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Saturday, April 26, 2014

Joshua Performs Live With The Bad Plus

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The Deserving Many

Joshua Redman - Tenor Sax
Brad Mehldau - Piano
Christian McBride - Bass
Brian Blade - Drums



Our Anonymous commenting friend says, "By my count, there are three Jungle Bunnies in this video. Please post only Molly Hatchet videos from now on. I hate this jungle music."

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A Hostile Interview With a Woman From Sharia Watch UK

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“Christy” on human right abuses against Palestinians in the West Bank

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Taxpayers Shell Out Over $53K Per Newly Insured Person Under Obamacare?


From the Daily Caller:
Taxpayers will pay over $53,000 per each person newly insured under Obamacare, according to a Daily Caller News Foundation analysis of the Congressional Budget Office data. 
Last week’s highly debated CBO report found that Obamacare will cost slightly less than expected over the next decade. The budget office shifted its assessment of the health care law due to unexpectedly low premiums, which it attributed not to lowered costs but on “less attractive” health insurance offerings than it assumed would be available. 
The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, a liberal fiscal policy group, released its own analysis of the CBO findings Tuesday, concluding that the CBO had also cut the estimated cost of the Medicaid expansion on state budgets. 
The CBO predicts that on average, federal taxpayers will now pay over 95% of the total cost of the Medicaid expansion. Fewer than expected Americans who were already eligible for traditional state Medicaid programs signed up for coverage while programs received free publicity due to the furor over the Medicaid expansion, leading to a lowered estimates of the Medicaid costs states will incur.
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Friday, April 25, 2014

John Abercrombie, Dave Holland, Jack DeJohnette
The Homecoming

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Princeton and Northwestern : US is NOW an Oligarchy (POLITICAL CLASS)

America is no longer a democracy — never mind the democratic republic envisioned by Founding Fathers.
Rather, it has taken a turn down elitist lane and become

a country led by a small dominant class comprised of powerful members who exert total control over the general population

— an oligarchy, said a new study jointly conducted by Princeton and Northwestern universities.
One finding in the study: The U.S. government now represents the rich and powerful, not the average citizen, United Press International reported.
In the study“Testing Theories of American Politics: Elites, Interest Groups and Average Citizens,” researchers compared 1,800 different U.S. policies that were put in place by politicians between 1981 and 2002 to the type of policies preferred by the average and wealthy American, or special interest groups.
Researchers then concluded that U.S. policies are formed more by special interest groups than by politicians properly representing the will of the general people, including the lower-income class.

The central point that emerges from our research is that economic elites and organized groups representing business interests have substantial independent impacts on U.S. government policy, while mass-based interest groups and average citizens have little or no independent influence,”

the study found.
The study also found: “When a majority of citizens disagrees with economic elites and/or with organized interests, they generally lose.”


Read more: http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2014/apr/21/americas-oligarchy-not-democracy-or-republic-unive/#ixzz2ztorXlSq
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This should not be news….
2010:

67% of Political Class Say U.S. Heading in Right Direction, 84% of Mainstream Disagrees

Tuesday, August 03, 2010
Recent polling has shown huge gaps between the Political Class and Mainstream Americans on issues ranging from immigration to health care to the virtues of free markets
The gap is just as big when it comes to the traditional right direction/wrong track polling question.
A Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey shows that 67% of Political Class voters believe the United States is generally heading in the right direction. However, things look a lot different to Mainstream Americans. Among these voters, 84% say the country has gotten off on the wrong track.
Twenty-four percent (24%) of Mainstream voters consider fiscal policy issues such as taxes and government spending to be the most important issue facing the nation today. Just two percent (2%) of Political Class voters agree.
With a gap that wide, it’s not surprising that 68% of voters believe the Political Class doesn’t care what most Americans think.  Fifty-nine percent (59%) are embarrassed by the behavior of the Political Class
Most voters believe that cutting government spending and reducing deficits is good for the economy. The only group that disagrees is America’s Political Class. In addition to the policy implications, this highlights an interesting dilemma when it comes to interpreting polling data based upon questions that make sense only to the Political Class. After all, if someone believes spending cuts are good for the economy, how can they answer a question giving them a choice between spending cuts and helping the economy?
AND…

65% Now Hold Populist, or Mainstream, Views

Sunday, January 31, 2010
Mainstream Americans tend to trust the wisdom of the crowd more than their political leaders and are skeptical of both big government and big business (see crosstabs). While Republicans and unaffiliated voters are more likely to hold Mainstream views than Democrats, a majority of those in the president’s party (51%) hold such views.
Only four percent (4%) now support the Political Class. These voters tend to trust political leaders more than the public at large and are far less skeptical about government.
When leaners are included, 81% are in the Mainstream category, and 12% support the Political Class.
(Want a free daily e-mail update ? If it’s in the news, it’s in our polls). Rasmussen Reports updates are also available on Twitter or Facebook.
Polling conducted from January 18 through January 24 found that 76% of voters generally trust the American people more than political leaders on important national issues. Seventy-one percent (71%) view the federal government as a special interest group, and 70% believe that the government and big business typically work together in ways that hurt consumers and investors. On each question, a majority of Republicans, Democrats and unaffiliated voters share those views.
These results help explain why most voters are angry at the policies of the federal government,and most think that neither political party understands what the country needs.
“The American people don’t want to be governed from the left, the right or the center. The American people want to govern themselves,” says Scott Rasmussen, president of Rasmussen Reports. “The American attachment to self-governance runs deep. It is one of our nation’s cherished core values and an important part of our cultural DNA.”
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Property Confiscation

Most readers of this blog have likely heard about the Cattle Battle at the Bundy Ranch. Technically, this confrontation did not involve eminent domain but rather the Bureau of Land Management and grazing rights on public lands.

Now something similar is afoot in Texas.  Before continuing to read this blog post, please go to THIS LINK to read the article and to watch the video about another possible impending land grab on the part of the Bureau Land Management.

The BLM aside, the matter of eminent domain (objected to by our Founders Thomas Jefferson and James Madison), particularly as redefined by the Kelo v. City of New London decision of 2005, should be of concern to all Americans — no matter where they live.

Prior to the Kelo decision, privately-owned land was typically not confiscated by the government and transferred to another private owner. Rather, the power of seizing private property via the power of eminent domain was restricted to certain public-use situations so as to prevent the abuse of government power:
...Jim Saleet worked in the pharmaceutical industry, paid off his house and then retired. Now, he and his wife plan to spend the rest of their days there [in Lakewood, Ohio], and pass their house on to their children.

But Lakewood's mayor, Madeleine Cain, has other plans. She wants to tear down the Saleets' home, plus 55 homes around it, along with four apartment buildings and more than a dozen businesses.

Why? So that private developers can build high-priced condos, and a high-end shopping mall, and thus raise Lakewood's property tax base.


The mayor told 60 Minutes that she sought out a developer for the project because Lakewood's aging tax base has been shrinking and the city simply needs more money.

"This is about Lakewood's future. Lakewood cannot survive without a strengthened tax base. Is it right to consider this a public good? Absolutely," says the mayor, who admits that it's difficult and unfortunate that the Saleets are being asked to give up their home....
Returning for a moment to the case of New London, Connecticut, land was confiscated from the owners of private property and ownership transferred to another private owner for "the public good."  Today, that land in New London, Connecticut, is a "temporary dump":
The case arose in the context of condemnation by the city of New London, Connecticut, of privately owned real property, so that it could be used as part of a “comprehensive redevelopment plan.” However, the private developer was unable to obtain financing and abandoned the redevelopment project, leaving the land as an empty lot, which was eventually turned into a temporary dump.
In Philadelphia, there has been another recent case involving the overreach of eminent domain in Philadelphia.


Learn more about the case involving artist James Dupree HERE, HERE, and HERE.

Learn more about James Dupree's art studio HERE.

This should now be running through your head:
First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out-- Because I was not a Socialist.

Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out-- Because I was not a Trade Unionist.

Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out-- Because I was not a Jew.

Then they came for me--and there was no one left to speak for me.

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Dave Holland Quintet
How's Never?

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Thursday, April 24, 2014

Cliven Bundy is the WRONG MAN to be behind, A PROGRESSIVE"S DREAMBOAT ICON of the right

WaPo reports Bundy wondering if blacks were better off as slaves.

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STORY

Forget this one.
BLM in the wrong, but this guy is NOT THE MAN.

According to Adam Nagourney at the New York Times, here’s what Bundy had to say.
“I want to tell you one more thing I know about the Negro,” he said. Mr. Bundy recalled driving past a public-housing project in North Las Vegas, “and in front of that government house the door was usually open and the older people and the kids — and there is always at least a half a dozen people sitting on the porch — they didn’t have nothing to do. They didn’t have nothing for their kids to do. They didn’t have nothing for their young girls to do.
“And because they were basically on government subsidy, so now what do they do?” he asked. “They abort their young children, they put their young men in jail, because they never learned how to pick cotton. And I’ve often wondered, are they better off as slaves, picking cotton and having a family life and doing things, or are they better off under government subsidy? They didn’t get no more freedom. They got less freedom.”
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(AP) President Barack Obama, on a state visit to Japan, met with a Japanese Military Robot and apologized for America's unleashing of the Imperialist Weapon of Capitalist Oppression known as Godzilla. 
This marks the first time an American President has publicly admitted that Godzilla was, in fact, a weapon developed by the U.S. Dept. of Defense during the Cold War. 
Rumors have swirled for years that Godzilla was meant to be used on the Soviet Union. But President Eisenhower decided to use it on the Japanese, instead, "just for the heck of it". 
President Obama is hoping the Bow and Apology will suffice to ease tensions with our trading partner Japan. If the humility and atonement do not do the job, he threatens to have First Lady, Michelle Obama, unleash her booty-shaking dance of death.
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This Week On The Gathering Storm

Listen to The Gathering Storm Radio Show, hosted by WC and Always On Watch.

The show broadcasts live for 30 minutes every Friday beginning at noon, Pacific Time.

The call-in number is 646-915-9870. Callers welcome!

Our scheduled guest this week is IQ al Rassooli.

Listen to the April 25, 2014 edition of The Gathering Storm Radio Show, live or later, by CLICKING HERE.

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Stoned Traveler

Roger Alan Wade

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Lil' Ray of Light

Jon Langford and Skull Orchard

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Humpday Blues

The Mannish Boys
Drivin' Wheel, Bordertown Blues


Forgive Me, Death Letter

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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Why Did Obama Hire a Top Criminal Attorney for WH Counsel?


From White House Dossier, with thanks to Will at THE OTHER NEWS:
If I suddenly told you I was hiring Johnny Cochran to be my attorney, you’d think – well, first of all, you’d think it was peculiar, since Johnny Cochran is dead. Maybe I’m looking to save some money. 
But, assuming I mean the metaphorical Johnny Cochran, you’d be pretty sure I’m in some kind of really serious trouble. 
Or if your wife mentioned she had hired a lawyer, and you found out the attorney specializes in . . . divorce. You’d probably start checking some apartment listings. Which brings us to the strange case of President Obama’s decision to hire Neil Eggleston to be his new White House Counsel. 
Eggleston is the kind of guy you go to when someone tells you, “time to lawyer up.” He’s a veteran at cleaning up ethics messes for politicians, most notably Bill Clinton, whom he aided during the Whitewater probes and the Monica Lewinsky affair, double entendre intended. 
But that’s not nearly all. 
He represented Rahm Emanuel during the scandal surrounding former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich, as well as Sen. Kent Conrad (D-N.D.) and George W. Bush political director Sara Taylor when scandals touched them, Clinton Cabinet members Federico Pena and Alexis Herman during corruption probes, and various business people involved in “complex criminal investigations” according to the New York Times. 
Which begs and pleads the question, is Obama looking for more protection for the White House from the various GOP congressional probes, or is he aware of the possibility that something much, much worse could break?
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US Muslim Brotherhood Rallies For Son Of Notorious Muslim Brotherhood Figure; Son Has His Own Problematic Ties

Thanks to Will at THE OTHER NEWS, from Global Muslim Brotherhood Watch:


Turkish media has reported that the US Muslim Brotherhood has demonstrated in front of the Egyptian Embassy in support of the son of a notorious Global Muslim Brotherhood figure detained by Egyptian authorities. According to a Turkish Press report:
WASHINGTON - About 100 Egyptian Americans and members of The Council on American-Islamic Relations have demonstrated in front of the Egyptian Embassy in Washington D.C., calling for the release of U.S. citizen journalist Mohammed Soltan. 
Soltan, a U.S. citizen of Egyptian origin, has been on hunger strike in an Egyptian prison for 80 days after being detained on August 25 last year. 
He was taken into custody after being shot during a protest against the military-backed ouster of Egypt’s former president Mohamed Morsi, and his trial has been postponed several times. 
After the protest, Soltan’s brother, Omar, told the Anadolu Agency that his life and that of his brother were at risk He said that, with Mohammed’s health deteriorating rapidly, he urgently needed to be treated and the United States authorities should protect the rights of one of their citizens. 
The GMBDW reported in August 3013 that that Mohammed Soltan, the son of Muslim Brotherhood figure and notorious anti-Semite Salah Sultan, had been detained in Egypt by security forces. A US blog has documented Mohamed Soltan’s support for Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood while he was living in the US. His father has his own extensive ties to the Global Muslim Brotherhood and a long history of virulent antisemitism.

The Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) describes itself as “a grassroots civil rights and advocacy group and as “America’s largest Islamic civil liberties group.” CAIR was founded in 1994 by three officers of the Islamic Association of Palestine, part of the U.S. Hamas infrastructure at that time. 

Documents discovered in the course of the the terrorism trial of the Holy Land Foundation confirmed that the founders and current leaders of CAIR were part of the Palestine Committee of the Muslim Brotherhood and that CAIR itself is part of the US. Muslim Brotherhood.

In 2008, the then Deputy leader of the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood acknowledged a relationship between the Egyptian Brotherhood and CAIR. In 2009, a US federal judge ruled “The Government has produced ample evidence to establish the associations of CAIR, ISNA and NAIT with HLF, the Islamic Association for Palestine (“IAP”), and with Hamas.”

CAIR and its leaders have had a long history of defending individuals accused of terrorism by the US. government, often labeling such prosecutions a “war on Islam”, and have also been associated with Islamic fundamentalism and antisemitism.

The organization is led by Nihad Awad, its longstanding Executive Director and one of the three original founders. The Muslim American Society (MAS) was identified in a Hudson Institute report as a part of the U.S. Muslim Brotherhood and closely tied to the Egyptian organization.
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McCoy Tyner Trio
Ballad for Aisha/Blues on the Corner

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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Who Will Replace America?

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Is America in decline? More definitively, is the Anglo-Saxon-Judeo-Christian Culture in decline? A culture that has been primarily responsible for the rise in the standard of living, personal freedom, and technological advancement in much of the world.
And if so, who will replace it?
China has been mentioned. So has Russia. Even Europe.
There are three competing ‘cultures’ presently in existence that could replace America – the premier standard bearer of the Anglo-Saxon-Judeo-Christian culture.
The three are the Marxist-Communist culture, the socialist cradle to grave culture, and the Islamic culture - three cultural experiments.
None of the three have the FOUNDATION in their culture that the Anglo-Saxon-Judeo-Christian culture has. I don't have to explain what that means here. It's self-evident.
The Marxist foundation goes from the Czarist experiment to dictators. The Chinese one from Emperors to dictators and the Islamic – well, ‘nuff said about that one.
The Euro culture, in need of fresh fodder for their cradle to grave experiment, seems to be on its way to being absorbed by the Islamic one.
America could go the way of the Euro socialist experiment but history shows that the socialist experiment is doomed to fail. Sooner or later you run out of other people's money.
The fear is that if America is no longer the big man on the bloc, those competing failing experiments will devolve into tyranny and like the rabid dogs of Germany and Russia in World War Two, become locked into a horrific struggle of death to see who will rule humanity. 
Not a pretty picture.
I see no other alternative if America falls into decline and its unique experiment has run its course.
End of rant.

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Yet Another Victory For Allah The Great and Powerful

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There is NERVE and then there is RAW CHUTZPAH

Jewish lawyer asks to join Morocco’s Islamist party

Isaac Charia, a political hopeful, pens letter to ruling Justice and Development Party asking if Jews welcomed

A Moroccan Jewish lawyer has asked to join ruling Islamist party.
Isaac Charia of Rabat sent an open letter to the Islamist Justice and Development Party requesting to join the party, Morocco World News reported.
In the letter, Charia asks whether the party will welcome Moroccan Jews or if it is only for Muslims. He also writes that “the honest citizen who wants to participate in the political life of the country has no other alternative” than the party. He said he wants to fight corruption and encourage reforms through the party.
Charia has called for political parties in Morocco to stop mixing politics and religion.

UN- EFFING-BELEEEEEEEEEEEEVABLE
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SCOTUS: Voters in a state have the right to BAN race considerations

The Supreme Court has upheld Michigan’s ban on using race as a factor in college admissions.
The justices said in a 6-2 ruling Tuesday that Michigan voters had the right to change their state constitution to prohibit public colleges and universities from taking account of race in admissions decisions. The justices said that a lower federal court was wrong to set aside the change as discriminatory.
Justice Anthony Kennedy said voters chose to eliminate racial preferences because they deemed them unwise.
Kennedy said nothing in the Constitution or the court’s prior cases gives judges the authority to undermine the election results.
Justice Sonia Sotomayor read her dissent aloud in the courtroom Tuesday. Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg sided with Sotomayor in dissent.
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Biggest issue is CLIMATE? Older people (50-64) are quietly moving in with their parents at twice the rate of their younger counterparts.

If you look today at the icon of the left today, the Nation, the ENTIRE site today is devoted to climate change, stating..
Confronting the climate crisis not only requires a new economy but a new way of thinking.
by Naomi Klein
You can imagine what they think of the XL pipeline. High fuel costs are part of the ‘new’ economy to save the earth.
Meanwhile, back on earth and away from fantasies…
LA Times (not exactly a right wing screed)

Moving in with parents becomes more common for the middle-aged

The number of Californians 50 to 64 who live in their parents’ homes has surged in recent years, reflecting the grim economic aftermath of the Great Recession.


Debbie Rohr lives with her husband and twin teenage sons in a well-tended three-bedroom home in Salinas.
The ranch-style house has a spacious kitchen that looks out on a yard filled with rosebushes. It’s a modest but comfortable house, the type that Rohr, 52, pictured for herself at this stage of life.
She just never imagined that it would be her childhood home, a return to a bedroom where she once hung posters of Olivia Newton-John and curled up with her beloved Mrs. Beasley doll.
Driven by economic necessity — Rohr has been chronically unemployed and her husband lost his job last year — she moved her family back home with her 77-year-old mother.
At a time when the still sluggish economy has sent a flood of jobless young adults back home, older people are quietly moving in with their parents at twice the rate of their younger counterparts.
For seven years through 2012, the number of Californians aged 50 to 64 who live in their parents’ homes swelled 67.6% to about 194,000, according to the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research and the Insight Center for Community Economic Development.
The jump is almost exclusively the result of financial hardship caused by the recession rather than for other reasons, such as the need to care for aging parents, said Steven P. Wallace, a UCLA professor of public health who crunched the data.
"The numbers are pretty amazing," Wallace said. "It’s an age group that you normally think of as pretty financially stable. They’re mid-career. They may be thinking ahead toward retirement. They’ve got a nest egg going. And then all of a sudden you see this huge push back into their parents’ homes."
The left, aside from SEIZURE has no idea what to do. NONE.
What’s going on IS unsustainable. Just not in the way the left thinks.
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Calgary: Christian Minister (Who Has Served Over 1 Million Meals To The Poor) Arrested 10 Times For Preaching - Mayor of Calgary Is ...

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HHS Spending Over $123 Million To Provide “Email Services” For Its Employees

"Here's How I Talked Them Down 
From $147 Per User Per Month"

From the Washington Free Beacon:
The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) spends roughly $123.2 million per year to provide “email services” for its 70,000 employees, according to the Government Accountability Office (GAO). 
Buried in a footnote of a recently released GAO report on the agency’s coordination with the nonprofit group Enroll America, the congressional watchdog detailed the high operating costs associated with running the department’s email. 
“HHS told us that HHS pays $146.64 per month per user for email; that this charge covers connectivity, storage, and other e-mail services; and that this charge is independent of the number of emails that are sent or received,” the GAO said. 
According to the Cato Institute, HHS employs approximately 70,000 people.
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Chris Potter Underground
The Wheel

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Monday, April 21, 2014

Yet Another Triumph For Allah The Great and Powerful

Yes, that's right; Muslims have captured a baby. And they're not gonna let it get away!

Fuck Allah and his pedophile prophet:



According to Sham Times and other Arabic websites, jihadi social media networks posted the above picture of a child sitting on the ground while surrounded by armed men pointing their rifles at him.  The caption appearing with the picture, purportedly posted by a supporter of the Free Syrian Army, is “Our youngest hostage from among the hostile sects of Kessab.”
Kessab is a predominantly Christian Armenian village in Syria near the Turkish border.  Earlier it was invaded by jihadis, who terrorized, pillaged churches, and prompted some 2000 residents to flee.  Initial reports had stated that about a dozen families remained as hostages.
Since the picture appeared on Arabic social media, many have expressed shock and outrage, condemning the Syrian “rebels,” while others cast doubt on the authenticity of the picture.
Of course, those wondering what the jihadis have to gain from taking such a picture and making it public would do well to remember that these are the same “rebels” who decapitate people and wave their severed and bloodied heads in front of cameras while smiling; these are the same “freedom fighters” who literally eat their victims on camera.
Surely “teasing” an infidel toddler – a subhuman – with their rifles and sharing it with their sadistic comrades via the Internet for a “laugh” should not be too surprising?
At any rate, the fact remains: the “Free Syrian Army,” along with other “rebel” groups operating in Syria, are guilty of countless barbaric crimes against humanity — including against women and children.
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United Auto Workers drops challenge to Volkswagen vote in Tennessee

In a surprise move today, the United Auto Workers dropped its effort to overturn the result of the Feb. 14 unionization election at theVolkswagen plant in Chattanooga, Tenn., as my Washington Examinercolleague Sean Higgins has reported. Despite lack of opposition from Volkswagen, which was under pressure from its German union IG Metall, the UAW lost the election by a 712-626 margin. The UAW had been challenging the election at the National Labor Relations Board, with its current pro-union majority, and had subpoenaed Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Sen. Bob Corker who, it claimed, had made remarks that made it, in the words of UAW President Bob King, a “tainted election.”
QUELLES DOMMAGES!
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Islam The Fastest Growing Religion In The UK

(hat tip to Mark Alexander of A New Dark Age Is Dawning)

Note the dancing and happy Muslims, particularly in the first minute or so. See how wonderful Islam is?


Frankly, I see no ability to stop the West's slide into the abyss.

The statistics in the video should alarm every lover of Western civilization.

But Westerners are gullible. They love those dancing and happy Muslims.

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Good news bad news

Georgia insurers received more than 220,000 applications for health coverage in the Affordable Care Act’s exchange as of the official federal deadline of March 31, state officials said Wednesday.
YAY FOR OBAMACARE!!
Wait…
Insurance Commissioner Ralph Hudgens, though, said premiums have been received for only 107,581 of those policies, which cover 149,465 people.
So, 107,581/220,000 = 49% of policies are enrolled but not paid, and since many policies cover more than one person, 148,465 people HAVE NO INSURANCE and are enrolled? Thinking they are enrolled? Waiting for surprises at the hospital? Exist only in the mind of Zeke Emmanuel?
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Fifty States?

The United States still consists of fifty states, but they no longer have fiscal independence (hat tip to Asylum Watch):

Percent of budget coming from the feds went from 37% in 2001 to 45% in 2012. Federal money per person went from $1,352 in 2001 to $2,603 in 2012.  The darker the color, the more federal monies the state receives.

For more details, please scrutinize this. The graphic is interactive; see the legend at the bottom of the graphic.

At Asylum Watch, Jim writes the following:
Our nation, as constitutionally formed, is The Republic of the United State of America. In theory, a republic is where the supreme power is vested in the citizens who elect people to represent them. Do you feel that we are living in a republic? Do our elected officials really represent their electorate? And, what about the words: United States? Are we, a constitutional union of states, where all power rest with the states except for the enumerated powers constitutionally assigned to the federal government? Our nation may have started out as The Republic of The United States of America but it has evolved into something quite different. Some of the changes came about through constitutional amendments and, thereby, the citizens of each state did have a voice in those changes. Most changes, in my opinion, have come about by either judicial fiat or by congress passing laws that no one asked for or by Executive Orders of a sitting president. The laws passed by congress have often created federal programs, which states must implement with partial or full funding from the federal government. When states accept those funds, the find they must comply with the strings, which are firmly attached. Those federal funds and the attached strings have given the federal government much power over the states that was never envisaged in our constitution.

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...Louisiana receives 44% of their budget from Washington and New Mexico 37% and Idaho 35%....
So much for the principles of federalism!

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"It is quite possible that the ACA is shaping up as the greatest act of fiscal irresponsibility ever committed by federal legislators.”

Charles Blanhous - Mr Blanhous is ”....the director of spending and budget Initiative, a senior research fellow at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University and a -

public trustee for Social Security and Medicare.

Behind those enrollment numbers

Silvio Canto, Jr.
Once in a while, you read something that you want to share with friends and AT readers.   
Charles Blanhous’ paper on The Affordable  Care Act is remarkable.    Before I go any further, let me tell that Mr Blanhous is ”....the director of spending and budget Initiative, a senior research fellow at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University and a public trustee for Social Security and Medicare.”
His analysis is that the ACA is unsustainable, no matter how many people they tell us have signed up for it:
"It is quite possible that the ACA is shaping up as the greatest act of fiscal irresponsibility ever committed by federal legislators.
Nothing immediately comes to mind as comparable to it.
Certainly no tax legislation is, because tax rates rise and fall frequently, such that one Congress’s tax cut can be (and often is) undone by a later tax increase.
The same is true for legislation affecting appropriated spending programs.
But the ACA is a commitment to permanently subsidize comprehensive health insurance for millions who could not otherwise afford it, which the federal government has no viable plan to finance.
Moreover, experience shows that it is very difficult to scale back such spending once large numbers of Americans have been made dependent on it. ”
In other words, it does not really matter whether 7, 8 or whatever million people sign up.   The ACA is an actuarial disaster, promising more than it can deliver and encouraging people to get subsidies that they may not really need.
As Mr Lanhous points out:
"The ACA was enacted when legislators knew, or should have known, that they inhabited a fiscal environment in which such extravagance was unaffordable.
Deficits (and debt) are far higher today than when the other major entitlement programs were created; millions of baby boomer retirements are swelling expenditures arising from previously-enacted Social Security and Medicare law.
Someday historians will puzzle over the thinking that induced legislators to embark on a vast new spending program at the very moment it could least be afforded.”
Of course, maybe the legislators voted for the AHCA thinking that the Supreme Court would throw it back.  They could vote for something that they didn’t read, understand or analyze and hope that the Court would literally “bail them out”.  It was a good strategy until Justice Roberts surprised everyone.
Repealing ObamaCare is the only option to save health care and our financial future.  I just hope that the next elections move us in that direction!
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