Hilarious (I stood by my man) Diane Rodman-Clinton

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You have seen bipartisan calls for criminal justice reform with more drug treatment programs and work opportunities for the disadvantaged. That approach has not worked for the past 30 -40 years that our major cities have been in control of Democratic politicians. These cities, like Chicago, LA, Baltimore, Detroit have received billions of dollars that have not gone to the rural areas of America and the same problem of drugs, gangs and no jobs continues. .

Hilarious Clinton has called for the end of the era of mass incarceration. The only mass incarceration I am aware of was in Germany during WWII. Here in America, everybody caught by the police (those bullies) generally one by one but sometimes in a group get a trial with a jury by their peers individually. Unless they plea-bargain for a lower sentence because they were guilty of doing something wrong within our system of jurisprudence. So if THEY DID NOT DO ANYTHING WRONG, they would not have been arrested. I am sorry but nobody has proved that the police just arrest people for no particular reason. They suspect something is wrong, arrest you and then you either are found innocent and go back out on the streets or you are found guilty and go to jail.

So before, Hilarious gets on her bandwagon to spew out the liberal mantra that the white privileged our keeping our poor black brothers down, she needs to get realistic. Yes, there are more blacks in jails than whites. There are more Mexicans in jails than whites also. Why? More crime committed by blacks and Mexicans than whites might be where to start. “Hurricane” is a protest song by Bob Dylan, about the imprisonment of Rubin “Hurricane” Carter. It compiles alleged acts of racism and profiling against Carter written in 1970. Now there might be some economic reasons for this difference, but giving more money to Democrats has proven to be useless in changing the problem. Whatever it is they spend it on, it certainly has not helped increase jobs or lower the crime rate.

Let us get realistic for a bit. Even if there were jobs available, you probably will not be hired as a cashier if you have a record for committing larceny and theft, you probably will not pass the drug test if you are a user or seller, so why would you EXPECT to be given a job. There are hundreds of thousands of blacks and Mexicans who have become successful, own companies, work in top positions in major corporations or have political jobs in either the public or private sector, and have grown up in the same ghettos that these people are creating. Some of these are even conservatives- even though the liberal left call them “Uncle Tom” if your black or “Tío Tom” if you are Mexican, I guess. Claiming they are are traitors to their race if you are conservative.

It is the liberals, who spend money ON a problem instead of spending money TO SOLVE the problem. And Hilarious is trying to be the leader of the pack, but Bernie (the Socialist) Sanders and Elizabeth (I’m part Indian) Warren are out to try to take us further away from the constitution than Hilarious dreams about.

Texans are terrorists

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In Bryant, Texas on February 14, there was a meeting of what is called the Republic of Texas. It is a secession movement dedicated to restoring Texas as an independent constitutional Republic. They believe in seceding from United States of America and they were celebrating the birthday of one of their oldest members. They do have a small working government and allied they have Numbers and so forth that official currency in the Congress and courts in a kind of a shadow government.

Twenty officers, armed and armored, from the Bryan Police Department, the Brazzo’s County Sheriff’s office, the Kerr County Sheriff’s office, agents of the Texas district attorney, the Texas Rangers and the FBI burst into the meeting, fingerprinted and searched all 60 attendees, seized their cell phones and any recording equipment that they had there. They had a warrant and the warrant indicated that the raid was being carried out because of possible terrorist activities and a felony was being committed, and that the felony was a summons being issued by a court that is not recognized by the state of Texas.

It turns out that they did have a court summons from Susan Cammack who is a Kerr County homeowner to some judge and the “simulated court documents” were charged as being a violation of Texas law. It turns out that that sending that kind of a fake court document is a misdemeanor not a felony. Therefore, it is a misdemeanor offense, and 20 armed and armored agents show up like Waco thing. However, there was one of the so-called leaders of this group that in 1997 barricaded himself in a place in a weeklong standoff with 300 state troopers, so the Houston Chronicle brought that back up as if it had any bearing on this birthday party.

So here is my take. First of all, unless there’s some evidence that these folks are in a seriously engaged in trying to set up a separate system of courts, which they’re not, and seriously engaged in some kind of terrorism activities, which they’re not and no one alleges they are, then you don’t need this kind of Waco style raid. On the other hand, let me warn you about you know this, because I am not too happy about some people setting up a secessionist movement (there are several groups here is the one raided http://thetexasrepublic.com/ ).

I am not too happy about anybody setting up separate system of courts of any kind- the Constitutional system is fine. That is why I and others have been critical of sharia law and sharia courts in Dallas, Texas as well as throughout the country. Notice that these courts and these meetings of various Imams have had no raids on them. They actually have trials; they are actually deciding family matters directly, deciding divorces and all that other stuff in the sharia courts in Texas with no raids.

Now why isn’t the sharia court in violation of Texas law and a bunch of these old guys from out there in Bryan, TX playing games about seceding and creating the Republic of Texas. This is a clear and present danger to public order and the sharia laws are no. What do they have to do -behead somebody in the town square to get your attention?

Give me work or give me porn

An executive at the Environmental Protection Agency, of the federal government admitted to investigators that he watched up to six hours of pornography on his federally provided computer while he was “at work.” He has yet to fired, demoted, or disciplined. Last year the EPA Office of Inspector General released a report about the use of pornography within the EPA. They are not the only ones who do not use their computer for work. I worked at AT&T and we had access only to the programs on the internet that they would allow us to have. Attempts to circumvent the restrictions warranted a warning, then a firing.

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Remember the group that was supposed to be watching the offshore platforms. When the blowout occurred in the Gulf of Mexico and they found out that those people were enjoying some nicely oiled and tanned flesh instead of watching the flow of crude oil.

Mark Meadows who is a Republican from North Carolina in the House of Representatives says that maybe it is going to take legislation. I would hope not! This is a reason for firing, this is unacceptable behavior, it is first of all a hostile workplace by definition and we should not allow it here particularly with liberals who are constantly talking about gender issues, including hostile workplace and equal pay for equal work. Therefore, Mark Meadows tweeted to the Justice Department that it is a shame that it requires an act of Congress to ensure that federal agencies block access to porn sites. He introduced this same legislation in the last Congress where it went nowhere. We certainly do not want to take away simple pleasures from those hard working bureaucrats trying to sort out the messes we make for them.

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First week of 114th Congress

The first week of the new Congress and the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee has cleared a bill approving the Keystone XL pipeline by a vote of 12 to 9. All of the Republicans and Joe Manchin voting in favor, nine Democrats against it. The Democrats against it promptly said wait a minute, this is going too fast. Mitch McConnell had scheduled Monday or Tuesday for action on the bill on the floor of the Senate so that by the end of the second week he was determined to get the Keystone XL pipeline approval to the president’s desk and then let him deal with it. Democrats have now said slow down or we will filibuster. Wasn’t the filibuster the obstructionist Republican Party not too long ago?   Everything is different when the majority shoe is on the other foot.

Manchin is interesting, he has teamed up with Senator Hogan of North Dakota and in a bipartisan basis the two of them are going after this thing and they say that they have 60 votes to overcome the filibuster and they think they’ll do it very quickly. In fact, the bill already has 60 signed cosponsors. Keep in mind that there are only 54 Republicans, so 60 signed cosponsors meaning some Democrats are already onboard.

I know they’re quick to admit they don’t have the 67 needed if Obama does veto the bill. There are a number of people who have in the past said they were in support of the Keystone XL pipeline and in some cases voting for it. For instance in the lame-duck congress, they had a vote. That was when Mary Landrieu member of the call the bluff on it and fell one vote short.

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It’s interesting to see now, that the president is back on his heels, saying he is going to veto an infrastructure project that you been harping on for six years. (The real reason why Obama won’t approve the Keystone pipeline: https://larrythecontrarian.wordpress.com/2014/05/04/why-obama-wont-ok-keystone/ ). Good middle-class jobs, union jobs, all the rest you have been harping on, you got 42,000 jobs, directly or indirectly related to this pipeline project (this is in your own State Department report, not conjecture, not just guessing) and you are going to veto it.

I would like to see the party of ‘NO’ switch over to the president’s party.

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So what are the rest of the Democrats doing? Well the Senate minority whip is Dick Durbin from Illinois and he said, “Now is the time to raise the gas tax.” Keep in mind whose side they are on, folks. The Republicans are saying no to new taxes. The Democrats in the first week of the new Congress are saying let us raise taxes.  Their answer to why falling gas prices, good let us raise the gas tax.

Of course, it’s very regressive for poor people will be hit a lot harder than rich people. So Durbin says that to shield low-income families from this higher gas tax, we will issue a refundable tax credits. Thanks, I have less money each week to buy groceries and pay other bills. Then at the end of the year, I have to total up all my receipts or take the standard deduction and get maybe ½ to 2/3 of what I actually paid and I have to wait at least two months to get it. That is what the Democrats think about us common folk.

What is Durbin going to do with the extra money? Pay down the debt? No, he’s going to give it for research to the Energy and Transportation Departments, “So we can continue to build more fuel-efficient vehicles.” He is going to subsidize big automakers to build fuel-efficient vehicles that the public may or may not buy. For instance when the president visited the fuel-efficient Ford vehicle plant on 1/7/2015 The Union had to hire workers to be in the audience because the plant was on an indefinite lay-off because nobody is buying these cars.

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Todays Loser

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It is generally most of us. Forget for a moment that he has been (according to white House visitor logbook) to that place some 80 times the past year. Forget that he apparently has $4.5 million dollars in unpaid taxes (http://townhall.com/tipsheet/katiepavlich/2014/11/24/white-house-plays-dumb-over-advisor-al-sharptons-4-million-in-unpaid-taxes-n1923307# Of course, it seems rampant in this administration: http://rt.com/usa/aides-taxes-president-obama-811/ Three dozen aides working under US President Barack Obama — the same president who insisted on tougher taxes for the economic elite during Tuesday’s State of the Union — are guilty of forgetting to give the government their due share in taxes. Thirty-six members of the staff are delinquent with their federal taxes, Investor’s Business Daily reports. In all, the sum totals to a whopping $833,970. And the IRS itself, you know, the ones that can take everything you own without a trial, http://freebeacon.com/issues/abc-irs-agents-who-didnt-pay-their-taxes-received-1-million-in-bonuses/ More than 1,000 workers who didn’t pay their taxes received not only cash bonuses but also 10,582 hours in extra time off, valued at $250,000. Of those, 69 also got raises, paid for by American taxes. )

Forget for a moment that if a major corporation inadvertently do, say, write, make a commercial or anything that Al Sharpton considers to be “racist”, they have to meet with him, kiss his ring and pay a penitence of X amount of dollars to one of the liberal non-profits he chooses. Forget all that!

Al Sharpton has always looked weird to me, generally due to his hairstyles. Look him up on Bing (don’t use Google please, they have violated your privacy -and been sued for it- far more often than Bing has been suspected).

But when you take a closer look- well you decide where he fits in.

Iran and Obama continues

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Does Obama really think that the American public will not know what he is doing- or do they just feel they have enough power to avoid American opinion. Obama has agreed to give aid to the Sunni tribesmen only through the government of Iraqi- will not give direct aid to the Sunni tribes. Only recently he has decided to give direct aid to the Kurds because they were the only group fighting and needed ammunition and more weapons. He was going through the Iraq government for that, and nothing has ever showed up for the Sunni tribesmen to use and nothing had showed up for the Kurds because the Iraqi government is riddled with graft and everybody gets a cut before anything happens.

The president knows all this and the New York Times doesn’t print this kind of stuff which is inherently critical of the president’s program unless the president has said okay print it. He wants to keep up the fiction that there is some kind of government in Baghdad and that we have to go through that government for anything that goes on their land. There is a very big reason I believe that Barack Obama has taken the side of the Baghdad government he hated when he was in the Senate and running for president, he could not wait to get out of there, but he is taking their side because they are allied with Iran. He wants that nuclear deal with Iran as the cornerstone of his new foreign policy.

If only you talk nice, if only you give in from the beginning, people will treat you with more respect and you will come out a winner – there will be no war when people see how reasonable you are. That has been the delusional thought patterns of Democrats since Vietnam. He is now playing it out in a way no other president has dare to do. We are going to make nice with our enemies and punish our friends, we are going to ignore threats and aggression and atrocities committed by our enemies.

Monday December 1, 2014 was the deadline for a deal with Iran after a second extension. There is no deal. The Iranian Foreign Minister has been yelling across the table in negotiations with John Kerry denouncing the West. The Iranians feel that the US government will never drop sanctions against them, and yet, in the meantime, Barack Obama has de-confirmed that by giving them $700 million a year when he lowered sanctions two years ago. The American position has been Iran cannot become a nuclear-armed power; it would be to destabilizing to place that power in the hands of individuals who prove themselves crazy continually.  The ayatollahs always think it is the end of the world and they want to usher in Armageddon. And they want to exterminate Israel and kill all the people.

Nobody will disagree that crazy people shouldn’t have guns. You have to define the Iranians as crazy because they have a belief system that would lead to a nuclear war because we know Israel has nuclear weapons. The most volatile segment of the world, which is the Middle East, and the American efforts by the State Department and Defense Department at trying to contain the Iranians by sanctions by reducing their economic ability to buy the centrifuges, and the balance they have to keep in mind to subsidize gasoline for the rest of it for their people. So the sanctions have hurt, they simply have not been able to do what they wanted to do in the timetable that they wanted by now.

Now, I said under Obama it’s a different way to pursue this containment, sanctions all that negative stuff it’s just not how he intends to work so he offers to sit down anywhere, anytime and talk about resolving our differences. Remember he is a community organizer, he gets people together to talk about problems and then delegates someone else to finish up.

This approach has led to a situation unparalleled in American diplomatic history, in anybody’s memory, and that is a Secretary of State of the United States of America sitting across the table from a negotiating partner in a serious diplomatic negotiation and having the diplomatic partner, the Iranian Foreign Minister, yelling at him. Not just talking to him but yelling at him, bringing up miscellaneous charges, talking about the evil of the West, and the evil of the great Satan, talking about the end of the world is coming, and other crazy stuff.

This is how far Obama was willing to go and he still did not get a deal. First of all, we will pay you $700 million a month out of the frozen assets you have, upfront to show our goodwill, you do not have to give up a thing. $700 million a month if you agree to our deal, to any deal, to any piece of paper you want we will release all the sanctions and you get tens of billions of dollars immediately.

By the way we wanted a 20 year deal, to try to lock in the fact that you will not become a nuclear power within 20 years.   We got down to ten, they wanted seven, then three and so they threw that portion out. There is no sunset clause in agreement.

How about the enrichment? The last administration and this one have said you can’t enrich anymore uranium.   You have a lot now, you can’t run any centrifuges, you have got plenty of uranium for the peaceful nuclear power you say you want. You cannot be enriching anymore uranium, because that looks like you’re getting ready to ramp up rapidly, build a bomb and fire it off before we can get our bureaucracies moving.

What did Obama say on that? You Iranians can go ahead with the centrifuges, you do not have to dismantle them and you can run some of them if you only go up to 20% enrichment instead of 90% enrichment. 90% is what is needed for an atomic bomb. You only need 4% to 5% in your nuclear power plant though. Not only have they gone forward on the other atomic-based bomb, but they are working on a fusion based plutonium bomb. They have a heavy water reactor buried deep in the side of a rock mountain in Iran that produces plutonium – the H-bomb.   But the Iranians won’t even talk about that’s all off the table. Obama said ok.

How about the UN Security Council resolutions, the latest one is number 1929, requiring Iran to cease all activity on ballistic missile technology which would be the delivery system for this atomic weapon. The Iranian Foreign Minister laughed at White House negotiators when they suggested Iran should meet the UN Security Council resolutions and halt their ballistic technology. He laughed and they went on to another topic- how about a verification scheme. Of course we have to have verification that they are following all these watered-down demands we are making and the Iranians that sure- we will have inspections like Saddam Hussein had for his WMD’s.

Even with all of that stupidity, Kerry was prepared to say yes. He was prepared to say yes and the Iranians finally just walked out laughing. They don’t need an agreement. They can go ahead and keep getting the $700 million a month, centrifuges are all running, they are ramping up to whatever enrichment level they want to, produce whatever plutonium they want to, sanctions are not being enforced, they are control of the situation. Obama has already given up everything that he had as leverage and it produced nothing in return.

And evidently no reason to do so. That’s where we are with Iran, they will have a nuclear weapon and they will fire it at Israel. Israel knows this and they are now saying that we took attacking Iran off the table some months ago at the behest of the Obama administration, it is now back on- Israel will plan to attack with or without the US. It should be, otherwise they are going to be incinerated.

Now Obama wants to give them another 10-month extension to do another one sided talking or yelling or what have you.  At this point all an extension does is leave open the possibility this administration will make additional concessions to an Iranian regime that has not agreed to abandon its nuclear weapons program. Everyday these negotiations got on is another day this administration fails to address Iran’s role as lead state sponsor of terrorism, with an abysmal human rights record and no interest in a strong, stable Iraq. Instead of giving Iran more flexibility, we should be holding this regime accountable for the threat it poses to the region and our allies.

The least we could do is not support an Iraqi regime that is in effect an ally of Iran. The least we could do is not bomb the opposition to the dictator in Syria who is also an Iranian ally. If we bomb any of the rebels we are in effect helping Syria and Iraq which is helping the Iranians because we are helping their allies, the Baghdad government Assad in Syria.

Are we a de facto ally of Iran? The Saudis want to know, I definitely want to know. This is just incompetence.

4 Food Stamp Myths

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Fact 1:

Households must meet income tests UNLESS all members are receiving Title IV (TANF), SSI, or in some places general assistance.

Most households must meet both the gross and net income tests, but a household with an elderly person or a person who is receiving certain types of disability payments only has to meet the net income test. Gross income means a household’s total, non-excluded income, before any deductions have been made. Net income means gross income minus allowable deductions.

Households, except those noted, that have income over the amounts listed below cannot get SNAP benefits.

Income Chart

(Oct. 1, 2014 through Sept. 30, 2015)

Household size Gross monthly income (130 percent of poverty) Net monthly income (100 percent of poverty)
1 $1,265 $ 973
2 1,705 1,311
3 2,144 1,650
4 2,584 1,988
5 3,024 2,326
6 3,464 2,665
7 3,904 3,003
8 4,344 3,341
Each additional member +440 +339

http://www.fns.usda.gov/snap/income-rules-income-limits

The concept of requiring work for some SNAP recipients is not new. The 1996 welfare law laid out food stamp work requirements for some able-bodied adults who don’t have dependents. However, the 2009 stimulus law and waivers later allowed by the Obama administration have suspended those requirements in most states.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/07/24/food-stamp-work-requirements_n_3649357.html

Fact 2:

At a press conference in her home town of San Francisco, Pelosi explained that the program’s multiplier effect –the amount of money generated in the local economy as the result of the subsidy– far exceeds the nearly $60 billion spent this year by the federal government and is a sure-fire way to stimulate the economy. For every dollar a person receives in food stamps, Pelosi said that $1.79 is put back into the economy. The U.S. Department of Agriculture cites an even higher figure of $1.84.

According to Pelosi the multiplier effect for food stamps (the new politically correct name is SNAP – Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) is 1.79 and the Agriculture Department cites and even more absurd multiplier of 1.84. The absurdity of the multiplier effect can be easily proven by reductio ad absurdum. If the multiplier effect is true why don’t we just spend an infinite amount of money then we will be infinitely wealthy? You cannot create wealth by taking money from one person (who created the wealth) and giving it to another person to spend – on food in this case. Entropy proves that you cannot even get $1 of return for each $1 spent on food stamps (welfare). The obvious losses include the cost of the bureaucrats to run the food stamp program, the time, effort and gas the recipients expend to obtain the food stamps. This does not add to GDP, since it is consumption. Economists seem confused that the P in GDP is for spending or consumption, when it stands for Product or production.

Any economist who repeats the multiplier effect lie should be immediately fired. Any politician who repeats the multiplier effect lie should be treated the same as people in the Flat Earth Society, as insane.

http://hallingblog.com/food-stamps%e2%80%99-multiplier-effect-economic-voodoo/

 

Fact 3:

The Agriculture Department plans to announce new steps to crack down on SNAP fraud amid estimates suggesting as much as $753 million in federal food aid is spent fraudulently each year.

http://wastefraudandabuse.org/food-stamp-fraud/

New statistics out of the White House late last year estimated that the amount of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) aka “food stamps” fraud this year equals $753 million – enough to feed 460,000 beneficiaries. The fraud cuts both ways, from beneficiaries who sell their SNAP benefits for cash online to retailers who receive fraudulent PIN numbers and collect funds. In the last 10 years, more than 8,000 retailers have been disqualified for participating in fraud, but in the last year alone, more than 44,000 individuals have been disqualified thanks to state government investigations

http://www.fraudoftheday.com/2012/01/18/obama-targets-snap-fraud/

Just a few examples from: http://watchdog.org/43198/ebt-fraud-and-abuse-looking-past-your-state/

Arizona: A 15-month investigation found roughly $700-K in EBT fraud.

California: $69 million in EBT funds withdrawn outside the state’s borders in recent years, including almost $12 million withdrawn in Las Vegas.

Colorado: EBT cards used at strip clubs, casinos.

Iowa: Iowa inmates found to have been illegally receiving food stamp benefits while incarcerated.

Kansas: Authorities believe as many as 7,000 fraudulent users of EBT cards are costing the state $22-million.

Maryland: Believed to be No. 2 in the nation in EBT card fraud, with one in four card applications “showing evidence of fraud.”

Massachusetts: Stores accused of buying EBT cards at discounted prices, and hooking up EBT card users with crack cocaine dealers.

Missouri: Welfare cards being spent in such distant places as Florida and Hawaii.

New Hampshire: Report says 10 percent of all registered food stamp recipients live out of state.

Any fraud is not acceptable.

Fact 4:

The 2002 Farm Bill restores SNAP eligibility to most legal immigrants that:

  • Have lived in the country for 5 years; or
  • Are receiving disability-related assistance or benefits; or
  • Children under 18

Certain non-citizens such as those admitted for humanitarian reasons and those admitted for permanent residence may also eligible for the program. Eligible household members can get SNAP benefits even if there are other members of the household that are not eligible.

http://www.fns.usda.gov/snap/immigrant-eligibility-requirements

 Ok, all four facts are myths and the four myths are actually facts. Don’t automatically believe what you see as a Facebook meme.