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 Yet even fewer — 13 percent — think it will be completely repealed.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“To get something repealed that has been passed is pretty impossible,” said Gwen Sliger of Dallas.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.
Read the Rest (But don’t. It’s the L.A. Times)
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
Some healthcare premiums set to triple because of Obamacare
If you ever want to know what destruction looks like, you need to look no further than Obamacare. According to a new report, some insurance companies are set to triple their rates due to the burden placed on them by Obamacare. Super.
From The Hill:
Health industry officials say ObamaCare-related premiums will double in some parts of the country, countering claims recently made by the administration.
The expected rate hikes will be announced in the coming months amid an intense election year, when control of the Senate is up for grabs. The sticker shock would likely bolster the GOP’s prospects in November and hamper ObamaCare insurance enrollment efforts in 2015.
The industry complaints come less than a week after Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius sought to downplay concerns about rising premiums in the healthcare sector. She told lawmakers rates would increase in 2015 but grow more slowly than in the past.
“The increases are far less significant than what they were prior to the Affordable Care Act,” the secretary said in testimony before the House Ways and Means Committee.
Her comment baffled insurance officials, who said it runs counter to the industry’s consensus about next year.
“It’s pretty shortsighted because I think everybody knows that the way the exchange has rolled out … is going to lead to higher costs,” said one senior insurance executive who requested anonymity.
The insurance official, who hails from a populous swing state, said his company expects to triple its rates next year on the ObamaCare exchange.
Read the Rest (H/T: JWF)
I suppose Ellen hadn’t read this article before she told Obama that she thinks Americans are really thankful for Obamacare. I wonder if she’d be willing to interview any of these people on her show. Doubtful.
As Obamacare continues to destroy the economy and make it nearly impossible for millions of Americans to be responsible citizens and pay for their own health insurance, remember, it is working exactly as planned. The goal was never to help the poor, it was to give the government more power. That’s what politicians do. They usurp as much authority as they possibly can.
11:46 pm • 20 March 2014 • View comments
White House pastry chef quits over Michelle Obama’s “demonizing cream, butter, sugar and eggs”
Michelle Obama’s war on food has annoyed Americans all over the country. Now, the White House’s own pastry chef is hanging up his apron over the First Lady’s micromanagement of delicious food.
from the DC:
White House executive pastry chef Bill Yosses is resigning after First Lady Michelle Obama fundamentally changed his job duties to focus on healthier food.
Yosses is leaving the White House in June to work on a new project focusing on “food literacy” and The New York Times says Michelle is “partly to blame.” The openly gay chef was hired by Laura Bush in 2007 to make his trademark cookie plates and sugar sculptures. Mrs. Obama took over in 2009 and ordered Yosses to make healthier plates in smaller portions.
Yosses began replacing butter with fruit puree and sugar with honey and agave. But Yosses was never fully committed to the new policy.
“I don’t want to demonize cream, butter, sugar and eggs,” Yosses said, noting that his departure from the White House is a “bittersweet decision.”
Michelle Obama said in a statement that she is “incredibly sad to see Bill Yosses go.”
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Here’s an idea that Michelle Obama has probably never heard of: food choices are about personal responsibility. Raising awareness about healthy diet and exercise habits but nobody likes a nagging, bossy media blitz.
Now, please excuse me while I go enjoy some bread pudding…
5:05 pm • 18 March 2014 • View comments
Obama’s weakness in Ukraine proves what Israel knew: he can’t be trusted to stop Iran’s nukes
Russia is moving forward with their takeover of the Crimean region of Ukraine, a country who sovereignty the US promised to recognize and protect when they freely gave up their nuclear arsenal in 1994. Thus Ukraine gave up their best defense against a hostile Russia for the promise that their new ally in the West would recognize the independence.
The parallels between Ukraine and Israel are pretty remarkable, with one key difference: Israel has not given up the means to defend herself. Now, with Obama projecting nothing but weakness, Israel is realizing that if trouble comes with Iran’s nuclear program, they might have to go it alone.
In a wide-ranging discussion reported in the Israeli newspaper Ha’aretz, Israel’s plain-speaking defence minister Moshe Ya’alon said Monday that Tehran has the upper hand in nuclear negotiations, and dismissed the idea of Israeli dependence on the United States to lead an action against Iran’s nuclear program, saying that Israel can only rely on itself.
“We had thought the ones who should lead the campaign against Iran [would be] the United States,” said Ya’alon, speaking during an event at Tel Aviv University. “But at some stage the United States entered into negotiations with them, and unhappily, when it comes to negotiating at a Persian bazaar, the Iranians were better.”
If Israel had ever expected the United States to take out Iran’s nuclear weapons capability, that is not about to happen, Ya’alon said: “Therefore, on this matter, we have to behave as though we have nobody to look out for us but ourselves.”
Ya’alon issued a sharp critique of Washington’s attitude toward Iran, suggesting President Barack Obama would prefer to delay any confrontation until it could be passed on to his successor. “People know that Iran cheats,” Ya’alon said. “But comfortable Westerners prefer to put off confrontation – if possible, to next year, or the next president. But in the end, it will blow up.”
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A strong defense of our allies is not about starting wars or playing “world police.” Principled libertarians should be able to understand that a strong defense of our allies is the right course of action precisely because it helps avoid war.
It’s no different than an individual’s decision to own a gun. I don’t carry a gun so that I can go out and shoot people. I carry a gun because I want to have the ability to defend myself (and my family) should a fight come to us.
Sadly, Obama has shown himself unwilling to defend the US’s allies (including those we have long promised to protect). This weakness doesn’t help the US avoid war. It draws us and our allies closer to it.
10:57 am • 18 March 2014 • View comments
College professor calls on those who disagree with him on global warming to be imprisoned
Above is a photo of the snow-covered campus of Rochester Institute of Technology, where professor Lawrence Torcello is employed. Last week he published a 900-word essay (Don’t click it) calling on those who disagree with him on “climate change” to be imprisoned. Ain’t that America?
From the DC:
An assistant philosophy professor at Rochester Institute of Technology wants to send people who disagree with him about global warming to jail.
The professor is Lawrence Torcello. Last week, he published a 900-word-plus essay at an academic website called The Conversation.
His main complaint is his belief that certain nefarious, unidentified individuals have organized a “campaign funding misinformation.” Such a campaign, he argues, “ought to be considered criminally negligent.”
Torcello, who has a Ph.D. from the University at Buffalo, explains that there are times when criminal negligence and “science misinformation” must be linked. The threat of climate change, he says, is one of those times.
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This is scary stuff, folks. Gone are the days when you can have an expressed opinion about something without someone calling for you to be put in jail because of it.
Furthermore, are we to ignore the undeniable fact that the Earth hasn’t heated in more than 17 years? Or the fact that scientists are scrambling to find excuses for why their predictions were dead wrong? Or the fact that many scientists (yes, actual scientists) don’t share his view? Or the fact that many scientists are worried about global cooling? Or the fact that extreme weather has gone down in spite of claims by alarmists? Or the fact that both the Arctic and Antarctic still have plenty of ice despite claims of the alarmists? Or the fact that it’s an obvious political game?
Yep. Let’s ignore all of these things and start throwing people in jail. Good call.
10:15 am • 18 March 2014 • View comments
March Sadness: Obama to use NCAA bracket to advertise for failed health care law; UPDATE: Obamacare bracket hyperlink doesn’t work — wow
Everything is political to progressives. Everything.
First it was Thanksgiving, then it was Christmas, now it’s March Madness. It seems as if our narcissist-in-chief just can’t let Americans enjoy anything without reminding them of his biggest failure yet: Obamacare. That’s right. The White House is giving us the “16 Sweetest Reasons to Get Covered” along with his bracket. Can someone say “Desperation”?
From an approving Politico:
With the arrival of college basketball’s March Madness, the White House is looking to capitalize on the annual tournament to encourage Americans to enroll in Obamacare.
The promotional effort will include athletes and coaches as well as administration officials, according to a White House official, and will begin on Monday. Sunday was “Selection Sunday,” the day the teams in the tournament are announced and the schedule and bracket are released.
The White House plans to release its own bracket Monday as part of the effort, “16 Sweetest Reasons to Get Covered,” timed with the annual release of President Barack Obama’s bracket this week, and the president and high-ranking administration officials will conduct interviews on a variety of outlets coordinated with the push, which will also include social media.
Also Monday, a video featuring “two of the most-recognized coaches in college basketball,” according to the official, will help launch the bracket. Other athletes and coaches will be involved in PSAs and an ad starring Miami Heat star LeBron James will air across several sports channels and ABC.
Read the Rest (but don’t, actually. I mean, come on, it’s Politico.)
One of those “most-recognized coaches” better not be Billy Donovan.
One of the most awful characteristics about progressives (and there are so many from which to choose), is that they feel compelled to impose their way of life on you at every possible opportunity. There is no escape. Everything is political. I can’t even watch March Madness, the greatest sporting event in the world, without having pro-Obamacare propaganda shoved down my throat.
Here’s something I wrote a little over a year ago regarding this very subject:
I love sports. Those that know me would probably call it an addiction. But you know the reason I love it so much? It’s 2 or 3 hours of my life that I don’t have to think about real life. It’s an escape. It’s a time where I don’t have to worry about my family problems or the ridiculousness going on in Washington.
About an hour after my grandmother passed away, I was given the responsibility of driving my grandfather home from the hospital. It was just me and him. We were both obviously devastated at the loss we had just suffered, especially him. What was I supposed to talk about in that car ride? How would I console him? There’s really no platitude that works when someone has just lost their spouse. You know what we ended up talking about? Sports. We talked college basketball. It got us home. It was a few minutes that we didn’t have to think about our problems. We were happy just talking sports.
While this is a true story, it’s only one of dozens of times when sports has allowed me to be happily distracted, albeit briefly, from unwanted stresses like politics. But, to progressives, this is unacceptable. Nothing is off limits. Everything is a means to a political end.
UPDATE: Unbelievable. Obama’s “health care bracketology” link doesn’t work. Reminder: they’re now in charge of your health care.
2:16 pm • 17 March 2014 • View comments
PA attorney general halts corruption sting after snares only catch fellow Democrats
This one will make your head explode. Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane (a Democrat) is halting a corruption investigation that ensnared 4 Democrat politicians accepting bribe offers.
Her reasoning? Well, catching Democrats red handed is racist…of course.
The Pennsylvania Attorney General’s Office ran an undercover sting operation over three years that captured leading Philadelphia Democrats, including four members of the city’s state House delegation, on tape accepting money, The Inquirer has learned.
Yet no one was charged with a crime.
Prosecutors began the sting in 2010 when Republican Tom Corbett was attorney general. After Democrat Kathleen G. Kane took office in 2013, she shut it down.
In a statement to The Inquirer on Friday, Kane called the investigation poorly conceived, badly managed, and tainted by racism, saying it had targeted African Americans.
Those who favored the sting believe Kane killed a solid investigation, led by experienced prosecutor Frank G. Fina, that had ensnared several public officials and had the potential to capture more. They said they were outraged at Kane’s allegation that race had played a role in the case.
Before Kane ended the investigation, sources familiar with the inquiry said, prosecutors amassed 400 hours of audio and videotape that documented at least four city Democrats taking payments in cash or money orders, and in one case a $2,000 Tiffany bracelet.
Typically, the payments made at any one time were relatively modest - ranging from $500 to $2,000 - but most of those involved accepted multiple payments, people familiar with the investigation said. In some cases, the payments were offered in exchange for votes or contracts, they said.
Sources with knowledge of the sting said the investigation made financial pitches to both Republicans and Democrats, but only Democrats accepted the payments.
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The idea that this was a “racially targeted” is ridiculous. It’s not that they didn’t target Republicans or white officials. It’s that only black Democrats accepted the bribe offers!
So now, instead of justice, these corrupt members of PA’s government get a free pass…because of the color of their skin. This is the polar opposite of Martin Luther King’s dream.
11:11 am • 17 March 2014 • View comments