Saturday, February 8, 2014
◼ Talking with farmers about this government induced drought, and what it's doing to the economy in the Central Valley.
No water, no jobs.
We need the water back on!
What's at stake in 2014 is the fight for your most basic freedoms: the freedom to live your life the way you want to. Freedom from government interference, freedom from oppression by regulation or confiscation of your wealth. Freedom from tyranny. #gotliberty
IRNA quoted Haddad as saying the fleet is approaching U.S. maritime borders for the first time. The Islamic Republic considers the move as a response to U.S. naval deployments near its own coastlines.
◼ Iranian TV airs simulated bombing of Tel Aviv, US aircraft carrier
Read more: Iranian TV airs simulated bombing of Tel Aviv, US aircraft carrier - Times Of Israel
Clip shows simulated strikes on Ben Gurion Airport, Haifa, USS Abraham Lincoln in retaliation for hypothetical attack on Iran
Fact-checkers are scratching their heads with Obama's truth-challenged State of the Union Address. The long list of whoppers that Obama told seems to have set a record.
◼ Why the people don’t trust government - Ed Feulner/Washington Times
...“As president, I’m committed to making Washington work better, and rebuilding the trust of the people who sent us here,” Mr. Obama said.
Speeches that cherry-pick facts that flatter and omit the ones that hurt — speeches that present facts out of context — have the opposite effect. They increase that lack of faith.
Until that changes, Americans would be well-advised to apply President Reagan’s famous dictum on the Soviet Union to their own elected officials: “Trust, but verify.”
What was truly noteworthy about this debate was the respect all columnists gave each other despite the passions unleashed by the nature of the argument. It should stand as an example for all conservatives to follow when debating issues among ourselves.
Join the discussion.
◼ Rubio Gaining as GOP Establishment's Preferred 2016 Choice - Elliot Jager/Newsmax
◼ 16 for '16: The Most Talked-About Potential GOP Presidential Candidates - Bill Hoffman/Newsmax
◼ Shock poll: Hillary Clinton would beat Sarah Palin 44%-43% in Alaska - Paul Bedard/Washington Examiner
The poll from the Democratic firm found that Bush is the state’s pick to run against Clinton. In a Bush-Clinton matchup, Bush wins 47 percent to 39 percent. Paul, Christie and Huckabee would also beat Clinton. "Palin does worse in her home state than any of the other potential Republican candidates we tested," said PPP.
◼ What if Hillary just walked away? - Jazz Shaw/HotAir
Friday, February 7, 2014
WATCH This Courageous Woman Testify that the IRS and Several Other Government Agencies Abused Her and Her Family
Catherine Engelbrecht's Testimony at House of Representatives Hearing on IRS Targeting
◼ link - Bryan Preston/PJMedia
“All of the incursions into my affairs began after filing applications for tax-exemption. There is no other remarkable event. There is no other reason, to explain how for decades I went unnoticed but now find myself on the receiving end of interagency coordination into and against all facets of my life both personal and private.” Engelbrecht told the committee that all of the inquiries were occurring at the same time the IRS sought “every Facebook and Twitter I’d ever posted, questions about my political aspirations, and demands to know the names of groups that I’d spoken with, the content of what I had said and everywhere that I intended to speak in the coming year.”
Engelbrecht noted that while the answers to these inquiries were of no interest to the average IRS agent, they “are certainly of interest to a political machine that will put its own survival against the civil liberties of a private citizen.”
Watch Engelbrecht’s entire opening statement here, keeping in mind that President Obama told Bill O’Reilly that there is “not a smidgen of corruption” in the IRS abuse scandal.
Catfish oversight, weather radios and a Christmas tree tax: Meet the pork-filled $956 BILLION Farm Bill
The massive five-years agriculture spending plan, signed Friday by President Obama, includes a $3 million plan for Christmas tree taxes
Most of the bill covers food stamps, with the number of benefit recipients doubling since Obama took office
The U.S. will spend $1 billion per year loaning money to sugar barons so they can keep prices stable and avoid overseas competition
Another $100 million will go to study how to get Americans to buy more maple syrup
$1 million will buy weather radios for rural Americans, despite plunging hundreds of weather apps for smartphones and plunging access rates
The conservative Club For Growth called the legislation, which took members of Congress three years to write, 'a "Christmas Tree" bill where there’s a gift for practically every special interest group out there with a well-connected lobbyist.'
It's $956 billion of spending overall in a ten-year period, sketched out in legislation 959 pages long – nearly $1 billion per page.
But most of that money goes to food-stamp and nutrition programs, which are administered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
The 10-year spending total for those entitlements will hit $756 billion under the new law.
In the normal world, this would be called “fraud.” In Obama’s America, it’s called a “snag,” and on a national scale, the Obama regime labels it “Shut up, Fox News!”
So, the next time you hear a Democrat complain about too much partisanship in Washington, tell them to look in the mirror.
The media is constantly bemoaning the lack of bipartisanship in Congress, with the lion’s share of their scorn directed at conservatives for being too “intransigent.” Well, almost the entire Senate GOP Conference – both moderate and conservative members – actually united behind a Democrat-sponsored bill to implement sanctions on Iran. Yet, the Democrats and their allies are spoiling this superlative opportunity to work together on a goal that is supposedly shared by both parties.
Last November, President Obama forged a deal with Iran that should be called the “if you like your nukes you can keep them” deal. As part of the Geneva agreement, Iran is not required to destroy a single centrifuge it has already produced, but is required to end any future development of nuclear operations. Even with the future promises to curtail their nuclear program, the Iranians probably have enough material already to create a bomb....
In return for their trustworthy promises to reduce their nuclear program, Obama agreed to suspend sanctions against them for six months. But fear not, if they don’t uphold their side of the deal, Russia and China, which have permanent veto power over any sanctions, have agreed to re-impose the international sanctions on a rogue Iran.
In response to this outrage, a group of senators from both parties introduced a bill to re-impose sanctions on Iran (S.1881). The bill was sponsored by Democrat Senator Robert Menendez. Almost every Republican along with 16 Democrats co-sponsored the bill. What a great opportunity to bring a bipartisan bill to the floor, no?
As we all know, the Democrats had no intention of ever holding a vote on the bill. They just wanted to show their constituents that they are just as strong on national security as Republicans, but never wanted to bring the bill to the floor, lest they embarrass the messiah and leader of their party.
A bombshell Congressional Budget report released this week indicated that
The last 48 hours have produced some of the finest, most rarified examples of spin the political universe has been privy to in some time. It’s been a veritable windfall for consumers of political discourse who enjoy observing painful rhetorical contortions.
◼ Dem Rep. Gwen Moore’s Hilarious Defense of CBO Report: “People Don’t Want A Promotion, Because They Will Pay More Taxes”… - Weasel Zippers via Tom Del Beccaro
Then you have Rep. Gwen Moore (D-WI), who appeared virtually incoherent Thursday on MSNBC while trying to explain away “pathetic” Republicans accurately quoting the CBO.
“You could say people don’t want a promotion, because if they make more money they’ll have to pay more taxes,” Moore said in false equivalence. This makes sense only to those who do not currently pay income taxes on their wages – which may, in fact, be her intended audience.
◼ Cleta Mitchell, attorney for an assortment of Tea Party groups that received very special attention from Barack Obama’s politicized Internal Revenue Service, lowered the boom on what she described as a “sham, non-existent” Justice Department investigation of the scandal: - Human Events
◼ Alfonzo Rachel: I don’t agree with Obama and Democrats. But I don’t agree with the energy Conservatives put into shaking their fists at politicians, while thinking it’s going to take another politician to solve the problem. Conservatives aren’t doing the cultural work to gain and maintain representation.
If they would put more effort into supporting the creativity of artists to illustrate and promote Conservatism, instead of always thinking the answer is going to be a politician, they would see more positive effects.
A left wing Berkeley professor is warning progressives that their mindset is ruining the world. Is he right? Do progressives even understand that for which they are fighting?
“The Democrats once styled themselves the party of workers. Now, they are the party of people who would have been workers, if it hadn’t been for Obamacare.” That doesn’t bode well for them in November; and it doesn’t bode well for the rest of the nation if the situation continues.
“Charles Krauthammer made the bold proclamation on Wednesday that the comments White House press secretary Jay Carney made in response to the recently-released CBO report on Obamacare will be ‘emblazoned on the tombstone of liberalism,’” Jason Howerton writes at The Blaze:
Here’s the statement made by Carney that he is referring to:
“Opportunity created by affordable, quality health insurance allows families in America to make a decision about how they will work, or if they will work.”“He says opportunity. This is what he’s heralding in this achievement, that the government is giving opportunity for people to decide if they want to work. This is the liberals’ ideal of the opportunity society,” Krauthammer said. “Of course, in a free society, you can decide if you want to work, but what Obamacare does, and so the essence of liberalism, is you can choose not to work, and the people who do work end up subsidizing you.”
In other words, he explained, the people who work “have to send their money to the government” so they can redistribute it to the people who choose, “in this ideal new opportunity society,” not to work.
◼ The Comment Made by Jay Carney That Charles Krauthammer Says Will Be ‘Emblazoned on the Tombstone of Liberalism’ - Jason Howerton/The Blaze
...Oh, and speaking of Obama’s Palace Guard stumbling into an “unexpectedly” rude surprise:
◼ As Rich Lowry writes, “The Democrats once styled themselves the party of workers. Now, they are the party of people who would have been workers, if it hadn’t been for Obamacare.” That doesn’t bode well for them in November; and it doesn’t bode well for the rest of the nation if the situation continues.
◼ Until it can’t.
◼ The Party of Less Work - Rich Lowry/Politico
The FBI’s beef is with the selection of Debo Adegbile as Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division. The FBI Agents Association’s opposition is based on the way in which Adegbile defended, and led the cheers for, cop killer Mumia Abu-Jamal.
The problem isn’t that Adegbile defended Abu-Jamal. The problem, as Bill Otis explains, is that Adegbile led a street campaign to denounce the policeman Abu-Jamal killed, Officer Daniel Faulkner, and the police in general, as an occupying fascist army.
Accordingly the FBI Agents Association (FBIAA) has communicated its opposition to Adegbile’s nomination to Vice President Biden, Attorney General Holder, and the members of the Senate Judiciary Committee. Unfortunately, that Committee today approved the nomination 10-8 in a straight party line vote.
◼ Committee clears controversial DOJ nominee on party lines - The Hill
IRS planned secret new rules to justify targeting tea party groups two years ago, reveals bombshell email
◼ Obama’s intervention in FBI investigation is fine, says Carney - Neil Munro/Daily Caller
◼ A Smoking Gun Memo And One Sorry Apology From The IRS - IBD Editorial
...Even as he admitted wrongdoing, (John Koskinen, the new commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service) awarded $62.5 million in bonuses to IRS employees. It looks like hush money. Whatever it is, it's not being sorry.
◼ Video: Another great moment in nominating Obama donors as ambassadors - HotAir
Granted, it’s not as if this is a new practice or solely the practice of Democratic administrations, not by a long shot. But I don’t recall seeing so many grossly ignorant nominees put their gross ignorance on display so readily.
First, there was Norway... Now, Argentina.
◼ Video: What happens when presidents make big donors into ambassadors - HotAir
Olivier Knox reported... on the hearing in which George Tsunis attempted to answer questions about his new assignment, and in doing so displayed a stunning ignorance of the political situation in the country that will host him as our highest-ranking representative. In fact, Tsunis couldn’t even name Norway’s form of government...
◼ Obama's 'Smart Diplomacy' Collapses Under Political Cronyism - IBD Editorial
Indeed, the State Department under Obama is turning into a global laughingstock as he puts forward a series of incompetent political cronies for key diplomatic posts, showing disrespect for allies and contempt for our own nation's proud diplomatic traditions.
...Caroline Kennedy, who doesn't speak Japanese, has no real expertise in Japan and whose sole qualification appears to be her last name, is now U.S. representative to our No. 1 ally in Asia. Tokyo officials took it as a grave insult.
...Colleen Bradley Bell, another big-time Obama campaign bundler and TV soap opera producer ("The Bold and the Beautiful"), is our new ambassador to Hungary. During her hearings, Bell couldn't say what strategic interests, if any, the U.S. had in Hungary.
...In the gaffe department, U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland was quoted on the Internet as telling our ambassador to Ukraine, "F*** the EU." Predictably, the EU was outraged.
Thursday, February 6, 2014
Congressman Tried to Shut Down a Tea Party Leader at Thursday’s Hearing — That’s When a GOP Rep. Showed He Wasn’t Having Any of It
◼ Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-Va.) dismissed a Tea Party leader’s concerns over supposedly being targeted by the Internal Revenue Service, prompting Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) to swoop in with a revealing set of questions. - The Blaze
Jordan stepped in to make a simple but effective point.
“Ms. Engelbrecht,” Jordan said, “in the first 20 years of business, did OSHA ever visit your place of business?”
“No sir,” she responded.
“After you filed the [tax-exempt application for King Street Patriots], OSHA visited then, right?”
“In the first 20 years of business did the [Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives] ever come to your business?” Jordan continued.
“And they came a couple times once you filed your application?”
“And in your first 20 years of business, did the IRS ever audit you?”
“But once you filed your application, they audited you?”
“And in your first 20 years of business, did the FBI ever visit you?”
“But once you filed your application, did they visit you?”
Jordan made his final point: “Mr. Connolly wants us to believes that’s all a coincidence.”
Unamused with Jordan’s line of questioning, an agitated Connolly shot back, insisting that he’s merely looking for evidence of the scrutiny being politically motivated.
“Listen, there’s widespread doubt about whether this administration can be trusted to enforce our laws. And it’s going to be difficult to move any immigration legislation until that changes,” the Ohio Republican told reporters at his weekly press conference....
Mr. Boehner and fellow Republicans said Mr. Obama’s credibility on the immigration issue has suffered both because of his previous moves to change policy and stop many deportations under existing laws, and because of the tone of his State of the Union address last month, when the president said he would take even more unilateral actions.
“The president’s asking us to move one of the biggest bills of his presidency, and yet he’s shown very little willingness to work with us on the smallest of things,” Mr. Boehner said. “You know, last week we sent a letter to the president outlining four bills that he talked about in the State of the Union that are sitting in the United States Senate, whether it’s the SKILLS Act, the research bill, a couple of other bills. The president could reach out and work with us on those and begin the process of rebuilding the trust between the American people and his presidency.”
If Mrs. Pelosi wants finally to take her role as a public servant seriously, though, she will reject the award named after a racist woman who had no problem speaking to a Ku Klux Klan meeting....
The most extremist power any political leader can assert is the power to target his own citizens for execution without any charges or due process, far from any battlefield. The Obama administration has not only asserted exactly that power in theory, but has exercised it in practice. In September 2011, it killed US citizen Anwar Awlaki in a drone strike in Yemen, along with US citizen Samir Khan, and then, in circumstances that are still unexplained, two weeks later killed Awlaki's 16-year-old American son Abdulrahman with a separate drone strike in Yemen.
Since then, senior Obama officials including Attorney General Eric Holder and John Brennan, Obama's top terrorism adviser and his current nominee to lead the CIA, have explicitly argued that the president is and should be vested with this power. Meanwhile, a Washington Post article from October reported that the administration is formally institutionalizing this president's power to decide who dies under the Orwellian title "disposition matrix".
...What has made these actions all the more radical is the absolute secrecy with which Obama has draped all of this. Not only is the entire process carried out solely within the Executive branch - with no checks or oversight of any kind - but there is zero transparency and zero accountability. The president's underlings compile their proposed lists of who should be executed, and the president - at a charming weekly event dubbed by White House aides as "Terror Tuesday" - then chooses from "baseball cards" and decrees in total secrecy who should die. The power of accuser, prosecutor, judge, jury, and executioner are all consolidated in this one man, and those powers are exercised in the dark.
In fact, The Most Transparent Administration Ever™ has been so fixated on secrecy that they have refused even to disclose the legal memoranda prepared by Obama lawyers setting forth their legal rationale for why the president has this power.
◼ The enduring spirit of the Tea Parties - Ben S. Carson/Washinton Times
...The concept of cutting back on government expenditures was as foreign to the British as it is to our government today, which provides lip service but no meaningful action.
Why do so many members of the political class go to such great lengths to demonize the Tea Party?
It is not a sophisticated political organization, but rather consists of a loosely knit group of American citizens from many backgrounds who are not ready to relinquish the power of the people into the hands of government entities whose interests and values do not seem to coincide with theirs.
I think it is because certain politicians have forgotten that they work for us rather than the other way around. These politicians are deeply offended by anyone who would dare challenge their “wisdom” and authority....
◼ IRS memos reveal: Way more than a 'smidgen' of corruption. Ways and Means investigation shows Treasury and the IRS were in cahoots. - Dan Calabrese/CainTV
Remember President Obama's claim during the Super Bowl Sunday interview with Bill O'Reilly that there is "not even a smidgen of corruption" going on with the IRS? Why, he explained, they were merely trying to fix how they deal with some confusing rules that caused bureaucratic mistakes.
Um, not even.
An investigation by the House Ways and Means Committee has uncovered memos that not only prove IRS officials knew exactly what they were doing in targeting conservative political groups, but prove there was coordination and direction from Obama's Treasury Department.
◼ Obama's IRS 'Confusion:' New evidence undercuts White House claims about IRS motivation. - Wall St. Journal
House committees are still digging into the IRS political targeting scandal, and based on a hearing Wednesday there's more to learn. The day produced more evidence blowing apart President Obama's claims that there was "not even a smidgen of corruption" or political motivation in the IRS handling of groups applying for tax-exempt status.
Mr. Obama wants Americans to believe that the targeting resulted from the confusing tax law governing nonprofits, which he says was "difficult" to interpret and resulted in mere "bureaucratic" mistakes. This is also the Administration's justification for issuing new regulations governing 501(c)(4)s that would effectively silence White House opponents this election year. Published in the Federal Register in November, the new rules cite the "lack of a clear and concise" regulation as reason for the rewrite.
House Ways and Means Chairman Dave Camp blew up this fairy tale at Wednesday's hearing with new IRS Commissioner John Koskinen. Mr. Camp unveiled a June 14, 2012 email from Treasury career attorney Ruth Madrigal to key IRS officials in the tax-exempt department, including former director Lois Lerner....
◼ Trey Gowdy: Why would Obama prejudge the IRS investigation? - Charlie Spiering/Washington Examiner @charlesspiering
Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C. blasted President Obama for "pre-judging" the outcome of the IRS investigation for targeting Tea Party groups who applied for tax-exempt status.
Gowdy referred to Obama's assertion in a Fox News interview that there was “not even a smidgen of corruption” in the IRS case.
"...I understand why she invoked her Fifth Amendment privilege; I don't understand why in the hell the president of the United States would prejudge an investigation before any of your clients were interviewed," Gowdy said during a House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform hearing on Thursday while questioning American Center for Law and Justice lawyer Jay Sekulow, who represents Tea Party clients.
...Juanita Broaddrick, Kathleen Willey, Paula Jones, Monica Lewinsky, Gennifer Flowers, et al...These women -- most of whose claims were eventually admitted to by Bill Clinton -- were shamed and blamed. Was Hillary involved in these verbal attacks? To what degree was the famously hands-on wife of Bill involved -- or even worse -- leading the "nuts or sluts" strategy used to malign his accusers as either crazy or of questionable morals?
...Broaddrick claims that two weeks after the rape, at a political event, Hillary approached her. "She came over to me, took a hold of my hand and said, 'I've heard so much about you and I've been dying to meet you. ... I just want you to know how much that Bill and I appreciate what you do for him.' ...
"This woman, this little, soft-spoken — pardon me for the phrase — dowdy woman that would seem very unassertive, took ahold of my hand and squeezed it and said, 'Do you understand? Everything that you do.' I could have passed out at that moment and I got my hand from hers and I left. ... She was just holding onto my hand. Because I had started to turn away from her and she held onto my hand and she said, 'Do you understand? EVERYTHING that you do,' I mean, cold chills went up my spine. That's the first time I became afraid of that woman."
Happy Birthday Mr. President. We sure do miss you. (Newsbusters)
Happy Birthday to Ronald Reagan! It was an honor to meet one of the greatest presidents our nation has seen #tbt (Senator Rand Paul)
◼ In celebration of Ronald Reagan's birthday, I hope you'll take a few minutes to watch this video. it is astonishing how relevant his words are today, and it is indeed "A Time for Choosing." (Allen West)
◼ Detroit is a shell of its former self. Hunkered down against the growing solitude surrounding the remaining habitable zones, the palaces of corporate power serve as little more than a reminder of glories past. What happened? How did this American treasure become the desolate and dangerous home of hulking wrecks, abandoned homes, and broken dreams? - IJ Review
The new documentary Bankrupt: How Cronyism and Corruption Brought Down Detroit, from Mister Smith Media and FTR Media, explores the road to perdition American automobiles cruised down in their partnership with government. A story of the love the people had, and hope to have again, for this city of metaphors.
The full documentary, above, is available for free for a limited time. It’s a chance for us to find out not only what went wrong, but what can go wrong in the future. A cautionary tale of the age of Too Big To Fail.
◼ O'Reilly Attempts To Pull Jon Stewart Out of 'Left-Wing Fantasyland' - IJReview
Point by point, O’Reilly explains why covering these issues is important, and how these issues have not been “thoroughly investigated,” as has been claimed by the President and by Jon Stewart.
◼ "We have to look at our benefits programs very seriously," said Armstrong. "In the CEO chair, let me give you an example of the decisions we have to make as a company: Obamacare is an additional $7.1 million expense for us as a company. So we have to decide whether or not to pass that expense to employees or whether to cut other benefits." - Daniel Halper/Weekly Standard
◼ NY Hospital Turns Down Cancer Patient With Obamacare - Washington Free Beacon
When told the hospital did not take his insurance, Johnston was shocked. “It leaves me high and dry,” Johnston said. “I mean, this is nothing to fool around with. This is my life.”
The hospital said it currently does not accept any of the 8 plans offered by the New York state exchange, citing low reimbursement fees that “wouldn’t come close” to the cost of providing treatment. The hospital has had to negotiate on a case by case basis with the insurance companies to cover patients in predicaments like Johnston’s.
Obamacare enrollees hit snags at doctor's offices...
Subsidy Cliff: Earn $1 More in Wages, and You Could Pay $20,000 More for Insurance...
CBO Director: 'Creates a Disincentive for People to Work'...
Man says personal info stolen after using website...
'Anti-Obamacare' message pays off in campaign...
Cantor takes up replacement bill...
Iran pokes USA with 'Rouhanicare'...
◼ House Oversight Committee hearing exposes political influence peddling, wasted tax funds in Obamacare co-ops - Mark Tapscott/Washington Examiner
$25 million improperly diverted...Conflicts of Interest...
It's an Obamacare-inspired program that cost "only" $2 billion and has mostly escaped media attention, but that may be changing now
“Today, the House of Representatives took measures to ensure that millions of Californians receive access to much needed water during the current drought crisis. By relaxing restrictive water regulations, this Act will increase access to vital water supplies which will save crops and jobs throughout California. I applaud the bill’s author, Rep. David Valadao (CA-21), Rep. Devin Nunes (CA-22), Rep. Kevin McCarthy (CA-23), and the entire California Republican delegation for their work on this crucial measure.”
The House approved the bill on a vote of 229 to 191, with Rep. Issa supporting passage.
Tim Donnelly: "The first order of business is to get the government out of the way of our prosperity."
"The first order of business is to get the government out of the way of our prosperity...It's about what's best for California. And I think we can unite a divided majority on American principles: hard work, personal responsibility, and freedom."
◼ Special NEW EVENT added to our #saveCAtour! Join us TOMORROW in Fresno for a rally to restore water to California's famers.
You are invited to the "pitchfork rally" to restore water to California's farmers with the next Governor of California, Assemblyman Tim Donnelly and Actress Maria Conchita Alonso!
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Wednesday, February 5, 2014
◼ MUST SEE>>> Democratic Caucus Ends In RIOTING and MOB VIOLENCE (Video) - Gateway Pundit
Democratic factions rioted Tuesday night at the Brian Coyle Center in Cedar-Riverside.
One staffer was attacked by a mob of Democrats. Police were forced to shut down the event.
◼ FIGHT BREAKS OUT AT DEMOCRATIC PARTY CAUCUS IN MINNEAPOLIS [UPDATED] - John Hinderaker/Powerline
...A lot of cultural history is packed into that paragraph. Phyllis Kahn, 76 years old, has been in the Minnesota legislature for an astonishing 42 years. A political insider for her entire adult life, she lives in one of the notorious $1 homes on Nicollet Island that were given to prominent Democrats. Mohamud Noor is a Somali, one of many thousands who have thronged to Minnesota in recent years. Until recently a state employee, he was elected to the Minneapolis school board less than two months ago. He says his “campaign will be focused on equity issues.” Kahn, on the other hand, emphasizes her ability to bring home the bacon...
◼ LET’S CALL THE WHOLE THING OFF - John Hinderaker/Powerline
Minnesota Democrats attended their local precinct caucuses last night. At the Brian Coyle Center in Minneapolis a fight broke out among Democrats in search of peace and love. Backers of newly elected school board member Mohammud Noor apparently sought to unseat 21-term incumbent state Rep. Phyllis Kahn. Noor also serves as the interim executive director of the Confederation of Somali Community in Minnesota, “helping to connect new immigrants with social welfare programs, housing, health care and education services.”
"Can anybody at the table tell us when somebody will be held responsible for the murders in Benghazi?"
Seven seconds of total silence.
Texas and Colorado are among the possible destinations, prompting Texas Governor Rick Perry to gloat via Twitter
The act is sponsored by Representative Bob Latta (R-Ohio) under the auspices of H.R. 3590. Its purpose is "to promote enjoyment of shooting, recreational, and hunting activities," which it does by "[providing] increased Federal support to facilitate the expansion of public target ranges" and opening more federally managed land to hunting.
◼ Sandra Fluke decides against congressional run, goes with plan B - Daily Caller
Contraception activist Sandra Fluke has decided she will not be running for California Democratic Rep. Henry Waxman’s soon-to-be vacated congressional seat.
◼ Sandra Fluke forgoes congressional bid to run for state Senate - LA Times
◼ Fluke opts for Plan B; ditches Congress bid for Calif. state Senate run - Washington Times
◼ Sandra Fluke Passes on U.S. House Bid, Aims for California State Senate - Mediaite
◼ The Obama administration’s efforts to keep secret information about its scandal-plagued food-stamp program received a major blow from a federal appellate court that’s ruled the government can’t hide how much money businesses make by accepting the welfare payments. - Judicial Watch
In the last few years Judicial Watch has reported extensively on the fraud and corruption surrounding food stamps, which are administered through the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). Food stamp rolls have grown immensely under Obama and the government spends an astounding $80.4 billion a year on the program to meet the president’s goal of eradicating “food insecure households.”
...There’s no doubt the USDA will spend more taxpayer dollars to appeal so it’s unlikely that the agency will make the information available anytime in the near future. In the meantime the agency responded to the federal appellate court spanking with an all too familiar “no comment.” In an e-mail to the Argus Leader the president of the Association of Health Care Journalists, also the health and science editor at a mainstream newspaper, calls SNAP a government black hole. “The secrecy involving food stamps is in a class by itself, exceeding that of any federal safety-net program.”
“CBS This Morning” reporter Sharyl Attkisson explained how the bill “will actually hurt consumers:”
VIDEO AT THE LINK
ICYMI: Senator Marco Rubio's testimony to House Oversight today about Obamacare insurance company bailouts. - via Darrel Issa
Another tidbit buried in that CBO report is that interest on the national debt will quadruple over the coming decade. The stack of bills dropped on our children grows higher; as the workforce collapses, the share of the population paying those bills diminishes. A great many opportunities for the next generation will be foreclosed by the need to cover the spending obligations and interest payments Obama left them. That sure as hell doesn’t sound like “freedom” to me.
And as the Wall Street Journal observes, this CBO report is really soft-pedaling job losses from ObamaCare, because they didn’t model the job-killing power of the employer mandate at all. That’s right, Obama drones: you spent all night pushing idiotic White House spin about how the CBO didn’t say ObamaCare would cause anyone to actually get fired, but your masters didn’t tell you that’s because the report specifically avoided the subject
...We find ourselves forced into an ugly debate about the nature of freedom. Liberals, as explicitly stated by Carney, think work erodes freedom – you’re not really free unless you can say “the hell with it” and do whatever you want, fed, clothed, and medicated by the maternal State. To modify the old folk song, freedom’s just another word for nothing left to do.
But conservatives believe work is the essence of freedom....
Every other form of liberty tends to erode when work diminishes, a point Barack Obama’s tenure demonstrates with such clarity that I suspect future generations will study it in textbooks.
◼ White House spokesman Jay Carney sums up what the Obama presidency thinks about your freedom. - IJ Review
During a press conference on Tuesday, White House Press Secretary called ‘freedom’ a “buzzword.” He was discussing Obamacare’s effect in lessening work hours because it lowers the hourly threshold an American must work in order to obtain health care.
◼ FREEDOM’S JUST ANOTHER WORD FOR NOTHING LEFT TO DO - John Hayward/Human Events @Doc_o
Sometimes you can disagree with spin from this White House while still admiring its political craftsmanship. Yesterday was not one of those days. Rocked on their heels by a CBO analysis of ObamaCare that’s going to spark full-blown panic among Democrats up for re-election in 2014, White House spokesman Jay Carney ran a spin session that involved claiming unemployment is the essence of freedom – it’s great that people can quit their jobs because ObamaCare will subsidize their health insurance at everyone else’s expense, because they’ll have more time to work on their cowboy poetry or whatever.
Keep that in mind when you’re looking at your gigantic ObamaCare premiums and deductibles, young and healthy suckers. You’re paying three times what you used to pay so that older people who really don’t want to work can feel more free to quit their jobs....
Carney topped off his disastrous press conference by claiming that “freedom” is just a “buzzword,” a line that’s going to show up on T-shirts for years to come. Way to make the entire United States recoil in disgust from your Administration, dude.
We find ourselves forced into an ugly debate about the nature of freedom. Liberals, as explicitly stated by Carney, think work erodes freedom – you’re not really free unless you can say “the hell with it” and do whatever you want, fed, clothed, and medicated by the maternal State. To modify the old folk song, freedom’s just another word for nothing left to do.
...The same law Obama is praising because it will reduce the workforce by making work unnecessary for 2.5 million people is also forcing elderly nuns to pay for contraceptives. When you’re dependent on the State for your livelihood, even your ability to vote becomes a largely theoretical “freedom.” They know which way you’re going to vote. You can’t afford to make any other choice.
When we expect everyone to seek employment, we are showing respect to our fellow citizens. Obama’s attitude is outrageous in its contempt for the American people. He really does think the American dream is a reasonably comfortable dead-end existence, with the working population obliged to cover the bills of the indolent.
◼ Obamacare is going to cost some of the very people it was designed to help. - Byron York/Washington Examiner @ByronYork
"The administration is playing with fire," said former Congressional Budget Office director Douglas Holtz-Eakin. "They sold this as 'only rich people pay, and everyone benefits,' and now we're finding out it's not true."
◼ CBO says Obamacare to cost $2 trillion over next decade, cut employment by 2.5 million - Philip Klein/Washington Examiner @philipklein
President Obama's health care law will cost slightly more than $2 trillion over the next decade, according to a new report from the Congressional Budget Office.
The CBO report also said the health care law will distort the economic incentives for individuals to work and thus the nation will lose the equivalent of 2.5 million full-time jobs by 2024.
John Boehner: The middle class is getting squeezed in this economy, and today the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office confirmed — as we've warned for years — that ObamaCare is making it worse.
◼ Issa: The CBO is finding out what’s in it, but there are still “surprises yet to come” from ObamaCare - HotAir
◼ The Jobless Care Act - Wall Street Journal Editorial
There are 7.8 million Americans working part-time who want full-time work, including a fry cook whose restaurant cut his hours to avoid Affordable Care Act mandates and confronted President Obama in an online Google Q&A last week: "We can´t survive. It´s not a living." Mr. Obama changed the subject to raising the minimum wage. But he can´t dodge reality forever as the evidence piles up that ObamaCare is harming the labor market.
On Tuesday no less than the Congressional Budget Office reported that the health law is causing Americans to work less or not at all, in a remarkable intellectual turnabout for the budget shop that Democrats cited repeatedly when selling ObamaCare. Now CBO—full of liberal-leaning economists—says the economy will lose the equivalent of two million full-time workers by 2017 and 2.5 million over the next decade, a threefold increase over its prior estimate....
"...Claims that the Affordable Care Act hurts jobs are simply belied by the facts in the CBO report," the White House declared Tuesday. By "facts," the White House seems to mean that the report is positive because "individuals will be empowered to make choices about their own lives and livelihoods" and "have the opportunity to pursue their dreams." There you have it: the new American dream of not working.
All of this is one more contradiction of the arguments that were used to sell ObamaCare. The law would reduce health-care costs and shrink the deficit, you could keep your health plan and your doctor, and businesses could hire more workers and be more competitive. All of this is turning out to be false, and now we learn that the law is a job destroyer that is
◼ Creating Killing Millions Of Jobs - Investor´s Business Daily Editorial
Not only will ObamaCare not create 4 million jobs, the Congressional Budget Office now says it will cut the number of hours worked 2% by 2024 — which is the equivalent of losing 2.5 million full-time jobs.
A big reason, according to the CBO, stems from the income-based subsidies meant to lower premium costs. When combined with other features of the tax code, these subsidies end up creating an effective marginal tax rate of nearly 50% for some lower middle-class families.
That is, every extra dollar these families earn will cost them about 50 cents in lost tax credits and ObamaCare subsidies, "thus discouraging work." To liberals, this is no big deal, since workers will be "choosing" to work less. "Means-tested programs always reduce employment," writes Kevin Drum in Mother Jones.
Funny how they never mentioned this during the health care debates.
But wait, it gets better....
Not only is Oregon the worst Obamacare exchange out there, but now it looks like they were bilking the taxpayers out of millions of dollars with dummy webpages to make it look like their exchange was working:
◼ Wendy Davis has built her campaign around a provably false story of poverty and struggle as a single mother. Adding to the growing sense that she is not who she is selling herself to voters as, a report by the Washington Free Beacon reveals that Davis has spent upwards of $131,000 of campaign funds on Austin luxury suites since elected to the Texas Senate. - Frances Martel/Breitbart
Davis, who has been in the Texas Senate since 2008, is from the Fort Worth area and required amenities to live in Austin while she was serving in the Senate. The apartments and suites she chose to live in between 2008 and 2014 took from the campaign fund monthly rents comparable to apartments in central Manhattan, as well as use of services like maids. Rents increased over time as Davis upgraded from a $2,000-a-month suite at the Monarch in 2008 to an apartment costing her campaign more than $3,000 a month by 2011, at which time Davis moved to an apartment at the Ashton in Austin.
Despite her significant salary as an attorney, which the Free Beacon estimates as just over $275,000 in 2012, Davis did not pay for any of her accommodations or the maid service at the Monarch. All expenses were paid by her campaign--from donations and assorted funds meant to keep her in office.
The Beacon posits that such a life of luxury directly contradicts the image that Davis is trying to sell Texans in her gubernatorial campaign.
...Under current enrollment policies, victims who have left abusive relationships, even if they file taxes separately from a spouse, still are judged on total household income of the marriage. So if a victim flees and is trying to obtain health insurance coverage, she or he may actually be scraping by on a substantially smaller income yet not qualify for subsidies — and be mandated to buy a costly policy.
And a high healthcare premium would exacerbate what is already a trepidatious financial situation, with many victims coming from a marriage where the abusive spouse controlled the money and many of the abused eventually returning to the marriage because of an inability to financially support oneself and any children.
He can follow a scandal management strategy of saying the most ridiculous, patently false things for a week or two, “winning” the spin war, and then consolidating victory by declaring the story “old news.”
◼ OBAMA’S SUPERBOWL SUNDAY INTERVIEW - John Hayward/Human Events @Doc_o
Rarely has a lame duck emitted such a strange series of quacks, as President Obama sat down for a pre-Super Bowl interview with Bill O’Reilly in which the latter asked the kind of tough questions Obama’s adoring media never asks… and Obama refused to answer any of them.
◼ AMERICA’S WARS IN IRAQ AND AFGHANISTAN ARE NOT ‘ENDED’ - Dennis Prager/Human Events
What Obama isn't telling you about the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq and why he is lying by saying the wars are ending...
Tuesday, February 4, 2014
Today, the Republican National Committee (RNC) hosted its 2nd Annual Black Republican Trailblazer Awards luncheon at the historic Howard Theatre in Washington, DC. This year’s theme is “Honoring Our Past and Building the Future.”
◼ RNC Co-Chairman Sharon Day said, “The Trailblazer Awards is an opportunity each year to celebrate our Party’s rich history and highlight the contributions of great Republicans who have inspired us all with their accomplishments. Our three trailblazers and our keynote speaker have all been pioneers who leave a lasting legacy on the American landscape.” - Iowa GOP
How many whoppers did he tell in the State of the Union? Fact-checkers are having a blast, citing untruth after untruth
“As president, I’m committed to making Washington work better, and rebuilding the trust of the people who sent us here,” Mr. Obama said.
Speeches that cherry-pick facts that flatter and omit the ones that hurt — speeches that present facts out of context — have the opposite effect. They increase that lack of faith.
Until that changes, Americans would be well-advised to apply President Reagan’s famous dictum on the Soviet Union to their own elected officials: “Trust, but verify.”
Look on the bright side: If fewer people working is a sign of economic success, the Obama presidency will be remembered as a golden age.
I’m done, guys. If we’ve reached the stage of welfare-state decadence where it’s a selling point for a new entitlement that it discourages able-bodied people from working, there’s no reason to keep going. We’ve lost, decisively.
◼ Yesterday, Dana Loesch brought some much-needed class to the set of “The View,” totally rockin’ it in the process. Today, it was Mary Katharine Ham’s turn - Twitchy
◼ Tolerance! Whoopi Goldberg, Elizabeth Perkins sneer at Dana Loesch being booked on ‘The View’ - Twitchy
@Elizbethperkins yeah.. Me too, but it's sweeps apparently.. & they are going for ratings I'm sure.— Whoopi Goldberg (@WhoopiGoldberg) February 3, 2014
◼ Michelle Malkin calls out Whoopi Goldberg over comments about Dana Loesch - Twitchy
Shorter Whoopi: Don't blame me for producers booking conservative women to boost our ratings! http://t.co/XD6hIQYAQT— Michelle Malkin (@michellemalkin) February 4, 2014
"The GOP really has become the Great Opportunity Party," Scott told NBC's David Gregory on "Meet the Press" in an interview Sunday....
He also said the GOP's multiple responses to President Obama's State of the Union address were a sign of strength, not weakness.
"The reason why the party continues to grow is because we like the diversity of ideas, and when we've had that diversity of ideas, it helps us to build the best party for the future," he said. "At the end of the day, what America needs is a party that is as diverse as the Republican Party — that is why the great opportunity for our future comes out of the GOP."
HHS searching for malware from Belarus in Obamacare software... “Every shred of data one would need to steal your identity or access your confidential credit information would be available at the fingertips of a skilled hacker, producing a staggering security threat”
U.S. intelligence agencies last week urged the Obama administration to check its new healthcare network for malicious software after learning that developers linked to the Belarus government helped produce the website, raising fresh concerns that private data posted by millions of Americans will be compromised.
The intelligence agencies notified the Department of Health and Human Services, the agency in charge of the Healthcare.gov network, about their concerns last week. Specifically, officials warned that programmers in Belarus, a former Soviet republic closely allied with Russia, were suspected of inserting malicious code that could be used for cyber attacks, according to U.S. officials familiar with the concerns....
Officials disclosed the software compromise last week after the discovery in early January of statements by Belarusian official Valery Tsepkalo, director of the government-backed High-Technology Park (HTP) in Minsk.
Tsepkalo told a Russian radio station in an interview broadcast last summer that HHS is “one of our clients,” and that “we are helping Obama complete his insurance reform.”
“Our programmers wrote the program that appears on the monitors in all hospitals and all insurance companies—they will see the full profile of the given patient,” Tsepkalo said June 25 on Voice of Russia Radio.
White House National Security Council spokeswoman Caitlin Hayden said an intelligence report on the Belarusian software was “recalled by the intelligence community shortly after it was issued.”
...House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence Chairman Rep. Mike Rogers (R., Mich) said he was surprised by media reports from Belarus indicating “some parts of Healthcare.gov or systems connected to it may have in fact been written overseas.” He called for an independent security review of the Obamacare website.
Rogers said he was especially concerned by the potential software vulnerability because a CGI executive, Vice President Cheryl Campbell, testified to Congress that all software work for the network had been done in the United States.
“We need an independent, thorough security evaluation of this site, and we need the commitment from the administration that the findings will be acknowledged and promptly addressed,” Rogers told the Free Beacon.
“I continue to call on HHS to shut down and properly stress test the site to ensure that consumers are protected from potential security risks from across the globe.”
...According to HHS, between Oct. 1 and the end of the year, 1. 9 million people signed up for healthcare through the federal website. Another 956,000 enrolled through state websites. More than 55 million people visited both the federal and state websites.
The threat of data diversion is compounded by the discovery last year that Belarus covertly diverted massive amounts of U.S. Internet traffic to Belarus.
According to the New Hampshire-based security firm Renesys, which discovered the data diversion, throughout February 2013, Internet traffic from the United States was sent to Belarus. The purpose likely was to allow hackers or government agencies to sift for data for financial, economic, or government intelligence.
◼ Obamacare data hub looms as privacy threat - USA Today Rep. Mike Rogers, chairman of the House Intelligence Committee.
◼ The employees aren’t the only ones unhappy with the changes. Owner Gary Simonetta will see his insurance premium increase 63%. - CNS News
◼ Members of Congress have figured out what Obamacare did to their staffs. So...They've bailed. Why can't you? - Jane M. Orient/Washington Times
Most see President Obama’s executive decision to delay the employer mandate in Obamacare as a gift to big business. Likely so, but it is also a massive, stealthy tax increase on individuals.
There are two major reasons why individually owned health insurance is much more expensive than employer-provided plans. First, premiums are generally less in group plans. There is a larger group to share the risk, and employed individuals are likely to be healthier.
Second and probably more important, employer-provided insurance is purchased with pre-tax dollars. Your health benefit is not subject to either payroll or income taxes. If you buy insurance yourself, though, it is with after-tax dollars. Depending on your tax bracket, this could double the effective cost.
If you lose your employment benefit and have to go to the individual market, your premium will probably increase — and you will have to earn about twice the value of the premium in order to pay it once Social Security, Medicare, federal income taxes, and state and local taxes extract their share.
Monday, February 3, 2014
The news is quite evidently nothing to celebrate, and the capitulation by the U.S. State Department and the European Union towards Hassan Rouhani and his country's nuclear ambitions is already heralding a new era of Iranian fortitude.
...Just a few days ago, the Iranian-Arab poet Hashem Shaabani and the human rights activist Hadi Rashedi were executed for "enmity against God".
These hangings were ordered by Rouhani, who may be targeting the Arab-speaking Ahwazi population in the southwest of Iran. Regional expert Benjamin Weinthal has written that Rouhani is presiding over an "execution spree", and United Nations experts have reported that "at least 40 persons have been reportedly hanged in the first two weeks of January".
So the Iranian regime is now set to receive previously untouchable funds, bolstering its previously precarious economic situation. The Iranian military flexes the muscles it wants us to believe it has. And all the while, hundreds of anti-regime activists and minorities are being mercilessly targeted and executed.
“They can definitely change these up or put their own spin on these,” Lierman said in the email, obtained by the Washington Free Beacon on Monday.
Many, though, did not significantly change the suggested language. Ayanbadejo sent three tweets, all of which copied Lierman’s suggested language with the exception of the typo in the last tweet.
The Ravens received a $130,000 contract from Maryland Health Connection, the state’s Obamacare exchange, last year to promote Obamacare. The NFL decided to forego an agreement with officials in charge of the Obamacare rollout.
...(Brendon Ayanbadejo's) third effort received a White House retweet, pursuant to assurances in Lierman’s email.
“When folks tweet this out if they or you email me with their handle I can flag it for the @whitehouse and our other twitter handles to be retweeted, etc.,” he (Lierman) wrote.
◼ ‘Spot-on!’ Hume, Martha MacCallum nail Fox-blaming Obama with crushing Benghazi truth
The Pres promised to bring the killers in Benghazi to justice - the victims families r still waiting. But the Pres says it's a Fox thing.— martha maccallum (@marthamaccallum) February 3, 2014
◼ Obama: 'Not even a smidgen of corruption' in IRS scandal - Meghashyam Mali/Washington Examiner
◼ Obama holding 'everyone' accountable for botched health law rollout - Meghashyam Mali/Washington Examiner
In a pre-Super Bowl interview with Fox News' Bill O'Reilly, Obama was pressed on why he had kept Sebelius in his Cabinet after the health law's new insurance exchanges launched with massive technical issues.
“My main priority right now is making sure that it [Obamacare] delivers for the American people,” said Obama.
Programming note: Conservative women join “The View” this week - MARY KATHARINE HAM/HotAir
◼ Dana Loesch Explains to 'The View' Why She's Conservative - Twitchy
◼ Did I Really Just See This? Pro-Gun Conservative Dana Loesch Co-Hosts 'The View' - IJ Review
..And hell didn't even freeze over.
As you can see we have a pretty full slate this election season. Four candidates have already announced that they're running to replace outgoing District Attorney Paul Gallegos; Fourth District Supervisor Virginia bass and Fifth District Supervisor Ryan Sundberg have announced that they are running for re-election.
◼ Eureka City Council elections for Mayor, Ward 1, 3 and 5 will be held November 2.
◼ Election Calendar [pdf]
Feb 10 – Mar 7 Candidate Filing Period, All Offices
Between these dates, persons wanting to run for any office on the ballot, including incumbents running for re-election, must file declaration of candidacy documents. For offices in Humboldt County, forms are available from and must be filed with the Humboldt County Office of Elections, 3033 H Street, Rm 20, Eureka.
Mar 8 – Mar 12 Candidacy Filing Extension for anyone other than the incumbent to file a declaration of candidacy and nomination petition if the incumbent did not file by March 7.
◼ Summary of Qualifications of Offices [pdf]
State Office Qualifications:
◼ GOVERNOR AND LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR [pdf]
◼ SECRETARY OF STATE, CONTROLLER, AND TREASURER [pdf]
◼ ATTORNEY GENERAL [pdf]
◼ INSURANCE COMMISSIONER [pdf]
◼ MEMBER, STATE BOARD OF EQUALIZATION [pdf]
◼ UNITED STATES REPRESENTATIVE IN CONGRESS [pdf]
◼ STATE SENATOR,MEMBER OF THE ASSEMBLY [pdf]
◼ SUPERINTENDENT OF PUBLIC INSTRUCTION [pdf]
County Office Qualifications:
◼ ASSESSOR [pdf]
Salary: $113,340. Four Year Term
◼ AUDITOR [pdf]
Salary: $113,340. Four Year Term
◼ CORONOR-PUBLIC ADMINISTRATOR [pdf]
Salary: $104,580. Four Year Term
◼ COUNTY CLERK, RECORDER, REGISTRAR OF VOTERS [pdf]
Salary: $113,340. Four Year Term
◼ COUNTY SUPERVISOR [pdf]
Salary: $81,585. Four Year Term
◼ DISTRICT ATTORNEY [pdf]
Salary: $157,992 Four Year Term
◼ JUDGE OF THE SUPERIOR COURT [pdf]
Salary: $181,292 Six Year Term.
◼ SHERIFF [pdf]
Salary: $149,064. Four Year Term.
◼ SUPERINTENDENT OF COUNTY SCHOOLS [pdf]
Salary: $165,000. Four Year Term.
◼ TREASURER-TAX COLLECTOR [pdf]
Salary: $113,340. Four Year Term.
Additional Candidate Information
◼ Candidate Mass Mailing Requirements [pdf]
Political Signage Requirements
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◼ Actually, Atlanta's icy logjam is a beacon of hope for the future - Benita M. Dodd/Washington Examiner (image source)
Every way you turned in Atlanta on Tuesday night, the examples of kindness and character were heartwarming.
On an icy hill on Peachtree Battle Road, for example, a young man stood guard, pushing sliding vehicles back on track.
On West Wesley Road, as traffic inched forward, a family stood, bundled up, outside their home to offer passing motorists homemade chocolate chip cookies. Neighbors of 1-75 and I-285 came out to serve hot cocoa and snacks to stranded motorists.
At the state Capitol, legislators offered their couches to stranded visitors; at schools, principals and teachers stayed late or overnight.
At the Fairfield Inn in Alpharetta, cheerful staff fed all comers, including people camping in the lobby because no rooms were available.
On the interstates, as cars crawled around trapped tractor-trailers and abandoned autos, drivers got out, unprompted, to help push sliding vehicles forward – and not just those in their lane. No horns honked.
Social media played a huge role. On Facebook and Twitter, people and business owners offered homes, offices, rides, food and information, reaching out to complete strangers.
Chick-fil-A fed folks; Home Depot stores stayed open overnight to shelter the stranded; in Publix, Kroger, CVS and Walgreens stores, people dozed in the aisles....
What was the common thread? Individual responsibility and personal initiative. People acted without prompting from government.
They didn’t wait to be told to help. They saw a need, they filled it. They were charitable in the truest sense of the word.