Sunday, April 20, 2014
Saturday, April 19, 2014
1) Who said, "We taught philosophy and astrology and mathematics before Socrates and themGreek homos ever got around to it."
A) Rush Limbaugh
B) Mark Levin
C) Laura Ingraham
D) Al Sharpton
2) Who said, "That’s just how white folks will do you. It wasn’t merely the cruelty involved; I was learning that black people could be mean and then some. It was a particular brand of arrogance, an obtuseness in otherwise sane people that brought forth our bitter laughter. It was as if whites didn’t know that they were being cruel in the first place. Or at least thought you deserving of their scorn."
A) Thomas Sowell
B) Herman Cain
C) Ben Carson
D) Barack Obama
3) Who made these conspiratorial, anti-Semitic comments? "The Israeli puppeteer travels to Washington and meets with the puppet in the White House. He then goes down Pennsylvania Avenue and meets with the puppets in Congress. The Israeli leader then ‘brings back millions of dollars’ in aid to Israel."
A) Rick Warren
B) Glenn Beck
C) Antonin Scalia
D) Ralph Nader
4) Who said this about a prominent black political figure? He's "a nice person, very articulate this is what’s been used against him, but he couldn’t sell watermelons if you gave him the state troopers to flag down the traffic.”
A) Brit Hume
B) Megyn Kelly
C) Michelle Malkin
D) Dan Rather
5) Which member of Congress tried to compliment a black politician by saying he had "no Negro dialect, unless he wanted to have one?"
A) John Boehner
B) Mitch McConnell
C) Eric Cantor
D) Harry Reid
6) Who referred to New York as "hymietown?"
A) Mike Lee
B) Franklin Graham
C) Rand Paul
D) Jesse Jackson
7) Who said this about a black man running for President? "I mean, you got the first mainstream African-American who is articulate and bright and clean and a nice-looking guy. I mean, that’s a storybook, man.”
A) Newt Gingrich
B) Mitt Romney
C) Rick Santorum
D) Joe Biden
8) Who tweeted this to gay reporter George Stark, "I'm gonna find you George Stark, you toxic little queen, and I'm gonna f*** you... up. If put my foot up your f*****g a**, George Stark, but I'm sure you'd dig it too much."
A) Bill O'Reilly
B) Greg Gutfeld
C) Kevin Sorbo
D) Alec Baldwin
9) Who said this? "We got to do something about these Asians coming in and opening up businesses and dirty shops. They ought to go."
A) Scott Walker
B) Rick Perry
C) Ted Cruz
D) Marion Barry
10) Who had this to say about Jews? "Hitler is an easy scapegoat throughout history and it’s been used cheaply. He’s the product of a series of actions. It’s cause and effect. Hitler did far more damage to the Russians than the Jewish people, [there is a greater focus on the Holocaust than on Russian suffering because of] the Jewish domination of the media. There’s a major lobby in the United States. They are hard workers. They stay on top of every comment, the most powerful lobby in Washington. Israel has f***** up U.S. foreign policy for years."
A) Michele Bachmann
B) Trey Gowdy
C) Sarah Palin
D) Oliver Stone
* The answer to all questions is "D."
The government has no business owning (or administering) all of this land. I am willing to concede federal courthouses and even the national parks to the feds, (even though some of the parks were created as a result of brutal land grabs. Shenandoah National Park which I look out at as I write this is an example.) but why is practically all of the far West run by the Federal Government?
Here’s another thing I’ll concede. The feds get a few hundred God forsaken square miles in the northern Nevada desert to do nuclear testing and to dump nuclear fuel. Beyond that? People should own this land.
I can remember as a kid driving into the navy base with my mother to get groceries at the commissary and thinking to myself how weird it was that the government OWNED all the property around the base. It’s probably pretty necessary in the event an F-18 decided to drop out of the sky after takeoff – and that does happen – but all that acreage was just the government’s? I guess I was just born skeptical on this point.
Regardless, there is no reason why all the land represented in the above map should be administered by the government. In a free country this seems to me a bit odd. Mineral rights leasing is a great source of revenue for the BLM, federal government at large, and state governments though. So we can feel good about that though.
And by the way, one of the arguments for the government continuing to administer this land is that private owners would come in and rape it. That only the big shots would get the good stuff. Well, the big shots get all the good stuff already working through the BLM.
Again, I say give the land back to the people who first owned it, before the federal government declared that it was theirs. In some cases this would be homesteaders of European stock. In other cases it would be people of Native American lineage. The Black Hills of South Dakota for instance are still claimed as the homeland of the Sioux Indians.
Some arrangement following this spirit seems the only fair solution to me. It’s certainly more fair than the government having a near monopoly over mineral rights in all of the Rocky Mountains.
Two Democratic Party candidates in the primary race for California's 33rd congressional district in West Los Angeles have accused local party officials of using an arbitrary fundraising minimum to favor established insiders--then raising that minimum at the last moment to exclude them from a recent candidates' forum.
Prominent Washington correspondents are accusing President Obamaand his aides of knowingly stretching the truth on issues like the so-called women's pay gap just to create controversy and keep issues -- and the president -- relevant.
Washington Post columnist Ruth Marcus kicked off the attack last week when she blasted as “demagoguery” the administration's tactics during the pay gap debate. “The level of hyperbole -- actually, of demagoguery -- that Democrats have engaged in here is revolting,” she wrote.
CBS White House Correspondent Major Garrett then weighed in this week in his National Journal column. He revealed that the White House has a name for it's deceptive tactics: “Stray voltage.”
Basically, it’s an effort of creating a controversy for the sake of having a controversy to put an issue before the public and make the president’s position prominent. He wrote that the administration’s made-up claim that women earn 77-cents for every man was “stray voltage in action” because it created a food fight over the 77-cent figure, allowing the White House to strike at GOP foes.
Garrett has written about the tactic before, crediting Obama senior advisor David Plouffe with coining it. “The theory goes like this: Controversy sparks attention, attention provokes conversation, and conversation embeds previously unknown or marginalized ideas in the public consciousness. This happens, Plouffe theorizes, even when—and sometimes especially when—the White House appears defensive, besieged, or off-guard,” he wrote.
His column was followed by Slate's John Dickerson who called the process trolling. He wrote:
“Under this approach, a president wants the fact-checkers to call him out (again and again) because that hubbub keeps the issue in the news, which is good for promoting the issue to the public. It is the political equivalent of ‘there is no such thing as bad publicity’ or the quote attributed to Mae West (and others): ‘I don't care what the newspapers say about me as long as they spell my name right.’ The tactic represents one more step in the embrace of cynicism that has characterized President Obama's journey in office.”
Once Dickerson’s column came out, the National Republican Senatorial Committee pushed out a release Thursday also noting the criticism. “How desperate is the White House to maintain control of the Senate? Desperate enough to reduce the president to trolling,” they said.
The public must be seeing what the reporters are too. Our Charles Hoskinson posted a story Thursday about a Fox News poll finding that 61 percent believe Obama lies at least some of the time on important issues.
Do you remember the ballyhooed Lilly Leadbetter Fair Pay Act of 2009? So it wasn't what they really wanted. What the left wants is salaries determined by the government implemented by the industry so like with Obamacare the politicians get to blame private business for it's enforcement.
The Democrat leftists are stuck in a time warp when it comes to pay. These equal pay arguments are only cogent if you are dealing with jobs that are easily interchangeable such as assembly line work. How can you have equal pay debates when nothing about the people or job requirements are equal. It's the cubicle mentality. Make everybody a G - rated drone and the world will applaud...how collectivist and anti individual.
Health care site flagged in Heartbleed review
WASHINGTON (AP) - People who have accounts on the enrollment website for President Barack Obama's signature health care law are being told to change their passwords following an administration-wide review of the government's vulnerability to the confounding Heartbleed Internet security flaw.
Senior administration officials said there is no indication that the HealthCare.gov site has been compromised and the action is being taken out of an abundance of caution. The government's Heartbleed review is ongoing, the officials said, and users of other websites may also be told to change their passwords in the coming days, including those with accounts on the popular WhiteHouse.gov petitions page.
The Heartbleed programming flaw has caused major security concerns across the Internet and affected a widely used encryption technology that was designed to protect online accounts. Major Internet services have been working to insulate themselves against the problem and are also recommending that users change their website passwords.
Officials said the administration was prioritizing its analysis of websites with heavy traffic and the most sensitive user information. A message that will be posted on the health care website starting Saturday reads: "While there's no indication that any personal information has ever been at risk, we have taken steps to address Heartbleed issues and reset consumers' passwords out of an abundance of caution."
The health care website became a prime target for critics of the Obamacare law last fall when the opening of the insurance enrollment period revealed widespread flaws in the online system. Critics have also raised concerns about potential security vulnerabilities on a site where users input large amounts of personal data.
The website troubles were largely fixed during the second month of enrollment and sign-ups ultimately surpassed initial expectations. Obama announced this week that about 8 million people had enrolled in the insurance plans.
The full extent of the damage caused by the Heartbleed is unknown. The security hole exists on a vast number of the Internet's Web servers and went undetected for more than two years. Although it's conceivable that the flaw was never discovered by hackers, it's difficult to tell.
The White House has said the federal government was not aware of the Heartbleed vulnerability until it was made public in a private sector cybersecurity report earlier this month. The federal government relies on the encryption technology that is impacted - OpenSSL - to protect the privacy of users of government websites and other online services.
The Homeland Security Department has been leading the review of the government's potential vulnerabilities. The Internal Revenue Service, a widely used website with massive amounts of personal data on Americans, has already said it was not impacted by Heartbleed.
"We will continue to focus on this issue until government agencies have mitigated the vulnerability in their systems," Phyllis Schneck, DHS deputy undersecretary for cybersecurity and communications, wrote in a blog post on the agenda website. "And we will continue to adapt our response if we learn about additional issues created by the vulnerability."
Officials wouldn't say how government websites they expect to flag as part of the Heartbleed security review, but said it's likely to be a limited number. The officials insisted on anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the security review by name.