Not everyone thinks Al Sharpton should be a spokesman for African Americans. Just ask Juan Williams.
But the imperial president, Barack Obama, thinks otherwise and considers Sharpton his go-to-guy on race relations. So we have Sharpton berating the rich as if they are a an evil class of people. From Washington Examiner:
And from his high perch he routinely condemns “people with private jets and all kinds of corporate loopholes” for not paying more taxes. He evinces particular distaste for what he calls the “Republican tax giveaway to millionaires.” In 2012, Sharpton attacked Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney for paying a mere 15 percent effective federal tax rate. Tsk, tsk — those millionaires who don’t pay their fair share!
Turns out Al Sharpton is not only Obama's go-to-guy, he's also tax scofflaw. The Washington Examiner quotes Leona Helmsley, “only the little people pay taxes.”
Corruption isn't an accidental occurrence among Obama's people, it's a way of life, because they feel they're so good they deserve whatever benefits come their way.
These two headlines seem to be at odds with one another:
It's almost as if the top law enforcement officer in the Obama administration isn't on the same page as the law enforcement officers on the ground.
Now it's true that neither of those publications would be considered MSM (friends of Obama). But they do highlight the disconnect between the elites in Washington and the people who are actually trying to live and work in peace in American today. This is what we get when Democrats elect a divisive community organizer as President.
Welcome to Fox Friday, a weekly display of the best of the urban fox photos from the previous seven nights. The camera is set in an undisclosed location in the heart of Midland, Texas. The food consists of two chicken drumsticks. And the photos that result give a glimpse of wild foxes as they scavenge for food.
For starters, the most ferocious of the feral cats that frequent the Bone Yard has been absent for over a week. Perhaps he found some better food elsewhere. Anyway, that's good news for our favorite wild canines.
Old Crooked Tail is a regular. But this past week a new pair of foxes have been frequenting the area. One is a larger fox, and the other is a small, younger fox.
11-17-14 155 and 156 157 We learn who's boss in this set. The youngster comes up looking for a morsel, the big one gives him a dirty look, and zip the youngster takes off like a rocket. Not to worry, the little one didn't go far, and hopefully this trip wasn't a waste for him.
That's it for this Fox Friday. See ya next time.
On cold mornings some drivers start their cars to let them warm up while the driver goes back in the house. The running car becomes a target for thieves. But one recent morning in Hatom City, Texas (near Ft. Worth), a police officer started his car and sat in it while it warmed up. It was an unintentional bait car.
Two fellows in a Mustang cruised slowly down the street, then doubled back. Frost on the window obscured the police officer. The Mustang pulled up beside the cop's car, and one of the fellows got out and opened the officer's car door.
Timothy P. Carney suggested before the last election that Republicans should take up the banner to end corporate welfare. And he's made some concrete suggestions on just where to begin. See An anti-corporate welfare, anti-cronyism agenda for the 114th Congress. Here are his bullet points:
Repeal Obamacare’s Insurer Bailout (“Risk Corridors”), or Make It Budget Neutral.
End the Individual Mandate.
Take Away States’ Exclusion Authority.
End Guaranteed Payments, and Reform the Doctor Cartel.
End the Ethanol Mandate and Ethanol Tax Breaks.
End Renewable Energy Subsidies.
End Oil Subsidies.
Make Corporate Taxes Simpler, Lower, and More Neutral.
Reform the Research and Development Tax Credit.
Abolish or Rein in Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.
Shrink the Moat of Regulations That Protects Big Banks from Competition.
Kill Dodd-Frank’s Too-Big-to-Fail Designation.
Kill the Export-Import Bank.
Abolish the Overseas Private Investment Corporation.
Repeal the Jones Act.
End the Sugar Program.
Reform or Abolish the Federal Crop Insurance Program.
What you see here is merely a list. Go to the article to read the details of each.
Could a Republican Congress with a Republican president do this? I would like to think they could, but it would take a lot of public pressure. Here at Midland, Texas, our own Congressman has both feet deeply rooted in the farm subsidy programs, and he gets 90% of the vote without even campaigning. He's probably not an outlier. Each of the other Representatives likely have their own pork projects they want to protect, and they're very supportive of each other.
As president, Barack Obama has been a huge disappointment. That's not so surprising since he glided into the office as a mythological character with no substance backing that myth.
One of those disappointments is they way he has stirred up racial issues among his base. Very unpresidential, but par for the course.
Now we learn that he met with Al Sharpton and other protesters on November 5 when he told them to stay on course. This was a day after the election, so Obama had to continue the fiction that the whole thing wasn't simply to get out black voters.
Most rational observers have concluded that the Ferguson police officer was justified in using deadly force against Michael Brown. But facts aren't a powerful persuader against pumped up outrage fed regularly by the likes of Sharpton.
Jonathan Gruber's observations that people are stupid somehow seems applicable here.
Meanwhile, St. Louis braces for riots.
President Obama didn't waste any time distancing himself from the way Obamacare was sold. Obama told Fox News' Ed Henry that, "I just heard about this," when asked about Gruber's remarks that they lied about Obamacare to get the rabble on board with it. Source: Breitbart.com.
President Obama's fingerprints are all over it, and the only thing plausible about him and all the lies is that he probably lost count of how many lies he/they told.
Meanwhile, conservatives' favorite liberal, Juan Williams, gets quoted about Gruber at Mediaite.com:
“I would say it’s much ado about nothing with Gruber, except that the critics of Obamacare are having a field day.”
Williams insisted that all laws require some sort of clever packaging much like how corporations market products.
No. It isn't the same thing at all.. A corporation using fraudulent tactics to market products get sued up the ying yang by their competitors, federal agencies, and customers. The free market keeps them honest. With Obamacare we're stuck with it unless the government itself changes it.
Blog.chron.com blogger chrisladd paints a dismal picture for the 2016 election. He notes that Democrats have a lock on 257 electoral votes without even lifting a finger. And it wouldn't take much for them to pull in another 13 to take the presidency. And there's this:
In 2016 Republicans will be defending 24 Senate seats and at least 18 of them are likely to be competitive based on geography and demographics. Democrats will be defending precisely one seat that could possibly be competitive. One.
Something, some force, some gathering of sane, rational, authentically concerned human beings generally at peace with reality must emerge in the next four to six years from the right, or our opportunity will be lost for a long generation. Needless to say, Greg Abbott and Jodi Ernst are not that force.
Well, Republicans have Barack Obama going for them. Obama came out of the woodwork in 2008 and swept the nation into a hysteria most of us have never witnessed before. Hopefully, those voters made drunk by that euphoria have sobered since then and aren't yet ready for another hangover like we've experienced this past six years.
A Washington Times editorial is calling for a Congressional audit to determine how much and what the money paid to Jonathan Gruber was expected to buy. Excerpt:
Given the amount of federal cash Mr. Gruber continues to pocket, Congress has a duty to order a full and complete audit of this work to make sure that no laws were broken and that the “stupid” taxpayers have received their money’s worth. While they’re at it, inquirers ought to consider whether Mr. Gruber’s dishonest politicking violates any ethical code at MIT. This flagrant Gruberism is another reason to repeal this abortion of a health care law.
Some of the money he received came from Obamacare grants awarded him to help spread the good word about Obamacare. This is our government at work.
That should be enough to put him in the 1% that the Occupy Wall Street crowd so hated. But no. They go silent when it comes to Democrat chicanery.
They're foxes who came in from the wild to live among us and scavenge off of our leftovers. Who wouldn't like these lovely little animals? Well, a fox hater (foxist?) wrote a letter to the editor of the morning paper trying to agitate against foxes in our homey community of Midland, Texas. Read it here. Scroll down to "Foxes are a problem in the city."
The letter writer claims that someone told her of seeing a fox carrying off a pet cat. This seems very unlikely. The foxes that come to the Bone Yard appear to be about the same size as cats. I weighed a road kill fox, and she came in at 5.5 pounds. The foxes give cats wide berth. A fox's main weapon is his mouth, and with stiff legs and dull claws, he's no match for the cats who carry their sharp weapons an arms length away. Anyone who has been on the receiving end of those weapons can understand why the cats eat first at the feeding station.
Anyway, who couldn't love these harmless little critters of the night?
Let the little critters live. They aren't hurting anyone, and their adaptability is something we should admire.
People who watch the network news programs or read the two primary liberal newspapers were left in the dark about Jonathan Gruber and his comments about how they had to lie to keep the stupid people on their side in the Obamacare debate. Howard Kurtz remarks in Media blackout shields ObamaCare architect who bet on public stupidity:
And yet there hasn’t been a mention on the network evening newscasts. CNN’s Jake Tapper played a clip once and that was about it. Nothing in the Washington Post but for a couple of online items. Not a word in the New York Times, which in 2012 ran a puffy profile of Gruber (“It is his research that convinced the Obama administration that health care reform could not work without requiring everyone to buy insurance”).
This is utterly inexplicable, except as a matter of bias. No matter what you think of ObamaCare, on what planet is this not news? Maybe on that comet where the spaceship just landed.
Oh, THAT liberal media. By electing not to expose their readers/viewers to this they're basically agreeing with Gruber that the ends justified the means.
By the way, remember all the hoopla about "Bush lied" because he relied on faulty intelligence? Well, if network bigwigs didn't have double standards they would have no standards at all.
Without knowing the law, most of us had a gut feeling that the charges against Rick Perry were motivated more by left wing politics than any real law violations. Well, some very distinguished individuals, including no less a scholar than Eugene Volokh, filed an amici curiae in the case.
They contend that prosecution of the case violates the doctrine of separation of powers, that Perry is entitled to absolute immunity, and prosecutors are attempting to criminalize free speech. Those hyperlinks go to Volokh's blog at Washington Post and contain links to the actual briefs.
Get one side of a case presented by a good lawyer, and one might be tempted to agree with it. That's why judges and jurors get both sides before they render a verdict. But it's hard to argue with the logic presented by Volokh, et al.
This comes us by way of HotAir.com which concludes:
The unwashed masses may have had this one right from the very beginning in at least one regard. How can you take the Governor to court for performing a function of the job which is specifically spelled out in his duties? In Volokh’s learned opinion, you still can’t.
That same prosecutors' office successfully removed Tom DeLay from the political arena before their case got tossed out. So we'll have to wait to see how far this one goes in court and how much damage it does to Perry.
One of the topics Sharyl Attkisson covered very adroitly was Fast and Furious amid Obama Administration stonewalling. And she did such a good job of reporting that CBS canned her.
Eric Holder withheld documents subpoenaed by Congress, and as a result, Holder was found in contempt of Congress. Then came the document dump on November 4 which, according to Darrell Issa, still lacked about 1/3 of the documents requested.
But the documents as they've been described in the press don't seem to contain a smoking gun, just angry rants. See Attorney General Eric Holder: Critics of handling of Fast & Furious gun walking scandal can 'kiss my ass'.
Holder replied, 'Some people can kiss my ass.'
In another 2011 email Holder vented to colleagues about GOP congressional investigator Darrell Issa 'and his idiot cronies.'
So this is the sort of stuff he thought should be covered by the executive privilege? This is the stuff an attorney general is willing to get held in contempt over? Naw, the incriminating stuff is still being withheld.
Editor's note: Maybe it was on Lois Lerner's hard drive. Robo-ed.
Much has been made of the "uninformed voters" whose lack of information leads them to vote for the candidate promising them the most. But something that wasn't so obvious was the deliberate effort to keep them uninformed.
Patrick Howley at Dailycaller.com provides some revealing tactics regarding the sale of Obamacare to the people. See Obamacare Architect: Lack of Transparency Was Key Because ‘Stupidity Of The American Voter’ Would Have Killed Obamacare. Technical advisor to Obama on Obamacare, Jonathan Gruber, let the cat out of the bag. Here's Howley quoting Guber:
“This bill was written in a tortured way to make sure CBO did not score the mandate as taxes. If CBO scored the mandate as taxes, the bill dies. Okay, so it’s written to do that. In terms of risk rated subsidies, if you had a law which said that healthy people are going to pay in – you made explicit healthy people pay in and sick people get money, it would not have passed… Lack of transparency is a huge political advantage. And basically, call it the stupidity of the American voter or whatever, but basically that was really really critical for the thing to pass… Look, I wish Mark was right that we could make it all transparent, but I’d rather have this law than not.”
Those misguided people who want socialism in the U.S. have calculated that the ends justify the means. Forcing it on an unwilling population requires deception.
There was a time a few decades ago when some African Americans displayed a note of defiance by remaining seated at sports events during the playing of the national anthem. There was a small bit of logic there as many African Americans resented that their ancestors were dragged over here against their wills. Any suggestion that the descendants are better off for it is irrelevant, as free will is so important that a violation of it trumps any resulting benefit.
But we're a nation of tolerance toward speech, expression, and religion. Therefore, few complained about the disrespect, except the owners of sports franchises dependent on ticket sales and TV views.
Now we learn that one Dion Waiters of the Cleveland Cavaliers waited in the locker room until after the national anthem at a recent game. And his excuse was his Muslim religion. See Dion Waiters informs NEOMG that he is a Muslim and plans to skip national anthems.
The lyrics of the Star Spangled Banner are from a poem celebrating the survival of Fort McHenry in an attack by the Brits in the War of 1812. And the song can be quite inspirational when sung on key by a good singer.
One has to wonder how this inspirational song violates Islam. Perhaps it's the element of survival in the face of defeat. We're told Islam is the religion of peace, but a lot of atrocities have been committed in the name of Islam. So maybe it's the concept of non-submission by infidels that violates the religion.
Mr. Waiters is too young to have participated in the Black Pride sit-downs during national anthem performances way back then. That's fortunate for him, because if he had, we would be addressing the irony of Islamists' fondness for slavery in the third world.
In any event, Mr. Waiters has since declared that he will be present for future national anthem performances. So whatever Islamic commandment he was honoring took a back seat to the expectations of his fans.
Last May there was a Congressional hearing addressing the nation's vulnerability to electromagnetic pulse bomb and solar flare damage to our electricity availability. Then nothing. Bills have been introduced in the house and Senate to address this vulnerability, but it appears both are sitting idle in committees.
Hopefully, we don't need laws to encourage electricity generating and transmission companies to harden their systems. After all, strong solar flares happened just last week, although luckily they weren't aimed at Earth.
That brings us to the announcement earlier this week that Oncor is going to spend $1.2 billion on new electric infrastructure enhancement plans in the West Texas region. The press release is short on details. But at least they've addressed catastrophic events elsewhere. See Electricity in the Midst of an Apocalypse where they assure us that a Planet of the Apes scenario isn't likely in Texas.
Well, that wasn't my main concern, but it's so cute I'm lulled into complacency.
Welcome to Fox Friday, a weekly display of the best urban fox photos from the previous seven nights.
First, the bad news. We lost a fox on a busy nearby roadway on the night after last week's Fox Friday got posted. I was sure it was the one we just named "Question." But here's the good news. Question, or one looking like her, showed up a few days later, alive and well.
They all look so similar it's difficult to distinguish them. The only variation is their size and the way they carry their long tails. Hence the three I've dared try pin a moniker on are Old Crooked Tail, Question, and Swoop.
Here's Old Crooked Tail on the left on Saturday after Halloween. She's much chunkier than the others. And a day later the one on the middle looks a lot like Question. On the far right is Swoop about to devour a chicken drumstick.
So who got killed on the mean streets of Midland? The total deaths on that roadway over the last couple of months comes to three. It's a dangerous world out there for naive country foxes trying to adapt to city life. But enough of that. Let's end on a lighter note.
Here's Question caught in the infrared headlights of the camera. In the first photo she's mimicking Old Crooked Tail. But then she shows her true colors as she exits the stage. Glad you're still with us, girl.
That's all for this Fox Friday. See ya next time.
U.S. Representative for Texas District 11, Mike Conaway, cruised to victory on Tuesday. And Wednesday morning he was on a Midland, Texas, radio station boasting about getting over 90% of the vote.
His opponent was Libertarian Ryan Lange, and although Lange was virtually invisible during the campaign, perhaps because he raised zero dollars , he must be some kinda of super political powerhouse. Why else would donors dump almost $2 million into Conaway's campaign chest for this election?
Conaway's donors really must be dumb. Or maybe they're smart and just know how to play the game for more corporate welfare. Let's revisit one of Mr. Conaway's pet causes, the Farm Bill. Here's Bloomberg.com:
A record U.S. harvest has pushed crop prices so low that taxpayers may pay billions of dollars more to subsidize farmers than anticipated just months ago, thanks in part to changes Congress approved this year.
Lawmakers passed a five-year farm law in February and hailed its projected savings in subsidies of $14 billion over a decade. The forecast was based on farmers getting paid more for their crops. Instead, prices have fallen and may trigger subsidies the law aimed to reduce.
“This was a bill based on false premises of fake savings,” said Josh Sewell, a policy analyst with Taxpayers for Common Sense in Washington. “The prices Congress used to calculate the bill’s cost were divorced from reality.”
The bill, one of the few bipartisan measures Congress passed this year, could end up costing taxpayers billions of dollars more than expected after legislators bet commodity prices would stay high and states would end programs that qualified them for higher food stamp spending.
Gee. A government program that costs way more than promised. Either they didn't anticipated that or they did and foisted it on us with a lie. Either way, it's a good argument that government should just quit meddling with business with their relentless rewards and punishments.
Meanwhile, Mr. Conaway is angling for chairmanship of the Agriculture Committee. He was steadfastly against George W. Bush's efforts to reform corporate farm subsidies, so if he gets the chairmanship it will likely be business a usual.
The always astute Timothy P. Carney has Barack Obama figured out. Seems that a politician has to be good with people, and getting them to vote for him every few years is only one aspect of that, although it's a very important aspect. Obama isn't very good at much else. As Obama saw it, he had only one job. See Obama was no political master, after all for the details.
Well, maybe that's what we get when electing a community organizer. Meanwhile, one very comforting thing that yesterday's shellacking of Democrat revealed is that Obama's political machine, whether we call it Big Data as in 2012 or Catalist in 2014, doesn't work so well without the big O on the ballot. The idea that brilliant psychologists dedicated to the lefty agenda can come up with catch phrases and techniques that easily manipulate the masses was a scary prospect. The fact that it depends on a messiah type character to really inspire the masses is a little bit comforting, at least until another messiah type character sweeps Democrats off their feet again.
I'm hoping for a Tea Party libertarian type messiah to come along so I can swoon, too. But the odds of him/her surviving the MSM firing squad may be too much.