The RoanokeSlant

This file is a personal journal of commentary of examples of the Roanoke Times and Liberal Media Slant. lbhagen@aol.com

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

 

The Cost Of Egg’s And All Corn-based Things

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Roanoke Times, 6-28-2015, Pg 1, 5:  Egg prices on rise after flu outbreak.  Consumers and restaurants are grappling with the increase in costs.
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Two-thirds Pg Bus 1 and all of Pg 5 – lots of nice chicken pictures including idyllic pictures of a family with a basket of eggs – hardly representative of the US egg industry that produces 8 BILLION eggs per month!
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This entire article on eggs and cost of eggs and not one word about the major cause of expensive eggs, chickens, turkeys, ham, beef, cereals, milk products and all the other foods that depend on the cost and availability of CORN!
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What’s with the CORN?  We’re burning massive amounts of corn in our cars (ObamaGas).  It’s called ethanol, it’s made from corn, and it has raised the price of corn and therefore almost all our food costs.  Ask any food shopper: what has happened to the cost of food over the past ten years?
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The Roanoke Times isn’t about to shed any negative light on ObamaGas!  After all jacking-up the price of food is a big problem for middle-class and poor people who’s food budget is a major part of their budget.  These are the very folks Obama claims he stays up nights worrying about.
Off-shore poor people are also impacted due to higher prices of our corn and food exports.
Obama’s latest obscenity: he want’s to increase the “mandated” amount of ethanol in gasoline from 10% to 15%.
For English majors – that’s a 50% increase in corn being burned in our cars.
WSJ, 8-11-12, Pg A2: The ethanol industry consumes about 40% of the corn produced in the US!
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Study: Ethanol Mandates Causing Spiraling U.S. Food Prices
http://news.heartland.org/newspaper-article/2013/01/28/study-ethanol-mandates-causing-spiraling-us-food-prices
After more than 50 years of declining food prices, ethanol subsidies and mandates have caused a dramatic rise in U.S. food prices since 2005, data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture show.
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To add major insult to injury – ethanol manufacturing and use does NOT decrease the CO2 being generated compared to oil-sourced gasoline.
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Obama Fiddling While Burning Our Food As Ethanol
http://roanokeslant.blogspot.com/2012/08/obama-fiddling-while-burning-our-food.html
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Why Hasn’t Virginia Expanded Medicaid?

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Roanoke Times, 6-23-2015, Pg 4:  Va. did not expand Medicaid; saw a minimal decline in uninsured from 2013 to 2014.
ObamaCare made a negligible change in the uninsured in Virginia.
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Not one word or number of what Medicaid costs now no less what massive expansion would cost nor the tax increases to pay for that or the impacts to taxpayers or the economy.
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Why doesn’t Virginia just expand Medicaid?  Just do it!
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1  Over the last 5-7 years the current Medicaid program has grown from 13% of the state budget to 22%, thus crowding out spending on other core services such as K-12, higher education, public safety, and other health and human services.
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2  In the 2014-2016 biennium budget Virginia had to put up $762 Million additional dollars for the current Medicaid program, that is $386 Million per year. In other words current Medicaid is growing due to greater utilization and costs. This trend to take a larger and larger share cannot be continued without reducing or holding steady other services unless revenue increases under the current tax structure, or taxes are raised. 
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"Estimates for adopting Obamacare’s Medicaid expansion show it will cost Virginia taxpayers $902 million through 2022,"
http://www.theunitedpatriot.com/ron-paul-group-says-medicaid-expansion-will-cost-virginia-taxpayers-902-million
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ObamaCare Insured are discovering that Health Insurance is not Health Care!
People who have spent their money on Insurance with high co-pays and deductibles cannot afford to go to a doctor – therefore—they are still going to emergency rooms.
Three-quarters of emergency physicians say they've seen ER patient visits surge since Obamacare took effect — just the opposite of what many Americans expected would happen.
http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2015/05/04/emergency-room-visits-rise-under-affordable-care-act/26625571/
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Obama has carried out a war against private industry, free enterprise and small business job creation that has resulted in the most anemic economic recovery in a century.
The ObamaEconomy has failed the American people resulting in massive debt,  under-employment, long term unemployment and anemic 29 hour per week jobs.  These economic failures have been used by Obama to justify major socialistic programs of dependency and entitlement.
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All this Socialism and expanded entitlements reminds us of Margaret Thatcher’s quote:
The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people's money.

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National Bankruptcies
http://roanokeslant.blogspot.com/2015/06/national-bankruptcies-neither-borrower.html
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ObamaCare: The Train Wreck Continues Into 2015 And Beyond
http://roanokeslant.blogspot.com/2015/01/obamacare-train-wreck-continues-into.html
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ObamaCare: More Deceit That We Can Believe In
http://roanokeslant.blogspot.com/2013/09/obamacare-more-deceit-that-we-can.html
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Obama: "You Didn't Build That!"
http://roanokeslant.blogspot.com/2012/08/presidents-speech-taken-at-face-value.html

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National Bankruptcies: Neither A Borrower Nor A Lender Be

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Polonius:
Neither a borrower nor a lender be,
For loan oft loses both itself and friend,
And borrowing dulls the edge of husbandry.
Hamlet Act 1, scene 3, 75–77
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Clearly Polonius was on to something, however, modern governments and people have become hooked on debt as the method of living today with tomorrow’s stuff!  Saving-up to buy things is totally passé, nobody does that anymore.
However, when you buy with debt you must pay for both the item or service itself and the rent on the borrowed money, "Aye, there's the rub" from Hamlet's soliloquy.
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The chickens are now coming home to roost with multiple major national financial crises:
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Illinois' GOP governor moves to avoid government shutdown
http://news.yahoo.com/illinois-gop-governor-moves-avoid-government-shutdown-231151066--politics.html
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Millions of American Retirees at Risk if Puerto Rico Defaults on Debts
http://news.yahoo.com/illinois-gop-governor-moves-avoid-government-shutdown-231151066--politics.html
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Greece will default
http://www.businessinsider.com/report-greece-wont-pay-the-imf-on-tuesday-2015-6
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But the Big Kahuna in the room is the US National Debt:

$18.3 TRILLION,  $57,000 per citizen, more than the $17 TRILLION GDP

Interest per year:  $526 BILLION (at the lowest interest rates in history)

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America has a debt problem and a failure of leadership.
Americans deserve better."
Senator Barack H. Obama, March 2006
“Our $16 Trillion debt is not a problem!”
Pres. Barack H. Obama, 2013

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Margaret Thatcher’s quote comes home to roost:
The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people's money.
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Obama’s Legacy: Destroying The American System Through Bankruptcy
http://roanokeslant.blogspot.com/2013/10/obamas-legacy-destroying-american.html
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Greece: Obama’s New America
http://roanokeslant.blogspot.com/2010/05/greece-obamas-new-america.html
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Wednesday, June 24, 2015

 

Hot Good Old Days In Roanoke

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Some say it's a hot June in Roanoke Va.
Some say it's setting record temperatures.
Some say it's the result of man-made CO2 and global warming AGW
But what does the record say?
The record says that of the 10 hottest June days "on record since 1912" that:
7 occurred before the current CO2 build-up starting in 1950
only 3 occurred after 1950
http://www.erh.noaa.gov/er/rnk/climate/top10s/ROA/maxt06.txt
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Apparently The Pope, Obama, Gore, Mann and all their global warming models are going to have difficulty blaming this on CO2 (man-made or nature-made)
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Something about mother-nature's variability!
It's of  interest that thermometers came into use in 1900.
It's hard to know what the actual temperatures were before 1900 during the Medieval Warm Period or the Little Ice Age that ended about 1776, or from then to 1900.
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Man-made Global Warming or Mother Nature's Normal Climate?
http://roanokeslant.blogspot.com/2015/01/man-made-global-warming-or-mother.html
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Global Warming Meets Mother Nature
http://roanokeslant.blogspot.com/2014/01/global-warming-meets-mother-nature.html
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Tuesday, June 23, 2015

 

NY Escaped Convicts: Underwear Found

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Escaped Murderers Update: Escaped Murderer's Underwear Located
http://www.slate.com/blogs/the_slatest/2015/06/22/new_york_escaped_convicts_manhunt_underwear_edition.html
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As serious as this situation is, there is a funny side to it too.
This type of humor was once called "Black Humor" – apparently banned in today’s lexicon.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_comedy
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Officers are having difficulty keeping their tracking bloodhounds on the trail:
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Putting Lipstick On Pit Bulls

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Jan 5, 2015, Yahoo News:
Nine-year-old boy mauled to death by three pit bulls in Yuba County, California
https://news.yahoo.com/video/nine-old-boy-mauled-death-204408337.html
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Roanoke Times, 6-22-2015, Pg 1, 6: Nature of pit bulls a continuing controversy.
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Two-thirds of front page with idyllic picture of happy pet owner with her wonderful pit bulls playing with toys.
Over two-thirds of Pg 6 with another wonderful picture of an almost asleep pit bull up close and personal  -- hugs and kisses anyone?
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Next to last column on Pg 6 in small print is the reality from an informal website:
From 2005 through 2014 over 203 Americans have been killed by pit bulls.
Over 62% of people killed by dogs are killed by pit bulls.
http://www.dogsbite.org/dangerous-dogs-pit-bull-faq.php?gclid=CKHkzbSWpsYCFYU9gQodMMMBvw
No statistics were quoted for massive and serious injuries.
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Is there anyone anywhere that is not aware of the psychotic killer nature of these animals that has been bred into them for over 200 years.
Hasn’t this pet owner and the author of this misguided positive article read the tragic stories of parents and relatives whose pit bulls have killed and mauled family children?
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Instead of a wonderful positive story about this very dangerous breed, perhaps the RT could have printed a story like:
As family mourns, propaganda hides danger of pit bull attacks
http://www.dallasnews.com/news/columnists/steve-blow/20150422-as-family-mourns-propaganda-hides-danger-of-pit-bull-attacks.ece
In a scene almost too sickening to imagine, a 2-month-old baby in a bouncy seat was attacked and fatally mutilated by the family’s pit bull.
The baby’s grandmother expressed the family’s complete shock. The dog had been in the family and around other children for eight years without problems, she said.
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There are none so blind as those who will not see!
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Conclusion: If you’re a drug dealer or a gang member get a Pit Bull
All others, especially those with children,  get a Golden Retriever.
And stop promoting these psychotic and dangerous animals.
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Harrison: Pit bulls were bred for fighting
http://www.roanoke.com/opinion/harrison-pit-bulls-were-bred-for-fighting/article_e88cdde1-45fb-5a65-83a4-324034399b8e.html
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5-Year-Old Boy Days Away From Sixth Birthday Mauled to Death By Two Dogs While at Friend's House
http://news.yahoo.com/5-old-boy-days-away-172740628.html
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Pit bulls kill 4-year-old boy in Detroit neighborhood
The attack occurred while the boy was walking with his mother. The dogs crawled through a gap at the bottom of a fence and pounced.
"The mother tried to fight the dogs off," Police Chief James Craig said. "What's telling in this scenario (is) the viciousness of these animals, the fact that they removed this child from the mother's grasp."
http://news.yahoo.com/pit-bulls-kill-4-old-boy-detroit-neighborhood-213631171.html
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Monday, June 22, 2015

 

Obama Uses His Community Organizer N-Word To Help Race Relations?

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At a time of great pain and suffering and soul-searching by the American People, Obama “The Uniter”  once again stoops down into the “hood” to use terminology that he knows full-well triggers hostile and negative reactions and behaviors.
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In addition, Obama states that "we" are racist through our DNA!
Apparently, that means we can't help it -- we-all are also victims!
However, the majority of Americans are immigrants that came here after The War Between The States -- how can racism be in our DNA?
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This is the "Rap leadership” that we got with:  Hope And Change?
How sad is that for all the American People!
How can this person garner any respect from anyone with this kind of race-baiting?
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Washington (CNN)President Barack Obama used the N-word during an interview released Monday
http://www.cnn.com/2015/06/22/politics/barack-obama-n-word-race-relations-marc-maron-interview/
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YouTube  June 22, 2015
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v9d7_DT9FpU
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Obama: Vote for revenge
http://roanokeslant.blogspot.com/2012/11/vote-for-love-of-country-not-revenge.html
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Bill O'Reilly Answers AG Holder's Call For A Race Debate
http://roanokeslant.blogspot.com/2014/09/bill-oreilly-answers-ag-holders-call.html
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Sunday, June 21, 2015

 

Virginia Lutherans -- Charleston In Our Prayers





 
This morning I read the letter from Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton and it flat took my breath away. The 21-year-old shooter was an ELCA member. Two of the nine shot and killed by him were graduates of our Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary.
 
In the prejudice for color of skin one of our own killed nine of our own. In evil lies about "all of them", a 21-year-old Lutheran shot and killed two graduates of our very own seminary.
 
We sing, "Red and yellow, black and white, all are precious in His sight. Jesus loves the little children of the world."
 
We are joined to Emmanuel AME congregation as we have been all along in the eyes of our Lord. Up to now we didn't even know it.
 
I ask every one of us to pray for these nine sisters and brothers of ours. I ask that we pray for their families as one of us who have violently lost those most precious to them..... by one of us.
 
I ask for a long moment of silence in our prayers of the church this Sunday for us to contemplate that this young man is from our Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. Then let us pray for him and his family.
 
I recall Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s words that we teach our children and ourselves to recognize another by the content of their character and not by the color of their skin.
 
Sisters and brothers, we have work to do within our church.  
 
The All-Inclusive Outreach Team of the VA Synod has provided a resource that includes suggestions of how to talk about the events in Charleston during our worship services. 
 
With so much sadness I will lift all of you up in my prayers this Sunday.
 
Jim Mauney
  



Virginia Synod, ELCA | 540-389-1000 | www.vasynod.org

 

The Charleston Church Massacre

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Roanoke Times, 6-21-2015, Pg 9:  Suspect (Dylann Roof) lays out racism in manifesto.
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Crimes like this defy the words and expressions of ordinary people.
Wonderful people lost to their families and communities by a mentally ill assailant.
Religious people try to cope with the shock and disbelief through their faith, others are left to try to reconcile the irreconcilable.
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One cannot explain the VT massacre, the Sandy Hook elementary school massacre, Washington Navy Yard, Fort Hood,  Killeen, Texas, the German co-pilot and the shocking acts of a Norwegian Farmer killing 69 fine young people at a political retreat.
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Clearly there are, and have always been, very disturbed people in society.  Unfortunately, their associates do not act on statements that forebode violent acts and it’s also clear that psychiatry is far more an art than a science and well intentioned privacy laws keep vital information locked up and useless.
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It appears that Dylan Roof and the Oklahoma bomber have much in common.  Their final sick acts were based on perceived transgressions against others, not themselves.
This makes them equivalent to lone-wolf domestic terrorists that are very difficult to detect before they commit their vile acts.
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Unfortunately, there are many in the media who are casting dispersions relative to gun-control and political entities.
If only solutions were as simple as sound-bites. 
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Sweet Briar, AG Herring And Title IX

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Roanoke Times, 6-21-2015,  Pg 1, 11: Settlement’s terms will keep Sweet Briar open
http://www.roanoke.com/news/education/virginia/mediated-agreement-would-keep-sweet-briar-open-next-year/article_5f21f988-ea2a-5683-890c-a8e2a05afa83.html
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Virginia AG Mark Herring has intervened in the projected closing of All-girls Sweet Briar College.  His intervention includes unilaterally negating the specific instructions in donor’s endowments.  Apparently, no problem there – these old rich gals are long dead and who cares for what specific purposes they left their money!
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Sweet Briar had 530 students (130 students per grade-level).  Herring is “making available” $16 million of “restricted endowment money” for college operating expenses.  That’s $30,000 per student plus $40,000 tuition per student for $70,000 per student for next year.  Would you invest in this business plan?  What’s the plan for the following years?
http://roanokeslant.blogspot.com/2015/06/university-president-jobs-pay-well-but.html
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This “creative financing” brings to mind Margaret Thatcher’s quote: the problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people's money.
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An interesting reverse-discrimination question: if All-boys Hampden-Sydney were to fall on hard financial times would AG Herring be so accommodative?
I think Not!  The NOW girls would have a hissy-fit!
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Apparently, Sweet Briar and Herring are all just ignoring Title IX anyway!
Title IX:  “No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving federal financial assistance.”
https://en.wikipedia.org/?title=Title_IX
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Sweet Briar’s Diverse Education?
http://roanokeslant.blogspot.com/2015/05/sweet-briars-diverse-education.html
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http://www.theatlantic.com/education/archive/2015/03/the-unfortunate-fate-of-sweet-briars-professors/387376/
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Saturday, June 20, 2015

 

"American Pie" Revisited -- The Video

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Reflections on "American Pie"
The more things change, the more they remain the same!
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A refresher for old folks
A primer for young folks
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http://youtu.be/VhX3b1h7GQw
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Citizens Now Enabled To Debase And Ignore Authority

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Washington Post  Headline:
"Charges dropped against black U-Va. student arrested by white cops"
http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/education/prosecutors-drop-charges-against-black-u-va-student-arrested-by-white-cops/2015/06/11/2cd735c0-1082-11e5-adec-e82f8395c032_story.html
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“Upon review of the evidence resulting from a thorough and independent criminal investigation conducted by the Virginia State Police, the Commonwealth reached a conclusion that the interest of justice and the long term interest of the Charlottesville community are best served by using this case as an opportunity to engage ordinary citizens, law enforcement officers, and public officials in constructive dialogue concerning police and citizen relationships in a diverse community,” Chapman said.
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In other words – this is a racial decision and not a legal decision by Dave Chapman, commonwealth attorney for the city of Charlottesville.
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Chapman went on to suggest that police should have limited options to manage interactions with citizens relative to potential or alleged misdemeanor violations.
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We now have a new chapter in citizen’s interaction with police:
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If stopped by police for a traffic issue –just curse the officer and drive away.
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If stopped by a game warden for a boating, fishing or hunting issue – just curse the warden and  leave.
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If stopped by the TSA for security checks at the airport – just curse the agents and walk right through.
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If approached by the municipal building inspector for code violations on your property – just curse him and sic the dog on him.
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If approached by school authorities for behavior issues – just curse the oppressors and walk right out the door!
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There are many examples in which the enforcement officers of government directly confront people in the conduct of their duties.  Before this ground-breaking finding by Dave Chapman, citizens had a duty to comply with reasonable requests by enforcement officers and direct confrontations with them was deemed a crime in itself.
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Isn’t CHANGE wonderful?  This is going to improve our safety and security wherever we go!
Dave Chapman are your really a Commonwealth Attorney representing "the people" of Charlottesville and Virginia, or are you just a political hack blowing in the wind?
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http://roanokeslant.blogspot.com/2015/03/uva-president-triggered-abc.html
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http://roanokeslant.blogspot.com/2015/01/obama-holder-brown-ferguson-and.html
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http://roanokeslant.blogspot.com/2015/04/nights-of-clashes-baltimore-and-roanoke.html
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http://roanokeslant.blogspot.com/2014/12/sharpton-hurry-home-there-are-riots-to.html
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Thursday, June 18, 2015

 

Union Hypocrisy: $15 For NonUnion, No So Much For Union Guys?

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The California Unions demanded that food service workers get $15 per hour minimum.
Los Angles passed that law.
Then the unions demanded a waiver from the $15 per hour for any business that supports unionizing!
Whether you agree that $15 is the right thing to do, or not:
You cannot make this hypocritical stuff up!
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Hypocrisy Thy Name Is Union; Unions Demand Exemption From LA's $15 Minimum Wage
http://www.forbes.com/sites/timworstall/2015/05/27/hypocrisy-they-name-is-union-unions-demand-exemption-from-las-15-minimum-wage/
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Unions seek exemption from LA minimum wage law they helped pass
http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2015/05/31/unions-seek-exemption-from-la-minimum-wage-law-helped-pass/
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These Union Leaders are the source of major funding for Obama, the DNC and all the anti-Right-to-Work efforts.
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The most significant rebuff of these union hypocrites in recent memory is Wisconsin Republican Governor Scott Walker.
http://roanokeslant.blogspot.com/2012/06/walker-wins-obamas-army-loses.html
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Not since Ronald Reagan fired the airline controllers has any elected official had the intestinal-fortitude to face these people down on behalf of the tax-payers.
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McDonalds, under great duress,  is implementing the $15  minimum.
http://www.forbes.com/sites/panosmourdoukoutas/2015/04/15/will-a-15-wage-help-mcdonalds-make-better-burgers-and-fries-or-break-the-iconic-franchise/
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It's Not Clear how that will help the workers-servers in the long run:
On the other hand -- these jobs were never intended to be a career:
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Labor Union Obscenities And Abuses
http://roanokeslant.blogspot.com/2015/02/labor-union-obscenities-and-abuses.html
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Whose Working Rights Are They Anyway?
http://roanokeslant.blogspot.com/2011/03/whose-working-rights-are-they-anyway.html
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Obama Joins Democrat Presidents Carter And LBJ

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The Pravda Media is working over-time to put the best lipstick possible on Obama’s Major Domestic and Foreign Affairs Pigs.
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Obama Joins Carter’s Economic Malaise
http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/american-malaise/article/2563799
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Obama Joins LBJ’s Military Quagmire
http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2015/06/17/dia-director-sees-iraq-as-quagmire-but-strikes-term-from-testimony/
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What a joy!
Hope and change have morphed into Malaise and Quagmire
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The Hope Vote Sounded Good  ---  The Change Looks Like a Mess
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Obama Totally Misses FDR's New Deal
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US Economy Goes Negative
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Obama’s Pravda Media Jumps On Secretary Of Defense
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GITMO And GO

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US announces release of 5 ‘More’ Guantanamo prisoners
http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2014/11/21/us-announces-release-5-guantanamo-prisoners/
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Apparently, the war being waged against us by the Radical Muslim Terrorists is over and prisoner exchanges are in order.
Was nice to get Deserter Bergdahl back – where is he anyway?
http://roanokeslant.blogspot.com/2015/03/army-brass-finally-got-brass-for.html
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From GITMO Back To Radical Muslim Terrorism
http://roanokeslant.blogspot.com/2014/12/from-gitmo-back-to-radical-muslim.html
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Obama Sending GITMO Detainees To Help Open Our Embassy’s In Yemen?
http://roanokeslant.blogspot.com/2013/08/obama-sending-gitmo-detainees-to-help.html
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Wednesday, June 17, 2015

 

The Fruits Of Our Progressive Society

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Tuesday, June 16, 2015

 

A Reality College Commencement Speech

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Reality TV shows are the rage!
Why not a Reality College Commencement Speech?
What did you pay?
What did you get for your investment of time and money?
Was it really an investment – or was it just a big expense?
How did your government help you?
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Click-on and be enlightened:
The Speech Every 2015 College Grad Needs to Hear
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vfl4BGbMxoQ
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Some prior relevant blog items:
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University President Jobs Pay Well But
http://roanokeslant.blogspot.com/2015/06/university-president-jobs-pay-well-but.html
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Mao’s Cultural Revolution Comes To America
http://roanokeslant.blogspot.com/2015/06/maos-cultural-revolution-comes-to.html
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Obama Proposes Another Taxpayer Funded National Entitlement
http://roanokeslant.blogspot.com/2015/01/obama-proposes-another-taxpayer-funded.html
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Virginia College Tuition A Runaway Train
http://roanokeslant.blogspot.com/2011/07/virginia-college-tuition-runaway-train.html
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College The New Welfare State
http://roanokeslant.blogspot.com/2009/06/college-new-welfare-state.html
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Feed the Hungry Beasts
http://roanokeslant.blogspot.com/2007/11/feed-hungry-beasts.html
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Monday, June 15, 2015

 

Obama Still Working On His ISIS Strategy

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Saturday, June 13, 2015

 

TeaParty Primary-Elections Strategy Revealed

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TeaParty Primary-Elections Strategy Revealed
Or
How to negate and manipulate the will of the majority of the voters
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Franklin-Bedford County’s Jim McKelvey’s  Fed Up? Interview”,  published in the summer 2015 issue of “Discover SML” magazine, describes the Virginia TeaParty Leadership’s strategy to increase their control of local party units, local and state elected positions and The Republican Party of Virginia, RPV.
“Fed Up? At:   http://discoversmithmountainlake.com/
http://discoversmithmountainlake.com/digitalmag/summer2015/index.html#8-9
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The Jim McKelvey interview article documents the “TeaParty Primary-Elections Strategy” clearly describing the process of selecting and supporting candidates with limited or no elected public service that can run and win in very limited turnout primaries on rhetoric-platforms unencumbered by any public record or accomplishments.
“The person you want to elect is not the person who wants that position.”
“Fed Up? At:  
http://discoversmithmountainlake.com/digitalmag/summer2015/index.html#8-9
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 http://discoversmithmountainlake.com/
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The focus of these campaigns are often based on local narrow wedge issues, dissatisfaction and hostility toward government and issues that in many cases are outside the scope of the elected position’s action or control. Examples of these issues include federal control of pipelines, power dams, and court established laws that circumvent state and local laws and public positions.
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The GOP-Republican folks who don’t comprehend or take seriously, the success of the “TeaParty Primary-Elections Strategy” should take a good look at the current Primary loss by Va. Senator Steve Martin
http://www.1140wrva.com/articles/local-news-128979/senator-steve-martin-loses-primary-13665041/
The anemic 143 vote margin by Chris Head, Botetourt/Roanoke Co.
http://www.roanoke.com/news/politics/botetourt_county/incumbent-del-chris-head-defeats-harry-griego-in-republican-primary/article_430326df-70ee-5457-9775-1659a92a9c17.html
And the prior loss by Conservative Congressman Eric Cantor by Professor Brat
http://roanokeslant.blogspot.com/2014/06/cantor-yet-another-example-of-teaparty.html
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These examples clearly demonstrate that it’s not about governance, it’s not about Conservatism, it’s all about power and control and ideology by the self-Appointed and self-Anointed TeaParty Leadership.
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In the “Fed Up?  Interview”  Jim McKelvey opines that he would’ve been the 5th District Republican Congressman except for Robert Hurt’s money.  Not clear what that means since Jim McKelvey is a multi-millionaire land developer and Robert Hurt was a country lawyer from the town of Chatham.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WYJgBgdDJ78
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The “TeaParty Primary-Elections Strategy” was used at the state level at the Roanoke Republican US-Senate Nominating Convention in which the TeaParty Leadership ran Shak Hill against Ed Gillespie.  Gillespie’s campaign was seriously damaged by vicious attacks by some TeaParty Leaders.
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One may realistically assume that this same Strategy will be used against Conservative Republican Congressman Robert Hurt next year.  That would explain the TeaParty’s fierce ongoing fight to control the 5th District Republican Committee and its subsequent control of the election venue and rules.
TeaParty control of the 2012 RPV State Convention resulted in the biggest Virginia Republican defeat in history.
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It’s sad that any political entity would base their political strategy on dominating low-turn-out primaries in which less than 10% of the registered voters participate!  In many cases, those targeted for political-annihilation were voted into office by significant majorities by their constituents in the prior general election.
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The current Franklin Co. Gills Creek Primary for Supervisor didn’t work out for the “TeaParty Primary-Elections Strategy” because too many voters turned-out to express their support for their incumbent.
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Bearing Drift did a special on the current State Primaries:  Item # 4:
“Republicans Who Want to Govern – The one thread that ties most of the races together from yesterday is that when paired against Tea Party or other “grassroots” candidates with no records, Republicans who have tried to govern, have a record and experience, or who took tough votes that could have landed them in hot water came out okay this time around. The Speaker survived despite shepherding Governor McDonnell’s historic transportation plan through the House and others who opposed that plan (like Mark Berg) were defeated. At least in this primary, the voters chose those who were willing to govern and make tough choices over those who only brought criticism and talking points to the table.”
http://bearingdrift.com/2015/06/10/good-morning-virginia-its-a-new-day-sunshine/
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Roanoke Times - Casey: The Roanoke Tea Party's losing streak grows longer
Considering the Roanoke Tea Party's political endorsements and informal support for candidates in the past four years, the organization's track record of electoral success is pretty darn abysmal.
http://www.roanoke.com/news/columns_and_blogs/columns/dan_casey/casey-the-roanoke-tea-party-s-losing-streak-grows-longer/article_398fa3b7-0e84-5468-9ef6-9254444f3ecf.html
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The following blog items and their embedded links and references are but a very brief over-view of the Virginia TeaParty Leadership issues, their misdirected hostility and the adverse consequences of their so-called successes.
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The Story Behind The Ted Cruz At Liberty Lynchburg Story
http://roanokeslant.blogspot.com/2015/03/the-story-behind-ted-cruz-at-liberty.html
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The Republican Clash Between Two Banners
http://roanokeslant.blogspot.com/2014/09/the-republican-clash-between-two-banners.html
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“Republican” Congressman Brat
http://roanokeslant.blogspot.com/2015/05/va-teaparty-republican-congressman-brat.html
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