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He’s a Two-Time Loser!

The food stamp president is also the homeless president!

The number of homeless children in the United States has surged in recent years to an all-time high, amounting to one child in every 30, according to a comprehensive state-by-state report that blames the nation’s high poverty rate, the lack of affordable housing and the effects of pervasive domestic violence.

Titled “America’s Youngest Outcasts,” the report being issued Monday by the National Center on Family Homelessness calculates that nearly 2.5 million American children were homeless at some point in 2013. The number is based on the Education Department’s latest count of 1.3 million homeless children in public schools, supplemented by estimates of homeless preschool children not counted by the agency.

The problem is particularly severe in California, which has about one-eighth of the U.S. population but accounts for more than one-fifth of the homeless children, totaling nearly 527,000.

Follow my line of thinking: California has lots of illegal aliens; California has lots of homeless children; Obama wants to let in (has already let in) thousands more illegal (hence homeless) children.

I can never remember—is he Dumb or Dumber?

But there is good news!

After soaring in the years since the recession, use of food stamps, one of the federal government’s biggest social-welfare programs, is beginning to decline.

There were 46.2 million Americans on food stamps in May, the latest data available, down 1.6 million from a record 47.8 million in December 2012. Some 14.8% of the U.S. population is on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, down from 15.3% last August, U.S. Department of Agriculture data show.

Okay, it’s not that good:

Food-stamp use remains high, historically speaking. The share of Americans on the benefit—which lets them buy basics like cereal and meat and treats like cookies, but not tobacco, alcohol or pet food—is above the 8% to 11% that prevailed before the financial crisis.

Back to the homeless kids:

Child homelessness increased by 8 percent nationally from 2012 to 2013, according to the report, which warned of potentially devastating effects on children’s educational, emotional and social development, as well as on their parents’ health, employment prospects and parenting abilities.

That was during years three and four of the “recovery”. And after nearly a trillion dollars in “stimulus”. Almost six years of Obamanomics, fifty years of the so-called Great Society—anybody want to try something different? Maybe Reaganomics? Again? Or do you want to double-down on Elizabeth Warren?

The only downside of the burgeoning reporting (better late than never) of Obama’s corruption is that it overshadows the reporting (or lack thereof) of his incompetence.


Would You Like Fries With That?

Since Mark Steyn parted ways with National Review, I am less drawn to that site.

But Kevin Williamson is one big draw:

A couple of weeks ago, I ordered a ribeye, extra rare, and the chef or the waiter or somebody messed it up. I sent it back to the kitchen. A lesbian couple near Uniontown, Ohio, ordered a baby, extra white, and their order got messed up — the sperm bank mistakenly gave them the product of a black man, with the result that their daughter, Payton, is half black. And that’s the problem with treating children as consumer products: You cannot send them back to the kitchen.

Good thing fertility doctors don’t work for tips.

Naturally, there is a lawsuit — for breach of warranty, among other things. The couple say that they are suffering stress from raising their mixed-race daughter in an overwhelmingly white community. I can picture the scene: A mob of angry Ohioans, torches and pitchforks at the ready, menacingly reads a declaration: “We, the town fathers of Obscurity, Ohio, were perfectly ready to be accepting, supportive, and welcoming of this lesbian couple’s test-tube baby. But when that lesbian couple’s test-tube baby turns out to be half black — well, that’s a bridge too far for the decent people of Ohio.” I suppose they might then burn half a cross — Ohio’s pretty weird.

While one must pity the poor little girl who is being treated like a defective Honda Civic, it’s a delicious clash of progressive pieties. The mother — and somehow I suspect that I’ll be informed five minutes from now that it is wicked to call the half of the couple who carried the child and gave birth the “mother” — Jennifer Cramblett, among other things complains that it is difficult to find a place to get her daughter a decent haircut. It should be a hoot watching her make that case in court. I’m a white, conservative guy from Texas, and even I know better than to go skipping merrily into the cultural minefield that is black women’s hair, a subject that calls to mind my favorite cowboy proverb: “Never miss a good chance to shut up.”

Cowboy or blogger, them’s words to live by.

Of course the couple have a legal case: the product they were delivered was not what they ordered. And indeed they can’t send it back. Everything after that is abhorrent.

Contrast these women with the lummoxes who host the sports talk show I listen to every morning. Imagine being in the delivery room with your wife, they proposed, maybe hoping for a son, and a girl is born. There is not one second—not one instant—of disappointment. That’s your daughter! She’s your baby girl. Maybe you return the catcher’s glove, maybe you keep it, but the last thing you concern yourself with is who will be her barber.

I know several gay couples with children. If anything, they are better parents than many straight couples I know, though the sample size is small. I put that down to self-selection: it takes a little more thought and effort to have a baby if you’re gay. If you’re straight, it may take little more than a bottle of zinfandel.

But narcissism cares not about race, gender, or sexual preference. Regardless of where it came from, these women have another life in their hands. The “mother” carried it to term in her womb. Give them their money back, absolutely; come to a settlement over the “mistake”. But I hold these women to a higher standard. They are accepted in their community, even if they are different in at least one respect. And they can’t reciprocate? To an innocent baby?

Last word to Williamson:

A strange thing: Nothing in the modern world has contributed to the devaluation of women as pitilessly as has the reduction of motherhood to the status of a take-out order of ovum foo young, and yet nothing is held so sacred by feminists. I cannot imagine that when the early feminists wrote about the “commodification of women” that they ever imagined it would get so literal, with product warranties and all.


Hamas Executes Tunnel Builders

In order to protect the secrecy of the locations

The tunnelers, many of whom constructed the tunnels over the course of months, would dig for 8-12 hours a day, and received a monthly wage of $150-$300, according to the blog.

Sources in Gaza told the website that Hamas took a series of precautions to prevent information from reaching Israel. The terror organization would reportedly blindfold the excavators en route to the sites and back, to prevent them from recognizing the locations. The tunnels were strictly supervised by Hamas members, and civilians were kept far from the sites.

M., a former tunnel digger and Israeli collaborator, told the website that Hamas would strip search the workers to ensure they had no recording devices or cameras hidden on them.

“The people we met had their faces covered; no one knew them by their real names, it was all codes and first names. They didn’t want to take the risk that some of the diggers were collaborating with Israel,” he said.

A tunnel, within a civilian home, found by Golani soldiers in the northern Gaza Strip (photo credit: IDF Spokesperson’s Unit/ Flash 90)
A tunnel entrance, within a civilian home, found by Golani soldiers in the northern Gaza Strip (photo credit: IDF Spokesperson’s Unit/ Flash 90)

After the tunnels were completed, dozens were reportedly executed to prevent intelligence leaks to Israel.

“Anyone they suspected might transfer information to Israel on the tunnels was killed by the military wing,” a different source said. “They were very cruel.”

In 2012, a Journal of Palestine Studies article claimed 160 Palestinian children were killed while working on Hamas’s tunnel system.

The digging of tunnels began four years ago and has demanded 40 percent of Hamas’s budget, The Times of Israel has learned.

Tunnel diggers have been using electric or pneumatic jackhammers, advancing 4-5 meters a day. The tunnels found were reportedly mostly dug 18-25 meters (60-82 feet) underground, though one was discovered at a depth of 35 meters (115 feet). “That’s like a 10-story building underground,” one expert said.

So, let’s see: They executed both adults and children who were hired (forced?) to build the terror tunnels. They used 40% of the aid provided by the west to carry this out. And the Left thinks that Israel is somehow the bad guy?

– Aggie

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Our Intelligent Immigration Policy, AKA The Democrat War On Children™

I almost titled this: Way to go, Barry-O! Small dead children wash up on banks of Rio Grande

Winter reports that several dead children have been discovered “washed up along the riverbank” of the Rio Grande, but fails to note that there have been no reports by the Obama administration on this.

This indicates a pattern of covering up dead illegal alien kids by the Obama administration. It was two weeks before news was reported on the sole child death acknowledged by the Obama administration, Gilberto Ramos, a 15 year-old boy from Guatemala whose body was found in the Texas brush dead from the heat.

From Jana Winter’s report:

“ accompanied Texas lawmaker Louie Gohmert, a former judge and current Republican Congressman, to the site in the pre-dawn hours of Saturday. Gohmert, whose district lies some 550 miles northeast of what has become the most heavily-trafficked people-smuggling route in the world, has been to the location many times, but has never seen it so understaffed and overwhelmed.

““I’m more concerned than ever [that the border is] so seriously undermanned and I’ll be raising hell in Washington,” Gohmert, who invited to see the situation first-hand, would later tell Border Patrol officials.

“The Border Patrol agents loaded and unloaded their vehicles packed with the newly-arrived illegal immigrants — including women pregnant or nursing infants, and small, unaccompanied children — throughout the evening and early morning hours. At first, they were mostly teenagers, ages 14 to 17, arriving with their mother or brothers or no one at all. Then came the pregnant women. A mother nursing her infant. A small girl with wide eyes clutching a doll.

“A total of 72 came in during the first dark hours of Saturday morning. A third were unaccompanied children.

“The life jackets helped many make it across the Rio Grande from Reynosa, the Mexican city across the water from Mission, just west of McAllen. Sources say they come over on rafts ferried by the so-called “coyotes,” the human smugglers whose means of transport are rendered useless whenever discovered by the Border Patrol. Many don’t make it across the river; multiple sources became emotional when recounting their discoveries of small, lifeless bodies washed up along the riverbank.”

The Democrat War On Children™ It is obvious that these kids are coming here because Obama took the extra-legal step of declaring “Dreamers” to be future citizens. Therefore, desperate parents sent their babies off with coyotes. And the result is this. Elections have consequences guys. Wake up.

– Aggie


Murder is Their Business, and Business Sure is Swell

At least one industry in Detroit is alive: the death industry.

Nearly one-third of all pregnancies in the city of Detroit end in abortion, a statistic public health officials blame on rising poverty and dwindling access to affordable contraception.

Can we stop here for a second? Affordable contraception? How much does a condom cost? Nothing, if you get it from Planned Parenthood. (They tell us they offer more services than just abortion—here’s their chance to prove it.)

Anyway, back to the jolly news:

While the abortion rate has been climbing in Detroit, it’s been declining in Michigan and across the U.S. “We’re seeing a picture that looks more like some Third-World country than someplace in the United States,” said Dr. Susan Schooley, chairwoman of the Department of Family Medicine at Henry Ford Hospital.

Funding for family planning and contraceptives has decreased significantly in Michigan in recent years, from more than $5 million in 2006 to $692,300 in 2013, according to the state Department of Community Health. The number of clients receiving free family-planning assistance decreased by about 80,000 between 2006 and 2013.

“Both routine primary care and family planning-specific primary care are not available in Detroit,” Schooley said. “To the extent that a significant proportion of those (pregnancies) are unplanned, it leads to all these decision-making options of which abortion is one lousy choice.”

On that we agree. I do have to wonder, however, how these clients are so engaged with medicine to get their abortions, yet so disengaged when it comes to “family planning”. I guess a city so wasted as Detroit really has been “re-primitivized”—darkened streets, vast tracts of abandoned buildings, a population plummet of almost two-thirds. (Say, you don’t suppose that could be related, do you?) Concepts such as consequence and responsibility seem irrelevant to life on Detroit’s streets.

I just wish the victims of this genocide weren’t disparately born by unborn black children. (Detroit is over 80% black.)

It’s another public health challenge for Detroit, which is the most dangerous city in America to be a child, according to a Detroit News study. Published in January, the study found that the death rate for children 18 and younger is higher in Detroit than in any U.S. city its size or larger. The highest number of deaths occur in the first year, most related to premature birth. Homicide is the second greatest cause of child deaths in the city.

Just peachy. Those children who survive until birth will be lucky to live to adulthood. It really is “third world”.

But have you noticed something missing from this story?

Loretta Davis, president and CEO of Detroit’s Institute for Population Health, which administers health services for the city of Detroit including family planning programs, said the increasing abortion rate represents a “public health failure.”

“Somehow, we need to be able to get to these women and girls and reach them in such a way that they are able to make a healthy decision around their sexuality and choose a method of birth control that will work for them,” Davis said.

Have I forgotten my biology, or do women and girls need men and boys to have an abortion (who has babies anymore)? Why are they excluded from this discussion? The article mentions all sorts of medical interventions on women (pills, implants, multiple abortions), yet ignores the cheapest (and safest, I’ll wager) contraception of all (save abstinence), the condom. I won’t dictate personal preference, but if the slogan “keep your laws off our bodies” is to have any meaning, someone has to take responsibility for your bodies. I’d rather it not fall so disproportionately on the black unborn.

PS: Call me what you will, but if you polled the black unborn, I think they’d agree with me.

PPS: I have written essentially the same piece several times before, about the abortion rate among black women in New York City. So, it’s not unique to Detroit. The “third world” extends to a stone’s throw from Park Avenue and the West Village, too.


“What Did You Do?”

“People work too hard for their stuff and somebody is going to shoot you.”


Legal problems are probably the least of one attempted robbery suspect’s worries right now. His mother and grandmother showed him some tough love after seeing him in the back of a police car, and it was all caught on camera.

His mother tells Eyewitness News she turned the 16-year-old in, and we were there when his grandmother paid a personal visit to that police car.

“What did you do? You did do something. You wouldn’t be in this police car. What did you do?” the grandmother is seen screaming her grandson.

She was demanding an explanation from her teenage grandson after Houston police say a man reported two suspects tried to rob him at gunpoint near a northeast Houston gas station.

“I noticed one of the guys so I brought the one guy back — the one that I noticed — and turned him in,” said the suspect’s mother, Deandra.

Deandra says that “guy” was her son, who she thought was out on a job interview with a buddy.

“People work too hard for their stuff and somebody is going to shoot you,” Deandra said. “I don’t want to see that, I don’t want to see that. I want for the best, and if this is what it takes for him to get help, let him get some help.”

As for his grandmother, she too wants him to stay out of trouble and suggests he stay in school.

“Take your butt to school and this wouldn’t happen, would it,” his grandma said.

Those families that cannot afford to give their children Lexuses (Lexi?) or ski trips to Zermat can still bequeath a greater gift: care. I know nothing of this family or how this young man came to his unwise decision, but he will not labor under any delusion that he was wronged by The Man.

“What did you do? You did do something. You wouldn’t be in this police car. What did you do?”


“Steve Utash is Home”

And Wonzey Saffold is still in jail.

There is some justice in the world after all:

Six weeks after their father was beaten in a highly publicized mob attack in Detroit, a Macomb County family got to post an uplifting message on Facebook: “Steven Utash is home.”

The message appeared on the “Support Steven Utash” Facebook page about 8 p.m. Saturday, six weeks after the 54-year-old tree trimmer was severely beaten after accidentally striking a 10-year-old boy with his pickup on the east side of Detroit. A mob ambushed Utash after he got out of his truck to check on the boy, who had darted into traffic.

According to his family, Utash suffered head injuries and was discharged from the DMC Rehabilitation Institute of Michigan on Thursday.

“He is home and doing very well. It is wonderful to have him back,” Utash’s family told the Free Press in a Facebook message.

Four men have been charged in the attack and will face trials in August on charges of assault with attempt to murder in the beating. A 16-year-old also was charged with assault and ethnic intimidation. His case goes to trial in June in juvenile court.

Wonzey and his mates are delighted by the news:

I will guarantee you that the next child struck by a car in Detroit will be the victim of a hit-and-run driver. The next dozen children. Hundred. Sorry kids, but it ain’t worth the aggro. Your busted legs won’t heal any quicker with our busted heads. Thank your Uncle Wonzey.

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So the [Bleep] What?

Obama invents eight million enrollees under ObamaCare!

Ukraine about to have SSR re-attached to its name!

Hundreds of Koreans join hundreds of Chinese (and a dozen sherpas) in tragic deaths!


In the circus of speculation that surrounds Hillary Rodham Clinton and her presidential prospects, Chelsea Clinton dropped a bombshell Thursday with her announcement that she and husband Marc Mezvinsky are expecting a child.

The former secretary of State has made no secret of her desire to be a grandmother, and sources close to her have said she would have serious reservations about diving into the grueling schedule of a presidential campaign if those demands coincide with her daughter’s pregnancy.

Baby Mezvinsky ranks way down in importance in this story, after its parents and way, way after its grandparents. Baby Mezvinsky had better get used to it.

Just consider the grandfathers alone. Leave aside the jokes about the nannies and the au pairs, the jokes about the Nigerian scammers will never end!

[Edward] Mezvinsky was involved in a series of business transactions that ultimately led to his downfall.

Beginning in the early 1990s Mezvinsky fell prey to a wide variety of 419 scams. According to a federal prosecutor, Mezvinsky was conned by “just about every different kind of African-based scam we’ve ever seen.” In order to raise the funds needed to front the money for the fraudulent investment schemes he was being offered, Mezvinsky became, himself, a conman, tapping his network of contacts and dropping the name of the Clinton family to convince unwitting marks to give him money.

In March 2001, Mezvinsky was indicted and later pleaded guilty to 31 of 69 felony charges of bank fraud, mail fraud, and wire fraud. Nearly $10 million was involved in the crimes.

What could I possibly have against Chelsea Clinton? As long as she doesn’t try to trade on the family name to attain a position for which she is uniquely unqualified, she can knock herself out.

But why didn’t we go ape when Amy Carter had a baby 15 years ago? Jenna Hager (née Bush) just had a baby last week and nobody said a word.

The Democrat-Media Complex will use anything for political advantage, up to and including a uterus and an embryo. Not that that comes as any surprise.

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We Get Results

Aggie told you about the federal government confiscating tax returns of people whose parents—their parents!—may have owed money.

Not no more:

The Social Security Administration announced Monday it is suspending a controversial program that goes after adult children of deceased taxpayers who the government claims were recipients of overpayments more than a decade ago.

Acting Social Security Commissioner Carolyn W. Colvin said she has directed an immediate halt to the three-year-old program while the agency does a review. The controversial program seized tax refunds in an effort to recoup the funds.

The move to halt the program came after many of the recipients and members of Congress complained to the federal agency.

It may sound bad, but consider some of the deadbeats they’ve gone after:

There are several scenarios in which people may have received overpayments as children. For example, when a parent of a minor child dies, the child may be eligible for survivor’s benefits, which are typically sent to the surviving parent or guardian.

If there was an overpayment made on behalf of the child, that child could be held liable years later, as an adult.

Also, if a child is disabled, he or she may receive overpayments.

Orphans and crippled kids: those bastards are always trying to get away with stuff. But, typically, our government crumples at the first sign of resistance:

“We want to assure the public that we do not seek restitution through tax refund offset in cases when the debt in question was established prior to the debtor turning 18 years of age,” Social Security spokesman Mark Hinkle said in an email. “Also, we do not use tax refund offset to collect the debt of a person’s relative — we only use it to collect the overpaid benefits the person received for himself or herself.”

Hinkle said the debt collection could be waived if the person is without fault and repayment would “deprive the person of income needed for ordinary living expenses or would be unfair for another reason.”

I thought paying taxes was patriotic? What a climb-down. When did we become France?


Obama’s War On Women

Or More Good News From The ObamaEconomy

The number of women who were unemployed in the United States climbed 180,000 in March, according to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).

In March, there were 4,850,000 unemployed women, 180,000 more than the 4,670,000 American women were unemployed in February, according to BLS.

At the same time, the unemployment rate for women rose from 6.4 percent in February to 6.6 percent in March.

To be counted as unemployed, a person must have actively sought a job in the last four weeks and be part of what BLS calls the civilian noninstitutional population (meaning a person is 16 or older and not on active duty in the military or in an institution such as a prison, mental hospital or nursing home).

The number of American women who had jobs dropped 133,000 from February to March, declining from 68,458,000 to 68,325,000.

From February to March, the number of women in the civilian noninstitutional population increased by 84,000, climbing from 127,779,000 to 127,863,000. Of those 127,863,000 women in the civilian noninstitutional population, 73,175,000 participated in the civilian labor force, meaning they either had a job or actively sought one in the past four weeks. That put the labor force participation rate for women at 57.2 percent in March–the same as it was in February.

ETC. More at the link. But we can truthfully say that Obama has a War on Women (I wonder if we are stacked in binders somewhere?) and that anyone who goes to war against women is attacking The Children. Because a lot of those women are single providers, of course. And a distressed, desperate mom is not the Best She Can Be… Why, oh why, are we doing this to the children? Ask your Progressive friends. Maybe they understand the answer, I sure don’t.

– Aggie

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Home for Purim

Reader Jeanette sent us news of this sweet story:


Thank you to all of you who donated your Halloween costumes. They have arrived in Hadera, Israel just in time for Purim. As you can see from the pictures below – the costumes have made a lot of kids very happy!

The community held a “costume bazaar” where kids could come by and pick out the costumes (that you donated)! It was a great event- and we hope you enjoy seeing the smiles on their faces as much as we do!



Nearly a quarter of Hadera’s residents are immigrants from Ethiopia.


We Didn’t Do It, But We Will Next Time

Has it been three years already? It seems like only yesterday:

In two weeks, the town of Itamar will mark three years since the brutal murder of the Fogel family, a slaying that shocked the nation. In 2011, two teenage Palestinian Arab terrorists entered the town and murdered Ehud and Ruth Fogel and three of their six children.

In the years since the attack, 38 children have been named after Ehud, Ruth, and the murdered children Yoav, Elad and Hadas.

Last week, Ehud Fogel’s bereaved parents, Chaim and Tzila, hosted an emotional gathering in Itamar during which they met 20 of the children named for their slain son, daughter-in-law and grandchildren. They and the children’s parents helped the young children to plant trees in the yard of the Fogel family home.

They planted pomegranates and myrtles (in Hebrew, “Hadas”) in memory of baby Hadas Fogel, the youngest victim of the attack.

It is human nature to try to make sweetness out of the bitterness of existence.

Such bitterness as:

The murder of the Fogels was particularly shocking due to its brutality, the young ages of the victims, and the teenage attackers’ complete lack of remorse.

The young terrorists attacked their victims as they slept, and went back to murder three-month-old baby Hadas. Two children survived after the killers failed to notice them, while a third was out of the home at the time of the slayings.

The terrorists’ families helped cover up the crime, disposing of the murder weapons and bloodstained clothes while the murderers returned to school as if nothing had happened. Relatives of the two killers later joined others from their village in threatening Jews from Itamar by saying, “We will turn you into Fogels.”

We often meet people who ask why Israelis and so-called Palestinians (Arab occupiers of Judea, Samaria, and Gaza) can’t get along. Isn’t there a basic humanity that unites them, unites us all?

I don’t know. You tell me.


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