Proof in a Single Sentence That Guns Don’t Kill People, Gun Control Kills People

August 8, 2012 at 11:51 am (Butter Knife, Gun Control, Satwant Singh Kaleka, Second Amendment, Shooting, Sikh Temple, Wade Page, Wisconsin)

If ever there were a more descriptive sentence on the issue of gun control, and why curbing Second Amendment rights only serves to hurt or even kill law-abiding citizens, I have yet to see it.

Tucked away in a Huffington Post article about the motivation behind the horrific shooting at a Sikh temple in Wisconsin, is this statement (h/t Ben Howe):

“The dead included temple President Satwant Singh Kaleka, who was shot as he tried to fend off the shooter with a butter knife.

Incredible.

Perhaps as Boortz said in regards to the Aurora shooting:

Too bad there wasn’t someone at that theatre with a concealed carry permit. How many lives could have been saved? — Neal Boortz (@Talkmaster)

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Video: Jamaican Gold Medalist Usain Bolt Stops Interview to Show Respect For U.S. National Anthem

August 8, 2012 at 10:27 am (2012 Olympics, All This For a Damn Flag, Barack Obama, Classy, Gold Medal, Jamaica, London Olympics, Michelle Obama, President Obama, Sprinter, Usain Bolt, World's Fastest Man)

After winning his 100-meter semi-final sprint at the London Olympics, Usain Bolt was being interviewed by a TV reporter.  It was at that point that the world’s fastest man morphed into the world’s classiest man, interrupting the interview to show respect to the U.S. national anthem.

As Gateway Pundit points out, this is more respect than the current President has for our national anthem…

And yes, Michelle.  All this for a damn flag…

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$2 Billion Stimulus Company Continues to Hemorrhage Employees

August 8, 2012 at 9:00 am (CH2M Hill, Colorado, Crony Stimulation, Economy, Hanford, Infrastructure, Jobs, Layoffs, Plateau Remediation Company, Stimulus)

We’re looking now at a net loss of about 700 jobs.

CH2M Hill was granted roughly $2 billion in stimulus funds to clean up the Hanford nuclear waste site.  The company used that money to setup a job fair and hire nearly 1,300 new employees.  When the stimulus money ran out, so did the ability to employ those same workers – and then some.  An announcement in January of last year predicted 1,600 people would be unemployed by September.

At the beginning of April, CH2M Hill received more government funding, this time in the form of a $1.3 million grant to assist those who were laid off.

To make matters worse, the President of the company, John Lehew, had to address rumors of even more layoffs in April.  Those rumors transitioned to reality this past week…

The Hanford Atomic Metal Trades Council has been notified that 67 workers it represents will lose their jobs at Hanford as a result of a planned layoff by CH2M Hill Plateau Remediation Co.

In addition, 28 people responded to a request for volunteers for layoffs, bringing the total job cuts for workers represented by HAMTC to 95.

The layoffs have been expected. CH2M Hill announced in April that it would cut up to 400 union and nonunion positions in two phases. In the first phase, 58 employees were laid off in June.

That leaves up to about 340 layoffs possible in September, when the second phase of the job reduction will occur. The potential 340 layoffs include the 95 workers represented by HAMTC.

Nowhere is the reality of wasteful stimulus spending more readily apparent than in the case of a company like CH2M Hill.  Jobs created by environmental cleanup projects and infrastructure spending, while a good idea at heart, are nothing more than temporary fixes that will not remedy the economic crisis.

We keep hearing about these companies that received millions in stimulus funding, but only created a certain amount of jobs at an exorbitant amount.  Yet CH2M Hill continues to fly under the radar, receiving billions in funding to actually lose hundreds of jobs.

Why has CH2M escaped serious scrutiny? Perhaps it is the significant donations and lobbying efforts they have doled out, targeting key Democrats in charge of the stimulus. Perhaps it is the no-bid contracts, the influence they had in shaping the stimulus, or the revolving door of employees and White House administrative positions that have allowed them to continue their dominance in procuring government funding.

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New Ad Slams Obama For Gutting Welfare Reform

August 8, 2012 at 7:00 am (2012 Election, Bill Clinton, Bipartisan, Carl Levin, Joe Biden, John Kerry, Legislation, Mitt Romney, President Obama, Rise and Fall of Welfare Reform, Welfare Reform, Work Requirements)

Last month, the Obama administration gutted Clinton-era welfare reforms by offering waivers to states from work requirements in the welfare reform bill.  The move eliminated conditions that able-bodied individuals receiving welfare continue to work or actively seek employment.

The Romney campaign has responded with a devastating new video

In 1996, President Bill Clinton signed bipartisan legislation that reformed welfare. 

Democrats from Carl Levin to John Kerry, and even Joe Biden supported the bipartisan reforms. President Obama, on the other hand, has been a consistent opponent of the law and recently dismantled the historic bill. When it comes to welfare reform, President Obama is out of step with the country, his party, and even his own Vice President.

AD FACTS: Script For “The Rise And Fall Of Welfare Reform”
 
VIDEO TEXT: “In 1996, President Bill Clinton And A Republican Congress Passed Historic Welfare Reform.”
 
PRESIDENT BILL CLINTON: “The new bill restores America’s basic bargain of providing opportunity and demanding in return responsibility.”
 
·         PRESIDENT BILL CLINTON: “The new bill restores America’s basic bargain of providing opportunity and demanding in return responsibility.” (President Bill Clinton, Remarks, Washington, D.C., 8/22/96)
 
VIDEO TEXT:  “A Bipartisan Bill Overwhelmingly Supported By Republicans And Democrats”
 
PRESIDENT BILL CLINTON: “This bill will help people that go to work, so they can stop drawing a welfare check and start drawing a paycheck.”
 
·         PRESIDENT BILL CLINTON: “This bill will help people that go to work, so they can stop drawing a welfare check and start drawing a paycheck.” (President Bill Clinton, Remarks, Washington, D.C., 8/22/96)
 
VIDEO TEXT: “Democrats Like…”
 
VIDEO TEXT: “U.S. Senator Carl Levin”
 
SENATOR CARL LEVIN: “Why should an able-bodied person, receiving welfare benefits, not be required to work…”
 
·          SENATOR CARL LEVIN: “Why should an able-bodied person, receiving welfare benefits, not be required to work for two years?” (Senator Carl Levin, Senate Floor Speech, 7/19/96)
 
VIDEO TEXT: “U.S. Senator John Kerry”
 
SENATOR JOHN KERRY: “I believe it’s an important change. Yes, people ought to work. Hardworking American citizens should not be required to carry people.”
 
·         SENATOR JOHN KERRY: “I believe it’s an important change. Yes, people ought to work. Hardworking American citizens should not be required to carry people.”(Senator John Kerry, Senate Floor Speech, 8/1/96)
 
VIDEO TEXT: “U.S. Senator Joe Biden”
 
SENATOR JOE BIDEN: “I introduced a concept of workfare in 1986. I remember being pilloried by my colleagues on the Democratic side at the time for suggesting that there be a mandatory work requirement for anyone receiving welfare.”
 
·         SENATOR JOE BIDEN: “I introduced a concept of workfare in 1986. I remember being pilloried by my colleagues on the Democratic side at the time for suggesting that there be a mandatory work requirement for anyone receiving welfare.” (Senator Joe Biden, Senate Floor Speech, 7/18/96)
 
VIDEO TEXT: “What Did Barack Obama Think?”
 
STATE SENATOR BARACK OBAMA: “I was not a huge supporter of the federal plan that was signed in 1996.”
 
·          State Senator Barack Obama, In 1998: “I Was Not A Huge Supporter Of The Federal Plan That Was Signed In 1996.” OBAMA: “You know, let me say one thing about this, because I’ve been very active in drafting the state of Illinois’ welfare proposal and thinking about how do you craft these coalitions. I was not a huge supporter of the federal plan that was signed in 1996.” (Barack Obama, Remarks, Washington, DC, 6/8/98)
 
VIDEO TEXT: “A Bill That Requires People On Welfare To Work, Instead Of Just Collecting A Check.”
 
VIDEO TEXT: “I Would Not Probably Have Supported The Federal Bill That Was Passed.”
 
STATE SENATOR BARACK OBAMA: “I would not probably have supported the federal bill that was passed.”
 
·          State Senator Barack Obama, In 1999: “I Would Not Probably Have Supported The Federal System – The Federal Bill That Was Passed.” OBAMA: “The first question which is fairly specific is about welfare reform. As most of you know I think, in 1996 the Republican Congress passed and President Clinton signed a welfare reform bill that essentially ended a 60 year entitlement to welfare. I was a strong proponent of some reform of the welfare system. I would not probably have supported the federal system – the federal bill that was passed.” (Barack Obama, Remarks, Northfield, MN, 2/5/99)
 
VIDEO TEXT: “Probably Turned Into Reality.”
 
VIDEO TEXT: “Obama Ends Welfare Reform As We Know It”
 
·          National Review Online: “Obama Ends Welfare Reform As We Know It” (Robert Rector and Katherine Bradley, “Obama Ends Welfare Reform As We Know It,” National Review Online, 7/12/12)
 
JIM ANGLE, FOX NEWS: “[T]he Obama Administration quietly offered to issue waivers to the work requirements in the law.”
 
·         JIM ANGLE, FOX NEWS: “Well, the Obama Administration quietly offered to issue waivers to the work requirements in the law.” (Fox News’ “Fox Report,” 7/13/12)
 
VIDEO TEXT: “Obama Guts Welfare Reform”
 
·         The Heritage Foundation Headline: “Obama Guts Welfare Reform” (Robert Rector and Kiki Bradley, “Obama Guts Welfare Reform,” The Heritage Foundation, 7/12/12)
 
VIDEO TEXT: “President Obama”
 
VIDEO TEXT: “Taking The Work Out Of Welfare”

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