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Low information voters don’t miss all the news . . .

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US District Court Judge Shiraz Scheindlin recently ruled that NYC’s stop-and-frisk policy, which has helped to dramatically reduce gun violence and crimes, is unconstitutional. Judge Scheindlin imposed draconian restrictions on the police and formerly “low information” voters are quite happy with the Judge:

“Thugs with guns think they’re the ones calling the shots on the streets in the wake of the anti-NYPD stop-and-frisk ruling.

“You can’t stop me! You can’t do that no more! There are new rules!” suspect Steven Sidbury, 21, allegedly yelled at officers as they approached him in crime-riddled East New York last week.”

. . . One source predicted that there will be more bloodshed in the streets as criminals fearlessly carry their weapons instead of stashing them somewhere — and fire in the heat of the moment.

“They’re going to carry their guns, and if they get into a fight, they’re going to shoot right away,’’ the source warned.

“Every single [perp] I have encountered is very happy about the ruling,’’ a Manhattan police source said.

“It is a very common thought now amongst perps that stop-question-and-frisk infringes on their rights to carry concealed guns.” 

You can be sure that Scheindlin and the pandering progressive politicians will refuse all responsibility for the coming NYC crime wave.

I like the cut of his jib . . .

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 For this:

 Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) said Wednesday that there was no “objective evidence” that black voters were being disenfranchised, as he entered a contentious battle over new voter identification laws in Southern states. ”The interesting thing about voting patterns now is in this last election African-Americans voted at a higher percentage than whites in almost every one of the states that were under the special provisions of the federal government,” Paul said at a forum in Louisville, according to WFPL-FM.  “So really, I don’t think there is objective evidence that we’re precluding African-Americans from voting any longer,” he added.

 And this:

SEN. RAND PAUL (R-KY): “I think her decision making process with regards to Benghazi should preclude [Hillary Clinton] from holding high office because really it’s not so much what happened at the time of the attacks. For six months leading up to the attack, they ask and they ask and they pleaded for more security and she says, ‘Oh I never read the cables.’ The problem with that is that’s her job.”

 

Success holds no attraction for teacher unions . . .

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The abysmal showing by New York City Public Schools on the new “Common Core” student (and teacher) proficiency tests has produced a plethora of excuses and rationalizations from the usual suspects. Federal, state and local officials assure us that all is well and the poor test scores are really a good thing, reflecting no lack of competency on the part of teachers and administrators.

Not surprisingly, these usual suspects have no interest in the amazingly successful efforts of Eva Moscowitz’s New York City Charter Schools:

Of the 1,500 kids in her Harlem and South Bronx schools who took the Common Core exams, 82 percent got a passing score in math, and 58 percent passed English.

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Across the city, the pass rates were 26 percent in English and 30 percent in math . . . Her performance makes her the No. 1 leader in New York City schools — and a scary competitor to the rest of the system. In a better world, one where excellence is prized instead of feared, she would be chancellor and all city students would get the benefit of hetalent and passion.”

 

 

 

No one loses money by saving it . . .

No one ever went broke by simply saving money as opposed to investing it.

We are constantly instructed by expert financial advisors that we are losing money by saving it in a federally insured account rather than investing it with an expert financial advisor:

“While interest rates have risen on home and car loans over the last year, interest paid on saving accounts has fallen to miniscule levels. And when inflation is factored in, you lost money on that six-month CD or money-market account . . . For instance, say your money has been in an interest-paying checking account, a money-market account, a savings account or a six-month CD. You’ve lost money, Bond says, even though your balances are slightly rising.”

These experts are confusing value with money. Inflation and low interest rates on savings account may reduce the value of my saved money but I still have my money. On the other hand, many clients of these expert financial advisors lose both value and their money by following expert investment advice.

 

I may be losing value by saving my money but I am not losing my money.

Wall Street: Crony Capitalists know nothing more than how to access inside information . . .

A Center reporter recently spent some time with a friend from high school who had gone to Columbia University and from there to Wall Street and, ultimately, to management of a hedge fund. The hedge fund manager had retired “early” as a multi-millionaire “master of the universe.”

Strangely, after a couple of days of somewhat intense political/business discussions, it was apparent to our reporter that his Wall Street friend had no more idea as to what stock or company would do well than the reporter or anyone else. What our “master of the universe” did know, however, was the phone numbers of his Ivy League friends and classmates who were high officers in government and business and who had access to inside information the rest of us lack.

And so we see a hedge fund financial wizard who engineered billions in profits from the issuance of collateralized debt obligations (CDO’s) testify in federal court that he is “not sure” what the industry-wide acronym CDO stands for.

 And we see one of Wall Street’s most prominent hedge funds hire a provably corrupt “Ivy League” trader whose primary qualification is his past membership in an “insider trading group” at his previous firm.

 And, finally, we see the indictment of that prominent hedge fund, SAC Capital Advisors, on federal charges involving insider trading that was “substantial, pervasive and on a scale without known precedent in hedge fund history.”

 And the Fed continues to pump $85 billion a month into this sewer.

Obama: Honor Trayvon by banning guns so white Hispanics can be beaten to death by thugs who look like my son (if I had one).

President Barack Obama issued a long-awaited response Sunday afternoon to the acquittal of George Zimmerman Saturday evening, reminding Americans to temper “passions,” and that “we are a nation of laws and the jury has spoken.”
He added that Americans should “honor” the life of Trayvon Martin by committing to “stem the tide of gun violence,” and “ask ourselves if we are doing all we can to widen the circle of compassion in our communities.”

Brilliant! “Bankruptcy expert” appointed as Detroit Emergency Manager pays his “former law firm” $1000 per hour to figure out bankruptcy issues . . .

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So Detroit, or more likely, the State of Michigan, is paying a “bankruptcy expert” to manage Detroit’s financial mess and the bankruptcy expert Emergency Manager hires his former law firm at $1000 per hour to do the work the Emergency Manager was hired to do. This should go over well with the natives. From CBS Detroit:

“Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr approved the fees totaling about $1.4 million, but what makes this even more controversial is that the law firm getting the money is Jones Day – that’s Orr’s former law firm. Oh, you want some more controversy? That $1.4 million is just for six weeks of work,” Langton said.

The report says the costs were associated with sophisticated restructuring advice, labor and pension analysis, and Chapter 9 planning. Orr has defended the expense, saying top lawyers are needed because of what’s at stake . . .

Orr is a bankruptcy expert hired in March by the state to fix Detroit’s finances . . .

Racial hucksters want race to be considered in Zimmerman trial except . . .

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According to the “sociologists” and race hucksters consulted by the New York Times, race should be considered in the Zimmerman trial except that Zimmerman’s race (hispanic) should not be considered because he is a “white hispanic” and just the son of a “Peruvian.”

And race should be considered in the trial except for considering Zimmerman’s state of mind in light of the overwhelming statistics showing that Trayvon Martin’s race commits violent crimes at a rate drastically disproportionate to its population percentage . . .

Gun Manufacturer says Cuomo’s New York is not SAFE for business . . .

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Gov. Cuomo’s middle of the night raid on New Yorkers’ constitutional right to keep and bear arms has claimed another victim. Cuomo’s so-called “SAFE Act” poses onerous restrictions on the manufacture, sale and possession of previously legal firearms and was passed on a phony “emergency” basis without public notice or debate. Though significant portions of the ill-advised and sloppily drafted legislation will eventually be struck down in court, it’s effects will be, in many cases, permanent. Lost jobs is one such case. Pennsylvania can add these manufacturing jobs to the the thousands lost by New York due to Cuomo’s fear of the anti-cracking protesters.

Gun manufacturer will move its headquarters, and expand, outside of New York, due to uncertainty created by Cuomo’s SAFE Act.:

Business has been good for Rockland County-based Kahr Arms, so much so that it plans to expand with a new factory on more than 600 acres.

The trouble, at least for New York state: The gun manufacturer, currently based in Rockland County, is expanding across the border in Pennsylvania, and in the process will be moving its headquarters out of the Empire State. The reason, according to a corporate official, can be found in the swift passage last January of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s SAFE gun control law.

It wasn’t so much that the measure bans certain kinds of guns and magazines, the company said. Instead, it was the suddenness with which the law was passed — less than 24 hours after being released to the public — leaving Kahr’s executives to wonder what kind of unforeseen regulations or restrictions might lie ahead.

“One of our big concerns was, OK, the SAFE Act was passed in the middle of the night. You wake up the next morning and boom, that was it,” said Frank Harris, Kahr’s vice president of sales and marketing. “We just felt like, gee, if they can do this, what can they do next?