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Who’s ‘godless’ now? Russia says it’s U.S.

From Laura Ingrahams website

At the height of the Cold War, it was common for American conservatives to label the officially atheist Soviet Union a “godless nation.”

More than two decades on, history has come full circle, as the Kremlin and its allies in the Russian Orthodox Church hurl the same allegation at the West.

“Many Euro-Atlantic countries have moved away from their roots, including Christian values,” Russian President Vladimir Putin said in a recent keynote speech. “Policies are being pursued that place on the same level a multi-child family and a same-sex partnership, a faith in God and a belief in Satan. This is the path to degradation.”

01/29/14 12:08 PM

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Here are the numbers that refute Obama’s happy talk

 

Published by: Herman Cain on Wednesday January 29th, 2014

As I told you earlier, President Obama wove quite a tale last night to make the state of the union sound strong. But as with most of his tales, he only tells you the parts that make him sound good. When you see the real facts, you can only come to one conclusion: Obama’s policies aren’t working.

So with that in mind, here are the real facts that give the lie to the nonsense he peddled last night, and really has been peddling for the past five years:

Inequality has widened: The recovery has been good to families earning more than $394,000 a year, but the other 99 percent of Americans have barely felt it. The richest 1 percent of American families have captured 95 percent of the income gains in the recovery period spanning 2009 to 2012, according to economists at the forefront of income inequality research, Thomas Piketty and Emmanuel Saez. So yes, the super-rich are doing better than everyone else. Because of Obama.

The job market still faces a gaping hole: From the job market’s peak in early 2008 to its bottom in 2010, the U.S. economy lost 8.7 million jobs – about half of which were in construction and manufacturing. To this day, the United States still hasn’t gained back all those jobs. The economy needs about 1.2 million jobs to get back to the 2008 level, and once population growth is added to the mix, the hole looks more like an abyss.

The poverty rate remains high: About 46.5 million Americans are living in poverty – equivalent to 15% of the entire U.S. population. The poverty rate has barely budged during Obama’s presidency, marking the first time it has remained at or above 15 percent for three consecutive years since 1965. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, a total of 6.7 million Americans have entered poverty since 2008.

A record number of Americans are on food stamps: Amid the recession, the food stamp rolls surged, and as of 2013, 48 million Americans were receiving the benefits – the highest number since the program began in 1969.  A total of 19.4 million Americans have joined the food stamp program since Obama took office.

According to a January 2014 report by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, there are 7.8 million Americans working part-time that would like to work full-time.

The median income of American households dropped by $2,627 during President Obama’s first term — and the number of people in poverty rose by about 6,667,000, according to a report from the U.S. Census Bureau.

In 2008, the year Obama was elected, real median household income in the United States was $53,644 according to the Census Bureau. In 2012, the last full year of Obama’s first term, median household income was $51,017. Thus, real median household income dropped $2,627—or 4.89 percent—from 2008 to 2012.

A recent report by the Kaiser Family Foundation found that family health care premiums have increased $3,671 under President Obama, despite his claim that ObamaCare would reduce premiums during his 2010 State of the Union address.

After five years of State of the Union promises to tackle the national debt, the current national debt has risen to more than $17.3 trillion. More than $6.6 trillion has been added to the national debt since President Obama took office. This is despite his declaration in the 2009 State of the Union address that he didn’t want to leave a “mountain of debt.”

Growth in the annual U.S. GDP, in chained 2009 dollars, has been the following under President Obama:

2009: Minus-2.8 percent

2010 : 2.5 percent

2011 : 1.8 percent

2012 : 2.8 percent

Those numbers are terrible.

Finally, the United States is no longer among the world’s top 10 nations in terms of economic freedom, according to a newly published index. The world’s largest economy slipped two notches into the 12th position in the 2014 Index of Economic Freedom spelled out by the Heritage Foundation and the Wall Street Journal, registering its seventh consecutive decline. When President Obama took office, the U.S. was ranked 6th. Now it is 12th.

Listen Up Republicans

Speaking for myself and most of my family I can say that unless the GOP runs someone in the future who is strong enough to stand up for Republican / Conservative values. . . . I will sit out the election.  

Whether I vote for the Democrat or vote for someone who will give in to the Democrat the end result is exactly the same.   

Instead of blaming the Tea Party or other outside forces you need to be looking in a mirror, only then will you see what is wrong with the Republican party.

For Some Reason

For some reason I am not tolerating winter very well this year.  I get up in the morning and it is under 10 degrees every day for – well a long time.    Once again I skipped church today because I just could not get motivated to leave the house and go out into the cold.

We did go out last night to see a play in Schenectady – Sherlock Holmes “The Final Adventure”.    Dana had given us the tickets for Christmas.   We thoroughly enjoyed it  (probably me more than Dot).

I had read the entire collection before but it has been many many years since reading them.   I should pull out that book and at least read that one over again and the one where Holmes comes back. 

I like plays a lot as you don’t have to be distracted by loud music and a lot of  special effects and gun fights and chase scenes etc.  

Questions

Do siamese twins pay for one ticket or two tickets when they go to movies and concerts?

Why do they call it 2% milk, if its 2% fat, not milk?

If you had x-ray vision, but closed your eyes, could you still see?

Obama ‘threatens Fox News reporter’s career’

Fox News anchor Greta Van Susteren charges that the Obama administration tried to press her to shut down a colleague’s reporting on the jihadist attack in Benghazi, Libya, that cost the lives of a U.S. ambassador and three other Americans.

Van Susteren asserted recently on her blog that the administration made an extensive effort to conceal what happened in Benghazi. She cited U.S. officials’ refusal to include the Fox News Channel in several Benghazi briefings along with a warning that her colleague’s career would be ruined if she persisted in her reporting on the attack.

The Fox News host recalled a “disturbing phone call from a good friend in the Obama administration” shortly after the Sept. 11, 2012, attack, which the administration initially blamed on a protest of an anti-Islam video.

Jennifer Griffin serves as a national security correspondent for Fox News

“In this call, my friend told me that my colleague Jennifer Griffin, who was aggressively reporting on Benghazi, was wrong and that, as a favor to me, my friend in the administration was telling me so that I could tell Jennifer so that she did not ruin her career,” Van Susteren wrote.

Van Susteren said that in her 20-plus years in the business, she had never received a call to try to shut down a colleague.

“Here is what I know: Jennifer is a class act … experienced … and a very responsible journalist. One of the absolute best in the business – no ax to grind, she just wants the facts.”

Van Susteren said she challenged her friend in the Obama administration to provide facts to back up her charge against Griffin.

“I told my friend before I go to Jennifer telling her she is wrong, I need proof she is wrong, strong proof and you need to be specific – what are you saying she is getting wrong?”

But she found quickly there were no facts to offer.

“We went around and around – including the statement again that this was just a call as a favor to Jennifer and me to save Jennifer’s career from reporting incorrect information. I got no proof. Zero. I smelled a rat. Favor to me? Hardly. My friend was trying to use me.”

Van Susteren said she felt badly that a friend “tried to use me for a dirty reason.”

“I knew then – and it is now confirmed by bipartisan Senate Intelligence Committee – Jennifer was getting her facts right. I think it is really low for the administration to stoop this low,” Van Susteren wrote.

Blogger Ben Bullard wrote at Personal Liberty Digest that Van Susteren “isn’t a media figure who makes her living by testing the bounds of plausibility along the outermost fringes of conspiracy theory.”

“That’s why it’s hard not to sit up and take notice when she writes that someone inside the Obama administration threatened to end the career of a fellow reporter who was digging too deep into the Benghazi story,” he wrote.

As WND reported, evidence arose shortly after the attack that the Obama administration’s insistence that the deadly incident was a protest turned violent was false.

This week, WND reported an eyewitness to the attack confirmed the conclusion of the report released last Wednesday by the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence that the Obama administration misled the American public.

Speaking from Libya, Ahmed Salem, a young political activist opposed to radical Islamic terrorism, told WND that al-Qaida and other radical Islamic militia groups, including some from Egypt, launched a pre-planned, well-organized, heavily armed attack on the U.S. compound.

Read more at http://www.wnd.com/2014/01/fox-anchor-team-obama-threatened-benghazi-reporter/#WG6M5MQoKQUs6PMT.99

Voting with his feet

  • Posted by Judson Phillips on January 21, 2014 at 4:33am in Tea Party Nation Forum

    Margaret Thatcher famously said, “The problem with socialism is that sooner or later you run out of other people’s money.”

    Do you know why socialists run out of other people’s money?  Well there is their insatiable desire to spend other people’s money.  That is a desire that out strips the capacity of other people to earn money. 

    But then there is another factor.  At some point, those who have worked hard to earn a good living for themselves get tire of having their money taken and they vote with their feet.

    Who is the latest to vote with his feet?
    From Breitbart:

    In a radio interview last week, Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D-NY) made some disparaging comments about pro-life conservatives, stating they had “no place in the state of New York because that’s not who New Yorkers are.”

    Those remarks drew the ire of conservative talk show host Sean Hannity, who on his Monday radio program declared he had enough and was abandoning his home state, where he hosts his widely syndicated radio show and his high-rated Fox News Channel television program.

    “Now I want to tell you something – I was born and raised in New York,” Hannity said. “I want you to know that and I can’t wait to get out of here. I really can’t. I don’t want to pay their 10-percent state tax anymore. I live in the second-highest property taxed county in the entire country in Nassau County. I can’t wait to sell my house to somebody who wants it. I can’t wait to pay no state income tax down in Florida or Texas. I haven’t decided yet, but I’m leaning Florida because I like the water and I like to fish.”

    “Gov. Cuomo, I’m going to leave and I’m taking all of my money with me – every single solitary penny,” he added. “And by the way governor, because I work here – there’s a whole bunch of people that work for me and benefit because I do two shows. And I guess maybe some of them will be out of work, governor. I’m sure you’ll take care of them.”

    The only problem is that taxpayers outside of New York continue to subsidize New York through our Federal taxes.

    Socialists always abuse the productive and the productive eventually decide to either quit producing or to go elsewhere.  It is happening within the United States.  The question is when are Americans going to start voting with their feet, moving to other nations and giving up their US citizenship over this?

    That day is coming.

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