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Saturday, December 29, 2012

Remember when Men actually did their Jobs...then retired with Honor?

Ok I for one are fed up with the political 'kabookie' Dances in the world of politics...they are all starting to look like frauds and fakes...very few if even one ever got their proverbial hands dirty fighting for our country...yet they beg us to keep them in office, claiming they will solve the worlds problemos'...makes me laugh...however not so funny since they screw things up over and over again..and yes this includes the 'Talking Heads' in the Media! Good Lord almighty please can we return to the 'Oldies Days' when men and women were actually men and women...and got their hands dirty...don't know about y'all but I am growing weary of all the BS!....They all make big bucks yet contribute little...

What say you? I want to see Captain Brittles return to the the Battlefield and set things right...Honor,Duty Country...not how much can I make... next year hype!

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Hillary Clinton So Sick She Had to Travel to Punta Cana Resort to Celebrate the New Year

by Jim Hoft 

 

Hillary Clinton was too sick to speak with Congress this month about the Benghazi massacre. But, her illness didn’t keep her from celebrating New Year’s Eve at the Punta Cana resort in the Dominican Republic.
Dominican Today reported:
Ex-president Bill Clinton and his wife Hillary Clinton are enjoying their year-end vacation in Punta Cana, in the eastern coast of the Dominican Republic.
According to press reports, the Clintons will celebrate New Year’s at the Puntacana Resort & Club and could also attend a fashion show scheduled for December 29, which will be held in honor of famous Dominican designer Oscar de la Renta.
Also expected to attend are American journalist Barbara Walters, Vogue editor Anna Wintour, Spanish actress Mar Flores and her husband Javier Merino, among other international jetsetters.

!2/31/12 Addendum :

UPDATE: The State Department wrote to say the story at Dominican Today is not true.
Here are the facts: The Clintons are not in the Dominican Republic. The Clintons are not going to the Dominican Republic. I realize that you are linking to and possibly relying on a DomincanToday.com posting, and rest assured we have contacted them as well to point out their deceitful reporting. I’m hoping that you have now been apprised of the facts, and that what you are presenting to your readers is entirely inaccurate and based on nothing even remotely true, we sincerely hope you will do the right thing and take all necessary steps to correct this falsehood. We likely disagree on just about everything, but surely we can agree that posting a lie is far different than posting an opinion.
Philippe
The State Department could use some work on their people skills.

Warfighter Brewing Company

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HELLO WORLD

My name is Jon Barton, former US MARINE combat infantryman.  For the last 7 years I've worked in HOLLYWOOD as a combat consultant and weapons trainer for celebrities and action movies, but before that, I was unemployed and miserable after leaving the corps.  In 2011 I realized veteran unemployment wasn't going to fix itself, and the company I had started was only able to employ vets in Hollywood,  so I devised a unique business model to help fight it: WARFIGHTER BREWING COMPANY
I can't do it alone. I'm reaching out to raise capital to help launch our Phase 1 brewing facility and tap room.  I cannot ignore the amount of emails I get from friends leaving active duty, looking for work.  If I launch this brewery to production now, then by this time next year I can have over 100 veterans employed. Behold the power of beer!

national veteran unemployment


Every dollar contributed here will directly go to creating jobs for vets. PERIOD. My goal is to show America that with a little creative thinking, every company in America could do what I'm doing.
One way or another I'm moving this business forward with every dollar I have to my name.  I'm only one guy, but I'm willing to risk everything to help my brothers and sisters because as a vet, WE LEAVE NO ONE BEHIND!  Stand with me and I bet we can change the world.

What We Need & What You Get

Needless to say, I'm not an expert brewer, and am jumping into a brand new business. Banks don't want to loan us the full amount of money we need to complete our phase one goals. We need to reach $250,000 in year one to open successfully. Over the last year and a half we've been working on logos, trademarks, Facebook outreach, creating videos, crafting alliances, and getting legal. Now it's time to put up or shut up and make beer.



We now own a phase 1 pilot brewing system that will get us to roughly to 500 barrels of production in the first year. More importantly it will help us craft our recipes in small batches.  However, in order to start brewing we need a bigger building and staff. Without the Phase 1 system up and running we can't apply for our brewers licenses.
That's why we are here and need you.  We have enough capital to get the space we need and start production. After that we are in limbo and we would hate to see the 15-20 vets that initially come to work for us go back to the unemployment lines.
The capital we raise here will cover the gap between start up taking our first beer, HONOR, to kegs and store shelves, giving us a lifeline to keep production and jobs going as the beer takes off.

Our perks for this project are designed around a unique and one-of-a-kind beer club called the WARFIGHTERS CLUB.  The club is broken down into 6 levels.  Each level is achieved by accumulating AMMO points. Points are equivilant to $1=1 Point of AMMO, though each week we will release new challenges to acomplish that will generate FREE AMMO or monthly trivia nights at our Tap Room where you can earn AMMO without spending money, as well as special events like our XBOX 360 Black Ops 2 tournament days, and "longest drive" challenge at our indoor golf simulator at the Tap Rooom when it opens next year.
It all boils down to reaching the COVETED TIER 1, where you will be presented a handmade challenge coin at our annual charity gala where we give back a percentage of beer sales to vetersn charities.  From that night forward, your name will be lit up when you come to the tap room and the tap manager will call "attention on deck" as he pours you your free pint!

Sample of ceremonial challenge coin

The Future of WARFIGHTER

Veteran unemployement is at an all time high and there will be no end to the contiunued climb unless we change our way of thinking.  I am a veteran. I realized I could do more. Though I have already created hundreds of jobs for veterans through my work in film, televsion, video games, and commercials I knew there was more that could be done, so I created a business from that ground up that directly takes unemployment to war.
I'm not stopping at just one tap room.  My goal is to create a WARFIGHTER BREW CO franchise that can be placed in every city or town that wants one. I want any veteran to be able to come into our front door at any location and get a job working alongside fellow vets, to be able to share his or her stories with the great Americans that come there to have great American craft beer.

OK, So You Don't Drink Beer, or are not Financially Able to Help

There are a TON of things you can do!
  • Follow us on FACEBOOK and TWITTER
  • Watch our videos on YOUTUBE and tell us they are awesome
  • Come to the Tap Room in San Bruno, home of my old unit, ECHO 2/23 and meet some cool vets.
  • Tell all your friends about us
  • Shake a vets hand on Veterans day
  • Visit the federal cemetary on memorial day and lay a flower on the grave of a hero
  • Send a care package to our brothers and sisters overseas
  • Above all, be proud to be living in a free country and of the vets that defended it. So when you see a vet shake their hand, or better yet buy them a beer! 
  • Read More: http://www.indiegogo.com/warfighter



D Is For Hypocrite

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Dianne, David, Dwight — oh my! Obama talks about his favorite subject: himself. And where, oh where, has Hillary gone? All this, plus, welcome to the NFL! Presented in 1080 hi-def, FOR FREE!  It’s The Great Eight, from the Personal Liberty Digest™!
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Three Gs In Unlucky ’13

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Three Gs In Unlucky ’13
With less than a week before the New Year, I wanted to share with you three pitfalls we face in 2013.
But first let me brag: I am batting 1,000 as a prognosticator regarding the end of the world.
Two years ago this week, I wrote What Would You Resolve To Do If The World Were To End In 2012?.
In it, I said: “I don’t give a whole lot of weight to the Mayans and their calendar, even if they did build a great empire. If they really had a crystal ball you would think they would have been forewarned that the Spaniards were bringing smallpox to the Yucat√°n in the 16th Century and they wouldn’t have let themselves be enslaved to relatively few soldiers wearing funny hats and riding strange animals.”
I felt the odds were on my side since people have been predicting the end of the world long before Michel de Nostradamus started writing his prophecies in 1550. Besides, if I was wrong and the world had ended last week, who would be left to give me a hard time? It was a good bet.
As for my three predictions regarding what is going to happen in 2013, I think they are almost as assured.

No. 1: Gridlock
The Nation seems as divided today as it was during the Vietnam War.
This was hit upon two weeks ago by retiring Senator Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.), who used his final Senate floor speech to urge Congress to put partisan rancor aside to break Washington’s gridlock.
“It requires reaching across the aisle and finding partners from the opposite party,” said the Democrat-turned-independent, who was Al Gore’s running mate in 2000. “That is what is desperately needed in Washington now.”
After 24 years in the Senate, Lieberman said he wished Washington could erase gridlock because it stands as “the greatest obstacle” to finding compromises to the Nation’s problems.
Lieberman might has well have said that he wishes there really were a Santa Claus and an Easter Bunny.
Just ask the editors of Newsday who ran an opinion piece last month titled “How Barack Obama benefits from gridlock in Washington,” which stated:” Every lobbyist in Washington knows that whoever can advocate that the government do nothing or defer a matter until later has the advantage.”
The fight in Washington next year will be about money. It is a war of attrition, much as World War I was. Neither sides of the aisle are going to do anything other than hang on until a real transformative President is elected (hopefully from the GOP). That means there will be scant compromise by the people we have elected who are supposed to oversee what is best for the Nation and not what is best for them.
No. 2: Greed
The investment scams being orchestrated by Wall Street institutions, especially investment banks, are of the magnitude of which the robber baron industrialists of a century ago could not have dreamed.
Washington is so afraid to let the other shoe drop in the ongoing recession that they have given big banks carte blanche permission for them to continue their reckless lending and investment practices regardless of the long-term consequences to the Nation.
Last week, The Economic Times put the following headline on a story by The Associated Press: “Too big to jail? HSBC executives avoid money laundering charges.”
The AP reported:
When the Justice Department announced its record $1.9 billion settlement against British bank HSBC last week, prosecutors called it a powerful blow to a dysfunctional institution accused of laundering money for Iran, Libya and Mexico’s murderous drug cartels.
But to some former federal prosecutors, it was only the latest case of the government stopping short of bringing criminal money laundering charges against a big bank or its executives, at least in part on the rationale that such prosecutions could be devastating enough to cause such banks to fail.
They say it sounds a lot like the “too big to fail” meme that kept big but sickly banks alive with the support of taxpayer-funded bailouts. In these cases, they call it, “Too big to jail.”
The AP reported that Senator Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) wrote a letter to U.S. Attorney Eric Holder following the HSBC settlement, in which he wrote that the government “appears to have firmly set the precedent that no bank, bank employee, or bank executive can be prosecuted even for serious criminal actions if that bank is a large, systemically important financial institution.”
This stems from the Federal government’s dread of ruffling any feathers of big banks for fear that there will be a Wall Street sell-off of the banks’ stocks, which would lead to a domino of failures such as happened in 2008 when Lehman Brothers collapsed. Washington knows it does not have the financial wherewithal to initiate another massive bank bailout.
No. 3: Guns
In the wake of the tragedy at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., on Dec. 14, supporters of the 2nd Amendment are being asked: “Do you want to see this kind of violence continue?”
It is ridiculous presumption, but it is being made every day.
Last week, in TownHall.com, Susan Brown wrote:
Before Americans were able to corporately exhale upon hearing the news about the Connecticut shooting, liberals hopped on the gun control bandwagon. One of MSNBC’s many loose cannons, Ed Schultz, went on a rant saying, “Hiding behind the Second Amendment doesn’t cut it anymore,” and described our founders as slave-owning bigots. It’s real hard to wrap your hands around the hypocrisy of those who cry giant crocodile tears over the loss of these 20 precious children (and they should), but care little about millions of children who will never see the light of day due to abortion.
And here we go again; Progressives are manipulating the Sandy Hook massacre as a way to strike down the Second Amendment. Truth is, gun control is like putting a bandage on a gaping wound.
Brown hit the nail square on. In 2013, we can expect a lot more urging from the liberal media and Democrats in 2013 to limit our 2nd Amendment right.
The good news is that the world won’t end in 2013, and America will carry forward.
I want to leave you with these words from one of the greatest men of the 20th Century, Winston Churchill: “Americans can always be counted on to do the right thing, after they have exhausted all other possibilities.”
We must be patient while our opposition exhausts wrong-minded policies.
Wishing you all the best in the coming New Year,
–John Myers
Editor, Myers’ Energy & Gold Report


Putting A Cap On 2012

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Putting A Cap On 2012
I think we can all agree that 2012 was an interesting year.
As it was a Presidential election year, headlines were dominated by election news. But election politics was only part of what made 2012 interesting: There were wars and rumors of more wars, large storms and the ongoing worldwide financial crisis. All of these played a part, in one way or another, in the recent election.
But there were a lot of other newsworthy events as well: Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s investigation into President Barack Obama’s birth certificate (and the media’s disinterest), the imprisonment of Brandon Raub (and the media’s disinterest) and a related issue, the passage of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), the self-immolation of the Republican Party and ongoing efforts by the elites to establish one world government. To look at some of the big issues of the year, I’ve chosen the 10 most commented upon of all my articles from the past 12 months.
In addition to providing a refresher on some of the year’s biggest stories, this exercise may also serve to help educate our new readers who may have missed some of these discussions and to rebut some preconceived biases some have — as evidenced by their comments — when they first arrive at Personal Liberty Digest™.

So here they are, counting backward beginning with No. 10. I hope you enjoy the year in review.
Suspending All Logic
Believing without doubt the official birth narrative of President Barack Obama — that he was born to Stanley Ann Dunham and Barack Obama Sr. in a hospital in Honolulu, Hawaii, on Aug. 4, 1961 — requires a complete suspension of logic.
Last month, I pointed out in How Can Anyone Be A Birther? a partial list of reasons to doubt the official story. Note that I say it’s only a partial list. There is enough evidence to produce reasonable doubt in the minds of reasonable people that Obama is not a natural-born United States citizen as required in Article II, Section 1 of the U.S. Constitution.
Obama has for several years claimed he was born in Hawaii. He has also claimed, through his official biography with a literary agent and as a young man in Hawaii, that he was born in Kenya.
Both of those are not possible. Therefore, one is a lie. Obama is, among other things, a liar.
To read the rest of this article, click here


So You Think You Are Free?
So you think you are free? After all, we have a Constitution with a Bill of Rights that “preserves” our freedoms.
So you think you’re free? Ask Brandon Raub what life in a free country is like. He was kidnapped from his home by the FBI, Secret Service and local police over Facebook posts in which he questioned 9/11 and accused the Bush family of committing crimes. He was held for a week with no charges and had a psychiatrist threaten to medicate and brainwash him.
He’s not alone. John Whitehead of the Rutherford Institute, who gained Raub’s release, says calls coming into his organization reveal a pattern of abuse.
In fact, veterans of the perpetual Mideast wars are increasingly being targeted by the state as needing psychological evaluation. That’s because many of them come home and challenge the official line of the wars’ results. The Department of Homeland Security has for years been laying the groundwork toward branding dissent as terrorism and naming veterans as possible ring leaders. Using charges of psychosis or nuttery is one way the state marginalizes dissenters.
To read the rest of this article, click here


How Can Anyone Be A Birther?
“Birther” is a term the mainstream media have put on those who question whether President Barack Obama was born in the United States and is, therefore, eligible to hold the office of President. The MSM mean it as a derisive term. After all, no higher authority than Snopes.com has validated Obama’s citizenship.
So how can anyone believe Obama was born anywhere but Hawaii?
It certainly can’t be because Obama’s paternal step-grandmother once made the claim that Obama was born in Mombasa, Kenya, and that she was present at the birth.
It certainly can’t be because a Kenyan newspaper, the Sunday Standard, published an article in 2004 with the headline “Kenyan-born Obama all set for US Senate.”
It certainly can’t be because The Nigerian Observer published an article in November 2008 about how Kenyan-born Senator Barack Obama was the favorite to win the U.S. Presidential race.
It certainly can’t be because there are a number of other articles that say he is Kenyan-born.
To read the rest of this article, click here


Republicans Form A Circular Firing Squad
We may be witnessing the death of the Republican Party. If so, good riddance!
The party apparatus has lied to its faithful for years: The party of small government… the party of freedom… the party that supports the Constitution… the party of the 2nd Amendment… the party of free enterprise. The rhetoric has never matched the performance, but the faithful proles always held out hope that next time would be different. They held their collective noses and voted for the candidate the elites shoved down their throats.
Once again, the party elites have pre-determined the nominee. It’s Mitt Romney.
Romney has received endorsements from two of the party’s biggest losers: Senator John McCain and former Senator Bob Dole. With friends like those, no wonder the proles are looking elsewhere.
So the party has formed a circular firing squad.
To read the rest of this article, click here.

Loving Our Enemies
“We’re under attack because we love freedom, is why we’re under attack. And our enemy hates freedom. They hate and we love. We differ from our enemy because we love. We not only love our freedoms and love our values, we love life itself. Our enemy hates innocent life.” — George W. Bush, addressing schoolchildren, Sept. 23, 2002
Any discussion of Ron Paul as a GOP Presidential candidate inevitably begets rants from the paranoids about how Paul’s non-interventionist foreign policy would make America vulnerable to attacks from Iran or Islamic extremists from one Muslim nation or another.
Typical of the responses are irrational, fact-devoid screeds like these, taken from our comments section last week:

  • “Ron Paul is truly a loose cannon , short sighted and ignorant of world relations . On one hand he is correct , we should worry about America . On the other , we MUST worry about the spread of nuclear weapons in the hands of a militant regime who has no compunctions about using them in order to advance their agenda . If this half senile old fool thinks for one instance that Iran would be justified in closing down the Straights to prevent sanctions he should not be seeking the Presidency . Those who defend him should stop and think what it would mean to listen to him an sit back ignoring this bunch of crazed Iranian leaders as they lead us to a war no one will survive . You Have Been Warned !”
  • “Screw Ron Paul and Screw Iran. A vote for Paul will just Make it easier for the A-hole to get back in and finish his job of destroying the economy. As for Iran, they need to be taken out, NOW! They are a pus filled infection on this planet.”
  • “Is Ron Paul a Jimmy Carter replica? He needs to be sent off and released on the Afghanistan/Pakistan border. As a life long registered Republican, I will vote for Obama if Ron Paul win the Republican nomination. Puttin would make for a better President than Ron.
  • Ron is a total loser, a Bolshevik !!!!! How low has the Republican party gone, to have him a a presidential candidate. Disgraceful”
The truth is the U.S. policy of the past 50-plus years of meddling in the affairs of other countries by covertly backing coups, propping up friendly dictators and fighting proxy wars with Russia and China — using billions of dollars stolen from the American people — have only made the world a more dangerous place.
To read the rest of this article, click here
The 9/11 Conspiracy Theory
Tomorrow marks 11 years since the 21st century’s “Pearl Harbor,” the government’s attack on the U.S. Constitution, also known as 9/11, that launched the perpetual “War on Terror.”
Government, the mainstream media and an American populace blinded by normalcy bias, cognitive dissonance or faux patriotism — whatever you want to call it — and the powerful mainstream media propaganda machine consider anyone who questions the official narrative of 9/11 a “conspiracy theorist.” But the official narrative — that 19 hijackers, funded by Osama bin Laden and armed only with box cutters and a couple of flight lessons, commandeered four passenger jets and flew them into three buildings and a Pennsylvania field while U.S. air defenses dithered for almost an hour (in the case of the Pentagon) — is, as former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense and retired Marine Col. Ronald D. Ray says, “the dog that doesn’t hunt.”
Examine the meaning of the words “conspiracy theory,” and you see that the official narrative is a conspiracy theory. Merriam-Webster defines “conspiracy theory” as “a theory that explains an event or set of circumstances as the result of a secret plot by usually powerful conspirators.”
To read the rest of this article, click here
The Obama Thugocracy
With his approval ratings below 50 percent as an election looms, Congress gridlocked over his economy-destroying budget proposal and the prospect that his signature piece of legislation — Obamacare — is likely to get thrown out as unConstitutional by the U.S. Supreme Court, President Barack Obama and his minions have ratcheted up their tried and true modus operandi: thuggery.
This has long been common practice for Obama. His career was launched from the home of a convicted terrorist. His parents, friends and key influencers were socialists and communists. It is who he is.
Obama was first elected as a U.S. Senator from Illinois only after he and chief operative David Axelrod arranged to have the sealed divorce records of Obama’s opponents unsealed: first Democrat primary opponent Blair Hull’s, then Republican Jack Ryan’s.
Polls showed Hull enjoyed a healthy lead over Obama as late as one month before the primary. But then The Chicago Tribune — Alexrod’s former employer — began publishing stories accusing Hull of violent behavior in his marriage and claiming that an ex-wife had sought a protective order during their divorce. Finally, Hull and his ex-wife agreed to have the records unsealed; and another ex-wife, their children and a number of Hull’s acquaintances denied Hull was violent. But Hull’s poll numbers began to tank and Obama won the primary.
To read the rest of this article, click here
Is Mitt Fit?
The big bash called the Republican National Convention is set to kick off. If all goes as the party elites have planned, Mitt Romney will be nominated and acclaimed tomorrow (the roll call had been moved up to today “because of concerns about supporters of libertarian Texas Rep. Ron Paul” but Hurricane Isaac interfered) as the country’s salvation from four years of the illegal Obamination that currently despoils the people’s house.
Romney hardly qualifies as a savior — unless what you want to save is big government, ever-growing debt and perpetual war. Beyond the facts that Romney is a natural-born citizen (and there is no proof that the current occupant of the White House is) and there are slight differences in their statist, big government policies, there is little else to differentiate between Romney and the undocumented White House usurper.
To wit: Both believe the government should bail out failing industries; both believe in corporate and agricultural welfare; both support off-shoring American jobs; both support unlimited money printing; both support the notion that government can imprison people without charges or trial; both support government assassinations of Americans; both support weapons bans; both support socialized medicine; both support abortion; both believe in man-caused global warming and support cap-and-trade legislation; both have stated their undying support of Israel; both have advocated pre-emptive war on Syria and Iran and growing the American empire.
To read the rest of this article, click here
The False Flag Gun Grab
With the U.N. Arms Trade Treaty negotiations ongoing (and going badly for the gun grabbers and elite power brokers), a game-changer was needed. It came in the form of James Holmes, “The Joker” who allegedly shot up a Colorado movie theater July 20.
Holmes is almost certainly a patsy — a term used to describe those used by government agents to pull off their hits or staged false flag events. There are just too many questionable aspects to the whole story — and Holmes himself — for the incident to have gone down as depicted by government authorities.
The shooting has given President Barack Obama the cover he needs to both go after guns and sign the treaty. He was receiving a lot of pressure from his American gun-grabbing constituency to sign the treaty. But he was also receiving a lot of pushback from Congress — no doubt pressured by the powerful and much-feared National Rifle Association lobby — and a growing number of Americans concerned about Obama’s gun-grabbing proclivities.
To read the rest of this article, go here.
Hastening The March To A North American Union And Global Governance
The march toward a union of the United States, Canada and Mexico — and ultimately global government — continues apace.
The ultimate goal of the elites is to create a one world socialist government. They have succeeded in combining most of Europe into a European Union (though the economic disaster there caused by the excessive corruption of the banksters, who overplayed their hands, may cause it to fly apart and the euro to crash). But even now we hear of a sinister plot by a covert group of EU foreign ministers who want to gain sweeping control over the entire EU and force member countries into ever-greater political and economic union.
The group holding the secret talks (excluding a representative from Great Britain) is called the “Berlin Group” of Europhile politicians and is being led by the German foreign minister. Its goal, according to opponents, is to create a modern-day equivalent of the European emperor envisioned by Napoleon Bonaparte or a return to the Holy Roman Empire of Charlemagne that dominated Europe in the Dark Ages.
To read the rest of this article, click here. 

I hope you’ve enjoyed this journey through 2012. Thank you for being a Personal Liberty reader. Merry Christmas to you all.
Bob Livingston

‘Right-To-Work’ Wins In Michigan

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‘Right-To-Work’ Wins In Michigan
Union bosses in Michigan thought they had pulled off a real coup when they managed to get a measure on the November ballot that would have enshrined their power in the State constitution. Imagine their shock when voters overwhelmingly rejected the amendment.
That was just the beginning of the bad news for the maestros of compulsory unionism. Emboldened by the measure’s defeat, Republicans in the State Legislature promptly introduced legislation that would make
Michigan the 24th “right-to-work” State in the Nation.
Union activists called on their supporters to march on the State capital to protest the proposal. Thousands of supporters showed up in Lansing in response. All of them were pretty noisy; a few were actually amusing, including the ones who put up four giant inflatable rats on the Capitol lawn bearing the names of Governor Rick Snyder and three Republican legislators.
But all was definitely not fun and games. A hospitality tent put up by Americans for Prosperity, one of the groups supporting the measure, was attacked by union partisans and torn down. At least one conservative supporter was physically attacked. A street vendor was called an “Uncle Tom” and worse and had his cart trashed for daring to sell hot dogs to the measure’s supporters.

But all the protests and threats — including one Democratic legislator who said that if the measure passed “there will be blood” — couldn’t prevent a vote from being taken. The legislation passed easily and a few hours later was signed into law by Snyder. The Governor previously had declined to support right-to-work legislation but said he changed his mind when he saw how a similar measure encouraged new jobs in other States.

The week before the vote in Michigan, President Barack Obama flew to the State and tried to rally support for the union. “What we shouldn’t be doing,” the President proclaimed, “is trying to take away your rights to bargain for better wages and working conditions.”
Of course, Obama knows that right-to-work legislation does no such thing. It doesn’t prevent anyone from joining a union, if someone wishes to do so. It doesn’t preclude unions from negotiating pay and working conditions with management, either.
What such legislation does do, however, is give an individual the choice to join or not join, to pay or not pay. And that freedom to choose is what the union bosses can’t stand. They know that if workers aren’t forced to join a union and pay dues, huge numbers won’t. That not only means they have less power in the workplace, it also means they have less money to give to politicians, whom they count on to pass legislation that protects their power.

It’s hard to ignore the fact that more and more manufacturing plants have moved to right-to-work States. Autoworkers had to have noticed when BMW built a plant in South Carolina, Mercedes-Benz did the same thing in Alabama and Volkswagen, and Nissan Motor Co. began assembling automobiles in Tennessee. Meanwhile, two of the Big Three automobile companies in Detroit declared bankruptcy and had to be rescued by Uncle Sam.
The results in the workplace support Snyder’s comments. In the past 30 years, total employment in right-to-work States grew by 71 percent, while employment in non-right-to-work States expanded less than half as much, a mere 32 percent. The differences are even more dramatic for the past decade. Since 2001, right-to-work States added 2.4 percent more workers, while employment in other States actually declined by 3.4 percent. During the same period, wages rose in right-to-work States by 12.5 percent, compared to 3.1 percent in union States.

No wonder that a whole bunch of people have been voting with their feet. Between 2000 and 2010, 5 million people moved from compulsory union States to right-to-work States. I don’t know if they all found jobs, but I’ll bet most of them did. So it appears that right-to-work is not only good for business, it’s good for workers, too.

The defeat in Michigan has to be a tremendous letdown for the United Auto Workers. The union was formed in the State and at one time had more than 1 million members. Today, its national membership is down to about 380,000. Now that workers in Michigan there can opt out of the union and know that they will still keep their job, UAW numbers — and revenue — are bound to decline even further.
Still, until recently, the right-to-work movement was pretty moribund. Prior to this year, Oklahoma was the last State to pass such legislation. And that was more than a decade ago — way back in 2001.
But that’s when union leaders made a huge mistake. Confident of their support in Washington, they tried to get Congress to pass “card-check” legislation. The measure would have done away with a secret ballot for elections on whether to unionize. Thanks to conservative gains, especially in the House of Representatives, the measure never got approved.

So then they tried another approach. They filed suit against Boeing Corp. for having the unmitigated gall to build an aircraft assembly plant in South Carolina, a right-to-work State.
Lafe Solomon, a pro-union lawyer whom Barack Obama appointed general counsel to the National Labor Relations Board, issued a complaint against Boeing for what he called an “unfair labor” practice. Public reaction to this union/Washington gambit was extremely unfavorable. Prior to 2008, Gallup polls showed 60 percent approval of unions in America. That number had been pretty consistent going back 30 years.

But in 2009, the approval number had fallen to 48 percent. Today, it’s only 52 percent. So it should come as no surprise that more and more States want to jump on the right-to-work bandwagon. The National Right to Work Committee reports that in the past two years, right-to-work legislation has been submitted in 19 States. The measures have passed in two of them, Indiana and Michigan.
In Washington, Senator Rand Paul (R-Ky.) said he will introduce the National Right to Work Act in the new Congress soon after it convenes. I’m sure Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) will make certain it never comes to a vote on the Senate floor — at least not next year.

But it’s impossible not to see which way the wind is blowing. And once enough Americans support freedom of choice in the workplace and see how it benefits them, maybe they’ll want the same thing for their healthcare — and even the education of their children.
So don’t despair, conservatives. If right-to-work can pass in Michigan, pro-freedom legislation is possible almost anywhere. Sooner or later, even in Washington, D.C.
Until next time, keep some powder dry.

More Evidence Of Impending Societal Collapse

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More Evidence Of Impending Societal Collapse
Manners, common decency and respect for others are lost American traits.
Interactions turn nasty at the drop of a hat. Name-calling and the violence now pass for discussion. Young children are resorting to theft.
I recently wrote about some of the signs of societal collapse here. Here are some more, taken from recent headlines:
A Pennsylvania man became irate after the replacement hamburger he requested contained a slice of cheese. The replacement was necessary because the first one he ordered at the drive-thru also contained a slice of cheese. He parked his car, entered the restaurant and demanded and received a refund. He then cursed the staff, knocked over a trash can and threw a children’s high chair across a room filled with diners. When he realized that a restaurant worker had followed him outside to get his license plate number, the man grabbed the female worker, put her in a headlock and smashed the phone she was carrying. He then threatened to fight another employee before leaving.
A 65-year-old priest waiting on a bus was attacked with pepper spray and robbed of $125 at a bus stop in Philadelphia in broad daylight.

A college student riding a Chicago Transit Authority train was attacked by a man who put a sock filled with feces in her face and hair and on her clothes. The victim said she did not know the attacker and he uttered no words and did not demand her valuables. “I don’t know why he did it,” she said.
A diner at a Denny’s restaurant in San Antonia, Texas, became irate at being made to wait on his bill, so he set fire to the restaurant’s Christmas tree and left the restaurant. The flames caused $150,000 in damage to the business.
An 8-year-old girl was caught on a surveillance camera stealing a package off her neighbor’s porch in Clermont, Fla. Police investigating a spate of missing packages from the neighborhood believe the girl is responsible for all or most of them. Some of the stolen packages were found at a nearby abandoned house.
In Wentzville, Mo., barbershop patrons were discussing the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings. One patron said the incident “makes me want to murder the suspect.” For unknown reasons, another patron took that as a threat against him. He retrieved a gun from his car and fired three times at the other patron.
In South Union Township, Pa., two women tussled over a shopping cart at the Wal-Mart Supercenter. When one of the women abandoned the cart and grabbed another, the other woman “still engraged” then “ran down” the first woman with the cart, pushed it onto her back and began punching her in the face.
On a single afternoon in Chicago, a city in the State with the Nation’s most restrictive gun laws, a series of eight shootings left at least 10 people wounded, including four teenagers.
We live in a Nation in which God has been removed from schools, prayers are banned from public places and babies are slaughtered by the thousands on a daily basis. Unemployment remains high and inflation is sapping the wealth of the elderly and savers. Politicians squabble over whether they are going to screw us out of a lot of money or a lot more while ginning up class envy and promoting hatred of one group over another simply on the basis of wealth.
We have become an entertainment-centric, me-first society that has gone from slouching toward Gomorrah to a full-on sprint. We are on the brink of societal collapse.

Guns Save Lives

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Hello, I’m Wayne Allyn Root for Personal Liberty. Happy Holidays to all my readers. My message is pretty simple this week: Don’t believe the hype from liberals or the media (I know I repeat myself). The fact is: GUNS SAVE LIVES.
Not only do liberals lie… they always come to the wrong conclusion, and usually come up with the wrong solution, in response to every crisis.
As an example, we don’t have a “fiscal cliff” crisis because of a tax problem in America. What we have is a spending problem — Obama is a spending addict. Obama criticized Bush for adding $4 trillion to the debt in eight years. Yet Obama added just under $6 trillion in four years. He is on track to add $12 trillion to our debt by the end of his second term– three times more than Bush. And Obama has produced four consecutive trillion dollar plus deficits for the first time in history. Obama is the biggest spender of any politician in world history.
What does this have to do with guns? It’s the same story. Every time there’s a crisis politicians learn the wrong lesson… come up with the wrong solution… and always use the crisis as a reason to take away our freedoms and grow government bigger.
Take the debt crisis: Obama wants to raise taxes, so we lose our economic freedom, and government grows bigger… while we add more debt to solve a debt crisis. That should work out well!
Take 9/11 — Bush spent billions on the formation of Homeland Security, hundreds of thousands of expensive new government employees, started two wars, and took many of our civil rights away.
Take global warming — Obama wants to tax us to death, double our electric bills, take away our freedoms, and put government in charge of business.
Take the health care crisis — Obama passed Obamacare to raise our taxes, grow government, unionize healthcare workers, and put government in charge of our health.

The same story holds true with the gun control issue spurred by the tragic Newtown school shooting. The liberal politicians and media are using Rahm Emanuel’s famous saying, “Never let a crisis go to waste.” They are trying to turn a terrible tragedy into a gun problem. Their solution is to try to demonize and ban guns. But the Newtown tragedy wasn’t a gun problem; it was a mental illness problem.
Thank goodness the American public has more common sense than the politicians and media big shots. The latest Rasmussen poll is out following the Newtown tragedy. While 27 percent think stricter gun control laws are the solution… a dominant 48 percent believe the answer is more action to treat mental health issues.
It is obvious that many Americans feel in their gut what the statistics I’m about to share with you prove — that guns do much more than kill (in the wrong hands). More often than not, they save lives and prevent violence.
Here are a few proven facts that are too often missing from the gun debate (Thanks to Gun Owners of America and ZeroHedge.com for these statistics):
Based on a 2000 study, Americans use guns to defend themselves from crime and violence 989,883 times annually. Banning guns would leave about 1,000,000 Americans defenseless from criminals who have no problem acquiring guns illegally.
A nationwide survey of almost 5,000 households found that over a five-year period 3.5 percent of households had a member who used a gun to protect themselves, their family, or their property. This also adds up to about the same 1,000,000 incidents annually.
The Clinton Justice Department identified 1.5 million cases per year of citizens using guns to defend themselves.
Another survey found that Americans use guns to frighten intruders away from a home break-in about 500,000 times annually.

Armed citizens shoot criminals more than twice as often as police each year (1,527 to 606).
Each year about 200,000 women use a gun to defend themselves from a sexual crime or abuse.
The Carter Justice Department found that of more than 32,000 attempted rapes, 32 percent were actually committed. But when a woman was armed with a gun or knife, only 3 percent of the attempted rapes were actually successful.
Newer studies all point towards a figure of 2.5 million — that’s the new number for how many times Americans defend themselves from violent criminals each year. 2.5 million. Guns save lives.
Now that we’ve polled the citizens, how about we see what the felons have to say:
  • A survey of male felons in 11 State prisons across the USA found that 34 percent had been scared off, wounded or captured by an armed victim of their crime.
  • 40 percent of felons made a decision not to commit a crime because they feared the potential victim had a gun.
  • 69 percent of felons knew other fellow criminals who had been scared off or captured by an armed victim.
  • 57 percent of felons polled agreed that “criminals are more worried about meeting an armed victim than they are about running into the police.”
  • Statistical comparisons with other countries show that burglars in the United States are far less apt to enter an occupied home than their foreign counterparts who live in countries where fewer civilians own firearms. 
These facts (and many more too voluminous to show here) prove that guns — in the right hands — defend citizens, families and children. In short, guns save lives.
By the way… it’s important to note that Barack Obama wants to disarm schools… create “gun free zones.” Yet he spends $60,000 per year to send his precious daughters to exclusive Sidwell Friends School — which has? Drumroll please… ARMED guards. An armed security force of nine to be precise.
And David Gregory of NBC News sends his child there too. Armed guards are necessary for their children. But not yours.
And Michael Moore has armed bodyguards. While he condemns guns.
But for me, it’s always been a personal and emotional argument, even more than a factual one. I’m a proud Jewish American. Over six million of my fellow Jews were enslaved, starved, tortured, and then slaughtered by Adolph Hitler. Before it could happen, in 1938, Hitler banned gun ownership for Jews.
That act on Nov. 11, 1938 was the beginning of the end for German Jews. Millions of Jews were left defenseless from that day forward. Just like the criminals in the studies above, who were far less likely to break into a home or attack a victim, if they feared the victim was armed; Hitler only started his murderous genocide after first ensuring his victims were disarmed, defenseless and helpless.
But why should that surprise anyone. Virtually every dictator in history has started his murderous reign by disarming the population.
The communist leaders of China recently issued a statement in response to our Newtown, Conn., tragedy. They said that Obama must disarm the American people. I wonder why they’re so interested in our people being disarmed? What do you think they have in mind?
I’m a member of both the NRA (National Rifle Association) and JPFO (Jews for the Preservation of Firearms Ownership). Will I support reasonable gun control? Of course. 


Should we ensure that mentally ill people cannot purchase guns? Of course.
Should we enforce current gun laws? Of course.
But should we move to ban guns, thereby leaving the law-abiding citizens defenseless and helpless? Never. Not in America.
Should government and law enforcement be the only ones legally able to carry guns? Never. Not in America.
Should government be allowed to take away guns from honest, law-abiding homeowners, business owners, and citizens like me? Only when you pry them from my cold, dead hands.
Thomas Jefferson put it best: “When governments fear the people, there is liberty. When the people fear the government, there is tyranny.”*
I’m Wayne Allyn Root for Personal Liberty. See you next week, same time, same place.
Happy New Year. Stay safe and stay vigilant. God Bless.
* While this quote if often attributed to Jefferson, there is no evidence that he ever uttered or wrote these words, according to Monticello.org.–BL

Congress Passes Bill That Allows Law Enforcement to View Emails Without Warrant

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A new bill passed by Congress will allow Netflix to share your video rental history on Facebook (just like Spotify does now when linked to your FB account), but an email privacy add-on was removed last minute.

Legislation sent to President Obama this week quietly removed language in a bill that would have — for the first time — forced law enforcement to obtain a warrant to read Americans’ email. Currently, private email that has been stored by a third party for more than 180 days can be accessed by the government without a warrant.
The Senate Judiciary Committee had added a provision to legislation demanding that law enforcement or government agencies show probable cause for email searches. The provision was added to a bill aimed to allow users the ability to post on their Facebook feeds what they are watching on video services [such as Netflix]. The bill, the Video Privacy Protection Act, changed laws passed in 1988 that made it illegal disclose someone’s video rental history following the leak of failed-Supreme Court nominee Robert Bork’s video history to the Washington City Paper.
Read More:    http://www.ijreview.com/

The Shocking Truth of How Government Unions Elected Obama

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Handwringing after the November election concentrated on racial and ethnic groups. We saw that 95 percent of blacks voted for Obama. In some Philadelphia wards, not accounting for the possibility of fraud, 100% of voters voted for Obama.
Well, we’ve been duped. Obama’s election was only partly due to a heavy turnout of Hispanics and blacks. The real reason is found in public sector unions. While private sector unions make up about 6% of all unions, it’s public sector unions — government unions — where money and power are concentrated.
Mallory Factor’s Shadowbosses pulls back the curtain and exposes how John F. Kennedy set into motion a way of creating a perpetual support base for the Democrat Party. Lyndon Johnson did a similar thing when he pushed through his “Great Society” legislation. Conservatives have been hit with a double whammy of support.
The unions collect billions of dollars every year in forced dues. The public sector unions spent $500 million dollars to get Obama re-elected. In addition, thousands of union members were called on to “volunteer” to campaign for the president. Some union workers were even paid for their efforts from the dues that they were forced to pay. The Republicans have no way to compete with government protected and subsidized unions.
Congress won’t do anything since Democrats are the ones who benefit from a mass of union support.
Do you remember how quickly the employees of the TSA were quickly unionized? Did you notice how President Obama paid back public union support by giving government employees a pay raise? “A new executive order has been issued providing for a new pay schedule beginning ‘on the first day of the first applicable pay period beginning after March 27, 2013,’ reports FedSmith.com. ‘The pay raise will generally be about 1/2 of 1%.’”

Hundreds of Ohio School Workers Apply for Firearms Training Program

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More than 450 teachers and other school employees from around Ohio have applied for 24 spots in a free firearms-training program being offered by the Buckeye Firearms Association.
“We’re pleasantly surprised, but it’s not shocking,” Ken Hanson, legal chairman for the association, said today of the response since the group began taking applications on its website 10 days ago. “The demand has been there for quite some time.”
The issue of arming school employees to protect students has been “on the radar” of school boards in Ohio for several years, he said, but the organization decided to launch its training program after the Dec. 14 shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., where a gunman killed 20 children and six adults.
“That was the breaking point,” he said. “We decided it’s time to quit talking about it and move forward.”

The first firearms class, a three-day program at the Tactical Defense Institute in West Union in Adams County, hasn’t been scheduled nor have the participants been chosen. Applications are being accepted at buckeyefirearms.org, the website of the group, which lobbies for the rights of gun owners.
Read More:  http://www.dispatch.com

Sheriff Arpaio Sending Armed Posse to Protect Schools

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PHOENIX – Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio said Thursday that he plans to deploy his armed volunteer posse to protect Valley schools from the kind of violence that happened in the Connecticut shooting tragedy.  Arpaio believes having armed law officers around schools will deter would-be criminals from trying anything violent and, possibly, stop them if they do.
“I have the authority to mobilize private citizens and fight crime in this county,” Arpaio said.
Arpaio first started using his posse to protect malls during the holiday shopping season in 1993 in response to violent incidents in prior years.  Since then he said malls where his posse members are on patrol have had zero violent re-occurrences and patrols by his all-volunteer squad during the 2012 shopping season netted a record 31 arrests.
Arpaio said since the program has worked so well in malls he believes it will work just as well protecting schools.

“We’re not talking about placing the posse in the schools right now but in the outlying — the perimeters of the school — to detect any criminal activity.”
Read More:  http://www.azfamily.com/

Friday, December 28, 2012

See snow photos taken in Reno-Tahoe area

Photos taken of the latest storm:
 Vickie Szymanski submitted this photo that was taken about 8 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2012, in Virginia City on M Street and wrote, "Usually, the horses leave when it gets cold but not this year."
Vickie Szymanski submitted this photo that was taken about 8 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2012, in Virginia City on M Street and wrote, "Usually, the horses leave when it gets cold but not this year." 
 
RGJ reporter Guy Clifton sent in this photo Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2012, and wrote, "Still not sure how it was made, whether intentional or by happenstance." 
Sherise Smith took this photo on Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2012, of snow on her Reno property. 
Caughlin Ranch residents wake up to some snow the morning after Christmas on Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2012. 
Vanessa Puentes submitted this photo Sunday, Dec. 23, 2012, of snow at her house in Cold Springs. 
Kim Monroe submitted this photo Saturday, Dec. 22, 2012, of snow at upper Galena near Mount Rose. 
Jess VanPernis of Northstar California sent in this photo on Dec. 12, 2012, of snow at Northstar. 


Coach Ault steps down after more than 40 years at Nevada

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WolfPack football coach Chris Ault announces he is stepping down from the program that he has been associated with as a player, coach and administrator for more than 40 years. 

RENO -- Hall of Fame football coach Chris Ault, a pillar of the University of Nevada since his hiring in 1976, announced Friday during a press conference at Legacy Hall that he is stepping down from the program that he has been associated with as a player, coach and administrator for more than 40 years. 

The winningest coach in school history with a career record of 233-109-1 in 28 seasons, Ault guided Nevada from Division II to I-AA glory in the Big Sky Conference 1980s and early 90s, into I-A and the Big West Conference in 1992 and on to the WAC and now the Mountain West Conference. Along the way, he won 10 conference championships and took the Wolf Pack to postseason play 16 times, including 10 bowl games in 12 FBS seasons. He leaves a lasting legacy of accolades and contributions to the game, perhaps none of which greater than his creation of the Pistol offense in 2005, a scheme now employed by hundreds of teams at every level of football.
“With great humility and mixed emotions, I've decided it's time for me to step down,” Ault said. “Wolf Pack football has firmly established a blueprint for success that can be sustained.”

Ault, who played quarterback at Nevada from 1965-67 and earned two degrees from the University. He was hired by his alma mater in 1976 at the age of 29, the youngest college coach in the country at the time. He would later be inducted into four different Halls of Fame, including the College Football Hall of Fame in 2002 at the age of 55. This year, Ault passed Bear Bryant to set the mark for most wins by a coach at his alma mater. He finishes his career tied for 29th on the NCAA charts for most career victories.
“I extend my utmost appreciation to Chris Ault for his 41 years of association with Wolf Pack Athletics and the University of Nevada, Reno,” University president Marc Johnson said. “He has achieved great progress and has taken the program through four conference changes and numerous bowl-game appearances. Through his Hall of Fame induction and his innovative advancements to the game of football, Coach Ault has brought national recognition to our University and our region. Chris Ault is an impressive leader and his contributions to Wolf Pack football, Nevada Athletics, our University and our region are immeasurable.”
Johnson said that he will work with Nevada athletics director Cary Groth and will act quickly to identify Nevada’s next head coach through a national search.
“Chris Ault truly has been Nevada Football for more than 40 years,” Groth said. “He has left an indelible footprint on not only the football program, but the University as well.  His legacy is one of success, honor and tradition. There is a reason that he is in the Hall of Fame and was one of the youngest coaches ever inducted.  I know I speak for the entire community in congratulating – and sincerely thanking – Coach for his honorable service to college football and our University.”
Ault also served as Nevada’s athletics director from 1986-2004.

Indian rape victim dies in hospital



A protester holds a placard during a rally demanding the state government to ensure the safety of women in the capital city, outside the residence of Delhi's Chief Minister Sheila Dixit in New Delhi December 19, 2012. REUTERS/Mansi Thapliyal (INDIA - Tags: CIVIL UNREST SOCIETY POLITICS)
SINGAPORE (AP) — A young Indian woman who was gang-raped and severely beaten on a bus died Saturday at a Singapore hospital, after her horrific ordeal galvanized Indians to demand greater protection for women from sexual violence that impacts thousands of them every day.
She "passed away peacefully" with her family and officials of the Indian embassy by her side," said Dr. Kevin Loh, the chief executive of Mount Elizabeth hospital where she had been treated since Thursday. "The Mount Elizabeth Hospital team of doctors, nurses and staff join her family in mourning her loss," he said in a statement.
He said the woman had remained in an extremely critical condition since Thursday when she was flown to Singapore from India. "Despite all efforts by a team of eight specialists in Mount Elizabeth Hospital to keep her stable, her condition continued to deteriorate over these two days. She had suffered from severe organ failure following serious injuries to her body and brain. She was courageous in fighting for her life for so long against the odds but the trauma to her body was too severe for her to overcome." 

The woman and a male friend, who have not been identified, were traveling in a public bus in the Indian capital, New Delhi, after watching a film on the evening of Dec. 16 when they were attacked by six men who raped her. They also beat the couple and inserted an iron rod into her body resulting in severe organ damage. Both of them were then stripped and thrown off the bus, according to police.
Indian police have arrested six people in connection with the attack, which left the victim with severe internal injuries, a lung infection and brain damage. She also suffered from a heart attack while in hospital in India.
Indian High Commissioner, or ambassador, T.C.A. Raghanvan told reporters that the scale of the injuries she suffered was "very grave" and in the end it "proved too much.
He said arrangements are being made to take her body back to India.
The frightening nature of the crime shocked Indians, who have come out in their thousands for almost daily demonstrations, demanding stronger protection for women and death penalty for rape, which is now punishable by a maximum life imprisonment. Women face daily harassment across India, ranging from catcalls on the streets, groping and touching in public transport to rape. 

But the tragedy has forced India to confront the reality that sexually assaulted women are often blamed for the crime, which forces them to keep quiet and not report it to authorities for fear of exposing their families to ridicule. Also, police often refuse to accept complaints from those who are courageous enough to report the rapes and the rare prosecutions that reach courts drag on for years.
After 10 days at a New Delhi hospital, the victim was brought to the Mount Elizabeth hospital, which specializes in multi-organ transplant. But by late Friday, the young woman's condition had "taken a turn for the worse" and her vital signs had deteriorated. It was clear then that she would not survive long.
Indian attitudes toward rape are so entrenched that even politicians and opinion makers have often suggested that women should not go out at night or wear clothes that might be seen provocative.
Other politicians have come under fire for comments insulting the protesters and diminishing the crime. 

On Friday, Abhijit Mukherjee, a national lawmaker and the son of India's president, apologized for calling the protesters "highly dented and painted" women, who go from discos to demonstrations.
"I tender my unconditional apology to all the people whose sentiments got hurt," he told NDTV news.
Separately, authorities in Punjab took action Thursday when an 18-year-old woman killed herself by drinking poison a month after she told police she was gang-raped.
State authorities suspended one police officer and fired two others on accusations they delayed investigating and taking action in the case. The three accused in the rape were only arrested Thursday night, a month after the crime was reported.
"This is a very sensitive crime, I have taken it very seriously," said Paramjit Singh Gill, a top police officer in the city of Patiala.
The Press Trust of India reported that the woman was raped Nov. 13 and reported the attack to police Nov. 27. But police harassed the girl, asked her embarrassing questions and took no action against the accused, PTI reported, citing police sources.
Authorities in the eastern state of Chhattisgarh also suspended a police officer on accusations he refused to register a rape complaint from a woman who said she had been attacked by a driver.
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Associated Press writer Faris Mokhtar and Ravi Nessman in New Delhi contributed to this report.

Feds: Clean Water Act protects U.S. from … water

 OpEd: Jack
This is a prime example of why the EPA should be abolished...they are out of control and do far more damage than good...as a matter of fact congress should take a look at all the Agencies within the US government and reduce by at least 50%...this would go a long ways toward reducing the debt! 
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Just when you thought Washington had reached its limits comes a new dispute that has Virginia officials fearing they’ll have to confiscate private property and spend half a billion dollars to make the Environmental Protection Agency happy.
It seems that the EPA has determined there’s too much water in one creek and that state and local Fairfax County officials must do something to prevent that from happening.
A court hearing recently focused on the fact that the EPA is demanding local officials keep some of the water out of Accotink Creek, which drains into the Potomac. A decision is expected soon. Read More:

When Did America’s Downhill Slide Start?

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Obama Feeds America SC When Did America’s Downhill Slide Start?
According to the All About Philosophy website, Situational Ethics crashed onto the scene in the early 1960’s, about the time of the hippie movement, Woodstock, and the  ”make love, not war” movement.  It was the brainchild of the late Joseph Fletcher.  The website gives a little background on Fletcher, and may help to explain the moral mess in which we now find ourselves:
His work, Situation Ethics founded the modern situational ethics movement. Fletcher was an Episcopal priest, a member of the Euthanasia Educational Counsel, and an advocate for Planned Parenthood. He was a supporter of both euthanasia and abortion.  Quite a piece of work for a so-called priest. It seems apparent he seldom, if ever, read the Bible and the New Testament in particular.

The ultra-liberal Fletcher stated that decision-making should be based upon the circumstances of a particular situation, and not upon fixed Law. The only absolute is Love. Love should be the motive behind every decision. As long as Love is your intention, the end justifies the means. Justice is not in the letter of the Law, it is in the distribution of Love.” (All About Philosophy website)
The damage Fletcher’s philosophy planted in those impressionable minds of the 1960’s kids who were rebelling against the generation of their parents is enormous.  Catch phrase like, “What’s right for you may not be right for me,”
quickly began to replace Biblical guidelines.  There were no longer any absolutes of “right and wrong,” “black and white.”  All that remained were varying shades of gray.
I cannot remember who said it but it has been etched into my memory since shortly after Fletcher’s Situational Ethics cancer took hold in our nation.  In giving his example of what  happens when a nation abandons the absolutes of right and wrong, he said it is like a gently flowing river which is kept in place by its banks.  Remove the banks and the river quickly dries and dies.  As a nation, we were like that river, flowing along a rather predictable course.  Fletcher’s philosophy was the social bulldozer which flattened the banks. Today we are morally not much more than that dried out riverbed.

Our elected officials offer few real men and women of courage and conviction that we can stand with. I have not heard our President, who is an excellent motivational speaker so long as his teleprompters are working, ever give a unifying speech or pep talk to the nation, geared to pulling us all together as Americans.  How refreshing it would be to hear at least some of our elected officials give us something to look up to once more, displaying a “Rah, Rah, right and wrong” spine that you would either love or hate, but at least you would know they had moral conviction instead of the spineless display we now see.
Those at all levels of government greatly influenced by union dollars, are seldom, if ever, looking out for those they are supposed to represent.  They are looking for ways to increase their power, period. It has everything to do with, in the case of an elected official, the next campaign, and in the case of the union head, increasing his/her clout so that they can milk more money out of our nation’s municipal, state and federal budgets, most of which goes to the top echelon , not those they “represent.”  In the case of politicians, to get reelected, just pass out government freebies to people who pay no taxes and keep them on your government plantation forever, not for America, but for your financial future.
Our government has become little more than a liberal/progressive governmental house of prostitution, with a lot of help from eunuchs – I mean “moderates” from both parties. They will not make an absolute right and wrong statement because they do not want to offend anybody—other than taxpayers, conservatives, Tea Party patriots, Catholics, Protestants, small business owners, gun owners, those who believe in protecting the unborn, those who believe in traditional marriage and legal American citizens.  Did I miss anybody?
For more information: www.ontargetnews.com
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Black Judge Commutes Four Killers’ Sentences Based On Race

OpEd: Jack
This is totally a case of reverse discrimination on the part of this Judge...the conviction was upheld...yet the Judge commutes the sentence based on RACE? This Judge should be immediately Impeached!
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An activist judge in North Carolina said prosecutorial racism was the reason he commuted the sentences of four convicted killers.
Described as three of the state’s most notorious death row killers, among the group’s victims are three law enforcement officers, two women and a teenager. The judge was able to overrule the first sentence under the state’s controversial Racial Justice Act.

Commuting a black man’s death sentence to life in prison, the judge cited “the persistent, distorting role of race in jury selection in North Carolina.”
He never argued the man – found guilty of kidnapping and robbing a teenager before shooting him in the face – might be innocent. Since the Racial Justice Act gave him the discretion, he simply declared prosecutors were racist and gave a murderer a get-out-of-death-row-free card.
Republicans subsequently gained control of the state’s legislature and enacted a new, pared down, version of the act. Apparently, that didn’t present an obstacle for the black judge who commuted the sentences of three more murderers – including two cop killers – later the same year.

Concluding race was a factor in jury selection, he presented some handwritten notes supposedly proving prosecutors tried to eliminate blacks from jury pools to back up his claim.
One killer is a Lumbee Indian convicted of murdering two women and shooting another in a gang initiation; the other two are black men who killed a total of three law enforcement officers in separate incidents.
“This conclusion is based primarily on the words and deeds of the prosecutors involved in these cases,” the judge ruled. To the casual observer, though, it seems his conclusion might have roots in his own idea of racial justice.
Some in the courtroom expressed vocal disagreement to the ruling, including the brother of one murdered state trooper who shouted an expletive as the judge spoke. As about sixty uniformed police officers left the courtroom, a woman in attendance yelled at them, urging them to shed their badges because the legal system could not protect them from criminals.
Activist judges from the Supreme Court down can cause significant damage to our system of law. Although prosecutors plan to appeal the judge’s ruling, this case proves America’s justice system is not immune to moral relativism and race baiting tactics.
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Will Banning Guns Stop Homicides? Stats from England and Australia Show…

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The debate on gun control is only gaining momentum. On Thursday, Senator Diane Feinstein outlined her plans to introduce sweeping legislation that includes fingerprinting and registration of all those who currently own so-called semi-automatic “assault” weapons.
Those in favor of a total ban on firearms often point to countries like England and Australia where firearms are banned or virtually impossible to possess. A look into the statistics might offer some clarity, though, about how safe such a move actually makes a country.
Let’s start at home. From 2009 to 2011, homicides overall declined slightly according to a 2011 Centers for Disease Control (CDC) report, with a corresponding drop in homicides by firearms.
In fact, the report says homicide is not among the top 15 leading causes of death in America. (As recently as 2009, the CDC reported that homicide was in the top 15 at #15.) Instead:
  • Accidents (unintentional deaths) were #5 and Suicide (intentional harm) has held solid as the 10th leading cause of death for several years.
  • The stats from 2009 show that homicides totaled 16,799, with 11,493 of those attributed to guns.
  • During that same year, motor vehicle deaths were nearly triple that of gun-related deaths — 34,485 vs. 11,493.
  • Death from accidental falls totaled 24,792, almost double the firearms homicide total.
The stats for gun deaths have actually shown some significant declines in the past two decades.
Homicide and Gun Statistics from England and Australia Show Banning Guns Doesnt Work
Looking at the above graph, it is worth noting that deaths caused by “other guns” has been relatively flat since 1985. The assault weapons ban was in place from 1994-2004.

And what about the argument most often made by the Left quoting the success of oppressive gun laws in countries like Australia and England? A recent opinion piece in the Wall Street Journal by Joyce Lee Malcolm shows that argument to be hollow: “After a school massacre, the U.K. banned handguns in 1998. A decade later, handgun crime has doubled.”
Malcom’s article details what happened after Australia banned many guns following a 1996 mass murder of 35 people by a madman with assault rifles. The country tightened registration laws, banned assault rifles, pump-action shotguns, and also forced a buy back of more than 600,000 guns. What effect did this have on crime?
“A 2003 study published by the Brookings Institution, found homicides “continued a modest decline” since 1997. They concluded that the impact of the National Firearms Agreement was “relatively small,” with the daily rate of firearms homicides declining 3.2%.”
During the same period in America, deaths attributed to firearms dropped by nearly ten times the decline seen in Australia. Restricting or confiscating handguns seems to have had almost no effect on homicides in Australia and the stats also show that the law had no real effect on suicides.
“Suicides with firearms went down but suicides by other means went up,” Malcom notes.
And what about the oft-cited British gun laws? Have they done the job?

Restrictive gun laws have been around for almost 100 years in England, and Malcolm reports that getting a permit requires proving to police that you have a “good reason” for needing a gun. Self defense is not considered to be a good reason in England. Following a 1987 shooting in the British town of Hungerford, the Brits enacted stricter controls. And in 1998, a near-total ban on gun ownership followed another mass shooting. Were these moves a success?
Within a decade of the handgun ban and the confiscation of handguns from registered owners, crime with handguns had doubled according to British government crime reports. Gun crime, not a serious problem in the past, now is. Armed street gangs have some British police carrying guns for the first time.
There is little doubt that the Senate will soon put forth new legislation regarding gun ownership, especially as it relates to so-called assault weapons. However, those making the argument that banning guns has worked in places like Australia and England might be advised to check the statistics or risk looking foolish if they encounter someone armed with the facts.
(H/T: Weasel Zippers)