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Holder Cut Left-Wing Groups In on $17 Bil BofA Deal

28th August 2014

Read it. A deal that sticks in the craw even of lefty mag Business Insider.

Radical Democrat activist groups stand to collect millions from Attorney General Eric Holder’s record $17 billion deal to settle alleged mortgage abuse charges against Bank of America.

Buried in the fine print of the deal, which includes $7 billion in soft-dollar consumer relief, are a raft of political payoffs to Obama constituency groups. In effect, the government has ordered the nation’s largest bank to create a massive slush fund for Democrat special interests.

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That Sickening Sugar Subsidy

27th August 2014

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Because of a plunge in U.S. sugar prices amid a hefty crop of sugar beets and cane, the Agriculture Department estimates that it may have to buy 400,000 tons of sugar from processors who might default on $862 million in government loans. Sugar producers have the option of repaying the loans either with cash or with their harvests if prices fall below a certain level.

This is all part of a confection of federal price supports and subsidies for the industry. Last year, sugar processors took out loans when U.S. prices were about 25.5 cents a pound. Prices have since declined to 21 cents, just a hair above the trigger price that lets them repay their loans with raw sugar.

The sugar, by law, would be sold to ethanol refiners, who would pay 10 cents a pound less than the government paid — an inducement needed to get the ethanol industry to use the sugar. Aside from the ridiculousness of piling one ill-advised subsidy atop another, this would produce a loss of $80 million for the U.S. Treasury. Some industry analysts estimate the government may have to buy as much as 800,000 tons of sugar to restore balance to U.S. stockpiles, potentially doubling the loss.

All this while Democrats from Michelle Obama on down are demonizing sugar in all of its forms.

Is there any government in the world that doesn’t act like a retarded child?

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The Electric Warship

26th August 2014

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I remember Zumwalt. He was all hip & trendy and put the Navy into a crack that it took about ten years to get out of.

Let’s hope the ship does better.

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Nobel Peace Prize Winner

26th August 2014

The Other McCain jerks back the curtain.

There seems to be some confusion about President Obama’s “foreign policy.” At times, it has been alleged that he actually has a policy, but these allegations have never been substantiated.

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Washington’s Cynical Misinformation Game

25th August 2014

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Yet there is one arena in which misleading the public not only is abided but is the norm: politics. In fact, much of what constitutes political discourse in this country is now built on a foundation of dishonesty. One of the most effective — and perfectly legal — ways to win votes and influence public policy these days is to pour millions of dollars into deception-based campaigns designed to manipulate public opinion.

And of course they cite an instance of Republican misfeasance, as if there weren’t ten times as many Democrat goings-on, starting with the Obama administration.

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Why Housing All Across LA Costs So Much

25th August 2014

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BLUF: Government regulations.

LA’s deep-rooted culture of NIMBYism makes matters worse. If developers could build more high-rise or high-density housing, rents would fall. But thanks to restrictive zoning laws, they find this extremely hard.

The zoning code hasn’t changed much since the 1940s. More than 78% of the city’s residential land is currently zoned for single-family dwellings, according to the LA Department of City Planning. By comparison, only 24% of San Francisco and 25% of New York City is zoned exclusively for one- and two-family homes.

Some of California’s green rules drive up rents–and hurt the environment, too. The California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), signed by Governor Ronald Reagan in 1970, allows almost anyone to sue to block any development, and is used by the slow-growth lobby to thwart vertical expansion. “The irony is that CEQA is now preventing us from building high-rises near public transit, which would improve the environmental quality by allowing people to walk more and not use their cars,” says Richard Green of the University of Southern California.

Developers seeking to build in LA today find that they have to scale back their projects to get them built at all. Construction began on Ponte Vista, a cluster of 676 homes near the Port of LA, earlier this year. The original plans called for three times as many units, but the project was cut back after neighbours protested about the extra traffic it would bring.

In February a judge struck down what he called a “fatally flawed” plan to build taller, denser buildings in some parts of Hollywood, after community groups sued under CEQA, complaining that the plan would “Manhattanise” Hollywood.

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Lefty Liz Backs Subsidies for Big Biz, Megabanks

24th August 2014

Veronique de Rugy blows the whistle.

In the little time she’s been in Congress, Sen. Elizabeth Warren has made a name for herself as a populist who talks tough about Wall Street and other large corporations. But is she going to do more than just talk about it?

Recently, Warren confirmed that she is renewing her support for the Export-Import Bank — an agency that lends money to foreign companies to buy U.S. goods and services. This may sound good on paper; however, Warren’s endorsement of the Ex-Im Bank is inconsistent with her otherwise populist stand.

The biggest Ex-Im Bank beneficiaries are giant corporations like Boeing, General Electric, Caterpillar and their very wealthy foreign buyers. These companies don’t need the bank, but they love it. It increases their profits and transfers onto taxpayers the risk that the companies should be shouldering since they pocket the benefits.

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Obama’s Golf Outing After Foley Beheading Was a Huge Mistake

24th August 2014

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Simple decency and respect for Foley’s horrified parents should have been enough to sober him. If that didn’t do it, the realization that the Islamic State had declared war on America in the most gruesome fashion imaginable should have sounded a call of duty in his head.

Instead, Obama continued with his vacation and was photographed looking as if he didn’t have a care in the world. Suddenly, that megawatt smile that often charmed voters wasn’t so charming. It was vacuous.

He looked like an empty-headed frat boy, numb to the world.

Maybe that’s not just an appearance. Maybe it’s the truth. Maybe that’s all there is.

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Thought for the Day

23rd August 2014

Bogey copy

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SWAT Lobby to Congress: Hands Off Our Mine-Resistant Vehicles!

23rd August 2014

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I got yer militarized police, right here.

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Food Stamp Fraud Rampant: GAO Report

23rd August 2014

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Americans receiving food stamps were caught selling and bartering their benefits online for art, housing and cash, according to a new federal report that investigates fraud in the nation’s largest nutrition support program.

My, what a surprise! Aren’t you surprised? I’m sure surprised.

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Obama Insiders Cash in on Crony Connections

22nd August 2014

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President Barack Obama may be unpopular, but members of his inner circle of advisers are finding themselves in high demand for big money consulting gigs with crony capitalist companies like Uber and Apple, reports The Hill.

This week, top Obama campaign strategist David Plouffe took a job with the $17 billion taxi app giant Uber.

It’s all part of the DC “Boomtown” cash dash to trade insider access from public service into cold hard cash. What’s more, as Government Accountability Institute (GAI) President Peter Schweizer chronicled in his New York Times best seller, Extortion, the Obama administration is engaged in a form of legal regulatory extortion wherein it makes complex, onerous, and costly regulations and then whirls through Washington’s revolving door to go to work for corporations who will pay a premium to help navigate big businesses through the very regulatory minefields those former staffers and advisers helped cement in place.

‘And I say to you, Make to yourselves friends of the mammon of unrighteousness; that, when you fail, they may receive you into everlasting habitations.’
- Luke 16:9.

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Governor Who Oversaw Soaring Unemployment Will Teach Class on Job Creation

22nd August 2014

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As the Mackinac Center for Public Policy points out, Michigan lost roughly half a million jobs during Granholm’s eight-year reign. Even so, UC-Berkeley believes she is qualified to teach Public Policy 290: “Creating Jobs through Better Government Policies for Innovation and Education.”

‘We destroyed thousands of jobs, and so can you!’

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The Latest Obamacare Victim: the Chicago Cubs

22nd August 2014

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Obamacare forced the beleaguered Chicago Cubs to reduce staffing hours for its ground crew, resulting in an embarrassing game cancellation on Tuesday because of the failure to get a tarp on Wrigley’s infield.

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Even Obama’s Defenders Can’t Explain Obama’s Golfing Decision

22nd August 2014

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But I can. He’s got two years left as President, and he’s decided to phone it in. In 2016 he’ll retire to a cushy gig as a former President, with plenty of perks, and if he feels like doing a bit of work he can travel the world giving speeches as the Magic Negro at $250,000 a pop. In the mean time, he’s going to enjoy himself.

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Bergdahl Swap for Guantanamo Detainees Violated Law, Says GAO

21st August 2014

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‘Law? We don’t need no stinkin’ law!’

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Retired Intel Officer: Foley Rescue Attempt Failed Because Obama ‘Dragged His Feet’

21st August 2014

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Now playing: Jimmy Carter II — Return to the Vomit.

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Eric Holder: DOJ Stands With People of Ferguson

21st August 2014

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Of course, it would be more truthful to say that the DoJ stands with the black people of Ferguson, specifically the black Underclass of Ferguson, on which Eric Holder and his Obamanation compatriots depend for the Low Information votes that keep them in power.

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The Feds Really Don’t Want You to Smoke at Work

21st August 2014

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I fail to see how this is any business of any level of government, much less the Federal government. In conformity with Truth in Advertising, the Centers for Disease Control ought to be renamed the Centers for Nosy Health Nazis.

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Gen. Jack Keane Blasts Obama Admin Over Release of Information About Failed Hostage Rescue in Syria

21st August 2014

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Asked by host Megyn Kelly why the Obama Administration chose to disclose such information, Keane responded “The obvious conclusion you come to- they wanted to take some credit for something they tried, although it obviously didn’t work.” He said that the Obama Administration’s attempt to cover themselves is not reason enough to divulge that information.

Apparently Obama wants to cement his reputation as the new Jimmy Carter. ‘Hey, we can run failed operations too!’

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S.F. Teachers Miss More School Than Students on Average

20th August 2014

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While absenteeism is usually considered a student matter, in San Francisco – and many other districts – the average teacher misses more school than the average child.

If last year’s numbers hold steady, the 4,100 teachers in San Francisco, on average, will each be absent about 11 times this school year, about once every three weeks. That’s four to five days more than a typical student, out of 180 days total.

About seven of those days were for sick or personal leave, and the rest were training days offered or required by the district.

While the teacher absentee rate is about average, or even a smidge below average, for large urban districts across the country, it’s a lot higher than other industries, where the typical worker takes about four sick or personal days over an entire year.

Look for … the Union label….

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Employers Hiring More Part-Time Workers Due to Obamacare

20th August 2014

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Employers were also asked what effects Obamacare is having on their labor forces. Over 21% of manufacturers and nearly 17% of service firms say they reduced the number of employees because of the law, while only about 2% of each have hired more workers. What’s more, nearly 20% of both manufacturers and service firms say that Obamacare has pushed them to increase their proportion of part-time workers, but just under 5% of each type of firm said they have lowered them. Presumably this is due to the perverse incentives from Obamacare’s employer mandate.

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DREAMer Who Killed Two Girls in Hit and Run Won’t Be Deported, Still Protected by DACA

20th August 2014

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Cinthya Garcia-Cisneros, an illegal immigrant who came to the U.S. from Mexico as a child and was shielded from deportation by DACA, was convicted of two counts of felony hit and run after she killed two Forest Grove, Oregon stepsisters — Anna Dieter-Eckerdt and Abigail Robinson ages 6 and 11 respectively — playing in a leaf pile last October.

Last week, as OregonLive.com reported Tuesday, a judge dismissed a deportation case against Garcia-Cisneros and as a result of the ruling, her attorney says she is able to go back under the protections of DACA — meaning she can obtain a work permit and Social Security number.

How about that for Diversity?

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The Meltdown

20th August 2014

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In July, after Germany trounced Brazil 7–1 in the semifinal match of the World Cup—including a first-half stretch in which the Brazilian soccer squad gave up an astonishing five goals in 19 minutes—a sports commentator wrote: “This was not a team losing. It was a dream dying.” These words could equally describe what has become of Barack Obama’s foreign policy since his second inauguration. The president, according to the infatuated view of his political aides and media flatterers, was supposed to be playing o jogo bonito, the beautiful game—ending wars, pressing resets, pursuing pivots, and restoring America’s good name abroad.

Instead, he crumbled.

The term “feckless” seems invented specifically to describe the Obama administration.

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ObamaCare Tax Not Meeting Revenue Target Because Companies Not Paying, Audit Finds

20th August 2014

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The audit by the Treasury inspector general for tax administration says the IRS needs to do a better job policing the tax. The tax agency, however, doesn’t have adequate tools to identify which companies owe it, the audit said.

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Power Plant Regs Spur New Union Rebellion for Obama Administration

19th August 2014

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Labor unions for years have hounded the Obama White House over allegations that officials are dragging their feet in making a final decision on the Canada-to-Texas Keystone XL oil pipeline.

But labor organizations are now piping up regarding an Environmental Protection Agency proposal to cut carbon-dioxide emissions by 30 percent by 2030. The rules are intended to curb global warming.

Last week, Edwin Hill, president of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW), penned an op-ed claiming the plan would “have a dramatic impact on the American economy but only a minimal effect on global carbon emissions.”

Hill claimed the EPA plan is a “classic example of federal tunnel vision—focusing on a single goal with little heed for the costs and dangers.” He predicted the plan would kill roughly “52,000 permanent direct jobs in utilities, mining and rail and at least another 100,000 jobs in related industries” – losses that would fall particularly hard on rural communities.

The E.P.A. is one of the reasons that Richard Nixon will burn in Hell for all eternity.

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Westerners Fear Monumental Land Grab by Obama Administration

19th August 2014

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Utah officials are scrambling to prevent the Obama administration from locking down thousands of acres of land in their backyard, as federal officials consider up to a dozen possible national monument designations – all in western states.

The Antiquities Act gives U.S. presidents the authority to unilaterally declare public lands as national monuments at the stroke of a pen, with no input from the public unless they choose to seek it.

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Report: Big Government Is to Blame for Soaring College Costs

18th August 2014

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But you knew that.

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The People Designing Your Cities Don’t Care What You Want

18th August 2014

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What is a city for?

It’s a crucial question, but one rarely asked by the pundits and developers who dominate the debate over the future of the American city.

Their current conventional wisdom embraces density, sky-high scrapers, vastly expanded mass transit and ever-smaller apartments. It reflects a desire to create an ideal locale for hipsters and older, sophisticated urban dwellers. It’s city as adult Disneyland or “entertainment machine,” chock-a-block with chic restaurants, shops and festivals.

Overlooked, or even disdained, is what most middle-class residents of the metropolis actually want: home ownership, rapid access to employment throughout the metropolitan area, good schools and “human scale” neighborhoods.

In 2013, Houston alone had more housing starts than the entire state of California.

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Store Owners ‘Use Their Own Guns’ as Police Back Away in Ferguson

17th August 2014

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Looters in Ferguson, Missouri, were “met with little police resistance” as business owners say they “were forced to protect their businesses with their own guns” on Friday.

A reporter from Fox2Now even said “police cars were seen driving past some of the stores being looted and did not respond.”

Makes you wonder where all that tax money is going. If the police are being militarized, it’s hard to figure out what military they’re emulating.

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Rick Perry and the Democrats’ pattern of “lawfare” against rising Republicans

17th August 2014

Paul Mirengoff at PowerLine gives a lawyer’s  perspective.

The Perry indictment also fits a pattern of harassment via the legal process of prominent Republican governors: Sarah Palin, Scott Walker, Chris Christie, and now Perry.

What do these four have in common? Why, they all are (or were) potentially viable candidates for the national office.

Invocation of the legal process against Christie may well be warranted. (So too with Bob McDonnell, whom I didn’t include in my list because, although once vaguely mentioned as a possible presidential candidate, his prospects never approached those of the other four). In the cases of Palin, Walker, and Perry, the charges seem plainly to have been ginned up in the hope of derailing the governors’ prospects for national office.

This sort of thing is standard operating procedure in countries like Russia and China. Now it is becoming part of the Democrats’ playbook.

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This Indictment Of Rick Perry Is Unbelievably Ridiculous

17th August 2014

Jonathan Chait, liberal columnist, can even see it.

They say a prosecutor could get a grand jury to indict a ham sandwich, and this always seemed like hyperbole, until Friday night a Texas grand jury announced an indictment of governor Rick Perry. The “crime” for which Perry faces a sentence of 5 to 99 years in prison is vetoing funding for a state agency. The conventions of reporting —  which treat the fact of an indictment as the primary news, and its merit as a secondary analytic question —  make it difficult for people reading the news to grasp just how farfetched this indictment is.

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Texas Democrats vs. the Rule of Law

17th August 2014

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It is only logical that it is a bad thing to have a state official whose job is to investigate corruption charged with drunk driving. Yet because she is a Democrat and the governor is a Republican, Lehmberg refused to resign for strictly partisan reasons. The governor then exercised his prerogative in an effort to force Lehmberg to do the right thing — and Democrats then decided that the governor’s exercise of lawful authority was a crime.

 

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Report: Tax Credits Meant to Help Poor Communities Spent on Doggie Day Care, Sculptures, Breweries

14th August 2014

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Hey, it’s free money, right?

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Immigrant Children to Be Classified as ‘Homeless’ to Avoid School Enrollment Documentation Requirements

14th August 2014

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By hook or by crook, they will.

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Report: Companies Desperate to Avoid ObamaCare ‘Cadillac Tax’ Shifting Costs to Workers

14th August 2014

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When will politicians learn that businesses don’t pay taxes, they merely act as an unwilling tax collection agent for the government; the people who actually pay the taxes are their customers, their employees, or their shareholders.

The “Cadillac tax” was originally intended to take effect sooner, but unions and other groups convinced officials to delay it until 2018, reducing the anticipated income from $137 billion to $80 billion over ten years. But many analysts predict it will be far less than that.

Henry Aaron of the Brookings Institution said, before then, it’s expected that most of the businesses that offer that form of insurance will back off and make the insurance less generous, so the tax won’t bite.”

And this is one of the ways Obamacare is supposed to improve health care coverage….

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Study: You Have ‘Near-Zero’ Impact on U.S. Policy

13th August 2014

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My, what a surprise! Aren’t you surprised? I’m sure surprised.

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Immigrant Students Flood Georgia School Registration Office

13th August 2014

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The report comes as the Department of Education has made it clear that illegal immigrant students are “entitled to” public eduction and the southern border is in crisis with tens of thousands of unaccompanied minors entering the country illegally — many of whom are later placed with a sponsor in the U.S. as they await immigration hearings.

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New book: Being assigned to Hillary Clinton’s Secret Service detail “a form of punishment”

13th August 2014

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Ronald Kessler’s book, “First Family Detail,” is filled with salacious revelations about the secret personal lives of the nation’s most high-profile political leaders. But the authenticity of those revelations has been called into question over factual inaccuracies in the book, as well as its reliance on anonymous Secret Service agents.

“She is so nasty to agents that being assigned to her detail is considered a form of punishment,” Kessler told “Top Line” of Clinton, who continues to receive Secret Service protection as a former first lady.

Hey, at least with Bill there’s a chance of some nookie….

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65 Promises President Obama Broke

13th August 2014

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Kid’s got talent.

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Portland Transit Implodes

13th August 2014

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Portland’s first light-rail line is only 28 years old, but it is already wearing out. Moreover, the most worn-out part happens to be a segment that all of Portland’s light-rail lines use. Shutting down this segment means shutting down the entire system.

TriMet, Portland’s transit agency, planned to have shuttle buses move passengers around the work, but the plan apparently didn’t work very well. To make matters worse, Portland temperatures rose above 90 degrees, leading TriMet to issue slow orders for all of its trains to avoid damage to wires or derailments due to kinks in the tracks. Funny; buses don’t have to slow down when the mercury rises.

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Nancy Pelosi, Tom Steyer’s Hedge Fund, and a Billion Taxpayer Dollars

12th August 2014

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A top House Democrat to whom billionaire liberal Tom Steyer has donated campaign funds steered more than a billion dollars to an infrastructure project that benefitted his hedge fund.

My, what a surprise! Aren’t you surprised? I’m sure surprised.

Motto of the Crust: One hand washes the other.

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White House Loses War With Washington’s Revolving Door

12th August 2014

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(Assuming that there ever was one, in more than words, with which this Administration is profligate.)

President Barack Obama has failed to stop Washington’s revolving door despite his promise that lobbyists would not find a place in his White House, according to Politico.

Politico found that the Obama administration has hired 70 previously registered lobbyists to hold some of its most senior positions. The outlet also found was that “at least two dozen Obama administration veterans can be found all over town in advocacy, strategy or consulting gigs.”

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Obama Surpasses 400 Fundraiser Events As President

11th August 2014

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Guess we know where his priorities are.

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The Un-Midas Touch

11th August 2014

Victor Davis Hanson points out some inconvenient truth.

Everything that Barack Obama touches seems to turn to dross. Think of it for a minute. He inherited a quiet Iraq (no American combat deaths at all in December 2009). Joe Biden bragged of the calm that it would be the administration’s “greatest achievement.” But by pulling out all U.S. peacekeepers — mostly for a 2012 reelection talking point — Obama ensured an ISIS wasteland. He put his promised eye on Afghanistan at last, and we have lost more soldiers there than during the Bush administration and a Taliban victory seems likely after more than a decade of lost American blood and treasure. The message seems to be that it is better for Obama to have his eye off something than on it.

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Obamas Go on 12-Day Martha’s Vineyard Vacation Amid Global Crises

8th August 2014

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‘King Putt’ at his finest.

He just wants to be President, he doesn’t want to be bothered to do President.

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$11 Billion Later, High-Speed Rail Is Inching Along

8th August 2014

From the New York Times:

WASHINGTON — High-speed rail was supposed to be President Obama’s signature transportation project, but despite the administration spending nearly $11 billion since 2009 to develop faster passenger trains, the projects have gone mostly nowhere and the United States still lags far behind Europe and China.

Don’t look at me, YOU voted for him.

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Maine Regulators Shutter Boat-Based Small Business

8th August 2014

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Yet another example of how heavy-handed regulations are killing small businesses.

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Inspectors General: Watchdog Investigations Stymied by Federal Agencies

8th August 2014

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At least three government agencies obstructed independent investigations into alleged wrongdoing, according to a letter sent to congressional oversight leaders Tuesday by 47 independent federal watchdogs.

The 47 Inspectors General (IG) said the Justice Department, the Peace Corps, and the Chemical Safety Board withheld information from their offices, citing various privileges.

My, what a surprise! Aren’t you surprised? I’m sure surprised.

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$11.3 Million Worth of Democrat

7th August 2014

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THE GOVERNOR’S State House digs just underwent “a museum quality” makeover.

It cost $11.3 million, ran $2 million over budget, and brings Deval Patrick’s interior decorating muse full circle.

When Patrick first took office, he was criticized for spending $27,000 of taxpayer money on new curtains and furniture. As he exits eight years later, he leaves behind a renovated suite that features historically accurate crown moldings and paint color, along with six plasma screen TVs and the equipment necessary for not-yet-installed facial recognition security cameras.

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