Simon Black calls attaching to the chilling UK government ‘advice’ asks parents to spy on their children (emphasis added):
In a series of pamphlets circulated among local governments in the United Kingdom, British parents are now being encouraged to spy on their own children, and to report any instances of possible ‘radicalization’.
Of course this advice comes with a nifty set of instructions for how to spot a terrorist in your own home:
The first three “signs”:
- Out of character changes in dress, behaviour and changes in their friendship group;
- Losing interest in previous activities and friendships;
- Secretive behaviour and switching screens when you come near—
Imagine that– a teenager who doesn’t want mom and dad to see what he’s doing on his iPhone? Or a 14-year old who starts dressing differently and hanging out with a different group of friends?
Funny, this sounds like. . . pretty much every teenager on the planet.
But even more unsettling are these:
- Showing a mistrust of mainstream media reports and belief in conspiracy theories;
- Appearing angry about government policies, especially foreign policy.
So apparently now questioning the propaganda and government policies are considered evidence of subversive, extremist behavior.
If you don’t fall in line, you’re a radical. And the government now wants to train parents to rat out their own children.
Another clear example of governments who view any behavior not in line with the toe-the-line, don’t-question-just-pay-your-taxes, pay-no-attention-as-we-rob-you-blind-and-erode-your-freedoms sheeple as a danger to the status quo. Although this happened in the UK, let’s be honest and admit that it could just as easily be issued from the printing presses in Washington.
I wonder who would be most outraged by what the USA has become. Madison? Hamilton? Jefferson?
Too bad more people alive today are not equally outraged.
It turns out that growing up poor can actually affect brain structure according to a paper published in Nature Neuroscience. A comprehensive study which considered such variables as age, sex, genetic ancestry and even parental education found a logarithmic association between income and brain surface area in children between 3 and 20 years of age.
Among children from lower income families, small differences in income were associated with relatively large differences in surface area, whereas, among children from higher income families, similar income increments were associated with smaller differences in surface area. These relationships were most prominent in regions supporting language, reading, executive functions and spatial skills; surface area mediated socioeconomic differences in certain neurocognitive abilities. These data imply that income relates most strongly to brain structure among the most disadvantaged children.
Now that is the best reason yet to undo the damage of Michelle Obama’s school lunch program instituted in the name of a war on child obesity.
If you read nothing else today, real American Thinker’s The Federalist Papers and Obamacare. Besides some applicable quotes from Founding Fathers James Madison and Alexander Hamilton, the article succinctly encapsulates how I feel on the Obamination of socialized medicine (emphasis added):
The Founding Fathers defined the citizens as the natural guardians of the Constitution. Ultimately, it comes down to us. Remember the immortal motto of Gen. Nathaniel Greene who led his rag-tag militia across the Carolina in 1779-1780, “lost” every battle until providing the Continentals their first major victory at Kings Mountain and cut down Cornwallis’ troops from 30,000 to 15,000 before he quit Charleston and headed to Yorktown:
“I fight, I am defeated, I rise and fight again.”
It is precisely now that one must not despair. Now is the time for lovers of liberty to throw themselves into the national scale. You are the natural guardians of the Constitution. Now is not the time for Summer Soldiers and Sunshine Patriots; now is the time for the heirs of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, Alexander Hamilton, John Hancock, Ben Franklin, James Monroe, John Adams, John Paul Jones, Patrick Henry, Nathaniel Greene and Ethan Allen.
You have a choice. What will it be? Acquiescence? Submission? Defeat? Where would we be if all the aforementioned had quit when they faced a little headwind (and, comparatively speaking, this is light breeze next to Valley Forge). Be ashamed; be very ashamed if you choose to go gently into that dark neo-Soviet night. Be assured; a new dawn of American liberty will rise as American Patriots resolve to protect their Constitution and use all of its provisions to protect their liberties.
The Obama administration wants law enforcement to be able to track citizens wherever they travel by demanding cell phone records without a warrant.
In that case, the Obama administration has argued that warrantless tracking is permitted because Americans enjoy no “reasonable expectation of privacy” in their–or at least their cell phones’–whereabouts. U.S. Department of Justice lawyers say that “a customer’s Fourth Amendment rights are not violated when the phone company reveals to the government its own records” that show where a mobile device placed and received calls. . . .
“The biggest issue at stake is whether or not courts are going to accept the government’s minimal view of what is protected by the Fourth Amendment,” says EFF’s Bankston. “The government is arguing that based on precedents from the 1970s, any record held by a third party about us, no matter how invasively collected, is not protected by the Fourth Amendment.”
The government does not need to know where I am, where I was, or who I was with. Ever.
The government needs money and “health advocates” are advocating adding yet another $1 per pack tax on cigarettes. While the billions in tax revenue would be welcome to cash strapped states, I am firmly opposed to “sin taxes” in general.
Legislative power should not be used to punish legal behavior. If you want to make people stop smoking, make it illegal. Don’t try to tax it out of existence. The poorest of our citizens bear the brunt of the additional taxes, and rather than dedicating the money to health programs it goes into the general pool where it is wasted by our politicians.
Remember, next comes raising taxes on beer, then hamburgers and milkshakes, then whatever else our liberal tree-hugging, granola-crunching, “I-know-what’s-best-for-you” surrender monkeys decides we should stop doing (“for our own good”, of course).
Sin taxes. Blech.
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Obama’s budget includes lowering the amount that those in the highest tax brackets can deduct for charitable contributions. The wealthy will have to pay higher taxes and simultaneously be getting less financial benefit from charitable giving.
Some once-flourishing local charities have been unable to survive. Family Services of the Mid-South, a 115-year-old nonprofit, is closing this week after transferring a few of its programs to other agencies. The Destiny Foundation of Central Florida, which ran a children’s clinic, thrift store and food pantry in Orlando, has suspended its operations and may close.
A recent survey by the Human Services Council of New York City, encompassing 244 local nonprofits, found that 60 percent had seen some decrease in public funding and 73 percent reported reductions in private donations. More than half had laid off staff in the past year, and 35 percent had eliminated programs.
One of the city’s oldest and largest charities – the Brooklyn Bureau of Community Service – has laid off about 50 of its 550 employees. It’s also eliminated a program that helped disabled people make the transition from welfare to work, and scaled down a program that’s helping kids from troubled homes avoid foster care.
And that was last year. Children’s clinics, homeless shelters for families, food banks, shops that clothe children — all are in danger as the national debt rises and unemployment remains high.
Consider giving whatever you can. In the meantime, just know that Obama hates children.
Even though I consider myself a Libertarian, I don’t always agree with CATO. But they are 100% correct when they say Tea Partiers Shouldn’t Date the GOP:
The quality that gives the Tea Party movement its legitimacy is that it is so fundamentally illegitimate: outside the establishment, bereft of representation on K Street, and without an identifiable face to speak for it on Meet the Press. This is a movement that sprang deep from within the viscera of America, not from some political poll or focus group.
It is not Republican; it is not even conservative. It has no interest in debating the merits of No Child Left Behind, abstinence-only sex education or George W. Bush’s rationale for going to Iraq. Replacing a “spend and borrow” Democrat with a “spend and borrow” Republican is not the goal of the Tea Party movement.
This movement is simply saying: “We are fine without you, Washington. Now for the love of God, go attend a reception somewhere, and stop making health care and entrepreneurship more expensive than they already are.”
Machiavelli once said a republic stays healthy by returning to its first principles from time to time. The Tea Party movement is trying to get our nation back to its first principles to prevent our decline.
I stopped giving to the GOP when they had control of the House, Senate, and White House and started acting like Democrats. Road to nowhere, stalling on reducing capital gains taxes, Bush supporting Arlen Specter instead of endorsing Pat Toomey, and so on. I swore then that the Republican Party would never get another penny. And they haven’t.
I highly recommend giving to the Club for Growth. Every penny of your money will go to politicians that support limited government and lower taxes, no matter what their party is.
The Fix wonders is the Senate majority now in play?
With the developments in Illinois and Indiana over the past 24 hours, the Cook Political Report now carries 10 Democratic-held seats in their most competitive categories — meaning, theoretically, that if Republicans ran the table (and lost none of their own toss up seats in Kentucky, Missouri, New Hampshire and Ohio) they could get to 51 seats and the Senate majority.
Is it a longshot? Absolutely. But, remember that recent history has shown that in a national political landscape tipped in favor of one party a strong majority of toss up contests tend to fall that party’s way.
The good news is that the Dem president is such an inexperienced, inept, blundering, one-foot-always-in-mouth, out-of-touch, economy-wrecking socialist. That means independents are fleeing from him almost as fast as “moderate” conservatives.
The bad news is he is so incredibly bad that conservatives hate him with such vitriol that the resulting rhetoric turns independents away from the effort to take back the country. So says a poll from (of all places) Daily Kos, as reported by Politico:
The poll of 2,000 Republicans — sponsored by the liberal website but conducted by independent pollster Research2000 — paints a picture of a Republican base that’s angry, disaffected and acutely hostile to President Barack Obama. Thirty-nine percent of Republicans polled think Obama should be impeached, 36 percent say he wasn’t born in the United States and one in four say they aren’t even sure he’s a U.S. citizen. Another 63 percent labeled the president a “socialist.”
Those numbers are far higher than similar polls of Democrats and independents — polls that reveal dissatisfaction with many of Obama’s programs but not with the president personally.
“It was the first time we ever asked the impeachment question, … but ask independents if Obama was born in the U.S., and about 85 percent say yes,” said Research2000 President Del Ali.
“This shows a huge vulnerability for Republicans,” says Jef Pollock, a veteran pollster and Democratic strategist working for Sen. Arlen Specter (D-Pa.) — who was forced to bolt from the GOP after conservative Pat Toomey attacked him from the right.
“Independents, who are particularly disinclined toward any kind of partisan rhetoric, are going to be turned off when they hear Republicans say stuff like this, which is patently crazy,” Pollock said.
Well, not “patently crazy”, but at least too late. The time to see the birth certificate was during the election, no after he was seated. Time to forge ahead and try to save the country from bankruptcy. Which is why I will not stop calling Obama a socialist. ‘Cause he is.