The philanthropist, the politician, and the pimp are inevitably found in alliance because they have the same motives, they seek the same ends, to exist for, through, and by others. And the good people cannot be exonerated for supporting them. Neither can it be believed that the good people are wholly unaware of what actually happens. But when the good people do know, as they certainly do, that three million persons (at the least estimate) were starved to death in one year by the methods they approve, why do they still fraternize with the murderers and support the measures? Because they have been told that the lingering death of the three millions might ultimately benefit a greater number. The argument applies equally well to cannibalism.You'll want to read this one.
Wednesday, October 01, 2014
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The Washington Times reports:
Voters overwhelmingly reject extending legal protections to the new illegal immigrant children who surged across the U.S.-Mexico border this year, according to a new Rasmussen Reports poll released Wednesday.The limits on free stuff.
Less than a third of voters say they want illegal immigrant children to be housed in their home states, and 53 percent said the children shouldn’t be allowed to attend taxpayer-supported public schools.
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Crain's Chicago Business reports:
If you think the property tax bill on your house has been become increasingly painful, it has, a revealing new study shows. But it's even worse for those who own commercial property, especially in Chicago.Progressives call taxes "progress".
The new study comes from the Civic Federation, a fiscal watchdog group that takes an annual look at effective property tax rates in Chicago and nearby suburbs. (I'll explain in a minute what the federation means by "effective tax rate.")
With property values only now beginning to tick up after the great subprime recession and governments asking for more tax revenue every year, the result is pain, big pain, with an average Chicago homeowner paying 50 percent more than five years ago as the federation counts.
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Does Lena Dunham hate Black People? Is Dunham's Working With Planned Parenthood A Gesture to Go "Margaret Sanger" On Blacks?
Lena Dunham teams up with Planned Parenthood to get the vote out for Democrats. Does Lena Dunham hate black people?
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Flashback 2007 to The Washington Post:
When Sen. Byron L. Dorgan (D-N.D.) rose to the Senate floor last summer and passionately argued for keeping the federal estate tax, he left one person with an interest in retaining the tax unmentioned.At least prostitutes are cleaner and much more honest. No word yet on this story from Loretta Durbin.
The multibillion-dollar life-insurance industry, which was fighting to preserve the tax because life insurers have a lucrative business selling policies and annuities to Americans for estate planning, has employed Dorgan's wife as a lobbyist since 1999.
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Video Flashback: Dick Durbin's “Guarantee” that You Can Keep Your Existing Health Insurance- The Big Lie Caught On Tape
The Chicago Daily Observer on master con man and noted "fibber" Senator Dick Durbin. Comrade Durbin stays in the public sector ,because lying like he did in the video down below, could put you in jail if you worked in corporate America.WATCH THE SHORT VIDEO CLIP DOWN BELOW
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The Obama administration yesterday announced that it is spending $9 million to provide lawyers for some of the young illegal immigrants who flooded across the border earlier this year, but voters strongly believe these illegal immigrants do not have the same legal rights U.S. citizens do.Heh.
The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 68% of Likely U.S. Voters say the new illegal immigrants should not have the same legal rights and protections that U.S. citizens have. Just 19% disagree. Thirteen percent (13%) are not sure.
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Judicial Watch reports:
Nearly half of federal agency rulings dismissing employee discrimination claims have been overturned under President Obama, costing American taxpayers tens of billions of dollars in settlements to keep with the administration’s mission of operating a politically correct government.Can the U.S. Constitution survive with a fascist agency like this roaming around the street of America?
In one year alone this translated into an astounding $51.4 billion that federal agencies paid to settle discrimination claims that often had no merit, according to the government’s figures. The information comes from a report issued by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the bloated federal agency that enforces the nation’s workplace discrimination laws. Judicial Watch has reported in the past how out of control the EEOC has been under Obama and the agency’s own findings confirm it.
In nearly 45% of discrimination claims thrown out by agencies across the U.S. government the EEOC stepped in and revived the cases. The number has increased steadily since Obama became president, according to the EEOC’s figures. For instance, in 2008 the agency reversed 30.3% of government discrimination dismissals, in 2009 35.5% were overturned, 37% in 2010, 35% in 2011 and a whopping 45% in 2012, the latest available figures. The Department of Justice (DOJ) experienced the largest number (nearly 49%) of reversals in the last fiscal year, followed by Veterans Affairs at almost 48%.
This means American taxpayers are coughing up a chunk of change to settle alleged discrimination that the government had already determined to be bogus. This is par for the course at the EEOC, which not long ago turned heads for suing a private American business for discriminating against employees who couldn’t speak English on the job. JW reported the appalling story back in July. A Green Bay Wisconsin metal and plastic manufacturer got sued for dismissing a group of Hispanic and Asian employees over their English skills. Forcing workers to speak English in the U.S. violates Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, says the Obama administration.
Posted by Steve Bartin at 10:07 AM
The New York Times reports:
The New York Times plans to eliminate about 100 newsroom jobs, as well as a smaller number of positions from its editorial and business operations, offering buyouts and resorting to layoffs if enough people do not leave voluntarily, the newspaper announced on Wednesday.Difficult times at The New York Times.
Arthur Sulzberger Jr., the newspaper’s publisher, and Mark Thompson, its chief executive, said that in addition to the job cuts, NYT Opinion, a new mobile app dedicated to opinion content, was shutting down because it was not attracting enough subscribers.
The reductions, they said, were intended to safeguard the newspaper’s long-term profitability.
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Stop The Rape Culture: Cutting Spending to Higher Education Prevents Sexual Predators From Making It to Campus
Carpe Diem has some commentary on the "alleged" rape problem on campus:
Accurate statistics are of limited use because rape and sexual assault have been declining for decades. So the Obama administration and its allied activist groups trot out the claim that there is a rape epidemic victimizing 1 in 5 women on college campuses. This conveniently horrifying number is a classic example of being too terrible to check. If it were true, it would mean that rape would be more prevalent on elite campuses than in many of the most impoverished and crime-ridden communities.Should Congress cut spending to higher education to stop this rape culture??? Less spending from the Department of Education means less predators on campus. Because keeping rapists off campus starts with limiting the ability of rapists to pay tuition. Only the Department of Education knows how many rapists on campus are there via Pell grants and Stafford loans (the inner core of the enabling of the rape culture). If getting rid of the Department of Education ,and student loans, could stop one rapist on campus wouldn't it be worth it to stop the horror of the current rape culture on campus? Did this alleged rapist go to college via Pell grants or other student loans subsidized by the federal government?
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FCC Mulls Banning Redskins Name: A petition claims the use of the team name on TV violates indecency regulations.
The National Journal on the national socialist urge to change names. Will the FCC one day force you to change the name of your business?
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The Hill reports:
One year after ObamaCare’s launch, the healthcare law’s fate largely rests in the hands of the states.Just a reminder.
Governors and legislatures will have great power to decide the biggest unsettled issues with the law, including how to control costs, ensure quality care and reach the roughly 40 million people who remain uninsured.
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Furious parents: Demanding NYC schools that work-50% of Top Performing Public Schools For Minorities are Charter Schools
The New York Post reports:
In educational conversation, when you mention the words “charter schools,” people tend to either love them or hate them. Unfortunately, either way, the handwriting is on the smart board.The education cartel isn't concerned about good schools, just being a greedy rent-seeking monster.
A recent survey found only 46 of 925 high-poverty New York City public schools, where most students are minorities, had even a meager 50 percent passing rate.
That in itself is a big story, but the bigger story here is that of the 46 schools, 23 were charters.
Of course, the United Federation of Teachers and UFT-funded parent groups are screaming foul. They say that charters can be selective in their student population by returning nonperforming students back into the regular school system.
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The Washington Examiner reports:
The struggles of fascism.
The Department of Health and Human Services cannot legally bail out the insurance industry for excessive losses through President Obama's health care law unless the U.S. Congress approves language allowing the administration to do so, according to a legal opinion released on Tuesday by the Government Accountability Office.
The ruling could end up provoking a showdown between the White House and Congressional Republicans over Obamacare that has the potential to affect health insurance premiums.
At issue is the "risk corridors" program, which aims to stabilize the insurance market on the new health insurance exchanges during the early years of Obamacare. Because the law requires insurers to offer coverage to those with pre-existing conditions and limits how much insurers can charge older and sicker patients, insurers who join the exchanges risk getting stuck with a disproportionate number of older and sicker beneficiaries, translating into losses that could discourage companies from participating.
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Tuesday, September 30, 2014
Wal-Mart Stores Inc.’s latest struggles to revive U.S. sales, following a disappointing Commerce Department report earlier this week, add to evidence that the economy isn’t recovering as quickly as expected.The great moments of the Obama recovery.
The company posted stagnant same-store sales today in its second-quarter earnings report, marking the sixth straight period of no growth.
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Another federal judge has ruled that subsidies provided to Obamacare recipients are illegal in states that don’t have their own health-care exchanges.It appears this issue will be going up to the U.S. Supreme Court.
U.S. District Court Judge Ronald White in Muskogee, Okla., ruled in favor of the state of Oklahoma, which contended that the Affordable Care Act was written to provide subsidies only to those who bought insurance in the 14 states and District of Columbia that have their own exchanges.
Posted by Steve Bartin at 2:43 PM
In These Times reports:
Lena Dunham is the creator of GIRLS, and her character on the show, Hannah, considers herself the voice of a generation—a generation which, its spokesperson surely already knows, is underemployed, overeducated, crushed with debt, and generally in need of some work. Work that pays, in particular.We know "compassionate" Democrat party members like Lena Dunham really want to pay people nothing. After after, on Lena Dunham's end of the curve : zero is a number a lot of people associate with her.
So it was a bit strange that a recent New York Times piece revealed that Dunham was about to hire several performers to work for her, and she wasn't going to pay them. The article mentioned in passing that for Dunham's upcoming tour for her new book, Not That Kind of Girl (for which she was paid an advance of $3.7 million), she opened up auditions for the tour. Dunham received over 600 submissions, from a wide cast of characters that included a "sand artist, a ukulele player, a cappella singers, gymnasts, performance artists and stand-up comics, even some exceptionally charismatic babies."
The Times described the event as "more like a roving Burning Man festival than a sober, meet-the-author literary event." Which is a pretty apt description, since no money exchanges hands at Burning Man, and Lena Dunham was not planning on exchanging any money with her performers.
Gawker's Hamilton Nolan zeroed in on four words in the piece: "performing free of charge." As in, the performers opening up for Dunham would not be paid.
Why did someone who just got paid $3.7 million for a book think it was okay not to pay people performing for working during a tour dedicated to selling that book? After the negative attention reached a fever pitch, late this afternoon, Dunham wisely reversed her decision and agreed to pay the openers.
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Bloomberg on a living wage that's so important that it doesn't apply to everyone!
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The National Review reports:
if your assumption here is that this is about redistribution, then you should want the billionaires’ incomes to go up, not down: The more money they make, the more taxes they pay, and the more money you have to give to the people you want to give money to, e.g., overpaid, lazy, porn-addicted bureaucrats. Maybe you think that the tax rates on the rich are too low, especially given that the very rich tend to have income taxed at the capital-gains rate rather than at the much higher income-tax rate. Strange that when Democrats had uncontested power in Washington — White House, House, and Senate — they did not even make a halfway serious effort to change that. It’s almost as if Chuck Schumer has a bunch of Wall Street guys among his constituents. The tepidness of our national economic-policy leadership suggests very strongly that we are living in a Gelded Age, not a gilded one.Paul Krugman doesn't like the Gilded Age because there was no federal income tax. Without a federal income tax: you can't yell how unequal things are because you don't know.
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CNS News reports:
Men who have sex with men comprise about 2% of the U.S. population but they are the risk group most affected by HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in their latest Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR).So, the New York Times newsroom doesn't look like America.
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Illinois Review has a story on secrets.
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The Washington Examiner reports:
Taxes have consequences.
The Northeast, once the nation’s political engine that produced presidents, House speakers and Senate giants including the late Edward M. Kennedy, is losing clout in Washington as citizens flee the high-tax region, according to experts worried about the trend.
The Census Bureau reports that population growth has shifted to the South and the result is that the 11 states that make up the Northeast are being bled dry of representation in Washington.
Critics blame rising taxes in states such as Massachusetts and Connecticut for limiting population growth in the Northeast to just 15 percent from 1983 to 2013, while the rest of the nation grew more than 41 percent.
The biggest impact comes in the loss of congressional representation.
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Buzzfeed from June of 2013:
Two Cato Institute scholars came to the defense of the NSA’s domestic surveillance program Wednesday in a Chicago Tribune op-ed, drawing outrage from libertarians baffled that such work would be promoted by their ideology’s premiere think tank.Imagine that.
In the op-ed, titled, “NSA surveillance in perspective,” Roger Pilon and Richard Epstein, both of whom are associated with Cato, argue that the security provided by the NSA program outweighs any violation of privacy it might cause, which they say is “trivial.”
“The critics miss the forest for the trees,” they write. “Yes, government officials might conceivably misuse some of the trillions of bits of metadata they examine using sophisticated algorithms. But one abuse is no pattern of abuses. And even one abuse is not likely to happen given the safeguards in place.”
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When we consider all US CEOs and all US workers, the ‘CEO-to-worker pay ratio’ falls from 331:1 to below 4:1
Carpe Diem reports:
Do a Google search of the phrase “CEO to worker pay” and you’ll find 150,000 links to reports and articles that almost exclusively compare the salaries of a very small, statistically insignificant group of S&P500 or Fortune 500 CEOs to average worker pay. I’m suggesting that those comparisons are statistically invalid and meaningless. A comprehensive and statistically valid comparison of the average pay of all US CEOs to the average pay of all US workers reveals a much different story than the frequently reported narrative of a 300:1 (or higher) and rising CEO-to-worker pay ratio in the US. The reality is that the annual salary of the average US CEO pay is less than four times the annual pay of the average worker, and that ratio has been remarkably stable for more than a decade.How many Columbia journalism students grasp this one?
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The ACLU reports:
Today, we're releasing several key documents about Executive Order 12333 that we obtained from the government in response to a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit that the ACLU filed (along with the Media Freedom and Information Access Clinic at Yale Law School) just before the first revelations of Edward Snowden. The documents are from the National Security Agency, the Defense Intelligence Agency, and others agencies. They confirm that the order, although not the focus of the public debate, actually governs most of the NSA's spying.You'll want to read the entire article.
In some ways, this is not surprising. After all, it has been reported that some of the NSA's biggest spying programs rely on the executive order, such as the NSA's interception of internet traffic between Google's and Yahoo!'s data centers abroad, the collection of millions of email and instant-message address books, the recording of the contents of every phone call made in at least two countries, and the mass cellphone location-tracking program. In other ways, however, it is surprising. Congress's reform efforts have not addressed the executive order, and the bulk of the government's disclosures in response to the Snowden revelations have conspicuously ignored the NSA's extensive mandate under EO 12333.
The order, issued by President Ronald Reagan in 1981, imposes the sole constraints on U.S. surveillance on foreign soil that targets foreigners. There's been some speculation, too, that the government relies directly on the order — as opposed to its statutory authority — to conduct surveillance inside the United States.
There's a key difference between EO 12333 and the two main legal authorities that have been the focus of the public debate — Section 215 of the Patriot Act and the FISA Amendments Act, which the government relies on to justify the bulk collection of Americans' phone records and the PRISM program. Because the executive branch issued and now implements the executive order all on its own, the programs operating under the order are subject to essentially no oversight from Congress or the courts. That's why uncovering the government's secret interpretations of the order is so important. We've already seen that the NSA has taken a "collect it all" mentality even with the authorities that are overseen by Congress and the courts. If that history is any lesson, we should expect — and, indeed, we have seen glimpses of — even more out-of-control spying under EO 12333.
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The Chicago Sun-Times reports:
Four weeks ago, Mayor Rahm Emanuel signed an executive order requiring city contractors and subcontractors to increase the “living wage” paid to their employees by nearly 9 percent — from $11.93 to $13 an hour.Just a reminder: minimum wages increases haven't worked in Chicago. There are less people working in Chicago than 15 years ago when the minimum wage was lower. The demand for labor is a downward sloping curve even for people who believe they can run the "commanding heights" of the economy by setting wages. No word yet on what other parts of the workplace Strongman Rahm Emanuel wants to run.
Now, Emanuel is pressuring all local government agencies under his control — CTA, CHA, Chicago Public Schools, Chicago Park District, City Colleges and Public Building Commission — to follow his lead.
That would mean a pay raise for roughly 2,400 contract employees working as custodians, landscapers and bus drivers.
“The mayor is using every tool in the tool box to help move the city toward $13 an hour. The more we can do to boost the wages of working people in Chicago, the better off all of us are,” said Ald. Will Burns (4th), who co-chaired the mayor’s minimum wage task force.
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