Saturday, April 25, 2015

How do these statistics compare to the Democrats rhetoric?

Family Incomes Fell In March; Now 5% Below Pre-Recession Level

Back in January, President Obama was boasting that the economy had finally turned a corner. He called 2014 a "breakthrough year for America," and said "our economy is growing and creating jobs at the fastest pace since 1999." He went on to credit his "middle class economics" for producing these gains.
The latest income data, however, don't show anything like what Obama was describing. Real median family income fell in March, to $54,203, back to where it was in September 2009.
Sentier Research — which uses Census data to compile monthly income statistics — found that family incomes plummeted more after the recession than during the recession itself, bottoming out in mid-2011.
After that, family incomes started to make a painfully slow climb. But even now, nearly six years after the recession ended, they are still 5% below where they stood at the previous peak in early 2008, just as the recession was starting. At the current pace, it will take several more years for family incomes to reach that peak again.
Another way to look at it. Under President George W. Bush, this income measure averaged $56,081 — despite his presiding over two recessions. That's 6% higher than the average under Obama and 3.5% above the latest March figure.
If this constitutes a "breakthrough year" for this administration, that isn't saying much for how it measures success.

Exposing cultural Marxism for what it is. Centralized power and the destruction of Constitutional granted rights.

April 25, 2015
Gay Marriage: A Trojan Horse Movement
By James Simpson

The Left doesn’t care about gay rights, any more than they care about civil rights, welfare rights, minority rights, animal rights or
any other “rights.” According to the Left, “the issue is never the issue; the issue is always the revolution.” The various “rights” the Left has aggressively promoted over the years are merely vehicles to advance the Left’s power.
Consider: the welfare “rights” movement, founded by the notorious socialists Richard Cloward and Frances Fox Piven, was not established to guarantee welfare to the poor. As they said, their purpose was to pack the welfare rolls with so many beneficiaries that the government would collapse of its own weight. In the ensuing riots, they hoped policy makers would be driven to accept their socialist solution. In short, they sought anarchy, using a militant poor as their foot soldiers. They couldn’t care less what happened to the poor in prosecuting this agenda, and they said so. Doubt me? Just look at the status of the poor today. There are more people on welfare than at any time in history. And the crime and degeneracy that accompany it are epidemic.
Look at our country today. With manufactured crisis Strategist-in-Chief Obama, we are almost there, and Cloward and Piven’s intellectual descendants were out in force in Ferguson. The communist agitators seeking “social justice” for Michael Brown burned down much of the neighborhood. Do black lives matter to them? Apparently not. And they have even said so. The issue is not the issue.
Occupy Wall Street’s black anarchist organizer Nelini Stamp’s new group, Dream Defenders, popularized the slogan “Hands Up Don’t Shoot!” But prior to Ferguson there was Trayvon Martin. Working with Eric Holder’s DOJ, Stamp’s group was responsible for getting Sanford, Florida police chief Bill Lee fired. This despite the fact the FBI agreed with Lee’s assessment that there was no case against Martin’s killer, George Zimmerman. Did Stamp care about “Justice for Trayvon?” Not according to Stamp. “We are actually trying to change the capitalist system we have today, because it’s not working for any of us,” she said.
The Left uses “rights” agendas to wrap itself in the mantle of righteousness and seize the moral high ground, tactically putting us on the defense in the process. But they couldn’t care less about the actual issue except in its ability to facilitate their path to power.
The agenda is never the agenda for the Left. And this is especially true for gay marriage. Homosexual marriage is a Trojan horse tactic. The true agenda is to establish the primacy of homosexual rights over the First Amendment’s guarantee of the free exercise of religion. Our nation was founded on this principle, and the gay marriage movement seeks to destroy it.
Consider that Annise Parker, the lesbian mayor of Houston, Texas, demanded to review pastors’ church sermons before public outrage forced her to back off. We have already seen how small businesses have been singled out and attacked for refusing to provide certain services to gays.
What is less known is that these gay couples are frequently part of the movement. They deliberately seek out businesses known for their Christian owners. They deliberately demand a service they know in advance will be refused. When the inevitable happens they use it as pretext to destroy the business and savage its owners. Doesn’t it amaze you how quickly legal groups immediately materialize to assist in the attack? The fact that they got unexpected push back through a spontaneous crowd sourcing campaign to support one pizza shop will not dissuade them from future efforts. If gay marriage is adopted, their current bullying behavior will look like child’s play compared to what’s coming.
This is a highly organized, nationwide campaign of vilification against Christians. But even Christians are not the ultimate target.
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If the First Amendment can be challenged this way; if a certain group’s “rights” can trump the U.S. Constitution, and if the Supreme Court can actually issue an edict making it so, then the entire Constitution has become meaningless. This is the Left’s true agenda and it always has been. This is the Cultural Marxists’ endgame. The issue is not the issue. The issue for them has always been destroying our country to impose socialism -- with them in charge, of course. In order to do that they have to strip America of its culture, its traditions, and most importantly, the most important law of the land, the U.S. Constitution.
We are almost there. Well-meaning liberals and even some conservatives who support the gay marriage agenda are unknowingly committing an act of betrayal against their own country. If the gay marriage agenda wins, those other rights guaranteed by the Constitution will immediately be at risk. Obama’s “fundamental transformation” of America will be complete. Everyone in our country, including gays, will find all our rights summarily stripped. And if the gay lobby wants to see what that looks like for them, they should turn to Cuba, Russia or North Korea for their inspiration. It will not go well for them. The Left does not care about your rights. They care about one thing and one thing only: their power.
I recently gave a presentation on cultural Marxism at the National Press Club. You can watch it on YouTube, here. It’s about 35 minutes long. It was part of the latest Cliff Kincaid press conference. I have attended and reported on many of them on these pages over the years. Keynote speaker was former presidential and senatorial candidate, Ambassador Alan Keyes, a brilliant orator and Harvard-trained intellectual powerhouse who clearly explained what is at stake. His logic and legal reasoning was flawless and irrefutable. Following his act was quite a challenge. Also in attendance were Matt Barber of Barbwire, and Peter LaBarbera of Americans for Truth. But together we painted a picture of what the true gay rights agenda looks like. 


Whose children? The State's? The parents? The activist-ideological left? 

No matter how absurd government control is the goal.

Education Secretary: Parents Who Opt Out Of Common Core are Racist – “Feds Will Step In” If Opt Out Continues…

Education Secretary Arnie Duncan is reminding parents in America “that all your children belong to them”. In a not-so-very veiled threat Secretary Duncan states the Federal Government will step in if parents continue to opt their children out of Common Core testing.

Holder+Duncan+Address+Youth+Violence+Chicago+xjeTGo8gtb9l(Via Doug Ross Journal) Secretary of Education Arne Duncan issued a veiled threat to the parents and students who choose to opt out of Common Core testing – The Feds “have an obligation to step in.”
Federal law, under No Child Left Behind, requires 95 percent of students in a state to take the annual standardized tests in reading and math from grades 3-8. It is a requirement which until now has never needed enforcement or consideration.
With as many as 184,000 students in New York choosing to opt out, the 95 percent threshold will not only be in jeopardy, it will be an easily missed mark.
When asked what would happen in states with such a high opt out rate, whether they would have to force consequences upon schools, parents, and students, Duncan responded “We think most states will do that.”
He added, “If states don’t do that, then we have an obligation to step in.”
Via the Daily Caller:
Secretary of Education Arne Duncan said at a Q&A in Chicago Tuesday that widespread student boycotts of standardized tests are not acceptable, and if state governments don’t stop them, the federal government will.
[…] Duncan didn’t elaborate on what the federal intervention might look like. It could, however, involve labeling districts with too many opt-outs as “failing,” a status that places restrictions on how schools use federal money. This would in turn pressure state government and school districts to roll back parental opt-out rights.
Duncan maintained the Obama Administration’s position that standardized tests are crucial for both tracking students’ progress and keeping tabs on the achievement gaps between certain groups.
Worse, Duncan wasn’t simply threatening parents who choose to opt out their children in general, but rather, a specific group of parents. A group he has maligned before. White parents. (read more)
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All your children belong to the regime !  Don’t forget it.

This might not end well for the administration if they choose to continue along this path.  Nothing is a more powerful force, or more dangerous to a controlling regime, than a motivated group of parents who act to protect their children.

Global warmists exposed as activists not scientists. A must pass along

AstroPhysicist TKOs Portland, OR Warmists

By Art Hyland

The following is how we need to combat the idiots and global warming zealots (but I repeat myself).  Here in the Northwest where there’s limited sunshine but lots of hydro power,  environmentalists are tearing out electricity-producing dams and subsidizing solar power.  Only government could be this irrational. – - Ed
Comments re: City of Portland, OR/Multnomah County
Climate Action Plan

Let me introduce myself. My name is Dr. Gordon J. Fulks. I’m a PhD astrophysicist from the University of Chicago with much the same background as the Great Global Warming Guru James Hansen. Hansen and I have talked and agree on many things, not to include carbon dioxide.
Thank you for the opportunity to once again comment on your Climate Action Plan that is designed to combat Global Warming and to stabilize our local climate, so that presumably we never get too warm or too cold, never experience another destructive Columbus Day storm, and get uniformly good mountain snow every winter to keep the ski resorts happy and water available throughout the year. In short, your goal seemsShangri La to be to create a sort of Shangri-La where people live happily ever after in a perfect climate, and in perfect harmony, since all social injustices have been corrected at the same time.
Such Utopian visions usually die quickly when confronted with reality. But I notice that your report has no real measures of success and accountability. You seem content with “reducing carbon” as a substitute for actual measures of taming our climate. That would suggest that you are not at all serious about this endeavor and just use carbon as an excuse to do what you want to do without any accountability. On the one hand, you make outrageous assertions as to your ability to stop Climate Change, and on the other, you make sure that there are no criteria in place to see if you really have! It certainly seems like you are selling snake oil! Why should anyone believe that your snake oil can do what no man has been able to do before?
Accountability requires that you actually involve real scientists and engineers in your work, not just planners and high priests of the prevailing paradigm who have no idea whether or not what they are proposing will address your goals in any meaningful fashion or are completely counterproductive. Riding the bus over driving a car may or may not reduce the total amount of carbon dioxide produced, especially if the bus has few passengers. Using bio-fuels for the bus or car may seem to reduce use of fossil fuels, until you consider how much fossil fuel went into the bio-fuel production. Bio-fuels may seem more environmentally friendly until you look at the destruction of natural areas to grow these crops. So-called ‘Clean Energy’ is similarly very ‘Unclean’ when you consider that Portland General Electric is forced to build very inefficient natural gas power plants to back up wind farms, instead of super efficient gas turbine power plants. That’s a scandal in itself, made much worse by moves to power regional transportation (cars) on electricity. And so on.
Accountability requires that you permit challenges to your assumption that carbon dioxide is the earth’s thermostat. The official Obama Administration’s National Climate Assessment 2014 listed “Three Lines of Evidence” that they claim make the case against carbon dioxide. Several prominent scientists joined me to prove all of these are fatal flaws:
Similarly the latest UN IPCC report on our climate has a lengthy counter report that you need to read:
It is based almost entirely on peer-reviewed literature, unlike the UN report which relied on too much non-authoritative material written by activists. Even the long serving former Chairman of the UN IPCC, Rajendra Pachauri, as a Railroad Engineer can hardly be considered a scientist of our scientific stature.
Accountability requires that you permit challenges to your presumption that the climate of the Pacific Northwest is behaving abnormally in any fashion whatsoever, let alone in a fashion traceable to man, let alone in a deteriorating fashion. Yes, we had a mild winter, similar to the one in 1934, which was a little warmer by some measures and a little colder by others. But our mild winter was a stark contrast to the fierce one in the Eastern half of the USA. Alarmists at Oregon State University have been proclaiming this winter “as what we expect in a warming world.” Yet they did not proclaim the Spring of 2011 as not what they expect, because it was the coldest since records began in 1895. In other words, they are dishonest about warm seasons being an indication of climate while unusually cold seasons are just weather. As the acclaimed professor of meteorology at UW, Cliff Mass, recently pointed out, this is just “Ridging 101,” not Global Warming.
As Professor Mass also explained, the recent paper by Johnstone and Mantua that found no evidence of man-made CO2 influencing our climate was squarely on target, and the rival claim by Professor Phil Mote at OSU wrong. Even though all of these people think that rising CO2 will eventually produce measurable warming, they are realistic about the fact that it has not so far, except for fanatical Mote.Evil co2 This is something that you MUST understand. Our local climate has not deteriorated the way Mote and other alarmist professors predicted a decade ago. They predicted a relentless rise in local temperatures of +1.0 F/decade. The PNW temperature actually went down by that amount through 2013 and corrected to zero trend with the very warm 2014.
Accountability requires that you actually pay attention to criticism from those of us who have the standing to critique your efforts. Yet all of my efforts to date to discuss these matters with you have been met with complete hostility and stonewalling. When I politely attempted to ask a few mild questions at one of your brown bag lunch events, I was abruptly cutoff and the meeting was adjourned early. When I protested that such behavior did not meet local government standards for openness and suggested that the people involved needed to be disciplined, there was no investigation, and no one was disciplined. When I talked with your people about allowing a presentation of competing views, I was ignored. And when someone else in your department made inquiries about reserving the same room for a counter-presentation to your staff, he was told that it was not possible. And so on.
Why do you need to be accountable? Because you are proposing great societal changes that need to be grounded in sound science and engineering, not “feel-good planning.” Remember that you are directing the spending of vast sums of taxpayer money, based on what many many scientists know to be bad science and fraud. Your attempts to completely ignore competent scientific criticism mean that you are knowingly defrauding Multnomah County taxpayers. I have trouble believing that you are so ignorant of science as to believe that it can be treated as subservient to green politics and religion. “Science” based on a presumed consensus (real or imaginary) is just politics. “Science” based on belief is just religion. Real Science is based on the logic and evidence only. I have repeatedly said you need to consider what experts really say, not what you get from the UN IPCC or Oregon State University, both heavily compromised institutions that are paid to promote the climate nonsense.
I have the knowledge and standing to challenge the basis of your Climate Action Plan, and I am formally doing so here. You will not be able to ignore competent criticism forever. Continuing to do so undermines all your efforts and leaves you open to charges of Official Corruption. Former Governor Kitzhaber may go to prison for influence peddling tied directly to the Climate Scam and the great amounts of money to be made aiding and abetting this crime against science and against the taxpayer.
Gordon J. Fulks, PhD (Physics)
Corbett, Oregon USA

Friday, April 24, 2015

For Obama muslims must never be accused of religious genocide. How is what happened in 1915 different from what the Muslims are doing now to Christians.

Obama Literally Edits Out the Genocide, Marks ‘Armenian Remembrance Day’Posted By Bridget Johnson On April 23, 2015 

The White House moments ago issued President Obama’s annual statement to mark Friday’s Armenian Genocide Remembrance Day, and as promised there is no genocide to be found.
In fact, the White House press release just called it “Armenian Remembrance Day.”
“This year we mark the centennial of the Meds Yeghern, the first mass atrocity of the 20th Century.  Beginning in 1915, the Armenian people of the Ottoman Empire were deported, massacred, and marched to their deaths.  Their culture and heritage in their ancient homeland were erased. Amid horrific violence that saw suffering on all sides, one and a half million Armenians perished,” Obama said.
Sounds genocidal.
“As the horrors of 1915 unfolded, U.S. Ambassador Henry Morgenthau, Sr. sounded the alarm inside the U.S. government and confronted Ottoman leaders.  Because of efforts like his, the truth of the Meds Yeghern emerged and came to influence the later work of human rights champions like Raphael Lemkin, who helped bring about the first United Nations human rights treaty,” he continued.
Armenian activists argue that the truth has not emerged from Obama’s lips: He promised on the campaign trail in 2008 that, as president, he would recognize the Armenian Genocide.
“Against this backdrop of terrible carnage, the American and Armenian peoples came together in a bond of common humanity,” Obama’s statement continues. “Ordinary American citizens raised millions of dollars to support suffering Armenian children, and the U.S. Congress chartered the Near East Relief organization, a pioneer in the field of international humanitarian relief. Thousands of Armenian refugees began new lives in the United States, where they formed a strong and vibrant community and became pillars of American society. Rising to great distinction as businesspeople, doctors, scholars, artists, and athletes, they made immeasurable contributions to their new home.”
“This centennial is a solemn moment. It calls on us to reflect on the importance of historical remembrance, and the difficult but necessary work of reckoning with the past. I have consistently stated my own view of what occurred in 1915, and my view has not changed. A full, frank, and just acknowledgement of the facts is in all our interests. Peoples and nations grow stronger, and build a foundation for a more just and tolerant future, by acknowledging and reckoning with painful elements of the past. We welcome the expression of views by Pope Francis, Turkish and Armenian historians, and the many others who have sought to shed light on this dark chapter of history.”
The pope’s condemnation of the genocide — using the word — led an angry Turkey to pull its ambassador from Vatican City.
“On this solemn centennial, we stand with the Armenian people in remembering that which was lost. We pledge that those who suffered will not be forgotten,” Obama said. “And we commit ourselves to learn from this painful legacy, so that future generations may not repeat it.”
Earlier this week, White House officials told Armenian leaders that Obama would, again, not be recognizing the genocide as genocide.
Turkey has paid D.C. lobbyists handsomely over the years to work against the Armenian Genocide resolutions that surface each Congress. Turkey has recalled its ambassador in a huff whenever the bill has made it out of committee. A large Turkey caucus in Congress — the Caucus on U.S.-Turkey Relations & Turkish Americans — also helps derail genocide legislation.
Armenian National Committee of America (ANCA) Chairman Ken Hachikian argued in testimony to the Helsinki Commission this week that “we must elevate America’s and all the world’s response to genocide from a political calculation to a moral imperative.”
“Very simply, Armenia cannot be safe as long as it is bordered by an over-armed and unrepentant perpetrator of genocide,” Hachikian said.
He noted that Ottoman Turkey’s “campaign of genocide against its Armenian and other Christian subjects, in addition to murdering over 2,000,000 Christians and exiling of hundreds of thousands of others from their homelands of thousands of years, also involved the systematic destruction of churches and religious sites, illegal expropriation of properties, discriminatory policies, restrictions on worship, and other efforts to suppress and ultimately erase the Christian heritage of these lands.”
“As a result of these crimes – and Ankara’s continued obstruction of justice – only a small fraction of the historic Christian presence in Anatolia remains today in modern Turkey,” Hachikian said. “Estimates are that of the well over 2,000 Armenian churches, which existed in the early 1900s, far fewer than 50 are functioning today. Perhaps as few as 200 even remain standing today. The rest have been ground into dust with the properties illegally confiscated by the government. And, only a small fraction of the historic Christian population that once populated Anatolia remains today in modern Turkey to care for their cultural heritage.”
“…Ending Turkey’s denials can contribute to the reversal of this destruction, the return of churches, the restoration of Christian heritage, and the re-emergence of the Christian faithful upon these sacred lands. It is time for the United States and the rest of the world to stand up to Turkey’s shameless blackmail and demand justice not just for the Armenians, but for all of civilized mankind.”
Many lawmakers, Republican and Democrat, gathered last night on Capitol Hill to mark the Armenian Genocide Centennial.
“As the world’s greatest advocate for freedom, the United States has an obligation to fully acknowledge one of humanity’s most horrific crimes,” Rep. Bob Dold (R-Ill.) said.
Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), who represents a district with a large Armenian constituency, spent an hour on the House floor Wednesday reading 1,000 names of Armenian Genocide victims.
“To read all of the names of the more than 1.5 million people murdered at the time, would take many weeks, and I hope that the recitation of the victims will help call attention to the magnitude of the crime,” Schiff said. “A name, unlike a number, is no abstraction – each was a son or daughter, a mother or father, a grandparent, an aunt or an uncle; each was a precious life.”
Rep. Brad Sherman (D-Calif.) said he’s “disappointed” that Obama “will not give the Armenian Genocide appropriate recognition as a sitting president, as he did while serving in the Senate.”
“Genocide denial is the last act of a genocide and the first step in the next genocide – just as the Armenian Genocide, in part, prepared the world for the Holocaust,” Sherman said. “When Adolf Hitler sought the destruction of the Jewish people, those around him wondered how he could get away with it. Hitler pointed out that the Ottoman Empire had gotten away with it because no one remembered the genocide of the Armenians. That is why I have repeatedly asked my colleagues in the House and Senate to formally recognize the genocide – we cannot afford to wait another century.”
Turkey lashed out at Austria on Wednesday after the country’s parliament recognized the Armenian Genocide, calling the measure a “massacre of law.”
“It seems that Austria, with whom we fought on the same side during World War I, and which should be in the best position to recognize that this great tragedy cannot be defined as ‘genocide’, has also fallen prey to the efforts of some circles bent on manipulating perceptions, in complete insistence in ignoring the humanitarian and concrete initiatives of Turkey,” the Turkish Foreign Ministry said in a statement.
“The fact that the joint declaration does not even care to mention the Muslims who lost their lives during that same period all the while sharing the suffering of all Christian groups, is a sad and clear indication of discrimination on religious grounds by the very persons who claim to base their actions on humanitarian foundations.”

Unsubstantiated rape claims are no way to deal with the real problem. The mattress girl example.

Accused rapist sues Columbia

A Columbia University student accused of raping a classmate — who turned the alleged assault into an international media story by carrying a mattress around campus — claims he’s the real victim in a new gender discrimination lawsuit against the Ivy League school. 
Student Paul Nungesser was cleared by school officials and law enforcement of allegations by Emma Sulkowicz that he choked, slapped and then anally raped her in August 2012. 
As proof of his innocence the now-senior includes what he says are private — and graphic — Facebook messages from his classmate. 
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Freshman year Sulkowicz sent Nungesser messages about anal sex before the two became intimate. 
“f–k me in the butt,” Sulkowicz allegedly wrote. 
“eehm, maybe not?” Nungesser replied. 
“you don’t miss my lopsided ass?” Sulkowicz then asked in the exchange. 
Sulkowicz told The Post the exchange was taken out of context. 
“Freshman year that was an expression, to be like ‘Oh my god i’m so annoyed,'” Sulkowicz explained. 
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Columbia University students carry a mattress around campus in support of sexual assault victims.Photo: Robert Kalfus
She reported the alleged assault seven months after the incident but Columbia “discredited Emma’s entire story,” Nungesser’s suit says.
Yet Sulkowicz mattress campaign, which Nungesser accuses the university of supporting,”effectively destroyed [his] college experience, his reputation, his emotional well-being and his future career prospects.”
The German foreign exchange student, who attends Columbia on full scholarship, is suing for unspecified monetary damages but also wants to block Sulkowicz from bringing the mattress to their May 20 graduation. 
“We do not want Columbia University to allow Emma Sulkowitz to hijack the joyous, sacred celebration of graduation for her continuing personal agenda of celebrity at the expense of Mr Nungesser,” his lawyer Andrew Miltenberg told The Post. 
Sulkowitz is not a defendant in the Manhattan federal case filed Thursday, but the suit names both President Lee Bollinger and Sulkowicz’s visual arts professor Jon Kessler. 
Nungesser gripes that Bollinger allowed Sulkowicz to violate a confidentiality agreement related to the university investigation into the rape allegations. Further the school is giving Sulkowicz class credit for the mattress project, which was shaped into a thesis by Kessler, according to court papers.
“President Bollinger displayed a contemptible moral cowardice in bowing down to the witch hunt against an innocent student instead of standing up for the truth and taking appropriate steps to protect Paul from gender based harassment,” the suit says.
Nungesser is suing under the federal Title IX law that’s most often used to enforce gender equity in funding for school athletics. 
Sulkowicz called the suit “ridiculous,” adding that her mattress project is “just an artistic expression of the personal trauma I’ve experienced at Columbia.” 
She said the rules of her performance piece require her to “carry the mattress at all time.” 
“If for some reason someone prevents me from carrying the mattress at graduation that will be how this historical moment ends,” she said. 
A spokesman for the school, Bollinger and Kessler declined to comment.

Creating the next generation of government skeptics. The children should ask their parents for whom they voted in 2008/2012

Students rip school lunches: #ThanksMichelleObama ‘for screwing us out of a good meal’


FREDERICKSBURG, Va. – Michelle Obama isn’t winning over many fans in the next generation of voters.
Pennsylvania’s Patriot-News asked parents what they thought of the steady drip of repulsive pictures being snapped of paltry school lunches across the country.
They didn’t hold back.
“My son said thanks Mrs. Obama for screwing us out of a good meal. He comes home starving,” parent Kristina Souders responded.
“My kids rarely want to eat anything the school serves because ‘it’s gross,'” according to parent Stacey Toth.
Carl Daub told the paper, “My daughter is in 3rd grade. Her lunches cost $2.40 a day. She complains that the portions are too small.”
According to Jordan, a Spotsylvania County, Virginia student, this lunch was served at Riverbend High School and several others in the district on Tuesday:
Meanwhile, Alex Wulf tells EAGnews this lunch was served at Derby High School in Derby, Kansas.
Tyler Reed tweeted this sorry-looking meal directly to the first lady, the champion of the “healthy” National School Lunch Program overhaul.
He says it was served at Waterford-Halfmoon Union Free High School in Waterford, New York.
Apparently the lunch ladies at Salmon High School in Idaho thought nothing of serving a hamburger bun that literally had numbers printed on it. Erica Infanger thanked Michelle Obama for it, wondering if it was safe to eat.
Joseph O’Connor shared this:
Is that chicken? Sausage? Tofu? Bread crumbs? Who knows.
And there’s this sorry lunch, posted by Larsen McCleary:
“We should not have what is served for lunch at schools decided by bureaucrats in Washington,” said Rep. Kristi Noem (R-S.D.), a sponsor of bills that would merely ease the rules, but not repeal them. “This has become a burden,” she said, according to the L.A. Times.
The Obama administration, meanwhile, believes the move to ease or repeal the rules is simply a plot by Big Pizza to make kids fat.
“We believe they are being highly nudged by the interests that represent the frozen-pizza industry and some of the other processed-food folks that provide significant funding,” said Kevin Concannon, undersecretary for Food, Nutrition and Consumer Services at the Department of Agriculture. “Regressive parts of the industry want to act like we are not in the middle of a crisis in this country.”
Many parents and students would say that crisis is playing out in school cafeterias across the country every day.

Congress: Middle class incomes drop as immigration surges

Congress: Middle class incomes drop as immigration surges

Wages of America's middle class have dropped below 1970s levels as immigration has surged 325 percent, according to a new congressional report that questions claims that native Americans are economically helped by greater immigration.
The nonpartisan Congressional Research Service report studied immigration and middle class income from 1945-2013 and found that as immigration slowed between 1945 and 1970, American incomes increased.
But when immigration expanded, the incomes of the bottom 90 percent of Americans went flat and then dropped beginning in 2000.
In the report to the Senate Judiciary Committee, the CRS reported that the foreign-born population of the United States surged 324.5 percent, from 9,740,000 to 41,348,066, from 1970 to 2013.
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And as that happened, incomes of the bottom 90 percent dropped 7.9 percent in 2013 dollars, from an average of $33,621 to $30,980.

Parents Share 5-Year-Old Son’s Transgender Journey. Despicable parents. What does a child at 5 understand about the physical and mental ramifications of this path.

Parents Share 5-Year-Old Son’s Transgender Journey

BOSTON (CBS) – A Massachusetts couple knew their child wasn’t happy. So they made the courageous and difficult decision to raise their daughter as a boy at his own request.
As he showed off his collection of rocks and dead bugs in his bedroom, Jacob Lemay also said how he hated his old name. “Cause it was the stupidest name ever,” Jacob said.
He’s talking about the name ‘Mia,’ which was scrapped last June, when his parents and family therapy team concluded the then four-year old was transgender — a little girl wired as a little boy.
“That’s the kind of psychological burden that I don’t think anyone should have to deal with, especially not my child,” Jacob’s mother Mimi said.
They say this wasn’t tomboy stuff or some passing phase.
Mia began verbalizing it at age two, triggering a long family struggle with the subject, as the little girl grew increasingly unhappy and withdrawn — stuck with a gender she did not embrace.
“Started insisting that it’s not that she liked boy things, but that she was a boy,” Mimi said.
“He was showing real signs of a lot of shame and self-hatred,” Jacob’s father Joe said.
As they studied everything they could on transgender youth — including the alarming suicide rate down the road — the Lemay’s decided the transition from ‘Mia’ to ‘Jacob’ was better done sooner than later.
“We realized how risky it is to not take action and not to allow that child to not become who they feel that they are,” Joe said.
There was no surgery and no hormones. Those are several years off should Jacob stay on this path — as his parents strongly believe he will.
“We cut his hair, changed his name, sent him to a new school so he could start fresh,” Joe said. “That’s all we had to do.”
Indeed Jacob seems to be thriving with his two sisters now — to whom he has given most of his old things.
“I hate that stupid girl stuff,” Jacob said.
His parents are fully aware that they’ve waded into a snake pit of controversy.
While some experts favor transitioning transgender children at a younger age — others believe it’s premature and even dangerous.
The Lemays argue that delay equals damage, and they don’t mind putting their handprints on it publicly.
“I want to change the way that society perceives and accepts transgender people,” Mimi said. “Because this is the society that my son will grow up in.”
Should Jacob want to transition back to a girl somewhere down the road — the Lemays argue the detour has only cost a little confusion and maybe some embarrassment, whereas forcing an unwanted gender on a child might put them on a suicidal path.
They say they’ve gotten overwhelming community support and want to get this subject out of the closet.
But one child psychiatrist told WBZ-TV that making a transgender diagnosis this early might actually put the youngster on an irreversible course — and at the same time, could mask other emotional issues hiding in the mix.

Our climate models are WRONG: Global warming has slowed - and recent changes are down to ‘natural variability’, says study. Climate fraud fear mongering and junk modeling.

Our climate models are WRONG: Global warming has slowed - and recent changes are down to ‘natural variability’, says study

  • Duke University study looked at 1,000 years of temperature records
  • It compared it to the most severe emissions scenarios by the IPCC
  • Found that natural variability can slow or speed the rate of warming
  • These 'climate wiggles' were not properly accounted for in IPCC report

Global warming hasn't happened as fast as expected, according to a new study based on 1,000 years of temperature records.
The research claims that natural variability in surface temperatures over the course of a decade can account for increases and dips in warming rates.
But it adds that these so-called 'climate wiggles' could also, in the future, cause our planet to warm up much faster than anticipated.
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The study compared its results to the most severe emissions scenarios outlined by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). Projected temperature change from 2081-2100 by the IPCC are pictured here. The latest study, however, says this climate model may be wrong
The study compared its results to the most severe emissions scenarios outlined by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). Projected temperature change from 2081-2100 by the IPCC are pictured here. The latest study, however, says this climate model may be wrong
The study compared its results to the most severe emissions scenarios outlined by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).
'Based on our analysis, a middle-of-the-road warming scenario is more likely, at least for now,' said Patrick Brown, a doctoral student in climatology at Duke University. 'But this could change.'
The Duke-led study says that variability is caused by interactions between the ocean and atmosphere, and other natural factors.
They claim these 'wiggles' can slow or speed the rate of warming from decade to decade, and exaggerate or offset the effects of increases in greenhouse gas concentrations.
If not properly explained and accounted for, they may skew the reliability of climate models and lead to over-interpretation of short-term temperature trends.
Summary of projected changes in crop yields in a previous IPCC report. Because 'climate wiggles' were not accounted for, the Duke University researchers say the report may have been an over-interpretation of short-term temperature trends
Summary of projected changes in crop yields in a previous IPCC report. Because 'climate wiggles' were not accounted for, the Duke University researchers say the report may have been an over-interpretation of short-term temperature trends
The research, uses observed data, rather than the more commonly used climate models, to estimate decade-to-decade variability.
'At any given time, we could start warming at a faster rate if greenhouse gas concentrations in the atmosphere increase without any offsetting changes in aerosol concentrations or natural variability,' said Wenhong Li, assistant professor of climate at Duke, who conducted the study with Brown.


Infectious diseases, such as Ebola and West Nile virus, will rapidly spread to new areas as a result of global warming.
This is according to zoologist, Professor Daniel Brooks, who warns humans can expect to face new illnesses as climate change brings crops, livestock, and humans into contact with pathogens.
Professor Brooks says it will be 'the death of a thousand cuts' with society unable to keep up with the speed of disease as it spreads around the world.
'It's not that there's going to be one "Andromeda Strain" that will wipe everybody out on the planet,' Professor Brooks said, referring to the 1971 science fiction film about a deadly pathogen.
'There are going to be a lot of localised outbreaks that put a lot of pressure on our medical and veterinary health systems.'
In his research, Professor Brooks has focused primarily on parasites in the tropics, while his colleague, Professor Eric Hoberg, has worked in Arctic regions.
Each has observed the arrival of species that hadn't previously lived in that area and the departure of others, said Professor Brooks, who is affiliated with the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
The team examined whether climate models, such as those used by the IPCC, accurately account for natural chaotic variability that can occur in the rate of global warming.
To test these, created a new statistical model based on reconstructed empirical records of surface temperatures over the last 1,000 years.
'By comparing our model against theirs, we found that climate models largely get the 'big picture' right but seem to underestimate the magnitude of natural decade-to-decade climate wiggles,' Brown said.
'Our model shows these wiggles can be big enough that they could have accounted for a reasonable portion of the accelerated warming we experienced from 1975 to 2000, as well as the reduced rate in warming that occurred from 2002 to 2013.'
'Statistically, it's pretty unlikely that an 11-year hiatus in warming, like the one we saw at the start of this century, would occur if the underlying human-caused warming was progressing at a rate as fast as the most severe IPCC projections,' Brown said.
'Hiatus periods of 11 years or longer are more likely to occur under a middle-of-the-road scenario.'
Under the IPCC's middle-of-the-road scenario, there was a 70 per cent likelihood that at least one hiatus lasting 11 years or longer would occur between 1993 and 2050, Brown said.
'That matches up well with what we're seeing.'
There's no guarantee, however, that this rate of warming will remain steady in coming years, Li stressed.
'Our analysis clearly shows that we shouldn't expect the observed rates of warming to be constant. They can and do change.'
The IPCC has previously warmed that global warming is impacting 'all continents and across the oceans'. This map details some of the predicted affects of climate change in different continents. However the latest study claims that the worst-case scenario is unlikely to take place
The IPCC has previously warmed that global warming is impacting 'all continents and across the oceans'. This map details some of the predicted affects of climate change in different continents. However the latest study claims that the worst-case scenario is unlikely to take place