Obama is promising 5 metropolitan areas something he calls a “promise zone” in order…well I’m not sure what it’s in order to do exactly. From the vague feel-good message on the White House website I think it has something to do with education though, so I guess we’ll go with that.
In a country as great as this one, a child’s zip code should never be what determines his or her opportunity. The government can’t fix this on its own, but it can be a much better partner in helping local leaders develop policies that improve education, protect the most vulnerable, and encourage the entrepreneurial spirit. That’s what we’ll be doing in these Promise Zones, where the federal government will partner with local innovators, advancing their work to expand opportunity in their communities.
These areas – urban, rural, and tribal – have all committed, in partnership with local business and community leaders, to use existing resources on proven strategies, and make new investments that reward hard work. They have developed strong plans to create jobs, provide quality, affordable housing and expand educational opportunity, which we’ll help them execute with access to on-the-ground federal partners, resources, and grant preferences.
Basically it’s just an excuse to pour countless tax dollars into certain areas of the country. Sadly most of this could be done, at no cost to taxpayers, if the federal government would give up some control rather than taking more control.
But how can a Democrat pass up the chance to expand welfare programs?
NBC news reported less than 12 hours ago that the plan Obama has for starting World War III is still in the works.
The U.S. could hit Syria with three days of missile strikes, perhaps beginning Thursday, in an attack meant more to send a message to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad than to topple him or cripple his military, senior U.S. officials told NBC News on Tuesday.
The State Department fed the growing drumbeat around the world for a military response to Syria’s suspected use of chemical weapons against rebels Aug. 21 near Damascus, saying that while the U.S. intelligence community would release a formal assessment within the week, it was already “crystal clear” that Assad’s government was responsible.
They aren’t planning to get the UN’s permission (both Bush’s did that), since Russia (an Assad ally) would never let that happen, and they may not even bother with congressional approval. I mean, if he hasn’t bothered to get it yet, who thinks he’s going to bother now?
Putting the IRS in charge or Obamacare seems like a mistake of epic proportions, especially with the recent knowledge that the IRS has been harassing Tea Party groups, pro-constitution groups, pro-life organizations, Pro-Israel, and religious institutions.
I foresee the following happening.
Patient to Obamacare IRS office: I need medical attention.
Obamacare IRS office: Yes, I can help you with that. I just need you to fill out these forms.
Patient: Holy crap, I’m going to need treatment for carpal tunnel too after filling these out.
IRS office: You’ll need to fill out a different set of forms for those, let me get those for you. *hands patient a stack of paperwork twice the size of the first one*
Patient: *begins filling out paperwork* Hey, why do you need to know what political party I’m registered too? AND who I voted for last election?
IRS office: It’s standard procedure.
Patient: Okay…wait, you need to know what books I’ve read in the last year?!
IRS: With a summary of the content as well, yes.
Patient: You want a book report?
Patient: -Procedure, I know. Hey, you can’t ask me if I own guns. That has nothing to do with my medical needs.
Everyone is talking up a storm about Jason Collins, a pro-basketball player who just announced that he’s gay to the entire world.
Or at least everyone who reads Sports Illustrated.
I don’t, so I had to wait for the rest of the world to catch up and start frantically covering it in the news and on twitter to hear about it. I just shrugged and said “Okay? So?”
I’ve never understood the need to make a huge spectacle of your personal life.
Well that’s a lie, I used to bring up my sexuality in conversations when I was in 9th grade and I was an obnoxious little liberal troll, but that’s about it.
I didn’t make a big production of coming out, in fact I usually came out by accident, because I would talk about “my girlfriend said…” as normally as I would have said “my boyfriend said…” in a conversation. So I would say that and people would interrupt the flow of the conversation to say “Whoah, whoa there!….you’re gay?” I would confirm and then we would carry on with the conversation.
What I didn’t do was take out a page in the school newspaper to announce that, yes, the obnoxiously smart kid in the freshmen class was, in fact, a lesbian.
What is it about being gay that leads famous people to announce it to the world? They don’t feel the need to announce their straightness to the world and they still make plenty of headlines. Why not just live your life and answer the question honestly if you are asked and you want to let people know that you live with a person of the same sex and not the opposite.
Maybe I’m more annoyed by this because I wish that the Gosnell trial or Benghazi or Fast and Furious had gotten even half the amount of media coverage this is getting. Why in the world is the sexuality of an NBA player more important than the murder of small children or the death of American citizens? Why is it that our culture has more interest in the sexuality of a Basketball player than they do in terrorism or foreign policy.
I know, I know, the latter seems awful boring and the former is titillating and interesting.
To some anyway.
I probably wouldn’t even be writing an article about this if it weren’t for the fact that Obama still hasn’t said a word about Gosnell, but he apparently too the time to call up Jason Collins and let him know how proud of him he is.
It’s that I don’t think he should be gay or that I don’t think he’s brave for announcing it, it’s just that I don’t care.
And more to the point, the fact that anyone DOES care when someone announces their sexuality is a black mark against what the gay community is supposedly trying to accomplish. My straight friends don’t preface the announcement that they are dating someone with “Oh right, I’m straight, so don’t be shocked when I announce that my significant other is the opposite sex”. Neither do I and that has, to date, never been a problem for me. I thought the gay community wanted to be accepted the same way? Which doesn’t involve making a big production out of announcing which gender you sleep with.
I don’t announce that I’m gay when I meet a new group of people, I just act like a normal human being. My sexuality is not who I am, though I admit to employing it to make liberals heads explode, but that’s also part of who I am. If you talked to most of the people who met me at CPAC or Right Online in last year or so, they would tell you that they were not aware I was gay until they heard me talk about my girlfriend or they got home and checked my twitter bio.
That, ideally, should be how people operate. Why would Jason Collins want to be known as “the gay NBA player” for the rest of time? Like being gay is who he is?
Then again, maybe being gay is who he is. Perhaps he’s like all those liberal gay activists that feel the need to wear rainbow bracelets and a shirt announcing that they’re here and they’re queer.
If that’s your identity, fine. Don’t expect the rest of us to get all excited by it.
If I answered questions that my parents asked (because, let’s face it, in a world where Journalism did what it was supposed to, they would be holding Obama accountable for his actions) the way Obama did, I would have been grounded for most of my life.
Straight answers? What are those?
Whining? His preferred method of passing the buck. The buck does not apparently stop here. Congress is always at fault.
One thing Obama has managed to perfect over the years is the long, rambling answer that makes it look like he’s put a lot of thought into his response and that he’s answering the question thoroughly, but when you actually listen to what he’s saying, 99% of it has nothing to do with the question.
Michelle Obama is known for two things, her arms and her clothes, neither of which I find attractive.
She’s known to me by a third thing, she has a habit of jumping headfirst into some really spectacularly poorly thought out words and actions.
Like that time she said ”for the first time in my adult life I am proud of my country” at two different stops in Wisconsin in 2008. Even if she didn’t mean it the way it sounds, it still sounds pretty bad. Who let her speak off teleprompter?
Or how about the time (last month) when Michelle Obama paired up with John Kerry (who is even more gaffetastic than Mrs. Obama) to give the Secretary of State’s International Women of Courage Award to Samira Ibrahim who has a history of anti-Semitic and anti-American sentiments.
On Twitter, Ibrahim is quite blunt regarding her views. On July 18 of last year, after five Israeli tourists and a Bulgarian bus driver were killed a suicide bombing attack, Ibrahim jubilantly tweeted: “An explosion on a bus carrying Israelis in Burgas airport in Bulgaria on the Black Sea. Today is a very sweet day with a lot of very sweet news.”
Ibrahim frequently uses Twitter to air her anti-Semitic views. Last August 4, commenting on demonstrations in Saudi Arabia, she described the ruling Al Saud family as “dirtier than the Jews.” Seventeen days later she tweeted in reference to Adolf Hitler: “I have discovered with the passage of days, that no act contrary to morality, no crime against society, takes place, except with the Jews having a hand in it. Hitler.”
Ibrahim holds other repellent views as well. As a mob was attacking the United States embassy in Cairo on the eleventh anniversary of 9/11, pulling down the American flag and raising the flag of Al Qaeda, Ibrahim wrote on twitter: “Today is the anniversary of 9/11. May every year come with America burning.” Possibly fearing the consequences of her tweet, she deleted it a couple of hours later, but not before ascreen shot was saved by an Egyptian activist.
The First Lady and Secretary of State later put the award on hold.
Maybe someone reminded them how impossible such an action on their parts would be to salvage.
Now she out proving that the Secret Service really does not do their job, because they were letting her visit a Saudi National who had been put on a terror watch list recently (though he was also mysteriously removed from the list later) and was given “Section 212, 3B terrorist designation despite inquiries from Sen. Grassley and members of the House Homeland Security Committee.” (The Blaze)
Huh what? Okay, he was injured in the Boston Marathon Bombing and the First Lady was, reportedly, visiting other victims at various hospitals, but that does not explain why she was allowed within 5 feet of someone on a terrorist watch list.
What the hell is going on here?
Thanks for proving again that you have no common sense and even less good judgment Michelle. Great job!
Maybe she’s just trying to keep up appearances so Iran won’t revoke the “wet gunpowder award” (for “revealing the influence that the White House sways over the Hollywood film industry” [gateway pundit]) they awarded her earlier this year.
Update: Michelle Obama apparently visited the Saudi National who was on a terrorist watch list, but DIDN’T visit the athlete, Jeff Bauman, who lost both his legs and helped the police identify the bombers. Huh?
(Short post tonight, I’m about to fly out to DC for CPAC. I’ll report back if I see any drones on the way.)
New York City just won a minor victory against the Nanny State when a judge overturned Mayor Bloomberg’s ridiculous attempt to ban sugary beverages over 16oz. in the city that never sleeps, but those civil liberties are still a precious commodity…there and everywhere else.
One, possibly two, drones have been spotted in airspace over New York City. The first was drone was spotted on March 5th and nearly caused a head-on collision between itself and a commercial jet that was coming in for a landing at JFK International.
A second drone was, reportedly, spotted over the city on March 11th. Though this one did not scare the ever-livin’ crap out of an airplane pilot, but it was spotted only about 5 miles from LaGuardia. Not exactly a safe place for an unannounced drone to be flying.
So these drones are flying around the skies of one of our countries biggest cities and I think we’d all like to know what they are doing there?
Are these the drones that the Department of Homeland Security has equipped with technology that CNET has reported will be:
“capable of identifying a standing human being at night as likely armed or not,” meaning carrying a shotgun or rifle. They also specify “signals interception” technology that can capture communications in the frequency ranges used by mobile phones, and “direction finding” technology that can identify the locations of mobile devices or two-way radios.
Or are they just the typical, hellfire missile equipped drones that they use overseas? Either way I’m not liking this much. Even if they aren’t going to fire a bomb and ruin my “cafe experience” as Rand Paul said recently, they are still violating my 4th amendment rights by allowing drones to intercept communications from radios and phones without a warrant and allowing the government to find my location through use of those drones.
Who has given them permission to do this? Well you get what you vote for and this is the Obama administration at work.
Don’t blame me, I voted for Romney.
We knew something terrible would happen when cuts were made to military spending, but I don’t think anyone could have anticipated how truly awful things would become.
Without the ever increasing spending on Naval military maneuvers, things from the deepest depths of the ocean have begun to stir and our severe decrease in carrier deployments our oceans are being left unprotected and somehow these creatures know this and have immediately begun to attack.
Our naval military personal are also being left with rudimentary weapons to fend off such attacks.
This video was sent to me only seconds before the ship that was attacked sank into the ocean. The number of survivors, if any, is unknown at the moment.
This sequester is going to lead to the end of life as we know it. I will never go to the beach again.
I heard from a friend who works in a federal building downtown that things are getting desperate in the government building. She had to take her own trash out this morning, as most of their janitors have decided to stay home with their families, the pay cuts they were being given were too severe for them to even bother coming in to work anymore.
Planes have yet to start falling from the sky, but I suppose it’s only a matter of time. The TSA were such an intricate part of flying that the cuts in employment there will surely make flying much more dangerous, personally I wouldn’t be surprised if planes were grounded in the near future. Not Air Force One of course, because Obama isn’t affected by the cuts. What a relief to the American people, even if we can’t go anywhere the President can still fly to us to assure us that he is going to find a way to make those awful Republicans pay for these cuts.
Most people are choosing to stay inside, as violence from released inmates is on the rise. Even honest citizens are beginning to panic, as they fear that the rising price of gas and lead to food shortages, riots and looting are occurring in some areas of the city. It’s every person for themselves.
I have received video of the riots and will share it here.
I will report in again after I have finished barricading my house against rioters and looters.