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Thursday, October 2, 2014

Focusing Party Platform For Mid-Terms RNC Chair Priebus Outlines 11 Universal GOP Principals (Text of Speech)

In an attempt to fight Democratic Party charges of GOP obstructionism RNC Chairman Reince Priebus unveiled eleven "Principles for American Renewal​" during a Thursday Speech at George Washington University. Priebus took the issues and positions that the vast majority of Republicans agree with, and added a menu of specific proposals already offered by individual congressional Republicans and as well as GOP Governors to present a specific party vision of the future which 2014 candidates can run on.

Below is Priebus' speech as prepared for delivery (video will be added in a few minutes):

Election Day is only 33 days away, and early voting has begun in some states. Many have labeled this midterm election a referendum on the policies of President Obama. In many ways it is. And if you asked the country, most people would say they know our party opposes many of those policies.

We oppose them because we know there’s a better way. Republicans have new ideas to solve the country’s problems...bottom-up solutions founded in the free market, compassion, responsibility, and the idea that America is headed for better days.

So before November, I wanted to take a moment, cut through the noise, and talk about what’s driving the Republican Party. People know what we’re against. I want to talk about the things we’re for…

These 11 principles unite us as a party and inform our policymaking, whether you’re running for governor in New England or Congress in the South or state house in the West. These principles cover 11 vital topics: jobs, spending, healthcare, our veterans, national security, education, poverty, values, energy, and immigration. But the first principle is about the Constitution.

Principle number one: Our Constitution should be preserved, valued and honored.

…As I’ll discuss many times today, the practical effect of a commitment to the Constitution is restoring power to “we, the people.” From our work to eliminate poverty to our efforts to improve education and healthcare, states need the ability to respond to their residents’ needs. This doesn’t just make Constitutional sense, it should be common sense.

The federal government has boundaries, and when it oversteps them, it’s encroaching on your personal freedom and your God-given liberty to decide what’s right for your own life.

That guides our thinking on every issue.

Right now, Americans say the economy is their top issue, so that brings us to principle number two: We need to start growing America’s economy instead of Washington’s economy so that working Americans see better wages and more opportunity.

In other words, bureaucrats, lobbyists, and out-of-touch politicians need to get out of the way, and give American workers and businesses the freedom to create jobs.

…Take a look at what Republican governors are doing. Every year, states governed by Republicans top the lists of the best states for business.

…But part of the equation is also getting Washington, DC, to stop spending our money on things we don’t need. So that brings us to principle number three:

We need to pass a Balanced Budget Amendment to the Constitution, make government more efficient and leave the next generation with opportunity, not debt.

…We’re leaving each child born today a share of our almost $18 trillion national debt, a debt for every child that’s over $55,000. How is that fair?

Shame on us if we don’t do something—because taking care of our generation shouldn’t require robbing the next.

…Let’s apply some 21st century efficiency to 20th century bureaucracy, save money, and balance the budget.

Moving on to health care, which is one of the big drivers of our spending, principle number four: We need to start over with real healthcare reform that puts patients and their doctors in charge, not unelected bureaucrats in Washington.

We need healthcare solutions that reduce costs, provide greater access to world-class care, and give Americans more control over their healthcare decisions.

But ObamaCare gave Washington, DC, more control over our healthcare—and patients and doctors less. Republicans trust Americans to make their own healthcare decisions.

Improving healthcare access and quality gets right to the heart of the next issue, veterans’ affairs, and principle number five: Our veterans have earned our respect and gratitude, and no veteran should have to wait in line for months or years just to see a doctor.

The VA scandal under President Obama is unconscionable. Big picture: it’s another example of how mismanaged this administration is.

The most important thing is making sure veterans get the care they need. It shouldn’t matter if it’s in a VA facility or not. That’s why Republicans were proud to support the bipartisan Veterans’ Access to Care through Choice, Accountability, and Transparency Act of 2014.

…We have to keep our word to our veterans, both because it’s a moral obligation and because the service of our armed forces is critical to our national security.

And that brings me to principle six: Keeping America safe and strong requires a strong military, growing the economy, energy independence, and secure borders.

The federal government has no greater responsibility than keeping us safe. If you’re not safe, if you’re family and kids aren’t secure, nothing else matters.

With ISIS, we face an enemy who wants Americans dead and our way of life destroyed. We need leaders who will defeat terrorism, not manage it. We need leaders who will act decisively, not downplay the threat as “JV.” We need leaders who will take responsibility, not blame the intelligence community.

This is no time to weaken our military. It’s time to strengthen it. We can eliminate waste and bureaucracy inside the Pentagon, but we must have more resources for our troops.

Let’s move to education and principle number seven: Every child should have an equal opportunity to get a great education; no parent should be forced to send their child to a failing school.

…Educational access is the civil rights issue of our day, and school choice is one of the most effective ways to expand access.

House Speaker John Boehner has been a champion of the Opportunity Scholarship program here in D.C. And there’s a reason: it offers children in this city hope. One of those former students, named Tiffany, talked about waiting to hear if she’d received a scholarship. She said, quote, “I started praying every day because I didn't want to go to a neighborhood school.”

School choice can truly be the answer to a child’s prayer.

…There is a lie on the left that Republicans want to cut education. That’s not true. What Republicans want is a good education for every child, period.

We shouldn’t measure how much we care about education by how much we spend, but rather by how much our students learn. Right now, we see money wasted on the priorities of teachers unions, not children. Education is too important to let policies be dictated by special interests.

Education is key to opening doors of opportunity—and for fighting poverty. Which brings us to principle number eight: The best anti-poverty program is a strong family and a good job, so our focus should be on getting people out of poverty by lifting up all people and helping them find work.

We need an effective safety net, but the federal government’s anti-poverty programs have become mismanaged and ineffective.

We should restructure and consolidate them, give more power to the states, and actually measure the results. Doing the same old thing gets the same old results. 45 million of our fellow Americans are living in poverty.

…Whatever we do, we have to take a fresh approach to ending poverty—because too many families are hurting.

Principle nine: Our country should value the traditions of family, life, religious liberty, and hard work. We should champion policies that advance these values.

…As Republicans we’re pro-family; and we’re also pro-life. So when a woman faces an unplanned pregnancy, society should offer our support and compassion. She should know that adoption is possible. Our laws should be improved to make adoption an easier path for families who want to open their homes to children.

And just as our government shouldn’t stand in the way of family, it shouldn’t stand in the way of religion. Family life has long been synonymous with religious life. Republicans will fight for protecting the rights to free exercise and free expression—and freedom from government coercion to violate one’s religious beliefs.

Finally, we want to uphold the value of hard work. And hard work is a value…one we pass on through our families and communities. It’s what built our country.

Ultimately, our goal is to make life more fulfilling and more affordable.

So, principle number ten: We should make America energy independent by encouraging investment in domestic energy, lowering prices, and creating jobs at home.

America is blessed with abundant resources. What we don’t need is Washington, DC, picking and choosing what energy we can use.

We have to build the Keystone Pipeline. It’s good for jobs and national security.

…Finally, today, I want to talk about an issue that’s often in the headlines—a personal issue for many people, including me. That’s immigration.

Principle number eleven: We need an immigration system that secures our borders, upholds the law, and boosts our economy.

Border security must come first. The humanitarian crisis at the border made that clear.

As a nation of immigrants, we must fix our broken immigration system. We can’t reward those who break the laws and punish those who lawfully wait in line. Legal immigration has strengthened this country, and we want to continue that legacy and protect the American worker.

So I’ve seen the American Dream come true in my own family. We need to make sure America remains a place where people aspire to work and dream to live. Our country should be a welcoming place for those who want to come here and do it the right way.

The 11 principles I’ve outlined today represent the party’s unifying goals. If anyone asks, “How’s the Republican Party going to work for me?”…these principles are part of the answer.

…Our focus always remains on expanding opportunity for everyone...

One election won’t fix everything, but we can take a step in the right direction this November. If the American people hire us, we’ll be ready on day one.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Meet The Self-Appointed PC Policeman Trying To Force The FCC To Ban 'Redskins"

While the FCC cannot outlaw the use of the name Redskins for NFL teams or individual conversations, they can rule the word "indecent" and prevent it being mentioned on television and radio---and that's exactly what they are considering thanks to a George Washington University law professor.

Reuters reports that the FCC, which enforces broadcast indecency violations, has received a petition from legal activist and GW University Professor John Banzhaf III asking that regulators strip local radio station WWXX-FM of its broadcasting license when it comes up for renewal because they used the name "Redskins." Banzhaf says the word is racist, derogatory, profane and hateful, making its use "akin to broadcasting obscenity.'

A long time activist for removing personal freedoms, Banzhaf's other efforts include,forcing his students to lobby their local governments to ban 16-ounce-plus sodas

To demonstrate that even undergraduates can likewise have a significant impact on public health problems, students in the standing-room- only class in the Jack Morton Auditorium [Media & Public Affairs Building, 805 21st Street NW, Washington, DC 20052] will be asked to propose, to a state or local governmental body, legislation to deal with obesity, especially that caused by sugary soft drinks.

        Banzhaf will explain how at least ten fat law suits have already been successful, including the one targeting McDonald’s brought by his law students, which started the new movement to use governmental action as a powerful but largely untapped weapon against obesity.
Banzhaf is most famous convincing juries that people who have smoked for 30 years and have seen all of the warnings bear no responsibility for their smoking-related ailments because those evil tobacco companies  are controlling them.
Banzhaf has perfected a legal strategy for taking on companies that have traditionally been seen as harmless, normal entities -- as cigarette manufacturers once were. Banzhaf managed to convince a few juries that smoking wasn't just a habit -- it was a full-out addiction that no reasonable person could ever escape. Tobacco wasn't simply something that everybody knew wasn't healthy -- it was diabolically unhealthy, and because cigarette companies didn't fully disclose everything they knew about it, smokers couldn't be responsible for their own actions.According to Banzhaf, cigarette companies trap and manipulate smokers like marionettes, especially children.
In another case, Banzhaf filed a charge with the DC Office of Human Rights in which he claimed that Muslim students at Catholic University were being discriminated against because of lack of adequate prayer space.

According to Charles Krauthammer, by adequate prayer space, Banzhaf meant areas without Crucifixes and other Catholic symbols. Banzhaf ​admitted he brought the lawsuit without complaints from the school's Muslim students.
Mr. Banzhaf acknowledged to The Post’s Michelle Boorstein that he had received no complaint from Muslim students but was acting on the basis of a 2010 Post article (which, to our mind, painted an overall positive experience of Muslim students at Catholic). The university has received no complaints from Muslim students and, in fact, reports a doubling of its Muslim enrollment since 2007, from 56 to 122. “Muslim college students are not hothouse flowers that need protection. If they had concerns, we would have heard them,” Ibrahim Hooper of the Council on American-Islamic Relations told us.
So this self appointed arbiter of political correctness believes that government can tell people what they can eat and drink, that adults are too stupid to make their own decisions about smoking, and any Muslim student who applies to Catholic University has so low an IQ he would have no idea that a Catholic University would have a crucifix on the wall.

Now Mr. Banzhaf wants to decide for all Redskins fans what the team should be called by radio and TV stations, because like most progressives he knows much better then the rest of us.

NOTE: In an interesting coda to this story, when The Hill reported the story about the FCC and the Redskins instead of using the team's full name, they printed "R*dskins," which if you ask me is f**king rid*culous.

Listen Tonight @10PM EDT The Politically Incorrect Version of the Hump Day News Report.

Yes America after a one week hiatus for Rosh HaShanah Jeff and Tami are back with the Hump Day News Report.

Tonight's are so famous that we can't announce them before the show. OK who are we fooling...we have no guests. We had booked the head of the Secret Service, but she quit on us.

We do have a list of topics to will discuss--including The FCC banning the word "Redskins" Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s recent UN speech, Secret Service Director Julia Pierson, ISIS and the President’s lack of response to the threat, Why there is a convention of walruses in Alaska, and much much more!

Tami will be bringing her intelligence and spunk to the conversation (I HATE SPUNK) and I will try to bring my politically incorrect perspective on the leading issues.

So Click The Hump Day News Report with Jeff Dunetz & Tami Jackson – 10PM ET – 10/1  to hear the show live...or listen to the podcast any time after the show ends.

And follow Tami on twitter @tamij and me at @yidwithlid, AND The Hump Day News Report at@HumpDayNR. Remember to tweet to the show's twitter address to ask questions or make comments during the show. Politically

BREAKING: Secret Service Director Julia Pierson Resigns

Secret Service Director Julia Pierson has resigned, in the wake of several presidential security failures. Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson announcement the resignation Wednesday afternoon.
"Today Julia Pierson, the Director of the United States Secret Service, offered her resignation, and I accepted it. I salute her 30 years of distinguished service to the Secret Service and the Nation," he said
Joseph Clancy, a retired special agent and West Point graduate would return to the agency as interim acting director, Johnson announced.

Pierson has come under criticism due to recent security breaches including an armed intruder who managed to jump the White House fence and run deep into the building brandishing a knife as ran past a stairwell leading to the first family’s private residence.

Additionally the President was in an elevator at the CDC Atlanta two weeks with security contractor with convictions for assault the contractor was carrying a gun..a major violation of security protocols.

Pierson appeared before the House Oversight Committee Tuesday and faced a barrage of questions about her leadership and the security of the president. It was not a good performance.

Despite bipartisan calls for her resignation, the White House stood by Pierson into Wednesday morning. Appearing on “Morning Joe,” White House press secretary Josh Earnest defended her as qualified to run the agency (see below)

Sorry Buzzfeed--The Mass Swarm of Walruses In Alaska Has Nothing To Do With Global Warming

This Buzzfeed headline was meant to frighten:

And the picture under the headline was even worse, a mass swarming of Walruses reminiscent of the mindless lines of progressives waiting outside bookstores just to get Hillary Clinton's autograph who couldn't even name one accomplishment she had as Secretary of State.

But this was worse, by implication Buzzfeed was suggesting this was the start of the end of the world. But the implication is wrong.  If Buzzfeed had done its homework they would have known that walruses have done this before, Arctic ice is growing, and temperatures haven't risen in 18 years.

As reported by the Associated Press, according to the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) , a group who advocates for the Global Warming hypothesis:
The World Wildlife Fund said walrus have also been gathering in large groups on the Russian side of the Chukchi Sea.

"It's another remarkable sign of the dramatic environmental conditions changing as the result of sea ice loss," said Margaret Williams, managing director of the group's Arctic program, by phone from Washington, D.C. "The walruses are telling us what the polar bears have told us and what many indigenous people have told us in the high Arctic, and that is that the Arctic environment is changing extremely rapidly and it is time for the rest of the world to take notice and also to take action to address the root causes of climate change."
 That's when it stopped being scary. You see the WWF is an organization whose three biggest accomplishments are embarrassing the IPCC by providing bogus information which was included in the UN group's previous climate change report, distributing tote bags with drawings of cute panda bears, and forcing the World Wrestling Federation (WWF) to change it's name to World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) because it trademarked those letters of the alphabet.

Personally I believe that Hulk Hogan has done more for the word than tote bags with cute panda bears but I decided to research the WWF's (the panda bear one) claim anyway.

The blog Polar Bear Science had the answer. You see it's like a walrus convention, they get together like that every few years.
At least two documented incidents like this have occurred in the recent past: one in 1978, on St. Lawrence Island and the associated Punuk Islands and the other in 1972, on Wrangell Island (Fay and Kelly 1980)
 If a global warming created ice melt was indeed happening the total population of walruses would shrink because their little flippers would get tired and they would drown. But Polar Bear Science adds:
Walrus numbers are up considerably from the 1960s, although they are notoriously difficult to count (Garlich-Miller et al. 2011) [I suppose the reason it's difficult because they wont behave--stand still and count off--wiseguys!]
Population sizes may fluctuate for a number of reasons that have little to do with the low ice levels: note these very recent incidents of large walrus herds and associated mortality events (2009, 2011 and 2014) have not coincided with the lowest levels of summer sea ice in the area, which occurred in 2007 and 2012.
Then there is the case of the melting Arctic ice---it isn't. Well that's not true, it is melting that is part of the natural cycle of the ice cap--grows during the winter, melts in the summer.  But in the past two years the Arctic ice cap has grown 43%. Which means those walruses are able to take their winter vacations on the ice.

The final point relates to today's date.  October 1, 2014 marks 18 full years since the Earth last warmed.
The Earth’s temperature has “plateaued” and there has been no global warming for at least the last 18 years, says Dr. John Christy, professor of atmospheric science and director of the Earth System Science Center (ESSC) at the University of Alabama/Huntsville.

“That’s basically a fact. There’s not much to comment on,” Christy said when asked him to remark on the lack of global warming for nearly two decades as of October 1st.

The "plateau" is evident in the climate record Christy and former NASA scientist Roy Spencer compiled using actual raw temperature data collected from 14 instruments aboard various weather satellites.
If Buzzfeed had done its homework, instead of believing everything spewed out by the Associated Press they would have known that walruses have done this before, Arctic ice is growing, and temperatures haven't risen in 18 years.

Now that gives me an idea for the perfect Buzzfeed post..they are famous for list posts, how about, "Ten Things We Swallowed Without Doing Any Research Because it Fit Our Progressive Ideology."