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Saturday, December 15, 2012

USA TO REJOIN THE BRITISH EMPIRE! | Stan M Rogers

USA TO REJOIN THE BRITISH EMPIRE! | Stan M Rogers

The dark side of the welfare state | Conservative News, Views & Books

The dark side of the welfare state | Conservative News, Views & Books

Much notice has been given to a remarkable weekend column by Nicholas Kristof of the New York Times, in which he was brutally honest about the dark side of the welfare state:
This is what poverty sometimes looks like in America: parents here in Appalachian hill country pulling their children out of literacy classes. Moms and dads fear that if kids learn to read, they are less likely to qualify for a monthly check for having an intellectual disability.       
Many people in hillside mobile homes here are poor and desperate, and a $698 monthly check per child from the Supplemental Security Income program goes a long way — and those checks continue until the child turns 18.
“The kids get taken out of the program because the parents are going to lose the check,” said Billie Oaks, who runs a literacy program here in Breathitt County, a poor part of Kentucky. “It’s heartbreaking.”
This is painful for a liberal to admit, but conservatives have a point when they suggest that America’s safety net can sometimes entangle people in a soul-crushing dependency. Our poverty programs do rescue many people, but other times they backfire.
(Emphasis mine.)  That’s pretty strong stuff, coming from a deck officer on the Death Star of the liberal media.  And there’s plenty more where that came from.  Kristof reviews numerous ways in which Big Government welfare programs can be not only expensive drains upon the public treasury, but actually counter-productive because of the perverse incentives they offer.  Kristof focuses on incentives against marriage and good education for children; he might also have usefully mentioned the panoply of benefits that can actually make welfare dependency pay better than earning a lower-middle-class salary, but perhaps that was a bridge too far.
Some passages from Kristof’s piece are quite remarkable, given the source.  For example:
There’s a danger in drawing too firm conclusions about an issue — fighting poverty — that is as complex as human beings themselves. I’m no expert on domestic poverty. But for me, a tentative lesson from the field is that while we need safety nets, the focus should be instead on creating opportunity — and, still more difficult, on creating an environment that leads people to seize opportunities.
Too bad that’s one hundred and eighty degrees opposite from the philosophy of the man Kristof’s paper just helped back into the White House for another four years.  There’s nothing about creating and seizing opportunities in Barack Obama’s philosophy, although he does like to appropriate the language occasionally, to make himself sound like a technocrat.  But here’s Nicholas Kristof sounding like one of Mitt Romney’s speechwriters!
A growing body of careful research suggests that the most effective strategy is to work early on children and education, and to try to encourage and sustain marriage. Bravo to Mayor Julián Castro of San Antonio for backing a landmark initiative to add one-eighth of 1 percent to the local sales tax to finance a prekindergarten program. Early interventions are not a silver bullet, and even programs that succeed as experiments often fall short when scaled up. But we end up paying for poverty one way or another, and early childhood education is far cheaper than adult incarceration. I hope that the budget negotiations in Washington may offer us a chance to take money from S.S.I. and invest in early childhood initiatives instead.
While some pre-kindergarten programs may have merit, “early interventions” don’t mean much when the kids are doomed to end up in the swamps of public education.  And if they try to escape from that, they’ll find Barack Obama and the rest of the Democrat Party pushing them right back into the quagmire with ten-foot poles, egged on by their teachers’ union paymasters.
As for marriage: sorry, but we’ve been re-defining that out of existence for decades, and the process is almost complete.  It’s strange to read Kristof writing like a Romney speechwriter, but even more bizarre to have him writing like one of Rick Santorum’s speechwriters.
Kristof’s not quite ready to embrace the conservative critique of the welfare state; he’s doing a little Hamlet-and-Yorick soliloquy with a conservative skull, while recommending small adjustments to a fundamentally broken system that has already put much of America into a social death spiral.
Writing at the American Enterprise Institute, longtime welfare critic Charles Murray describes three fatal flaws of Big Government social programs, none of which can be easily addressed through minor reforms or supplemental programs.  First is the tendency of benevolent bureaucrats to expand program eligibility every time they run into hard cases, “which in turn brings more people who don’t need the social transfer under its umbrella.”  Then there’s the problem Kristof muses on at length, in which perverse incentives are provided, prompting behavior such as pulling children out of literacy classes because illiteracy brings in welfare money.
But the third flaw, which Murray terms “The Law of Net Harm,” is the real killer:
The less likely it is that the unwanted behavior will change voluntarily, the more likely it is that a program to induce change will cause net harm.
This is not as obvious as the first two laws, but just as inexorable. My favorite chapter of “Losing Ground” [Murray's landmark book on malfunctioning social programs] is a thought experiment about a government program that uses financial rewards to reduce smoking. If the rewards are small, nothing will change. If they are large enough to induce a significant number of people to quit smoking, the program will inevitably lead to more people who take up smoking in the first place and the net number of inveterate smokers.
In other words, the perverse incentives of the welfare state are luring people to the edge of generational black holes.  Even when these programs don’t ensnare children, they can ruin an adult’s productivity for life… while increasing the size of the hard-core dependency class, which is notoriously disintereted in any talk of reducing government spending to achieve fiscal balance.  Over at the Washington Examiner, Michael Barone mentions another example of “soul-crushing dependency”: the disturbing rise in the number of people who are more-or-less permanently cashing out of the American workforce by going on long-term disability.
The power to tax is the power to destroy.  You get more of what you subsidize.  Isn’t it funny how liberal thinkers keep orbiting around these conservative chestnuts… but only after the latest election and its anti-conservative demagoguery have been safely brought to a satisforactory conclusion?  The immense machinery of Food Stamp Nation is grinding along on auto-pilot now.  It would require a massive political effort, combining effective conservative leadership with a groundswell of public support, to shut it down.  That’s not what Nicholas Kristof has in mind, and anything less is mere observation, not a call to action.

Friday, December 14, 2012

Obama's Electronic Medical Records Scam - Michelle Malkin - Page 1

Obama's Electronic Medical Records Scam - Michelle Malkin - Page 1: Here's more evidence that government "cures" are inevitably worse than the "diseases" they seek to wipe out. Buried in the trillion-dollar stimulus law of 2009 was an electronic medical records "incentive" program. Like most of President Obama's health care rules, this top-down electronic record-sharing scheme is a big fat bust.

Oversight is lax. Cronyism is rife. The job-killing and privacy-undermining consequences have only just begun.

28 Killed in Connecticut School Shooting

28 Killed in Connecticut School Shooting


Law-enforcement officials identified the suspected shooter as Adam Lanza. Officials said the alleged shooter's mother was a teacher at the school, and she was believed to be among the victims. Earlier, a law-enforcement official incorrectly identified the suspect as Mr. Lanza's brother, Ryan.




http://surnames.meaning-of-names.com/lanza/

http://surnames.meaning-of-names.com/lanza/


Meaning of Lanza

Lanza Meaning:  one who was a mercenary for the German army.

Aeschylus - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Aeschylus - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Aeschylus (Greek: Αἰσχύλος, Aiskhulos; c. 525/524 BC – c. 456/455 BC) was the first of the three ancient Greek tragedians whose plays can still be read or performed, the others being Sophocles and Euripides. He is often described as the father of tragedy:[1][2] our knowledge of the genre begins with his work[3] and our understanding of earlier tragedies is largely based on inferences from his surviving plays.[4] According to Aristotle, he expanded the number of characters in plays to allow for conflict amongst them, whereas previously characters had interacted only with the chorus.[nb 1]
Only seven of his estimated seventy to ninety plays have survived into modern times, and there is a longstanding debate about his authorship of one of these plays, Prometheus Bound. Fragments of some other plays have survived in quotes and more continue to be discovered on Egyptian papyrus, often giving us surprising insights into his work.[5] He was probably the first dramatist to present plays as a trilogy and his Oresteia is the only ancient example of the form to have survived.[6]
At least one of his works was influenced by the Persian invasion of Greece, which took place during his lifetime. This play, The Persians, is the only extant classical Greek tragedy concerned with recent history (very few of that kind were ever written)[7] and it is a useful source of information about that period. So important was the war to Aeschylus and the Greeks that, upon his death, around 456 BC, his epitaph commemorated his participation in the Greek victory at Marathon rather than his success as a playwright.
He was a deep, religious thinker. No poet has ever presented evil in such stark and tragic terms[8] yet he had an exalted view of Zeus, whom he celebrated with a grand simplicity reminiscent of David's Psalms,[9] and a faith in progress or the healing power of time.[10]

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Bhagavad Gita, Chapter 11: The Universal Form

Bhagavad Gita, Chapter 11: The Universal Form: Chapter 11, Verse 32.
The Blessed Lord said: Time I am, destroyer of the worlds, and I have come to engage all people. With the exception of you [the Pandavas], all the soldiers here on both sides will be slain.

Articles: Boehner's Boners

Articles: Boehner's Boners: What's up with John Boehner? Has he lost his mind or something? There are a lot of conservatives who think he's gone around the bend. He's done precious little to convince anyone otherwise. He sounds more like a Democrat than a Republican these days, and he's giving credence to those who believe,"There's not a dime's worth of difference between the Republicans and Democrats."

Articles: How Much Taxation Would Fund Current Spending?

Articles: How Much Taxation Would Fund Current Spending?: The bottom line is that we cannot fund our current levels of spending even if we make unrealistically charitable assumptions about taxpayer response to confiscatory tax rates and confiscate the entire annual income of every American who made more than $100K in 2009.

Latin Word Study Tool

Latin Word Study Tool

Torvus/Torva

Staring, keen, piercing, wild, stern, fierce, grim, savage (esp. in look or expression)


Tõrva - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Tõrva - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia: Tõrva (German: Törwa) is a town (Estonian: linn) and municipality in Valga County, southern Estonia. It is situated on the banks of Õhne River. Tõrva has an area of 4.80 km2 (2 sq mi) and a population of 3,101 (as of 1 January 2009),[1] making it the second largest of the three towns in Valga County.

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There was a newspaper named the Nineteenth Century

Mexican newspaper founded in late 1841 and the creation of which responded to the severe restrictions that the government had attached to the press and the establishment of a new Constituent Congress returned the power to Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna in September this year.The nineteenth century, founded by John B. Morales and Mariano Otero, was the champion and dean of the liberal media and, of course, a very active participant in the political events of the country, for example, discussions in Congress between liberals and conservatives and the controversies that other newspapers initiated on the political and cultural life of the country. 

At this time there were also two other major newspapers: THE REPUBLICAN AND MONITOR THE HERALD

The first thing I remembered was there already in 1805 when all VIA NEW SPAIN ERAMOS was called THE DIARY OF MEXICO and played aspects apart from church and government and industry, daily events and issues of agriculture ..

I hope you serve greetings ....

El Monitor Republicano - Wikipedia, la enciclopedia libre

El Monitor Republicano - Wikipedia, la enciclopedia libre



El Monitor Republicano fue un periódico de ideología liberal fundado por Vicente García Torres, en 1844, bajo el nombre inicial de El Monitor Constitucional. En 1846 cambió su nombre y circuló en la Ciudad de México hasta 1896.


Historia

Fue fundado por Vicente García Torres en la Ciudad de México originalmente con el nombre de El Monitor Constitucional pero en 1846 cambió su nombre al de El Monitor Republicano.
La publicación abarcaba temas diversos, entre ellos la industria, el
comercio, las modas, la literatura y el teatro, sin embargo su línea editorial se caracterizó por ser de crítica política de ideología liberal.


En 1853, a consecuencia de la promulgación de la Ley Lares,
el periódico interrumpió su publicación y sus redactores fueron
perseguidos. En 1855 volvió a la circulación gracias a la promulgación
de la Ley Lafragua. Su línea editorial apoyó a Leyes de Reforma y a la Revolución de Ayutla,
hasta tal punto, que los conservadores, e incluso los liberales
moderados, lo catalogaron como un periódico de ideología radical.1


En 1861, fue uno de los pocos periódicos que publicó las noticias sobre la alianza tripartita que se firmó en Londres entre Reino Unido, España y Francia para organizar una expedición que poco después se consolidó como la intervención francesa en México.2 En 1896, dos años más tarde de la muerte de su fundador, el periódico dejó de circular.


Colaboradores

Algunos de sus sus articulistas fueron: José María Iglesias, Ponciano Arriaga, Francisco Zarco, José María Lafragua, Manuel Payno, Guillermo Prieto, José María Vigil, Ignacio Ramírez, Manuel María de Zamacona, Florencio M. del Castillo, Juan A. Mateos, Juan N. Cerqueda, Juan José González, Epitacio J. de los Ríos, José M. Aragón, Basilio Pérez Gallardo, Francisco Rodríguez Gallega, Francisco Guerrero, Félix Romero, Santiago Vicario, Francisco Serrano y Francisco Díaz Barriga.3

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Full steam ahead on Obama's theft of IRA’s and 401k’s

Full steam ahead on Obama's theft of IRA’s and 401k’s

What is going to happen to our 401 (k) accounts and IRA’s after January 1?  Will the retirement accounts for which many Americans have sacrificed so much to accumulate be rolled over into federally issued and guaranteed bonds in order to prop up notoriously under-funded, union pension funds across the country?  Getting an answer will prove to be daunting, especially as media attention seems focused on little but the impending “fiscal cliff.”
Listening to a poignant, impromptu speech given by Linda from St. Lucie County during the Allen West recount makes clear just how hard she worked to raise three daughters on her own. It’s a story that certainly puts a tear in the eye and an ounce of worry into the heart of many listeners.  ”I worked hard to save that money. We went without,” she said, getting more emotional with each word. ”Now, what’s going to happen to 401 (k’s)?” she asked.
My daughter is wondering the same thing as she and her husband will have four boys in college next year. And she sacrificed to save for her retirement when she was a bank employee.  She had a gun put to her head during two separate robberies!
Linda and my daughter both want to know what the Obama administration intends to do after January 1. Is the national media so distracted by fiscal cliff hype that news concerning the potential federal theft of countless trillions from American citizens will not be forthcoming prior to January 1st?
A source in Montana said the feds are hoping to turn 401 (k) and social security funds into federally administered bonds, thereby dumping even more privately-held dollars into the D.C. money pit.  Another source thinks that such a fund may be used to bail out Obama’s union pets, namely the failed pension plans of big labor throughout the United States.
A 2010 letter sent by congressional Republicans to the Secretaries of Labor and the Treasury says: “We write today to express our opposition in the strongest terms to any effort to NATIONALIZE the private 401 (k) system, or any proposal that would dismantle or disfavor the private 401 (k) system in favor of a government-run retirement security regime!”
A 2010 administration report on the Middle Class cites Vice President Joe Biden, who “floated [an] idea called Guaranteed Retirement Accounts’ (GRAs).”  Of course, Big Labor is clearly behind these proposed GRAs, which would include a “bailout of critically under-funded, union pension plans through retirement security options.”
Will all of this result in yet another enormous hedge fund and insurance leverage plot guaranteed to make a massive hole in the private worth of American taxpayers? Rest assured, the D.C. ruling class will stop at NOTHING to obtain the financing necessary for the continued purchase of votes and maintenance of power.
At the end of 2010, there was an estimated 17.5 trillion dollars in United States retirement assets, including 3.1 trillion in 401k’s and 4.7 trillion in IRA’s. The idea that those who thrive on money and power would permit such an alluring trove to go untapped is laughable.

R.I.P. Ravi Shankar | News | Pitchfork

R.I.P. Ravi Shankar | News | Pitchfork: The Hindu reports that sitar maestro Pandit Ravi Shankar has died. He was 92.

Shankar began studying sitar in 1938 around age 18. His international fame grew in the 1960s when he befriended George Harrison. Shankar appeared at Woodstock in 1969 and participated in Harrison's 1971 Concert for Bangladesh. He was active right up until the end of his life-- he was just nominated for a 2013 Grammy Award.

Tony Cummings | National Legal and Policy Center

Tony Cummings | National Legal and Policy Center: Cleveland Steelworkers Local Financial Secretary Indicted
Submitted by Carl Horowitz on Fri, 06/22/2012 - 18:47

Steelworkers logoOn June 1, Tony Cummings, former financial secretary for United Steelworkers of America Local 735, was indicted in the Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas for one count of theft in the amount of $6,451 from the Cleveland-based union and 10 counts of forgery. The charges follow an investigation by the Labor Department's Office of Labor-Management Standards.

Steven Crowder On Union Fight

Big win for gun-rights groups: Federal appeals court tosses state ban on carrying concealed weapons - Sun-Times Politics

Big win for gun-rights groups: Federal appeals court tosses state ban on carrying concealed weapons - Sun-Times Politics



Police Clash With Crowd In Ohio, 2,000 Gather To Get Subsidized Housing - Police Clash With Crowd - Fox Nation

Police Clash With Crowd In Ohio, 2,000 Gather To Get Subsidized Housing - Police Clash With Crowd - Fox Nation: COLUMBUS, Ohio - Columbus Police sprayed Mace on several people in a crowd that had gathered to sign up for a list to get subsidized housing at a northwest Columbus apartment complex.

Police said the crowd started to gather Friday night for the Saturday morning event at The Heritage apartment complex on Gatewood Road near Sunbury Road in northeast Columbus.

Monday, December 10, 2012

Kali - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Kali - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia: Kālī (Sanskrit: काली, IPA: [kɑːliː]), also known as Kālikā (Sanskrit: कालिका), is the Hindu goddess associated with empowerment, shakti. The name Kali comes from kāla, which means black, time, death, lord of death, Shiva. Since Shiva is called Kāla—the eternal time—Kālī, his consort, also means "Time" or "Death" (as in time has come). Hence, Kāli is the Goddess of Time and Change. Although sometimes presented as dark and violent, her earliest incarnation as a figure of annihilator of evil forces still has some influence. Various Shakta Hindu cosmologies, as well as Shākta Tantric beliefs, worship her as the ultimate reality or Brahman. She is also revered as Bhavatārini (literally "redeemer of the universe"). Comparatively recent devotional movements largely conceive Kāli as a benevolent mother goddess.[1]

Media of North Korea - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Media of North Korea - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia: Radio and TV sets in North Korea are supplied pre-tuned to government stations and radios must be checked and registered with the police, though some North Koreans have bought radios tuned to foreign broadcasts.[10] Stations not tuned to government broadcasts are not permitted. There are four major television stations: Korean Central TV, Mansudae Television (a cultural station only available in the capital), Korean Educational and Cultural Network, and Kaesong Television (targets South Korea).[44] State television is always off air until its 5:00 pm evening news broadcast, except on Sundays which start at 6:00 am, and in emergency events or live events.[45]

All broadcast media in some way promotes the regime's ideologies and positions, such as juche, and regularly condemns actions by South Korea, Japan, Israel, the United States, and other nations. The media in recent years condemns the United Nations, and its position against the country's nuclear program. In recent years, the North Korean media portrays the rest of the world as an "enemy", and claims that every foreign nation, including officials in China and Russia, are conspiring against the regime.

Articles: Fatal Attraction: US Flirts with International Speech Codes

Articles: Fatal Attraction: US Flirts with International Speech Codes

Vodkapundit » Jihadi Cheat Sheet

Vodkapundit » Jihadi Cheat Sheet

News you can use: The Secular Idiot’s Guide to Syria’s Jihadist Groups.
Soon enough, I’m sure, one of these will be in possession of whatever is left of Assad’s chemical arsenal, so we’d best get to know them.

Jewish Preppers: Closing the 'Collapse Gap': the USSR was better prepared for collapse than the US

Jewish Preppers: Closing the 'Collapse Gap': the USSR was better prepared for collapse than the US

White Genocide in South Africa

White Genocide in South Africa: In Zimbabwe and Egypt, the left had rejected any possibility of a moderate solution leading to the present-day reign of terror. The only difference between Mugabe’s Zimbabwe and Zuma’s South Africa is that Mugabe has been in control of Zimbabwe for over 30 years, while the ANC has been running South Africa into the ground for less than two decades. Given another ten years of ANC rule, the likelihood is that South Africa will be in as bad a shape as Zimbabwe is now.

Revolution and Progress: Nelson Mandela on the brink.

Revolution and Progress: Nelson Mandela on the brink.: Mr Mandela, the country's first black communist president, spent a second day at the Pretoria hospital where he is said to be undergoing tests. On Saturday he was flown from his rural home in the Eastern Cape to the capital Pretoria to receive medical attention.

Unemployment Is Not Going Down: The Employment Rate Has Been Under 59 Percent For 39 Months In A Row

Unemployment Is Not Going Down: The Employment Rate Has Been Under 59 Percent For 39 Months In A Row: The mainstream media is heralding the decline of the official unemployment rate to 7.7 percent as evidence that the U.S. economy is improving. But it is a giant lie. The truth is that unemployment in America is not actually going down. The percentage of working age Americans with a job actually dropped slightly in November. During the last recession, the percentage of working age Americans with a job fell from about 63 percent to under 59 percent and it has stayed there for 39 months in a row.

Ann Coulter - December 5, 2012 - AMERICA NEARS EL TIPPING POINTO

Ann Coulter - December 5, 2012 - AMERICA NEARS EL TIPPING POINTO

CBO: Feds Borrowing $4.8 billion Per Day in FY 2013, So Far | CNS News

CBO: Feds Borrowing $4.8 billion Per Day in FY 2013, So Far | CNS News

(CNSNews.com) – The federal government ran a deficit of $292 billion for the first two months of fiscal year 2013 – October and November 2012 – amounting to $4.8 billion of borrowed money each day.
“The federal budget deficit was $292 billion for the first two months of fiscal year 2013, $57 billion more than the shortfall recorded in October and November of last year,” CBO said in its Monthly Budget Review Friday.
This means that the government borrowed $4.8 billion for each calendar day so far in 2013. If the Treasury Department restricted its borrowing to only weekdays, its per day average would jump to $6.5 billion per day thus far in fiscal year 2013.
CBO reported that federal revenues rose by $30 billion – a 10 percent increase over last year, but spending increased more, going up by $87 billion or 16 percent.
Overall, the two-month deficit figure was $57 billion higher than the October-November 2012 deficit.
CBO reported that shifts in when the government made certain payments accounted for some of the increase in spending.
Spending on Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security were about seven percent higher -- $8 billion than last year. Had these shifts in the timing of government spending not occurred, the two-month deficit figure would have been $8 billion lower than last year’s figure – about $227 billion.


Sunday, December 9, 2012

GAO Report Confirms Pigford Designed for Undetectable Fraud | Restoring Liberty

GAO Report Confirms Pigford Designed for Undetectable Fraud | Restoring Liberty: An official government report released Friday admits that the Pigford “Black Farmers” Settlement was designed with no mechanism for objectively determining fraud but hid that shocking conclusion under pages of bureaucratic doublespeak.

“Burying the lede” is a journalistic term used to describe the act of hiding essential information by putting non-essentials in front of it. On December 7, 2012, the United States Government Accountability Office released report number GAO-13-69R, also known as “Civil Rights: Additional Actions in Pigford II Claims Process Could Reduce Risk of Improper Determinations.”

Twitter / IAM_SHAKESPEARE: To things of sale a seller's ...

Twitter / IAM_SHAKESPEARE: To things of sale a seller's ...


Video: Belgium Begins The Transition From Democracy To Sharia | EuropeNews

Video: Belgium Begins The Transition From Democracy To Sharia | EuropeNews

Yesterday two successful candidates in municipal elections were sworn into office in Belgium. What makes this noteworthy is that they come from the Islam Party. This party officially promotes sharia law and wants Belgium to move from being a democratic state to that of Islamic state based on sharia. The Gatestone Institute recently discussed the issue.
During the swearing in ceremony an outraged citizen pointed out the dangers associated with pro-sharia politicians being elected in a democratic society.

Reported HERE

Syrian rebels: Christians can only live in post-Assad Syria if they pay the jizya - Jihad Watch

Syrian rebels: Christians can only live in post-Assad Syria if they pay the jizya - Jihad Watch

Profiting From a Child’s Illiteracy - NYTimes.com

Profiting From a Child’s Illiteracy - NYTimes.com: This is painful for a liberal to admit, but conservatives have a point when they suggest that America’s safety net can sometimes entangle people in a soul-crushing dependency. Our poverty programs do rescue many people, but other times they backfire.

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