Obama’s war against medical marijuana is the biggest of any president, which is the exact opposite of what he had promised

Campaign promises

In May 2008, Obama campaign spokesperson Ben LaBolt said that Obama would end DEA raids on medical marijuana in states where it’s legal.

Also in 2008, Obama said that he supported the “basic concept of using medical marijuana for the same purposes and with the same controls as other drugs” and that he was “not going to be using Justice Department resources to try to circumvent state laws.”

Federal raids against medical marijuana in states where it’s legal

Despite Obama’s campaign promise, in February 2010, DEA agents raided a medical marijuana grower in Highlands Ranch in Colorado, a state where medical marijuana is legal.

Also in February 2010, DEA agents raided a medical marijuana dispensary in Culver City in California, a state where medical marijuana is legal.

In July 2010, the DEA raided at least four medical marijuana growers in San Diego, California.

Also in July 2010, the DEA raided a medical marijuana facility in Covelo, California.

Then in September 2010, the DEA conducted raids on at least five medical marijuana dispensaries in Las Vegas, Nevada, where medical marijuana is legal.

In 2011, the DEA conducted raids on medical marijuana in Seattle, Washington, West Hollywood, California, and Helena, Montana, all places where it is legal.

In April 2012, the DEA carried out several raids on medical marijuana in Oakland, California.

Also in April 2012, federal agents raided Oaksterdam University, an educational institution in Oakland, CA, which teaches people about medical marijuana.

Furthermore in April 2012, federal agents raided a medical marijuana facility which had been serving 1,500 patients near Lake Elsinore, CA.

In July 2012, federal prosecutors filed civil forfeiture actions against Harborside Health Center, a medical marijuana dispensary in Oakland, CA, which claims to be the world’s largest, and which claims to serve more than 100,000 medical marijuana patients.

During the first seven months of 2012, the DEA shut down 40 medical marijuana dispensaries in Colorado, all of which had been operating in compliance with state and local law.

In April 2013, the DEA raided four medical marijuana dispensaries in Los Angeles, California.

Also in April 2013, the DEA raided a medical marijuana dispensary in San Diego, California.

In July 2013, the DEA conducted multiple medical marijuana raids in Washington state, including the cities of Olympia, Tacoma, and Seattle.

In August 2013, the DEA raided People’s Choice Alternative Medicine, a medical marijuana facility in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

In October 2013, the DEA raided 28 medical marijuana facilities in Michigan. In November 2013, the DEA raided 12 medical marijuana facilities in Denver, Colorado.

In April 2014, the DEA raided four medical marijuana dispensaries in Denver, Colorado.

In October 2014, the DEA raided two medical marijuana dispensaries in Los Angeles, California.

Threats against doctors

In June 2014, DEA agents visited the homes and offices of doctors in Massachusetts who had written prescriptions for medical marijuana, and threatened to confiscate their federal licenses to prescribe certain medications if they did not stop writing prescriptions for medical marijuana.

Threats against landlords

In June 2012, the Obama administration filed asset-forfeiture lawsuits against two landlords who rented their buildings to medical marijuana stores in Santa Fe Springs, CA. At the same time, the Obama administration also sent warning letters which threatened similar legal action to dozens of other, nearby landlords.

Criticism from the political left

In February 2012, Rolling Stone magazine wrote that Obama’s war against medical marijuana went “far beyond anything undertaken by George W. Bush.”

In April 2012, Mother Jones magazine wrote: “The president campaigned on the promise that he’d stop federal raids on medical marijuana operations that were in compliance with state laws, a vow that Attorney General Eric Holder repeated after the election. But then the Obama administration raided more than 100 dispensaries in its first three years and is now poised to outpace the Bush administration’s crackdown record.”

In a May 2012 opinion column published by the Washington Post, Rob Kampia, the executive director of the Marijuana Policy Project, wrote, “Obama has become more hostile to medical marijuana patients than any president in U.S. history.”

In May 2012, U.S. Congressperson Nancy Pelosi (D-California) said she had “strong concerns” about Obama’s forced closure of five medical marijuana facilities in Pelosi’s congressional district.

In April 2012, commenting on Obama’s crackdown on medical marijuana, U.S. Congressman Barney Frank (D-Massachusetts) said, “I’m very disappointed… They look more like the Bush administration than the Clinton administration.”

Obama’s own illegal use of recreational marijuana has never been prosecuted

In May 2012, ABC News reported that during Obama’s youth, he often smoked large quantities of recreational marijuana.  Obama’s marijuana smoking wasn’t even medical – it was recreational. And yet now, he is taking large scale, widespread action to prevent people with AIDS, cancer, multiple sclerosis, glaucoma, and other illnesses, who have prescriptions from their doctors, from using their prescription medicine. How cold hearted, as well as hypocritical, can a person be?

 

February 6, 2016. Tags: , , , , , , . Barack Obama, Health care, Politics, War on drugs. Leave a comment.

Washington Post: Obama administration placed children with human traffickers, report says

https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/obama-administration-placed-children-with-human-traffickers-report-says/2016/01/28/39465050-c542-11e5-9693-933a4d31bcc8_story.html

Obama administration placed children with human traffickers, report says

January 28, 2016

The Obama administration failed to protect thousands of Central American children who have flooded across the U.S. border since 2011, leaving them vulnerable to traffickers and to abuses at the hands of government-approved caretakers, a Senate investigation has found.

The Office of Refugee Resettlement, an agency of the Department of Health and Human Services, failed to do proper background checks of adults who claimed the children, allowed sponsors to take custody of multiple unrelated children, and regularly placed children in homes without visiting the locations, according to a 56-page investigative report released Thursday.

And once the children left federally funded shelters, the report said, the agency permitted their adult sponsors to prevent caseworkers from providing them post-release services.

Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio) initiated the six-month investigation after several Guatemalan teens were found in a dilapidated trailer park near Marion, Ohio, where they were being held captive by traffickers and forced to work at a local egg farm. The boys were among more than 125,000 unaccompanied minors who have surged into the United States since 2011, fleeing violence and unrest in Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador.

“It is intolerable that human trafficking — modern-day slavery — could occur in our own backyard,” Portman said in a written statement. “What makes the Marion cases even more alarming is that a U.S. government agency was responsible for delivering some of the victims into the hands of their abusers.”

The report concluded that administration “policies and procedures were inadequate to protect the children in the agency’s care.”

HHS spokesman Mark Weber said in a statement that the agency would “review the committee’s findings carefully and continue to work to ensure the best care for the children we serve.”

The report was released ahead of a hearing Thursday before the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations, which Portman co-chairs with Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.). It detailed nearly 30 cases where unaccompanied children had been trafficked after federal officials released them to sponsors or where there were “serious trafficking indicators.”

“HHS places children with individuals about whom it knows relatively little and without verifying the limited information provided by sponsors about their alleged relationship with the child,” the report said.

For example, one Guatemalan boy planned to live with his uncle in Virginia. But when the uncle refused to take the boy, he ended up with another sponsor, who forced him to work nearly 12 hours a day to repay a $6,500 smuggling debt, which the sponsor later increased to $10,900, the report said.

A boy from El Salvador was released to his father even though he told a caseworker that his father had a history of beating him, including hitting him with an electrical cord. In September, the boy alerted authorities that his father was forcing him to work for little or no pay, the report said; a post-release service worker later found the boy was being kept in a basement and given little food.

The Senate investigation began in July after federal prosecutors indicted six people in connection with the Marion labor-trafficking scheme, which involved at least eight minors and two adults from the Huehuetenango region of Guatemala.

One defendant, Aroldo Castillo-Serrano, 33, used associates to file false applications with the government agency tasked with caring for the children, and bring them to Ohio, where he kept them in squalid conditions in a trailer park and forced them to work 12-hour days, at least six days a week, for little pay. Castillo-Serrano has pleaded guilty to labor-trafficking charges and awaits sentencing in the Northern District of Ohio in Toledo.

The FBI raided the trailer park in December 2014, rescuing the boys, but the Senate investigation says federal officials could have discovered the scheme far sooner.

In August 2014, a child-welfare caseworker attempted to visit one of the children, who had been approved for post-release services because of reported mental-health problems, according to the report.

The caseworker went to the address listed for the child, but the person who answered the door said the child didn’t live there, the report added. When the caseworker finally found the child’s sponsor, the sponsor blocked the caseworker from talking to the child.

Instead of investigating further, the caseworker closed the child’s case file, the report said, citing “ORR policy which states that the Post Release Services are voluntary and sponsor refused services.”

That child was found months later, living 50 miles away from the sponsor’s home and working at the egg farm, according to the report. The child’s sponsor was later indicted.

 

January 29, 2016. Tags: , , , , , , , , . Barack Obama, Politics. Leave a comment.

LaVoy Finicum’s death is the result of the illegal actions that he chose to participate in

LaVoy Finicum’s death is the result of the illegal actions that he chose to participate in. It’s his own fault that he is dead. If he had obeyed the law, and not participated in an armed takeover of government property, he would still be alive.

January 27, 2016. Tags: , , , . Politics. 1 comment.

“… our goal is clearly not to find a qualified and interested U.S. worker…”

Before U.S. employers can hire a foreign worker using an H1-B visa, they are required by law to prove that there are no U.S. workers who are qualified to do the job.

In this video, the speaker gives employers advice on how to place job ads in such a way so that no U.S. worker will get hired, so they can then hire foreign workers at lower wages.

At 1:43, the speaker says “… our goal is clearly not to find a qualified and interested U.S. worker…”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TCbFEgFajGU

 

January 25, 2016. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , . Economics, Immigration, Politics. Leave a comment.

NYC politician introduces bill which allows black people to urinate in public so they can “fulfill their potential”

A New York City politician has introduced a bill which allows black people to urinate in public so they can “fulfill their potential.”

Personally, I think this politicians’ expectations of black people are too low. But they did choose to vote her into office, and I have no right to tell them what their goals in life should or shouldn’t be.

The New York Times reports:

New York City is poised to reshape how it treats many so-called quality-of-life offenses, softening its stance toward low-level infractions like public urination…

Under the legislation, New Yorkers given tickets by the police… would in many cases be steered to a civil process rather than criminal court…

“We know that the system has been really rigged against communities of color in particular,” said Ms. Mark-Viverito, who has promoted such reforms and is the main sponsor of the bills. “So the question has always been, what can we do in this job to minimize unnecessary interaction with the criminal justice system, so that these young people can really fulfill their potential?”

Health officials, for example, agreed to repeal a section of the department’s rules that forbids public urination…

The issue of public urination became a subject of intense public debate last summer…

 

January 25, 2016. Tags: , , , , , , , . Dumbing down, Politics, Racism. 2 comments.

Here are some predictions from the first Earth Day in 1970

The following predictions were made during the first Earth Day in 1970:

* Denis Hayes, the chief organizer for the first Earth Day, wrote, “It is already too late to avoid mass starvation.”

* Senator Gaylord Nelson, the founder of Earth Day, stated, “Dr. S. Dillon Ripley, secretary of the Smithsonian Institute, believes that in 25 years, somewhere between 75 and 80 percent of all the species of living animals will be extinct.”

* Peter Gunter, a professor at North Texas State University, stated, “… by 1975 widespread famines will begin in India; these will spread by 1990 to include all of India, Pakistan, China and the Near East, Africa. By the year 2000, or conceivably sooner, South and Central America will exist under famine conditions… By the year 2000, thirty years from now, the entire world, with the exception of Western Europe, North America, and Australia, will be in famine.”

* Paul Ehrlich, author of The Population Bomb, predicted that between 1980 and 1989, 4 billion people, including 65 million Americans, would starve to death.

* Life Magazine wrote, “… by 1985 air pollution will have reduced the amount of sunlight reaching earth by one half.”

* Ecologist Kenneth Watt stated, “The world has been chilling sharply for about twenty years. If present trends continue, the world will be about four degrees colder for the global mean temperature in 1990, but eleven degrees colder in the year 2000. This is about twice what it would take to put us into an ice age.”

* Watt also stated, “By the year 2000, if present trends continue, we will be using up crude oil at such a rate…that there won’t be any more crude oil.”

January 17, 2016. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Environmentalism, Overpopulation, Politics, Science. 1 comment.

Liberals are mad at Wal-Mart for NOT building new stores?????

Well this seems like it’s right out of the Twilight Zone: liberals in Washington D.C. are upset that Wal-Mart had decided not to build two news stores!

The Washington Post reports:

District leaders furious Walmart breaking promise to build stores in poor neighborhoods

January 15, 2015

Walmart abruptly announced Friday that it was abandoning a promise to build stores in Washington’s poorest neighborhoods

Under the initial deal, Walmart could build stores almost anywhere in the District, as long as it opened two stores in its poorest wards and areas of the city sometimes referred to as food deserts, with few – if any – options for fresh produce and groceries. One was planned for Skyland Town Center in Southeast Washington and the other at Capitol Gateway Marketplace in Northeast Washington…

I would expect liberals to be celebrating, not complaining, about the fact that Wal-Mart has decided not to build two new stores.

Hey liberals! Make up your mind! Either you like Wal-Mart, or you hate Wal-Mart. You can’t have it both ways!

January 16, 2016. Tags: , , , , , . Economics, Politics. Leave a comment.

I recently added items #1,173 through #1,180 to my list of Obama’s lies, lawbreaking, etc.

The tech support people at wordpress said my blog post had become too long for a single entry, and suggested that I break it up into multiple entries. So I did exactly that.

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January 7, 2016. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , . Barack Obama, Politics. 1 comment.

Hillary Clinton can’t explain the difference between Democrats and Socialists

Way to go for MSNBC’s Chris Matthews for asking this question to Hillary Clinton!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aqq5q11uK0M

 

January 6, 2016. Tags: , , , , , , , , . Politics. 1 comment.

Here’s a great satire of Donald Trump and his supporters (four minute video)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rN1HKMyJAro

 

January 4, 2016. Tags: , , , , , . Humor, Politics. Leave a comment.

These armed right wing protesters in Oregon are wrong to do what they’re doing

I very strongly support property rights, gun rights, and being suspicious of the government. But what these armed right wing protesters in Oregon are doing is wrong.

Using guns to take over a federal building is wrong. No matter who you are, or how right you think you are, or how much you think the government has violated your rights, you don’t just walk into a government building with guns and take it over.

That’s wrong.

And it’s dumb, too.

There are so many better ways to make their case: hiring lawyers… talking to reporters… even writing a blog!

I don’t see this ending well. Shame on them!

You can read about it at this CNN article.

 

January 4, 2016. Tags: , , , , , , . Politics. 3 comments.

Obama administration sexually assaults 10-year-old girl, and says anyone who objects is a “domestic extremist”

The Muslim Brotherhood is a terrorist organization. In April 2012, the Obama administration allowed members of the Muslim Brotherhood to skip TSA screening at the airport.

Meanwhile, the Obama administration has treated non-terrorists in a very different way.

In March 2012, the Obama administration gave a very invasive patdown to a three-year-old boy in a wheelchair, which caused him to tremble in fear.

In April 2012, the Obama administration gave an aggressive patdown to a seven-year-old girl with cerebral palsy, and caused her to miss her flight.

Also in April 2012, the Obama administration said that a four-year-old girl was a “high security threat.”

In May 2012, an 18-month-old girl was forced to get off a plane because the Obama administration had placed her on its no fly list.

Also in May 2012, the Obama administration gave a patdown to Henry Kissinger.

In July 2011, the Obama administration forced a 95-year-old cancer patient to remove her adult diaper and fly without it.

In March 2011, the Obama administration ripped open the urostomy bag of a 61-year-old bladder cancer survivor, and forced him to fly covered in his own urine.

In October 2013, the Obama administration harassed a sick 3-year-old boy, and caused him to miss his flight.

And now we have the latest outrage: in the video below, which was filmed on December 30, 2015, the Obama administration sexually assaults a 10 year-old-girl. In this video, the security guard repeatedly touches the girl, over and over, again and again, in the same private areas. And the guard uses her palms and fingers, instead of the backs of her hands.

How this is security guard not acting like a pedophile?

Why is this behavior not being prosecuted as sexual assault?

And why did they make the girl remove her shoes, when they never actually checked to see if there were any explosives inside the shoes?

This has nothing to do with security, or with looking for explosives. Instead, it has everything to do with power and control, and with making people feel helpless, and with making people feel frightened of their own government. The government is trying to condition people into being blindly obedient, and into accepting anything that it does to them, no matter how awful.

I am 100% certain that Obama’s own daughters will never have to go through this.

In 2015, testing showed that the TSA failed to find “fake explosives, weapons and other contraband” 95% of the time.

And to top it all off – the final insult – the Obama administration labels anyone who objects to this sexual assault as a “domestic extremist.”

Here’s the video:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-q7XumVOIII

Live Leak reports:

http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=f91_1451695115

TSA Pat down and groping of 10 year old girl

January 1, 2015

Maybe I’m over reacting ? I would have no problem submitting myself for a pat down, I support a high level of security, but I feel invasive touching of Children crosses the line, unless credible evidence exists.

On 12/30/15 TSA ordered a full Pat Down of my 10 year old daughter & detained us for over an hour.

TSA policy states PAT Downs of children under 12 should be method of last resort.

In my 10 yr old daughter’s case, after clearing metal detector, a forgotten Capri Sun juice pack was found in her hand bag by x-ray & agent swabbed bag resulting in a false positive.

Rather than retesting bag or alternate screening methods, my daughter was immediately ordered to submit to a full body Pat Down, and I was told I could not record the process. Luckily I knew the law regarding video recording and agent subsequently allowed me to record.

TSA policy states children under 12 will receive a “Modified Pat Down” yet my 10 year old received a full adult pat down. I feel it was intrusive, invasive, and unnecessary.

TSA made it clear I would be arrested if I resisted the search of my daughter.

TSA attempted to persuade me to allow my daughter into a private room, I felt safer with the general public surrounding us and refused several efforts to whisk us away.

TSA agent repeatedly touched my daughters buttocks and other sensitive areas with her palm & fingers not back of hand.

January 3, 2016. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Barack Obama, Police state, Politics. 12 comments.

I just added items #1,162 through #1,172 to my list of Obama’s lies, lawbreaking, etc.

Items 1 through 500 can be found at https://danfromsquirrelhill.wordpress.com/2013/08/15/obama-252/

Items 501 through 1,000 can be found at https://danfromsquirrelhill.wordpress.com/2015/12/04/obama-part-2/

Items 1,001 through 1,172 can be found at https://danfromsquirrelhill.wordpress.com/2015/12/04/obama-part-3/

Here are the new entries:

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December 15, 2015. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , . Barack Obama, Politics. 8 comments.

I recently added items #1,151 through #1,161 to my list of Obama’s lies, lawbreaking, etc.

The tech support people at wordpress said my blog post had become too long for a single entry, and suggested that I break it up into multiple entries. So I did exactly that.

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December 14, 2015. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , . Barack Obama, Politics. 5 comments.

The tech support people at WordPress said their server couldn’t handle my criticism of Obama because it was too long

The tech support people at wordpress said my blog post had become too long for a single entry, and suggested that I break it up into multiple entries. So that’s what I’m doing.

Items 1 through 500 can be found at https://danfromsquirrelhill.wordpress.com/2013/08/15/obama-252/

Items 501 through 1,000 can be found at https://danfromsquirrelhill.wordpress.com/2015/12/04/obama-part-2/

Items 1,001 through 1,150 can be found at https://danfromsquirrelhill.wordpress.com/2015/12/04/obama-part-3/

 

December 4, 2015. Tags: , , . Barack Obama, Politics. 1 comment.

Obama’s lies, lawbreaking, etc., part 3: items 1,001 through 1,179

The tech support people at wordpress said my blog post had become too long for a single entry, and suggested that I break it up into multiple entries. So that’s what I’m doing.

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December 4, 2015. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Barack Obama, Politics. 1 comment.

Obama’s lies, lawbreaking, etc., part 2: items 501 through 1,000

The tech support people at wordpress said my blog post had become too long for a single entry, and suggested that I break it up into multiple entries. So that’s what I’m doing.

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December 4, 2015. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Barack Obama, Politics. 1 comment.

Poll: Did you know that 17 people were shot at a New Orleans playground a week ago?

I didn’t know until just now.

http://www.nola.com/crime/index.ssf/2015/11/bunny_friend_shooting_suspect_1.html

New Orleans playground shooting suspect has long rap sheet

November 27, 2015

New Orleans police were hunting Friday (Nov. 27) for Joseph “Moe” Allen, 32, the first suspect to be named in the Bunny Friend Park shooting that injured 17 people. And they are pleading for people who were at the Upper 9th Ward playground to come forward with information.

Despite the crowds at the park when the gunfire erupted Sunday evening, no one there had sent videos to police, Mayor Mitch Landrieu said. “And everyone knows there are lots,” he said.

“We need videos. We need photos. We need people to come forward,” police Superintendent Michael Harrison said.

Two groups of people turned their guns on each other, and police found as many as 70 bullet casings just the next morning. No shooters other than Allen have been identified by police.

“This is just the first shoe to drop,” Landrieu said. “We are going to do everything we can to make sure all the other shoes drop as well.”

The mayor warned that anyone harboring Allen also will be prosecuted. “All of us are going to work around the clock,” Harrison promised.

Allen, 32, faces 17 counts of attempted first-degree murder. Orleans Parish Sheriff’s Office records show he is a convicted felon with a rap sheet dating from 2002. It includes home invasion, carjacking, illegal carrying of weapon and possession of cocaine and heroin.

At a Friday afternooon news conference, officials sidestepped several questions, including whether they had identified the musical group that was said to be recording a video at the park at the time of the shooting and whether Allen belonged to the gang family that includes the father of murdered 5-year-old Briana Allen.

However, Harrison did say Allen has ties to more than one group. Sheriff’s Office records show Allen was arrested in 2002 with Travis Scott, who recently pleaded guilty to a federal racketeering charge as the ringleader of the FnD gang, named for Frenchmen and Derbigny streets.

Harrison said all but one or two of the Bunny Friend Park victims were in “fair to good condition,” and no one’s wounds were life-threatening. “We are so glad that it wasn’t worse,” he said.

December 4, 2015. Tags: , , , , , , , . Gun control, Media bias, Politics, Polls, Violent crime. 2 comments.

As far as I can tell, “Black Lives Matter” has shown zero anger or protest toward black student who posted “I’m going to shoot every black person I can on campus. Starting tomorrow morning.”

Over at Saginaw Valley State University, a 21 year old black student named Emmanuel D. Bowden posted the following message online:

“I’m going to shoot every black person I can on campus. Starting tomorrow morning.”

He could receive 20 years in prison for this.

It’s been six days since this information has been reported by the media, and yet, as far as I have been able to tell, the “Black Lives Matter” movement has not expressed any anger toward Bowden, or carried out any protests against him. Which verifies a post that I wrote a year ago, called “Black lives matter – except for the 93% of black murder victims who are killed by other blacks.

If anyone finds a story of “Black Lives Matter” members being angry toward Bowden, or protesting against him, please post a link in the comment section. Thank you.

 

November 23, 2015. Tags: , , , , , . Black lives matter, Politics, Racism, Violent crime. 4 comments.

Hillary Clinton allegedly threatened to shut down a comedy club for showing this three minute video

Here’s the video, which contains profanity:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n083eytJe5g

National Review reports:

http://www.nationalreview.com/article/427354/hillary-clinton-laugh-factory-comedians-threats

Hillary’s Campaign Ordered a Comedy Club Not to Make Fun of Her — Someone Should Tell Her This Isn’t China

The campaign actually threatened to shut the club down.

November 19, 2015

Hollywood’s Laugh Factory posted a three-minute video of comedians telling jokes about Hillary Clinton on its website…

… her campaign called the club demanding that it take the video down and give them the personal contact information of every single comic who appeared in it…

Club owner Jamie Masada reports that the campaign actually threatened to put the club out of business if he did not heed their demands…

The same information has also been reported by the Blaze and Judicial Watch.

However, I haven’t been able to find any mainstream media sources that have reported this information.

So, one of the two following things must be true: either the information is false, or, the mainstream media has failed to do its job.

If it is true, then this, by itself, is enough to convince me that Clinton does not support the Bill of Rights, and, therefore, should not be President. It also makes me wonder why the mainstream media has chosen to avoid reporting it.

If it’s not true, then the Laugh Factory owes Clinton a big apology.

 

November 19, 2015. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , . Politics. 2 comments.

Colorado judge rules that a Facebook post is an illegal campaign contribution

I agree with the law professor who said this could be troubling for free speech. I worry about the precedent that it creates, and about the possibility of it eventually being expanded to any kind of political speech that anyone makes on the internet.

USA Today reports:

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2015/10/23/facebook-post-campaign-contribution/74486688/

Judge: School’s Facebook post a campaign contribution

DENVER — A Colorado judge has ruled that a charter school’s Facebook post amounts to an illegal campaign contribution to a school board candidate.

In August, Liberty Common School in Fort Collins, Colo., shared a newspaper article about a student’s parent running for a board seat in a neighboring school district. Liberty Common’s principal, former Colorado GOP Rep. Bob Schaffer, then shared the post and called candidate Tomi Grundvig an “excellent education leader” who would provide “sensible stewardship” of Thompson School District.

An administrative law judge, Matthew E. Norwood, called the violation “minor,” and ruled that “no government money of any significant amount was spent to make the contribution.” He also focused on the post to the school’s specific page, not Schaffer’s personal page.

“The school’s action was the giving of a thing of value to the candidate, namely favorable publicity,” Norwood wrote in his Oct. 14 ruling, which became public Wednesday. “It was given indirectly to her for the purpose of promoting her election.”

Law professor Scott Moss of the University of Colorado called that point troubling for its implications on political speech.

“I don’t buy that under the First Amendment speech about a candidate can be deemed a contribution,” Moss said after reading the ruling. “Is speech valuable? Yes. But that’s not a basis for restricting core political speech.”

 

November 5, 2015. Tags: , , , , , , , , , . Police state, Politics. 2 comments.

Hillary Clinton’s newest campaign promise: “Former presidents won’t have to declare their criminal history.”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JrFcuk5WDM4

 

November 5, 2015. Tags: , , , , , , , , . Politics. 2 comments.

With easy gun access, and 26,000 people, Squirrel Hill has had zero gun murders in the last decade

I live in Pennsylvania, where it’s very easy to get a gun.

My neighborhood of Squirrel Hill, in Pittsburgh, has 26,000 people.

In the last 10 years, there has been only one murder in my neighborhood. This gives it an annual murder rate of 0.4 per 100,000 people. If my neighborhood was its own country, it would have the sixth lowest murder rate of any country in the world.

That one murder consisted of a burglar bludgeoning a 90-year-old homeowner to death. He was convicted after just 14 months, and sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole. The burglar was from another neighborhood.

Lest anyone think it is a rich, exclusive neighborhood, the rent for my one bedroom apartment is only $725 a month, and there are quite a few vacancies in my building every summer, as many of the tenants are graduate students from all over the world, who only live here for a few years.

Anyway, I think it’s interesting that in my neighborhood of 26,000 people, where it’s very easy to get a gun, there have been exactly zero gun murders in the past decade.

October 27, 2015. Tags: , , , , , , , . Gun control, Pittsburgh, Politics, Squirrel Hill. 7 comments.

Bernie Sanders supports $15 minimum wage, but only pays his interns $12 an hour

Bernie Sanders wants to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour.

But he only pays his interns $12 an hour.

I am curious to hear his explanation for this.

 

October 23, 2015. Tags: , , , , , , , , , . Economics, Politics. 5 comments.

S.F. middle school delays election results because winners not diverse enough

The principal of this school was born in the wrong country. Perhaps in her next life (if such a thing exists) she’ll be born in one of those dictatorships where political leaders can cancel elections if they don’t like the results.

After many days of protests, she finally did announce the results, but she said of those results, “It’s not okay for a school that is really, really diverse to have the student representatives majority white.”

In other words, she thinks it’s not OK for people of color to make their own decisions when it comes to voting. According to her, people of color should only be allowed to vote for people of color, and should not be allowed to vote for white people.

The Washington Post reports:

S.F. middle school delays election results because winners not diverse enough

When Everett held its election three days later, its principal promptly refused to release the results, saying she was concerned that the winners were not diverse enough.

Critics compared her to a dictator who scraps elections when results don’t go her way.

Everett’s 36-year-old principal, Lena Van Haren, was disturbed by the lack of diversity among the winners…

Only 20 percent of students are white…

… nearly a week after the election, Van Haren sent out an e-mail to parents explaining her decision to withhold the election results.

“This is complex, but as a parent and a principal, I truly believe it behooves us to be thoughtful about our next steps here so that we can have a diverse student council that is truly representative of all voices at Everett,” she wrote

In the comments section of local media, critics demanded Van Haren’s resignation. Some ominously quoted George Orwell’s dystopian novel “1984.” Others compared her to a slew of strongmen.

“I’m sure Hitler, Stalin, Mussolini and Napoleon did the same in the name of some bulls— excuse,” another wrote.

Van Haren ultimately gave in, going from class to class and announcing the election results.

“While there was some diversity among the 10 winners, no English learners were elected, even though they make up about a third of enrollment,” the Chronicle reported. “African American and Latino students were underrepresented, while white, Asian and mixed-race students, who are in the minority at the school, took the top four spots.”

Van Haren declined to comment to The Post when reached by phone on Monday night. But she hasn’t backed down from her belief that a diverse population should translate to equally diverse representatives.

“It’s not okay for a school that is really, really diverse to have the student representatives majority white,” she told the Chronicle.

October 21, 2015. Tags: , , , , , , . Education, Politics, Racism. 1 comment.

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