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Warren Demands McConnell Seat Jones Immediately

13th December 2017

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Ever notice that Democrats think that they run things, even when they don’t?

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Florida Bill Would Make it a Crime to be the Victim of Auto Theft

12th December 2017

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Florida state Rep. Wengay Newton (D–St. Petersburg) is so tough on auto theft that he wants to punish the crime’s victims as well.

Newton has introduced a bill that would make it a criminal offense to have your car stolen if you leave it unlocked with the keys inside. His legislation would make this a second-degree misdemeanor; violators would face fines of up to $500 and jail time of up to 60 days.

Democrats — they never cease to amaze.

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Al Franken Still Hasn’t Said When He’s Actually Resigning

12th December 2017

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Told ya so. The pressure is off, and I’m sure he’s scrambling for some excuse not to go through with it.

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Blame The Government For Your Ridiculously Overpriced Phone Bill

12th December 2017

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If you think you pay too much for your cell phone each month, you shouldn’t necessarily blame your provider. Instead, first look closely at your bill, then your public officials.

The average American family paying for four cell phones and service costing $100 per month will also pay about $221 each year in wireless taxes, fees, and surcharges, according to a recent study by the Tax Foundation. This means Americans as a whole will pay $17.1 billion in taxes and fees across all levels of government for wireless service in 2017. These taxes and fees make up 18.5% of the average American’s wireless bill, so a significant chunk of your bill each month goes not to your provider, but to Big Brother.

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Atlanta Targets Good Samaritans Sharing Food with Homeless

9th December 2017

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Police in Atlanta are the latest blunt instrument around the country used to crack down on people sharing food with those in need.

Though the Fulton County permit requirement Atlanta police claim to be enforcing has been on the books for many years, it appears Atlanta’s mayor only decided recently to enforce it, just in time for Thanksgiving. Violators face potential fines.

This crackdown is part of a larger, awful, and national trend.

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Democrat Settled Sexual Harassment Case With $220k of Taxpayer Dollars

8th December 2017

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Hey, spending taxpayer money is what they’re there for.

Yet Another Corrupt Black Democrat. Not really news, but a useful reminder.

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When Cronyism Met Political Correctness at the University of Texas

8th December 2017

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There are blue pustules even in red states, and Austin is one of the worst.

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Bill Cutting Off Aid to Palestinian Terrorists Sails Through House

6th December 2017

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With unanimous consent, the swift passage of the Taylor Force Act brings the United States one step closer to stripping American funding from the Palestinian Authority until it ends its “pay to slay” policy, which distributes $300 million to terrorists and their families annually. The legislation now heads to the Senate for a floor vote.

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FLASHBACK: All the Times Past Presidents Promised to Move US Embassy to Jerusalem

6th December 2017

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So all those promises that past Presidents broke, Trump is keeping.

What a reprehensible thing to do. Who made this guy President, anyway?

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POLL: Most Americans Support Trump Rewriting Obama’s ‘Waters of the US’ Rule

6th December 2017

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Surprising only to the coastal Crust. For a ‘man with no principles’, Trump is doing a remarkable job of rolling back the administrative state.

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Theories Of The Crime

6th December 2017

ZMan looks behind the curtain.

The first thing to note is that all of the recent scandals seem to include one of the people now involved in the probe into the mythical Russian hacking stuff. Robert Mueller was the delivery boy in the Uranium One deal. He delivered a uranium sample to the Russians on behalf of the United States government. He then handled the investigation of the shenanigans around the Clinton Foundation and the money that came in from Russian sources, just around the time when Hillary was pushing the Uranium One deal.

Of course, Mueller was the mentor of James Comey, who took over for Mueller as head of the FBI. Comey is one of those guys you see in Washington, who is a lot like the career assistant coach that finally gets to be head coach. Everyone loved him as the second banana and assumed he would be a great top banana. He gets the top job and suddenly, everyone realizes why he was a career assistant. Comey’s main role was in the Hillary Clinton e-mail scandal, which he managed to botch in ways no one imagined.

Comey’s blundering is reminiscent of Janet Reno. The Clintons picked her to run Justice because she was stupid, incurious and easily controlled by assistants. Reno was never bright enough to realize that her assistants were making sure she never asked the wrong questions or looked in the wrong places. That seems to be the role Comey played in the last years of the Obama administration. He staggered around thinking he was being the good citizen, when in reality he was being controlled by political operatives in the FBI.

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Who Stole What from Whom?

6th December 2017

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I visited the Patagonia web site looking for some Christmas presents yesterday and learned that “the president stole my land.” How horrible! So I looked into it and discovered that President Trump took federal land that was managed by a particular set of federal agencies under a particular set of restrictions and changed it into federal land managed by the very same federal agencies under a slightly different set of restrictions. Not to jump on Patagonia, whose clothing I’ve always enjoyed, but where’s the theft in that?

I don’t know that there is a special name for the phobia that is ‘fear that something somewhere is not being regulated by the government’, but there ought to be.

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Judge Halts Indiana Town’s Cruel Attempt to Fine Residents Out of their Properties

5th December 2017

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A judge in Indiana has stopped a city’s nasty plot to make people sell their homes to a redeveloper or else face thousands of dollars of rapidly accumulating fines.

In Charlestown, Indiana, a community north of Louisville with a population of less than 8,000, the mayor and other city leaders have been trying to transfer ownership of private plots of land in the low-income neighborhood of Pleasant Ridge to a developer. This developer would then raze all the properties and build an entirely new neighborhood.

Charlestown did not take advantage of Kelo v. City of New London, the Supreme Court decision that allows the government to transfer property to a private developer via eminent domain. That would have required the city to pay the property’s current owners.

Instead, the city targeted Pleasant Ridge with ruthless code enforcement. Property owners were cited and fined hundreds of dollars for every individual violation. Unlike the usual practice in code enforcement, the owners were not given any grace period to correct the problems before the fines were levied: They were levied immediately and compounded dailyuntil the problems were fixed. And even when the violations were fixed, the owners had to pay the fines. The only relief offered to them came if they agreed to sell their properties to the developer.

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Principal Removed After Kids Went Weeks Without Showing Up to School and Still Graduated

5th December 2017

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Further adventures of Ballou High School.

A school district removed a principal Monday after the majority of its graduating students missed over six weeks of school and still graduated.

Antwan Wilson, chancellor of D.C.’s public schools, removed Yetunde Reeves as principal of Ballou Senior High School, reported The Washington Post. Wilson made the decision less than a week following an endorsement of Reeves.

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No, the FCC Isn’t ‘Overturning Net Neutrality’

5th December 2017

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The left is in a veritable state of hysteria as the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) moves to vote on Chairman Pai’s deregulatory “Restoring Internet Freedom” (RIF) order on Dec. 14. It’s gotten so bad that incensed supporters of so-called “net neutrality” have taken to harassing commissioners’ children and even threatening to kill a congressman.

You know, as they do.

It’s a nasty state of affairs, and it’s one unfortunately driven by a lot of false rhetoric and outright fearmongering over how policy is actually changing. Telling people that a policy change will “end the internet as we know it” or “kill the internet” can agitate troubled people into doing crazy things.

In truth, the Obama administration-era “Open Internet Order” (OIO) that the FCC is overturning has little to with “net neutrality” at all. In fact, the OIO would still allow internet service providers (ISPs) to block content—to say nothing of the many non-ISP tech companies that can and do openly suppress access to content.

Furthermore, repealing the OIO does not mean that the principles of “net neutrality” will not be upheld, nor that ISPs will be “unregulated.” Rather, the RIF will rightly transfer oversight of ISPs to other regulatory bodies in an ex post fashion.

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Don’t Register Anything

5th December 2017

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Putting yourself on a registry of people who engage in activities, or own goods, that are even mildly controversial makes you vulnerable to abusive officials.

This is especially true in Blue (i.e. proto-Communist) states.

Like too many jurisdictions, Hawaii requires gun owners to register their firearms. Also like an excess of other control-freaky places, the state requires medical marijuana users to register themselves with the state Department of Health. As it turns out, those who dutifully abide by both requirements find themselves in trouble. Hawaii may allow the use of marijuana for medicinal uses, and even require registration of its users, but the state continues to regard the practice as a violation of federal law. As a result, Honolulu residents who legally complied with requirements that they enter themselves in both registries have received threatening letters signed by officials including Honolulu Police Chief Susan Ballard.

Federal law restricts the possession of firearms by anybody who is an “unlawful user of or addicted to any controlled substance,” and marijuana remains a controlled substance according to the folks in D.C. That’s enough of an excuse for Honolulu police officials to try to disarm locals who’ve done their best to abide by state gun and marijuana laws.

But it’s not just a Hawaii problem. As Jacob Sullum previously noted, “Last year the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit, which includes Hawaii, upheld the ATF’s policy of banning gun sales to people who are known to have medical marijuana cards, even if they do not currently consume cannabis.” So putting your name on a medical marijuana registry anywhere has the potential to make it more difficult to legally buy a firearm.

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Pelosi Suggests California Republicans Leave State If They Support Tax Bill

5th December 2017

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Good advice with or without the tax bill.

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Listing Target Cities for Immigrant Implantations

4th December 2017

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Ann Corcoran found a document last year that outlined the plans for further immigration inroads. Begun by the State Department, these would have been implemented had Hillary won.

Not quite a conspiracy, but certainly Democrat government policy.

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Virginia Should Take Its Boot Off These Blue-Collar Necks

4th December 2017

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Five years ago, in its first report on the subject, IJ ranked Virginia eighth worst. Relatively speaking, the commonwealth is moving backward, not forward.

Of the 102 occupations IJ studied, Virginia licenses 68. That’s up from 46 a few years ago. And the state not only has erected more hurdles, it has raised their height as well.

Since IJ’s last report, average licensing fees have climbed from $153 to $291, and the amount of time an applicant must put in before earning a license has risen from 462 days to 620.

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US Withdraws From United Nations Agreement to Establish International Rights for Migrants

3rd December 2017

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Another win for Trump. I might have to vote for this guy again.

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Americans Paid $400 Billion in Taxes & Internet Surcharges for Fiber Optic Upgrades that Never Came

3rd December 2017

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According to a fairly recent book (2015) called The Book of Broken Promises, the American people have been charged some $400 billion by telecom companies (at the insistence of government) for fiber optic upgrades that have not materialized.

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FBI Stonewalls Corruption Probe

2nd December 2017

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The Obama administration corrupted everything it touched, including the FBI. A scandal is brewing, and the FBI, predictably, is responding with the Obama playbook: it is stonewalling.

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

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Former NYU Researcher Charged With Using Federal Grant Dollars on Trips With Ballet Dancer

30th November 2017

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Considering the sort of ‘research’ Federal ‘grant dollars’ are used for these days, I suggest that the taxpayers actually got better value for their money on this one.

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Democrats Bring the H8: Conyers Accusers Not to Be Believed Because They’re ‘All White Women,’ According to Dem Congressman

30th November 2017

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Racism straight up. But nobody cares. Certainly nobody in the proglodyte media cares.

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Nurse From Nigeria Scams Medicare for $17 Million

30th November 2017

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Hey, it was government money, so it’s free, right?

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National Media Not Interested as Philly Soda Tax Collections Flounder

30th November 2017

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In June of last year, with much national media fanfare, the City of Philadelphia passed a dishonestly named “soda tax.”

The levy of 1.5 cents per ounce, which taxes not only sugar-sweetened beverages but also drinks containing “any form of artificial sugar substitute, including stevia, aspartame, sucralose, neotame, acesulfame potassium (Ace-K), saccharin, and advantame” after it took effect on January 1, was supposed to raise over $90 million.

Actual collections are falling far short, and appear to be in decline. The national press is uninterested in reporting this result.

As so often happens when there’s a pot of money and politicians nearby, the funds have been raided for other things. As a result, as of now, “nearly 20 percent of the money raised would go to other city programs and employee benefits.” In August, a column at the Philadelphia Inquirer claimed, based on Tax Foundation research, that “only 49 percent of the funding (this year) actually is slated for pre-K,” the primary justification for the tax.

Meanwhile, the completely predictable negative economic effects are piling up. Beverage sales were projected to decline by 30 percent. In the early months, it was more like “30 percent to 50 percent,” and even the city’s original rosy projections estimated slight collection declines in future years. Many Philly residents who are going outside of the city to buy their pop are also buying their groceries while doing so. Within just two months of the tax’s implementation, Pepsi and Canada Dry laid off employees, while a major grocer said “he has had to cut 6,000 employee hours,” i.e., the equivalent of 150 full-time employees,  and suspected that “he will lose about 300 people.”

Funny how that works.

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D.C. Miracle Turnaround School Exposed as a Fraud

30th November 2017

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When Ballou High School, once one of Washington D.C.’s worst performing public schools, announced that all of its 2017 senior class graduated with college acceptance letters, the praise was effusive.

Both NPR and the Washington Post ran stories on the miracle school, praising its miraculous feat of boosting its graduation rate from 57 to 100 percent in a single school year.

Thanks to a joint investigation by NPR and local public broadcaster WAMU we know the miracle was cheating. According to the WAMU story Wednesday, many of the students Ballou graduated had missed so many classes they should have been ineligible for their diplomas.

D.C. Public School policy states students who miss more than 30 days of a course automatically fail that course. Records compiled by WAMU showed 141 graduating seniors had at least 30 days of unexcused absences and 86 had at least 60 unexcused absences. Roughly 20 percent of the graduating class was absent 90 or more times, or more absent than in attendance.

Well, they intended to go to school, but they just couldn’t get into it, man.

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Trump Hosts Meeting With Empty Chairs for Democrats After They Refuse to Attend

29th November 2017

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And got just as much done as if they’d actually been there, without the waste of time.

Sounds like a win.

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Why Black Kids Get Trapped in Failing Schools

29th November 2017

Walter Williams lays it out.

Last spring, graduation exercises were held at one Baltimore high school, 90 percent of whose students received the lowest possible math score. Just one student came even close to being proficient. Parents and family members applauded the conferring of diplomas. Some of the students won achievement awards and college scholarships.

Baltimore is by no means unique. It’s a small part of the ongoing education disaster for black students across the nation. Baltimore schools are not underfunded. Of the nation’s 100 largest school systems, Baltimore schools rank third in spending per pupil.

Baltimore’s black students receive diplomas that attest that they can function at a 12th-grade level when in fact they may not be able to do so at a seventh- or eighth-grade level.

This is why so many jobs today require a college degree — that’s the only way an employer is reasonably sure that the applicant has what used to be considered a high-school education.

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Seattle’s Income Tax Ruled Illegal

27th November 2017

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King County Superior Court Judge John Ruhl, in a summary judgement, sided with many angry city residents who contended the local income tax violated state law. Ruhl rejected a wide range of arguments cooked up by Seattle to save its legally dubious levy.

Seattle’s progressive income tax, passed unanimously by the City Council in June, levied a 2.25 percent rate on individual incomes above $240,000 or $500,000 for joint filers.

The tax proved immediately and wildly unpopular. Three State Supreme Court decisions have called the progressive income tax a violation of Washington’s state constitution. A 1984 state law reinforced those rulings, flatly saying “a county, city, or city-county shall not levy a tax on net income.”

Apparently the Left Coast is still part of America.

Getting around the plain text of the law required some creativity. The council defended its ordinance as a tax on “total income”—as defined on various IRS tax forms. Ruhl decided the IRS’s “total income” figure incorporates various deductions and write-offs, making it in fact a measure of “net income.”

Seattle also tried to argue that their ordinance—whose own text describes itself as “imposing an income tax”—was not an income tax at all, but rather an excise tax. The distinction is that an excise tax is levied “on a taxpayer for voluntarily exercising a certain right or privilege.”

Living and earning a wage, according to Seattle’s legal team, is a privilege that residents choose to exercise, and thus can be taxed.

The proglodyte mind laid bare.

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Franken: Just Very, Very Sorry

27th November 2017

Scott Johnson does the fisking.

Last night CBS Minnesota broadcast excerpts of the interview Al Franken gave to anchor/reporter Esme Murphy at his daughter’s home in Washington, where he rode out the storm over the long Thanksgiving weekend during which he issued laughable and inconsistent statements on his misconduct. CBS Minnesota has posted the broadcast report (video below, about six minutes) and a companion summary here. It has also posted the entire 33-minute interview. If you have been following this story, the whole thing is must viewing; I have posted it at the bottom. My comments below are based on the full interview.

Certainly Al Franken is the sorriest son of a bitch I’ve ever seen sneak into the Senate.

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Why Net Neutrality Was Mistaken From the Beginning

26th November 2017

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Current Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Ajit Pai memorably told Reason that “net neutrality” rules were “a solution that won’t work to a problem that doesn’t exist.”

Yet in 2015, despite a blessed lack of throttling of specific traffic streams, blocking of websites, and other feared behavior by internet service providers (ISPs) and mobile carriers, the FCC issued net neutrality rulesthat gave the federal government the right to punish business practices under Title II regulations designed for the old state-enabled Bell telephone monopoly.

Now that Pai, who became chairman earlier this year, has announced an FCC vote to repeal the Obama-era regulations, he is being pilloried by progressives, liberals, Democrats, and web giants ranging from Google to Netflix to Amazon to Facebook, often in the name of protecting an “open internet” that would let little companies and startups flourish like in the good old days before Google, Netflix, Amazon, and Facebook dominated everything. Even the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), which back in 2009 called FCC attempts to claim jurisdiction over the internet a “Trojan Horse” for government control, is squarely against the repeal.

The Usual Suspects, of course, consider it the End Of The World and reacted accordingly:

Pai is also being targeted by net neutrality activists, who have posted signs naming his children by his house and reportedly ordered pizzas as a nuisance.

This is the sort of bullying that the proglodyte fringe always indulge themselves in because they always feel justified in standing in the way of Hitler or whatever.

As a general rule, the side of a question that mobilizes ugly people marching in the streets and carrying ugly signs can be presumed to be wrong. This works 90% of the time.

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Watch Dem Lawmaker Get Arrested at the Mall on Black Friday

25th November 2017

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From lawmaker to lawbreaker in one easy step.

I guess he took ‘Black Friday’ a bit too literally.

On the other hand, I suggest that every black lawmaker under arrest marks an advance toward civilization.

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Power, Sex, and Politics

25th November 2017

Angelo Codevilla dishes the dirt.

First, the basics. During my eight years on the Senate staff, sex was a currency for renting rungs on ladders to power. Uninvolved and with a hygroscopic shoulder, I listened to accounts of the trade, in which some one-third of senators, male senior staff, and corresponding numbers of females seemed to be involved. I write “trade,” because not once did I hear of anyone forcing his attention. Given what seemed an endless supply of the willing, anyone who might feel compelled to do that would have been a loser otherwise unfit for survival in that demanding environment.

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KU’s Tunnel of Oppression

25th November 2017

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Do you accept Colin Kaepernick as Lord and Savior, or are you cast into the outer darkness?

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Federal Union Ensured Armed Robbery Suspect Got Paid While on House Arrest

24th November 2017

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Look for … the Union label….

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You’re in Good Hands With Al Groper

24th November 2017

Sen. Al Franken Accused of Groping Radio Anchor on USO Tour ...

Senator Al Groper in his natural habitat.

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Trumps Spend Thanksgiving Serving Meals to Active Duty Armed Forces

23rd November 2017

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Wow, what a narcissist. All he things about is himself.

But you have to remember that Trump has accomplished ABSOLUTELY NOTHING in his firs year in office.

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Flashback: Maxine Waters Called John Conyers ‘Supportive of Women’

21st November 2017

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I’ll just bet he was — both manually and financially.

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A Definitive Collection of Creepy Al Franken Photos Groping Women

21st November 2017

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Just in case you had any doubts.

This is to match all of the photos of Judge Moore acting inappropriately with women that have been circulating on the Internet … Oh, wait….

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L.A. Is Creating Traffic Jams to Push Commuters to Ride Bikes and Rail

20th November 2017

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In July of 2017, Los Angeles imposed a “road diet” in the quiet beach community of Playa del Rey, replacing car lanes with bike lanes and parking spaces. The roads were suddenly jammed with traffic. The community was livid.

“Most of Playa Del Rey didn’t know this was happening,” says John Russo, a local resident and co-founder of Keep L.A. Moving, a community group formed to fight back against the city’s unilateral decision to reconfigure the streets. “It really created havoc for us because we have no other roads to take.”

Road diets are part of a strategy known as Vision Zero, in which Los Angeles aims to eliminate all traffic-related fatalities by 2025. It’s an idea borrowed from Sweden, which in the ’90s started experimenting with reconfiguring the roads to encourage more commuters to bike or take mass transit to work.

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GOP Backs Zinke’s Plan to Totally Reshape the Interior Department

17th November 2017

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But you have to remember that Trump has done ABSOLUTELY NOTHING during his first year in office.

Don’t let reality distract you from the importance of the Narrative.

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Chicago’s Chronic Police Corruption Leads to Its First ‘Mass Exoneration’

17th November 2017

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Democrats have been the party of machine politics and corruption since the earliest days of the republic.

You’d think that people would catch on.

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Veteran Set Himself on Fire, VA Says It Failed to Provide Proper Mental Care

17th November 2017

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Oh, ya think?

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The Alleged Tax Cut

17th November 2017

You will notice, in all this talk of a ‘tax cuts’, that the underlying theme is that any ‘tax cuts’ be ‘paid for’.

What this means is, that any changes result in no net decrease in tax revenues for the government.

How is this a ‘tax cut’? IT ISN’T.

If taxes are changed, but at the end of the process the government still has the same amount of tax revenue, then IT IS NOT A TAX CUT. It is a tax re-arrangement. In a tax re-arrangement, some people wind up paying less tax, and other people wind up paying more.

In other words, this is an attempt to shift the tax burden from some favored people to some unfavored people. Once again, the government is picking winners and losers, using taxpayers’ own money as the carrot and stick.

This is a cornerstone of proglodyte politics. No matter what happens, the amount of money that government takes from the people who earn it cannot be allowed to go down. The contest then becomes a fight over who gets to be winners and who losers in the subsequent re-arrangement. That’s the sort of fight that lobbyists for special interests live for (and get paid big bucks for), and how proglodytes make their living (and accrue their power).

Somebody ought to point out to Republican legislators that they ought to be deeply embarrassed by participating in this charade.

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Congress Has a Pervert Problem

16th November 2017

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It would be nice to think that I was not the only person who watched Tuesday’s congressional hearing regarding sexual misconduct on Capitol Hill and felt pronouncedly stupider afterwards. But apart from a headline in The Washington Post suggesting that “Training is ‘first step’ in stopping sexual harassment in the House, lawmakers say,” there is little evidence so far that any other sentient human beings saw it. Attorney General Jeff Sessions was talking about Russia on the other C-SPAN at roughly the same time, so maybe no one did.

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She then proceeded to explain why putting up posters full of legalese written in tiny print is the surest way of making it absolutely clear to Rep. BlueBlazer McEntrepreneurship that he should not under any circumstances be showing his penis to members of his staff or his fellow representatives. Adults, especially those with college degrees, proud service in our nation’s Armed Forces, decades of experience getting things done in the private sector, and the other sorts of things that you generally find on the CVs of congressmen, learn these things from posters when they are 40 or 50 years old. Who would know otherwise?

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Amazon Pins Blame on USPS for Grocery Delivery Mess, Says Report

15th November 2017

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Amazon is blaming the U.S. Postal Service for having to shut down its grocery delivery service in portions of the country, according to Recode.

USPS was responsible for delivering orders from the tech conglomerate’s eponymous service Amazon Fresh for a large majority of intended destinations, but allegedly failed to do so in a timely manner, or at all, in certain instances. Amazon cites this, as well as an overall imperfect relationship with USPS, as the primary reasoning behind its decision to limit its delivery feature, which included cutting it off in parts of nine states.

They expected the Postal Service to deliver stuff in a timely manner? Really? Really?

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UCLA Basketball Players Freed By China After Trump Intervenes

14th November 2017

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But of course Trump has gotten ABSOLUTELY NOTHING accomplished during his first year in office. Don’t ever forget that.

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Nearly 30k Diversity Visas Have Been Given to Immigrants From Terror States

13th November 2017

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What could be more ‘diverse’ than importing potential terrorists?

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Chicago Rocked by Nearly 20 Shootings Over Veterans Day Weekend

13th November 2017

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Thank God for those strict gun control laws in Chicago, or the place would be like Texas.

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