Class Of 2012 Faces Improved Job Market

CHICAGO (UPI) — The U.S. job market shows a critically promising sign for college graduates, as more than half of employers indicated they plan to hire, a recent study found.

In an annual survey conducted by Harris Interactive and sponsored by CareerBuilder, researchers found 54 percent of employers indicated they had plans to hire a freshly minted college graduate this year.

The figure is a solid jump from the 46 percent from a poll taken a year earlier and 44 percent in the poll taken in 2010, CareerBuilder said.

The survey of 2,000 hiring managers conducted Feb. 9 through March 2 found 20 percent of employers indicated their starting wage was less than $30,000, while 30 percent indicated salaries started at $30,000 to $40,000 and 28 percent said salaries would exceed $50,000 for recent college graduates.

Twenty-one percent indicated starting salaries fell between $40,000 and $50,000.

Thirty-nine percent of hiring managers indicated they were seeking a candidate with a business degree, while 24 percent indicated someone with a computing and information services degree was on their hiring list.

Twenty-three percent indicated an engineering degree would help. From there, the demand for various degrees drops.

Thirteen percent of hiring managers indicated they are seeking a job candidate with a math or statistics degree, matched by the health profession (13 percent) and followed by communications (12 percent) and liberal arts (9 percent).

Those numbers don’t directly match up with responses to the question, “What jobs are employers targeting college grads to fill?” CareerBuilder said.

Respondents indicated the jobs available involve information technology (25 percent), customer service (23 percent), sales (21 percent), finance or accounting (18 percent), marketing (17 percent) and business development (17 percent).

Insurers To Pay $1.3 Billion In Rebates

OAKLAND, Calif. (UPI) — Early estimates indicate U.S. insurance firms will pay $1.3 billion in rebates in 2012 for non-compliance with a new federal statute, a watchdog group said.

The Affordable Care Act that began in 2011 stipulates large insurers must return 85 percent of premium dollars to customers and smaller firms must reach an 80 percent threshold, the Kaiser Family Foundation said in a statement Thursday.

The law says no more than 20 percent and 15 percent of premiums, respectively, can be used to cover administrative costs or for company profits.

Preliminary estimates indicate insurers will pay rebates of $541 million in the large employer market, $377 million in the smaller business market and $426 million in the individual insurance market, the foundation said.

As many as 92 percent of individual policy holders in Texas and 86 percent in Oklahoma can expect rebates while individuals in several other states can expect no rebate, the group said.

Nationwide, 215 insurance plans expect to issue rebates to 3.4 million individual market customers.

The largest per-person rebates are expected in Alaska, Maryland and Pennsylvania with rebates averaging $305, $294 and $243, respectively.

The 80 percent and 85 percent thresholds are known as the industry’s medical loss ratio.

The rebates are expected by August, the statement said.

Ugandan Man Fathered 158 Children

KATEERA, Uganda, (UPI) — A 103-year-old Ugandan man died after fathering 158 children and amassing around 500 grandchildren.

Jack Kigongo of Kateera village fathered his children from 20 wives, with the oldest child being 60-years-old and the youngest being 15, The New Vision, Uganda, reported Wednesday.

Patrick Bulira Kigongo said his father, who is believed to have fathered the highest number of children in Uganda, was wealthy after serving in World War II but fell on hard times following the five-year bush-war that brought the NRM/NRA to power in Uganda.

Patrick Kigongo said 22 of his brothers died in the war.

“Three of my brothers are in the army — a captain, a sergeant and a lieutenant,” he said.

He said a number of Kigongo’s widows and children live in his mansion, which still bears damage from the war.

Puppy Leads NYC Airport Staff On Chase

NEW YORK, (UPI) — A 14-month-old puppy escaped from her carrier while being loaded onto a plane in New York and led workers on a 10-minute chase.

Port Authority spokesman Ron Marsico said the Rhodesian ridgeback puppy, named Byrdie, was being loaded onto a Delta flight to Memphis Wednesday morning at LaGuardia International Airport when the pooch got loose and led workers on a chase around the airport, the New York Daily News reported Thursday.

Austin Varner, 26, the dog’s owner, told the Memphis Commercial Appeal she was approached by LaGuardia and Delta staff shortly after boarding the plane.

“They took me physically outside the plane and said, ‘Ma’am, your dog got loose and we’re trying to catch her,'” Varner said. “The staff at LaGuardia and Delta were great. They kind of had detained her; they took me out there and she came right to me.

“I don’t think there’s any way to know if the kennel was the issue or the door was opened,” Varner said. “When we finally got her back in her cage, they put 10 Zip Ties on it.”

Varner said Byrdie had ridden in airplanes four times prior to Wednesday without any incidents.

Cab Driver Refuses To Take Shoplifters

SALEM, Mass., (UPI) — Police in Massachusetts said two suspected shoplifters were busted when a taxi cab driver refused to give them a ride home with their ill-gotten gains.

Salem police said they were called to the Walmart store about 7:30 p.m. Tuesday on a report of two shoplifters fleeing the store with four cases of beer, two cases of diapers and a case of baby formula, the New Hampshire Union Leader in Manchester reported Wednesday.

Investigators said the men had called a cab to pick them up at the store, but the driver, sensing something was up, refused to give them a ride.

Officers chased Shaun Klier, 29, of Lawrence, Mass., to the parking lot of a nearby gas station and John Murphy, 46, of Lawrence, was arrested in the parking lot of a nearby fitness center.

Klier was charged with theft and a probation violation. Murphy, who allegedly lied to officers about his name, was charged with theft, false reports to law enforcement and resisting arrest.

Man Knocked From Scooter Chair, Ticketed

WATERBURY, Conn., (UPI) — A 76-year-old Connecticut man who was knocked from his scooter chair when it was struck by a car was ticketed by police.

Police said Thomas Galvin was driving his motorized chair north in the southbound lane of Thomaston Avenue in Waterbury about 4 p.m. Tuesday when he was struck by a 1992 Ford Crown Victoria exiting a gas station, the Waterbury Republican American reported Wednesday.

An ambulance took Galvin to Saint Mary’s Hospital, where he was treated for non-serious injuries.

Galvin was issued citations for improper operation of a motor-driven cycle on the roadway and violation of a permit provision. Police said Galvin does not have a medical prescription for the chair.

The driver of the Ford, who remained at the scene until police arrived, was not ticketed.

Dalai Lama Loves Bush ‘As A Human Being’

ROCHESTER, Minn., (UPI) — The Dalai Lama told CNN host Piers Morgan during an interview in Minnesota he loves former President George W. Bush “as a human being.”

The Tibetan leader, who spoke to Morgan in Rochester following his annual physical, said he did not agree with all of Bush’s policies, but he loves him “as a human being,” CNN reported Wednesday.

“Of course as individual, individual person. I love President Bush,” the Dalai Lama said in the interview, which is set to air during Wednesday night’s broadcast of “Piers Morgan Tonight.”

“As a human being. Not as president of America. Sometimes his policy may not be very, very successful. But as a person, as a human being, very nice person. I love him,” the spiritual leader said. “After he sort of start the Iraq sort of crisis then my other occasion meeting with him, I expressed to him, I love you, but your policies concerned, I have some reservations. I told him.”

Hospital To Pay $755,000 For Infection

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., (UPI) — Michigan’s Spectrum Health Butterworth Hospital was ordered by a judge to pay $755,000 to a woman who developed a flesh-eating bacteria.

Last week, a jury in Grand Rapids awarded Kelly Robinson $755,000 in her lawsuit against the hospital and a physician’s assistant there, The Grand Rapids (Mich.) Press reported Thursday.

Robinson’s attorney, Kevin Lesperance, told the court that on Nov. 15, 2008, the woman went to Spectrum Health seeking treatment for a sore throat. She was given pain medication and told to come back if the symptoms grew worse.

Lesperance said the woman returned to the hospital later that day, complaining that her sore throat became worse. Robinson was sent home again with more painkillers but no antibiotics.

On Nov. 16, 2008, Robinson returned for a third time after her condition became much worse. She was then diagnosed with a bacterial infection, Lesperance said, which progressed from a Group B strep to a flesh-eating bacteria, the newspaper said.

Lesperance questioned the way the situation was handled, saying, “The physician’s assistant needs to recognize that something is wrong, get information to a doctor and needs to ask the doctor to see the patient.”

After being awarded the $755,000 by the jury, Lesperance said he and Robinson were pleased, but that the trial was about patient safety in general.

“What happened to Kelly knocked this lady off her feet,” he said, speaking of her years-long recovery. “Kelly doesn’t want this to happen to anybody else.”

A spokeswoman for the hospital said Spectrum Health plans to appeal the decision.

Texas Hands Over Social Security Numbers

AUSTIN, Texas, (UPI) — Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott’s office accidentally handed over the Social Security numbers of millions of Texas voters to lawyers, officials say.

Lawyers challenging the Texas Voter ID law were given access to a voter database for analysis. Abbott’s office thought the attorneys would only be able to see the last four digits of Social Security numbers, of the 13 million voter records on the disks, about half included complete Social Security numbers, the San Antonio Express-News reported.

First Assistant Attorney Daniel Hodge assured Texas voters the information was never in danger of becoming public. The database was handed over on six password-protected encrypted disks under protective order from the court. When Abbott’s office learned of the mistake, a state police officer was dispatched to retrieve the disks from New York, Washington and Boston on April 12, the report said.

“At no time were these Social Security numbers exposed to the public,” Hodge told the Express-News. “No one was ever at risk.”

Rebecca Acuna, spokeswoman for the Texas Democratic Party, responded to the incident Wednesday.

“It’s shocking that a person who claims to be so concerned by identity theft could be this reckless with Texans’ most private information. Greg Abbott clearly has misplaced priorities,” she said. “This scenario wouldn’t have happened if Abbott spent as much time protecting Texans as he does trying to disenfranchise them.”

The Voter ID law was signed into law by Texas Gov. Rick Perry last year, but has been on hold by the U.S. Department of Justice until Texas can prove the law will not discriminate against minority voters.

The law would require voters to present one of five acceptable types of photo ids at their polling places. Critics say the law, which does not count college IDs among the acceptable types of ID, discriminates against younger voters, as well as poor or disabled voters who may not have the means to acquire a photo ID.

Teacher Arrested For Facebook Messages

HOUSTON, (UPI) — A Houston middle school teacher was arrested and charged for allegedly sending inappropriate text and Facebook messages to students, police say.

Paul Roberts, a Stafford Middle School award-winning math teacher, was suspended Tuesday for “inappropriate electronic communication between a teacher and students,” the school said.

He was arrested Tuesday and charged with improper relations with a student, a second-degree felony, KTRK-TV, Houston, reported. Superintendent Lace Hindt said the messages were brought to his attention by a parent who found them on her son’s phone. The messages were suggestive and full of foul language. He allegedly had sent similar messages through Facebook as well.

The school district told KHOU-TV, Houston, there were at least two students who confirmed having received inappropriate messages from Roberts.

Roberts is being held in Fort Bend County Jail in lieu of a $7,500 bond. He had started teaching at Stafford last year.

Boehner: Let Obamacare Pay Student Loans

WASHINGTON, (UPI) — The House will vote on taking money from the U.S. healthcare-overhaul law to keep student-loan interest rates from doubling, House Speaker John Boehner said.

Boehner, R-Ohio — who said the vote would happen Friday — accused President Barack Obama of political theatrics in his two-day tour of three university campuses in swing states to get Congress to extend the low interest rate on federal student loans.

“You know this week, the president is traveling the country on the taxpayer’s dime, campaigning and trying to invent a fight where there isn’t one and never has been one on this issue of student loans,” Boehner said in a hastily arranged news conference Wednesday.

“Let’s fix the problems for young Americans and leave the campaign theatrics for the fall,” Boehner said.

The House speaker said the $5.9 billion one-year extension of the low interest rate would be paid for out of a $17 billion prevention and public health fund in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, the Obama administration’s signature healthcare law. Boehner called the healthcare money a “slush fund.”

Rep. Chris Van Hollen, D-Md., responded, saying Republicans were “yet again asking working families to pay the price instead of closing tax loopholes that benefit special interests.”

House Democrats introduced their own measure, which would cancel tax subsidies for big oil companies as a way to pay for freezing student loan rates at current levels.

At his college stops, Obama assailed congressional Republicans for actions he said held up legislation to prevent the interest rate on subsidized Stafford student loans from doubling to 6.8 percent July 1.

Those loans are taken out by nearly 8 million students each year.

A few hours before Boehner spoke, Obama told University of Iowa students a Boehner spokesman had said Obama’s focus on student loans was an effort to “distract people from the economy.”

“Now think about that for a second, because these guys don’t get it,” Obama told the boisterous student audience. “If you do well, the economy does well. This is about the economy. What economy are they talking about? You are the economy.”

Obama spoke to audiences at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the University of Colorado at Boulder Tuesday.

The low interest rate resulted from the 2007 College Cost Reduction and Access Act, which reduced interest rates on subsidized Stafford loans for the following four academic years to the current 3.4 percent, with the proviso the rates would revert to 6.8 percent July 1.

When the 2007 law was passed, 77 Republicans — including many still in Congress — voted for it, The New York Times said.

The Congressional Budget Office has estimated a one-year freeze on the subsidized Stafford loan interest rate would cost $6 billion.

Official: Army May Lay Off 29,000 Soldiers

WASHINGTON, (UPI) — Budget cuts may make the U.S. Army lay off 29,000 enlisted soldiers and officers, a Pentagon official said as GOP lawmakers sought to restore defense funding.

“I hate to throw out numbers, but I have seen numbers that will approach the enlisted category perhaps as high as the mid-20s — 23, 24,000,” Thomas R. Lamont, the Army’s top personnel official, told the Senate Armed Services Committee’s personnel subcommittee Wednesday.

“And on the officer contingent — again these are very rough numbers and all based again on assumptions and attrition rates — officers may go up to 4,500, maybe 5,000,” said Lamont, assistant Army secretary for manpower and reserve affairs.

“There will be some officers — and there will be some very good non-commissioned officers — that will want to stay in the Army and will probably not,” added Lt. Gen. Thomas P. Bostick, Army deputy chief of staff.

Lamont and Bostick were among military officials testifying a day before House Armed Services Committee panels were to begin marking up the fiscal 2013 National Defense Authorization Bill.

The Republican-controlled committee has said it intends to add about $8 billion to the $546 billion for defense set by the Budget Control Act that ended last year’s U.S. debt-ceiling crisis.

The crisis threatened to push the federal government into sovereign default on or about Aug. 3, 2011.

The act will trigger across-the-board spending cuts of more than $100 billion a year, starting next fiscal year, if Congress doesn’t identify ways of cutting the deficit at least $1.2 trillion during the next decade.

Those reductions — split evenly between defense and non-defense programs — would hit the Pentagon with a $54 billion cut in 2013.

The Obama administration seeks to cut defense spending in fiscal 2013, but increase it afterward, just not as fast as previously planned.

The House GOP plan calls for defense spending to be at the same rate next year as it is this year, and future increases to be higher than the White House plan.

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said Jan. 26 that under the 2013 defense budget, the Army would lose 80,000 soldiers as the Army shrinks to 490,000 from a 570,000 peak, but he did not say then whether the reduction would be through layoffs or through attrition as soldiers retire.

Panetta said the number of Marines would drop by 20,000 to 182,000, the Air Force would buy fewer new Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II jet fighters and scrap 92 cargo planes and jets, and the Navy would lose seven cruisers.

Pay raises would be limited beginning in 2015, and healthcare fees for retirees would rise, Panetta said, adding the moves would not compromise security.

Funding for special operations forces trained to perform high-risk dangerous missions, such as the raid that killed Osama bin Laden, would continue to grow as would the military’s fleet of drones, Panetta said.

The troop reductions “are potentially devastating to our national security,” Senate Armed Services Committee member Joseph Lieberman, Ind-Conn., said after Panetta presented his proposed “tough budget choices” needed to reach $487 billion in cuts over 10 years.

These reductions, which would require congressional approval, “are the result of budget pressure, not what is best for America’s security,” Lieberman said.

House Armed Services Committee Chairman Howard McKeon, R-Calif., said Wednesday he would seek to increase funding for new M1 Abrams battle tanks, guided-missile Navy destroyers and a mobile air defense system in the defense budget, and seek to put a brake to the planned reduction in military force numbers.

Percentage Of Mixed-Race U.S. Babies Up

WASHINGTON, (UPI) — The percentage of mixed-race babies born in the United States rose from 5 percent to 7 percent in 10 years, a demographer said.

William H. Frey of the Brookings Institution analyzed Census figures, The Washington Post reported. He said that in 2009, the year before the 2010 Census, more than 7 percent of newborns had parents of different races, while the number of children who have one white parent and the other black or Asian doubled.

Frey said there appear to be two trends at work. One is that there are more mixed-race couples, and the other that a mixed-race identity is more acceptable.

“I think people are more comfortable in identifying themselves, and their children, as mixed race,” he said. “It’s much more socially acceptable, more mainstream, to say, ‘That’s what we want to identify them as.'”

Frey said older people with one black parent tend to identify as black — citing President Barack Obama as an example.

The War On Error

All right, all you fearmongers, war profiteers, chicken hawks, anti-Muslim bigots and conservative riffraff: You are all welcome to return to the humdrum drone of your daily existences. Despite your intransigence, your racism and your willingness to endanger the future of the world in favor of gross partisanship, President Barack Obama has finally delivered on that Nobel Peace Prize he won a few years back. That’s right, you right-wing curmudgeons: Thanks to Obama, peace is at hand.

In a Monday article in National Journal, a senior Obama flunky announced: “The war on terror is over.” While I’m sure you share my amazement that such an enormously important revelation was left to some State Department sock puppet as opposed to a bells-and-whistles Rose Garden press event, you should be less interested in who rang the bells of peace and more interested in why the announcement hasn’t been trumpeted across the proverbial rooftops of the world.

Surely, Obama — rocked as he is by a proliferation of scandals — would be loath to pass up an opportunity to play tough guy with the eyes of the world upon him. Bolstered by corporate media coverage that comes in somewhere between “fawning” and “restraining order,” Obama gravitates toward smiling photo ops the way Michael Moore gravitates toward Crisco. Granted, announcing victory in the War on Terror isn’t as cool as — say — dinner with Oprah Winfrey. Nonetheless, declaring an end to the threat posed by the suicide bomber set has to rank up there in liberal fantasies with free attendance at a Bill Ayers bomb-making seminar.

Surely, Obama wouldn’t delegate to some Foggy Bottom functionary the responsibility of declaring an end to the threat posed by subhuman savagery of the Islamofascist death cultists after decades of hijackings, kidnappings and bombings. After all, an almost-blind item in a magazine article isn’t likely to swing back the millions of voters who have abandoned Obama in recent months. Plus, if Obama passes on the presser, then the first lady loses a built-in excuse for a new wardrobe.

Surely, the random acknowledgement of the end of the defining conflict of our age wasn’t merely some cynical political gamesmanship — a test balloon to see if Americans would buy such nonsense, re-visualize Obama as some sort of wartime savior and forgive the disgrace he has heaped upon us during his occupation of the White House. Furthermore, if Obama and his minions did decide to sneak a major change in terror policy (from “Islamofascist are bad” to “What Islamofascists? You mean Akbar? He’s just misunderstood”) past the voting public, then the anonymous State Department mouthpiece who declared the War on Terror as finished as John Edwards’ chances of winning another election had better start watching his back.

Surely, Obama didn’t deliberately mute the announcement in order to shade a direction in policy away from Islamofascists who promise action-film deaths for everyone who opposes burqas, clitoridectomies and honor killings and toward patriots who commit the unpardonable sin of opposing Obama. Just because legions of Obama’s Democratic co-conspirators have traded in focus on Shariah proponents for focus on the Tea Party and the National Rifle Association doesn’t mean that the President has shifted his watchful gaze from real terrorists to a ludicrous target, does it? For example, even the most unhinged liberal recognizes that an Islamofascist with a brick of Semtex and a dream is more dangerous than a 4-year-old girl from Montana, right?

And surely Obama isn’t leaking out some of sort of stealthy olive branch to the rising Islamofascists in the Mideast. We know that Obama would never sell out the safety and security of millions of people in order to appease the twisted sensibilities of sand-pounding lunatics, don’t we?

There is good news, however. Since the War on Terror has concluded, our men and women in uniform can pack their gear and head home. The Transportation Security Administration can discontinue its air passenger molestation program. The five dozen or so unmanned drones peeking at us from above can be redeployed somewhere more worthwhile than the skies over Gadsden, Ala.

Because surely Obama isn’t lying about victory in the defining conflict of the new millennium in an effort to rescue his fading electoral hopes, right?

–Ben Crystal

Obama’s Short-Term Memory Loss On Pot Policy

President Barack Obama, despite admitting to inhaling, probably doesn’t have too many stoner friends in the Nation because his promises and his Presidential actions regarding medical marijuana policy have differed.

Despite laws in some States that made legal the use of medical marijuana, Obama’s Department of Justice has continued to use Federal resources to conduct raids on medical marijuana producers in places like Colorado and California.

Obama, promising to end the raids that had begun under President George W. Bush, said on the campaign trail in 2008, “I’m not going to be using Justice Department resources to try to circumvent state laws on this issue.”

But that is exactly what his Administration has done, and now he is backpedaling.

“What I specifically said was that we were not going to prioritize prosecutions of persons who are using medical marijuana,” Obama said in a recent explanation of his policy. “I never made a commitment that somehow we were going to give carte blanche to large-scale producers and operators of marijuana — and the reason is, because it’s against federal law.”

Rolling Stone magazine calls out the Obama Administration in a recent article:

The administration’s retreat on medical pot is certainly consistent with its broader election-year strategy of seeking to outflank Republicans on everything from free trade to offshore drilling. Obama’s advisers may be betting that a tough-on-pot stance will shore up the president’s support among seniors in November, as well as voters in Southern swing states like Virginia and North Carolina that are less favorable to drug reform. But the president could pay a steep price for his anti-pot crackdown this fall, particularly if it winds up alienating young voters in swing states like Colorado, where two-thirds of residents support medical mari­juana. In November, Colorado voters will likely consider a referendum to legalize all pot use for adults – and undercutting enthusiasm for the issue will only dampen turnout that could benefit the president.

Like so many of President Obama’s other promises, many medical marijuana advocates say his “rethink and decriminalize” rhetoric during the 2008 election went up in smoke when he got in the Oval Office.

The Lessons Of The Secret Service Scandal

Wayne Allyn Root says the Government Services Administration scandal shows why our government is bankrupt: It’s because government employees are spending other people’s money. On the other hand, the Colombian prostitution scandal could serve as a valuable lesson to all government employees because of something more shocking than the sex. The Secret Service agents did two things that government employees usually don’t while on official business: They used their own money and even attempted to get a better deal.
 

New Pretenses For Revenues And Taxation

Congressional aides call it “Taxmaggedon.” Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke calls it “a massive fiscal cliff.” “It” is Jan. 1, the day taxes increase because the George W. Bush-era tax cuts expire and Obamacare taxes kick in.

According to The New York Times, it will mean a typical middle-class household making $50,000 will see a tax increase of about $1,750. If not addressed, according to The Times, inflation-adjusted, after-tax income will fall to 1998 levels.

Some people, including President Barack Obama, are playing the class warfare angle, demonizing the rich as a means gaining support for higher taxes. Democrat National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz recently said the Bush tax cuts will not be continued. But none of the elites in halls of power are talking about making any significant cuts in the growing government Leviathan.

In Rights of Man, Thomas Paine warned that, “Invention is continually exercised, to furnish new pretenses for revenues and taxation. It watches prosperity as its prey and permits none to escape without tribute.”

Tax increases, even if placed only on the so-called rich, will eventually work their way down to everyone in one form or another. It’s just the way the economy works.

TSA Suspected 4-Year-Old Girl Had A Gun

Isabella Brademeyer, a 4-year-old from Montana, was deemed a high security threat by Transportation Security Administration officers after hugging her grandmother.

Isabella, her sister, her mother and her grandmother were traveling home to Montana after attending a wedding in Kansas.

The family passed through security scanners, but the grandmother triggered an alarm. Isabella ran back and hugged her grandmother. It was at this point that TSA officials thought the grandmother had handed Isabella a gun.

“It was implied, several times, that my mother, in their brief two-second embrace, had passed a handgun to my daughter,” Isabella’s mother wrote on Facebook.

As any 4-year-old would do, Isabella ran from TSA officials.

One of the officials allegedly said that the airport would have to be shut down if Isabella did not cooperate.

“When my scared child could not do so, two TSOs called for backup saying, ‘The suspect is not cooperating.’ The suspect, of course, being a frightened child. They treated my daughter no better than if she had been a terrorist,” posted the mother.

Initially, the family was told by TSA agents that they would have to leave the airport because they would not frisk a 4-year-old. But age hasn’t stopped TSA in recent times. TSA has harassed a 7-year-old girl with cerebral palsy and a 3-year-old in a wheelchair. In the end, Isabella was frisked as well.

Apparently, TSA officials who initially covered the situation passed the news on to other airports. In Denver, an airport employee asked the family to point out Isabella.

TSA responded to the incident: “TSA has reviewed the incident and determined that our officers followed proper current screening procedures in conducting a modified pat-down on the child.”

Grandmother Opens Fire On Robbers

A Georgia grandmother saved her money and her life by firing shots at two men attempting to rob her.

After Lulu Campbell, 57, dropped off her grandson at her daughter’s house, two men approached Campbell’s truck, demanded money and threatened to shoot her.

The robbers wanted Campbell to open the door, but she refused. “I said, ‘Baby, you’re going to kill me anyway, so I don’t have to open it!’” Campbell said.

According to Campbell, one of the men fired a shot and missed. Campbell, who always carries a gun, fired back and hit the man in the chest. A shootout ensued with the second man, and he eventually fled the scene.

Reportedly, Campbell’s truck sustained eight bullet holes in the hood, and both side windows were shot out.

Campbell, who owns convenience stores and gas stations, told The Telegraph: “I’m very nervous. I carry a gun all the time.”

One of the attackers, Brenton Lane Spencer, is hospitalized. The other suspect, Dantre Shivers, has not been apprehended.

Campbell left the scene unharmed.

Dumb America

An Analysis

American citizen, you are grotesquely ignorant.

On the whole, your society exemplifies Webster’s definition of the word “oblivious”: 1) lacking remembrance, memory, or mindful attention 2) lacking active conscious knowledge or awareness.

Perhaps you aren’t completely to blame for your disgusting inability to think for yourself, act in your own self-interest and attain feelings of emotional stability or good health without the guidance of a lifelong Nanny. Your devolution has been engineered by a parasitic State that understands the need to numb and stupefy your most basic human instincts and desires. You have been helped to the point of incompetence and made an idiot by a society of simplicity and convenience.

Your food is not food, and it is served to you through a window while you sit in your automobile.

If you do not attempt to provide for yourself and those who depend on you, it is done for you.

Your friends are not friends, but faces on a screen. You likely have thousands of them but few meaningful relationships.

Sex is exploited to divert your attention. Even political news sites often include more sex stories than news.

Your political views are molded by politicians’ and media’s exploitation of emotionally-charged social issues — abortion, women’s rights, race relations, etc. — so you do not realize that you are losing rights daily.

You idolize idiots for their physical attributes or charm. When given the opportunity to obsess over their lives so you can forget that your own is unfulfilling, you are grateful.

Politicians use phrases like “right wing” or “left wing,” to make you believe in freedom of political choice, democracy and liberty. There is no such thing in this collapsing society. There is only the slavery of consumption. If you are a person who recognizes this and attempts to live a lifestyle that diminishes the State’s involvement in your affairs, you are branded a terrorist, conspiracy nut or simply crazy.

The United States is the Roman Empire, and bread and circus rules the populace. If you think this is untrue, consider how ignorant the man holding the highest political office in the Nation believes you to be. President Barack Obama was elected on a platform of lies: ending war, restoring liberty by undoing the police state and giving average Americans more paths to greatness. He now makes television appearances and insults your intelligence by singing to you about the value of further empowering the increasingly something-for-nothing college scam.

Some of you, realizing how bad things really are and how much worse they will get, have attempted to force changes and reforms. You started the Tea Party; you attended rallies and elected new politicians to change government from within. Others among you joined Occupy Wall Street and began to call for a removal of corporate and special interests in government.

The elites recognized the call for change from both groups and quickly acted — but not in your favor. They mobilized their paid for mainstream media to make you — the idiot — believe that Tea Partiers are all right-wing, racist women-haters and that all OWS activists are baby-killing, anarchist queers. After polarizing both movements with social stigma, members were easily assimilated by the Republican and Democratic establishment as useful idiots for both sides.

It is amusing that both the Tea Party and OWS agree that Federal bailouts for corporations are an abomination, and both agree that these corporate bailouts were handed out because of corporate special interests paying off and offering support to lawmakers. Members in both groups that have not been brainwashed by the establishment decry the growing police state, the corrupt medical establishment and special interest meddling in government to control every aspect of American life. Support for the establishment-hated Presidential candidate Ron Paul and his mission to destroy the Federal Reserve can also be seen by the same members of both groups.

Adbusters, the anti-establishment publication credited with sparking OWS, recently recognized the Democratic takeover of the movement, writing: “First they silenced our uprising with a media blackout… then they smashed our encampments with midnight paramilitary raids… and now they’re threatening to neutralize our insurgency with an insidious campaign of donor money and co-optation. This counter-strategy worked to kill off the Tea Party’s outrage and turn it into a puppet of the Republican Party. Will the same happen with Occupy Wall Street? Will our insurgency turn into the Democrats’ Tea Party pet?”

What if you weren’t dumb and realized that by building on common ground rather than fighting over ideological differences put forth by the media, the two groups might actually have a chance to topple the political establishment and its false left-right paradigm? That would be bad news for the powerful elite who control your money and your life and who have worked so very hard to make you stupid. If people who think they are on opposing sides of the political argument were to ever wake up en masse and realize their propagandized realities, they would rise up together and kill their masters.

The “us versus them,” you see, has nothing to do with contention between average Americans no matter what political ideologies they follow. “Us” is me, you — the idiots — and “them” is the group of elite power brokers that push and prod us through the media and fiat money that they control. They are the ones with the shiny objects; Americans love shiny objects.

Violence May Change Child’s DNA

DURHAM, N.C. (UPI) — Children who experienced violence or bullying may incur DNA damage that leads to premature aging, U.S. researchers said.

Lead author Idan Shalev, a postdoctoral researcher at the Duke Institute for Genome Sciences & Policy in Durham, N.C., and colleagues measured cellular aging by studying the ends of children’s chromosomes — telomeres — which act like the plastic tips on shoelaces and prevent the DNA in chromosomes from unraveling, USA Today reported.

Previous research has shown several factors could shorten telomeres — including smoking, radiation and taking care of a chronically ill person.

The researchers interviewed the mothers of 236 children at ages 5, 7 and 10. The women indicated whether the children had been exposed to domestic violence between the mother and her partner, physical maltreatment by an adult, or bullying. The researchers measured the children’s telomeres at ages 5 and 10.

The study published in the journal Molecular Psychiatry found the telomeres shortened at a faster rate in children exposed to two or more types of violence, putting them at risk of heart disease 7-10 years earlier than their peers.