Bastille Day - Laramie Hirsch first posted this on his own site, but has agreed to post here at MOTW, as well. This week’s Bastille Day in Paris featured a man flying...
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As promised, President Obama is using executive actions to impose gun control on the nation, targeting the top-selling rifle in the country, the AR-15 style semi-automatic, with a ban on one of the most-used AR bullets by sportsmen and target shooters.I didn't know they had AR-15 pistols.
...At issue is so-called “armor-piercing” ammunition, an exemption for those bullets mostly used for sport by AR-15 owners, and the recent popularity of pistol-style ARs that use the ammo.
The inexpensive 5.56 M885 ammo, commonly called green tips, have been exempt for years, as have higher-caliber ammunition that also easily pierces the type of soft armor worn by police, because it’s mostly used by target shooters, not criminals. The agency proposes to reclassify it as armor-piercing and not exempt.
But I have to say I was surprised by the use of rhetoric that had a violent tone to it. And the fact that after saying that, neither Bill O'Reilly or anybody at FOX, including some of the people I used to work with there, amicably, felt obligated to say well, you know, that's going too far. Apparently they think it's proper for one journalist to call another one names and also to say they ought to be put in the kill zone.
The thing that bothers me most about that, is that not that it scares me off the story or anything, but I have family members, I have friends who are concerned about me now. And why? Only because I'm doing my job as a reporter in Washington, D.C., not in a war zone, and yet they now fear that, you know, that language like that might have repercussions. I don't know.
I don't want to be all doomsday about it. But I do know it's highly inappropriate and just from a sake of humanity, he can call me a liar, even though he doesn't disprove, as you noted, a single fact in the story that Dan Schulman and I wrote. But talking about putting me in a place of death? I mean, if he can't recognize that's going too far, then I guess that speaks for itself.
CRS calculated the maximum level of tax credits available to hypothetical families with three and four children. It found that for a family with three children in the four years from 2011-2014 “phase-out threshold amount” would be able to obtain $35,521 in the EITC and CTC.The big problem for the U.S. central bank is that it cannot print borrowers. The federal government counts as a borrower though, so skyrocket the deficit and have the Fed monetize the debt, with the proceeds going into the pockets of illegal aliens, first being skimmed by the Washington predator class to line their own pockets.
A family of four in that same four year time frame and circumstance could obtain $35,560.
In those years considered, the “phase-out threshold amount” for both hypothetical families was $21,770 in 2011, $22,300 in 2012, $22,870 in 2013, and $23,260 in 2014.
Both hypothetical families were also able to amass around $9,000 worth of the EITC and CTC annually in the years CRS considered.
With more than 1,500 observations, the study uncovered substantial, statistically significant race discrimination. Bus drivers were twice as willing to let white testers ride free as black testers (72 percent versus 36 percent of the time). Bus drivers showed some relative favoritism toward testers who shared their own race, but even black drivers still favored white testers over black testers (allowing free rides 83 percent versus 68 percent of the time).
The study also found that racial disparities persisted when the testers wore business attire or dressed in army uniforms. For example, testers wearing army uniforms were allowed to ride free 97 percent of the time if they were white, but only 77 percent of the time if they were black.
For Chinese immigrants in New York City and elsewhere, recent events have provided an opportunity for a rare public reckoning with one of their adopted country’s most volatile fault lines. Though Officer Liang and one of the two New York officers killed in an anti-police ambush in December shared a Chinese heritage, Chinese-Americans have so far figured little in the debates over police misconduct and racial injustice that have roiled the country.
Now Chinese-Americans, too, find themselves divided.
Some have hesitated, reluctant to find politics or racial discrimination in the indictment of Officer Liang. Others have hailed the charges against him as a means of improving relations between the police and all minorities. But for some, the indictment is nothing less than the scapegoating of a young officer whose parents may have to live without their only son — and a call to arms for a minority group that has never been as politically active as blacks or Hispanics.The progressives are working hard to turn Asian immigrants into tribal racists, but most of them favor law and order, leading to a conflict.
How dreadful are the curses which Mohammedanism lays on its votaries! Besides the fanatical frenzy, which is as dangerous in a man as hydrophobia in a dog, there is this fearful fatalistic apathy. The effects are apparent in many countries, improvident habits, slovenly systems of agriculture, sluggish methods of commerce, and insecurity of property exist wherever the followers of the Prophet rule or live.
A degraded sensualism deprives this life of its grace and refinement, the next of its dignity and sanctity. The fact that in Mohammedan law every woman must belong to some man as his absolute property, either as a child, a wife, or a concubine, must delay the final extinction of slavery until the faith of Islam has ceased to be a great power among men.
Individual Muslims may show splendid qualities. Thousands become the brave and loyal soldiers of the Queen; all know how to die, but the influence of the religion paralyses the social development of those who follow it. No stronger retrograde force exists in the world. Far from being moribund, Mohammedanism is a militant and proselytizing faith. It has already spread throughout Central Africa, raising fearless warriors at every step; and were it not that Christianity is sheltered in the strong arms of science, the science against which it had vainly struggled, the civilization of modern Europe might fall, as fell the civilization of ancient Rome.Oops.
First Congregational Church, Willliamstown will consider the issues of institutional and private divestment from carbon-based companies. The Rev. Jim Antal, the United Church of Christ Massachusetts Conference Minister, will preach at the 10 a.m. service on "Moving Toward a Lasting Foundation Through Divestment." The UCC has divested nationally and in the state. Following the service and a period for coffee, at 11:20 in Fellowship Hall state Sen. Ben Downing will join Antal in a panel discussion "Divest: Dispatch from the Faith Community and the Legislative Frontlines." Sen. Downing is sponsor of a bill to divest the state's pension funds.
JUDY WOODRUFF, PBS NEWSHOUR: At one of the Scott Walker events this week, former New York Mayor, David, Rudy Giuliani made a statement that has gotten a lot of attention. He basically — he talked about President Obama and said, “He wasn’t raised like we were,” talking to the group. He said, “He doesn’t love this country as we do.” It’s gotten a lot of attention. Do we — how big a deal is it?
DAVID BROOKS: Well, it’s — you know, it’s unacceptable. You can’t say that. He doesn’t know that. It’s not true. It’s self-destructive. There’s sort of, I don’t know, who to blame, I don’t know, somebody like that. There’s almost sort of a Mort Sahl, Richard Pryor ethos where the person who says the most shocking thing is the best person. And sometimes on the stump, that seems to happen in partisan rallies. And Giuliani said something that I’m sure, like, shocked the bourgeoisie, but it’s unacceptable. And I hope it doesn’t define the Republican race.
JUDY WOODRUFF: You see it stopping there?
MARK SHIELDS: Judy, I think this — has to be signaled, has to be stated, and has to be called out. Rudy Giuliani’s language is unacceptable. This wasn’t given at some shadowy end-of-the-road, secret handshake to get into the room with sort of a paranoid fringe group. This was 60 people, major fund-raisers and donors, Republican, at the 21 Club, a bistro, a signature bistro in New York City. And to this group of people, he basically said the president doesn’t like America.
And this is — I go back to John McCain, who in 2008, when this was a hot issue, had the courage to confront a Republican audience in Lakeville, Minnesota, when they made this charge and said, no, that is untrue. President Obama is an American. He cares about this country. He loves this family, and I like him, but I disagree with him on the issues.David Brooks' son joined the Israeli army, so it's easy to understand why he doesn't want patriotism being questioned. Mark Shields helpfully explains how Republicans should be like the 2008 loser.
The report adds that "law enforcement officers will remain the primary target of (sovereign citizen) violence over the next year due to their role in physically enforcing laws and regulations."
The White House has fended off criticism in recent days for its reluctance to say the words "Islamist extremism," even as the conference this week almost entirely focused on helping imams and community groups to counteract the lure of groups like ISIS.
Absent from the White House conference is any focus on the domestic terror threat posed by sovereign citizens, militias and other anti-government terrorists that have carried out multiple attacks in recent years.
An administration official says the White House is focused on the threat from all terrorists, including from sovereign citizen and other domestic groups.Sovereign citizens are jackasses who shoot at local law enforcement. If these people are "terror threats," then certain neighborhoods in certain cities are terror training camps because they produce a heck of a lot of new recruits, fire a lot of ammo at police, as well as engage in ongoing terror campaigns against local residents.
Mark Potok, senior fellow at the Southern Poverty Law Center, said that by some estimates, there are as many as 300,000 people involved in some way with sovereign citizen extremism. Perhaps 100,000 people form a core of the movement, he said.If there are up to 300,000 already, the potential numbers are several million. Look how fast ISIS sprung up. New forms of communication, such as social media, allow groups to form rapidly.
Rudy Giuliani doubled down on his claims that President Obama doesn’t “love America” in an interview with The Post Friday — claiming the commander-in-chief has been influenced by communists since his youth.
“From the time he was 9 years old, he was influenced by Frank Marshall Davis, who was a communist,” Giuliani said. The ex-mayor added that Obama’s grandfather introduced him to Davis, a writer and labor activist.
Giuliani also said another bad influence on Obama was Saul Alinsky, a community organizer whom the ex-mayor called a “socialist.”
The man once called “America’s mayor’’ also sharply criticized the president for having been a member of a church led by radical Chicago Rev. Jeremiah Wright.
“He spent 17 years in the church of Jeremiah Wright, and this is the guy who said ‘God damn America, not God bless America,’ ’’ Giuliani said.
“Obama never left that church.”People are uncomfortable with Giuliani charging Obama as unpatriotic because his comments describe most of the media, political and academic establishment. The Cathedral is unpatriotic and anti-American.
I'm right about this. I have no doubt about it. I do not withdraw my words. If the president goes and makes a speech and talks about what a great country this is, if the president could complete the following sentence, during the Crusades the Christians were barbarians and so were the Muslims, if the president could say Islamic fundamentalist terrorism is our enemy, I will applaud the president. But until he does that, I will have doubts about his emotions, his feelings, his attitudes and the way in which he developed. We haven't even mentioned some of the other communists and leftists who educated him as a young man. But all we need is Reverend Wright. 17 years in that church and that man condemned America over and over and over again. And he remained a member of that church?The progressive retort: Stephanie Miller: Giuliani's Comments About Obama Akin To The N-Word And The C-Word
He absolutely is saying the president doesn't love America, and as Alex [Wagner] pointed out, the president's speech that we all remember, he said only in America could my story be possible. In every speech. Barack Obama is a walking endorsement for what the United States of America is and this is just another example of the unprecedented disrespect that this president has gotten.That would be a fine argument if Obama thought America was good in general, but he, and his wife, only believe America is good because he won. He loves himself and since he won election, thinks America loves him too. He has no love for America otherwise.
Despite its limited scope, that gay tourism is an up-and-coming business niche for Cubans is an arguably watershed moment for the island, reflecting two simultaneous shifts: first, increasing acceptance of the island’s own gay community and second, greater economic flexibility that allows entrepreneurial-minded Cubans like Ortiz and Diaz to become actual business owners. That economic opportunity in Cuba is expanding significantly (however slowly) hasn’t escaped the attention of the US and the rest of the world. But the fact that the Cuban GLBT community has been scoring its own gay rights victories just as their US peers made history, has blown right past many of us.New strain of HIV found in Cuba is twice as agressive as average virus
A new strain of HIV has been found in Cuba, which progresses to AIDS twice as fast as the average strain of the virus. The strain, which is a mix of three subtypes of HIV, can progress to AIDS within 3 years without treatment- twice as fast as the 6 to 10 years that the average strain takes to progress.From last year: Drug-resistant gonorrhea strain may have started in SF
Only in this weird, ass-backwards world could the group which is routinely producing diseases that threaten humanity criticize the groups which want to shun and avoid both them and the diseases they carry.
Pelisek broke the story of the Grim Sleeper serial killer, so-called because he was back on the prowl after taking a decade and a half off. The arrest of Lonnie David Franklin, Jr. in 2010 led to a horrifying realization: there had been at least five serial killers active in South Central in 1984-1994, murdering about 100 people, most of them black crack prostitutes—and nobody noticed.Four of the serial killers were black.
“It’s controversial, but first thing is all of your — 95 percent of your murders, and murderers, and murder victims fit one [unintelligible]. You can just take the description, Xerox it, and pass it out to all of the cops. They are male, minorities, 15 to 25. That’s true in New York, it’s true in virtually every city in America,” said Bloomberg.
“You’ve got to get the guns out of the hands of the people getting killed,” he continued. “First thing you can do to help that group is to keep them alive.”
... It’s all the same group. Nobody in New York gets murdered — if you get murdered the first thing you want to do is [ask] ‘what were you selling or who are your family members.’ Because it just has to be you’re a drug dealer or you [unintelligible] a family quarrel. There’s just no other kind of murder whatsoever,”
We did a calculation on how many people who would have been dead if we hadn’t brought down the murder rate and gotten guns off the streets,” Bloomberg said. “And the way to get guns out of kids hands is to throw them up against the wall and frisk them.”
Zero sum games are wars, and market (or catallactic) economics are indeed different. It was by putting war to bed too early, that conservatism destined itself to the ratchet of defeat. Treat an enemy as a business partner, and you lose, over and over again.Conservatives act as if it is 1830, where two opposing sides with largely similar views about the role of government are debating public works projects.
After the conclusion of the War of 1812, British factories were overwhelming American ports with inexpensive goods. To persuade voters in the western states to support the tariff, Clay advocated federal government support for internal improvements to infrastructure, principally roads and canals. These internal improvements would be financed by the tariff and by sale of the public lands, prices for which would be kept high to generate revenue. Finally, a national bank would stabilize the currency and serve as the nexus of a truly national financial system.
Clay's American System ran into strong opposition from President Jackson's administration. One of the most important points of contention between the two men was over the Maysville Road. Jackson vetoed a bill which would authorize federal funding for a project to construct a road linking Lexington and the Ohio River, the entirety of which would be in the state of Kentucky, because he felt that it did not constitute interstate commerce, as specified in the Commerce Clause of the United States Constitution.A conservative president and Congress could annihilate the left by cutting spending. Do you ever get the sense that a lot of SJWs and liberals seem to have a lot of time on their hands to do "public advocacy"? It is because it is their job. They are paid with taxpayer dollars, funneled to "community" groups. ACORN and Planned Parenthood are only the most high profile of these groups. The left swims in an ocean of taxpayer funding. Of course, to cut off this funding would be an act of political war......
Animal-cruelty scandals are myriad in Vietnam. Gangs of thieves steal dogs and sell them to restaurants. Tuan Bendixsen of Animals Asia, an NGO in Hong Kong, reckons that dog thieving for this purpose has become even more widespread in Vietnam since 2013. Neighbouring China cracked down on dog-eating in Beijing when it hosted the Olympic games in 2008, but it remains popular in some parts of the country, especially in winter when it is considered to help keep the body warm. ...Foreign criticism, and the growth of a pet-owning middle-class at home, is putting pressure on the government. Along with other South-East Asian countries, Vietnam pledged in 2013, albeit non-bindingly, to stop the dog-meat trade. A draft of the nation’s first veterinary law is due for debate in May in the National Assembly, Vietnam’s legislature. It is expected to require that animals be treated humanely.Vietnam should waffle back and forth between doing something and doing nothing to keep the issue alive forever. The Cathedral always needs a target, better to give them an inconsequential one that never truly goes away.
So, politicians: do you stand with the DREAMers, or do you stand against them? Because if it’s the latter, be prepared for the headaches and rally-crashers you deserve. People who are trying to stay in the homes they’ve grown up in and love have nothing to lose and their future to gain.The irony is that if the GOP can't win on the issue, 1968 will repeat over and over in the years to come, until it looks like a relatively peaceful year in politics.
People sometimes used the Bible to defend slavery and Jim Crow because they were increasingly indefensible, coming under criticism from......Christians. So......yeah.......Obama said that even though religion is a source for good around the world, there will always be people willing to “hijack religion for their own murderous ends.”“Unless we get on our high horse and think this is unique to some other place, remember that during the Crusades and the Inquisition, people committed terrible deeds in the name of Christ,” Obama said. “In our home country, slavery and Jim Crow all too often was justified in the name of Christ.”
"Show me just what Muhammad brought that was new and there you will find things only bad and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached."Islam is as it ever was, much closer to murder hijacked for religious ends than vice verra.
ASRA NOMANI, JOURNALIST: That's why I think that it's actually an act of sitting on a high horse when you try to pretend what we see in the world today isn't real. We're just standing in a hall of mirrors. If I have bags under my eyes, it's because I've spent the last 48 hours dissecting every second of the sad video that documented the murder of the Jordanian pilot. And I will tell you how that video begins. It began with, "b-ismi-llāhi r-raḥmāni r-raḥīm" which means in the name of Allah, the beneficent, the merciful.It then went to a clear and very obvious declaration that this was from the Islamic State. It was not some fancy acronym like ISIL and ISIS and all of this. It was clearly the Islamic State. And then the video proceeded to talk about the Crusades, which he had mentioned at the prayer breakfast today, to bring up every grievance against Israel, the Jews, and every other possible infraction that anybody has ever done against Muslims, so that we become a culture of wooed collectors and that is how we act out with only violence.And then they proceeded to talk about Koranic verses from Surat al-Anfal, which tells people, the believers to have courage to fight and to take courage in their fight. And then it proceeded to tell us that there is a hadith, a saying from the Prophet Muhammad and a Fatwah that says that we should participate in these just wars, even if they are against our own fellow Muslims. So to pretend that this isn't a reality of Islam in the world today, that there is a "true Islam" that is the reality of our world is to me just a dance that we're playing to our peril.
Asra Nomani: Terrorist In Jordanian Pilot Video Cited Similar Grievances Obama Aired At Prayer Breakfast
“By offering illegal aliens new payments under the Earned Income Tax Credit, the IRS may encourage fraud from those claiming children living in other countries. The Administration may have blown open the doors for fraud with amnesty bonuses of more than $24,000 to those who receive deferred action,” Sasse says in the statement.
“This is basic economics: if you want more of something, you subsidize it. By subsidizing illegal entry with four years’ worth of new tax credits, the IRS would promote lawlessness. This program severely undermines the White House’s lip-service to enforcing the law and would increase the burden on law-abiding taxpayers.”Winter is coming.