If you are a Bible-believing Christian, there is no place for you in Barack Obama’s version of the U.S. military. Christian service members all over the nation are being disciplined for reading their Bibles, talking about their faith publicly and encouraging others to live a moral lifestyle. And just saying the name of “Jesus” at the wrong place or the wrong time while serving in the military is enough to spark a national controversy. We live at a time when political correctness in America is wildly out of control, and thanks to Obama the U.S. military has become one of the most politically correct institutions in our society. Things have gotten so bad that dozens of top officers that did not agree with Obama’s views have been forced out of the military in recent years. The U.S. military is being transformed into an overtly anti-Christian institution, and for those of us that are Christians that is a very chilling development.
Get ready for another major worldwide credit crunch. Today, the entire global financial system resembles a colossal spiral of debt. Just about all economic activity involves the flow of credit in some way, and so the only way to have “economic growth” is to introduce even more debt into the system. When the system started to fail back in 2008, global authorities responded by pumping this debt spiral back up and getting it to spin even faster than ever. If you can believe it, the total amount of global debt has risen by $35 trillion since the last crisis. Unfortunately, any system based on debt is going to break down eventually, and there are signs that it is starting to happen once again. For example, just a few days ago the IMF warned regulators to prepare for a global “liquidity shock“. And on Friday, Chinese authorities announced a ban on certain types of financing for margin trades on over-the-counter stocks, and we learned that preparations are being made behind the scenes in Europe for a Greek debt default and a Greek exit from the eurozone. On top of everything else, we just witnessed the biggest spike in credit application rejections ever recorded in the United States. All of these are signs that credit conditions are tightening, and once a “liquidity squeeze” begins, it can create a lot of fear.
Among other (mostly shameful) reasons, Al Sharpton is famous for somehow continuing to live well while staying indebted to the state. The race-hustling MSNBC host and his businesses reportedly owe more than $4 million in unpaid taxes and penalties to the federal government and the State of New York.
How, then, does he continue to elude the same punishment and aggressive collection efforts that government tends to visit on other alleged tax delinquents?
That’s a question the New York Post posed recently, noting that “[d]ozens of pages of tax warrants and liens show that, at best, Sharpton has been deeply negligent, and at worst, he’s gaming the system.”
Unfortunately, anyone who has an answer hasn’t come forward with an explanation, the Post concludes.
Iowa — the same state where petty application of civil forfeiture law has all but ruined restaurant owner Carole Hinders — may finally be taking up reform legislation that could scale back or end the practice.
The Iowa legislature’s House Government Oversight Committee held an April 15 hearing to gather input from forfeiture critics and supporter alike, zeroing in on a number of ways in which various feature of the current law could be modified or abolished.
According to The Des Moines Register, the committee “brought in concerned members of the public, law enforcement and policy experts to testify and answer questions,” an information-gathering move intended to serve as a “building block for a bill,” as Republican State Rep. Bobby Kaufmann put it.
WikiLeaks recently published and created a database of a trove of more than 30,287 documents and 173,132 emails from last year’s Sony Pictures hack. The anti-secrecy group purports that the leaked documents shed light on how multinational corporations have an “ability to impact laws and policies” and spew government propaganda.
“This archive shows the inner workings of an influential multinational corporation. It is newsworthy and at the centre of a geo-political conflict. It belongs in the public domain. WikiLeaks will ensure it stays there,” WikiLeaks editor-in-chief Julian Assange said in a statement.
The document database contains emails that highlight a relationship between Sony CEO Michael Lynton and President Obama and other top U.S. officials.
Motherboard reported that it discovered messages between Sony executives and more than 100 U.S. government organizations in the database.
Americans are causing irreparable damage to the nation by treating elections like sporting events rather than making thoughtful, issue-based decisions at the polls.
That’s according to new research from the University of Kansas, which illustrates how Republican and Democratic voters with highly partisan political beliefs act more like sports fans than informed citizens when it comes to party loyalty.
“What is the consequence of today’s polarized politics? What’s motivating partisans to vote in this climate?” said Patrick Miller, a professor of political science at the university. “For too many of them, it’s not high-minded, good-government, issue-based goals. It’s: ‘I hate the other party. I’m going to go out, and we’re going to beat them.’ That’s troubling.”
Miller, along with University of North Carolina political science professor Pamela Johnston Conover, analyzed the attitudes collected through the 2010 Cooperative Congressional Election Study for their study, “Red and Blue States of Mind: Partisan Hostility and Voting in the United States.”
Only a lifelong member of the political class or a snake oil salesman can so comfortably look you in the face and try to convince you that he is giving you something while he’s stealing from you. Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) does it so well he must be both.
The bit of sleight of hand he’s peddling as a tax cut is astonishing in its hubris. That Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) would latch onto to the plan would be disappointing were it not so predictable. After all, Lee has now inhabited the District of Corruption for four years, as has Rubio. That’s well past the expiration date for souls in DC.
While Rubio never showed evidence of having a soul, Lee’s has been shown to be disappearing for at least two years.
Is the number of volcanic eruptions worldwide increasing? Yes. During the 20th century, there were a total of 3,542 volcanic eruptions globally. That works out to approximately 35 eruptions per year. That may sound like a lot, but according to Volcano Discovery there are 36 volcanoes erupting around the world right now. In other words, the number of volcanoes erupting as you read this article is greater than the 20th century’s yearly average. And all of this is part of a larger trend. In 2013, we witnessed the most volcanic eruptions worldwide that we had ever seen in a single year, and 2015 is already threatening to be another one for the record books. All over the planet, volcanoes that have long been dormant are beginning to wake up, and this is greatly puzzling many scientists. Fortunately, most of the eruptions in recent years have been relatively small. But scientists tell us that if we do see a VEI 7 or a VEI 8 eruption today, the amount of energy that would be released would be somewhere in the neighborhood of a million nuclear bombs going off all at once, and such an eruption would completely literally transform our civilization almost overnight.
Could you imagine being a single parent and trying to survive in America today on $10.50 an hour? For a moment, I want you to imagine that you are living in a moldy apartment that is so badly maintained that rain seeps in whenever it rains. You are employed, but you are completely dependent on government programs such as food stamps and Medicaid in order to make ends meet. Sometimes you would really like to take your small child somewhere fun, like a movie theater, but you can’t really afford the gas money. You are working as hard as you can, but you never seem to get anywhere, and you feel trapped because nobody seems to want to hire you for a better job. What I have just described for you is real life for a 22-year-old single mother from Chicago named Adriana Alvarez, but there are tens of millions of other Americans that have similar stories. If every day seems like it is a soul-crushing struggle for you, I want you to know that you are not alone. The long-term economic collapse that I chronicle on my website is not just about facts and figures. It is about real people that are quietly leading lives of silent desperation, and by now it has becoming exceedingly apparent that our politicians, the mainstream media and the gigantic corporations that dominate our economy do not really care much about the rest of us at all.
A new report from the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis reveals a substantial increase in the default rate for former college borrowers who are now having to pay back their federal student loans.
In an April 10 essay titled “Student Loan Delinquency: A Big Problem Getting Worse?” two Fed analysts noted the “the percent of student loan borrowers who are not making their debt payments on time has increased significantly.”
While they may be late to the college-loan-bubble speculation game, authors Juan M. Sánchez and Lijun Zhu posed a watered-down version of the bazillion-dollar question: “This trend has generated a large debate because the government subsidizes a very significant share of that debt. This essay analyzes the evolution of some key statistics relevant to this debate.”
Not to worry, though — the authors reassure the public that, while “[s]tudent loan delinquency is a big problem … it is not getting worse.”
It’s early days yet, leaving plenty of time to set things right, but there’s reason to suspect that postmortem election pundits may someday blame a Hillary Clinton defeat on voters’ conviction that she must be incapable of managing the country if she can’t even manage her own campaign.
Less than a week into Clinton’s campaign start, she’s already giving her GOP opponents — many of them perfectly capable of their own gaffes and out-of-touch messaging — a terrific blueprint for how not to conduct their own campaigns, if they care to take notes.
There’s a laundry list of Week 1 missteps, tone-deaf decisions, misstatements of fact and plain old bad PR. But Clinton’s camp may have committed its greatest offense with its approach to so-called “small donors” — regular people who can’t cough up Tom Steyer or Koch Brothers money, but who want to chip in.
The nation’s gas tax will be raised to 30 cents per gallon and increase at pace with inflation if a bipartisan group of House lawmakers get their way in seeking funding for a new transportation bill.
Reps. Jim Renacci (R-Ohio), Bill Pascrell (D-N.J.), Reid Ribble (R-Wis.) and Dan Lipinski (D-Ill.) say that raising the gas tax from 18.4 cents per gallon to about 30 cents per gallon and allowing it to increase automatically with inflation would generate $27.5 billion in new transportation revenues.
The lawmakers argue that the federal government’s Highway Trust Fund, where about 80 percent of infrastructure improvement money comes from, spends about $50 billion on projects each year but brings in just $34 billion annually.
American Automobile Association CEO Robert Darbelnet says congressional inaction is to blame for the infrastructure deficit.
Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) is catching some flak over a brief, albeit flattering, piece he penned on Charles and David Koch for the latest rendition of Time’s “The 100 Most Influential People” list. But what the left is panning as a presidential contender’s shameless pandering to its favorite set of boogeymen likely comes from a place of sincerity and true appreciation for certain Koch causes.
In his brief description of the brothers Koch, who appear amid a well-rounded list of 100 Time “Titans,” Paul writes:
Charles and David Koch are well known for their business success, their generous philanthropic efforts and for their focus on innovation in management. Some also know them for their activism in the political realm. All of these are important contributions to society. What is underappreciated is their passion for freedom and their commitment to ideas. Unlike many crony capitalists who troll the halls of Congress looking for favors, the Kochs have consistently lobbied against special-interest politics.
On April 16, 1789, newly elected President George Washington reluctantly left his home in Mt. Vernon, Virginia, for New York and the fledgling nation’s capital for his inauguration.
Washington didn’t seek the presidency. It sought him, and he had to be convinced with the encouragement from many of his fellow Founding Fathers, his former troops and letters from Americans across the new states. He later wrote in his memoirs that on the eve of his departure to New York, he felt “very much like a man who is condemned to death does when the time of his execution draws nigh.”
No popular election was held that year. But, as constitutionally stipulated, the electors from 10 of the 13 states (Rhode Island and North Carolina had not ratified the Constitution, and New York failed to choose electors in time) voted overwhelmingly to select Washington over John Adams.
If you’re a conservative, Libertarian, limited government Constitutionalist or patriot, pray for Hillary. She’s our best hope for 2016. I love Hillary Clinton. I’m rooting for Hillary. She is a gift from heaven. I pray for her nomination every morning.
No, I’m not a fan of Hillary. No, I don’t support her policies. No, I don’t want her as president. But I sure want her as the Democratic nominee. She is “the gift that keeps on giving.” Hillary has so much baggage her campaign should be sponsored by Samsonite.
If the GOP has any hope of winning in 2016, Hillary has to be the nominee. Before I get to the scandals, let’s start with the obvious. Hillary is old news, over the hill, tired, worn out, spoiled milk. She is just going through the motions. She doesn’t even look or sound like she cares. Hillary herself can’t think of a single compelling reason for why she should be president. She’s just been waiting around a long time. And she’s a woman. That’s it. That’s her reason.
What an interesting group of candidates we have in the first three Republicans to announce they are running for president. All three — Marco Rubio of Florida, Rand Paul of Kentucky and Ted Cruz of Texas — are freshmen senators who ran against establishment choices to win their state’s primary. All three are Tea Party favorites who have been the frequent targets of the mainstream media.
And, of course, all three have a very long way to go to win the Republican nomination for president. There are at least half a dozen other people who are expected to enter the fray, including Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush. The first primaries are almost a year away. There will be a bunch of battles and a number of debates before we know who the Republican nominee will be.
What in the world are the elite up to? In recent days, we have learned that the New York Fed is moving a lot of operations to Chicago because of concerns about what a “natural disaster” could do, the federal government is buying 62 million rounds of ammunition commonly used in AR-15 semi-automatic rifles for “training” purposes, and NORAD is moving back into Cheyenne Mountain because it is “EMP-hardened”. In addition, government authorities have scheduled a whole host of unusual “training exercises” all over the nation. So are the elite doing all of this in order to prepare for something really BIG, or should we just chalk up all of this strange activity to rampant government paranoia?
Did you know that the number of publicly traded companies declaring bankruptcy has reached a five year high? And did you know that Chinese exports are absolutely collapsing and that Chinese economic growth in 2014 was the weakest in over 20 years? Even though things may seem to be okay on the surface for the global economy at the moment, that does not mean that big trouble is not percolating just under the surface. On Wednesday, investors cheered as stocks soared to new highs, but almost all of the economic news coming in from around the planet has been bad. The credit rating on Greek debt has been slashed again, global economic trade is really slowing down, and many of the exact same financial patterns that we saw just before the crash of 2008 are repeating once again. All of this reminds me of the months leading up to the implosion of Lehman Brothers. Most people were feeling really good about things, but huge trouble was brewing just underneath the surface. Finally, one day we learned that Lehman Brothers had “suddenly” collapsed, and then all hell broke loose.
Maybe the Obama administration really is the most transparent in history.
On Wednesday, Obama adviser Valerie Jarrett made no effort to conceal her affection for her interlocutors on a televised MSNBC interview, making a beeline for hosts Katty Kay, Cokie Roberts and — we suspect — Mika Brzezinski and Joe Scarborough.
Judging from her on-camera behavior, Jarrett appears to harbor a genuine and personal affection for these people.
Jarret started on the near end of the news desk and moved down the line, hugging and courtesy-kissing her seated hosts before a commercial-break graphic obstructed the full exchange.
She crept up behind Kay (who anchors the BBC’s “World News America” show in her full-time gig), embracing her warmly and giving her a cheek peck before moving on, with open arms, to Roberts. She was headed straight for Brzezinski when the shot cut away.
You may remember Kathleen Willey, one of several women who alleged President Bill Clinton made sexual advances toward her during his first stint in the White House.
Willey, a volunteer White House aide during Clinton’s first term, told CBS’s “60 Minutes” in a 1998 interview that she had approached Clinton in the Oval Office in 1993, hoping to fish for a full-time government job. Here’s an excerpt from CBS News’ archived story synopsis:
In the interview, Willey told Bradley that the president took her into a study where she told him she had to give up her work as a volunteer and she needed a paying job at the White House.
She said that at that point Mr. Clinton put his arms around her, consoled her, hugged her and then kissed her on the lips. Willey said the president then fondled her breasts, told her he had “wanted to do this ever since he first laid eyes on her” and then placed her hand on his crotch.