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At least that’s what a Telegraph poll says. They asked viewers to propose new bills for their House of Commons to debate. Ten ideas were proposed, and readers voted for the one they’d most like to see debated. Guess which idea won (screen cap as of 3:15 PM on 5/31/13)?

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Gee, that wouldn’t have anything to do with crazed Islamic terrorists running around decapitating English citizens in broad daylight, would it? Ever since Britain passed some of the world’s strictest handgun restrictions, gun crimes have gone up – way up. And knife crimes have become the choice of violent criminals. Let’s see – how could a law-abiding citizen defend himself against some crazed knife-wielding attacker? Well, one way would be to call the “Bobbies” – who have no guns. It took 20 minutes for armed constabulary to show up at the scene of Lee Rigby’s killing.

Think about it – this is what the progressive gun-grabbers here in the states want for your future – a “safe” world (sorta like Chicago) where only criminals have guns, and law-abidiing citizens are defenseless, like Lee Rigby.

 

The people hurt the most by it are the ones who think Obama’s doing (or is going to do something) for them. He’s doing it, alright. Wile E. Obama and the ACME Economic Destruction Co. are right on schedule. Yep: two, three more years ought to do it.

American households have rebuilt less than half of the wealth lost during the recession, leaving them without the spending power to fuel a robust economic recovery, according to a new analysis from the Federal Reserve.

Time to make some more $1500 signs?

Time to make some more $1500 signs?

From the peak of the boom to the bottom of the bust, households watched a total of $16 trillion in wealth disappear amid sinking stock prices and the rubble of the real estate market. Since then, Americans have only been able to recapture 45 percent of that amount on average, after adjusting for inflation and population growth, according to the report from the St. Louis Fed released Thursday.

In addition, the report showed most of the improvement was due to gains in the stock market, which primarily benefit wealthy families. That means the recovery for other households has been even weaker.

“A conclusion that the financial damage of the crisis and recession largely has been repaired is not justified,” the report stated.

The study is part of a growing body of research on the role of household wealth — or lack thereof — in amplifying the impact of the recession and slowing the rate of recovery. Traditionally, economists and policymakers have focused on the effects of employment and income. But the report from the St. Louis Fed argued that swings in household balance sheets — which include home values, stock prices, savings and debt — were critical in determining which families weathered the financial storm and which got swept away.

via Americans have rebuilt less than half of wealth lost to the recession, study says – The Washington Post.

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It’s so funny to see “cause-jumpers” like this that think they know what they’re protesting, but when you ask them to provide details, they don’t have any idea what the hell they’re talking about. They get their marching orders from Mother Jones or The Daily Kos or some other progressive mouthpiece, but don’t engage in any sort of critical examination of the facts. Reason.tv gives you just a small sample of the cluelessness. Perfect example: When asked why she’s against the Kochs, specifically, purchasing the LA Times, a young woman responds “Well, uh, their record speaks for it self” – translation: I don’t have any idea why I’m opposed to it; I’m just doing what the rest of the people here are doing.

Protesters gathered outside of the Los Angeles Times building on Wednesday to speak out against the potential sale of the newspaper and other Tribune Company properties to Koch Industries, the privately held company owned by Charles and David Koch. Reason TV asked why the potential sale was so upsetting to those gathered and what they thought about possible city council actions against the Times.

Answers ranged from a fear of the Los Angeles Times being transformed into a right-wing propaganda machine to a general distrust of billionaires and/or large corporations owning media companies (despite the fact that the Tribune Company is, of course, a large corporation, and billionaires besides the Kochs are interested in the purchase).

 

via Koch LA Times Buyout Enrages Protesters: What We Saw at the “Save Our News” Rally – Reason.com.

It was the size of a quarter (see the picture nearby). His mom said he didn’t understand the whole zero tolerance policy – he does now. He will probably understand soon that many school administrators are idiots. He will also understand that some of his panty-waisted classmates (like the one who reported the tiny plastic gun) have been successfully indoctrinated into the brotherhood of idiotic non-commonsense policy followers.

Yet another student has landed in a heap of trouble for having something that represents a gun, but isn’t actually anything like a real gun.This time, the perpetrator was a six-year-old boy. The menacing weapon in question was a plastic Lego G.I. Joe gun roughly the size of a quarter, reports WGGB-TV. The incident unfolded Friday morning on a school bus headed to Old Mill Pond Elementary School in Palmer, Mass. Another student on the bus spotted the Lego piece and promptly shouted to the driver.

Crane, the mother of the unnamed kindergartener who made the mistake of bringing the miniature weapon on the bus, is not happy.“I think they overreacted, totally. I totally do,” Crane told WGGB.“I could see if it was you know, an Airsoft gun or some sort of pistol or live bullets or something, but this is just a toy,” she added. “At six-years-old, I don’t really think he understood the zero-tolerance policy and related it to this as the same.”School officials, who declined to speak to the ABC affiliate, promptly sent a letter home to all parents explaining the incident. The letter assured parents that there was no real gun, only a small molded piece of plastic from a Danish toy conglomerate.

According to Crane, her son was forced to apologize to the bus driver in a letter. He has to serve detention on Tuesday. Also, he may face a temporary suspension from riding the bus.

via Kindergartener gets detention for Lego gun size of quarter | The Daily Caller.

Of course he is. Hell, he’s probably befuddled as to why all of us who work hard to make a living don’t want to pay more to support the nearly 50% of the population that don’t pay any income taxes. A progressive Democrat that has only ever worked as a lawyer or a legislator probably wouldn’t understand a corporation following the letter of the tax law to pay as few taxes as possible to maximize the value of his company for the shareholders. Yeah, that’s just crazy talk.

Representative Keith Ellison (D., Minn.) just can’t wrap his head around why Apple wouldn’t “step up” to pay more in taxes.

“It seems to me they ought to want to help to pay the expenses of this country, so that everybody can have a fair shot,” Ellison said on MSNBC’s The Ed Show over the weekend.

Ellison found it “really disappointing” that Apple wasn’t willing to pay higher taxes, arguing that it “wouldn’t be a multi-billion-dollar corporation but for the fact that the United States of America made it possible for them to be that successful.”

“Taxes are not a punishment,” he explained, “taxes are the dues we pay to live in a civilized society.”

Apple’s CEO Tim Cook testified before a Senate subcommittee last week over the company’s tax-avoidance practices. Schultz later questioned whether what Apple was engaging in was “morally right,” concluding ”I don’t think they’ve got warm blood, I really don’t.”

via Ellison: ‘Really Disappointing’ That Apple Doesn’t Want to Pay More Taxes | National Review Online.

O. M. G. You’re kidding, right? No, they’re not kidding. Lunacy continues to run roughshod over common sense.

One of the first lessons one learns in English class is that context is everything. The same holds true in Spanish.

Take the case of Petrona Smith. She says in a lawsuit that she was fired from teaching at Bronx PS 211 in March 2012 after a seventh-grader reported that she’d used the “N” word, according to The New York Post.

‘Negro.’

Smith doesn’t deny using the word. But she argues that everyone uses it, when speaking Spanish. She was teaching the Spanish words for different colors, and the color “black” in Spanish is “negro.” She also taught the junior high school students, in this bilingual school, that the Spanish term for black people is “moreno.” And by the way, Smith, who is from the West Indies, is black.

via Fired for word: ‘Negro’ in Spanish class – Yahoo! News.

Daniel Greenfield examines the cars currently being burned by Muslim immigrants in Sweden. The immigrants don’t want to assimilate into the culture they’ve invaded, they want to burn it down. If Sweden -and other western countries- continues to let them do it, it will be the end of the West. I think that’s what some immigrants want. Greenfield calls it correctly: they’re savages.

Either you have a plan for buying a car or for burning a car. Considering the Muslim unemployment rates in Sweden, France and everywhere else, its safe to say the car burners don’t have future plans that involve saving up for a car or taking out a loan for a car or finding work. Cars are things that they steal, either the usual way or by defrauding social services. They might get a car by dealing drugs, but those cars are disposable. One day theyll have to burn them anyway.

If you,re the product of an industrialized culture, then you think of a car as a product of work. You realize that its the product of countless raw materials, that the metals had to be dug out of the earth, that the machines that make it had to be assembled and that men had to stand around putting that into place. And you might be one of those men. And if you aren’t, then you might know someone who is.

But if you come from a pre-industrial culture which may have factories, PhDs and cars, but no sense of the connection between product, innovation and effort, then why not burn a car or a city? Things fall into the category of that which you and your family own… and that which they do not. Anything in the latter category may be stolen or vandalized because it has no value.

The notion of a painting in a museum or a scientific principle or an eagle soaring over a lake having value is an abstract notion to you. Value to you is your own identity. A painting is valuable if you own it. If it sits in a museum, then you can either steal it or burn down the museum. The principle is worthless unless you can cash in on it. The eagle is worthless unless you can kill it or identify with it.

Some people would call that savagery, but that sort of talk is politically incorrect. And we all know that there are no such things as savages. The true savages are the people who use scientific principles to make cars and then use the money to commission paintings of soaring eagles for museums because they are greedy exploiters of the planet. On the other hand, the noble savages whose herds of sheep and goats turn fertile land into desert, who burned the great libraries of civilization and who believe that the hair of women emits rays that passing airplanes have to be protected from are close to nature.

via Sultan Knish.