Wednesday, January 11, 2017

The 20 best high-paying jobs in America for 2017 (Bottom line: Be in Healthcare)

Business Insider ^ | 01/11/2017 | Rachel Gillett and Emmie Martin 

When choosing a career, it's important to seek out jobs that are meaningful and challenging.
But a high salary doesn't hurt, either.
US News & World Report recently released its 2017 Best Jobs rankings, which determines the best occupations in the US based on median salary, employment rate, growth, job prospects, stress level, and work-life balance. You can read more about the methodology here.
The publication then ranked these coveted positions by pay, finding that, unsurprisingly, many of America's top jobs come with six-figure salaries. Positions in the healthcare sector dominated the list, with anesthesiologists claiming the top spot, followed by surgeons and oral and maxillofacial surgeons.
Read on to see the 20 best high-paying jobs in the US, with salary data and projected job growth included from the US Bureau of Labor Statistics:
20. Pharmacist
Average annual salary: $119,270
Projected growth (2014 to 2024): 3%
Imperative to the healthcare industry, pharmacists not only fill prescriptions, but also educate patients on the potential side effects of their medications, teach them how to handle side effects, and monitor which prescriptions each patient is taking to prevent mixing incompatible drugs.
19. Business Operations Manager
Average annual salary: $119,460
Projected growth (2014 to 2024): 7%
Business-operations managers take care of the details that are vital to keeping a business running, including hiring new talent, negotiating contracts, making strategy decisions, and building and leading effective teams. The highest-paying cities for this job are Bridgeport, Connecticut, New York City, and Trenton, New Jersey.
18. Sales Manager
Average annual salary: $130,400
Projected growth (2014 to 2024): 5%
Sales managers get their company's product into customers' hands. This requires managers to establish client relationships and sales territory, guide sales teams, develop training programs for new hires, outline team strategies, and set short- and long-term goals.
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It was me: Sworn Trump enemy John McCain admits HE handed smear dossier to FBI

Daily Mail ^ | January 11,2017 | By DARREN BOYLE 

Arizona Senator who disowned Trump before election admits he handed document outlining claims of Kremlin blackmail to FBI
Brief statement claims that he received it and gave it directly to FBI Director James Comey because he was 'unable to make judgment about accuracy'
But Washington reporter Carl Bernstein says former British ambassador to Moscow handed it to McCain
Ambassador has not been named - and author of report also gave to FBI agent he knew at its station in Rome months ago
Report was apparently paid for first BY Republican enemies of Trump then by Democrats
Sworn Donald Trump enemy John McCain admitted Wednesday that he passed the dossier of claims of a Russian blackmail plot against the president-elect.
The Arizona senator issued a public statement amid mounting questions of his exact role in the affair - and how a document riddled with errors and unverifiable claims came to be published.
'Late last year, I received sensitive information that has since been made public,' he said.
'Upon examination of the contents, and unable to make a judgment about their accuracy, I delivered the information to the Director of the FBI.
'That has been the extent of my contact with the FBI or any other government agency regarding this issue.'
But the 2008 Republican loser, who disowned his party's candidate weeks before the election, may have been far more intimately involved than that.
The chain of how the document reached the FBI is not officially known.
However Carl Bernstein, the Watergate reporter who contributed to the first story about its existence, published by CNN on Tuesday afternoon, suggested that McCain was handed it by a former British ambassador to Moscow.
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And Your Biggest Loser for 2016 Is…

Flopping Aces ^ | 01-10-17 | Brother Bob 

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Yes, I know this is a few weeks late - the last month wound up being a lot more hectic than expected. This topic had no shortage of candidates to pick from, Hillary, the media, etc, but I see one group that has been truly hurt by 2016, and that group is of course..... White Supremacists.
I know, if you've been listening to prominent Democrats the Republicans have been taken over by this "Alt-right" movement. You heard about how Hillary informed us that half of Trumps' supporters are
“sexist, racist, homophobic, xenophobic, Islamophobic” and hence “irredeemable” is known throughout the land.  They, said she, belong in a “basket of deplorables.”
Great. So now basically a quarter of the country is in your camp, right? Not so much - apparently Trump did better than Romney with those damned brown skinned people:
Trump claimed 29 percent of the Hispanic vote on Tuesday compared to Romney's 27 percent in 2012. With blacks, exit polls show Trump claimed 8 percent of the vote to the previous Republican nominee's 6 percent.
This just doesn't help the racial  purity that we're told Trump supporters represent. OK, how about some good old fashioned Anti-Semetism? More bad news - Trump wasn't your best candidate; for that you'd have to go to Hillary's team:
The same month, in another email to DNC officials, another official identified only as “Marshall” said of Sanders: “Does he believe in a God. He had skated on saying he has a Jewish heritage. I think I read he is an atheist. This could make several points difference with my peeps.”
OK, what about Trump's nominees? We've already learned from every Democrat in office or in the media that Jeff Sessions is just two holes in his bed sheet from being a Klan member. You've no doubt already been disappointed in learning about Sessions' efforts to crush the Klan in Alabama or his efforts to desegregate schools (on that note - hasn't segregation become the newest big cause for Democrats?).  And you might have heard about Sessions' sympathy for those champions of the Civil Rights movement, via NRO's Jim Geraghty:
Of course, it wasn’t that long ago that Sessions and (Corey) Booker got along pretty well. Back in 2015, the pair introduced legislation to award the Congressional Gold Medal to participants of the 1965 march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama
Not included in Geraghty's linked story but in his morning newsletter, more bad news for the Alt-Right. Via that radical conservative rag The New York Times:
To Alabama voters, weary of decades of Democratic back-scratching and scandals, Mr. Sessions seemed a breath of fresh air when he emerged on the political scene in 1994, after 12 years as the top federal prosecutor in Mobile. As the state’s attorney general, his first elective post, he slashed staff, pay, travel, cars and supplies. Republican leaders hoped he would come to the rescue of the former governor, Guy Hunt, who was removed from office after a 1993 ethics conviction. Instead, Mr. Sessions asked a federal appeals court to uphold the conviction.
… After he was elected senator, taking a seat on the same Judiciary Committee that denied him the judgeship, Mr. Sessions seemed to bear no grudge against those who had humiliated him in 1986. He collaborated with Senator Edward M. Kennedy of Massachusetts on a bill to reduce prison rape. He also worked with Democrats to correct sentencing disparities that resulted in harsher penalties for those convicted of crimes involving crack cocaine, who were predominately black, than those convicted of powder cocaine, who were more likely to be white.
How about what the Radical Left has deemed the official web site of White Supremacy, Breitbart.com? True, the site may not be what it used to be when Andrew was alive, but it's not the horror show that Democrats have deemed it. Who's probably their most famous contributor right now? Milo Yiannopoulos, the gay contributor currently touring college campuses on "The Dangerous Fa**ot" tour.
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Do Laws Only Apply to Conservatives?

Canada Free Press ^ | 01/11/17 | Jim Yardley 

What excuse do the Democrats have to claim that Donald Trump and Republicans are the ones in this country who are fascists? Don’t these people ever look in a mirror?

The recent nonsense regarding some of the Radio City Music Hall Rockettes being unwilling to perform at the Trump inauguration leads to the potential for many parallel examples but with wildly different reactions.

For example, a waiter or waitress might determine that a restaurant patron doesn’t agree with them politically. They might tell their boss to find this reprehensible person another server because they refuse to wait on that particular patron.

Protests In Mexico Push Country To Brink Of Revolution And Nobody's Talking About It

Zero Hedge ^ | January 11, 2017 | Tyler Durden - Submitted by Nick Bernabe via TheAntiMedia.org, 

Long-simmering social tensions in Mexico are threatening to boil over as failing neoliberal reforms to the country’s formerly nationalized gas sector are compounded by open corruption, stagnant standards of living, and rampant inflation.
The U.S. media has remained mostly mute on the situation in Mexico, even as the unfolding civil unrest has closed the U.S.-Mexico border in San Diego, California, several times in the past week. Ongoing “gasolinazo” protests in Mexico over a 20 percent rise is gas prices have led to over 400 arrests, 250 looted stores, and six deaths. Roads are being blockaded, borders closed, and government buildings are being sacked. Protests have remained relatively peaceful overall, except for several isolated violent acts, which activists have blamed on government infiltrators.
#VIDEO: Difunden momento exacto en que Policías Federales son arrollados por un vehículo en Rosarito, Baja California pic.twitter.com/r3SknjOQjJ
— Más Noticias Oaxaca (@Masnoticias0ax) January 7, 2017
The few mainstream news reports that have covered the situation blame rising gas prices but fail to examine several other factors that are pushing Mexico to the brink of revolution. ‘Narco-state’ corruption
The narco-state, or as Mexican activists say, “el narco-gobiero,” is a term used to describe the open corruption between the Mexican government and drug cartels. The narco-state has been in the headlines lately over the kidnapping and presumed murder of 43 Ayotzinapa students in Iguala, Guerrero, in 2014. This has been a source of continuous anti-government protests ever since.
Though the kidnappings remain officially unsolved, members of the Guerrero Unidos drug cartel have admitted to colluding with local police forces to silence the student activists. Twenty police officers have been arrested in association with the kidnapping. Former Iguala police chief Felipe Flores has been arrested and “accused of offenses including organized crime and
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Right-Wing People are Better Looking than Those on the Left, Study Claims

indy100 / Independent ^ | Ana Swanson 

Research has found that being attractive influences many things in a person's life -- their salary, their popularity and grades in school, even the prison sentences they receive. So why not their politics?

A recently published study in the Journal of Public Economics concludes that the attractiveness of a candidate does correlate with their politics. They find that politicians on the right are more good looking in Europe, the United States and Australia.

The research also suggests that voters correctly see candidates who are more good looking as more likely to be conservative.
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Future Abortionist Says: I Cried When Donald Trump Defeated Hillary Clinton

LIFE NEWS ^ | January 9, 2017 | Micaiah Bilger 

Like so many others, Allison Schneider was bitterly disappointed when she woke up on Nov. 9 to learn that Donald Trump – and not Hillary Clinton – won the presidential race.

Schneider, an OB-GYN resident intern at the Kaiser Oakland Medical Center in California, recently wrote a column for the Huffington Post about how she hopes to be an abortion practitioner some day and how the election results affect her work.

She wrote:
The afternoon of November 8th, I felt elated. My co-resident and I had successfully placed an IUD in a frightened 17 year-old in need of emergency contraception, preventing an unwanted teen pregnancy. And, a woman was about to be elected president.
The next day, as I stared numbly at my computer at 6:30am in the pre-operative charting room, I struggled to keep my mind focused on the surgeries I was going to perform that day.
My senior resident, a woman of unflappable composure in even the most dire emergencies, walked into the room. We looked at each other, embraced, and cried. This strong surgeon, mother, and mentor briefly cracked under the weight of the visceral grief we shared.
It’s no secret that abortion advocates really wanted – and expected — Hillary Clinton to win the presidential election. Clinton supported abortion on demand, including late-term abortions, and opposed common sense regulations such as sex-selection abortion bans and safety requirements for abortion facilities.
In comparison, Donald Trump describes himself as pro-life and has been filling his administration with strong pro-life leaders who oppose abortion. Among the current hopes are that federal lawmakers will soon move to defund the abortion giant Planned Parenthood of its nearly half a billion dollars in taxpayer funding. Trump promised to sign such a measure if it reaches his desk.
Trump also promised to appoint “pro-life” justices to the U.S. Supreme Court. One seat, that of the late Justice Antonin Scalia, currently is open. Several more also could come open under Trump’s administration, creating the possibility of a conservative-majority court that could reverse Roe v. Wade.
Both of these promises are worrisome in Schneider’s mind:
As women’s health care providers, we cannot stand on the sidelines and watch while Roe v. Wade and Title X funding ― which supports vital family planning services for the most vulnerable women in our population ― rest on the chopping block. If any one of Trump’s proposed conservative nominees to the Supreme Court are confirmed, we will be fighting once again to preserve a woman’s constitutional right to make her own healthcare choices.
Keep up with the latest pro-life news and information on Twitter.
… If given the opportunity, this administration will wage a war on women’s health and we have to show up to fight it. In states like Ohio, where Governor John Kasich recently signed a bill into law banning abortion after 20 weeks with no exceptions for rape or incest, this battle has already begun.
Schneider ended her column with a call to action, urging abortion supporters like herself to stand up against these pro-life initiatives.
She concluded with these final, ironic words: “Every baby I deliver reminds me of who we’re fighting for. This is their future. They deserve better than Trump’s America, and so do we.”
Unfortunately, it’s those babies who she and her fellow abortion advocates also are fighting against. Because of Roe v. Wade and the work of abortion practitioners in the past 43 years, close to 60 million unborn babies have died unjustly in abortions.
The election results are a signal that the American people are ready for a change. Abortion has destroyed too many babies’ lives and hurt too many women’s and men’s for far too long. Pro-lifers are hopeful that the incoming administration will be one that embraces every human being as a valuable, irreplaceable member of society, including those not yet born.

Donald Trump and the Death of Utopianism

American Thinker ^ | January 11, 2017 | Daniel L. Mallock 

The aftermath of this extraordinary election, likely the most important in American history, has been fraught with controversy and confusion.
The collapse of the fourth estate, for example, is a signal and unfortunate consequence. Weeping "journalists," misguided and error-embracing "analysts," bias, fraud, malfeasance, and falsehoods mark the end of a once proud profession.
In the political and popular culture of the American left, there is a widespread and disturbing hatred and intolerance for those in the opposition that overwhelmingly eclipses a similar reaction to the election of George W. Bush.
The political culture now is so sour and the response of many who favored the losing party so extreme, so partisan, unforgiving, and unpleasant, that it seems clear that something much more than a presidential election defeat is the cause.
The absence of a unified theory of the collapse of the American progressive neo-Jacobin utopian left could be of some value in addressing these important questions.
Among the many reasons that explain the Democratic candidate's defeat is the fact that the constituency of the left is the totality of all living and future humanity. Their agenda is global and humanity-wide in scope; their countrymen are not the highest in the order of value, but merely take their place among the family of mankind. A rebellion against this view was at the core of the election result.
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Farewell, Radical-in-Chief-Obama says goodbye to a nation he despises!

Frontpagemagazine ^ | January 11, 2017 | Matthew Vadum 

President Barack Hussein Obama bid farewell last night to the nation he despises in what was, for him, a mercifully brief speech.
“America is a better, stronger place than it was when we started,” he said in all apparent seriousness.
After sending aid and comfort to an Islamic supremacist dictator in Egypt, he falsely claimed to have pulled the rug out from the Islamic Republic of Iran’s nuclear weapon program. The Nobel Peace Prize winner left out how his illegal war destabilized Libya and the fact that the U.S. military deeply distrusts him.
He pretended the economy is going gangbusters while leaving out the fact that nine days away from his departure from the Oval Office, his signature legislative accomplishment, Obamacare, is collapsing as insurers run away from the so-called insurance exchanges. He acted as if fighting alleged manmade global warming was more important than just about everything.
It some ways it wasn’t much different than the warm and fuzzy victory speech the Divider-in-Chief gave in Chicago in 2008, except in this speech he got to lie about his record while throwing in cheap shots against his critics and the incoming president. (A transcript of Obama’s final great oratorical atrocity is available here.)
In a forum resplendent with the echo-acoustics our megalomaniacal president prefers, the pathologically dishonest Obama tried last night to cast himself as a unifying figure:
It falls to each of us to be those anxious, jealous guardians of our democracy; to embrace the joyous task we’ve been given to continually try to improve this great nation of ours. Because for all our outward differences, we in fact all share the same proud title, the most important office in a democracy: Citizen. Citizen.
So you see that’s what our democracy demands. It needs you. Not just when there’s an election, not just when your own narrow interest is at stake, but over the full span of a lifetime. If you’re tired of arguing with strangers on the Internet, try talking with one of them in real life. 
A life form that just arrived from Alpha Centauri might have been moved as Obama tried to whitewash the unmitigated catastrophe his presidency has been.
Deploying all the usual tired old left-wing smears against conservatives, the lawless 44th president recited a long series of America-boosting sayings most of which he has never believed in. He said nice things about the dead white men much-derided by the Left whom we call the Founding Fathers, along with the government-restraining Constitution he has spent so much of his life spitting on. With a straight face this despotic destroyer of the rule of law called the Constitution “a remarkable, beautiful gift.”
Of course Chicago was an appropriate locale for the goodbye address. It’s a violent one-party city that is collapsing under the weight of its own corruption. He gave the speech at Lakeside Center at McCormick Place in Chicago, not too far from storied Hyde Park and the site of the future Obama Presidential Center.
The Windy City is where community organizing guru Saul Alinsky, whose teachings on tactics deeply influenced Obama, learned his craft from the Al Capone crime gang. Obama got his start in nasty Alinsky-style community organizing with the assistance of groups like the Developing Communities Project, Catholic Campaign for Human Development, and the Gamaliel Foundation.
Chicago is where young Obama cut his organizing teeth running the successful get-out-the-vote drive for ACORN-affiliated Project Vote in 1992 that elected the awful one-term senator, Carol Moseley Braun of Illinois. She was a friend of Communist Cuba and African dictators who worked closely with agitator Heather Booth of the Midwest Academy, Democratic Socialists of America, and the Communist Party USA, all of which Obama welcomed into his political coalition.
Chicago is where the half-black Obama whose purported father was from Kenya learned to portray himself as what the Left calls “authentically” black, soaking up vile racist hatred while sitting in the pews of Jeremiah Wright’s sinister Nation of Islam-like church.
Chicago is where unrepentant terrorists Bill Ayers and Bernardine Dohrn launched his career in electoral politics by hosting a living room fundraiser for his Illinois State Senate campaign. Although his presidential campaign vehemently denied Obama was close to Ayers, the former Weather Underground leader admitted years later that “we served on a couple of boards together.” Chicago is also where Michelle Obama worked at the same law firm as Dohrn.
Giving the speech in Chicago was also appropriate on a symbolic level. Chicago (like Detroit) epitomizes Obama’s failed, bankrupt left-wing ideology, and lack of leadership.
Ruled by his former White House chief of staff, Mayor Rahm Emanuel, in 2016 there were 762 murders in Chicago, more than all the murders recorded that year in New York City and Los Angeles combined. The 762 figure was a 63 percent increase over the 468 murders in 2015 and nearly double the murders in 2014, according to Chicago Police statistics. There were 4,331 people shot in Chicago in 2016, up from 3,550 in 2015, in a city where politicians blame inanimate objects, instead of criminals, for homicides and work relentlessly to deprive helpless residents of their Second Amendment rights.
Chicago is also a so-called sanctuary city that goes out of its way to shield illegal aliens from immigration authorities and make their lives as comfortable as possible at the expense of everyone else. Obama protégé Emanuel is a strident, in-your-face supporter of the sanctuary city movement that gave illegal aliens permission to rob, rape, and murder Americans.
Chicago’s debt has junk-bond status and residents are fleeing the city in droves in search of greener pastures. It is also home to failing public schools made worse by the militant, rapacious Chicago Teachers Union and spectacularly unsuccessful public housing complexes.
Congenitally obsessed with race, Obama lied in the address, saying he did he best to improve race relations.
“After my election there was talk of a post-racial America,” the president said. “And such a vision however well-intended was never realistic. Race remains a potent and divisive force in our society.”
It also remains Democrats' meal ticket as they race-bait across the fruited plain in search of votes. Obama harnessed race as an issue precisely because he knew how “potent and divisive” a force it could be in our society.
He deliberately made things worse in order to advance his twisted, un-American policy agenda. He created turmoil and chaos and didn’t hesitate to spawn race riots. His Justice Department refused to enforce civil rights laws when the victims were white.
The black community, which Obama claims to champion, is worse off. Income and employment is down in recent years and food stamp use is exploding. The national economy, which affects all races, is hobbling along, expanding at anemic European rates, while the national debt has roughly doubled.
Obama is proud that he has exacerbated tension between blacks and whites. He brought Black Lives Matter, whose supporters kidnapped and tortured a disabled white man live on Facebook, into the White House for tea and crumpets. He even blamed five Dallas cops for their own murder last year at the hands of a Black Lives Matter-inspired sniper.

The Black Lives Matter cult is animated by a hatred of normal American values. Its members idolize convicted, unrepentant black militants and cop-killers Assata Shakur and Mumia Abu Jamal and have declared "war" on law enforcement. Its members openly call for police officers to be assassinated.
They turned Trayvon Martin into a martyr even though he attempted to murder so-called white Hispanic Robert Zimmerman because he mistakenly believed that Zimmerman was gay. They beatified "gentle giant" Michael Brown after he attempted to murder decorated white cop Darren Wilson. They portrayed heroin dealer Freddie Gray as a victim of systemic, anti-black violence by police and cheered as Baltimore cops were subjected to political show trials.
He sent the Community Relations Service of the U.S. Department of Justice, an office staffed with taxpayer-funded political agitators, to Sanford, Fla., after 17-year-old Martin was killed in 2012 during a physical confrontation with community crime watch-volunteer Zimmerman. For a month and a half after Martin's death, local police declined to press charges against Zimmerman because they believed the criminal case against him was weak. Eventually authorities caved under pressure. Obama was the author of this. To no one’s surprise, Zimmerman was acquitted.
With his Alinskyite ways he coarsened dialogue in America, yet last night he pretended this coarsening happened on its own. He said:
America, we weaken those ties when we allow our political dialogue to become so corrosive that people of good character are even willing to enter into public service; so coarse with rancor that Americans with whom we disagree are not just misguided, but as malevolent. We weaken those ties when we define some of us as more American than others; when we write off the whole system as inevitably corrupt, and when we sit back and blame the leaders we elect without examining our own role in electing them.
The outbreak of uncivility must have been caused by his opponents.
Obama grossly exaggerated his success in keeping the homeland safe. He said
Because of the extraordinary courage of our men and women in uniform, and the intelligence officers, law enforcement, and diplomats who support them, no foreign terrorist organization has successfully planned and executed an attack on our homeland these past eight years.
This is at best an arguable claim and Obama’s legalistic wording about whether a terrorist group “successfully planned and executed an attack” on America during his time in office is deliberate on his part. Islamic State may not have specifically ordered any successful attacks but that is cold comfort to the families of those killed in the Fort Hood massacre of 2009, San Bernardino, Calif., the gay nightclub in Orlando, Fla., or at Florida’s Fort Lauderdale airport just a few days ago. The terrorist organization has called on sympathizers to attack targets within the U.S. and attackers pledging their allegiance to Islamic State have answered the call.
Obama said:
we must guard against a weakening of the values that make us who we are.  And that’s why, for the past eight years, I’ve worked to put the fight against terrorism on a firmer legal footing. That’s why we’ve ended torture, worked to close Gitmo, reformed our laws governing surveillance to protect privacy and civil liberties. 
Obama has kept some of his promises. He has indeed freed dangerous Muslim terrorists from the Guantanamo Bay detention complex and some have returned to the battlefield. And he has made it harder for authorities to investigate mosques and other centers of jihadism in our nation.
Obama promised to be a cancer on the body politic for the rest of his natural life.
“My fellow Americans,” he said, “it has been the honor of my life to serve you. I won’t stop; in fact, I will be right there with you, as a citizen, for all my remaining days.”
Here he was telling the truth.
Obama is planning to wage war against the incoming Trump administration in order to preserve his destructive socialist legacy. This is why he has he has rented a house in Washington’s Embassy Row and is staffing up his agitation outfit, Organizing for Action (OfA). Three hours after the speech OfA blasted out a mass email to supporters with the subject line “Show up. Dive in. Stay at it.” It urged readers to “Get ready for the fights ahead.”
No ex-president has ever done this before, sticking around the nation’s capital to vex his successor. Of course, Obama is unlike any president the United States has ever had. Even failed, self-righteous presidents like Jimmy Carter, who has occasionally taken shots at his successors, didn’t set up a war room less than two miles from the White House.
Conservatives can take some satisfaction from the fact that in 2009 Obama set out to destroy the Republican Party but most of his salvoes ended up hitting his own troops in the back. He leaves Democrats at their weakest in a century.
“We’re not even a national party at this point,” Rep. Tim Ryan (D-Ohio) said in November after a failed attempt to oust Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) as House minority leader. “We have some support on the coasts, but we’ve lost the support of middle America, and we’ve got to make some changes. So I’m pulling the fire alarm here, because the house is on fire.”
While Obama has been in the White House, there has been “a net loss of 1,042 state and federal Democratic posts, including congressional and state legislative seats, governorships and the presidency,” according to one tally.
Democratic U.S. Senate seats plummeted from 55 to 46. House Democrats fell from 256 seats to 194. Republicans now control both chambers of Congress and in a few days, the presidency. There were 28 Democrat governors; now there are 16.
After the farewell address, on Fox News Channel Sean Hannity asked radio host Larry Elder what Obama’s legacy would be.
“His legacy is Donald J. Trump,” Elder replied.

You can blame Obama’s ‘gig economy’ for Trump's election victory

New York Post ^ | 01/11/2017 | John Crudele 


Do you want to know why Americans really were angry enough to elect Trump as President?
Well, here it is — from an academic report with the dull title “The Rise and Nature of Alternative Work Arrangements in the United States 1995-2015,” which was researched and written by economics professors from Harvard and Princeton.
Their conclusion: 94 percent of the job growth over the last 10 years occurred in “alternative work arrangements.”
What’s an “alternative work arrangement?” Those are people who aren’t really attached to a particular company. They are freelancers, or temporary workers, or on-call workers and contractors.
According to Professors Alan B. Krueger (Princeton) and Lawrence Katz (Harvard) these alternative jobs now make up 15.8 percent of the workforce compared to just 10.7 percent before the Great Recession of 2008.
Only 0.4 percent of the millions of new jobs — or about 500,000 — were traditional employment arrangements.
Both of these professors are also members of the National Bureau of Economic Research, the organization that decides when there is a recession in the US. So Krueger and Katz are both influential.
Here’s the funny part, if you can laugh at numbers like this. Just a few years ago Krueger served as the assistant secretary for economic policy for the Obama Administration and he was also chief economic for the President’s Council of Economic Advisors.
So, the Democrats shouldn’t have been surprised that jobs and the economy were going to be a major issue in the last election.
As I’ve said again and again, the economy is always very important in presidential elections. But the weakness in the job market made it the most important issue last year despite the fact that the candidates, and the media and the pundits were distracted by a lot of other admittedly entertaining stuff


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Chicago Homicides Even Higher Than Reported

MMI Newswire ^ | 1/10/2017 

The record-setting violence in Chicago is even worse than announced as new evidence shows the city suffered 50 more homicides last year than the numbers publicly reported in the past week.
The city posted a decades-high homicide count of 812 in 2016, per the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office. That’s 15% greater than the 762 murders reported by the city's police department.
The discrepancy is largely due to the fact that the county tallies “homicides” while the police number counts “murders.” Murders are defined as violent acts subject to criminal prosecution. Homicides, according to the medical examiner, include instances “when the death of a person comes at the hand of another person. This does not imply that all homicides are murders that would be subject to criminal prosecution.”
The city police count is also lower because it excludes violent, intentional deaths if the act is deemed justified, including police killings of residents.
Per the county’s count, homicides rose 54% in 2016 over 2015 when Chicago had 528 deaths determined to be homicides.
Gun violence is the leading cause of death for victims of homicide in Chicago with 725 decedents being felled by at least one gunshot wound.
African Americans also bore the brunt of the violence in Cook County, which includes Chicago. They accounted for 710 of the county-wide total of 915 (88% of which occurred in the city). Men comprised 90% of the homicide victims in the county.
Other cities saw similar increases in homicides per a recently released FBI data. Cities with over one million inhabitants saw murder rise by 21.6% in the first half of 2016 over the first half of 2015, when homicide jumped in most urban centers after decades of falling murder rates.
Murder, per the FBI, is different than homicide. The former is defined as “murder and non-negligent manslaughter as the willful (non-negligent) killing of one human being by another.”
The distinction accounts for some of the discrepancy between the oolice department’s official count of 762 and the medical examiner’s report of 812 in the city. The remainder may be due to jurisdictional issues (such as a murder occurring within city limits but under the jurisdiction of a different agency like the Illinois State Police) and victims’ dying in the following calendar year (12 individuals died in 2016 from assaults in previous calendar years per the Chicago Sun-Times.

Rex Tillerson to testify Russia must be held to account for its actions

Washington Post ^ | 01/11/2017 | Josh Rogin 

In his first public remarks as President-elect Donald Trump’s nominee to be secretary of state, former ExxonMobile chief executive Rex Tillerson will say he believes Russia is “a danger” and that NATO allies are right to be alarmed by its aggression. But he makes no mention of Moscow’s interference in the U.S. election campaign or the future of U.S. sanctions.
“I come before you at a pivotal time in both the history of our nation and our world,” Tillerson will testify before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee Wednesday morning in an opening statement that lays out a realist and tough view of foreign affairs. “Nearly everywhere we look, people and nations are deeply unsettled. Old ideas and international norms which were well-understood and governed behaviors in the past may no longer be effective in our time.” I obtained a copy of the statement.
Tillerson will talk about several challenges in his opening remarks: an economically powerful China that is expanding militarily, the spread of radical Islam, Iran’s nuclear ambitions and Russian interference in Europe and beyond. His message on Russia will be much tougher than that of his new boss.
“While Russia seeks respect and relevance on the global stage, its recent activities have disregarded American interests,” he will testify. “Russia must know that we will be accountable to our commitments and those of our allies, and that Russia must be held to account for its actions.”
The United States should be clear-eyed about Russia and its various activities that are destabilizing countries in its near abroad and the Middle East, according to Tillerson.
“Russia today poses a danger, but it is not unpredictable in advancing its own interests. It has invaded Ukraine, including the taking of Crimea, and supported Syrian forces that brutally violate the laws of war,”
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Trump’s Trillion $$ Infrastructure Investment Could Create 11M Jobs, According to Georgetown University

PR Web ^ | January 11, 2017 | Hilary Strahota 

New analysis from the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce (Georgetown Center) finds that President-elect Trump’s 10-year $1 trillion infrastructure proposal could create 11 million jobs, restoring the job growth trajectory derailed by the Great Recession, but also risks overheating the economy.
It is not surprising that $1 trillion in spending on infrastructure is certain to have positive employment effects in keeping with standard Keynesian theory. However, the additional spending, in combination with tax cuts and other economic policy shifts proposed by the President-elect, could generate inflation and set the stage for further interest rate hikes.
President-elect Trump’s proposal would at least temporarily revive the blue-collar economy, which has been in decline since the 1970s. High school-educated workers, especially men, could once again attain good jobs that pay as much as 20 percent more than jobs held by similarly-educated workers in other sectors.
A high school dropout working in infrastructure makes $5,000 more than high school dropouts in other professions. A high school graduate in infrastructure makes as much as workers in other professions with some college education but no degree. Workers with some college credits in infrastructure make more than the average worker with an associate degree in other professions.
The Georgetown Center report also finds that the boom in infrastructure jobs will be temporary for many workers, especially men, since the vast majority (92 percent) of newly-created infrastructure jobs would be for men.
“We don’t want an infrastructure jobs boom to be a false dawn for male high school graduates who have already been left behind by recent economic change,” said Anthony P. Carnevale, director of the Georgetown Center.
Though some opportunity will remain for maintenance operations, the majority of infrastructure jobs will decline when the money runs out.
“The longer term challenge will be the transferability of the skills learned in infrastructure jobs to careers available when the infrastructure boom is over, especially for those with high school or less,” said Nicole Smith, chief economist at the Georgetown Center.
The report finds that the infrastructure jobs will provide valuable work experience, but presents both training and retraining challenges.
More than half (55 percent) of new infrastructure jobs would go to high school graduates and high school dropouts, requiring a minimum (up to six months) of additional training. Almost a quarter of infrastructure jobs will go to people with certificates or some college but no degree. More than a fifth (21 percent) of infrastructure jobs would go to people with two-year, four-year, or graduate degrees.
Access the full report, Trump’s Infrastructure Proposal Could Create 11 Million Jobs, at cew.georgetown.edu/TrumpInfrastructure.
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Why Obamacare will self-repeal; Two words summarize why: risk pool

American Thinker ^ | 01/11/2017 | Robert Arvay 


The debate is over.  We do not need to repeal Obamacare; it will repeal itself.  Two words summarize why: risk pool.


The ACA is founded upon a stunning misconception of the very definition of insurance.  Its advocates have mistakenly conflated two unrelated concepts: insurance and welfare – or, more to the point, risk and charity.

People buy insurance in order to mitigate risk.  We buy fire insurance because there is a slight chance that our house will burn down.  If we cannot afford insurance, and our house burns down, we do not go to the insurance company to demand coverage for a pre-existing fire.  Instead, we rely on the charity of donors – say, the Salvation Army.  We do not demand it, and indeed, we may not receive it, but life has risks, which is why we buy insurance.

Obamacare has failed to make the critical distinction, which is why it is collapsing.  The only people paying into the system are those who are wealthy enough not to need it and those who are so poor that they pay little or nothing.  The rest of us pay the fine for not enrolling, or else we buy a policy that covers everything we will never use.  For example, my wife and I are not at risk of getting pregnant, but we are expected to pay anyway.

The people who benefit from the ACA do so because they get something for nothing.  They do so at the expense of the rest of us.


(Excerpt) Read more at americanthinker.com ...

Activists Hope to Turn Trump's Inauguration Into One of the Biggest Riots in U.S. History

Charisma News ^ | 01/10/17 | Michael Snyder 

Radical leftists are planning to make Jan. 20 the most chaotic Inauguration Day in American history.
Their stated goal is to "disrupt" the Inauguration festivities as much as possible, and they are planning a wide range of actions to achieve that stated goal. Some of the more moderate groups are using terms such as "civil resistance" and "civil disobedience," but others are openly talking about "blockades," jumping barricades, throwing projectiles and "citywide paralysis."
My hope is that all of their efforts will turn out to be a big flop, but it is important to understand that these groups are well-funded, highly organized and extremely motivated. The election of Donald Trump has been perhaps the single most galvanizing moment for the radical left in modern American history, and they are working very hard to turn Jan. 20 into a major political statement.
Thousands of activists, journalists, scientists, entertainers and other prominent voices took out a full-page call to action in The New York Times on Wednesday, making clear their rejection of President-elect Donald Trump and Vice President-elect Mike Pence with the simple message: "No!"
"Stop the Trump/Pence regime before it starts! In the name of humanity we refuse to accept a fascist America!" the ad states, followed by a list of signatories that includes scholar Cornel West; author Alice Walker; Chase Iron Eyes of the Standing Rock Sioux; educator Bill Ayers; poet Saul Williams; CNN's Marc Lamont Hill; Carl Dix of the Communist Party USA and numerous others.
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Cloud hangs over Obama return to Chicago

Fox News ^ | January 10,2017 | Matt Finn 

As President Obama returns to his adopted hometown of Chicago to give his farewell speech Tuesday night, a dark cloud hangs over the city where the record-setting murder rate is so high there are pleas to declare a state of emergency.
“When there is a fire in America, a tornado, a hurricane, they call it a state of emergency, federal funds come in, and help rebuild that town or that community,” said prominent anti-crime activist, Father Michael Pfleger. “Well, hell, we have a state of emergency in Chicago.”
In 2016, 762 people were murdered in Chicago. That’s a 63 percent increase from the 468 murders recorded in 2015 and almost double the murders in 2014, according to Chicago Police.
Shootings also are way up -- 4,331 people were shot in Chicago in 2016, up from 3,550 in 2015, according to police.
In recent months, the president has been mostly quiet about an aggressive solution to Chicago’s violent crime epidemic. The city saw more murders in 2016 than New York and Los Angeles combined, yet is considerably smaller in population than either city. Chicagoans wonder if the president will address the city’s crime – the “elephant in the room” – during his speech Tuesday night.
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Trump is going to be the breath of fresh air we all need!

The New York Post ^ | January 11, 2017 | Michael Goodwin 

Each day brings fresh proof that America is hopelessly headed down the wrong track and needs to change direction. Meryl Streep’s pompous attack on Donald Trump and his supporters at the Golden Globes is one example, and a second involves the heckling idiots who wore KKK outfits yesterday to smear Sen. Jeff Sessions during his confirmation hearing to be attorney general.
A third proof comes from the Mideast. Predictably, this one involves an Arab terrorist shedding Israeli blood.
Soon after Palestinian and Jordanian leaders railed against Trump’s plan to move our embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, a Palestinian truck driver mowed down a group of Israeli soldiers, killing four and injuring 16. Witnesses said the driver plowed into the soldiers, then put his truck in reverse to run over them again.
Israeli press reports say the driver attended an East Jerusalem mosque that featured a fiery sermon against Trump’s plan. “He was very angry, and said transferring the embassy would lead to war,” a cousin of the driver was quoted as saying....
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Shut Down America’s Refugee Programs Before They Turn Us Into Germany

The Federalist ^ | Jan 4, 2017 | James Simpson 

On the first day of the new year, Islamic terrorists claimed another 39 victims, including Americans, in an attack at a popular nightclub in Istanbul, Turkey. The Christmas truck attack in Berlin recalls the similar July attack in Nice, France. The suspect, Tunisian asylum seeker Anis Amri, was killed in a shootout with Italian police on December 23.
On the same day as the Berlin attack, there was a knife attack at a Virginia Metro station by an African Muslim, Ali Ahmed Mohamound. A similar knife attack occurred in New York City the day before, with the suspect still at large.
All this followed on the heels of November’s Ohio State knife attack by Somali Muslim refugee Abdul Artan. These attacks typify the kinds recommended in ISIS literature, and ISIS claims credit for most of them. With Berlin, Brussels, Orlando, and so many other horrific attacks this year, San Bernardino and Paris almost seem like old news.
Although we view these events with horror and growing alarm, the outgoing Obama administration is literally importing terrorists through our nation’s refugee programs. Because private contractors are paid by the head to resettle refugees and other needy populations, the resettlement program has built-in incentives for uncontrolled growth. This harmonizes with the Left’s open borders agenda, which seeks to swell the rolls of new Democrat voters while weakening the influence of traditional (read conservative) America.
The entire refugee resettlement program has systematic fraud, creating both national security risks and undue fiscal burdens.
(Excerpt) Read more at thefederalist.com ...

Long, long goodbye with last few lies

Boston Herald ^ | January 11, 2017 | Howie Carr 

How can we miss him when he won't go away?

Last night in Chicago, Obama was lucky he didn't throw out his shoulder from patting himself on the back so much.
[Snip]
"Hello Chicago," he began. "It's good to be home."
Home? His first lie, at 9:02 p.m..
"We have shown the capacity to change."
As we did on Nov. 8. And now, Jan. 20 will mark the end of an error.
Ten minutes in, he finally got around to blaming Bush. In a rush, Obama mentioned how he "shut down Iran’s nuclear capacity without firing a shot." Yeah, right.
Then he mentioned "marriage equality." Perhaps you recall, he was for gay marriage before he was against gay marriage before he was for gay marriage. And last night he took credit for ... flip-flopping.
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How can we miss the Idiot when he won't go away? 

Anti-nepotism?

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Competent?

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BEFORE?

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ISRAEL

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Supposed to be in Canada!

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The steps!

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FRIGHT!

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What an IDIOT!

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Make them sick again?

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I know the feeling!

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How dare him!

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Black LIES matter!

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No Problem!

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Brave?

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Playing through!

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