You know you’re running with the conservative pack when you choose to bash the TEA Party in the New York Times. And you’re prepared to do anything in your power — with all the party machinery at your disposal — to make sure you hold on to your seat at the trough. Because if you ever did, you’ve long since stopped worrying about the wishes of the electorate, trading that in for tricks on how to manage their expectations, fluff your own voting record through procedural gambits, and both personal and crony wealth gathering.
So. Though I was out there on the tip of this particular spear when it wasn’t popular to be so — McConnell, recall, heralded the victory of Obama over McCain by announcing “the era of Reagan is over,” as if McCain was some kind of Reagan conservative and not the poster boy for the GOP wing of the Democrat party, and I blasted him for it, just one of my many unhelpful bits of exposition that has led me into the pundit wilderness — it does not make me happy, sweet sweet vindication aside, to see that, like Boehner and Rove and others before him, McConnell has taken off the mask and vowed to work to defeat every TEA Party candidate everywhere. That is, that he’s proven he would rather be a lesser noble than one of the people who believe it necessary to challenge the king and assert their individual autonomy.
Instead, it makes me kinda nauseous, if you want the truth.
The labor force participation rate in 2013 for Americans in their twenties hit the lowest level recorded since 1981, when the Bureau of Labor Statistics started releasing employment data on people in the full age bracket of 20 through 29.
The labor force participation rate for people ages 20 through 24—which BLS has been tracking since 1948—hit a 42-year low in 2013.
Since 2008, the last year before President Barack Obama took office, the number of Americans in their twenties who were not in the labor force during the average month has climbed from 8,756,000 to 10,511,000—an increase of 1,755,000 or 20 percent.
The 10,511,000 Americans age 20 through 29 who were not in the labor force in 2013 is the highest ever recorded by BLS.
Or maybe a better title would be “Judge Jeanine bracing for future IRS investigations into her entire life”.
But from what I can tell about her, she seems to be someone who keeps her receipts neatly organized. So she’s got that going for her.
Guess the number of those adversely impacted by it has been…delayed:
The improvement is “slight,” they concede, but who’s excited for an Obamacare rebound? Not the American people, it turns out, despite CNN’s hopeful spin:
According to the poll, 39% of Americans say they support the health care law, up from 35% in December, a record low in CNN polling. The uptick of four percentage points is within the survey’s sampling error. Fifty-seven percent of those questioned say they oppose the measure, down five points from December.Obamacare is still underwater by nearly 20 points — with support falling short of 40 percent, and opposition approaching six in ten Americans. The improvement heralded in CNN’s headline are within the survey’s margin of error. The poll also shows that Obamacare’s only gains come among “upscale” consumers. The network’s write-up is quick to note that some in the opposition group say they don’t believe the law goes far enough. The suggestion is that some liberal consensus on healthcare exists, despite Obamacare’s unpopularity. Ed Morrissey isn’t impressed: “Yes, there have been critics from the Left who wanted a single-payer system instead of Obamacare, but they have been there all along. The point is that the law has little public support, while opposition to it is the broad consensus.” How broad is that consensus? The most recent Gallup poll legs the law’s public support at (40/55) and Fox News’ latest has it at (36/57). Those numbers….look familiar. Indeed, Obamacare’s net disapproval has ranged from roughly (-12) to (-25) for years. Opposition to this law is strong and stable. The NYT/CBS News poll takes a different tack, asking whether Americans believe the law should be fully repealed, needs to be revised, or is working as-is. Only six percent chose the latter option. A sizable contingent favors repeal (42 percent), and 50 percent wants changes. Liberals greeted that data point as proof that Obamacare isn’t really that unpopular after all. But as I wrote at the time, this argument fails upon slightly closer scrutiny. One of the overwhelmingly supported changes to the law is axing or postponing the individual mandate tax, which is the centerpiece of the entire law.
It’s bad enough when it appeared to be mere stupidity that Brown and his administration was just surprised that AB109/Prison Realignment has resulted in released felons re-offending …
… but only malice can explain the blame of the rise in crime and, especially, second-strikers on county District Attorneys.
San Bernardino District Attorney Mike Ramos was on Los Angeles radio station KFI640 this afternoon and revealed that not only is Brown’s administration blaming the county prosecutors, but that Moonbeam himself is calling DA’s on their cell phones and attempting to pressure them to water down the prosecution of re-offending felons.
Wrap your head around that for a moment. The governor of California doesn’t want criminals prosecuted to the full extent of the law. He wants serious, violent criminals who are charged with yet another serious, violent crime not to be charged with a strike.
There are no words that can adequately describe such betrayal and dereliction of duty.
If these anti-theist bigots are successful, what stops them from challenging any Holocaust museum displaying menorahs or any art museum displaying any number of religious objects?
American Atheists on Thursday asked an appeals court in New York to remove the “miracle cross” from the 9/11 Museum, where it was placed two years ago. The steel beams were discovered in the devastation at Ground Zero.
Eric Baxster of the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty said that the cross is part of the story of 9/11 and that museums don’t censor history.
But the New York City atheists say the cross-shaped beams are a part of religious history in a museum that is on Port Authority property and financed by taxpayers. So they say this is a case of protecting the separation between church and state. [...]
The newspaper said Judge Reena Raggi appeared skeptical of the claims by the atheist group.
“There are countless cases of museums including religious artifacts among their exhibits and it’s going to be described in a way that talks about the history of the object, what is the problem here?” she said. “An argument has been made that you are trying to censor history.”
The anti-theists remind me of offended Islamists who see blasphemy in ice cream swirls.
Exactly what good is a database if you never check it?
Interpol says no country checked its database for information about stolen passports that were used to board the Malaysia Airlines flight that disappeared with 239 people on board Saturday less than an hour after taking off from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, bound for Beijing.
In a sharply worded criticism of shortcomings of national passport controls, the Lyon, France-based international police body said information about the thefts of an Austrian passport in 2012 and an Italian passport last year was entered into its database after they were stolen in Thailand.
Interpol said in a statement it was investigating all other passports used to board Flight MH 370 and was working to determine the “true identities” of the passengers who used the stolen passports. [...]
A telephone operator on a China-based KLM hotline on Sunday confirmed to The Associated Press that “Maraldi” and “Kozel” were both booked to leave Beijing on a KLM flight to Amsterdam on March 8. Maraldi was then to fly to Copenhagen, Denmark, on KLM on March 8, and Kozel to Frankfurt, Germany, on March 8.
She said since the pair booked the tickets through China Southern Airlines, she had no information on where they bought them. The ticket purchases reportedly took place almost simultaneously, and the tickets were numbered consecutively, according to the BBC.
A U.S. official told Fox News that a key priority is clarifying the status of the passports, whether they were lost or stolen, and determining through airport security screening and video who got on the flight under those names.
Foreign ministry officials in Rome and Vienna confirm that names of two nationals listed on the manifest of the missing Malaysian airlines flight match passports reported stolen in Thailand. [...]
A foreign ministry functionary, who spoke on condition of anonymity, confirmed Italian reports that Luigi Maraldi had reported his passport stolen last August. [...]
Austrian Foreign Ministry spokesman Martin Weiss confirmed that a name listed on the manifest matches an Austrian passport reported stolen two years ago in Thailand.
How did such long-reported stolen passports pass security?
Two anonymous people board a flight, where two-thirds of the passengers are Chinese, and which disappears off radar so fast that no distress signal can be broadcast.
Color me suspicious.
Proof of the death of basic reporter skills in modern J-school grads. From Ass.Press:
California counties are confounding the state’s court-ordered efforts to sharply reduce its inmate population by sending state prisons far more convicts than anticipated, including a record number of second-strikers.
The surge in offenders requiring state prison sentences is undermining Gov. Jerry Brown’s 3-year-old realignment law that restructured California’s criminal justice system to keep lower-level felons out of state prison cells as a solution to the state’s prison crowding problem.
The law initially lowered the state prison population, but the number of inmates is on the rise again — led by a record increase in the number of second felony convictions for those who already had a prior conviction for a serious crime.
Hello? You release close to ten thousand felons from state prison (and the claim they are non-violent or not sex-offenders is a crock) and you’re surprised at a sudden increase in reoffending?
Not one question to Gov. Moonbeam or his administration asking how many of these new inmates were previously let loose under AB109/prison realignment??
No no, let’s not build prisons or, at least, house prisoners out of state. Let’s waste billions on the graftastic choo-choo train to nowhere.
While speaking at a town hall meeting in Milford, Conn., on Wednesday, Gov. Dannel Malloy was interrupted by a heckler who advised him to read the Constitution sometime.
The comment came when Gov. Malloy, a Democrat, was answering a question from a small business owner who said he is at a disadvantage to businesses in adjacent states that have a lower wage structure.
“I think that’s not only a state issue, but we’ve got this thing called the Constitution, so it makes it a little difficult to do some of the things you suggest,” Malloy replied with a smile.
Suddenly a woman’s voice is heard shouting: “Why don’t you read it sometime!”
Gov. Malloy has faced intense criticism over his support of Connecticut’s new gun registration bill, which many believe is unconstitutional.
The bill has technically turned gun owners who legally purchased semiautomatic rifles into felons overnight after many have refused to register their guns and high-capacity magazines.
The state has yet to announce how or if they plan on enforcing the new law with criminal charges and arrests. According to some estimates, as many as 100,000 gun owners are in violation of the new gun control law.
Call it a “cross-in.”
No sooner had a Lake Elsinore family removed a roadside memorial cross under pressure from a rights organization than six more appeared in its place.
Riverside resident Emily Johnson and her father, Doug Johnson, said they were so disturbed upon hearing that AnnMarie Devaney was being forced to take down the symbol honoring her late son, they crafted their own plywood crosses and planted them along Lake Street next to the site where the Devaney tribute once stood.
The Johnsons’ crosses were painted with statements such as “What if this was your child?” and “Ever heard the phrase, ‘To each his own?’”
“They said they have to take that one down,” said Doug Johnson. “But they didn’t say anything about putting another one up.”