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Saturday, September 13, 2014

Edward Hugh on Twitter: "Catalans on the streets of Barcelona yesterday demanding the right to vote. http://t.co/ROJmcNTLpC"

Edward Hugh on Twitter: "Catalans on the streets of Barcelona yesterday demanding the right to vote. http://t.co/ROJmcNTLpC"

Amanda Carpenter on Twitter: "Really can't get over the fact liberals want to overturn a SCOTUS decision that upheld the right of a film to be aired. #freespeech"

Amanda Carpenter on Twitter: "Really can't get over the fact liberals want to overturn a SCOTUS decision that upheld the right of a film to be aired. #freespeech"

Funnient | Prices Skyrocket in Brazil

Funnient | Prices Skyrocket in Brazil



When there are many people out of jobs and the value of the nation's currency is rapidly declining, this is known as stagflation. Basically people have less and less money while goods get more and more expensive, which is a sign of economic halt.

Funnient | Prices Skyrocket in Brazil

Funnient | Prices Skyrocket in Brazil



In America we are taxed on our income, which means we do not have to pay overwhelming sales and other consumer taxes when we buy goods. Brazil is the opposite of this, so the prices factor in these astronomical taxes as well.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Get angry now | Human Events

Get angry now | Human Events



President Obama now says he will wait until after the November elections to implement an “executive amnesty” for 11 million illegal aliens, so as not to hurt Democrats’ chances this year.
Instead of waiting to be enraged in December, voters, could you please be enraged now? Once the holiday season kicks off, you’ll be too busy going to parties and Christmas shopping to notice that you’re suddenly living in Mexico.
Getting Obama to postpone a rancid idea isn’t something to celebrate. Yay! We did it! We forced him to delay doing something the country doesn’t want for SIX WEEKS! Every Republican candidate better be jamming Obama’s threat down the throats of their Democratic opponents.
Obama is claiming to have the powers of a dictator. Amnesty was considered by Congress, but — here’s the important thing: It didn’t pass. It only passed the Senate, with the votes of all Democrats and 14 not-bright Republicans. After that, widespread public revulsion prevented Marco Rubio’s amnesty bill from even being considered in the House.
But according to Obama, the only reason illegals haven’t already been given amnesty is that Congress is not “doing its job.”
What does Obama imagine Congress’ “job” is? Being his errand boys? Their job is to represent their districts. I promise you, House members are doing a better job representing their districts than at least a dozen senators are at representing their states — or than Obama is doing representing the country. It’s called the “People’s House” for a reason.
Noticeably, every Republican senator running for re-election this year claims to oppose amnesty — even the ones who voted for it. (Let’s hope they remember how unpopular mass immigration is when it’s time to vote, not just when they’re running.)
Obama’s base isn’t even looking for representation. We could have a 1929-level stock market crash, Obama could commit a murder on the White House lawn — and they would still support the first minority president!
But Obama says he can do whatever he wants on immigration because it’s “a serious issue and Congress chooses to do nothing.”
If bills became law provided only the Senate and president agreed, the Nicaraguan Contras would have been funded out of the U.S. Treasury, Reagan would have gotten his MX missiles in 1982 and the Soviet Union would have fallen five years sooner, school busing would have been eliminated without waiting for the courts to act a decade later, and most of George W. Bush’s tax cuts would have been made permanent. In all those cases, a president wanted to do something — and the Senate agreed! But the House said no, so it never happened.
Obama can’t ignore the House and make amnesty happen either. That’s why he’s talking about an “executive amnesty,” which sounds like the top-tier donation category at one of the 4 million fundraisers Obama has held since becoming president, where the dinner starts at $25,000 per couple and you might bump into Jay-Z in the men’s room. Actually, it just means Obama publicly, openly, officially stops enforcing immigration law.
Except in his own mind, Obama can’t make illegals legal. But he can direct the entire immigration apparatus of the federal government to act as if amnesty has passed. The theory is that once they’ve been treated as if they’re legal for a few years, it’s a fait accompli, and no future president will resume enforcement of the law.
Although consistent with historical practice, it’s not where the country is at all. This election is our first referendum on amnesty.
Not only do we have Obama’s promise that he’ll refuse to execute the law — it’s not as if he took some kind of oath, after all — but there’s good reason to believe him: After this election, he’s got nothing to lose. Democrats will have two years to sign up 30 million illegal immigrants for Social Security benefits, food stamps and voting cards.
There is no more important political issue than this: Republicans must take the Senate this year.
You know how much you’ve been enjoying the courts overturning state referendums prohibiting gay marriage? Get ready for a lot more of your hard-won political victories to be nullified by the courts if Republicans don’t take a Senate majority.
Remember how the Supreme Court upheld Obamacare on a 5-4 vote? Obama could have a shot at replacing another Supreme Court justice in the next two years. As a senator, he voted against both of Bush’s nominees, so he can’t very well complain if Republicans reject his loony-bird nominees.
Have you heard about the federal judge conspiring with Attorney General Eric Holder and the ACLU to bring deported illegal aliens back from Mexico? Yes, he’s bringing them back. That judge, John A. Kronstadt, can’t be impeached unless Republicans take the Senate.
With Republican majorities in both the House and Senate, Congress should just keep passing bills and sending them to the White House — or whatever golf course Obama’s on, busily not executing the law. If Obama vetoes their bills, Republicans can denounce him as a “do-nothing” president.
And keep in mind, this election will determine whether President Ted Cruz or President Mitt Romney will have a Republican Congress in 2017. They won’t — unless Republicans win every possible Senate race this year. The Senate seats up for election two years from now are not nearly as favorable to Republicans as the Senate seats up this year.
Unforced Republican errors in Delaware, Indiana, Missouri, Connecticut and West Virginia in the last few election cycles have already cost Republicans five Senate seats. (See my last book for the heart-breaking details.)
Five! Think of that! Republicans would have 50 seats in the Senate right now — maybe 51, if they could flip Sen. Joe Manchin in West Virginia — but for Republican stupidity, arrogance and narcissism. Instead of desperately hoping to win a bare majority, we would be one “wave election” away from a veto-proof majority.
Surveying the wreckage of a mere two years of a Democratic president with a Democratic Congress, all Americans should be focused like a laser beam on putting the Senate in Republican hands.
Won’t you be angry if our power-mad president grants millions of illegal immigrants “executive amnesty” on the basis of his nonexistent constitutional authority to ignore the law? The surge of needy foreigners across our Southern border, so far, will be nothing compared to what’s coming if Obama does this.
He says he will. He thinks voters are too stupid to notice.
Prove him wrong.

NoticiasVenezuela 24 on Twitter: "La basura en Caracas esta generando: amibiasis, cólera, salmonela, teniasis y ascariasis http://t.co/GaH87cwrzI http://t.co/aAnh8eWE1f"

NoticiasVenezuela 24 on Twitter: "La basura en Caracas esta generando: amibiasis, cólera, salmonela, teniasis y ascariasis http://t.co/GaH87cwrzI http://t.co/aAnh8eWE1f"

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Executive action on tax deals could come next week, Dem says | TheHill

Executive action on tax deals could come next week, Dem says | TheHill



But tax analysts generally think that Obama has more power to roll back the economic appeal of an inversion than to stop the moves altogether. In recent inversions, U.S. companies have often merged with smaller foreign competitors, reincorporating abroad in the process.




Black Christian Pro-Israel Campus Activist Causing A Stir | Truth Revolt

Black Christian Pro-Israel Campus Activist Causing A Stir | Truth Revolt



Chloe Valdary is shaking things up on college campuses, and angering the anti-Israel left



Comedian Chris Hardwick Does the Weather

BREAKING: Obama to Issue Executive Action on Illegal Immigration By The End of The Year - Katie Pavlich

BREAKING: Obama to Issue Executive Action on Illegal Immigration By The End of The Year - Katie Pavlich



Last week the White House announced President Obama will delay executive action on illegal immigration until after the 2014 midterm elections in an effort to save vulnerable Democrats from voters. 




Study: Americans Will End 2014 Another Year Older & $55B Deeper in Debt | CNS News

Study: Americans Will End 2014 Another Year Older & $55B Deeper in Debt | CNS News



(CNSNews.com) – “U.S. consumers will end the year with $54.79 billion more credit card debt than we started with,” predicts a new study by CardHub, a credit card comparison website.

American consumers reversed a six-year trend of paying down their credit card balances during the first quarter of 2014, charging an additional $28.1 billion during the second quarter, according to the study.



Italy May Need More From Draghi as Debt Load Mounts: Euro Credit - Bloomberg

Italy May Need More From Draghi as Debt Load Mounts: Euro Credit - Bloomberg



Italy’s best hope may again be the bond market’s favorite Italian: Mario Draghi.
The nation’s mounting debt, coupled with a shrinking economy, is close to unsustainable, Ashoka Mody, a former deputy director at the International Monetary Fund, said yesterday in a telephone interview from New Delhi.
“Unless there is an extraordinary fiscal effort or a growth recovery, the Italian debt must be regarded with a reasonable probability to be unsustainable today,” said Mody, now a visiting professor in international economic policy at the Woodrow Wilson School, Princeton University.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

The African-American identity crisis: It's not a "Black thang", it's a human thing we must understand: Horus Muhammad Alkebu-Lan: 9780962878800: Amazon.com: Books

The African-American identity crisis: It's not a "Black thang", it's a human thing we must understand: Horus Muhammad Alkebu-Lan: 9780962878800: Amazon.com: Books



Excerpt: The African-American community is at a critical stage. The obstacles that our communities face seem insurmountable. At the same time the community is beginning to see that identifying something as being Black does not necessarily mean that it is good for the African-American people. We are now trying to identify ourselves. Where do we go from here? How can we identify ourselves with a value system that is good for us?




Forbes on Twitter: "A prudent, median-income household is able to afford only 54.8% of the average new-car cost: http://t.co/Ej09aGpgKU"

Forbes on Twitter: "A prudent, median-income household is able to afford only 54.8% of the average new-car cost: http://t.co/Ej09aGpgKU"

Libertarian Nation on Twitter: "http://t.co/zx7VSvj75O"

Libertarian Nation on Twitter: "http://t.co/zx7VSvj75O"

Clash of the titans: Wal-Mart rejects Apple Pay to pursue a competing mobile payment system - The Washington Post

Clash of the titans: Wal-Mart rejects Apple Pay to pursue a competing mobile payment system - The Washington Post



Wal-Mart said it will not join Apple’s new mobile payment system and will continue developing a separate one, setting up a high-profile race to define how Americans will pay for products in the future.
The contest between the world’s most valuable company and the world’s largest retailer has the potential to create competing systems, confusing shoppers who already look askance at using their smartphones and other gadgets to pay for goods. Yet with two such powerful advocates behind this technology, consumers may eventually find it difficult to hold onto their old-fashioned credit cards and wallets.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

After months of preparation, Twitter now has a payments system powered by Stripe — Tech News and Analysis

After months of preparation, Twitter now has a payments system powered by Stripe — Tech News and Analysis



Twitter is – at long last – introducing e-commerce into its tweets. The “buy this product” button has been rumored for months, but Monday it was confirmed by the social media network. An initial test batch of mobile users will be able to purchase within a tweet itself, without ever leaving the application. Down the line, Twitter will expand it to desktop and more users.
The “buy” button is being tested out in the Twitter wild with three initial partners – social shopping platform Fancy, art and digital content marketplace Gumroad and music merchandise site Musictoday. Twitter announced a range of individual sellers with the partnership, from Demi Lovato to Home Depot to Burberry.
It’s a good day to be Stripe. The payments processing startup, which competes with the dream team of PayPal and Braintree, will be powering Twitter’s payment processing system. It will most likely get a cut from each transaction, although neither Stripe nor Twitter has disclosed how much.
It’s the reckoning moment for e-commerce on Twitter, and none too soon as its rivalFacebook starts testing out its own buy button. Let the selling battle begin.


Sunday, September 7, 2014

Poor Jobs Report Vindicates Americans' Pessimistic View of the Economy - College Republican National Committee

Poor Jobs Report Vindicates Americans' Pessimistic View of the Economy - College Republican National Committee





After a disastrous first quarter for economic growth things finally appeared to be turning the corner. Jobs growth appeared to be accelerating, earnings were slowly rising and the ranks of the long-term unemployed appeared to be thinning. All told, an average of 212,000 jobs were added over the previous 12 months, slightly above the level needed to keep up with normal population growth. It wasn’t great, but it was a start.
That’s not to say that everything was rosy. In late August the Congressional Budget Office forecasted that the economy would grow by a meager 1.5 percent in 2014, a figure largely weighed down by the fact that the economy contracted by an annual rate of 2.1 percent in the first quarter. Moreover, the CBO said the depressed growth wasn’t merely a temporary problem. Joseph Lawler reported for the Washington Examiner:
The economy‘s best days are behind it, according to Congress’ budget crunchers.
The Congressional Budget Office is now creating its budget projections using the assumption that the economy will never grow as fast as it did in the years before the recession.
The CBO updated its fiscal projections Wednesday, and they reflected its new gloomy view that the future of the U.S. economy is one of slower growth and lower productivity.
“They think that we will get back up to potential growth,” said Loren Adler, an analyst at the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget, “but they make it clear that they think potential growth is lower than it used to be in the ‘80s and ‘90s.”
And then in September the Congressional Budget Office was back with more bad news. The report confirmed that “a significant amount of slack remains” in the U.S. labor market and that “the shortfall in labor participation and the elevated unemployment rate have resulted in substantially lower employment in 2014 than would otherwise be the case.”
Despite those troubling trends economists were still generally pleased with the economy’s progress and predicted that payrolls would increase by 225,000 in August. Then reality set in. Former CBO Director Douglas Holtz-Eakin writes:
Taken at face value, the August jobs report was a disaster.  The economy created only 142,000 jobs, and job growth was less widely dispersed than in the previous months. The alternative measure of jobs – from the household survey – showed a complete stall of 16,000 jobs.
Yes, the unemployment rate fell from 6.2 percent to 6.1 percent, but only because the labor force participation rate fell by 0.1 percent.  The Hispanic unemployment rate declined from 7.8 percent to 7.5 percent.  Optimists may point to a decline in the long-term unemployed, but this may simply represent the weary giving up entirely.
The sagging jobs number mirrors the plunging optimism that Americans have about the economy. Here’s the Washington Post’s Aaron Blake explaining the pessimistic state of the nation:
new poll Thursday from the Pew Research Center shows optimism about the economy is actually lower than at any point since the recession hit in late 2008. Just 22 percent of Americans think things will be better a year from now — the lowest that measure has been since 2008.
That’s the same percentage as those that say things will get worse, so it’s not like more people think we’re headed for a double-dip recession. But even as there have been six straight months of job creation (prior to Friday), the American people don’t yet see a long-term trend forming.
This isn’t the type of data that Democrats were looking for. They need higher economic growth, more jobs, and a return to optimism for the economy to turn into a positive issue for them in November. Unfortunately, this isn’t a problem with messaging, it’s an issue of policy. And so long as Democrats continue to espouse big-government, anti-market positions neither the economy nor their political position will improve.

BREAKING: First Quarter GDP Shrinks By 2.9%, Worst Pullback In 5 Years… | Weasel Zippers

BREAKING: First Quarter GDP Shrinks By 2.9%, Worst Pullback In 5 Years… | Weasel Zippers



Obamanomics.
WASHINGTON — The U.S. economy contracted at a worse pace than previously estimated in the first quarter, marking its sharpest pullback since the recession ended five years ago.
Gross domestic product, the broadest measure of goods and services produced across the economy, contracted at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 2.9% in the first three months of the year, according to the Commerce Department’s third reading released Wednesday. That was the fastest rate of decline since the first quarter of 2009, when output fell 5.9%.
Commerce had previously estimated output fell by 1% in the first quarter as manufacturers drew down inventories rather than produce new goods and as unusually harsh weather kept consumers at home and shut down work sites. Exports also declined after a surge late last year.
In its third GDP reading, based on newly available data, Commerce said first-quarter consumer spending and exports were even weaker than previously estimated.
Economists surveyed by The Wall Street Journal had predicted Wednesday’s report would revise GDP growth down to a 2% decline.
The economy’s first-quarter stumble has once again dashed hopes the recovery was in the process of switching into a higher gear. Early second-quarter data indicates the economy has improved this spring as warmer weather helped release some pent-up demand. Macroeconomic Advisers recently forecast the economy will grow at a 3.6% annual rate in the April to June period.

The Chrome extension for the Pinterest-obsessed - CNET

The Chrome extension for the Pinterest-obsessed - CNET



A new Chrome extension from Pinterest brings inspiring images to your new tab pages.




Nick Offerman's Political Comedy Routine at the 2014 Correspondents' Dinner

Zap2it on Twitter: ""Nomadic spirit" is the new homeless euphemism politicians will start using. #UtopiaOnFOX"

Zap2it on Twitter: ""Nomadic spirit" is the new homeless euphemism politicians will start using. #UtopiaOnFOX"

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NECROPHAGIST LYRICS - "Epitaph" (2004) album


. Only Ash Remains


Fear is never gone from your soul
that saw humiliation.
Being prey to the blackest of demons,
paralyzed you fail.




Fallen beneath
the mark of dignity,
you fail.



(A) demon passed on from one
to the next infiltrates
a mind innocent and pure;
planting the seed to possess
another soul that is doomed to fail.



Only Ash Remains



[Solos: Muenzner/ Suicmez/ Muenzner/ Suicmez]



(A) demon passed on from one
to the next infiltrates
a mind innocent and pure;
being prey to the blackest
of demons, paralyzed they fail.



Fallen beneath
the mark of dignity,
they fail.



Only Ash Remains

Congress facing 'pivotal moment,' Sanders says | TheHill

Congress facing 'pivotal moment,' Sanders says | TheHill




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