Monday, August 22, 2016

Did Welfare Reform Increase Extreme Poverty in the United States?

Two decades ago, on August 22, 1996, President Bill Clinton signed the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Act, popularly known as welfare reform, into law. At the time, liberals proclaimed that the bill would slash the incomes of one in five families with children and push 2.6 million people into poverty.[1] Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan famously predicted that the bill would leave children scavenging in the streets, “sleeping on grates, picked up in the morning frozen.”

In fact, reform cut welfare caseloads by over 50 percent, employment of the least-skilled single mothers surged, and the poverty rates of black children and single-parent families dropped rapidly to historic lows.[3] Doomsday prophets were utterly discredited. Reform was very popular with the public.

Remarkably, 20 years later, Moynihan’s alarm about “children sleeping on grates” has been revived. The left now contends...

Read more at Heritage.org
Hat tip: John H. Detweiler - "According to chart two, 89% of families living in extreme poverty have cell phones." Read More......

Friday, August 19, 2016

Did Encore Political Services just run the worst voter registration drive ever?

In a complaint filed this week, Democratic dark money political group Our Oregon was accused of violating election law and possibly committing a felony. --In the complaint, outlined here, Lee Vasche, Executive Director of Signature Gathering Company of Oregon (SGCO) , a firm hired to obtain signatures for the “No Fake Emergencies” ballot measure, alleges Our Oregon offered a lucrative contract to Encore Political Services LLC which induced Encore to breach it’s subcontract with SGCO. The motive, according to Mr. Vasche, was to prevent SGCO from gathering signatures necessary to get their ballot measure qualified. Our Oregon and the Oregon Democratic Party opposed the ballot measure.

Read more at Oregon Outpost
Hat tip: John H. Detweiler - "This is serious. There are links to two other stories and the complaint itself in this story." Read More......

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

A Short Politically Incorrect Climate Conversation

By Larry Bell - I recently sat next to a woman on a flight from Houston which began with pleasantries regarding the purposes of our trip. When asked whether mine was for business or pleasure, I said that it combined a bit of both. I explained that I was on my way to do a media interview. --That led her to ask what it was that I do, to which I answered that I’m in the habit of writing quite a lot about topics that vary considerably, but frequently address stuff about climate and energy . . . often many politically incorrect aspects. --She asked, “You aren’t like that guy in Ohio that doesn’t believe in climate change, are you?”

Ready more at Newsman...
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Thursday, July 21, 2016

RCP: The Dream of Muslim Outreach Has Become a Nightmare

Victor Davis Hanson (h/t: JHD) - When President Obama entered office, he dreamed that his hope-and-change messaging and his references to his familial Islamic roots would win over the Muslim world. The soon-to-be Nobel Peace Prize laureate would make the U.S. liked in the Middle East. Then, terrorism would decrease. --But, as with his approach to racial relations, Obama's remedies proved worse than the original illness. Read more at RealClear Politics Read More......

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Venezuela Now a Military Dictatorship

Venezuela’s Marxist President Nicolás Maduro (shown, left) closed the loop on Monday night, declaring under powers granted to himself by his “emergency decree” announced in January (later to be declared “constitutional” by his hand-picked Supreme Court) that his new Great Sovereign Supply Mission would be run by the country’s defense minister, Vladimir Padrino López (shown, right).
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7 Disgusting Things Obama Said While Hijacking Memorial For Slain Dallas Police

On Tuesday, President Obama descended on Dallas to hijack the memorial service for five slain police officers. He’d planned to do this for days – his White House stated in advance that Obama would get political. But for the first few minutes of Obama’s address, it appeared that he might take stock of the moment and hold himself back. Then it all collapsed.
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Obama calls for 'public option' for Obamacare

President Obama joined the chorus of Democrats calling for the creation of a government run health insurance program as Obamacare is facing growing problems. In an article published Monday in the Journal of the American Medical Association, the president called for Congress to revisit the "public option" for Obamacare in areas where few insurers offer coverage.
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Fed. Gov. Authorizes Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube to Censor “Anti-Islam” Speech; Lawsuit Filed

Today the American Freedom Law Center (AFLC) filed a federal lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, challenging Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act (CDA) under the First Amendment. Section 230 provides immunity from lawsuits to Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube, thereby permitting these social media giants to engage in government-sanctioned censorship and discriminatory business practices free from legal challenge.
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Tuesday, July 12, 2016

56 percent of Americans disapprove of FBI decision to exonerate Hillary Clinton

A majority of Americans reject the FBI's recommendation against charging Hillary Clinton with a crime for her State Department e-mail practices and say the issue raises concerns about how she might perform her presidential duties, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll.
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Putin sacks EVERY commander in his Baltic fleet in Stalin-style purge 'after top brass refusal to follow his orders to confront Western ships'

Vladimir Putin has sacked every single commander in Russia's Baltic fleet in what has been described as a 'Stalin-style' purge. Up to 50 officers of the fleet were fired alongside Vice Admiral Viktor Kravchuk and his chief of staff Rear Admiral Sergei Popov after they reportedly refused to follow orders to confront Western ships. Reports in Russia also suggested the purges followed an alleged cover-up of a submarine accident, flaws in recruitment and military construction projects.
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Monday, July 11, 2016

Administration Defends U.N.-Funded, Anti-Israel Textbooks for Palestinians

U.S. taxpayers provide nearly $400 million a year to a United Nations program that critics say sends anti-Semitic, anti-Israel textbooks to schools for Palestinian refugees. Elementary school textbooks calls the 1948 establishment of Israel a “disaster,” and a high school text tells of the “End of Days” when “Muslims fight the Jews,” among other examples in a report from the Center for Near East Policy, a pro-Israel research institute based in Jerusalem.
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Judge tells Hillary she has until TUESDAY to explain why she shouldn't have to testify....

Like a game of whack-a-mole, Hillary Clinton's secret email server scandal continues this week as the former secretary of state has just one more day to explain to a federal court why she shouldn't have to testify under oath about the system.
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Sunday, July 10, 2016

The Obama Contamination

A column by Maureen Dowd entitled The Clinton Contamination is trending on Twitter as I write. Conservatives especially are all — so to speak — a-twitter to have such a reliable leftist voice raised against the left's standard bearer. I've never been a fan of Dowd's but I've always respected her unwillingness to abandon her feminist principles to follow the Clintons down the rabbit hole of abuse and corruption. I wish some conservatives would learn from her example before they ditch their principles to traipse after Donald Trump.
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How We Got To The Brink Of Civil War, And How To Stop It

My wife related a disturbing story to me about a ride with an Uber driver late last week. The gentleman behind the wheel was black, and a Navy veteran, so he and my wife had at least two things in common.
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Saturday, June 25, 2016

Rep. Gohmert: If Orlando Was About Guns, Then 'Boston Was About a Pressure Cooker'

Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas) called it "outrageous" that House Democrats would grab microphones and prevent fellow lawmakers from conducting business in violation of House rules, all to make a point about gun control, which is really beside the point, he said: "And when people go on for 12 hours, saying things, 'It's about guns,' then that means Boston was about a pressure cooker. It wasn't. Both of them were about radical Islam," Gohmert told Fox News's Charles Payne.
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LGBT turnout for free course surprises local shooting range

It was a unique offer by the Shiloh Shooting Range in northwest Harris County, just days after the shooting at the Pulse Nightclub in Orlando. Shiloh offered free gun classes to the LGBT community and hundreds of people responded.
"We learned gun safety,” said Jared Anthony. “We learned that it's not ... it's a big responsibility. If you do carry, it's something that you do need to take seriously. You are providing ... you're providing a service to the community really."
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Friday, June 24, 2016

Health Dept. urged employees to skip work for immigration rally

The city Health Department encouraged employees to leave work Thursday and attend a rally condemning the Supreme Court’s split decision to block President Obama’s immigration plan, The Post has learned.An e-mail sent to DOH workers informed them of the City Hall event hosted by Mayor de Blasio and urged that they participate.Read more at the New York Post Read More......

Brexit SPREADS across Europe: Italy, France, Holland and Denmark ALL call for referendums

POLITICIANS across Europe have called for their own referendums in the wake of Britain's historic decision to quit the EU. Italy’s anti-establishment 5-Star movement has now officially called for a referendum on whether to keep the Euro.
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There Are Now More Bureaucrats With Guns Than U.S. Marines

There are now more non-military government employees who carry guns than there are U.S. Marines, according to a new report.Open the Books, a taxpayer watchdog group, released a study Wednesday that finds domestic government agencies continue to grow their stockpiles of military-style weapons, as Democrats sat on the House floor calling for more restrictions on what guns American citizens can buy.
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Quick Take: Why Britain Voted to Leave the EU

Countries band together to promote trade, defend human rights, protect the environment and repel threats. They sign treaties and join international groups, and each time they do, they agree to give up a bit of independence. That happened in a big way with the creation of the European Union, a free-trade zone and global political force forged from the fractious states of Europe. The question always was, could this extraordinary experiment hold together? Faced with the choice in a June 23 in-or-out referendum, the U.K. voted to leave the bloc it joined in 1973. The way many Brits saw it, the trade-offs no longer serve their interests; they prefer the idea of living outside the EU, as Norway and Switzerland do. They brushed aside the uncertainty that a breakup would cause and voted for what's become known as Brexit.
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Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Paul Ryan's Treason

In an awkward interview with the Huffington Post, House Speaker Paul Ryan threatened to sue Donald Trump if he were to ban Muslim immigration or build a border wall with Mexico. Considering the current track record of suing Obama over abuses of power, this is little more than a confession of impotence. And yet it’s deeply troubling that a top Republican is willing to go to such lengths to fight for Muslim migration or for that matter illegal immigration in general.
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GOP Members Livid As Speaker Ryan Lets Democrats Stage a Sit-in

Members of the House Republican Conference are furious at Speaker Paul D. Ryan (R.-Wis.) after they were forced to sidelines for more than nine hours while House Democrats staged a college-style sit-in in the House chamber to demand restrictions on gun rights.
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Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Senators Want Companies to Reveal Where They Keep Their Cash

If you think that multinational corporations take measures to avoid paying your country's taxes, you have two ways to deal with it. You could reform your tax code so that the incentive to avoid taxation disappears. Or, you could go the route of Stuart Smalley. From the Minneapolis Star Tribune:
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U.S. Spends More on Medical Care for Inmates than Seniors, Veterans, Military Personnel

President Obama has repeatedly demonstrated that there’s an extra special place in his heart for incarcerated criminals, but this is a bit much. The administration spends a lot more money on the medical care of jailed convicts than retired seniors on Medicare, active U.S. military personnel or veterans, including an extra $100 million in one year alone, according to a federal audit released this month.
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Believe it or Not: More Kids Live At Home Now than Since The Great Depression

We all know the situation in the markets is dire. Like, really, everyone knows. There’s an old phrase from Margaret Thatcher’s day (and mine, I suppose) that has recently come back into use: There is no alternative. There’s even an acronym: TINA.
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Monday, June 20, 2016

Mex President threatens: If Trump wins we will call back our citizens

The President of Mexico threatened at the world economic summit grave consequences if Trump gets the Presidential seat: all the Mexicans in the USA will be going back home to Mexico.  The Mexican government announced they will close their borders to Americans in the event that Donald Trump is elected President of the United States.
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Obama administration's absurd priorities

U.S. leaders have developed a disgraceful habit of casting aside those who serve their country with honor and dignity – as well as those from other countries who worked as foreign assets – when they no longer find them useful. Portugal will soon extradite former CIA officer Sabrina de Sousa to Italy for incarceration. Her crime? She executed the orders of her CIA superiors, who were acting under the direction of the administration with oversight from Congress.
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What Liberals Get Wrong About the Family

Conservatives are wrong to accuse the liberals of relativism. They are not relativists, but have fanatical attachment to certain ideals, which conservatives often fail to understand. One such ideal is autonomy, which guides their entire sexual agenda. As I argue in “The Obligations of Family Life: A Response to Modern Liberalism,” the Left’s understanding of autonomy does much damage to marriage and family life.
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Sunday, June 19, 2016

A Palace For Fannie (Mae)—–Why The Imperial City Must Be Sacked

To hear the establishment media tell it, you would think that Attila the Hun was fixing to sack the Imperial City. Would that Donald Trump were that bold or dangerous. Then again, he is a showman of no mean talents. So if there is a maquette of Fannie Mae’s planned new $770 million headquarters somewhere around Washington DC, he could start the sacking right there. Hopefully, he would not hesitate to shatter it with a fusillade of tweets—-or even take a jackhammer to it while wearing a Trump hard hat.
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Iranian Navy plans to deploy in Atlantic Ocean

Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari, commander of the Navy of the Islamic Republic of Iran, said that his country plans to deploy a naval presence in the Atlantic Ocean sometime this year.
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Lynch: "Partial Transcript" Of Orlando 911 Calls Will Have References To Islamic Terrorism Removed

In an interview with NBC's Chuck Todd, Attorney General Loretta Lynch says that on Monday, the FBI will release edited transcripts of the 911 calls made by the Orlando nightclub shooter to the police during his rampage.
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Prince Charles Tells British Muslims: 'If You Live In Our Country, You Must Abide By Our Values'

PRINCE Charles issued an extraordinary rallying cry today calling on Muslims living in the UK to show more respect for British values.The heir to the throne railed against the radicalisation of young British men by Islamist extremists as he launched an impassioned defence of Britain's "Christian" heritage.
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Thursday, June 16, 2016

The Past Six Presidents Have All Used Executive Power To Block Certain Classes Of Immigrants

Donald Trump has received much flak from Democrats and Republicans alike for his proposal to ban Muslims from entering the U.S through executive authority. However, the past six presidents have all used the executive power to bar different classes of immigrants and that includes President Barack Obama, who has used the authority six times in his tenure granted in Section 212(f) of the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1952.
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EXCLUSIVE - 'Why shouldn't we enjoy ourselves just because the country is burning?'

Venezuela's super-rich are enjoying lavish parties and gourmet cuisine, while middle-class people are forced to scavenge for food as the Socialist country's economy collapses. In the opulent Caracas Country Club, where membership costs an astonishing £77,000 – 458 times the average Venezuelan salary – glamorous women in cocktail dresses were seen relishing a banquet of beef and lobster...
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London’s Muslim Mayor Hosts EU ‘Remain’ Rally With Hijab-Clad Women Forced To Stand At The Back

London Mayor Sadiq Khan gave a speech in Manchester on behalf of the EU ‘Remain’ campaign, with women noticeably absent from the front of the crowd. In an effort to bolster the ailing Remain campaign, newly elected London Mayor Sadiq Khan has gone on a road trip across the country to try and boost support for remaining in the European Union (EU).
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Taliban use 'honey trap' boys to kill Afghan police

The Taliban are using child sex slaves to mount crippling insider attacks on police in southern Afghanistan, exploiting the pervasive practice of "bacha bazi" -- paedophilic boy play -- to infiltrate security ranks, multiple officials and survivors of such assaults told AFP.
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Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Senate Votes to Require Women to Register for the Draft

In the latest and perhaps decisive battle over the role of women in the military, Congress is embroiled in an increasingly intense debate over whether they should have to register for the draft when they turn 18. On Tuesday, the Senate approved an expansive military policy bill that would for the first time require young women to register for the draft. The shift, while fiercely opposed by some conservative lawmakers and interest groups, had surprisingly broad support among Republican leaders and women in both parties.
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Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Common Core Does Not Prepare Students for College, New Report Finds

A recently-released report confirms what Common Core critics have suspected all along: Common Core State Standards do not adequately prepare students for college-level work. The ACT report finds many concerning shortcomings in the Common Core State Standards, which have been adopted by most states. Notably, the report reveals:
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Justice minister wants to end toleration of polygamy

Justice Minister Heiko Maas said this week that he wants to bring an end to the practice of tolerating polygamous marriages among immigrants in Germany. “No one who comes here has the right to place their cultural entrenchment or religious thinking over our laws,” Maas told Bild newspaper. “Therefore, no multiple marriages will be allowed to be recognized in Germany.”
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Jeh Johnson: Gun Control Is Now 'Part and Parcel of Homeland Security'

Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said Tuesday that passing gun control laws is now "part and parcel of homeland security" in an interview on CBS This Morning. In the segment which was flagged by Politico, Johnson said this was the first time he had vocalized such a belief publicly.
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Monday, June 13, 2016

Obama Would Rather Declare War on the English Language than Speak of Islamic Terrorism

First there were the 13 people killed in 2009 by an Islamic jihadist at Foot Hood in Texas. Then came Chattanooga, Garland (also in Texas), San Bernardino, and now the atrocity in Orlando. Each time the suspects were motivated by Islamic extremism. Each time President Obama and his team failed to identify the motive for the attacks as radical Islam.
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Final Rules Disclosed for How Social Security Admin. Plans to Disarm Its Beneficiaries

Final rules on how the Social Security Administration (SSA) plans to prohibit its beneficiaries from owning firearms were published in early May, but it took several weeks for observers parsing the 41-page document to realize its implications for the Second and Fifth Amendments.
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Sunday, June 12, 2016

Why Islam is Violent - Islamic civilization is unstable and unsustainable

Islamic violence is nearly impossible to deny. But why is Islam violent? The usual answer is to point to Koranic verses calling for the conquest and subjugation of non-Muslims. That certainly covers the theological basis for Islamic violence. But it fails to explain why Muslims continue to practice it. Even against each other. Violence has become the defining form of Islamic exceptionalism.
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Saturday, June 11, 2016

Tesla: U.S. senator requests investigation of foreign workers on construction project

U.S. Sen. Charles Grassley asked four federal agencies to look at the visa status of more than 140 foreign workers on a construction project at Tesla's Fremont factory, in response to an investigation by this newspaper. Grassley requested the departments of Justice, State, Homeland Security and Labor investigate why Eastern European men were granted visas to do construction work that is broadly banned by immigration laws and could have been done by U.S. workers.
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Gallup: Satisfaction With Country Under Obama Is Lowest Since Carter

According to Gallup, Americans' satisfaction levels with the way things are going in the U.S. are low and President Obama will be leaving office with a lower overall satisfaction average of any president since Jimmy Carter.
Only 29% of Americans are satisfied with the way things are going in the U.S. according to the Gallup poll conducted during the first week of June.
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House Democrat hits Republicans for blocking attempt to strike ‘illegal alien’ from Library of Congress

A House Democrat criticized his Republican colleagues for blocking several of his Wednesday night attempts to stop the Library of Congress from using the term “illegal alien.” In a series of tweets Thursday, Rep. Joaquin Castro, D-Texas, blasted the House Rules Committee that voted down a series of amendments allowing the Library of Congress to refer to undocumented immigrants as “unauthorized noncitizens” rather than “illegal aliens.”
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Friday, June 10, 2016

Obama Wants To Block All The Exits From ObamaCare

President Obama is fond of saying that ObamaCare is a great insurance product: coverage that can’t be taken away, generous mandated benefits, and subsidized premiums for many. But if ObamaCare insurance is so great, then why is Obama trying to outlaw a private sector alternative that has become hugely popular?
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How Clinton Donor Got on Sensitive Intelligence Board

Newly released State Department emails help reveal how a major Clinton Foundation donor was placed on a sensitive government intelligence advisory board even though he had no obvious experience in the field, a decision that appeared to baffle the department’s professional staff.
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Disney CEO: U.S. taxes are 'too high' and 'ridiculously complex'

Disney CEO Bob Iger thinks companies -- including his -- are simply paying too much in tax to Uncle Sam. Iger told CNNMoney on Thursday that high corporate tax rates in the U.S. are "anti-competitive," and described the country's tax system as "ridiculously complex."
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Science says liberals, not conservatives, are psychotic

Turns out liberals are the real authoritarians. A political-science journal that published an oft-cited study claiming conservatives were more likely to show traits associated with “psychoticism” now says it got it wrong. Very wrong.
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