Sunday, June 30, 2013

OBAMA PLANS TO KILL AMERICAN COAL JOBS

The cost of War – on Coal
Townhall – Bob Beauprez – 6/30/2013

Obama justifies both his unilateral action and cost of the War on Coal with the same explanation Progressives use for virtually every item on their agenda.  We simply must "combat this threat on behalf of our kids."  It's always for the children, isn't it?

As we said in a post yesterday, "Obama's new War is a war against ourselves.  Virtually all of the coal is domestically produced supporting American jobs, families and communities, and providing a huge portion of the affordable energy necessary to support citizens and businesses throughout the nation."

A team of Heritage Foundation Scholars analyzed and quantified the cost of Obama's War on Coal for just the first years from 2015-2030.  Led by David W. Kreutzer, Ph.D., Research Fellow for Energy Economics and Climate Change, the Heritage scholars confirmed our assertions from yesterday's blog post.  Obama's war "with no compelling scientific argument" to justify it, will most certainly have tangible, harmful consequences for every American citizen.
Here's a link to the entire Heritage report, and below is a key excerpt with the summary findings:

While it may not be clear exactly which policies will be used, it seems clear that zeroing-out coal-fired electric power plants is a goal of this Administration’s environmental team. This paper will analyze the economic impact of setting such a target. We look at the first 16 years of a 20-year phase-out of coal power: 2015–2030.

The analysis shows significant economic losses extend beyond the obvious areas of coal mining and power generation. In particular, we find that by 2030:

Employment falls by more than 500,000 jobs;

Manufacturing loses over 280,000 jobs;

A family of four’s annual income drops more than $1,000 per year, and its total income drops by $16,500 over the period of analysis;

Aggregate gross domestic product (GDP) decreases by $1.47 trillion;

Electricity prices rise by 20 percent;

Coal-mining jobs drop 43 percent; and

Natural gas prices rise 42 percent.

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Thursday, June 27, 2013

IMMIGRATION BILL MEANS HIRE IMMIGRANTS AND FIRE AMERICANS

Senate bill gives financial incentives to fire Americans and hire amnestied immigrants
Breitbart – Dr. Susan Berry – 6/24/2013

Under the Gang of 8’s backroom immigration deal with Senators Schumer, Corker and Hoeven, formerly illegal immigrants who are amnestied will be eligible to work, but will not be eligible for ObamaCare. Employers who would be required to pay as much as a $3,000 penalty for most employees who receive an ObamaCare healthcare “exchange” subsidy, would not have to pay the penalty if they hire amnestied immigrants.

Consequently, employers would have a significant incentive to hire or retain amnestied immigrants, rather than current citizens, including those who have recently achieved citizenship via the current naturalization process.

If the immigration bill becomes law, many employers could receive incentives of hundreds of thousands of dollars to hire amnestied immigrants over American citizens. In addition, these newly legalized immigrants could work “full-time,” an advantage for companies and businesses as well, while employers could lay off or diminish to “part-time” status, American workers.


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IMMIGRATION REFORM – PERMANENT DEPRESSION

The Victims of Immigration Reform
American Thinker – Steve McCann – 6/27/2013

There are fewer people employed today than there were seven years ago.   By May of 2006, George W. Bush had coped with a recession already begun upon his assuming office in January of 2001, the devastation of September 11, 2001, and in September of 2005, the overwhelming economic impact of Hurricane Katrina and other natural disasters.  Despite those factors the unemployment rate was 4.6%, thanks to policies polar opposite to those pursued by Obama.

In May of 2006 144.0 million Americans were employed; in May of 2013 there are143.9 million.  Yet in 2006, 228.4 million people were counted in the civilian noninstitutional population; in 2013, 245.4 -- or a growth in the working age population of 17 million with 100 thousand fewer jobs.   Never, over any seven year period since the Great Depression era, has this nation experienced such a dramatic and devastating economic track record.

Into this landscape the Congress and the President propose to dump up to 20 million illegal immigrants into the labor force, thus allowing them to compete for whatever jobs are available. 

Assuming there are 15 million illegal immigrants in the country and 80% (12 million) would be a net of working age and that 20% of that group are currently counted in the BLS statistics, therefore, 9.6 million more people would be added to the published working age population -- if the current legislation is signed into law.  The overall current working age population of 245.4 million would therefore increase to 255.0 potential job seekers available for 143.9 million jobs. (A SHORTFALL OF 111.1 MILLION).  Per the current method of calculating the unemployment rate the current published rate of 7.6% would immediately increase to 9.1%.

Another factor is average weekly earnings of those employed.   In May of 2006 the average weekly wage was $650.56 (inflation adjusted) versus $676.36 today, or an average real gain of less than 0.5% per year. 

This stagnation occurred for two reasons:
1) the composition of the job market and
2) the increased competition for jobs engendered by the growth in the working age population.

Since May of 2006, this nation has lost 4.4 million jobs in the high paying goods producing sector.  Meanwhile an additional 3.1 million jobs were created in the low paying sectors of the health care and leisure and hospitality industry.  


If the current immigration bill in the Senate is signed into law and Obama succeeds in enforcing his radical environmental game plan concurrent with the enforcement of ObamaCare, the transformation of this country into a banana republic will be complete and this nation will face years of political and societal upheaval and potential violence.  The importance of tabling any immigration bill in the House and evicting the Democratic leadership in the Senate in 2014 cannot be overstated.  The future of this nation depends on it.

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SUPREME COURT – FIFTH AMENDMENT STANDS

OWNERS DO HAVE PROPERTY RIGHTS

PLF statement on Koontz property rights victory at the Supreme Court
Pacific Legal Foundation – Paul J. Beard II – 6/25/2013

PLF PRINCIPAL ATTORNEY PAUL J. BEARD II, WHO ARGUED ON BEHALF OF MR. KOONTZ AT THE U.S. SUPREME COURT, ISSUED THIS STATEMENT TODAY, AFTER THE COURT’S RULING WAS ANNOUNCED:

“Today’s ruling says the Fifth Amendment protects landowners from government extortion, whether the extortion is for money or any other form of property,” said PLF Principal Attorney Paul J. Beard II.

“The ruling is a powerful victory for everybody’s constitutional property rights, from coast to coast,” Beard continued. “The Koontz family was challenging permit demands that were wildly excessive and had no connection to their land use proposal. Today, the court recognized that the Koontz family was the victim of an unconstitutional taking. The court’s message is clear: Government can’t turn the land use permitting process into an extortion machine.

“The ruling underscores that homeowners and other property owners who seek permits to make reasonable use of their property cannot be forced to surrender their rights,” Beard stated. “Regulators can’t hold permit applicants hostage with unjustified demands for land or other concessions — including, as in this case, unjustified demands for money.

“The court has recognized that money is a form of property, and the Constitution prohibits grabbing money from property owners the same way it prohibits grabbing land without compensation,” Beard said.

Supreme Court rulings bolsters private property rights
Los Angeles Times – Jim Puzzanghera – 6/26/2013

On Tuesday, the Supreme Court sent the case back to the lower court. Alito was joined in the decision by Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. and Justices Antonin ScaliaAnthony M. Kennedy and Clarence Thomas.

In a strongly worded dissent, Justice Elena Kagan warned that the decision "threatens to subject a vast array of land-use regulations, applied daily in states and localities throughout the country, to heightened constitutional scrutiny."
"I would not embark on so unwise an adventure," she said.
The Obama administration had urged the court not to expand property owner rights in the case. The attorneys general of California, New York, Illinois and 17 other states, along with the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico, also urged the court not to side with Koontz because expanding the so-called takings clause would lead to increased litigation over land-use decisions.

"The risk of such litigation will place those governments in the uncomfortable position of having to choose between denying otherwise beneficial projects and permitting development to proceed without mitigating its impacts," the states said.

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Wednesday, June 26, 2013

CONSTITUTIONAL ACTIVITY WILL RESTORE LIBERTY AND FREEDOM

This is a series of articles - first three right here - Colleges refuse to teach this, but America needs to hear this:

The only solution to Islamism, communism and evil is this
Freedom Outpost – Tom Wise – 5/11/2013

At this juncture of human experience on planet Earth, the endgame seems clear. The forces of liberty and opportunity have been attacked, and are severely damaged. Not only are individualism and capitalism tarnished by bad players, they are being dismantled. Your individual rights, brought forth by Constitution and prior breakthroughs, are being lost. Your ability to have economic freedom is everyday being progressively limited and eroded.

This disintegration of human liberty is coming from both internal and external evils.

Among external evils, Islamism is proving itself again, in this modern age, to be an enemy of God. There is no use trying to defend a movement, a religion even, which is ready for a new Crusade. There is no use trying to justify or rationalize the “convert or die” mentality. It didn’t work in the Dark Ages and it doesn’t work now. Secondarily, or perhaps primarily also, communism is making a comeback. Or perhaps it never really died. And not only is it in China, Korea, Russia, Eastern Europe, and Central America. It is in the American university, the high school, the elementary school. It is in the psychiatrist’s office, the union workplace, and the media. It is even in the Congress, the Supreme Court, and the White House. Rather than destroy it, we have permitted collectivism to take over, and now it is entrenched. And it is determined to minimize your individualism, and turn your capitalism into participation.

All of this makes it very likely that we shall soon be heading for a major showdown. It is sizing up to be of Gog and Magog proportions. The players will be Islamism, Communism, Individualism, Corrupt Capitalism, and Hedonism. The outcome will determine who shall rule the planet. If passion is any determinant, Islamism has a huge advantage, but Individualism drives many. If technology is the decisive factor, it is a tossup between Corrupt Capitalism and Communism. Hedonism, both crime and unbound desire, is a wild card, playing to and for both sides of the field.

Right Liberty vs Wrong Liberty
Freedom Outpost – Tom Wise – 6/12/2013

Liberty feels good until the moment you are in some way wronged. Then, you want protection from wrong, that is, you want Security.

Security is protection of your Life, Liberty, and Property from wrong. Security limits, even prohibits, the Liberty of those who would do such wrong. Security must therefore take sides, protecting one (Right) from another (Wrong). Security must protect Right Liberty from Wrong Liberty.

The Law of the Community originates from three elements, in various proportions.

The first element is Democracy, that is, Majority Rule, the Will of the People. Under a true Democracy, every Right Liberty and Wrong Liberty is decided by vote. Under a true Democracy, every citizen votes, the Majority wins, and the Minority must obey. Importantly, under a true Democracy, Law can be changed by a new vote of like kind.

The second element is Minority Rule. This might be a Monarchy, an Oligarchy, or a Military Dictatorship. Under Minority Rule, every Right Liberty and Wrong Liberty is decided by edict.

The third element is Theocracy. Theocracy distinguishes Right Liberty from Wrong Liberty through a preexisting Law of God. This Law of God is trusted for its intrinsic pedigree, longevity, and immutability. The political structure of Theocracy can be by Democracy or by Minority Rule.

Any Law of the Community is only as effective as it is uncorrupted. When Law of the Community is corrupted, Security does not protect Right Liberty. When Law of the Community is corrupted, Wrong Liberty is permitted, even encouraged.

The Constitution of the United States upholds this truth. The Constitution is a limitation of Oligarchy (Minority Rule) over the Majority. For the Constitution limits the power of the federal government over the people and the States. Furthermore, the Constitution permits the Majority to dissolve such Oligarchy if corrupted. The Constitution is thus actually a warning to the Majority, to be vigilant against treason!

Multiculturalism is therefore no utopia of coexistence. Multicultural coexistence is in fact impossible without superior force. This superior force is the Law which denies Majority Rule and Right Liberty.

America is at such a crossroads. Right Liberty of Majority Rule is no longer the norm. The Majority is overruled and caged by a corrupt Oligarchy. Multiculturalism is forced through Law of anti-discrimination. The Constitution is regularly violated, and the Law of God ignored.

d the truth is that we have reached a point in American history where we must act decisively. Right Liberty has been overthrown, and we are no longer a true Republic or Democracy. Rather, America is run by Hedonists, Communists, Sharia, Corruption, and Crime.


Restoration of the Republic to deal with the House of Representatives
Freedom Outpost – Tom Wise – 6/26/2013

In the first article of this series, we identified the five major evils which are corroding America. In the second article, through political theory of Law, Torah was upheld as the American solution. Now, in this third article, the first specific platforms to the restoration of the Republic are offered.
House of Representatives

We begin with Government.

The number of Representatives is limited only by the Constitution. “The Number of Representatives shall not exceed one for every thirty Thousand” (AI.S2.P3). According to the 2010 Census, the population of the United States is 308,745,538. Thus, the maximum number of U.S. Representatives permitted today is 10,291.

If we are permitted 10,291 Representatives, why then do we have only 435? Because Congress has frozen that number since 1913! In fact, Congress made this rule into law in 1929! But any Congress can simply repeal that law. For “legislative entrenchment” is prohibited. In other words, nothing is stopping us from having up to 10,291 Representatives.
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PRO-LIFERS - AMAZING DEVELOPMENT BEFORE BIRTH

Video “Voyage” depicts amazing development of Unborn Children
LifeNews – Dave Andrusko – 6/25/2013

4-minute video

Research:  Unborn babies recognize, process speech at 29 weeks
LifeNews – Steven Ertelt – 6/25/2013

If you take those preterm babies when they are adults, they seem to be processing language with different parts of the brain. Although their scores on standardized testing of language skills were the same as controls born at term, the preterm born adults were using pathways in their cerebellum to process language, but not the term born adults. Constable RT, Vohr BR, Scheinost D, Benjamin JR, Fulbright RK, Lacadie C, et al. A left cerebellar pathway mediates language in prematurely-born young adults. NeuroImage. 2013;64(0):371-8.

This seems to be new evidence of the plasticity of the brain, which develops differently if you are born very preterm, the average gestation of the subjects was 28 weeks.


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Tuesday, June 25, 2013

MARRIAGE - IT IS ONE MAN AND ONE WOMAN

The Marriage Decisions
Citizen Link – 6/25/2013

Prior to the announcement of the Supreme Court decision regarding California’s Proposition 8 (a state Constitutional amendment defining marriage as one man and one woman) Citizen Link recorded a 10-minute report regarding the potential re-definition of marriage.

It’s a good synopsis of the struggle currently underway in America. 
 
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DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE - IT HAD RE-WRITES

12 Little-known facts about the Declaration of Independence (Part 1)
Townhall – Chuck Norris – 6/25/2012

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GAY PRIDE IN PICTURES

Philadelphia ‘Gay Pride’ parade and festival attended by many children feature lewd acts, porn booth, sadomasochists
Americans for Truth About Homosexuality – Peter LaBarbera

Article and pictures

The following are some photos taken at Philadelphia’s homosexual (“Gay”) Pride Parade and “PrideDay” festival Sunday, June 10, 2012, by this reporter for Americans For Truth About Homosexuality (AFTAH). The Philly parade and the festival at Penn’s Landing that followed it were small compared to much larger homosexual “pride” parades and festivals in cities like Chicago and San Francisco — but both events were attended by many young children. I witnessed dozens of children from the very young to teenagers marching in the parade and there were also many observing it from the side streets.

Perhaps even some of AFTAH’s homosexual critics would admit that the scenes depicted below are not appropriate for children. Yet more than ever, in major cities across the country, children are a common sight at ”gay pride” parades and festivals – as “proud” homosexual parents bring their children to these . . . celebrations

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MINING TOWN HALL MEETING - OMA, WI

Mining Town Hall Meeting – Thursday, 6/27/2013 – 7:00 p.m.
Oma Town Hall (located between Mercer and Hurley

Carpool with Charlie Gullan - charles.gullan@frontier.com
(H) 715-479-5063 (C) 715-891-3178

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COMMON CORE - IT'S STILL IN THE WISCONSIN BUDGET

Please contact Governor Walker regarding a line-item veto for automatic DNA collection and continual funding of Common Core
Wisconsin Hot Line is 1-800-362-9472. 
Governor Walker - 1-608-266-1212  - govgeneral@wisconsin.gov

Common Core NATIONAL Conference call – Thursday – 6/27/2013 – 7:30 p.m. Central
(760) 569-7676, participant access code 303989 to join the conference call.

WI Tea Party AllianceCommon Core makes School Choice Meaningless – YouTube - 100 minutes – fascinating to listen to this - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SzLq4Xw1fhM&feature=youtu.be

Republicans get played again Data mining in Common Core leads to specific election results - Watch the 4-minute video that lays it out.
American Thinker – Ann Kane – 6/17/2013

IMMIGRATION - MORE VOTES THIS WEEK

Immigration / Amnesty – More votes this week in the U.S. Senate
The fate of S.744 will be determined by the end of the week, Please continue to call to keep the pressure on the Senate!
1) final vote on Schumer-Corker-Hoeven amnesty amendment (50 votes needed),
2) motion to limit debate on Leahy manager's amendment (60 votes),
3) final vote on Leahy manager's amendment (50 votes), and
4) motion to end debate on the bill (60 votes).
Baldwin (D-WI) 888-995-8349 / Johnson (R-WI) 888-995-8349
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OBAMACARE, PIZZA AND NO MORE PRIVACY

Three-minute video shows what ObamaCare, NSA and all the other government agencies, set up for our "protection" is really all about.

http://www.aclu.org/pizza/images/screen.swf

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Monday, June 24, 2013

FBI, DRIVER'S LICENSES AND NO MORE PRIVACY

Smile!  FBI Scanning driver’s license images
WND – Bob Unruh – 6/23/2013


WATCH THE VIDEO - BECAUSE YOU ARE BEING WATCHED!
The FBI has gained access to driver’s license photos for residents of

  • Nebraska
  • Illinois
  • South Carolina
  • Utah
  • North Carolina
  • Delaware
  • Texas
  • and other states to hunt for suspects in criminal investigations.
In memorandums obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request by the Electronic Privacy Information Center, the FBI is authorized to search state databases, which include images and personal information.

“A probe photo refers to the photo of the subject of an active FBI investigation that is submitted for search against a photo repository,” states the FBI’s agreement with Illinois, which is nearly identical to agreements with other states.
“The anticipated result of that search will be a photo gallery of potential matches. These potential matches (candidates) will be forwarded to the FBI, along with any associated information stored with the photo.”

The agreements between the state motor vehicle divisions and the FBI allow the FBI to use facial recognition systems to compare subjects of investigations to the millions of license and identification photos retained by states.

The organization asked for information on the strategies after last summer’s meeting of a Senate Subcommittee on Privacy, Technology and the Law in which facial recognition technology was discussed.

EPIC’s letter explained: “The increasing expansion of facial recognition technology carries with it a number of privacy and security concerns. Facial recognition data is personally identifiable information and improper collection, storage, and use of this information can result in identity theft or inaccurate identifications.

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CHRIS MATHEWS BLASTS PRESIDENT OBAMA

YouTube – 5 minutes
5/15/2013
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IMMIGRATION SCAM A BOOST FOR LA RAZA

Marco Rubio’s Immigration scam:  “You dumb gringos”
Tea Party Economist – Gary North – 6/20/2013

My old friend M. Stanton Evans has written a report on the immigration bill. What he discusses is not being covered by the media. I have decided to share this with my readers.
He recognizes what this really is: a $50 million slush fund for La Raza.

On first appraisal, the amnesty/immigration bill before the Senate looks pretty bad. On a more careful comb-through, clause by clause, it looks much worse – like a complete disaster. It also looks like a massive venture in deception.

One such is a “blue card” (temporary, eight-year) work visa, which might not be a problem in itself, but links to other features. Once here, these workers could qualify for “provisional” immigrant status, just like the illegals, and thus get on the citizenship pathway also. Further, if a future illegal gets apprehended, he can escape removal by requesting “blue card” status for up to two and a half years after the rule is final. Thus, presto-chango, future illegals would be made legal.
The bill is otherwise riddled with clauses that would help illegals avoid removal, get into the country to begin with, seek “provisional” status, apply for naturalization, ask stays of judgment, and game the system in general. One of the words appearing most often in the bill is “waiver,” closely followed by “appeals” “stays,” “reviews” and “exceptions” : A thicket of legalisms that could and undoubtedly would be used to thwart enforcement.

And who might be the people funded by this $50 million? They will be – surprise – non-profit “immigrant-serving” organizations “whose staff has demonstrated qualifications, experience and expertise in providing quality services to immigrants.” In short, the money is a slush fund for La Raza, the Mexican American Legal Defense Fund and similar outfits whose stock in trade is fighting against immigration laws, and gaming the immigration system (and who probably wrote the legislation to begin with).
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ZIP CODE AT RETAILERS MEANS MORE LOST PRIVACY

ZIP CODE AT RETAILERS MEANS MORE LOST PRIVACY

Zip Code
The Blaze – Becket Adams – 6/24/2013

if a clerk gets your name and zip code information, the store can take that information to a “data broker” and ask them to “match up the name with the zip code in order to get the person’s home address,” said UC-Berkeley Law School professor Chris Hoofnagle.
“And they can get other information, too,” Hoofnagle added. “They might be able to get and email address or a phone number as well.”
 
Obviously, retailers use this data to better direct their marketing campaigns. But the type of personal information some retailers collect, including how much a customer makes or whether that customer has filed for bankruptcy, has raised concerns.
And if that doesn’t make you uncomfortable, there’s always the possibility that store employees with access to customer data may decide to use that information for nefarious purposes:

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ABORTION IS MURDER AND PROMOTED BY PEOPLE WHO NEED EXCUSES

The moral and logical argument against abortion:  a step by step guide
Last Resistance – Frank Camp – 6/24/2013

1. There are people alive today who cannot survive without the attentive care of others; such as the elderly, the infirm, and the mentally challenged. As they cannot survive on their own, is it appropriate to kill them? Are they not human? Can we eliminate them without remorse?

2. Why does the ability to “survive” on its own determine the viability of an organism? Who set that benchmark?

3. What does the ability to feel pain determine? Does the inability to feel your arm getting clamped off by a surgical tool mean that you are not a viable human being? And if so, why?

There are no morally suitable answers to these questions, because they are not questions set within moral bounds. These are beliefs created by people who don’t want to feel pain themselves; people who need excuses that sound medically rational. They are not. They are specious. These benchmarks are created to make pro-abortion advocates feel better about what they are advocating; which is, without question, murder.

Now ask yourself this: Why do I believe what I believe? Do I believe in the truth, or do I instead seek self-comfort? Today, I ask you to take the side of the truth. Abortion is murder. That is the truth.

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Sunday, June 23, 2013

H. L. MENCKEN PHOPHECY - 6/26/1920

A Brilliant Prophecy From 93 Years Ago

H.L. Mencken (born 1880 - died  1956) was a journalist, satirist, critic, and Democrat. He wrote this editorial while working for the Baltimore   Evening Sun, which appeared in the July 26, 1920, edition:

"As democracy is perfected, the office of the President represents, more and more closely, the inner soul of the people. On some great and glorious day, the plain folks of the land will reach their heart's desire at last  and the White  House will be occupied by a downright fool and complete narcissistic moron."

---H.L.  Mencken, The Baltimore Evening Sun, July 26, 1920
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Saturday, June 22, 2013

COMMON CORE - BLOG


Christel Swasey - Blog on Common Core

http://whatiscommoncore.wordpress.com/author/christelswasey/


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PRESIDENT OBAMA - WHY IS AMERICA LOSING STATURE AROUND THE WORLD?

Russian Paper says “Weak eyed Obama” is leader of Sodom & Gomorrah following 8 summit
Freedom Outpost – Leon Puissegur – 6/21/2013

This is a long article, giving insight into American - Russian relations

In his article Mr. Lerma shows us just how Russia thinks of our nation. It is an insight that we as a nation should look at and realize just how far backwards we have gone since 2009! Mr. Lerma shows just what the people in Russia think of Obama just in the first paragraph alone. He shows the way many perceive Obama to be. The Russian people have such little regard for Obama and the United States that they call Obama out in the second paragraph as “The weak eyed Obama…”  

“Not so fast Mr. Hope and Change. Haven’t you heard? There’s a new Sheriff in town in the Middle East. President Putin reminded Barry that he’s in charge. He already reminded Netanyahu recently after Israel fired into Damascus in early May. Afterward, Bibi sang a different tune. Putin’s talent as a Judo expert is always useful in these situations. When Obama was continually arming Syrian rebels; declaring no fly zones and moving his Marines into Jordan Putin took quick action. Obama sang a different tune as well and even said, “and finally we compared notes on President Putin’s expertise in Judo and my declining skills in basketball.” The following video is in English and Russian:

Click the link above to view the video (11 minutes)


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IMMIGRATION – NO BORDER AGENTS FOR FOUR YEARS

ISessions:  Border security amendment would not hire agents until 2017
Breitbart – Kerry Picket – 6/21/2013

The Schumer-Corker-Hoeven amendment doesn’t change the bill’s amnesty first framework. Instead it goes even further and creates an automatic amnesty for future illegal aliens. Section 2302 says if you overstay your visa in the future you can still apply for a green card and become a citizen. It is permanent lawlessness. Joined with existing language that restricts future enforcement, it guarantees unending illegal immigration.

Contrary to their rhetoric there is no border surge. The Secretary [of Homeland Security] doesn’t even have to start hiring new border patrol agents until 2017, and the amendment only gives her until 2021 to increase the number by 20,000. According to the National Association of Former Border Patrol Agents, this hiring process could take up to 20 years. Much like the 2006 law requiring a 700-mile border fence, it’s never going to happen.

To raise money, the amendment increases fees on visas for legal immigrants, but keeps the same low fees and fines for those applying for amnesty – favoring illegal over legal immigrants. Under the 2007 comprehensive immigration bill, amnesty applicants had to pay up to $8,000 – vastly more than the fines in the current plan which total only $2,000 and are subject to numerous waivers. The Gang has repeatedly claimed their bill is completely paid for by fees. However, under the Schumer-Corker-Hoeven amendment, the American taxpayers are on the hook for $38 billion.

The amendment—created with the help of both Sens. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and Bob Menendez (D-NJ), among other 'Gang of Eight' members—is expected to come to a vote Monday. Current supporters of the measure believe it will draw more Senators over to their side. However, Sessions' statement declares that lawmakers have only a few days to analyze the measure and its effectiveness.


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IMMIGRATION BILL IS REALLY CORPORATE CRONYISM

Top Democrat:  ‘Border surge’ amendments boosts corporate cronyism
Breitbart – Wynton Hall – 6/22/2013

During a Friday floor speech, Senate Judiciary Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-VT) said the Corker-Hoeven border security amendment would be a boon to the corporate interests who are quietly backing the immigration reform bill.
Leahy, who says he will begrudgingly support the Corker-Hoeven immigration amendment offered by the so-called “Gang of Two”—Sens. Bob Corker (R-TN) and John Hoeven (R-ND)—says it “reads like a Christmas wish list for Halliburton.”

Leahy said the Corker-Hoeven amendment, touted as a "surge" to border security, amounts to a crony capitalist giveaway to the many big money interests quietly backing immigration reform.

“I am sure there are federal contracting firms high-fiving at the prospect of all of the spending demanded by Senate Republicans in this amendment,” said Leahy during his floor speech on Friday.

He added: “The litany of expensive services, technology, and hardware mandated by this package is combined with an inexplicable waiver of many normal contracting rules. This is a potential recipe for waste, fraud and abuse.”

READER COMMENT:   In other words, the legislation is acknowledged to be corrupt, but just not quite corrupt enough to oppose. So, minimally corrupt is now the best we can hope for from our 'trusted leaders.' Disgusting!

READER COMMENT:  Back in 2007 Rep. Tom Tancredo had passed a bill for a 700 mile double-layer fence. Bush signed off on $1.2 Billion to build (imagine that!) the fence. Michael Chertoff (heading DHS at the time) took the $1.2 Billion stating that the money was in the jursidiction of DHS. Between Chertoff and Harry Reid the money was disbursed for a phony "virtual fence," which has long since been abandoned.
Now they want to fool us twice!


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LERNER RULE PROPOSED

GOP Lawmaker proposes Lerner rule
The Hill – Pete Kasperowica – 6/21/2013

"This is a statement which should not be made by federally appointed officials before a congressional hearing if they are faithfully carrying out the duties of their office," Brooks told The Hill on Friday of Lerner's decision to plead the Fifth.

"That is why I am introducing H.R. 2458, which would terminate the employment of any federal employee who refuses to answer questions before a congressional hearing or lies before a congressional hearing," he said. "This legislation is constitutional and necessary to enable Congress to provide proper oversight for the American people."


Brooks's bill says simply, "Any federal employee who refuses to answer questions in a congressional hearing after being granted immunity shall be terminated from employment."

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SUPREME COURT - WILL THE CONSTITUTION RESTRAIN NINE JUSTICES

Supreme Court’s Authority Faces Stunning Challenge
WND – Bob Unruh – 6/202013

This is a long article about the Constitutional implications of Supreme Court Rulings. 

“As Christians united together in defense of marriage, we pray that this will not happen. But, make no mistake about our resolve. While there are many things we can endure, redefining marriage is so fundamental to the natural order and the true common good that this is the line we must draw and one we cannot and will not cross,” they say.

The group includes Catholic, Orthodox and Protestant clergy and leaders.
The statement was drafted by Deacon Keith Fournier, editor of Catholic Online, and chairman of Common Good Alliance, as well as Mat Staver, chairman of Liberty Counsel Action.

It was approved by pastors and other leaders who collectively represent tens of millions of Christians.

“Marriage and family have been inscribed by the Divine Architect into the order of creation. Marriage is ontologically between one man and one woman, ordered toward the union of the spouses, open to children and formative of family. Family is the first vital cell of society; the first church, first school, first hospital, first economy, first government and first mediating institution of our social order. The future of a free and healthy society passes through marriage and the family,” it states.

The statement says that the since marriage “predates government,” it cannot be redefined by civil institutions, “including the United States Supreme Court.”

“Redefining the very institution of marriage is improper and outside the authority of the state,” it says. “The Supreme Court has no authority to redefine marriage.”

Cited is a 1992 Supreme Court opinion regarding abortion, Planned Parenthood v. Casey, in which Justice Sandra O’Connor candidly admitted as much.

NOTING THAT WHILE THE LEGISLATIVE BRANCH HAS AUTHORITY OVER SPENDING, AND THE EXECUTIVE BRANCH CONTROLS THE MILITARY, THE SUPREME COURT’S SOURCE OF AUTHORITY RESTS ONLY ON THE LEGITIMACY OF ITS DECISIONS IN THE EYES OF THE PEOPLE.

“If the Supreme Court were to issue a decision that redefined marriage or provided a precedent on which to build an argument to redefine marriage, the Supreme Court will thereby undermine its legitimacy,” the opinion said. “The court will significantly decrease its credibility and impair the role it has assumed for itself as a moral authority. It will be acting beyond its proper constitutional role and contrary to the natural moral law which transcends religions, culture, and time.”

STAVER ALSO HAS WARNED THAT THE “NULLIFICATION” OF DOMA INSTITUTED BY OBAMA IS ITSELF A MAJOR THREAT.

BY STRIKING DOMA, HE SAID, “IT WOULD SET THE PRECEDENT THAT THE PRESIDENT CAN PICK AND CHOOSE WHICH LAWS HE WANTS TO ENFORCE AND WHICH ONES HE DOES NOT.”

THAT, HE SAID, WOULD MAKE A PRESIDENT AN “AUTOCRATIC DICTATOR” BY DEFAULT, AS HE NO LONGER WOULD BE BOUND BY HIS OATH OF OFFICE TO ENFORCE ALL LAWS.

THE POSSIBILITIES?

IF A PRESIDENT DIDN’T LIKE THE TAX CODE, HE SIMPLY COULD ORDER FEDERAL AGENTS NOT TO ENFORCE IT.


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IRS INCOMPETENCY IS AN OUTRAGE

IRS sent $46 million in tax refunds to 23,994 ‘unauthorized’ aliens – all at the same address in Atlanta
The blaze – Jason Howerton - 6/21/2013

The IRS sent 11,284 refunds worth a combined $2,164,976 to unauthorized alien workers at a second Atlanta address; 3,608 worth $2,691,448 to a third; and 2,386 worth $1,232,943 to a fourth.
Other locations on the IG’s Top Ten list for singular addresses that were theoretically used simultaneously by thousands of unauthorized alien workers, included an address in

Oxnard, Calif, where the IRS sent 2,507 refunds worth $10,395,874;

an address in Raleigh, North Carolina, where the IRS sent 2,408 refunds worth $7,284,212;

an address in Phoenix, Ariz., where the IRS sent 2,047 refunds worth $5,558,608;

an address in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., where the IRS sent 1,972 refunds worth $2,256,302;

an address in San Jose, Calif., where the IRS sent 1,942 refunds worth $5,091,027;

and an address in Arvin, Calif., where the IRS sent 1,846 refunds worth $3,298,877.

Washington has apparently been aware of the problem for the better part of a decade.

“The IRS has long known it was giving these numbers to illegal aliens, and thus facilitating their ability to work illegally in the United States. For example, the Treasury Inspector General’s Semiannual Report to Congress published on Oct. 29, 1999—nearly fourteen years ago—specifically drew attention to this problem,” CNSNews.com explains.

Here’s what that nearly 14-year-old report warned: “The IRS issues Individual Taxpayer Identification Numbers (ITINs) to undocumented aliens to improve nonresident alien compliance with tax laws. This IRS practice seems counter-productive to the Immigration and Naturalization Service’s (INS) mission to identify undocumented aliens and prevent unlawful alien entry.”
Yet, according to the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration, the IRS assigned 15,028 unauthorized aliens ITINs at the same address in Dallas, Texas, and 10,356 ITINs at the same address in Atlantic City, N.J.

Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration
7/16/2012 - 51-page PDF

Substantial changes are needed to the individual taxpayer identification number program to detect fraudulent applications


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ABORTION – ONLY LEGAL BECAUSE OF LAWS – BUT IS IT RIGHT FOR BABIES TO DIE?

 Bizarre rash of cases of babies thrown in trash and/or flushed down the toilet.  Why?
LifeSiteNews.com – John Jalsevac – 6/21/2013

Click the link to a listing of about 30 MIND-NUMBING instances of “legalized” killing

Pro-life activists tend to believe that if they convince someone that the unborn child is human and alive, then they will be against abortion. But Nicastro had no doubt that that what happend during her abortion was that the abortionist killed her living son. Not a fetus, but her son. And she is "grateful" for that, and thinks it was a beautiful thing, the right thing to do. 

Meanwhile, right now, as I write, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is desperately attempting to convince the state Senate to pass his radical "Women's Equality Bill" that would massively expand late-term abortions in New York State. And then, of course, President Obama has threatened to veto a bill recently passed in the House that would ban abortions past 20 weeks based upon the fact that the unborn child can likely feel the excruciating pain of the abortion, which, at that stage of development, often involves dismemberment, sometimes while the baby is still alive.

So why are there so many stories emerging of moms or others dumping their babies into toilets or trash cans? Could it possibly be the fact that our politicians, our doctors, and our laws, all agree that killing babies and treating them like trash is acceptable, and a critical part of a "free" society? And if so, should we really be surprised when people behave as if that's actually true? 


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Friday, June 21, 2013

OBAMACARE IPAB - IS IT UNCONSTITUTIONAL ?

OBAMACARE - The Constitution calls for Checks and Balances.  Are there checks and balances with IPAB?

This is a long article - click to read the entire post.

An ObamaCare Board answerable to No One
Wall Street Journal – David B. Rivkin Jr. and Elizabeth P. Foley – 6/19/2013

The law's most disturbing feature may be the Independent Payment Advisory Board. The IPAB, sometimes called a "death panel," threatens both the Medicare program and the Constitution's separation of powers. At a time when many Americans have been unsettled by abuses at the Internal Revenue Service and Justice Department, the introduction of a powerful and largely unaccountable board into health care merits special scrutiny.

The ObamaCare law also stipulates that there "shall be no administrative or judicial review" of the board's decisions. Its members will be nearly untouchable, too. They will be presidentially nominated and Senate-confirmed, but after that they can only be fired for "neglect of duty or malfeasance in office."

Once the board acts, its decisions can be overruled only by Congress, and only through unprecedented and constitutionally dubious legislative procedures—featuring restricted debate, short deadlines for actions by congressional committees and other steps of the process, and supermajoritarian voting requirements. The law allows Congress to kill the otherwise inextirpable board only by a three-fifths supermajority, and only by a vote that takes place in 2017 between Jan. 1 and Aug. 15. If the board fails to implement cuts, all of its powers are to be exercised by HHS Secretary Sebelius or her successor.

The IPAB's godlike powers are not accidental.

This wholesale transfer of power is at odds with the Constitution's separation-of-powers architecture that protects individual liberty by preventing an undue aggregation of government power in a single entity. Instead, power is diffused both vertically—with the federal government exercising limited and enumerated powers and the states exercising all remaining authority—and horizontally, with the powers of the federal government divided among the executive, legislative and judicial branches.


In the 225 years of constitutional history, there has been no government entity that violated the separation-of-powers principle like the Independent Payment Advisory Board does. 

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