January 12, 2014
Gun ownership is not only up across the board, but the people buying guns are changing, with the biggest growth areas being young, urban, and female shooters. That rather neatly slices apart the old anti-gun adage that gun ownership was only for old white men living in the country.
“While routinely burying new stories on the IRS scandal, the media practically fell over themselves to start taking shots at the potential 2016 Republican presidential nominee,”
~~ via Poor Richard’s News : What bias?
What’s somewhat befuddling about all of this is that Christie is a big-government progressive who is also (amazingly enough) the early front-runner for the Republican nomination in 2016. It seems to me that a Christie vs. Hillary race would be exactly the match-up that a statist media would want. It would be a total win-win for them: Big-government progressive vs. big-government progressive. But the media is so eager to destroy someone with an ‘R’ after their name that they can’t even muster the restraint they need to ensure it.
Since President Obama signed the Affordable Care Act into law, he has changed it five times. Most notably, he suspended the employer mandate last summer. This is widely known, but almost no one seems to have grasped its significance.
The Constitution authorizes the President to propose and veto legislation. It does not authorize him to change existing laws. The changes Mr. Obama ordered in Obamacare, therefore, are unconstitutional. This means that he does not accept some of the limitations that the Constitution places on his actions. We cannot know at this point what limitations, if any, he does accept.
Mr. Obama has not been shy about pointing out his path. He has repeatedly made clear that he intends to act on his own authority. “I have the power and I will use it in defense of the middle class,” he has said. “We’re going to do everything we can, wherever we can, with or without Congress.” There are a number of names for the system Mr. Obama envisions, but representative government is not one of them.
… it’s the idea that people succeed or fail because of their attitude toward life, rather than because of their privilege or lack of privilege that infuriates the left.
The left does not want to deal with the question of why some people succeed and others fail since its entire ideological infrastructure is built around the argument of unequal access. Individuals don’t fail, progressives from Obama to Bill de Blasio insist, social institutions fail them.
The left insists that people are interchangeable. They are not. It insists that their failures and successes belong to the guiding hand of the state. They do not.
Third World activists complain that Western aid destroys local capabilities and cripples domestic economies while promoting a culture of corruption and violence. The best evidence of that may be in the world’s biggest welfare state in the Palestinian Authority where the locals know how to do little except make demands and threaten to kill everyone if they don’t get what they want.
There are black parents who push their children to succeed every bit as hard as Amy Chua does. I have met some of them over the years. The problem is that there aren’t nearly as many of them as there were before the wheels of the Great Society began to turn and African-Americans were told that they should accept failure and even welcome it as proof of their persecution.
Al Qaeda was hardly present in Afghanistan. But it was heavily present in Iraq. And it didn’t go away just because Obama stopped paying attention to it.
Now Al Qaeda in Iraq is trying to take over two countries at once; Iraq and Syria. It’s a big goal, but it knows that in Syria, Obama will help them and that in Iraq, he won’t do anything to stop them.
The Iraq War is extremely unpopular and it was Obama and his fellow Democrats who helped make it that way. It was Obama who shamelessly campaigned on an early withdrawal promise that he had no intention of keeping, pretended that he had made an early withdrawal and eventually skipped out of Iraq rather than reach an agreement which would have alerted the public to his original lie.
Obama destabilized Iraq. Then he destabilized Syria. And both countries turned into playgrounds for Al Qaeda.
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Could it be that the career eco-extremists, con artists, and meteorological Machiavellians selling global warming doom and gloom are finally beginning to realize that their current approach isn’t working?
As scientific evidence continues to mount that global warming is a colossus-sized nothing burger for the ages, those bad people who want to use the weather and climate to attack capitalism and the American way of life, and those pathetic people who are in it only for the corporate and government money, aren’t giving up.
In recent years alarmists of both species have been trying to move the goalposts in what reasonable people can only pray is a doomed, eleventh-hour effort to remain relevant. Now many of these tireless, annoying do-gooders speak of climate change and its hazards instead of merely squawking about the more specific phenomenon global warming.
~~ via Doug Ross
Don’t let you eyes glaze over. It’s important that we fully grasp what’s happening here.
In short, if there are ten eligible workers in a room but 2 of them aren’t working, the unemployment rate is 2 ÷ 10, or 20%. If one of those 2 unemployed gets fed up with trying to find a job and finally gives up, that leaves 9 eligible workers with only 1 not working. This is 1 ÷ 9, or 11.1%. In this example, 8 people were working the entire time but the unemployment rate fell from 20% to 11.1%.
» Time Magazine Swings Both Ways
In 1974, Time Magazine blamed the cold polar vortex on global cooling.
Forty years later, Time Magazine blames the cold polar vortex on global warming
… the warnings for what industrialized man should do to fight global cooling are virtually identical to the warnings would-be “climate” “scientists” have given to fight global warming
Unlike Obamacare, there are no income eligibility requirements. Age and gender do not alter premium rates. The company plan is the same for all of Walmart’s 1.1 million enrolled employees and their dependents, from its cashiers to its CEO.
… the real difference between Obamacare and Walmart can be seen in the levels of day-to-day access to doctors and hospitals.
~~ via Protein Wisdom : Who is doing healthcare better than ObamaCare? The Left’s whipping boy, Walmart
Sue Whistleblower has conceded that she was getting perfectly good healthcare already. She nevertheless uses the Orwellian language that the law would force Staples to “provide better healthcare.” What the law really did was give Staples permission to provide no healthcare at all. After all, providing health care to the uninsured is what the exchanges are for.
In other words, Whistleblower got quality healthcare from her employer. When the law made it too expensive for her employer to provide healthcare for everyone, the employer looked in the law for a way out. The way out is for the employer to reduce employee hours and to dump the employee onto the mercies of the Obama exchanges.
~~ via BookWormRoom
January 12th, 2014 under Uncategorized.