Dead Cats: AprFuuls, 04/01/13, (8)38: James Brody

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CONTENTS: ALERT –  Bully legislation; Chang – NKorea; Cheney – fight!; Rand Paul – protect 2nd Amend.; Steyn – death of family; Hook-up?; Poland’s missile; Man-made climate; Calif green-outs; Rush – what Carson said; Rush – what GOP wants; Scrubbed travel news; Williams – we’re not equal; Malkin – bloody Sarandon; Levin – unaffordable care; Farmland- the next bubble; TX wants its gold back; Shooter Holmes now a Muslim; No gun crimes in Chicago; Shame for all; Klein snags Hillary again; McCarthy – Hamas won; Steyn – married by the judge; Judge Roy Moore; Noah; Announcements

 Replay from CATS, 3/29/13: “There is no reason in the world my marriage can’t be shared with Monica, or as I call her “Sister Wife Number 17,” not to mention with Gennifer (Sister Wife Number 5), Paula (Sister Wife Number 6) and, well, not to bore with names, Sister Wives Number 2, 3, 4 and 7 thru 16.” Hillary Clinton

http://spectator.org/archives/2013/03/28/hillary-polygamy-polyamory-a2

“Amidst all this talk of equality, Dr. Ben Carson is not allowed to voice his opinion.  His opinion is a formally mainstream position, but he can’t articulate that now without being punished.  So we’re gonna protect the vile, hateful people out there, but not Ben Carson.” Rush Limbaugh

http://www.rushlimbaugh.com/daily/2013/03/29/the_mob_comes_for_dr_carson

Passover: Monday, 3/25-4/2/13: “. . . celebrates the deliverance of the Jewish people from slavery in Egypt  .  .  .”

April19th, 2 PM: CAP Reception at PLC – “Invitation to Infidels”

Citizens Alliance Reception at the PA Leadership Conference

$100.00 This is a serious event. ..more information under “Announcements” or from

Leo Knepper; leo@empowerpa.org

ACTION ALERT: BULLIES

From Joanne: “”Below is a Bullying Bill HB 156 link sponsored by Republican Representative Dan Truitt.

http://www.legis.state.pa.us/cfdocs/legis/PN/Public/btCheck.cfm?txtType=HTM&sessYr=2013&sessInd=0&billBody=H&billTyp=B&billNbr=0156&pn=0251

“ Many who have read the bill have grave concerns about it.  Dan admits that he did not write the bill but that it was written by the Pennsylvania Student Equality Coalition (PSEC) of the Gay Community.

http://www.collegian.psu.edu/archive/2012/09/28/antibullying_legislation_introduced_in_pennsylvania.aspx

The Pennsylvania Student Equality Coalition (PSEC) who wrote the bill explains who they are in their attached website.

http://www.atticyouthcenter.org/resources/pennsylvania-student-equality-coalition-psec

“An attorney has done research on the bill and has indicated that he has great concerns about the bill.  He contends that the bill can be used against Christians and other people of faith.

Page 2 of the bill defines Bullying as any written or verbal act or conduct which has a detrimental effect on the ‘mental health’ of a student.  Would this make a person of faith who expresses his/her beliefs on an alternate lifestyle, to a person in the above mentioned group, guilty of effecting the mental wellbeing of that individual?  If a Christian bible study discusses scriptural passages related to homosexuality, could they be accused of bullying?
Page 10 requires schools to adopt a ‘policy relating to bullying’ that may include ‘education programs.’   Read in combination with the proposed definition of bullying, one can envision mandated social indoctrination of students “sensitivity classes” that may usurp to parental rights and may be inconsistent with the family’s closely held religious or personal beliefs.

2. Privacy Concerns – Pg 13 requires the Dept of Ed to establish an ‘Internet safe schools online portal’ to track incidents of bullying.  It is not clear exactly who will have access to these portals. It generates a report “automatically” for a list of outside persons, including the Gen Assy (pg 14).  Being on the report, individuals are assumed guilty, without due process even if the charges made were false.  Is there a ‘registry’ that will be kept and published of all accused?

“The policy requires finalized information about alleged bullying incidents within 21 days.    You can never expunge anything from the internet; therefore, uploading any information will be forever out in cyberspace, even if the accused is cleared.  The accusation itself can cause significant harm that will last a lifetime.

“Please pass this information on to your e-mail list and call your representative and ask they he/she not support this legislation.  If your representative has signed onto the bill, ask that he/she remove their name from the bill.

To obtain contact information of your state representative, go to the web site: http://www.legis.state.pa.us/ , go to the field that says “Who’s my legislator,” and click on the link that says “address.”  Type in your address and click on “GO” and you will find your State representative and senator.”

April 1st

1789: In New York City, the U.S. House of Representatives held its first full meeting and elected Frederick Muhlenberg of Pennsylvania as its first Speaker.

1865: Union troops won a victory at the Battle of Five Forks, Virginia, causing Robert E. Lee to tell Jefferson Davis that Petersburg and Richmond must be evacuated.

1945: American troops began landing on the island of Okinawa in the largest amphibious assault in the Pacific during World War II.

1954: The U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado, was established.

1996: Fast-food chain Taco Bell announced it had bought the Liberty Bell and renamed it the Taco Liberty Bell. Thousands believed the April Fool’s Day prank. (Bennett & Cribb,  2010)

Gordon Chang, Daily Beast: “‘The State of War’—Kim Jong-un’s Bombastic, and Ominous, Bluster”

“. . . Every year Pyongyang makes bombastic threats before the U.S.–South Korea military exercises. Then the North Koreans go quiet when the drills begin. This year, however, the tantrum has continued, and the words have become increasingly dire. This month, for instance, Pyongyang abrogated the armistice ending the Korean War and threatened preemptive nuclear strikes on the United States. The one-a-day rhetorical blasts suggest something is terribly wrong inside the North Korean regime.

“Young Kim took over in December 2011 after the sudden death of his father, Kim Jong-il. This means, among other things, that Kim Jong-un did not have time to install officials loyal to him or to learn the complex balancing required to keep the four regime elements—the military, the security apparatus, the party, and the Kim family circle—in proper alignment.

“As a result, Kim Jong Un, now hailed as ‘Supreme Commander,’ has had to rely on two relatives for support, aunt Kim Kyong Hui and her husband, Jang Song Thaek. As analyst Bruce Bechtol explains, you have to go back to 1949 to find a time when a North Korean leader has had a smaller group of supporters than Kim Jong Un does today.

“That makes him vulnerable, especially because Jang Song Thaek is not only purging officials but is also dismantling the power structure put in place by Kim Jong Il. Kim Jong Il favored the military over the Korean Workers’ Party, but Jang, acting in Kim Jong Un’s name, has been favoring the party by cutting the army down to size.

“These efforts, not surprisingly, have destabilized Pyongyang. . .”

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2013/03/30/the-state-of-war-kim-jong-un-s-bombastic-and-ominous-bluster.html

Liz Cheney, WSJ: “Republicans, Get Over the 2012 Loss—and Start Fighting Back”

Thx Ted,

“.  .  . Republicans are being counseled to move the party to the left, but in my experience, those who advocate more liberal policies for the GOP are wrongheaded or Democrats, or both. You can be sure that President Obama would welcome an America in which the Republican Party is preoccupied with remaking itself into a watered-down version of the Democrats.

“It is time to defend our values with vigor and courage. We are conservatives. We believe in limited government, low taxes, a strong national defense, individual freedoms, self-reliance, the importance of the family, and the miracle and authority of America’s founding documents. We know that government is best that governs least and governs closest to the people. We know that the private sector is the engine of economic growth. We know that America is the exceptional nation, the best that has ever existed. We know that the men and women who wear the uniform of the U.S. military are the greatest fighting force and the greatest force for good that the world has ever known.

We know that preventing this president from enacting devastating policies is not obstructionism. It is patriotism. . .”

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887324105204578384692398126294.html?mod=djemEditorialPage_h#

Rand Paul, Washington Times: “A duty to preserve the Second Amendment”

“The right to bear arms ‘shall not be infringed’

“When Congress reconvenes next month, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is expected to bring gun control back to the Senate floor. If this occurs, I will oppose any legislation that undermines Americans’ constitutional right to bear arms or their ability to exercise this right without being subject to government surveillance.

“Restricting Americans’ ability to purchase firearms readily and freely will do nothing to stop national tragedies such as those that happened in Newtown, Conn., and in Aurora, Colo. It will do much to give criminals and potential killers an unfair advantage by hampering law-abiding citizens’ ability to defend themselves and their families. Potentially on the table are new laws that would outlaw firearms and magazines that hold more than just a handful of rounds, as well as require universal “background checks,” which amount to gun registration. We are also being told that the ‘assault weapons’ ban originally introduced by Sen. Dianne Feinstein is not happening. We can only hope. But in Washington, D.C., bad ideas often have a strange way of coming up again.

“These laws are designed to sound reasonable, but statistics have shown that gun control simply does not work.  .  .”

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2013/mar/29/a-duty-to-preserve-the-second-amendment-344591833/

Mark Steyn, NRO: “The Death of the Family

“Gay marriage? It came up at dinner Down Under this time last year, and the prominent Aussie politician on my right said matter-of-factly, “It’s not about expanding marriage, it’s about destroying marriage.”

That would be the most obvious explanation as to why the same societal groups who assured us in the Seventies that marriage was either (a) a “meaningless piece of paper” or (b) institutionalized rape are now insisting it’s a universal human right. They’ve figured out what, say, terrorist-turned-educator Bill Ayers did — that, when it comes to destroying core civilizational institutions, trying to blow them up is less effective than hollowing them out from within.

“On the other hand, there are those who argue it’s a victory for the powerful undertow of bourgeois values over the surface ripples of sexual transgressiveness: Gays will now be as drearily suburban as the rest of us. A couple of years back, I saw a picture in the paper of two chubby old queens tying the knot at City Hall in Vancouver, and the thought occurred that Western liberalism had finally succeeded in boring all the fun out of homosexuality.

“Which of these alternative scenarios — the demolition of marriage or the taming of the gay — will come to pass? Most likely, both.

“. . . One reason why conservative appeals to protect the sacred procreative essence of marriage have gone nowhere is because Americans are rapidly joining the Scandinavians in doing most of their procreating without benefit of clergy. Seventy percent of black babies are born out of wedlock, so are 53 percent of Hispanics (the “natural conservative constituency” du jour, according to every lavishly remunerated Republican consultant), and 70 percent of the offspring of poor white women. Over half the babies born to mothers under 30 are now “illegitimate” (to use a quaintly judgmental formulation). For the first three-and-a-half centuries of American settlement the bastardy rate (to be even quainter) was a flat line in the basement of the graph, stuck at 2 or 3 percent all the way to the eve of the Sixties. Today over 40 percent of American births are “non-marital,” which is significantly higher than Canada or Germany. “Stunning” upscale gays will join what’s left of the American family holed up in a chichi Green Zone, while beyond the perimeter the vast mounds of human rubble pile up remorselessly. The conservative defense of marriage rings hollow because for millions of families across this land the American marriage is hollow.

“If the Right’s case has been disfigured by delusion, the Left’s has been marked by a pitiful parochialism. .  .”

http://www.nationalreview.com/articles/344287/death-family-mark-steyn

Donna Frietas, WaPo: “Time to stop hooking up. (You know you want to.)”

Probably an outcome of using condoms that not only block sperm but also the exchange of chemicals between the partners, chemicals that ordinarily lead to bonding . . . Billy Gates’s “improved rubber” might be semi-porous .  .  .” (jb)

“.  .  . We think of college as a place where kids, perhaps free from their parents’ watchful eyes for the first time, can experiment sexually. Yet, my little adventure almost two decades ago seems innocent compared with hookup culture — a lifestyle of unemotional, unattached sex — so prevalent on campuses today.  .  .”

http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/time-to-stop-hooking-up-you-know-you-want-to/2013/03/29/87496b66-8cc4-11e2-9f54-f3fdd70acad2_story.html

WaPo: Poland’s Missile

“The Pentagon is canceling the planned fourth phase of an anti-missile system that had been scheduled for deployment in Poland in 2022. The SM3 IIb missile was significant for two reasons: It was the only interceptor planned for the Europe-based system that could have defended the United States against an attack from Iran; and it was the component of the system most decried by Russia, which claimed that it could be used against its intercontinental missiles.

“As it did when it canceled a previous European missile plan in 2009, the administration insisted that its decision had nothing to do with Russia or its objections. The phase-four missile was dropped, officials said, because Congress had cut some of its funding, meaning it could not have been completed in the next decade, even while the timeline of possible ICBM threats is shortening. . .”

http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/the-administration-yanks-a-missile-that-upset-russia/2013/03/19/aec6da52-90ca-11e2-bdea-e32ad90da239_story.html

Paul Driessen, Washington Times: “A real man-made climate crisis”

“. . . The real man-made climate crisis is our responses to the illusory crisis.

“Over the past three years, the Tides Foundation and Center alone poured $335 million into environmentalist climate campaigns, and $1 billion into green lobbies at large, notes “Undue Influence” author Ron Arnold. All told, U.S. foundations have “invested” more than $797 million in climate campaigns since 2000, Mr. Arnold calculates, and more than $19.3 billion in “environmental” efforts since 1995.Moreover, this cash does not include the tens of billions that environmental activist groups, universities and other organizations have received from individual donors, corporations and U.S. government agencies to promote “man-made climate disaster” theories; European Union and United Nations contributions to climate cataclysm institutes; or U.S. and global spending on wind, solar and biofuel energy schemes.

“This corrupting cash has feathered careers, supported entire companies and industries, and sullied our political, economic and ethical systems. It has taken countless billions out of productive sectors of our economy and given it to politically connected institutions that promote climate alarmism and renewable energy. Some of the crony-capitalist cash has gone to help re-elect their political sponsors.It’s a simple formula. If you toe the line, you pocket the cash and bask in the limelight. .  .”

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2013/mar/29/a-real-man-made-climate-crisis/

LEADS . . .

WSJ: California’s Coming Green-Outs

Thx Ted,

“The wind and solar mandate means future power shortages.

“.  .  .Utilities have been in such a rush to bring new wind and solar projects online that they’ve been locking in long-term rates with developers that are often two to four times higher than what they pay for nonrenewables. The Division of Ratepayer Advocates reported in 2011 that the California Public Utilities Commission has “approved nearly every renewable contract filed by the utilities, even when they rate poorly on least-cost, best-fit criteria.”

“Note: California residents and businesses already pay rates that are 25% to 60% higher than the national average. Excessive energy costs have helped to obliterate the state’s manufacturing base. Hence, the obsession to chase green jobs

“Meanwhile, the state’s cap-and-trade program, which took effect last year, will further jack up rates and is causing some plants to scale back operations. This is impeccable timing since state and federal water regulations also require 17 coastal generators that provide about 12,000 megawatts of electricity—enough to power nine million households—to shut down or be retrofitted over the next decade.

“The upshot is that millions of Californians could soon experience power outages. As the state derives more of its electricity from renewables, it needs more “peak” gas-fired plants that can ramp up to meet demand when the sun isn’t shining and wind isn’t blowing—namely during dawn and dusk. Otherwise, rolling blackouts could ensue. .  .”

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887324582804578344500414630778.html?mod=djemEditorialPage_h

Rushbo: What Carson Said

“. .  . Dr. Carson said it’s not something against gays.  It’s against anybody who wants to come along and change the fundamental definitions of pillars of society.  So now we’ve got mob rule.  In the midst of all this talk about “equality,” folks– in the midst of all this talk about the pursuit of happiness and equality — Dr. Benjamin Carson (who is the epitome of grace, by the way) is not allowed to voice his opinion, which is a formally mainstream position, by the way.

“He’s not allowed to do that without being punished.  The First Amendment applies to vile, hateful people, but not to a thoughtful, brilliant surgeon.  Vile, hateful people can say whatever they want about whoever.  The way this happened is he goes on Fox and he says this.  Media Matters pulls the quote and sent it out to their trolls. The mainstream media caught up with it, flavored it, shaped it the way they wanted it, and the medical students at Johns Hopkins said, “My God, our professor’s a bigot!  We can’t have our commencement speaker be a bigot. . .”

http://www.rushlimbaugh.com/daily/2013/03/29/the_mob_comes_for_dr_carson

Rushbo: What Republicans Want

“. .  . The Politico says, “The only obvious way to square that political circle in the short term is through a sweeping Supreme Court decision — one that strikes down the Defense of Marriage Act and invalidates California’s Proposition 8…”

“So these two consultants told The Politico what they prefer is the court strike down DOMA and make gay marriage the law of the land everywhere and then we can move on.  So let’s just agree to lose another issue and kick it down the road.  Now, the simplest way, I think, to maximize this kind of thinking is to just say, “You know what? Since the public hates us so much, and they’re always gonna hate us no matter what the issue — if we tell people what we think, they’re gonna hate us — let’s just, for now, let the Democrats have every election.

“We’ll come back at ‘em in like 2030 when everybody’s forgotten about this stuff.  I mean, that’s the obvious solution. Let’s just do amnesty. Let’s let ‘em have it! Let’s just open the borders. Let ‘em have amnesty, and then we’ll come back to fight another day on taxes.  While we’re at it, you know, let’s stop fighting them on abortion.  Let’s just agree that it’s not an issue anymore.  Because, man, we really get beat up on that.  Cap and trade? Exactly right!

“Let’s pass a carbon tax, whatever, because, man, we’re just getting beat up here.  You realize we’re not gonna be able to raise money if this stuff keeps up?” (interruption) Well, I don’t think they’ll say, “Turn in all the guns.”  There is a line that they won’t cross. . .”

http://www.rushlimbaugh.com/daily/2013/03/28/what_do_republican_consultants_secretly_desire_on_gay_marriage

Alexander Marlowe, BigGovt: “White House Scrubs First Daughters Ski Trip Report”

“A local news affiliate in Idaho reported that the First Daughters, Sasha and Malia Obama, are on a Spring Break ski trip in Sun Valley, Idaho. The story quickly spread across the Internet when picked up by the highly trafficked Drudge Report website.

But hours later, the story disappeared from the KMVT website without an update or correction.  Breitbart News confirmed that the White House requested that the post be removed.”

http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2013/03/29/idaho-ski-story-removed

Walter E. Williams, Town Hall: “Are We Equal?”

Thx Ted,

“Are women equal to men? Are Jews equal to gentiles? Are blacks equal to Italians, Irish, Polish and other white people? The answer is probably a big fat no, and the pretense or assumption that we are equal — or should be equal — is foolhardy and creates mischief. “Let’s look at it.

“Male geniuses outnumber female geniuses 7-to-1. Female intelligence is packed much closer to the middle of the bell curve, whereas men’s intelligence has far greater variability. That means that though there are many more male geniuses, there are also many more male idiots. The latter might partially explain why more men are in jail than women. . .

“. .  . A more emotionally charged question is whether we have equal intelligence. Take Jews, for example. They are only 3 percent of the U.S. population. Half-baked theories of racial proportionality would predict that 3 percent of U.S. Nobel laureates are Jews, but that’s way off the mark. Jews constitute a whopping 39 percent of American Nobel Prize winners. At the international level, the disparity is worse. Jews are not even 1 percent of the world’s population, but they constitute 20 percent of the world’s Nobel Prize winners.

“There are many other inequalities and disproportionalities. Asian-Americans routinely score the highest on the math portion of the SAT, whereas blacks score the lowest. Men are 50 percent of the population, and so are women; yet men are struck by lightning six times as often as women. I’m personally wondering what whoever is in charge of lightning has against men.  .  .”

http://townhall.com/columnists/walterewilliams/2013/03/27/are-we-equal-n1548400/page/full/

Michelle Malkin, Town Hall: Redford’s Bloody “Company You Keep”

Thx Ted . . .

“Compelling? Romantic? Real Americans? Patriots? The movie plot centers on a 1970s Michigan bank robbery perpetrated by fictional Weather Underground members Sharon Solarz (portrayed by bigwig Democratic activist Susan Sarandon) and Jim Grant (played by Redford). The group shoots and kills one off-duty police officer working as a bank security guard. Grant goes on the lam and assumes a fake identity; decades later, a reporter launches an investigation into his role in the crime. The movie drums up “unabashedly heartfelt” sympathy for Grant as he works to exonerate himself.

“. . . the real-life bank robbery and murder on which the movie is loosely based. In 1981, rich-kid Weathermen ideologues and lovers Kathy Boudin and David Gilbert joined forces with Black Liberation Army thugs and other ragtag commie revolutionaries to hold up an armored Brink’s vehicle in Nyack, N.Y. Their booty: $1.6 million to fund their violent activities. Before taking up her assignment as the getaway vehicle driver, Boudin dropped off her toddler son, Chesa Boudin, at a babysitter’s house.

“Two of the holdup victims gunned down in the botched Brink’s robbery were police officers. One was a private security guard. All three were veterans from working-class backgrounds. Their names: Waverly Brown, Edward O’Grady and Peter Paige.

“Boudin and Gilbert were convicted and sent to prison. Prior to her arrest in Nyack, she had been an 11-year fugitive from justice after an accidental homemade bomb explosion at her New York City townhouse resulted in the death of three people. At the time of her arrest in Nyack, Boudin gave police one of many false identities she had used to evade the law.

“Boudin was paroled in 2003 after convincing parole board members that she acted nobly out of “white guilt” to protest racism against blacks. Never mind that one of the officers killed, Waverly Brown, was black. .  .”

http://townhall.com/columnists/michellemalkin/2013/03/29/the-bloody-company-hollywood-keeps-n1552361/page/2

PA . . .

Mike Folmer’s Memo: “Week of April 1, 2013

Committees Review State Plan on Aging
The Senate Aging and Youth Committee and the House Committee on Aging and Older Adult Services recently held a joint public briefing on the implementation of the 2012-2016 State Plan on Aging.

The state Department of Aging prepares a strategic plan every four years, focusing on the needs of older Pennsylvanians and fulfills requirements of the U.S. Administration on Aging and Older Americans Act.

Natural Gas Service Legislation Announced
Legislation to expand natural gas distribution systems to un-served and under-served residential, commercial and industrial sites will soon be introduced in the State Senate.

Senate Bill 738, the Natural Gas Consumer Access Act, will require every natural gas distribution utility operating in Pennsylvania to submit a three-year plan to the Public Utility Commission (PUC), outlining the utility’s plans for extension and expansion projects. The bill will also create a system to provide for expedited extension or expansion projects if an economic development agency or a large number of residential, commercial or industrial entities want to seek to obtain natural gas service.

Senate Bill 739 will amend the Alternative Energy Investment Act to provide for $15 million for grants to schools, hospitals and small businesses to obtain access to natural gas service.

Legislative Update
I am once again sponsoring legislation in line with the Promise to Pennsylvania, my pledge to advance government reforms, eliminate wasteful state spending, and put more money back in the hands of the taxpayer. In addition, I have also introduced legislation to Repeal Insurance Department reporting requirements (Senate Bill 194); require written determinations and justifications of sole source and emergency procurement contracts, purchase orders, interagency agreements, and intergovernmental cooperation agreements (Senate Bill 369); and allows disabled children to inherit their parent’s property at a tax rate of zero percent (Senate Bill 383). For a complete list of my sponsored legislation, visit my website.”

BUDGET

Yuval Levin, NRO: “The Unaffordable Care Act

“As Obamacare begins to roll out, its champions are beginning to have to confront reality. But because they’re getting a lot of leeway and protection from the political press, the results of this confrontation with the consequences of the law’s poor design and misguided economic assumptions often take the form of little nuggets of truth buried in mountains of frantic, wishful obfuscation. Such was the little nugget buried in the middle of a story that was itself buried in the back of the A section of last Friday’s New York Times.

“The story was about the enormous challenges of implementing the law, and while it was careful to inform us (in the mouths of unnamed “supporters of the law”) that a lot of these problems are surely functions of the fact that “President Obama has done little to trumpet its benefits, educate the public or answer the critics,” it also notes the following curious fact:

‘Mr. Obama scored his biggest legislative achievement exactly three years ago when he signed the Affordable Care Act. But this week the administration cautioned officials to be careful about suggesting that the law would drive down costs.

‘After extensive research, the administration said it was unwise to tell consumers that they could get “health insurance that fits your budget.” That message, it said, is “seen as highly motivational, but not as believable.

“This makes it sound like the “extensive research” in question was research into public opinion, which it may well have been. But of course, the more fundamental reason “to be careful about suggesting that the law would drive down costs” is that no one really expects it to do so — not even the administration. . .”

http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/344080/unaffordable-care-act-yuval-levin

Blake Hurst, The American: “The Next Real Estate Bubble -Farmland”

“. . . Although we’d never admit it at the local coffee shop, the last few years have been good, at least for Midwestern grain farmers. Prices have been strong — strong enough to make up for much of the production lost to last year’s drought. That’s terrible news for livestock producers, who’ve been faced with drought-damaged pastures and high feed costs, but for farmers producing corn and soybeans, it has been a profitable few years.

“Farmers have cash, and nowhere to invest it but farmland. Farmers largely ignore equities, as they tend to balance the inherent risk in farming by investing in what they perceive as less risky places. We aren’t dumb, however, and have figured out that it’s a losing game to invest in bonds or CDs at rates less than inflation while we’re in tax brackets we never even knew existed.

“So, farmland prices are booming. Land prices in the heart of the Corn Belt have increased at a double-digit rate in six of the last seven years. According to Federal Reserve studies, farmland prices were up 15 percent last year in the most productive part of the Corn Belt, and 26 percent in the western Corn Belt and high plains. Closer to home, a neighbor planning his estate had an appraisal done in 2010 and again in late 2012. In that two-year period, the value of his farm had doubled. According to Iowa State economist Mike Duffy, Iowa land selling for $2,275 per acre a decade ago is now at $8,700 per acre. A farm recently sold in Iowa for $21,900 per acre.

“Although much of the increase in land prices has been driven by well-financed farmers and outside investors (many paying a large portion of the purchase price in cash), there are disturbing trends occurring on farm balance sheets. . .”

http://www.american.com/archive/2013/march/the-next-real-estate-bubble-farmland

Garth Kant, WND: “Why Texas wants its gold back from the feds”

“Texas Gov. Rick Perry is supporting a bill that would return the state’s $1 billion in gold reserves currently stored by the Federal Reserve at a vault in New York to the state.

“The sponsor of the bill, State Rep. Giovanni Capriglione, R-Southlake, told the Texas Tribune, ‘For us to have our own gold, a lot of the runs on the bank and those types of things, they happen because people are worried that there’s nothing there to back it up.’

“Bank runs were the great fear in the Mediterranean-island country of Cyprus today, as banks reopened for the first time since March 16, while the European Union imposed unprecedented austerity measures on the nation, including confiscating money in bank accounts. WND reported on March 18 the concerns that the crisis could spread to the U.S. financial system.

“Capriglione said his bill is, ‘not about putting Texas on its own gold standard, [but instead will] give the state a reputation as being more financially secure in the event of a national or international financial crisis.’

“‘If we own it,’ Perry told Glenn Beck last week, ‘I will suggest to you that that’s not someone else’s determination whether we can take possession of it back or not.’ . . .”

http://www.wnd.com/2013/03/why-texas-wants-its-gold-back-from-the-feds/

GUNS

Robert Spencer, PJM: “James Holmes: It Serves Him Right to Suffer

“The Aurora, Colorado shooter has grown his beard and converted to Islam.

“The debate over James Holmes’s sanity has raged hotly ever since he murdered twelve people and wounded 58 in a movie theater in Aurora, Colorado, in July 2012. But now the controversy can be laid to rest: Holmes is sane. The clearest indication of his sanity came last week, when the Daily Mail reported that he had converted to Islam.

“The Mail reported that Holmes is apparently quite devout: he has grown a lavish beard, eats only halal food, prays the obligatory five daily prayers, and studies the Qur’an for hours every day. . .”

http://pjmedia.com/lifestyle/2013/03/29/james-holmes-it-serves-him-right-to-suffer/

Elizabeth Flock, US News: “Chicago, Los Angeles, New York Prosecuted Fewest Federal Gun Crimes”

THX Ted,

“The districts that contain Chicago, Los Angeles and New York City ranked last in terms of federal gun law enforcement in 2012, according to a new report from Syracuse University’s Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, which tracks federal data.

“Federal gun crimes include illegal possession of a firearm in a school zone, illegal sale of a firearm to a juvenile, felon, or drug addict, and illegal transport of a firearm across state lines. In Chicago, the majority of gun charges last year were for firearms violations.

“The districts of Eastern New York, Central California, and Northern Illinois ranked 88th, 89th and 90th, respectively, out of 90 districts, in prosecutions of federal weapons crimes per capita last year, but it wasn’t always this way. All three districts fell lower on the list than they had been in years past. . .”

http://www.usnews.com/news/blogs/washington-whispers/2013/03/28/chicago-los-angeles-new-york-prosecuted-fewest-federal-gun-crimes

Madeleine Morgenstern, The Blaze: “Shame on us . . .”

“. . . ‘I want to make sure every American is listening today,’ Obama said at the White House, flanked by mothers who were affected by gun violence. ‘Less than 100 days ago that happened, and the entire country was shocked. And the entire country pledged we would do something about it and that this time would be different. Shame on us if we’ve forgotten. I haven’t forgotten those kids. Shame on us if we’ve forgotten.’

“His voice heated, Obama said ‘tears aren’t enough, expressions of sympathy aren’t enough, speeches aren’t enough” and urged Americans to press their lawmakers to pass more gun control legislation.’ . . .”

http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2013/03/28/100-days-after-newtown-obama-says-shame-on-us-if-weve-forgotten/

1)      The Second Amendment protects our right to overthrow a despot. (Citizens of Israel and Switzerland have military weapons in their homes).

2)      Shelby Steele wrote a provocative little book that described the partnerships that formed between complaining black students and “sensitive” college administrators – rudeness was paid off.

3)      Obama wants to remove weapons from the hands of Americans while delivering more lethal weapons to Jihadists in Libya and Syria.

4)      Lanza’s chief motive for shooting up a school was that of fame: He wanted to head the list that he made of mass-killings, a list seven feet long in nine point type. Harris and Klebold had a similar motive when they slaughtered classmates at Columbine.

Shame instead on anyone who listens to Obama . . .

http://www.thesmokinggun.com/documents/adam-lanza-newtown-search-warrants-678452

http://usatoday30.usatoday.com/news/nation/2009-04-13-columbine-myths_N.htm

http://www.usnews.com/news/blogs/washington-whispers/2013/03/28/chicago-los-angeles-new-york-prosecuted-fewest-federal-gun-crimes

MIDDLE EAST

Aaron Klein: March 31, 2013 – Hillary Snagged

“Today on Aaron Klein Investigative Radio, Aaron has a special investigation into the Benghazi attacks and the Obama administration’s reported arming of the jihadist-led Syrian rebels currently fighting in Syria. Also, White House snagged in Benghazi cover up. Has Clinton perjured herself? Aaron has bombshell information that will bring Benghaz-gate to a new dimension. Plus, DHS drones, fusion centers, the “green” scheme and inside Obama’s subconscious mind.”

“. . . One of the key decisions by Clinton’s State Department that has perplexed many security experts was the determination not to deploy an interagency rapid response unit designed to respond to terrorist attacks known as a Foreign Emergency Support Team, or FEST.

“FEST teams previously deployed immediately after al-Qaida bombings of U.S. embassies in East Africa in 1998 and the USS Cole in 2000. But they were not used for Benghazi, confounding insiders speaking to the news media

Counterterrorism officials told Fox News in November that the FEST teams could have helped the FBI gain access to the site in Benghazi faster. It ultimately took the FBI 24 days.

“The site reportedly contained a large volume of classified documents related to the activities of the Benghazi facilities.

“Further, during the night of the attack, top counter terror officials felt out of the loop, according to emails shared with both Fox News and CBS News in November.

Counterterrorism sources and internal emails reviewed by CBS News expressed frustration that key responders were ready to deploy but were not called upon to help in the attack.

“Besides strangely not deploying FEST, the Counterterrorism Security Group, or CSG, was never asked to meet the night of the attack or in subsequent days, according to two separate counterterrorism officials, as first reported by CBS News. .  .”

http://www.wnd.com/2013/03/hillary-clinton-snagged-in-benghazi-cover-up/

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/03/25/world/middleeast/arms-airlift-to-syrian-rebels-expands-with-cia-aid.html?_r=0

Andrew McCarthy, NRO: “Shhhh, Don’t Tell Anyone – Hamas Won

“The administration spends far more time appeasing Islamists than killing terrorists

“Barack Obama brought enough Chicago-style community organizing to Israel that Benjamin Netanyahu knew what he would have to do. If he hoped to keep the tepid support of his country’s essential but icy ally, Israel’s prime minister would have to do what he’d spent nearly three years steadfastly refusing to do. Netanyahu would have to apologize to a state sponsor of terrorism that openly, notoriously, and enthusiastically supports Hamas.

“He would have to apologize to Turkey — to its prime minister, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Obama’s close friend and confidant.

“He would have to apologize for military action taken in his country’s righteous defense against violent jihadists with close connections to Erdogan’s ruling party and, seamlessly, to the Muslim Brotherhood, as well as al-Qaeda. .  .”

http://www.nationalreview.com/articles/344294/shhhh-don-t-tell-anyone-hamas-won-andrew-c-mccarthy

END NOTES . . .

Mark Steyn, NRO: “Married by the Judge

“Three weeks ago, I wrote:

‘An institution that predates the United States by several millennia will be defined for a third of a billion people by whichever way Anthony Kennedy feels like swingin’ that morning. The universal deference to judicial supremacism is bizarre and unbecoming to a free people.’

“Paul Mirengoff says today over at Powerline:

‘The fact that the Supreme Court may be about to pass judgment on the age-old definition of marriage is the reductio ad absurdum of American constitutional jurisprudence. That we have reached this point tells us that the Supreme Court has taken some terribly wrong turns.

‘The fact that, until very recently, marriage has universally been deemed to require an opposite sex component doesn’t mean that this component must be required forevermore. But a decent appreciation of democracy, human history, and the fallibility of the individual means that nine glorified lawyers shouldn’t be the ones who make the change. Nor should they be in a position where they might make it.

“Amen.

“And no court with any understanding of accountable government or constitutional propriety would go along with it. . .”

http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/343984/married-judge-mark-steyn

Roy Moore: Alabama’s Chief Justice

Roy Stewart Moore (born February 11, 1947) is an American jurist and Republican politician noted for his refusal, as the elected Chief Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court, to remove a monument of the Ten Commandments from the Alabama Judicial Building despite orders to do so from a federal judge. On November 13, 2003, the Alabama Court of the Judiciary unanimously removed Moore from his post as Chief Justice. In the years preceding his election to the state Supreme Court, Moore had successfully resisted previous attempts to have a display of the Ten Commandments removed from the courtroom. The controversy around Moore generated national attention.

“Moore’s supporters regard his stand as a defense of ‘judicial rights’ and the Constitution of Alabama. Moore contends that federal judges who ruled against his actions consider ‘obedience of a court order superior to all other concerns, even the suppression of belief in the sovereignty of God. . .’

“. .  . On November 6, 2012, Moore was returned  to the office of Alabama Chief Justice, after a nine-year absence, over replacement Democratic candidate Bob Vance

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roy_Moore

Noah

Thx Jody!

In the year 2013, the Lord came unto Noah, Who was now living in America and said:
“Once again, the earth has become wicked and over-populated, and I see the end of all flesh before me. You have 6 months to build another Ark before I will start the unending rain for 40 days and 40 nights.” Save two of every living thing along with a few good humans.”
Six months later, the Lord looked down and saw Noah weeping in his yard – but no Ark.

“Noah!,” The Lord roared, “I’m about to start the rain! Where is the Ark?”

“I needed a Building Permit. . . a sprinkler system. .. approval by the homeowners  association . .  . approval by the local planning committee.. .there’s a ban on cutting local trees in order to save the Greater Spotted Barn Owl. . .PETA took me to court for confining wild animals against their will. They also argued the accommodations were too restrictive, cruel, and inhumane.”
“Then the Environmental Protection Agency ruled that I couldn’t build the Ark until they’d conducted an environmental impact study on your proposed flood . . . “I’m still trying to resolve a complaint with the Human Rights Commission on how many minorities I’m supposed to hire for my building crew. . . Immigration is checking the visa status of most of the people who want to work. . .the labor unions say I can’t use my sons. They insist I have to hire only union workers with ark-building experience. . . the IRS seized all my assets, claiming I’m trying to leave the country illegally with endangered species.”
“Forgive me, Lord, but it would take at least 10 years for me to finish this Ark.”
“Suddenly the skies cleared, the sun began to shine and a rainbow stretched across the sky.”
Noah looked up in wonder and asked, “You mean you’re not going to destroy the world?”
“No,” said the Lord. “The Democrats beat me to it.”


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