1,200 Kansas high school students petition to keep Michelle Obama away from their graduation
What? They don’t want the queen at their graduation ceremony?
from Daily Mail:
If expanding the guest list to include Michelle Obama at graduation for high school students in the Kansas capital city means fewer seats for friends and family, some students and their parents would prefer the first lady not attend.
A furor over what the Topeka school district considers an honor has erupted after plans were announced for Obama to address a combined graduation ceremony for five area high schools next month an 8,000-seat arena. For some, it was the prospect of a tight limit on the number of seats allotted to each graduate.
For others, it was the notion that Obama’s speech, tied to the 60th anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Brown v. Board of Education outlawing segregation in schools, would overshadow the student’s big day.
'I'm a single mother who has raised him for 18 years by myself,' said Tina Hernandez, parent of Topeka High School senior Dauby Knight. 'I've told him education is the only way out. This is one of the biggest days of their lives. They've taken the glory and shine from the children and put on Mrs. Obama. She doesn't know our kids.'
Hernandez was among the parents and students who spoke Thursday at a school board meeting and urged district officials to reconsider their decision to invite Obama. Ron Harbaugh, spokesman for the Topeka school district, said Friday discussions were under way to work out the logistics and planning for the event, including how many tickets each family would be allotted.
'We will have a clearer picture of what's going on,' Harbaugh said.
Harbaugh said officials asked the president or first lady to speak at graduation as a tie-in with the anniversary of the Brown decision, which outlawed school segregation. The district plans to place a priority on seating students and their families, and could broadcast the event to an overflow room at a hotel adjacent to the graduation arena for those unable to find a seat inside.
That’s not good enough for Taylor Gifford, 18, who started an online petition on Thursday evening to urge the district to reconsider its plans. She and the more than 1,200 people who had signed it expressed concern that Obama’s visit would limit the seating options for family and friends.
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We all know the real issue here.She shouldn’t have messed with their school lunches…
11:54 pm • 19 April 2014 • View comments
Western Lawmakers meet to discuss Federal land takeover
Before you make the judgement that Cliven Bundy needs to get his cows off of Federal land, you must ask yourself, why is it that the Federal Government owns 85% of the land in Nevada anyway?
Western Lawmakers gathered in Utah to discuss that very question today.
from SL Tribune:
It’s time for Western states to take control of federal lands within their borders, lawmakers and county commissioners from Western states said at Utah’s Capitol on Friday.
More than 50 political leaders from nine states convened for the first time to talk about their joint goal: wresting control of oil-, timber -and mineral-rich lands away from the feds.
"It’s simply time," said Rep. Ken Ivory, R-West Jordan, who organized the Legislative Summit on the Transfer for Public Lands along with Montana state Sen. Jennifer Fielder. "The urgency is now."
Utah House Speaker Becky Lockhart, R-Provo, was flanked by a dozen participants, including her counterparts from Idaho and Montana, during a press conference after the daylong closed-door summit. U.S. Sen. Mike Lee addressed the group over lunch, Ivory said. New Mexico, Arizona, Nevada, Wyoming, Oregon and Washington also were represented.
The summit was in the works before this month’s tense standoff between Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy and the Bureau of Land Management over cattle grazing, Lockhart said.
"What’s happened in Nevada is really just a symptom of a much larger problem," Lockhart said.
Fielder, who described herself as “just a person who lives in the woods,” said federal land management is hamstrung by bad policies, politicized science and severe federal budget cuts.
"Those of us who live in the rural areas know how to take care of lands," Fielder said, who lives in the northwestern Montana town of Thompson Falls.
"We have to start managing these lands. It’s the right thing to do for our people, for our environment, for our economy and for our freedoms," Fielder said.
Idaho Speaker of the House Scott Bedke said Idaho forests and rangeland managed by the state have suffered less damage and watershed degradation from wildfire than have lands managed by federal agencies.
"It’s time the states in the West come of age," Bedke said. "We’re every bit as capable of managing the lands in our boundaries as the states east of Colorado."
Ivory said the issue is of interest to urban as well as rural lawmakers, in part because they see oilfields and other resources that could be developed to create jobs and fund education.
Moreover, the federal government’s debt threatens both its management of vast tracts of the West as well as its ability to come through with payments in lieu of taxes to the states, he said. Utah gets 32 percent of its revenue from the federal government, much of it unrelated to public lands.
"If we don’t stand up and act, seeing that trajectory of what’s coming … those problems are going to get bigger," Ivory said.
He was the sponsor two years of ago of legislation, signed by Gov. Gary Herbert, that demands the federal government relinquish title to federal lands in Utah. The lawmakers and governor said they were only asking the federal government to make good on promises made in the 1894 Enabling Act for Utah to become a state.
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What’s the point of even being a state if the Federal government is going to own more than 50% of the land within your borders?
9:27 am • 19 April 2014 • View comments
Obama delays Keystone XL decision again…until after the mid-term elections
Obama punted the Keystone XL pipeline decision again…until after the midterm elections.
The Obama administration once again has punted on a final decision for the Keystone XL pipeline, announcing ahead of the holiday weekend it is extending a key review period indefinitely — a move that could push off a determination until after the midterm elections.
Republicans, as well as red-state Democrats who want the proposed Canada-to-Texas pipeline approved, slammed the administration for the delay. Democrats even threatened to find ways to go around the president to get the project approved.
"It’s absolutely ridiculous that this well over five year long process is continuing for an undetermined amount of time," Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., said in a statement.
Republican Nebraska Rep. Lee Terry called the decision “shameful,” noting that another spring construction season will come and go without the project.
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Jobs? Who needs jobs? Nobody Obama is concerned with…
5:54 pm • 18 April 2014 • View comments
Obama signs law authored by Ted Cruz, immediately vows not to enforce it
Laws mean nothing to Obama, especially ones he signs himself.
from Washington Examiner:
President Obama on Friday signed into law a bill authored by Texas Republican Sen. Ted Cruz that would bar an Iranian diplomat from entering the United States, but immediately issued a statement saying he won’t enforce it.
Obama decided to treat the law as mere advice. “Acts of espionage and terrorism against the United States and our allies are unquestionably problems of the utmost gravity, and I share the Congress’s concern that individuals who have engaged in such activity may use the cover of diplomacy to gain access to our Nation,” Obama said in his signing statement.
"Nevertheless, as President [George H.W.] Bush also observed, "curtailing by statute my constitutional discretion to receive or reject ambassadors is neither a permissible nor a practical solution." I shall therefore continue to treat section 407, as originally enacted and as amended by S. 2195, as advisory in circumstances in which it would interfere with the exercise of this discretion."
Obama frequently criticized President George W. Bush for such signing statements during his 2008 campaign. “Congress’s job is to pass legislation,” he said, as The Daily Beast recalled. “The president can veto it or he can sign it.”
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There is a rule about Obama that the staff of Poor Richard’s News has observed: if he holds any one political position at the moment, some time in the past he held the opposite position. In this case, the turnaround between flip-flopped positions took only a matter of minutes.
5:48 pm • 18 April 2014 • View comments
Harry Reid calls Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy a “domestic terrorist”
If you had any doubt that Harry Reid was directly involved with the situation at Cliven Bundy’s ranch in Nevada, doubt no more.
from the Hill:
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) intensified his criticism of armed militia members supporting rancher Cliven Bundy, calling them “domestic terrorists.”
“They’re nothing more than domestic terrorists,” Reid said Thursday at an event hosted by the Las Vegas Review-Journal, according to the newspaper. “I repeat: what happened there was domestic terrorism.”
Reid specifically criticized Bundy supporters for bringing guns and their children to the ranch to defend him against the Bureau of Land Management (BLM). BLM officials and contractors started rounding up Bundy’s cattle last week because of his refusal to pay $1 million in grazing fees, but they backed down Saturday due to safety concerns.
Bundy does not recognize the federal government’s authority over the land and said his family’s cattle have grazed there for generations, before the bureau existed.
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Since the BLM backed off of Bundy’s ranch last week, Reid has cranked his normal demagoguery up to new levels. It’s almost as if Reid has something to gain personally from seeing this rancher kicked off of the land.
1:23 pm • 18 April 2014 • View comments
Pro-Russia groups in Ukraine order Jews to register with government
There are dark and sinister things brewing in Ukraine as Russia struggles to control the country.
from USA Today:
World leaders and Jewish groups condemned a leaflet handed out in the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk in which Jews were told to “register” with the pro-Russian militants who have taken over a government office in an attempt to make Ukraine part of Russia, according to Ukrainian and Israeli media.
Jews emerging from a synagogue say they were handed leaflets that ordered the city’s Jews to provide a list of property they own and pay a registration fee “or else have their citizenship revoked, face deportation and see their assets confiscated,” reported Ynet News, Israel’s largest news website, and Ukraine’s Donbass news agency.
Secretary of State John Kerry said the language of the leaflets “is beyond unacceptable” and condemned whomever is responsible.
"In the year 2014, after all of the miles traveled and all of the journey of history, this is not just intolerable — it’s grotesque," he said. "And any of the people who engage in these kinds of activities — from whatever party or whatever ideology or whatever place they crawl out of — there is no place for that."
U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Geoffrey Pyatt called the leaflets “the real deal.” But the man whose name appears on the leaflets, Denis Pushilin, identified as chairman of “Donetsk’s temporary government,” said he was not responsible.
Pushilin, who is a leader of the pro-Russian movement in Donetsk, acknowledged that leaflets were distributed under his organization’s name but denied any connection to them, Ynet reported.
Donetsk is the site of an “anti-terrorist” operation by the Ukraine government, which has moved military columns into the region to force out militants who are demanding a referendum be held to join Russia.
Emanuel Shechter, in Israel, told Ynet his friends in Donetsk sent him a copy of the leaflet through social media.
"They told me that masked men were waiting for Jewish people after the Passover eve prayer, handed them the flier and told them to obey its instructions," he said.
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History keeps repeating itself.
1:16 pm • 18 April 2014 • View comments
A new low: only 26% of Americans approve of Obamacare
What was that they said about Obamacare? Just give it time…people will like it eventually. Not so much.
Public support for President Barack Obama’s health care law is languishing at its lowest level since passage of the landmark legislation four years ago, according to a new poll.
The Associated Press-GfK survey finds that 26 percent of Americans support the Affordable Care Act. Yet even fewer — 13 percent — think it will be completely repealed. A narrow majority expects the law to be further implemented with minor changes, or as passed.
“To get something repealed that has been passed is pretty impossible,” said Gwen Sliger of Dallas. “At this point, I don’t see that happening.”
Sliger illustrates the prevailing national mood. Although a Democrat, she’s strongly opposed to Obama’s signature legislation. But she thinks “Obamacare” is here to stay.
“I like the idea that if you have a pre-existing condition you can’t be turned down, but I don’t like the idea that if you don’t have health insurance you’ll be fined,” said Sliger.
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The woman in this article Gwen Singer demonstrates the point that most Americans still don’t really understand how the healthcare system (or the concept of having insurance in general) really works. Mandates are the only way to fund guaranteed acceptance, and at that point, it ceases to be insurance at all. Obamacare and other “guaranteed acceptance” health plans are not insurance: they are simple redistribution of wealth from one group to another.
9:50 am • 28 March 2014 • View comments
VIDEO: AL Sharpton has no idea what anyone is talking about….literally
If you needed a good chuckle this morning, here’s Al Sharpton over at MSNBC. He has no idea what you’re talking about.
Here’s the video:
I mean, what is he talking about?
9:29 am • 28 March 2014 • View comments
Insecure atheist group freaks out after Gov. Scott Walker tweets a scripture reference
A liberal atheist group has got their knickers in a twist over a very simple tweet from Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker.
from Washington Times:
An atheist group is demanding that Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker remove his “disturbing” and “threatening” comments on social media platforms that simply read: “Philippians 4:13.”
The Bible verse reads: “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”
But the Freedom From Religion Foundation has accused the governor of using his social media accounts to “promote not just religion over non-religion, but one religion over another in a manner that makes many Wisconsin citizens uncomfortable,” the group wrote in a letter to the governor, Fox News reported.
“This braggadocio verse coming from a public official is rather disturbing,” co-presidents Annie Laurie Gaylor and Dan Baker wrote. “To say, ‘I can do all things through Christ, who strengthens me,’ seems more like a threat, or the utterance of a theocratic dictator, than a duly elected civil servant.”
“It is improper for a state employee, much less for the chief executive officer of the state, to use the machinery of the State of Wisconsin to promote personal religious views,” the letter stated, adding that the U.S. Constitution is “entirely godless and secular.”
A spokesperson for Mr. Walker said he has no plans to remove the scripture.
“Governor Walker will not remove the post on his social media,” press secretary Laurel Patrick told Fox News. “The verse was part of a devotional he read that morning, which inspired him, and he chose to share it.
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This group has clearly no respect for the Constitution’s 1st Amendment and no idea what it means. Being the governor doesn’t mean that you are less protected by the Constitution. Scott Walker is just as free to tweet about his religion as this bunch of buffoons are to complain about it.
5:10 pm • 25 March 2014 • View comments
Liberal language police: the word “homosexual” is totally homophobic
Good grief. Do you want an idea of how stupid liberal political correctness is? Look no further…
from Daily Caller
Media Matters, the website of choice for Fox News haters everywhere, attacked the cable news network on Monday for using the term “homosexual” in its programming — advancing the peculiar argument that the scientific term has a “pejorative connotation.”
The online “media watchdog” contends that calling gay people “homosexual” is “a practice that’s quickly falling out of favor with major news outlets due the term’s often pejorative connotation and frequent use by opponents of LGBT equality.” Fox News, they chide, “has yet to update its language when referring to gay and lesbian people.”
Buttressing their argument? A weekend piece in the Fashion and Style section of the New York Times entitled “The Decline and Fall of the ‘H’ Word.” In it, reporter Jeremy Peters likens the term to using “colored” to address black people and asserts that the word contains “the ring of disapproval and judgment.”
That was all Media Matters needed to pounce, accusing Fox News of not getting the memo clearly received by the New York Times and other “responsible” journalistic outlets. Specifically singled out were hosts Sarah Palin and Megyn Kelly, although the blog post provided no specific instances of when either of them used the term.
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The clowns at Media Matters have no real ideas to advance, so they invent new controversies to smear their enemies.
Sorry, word police. You don’t get to ban scientific terms.
11:38 am • 25 March 2014 • View comments
New York Times reporters: Obama admin “the greatest enemy of press freedom”
Now they figure it out! Here’s something we’ve been saying for the last 6 years.
New York Times reporter James Risen, who is fighting an order that he testify in the trial of Jeffrey Sterling, a former CIA officer accused of leaking information to him, opened the conference earlier by saying the Obama administration is “the greatest enemy of press freedom that we have encountered in at least a generation.” The administration wants to “narrow the field of national security reporting,” Risen said, to “create a path for accepted reporting.” Anyone journalist who exceeds those parameters, Risen said, “will be punished.”
The administration’s aggressive prosecutions have created “a de facto Official Secrets Act,” Risen said, and the media has been “too timid” in responding.
Toobin appeared on a panel that followed, moderated by Times Supreme Court reporter Adam Liptak, who announced that if he weren’t a paragon of journalistic detachment, he’d say “the persecution of James Risen is a scandal.” The attorney Laura Handman noted that the U.S. Department of Justice’s new guidelines for accessing journalists’ records carve out a big space for the government to decide what constitutes “ordinary newsgathering.”
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You’ve got it all wrong! The Obama administration is totally the most transparent White House in history. I know because Obama told me so.
11:21 am • 25 March 2014 • View comments
Aborted babies incinerated to provide heat to UK hospitals
This is where the flagrant disregard for human life leads: the abject horror of a modern holocaust.
from UK Telegraph:
The bodies of thousands of aborted and miscarried babies were incinerated as clinical waste, with some even used to heat hospitals, an investigation has found.
Ten NHS trusts have admitted burning foetal remains alongside other rubbish while two others used the bodies in ‘waste-to-energy’ plants which generate power for heat.
Last night the Department of Health issued an instant ban on the practice which health minister Dr Dan Poulter branded ‘totally unacceptable.’
At least 15,500 foetal remains were incinerated by 27 NHS trusts over the last two years alone, Channel 4’s Dispatches discovered.
The programme, which will air tonight, found that parents who lose children in early pregnancy were often treated without compassion and were not consulted about what they wanted to happen to the remains.
One of the country’s leading hospitals, Addenbrooke’s in Cambridge, incinerated 797 babies below 13 weeks gestation at their own ‘waste to energy’ plant. The mothers were told the remains had been ‘cremated.’
Another ‘waste to energy’ facility at Ipswich Hospital, operated by a private contractor, incinerated 1,101 foetal remains between 2011 and 2013.
They were brought in from another hospital before being burned, generating energy for the hospital site. Ipswich Hospital itself disposes of remains by cremation.
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This should give a gut check to those who advocate abortion. If the aborted babies are not human life, then this practice should be wholly acceptable. However, if like most, you take objection to burning tiny bodies to provide heat, you must ask yourself: are we right to end these lives prematurely in the first place?
11:14 am • 25 March 2014 • View comments
Valerie Jarrett lying: Obamacare is really lowering those insurance premiums isn’t it?
I think Valerie Jarrett might be in some parallel universe. Here’s a recent quote:
"What we’ve seen over the last four years since our healthcare plan was passed is we’ve had less increase in premiums than ever before in the last 50 years."
Umm, what? Either she’s seriously seriously confused, or she’s straight up lying. And it’s not one of those “No, I wasn’t speeding, officer” type of lies either. This is a lie to 300 million people about their health care. It’s like she’s trying to do a Jedi mind trick on the entire U.S. population. While our insurance premiums get higher, she’s saying “You’re premiums are going down.” Maybe she thinks we won’t notice.
In any case, I just figured I’d do a quick Google search to find some articles that might suggest that VJ is lying. Here’s what I found in the first 5 seconds:
I could have gone on and on but this one pretty much sums it up best:
What saddens me most about this is that many Americans will simply take what she says at face value. After all, she is friends with Barack. She wouldn’t lie to us, would she?
H/T: MKH at Hot Air
1:49 am • 25 March 2014 • View comments
L.A. City council blames recent earthquake on ‘fracking’
Wow. Progressives would be hilarious if they didn’t have so much power. In case you’ve been under a rock — oh, sorry, poor choice of words — in case you’ve been out of the loop lately, the city of Los Angeles had an earthquake recently. But to a progressive, an earthquake isn’t just an earthquake. It’s the result of greedy corporations and evil capitalists.
From the L.A. Times:
Three Los Angeles City Council members want city, state and federal groups to look into whether hydraulic fracturing and other forms of oil and gas “well stimulation” played any role in the earthquake that rattled the city early Monday morning.
The motion, presented Tuesday by Councilmen Paul Koretz and Mike Bonin and seconded by Councilman Bernard Parks, asks for city departments to team up with the California Division of Oil, Gas and Geothermal Resources, the U.S. Geological Survey and the South Coast Air Quality Management District to report back on the likelihood that such activities contributed to the 4.4-magnitude quake.
Earlier this year, the council voted to draft rules that would bar hydraulic fracturing, often referred to as “fracking,” acidizing and other kinds of well stimulation in Los Angeles until council members felt sure that Angelenos and the water they drink were safe from their effects. The risk of triggering earthquakes was among the dangers cited by Bonin and Koretz, who championed the move.
“All high-pressure fracking and injection creates ‘seismic events,’” the motion states. It added, “Active oil extraction activities are reportedly taking place on the Veteran’s Administration grounds in West Los Angeles, nearby the epicenter” of the Monday quake.
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Sheesh. Are they even aware that California has, you know, had earthquakes before? With absolutely no scientific evidence suggesting that fracking contaminates water or causes earthquakes (on the contrary), the progressives on the L.A. city council are ready to ban the practice altogether.
Now why would a group of people, who claim to respect science, care for the poor, and love the environment, want to throw logic aside and ban a practice that would cause an economy to grow exponentially while opening up a new world of clean-burning natural gas? There’s only one reason: A seething hatred for the free market.
Meanwhile, in fracking-happy North Dakota…
3:43 pm • 22 March 2014 • View comments
Number of Hurricanes reaches 30-year low
How many times does Al Gore have to be wrong before people stop believing him? Seriously. He was wrong about the polar ice caps. He was wrong about hurricane categories. The Nobel laureate even thought that the center of the Earth had a temperature of millions of degrees (hotter than the Sun). It’s gotten so bad that even certain members of the media are, uh, second-guessing him. Well, now he’s wrong about extreme weather. And it’s not the first time.
From the DC:
The “hurricane drought” in the U.S. continues, as last year saw the lowest number of hurricanes since 1982, according to government storm data.
For the 2013 hurricane season — which runs from June 1st to November 30th — thirteen named storms formed in the North Atlantic Ocean, the Caribbean and the Gulf of Mexico. Only two of those storms reached hurricane strength, according to the National Hurricane Center.
The National Hurricane Center reports: “BASED ON THE 30-YEAR CLIMATOLOGY… THE AVERAGE LEVEL OF ACTIVITY IN THE BASIN IS 12 NAMED STORMS…6 HURRICANES…AND 3 MAJOR HURRICANES. FOR 2013…THE NUMBER OF NAMED STORMS WAS NEAR AVERAGE…BUT THE NUMBERS OF HURRICANES AND MAJOR HURRICANES WERE WELL BELOW AVERAGE.”
(Capitalization in the original.)
The Center adds: “THERE WERE NO MAJOR HURRICANES IN THE NORTH ATLANTIC BASIN FOR THE FIRST TIME SINCE 1994. AND THE NUMBER OF HURRICANES THIS YEAR WAS THE LOWEST SINCE 1982.”
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As I’ve said before, I’m not a scientist. I don’t pretend to understand the relationship between the presence of certain gases in the atmosphere and Earth’s temperature, weather and climate. It’s a very complicated, dynamic system with such an enormous amount of variables that I don’t think anyone fully understands it. But I do know this: quite literally none, none of the things alarmists have predicted have come true. Isn’t it time that we realize that and start viewing what they say with a healthy dose of skepticism?
2:18 pm • 21 March 2014 • View comments