Obama’s amazing disgrace

Guns kill and, President Barack Obama says, so does the Confederate flag. According to the president, it is a symbol for white racism; it is a flag that encourages the South to take false pride in an ugly heritage that can lead to white supremacy.

Obama laid it all out last Friday when he was the guest celebrity eulogist for the Rev. Clementa Pinckney. The South Carolina state senator was one of nine people senselessly slaughtered on June 17 in Charleston, South Carolina, during a Bible study at Mother Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church. They died at the hands of either a psychopath or a white racist who was inspired at least in part by the Confederate flag.

At the memorial, Obama said:

Hypocrisy cake

The liberal/progressive mind is steeped in hypocrisy and double standard.

History began yesterday. Truth is the fleeting outrage of the moment. Nothing else matters.

Christians who refuse to violate their conscience and cater — whether it’s by baking a cake, photographing, making flower arrangements or hosting nuptials in their establishments — to homosexual “weddings” are bigots and haters, the liberal/progressive tells us. Upon establishing their businesses, Christians must check their belief system at the door. The Christian business owner’s principles become secondary to the privileges and desires of the customer.

Any deviation from this established dogma subjects the Christian business owner to state-sponsored harassment, fines, threats of imprisonment and sensitivity/diversity training courses, aka re-education camp. Such abuse is reasonable to the liberal/progressive.

But Wal-Mart’s refusing to bake a cake emblazoned with a Confederate battle flag and the words “Heritage not Hate” is a principled stand and perfectly acceptable to the liberal/progressive mind. When something the “tolerant” leftists will not tolerate is involved, refusal of service is a virtuous stand.

Let your kid play in sight of your house, get charged with child endangerment

A Maine mom is facing a child endangerment charge for allowing her 7-year-old daughter to play at a park across the street from her house — all while the mother remained at home.

Westbrook, Maine, resident Nicole Jensen told WMTW-TV she and other neighborhood parents allow their kids to play in the nearby park with the understanding that an adult is never more than a few steps away.

“We watch each other’s kids. I don’t just send her over here and ignore her all day,” she explained.

But somebody saw the girl playing in the park with no adults immediately in sight and — what else? — called 911.

The cops came and took the girl. They say they tried to call Jensen but couldn’t reach her on the phone.

The 75 Trillion Dollar Shadow Banking System Is In Danger Of Collapsing

Shadow Banking System - Public DomainKeep an eye on the shadow banking system – it is about to be shaken to the core.  According to the Financial Stability Board, the size of the global shadow banking system has reached an astounding 75 trillion dollars.  It has approximately tripled in size since 2002.  In the U.S. alone, the size of the shadow banking system is approximately 24 trillion dollars.  At this point, shadow banking assets in the United States are even greater than those of conventional banks.  These shadow banks are largely unregulated, but governments around the world have been extremely hesitant to crack down on them because these nonbank lenders have helped fuel economic growth.  But in the end, we will all likely pay a very great price for allowing these exceedingly reckless financial institutions to run wild.

If you are not familiar with the “shadow banking system”, the following is a pretty good definition from investing answers.com

Barack Obama Promises That Events In Greece And Puerto Rico Will Not Cause A Global Financial Crisis

Barack Obama Giving Speech - Photo by Gage SkidmoreBarack Obama says that we shouldn’t be alarmed by what is happening over in Greece.  On Tuesday, he told reporters that this “is an issue primarily of concern to Europe” and that “I think the markets have properly factored in the risks involved“.  And apparently Obama is not too concerned about the debt crisis in Puerto Rico either.  In fact, the Obama administration has already completely ruled out any sort of federal bailout for the island.  Barack Obama is assuring us that everything is going to be just fine and that we are not headed for another global financial crisis.  So is he correct?  

I had to smile when I saw a Politico article today with the following headline: “Barack Obama on Greece: meh“.  While admitting that this crisis is likely to be “very painful for the Greek people”, Obama just doesn’t seem to be impressed by the threat that this crisis poses to the global financial system as a whole

Huge 2016 field means no GOP front-runner

(TNS) — Running for president is not quite what it used to be.

Candidates once had to rely on the support of party leaders, who assessed their electability; on a broad fundraising base to sustain them until victory brought in fresh cash; and on a handful of national news outlets to spread the word of their candidacy.

No more.

Major changes in the political system — especially campaign finance laws that allow rich people to write unlimited checks to certain political action committees — have drastically lowered the barriers to entry, as has the proliferation of social media.

“If you’ve got a Twitter account, a Facebook page and a millionaire to fund your ‘super PAC,’ why not?” said Jim Dyke, a veteran Republican strategist working for presidential hopeful Jeb Bush in South Carolina.

Obama’s political wins not likely to include gun control

Following major political victories via Supreme Court rulings on Obamacare and gay marriage, President Barack Obama is seeing rising approval ratings and experiencing a confidence boost.

The president told reporters Tuesday that he intends to continue doubling down on his policy initiatives, including calls for increased gun control reinvigorated by the recent shooting tragedy in Charleston, South Carolina.

“The list is long,” he said during a press conference alongside Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff. “We are going to squeeze every last ounce of progress that we can make as long as I have the privilege of holding this office.”

In a statement Sunday, the president urged supporters to lobby Congress along with state and local lawmakers for stricter gun control laws.

“We’ve had to come together as a nation too many times to mourn after horrific acts of gun violence,” Obama said in a statement. “And right now, it’s not good enough simply to show sympathy.”

Democrats: Charleston shooter proof that white supremacists, anti-government groups pose significant national threat

A group of Senate Democrats are pushing for a congressional inquiry into whether the threat of white supremacist domestic terror is on the rise in the wake of the killing of nine black churchgoers in Charleston, South Carolina, on June 17.

The lawmakers, all members of the Senate Judiciary Committee, claim that alleged shooter Dylan Roof’s racially charged ramblings ahead of the incident make it apparent that he was acting at behest of domestic hate groups.

“If this same act had been perpetrated by someone claiming a desire to harm Americans in the service of Islamist principles, it would immediately be labeled an act of terror,” the senators, led by ranking Democrat Patrick Leahy of Vermont, said in a written petition for hearings. “A violent act motivated by a racist desire to intimidate a civilian population falls squarely within the definition of domestic terrorism.”

NYC mayor doesn’t want you smoking in your own home

It’s already illegal to smoke in New York’s public spaces, as well as in restaurants and open-air outdoor venues.

But now New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is putting together a de facto smoking ban that, if successful, will encourage landlords to serve as stand-ins for the nanny police. It’s a “soft” ban that aims to use the private sector to bereave smokers of their vice sticks in the ultimate place of privacy and refuge: the home.

De Blasio — evidently a firm believer in the statist maxim that “the process is the punishment” — is promoting a new initiative that aims to “pressure landlords and developers to prohibit smoking in their apartment complexes,” according to the New York Post.

Like all smoking bans, this one has the people’s health in mind. The de Blasio administration is paying four health advocacy groups to promote the initiative to landlords of multi-housing units, because, as a health department spokesman told the Post, “Everyone benefits from smoke-free housing.”

Hydrogen peroxide is not just for cuts and scrapes

Hydrogen peroxide is often the go-to disinfectant for moms to use on their kids’ cuts and scrapes. But why do they stop there? Hydrogen peroxide has myriad other uses.

What else can it do? It can:

  • Eliminate viruses.
  • Remove pesticides from food.
  • Kill airborne germs.
  • Whiten teeth.
  • Eliminate stuffy sinuses.
  • Make an antiseptic mouth rinse.
  • Eliminate acne.
  • Cure boils.
  • Soften calluses and corns.
  • Remove ear wax.
  • Prevent ear infections like swimmer’s ear.
  • Eliminate foot fungus.
  • Disinfect toothbrushes.
  • Remove stains from clothing.
  • Disinfect counter tops and cutting boards.
  • Eliminate odors.
  • Remove and kill mold.
  • Eliminate soap scum.

These are just a few of its uses.

It can also shorten the duration of colds and influenza. Just put a few drops of 3 percent hydrogen peroxide in one ear and wait for it to quit bubbling (about five to 10 minutes). Then repeat in the other ear.

Roberts twists the Constitution … again

Thanks to another tortured interpretation of the U.S. Constitution by the Supreme Court, we’re going to be stuck with Obamacare for at least the next year and a half. This is bad news for most Americans — especially those of us who pay the taxes to provide all those subsidies.

Last Thursday, the Supreme Court finally rendered its verdict in King vs. Burwell, the lawsuit challenging the Obama administration’s decision to grant subsidies to almost everyone getting their health insurance through the Affordable Care Act, not just those who signed up through state exchanges.

Chief Justice John Roberts wrote the decision for the 6-3 majority. In it he said:

In a democracy, the power to make the law rests with those chosen by the people. Our role is more confined. That is easier in some cases than in others. But in every case, we must respect the role of the Legislature and take care not to undo what it has done.

Unprepared: What Do You Think Would Happen If A Greek-Style Crisis Hit America?

Despair And Depression - Public DomainIn this article, I am going to share with you some statistics that prove that most Americans are completely and totally unprepared for a Greek-style economic crisis.  According to one recent survey, an all-time high 72 percent of all Americans are concerned about an economic downturn, and yet the amount of actual preparation that is taking place for the next economic downturn is very low.  As 2008 has faded into our memories, most Americans have been lulled into a false sense of security.  Most people seem to be far more concerned about the latest exploits and scandals of their favorite celebrities than they are about the very real problems that this nation is steamrolling toward.  Hopefully what is going on in Greece right now will serve as a wake up call, because the truth is that similar things could happen in the United States much sooner than most of us would dare to imagine.

16 Facts About The Tremendous Financial Devastation That We Are Seeing All Over The World

Fireball - Devastation - Public DomainAs we enter the second half of 2015, financial panic has gripped most of the globe.  Stock prices are crashing in China, in Europe and in the United States.  Greece is on the verge of a historic default, and now Puerto Rico and Ukraine are both threatening to default on their debts if they do not receive concessions from their creditors.  Not since the financial crisis of 2008 has so much financial chaos been unleashed all at once.  Could it be possible that the great financial crisis of 2015 has begun?  The following are 16 facts about the tremendous financial devastation that is happening all over the world right now…

1. On Monday, the Dow fell by 350 points.  That was the biggest one day decline that we have seen in two years.

2. In Europe, stocks got absolutely smashed.  Germany’s DAX index dropped 3.6 percent, and France’s CAC 40 was down 3.7 percent.

Officials express fear over Fourth of July terror attack

Following terror attacks in France, Kuwait and Tunisia Friday, top U.S. Homeland Security officials are warning that Americans could face terrorist activity during this weekend’s Independence Day celebrations.

DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson said in a statement Friday:

Particularly with the upcoming July 4th holiday, here in the United States the Department of Homeland Security and the FBI continue to communicate with state and local law enforcement about what we know and see. We are encouraging all law enforcement to be vigilant and prepared. We will also adjust security measures, seen and unseen, as necessary to protect the American people.

We continue to encourage all Americans to attend public events and celebrate this country during this summer season, but always remain vigilant. “If You See Something Say Something™” is more than a slogan.

During a Monday appearance on “CBS This Morning,” former CIA Deputy Director Michael Morell said he “wouldn’t be surprised” if Americans witnessed a terror attack during the upcoming holiday.

Judy Blume: The left is carrying the religious right’s book ban torch

Beloved children’s book author Judy Blume warned during a recent appearance at the San Francisco Bay Area Book Festival that the left’s unyielding effort to create a world where no one is ever offended by anything is a threat to literature.

“After the presidential election of 1980 … it was like the censors came out of the woodwork,” Blume said of censorship pushed at the time by the religious right. “And … the feeling was ‘it’s our turn now, and if we don’t want our children to read these books no children should read these books.’ And it’s going on to this day, not with my books necessarily, but with books in general.”

Even if her books aren’t being singled out by censors today, Blume — the author of such titles as Blubber” and “Then Again, Maybe I Won’t” — is no stranger to having her works come under the scrutiny of the nation’s literary nannies.

Spurned by court, Brady Center ordered to pay legal fees of sued ammo dealer

The Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence must pay the legal costs of an ammunition seller it unsuccessfully sued, a federal judge has ruled.

Federal judge Richard P. Matsch threw out the lawsuit last week and ordered the Brady Center to compensate online ammunition dealer Lucky Gunner for its legal fees, calling the suit “an opportunity to propagandize the public.”

The Brady Center had attempted to sue Lucky Gunner for selling ammunition to James Holmes, the alleged killer in the mass shooting that left 12 people dead at a theater in Aurora, Colorado, in July 2012.

From The Washington Free Beacon:

The Brady Center had argued in their suit that the way Lucky Gunner sells ammunition is “unreasonably dangerous and create a public nuisance.”

Supreme Court halts EPA air rule

Citing the EPA’s failure to consider the cost of forcing utilities to comply with its clean air rule, the Supreme Court of Monday struck down one of the Obama administration’s most controversial attempts to expand the agency’s regulatory power.

The court’s 5-4 ruling in Michigan v. EPA found the agency “strayed well beyond the bounds of reasonable interpretation in concluding that cost is not a factor relevant to the appropriateness of regulating power plants,” Justice Antonin Scalia wrote in the majority opinion.

“… EPA must consider cost — including cost of compliance — before deciding whether regulation is appropriate and necessary.”

In analyzing new restrictions on an array of airborne pollutants emitted by power plants, the EPA estimated the rule would cost energy producers almost $10 billion, but asserted that the monetary cost of the changes should not weigh in its decision to set them in motion.

Do Americans fear dead Confederate soldiers more than ISIS?

A Louisiana resident was shocked recently to learn that the retail giant Wal-Mart would not decorate a cake with a Confederate flag but had no problem producing one adorned with an ISIS battle flag.

In a video posted to YouTube last week, Chuck Netzhammer explains that employees at his local Wal-Mart rejected his order for a cake bearing an image of the Confederate flag and the words “Heritage Not Hate.”

After having his request denied, a frustrated Netzhammer later returned to the store with a new request.

“I went back yesterday and managed to get an ISIS battle flag printed. ISIS happens to be somebody who we’re fighting against right now who are killing are men and boys overseas and are beheading Christians,” Netzhammer says in the video.

Wal-Mart last week joined a slew of major companies announcing that they would no longer carry merchandise with Confederate flag imagery following a racially charged shooting in South Carolina.

Finding a survival meal in the city

The person who is well-prepared has food set aside for an emergency, but what happens if that food runs out? Or even worse, what if you haven’t stored any food when disaster hits? Food is such an important thing to have that access to it, the price of it and its distribution has even been historically known to serve as a catalyst for armed conflict. The good news is that even if you don’t have food when disaster hits, you don’t have to live on a farm to find something to eat. Even the largest cities can provide a free meal to those who are willing to look for one.

While it probably won’t be easy and the average person will not want to wander on a daily basis to find food, a city can provide the urban survival hunter/gatherer with protein, sides to go with it and even the means to make a hot beverage. With some careful planning, food can be harvested from the city to supplement a dwindling supply or make up for a lack of prior planning.