In the past I have poured over the transcripts of The State of the Union speeches broadcasted the earlier night and broken down topic by topic ( I began during Bush's Second term and followed through) I realized the futility immediately. But alas it is a service needs to be practiced if only to point out how brazenly our political class twists, bends & contorts the details of the truth & the subserviant media's meme we are presented on such a regular basis.
I have found in the past that the one best analysis of these has come out from the Cato Institute
The Cato Institute response to the 2013 State of the Union
Go figure this one out ... The case of Maksim Gelman's apprehension and arrest. 1st off let's set this up with full back story shall we?
Gelman was /is a piece of fecal matter who by the good grace of God was brought to the U.S. by his parents at the age of 5. His mother raised in him alone as the Father returned to his native country, the Ukraine* ( see commentary Less Fathers than Guns) Gelman attended schools in Brooklyn but managed to make himself such an annoyance to his peers, he made no friends or acquaintances that spoke highly of him throughout his childhood.
Gelman was an aggressive malcontent who being unable to establish any meaningful relationships fashioned himself as a graffiti artist & a crack cocaine user/dealer. This of course fueled his growing rage.
Between Febuary11 &12th 2011 Gelman went on a killing spree beginning with his mother's male acquaintance, the mother of the girl & the girl herself that he had an unrequited obsession with, & a person he mowed down in a vehicular homicide. Four other victims were attacked by Gelman before he was taken into custody & that is where our interest lays.
Our focus is on the last victim of Gelman's rampage, Joseph Lozito. He was attacked on a no#3 subway car heading uptown. In this same car was NYPD officers Tamara Taylor and Terance Howell, as they and the rest of the entire NYPD force where in the middle of a citywide manhunt for Gelman.
Gelman entered the traincar and headed straight the operators booth in which Howell and Taylor were. He demanded acces to the booth claiming that he was a cop! Officer Howell refused to open the booth door. Howell, in a grand jury testimony admitted he was frightened that Gelman may have had a gun and he and Officer Taylor remained in the booth for that reason.
Gelman then turned away and targeted Lozito stating "you are going to die!" stabbing the victim in the face with a kitchen knife. Lozito lunged at his attacker tackling him to the floor all the while Gelman stabbed repeatedly at the back of Lozito's head. Lozito had wrestled with Gelman to knock the knife away from his attacker. Only after Gelman was disarmed did Officer Howell step out of the booth to offer any assistance and then arrested the psycho.
Given all that, Lozito is in court leveling a suit against the City. What's the city's position? An NYPD legal representative states as such..."the police had no “special duty” to protect him or any individual on the train that day there’s a long-standing legal precedent requiring cops to put the public safety of all ahead of any one individual’s rights."
Yup you read that right- The Police department that doesn't want you carrying concealed firearms to provide your own protection & has taken an sworn oath, ."..to serve and protect its citizens" is not under any actual obligation to live up to the promise!
Here are some the precedent cases to support the city's argument
Castle Rock v. Gonzales, which found police employees had “qualified immunity” (legal land language that purports to shield individuals from personal responsibility) and thus could not be sued, after three kids were killed by the husband of a woman who’d three weeks prior gotten a restraining order that stipulated that he be at least 100 yards from her and their three daughters except during specified visitation time. This, despite four calls made by the woman to police, after the kids were snatched-up, including one in which she informed them of the location of the husband and their children.
Warren v. District of Columbia, in which two women heard their roommate being attacked downstairs by intruders called the police several times and were assured that officers were on the way. After their roommate’s screams stopped 30 minutes later they assumed the police were present and went downstairs, only to themselves be held captive, raped, robbed, beaten, forced to commit sexual acts upon each other, and made to submit to the sexual demands of their attackers, for the next 14-hours. The “officials” in legal land claimed that official police personnel and the government employing them owe no duty to victims of criminal acts and thus are not liable for a failure to provide adequate police protection.
Balistreri v. Pacifica Police Department, in which legal land “authorities” stated that police had no constitutional duty to protect people from crime, after a woman, who’d filed numerous complaints and had gotten restraining order, was continually harassed and had her property vandalized by her ex-husband.
DeShaney v. Winnebago County, which found that those who purport the right to steal money from others in the area to protect kids were not culpable after releasing a boy, into his father’s custody despite repeated evidence of abuse, including one bout that left him “profoundly retarded” and likely to spend the rest of his life institutionalized.
Lozito video by wearechange.org
Up Next- The New Push for a Carbon Tax
- h/t Wattsupwiththat.com
Proof that no bad idea ever escapes the mind of the political elites seeking to separate you from your property
The Carbon tax is set to make another round in the Congressional halls and back rooms - complete with"rebates" to
Spank those evil Dino fuel providers who are going to need to necessarily raise their pricing thanks to the
massive regulatory fees the congress critters are prepared to pass.
Doesn't it ever fail to boggle the mind how completely off kilter and detached from reality the subject is? We can
not even determine a direct causation of warming that has ceased occurring over a decade ago. But by all means
Lets re organize the whole human civilization to attempt to counteract undetermined climate shifts that could very
well be in reality, a brief warming in a much larger millennial ice age! Blah - of all the debates that exist in the
modern era this one is completely "fubared" by the political anglings of all sides.
Because I can NEVER EVER Pass Up an Oportunity
I loath the former financial advisor of Enron not because he reaches the wrong conclusions based on the data but
b/c he whores his results to fit the narrative he wishes to tell.
Hypocrisy of the Unscientific Krugman
Dr. Alex B. Berezow is the editor of RealClearScience. He holds a Ph.D. in microbiology and is co-author ofScience Left Behind. Follow him on Twitter @AlexBerezow.
Feasting on Famine
James Pethoukokis nails the point that in all the regurgitated mumblings of the imperial president In the state of the union- he never bother to even mention the DNA of our economy- Entrepreneurship
Missing In Action: Obama's Entrepreneurship Agenda
James Pethokoukis |
February 13, 2013, 9:58 am
Where does President Obama think economic growth and job creation come from? In his State of the Union speech, he said “the true engine of America’s economic growth” was ”a rising, thriving middle class.” But that’s political rhetoric substituting for economic analysis. Ask most economists, even those working in the Obama White House, and they’ll tell you that innovation-driven productivity is the true engine of prosperity and rising living standards.
And where does Obama think innovation-driven productivity comes from? Judging from his speech, Obama apparently sees government at the prime catalyst and planner – whether its government creating manufacturing hubs or government mandating new rules to spur more energy efficiency or government offering tax credits to spur investment in favored sectors.
And the free enterprise system? Well, entrepreneurs only got a couple of brief shoutouts, once in relation to high-skill immigration. Here’s the other: “Now these initiatives in manufacturing, energy, infrastructure, housing, all these things will help entrepreneurs and small-business owners expand and create new jobs.”
Certainly entrepreneurs could use some help. Consider:
1. Had small business come out of the recession maintaining just the rate of start-ups generated in 2007, according to McKinsey, the US economy would today have almost 2.5 million more jobs than it does.
2. There were fewer new firms formed in 2010 and 2011 than during the Great Recession.
3. The rate of startup jobs during 2010 and 2011, years that were technically in full recovery, were the lowest on record, according to economist Tim Kane of the Hudson Institute.
Continued at the link
American Culture- Less Fathers than Guns
It is unfortunate that in such subject these days it is nessecary to place down preliminary qualifiers as to prevent persons of certain political leanings from over reading into subtext or twisting it into a pretzel to conflate what is actually being said to mean something aimed at injuring.
1) it is not my goal here to belittle single parent households- I was raised in one myself and I raised my son alone as well.
2) in this commentary generalizations will be made and for the sake of clarity and indeed, brevity, I am not going to add qualifiers to each time I mention a group of persons, classifications and/Or factions.
To start it is essential to take into account that despite declining overall crime rates and rising percentages of single parent families Poverty is the key cohesive factor between the two. Of those families 84% are led by single moms.
What can be wrought from the rise in single parent families is that poverty is almost a foregone conclusion Approximately 60 % of the children being raised in single parent households, 66 million, upwards of 16 million kids are growing up @/below poverty levels. Factors that tie in with poverty are typically subpar housing, crowded schools, lack of development in social and moral directions, and the higher likelihood of being involved in criminal behavior. Studies indicate that the longer a child is in poverty the less likely they will be capable of developing skills and ethics to reverse their situation.
Some hard statical data-
60% of the incarcerated population and 70% of Juvenile offenders grew up in single parent households
63% of youth suicides are of children from single parent households
85% of behavioral disorders are found to be from single parent households
71% of all high school drop outs are children of single parent families
87% of children raised in single parent families were likely to select
To raise their own children in the similar circumstances
If we were going to honestly address the majority of gun crime in this country - we would need to directly engage the fact that the ever growing population of single parented males are 3 times more likely to become involved in gang related criminal activities which accounts the vast majority of homicides by firearms. Until we cross that uncomfortable rubicon, no amount of political rhetoric or restrictive law is going to change the dynamics for the better.