Saturday, January 25, 2014

op ed review 1/26

Record 20% of Households on Food Stamps in 2013

Crack-smoking Toronto Mayor´s Favorability Now Nine Points Above Barack Obama´s

Liberal icon urges Obama impeachment  “The most destructive, dangerous president we've ever had….Apparently he doesn’t give one damn about the separation of powers…Never before in our history has a president done these things…..This is the worst state, I think, the country has ever been in.”

The Supreme Court on Friday shielded the Little Sisters of the Poor and other nonprofit religious groups from complying, for now, with the Obama administration’s rule that they provide free contraceptives in the health insurance they offer employees.

Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) will deliver the Republican Party’s response to the president’s State of the Union Address next week.

Obama comes after his enemies:  Conservative filmmaker Dinesh D'Souza, whose documentary 2016: Obama's America took a critical look at President Obama and was a surprise hit in 2012, will be arrested in New York on Friday for allegedly violating campaign-finance laws.

The militants who gathered on the night of Sept. 11, 2012, to torch and kill inside the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, were a who’s who of the modern al Qaeda movement, newly declassified documents show.

President Obama blames racism on his declining popularity.
Aaron Goldstein:  “My dislike of President Obama isn’t a matter of the color of his skin, but rather because of the content of his character or lack thereof…….Indeed, why should anyone dislike Obama because of his race when there are so many other good reasons to dislike him?”

“…growing numbers of people are calling themselves independents. The Republican Party stands to suffer the most from the movement away from staunch party loyalty, but Democrats also are affected.”

President Obama will meet with Pope Francis next month, and hopes the Pontiff will prove useful to his political agenda.. "The president looks forward to discussing with Pope Francis their shared commitment to fighting poverty and growing inequality”.  “Maybe President Obama can show the Pope some photos from his luxury vacations, or his wife´s protracted holiday.”
“Obamas and Bidens spent $295,437 on just one vacation weekend.  And that’s mostly just for security, not Air Force One or other official costs.”

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) and former vice presidential candidate Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) will speak at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in March.  Also, former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin has been invited to speak and is close to being confirmed. CPAC is an annual gathering of thousands of conservatives in Washington, D.C., aimed at unifying the movement and connecting leaders with grassroots activists.

Contractor CGI didn’t perform well with the Obamacare website contract5, so they’re fired.  The latest no-bid Obamacare website contract will go to a company whose former top analytic researcher developed the voter-tracking computer strategies that led Obama to victory in 2012.

President Obama’s latest claims about marijuana are contradicted by research and official positions of his own Office of National Drug Control Policy, which is part of the White House.  And Mr. Obama’s words have anti-drug leaders worried about negative repercussions among youth. Mr. Obama claimed to The New Yorker magazine that marijuana is no worse than cigarettes or alcohol and he promoted state efforts by Colorado and Washington to legalize marijuana, which remains illegal under federal law. Former contressman Patrick Kennedy:  “I think the president needs to speak to his NIH director in charge of drug abuse….[She] would tell the president that, in fact, today’s modern, genetically modified marijuana, much higher in THC levels, far surpasses the marijuana that the president acknowledges smoking when he was a young person.”

Hacking expert David Kennedy says he cracked in 4 minutes

Lawmakers are not ignoring the March for Life, scheduled at high noon Wednesday on the National Mall, and currently the largest pro-life demonstration on the planet, according to organizers. “In a rare feat for the nation’s capital, representatives from both sides of the aisle will come together,” the organizers say, pointing out that keynote speakers include House Majority Leader Eric Cantor of Virginia and Rep. Dan Lipinski, Illinois Democrat.

The Supreme Court will hear arguments about forced unionization among government workers in a case that could greatly curtail powerful labor groups.

When officials at the Department of Health and Human Services announced the most recent Obamacare enrollment figures earlier this week, they focused on one brag point amidst otherwise discouraging news….According to government tallies, 44.5 million people called or visited state and federal websites they said, presumably indicating broad interest in the new benefit. But we also know that only 2.2 million people have signed up for Obamacare.

“Older people do not decline mentally with age, it just takes them longer to recall facts because they have more information in their brains, scientists believe.”

Walter Williams:  Politics and the Minimum Wage  1/8

There's little debate among academic economists about the effect of minimum wages. University of California, Irvine economist David Neumark has examined more than 100 major academic studies on the minimum wage. He reports that 85 percent of the studies "find a negative employment effect on low-skilled workers." A 1976 American Economic Association survey found that 90 percent of its members agreed that increasing the minimum wage raises unemployment among young and unskilled workers. A 1990 survey reported in the American Economic Review (1992) found that 80 percent of economists agreed with the statement that increases in the minimum wage cause unemployment among the youth and low-skilled. If you're searching for a consensus in a field of study, most of the time you can examine the field's introductory and intermediate college textbooks. Economics textbooks that mention the minimum wage say that it increases unemployment for the least skilled worker. The only significant debate about the minimum wage is the magnitude of its effect. Some studies argue that a 10 percent increase in the minimum wage will cause a 1 percent increase in unemployment, whereas others predict a higher increase.

How about the politics of the minimum wage? In the political arena, one dumps on people who can't dump back on him. Minimum wages have their greatest unemployment impact on the least skilled worker. After all, who's going to pay a worker an hourly wage of $10 if that worker is so unfortunate as to have skills that enable him to produce only $5 worth of value per hour? Who are these workers? For the most part, they are low-skilled teens or young adults, most of whom are poorly educated blacks and Latinos. The unemployment statistics in our urban areas confirm this prediction, with teen unemployment rates as high as 50 percent.

The politics of the minimum wage are simple. No congressman or president owes his office to the poorly educated black and Latino youth vote. Moreover, the victims of the minimum wage do not know why they suffer high unemployment, and neither do most of their "benefactors." Minimum wage beneficiaries are highly organized, and they do have the necessary political clout to get Congress to price their low-skilled competition out of the market so they can demand higher wages. Concerned about the devastating unemployment effects of the minimum wage, Republican politicians have long resisted increases in the minimum wage, but that makes no political sense. The reason is the beneficiaries of preventing increases in the minimum wage don't vote Republican no matter what; where's the political quid pro quo?

Higher-skilled and union workers are not the only beneficiaries of higher minimum wages. Among other beneficiaries are manufacturers who produce substitutes for workers. A recent example of this is Wawa's experiment with customers using touch screens as substitutes for counter clerks. A customer at the convenience store selects his order from a touch screen. He takes a printed slip to the cashier to pay for it while it's being filled. I imagine that soon the customer's interaction with the cashier will be eliminated with a swipe of a credit card. Raising the minimum wage and other employment costs speeds up the automation process. I'm old enough to remember attendants at gasoline stations and theater ushers, who are virtually absent today. It's not because today's Americans like to smell gasoline fumes and stumble down the aisles in the dark to find their seat. The minimum wage law has eliminated such jobs.

Finally, there's a nastier side to support for minimum wage laws, documented in my book "Race and Economics: How Much Can Be Blamed on Discrimination?" During South Africa's apartheid era, racist labor unions were the country's major supporters of minimum wage laws for blacks. Their stated intention was to protect white workers from having to compete with lower-wage black workers. Our nation's first minimum wage law, the Davis-Bacon Act of 1931, had racist motivation. Among the widespread racist sentiment was that of American Federation of Labor President William Green, who complained, "Colored labor is being sought to demoralize wage rates."

Phyllis Schlafly has a different take on this:  “Minimum Wage and Welfare: the Tradeoff”  “…raising the minimum wage may actually be worth considering if it has the side benefit of cutting the gigantic total of our hidden welfare programs.”

“Sex and drugs have replaced building for the future; abortion and the welfare state have replaced consequences. In the end, this philosophy will lead to the dominance of the state. … [H]ow can we solve all of this? Not through the law – the law follows culture. The only way to restore an American future is to restore the social and religious institutions that fostered genuine American values. This means fighting back against the tyranny of those who conveniently proclaim to ‘live and let live’ while simultaneously demanding that Americans with traditional values shut the hell up.”
                    -Ben Shapiro

“A recent survey of employers asked if they would fire workers if the minimum wage were raised. Two-thirds of the employers said that they would not. That was good enough for a minimum wage advocate. Unfortunately, the consequences of minimum wage laws cannot be predicted on the basis of employers' statements of their intentions. Nor can the consequences of a minimum wage law be determined, even after the fact, by polling employers on what they did. The problem with polls, in dealing with an empirical question like this, is that you can only poll survivors.”
                   -Thomas Sowell

“During the first cold-weather Super Bowl, Fox Sports will use an infrared camera that will show how players' body temperatures change throughout the game. And MSNBC will have a simulcast, blaming the changes on global warming.”
                   -Fred Thompson

“10 Books That Screwed Up the World: And 5 Others That Didn't Help”  by Benjamin Wiker. You've heard of the "Great Books"?  These are their evil opposites. From Machiavelli's The Prince to Karl Marx's The Communist Manifesto to Alfred Kinsey's Sexual Behavior in the Human Male, these "influential" books have led to war, genocide, totalitarian oppression, family breakdown, and disastrous social experiments. And yet these authors' bad ideas are still popular and pervasive--in fact, they might influence your own thinking without your realizing it. Here with the antidote is Professor Benjamin Wiker.

Are you dazed and confused by Barack Obama, the nominal Democrat, whose conduct as president since 2009 has seen him sink from nearly 70 percent to 40 percent or less in the national polling, from which he has seemed to learn nothing, but still marches on? Fear not, the doctor is in: Fred Siegel of the Manhattan Institute, whose latest book, “The Revolt Against The Masses: How Liberalism Has Undermined the Middle Class”, explains all you wanted to know about Obama, and much else.

What a lost prison manuscript reveals about the real Nelson Mandela.   An example:  “Unquestionably, my sympathies lay with Cuba [during the 1962 missile crisis]. The ability of a small state to defend its independence demonstrates in no uncertain terms the superiority of socialism over capitalism.”

Are we facing a dangerous period of global cooling? That´s not a question that many have been asking. But reports that there has been a sharp reduction in sunspot activity raises that possibility. It has happened before….. The result of the “Maunder Minimum” of sunspots was a so-called Little Ice Age,

One of the latest badges of greenie virtue is the mini-car. Supposedly, if you drive one of these little contraptions, you demonstrate your concern for Mother Gaia and help diminish the risk that catastrophic global warming will engulf low lying coastal areas and fry the rest of us in temperatures that will be a couple of degrees higher in the next hundred years. In this worldview, people who drive around in SUVs are carelessly risking the very future of humanity……what about the risk of serious injury when one of these tiny vehicles encounters an obstacle?

As the battle between the grassroots and the establishment sides of the Republican Party rages on, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) is taking a very public stance on the side of the establishment.  “I Embrace Being a Chamber of Commerce Republican”

As House Republican leaders prepare an immigration proposal that could go much further towards amnesty than their prior public stances, conservative lawmakers are quietly plotting to push back.

“In the latest indication of a growing libertarian wing of the GOP, the Republican National Committee passed a resolution Friday calling for an investigation into the “gross infringement” of Americans’ rights by National Security Agency programs that were revealed by Edward Snowden.”

Libertarian wing of GOP gains strength in Congress

Think it´s hard to enroll in ObamaCare? Try getting out of it. Missouri resident Lesli Hill learned the hard way that terminating an Affordable Care Act plan can be far more difficult than navigating the website to buy one. She spent six weeks being bounced from operator to operator, calling the help line, using the online chat, blasting out emails to anyone who would listen, before ultimately driving to Kansas City last week to enlist her insurance company´s help. Only then was she able to break through the bureaucratic logjam, and cancel her policy.

“This isn’t your grandparents’ rally”  Every January for the past 40 years, a large group of anti-abortion advocates has gathered on the National Mall and then marched to the Supreme Court to mark the anniversary of Roe v. Wade. Organizers say their participants in the past few years have numbered from 200,000 to 400,000, a large part of whom are young people, and yet they remain perplexed why one of the largest demonstrations in Washington, D.C., gets little of the attention they feel it is due.
This week ABC and NBC allocated a total of 46 seconds covering the event; CBS failed to even mention it. The big three did, however, spend 4 minutes and 41 seconds covering the National Zoo's baby panda

Quite a few gathered in Olympia as well.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has effectively declared that anyone who holds a pro-life position should leave the state.

To the delight of dorm rooms everywhere, President Obama has all but endorsed marijuana legalization. "I don't think it is more dangerous than alcohol."   He called the Colorado and Washington legalization experiments "important for society," while offering no comment on the federal Controlled Substances Act that he has an obligation to enforce equally across the country.
It may be awhile before national corporations blatantly target the stoner market with mainstream advertising campaigns, but many companies have found a way to infiltrate the late-night psyche of the cannabis cult insurgence by producing commercials with subliminal messages aimed at turning the marijuana munchies into big business.

“Another scary debt chart.”

"[T]he best way of doing good to the poor, is not making them easy in poverty, but leading or driving them out of it. Repeal that [welfare] law, and you will soon see a change in their manners. ... [T]he more public provisions were made for the poor, the less they provided for themselves, and of course became poorer. And, on the contrary, the less was done for them, the more they did for themselves, and became richer. More will be done for their happiness by inuring them to provide for themselves, than could be done by dividing all your estates among them."
                  -Benjamin Franklin (1766)

"If a republican government fails to secure public prosperity and happiness, it must be because the citizens neglect the Divine commands, and elect bad men to make and administer the laws."
                 -Noah Webster

Leno:  According to a new study, smog is drifting across the Pacific Ocean from China and polluting our West Coast. Can't we make anything in this country anymore?..... President Obama is getting serious about this NSA spying scandal. He told the nation that the NSA will not be used "for the purpose of suppressing or burdening criticism or dissent." You see, that's what the IRS is for. That’s their job.

Fallon: Yesterday the Denver Broncos and the Seattle Seahawks advanced to the big game, which means this year’s Super Bowl will have teams from the two states where recreational marijuana is legal. Or as pizza delivery men put it, "Pray for us."

Sunday, January 19, 2014

op ed review 1/19

After seven straight years of decline, the U.S. has dropped out of the top 10 most economically free countries.

President Obama is ´chronically incapable´ of military strategy and ´clueless about what he wants to do in the world´ according to one of the UK´s most respected and senior military advisers.

Silence from the mainstram media:  “Black Labor Force Participation Rate Under Obama Hits Rock Bottom – Lowest Level Ever Recorded”

Democrats are increasingly anxious about an onslaught of television ads hitting vulnerable Senate and House candidates for their support of Obamacare.

Three House Democrats in three days announced retirement from Congress.
Five top Democratic chairmen retiring from the Senate.

Battling cancer, conservative Senator Tom Coburn, will step down.

“House passes $1.1 trillion spending bill and no one knows what’s in it”
Senate Democrats blocked a Republican attempt to restore military pensions cut in last month’s budget deal,

Party of the rich?  “More Democrats than Republicans Sit on 10 Richest Members of Congress List”

Filmmaker Harvey Weinstein is one of President Obama’s biggest fundraisers. He says his new Meryl Streep film will make NRA ‘wish they weren’t alive’. 
This is the same Weinstein who likes to make anti-catholic movies about “evil nuns”, carefully timed for release during the Christmas season.

Senate intelligence Committee report says the attack on the U.S. compound in Benghazi could have been prevented
Barry who? The president of what? It seems that our national media has experienced a collective memory lapse. The Senate intelligence report that was published earlier this week that concluded the Benghazi attack could have been prevented never mentions the name of the individual most responsible for the debacle.

Latinos set to surpass whites in California in March
Department of Homeland Security has been ferrying illegal alien children detained at the border to their illegal alien parents living in the United States
House Republican leaders are preparing for the first time to endorse legal status for many of the 11 million people living in the U.S. illegally
But new polling data from Gallup shows that an overwhelming majority of Americans do not think handling immigration reform is even close to a top priority for 2014.

Sarah Palin´s father, who worked multiple jobs and faithfully and honestly paid his taxes for fifty years, had never heard a word from the IRS. In 2008, his daughter was tapped to run for vice president of the United States. Since that time, he has been, in his words "horribly harassed" six times by the agency.

The Obama administration’s proposal to raise the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour could result in as many 1,084,000 jobs eliminated from the work force, according to a new study conducted by the Employment Policies Institute (EPI)
New study shows “Extending Unemployment Benefits Increased Unemployment by More than 3 Percentage Points.”

A prominent consultant to health insurance companies recently wrote in a remarkably candid blog post that, while Obamacare is almost certain to cause insurance costs to skyrocket even higher than it already has, “insurers won’t be losing a lot of sleep over it.”  How can this be?  Because insurance companies won’t bear the cost of their own losses—at least not more than about a quarter of them.  The other three-quarters will be borne by American taxpayers.

Now we have scientific proof:  People who regularly visit a place of worship are less likely to get involved in low level crime and delinquency, according to new research.

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Arizona cannot enforce its ban on abortions at 20 weeks of pregnancies.

Health care death committees in Britain:  A grandmother in the UK has been ‘left to die’ by the NHS after being refused life-saving chemotherapy--because her cancer is not ‘exceptional’ enough.


Global Warming A Back Door To Socialism - And Now Even The UN Admits It
Investor’s Business Daily  1/16

Power: As evidence discredits global warming, resistance to such facts by green elites reveals their real aim is bringing socialism in through the back door. But don't take our word for it. Listen to the climate change boss at the U.N.

Christiana Figueres, with the lumpy title of executive secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), came right out and said it: Democracy is a poor political system for fighting global warming. The really good model is communist China.   China is "doing it right," she told Bloomberg News Tuesday. "They actually want to breathe air they don't have to look at," she said with a straight face.

Maybe that's because for her information, China had breathed air it can see for decades under its command economy. Hot Air's Ed Morrissey points out that on the same day Figueres was praising China's top-down political system and denigrating democracies, China's capital, Beijing, was engulfed in a massive smog cloud that prompted authorities to order children, the sick and the elderly to stay inside.

Communist China has had one pollution crisis after another for decades. It's also the home to black rivers, polluted groundwater, destroyed lakes and some of the world's worst food standards — all fruits of a command economy where the public has no right to complain about anything because government knows best. Morrissey notes that the same smog blighting China now was a problem five years ago, during the 2008 Olympics. Some sign of "doing it right."

The only thing clear here is the real motive of global warm-mongers. They're less interested in cleaning up the Earth than in controlling human beings in the name of "the common good" — just as the Bolsheviks once did, first in Russia, and then in China, where the tyranny continues to this day.

Global warming alarmists "want to change us, they want to change our behavior, our way of life, our values and preferences," according to a man who knows a thing or two about communist regimes, former Czech President Vaclav Klaus. In a speech to Australia's Institute of Public Affairs in 2011, he stressed: "They want to restrict our freedom because they themselves believe they know what is good for us. They are not interested in climate. They misuse the climate in their goal to restrict our freedom. Therefore, what is in danger is freedom, not the climate."

Klaus, who fought communists all his life, admitted he may be "oversensitive." But "I am afraid that some of the people who spend their lives in a free society don't appreciate sufficiently all the issues connected with freedom. So my oversensitivity is like an alarm clock warning about the potential development, which I am really afraid of."  He pointed out that as global warming falls apart as a theory, its proponents grow more strident because their claim to power grows ever more tenuous.

"I feel threatened now, not by global warming — I don't see any — (but) by the global-warming doctrine, which I consider a new dangerous attempt to control and mastermind my life and our lives, in the name of controlling the climate or temperature."

"They don't care about resources or poverty or pollution. They hate us, the humans. They consider us dangerous and sinful creatures who must be controlled by them. I used to live in a similar world called communism. And I know it led to the worst environmental damage the world has ever experienced." But that's of no concern to Ms. Figueres, princeling daughter of a former Costa Rican president who's lived a life of privilege since birth and is now badmouthing democracy and praising communist systems.

She condemned as "very detrimental" Congress' refusal to pass the U.N.'s climate change agenda even as evidence reveals global warming as a hoax and the U.N. agenda as a threat to America's economic well-being.
In the world she inhabits, the people's interests don't matter — neither in the United States nor in pollution-choked China. All that matters is control, her control. In modern times, the only ecosystem in which such people can effectively exist is a communist one.

“While the creation of a traffic jam in a small New Jersey town shows the calloused ugliness too often found among political operators puffed up with their own power, this cannot compare with the threat to freedom when the Internal Revenue Service targets the administration’s political opponents during an election year. Nor can a traffic jam compare with the Department of Justice’s gun-running operation that led to the death of an American Border Patrol agent in the southwest or the State Department’s actions and inactions that led to the deaths of four American officials killed by terrorists in Benghazi.”
             -Thomas Sowell

As incredible as it sounds, Hollywood has produced a patriotic movie for a change. “Lone Survivor,” the new war movie starring Mark Wahlberg, is so powerful in its depiction of the brutality of al Qaeda and its Taliban backers that it could awaken the American people to the reality of President Obama’s deliberate retreat in the face of this global danger. “‘Lone Survivor’ leaves box office shocked and awed,” is how USA Today described its debut. It depicts the grueling training of U.S. Navy SEALs and the sacrifices that American soldiers are making to keep Afghanistan free of Taliban and al-Qaeda

Throughout the book “Lone Survivor”, Luttrell registered distrust of liberals in the media and in Washington – and did so with a very direct eloquence. Here are 10 of the best examples from the book.

“A new breed of website has sprung up, powered by social media, in which liberals congratulate themselves, and attempt to provide spiritual instruction on improving the world through their ideology……many people find the discipline of genuine religions daunting, unpleasant, and a general buzz-kill. Liberalism offers hedonism and self-congratulation in place of genuine contact with the numinous. It may not have any depth to it, but for those inclined to reject everything that came from their forbearers´ world, convinced that they have found a better, or at least a more pleasant approach to life, liberalism is a decent crutch.”

A report promoted heavily by NBC News Special Anchor Maria Shriver was funded by a ultra-left political group funded by George Soros. Earlier this week Shriver was all over NBC News and MSNBC to talk about a study titled "The Shriver Report: A Woman´s Nation Pushes Back From the Brink." The promotion of the report also allowed Shriver and NBC News to portray President Obama as "sympathetic to working mothers." This push focusing on women we see throughout the media, not just on NBC, is nothing more than the media prepping the battlefield to elect Hillary Clinton.

Obama Picks Soros Crony to Lead NSA Probe

Iranian president Hassan Rouhani is taking to Twitter to gloat about the nuclear deal his country struck with the U.S. and other Western countries. "….world powers surrendered to Iranian nation's will…..No facility will be closed; enrichment will continue, and qualitative and nuclear research will be expanded,”

With the possible exception of global warming fraud, it would be difficult to identify another major political issue more dependent upon innumerable, uncontrollable variables than the difference in what two persons might earn or deserve. In the case of both ideological causes, anyone claiming to have measured the variables, predicted them or solved for them in concocting a solution is nothing but a con artist. And what do con men do? They steal. Theft of rights or property is the primary instrument of left-imposed equality of any sort. The left sees this as necessary because we have equal rights, but not equal individual qualities.

Liberals who oppose efforts to prevent voter fraud claim that there is no fraud.  But New York City’s watchdog Department of Investigations has just provided the latest evidence of how easy it is to commit voter fraud that is almost undetectable. DOI undercover agents showed up at 63 polling places last fall and pretended to be voters who should have been turned away by election officials; the agents assumed the names of individuals who had died or moved out of town, or who were sitting in jail. In 61 instances, or 97 percent of the time, the testers were allowed to vote. The Board of Elections reacted in classic bureaucratic fashion by calling for DOI’s investigators to be prosecuted. “In one example, a 24-year female agent gave the name of someone who had died in 2012 at age 87…no problem, she was given a ballot……

Ann Coulter, David Limbaugh, Erick Erickson and Michelle Malkin have a new publisher in Washington, the expanding Christian conservative media empire of Salem Communications Corp., recently dubbed "the new power in conservative media." Salem completed the purchase of Eagle Publishing, which operates Regnery, the nation's leading conservative book publisher; Human Events, one of the oldest conservative news providers; and the popular website RedState, headed by Erickson.

It is always satisfying when one sees an insufferable jerk get his just comeuppance. And when the jerk is a bully who thinks he´s always right and all others, save his acolytes, are not only "always wrong" but "knaves and fools" as well, then it is especially sweet to see the jerk shown, on point after point, to have been consistently wrong. In "Krugtron the Invincible," economics historian Niall Ferguson uses Paul Krugman´s own words to filet the Keynesian economist.

“He was in high school and quite brilliant. The kind of kid who didn´t pick up a book all year and aced all of his honors and AP tests -- in complex subjects like Physics. He was also musically gifted. But he couldn´t stop smoking weed. The school and his parents did all they could; he even took up sports so he wouldn´t go home after school and smoke. The more he smoked, the more he slacked off, the less frequently he attended class, did his work, and participated in class. They finally expelled him. He was last seen walking on 101 in the wee hours of the morning on meth, punching and flailing at the police who pulled over to see if he was okay.” ___________________________________________________________________________

Fred Dryer, the former All-Pro NFL defensive end and Hollywood actor of shows like Hunter and Cheers, is furious at the Republican establishment for waging war against the Tea Party. He sees the establishment as surrendering to the mainstream media and accepting its stereotypes about conservatives.

A 15-minute test you take at home can show up the first signs of mental decline nearly as well as diagnostic exams. The questions range from simple feats of memory – writing the date, for example – to more complex everyday tasks, such as working out the amount of change needed when shopping.

“Be courteous to all, but intimate with few, and let those few be well tried before you give them your confidence; true friendship is a plant of slow growth, and must undergo and withstand the shocks and adversity before it is entitled to the appellation.”
                            –George Washington, letter to Bushrod Washington, 1783

Leno….Did you all watch the Golden Globes [Sunday] night? … Of course, the big winner … was ‘American Hustle,’ a film about the marketing of ObamaCare….. The White House announced that President Obama will visit Pope Francis in the near future. Pope Francis thinks Obamacare can be a success. Sure, he’s the Pope. He has to believe in miracles