Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Yawn.....Rand Paul Wins CPAC Straw Poll 3 Years In a Row

Last week, the Conservative Political Action Convention (CPAC) ended with Senator Rand Paul winning the straw poll as their most desired presidential nominee.  However, that fact alone, speaks volumes regarding the makeup of this annual meeting.  By voting for Paul, CPAC shows that it is extremely conservative; almost as libertarian as Paul himself  and, libertarian philosophies have been soundly rejected in the past.   For example, the Libertarian Party -- in Presidential, Senatorial, or House elections -- have generally received less than 1% of the votes.

In my opinion, CPAC is a worthless exercise because its views are out of step with greater America.  I may be wrong but, my guess is Rand Paul will never be President; even if he, somehow, gets the nomination. 

References:

Conservative Political Action Conference - Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Conservative_Political_Action_Conference

CPAC straw poll: Rand Paul wins, Scott Walker surging: http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2015/feb/28/cpac-straw-poll-rand-paul-wins-scott-walker-surgin/

Rand Paul: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rand_Paul

Libertarianism - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Libertarianism

Libertarian Party: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Libertarian_Party_%28United_States%29

Rand Paul's Long History Of Controversial Views: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/06/22/rand-pauls-long-history-o_n_621071.html

Monday, March 2, 2015

The Firearm Industry Brought Obama's AR-15 Ammo Ban On Itself

Gun owners are in a rage over the fact that President Obama, through executive order, will ban the sale of .556/.223 ammo that is used by millions of AR-15 Rifle owners for hunting and target practice.

The argument that Obama and the ATF are using is not only that this ammo is armor piercing but, more importantly, that there are now handguns that are capable of firing these bullets.  If there were never handguns capable of firing the .556/.223 ammo, the President would never have been able to issue a ban. Under a 1986 law -- Law Enforcement Officers Protection Act of 1986 -- it was legal to sell armor-piercing ammo as long as it was only used in rifles.

The reason for this exemption was logical because rifles, of any kind, are little used in murders in this country; let alone the murder of cops.  For example, in 2013, the FBI reported that of the 8,454 firearm murders that year, only 285 were caused by rifles with most of those incidents occurring in home invasions or neighborhood or family disputes.  Not in the killing of cops.  The simple fact is that rifles aren't used in the commission of most crimes because they aren't concealable; either before or after the crime.  But, when you have a firearm that looks like this (below) and is capable of piercing a light-weight police vest, you have a major problem under that 1986 law:
The above gun was the first .556/.223 handgun and was introduced in 2011 by the firearm manufacturer Rock Island Armory. Others like it are either available now or will be soon.

So, simply, Obama wants to show that he is doing something about mass shootings by killing off weapons that look too militaristic such as the AR-15; even though an AR-15 is rarely used in any murders let alone mass shootings because, again, it can't be readily concealed.  But, the fact that he can now do this, was handed to him on a silver platter by the firearm industry itself.  Thus, with a stroke of a pen and the slim possibility of any valid legal challenge in the courts, Obama will starve much of the AR-15's out of existence for lack of ammunition.

The only way this action might be reversible is if the firearm industry decides to voluntarily stop making .556/.223 handguns.  But, this might not be doable because the cat is already out of the bag.


References:

ATF proposes banning 5.56mm/.223 caliber ammunition used in popular AR-15 style rifle: http://fox43.com/2015/02/26/atf-proposes-banning-5-56mm-223-caliber-ammunition-used-in-popular-ar-15-style-rifle/

Law Enforcement Officers Protection Act of 1986: http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/granule/STATUTE-100/STATUTE-100-Pg920/content-detail.html

Expanded Homicide Data Table 8: http://www.fbi.gov/about-us/cjis/ucr/crime-in-the-u.s/2013/crime-in-the-u.s.-2013/offenses-known-to-law-enforcement/expanded-homicide/expanded_homicide_data_table_8_murder_victims_by_weapon_2009-2013.xls

Rock Island Armory Introduces First Production .22 TCM Firearm: http://www.thetruthaboutguns.com/2011/11/foghorn/ria-introduces-first-production-22-tcm-firearm/


Thursday, February 26, 2015

Biden: the Middle Class Is Being "Killed"

Recently, Vice President Joe Biden, said that the middle class is getting "killed" and we need constant and reoccurring infrastructure spending to restore it:


He's right about the middle class getting "killed".  Just look at this chart of real (adjusted for inflation) median household incomes:

As you can see, the so-called Great Recession took its toll.  But, it is also true that 6 years of Obama (and Biden) has not done one thing to improve the median income.  This despite a near trillion dollars in "Stimulus" spending and other programs that were supposed to help the middle class.

So, this brings us to the question as to whether or not Biden's (and Obama's) insistence that infrastructure construction spending will strengthen the middle class.

Well, the answer to that question is no.

In order to raise median household income above the $52,000 level (as seen on the above chart), you need to create a lot of jobs that are well above that number.   Unfortunately, that isn't going to happen with infrastructure projects.  The best paid job on any site is the construction supervisor.  The average construction supervisor salary is about $49,000; or, $3000 below $52,000. The next best paid infrastructure jobs are the heavy equipment operators.  Their average pay is around $41,000.  From that point on, it is down hill until you get to the low-paid individual that controls traffic by flipping around a "stop/slow" sign all day long.  Also, understand that infrastructure construction jobs only make up a small percentage of the workforce.  For, example, there are only about 400,000 equipment operators in this country out a of labor force that is made up of 157 million.  That's less than 2-tenths of a percent of the labor force.

The only reason that Biden and Obama are pushing infrastructure spending is to benefit their union voting block because most heavy construction work in this country is unionized.

The kind of jobs that would strengthen the middle class are managers, lab and medical technicians, research scientists, nurses and nurse practitioners, engineers, programmers, and so many more jobs that have nothing to do with infrastructure.  But, these jobs are being hurt by the heavy hand of government regulation under the Obama Administration.  The best proof of that comes from the massive growth in independent contractors and freelancers.  Right now there are 42 million of them, but that number could be more than half of the salaried workforce of 135 million by 2020.

By hiring independent contractors and freelance workers, companies avoid all kinds of federal and state mandates such as the matching FICA payments, minimum wage, paid family leave, salaried overtime pay, and, especially, not having to pay the fine for not providing healthcare.  Instead, the contractor or freelancer must pay for their own health insurance and prepare for their own retirement.  This is what most Democrats don't seem to understand as they keep boxing companies in with increasingly burdensome regulations.


References:

Construction Equipment Operator Quick Facts: http://www.bls.gov/ooh/construction-and-extraction/construction-equipment-operators.htm

Salary Data: Construction Supervisor: http://www.indeed.com/salary/Construction-Supervisor.html

Browse Average Salary Ranges for Middle Income Level Jobs: http://www1.salary.com/Middle-Income-Salaries-7.html

The Shifting American Workforce: Growing Legions of Freelancers and Independent Contractors: http://www.inquisitr.com/1419404/the-shifting-american-workforce-growing-legions-of-freelancers-and-independent-contractors/

We're all becoming independent contractors: http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/opinion/oped/bal-were-all-becoming-independent-contractors-20150224-story.html

Don't Give Illegals Social Security Numbers. Give Them Tax I.D.'s

If President Obama gets his way, amnesty to illegal aliens will include the issuance of Social Security numbers.

This is just plain wrong. A Social Security number gives them access to all too many federal and state services as benefits including the ability to easily register to vote, which would be a federal crime.  Under the Motor Voter law anyone with a valid Social Security number can register to vote anytime they apply for or renew a driver's license or sign up for public assistance.  No proof of citizenship is required. A Social Security card also allows them to file a tax return and get a refund under the Earned Income Tax Credit that is in excess of any taxes they many have paid and/or may have been refunded.

None of these things are afforded to legal foreign residents who live and pay taxes in this country because they typically don't get Social Security numbers, they get an Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN).  The ITIN looks exactly like a Social Security number but the lead digit is a "9", which serves as a red flag that the person holding that number is a guest in this country and not a citizen.  The ITIN serves the purposes of collecting taxes and Social Security/Medicare payroll taxes (FICA, but negates the ability of the holder to file for an Earned Income Tax Credit refund.

Congress should act now to insure that, if Obama is allowed to give amnesty to illegals, they are only eligible for Individual Taxpayer Identification Numbers starting with the digit "9". Otherwise, a new study has shown, that many illegals could file tax returns for the last 4-years and get up to $35,000 in retroactively paid Earned Income Tax Credits.

References:

Obama amnesty creates loophole for illegal immigrants to vote: http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2015/feb/12/obama-amnesty-creates-loophole-for-illegal-immigra/?page=all

Under current law, non-citizens are not allowed to vote in federal elections, and it is a federal crime for a non-citizen to vote or register to vote in such an election, punishable by imprisonment and/or the initiation of removal proceedings against that individual: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Right_of_foreigners_to_vote_in_the_United_States

Motor Voter Act: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Voter_Registration_Act_of_1993

Taxpayer Identification Numbers: http://www.irs.gov/Individuals/International-Taxpayers/Taxpayer-Identification-Numbers-%28TIN%29#itin

Amnesty Beneficiaries Could Claim More Than $35K In Tax Benefits In First Year: http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2015/02/25/amnesty-beneficiaries-could-claim-more-than-35k-in-tax-benefits-in-first-year/

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Our Futile and Silly Attempts At Reducing Coal Consumption

Talk to any global warming alarmist and they will tell you that coal is, by far, the dirtiest power producer of all.  So, it is only logical that -- in their minds -- the world should abandon this planet-killing form of power production.  However, while the U.S. and Europe are busily forcing coal out of business and out of existence through various forms of legislative actions such as carbon taxes and severe limits on emissions, Asian counties like China and South Asia/India are increasingly producing and consuming more coal than the U.S., Europe, and the rest of the world could possibly eliminate; and, at a very fast rate.  Here is the "worth-a-thousand-words" picture that tells that very story:
Click on image to zoom

With global temperatures flat for 18 years and, at the same time, coal usage exploding in Asia, it is really hard to see the connection between coal consumption and global warming. 

References:

Chart Source: International Business Times: Coal Growing Its Share Of Global Energy Mix Despite World's Greening Efforts: http://www.ibtimes.com/coal-growing-its-share-global-energy-mix-despite-worlds-greening-efforts-1607184

August 2014: Global Temperature Update – Still no global warming for 17 years 10 months: http://wattsupwiththat.com/2014/08/02/global-temperature-update-still-no-global-warming-for-17-years-10-months/

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Why the Obama's Don't 'Love' America: In Their Own Words and Actions

Former Mayor of New York, Rudy Giuliani, created a firestorm when he said this about President Obama:
"I know this is a horrible thing to say, but I do not believe that the president loves America."
Of course, the political left and the media are in an uproar because Giuliani dared question the President's patriotism.  But, here's the thing.  Both Barack Obama and Michelle Obama have made it clear, in their own words, that they don't like America; let alone love it. And, if you don't like or love this country then, you probably either dislike it or even hate it.

In 2008, while running for office, the then-Senator Obama pledged that he would "fundamentally change America" if elected.   What that means is that he plans to "change" the fundamentals by which America is America: Our Constitution and the laws by which we live.  But, to be sure, he has shown that this was no hollow pledge [threat].  Time and time, again, he has used executive actions to  bypass the Constitution, our laws, and Congress; showing a complete disdain for all three.  There is no other way to say it.  He hates our system of government.

Then, too, since being elected, President Obama has constantly blamed the U.S. for the world's ills and has set out to personally apologize for them, and, the apologies aren't spoken here but, instead, always in front of foreign audiences.  Thus, our own President wallows in the fact that he can humiliate this country while ignoring any good it has done in the world.

Another instance of his distaste is the downplaying of American exceptionalism.   In that regard, he is on record as saying: "I believe in American exceptionalism, just as I suspect that the Brits believe in British exceptionalism and the Greeks believe in Greek exceptionalism."  So, in essence, if everyone believes their country is exceptional, no single country really is.  So, our belief that our country is exceptional must all be in our heads because Obama knows that we really are not.  This despite all the innovation and achievements that we have brought to the world.

All of these examples are rooted in Barack Obama's associations in his past.  His mentor, setup by his father, was communist Frank Marshall Davis.  A close friend was anti-government activist Bill Ayers.  The very man who actually wrote his memoir and helped launch Obama's run for the Senate.  Also, there was Obama's Chicago Church run by Jeremiah Wright.  For years, Barack and Michelle sat in that church and listened to Wright spew anti-American and anti-Semetic rhetoric.   Further, there is proof that he was linked to the Democratic Socialists of America during his political activities in Chicago. Not hardly a pro-government group.

Additionally, Michelle Obama  has expressed her dislike of America.  Speaking on the campaign trail in 2008 she said this: “For the First Time in My Adult Lifetime, I’m Really Proud of My Country”.  So, finally at age 44, she is finally proud of this country because, as she went on, "I think people are hungry for change."  Thus, just like her husband, she wants America to be changed because she doesn't like it as it is. 

Giuliani is right to say what has never been said before by such a noted public personality. What he  said explains many of the actions taken by the President and his Administration over the last six years.  As for the liberals, the truth hurts and that's why they are so angry.

References:

"Fundamentally Change America?" -Obama rally in MO: http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/2120368/posts

Barack Obama's Top 10 Apologies: How the President Has Humiliated a Superpower: http://www.heritage.org/research/reports/2009/06/barack-obamas-top-10-apologies-how-the-president-has-humiliated-a-superpower

The bashing of American exceptionalism: http://articles.latimes.com/2010/nov/09/opinion/la-oe-goldberg-exceptionalism-20101109

Palling Around With Obama's 'Radicals' - ABC News: http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/OTUS/palling-obamas-radicals/story?id=15880556#

Barack Obama - Controversial and Radical Associates: http://keywiki.org/Barack_Obama_-_Controversial_and_Radical_Associates

Obama's Radical-Left Ties Broad And Deep - CBS News: http://www.cbsnews.com/news/obamas-radical-left-ties-broad-and-deep/

Obama's Mentor Frank Marshall Davis FBI Communism Files: https://archive.org/details/ObamasMentorFrankMarshallDavisFbiCommunismFile

Hear Bill Ayers say again, 'I wrote Obama bio': http://www.wnd.com/2014/01/bill-ayers-confronted-on-obama-bio-confessions/

Jeremiah Wright controversy: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jeremiah_Wright_controversy

Barack Obama and Democratic Socialists of America: http://keywiki.org/Barack_Obama_and_Democratic_Socialists_of_America

Michelle Obama: “For the First Time in My Adult Lifetime, I’m Really Proud of My Country”: http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics/2008/02/michelle-obam-1-2/


Monday, February 23, 2015

The Politics of Calling Right-Wing Extremists a Bigger Threat Than ISIS

It is incredible to me to see what great lengths the Obama Administration will go to politicize almost anything and everything.  While, at the same time, try to downplay the threat of terrorism.  As if 9/11 never happened. Nor the Boston Marathon bombing or the slaughter at Fort Hood.

In the latest iteration, CNN is reporting that the President's Department of Homeland Security is circulating a report that suggests that the greatest threat to our American homeland is not ISIS but, instead, right-wing extremist groups such as the skinheads and those angry white and anti-American militia cells.  Of course, this implies that there are no political left-wing groups we should fear. The basis of their assessment is that there are approximately 100,000 core right-wing extremists in this country, and that, in the last 5 calendar years, there have been a total of 24 violent acts committed by these groups; mostly against law enforcement.  That's right, 24!  Of course this is less than 5 incidents per year and ignores the fact that, on average, 150 cops are killed each year by violent offenders like gang members.  It also ignores the fact that, in 2008, the FBI called left-wing Eco-terrorism the biggest threat facing the country.

In my opinion, gangs pose the biggest threat to the lives of too many Americans.  They are a subculture who doesn't believe in our societal values or laws.  To more fully understand this, here are some excerpted bullet points from the FBI's own threat assessment:
  • There are approximately 1.4 million active street, prison, and OMG [Outlaw Motorcycle Gang] gang members comprising more than 33,000 gangs in the United States. 
  • Gangs are responsible for an average of 48 percent of the violent crime in most jurisdictions and up to 90 percent in several others, according to NGIC analysis.
  • Gang infiltration of the military continues to pose a significant criminal threat, as members of at least 53 gangs have been identified on both domestic and international military installations. Gang members who learn advanced weaponry and combat techniques in the military and are at risk of employing these skills on the street when they return to their communities.
  • Gang members are acquiring high-powered, military-style weapons and equipment which poses a significant threat because of the potential to engage in lethal encounters with law enforcement officers and civilians. 
Everyday, hundreds of people in this country are killed or seriously injured by gang members. Gangs are the key element in drug, weapon, and human trafficking.  Simply, violence is their mainstay and our Department of Homeland Security ignores this and considers 24 violent acts by right-wing groups the biggest threat?  

Lastly, there's another reason to worry about gangs.  Most of their members have served and/or will serve time in prison in the future.  Increasingly our prisons have become a hotbed for converting inmates to radical Islam.  There should be a concern that at some point, some gangs, may revert to terrorist tactics to undermine the police and government agencies like the FBI or use terrorism against the civilian population.

References:

DHS intelligence report warns of domestic right-wing terror threat: http://www.cnn.com/2015/02/19/politics/terror-threat-homeland-security/

FBI: Eco-Terrorism Remains No. 1 Domestic Terror Threat : http://www.foxnews.com/story/2008/03/31/fbi-eco-terrorism-remains-no-1-domestic-terror-threat/

Cops killed each year: https://www.google.com/search?q=how+many+cops+killed+each+year&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8

FBI: Gangs: They poison our streets with drugs, violence, and all manner of crime: http://www.fbi.gov/about-us/investigate/vc_majorthefts/gangs

Radical Islam in Prison: Made in the USA: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/spearit/radical-islam-prison_b_880733.html

America's Cage War Against Radical Islam:  Gang members operating as the "fifth column" are providing aid to the the terrorists from inside the United States: http://www.policemag.com/blog/gangs/story/2011/07/gangs-america-s-fifth-column.aspx