Need a job? How about SEIU Home Care? Must be qualified in civil disobedience

These things used to be surprising, but now they are commonplace. Direct from the SEIU website is this job posting for a Senior/Lead Internal Organizer, Home Care. Seems rather innocuous until you read a little further into the job description.

 Train and lead members in non-violent civil disobedience, such as occupying state buildings and banks, and peaceful resistance

Nothing like a little civil disobedience in your daily home care duties. Then there’s this.

 Plan and execute strategic direct action field plans including banner drops, bank takeovers, and capitol occupations with membership, other local unions, and coalition partners

Sound like a valid job description for home care to you? Do you wonder what the pay is for such a position?

Salary offer depending on experience, ranging from $55,200- $65,200 as determined by a staff union contract

Not bad for a hired union thug.

Here is the link to the posting if you think you can stomach it – http://www.seiu.org/2011/12/seniorlead-internal-organizer-home-care.php

When liberty is stolen, can the ‘right’ people legislate it back?

I said at the end of my last post that I will start putting forth my ideas on what to do about saving liberty in America. I’d like to start by referencing a post from another writer at The Burning Platform. I like the post but I point it out because I can’t agree with the solutions provided. Please read on.

“A general dissolution of principles and manners will more surely overthrow the liberties of America than the whole force of the common enemy. While the people are virtuous they cannot be subdued; but once they lose their virtue they will be ready to surrender their liberties to the first external or internal invader… If virtue and knowledge are diffused among the people, they will never be enslaved. This will be their great security.” — Samuel Adams

I don’t have to tell you that the biggest problem in America is malaise. Last week’s Republican debate drew approximately 3 million less viewers than X Factor. People can tell you what Chas Bono was wearing on Dancing With the Stars last week, but they don’t know that the federal government has made it illegal to give your garden vegetables to your neighbor. It is scary, shocking, and terrifying how far this nation’s people have fallen since we were the world leader in, well, everything worth being the world leader in.

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It’s time for a Jeffersonian rebellion

I was working on a massively long post that breaks down the whole litany of election issues we face next year until I had an epiphany. Everybody has heard enough on these issues already, so I can replace that post with this sentence. We’re all wasting precious time.

We can spar all day long about who is the best candidate. Makes no difference what your party affiliation is or your political ideology either. We simply aren’t asking the right question. It isn’t how to beat Obama. It isn’t about taxes or spending or some combination thereof. It isn’t about any of the very important issues that have been debated seemingly endlessly. The question we should be asking ourselves is this. What are we going to do about saving our liberty?

No question you can raise as an American is more important. Those are the stakes if we continue down the path we’re on. The worst part of it is that we’re doing so willingly. More and more Americans are buying into the notion that government is the solution to what ails us. Democrat or Republican, makes no difference. Our Federal Government is entirely too powerful. What is your candidate going to do about it? Do they have a plan? Not just a plan to cut spending, a comprehensive set of reforms to restore the Federal Government to its enumerated powers. This is the key issue of this election, yet you’ll never hear that from either major party.

My logic isn’t at all complex. Generally, we’re concerned with maintaining a clear balance of power amongst the three branches of the Federal Government. That balance is dynamic and fluctuates as a result of the election process. What has become dangerously skewed is the balance of power between the Federal Government and the States, and ultimately, the people. The enumerated powers had intended to ensure that we the people wouldn’t become enslaved to a master. Thomas Jefferson had the foresight long ago to see what would befall us.

The natural order of things is for Liberty to yield and government to gain ground – Thomas Jefferson

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Happy Bill of Rights Day! Obama may celebrate by signing the NDAA military funding bill that destroys your rights

The House has passed H.R. 1540, the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012. It now goes to Obama for his signature and he has dropped his veto threat. It passed 283-136 with 15 non-votes. Michele Bachmann and Ron Paul did not vote.

The controversial detainee provisions section 1031 has been moved to section 1021. Read the entire bill text here. Here is the final language from section 1021.

SEC. 1021. Affirmation of authority of the Armed Forces of the United States to detain covered persons pursuant to the Authorization for Use of Military Force.

(a) In general.—Congress affirms that the authority of the President to use all necessary and appropriate force pursuant to the Authorization for Use of Military Force (Public Law 107–40; 50 U.S.C. 1541 note) includes the authority for the Armed Forces of the United States to detain covered persons (as defined in subsection (b)) pending disposition under the law of war.

(b) Covered persons.—A covered person under this section is any person as follows:

(1) A person who planned, authorized, committed, or aided the terrorist attacks that occurred on September 11, 2001, or harbored those responsible for those attacks.

(2) A person who was a part of or substantially supported al-Qaeda, the Taliban, or associated forces that are engaged in hostilities against the United States or its coalition partners, including any person who has committed a belligerent act or has directly supported such hostilities in aid of such enemy forces.

(c) Disposition under law of war.—The disposition of a person under the law of war as described in subsection (a) may include the following:

(1) Detention under the law of war without trial until the end of the hostilities authorized by the Authorization for Use of Military Force.

(2) Trial under chapter 47A of title 10, United States Code (as amended by the Military Commissions Act of 2009 (title XVIII of Public Law 111–84)).

(3) Transfer for trial by an alternative court or competent tribunal having lawful jurisdiction.

(4) Transfer to the custody or control of the person’s country of origin, any other foreign country, or any other foreign entity.

(d) Construction.—Nothing in this section is intended to limit or expand the authority of the President or the scope of the Authorization for Use of Military Force.

(e) Authorities.—Nothing in this section shall be construed to affect existing law or authorities relating to the detention of United States citizens, lawful resident aliens of the United States, or any other persons who are captured or arrested in the United States.

(f) Requirement for briefings of Congress.—The Secretary of Defense shall regularly brief Congress regarding the application of the authority described in this section, including the organizations, entities, and individuals considered to be “covered persons” for purposes of subsection (b)(2).

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It’s not safe to text and drive? Who knew?

So the nanny state tells us it’s not smart to text and drive – http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/dr-gridlock/post/ntsb-seeks-nationwide-ban-on-driver-use-of-personal-electronic-devices/2011/12/13/gIQAekvBsO_blog.html

It’s not that we aren’t smart enough to know better, apparently we just can’t help ourselves. X$&#)+@?>{|………………..oops, sorry for the typo, I’m typing this as I’m driving. So by extension, logic tells us we need to mandate the removal of any and all driver distractions by regulation whether it be cognitive, manual or visual. What would that encompass?

  • Any electronic device including cell phones, radios, cb’s, mp3’s or other portable music devices, tv’s or other recorded media formats and playback devices, any hands-free device or talk-to-text or talk to e-mail devices
  • Reading which opens up the question of the necessity of billboards, commercial business signs which advertise (i.e. special of the day), advertising on buses, traffic control signs which include driving conditions
  • Manual input would include climate control adjustment which isn’t a necessity while driving (install a motion sensor only allowing adjustment while stopped)
  • Interior lights should be disabled while in motion
  • Seat and mirror adjustment while in motion (you did adjust those before driving as required didn’t you?)
  • The ridiculously obvious such as applying make-up, reading papers, shaving, changing clothes, sex (hey, it happens)
  • Eating meaning the elimination of drive-thru windows at restaurants as there would be too much temptation
  • Talking with passengers
  • Thinking of anything other than the task of driving
  • These also apply to buses, taxis, limousines, etc. as you shouldn’t distract the driver

Had enough? You could go on and on with this little exercise in futility. The fact is that everything I mentioned is a legitimate distraction from the task of driving and deserves to be given the same level of importance that the NTSB has assigned to texting. The bottom line is that you can’t legislate or regulate away stupidity.

Obama behind bill language to indefinitely detain American citizens without charge

In case you wondered who ordered the language in the NDAA bill protecting American citizens from being indefinitely detained without charge, look no further than your President.

Here is S. 1867, The National Defense Authorization Act for fiscal year 2012

http://www.opencongress.org/bill/112-s1867/text

Title X, Subtitle D – Detainee Matters is the area of interest

What’s the easiest way to reduce unemployment? Stop counting people

By now, I’m sure you’ve heard the controversy surrounding the unemployment rate drop for November. Only 120,000 new jobs were added, yet the rate dropped .4%. Generally, the reason is given as the number of people who have stopped being counted as unemployed. From the BLS release

In November, the unemployment rate declined by 0.4 percentage point to 8.6 percent. From April through October, the rate held in a narrow range from 9.0 to 9.2 percent. The number of unemployed persons, at 13.3 million, was down by 594,000 in November. The labor force, which is the sum of the unemployed and employed, was down by a little more than half that amount. (See table A-1.)

Table A shows a drop in the civilian labor force of 315,000. Mike Shedlock’s blog always has an excellent breakdown of the unemployment numbers. One of his readers sent in this chart.

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