Another Day, Another Riot in Ferguson + More – Daily Digest

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“No man is allowed to be a judge in his own cause, because his interest would certainly bias his judgment, and, not improbably, corrupt his integrity.” –James Madison, Federalist No. 10, 1787


Another Day, Another Riot in Ferguson

Ferguson, Missouri, remains roiled in violence more than a week after Michael Brown was shot. Rioters and looters (some imported from as far away as New York and California) have run rampant there, despite the militarized police response. Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon even sent in the National Guard, but that didn’t improve things. Police arrested 31 Monday night and two people were shot – not by police, who did not fire any shots. Now, even Attorney General Eric Holder has been dispatched to the scene. No doubt his race-baiting presence will calm things right down. As for Barack Obama, he said while “I have to make sure I don’t look like I’m putting my thumbs on the scales one way or the other … I’ll be watching over the next several days to assess whether [the National Guard] is helping rather than hindering progress in Ferguson.” We suppose they do have televisions in the golf club house at Martha’s Vineyard. More…

What About Chicago and New York Violence?

As race hustlers obsess over the situation in Ferguson, someone should demand they address the real epidemic plaguing America’s urban cities – gang violence. CBS Chicago reports, “Seven people have been killed and at least 29 others wounded in shootings across the city since Friday evening, police said.” And according to Fox 5, “Fifteen people were shot in a rash of violence in New York City. The violence left two people dead and 13 others injured within a span of just 8 hours.” However, because most of these shootings consist of blacks shooting fellow blacks as a result of poverty plantations fostered by statism, civil rights “leaders” like Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson remain deafeningly silent on the issue. It’s simply astounding that Gov. Jay Nixon deployed the National Guard to quell the violence in Ferguson as the result of a shooting involving a white cop and a black teenager – a case that’s still under investigation – yet the violence bloodying the streets of Chicago and New York City continues unabated and ignored.

Winter Is Coming as Grid Struggles to Produce Energy

The Obama administration is busy trying to save us all from the day when the ice melts – wasn’t that supposed to already happen? – causing polar bears to swim off to find a new home and people to stop vacationing in the Caribbean because all the islands will be underwater. But the administration forgets the warning from everyone’s favorite geo-political gore-fest, “Game of Thrones” – winter is coming. The EPA’s crusade on every reliable way to produce energy could make a cold winter much harder for the nation if it strains the nation’s electrical grid to the point of failure. The grid was already near capacity, and now the EPA’s plan to cut carbon emissions from coal power plants could raise the stakes. As CEO of American Electric Power Nicholas Akins told Congress about the nations electrical output last winter, “This country did not just dodge a bullet – we dodged a cannon ball.” If the heat doesn’t work as snow begins to fly, we’re sure the elderly will understand it is to fight global warming. More…

Only the Best for Hillary Clinton When She Speaks

Many people are already familiar with Hillary Clinton’s exorbitant speaking fees – she earns about three times the annual income of an average American for one evening speaking into a microphone. But when Hillary takes the stage, she isn’t just asking for $300,000. Her transportation and housing demands equals the exorbitant sticker price. The Las Vegas Review-Journal snagged a copy of the contract between Clinton and the University of Nevada when she spoke at a Oct. 13 fundraiser, which shows nothing less than a 16-passenger Gulfstream G450 would do for Hillary’s transportation. The university also agreed to book four rooms in a hotel, block the press from speaking to Hillary, and to hire a stenographer that would transcribe the interview for Clinton’s private use. These demands from the politician angling for a 2016 run, who must reach out to the low and middle-class voters, once again hurt her image of an upper-middle class plebeian with the good of the commoners firmly in her mind. Even Justin Bieber, when he performs, only asks for Swedish Fish, soda and a private bathroom. More…

A Special Message for Bill Clinton’s Birthday

From one consummate pathological liar to another: “Lifting up families like his own became the story of Bill Clinton’s life.” That was Barack Obama’s assessment of Bill Clinton before awarding him our nation’s highest civilian award, the Medal of Freedom. Of course Clinton is a serial sex offender and narcissist, even though like Obama, he was elected and re-elected by a majority of women voters. Our White House daily email invited us to send a message to Bill, on this, his 68th birthday. So we sent him a couple of appropriate quotes, and copied Barack and Hillary.

“Oh what a tangled web we weave, When first we practice to deceive!” –Sir Walter Scott

“He who permits himself to tell a lie once, finds it much easier to do it a second and third time, till at length it becomes habitual; he tells lies without attending to it, and truths without the world’s believing him. This falsehood of the tongue leads to that of the heart, and in time depraves all its good dispositions.” –Thomas Jefferson

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Anti-Capitalist Administration Makes for Tough Economic Sledding

The true scope of the damage that the Great Recession inflicted on the American economy, along with the Obama administration’s poor management of the crisis and its regular bent against the free market, is put in stark relief by some recent economic reports.

One study by Kansas City Federal Reserve economist Andrew Foerster calculates that continued economic uncertainty has cost the U.S. one million jobs since 2010, the year after the recession was officially declared “over.” Foerster maintains that high uncertainty in the economic recovery was generated by three separate incidents – the May 2010 European sovereign debt crisis, the 2011 U.S. debt ceiling debacle, and mixed signals over the Federal Reserve Bank’s June 2013 plan to wind down its bond buying program. The result was muted employment in the U.S. job market, about 16,000 fewer jobs per month between 2010 and 2013.

The current job market is also experiencing a sharp decline in male participation. Men have been leaving the workforce steadily since the late 1940s, but the trend has risen sharply in recent years. After World War II, 87% of adult men held jobs or were actively seeking employment. As of last month, that number dropped to just over 69%. The male participation rate has dropped three points since 2009 alone. In the cohort of men ages 25-54, there are 1.85 million “missing workers,” able-bodied males who have given up looking for jobs due to weak opportunities.

There are a number of factors at play behind this sharp decline of male workers. Manufacturing, a male-dominated profession, once accounted for one-quarter of the U.S. Gross Domestic Product but has fallen to around 11%. Education, social services and other service jobs traditionally held by women, have been on the rise, now claiming a large share of GDP. Women have entered the work force in greater numbers since the 1960s, and the female participation rate is at 57%. Women are also earning more college degrees these days, making them better suited overall for a more skilled workforce. There are some men who have made a lifestyle choice to stay at home and let their spouses be the breadwinner, but that’s a small portion of the total. The drop in labor is due largely to lack of opportunities.

Are there any signs of relief in the job market? That depends on who you listen to. Labor Secretary Thomas Perez insists that talk of the recovery consisting only of low-wage jobs is “categorically inaccurate,” adding, “This recovery is creating a lot of good jobs.” According to The Washington Post, nearly 40% of the jobs created in the last six months have been in high-wage industries such as construction and professional services. However, a recent U.S. Conference of Mayors and HIS Global Insights report reveals there is still a 23% wage gap in sectors hardest hit by the recession such as construction and manufacturing. Low-wage industries have seen the bulk (41%) of job growth in the last year. Mid-wage and high-wage industries have seen 26% and 33% growth, respectively, but there are still 1.2 million fewer jobs in those industries than prior to the recession.

Five years after the end of the recession, the Obama “recovery” can still be categorized as anemic, and without a doubt that’s due to the Obama administration’s policies. The high tax burden on investors and businesses has reduced capital investment and the incentive to put money into growing companies and hiring more workers. ObamaCare has also kept a number of small and mid-size businesses from growing at all, but especially beyond 49 employees, as they seek to remain below the law’s costly regulatory threshold for mandatory insurance coverage.

There is also a marked anti-capitalist flavor to the rhetoric continually coming out of the administration and its choir on Capitol Hill. We have listened to six years of incessant calls for making the rich “pay their fair share,” sparking class warfare and inspiring jealousy and disdain of success. The president told entrepreneurs they don’t deserve the fruits of their labor because they “didn’t build that,” in reference to the infrastructure that made their success possible. It’s no wonder so much intellectual and monetary capital is sitting on the sidelines or drifting overseas through corporate inversions, which Obama slams as a lack of “economic patriotism.” Eight years is a long economic malaise, so we must work to make sure 2017 brings a free-market oriented administration willing to allow the American economy to reach its full potential.

Feminism and Pop Culture Wage War Against Fathers

There are many issues modern society and culture face today, many of which are troubling and threaten to undermine our Liberty, values and way of life. Our culture is in a state of flux, in a battle of ideas between those who defend traditional values and those who believe their ideas are better than those of our ancestors. The traditional family of a father and mother, who together raise their children to be good citizens, is at the heart of civil society, but it’s also under constant assault.

In the family structure, the father is of utmost importance, as he is the head of household whose role, among others, is to be the provider, protector and principled leader for his family. This sounds a bit old fashioned, but it has worked for centuries. Yet despite the evidence of fathers being a crucial aspect of the family, our culture is pushing them out at the behest of feminists, pop culture elitists and many within the media.

Take for example recent comments made by pop singer Katy Perry. She told Rolling Stone, “I don’t need a dude” to have and raise a baby. Surely she can’t be serious. It would be scientifically impossible for her to have a baby without “a dude” regardless of whether she was in a relationship, or visited a sperm bank. Whichever direction she chooses, she will need “a dude.”

This scientific truth suggests that a man is needed to be there for the child. Presumably, she doesn’t need a man after she has a baby – that is, she doesn’t need a father to help raise her baby. Certainly because of her wealth and fame, she could provide material needs for her baby, and pay others to raise her child while she’s on tour. But why not marry a man who can be the father of her child? Perry was raised by a mother and a father, yet apparently she has bought into the idea that wealth can “make up for the flesh-and-blood influence of a loving father.”

Katy Perry may have all the money she needs, but that’s not true for most single moms. Statistics from the Heritage Foundation show that children raised in married homes are “82 percent less likely to be poor than children in single parent homes.” For the sake of the children’s future, both parents are necessary.

Perry’s assertion that she doesn’t need a father for her child no doubt has many feminists cheering. Feminists have for some time insisted that men are expendable and useless idiots. They suggest that men are oppressors of women, and that masculinity is a thing of the past. They want birth control to be paid for by society, which is a bit ironic seeing how it takes a man for them to even need birth control in the first place.

Feminists and various celebrities have done considerable damage to the family structure. Television sitcoms such as The Simpsons, Family Guy and Modern Family, to name a few, make a mockery of doltish men in every episode, and, therefore, these shows significantly downplay the role of the father in the family. The message these shows are sending is that fathers are unimportant, are often the cause of dysfunction, and at best what they say and do is silly.

With the assault on the family today, fathers have a more critical role in the family than in previous years. With the direction our culture is heading, and the determination of some to purposefully tear down the family structure, the responsibility of the father has increased. No one questions the importance of mothers, but fathers need more than ever to be involved in the lives of their children, to give them the support they need, to be there when they are afraid, to guide them in the path they should go. Fathers need to discipline their children, correct them when they do wrong, and praise them when they do right. Fathers should still provide for their families, they should show love and compassion for their spouse and their children. They need to be courageous, unshakable in their faith and principles, and they should be proud of their masculinity because that is the way they are created.

Fathers can’t sit back and assume all is well. They need to pay attention to what is going on in our culture and do something about it. They should start with their own families, and then provide the support and encouragement to fathers whom they know are struggling. Above all, the father should not quit, should not give up and should not give in. The stakes for the future of our country are too high.

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The Gipper: “A government bureau is the nearest thing to eternal life we’ll ever see on this earth.”

Columnist David Limbaugh: “[A] grand jury indicted [Texas Gov. Rick] Perry on Friday on first-degree felony charges for allegedly abusing his powers by vetoing $7.5 million of funding over two years for the unit run by Texas state prosecutors who investigate public corruption. Perry is also charged with the third-degree felony of coercion of a public servant. … Perry said he believed that [Democratic Travis County District Attorney Rosemary] Lehmberg had lost the public’s trust based on her behavior in connection with a drunken driving charge in 2013 and the manner in which she conducted herself throughout the ordeal. … She ended up pleading guilty to the drunken driving charge in April 2013 and served about half of her 45-day prison sentence, but she refused to resign from her office when released. Though a grand jury indicted Perry for lawfully exercising his veto power, a grand jury investigating Lehmberg determined that she should not be removed from office. Go figure.”

Columnist Thomas Sowell: “British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain was a hawk compared to Barack Obama. At least Chamberlain was building up his country’s military forces while trying to appease Hitler. Obama is cutting back on our military forces while our enemies around the world are expanding theirs. … If politics were like sports, we could ask Israel to trade us Benjamin Netanyahu for Barack Obama. Of course, we would have to throw in trillions of dollars to get Israel to agree to the deal, but it would be money well spent.”

Columnist Jim Geraghty: “Examining the coverage of last night’s continuing violence in Ferguson, Missouri: ‘In front of McDonald’s, a tactical unit removed a driver from his car at gunpoint. Some protesters tipped over portable toilets and dragged them into the streets.’ Who tips over a portable toilet as a form of protest? That’s not a protest; that’s a tantrum. You can’t claim that you’re expressing your anger on behalf of your community when your actions spill feces into the street of the community.”

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