‘Slut Walk’ Comes to Texas

Rivers (generally) flow from north to south. And so too, apparently, does the “slut walk” trend.

The initial slut walk happened in Toronto last month. But with the movement’s sights set on becoming an international phenomenon, it hit the U.S. of A last week in Dallas. Once again, participants were trumpeting their message of woman’s empowerment, and that one‘s clothing shouldn’t be blamed for her becoming a rape victim.

As with so many protests these days, the slut walkers came up with their own “hey-hey-ho-ho” chant:

“Hey, hey, ho, ho, we understand that no means no.”

“I want to end victim blaming,” protestor Britt Shulte told KDAF-TV. “This is still a really prevailing concept and idea in our society that our apparel dictates the kind of treatment we receive and it dictates the respect that we receive.”

But the walkers weren’t just women. One man showed up to profess his love for sluts:

Americans can expect to so many more self-professed sluts taking to the streets. According to the group’s website, there are 27 more marches planned this summer, from Boston, to Austin, to Denver.

Sluts unite?

Bill Maher Continues His Tea Party-Bashing

Dear Bill,

We get it. You don‘t like the Tea Party and you’re going to continue asking why they weren’t screaming during the Bush years (ignoring the simple retort that people require a “long train of abuses” before they demand change). But when you start calling a group of people “fat” and “useful idiots” on network television like CBS (and not on your HBO show), it starts getting to be too much.

Now, I know CBS and David Letterman seemed to want you to say what you did last night (the “fat” and “useful idiot” remarks), and they bear responsibility for that. But just because someone wants you to say disrespectful, hateful things, doesn’t mean you should.

Is that really necessary? Seriously, Bill? I mean, imagine if you said those things about the congressional black caucus. Or an LGBT group. Or even Oprah’s book club. You would be slammed in the media.

Hey, but thanks for letting the Tea Party know that you will continue to call them “Teabaggers” until the end of time. Now they know.

And you know, heck, in the end I guess you’re only bashing a bunch of stupid, uneducated, patriotic, Constitution-loving, slobs knows as the Tea Party. It’s okay, then. I think. Right?

Obama Says will Take More than One Term to Destroy USA

As Obama and his Leninists continue to denigrate and rule over the USA and the American people, the Republican latent-integrity “go along to get along” electees — led by chief lame-pony John Boehner — continue to protect the Usurper-and-Dictator-in-Chief. After pretense upon pretense of shock as to how far the Obama syndicate has already taken the country into ruin, the wimpy “I sold my soul, how about you? And how much did you charge?” crowd of faux GOP-ers continue to vote with and for the tyrant.

The bogus budget battle was the strongest clue that the GOP joined the Marxist Party in no longer being in favor of continuing the United States of America as a free and solvent country. That which was a big disappointment at a $38.5 Billion cut in spending turned into a slap in the face when it was realized that the number had been faked and the real ‘cuts’ dropped to $14.7 in discretionary spending and some reports are that they were barely over $300 millions. In other words, no one in Congress had any intention of doing any spending cuts at all.

Our gas prices are currently over $4.00/gallon nationally and there is every indication (due to Obama’s intentions) that they will be at between $5-7.00/gallon soon. The tyrant is, also, still trying to find loopholes in order to saddle us with electric energy prices that “will necessarily skyrocket” as he promised us they would.

Obama is still convinced it will take him another term to complete his planned but, still unfulfilled chaos amidst the American public so that their lives, homes, work, God, country and all else they hold dear will be completely and utterly destroyed… with no chance of ever returning. If it were not so, we would be drilling for oil in our own country and not funding Brazil and other countries’ drilling programs. If it were not so, we would not be experiencing the worst power grab in our history by the now-rulers of what was once We-the-People’s country. And, if it was a lie, we would not be losing multiple freedoms on an almost daily basis.

Prior to the 2008 general election, I wrote a column titled “Is the USA Ready for an American Stalin?” Tragically, it was far more prescient that I had thought. Each day under Obama and his go along to get along Congress brings us closer and closer to the old USSR. A USSR that had Stalin destroying food so that people would starve to death and the population would be reduced. People stood in line for hours and sometimes days for a loaf of bread. A smaller population is easier to suppress. The Russian people were virtual prisoners within the USSR and completely at the mercy of the Communist rulers who lived large and well while the people starved or froze to death. An immobile population is easier to contain.

Read more here.

Union Official, Professor Teach How-to College Course in Violent Union Tactics

New Passport Questionnaire Baffles Many With Absurd Info Demands

Who was present when you were born? Can you remember every address you’ve ever had? How about every place you’ve ever worked? Were you circumcised?

What if I told you that those were some of the queries the State Department is proposing for a new “biographical questionnaire” as part of your passport application?

Sounds absurd, doesn’t it? It’s true. Take a look:

Gas Prices Top $1-a-Gallon Higher than Year Ago; Media Don’t Blame Obama

The average price for a gallon of unleaded gasoline hit $3.86 on April 25, more than $1-a-gallon higher than a year earlier and less than 25 cents away from the record high price of gasoline set in July 2008.

In fact, per gallon prices are more than $2 higher than when Obama took office Jan. 20, 2009. Yet the president has been nearly exempt from criticism on the issue of rising prices, despite a six-month drilling moratorium and more regulatory hurdles for industry.

The Business & Media Institute found that out of the 280 oil price stories the network evening shows have aired since the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill, only 1 percent (3 stories) mentioned Obama’s drilling ban or other anti-oil actions in connection with gasoline prices.

Instead of asking whether Obama’s anti-oil policies could be increasing the cost of gas, the networks blamed other factors such as Mideast turmoil or the “money game” played by speculators. Certainly, the turmoil in Libya, Egypt and surrounding nations has increased worries about oil production and can influence the price. But the networks also should have looked for explanations much closer to home, like Obama’s many regulatory actions taken against the oil industry.

First there was the drilling ban, which was later overturned by federal courts as illegal. Seahawk Drilling, a Texas-based shallow-water drilling company cited that moratorium as the cause of its bankruptcy filing saying, they “have been adversely affected by the dramatic slowdown in the issuing of shallow-water permits in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico following the Macondo well blowout.”

Read more here.

Public employee pension bomb is lit

states are short $1.26 trillion in unfunded liabilities and worse, the gap is growing as is the number of states affected.

Reuters:

States are short $1.26 trillion in paying for public employee pensions and other retirement benefits, a gap that grew 26 percent in one year and will take many more years to wipe out, according to a report released on Tuesday.

A total of 31 states had pensions that were underfunded in fiscal 2009, the latest year for which data is available, up from 22 states a year earlier, the Pew Center on the States reported.

The financial crisis in 2008 crushed many pension funds’ investments, just as historic budget woes forced governments to cut contributions to those funds.

The combination “made a serious problem even worse,” said Susan Urahn, the Pew Center’s managing director.

In fiscal 2009, which for most states began in July 2008, states were short $660 billion for future pension payments and $604 billion for other retiree benefits, namely healthcare.

Growing unfunded pension liabilities on top of still daunting state budget gaps are a top concern of Wall Street rating agencies and investors in the $2.9 trillion municipal bond market. Most states are legally bound to pay retirees benefits, and they must make up for any investment loss from their already depleted treasuries or by borrowing.

Pensions are deemed “underfunded” when they are unable to pay at least 80 percent of liabilities.

Preliminary data for fiscal 2010 shows that pension funding levels of 10 states deteriorated further, while just three registered increases, Pew found.

We simply can’t raise taxes enough to cover the shortfalls. Michael Barone:

Many on the political left decry the disappearance of defined benefit pension plans from the private sector and strive mightily to maintain them for public-sector employees. They argue that people with defined contribution plans often don’t save enough for a comfortable retirement or make bad investment choices.

They argue that defined benefit plans and defined benefit public policies provide you with absolute 100 percent security and eliminate all risk. Unfortunately, it’s becoming clear they don’t.

The people who put defined benefit plans and policies in place assumed there always would be someone able to pay for them.

There always would be enough new workers to pay for retirees’ Social Security and Medicare. Benefits were raised on the assumption that the baby boom generation would produce a baby boom of its own. Oops. Birth rates near replacement levels, which we have now, are not enough. The ratio of workers to retirees is in inexorable decline.

The problem is that in order to move into a defined contribution plan, state laws like those in Wisconsin would have to be changed. Plus, you couldn’t move workers nearing retirement into the more sensible defined contribution plans because of fairness.

So it seems certain that the defined benefit plans will be with us for the foreseeable future – if they don’t bankrupt us first, as they very well might.

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