Monday, July 15, 2013

10 Unusual Jobs That Pay Surprisingly Well

Forbes ^ | 07/15/2013 | Jacquelyn Smith, Forbes Staff

According to the BLS, embalmers earn $43,680 a year. The top 10% bring in $62,230, on average. Embalming is one of the oldest-known professions, and entails getting bodies ready for interment based on legal requirements.
Elsewhere in the industry, funeral service managers make $79,930 a year, on average. Top earners in this line of work are paid $140,740 a year for planning, directing, or coordinating the services or resources of funeral homes.
Another unusual job that pays fairly well: Genetic counselors. According to BLS data, there are only 2,000 of these professionals in the U.S. right now. What do they do? They assess individual or family risk for a variety of inherited conditions, such as genetic disorders and birth defects. They also advise individuals and families to support informed decision-making and coping methods for those at risk. Genetic counselors make $55,820, on average—while the top 10% make about $85,790 a year.
Gehring found that you can also make $25 to $100 an hour as a live mannequin or human statue—and ice cream tasters, who are usually qualified food scientists with a degree in chemistry, make $56,000 a year.
“The jobs I describe in [the book] are meant to inspire people to come up with their own great ideas for making money,” Gehring says. “People are most likely to be successful if they match a perceived need with their own individual skill sets or passions. For example, maybe you love healthy cooking and notice that a lot of families in your neighborhood order pizza every night. That could be your cue to start a healthy meal catering and delivery service. I love hearing stories about people who found a way to make their passion meet a need, and wound up making a lot of money in the process.
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America's Undisputed Job Dynamo: Texas

Zero Hedge ^ | 07/15/2013 | Tyler Durden


While one may debate the quality (most "growth" coming from part-time jobs) and quantity (most recently questioned by the rather dramatic recent divergence between JOLTS net turnover and payrolls) of reported US jobs, one thing remains a fact: there are still 2.3 million less jobs now than there were at the start of the great depression in December 2007, and half a million fewer jobs than in the immediate aftermath of the Lehman failure. Yet while the inability to catch up to a job picture from over 5 years ago is still true at the consolidated level, the picture is vastly different when broken down by state.
A quick look at job creation on a state by state basis shows some very distinct losers, and one very obvious winner: Texas.
As the following chart, which shows the cumulative job losses since December 2007 or the official start of the recession and depression, demonstrates, while the US still has millions of jobs to make for in the longest-ever "recovery" on record just to catch up to where it was nearly 6 years ago (excluding the increase in the labor force), there is little surprise when it comes to the biggest losers, which happen to be California, Florida and of course Illinois: these combined three states account for 1.2 million, or more than half of all cumulative job losses since the start of the Great Financial Crisis.

And while this trifecta of tribulation is hardly surprising, what may come as shock to some is that over the same period, the states of Texas has not only recouped all its losses, but has gained a total of 633K jobs, putting it firmly in first place in terms of job creation in the US. That most of these new jobs are due to the energy sector is confirmed when looking at that other standout - North Dakota - which like Texas, has gained some 79,300 jobs over the same time period. The final winner among the top three job gaining states: New York, mostly as a function of the FIRE industries roaring back following an unprecedented multi-trillion bail out by the government and the Fed, which continues to this day at a pace of $85 billion per month.


How does the above data look if one shortens the time horizon to only go back to the month following the Lehman failure, or October 2008?
More of the same. While cumulative total job losses are smaller, the three states at the top of job creation continue to be Texas, New York and North Dakota.

And on a snapshot basis: the three successful states, with Texas at the top with +542,000 jobs, have generate on a combined basis some 743K jobs, which is nearly double the total jobs lost over the same time period.

Bottom line: want jobs in a New Normal America? Then focus on finance or energy.
Everyone else gets a government job or is a part-time greeter at WalMart.
And congratulations to Texas. California, Florida and Illinois: not so much.

Complaint filed with AG of FL seeking criminal charges against Holder, Obama, Corey , et al.

Citizens for the Constitution; ^ | July 15, 2013 | Citizens for the Constitution;

Complaint filed with Attorney General of FL seeking criminal charges to be filed against Eric Holder, Barack Obama, CRS, Angela Corey for violation of 14th amendment civil rights and for inciting violence and riots, as well as complaint against NBC and ABC for fraud.

I am pleased to inform you that on July 14th, 2013, Dr. Orly Taitz, Esq. filed a formal complaint with Florida’s Office of the Attorney General concerning these blatant violations of Mr. George Zimmerman’s 14th Amendment Rights of ‘Due Process and Equal Protection Under the Law’.

Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi’s Office has responded to the ‘Complaint’ with their standard form letter stating that their ‘staff will process it as soon as possible and, if necessary, respond appropriately’.
Since Obama and his thugocracy has been instrumental in turning what was originally a local matter of lawful self-defense by a sanctioned ‘neighborhood watch-man’ against a drug-induced and murderous oversized attacker into a national ‘divide-the-nation’ race war, I would say that ‘as soon as possible’ would be NOW, and ‘respond appropriately’ would be to honor her oath of office and therefore honor Dr. Taitz’ ‘Prayers for Relief’: 1. Pam Bondi, Attorney General of Florida should launch criminal investigation to confirm the evidence brought herein and bring criminal charges against District Attorney of Seminole County Angela Corey for violation of 14th amendment civil rights of Joseph Zimmerman and Ben Kruidbos. 2. Pam Bondi , Attorney General of Florida, should launch criminal investigation to confirm the evidence brought herein and bring criminal charges against Community Relations Services of the Justice Department, Attorney General of the United States Eric Holder and President Barack Hussein Obama for inciting rioting and violence in the state of Florida and for violating 14th amendment due process and equal protection rights of a resident of the state of Florida, George Zimmerman. 3. Pam Bondi , Attorney General of Florida, should launch criminal investigation to confirm the evidence brought herein and bring criminal charges against National Broadcast Corporation (NBC) and American Broadcast Corporation (ABC) for fraud committed with an intent to incite violence and rioting in the state of Florida and aid and abet Barack Obama, Eric Holder and CRS in violating civil rights of the citizens of Florida. 4. Pam Bondi, Attorney General of the state of Florida, should seek reimbursement from the defendants for the funds spent by the state of Florida, its municipalities, police departments, sheriffs’ departments and counties controlling violence, which was instigated by the defendants. We should all encourage the Office of the Florida Attorney General to Do The Right Thing. Your nation will be grateful to you for it, since Silence and Inaction in the face of Evil become themselves an acquiescence to, acceptance of, and participation in that very Evil.

Obama only picks losers...

This whole tragedy could have been avoided, but more than that Barack Obama shouldn't have put the prestige of the office of the President out on Trayvon Martin's limb. Which, to me, is the purpose of this graphic. (I know Morsi is there too, but the Martin side is more relevant at this point)
Obama executes on his Alinskyite tactics with pretty good precision, but that's only because the media covers up the dishonesty and never calls him out. The truth has always been the man is a complete fool. Narcissistic, charismatic, and just not that smart. Moments of truth like the Zimmerman verdict really bring this fact to light (particularly because he took "ownership" of Trayvon paternally).
That said, this will probably tick off some people, but I actually have a relatively even mind about the whole George Zimmerman/Trayvon Martin ordeal. It's easy for people to pick one side over the other given the way the media and politicians all the way up to the president used this as an opportunity to polarize people on this and make it about racism.
People on Travon's side saw what they've been seeing happen to black people for a long time in America, that Trayvon wasn't actually all the much of a saint was irrelevant to the arguable injustice they saw.
People on Zimmerman's side see a case of "there you go again" with the liberal media and politicians erroneously painting this well-meaning guy as the next Grand Wizard of the KKK, and I think for a lot of people in the Zimmerman camp it became about giving those demagogues a well-deserved smack down.
The truth very likely lies somewhere in the middle. Trayvon wasn't a very good kid (especially the way the media painted him), but he didn't deserve to be killed. Zimmerman didn't deserve a guilty verdict for murder, but one can argue (playing Devil's advocate...assuming he truly didn't know what he was doing) he should probably be more adept at defending himself if he's going to patrol his neighborhood with a gun.
Whether Zimmerman's guilt is real or not it now rests between him and God, and unlike a jury in this life nothing gets by him. Hopefully people unhappy with the outcome can find solace in that. Unfortunately, I'm not terribly optimistic on that front.

Restaurants Replace Full-Timers, Concerned About Insurance [Obamacare destroys full time jobs]

Wall St. Journal ^ | July 14, 2013

Ken Adams has been turning to more part-time workers at his 10 Subway sandwich shops in Michigan to avoid possibly incurring higher health-care costs under the new federal insurance law.
He added approximately 25 part-time workers in May and June as he reduced some employees' hours and replaced other workers who left. The move showed how efforts by some restaurant owners and other businesses to remake their workforces because of the Affordable Care Act may be turning the country's labor market into a more part-time workforce.
"I'd be surprised if the Affordable Care Act didn't have something to do with" the pickup in part-time hiring, said Paul Dales, senior U.S. economist at Capital Economics. "Companies don't want to pay for health care unnecessarily if they can avoid it, so they'll try to avoid it." However, he said "the effects will be harder to discern in the data."
For the entire U.S. workforce, employers have added far more part-time employees in 2013—averaging 93,000 a month, seasonally adjusted—than full-time workers, which have averaged 22,000. Last year the reverse was true, with employers adding 31,000 part-time workers monthly, compared with 171,000 full-time ones.
The Affordable Care Act requires employers with 50 or more full-time equivalent workers to offer affordable insurance to employees working 30 or more hours a week or face fines. Some companies have said the requirement could increase their costs significantly, although others have played down the potential hit.
The cost for small firms to comply with the health law will depend largely on the number of additional full-time employees that sign up for employer-sponsored coverage. Average annual premiums for employer-sponsored health insurance in 2012 were $5,615 for single coverage and $15,745 for family coverage, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation. That is up from $3,083 and $8,003, respectively, in 2002.
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The Exploitation of Trayvon Martin

Political Realities ^ | 07/15/13 | Charles M. Phipps

As of this writing, since January 1, 2013, there have been 157 homicides of blacks in Chicago. The causes of death were 12 by stabbing and 145 by gunshot. Sixteen of them were under 18 years of age. Without looking them up, can you name even one of the victims? Just one? Unless you're from Chicago or related to someone involved in the case, I'll bet you can't.
Have you heard about Darryl Green? He was a 17-year-old in Chicago whose decomposed body was found in an abandoned building. He'd been shot to death. It's suspected he was murdered because he refused to join a gang. Have you heard Darryl Green mentioned on MSNBC? CNN? Even Fox? By Obama? Anyone in Hollywood?
In the 513 days between Trayvon Martin's death and the verdict in George Zimmerman's trial there were 11,106 blacks murdered by other blacks. Again, can you name even one of the victims? So why then, does everyone in the country who doesn't live in a cave know the name Trayvon Martin?
This case provided opportunities for many different groups. For racist hate groups like the New Black Panthers it offered an opportunity to stir up anger and pass the collection hat while emotions ran high. For racist talking heads like Al Sharpton it offered an opportunity to stir up anger and get better ratings. And for politicians like Barack Obama it offered an opportunity to stir up anger and racial division in the country, which serves them politically. Obama famously said, "If I had a son, he'd look like Trayvon." Why wouldn't he look like one of the other blacks who have been murdered? Why Trayvon?
It's been well documented on many websites that the Department of Justice sent staff members to Florida to help organize and participate in protests against Zimmerman. For what purpose? And why do it on the sly? Is there any other homicide in the nation for which the DOJ has paid staff members to go and protest? None that we know about. So why this one? Why have the New Black Panthers done nothing to prevent blacks from killing other blacks? Why has Al Sharpton not done a show about black-on-black murder in Chicago?
The answer to all these questions is that it serves the administration and those on the left to provoke racial animosity and anger. It further drives minorities away from the big-bad-white-male-dominated Republican Party and allows the leaders on the left to express feigned outrage which draws in those who have been stirred up emotionally. The fact that Obama has put out a statement on this case after the verdict is further proof he is stoking this fire. Has there been another local murder case anywhere in the nation that has been commented on by a President? Please comment below if there is because I can't think of one. Even in his short statement he uses the death of Trayvon Martin as a case for gun control. Blatant political opportunism. Why has Obama not commented on even one of the 157 black homicides in his hometown, Chicago? Because they cannot be used politically.
The truth is that all these groups, talking heads and politicians could not care less about Trayvon Martin or his death. To them he is nothing but a means to an end and the fact that he was dead made him an even better one. His dead body was ripe for being exploited. These people care nothing for blacks who get killed. If they did they would be speaking about and trying to do something about the 11,106 who have been murdered since Trayvon Martin died. But they haven't and they won't, so don't tell me that they do care about Trayvon. His is but one death in a sea of black deaths. The hand that killed him being half-white, justifiable or not, is what makes this one death an opportunity for them and they have done their best to exploit it to the fullest.
The media, the racist groups, the leftist politicians... They have all profited from Trayvon. Over a year ago I wrote a post about all the people who have profited from Trayvon's death. They are all still profiting from his death and they will do their best to make it continue.
When hate groups, media and politicians use the death of a young black man to manipulate part of the population, that tells me they have no respect at all for that segment of the populace. Completely ignoring all the black deaths that happen in this country and then seizing upon one that can serve their own selfish purposes is proof they care nothing about blacks in this country. The blacks and leftists in this country are being fooled if they think these people care about them. They don't. They care only for themselves and their own selfish gains.
Ask any of these people who Arrell Monegan is. Who Julius Campbell is. Who Cornelius German is. Who Patrick Sykes is. They won't know. They have nothing to gain by knowing.

(IDIOT) Eric Holder Revives Bogus Civil-Rights Investigation Against Zimmerman

National Review ^ | 07/15/2013 | By Andrew C. McCarthy


The Obama Justice Department is reviving its bogus civil-rights investigation of George Zimmerman, despite a Florida jury’s acquittal of Zimmerman yesterday on all charges. The trial demonstrated a dearth of evidence that he intended to kill Trayvon Martin, much less that he killed him with an intent to deny his civil rights. The New York Daily News reports on DOJ’s announcement:
“Experienced federal prosecutors will determine whether the evidence reveals a prosecutable violation of any of the limited federal criminal civil rights statutes within our jurisdiction, and whether federal prosecution is appropriate in accordance with the Department’s policy governing successive federal prosecution following a state trial,” the Department of Justice said.
The announcement came as welcome news to civil rights leaders, who began calling for the federal charges almost immediately after the verdict was read in Seminole County court in Sanford, Fla.
“We are outraged and heartbroken over today’s verdict,” NAACP President Benjamin Jealous said in a statement.
Holder’s minions, it is worth remembering, consulted with the NAACP before the Justice Department dropped the New Black Panthers voter intimidation case that the government had already won.
With due respect to Peggy Noonan, the Justice Department is already deeply involved in, and couldn’t have more disgracefully politicized, the George Zimmerman case. There would have been no Florida prosecution of Zimmerman absent the extortionate pressure brought to bear by Attorney General Eric Holder.
We knew that even before learning last week that Justice’s “Community Relations Division” (Alinsky-style rabble-rousing under the guise of “peacemaker”) colluded at taxpayer expense with the NAACP and other agitators to demand that charges be brought against Zimmerman — managing, in the process, to get Sanford police chief Bill Lee cashiered for daring to do his job faithfully, tune out the politics, and decline to arrest Zimmerman because the evidence didn’t support it.
Recall that contemporaneous with the spring-2012 demonstrations against Zimmerman that the Justice Department abetted — and with President Obama’s nod-and-wink incitement that, if he had a son, the son would “look like Trayvon” — Holder sped down to Florida. There, he sang the praises of race huckster extraordinaire Al Sharpton, joining Rev. No Justice, No Peace in calling for Zimmerman’s scalp. Holder’s M-O was to threaten a federal civil rights prosecution if Florida failed to act. I wrote a column about the Holder-Sharpton spectacle, the already patent deficiency of the murder case against Zimmerman, and the absurdity of a companion civil rights prosecution. I think it holds up pretty well:
. . . This week, our esteemed attorney general canoodled with Reverend Al at the annual convention of the “National Action Network,” home base for the infamous huckster (that would be Sharpton, not Holder — sorry for any confusion). It is difficult to imagine another attorney general in American history sucking up to such a race-mongering charlatan. The Sharpton record was succinctly catalogued on the Corner by Victor Davis Hanson: inciting murderous riots; slandering Jews, Mormons, and homosexuals; libeling a state prosecutor in the course of championing Tawana Brawley’s fabrication of a racial “hate crime.” Yet there was Holder, ladling cringe-making praise on Sharpton for “your partnership, your friendship, and your tireless efforts to speak out for the voiceless, to stand up for the powerless, and to shine a light on the problems we must solve and the promises we must fulfill.”
Holder is currently in “partnership” with his fast friend on the highly charged Trayvon Martin case. In the days before the nation’s chief federal law-enforcement official lionized the CEO of the nation’s racial-grievance industry, Sharpton had been in Florida, threatening that his “action network” — as in “direct action,” the community-organizer’s stock-in-trade — would “move to the next level” if authorities in Sanford, Fla., failed to arrest George Zimmerman, the man (or, if you prefer the New York Times Agitator’s Glossary, the “white Hispanic”) who shot Mr. Martin, a black 17-year-old.
With such notches on his belt as Crown Heights and Freddie’s Fashion Mart, there’s not a lot of mystery involved when the Reverend Al starts conjuring “the next level” of “action.” Still, never what you’d call a master of subtlety, Sharpton — between inciting mobs with demands to “arrest Zimmerman now!” — expressly threatened to “occupy” the city of Sanford.
The nation’s chief federal law enforcer reacted to these threats of lawlessness with paeans to Sharpton’s besotted history. Beyond that, Holder has been doing plenty of agitating on his own. He bragged to Sharpton’s crowd that he’d ordered his Justice Department to open an investigation into the Martin shooting three weeks ago. He stood ready, he vowed, to file “civil rights” charges if warranted by “the facts and the law.”
Just one problem: Nothing about the known facts comes close to triggering federal jurisdiction. Holder’s “civil rights” hooey is based on fiction: a tale manufactured by NBC News, the flimflam artists who doctored the audiotape of Zimmerman’s call to the police, stoking public outrage with a report that Zimmerman had racially profiled Martin.
The case at hand involves the excruciating loss of a 17-year-old’s life. We do not know exactly what happened. We do know, however, that there is virtually no chance Martin’s race was the cause of his killing. Quite apart from Zimmerman’s lineage — which the Times would be reporting as “Hispanic,” not the newfangled “white Hispanic,” if he had been on the receiving end of fired shots — Zimmerman is of a mixed-race family. Not only does he have black relatives, he has reportedly donated his time to tutor black children…. In the context of the case, Martin’s race is sheer happenstance. Its principal relevance is the divisive opening it presents for opportunistic racialists such as Sharpton and Holder.
Race is a dubious constitutional basis for federal intrusion into state law enforcement. The framers saw policing as a state matter– that’s why there was no U.S. Justice Department for the first 83 years of constitutional governance. One needn’t be blind to slavery and structural racism to understand that 21st-century Florida has moved beyond these blights on the nation’s history. There is zero reason to believe that, without Eric Holder hovering, Florida’s police, prosecutors, and citizens could not be trusted to do justice.
There is, moreover, grave reason to believe Holder’s looming involvement will taint the case. In fact, it is already tainting the case….
[C]ontroversial cases that stir passions and bring out the rabble-rousers demand that high law-enforcement officials provide adult supervision. Not every wrong is a criminal wrong. Responsible prosecutors respect this premise as the Constitution’s safe harbor for the innocent; it is not a mere inconvenience to be maneuvered around. Doing justice means justice for everyone, including the suspect. While it may be news to Mr. Holder, that proposition holds even if the suspect’s name is not Khalid Sheikh Mohammed. If negligence, even lethal negligence, has occurred, its victims are not without a remedy — they can sue civilly. The criminal law, however, is not the solution to every legal problem, and its invocation where it has no place is monstrous.
The Justice Department’s conduct in the Martin case has been emblematic of Holder’s tenure: an exercise in hardball politics, not faithful law enforcement. In this case, a responsible attorney general would stay his hand. There appears to be no possibility of a federal crime. If such a possibility arises, the generous statute of limitations on civil-rights violations means there is no rush, and the “dual sovereignty” doctrine assures that there will be no double-jeopardy bar against a federal prosecution once the state’s work is done. The feds should just butt out for now: Let Florida’s system work.
And keep quiet in the meantime. We expect grand juries and petit juries to deliberate over cases in secret. The law requires that, because juries are supposed to decide without fear or favor, based on unvarnished evidence not outside agitators. In stark contrast, Holder has thrown the enormous weight of the Justice Department behind the mob. He is not seeking justice; he is pressing his thumb on the scale. And it’s working. When Trayvon Martin was first shot to death nearly two months ago, state authorities sensibly opted not to charge George Zimmerman with murder. It wasn’t that they were looking to excuse wrongdoing. It was that the evidence was insufficient to prove murder beyond a reasonable doubt.
Plainly, there was a lack of criminal intent: There was obviously no premeditation; and, alternatively, the facts do not remotely suggest that Zimmerman acted with a “depraved mind regardless of human life” (e.g., the savage indifference of a man who fires into a crowd, heedless of the consequences). To the contrary, the known facts indicate (a) Zimmerman’s concern that Martin was acting suspiciously (the depraved do not call the police, as Zimmerman did, before shooting), and (b) a struggle in which Zimmerman may well have been severely beaten and, in any event, would have a strong basis to persuade a jury that he shot in self-defense….
A prosecutor cannot prove murder without being able to prove mens rea (the state-of-mind element of the offense). To file a murder charge without first establishing mens rea would be unethical and violate due process. So, initially, the Florida authorities did not. But there followed over six weeks of race-baiters fanning the flames of rage. If a U.S. attorney general has any role in such circumstances, it is to call for calm, assure people that the professionals are doing their duty diligently, and urge that the process be allowed to play out. Holder, instead, decided to go Sharpton — except he’s a Sharpton with subpoena power, as well as the raw power to threaten Florida with a civil-rights investigation that would portray its police and prosecutors as racially insensitive obstacles to social justice….

Wendy Davis won the battle, but Rick Perry won the war!

National Review ^ | 07/15/2013 | Betsy Woodruff

Wendy Davis won the battle, but Rick Perry won the war. Today, the governor signs the omnibus pro-life bill that, for at least a few weeks, drove thousands of protesters to the statehouse and put a national spotlight on Texas.

Strangely, it came down to the issue of transportation. The legislature didn’t pass needed transportation legislation during the normal session, which led Perry to call a special session. Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst sent Perry a letter requesting that a special session address, among other matters, pro-life issues. Perry agreed.
It’s important to note that the pro-life legislation, to have a chance of passage, had to come up in a special session. During the regular session, a bill must win support from two-thirds of the Texas Senate to go to the floor. Republicans have a majority in the Senate, but it’s not quite big enough for that.
“The Senate’s usually where super-conservative stuff goes to die,” says one Republican Texas consultant. But special sessions don’t have the two-thirds requirement.
It’s unclear when Perry decided not to run for a fourth term as governor, but this special session was his last chance to pass muscular pro-life legislation. And if he’s mulling a 2016 presidential bid — and many Austin politicos are confident he is — then signing off on this bill will boost his social-conservative bona fides. It’s also important to remember that Texas had its own version of Kermit Gosnell: Douglas Karpen, an abortion doctor who stands accused of killing babies after they were born alive. The chilling narrative was in the background of all the proceedings, and gave pro-life legislators extra impetus to restrict abortion. Elizabeth Graham, of Texas Right to Life, tells me that the provisions of the omnibus legislation would prevent future murders of that sort.
The Republican consultant says that the muscular nature of the legislation is a credit, at least in part, to the pro-life protesters who came to the statehouse. Thousands of pro-choice activists came to Austin wearing orange shirts, but pro-life activists had a strong presence, too, especially when the House had its second reading of the bill. “I think Republicans are far more susceptible to the feeling of popular pressure,” he says. “I think they’re much more likely to cave in to what they feel are popular demands, so I think it was important that the pro-life people showed up.”
Austin is liberal, especially by Texas standards. “In other big cities, San Antonio, Houston, Dallas, there’s not this population of cropped haircuts and aggressive tattoos and poor hygiene,” the consultant says. “Those people only really exist in the city of Austin, and they were all at the capitol in the last few weeks making a lot of noise.”
The national attention the protesters drew makes it especially significant, the consultant says, that the legislation passed without any amendments that weaken it.
State Representative James White, a Republican from East Texas, tells me that though the Texas legislature has had a pro-life majority for at least ten years, it takes substantial behind-the-scenes effort to get this kind of bill passed. The legislature passed sonogram legislation in 2011, after trying in previous sessions. “Nothing happens on edict, and it takes a while to just get folks on board,” he tells me. But this time around, everything came together. “I’d just say it was a perfect storm,” he says.
Graham tells me that the legislation draws from the fetal-pain bill that passed the U.S. House in June. “The pain bill is the next logical step after sonograms that draws attention to the humanity of the unborn child,” she says. “And so with each piece of legislation, you have a regulatory-enforcement piece, and then there’s a piece that has to recognize that the preborn child is a victim of abortion, as well as the woman.”
She says that adding language to tighten regulations of clinics was Perry’s idea, and Perry is expected to sign the bill in short order. Fewer abortions will be performed in Texas, Graham predicts, after the bill is signed into law. If so, Perry can add it to his list of accomplishments as governor. Not that he’s counting.
— Betsy Woodruff is a William F. Buckley Fellow at the National Review Institute.

Labor Unions: Obamacare Will 'Shatter' Our Health Benefits, Cause 'Nightmare Scenarios'

Forbes via Yahoo News ^ | 15 July 2013 | Avik Roy

Labor unions are among the key institutions responsible for the passage of Obamacare. They spent tons of money electing Democrats to Congress in 2006 and 2008, and fought hard to push the health law through the legislature in 2009 and 2010. But now, unions are waking up to the fact that Obamacare is heavily disruptive to the health benefits of their members.
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To avoid being the 21st century Whig Party, GOP must forget minorities and focus on White votes

Coach is Right ^ | 7/15/13 | Derrick Hollenbeck

We’ve heard ad nauseam the advice from our good friend Chuck Schumer about how the Republicans can win the White House back if they would only grant amnesty to millions of new Democrat voters and erase our southern border. This is of course a lie designed to destroy the Republican Party akin to deliberately directing a lost motorist to take a washed out bridge during a roaring Nor’easter.
Because what Democrats say and do is so often Satanic and purposefully dishonest here’s some advice from a rank and file conservative who actually wants the Republican Party to survive and grow.
The road to future political dominance is...
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Snowden Nominated for Nobel Peace Prize After ‘Disrepute Incurred’ for Picking Obama

nationalreview.com ^ 

Snowden Nominated for Nobel Peace Prize After ‘Disrepute Incurred’ for Picking Obama By Andrew Johnson July 15, 2013 11:49 AM

A Swedish professor has nominated NSA leaker Edward Snowden for the Nobel Peace Prize for his revelations of the surveillance program, but also to redeem the award’s prestige after it was awarded to President Obama in 2009.
In his letter to the Norwegian Nobel Committee, Umea University’s Stefan Svallfors argues that Snowden, who would be the award’s youngest winner at 30, exemplified that “individuals can stand up for fundamental rights and freedoms.” Svallfors lauded Snowden’s “heroic effort at great personal cost.”
In 2009, President Obama won the Nobel Peace Prize after less than a year in office, drawing criticism for the committee’s prematurity, including from Svallfors. The professor says that picking Snowden would “help to save the Nobel Peace Prize from the disrepute incurred by the hasty and ill-conceived decision to award US President Barack Obama the 2009 award.”
According to the Daily Mail’s translation of his statement, Svallfords believes Snowden to be a “highly affordable candidate.” Similiar past nominees include Wikileaks’ Julian Assange and Bradley Manning, who did not win.

New Black Panthers: Zimmerman verdict means 'war'

WND ^ | July 14, 2013 | Aaron Klein

The George Zimmerman verdict is a declaration of war that only the devil can applaud, according to the Twitter feed for the New Black Panther Party.
The Twitter account, managed by the group’s national chairman, Malik Zulu Shabazz, further urged followers to “take to the streets [and] stay there.”
“Were at war,” Shabbazz Tweeted. “Its (sic) silly and immoral to call for peace when war has been declared.”
The NBPP slammed what it called the “white mans (sic) justice system,” claiming the courts base their law on “the white is right theory.”
“Only a devil would applaud that verdict. Only natural born devil. By applauding that verdict you in fact admit that you are a devil,” wrote Shabbazz.
“The major problem with whites is they see white as exalted over others,” the Twitter feed added.
Shabbazz Tweeted that “As a lawyer, I am deeply dissapointed & embarassed (sic) at a judicial system that can’t deliver jail time for clear killer.”
Of whites, Shabbazz charged, “You all are born to kill and murder the darker peoples as Jesus says in John 8th chapter 44 verse. ‘A liar and a murderer from beginning.’”
Continued Shabbazz: “Everywhere the white man has gone since released from the caves and hills of europe the white man has killed & murdered the dark peoples :(”
See the NBPP tweet stream for yourself below:

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WHY?

Libs to Zimmerman: Drop dead!

"Anger" flows at acquittal of George Zimmerman in death of Trayvon Martin(Libs to Zimmerman ..)

Posted on 7/15/2013 1:59:49 AM by JohnHuang2
George Zimmerman’s acquittal Saturday night on all charges in the killing of a black teenager, Trayvon Martin, sparked deep emotional reactions across the country Sunday, resurrecting an intense national debate about the role of race and racism in American life.
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Libs to Zimmerman: Drop dead
Washington Post ^ | 7-15-2013 | By Carol D. Leonnig and Jenna Johnson 

Declaring 'enough is enough' after one of the worst shooting sprees last week in Chicago, the Rev. Jesse Jackson, Rev. Al Sharpton and other civil rights leaders marched on the streets of the Windy City in protest against the wave of black-on-black crime plaguing that city, demanding tougher prison sentences for criminals -- WE INTERRUPT THIS 'TWILIGHT ZONE' EPISODE to bring you a reality-based news bulletin!Liberals are stunned and dismayed that George Zimmerman was acquitted of all false charges. The Holder Justice Department is looking into filing spurious civil rights charges against Zimmerman because he was acquitted. And because, if Obama had a son, he wouldn't look like George Zimmerman.
The three main reasons for Zimmerman's acquittal were: (1) no evidence, (2) he was innocent, (3) no evidence. There were six women on the jury but Nancy Grace was not one of them.
The Zimmerman shooting case marked the first time in history that liberals weren't claiming that the gun acted on its own.
Interestingly, when the identities of the D.C. snipers became known -- one of them named Muhammad -- libbies were quick to forgive and forget, insisting the two were just misunderstood murderers. Besides, they only intended to shoot white people. With Zimmerman, libbies couldn't wait to lynch him.
Liberals constantly lecture and harangue conservatives about the sacredness of the jury system. They wanted to try KSM before a regular jury in New York City because there's no way a jury could get it wrong. Unless libbies disagree with the verdict. Harry Reid said that since Zimmerman was acquitted the Justice Department should prosecute him and that "this isn't over with." He also said, "I support the system." Say, maybe we should look into Harry Reid's activities and prosecute him. I support the system.
From the media-manufactured 'narrative', to the assumed "facts" about the case, all crumbled in the courtroom. Short list:
-- Liberals argue hysterically that Trayvon Martin was this innocent little darling armed with nothing more than Skittles and a soda. Evidence from the prosecution's own witnesses showed the innocent little, 6'2", 160-pound lad was very busy committing battery against Zimmerman that night. Moreover, angelic Trayvon got suspended from school for possessing a burglary tool and women's jewelry. (Jesse Jackson says Trayvon "was doing all the right stuff");
-- We hear endlessly from the media that this was a tragedy all the way around. The media yammer on and on about the tragedy of the death of Trayvon Martin. Obama, a self-proclaimed "black" man, called it a tragedy yesterday because the 'self-proclaimed Hispanic' Hispanic wasn't the one who got killed. It wasn't a tragedy. This was the PREVENTION of a tragedy. It would have been tragic had Trayvon succeeded in bashing Zimmerman's head on the cement enough times to have killed him. Or if an innocent man had been convicted to appease a mob;
-- Liberals insist Zimmerman should have stayed in his vehicle while a suspicious character fitting the profile of perps plaguing the neighborhood with a rash of burglaries was allowed to roam around. Just like every good neighborhood watch captain would do. Then it turns out that Trayvon had 4 whole minutes to get away (the time between Zimmerman losing sight of Trayvon and when the innocent pacifist lad decided to batter the man he allegedly was afraid of);
-- During the 14 months before the Zimmerman incident, that neighborhood had experienced about 8 burglaries. (Out of force of habit, Janet Napolitano noted the neighborhood had never been more secure);
-- Zimmerman 'tracking' Trayvon doesn't vitiate a claim of self-defense since what matters was Zimmerman's state of mind while getting pummeled. Contrast that with Ted Kennedy's state of mind while drowning a girl and Bill Clinton raping a woman);
-- Liberals claim the Zimmerman case shows why the 'Stand Your Ground' law must be repealed. The Zimmerman case wasn't based on Stand Your Ground, principally because Zimmerman's head was being slammed against the ground;
-- The prosecutors, consisting of expert mind-readers, accused Zimmerman of being a racist. They know this because the tolerant, saintly racial healer Trayvon Martin called him a "creepy ass cracker";
The record shows an FBI investigation a year ago concluded, after interviewing 30 people, there was no evidence the shooting was caused by racial bias or hatred on Zimmerman's part, so good luck bringing "civil rights" charges against him. 
Anway, that's...
My Two Cents...

***Obama: The Biggest "Crack" Dealer In America***

Stardate: 1307.15

Crack is a drug designed to fill the user with euphoria for a very short time, need constant reuse, and very quickly enslaves the user into dependence. It is too often used in minority communities where life is harder and the promise of the American dream looks like a mountain too high to reach, so this make believe feeling of satisfaction can easily be offered and accepted by those desiring the illusion of a better life, NOW.
Enter Obama, the dealer of give-aways and food stamps and work free welfare and a host of other trinkets used to lure in the inexperienced, the young, those who don't understand how America really works: you work hard and get ahead, and sometimes it's not you but your children who get these blessings, but in America you earn things, they aren't handed to you.....
Just like the corner crack dealer who robs you of your money for false pleasure, your work ethic for quick thrills, the Obama administration tries to make give aways instead of working fashionable and OK to pursue, robbing folks of their motivation to be more than they are, robbing them of the chance to have real solid accomplishments, and replaces them with temporary false highs that turn them and their families into government junkies.....
It's time for the GOP to enter those minority communities including Latins, Blacks, the young and un wise, women, ET AL, and teach them about America through people who look like them, speak their language and understand how this administration is trying to enslave them for their own purposes....
We don't advertise for food stamps and work free welfare...those things are there for those who can't make it without them, it is not fashionable to be enslaved...
And the GOP better get that or they will allow the Obamas and hairy reeds of the country to ruin the citizens who only need education to become solid Americans, and Americans have always been self starters, and the ones the world relies on for guidance and goals of what a free man can do if allowed to.

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Right of Self Defense 1, Obama 0 [George Zimmerman trial]

The AMERICAN THINKER ^ | July 15, 2013 | Jonathon Moseley

Destroying the Second Amendment and the people's right of self-defense was the real goal of the George Zimmerman prosecution. Liberals hoped to scare gun owners, regardless of the eventual verdict. Traumatizing and intimidating people from using a firearm to defend themselves were what this case was really about.
This prosecution was an attempt to overturn Florida's "stand your ground law." Florida dramatically changed the law effective October 1, 2005 by amending Florida Statute 776.013(3). Previously, one had to run away if possible when threatened.
But many believed that this put the burden of proof on the victim of aggression. Victims of crime would have to prove that they could not have escaped safely and they had no other choice but to use deadly force. Florida's legislature was persuaded that the "duty to retreat" often put the innocent party in an impossible position to prove their innocence. While deadly force should never be used unless necessary, the victims of crime sometimes faced an unwinnable challenge.
But liberals were outraged. Gun control activists hysterically called it "Florida's Shoot First Law." Opponents passed out fliers at Miami International Airport scaring tourists, hoping to blackmail Florida's powerful tourism industry and pressure the Florida legislature into a repeal.
Florida's "stand your ground law" had to be reversed or nullified. If owning a gun is useful for self-defense, then banning guns becomes more difficult. So self-defense had to be eliminated so that owning a gun would have no purpose. How else could liberals create a population dependent upon government?
Colorado State Rep. Joe Salazar, a Democrat, argued that a young woman in danger on a college campus would be better served by police call boxes, safe zones, and whistles than carrying a gun. The University of Colorado at Colorado Springs gave absurd tips to women
(Excerpt) Read more at americanthinker.com ...

US Repeals Propaganda Ban, Spreads Government-Made News to Americans

Foreign Policy ^ | July 14, 2013 | John Hudson

For decades, a so-called anti-propaganda law prevented the U.S. government's mammoth broadcasting arm from delivering programming to American audiences. But on July 2, that came silently to an end with the implementation of a new reform passed in January. The result: an unleashing of thousands of hours per week of government-funded radio and TV programs for domestic U.S. consumption in a reform initially criticized as a green light for U.S. domestic propaganda efforts. So what just happened?
Until this month, a vast ocean of U.S. programming produced by the Broadcasting Board of Governors such as Voice of America, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty and the Middle East Broadcasting Networks could only be viewed or listened to at broadcast quality in foreign countries. The programming varies in tone and quality, but its breadth is vast: It's viewed in more than 100 countries in 61 languages. The topics covered include human rights abuses in Iran; self-immolation in Tibet; human trafficking across Asia; and on-the-ground reporting in Egypt and Iraq.
The restriction of these broadcasts was due to the Smith-Mundt Act, a long standing piece of legislation that has been amended numerous times over the years, perhaps most consequentially by Arkansas Senator J. William Fulbright. Fulbright was no friend of VOA and Radio Free Europe, and moved to restrict them from domestic distribution, saying they "should be given the opportunity to take their rightful place in the graveyard of Cold War relics."
(Excerpt) Read more at thecable.foreignpolicy.com ...