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Feb
13

And Yet Again...

Another in what is sure to be a long thread of "I told you so" posts.....

To no ones (on the GOP side of the aisle) surprise, another report came out saying that what was promised in the Affordable Care Act is not going to become reality.  Logical Lady Betsy McCaughey sums up the news for the New York Post.

The central parts of ObamaCare don’t roll out until 2014, but the wheels are already falling off this clunker. The latest news from four federal agencies is that 1) insurance will be a lot less affordable than Americans were led to expect, 2) fewer people than promised will get insurance and 3) millions of people who have coverage through a job now will lose it, thanks to the president’s “reforms.” Oh, and children are the biggest victims.

The Affordable Care Act is looking less and less affordable.

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Feb
12

It's For The Children....

It's for the children....or so Democrats say....until they run afoul of the teachers unions and then it's to hell with the children.  Logical Lady Mary Katherine Ham has been on a roll of late.  Her latest post at Hot Air talks about how Democrats, doing the teachers union bidding, killed Washington DC's Opportunity Scholarship Program - a program designed specifically for poor, minority children.

It is a beautiful thing, and all too rare, to find an education program that works for at-risk students, for those with low incomes, across all racial groups. That is what Washington, D.C. found in the Opportunity Scholarship Fund, which gives scholarships to thousands of mostly low-income and minority students, who have used them since 2005 to get out of failing public schools and thrive in private schools.

The scholarship program was the result of a hard-fought grassroots battle by District parents led by Virginia Walden-Ford, whose own son had been given a private scholarship she credited with his academic and professional success. She wanted that opportunity for other students. As was to be expected, teachers unions and nearly all Democrats in Congress aligned against her, but Ford is no stranger to fighting for a quality education against formidable foes. She and her twin sister were among the first black students to integrate Little Rock’s public schools on a larger scale after the Little Rock Nine. She’s the kind of woman the press would lionize, and rightly so, if she didn’t happen to be on the school-choice side of the issue.

But she is, and in 2005, with Republican control of the Senate and some help from a few Democrats, public school students in D.C. got a scholarship, at no cost to the D.C. public school system, which got matching funds to appease detractors.

Fast forward four years, and a Democratic Senate does the unions a solid in 2009:

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Feb
12

Crickets

Alternate Title - "It's OK As Long As It's OUR Guy Doing It"

You know it's not going to be a good segment when Bill Maher admits ".....the Democrats view is' God what he does would be AWFUL if a Republican did it'...", it's going to be a rough segment.  Then Newsweek editor Tina Brown goes a step further.

 

'Nuff said.....

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Feb
11

Use Your Brain

Imagine yourself in this scenario.  You pull into your street and you see a strange car parked in your driveway (when no one is home).  Then you see someone standing in your open front door -  crow-bar in hand.  What would you do?  For a Layton resident, this is not academic....it really happened.....

Police said Clare B. Niederhauser, 64, was driving toward his home at 2536 E Gentile Avenue when he saw a passenger car in his driveway and a man at the doorway holding a prybar.

This homeowner, a conceal carry permit holder, proceeded to his home and....

Niederhauser approached the man with the pry bar, who was identified as 47-year-old Robert Santos Cruz, and held him at gunpoint, according to a press release.

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Feb
08

Never Mind

Back in 2010, Democrats rallied around their President and overwhelming shoved ObamaCare down the throats of the American people who vehemently opposed the bill.  Many conservatives pointed out the various unenforceable parts of the bill (like the now repealed CLASS Act) and the MULTITUDE of job killing tax increases that were being put into place as a result of the bill.  The President, Democrat legislators and the media all rushed to assure that the things those stupipChicken Little Republicans were saying were never going to happen because "Dear Leader" said that it wouldn't happen.  Well now that some of these Senators who voted for ObamaCare (cough Amy Klobuchar cough) are up for re-election, and several thousand high paying jobs in the medical device industry have gone away in their states, now they are hell bent to overturn yet another provision of ObamaCare that they had assured us was going to be a good thing....the medical device tax.

My first post on HotAir.com was about the art of repealing Obamacare. The media scoffed at the many attempts House Republicans had made in this allegedly polarizing and fruitless endeavor, which was actually neither partisan nor futile:

    The fact is this is only the second vote on total repeal, the first one coming in January of 2011 after Americans elected a wave of 63 new Republicans to, you know, repeal ObamaCare. Both votes for full repeal, in 2011 and 2012, were more bipartisan than the vote to pass ObamaCare, with three and five Democrats crossing over to the Republican side, respectively. And, I know we all love when we can work together, across the aisle, to get things undone. Beyond that, many of the votes on the Washington Post’s list feature far more Democratic defectors to the anti-ObamaCare side than the other way around.

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Feb
07

Closing the Achievement Gap

Logical Lady Mary Katherine Ham has a column up at Hot Air on a subject that is near to my heart.

Even addressing the issue of male academic underachievement can result in backlash from people incensed that society would bother caring about the disadvantages of men after spending decades and centuries ignoring the disadvantages of women. I understand that impulse, but as a person who cares deeply about her brothers, father, husband, and the possibility of raising decent men, should the opportunity arise, I have to care. Many others would no doubt feel the same if the problem were addressed with any frequency.

As Christina Hoff Sommers writes in the New York Times, “fairness today requires us to address the serious educational deficits of boys and young men. The rise of women, however long overdue, does not require the fall of men.”

I say this is near to my heart because, as the mother of a son, I have seen some of the things talked about in the study first hand.

Sommers highlights a new study that sheds light on how early boys are falling behind and why.


   

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Feb
06

A Taxing Lie

A long time tool of the control freaks in government is the idea of a "sin tax"...an excise tax on things that the government deems to be "undesirable" activities.  These taxes are on everything from Popsicles to cigarettes.   Well, the Mercatus Center at George Mason University did a study on sin taxes across the nation and it's findings are not surprising to the libertarian wing of the conservative movement.

Sin is in, and fat is where it’s at — when it comes to taxes.

Aiming to make American consumers break bad habits, governments across the land of the free are levying a wider array of “sin taxes.”

From cigarettes to sex to soft drinks to bacon, specialty taxes are generating tens of billions of dollars, much of it used to plug budget holes and a host of general purpose items.

“It’s kind of the same story we’ve seen with other taxes over time: When they are implemented they can appear somewhat harmless,” said Adam Hoffer, assistant economics professor at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse and co-author of “Sin Taxes: Size, Growth, and Creation of the Sindustry,” a new study by the Mercatus Center, a free-market research organization at George Mason University....

...“It’s the same thing with income tax; it becomes a lot easier over time to hike them,” Hoffer said.

Emphasis through out is mine.  The problem with sin taxes?  They are the most regressive of all taxes.

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Feb
04

Hysteria

When NRA President Wayne LaPierre suggested that we put armed guards in each public school, the media responded with scorn and derision, saying that it would turn our schools into something akin to  "armed prison camps".  That quickly became the meme du jour.  However what the meme-meisters don't understand is that, thanks to their hysterical over-reaction to the Sandy Hook shootings - we are already there!

Case in point.....

The family of a 7-year-old New York boy is suing police and the city for $250 million, saying cops handcuffed and interrogated the boy for ten hours after a scuffle over lunch money at school.

Wilson Reyes, a student at Public School 114 in the Bronx reportedly got into a fight with a fellow student in December after he was accused of taking $5 of lunch money that had fallen on the ground in front of him. Responding to a complaint of assault and robbery, the police were called and took the boy to the local police precinct where officers allegedly handcuffed and interrogated him for ten hours, according to the lawsuit.

And this isn't the only instance.

A Bronx school went into lockdown this morning after a campus aide overheard a student talking about his gun -- a toy gun it turned out, officials said.

Lest you think it is JUST New York City or state.....there is this from Pennsylvania...

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Feb
01

An Unexpected Defender

"To disarm the people is the best and most effectual way to enslave them."

George Mason (1725-1792), drafted the Virgina Declaration of Rights, ally of James Madison and George Washington
Source: June 14, 1788, in the Virginia Convention on the ratification of the Constitution, in Debates in the Several State Conventions on the Adoption of the Federal Constitution, Jonathan Elliot, ed., v.3 p.380 (Philadelphia, 1836)

Playwright, director and author David Mamet is hardly a "conservative".  Raised by Jewish parents in Chicago and educative in progressive institutions, Mamet is an unlikely 2nd Amendment defender, and yet....

Karl Marx summed up Communism as “from each according to his ability, to each according to his needs.” This is a good, pithy saying, which, in practice, has succeeded in bringing, upon those under its sway, misery, poverty, rape, torture, slavery, and death.

For the saying implies but does not name the effective agency of its supposed utopia. The agency is called “The State,” and the motto, fleshed out, for the benefit of the easily confused must read “The State will take from each according to his ability: the State will give to each according to his needs.” “Needs and abilities” are, of course, subjective. So the operative statement may be reduced to “the State shall take, the State shall give.”

All of us have had dealings with the State, and have found, to our chagrin, or, indeed, terror, that we were not dealing with well-meaning public servants or even with ideologues but with overworked, harried bureaucrats. These, as all bureaucrats, obtain and hold their jobs by complying with directions and suppressing the desire to employ initiative, compassion, or indeed, common sense. They are paid to follow orders.

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Feb
01

Well This Is A Shock

Paging Captain Louis Renault The media is shocked - SHOCKED I tell you to discover this....

In a final regulation issued Wednesday, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) assumed that under Obamacare the cheapest health insurance plan available in 2016 for a family will cost $20,000 for the year.

Under Obamacare, Americans will be required to buy health insurance or pay a penalty to the IRS.

The IRS's assumption that the cheapest plan for a family will cost $20,000 per year is found in examples the IRS gives to help people understand how to calculate the penalty they will need to pay the government if they do not buy a mandated health plan.

The examples point to families of four and families of five, both of which the IRS expects in its assumptions to pay a minimum of $20,000 per year for a bronze plan.

“The annual national average bronze plan premium for a family of 5 (2 adults, 3 children) is $20,000,” the regulation says.

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Jan
31

Lies, Damned Lies & Statistics

For the last six weeks, the President and the progressive movement has been whipping up an emotional anti-gun frenzy, in the wake of the Sandy Hook shootings.  The problem (for them) is that they allowed it to drag out long enough for facts to start coming out.

First a few basics vis a vis Sandy Hook.  Connecticut state law regarding weapons....

For regulatory purposes, the law classifies “firearms” into four groups: handguns (pistols and revolvers), long guns (rifles and shotguns), assault weapons, and machine guns. The degree of regulation depends on the type of firearm and, in some cases, the type of transaction (i.e., dealer sales as opposed to secondary or nondealer sales).

With minor exceptions, (1) anyone buying or otherwise acquiring a handgun in Connecticut, whether from a licensed gun dealer or an unlicensed person, must have an eligibility certificate or a permit to sell or carry handguns, and (2) anyone carrying a handgun (except in one's home or business) must have a permit to carry handguns...

Permit and certificate applicants must pass state and national criminal history record checks and meet other criteria in law...Ineligible applicants include convicted felons, illegal aliens, and anyone (1) under age 21; (2) under a court protective or restraining order for using, attempting, or threatening to use force against someone; or (3) discharged into the community in the preceding 20 years after having been found not guilty of a crime by reason of mental disease or defect.

First law broken/ignored by Adam Lanza.

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Jan
30

Doing Special Interests Bidding

As a dog owner and pet lover you would think that this legislation would make me happy.

Utah Senator Gene Davis (D-Salt Lake City) is working with the Humane Society of Utah to sponsor three animal protection bills as this years legislative session begins on Monday. He and others from animal welfare groups gathered at the Humane Society on Sunday to announce the bills.

When I read this article my initial reaction was "ok - but don't we have more important things to worry about.  The economy is still tip-toeing on the edge, education funding still needs to be addressed......do we really need to be worrying about this?  But then again these bills seem to be pretty benign."  But the more I thought about the bills though - the less benign they appeared.

One will restrict selling puppies on the side of the street or giving kittens away, because they end up, most of the time, abused, neglected, or they end up here at the Humane Society. Theyre (sic) not taken care of, said Davis of a bill to crack down on curbside or parking-lot animal sales. Its a moment of love for a little puppy. And, as they start growing, the problem is people become disinterested in them.

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Jan
29

Ignoring The Problem

Not letting a "crisis" go to waste, Utah's sole Democrat in DC (Jim Matheson) wants to supplant the free market and parents when it comes to video gaming.

Rep. Jim Matheson has tried for years to require ratings on video games and levy steep fines for selling them to underage kids, and recent debate on the games’ influence on gun violence could finally propel the measure out of committee.

Matheson on Tuesday reintroduced his legislation, which would also force stores to post an explanation of the ratings system for customers to see.

Striking while the emotional iron is hot,Rep. Matheson is again advancing a bill the has failed to garner support for over 6 years.

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Jan
28

Global What?

Given the type of winter we have had, I thought I would bring back a blast from the past....

Britain's winter ends tomorrow with further indications of a striking environmental change: snow is starting to disappear from our lives.

Sledges, snowmen, snowballs and the excitement of waking to find that the stuff has settled outside are all a rapidly diminishing part of Britain's culture, as warmer winters - which scientists are attributing to global climate change - produce not only fewer white Christmases, but fewer white Januaries and Februaries....

...Global warming, the heating of the atmosphere by increased amounts of industrial gases, is now accepted as a reality by the international community. Average temperatures in Britain were nearly 0.6°C higher in the Nineties than in 1960-90, and it is estimated that they will increase by 0.2C every decade over the coming century. Eight of the 10 hottest years on record occurred in the Nineties.

However, the warming is so far manifesting itself more in winters which are less cold than in much hotter summers. According to Dr David Viner, a senior research scientist at the climatic research unit (CRU) of the University of East Anglia,within a few years winter snowfall will become "a very rare and exciting event".

"Children just aren't going to know what snow is," he said.

Fast forward a decade....

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Jan
24

For The Children

For the children - that is the cry of the gun grabbers.  We need to protect these precious children, they say.  Well apparently, some children are more precious than others.  After all, there was no Congressional outcry over the death of 7 year old Heaven Sutton last July or when any of the other young victims of Chicago gang violence were killed last year....Chicago has the STRICTEST gun control policies of any city.

Her name never made national news. There were no headlines screaming for gun control. There were no teary eyes in the White House. And no one dared utter the obligatory, ‘it’s not supposed to happen here,’ as they so often do when the young and innocent are so tragically taken.

Heaven Sutton was seven years old when she was killed last summer, struck by a stray bullet as she sold candy and snow cones in her front yard on the eve of Chicago’s hottest day of the year.

Her grief stricken mother pleaded for peace. The mayor expressed his outrage. And Chicago—where gun violence is as routine as the L train into the South Side—buried yet another of its young. Heaven joined the more than 270 school aged children to be killed in Chicago in just three years.

Few outsiders will know the names on that list.

And no cries of outrage from Congressional Democrats and their fawning media gun grabbing fellows over the deaths of 178 children in Pakistan and Yemen.....deaths that came at the hands of the leader of their party.

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Jan
23

Today's History Lesson

Today's history lesson comes from a country that has lived what the Progressive Party (aka the Democrats) are pushing for America today....and they are sounding the alarm.  First the alarm....

Governments will use the excuse of trying to protect the people from maniacs and crime, but are in reality, it is the bureaucrats protecting their power and position. In all cases where guns are banned, gun crime continues and often increases. As for maniacs, be it nuts with cars (NYC, Chapel Hill NC), swords (Japan), knives (China) or home made bombs (everywhere), insane people strike. They throw acid (Pakistan, UK), they throw fire bombs (France), they attack. What is worse, is, that the best way to stop a maniac is not psychology or jail or "talking to them", it is a bullet in the head, that is why they are a maniac, because they are incapable of living in reality or stopping themselves.

And now the history.....

This will probably come as a total shock to most of my Western readers, but at one point, Russia was one of the most heavily armed societies on earth. This was, of course, when we were free under the Tsar. Weapons, from swords and spears to pistols, rifles and shotguns were everywhere, common items. People carried them concealed, they carried them holstered. Fighting knives were a prominent part of many traditional attires and those little tubes criss crossing on the costumes of Cossacks and various Caucasian peoples? Well those are bullet holders for rifles...

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