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Hebdo to Print New Issue Featuring Mohammed Cartoons

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B7LgcHxIYAAforhThe first post-attack issue of the French satirical newspaper, Charlie Hebdo, will prominently feature cartoons including the Prophet Mohammed on Wednesday.

After having been brutally attacked by Muslim Fundamentalists, the paper will print three million copies of this week’s issue. Normal circulation is 60,000 copies.

In defiance of the attempt to silence free speech Hebdo’s surviving staff is releasing an 8-page issue and drastically increasing printing citing a huge increase in demand from inside France and abroad.

Hebdo’s home facility is still declared a crime scene forcing the staff to work from offered facilities and equipment from other French papers.

The issue’s front page is expected to feature a caricature of Mohammed holding a “Je Suis Charlie” sign and headlined by the phrase “All is Forgiven.”

Howard Dean: Smoking That Funny Stuff Again

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HowardDean2004croppedFar left Looney Tune Howard Dean, as usual never disappoints every time he opens up his mouth, when he objected to calling the shooters in the Paris attack “Muslim terrorists,” even though the attackers were witnessed shouting “Allahu akbar” as they fired. I can never figure out why the Left refuses to call a spade a spade, these people committed an act of terror and they are Muslims, therefore they are “MUSLIM TERRORISTS,” why is that so hard for the Left to grasp?

Dean went on to say, “I stopped calling these people Muslim terrorists. They’re about as Muslim as I am, I mean, they have no respect for anybody else’s life, that’s not what the Koran says. And, you know Europe has an enormous radical problem, I think ISIS is a cult. Not an Islamic cult. I think it’s a cult.”

I have to admit that I never read the entire Koran, but I have read passages and believe me, there is plenty of hate to go around. The Koran makes it clear that Islam is not about universal brotherhood, but about the brotherhood of believers only. The Koran plainly tells Muslims that they are a favored race, while those of other religions are nothing more than “perverted transgressors.”

I will never understand why the Left feels they have to constantly make excuses for these terrorists? They are what they are, there devotion to destroy anything that in non Muslim is unwavering. If we want to win a war against our enemies, we first have to admit that we have an enemy, identify them and then do what needs to be done to destroy them. Liberal’s will not even admit that we have a war going on with these people; they would rather concentrate on an imaginary war on women.

When we were at war with Japan, were all Japanese people bad, no, but we were still in war with Japan. Now, we are at war with Muslims, are all Muslims bad, no, but we are still at war with Muslims. During World War II America came together to defeat the enemy, today we have half the politicians in Washington, who will not even admit who the enemy is.

This P.C. crap has got to end; I believe that Political Correctness is one of the biggest problems this country faces. Not being able to say something because you might hurt someone’s feelings is not only dumb, but it steps on The First Amendment. Hiding the truth behind Political Correctness is dangerous, although the Liberal Left uses it very well, they have developed it into a successful weapon, and it’s working.

As for our friend Howard Dean, I am going to leave him with a quote from the Koran:  O ye who believe! Fight those of the disbelievers who are near to you, and let them find harshness in you, and know that Allah is with those who keep their duty. In other words Mr. Dean, the Koran says, kill those who do not believe, so much for your B.S.

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This is one Man’s opinion.

A Glimpse at Some of the Idiocy of 2014

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While recently rereading a classical literary piece from a century ago, I realized anew how each person is a microcosm of the demographic group or society to which he or she belongs. Truly, no man is an island, and we all bring to our society characteristics, traits, and attributes which contribute to the whole. When we analyze some of the notable events from the past year, we can’t help but realize how our individual contributions either ameliorate, or vitiate, the cumulative character of our society.

Weeds in our cultural "garden."

Weeds in our cultural “garden.”

The book, As a Man Thinketh, by the English moralist James Allen, abounds in insightful truisms and verities. The following is but one of many such gems. “A man’s mind may be likened to a garden, which may be intelligently cultivated or allowed to run wild; but whether cultivated or neglected, it must, and will, bring forth. If no useful seeds are put into it, then an abundance of useless weed seeds will fall therein, and will continue to produce their kind.”

As much idiocy as we observed playing out on the public stage this past year, it’s obvious that there are too many minds not being planted or cultivated with ennobling or productive seeds. And, according to Allen, the evidence is manifest behaviorally. Not unlike the timeless wisdom of Forrest Gump, “Stupid is as stupid does.”

3034486-poster-p-1-hands-up-dont-shootCase in point, the “Hands up, don’t shoot,” social phenomenon that was spawned, and perpetuated, based on fictitious accounts of the tragic shooting of a young man in Ferguson, MO. The fact that such a fallacious mantra would gain such traction among the race-baiters, celebrities, misinformed, and even professional athletes, does not portend well for our culture. But why bother with facts and evidence, when a fabricated story can be so superbly spun for the sake of advancing an ideological narrative, or inciting riots and precipitating violence? This provides evidentiary validation of Allen’s thesis, that “an abundance of useless weed seeds” can bear sway in the absence of “useful,” and I might add, informed and fact-based “seeds.”

On a par with that evidentiary validation, but much more consequential in its long-term implications, is the request by law students at Columbia, Harvard, and other law schools, to postpone their final exams. They felt they had been “traumatized” due to their protests of the Ferguson and New York grand jury decisions to not charge policemen for perceived wrongful deaths. Would anyone even consider hiring an attorney who felt “traumatized” because they protested too strenuously, and felt themselves to be incapable of taking tests as a result? Aphorisms aplenty seem to apply in such an instance, primary of which is simply to “grow up.”

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Poverty Rate since “Great Society”

As we celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Great Society “war on poverty,” the nation’s redistribution of over $22 trillion is one of those governmental policies that evokes great emotion yet, as inefficacious as it has been, clearly is bourn of ideological “weeds.” Our poverty rate is about the same today as it was fifty years ago, which means our wealth redistribution has accomplished nothing, and has not addressed the underlying societal issues which are causal to poverty.

Another example is regrettably provided by our president, who, after claiming that all of his policies were on the midterm electoral ballot, was thoroughly trounced as voters rejected his legislative and ideological pawns who supported his policies. Yet, in the aftermath of such a drubbing, became increasingly pertinacious, clinging to his rejected ideology, and claimed to hear what those who didn’t vote had to say. The mainstream media should have had a heyday with such vapidity, yet, as has been their wont over the past six years, gave the president a pass on his vacuity.

2014-12-12-e6b16298_largeEqually vacuous was the president’s reference to the Biblical story of Mary and Joseph in an amnesty speech delivered last month. He may want to break down and actually read the Bible, if he’s going to “quote” from it. Mary and Joseph were not illegal aliens, and, contrary to his other “quote” from the Bible in the same speech, the Good Book says nothing about “people in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones.” It’s bad enough when our fellow countrymen fill their ignorant voids with uninformed “weeds,” but when our president does it, and he gets away with it, it does not bode well for our media or our society.

That such ignorance, bourn of ideological “weeds,” can flourish in our “enlightened” culture is indeed discomfiting. It’s enough to make one wonder if “The Walking Dead” TV series is more reflective of our collective consciousness, rather than simply apocalyptic TV fiction.

Lt. Clint Lorance: A Hero Not Criminal

Our soldiers are the defenders of our freedom, they protect us from enemies foreign and domestic, and without them there would be no America. So why does it seem that our very own government are turning their backs on these hero’s?

In the news recently, was a story about one of our soldiers, a former Army lieutenant sentenced to 20 years in Leavenworth for ordering his men to shoot three civilians in Afghanistan. Lt. Clint Lorance, 29, was convicted of murder in the 2012 incident, in which he ordered his platoon to shoot the men approaching a checkpoint on a motorcycle when they refused to stop. Two died, and military prosecutors at Lorance’s court martial said he acted recklessly in violation of the military’s rules of engagement, which requires soldiers to hold fire absent evidence of hostile action or hostile intent.

Hostile action or intent? There is a war in Afghanistan, suicide bombers are an every day thing. Maybe my thinking is a little screwed-up, but if you are running a check point in a war zone and unknown men are approaching on a motorcycle and refuse an order to stop, there is a good possibility that they might be unfriendly people, shooting them seems like the logical thing to do.

Did the government railroad this hero?  “The Army has in its possession evidence linking Afghan military-aged males involved in this general court-martial to improvised explosive devices as well as IED attacks and terror networks in Afghanistan,” reads a memo from Lorance’s attorneys. “The government failed to disclose this information to the chain-of-command, counsel for the defense, and the court-martial. These significant failures strike at the very heart of American due process and show that the government violated its discovery and disclosure obligations.”

Let’s add this to the list of how the government mistreats our soldiers, along with the VA scandal, where soldiers were left dying waiting for treatment in the hands of managers who were only interested in getting bigger bonuses instead of treating our hero’s. Let’s not forget the Fort Hood shootings, where the Obama administration refused to call it a terrorist attack and denied those soldiers due compensation.

Lt. Clint Lorance is a hero, not a criminal; he saw what he perceived to be the enemy when he ordered his men to shoot and rightly so. The old saying that war is hell is true; things don’t always go the way they are supposed too. Imprisoning a soldier for doing what he thought he had to do to save his men, is a great miscarriage of justice, if it were me, I’d pin a medal on his chest.

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Times are tough – Obama causes drastic increases in electricity bills

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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.

According to a Fox News report:

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?

Companies Getting Sued for Complying with Obamacare

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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.

Ferguson Prosecutor: Officer Wilson Will Not Be Indicted

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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.

Obamacare Is Based on Fraud, Says Architect of the ACA

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imagesWhat the architect of Obamacare said recently was not surprising to those of us who have been critical of the massive legislation from the start. It was clear to anyone who actually studied the legislation, with even a modicum of logic, the smoke and mirrors that were used to mask the true intent and operation of the Act. What is surprising is how obviously truthful he was, and how the mainstream media are ignoring his remarks.

Jonathan Gruber, MIT economics professor, and principle architect of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), was astonishingly candid in his remarks about President Obama’s signature legislation in not one, but as of this writing, three different recordings.

The first video that surfaced was with a panel of academics talking about the ACA in October, 2013. He said, “This bill was written in a tortured way to make sure that the CBO (Congressional Budget Office) did not score the mandate as taxes. If CBO scored the mandate as taxes, the bill dies. Okay. So it was written to do that. In terms of risk-rated subsidies, if you had a law that said healthy people are going to pay in — if you made it explicit that healthy people pay in, sick people get money, it would not have passed. Okay. 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 in getting the thing to pass, and, you know, it’s the second best argument. And I wish Mark was right, we could make it all transparent, but I’d rather have this law than not. So there are things I’d wish I could change, but I’d rather have this law than not.”

B2bANrICIAAy2bwAfter this video surfaced, Gruber appeared on MSNBC where he made a feeble attempt at an apology. Regarding his inflammatory statement, he said, “I was speaking off the cuff and I regret having made them.” Notice carefully what he didn’t say in his “apology.” He didn’t disavow the statement, say he was wrong, or even truly apologize for his ill-chosen words. He simply “regretted” having made the statement.

Just after Gruber appeared on MSNBC, a second clip surfaced from a lecture he delivered at Washington University in St. Louis a year ago. In this one, he was talking about the taxation components of the ACA. He explained, “For people with expensive health insurance plans, they will no longer get a 40% tax break. What if we instead just levy a 40% tax on the insurance companies that sell these terrible expensive Cadillac plans. Well, that’s pretty much the same thing but why does it matter? You’ll see. They proposed it and that passed. Because Americans are too stupid to understand the difference.” The audience laughed as he finished.

Gruber-on-the-lies-told-to-pass-Obamacare1Finally a third recording emerged, proving that his “off the cuff” remarks were an accurate portrayal of not just the ACA, but that his characterization of the American people was prototypical of those who put the law together. In a presentation from November 1, 2012, Gruber states, “We just take the insurance companies. They pass on higher prices that offset the taxes that we get, that ends up being the same thing. It’s a very clever, you know, base exploitation of the lack of understanding of the American voter.”

These comments from the architect of Obamacare are revelatory in so many ways. The first is that the healthcare bill was intentionally written in a “tortured” way so that the Congressional Budget Office wouldn’t score the legislation as a “tax.” As Gruber said, if it had been scored that way by the CBO, the bill would not have passed. In other words, the drafters of the legislation intentionally and willfully deceived both the CBO and the American people in order to get it passed. It’s too bad that Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts saw through the deception in order to rule the ACA “constitutional” because it was a tax.

lead_largeEqually troubling is Gruber’s admission that they had to avoid transparency in order to get it to get through congress, and to pass muster with the American people. As Gruber referred to it, the lack of transparency is a “huge political advantage.” What does that say of a political ideology, and a party, that employs such nefarious means to deceive and obfuscate in order to achieve their political ends?

Not to be lost in all this is the common thread throughout Gruber’s comments referencing the stupidity of the American people. Like Howard Dean said this week on MSNBC, “The problem is not that he said it, but that he thinks it. The core problem is that this law was put together by a bunch of elitists who don’t really fundamentally understand the American people. That’s what the problem is.”

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And it’s obviously not just Gruber’s sentiments, but all those who sold the ACA to us. The disingenuousness, deception, and misrepresentation was by design. The only way the American people could be gullible enough to think it was good for the country is if the drafters used their “huge political advantage” of opacity and mendacity by obfuscating the truth. Based on most recent polls, there is still a large minority who still can be defined by Gruber’s characterization of us, as nearly 40% still think Obamacare is a good law.

It wasn’t just a large percentage of Americans who were “stupid” enough to swallow the party line on the ACA. The mainstream media swallowed it hook, line, and sinker. And they’re apparently still choking on it, as they have ignored these exposing comments from the law’s architect.

Associated Press award winning columnist Richard Larsen is President of Larsen Financial, a brokerage and financial planning firm in Pocatello, Idaho and is a graduate of Idaho State University with degrees in Political Science and History and coursework completed toward a Master’s in Public Administration. He can be reached at [email protected].

Obama Legacy: No one wants to work

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Almost everyone agrees that the policies of the current administration are not conducive to job creation. What’s really eye-opening is that the current policies are causing a huge portion of Americans to find work undesirable.

So why are more Americans not seeking work? The Pew Research Center has the answer:

You might think legions of retiring Baby Boomers are to blame, or perhaps the swelling ranks of laid-off workers who’ve grown discouraged about their re-employment prospects. While both of those groups doubtless are important (though just how important is debated by labor economists), our analysis of Bureau of Labor Statistics data suggests another key factor: Teens and young adults aren’t as interested in entering the work force as they used to be, a trend that predates the Great Recession.

The youngest of the nations’ working aged people are increasingly disinterested in finding work. Many in small business have also noticed an increasing number of new hires that just don’t have any drive once they have the job.

Some Americans remember asking for permission to work before they hit the age of 16. Most had jobs for extra money during high school. Very few from the previous generations would consider finding work “undesirable.”

What has led the nation’s new youth to find work offensive when their elders found being out-of-work to be embarrassing?

The culture of government dependency is likely the answer. Why work when the government will provide healthcare, a paycheck, food and a place to live? Strange that those same promises made in nations like Russia, Cuba and Venezuela instead lead to a nation of poor people with no way out.

As is proven by the numbers, America is not different. This nation requires a motivated workforce to invent, produce and consume. Anyone of working age not doing at least two of the three is taking more wood off the proverbial American wood pile than they are putting on. They are takers and an embarrassment to the country.

EBT cards have made the “green stamps” of yesteryear obsolete. They have also removed the stigma of using a page of stamps to pay for basic groceries. They also allow holders to buy fast food, junk snacks and sodas – not the basic needs for survival.

Being unproductive is no longer embarrassing. Adults living with their parents is common. Government benefits and pay are better than what many small businesses can offer. Is it really any surprise that a ton of Americans would really rather not work.

Government subsistence is no longer temporary or undesirable – working is.

GOP: Obama Genius for bringing in Biden as VP

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Republicans are pointing at scandal after scandal and many unconstitutional actions on the part of President Obama as reasons he could be impeached. But, they won’t, and some have come out and said that Vice President Biden is the insurance policy keeping Obama in the White House that keeps them at bay.

800px-Joe_Biden_-_World_Economic_Forum_Annual_Meeting_Davos_2005_PortraitIn an interview with Fox News, Rep. Tray Gowdy (R-SC) asked ‘Have you met Joe Biden?’ when asked why the Republicans haven’t offered articles of impeachment against the President.

It would appear that any candidate for President that intends to work outside the limits of the Constitution should first find an inept, but electable, court jester.. ahem.. Vice President. Then, make sure he does things like tell the public to shoot double-barreled shotguns through doors, say that Conservatives behave like terrorists, and so much more.

For the first time, America may have its answer to the obvious question:

Q: why hasn’t Obama been impeached?

A: “Have you met Joe Biden?”

Election 2014 Results – GOP Takes Control of the Senate and Increases Seats in House

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The last two years have left Americans feeling left out of the economic recovery and frustrated at the general direction of the country. Tonight, we find out if frustration brings about a wave of change. This post will be updated with the most recent updates at the top.

Number of Senate Seats up for Grab in 2014: 36

Current Senate Balance: 

Democrats: 45 seats

Republicans: 52 seats

Current House of Representative Balance:

Democrats: 138 seats

Republicans: 221 seats

Republican Pickups now mean GOP control of the Senate (6 needed currently – GOP +7)

Arkansas – Projected Republican Win (Tom Cotton) GOP +1

Colorado – Projected Republican Win (Cory Gardner) GOP +1

Georgia – Projected Republican Win (David Purdue) Dem +0 (former Sen. Chamblis(R) replaced with another Republican)

Iowa – Projected Republican Win (Joni Ernst) GOP +1

Montana – Projected Republican Win (Steve Daines) GOP +1

North Carolina – Projected Republican Win (Thom Tillis) GOP +1

South Dakota – Projected Republican Win (Mike Rounds) GOP +1

West Virginia – Projected Republican Win (Shelley Moore Capito) GOP +1

Virginia – too close to call: Gillespie(R) down <1 point against Warner(D) with 95% votes in

 

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The Demotion of Harry Reid

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With but a day left until the Senate likely knows its next makeup, Harry Reid might just be readying himself for a drastic change in job requirements – and America waits with baited breath.

Under Leader Reid’s expert guidance, the Senate has taken on virtually no controversial legislation since Obamacare. Reid has done everything in his power to prevent Democrats from having to vote on contentious issues and has therefore left them looking like patsies for the President – voting with the President’s wishes up to 99% of the time.

Reid has been worrying about campaigning instead of governing for one very good, self-important reason – if he loses too many Senate seats, he loses his leadership position. So instead of working to do the will of the people, Harry has been working to do no harm to Democrat Senators. In the end, that might just cost them – and him – their positions.

Failing to pass a budget compromise since 2009 and doing little else but cower to the President’s demands, the Senate has been the obstacle that America resents. The House has pushed bill after bill to the Senate with Reid preventing anything requiring compromise to hit the Senate floor. It has all been Obama’s way or the highway.

XL pipeline, petroleum exports .. or even .. a BUDGET would have been great. Instead, the Senate has been largely allowed to only vote on approving (or else) the President’s nominees for lower court judge seats or Whitehouse administration positions.

Getting hyper-partisan Harry Reid out of the Senate offers America some hope that Congress will get some bills on to the President’s desk. Perhaps even some that might finally reverse the shrinking percentage of Americans in the workforce. Shrinking paychecks, higher grocery bills and huge jumps in Obamacare health insurance costs will not be missed either.

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