We have just witnessed the beginning of the end to the “Boy” Scouts. From Yahoo:
The Boy Scouts of America, one of the country’s largest and oldest youth organizations, decided on Thursday to break 103 years of tradition by allowing openly gay members into its ranks.
The controversial move was approved by more than 60 percent of the approximate 1,400 votes cast by the BSA’s national council. According to the new resolution, beginning Jan. 1, 2014, “no youth may be denied membership in the Boy Scouts of America on the basis of sexual orientation or preference alone.”
“The resolution also reinforces that Scouting is a youth program, and any sexual conduct, whether heterosexual or homosexual, by youth of Scouting age is contrary to the virtues of Scouting,” the BSA stated in a press release.
Lifting the organization’s ban on gay adult volunteer leaders and paid staff was not considered and remains in place.
Pascal Tessier, a gay Scout from Maryland, told Yahoo News that he was ecstatic with the outcome.
“Proud, happy and on top of the world,” he said…
Get ready for girls to attempt to join now. It is already happening on the other side with boys joining Girl Scouts. Progress
Of course here in California there is no way we will avoid ObamaCare. Unlike Texas, the Democrats control this state with absolute authority and cannot wait to implement Socialized medicine here. There are a few insurance companies that are opting out initially. From the LA Times:
Some prominent health insurers, including industry giant UnitedHealth Group Inc., are not participating in California’s new state-run health insurance market, possibly limiting the number of choices for millions of consumers.
UnitedHealth, the nation’s largest private insurer, Aetna Inc. and Cigna Corp. are sitting out the first year of Covered California, the state’s insurance exchange and a key testing ground nationally for a massive coverage expansion under the federal healthcare law.
Meanwhile, the biggest insurers in the state — Kaiser Permanente, Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield of California — are all expected to participate in the state-run market for individual health coverage.
Covered California, the state agency implementing the federal Affordable Care Act, is announcing the winning bidders and proposed rates Thursday for its insurance exchange, where as many as 5 million residents are expected to shop for coverage next year.
The state has picked a group of health plans for each of 19 regions across California. The insurers will be selling policies with uniform benefits packaged in four broad categories of coverage. For the first time in the individual market, consumers will be able to make easier price comparisons among companies…
We have been with Kaiser for about 10 years but they are going with the ObamaCare exchanges and I am not liking that at all. Of course we cannot trust the claims by Democrats that our policies will not change or that the costs will not go up. I am pondering switching to one of the insurance companies not going into the exchange right away, but I do not know if that will make a difference in the long run. Any advice? More at Hot Air.
A truly vicious and evil act by Muslims in London.
I heard a version of this without the reporters voice and this Muslim radical basically says no one is safe. Add this to the tactic for the Boston Marathon bombing and it could open season on anyone and anywhere.
Do not let the momentum stop after the IRS protests today. I have argued before that the Left, Democrats, Progressives, Liberals, and Marxists are really all just variations of the same thing these days. A key to understanding those with a Totalitarian impulse is their love for bureaucracy as a means to control. The current IRS scandals and others should not really surprise us. We were given all we needed to know about them when the Democrats prepared to push ObamaCare through Congress. It was about control, and the IRS connection to it should concern you to say the least.
So let us get together over the Memorial Day weekend at the end of the month and have gatherings where people watch the movie adaption to George Orwell’s “1984″. The easiest way to do this would be to stream it through Amazon and the link to the movie is here. It is time for us to remind ourselves what is really at stake when Liberals get total control of the government. Here is what I argued we could expect if Obama got re-elected.
Republican Strategy For Until 2014: Continue to slowly investigate the scandals swirling the Obama Administration until at least the midterm election. Give up all talk about impeachment and have the scandals chasing Obama out the door for the 2016 Presidential election. Best chance for Republicans to get back the White House and get back the Senate.
File this under how feminism helps promote rape and the abuse of underage girls. Their irrational opposition to any restriction to abortion, particularly parental notification, hurts underage girls. From the Bellingham Herald:
An Everson man who impregnated a preteen girl and forced her to have an abortion must serve a six-year prison sentence, then leave the country.
Luis Gonzalez-Jose, 31, raped the girl at a home in rural Whatcom County while her mother was in the shower, according to charging documents filed in Whatcom County Superior Court.
He brought the girl to a Planned Parenthood clinic in August 2012. She told staff members that her 14-year-old boyfriend impregnated her, but she couldn’t give the boy’s name or address.
Six weeks after the abortion, the girl told a detective how she had really become pregnant. Gonzalez-Jose had insisted “it would be best for her” to not have the baby, according to the documents. Continue reading →
Lesbian Teen Expelled For Having Sexual Relationship With Underage Girl: Of course the Liberal blog Think Progress is all bent out of shape over this, claiming anti-gay bias is behind it. Oh really? What if the genders were reversed or opposite? Should an adult male be able to have sex with an underage girl or boy for that matter? Three years may not seem like much but it is the legal status that is important. A 40 year old adult is legally the same as the 18 year old, so having sex with a 15 year old would be the same in terms of breaking the law. So I guess Liberals are now moving closer to openly advocating pedophilia. Not really surprising though is it?
Is President Obama directly implicated in the IRS scandal?
Is the White House Visitors Log the trail to the smoking gun?
The stunning questions are raised by the following set of new facts.
March 31, 2010.
According to the White House Visitors Log, provided here in searchable form by U.S. News and World Report, the president of the anti-Tea Party National Treasury Employees Union, Colleen Kelley, visited the White House at 12:30pm that Wednesday noon time of March 31st.
The White House lists the IRS union leader’s visit this way:
Kelley, Colleen Potus 03/31/2010 12:30
In White House language, “POTUS” stands for “President of the United States.”
The very next day after her White House meeting with the President, according to the Treasury Department’s Inspector General’s Report, IRS employees — the same employees who belong to the NTEU — set to work in earnest targeting the Tea Party and conservative groups around America.
Across the ocean it is even evident how much President Obama is like former President Nixon. From the Telegraph:
The IRS scandal is the most serious, and the most likely to bring back a genuine whiff of Tricky Dick. In this case, IRS workers were filtering a wave of applications for tax-exempt status by political organisations during the run-up to the 2012 election – casting an unacceptable and possibly illegal eye towards whether they had the phrases like “Tea Party” or “Patriot” in their name. While none of the conservative applicants were ultimately denied tax-exempt status, the intrusive inquiries delayed their advocacy and cast a chill on the political process.
It goes on.
The second scandal came when the Associated Press was told by the Justice Department that reporters’ phone records had been secretly subpoenaed as part of an investigation into a leak concerning national security, most likely related to a story that compromised a field agent’s identity.
All of a sudden privacy issues and concerns over the excesses of the Patriot Act became personal to the press corps and they reacted with understandable outrage in a series of brutal press conferences.
And about Benghazi.
Finally, there is the continuing inquiry into the killing of four Americans in Benghazi. After damning congressional testimony from former deputy chief Libya diplomat Greg Hicks, the White House belatedly released a barrage of emails – which showed that the editing of the now-infamous “talking points” used by officials in television interviews was largely the product of a bureaucratic turf war between the CIA and the State Department.
It concludes by saying these scandals can stand on their own.
Facts are the best way to stop a feeding frenzy and the Obama administration finally seems to be taking these scandals seriously. The breaches of public trust not only threaten the bipartisan votes necessary to pass key second term legislation like immigration reform, they undercut the president’s ability to make his larger legacy case that progressive governance can be efficient and effective.
The inquiries will continue, but we already see how reflexive partisan projections distort and discredit the search for truth. That is only compounded by the impulse to impose old narratives about “Nixon” and “Watergate” on current events. These scandals can stand on their own.
These are not over, not by a long shot.
Former President Richard Nixon Would Have Gotten Away With It Today: If all the President’s actions are irrelevant and the legality of hiding things from Congress is questioned, like it is today, then Nixon did not do anything all that bad. No one was killed during Watergate were they?
Here is some motivation for keeping the House of Representatives in Republican hands. If that were to change you would likely get more California Democrats as part of the membership. Democrats here would rather rule here in a super majority than as a minority member in Congress. From the LA Times:
Early this year, Leticia Perez and her husband flew here for a whirlwind 48 hours. The couple dined at the Italian Embassy, visited the Lincoln Memorial and joined the crowd on the National Mall watching as President Obama was inaugurated for a second term.
Their host was the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, which hoped to persuade Perez, a Kern County supervisor, to run for a Central Valley congressional seat.
But a few weeks later, Perez ignored the entreaties from Washington when a spot in the state Senate unexpectedly opened up. The trip from the state capital to the Senate district, a 2 1/2-hour drive, was far more enticing than the cross-country flight between California and Capitol Hill, especially with a 2-year-old at home.
Perez was also convinced she could accomplish more in Sacramento — where Democrats hold the governorship and a two-thirds legislative majority — than in Washington, where she would be a member of the House minority. Continue reading →
House Democrats grasping at straws in hope that they can get back control from the Republicans. From The Hill:
House Democrats left Washington on Friday insisting they’re not worried about political fallout after one of the most difficult weeks the Obama administration has endured.
Democrats know their fate in the 2014 elections hinges to a large degree on Obama’s popularity, and they say the president has responded appropriately to a trio of controversies involving the IRS, the Justice Department and the terrorist attack last year in Benghazi, Libya. Continue reading →
Do you recall what former President Richard Nixon was impeached for? Watergate is the obvious answer that encompasses a lot of things. But when you look at the actual articles of impeachment, there is an eerie similarity to the recent IRS scandal going on in the Obama Administration. It comes with Article 2:
Using the powers of the office of President of the United States, Richard M. Nixon, in violation of his constitutional oath faithfully to execute the office of President of the United States and, to the best of his ability, preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States, and in disregard of his constitutional duty to take care that the laws be faithfully executed, has repeatedly engaged in conduct violating the constitutional rights of citizens, impairing the due and proper administration of justice and the conduct of lawful inquiries, or contravening the laws governing agencies of the executive branch and the purposed of these agencies.
This conduct has included one or more of the following:
He has, acting personally and through his subordinates and agents, endeavoured to obtain from the Internal Revenue Service, in violation of the constitutional rights of citizens, confidential information contained in income tax returns for purposed not authorized by law, and to cause, in violation of the constitutional rights of citizens, income tax audits or other income tax investigations to be initiated or conducted in a discriminatory manner. Continue reading →
Senior Democratic Sen. Max Baucus, who recently slapped Obamacare as a “train wreck,” believes that the IRS scandal is just beginning and that “a lot more” damaging information will be revealed, likely at congressional hearings.
“I have a hunch that a lot more is going to come out, frankly,” Baucus, whose pending retirement seems to have freed him up to speak bluntly, told Bloomberg Government’s “Capitol Gains” TV show. Continue reading →