The Minority Report Blog » Missouri Conservative News & Opinion Wed, 25 Feb 2015 00:15:00 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Heritage: Did Your State Raise Its Minimum Wage Today? Thu, 01 Jan 2015 16:36:15 +0000 At the stroke of midnight today, 19 states increased their minimum wage. Residents of three more and the nation’s capital can expect hikes later on this year.

A year ago, the White House and Democratic lawmakers embarked on a campaign to make the minimum wage a defining issue in the 2014 elections. And although that didn’t pan out exactly as planned at the federal level, nearly half the states took action on the issue.

In his State of the Union address last January, President Obama urged members of Congress to pass bills from Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, and Rep. George Miller, D-Calif., to raise the federal minimum wage to $10.10.

“Say yes,” Obama said. “Give America a raise.”

Federal legislation was met with resistance. though. Republicans argued raising the minimum wage would cause an increase in prices for consumers and low-wage workers likely would face layoffs as companies grappled with the higher costs associated with hiked wages.

Some of those concerns were validated last month by a University of California, San Diego, study. For three years, researchers followed low-income workers residing in states that saw wage hikes and those that did not. The study found that minimum wage hikes had negative impacts on employment, income and income growth.

Fast food workers in the Los Angeles area striking to raise the federal minimum wage to $15 per hour in August 2013. (Photo: Jim Ruymen/Newscom)

Where wages are increasing

In three states—Arkansas, Nebraska and South Dakota—voters approved ballot measures in November to increase the minimum wage, effective Jan. 1, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

Alaska voters passed an initiative raising the minimum wage in the state to begin Jan. 1. But the pay increase isn’t effective until 90 days after the election results are certified, Feb. 24.

Meanwhile, legislatures in seven states—Connecticut, Hawaii, Maryland, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Vermont and West Virginia—approved laws boosting the minimum wage. Those laws go into effect today.

Though Delaware and Minnesota’s state lawmakers voted to raise the minimum wage, those increases won’t begin until June and August, respectively. The District of Columbia will see a minimum wage hike beginning July 1.

>>> Higher Fast-Food Wages: Higher Fast Food Prices

New York raised its minimum wage to $8.75 an hour beginning yesterday and will see another increase to $9 an hour beginning Dec. 31, 2015.

Nine other states will see increases in their minimum wages today as state laws mandate automatic increases to make up for rising prices. Those states are: Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Missouri, Montana, New Jersey, Ohio, Oregon and Washington.

Among states raising the minimum wage, Washington state will boast the highest at $9.47 an hour–but only until July 1, when the District of Columbia will have the highest in the nation at $10.50 an hour.

That’s still below the $15 an hour minimum wage that fast-food workers called for in protests in major cities across America.

‘Unintended consequences’

“Minimum wage supporters have good intentions, but those good intentions cannot repeal the law of unintended consequences,” James Sherk, an expert in labor economics at The Heritage Foundation, told The Daily Signal. He added:

Minimum-wage increases reduce the total earnings of low-wage workers — the higher pay for some workers gets completely offset by the nonexistent pay of those no longer employed.

In its study, UCSD researchers found that after minimum-wage increases, the national employment-to-population ratio decreased by 0.7 percent points between December 2006 and December 2012.

In addition, the study found that minimum-wage increases hindered low-skilled workers’ ability to rise to lower-middle -lass earnings.

>>> Obama Administration Now Has 1,000 Government Investigators Targeting Businesses for Minimum Wage Violations



From The Daily Signal by Melissa Quinn

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BREAKING: Federal Government Releases Mike Brown Autopsy Files – Guess What the Results Were? Wed, 10 Dec 2014 02:06:29 +0000 The protesters in Ferguson, Missouri were DEMANDING that the U.S. Federal Government step in and investigate the shooting death of Michael Brown by Police Officer Darren Wilson. Well, the U.S. Department of Justice is investigating and it appears that the independent autopsy of Michael Brown’s body is producing the same evidence as the Grand jury saw when the verdict not to bring Darren Wilson to trial.


The federal Department of Justice has just released the results of the independent autopsy they performed on Mike Brown following his shooting death by Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson in August.

According to the results, it appears that the Department of Justice’s findings support Wilson’s version of the events that led to Brown’s death.

According to Yahoo News/AP:

The Justice Department autopsy found that Brown died from multiple gunshot wounds and had severe head and chest injuries, though it noted that the chest injury might have been an exit wound from a shot that entered Brown’s arm. The autopsy also found a minor gunshot wound to Brown’s right hand was evidence of close range discharge of a firearm.

Wilson told the local grand jury that his gun went off during a tussle with Brown through the open window of his police car moments before Brown was fatally shot.

The Justice Department is conducting a separate civil rights investigation into Brown’s death.

The close range gunshot wound to the hand is consistent with Wilson’s story that Brown tried to grab his firearm. These findings are consistent with the local autopsy that was also performed.

Click here to read the rest.


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James O’Keefe Video: Holder’s Civil Rights Division and their Record of “Grotesque” Misconduct Fri, 05 Dec 2014 07:18:26 +0000 Eric Holder has recently announced United States Justice Department investigations on the Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri and now Eric Garner in Staten Island, New York cases. James O’Keefe is famous (or infamous) for his hidden camera investigations. Whether you agree with O’Keefe’s methods or not, one thing is sure, James O’Keefe doesn’t publish his investigations without a plethora of hard evidence. Also, O’Keefe usually releases an initial accusation then waits for a reaction then continues to release more hard video evidence to support his claim. Stand by for more.

Watch the video below. What do you think?

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Chart: A chart that clearly shows all of the Ferguson Grand Jury testimony Wed, 03 Dec 2014 20:11:08 +0000 You have to see this to understand the width and breadth of the perjury committed by many of the witness testimony to the Grand Jury for the Ferguson, Missouri for Darren Wilson on the shooting case of Michael Brown.

See the chart below. Click to enlarge.


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Video: Katy Perry, Cher and Macklemore All Lie About Ferguson Wed, 03 Dec 2014 19:29:58 +0000 This short video encapsulates all the lies told about the whole Ferguson, Missouri “incident” where a white police officer shot and killed a black young man who happened to be a criminal. Ben Shapiro is smart and fearless as he illustrates how advocates of so-called “social justice” don’t care about the truth and in fact openly lie to continue the perception of the United States as a racist nation.

Watch the video below. What do you think?

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How Amnesty and Ferguson are connected Wed, 03 Dec 2014 16:25:27 +0000 While Barack Obama and others in the U.S. Federal Government deny this, the truth is that as more jobs are opened to illegal aliens, the ones hardest hit are Americans living in communities just like Ferguson where unemployment and poverty have skyrocketed. As Obama gives amnesty to more “unauthorized immigrants” discontent and unrest will become more common across the United States.

From The Washington Times:

[quote_box_center]Ferguson has inadvertently drawn the national media spotlight as an epitome of communities across America that are besieged by the effects of constantly loose labor markets where there are far more workers than jobs.

Of course, it was a police shooting that sparked the months of civil unrest and a national debate about law enforcement relations with African American communities. But most media also reported on an important side story of intense economic frustration of Ferguson residents about declining real wages and employment rates. They quoted residents and experts saying the effects of the loose labor market helped fuel the rage on the streets.

President Obama’s announcement of immigration policy changes just before the Missouri grand jury report has raised many questions about whether opening up most U.S. jobs to millions of illegal aliens would be harmful to communities which already have an over-supply of workers.

Quizzed about it Tuesday, Mr. Johnson brushed aside any connection, delivering the administration’s standard claim that the federal government can continue to add millions of foreign workers into a loose labor market without any particular consequences to struggling American workers. Jobs for Americans are “a separate issue” from work permits for illegal aliens, he said.[/quote_box_center]

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Tea party steps in to help riot-racked businesses rebuild in Ferguson — media ignores it Tue, 02 Dec 2014 06:19:09 +0000 Not really much of a shocker that Big Media would ignore Tea Party groups actually DOING something to help rebuild Ferguson, Missouri rather than just TALK about it like Liberal/Progressives.


[quote_box_center]While liberals “leaders” were crowing for the cameras and pretending to pray, St. Louis conservatives were taking some positive steps toward actually helping the Ferguson community torn up by rioting.

The St. Luis Tea Party is organizing a “BUYcott” of businesses along the now-infamous Florissant Avenue where some of the worst looting took place.

It’s an idea that helps the people directly affected by the riots that followed the police shooting death of Michael Brown on Aug. 9, but it could also help change the media-generated image of the tea party nationally.

The national media, naturally, yawned, but the impact is real. And it’s still going on, with another event planned for this weekend.

St. Louis Tea Party leader Bill Hennessy described the first day of the “BUYcott” on the group’s Facebook page.

A gentlman (my age) in the salon (husband?) asked who we were with. I told him “St. Louis Tea Party.”

“Tea party?” he said. “You bad boys,” and chuckled. Then he looked at me, very serious. He said, “The tea party came up here to do this?”

“Oh, yeah,” I said. “we don’t want to see Ferguson go south.”

He laughed. And he looked at me. Then he was quiet, lost in thought for a minute. When he came out of it, he was like our best friend. Laughing, giving us crap about stuff, telling stories. He admitted baseball can be like “watching grass grow.”

In that moment of reflection, I’m sure he was trying to reconcile “tea party” with what he was seeing–four white people, ages 18 to 50, laughing, spending money, empathizing.

That moment made the whole event worthwhile.

In other shops, we’d get hard stares when we walked in and shopped. Once we told them “we’re with the tea party, and we’re here to shop,” these people actually shouted. “Thank you, thank you, thank you so much.” …

This wasn’t a big win in breadth, but it was monumental in depth.

To be needlessly fair to the media, the effort has gotten some positive local coverage, and there are no doubt no many, many groups – churches, fraternal organizations and the like – that are helping out Ferguson in ways we’ll never hear about.[/quote_box_center]

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Video: Woman defends her Papa John’s business against Ferguson thugs with her bare hands! Wed, 26 Nov 2014 15:41:28 +0000 Amazing video of this courageous woman facing down looters who are trying to kick their way into her Papa John’s Pizza business store front. Were this business manager’s actions courageous or stupid?

Watch the video below. What do you think?

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Why Ferguson? Tue, 25 Nov 2014 18:11:06 +0000 This article by Robert Stacy McCain is incisive and accurate. Ferguson is a sign of and result of indoctrination. This is well worth a read.


[quote_box_center]”Fox and CNN viewers witnessed a police car, a car dealership and the local Little Caesar’s Pizza set ablaze, a beauticians’ store looted, a McDonald’s with its windows smashed — and ‘Full circle: Liquor store Michael Brown accused of robbing being looted.’”
Ed Driscoll, Nov. 24, 2014

The grand jury in Ferguson, Missouri, returned a “no bill” against police officer Darren Wilson, and devotees of the slain Saint Michael Brown — a martyr to the Holy Cause, in the eyes of idolators who worship at the Civil Rights altar — engaged in a ritual riot, while the High Priest of Social Justice, Barack Obama, gave a ceremonial press statement.


That question goes unasked in the wall-to-wall cable TV news coverage. Because I’m up to my eyeballs in a book project, I don’t have time to pay attention to every Major National News Story that comes along, but I’ve spent the past three months wondering, “Why Ferguson?”

It’s like Trayvon Martin. The basic idea of that drama was, a black teenager got shot by a white man and this was an injustice.

Of course, black teenagers are shot to death on a daily basis in America, but because they are usually killed by other black teenagers, there is nothing in the death of a young hoodlum of interest to the Civil Rights cult unless the shooter is white (or at least half-white, as it turned out that George Zimmerman’s mother is Hispanic).  This cultural phenomenon is so obvious, one hesitates to state it so explicitly: “Civil Rights” has been re-defined to mean “whatever gives black people an excuse to hate white people more than they already do,” and the journalistic establishment is committed to inciting such hatred.

A white person has to be pretty goddamned privileged, if I may borrow that phrase from the social-justice theorists, to pander to professional grievance-mongers in such a blatantly irresponsible manner. You need a degree from an elite college, and a job in media or academia that pays you a handsome salary, in order to be the kind of white person who believes that stoking black anger is beneficial to society, and yet it is clear that many white liberals do believe this.

“In the hands of a skillful indoctrinator, the average student not only thinks what the indoctrinator wants him to think . . . but is altogether positive that he has arrived at his position by independent intellectual exertion. This man is outraged by the suggestion that he is the flesh-and-blood tribute to the success of his indoctrinators.”
William F. Buckley Jr., Up From Liberalism (1959)

Excuse me for re-using that Buckley quote, but we cannot understand liberalism without recognizing it as an effect of indoctrination.[/quote_box_center]

Click here to read the rest. Well worth it!

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Homeschooling Parents Pepper-Sprayed and Tasered in Front of Kids Tue, 25 Nov 2014 16:35:39 +0000 These are the kind of warrantless Gestapo tactics used by so-called Social Services workers and the law enforcement agencies who illegally support them that make one doubt that freedom is left in America. I know personally of a case where a politically active man (on the conservative/libertarian side of course) had an anonymous caller phone in a report to Social Services that his kids were out in the street running around with no shoes (in the summer time). The call resulted in a Social Service worker and two sheriff deputies showing up at the accused parent’s front door. With no warrant or probable cause, the social worker and deputies claimed the authority to barge into the parent’s house to inspect it. The parent called his lawyer and after conferring for a short time agreed to let the social worker and deputies into his home. With a glance around, the deputies knew that the children were living in a clean, nice and supportive environment. The parent asked who the person was who accused him and of course the social worker wouldn’t identify that person. Does this sound like Nazi Germany?


[quote_box_center]Many people with graduate degrees never get as much education as three homeschooled children received in a single day in 2011:

A police raid on the home of a Missouri homeschool family involved the use of a Taser and pepper spray. The children were ultimately removed from the home and placed in the custody of social services. A Nodaway County Sheriff and an officer entered the home without a warrant.

A Nodaway County, Missouri, court has ruled against Sheriff Darren White and Captain David Glidden in the homeschooling family case. The court ruled that the use of a Taser and pepper spray on the mother and father violated the United States Constitution. The police raid was prompted by a social services workers requesting an investigation into the home because it was allegedly “messy.” The family complied with the first inspection, but objected when a second visit soon followed.

The child endangerment and resisting arrest charges against Jason and Laura Hagan were ultimately dismissed.

No need to follow through on charges. Big Government got its point across loud and clear.

When the Hagan family turned the social services worker away during the second attempt to inspect the home to make sure that it was not “messy,” the staffer called the Nodaway County Sheriff. Captain David Glidden reportedly demanded to be allowed inside the home and had the request denied. According to the complaint filed by the Missouri homeschool family, Captain Glidden then used pepper spray on Jason and Laura Hagan.

“Glidden then turned to Jason, who was still standing, and shot him in the back with his Taser,” the legal document maintains.

Laura Hagan attempted to close the front door, at which point Captain David Glidden shot his Taser at the closing door, according to the formal complaint filed by the homeschooling family. Sheriff Darren White then allegedly became involved with the incident.

“Together they forced open the door and found Laura and Jason lying on the floor,” the Home School Legal Defense Association said.

The [Home School Legal Defense Association] also claims that the Missouri sheriff and the captain “slapped Laura, knocking the glasses off of her face.”[/quote_box_center]

Click here to read the rest.

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