Saturday, February 8, 2014

The (R) Does Not Stand for Racist ^ | February 8, 2014 | Sarah Roderick
Does the (R) after a politician’s name represent his/her views on race? It seems so, according to MSNBC and their liberal cohorts. Recently, on the Melissa Perry-Harris show, a comment was made regarding former presidential candidate, Mitt Romney and his family. Romney’s crime, on his lap, he held the latest addition to the Romney family, an African-American grandbaby. How dare he parade an African-American child in his family portrait? He and his family are Republicans, and everyone knows Republicans are racist. More recently, MSNBC tweeted a snide comment regarding the Cheerios ad that aired last year depicting a bi-racial family. The tweet insinuated conservatives would be appalled at a bi-racial family. Congressman Tim Huelskamp responded with a family portrait of his four African-American children. The tweets that followed were nothing short of a cyber-lynching, accusing the congressman of “borrowing” his children for a family photo-op. It must be true that Rep. Huelskamp and his wife adopted, or rented the children for political purposes. After all, Kansas is known to be a deep purple state, right? Time after time the left-wing establishment has concocted a negative stereo-type depicting Republicans and conservatives as racist, intolerant, narrow-minded bigots. The left-wing would like Americans to believe the (R) is an acronym for racist. Many Americans have subscribed to the liberal school of thought that Republicans are a large group of old, fat, uneducated, white Anglo-Saxon men who sit around drinking Southern Comfort and smoking on the porch of a southern plantation. How history has been altered in the past 150 years since the days Abraham Lincoln fought to free slaves. Lincoln, a Republican, for his time was a progressive thinker and envisioned an America where people of all color could live equally. If MSNBC were around during Lincoln’s era, how would he have been portrayed? The cowardly attacks on the Romney and Huelskamp families hit home for me. I am from a large Catholic family, who grew up in a small Midwestern town. I was raised with conservative values, and my parents made their eco footprint by producing five children. We were surrounded by liberal elitist academia in a university town. It was not uncommon for people to make comments regarding the size of our family. One retired professor even made the comment that childrens’ IQ decreased by the number of children born in a family. This was, and is a liberal logic to prevent “excessive” reproduction. How is that for open mindedness? My parents did not stop. Other people were brought into our home. When I was eight years old my parents rescued a teen-aged Filipina who had been brought to the U.S. by Saudi Arabian students as a slave. The Saudi slave owners skipped the country before prosecution, thanks to a liberal academia who tipped them off. She lived with my family for nearly three years, and, to this day refers to my family as her own. When I was a senior in college, my parents adopted a newborn African-American girl. In 2002, this was a rarity. My parents, the ultra-conservative, middle American, white, heterosexual married couple were trendsetters even before the days of Brangelina and Madonna. When I announced the joyous news of my long awaited baby sister, I was met with criticism. The critics were not my conservative leaning friends; no, they were academic liberal elites. The biggest concern was that she was being taken out of her “culture.” Her culture? What culture were they inferring? Her birth-mother, an alcoholic and drug abuser, lived in a poverty-stricken and gang infested neighborhood. Her birth-mother had intended on aborting her, but she could not produce $200 to pay for the abortion. Was her culture and predetermined future to live a life of poverty and hunger, surrounded by drug dealers, violence and a decaying education system? Or was she better off being scraped off an abortion clinic floor into a trash can? Who were the real racists and bigots in these two situations? My parents, the conservatives, or the liberal academia? It is difficult for liberals to accept that conservatives and the Republican Party are the future of progressive minorities. The success of African-Americans who happen to be Republicans have been touted as Uncle Toms on parade. The (R) stands for respect and rights. It is the right for every human being strive for a brighter future. It is the respect for all human life to be given an opportunity to pursue dreams. My family, the Romneys, the Huelskamps, and many other multi-racial families have adopted out of love, not political gain. Our families are giving these children a hope for a better future. To those who made hurtful, slandering remarks accusing our families of racism, because of our political leaning, why is the first thing they noticed, color? When I look at family photos, I don’t see color, I see love. As a conservative Republican, am I a racist for wanting a brighter future for my sister? Success, economic stability, strong family values, deep routed faith and pride in our nation are not the foundation for bigotry, but the foundation of hope, freedom and prosperity. I personally rather be associate with the party that idealizes the philosophies of Abraham Lincoln, than the party that idealizes the philosophies of Margaret Sanger.

Memo to GOP: Become the Workers’ Party-Republicans should seize the opportunity to set a jobs agenda

The National Review ^ | February 7, 2014 | Mona Charen

The Obama administration’s response to the Congressional Budget Office’s prediction that Obamacare will cause 2.5 million fewer Americans to work in the coming years is an opportunity for Republicans to seize the moral high ground on the issue of work. Rather than dispute the CBO’s analysis — which would have been awkward, as the White House has touted CBO’s predictions in the past — the administration is spinning the jobs loss as a kind of liberation. No longer tied down to the pesky need to earn a salary, some Americans will be able to follow their bliss. This is part of a pattern from this administration (it would be crude to call it a “war on work”), of incentives, disincentives, taxes, regulations, and other decisions that make jobs more difficult to find and unemployment more entrenched. If a Republican were in the White House, the state of unemployment in America would be on everyone’s lips. As Michael Strain outlines in National Affairs, the absolute number of long-term unemployed and their share of the jobless are both at post–World War II highs. Five years after the end of the Great Recession, the economy still has 1.3 million fewer jobs than it had in 2008. The employment rate among 24- to 54-year-olds, the prime working population, plummeted in 2009 and has scarcely recovered since....

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How the GOP can win the White House. And everything else!

Flopping Aces ^ | 02-07-14 | DrJohn

obama-irs-gestapo-scandal-conservative-corruption  There is no longer any question about the overt corruption that is the IRS and it's worse than you thought. The newly released Lois Lerner emails are the smoking gun.
During his testimony, he pointed to emails sent by former IRS official Lois Lerner that appear to contradict the administration's assertions that the targeting was not a coordinated effort from Washington. The emails were released by the House Ways and Means Committee as part of its probe of the IRS scandal. Sekulow explained that the emails show Lerner in contact with the IRS' chief counsel and other top lawyers at least a year before the scandal became public. He said that Lerner wrote about coming up with new rules to restrict non-profit groups. "They wanted to do it 'off-plan,' which means off the books so it's not on the public calendar. And all of that was taking place while the targeting was going on," he explained. Sekulow says the emails disprove the Obama administration's story about the targeting originating in a remote office among lower level IRS agents. Sekulow believes the email is a "smoking gun" in his plaintiffs' case against the IRS. "Legally, the IRS has been caught red-handed and the American people and certainly our plaintiffs are not taking it lying down," said Sekulow. He believes a special prosecutor must be called on to investigate, since the head of the current probe has been found to be a big Obama campaign donor. "When you see these emails and you understand what's in them, you realize the highest level of the IRS was conspiring with Lois Lerner at least a year before this scandal broke. And what they've attempted to do now is just cover their tracks."

Cleta Mitchell, an attorney representing some targeted conservative groups testified at the IRS hearings and listed the real crimes that have been committed:
"This scandal is not over," said Washington Attorney Cleta Mitchell, who's representing about a dozen of the targeted tea party groups. She rattled off a number of criminal offenses that have been committed in what she called, "this very ugly episode": "The lying has not stopped. There are lies upon lies in this ugly episode. The Commissioner of the IRS lied to Congress in March 2012 when he said there was absolutely no targeting, Mitchell declared, making sure to note that, "lying to Congress is a crime." She continued, "the Department of Justice refuses to investigate who it was that was responsible for releasing confidential tax information of Koch Industries to the president's Economic Advisor who in turn , released it to the press." "Or who released the National Organization of Marriage's tax return? I represent NOM - we sued the IRS to try to get to the bottom of why our confidential tax information was made available to our political opponents. Where's the FBI in investigating?....That is a criminal offense!" "It is a criminal offense also for the IRS to release the confidential donors of the Texas Public Policy Foundation and the Republican governor's Public Policy Council." Conservative organizations, whose donor information was released by the IRS... That's a criminal offense! Who's investigating that? And finally the lies...again - it is a felony to lie to a federal agency."

Yes, the IRS investigations are a sham. They're entirely phony. When you read of the sheer harassment conservative groups have subjected to it makes your blood boil.
“Since that filing in 2010, my private businesses, my nonprofit organizations, my family and I have been subjected to more than 15 instances of audit or inquiry by federal agencies,” she added. Engelbrecht’s personal and business tax returns were audited in 2011 – “each audit going back for a number of years.” Her business was inspected by Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) in 2012 when neither she nor her husband was present. She said she was later fined over $20,000 even though “the agency wrote that it found nothing serious or significant.”

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Auto Trade Group Caves To Obama Race-Mongers! ^ | February 7, 2014 | IBD Editorial

Racial Politics: Like mortgage lenders, the auto industry is inoculating itself against trumped-up racism charges by adjusting the way it prices loans. Eric Holder's witch hunt is spreading — and doing lasting damage.

On Friday, the National Automobile Dealers Association issued new "fair credit" guidelines to protect the 16,000 car dealers it represents from discrimination lawsuits filed by the Justice Department and Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. The agencies have teamed up to frame car lenders as bigots after successfully framing home lenders. "Fulfilling these goals is particularly important in light of recent allegations," NADA said in a memo to members. Last month, Attorney General Eric Holder and his diversity cops sent a chill through the industry when they slapped the nation's biggest auto lender, Ally Bank, with a $100 million penalty for alleged racist "mark-ups" on loans to minorities. "With this largest-ever settlement in an auto loan discrimination case, we are taking a firm stand against discrimination in a critical lending market," Holder said. "By requiring Ally to provide refunds to those who are overcharged because of their race or national origin, this agreement will ensure relief for Americans who are victimized." What's more, Holder snarled, "it will reinforce our determination to respond aggressively to discrimination in America's lending markets — wherever it is found." Ally denied the charges and argued there's no evidence its participating dealers are discriminating either. But lenders and dealers alike are under growing political pressure from not only Justice but the CFPB, Obama's new credit cop, to comply with new race-based lending standards. CFPB chief Richard Cordray last week claimed racism "is fairly widespread" in the auto industry.

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Over two-thirds of the continental USA covered with snow (Global Warming?)

Watts Up With That? ^ | February 7, 2014 | Anthony Watts

Readers may recall our story from Dec 15th, 2013: Over half the USA covered in snow, the most in 11 years
Now, it’s even more: Area Covered By Snow: 67.4%
Area Covered Last Month: 48.1%

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Memo to Conservatives: Republicans Aren't Your Friends Time for conservatives to stop being nice!

am thinker ^ | 2/7/14 | m vadum

One of the reasons the national Republican Party is such a mess is because Republicans are far too reluctant to criticize their own.

Republicans are nice people. Too many Republicans think it's wrong to criticize other Republicans. This failure to be forthright has had consequences. It has allowed the Republican Party to take up political space it has no business occupying as it embraces left-wing statist tyranny. Much of the time, the GOP is merely Democrat-lite. House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) are so dangerously out of touch and out of control nowadays in part because other Republicans have allowed them to get that way. Boehner and McConnell regard conservatives as a nuisance to be overcome, co-opted, subverted, and if necessary, eliminated. A new way of thinking is required. For a start, if you self-identify as a Republican and you are serious about restoring the Constitution, shrinking the government, and reducing government spending, it is wrong to think of other Republican Party members as necessarily being your friends. A political party isn't a club or a sacred religious order. It isn't a brotherhood or fraternity. The other people in the party aren't necessarily your friends, or even people you'd feel comfortable lending your lawnmower.

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Obama’s magic words and numbers

The Washington Post ^ | February 7, 2014 | George F. Will
Barack Obama, the first president shaped by the celebratory culture in which every child who plays soccer gets a trophy and the first whose campaign speeches were his qualification for the office, perhaps should not be blamed for thinking that saying things is tantamount to accomplishing things, and that good intentions are good deeds. So, his presidency is useful after all, because it illustrates the perils of government run by believers in magic words and numbers.
The last progressive president promised Model Cities, with every child enjoying a Head Start en route to enjoying an Upward Bound into a Great Society. Today’s progressive president also uses words — and numbers — magically emancipated from reality. Thirty months have passed since Obama said: “The time has come for President Assad to step aside.” Today, James Clapper, director of national intelligence, says Bashar al-Assad’s grip on power has “strengthened.” In last month’s State of the Union address, Obama defined success down by changing the subject: “American diplomacy, backed by the threat of force, is why Syria’s chemical weapons are being eliminated.” If saying so makes it so, all is well. Assad, however, seems tardy regarding this elimination, perhaps because the threat of force was never actually made. The Democratic-controlled Senate nullified the threat by its emphatic reluctance to authorize force. Reuters recently reported that Assad had surrendered “4.1 percent of the roughly 1,300 tonnes of toxic agents” he supposedly has. The “.1” is an especially magical number, given the modifier “roughly” attached to 1,300 tons....

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