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

 

The New North Korean Threat

by: the Common Constitutionalist

Below are 2 videos of North Korean State-Run Tv. They are, as we have heard for years, quite threatening. It sounds like the same old bluster they used back in the 1990’s to fool the idiots (not hard to do) like former president Jimmy Carter and Madeline Not-All-that-Bright into them giving oil, and other supplies as well as assistance in building reactors. In return North Korea promised to freeze it’s nuclear weapons program. They promised, so we should’ve believed them. I think they did a pinky swear with Carter. About that same time the North Korean leader, Kim Il Sung died and his son, Kim Jong Il became supreme leader. Just as it is now, Kim Jong Il was new and untested and had to make his presence known and flex his leadership muscles. Many in this country and worldwide thought that with the passing of his father, the son Kim Jong Un would be more reasonable and receptive to peace and compromise. Of course, as it is with all tin-pot depots, it is turning out, at least so far, to be the exact opposite. What a shocker! Who would’ve seen that coming?

Despite the rhetoric of the interviewed citizen, one can hardly blame the people of North Korea. They no nothing of the world outside their own country. They have been thoroughly brainwashed for decades.

The problem is, as I see it, with each successive hand-down of power from one Kim to the next, North Korea becomes a little more unstable and the leader becomes lunier. This kid, Kim Jong Un, is most likely certifiable. He is a spoiled child of a ruthless dictator that has never heard the word “No”. He’s probably never lost at anything, due to the fear of death for anyone stupid enough to tell he has lost. Not to mention, he was kept under wraps for most of his life. No one outside North Korea even knew he existed until about a decade ago.

I’m not convinced this guy is just all show and no go. He may be crazy enough to do something. Who is going to tell him he can’t launch a nuke?

Now he is tearing up and invalidating the 1953 Armistice between North and South Korea. That’s nothing new; it’s been done before, just to be reinstated.

But I fear this guy may be different. He may actually roll into South Korea. Then what? What will we do? What will China do, or Russia? Will we be willing to sacrifice 58,000 American troops to protect our ally, South Korea. Think of all the Hyundais and Samsung products that could be lost.

Seriously, what would we do? I frankly don’t have a clue, especially with our current leader who specializes in leading from behind.

The So Called Adults Within the GOP Are Stupid

I realize there are those within the Republican Party who do not like Rush Limbaugh.  Some of them even think the GOP is worse because of him.

Likewise, there are those within the GOP who say they like Rush and see “a use” for him, but they themselves do not like listening to him.  He’s just not their cup of tea or something.

These people should really spend a week listening to Rush three hours a day and perhaps they would not be so stupid.

Most of the people who fall into these camps have been mouthing off on two topics about which their commentary has been decidedly stupid.  Perhaps if they were students of the Institute for Advanced Conservative Studies they’d wise up.

The first, of course, is CPAC, put on by the American Conservative Union.

The ACU gave Mitch McConnell a 100% rating and gave Renee Elmers of North Carolina, one of the most worthless members of Congress to ever be elected as a tea party candidate, some award to prove her bona fides.  That basically means the award is her conservative bona fides because she doesn’t have a record to show for it.

Basically, ACU is good at giving people cover.

And now they’ve given Chris Christie cover.  They haven’t invited him to CPAC.

Boo-freaking-hoo. Continue Reading

Park Service Told to Make It Hurt

Park ranger: Supervisors pushed sequester cuts that visitors would see

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    AP

Another federal employee has come forward to claim the Obama administration resisted efforts to ease the impact of sequester.

A U.S. park ranger, who did not wish to be identified, told FoxNews.com that supervisors within the National Park Service overruled plans to deal with the budget cuts in a way that would have had minimal impact on the public. Instead, the source said, park staff were told to cancel special events and cut “interpretation services” — the talks, tours and other education services provided by local park rangers.

“Apparently, they want the public to feel the pain,” the ranger said.

The National Park Service is among many federal agencies warning of a major impact from the sequester cuts, which took effect last Friday. The agency has warned of delayed access to portions of Yellowstone and Yosemite national parks, closed campgrounds at Great Smoky Mountains National Park, reduced hours at the Grand Canyon visitor center and other ramifications.

The Obama administration says these cuts must be made in order to make the $85 billion in cuts from Congress’ failure to avert the sequester. At the NPS, the agency was dealing with an across-the-board 5 percent cut.

Republicans have claimed the administration is making some cuts in order to exaggerate the impact. Lawmakers this past week revealed a leaked email from the Agriculture Department in which a field officer appeared to tell his team that he was instructed not to contradict the bosses’ warnings about the cuts.

Republicans have claimed the administration is making some cuts in order to exaggerate the impact. Lawmakers this past week revealed a leaked email from the Agriculture Department in which a field officer appeared to tell his team that he was instructed not to contradict the bosses’ warnings about the cuts.

At the Park Service, the alleged incident occurred in one region and it’s unclear whether other divisions were given similar guidance.Continue Reading