Unemployment Rate Dropped In Every State That Elected A Republican Gov. In 2010

In 2010, influenced by the Tea Party and its focus on fiscal issues, 17 states elected Republican governors. And, according to an Examiner.com analysis, every one of those states saw a drop in their unemployment rates since January of 2011. Furthermore, the average drop in the unemployment rate in these states was 1.35%, compared to the national decline of .9%, which means, according to the analysis, that the job market in these Republican states is improving 50% faster than the national rate.

Since January of 2011, here is how much the unemployment rate declined in each of the 17 states that elected Republican governors in 2010, according to the Examiner:

Kansas – 6.9% to 6.1% = a decline of 0.8%

Maine – 8.0% to 7.4% = a decline of 0.6%

Michigan – 10.9% to 8.5% = a decline of 2.4%

New Mexico – 7.7% to 6.7% = a decline of 1.0%

Oklahoma – 6.2% to 4.8% = a decline of 1.4%

Pennsylvania – 8.0% to 7.4% = a decline of 0.6%

Tennessee – 9.5% to 7.9% = a decline of 1.6%

Wisconsin – 7.7% to 6.8% = a decline of 0.9%

Wyoming – 6.3% to 5.2% = a decline of 1.1%

Alabama – 9.3% to 7.4% = a decline of 1.9%

Georgia – 10.1% to 8.9% = a decline of 1.2%

South Carolina – 10.6% to 9.1% = a decline of 1.5%

South Dakota – 5.0% to 4.3% = a decline of 0.7%

Florida – 10.9% to 8.6% = a decline of 2.3%

Nevada – 13.8% to 11.6% = a decline of 2.2%

Iowa – 6.1% to 5.1% = a decline of 1.0%

Ohio – 9.0% to 7.3% = a decline of 1.7%

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An Open Letter to Chris Rock

Dear Mr. Rock:

I am not going to call your tweet racist. Besides the fireworks, your comment was historically accurate. We did have slaves the day the declaration was signed. The founders did not put an end to slavery. The reason that they didn’t was the fact that they knew it would not be ratified if they had. The decision was made to have an imperfect United States, instead of no country at all. The hope had been that slavery would die on its own, as it had in many other countries by that time. Sadly, we did have to fight a civil war to end slavery.

I am not one to say that this country is perfect. We have many warts and many things we should be ashamed of. Even today things happen that are a true shame and black eye on our nation. One that comes to mind immediately is the fact that we have so many veterans that are homeless. These are men and woman who were willing to die to protect this nation and the very least we should do is pay them enough that this never happens to them. We are working on ways to solve these problems.

I looked up your net worth, it is said to be $70 million. That is more money than most Americans will make in a lifetime. You don’t seem to have done all that badly in this country, even though we once had slavery.
But the thing that I really don’t understand Mr. Rock, is why are not making these same statements about other countries that had slavery? Virtually every country in the history of the world had slavery in some form or another. In some instances the practice continues to today, it is just called by another name; indentured servitude. That is a very common practice in the Middle East, it is even known to happen in America as well when foreign workers are brought here to work for certain visas. This isn’t all that uncommon in people who work for diplomats that are in our country.

Why are you not railing about these practices? This is something that you can actually do something about. The history of slavery in this country cannot be changed. Our history is our history. But, it really isn’t anymore of a black eye on our country than it was on any other country that did the exact same practice? After all the Egyptians held the Jews slaves for many years. The Greeks and the Romans had slaves as well. Do you make the same statements about these countries? Or is it just the United States that you make these statements about? If so, I would like to know why.

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Nigeria: Muslims murder 52 in Christian villages

Muslims in Nigeria blame the Christians, of course. “52 Killed in Central Nigeria Raids and Reprisals,” by Ahmed Saka for the Associated Press, July 8 (thanks to Pamela Geller):

Raids and reprisal attacks have left 52 people dead in Christian villages near a Nigerian city where authorities have struggled to contain religious violence, officials said Sunday.

Assailants launched “sophisticated attacks” on several villages near Jos early Saturday, said Mustapha Salisu, spokesman for a special taskforce made up of policemen and soldiers deployed in the area to curb years of violence.

“They came in hundreds,” Salisu said. “Some had (police) uniforms and some even had bulletproof vests.”

He said the special taskforce fought back for hours and lost two policemen in the battle. Salisu initially said that 37 people were killed including 14 civilians and 21 assailants.

However, later in the day, Nigerian Red Cross official Andronicus Adeyemo said aid workers had counted 52 dead and more than 300 displaced people from the attacks. He did not give a breakdown….

Mark Lipdo, who runs a Christian advocacy group known as the Stefanos Foundation, gave a list of the 13 villages where he got reports of attacks. He said they were all Christian.

He blamed Muslim herdsmen of the Fulani ethnic group for the attacks. However, Nurudeen Abdullahi, Plateau State Chairman of Miyetti Allah Fulani Herdsmen Association, denied any involvement by the herdsmen.

“This a usual propaganda used on our people but we are not the ones that attacked the villages in the area,” he said.

Abdullahi accused Christian farmers of attacking Muslim settlements and stealing their cows….

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Is the Antichrist building his nation even now?

The rumblings stirred by record-setting new film in Turkey are triggering alarm bells with students of biblical prophecy, who warn the world system the Antichrist will use to rise to power is already on the march.

“Constantinople will surely be conquered one day. The commander who conquers it is a blessed commander. His soldiers are blessed soldiers” – thus opens the film “Fetih 1453.”

“Fetih” (meaning “conquest”) begins in 7th century Arabia with Muhammad, who is presented off camera lest pious Muslims be offended by his physical portrayal, declaring the quote above. The film tells the story of the conquest of the Christian East Roman Empire and its capital Constantinople by the Ottoman Sultan Mehmet II, thereafter known as Mehmet Fatih, or the Conqueror.

Director Faruk Aksoy’s film is the now the most watched and highest grossing movie in Turkish history, earning more than $60 million worldwide.

But Joel Richardson, author New York Times best-selling “The Islamic Antichrist: The Shocking Truth About the Real Nature of the Beast” and “Mideast Beast: The Scriptural Case for an Islamic Antichrist,” just released by WND Books, views the release of “Fetih 1453″ and the rise of Turkey as a world power as confirming biblical prophecy.

“In my book ‘Mideast Beast,’ I walk the reader through several key biblical texts that also point to a renewed Turkish power in the last days,” Richardson told WND. “As the Obama administration is openly getting behind the Islamist government in Turkey, numerous world events are all aligning with what the biblical prophets spoke. For those who take biblical prophecy seriously, awaiting the return of Jesus, the events now unfolding in Turkey and the region – the days in which we are now living – are absolutely profound.”

Christian prophecy teachers are reexamining previous dogma regarding the empire of the Antichrist. Until recently North American prophecy teachers almost exclusively held to the European Antichrist theory in part because they believed that the Antichrist would succeed the Roman Empire, which some said never really fell. Modern scholars of biblical prophecy suggest the prior theories were historically inaccurate and contend that the Roman Empire was in fact conquered and succeeded.

Richardson’s work has been instrumental in the reexamination of the geographic region where the Antichrist will arise. The historical parallels between the time period depicted in “Fetih 1453″ and now are worth considering, said Richardson

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Obama Gets Drunk During Campaign Stops to Appeal to ‘Diverse Working-Class Crowd’?

President Obama could be seen drinking a Miller Lite “one minute,“ and a ”cold bottle of Bud” the next during last week’s campaign stops, according to ABC, in an effort to “appeal to the loyalties of a diverse working-class crowd.”

Describing the scene as a “hallmark of the Obama message machine,” ABC continues:

With meticulous attention to detail, Team Obama has generated a bevy of positive local media headlines on its swing through Ohio and Pennsylvania, two must-win states. His team has also lodged a fresh round of negative attacks on vacationing rival Mitt Romney, who has struggled to respond.

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Before manicured patriotic backdrops in town parks and diners, Obama presented a soft and personal side, highlighting stories about his family and upbringing, a new emphasis in his stump aimed at reconnecting with the blue-collar base.

The strategy is quite a change from what Thomas Edsall described in a November article for the New York Times. He wrote at the time that “…preparations by Democratic operatives for the 2012 election make it clear for the first time that the party will explicitly abandon the white working class.”

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