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Lucille Ball Hometown Statue

Happy Halloween!

You remember Scary Lucy, don’t you? The weird statue of the world’s most famous red-headed ditz, erected in her home town of Jamestown, N.Y., that, to put it charitably, didn’t look a thing like her? Well, someone has finally found some inspiration in it.

It’s a role “Scary Lucy” was born to play: Frightening people at Halloween. A bronze statue of Lucille Ball that drew worldwide scorn earlier this year for its unflattering depiction of the “I Love Lucy” star has provided inspiration for an annual haunted house event in a mall near her western New York town.

Event planner Scott Mekus (MEE’-kuhs) says an actor portraying the statue will be part of the Chautauqua Mall’s “Haunting at the Mall” during weekends through Halloween.

An even better use for the statue itself would be as scrap metal, so that a proper tribute could be made.

The life-size statue was unveiled in 2009 in a park in the village of Celoron, on Chautauqua Lake. In April, a statue replacement campaign launched on Facebook gained renewed interest in the wake of local media stories on the statue, which was called Scary Lucy for its grimace-like facial features.

Posted at 4:59 am on October 7th, 2015 by

‘Zero Correlation’ Between Gun Laws and Crime

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Next time your lefty friends start nattering on about “gun violence” (as in the meme above, which went viral the other day), point them to this analysis by Eugene Volokh in the Washington Post:

There’s been much talk recently — including from President Obama — about there being a substantial correlation between state-level gun death rates and state gun laws. Now correlation obviously doesn’t equal causation; there may be lots of other factors that are the true causes of both of the things that are being measured. But if we do look for now at correlation, it seems to me that the key question should focus on state total homicide rates, or perhaps (for reasons I describe below) total intentional homicide plus accidental gun death rates. And it turns out that there is essentially zero correlation between these numbers and state gun laws.

Volokh makes so many good points in this piece that you really must read the whole thing. Among them, the “common-sense” fact that when “gun murders” go down, the murder rate itself does not; homicide simply gets displaced. Another good point — since the Left routinely lumps suicides (the majority of gun deaths) in with homicides — is the moral distinction between taking your own life and taking another’s:

Suicides are quite different from homicides. Morally speaking, restraining people’s liberty, and in particular their ability to defend themselves, to prevent murder of unwilling victims deaths is quite different from restraining that liberty to prevent others from willingly killing themselves. It is no accident, I think, that the calls for gun restriction are usually specifically tied to murders — whether mass killings or the aggregate of individual killings — and not to suicides.

Suicide is also likely to be driven by many factors related to culture and the person’s living situation, factors very different from those involved in homicide. The age-adjusted suicide rate among blacks in the U.S., for instance, is less than 40% of the suicide rate among whites, while the homicide rate is much higher for blacks than for whites — and that’s just one of many examples.

The correlation between the homicide rate and Brady score in all 51 jurisdictions is +.032 (on a scale of -1 to +1), which means that states with more gun restrictions on average have very slightly higher homicide rates, though the tendency is so small as to be essentially zero. (If you omit the fatal gun accident rates, then the correlation would be +.065, which would make the more gun-restricting states look slightly worse; but again, the correlation would be small enough to be essentially zero, given all the other possible sources of variation.)

Remember — when the Left starts nattering on about “gun control,” the emphasis should be on the second word, not the first.


Posted at 4:40 am on October 7th, 2015 by

Palestinians Gone Wild: One Stabbing Attack After Another

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Earlier this morning a Palestinian woman stabbed an Israeli civilian in the back. Luckily, the victim was armed. He was able to save his own life by shooting his attacker.

The terrorist attack was carried out at Jerusalem’s Lions’ Gate in the Old City. Although some details remain unclear, police say the victim of the stabbing was a 36-year-old man. The perpetrator, an 18-year–old Palestinian woman, lightly wounded the man. Thankfully, the intended victim was armed. He turned around and shot the terrorist trying to kill him.

United Hatzalah paramedic Haim Attias was one of the first people on the scene of the terrorist attack. He explains:

When I arrived to the scene, I saw a man that was stabbed on his upper body at the same site where a previous terrorist attack occurred during Succot.

Although you wouldn’t know it if your news consumption is limited to CNN, the New York Times, the Washington Post and even Fox News, anti-Israeli violence is on the rise. Increasingly more Palestinians are carrying out attacks against random victims, whose only “sins” are their religion (Judaism) and nationality (Israeli). On Saturday, Rabbi Nehemia Lavie and Aharon Benita were stabbed to death by another radical Islamic terrorist. The rabbi’s two-year-old son (2!) was wounded.

That terrorist too was shot: police gunned him down after he opened fire at a crowd of tourists.

In the not-too-distant past these attacks would have been major news at most news outlets. Strangely, that’s no longer the case. If you didn’t know any better, you’d almost think that the mainstream media are determined to bury these attacks out of fear that reporting on them will cause Americans to sympathize with Israeli’s plight. Apparently, that’s such a nightmare scenario to these liberal hacks posing as journalists that they’re not even willing to touch it.

And things are escalating rather quickly in Israel and the Palestinian territories. The 19-year-old Palestinian who carried out Saturday’s murder, Mohannad Shafik Halabi, is a member of Islamic Jihad: a terrorist organization that quickly claimed responsibility for the attack and declared that it marked the start of “the third intifada.”

In other words, Israelis are less safe than, while Western media look the other way, pretending nothing is happening.

Posted at 4:20 am on October 7th, 2015 by

Ten Commandments Removed from Capitol Under Cover of Darkness

This week the Ten Commandments were removed under cover of darkness–not to Philistia, but to a conservative think tank in Oklahoma.

The state paid $4,700 (call it a temple tax) to a private contractor for the removal of the monument from the Capitol grounds. (A tad ironically, the monument in question is a replacement; like Moses’ original tablets, the original monument was haphazardly destroyed.)

The removal follows an Oklahoma Supreme Court June decision “that the display violates a state constitutional prohibition on the use of public property to support ‘any sect, church, denomination or system of religion,’” AP reports.

This case concerning the Decalogue on public property has a peculiar twist, in that the plaintiff in Prescott v. Oklahoma Capitol Preservation Commission was a Baptist minister. In July 2015, Bruce Prescott wrote in The Oklahoma Observer:

I, an ordained minister, opposed placing this monument on public property and filed suit with the ACLU because I believe it is bad for religion. The Ten Commandments is a covenant between God and people of faith. The text mentions God six times and refers to “the Lord” seven times. It is obviously religious in nature.

Erecting the monument under sham secular pretenses serves only to trivialize the holiness of sincere religious covenants and undermines religion by negating the significance of the most sacred symbols of religious language.

Prescott characterized the Legislature’s 2009 push to erect the granite monument as a display of “pretentious piety and politics,” a tangible exchange of rings, as it were, symbolizing the “marriage of right-wing religion and local government.”

Yet Prescott himself hardly seems free of pretenses. Maybe he genuinely believes that suing Oklahoma over its placement of the Ten Commandments was the best defense against trivializing religion. But for most Christian pastors–including those who would prefer to keep the Commandments (pardon the pun) off public property–remove the Decalogue doesn’t top their list of ways to preserve the “holiness of sincere religious covenants.”

More dubious, and even alarming, is the pastor’s alacrity to yoke himself to the ACLU. The organization is a frequent opponent of religious freedom in the United States and consistently lines up against mainstream Christians on issues many deem integral to biblical compliance. It opposes RFRAs, ”works every day” to further the practice of abortion, and “brings more LGBT cases and advocacy initiatives than any other national organization.”

Conservative leaders, meanwhile, reportedly have promised to seek a counter-removal–that is, of the Oklahoma Constitution’s Article 2, Section 5, which reads:

No public money or property shall ever be appropriated, applied, donated, or used, directly or indirectly, for the use, benefit, or support of any sect, church, denomination, or system of religion, or for the use, benefit, or support of any priest, preacher, minister, or other religious teacher or dignitary, or sectarian institution as such.

One wonders, though, whether removing the language will satisfy these leaders’ desire to see the Ten Commandments, a key part of the Western heritage, memorialized on Capitol grounds. The reinstatement of the Ten Commandments monument will surely be followed by another wave of petitions from other religious groups, sincere and satirical:

Its placement at the Capitol prompted requests from several groups to have their own monuments installed, including a satanic church in New York that wanted to erect a 7-foot-tall statue that depicts Satan as Baphomet, a goat-headed figure with horns, wings and a long beard. A Hindu leader in Nevada, an animal rights group and the satirical Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster also made requests. (AP)

It may take additional legislation, rather than merely striking the state’s constitutional language, to define the scope of religious symbols permitted for display at the Capitol yet without discriminating on the basis of religion. The point of a monument, after all, is to invigorate and inspire cultural memory of ideas that have contributed significantly more than others to society’s character, laws, and culture. If the scope is not narrowed, any Ten Commandments monument reinstalled will soon after become just one of dozens of symbols erected by petitioners, diluting its distinction and rendering its placement at the Capitol pointless.

In other words, it would be like having no monument there at all.

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Posted at 12:25 am on October 7th, 2015 by

Happy Halloween! Feds to Release 6000 Prisoners at End of Month

Via CNN:

In a move to reduce prison overcrowding and provide relief to inmates given harsh sentences in drug cases, the federal Bureau of Prisons will grant early release to about 6,000 inmates beginning later this month, officials confirmed to CNN.

The mass release is the largest in the Bureau of Prisons history and the first wave of what could be tens of thousands of early releases, officials said.

The mass release was triggered by the U.S. Sentencing Commission, which lowered maximum sentences for drug offenders last year and made the change retroactive.

Even with the Sentencing Commission’s reductions, drug offenders will have served substantial prison sentences, said Sally Quillian Yates, a deputy attorney general with the Justice Department.

If there is one thing we have learned after almost seven years of the Obama administration being in charge, it’s that people on the wrong side of the law tend to get the fairest treatment. The same administration that uses various government agencies to target people who have the audacity to disagree with them politically has a warm, gooey soft spot for law breakers.

Some of these sentence reductions may very well be justified. It just seems a bit off how much priority The Idiot King has given this in his waning days in the Oval Office.

It’s not like nothing else is going on in the world.

Posted at 8:30 pm on October 6th, 2015 by

Panicky Team Hillary Begins Oppo Research on Biden

Somebody is hearing footsteps.

Researchers working on behalf of Hillary Clinton are searching for dirt on vice president Joe Biden in case he decides to enter the race to become the Democratic nominee for president.

A team of “opposition researchers” was reportedly set up last month to comb through Mr Biden’s long record in office and come up with unsavoury revelations.

The operation is being conducted by pro-Hillary group Correct the Records, accoring to New York Magazine.

With rumors that even her own people think New Hampshire is lost to Comrade Bernie, and the White House publicly saying they’re totally down with Crazy Joe the Wonder Veep running for president, it probably wasn’t a pleasant day to be close to the Duchess of Sour.

Biden first went to the Senate when our military still used muskets and has been one heartbeat away from the presidency for seven years. Throw in the fact that he has already run for the top job and it’s likely that all the dirt there is to dig up on him has done been dug.

The vice president has also been very careful about this, and probably wouldn’t even get into the race unless he was reasonably assured that a lot of Hillary supporters were going to come his way. It’s not as if they’re fighting for different constituencies in the Democratic Party after all.

This is about the time in the 2008 cycle when Hillary’s “inevitability” started to crack.

And there was only one guy in that race who could beat her.

Posted at 7:01 pm on October 6th, 2015 by

Some Longtime Clinton Hands in New Hampshire Think the State Is a Lost Cause

We’re used to the drama that constantly swirls around the Clintons. They can’t open the door to walk outside without controversy.

But when, what Politico describes as “veterans of the family’s old campaigns and people close to Clinton’s fundraising,” criticize the national office for poor strategy and suggest giving up on winning an early primary state, drama is superseded by the panic of a campaign in complete disarray.

Despite confidence emanating from the campaign’s paid leadership team that Clinton is well positioned with more than four months to go before the primary, this circle of informal advisers is whispering about more aggressively looking beyond New Hampshire after a summer that saw her polling advantage evaporate. These confidantes are not only granting the possibility that Sanders could win here: they see it as a near-certainty, and in some cases wonder about the usefulness of flooding the state with precious resources.

Instead, they’re arguing that Clinton’s campaign would be just fine focusing on the states that follow in early 2016.

“I look at New Hampshire and I say, ‘um, yeah, whatever.’ I like the people in Iowa. I like the people in New Hampshire. But you know what? They are distinctly different than most places in the country are. They are very white, they are very parochial. And they are not emblematic of the country,” explained one Washington-based Clinton friend who remains in touch with the candidate, adding that she would be comfortable relying on the campaign’s organization in the 48 other states.

“It’s about preserving the antique nomination process. I don’t know if I care so much. I’d like to win. But I don’t think it’s crucial, nor do I think it’s necessary, to win either of those two states.”

The widening rift between Clinton’s team and the pocket of informal but influential advisers and old friends is quiet, but real. And it’s exactly this kind of off-strategy, off-message suggestion that drives the official Brooklyn-based campaign mad.

That’s because Clinton’s political team readily acknowledges her weakness in New Hampshire — she was down 14 points to Sanders by the end of September in the Huffington Post Pollster average. And the team is also well aware of the circumstances that the doubters see as evidence of a lost cause — Sanders’ next-door neighbor status, voters’ perceived inability to break into Clinton’s Secret-Service mandated bubble, and her own role as the establishment’s front-runner.

But to Clinton staffers in both Brooklyn and Manchester, the idea of shifting away from New Hampshire — the state that resuscitated Clinton’s 2008 campaign and her husband’s 1992 effort — is beyond ridiculous, and potentially campaign-killing. The state couldn’t be further from hopeless, they say.

Someone is panicking and it isn’t the national headquarters of the Clinton campaign. The wild card here is the Biden factor and how much support he will pull from Clinton and Sanders.

Conventional wisdom says Hillary would lose more support if Biden took the plunge because Sanders voters are true believers and few would bolt to Biden if he entered the race. But an unknown percentage of Sanders voters are anti-Hillary and would never vote for her for president.  And, there are other Sanders supporters who are currently thinking more with their heart than their head. A realization that Sanders could never win the general election might convince other supporters of the Vermont senator to bolt to Biden or Clinton.

Also, we’re still 4 months out from the primary in a state that has rallied to both Clintons to save their campaigns — first in 1992 with Bill and then in 2008 with Hillary. The Clintons have deep ties to very influential people in the state. Anyone who suggests that Hillary Clinton is as good as done for in the state isn’t thinking rationally.

Those suggesting surrender in New Hampshire are apparently not paid staffers, and their influence may be limited. But they’ve been through the wars with the Clintons, and Hillary would do well to avail herself of their counsel. Not giving up, but radically altering her strategy to try and salvage something from what is shaping up to be a disaster.

Posted at 4:07 pm on October 6th, 2015 by

Archaeologists Claim To Have Found The Ancient Cities Of Sodom and Gomorrah

In recent years we’ve seen archaeological discoveries that go hand in hand with the accounts of the Old and New Testaments. Christian and Jewish believers alike have heralded these finds as exciting proof of the veracity of the Bible. Now a team from New Mexico has reportedly uncovered the ruins of the cities most notorious for their sins – Sodom and Gomorrah.

Professor Steve Collins and his team from Trinity Southwestern University recently announced that a ten-year project has unearthed the site of the infamous cities.

“The archaeological team unearthed a goldmine of ancient monumental structures and artifacts that are revealing a massive Bronze Age city-state that dominated the region of Jordan’s southern Jordan Valley, even during a time when many other great cities of the ‘Holy Land’ region were either abandoned or in serious decline,” Collins said.

According to the Old Testament account in Genesis 19, God told Abraham, the father of the Jewish nation, that He was fed up with the flagrant sins of the two cities and that He would destroy them by raining fiery sulphur upon the towns. Abraham pleads with God to spare the cities if Abraham can find just ten righteous people in the town.

When Abraham cannot find any righteous people, and the men of Sodom attempt to have sexual relations with the angels who visit Abraham’s nephew lot, God destroys the towns.

Then the Lord rained down fire and burning sulfur from the sky on Sodom and Gomorrah. He utterly destroyed them, along with the other cities and villages of the plain, wiping out all the people and every bit of vegetation. (Genesis 19:24-25, NLT)

Collins noted that the location of the ruins matches up as the ancient cities that have become synonymous with sin and moral decline.

Featured image courtesy of Shutterstock / Jan Mastnik

Posted at 3:33 pm on October 6th, 2015 by

AP Reporter Exposes Obama Admin Hypocrisy Regarding Israel in Wake of Afghan Bombing

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With the recent U.S. bombing of a Doctors Without Borders hospital in mind, AP reporter Matt Lee confronted and confounded State Department deputy spokesman Mark Toner over the Obama administration’s reaction to Israel’s accidental bombing of a school in the city of Rafah in the south of Gaza in August of 2014.

After the Israeli missile strike hit a school, killing ten people, the State Department put out a scathing statement condemning Israel for its “disgraceful shelling,” and demanded an investigation:

The United States is appalled by today’s disgraceful shelling outside an UNRWA school in Rafah sheltering some 3,000 displaced persons, in which at least ten more Palestinian civilians were tragically killed. The coordinates of the school, like all UN facilities in Gaza, have been repeatedly communicated to the Israeli Defense Forces. We once again stress that Israel must do more to meet its own standards and avoid civilian casualties. UN facilities, especially those sheltering civilians, must be protected, and must not be used as bases from which to launch attacks.

The Lid’s Jeff Dunetz added some context to what happened that day.

In August 2014 the IDF was faced with a barrage of mortar fire from the Gaza city of Rafah sent from an area surrounding a UNRWA school. A precision-guided missile, launched from the air by the IDF, struck the road outside the school, five to six meters from the school gate. Ten people who were on the school grounds near the gate were killed.  The US State Department rushed to condemn Israel (they didn’t condemn Hamas for using the school as a human shield or UNRWA for allowing their school to be used).

The State Department said at the time that “the suspicion that militants are operating nearby does not justify strikes that put at risk the lives of so many innocent civilians.”

This past weekend, in what the military is calling an accident, American planes in Kunduz, Afghanistan hit a Doctors Without Borders hospital, killing 22 people, apparently days after the facility had provided the U.S. military with the hospital’s precise coordinates.

Lee specifically wanted to know if U.S. policy has changed, given this disastrous bombing strike in Afghanistan.

As Dunetz notes, the State Department spokesman was at a loss for words.

He obviously couldn’t say that the condemnation of Israel wasn’t official policy — it was simply the Obama administration taking advantage of an opportunity to criticize Israel. (Never let a crisis go to waste.)

Lee brilliantly exposed the hypocrisy:

“What I’m most curious about,” he said after listening to Toner waffle for about three minutes, “is that this statement said the suspicion that militants are operating nearby does not justify strikes, which — and the military has said that it was called in because the Afghans asked for it. But MSF says that they had been given the coordinates much in the same way the IDF had been given the coordinates of the school in Rafah. So the question is – and I realize this is under investigation. But the question is if – the question is: If the suspicion that militants are operating nearby does not justify strikes on a humanitarian facility for which the coordinates had been given, that it seems to have changed.”

Toner stammered, “It’s just — look, Matt. I think it’s safe to say that this attack, this bombing, was not intentional. I can’t get into what may or may not have happened on the ground, whether the coordinates were known, whether they were acknowledged. It’s just too much speculation at this point.”


Netanyahu: ‘No Restrictions’ on Israeli Security Forces to Crush Terrorists After Hamas Kills Couple

Posted at 2:10 pm on October 6th, 2015 by

WaPo: Trump Has Only Spent $2 Million on Campaign So Far

As the kids say, whoa, if true.

MSNBC reported Tuesday morning that aides to Donald Trump estimate that the real estate mogul has spent roughly $2 million on his 2016 presidential campaign to date. That’s consistent with a Wall Street Journal report from over the summer that Trump had loaned his campaign $1.8 million and raised another $100,000 for the effort.

That’s stunning. And brilliant.

This is the rarest of occasions: Chris Cillizza is right about something. Trump’s manipulation of media and social media has been brilliant. The fact that he’s constantly on television without having to pay for television time is something that is rather unprecedented for a non-incumbent.

No matter how this campaign turns out, Trump’s use of social media will probably one day be talked about in political science classes. He is using the various platforms in the way they were meant to be used: personally. Rather than tweeting a campaign talking point in a third-person voice from an account that bears the candidate’s name (as most do), he’s talking to people. No matter how unhinged he may be, speaking directly to the voters as himself on social media resonates infinitely more than “Candidate X wants to, RT if you agree.”

The media landscape has changed drastically since the Bush/Rove days and the GOP has been less than nimble in adapting. If establishment types and other candidates can turn off their Trump hate for a moment, maybe they can learn something, like how to run a more financially efficient campaign.

Republicans are still into fiscal responsibility, right?


Posted at 1:30 pm on October 6th, 2015 by

Bully Pulpit: Kasich Says He’ll Send Bibles to Enemies of Medicaid Expansion

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There he goes again. Ohio governor and Republican presidential candidate John Kasich is thumping his Bible at detractors of his decision to take advantage of Obamacare by expanding Medicaid, adding 600,000 (mostly) able-bodied, childless adults to the welfare rolls. Speaking at the  U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Kasich said: 

I mean, look at Medicaid expansion. You know how many people are yelling at me? I’ve gone to events where people yell at me. You know what? You know what I tell ‘em? I mean, God bless ‘em, I’m telling them a little bit better at this. I said, you know, there’s a book, it’s got a new part and an old part. They put it together. It’s a remarkable book. If you don’t have one, uh, I’ll buy you one. It talks about how we treat the poor. I mean, sometimes you just have to lead.

Kasich went on to say “It’s like fighting ISIS, okay?” Leaders don’t let the yelling and the screaming determine their decisions, he said.

Right. His fight against conservatives in Ohio is just like fighting ISIS.

I’m just going to be blunt here — the man is a serial scripture twister who picks and chooses Bible verses to promote his liberal political agenda. Kasich seethes with condescension at conservatives — Christian conservatives — who disagree with him while claiming the biblical high ground, but he has no idea what he’s talking about. (Or worse, he does know better and he’s intentionally misusing God’s word to further his agenda.) Kasich has on other occasions defended Medicaid expansion by warning that his opponents would be in trouble in the afterlife:

I respect the fact that you believe in small government. I do too. I also happen to know that you’re a person of faith. Now, when you die and get to the, get to the, uh, to the meeting with St. Peter, he’s probably not gonna ask you much about what you did about keeping government small, but he’s going to ask you what you did for the poor. Better have a good answer.

I don’t know which “bible” this guy is reading (and offering to send to his detractors) but there’s nothing in the Christian Bible that defines charity as the forcible confiscation of money from one individual for redistribution to another. Christians are told to give generously, but it’s to be voluntary: “Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, for God loves a cheerful giver” (2 Corinthians 9:7). While Christians are individually commanded to be charitable and help the poor (Romans 15:25-262 Corinthians 8-9Galatians 2:101 John 3:17), the Bible–even the “new part”–says nothing about this being a responsibility of the civil government. Neither are there any commands for Christians to to try to wield the levers of government power in order to collect money to care for the poor.

As an aside, it should be noted that Kasich’s “compassion” does not extend to the unborn. He has stubbornly refused to defund Planned Parenthood and has refused to lift a finger in support of the Heartbeat Bill that would protect unborn children whose heartbeats can be detected with ultrasound. (I’ve got a few Bible verses on that if Gov. Kasich is interested.)

Kristina Ribali from the Foundation for Government Accountability told PJ Media, “The Bible says the poor will always be among us. But if you really care about the poor, you promote policies that help them escape from the government welfare trap.  You promote policies that restore the working class and help people move up the economic ladder.” She said that Medicaid’s perverse incentives trap people in poverty, reducing earnings and incentives to work. “That’s not compassion.” 

She’s right. Here’s what Kasich’s Obamacare Medicaid expansion has done to Ohio:


Ohio’s dependence on Medicaid is the worst in the Midwest, according to

Ohio had 2.33 million people on its Medicaid rolls in December 2013, the month before Kasich’s Obamacare expansion took effect. Within 18 months, 3 million Ohioans were on Medicaid. In July, enrollment in Kasich’s Obamacare expansion was 609,030 — 66 percent greater than Kasich expected. Kasich’s Obamacare expansion cost federal taxpayers $4 billion in its first 18 months, instead of the $2.5 billion projected.

And it gets worse:

Medicaid expansion will cost taxpayers $9.3 billion during the 2016-17 fiscal years, according to an Ohio Legislative Service Commission forecast. LSC expects enrollment to average 622,516 this year and 692,500 next year.

Leon Wolf responded to this soundbite at RedState today:

This kind of thing is why I would easily vote for Trump (and probably some Democrats) over Kasich. It isn’t just that he’s liberal’ it’s that he gives credence to liberal tropes by adopting them publicly while pretending to be inside our tent. Kasich as the nominee would be more damaging to the conservative brand than any nominee in my lifetime. I can’t wait until the day that our field is rid of his poisonous influence.

A lot of my fellow Ohioans who have lived under Kasich’s rule here would agree. And many (myself included) would take it a step further and say that Kasich is the Republican version of Obama — he’s a narcissist and bully who has no compunction about achieving his political goals by any means possible. Strong-arm tactics, backroom deals, trampling the state constitution, abusing the Bible to score political points with the left — it seems that nothing if off limits for Kasich. I’ve been willing to vote for the “lesser of two evils” in past elections, but Ohio’s governor is a bridge too far for me. I’ll stay home before I vote for John Kasich this time around.

UPDATE: I should add that I wouldn’t be opposed to Gov. Kasich (at his personal expense) sending Bibles to all of his political opponents. Our nation could certainly benefit from the biblical wisdom contained within. 

Posted at 1:14 pm on October 6th, 2015 by

Defense Sec: Russia Incursions Into Turkey ‘May Be Further Sign of Their Strategic Confusion’

Defense Secretary Ashton Carter told troops at Morón Air Base in Spain today that Russia isn’t exactly paying attention to what the Pentagon says regarding Syria strikes, but he assured airmen that “reality is going to be the first check on the Russians.”

“I’ve said it again and again and again, but I’ll just say it again, that this — this is a very wrongheaded and backward approach that’s sure to backfire and is not consistent at all with what the 60-member coalition is doing. And it’s just going to fuel the Syrian civil war. And so is a serious strategic mistake on the part of the Russians,” Carter said at the outset of the Q&A.

He noted Russia’s violation of Turkish airspace — twice as of today, according to NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenburg, who told reporters at a press conference that it “doesn’t look as an accident, this is a serious violation of the airspace and actually there were two violations during the weekend.”

Carter said “we’ve condemned that; NATO has condemned that.”

“This is, by the way, NATO airspace, Turkish airspace. And so it’s seriously irresponsible and unprofessional,” he added. “And in connection with unprofessional behavior, I’ll just remind you that we met at the defense — the defense working level with the Russians about professional conduct in the airspace above Syria and they’ve yet to respond to us.”

Carter said last week that he was moving forward with the plan to which he and Russian Minister of Defense Sergey Shoygu agreed before bombing started, to “send a DOD team to meet with Russian defense counterparts, at a location that we agreed upon, to ensure that we avoid any inadvertent incidents over Syrian air space.”

Today, the Defense secretary stressed, “We’re going to continue to do what we’re doing. We are on the right path. We’re going to continue to work with our allies.”

“We’ll continue to tell the Russians they have to conduct themselves professionally, but they’re making a serious strategic mistake and we will — this is, you know, going to cause us further to strengthen our posture with respect to Russia and further, you know, evidence that they’re not thinking things through very well strategically. And that is the reason why, you know, to go back to Ukraine and so forth, NATO has strengthened its posture with respect to Russia,” Carter continued.

“But in the particular matter of Syria, they’re off on the wrong track. I think they’ll continue to come under attack as a consequence of it. But we’re on the right path there and they’re on the wrong path.”

Of Russian incursions into Turkey, Carter said, “I can’t confirm that it’s deliberate, but I simply have to assume that at a certain point, it’s more than unprofessional.”

Pressed again on unresponsive Russia, the Defense secretary replied, “We are waiting for the Russians. They owe us a response. We met with them last week, as you well know. And we await a response from them, and we expect a response from them.”

“They should come in and do it right now. You know, remember this was the — these meetings were their initiative in the first place. They’re focused on professional conduct and it’s only professional that you follow through on the request they made. And they’ve not done that yet. And that may be a further sign of their strategic confusion, I don’t know.”

Posted at 12:23 pm on October 6th, 2015 by

‘Afghanistan Is Again at a Decisive Point’: General Says Obama Needs New Plan

The general in command of U.S. forces in Afghanistan told senators today that the fall of Kunduz was “absolutely” a victory for the Taliban and President Obama needs to reconsider troops levels there in the face of ISIS’ rise.

Gen. John Campbell told the Senate Armed Services Committee that the coalition was “surprised” when the Taliban were able to take over Kunduz, the fifth largest city in Afghanistan, late last month.

“A lot of reasons why the Afghans are taking a hard look…part of the reason, they didn’t have key leaders in place,” he said. “The city for the most part had police, the Afghan army was on the outskirts. They did not reinforce. Bottom line, the Taliban were able to come in and attack from within the city, and quite frankly surprised the police forces that enabled the Taliban to gain a great victory.”

While the Taliban publicly hailed the seizure as a gain for the long haul, Campbell said, “I don’t think the Taliban had intent to stay in Kunduz for very long.”

“As soon as the Afghan forces were able to bring additional forces in, logistically resupply that, the Taliban for the most part melted away, left the city. There are small isolated pockets that they continue to fight.”

After 2016, Obama plans to take the U.S. presence in Afghanistan down to an embassy security force of 1,000. Currently, the U.S. troop level is 9,800.

Campbell said ISIS setting up shop in the country “has further complicated the theater landscape and potentially expanded the conflict.”

“Afghanistan is again at a decisive point. The president is well aware of the tenuous security situation and I also appreciate that he has other global issues to weigh as he considers my recommendations,” he said, stressing he was “unable to discuss further details on the options as I have provided to the president.”

“In the past, when flexibility has been requested of him, he took it under serious consideration and made his decision. He provided flexibility this year. The same decision process is being worked through now for 2016 and beyond… If a security vacuum arose, other extremist networks, such as Daesh, would also rapidly expand and so unrest through Central and South Asia and potentially target our homeland.”

Campbell said the ISIS fighters there are partly “disenfranchised Taliban that maybe see Daesh as a way to gain more media, more resources, so they kind of changed T-shirts, raised a different flag.”

“A lot of” Pakistani Taliban are also joining ISIS in Afghanistan, he added.

The general also discussed the weekend bombing of a Doctors Without Borders hospital in Kunduz.

“We have U.S. Special Forces on the ground. They’re doing train-advise assists with our Afghan partners. Our Afghan partners called for fire. The U.S. aircraft delivered those munitions,” Campbell affirmed.

Asked by Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) if he’d agree with Doctors Without Borders’ call for an international investigation of the incident helmed by an “independent” body such as the United Nations, the general that he has “trust and confidence in the folks that will do the investigation for NATO, the folks that will do the investigation for DOD and the Afghan partners.”

“We are reaching out again to Doctors without Borders and the personnel on site. Making sure that we get all sides of the story. I did talk to the investigating officer this morning. He has done that. He talked to a few. He is continuing to try to get out to locations where he can talk to doctors, nurses, survivors of that and make sure he gets all that story. And we will certainly share all of that,” Campbell said.

The general also confirmed that Afghan women have been embedded in the Afghan special operating units equivalent to the Army Rangers driving the Taliban out of Kunduz. “I do believe that having the ability to have Afghan females embedded in the special operating units provide them a unique capability” to communicate with women at the site of mission objectives, he said. “…They have some of these females also inside of their commando units so this is quite good.”

Posted at 11:52 am on October 6th, 2015 by

Man Kicked Out of Rubio Event After Asking Bizarre Questions and Accusing Him of Adultery

A man was kicked out of a Rubio campaign event in New York City Tuesday after he asked Sen. Marco Rubio a series of bizarre questions involving “multibillion wire fraud” and adultery.

Rubio looked perplexed as the man asked:

How is the Nicole Lapin, Warren Buffett multibillion dollar wire fraud going? I heard there was a big loss in London.

“Let’s just stay on topic, if you don’t mind,” the moderator answered. But the man was just getting started. Reading from his notes, he asked:

How can Nicole Lapin sit there on the wire all day through a company like Time Warner Inc., contributing absolutely nothing to the economy?

The moderator tried unsuccessfully to stop him from talking, but the man persisted:

How do you plan to fix accountability in courts? How do you plan to deal with fraud? The answer is you can’t. You cheated on your wife in Florida.

At this point, the moderator got up to confront the questioner, but the man had one more point to make before he was escorted out:

I think you should drop out of the race. Your polling numbers are too low to win.

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Carly Fiorina: ‘A Lot of Liberals Find Me Kind of Scary Right Now’

Carly Fiorina new attacks

Because GOP contender Carly Fiorina has been steadily rising in the polls, liberal media outlets are on the attack. On Monday, the former businesswoman was forced to respond to allegations that she mismanaged campaign money and failed to pay vendors after her unsuccessful 2010 California Senate campaign.

The Washington Post quoted sources Monday who claimed Fiorina’s 2010 U.S. Senate campaign still owed hundreds of thousands in unpaid bills to vendors and staffers.

The Fiorina campaign jumped into high gear yesterday to correct the record.

Via Townhall:

The Fiorina camp has reached out to clarify a key point: Carly’s full 2010 campaign debt “was paid off nearly a year ago,” Sarah Isgur Flores writes in an email to Townhall.” The FEC terminated the [campaign] committee, so it’s all done.” In other words, the crux of WaPo’s story is that it took Fiorina years to tie up these loose ends; slow, subject to criticism, but hardly unprecedented. That’s why Team Carly is highlighting the parallel Hillary example: Her campaign owed tens of millions of dollars after she lost the 2008 Democratic primary, and the ledger wasn’t totally settled for more than four years.

Fiorina appeared on “The Kelly File“ Monday evening to respond to allegations that she gypped vendors and staffers from her 2010 campaign.

Kelly showed Fiorina a clip from Monday night’s broadcast of MSNBC’s ”All In with Chris Hayes,” which seemed to focus entirely on the issue.

“There are a lot of liberals who find me kind of scary right now, because I am doing really well in the polls and  –  horror of horrors  –  I am a conservative woman,” Fiorina said, clearly referring to comments made by MSNBC’s Mika Brzezinski. “She’s terrifying to Democrats,” Brzezinski said. “I don’t know if the Republicans get her yet. I don’t think men get her, honestly. She’s terrifying… in a good way.”

Fiorina went on to explain that the debts were paid, and pointed out that the media never made a big story out of Hillary Clinton’s campaign debt, which was 40 times the size of Fiorina’s.

“We know that most of the media is very liberal, and we know that liberal women have trouble accepting that there are many, many women who don’t agree with them,” Fiorina said. “I think that I am distinctly horrifying to liberals [since] I am a conservative who right now head-to-head beats Hillary Clinton soundly.”


Is This Fiorina Ad the Best of the Campaign Season so Far?

Posted at 9:37 am on October 6th, 2015 by

Netanyahu: Shut Down Stores of Palestinian Shopkeepers Who Mocked and Abused Jewish Stabbing Victim

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu today visited the site at which a West Bank couple were slain by Hamas terrorists five days ago, stressing that fighting terrorism “does not require harsh criticism, it requires a lot of strength, a resolute attitude, much composure and thoroughness.”

And Netanyahu dropped in on the IDF Samaria Brigade HQ to talk with commanders about how they’re putting that plan into action.

Rabbi Eitam Henkin and his wife Naama, both in their 30s, were driving with their family in the West Bank last week when a car containing at least two Palestinian gunmen pulled up and shot the couple to death. Their children, ranging from 4 months to 9 years old, were in the backseat, uninjured, perhaps because one of the gunmen accidentally shot another gunman and they fled the scene after that.

A five-member cell consisting of Hamas members from Nablus was arrested in the attack. Shin Bet said they admitted their involvement in the murders.

Netanyahu has since given the green light to security forces to unleash fury on terrorists who are striking at Israelis.

“The focus of this visit is active defense along the roads,” he said today. “A significant portion of the attacks are taking place along main roads and we have agreed here on a very serious plan in which we will deploy ground and aerial cameras on all roads in Judea and Samaria, with command and control centers, communication centers and fast response times. This change can significantly enhance our ability to thwart such attacks and of course to locate the perpetrators. This is a very, very important element in restoring security.”

The prime minister stressed, though, that road security is not all the IDF will be doing.

“There is no question of backing, there is no question of support – it is given generously and everyone knows it, everyone except those who say the opposite, and I think that even they know it,” Netanyahu said. “Local leaders must show the necessary responsibility, including those in the various communities, perhaps foremost in the communities, to act responsibly, to be precise. We are in an ongoing struggle.”

That includes operations in Jerusalem, which “is, of course, only the outer layer of events and the Temple Mount is the heart of hearts – by various means, and we are maintaining the status quo.”

“But the status quo does not allow bringing pipebombs into the al-Aqsa Mosque. The status quo certainly must not allow throwing firebombs and rocks,” he said. “We have directed the police and other security forces to deal aggressively with these phenomena and I also want to deal with those shopkeepers, those Palestinians who were there on the street, on which a Jewish woman ran stabbed and bleeding, and they spat at her and kicked her.”

Adele Bennet-Benita’s husband, 21-year-old Aharon Benita Bennett, was stabbed to death on his way to pray at the Western Wall on Saturday night. Rabbi Nechemya Lavi ran from his nearby home to try to save her, and he was killed as well. She was seriously wounded and their 2-year-old son was lightly wounded by 19-year-old Islamic Jihad terrorist Mohannad Shafik Halabi.

“They had murder in their eyes,” Bennet-Benita told Netanyahu when he visited her bedside . “They were drinking coke meanwhile… laughed in my face… I ran and cried for help… you could see the hatred in their eyes! You could see that everything was planned, they knew how to do it…”

Netanyahu has requested that “these people be investigated, prosecuted and their stores closed according to law.”

“We cannot accept a repetition of these events anywhere in the world, certainly not in Israel’s capital. We also demand very sharp action against incitement, including its sources, Hamas, the Palestinian Authority – but first and foremost the source of incitement in recent years is the Islamic Movement in the State of Israel,” he continued. “We will act against it as well. With all these measures, I think we will achieve important results and I think we can break this wave, as we broke previous waves.”

Posted at 8:17 am on October 6th, 2015 by

‘Daily Beast’ to Jeb!: Drop Out

Never should have dropped in. The country has had a bellyful of both the Clintons and the Bushes and their self-aggradizing, dynastic notions of “public service.” So, please, Jeb — begone:

Jeb, this just isn’t going to work. After all that money spent, you’re still sagging nationally and in fourth place in New Hampshire, a state you need to win. You’ve had nearly a year to make your case. It isn’t working. You should pack it in.

The conventional wisdom a few months ago was that your brother’s catastrophic presidency would be your bid’s biggest hurdle. Now, in a fit of desperation, it looks like you’re about to draft him to stump for you. Putting aside that George W. is still despised by a not-insignificant swath of the Republican electorate, how is that going to play in the general should you somehow win the nomination? You’re making the Democrats’ job easy, Jeb. They’ll be more than happy to attach you to his legacy, and you’re doing that for them.

Speaking of the Democrats, we know what will happen if you drag this out through next spring. The going thinking right now is that the guys really low in the polls—your Rand Pauls and George Patakis—should be next to drop out. But what damage do they do to the GOP by staying in? You Bushes, meanwhile, for all your patrician aloofness, are some of the dirtiest campaigners out there, and every jab you get in at your fellow establishmentarians like Marco Rubio is going to be used against them by the left. It’s one thing to toughen up a nominee in a primary fight—it’s another to make them damaged goods, unready to lead. If you’ve got some golden piece of oppo that will take Rubio or John Kasich out of consideration, by all means use it now. Otherwise, time to step aside.

Read the whole thing. It’s long past time for the GOP Establishment to understand that the game has changed, the old ways are no good any more, and the old candidates need to be put out to pasture. America is not a hereditary monarchy, and the best thing Jeb! can do for his country right now is to get off the stage.

Posted at 6:27 am on October 6th, 2015 by

Should Guns Be Regulated Like Cars?


The recent mass shooting at Umpqua Community College in Oregon has reignited the perpetual debate over gun control. The above meme has been percolating, suggesting that guns be regulated in the same manner as motor vehicles. Surprisingly, the libertarian Foundation for Economic Education agrees. In summary, such restrictions would result in:

No need to register or get a license to have a gun at home, and a simple, routine test through which any law-abiding citizen can get a state license to carry a gun in public.

The suggestion emerges from the unspoken premise that motor vehicle regulations set a standard for regulating all manner of behavior. But that’s not an apples to apples comparison. Your life does not depend upon your ability to drive a motor vehicle. It may depend upon your ability to bear arms.

Self-defense is a fundamental human right, which is why the Founders chose to bolster it with the Second Amendment. That amendment doesn’t say the right to bear arms shall be slightly infringed. It says it “shall not be infringed,” in the clearest possible declarative language.

Posted at 6:00 am on October 6th, 2015 by

A New Low in Burning Stupidity


Just when you thought the Social Justice Warriors had dumbed-down the Anglosphere just about as far as they could, along comes this — starring Meryl Streep, no less:

A promotional campaign for the new Meryl Streep film Suffragette has become a PR nightmare thanks to T-shirts worn by Streep and her co-stars, which some say appear to lump the plight of white women in with the horrors endured by slaves. The shirts – worn by Streep, Carey Mulligan, Anne-Marie Duff and Romola Garai (all white women)–bear a quote from the suffragette Streep plays in the film, Emmeline Pankhurst: ‘I’d rather be a rebel than a slave.’

Critics have called the campaign tone deaf, in part because the T-shirts inevitably bring to mind the Confederacy by pairing the words ‘rebel’ and ‘slave’, but also because of the uneasy history between the feminist and black civil rights movements.

“‘Inevitable” to a moron, perhaps, whose tiny brain can’t grasp that words have multiple associations and even meanings, depending on context.

What’s more, some say the film’s all white cast unfairly contribute to the ‘white washing’ of the women’s suffrage movement, whose pioneers included more than just white women. Anger with the campaign can be seen most readily on Twitter, where users have lambasted it with posts ranging from humorous to outraged.

Imagine that — an “all-white cast” in a movie about Emmeline Pankhurst, and set around the turn of the last century in Britain. But historical accuracy is no barrier to the SJW’s invincible ignorance:

Critics of the T-shirts are also concerned with the lack of women of color in the film, which according to some is an all too real parallel with the tactics used by some suffragists to exclude people of color from their movement over fears they might hamper their chances to get the vote.

Someone needs to tell these people that the origin of the word “slave” is the word “Slav,” but then they would probably be outraged that there were no Slavs of color back in the day.  Bit by bit, western history is being put in the dock by people who only mean us harm.

Posted at 5:32 am on October 6th, 2015 by

Rockefeller: The Richest American Who Ever Lived

Was America’s first billionaire, John D. Rockefeller, a greedy robber baron, a generous philanthropist, or both? And did the oil tycoon exploit America’s poor or give them access to much-needed energy?

Hillsdale College’s Burt Folsom answers those questions in a new Prager University video. The answer may surprise you – especially if you’re one of those who are completely indoctrinated by modern day high schools and universities who try to convince us that material success always comes at the expense of the poor.

As Folsom explains, the truth about Rockefeller is simple yet counter-cultural: America wouldn’t have been what it is without him. He created millions of jobs — literally — and gave away $515 million to charity; that’s more than any other American had ever possessed before him. The reason he isn’t give credit for it?

America’s horrendous education system that teaches students that one can only be successful by exploiting others.

As Rockefeller’s life proved, the opposite is true: real (financial) success is the result of serving others — not enslaving them.

Posted at 3:29 am on October 6th, 2015 by

About Those Monsters in Your Room…


Many of us have had that eerie feeling of awakening in the middle of the night and sensing a malevolent presence in the room — but we’re paralyzed and barely even able to scream. Well, according to some scientists, it’s all in your head:

It was gone, but I was still screaming. Its form is hard to describe now, thinking back to the night when I woke up terrified in the dark. I remember some sort of floating orb with a red, ghoulish face surrounded by black smoke. I can’t help but describe my demon as an evil-looking Gastly. Right then and there, as I leaned up in bed, I understood why peoples across culture and time have said they’ve been visited by demons in the night. It would have made a believer out of me too, had I not known about the visceral, unforgettable experience of sleep paralysis.

If you’re sleeping well, the brain and the body usually get along. After drifting off to sleep, the brain eventually reaches the only stage we can remember: the REM (rapid eye movement) stage, characterized by rapid movement of the eyes underneath their lids. Here we dream, and just to make sure those dreams aren’t aped by our bodies, the brain releases two chemicals, a neurotransmitter called glycine and a nerve receptor in muscles called GABA, that paralyze the muscles we can move voluntarily.

During normal sleep, these chemicals wear off by the time we wake. But if you’re sleep deprived, on certain medications, or simply unlucky, the paralyzing chemicals will still be active as the brain wakes in the middle of REM sleep. You become conscious while dreaming, unable to move. When this happens, people report seeing everything from ghosts to demons to mysterious black figures on or near their beds. Sleep paralysis strikes an estimated 6.2 percent of the general population at least once in their lives.

Me, I prefer to believe in things that go bump in the night. After all, can billions of people in every culture be wrong?

For whatever reason, despite the wonderlands of imagination dreams transport us to, the experience of sleep paralysis has surprisingly common themes. There is usually an overcoming sense of fear and dread accompanied by the vision of some dark, humanoid figure on or around the bed. Breathing is also reportedly difficult, with a feeling of choking or pressure on the chest. This last symptom is common enough that cultures have made it the demons’ defining quality. Indonesian suffers of sleep paralysis call it “digeunton,” meaning “pressed on.” In Hungarian it is “boszorkany-nyomas,” or “witches’ pressure.” In Turkey it is “Karabasan,” in Thailand it is a ghost of the “Phi Am” folklore, and in the southern United States it is “witch riding.”

Odd that everyone should experience the exact same vision, eh? Please read the whole thing and then decide for yourself.

Posted at 1:46 am on October 6th, 2015 by

Biden as Veep and Presidential Candidate? White House Says, ‘No Problem’

The smoke signals emanating from the White House can now be clearly seen as far away as Chappaqua, New York:

If Vice President Joe Biden seeks the Democratic nomination to succeed President Obama, the president is confident Biden can juggle his day job plus a national campaign. “Vice President Biden is certainly somebody who has demonstrated throughout his career a willingness to work overtime, and that likely would be something that would be required” if he decides to enter the race, White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said Monday.

“I wouldn’t speculate at this point about how he would do that or if any changes would be necessary” inside the White House, Earnest told RCP. Biden, who ran for the White House and lost twice, continues to mull his options and has not announced a decision. He will not take part in the first Democratic candidate debate Oct. 13 in Nevada.

Well, third time’s charm, as the old saying goes…

Campaigning as a sitting vice president carries distinct advantages, but also liabilities. For example, Biden would be perceived by many voters as a qualified and experienced heir to continue Obama’s unfinished agenda, but he would also be linked to every Obama policy decision since 2009, including the unpopular judgment calls, including those with which Biden may have privately differed.

If he embarks on a national campaign, Biden would mix official duties assigned to a vice president – and in his case, Obama has relied on his No. 2 for everything from outreach to workers and employers, to alliances with world leaders in international hot spots – plus political barnstorming in early states such as Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina and Nevada. Biden has carved out an influential public persona during the Obama presidency, but has also been faulted for being an enthusiastic, if undisciplined, public speaker from time to time.

Pass the popcorn.

Posted at 1:16 am on October 6th, 2015 by

Continued Immigration Not in Britain’s Best Interest: Home Secretary

What is a Britain that’s no longer British? Indeed, what are any of the European nation-states whose nationness has been hollowed out, leaving only the state behind? That’s what the UK’s home secretary, Theresa May, wants to know:

Mass immigration is forcing thousands of British people out of jobs and is making it “impossible” to build a “cohesive society”, Theresa May will say. Speaking at the Conservative Party conference in Manchester, the Home Secretary will say that there is “is no case in the national interest for immigration of the scale we have experienced over the last decade”.

Mrs May, considered a potential successor to David Cameron as Tory leader, will warn that current levels of migration into the UK are unsustainable as she calls for a system “that allows us to control who comes to our country.” Managing the consequences of immigration “comes at a high price” and means building new homes and creating school places for foreigners, Mrs May will say.

And she will attack the “open-borders liberal left” as she reaffirms the Government’s bid to reduce net migration to the “tens of thousands.” Net migration – the difference between those arriving and those emigrating – rose by 94,000 last year to 330,000, breaking the record set under the last Labour government.

And this is under the supposedly conservative government headed by Cameron. If by now you’re getting the feeling that the fix is in on both sides of the Atlantic, and that the leaders of both parties are (in Brecht’s famous phrase) hell-bent on dissolving the people and electing another, you’re right on the money. Hey, just ask Jeb! Bush.

Even if we could manage all the consequences of mass immigration, Britain does not need net migration in the hundreds of thousands every year. Of course, immigrants fill skills shortages and it’s right that we should try to attract the best talent in the world, but not every person coming to Britain right now is a skilled electrician, engineer or doctor.

Already the Governent has announced that new migrants from the EU will be banned from claiming benefits in the UK for four years. Mrs May’s intervention will be seen as a sign that the government is preparing further policy aimed at addressing public concern over rising migration.

Hmmm… maybe Britain could use another Iron Lady instead of the men without chests who currently run the country.


Posted at 1:02 am on October 6th, 2015 by

David Jaques: Obama Not Welcome in Roseburg to ‘Stand on the Corpses of Our Loved Ones’

As news was breaking Monday evening that Obama had decided to visit Roseburg, Oregon, on Friday, David Jaques, the publisher of the Roseburg Beacon, was on The O’Reilly Factor reiterating his contention that the president would not be welcome in his town should he decide to visit.

“That isn’t just my opinion,” Jaques told O’Reilly. “We’ve talked to dozens and dozens of citizens, some family members of the victims, our elected officials…”

He referenced a letter signed by Douglas County’s commissioners, the sheriff, and the chief of police, stating the the president would not be welcome in Roseburg to grandstand for political purposes.

Without reading the letter, he gave the gist of it to O’Reilly: ”He not only acknowledged that it [the shooting] could be politicized, he was doing so deliberately. So now he wants to come to our community and stand on the corpses of our loved ones, to make some kind of a political point, and it isn’t going to be well received — not by our people, not by our families, and not even by our elected officials.”

Jaques went on to note that the loathsome Westboro Baptist Church might also come to Roseburg to protest the funerals of the shooting victims.

“Just one more potential incident…” Jaques lamented.

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Posted at 10:10 pm on October 5th, 2015 by

Obama to Visit Roseburg to Meet with Families of Shooting Victims

As feared, President Obama will be traveling to Roseburg, Oregon, on Friday, in the wake of the Umpqua Community College massacre that left nine people and the shooter dead.

Via The Oregonian: 

Obama will “visit privately with families of victims,” according to a White House official, who said further details of his visit would be released in the next few days.

The president has already been scheduled to attend a luncheon fundraiser that day in Seattle for Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., so he’s presumably coming to Roseburg before or after.

It is not known whether Obama will push for more gun control laws while he’s in timber country, but if his comments last Thursday are any indication, it’s a safe bet.

The president offered condolences to the victims of the mass shooting, but added that ”our thoughts and prayers are not enough,” and urged voters to demand changes to the nation’s gun laws.

Unfortunately for his anti-gun narrative, the residents of the conservative town of Roseburg are known to be strong supporters of gun rights and their sheriff is an outspoken opponent of gun-control laws.

The publisher of a local newspaper let it be known over the weekend that the president would not be welcome there after he so flagrantly politicized the massacre.

“It shows not only a total disdain and disregard for our Constitution, but for our very citizens — especially those of us here in Douglas County,” said David Jaques to Breitbart News reporter Lee Stranahan.  “We believe in the Second Amendment. We believe in the whole Constitution.”

Obama has made a point of visiting the sites of other mass shootings in recent years, including  Charleston, S.C., Aurora, Colo., and Newtown, Conn.

However, he’s been utterly silent on the epidemic of mostly black-on-black crime that is seen on a daily basis in his hometown of Chicago.

September was Chi-town’s deadliest month in 13 years, but Obama’s work is done there.  Chicago has the most stringent gun laws in the nation.

Posted at 9:02 pm on October 5th, 2015 by