Photo of the Day: Obama snaps a funeral selfie at Nelson Mandela’s memorial
Today the Preezy of the United Steezy joined the distinguished crowd who take “funeral selfies.” Obama couldn’t resist the opportunity to snap a sweet pic with Danish Prime
hottie Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt and British Prime playa Minister David Cameron. What a bunch of narcissistic jerks!
You might call it classless, but the Obama administration calls it “foreign policy.”
10:55 am • 10 December 2013 • View comments
Colorado judge orders baker to serve cakes for gay wedding ceremony against his religious beliefs
A judge in Colorado has completely decimated the 1st Amendment rights of a baker who refused to serve wedding cakes to gay couples. The baker, who said he’ll make any other kind of cake for homosexuals, said that participating in a gay wedding would violate his religious beliefs. Now he faces a court order to ignore his religious convictions and bake the cakes any way.
from ABC 10:
The order says the cake-maker must “cease and desist from discriminating” against gay couples. Although the judge did not impose fines in this case, the business will face penalties if it continues to turn away gay couples who want to buy cakes.
The American Civil Liberties Union filed a complaint against shop owner Jack Phillips with the Colorado Civil Rights Commission last year on behalf of Charlie Craig, 33, and David Mullins, 29. The couple was married in Massachusetts and wanted a wedding cake to celebrate in Colorado.
Mullins and Craig wanted to buy a cake in July 2012, but when Phillips found out the cake was to celebrate a gay wedding, he turned the couple of away, according to the complaint.
Nicolle Martin, an attorney for Masterpiece Cakeshop, said the judge’s order puts Phillips in an impossible position of going against his Christian faith.
"He can’t violate his conscience in order to collect a paycheck," she said. "If Jack can’t make wedding cakes, he can’t continue to support his family. And in order to make wedding cakes, Jack must violate his belief system. That is a reprehensible choice. It is antithetical to everything America stands for."
The Civil Rights Commission is expected to certify the judge’s order next week. Phillips can appeal the judge’s order, and Martin said they’re considering their next steps.
Mullins said he and Craig are “ecstatic.”
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So, answer me this: what kind of jerk gets “ecstatic” about forcing another person to violate their conscience?
The gay rights crowd famously crows about “tolerance,” but when this baker told a couple that his religious beliefs prohibited him from participating in their marriage, what did they do? They went straight to the ACLU who filed a legal complaint on their behalf. I guess the liberal idea of “tolerance” only goes one way.
from Erick Erickson over at Red State:
There will be no accommodation between gay rights activists and those seeking religious freedom to opt out of the gay rights movement. Gay rights activists demand tolerance for their lifestyle, but will not tolerate those who choose to adhere to their religious beliefs.
Increasingly, courts around the country are siding with the gay rights movement against those relying on the first freedoms of the country. While many would prefer to sit this out, they will be made to care.
Evil preaches tolerance until it is dominate and then it seeks to silence good. We are more and more rapidly arriving at a point in this country where Christians are being forced from the public square unless they abandon the tenets of their faith. In our secular society, Christianity is something you do on a Sunday and who you sleep with defines you.
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Got Biblical moral convictions? Sorry, no tolerance for you!
Be warned, America. There will come a day when the government begins ordering Christian pastors and priests to officiate gay wedding ceremonies. It will happen. We’re only a short hop away now unless more people begin to stand up and push back against the liberal anti-religious fascism.
10:44 am • 10 December 2013 • View comments
MSNBC: The word ‘Obamacare’ is totally racist you guys
MSNBC is doing what they do best: labeling everyone and everything they disagree with racist. Now it’s the word “Obamacare”. You know, dog whistles and such. The claim was so incredibly ludicrous that even the leftists at Politico thought she was crazy for stating it.
MSNBC’s Melissa Harris-Perry said Sunday that “Obamacare,” the nickname for President Obama’s healthcare legislation, was a “derogatory term… conceived of by a group of wealthy white men who needed a way to put themselves above and apart from a black man.”
The article goes on to ask four basic questions of Melissa Harris-Perry. Things like: Was term Hillarycare racist? What about the first article in which the word ever appeared? It mentions Giuliani-care, Obama-care, McCain-care, and Edwards-care. Are those all racist too? But my personal favorite is the last question:
What is your evidence, if any, for the assertion that Obamacare is a racially loaded term?
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That’s a very poignant question but almost laughable at this point. MSNBC has never had evidence to back up their racism claims but that hasn’t stopped them from accusing people and things of racism. Evidence to back up the claims is irrelevant. They know they can silence anyone with whom they disagree by simply convincing everyone that they’re racist. It’s a lot easier than arguing on principle, logic or facts.
Exit question: Until recently, Obama himself has used the word many times, even famously saying that Republicans would stop using it once the law was implemented. Does that mean that Obama is a racist too?
H/T: HotAir and WZ
9:39 am • 10 December 2013 • View comments
Global Warming Alert! Antarctica sets record for coldest Earthly temperature ever recorded
According to a new report, Antarctica has just set a new low temperature record: -135° Fahrenheit (-93.2° Celsius). This might help explain why the continent’s ice levels are growing.
From the AP:
Feeling chilly? Here’s cold comfort: You could be in East Antarctica which new data says set a record for “soul-crushing” cold.
Try 135.8 degrees Fahrenheit below zero; that’s 93.2 degrees below zero Celsius, which sounds only slightly toastier. Better yet, don’t try it. That’s so cold scientists say it hurts to breathe.
A new look at NASA satellite data revealed that Earth set a new record for coldest temperature recorded. It happened in August 2010 when it hit -135.8 degrees. Then on July 31 of this year, it came close again: -135.3 degrees.
The old record had been -128.6 degrees, which is -89.2 degrees Celsius.
Ice scientist Ted Scambos at the National Snow and Ice Data Center said the new record is “50 degrees colder than anything that has ever been seen in Alaska or Siberia or certainly North Dakota.”
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Make of this what you will. One temperature reading doesn’t necessarily mean much in the grand scheme of things. But it sure must be an “inconvenient truth” for global warming alarmists.
9:38 pm • 9 December 2013 • View comments
Feds sell remaining shares of GM…at a $10 billion loss to taxpayers
The good news: The federal government is no longer in the car business, at least not where General Motors is concerned. The bad news, it only cost taxpayers $10.5 billion. Tell me, why do some people think government is the answer to everything?
From USA Today:
U.S. taxpayers no longer own any of automaker General Motors. The Treasury sold the last of its remaining 31.1 million GM shares today. It started with 500 million shares in 2010.
The taxpayer loss on the GM bailout is $10.5 billion. The Treasury department said it recovered $39 billion from selling its GM stake, and had put $49.5 billion of taxpayer money directly into the GM bailout.
The total bailout rises to $51 billion, including another $1.5 billion that Treasury put into programs to keep GM suppliers afloat and to make sure owners’ warranties were honored, plus some into the old GMAC finance company that’s now known as Ally — separate from a much larger Ally bailout.
That $1.5 billion didn’t go directly to GM, but was spent largely on its behalf.
...The Obama administration emphasized today that the loss it took on GM shares was far less costly than allowing GM to fail.
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This is maddening. The president is a liar, plain and simple. The federal government bails out and unconstitutionally takes over (like the United States is some sort of banana republic) a terribly run company whose unions were driving it to the ground, then sells it a couple of years later at a $10 billion loss to taxpayers and we’re suppose to be grateful that it wasn’t worse?
What, exactly, was “far less costly”, Mr. President? Detroit went bankrupt, the economy is awful, taxpayers lost billions, an unimaginably terrible precedent was set that seems like something right out of Atlas Shrugged and the Constitution was completely ignored. Yeah, I don’t expect to be thankful for this any time soon.
8:56 pm • 9 December 2013 • View comments
Names and contact info of Californians who visted O’care site given to insurance companies without consent
Surprise! The names and contact information of those who simply visited California’s Obamacare web site were given to private companies without the consent of the user.
From the LA Times:
Raising concerns about consumer privacy, California’s health exchange has given insurance agents the names and contact information for tens of thousands of people who went online to check out coverage but didn’t ask to be contacted.
The Covered California exchange said it started handing out this consumer information this week as part of a pilot program to help people enroll ahead of a Dec. 23 deadline to have health insurance in place by Jan. 1.
State officials said they are only trying to help potential customers find insurance and sign up in time. But some insurance brokers and consumers who were contacted said they were astonished by the state’s move.
"I’m shocked and dumbfounded," said Sam Smith, an Encino insurance broker and president of the California Assn. of Health Underwriters, an industry group.
Smith said he was under the impression from the exchange that these consumers had requested assistance. He received the names of two consumers this week but has not yet contacted them.
"These people would have a legitimate complaint," Smith said.
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Here’s where the story gets even more strange. While they were perusing the site, the users were asked if they would like to share their private information with anyone. Most often, they selected “no.” But check out what was hidden in the “Notice of Privacy Practices” page:
So when users replied “no” when they were asked whether they wanted their information shared, CoveredCA just, you know, did it anyway.
There’s no private company in the country that could get away with this sort of thing but because it’s government, rest assured, there will be no repercussions.
Exit question: It couldn’t possibly be that this is a case of crony capitalism, where insurance companies in question paid in order to get a list of potential clients, could it?
7:16 pm • 9 December 2013 • View comments
CBO: Top 40% of earners paid 106.2% of taxes, bottom 40% received $18,950 in “government transfers”
The non-partisan Congressional Budget Office released a stunning report about the share of income taxes each person in the United States pays. The study shows that redistribution of wealth is not some right-wing conspiracy; it’s the reality of the American economy under our absurd tax code.
The top 40 percent of households by before-tax income actually paid 106.2 percent of the nation’s net income taxes in 2010, according to a new study by the Congressional Budget Office.
At the same time, households in the bottom 40 percent took in an average of $18,950 in what the CBO called “government transfers” in 2010.
Taxpayers in the top 40 percent of households were able to pay more than 100 percent of net federal income taxes in 2010 because Americans in the bottom 40 percent actually paid negative income taxes, according to the CBO study entitled, “The Distribution of Household Income and Federal Taxes, 2010.”
“When refundable tax credits, such as the earned income tax credit and the child tax credit, exceed the other federal tax liabilities of the households in an income group, those households are said to have a negative average tax rate,” said the CBO study.
“In its analysis, CBO measured individual income taxes net of refundable credits,” it said.
In 2010, the CBO determined, American households in the bottom 40 percent paid negative amounts in income-tax dollars and a negative average income-tax rate.
“Much of the progressivity of the federal tax system derives from the individual income tax,” said the report. “In 2010, the lowest quintile’s average rate for the individual income tax was -9.2 percent and the second income quintile’s rate was -2.3 percent.”
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The next time one of your friends on Facebook shares that goofy nonsense about the “wealth gap” in the United States, you point them here and let them look at this chart:
I didn’t make it up. This chart and these figures come straight from the CBO. You can take a look at the entire study if you like (PDF).
Liberals like to talk a lot about “fairness,” but there’s nothing fair about the government stealing income away from the people earned it and transferring it to people who did not. Even with such a slanted tax code, the “income gap” in the United States continues to grow, and why? Because our government has decided to punish people for their success, and you cannot build a strong middle class or a strong economy that way. After all, why work at all if you can sit at home and wait for your “government transfer”?
4:54 pm • 9 December 2013 • View comments
100 lawmakers from 32 states meet to discuss Constitutional convention
It’s about time. According to a report, nearly 100 lawmakers recently met at Mount Vernon to discuss and the possibility of holding a Constitutional convention in the near future.
From the Blaze:
Close to 100 legislators from 32 states met in Mount Vernon, Va., Saturday to discuss the possibility of adding amendments to the U.S. Constitution through a convention of the states.
Such a convention, as outlined in article five of the Constitution, would allow state legislatures to vote on amendments to add.
No constitutional amendment has been added this way, but some say the Constitution specifically allows for states to use the convention as a means to push back against the federal government.
Two-thirds of the state legislatures, or 34, must approve an application for a convention to occur, according to the Constitution’s article five. State legislatures would then send delegates to the convention, each state getting one vote on proposed amendments. For an amendment to pass and become a part of the Constitution, it would have to be approved by three-fourths, or 38, of the state legislatures.
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In my opinion, this is probably our best hope of restoring liberty. Sure, there are some who shudder at the mere mention of a convention of the states but it’s time we put those fears to bed. The federal government will continue to grow, regardless of what party is in power, unless the states put a stop to it.
It’s time we stop ignoring the federalism given to us by our founders, and learn to embrace it.
2:23 pm • 9 December 2013 • View comments
VIDEO: Thug playing “knockout game” gets served with immediate brutal justice
Around here, we’ve made a conscious decision not to give the so-called “knockout game” very much attention, mostly because that’s exactly what the thugs playing it want. However, I’ll make an exception today for one idiot who likely regrets his decision to target a woman in a shopping mall.
Here’s the video:
For every “knockout” victim, I sincerely hope there’s a brave bystander who’s willing to kick the thug in the face. That kind of immediate justice would put a quick end to this media-hyped trend.
1:13 pm • 9 December 2013 • View comments
Don’t you feel safer now? TSA seizes miniature toy gun from sock monkey stuffed animal.
The TSA proves once again that its officers are about as useful as an overweight mall cop without his Segway. Last week, TSA employees in in St. Louis disarmed a sock monkey toy of his miniature revolver. Don’t you feel safer now?
May has a small business selling unique sock monkey dolls. She says she and her husband were on their way from St. Louis to Sea-Tac and she had a couple of monkeys and sewing supplies with her in a carry-on bag.
“His pistol was in there,” she says of the sock monkey “Rooster Monkburn,” a take-off on John Wayne character “Rooster Cogburn” from the film “True Grit.”
May and her husband were going through the screening process when she noticed that one of her bags was missing.
“And the (TSA agent) held it up and said ‘whose is this?’” she said. “I realized oh, my God this is my bag.”
May said the TSA agent went through the bag, through the sewing supplies and found the two-inch long pistol.
“She said ‘this is a gun,’” said May. “I said no, it’s not a gun it’s a prop for my monkey.”
“She said ‘If I held it up to your neck, you wouldn’t know if it was real or not,’ and I said ‘really?’” said May.
The TSA agent told May she would have to confiscate the tiny gun and was supposed to call the police.
“I said well go ahead,” said May. “And I said really? You’re kidding me right, and she said no it looks like a gun.”
“She took my monkey’s gun,” said May, who has retained her sense of humor.
“Rooster Monkburn has been disarmed so I’m sure everyone on the plane was safe,” she said.
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There you go. These are the buffoons that are supposedly keeping our airports safe. And how do they do it? By groping Granny and confiscating toy guns from toy monkeys.
12:43 pm • 9 December 2013 • View comments
VIDEO: Independent swing voters in Ohio have some pretty harsh things to say about Obama
I’m not even sure how this segment made it onto the air over at the liberal alternate universe that is MSNBC, but it’s pretty incredible. All of the voters in this focus group voted for President Obama, and none of them are satisfied with his performance.
here’s the video:
I actually feel sad for the woman who said Obama “isn’t focused on making people more prosperous,” as if that’s the government’s job in any way. Government cannot make citizens prosperous. Oh, sure, it can line the pockets of a select few cronies, but prosperity only comes when individuals are allowed the freedom to enjoy the fruits of their own labor without government intrusion, regulation, taxation, and redistribution.
If only these voters had read Poor Richard’s News before casting their ballots for Obama. We could have predicted for them all of the things they’re disappointed by now. I guess some people have to learn the hard way…
12:11 pm • 9 December 2013 • View comments
You’ll never believe why Georgia cops arrested this Nissan Leaf owner
Could you get arrested for plugging in your phone at a public building? Well, a man in Georgia was arrested after he plugged in his Nissan Leaf and was charged with “theft of power” from the city. And how much power did he steal? $.05
A Georgia man found himself in handcuffs after charging his electric car outside a middle school where his son was playing tennis in what police alleged was unlawful “theft” of county power worth roughly five cents.
Kaveh Kamooneh, of Decatur, said he was attending a Saturday morning tennis practice session for his 11-year-old son on Nov. 2 when he plugged in his electric car at a power outlet outside Chamblee Middle School.
Kamooneh, 50, said he was alarmed when, soon after, he saw a police officer inspecting his Nissan LEAF.
According to a report from the Chamblee Police Department, an officer responded to a called complaint of the white Nissan LEAF left parked and charging at the school. In the police report, the officer said he could not find the vehicle’s owner but found the car doors unlocked and picked up a piece of mail on the car floor showing a Decatur address.
“He told me he was going to arrest me for theft,” Kamooneh said, who said he charged his car for roughly 20 minutes. Clean Cities Atlanta, an electric vehicle advocacy group, says that is roughly the equivalent of a nickel’s worth of electricity, WIXA in Atlanta reported.
On Nov. 13, Kamooneh said he was met at his door by police, who handcuffed him and took him to the DeKalb County jail, where he was held for about 15 hours.
“I quickly realized it was from the events that had happened 11 days back,” he said. “The officer did threaten that he would do that. I guess I didn’t quite believe that he would go through with it.”
Kamooneh was officially charged with theft by taking what the officer said was “theft of power” by not seeking permission from the DeKalb County School system to charge his car there, according to the police report.
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So, the officer opened his car door without a warrant and then arrested him 11 days later for “sealing” 5 cents worth of power. I’ve got news for this police squad full of lame brains: you guys have already wasted about 1,000% more taxpayer money paying your boneheaded officer for time he spent violating this man’s 4th Amendment rights and arresting him.
11:39 pm • 7 December 2013 • View comments
Report: 7 out of 10 California doctors boycotting Obamacare
According to a new report, as many as 70% of California doctors are warning patients that they will not receive them if they have signed up for Obamacare.
From The Washington Examiner:
An estimated seven out of every 10 physicians in deep-blue California are rebelling against the state’s Obamacare health insurance exchange and won’t participate, the head of the state’s largest medical association said.
“It doesn’t surprise me that there’s a high rate of nonparticipation,” said Dr. Richard Thorp, president of the California Medical Association.
…“We need some recognition that we’re doing a service to the community. But we can’t do it for free. And we can’t do it at a loss. No other business would do that,” he said.
California offers one of the lowest government reimbursement rates in the country — 30 percent lower than federal Medicare payments. And reimbursement rates for some procedures are even lower.
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Can you blame the doctors? Imagine two patients who both require the same procedure. One has insurance through a private company and will pay full price for the procedure. The other, however, is insured by California’s version of Obamacare, which will pay 20% what the private insurance company will pay. If you were the doctor, would you be happy about that?
Generally, doctors are good, honest people who want the best for their patients and work hard for them every day. But we must remember that they have businesses to run. And while they might be charitable, they have to make money.
There are those who are constantly pushing class envy on everyone, who think that doctors should be paid less. These people ought to be careful what they wish for. The interest of the best and brightest among us to study and practice medicine is, in most cases, directly proportional to the potential salary that can be made by practicing medicine.
11:30 pm • 7 December 2013 • View comments
Remember: 20 incredible photos from the attack on Pearl Harbor
Today, December 7th, we remember Pearl Harbor and the attack that led our nation in to World War II. To the survivors and families of those who lost loved ones there, we say a prayer of thanks for your sacrifice.
1:51 pm • 7 December 2013 • View comments
Hilarious: Reason TV exposes the “fast food strike” for the silly sham it really was
The kind folks over Reason do a brilliant job of explaining free market economics and exposing the anti-capitalist left who fund astroturf protest events like the so-called “living wage” fast food protest in NYC.
The organizers of the protest called it a strike, but with fewer than 1/10 of 1% of NYC fast food employees participating, it wasn’t much of a strike at all. Instead, what Reason found was a small roving band of 150 paid protestors and organizers that didn’t want them talking to the cameras.
Here’s the video:
The strike, which was led by a group called Fast Food Forward that’s affiliated with the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), was one of more than a 100 similar demonstrations held in cities across the country.
The New York demonstration had about 150 people, but the number of actual fast food employees participating in the strike was small. It was business as usual at every restaurant we dropped by yesterday morning and, at a McDonald’s restaurant on 23rd Street and Madison Avenue in Manhattan, employees behind the counter said they had heard nothing about a strike.
We caught up with the protesters in front of a Wendy’s in downtown Brooklyn, where the crowd consisted of union organizers, fast-food workers, and their sympathizers. An estimated one-third of the demonstrators were fast-food employees, meaning that less than one-tenth of 1 percent of New York City’s 57,000 fast-food workforce participated in the strike.
The group was traveling from one fast-food restaurant to another, before winding up at Foley Square in Manhattan around 1pm.
Multiple strikers told us they had received compensation through a union strike fund to appear, but declined to say the amount they were paid.
Artificially doubling wages to $15 an hour would change many things in the fast food industry, including the easy path it provides for low-skilled employees to break into the labor market. Substantially higher wages would mean that existing employees would be less apt to look for other positions, and senior staffers would be more inclined to hog shift hours. Franchisees would likely move more aggressively to replace human service workers with automated cash registers, which is already happening in European McDonald’s. Evidence of how artificially boosting wages destroys opportunities for entry level workers was best documented in a 2006 study by economists David Neumark and William Wascher, which was updated in 2013.
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Here’s a novel idea: if you don’t want to work for less than $15/hour, don’t get a job at a fast food company. Fast food workers aren’t being forced to work their jobs. If you want a higher salary, get educated, get experience, and work your way up the ladder. It’s not rocket science, just simple Adam Smith economics.
1:00 pm • 7 December 2013 • View comments