New facts on illegal immigrants in America

TPPLOGOA leaked Department of Homeland Security report reveals some startling facts [1] about illegal immigrants in the U.S., showing just how harmful lax immigration law enforcement is to the country.

According to the report, nearly 900,000 illegals with deportation orders are still residing in the U.S. Of those, about 167,000 are convicted criminals. What’s more, according to officials at U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE), the agency is either supposed to release or take a pass on illegal immigrants who have committed “minor” crimes or have family members in America.

As a result [2] “a fraction of deportable aliens that ICE identifies actually will be processed for deportation.” Even less are actually deported.

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Targeting the Anti-Gun Indoctrination Party

Bearing Arms – Thanks to the last 50 years of public education, millions of Americans no longer appreciate the difference between facts and feelings. Consequently, when facts hurt their feelings, many Americans just brush off the irrefutable evidence and attack anyone who points out the facts that expose illogical feelings.

When it comes to supporters of the Second Amendment, we see this irrational behavior play out among pro-gun Americans who religiously support the Democrat Party. Now, before anyone feels offended, just think about the following questions first…

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The Unequal-Pay Delusion

National Review – Voters are souring on the Democratic party. Apparently all it takes is six years of economic torpor; the disastrous debut of the biggest new federal program in two generations; record levels of federal debt; revelations of scandals and malfeasance at the Veterans Administration, the IRS, the Secret Service, and the Justice Department; Russian revanchism on the march; a rampaging army of (literal) cutthroats gobbling up territory in the Middle East; and the feeble and patronizing government response to a modern plague.

Truly, it says something about the reputation of the Democratic party that even now, 50 percent of those responding to a CBS News poll said that the Democrats are the party that “cares more about the needs and problems of people like yourself.” Only 34 percent chose the Republicans.

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Ebola: The Basics

ebola-biohazard-sign-isolated-white-d-render-43690642Heritage Foundation – The spread of the Ebola virus raises substantial public health concerns in the United States and abroad. With the proper leadership and use of available resources, the U.S. can address these concerns effectively. Appropriate U.S. government humanitarian assistance to address the Ebola situation in West Africa, and measured and coordinated deployment at home of federal, state, and local capabilities to combat Ebola, can save many lives.

Ebola Virus Disease. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) the symptoms of Ebola include (1) fever greater than 101.5 degrees Fahrenheit, (2) severe headache, (3) muscle pain, (4) weakness, (5) diarrhea, (6) vomiting, (7) abdominal pain, and (8) unexplained bleeding. The CDC reports that those who contract Ebola exhibit symptoms, on average, eight to 10 days after exposure to Ebola, but notes that symptoms may first appear as early as two days or as late as 21 days after exposure.[1]

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Oil price falls and questions rise

The Hill – U.S. energy policies came into sharp focus last week as the price of crude oil fell to a two-year low.falling oil price The tumbling oil price has a real impact on Americans’ lives. The good: prices at the pump are at a historic low, dipping below $3 in some states. The bad: Stock market volatility hurts investors, raises questions about the robustness of the economic recovery and places severe pressure on domestic oil producers.

Prices rebounded on Friday, holding above $80 a barrel. But that did not dull the questions about America’s ability to maintain the pace of the oil boom that has blossomed in recent years.

Critics say that production in the very formations that are most responsible for the U.S. oil boom is endangered by two major factors: a lack of infrastructure at home, which makes the storage and refining of crude more complicated than it should be, and the potential for the oil price to plummet further if the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) doesn’t cut its output.

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Canadian Pipeline Could Replace Keystone XL

transcanada-energy-east-pipeline-factsNewsMax – With the Obama administration still not approving construction of the Keystone XL pipeline, citing environmental concerns, Canada is seriously considering building a pipeline to deliver its oil to a port on its own east coast.

The 1,200-mile Keystone XL would transport crude from Alberta’s oil sands to refineries in Texas and Louisiana.

Instead, the proposed $11 billion Energy East Project would send 1.1 million barrels of oil per day 2,900 miles east to Saint John, New Brunswick, which has supertanker access.

“Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper and the country’s largest energy concern, TransCanada Corporation, seem ready to develop the Energy East Project as an alternative” to Keystone, the International Business Times reported.

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Supreme Court OKs Texas Voter ID Law

texasvoteridNewsMax – The Supreme Court said Saturday that Texas can use its controversial new voter identification law for the November election.

A majority of the justices rejected an emergency request from the Justice Department and civil rights groups to prohibit the state from requiring voters to produce certain forms of photo identification in order to cast ballots. Three justices dissented.

The law was struck down by a federal judge last week, but a federal appeals court had put that ruling on hold. The judge found that roughly 600,000 voters, many of them black or Latino, could be turned away at the polls because they lack acceptable identification. Early voting in Texas begins Monday.

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Why Didn’t the Government Prioritize an Ebola Vaccine? Lack of Money Wasn’t the Issue

ebola-biohazard-sign-isolated-white-d-render-43690642The Daily Signal – Francis Collins, chief of the National Institute of Health, recently blamed the lack of any cure for, or vaccine against, Ebola on budget cuts, stating,

“Frankly, if we had not gone through our 10-year slide in research support, we probably would have had a vaccine in time for this that would’ve gone through clinical trials and would have been ready,” Collins said in a statement to The Huffington Post.

Well, there is more to the story. As the Washington Post explained, “[g]enerally, Congress gave the NIH about what the president requested — sometimes more, sometimes less. In 2013, for instance, Congress gave the NIH more than what the White House had requested, but then $1.5 billion was taken away by sequestration.”

With reference to the NIH program on infectious diseases, the Washington Post noted that funding went from $1.8 billion in 2000 to $4.3 billion in 2004. According to government budget documents, from fiscal year 2009 to fiscal year 2015, NIH received between $29.1 billion and $40.5 billion in discretionary spending appropriations.

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NC Spends $150K per High School Diploma. Are We Getting Our Money’s Worth?

worth itCivitas – How much of your money is spent to educate one high school graduate in North Carolina? $50,000? $75,000?

Our new analysis shows that North Carolina taxpayers spend about $150,000 for each student who receives a high school diploma.

That amount doesn’t even include capital costs and other major expenses. Of course, the high price tag might be worth it, but this new study also shows there’s very little connection between how much money is spent and how well our children do in the classroom.

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USDA Office Blocks Access To Hagan Grant Records Head of N.C. office was recommended by Hagan for current job

sen. haganCarolina Journal – After first agreeing to allow Carolina Journal to inspect the documents relating to a taxpayer-funded U.S. Department of Agriculture energy grant to a company owned by family members of U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan, the USDA Rural Development office in Raleigh later said the matter was being handled in Washington — implying the USDA’s headquarters in the nation’s capital.

On Tuesday, CJ spoke by telephone with Delane Johnson, North Carolina’s rural development public information coordinator, who said she would treat CJ’s request for documents about the $50,000 renewable energy grant as a Freedom of Information Act request. By email, she said agency policy requires USDA to contact the grant recipient, JDC Manufacturing, before complying with the document request. She also indicated that she would have a response to CJ within 10 days.

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Insurance Premiums Are Rising Though President Claims the Opposite

Rising costsHeartland.org – Insurance affordability was the great promise of President Obama’s Affordable Care Act (ACA) when he signed the law in 2010. On the campaign trail in 2008 President Obama promised his plan would “lower premiums by up to $2,500 for a typical family per year.”

Four years later, Obama still touts the savings for Americans from his law, claiming his signature legislation is making health care premiums more affordable.

“If we hadn’t taken this on, and premiums had kept growing at the rate they did in the last decade, the average premium for family coverage today would be $1,800 higher than they are,” Obama told an audience at Northwestern University on October 2. “That’s like an $1,800 tax cut.”

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Unreal: With Ebola Crisis Raging, Obama Administration Started Streamlining Visas From West Africa in August

nutty smile faceTownhall – Not only is the Ebola crisis continuing to degrade, but the optics of how the White House has handled the situation are getting worse by the day too.

A new report published at Breitbart shows the Obama administration started expediting visas from West Africa in August as the Ebola was (and still is) raging out of control with a 70 percent mortality rate. According to the report, the man who died from Ebola in a Texas hospital after visiting Liberia, had his visa approved in the same month visas were being streamlined.

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Is it not long past time we owned our private property by getting rid of property taxes?

1395966_10203713069136019_2When the government can tax your “Private Property” it is no longer private property. It becomes Government property that they are with payment of property taxes letting you use.

Definition of private property from the Collins English Dictionary – Complete & Unabridged 10th Edition 2009 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009 states: is land or belongings owned by a person or group and kept for their exclusive use.

The preamble to the U.S. Constitution states: We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America. Is not complete and secure ownership of our private property tantamount to our liberty and prosperity? When a government can tax what is suppose to private property is it not telling you it owns what is suppose to be your property? Does this not sound like the days of the KING when he allowed the Serf or Peasant to pay him a tax or fee to live on the Kings property and in a house the king owns? How can a man have true liberty without secure and complete ownership of his private property?

So, what can be done about it? Why, not do away with property taxes by adding 1.5% or less to the state sales tax that then could be divided between the governments within a county? So what if, they say its not enough! Is it not time for them to learn to live within their income? I for one say yes. This way you would never need to worry about losing your home, business or land for not being able to pay property taxes.

To learn more about private property rights visit http://tarheelteaparty.org/?page_id=1681

If, you agree please, contact your NC Senator and Representative.

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$39,643,352 Worth of NIH Funding That Could Have Gone to the Ebola Vaccine

nihThe Washington Free Beacon – The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has spent more than $39 million on obese lesbians, origami condoms, texting drunks, and dozens of other projects that could have been scrapped in favor of developing an Ebola vaccine.

“Frankly, if we had not gone through our 10-year slide in research support, we probably would have had a vaccine in time for this that would’ve gone through clinical trials and would have been ready,” said NIH Director Francis Collins, blaming budget cuts for his agency’s failure to develop a vaccine for the deadly virus.

However, the Washington Free Beacon has uncovered $39,643,352 worth of NIH studies within the past several years that have gone to questionable research.

Rick Santorum on 2016: I’m ‘Putting a Team Together’

http://www.dreamstime.com/stock-photo-senator-rick-santorum-image23886500NewsMax – Former Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania says he continues to “seriously” mull a run for president in 2016 and is busy building a war chest as he considers seeking the Republican nomination.

“[I'm] putting a team together, talking to folks about putting some money together, and looking at a team,” Santorum said Thursday on “The Steve Malzberg Show” on Newsmax TV.

“We’re seriously looking at this and we’re seeing if we can put the pieces together.”

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This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. The Climate

Capitalism Magazine – In her new book, This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. The Climate, environmentalist Naomi Klein advocates a ban on fossil fuels and a statist utopia where government “creates” a record number of jobs through “investment” in wind and solar energy. (Full disclosure: I have not read Klein’s book, nor do I intend to read it. However, I did read fawning reviews by Mark Bittman in New York Times and Drew Nelles in the Globe and Mail—more than enough time spent contemplating Klein and her reviewers’ dishonest claims.)

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List: Lawmakers backing travel ban

dnews-files-2014-10-ban-flights-from-africa-250x250The Hill – Pressure is building on President Obama to ban flights to West African nations that are battling Ebola, as concerns mount about the disease spreading in the United States.

Administration officials have resisted a flight ban thus far, arguing it would make it harder to deliver relief supplies to the countries where the virus is running rampant.

But lawmakers, in growing numbers, are pushing Obama to reverse course, and polls show the idea has strong public support.

Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) says a flight ban is something the president should consider, adding that he already has the authority he would need to put such restrictions in place.

“The president has the authority to take this action right now. The House will continue to conduct rigorous oversight, which, along with discussions with our members, will help inform our path forward as we continue to assess the administration’s response,” Boehner spokesman Kevin Smith said.

Here’s a look at where lawmakers stand on the travel ban. (Check back often, this list will be updated

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The United States gets a failing grade in tax competitiveness

taxFreedomWorks – The economy is trying to pull itself out of a deep rut, and many voices are asking the same question: what can the government do to help? For real, sustainable growth, the answer is that the government needs to loosen its grip on the economy.

The Tax Foundation has recently published a report that analyzes the tax policy of the thirty-four Organisation for Economic Development (OECD) member countries, which are more or less all of the advanced economies in the world. The results are jarring. The United States ranks 32 out of 34 in terms of the competitiveness of our taxation – only Portugal and the Socialist-led France rank lower than we do. The main factor in in this embarrassment is our bush league corporate tax rate. The Tax Foundation makes it clear: “The United States provides a good example of an uncompetitive tax code… The largest factors behind the United States’ score are that the U.S. has the highest corporate tax rate in the developed world and that it is one of the six remaining countries in the OECD with a worldwide system of taxation.”

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Ebola Travel Bans Enacted by Nearly 30 Countries, but Not US

140822175626-01-ebola-liberia-0822-horizontal-galleryNewsMax – Nearly every African nation has instituted travel bans on West African countries with significant Ebola outbreaks.

Though the Obama administration has insisted travel bans are not necessary, even countries outside of Africa are beginning to start such travel bans, with Colombia and the Caribbean island of St. Lucia on Wednesday adding their names to a growing list of nearly 30 countries that block travelers from virus-stricken Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea.

African nations including Kenya, Zambia, and South Africa make up the bulk of the countries that have instituted some kind of ban, and now that countries on the other side of the Atlantic have begun imposing restrictions, calls for the U.S. to follow suit have intensified.

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Progressive Dark Money Group Blames GOP for Ebola Deaths

nutty smile faceThe Washington Free Beacon – A liberal dark money group behind ads blaming congressional Republicans for an Ebola outbreak in West Africa has deep ties to the left’s biggest and most secretive fundraising and collaboration apparatus, the Democracy Alliance.

Erica Payne, the founder and president of the Agenda Project Action Fund, the group behind the ads, also cofounded the DA. She also runs a consulting firm that counts the Alliance and a number of its supported organizations as clients.

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Obama-laughingClick here to read: The Obama Administration Proposed $72 Million In CDC Cuts Back In 2012.

Representative Larry G. Pittman, North Carolina General Assembly, House of Representatives

Larry PittmanSome folks who receive my newsletter have asked my reasons for opposing the constitutional amendment in this year’s election.  Here are some reasons given by Cabarrus County District Attorney, Roxanne Vaneekhoven, with which I am in total agreement.”Allowing a person charged with a criminal offense to waive trial by jury, with merely the consent of the trial judge, will take the DA’s office, the victim, and/or the victim’s family, not to mention the citizens in the community, out of the discussion of whether to have a jury trial.

It will cost the State more, creating more trials in Superior Court, and bog down the judicial process, making it less efficient.

It will lead to ‘judge shopping’ by defendants, seeking delays until they can get ‘the right judge’ to hear their case. At the same time, it will lead to more appeals based on the claim that the judge was not fair, and may even give the appearance that a judge is playing favorites with certain attorneys.

On the one hand, some defendants may be coerced to waive jury trial. On the other hand, there will probably be more defendants filing Motions for Appropriate Relief if the judge convicts them, claiming they were forced to waive jury trial or did not understand the process.”

If you are frustrated now with how convicted criminals seem to play the system and stretch out the process to avoid the consequences of their actions, you don’t want to pass this amendment. It will only make this problem worse. Conversely, if you would rather trust a jury of twelve of your peers, rather than one judge, to give you a fair hearing, then this is your chance to stand up for that right by saying NO to this amendment.

Besides all that, the right to a trial by jury is one of the most precious rights we have that separates our system of government from others in the world that do not allow their citizens such rights. This amendment diminishes the justice of our system of justice. Please vote NO, and tell everybody you know to do the same.  Vote AGAINST this amendment.

God bless,

Rep. Larry G. Pittman