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The McRib Society

Posted on September 21, 2012 by in Articles

The enigma called the McRib is returning to McDonald’s at Christmastime. Americans are as divided on the McRib as our electorate. You may think the McRib is the greatest barbecue you have ever tasted in your life.

I do not.

 

For the sake of this article take a moment and think about the greatest barbecue you ever had. It could be ribs, pulled pork, brisket, whatever. Regionally barbecue is different. It’s even spelled different ways (barbecue, barbeque, bbq, etc). Here in Texas we also have barbacoa.

Now that you thought about the greatest barbeque you’ve ever had, it’s probably not the McRib.

Here’s my point.

Today America is more McRib than the greatest barbecue you’ve ever had.

The McRib Society is upon us.

What is the McRib Society?

The McRib Society (definition) A metaphor of something once regarded as high quality that has been replaced with something of lower quality, and now generally accepted by society.

The McRib Society isn’t an indictment on processed fast food or McDonald’s. This concept has everything to do with understanding history, quality of life, vanishing value, and individual expectations.

The McRib Society is everywhere.

In the fifties when someone would drive up to a Texaco gas station in their $3,300 Buick Roadmaster and they were immediately surrounded by several helpful car attendants wearing bow ties. They checked everything on your ride. Now, over the course of time, we have pay-at-the-pump with little or no service. Several factors made that tradition disappear: competition, high cost of employees, low margins, maximizing profits, etc. So what happened? Over the years society started accepted this by gradual change. It wasn’t like Monday there were five employees then by Friday there were two. No, it happened gradually or you would have noticed and gone across the street to Esso.

Government does not work this way. There is no consumer to satisfy. But I’ll get to that.

The McRib Society extends beyond products and services.

When America was founded it was the greatest experiment of liberty ever tried in the world. Our Constitution was slow roasted. In plain English, it was some fine barbecue.

Damn, liberty is tasty.

  • Liberty is natural and contains no artificial preservatives.
  • Liberty is the absence of coercion from government.
  • Liberty should always include economic liberty, respect for private property rights, and equal protection and enforcement under the law.

There are many laws and systems we take for granted now that haven’t always existed.

It wasn’t until 1913 that America had an income tax. Before this our federal government primarily generated revenue through tariffs on things like barbecue sauce. Everybody paid, because everybody bought stuff. The highest tax rate then was below 10%. The highest tax rate now is 35%, certainly not the highest in history (thankfully), but far above the original rate and covers the majority of people now. There was no withholding tax money in your paycheck until World War II. Now it’s the gross versus net amount in your paycheck. That’s a major difference in the way people pay for their government.

Government debt in America has skyrocketed up to $16 Trillion now. In 1912 according to President William H. Taft, it was $1.3 Billion. (Side note: William H. Taft was our heaviest President and probably could have eaten his share of McRibs. He weighed 332lbs!)

Free enterprise and markets were the means of pricing in America. No printing money to devalue currency or Quantitative Easing like the Federal Reserve does now. Price controls had more to do with the money you had in your pocket. The deals extending favorable economic policies towards preferred social classes weren’t as evolved. President Calvin Coolidge did call for a Constitutional amendment to limit child labor and guarantee women a minimum wage in 1923.

Giant bureaucracies like the EPA and Department of Education which burden Americans with more regulations haven’t always existed either. I wonder if public schools serve barbecue?

So America, which was once the tastiest barbecue you’ve ever had, is now morphing into The McRib Society.

And only those who pay attention to history see it.

Sad.

The McRib Society probably wouldn’t exist without Americans being ignorant of history. We wouldn’t tolerate the low expectations of today’s products, services, leaders, laws, and policies.

I won’t settle for the McRib.

There’s better barbecue out there.

Note: My favorite is Martin’s Bar-b-que in Nolensville, Tennessee.

Socialist Origins of Labor Day

Posted on September 3, 2012 by in Articles

Much like Memorial Day, the origins of Labor Day have been lost to most Americans and it is simply another 3-day weekend. This is unfortunate, because there is a great deal to be learned from both in very different ways. While Memorial Day has its origins in the Civil War to honor fallen veterans, Labor Day traces its roots to the progressive-era socialist movement.

Don’t take my word for it. The following video is from last year’s Labor Day broadcast by RTAmerica, a Russian state-sponsored propaganda network. (RT literally stands for Russia Today) The segment features guest Jihan Hafiz, a correspondent for Soros-funded Democracy Now! giving a performance as a faux journalist. It also interviews Sarah Sloan of the Party for Socialism and Liberation, a US-based group that promotes the “validity of Marxism and Leninism.”

Obviously they still cling to their “socialism is responsible for the 8 hour work day” nonsense, but you get the point. The holiday didn’t originate to celebrate honest labor, it was created to celebrate socialist labor unions. Note also that uber-leftist Barack Obama isn’t collapsing the country and socializing it fast enough for these folks.

Enjoy your cookout, but be informed and stay vigilant. The collectivists are congregating today as well, and they hunger for power. If you let history fade into obscurity, their movement will continue to gain a foothold.

Those who have been once intoxicated with power and have derived any kind of emolument from it can never willingly abandon it. – Edmund Burke

Labor Day – Of Pullman, Debs, and Cleveland

Posted on September 3, 2012 by in Articles

Ah, Labor Day. The unofficial end of summer. A three day weekend with cookouts, pool parties, retail sales, and political campaigns kicking into high gear. To most Americans, that’s all there is to it. But why do we have a federal holiday with the designation ‘Labor Day’?  Essentially, we have three people to thank (blame?) for this extended weekend.

Way back in the late 1800’s, labor unions were fairly important, influential groups in American society and politics.  Virtually any skilled trade had a national organization with local chapters, from carpenters to ironworkers to engineers.  Even some unskilled workers had organized unions, such as the American Railway Union, or ARU.  The ARU included most any sort of railway worker, but the majority of members were unskilled workers.

Just outside of Chicago was the planned community of Pullman.  The town was essentially owned by George M. Pullman, who also was the owner/president of Pullman Palace Car Company, maker of railroad cars.  Pullman built the town for his factory workers, and charged them rent. However, following the Panic of 1893, Pullman cut the wages of his employees by as much as 25%.  The workers’ rents stayed the same, however.  The ARU had recently struck, successfully, against the Great Northern Railway for similar wage cuts, and decided to strike against Pullman.  At first, the workers did not have the full support of the ARU, so on May 11, 1984, they launched a wildcat strike, ceasing to pull or service any trains with a Pullman car on it.  The wildcat worked, as the rest of the ARU quickly joined in, led by union president Eugene V. Debs.

Now, I could dedicate an entire post just to Mr. Debs, but that will have to wait.  Briefly though, Debs was born to French immigrants who were no stranger to wealth, owning both a meat market and a textile mill.  He dropped out of high school at 14, and began his railroad career as a painter, car cleaner, and later a locomotive fireman.  He attended business school and became heavily involved with unions by the age of 20.  He held various positions of rank within the Brotherhood of Locomotive Fireman before eventually running, successfully, for 2 terms as city clerk in his home town, and later one term on the Indiana General Assembly as a Democrat.

Debs originally opposed the Pullman Strike, but quickly relented as it spread beyond Chicago, and eventually, all the way to California.  The strike, referred to in that time as “Deb’s Rebellion”, crippled the national railroad infrastructure, including U.S. Mail deliveries.  It was at this point that President Grover Cleveland stepped in, ordering an injunction against Debs and the ARU, calling for the strike to end.  Once it was clear that he had been ignored, Cleveland ordered military intervention to break the strike and set the mail cars back to work.  In the process of breaking the striking, an estimated $80 million in damages and vandalism occurred, and at least 30 people were killed. Debs and the rest of the Board for the ARU were arrested for ignoring a federal injunction and interfering with U.S. Mail deliveries. While in prison, Debs immersed himself in the works of Karl Marx, and later ran for President as a Socialist 6 consecutive times, starting in 1900.

Even after the strike was over, and the town of Pullman was incorporated into Chicago, public opinion generally was still a resentment of the ARU for the strike, and of Debs for leading the charge. The (then unbiased) New York Times declared him “a lawbreaker at large, an enemy of the human race.”  Nevertheless, Cleveland and the great majority of Congress feared for their political careers and passed legislation declaring the first Monday of September a federal holiday: Labor Day.  The bill was signed into law a whopping 6 days after the strike was broken. Talk about a union stranglehold.

Various labor organization had proposed a similar holiday as early as 10 years prior to the Pullman Strike, and some states had even begun observing such a holiday on a state level. But, thanks to the grossly immoral business practices of George Pullman, the aggressive tactics of democrat-turned-socialist (not much of a turn, I know) Eugene Debs, and the fear of losing union support by Grover Cleveland, we now have a National Labor Day. To celebrate and honor American workers! And the Unions that control them! But the first Monday of September? That’s a bit arbitrary.  Well, that was because the politicians had to find a balance between placating the unions, who wanted to use May Day (a communist workers’ holiday), and the American population, who were put off by communism and all of it’s wares.

So in summary, as you enjoy cold beers, swimming pools, and cookouts today, remember this:  were it not for the crippling stranglehold that unions have over politicians, you’d be at work today.  That is, of course, if your not one of the 23 + million unemployed.  Enjoy!!

The Aurora Shooting: Tragedy Compounded by Falsehoods

Posted on July 25, 2012 by in Articles

When I first heard about the shooting in Aurora, Colorado last week, my first thought was to pray for the victims and their families. I could only imagine the pain both physical and emotional for those directly affected. 12 people killed and 58 others wounded. My God. My heartbreak for the people savaged in that theater then turned to anger at the individual who had committed the terrible crime. What kind of disgusting coward does this to innocent men, women and children who went to a movie to see larger than life heroism?

Unfortunately there are a good number of individuals out there who misplace their focus during these trying times. For some it is blind ideological ignorance. They are unwilling to look at facts because it doesn’t support their worldview. For others it is even worse than that. They know what the facts are, but they willfully omit them and/or replace them with their own narrative. This is the crowd that never wants to let a crisis go to waste.

This combination of ignorance and purposeful social engineering immediately fostered numerous falsehoods and factual errors about the shooting. We, as a country, were also robbed of our time to mourn by opportunists pushing their political agendas.

Here are just a few examples of the lies and subterfuge:

 

 

 

Of note, this was the FIRST comment that Morgan had about the tragedy in Aurora. More significantly, he never once offered prayers or condolences for the victims and their families in his timeline. What a parasite. A pompous, preening foreigner taking advantage of our American liberties while seeking to eliminate them. Disgusting.

Then there was this jewel from Larry King:

 

 

 

Sorry Larry. Despicable shooter James Holmes used a Smith and Wesson manufactured AR-15, not a “machine gun.” The Federal government clearly defines machine guns as  being capable of firing fully automatic with a single pull of the trigger. The rifle in question is a simple semi-automatic variety and functions no differently from many hunting rifles, which the AR-15 is for thousands of sportsmen. Pull the trigger once, it shoots once.

The Associated Press, unsurprisingly, continued the amped up rhetoric by referring to the weapon as a semi-automatic “assault rifle.” Much like a machine gun, a true assault rifle must be capable of firing fully automatically. The term comes from the German WWII era Sturmgewehr 44, which literally means Storm(or Assault) Rifle Model of 1944. It was a moniker given to it by Hitler himself and a term leftists continue to demonize firearms with. Unfortunately this is a designation that conservatives allowed to be applied to perfectly legal firearms in various pieces of legislation, such as Bill Clinton’s infamous “Crime Bill,”  so while erroneous,  it is unlikely to go away.

Then we have someone who fancies themselves an expert in body armor:

 

 

 

Actually this is just a regurgitation of a New York Times article. (shocker) The body armor angle is supposed to indicate to supporters of lawful concealed carry that their weapons would have been useless.

First of all, this is pure hogwash. Body armor ranges from soft and lightweight Level II-A up to the extremely bulky Level IV ceramic and ballistic steel plate armor. Armor in many cases is NOT rated for taking multiple strikes and even if the bullet is stopped, the wearer still suffers painful blunt trauma from bullets slamming into their body at over 1000 feet per second. This blunt trauma can include broken bones, internal bleeding and even death. Regardless of the type of armor worn, there are always areas left unprotected such as the head, arms, sides, and legs. A final Achilles Heel for body armor is it’s inability to stop pointed weapons such as knives. No body armor is truly bulletproof.

The above is all moot however, because it doesn’t appear that Holmes was even wearing body armor! It’s now being reported that he purchased “a folding knife and gun magazine pouches including an M-16 magazine pouch and an urban assault vest” online for a grand total of $300. The only “urban assault vest” listed on on the company’s website is this model which has no provisions for body armor at all. If this is truly what Holmes was wearing, it was essentially the vest equivalent of cargo pants.

The company that sold the items is now the victim of threats and further lies:

In the wake of the tragedy, we have done our best to cooperate with the media and law enforcement agencies by passing on any relevant information. We have since been inundated with countless phone calls, emails and interview requests. Much of this communication has been quite hostile and threatening in nature. We have been falsely accused of selling Mr. Holmes firearms and ammunition over the Internet illegally without conducting the mandated background checks. Some members of our customer relations team have been brought to tears by people insisting that we have “blood on our hands.”

All of the deceptions above are bad enough, but adding to the problem are “conservatives” who are unwilling or uninformed and do nothing to combat them. They fall into traps such as “that rifle has no sporting purpose” and proceed to argue in favor of the hunting or target use of the firearm. Others simply want nothing to do with the topics of God, guns or gays as if these shouldn’t be significant positions held by conservatives. Shame on their cowardice.

Get out and proclaim the truth:

  • The police do a fine job, but when seconds count, they will be there in a matter of minutes.
  • It is personal liberty and individual responsibility, including concealed carry, that would lessen tragedies such as Aurora.
  • Increased government regulations are the reason we see more shootings like this, not the solution to avoiding them.
  • The Second Amendment is about keeping government in check and preserving freedom, not hunting and target shooting.
  • Evil people will always exist and use whatever means they can to harm the innocent.

May God comfort those who are suffering in Aurora, Colorado.

Will Dana Loesch Interview Peter Kinder about His Cerner Solicitation?

Posted on July 17, 2012 by in Articles

Cross posted from 24thState.com:

Last week Dana Loesch attacked Peter Kinder’s primary opponent, Brad Lager, over $51,850 that Lager received from Cerner in his 2008 bid for Missouri Treasurer. Loesch implies throughout that Lager’s campaign coffers are tainted with the 2009 stimulus funding that Cerner received. Here’s a screen grab–note the dates in the red boxes:

Let me slow this point down for Loesch’s legions of lackeys who will undoubtedly leave comments below defending her anachronistic idiocy: donations for a campaign which concluded in November of 2008 could not have been made with stimulus dollars issued in 2009; however, 2012 campaigns are another matter.

A little over a month ago, in a May 31st email (above) Lt. Governor Peter Kinder‘s campaign solicted donations from Cerner, a privately owned company specializing in healtcare IT systems. The attachment mentioned in the email is now available on Scribd.

Will Loesch now invite Kinder on her radio show to explain why he was soliciting “stimulus-tainted” donations from Cerner last month?

Interestingly, Mark Reardon covered this story on his radio show on KMOX. Reardon admited that the Kinder campaign tipped him off (hat tip: Ozarks Politics). One implication of that fact is that Dana Loesch is running Kinder’s press releases under her by line over at Breitbart.com.

At the risk of being accused of burying the lede I have to ask, is it really any wonder that Loesch is no longer the Editor-in-Chief of Big Journalism? Perhaps as a one-time media watchdog she should spend a few minutes writing a press release about that organizational change.

CTC Report: Study Of Al-Qaeda Letters Secured During Raid That Killed Bin Laden

Posted on May 3, 2012 by in Articles

Released today by the Combatting Terrorism Center at West Point:

This report is a study of 17 de-classified documents captured during the Abbottabad raid and released to the Combating Terrorism Center (CTC). They consist of electronic letters or draft letters, totaling 175 pages in the original Arabic and 197 pages in the English translation. The earliest is dated September 2006 and the latest April 2011.  These internal al-Qa`ida communications were authored by several  leaders, most prominently Usama bin Ladin.  In contrast to his public statements that focused on the injustice of those he believed to be the “enemies” of Muslims, namely corrupt “apostate” Muslim rulers and their Western “overseers,” the focus of Bin Ladin’s private letters is Muslims’ suffering at the hands of his jihadi “brothers”. He is at pain advising them to abort domestic attacks that cause Muslim civilian casualties and focus on the United States, “our desired goal.” Bin Ladin’s frustration with regional jihadi groups and his seeming inability to exercise control over their actions and public statements is the most compelling story to be told on the basis of the 17 de-classified documents. “Letters from Abbottabad” is an initial exploration and contextualization of 17 documents that will be the grist for future academic debate and discussion.

SKDKnickerbocker’s O-Bots : Jill Zuckman and Rachel Racusen

Posted on April 30, 2012 by in Articles

Clearly, Rachel Racusen, in pink, is the typical 99%'er.

Apparently, for some, the collusion between high powered PR firm SKDKnickerbocker and the Obama White House still hasn’t been illustrated clearly enough. Cause, y’know, Hilary Rosen’s 35 trips to the White House, or Fluke’s connection, prove nothing, apparently.

Well. Okay then.

Funnily enough, TWO of SKDKnickerbocker’s higher-ups have been members of Obama’s federal government. The first is journalist sell-out Jill Zuckman, who took a communications director role with the Department of Transportation (DOT) under Ray LaHood back in 2009. The second is Rachel Racusen, who was the mouthpiece of FEMA under Obama for the last couple of years.

Now color me silly if it makes sense that having two people high up in your executive structure who used to work for the current administration means something, but I might just be old-fashioned. Who knows?

Jill Zuckman

Zuckman is an interesting case, in that it appears she was actually a journalist who believed in trying to be objective for much of her career. From covering Capitol Hill to being ride-along reporter for John McCain’s campaign in 2008, and all points in-between, Zuckman seemed to have forged a reputation for herself of being that rarest of creatures in the media anymore: a non-biased reporter.

In this 2009 post from Politico, Zuckman talks about her decision to take a job with Obama’s DOT, and acknowledged how the move would make people perceive her:

That’s included some friends saying that they now know where she stands politically.  But Zuckman, a registered independent, said that when beginning a job search last month, she “did not set out to go in the administration.” With critics throwing around the “in-the-tank” label, Zuckman noted that when she covered McCain in 2008, “lots of people were convinced I was a Republican.” And it’s harder to make the claim about Zuckman when even the McCain press team talked up her fairness, while granting her Palin’s first newspaper interview.

Unfortunately for Zuckman, it doesn’t appear that her rationalization worked for most, with even crazy leftist blogger Wonkette questioning her motives.  And this blog post gives a rare insight into Zuckman’s time at the DOT, showing the former reporter to be full of snark when dealing with her former colleagues:

Now this gets interesting. Halsey actually included the email from Jill Zuckman, the Director of Public Affairs at the Department of Transportation, who wrote to Halsey: So, we put out actual news yesterday, and you decide to a) not show up, b) not call, and c) focus on the non-news. Very odd.

Curious way for a Director of Public Affairs to communicate, but again, maybe I’m just old-fashioned.

While she was able to play up the objective idea for awhile, it appears, by Zuckman’s own words herself, that she’s all-in for Obama now. With Zuckman active on Twitter, a few fun ones popped out in The Graph’s research.  See for yourself :

Tis funny, that the once self-described “independent” now seems all-in for Obama. Perhaps most telling is the tweet you see featured to the left about going on Mr. “Tingles Up My Leg for Obama” Chris Matthews’ show to talk about “birth control and the highway bill.” Because, curiously enough, Zuckman’s colleague, Emily Lenzner, has close ties to George Stephanopoulos, who most now believe was responsible for firing the first shot in the Left’s manufactured “War On Women” meme. Must be some kind of strange alignment of circumstances that made that happen!

Now, on to Zuckman’s colleague, the aforementioned Racusen.

Rachel Racusen 

 

Listed as a Vice-President on SKDKnickerbocker’s website, Racusen is a capitol hill insider. Working on the Hill since ’06, Racusen topped off her time by being the Director of Public Affairs for FEMA under Obama, and had to deal with Hurricane Irene, the Texas wildfires and a bevy of other incidents.

While most of search results come back from her time at FEMA, a few interesting bio’s of her pop up as well. In this bio, it makes note of the fact that she “developed and executed the press and communication strategies for key pieces of legislation…including the  Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act…(and) the historic health reform law signed by President Obama in early 2010. ”

Oh really?

This bio notes much of the same information as the one above, with one fun little addition:

“She has also done press work on several campaigns, including the Obama presidential campaign, as well as Senate and House races.”

Curiouser and curiouser. The Seal Team Six of Democrat/Lefty messaging has a vice-president that helped develop the messaging for ObamaCare and other silly pieces of legislation, PLUS did work for the Obama campaign before the President was elected?

Nothing to see here folks. These aren’t the Professional Leftists you were looking for who are completely in the tank for the current administration. *waves hand*

Alright. Time for a quick recap. So far, we know one of SKDKnickerbocker’s executive directors, Karen Olick, headed up a fun and shady 501c4 called Americans United for Change, and has been friends with MoveOn.org for quite some time now and other various Leftist causes. Emily Lenzner, as mentioned already, has close connections to George Stephanopoulos and other parts of the Clinton White House machinery still existant today. And now, we have Zuckman and Racusen, who have both worked under the Obama administration.

And we haven’t even gotten to the two managing directors of SKDKnickerbocker who once claimed how proud they were to put an Obama-connected disgraced governor into office!

As Sun-Tzu once said, “Know thy enemy.”

This is WAR!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Zimmerman Is Part Black And He Purchased His Gun Because Of A Pit Bull

Posted on April 25, 2012 by in Articles

The latest from Reuters. No rush there, guys. Take your time. Pricks.

By Chris Francescani

SANFORD, Florida | Wed Apr 25, 2012 5:20pm EDT

(Reuters) – A pit bull named Big Boi began menacing George and Shellie Zimmerman in the fall of 2009.

The first time the dog ran free and cornered Shellie in their gated community in Sanford, Florida, George called the owner to complain. The second time, Big Boi frightened his mother-in-law’s dog. Zimmerman called Seminole County Animal Services and bought pepper spray. The third time he saw the dog on the loose, he called again. An officer came to the house, county records show.

Don’t use pepper spray,” he told the Zimmermans, according to a friend. “It’ll take two or three seconds to take effect, but a quarter second for the dog to jump you,” he said.

“Get a gun.”

That November, the Zimmermans completed firearms training at a local lodge and received concealed-weapons gun permits. In early December, another source close to them told Reuters, the couple bought a pair of guns. George picked a Kel-Tec PF-9 9mm handgun, a popular, lightweight weapon.

By June 2011, Zimmerman’s attention had shifted from a loose pit bull to a wave of robberies that rattled the community, called the Retreat at Twin Lakes. The homeowners association asked him to launch a neighborhood watch, and Zimmerman would begin to carry the Kel-Tec on his regular, dog-walking patrol – a violation of neighborhood watch guidelines but not a crime.

Few of his closest neighbors knew he carried a gun – until two months ago.

Zimmerman is also of black descent:

The 28-year-old insurance-fraud investigator comes from a deeply Catholic background and was taught in his early years to do right by those less fortunate. He was raised in a racially integrated household and himself has black roots through an Afro-Peruvian great-grandfather – the father of the maternal grandmother who helped raise him.

Read the rest of the story here.

Updated: US Labor Department Is NOT Banning Children From Doing Farm Chores Or 4-H

Posted on April 25, 2012 by in Articles

Oops, Internet!

(Updated to add the US Labor Dept.’s “Five Facts about the Proposed Child Labor in Agriculture Rule” section)

The conservative social web has been freaking out this morning over a story from the Daily Caller who reported:

Rural kids, parents angry about Labor Dept. rule banning farm chores

A proposal from the Obama administration to prevent children from doing farm chores has drawn plenty of criticism from rural-district members of Congress. But now it’s attracting barbs from farm kids themselves.

The Department of Labor is poised to put the finishing touches on a rule that would apply child-labor laws to children working on family farms, prohibiting them from performing a list of jobs on their own families’ land.

Read more: http://dailycaller.com/2012/04/25/rural-kids-parents-angry-about-labor-dept-rule-banning-farm-chores/

Twitchy even highlighted some of the knee-jerk reactionaries (I’m laughing with some of you) who took to Twitter to create the #ObamaFarmChores hashtag to mock the supposed impending doom of farm chores for boys and girls across America. Not that the kids would mind. Amiright?!

This Internet urban (or rural, in this case) myth is much ado about nothing. In the very US Labor Department proposal that the Daily Caller cited, the language is clear about this. From the 2nd paragraph of the US Labor Department proposal (my emphasis in bold):

The department is proposing updates based on the enforcement experiences of its Wage and Hour Division, recommendations made by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, and a commitment to bring parity between the rules for young workers employed in agricultural jobs and the more stringent rules that apply to those employed in nonagricultural workplaces. The proposed regulations would not apply to children working on farms owned by their parents.

Also, getting everyone in a tizzy is the rumor that 4-H would be eliminated under this proposal. Not true. From the US Labor Department site:

Five Facts about the Proposed Child Labor in Agriculture Rule

Fact # 1: The proposed Child Labor in Agriculture rule will not prohibit all people under the age of 18 from working on a farm.

The proposed rule would not change any of the Fair Labor Standards Act’s minimum age standards for agricultural employment. Under the FLSA, the legal age to be employed on a farm without restrictions is 16. The FLSA also allows children between the ages of 12 and 15 years, under certain conditions, to be employed outside of school hours to perform nonhazardous jobs on farms. Children under the age of 12 may be employed with parental permission on very small farms to perform nonhazardous jobs outside of school hours.

Young people can be employed to perform many jobs on the farm – and this would be true even if the proposed rule were adopted as written. The proposed rule would, however, prohibit the employment of workers under the age of 18 in nonagricultural occupations in the farm-product raw materials wholesale trade industries. Prohibited establishments would include country grain elevators, grain elevators, grain bins, silos, feed lots, feed yards, stockyard, livestock exchanges, and livestock auctions not on a farm or used solely by a single farmer. What these locations have in common is that many workers, including children, have suffered occupational deaths or serious injuries working in these facilities over the last few years.

Fact # 2: The proposed rule would not eliminate the parental exemption for owners/operators of a family farm.

The parental exemption for the owner or operator of a farm is statutory and cannot be eliminated through the regulatory process. A child of any age may perform any job, even hazardous work, at any age at any time on a farm owned by his or her parent. A child of any age whose parent operates a farm may also perform any task, even hazardous jobs, on that farm but only outside of school hours. So for children working on farms that are registered as LLCs, but operated solely by their parents, the parental exemption would still apply.

Fact # 3: This proposed regulation will not eliminate 4-H and FFA programs.

The Department of Labor fully supports the important contributions both 4-H and the FFA make toward developing our children. The proposed rule would in no way prohibit a child from raising or caring for an animal in a non-employment situation — even if the animal were housed on a working farm — as long as he or she is not hired or “employed” to work with the animal. In such a situation, the child is not acting as an “employee” and is not governed by the child labor regulations. And there is nothing in the proposed rule that would prevent a child from being employed to work with animals other than in those specific situations identified in the proposal as particularly hazardous.

Fact # 4: Under the proposed rule, children will still be able to help neighbors in need of help.

In order for the child labor provisions of the FLSA to apply, there must first be an employer/employee relationship. The lone act of helping a neighbor round up loose cattle who have broken out of their fencing, for example, generally would not establish an employer/employee relationship.

Fact # 5: Children will still be able to take animals to the county fair or to market.

A child who raises and cares for his or her animal — for example, as part of a 4-H project — is not being employed by anyone, and thus is outside the coverage of the FLSA. Even if the child needs to rent space from a farm, the animal is not part of the farm’s business and with regard to the care of the animal no employer/employee relationship exists, so the child labor provisions would not apply. Likewise, there would be no problem with taking the animal to the county fair or to market, since the child is doing this on his/her own behalf – not on behalf of an employer. The proposed prohibitions would apply only if the child was an employee of the exchange or auction.

There are some portions of this US Labor proposal that do need some attention, but not the one being widely misreported.

The lesson here: trust, but verify. Better we knock this down before the left pick up on this and mock you for a couple days with their own hashtag. We federalists are here for you, conservatives. We have your back, but work on the knee-jerk reactionary response thing that’s had a lot of you (especially the eunuchorns) under its spell lately. K?

Another White Man Critically Beaten: 20 Black Racist Thugs Assaulted Him Citing “Justice For Trayvon”

Posted on April 23, 2012 by in Articles

Here’s Matthew Owens in the hospital after the attack:

Justice for Trayvon?

That’s makes 4 attacks that we know of so far related to blacks engaging in lynch mob mentality to attack whites because they feel “justified”. Thanks Critical Race Theory! The first attack was in Toledo. The second attack was in Baltimore. The third was in Chicago. And now this one in Mobile, Alabama.

He was beaten by 20 blacks using pipes, brass knuckles, chairs, and paint cans. Really? To beat ONE white man! Hate crime? By the left’s standards, hell yeah.

“Justice for Trayvon”? More like “Tyranny for Trayvon”, you criminalistic self-entitled bastards. For more real-time black racism regarding this case, see the #TeamDueProcess hashtag on Twitter.

MOBILE, Alabama – WKRG

Mobile police need your help to catch a mob that beat Matthew Owens so badly that he’s in critical condition.

According to police, Owens fussed at some kids playing basketball in the middle of Delmar Drive about 8:30 Saturday night. They say the kids left and a group of adults returned, armed with everything but the kitchen sink.

Police tell News 5 the suspects used chairs, pipes and paint cans to beat Owens.

Owens’ sister, Ashley Parker, saw the attack. “It was the scariest thing I have ever witnessed.” Parker says 20 people, all African American, attacked her brother on the front porch of his home, using “brass buckles, paint cans and anything they could get their hands on.”

Police will only say “multiple people” are involved.

What Parker says happened next could make the fallout from the brutal beating even worse. As the attackers walked away, leaving Owen bleeding on the ground, Parker says one of them said “Now thats justice for Trayvon.” Trayvon Martin is the unarmed teenager police say was shot and killed February 26 by neighborhood watch captain George Zimmerman in Sanford, Florida.

Police canvassed the area, but did not find any suspects. They’re asking anyone with information to call them at 251-208-7211, Crime Stoppers at 251-208-7000, or text a tip to 274637 and include the keyword CRIME 411.

Of course, Touré (black race-baiter who works for hard-left MSNBC), Piers Morgan (the Brit CNN guy who won’t provide all the evidence of the Zimmerman case on his “show”, while blustering about being a “real journalist”), Think Progress/Judd Legum (the leftists who started the hysteria by publishing lies “white shooter” and half-truths about the story), Brian Williams (the guy responsible for NBC’s fraudulently edited 911 tape), etc. won’t cover these stories. Anti-American frauds, all of them. They’re fomenting and enabling this behavior by NOT reporting all the facts of the case and using lies to promote their leftist anti-gun agenda.

Obama and Holder, you’re also culpable in this regarding your actions due to your anti-gun agenda. Know this. Still no arrests for the New Black Panther Party’s bounty on Zimmernan’s head, Eric? No calls to the black community to tell them to stand down, Barack? Still ignoring the calls to riot over the Zimmerman case that we uncovered weeks ago?  Who’s “acting stupidly” now?

And some on “our side” refuse to allow us to have an open dialog about racism. You’ll be called out soon enough for your cowardice and ignorance too.