by baldilocks

With scandal, after scandal, after scandal, after scandal being perpetrated by the Obama Administration—wording intentional–I thought that I would finally take the time to address an issue regarding the reaction to Obama’s acknowledged Kenyan Luo heritage—a heritage which I share.

For the last six years, it seems that everything that Barack Obama has touched or touted fails and that has included the institutions of this country. One might conclude that President Obama’s touch on the very country itself is causing it to fail.

But, the widespread demonization of the Luo tribe of Kenya—that it is an Arab Muslim tribe of slavers– cannot be blamed on the president. (The tribe exists in significant numbers in Uganda and Tanzania as well.)

It seems like a long time ago but I most certainly remember the origin of the notion that Barack Hussein Obama is 50% white, 6.25% black African and 43.75% Arab. It came from a man named Kenneth E. Lamb. Lamb laid out a meandering blog post, sans references, on how he allegedly found this information. I recall sending him an email and commenting on his post. Both my responses refuted his findings and I found it interesting that he had no linked sources to back up his claims. So when I was contemplating this post, I went looking for Mr. Lamb’s post and, lo and behold, the post has been deleted. Perhaps Mr. Lamb had an attack of conscience—though deletion smacks more of cover-up.  But, the damage—the Blood Libeling of the Luo Tribe—had been set in motion. There is always the Web Archive, however, and thank God for it.

From February 2008: Continue reading “The Blood Libeling of the Luo Tribe of Kenya”

by Tim Imholt

I am a member of the American Middle Class. I have worked very hard to ensure I am in that category. I joined the army, I was honorably discharged, I went to college earning a PhD in Experimental Physics, and I have worked as an engineer for almost a decade.
I can tell you that I have watched the American Middle Class take a beating unlike anything I could have imagined while I labored to earn the skills I have. About ten years ago (maybe longer) there was a change in the attitude towards the American Worker, with some exceptions. Our economy changed, and that caused the change in attitude.

How did that economic shift happen?

What was that economic shift?

Our economy used to be based on manufacturing, building things and then taking those things to market. We lost that edge back in the 1980s when manufacturing shifted to Asia for a variety of reasons. If you are curious about why that happened there are volumes written on the subject.

Then in the 1990s we had the technology boom (and bust) that came along with all of the dot com companies going public (and some rapidly going out of business). Then we had a real estate boom and bust.

Now we have had a ‘jobless recovery,’ and are constantly told the economy is getting better.

Well…is it? Really?

Or have the numbers just been ‘massaged’ to the point where a press release can be put together to make it look like a recovery.

I think it has just been marketed to look that way.

Here is why. I live in the real world. I have a great resume. I also have tried to change jobs for various reasons and been told that I should stay where I am and wait it out. Whatever it is.

So what does the economy really look like to the middle class, the middle class who doesn’t get raises every year (like executives), who doesn’t always get a cost of living increase, but who does see costs go up.

What do I mean by costs?

Here we go…

Ground beef is something we use a lot of in this country. (Somewhere a vegetarian is telling me to eat less of it, and please, stop channeling my wife…I know. But let’s see the argument).

The price of a pound of ground beef is up 11.7% just since April of 2013.

Doubt me? Here is the US Government chart on the matter, extending back to 2004.

 

Price of Ground Beef

That is an approximate doubling since 2010. Yet I see in the news that there is almost no inflation. I guess food doesn’t count.

What else do we, the American Middle Class, use every day?

Fuel comes to mind.

Do you drive to work? Take the kids to school? Take the bus (it runs on fuel), buy things that were shipped to the grocery store?

Yes, I know get a more fuel efficient car…I get it and we did, but you still have to drive it.

 

Since 2010 we have added (give or take) $1 per gallon to gas.  That is roughly a 33% increase.  Has anyone else gotten 33% in raises since 2010?

 

If we just use the ground beef as a line that Middle Class Income would have had to almost double to keep up with the price increases.  In 4 years are you making twice what you did?

 

I know I’m not.

 

What else might really have an impact on our daily lives?

 

Anyone else have kids?

 

Milk is a commonly used thing by all Americans.  Since 2010 milk has gone from $3.18 per gallon to $3.74 per gallon (on average).  That is an 18% increase over 4 years.  That makes it the best of the items I have listed.

 

Now let’s think about what the government has said for inflationary numbers.

 

  • 2010 – 1.64%
  • 2011 – 3.16%
  • 2012 – 2.07%
  • 2013 – 1.47%
  • Total of 8.34%

 

I think the official inflation numbers are broken.

 

I think in the time since 2010 until now I have probably gotten 9% in raises (give or take).

 

One thing I want the reader to ask themselves, and comment on my ranting post is…Do you see the same things I see?  Have costs really gone up far more than the news would have us believe?

 

Is this just a skewed viewpoint or are we really being ‘marketed’ by someone cooking the books?

 

I think we need to stop looking to Washington for answers.  We need to start returning control to the localities.  It worked for us as a Nation for a very long time, and I think, if we do that, lots of these types of issues go away.

 

Why do I think they go away?

 

The causes of inflation come from DC but that is a story for another day, perhaps my post on next Tuesday will cover that topic area.

gas chart

When you take the sacrifice out of the Mass, you take the Mass of out the sacrifice

Mother Angelica

Time keeps passing and the Pope continues to remind the world that the words “Holy Mother Church” means exactly what it sounds like:

Pope Francis opened the Ecclesial Convention of the Diocese of Rome on Monday night, emphasizing the Church’s role of Mother in a society where more and more children are leading the life of an orphan.

So many people in the faith, particularly those in institutions have forgotten this simple fact that the church exists as a mother to guide correct and love the human race and compared that to a parent so choked up with the cares of life that they forget the children for whom this is being done:

“He begins to feel a weight on him which is crushing,” Pope Francis said. “And we ask ourselves: But is this life? Then, in our hearts, arises the question:  How can we do this to our children – our children – and give a sense to their lives? Because they feel the way we sometimes live our lives is inhuman, and do not know which way to go so that life is beautiful, and you are content to get up in the morning.”

And noted the in the same way how grandparents, put in nursing homes are not a part of that same family (and tweeted on the subject)

Without this familial style the church is perceived as something other than what it is.

Pope Francis said the Church needs to be a Mother, not a “well-organized NGO with a bunch of pastoral plans”.

“Being in the Church is being at home with mom,” he said. The Holy Father said without this, going to Church becomes like going to an institution, and gives it the identity of a football team, where people are just “fans” of being Catholic.

CS Lewis warned of the results of this in Screwtape #7

Once you have made the World and end, and faith a means, you have almost won your man and it makes very little difference what kind of worldly end he is pursuing. Provided that meetings, pamphlets, policies, movements, causes and crusades, matter more to him than sacraments and charity, he is ours–and the more ‘religious’ (on those terms) the more securely ours.

I’ve been writing about the results of this for a very long time.

Let’s hope the Pope’s blessings of families bears fruit to our extended family of Holy Mother Church.

But remember: big tent! We must all stick together! Unless it’s Richard Lugar refusing to back Richard Mourdock after being beaten in the primary; or Charlie Crist switching parties; or Karl Rove attacking Christine O’Donnell on the night of her primary upset; or the attacks on Sharon Angle, Sarah Palin, Michele Bachmann, Steve King, and a host of other conservatives who continue to vex the “pragmatic,” “pro-business” (read: crony capitalist) GOP establishment, who has watched as outsiders — citizen legislators — have invaded their turf and upset status quo that “comity” and “collegiality” covered for.

Jeff Goldstein

GOPOne of the things that really has been a sore spot for Tea Party supporters like me has been the record of the Establishment GOP trying to sabotage any tea party candidate who manages to win a primary.

It is a tempting thing, the willingness to attack Tea Party GOP nominees guarantees you a positive stories in the MSM and a spot as the “goto republican” on CNN & MSNBC.

And if it isn’t the party dissing the Tea Party after primaries it’s ignoring the base before them:

Speaker John Boehner and other senior House Republicans are telling donors and industry groups that they aim to pass immigration legislation this year, despite the reluctance of many Republicans to tackle the divisive issue before the November elections.Many lawmakers and activists have assumed the issue was off the table in an election year. But Mr. Boehner said at a Las Vegas fundraiser last month he was “hellbent on getting this done this year,” according to two people in the room.

It’s one of the few things that threaten a 2nd Big Red Wave in 2014 and I’ve been sounding the warning about this for a long time.

The Tea Party hasn’t trusted you from day one. Tea party members volunteered for you, donated to you and worked to put the house in your hands because you were the best possible alternative but the deal from the start always was, if you mess with them, they will not stand with you.

If you wish tea party to support you in general elections when your candidates win primaries, you have to return the favor.

Almost all of the Tea Party people were not involved in politics prior to their involvement. If the GOP establishment chooses to push tea party members hard they will happily leave the political field for real life and allow you sit in the minority.

I’ve been wondering for a long time if there is anyone, ANYONE in the party willing to take the first step to take down this sign?

I’m glad to see that somebody has, and I’m pleasantly surprised to see it’s Eric Cantor.

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) said Sunday he will vote for Dave Brat, the man who ended his career in Congress, but stopped short of congratulating him or mentioning his name.

Cantor, who lost to Brat despite outspending by a margin of 26 to 1, stressed the importance of keeping the Republican Party unified, a message he stressed to Tea Party conservatives in the House after the 2013 government shutdown.

Via Glenn, that story is good but what was better was Eric Cantor’s interview on ABS’s This Week.


ABC US News | ABC Celebrity News

I watched that interview and was simply delighted. Jonathan Karl spent 10 minutes plus interviewing Eric Cantor. He baited him on the Tea Party, he baited him on his opponent, and through it call he simply refused to bite. He didn’t attack the Tea Party, the Didn’t attack the conservative base, the only thing he could manage is a single line critiquing a joke by Laura Ingraham. That was it.

It had to be one of the biggest surprises and disappointments for the MSM. After the track record of incumbent establishment GOP figures the MSM must have been dying to get Cantor on to let him vent. After all he didn’t just lose his congressional seat, he was likely to be the next speaker of the House of Representatives. They must have been positive that Cantor would jump at the chance to get back at the tea party votes that caused his defeat.

He did not.

I won’t pretend I was not pleased at his defeat, I think it will be the death to amnesty this session, but I’ve got to tip my Fedora to Eric Cantor who in the midst of defeat demonstrated the class that so many in the party simply have not and has taken the first step to taking down that sign at the top of the post. Even if he doesn’t believe it, even if he’s absolutely outraged and furious, that he took this public step and did it quickly is a watershed moment.

I think his reaction to his defeat is one of the most newsworthy stories of the year and if his example that if followed will guarantee a GOP victory that will set the left on it’s heels.

That’s likely why nobody in the MSM is talking about it.

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