Tuesday, December 31, 2013
Two Politifacts in One!
Politifact, October 2008:
Politifact, December 2013:
As noted earlier, Politifact has already completed its transition from embarrassment to laughingstock.
New Jersey Says You Must Have a "Justifiable Need" to Exercise Your Constitutional Rights
Picture a woman going to register to vote in New Jersey only to find the State has passed a law requiring her to undergo a background check, pay a fee, show proficiency in civics and, after meeting all those requirements, having to write a summary justifying her Need to vote.
That judge’s lover and the local police chief’s sister-in-law however have miraculously passed all the above hurtles and can freely exercise that right with gleeful abandon.
Too farfetched? How about in the aftermath of 911, New Jersey passes a law requiring anyone wishing to practice Islam must apply for an Islam permit and show ‘justifiable need’ to pray to Allah. The State justifies this by claiming a large amount of terrorists are Islamic and therefore the Islam Permits will only be issued to very few people in order to protect the public, after all they can’t have NJ turn into the Gaza Strip.
If you find these examples offensive, you should, as they clearly violate an American’s rights guaranteed in the Bill of Rights and no amount of fearful justification merits such infringement. Unfortunately that same, arbitrary, subjective standard applies to most New Jersian’s right to protect themselves and their loved ones in public with a firearm.
New Jersey’s ‘Justifiable Need’ requirement to obtain a carry permit is the self defense equivalent of ‘Separate but Equal’ Jim Crow laws.
The Crisis of the Middle Class and American Power
When I wrote about the crisis of unemployment in Europe, I received a great deal of feedback. Europeans agreed that this is the core problem while Americans argued that the United States has the same problem, asserting that U.S. unemployment is twice as high as the government's official unemployment rate. My counterargument is that unemployment in the United States is not a problem in the same sense that it is in Europe because it does not pose a geopolitical threat. The United States does not face political disintegration from unemployment, whatever the number is. Europe might.United States faces a potentially significant but longer-term geopolitical problem deriving from economic trends. The threat to the United States is the persistent decline in the middle class' standard of living, a problem that is reshaping the social order that has been in place since World War II and that, if it continues, poses a threat to American power.
The Crisis of the American Middle Class
The median household income of Americans in 2011 was $49,103. Adjusted for inflation, the median income is just below what it was in 1989 and is $4,000 less than it was in 2000. Take-home income is a bit less than $40,000 when Social Security and state and federal taxes are included. That means a monthly income, per household, of about $3,300. It is urgent to bear in mind that half of all American households earn less than this. It is also vital to consider not the difference between 1990 and 2011, but the difference between the 1950s and 1960s and the 21st century. This is where the difference in the meaning of middle class becomes most apparent.
New York Times: We Had a Reporter Embedded With Terrorists in Benghazi During the Attack
Which begs the question: who in the hell was this "reporter" and just what the hell was he doing during the attack -- and for the last 15 months? Biff Spackle offers some possibilities:
NYT reporter says NYT knows who Benghazi attackers are > @ddknyt: we had a reporter on the scene talking to the attackers during the attack—
Richard Grenell (@RichardGrenell) December 31, 2013
What’s that? The New York Times had a reporter on the scene of the Sept. 11, 2012, terrorist attack in Benghazi, Libya? Reporter David D. Kirkpatrick, who wrote this weekend’s piece on Benghazi, says it was invaluable to have a reporter on the ground talking to the attackers during the attack.
This scandal needs to go viral.
@RichardGrenell @ddknyt Please see "Secret Benghazi Reporter Comics" for helpful illustration: http://t.co/m0UvQ4wkT4 pic.twitter.com/YNlC6HNmln— Doug Ross (@directorblue) December 31, 2013
Larwyn's Linx: Trey Gowdy Cremates NYT Benghazi Fable That Curiously Omits Hillary Clinton
NationTrey Gowdy Cremates NYT Benghazi Fable That Omits Hillary Clinton: MagNote
A New Year and Old Problems: Thomas Sowell
Political Timidity & Clerical Cowardice: Paul A. Rahe
WWII vet warns America: 90 percent of Congress are traitors: BPR
White House Quietly Announces a Net Loss of 3 Million Insurance Plans: TPNN
Wonderful: Labor Unions Funding the Republican Civil War: Scott Bland
How The NSA Hacks Your iPhone (Presenting DROPOUT JEEP): ZH
GOP Must Strike While Obamacare Iron Is Hot: David Limbaugh
A GOP “dam ready to break” in West Virginia: Jazz Shaw
EconomyWhy Obama frets about income inequality, not family breakdown: Pethokoukis
Crashing and Burning in 2013: Victor Davis Hanson
AFL-CIO Defends Union Violence As A ‘Legitimate’ Union Activity: LUR
The Government-Employee Dismissal Rate For Poor Performance is...: WZ
Democrats, Obama, Unions prepare for big minimum wage push in '14: Hot Air
Downfall of a California police-union law firm: Walter Olson
Scandal CentralYes, There IS Evidence Linking al Qaeda to Benghazi: Eli Lake
NY Times Benghazi Piece Penned by Cairo Bureau Chief: Shoebat
Michelle Obama, CGI and the $678 million connection: Allen West
Climate & EnergyIf only the Global Warming Expedition had sailed 100 years ago: DTG
Climate Research Ship Trapped By Ice; Only 1 of 23 Network News Stories Mention: MRC
Helicopter rescue needed for passengers on icebound ship: Fox
MediaNYT: ‘We had a reporter on the scene talking to the attackers during the [Benghazi] attack’: Twitchy
So, that NYT Benghazi ‘investigation’ to cover for Hillary isn’t working out too well, huh?: Dan Calabrese
Dear Gallup: For WHAT is Obama Most Admired, Exactly?: SIGIS
NY Times: Hey, that YouTube video did have something to do with Benghazi attack after all: Ed Morrissey
Globe op/ed page highlights the great national divide: Caldwell's Corner
‘Beyond the pale’: Fox Business’ Charles Payne blasts MSNBC for mocking Romney grandson: Twitchy
Leftism Is A Mental Disorder…Part 965: Nice Deb
Charlottesville Newspaper Shuts Down Comments on Knockout Game Report for 'Hateful Nature': TruthRevolt
Washington Post's Obamacare Miracle: Loren Heal
WorldThe Islamization of Britain in 2013: Soeren Kern
NBA Tony Parker now making Nazi salutes quenelle: FAM
Wiesenthal Center Accepts Tony Parker Apology, Calls for Statement in French: Algemeiner
America's Internal Checkpoints: Wes Kimbell, Reason
St. Louis to Become DUI “No Refusal Zone” – Driver Blood Tests Required: GWP
I worked on the US drone program. The public should know what really goes on: Guardian
Sci-Tech (courtesy BadBlue Tech News)Cops to Use Portable Drug Test at New Year's DUI Checkpoints: NBC-LA
Photographer captures stunning photos of the split-second when a gun fires: Bob Owens
Four New Tech Trends That Should Be Huge In 2014: Julie Bort
CornucopiaTop 10 Conservatives of 2013: John Hawkins
Frontpage’s 2013 Man of the Year: Ted Cruz: Daniel Greenfield
A&E, The NYT and the DNC Bring You “REHAB ADDICT: The Hillary Addition”: MOTUS
Image: A&E, The NYT and the DNC Bring You “REHAB ADDICT: The Hillary Addition”
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QOTD: "Next time some lefty tells you how uninformed Fox News viewers are, remind them of this uncomfortable statistic:
81: Percentage of young Democrats who approve of the Affordable Care Act, according to December poll by Harvard's Institute of Politics.Ahem. "Obamacare" and the "Affordable Care Act" are the same thing." --Jim Geraghty
58: Percentage of young Democrats who approve of "Obamacare."
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