DiFi Demonstrates Her Brilliance

Dianne Feinstein: Assault Weapons Like Child Pornography

 

The Senate Judiciary Committee passed Feinstein’s gun-grabbing bill that bans over 150 different types of guns, but it didn’t pass without a fight from Republicans. Ted Cruz grilled Feinstein on the Constitutionality of her gun ban, reminding her that the same “right of the people” applies equally to the 2nd Amendment as it does to the 1st and 4th Amendments.

He asked her if she thought it within the purview of the federal government to ban certain books because it didn’t like them (in violation of the 1st) or claim that certain citizens are not protected against unlawful searches and seizures (in violation of the 4th). After all, he contended, this is what she and her Democrat team are doing with the 2nd Amendment and semi-automatic weapons. They’ve simply deemed those firearms “assault” weapons and have arbitrarily decided that they are scarier than other guns for the time being, and because of that, they can be legally banned.  Continue Reading

Time To Opt Out of Creepy Fed Ed Data-Mining Racket

Last week, I reported on the federal government’s massive new student-tracking database, which was created as part of the nationalized Common Core standards scheme.

The bad news: GOP “leadership” continues to ignore or, worse, enable this Nanny State racket (hello, Jeb Bush).

The good news: An independent grassroots revolt outside the Beltway bubble is swelling. Families are taking their children’s academic and privacy matters out of the snoopercrats’ grip and into their own hands. You can now download a Common Core opt-out/disclosure form to submit to your school district, courtesy of the Truth In American Education group: http://truthinamericaneducation.com/uncategorized/ccss-parent-opt-out-form/

Parents caught off guard by the stealthy tracking racket are now mobilizing across the country. Echoing families across the city, Big Apple public advocate Bill de Blasio blasted the tracking database in a letter to government officials, according to the New York Daily News: “I don’t want my kids’ privacy bought and sold like this.” On Wednesday, prompted by parental objections, Oklahoma state representatives unanimously passed House Bill 1989 — the Student Data Accessibility, Transparency and Accountability Act — to prohibit the release of confidential student data without the written consent of a student’s parent or guardian.  Continue Reading

Tale of 2 Cities

TYPICAL Government Analysis 

Two Cities  

 

  Chicago , IL 

   Houston , TX 

Population  

  2.7 million

   2.15 million

Median HH income

  $38,600

   $37,000

% African-American

  32.9%

   24%

% Hispanic

  28.9%

   44%

% Asian

  5.5%

   6%

% non-Hispanic White

  31.7%

   26%

     
A reasonably similar match up until you factor in a  Concealed carry gun law

                                                                  Chicago, IL  

 

     Houston, TX  

Concealed carry gun law    

no  

     yes

# of gun stores

0

     84 dedicated gun shops,
     1500 places to buy guns
     (Wal-Mart, etc.)

Homicides, 2012

506

      207

Homicides per 100k

 18.4

       9.6  

Average January
high temp, F

31

        63

Government Conclusion: Cold weather causes murder.

Attribution: Greg

Burqa Wearin Texans

 Texas School Trying to Cover Itself Over Report of Girls Made to Wear Burqas

 

Two weeks ago I reported on a high school in Lumberton, Texas that forced some girls to wear Muslim burqas as part of a class assignment on Islam.  The lesson is one of many questionable parts of the CSCOPE curriculum that has infiltrated at least 80% of Texas schools.

CSCOPE is a very liberal anti-American and anti-Christian curriculum that seems bent on undermining American history, patriotism and our Christian foundations.  It teaches that the Boston Tea Party was an act of terrorism, Allah is God Almighty, and encourages students to design flags for our new socialistic nation.

In a lesson plan in Lumberton, the CSCOPE lesson was on Muslim women who are being liberated from their centuries old customs.  In one class, some of the girls were told to wear the traditional burqas, the dark full length dresses and head covering.  Several students reported that the lesson seemed more like Muslim propaganda as the teacher told them that she was going to change their perception of Islam.  Another student reported the teacher told them they were not to refer to them as terrorists anymore, that they should be referred to as freedom fighters. Continue Reading

Obama’s Nominee for Secretary of (Illegal Alien) Labor

 

The Beltway is buzzing over President Obama’s likely nomination of Thomas E. Perez as the next head of the U.S. Department of Labor. But when Americans find out whom Perez has lobbied for most aggressively over the course of his extremist leftwing social justice career, they’ll be wondering which country Obama’s pick really plans to serve.

Press accounts describe Perez, currently the assistant attorney general for the Justice Department’s civil rights division, as a “tireless advocate of worker and civil rights.” The son of immigrants from the Dominican Republic, Perez was a former special counsel for the late illegal alien amnesty champion Sen. Ted Kennedy.

During the Clinton years, Perez worked at the Justice Department to establish a “Worker Exploitation Task Force” to enhance working conditions for … illegal alien workers. While holding down his government position, Perez volunteered for Casa de Maryland. This notorious illegal alien advocacy group is funded through a combination of taxpayer-subsidized grants (totaling $5 million in 2010 alone from Maryland and local governments) and radical liberal philanthropy, including billionaire George Soros’ Open Society Institute.

That’s in addition to more than $1 million showered on the group by freshly departed Venezuelan thug Hugo Chavez’s regime-owned oil company, CITGO.  Continue Reading

The Stupid Party Personified

Stupid Republican Believes Obama Dinner With GOP Was Sincere Bipartisanship

Bobby Jindal had it right: the GOP is truly the stupid party. Sure, stupid is  better than corrupt and deceitful, like the Democrats, and at least stupidity  will get good results sometimes, albeit accidentally. But man,  Republicans sure do have their share of moments of naïvete.

While Senator Rand Paul was speaking on the Senate floor for 13 hours to  filibuster the nomination of John Brennan to lead the CIA, there were twelve of  his Republican colleagues dining with President Obama at a fancy restaurant.

One particular member of the Stupid Party, Senator Tom Coburn of Oklahoma,  lived up to his party’s name, saying that he believes Obama’s invitation to  dinner is a sign that Obama truly does want to end his partisanship. Oh, Tom,  bless your heart. (By the way, Coburn was one of the twelve).

“I think he gets it,” said Coburn, “and I think he’s genuinely reaching out.  I think the president is tremendously sincere. I don’t think this is just a  political change in tactic. I think he actually would like to solve the problems  of the country….”  Continue Reading

 

Oil.. Private vs. Public Lands

Agency Confirms: Obama Has Blocked Oil Production

Empty Boast: As we have noted before in our Issues & Insights pages, President Obama has taken  credit for an energy boom he had nothing to do with. A government agency now  confirms what many have known to be true.

The Congressional Research Service has released a report, “U.S. Crude Oil and  Natural Gas Production in Federal and Non-Federal Areas,” that corroborates what  we’ve said.

“All of the increase (in oil and natural gas production) from FY2007 to  FY2012 took place on non-federal lands, and the federal share of total U.S.  crude oil production fell by about seven percentage points,” writes Marc  Humphries, the government specialist in energy policy who authored the  report.

During this period, oil production on federal land fell from nearly 1.7  million barrels a day to 1.6 million. At the same time, the share of overall  production on federal lands shriveled from 33% to 26%.

The difference is found in offshore production. Onshore production actually  increased modestly from 2007 to 2012, but offshore dropped from 1.4 million  barrels a day to 1.3 million.

The story is similar with gas. Production on federal land decreased from 5.5  trillion cubic feet to 3.7 trillion cubic feet. The federal share collapsed from  27.8% to 15.5% of the total. In the case of gas, both onshore and offshore  output on federal land have fallen, with offshore tumbling 50%. Continue Reading