Washington, DC – (12/4/14) – This morning, President Obama hosted a “Summit on College Opportunity” with the intention of “encourag[ing] college attendance,” focusing on “supporting colleges to work together to dramatically improve persistence and increase college completion, especially for first generation, low-income, and underrepresented students.” Part of the White House’s “College Opportunity Day of Action,” the event comes on the heels of an election in which young people directly contributed to the Republican sweep of Congress.
At the Summit, President Obama said “higher education increasingly feels out of reach.” That’s true – with a youth unemployment rate of almost 15% and the average student loan debt at $30,000, the President’s higher education policies are an obstacle to our generation’s ability to realize our potential through an affordable higher education.
Generation Opportunity President Evan Feinberg released the following statement:
“A ‘College Opportunity’ Summit hosted by this Administration is a sad irony. Instead of discussing positive solutions that would increase innovation and entrepreneurship in higher education, the event doubled down on the failed status quo.
“It may sound nice to continue to artificially lower student loan interest rates and give out more money to push for more college attendance. But this year was the first in decades in which fewer students attended college than the previous year. Without real reform, we’ll continue to see college costs go up and fewer students realizing their dreams.
“Politicians should stop pandering to our generation and instead work together with us to unleash the ingenuity of our generation. We can bring a high-quality, customized education to each and every young American. Lawmakers should start by supporting accreditation reform while pursuing a broader agenda that supports education innovation.”
The New York Daily News is reporting that a black militant group is planning to shoot New York police officers.
An undercover NYPD cop learned of the hit put out on officers Friday evening — three days after a Staten Island grand jury decided not to indict Officer Daniel Pantaleo in Garner’s death. Mullins confirmed late Saturday night that the gang was gunning for officers.
Union leaders ordered all officers, on duty and off, to take extra precautions.
“Please WEAR your VESTS and carry your firearm off-duty along with additional magazines,” Mullins said in an alert. “Your priority is to go home at the end of your tour!”
It is unclear whether the threat is tied directly to the Garner verdict or due to rising hostility in the black community towards police.
During the Ferguson protests, Michael Brown’s step-father ratcheted up tensions when he told the crowd to “burn this bitch down!” Shortly afterward, several local businesses were looted and/or burned down.
The Black Guerrilla Family is a militant prison and street gang also known as Black Family and Black Vanguard. The group is an “ideological African-American Marxist revolutionary organization composed of prisoners.” Which would indicate a propensity towards crime and violence.
New York Daily News - EXCLUSIVE: NYPD cops warned militant group Black Guerilla Family ‘preparing to shoot on-duty police officers’: http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/exclusive-nypd-warned-militant-group-plans-shoot-cops-article-1.2036616
 Wikipedia - The Black Guerrilla Family: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_Guerrilla_Family
NASA’s Orion spacecraft launched successfully atop a United Launch Alliance Delta IV Heavy rocket Dec. 5 at 7:05 a.m. EST from Space Launch Complex 37 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. Orion’s Exploration Flight Test-1 (EFT-1), is the first flight test for NASA’s new deep space capsule and is a critical step on NASA’s journey to Mars. The 4.5 hour flight is scheduled to conclude with the splashdown of Orion in the Pacific Ocean.
Lousiana democrat Senator Mary Landrieu lost her bid for re-election on Saturday.
Challenger Rep. Bill Cassidy(R) ousted Landrieu by a 56% to 44% vote margin in a run-off election.
Landrieu had trailed Cassidy significantly in recent polls and the Democrat campaigning machine had largely abandoned her despite her 34 year tenure as Senator.
Landrieu had been touting her seniority in the Senate as a benefit to the state of Louisiana. She had managed to get a floor vote on the Keystone XL pipeline but was unable to muster the one additional democrat vote needed to get it passed.
The democrat loss in Louisiana finishes a long string of losses for liberals in the senate during the 2014 mid-term elections.
While Obama and his loyal media tell America that the recovery is in full-swing, the rest of the nation is about to suffer another blow as the president’s energy policy causes catastrophic changes to the electricity generation industry.
The energy industry and coal-producing states are projecting a wave of power plant closures in the final two years of the Obama administration as Environmental Protection Agency regulations take hold.
The goal of the agency’s campaign is to cut down on carbon pollution. However, industry groups and agencies say the EPA’s demands are simply too difficult to meet and will lead to powering down many facilities — eliminating hundreds of jobs and hurting cash-strapped state economies.
In a continuing effort to pander to the whining left and live up to a pre-election promise, Obama is making sure that energy costs “necessarily skyrocket” as a way to magically make his failing green-energy investments pay off.
Solyndra was just a canary in the coal mine (how ironic that phrase is now.) The entire green energy play is too expensive for the typically American family to afford and company-after-company simply folds up after sucking in millions, or billions of taxpayer dollars.
Many Americans are living paycheck-to-paycheck as energy prices affect grocery bills, transportation costs, heating bills and just about everything else.
The President wants to make energy more expensive – at whose cost?
** Update – Lockdown lifted due to reported active shooter DRILL – no active shooter was actually present **
A U.S. Military spokesman says that an American military base in South Korea is on lockdown because of reports of an active shooter.
Tech. Sgt. Stacy Foster said that Osan Air Base is on security lockdown due to an active shooter being reported at the on-base high school. No other details are available at this time.
It now appears that the incident is a result of a teacher getting a call about an active shooter drill:
Morgan Nugent, principal of Osan American High School, said in a posting that officials “decided to error on the side of safety” and lock the school down after a teacher received what sounded like an automated call saying there was “an active shooter drill taking place.” There was no such drill scheduled Monday.
All searches have turned up no evidence of an actual shooter and no injuries have been reported.
The Obama administration has filed lawsuits against several companies for complying with the wellness provisions in Obamacare.
Obama’s Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has filed suit against Honeywell International and two smaller companies for offering rewards to employees for taking part in wellness activities and penalizing those who don’t
The law suit stems from the 1990 Employees with Disabilities Act that prohibits employers from penalizing employees for failing to participate in medical tests such as cholesterol screening or blood pressure tests unless the test is directly related to the performance of the employees Job.
The conflict is clear – either employers are allowed to make wellness programs a requirement to avoid penalties or they aren’t.
If employers cannot use wellness programs as carrots and sticks, they struggle to satisfy a provision in Obamacare detailing the rewards and punishments.
Companies rely on these programs to contain skyrocketing medical costs and if they cannot control those expenses, they will find other ways to limit their liability.
CEO’s may choose to give their employees money so that they can buy a plan on the public exchanges which would limit the corporation’s liability to the funds supplied to the employee. Wellness then becomes no concern of the employer and more of a concern for the tax payer,
Company leaders could decide to end their four-year long support for Obamacare and start speaking publicly about it’s downfalls. Something the Obama administration would prefer to avoid.
The unintended consequences of government overreach continue to get heaped upon the American economy, American companies, and American families.
Monday night, Ferguson, Missouri Prosecutor Bob McCulloch announced that the Grand Jury looking into the evidence of the Michael Brown shooting had found no probable cause to try Officer Wilson for any crime.
In a press conference beginning at approximately 8:14pm Central Time, Mr. McCulloch began by pledging his sympathy to the Brown family for their loss. McCulloch then painstakingly described the process that the grand jury undertook to come to its decision.
Revealing a flurry of competing witness accounts, changing witness testimony and witness accounts that simply did not line up with the physical evidence, the prosecutor outlined the evidence that was reviewed by the grand jury.
In response to the decision, the Brown family commented that they were “profoundly disappointed” with the outcome.
Despite the urging of the media present at the announcement, Mr. McCulloch refused to release the vote count or more detailed demographics of the grand jury saying that the process is secretive by design and that he was not privy to the vote count nor is the grand jury allowed to release the final count.
The prosecutor also confirmed that testimony and evidence will be released to the public for their review.
The grand jury could have chosen to indict Officer Wilson on any of five counts ranging from murder in the first degree to manslaughter. The jurors found no evidence pointing to criminal behavior by the officer.
Young Americans for Freedom (YAF) is beung threatened with funding cuts from Virginia Tech administrators after co-sponsoring former Treasury Secretary Bay Buchanan at a speech at the university.
Young Americans for Freedom, which co-sponsored the speech by the conservative pundit and sister of former presidential candidate Patrick Buchanan with the school’s College Republicans, is appealing a decision made by the university’s Student Budget Board. The board denied the group funding for an already-scheduled speech by (former GOP presidential candidate) Herman Cain, as well as all other aid for the rest of the year.
The speech itself wasn’t what ignited the controversy, it was the efforts to inform students of the upcoming event that drew in agitators:
But the trouble began before the event, when a flyer circulated by YAF touting Buchanan’s apperance [sic] and alluding to an “alien invasion” caught the attention of Latino groups on campus. The Latino Association of Student Organizations reacted angrily on its Facebook page.
The board then decided that the content was offensive and subsequently “unanimously voted to deny funding.”