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23 Pictures That Prove Society Is Doomed


1. This picture of old friends reminiscing about the good old days over a delicious brunch:

This picture of old friends reminiscing about the good old days over a delicious brunch:

2. This adorable picture of star-crossed lovers meeting for the first time:

This adorable picture of star-crossed lovers meeting for the first time:

3. This picture of graduating seniors leaving high school for the last time, finally free from the shackles of standardized education:

This picture of graduating seniors leaving high school for the last time, finally free from the shackles of standardized education:

4. This inspiring picture of fans rooting for their team at the big game:

This inspiring picture of fans rooting for their team at the big game:

5. This picture of friends enjoying a delicious Brooklyn pizza:

This picture of friends enjoying a delicious Brooklyn pizza:

6. This picture of a wonderful family giving thanks for all their blessings at Thanksgiving dinner:

This picture of a wonderful family giving thanks for all their blessings at Thanksgiving dinner:

7. This picture of best friends heading off on a life-changing road trip across the continental United States:

This picture of best friends heading off on a life-changing road trip across the continental United States:

8. This picture of teens enjoying their last summer vacation, one that will no doubt change their lives:

This picture of teens enjoying their last summer vacation, one that will no doubt change their lives:

9. This picture of friends discussing the intricacies of love, life, and everything in between over fine wine:

This picture of friends discussing the intricacies of love, life, and everything in between over fine wine:

10. This heart-wrenching picture of brother and sister reuniting after a decade apart:

This heart-wrenching picture of brother and sister reuniting after a decade apart:

11. This picture of museumgoers seeing the beautiful paintings of Thomas Cole for the first time, the sort of paintings that bring a tear to one’s eye:

This picture of museumgoers seeing the beautiful paintings of Thomas Cole for the first time, the sort of paintings that bring a tear to one's eye:

12. This picture of friends getting a little wild while tailgating at the ‘Niners game:

This picture of friends getting a little wild while tailgating at the 'Niners game:

13. This picture of eager moviegoers itching to see this summer’s hottest blockbuster:

This picture of eager moviegoers itching to see this summer's hottest blockbuster:

14. This picture of a friendly teen capturing a moment he never wanted to forget:

This picture of a friendly teen capturing a moment he never wanted to forget:

15. This picture of friends getting a bit wild at a birthday party:

This picture of friends getting a bit wild at a birthday party:

16. This heartwarming picture taken mere seconds before the man on the right proposed to his girlfriend:

This heartwarming picture taken mere seconds before the man on the right proposed to his girlfriend:

17. This picture of a nice young lady taking a new photo for her United States passport:

This picture of a nice young lady taking a new photo for her United States passport:

18. This picture showing young love in its purest, simplest form:

This picture showing young love in its purest, simplest form:

19. This picture of the girls watching the exciting conclusion of Pretty Little Liars:

This picture of the girls watching the exciting conclusion of Pretty Little Liars :

And eating eggs, apparently.

20. This picture of best friends enjoying a delicious burger and a coffee:

This picture of best friends enjoying a delicious burger and a coffee:

21. This touching photo showing the difficulty — and the reward — of parenthood:

This touching photo showing the difficulty — and the reward — of parenthood:

22. This picture of a young man viewing the sunset the way it was meant to be viewed — through a tiny screen:

This picture of a young man viewing the sunset the way it was meant to be viewed — through a tiny screen:

23. And this adorable photo of a baby logging into her very first social network account:

And this adorable photo of a baby logging into her very first social network account:

Good News Out of Washington D.C.


Have any of you heard anything about this legislation? Me either.

Gary Miller is one of the very good Congressman. Please add him to your prayer time.

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June 28, 2013

 

Pro-Jobs Energy Legislation Passes House

As gas prices continue to rise as we head into the summer driving season, families across the Inland Empire will be forced to fork over more of their hard-earned money just to fill their gas tanks. Now more than ever, we need an all-of-the-above energy plan that includes promoting the development of clean and alternative energy sources such as natural gas and clean coal technologies as well as utilizing resources here at home. This week, the House of Representatives considered two pieces of legislation that would increase U.S. energy production and create jobs.

 

In February 2012, the Obama Administration and Mexico reached an agreement establishing a framework to guide energy development along the maritime border in the Gulf of Mexico. On Thursday, the House passed legislation to enact this agreement, which would open up areas for development that, according to the State Department and Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, contain an estimated 172 million barrels of oil and 304 billion cubic feet of natural gas. Currently, there are 67 active lease blocks held by nine companies on the U.S. portion of the area just waiting for the agreement to be enacted. It is my hope that the Senate will take up this legislation to get this exploration underway to improve our energy independence and create good-paying American jobs.

 

In addition, the House passed legislation that would remove federal obstacles that are blocking development of energy resources and the creation of hundreds of thousands of new American jobs. Last year, the President implemented a five-year leasing plan which shuts off 85% of offshore areas to energy production. This plan will stifle job creation and weaken our energy independence by continuing our reliance on foreign and unstable sources of energy. The bill passed by the House today would open up those areas with the most oil and natural gas resources, which  a recent study has shown this legislation could create up to 1.2 million jobs long-term, and the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office has stated this legislation would generate $1.5 billion over ten years.

In addition, reforms are included in the legislation to strengthen safety, accountability, and ethical standards of offshore energy exploration operations.

 

With 21st Century technologies and the strictest environmental standards in the world, America can produce more of our own energy and protect our environment at the same time.  I will continue to work in Congress to increase access to American-made energy that will create new job opportunities here at home, help reduce the burden of high gas prices on families here in the Inland Empire, and lessen our dependence on foreign oil.

 

House Passes Bill Extending Whistleblower Protections to Victims of Sexual Assault in the Military

Sexual violence in the military is a disturbing and, unfortunately, growing problem. According to data from the Department of Defense the number of reported sexual assaults rose 64% from 2006 to 2011. However, the actual number of assaults that have occurred is much higher as fewer than 20% of assaults are reported. The fear of retaliation for reporting these horrific acts is far too common, discouraging victims from coming forward. It has been reported that 62% of servicemembers who have been assaulted have experienced some form of retaliation. This is unacceptable.

 

This week, the House passed a measure to extend whistleblower protections to victims of sexual violence in the military in order to encourage safe reporting. Specifically, the bill would require the Inspectors General of the military departments to investigate acts of retaliation against servicemembers who report such heinous acts. I strongly supported this legislation, which is a critical step to eliminating the scourge of sexual assault and violence in the Armed Services.

Judicial Watch: Obama Admin Collecting Financial Data From Private Citizens Without Warrants


Well, we almost made it through a whole week without a new Obama Regime scandal, but the good folks at Judicial Watch never rest, and they announced today that they’ve obtained records from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) exposing that millions of dollars have been spent by the agency on the warrantless collection and analysis of Americans’ financial transactions

 The full extent of the CFPB personal financial data collection program is revealed in a document obtained by Judicial Watch entitled “INDEFINITE-DELIVERY INDEFINITY-QUANTITY (IDIQ) STATEMENT OF WORK.” According to the IDIQ document’s stated Objective: “The CFPB seeks to acquire and maintain a nationally representative panel of credit information on consumers for use in a wide range of policy research projects… The panel shall be a random sample of consumer credit files obtains from a national database of credit files.”

To accomplish this objective, the CFPB describes the scope of the program accordingly:

The panel shall include 5 million consumers, and joint borrowers, co-signers, and authorized users [emphasis added]. The initial panel shall contain 10 years of historical data on a quarterly basis [emphasis added]. The initial sample shall be drawn from current records and historical data appended for that sample as well as additional samples during the intervening years [emphasis added] to make the combines sample representative at each point in time.

The CFPB data collection program has been highly controversial since the April 2013 hearing, when Cordray disclosed elements of the venture at a Senate Banking Committee hearing. At the time, the US Chamber of Commerce accused the CFPB of breaking the law by demanding the account-level data without a warrant or National Security Letter.

Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton said,“the Obama administration’s warrantless collection of the private financial information of millions of Americans is mind-blowing. Is there anything that this administration thinks it can’t do? These documents show that the Consumer Financial Protection Board is an out-of-control government agency that threatens the fundamental privacy and financial security of Americans.”

CDC Releases Study on Gun Violence: Defensive gun use common, mass shootings not


Do fewer guns mean fewer deaths? Not necessarily, according to a study by the CDC. (Photo credit: ABC)

Parents are upset over gun violence. Kids are upset over having to hold up signs all day. (Photo credit: ABC News)

The Committee on Priorities for a Public Health Research Agenda to Reduce the Threat of Firearm-Related Violence, under the direction of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, recently published a study of findings related to violence and guns. Some of the results may come as a shock – to those on both sides of the gun control argument.

The study was conducted as part of the 23 Executive Actions signed by President Obama in January in an effort to reduce gun violence. The order specifically called to “issue a Presidential Memorandum directing the Centers for Disease Control to research the causes and prevention of gun violence.”

Some have posed the logical question as to why the CDC would become involved in such a study which focuses on gun violence when the priority of the agency lies in the preventing and control of diseases. The academic community chose to study gun violence as a public health problem, partly because, according to the study, “Violence, including firearm related violence, has been shown to be contagious.” Therefore, gun violence is being studied in the same manner of a contagious disease.

The study did, however, recognize the right to bear arms as a basic human right acknowledged by the United States Constitution.

“An individual’s right to own and possess guns was established in the U.S. Constitution and affirmed in the 2008 and 2010 Supreme Court rulings in District of Columbia v. Heller and McDonald v. City of Chicago.”

The initial summary of the study reiterated the need for sound evidence from a scientific standpoint to produce public policies that will best support the rights of the people while still doing whatever possible to protect the public from potential threats of violence.

“The evidence generated by implementing a public health research agenda can enable the development of sound policies that support both the rights and the responsibilities central to gun ownership in the United States. In the absence of this research, policy makers will be left to debate controversial policies without scientifically sound evidence about their potential effects.”

While the problem of gun violence is multi-faceted with no one single solution, the study resulted in a whole plethora of useful information (the entire study can be read here).

There were five primary areas of interest on which the study focused: The characteristics of firearm violence, risk and protective factors, interventions and strategies, gun safety technology, and the influence of video games and other media.

It was found that there are vast differences in who is more likely to become a victim of gun violence, with primary factors lying in socioeconomic status and ethnicity. Homicide rates were shown to be significantly higher in African Americans, while suicide rates were higher in Caucasians.

Additionally, the study concluded that high rates of poverty, illicit drug trafficking and substance use all increase the risk of becoming involved in gun violence. In addition, “criminals often engage in violence as a means to acquire money, goods or other rewards.”

However, the study also inadvertently explored some of the myths surrounding what seems like a recent epidemic of gun violence, including accidental deaths and mass shootings.

According to the study, “Unintentional firearm-related deaths have steadily declined during the past century.” Accidental deaths resulting from firearms accounted for less than one percent of all unintentional fatalities in 2010.

“Mass shootings are a highly visible and moving tragedy, but represent only a small fraction of total firearm-related violence. … It is also apparent that some mass murder incidents are associated with suicides. However, the characteristics of suicides associated with mass murders are not understood.”

The study also explored an often overlooked statistic regarding suicide, especially among veterans. “Firearm-related suicides — though receiving far less public attention — significantly outnumber homicides for all age groups, with suicides accounting for approximately 60 percent of all firearm injury fatalities in the United States in 2009. In 2010, suicide was the 10th leading cause of death among individuals in the United States over the age of 10.”

Yet the study also looked at the effect of having firearms available for self-defense, and found that firearms are much more likely to be used in a defensive manner rather than for criminal or violent activity.

“Defensive uses of guns by crime victims is a common occurrence, although the exact number remains disputed. Almost all national survey estimates indicate that defensive gun uses by victims are at least as common as offensive uses by criminals, with estimates of annual uses ranging from about 500,000 to more than 3 million per year, in the context of about 300,000 violent crimes involving firearms in 2008.”

It was also discovered that when guns are used in self-defense the victims consistently have lower injury rates than those who are unarmed, even compared with those who used other forms of self-defense.

The study admitted that the results of interventions for reducing gun violence have been mixed, including strategies such as background checks and restriction of certain types of firearms, as well as having stricter penalties for illegal gun use. However, the study did reveal that “unauthorized gun possession or use is associated with higher rates of firearm violence than legal possession of guns.” In other words, law-breaking criminals are the ones most responsible for gun violence, not law-abiding citizens.

The study also looked at the source of guns used by most criminals, which helps to see partly why “there is empirical evidence that gun turn in programs are ineffective.”

“More recent prisoner surveys suggest that stolen guns account for only a small percentage of guns used by convicted criminals. …  According to a 1997 survey of inmates, approximately 70 percent of the guns used or possessed by criminals at the time of their arrest came from family or friends, drug dealers, street purchases, or the underground market.”

In reference to gun safety technology, the study claims that “research from the injury prevention field indicates that changing products to make them safer is frequently more effective at reducing injury and death than trying to change personal behavior.”

Is it the guns that are violent or the people behind them? (Photo credit: Lehigh Valley Live)

Judging by what they’re wearing, it was both cold and wet that day. (Photo credit: Lehigh Valley Live)

With the latest gun debate, there has been more emphasis placed on violent video games, movies and other media. However, the study’s findings on the influence of these things were inconclusive.

“The vast majority of research on the effects of violence in media has focused on violence portrayed in television and the movies, although more recent research has been expanded to include music, video games, social media, and the Internet. Interest in media effects is fueled by the fact that youth are spending more time engaging with media that portrays increasing amounts of violence. Although research on the effects of media violence on real-life violence has been carried out for more than 50 years, none of this research has focused on firearm violence in particular as an outcome. As a result, a direct relationship between violence in media and real-life firearm violence has not been established and additional research is necessary.”

The results of this study were surprisingly unbiased for the most part and closely resemble the findings from a similar study conducted following the Federal Assault Weapons Ban of 1994, in which the CDC concluded that there was “insufficient evidence to determine the effectiveness of any of the firearms laws reviewed for preventing violence.”

US Infrastructure: Financed By China, Built By Amnestied Aliens?


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A-Kiss-590-LA-w-logoNo one seems to be asking where all these new provisional status Americans will work if Immigration Reform of any type becomes law now or in the future. Of course, amnestied aliens will continue to take jobs away from Americans, but jobs doing what? No one can raise a family on a low skill low wage job and prosper in America. Or can they?

Back in April, Secretary of State John Kerry met with Chinese government representatives to promote China’s investment in US Infrastructure Projects. At the same time, Obama regurgitated his idea of an “Infrastructure Bank.” I penned a piece about both, but got lost in the “Chinese government in America” thing and never made the connection to Immigration Reform. However, I think there is a very real connection between the calls for rebuilding the US Infrastructure, Obama’s investment overtures to China and our federal legislatures rush to legalize tens of millions of low cost illegal immigrant laborers.

The American economy is at a standstill. Manufacturing jobs that have been shipped offshore are not coming back to an over-regulated and over-taxed Obama economy. The Construction trades have been devastated by the recession. Bottom line is there are more workers than jobs. The Construction Industry cannot afford to keep people on the payroll or hire out of union halls unless there are projects that need building.

To illustrate my point, I offer Texas, one of the largest economies in the world. Yet a high percentage of its construction labor is now employed in the petrochemical industry, not the construction trades. Even as strong as the Texas economy is, there is not enough building trades work to go around. Even for the companies that employ cheap illegal immigrant labor.

With almost $17 trillion dollars, in short term national debt and estimated long term unfunded liabilities for our entitlement programs somewhere north of $150 trillion, the US government and taxpayer cannot afford to borrow much money for very long to finance rebuilding America’s Infrastructure. Not under our Obama economic models. Our government, Democrats and Republicans, all recognize that Americans may be feeding off their treasury, but America cannot be dependent on the rest of the world.

Enter Infrastructure projects done with Chinese investment and cheap immigrant labor—the new crony capitalism for America.

The White House and our lawmakers are strangely mute about the future of American Infrastructure Projects. Oh, they bristle and politic when a bridge collapses and they ribbon-cut often as it offers a photo op, but they are sketchy on details for why we are holding back on putting Americans to work on sorely needed public works and energy generation projects. Why?

For decades, American companies have manipulated our politicians and immigration laws to secure tax benefits for employing legal immigrant labor from around the world. Labor that was brought here in an expedient fashion, fast tracked if you will through the immigration process, sold as big hearted America’s helping hand to asylum seekers, when in reality they were a handpicked workforce designed to get the job done cheap. You pick a country that has had civil strife and I guarantee you that somewhere in the US is a Congressional district swamped with these people performing cheap labor and subsisting off the taxpayer. Not to mention a very happy public official with his or her hands in some campaign contributors pocket and cadre of newly sworn voters ready to head to the polls when instructed.

I believe that our government is executing a plan that is guaranteed to keep them fat and happy while we sweat the load. The Senate has not convinced the Congress, yet, but it is coming whether conservatives like it or not. Either that or our infrastructure and energy production needs will suffer. This is how Washington does business. It is called extortion.

Current Immigration reform includes immediate right to work status for all. For some it provides immediate citizenship and special worker protections required by law to work on public works or government job sites. The current bill also establishes an “Immigrant prevailing wage.” Sounds like government code for base union scale wages, but I could be wrong.

John Kerry went to China to soothe our bankers back in April. The Chinese are not satisfied with the slim pickings in America anymore. They want some real meat and it is going to take amnesty and a boatload of tax breaks, but this is our governments plan.

Every bubble that was re-inflated by Obama since 2008 is getting very thin. They have to do something quick or it is all going to fall apart. Selling out millions of voting Americans who will be replaced by millions of new voters is an ugly theory to swallow. America had better start chewing on it now before they cram it down our throats.

Immigration reform will destroy America. Vigorously protest and stop it now or it is over for all of us.

Supreme Court Opens Doors For Voter Photo ID and Early Voting Restrictions


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The Obama administration has used Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act to stop states from passing election laws that required photo IDs or that regulated or restricted the time and dates of early voting.  Attorney General Eric Holder used it nullify voter ID laws passed in Texas and South Carolina prior to the 2012 elections.  Since Obama took office, at least 30 states have tried to pass some kind of voting law to require a valid photo ID or to restrict the number of days available to early voting.  Obama and his henchmen have used Section 5 to attack every one of those laws and squash the states’ rights to enact them.

They claim that the laws, especially in a number of southern states, are discriminatory against blacks because they are less likely to have a photo ID and they are more likely to vote in early elections than white voters.  Passing such laws were deemed by Holder to be intentional means to suppress the votes of poor blacks in order to boost Republican advantages at the polls.

However, the US Supreme Court disagreed with President Obama and Attorney General Holder when they just rendered a 5-4 decision to strike down Section 5 of the Voter Rights Act.  In his opinion on the ruling, Chief Justice John Roberts wrote:

“The coverage formula that Congress reauthorized in 2006 ignores these developments, keeping the focus on decades-old data relevant to decades-old problems.  Our country has changed, and while any racial discrimination in voting is too much, Congress must ensure that the legislation it passes to remedy that problem speaks to current conditions.”

Obama is already calling on Congress to update the formula used to determine voter racial discrimination so that Section 5 can once again be applied.  With the partisan divide in Congress, I don’t expect this to be rectified any time soon, which would allow states like Texas and South Carolina to once again enact their voter ID laws.

Naturally, all of the civil rights and minority groups are up in arms over the decision of the court and claim that this will allow more racial discrimination at the polls.  But I really wonder how they justify their claims.  Most of the poor blacks they are referring to receive some type of government assistance in the form of food stamps or other welfare programs.  Everyone that I know that receives any form of government aid has to have some form of identification, many require a photo ID.  I personally know someone who gets food stamps and Medicaid and they had to have a photo ID to get them.

So why is it discriminatory for a state to require someone to have a photo ID to vote, but not discriminatory to require a photo ID to get government aid?  The only discrimination I see in requiring a photo ID to vote is that it discriminates against voter fraud, which is one of the pillars of the Democratic Party and probably how some of their people have been elected, including Barack Hussein Obama.

The Political Left is Pregnant


“Whoever is pregnant with evil conceives trouble and gives birth to disillusionment.” 

Psalm 7:14 NIV

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