Its "pay back time" in this Administration. Will the nation survive the assault of the anti-Constitution Left ? I am not sure any of us know.

"We'll tear this gawd-damn country up," (video)  and with those words,  we have the attitude of the "outsiders" who have become a pox on our nation and our presidency.  Words for calm from Obama, to be sure, but words countered (by Obama) with comments addressed to the Ferguson rioters such as "Stay the course."  He is surrounded by his Castro loving Congressional Black Caucus, and,  has never leveled a single word of condemnation for the trash that is the Angry Black Leadership, per se,   in this country.  No challenge to Louis Farrakhan Muhammad (that's the man's full name),  specifically, and the content and goals of Farrakhan's Nation of Islam.  Not a word critical of Jeremiah Wright,  the person,  and Wright's anti-colonial (as in all that came out of the 13 Colonies), anti-"white man's Christianity" mentality.  There is Obama's administrative inclusion of an Attorney General, Eric Holder,  who has radicalized the Department of Justice,  filled its ranks with some 40 lawyers who refuse to prosecute black on white crime and sees himself an activist black man.   We have a president who reaches out for counsel from Al Sharpton;  invites him to the WH and refuses to challenge this man,  one of the most divisive leaders to have ever come onto the American scene.  Understand this:  these leaders and more  (the 10 year, card carrying communist, Van Jones, the New Black Panthers whom he refuses to prosecute, Bill Ayers) all preach "violent revolution if necessary" and treat white people, those who disagree with their avocation for violence,  as slave masters or "Uncle Toms."  

You should know that Mike Brown's stepdad has been filmed calling for the destruction of Ferguson  ("Burn this bitch down,  burn this bitch down, burn this bitch down") . He and Brown's mother visited the UN,  filed a complaint against Ferguson and the United States,  and returned home, but not before taking pictures with their right hands raised in a Black Power salute.

Understand this:  there is nothing "American" about "Black Power," the Black Power salute, Jeremiah Wright's anti-white rants,  Holder's refusal to prosecute Black on white crime,  Sharpton's "war against whitie" and, his favorite rant,  "No Justice, no peace,"  or the Congressional Black Caucus's embrace of Fidel Castro.  

Obama has emboldened all of this and more.  What to do?  Prepare to protect yourself,  never fail to vote against this crap,  and, wait for this episode in our history,  to be over.     

Obama saddles Business with 16 billion dollars worth of regulations, each and every year. No wonder the jobs recovery is the slowest such recovery since WW II days.

This year,  Obama managed to impose more than 3,400 new (and unnecessary) regulations.  He has managed to cost business more than 16 billion dollars per years,  each of his six years in office,  with no concept of what he is doing to the business community.  But,  since he is an academic,  has has no love for business and no understanding as to what makes business work,  and what deflates business production.

I used the words "unnecessary . .  regulations" above.  Understand that I do not believe this country really needs another regulation,  not one.  If I were president,  I would place a moratorium on regulation,  at least for my first term.  I would work for Congressional supervision over the EPA and end its ability to function as a rogue agency.

While I am at it,   I would dismantle the Department of Education,  end funding for Public Radio,  and sanction a presidential panel for the purpose of breathing new life into our inner cities and poorer rural areas,  with a view to bringing in new business and industry and elevating elementary and secondary education to be competitive with the more well-to-do areas of our society.

But I digress.  The point of this post is about Obama's insane regulatory imposition on business.  It is no wonder that Business is hording money as a hedge against coming regulations and whatever is being done in the name of ObamaCare.  You do know,  that 20,000 pages have been added to that bill since March 23, 2010,  right?

And our know-nothing Rogue Administrator continues to rain havoc on our nation.  He is NOT fundamentally transforming anything.  He is only making a mess of everything.

Remember that lie, "Health care for a family of four will decrease by $2500 per year?" That didn't happen, of course, but, worse yet, your deductibles will soon be so high, you won't be able to afford to go to the doctor -- for some Americans, that time is NOW. Stop voting for these clowns !!!

Thanks to the scam that is ObamaCare,  and its pretense of lowering healthcare costs,  the deductibles are not so higher,  and growing, that folks are deciding against treatment for serious illnesses,  in record numbers.  The chart is telling us that this increase represents the most Americans putting off medical attention,  since Gallup has been keeping records (2001).  

If your premiums are relatively low,  it is because your deductibles are $4,000 to $12,000 and more.  Meaning?   Your out of pocket expenses are higher as a result of our know-nothing Whatever, H.  Obama, can't afford to use your insurance.  Ditto for the poor,  who qualify for subsidies on their monthly payments.  It is just a matter of time before their deductibles will render their insurance, "null and void."   What happens then?  Obama will start bragging about how he cut medical coverage costs for all Americans when the truth is,  no one will be able to afford ObamaCare.  It's like PG & E,  here in California,  running ads on how to cut utility costs.  Their solution?  "Stop using your freaking appliances !!" or words to that effect.  

A citizen journal update by Joshua Pundit: Great reading for a great cause . . . . its called "patriotism."

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PREVIEW of United States Supreme Court Cases offers expert analysis of the issues, background, and significance of every case slated for argument in the Supreme Court.
As part of our comprehensive coverage, the following briefs are now available online:
12-1497 Kellog Brown & Root v. United States
1. Whether the Wartime Suspension of Limitations Act--a criminal code provision that tolls the statute of limitations for "any offense" involving fraud against the government "[w]hen the United States is at war," 18 U.S.C. § 3287, and which this Court has instructed must be "narrowly construed" in favor of repose--applies to claims of civil fraud brought by private relators, and is triggered without a formal declaration of war, in a manner that leads to indefinite tolling.
2. Whether, contrary to the conclusion of numerous courts, the False Claims Act's so called "first-to-file" bar, 31 U.S.C. § 3730(b)(5)--which creates a race to the courthouse to reward relators who promptly disclose fraud against the government, while prohibiting repetitive, parasitic claims--functions as a "one-case-at-a-time" rule allowing an infinite series of duplicative claims so long as no prior claim is pending at the time of filing.
13-1032 Direct Marketing Association v. Barbara Brohl
Whether the TIA bars federal court jurisdiction over a suit brought by non-taxpayers to enjoin the informational notice and reporting requirements of a state law that neither imposes a tax, nor requires the collection of a tax, but serves only as a secondary aspect of state tax administration?
13-1074 United States v. Wong
May the two-year time limit for filing an administrative claim with the appropriate federal agency under the Federal Tort Claims Act, 28 U.S.C. 2401(b), be subject to equitable tolling?
13-1075 United States v. Marlene June
May the two-year time limit for filing an administrative claim with the appropriate federal agency under the Federal Tort Claims Act, 28 U.S.C. 2401(b), be subject to equitable tolling?
13-1211 Hana Financial v. Hana Bank
May the jury or the court determine whether use of an older mark may be tacked to a newer one?
13-1352 State of Ohio v. Darius Clark
1. Does an individual's obligation to report suspected child abuse make that individual an agent of law enforcement for purposes of the Confrontation Clause?
2. Do a child's out-of-court statements to a teacher in response to the teacher's concerns about potential child abuse qualify as "testimonial" statements subject to the Confrontation Clause?
13-1371 Texas Department of Housing & Community Affairs v. Inclusive Communities Project
1. Are disparate-impact claims cognizable under the Fair Housing Act?
2.If disparate-impact claims are cognizable under the Fair Housing Act, what are the standards and burdens of proof that should apply?
13-1499 Williams-Yulee v. Florida Bar
Does a rule of judicial conduct that prohibits candidates for judicial office from personally soliciting campaign funds violate the First Amendment?
13-9972 Rodriguez v. United States
This Court has held that, during an otherwise lawful traffic stop, asking a driver to exit a vehicle, conducting a drug sniff with a trained canine, or asking a few off-topic questions are "de minimis" intrusions on personal liberty that do not require reasonable suspicion of criminal activity in order to comport with the Fourth Amendment. This case poses the question of whether the same rule applies after the conclusion of the traffic stop, so that an officer may extend the already-completed stop for a canine sniff without reasonable suspicion or other lawful justification.
14-15 Amrstrong et al. v. Hettinger
1. Does the Supremacy Clause give Medicaid providers a private right of action to enforce § 1396a(a)(30)(A) against a state where Congress chose not to create enforceable rights under that statute?
2. If Medicaid providers have a private right of action, are a state's Medicaid provider reimbursement rates preempted by § 1396a(a)(30)(A) where they do not bear a reasonable relationship to provider costs and remain in place for budgetary reasons?

How the US and the pro-Muslim Administration of H Obama gets away with its support of Hamas.

<<  US supports this sort of teaching,  via its funding of UN aid to Gaza. 

 . . . . . .   [the] Hamas takeover of the UNRWA institutions and staff should set off alarms regarding the possibility of funding given by donor countries, primarily the U.S., finding its way to financing the salaries of Hamas and Islamic Jihad activists.

Read more: How the Western World Funds Hamas’ Terrorism | Lee Bender | The Blogs | The Times of Israel
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Editor's notes:  You should know that the UNRWA is a fund,  created by the U.N. in 1950,  designed to add refugee populations.  The fund was intended to be temporary,  but Palestinian refugees, has taken over the leadership of the UNWRA,  and has converted it into a permanent  cash flow source for the terrorist group,  Hamas.  Over the years,  the United States has increased its funing to this UN function,  especially during the Obama years,  in spite of the widely held belief that the fund includes material payments to Hamas.  

Canada has divested itself from this fund,  and uses the 15 million to support other UN function.  The US,  on the other hand,  has increased its 233 million dollar contribution (2013) to 244 million dollars,  this year.  

You should know,  that State Department spokesmen,  defend this funding on the grounds that it goes to educate and feed Palistinian children.  What they do not tell you is,  again,  some of this money goes directly to Hamas,  which is a violation of law,  and Palestinian textbooks teach jihad,  a hatred for Israel and the West,  and the "Right of Return" for those Arabs who lost homes and land,  during the 1946-1948 war with Israel.  

During the most recent conflict between Hamas and Israel,  last month, rockets and mortors were found stored in UNWRA, Gaza based, clear violation of UN and INternational law.    The Obama Administration,  corrupted by its regard for Islam,  admits to these violations,  but continues to support the UNWRA fund.  If you are not aware of Obama's preference for Islam,  you will not understand why the US continues its support of a fund so openly corrupted by Islamic terrorist concerns.   

See the Law Fare Project's PDF on this subject.  

See for more information,  as well.  

Obama's Legacy per Obama: To hell with all of Congress and the Electorate; these last two years are all about me and my personal reform of this nation; public opinion be damned.

<<<  Party Boy Obama makes his entrance and serves cake to his remaining fan base.  

The following is from McClatchy News here,  and is worthy of review.  Impeachment will never work on this clown,  except and unless,  members of his own party initiate the action  ---  and many of them are furious with the Fuhrer.  

WASHINGTON —    . . . . . .   Barack Obama has spent November acting with a defiant fury, moving with little regard for the message voters sent at the polls.
Instead of reaching out to Republicans who won control of next year’s Congress Nov. 4, he’s charged ahead with initiatives that infuriate the victors, prompting critics to label him a “king” or “emperor.”
Wednesday, the Obama administration began an effort aimed at easing smog-related pollution. Earlier this month, Obama took executive action on immigration and climate change. The White House has suggested he would block the Keystone XL pipeline. He’s vowed to have the federal government regulate Internet access.
This damn-the-GOP-torpedoes burst is dramatically different from the contrition and soul searching other presidents endured after their parties suffered stinging defeats.
George W. Bush worked with the new Democratic-controlled Congress after the 2006 election to craft economic stimulus legislation. Bill Clinton in 1994 overhauled his political team and would work to craft a bipartisan welfare overhaul. After Republicans lost Senate control in 1986, Ronald Reagan brought in Washington insider Howard Baker, who had been Senate majority leader, to run his staff.
Obama instead draws his already insular circle tighter. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel doesn’t spout the White House line in public, so he’s out. Chief of Staff Denis McDonough becomes a frequent visitor to Congress but doesn’t heed warnings from Republican leaders that an immigration order would be political poison.
“Free at last; free at last from the bondage of (Senate Majority Leader) Harry Reid, threats from the Republican leadership, and persistent press ‘wimp’ criticism,” said Stephen Wayne, a presidential scholar at Georgetown University.
“Now he can do what he thinks is right and to the extent possible do so with the help of loyal compatriots that believe in him and his priorities,” he said.
Two factors appear to be driving Obama. “He wants to prove he’s still relevant,” said Darrell West, vice president and director of governance studies at the Brookings Institution, a center-left policy research center.
And engaged, said White House senior adviser Dan Pfeiffer.
“Typically, when you have a change in power in Congress, the new congressional majority dominates the conversation and drives the discussion,” Pfeiffer said. “Since right after the election, the president has been driving the discussions, moving forward aggressively on core priorities.”
Voters, though, generally rejected those core priorities, as Republicans had a net gain of at least eight Senate seats and will start 2015 with their biggest majority in the House of Representatives since the late 1940s.
Obama maintains he’s on the right course; it’s just that Republican obstructionists have made progress difficult.
That’s a different take on defeat. Presidents whose parties were crushed in midterm elections were occasionally stubborn but usually found new ways to work with the other side.
Americans made it clear in 2006 they’d had enough of the Iraq war, then in its fourth year. Two months after the election, Bush announced a “surge” of additional troops, even though Democrats who now ran Congress wanted a withdrawal timetable.
Bush reached out to congressional leaders on other fronts, and by 2008, they agreed on an economic stimulus package, international help for AIDS victims and the financial industry bailout. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., called Bush “a lovely man.”
Clinton got his jolt in 1994 when Republicans won control of both houses of Congress for the first time in 40 years. Clinton shook up his political team, installing Sen. Christopher Dodd, D-Conn., and South Carolina party stalwart Don Fowler as head of the Democratic National Committee.
Fowler this week saw big differences between Clinton and Obama. “Bill Clinton is a person who enjoys people,” he said. “He was very comfortable dealing with new people.”
Obama has always kept deliberations within a group of close friends and advisers, rarely meeting with his Cabinet or lobbying lawmakers. The inner circle includes senior adviser Valerie Jarrett, who was close to the president in Chicago, McDonough and National Security Adviser Susan Rice.
Rather than move toward the Republicans since the elections on Nov. 4, Obama has defied them:
– Nov. 10. He declared strong support for net neutrality, the idea that Internet content be freely available and subject to government regulation to protect consumers. Opening the door to government regulation infuriated conservatives.
– Nov. 12. During Obama’s Asia trip, the United States and China unexpectedly agreed to new targets for greenhouse gas emissions designed help combat climate change. Republicans complained that Obama unilaterally decided the U.S. would cut greenhouse gas emissions 26 to 28 percent below 2005 levels in the next 11 years.
– Nov. 20. Obama announced he would unilaterally protect millions of immigrants who are in the United States illegally from deportation.
– Nov. 24. Obama pushed out Hagel, a former Republican senator. It was widely reported that Hagel was dismissed after a series of disagreements. Previous Obama defense secretaries complained that national security discussions were often insular and guided from the White House predominantly by domestic politics.
– Nov. 26. The Obama administration said it will move to implement tougher air quality standards for ozone. House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, branded the plan “massive new regulation” that would “cost our economy millions of jobs.”
Overall, Ken Mayer, a political science professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison who wrote the book “With the Stroke of a Pen: Executive Orders and Presidential Power,” said it appears that Obama and his advisers saw no reason to hold back despite the pledges by Republican leaders to cooperate with him.
Obama has signaled he won’t let up anytime soon.
The White House has strongly suggested Obama would veto a bill authorizing the Keystone XL oil pipeline – a top priority of the new Republican Congress – saying he will wait for completion of a State Department review.
And advocates are hopeful that he will be emboldened to tackle a Cold War relic. They want him to restore diplomatic ties and ease restrictions on travel and trade with Cuba, even though it would infuriate many South Florida Republicans.
After all, said Pfeiffer, “There is no reward for being meek here.”

Just for the record: I am a proud red neck Yankee.

Read that headline again.  That's me and most,  if not all,  of my friends.  We come from families who fought in the Civil War and won that war,  for the sake of a whole population enslaved by folks who should have known better.  There is no "rebel flag" in my home and no memories of that war,  in spite of the fact that we helped to kick rebel ass.  We (me,  my family and friends) have moved on.

Sadly,  the Yankee mentality went "liberal" and Godless,  to the point that many no longer believe in this country, its Constitutional foundations,  or,  the God that set this whole thing up.  Unfortunately,  some blacks feel the same way (the Sharpton/Black Panther/Eric Holder/H Obama/Jeremiah Wright/Louis Farrakhan/Bill Ayers, Maxine Waters,Dick Durbin  crowd) ,  about this once great country.  They detest "whitie" and ignore the fact that "whitie"  played the major role in giving them their freedom.  These folks embrace an incestual (as in "inbred") hatred of Southern Slavery that finds them reliving the past as if the Civil War did not happen,  including the deaths of thousands who gave their lives on their behalf.  And,  then,  you have the descendants of the Democrat South  -  families that privately hate blacks unless, of course,  they are subservient or live in somebody else's town. They still talk of reviving the South and continue to cherish that damned flag so many of their younger punk kids like to fix to their pick-up trucks,  as if they know what they are doing or understand American history.

Point of this post?  Obviously,  I am the only one who is right in all this mess.  Good to know.  Agree?

Seriously,  this blog is fiercely conservative,  but not inbred and anti-American per all three groups,  described above. The real enemy are those who are already here and embrace Marxism at any level,  who seek to be friends with the pathological killers in Radical Islam and work to change that killer-mentality rather than eradicate it from the face of this earth,  who embrace Castro,  see Venezuela as a pleasant model of successful governance, and, oppose a man's right to work or express himself in free, political, speech.    No apologies for this stand  . . . . . . .  no apologies,  ever.

Just wanted you all to know.

We are all Americans, now.

We all need to stop casting everything that happens in terms of race.  The truth is this,  "We are all Americans now."  That is a headline you do not see and a concept rejected by the Angry Left and the anti-colonial movement in this country.

Sometimes, all you really need is a good hug.
Amid the nationwide protests over the failure of a grand jury to indict a white police officer for shooting an unarmed black teenager in Ferguson, Mo., freelance photographer Johnny Nguyen snapped the picture above during a demonsration in Portland, Ore., on Nov. 25.
“I came upon this boy who had tears in his eyes and I knew this was the place to be, so I followed him in the crowd,” Nguyen said. “Then he came upon the police officer. They talked and he gave him a hug.”
Devonte Hart, 12, was at the demonstration holding a sign that said “free hugs” when Portland Police Sgt. Bret Barnum noticed him, motioned the boy over and the two began talking.
Nguyen said that Barnum pointed to the sign and asked “Do I get one of those?” and they hugged.
Nguyen’s Instagram account has more photos from the protests.

For my senior readers - a senior making lightr of all us other seniors. You will laugh yourself into a cramp.

Want something to be thankful for? Start with this video account of a long distance runner, with M.S., and what she was able to accomplish in the last high school race of her life.

Don't miss the part in this story,  where we learn that at the end of each race,  she does not have the coordination to stop running,  and must end the race falling into the arms of her coach. 

No sooner did Obama issue his executive order legalizing millions of illegal immigrants, than we have the first casualty of that decision.

In an article found in the Left leaning Politico,  we have a report of the first legislative casualty directly related to H Obama's decision to legalize millions of illegal immigrants,  granting them job status and benefits,  often putting them ahead of those who are in our country, legally,  and working toward work permits and benefit programs.  

Politico reports the "death" of a comprehensive tax bill,  in committee at the time Obama decided to announce his Monarchical status as "president,"  a Congressional decision supported by none other than Harry Reid,  that took the earned tax credit and child tax credit (two considerations) reforms,  off the table.  The deal had been in the making for weeks,  and all reports were that an agreement was "just around the corner."  Understand that the "earned income tax credit" is a give away program to the working poor,  who pay very little federal taxes or no taxes at all.  Ditto for the "child tax credit."  These programs transfer money from those who earn higher wages and pay substantial taxes on those wages,  and gives that money to the working poor  . . . . . . . .  whose ranks will now be increased by 5 million or more,  illegals in this country.  

You should know that if H Obama had waited a couple of weeks,  until after this bill was agreed to and signed into law,  the millions of folks included in his order,  would have begun to benefit from this wealth transfer, almost immediately.  The fact that he didn't wait,  tells us much about his motivations in this matter.  He is a revenge driven human being,  now extremely angry about the midterm debacle he,  in fact,  caused.   In his hast to strike back at the GOP,   he has "injured" millions of legal working poor,  who would have, also,  benefited from this bill.  

But his arrogant sense of self-importance had taken a major hit in this last election,  and he simply couldn't wait to get even.   Make no mistake,  with his executive order,   this man,  who pretends to be a friend of the middle class,  has fostered another blow to working poor.  His past policies and regulations  have jacked up the price of gas,  made buying "cheap" housing almost impossible,  and, drastically increased new car prices,  food prices,  and home heating costs  . . . . . .  all of which effect the working poor more harshly than any other class of Americans.  And now,  they have to wait until the new Congress is sworn in  (Jan 20, 2014) and settles on what to do about Obama's executive order.  For certain  (or so we are told),  these newly pardoned illegals,  will not be included in the two tax credit programs;  they will not be getting their hands on any of this free money.  If H Obama had waited for the passage of this bill,  waited for just a few days,   things would have been very different for this immigrant population.  

So there you have it,  an angry and undisciplined Chicago thug,  responding to his most recent slap-down,  making things worse for most Americans.  Democrats,  he is your man,  do something about his rogue nature and what he is threatening to do in the coming two years !!! 

ObamaCare{ fierst reports for the second enrollment period.

HHS sees strong start to first week of Obamacare signup

Hey,  HHS manipulated the first sign-up numbers by nearly 4 million,  arguing,  at one point,  for as many as 10 million enrollees.  In the end,  the number was closer to 6.7 million,  with half that number being folks replacing their insurance policies canceled by H Obama.  

 As regards the new enrollment period,  we are being told,  by industry representatives,  that only 53% are re-inlisting.  But,  it is too early to draw any conclusions.  You have the Right drawing conclusions without all the facts,  and,  on the other,  you have the Left lying the butts off.  It may take a year to sort through the lies and half truths,  so I will wait on my commentary.  

Congress can defund Obama's amnesty.

 I say,  defund Obama's order;  author a bill with the same talking points,  but with teeth in it that insures a secure border, not to mention law and order,  and go with it  ~  Editor.

From the Daily Caller: Congress has the power to defund President Barack Obama’s executive amnesty order, the Congressional Research Service announced Wednesday. This, after a week of bipartisan declarations that Congress was powerless to stop the order.
“In light of Congress’s constitutional power over the purse, the Supreme Court has recognized that ‘Congress may always circumscribe agency discretion to allocate resources by putting restrictions in the operative statutes,’” reads a report from the Congressional Research Service. The report was sent to Republican Sen. Jeff Sessions’ office, first reported by Breitbart News, and has since been obtained by The Daily Caller.
The Congressional Research Service (CRS) is an “authoritative, confidential, objective and nonpartisan” congressional analysis outfit that operates out of the Library of Congress.

As Obama continues to push his preference for Islam, working to institutionalize that faith as a vital part of American dominance before he leaves office, we now have this change as to GITMO prisoners of war.

Editor's notes:  Understand that words have more meaning,  to Obama, in drawing people together, than any other single factor  . . .   and I mean to say that concept, "words have more meaning," has greater sway with this wannabe national reformer,  than the actions he takes.  While it is not obvious to some as to what he thinks he is accomplishing with the title change,  may I suggest that the change is for no other reason than the nation that he prefers Islam to the White Man's Christianity   . . .  just ask Louis Farrakhan or Jeremiah Wright.  Ocum Razor is at work,  here.  Don't know what that means?  You might check out the definition.  It is the rule most construction types follow when building new homes,  or stair cases or cabinetry or whatever. 


Secrecy News 

DoD Updates Doctrine on “Detainee Operations” 

When it comes to Department of Defense doctrine on military treatment of detained persons, “unlawful enemy combatants” are a thing of the past. That term has been retired and replaced by “unprivileged enemy belligerents” in a new revision of Joint Publication 3-13 on Detainee Operations, dated November 13, 2014.
Among other changes, the revised Publication adopts Article 75 of the First Additional Protocol to the Geneva Conventions which provide minimum standards for humane treatment of detained persons. It also presents expanded discussion of biometric capabilities that are applicable to detainees.
The previous edition of Joint Publication 3-13, published in 2008, is available here for comparison.


Sarah Palin has been added to a Smithsonian list of 100 Most Significant Americans of all time. List excludes the Obama's, but includes Bill and Hillary, FDR and Eleanor.

Meet the 100 Most Significant Americans of All Time

A new, special issue of Smithsonian magazine attempts the impossible: to list out the most significant people in United States history

Smithsonian Magazine | SubscribeNovember 17, 2014
How much does Thomas Paine matter? More than Harriet Beecher Stowe? Less than Elvis? On a par with Dwight Eisenhower? Would you have answered these questions differently ten years ago? Will you answer them differently ten years from now? In a culture so saturated with information and so fragmented by the search possibilities of the Internet, how do we measure historical significance?
Steven Skiena and Charles B. Ward have come up with a novel answer. Skiena is the Distinguished Teaching Professor of Computer Science at Stony Brook University and a co-founder of the social-analytics company General Sentiment. Ward is an engineer at Google, specializing in ranking methodologies. Their answer involves high-level math. They subject the historical zeitgeist to the brute rigors of quantitative analysis in a recent book, Who’s Bigger? Where Historical Figures Really Rank.
Simply put, Skiena and Ward have developed an algorithmic method of ranking historical figures, just as Google ranks web pages. But while Google ranks web pages according to relevance to your search terms, Skiena and Ward rank people according to their historical significance, which they define as “the result of social and cultural forces acting on the mass of an individual’s achievement.” Their rankings account not only for what individuals have done, but also for how well others remember and value them for it.
Their method requires a massive amount of big data on historical reputation. This they found in the English-language Wikipedia, which has more than 840,000 pages devoted to individuals from all times and places, plus data extracted from the 15 million books Google has scanned. They analyzed this data to produce a single score for each person, using a formula that incorporates the number of links to each page, the number of page visits, the length of each entry and the frequency of edits to each page. Their algorithms differentiate between two kinds of historical reputation, what they call “gravitas” and “celebrity.” Finally, their method requires a means of correcting for the “decay” in historical reputation that comes with the passage of time; they developed an algorithm for that, too. By their reckoning, Jesus, Napoleon, Muhammad, William Shakespeare and Abraham Lincoln rank as the top five figures in world history. Their book ranks more than 1,000 individuals from all around the world, providing a new way to look at history.
Skiena and Ward would be the first to acknowledge that their method has limitations. Their concept of significance has less to do with achievement than with an individual’s strength as an Internet meme—how vividly he or she remains in our collective memory. The English-language Wikipedia favors Americans over foreigners, men over women, white people over others and English speakers over everyone else. In their rankings of Americans only, past presidents occupy 39 of the first 100 spots, suggesting an ex-officio bias.
That’s where we come in. Smithsonian magazine has been covering American history in depth from its inaugural issue, published in 1970. Among the Smithsonian Institution museums we work closely with is the National Museum of American History. By synthesizing our expertise with the systematic rigor of Skiena and Ward’s rankings, we sought to combine the best of quantitative measures and qualitative judgment.
First, we asked Skiena and Ward to separate figures significant to American history from the world population. Then, rather than simply taking their top 100, we developed categories that we believe are significant, and populated our categories with people in Skiena and Ward’s order (even if they ranked below 100). This system helped mitigate the biases of Wikipedia.
We have highlighted what we decided was the most interesting choice within each category with a slightly fuller biographical sketch. And finally, we made an Editors’ Choice in each category, an 11th American whose significance we’re willing to argue for.
Christopher Columbus
Henry Hudson
Amerigo Vespucci
John Smith
Giovanni da Verrazzano
John Muir
Meriwether Lewis and William Clark
Kit Carson
Neil Armstrong
John Wesley Powell
Rebels & resisters
Martin Luther King Jr.
Robert E. Lee
Thomas Paine
John Brown
Frederick Douglass
Susan B. Anthony
W.E.B. Du Bois
Sitting Bull
Elizabeth Cady Stanton
Malcolm X
Abraham Lincoln
George Washington
Thomas Jefferson
Theodore Roosevelt
Ulysses S. Grant
Ronald W. Reagan
George W. Bush
Franklin Delano Roosevelt
Woodrow Wilson
James Madison
Andrew Jackson
First Women
Eleanor Roosevelt
Hillary Clinton
Sarah Palin
Martha Washington
Hellen Keller
Sojourner Truth
Jane Addams
Edith Wharton
Bette Davis
Oprah Winfrey
Benedict Arnold
Jesse James
John Wilkes Booth
Al Capone
Billy the Kid
William M. “Boss” Tweed
Charles Manson
Wild Bill Hickok
Lee Harvey Oswald
John Dillinger
Lucky Luciano
Frank Lloyd Wright
Andy Warhol
Frederick Law Olmsted
James Abbott MacNeill Whistler
Jackson Pollock
John James Audubon
Georgia O’Keeffe
Thomas Eakins
Thomas Nast
Alfred Stieglitz
Ansel Adams
Religious figures
Joseph Smith Jr.
William Penn
Brigham Young
Roger Williams
Anne Hutchinson
Jonathan Edwards
L. Ron Hubbard
Ellen G. White
Cotton Mather
Mary Baker Eddy
Billy Graham
Pop icons
Mark Twain
Elvis Presley
Bob Dylan
Michael Jackson
Charlie Chaplin
Jimi Hendrix
Marilyn Monroe
Frank Sinatra
Louis Armstrong
Mary Pickford
Andrew Carnegie
Henry Ford
John D. Rockefeller
J.P. Morgan
Walt Disney
Thomas Alva Edison
William Randolph Hearst
Howard Hughes
Bill Gates
Cornelius Vanderbilt
Steve Jobs
Babe Ruth
Muhammad Ali
Jackie Robinson
James Naismith
Arnold Schwarzenegger
Ty Cobb
Michael Jordan
Hulk Hogan
Jim Thorpe
Billie Jean King

Chuck Schumer admits passage of the ACA in 2010 was a mistake. Apparently he understands that this bill will decide the 2016 election and devastate the Democrat Party for years into the future.

In this post,  we review comments made by Chuck Schumer, bemoaning the timing for passage of the ACA and how they relate to the future and fortunes of the Party of Big Government and Endless Debt. 
( – Speaking at the National Press Club on Tuesday, Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) said focusing on health care reform in 2009 was a mistake that hurt Democrats because most Americans were happy with their coverage but were unhappy with the economy.
Schumer said the health care law, popularly known as Obamacare, is “very important” but the timing was wrong, and was not at the “top of the agenda” of the American people.
“We were in the middle of recession. … People were hurting and said ‘What about me? I’m losing my job,’” said Schumer, who spoke as the Democratic Policy Chairman on why his Party was defeated in the 2014 mid-term elections by Republicans.
Like I said, about 85 percent of all Americans were fine with their health care in 2009, mainly because it was paid for by either the government or their employer – private sector,” said Schumer. “And so the average middle-class voter, they weren’t opposed to doing health care when it started out but it wasn’t at the top of the agenda.”
“Don’t get me wrong,” Schumer also said. “I think it’s a good bill [Obamacare] and I’m proud to have voted for it.”
“But, it should have come later,” said the senator.
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Editor's notes:  in the days and years before the passage of ObamaCare,  the Dems had a legislative policy when it came to the passage of controversial bills:  always work for a bi-partisan vote.  Such will provide "cover" when the people object.

But,  when it came to ObamaCare, that policy was set aside,  and,  today,  this very unpopular bill hangs around the necks of the Progressives like a millstone. 

Schumer can pretend that the ACA "is a good bill" all he wants,  but the very fact that Obama had to lie to his own party,  is proof of its despotic nature.  Understand that "the people" had no say as to the details of this bill and the GOP, in toto,  was told to "go sit in the corner and wait until we Democrats are finished."  

Think about it:  ObamaCare was scheduled for a Senate vote some five different times before final passage.  Why?  The Republican votes had already been counted,  giving them no voice as the Dems worked to perpetuate this fraud on the American people.   The only votes that counted were those of the Democrat party.  There was no opposition,  and, yet,  it took more than a year and 6 votes,  before "they" got this legislation passed into law.  Even  then,  they had to resort to a rule change called the Nuclear Option (that allowed a 51 vote majority rather than the 60 votes,  required by Senate rule). The 2700 page bill was signed into law on March 23, 2010.  Since that time more than 20,000 pages have been added,  none of it voted on;  all of it written by do-gooder Progressive unelected types.  

Democrat legislative processes,  dictatorial to its core, have made a mockery of "by the people" and other foundational nonsense (I jest).  Many of us on the Right,  have seen the need to do something significant with regards to healthcare and escalating costs,  but,  bring in more people via free health care,  increasing coverage, growing the ranks of Medicare,  and, dening folks their doctors and health care providers,  was not what the country needed.   And,  until all that gets "fixed,"  the e Dems will pay for their deceit and lies,  in 2016 and beyond  . . . . . .

. . . . . .  and Chuck Schumer knows it.  The Senator knows that his party has taken a huge hit, over the course of the past six years,  and,  now stands at its weakest in nearly 100 years,  dating back to 1921 when the Republican's won  that election by 60%,  the single most one sided presidential election in American history.  

This blog has long maintained that Obama is the worst thing to have happened to the Democrat party in our history.  At first,  this was a prediction.  Today it is becoming an undeniable reality,   and,  Obama has two years to make this prediction as true a fact as a true patriot could hope.  Turns out,  the Democrats won a landslide election in 2008,  and wasted their political power on Harry, Nancy and some guy named Hussein.  Today,  the celebrants of this idiotic trifacta are paying the consequences.  To be sure,  they will return to power,  sometime in the future,  but,  unless they are virtually "run out of town,"  they will be the same feckless cabal,  when they return.  

"Loophole" pays employers $3000 per illegal hired, to help cover healthcare costs. And the lies advancing One World Utopianism continue.

Out of the Washington Times,  we have this disappointing bit of news: 

President Obama’s temporary amnesty, which lasts three years, declares up to 5 million illegal immigrants to be lawfully in the country and eligible for work permits, but it still deems them ineligible for public benefits such as buying insurance on Obamacare’s health exchanges.

The loophole was confirmed by congressional aides and drew condemnation from those who said it put illegal immigrants ahead of Americans in the job market.

“If it is true that the president’s actions give employers a $3,000 incentive to hire those who came here illegally, he has added insult to injury,” said Rep. Lamar Smith, Texas Republican. “The president’s actions would have just moved those who came here illegally to the front of the line, ahead of unemployed and underemployed Americans.”

Editor notes:  We all know, of course, that this is no loophole.   It is a part of the law.  Employers have to supply or assist in the supply of healthcare.  That is the law.  And, Obama knew full well,  that if he allowed legal employment for illegals,  the employer would be forced to include ObamaCare in their benefits packages.  

In the end,  we were told another lie,  in this regard, and the beat goes on and on and on and on.  We are being ruled by an angry black dude from Chicago who tells us all what we want to hear,  and then finds reasons to circumvent his own rhetoric   . . . . .   and he has willing comrade support,  each with their own sense of entitlement as national leaders.  But  . . . .    

. . . . .   some within his own party,  are beginning to realize that these Obama years are not about the Progressive Movement,  or the extension and empowerment of the Democrat Party.  Rather,  it is all about Barack Hussein Obama and his dreams for this country,  and,  his silly mined wife,  running around the country telling folks what they must eat.  Understand that the Obama's have put an illegal immigrant population in front of the hundreds of thousands who are working for the citizenship,  each and every year.   Rather than fix the existing system,  the Obama's of this world have opened the southern border and are working to include all of the incoming populations of this world with the comment:  "We are all Americans now."  Buffoonery at its worst.  What these morons do not seem to understand is this:  this nation does not have the finances to allow for this. Such actions will bankrupt this country,  in a final sense,  if   . . . . . . . .   

. . . . . . .  if we,  as a nation,  do not ultimately surrender our national sovereignty and become a central player in a One World governance.  That is where the Left is going with all this nonsense.  And who will join the Utopian Class in their fantasy of a One World "heaven on Earth?"  Maybe the Left should ask that question as they work to advance their Utopian Fantasy.  Will Iran surrender its sovereignty?  Or China,  or Russia?  What about North Korea,  Pakistan, India or Indonesia?  Somalia?  And who wants the corruption that tags along with the Mexican government?   

More than half of the world's population does not share in this One World fantasy.  If the United States surrenders it's sovereignty for the sake of an Utopian Dream,  the world will lose its only stand against despotism and we all will become slaves to whoever rules the day. Whether an intended consequence or not,  this is the ultimate end to the Obama Political Theory.   And,  this is why One World Utopianism must be defeated and its procurators driven back into the closet.