“Gardening is what you make of it. It can be a chore, or it can be a relaxing and invigorating activity. It can be a necessity and a way of life, or it can be a useful hobby. Gardening can also be expensive. If you hire landscapers to do work for you, buy expensive plants and synthetic fertilizers, and construct beds out of landscaping materials, your costs can skyrocket quickly. Or, gardening can be very inexpensive. If you plan your garden carefully and thoughtfully, put in the work, and recycle materials, there is no reason you will have to spend too much to create a garden that is useful, practical, and beautiful.”
“Slavery is once again legal in the United States thanks to language buried deep inside Executive Order 13603, which Barack Obama signed into law on March 16th 2012. According to this Executive Order the President, or those he designates, can conscript “persons of outstanding experience and ability without compensation,” in “peacetime and times of national emergency.” In a nutshell, that means that Barack Obama, and those he designates, can seize any resource, property, or person at any time for any reason, forcing that person to labor without being paid.”
Via Activist Post
“There’s a tremendous amount of unreasoned joy over the health care constitutionality ruling. All of it is ideological and short-sighted. Here’s a few very importnat things you’ve probably missed:
1) When the government is the final arbiter of your health care, you cannot sue without the government’s consent for malpractice, lack of coverage, or other malfeasance. Additionally, your care is solely at the mercy of an unelected secretary at HHS. But at the most basic level, you are now property of the United States government. They are, to their minds, paying for your health — that gives them the right to make decisions about your behavior that might effect your health, that gives them control over you treatment…your body is no longer your property. Consider that should the Republicans get into office, those of you who whinge about abortion.”
Via Scott Rhymer
Defeat of Calif. teacher bill shows union power
“Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa slammed it as “cynical political manipulation,” Los Angeles schools Superintendent John Deasy termed it shameful, but for the California Teachers Association, it was a victory.
The defeat Wednesday of a proposed law that would have made it easier for school districts to fire teachers in cases of sexual and other egregious misconduct has shone a spotlight on the strong sway of the California Teachers Association, widely considered the state’s most politically influential labor union with more than 325,000 members.
SB 1530 had previously sailed through the Senate, but ran into a stepped up lobbying effort by the CTA at Wednesday’s hearing of the Assembly Education Committee. Teachers from around the state travelled to Sacramento to testify, successfully arguing that the bill violated teachers’ right to due process.
The bill garnered five votes. It needed six to exit committee to head to the Assembly floor.
“Clearly, they have a powerful voice,” said a disappointed Sen. Alex Padilla, D-Pacoima, who authored the bill. “It made an impact.”
Padilla introduced the bill earlier this year, spurred by the case of a veteran teacher at Miramonte Elementary School in Los Angeles who was arrested in January on 32 lewd conduct charges involving school children.
Prosecutors say Mark Berndt blindfolded students and fed them his semen by spoon and smeared on cookies in what he told them was a “tasting game.”
He has pleaded not guilty. “
Via Mercury News
“Dennis K. Burke, who as a lawyer for the Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee in the 1990s was a key player behind the enactment of the 1994 assault-weapons ban, and who then went on to become Arizona Gov. Janet Napolitano’s chief of staff, and a contributor to Barack Obama’s 2008 presidential primary campaign, and then a member of Obama’s transition team focusing on border-enforcement issues, ended up in the Obama administration as the U.S. attorney in Arizona responsible for overseeing Operation Fast and Furious.
When Obama nominated Burke to be U.S. Attorney for the District of Arizona, Burke told the Arizona Capitol Times he believed he understood what the president and his attorney general wanted him to do.
“There’s clearly been direction provided already by President Obama and Attorney General Holder as to what they want to be doing, and this is an office that is at the center of the issues of border enforcement,” said Burke.”
Via CNS News
One Year Suspension For Greece Bus Bullies
“The Greece Central School District announced on Friday that four students involved in bullying a bus monitor will be suspended from school and regular bus transportation for one year.
The district is legally required to provide the students with an education.
This means the students will be transferred to the district Reengagement Center. This program keeps middle school students on track academically.
It also requires them to complete community service.
Each student will be required to complete 50 hours of community service with senior citizens and will complete a formal program in bullying prevention.”
Via WHAM ABC 13
“1. Excise tax on charitable hospitals ($50,000 per hospital hike).
2. Codification of the “economic substance doctrine” ($4.5 billion tax hike).
3. “Black liquor” tax hike ($23.6 billion hike).
4. Tax on innovator drug companies ($2.3 billion).
5. Blue Cross/Blue Shield tax hike ($400 million).
6. Tax on indoor tanning services ($2.7 billion).
7. Medicine cabinet tax ($5 billion).
8. HSA withdrawal tax hike ($1.4 billion).
9. Employer reporting of insurance on W2.
10. Surtax on investment income ($123 billion).
11. Hike in Medicare payroll tax ($86.8 billion).
12. Tax on medical device manufacturers ($20 billion).
13. Raise haircut for medical itemized deduction ($15.2 billion).
14. Special needs kids tax ($13 billion).
15. Elimination of tax deduction for employer-provided retirement Rx drug coverage.
16. Annual executive compensation limit for health insurance executives ($600 million).
17. Individual mandate excise “tax” (actually, this one is a penalty).
18. Employer mandate tax.
19. Tax on health insurers ($60.1 billion).
20. Excise tax on comprehensive health insurance plans ($32 billion).”
Via Moon Battery