Thursday, January 2, 2014

This poem was written by a MARINE CORPS Officer (ANON)                                                 and I was asked to post it which I am happy and honored to do.
THE BATTLING BOYS OF BENGHAZI                                                            Anonymous                                                                                               
We're the battling boys of Benghazi
No fame, no glory, no paparazzi.
Just a fiery death in a blazing hell
Defending our country we loved so well. 
It wasn't our job, but we answered the call,                                    Fought to the Consulate and scaled the wall.
We pulled twenty Countrymen from the jaws of fate,                    Led them to safety, and stood at the gate.                                                                                                                                                       Just the two of us, and foes by the score,                                           But we stood fast to bar the door.
                                                                                                           Three calls for reinforcement, but all were denied,                         So we fought, and we fought, and we fought 'til we died.

We gave our all for our Uncle Sam,
But Barack Obama didn't give a damn.

Just two dead SEALS who carried the load                                     NO thanks to us.........we were just "Bumps In The Road".                  
 

Bad luck: Same family killed by Assad in Syria and by IDF bombing in Gaza

From Jihad Watch / Posted by Robert Spencer


  
talk about bad luck. The same family that was killed in Syria by Assad, also killed by IDF bombing Gaza few days ago.

But if you doubt the atrocity tales that Islamic supremacists tell, you're a greasy Islamophobe, a genocide denier, and worse.

What Will Your Paycheck be in 2014  
 
Political  Calculations

What will your typical paycheck look like in 2014 after Uncle Sam's G-men have gotten their dirty, stinking ape paws all over it?

Obviously, the answer to the question of how much of your income will be left over for you after the federal government has snatched a good part it depends upon quite a lot. How much income will you make? How many withholding allowances have you set up with your employer on your IRS Form W-4? How much pre-tax contributions will you be making toward your retirement plan or your health care or dependent care flexible spending accounts? What if you get a raise?

Our tool below is designed to answer those questions for 95% of all Americans. You just need enter the indicated information as it applies for you, and we'll do our best to estimate how much of the money you work hard to earn will still be yours after the federal government has withheld what it wants from your paycheck!

But really, it's not necessarily as quite as simple as that, which is something that we'll discuss in more detail below the tool.
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Now that we've given you a sense of how much money you'll have withheld from each of your paychecks in 2014 by the U.S. federal government, we should note that there are some really complicating factors that may come into play during the year depending upon how much you earn.

For example, in 2014, once you have earned over $117,000, you will no longer have the Social Security payroll tax of 6.2% of your income deducted from your paycheck. But then, by the time that happens, you'll have long been paying taxes on your income that are taxed at rates that are at least 10% higher than those paid by over half of all Americans.

There's also the complication provided by the so-called "Additional Medicare Tax" that your employer is required to begin withholding from your paycheck if, and as soon as, your year-to-date income rises above the $200,000 mark, which is part of the new income taxes imposed by the "Affordable Care Act" (a.k.a. "Obamacare"). Since the money collected through this 0.9% surtax on your income does not go to directly support the Medicare program, unlike the real Medicare payroll taxes paid by you and your employer, it is really best thought of as an additional income tax.

Since we've already mentioned "Obamacare", we should also note that many Americans may soon find themselves in the situation where they find that they have an additional income tax liability in 2014 because of the Affordable Care Act. At this writing, Americans who do not have health insurance coverage and who have not been included among those groups qualifying for hardship exemptions under the law are at risk of a nasty tax surprise, even if their situation comes about through no fault of their own thanks to the law's extremely careless construction and implementation.

We'll address that potential additional tax liability soon....

 

Elsewhere on the Web


There are other paycheck calculators like this on the Internet, including the very well done tools available at PaycheckCity.com. We really like PaycheckCity's calculators because they allow you to determine the amount of state income tax withholding that will be taken out of your paycheck separately from what the federal government takes.

Then again, if you live in one of the nine states that have no personal income tax for wage and salary income (Alaska, Florida, Nevada, New Hampshire, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Washington or Wyoming), our tool above will provide you with a very good estimate of your actual take-home pay.

We'll note that both New Hampshire and Tennessee both tax dividend and interest income, which doesn't affect your paycheck, but might influence your withholding decisions.

 

Previously on Political Calculations


We've been in the business of calculating people's paychecks (not including state income tax withholding) since 2005!
In his State of the Union address on Jan. 8, 1964, President Lyndon Johnson declared a "war on poverty." Today, with roughly the same number of people below the poverty level as in 1964 and with many addicted to government "benefits," robbing them of a work ethic, it is clear that the poor have mostly lost the war.

In 1964, the poverty rate was about 19 percent. Census data from 2010 indicates that 15.1 percent are in poverty within a much larger population.

The lack of government programs did not cause poverty, and spending vast sums of money has not eliminated it.

A policy analysis by the Cato Institute found that federal and state anti-poverty programs have cost $15 trillion over the last five decades but have had little effect on the number of people living in poverty. That amounts to $20,610 per poor person in America, or $61,830 per poor family of three. If the government had sent them a check they might have been better off.

As Robert Rector and Jennifer Marshall have written for The Heritage Foundation, "President Johnson's goal was not to create a massive system of ever-increasing welfare benefits for an ever-larger number of beneficiaries. Instead, he sought to increase self-sufficiency, enabling recipients to lift themselves up beyond the need for public assistance."

Johnson sounded conservative when he said, "(We) want to offer the forgotten fifth of our people opportunity and not doles."

Unfortunately, the war on poverty neglected a key component: human nature. Substantial numbers of people came to rely on government benefits and thus lost any sense of personal responsibility. Teenage girls knew they could get a check from the government if they had babies and so they had them, often more than one. The law discouraged fathers from living with, much less marrying, the mothers of their children and so legions of "single mothers" became the norm, and the lack of male leadership in the home contributed to additional cycles of poverty, addicting new generations to government.

When President Clinton signed the welfare reform bill in 1996, liberals screamed that people would starve in the streets. They didn't. Many got jobs when they knew the checks would cease.

Over time, government enacted rules to prevent churches and faith-based groups from sharing their faith if they wanted to receive federal grants, thus removing the reason for their success. These groups, which once were at the center of fighting poverty by offering a transformed life and consequently a change in attitude, retreated to the sidelines.

In public schools, values that once were taught were removed because of lawsuits and the fear of lawsuits, creating a "naked public square" devoid of concepts such as right and wrong, with everyone left to figure it out on their own.

There are two ways to measure poverty. One is the way the Census Bureau does, by counting income earned by individuals and families without including government benefits. The other is not measurable in a statistical sense. It is a poverty of spirit. People need to be inspired and told they don't have to settle for whatever circumstances they are in. This used to be the role of faith-based institutions, and it can be again if they refuse government grants and again reach out to the poor.

One condition for maintaining tax-exempt status should be for these faith-based institutions to help people get off government assistance and find jobs, becoming self-sufficient. If people need transitional money for daycare or transportation, it can be provided, either temporarily by government or by the thousands of churches, synagogues and other faith-based groups.

There is no undiscovered truth about the cure for most poverty: Stay in school; get married before having children and stay married; work hard, save and invest.

The "war on poverty" can be won, but it must be fought with different weapons, not the ones that have failed for the last half-century.

It Was A Very Bad Year

by / Personal Liberty Digest


It Was A Very Bad Year
PHOTOS.COMIf I were coming off as miserable a year as the one President Barack Obama and his Democratic accomplices endured in 2013, I suppose I might try some wild stunts to distract the increasingly unhappy electorate. Hell, if my 2013 had been as bad as Obama’s, I’d be almost desperate to turn my New Year’s frown upside-down. My own 2013 wasn’t all that bad — especially compared to the one through which Obama and his horde long-marched. 
If I were coming off as miserable a year as the one President Barack Obama and his Democratic accomplices endured in 2013, I suppose I might try some wild stunts to distract the increasingly unhappy electorate. Hell, if my 2013 had been as bad as Obama’s, I’d be almost desperate to turn my New Year’s frown upside-down. My own 2013 wasn’t all that bad — especially compared to the one through which Obama and his horde long-marched.

Of course, I didn’t follow up an electoral victory by sticking my thumb in the eyes of 300 million people.

But even if I’d taken it on the chin like Obama did throughout 2013, I doubt I would have tried to distract people from the Obamacare scandal by bringing back the other worst disaster of my tenure.

And yet, the once-respectable New York Times hit newsstands Sunday morning with a rehashing of the Benghazi tale that makes Obama’s previous fumbling of that disaster look Swiss-watch precise. According to David Kirkpatrick’s “reporting” in “A Deadly Mix in Benghazi,” the attack on the U.S. compound in Benghazi, Libya, which resulted in the Islamofascist murder of four Americans, was the result of a previously unknown YouTube video, after all.

The Times tale itself stops just short of Jayson Blair-esque journalistic fraud. In weaving his fable, Kirkpatrick proffers:
… interviews with Libyans in Benghazi who had direct knowledge of the attack there and its context, turned up no evidence that Al Qaeda or other international terrorist groups had any role in the assault.
In order to have “direct knowledge of the attack there and its context” in advance, Kirkpatrick’s sources would have been party to it. In essence, Kirkpatrick balances his case on accomplice testimony, the journalistic equivalent of: “Akbar, the Jihadi, didn’t do it; because Ahmad, the Jihadi, said so.” Kirkpatrick later claims “… on Sept. 8, a popular Islamist preacher lit the fuse by screening (The infamous YouTube video) on the ultraconservative Egyptian satellite channel El Nas” in an effort to bolster the rehashed “YouTube made them do it” claim. Perhaps his editors missed this contradictory note in the very next chapter:
“Security vacuum,” Ambassador Stevens wrote in his personal diary on Sept. 6… “Islamist ‘hit list’ in Benghazi. Me targeted on a prominent website…”
If the YouTube video (which Stevens never mentioned in his pre-attack security cables) were to blame, then how did Stevens know about the threat two days before the attackers even had a chance to see the infamous video?

The fact that The Times chose to run a “report” that contained the already-debunked YouTube nonsense, a lie that cost National Security Adviser Susan Rice her shot at the Secretary of State gig vacated by the equally dishonest Hillary Clinton, is nowhere near as interesting as the timing of the rotting “Gray Lady’s” exhumation of already-debunked talking points.

At this moment, Obama is polling only slightly more better than a transvestite Hillary 2016 volunteer singing Lady Gaga at a Northern Idaho truck stop. His declining status among the electorate can be easily traced to the absolute train wreck that is Obamacare. “A Deadly Mix in Benghazi” is a joke, but nowhere near as funny as the fact that the best distraction from Obamacare the left could conjure up is a disaster like Benghazi.

But if protecting Obama’s multimillion-dollar fraud doesn’t seem like a good enough reason for The Times to pimp its front page, that’s because it probably isn’t. The ferocity with which the Democrats have latched onto The Times’ fictionalization of the Benghazi events belies more than their usual partisan rancor over Obamacare. Indeed, the multi-car pileup that is Obamacare will play a big role in this fall’s midterm Congressional elections. And the all-but-decided ascension of Clinton to the Democrat’s 2016 nomination will require at least as much cover as Obama and his Congressional Democrat accomplices need this year.

If Obama and the Democrats thought 2013 was a tough slog, then 2014 might as well be a climb up Mount Everest in bedroom slippers. By having The Times remind everyone of the Benghazi scandal, they’ve merely added more weight to their already-heavy pack. Good luck, Mr. President. You’re going to need it.

2014: The Year Obama And The Democrats Pay For Mistakes?

by / Personal Liberty Digest

454407221From the revelations of National Security Agency spying to the government shutdown, the first year of President Barack Obama’s second term brought endless political quarreling and scandal and illustrated the massive disconnect between Washington and Main Street. In 2014, the Administration could be forced to reap what it has sewn.

The Administration pushed fervently for new gun control laws, only to be met with harsh populist resistance. The result was the Senate’s rejection of what would have been one of the most sweeping gun control packages passed in more than two decades. Some vulnerable Democratic lawmakers backed down, others have answered — or will have to answer — to voters.

For part of 2013, the Administration’s lies with regard to the 2012 attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, and news that the Internal Revenue Service unfairly targeted conservative groups garnered many headlines after the Obama Administration successfully stymied conversations about the issues until the President was safely re-seated in the White House. There are still many unanswered questions about the controversy — though The New York Times sought to soften the edge of the Benghazi story this week with a piece which contradicts its previous reports.

Edward Snowden’s NSA leaks heightened public concern from both conservatives and progressives about government intrusions into Americans’ privacy. Opponents of the agency’s actions have called on the President and Congress to increase oversight and transparency of the spy programs. But with each new headline, news about the NSA seems to get continuously worse.

When Congress failed to reach an agreement to fund government operations as Republicans sought spending cuts or a delay to Obamacare, the Federal government was shut down on Oct. 1. What followed was a pathetic attempt by government to make it appear as though the brief shutdown affected every American in a major way. Officials attempted to accomplish this by barricading national parks and monuments, shutting down some roads, temporarily taking some Federal website offline and keeping elderly veterans from visiting war memorials at the Nation’s capital. Some critics estimate that the government actually spent more money making a point for the duration of the shutdown than it would have had it not taken any of the aforementioned actions.

Republicans were unsuccessful in delaying Obamacare. But when the Federal healthcare website (miraculously unaffected by the shutdown) was booted up, Obamacare delayed itself. Riddled with errors and unable to accommodate more than a few users at a time, the website turned out to be a multimillion-dollar illustration of government incompetence.

More bad news came for the Administration as kinks were worked out of the Obamacare site.

Millions of Americas lost their health insurance due to new standards and found that the President’s “if you like your plan, you can keep it” promise was a lie. Furthermore, plans offered through the Affordable Care Act turned out to be unaffordable for many people.

This year has the potential to be one of political retribution, but only if the sins of 2013 are not easily forgotten by American voters.

Looking ahead to the midterm elections set to take place in the fall, Republicans have a pretty decent chance of regaining control of the Senate. The GOP needs only six seats; and seven of the most vulnerable seats belong to Democrats in Alaska, Arkansas, Louisiana, Montana, North Carolina, South Dakota and West Virginia.

Expect not only a battle between Democrats and the GOP, but also a continuation of the battle for the soul of the Republican Party. Establishment Republicans have become increasingly vocal in their disdain for libertarian-leaning members of the party who would rather halt the wheels of government than wheel and deal with Democrats.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce recently announced that it plans to throw money behind establishment Republicans who are facing Tea Party primary challengers. Some early showdowns to keep an eye on include the March 4 primary fight between John Cornyn and Representative Steve Stockman in Texas as well as the Kentucky fight between Mitch McConnell and Tea Party-backed Matt Bevin.

Even though it seems like the last Presidential election is just behind us, 2014 will also be the year that Americans hear more serious chatter about possible 2016 Presidential contenders. A CNN poll recently suggested that there may be some voter excitement for a Hillary Clinton/Chris Christie showdown. But there is still plenty of conservative hope for a Rand Paul or Ted Cruz GOP ticket in 2014. The political moves that potential candidates make in the coming year will largely determine their Presidential viability.

Overall, 2014 should be a pretty exciting political year with the potential for major conservative shake-ups akin to the Tea Party explosion in 2010. But that depends on whether Americans continue to seek answers for the various scandals and failures that came out of Washington in 2013.
Op-ed: 
Bye-bye 2013...can't say I'm sorry to see you go 
By: Diane Sori

2013 was NOT a good year for America, Americans, or the world. The list of things gone wrong because of the misguided policies and corruption of the Obama administration could fill a book let alone an op-ed. Ranging from the 'Ghosts of Benghazi' and Extortion 17; our still faltering economy with millions of Americans out of work; the nightmare known as ObamaCare; ILLEGALS demanding amnesty; the NSA spying on 'We the People' and the IRS running amok; the stabbing of Israel in the back; Iran flexing its muscle and Obama acquiescing; and Syria a total mess as Obama sides with the al-Qaeda supported rebels...the list goes on and on ad-nauseum.

And lest we forget John Boehner and John McCain morphing into the vileness that is the hallmark of Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi as they continue to slam the TEA Party...the one true bright spot in an otherwise dismal political year. And don't dare get me started on Chris Christie...the man the GOP establishment is trying to cram down our throats like they did with John McCain in 2008...the man who might as well just put a 'D' after his name and be done with it.

But now we've crossed the threshold into a bright and hopeful new year but a year with the shadow of 2013 looming large and setting the stage for the direction this newly born year will take. And we Conservatives better get our act together if we are to turn the despair of 2013 into November mid-term election victories.

So now I will peer into my crystal ball...allegorically speaking of course...and see where we're headed on a few of the key issues...keeping my fingers crossed that my crystal ball will NOT show the same old, same old but instead will show images of hope restored.

Let's start with Obama's namesake disaster... ObamaCare. In defiance of the 10th Amendment (which states that "the powers NOT delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people"), and willfully causing the cancellation of the medical coverage of millions of Americans, Obama started a farce of a PR campaign that claims 1.1 million Americans have signed up on the now 'somewhat functioning' Healthcare.gov website exchanges but NOT wanting to tell us that those numbers fall far short of their expectation of having 3.3 million sign-ups by now.

And the fact that there's a big difference between signing up and just signing in to peruse what's offered is being ignoring, because a large percentage of people who are signing up are actually signing up for Medicaid. Also being sidestepped is that of those who have signed up for an actual policy is the fact that only half of those people have made the required first month's premium payment that assures them their coverage. So to those who think they've successfully enrolled, good luck to you for when you next visit your doctor you just might discover that you do NOT have the health insurance coverage you thought you had...and don't say we didn't warn you.

And then the fun and games will really begin as the insurance companies will have to clean up the mess of who is actually covered and who isn't...and it all started at midnight on January 1st, as ObamaCare became the law of the land.

Damn...it's still the same old, same old it seems.

And now my crystal ball shows that the infighting amongst the Republicans continues on. Led by the 'old guard' and RINOS John McCain, Lindsey Graham, John Boehner, and the now talking head Carl Rove...the infighting is targeting the TEA Party simply because the TEA Party is casting aside the 'old guard' to make way for the 'new guard'...TEA Party Republicans like Ted Cruz and Mike Lee. The TEA Party knows it's time for the next generation to take over the Republican party and bring it back to its Conservative roots born of the Constitution. The Republican party of today is at a fork in the road where they must decide which path to take... does their main focus become the tempering down of the 'old guard's' rhetoric that fuels the internal conflicts existing within the splintered party or does the party unite to put America first, for even the 'old guard' must know that 2014 is our last chance to take our country back from the creeping cancer known as liberalism.

But sadly, the rightly chosen path still has NOT yet been decided upon.

Now we all know about the nightmare-in-waiting of giving amnesty to the 20+ million ILLEGAL aliens 'criminally' residing in our country. You know the ones I mean...the ones taking jobs away from legal Americans as they continue to bilk and rape our welfare, educational, and health care systems in the process. Well, if we do NOT take back the Senate and keep the House, those who broke our laws to get here will soon be moved to the front of the line for citizenship with the swipe of Obama's pen.

And yet I think my crystal ball is clearing a bit as it's now showing that those who must be called to task for Benghazi finally will be. With witnesses to the attack now coming forward...people who know the truth about how Barack HUSSEIN Obama and Hillary Clinton left four Americans behind to die...NOT lifting a finger...NOT answering their desperate pleas for help...means Obama can only suppress the truth for so long even with media help. And it's up to we bloggers who refuse to let Benghazi become a mere footnote in history to continue to speak up, to write about, and to flood the internet with all things Benghazi. Benghazi is cold-blooded MURDER and something 'We the People' must NOT let this administration get away with. And we sure as hell will NOT let Hillary Clinton sweep Benghazi under the rug in her now assumed 2016 presidential run.

And as my crystal ball finally clears I see images of a man of courage...a man of conviction...a man of inner strength and fortitude doing what our traitor of a president will NOT do...for I see Benjamin Netanyahu saying 'ENOUGH'. And yes, I am talking about the Israeli military taking out Iran's nuclear plants before Iran gets a chance to change the complexion of the entire Middle East, for if Iran gets even one nuclear bomb it will try to wipe Israel off the map. And that infamous smirk of a smile will again cross Barack HUSSEIN Obama's lips as he bows down and kisses the hand of those out to kill us all.

But there is hope for our beloved America for even the sheeple are starting to wake up from their five year slumber. Finally realizing that their free Obama phones were NOT worth the selling of their souls to the man who would be king, they like the rest of us are getting hit where it hurts the most...in the pocketbook.

So, as the TEA Party grows in momentum all across this still great land...and with those like Ted Cruz, Sarah Palin, and Allen West leading the TEA Party charge...2014 will be the year we Conservatives retake the Senate and keep the House. And while it will be one hell of a bumpy ride we must unite together in solidarity to make sure that the America we remember will indeed be reborn in love for God and Country...because in NO uncertain terms America must survive.

And NO crystal ball is needed to tell me that.