Philanthropy Notes: October 2015

More than 2,000 nonprofits, businesses, associations, and other organizations signed a letter last month asking Congress to approve expired and expiring tax provisions known as “tax extenders,” the Chronicle of Philanthropy reports. Independent Sector, Feeding America, and the Land Trust Alliance, among others, urged Congress “to act immediately on a seamless, multiyear or permanent extension” of the tax-related provisions. “Tax breaks designed to encourage food donations to food banks, land donation for conservation, and charitable gifts from individual retirement accounts are part of the more than 50 temporary tax provisions that expire annually,” the newspaper reports. “Another provision would simplify the excise tax on private foundations to 1 percent on net investment income.” Failing to renew the tax provisions would lead to a tax increase and “inject instability and uncertainty into the economy and weaken confidence in the employment marketplace,” according to the letter.

Tennis star and charter school booster Andre Agassi has started a new private-equity real-estate fund that wants to generate $400 million from high net worth investors to underwrite dozens of new charter schools across the nation, the Wall Street Journal reports. This is the second charter school financing plan that Agassi has created with Bobby Turner, who created the social-impact investment firm Turner Impact Capital. The first plan, which was rolled out four years ago, has helped develop 50 schools in Philadelphia, Detroit, and elsewhere. The new fund has already raised upwards of $150 million in commitments, the newspaper reports.

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Left-winger: NRA is a lobbying paper tiger and no new gun control measures is proof democracy is working

At the Geeky Leftist blog, gun-owning writer “Anarcho-Cynicalist” attacks Democrats for vilifying the National Rifle Association and claiming its lobbying efforts have put such a stranglehold on Congress that no new gun control legislation is being pumped out.

It is a shockingly honest, insightful, and well thought out piece. As I’ve long said gun ownership rights shouldn’t be a left-right issue.

Here it is in glorious black and white:

It’s not NRA lobbying blocking new anti-gun laws – it’s grassroots voters and gun owners

Recently Obama again attacked the NRA for no new laws being passed in the wake of shootings where the shooters had no previous red flags and had passed background checks and had used handguns. It’s the NRA’s fault that these tragedies couldn’t be exploited to expand background checks to isolated private sales and an “assault weapons ban” on semiautomatic sporting rifles.

What this ignores is that the NRA doesn’t have that much money. What it has is the support of a very large section of the voters. Many gun owners aren’t members of the NRA. I’m not. Many more members got their membership because it’s packaged free with most new gun sales. But we’re voters who care about much the same things that the NRA cares about.

We’re also not lying about poll numbers. There was a poll that claimed 90% of Americans “support background checks”, so how was it possible that the Manchin-Toomey bill could have failed? Well, 90% of Americans do support some background checks. Probably most background checks. I have no problem with a background check for buying a gun from a dealer or from an FFL. But it’s impossible to have what are called “universal background checks”, the expansion of background checks to private intrastate transfers, without a gun registry. As I’ve pointed out before. And that’s why Manchin-Toomey failed. Gun owners knew about this problem with the bill, and called their Senators and their Representatives. That’s also why support for “background checks” fell so rapidly.

But Obama and other politicians keep pushing the “90%” line, again and again and again. Obama said after Manchin-Toomey failed that “The American people are trying to figure out — how can something that has 90 percent support not happen?” It’s an easy question to answer. He’s wrong. The poll is wrong. There wasn’t 90% support for the bill.

This is backed up by what one of the bill’s supporters said after the bill failed, “When 90 percent of the people want something, and the senator votes against them, the next election, we’re going to take care of those senators, because they’re not representing the people.”

And yet, those Senators weren’t replaced. The vote was in 2013. In the 2014 elections, the Republicans held all of their Senate seats and gained 9 Democrat seats to regain control of the Senate for the first time since the Bush Administration. Clearly 90% of the country had spoken. Those Senators weren’t “taken care of”, because they were representing the voters.

 

Politicians, pundits, talk show hosts, comedians, and rank and file democrats attack “The NRA”, claiming that its lobbying and money prevents Congress from “making progress” on banning guns. But as a lobby, the NRA is a fricking joke in terms of DC money.

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The United States has an AVERAGE murder rate and rampage killings are JUST ONE PERCENT of U.S. murders

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There are some eye-opening statistics that bear repeating in my recent article about President Obama cynically using the Oct. 1 mass-shooting at Umpqua Community College in Oregon to promote gun control.

Say them over and over and over again. And then again a few more times for good measure.

Contrary to gun-grabbing hysterics, the United States of America does NOT have a high murder rate.

The U.S. has merely an “average” murder rate among the nations of the world.

According to the United Nations Office of Drugs and Crime (UNODC), the global average murder rate (PDF file) is 6.2 per 100,000 human beings. The UN agency defines intentional homicide as “unlawful death purposefully inflicted on a person by another person.”

The U.S. (excluding Guam, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands which are reported on individually) is near the middle of 228 “countries” profiled.

With 4.7 murders per 100,000 inhabitants, the United States ties at 110th place with Latvia and Niger.

Number one is Honduras with a murder rate of 90.4 per 100,000 inhabitants. At the very bottom of the list are Liechtenstein and Monaco which reported zero murders in the time period studied. (Note: The UK Daily Mail offers a user-friendly interactive map breaking down homicide rates around the world.)

Moreover, Obama’s rants about mass-shootings are garbage, unworthy of the supposed leader of the free world (if that phrase still carries any meaning).
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Philanthropy Notes: October 2015

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More than 2,000 nonprofits, businesses, associations, and other organizations signed a letter last month asking Congress to approve expired and expiring tax provisions known as “tax extenders,” the Chronicle of Philanthropy reports. Independent Sector, Feeding America, and the Land Trust Alliance, among others, urged Congress “to act immediately on a seamless, multiyear or permanent extension” of the tax-related provisions. “Tax breaks designed to encourage food donations to food banks, land donation for conservation, and charitable gifts from individual retirement accounts are part of the more than 50 temporary tax provisions that expire annually,” the newspaper reports. “Another provision would simplify the excise tax on private foundations to 1 percent on net investment income.” Failing to renew the tax provisions would lead to a tax increase and “inject instability and uncertainty into the economy and weaken confidence in the employment marketplace,” according to the letter.

Tennis star and charter school booster Andre Agassi has started a new private-equity real-estate fund that wants to generate $400 million from high net worth investors to underwrite dozens of new charter schools across the nation, the Wall Street Journal reports. This is the second charter school financing plan that Agassi has created with Bobby Turner, who created the social-impact investment firm Turner Impact Capital. The first plan, which was rolled out four years ago, has helped develop 50 schools in Philadelphia, Detroit, and elsewhere. The new fund has already raised upwards of $150 million in commitments, the newspaper reports.

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Briefly Noted: October 2015

The Democratic National Committee (DNC) officially endorsed the radical left-wing Black Lives Matter movement, which accuses police nationwide of systemic anti-black racism and brutality against African-American suspects. Approved by hundreds of delegates at the recent DNC meeting in Minneapolis, the resolution accuses American police of “extrajudicial killings of unarmed African American men, women and children.” It also states “the Democratic Party believes in the American Dream and the promise of liberty and justice for all, and we know that this dream is a nightmare for too many young people stripped of their dignity under the vestiges of slavery, Jim Crow and White Supremacy.…”

The statement was insufficiently extreme for the BLM movement, whose leaders quickly rejected it. In August the movement unveiled a list of policy proposals it claims will help to bring about “a world where the police don’t kill people.” DNC delegates approved the resolution on the same day a white sheriff’s deputy in Texas was shot to death allegedly by a black suspect in an unprovoked attack. The next day movement demonstrators marched near the Minnesota state fair chanting violent anti-police slogans and carrying signs reading “End White Supremacy.” Activists shouted “Pigs in a blanket, fry ’em like bacon,” while walking (protected by police) on a highway south of the fair grounds.

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Briefly Noted: September 2015

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Violating the Left’s unspoken rule against attacking fellow leftists, MoveOn launched a broadside against Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) for daring to oppose President Obama’s botched nuclear nonproliferation deal with the terrorist-sponsoring Islamic Republic of Iran. In fundraising emails, MoveOn dishonestly labeled Schumer a war hawk and took the risible position that not supporting the deal will lead to war with Iran, a nation where leaders conduct “Death to America” rallies every day. “We didn’t stop the last war,” MoveOn declared. “We’ll all have to live with that—those of us who didn’t lose our lives to it. But we can stop this one.”

The Rev. Al Sharpton of National Action Network is urging black churches to organize support for the Iran deal. “We have a disproportionate interest, being that if there is a war, our community is always disproportionately part of the armed services, and that a lot of the debate is by people who will not have family members who will be at risk,” Sharpton said. As TruthRevolt observes, “with the poll numbers for Obama’s ‘Legacy’ foreign policy deal looking worse and worse for the administration, Sharpton apparently has decided that he needs to enlist the help of others to turn the tide.”

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Philanthropy Notes: September 2015

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Through its Iran Project, the Rockefeller Brothers Fund has been promoting President Obama’s pie-in-the-sky nuclear nonproliferation pact with the Islamic Republic of Iran, Bloomberg News reports. The fund, which rushed to provide aid and comfort to America’s enemies after the 9/11 terrorist attacks, has given around $3.3 million to the San Francisco-based Ploughshares Fund, an anti-American philanthropy devoted to undermining U.S. national security. Ploughshares has spent $4 million in the past five years to push a pact with Iran and coordinated with the so-called peace groups and think tanks on its payroll to support the U.S.-led negotiations. “We’re trying to leverage our investments to play on our strengths,” said Ploughshares president Joseph Cirincione. The deal also obligates the U.S. government to lobby state and local officials to remove policies that prevent state and local governments from investing in companies that have interests in Iran. Florida and California, for example, have laws that prevent state pension funds from investing in corporations that do business with Iran.

Although Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has recently been criticizing Wall Street in scathing terms, the street’s financial masters-of-the-universe keep throwing money at her. Her campaign released a list of 120-plus “Hillblazers,” meaning supporters on Wall Street and in Hollywood who have raised a minimum of $100,000 for her campaign by hosting fundraising events. At least two members of the Democracy Alliance, George Soros’s billionaires’ club, made the list: fashion magnate Susie Tompkins Buell and media tycoon Fred Eychaner. A Washington, D.C. lobbyist for mega-corporations, Steven Elmendorf, also made the list.

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There are 141 counties across the U.S. that have more registered voters than people

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The Public Interest Legal Foundation (PILF) has discovered that there are 141 counties across America that have more registered voters than actual living human beings.

“Corrupted voter rolls provide the perfect environment for voter fraud,” said J. Christian Adams, PILF’s president and general counsel of PILF. “Close elections tainted by voter fraud turned control of the United States Senate in 2009. Too much is at stake in 2016 to allow that to happen again.”

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Philanthropy Notes: August 2015

Through its Iran Project, the Rockefeller Brothers Fund has been promoting President Obama’s pie-in-the-sky nuclear nonproliferation pact with the Islamic Republic of Iran, Bloomberg News reports. The fund, which rushed to provide aid and comfort to America’s enemies after the 9/11 terrorist attacks, has given around $3.3 million to the San Francisco-based Ploughshares Fund, an anti-American philanthropy devoted to undermining U.S. national security. Ploughshares has spent $4 million in the past five years to push a pact with Iran and coordinated with the so-called peace groups and think tanks on its payroll to support the U.S.-led negotiations. “We’re trying to leverage our investments to play on our strengths,” said Ploughshares president Joseph Cirincione. The deal also obligates the U.S. government to lobby state and local officials to remove policies that prevent state and local governments from investing in companies that have interests in Iran. Florida and California, for example, have laws that prevent state pension funds from investing in corporations that do business with Iran.

Although Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has recently been criticizing Wall Street in scathing terms, the street’s financial masters-of-the-universe keep throwing money at her. Her campaign released a list of 120-plus “Hillblazers,” meaning supporters on Wall Street and in Hollywood who have raised a minimum of $100,000 for her campaign by hosting fundraising events. At least two members of the Democracy Alliance, George Soros’s billionaires’ club, made the list: fashion magnate Susie Tompkins Buell and media tycoon Fred Eychaner. A Washington, D.C. lobbyist for mega-corporations, Steven Elmendorf, also made the list.

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Briefly Noted: August 2015

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Abortion provider Planned Parenthood was forced to apologize after a video surfaced showing a top official, Deborah Nucatola, callously discussing how to abort a fetus properly in order to preserve marketable organs. “We’ve been very good at getting heart, lung, liver, because we know that, so I’m not gonna crush that part, I’m gonna basically crush below, I’m gonna crush above, and I’m gonna see if I can get it all intact,” she said in a video secretly recorded last year by the pro-life group, Center for Medical Progress. Planned Parenthood Federation of America president Cecile Richards responded: “Our top priority is the compassionate care that we provide. In the video, one of our staff members speaks in a way that does not reflect that compassion. This is unacceptable, and I personally apologize for the staff member’s tone and statements.” Richards claimed her group does not profit from sales of fetal tissues and organs. “Our donation programs—like any other high-quality health care providers—follow all laws and ethical guidelines.”

The murder of young Kate Steinle by an illegal Mexican alien in San Francisco on July 1 has put the ACLU-led “sanctuary city” movement in the national spotlight. The local sheriff, Ross Mirkarimi, a Democrat and convicted wife beater, had previously refused a request from Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to hold the foreigner for the feds to arrest, because San Francisco refuses to cooperate in the enforcement of federal immigration law. Soon after being liberated, the man shot Steinle in the back at a popular tourist destination in front of her father. Mirkarimi was unmoved, proudly standing by San Francisco’s sanctuary-city status. “I firmly believe it makes us safer. We’re a world-renowned city with a large immigrant population…. From a law enforcement perspective, we want to build trust with that population.” The Obama administration supports this lawless movement. At a congressional hearing two weeks after the shooting, Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson refused to condemn sanctuary cities and said a crackdown on them could be unconstitutional.

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