Liberty is the opposite of tyranny!

No team has ever been as proudly black? Oh no, he did not say that!

The Huffington Post ran an article on February 3, 2016 titled: “The Panthers Are The Most Unapologetically Black Team In NFL History. And it’s awesome.”

If you were unlucky enough to read the article, then you were assaulted with the idea that the Carolina Panthers, “have talked loudly, danced loudly and celebrated loudly as an expression of their blackness in a way that few predominately black teams have done in the past.”

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If you believe the casuistry of the Huffing and Puffing post, “talking, dancing, and celebrating loudly” is specifically unapologetic black behavior.

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I thought we were supposed to be moving away from attributing certain behaviors to certain races? Guess I was wrong.

An extension of this sophistry would posit that Martin Luther King (named after his father who was named after the the founder of Protestant religion)

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was just kidding when he said,  “I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.” He must have not gotten the memo from the Huffers.

When it comes to anything the HuffP says, take it from the rap group Public Enemy, “Don’t believe the hype.”

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If you are reading this, then you know the truth.

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The ideology of handouts: Not as good as you might think.

The Ideology of Handouts

The Statist premise is that poverty is a purely economic problem: the needy simply lack the material resources to lead productive, happy lives (to be accomplished by taking money from the tax payer and giving it to the tax receiver or so-called needy), and anyone who opposes this redistribution is selfish and insensitive. Supply these resources, the theory runs, and you will have solved the problem of poverty. 

 

This simple economic theory of poverty led to a single underlying principle for welfare programs (redistribution). Since the needy just lacked goods and services to become productive members of the community, it followed that all you had to do was give them these things (redistribute wealth). You didn’t have to see that they stopped engaging in the behavior that plunged them into neediness. You didn’t have to ask them to apply themselves, or to work, or to save, or to stop using drugs, or to stop having babies they couldn’t support, or to make any other kind of effort to improve themselves. In other words, the welfare programs the war-on-poverty activists designed embodied something-for-nothing giving, or what we usually call “handouts.”

I recently asked my friend’s daughter what she wanted to be when she grows up. She said she wanted to be President some day.
 Both of her parents, liberal Democrats (socialists), were standing there, so I asked her, ‘If you were President what would be the first thing you would do?’ She replied, ‘I’d give food and houses to all the homeless people.’ Her parents beamed with approval.
 
“Wow…what a worthy goal,” I told her. “But you don’t have to wait until you’re President to do that. You can come over to my house and mow the lawn, pull weeds, and sweep my yard, and I’ll pay you $50. Then I’ll take you over to the grocery store where the homeless guy hangs out, and you can give him the $50 to use toward food and a new house.” 
 
She thought that over for a few seconds, then she looked me straight in the eye and asked, “Why doesn’t the homeless guy come over and do the work, and you can just pay him the $50?” “Welcome to the Tea Party.”
While the state of neediness we call poverty does involve a lack of material resources, it also involves a mass of psychological and moral problems, including weak motivation, lack of trust in others, ignorance, irresponsibility, self-destructiveness, short-sightedness, alcoholism, drug addiction, promiscuity, violence, and most important of all risk factors-intelligence (or the lack thereof). To say that all these behavioral and psychological problems can be “abolished” is a denial of the common-sense facts.

“It is easier to believe a lie that one has heard a thousand times than to believe a fact that no one has heard before” – (Unknown, but brilliant).

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Believe it or not.

 

 

 

New tuberculosis (TB) cases in the United States?

In 2012, a total of 9,951 new tuberculosis (TB) cases were reported in the United States, an incidence of 3.2 cases per 100,000 population. This represents a decrease of 6.1% from the incidence reported in 2011 and is the 20th consecutive year of declining rates. Of the 3,143 counties in the United States, 1,388 (44.2%) did not report a new TB case during 2010–2012. Want to take bets on the 2015 incidence?

So let’s look at the details: The TB rate in foreign-born persons in the United States was 11.5 times higher than in U.S.-born persons (a U.S.-born person is defined as a person born in the United States or its associated jurisdictions,) or a person born in a foreign country but having at least one U.S.-citizen parent).

What do you think that means?

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Calendar year 2008 was the coolest year since 2000?

In August the 8th, 2009  the Goddard Institute for Space Studies analysis  of surface air temperature measurements reported  that the calendar year 2008 was the coolest year since 2000.

But don’t be fooled because, at present, measurements of surface air temperature are impossible to measure with scientific accuracy. Satellite data, on the other hand appears to be vastly superior scientifically speaking.

Recently, much scientific debate has focused on the global temperature of the Earth’s lower atmosphere as measured by orbiting satellites. And while these data are exceedingly precise, verified by multiple satellite observations, and balloon measurements taken in-situ, they reveal no discernible warming trend in the Earth’s lower atmosphere over the last 18+ years.

Dr. Roy W Spencer (NASA Marshall Space Flight Center) and Dr. John Christy (The University of Alabama in Huntsville) have used the Microwave Sounding Units (MSUs) flying aboard NOAA’s TIROS-N weather satellites to construct a continuous record of lower tropospheric (from the surface to about 4 miles) temperatures since the first MSU was launched in late 1978. The lower tropospheric temperature trend has been calculated to be -0.04 degrees C/decade.

In the March 13, 1997 edition of Nature, two scientists, James Hurrell and Kevin Trenberth, report that sea-surface temperatures monitored by buoys and ships at various locations in the tropics show, for the same period as the satellite record, a warming trend of +0.12 deg. C/decade, in apparent disagreement with the satellites. This so-called “disagreement” between satellite and surface temperature measurements is not new.

Despite the fact that Hurrell and Trenberth estimate of the temperature of the atmosphere through a simple linear regression model based only on the sea surface temperatures, and a global climate model simulation with the same sea surface temperatures but no stratospheric volcanic aerosols, while the MSU data actually measure the temperature of the free atmosphere, Hurrell and Trenberth conclude that the satellite data must be wrong.

However, the satellite data are in agreement with the data from weather balloon measurements.”There isn’t a problem with the measurements that we can find,” Spencer explained. “In fact, balloon measurements of the temperature in the same regions of the atmosphere we measure from space are in excellent agreement with the satellite results.” Dr. Christy explained further, “In particular, we’ve examined these two `breaks’ claimed by Hurrell and Trenberth. Even in these disputed intervals, we find excellent agreement between the two independent, direct atmospheric temperature measurements from balloons and satellites.”

The disagreement between satellites and surface-based thermometers, furthermore, is not geographically uniform. “Over Northern Hemisphere land areas, where the best surface thermometer data exist, the satellites and thermometers agree almost perfectly”, said Dr. Christy of UAH. “It is primarily over the oceans where they disagree by a couple of tenths of a degree C. This is most likely a well-known phenomenon in which the temperature in the deep atmosphere is not as strongly linked to the surface temperature as it is over land.”

So now you know the truth.

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Socialized Medicine and Other Ponzi Schemes

I am continuously surprised by the number of intelligent people who are blissfully ignorant about ObamaDoesn’tCare (ODC).

There are scores of people I talk with who are optimistic about socialized medicine in general and ODC in specific. Ufortunately for them, most of these people will still be alive and consumers of the government health care system when it starts “providing” services in 2016. Until then, all of us will be paying for it but not really getting the the full force of it — in sort of a “pay-6-years-before-you-get-it” scheme. I think Berney Madoff had a similar plan.

The number of victims from Bernard Madoff’s alleged Ponzi scheme numbered in the thousands. The of names of clients who invested money with Mr. Madoff was released as part of a bankruptcy-court filing, and below, are illustrated some of the most exposed investors sorted by location and the amount of  loss.

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Those who cannot remember the past…

The ancient city-state of Carthage, located in modern day Tunisia, competed with Rome for world dominance, and their world was the area around the Mediterranean.

After Rome invaded the island of Sicily, the two nations went to war as there had been a treaty between the Romans and Carthaginians that stated both nations agreed not to attack the Greek colonies on Sicily. 

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Unlike Obama, who refused to uphold the treaty the US has with Ukraine pledging that the US would protect it from foreign invasion (ostensibly Russia) if it gave up its nukes, the Carthaginians were true to their word. The invasion of Sicily by the Romans sparked outright conflict eventuating in three wars with Rome called the Punic wars.

Rome was a land power; they built their nation with powerful legions. Carthage was a maritime power, and they expanded their power through trade and commerce.
Since Carthage was a sea power it had a naval advantage over Rome, until the Romans caught up, that is. 
Sound familiar?
The Roman navy, like the Chinese navy, became increasingly stronger and by the end of the third Punic war — in 146 BC — the Romans wiped out Carthage.
 
“Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” – George Santayana
 
Any bets on when China cleans our clock, and will it be called year 1 AA for “After America?” — great book by-the-way!
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Mexico’s illegal immigration policy is modified to let the illegal children through to the land of the gringo!

Mexican president Calderon bashes America and then is rewarded with billions in foreign aid?

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And what is Mexico’s illegal policy toward Americans? American visitors to Mexico who do not provide the proper identification are treated as illegals, and illegal entry into the country is equivalent to a felony punishable by two years’ imprisonment. If you are unlucky enough to be caught as an illegal a second time it’s 10 years? Yes, the Mexicans will take your money, but you are not welcome.

The Mexican government will bar foreigners from entering the country if they upset “the equilibrium of the national demographics.” How’s that for racial and ethnic profiling?

If outsiders do not enhance the country’s “economic or national interests” or are “not found to be physically or mentally healthy,” they are not allowed to stay.

Those people seeking Mexican citizenship must show a birth certificate, provide a bank statement proving economic independence, pass an exam and prove they can provide their own health care.
Document fraud is subject to fine and imprisonment; so is alien marriage fraud.
Evading deportation is a serious crime; illegal re-entry after deportation is punishable by ten years’ imprisonment.

Mexico’s law enforcement officials at all levels are mandated to cooperate to enforce these immigration laws, including illegal alien arrests and deportations. This mandate includes the Mexican military! Oh, but that’s not all! Native-born Mexicans are empowered and encouraged to make citizens’ arrests of illegal aliens and turn them in to the authorities.

The Mexican government maintains a National Population Registry to help the officials track and verify the identity of every member of their population, and all Mexicans must carry a Mexican citizens’ identity card. Non-Mexican visitors who do not possess proper documents and identification are subject to arrest as illegal aliens (see above).

A plethora of Mexican statutes enshrined in Mexico’s Ley General de Población (General Law of the Population) severely limit the participation of foreign nationals and foreign companies in everything from investment, education, mining and civil aviation to electric energy and firearms. Foreigners have severely limited private property and employment rights (if any). For example, if you are a gringo with money and want to buy a piece of Mexican land, then be advised you can lease it, but you can never own it.

Logically,  the Ley General de Población  specifically states that Non-Mexicans cannot “in any way participate in the political affairs of the country.”

Now compare this with the protesters rally held today in front of the White House. Who was there? The protest rally was repeat with illegals and union representatives – workers of the world unite?

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Do not be surprised. The Mexican governments consular offices in the United States have coordinated with statist social justice groups and the Catholic Church leadership once satisfied with demanding a moratorium on all deportations and a freeze on all employment raids across the US are now, with the help of the union management and power, clamoring for open borders.

And one more thing; the Mexican government is not all bad! They grant waivers to those illegals “just passing through” on their way to the land of the gringo. However, if you overstay you waiver you may go to prison.

“And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”

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Support Banning Plastic Grocery Bags?

If You Support Banning Plastic Grocery Bags, Here are 6 Reasons Why You Might Reconsider

By Michael Hausam (with parenthetical additions by BloggingForLiberty)

Across the country, 190 municipalities either tax plastic grocery bags or have banned them altogether.

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In California, Los Angeles County banned them beginning January 1st of this year, and the California state legislature is currently entertaining a bill that would ban them statewide (if California is doing anything, then you should always do the opposite).

In most places, paper bags can be purchased at the checkout in case one has forgotten to bring their own bag.

The justification for the bans have been the negative economic and environmental effects of plastic bags. In other words, forcing people to bring their own bags saves money for municipalities and helps save the planet (when government uses force it is called tyranny).

Ban supporters tend to be passionate about its positive effects, to the point that even Portlandia did a sketch mocking them:

But as it turns out, plastic bag bans are a lot more symbolism than substance, and a recent study  show us the reasons why:

  1. Banning plastic bags doesn’t actually save money  for garbage collection.
  2. They comprise about 1.4% of the municipal waste  in the United States.
  3. Plastic bags do not harm sea life any more than other forms of improperly disposed waste.
  4. Manufacturing of plastic bags requires far less energy, water, and emits fewer greenhouse gases (a pejorative phrase used by statists for the uneducated) than do paper  or in some cases , reusable bags -as Greenbiz explained “In Defense of the Plastic Bag.”
  5. Reusable bags have significant health risks due to unhygienic bacteria conditions  and the fact that few people disinfect them properly (this should be THE number one reason, as all others, although also valid, are inconsequential in comparison).
  6. The poor often bear a greater financial burden, since charges for more expensive  reusable or paper bags cannot be used for other purchases (in other words worry, you will be poor soon as the statists will take your money and redistribute it — taking just a little bit off the top for themselves (e.g., Obama is now worth over 20 million).

As good as it might feel to ban plastic bags, the facts show that it might be time to ban the bans.What do you think?  (At least one of these statist journalists gets it! Now, pray he can see who is promoting this sophistry and stop supporting them).

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STUPIDITY

 ARTIFICIAL STUPIDITY

IS THINKING NOW OBSOLETE?

Thomas Sowell defends Matt Drudge in face of Geraldo’s barbs

By one of my favorite thinkers, Dr. Thomas Sowell. All remarks in blue font are added by BloggingForLiberty.

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Some have said that we are living in a post-industrial era, while others have said that we are living in a post-racial era (and we are absolutely living in a post-Constitutional era). But growing evidence suggests that we are living in a post-thinking era

Many people in Europe and the Western Hemisphere are staging angry protests against Israel’s military action in Gaza (most of whom are Muslim immigrants who are outbreeding the original native populations – ask the American Indians how that worked out for them. Hint: The French city of Marseille has an estimated 30 to 40 percent Muslim population and has been ranked as the most dangerous city in Europe). One of the talking points against Israel is that far more Palestinian civilians have been killed by Israeli military attacks than the number of Israeli civilians killed by the Hamas rocket attacks on Israel that started this latest military conflict.

Are these protesters aware that vastly more German civilians were killed by American bombers attacking Nazi Germany during World War II than American civilians killed in the United States by Hitler’s forces? (Answer: No. These people are products of the statist run media and are useful idiots, low-information voters, or as we say in Texas, ignorant–pronounced ig-nert). 

Talk-show host Geraldo Rivera says that there is no way Israel is winning the battle for world opinion. But Israel is trying to win the battle for survival, while surrounded by enemies. Might that not be more important? Besides, the Hamassholes are purposely trying to provoke the IDF into killing their own civilians and especially their children (not the Hamas leaders children, oh no, just the rank and file Gaza children)!

Has any other country, in any other war, been expected to keep the enemy’s civilian casualties no higher than its own civilian casualties? The idea that Israel should do so did not originate among the masses but among the educated intelligentsia (Stalin would call them useful idiots).

In an age when scientists are creating artificial intelligence, too many of our educational institutions (run by statists) seem to be creating artificial stupidity.

It is much the same story in our domestic controversies. We have gotten so intimidated by political correctness that our major media outlets dare not call people who immigrate to this country illegally “illegal immigrants.”

Geraldo Rivera has denounced the Drudge Report for carrying news stories that show some of the negative consequences and dangers from allowing vast numbers of youngsters (from countries where “public health” is little more than an English phrase used by Gringos)  to enter the country illegally and be spread across the country by the Obama administration. But if you think these “illegals” are just children and adolescents you would be “ig-nert.” Since April of this year alone more than 300,000 illegals entered though the southern border alone, and only 53 thousand were under the age of 18. Three-hundred thousand is twice as many people as invaded Europe during D-Day!

Some of these youngsters are already known to be carrying lice and suffering from disease. Since there have been no thorough medical examinations of most of them, we have no way of knowing whether, or how many, are carrying deadly diseases that will spread to American children when these unexamined young immigrants enter schools across the country. Now just stop and think about that for a minute. The Obamanation is importing potentially disease-carrying children into schools all across America. Take TB as an example, where each victim of TB infects an average of 10 to 15 others every year – typically through sneezing or coughing. So, one unscreened illegal kid has the potential of infecting 10 to 15 or more American kids! I can understand populations that have political causes to protect their children (from say rocket attacks), but the Obamanation (like the Hamassholes) are purposely putting their own children at risk to protect their political causes!

The attack against Matt Drudge has been in the classic tradition of demagogues. It turns questions of fact into questions of motive. Geraldo accuses Drudge of trying to start a “civil war.”

Back when masses of immigrants from Europe were entering this country, those with dangerous diseases (like TB) were turned back from Ellis Island. Nobody thought they had a legal or a moral “right” to be in America or that it was mean or racist not to want our children to catch their diseases (not just disease that leads to discomfort, but also disease that leads to death).

Even on the less contentious issue of minimum wage laws, there are the same unthinking reactions.

Although liberals are usually gung ho for increasing the minimum wage, there was a sympathetic front-page story in the July 29 San Francisco Chronicle about the plight of a local nonprofit organization that will not be able to serve as many low-income minority youths if it has to pay a higher minimum wage. They are seeking some kind of exemption.

Does it not occur to these people that the very same thing happens when a minimum wage increase applies to profit-based employers? They, too, tend to hire fewer inexperienced young people when there is a minimum wage law.

This is not breaking news. This is what has been happening for generations in the United States and in other countries around the world. For example, Norwalk Mental Hospital, located in a suburb of L.A., developed a program where as part of their therapy, the inpatients were taught how to grow their own food. You see, Norwalk hospital was located on a huge tract of land that used to be a farm, so an inventive therapist developed a gardening program for the patients. Not only was there noticeable psychological benefit from tilling the soil, there was the unpredicted dramatic, physical benefit from the abundance of fresh food available to the patients as well. These inpatient-farmers would supplement their diets with the food they grew, and as a result the general health of the hospital’s population increased measurably! So what’s wrong with this? Well, when the liberals at the ACLU found out about the program the ACLU lawyers sued demanding the patients be given a minimum wage for their labor in addition to the products of their farming, a cost the hospital could not bear. So what happened? Overnight the farming program was stopped and the physical and mental health of the patients returned to baseline.

One of the few countries without a minimum wage law is Switzerland, where the unemployment rate has been consistently less than 4 percent for years. Back in 2003, The Economist magazine reported that “Switzerland’s unemployment neared a five-year high of 3.9 percent in February.” The most recent issue shows the Swiss unemployment rate back to a more normal 3.2 percent.

Does anyone think that having minimum wage laws and high youth unemployment is better? In fact, does anyone think at all these days?
Read more at http://www.wnd.com/2014/08/is-thinking-now-obsolete/#r5xtfyh7qu1Ys0DP.99

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