As the nation barrels toward the 2014 midterms, Americans increasingly hold an unfavorable view of government, with those who hold the most politically polarized views being pegged as those most likely to turn out on Nov. 4.
Gallup numbers out last week reveal that just 14 percent of Americans approve of the way Congress is handling its job with just weeks to go until the midterm elections. The October approval numbers are in line with average approval numbers for 2014 and only five points higher than the Congress’s historical low point of 9 percent in November 2013.
The polling agency reports that the low approval ratings in a midterm election cycle could result in higher turnover for members of Congress in the president’s party.
“[C]ongressional job approval in October was 21% in 2010, and 23% in 1994, two years when the president’s party lost a large number of seats,” Gallup states.
A separate poll from Politico finds that it isn’t just Congress that is angering Americans — it’s the entire direction of the country.
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Following government criticisms of private sector tech firms seeking to alleviate consumers’ surveillance concerns by tightening data encryption standards, FBI Director James Comey is calling on Congress to force smartphone developers to give law enforcement a backdoor entrance into all communications devices.
During a speech at the Brookings Institution last week, Comey insisted that law enforcement investigations must not be hindered by individuals’ ease of access to data encryption processes.
“The FBI has a sworn duty to keep every American safe from crime and terrorism, and technology has become the tool of choice for some very dangerous people,” Comey said. “Unfortunately, the law hasn’t kept pace with technology, and this disconnect has created a significant public-safety problem.”
Apple and Google have both recently announced that they are taking steps to keep their costumers’ digital communications data safe from law enforcement hackers and identity thieves. The announcements have been met with law enforcement criticisms, including condemnation from Attorney General Eric Holder, who called it “worrisome” that the tech firms would make it easier for criminals to thwart officials.
Comey wants lawmakers to update the 1994 Communications Assistance for Law Enforcement Act, which mandates that wiretap access for law enforcement be built into conventional telephone networks, to include Internet and digital modes of communication.
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The conservative Club for Growth called Monday for officials to put an end to the federal gas tax, instead allowing the money to flow back to the states for infrastructure repairs.
Currently, money raised through the federal gas tax is applied to the nation’s Highway Trust Fund. The fund, which subsidizes transportation projects, was recently extended by Congress through May 2015.
Club for Growth president Chris Chocola called the trust fund “a politician’s dream because it transfers power to Washington and away from states, where the real decisions are made.”
Chocola, in a USA Today column, argued that the fund is outdated in an era where all 50 states have the tools in place to manage the money without federal meddling.
“All 50 states have Departments of Transportation. More than 70% of all transportation spending in this country is already financed and spent at the state and local level,” he wrote. “Each state has very specific infrastructure needs, and those needs are most effectively addressed at the local level, where those making the decisions are held most accountable by the taxpayers.
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Each year, the United States sends massive amounts of taxpayer dollars overseas in the form of humanitarian aid. And while much of the aid goes to worthy causes, it’s unsurprising that The Daily Beast reported Sunday that “truckloads of U.S. and Western aid has been flowing into territory controlled” by Islamic State terrorists in Iraq and Syria.
The Daily Beast’s Jamie Dettner reported from Turkey:
The aid—mainly food and medical equipment—is meant for Syrians displaced from their hometowns, and for hungry civilians. It is funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development, European donors, and the United Nations. Whether it continues is now the subject of anguished debate among officials in Washington and European. The fear is that stopping aid would hurt innocent civilians and would be used for propaganda purposes by the militants, who would likely blame the West for added hardship.
The Bible says if your enemy is hungry, feed him, and if he is thirsty, give him something to drink—doing so will “heap burning coals” of shame on his head. But there is no evidence that the militants of the Islamic State, widely known as ISIS or ISIL, feel any sense of disgrace or indignity (and certainly not gratitude) receiving charity from their foes.
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There are a number of useful and necessary items that concerned citizens should stock for any emergency. It doesn’t matter if you are rich or poor, old or young; we all have similar needs for survival, including food, water, shelter and security. But even if you store all of the essentials, there may come a point in time where it is not enough. There could even be an event that causes you to have to start over.
But what would you do if you were starting from scratch and there were no more box stores? Or what if you needed to do something to survive with which you were not completely familiar? Ideally, this would never happen; but there are no guarantees. If one of these scenarios were to come to fruition, there are some valuable tools to overcome these challenges: books. In addition to being useful in starting over, books can be a great way to get started with preparedness. They can also provide direction if you get lost or confused.
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Last week, the Houston mayor and city council attempted a direct assault on religious liberty and speech after they got into a snit when voters revolted against an Orwellian nondiscrimination ordinance that, among other things, would allow men to use women’s public restrooms and women to use men’s.
The voter revolt took the form of a petition drive that generated some 50,000 signatures — almost three times as many as required to put a referendum on the issue on the ballot. Demonstrating that the rule of law in Houston city government has disappeared into the memory hole, the psychopaths ruling the place threw the petition out. This prompted a lawsuit against the city by opponents of the ordinance.
The city responded by attacking preachers, issuing subpoenas that ordered them to submit any sermons dealing with homosexuality, gender identity or lesbian Mayor Annise Parker, or else face charges of contempt of court. The preachers were not even part of the lawsuit against the city. However, they are part of a coalition of some 400 Houston-area churches opposing the ordinance.
So the subpoenas were a clear-cut case of religious discrimination and an attempt to quell free speech and Bible teaching. To their credit, the preachers vowed to defy the city.
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|Commenting on It’s time to remove Obama from office — before he gets us killed,
|the American says:
|October 16, 2014 at 7:11 a.m.
|First, Americans jokingly called him “the food stamp president” and now we know why…and for good reason, now, ” president ebola” is quite fitting…..thanks progressive trash….now we know why you idiots who voted for this fool are so evil and dangerous.
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|Commenting on Chaos and noise cover the fraud and crime of the paper money system,
|October 13, 2013 at 7:20 a.m.
“Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me.”
Barack Obama and the head of the CDC need to quit saying that we know exactly how Ebola spreads. Because the truth is that there is much about this virus that we simply do not know. For example, a top Ebola scientist that is working in the heart of the outbreak in Liberia says that this version of Ebola looks like it could be “a very different bug” from past versions. Other leading scientists are echoing his concerns. And yet Barack Obama and Thomas Frieden continue to publicly proclaim that we know precisely how this virus behaves. Not only is that bad science, but it could also potentially result in the unnecessary deaths of a very large number of people. For example, Obama has refused to implement an Ebola travel ban because he is greatly underestimating the seriousness of this virus. This decision could turn out to be incredibly costly. If what you will read about below is true, we could be dealing with some sort of “super Ebola” that nobody has ever seen before.
Peter Jahrling of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease is on the front lines fighting this disease in Liberia. He is one of the top authorities in the world on Ebola, and what his team has been seeing under the microscope is incredibly sobering…
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“Take delight in the LORD, and he will give you the desires of your heart.”
Obama asks: “Whodunit?” “Dr.” Frieden to the “rescue.” And ISIS still lives large. Presented in 1080 hi-def, FOR FREE! It’s The Great Eight, from the Personal Liberty Digest™!
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“Wait for the LORD; be strong and take heart and wait for the LORD.”
Is Barack Obama completely insane? By not instituting an immediate ban on all non-essential travel between the United States and West Africa, he is putting the lives of more than 300 million Americans at risk. Anyone with a shred of common sense knows that you keep more people from getting sick by keeping the sick people away from the healthy people. Because the Ebola outbreaks in Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone are raging out of control, it is extremely difficult to tell who is carrying Ebola and who is not carrying Ebola. Therefore we need to keep everyone from those countries away until those outbreaks subside. If Barack Obama had established an Ebola travel ban a month or two ago like he should have done, Thomas Eric Duncan would never have entered the United States, and we would not have two Texas nurses infected with the virus. But because Barack Obama did not do his job, now we have a new Ebola scare popping up somewhere in the country almost hourly. If this outbreak eventually evolves into a full-blown pandemic, we will know who to blame.
Will an Ebola travel ban work?
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Sen. Kay Hagan (D-N.C.) is among the vulnerable Senate incumbents in this year’s midterm elections, so it’s probably vital to everyone who’s allegedly benefited from her back-scratching government largesse that she stay firmly planted in office for another six years.
That appears to apply particularly to Randall Gore, the head of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Rural Development office in Hagan’s home state. Hagan recommended Gore to President Obama after she took office in 2009, and the Senate confirmed him.
Now the USDA’s representatives in North Carolina are in a position to return the favor — something Carolina Journal insinuated last week in a fascinating article about a possible conflict of interest involving a USDA energy grant to a business co-owned by Hagan’s family.
From Carolina Journal:
Earlier this week, CJ reported on the $50,000 grant from the USDA’s Rural Energy for America Program. The grant paid for the second phase of a solar energy installation at a building in Reidsville owned by JDC Manufacturing, a company co-owned by Kay Hagan’s husband Charles “Chip” Hagan and Chip’s brothers John and David. Another Hagan family-owned company, Plastic Revolutions, leases space at the JDC building.
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Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) may hate the Koch brothers, but there are a lot of people — evidently living everywhere except Nevada — who hate Harry Reid.
In fact, more people despise Reid than the villainous Koch brothers, whom Reid himself so despises.
According to last week’s Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll, the Kochs have a lot of catching up to do if they want to be as reviled as Reid. The majority leader races past them in negative polling, with 28 percent of voters saying they hold a “very negative” opinion Reid, compared with only 19 percent who harbor the same antipathy for the Koch brothers.
Similarly, 11 percent said they hold a “somewhat negative” view of Reid, compared with only 8 percent who feel the same way of the Koch brothers.
Not that the conservative Kochs aren’t getting a lot of help in the race to the bottom of public opinion polling.
If the goal is to get people to hate you, then Reid has been the Kochs’ biggest ally. He spent much of the early half of 2014 hyperbolically slamming the duo from the Senate floor and on Twitter, even going so far as to support a failed Constitutional amendment aimed at curbing the Kochs’ ability to donate to federal election campaigns.
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If you have a hunch that the mainstream media selectively edits out stale political content and shields the Obama administration from the sight of its own spilled milk, you probably could guess correctly that more vapid fare gets the lion’s share of news coverage.
You’d be right. Compare and contrast the frequency of the major TV networks’ “news” coverage of the myriad NFL scandals with its coverage of the Obama administration’s (even more myriad) scandals. According to NewsBusters:
Since September 4 (the start of the NFL regular season) through October 15 the networks, on their evening and morning shows, devoted a total of 171 (NBC 71, CBS 55, ABC 45) stories or briefs to five NFL players (Ray Rice, Adrian Peterson, Jonathan Dwyer, Ray McDonald, Greg Hardy) embroiled in domestic abuse cases. Number of stories on Obama scandals over that same time period? Just three. And while no one would dispute the seriousness of the charges underlying the NFL cases, the question has to be asked doesn’t the state of the body politic deserve at least the same amount of coverage as the state of the NFL?
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In another case of reality trumping idealism, a progressive group advocating for a dramatic bump in the federal mandatory minimum wage has inadvertently revealed a bit on unintentional hypocrisy.
The Seattle-based Freedom Socialist Party needed a Web developer, so it put out an online job posting. It describes the necessary qualifications and job responsibilities, and it even clearly states the hourly wage.
Problem is the Freedom Socialist Party isn’t offering its future Web developer nearly as much as the minimum wage it’s demanding from the government. The party wants a $20 mandatory minimum wage, but it’s willing to pay a Web developer only $13 per hour.
From the party’s Web page describing its policy platform:
Restore funds and programs that aid seniors, the poor, children, single mothers and the homeless. No cuts to Social Security, Medicaid or Medicare. Raise the minimum wage to $20 an hour. Provide a guaranteed annual income. Free medical care for all, including reproductive services and abortion. End foreclosures and expand low-cost public housing.
This clearly isn’t a case of leading by example.
Pundit Press took a screen capture of the party’s online job posting. Sure enough, the group offers “$13.00/hour or negotiable depending on experience.”
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Before you break your keyboard while angrily pounding out a complaint email to Mr. Livingston, hear me out. There is no way a rational human being can observe nearly six years of President Barack Obama’s executive efforts and derive any other conclusion. If the Republican Party wanted to bring an end to partisanship by destroying the Democratic Party from the inside, I’m not certain they could build a robot in a secret lab in the bowels of Republican National Committee headquarters that could do the job more effectively than our man Barry.
“What if we program it to make it to high office and then turn into a gibbering idiot?”
“We tried that with the Biden-bot. It scares the children.”
An examination of Obama’s tenure reveals that not only has he failed to properly exercise his authority, but he has done so in ways so spectacularly awful that they must have been deliberate.
To date, his “signature” achievement remains the survival of Obamacare. Sprung fresh from the copilot’s seat in Illinois’ Senate delegation, Obama rolled into the White House promising a government takeover of the nation’s healthcare system. Then, he engineered nothing of the sort. Instead, he essentially nationalized the insurance billing system, inserting a layer of bureaucracy into an already paper-heavy industry. Obamacare exerts no positive effect on the care received, nor could it. The remedies are the same, although they now cost more.
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A couple of Secret Service agents took time out last year from soliciting prostitutes and ignoring White House trespassers, deciding instead to spend some their time dismissing the 4th Amendment’s protection against unlawful search and seizure and attempting to lie their way into a man’s home.
Nashville Police Chief Steve Anderson recently wrote a letter to members of the U.S. House Oversight Committee describing an incident in which Secret Service agents attempted to convince two Nashville police officers to help them gain entrance to a man’s home even though they didn’t have a warrant. He told the committee he had complained to top Secret Service officials in Washington following the incident, and they did not seem to care.
The incident occurred in January 2013 when the Secret Service went to a Nashville man’s home to investigate comments the man allegedly made threatening the president. The man suspected of posting the comments refused to let the agents into his home, telling them to show him their warrant.
“He shoved the door in our face and went around the corner. Looks like, we’re not sure if he … possibly he had a gun in his hands,” the agent told a 911 operator, according to a report by NewsChannel 5.
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“The LORD confides in those who fear him; he makes his covenant known to them. My eyes are ever on the LORD, for only he will release my feet from the snare.”