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The Editors Of The National Review: "Donald Trump is a menace to American conservatism"

Donald Trump is a menace to American conservatism.


If Trump were to become the president, the Republican nominee, or even a failed candidate with strong conservative support, what would that say about conservatives? The movement that ground down the Soviet Union and took the shine, at least temporarily, off socialism would have fallen in behind a huckster. The movement concerned with such “permanent things” as constitutional government, marriage, and the right to life would have become a claque for a Twitter feed. Donald Trump is a menace to American conservatism. Trump nevertheless offers a valuable warning for the Republican party. If responsible men irresponsibly ignore an issue as important as immigration, it will be taken up by the reckless. If they cannot explain their Beltway maneuvers — worse, if their maneuvering is indefensible — they will be rejected by their own voters. If they cannot advance a compelling working-class agenda, the legitimate anxieties and discontents of blue-collar voters will be exploited by demagogues.

We sympathize with many of the complaints of Trump supporters about the GOP, but that doesn’t make the mogul any less flawed a vessel for them. Some conservatives have made it their business to make excuses for Trump and duly get pats on the head from him. Count us out. Donald Trump is a menace to American conservatism who would take the work of generations and trample it underfoot in behalf of a populism as heedless and crude as the Donald himself.

Read more at: http://www.nationalreview.com/article/430137/donald-trump-conservative-movement-menace

Veterans Have A Message For Sarah Palin After Blaming Obama For Son’s Arrest

Republicans in Congress tried to block $1.4 billion in veteran benefits the last time they convened, and American veterans are fed up with the GOP fighting against legislation that would greatly improve their lives. After hearing Palin blame the man who actually does everything in his power to fight FOR veterans causes, they pretty much lost their sh*t.

Paul Rieckhoff, head of Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA), issued this message to Palin:

‘It’s not President Obama’s fault that Sarah Palin’s son has PTSD. PTSD is a very serious problem, a complicated mental health injury and I would be extremely reluctant to blame any one person in particular. This is a great opportunity for Sarah Palin to sound the alarm about PTSD, now that she has endorsed Mr. Trump, I would encourage her to talk with him about it. Mr. Trump’s campaign is pretty light on specifics about what he would do for veterans. I hope this doesn’t become a portable chew toy in a political campaign.’

Rieckhoff then blamed Palin for politicizing PTSD, and brought up some past instances (pre-PTSD) where Track Palin showed serious signs of mental defects that could have proven deadly. At just 16 years of age, Track was accused of cutting the brake lines of a school bus. Rieckhoff then explained that this wasn’t some trivial shoving match that got Track arrested:

‘(Track) struck (his girlfriend])on the left side of the head near her eye with a closed fist. (She) then got on the ground in a fetal position because she didn’t know what else he would do. Palin then kicked (her) on the right knee.’

The really ironic part about all of this is that Palin is backing a candidate who has said he would use military force to show “America’s strength,” eventually creating more veterans with PTSD. All the while, the man she is verbally attacking has gone to the point of making decisions that were not always politically pleasing in order to ensure that more veterans were not created due to the issues with Iran.



JOY! Heartwarming video shows Syrian refugees tobogganing for the first time after moving to Canada


In the dead of winter, this video is sure to melt your heart.

Footage of a Syrian family trying tobogganing for the first time after moving to Canada shows the children laughing and smiling as they fly down Armour Hill in Peterborough, Ont.

The video, made by OPP constable David McNab and his wife Kristy Hiltz, has already gotten more than 5,000 views since being uploaded on January 19.

“Snow is a new experience but fun in any language looks the same,” McNab said on his Youtube account.


Jeffrey would ask that in lieu of flowers, please do not vote for Donald Trump.


Obituary Condolences


"The meaning of life is 'OOPS!'" was the preeminent philosophy of Jeffrey H. Cohen, D.C., who unexpectedly passed away Sunday morning at age 70 in the Squirrel Hill home where he was raised. He bids "so long but not goodbye" to his fabulous wife, Carol Chisholm Cohen; sons, Dr. Michael (Nicole) Cohen of Tucson, Dr. Joshua (Maria) Cohen of Squirrel Hill, Jason Brown of New York and Justin Brown of Wilkinsburg; grandchildren, Cole, Julien, and Ava Cohen; and siblings, Sarah Cohen Brickenstein of Shadyside, Jane B. Cohen of Australia, and Mortimer "Herc" Cohen of California. He joins his parents, Dr. Harold and Harriet Cohen in the next world. As a teenager, Jeff spent his summers working at Bear Creek Ranch in Montana, where he learned to ride horses, chew tobacco, and "shovel more horse manure than you've ever seen in your life." He took pride in being the only Jewish cowboy that he knew of. Jeffrey completed his undergrad at Pitt, then received his Doctorate of Chiropractic from Palmer College of Chiropractic, where he studied under mentor Dr. Raymond Nimmo, adopting his specialized brand of trigger-point (non-"cracking") chiropractic. Jeff opened his private practice on April Fools Day 1976, and would often joke that in those early years he had two waiting rooms: one where the patients would wait, and one where he would wait for the patients. In time his practice grew and he became a renowned chiropractor, helping thousands of people in Pittsburgh and around the world. He became known as "The Chiropractor to the Stars," treating Gold Medal winning Olympians, members of Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre and the Pittsburgh Symphony, and professional boxers. He treated many of the Pittsburgh Steelers from the 1970s through the 2000s, including Franco Harris and L.C. Greenwood, with whom he would come to have a close, decades-long friendship. Liza Minelli flew Dr. Cohen to New York on several occasions, but at the time his sons were more impressed when he treated "Weird Al" Yankovic. One of Jeffrey's most meaningful relationships was with Fred Rogers, to whom he became a confidant and source of relief from physical pain. Jeffrey wooed his wife Carol by singing her cowboy songs on his Martin guitar. Together they raised their four sons, imbuing them with the love of all things weird and quirky they shared. The family had many wonderful adventures together, often vacationing in Chautauqua, NY and at his beloved Bear Creek Ranch. In later years Jeffrey established the Nimmo Educational Foundation and published many articles in scientific journals. He also became an Adjunct Assistant Professor at New York Chiropractic College, where he passed on his wide knowledge-base of chiropractic technique to a new generation of chiropractors. His Fifth Avenue practice remains open and continues under the leadership of his son, Dr. Joshua Cohen. Recently, Jeffrey's prime source of joy was his family, especially his grandchildren. He also delighted in the many Akita dogs he had over the years, including current partners-in-crime, Indie and Jesse James. Compassionate and kind, Jeffrey always put others before himself, happily and without hesitation. He had a special, healing touch and he brought relief to thousands of people over the decades. He was also a voracious teller of jokes of all kinds, especially dirty and groan-inducing ones. He had a great smile and all his teeth were still his. Friends received at McCABE BROTHERS FUNERAL HOME, 6214 Walnut Street, Shadyside on Friday from 12-3 p.m., followed immediately by a celebration of his life from 3-4:30 p.m., with a reception for friends and family at the Bartlett Street home following the celebration. Jeffrey would ask that in lieu of flowers, please do not vote for Donald Trump. (Also acceptable - donations to the Nimmo Educational Foundation - www.nimmoed.org - or a charity of your choice .)

Published in Pittsburgh Post-Gazette from Jan. 20 to Jan. 22, 2016
- See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/postgazette/obituary.aspx?n=jeffrey-h-cohen&pid=177366473&fhid=9799#sthash.eh3xIbRC.dpuf

Bowie leaves us and then a 9th planet appears?


October 2014: General Motors Stops Using FLINT's Water Because It Was "Causing Engine Parts To Rust"

By Ron Fonger | rfonger1@mlive.com
on October 12, 2015

FLINT, MI -- General Motors, which stopped using Flint water at its engine plant in the city one year ago, isn't switching back any time soon.


Flint changed its water source from the Detroit system to the Flint River in April 2014. It was meant to be a temporary move while the KWA pipeline was being built.

After the switch, GM stopped using Flint's water at the plant one year ago, saying chloride levels were so high that the water was causing engine parts to rust.

"At this point there are no plans to reconnect to the Flint system after the city is connected with Detroit water," Wickham said in the statement.


As Water Problems Grew, Officials Belittled Complaints From Flint

LANSING, Mich. — A top aide to Michigan’s governor referred to people raising questions about the quality of Flint’s water as an “anti-everything group.” Other critics were accused of turning complaints about water into a “political football.” And worrisome findings about lead by a concerned pediatrician were dismissed as “data,” in quotes.

That view of how the administration of Gov. Rick Snyder initially dealt with the water crisis in the poverty-stricken, black-majority city of Flint emerged from 274 pages of emails, made public by the governor on Wednesday.

The correspondence records mounting complaints by the public and elected officials, as well as growing irritation by state officials over the reluctance to accept their assurances.

It was not until late in 2015, after months of complaints, that state officials finally conceded what critics had been contending: that Flint was in the midst of a major public health emergency, as tap water pouring into families’ homes contained enough lead to show up in the blood of dozens of people in the city. Even small amounts of lead could cause lasting health and developmental problems in children.


No joke, the entire first email released by Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder is redacted:


Sarah Blames President Obama For Violent Track Record

Department of Labor sends warning shot to clients of temp staffing agencies

Department of Labor sends warning shot to clients of temp staffing agencies
In an increasingly outsourced economy, the administration says more companies should take responsibility for the workers they hire indirectly.

The Department of Labor thinks more companies should take responsibility for their contracted workforces, and it’s just told them exactly how and when.

If there’s one trend that’s characterized the changing American workforce more than any other in recent decades, it’s been the fracturing of the employment relationship, as companies focus on their “core competencies” and pay other businesses to do everything else.

Subcontracting, outsourcing, and the use of staffing agencies allows businesses to inexpensively scale up and scale down their labor needs, without the extra hassle and liability of adding payroll. But it also adds another layer between workers and the bosses who call the shots, shielding managers from responsibility when the labor provider doesn’t follow the law.

Department of Labor’ Wage and Hour Division director David Weil, a former business school professor, calls this trend “fissuring.” He thinks lots of those client companies should really be considered “joint employers,” together with the contractors that sign the checks, making them liable for violations. And Wednesday, his department issued detailed guidance drawing the categories in black and white, sending a message to employers that they had better fall on the right side.


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