Romney needs to take a page from the Col. West playbook and go after obama the same way.
(H/T Hot Air via JammieWearing Fools)
The program is called Lifeline, established in 1984, originally created to subsidize landline phone service for low income Americans, funded by government-collected telecommunication fees, paid by consumers.Take a look at your phone bill - either landline, cell phone, or both. Somewhere near the bottom is a line item labeled "Universal Service." That fee is collected by your service provider and forked over to Uncle Sam, who takes his cut and then redistributes it to low income households - often more than once.
In 2008, the program was expanded to support cell phones which quickly escalated the cost of the program. In 2008 the program cost $772 million, but by 2011 it cost $1.6 billion.
A 2011 audit found that 269,000 wireless Lifeline subscribers were receiving free phones and monthly service from two or more carriers.Another example of the government's fabled efficiency.
Surely this is all just a coincidence. After the video of the Obama crackhead went viral yesterday, we discovered the Obama Phone website, which showed the Empty Chair in all his glory:
Now if you pay a visit the site looks drastically different ... No longer are you treated to the Dear Leader ... much of the site now looks entirely generic, the ubiquitous Obama presence barely visible.Hmm. You don’t think they’re embarrassed by their own supporters, are they?
Requests are pouring in for a local brewer’s new novelty beer but the government is saying he can’t sell the brew outside of Oklahoma.That, in a nutshell, is why we need to shrink the damn government.
Rick Huebert’s ”Nobama Brew” has been a smash hit in the sooner state.
The owner of Huebert Brewing Company can barely keep up with demand.
“Just yesterday we had a request for about 3,000 cases from Texas and New Jersey,” Huebert said.
But Huebert has to respond to all of those requests the same way: No.
When Huebert asked the federal Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) to approve the label for “Nobama Brew,” he specifically requested to be able to sell the beer nationwide; that request was approved via written application.
But the TTB official who approved the request, Kent “Battle” Martin, added a line to the application that reads, “THIS PRODUCT IS ONLY FOR SALE IN THE STATE OF OKLAHOMA.”
“[The form] says two things,” Huebert said. “It says I can sell it federally but then it also says I can only sell it in the state.”
We called Martin to ask why the line was added.
He told us to contact a man with TTB public relations.
That man has yet to return our phone call.
But when Rick Huebert’s lawyer, Randy Malone, called Martin, the TTB official gave a different response.
“[Martin] misunderstood that we wanted to sell outside of Oklahoma,” Malone said. “[That] is the impression I got from him.”
Malone, who has been practicing alcohol licensing law since 1989, also said he’s never heard of the TTB making such an error before.
But Huebert doesn’t understand how the TTB could misunderstand a simple application, especially one the agency processes all the time.
“From a business owner’s perspective, it seems like the federal government is doing everything they can to push down business,” Huebert said.
The league consists of seven teams -- the Chicago Desire, the Orlando Lady Cats, the Miami Spice, the Los Angeles Ice, the Hollywood Hotties and the Atlanta Fleet Angels. Tryouts have already taken place in the different cities, and the league will get underway in the summer of 2013.
"This is a competitive basketball league, so we are definitely looking for girls that can really play," Miami Spice representatives told the Miami New Times. "It is also a bikini league in which the girls will be playing basketball in bikinis, so looking good in a bikini is a must."
The Lingerie Football League revealed that one of the referees used as a replacement ref for the National Football League was actually fired from the LFL...Why? According to Mitch Mortaza, commissioner of the LFL, the fired ref was "hurting overall credibility."
Reading scores on the SAT for the high school class of 2012 reached a four-decade low, putting a punctuation mark on a gradual decline in the ability of college-bound teens to read passages and answer questions about sentence structure, vocabulary and meaning on the college entrance exam.
Many experts attribute the continued decline to record numbers of students taking the test, including about one-quarter from low-income backgrounds. There are many factors that can affect how well a student scores on the SAT, but few are as strongly correlated as family income.Okay, that's a fair point. If more students from lower-income households are taking the exam, and if there is a correlation between household income and scores, then it is reasonable to conclude that more lower income students taking the exam will result in lower scores. But why?
There is a significant correlation between family income and test scores on the SAT, with average scores increasing with every $20,000 in additional family income.
Studies say the SAT and ACT do not predict first-year college success — the reason colleges give for requiring them — as well as high school grade point averages do. GPA also predicts college graduation rates better. The effort students put into learning during the school year, as assessed by their teachers, turns out to mean more than a four-hour test graded mostly by machines.Other alternatives?
Why not replace the SAT and ACT with Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate or Advanced International Certificate of Education tests? Those exams culminate college-level courses and encourage critical thinking. They require that students write many of their answers in detail.Of course, this is like arguing how many angels can dance on the head of a pin. The real problem is not the demographic composition of SAT-takers, or whether the SAT is the best way to screen college applicants. The real problem is that our public school system is doing a dismal job of educating America's children.
Students who have taken those courses and exams will tell you they were good preparation for college. Unlike the SAT and ACT, they are modeled after college exams and graded by human beings.
AMERICAN EDUCATION IS IN SERIOUS DISARRAY. Over the last 40 years, we've increased spending by the billions while results slide deeper into mediocrity.The tragic thing is that the above referenced column was written thirteen years ago, and nothing has changed - not even the vast amounts of money we keep wasting by pouring it down that educational rathole.
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"What can be done...?" you say. There are a couple of starters: close all education departments on college campuses, eliminate tenure and have a school choice system.
Laredo, Texas, where Hispanics make up 96 percent of the metropolitan area, is the least diverse area in the United States. In 2011, of the 24,680 students in Laredo schools, 99.5 percent were Latino and 97 percent were economically disadvantaged.
Boerne has been named one of the top 10 small towns in the United States in a new national ranking.
The town northwest of San Antonio was ranked fourth by Livability.com, a national website that highlights more than 500 of America’s best places to live and visit.
We actually live about 10 miles outside of Boerne, but our mailing address is "Boerne, TX."
The Hill Country town offers inspiration through the natural beauty of the area’s rivers, lakes, caves and trails, as well as the historic buildings, eclectic shops, restaurants and people, the site says.
The Guadalupe River is about 3 miles from our house, with the Guadalupe River State Park a few miles more downriver. - lots of tubing, kayaking, and canoeing in the summer.
Boerne’s historic district includes about 30 shops, and the city has seven art galleries. The community turns out big numbers for events such as the Boerne Berges Fest celebrating the area’s German heritage, the Harvest Moon Celebration and the Kendall County Fair.
Boerne is surrounded by wineries and home to the Dodging Duck Brewhaus, which makes unfiltered and unpasteurized beer. In fact, nearly half of Boerne's approximately 70 restaurants are independently owned and operated.The Dodging Duck got its name because it's located across the street from a city park that features a dammed-up creek that forms a small pond which attracts migrating ducks. They waddle into the street looking for food. When they do so, they end up dodging the cars. hence the name.
Livability.com editors narrowed down 500 cities to those with 25,000 or fewer residents, then looked at median household incomes and home prices, crime rates, unemployment rates, average commutes and distances to large cities. They also considered the quantity and quality of each town’s lifestyle advantages.
Top 10 Small Towns:In an interesting coincidence, town #10 -- Sheridan, Wyoming -- is about 30 miles from the ranch we visit every summer.
1. Papillion, NE
2. Golden, CO
3. Brattleboro, VT
4. Boerne, TX
5. Chardon, OH
6. Bedford, VA
7. Yankton, SD
8. Clive, IA
9. Danville, KY
10. Sheridan, WY
There was a time when paperback racks were full of men’s adventure series. Next to the Louis L’Amours, one could find the adventures of The Executioner, the Destroyer, the Death Merchant, and many more action heroes that were hell-bent on bringing America back from the brink. That time was the 1970s & ’80s. A bygone era filled with wide-eyed innocence and mustaches.When I was a kid I used to like going to the barber shop with my old man, because while Dad sat and BS'ed with the guys, I was busy getting an eyeful of all the pulp art in the old True Detective magazines laying around.
Those stories are back! The new quarterly magazine Blood & Tacos is bringing back the action, the fun, and the adventure. Also, the mustaches.
If the stories weren’t enough, Blood & Tacos will also feature fine pulpy art...
1. Too Many Questions.
2. Difficult to Understand.
3. More Explanation is Needed.
4. Result is always FAIL!
A rivalry between two organized crime groups in Nuevo Laredo, Mexico, has left 11 dead over the last 48 hours, including seven on Saturday and four Monday.74 dead in two weeks. That's an average of five per day. Not surprising for Chicago or Detroit, but Nuevo Laredo's population is only 375,000, not several million. The worst part is the 'collateral damage.'
“Between the seven killed on Saturday and the four on Monday we have now recorded 74 deaths since Sept. 5...”
Federal investigators say cartel violence has left many innocent victims dead. They cite, as an example a Sept. 11 house fire in which a family of three died. One of the dead was a 5-year-old girl.In related news: Convicts Hunted After Mexican Prison Break Near Border
That day, violence throughout the city resulted in several houses burning down. Twenty-seven deaths and 30 injuries were reported.
The Texas border city of Eagle Pass and the surrounding county are on high alert after 132 inmates escaped Monday through a tunnel dug inside a prison near Piedras Negras, a Mexican city that borders the United States.Piedras Negras (which translates to Black Stones or Black Rocks) is about 150 miles SW of where I live (near San Antonio), and about 100 miles NNW of where I work (Laredo).
“We are very concerned and we have tight security with our border patrol as well as state agencies,” says Maverick County, Texas, sheriff Tomas Herrera. “It would be easy to cross the border area where water is only knee high. We have 80 miles of river. In some places you can swim or walk across.”Long, isolated stretches of easily crossed border out there. Limited resources on our side. Drug smugglers familiar with the terrain. While I'm sure our LEOs are doing their best, I doubt if they'll stop all of them from crossing. Just one more reason to tote my .45 XD wherever I go.
In the U.S., the Texas Department of Public Safety has enlisted state troopers to patrol the border communities, and the U.S. Border Patrol has air boats patrolling the Rio Grande River. “They have choppers looking for them,” Sheriff Herrera says. “We are doing our part by keeping them from coming across.”
Mexican cattlemen opening a state-of-the-art inspection facility intended to speed livestock exports are facing a problem: U.S. veterinarians fear traveling to the complex."Scared skinny" ... that's a new one. But I don't blame them. 74 dead in two weeks. 130 escaped criminals running around. Our own government forbids its employees to travel in the area.
The U.S. government inspectors in charge of checking the animals for dangerous diseases before the cattle are shipped north say they are afraid to show up at the inspection station south of the border near Laredo, Texas, because of drug-cartel-related violence.
"These folks are scared skinny," said Bill Hughes, a lawyer for National Association of Federal Veterinarians, which represents the inspectors, who are employed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
The U.S. State Department recommends that Americans defer nonessential trips to Nuevo León, where there has been drug violence, and prohibits personal travel by government employees on highways in the neighboring state of Tamaulipas "due to the risks posed by armed robbery and carjacking."Of course, that's the same State Department that failed to heed warnings about planned attacks on U.S. embassies, but that's another story.
The Agriculture Department, which has the final say on whether the U.S. inspectors would be sent to the facility in Nuevo León, hasn't yet made a decision.When they do, any bets which way they'll rule? A spokesperson said officials from the Ag. Dept. "deem the veterinarians' assignment to be low risk."
After a week of deadly international protests against an anti-Islam film, a French satirical magazine is pouring oil on the fiery debate between freedom of expression and offensive provocation.
The magazine Charlie Hebdo, which is known for outrageous humor, published cartoons featuring a figure resembling the Prophet Mohammed on Wednesday.
The issue hit the stands eight days after a video mocking the Muslim prophet triggered angry protests, including one that led to the death of the U.S. ambassador to Libya.Interesting, no? A U.S. film allegedly triggers widespread 'spontaneous' violence (those guys with mortars and RPGs just happened to be strolling by the U.S. consulate in Benghazi when a protest broke out ... yeah, right), while a French rag publishes cartoons mocking Mohammed and there is little reaction, at least as of this point in time.
There has been no violence reported as a result of the Charlie Hebdo cartoons.
Two people died when protesters turned on the US airbase at Bagram (Afghanistan) - although the US has had no involvement with the images, which originated in Denmark.I never thought I'd live to see the day when a few radical French journalists had more cojones than the entire U.S. mainstram media conglomerate.
A man who went into (a beer run) demanding money instead got a 7-inch stiletto heel to the head, Laredo police say.First of all, I've never considered a 7-inch stiletto heel to be a personal weapon. If Eric Holder ever hears of this, pretty soon exotic dancers will be required to get a concealed carry license.
About 1 a.m. Sunday, the man pistol-whipped a Papi Chulos employee in the face and demanded money, then tried to force open a door to access the register, Laredo police spokesman Joe Baeza said.
The employee then lunged toward the man and tried to take the gun, Baeza said. During the struggle, the gun went off and struck the man in his right inner thigh, and other employees began hitting him.
“One of the female employees was successful in (taking) the handgun from the grip of the man", Baeza said. Employees “used personal weapons, including a 7-inch stiletto heel, to pummel the suspect until they were able to subdue him and take away the weapon.”
In a move that has taken some parents by surprise, the (Cranston, Rhode Island) school department has announced that it is banning traditional "father-daughter" and "mother-son" activities, saying they violate state law.As iOwnTheWorld noted, "Let me get this straight. A woman couldn’t keep her man and is bitter, so everyone else has to suffer?"
Supt. Judith Lundsten said the move was triggered by a letter from the American Civil Liberties Union on behalf of a single mom who had complained that her daughter had not been able to attend her father-daughter dance.
Nearly 6 million Americans — significantly more than first estimated— will face a tax penalty under President Barack Obama's health overhaul for not getting insurance, congressional analysts said Wednesday. Most would be in the middle class.
The new estimate amounts to an inconvenient fact for the administration, a reminder of what critics see as broken promises.
The numbers from the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office are 50 percent higher than a previous projection by the same office in 2010, shortly after the law passed.And who's out of touch with the middle class?
Average penalty: about $1,200 in 2016.
Nix the flags and the podium. Cue the opulent 18-foot tower of gold-bottled French champagne.
When President Obama addresses an elite roster of hipsters and multimillionaires, including hosts Beyoncé and Jay-Z, in New York tonight, he will do so next to a custom-designed tower of $800-per-bottle champagne that dominates the main room at Jay-Z’s 40/40 nightclub.
But the White House, which meticulously controls Obama’s image, is not expected to release any photos of the president’s appearance at the lavish club.
Details of the party are “under lock and key,” according to the rep, and the White House was guarding the guest list as if it were the latest intelligence profile of Iran’s nuclear program.Protector of the middle class ... most transparent administration ever ... yeah, right...
All the campaign would say yesterday was that the president would speak to about 100 people at the $40,000-per-person event, after addressing 200 donors at a $12,500-per-family reception at the Waldorf.
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Apparently, the Stars and Stripes is doing something the Obama Administration won't allow the Marine Embassy Guards do - fight back.Witnesses said the dead man had complained of feeling ill after breathing fumes from the burning flags. Not surprising, since they were probably made in China, and we all know that the Chinese record on product safety leaves a lot to be desired. But we shouldn't let that spoil this feel-good moment.
As reported by the International Herald-Tribune (of Pakistan), one of the many anti-American, flag burning protesters in that nation died from inhaling toxic fumes from torched U.S. flags.
Now that the White House and State Department have made clear that they believe movies compel terrorists to terrorize, it's time for them to get ahead of this problem. And one thing the White House can do immediately is to pressure Sony to stop the release of director Kathryn Bigelow's "Zero Dark Thirty," which celebrates the killing of Osama bin Laden.
I'm only saying this because, you know, the White House and the media told me movies inflame and cause terrorism.
Think about it: if the poorly produced and laughably bad trailer for "The Innocence of Muslims" results in chaos, murder, and the burning of foreign outposts all throughout the Middle East, how much rioting and mayhem is a big-budgeted, slickly produced, Oscar-bait blockbuster celebrating the death of the leader of al-Qaeda going to cause?
Moreover, an excuse Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will not be able to use in the case of "Zero Dark Thirty" (as she did with "Innocence of Muslims") is the cowardly and self-righteous claim that the federal government and the Obama White House had nothing to do with "Zero Dark Thirty."
Because the federal government and the Obama White House had everything to do with "Zero Dark Thirty."
As we now know, in an effort to get this glitzy in-kind contribution (tens of millions of dollars) up on the screen in time to affect the election, it was the Obama Administration that gave the filmmakers tons of encouragement and a troubling amount of access to all kinds of classified material.
But this very same Obama Administration has since learned that it wasn't the Obama Doctrine of disengaging with the Middle East and embracing the Muslim Brotherhood that caused all this mayhem and murder last week. It was a movie.This means that the only responsible thing for the Obama Administration to do is to get proactive and, in the interest of national security and to help ensure the safety of Americans overseas, put as much pressure as they can on Sony to stop the distribution of "Zero Dark Thirty."After all, this is what the Administration did to YouTube to stop the distribution of "The Innocence of Muslims."And I'm certain no one in Hollywood would be alarmed if the government were to pressure Sony not to release its film. Why would they if they won't stand up for the "Innocence of Muslims" filmmaker being persecuted by our government and media overlords today?You know, because movies create terrorism