I just can’t add anything to this . . . .
I just can’t add anything to this . . . .
and the biggest financial mistake the government has ever made. http://t.money.msn.com/business-news/newsarticle?feed=AP&date=20131209&id=17177482
No company is too big to fail. No company deserves a government bailout.
From the article: ‘Earlier Monday, Mark Reuss, GM’s North American president, told reporters in Warren, Mich., that a government exit would boost sales, especially among pickup truck buyers. GM has said repeatedly that some potential customers have stayed away from its brands because they object to the government intervening in a private company’s finances. Because of the bailout, GM had been tagged with the derisive nickname “Government Motors.”‘
I can’t remember how many GM vehicles I have bought in my lifetime – a lot – but I’ll never buy one again. I grew up a Ford fan, especially in racing. Now I’m back. They didn’t ask for a bailout.
The queer agenda is winning in this country, no doubt. If you don’t believe me, just read this: http://dailycaller.com/2013/12/08/lesbian-waitress-fired-amid-anti-gay-receipt-hoax-accusations/
Notice how the restaurant in question, Asian Gallop Bistro, refused to acknowledge the truth of the situation with their statement: “the results of that investigation are inconclusive as to exactly what happened between Ms. Morales and the customers that night.” Meaning they fired her for lying and putting them in a tremendously bad light, but they are afraid of retaliation from the queer community if they don’t put some salve on their press release.
Left wing media supporters of the muslin-in-chief just can’t keep from defecating on themselves. To wit:
Maybe they should stop this filthy habit by removing their heads from the place where the sun don’t shine.
In his weekly radio address on Saturday, President Barack Obama said the government shutdown needed to end so Congress could work on comprehensive immigration reform.
The only immigration reform we need is to send all los mojados back south across the border to their own damn country. To hell with liberal demorats who want them for voters and to so-called conservative businesses who want them for cheap labor. A pox on all their houses.
The Washington Redskins are going to change their name because of all the hatred, violence, and hostility associated with their name.From now on they will be known simply as the Redskins…
This was posted as a comment on a Breitbart article about Obamacare. Unfortunately, it’s too close to the truth, and at the same time, funny as hell:
USA, formerly a contested British Colony & became a Sovereign Nation, in 1776. Suffered a slow & painful death in the 21st Century. Succumbing to the Tyranny of a Clan of ‘uninformed mutants’, and ‘blood sucking’ Leaches known as the, ‘Demo-Graphic-Ites’, led by Obama. Who eventually met there own demise at the ‘bottom’ of a ‘Cliff’…
In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent to ‘Mother Nature’. She’s gonna start all over again….Sad.
The truth is that the Cowboy fans are the reason that the Cowboys SUCK! The fact is that there is nothing wrong with the Cowboys that a REAL GM couldn’t fix. Jerry Jones has said that he would fire any other GM that was as bad as he is. He ain’t never gonna’ change as long as you people keep putting money in his pockets. He only cares about one thing – MONEY. So if you keep watching and spending, YOU DESERVE HIM AND THE LOUSY TEAM HE PUTS ON THE FIELD.
10. You get to play with your bone in public
9. There are infinite possibilities
8. 60 inches of nothing but shaft
7. You get to man the keg at band parties
6. It says bone… huh huh huh
4. Valves? We don’t need no stinking valves
3. Being kinky is not a good thing
2. Who want’s to blow wood all day?
AND…The Number ONE Reason To Play Trombone…
1. If you lube it right, you can play all night!!
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Each year thousands are people are killed, maimed or annoyed by trombones. The statistics of head, neck and even shoulder injuries sustained by reed players, french horn and string sections seated within reach of the deadly seventh position are truly shocking…not to mention forced early retirement due to ever-increasing hearing problems reported by classical musicians of all types who are forced to play the music of Wagner, Mahler and Brahms, as well as the hundreds of alumni of the Herman, Ferguson and Kenton bands and OKOM devotees of Kid Ory, Jack Teagarden, Abe Lincoln Jim Robinson and Lee Gifford.
There is current legislation pending in Congress to restrict the sale of trombones and equip them with child-safety devices. The influential trombone lobby is, of course, opposed to this. There have even been several proposals for requiring a so-called “trigger lock” on all bass trombones! Every year there are reports of hundreds of innocent children, attracted by the shiny brass and smooth, seductive curves of an unattended instrument on a stand in the corner of a room or in an unlocked case who are traumatized for life by the attempts of a playmate to get a sound out of it, or who may suffer a collapsed lung or the effects of hyperventilation by trying the same effort themselves! The owner’s feeble “I didn’t know the slide was unlocked” is no excuse! Trombones should be stored out of reach of children.
Efforts to enact a mandatory 10-day waiting period to purchase a trombone – which would simply allow a reasonable period of time for law enforcement officials to cross-check the purchaser’s name against an International list of registered trombone offenders and Slide-O-Mix addicts, have been repeatedly thwarted by the powerful Conn-Selmer-Yamaha (CSY) lobby. Law enforcement officials are particularly alarmed over the increase in crimes involving use of the “sawed-off” trombone or “sackbut.” Legislation is also pending in several progressive states, including New York and California, to make carrying a concealed alto trombone a Class A felony!
Some Governors feel that there are sufficient laws already on the books that simply need stricter enforcement – such as the 1932 nation-wide ban of screw-on bells, the indiscriminate use of Pond’s Cold Cream or KY Jelly and unsupervised emptying of spit valves on public property. Filthy unsanitary habit which will help spread the flu this year. One popular response to the spread of delinquent behavior is the imposition of mandatory longer sentences for those using a trombone while committing a crime (“Use a trombone – Go to jail”). Surveillance video tapes have proven especially effective in identifying violators of this statute because career criminals have often tried to avoid convictions by having their lawyers insist that what eye-witnesses reported as a trombone was really only an AK-47 or other legal assault weapon. Strict enforcement has been especially effective when used in conjunction with the new “Three sharps, you’re out” statutes that have already been approved by many state legislatures.
Of course the automatic and semi-automatic valved models – both piston and the middle-European rotary, are much more dangerous than the traditional single valve trombone. Interpol has also reported the sudden appearance of rear-blasting Cavalry models that were thought to have been completely eliminated during the Great Confiscation mandated by the 1918 Treaty of Versailles signed by representatives of every civilized country of the period. You may recall that those instruments were melted down and became an integral part of the Trans-Atlantic Telephone Cable that helped to unite America and Europe. It is believed that the new source of these WMD’s are isolated factories in rural areas of China. The awesome destructive power of the double trigger bass trombone could never have been imagined by the founding fathers when they granted us the right to keep and bear arms.
Remember: When trombones are outlawed, only outlaws will play “I’m Gettin’ Sentimental Over You.”
A new report from the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS), provided exclusively to Breitbart News ahead of its release, seeks to counter the talking point that America’s at least 11 million illegal immigrants are “otherwise law-abiding.
“The 21-page report, titled “The Myth of the ‘Otherwise Law-Abiding’ Illegal Alien,” analyzes which key laws the authors allege illegal immigrants regularly break and other illegal activity they purportedly engage in on a frequent basis.
“For years advocates of amnesty and high levels of immigration have described the illegal alien population as one made up of ‘otherwise law-abiding’ people who have committed no violation other than the simple act of crossing a border illegally or overstaying a visa,” report author Jon Feere writes in the introduction.
“Journalists routinely invoke this language when writing about amnesty, conspicuously avoiding any discussion of the various crimes the average working illegal alien commits. Many politicians have also embraced the myth of the otherwise law-abiding illegal alien in an effort to promote amnesty, arguing that illegal aliens are no threat to the United States.”
Specifically, this new CIS report details how illegal aliens regularly engage in violations of laws regarding identities and Social Security numbers. What Feere describes as “examples of oft-violated but under-enforced laws” include the “False Personification of a U.S. Citizen,” a violation of 18 U.S.C. § 911, “Fraud and False Statements,” a violation of 18 U.S.C. § 1001, and “Social Security Fraud,” a violation of 42 U.S.C. § 408.
When describing the how illegal immigrants often illegally falsely personify a U.S. citizen, Feere notes that they frequently “present themselves as U.S. citizens, an act punishable by up to five years in jail, a felony. This law is often cited in immigration prosecutions and may involve, for example, an alien claiming U.S. citizenship to his employer.”
“It is common for illegal aliens to make false statements to the government or on official documents,” Feere added when describing how illegal immigrants often engage in activity that involves fraud and false statements. “An illegal alien violates this law when claiming to be a U.S. citizen on an I-9 Employment Eligibility form and faces a fine and up to five years imprisonment.”
Regarding Social Security fraud, Feere writes that illegal immigrants will often have “provided a false Social Security number for the purpose of acquiring a job, where an illegal alien used a fraudulent Social Security number for the purpose of acquiring a driver’s license, and when an illegal alien used a Social Security card belonging to a citizen in order to obtain Section 8 housing, for example.”
“Violation of this statute can result in a fine and/or imprisonment up to five years,” Feere writes. “The court can also require violators to provide restitution to the victims.”
This new report does not get into crimes that some illegal immigrants commit, like gang activity, murders, and drug-related offenses. It focuses solely on the series of laws they break just by entering the country illegally. The report is divided into four sections detailing all the laws illegal aliens break frequently just entering America illegally.
The first report section deals with how illegal immigrants break laws “involving entry [to the United States], presence [in the country], and travel [throughout].” Violations of U.S. Code frequently committed by such persons include, according to Feere, “improper entry by alien” a violation of 8 U.S.C. § 1325, “registration of aliens,” a violation of 8 U.S.C. § 1302, “high speed flight from immigration checkpoint,” a violation of 18 U.S.C. § 758, “unlawful bringing of aliens into United States,” a violation of 8 U.S.C. § 1323, “overstaying duration of stay,” a violation of 8 U.S.C. § 1227(a)(1)(B) & (C)(i), “reentry of removed aliens,” a violation of 8 U.S.C. § 1326, “willful failure or refusal to depart,” a violation of 8 U.S.C. § 1253, “civil penalties for failure to depart,” relating to 8 U.S.C. § 1324d, “failure to comply with terms of release under supervision,” a violation of 8 U.S.C. § 1253(b), “bringing in and harboring certain aliens,” a violation of 8 U.S.C. § 1324, aiding or assisting certain aliens to enter,” a violation of 8 U.S.C. § 1327, and “civil penalty for failure to depart under voluntary departure,” relating to 8 U.S.C. § 1229c(d).” This section of the report also details how illegal aliens frequently engage in activity that constitutes violation of state and local laws, like “driving without license,” “driving without insurance,” “driving without a valid vehicle registration,” and giving “false statement[s] to law enforcement.”
The second section of the report details the workplace statutes these individuals violate, as well. According to Feere, they include: “False Personation of a U.S. Citizen,” a violation of 18 U.S.C. § 911, “Fraud and False Statements,” a violation of 18 U.S.C. § 1001, “Falsely claiming citizenship,” a violation of both 8 U.S.C. § 1182(a)(6)(C)(ii) and § 1227(a)(3)(D), “fraud and misuse of visas, permits, and other documents,” a violation of 18 U.S.C. § 1546, “penalties for document fraud,” relating to 8 U.S.C. § 1324c, “penalties for Social Security fraud,” relating to 42 U.S.C. § 408, “aggravated identity theft,” a violation of 18 U.S.C. § 1028A, and “willful failure to file return, supply information, or pay tax,” a violation of 26 U.S.C. § 7203.
The third section of the report details how illegal immigrants frequently break “other document laws,” as well. According to the report, such laws include: “misuse of evidence of citizenship or naturalization,” a violation of 18 U.S.C. § 1423, “procurement of citizenship or naturalization unlawfully,” a violation of 18 U.S.C. § 1425, “reproduction of naturalization or citizenship papers,” a violation of 18 U.S.C. § 1426, “sale of naturalization or citizenship papers,” a violation of 18 U.S.C. § 1427, “naturalization, citizenship, or alien registry,” a violation of 18 U.S.C. § 1015, “fraud and related activity in connection with identification documents, authentication features, and information,” a violation of 18 U.S.C. § 1028, “possession of false papers to defraud the United States,” a violation of 18 U.S.C. § 1002, “false statement in application and use of passport,” a violation of 18 U.S.C. § 1542, “forgery or false use of passport,” a violation of 18 U.S.C. § 1543, and “misuse of passport,” a violation of 18 U.S.C. § 1544.
The fourth section of Feere’s report deals with various other “additional laws” that illegal immigrants frequently break. According to the report, they frequently violation “Selective Service registration” laws, engage in “voting by aliens,” a violation of 18 U.S.C. § 611, and in “violations of state laws” like “identity theft, forgery, and tax laws.”
The report notes that a lot of these laws are not enforced due to President Barack Obama’s “administrative amnesty.”
“According to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), the agency ‘prioritizes the removal of criminal aliens, those who pose a threat to public safety, and repeat immigration violators,’” Feere wrote.
Although low-level illegal aliens engaged in basic identity theft do pose a threat to the public, the Obama administration has directed ICE to ignore such criminality and to focus on the “worst of the worst.” Often called the White House’s “administrative amnesty,” the immigration agenda pursued by the Obama administration is often referred to as a “prioritization” scheme, but it is largely a decision to not deport illegal aliens unless or until a crime of violence has occurred. The policy came into shape through what are known as the “Morton Memos,” a series of directives from former ICE director John Morton. The directives resulted in the union for ICE agents taking a vote of “no confidence” against Morton in June 2011.
Morton resigned this year, after Senate Budget Committee ranking member Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) called for his resignation over those very “Morton Memos.”
Finally, if Congress does end up granting amnesty, or legal status, to illegal immigrants, Feere’s report notes those illegal immigrants will likely get a pass on many of these other laws they have broken, too.
“As written, violation of any of the dozens of laws listed below, such as those involving identity theft, could result in an illegal alien being deported after paying a fine or serving time in jail for the violation,” Feere states.
However, proposed amnesties have been written so as to not render an applicant ineligible even if he has violated certain statutes and committed some misdemeanors. And due to political priorities in the Obama administration, many of the laws listed below are not being enforced anyhow. Taken together, these policy prescriptions make the concept of conducting background checks on illegal aliens applying for amnesty somewhat absurd. Nevertheless, some of these crimes currently being committed by illegal aliens can amount to aggravated felonies and would prevent an alien from having “good moral character,” permanently barring them from naturalization under existing immigration law.
The image speaks for itself
From this, it’s not hard to understand why the low information voter votes democrat – they don’t know what’s going on in the world.
According to Business Insider, here are the top 10 U.S. cities whose pension obligations will soon collapse: (this article was originally published in 2010, so we have updated the “years” to reflect 2013)
#1 Philadelphia – Unfunded liability of $9 billion, $16,696 per household, only 1 year before the pension accounts are empty
#2 Chicago – Unfunded liability of $44.8 billion, $41.966 per household, money runs out in 4 years
#3 Boston – Unfunded liability of $7.5 billion, $30,901 per household, money runs out in 4 years
#4 Cincinnati – Unfunded liability of $2 billion, $15,681 per household, money runs out in 5 years
#5 St Paul – Unfunded liability of $1.4 billion, $13,686 per household, money runs out in 5 years
#6 Jacksonville – Unfunded liability of $4 billion, $12,944 per household, money runs out in 5 years
#7 New York City – Unfunded liability of $122 billion, $38,866 per household, money runs out in 6 years
#8 Baltimore – Unfunded liability of $3.7 billion, $15, 420 per household, money runs out in 7 years
#9 Detroit – Unfunded liability of $6.4 billion, $18,643 per household, money runs out in 8 years
#10 Fort Worth – Unfunded liability of $2 billion, $7,212 per household, money runs out in 8 years
You might want to read this article before you plunk down the cash for an EV. And remember the government’s subsidy that reduces the cost to the buyer comes out of the pockets of taxpayers.
Nice bloom from a 35 year old rose bush
J.C. and Ebony
My normal Dallas monthly water bill – $90.00, winter, spring, fall – no lawn irrigation. It breaks out to about $30.00 for water, $30.00 for sewer, and $30.00 for garbage pick up (“normal” trash pick up – once per week — bulk pick up (leaves, tree limbs, discarded appliances and furniture, etc.) once per month.)
Now Farmers Branch is a suburb (very small in comparison) adjacent to Dallas’ northwest boundary. Normal trash pick up – twice a week. Bulk pick up – once per week. Water, sewer, garbage bill per month – $30.00.