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Why Is It So Hard to Understand Government Shouldn't Force Employers to Purchase Birth Control or Permit Guns on Premises?

Wednesday, 02 July 2014 10:11 Written by
The (leftie) internet went bonkers yesterday over the Supreme Court's Hobby Lobby  decision, a narrow ruling that only let "closely held" corporations whose owners had a religious objection to paying for certain kind of contraceptives (abortifacients) off the hook from Obamacare's "contraceptive mandate."  Employees, of course, would still be free to purchase supplemental insurance to cover birth control and to see their doctor to get a prescription for birth control. They can't purchase birth control over the counter but that's not because of the Supreme Court or employers with objections—it's because the federal government prohibits the sale of birth control over the counter.
Nevertheless for a certain kind of spouter of partisan talking points, the Supreme Court ruling—that the government could not, in fact, bully people into doing something if those people have religious objections—was more evidence of the "war on women" Democrats plan to keep running on.
Meanwhile in Georgia, a new gun bill that permits lawfully licensed residents to carry their firearms into a wide range of "public accommodations" (like bars) and actual government buildings goes into effect today*. Opponents of the bill, generally liberals, tend to be the same people who opposed the Hobby Lobby ruling, while conservatives who applauded the Hobby Lobby ruling for protecting religious liberty applaud Georgia's law for protecting their Second Amendment rights.
Libertarians have to laugh or they'd cry. The partisan break on Hobby Lobby and Georgia's gun law doesn't make sense if principles mattered. After all, if an employer has a right not to be coerced by the government to purchase something for an employee, that same employer ought to have a right not to be coerced by the government to permit something on his property. Whether the specific objections are religious shouldn't even matter—either you have a right to run your workplace and business as you please or it belongs to the government.  For too many partisan ideologues, liberal and conservative, the latter applies. Their political preferences trump any lip service to principles.
*UPDATE: The law allows private property owners to "exclude or eject" people carrying firearms. Private property owners shouldn't need a law to let them exclude who they want, nor one to require specific kinds of compensation.

CIA Under Fire For Failure In Iraq

Wednesday, 02 July 2014 10:08 Written by
The CIA failed to provide adequate warning of the recent Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant military incursion into Iraq despite having a significant presence of agency officers in the country, according to U.S. officials and security analysts.
Critics of the agency said the intelligence failure was made worse by a failure of the Obama administration to recognize the threat posed to the country by the ISIL, which last week renamed itself simply the Islamic State (IS) and declared its captured territory in Syria and Iraq is now a “caliphate.”
The so-called caliphate region is under harsh Islamic law and led by IS leader Abu Bakr al Baghdadi as its “caliph” or Islamic leader.
“This is an absolute intelligence failure on the part of the CIA,” said Bill Cowan, a former Special Forces officer who worked until recently as a contractor in Iraq.
During U.S. military operations in Iraq, military intelligence agencies set up robust spying—both human and electronic—throughout Iraq that provided a clear picture of the insurgents, including the former Saddam Hussein military officials who currently are a major component of the IS operation.
However, with the Obama administration’s decision to pull out all troops, the military intelligence coverage was removed at the end of 2011.

17 Facts That Prove That The Quality of Jobs in America is Going Down The Drain

Wednesday, 02 July 2014 10:04 Written by

Do you wish that you had a better job?  If so, you are not alone.  In fact, there are millions upon millions of Americans that get up every day and go to a job that they wish that they could afford to quit.  Unfortunately, most Americans end up just desperately holding on to the jobs that they have because just about any job is valuable in this economic environment.  Over the past decade, the long-term trends that are destroying jobs in America have accelerated.  We have seen countless numbers of jobs shipped overseas, we have seen countless numbers of jobs replaced by technology, we have seen countless numbers of jobs taken by immigrants and we have seen countless numbers of jobs lost to the overall decline of the once great U.S. economy.  Unfortunately, even though we can all see this happening, our “leaders” have failed to come up with any solutions.  And since there are so many of us that are desperate for jobs these days, employers know that they don’t have to pay as much.  The balance of supply and demand in the employment marketplace has radically shifted in their favor.  So less workers are getting health insurance these days, less workers are getting retirement plans and once you adjust for inflation our paychecks have been getting smaller for years.  Needless to say, all of this is absolutely eviscerating the middle class.  The following are 17 facts that prove that the quality of jobs in America is going down the drain…
#1 A study conducted by the Center for College Affordability and Productivity is projecting that the number of college graduates that will be entering the workforce in the U.S. this decade will be nearly three times as high as the growth in the number of jobs that require at least a Bachelor’s degree.
#2 Only four of the twenty fastest growing occupations in America require a Bachelor’s degree or better.

Billionaire Tells Americans to Prepare for ‘Financial Ruin’

Wednesday, 02 July 2014 09:55 Written by

The United States could soon become a large-scale Spain or Greece, teetering on the edge of financial ruin.
That’s according to Donald Trump, who painted a very ugly picture of where this country is headed. Trump made the comments during a recent appearance on Fox News’ “On the Record with Greta Van Susteren.”
According to Trump, the United States is no longer a rich country. “When you’re not rich, you have to go out and borrow money. We’re borrowing from the Chinese and others. We’re up to $16 trillion in debt.”
He goes on to point out that the downgrade of U.S. debt is inevitable. 
“We are going up to $16 trillion [in debt] very soon, and it’s going to be a lot higher than that before he gets finished. When you have [debt] in the $21-$22 trillion, you are talking about a downgrade no matter how you cut it.”
Ballooning debt and a credit downgrade aren’t Trump’s only worries for this country. He says that the official unemployment rate of 8.2 percent “isn’t a real number” and that the real figure is closer to 15 percent to 16 percent. He even mentioned that some believe the unemployment rate to be as high as 21 percent.

Islamic Militants Parade Scud Missile

Wednesday, 02 July 2014 09:50 Written by


The leader of extremist group ISIS has called on Muslims to come to the territory his group has seized to help build an Islamic state, declaring: 'The earth is Allah's.'
Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, head of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, said in a 19-minute audiotape released online yesterday: 'Muslims, rush to your state. Yes, it is your state.'
In the audio, posted on militant websites which have been used by the group before, the leader makes a special call to those with practical skills - such as scholars, judges, doctors, engineers and people with military and administrative expertise - to come 'answer the dire need of the Muslims for them'.
Urging Muslims around the world to travel to the Middle East to join the Islamic state, al-Baghdadi goes on to say: 'Rush, because Syria is not for the Syrians and Iraq is not for the Iraqis'.
He also calls on jihadi fighters to increase fighting in the holy month of Ramadan, which began on Sunday.
He said: 'In this virtuous month or in any other month, there is no deed better than jihad in the path of Allah, so take advantage of this opportunity and walk the path of you righteous predecessors.

Obama Promises Unconstitutional Executive Action to Fix “Broken” Immigration System

Wednesday, 02 July 2014 09:45 Written by

Speaking from the Rose Garden at the White House, President Obama on Monday promised to sign an unconstitutional executive action “to fix our broken immigration system.”
He blamed Republicans for the situation along the border and said they have acted to prevent an amnesty bill from clearing congressional hurdles.
Obama’s remarks address Republican Speaker John Boehner’s promise not to address the immigration issue this year.
“While I will continue to push Republicans to drop excuses and act,” Obama said, “Americans cannot wait forever for them to act.”
The president’s promise to go around Congress and the American people and legalize millions of illegal immigrants in the United States comes less than a week after he received a rebuke from the Supreme Court.
On Thursday the highest court ruled Obama violated the Constitution when he skirted the Senate and made recess appointments in 2012.

Top Court in New York Rules Cyberbullying Law Violates First Amendment

Wednesday, 02 July 2014 09:39 Written by
The New York Court of Appeals has ruled that an Albany County law banning so-called cyberbullying is a violation of the First Amendment.
“It appears that the provision would criminalize a broad spectrum of speech outside the popular understanding of cyberbullying,” Judge Victoria Graffeo argued, “including, for example, an email disclosing private information about a corporation or a telephone conversation meant to annoy an adult.”
In a 5-2 decision the court ruled the law went too far and said it is possible to enact legislation outlawing cyberbullying over social networks without violating the First Amendment.
The constitutionality of the county law was challenged by Marquan Mackey-Meggs. In 2001 at the age of fifteen Mackey-Meggs pleaded guilty to posting on his Facebook page sexual comments alongside photos of high school classmates.
The Albany County law was passed in November, 2010. It designated cyberbullying as an unclassified misdemeanor punishable by a fine of up to $1,000 and up to one year in prison.
The law defined cyberbullying as “any act of communicating or causing a communication to be sent by mechanical or electronic means, including posting statements on the internet or through a computer or email network, disseminating embarrassing or sexually explicit photographs; disseminating private, personal, false or sexual information, or sending hate mail, with no legitimate private, personal, or public purpose, with the intent to harass, annoy, threaten, abuse, taunt, intimidate, torment, humiliate, or otherwise inflict significant emotional harm on another person.”

‘Trolling’ Among Tactics Used by US State Dept Against ISIS

Wednesday, 02 July 2014 09:34 Written by
By: Reuters
The US State Department has adopted some unconventional tactics to combat ISIS, the Islamic group making headlines recently for its onslaught against Iraq’s government forces. Among the unlikely strategies adopted by the US appears to be online trolling.
Using a variety of tactics, both the US government and even groups loosely affiliated Anonymous are fighting back against the radical Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (now rebranded as simply Islamic State), which has swept through a large swath of northern Iraq in recent weeks. While politicians argue about the possibility of a military response and additional US troops have been deployed to bolster Iraq’s military forces, a group at the State Department are attempting to combat the growing online threat of the radical group.
Using techniques that in any other context might be considered “trolling,” the State Department’s Center for Strategic Counterterrorism Communications is searching Twitter for users promoting the ISIS ideology, or urging others to join the jihadist group. Responses complete with graphic images are then posted to offer an opposing viewpoint counter to the narrative put out by the radical’s online strategists.
Since September 2011, the US has used this strategy to counter the recruiting of individuals by ISIS to fight in the civil war in Syria. With the spillover into Iraq now threatening to plunge the wider Middle East into conflict, however, their efforts are being ramped up.


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