He’s Back!!!!! I LOVE me some Steven Crowder!!
OK, somebody PLEASE help me with this logic…
There is an article on CNBC today (http://www.cnbc.com/id/48782861) about the drought and it’s effect on corn farmers.
According to the article corn farmers are better off with the drought because:
1.The U.S. Department of Agriculture said despite the drought, it predicts net farm income will rise 3.7 percent this year to over $122 billion, as high grain prices offset loss of production. (so because of the low yield of corn to sell they can sell at a higher price, so farmers will make out ok – but consumers get stuck with the higher costs.)
2. Most grain and oil seed farmers have taxpayer subsidized crop insurance (yes, you read that right, TAX PAYER subsidized crop insurance) which will cover, on average, 70-80 percent of their loss of “average production.” And because of this, the article states that “some farmers will make more money this year having crop insurance than they would have if there was a normal yield because we planted so many corn acres”. (So if I understand that correctly some farmers planted extra crops in case of drought so when they lose those crops they can claim them as part of a total loss of expected income and insurance companies pay them for what they MIGHT HAVE SOLD if the crops had survived and then get money from the government to off-set what they had to pay out!!!)
So under option 1 the consumer gets screwed and under option 2 the tax payer gets screwed because they are forced to subsidize insurance companies that set up some deal with the government. So the Insurance Agencies (the article mentions: Endurance Specialty Holdings, American Financial Group and Ace Limited) collect the premiums, but then when they have to pay out on those claims, they come to the government and the U.S. Taxpayers cover a portion of their losses?!? WTF?!?!
With a national debt at around $16 Trillion, why the hell are we bailing out Insurance Companies, without even getting a say it in?
This Kind of Irresponsible Reporting INFURIATES Me – I’ve been reflecting on the shooting this morning and trying to learn more about it. Imagine my surprise (and honestly DISGUST) when I came across the following.
Here we are still trying to gain an understanding of the tragedy that befell Aurora, Colorado, last night and cost 12 people their lives and changed the lives of 50 other movie-goers, their families and communities probably forever, and ABC News decides to make it political with no proof.
ABC News Reporter, Brian Ross, on “Good Morning America”, before all facts were in, or statements from the police, or anything proven, decided to announce on the air and over twitter that “There is a Jim Holmes, of Aurora Co., page on the Colorado Tea Party site as well, talking about him joining the Tea Party last year. Now we don’t know if this is the same Jim Holmes, but it’s Jim Holmes of Aurora, Colorado.”
REALLY?!? WTF?!? Because there is a Jim Holmes from Aurora, CO, in the CO Tea Party and the shooter’s name is “James Holms” they MUST be the same guy, right? To state outright that “we don’t know if this is the same Jim Holmes, but it is Jim Holmes of Aurora, CO” is ridiculous! No proof, just similar names, so let’s get our political agenda out there! Is this really what they are calling reporting today?
As shown in the source article below, they found 208 (!) people named “James Holmes” in and around the Aurora/Denver area, so OF COURSE the shooter and the Tea Party member HAD to be the same guy!
The ABC News web site later retracted the statement stating “Editor’s Note: An earlier ABC News broadcast report suggested that a Jim Holmes of a Colorado Tea Party organization might be the suspect, but that report was incorrect. ABC News and Brian Ross apologize for the mistake, and for disseminating that information before it was properly vetted.”
BUT one of the things that burns my butt is that the accusation went out on national TV and via twitter, but the retraction appears to have been posted only to their website. (Note I’m taking the articles word for this as I didn’t see any retraction on Twitter from them, but I may have missed it.)
I am sorry but this is shoddy “reporting” at the least and to use this tragedy before all the facts are even known to push personal agendas (why else even bring up the Tea Party, they were not part of the story at all until he made them part of the story) is outrageous to me.
Can we please just put away the politics for a while and concentrate on figuring out how to help those who were hurt and the families of those who were killed? Is that really too much to ask?
2012 WTF #28 – So what do you do when the United States Supreme Court issues a ruling you don’t agree with? If you are the Dept of Homeland Security, it looks like you issue directives to your agents to IGNORE the ruling!
In case you didn’t hear, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled on the Arizona immigration law today, and ruled that Arizona may not impose its own penalties for immigration violations, but it said state and local police COULD check the legal status of those they have reasonable suspicion to believe are in the country illegally.
I guess that DHS didn’t like this because DHS officials stated today that it is suspending existing agreements with Arizona police over enforcement of federal immigration laws, and said it has issued a directive telling federal authorities to decline many of the calls reporting illegal immigrants that the Homeland Security Department may get from Arizona police.
What does this mean? In a nutshell, the Supreme Court upheld that Arizona police statewide can immediately begin calling to check immigration status on suspected illegals, BUT, thanks to today’s directive from Homeland Security, federal officials are likely to reject most of those calls.
Federal officials went on to say that they’ll still perform the checks as required by law but WILL ONLY RESPOND WHEN someone has a felony conviction on his or her record. Absent that, ICE will tell the local police to release the person.
So if you don’t commit a crime, you’re welcome here if you are an illegal… wait a minute, isn’t coming across the border illegally a crime in itself? Why yes, I believe it is…. Hmmm… Ahh, but it’s not a felony – and even if it was, if they haven’t been CONVICTED yet of that felony, then it doesn’t count! GOTCHA!
(This post originally written for My Colorado View.)
This is the first post I’ve ever made to this blog. I’ve met many of the other women who write here and I didn’t think I could write anything as well as they could. Well, I hope I’m wrong, because I just discovered My Colorado View. I didn’t expect it, but during a rally yesterday had an epiphany of sorts.
It all started when my son told me he had to play in the pep band for Michelle Obama’s speech at his high school yesterday. My first instinct was to tell him there was no way I was going to let him do that and then lock him in his room. I had known Michelle Obama was going to be speaking at his high school, but had blocked it out of my mind. We had to go to the school and move his instrument and music to a place where the secret service could check it. After I dropped him off, I posted about it on Facebook. Someone from the Arapahoe Tea Party commented that I should join the people holding signs the next day. I knew that AFP-Colorado was also going to be there. I decided that sounded like a great plan and I could kill two birds with one stone as it were.
Well, I dropped Brady off at the school just before 7:30 in the morning and the crowd was already starting to line up. I drove around the area a few times to see if any of the others had arrived yet, but they were running a bit late. I finally found some of the group and joined with them on one corner and started doing my part by holding one end of the banner, “Will Work for Gas”. It was as I was standing in my neighborhood, outside the excellent school that has taught my children, that I thought of what this neighborhood meant to me and what we should be doing to actually be heard.
Don’t get me wrong, I loved that we were there letting people know how we felt about what’s been going on in our country. I’ve been to other events and had a great time, but this time was different somehow. I couldn’t tell how at first, but then I realized what it was. We were missing our chance to really share our message in a meaningful way. This wasn’t just waving signs and calling out to cars. This was people, many of whom were walking by us to attend a visit by the first lady, someone who meant a great deal to the people attending. There were families with young children and they were dressed up for the obviously important event that they wanted to share with their children.
I was already feeling as though I didn’t have anything to offer to this group, so I just stood holding the banner and just watched the people. We had some people who were calling out to the crowd and I even called out once in a while. We all wanted our thoughts to be heard and for Michelle Obama to know how we felt. But, were we really speaking to Michelle Obama or the people arriving to hear her speak? Every time someone was walking by and we called out, we lost our chance to show our true selves and connect with these people.
I didn’t feel the epiphany coming. I guess that’s how epiphanies work. They just sort of sneak up on you and then burst into your mind like an answer to a question you didn’t know you were even asking. Mine started to really start moving when I saw a small African-American family walking toward the corner across the way so they could cross the street and continue to the school. I watched them and remembered when my husband and I moved here 16 years ago, to this exact neighborhood, with our two small sons. The neighborhood welcomed us and made us feel a part of it from the beginning. It’s where I learned to love Colorado and where our sons grew up to become Colorado natives. It had nurtured our small family through good times and bad. We have made lifelong friends here, attended church here and my kids have attended all their years of school here. Right in this beautiful neighborhood we were standing in. It suddenly made this rally much more personal to me.
I watched the young boy and girl in this family and saw their reactions when people in our group called out, “Hey Michelle…Shut up and eat your broccoli.” I started to have a strong feeling in my chest that this was making them uncomfortable. What if they had never been in an all white or mostly white neighborhood before? What if all they and their parents knew of us was the crazy stuff in the media that says we hate the president because he’s black? What if they thought we were yelling because they were black? I didn’t want them to feel uncomfortable or scared in my neighborhood. My kids had never felt uncomfortable or scared there and I was starting to feel strongly that we were handling our rally/protest the wrong way. This was our chance to make an impression on these people. To show them we’re not the way the media has portrayed us.
A bit later I saw two women driving by looking for the school. They looked at us and even though they saw our signs, they felt comfortable enough to try to ask us for directions. Just as I was trying to give them the directions, someone called out again about Michelle and I was unable to help them. I saw them after they had turned around and were waiting for a light to change. I let them know where the school was and places they could park if the school parking lots were all full.
That’s when I realized it. We had missed out. We were so busy trying to get our message to Michelle, we didn’t realize what our message to these guests in my neighborhood was. We needed to see them. We needed to understand their need to go and see a woman they greatly admired. I thought about how we could have done it better. The signs were great for getting the message to the passing cars and many people honked in support, but we lost every one of those people when we yelled something about Michelle.
I realized we need to be for something, not against something. Sometimes we let our passion and our anger about how we feel about President Obama and the changes he’s made to our country overshadow the message we’re really trying to get out there. I think when it’s a more personal situation, like a neighborhood, we need to change our approach. If we need to call out, it should be a list of things this president has done that we don’t approve of. Many of these people might not know some of these things. After all, they probably watch network news or channels like MSNBC. I think we could also have some fliers with these concerns to hand out as people walk by. They might just throw it away, or maybe they’ll give it a glance and see things they didn’t even know about. We still hold our signs, but we also make them feel welcome in our neighborhoods. Let them see we’re not the screaming maniacs the mainstream media has tried to convince them we are.
I think about today. Will any of those families feel as though they were welcome in my neighborhood? I don’t think they will. Neighborhoods aren’t the same as rallying downtown, or at some event. I want people who come to visit my neighborhood to feel as comfortable and safe as I’ve always felt here. We should all feel that way, otherwise we just help widen the divide between us. It’s our love and compassion that will change their minds, eventually.
I don’t know if I fit in at these rallies, but I’m not going to give up on my need to take part somehow. I’ve had fun before, but this time I learned more than ever before. Why can’t my feeling about my neighborhood extend to my feeling about my country. I’m attending Restoring Love in Dallas, TX in July because I know love will be what saves us in the end. Now, I’ve felt that love in my own Colorado neighborhood. I know there are more ways to reach out. Believe me, I can yell out our message as loud as anyone, and with just as much passion. I just think sometimes there’s a better way. I’m a mom. I stood there yesterday as a mom, wondering if any of those people would feel comfortable coming to my neighborhood again. I don’t think they would and that makes me sad.
That’s My Colorado View.
I’ve also posted this at: My Colorado View
This video presented by Lee Stranahan, describes briefly who Brett Kimberlin is:
Gateway Pundit Stands With Our Fellow Conservatives on ‘Everybody Blog About Brett Kimberlin Day’ | The Gateway Pundit
From what I’ve read about this guy, it is my OPINION that he is a dangerous, vindictive liar. I have read what he has done to various bloggers, yet I only heard of him earlier this week. Why hasn’t his face been everywhere? Well, it’s obviously up to conservative bloggers everywhere to stand up and tell the truth about Brett Kimberlin.
Let’s see what Gateway Pundit has to say on the issue:
(This was cross-posted at FreedomWorks)
We Will Not Be Silent
In the past year bloggers such as Aaron Walker, Stacy McCain, Patterico and Liberty Chick (Aaron Worthington) have been harassed and threatened by a terrorist known as the “Speedway Bomber” Brett Kimberlin. Kimberlin was convicted of several federal felonies in 1981 and sentenced to 50 years for terrorizing an Indiana town with a weeklong bombing spree. Kimberlin was released from prison in 2000 and since his release he has harassed and threatened anyone who dares to write about his past or current actions. Stacy McCain has not been silenced by this terrorist. He has been forced to leave his home in order to continue his investigation from an undisclosed location.
Brett Kimberlin is a nightmare. In fact, he is the stuff nightmares are made of. American citizens, exercising their First Amendment right to speak freely, are being viciously targeted and terrorized by a George Soros-funded violent domestic terrorist. Today, in a strong showing of unity, spearheaded by Michelle Malkin, bloggers across the country are standing together to expose this predator of free speech to the world.
Read Patrick Frey’s (Patterico) horrific experience as a target of a new tactic of terrorism called SWATting,
You’re about to listen to one of the most bone-chilling pieces of audio you will ever hear. At least, it was to me when I first heard it.
It’s a phone call that could have gotten me killed.
In this post you will hear that audio clip. You will also read about a months-long campaign of harassment carried out by at least three individuals: Ron Brynaert, Neal Rauhauser, and Brett Kimberlin — much of it directed at critics of Brett Kimberlin. This harassment includes repeated references to critics’ family members, workplace complaints, publication of personal information such as home addresses and pictures of residences, bogus allegations of criminal activity, whisper campaigns, frivolous legal actions, and frivolous State Bar complaints.
And finally, you will hear a comparison of one of those men’s voices to that of the man who made the call that sent police to my home. And you’ll read a declaration from a forensic audio expert comparing those two voices. …
Here is the disturbing call that sent police to the Frey’s home…
You can check out more of the Brett Kimberlin story at Gateway Pundit.
You can also read more about this at:
Read more about Patrick Frey’s family ordeal here.
Also see… Aaron Walker’s blog, Stacy McCain’s, and Liberty Chick Mandy Nagy’s Twitter feed. Mandy wrote a comprehensive investigative piece at Breitbart.com that apparently set all the insanity in motion.
The National Bloggers Club has stepped up to the plate and set up a donation page to help support the bloggers targeted by Kimberlin.
** This was cross-posted at FreedomWorks with this final remark:
“At FreedomWorks we support conservative bloggers. We support the talent and the truth of the conservative media. We know there is a long way to go in defeating the institutionalized leftist media. But at FreedomWorks we have seen success and at we are confident we will win.”
More…John Hawkins interviewed Stacy McCain about his ordeal with the terrorist.
I got all of this information at Gateway Pundit.
So why didn’t they just show this in the beginning? We knew all about President Bush’s college years and his single, drinking years, and his married years, etc… Why is this President so secretive about his college years?
Check out this article at Breitbart.com:
The image above–never before released–is from public records at Columbia University that prove that Obama did, in fact, graduate in 1983 from the Ivy League school. Contrary to some conspiracy theories, Obama was a student within the Faculty of Arts and Sciences–not the less selective, “nontraditional” Columbia University School of General Studies (which only merged with the Faculty of Arts and Sciences in 1990).
This never-before-seen document debunks a persistent myth that is unfairly unfavorable to the President.
Some “fact-checking” websites–such as snopes.com andFactCheck.org–have attempted to debunk the “Obama never graduated Columbia” conspiracy theory before. Yet they have relied almost entirely on secondary sources and mainstream media reports, which fail to cite primary sources. And the Obama campaign has not provided details of his admission to, or graduation from, the prestigious Ivy League school.
Crucially, Obama has refused to release his college transcripts from Columbia and Occidental College, which certainly do exist. Other candidates–such as George W. Bush–released their transcripts, though their grades were not necessarily flattering.
Read the rest at Breitbart.com.