Baltimore Orioles Executive Said It Well…

Baltimore Orioles COO John Angelos


Orioles’ COO John Angelos, the son of owner Peter Angelos, took to his own Twitter to deliver a powerful statement about the situation in Baltimore.

“The innocent working families of all backgrounds whose lives and dreams have been cut short by excessive violence, surveillance and other abuses of the Bill of Rights by government pay the true price, and ultimate price, one that far exceeds the importance of any kids’ game played tonight, or ever, at Camden Yards,” Angelos wrote. “We need to keep in mind people are suffering and dying around the U.S., and while we are thankful no one was injured at Camden Yards, there is a far bigger picture for poor Americans in Baltimore and everywhere who don’t have jobs and are losing economic, civil and legal rights, and this makes inconvenience at a ballgame irrelevant in light of the needless suffering government is inflicting upon ordinary Americans.”

Angelos comments came after Baltimore sports radio host Brett Hollander criticized the protestors, saying their measures were counterproductive. In Angelos’ long exchange with Hollander, the COO shared a thorough explanation on why tensions in the city were building even before Gray’s death ignited the riots.

“My greater source of personal concern, outrage and sympathy beyond this particular case is focused neither upon one night’s property damage nor upon the acts,” Angelos wrote, “but is focused rather upon the past four-decade period during which an American political elite have shipped middle-class and working-class jobs away from Baltimore and cities and towns around the U.S. to third-world dictatorships like China and others, plunged tens of millions of good, hard-working Americans into economic devastation, and then followed that action around the nation by diminishing every American’s civil rights protections in order to control an unfairly impoverished population living under an ever-declining standard of living and suffering at the butt end of an ever-more militarized and aggressive surveillance state.”

Damn Right!, and well John; Thanks for spreading the Voodoo!

SOURCE – Rollingstone.com

5 lies that have shaped the Obama presidency…

you-lieIf past presidents are remembered for their signature achievements, Obama will be remembered for his signature lie: “If you like your health care plan, blah, blah, blah.” You know the rest. Although the most consequential of Obama’s lies — it got him re-elected — it’s far from his only prevarication.  Here are five that illustrate just how much Obama’s presidency is built on falsehoods.

5. “My father left my family when I was 2 years old.”

Obama made this claim in September 2009, when addressing the nation’s schoolkids. By then, the blogosphere knew that baby Obama had never spent a night under the same roof as his father, let alone two years.  For years, Obama and his advisers invested enormous political capital in what biographer David Remnick called Obama’s “signature appeal: the use of the details of his own life as a reflection of a kind of multicultural ideal.”  Remnick called Obama’s autobiography “a mixture of verifiable fact, recollection, recreation, invention and artful shaping.” In other words, the truth is never good enough.

4. “The Fast and Furious program was a field-initiated program begun under the previous administration.”

Obama spun this fiction at a September 2012 Univision forum knowing it was false. In fact, the bizarre, deadly idea to let American guns “walk” into Mexico, where they were used by drug cartels to kill dozens, began in October 2009.  Three months earlier, White House press secretary Jay Carney had made the same bogus claim virtually word for word at a press conference and got shot down on national TV. “It began in fall 2009,” corrected White House correspondent Jake Tapper, then with ABC.  Carney refused to acknowledge he lied, and the president continued to lie weeks later. It’s all part of Obama’s ducking of responsibility — it’s always someone else’s fault.

3. “Not even a smidgen of corruption.”

Obama said this in response to Bill O’Reilly’s question about the IRS scandal: “You’re saying no corruption?”  If there were not even a “smidgen of corruption,” as Obama insisted, it is hard to understand what outraged him, or at least seemed to, when news of the IRS scandal first broke. “It’s inexcusable, and Americans are right to be angry about it, and I am angry about it,” Obama said in May 2013. Obama routinely expressed anger when some new scandal erupted on his watch — IRS, the failed ObamaCare website, the VA scandal, Fast and Furious — but never before had he shoved a scandal down the memory hole so quickly.  And how could Obama know there wasn’t a smidgen of corruption before the investigation was even over? Perhaps because the administration knew that any proof of that was gone with deleted emails and destroyed hard drives?

2. “We revealed to the American people exactly what we understood at the time.”

During that same Super Bowl Sunday interview, Obama made this claim in response to O’Reilly’s inquiry about the attack on the American consulate in Benghazi. Obama continued to dissemble: “The notion that we would hide the ball for political purposes when a week later we all said, in fact, there was a terrorist attack taking place and the day after I said it was an act of terror, that wouldn’t be a very good coverup.”  In fact, it was exactly a week after the attack, on Sept. 18, that Obama took his first questions about Benghazi. Bizarrely, he did so to David Letterman. “Here’s what happened,” Obama said.  “You had a video that was released by somebody who lives here, sort of a shadowy character who — who made an extremely offensive video directed at — at Mohammed and Islam.”  We know now that the administration knew this wasn’t true. Not a week later; not even the very night of the attacks.  On many levels, this was Obama’s most telling lie. He only deals with the world as he sees it, not as it is.

1. “Transparency and the rule of law will be the touchstones of this presidency.”

Obama told this whopper to his assembled staff on his first day in office. He promised it to the press. Instead, his administration refuses to hand over documents and Obama refuses to answer questions. As liberal constitutional scholar Jonathan Turley assessed the presidency, “Barack Obama is really the president Richard Nixon always wanted to be.”  What do these lies, just a sample of many, tell us? Obama never stopped “artfully shaping” his life.  The scary thing is he might actually believe these lies. He believes that posting a shot from his personal photographer online is “transparent.” That targeting conservative groups for audits isn’t corrupt. That everything that has gone wrong with his presidency is Bush’s fault.

Knowing that, how can we believe anything that he says?

SOURCE – New York Post

Obama rated worst president since World War II… No $hit!

Romney_ITYSIn a new Quinnipiac poll, 33% of respondents rated Obama as the worst President among the 12 leaders since the 1945 war. Really?  I bet you even used a slide-rule to fiqure that one out!  Ronald Reagan was voted the best, with 35% support.  Of those polled, 33% rated Obama as the least impressive of the 12 Presidents since the last global conflict.  His predecessor, George W. Bush, was a close second with 28%.  When asked to rank the best Presidents since the 1945 war, Americans rated Ronald Reagan as the best with 35%.  Clinton came second with 18% and in third was John Kennedy with 15%.  Abuse of executive power, IRS scandal, VA scandal, Benghazi cover-up, Fast-and-Furious cover-up, healthcare highway robbery, illegal alien children pouring over our southern border… Friends, I didn’t need a poll to see the obvious.  #cantwaittogetridofthisasshole

SOURCE – NY Daily News

IRS employees who didn’t pay their taxes got staggering bonuses

Trust_The_IRS“Not even mass corruption — not even a smidgen of corruption.”

Who said that?

Friends, according to a government watchdog, the Treasury Department doled out $2.8 million in bonuses to IRS employees having disciplinary problems — and more than a third of that amount went to 1,146 employees who didn’t bother paying their own taxes.  The report was announced Tuesday by the Treasury Department Inspector General for Tax Administration, according to USA Today.

Tax cheating IRS agents weren’t just rewarded with bonuses. USA Today reported:

The bonuses weren’t just monetary. Employees with tax problems received a total of 10,582 hours of paid time off — valued at about $250,000 — and 69 received permanent raises through a step increase, the report said. The report looked at bonuses in 2011 and 2012.

Employees’ tax problems included “willful understatement of tax liabilities over multiple tax years, late payment of tax liabilities, and underreporting of income,” the report said.

“We take seriously our unique role as this nation’s tax administrator, and we will strive to implement a policy that protects the integrity of the tax administration system and the reputation of the service,” IRS chief Human Capital Officer David Krieg said in a written response to the audit.  Although the agency considers disciplinary matters before giving bonuses to senior agency executives, to make that policy apply across the board would require negotiations with the National Treasury Employees Union.

Watch the news report from Diane Sawyer via ABC News

SOURCE – BizPacReview.com

A plan to divide California into 6 states…

sixStatesSilicon Valley venture capitalist Tim Draper has a big idea. Well, he’s got six of them: Draper thinks California, the nation’s most populous state, is too big to govern effectively. So he’s pushing a ballot initiative that would split the Golden State into six new states.

“Vast parts of our state are poorly served by a representative government,” according to Draper’s plan, which cleared a key government hurdle this week, part of the process to qualify for the ballot. California residents “would be better served by six smaller state governments.”

In a recent interview, Draper said he has seen a state once regarded as a model slide into decline — many public schools are troubled, transportation, water and other infrastructure systems are over matched and outdated, spending on prisons has soared.  A group of states could change that, he said, competing and cooperating with each other.  No one would dispute that California, home to 38 million people, is full of rivalries and squabbling. Dodgers or Giants. Tacos or sushi. Where water goes, and how much of it.  But the state has proven reliably resilient against attempts to split it apart, dating to the era of its founding in 1850. Over the years, proposals have suggested California should be two states, or three, or four.

Even if it were to be approved by voters, Congress would have to endorse the idea of creating six new states — and adding 10 senators to the chamber’s political mix (as with all states, California currently has two). Congress, under the U.S. Constitution, must approve the creation or division of any states.

Draper, in documents he submitted to the Secretary of State’s Office, recommends dividing California regionally, including establishing a state called Silicon Valley, which would include San Francisco and nearby counties that are home to technology giants like Facebook and Apple.  Los Angeles would become part of the new state of West California, which also would include the coastal cities of Santa Barbara and Ventura. The state’s farming heartland would become Central California. San Diego would be the largest city in the new South California.

Your thoughts?

SOURCE – washingtonpost.com

ALTERNATE OPINION – Huffingtonpost.com

UPDATE –Venture capitalist’s plan to divide California into six states makes 2016 ballot

UPDATE – 6 Californias initiative fails to make 2016 ballot

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