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Honesty Ratings Of Police, Clergy Differ Most By Party



Party Differences in Honesty and Ethics Ratings of Professions, December 2013



” Reinforcing the power party identification has in shaping Americans’ views of many aspects of the world around them, Republicans and Democrats differ by at least 10 percentage points in their honesty and ethics ratings of six of 22 professions included in Gallup’s 2013 update. Republicans rate the honesty and ethical standards of police officers, clergy, military officers, and pharmacists higher than Democrats do. In turn, Democrats are more positive about judges and TV reporters.”


There is lots more detail at the link









From Roger’s Rules





” Witnessing the unedifying spectacle put on by our masters in Washington this last week or so, we could only shake our heads sadly. And when we contemplated the action of ordinary citizens — those vets who disassembled the “Barrycades” erected in front of national monuments by a punitive Obama administration — we couldn’t help wondering whether the country was teetering towards a pre-revolutionary state. Take a look at this video showing hundreds of veterans confronting park police in riot gear — riot gear! — in front of the White House. How about this photo of a vet: he lost the bottom half of both legs fighting to protect us from foreign enemies, and here he is now, tearing down those Barrycades, fighting to protect our prerogatives as free citizens, protesting the arrogant, overweening actions of a political elite that more and more views us citizens as serfs:

There is a lot more to be said about the events of the last couple of weeks: the pseudo-shutdown, the ham-handed and ineffectual pontifications of John Boehner, the punitive actions of the increasingly lawless Obama administration. Pundits and markets the world over heaved a collective sigh of relief when this circus of intransigence, stupidity, and preening brinksmanship collapsed on itself yesterday, but what happened is not behind us: it is prelude, not history. We are in the midst of political, social, and moral realignment, the lineaments of which no one’s crystal ball is sufficiently prescient to delineate with anything more than guess and possibilities.

This is a large subject, better suited to a book than a blog post. But let me draw on “The Obamacare Disaster,” an essay by Conrad Black at NRO, to highlight some of the headwinds we face. First, a few data points:

The United States has 5 percent of the world’s people, 25 percent of its incarcerated people, and half of its trained lawyers (who now take about 10 percent of the GDP); the legal system is an embarrassment, and the criminal-justice system is a disgrace, in which prosecutors win 99.5 percent of their cases, 97 percent of them without a trial. The legislators of the country are ultimately responsible for this corruption of what the Constitution and Bill of Rights set up as a just and merciful Society of Laws. The terminal cancer of legal paralysis spreads every week of every year.

Can you doubt that what Black says is true? But what are “we the people” going to do about this metastasizing pathology? “








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Legal fights already have erupted over early voting in Ohio and Florida, and storm damage poses challenges in New York and New Jersey.

  ” There was the actual storm. Then there is the metaphorical perfect storm.

With polls showing a close presidential race, fears have risen that the integrity of Tuesday’s presidential election could be thrown into doubt by either damage from super storm Sandy, which has created enormous voting challenges in New York and New Jersey, or the confluence of ballot box disputes in battleground states.

Armies of lawyers were at the ready Monday as tussles continued over voting, especially in Ohio and Florida, the two states considered most likely to throw the presidential election into an overtime ballot dispute reminiscent of the Bush-Gore race of 2000.”

  “There’s a vicious cycle in America: politicians make up onerous laws and regulations, and lawyers get rich exploiting them. But the
situation is even worse when the politicians are the lawyers — or in other words, the Democratic Party.

Mr 99%

  Since we are on the subject of campaign finance perhaps now is a good time to look at Dear Leader’s donor lists in a bit more detail than the bootlickers are wont to do . 

In the 2008 election cycle Wall Street ( who reaped billions from Obama’s Bailouts , see below ) gave him nearly $16 million and that trend continues. Now that is a fine return on their investment , wouldn’t you say ?

*See Glossary at the bottom of this page for definitions of “disbursed,” etc.

[hide]Liquidity Loans for Banks and Financial Co.s
Capital Purchase Program (Treasury) $204.9 $218.0 $21.7
Capital Assistance Program (Treasury) $0 $0 $0
Systemically Significant Failing Institutions Program (AIG) (Treasury) $67.8 $69.8 $53.1
Targeted Investment Program (Treasury) $40.0 $40.0 $0
[hide]Toxic Asset Purchases
Term Asset-Backed Securities Loan Facility (“TALF”) (Mostly Federal Reserve, some Treasury) $67.0 $1,080.0 $12.9
Public-Private Investment Program: Legacy Securities Program (Treasury) $17.0 $1,000.0 $15.9
Public-Private Investment Program: Legacy Loans Program (FDIC) $0.728 n/a $0.728

This whole TARP business is very convoluted ( intentionally so ? ) and I won’t pretend to be able to understand all the numbers but it is clear that in exchange for a few paltry millions the banks reaped BILLIONS in return . If only my financial adviser could provide me those kinds of return on my investments . 

  This should dispel the notion that Obama is anything but a 1%er and that he shuns corporate money . 

Next up from the special interest gift horse that funds this man ( and all Dems for that matter ) we have the unions . Ah yes , the working people you say , but you would be wrong . While the money comes from the worker’s paycheck they have no say as to where that money goes . Nor for that matter do they have any choice as to whether to donate at all . The big wigs ( more 1%ers ) make the decisions regarding campaign donations . The SEIU alone ponied up $60.7 mill towards his election . Surprisingly I was stumped in searching out hard numbers for the multitude of of union contributions to Obama 2008 .

Then we can take up the legal industry . As we know there is no interest group less enamored with the idea of tort reform than the legal profession . It is their cash cow and who but dems to prevent the necessary reforms . Hence Obama and the dems harvest profusely from the legal field . Yes , $45 million profusely . With that kind of money in play is it any wonder why there is nothing that you can do today where the presence of the ambulance chasers isn’t felt . We have become a litigation society at the behest of the legal industry and their future employees in congress .

We haven’t addressed the public service unions , like the teachers , bureaucrats , police , fire and such that overwhelmingly go to Barack and the dems but i’m running out of steam . Trying to find documented figures for these organizations proved more taxing even in this internet age than I thought . To be continued…

” From Wall Street to Hollywood, from doctors and lawyers, the traditional big sources of campaign cash are not delivering for the Obama campaign as they did four
years ago. The falloff has left his fund-raising totals running behind where they were at the same point in 2008 – though well ahead of Mr. Romney’s – and has induced growing concern among aides and
supporters as they confront the prospect that Republicans and their “super PAC” allies will hold a substantial advantage this fall.”