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Tomato Growers Lose Millions Thanks to False FDA Warning, Courts’ Failure to Act

10th December 2016

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Last week the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the federal government could not be held financially responsible for issuing erroneous warnings about the source of an outbreak of foodborne illness that caused the loss of millions of dollars of tomatoes.

The warnings, issued by the FDA in 2008, turned out to be wildly inaccurate and deeply damaging.

Government employees routinely take actions that would put private actors in jail or cost them huge fines. And yet they skate — nobody gets fired, nobody goes to jail.

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Senate Dems Scramble After Report Shows [That] the Most ‘Diverse’ Staff Is Actually Republican

8th December 2016

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The SWPL chickens come home to roost.

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Illegal Alien Deported 8 Times Killed Two Women in Drunken Hit-And-Run

8th December 2016

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Sure, open up the border! Let ’em all in! What could go wrong?

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Los Angeles Public Schools Create Hotline for Students Upset About Trump

8th December 2016

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And the hits just keep on comin’….

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It’s Infrastructure, So It Must Be Worthwhile

8th December 2016

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The city of Port Angeles, Washington spent $107,516 putting up wind turbines in a new city park. The turbines will power 31 lights in the park. This will save the taxpayers of Port Angeles a whopping $41.58 per month.

That’s before subtracting operating costs, though no one yet knows how much it will cost to operate them. The city is in a dispute with the manufacturer, so it will be another month or so before they turn them on.

Washington state is the northern province of Left Coast Ecotopia, so it’s a glaring example of politically-motivated ‘environmentalism’ that underscores the Thatcher proverb ‘the problem with socialism is that eventually you run out of other people’s money’.

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States Keep Spending Millions on Unjustified Vehicle Inspection Programs Backed by Lobbyists

8th December 2016

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Texas spends $275 million a year on a vehicle inspection program and has never bothered to find out if it makes the public safer or healthier.

The Lone Star State isn’t alone. None of the other 14 states with vehicle safety inspections could provide the Government Accountability Office with any evidence justifying the existence of the programs.

Sounds like the perfect government program.

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Post Office’s Governing Board Is Empty, And It’s Bernie’s Fault

8th December 2016

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Nobody is in charge at the U.S. Postal Service’s (USPS) Board of Governors after today when the last Senate-confirmed governor’s term expires, leaving Postmaster General Megan Brennan and Deputy Postmaster Ronald Stroman large and in charge, with no oversight.

Not that ‘oversight’ of the Post Office ever did anybody any good. There’s a reason the Post Office has entered American folklore as the poster child for bureaucracy, inefficiency, and incompetence.

The number of governors on the postal board has dwindled as nobody has been appointed to new terms since 2010. Former Democratic presidential candidate and Vermont Independent Sen. Bernie Sanders has blocked multiple presidential appointments to the board, according to outgoing governor James Bilbray, a former Democratic congressman from Nevada. Meanwhile, the USPS’s deficit reached $5.6 billion this year.

This is the first I’ve ever heard of Bernie objecting to people being employed by the government. I doubt that the USPS’s deficit bothered him a microsecond.

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Obama’s IRS Commissioner Faces Impeachment Vote in Congress

6th December 2016

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Jordan, who has repeatedly called for Koskinen’s impeachment, said the targeting of conservative groups by the IRS is unacceptable. He said Koskinen’s role in the scandal warrants impeachment proceedings.

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

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1st US Offshore Wind Turbine Breaks Before It Even Opened for Business

6th December 2016

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A wind turbine that’s part of the first U.S. offshore wind farm broke down before the site started commercially producing power.

Yeah, those ‘renewables’ are really dependable. (NOT)

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Texas Restaurant Closes, and the Owner Is Blaming Obamacare

6th December 2016

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The employer mandate of the Affordable Care Act requires businesses with more than 50 full-time employees must provide health care for at least 95 percent of the employees and dependents up to age 26, or pay a fee.

Katz told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram that that between his two restaurants in Fort Worth and Dallas, he has more than 50 employees. Because he doesn’t provide health care to his staff, starting Jan. 1, he will face a penalty between $200,000 and $300,000.

“I don’t have that kind of money,” Katz told the Star-Telegram. “Instead of 50 or 60 people without healthcare, we have 50 or 60 people that aren’t employed anymore. It makes no sense.”

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You May Have Missed the Obituary for the Primary Care Physician

6th December 2016

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This is why we won’t ever have affordable health care.

The death of primary care was a culmination of two fatal disorders. The first was a chronic, debilitating illness that systematically deprived the practice of primary care medicine of its very purpose and meaning. This illness took hold long ago, back when Mr. Obama was still organizing sundry communities, and Mr. Trump was still enthusiastic about the casino business. Consider the long-term effects of this illness. if you ask a primary care physician what their medical practice is like today, you are likely to get an answer like this:

“Our pay is determined arbitrarily by Acts of Congress, like workers in the old Soviet collectives. We are directed to “practice medicine” strictly according to directives (quaintly called “guidelines”), handed down from on high by panels of sanctioned experts, and accordingly we are enjoined from taking into account our professional experience, our intuition informed by judgment, or our specific knowledge of our individual patients when we advise them about their medical issues. We are strictly limited to 7.5 minutes per patient “encounter,” and the content of this brief encounter is determined by certain Pay for Performance checklists which have been given to us by yet other expert committees. These checklists assure that most of our 7.5 minute encounter is spent asking about important medical topics such as the storage of handguns in the home and sodium in the diet, for if we skip any items on the list we define ourselves as substandard caregivers. This expediency has had the effect of greatly limiting any discussion of topics or concerns that are not on the list, and thus do not meet the approved agenda. Our every move must be carefully tabulated according to incomprehensible rules, on innumerable computer forms and other documents, that confound patient care but that greatly further the convenience of the stone-witted bureaucrats and forensic accountants who are employed specifically to second-guess every clinical decision and every action we take.

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Fearing Loss of U.S. Money Under Trump, New York Begins Urgent Review

5th December 2016

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Where’s the enthusiasm for the President ruling by decree now? They were all for it when the Magic Negro was in power.

The problem with an Imperial Presidency is that anybody can do it.

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REPORT: Obama Rushes $44 Billion Worth of Regs Before Leaving Office

2nd December 2016

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He must have seen a film of the Iraqis torching the oil wells in Kuwait as they were being hammerd out and said, ‘Hey, I can do that to America!’

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DOJ Declines to Comment on Why Agency Won’t Investigate Threats to Electors

2nd December 2016

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The Department of Justice did not want to discuss why the agency refuses to investigate alleged harassment and death threats toward Electoral College voters in states that went for Donald Trump.

“The department will decline to comment,” DOJ deputy press secretary David Jacobs told The Daily Caller in an email Wednesday afternoon.

Gee, I wonder why?

Attorney J. Christian Adams, who previously worked in the DOJ’s civil rights division, appeared unsurprised by the department’s reaction, telling TheDC in a statement Thursday, “The Justice Department should be investigating the brutal attacks on Trump voters caught on video and the death threats to Trump electors. Federal law protects people who want to vote. The Obama Justice Department unfortunately only protects people who vote the right way.”

Your tax dollars at work. Time to drain the swamp.

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U.S. to Forgive at Least $108 Billion in Student Debt in Coming Years

30th November 2016

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All of which is coming out of YOUR pockets. Aren’t you proud?

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Report: Trump Reaches Deal With Carrier To Keep 1,000 Jobs In US

29th November 2016

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Trump accomplished more in a month to ‘create or save’ American jobs than Obama accomplished in eight tedious years.

That’s a win.

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Smell Museums, Feminist Glaciers, and 7 Other Embarrassing Cases of Federal Waste

29th November 2016

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What must it be like to be someone dumber than a journalist, or even a Congressman, who can so easily see that these are a waste of money?

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Officials Behind $500 Million Vikings’ Stadium Subsidy Get Free Luxury Box Tickets for Family and Friends

28th November 2016

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Six government appointees, including the son of a vice president, who negotiated how much public money would be spent building the Minnesota Vikings’ new football stadium get free access to luxury boxes for all events in the stadium.

Which, you know, might call into question how hard they really negotiated for the taxpayers on that one.

Bet they were Democrats.

Maybe the best part of the story is the moment when two members of the MSFA board (chairwoman Michele Kelm-Helgen and executive director Ted Mondale) try to justify their sweet, free, and secret perk by arguing that they “work long hours on game days and spent long nights negotiating on behalf of taxpayers during construction of the building, so having friends and family there is reasonable.”

Mondale, by the way, is the son of former U.S. vice president Walter Mondale and he has lived the life of a vice president’s son. After a brief stint in elected office during the 1990s, he’s settled into a rotating set of political appointments. He was appointed to the Twin Cities’ Metropolitan Council by Gov. Jesse Ventura in 1999, and he used that post to push for the approval of a pair of ridiculously expensive light rail lines. With that public boondoggle in his resume, he was probably a natural fit on the MSFA board, to which he was named CEO by Gov. Mark Dayton in 2012, just as the new stadium deal was in the works.

Looks perfectly Crustian to me. What’s the use of having power if you can’t abuse it?

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The United Nations’ Palestinian Refugee Industry

25th November 2016

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Of all the problems that dominate the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, only one ensures that the conflict will never end: the growth in the number of Arab-Palestinian refugees. Western governments have enabled this industry.

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If the Pilgrims Arrived Today

24th November 2016

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Democrats and Teachers’ Union Fight Against Scholarships for Poor Floridians

24th November 2016

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A minister in central Florida is striking back at the state’s teachers’ unions for their dogged attacks on a school tax-credit scholarship that affords tens of thousands of low-income families a choice of schools for their kids. In an Orlando Sentinel column, Reverend R. B. Holmes said that it is “a matter of fundamental decency” to allow parents to choose where their kids are educated, and lambasted the Florida Education Association (FEA) for trying to force students back into failing public schools. Florida’s education system includes many school-choice options, yet the teachers’ union has targeted the tax-credit scholarship, which primarily assists families with low incomes. (The average participating household is only 4.4 percent above the poverty line, and minority and single-parent households make up a majority of participants.)

Democrats and Unions, doing what they do best.

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No Hate Crime Charges Against Anti-Trump Attackers in Chicago

23rd November 2016

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Four black individuals have now been charged in the brutal beating of a Chicago man, all while clearly shouting “white boy” and “he voted Trump,” yet none of them will be charged with hate crimes.

There’s your racist ‘justice’ in Barack Obama’s America.

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Rush Limbaugh Children’s Books Banned at Wisconsin School: They’re “Inappropriate”

23rd November 2016

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Wisconsin school officials who are bullying a 6-year-old boy. His offense? Bringing to school the latest book in the bestselling children’s book series on American history, “Adventures of Rush Revere,” written by Rush Limbaugh (with his wife Kathryn). The book, just published, is Rush Revere and the Presidency.

As Matt, the boy’s father, explained to Vicki during her November 18 afternoon (Madison) show, school officials in Marshall, Wisconsin, regard anything written by Rush Limbaugh as “inappropriate material” — even though the series has received rave reviews, and Rush won the 2013 “Author of the Year” award at the Children’s Choice Book Awards, for his first book in the series.

This is what ‘diversity’ and ‘inclusion’ looks like in Barack Obama’s America.

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Obama Admin Fines Police Department For Not Hiring Non-Citizens

22nd November 2016

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Denver County’s sheriff office has been slapped with a fine by the Department of Justice (DOJ) because it refused to hire non-citizens as deputies.

The department admitted as much in a new settlement with the U.S. government, which requires it to pay a $10,000 fine.

Note that word: ‘settlement’. The department did nothing wrong, but because the Justice Department has the deep pockets of the U.S. taxpayer behind them, it was more cost effective to settle the case than to fight it — and, as a result, the Justice Department gets the chance to enforce a ‘rule’ that has no basis in actual law. This is how the Nanny State works, in practice. ‘We can’t make you do it, but we can make you wish you had.’

Unfortunately for the Social Justice Warriors, the shoe is on the other foot now. Trump will be able to use the same extra-Constitutional tools that Obama has spent eight years honing against the very people who were rubbing their hands with glee, such as the rulers of sanctuary cities. ‘Do it our way or no Federal money’ can work both ways.

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In 2006, These Democrats Still in Office Voted to Build a Wall

21st November 2016

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Compare with today’s bloviating.

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Still Unreliable After All These Months

21st November 2016

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When Denver’s new airport rail line experienced severe glitches shortly after it opened, including malfunctioning crossing gates and a lightning strike that shut down the entire line for seven hours, among other problems, transit officials assured the public that they were just getting the bugs out of the system. But now, more than six months after it opened, the bugs are still thriving.

The crossing gate problem is so severe that the Federal Transit Administration has threatened to shut down the line until it is corrected. The contractor that built and operates the line tried to claim the lightning strike was an act of God, so the contractor shouldn’t be held responsible, but Regional Transit District officials responded that they had pointed out the company’s design was vulnerable to lightning as early as 2013, yet the company did nothing to fix the flaw. Meanwhile, the system continues to perform unreliably.

What is it with Democrats and trains? Why do they insist on living in the past?

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Thought for the Day

19th November 2016

Ratings Broadside

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Portland: Still the Model for Unaffordability

19th November 2016

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Looks like the whitest city in America just can’t get it right.

The Census Bureau estimates that the city of Portland is growing by more than 10,000 people a year while the Portland urban area is growing by more than 40,000 people a year, or more than 100 people a day. Despite, or more likely because of, hundreds of millions of dollars spent on growth planning, the region is doing a very poor job of producing the housing those people need to live in.

Metro, Portland’s regional planning agency, brags that not only is the region following most of the advice recently offered by the White House for making housing more affordable, it actually pioneered several of the techniques. Yet according to the Federal Housing Finance Agency, Portland-area housing prices are currently growing at 13 percent per year.

Perhaps that’s because ‘most of the advice recently offered by the White House’ is just a load of crap?

That’s my guess, what’s your guess?

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Donald Trump National Security Adviser Mike Flynn Has Called Islam ‘a Cancer’

19th November 2016

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At last! Somebody who gets it.

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Kids Win the Right to Sue the US Government Over Climate Change

16th November 2016

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A bright speck of climate news was quickly overshadowed by the presidential election this week—America’s children have officially won the right to sue their government over global warming.

Yesterday, a lawsuit filed by 21 youth plaintiffs was ruled valid by US District Judge Ann Aiken in Eugene, Oregon. A group of citizens, whose ages range from nine to 20, charged President Obama, the fossil fuel industry, and other federal agencies with violating their constitutional rights by declining to take action against climate change.

Then I guess we can sue the same people for destroying our culture with ‘gay marriage’, abortion on demand, and excessive regulations. Works for me.

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Contamination Blamed on Fracking Was ‘Almost Certainly’ Caused by EPA

15th November 2016

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Environmental regulators in Wyoming say water contamination previously blamed on fracking was instead “almost certainly” caused by the EPA.

Anti-fracking activists repeatedly cited the plight of Pavillion, Wyo., as proof the process should be banned. EPA investigators accidentally drilled their own monitoring wells incorrectly, introducing the contaminants which were later detected in water samples. The agency followed this up by openly theorizing that fracking was to blame for the contamination.

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6 Fast Facts About the FBI’s New Hate-Crime Report

15th November 2016

Read it. Before you believe the sky-is-falling headlines.

 

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House GOP Weighs Proposal to Bring Back Earmarks

15th November 2016

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This is a Very Bad Idea.

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All the Money Obama Borrowed From Taxpayers, In One Chart

11th November 2016

Outstanding federal debt, 1997-2016. (Image: Government Accountability Office)

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America’s $400 Billion Plane Spontaneously Combusts Mid-Flight

8th November 2016

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A U.S. Marine Corps F-35B burst into flames mid-flight Oct. 27, causing more than $2 million in damage to the aircraft.

Further evidence that the F-35 is a flying piece of shit.

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Why You Won’t Get Your Day in Court

8th November 2016

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Over the past few decades, ordinary US citizens have increasingly been denied effective access to their courts. There are many reasons for this. One is the ever greater cost of hiring a lawyer. A second factor is the increased expense, apart from legal fees, that a litigant must pay to pursue a lawsuit to conclusion. A third factor is increased unwillingness of lawyers to take a case on a contingent-fee basis when the anticipated monetary award is modest. A fourth factor is the decline of unions and other institutions that provide their members with free legal representation. A fifth factor is the imposition of mandatory arbitration. A sixth factor is judicial hostility to class action suits. A seventh factor is the increasing diversion of legal disputes to regulatory agencies. An eighth factor, in criminal cases, is the vastly increased risk of a heavy penalty in going to trial.

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Reporters Banned From Global Anti-Tobacco Conference

8th November 2016

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A United Nations legislative body has voted to kick journalists out of its meeting Monday.

Delegates voted unanimously to ban journalists from the remaining sessions of the biennial legislative conference of World Health Organization’s Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC).

Journalists called the decision “outrageous” and “shocking,” while delegates refused to address concerns about denying press freedom.

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New Warship’s Big Guns Have No Bullets

7th November 2016

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Barely two weeks after the US Navy commissioned its newest and most futuristic warship, armed with two huge guns that can hit targets 80 miles away, the service is moving to cancel the projectiles for the guns, citing excessive costs that run up to $800,000 per round or more.

The Long Range Land-Attack Projectile (LRLAP) is a guided precision munition that is key to the DDG 1000 Zumwalt-class’s mission as a land-attack destroyer, able to hit targets with such accuracy that, in the words of manufacturer Lockheed Martin, can “defeat targets in the urban canyons of coastal cities with minimal collateral damage.”

The LRLAP is the only munition designed to be fired from the DDG 1000’s Advanced Gun System (AGS), a 155mm/62-caliber gun with an automated magazine and handling system. Each of the three Zumwalts will carry two of the guns – the largest weapons to be designed for and fitted on a warship since World War II.

But the LRLAP’s unit price has jumped steadily as the numbers of Zumwalt-class destroyers were cut. From a total of 28 ships, to seven, and finally to three, the class shrank and costs did not.

“We were going to buy thousands of these rounds,” said a Navy official familiar with the program. “But quantities of ships killed the affordable round.”

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Virginia Governor Pardons 60,000 Felons, Enough to Swing Election

7th November 2016

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Cut off one head, two shall grow in its place….

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Local Library Will Call the Cops If Parents Leave Their Kids Alone for 5 Minutes

7th November 2016

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If you’re a kid in Beaverton, Oregon, you may wonder why your mom never says, “Go to the library.”

Maybe it’s because mom has something else to do today other than watch you like a hawk.

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The Gangs of (Brentwood) New York

7th November 2016

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The flow of illegal-alien teenagers from Central America represents a negation of immigration law of a kind similar to (albeit smaller in scale than) what Angela Merkel has wrought in Germany. Using as its rationale a law designed to protect unaccompanied minors who’ve been trafficked (forcibly brought here), the Obama administration has admitted as de facto permanent residents scores of thousands of teenagers who were neither trafficked nor unaccompanied (and not even checked to see if they’re actually minors). What’s worse, Obama has effectively acted as a subcontractor to the smuggling cartels by delivering the illegal-alien teens to their illegal-alien families in the U.S. Tens of thousands more are acting on Obama’s invitation and heading north.

That would all be bad enough if the illegal-alien teens were models of lawful behavior otherwise. Unfortunately, the Obama-generated flow of “unaccompanied” “minors” from Central America has breathed new life into a weakened MS-13 transnational gang, notable for its extreme brutality. From 2005 to 2014 (when the surge in Central American teens really began), ICE arrested 4,000 MS-13 gang members and associates, 92 percent of whom were illegal. (A mark of the gang’s savagery is that MS-13 accounted for 13 percent of ICE gang arrests during that time, but 35 percent of the murderers.) As a result, “MS-13 was nearly eradicated in a lot of places,” as my colleague Jessica Vaughan said in a recent teleconference.

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Thought for the Day

5th November 2016

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How Much Money Could Barack Obama Earn After Leaving the White House?

5th November 2016

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BLUF: More than you’ll ever see.

Of course, if he sets up a family foundation and ropes Michelle in on the deal, the sky’s the limit.

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Thought for the Day

4th November 2016

Wizard of Id

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Forget the FBI Cache; the Podesta Emails Show How America Is Run

3rd November 2016

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The emails currently roiling the US presidential campaign are part of some unknown digital collection amassed by the troublesome Anthony Weiner, but if your purpose is to understand the clique of people who dominate Washington today, the emails that really matter are the ones being slowly released by WikiLeaks from the hacked account of Hillary Clinton’s campaign chair John Podesta. They are last week’s scandal in a year running over with scandals, but in truth their significance goes far beyond mere scandal: they are a window into the soul of the Democratic party and into the dreams and thoughts of the class to whom the party answers.

They are the comfortable and well-educated mainstay of our modern Democratic party. They are also the grandees of our national media; the architects of our software; the designers of our streets; the high officials of our banking system; the authors of just about every plan to fix social security or fine-tune the Middle East with precision droning. They are, they think, not a class at all but rather the enlightened ones, the people who must be answered to but who need never explain themselves.

The Crust exposed.

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UN Stood by Watching as Aid Workers Raped and Murdered

3rd November 2016

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United Nations peacekeepers did not intervene in July to stop South Sudanese soldiers from raping and murdering Western aid workers, a new UN report finds.

“During the attack, civilians were subjected to and witnessed gross human rights violations, including murder, intimidation, sexual violence and acts amounting to torture perpetrated by armed government soldiers,” the report states. The aid workers and staff called for help from UN peacekeepers stationed less than a mile a way, but received no assistance.

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Chicago: Weekend Marks Deadliest of Year With 17 Fatally Shot

3rd November 2016

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Black Lives Matter — unless they’re shooting each other.

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

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If The Census Adds a MENA Category, That Will Facilitate White Identity Politics

3rd November 2016

Steve Sailer follows this stuff so that you don’t have to.

People like to obfuscate that race is incredibly complicated and who can say etc etc … But in my experience, having followed public discourse on race fairly carefully since 1972, whatever the government says typically wins out. If the government gives out money and prizes for identifying as X but not for identifying as Y, then over time more people will identify as X even if, deep down, they feel like they are Z.

This suggests that federal guidelines on racial boundaries are extremely important, but nobody seems interested in the subject other than special interests.

The Obama Administration is likely to soon announce that another sizable group has been granted the privilege of Nonwhiteness.

If the Obama Administration goes through with this, virtually every Muslim in the United States (except for that poor guy from Bosnia who got hammered to death in St. Louis by a NAM mob in revenge for Michael Brown) will be officially nonwhite.

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This Is Why They Call It “Lie Rail”

3rd November 2016

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When the Antiplanner spoke in Norfolk two years ago, my opening line was “They should call it lie rail because everything about light rail is a lie.” The proponents of building light rail in Virginia Beach have certainly proven that to be true.

Above is an advertisement for the ballot measure. In addition to saying, “Reduce Traffic Congestion,” which it won’t do, it says, “Connect the Oceanfront, ODU [Old Dominion University], Airport & Naval Base.” Yet the ballot measure proposes to increase local property taxes to build a three-mile, $300 million light-rail line that won’t go to any of those places. They say they have long-term plans to build extensions to those places, but they also say that don’t plan to come back and ask for more tax increases.

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Despite Investigations, Obama’s IRS Has Never Stopped Targeting Conservatives

3rd November 2016

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The IRS scandal never ended, because the behavior never stopped. More importantly, the structural forces that nurtured it—piqued politicians demanding agencies “do something” in accord with political objectives, and like-minded, eager-to-please career employees manning those agencies—means a repeat is not just predictable, it’s inevitable. In fact, it may already be occurring.

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