Another witness said that he was friends with Brown, and that Brown was shot while on his knees. When informed that such a story contradicted all physical evidence, the man admitted that he had not seen the shooting and then asked if he could leave because he was “uncomfortable.”
The looting and rioting and protesting are all secondary to the astroturfed case against Officer Darren Wilson in the first place. At least in Ferguson, one “community of color” did make this problem up. The media went along with it, ignoring the intimidation and the witness’ lying. And an innocent man, by all available physical evidence and a vast majority of the reliable witness testimony, could have gone to prison or death row because of it.
◼ The Strange Case of Ferguson Witness 40 - Jack Cashill/American Thinker
...As uncomfortable as the truth must have been for the major media, the exposure of the lies on which their reporting has been based must have been even more distressing....
◼ Fake Mike Brown Family Autopsy Pathologist Shawn Parcells To Be Exposed...On CNN… - The Conservative Treehouse
Anderson Cooper did a brief investigation into a participant in the fraud behind one of the Brown Family “pathologists” who conducted their “private autopsy”. The segment, broadcast on CNN at 8:00pm 11/26, focused on Scheme Team co-conspirator, Shawn Parcells.◼ Is 'professor' who helped with Michael Brown autopsy who he says he is? - Elizabeth Cohen and Matthew Stucker/CNN
◼ Discussion at Lucian
◼ Officer David Smith never lived to tell about enraged perp who stole his service gun - Le-gal In-sur-rec-tion
In that incident, a seemingly crazed and aggressive perpetrator managed to take Officer Smith’s weapon from him, and then use it to murder Officer Smith:
Police say a suspect shot and killed a Johnson City police officer with the officer’s own weapon on Monday morning.As recounted in this video, the circumstances were remarkably similar to the initial assault on Darren Wilson by Michael Brown: Sucker punches to an officer seated in his patrol car, with the perpetrator then leaning in to try to steal the weapon
Officer David Smith was an 18-year veteran of the force, police said at an afternoon news conference.
The suspect, 43-year-old James Clark of Greene, pulled away Smith’s weapon and shot the officer three times, according to police.
Clark fired at another officer, who then shot the suspect several times. Clark was taken to a hospital and later died.
◼ Common Sense: Deconstructing Dorian Johnson – And Why The FBI and State Officials Will Not Prosecute Him… - The Conservative Treehouse
◼ ...the highest percentage since Gallup began asking the question in 2001. - Daily Caller
Thirty-three percent of Americans have delayed medical treatment for themselves or their families because of the costs they’d have to pay, according to the survey. Obamacare, of course, had promised that it would help make health care more affordable for everyone, but the number of people who can’t afford a trip to the doctor has actually risen three points since 2013, before most Obamacare provisions took effect.
The hardest-hit: the middle-class. Americans with an annual household income of between $30,000 and $75,000 began delaying medical care over costs more in 2014, up to 38 percent in 2014 from 33 percent last year; among households that earn above $75,000, 28 percent delayed care this year, compared to just 17 percent last year.
◼ Discussion at Lucianne
Thursday, November 27, 2014
At a time when our nation is too often divided on the challenges facing us, it’s such a great blessing that we... http://t.co/LVY0Ik2sC4— Sarah Palin (@SarahPalinUSA) November 27, 2014
Happy Thanksgiving everyone. Please RETWEET my prayer of thanks, and share what you are thankful for in a reply. pic.twitter.com/XlgLTYBB3V— Senator Rand Paul (@SenRandPaul) November 27, 2014
White House Thanksgiving menu - note all the pie! pic.twitter.com/BIfKtJhJjb— Charlie Spiering (@charliespiering) November 27, 2014
It’s Thanksgiving—so I want to repost this excerpt from an NR cover story I wrote about falling in love with America. pic.twitter.com/ZXK0osYqhK— Charles C. W. Cooke (@charlescwcooke) November 27, 2014
Ramirez Editorial Cartoons
◼ Another Media Matters attempt to propagandize Thanksgiving dinner put down - Twitchy
if any of my family members quote anything from @mmfa they will be eating dinner outside alone.— Pol (@PointlessPol) November 26, 2014
Given that Obama will be wielding a veto pen next year, the focus has shifted to whether Republicans could roll back pieces of the law — maybe even with bipartisan support.
In an editorial for its Nov. 23 print edition, the New York Times slammed the idea of repealing the medical device tax, the employer mandates, the insurer bailout, and the individual mandate.
Much of the editorial was misguided, but to the extent that it did raise legitimate points about the consequences of repealing certain measures in isolation, that only reaffirmed the case for fully repealing the law....
The overarching point of the editorial is that if certain burdensome provisions of Obamacare are repealed, negative consequences would result. But those consequences wouldn’t exist in the first place were it not for Obamacare — which is a pretty good argument for repealing the whole darn thing.... KEEP READING
Here’s a handy guide to Thanksgiving feasts for those in need. If you know of any more, please add them in the comment sectio.:
Crescent City: Noon to 2:00 pm at the Del Norte County Fairgrounds.
Arcata: Noon to 3 p.m. at the Arcata Community Center. ◼ (See description here.)
Garberville: Noon to 3 p.m. at Vets Hall (Go early, said one local activist, they sometimes run out. Rainbow Mountain Walker will be greatly missed at this event where he was a constant support and a beloved participant.)
There is no light without darkness and without evil, the good often fails to find their own voice. It is in the presence of slavery that we remember the worth of freedom. Men and nations are forged in war; not only the war of shell and shot, but the war of ideas. War teaches us to fight for what we have. Wars of ideas teach us to stand up for what we believe.
It is because conservatives are basically hopeful and confident that we are also prone to extremes of despair. Too many us were shocked at the decline of our society because of our great confidence in it. The faith that conservatives have in America makes them vulnerable to being crushed by the latest victory of the left.
I have seen far too much despair and defeatism, too many comments that suggest there is no hope for America and the only thing left to do is pour a glass of wine and watch the sun go down. But those comments testify to how sheltered Americans are from the struggles against tyranny around the world.
Eight years of Obama is bad, but try sixty-nine years of Communism on for size. That's what generations of Russians had to live through. Ask some of the conservative activists in Europe who have never had any of the freedoms that we still take for granted whether they've given up hope. Ask people from countries where criticism of Islam can mean death, whether they've given up hope.
There are countless tales of courage over the last century of men and women who did not stop fighting, who did not stop teaching their children so that they would not stop resisting. And those stories have not ended. They continue today in Europe, Asia and South America. And those people would envy the conditions under which we fight, where we can protest without being shot or sent to prison, where we can have a shot at winning elections if we try hard enough.
Where we are, compared to 100 percent of the rest of the world, still free.
We face a hard fight, not only for our freedom, but the freedom of the world. The international left has made America its special project. It knows that if it can extinguish the hope of liberty in this land then it will drive the rest of those who hope for freedom across the ocean deeper into despair. And it wants your despair. It wants you to give up so that the rest of the world gives up too and bows under its chains.
And yet this fight is a glorious one. This fight is our birthright. And we should be thankful for the fight.
Wednesday, November 26, 2014
◼ Oakland: Third night of protests sees more vandalism, arrests - Inside Bay Area
◼ Brown, Wilson, Ferguson and the Morning After - Larry Johnson/No Quarter
Confirmed: Valerie Jarrett Keeping In Touch With Gov Nixon During Ferguson Fiasco http://t.co/ddZjuQt48C— Bill Postmus (@billpostmus) November 27, 2014
Confirmed: Valerie Jarrett Keeping In Touch With Gov Nixon During Ferguson Fiasco http://t.co/ddZjuQt48C— Bill Postmus (@billpostmus) November 27, 2014
Congress has the power to defund President Barack Obama’s executive amnesty order, the Congressional Research Service announced Wednesday. This, after a week of bipartisan declarations that Congress was powerless to stop the order.
“In light of Congress’s constitutional power over the purse, the Supreme Court has recognized that ‘Congress may always circumscribe agency discretion to allocate resources by putting restrictions in the operative statutes,’” reads a report from the Congressional Research Service. The report was sent to Republican Sen. Jeff Sessions’ office, first reported by Breitbart News, and has since been obtained by The Daily Caller.
◼ GOP set to fund entire government through September, except immigration services - Herman Cain
No funds for amnesty.
Recent pro-Islamic reports are complaining that Russia is banning the Islamic hijab—the headdress Islamic law requires Muslim women to wear—and, perhaps even more decisively, key Islamic scriptures, on the charge that they incite terrorism.
In the words of Arabic news site Elaph, “Russia is witnessing a relentless war on the hijab. It began in a limited manner but has grown in strength, prompting great concern among Russia’s Muslims.”
◼ Megyn Kelly explodes about Al Sharpton stoking the fires of Ferguson violence - Rare
According to Fox News’ Megyn Kelly, many in the media have failed to portray both sides of the argument that Officer Darren Wilson was wrong when he shot and killed Michael Brown.
After Wilson was exonerated of any wrongdoing by a grand jury on Monday, Kelly took to the airwaves to criticize those that haven’t given the public all the facts, specifically the Rev. Al Sharpton of MSNBC....
◼ In its coverage of events in Ferguson, Mo., the liberal press has ranged from irresponsible to downright ridiculous. - National Review
The latter was on display at last night’s press conference with St. Louis County prosecutor Robert McCulloch, who, after announcing that a grand jury had refused to indict Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson in the August death of Michael Brown, took several questions from the gathered paragons of journalistic virtue. A sampling, with commentary:◼ The New York Times and Other Members of the Ferguson Hall of Shame - Roger L. Simon/PJMedia
You’ve been accused by some of passing the buck, by simply standing back and putting all this evidence in front of the grand jury rather than taking a stand. Isn’t that what you were elected to do? Shouldn’t you have taken a stand in this case?It is no surprise that it did not occur to the journalist in question that by taking the case to the grand jury, McCulloch did in fact “take a stand” — namely, a stand against the summary judgment that so many protesters were willing to make (“What do we want?” “Darren Wilson!” “How do we want him?” “Dead!”), and a stand in favor of community oversight through the mechanism of the grand jury. KEEP READING
That the photograph of Walter Duranty — the New York Times Moscow correspondent who deliberately whitewashed Stalin’s 1930s forced starvation of millions of Ukrainians and won the Pulitzer for it — still is on the newspaper’s wall of fame with their other prize winners is apparently no aberration. The New York Times has no moral center. In fact, it’s despicable. On November 24, they published the home address of Officer Darren Wilson....◼ Politicians and Media Incite Violence in Ferguson - NEW ZEAL
So much for that newspaper. They’re cancer.
Not quite cancer but pretty bad is Jay Nixon, the governor of Missouri. Not only did he attempt to prejudge the case, calling for Wilson’s head like some minor league Robespierre months before there was any evidence, but then, on the night of the grand jury announcement, after having brought in the National Guard, he goes completely AWOL and doesn’t use the Guards at all, leaving the poor store owners of Ferguson to fend for themselves, not to mention the police. Everyone got to watch the results on TV.
Peter Kinder, the vice governor of Missouri, wants to know what happened. Why no Guards, when they were all set to go? Did the word come down from the White House or the Department of Justice to keep the Guards out? Nixon didn’t answer, just accused Kinder of playing politics....
But the real top of the Ferguson Hall of Shame goes to the people who brought us Ferguson from the beginning. I mean the real beginning. I mean… what happened to black America in the post-civil rights era? Why has such a wonderful group of people who fought so hard against a racist society and won, who brought so much to American (and world) culture had the guts torn out of their community? Why is what was once one of our most family-oriented groups now virtually without family, seventy percent of their babies born out of wedlock? That was unheard of when I was a young civil rights worker in the sixties. And the endless black on black crime? Where did that come from? What caused that? Forget Brown. Forget Wilson. They’re trivial by comparison. Those are the real questions. KEEP READING
◼ CNN analyst reads CRUCIAL EVIDENCE that destroys the lies about Michael Brown shooting - The Right Scoop
◼ WATCH: Report The News? Not A Chance! Instead Brian Williams Whined About Ferguson Jury's Decision - Newsbusters
On Monday night, a grand jury in Ferguson, Missouri found no probable cause to indict Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson for the shooting death of Michael Brown. Following the grand jury’s ruling, the “big three” (ABC, CBS, and NBC) all broke from their regular prime time programming to announce the decision. Unlike ABC and CBS, NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams failed to mention any of the actual facts of the case or legal rationale for the grand jury’s decision when he expressed his dissatisfaction with the case’s outcome.
Williams opened his broadcast by declaring "The grand jury in Ferguson, Missouri has failed to come up with an indictment for the police officer in the shooting of the unarmed black teenager Michael Brown." While NBC ignored all of the actual facts behind the grand jury’s decision, ABC and CBS were much more reserved in their analysis. CBS Evening News anchor Scott Pelley provided a detailed explanation for the grand jury’s decision, and even included a statement from Officer Wilson’s attorneys...
Throughout the Obama years, the notion of jobs as a bounty to be distributed to deserving peons by the Ruling Class, rather than an economic transaction voluntarily offered by risk-taking business owners, has grown more prevalent, from Obama’s infamous “you didn’t build that” speech to Hillary Clinton treating the very notion of private-sector job creation as a joke nobody should bother telling her.
Now we’ve got businesses in Ferguson, Missouri looted and burned to the ground. Their owners and operators are expected to shut up and accept their fates as collateral damage from a temper tantrum. There were heroes in Ferguson on Monday night, as well as vandals and looters, and they’re not getting anywhere near the attention they deserve. Let me spotlight two of them.
The first is someone I mentioned earlier this week: bakery owner and single mom Natalie Dubose. She was photographed in tears on the night of the riots as her shop was trashed, but by the next day she was all business, taking quick breaks from restoring her property to handle media interviews. If she didn’t capture your heart already, a WNCN News profile that reveals she’s only been in business since June, after selling cakes at flea markets to raise the money to open her shop, ought to do the trick. After I first mentioned her, readers contacted me asking if there was anything they could do to help. I directed them to the GoFundMe page Dubose created to raise money for restoring her bakery, and I’m happy to learn it has been a smashing success...
Then you’ve got the woman who went toe-to-toe with looters when they showed up to trash the local Papa John’s pizzeria. She didn’t own the store; in fact, according to the UK Daily Mail, she didn’t even work there. She just stood her ground and shoved the looters away, resolute even when threatened with violence...
I hope we hear more about the heroes of Ferguson in the days to come, because I’ve had my fill of hearing about the villains.
In case anyone is wondering, I have no idea where either Natalie Dubose or the mysterious defender of Papa John’s stand on politics or the issues of the day. I don’t care. If you’re looking for someone who thinks character is defined by political stances, you’re in the wrong neighborhood. READ MORE, and COMMENT, at the link
I don’t get how anyone can learn the story of Natalie’s Cakes and More, then defend the people who trashed it. http://t.co/mqAd29i25G— John Hayward (@Doc_0) November 26, 2014
◼ Americans should not favor other Americans over foreigners, Obama demanded. - Daily Caller
Obama’s speech was a defense of his Nov. 21 unilateral effort to roll back enforcement of immigration law.
Under President Obama’s new program to protect millions of illegal immigrants from deportation, many of those affected will be eligible to receive Social Security, Medicare and a wide array of other federal benefits, a White House official said Tuesday....
For those who work, that includes payroll taxes, also known as FICA taxes, because they are collected under the Federal Insurance Contributions Act.
The tax payments are usually split between employer and employee and include 12.4 percent collected to pay for Social Security, as well as 2.9 percent to pay for Medicare.
Federal law says that people who pay the taxes and are deemed “lawfully present in the United States” can collect benefits under those programs when they become eligible. They may also receive survivor and disability benefits.
“If they pay in, they can draw,” White House spokesman Shawn Turner said by e-mail....
◼ But: Under the president’s new amnesty, businesses will have a $3,000-per-employee incentive to hire illegal immigrants over native-born workers because of a quirk of Obamacare. - Stephen Dinan/Washington Times
President Obama’s temporary amnesty, which lasts three years, declares up to 5 million illegal immigrants to be lawfully in the country and eligible for work permits, but it still deems them ineligible for public benefits such as buying insurance on Obamacare’s health exchanges.
Under the Affordable Care Act, that means businesses who hire them won’t have to pay a penalty for not providing them health coverage — making them $3,000 more attractive than a similar native-born worker, whom the business by law would have to cover.
Rasmussen poll shows a massive majority of likely voters – 62 per cent – oppose his plan to give millions of illegal immigrants a temporary amnesty
Only 24 per cent now say Obama has the legal authority to change immigration policy without agreement from Congress
A 55-per cent majority believe federal lawmakers should challenge him in court
Tuesday, November 25, 2014
In a bold stand for civil rights, #FergusonOakland protesters are looting a Subway shop.— Lilac Sunday (@LilacSundayBlog) November 26, 2014
Protesters are about to invade Brooklyn. Well — there goes the neighborhood.— toddstarnes (@toddstarnes) November 26, 2014
We'll see how brave these protesters are when they're in the way of people trying to get to Wal-Mart for Black Friday deals. #Justice— SFK (@stephenkruiser) November 26, 2014
Long day. Another ahead tomorrow. Try to hang on to the grateful. No matter your thoughts on #Fergson, please pray. That's America burning— Michelle Ray (@GaltsGirl) November 26, 2014
Ferguson protesters overturn barricades, swarm courthouse...
Throw urine-filled bottles at police...
Block traffic on Interstate...
VIDEO: Black protester punches white bystander...
Cop called gay slurs...
OBAMA LECTURES AMERICA ABOUT JUSTIFIED ANGER...
Stepfather changes his tune: 'BURN THIS BITCH DOWN'...
MAG: In Defense of Rioting...
Most Businesses Destroyed Minority Owned...
POLICE SCANNER UPDATES...
Body Found Shot to Death, Set Fire...
PAPA JOHN'S Manager Defends Store From Looters -- With Bare Hands...
2,200 TROOPS ON ALERT...
Mayor: Delayed deployment 'deeply disturbing'...
Legal scholars praise grand jury for fairness beyond the norm...
Rioting as 'planned event'...
Car Hits Protester In Minneapolis..
Communists, Palestinians Join Up In Oregon...
45 arrested in Boston...
Lincoln Tunnel Blocked in NYC; FDR Drive Shut Down...
The day of reckoning has arrived not just in Ferguson, Missouri, but also across America. For some, the grand jury proceedings to determine whether the shooting of a black teenager by a white police officer was justified was never about seeking justice. As widely anticipated in the media, the jury of nine whites and three blacks elected not to indict based on the evidence before them. Sadly, hundreds if not thousands of individuals descended upon this small St. Louis suburb to agitate for an outcome based on their ideology rather than the facts under consideration by the grand jury.
Even though the grand jury elected not to find Officer Darren Wilson responsible for the shooting death of teenager Michael Brown, sadly, I never believed that the gathering protesters gathered in Ferguson were seeking justice or a peaceful resolution to the case, which has roiled race relations in America to levels I haven’t seen in decades....
Finally, someone needs to stand up to denounce the violence, rioting, and looting that has besieged Ferguson since the tragic shooting occurred. I fully support nonviolent demonstration—a right enshrined in the First Amendment of our Constitution. I do not support the belief that violent protest is justified regardless of the outcome of the Ferguson grand jury. But the fact that the Missouri National Guard had to be mobilized, along with thousands of state, local, and federal law-enforcement officers, to quell potential riots and acts of violence is nothing short of a disgrace. That gun sales would skyrocket in the town as shop owners boarded up their places of business to prevent looting is a beacon of clarity that illuminates the fact that for many, Ferguson has become a symbol of lawlessness, civil unrest, and violence rather than one of seeking justice for a slain teen....
◼ Giuliani was over on “Meet the Press” — opening up on Michael Dyson, a Georgetown University professor and frequent critic of policing practices in Ferguson, Mo., and elsewhere in America:
“Ninety-three percent of blacks are killed by other blacks,” Rudy barked. “I would like to see the [same] attention paid to that, that you are paying to [Ferguson].”
“What about the poor black child who was killed by another black child?” Giuliani asked. “Why aren’t you protesting that? White police officers wouldn’t be there if you weren’t killing each other.”
Naturally, polite people everywhere fell into a swoon.
Well, too bad about them. Dr. Giuliani may not have much of a bedside manner, but he’s a first-rate diagnostician when it comes to criminal justice and his anti-crime prescriptions for New York City saved thousands of innocent lives — most of them black and Hispanic. GET THE FACTS.
◼ Rudy Giuliani causes racial firestorm for citing black crime stats in debate on Michael Brown shooting - NY Daily News
◼ 'The white police officers wouldn't be there if you weren't killing each other': Rudy Giuliani provokes anger with TV outburst over black-on-black inner city crime - Daily Mail UK
...There’s more. CNBC reports that though small-business owners may have avoided Obamacare’s regulations and penalties in its first year, they’ll not be able to do that in the second year and beyond. In a recent survey conducted by payroll processing firm ADP, small businesses indicated that health care costs and complexities and the enormity of government regulations are their greatest concerns. One-third of business owners are fined annually for failing to comply with some sort of government regulation. Half of the companies paying fines don’t even know the details of the fines they’re required to pay.
There’s still more. The Department of Health and Human Services is considering changing Obamacare’s auto-renewal rules such that if you don’t take action during the open enrollment window, you may be enrolled into a lower-cost plan. That isn’t so good as it will sound to some, because if you happen to want to stay in your existing plan under these circumstances — and keep your doctors, clinics, cost structures and benefit options — you may be precluded from doing so under the reassignment. And you probably can’t switch back once enrollment is closed. As Reason magazine’s Peter Suderman observed, “a hassle? Maybe. But have faith: They know what’s best.”
And there’s still more. A new report from Avalere Health reveals that insurers have increased premiums for the most popular plans sold on the exchanges after underpricing the policies last year. The average price for the 2015 exchange plans is increasing by 10 percent.
The bad news for Obama and his socialized-medicine disciples continues to pile up. A Gallup poll finds for the third consecutive year that the majority of Americans believe that it’s not the responsibility of the federal government to make sure all Americans have health care.
The more people find out about the horrors of socialism in practice the more they reject it. That is axiomatic — even in today’s America.
“Unfortunately, Democrats blew the opportunity the American people gave them” by electing President Obama and a Democratic-controlled Congress in 2008. “We took their mandate and put all our focus on the wrong problem.”
“The plight of uninsured Americans and the hardships created by unfair insurance company practices certainly needed to be addressed,” Schumer said. “But it wasn’t the change we were hired to make” in the 2008 election. ”Americans were crying out for the end to the recession, for better wages and more jobs — not changes in health care.”
“The Affordable Care Act was aimed at the 36 million Americans who were not covered,” Schumer continued. “It’s been reported that only a third of the uninsured are even registered to vote,” making Obamacare unlikely to win the Democrats any votes at all.
◼ Schumer: Democrats focused on wrong problem – health care reform - Buffalo News
This cultural phenomenon is so obvious, one hesitates to state it so explicitly: “Civil Rights” has been re-defined to mean “whatever gives black people an excuse to hate white people more than they already do,” and the journalistic establishment is committed to inciting such hatred.
Liberalism involves a crude Manichean worldview:
Women, good; men, bad.It is this last distinction — blind loyalty to the Democrat Party — which is the ultimate goal of the attitudinal training we now call “education.” Our government school system annually hands diplomas to teenagers who can barely even read their diplomas, and the bureaucratic mediocrities who run the system don’t care that their “education” teaches kids nothing useful, so long as the student learns to vote Democrat.
Youth, good; adults, bad.
Atheists, good; Christians, bad.
Hedonism, good; responsibility, bad.
Abortion, good; motherhood, bad.
Sodomy, good; normal sex, bad.
Wilderness, good; carbon energy, bad.
Labor unions, good; entrepreneurs, bad.
Government, good; corporations, bad.
Foreigners, good; Americans, bad.
Democrats, good; Republicans, bad.
What did public schools teach Michael Brown? That it is entirely acceptable to get high on dope, steal from a local convenience store and, when apprehended by a police officer, to resist a lawful arrest
◼ link - Brendan Bordelon/National Review
Vice President Joe Biden is less-than-pleased with the way President Obama handled the very-public firing of defense secretary Chuck Hagel.
As a long-time colleague and friend of Hagel from their days in the Senate, Biden appeared frustrated and upset during Hagel’s unusual Monday morning termination at the White House. An administration official told Politico the vice president was “ticked off” by the humiliating way Obama gave his defense secretary the boot.
◼ The Real Reason Hagel Resigned As Defense Secretary - ANDREW L. PEEK/The Fiscal Times
In his speech last Thursday, President Obama had two objectives. First, a dual one: create future votes for the Democrats and gain gratitude from illegal Hispanics for his generosity. The other objective was to set a trap for Congressional Republican by making them so outraged that they would gum up the federal budget with riders that would cause him to veto it, thus creating a government shutdown for which the Republicans would get the blame, thus deflating their momentum from the recent election.
While many elected Republicans denounced Obama’s action as outrageous and an affront to the Constitution, it is also not action that is publicly popular. (A Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll shows that 48 percent oppose it and only 38 precedent support it.)
Although Republican denunciation of Obama’s unilateral move has been heated, cooler heads in the party want to pick their legislative targets carefully so they capitalize on the voters’ desire for positive action in Washington. Actions on tax reform and excessive environmental regulations, for example, are potentially strong ones for the Republicans. Hot heads on the other hand, seem to think that in-your-face confrontations, such as a threat to torpedo the federal budget, will somehow gain popularity with voters. They learned nothing from last year’s suicidal effort to shut down the government.
Time is on the side of the cooler heads, for there is little Congressional Republicans can do between now and the end of the year, for they hold only one leg of a three-legged Washington stool. Come January 3 they will have majorities in both houses.
In the area of immigration reform, there is one thing they could advance now and it is something Obama did not address. While he promised better border security (very likely it was only lip service), he did not mention the fact that government estimates are that 40 percent of the approximately 11 million illegals now in the country came here on legitimate visas — tourist or student — and simply let them expire. The federal government has no orderly means of keeping track of them so, when their visa expiration dates came along they simply disappeared into the population.
While ferreting out people in that category would be very difficult now, creating an effective solution to this problem going forward is achievable and is part of making our borders secure.
Here is how it might work: On arrival at a U.S. port of entry, the incoming person’s visa would be verified, along with a U.S. address, telephone number, and (if the person has one) an e-mail address. The owner or occupant of the address given must also be named (for tracing purposes).
Most importantly, the incoming visitor must have a return ticket in hand.
The Immigration & Customs Enforcement clerk would record the date, flight, and ticket number.
Then, say, 30 days before the visa expires, ICE would telephone the visitor as a reminder of the coming deadline. ICE personnel nearest to the visitor’s address would be alerted to pick up said visitor if he or she has not departed by the date on the return ticket. Any visitor who is on hand and has not left will be held for immediate deportation.
Republicans in the House could easily pass this element of reform and GOP members could introduce it in the Senate. Then, let Harry Reid and Obama explain why it is not a good idea.
Peter Hannaford was closely associated with the late President Reagan for a number of years. He is a member of the board of the Committee on the Present Danger. His latest book is ◼ “Presidential Retreats.”
MO Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder: Did Obama Admin Lean on Governor to Keep National Guard Out of Ferguson? (Video)
◼ Discussion at Lucian
◼ #Ferguson Mayor Called For National Guard – REQUESTS WERE IGNORED! - The Gateway Pundit
Just what America needs... MORE regulations. Are they ashamed? They should be. They hide the announcement by releasing them this week.
While Americans are focused on what delicious foods they’re going to eat for Thanksgiving, the White House is focused on releasing its massive regulatory agenda — marking the fifth time the Obama administration has released its regulatory road map on the eve of a major holiday.
The federal Unified Agenda is the Obama administration’s regulatory road map, and it lays out thousands of regulations being finalized in the coming months. Under President Barack Obama, there has been a tradition of releasing the agenda late on Friday — and right before a major holiday.
“It’s become an unfortunate tradition of this administration and others to drop these regulatory agendas late on a Friday and right before a holiday,” Matt Shudtz, executive director of the Center for Progressive Reform, told The Hill newspaper....
“It’s unfortunate because it’s an update on protections for Americans of all stripes,” Shudtz told the Hill. “It lays out the administration’s plan and it deserves more attention.”
But the White House may have a good reason to do so because its Unified Agenda for fall 2014 includes some 3,415 regulations– more than the last regulatory agenda, and one that includes 189 rules that cost more than $100 million.
The difference between the Republican Party and the Democrats today is over the rule of law. When President Obama appointed judges without Senate approval, made environmental law without Congress, and rewrote his health law two dozen times, Republicans protested that Mr. Obama was shredding the Constitution.
Most Democratic lawmakers turned a blind eye to the Constitution they swore to uphold. Last Thursday, Mr. Obama opted for lawlessness again, dictating broad changes to immigration law. He made them banana-republic style: one man ruling with the stroke of his pen.
The phrase “banana republic” was invented by the American fiction writer O. Henry, in exile a century ago in Honduras. It was a country where laws were changed frequently by petty dictators. Mr. Obama says he’s acting alone because Congress waited too long. But the Constitution vests all legislative powers, including immigration and naturalization law, with Congress. It doesn’t say “unless Congress waits too long.” There’s no timetable.
Republicans are condemning Mr. Obama’s latest power grab. Predictably, only a handful of Democratic lawmakers have said they were worried about the president’s dictatorial approach. Most are applauding him for getting something done. The framers of the Constitution were worried about presidential power grabs. They were steeped in the history of European despots, and invented a system of checks and balances to keep power-hungry presidents in line.
The problem today is bigger than one lawless man. Democratic Party leaders – half of the nation’s political establishment – talk a lot about rights, but not about the rule of law. The Constitution isn’t on their radar. No matter where you stand on immigration, this growing indifference to the Constitution is alarming. It’s given Mr. Obama license to pursue his dangerous course and future presidents to do likewise. KEEP READING
◼ Obama begs for calm as rioters set fires in Ferguson - Daily Mail ◼ Via Drudge
◼ MAG: Split screen image may endure long after he leaves office - James Elephant/National Journal
◼ REPORT: President Didn't Watch St. Louis County Prosecutor's Announcement - CBS DC
◼ JUAN WILLIAMS: Where is black leadership now? - FOX
◼ Al Sharpton on his way to Ferguson - WAFF
'The fight is not over'...
◼ CASE CLOSED: NO CHARGES - USA Today
'Duty of grand jury to separate fact from fiction'...
◼ Eyewitness told police Brown charged cop 'like football player head down' - The Smoking Gun
◼ Prosecutor: Democrat - Daniel Halper/Weekly Standard
◼ Michael Brown's mother collapses outside station - Daily Mail UK
Ferguson burns: 80 arrested as rioters torch police cars and buildings and looters ransack shops after grand jury decision NOT to indict cop Darren Wilson for killing black teen Michael Brown◼ Michael Brown's Stepfather Urged Protesters To "Burn This Bitch Down" After Grand Jury Announcement - The Smoking Gun
◼ A grand jury decided not to charge Ferguson, Missouri, Police Officer Darren Wilson over the shooting death of black teen Michael Brown this past summer
◼ Wilson shot dead unarmed Brown on August 9, and evidence released after the decision shows he was pursuing the teen in connection to a convenience-store robbery
◼ Brown's family said they were 'profoundly disappointed' with the decision, while calling for peaceful protests
◼ Ferguson protesters turned violent throwing rocks, looting businesses and setting cars and buildings on fire
◼ Police said disturbances in Ferguson 'much worse' than those that erupted in aftermath of the shooting
◼ More than a dozen local businesses were set on fire including a storage center, Walgreens and pizza shop
◼ 150 live gunshots were heard, with reports suggesting police officers were being targeted by rioters
◼ Missouri cop was shot amid the violent protests and is in an unknown condition
◼ There were 61 arrests in Ferguson overnight and 21 arrests in St Louis, according to the police
◼ Demonstrators close down three New York bridges as peaceful protests occur in 90 cities across the U.S
◼ Looting... CHAOS - AP
◼ PHOTOS: Smoldering wreckage - KSDK
◼ Minority-owned businesses hardest hit - Breitbart Big Government
Firefighters battle 25 structure fires...
Turned back by gun shots...
◼ Cars vandalized, overturned - AP
St. Louis airport closed by gunfire...
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◼ Report: Body Found Shot to Death, Set Fire Near Apartment Complex Where Michael Brown Died - CBS St. Louis
◼ ‘We ready for war': Ferguson man tells reporter, ‘We have 9mms, 40 cals, AK-47s’ [Vine] - Twitchy
Canfield Dr resident D White said he, friends are ready for "war." "We have 9mms, 40 cals, Ak-47s. If he's ... https://t.co/wnKUkACopC— Paul Hampel (@phampel) November 24, 2014
◼ In case you missed it, Michelle Malkin NAILED Obama on his outrageous and enraging Ferguson response - Twitchy
@michellemalkin maybe he's doing his stand-up comedy routine tonight?— Elisa (@eduto) November 25, 2014
◼ Missouri Lt. Gov, Ferguson mayor: Where was the National Guard last night? - HotAir
◼ Dear insane Ferguson mob: What did the Panera bread store do to you? [photos] - Twitchy