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Saturday, December 13, 2014

Cruz: Make Senate Vote on Constitutionality of Exec Amnesty

Cruz: Make Senate Vote on Constitutionality of Exec Amnesty



Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) attempted to push the US Senate to vote on whether it considers President Obama's executive action on immigration to be constitutional in a speech on the Senate floor on government funding on Friday.

Cruz cited "Saturday Night Live's" sketch about the president's executive action before declaring "the president is ignoring the basic checks and balances of our Constitution and trying instead to decree the law. That is unconstitutional, and a portion of this bill that has been sent over from the House of Representatives funds the Department of Homeland Security to carry out that unconstitutional action."
Cruz then made a "constitutional point of order" against the provisions that funded the executive action, arguing they violated the vesting clauses of Article I, Section I, Article II, Section II, Article I, Section VIII, and Article II, Section III of the US Constitution. The point of order could not be brought to a vote because a motion to refer was pending, so no other actions could be taken.


S.M on Twitter: "Millions March NYC - 3,500 people March for Life DC - 650,000 people Which one does the media cover."

S.M on Twitter: "Millions March NYC - 3,500 people March for Life DC - 650,000 people Which one does the media cover."

Gun Control - Watch What Happens When Guns Are Banned. - YouTube

Gun Control - Watch What Happens When Guns Are Banned. - YouTube



The results of Australia's Gun Ban:

Armed Robberies UP 69%
Assaults With Guns UP 28%
Gun Murders UP 19%
Home Invasions UP 21%

Sitcom Character Disappearances, Cody Lambert, Step by Step

Sitcom Character Disappearances, Cody Lambert, Step by Step



The "Step by Step" version of Jeff Spicoli from "Fast Times at Ridgemont High," Cody Lambert was the stoner-esque cousin to the Lambert family who lived in a van in their driveway. After real life domestic abuse charges forced the show to let actor Sasha Mitchell go (he was later found to be not guilty of the crime), his character was replaced without explanation by another character named Jean-Luc who eventually also left the series without a trace, as did recurring characters such as Carol's sister Penny and even youngest son Brendan in the final season. We're beginning to suspect something fishy is going on with the Lambert family.





She Gave A Homeless Woman A Coat And Got Yelled At. Her Response Is Brilliant and Inspiring! | Dumpest

She Gave A Homeless Woman A Coat And Got Yelled At. Her Response Is Brilliant and Inspiring! | Dumpest



This is the most inspirational story I’ve ever heard, the story of Veronica, a girl from Detroit, who thanks to a college class got an idea that would end up changing lives of hundreds of homeless people. She is only 24.
Veronica wanted to design a coat that transforms into a sleeping bag for a school project, but ended up doing much more than that. She gave people using homeless shelters one thing they needed most. This girl is the real life example of a proverb “Give man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime”

Photos of woman walking with bare legs in Kabul goes viral - Khaama Press (KP) | Afghan News Agency

Photos of woman walking with bare legs in Kabul goes viral - Khaama Press (KP) | Afghan News Agency

Terry O' on Twitter: "Hey! Wanna hear a knee slapper? My individual health insurance is $6,800/yr with $2,000/deductibe. # Obama villa #ACA"

Terry O' on Twitter: "Hey! Wanna hear a knee slapper? My individual health insurance is $6,800/yr with $2,000/deductibe. # Obama villa #ACA"

Paying Down The Debt Is Now Almost Mathematically Impossible | Zero Hedge

Paying Down The Debt Is Now Almost Mathematically Impossible | Zero Hedge



They succeeded in 1913 when the Federal Reserve Act was passed and the 16th Amendment ratified, binding the country in the shackles of central banking and taxation of income.
Over the century that followed, the US has gone from being the biggest creditor in the world to its biggest debtor.
Decades of expanding government programs, waste, endless and costly wars, etc. have racked up such an enormous pile of debt that it has become almost impossible to pay it down.
A lot of folks don’t realize that, since the end of World War II, the US government’s total tax revenue has been almost constant at roughly 17% of GDP.
In other words, even though the actual tax rates themselves rise and fall, the government’s ‘slice’ of the economic pie is almost always the same - 17%.
I’ve worked out a mathematical model which shows that, even with absurd assumptions (7%+ GDP growth for years at a time, low interest rates, etc.), it is simply not feasible for the US government to ‘grow’ its way out.
Default has become the only option. And that could mean a number of things.
They could default on their creditors (other governments like China who loaned money to the US government). But this would spark a global financial and banking crisis.

They could default on the Federal Reserve, which owns trillions of dollars of US debt. But this would create an epic currency crisis for the US dollar.

They could also default on their obligations to their citizens—primarily to future beneficiaries of Social Security (who collectively own trillions of dollars of US debt).

Or they could choose to default on their obligations to every human being alive who holds US dollars… and engineer rampant inflation.
None of these is a good option. And simply put, the US government has reached a point of no return.

Friday, December 12, 2014

Swedish Authorities Raided and Shut Down the Pirate Bay | Motherboard

Swedish Authorities Raided and Shut Down the Pirate Bay | Motherboard





The site has been previously raided several times (most notoriously in 2006) and has always come back with all its data intact. That's partly because hosting torrent files isn't all that taxing on a hard drive—back in 2012, every single torrent file that could be found on the website only took up 90 MB.
That means making many, many copies of the site isn't difficult at all—users could download the entire site if they wanted to—and putting it back online isn't that tough either. The Pirate Bay has notoriously tried to raid-proof its site as best as it can: In the past, the site reportedly put its servers in cave complexesdivided itself amongst many computers all throughout the world, and has even floated the idea of flying server drones (it's unclear how serious it was with that one).
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BOOM: North America's Explosive Oil-by-Rail Problem - weather.com

BOOM: North America's Explosive Oil-by-Rail Problem - weather.com



On July 6, 2013, a train hauling two million gallons of crude oil exploded in the Canadian town of Lac-Megantic, killing 47 people. It took two days to put out the fire and devastated the small community.
That catastrophe had its origin in America. For five years, a boom in oil production has been taking place in the Bakkan Shale region of North Dakota. Oil from the Bakkan is transported across the U.S. and Canada by rail to refineries on the coasts – it was one of these trains that derailed in Lac-Megantic.


BBC Monitoring on Twitter: "Stray cat enjoys $1,000 feast after getting inside a Russian fish counter http://t.co/NDMeyUTyJI #NewsfromElsewhere http://t.co/fcg4rptMmK"

BBC Monitoring on Twitter: "Stray cat enjoys $1,000 feast after getting inside a Russian fish counter http://t.co/NDMeyUTyJI #NewsfromElsewhere http://t.co/fcg4rptMmK"





BBC News - Andy Burnham on NHS waiting times and trolley waits

BBC News - Andy Burnham on NHS waiting times and trolley waits



Andy Burnham on NHS waiting times and trolley waits

12 December 2014 Last updated at 14:25 GMT
The NHS has suffered its "worst week on record in A&E" said the shadow health secretary.
Andy Burnham claimed there was "something seriously amiss in the NHS right now", with record numbers of trolley waits, emergency admissions, and people waiting for more than four hours.
He spoke to Andrew Neil on the Daily Politics, who asked him about previous Labour predictions of a winter crisis in English health services.
The Labour MP also criticised government policy over social care, which has led to a record numbers of older and frail people "trapped in acute hospitals in England".


Thursday, December 11, 2014

Obama Kids Lunches Vs. Public School Food | The Daily Caller

Obama Kids Lunches Vs. Public School Food | The Daily Caller

Defeat the Omnibus | National Review Online

Defeat the Omnibus | National Review Online



Rather than this barnacled bill, Republicans should have offered Senator Harry Reid a short-term funding proposal for all of government besides the federal immigration bureaucracy, and a separate bill to fund the federal immigration bureaucracy that prevents it from implementing the president’s amnesty.

Grover Norquist: Most 'extenders' are good policy

Grover Norquist: Most 'extenders' are good policy



The idea that taxpayers have to "pay for" tax reductions implies a Brezhnev Doctrine for the size of government: Total taxation can never go down, only up. Taxpayers reject that claim on our lives by the state.
A better question is why the politicians — every time they want to spend on a new program — should not have to cut an old program by the same dollar amount.
Most of the tax reduction in the "extenders" package is simple expensing of business investment. That is good, pro-growth policy that should be made permanent.

Since 1981, Congress has played a game by passing a two-year research and experimentation tax credit. Other useful (and some more political) tax cuts were attached to the package of repeatedly extended "temporary" tax reductions. Hence the name: "extenders."
Every two years, Congress would extend the package after extorting goodies from the administration and/or campaign contributions from the threatened industries.
If all the provisions were extended for the next 10 years — as they have been for the past 30 years — nothing would change from present policy.
If the extenders are allowed to lapse, taxpayers would pay $45 billion more over the next decade.
The bulk of the extenders are very good policy: the "bonus depreciation" to increase investment, the tax credits for research and experimentation, and small business expensing of asset purchases.
Other good ideas will prevent higher taxes on ordinary families: the ability to deduct state and local sales taxes, tuition and fees, and classroom expenses for teachers. They should also be made permanent.
The corporate welfare "tax cut" for wind power should lapse. This is a targeted political payoff that is not about creating jobs or growth, but about harvesting political donors.
Making the pro-growth extenders permanent will give businesses certainty in planning investment, avoid the loss of jobs and growth that higher taxes would bring, and end the political game of holding temporary tax hikes hostage. Politicians should not raise taxes as part of a return to honest accounting and an end to playing games with the tax code.
Grover Norquist is president of Americans for Tax Reform.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Treehouse of Horror XXIV | Guillermo del Toro Intro - All References

Anarchy Riot Dark Revolution Wallpaper For Android #88824 - The HD Wallpaper

Anarchy Riot Dark Revolution Wallpaper For Android #88824 - The HD Wallpaper



2 - Shakespeare Authorship Question

2 - Shakespeare Authorship Question



For seeliest Ignorance on these may light,
    Which, when it sounds at best, but eccho’s right;
 
Or blinde Affection, which doth ne're advance  
    The truth, but gropes, and urgeth all by chance ;

Or crafty Malice, might pretend this praise,
   
And thinke to ruine, where it seem’d to raise.

These are, as some infamous Baud, or Whore,
    Should praise a Matron. What could hurt her more?
But thou art proofe against them, and indeed 
   
 Above th’ill fortune of them, or the need.    

Latin American Herald Tribune - US Senate Passes Sanctions on Venezuela

Latin American Herald Tribune - US Senate Passes Sanctions on Venezuela



WASHINGTON, DC – The United States Senate has passed by unanimous voice vote the Venezuela Defense of Human Rights and Civil Society Act. Senator Mary Landreu of Louisiana had reportedly been the sole Senator objecting previously, but she was defeated in a runoff vote this weekend in Louisiana.



“Today, the United States Senate sent a clear and unequivocal message to the Government of Venezuela," said U.S. Senator Robert Menendez (D-N.J.), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and co-author of the bipartisan bill. "For too long, Venezuelans have faced state-sponsored violence at the hands of government security forces and watched their country’s judiciary become a tool of political repression. Venezuelan leaders like Leopoldo Lopez and Maria Corina Machado have become the target of vicious government-led campaigns that seek to silence them for speaking out in defense of democracy and the rule of law. We in the United States have an obligation to shine a bright spotlight on Venezuela’s abuses and must object to the severe human rights violations committed by the Maduro government and his paramilitary thugs.



“Targeted sanctions to include asset-freezes and additional visa bans against the individuals involved in this violence are a necessary and long overdue response. We must always stand against human rights violations, political persecution and recrimination anywhere in the world, and certainly in our hemisphere. The Venezuelan people deserve a brighter future, not the dismal nightmare they’re enduring at the hands of President Maduro. Our fight to deliver hope and renewed opportunity to Venezuela has only begun.”

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Women's college attacks freshman girl for conservative reporting

Women's college attacks freshman girl for conservative reporting

Encephalitis lethargica - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Encephalitis lethargica - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia



Encephalitis lethargica or von Economo disease is an atypical form of encephalitis. Also known as "sleepy sickness" (though different from the sleeping sickness transmitted by the tsetse fly), it was first described in 1917 by the neurologist Constantin von Economo[1][2] and the pathologist Jean-RenĂ© Cruchet.[3] The disease attacks the brain, leaving some victims in a statue-like condition, speechless and motionless.[4] Between 1915 and 1926,[5] an epidemic of encephalitis lethargica spread around the world; no recurrence of the epidemic has since been reported, though isolated cases continue to occur






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