MILLER: Exploiting gun tragedies – Washington Times

MILLER: Exploiting gun tragedies – Washington Times.

Bloomberg uses tax dollars to push for gun control in other states

Gun-control advocates have no shame. Before the bodies are buried or families have grieved, political opportunists exploit the tragic murder of innocent people to advance their cases. New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg uses his taxpayer-funded staff to jump all over a shooting anywhere in the country as a hook to call for more restrictions on Second Amendment rights.

The day before seven people were murdered at a Sikh temple in Milwaukee on Aug. 5, Mr. Bloomberg’s organization, Mayors Against Illegal Guns (MAIG), started running a TV ad called “Tucson Survivors Demand a Plan,” which demands President Obama and Mitt Romney offer plans to stop firearm killings. The spot was timed to take advantage of renewed attention on the Jan. 2011 shooting of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords as her shooter, Jared Loughner, was to plead guilty on Tuesday.

One day after the Wisconsin shooting, Mr. Bloomberg went to a Sikh community center in Queens to call for more gun-control laws. “Just two weeks after tragedy in Aurora, we’ve seen another mass shooting,” the Big Apple’s chief executive stated. “And still the two presidential candidates have not given the American public a plan to keep guns out of the hands of dangerous people.”

Since it is already against the law for felons or the mentally ill to get guns, Mr. Bloomberg believes outlawing certain kinds of scary-looking guns — which the left calls “assault weapons” — will somehow stop criminals from committing murder. Hizzoner also said, “guns, I think, are the reason why we have high crime.” He left out the contradictory fact that higher rates of gun ownership are proven to reduce crime.

Media Trackers Ohio recently uncovered emails between Mr. Bloomberg’s mayoral staff and gun-control organizations seemingly trying to exploit the Feb. 27 deaths of three high-school students at a school in Chardon, Ohio. One hour after that shooting, Mark Glaze, director of MAIG, emailed a CNN story about it to official government emails of three Bloomberg staffers and other anti-gun activists. Minutes later, one of the mayoral aides, William Swenson, updated the group with a note “four injured.”

An hour later, Lance Orchid, national organizing director of Gun Violence Prevention, emailed, “Perhaps this is the perfect time to push out the new micro-site petition around guns on campus.” Neither Mr. Orchid nor Mr. Glaze responded to requests for comment.

That afternoon, Janey Rountree, firearms-policy coordinator in the New York City mayor’s office, asked the group to find out how shooter T.J. Lane got his gun and asked, “Are reporters working on this or planning to push the question?” She later wrote, “It may still make sense to talk about guns on college campus in the wake of this shooting.” A spokesman for Mr. Bloomberg refused to comment on the emails.

Mr. Bloomberg’s aide Chris Kocher sent the group a note about “membership outreach” that said the group ProgressOhio had created a website for condolence notes from which “email acquisitions will be shared” with MAIG and a “small subset of these names” will be provided to a group called Ohio Coalition to Stop Gun Violence. Brian Rothenberg of ProgressOhio complained to The Washington Times, “It’s outrageous to question our sincerity for the condolence page.”

Unlike gun-control groups, the National Rifle Association’s policy is not to make any public comments until after the funerals and memorials. “The gun-control types are so adept at exploiting tragedies that they make ambulance chasers look like Sunday drivers,” one NRA official previously lamented about the speed at which the other side snaps into activist mode. There is a time and place for public-policy debates, but gun grabbers should learn to have respect for victims.

Emily Miller is a senior editor for the Opinion pages at The Washington Times.

EDITORIAL: Monumental waste – Washington Times

EDITORIAL: Monumental waste – Washington Times.

Time to derail Amtrak’s $7.5 billion Union Station face-lift

By THE WASHINGTON TIMES – The Washington Times

Government waste is so prevalent that it rarely comes as a surprise. Bureaucrats partying at public expense, inefficient labor-union contracts and massive cost overruns are the natural consequence of giving civil servants the ability to spend money earned by others. Amtrak wants to take waste to new heights. On July 25, the government railroad service proposed to give Washington’s historic Union Station a $7.5 billion face-lift. And that’s before the budget goes off the rails.

Apparently, no expense is to be spared if it furthers the Obama administration’s high-speed-rail scheme. “Today’s plan ensures that Union Station will continue to serve as the gateway to our nation’s capital, providing growing numbers of passengers with even greater transportation options,” Deputy Secretary of Transportation John D. Porcari said upon the proposal’s announcement. “The Department of Transportation is committed to Union Station’s future, both as an important part of the local economy and of the president’s vision for a revitalized Northeast Corridor.”

This $7.5 billion won’t build a wholly new station; it merely will add a bit of additional capacity to the existing location. There will be new passenger concourses, wider platforms for stepping off the train, a few new street entrances and a shopping area that will be built over the tracks. It’s a “visionary and practical approach to revitalize the terminal” that will take from 15 to 20 years to complete.

To the delight of Washington’s car-hating liberal establishment, the plan includes bulldozing the existing Union Station parking structure — one of the cheapest and most reliable places to park for an hour or two in the city. The liberals have been itching to replace it with an expanse of modernist glass architecture, destroying the beauty of the existing station’s classic lines, which were drawn by architect Daniel Burnham in 1903.

Amtrak claims the renovation will stimulate $15 billion in gross regional product over the next couple of decades. Given government rail’s profitless track record, such predictions are wishful thinking. As House Transportation Committee Chairman John L. Mica, Florida Republican, artfully pointed out Thursday, Amtrak can’t even sell a hamburger without taking a loss. In 10 years of selling food and beverages on its choo-choos, Amtrak has racked up a staggering $833 million loss.

As Mr. Mica explained, McDonald’s can sell a hamburger for $1, but Amtrak needs to sell it for $9.50. Yet even that inflated amount can’t cover the staggering $16.15 per-burger cost to taxpayers.

This is all to say it’s not a surprise that Amtrak and the Obama administration could conceive of a train-station rehabilitation with double the price tag of the Freedom Tower in New York City. It will cost $3.8 billion to construct that hub of commerce standing 1,776 feet tall out of the rubble of the World Trade Center. The contrast is poignant. One project is a symbol of America’s determination to succeed; the other is a symbol of the audacity of waste.

NAPOLITANO: Bad days for freedom – Washington Times

NAPOLITANO: Bad days for freedom – Washington Times.

Government is free to violate our civil rights at will

By Andrew P. Napolitano

Presently in America, nearly half of all households receive either a salary or substantial benefits from the government. Presently in America, nearly half of all adults pay no federal income taxes. Presently in America, the half that pay no income taxes receive the bulk of their income courtesy of the government, but ultimately from the half that do. This money is extracted involuntarily from the paying half by a permanent bureaucracy that extracts and gives away more each year no matter who is running the government. The recipients of these transfer payments rely upon them for subsistence, so they have a vested financial interest in sending to Washington those who will continue to take your money and give it to them.

It is no wonder that we are now saddled with the micromanagement of health care by the same bureaucratic mindset that mismanages the U.S. Postal Service and everything else the federal government runs. It should not be surprising to know that presently in America, half of the people actually want the government to take care of their needs. The same was the case under communist regimes, but here those folks vote.

Hence, we have laws that force us to be charitable to those whom the government designates as worthy of our charity, that limit the amount of salt that restaurants can put into our food, that permit the government to watch us on street corners and subways and in the lobbies of buildings, that let the president fight wars of opportunity, that permit the Federal Reserve to print money with no value and inflate prices and destroy savings, that allow the government to listen to us on our cellphones and use those phones to follow us wherever we go, and, according to CIA Director David Petraeus, that let the government anticipate our movements inside our homes.

As of the last week in June, the government has a vast new power that was brought to us by the Supreme Court’s latest attack on personal freedom. Congress can now lawfully command any behavior of individuals that it pleases – whether or not the subject of the behavior is a power granted to Congress by the Constitution – and it may punish noncompliance with that command, so long as the punishment is calleda tax.

Justice Antonin Scalia’s whimsical query during the Supreme Court oral argument on the health care law about whether Congress could make him eat broccoli suddenly isn’t as funny as it was when he asked it, because the answer is: It can fine him for not eating broccoli, so long as it calls that fine a tax.

Quick: If you call a tail a leg, how many legs does a dog have? Answer: Four, because calling a tail a leg doesn’t make a tail a leg.

How did we get here?

We got here because voters and the government we elected, and even the courts the popular branches appointed and confirmed, have lost sight of first principles. When Thomas Jefferson wrote in the Declaration of Independence that our rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness are a part of our humanity, and when we fought and won the Revolution under that premise, and when the first Congress enacted that language as the first federal law, this became the irrevocable recognition of the natural law as the basis for our personal freedom and limited government. Since our rights come from our humanity, they don’t come from the government.

But you would never know that from looking at the government. In New York City, where I work at Fox News Channel, we are all embroiled in two disputes this summer over the constitutional role of the government in our lives. The mayor, a self-made billionaire who likes donuts and has bodyguards but wants to tell others how to live in private and in public, is trying to ban soda pop in containers larger than 16 ounces and wants the police to be able to stop and frisk anyone on a whim – and all in the name of health and safety. He is actually banning freedom.

Imagine Jefferson being told what to eat or stopped and frisked on a whim. And then imagine the Supreme Court telling him that he must pay a tax if he fails to comport his personal, private behavior as Congress – which doesn’t believe in privacy or personal freedom – commands.

Here is how you can tell that these are bad days for freedom: Does the government need your permission to violate your rights, or do you need the government’s permission to exercise them? The answer is painfully obvious.

Presently in America, what are we going to do about it?

Andrew P. Napolitano, a former judge of the Superior Court of New Jersey, is the senior judicial analyst at Fox News Channel. He is the author of “It Is Dangerous to Be Right When the Government Is Wrong: The Case for Personal Freedom” (Thomas Nelson, 2011).

MILLER: Backdoor gun ban – Washington Times

MILLER: Backdoor gun ban – Washington Times.

Microstamping drives up costs without solving crimes

By Emily Miller – The Washington Times

Gun grabbers need to be sneaky to accomplish their goals. Their latest trick is to convince anti-gun states to mandate that handguns be microstamp-ready. That means the weapon’s firing pin is redesigned to imprint a code on the primer so that, in theory, it will give law enforcement the ability to identify a specific gun from shell casings left at a crime scene. Like most left-wing endeavors, this one isn’t going to work.

That didn’t stop the New York State Assembly on Tuesday from passing a microstamping bill backed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo and New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg. The legislation, which passed 85 to 60, specifically says guns manufactured in New York or delivered to a dealer after January 2014 have to produce a unique alpha-numeric marker on at least two locations of each spent cartridge that identifies the make, model and serial number. Fortunately, the state Senate blocked the bill on the last day of this session on Thursday, as it has done in four previous sessions.

Mr. Bloomberg and Mr. Cuomo don’t care about the negative impact of their proposal, which they estimate to be $12 per pistol. Manufacturers stuck with the actual duty of implementing the legislation put the cost at hundreds of dollars per gun. “We don’t know how to do microscopic etching. The equipment to do it costs hundreds of thousands of dollars, and we would also need a scanning electron microscope to verify it’s on the pin,” said Jeff Reh, general counsel for Beretta USA. “We wouldn’t invest a half-million dollars to sell guns in one state.”

A spokesman for Remington Arms said if it had to add microstamping to all its pistols, it would “reconsider its relationship with New York and certainly the manufacturing of our handguns in the state.” New York-based Kimber Mfg. Inc. said the law would make the firm rethink its current expansion in Yonkers. The National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF), which represents firearm and ammunition manufacturers, estimates this bill would send 5,200 New Yorkers to the unemployment lines.

“Manufacturers will simply stop selling handguns into a state that requires microstamping,” explained NSSF’s senior vice president, Lawrence Keane, of the ultimate consequences for the industry. “This is, in effect, a handgun ban.”

California and the District of Columbia are the only places in the country that have passed the mandate, but neither has actually implemented the law because the technology isn’t ready. Several independent, peer-reviewed studies, including one conducted by the National Academy of Sciences, have concluded that microstamping is still flawed and unreliable.

Maryland, New York and the District required ballistics testing on spent casings for each gun sold – until they realized it was extremely costly and didn’t actually solve any crimes. Each of these jurisdictions recently jettisoned the testing requirement.

The gun grabbers talk about fancy technology, but nothing will stop the bad guys from merely using an emery board to scratch the stamp off the firing pin. It also won’t work on revolvers, which don’t leave casings behind when fired. It’s obvious that the only purpose left is to discourage the sales of handguns and infringe on Second Amendment rights.

Emily Miller is a senior editor for the Opinion pages at The Washington Times.

Occupy fail? – Tea Party Nation

Occupy fail? – Tea Party Nation.

Posted by Judson Phillips

Well, the massive May Day protests Occupy promised, well, they may fall under the heading now of epic fail. 

 From CNBC:

 Occupy Wall Street‘s call for a general strike to mark International Workers Day got off to a slow start on Tuesday, with sparse gatherings at a handful of spots around a rainy New York City.

 At Bryant Park in midtown Manhattan, about 100 activists gathered where the group had promised a “pop-up encampment” emblematic of the movement’s early days in lower Manhattan’s Zuccotti Park near the Wall Street financial district.

 The crowd soon dispersed to other locations to demonstrate, including directly across the street from Bryant Park at the Bank of America tower. About two dozen activists picketed in front of the building’s main entrance. One person was arrested in the middle of 6th Avenue in front of the building.

 The group said it expected greater participation in events planned for later in the day as it tries to breathe fresh life into the movement that sparked a wave of nationwide protests against economic injustice eight months ago.

 Other actions included a march with organized labor starting from New York City’s Union Square in the afternoon and a promise to “occupy” San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge. In Washington, D.C., there were plans to march to the White House.

 A text message alert broadcast late Monday from an Occupy Wall Street address said: “All civilians stand by for GENERAL STRIKE at 08:00. No Work, School, or Shopping. All out in the streets!”

 What would happen if you called a strike and no one came?  Now, I guess we know. 

 What would be really nice would be if the media would give the Occupy movement the same kind of coverage they give the Tea Party movement.

  If they did, the narrative we would be hearing today is that the Occupy movement is dying.  We would hear in detail about the rapes, vandalism and other crimes committed at the Occupy camps.

 We would hear about the racist comments made by many of the Occupy mob.

 Instead, the coverage we get of Occupy can pretty much be called propaganda.

 A year from now, we will see which movement is still thriving, the Tea Party movement or the Occupy mob.

 My money is on the Tea Party movement.

America Elected an Ignoramus – Tea Party Nation

America Elected an Ignoramus – Tea Party Nation.

By Alan Caruba

I do not write unpleasant things about Barack Hussein Obama because he is a Democrat, a far-left liberal ideologue, a confirmed liar, or the sock-puppet of whatever cabal that chose him long ago to be the President. I write unpleasant things because he is all of these things, but also because he is the most stupid man to have ever held the office of President.

As far back as January 2, 2010 I wrote that Obama had “a make-believe life”because there was no proof that anything he claimed in his two memoirs, written by the age of 45, was true. His resume listed “community organizer”, an amorphous term that could mean anything, as his primary occupation. By October 2010 the Washington Times published a commentary of mine that said “millions of Americans are beginning to ask: Is President Obama just a moron?”

Even prior to his election, he had ensured that his entire paper trail of birth certificates, passports, college records, and other items most people can produce in under five minutes were “sealed” from public review, despite the fact that most modern presidents have had to submit their personal records, short of a colonoscopy exam, for examination. Among his first executive orders was one issued on January 21, 2009 to ensure none of these records saw the light of day.

When he finally produced a birth certificate, forensic analysts deemed it a forgery.

So, what really occurred on Election Day in 2008 was that a majority of voters, guided by an adoring mainstream press, elected an enigma. He rewarded their obsequiousness by being the first President since Grover Cleveland to not attend their annual Gridiron dinner.

Since then, anyone paying any attention has had to conclude that Americans elected an ignoramus, based solely on his own words and actions.

Here’s just a quick look at some of them.

Hans Bader, a scholar with the Competitive Enterprise Institute, addressed recent examples of Obama’s ignorance when he mocked Republicans as members of the Flat Earth Society in Columbus’ day for their skepticism of his green energy policies, among which was a hearty endorsement of algae—pond scum, but Columbus’ contemporaries knew the Earth was round, but doubted he could reach Asia via the Atlantic Ocean. Bader noted that Obama “falsely attributed to Muslims the invention of printing and even falsely claimed that Morocco was the first country to recognize the United States as a new nation.”

The problem for many Americans, mostly registered Democrats and self-identified liberals is that his gaffes are dismissed despite the evidence that his policies have proved to be huge failures. His “stimulus” program wasted billions without producing any jobs, shovel-ready or not. We still have an 8.2% unemployment rate.

The fate of Obamacare will be decided shortly by the Supreme Court after 26 States brought suit against it as unconstitutional, but Obama, who was the editor of the Harvard Law Review and taught constitutional law, apparently has not read the document, claiming the judges are “unelected” (they are appointed by the President and confirmed by the Senate) and therefore have no right to pass judgment despite Marbury v Madison that established the Court’s role of judicial oversight.

Obama’s disdain and contempt for just about everyone except Muslims is astonishing. He has insulted just about every element of American society and many world leaders. In ways large and small this has been a constant element of his presidency. After gratuitously insulting doctors, bankers, and the insurance industry, he pushed hard to provide the planner of 9/11 a civil trial without all the protections afforded by the Constitution—in New York City.

Between January and July 2009, Obama sent a bust of Winston Churchill back to the British embassy. He gave the Queen of England an iPod with 40 show tunes, photos of his inauguration, and two of his speeches. Former Prime Minister, Gordon Brown, was given a box set of 25 DVDs, all in a format that does not work in England. Later, eager to empty Guantanamo, he authorized the transfer of some detainees to a British protectorate, Bermuda, without consultation with the UK.

Obama’s contempt for Catholics has long been on display before the Obamacare demand that they jettison their consciences regarding the sanctity of human life. His nomination of Kathleen Sebelius, a Catholic apostate, as Secretary of Health and Human Services earned her a warning from Bishop Joseph Naumann not to present herself for Holy Communion.

His antipathy for Israel and its Prime Minister, Benyamin Netanyahu has been on display from the beginning of his term, at one point admonishing the Israelis for building new housing in their own capitol and at another suggesting they retreat to their 1967 borders, a suicidal notion that Israelis found appalling.

At one point he said, “One thing I’m proud of is that very rarely will you hear me simplify issues.” His campaign motto was “Yes we can.”

Early on, he sent Air Force One to do a low fly-by of New York City for a photo op, neglecting to tell anyone there and generating 9/11 flashbacks and panics. Then he embarked on a global trip that quickly was dubbed his “apology tour” for an America about which he could little good to cite. At one point, he actually bowed to the King of Saudi Arabia. We do not dip our flag to any other and no U.S. President bows to any other state leader, let alone a monarch.

His ignorance has been on display for so long the public hardly takes notice. “I’ve now been in 57 states. I think one left to go,” he said during his 2008 campaign. He referred to “Austrian” as a language when no such language exists; Austrians speak German.

His ignorance of economics is legendary. He referred to a “profit and earnings ratio” when the correct term is price-to-earnings (P/E). He still thinks that, as long as the Federal Reserve can print money out of thin air, the nation can never go broke.

He actually believes the economy will improve if taxes are increased; something that has never before happened in the history of the nation.

Whole books can and will be written about Obama’s ignorance and failures of judgment that Americans will have to live with for a very long time, especially as future generations try to dig out from his tripling of the national debt, the highest unemployment rates since the Great Depression, and a housing market that has yet to have rebounded.

Add in gas prices Americans have never seen since gasoline was invented to power our cars and you have a man who is not what he claims to be and is too stupid to be the President of the United States, let along serve as a White House tourist guide.

© Alan Caruba, 2012

Shut up Michael Bloomberg. – Tea Party Nation

Michael Bloomberg - Caricature

Michael Bloomberg - Caricature (Photo credit: DonkeyHotey)

Shut up Michael Bloomberg. – Tea Party Nation.

Posted by Judson Phillips

Is anyone else tired of these idiot liberals?  Michael Bloomberg is one of the worst.  He does not believe Americans should have their Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms.

 Now, he does not even like self-defense.

 From Politico:

 The so-called Stand Your Ground self-defense laws in Florida and some other states amount to “a license to murder” and an excuse for “vigilante justice,” New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg charged Wednesday.

 “The laws are not the kind of laws a civilized society should have and the [National Rifle Association] should be ashamed of themselves,” Bloomberg, a leading gun-control advocate, said at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. “This has nothing to do with gun-owners’ rights. This has nothing to do with the Second Amendment.”

 “Plain and simple, this is just trying to give people a license to murder,” he added of the Stand Your Ground laws.

 The laws are enacted in roughly two-dozen states but have been under intense scrutiny since the death of Trayvon Martin, an unarmed black Florida teen, whose shooter, neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman, claimed self-defense.

 Really?

 Perhaps Bloomberg should shut up and worry about what is going on in New York City. 

 At least ten states have “Stand your ground” laws.

 In 2010, there were 866 murders in New York City.   In 2011, in Nashville, Tennessee, a state that has a stand your ground law, there were only 51 murders.    How many of us feel safer in Nashville than New York City?

 In 2010, while there were 866 murders in New York City, a Second Amendment free zone, there were 18 murders in Orlando Florida.  Where would you rather be?  Orlando Florida or New York City?

 In Texas, which has a stand your ground law, in the city of Dallas, in 2010 there were only 148 murders, while in Michael Bloomberg’s socialist paradise, there were 866.

 There is a recurring theme here. Contrary to what Michael Bloomberg says, the Second Amendment and Stand Your Ground laws help protect citizens.

 In the Constitution free zone that is New York City, crime abounds.    Liberals really are crazy.  It does not matter how many times their ideas fail, they insist on trying the same thing over and over again.  Isn’t that the definition of insanity.

 Before the District of Columbia v. Heller case, Washington DC had some of the most stringent gun control laws.  It also had one of the highest homicide rates.  After the Heller case and Washington’s gun control laws were declared unconstitutional, shockingly enough Washington’s crime rate plummeted.

 In short, like every other liberal, Bloomberg ignores the facts lest they interfere with his preconceived notions.  We can only hope the people of New York City will replace this clown with someone who actually respects the Constitution and the Constitutional Rights of American citizens. 

Where’s Sharpton’s Apology for Accusing a White Man of Raping a Black Teen? – Larry Elder – Townhall Conservative Columnists

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Where’s Sharpton’s Apology for Accusing a White Man of Raping a Black Teen? – Larry Elder – Townhall Conservative Columnists.

“Meet the Press” host David Gregory asked his panel “where civility has gone in our public discourse.” Incredibly, one panelist urged people to be more “mature” and not “poison the atmosphere.”

I say “incredibly” because this panelist was none other than the race-hustling, anti-Semitic “civil rights activist” and MSNBC talk show host, Al Sharpton. For some reason, Sharpton’s own struggles with civility never came up. Nor did any panelist behave so rudely as to bring up Sharpton’s role in one of the most hideous, disgusting and cynical uses of the race card this side of the O.J. Simpson case. And Sharpton, unlike Rush Limbaugh, refuses to apologize.

While this raises little or no concern to MSNBC or its advertisers, Sharpton became famous by falsely accusing a white man of raping a black teenage girl. Tawana Brawley, then 15, told authorities that white racists abducted, raped and sodomized her — scrawling the initials “KKK” on her in human feces.

A grand jury later found the entire incident a complete hoax. This did not stop the Rev. Al Sharpton, who had accused Steven Pagones, then an assistant district attorney in Duchess County, N.Y., of the crime. After Sharpton’s accusation, Pagones received death threats, and his young daughter was later threatened.

“We stated openly that Steven Pagones did it,” said Sharpton. “If we’re lying, sue us, so we can go into court with you and prove you did it. Sue us — sue us right now.”

Pagones did sue.

A jury unanimously concluded that Sharpton defamed Pagones, ordering Sharpton to pay him $65,000. The Reverend promptly and publicly said he did not intend to pay. Later, when Sharpton decided to run for president, the outstanding defamation debt became a political problem. So Sharpton’s one-percenter buddies passed the hat and paid off his debt, which by then totaled $87,000 with interest and penalties.

Civility, Rev. Al? In 1989, a young white woman, dubbed the “Central Park jogger,” was monstrously raped and nearly beaten to death. Sharpton insisted — despite the defendants’ confessions — that her black attacker-suspects were innocent, modern-day Scottsboro Boys trapped in “a fit of racial hysteria.” Sharpton charged that the jogger’s boyfriend did it and organized protests outside the courthouse, chanting, “The boyfriend did it!” and denouncing the victim as a “whore!”

Sharpton appealed for a psychiatrist to examine the victim, generously saying: “It doesn’t even have to be a black psychiatrist. … We’re not endorsing the damage to the girl — if there was this damage.” (The convictions of the accused were eventually vacated, despite their taped confessions, after another man — whose DNA matched — confessed to the rape in 2002.)

Civility, Rev. Al? Sharpton once called former Marine, magna cum laude graduate, lawyer, professor and then-Mayor David Dinkins — New York City’s first and only black mayor — a “n–ger whore turning tricks in City Hall.”

Civility, Rev. Al? In 1991, when a 7-year-old black child was accidentally killed in Crown Heights after a car driven by a Hasidic Jew went out of control, Sharpton led 400 protesters through the Jewish neighborhood. There were four nights of rock and bottle throwing. A young Talmudic scholar was surrounded by a mob shouting, “Kill the Jew,” and stabbed to death. After deriding Jews as “diamond merchants,” Sharpton said, “If the Jews want to get it on, tell them to pin their yarmulkes back and come over to my house.”

Civility, Rev. Al? The Jewish owner of Freddy’s Fashion Mart in Harlem raised the rent on a black sub-tenant. At one of the many rallies designed to frighten the owner, Sharpton called him a “white interloper.” Following a demonstration three months later, one of the protestors, a black man, stormed Freddy’s Fashion Mart with a pistol, screaming: “It’s on now! All blacks out!” In addition to shooting, he set fire to the building, eventually killing himself and seven others.

Initially, Sharpton denied having spoken at any rallies and refused to accept any responsibility for poisoning the atmosphere. When tapes surfaced showing Sharpton speaking, he said, “What’s wrong with denouncing white interlopers?” Eventually, he apologized — for saying “white,” but not for saying “interloper.”

Sharpton refuses to apologize for Tawana Brawley. He assumes liberal bias will prevent the media from asking him about Brawley. Or, he will accuse them of racism if they do: “I did what I believed. … They are asking me to grovel. They want black children to say they forced a black man coming out of the hardcore ghetto to his knees. … Once you begin bending, it’s, ‘Did you bend today?’ or: ‘I missed the apology. Say it again.’ Once you start compromising, you lose respect for yourself.”

In other words, falsely and unapologetically accusing a white man of raping a black teenage girl is no barrier to hosting a talk show on MSNBC or lecturing the nation on civility.

Rush Limbaugh twice apologized to the Georgetown law student for calling her a slut. Sharpton has never apologized for calling Steven Pagones a rapist.

Obama Administration Regulations Cost Over $16 Billion in 2011 – Heritage.org

BARACK OBAMA SHOWS HIS TRUE SELF MORE EACH AND...

BARACK OBAMA SHOWS HIS TRUE SELF MORE EACH AND EVERY DAY.............ARE YOU PAYING ATTENTION AMERICA...... TO WHAT THIS MAN TRULY IS AND STANDS FOR AND WHAT HE'S DOING TO OUR COUNTRY? (Photo credit: SS&SS)

Obama Administration Regulations Cost Over $16 Billion in 2011 – Heritage.org.

Mike Brownfield

If you fly across the country, it’s easy to see signs of America’s ingenuity and productivity — skyscrapers in New York City, steel mills in Pennsylvania, factories in Chicago, farmland in the Great Plains, and the glittering technology of Silicon Valley. But what you can’t see, though it’s very real, is the invisible web of red tape crawling forth from Washington, crisscrossing the landscape, strangling job creators, tying down entrepreneurs, and tangling America’s engine of innovation in a mess of regulations. Under the Obama Administration, those endless miles of government-imposed directives has kept getting longer, as The Heritage Foundation reveals in a new study released today.

In our “Red Tape Rising: Obama-Era Regulation at the Three Year Mark” report, James Gattuso and Diane Katz detail how the Obama Administration has imposed new regulations costing $46 billion annually, with nearly $11 billion more in one-time implementation costs. That is about five times the cost of regulations imposed during all eight years of President George W. Bush’s administration, but the burden is even higher. The red tape of the past three years helps explain why the economic recovery has been so slow and job creation so anemic.

Don’t take our word for it, but those of President Obama himself. In January 2011, he said that “rules have gotten out of balance” and “have a chilling effect on growth and jobs.” And he’s right. Where the President breaks with reality is his pledge for a get-tough policy on overregulation and a comprehensive review of regulations imposed by Washington. In fact, to hear President Obama tell the story, you would think he’s a champion of slashing red tape and that his Administration has set its sights on slashing overregulation.

Just two months ago, in his 2012 State of the Union address, President Obama claimed that “I’ve approved fewer regulations in the first three years of my presidency than my Republican predecessor did in his.” But looking at the sheer number of regulations doesn’t begin to tell the story. While it’s true that the Obama Administration approved 10,215 regulations in its first three years, just slightly less than Bush’s 10,674, it’s important to look at what those regulations are and their impact on the American people and industry — and how their costs have vastly overshadowed those of the prior administration.

Over just the last year, the Obama Administration has added 32 regulations that together impose more than $10 billion in annual costs and $6.6 billion in one-time implementation costs. Those regulations include mandates covering a broad range of activities and products, ranging from refrigerators and freezers to clothes driers to air conditioners, limits on automotive emissions, employer requirements for posting federal labor rules, product labeling, health plan eligibility under Obamacare, and higher minimum wages for foreign workers. The most expensive regulation came from the Environmental Protection Agency, which added five major rules at a cost of more than $4 billion annually.

Gattuso and Katz write that this tide of regulation isn’t going to end any time soon thanks to the new regulations expected under the Dodd-Frank financial regulation law, Obamacare, and the EPA’s carbon-emissions-cutting crusade. Unnecessary regulations, they write, are a threat to America’s already-weak economy and much-needed job creation:

In much the same way that high taxes hamper investment and innovation, escalating regulatory costs undermine the American economy. Small businesses in particular are under siege. When surveyed in December 2011 about their single biggest problem, 19 percent of respondents cited regulations and red tape, up from 15 percent a year ago, and more than any other category except for “poor sales.”

But regulations are not just a problem for entrepreneurs. American workers and their families have been hit hard by the persistent lack of job creation that results, in part, from regulatory excess. Meanwhile, regulatory costs are passed on to consumers in the form of higher prices and limited product choices.

What’s to be done about the explosive growth of red tape? Gattuso and Katz call for additional congressional oversight, writing that it is necessary to protect Americans and the economy from overregulation. Congress should require congressional approval of new major rules promulgated by agencies, establish a congressional office of regulatory analysis in order to provide a non-partisan analysis of the cost and effectiveness of regulations, and establish a sunset date for federal regulations in order to ensure that substantive review of existing regulations continually occurs.

On top of the thousands of regulations the Obama Administration has already implemented — costing America billions of dollars — more are on the way, promising to continue to drag down the economy and hamper job growth. Congress can and should take action to get this regulatory burden under control so that Americans can be free to get the country’s economic engine moving at full throttle once again.

Global Warming Reality – charlotteconservative.com

Global Warming Reality – charlotteconservative.com.

Author: Michael Kraft

Well, after enjoying a segment of Glenn Beck showcasing the 400+ scientists meeting in New York City today to call global warming the hoax that it is, I now have to see what the MSM is saying.

The two interviewed scientists on Glenn Beck from Harvard and St Johns University, pointed out the complete non-correlation between temperature and CO2 gas.

The largest spike in CO2 emmissions coming after WW2 during a time when for 40 years the average temperatures were dropping.

Don’t believe me and think the liberal media would never lie?

Well here is the CO2 Level chart showing 1958 to 1998, and it goes straight up.

And here is some of NASA’s official temperature figures. Youll notice that all of these drop from 1940-1990. The average temperature dropped in the early 1960′s more than it rose since 2000. If this is global warming then the 1960′s must have been a mini ice age!

Keep in mind the CO2 level’s have risen on a perfect flat line for 90 years, but the average temperatures have gone down for about 1/3 of the past century.

This is why the liberal media like TIME was saying in 1979 that global cooling was coming. They used the exact same data we use today back when it was dropping teperatures for 30 years in a row. During that time the CO2 levels were still rising fast, but the average temperatures where dropping.

Glenn was sure to say how this chart Al Gore likes to pimp is in his book ignores the 30 years when the temps dropped.

I wonder where on that timeline is when he invented the internet?

I first visited the New York Times website which has an entire section dedicated to “climate change”. It used to be called “global warming” but then the globe inconveniently stopped warming.

The New York Times even has a “real cool” chart that shows the north pole melting when you move the slider. Since this is a liberal rag, they need pictures to appeal to the idiots who buy into the stuff.

What is mentioned at the conference is that the South Pole has the greatest Quantity of ice right now, more than anytime in recorded history.

This is why the cool graph doesn’t show the south pole.

Also important to note is that for the last 3-4 years the North Pole temperatures are cooling again and record snowfalls across Asia and North America this year agree with that fact as well.

http://topics.nytimes.com/top/news/science/topics/globalwarming/index.html#

The real reason why so many are lining up to tell us their homemade facts can’t be said better than this quote from the NYTimes trying to be sarcastic:

“…. environmental groups, the media and scientists dependent on federal grants have a vested interest in portraying climate change as a catastrophe. “

WOW does that read between the lines for you?

Today’s global warming conference got almost no coverage in the media at all. All day I heard about Hillary and Obama’s TV ads and their cool YouTube videos.

It is clear that if this was Al Gore telling us to recycle toilet paper he would have been on the cover of TIME Magazine.

Just look at the link to the NYTimes special blog on climate change and understand why it is there. I see link after link to articles like:

“Study Details How U.S. Could Cut 28% of Greenhouse Gases”
“Arctic Melt Unnerves the Experts ”
“U.N. Report Describes Risks of Inaction on Climate Change
“On the Climate Change Beat, Doubt Gives Way to Certainty”

Just page after page about ow sure they are we are doomed. The same thing liberals say Republicans do with terrorism.

Now the liberal religion (as Glenn calls it) is to pay for carbon credits to save the polar bears. If you don’t believe in Global Warming then you are just working for the Oil Companies.

What the liberals leave out is that they apparently work for General Electric, who spends more on lobbyists than all of “Big Oil”.

Remember it is GE that owns NBC and used Monday Night Football to push their agenda. They told everyone to turn off their lights to save the planet. Meanwhile they were playing a game that requires 150,000,000 TV sets be running and is set under 10,000,000 Watts of stadium lighting. And heaven forbid they see what most NFL players drive since they are 6’6″ 290lbs, I assure you it is large and has 8 cylinders.

I guess playing it in the day would mean less advertising money for them to line their pockets with?

The fact is that the news only showing one side of any issue has a fundemental flaw and reeks of agenda. I am glad Glenn has the brainpower to see who owns this message (GE).

What other subject does a “newspaper” ignore all debate and all counter-arguments?

Today 400 Scientists from all over the world and key-note speaker, The Current President of The Czech Republic all met to show why it is a scam, and as the President put it “a sample of social science and not climatology”.

How is it that this group exists yet the NYTimes has nothing but “proof” page after page?

How does a conference have a President of a major European country as the keynote speaker and not get a single respectful article?

Only an agenda gets that much reenforcment.

Next comes the few articles that the liberal media pumped out to try and smear the 400 scientists and the president of the Czech Republic

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/03/03/AR2008030302781.html

The Washington Post Article bring us great gems of fair reporting like:

” the 2 1/2 -day session poses a stark contrast to the near-unanimous chorus of concern expressed by top U.S. politicians and most of the scientific mainstream.”

They forget to mention how many grants and free money those “sky is falling” scientists received for their cries of doom. Also, they should learn that near-unanimous is the coverage of the issue not the views of those who really research the issue.

Near-unanimous is what the media has achieved over the last 5 years, even though the 1930′s were the hottest decade on record.

Has the NYTimes reporters asked anyone what made the 1930′s hotter than ever decade since then? None of the “near-unanimous” proof ever explains that inconvenient fact.

“After years of voicing doubt, President Bush has said repeatedly that he is convinced that humans are contributing to Earth’s warming “

Well, now suddenly the media thinks Bush’s opinion is a good one to quote? After 7 years of watching the liberal media insult Bush, they suddenly want to cite him as an authority when he agrees with he propaganda.

“(While the IPCC enlisted several hundred scientists from more than 100 countries to work over five years to produce its series of reports, the NIPCC document is the work of 23 authors from 15 nations, some of them not scientists.)”

I love this line above. Not much mixing words just saying our scientists are real and your don’t count. At the same time they are giving awards to Al Gore who has no credentials at all and claimed to have invented the internet.

“Frank O’Donnell, who heads the watchdog group Clean Air Watch, said the conference “looks like the climate equivalent of Custer’s last stand. They seem to have tried to find every last skeptic on Earth and put them in one hotel off Broadway.””

I am sure we all know who Clean Air Watch votes for and gives campaign funds to. Maybe next time he is burning down houses in Washington State someone should let him know that GE has more lobbying influence than “Big Oil” and that he is just a tool.

“Gene Karpinski, president of the League of Conservation Voters, said he was not surprised that roughly 500 participants had gathered at the meeting. “I’m sure that the flat Earth society had a few final meetings before they broke up.” “

Another relevent quote when the press should be discussing the credentials of the 500 scientists and not looking for a liberal wackjob to come up with a one liner insult to report.

Since when is a one-liner from someone not even in attendence news worthy facts?
Only when it fits the predetermined agenda of the article.

The WSJ.com quotes the Daily Kos as saying ““a gathering of people who may have some science in their backgrounds but have long since sold their soul to the energy industry.””

Another great look at the facts of the story. The two Glenn interiewed had PHD’s and taught at top flight universities. No sign of receipts for their souls.

But of course te Daily Kos has long sold its’ soul to communism and love nothing better than this experiment into the social sciences known as Global Warming hysteria.

A good example of the liberal mind. If they disagree with you don’t discuss facts, just insult them. If you argue what a liberal then they call you some kind of -phobe.

We’ll today’s conference must have been warming-phobes, who just refuse to believe what they hear on AC360 on CNN.

Who are Harvard Physicists to argue with Anderson Cooper and Al Gore?

If it’s on TV then it must be true.

What is more convenient is to be a full blown liberal and just use the media to hide any opposition to what you say is true.

This “activist” saying the media should stop pretending these Harvard educated scientists matter at all and ignore them. We should not let anybody hear their facts because they are inconveniently not his views. This must be why the President of the Czech Republic said that global warming is a way to take away freedom.

The Author Joseph Romm goes on with this gem : “Who cares what non-climate-related factoid or piece of pseudo-science so-called “Climate Skeptics” seize on?”

In true liberal fashion we should hide the other side of an issue and pretend their facts don’t count.

The liberal voice even provides a “real cool” chart showing the temperature changes over the last 100 years. It is true they do go up! Except not from 1940 to 1980 which is the time when CO2 gas spiked more than ever.

The years following WW2 were one of the highest CO2 increases in the last century, but the temperature went down. Thats a fact.

Then the author point out this fake fact “As NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies explains, “The eight warmest years in the GISS record have all occurred since 1998, and the 14 warmest years in the record have all occurred since 1990.” ”

Which he ironically calls a real fact as opposeds to skeptics fake facts. The sad part is that this appears to be the fake fact. You can even find this fake fact repeated places like here.

What this author needs to do is try and read something other than what he sees on the Daily Kos.

Maybe he could start here and see that the 1930′s was the Hottest Decade in the last 100 years. Way back before there were SUV’s we had the hottest year in history.

In fact the 1930′s to 1970 has a huge trend of decreasing tempuratires. This must be why liberal morons like Joseph Romm were all screaming about global cooling back in 1970. Yes it was this same group saying we were all going to freeze to death.

Mr. Romm wrote his article about the last 14 years being the hottest ever before the correction made by NASA. You can read more about their mistake that never go reported here or here or here or even here in the CORRECTED climate data released by NASA.

I guess that means the Mr. Romm was incorrect and was preaching on data later corrected publically? You can decide that for yourself.

What funny is that if I search for hottest year ever on google.com I still get the top 10 results that say it was 2007. All of these results are before NASA fixed the errors and announced this “inconvenient mistake” to the public.

Here are the REAL facts that Al Gore seems to not address when he is hanging out in Hollywood pretending the Oscar belongs to him.

1. The hottest year on record is 1934, not 1998;
2. The third hottest year on record was 1921, not 2006;
3. Three of the five hottest years on record occurred before 1940; and
4. Six of the top 10 hottest years occurred prior to 90 percent of the growth in greenhouse gas emissions during the last century.

Maybe the solution is for all the liberal hippies to hold their breath. Someone should inform them that they are exhaling CO2! If they all hold their breath and never breath again it’s a WIN-WIN situation for everyone.

In short, if you believe in conservation and energy independence then thats great.

I have no problem with saving resources and conservation.

If you think that “global warming” is one of the most important issues facing us as Americans…..then you are just a moron.

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