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Homosexual agenda brings tyranny to Houston, TX

It was just a few days ago that I wrote about the tyranny Americans now live under from the judicial, executive, and legislative branches of the federal government. Now comes word of more tyrannical behavior by the government from Houston, TX. and the pro-homosexual city council and mayor. In a clear case of government bullying, the city of Houston has issued subpoenas to a group of pastors requesting any sermons they’ve written that cover the subject of homosexuality, gender identity, or mention of Annise Parker, the city’s first openly lesbian mayor. The subpoenas came after pastors protested against Houston’s new non-discrimination ordinance that the city council passed in June which, among other clauses related to sexuality and gender identity, would allow men to use the ladies room and vice versa in an effort to protect transgender rights, according to Fox News. As we saw in my previous piece, tyrannical behavior has come to us from many angles, but an interesting amount of it now comes to us courtesy of the homosexual agenda and the Constitutionally-protected right to religious freedom. As I documented in another article I wrote, when openly homosexual football player, Michael Sam, was in the news, this is an unavoidable situation: “The […]

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Tyranny: The new normal

Last week, the government released employment data that showed a drop in unemployment even though the economy remained weak and the country reached a record low labor participation rate. As the left-wing grapples with this disparity between statistics and reality, they have come to adopt an interesting term to describe this failure. They call it the new norm, which has become a way to provide cover for their failed policies while making it sound like it’s not their fault. I’m sure you remember how they did the same thing when Bush was president, right? Of course you don’t. This “new norm” has become a way of telling America to simply accept things as they are because it’s normal. Unfortunately, the new norm has begun to show itself in other areas. Recently, the Supreme Court decided not to decide (which is deciding) on the issue of state’s rights—specifically, the right of the states (i.e. the people) to establish the boundaries on what is considered marriage—when they elected to ignore the appeals of several states that had their laws on the issue overturned by activist judges in several lower courts. Whether you agree with this decision or not—and for that matter, whether you support homosexual marriage or not—really […]

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A Few Words On ‘Discrimination’ And Freedom

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Now here’s a small item that caught my attention.

Apparently a gay couple stopped at a popular restaurant called Big Earl’s Bait House and Country Store in Pittsburg Texas, a middling sized town in the corner of northeast Texas where the Lone Star State meets Oklahoma and Louisiana.

Their story is as follows; they stopped for breakfast,paid up and were told by their waitress not to return because ‘we don’t serve fags here.’

My, my.

Big Earl Cheney, who owns the restaurant has a somewhat different story. The waitress happens to be his daughter, and Cheney says her choice of words was her own.

“I don’t think I should have to discipline her. I think the parents of those children — or kids or being whatever they are — should discipline them or teach ‘em how to act in public. I don’t think it’s my place to discipline her.”

Cheney’s story is that the couple were, shall we say, acting out in public.In other words, their being gay had nothing to do with it, but their behavior did.

“What I saw was one of them half way under the table with his legs stretched out into the other guy’s lap. And he kind of looked really possum eyed at me as they say it in East Texas, he kind of looked at me like ‘uh-oh’.”

“Homosexuality, Blacks, Hispanics — they all come in here — everybody comes in here to eat,” said Cheney. “I’ve served my country for over 20 years; I know what my freedoms are.”

He continued, “I’m not gonna have people coming in here with their butt showing; I’m not gonna have people coming in here naked; I’m not gonna have people coming in here having sex on the tables.”

Now, that is a rather different message than the one his daughter was sending with ‘we don’t serve fags here.’ I’ll leave it to the reader to decide which one applies.

The couple claims nothing inappropriate was going on. I can accept that at face value, but I also recognize that what’s inappropriate might be very different for a gay couple in say, Austin than for an older, heterosexual restaurant owner in East Texas. I would also have to add that if the couple was just sitting there eating breakfast, one would have to wonder why anyone would single them out as gay. How would they tell? Were they wearing a sign?

Cheney has said he would refuse to admit the couple back into his restaurant. The gay couple maintains they were doing nothing wrong and were discriminated against.

As one of them said, “Nobody deserves to be treated disrespectfully at an establishment that just seconds ago accepted their money.”

Needless to say, the gay couple figured lawfare was the best response, but their attorney was unable to help out because of, in his words, local bigotry:

Gay Rights Attorney John Nechman says there really isn’t any legal recourse for Dewberry and his partner to take.

“We don’t have protections in most parts of Texas for Gay and Lesbian people, other than in Dallas, Austin, San Antonio and El Paso,” says Nechman. “There’s really no protections to go after someone because they’ve made a slur. Now if they made a slanderous statement, a libelous statement, where they claimed for example that the two were committing an act that they didn’t do, there would be legal action to take against them.”

Lawyers, of course, love the idea that people have a right to be insulted and to sue at the drop of a hat. It’s called job security.As well as a plague on society.

But let’s examine this from a different point of view.

Two people enter a restaurant. They’re served. Something about their conduct during that transaction makes the owner of the business uncomfortable, and they’re asked not to return, admittedly in non-PC language.

So there are two possibilities…either the couple’s conduct was such that they were told not to ever come back, or the staff and owners don’t like homosexuals.Actually, both take us to the same place.

Has anyone reading this ever been 86′d from a bar or restaurant because of their conduct? I have, once because I decked someone who was drinking and got aggressive with me that I later found out was the bar’s manager and another time because the idiot I was with pinched and groped a waitress.

In both cases, a business decision was made by a privately owned establishment to forgo my future custom by the business in question. Paying money does not give you a license to behave how you please, especially if you’re annoying the other patrons or the staff, and that is a decision only the business in question can make.Actually, many restaurants and bars would even tell heterosexual couples to cool it if they were being overly affectionate in public. There’s a time and place for everything.

But what if the couple was ‘doing nothing wrong’ as they put it, and the restaurant in question is being discriminatory, and simply doesn’t want homosexuals in their establishment?

Let’s say that you own a restaurant and decide, for whatever reason, that everyone who comes in has to wear a tie. The Bel-Air hotel in Los Angeles demands a jacket and tie for all male patrons, and has some particularly gruesome specimens they force any man who comes in to don if he wants to eat and drink there. Because of that, there are a number of people who simply avoid going there, especially in a casual town like Los Angeles.The hotel has made a business decision for a private facility they own to give up a certain amount of income to enforce this policy and ought to have a perfect right to do so.

What about clubs that refuse to admit people if they’re wearing what could be construed as gang colors or gang attire, and clearly post those exclusions? That policy disproportionally affects blacks, but undoubtedly has an affect on safety. Are they being racist, or making a business decision that impacts on their possible liability for any injuries patrons might suffer?

Let’s say you own a restaurant or bar and decide, for whatever reason, that you can’t abide people with blond hair. Same thing. You are making a private decision to indulge your own bigotry at the cost of a fair amount of money, and possibly the hire of some excellent employees.

If Big Earl is telling the truth and he has no problem with homosexual customers provided they act in a manner he feels is appropriate for his restaurant, you can’t call him a bigot,merely a business owner who had made a decision he is entirely entitled to make. If he’s lying and doesn’t want gays in his restaurant, the same thing applies. It is his establishment and his choice to make.

The gay couple likewise have a choice to make. If they feel they were insulted (and it seems they were) there are other places to have breakfast. And they can certainly tell their friends not to patronize Big Earl’s as well.

That’s how a free society ought to work.

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Obama Dept. Of Agriculture SWATS Up With Machine Guns And Body Armor

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Cliven Bundy Responds: “That’s exactly what I said.” And What The Real Issue Is

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Well, I said earlier I’d wait to hear what Cliven Bundy had to say about what the New York Times quoted him as saying, and credit where credit is due. He didn’t lie, equivocate or issue the sort of faux apology we’ve come to expect from public figures in his situation. Here’s his reply (h/t, The Right Scoop) in full:

“That’s exactly what I said. I said I’m wondering if they’re better off under government subsidy, and their young women are having the abortions and their young men are in jail, and their older women and their children are standing, sitting out on the cement porch without nothing to do, you know, I’m wondering: Are they happier now under this government subsidy system than they were when they were slaves, and they was able to have their family structure together, and the chickens and garden, and the people had something to do? And so, in my mind I’m wondering, are they better off being slaves, in that sense, or better off being slaves to the United States government, in the sense of the subsidies. I’m wondering. That’s what. And the statement was right. I am wondering.”

Now, if President Obama said the sun rose in the west and it didn’t poll well, rest assured he and his media sycophants would telling you really said ‘sets’ instead of rises rather than just admit he said what he said, and that’s that. Cliven Bundy is simply a different kind of man, and as badly wrong as he is here, at least he sticks by it. If the two of us were having a conversation and I asked him how he felt about something, I think the chances are good he’d tell me the truth.With President Obama a conversation based on the reasonable premise of truth would be impossible.

While a lot of people who were championing him before are quite properly distancing themselves from his ridiculous remarks, they aren’t realizing that they’re also distancing themselves from the real issues – that contrary to what you’re hearing, he may in fact have had a legal case of sorts (look up ‘prescriptive easement’ and ‘adverse possession’, especially as they apply to Nevada law for details), that the Bureau of Land Management tried to seize land under false pretenses, that they illegally seized private property without compensation by stealing Bundy’s cattle and shooting them and sent a heavily armed SWAT team to besiege Bundy’s home and act like Nazi stormtroopers in general.

Even the ‘tax issue’ is moot.The normal way the feds act in these situations is to go to court, make their case and if they prevail, slap a tax lien on the property, as well as other legal remedies like vehicle and bank levies. Most of the time, that step isn;t even necessary because the feds and the taxpayer agree to a settlement.The feds didn’t tak ethis to court because they were in a hurry to gift the land to Harry Reid’s cronies for that bogus solar facility, and because they wanted to make an example of Bundy for fighting back.

Those are the real issues, and whether Cliven Bundy is a ‘ra-aaa-acist’ as the Left paints him or not, guess what? He has legal rights,constitutional rights and property right too.And I don’t have to agree remotely with what he said about blacks and slavery to understand that.

If racism is the criteria of whether people have rights or not, then Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton, Louis Farrakhan and a slew of others I could name belong in the same boat.

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Is Cliven Bundy A Racist? And If He Is, What Changes?

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This comes from Pravda-on-the-Hudson, so it’s highly suspicious. It’s certainly not like they haven’t lied for partisan purposes many times before. But they’re claiming that their reporter overheard Bundy say the following (h/t Hot Air):

Cliven Bundy stood by the Virgin River up the road from the armed checkpoint at the driveway of his ranch, signing autographs and posing for pictures. For 55 minutes, Mr. Bundy held forth to a clutch of supporters about his views on the troubled state of America — the overreaching federal government, the harassment of Western ranchers, the societal upheaval caused by abortion, even musing about whether slavery was so bad.

He said he would continue holding a daily news conference; on Saturday, it drew one reporter and one photographer, so Mr. Bundy used the time to officiate at what was in effect a town meeting with supporters, discussing, in a long, loping discourse, the prevalence of abortion, the abuses of welfare and his views on race.

“I want to tell you one more thing I know about the Negro,” he said. Mr. Bundy recalled driving past a public-housing project in North Las Vegas, “and in front of that government house the door was usually open and the older people and the kids — and there is always at least a half a dozen people sitting on the porch — they didn’t have nothing to do. They didn’t have nothing for their kids to do. They didn’t have nothing for their young girls to do.

“And because they were basically on government subsidy, so now what do they do?” he asked. “They abort their young children, they put their young men in jail, because they never learned how to pick cotton. And I’ve often wondered, are they better off as slaves, picking cotton and having a family life and doing things, or are they better off under government subsidy? They didn’t get no more freedom. They got less freedom.”

Hmmmm. If Cliven Bundy said this – and considering the source and the timing let’s really emphasize that ‘if’ – he’s going to forfeit a lot of sympathy from me and others. ‘Family life’ under slavery certainly existed, but whether it was in ancient Rome or 1840′s Georgia, it was always subject to the owner’s approval and changing financial circumstances at any given time.

That doesn’t change the fact that contrary to what you’re hearing,  he may in fact have had a legal case of sorts (look up ‘prescriptive easement’ and ‘adverse possession’, especially as they apply to Nevada law for details) nor does it change the fact that the Bureau of Land Management tried to seize land under false pretenses, participated in the illegal taking of private property without compensation by stealing Bundy’s cattle and sent and armed SWAT team to lay siege to Bundy’s home and  act like Nazi brown shirts in general.

This purported statement  does serve quite conveniently to distance Bundy from people that were supporting him politically. As such, the timing is pretty suspicious, but I will merely report this, wait to see what if anything Cliven Bundy has to say about this and let you draw your own conclusions.

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Is Cliven Bundy A Racist? And If He Is, What Changes?

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This comes from Pravda-on-the-Hudson, so it’s highly suspicious. It’s certainly not like they haven’t lied for partisan purposes many times before. But they’re claiming that their reporter overheard Bundy say the following (h/t Hot Air):

Cliven Bundy stood by the Virgin River up the road from the armed checkpoint at the driveway of his ranch, signing autographs and posing for pictures. For 55 minutes, Mr. Bundy held forth to a clutch of supporters about his views on the troubled state of America — the overreaching federal government, the harassment of Western ranchers, the societal upheaval caused by abortion, even musing about whether slavery was so bad.

He said he would continue holding a daily news conference; on Saturday, it drew one reporter and one photographer, so Mr. Bundy used the time to officiate at what was in effect a town meeting with supporters, discussing, in a long, loping discourse, the prevalence of abortion, the abuses of welfare and his views on race.

“I want to tell you one more thing I know about the Negro,” he said. Mr. Bundy recalled driving past a public-housing project in North Las Vegas, “and in front of that government house the door was usually open and the older people and the kids — and there is always at least a half a dozen people sitting on the porch — they didn’t have nothing to do. They didn’t have nothing for their kids to do. They didn’t have nothing for their young girls to do.

“And because they were basically on government subsidy, so now what do they do?” he asked. “They abort their young children, they put their young men in jail, because they never learned how to pick cotton. And I’ve often wondered, are they better off as slaves, picking cotton and having a family life and doing things, or are they better off under government subsidy? They didn’t get no more freedom. They got less freedom.”

Hmmmm. If Cliven Bundy said this – and considering the source and the timing let’s really emphasize that ‘if’ – he’s going to forfeit a lot of sympathy from me and others. ‘Family life’ under slavery certainly existed, but whether it was in ancient Rome or 1840′s Georgia, it was always subject to the owner’s approval and changing financial circumstances at any given time.

That doesn’t change the fact that contrary to what you’re hearing,  he may in fact have had a legal case of sorts (look up ‘prescriptive easement’ and ‘adverse possession’, especially as they apply to Nevada law for details) nor does it change the fact that the Bureau of Land Management tried to seize land under false pretenses, participated in the illegal taking of private property without compensation by stealing Bundy’s cattle and sent an armed SWAT team to lay siege to Bundy’s home and  act like Nazi brown shirts in general.

This purported statement  does serve quite conveniently to distance Bundy from people that were supporting him politically. As such, the timing is pretty suspicious, but I will merely report this, wait to see what if anything Cliven Bundy has to say about it and let you draw your own conclusions.

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Matt Yglesias’ Brilliant New Idea – Punish ‘The Rich’ With Confiscatory Taxes!

 Matt Yglesias, Soros galley slave and former WAPO columnist has a great new idea.Let’s make taxes really, really high on the ‘Evil Rich’ to punish them and redistribute their wealth for Big Government’s social engineering purposes!The Laffer Cur…

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Justina Pelletier: Judge Awards ‘Permanent Custody’ To Mass. DFC

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Judge Joseph Johnston has ruled that The Massachusetts Department of Families And Children (DFC) will have ‘permanent custody’ of 15-year-old Justina Pelletier, taking her away from her parents in spite of her own wishes and her rapidly declining health in state custody.

This case is a textbook example of child abuse promulgated by the legal system and an embedded bureaucracy, and it is worth looking at to see how far out of hand our ruling class has gotten.

Fourteen months ago, Justina, a Connecticut teen was being treated for mitochondrial disease, a group of rare genetic disorders affecting cellular energy production.Her physician who had been treating her, Dr. Mark Korson at Tufts, wanted the girl to visit gastroenterologist Dr. Alejandro Flores at Boston Children’s Hospital, who had treated Justina at Tufts in the past. Being loving and concerned parents, the Pelletiers made the appointment with Dr. Flores and duly went to Boston Children’s Hospital to have Justina seen.

When they got there, instead of seeing Dr. Flores, Justina was essentially kidnapped. She was taken to emergency where a resident refused to let her see Dr. Flores. Instead, he decided that this was a psychiatric case and sent Justina to a psychologist who diagnosed her with somatoform disorder — a mental condition in which a patient experiences symptoms that are real but are psychosomatic.

When the Pelletiers rejected the new psychiatric diagnosis and wanted to bring Justina back to Tufts, the hospital first tried to force the girl’s parents to sign papers admitting her as a psychiatric patient and when they refused and understandably became insistent at taking their daughter out of Boston Children’s, the hospital got the state Department of Family and Children involved and accused the parents of medical child abuse.

They were not permitted to bring Justina home or to another facility. Instead, the teen was kept at Boston Children’s psychiatric ward for nearly a year where her physical condition deteriorated while the parents unsuccessfully fought the system to get Justina released.The DCF has allowed the parents only one hour per week to visit their daughter, but always with DCF personnel present. DCF would not allow the parents to photograph their daughter, and even filed a motion to hold Lou Pelletier in contempt of court for speaking to national media.

“Tufts was working fine with her, diagnosed medically, going to school, ice skating and doing all those things,” Lou Pelletier said. “Look at her then and look at her now.”

The DCF also has refused to provide the medical care Justina’s condition requires, will not allow her access to a priest or to communion (she’s Catholic) has refused to make any accommodations for her education, with the result that she is now almost two years behind her classmates in school.

Three weeks ago, Judge Johnston approved a written agreement transferring care back to Tufts Medical Center from Boston Children’s Hospital. That still hasn’t been done, as Boston Children’s has refused to make any appointments with the doctors there in spite of Justina’s condition.

This decision by Judge Johnston was in response to a motion presented by the 15-year-old’s court-appointed lawyer and the lawyers for her parents, Linda and Lou Pelletier. It called for the girl’s parents to be awarded “conditional custody” of their daughter.

Instead, the judge has granted permanent custody of Justina Pellatier to the DFC…who have done absolutely nothing to help her.

In his order, Johnston noted that the court considered granting conditional custody to the Pelletiers but “very concerning conduct … does not give this court any confidence they will comply with the conditions of custody.” The evidence? That Lou Pelletier once threatened a DFC social worker, who was afterward removed from the case, and oh yes..the media presence.

“Instead of engaging in quality visits with Justina, the parents use profanity directed at MA DCF personnel in Justina’s presence,” Johnston’s ruling said.

Johnston also included that he thinks Lou and Linda Pelletier should be “psychologically and clinically evaluated,” but refused to have the state of Massachusetts do it, insisiting that it must be coordinated through the State of Connecticut’s own DCF.

You bring your daughter in for medical treatment, she gets kidnapped, you see her dying in front of your eyes and you lose it with some heartless bureaucrat drone who’s keeping her prisoner? And when you finally get fed up with doing the dance for months and go to the media to try to shed some sunlight on what’s happening to your child, you need to be “psychologically and clinically evaluated?”

To tell you the truth, if the Pellatiers hadn’t done that, I’d think they needed to be psychologically evaluated.

This is one of those canary in the coalmine moments. It is the State shoving our noses in the fact that they own our children and they know what’s best, and we’re just the sperm and egg donors.

What’s next? On May 25th, Judge Johnston is expected revisit the decision to award permanent custody in a follow-up court hearing on May 25. His ruling leaves it up to the state DCF to decide whether or when Justina should be returned to her family, which means she could end up in state care until she turns 18. If she survives.

Meanwhile, the Pelltiers haven’t given up. They’re appealing the decision and have filed a writ of habeus corpus against Massachusetts for wrongful imprisonment. Hopefully this will get Justina freed by order of the Appellate courts, although it might just be that the attention this is generating could get Justina Pellatier freed sooner..perhaps at the review hearing in May.

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40 Percent of What You Pay for Beer Goes to Taxes!

Yes, 40%. And that’s just an average. In high tax Blue states ( and especially in Democrat run big cities like New York, Chicago and Los Angeles) it’s even higher:The next time you pour yourself a cold one, give yourself a pat on the back in the name o… . . . → Read More: 40 Percent of What You Pay for Beer Goes to Taxes!

The State of the Union: The Path to Tyranny continues

An essay this weekend at Politico looks at the similarities between the fall of the Roman Republic and the United States today. I was asked by a friend to give my opinion. The parallels between the fall of the Roman … Continue reading

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The ObamaCare Xmas Present Obama Plans – Single Payer And A Taxpayer Bailout

Unfortunately, here’s a nasty lump of coal for your stocking, courtesy of President Obama and his Democrats.For al the talk about ObamaCare crashing and burning on its own, did you really think our Dear Leader and his friends were going to let that hap…

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Your Castle No More – Serviceman Charged With Murder After Shooting Threatening Intruder

“The poorest man may in his cottage bid defiance to all the forces of the crown. It may be frail – its roof may shake – the wind may blow through it – the storm may enter – the rain may enter – but the King of England cannot enter.” – British Prime Minister William Pitt, the first Earl of Chatham, commenting on the English common law doctrine of a man’s right to be safe in his home, 1763.

Air Force Sergeant Matt Pinkerton was faced with an aggressive intruder who broke into his home at 2:00 AM after being told to leave and threatened his wife and his safety, so he dispatched him with a Glock 9mm.

Believe it or not, the State of Maryland’s position is that Pinkerton should have called 911 and just sat there waiting for the police to arrive instead of defending his wife, himself and his property. And they’re charging him with murder two:

Pinkerton was charged with second-degree murder, manslaughter and use of a firearm in a felony or violent crime.

The state argued that Pinkerton could have called 911.

District Court Judge Jonas Legum reduced Pinkerton’s bond from $1.5 million to $250,000.

Legum said he finds it “amazing” that the statement of probable cause against Pinkerton is only two pages long, and included only one sentence about whether or not Green had a weapon.

Pinkerton told police he did not see any weapons in Green’s hands, charging documents state.

Green had staked out the Pinkertons’ home before they arrived early Sunday morning, O’Neill said. When Green knocked on the door, Pinkerton retrieved a Glock 17 9mm handgun, put it in his back pocket and went to see who it was, police said. He wasn’t expecting any visitors.

When Pinkerton opened the door, he found Green on the porch, police said. Green demanded to see Jessica Pinkerton.

Matthew Pinkerton told Green to leave, but he refused and started to shout, police said.

The pair exchanged “derogatory” remarks before Pinkerton closed the front door, police said. Green continued to yell from the front porch, police said.

Pinkerton then heard his screen door being opened, police said. He headed back to the front door as Green broke through it, damaging the door frame, O’Neill said.

Pinkerton pulled his gun and ordered Green to leave, O’Neill said.

Green continued into the residence and was shot twice by Pinkerton, police said.

“He has the right to defend himself against an intruder,” O’Neill said.

Assistant State’s Attorney Glen Neubauer said Pinkerton could have called the police. When Pinkerton grabbed his gun, it was “bizarre behavior in itself,” Neubauer said.

But O’Neill said calling 911 wasn’t an option.

“By the time 911 is called, he’s dead,” O’Neill said.

This should put the citizens of Maryland and other locales where anti-Second Amendment radicals have taken control on notice as to what the lives of you and your loved ones are worth to the politicians in power.

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How Obama Leans On Whistleblowers And Intimidates Reporters

My friend and Council mate Debra Heine over at Nice Deb has a fine piece over at Breitbart I recommend to your attention..here’s a slice:

When Obama was elected in 2008, his ascension to the White House was deemed “historic” because he was our first black president, and Americans were rightly proud of that. Unfortunately, Obama has been a “historic” president in other ways, too – ways that should horrify and alarm Americans. His administration’s brazen efforts to silence whistleblowers, intimidate reporters and businesses that don’t play ball with him have been unprecedented. We are living through highly troubling times.

This White House has a long track record of bullying reporters as a tactic to ensure only positive coverage and suppress free speech. And Obama has used the DOJ as a political arm to enforce allegiance to his agenda.

Keith Koffler, who has covered the Bush and Clinton White Houses, as well as the Obama White House has written at length about the Regime’s bullying tactics.

When White House officials, particularly members of the press office, see a story they don’t like, they often call and verbally abuse the reporter who wrote the piece.

In diatribes often peppered with obscenities, they complain of profound injustice, bias, lack of relevance – anything they can think of to get reporters to back off their story.
It’s not just a series of uncontrolled outbursts. It is a planned, methodical, and highly artificial effort to either squash a story or get inside a reporter’s head so they think twice about doing a piece next time that negatively impacts Obama.

That this is an actual policy is evident from the consistency of the practice and its implementation by nearly every member of the White House press office staff. They are all nice, affable people who suddenly switch into an unmarked gear and begin running you over at full speed.

Koffler noted that he’s “seen this done by press people from the Bush and Clinton administrations. But only on rare occasion, and generally with a legitimate grievance in hand. But never have I witnessed this type of bullying of the press in such a systematic, intense, and frequent manner.”

Because the examples of this are legion, I thought it would be a good idea to aggregate a number of these stories in one spot. These are not isolated incidents. They are the result of purposefully thuggish policies perpetrated by nasty, thuggish people. It’s the sort of thing you would see in a third world Banana Republic.

Read the whole thing here.

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Backdoor Gun Grab – EPA Forces Closure Of Last Lead Smelter In U.S.

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The Left badly wants American citizens disarmed and denied their Second Amendment rights, and they’ll achieve that by any means necessary…including using Obama Environmental Protection Agency to severely impact the price of ammo:

In December, the final primary lead smelter in the United States will close. The lead smelter, located in Herculaneum, Missouri, and owned and operated by the Doe Run Company, has existed in the same location since 1892.
The Herculaneum smelter is currently the only smelter in the United States which can produce lead bullion from raw lead ore that is mined nearby in Missouri’s extensive lead deposits, giving the smelter its “primary” designation. The lead bullion produced in Herculaneum is then sold to lead product producers, including ammunition manufactures for use in conventional ammunition components such as projectiles, projectile cores, and primers. …

Doe Run made significant efforts to reduce lead emissions from the smelter, but in 2008 the federal Environmental Protection Agency issued new National Ambient Air Quality Standards for lead that were 10 times tighter than the previous standard. Given the new lead air quality standard, Doe Run made the decision to close the Herculaneum smelter.

Meanwhile, the Obama Administration and SWAT teams attached to non-military or police governmental agencies like Fish and Game or the EPA itself have purchased billions of rounds of ammo for themselves…and are training their agents to shoot first and ask question later when it comes to what are euphemistically called ‘non-traditional targets’ like pregnant women, children and the elderly.

Of course, ammo can be imported, and there are shooters who roll their own and save their cases,but the idea is to deplete the supply of available ammo and make it horrendously expensive. Look for arcane ‘taxes’ on ammo purchases as well, something California and other Democrat run states are already salivating over.

The national security implications of this are pretty staggering as well. If we get involved in a shooting war in the next three years, there will be a significant delay before facilities like Doe Run can tool up and start production again.

But that’s not the primary concern of the Obama Administration. Their focus seems to be on maintaining the ability to guard the elites and impose tyranny from within.

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Obama Lied, Knew Millions Would Lose Their Health Insurance

By now,most Americans are beginning to understand that when President Obama told Americans that if they liked their doctor, their present health plan, they’d be able to keep it, it simply wasn’t true.

However, as we’re now finding out, it goes far beyond that. The president deliberately lied, knowingly lied, along with his team.

In another, astonishing random act of journalism, NBC, of all places revealed that ObamaCare was deliberately constructed to destroy the health coverage of millions of Americans and force them on to government exchanges, with much less coverage and far higher premiums. And this president knew it all along:

Four sources deeply involved in the Affordable Care Act tell NBC NEWS that 50 to 75 percent of the 14 million consumers who buy their insurance individually can expect to receive a “cancellation” letter or the equivalent over the next year because their existing policies don’t meet the standards mandated by the new health care law. One expert predicts that number could reach as high as 80 percent. And all say that many of those forced to buy pricier new policies will experience “sticker shock.”

None of this should come as a shock to the Obama administration. The law states that policies in effect as of March 23, 2010 will be “grandfathered,” meaning consumers can keep those policies even though they don’t meet requirements of the new health care law. But the Department of Health and Human Services then wrote regulations that narrowed that provision, by saying that if any part of a policy was significantly changed since that date — the deductible, co-pay, or benefits, for example — the policy would not be grandfathered.

Buried in Obamacare regulations from July 2010 is an estimate that because of normal turnover in the individual insurance market, “40 to 67 percent” of customers will not be able to keep their policy. And because many policies will have been changed since the key date, “the percentage of individual market policies losing grandfather status in a given year exceeds the 40 to 67 percent range.”

That means the administration knew that more than 40 to 67 percent of those in the individual market would not be able to keep their plans, even if they liked them.

Yet President Obama, who had promised in 2009, “if you like your health plan, you will be able to keep your health plan,” was still saying in 2012, “If [you] already have health insurance, you will keep your health insurance.”

“This says that when they made the promise, they knew half the people in this market outright couldn’t keep what they had and then they wrote the rules so that others couldn’t make it either,” said Robert Laszewski, of Health Policy and Strategy Associates, a consultant who works for health industry firms. Laszewski estimates that 80 percent of those in the individual market will not be able to keep their current policies and will have to buy insurance that meets requirements of the new law, which generally requires a richer package of benefits than most policies today.

Actually, Laszewski estimates that as many as 16 million Americans will lose their health insurance because of ObamaCare.

Note the part I emphasized.Any changes made to your existing policy after March 23, 2010 when this tyranny became law disqualified it to be grandfathered, even if they were choices you made yourself, such as eliminating coverage for maternity care if you or your spouse was past childbearing age, eliminating an adult child from your policy because he or she obtained his or her own insurance, or increasing the co-pay for yourself and your employees slightly to keep costs down or added more employees to your policy. It doesn’t matter…even if you are perfectly satisfied with your coverage as it is, your insurance company will be told your policy doesn’t meet ObamaCare standards and that cancellation letter will go out informing you that you no longer have health insurance come January 2014.

The Democrats are busily spinning this and trying to blame the insurances companies, since the companies are the ones issuing the cancellation letters. But the truth of the matter is they have little choice in the matter. Unless you are employed by a very large company or government agency (like a city or state bureaucracy) that can afford to absorb the expense of compliance with ObamaCare’s arcane requirements because they can spread the cost out among a large group of employees, or unless your employer is politically connected enough to get a waiver or a subsidy like members of the governing class, you are likely to lose your insurance because private companies will be unable to absorb the cost of insuring small groups or families with individualized coverage.

Once you’re forced to shop the exchanges, you’ll discover what so many Americans already have… the sticker price of ObamaCare’s Bronze coverage,the cheapest available with the highest deductible and the lowest sticker price is still going to cost a family of five, two adults and three children, in excess of $20,000 per year. And that’s a conservative estimate, guaranteed to go up as more and more healthy young adults opt to pay the penalty and the system needs more taxpayer dollars to cover the medicaid patients whom qualify for the subsidies.They’re signing up for ObamaCare in droves, and are the vast majority of those signing up for the exchanges. There’s always an unlimited demand for free stuff at someone else’s expense.

That also applies if you are fortunate enough to get your insurance through a very large company or government agency. Your time is coming. While you may not lose your insurance outright, at least at first, you can expect vast increases in your co-payments to cover the cost of ObamaCare compliance.

Even worse, since ObamaCare does not allow any payments to ‘out of network’ doctors whatsoever, all it’s going to take is a heart attack, a burst appendix, a car accident or a similar emergency where immediate treatment is required at the closest available facility to put the average American into bankruptcy.

ObamaCare’s failure is what was planned from the start, with the resulting misery and chaos ending with millions of Americans being herded in single payer and the Sovietization of America’s healthcare.

The president bloviated a great deal about being a ‘warrior for the middle class’ during the 2012 campaign. Given what he knew about ObamaCare at the time, the term ‘rapist’ would have been more appropriate. Including the part about the desire for power, domination and control. We’ve already seen how the president used the IRS to attack his political enemies. Imagine what will happen when they have access to all your data and can decide who gets a medical procedure and how long they wait to receive it based on how you voted or whom you donated to.

No wonder the president lied about it.

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Red Light cameras coming to a Long Island, New York corner near you!

New Red Light Cameras being Installed in Nassau County
These are supposedly the new red light camera corners coming to your local Nassau County, Long Island, New York neighborhood soon!!!
Always remember they’re not for revenue, but just safety… Yeah
1.           BALDWIN – Grand Ave / Sunrise Hwy
2.           BALDWIN Grand Ave / Seaman Ave
3.           BALDWIN Grand Ave / DeMott Ave
4.           BALDWIN Milburn Ave / Sunrise Hwy
5.           BELLMORE Sunrise Hwy / Bedford Ave
6.           BELLMORE Sunrise Hwy / Bellmore Ave
7.           BELLMORE Sunrise Hwy / Newbridge Rd
8.           BELLMORE Newbridge Rd / Jerusalem Ave
9.           BETHPAGE Hempstead Tpke / Hicksville Rd
10.        BETHPAGE Hempstead Tpke / Stewart Ave
11.        EAST GARDEN CITY Stewart Ave / Merchants Concourse
12.        EAST GARDEN CITY Stewart Ave / Quentin Roosevelt Blvd
13.        EAST GARDEN CITY Stewart Ave / South St
14.        EAST HILLS Glen Cove Rd / Harbor Hill Rd
15.        EAST MEADOW – Hempstead Tpke / Carman Ave
16.        EAST MEADOW East Meadow Ave / Front St
17.        EAST MEADOW Hempstead Tpke / Prospect Ave
18.        EAST MEADOW Merrick Ave / Front St
19.        ELMONT Elmont Rd / Dutch Broadway
20.        ELMONT Elmont Rd / Linden Blvd
21.        ELMONT Hempstead Tpke / Elmont Rd
22.        ELMONT Hempstead Tpke / Meacham Ave
23.        FARMINGDALE Fulton St / Main St
24.        FARMINGDALE Hempstead Tpke / Conklin/Fulton St / Merritts Rd
25.        FLOWER HILL Middle Neck Rd / Northern Blvd
26.        FLOWER HILL Middle Neck Rd / Port Washington Blvd
27.        FLOWER HILL Northern Blvd / Port Washington Blvd
28.        FRANKLIN SQUARE Franklin Ave / Hempstead Tpke
29.        FRANKLIN SQUARE Hempstead Tpke / New Hyde Park Rd
30.        FREEPORT Atlantic Ave / Guy Lombardo Ave
31.        FREEPORT Main St / Seaman Ave
32.        FREEPORT Merrick Rd / Church St
33.        FREEPORT Merrick Rd / Guy Lombardo Ave
34.        FREEPORT Merrick Rd / Henry St
35.        FREEPORT Sunrise Hwy / Henry St
36.        FREEPORT Merrick Rd / Bayview Ave
37.        FREEPORT Merrick Rd / Long Beach Ave
38.        FREEPORT Merrick Rd / Ocean Ave
39.        GARDEN CITY 11th St / Franklin Ave
40.        GARDEN CITY Clinton Rd / Stewart Ave
41.        GARDEN CITY Franklin Ave / Stewart Ave
42.        GARDEN CITY New Hyde Park Rd / Stewart Ave
43.        GARDEN CITY PARK Nassau Blvd / Jericho Tpke
44.        GARDEN CITY Stewart Ave / Washington Ave
45.        GARDEN CITY/MINEOLA Old Country Rd / Mineola Blvd / Franklin Ave
46.        GARDEN CITY/MINEOLA Old Country Rd / Roslyn Rd / Washington Ave
47.        GLEN COVE Forest Ave / Walnut Rd
48.        GLEN COVE Brewster St / Glen Cove Ave
49.        GREAT NECK Great Neck Rd / Middle Neck Rd
50.        HICKSVILLE N Broadway / E Marie St
51.        HICKSVILLE N Broadway / Newbridge Rd
52.        HICKSVILLE Old Country Rd / Levittown Pkwy
53.        HICKSVILLE Old Country Rd / Newbridge Rd
54.        INWOOD/LAWRENCE- Nassau Expressway / Bay Blvd
55.        INWOOD/LAWRENCE Nassau Expressway / Burnside Ave
56.        INWOOD/LAWRENCE Nassau Expressway / Central Ave
57.        INWOOD/LAWRENCE Rockaway Tpke / Bay Blvd
58.        JERICHO N Broadway / Columbia Dr
59.        JERICHO N Broadway / Manhattan Dr
60.        LAKE SUCCESS Community Dr / South Service Rd
61.        LAKE SUCCESS Lakeville Rd / North Service Rd
62.        LAKE SUCCESS Marcus Ave / Entrance Northern State Pkwy
63.        LAKE SUCCESS Lakeville Rd / Northern Blvd 25A
64.        LAKE SUCCESS Lakeville Rd / South Service Rd
65.        LEVITTOWN Hempstead Tpke / Center Ln
66.        LEVITTOWN Hempstead Tpke / Jerusalem Ave
67.        LEVITTOWN Hempstead Tpke / Silver Ln
68.        LEVITTOWN Hempstead Tpke / Wolcott Rd
69.        LONG BEACH – E Park Ave / Long Beach Blvd
70.        MANHASSET Community Dr / Northern Blvd
71.        MASSAPEQUA PARK Sunrise Hwy / Park Blvd
72.        MASSAPEQUA Sunrise Hwy / Broadway
73.        MASSAPEQUA Sunrise Hwy / Hicksville Rd
74.        MERRICK Jerusalem Ave / Merrick Ave
75.        MERRICK Sunrise Hwy / Babylon Tpke
76.        MERRICK Sunrise Hwy / Hewlett Ave
77.        MERRICK Sunrise Hwy / Merrick Ave
78.        MINEOLA Herrick Rd / Jericho Tpke
79.        MINEOLA Roslyn Rd / Jericho Tpke
80.        MINEOLA Willis Ave / Jericho Tpke
81.        MINEOLA Mineola Blvd / Jericho Tpke
82.        NEW HYDE PARK Jericho Tpke / New Hyde Park Rd
83.        NORTH HILLS Community Drive / North Service Road
84.        NORTH HILLS Shelter Rock Rd / North Service Road
85.        NORTH HILLS Shelter Rock Rd / South Service Rd
86.        NORTH HILLS Searingtown Rd / North Service Road
87.        NORTH HILLS Searingtown Rd / South Service Rd
88.        OCEANSIDE Atlantic Ave / Lincoln Ave
89.        OCEANSIDE Atlantic Ave / Long Beach Rd
90.        OCEANSIDE Long Beach Rd / Davison Ave
91.        OCEANSIDE Long Beach Rd / Windsor Pkwy
92.        OCEANSIDE Oceanside Rd / Waukena Ave
93.        OLD BROOKVILLE – Route 107 / Route 25A
94.        OLD BROOKVILLE Route 107 / Wheatley Rd
95.        OLD WESTBURY – Guinea Woods Rd / Hillside Ave
96.        OLD WESTBURY – Guinea Woods Rd / North Service Road
97.        OLD WESTBURY Guinea Woods Rd / North Service Rd
98.        OLD WESTBURY Guinea Woods Rd / The Pines
99.        OLD WESTBURY Jericho Tpke / Old Westbury Rd
100.     OLD WESTBURY Jericho Tpke / Post Rd
101.     PLAINVIEW Old Country Rd / Manetto Hill Rd
102.     ROCKVILLE CENTRE Merrick Rd / North Park Ave
103.     ROCKVILLE CENTRE Merrick Rd / Oceanside Rd
104.     ROCKVILLE CENTRE Merrick Rd / Long Beach Rd
105.     ROOSEVELT Nassau Rd / Greenwich Ave
106.     ROSLYN HEIGHTS Mineola Ave / Warner Ave
107.     SEAFORD Sunrise Hwy / Washington Ave
108.     SYOSSET Jericho Tpke / Jackson Ave / S Oyster Bay Rd
109.     UNIONDALE Glenn Curtis Blvd / Hempstead Tpke
110.     UNIONDALE Hempstead Tpke / California Ave
111.     UNIONDALE Nassau Rd / Uniondale Ave
112.     UNIONDALE Uniondale Ave / Front St
113.     UNIONDALE Uniondale Ave / Hempstead Tpke
114.     VALLEY STREAM – Sunrise Hwy / Green Acres Rd
115.     VALLEY STREAM Sunrise Hwy / Mill Rd
116.     VALLEY STREAM Sunrise Hwy / Rockaway Ave
117.     WANTAGH Jerusalem Ave / Wantagh Ave
118.     WANTAGH Merrick Rd / Wantagh Ave
119.     WEST HEMPSTEAD Hempstead Tpke / Cherry Valley Ave
120.     WEST HEMPSTEAD Peninsula Blvd / Southern State Pkwy
121.     WESTBURY Merchants Concourse / Corporate Dr
122.     WILLISTON PARK Willis Ave / Hillside Ave
123.     WOODBURY – Jericho Tpke / Woodbury Rd
124.     WOODBURY Jericho Tpke / Crossways Park Dr

125.     WOODBURY Jericho Tpke / Southwoods Rd

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Guess What? Obamacare Provision Will Allow Forced Home Inspections

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Yet again, proof that no one in Congress actually read ObamaCare before inflicting it on us – least of all our Supreme Court.

According to this provision of ObamaCare, millions of American homes will be subject to forced government inspections, whether they like it or not.

 The HHS website states that under this provision, (or any other subsequent guidelines they come up with at the Secretary of HHS’s discretion), you and your family can and will be targeted, especially if you fall into one of these designated ‘high risk categories’:

  • Families where mom is not yet 21.
  • Families where someone is a tobacco user.
  • Families where children have low student achievement, developmental delays, or disabilities.
  • Families with individuals who are serving or formerly served in the armed forces, including such families that have members of the armed forces who have had multiple deployments outside the United States.
  • It’s no stretch to see where these could be ‘expanded’ based on your political beliefs and affiliations, ownership of a firearm, whether your children are home schooled, or any other criteria determined to be ‘at risk’.

    There is no reference to Medicaid being the determinant for a family to be eligible for one of these government sponsored home invasions. And $224 million of your tax dollars have been set aside top fund what is referred to as home visiting programs to “help parents and children.”

    Fourth amendment be damned. And Congress is actually debating over defunding this.letting alone repealing this blatant tyranny?

    (H/t Tip Louie Louie, via Jim, via Freedom Outpost

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    Guess What? Obamacare Provision Will Allow Forced Home Inspections

     http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/654*368/staten+island+home+invasion.jpg

    Yet again, proof that no one in Congress actually read ObamaCare before inflicting it on us – least of all our Supreme Court.

    According to this provision of ObamaCare, millions of American homes will be subject to forced government inspections, whether they like it or not.

     The HHS website states that under this provision, (or any other subsequent guidelines they come up with at the Secretary of HHS’s discretion), you and your family can and will be targeted, especially if you fall into one of these designated ‘high risk categories’:

  • Families where mom is not yet 21.
  • Families where someone is a tobacco user.
  • Families where children have low student achievement, developmental delays, or disabilities.
  • Families with individuals who are serving or formerly served in the armed forces, including such families that have members of the armed forces who have had multiple deployments outside the United States.
  • It’s no stretch to see where these could be ‘expanded’ based on your political beliefs and affiliations, ownership of a firearm, whether your children are home schooled, or any other criteria determined to be ‘at risk’.

    There is no reference to Medicaid being the determinant for a family to be eligible for one of these government sponsored home invasions. And $224 million of your tax dollars have been set aside top fund what is referred to as home visiting programs to “help parents and children.”

    Fourth amendment be damned. And Congress is actually debating over defunding this.letting alone repealing this blatant tyranny?

    (H/t Tip Louie Louie, via Jim, via Freedom Outpost

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    Breaking: The Feds Want Your E-Mail Passwords

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