Thursday, November 27, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving

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A North Coast Guide to Thanksgiving Feasts for Those in Need

A happy Thanksgiving to you and yours. If you could help those in need find a feast in their area by sharing this information, we'd appreciate it. - Kym Kemp/Lost Coast Outpost

Here’s a handy guide to Thanksgiving feasts for those in need. If you know of any more, please add them in the comment sectio.:

Crescent City: Noon to 2:00 pm at the Del Norte County Fairgrounds.

Arcata: Noon to 3 p.m. at the Arcata Community Center. ◼ (See description here.)

Garberville: Noon to 3 p.m. at Vets Hall (Go early, said one local activist, they sometimes run out. Rainbow Mountain Walker will be greatly missed at this event where he was a constant support and a beloved participant.)

Blessing of The Fleet in Trinidad

Pray for another safe year and lots of crab come December 1st! via Supervisor Ryan Sundberg

Boehner talks turkey

Putting politics aside for the holiday, House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH), released a Thanksgiving-themed video Wednesday, focused on his favorite turkey-day recipe - REUTERS via Laura Ingraham

Being Thankful for the Left

When we celebrate Thanksgiving, after being thankful for family and friends, for health and comfort, for food and shelter; we shouldn't forget to be thankful for the left.

There is no light without darkness and without evil, the good often fails to find their own voice. It is in the presence of slavery that we remember the worth of freedom. Men and nations are forged in war; not only the war of shell and shot, but the war of ideas. War teaches us to fight for what we have. Wars of ideas teach us to stand up for what we believe.

It is because conservatives are basically hopeful and confident that we are also prone to extremes of despair. Too many us were shocked at the decline of our society because of our great confidence in it. The faith that conservatives have in America makes them vulnerable to being crushed by the latest victory of the left.

I have seen far too much despair and defeatism, too many comments that suggest there is no hope for America and the only thing left to do is pour a glass of wine and watch the sun go down. But those comments testify to how sheltered Americans are from the struggles against tyranny around the world.

Eight years of Obama is bad, but try sixty-nine years of Communism on for size. That's what generations of Russians had to live through. Ask some of the conservative activists in Europe who have never had any of the freedoms that we still take for granted whether they've given up hope. Ask people from countries where criticism of Islam can mean death, whether they've given up hope.

There are countless tales of courage over the last century of men and women who did not stop fighting, who did not stop teaching their children so that they would not stop resisting. And those stories have not ended. They continue today in Europe, Asia and South America. And those people would envy the conditions under which we fight, where we can protest without being shot or sent to prison, where we can have a shot at winning elections if we try hard enough.

Where we are, compared to 100 percent of the rest of the world, still free.

We face a hard fight, not only for our freedom, but the freedom of the world. The international left has made America its special project. It knows that if it can extinguish the hope of liberty in this land then it will drive the rest of those who hope for freedom across the ocean deeper into despair. And it wants your despair. It wants you to give up so that the rest of the world gives up too and bows under its chains.

And yet this fight is a glorious one. This fight is our birthright. And we should be thankful for the fight.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

The #Ferguson Crisis — America Held Hostage — Night 3

National Guard moves in as protests spread - Le-gal In-sur-rec-tion

Oakland: Third night of protests sees more vandalism, arrests - Inside Bay Area

Brown, Wilson, Ferguson and the Morning After - Larry Johnson/No Quarter


Congress has the power. Do Republicans have the will?

Actually, Republicans Can Cut The Funding For Obama’s Amnesty - Christopher Bedford/Daily Caller

Congress has the power to defund President Barack Obama’s executive amnesty order, the Congressional Research Service announced Wednesday. This, after a week of bipartisan declarations that Congress was powerless to stop the order.

“In light of Congress’s constitutional power over the purse, the Supreme Court has recognized that ‘Congress may always circumscribe agency discretion to allocate resources by putting restrictions in the operative statutes,’” reads a report from the Congressional Research Service. The report was sent to Republican Sen. Jeff Sessions’ office, first reported by Breitbart News, and has since been obtained by The Daily Caller.

GOP set to fund entire government through September, except immigration services - Herman Cain

No funds for amnesty.

Deep Ignorance in Ferguson

Megyn Kelly explodes about Al Sharpton stoking the fires of Ferguson violence - Rare

According to Fox News’ Megyn Kelly, many in the media have failed to portray both sides of the argument that Officer Darren Wilson was wrong when he shot and killed Michael Brown.

After Wilson was exonerated of any wrongdoing by a grand jury on Monday, Kelly took to the airwaves to criticize those that haven’t given the public all the facts, specifically the Rev. Al Sharpton of MSNBC....

In its coverage of events in Ferguson, Mo., the liberal press has ranged from irresponsible to downright ridiculous. - National Review
The latter was on display at last night’s press conference with St. Louis County prosecutor Robert McCulloch, who, after announcing that a grand jury had refused to indict Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson in the August death of Michael Brown, took several questions from the gathered paragons of journalistic virtue. A sampling, with commentary:
You’ve been accused by some of passing the buck, by simply standing back and putting all this evidence in front of the grand jury rather than taking a stand. Isn’t that what you were elected to do? Shouldn’t you have taken a stand in this case?
It is no surprise that it did not occur to the journalist in question that by taking the case to the grand jury, McCulloch did in fact “take a stand” — namely, a stand against the summary judgment that so many protesters were willing to make (“What do we want?” “Darren Wilson!” “How do we want him?” “Dead!”), and a stand in favor of community oversight through the mechanism of the grand jury. KEEP READING
The New York Times and Other Members of the Ferguson Hall of Shame - Roger L. Simon/PJMedia
That the photograph of Walter Duranty — the New York Times Moscow correspondent who deliberately whitewashed Stalin’s 1930s forced starvation of millions of Ukrainians and won the Pulitzer for it — still is on the newspaper’s wall of fame with their other prize winners is apparently no aberration. The New York Times has no moral center. In fact, it’s despicable. On November 24, they published the home address of Officer Darren Wilson....

So much for that newspaper. They’re cancer.

Not quite cancer but pretty bad is Jay Nixon, the governor of Missouri. Not only did he attempt to prejudge the case, calling for Wilson’s head like some minor league Robespierre months before there was any evidence, but then, on the night of the grand jury announcement, after having brought in the National Guard, he goes completely AWOL and doesn’t use the Guards at all, leaving the poor store owners of Ferguson to fend for themselves, not to mention the police. Everyone got to watch the results on TV.

Peter Kinder, the vice governor of Missouri, wants to know what happened. Why no Guards, when they were all set to go? Did the word come down from the White House or the Department of Justice to keep the Guards out? Nixon didn’t answer, just accused Kinder of playing politics....

But the real top of the Ferguson Hall of Shame goes to the people who brought us Ferguson from the beginning. I mean the real beginning. I mean… what happened to black America in the post-civil rights era? Why has such a wonderful group of people who fought so hard against a racist society and won, who brought so much to American (and world) culture had the guts torn out of their community? Why is what was once one of our most family-oriented groups now virtually without family, seventy percent of their babies born out of wedlock? That was unheard of when I was a young civil rights worker in the sixties. And the endless black on black crime? Where did that come from? What caused that? Forget Brown. Forget Wilson. They’re trivial by comparison. Those are the real questions. KEEP READING
Politicians and Media Incite Violence in Ferguson - NEW ZEAL

CNN analyst reads CRUCIAL EVIDENCE that destroys the lies about Michael Brown shooting - The Right Scoop

WATCH: Report The News? Not A Chance! Instead Brian Williams Whined About Ferguson Jury's Decision - Newsbusters

On Monday night, a grand jury in Ferguson, Missouri found no probable cause to indict Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson for the shooting death of Michael Brown. Following the grand jury’s ruling, the “big three” (ABC, CBS, and NBC) all broke from their regular prime time programming to announce the decision. Unlike ABC and CBS, NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams failed to mention any of the actual facts of the case or legal rationale for the grand jury’s decision when he expressed his dissatisfaction with the case’s outcome.

Williams opened his broadcast by declaring "The grand jury in Ferguson, Missouri has failed to come up with an indictment for the police officer in the shooting of the unarmed black teenager Michael Brown." While NBC ignored all of the actual facts behind the grand jury’s decision, ABC and CBS were much more reserved in their analysis. CBS Evening News anchor Scott Pelley provided a detailed explanation for the grand jury’s decision, and even included a statement from Officer Wilson’s attorneys...


The people who make this country work don’t get nearly enough credit for what they do. They’re mocked, insulted, portrayed as selfish for refusing to indulge the government’s bottomless appetite for cash, and given no real credit for how they make all of our lives better just by getting up in the morning and doing their jobs. - John Hayward/Human Events @Doc_o

Throughout the Obama years, the notion of jobs as a bounty to be distributed to deserving peons by the Ruling Class, rather than an economic transaction voluntarily offered by risk-taking business owners, has grown more prevalent, from Obama’s infamous “you didn’t build that” speech to Hillary Clinton treating the very notion of private-sector job creation as a joke nobody should bother telling her.

Now we’ve got businesses in Ferguson, Missouri looted and burned to the ground. Their owners and operators are expected to shut up and accept their fates as collateral damage from a temper tantrum. There were heroes in Ferguson on Monday night, as well as vandals and looters, and they’re not getting anywhere near the attention they deserve. Let me spotlight two of them.

The first is someone I mentioned earlier this week: bakery owner and single mom Natalie Dubose. She was photographed in tears on the night of the riots as her shop was trashed, but by the next day she was all business, taking quick breaks from restoring her property to handle media interviews. If she didn’t capture your heart already, a WNCN News profile that reveals she’s only been in business since June, after selling cakes at flea markets to raise the money to open her shop, ought to do the trick. After I first mentioned her, readers contacted me asking if there was anything they could do to help. I directed them to the GoFundMe page Dubose created to raise money for restoring her bakery, and I’m happy to learn it has been a smashing success...

Then you’ve got the woman who went toe-to-toe with looters when they showed up to trash the local Papa John’s pizzeria. She didn’t own the store; in fact, according to the UK Daily Mail, she didn’t even work there. She just stood her ground and shoved the looters away, resolute even when threatened with violence...

I hope we hear more about the heroes of Ferguson in the days to come, because I’ve had my fill of hearing about the villains.

In case anyone is wondering, I have no idea where either Natalie Dubose or the mysterious defender of Papa John’s stand on politics or the issues of the day. I don’t care. If you’re looking for someone who thinks character is defined by political stances, you’re in the wrong neighborhood. READ MORE, and COMMENT, at the link

Obama: Americans Have No Right To Favor Americans

Americans should not favor other Americans over foreigners, Obama demanded. - Daily Caller

Obama’s speech was a defense of his Nov. 21 unilateral effort to roll back enforcement of immigration law.

Obamacare offers firms $3,000 incentive to hire illegals over native-born workers

Illegals to receive Social Security, Medicare under Obama plan - Washington Post

Under President Obama’s new program to protect millions of illegal immigrants from deportation, many of those affected will be eligible to receive Social Security, Medicare and a wide array of other federal benefits, a White House official said Tuesday....

For those who work, that includes payroll taxes, also known as FICA taxes, because they are collected under the Federal Insurance Contributions Act.

The tax payments are usually split between employer and employee and include 12.4 percent collected to pay for Social Security, as well as 2.9 percent to pay for Medicare.

Federal law says that people who pay the taxes and are deemed “lawfully present in the United States” can collect benefits under those programs when they become eligible. They may also receive survivor and disability benefits.

“If they pay in, they can draw,” White House spokesman Shawn Turner said by e-mail....

◼ But: Under the president’s new amnesty, businesses will have a $3,000-per-employee incentive to hire illegal immigrants over native-born workers because of a quirk of Obamacare. - Stephen Dinan/Washington Times
President Obama’s temporary amnesty, which lasts three years, declares up to 5 million illegal immigrants to be lawfully in the country and eligible for work permits, but it still deems them ineligible for public benefits such as buying insurance on Obamacare’s health exchanges.

Under the Affordable Care Act, that means businesses who hire them won’t have to pay a penalty for not providing them health coverage — making them $3,000 more attractive than a similar native-born worker, whom the business by law would have to cover.

Obama heads to Chicago to pitch immigration steps while Ferguson burns

Poll shows 62 per cent of voters oppose his plan to mainstream illegal immigrants - DAVID MARTOSKO, US POLITICAL EDITOR FOR MAILONLINE

Rasmussen poll shows a massive majority of likely voters – 62 per cent – oppose his plan to give millions of illegal immigrants a temporary amnesty

Only 24 per cent now say Obama has the legal authority to change immigration policy without agreement from Congress

A 55-per cent majority believe federal lawmakers should challenge him in court

Justice Was Served in Ferguson—This Isn’t Jim Crow America

‘Civil rights’ figures decided long ago that the only fair outcome would be indictment. But that was driven by ideology, not facts. - Ron Christie/Daily Beast

The day of reckoning has arrived not just in Ferguson, Missouri, but also across America. For some, the grand jury proceedings to determine whether the shooting of a black teenager by a white police officer was justified was never about seeking justice. As widely anticipated in the media, the jury of nine whites and three blacks elected not to indict based on the evidence before them. Sadly, hundreds if not thousands of individuals descended upon this small St. Louis suburb to agitate for an outcome based on their ideology rather than the facts under consideration by the grand jury.

Even though the grand jury elected not to find Officer Darren Wilson responsible for the shooting death of teenager Michael Brown, sadly, I never believed that the gathering protesters gathered in Ferguson were seeking justice or a peaceful resolution to the case, which has roiled race relations in America to levels I haven’t seen in decades....

Finally, someone needs to stand up to denounce the violence, rioting, and looting that has besieged Ferguson since the tragic shooting occurred. I fully support nonviolent demonstration—a right enshrined in the First Amendment of our Constitution. I do not support the belief that violent protest is justified regardless of the outcome of the Ferguson grand jury. But the fact that the Missouri National Guard had to be mobilized, along with thousands of state, local, and federal law-enforcement officers, to quell potential riots and acts of violence is nothing short of a disgrace. That gun sales would skyrocket in the town as shop owners boarded up their places of business to prevent looting is a beacon of clarity that illuminates the fact that for many, Ferguson has become a symbol of lawlessness, civil unrest, and violence rather than one of seeking justice for a slain teen....

Rudy got it right: Cops save minority lives

Giuliani was over on “Meet the Press” — opening up on Michael Dyson, a Georgetown University professor and frequent critic of policing practices in Ferguson, Mo., and elsewhere in America:

“Ninety-three percent of blacks are killed by other blacks,” Rudy barked. “I would like to see the [same] attention paid to that, that you are paying to [Ferguson].”

“What about the poor black child who was killed by another black child?” Giuliani asked. “Why aren’t you protesting that? White police officers wouldn’t be there if you weren’t killing each other.”

Naturally, polite people everywhere fell into a swoon.

Well, too bad about them. Dr. Giuliani may not have much of a bedside manner, but he’s a first-rate diagnostician when it comes to criminal justice and his anti-crime prescriptions for New York City saved thousands of innocent lives — most of them black and Hispanic. GET THE FACTS.

Rudy Giuliani causes racial firestorm for citing black crime stats in debate on Michael Brown shooting - NY Daily News

'The white police officers wouldn't be there if you weren't killing each other': Rudy Giuliani provokes anger with TV outburst over black-on-black inner city crime - Daily Mail UK


I would be remiss if I didn’t provide my periodic update on the Affordable Care Act, lest you grow complacent to its unspeakable egregiousness. So let’s review some recent tidbits, shall we? - David Limbaugh/Human Events

...There’s more. CNBC reports that though small-business owners may have avoided Obamacare’s regulations and penalties in its first year, they’ll not be able to do that in the second year and beyond. In a recent survey conducted by payroll processing firm ADP, small businesses indicated that health care costs and complexities and the enormity of government regulations are their greatest concerns. One-third of business owners are fined annually for failing to comply with some sort of government regulation. Half of the companies paying fines don’t even know the details of the fines they’re required to pay.

There’s still more. The Department of Health and Human Services is considering changing Obamacare’s auto-renewal rules such that if you don’t take action during the open enrollment window, you may be enrolled into a lower-cost plan. That isn’t so good as it will sound to some, because if you happen to want to stay in your existing plan under these circumstances — and keep your doctors, clinics, cost structures and benefit options — you may be precluded from doing so under the reassignment. And you probably can’t switch back once enrollment is closed. As Reason magazine’s Peter Suderman observed, “a hassle? Maybe. But have faith: They know what’s best.”

And there’s still more. A new report from Avalere Health reveals that insurers have increased premiums for the most popular plans sold on the exchanges after underpricing the policies last year. The average price for the 2015 exchange plans is increasing by 10 percent.

The bad news for Obama and his socialized-medicine disciples continues to pile up. A Gallup poll finds for the third consecutive year that the majority of Americans believe that it’s not the responsibility of the federal government to make sure all Americans have health care.

The more people find out about the horrors of socialism in practice the more they reject it. That is axiomatic — even in today’s America.