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A Third Time for 3?

As mentioned on this blog yesterday, the fight against amendment 3 by the liberal media has just begun. Yesterday’s Commercial Appeal had an AP reporter’s essay touting the unfairness of the ballot initiative that would cement Tennessee’s law on not having a state income tax.

Today, the CA has come right back to the topic, only it’s in a different section of the newspaper. This time it’s in the Business section under the “coffee break” column.

“Report links income, taxes” says the headline. Read it and you find out that it is the same report on a Standard & Poor finding that “income inequality has undermined the rate of sales tax revenue growth in Tennessee, Arkansas and other states reliant on sales taxes.”

Just in case you didn’t see it yesterday or didn’t understand it, the CA repackages the story to continue their jihad against amendment 3.

Time was journalists and editors would be aghast to see a story repeated. That was when there was such a thing as ethics and pride in fairness. But liberals prefer propaganda, so here it is again.

Think they’ll try for a third time this week? Where will they put it then? Sports? Food? Religion pages? My bet is on the latter which has become a trough of leftist hogwash.

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Sweetened Condensed Milk

If you, like me, couldn’t stomach another Obama speech, the Heritage Foundation has condensed the high points to three minutes.

I just couldn’t watch another parade of lies and half truths marching across my home TV screen. I’ve seen it too many times before. I’ve heard him use “I” so many times that I don’t want to play that drinking game anymore. We’re all fed up with his using “ISIL” instead of “ISIS” like everyone else. Reminds me of my great aunt who insisted on calling an automobile a “machine” when everyone else said “car.” It grates. Watching his head ping back and forth as if he’s at a tennis tournament irritates.

Although the media insists this is one of his most eagerly anticipated speeches, I bet this one got very little viewership. People have Obama fatigue. He says what you want to hear, but he doesn’t do anything.

Thankfully, this video saves us all the trouble:

There don’t even seem to be any memorable lines, except “Now let’s make two things clear: ISIL is not Islamic. No religion condones the killing of innocents, and the vast majority of ISIL’s victims have been Muslim.”

Really? Is that why it’s called Islamic State of Iraq in the Levant; so that it’s not associated with Islam? Maybe he should be concerned with the Christians who have had to flee the area. If it were Christians doing the head chopping, I bet Obama would have criticized Christianity.

Then he said we have “a comprehensive and sustained counter-terrorism strategy” to “degrade, and ultimately destroy,” ISIS. Doesn’t have much of a ring to it, does it? Nothing like “we will not rest, we will not tire…” George W. Bush said.

How will we do this? It’s pretty vague. Airstrikes, Obama says, but we are already doing that. He’s sending 475 more men over there (why not 500? How did this number come about?), but “we will not get dragged into another ground war in Iraq.” How does that work? Obama then says we will “increase our support to forces fighting these terrorists on the ground.” Translation: more money flowing over there to people like the Syrians who are dubious in their motives.

And here’s some of the best part: “And in two weeks, I will chair a meeting of the U.N. Security Council to further mobilize the international community around this effort.” When has the U.N. ever been useful to us? Allies are fleeing us like healthy people in an ebola camp. Obama can’t even work with Congress. How’s he going to get allies to do the dirty work he doesn’t want to do?

This didn’t stop him from slapping Congress. He asked them for their support in this endeavor, but he also told leaders yesterday that he doesn’t need their authorization for his military campaign. He even said this whopper: “I believe we are strongest as a nation when the president and Congress work together.” Not too long ago he warned them he had a pen and a phone and would use them. Which is it? Cooperation or elimination?

This speech was trying to sweeten his policy and make it palatable for Americans. He wants to milk the surge in Americans who now say we should oppose ISIS. It’s just more of the same warmed over.

It’s not a recipe for success.

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Video Everyone’s Talking About

Every Midtowner has probably visited the Kroger in Poplar Plaza. Who knew what might be in store? Certainly wouldn’t expect this:

FOX13 News, WHBQ FOX 13

The video has gotten some national attention, but not enough. It was shown on Fox News and Todd Starnes noted it on his facebook page:

Two teenage Kroger employees and another individual were brutally beaten by raging mob of thugs in Memphis. As difficult as it may be – I want you to watch this video.

Why hasn’t President Obama issued a statement of condemnation? Why hasn’t Attorney General booked a flight to Memphis to denounce the brutal mob attack? Why hasn’t the Mainstream Media broken into regularly scheduled programming to cover this heinous act of evil?

It would seem the Obama Administration and the Mainstream Media only become righteously indignant when it’s politically expedient.

Like in Ferguson? They and the media couldn’t give it enough attention, even getting the Attorney General to travel there and listen to hearsay from residents.

It seems like the guard doesn’t act until the crowd is on the doorstep. A woman laughing about it has raised the ire of many, too. Obviously, some feel it’s OK.

I’m glad Toney Armstrong made a strong statement vowing to hold parents accountable, as well as the youths. He spoke at our Midtown Republican Club when he first became Police Director. He came off as honest, caring and fair. He knows that the problems in the black community must be addressed before any of this can be stopped. I don’t envy him his job.

I’m also glad that the judicial elections went so well last month. We need strong judges to hold the line on crime, even with the DOJ breathing down their necks, trying to get them to keep juveniles out of the court system.

And they wonder why people understood George Zimmerman’s predicament in Florida or why second amendment advocates are gaining ground.