Shocker: Tobacco Prohibition Creates Black Market Serviced By Gangs
Say Anything - DOUGHERTY BOUCHARD GAUDIOSOAre Cigarette Smugglers Funding Terrorists? From 1920 to 1933 the federal government, having decided that consuming alcohol was an unhealthy activity, implemented a complete ban on the use, possession and sale of booze. The result was the immediate creation of black market for alcohol serviced by celebrity criminals who, for all their subsequent fame, were...
Monday, July 08, 2013  09:09     591 Views
TARGET: FLORIDA?
Drudge Report - Tropical Storm Chantal has developed in the Atlantic Ocean over the past weekend and is aiming for the Caribbean Sea.
Monday, July 08, 2013  09:03     588 Views
5 men, trapped in a tree for 5 days, by 4 tigers.
Althouse - Rescued!

Previously discussed here.
Monday, July 08, 2013  09:00     604 Views
Fargo Gay Pride March Gets Thousands In Sponsorships From State, Local Government
Say Anything - rbflgThe Fargo-Moorhead Pride Collective is holding their Fargo-Moorhead Pride event from August 8th to August 11th. Among the events are bowling, dances and a 5k run. What’s interesting is that the event is getting taxpayer dollars. According to the website for the event, both the City of Fargo and NDQuits (a division of the State...
Monday, July 08, 2013  08:33     659 Views
Obama Relaxes Rules to Verify Income, Coverage of People Applying for Subsidized Coverage...
Drudge Report - The Obama administration will roll back requirements for state insurance marketplaces to verify the income and health coverage.
Monday, July 08, 2013  08:32     573 Views
Study: All net gain in U.S. employment has gone to immigrants
Power Line - (Paul Mirengoff)

Steven Camarota and Karen Zeigler of the Center for Immigration Studies have published a study called “Immigrant Gains and Native Losses In the Job Market, 2000 to 2013.” The title tells the tale — immigrant gains in employment have been substantial and natives have been the losers. According to Camarota and Zeigler:

A new analysis of government data shows that all of the net gain in employment over the last 13 years has gone to immigrants (legal and illegal). From the first quarter of 2000 to the first quarter of 2013, the number of natives working actually fell by 1.3 million while the overall size of the working-age (16 to 65) native population increased by 16.4 million. Over the same time period, the number of immigrants working (legal and illegal) increased by 5.3 million.

In addition to the decline in the number of natives working, there has been a broad decline in the percentage holding a job that began before the 2007 recession. This decline has impacted natives of almost every age, race, gender, and education level. The total number of working-age (16 to 65) natives not working - unemployed or out of the labor force entirely - was nearly 59 million in the first quarter of this year, a figure that has changed little in the last three years and is nearly 18 million larger than in 2000.

Thus, the data do not support the argument of Schumer-Rubio proponents that the nation’s workforce isn’t large enough.

The argument that immigration creates jobs for natives fares no better in the Camarota-Zeigler study. Put simply, they find that it hasn’t happened during the past 13 years.

From the first quarter of 2000 to the first quarter of 2007, immigration levels were very high, yet the share of natives with a job actually fell. From 2008 to the start of 2013, an estimated 5.4 million new immigrants arrived, but job growth has been very weak during the recovery.

Finally, the data undermine the “jobs Americans won’t do” argument:

Of the 472 civilian occupations defined by the Department of Commerce, only six are majority immigrant (legal and illegal). These six occupations account for 1 percent of the total U.S. workforce. Many jobs often thought to be overwhelmingly immigrant (legal and illegal) are in fact majority native-born.

For example, 51 percent of maids and housekeepers are U.S.-born, as are 63 percent of butchers and meat processors. It is also the case that 64 percent of grounds maintenance workers are U.S.-born, as are 66 percent of construction laborers and 73 percent of janitors. It is simply not the case that there are jobs that Americans do not do.

The Congressional Budget Office has found that the Schumer-Rubio legislation would result in a significant increase in the level of immigration. The Camarota-Zeigler study should give the House great pause about whether doing so is a good idea.

Monday, July 08, 2013  08:32     587 Views
10 killed in Alaska plane crash in Soldotna
Lucianne.com - Associated Press, by Staff Posted By: JoniTx- Mon, 08 16 2013 04:16:56 GMT ANCHORAGE, Alaska' All 10 people aboard an air taxi were killed as the aircraft crashed and was engulfed in flames at a small Alaska airport. Before firefighters could get to it, the de Havilland DHC3 Otter began burning just after 11 a.m. Sunday at the airport in Soldotna, about 75 miles southwest of Anchorage on the Kenai Peninsula. (Snip) "We saw the plume immediately when we left the station," Quelland said Sunday evening. It was a big, black cloud of smoke visible from the station, about three driving miles from the airport, she said.
Monday, July 08, 2013  08:26     582 Views
This Incredible Throw by the Orioles Third Baseman Has the Sports World in Awe
TheBlaze.com - 

Baltimore Oriole’s third baseman Manny Machado is one of baseball’s young stars. And on Sunday he showed why with an amazing defensive play that has become the talk of the baseball — and even the sports — world.

With the Orioles down by one run in the 6th inning while playing at the Yankees, Luis Cruiz hit a hot shot to Machado. After appearing to initially bobble the ball, which then caused it to ricochet into foul territory, Machado tracked it down and made an amazing on-target throw to catch the runner by a step.

Orioles Manny Machado amazing throw to first

Orioles Manny Machado amazing throw to first

Orioles Manny Machado amazing throw to first

Orioles Manny Machado amazing throw to first

Orioles Manny Machado amazing throw to first

That description doesn’t do it justice like the video does:

The announcer likely had it right that we’re “going to see that one for a few years.” He’s also likely correct that it could be the Oriole’s “defensive play of the year.”

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Monday, July 08, 2013  08:06     635 Views
Obama administration Voter ID hypocrisy
American Thinker Blog - White House Pays $53 Million for Voter ID in Kenya While Opposing Same in US
Monday, July 08, 2013  07:43     564 Views
Video: Law firm representing State Dept whistleblower burglarized "multiple times"
Hot Air - 

"It wasn't professional enough."


A Dallas office building suffered multiple break-ins over a weekend, but curiously, all in one suite. An unlocked office across the hall with expensive computer equipment went untouched, as did bars of silver in the office that did get burglarized. Either these burglars were the most incompetent ever as they kept going back to the [...]

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Monday, July 08, 2013  07:33     590 Views
Obamacare Is Now On The Honor System
Say Anything - 032309 obama laughing p1In a mid-holiday Friday news dump, the Obama administration announced that they wouldn’t be screening for eligibility those who file for subsidized health insurance through the Obamacare exchanges. This comes on top of the announcement that they wouldn’t be enforcing the mandate for employers to provide insurance to employees, something that in and of itself...
Monday, July 08, 2013  07:20     595 Views
Former MSNBC Producer: MSNBC Is 'Official Network of the Obama White House'
Newsbusters - 

A former senior producer for MSNBC came out with harsh words for his former network Sunday.

Writing at the far-left AlterNet, Jeff Cohen - the former senior producer of MSNBC's Donahue show - said, "When it comes to issues of U.S. militarism and spying, the allegedly 'progressive' MSNBC often seems closer to the 'official network of the Obama White House' than anything resembling an independent channel":

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Monday, July 08, 2013  07:14     567 Views
WATCH: Whale's Tail Knocks Out Australian Surfer
Fox News Insider - 

We saw some grainy video of the 50-ton, 40-foot-long beast suddenly rising out of the ocean right into a group of surfers.

Monday, July 08, 2013  07:03     632 Views
Quick-Thinking Florida Teen Girl Foils Burglar!
Fox News Insider - 

A brave 13-year-old girl helped foil a burglar over the weekend in Pinellas County, Florida. Ex-con William Wilson broke into the home through a window and began stealing video games and jewelry. The girl quickly hid in a closet and called her mother, who then called 911.

Monday, July 08, 2013  07:03     581 Views
The Liberal Fetish For Elections
The Razor - 

The Economist cover this week shows a man whose face is painted with the colors of the Egyptian flag under the words “Egypt’s Tragedy.” Writing that while  Mr. Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood he represented “politics (as) subsidiary to religion, and are downright hostile to the attitudes towards women and minorities that pervade the Islamist movement,” the magazine worries that their ouster “sets a dreadful precedent for the region.”

Many dictators have taken power through the ballot box yet few have given up power that way. Both the Greeks and the Romans elected leaders who later became tyrants and seized power.  Two millennia later both Hitler and Benito Mussolini were democratically elected to their nation’s highest offices. Fidel Castro used the power of his rebel army to guarantee his election as Prime Minister of Cuba in 1959. More recently the Iranian regime took power in elections after the fall of the Shah in 1979, and haven’t had a free and open election since. Hugo Chavez. Hamas in Gaza. Zimbabwe’s Robert Mugabe. Dictators throughout history and around the world have found using elections to gain power is much easier than taking power by force.

Yet the list of dictatorships that lost an election and ceded power as a result is quite short. There surely must be one, but I can’t think of any. The ruling South African National party lost the 1994 election in which Nelson Mandela was elected President of South Africa, but while the National Party excluded blacks from the vote, it was still a Democratic regime. The revolutions that swept Eastern Europe in 1989 from East Germany to the Soviet Union came about after massive protests, and the elections of Lech Walesa and Vaclev Havel and other opposition leaders and parties in the former Soviet Bloc resulted from these protests not through constitutional elections. When dictatorial regimes take power, they mean to keep it, and one of the first things they do is rig the Law to insure their place at the top of society in perpetuity.

So why do liberals hold elections in such high regard, resulting in farcical acts such as former president Jimmy Carter certifying the election of Hamas in Gaza or Hugo Chavez in Venezuela? One man one vote is a pervasive ideal that cuts across ideologies and forms of government. It is the start of the Republican form, and is found in everything from pure Democracy (think Switzerland), Socialism, Communism and Anarchism. Because casting a vote ideally represents an individual’s free will, the resulting form of government is thereby a legitimate expression of the voter’s intent. But history is replete with examples proving  such an ideal is a complete fallacy. Voters may believe they are electing a protector of democracy only to see him become a tyrant after taking power. Or voters may use the opportunity to choose a non-democratic regime as has happened in Iran and Gaza.

What an election can do though is confer the mantle of legitimacy upon a dictatorship, and in Marxist philosophy such a dictatorship (by the proletariat) is necessary to reach the higher stages of communist development. Could this explain the progressive movement’s obsession with ballots? Honestly I’d be surprised if progressives thought that far ahead so other reasons must underlay the obsession.

Having an election does not guarantee a country is a liberal democracy. Such a belief that it does is yet another example of liberal magical thinking that confuses actions and results. An election cannot guarantee a functioning democracy just as a single battle cannot determine the outcome of a war. Democracy only has a long history on the European continent, and even there it is only within the last 50 years that democratic institutions have developed roots that can withstand the changes wrought when one regime leaves power and another replaces it. Even there a democratic Germany had to be restored through force of arms, Spain has only become democratic within the past 30 years, and the continent itself cannot decide how to govern itself at all levels, from the local through national to the international (the EU is far from being the pinnacle of Democracy).

Instead Democracy is a long process and casting ballots in an election has more symbol than substance. A free and fair election is meaningful only when institutions exist to support the results such as a free press, an independent judiciary and a military firmly under civilian authority. It is much more difficult to create these institutions from scratch than it is to throw an election without them. The American Occupation authorities in post-war Japan found this out the hard way when it allowed local and national elections in the aftermath of the war and watched the well-organized (and Soviet provisioned) Communist Party win them. Instead of ceding Japan to the Soviets, it annulled the elections and focused on creating the conditions necessary for democracy to eventually take root and Japan is better off today than it would have been otherwise. The US exercised a degree of authoritarian control in Japan and to a lesser extent in post-war West Germany that would be difficult to replicate in today’s politically correct times where “all cultures are equal” including those without any understanding of or foundation in Democracy.

Egypt’s democratic history is scant, it’s institutions non-existent. Any election Egypt holds is not going to usher in a democracy, it will instead legitimize and autocracy. Is a Muslim Brotherhood dictatorship better for Egypt and the world than a military one? It is difficult to judge, but there are more instances of the army returning to their barracks and ceding power to civilian authority than there are of clerics returning to the mosques and doing the same. A magazine as venerable as The Economist should know this more than anyone.

Monday, July 08, 2013  07:00     606 Views
Coup de Cash
Weekly Standard - 

As we've learned over the last few days, there is a lot hanging on the meaning of the word "coup."  Or, more precisely, the answer to this question:  Was Egyptian President Morsi removed from office by a military coup?

Monday, July 08, 2013  06:54     606 Views
'Procaccino Provision' is Hurdle for Weiner's Mayoral Bid
NewsMax - Anthony Weiner is gaining momentum in his bid for the Democratic nomination for mayor of New York, according to recent polls, but a law passed more than 40 years ago makes a successful comeback highly unlikely for the congressman forced from office after sending...
Monday, July 08, 2013  06:51     567 Views
No, Virginia, Nothing is Really Risk Free
Lucianne.com - American Magazine, by Alex J. Pollock Posted By: eagleblurst- Mon, 08 59 2013 01:59:28 GMT The financial world confronts us with ineluctable uncertainty and risk. Its future is unknowable, not only for borrowers, lenders, and investors, but also for governments and central banks. No matter how hard anyone might try, risk cannot be made to disappear; it can only be moved around. People all over the world long for their bank deposits to be risk free. Governments attempt to satisfy this longing by creating deposit insurance and by bailing out depositors and other creditors of failed banks.
Monday, July 08, 2013  06:51     567 Views
'Religion Is Not Just One Choice Among Many'
Weekly Standard - 

Yuval Levin, writing for Mosaic

Monday, July 08, 2013  06:51     592 Views
AP Attributes Oil Price Hike To US Jobs Numbers
Sweetness and Light - 

From a shameless Associated Press:

Oil extends gains above $103 after US hiring jump

BANGKOK (AP) — The price of oil extended gains above $103 a barrel Monday after a stronger-than-expected jump in U.S. hiring suggested demand for fuels will increase.

This is a small blurb from the AP. But it’s very telling about their mindset. Every bit of news, good or bad, must be put into the service of making Obama look good. No matter how big a stretch they have to make.

Benchmark crude for August delivery was up 18 cents at $103.40 at early afternoon Bangkok time in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange.

The contract on Friday jumped $1.98 to close at $103.22 in New York after the Labor Department reported that U.S.

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Monday, July 08, 2013  06:50     596 Views