Monday, May 4, 2015

Not enough money? Baltimore got $1.8 billion from Obama Stimulus

American Thinker ^ | 05/04/2015 | Thomas Lifson 


Last Tuesday, President Obama blamed the GOP-controlled Congress for its failure to fund the “massive investment in urban communities” that could “make a difference.” Well, how does $1.8 billion for the 622,000 people of Baltimore sound? Pretty massive, actually just about $290 for every man, woman, child, and baby of the entire City of Baltimore.

But that’s the total amount of Obama Stimulus money sent to Charm City, according to an analysis by The Free Beacon:
 The city of Baltimore received over $1.8 billion from President Barack Obama’s stimulus law, including $467.1 million to invest in education and $26.5 million for crime prevention.

Moreover, that spending was concentrated in Baltimore’s inner city areas:

According to Recovery.gov, one of Baltimore’s central ZIP codes, 21201, received the most stimulus funding in the city, a total of$837,955,866. The amount included funding for 276 awards, and the website reports that the spending had created 290 jobs in the fourth quarter in 2013.

Of this amount, $467.1 million went to education; $206.1 million to the environment; $24 million to “family”; $16.1 million to infrastructure; $15.2 million to transportation; $11.9 million to housing; and $3.1 million to job training.


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Message from Garland, Texas to Baltimore, Maryland

Canada Free Press ^ | 05/04/15 | Judi Mcleod 

A clear and timely message to Baltimore, Maryland from Garland, Texas last night: police officers, risking their lives to do their jobs, keep civilian society safe.
Proven countless times and now once again: Civilian lives are safer, thanks to thousands of police forces across America, whose intent is ‘To Serve and Protect’.
“Two gunmen were killed by police Sunday night after they opened fire wounding a security officer at a Texas art competition featuring works depicting the Muslim prophet Muhammad, a practice that is strictly forbidden in Islam.” (Matthew Vadum, May 4, 2015)
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Our cops will be re-learning policing, just not the how the Left expects!

Coach is Right ^ | 5/4/15 | Kevin "Coach" Collins 

The Associated Press is asking whether our police will change the way they deliver service to the people of the cities and towns they patrol. The answer is a definite Yes and No.
Yes they will; but No; those who will be watching won’t perceive the difference.
Police work requires the continual processing of data drawn from your surroundings. What a police officer sees and does not see is far more subjective than those who have never done a tour in a radio car can possibly imagine.
As a patrol officer you process information constantly and on some days make dozens of decisions. Most are mundane and have to do with, say, judging whether or not a vehicle entered an intersection before or after the light turned red. Others have to do with deciding if a guy on a street corner is selling drugs or just has lots of friends who want to shake his hand.
I used this type of discretion regularly when I worked in Bedford Stuyvesant as an Urban Combat Soldier assigned to keep the ghetto from the taxpayers’ neighborhood. During a raid on an illegal gambling casino, my partner and I watched about fifteen men walk out the side door. We never made a move to stop them. When you are up to your hips in alligators you don’t need to hunt down anymore. How many of them were wanted felons we’ll never know. They just blended back into the ghetto to stay until we arrested them the next time around.
When the captain wanted more drug arrests there were always the Sunday morning sweeps. Three teams would hit the shooting galleries, round up the junkies and take a few in at a time. This made each trip a separate “crime fighting” drug arrest and earned...
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What Black History Misses

Accuracy in Academia ^ | May 5, 2015 | Malcolm A. Kline 

We have a plethora of black history courses in primary, secondary and post-secondary institutions of learning throughout the United States. Yet and still, there are indications that quantity does not necessarily equal quality.
“As the NRA and other groups started to want to use me as a symbol of the Second Amendment — a black voice — I started reading up,” Milwaukee Sheriff David Clarke told National Review’s Charles C. W. Cooke. “I became fascinated.”
“What really struck me was the black tradition of arms. . . . I thought, Wow. This isn’t the black history I grew up reading about.” “Once blacks were able to arm themselves to protect against kidnapping and lynching,” he told Cooke, “things really began to change in terms of black freedom.”
Sheriff Clarke spoke at the Conservative Political Action Conference this year but he may never appear on the rostrum of a Republican convention, and not just because he is an elected, registered Democrat. “I believe that the Constitution protects individuals and not groups,” Sheriff Clarke told Cooke. “I believe in safe streets here at home. And I believe in states’ rights. For a label for me, ‘conservative’ is more appropriate than ‘Republican.’”
There are many who might identify.

A Pox on Baltimore

Canada Free Press ^ | 05/04/15 | Al Caruba 

A pox on Baltimore and on all the politicians from the President on down who keep telling us the police are the problem, not the world of Freddie Gray’s roaming our city’s streets
Thanks to an infection and the antibiotics taken to rid myself of it, I have had several days of being able to do little more than watch the news on television, listen to it on the radio, and reading about it in my daily edition of The Wall Street Journal. If there was anything else happening in the world, you would not know it because it was 24-7 Baltimore, Baltimore, Baltimore.
Specifically, it was about the arrest and death of Freddie Gray, a known drug dealer and user with an extensive rap sheet. There are different descriptions of the manner of his death, but the details of the autopsy are still obscure beyond a reference to having received a blow to his spine. This is attributed to having been placed in the police van, shackled hand and foot, but not having a safety belt applied.
(Excerpt) Read more at canadafreepress.com ...

Gunman outside Muhammad cartoon event identified as suspected militant sympathizer(Muslims)

 May 4 at 1:40 PM   

Two gunmen in Garland, Tex., attacked a contest for cartoons depicting the Muslim prophet Muhammad on Sunday. Garland police officers returned fire and killed both gunmen. (AP)
Two gunmen, including a man once suspected of seeking to join Islamist militants in Somalia, waited only seconds to open fire on police blocking their way to a cartoon exhibit and contest depicting the prophet Muhammad, authorities said Monday during a widening probe into a suburban shootout near Dallas that left both attackers dead and raised possible links to a homegrown terror plot.
The motive for the late Sunday attack was not immediately clear, but one of the event’s keynote speakers — Dutch parliament member Geert Wilders — has been denounced by Islamist militant groups such as al-Qaeda for his outspoken criticism of the Muslim presence in Europe.
The event’s organizer, too, has been criticized for its anti-Muslim rhetoric by rights groups such as the Southern Poverty Law Center.
The firepower of the suspected attackers — assault weapons and some type of body armor — also suggested that the Dallas suburb of Garland could be the latest point of violence linked to tensions between Western-style open expression and drawings considered highly provocative by many Muslims.
“Obviously they were there to shoot people,” Garland police spokesman Joe Harn told reporters. But he stopped short of describing the shooting as a terrorist attack. He said, however, that investigators have not ruled out possible terrorist connections.
Nearly 900 miles to the west, meanwhile, investigators searched the Phoenix apartment of the suspects. A U.S. law enforcement official told The Washington Post that the attackers have been identified as Elton Simpson, 30 — who had previously been the target of a terror-linked probe — and his roommate, Nadir Soofi, as officials tried to piece together the planning behind the late Sunday attack that wounded one guard.
Some Twitter posts, including several claiming affiliation with the Islamic State, had appeared in recent days decrying the cartoon event organized by group widely viewed as anti-Muslim. But investigators had made no public connections between the social media traffic and Sunday’s attack.

2 gunmen killed, guard shot outside Muhammad cartoon contest in Texas (New Info)

LA Times ^ | 5/3/15 | Matt Pearce 

Two gunmen were killed and a security guard wounded in an attack outside a controversial Dallas-area event Sunday evening where organizers were holding a contest for cartoons featuring the Muslim prophet Muhammad, police said.
The shooting in Garland, a Texas suburb about 20 miles from Dallas, was preceded by messages from two social media accounts that supported extremist Islamic viewpoints.
One tweet, sent at 6:35 p.m., used the hashtag "#texasattack." The user wrote, “May Allah accept us as mujahideen.” Attendees inside the conference didn’t get word about the shooting until 6:50 p.m.
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Two social media accounts tweeted messages about the attack apparently before it happened.
A Twitter account titled “Shariah is Light” – bearing the image of extremist Islamic propagandist Anwar al-Awlaki, who was killed in an American drone strike in Yemen in 2011 – tweeted an allusion to the attack just minutes before it happened.
“May Allah accept us as mujahideen [holy warriors],” the account tweeted.
Before the shooting, the “Shariah is Light” account also tweeted a command to follow another account, titled “AbuHussainAlBritani,” which also tweeted before and after the Texas shooting.
“The knives have been sharpened, soon we will come to your streets with death and slaughter!” tweeted the “AbuHussainAlBritani” account before the attack. That account’s avatar is a man in a mask pointing an assault rifle at the camera.
After the attack, the “AbuHussainAlBritani” account began tweeting praise of the Texas shooting, and linked the attack to the militant group Islamic State.
“Allahu Akbar!!!!! 2 of our brothers just opened fire at the ... art exhibition in texas!,” the account tweeted. “Kill Those That Insult The Prophet.”
“They Thought They Was Safe In Texas From The Soldiers of The Islamic State,” the account tweeted.
(Excerpt) Read more at latimes.com ...

Scott Walker Is Making MASSIVE Changes To Welfare – Will Impact Freeloaders Harshly

US Herald ^ | May 3, 2015 | Ryan Brown 

Under Governor Scott Walker's leadership, Wisconsin will join eleven other states as the newest state to require welfare recipients to pass a drug test before they can receive state welfare funds.
While some liberals and liberal-minded religious groups have called out Walker for "targeting" the poor and those with addictions, Walker's response has been spot on: if they're receiving funds from the state, the state should be able to make rules for these people to live by before they can receive a dime.
But Walker's drug test isn't simply a play to restrict the number of people who will be eligible to receive welfare, it's also a giant step forward in changing unemployment payments from helping freeloaders live off of the work of others to payments which will actually help others prepare to receive employment.
Walker's reasoning is solid. Most, if not all, employers will require a drug test for new employees and by letting people know that unemployment and welfare are just a stepping stone for those who want to receive funds.
The religious groups that oppose the change to welfare state that the change will unnecessarily target the poor and those with addictions. Walker's has the perfect and correct response, however. He says that the state of Wisconsin, by identifying those welfare recipients who have a problem with drugs, will be able to help those people with their addictions and get them back into the workforce faster.
It is innately outrageous, however, that people would take offense with Wisconsin setting benchmarks and tests for people to have to qualify for state funds. You don't argue with a bank when they set rules for you to abide by if you borrow money from them. There's really no difference with welfare funds.
If people looked at welfare like real money being given to them by hardworking people, perhaps they'd be able to see the genius behind Walker's welfare reform. He's taking a huge step forward.

Secrets of the Chevrolet Chevelle


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The Chevelle is one of America’s favorite classic muscle cars. If you turn on your favorite televised classic car auctions at random, chances are that there will be a Chevelle crossing the block. With so much attention, the Chevelle is pretty much an open book, yet here are some lesser-known facts:
  1. It was built in 10 different GM plants in two countries: Over the course of its 10-year lifespan, the Chevelle was assembled in a whopping 10 different GM plants. For the record, that was: Arlington, Texas; Atlanta, Ga.; Baltimore, Md.; Flint, Mich.; Framingham, Mass.; Fremont, Calif.; Kansas City, Kan.; Oshawa, On., Canada; and Sainte-Thérèse, PQ, Canada.
  2. It shared a platform with El Camino and Monte Carlo: In addition to being produced in convertible, two-door, four-door and station wagon body-styles, the Chevelle’s platform underpinned both the El Camino car/pickup and the personal luxury Monte Carlo.
  3. It’s gone but certainly not forgotten: The Chevelle nameplate died after the 1978 model year. And in spite of the fact that it is consistently named by auto journalists and bowtie fans as a name they would like Chevy to revive, it’s never come close to happening.
  4. There was a Canada-only version: GM and Ford formerly had a practice of creating specific models and nameplates for the Canadian market. There was a Canadian version of the Chevelle built in Quebec and Ontario called the Acadian Beaumont, which had a slightly different grille and trim. They’re rare and a very definite curiosity in the Chevelle world.
  5. Intended to be the successor to the famous Tri-Five 1955-57 Chevies: Designers saw the Chevelle as the spiritual successor to the 1955-57 Bel Air/210, noting that the 115-inch wheelbase was the same, and like the 55-57 Chevy, the Chevelle was offered in two-door coupe, four-door, convertible, and two- and four-door wagon body styles. It’s proven to be the case in the collector car world, too, as younger baby boomers and Gen-Xers opt for the Chevelle as the collectible Chevy of choice over the 55-57 Bel Air of the immediate post-war boomers.

A lose-lose choice for Hillary Clinton

Reuters ^ 

The big threat to Hillary Clinton’s campaign isn’t coming from a competitor. It’s coming from an issue. And it’s coming now, long before the first primary. Will she be for or against giving President Barack Obama fast-track authority to negotiate trade deals?
Fast track gives a president the power to make trade deals that cannot be amended by Congress. All Congress can do is accept or reject the agreement. Other countries, say fast-track supporters, won’t negotiate with Washington if they know that Congress can amend any deal they agree to.
Obama’s problem is with Democrats. They are horrified by the Trans-Pacific Partnership. They see it as a job killer, like the North American Free Trade Agreement passed in 1993 under President Bill Clinton. A powerful coalition of labor unions, progressives, environmentalists and Latino organizations opposes the new trade agreement. That’s the Democratic Party base.
See Hillary Clinton’s problem? If she supports fast track, it will inflame liberals who will hound her over it all through the primaries. It may even propel a challenge from her left. If she opposes fast track, she will enrage the Obama administration and get blamed if he suffers an embarrassing defeat. She will also tick off Wall Street and risk losing their campaign contributions.
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Stop Fixating on Black Violence -- If You Can

 American Thinker ^ | 5/4/2015 

Bill Moyers and Ta-Nehisi Coates really wish everybody would stop fixating on black violence and concentrate instead on what causes it: relentless white racism that can only be cured with copious quantities of cash for programs and reparations.

Though that is probably redundant.
But Bill and Ta-Nehisi have a problem: there is just so much to fixate on. Even as all eyes were on Baltimore and the networks paraded one talking head after another explaining why black people are so violent and why they are so happy the six cops were arrested for killing a prisoner, more violence just kept erupting around the country.
Largely unnoticed.
In the Baltimore suburb of Dundalk the night before Riot Week began, 20 black people attacked an old white dude after he asked them to stop fighting and destroying property in front of his house. He is in coma and in critical condition, so he could not hear how the reporters thought this case of black on white violence, so common in Baltimore, was so irrelevant to their narrative of black victimization.
And oh yeah, that had been happening there a long time.
Anyone remember Maryland state legislator Pat McDonough calling on then-Governor O’Malley to declare downtown Baltimore a No-Travel Zone because black people were terrorizing tourists there? Or how about the black gang that took over the Baltimore jail, running it for years before anyone noticed? Or all the cases of black on white violence on video, some gruesome, some fatal, all deemed insignificant?
None of the reporters did.
About the same time in that center of racial violence, Altoona, PA a large group of blacks attacked the manager of a McDonald’s after he started taking pictures of them attacking his customers.
And oh yeah, that had been happening there a long time.
(Excerpt) Read more at americanthinker.com ...

Republicans and Race: A Reality Check

American Spectator ^ | 5/4/2015 | David Catron 

Last week, even as Baltimore was burning, our “post-partisan” President used the tragedy as an excuse for a political cheap shot. Suggesting that the riots were caused by a paucity of inner city investment, he averred that his agenda “would make a difference right now,” but that he was being thwarted by parsimonious Republicans in Congress. Obama’s claim, which combined a characteristic lie about his own agenda with the insinuation that the GOP is the party of racism, was despicable. But it does offer an opportunity to compare the record of Obama's party on race to that of the Republicans.
Let’s begin at the beginning: The first Democrat president was Andrew Jackson, who was not merely pro-slavery. He personally owned 150 African-American slaves who worked his 1,000 acre cotton plantation. The first Republican president was Abraham Lincoln. In addition to issuing the Emancipation Proclamation, he persuaded Congress to pass the 13th Amendment, which abolished slavery throughout the U.S. Sadly, Lincoln didn’t live to see the amendment become part of the Constitution because he was murdered by a Democrat before it was ratified by the requisite number of states.
After the failure of their attempt to preserve slavery by seceding from the Union, the Democrats who had led the Confederacy embarked on a campaign of domestic terror to oppose African-American aspirations to equality ...
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(Baltimore Prosecutor) Marilyn Mosby: hypocrite, grandstander, ideologue!

PowerLine ^ | May 2, 2015 | Paul Mirengoff 

Alan Dershowitz, the famous defense lawyer, has called the case against the six Baltimore officers involved in the death of Freddie Gray “a show trial.” The actions of prosecutor Marilyn Mosby “had nothing to do with justice,” but instead amounted to “crowd control,” Dershowitz said in remarks reported by the Daily Caller.
With regard to the second-degree murder charges against Caesar Goodson, Dershowitz stated that “there’s no plausible, hypothetical, conceivable case for murder under the facts as we now know them.” At most, there may be a case for involuntary manslaughter.
Dershowitz believes that, having overplayed its hand, the prosecution is unlikely to obtain any convictions. And if even if it does, there’s a good possibility the convictions will be reversed on appeal.
[Snip]
Marilyn Mosby, it appears, is a hypocrite, an ideologue, and a political grandstander. It may well be that one or more of the Baltimore six deserves to be prosecuted. But Alan Dershowitz is right to be concerned that Mosby’s actions have nothing to do with “deserve” and that she wants to conduct a show trial.
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She Lies!

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Have you tried?

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Gitty Up!

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White Trash

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Read the newspaper

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A good thing?

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If...

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Mandatory Voting?

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Diversity

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The Opiate of the ASSES!

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CLinton Graft

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The Mask

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Adjoining cells!

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Thanks to Holder

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If Hillary were a Republican

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JUSTICE

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Embarrassed

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Prison

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