Florida legislature advances bill to prevent school children from being punished for pretend guns
Last year, we saw a wave of the stupidest “zero-tolerance” disciplinary actions by school officials that one can even imagine. There were punishments for pencil guns, Lego guns, guns on tshirts, and even Pop Tarts chewed into the vague shape of a gun.
Finally, some lawmakers with half a brain in Florida are moving a bill that would prevent school children in Florida from being disciplined for pretending to shoot a gun.
A bill backed by the National Rifle Association that lawmakers said would add “common sense” to zero-tolerance policies for guns in public schools sailed through a House education panel on Wednesday.
The measure (PCB KTS 14-02) by House Judiciary Chairman Dennis Baxley, R-Ocala, would prevent children from being disciplined for simulating a gun while playing or wearing clothes that depict firearms.
Baxley called the measure “the pop-tart bill” — a reference to a widely reported news story about a Maryland 7-year-old who was suspended from school last year for chewing his breakfast pastry into the shape of a gun.
“Obviously we don’t want firearms brought to school in a backpack,” Baxley said. “But we were definitely having some over-reactions.”
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What is shameful is that legislatures even need to spend time drafting measures like this, but it takes hard work and dedication to peal back the liberal, anti-gun, zero tolerance, politically correct web of insanity.
11:21 am • 10 February 2014 • View comments
IRS to take as much as $10,000 from US Olympians who bring home the gold
Even as US athletes prepare to put their best performances on the line in the hopes for Olympic gold, IRS agents are preparing to pounce on the winners and take a big chunk of their earnings.
As 230 U.S. Olympic athletes gear up to compete in the 2014 Winter Games, the only thing colder than the slopes at Sochi is the fact that any prizes awarded by the U.S. Olympic Commission (USOC) will be taxed by the IRS. Many Americans don’t realize that the U.S. taxes income earned abroad, and as such even the winnings of Olympic athletes are subject to the reach of the IRS.
The USOC awards prizes to U.S. Olympic medal winners: $25,000 for gold, $15,000 for silver, and $10,000 for bronze. Relative to each athlete’s income tax bracket, some top earners such as Shaun White could end up paying over a third (39.6 percent) of their winnings to the IRS.
Additionally, because the U.S. is one of only a handful of developed countries that tax income earned abroad, it is likely America’s competitors will not be subject to such a tax. Taken together - the tax on Olympic athletes and the tax on income earned abroad - it can be said the U.S. has officially “earned the Gold” for having one of the most backwards and illogical tax codes in the world.
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Congrats Olympians! You just won gold! Now pay up!
10:55 am • 7 February 2014 • View comments
44% of US companies considering dropping insurance coverage of current workers due to Obamacare
If you receive health insurance benefits through your job, it might be a good idea to start looking for other alternatives. According to a study by Duke University, 44% of US companies are considering dropping the health insurance plans of their current employees as a direct result of Obamacare.
From The Washington Examiner:
Adding to a devastating CBO report of how Obamacare could damage the economy, a Duke University survey of top companies found that 44 percent are considering reducing health benefits to current employees due to Obamacare, confirming the fears of millions of American workers.
In its December survey of chief financial officers around the country, Duke also found that nearly half are “reluctant to hire full-time employers because of the Affordable Care Act.”
And 40 percent are considering shifting to part-time workers and others will hire fewer workers of fire some to avoid the costs of the program.
What’s more, they said in the study, “One in five firms indicates they are likely to hire fewer employees, and another one in 10 may lay off current employees in response to the law.”
Without the law, the CFOs told Duke that they would hire more full-time workers.
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This is devastating, folks. Seriously devastating.
It’s amazing to think that there are still those who don’t believe that Obamacare is and has been devastating to the economy.
The law that was supposedly designed to reduce the number of uninsured, will most definitely increase it. How’s that for irony?
12:31 am • 7 February 2014 • View comments
Pro-abortion Obama at Prayer Breakfast: “killing the innocent…the ultimate betrayal of God’s will”
This excerpt from Obama’s speech at the National Prayer Breakfast starts with the irony of the President (who is currently fighting in court with the Catholic Church and other Christian groups) decrying the encroachment on religious freedom in other countries. The clip ends with Obama condemning the taking of innocent life as “the ultimate betrayal of God’s will.”
Here’s the video:
For those who are unaware, President Obama openly advocates zero restrictions on abortion, including partial-birth abortions and even infanticide of newborns who survive botched abortions.
1:16 pm • 6 February 2014 • View comments
VIDEO: Attorney Cleta Mitchell’s explosive testimony before Congress about the IRS targeting scandal
Cleta Mitchell is a tax attorney who represents several of the conservative groups that have been targeted by the IRS. She testified before Congress today, and her opening statement is absolutely stunning. She lays out very clearly that the IRS targeting scandal is real, still ongoing, and that the Department of Justice’s investigation into the matter is a sham.
Mitchell’s facts are solid, and anybody who has taken just a cursory look into the IRS targeting scandal can tell that there is not just unethical behavior happening here but criminal.
12:42 pm • 6 February 2014 • View comments
As predicted, Obamacare causes massive doctor shortage in Oregon
Enrollees in Oregon’s Obamacare state exchange are finding out that their new “affordable” health plans aren’t actually all that useful. Oregonians now face a critical doctor shortage with no clear end in sight.
Here’s video of the local news report:
What a shock! Who who could have seen this coming? I know, I know. It’s not polite to say, “I told you so,” but seriously.
Here at Poor Richard’s News, we covered this over and over and over and over and over and over again. Conservatives have been warning about a doctor shortage for years now.
Obama might talk a compassionate talk, but where the rubber meets the road, Obama doesn’t care at all about the people hurt by his policies. He’s less like Mother Theresa and more like this guy:
No, I didn’t just call Obama a Nazi. Lighten up, people!
10:27 am • 6 February 2014 • View comments
4,406 record low temperatures set in January, 283 in the past week
If you live in the US and you’ve been uncomfortably cold for most of the past couple of months, it’s not your imagination. Temperatures have been smashing records since the fall. But January has been especially brutal with more than 4,000 low temperature records broken.
The picture becomes even more bleak when you consider the fact that scientists are now predicting 20 more years of global cooling. You know, it’s one of those 20-year long weather anomalies.
We were warned back in August that this would be a bitterly cold winter by none other than the ever-reliable Farmer’s Almanac. Remember this?
From CBS News:
The Farmers’ Almanac is using words like “piercing cold,” “bitterly cold” and “biting cold” to describe the upcoming winter.
…It also predicts a colder-than-normal winter for two-thirds of the country and heavy snowfall in the Midwest, Great Lakes and New England.
"We’re using a very strong four-letter word to describe this winter, which is C-O-L-D. It’s going to be very cold," said Sandi Duncan, managing editor.
Based on planetary positions, sunspots and lunar cycles, the almanac’s secret formula is largely unchanged since founder David Young published the first almanac in 1818.
Modern scientists don’t put much stock in sunspots or tidal action, but the almanac says its forecasts used by readers to plan weddings and plant gardens are correct about 80 percent of the time.
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Since 1818. Eighteen Eighteen. They’ve been accurately predicting the weather for nearly 200 years using a formula that ostensibly contains no mention of carbon footprints, windmills or “greenhouse gases.” Imagine. That.
I know, I know, weather not climate, yadda yadda yadda. But honestly, I don’t know how much more of this, um, weather I can take.
12:26 am • 6 February 2014 • View comments
AG Secretary Vilsack: Obama “Expects his cabinet to be forceful and act” without Congress
Who needs Congress when there’s nobody stopping you from completely ignoring the Constitutional separation of powers? Not Obama. Congress has allowed President Obama to seize power away from the Legislative Branch and put it in the hands of the vast bureaucracy under his czars and cabinet secretaries.
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced Wednesday the establishment of “climate change hubs” in seven states – and three sub-hubs – that will assess and come up with a plan to help rural America deal with climate risks – all without congressional approval.
“The president’s been quite insistent in cabinet meetings and in private meetings that he expects his cabinet to be forceful and to act. We can’t wait for congressional action. So pursuant to his climate action plan, we established a number of climate change hubs,” Vilsack said during the White House press briefing.
The seven states are: New Hampshire, North Carolina, Iowa, Oklahoma, Colorado, New Mexico and Oregon. The sub-stations are located in California, Michigan, and Puerto Rico.
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No law has approved the building of these “climate change hubs.” No budget has set aside the funds for their construction and operation. No bill has been introduced for Congress to debate. No accountability is in place to stop President Obama from acting like a dictator.
10:12 pm • 5 February 2014 • View comments
SWAT team forced Florida woman to vacate home, illegally used it for operations during standoff
A woman in Jacksonville, Florida is furious after a police SWAT team forced her out of her home and used it to conduct operations during a standoff with her neighbor across the street.
Deborah Franz feels violated. She claims the SWAT team went into her southside home without her permission during a standoff involving her neighbor Sunday afternoon.
Franz said it all started shortly after overhearing a fight at her neighbor’s house across the street Sunday. A short time later, the SWAT team swarmed her neighborhood.
"The cop goes ‘You all need to leave, you can’t be in your house,’" said Franz.
That happened around 1 p.m. About six hours later, deputies cleared the scene and she went back home. But something was off when she walked through the door.
"I stopped, I froze because I realized somebody had messed with my TV," said Franz.
Franz said her blinds were opened, her Xbox and TV were disconnected, and a drape over her bedroom window was thrown on the floor.
At first she thought it was a burglar but then realized nothing was missing.
"They were the last people I saw, was the police, so I’m assuming it had to have been them," said Franz.
Franz said she called the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office to complain.
"He did call me back and he said ‘Yeah Ms. Franz my men did come in your house,’" said Franz.
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This is a very clear violation of the Constitution’s 3rd Amendment:
No Soldier shall, in time of peace be quartered in any house, without the consent of the Owner, nor in time of war, but in a manner to be prescribed by law
If you’re getting hung up on the word “soldier,” you haven’t been paying attention to the rapid militarization of police forces across the country. Local Police, especially in tactical units like SWAT, increasingly use the same methods and equipment as the US military. The distinction between the definition of a “soldier” and that of a “police officer” is, at this point, mere semantics.
These kinds of Constitutional violations have been rapidly increasing over the past few years. The most obvious example is the aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombing. We cannot allow local police forces to continue with such blatant violations of the Constitution.
9:37 pm • 5 February 2014 • View comments
VIDEO: Russian government hacking electronics of every visitor to Sochi Olympic games
The Kremlin has made it very clear: visitors to the Sochi Olympic games will have no privacy, and they shouldn’t have any expectations as such. Once connected to any Russian internet network, every single electronic device brought into the country is immediately hacked by the Russian government, and the contents of that device are no longer secure.
Here’s a report from NBC:
If you think our own government is any better, think again. The NSA intercepts and stores every electronic communication made in in the United States and, in many cases, internationally as well.
There is no privacy left in the modern world. When will we stand and fight the monster that is the surveillance state? If such behavior is not acceptable for the Russian government, how can we tolerate it from our own?
11:17 am • 5 February 2014 • View comments
"This really pisses me off!" Seinfeld scolds Buzzfeed editor for questioning show’s "lack of diversity"
This is one of the things that I love about Jerry Seinfeld: he shoots straight and calls out the baloney when he sees it. When Buzzfeed editor Peter Lauria was asked about the “lack of diversity” on his new web series “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee,” Jerry immediately called him out on his “PC nonsense.”
Here’s the video:
Why doesn’t Peter Lauria go ask Tyler Perry why he doesn’t have more white actors star in his films? Want to know? Because it doesn’t fit the liberal, politically correct narrative to do so.
12:35 am • 5 February 2014 • View comments
VIDEO: Glenn Beck blasts the Washington GOP establishment at Reagan Day dinner
Glenn Beck minced no words at a Texas GOP gathering for Reagan Day, calling out the Washington GOP establishment’s hypocrisy and enabling of the Obama administration.
Here’s the video:
partial transcript via TPN:
Their first set of principles? ‘We declare that border security and interior enforcement must come first.’ Oh really? Do they really? Where were they when they had the House, and the Senate, and the White House? Where were they? They were afraid to act.
America is not about free stuff. It’s not about sugar cereals, it’s not about a marketing campaign. America is about freedom! That’s the only thing “free” here, the people.
If you really believe in something, show me the action. In Washington, they’re not showing us the action. If the GOP actually believed these things, then there would be a Special Prosecutor appointed right now to investigate the IRS. If the GOP actually believed in the Constitution, there would be a Special Prosecutor for the NSA, and a Special Prosecutor for the reporters that have been spied on and threatened. Why is there no Special Prosecutor for Benghazi? Because they’re afraid of being called naughty names.
This speech has plenty of what I love about Texas…good old red meat! Beck is on point, and shares the frustration that most Conservatives share about the Republican party. This is precisely why so many of us, like Beck, move further and further away from the Republican party every day.
12:22 am • 5 February 2014 • View comments
Live Stream 7PM ET: Creationist Ken Ham debates Evolutionist Bill Nye the Science Guy
What are you doing tonight? You probably want to drop all that and watch the world’s most prominent creationism proponent debate the TV scientist of your childhood.
Here’s the live stream. It starts at 7pm Easter. I’m making popcorn:
Feel free to duke it out in the comments section, but keep it civil! We don’t need to start acting like apes or anything…
UPDATE: Live event has ended but the above video link now points to the archive of the entire debate.
5:02 pm • 4 February 2014 • View comments
CBO: Obamacare will cause 2.5 million Americans to drop out of work force
No, I didn’t choose the photo for this story because I wanted to imply that the White House somehow thinks Obamacare causing 2.5 million Americans to drop out of the work force is a good thing. I chose the photo because the White House actually said Obamacare causing 2.5 million Americans to drop out of the work force is a good thing…
A Congressional Budget Office report indicating that more than two million Americans will voluntarily leave America’s already reduced workforce because of the options provided in the Affordable Care Act exploded like the bombshell it was on Tuesday.
The White House already has its hands full as the attempt to mollify the concerns of nervous Democrats heading into the 2014 midterm election cycle. Now, Democrats can add the White House’s reaction to this CBO report to their list of gripes as they head into political strategy sessions with President Barack Obama.
On Tuesday, the White House called the report misleading and inaccurate, but they also took the odd step of praising the disincentives contained within the ACA to leave the labor market.
Lisa Desjardins reported that the CBO report indicates that more workers will choose to leave the labor market because they no longer have to depend on their employer to provide them with health insurance. She noted that the White House pushed back on that report by claiming that Americans taking advantage of the opportunity to abandon the workforce was a welcome development.
“So, these workers will have a choice that they don’t have now, and that’s what the White House is pointing to as something good in their response to this report,” Desjardins said.
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The White House’s spinning here is absurd on its face. We already have a massive problem with permanent unemployment (which we’ve reported on this site time and time again), and now the Obama administration wants to double and triple down on this economic failure.
Americans are not dropping out of the work force because they can now get cheap health care. They’re dropping out of the work force because they don’t have jobs and there are no jobs to be had.
4:56 pm • 4 February 2014 • View comments
Saturday morning video: Gun control legislation ≠ crime reduction
This video, (gun myths gone in 5 minutes) which has been making the internet rounds recently, was filmed about a year after the Virginia Tech campus shooting in 2007. It lays out the case against gun control in the logical, calm way we’ve come to expect from John Stossel. Enjoy!
Here’s the video:
As I’ve stated before, if you are for legislative “gun control”, you are for more violence. It’s as simple as that.
8:45 am • 1 February 2014 • View comments