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NHS Doctors Turning to Substance Abuse Amid Rising Levels of Stress and Burnout

24th June 2017

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How about that great government-provided health care! Don’t you wish we had a system like that in America?

Reminder for the dimwitted: When a service is free, the demand increases to infinity — and eventually you run out of other people’s money to pay for it.

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New Hampshire Law: It’s a Person at 20 Weeks, Unless You Want to Abort It

23rd June 2017

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The New Hampshire Senate passed a bill ruling you can freely kill your own child but will get charged with murder if you kill someone else’s kid.

Perhaps the next step is that you can sell kids into slavery as long as they are your own kids.

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California Bans Government Travel to Four More ‘Anti-LGBT’ States

23rd June 2017

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More self-segregation. We don’t even have to do anything to keep these proglodytes out of our state.

Texas Governor Greg Abbott was non-plussed over California’s travel ban, relaying though his spokesman John Wittman, “California may be able to stop their state employees, but they can’t stop all the businesses that are fleeing over taxation and regulation and relocating to Texas.”

Indeed. We especially welcome health care providers subjected to the new taxes.

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Mike Enzi: We’re Not Listening to Democrats Because They Didn’t Listen to Us

23rd June 2017

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Sen. Mike Enzi on Wednesday said that Republicans aren’t going to listen to Democrats in their attempt to alter the new Health care bill due to the fact that Democrats didn’t listen to Republicans on Obamacare.

“We’re not trying to give the impression that we’re going to listen to them. They never listened to us,” he told the Washington Examiner.

What goes around comes around.

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Oregon Passes Hefty Insurance Tax to Prop Up Its Scandalous Medicaid System

23rd June 2017

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The government-provided insurance system is going  broke, so the government taxes the people providing medical services. Yeah, that’s going to work.

Whom will they tax when the providers of medical services decide that they’d rather be practicing in, say, Texas?

The problem with socialism is that eventually you run out of other people’s money.

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Oregon Energy Official Who Accepted $300k in Bribes Says Energy Department Is Deeply Corrupt

22nd June 2017

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

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Trump Plays the Media Again: No White House Tapes

22nd June 2017

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Mystery solved: No, President Trump doesn’t have recordings of former FBI director James Comey.

“With all of the recently reported electronic surveillance, intercepts, unmasking and illegal leaking of information, I have no idea … whether there are ‘tapes’ or recordings of my conversations with James Comey, but I did not make, and do not have, any such recordings,” Trump said in a pair of tweets Thursday.

Trump did not explain why he made the suggestion that he secretly recorded conversations with his former FBI director in the first place, which came in a May tweet shortly after he fired Comey.

He was yanking the chains of the DemLegHump Media. He does that now and again just to keep his hand in.

Pass the popcorn.

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Supreme Court Axes Law Banning Disparaging Trademarks

19th June 2017

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I guess the whole Free Speech thing still has some friends in high places. Wonder how long it will last.

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Obama-Era FCC Caught Red-Handed Giving Preferential Treatment to Liberal Groups

18th June 2017

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A high-level employee at the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in 2014 appeared to give leaders of liberal-leaning groups preferential treatment for posting and publicizing comments on the agency’s public forum for the net neutrality debate.

Details of the highly friendly support were first described by then-The Washington Post’s Nancy Scola, who referred to it as an “unusual collaboration” in an in-depth report on the FCC’s filing system. Those details became significantly more incriminating after Mike Wendy, director of the market-oriented nonprofit MediaFreedom, recently received once-classified pieces of electronic communications years after he filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request. Wendy alleges that, along with other conservative organizations, they were not given the same effortful and enthusiastic treatment their liberal counterparts received.

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

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Trump Orders Government to Stop Work on Y2K Bug

17th June 2017

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Well, you don’t want to rush these things.

At least it didn’t take them as long as the telephone tax that was to finance the Spanish-American War.

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Seattle Gun Tax Backfires as Gun-Related Deaths Double

16th June 2017

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Seattle City Councilman Tim Burgess introduced a bill in 2015 to place a $25 tax on every firearm sold and a 5-cent tax on every ammunition round sold.

Since the tax took effect, gun violence has risen and gun sales have decreased, leading to a much smaller payout than the city expected, Fox News Reports.

Amazing how that works.

Dave Workman believes the city should have predicted the rise in violence. “All these gun control laws affect the wrong people. The gang bangers don’t go in and buy ammunition at retail, at least not around here. It certainly hasn’t stopped them from getting their hands on firearms.”

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Subsidies Encourage Maine Farmers to Keep Growing Too Many Blueberries

16th June 2017

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During a multi-year wild blueberry glut, government agencies have been using subsidies and grants to encourage Maine farmers to keep growing the crop. Too bad no one seems to want them. Maine has a glut of the berries, and now the governor of Maine hopes to help sell them off by spending $2.5 million on agricultural marketing.

Farmers have been growing wild blueberries in Maine since the mid 1800s. The berries perish quickly, so 99 percent of the crop is frozen, making it easier for a berry surplus to continue from previous years.

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The Dead End

16th June 2017

ZMan cuts to the chase.

Most of the issue that plague our modern societies stem from the unwillingness of our policy makers to consider the obvious solutions. In the 80’s, we had a bum crisis due to the states being forced to fling open the doors to their nervous hospitals. The former patients had no one willing to care for them and no ability to care for themselves, so they ended up on the streets as bums. The obvious answer was to put them back into the asylums, but that was ruled off limits and we still have a bum problem to this day.

The thing is, the Cloud People do not have a bum problem. They “solved” the “homeless” problem by agreeing to use their tax dollars to build flop houses in your neighborhood and they also make sure the bum services industry is located in your neighborhood. You will never see a homeless shelter next to a Starbucks. The cops in Cloud Country are adept at putting the stray bum on a bus and sending him to Dirt Country, where the shelters are located. After all, they are public servants and that is the humane thing to do.

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London High-Rise Fire Tragedy Result of Environmentalist Regulation

16th June 2017

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The highrise in London which recently burned, killing many was so devastating because it was recently clad with exterior insulation material to make it more energy-efficient.

The fire started in a lower-floor kitchen and rapidly spread up the entire building due to a “chimney effect” caused by the cladding.

Insulation keeps heat in. Basically, they converted the building into a giant kiln.

Jeremy Corbyn blames cuts to local council funding for the tragedy, but this cladding was part of a multimillion-dollar renovation.

About 30,000 other buildings around Britain have also been covered with this insulating cladding.

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Violent Deaths In Baltimore Are Beginning to Rival the Height of Afghanistan War

16th June 2017

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Well, that’s what happens when your city is run by Democrats. Just ask the people in Chicago, and Detroit, and D.C., and ….

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Stolen City Funds Paid for Her ‘Brazilian Butt Lift’

16th June 2017

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Here’s Natwaina Clark:

http://www.gainesville.com/storyimage/LK/20170614/NEWS/170618891/AR/0/AR-170618891.jpg?Q=75&maxW=960&maxH=960

Probably not a Republican.

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Exposing the EPA’s Gold King Mine Cover-Up

14th June 2017

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Does the Environmental Protection Agency care more about its image than it does about the environment?

Its behavior in response to the massive 2015 Gold King Mine disaster in Colorado would suggest a very clear “yes.”

The Environmental Protection Agency is hiding its incredible recklessness in the affair by giving official accounts that are clearly contradicted by ample evidence in the government’s possession.

Government employees skate from things that would put businessmen in prison.

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Michigan Health Chief Charged With Manslaughter for Flint Water Probe

14th June 2017

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The head of the Michigan health department, Nick Lyon, was charged Wednesday with involuntary manslaughter and misconduct regarding Flint’s lead-contaminated water.

Chief Medial Executive Eden Wells was also charged with obstruction of justice and lying to a police officer. Both are charged in connection with the Legionnaires’ disease outbreak in the Flint area that led to 12 deaths after the city’s water supply was switched to the Flint River in April 2014.

Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette has so far charged over a dozen current or former government officials linked to the Flint water crisis.

Not often bureaucrats get tagged for their mistakes, even when those mistakes kill people.

 

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NHS Waiting Times Will Increase Without Fresh Investment, Cash-Strapped Local Health Bodies Warn

13th June 2017

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How about that government-provided health care! Don’t you wish we had a system like that in America?

Remember: When the government provides something ‘for free’, the demand for it can never be satisfied.

The problem with socialism is that eventually you run out of other people’s money.

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5 Ways Obamacare Proves That Government-Run Health Care Is a Disaster

13th June 2017

Senator Barrasso lays it out.

After seven years of Obamacare, it’s important to remember the many ways Obamacare has failed us—and why consumer-friendly, market-driven health care should remain the goal.

Here are five ways Obamacare’s track record shows why expanding government’s role in health care would be an even bigger disaster.

Not really news, but a useful reminder.

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Wind Power Fails in Canada – a 23 Year Life Span Not Likely to Be Replaced

13th June 2017

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The oldest commercial wind power facility in Canada has been shut down and faces demolition after 23 years of transforming brisk southern Alberta breezes into electricity — and its owner says building a replacement depends on the next moves of the provincial NDP government.

BLUF: Wind power sucks. It only exists when the government takes money from your pocket and gives it to their cronies in the ‘green’ industry, to use the latter term loosely.

TransAlta Corp. said Tuesday the blades on 57 turbines at its Cowley Ridge facility near Pincher Creek have already been halted and the towers are to be toppled and recycled for scrap metal this spring. The company inherited the now-obsolete facility, built between 1993 and 1994, as part of its $1.6-billion hostile takeover of Calgary-based Canadian Hydro Developers Inc. in 2009.

“TransAlta is very interested in repowering this site. Unfortunately, right now, it’s not economically feasible,” Wayne Oliver, operations supervisor for TransAlta’s wind operations in Pincher Creek and Fort Macleod, said in an interview.

And that tells you everything you need to know about ‘green’ energy.

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Cook County, Illinois, Experiences Disastrous Rollout of Its Soda Tax

13th June 2017

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Government employees one again set records for incompetence.

County officials, however, had intially planned to tax distributors, who would pass along the cost in the final sale price of a sweetened beverage. Last Thursday cancelled that plan when the Cook County Revenue Department pointed out the sales price would still be subject to a sales tax.

A tax on a tax is illegal in Illinois.

Oops. (Well, so are guns, but that doesn’t stem gun violence among the underclass.)

When the county made the soda tax a line item at the point of sale it ran afoul of the Department of Agriculture, which advised it was against federal law to tax transactions paid for with benefits from its Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP) program.

The SNAP waiver exempts roughly 873,000 Cook County residents from the soda tax.

Oops again.

 

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Design Basics and the Art of theIntellectual Property Shake? down

9th June 2017

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Looks as if the Seventh Circuit is coming around on the whole ‘intellectual property’ myth.

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The IRS Can Seize Your Money Based on a Hunch. This Bill Will Bring That to an End.

8th June 2017

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Under the Bank Secrecy Act, financial transactions of over $10,000 trigger bank reporting requirements. If there are multiple transactions of just under $10,000—by a business, for example—the IRS may become suspicious that there is nefarious activity occurring.

That suspicion can result in assets being seized from innocent Americans. As the House Committee on Ways and Means reported last year:

Current law allows the Federal government, including the IRS, to use civil procedures to seize assets the government believes are involved in illegal activity without ever having to prove that the owners of the assets actually were engaged in criminal activity.

Current law circumvents ancient concepts like due process and innocence until guilt is proven. The federal government then places the burden of reclaiming the assets on the citizen it targeted.

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Nikki Haley, Star

8th June 2017

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President Trump has made some outstanding appointments (although one of the best, Attorney General Jeff Sessions, recently offered to resign in the face of criticism from the president). Right now, my favorite Trump appointee is U.N. ambassador Nikki Haley.

In the tradition of our best U.N. ambassadors — Daniel Patrick Moynihan and Jeane Kirkpatrick — Haley has been a powerful voice against U.N. hypocrisy. Most notably, she has denounced U.N. hypocrisy regarding Israel.

In addition to denouncing hypocrisy, Haley has moved to counter it. She has warned that the U.S. will pull out of the abomination known as the U.N. Human Rights Council unless it mends its way, in general, and alters its anti-Israel stance in particular. She has noted that the Council allows obvious human rights violators to remain members — e.g., Cuba and Venezuela — while chronically condemning Israel.

Say what you will about Trump, his appointments so far have been entirely satisfactory.

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Work for Food Stamps? Absurd.

7th June 2017

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And probably raaaaaaacist.

Participation in the food stamp program plunged by 85 percent in 13 counties in Alabama after officials required that recipients must work, look for work, or get approved job training, a state agency says.

In those 13 counties, enrollment in food stamps dropped over four months from 5,538 able-bodied adults without dependents to 831 such recipients.

Statewide, a total of 13,663 able-bodied adults without children or other dependents were enrolled in the food stamp program before the change implemented Jan. 1, according to the Alabama Department of Human Resources, the news site AL.com reported.

As of May 1, that statewide number had dropped to 7,483, the agency said.

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Anarchy at Evergreen State

7th June 2017

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Journalists like to talk about “evergreen” topics, and is there anything more evergreen right now than the anarchy at Evergreen State College? The college is back up and running again, but not until after a student mob took it upon themselves to roam the campus with baseball bats smashing windows of science buildings, because science, with its dedication to objectivity and standards and all, is oppressive.

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Burr Suspends Kamala Harris During Senate Intel Hearing [VIDEO]

7th June 2017

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Democrats never think that the rules, or even common courtesy, apply to them.

Sen. Richard Burr (R-NC) brutally suspended Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) from speaking during the Senate Intel hearing when she refused to let assistant attorney general Rod Rosenstein answer any questions.

Rosenstein was trying to explain why special counsel Robert Mueller cannot be fired by the president when Harris cut him off.

“Sir, if I may, the greater assurance is not that you and I believe in Mueller’s integrity…it is that you would put in writing an indication based on your authority as the acting attorney general that he was full independence,” she said.

Rosenstein looked annoyed during her entire question, and started to respond, “He has the full independence as authorized by those regulations,” before Harris stopped him again.

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ThoughtCrime in Connecticut

7th June 2017

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The Connecticut legislature unanimously passed a bill Tuesday increasing penalties for hate crimes, changing intimidation based on bigotry or bias from a misdemeanor to a felony.

The penalty increase also affects hate crimes against houses of worship and classifies a first-degree hate crime as anything inflicting “physical injury” based on bigotry or bias, lowered from the previous “serious injury” standard, the Wall Street Journal reports. Those convicted of hate crimes will face one to 10 years in prison and/or a $10,000 fine. Lawmakers said the changes are a response to the growing rate of hate crimes across the country.

Funny how ‘antifa’ thugs never get charged, or even arrested, for ‘hate crimes’ (as opposed to, I suppose, ‘love crimes).

Better learn to love Big Brother … or else.

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Sessions Ends Settlement Payouts To Special Interests

7th June 2017

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The Department of Justice (DOJ) will end its third-party settlement practice, a controversial prosecutorial tactic critics deride as a scheme to finance the government’s political allies, and resolve cases without judicial oversight.

In a memorandum circulated internally Monday, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced the DOJ would no longer ask corporate entities to offer a monetary award to a third party as a condition of avoiding prosecution. He said this settlement method largely serves “to bankroll special interest groups.”

This has been a huge Deep State end-run around the law.

Update: Good Riddance to the Obama DOJ’s Scandalous Settlement ‘Slush Fund’ Policy

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Report: Illegal Immigrants Aren’t Applying for Food Stamps Fearing Deportation

6th June 2017

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But, according to Democrats, illegal immigrants don’t get food stamps or any other form of welfare because they’re, you know, not eligible.

And if you believe that one, they’ll tell you another one.

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To Save Public Higher Education, Defang Public Sector Unions

6th June 2017

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But why do public university budgets keep getting the ax? It’s not (at least not primarily) about the selfishness of wealthy taxpayers. The real answer is more inconvenient for the Democratic coalition: Namely, that exploding public pension costs are putting tremendous pressure on state budgets, and higher education is the softest political target for the belt-tightening needed to make up for it. So argue Daniel DiSalvo and Jeffrey Kucik, political science professors at the City University of New York, in a new Manhattan Institute report that they summarize at U.S. News.

So long as public sector unions have a powerful grip on state legislatures, and so long as they can extract inviolable pension commitments (and paper over the magnitude of these promises by assuming unrealistic rates of return) discretionary programs without guaranteed funding carveouts will continue to be squeezed. You won’t hear many progressive activists making this case, but the single best avenue for ensuring that public colleges are fully funded is to roll back collective bargaining rights for unionized public employees so that pension obligations can be put on a sustainable path.

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Connecticut Considers New Tax Even as High Rates Cause Taxpayers to Flee

6th June 2017

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Connecticut’s wasteful spending and regular tax hikes have triggered an exodus from the state, with high-income earners fleeing to sunny, low-tax Florida. Tax revenues are falling, and even Democratic Governor Dan Malloy acknowledges that tax increases are no longer a solution to shrink the state’s runaway deficits. Nonetheless, state legislators plan to impose yet another new tax, and are deciding whether to install electronic tolls on Connecticut’s roads.

People vote with their feet, and this onslaught of taxation is causing Connecticut’s wealthiest citizens to run, not walk, from the state. Surveys show that more people are leaving Connecticut than arriving, and retirees make up 21% of this outbound migration.

Dem ol’ Blue State Blues: Catch a falling Dem and watch him pick your pocket, never gonna go away….

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The TSA Turns Harassing Travelers Into a Fine—and Pointless—Art

6th June 2017

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The point is not only to provide another trough for the piggies, but also to accustom the American people to being treated like concentration-camp inmates.

Those worried about whether Trump is going to ‘send them to a camp’ ought to Fly the Friendly Skies and turn that nightmare into a reality; Trump has nothing to do with it.

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Stuck in Traffic? Blame the Planners

6th June 2017

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In 1982, the Twin Cities had the 35th-worst congestion in the nation. By 2016, it had grown to be the 17th-worst and amount of time the average commuter spent in traffic had quadrupled. If you are stuck in traffic in the Twin Cities, says this new report, don’t blame population growth; blame the Metropolitan Council, the region’s metropolitan planning organization.

The Metropolitan Council’s official attitude is, “We can’t build our way out of congestion, so we will provide alternatives to congestion” in the form of light rail, bike paths, and maybe a few high-occupancy/toll lanes. The council’s 2040 plan has $6.9 billion programmed for transit improvements, $700 million for bike paths, and $700 million for road improvements. That means 8 percent of the funds goes for the 90 percent of the people who drive to work while 83 percent goes for the 6 percent who take transit.

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The Lone Obamacare Insurer Is Enjoying Its Monopoly

5th June 2017

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As the only option for low to moderate income individuals to obtain health insurance in those states, There is a great deal of money to be made from individuals who purchase plans and the federal government in the form of Obamacare subsidy payments.

And government is all about monopoly.

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Thought for the Day

4th June 2017

 

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Town Says Teens Who Cut Neighborhood Grass Must Pay $110 for Business License

1st June 2017

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An important step in the proglodyte road toward total dependence on government is to use regulations to make it illegal and/or too expensive for small business owners and entrepreneurs to make a living.

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Report: Obama’s Final Year Included a Mind-Boggling, Record-Breaking Number of Federal Regulations

1st June 2017

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During the final year of the Obama administration, federal regulations drained more than $1.9 trillion (about $15,000 per family) out of Americans’ wallets, and the number of rules created by the federal government grew to an all-time high.

That’s the real Obama Legacy.

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Lawmakers Want to Privatize Evergreen State, Plan Civil Rights Investigation Over Day Without Whites

31st May 2017

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Washington lawmakers plan to discuss legislation Thursday to privatize Evergreen State College, which dominated headlines recently for hosting an event segregating white and black students, as well as caving to protester demands.

Whaddaya know — looks like everyone in Washington State isn’t a knee-jerk proglodyte. Color me amazed.

Republican State Rep. Matt Manweller is leading the effort to strip Evergreen State of $24 million in state appropriations after protests rocked the Olympia, Washington campus in late May, according to Campus Reform.

Today’s lesson is: Actions have consequences, and stupid actions have unpleasant consequences. Daddy might even take your Xbox away.

“[Evergreen State students and faculty] are trying to re-institute a Jim Crow approach to education that Americans rejected over 50 years ago,” said the Republican state representative to Campus Reform. “We must never go back to a segregated society—whether it be drinking fountains, buses, or school buildings.”

Tell that to the BlackLivesMatter crowd; they don’t appear to believe it.

“The administration bears direct responsibility for this situation,” continued the representative to Campus Reform. “They hired the professors who have elevated the pseudo-science of ‘social justice’ to a religious movement. Now all dissent is crushed by threats of violence or actual violence.”

That flapping sound you hear is chickens coming home to roost. Feel the Bern.

Representatives will introduce the bill to deprive Evergreen State of state funding alongside a letter directed at Washington state’s Human Rights Commission to investigate possible civil rights infractions at Evergreen.

Oh, good luck with that. Really. (While you’re wishing, wish for a pony.)

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Agency on Trump’s Chopping Block Under Investigation for Sketchy Solar Loans

30th May 2017

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A federal aid program President Donald Trump proposed cutting is under investigation for giving out nearly $1 billion in loans to several nearly bankrupt solar companies, according to a Reuters report published Tuesday.

The Office of Inspector General for the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID OIG) is auditing $890 million of loans approved by the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC), a program used to advance loans to overseas business ventures.

This is the sort of proglodyte virtue-signaling at taxpayer expense that the Obama administration specialized in.

USAID OIG initially began its audit in 2016 but kept it under wraps. The probe is centered on OPIC’s decision to fund five Chilean solar farms and a hydroelectric project in 2013 and 2014 – many of the loans are unlikely to be repaid, according to the report.

So as not to impede Hillary’s triumphant march to the White House, no doubt.

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California Pushes Forward $400 Billion Universal Health Care Bill

30th May 2017

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The California Senate Appropriations Committee passed a $400 billion universal health care bill Thursday with no plan to pay for it.

The essence of any Democrat agenda. If they think people are leaving the state now, wait until this kicks in.

Oh, people will be moving in, of course — poor people and illegal immigrants. Good luck with that.

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How EPA Began to Destroy America’s Health

30th May 2017

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Wastewater treatment plants operate on the same principle that drove Rachel Carson to organize the effort that led to EPA’s creation. In Silent Spring, she documented how DDT and other water insoluble chemicals are biomagnified up the food chain as they concentrate in the body fat of birds and other animals. Wastewater treatment plants remove trace amounts of these pollutants by concentrating them in the animal fats contained in sewage sludges, which collect in settling tanks.

The question was what to do with sewage sludge. It contains, at millions of times higher concentrations, all of the pollutants EPA strictly regulates in air and water. Since Congress passed Clean Air and Clean Water Acts, but no Clean Soil Act, EPA simply deregulated virtually all pollutants in sewage sludge and encouraged municipalities to reduce odors with lime and apply treated sewage sludges to any available land, from farms and forests to school playgrounds.

EPA’s only challenge was to explain how trace amounts of petrochemicals and other industrial wastes it strictly regulates in air and water become harmless when mixed with sewage sludge at far higher concentrations, and tons per acre of it are spread on land where animals graze and children play. The answer EPA’s Office of Water came up with was to fund research projects at land grant universities across the United States to “support the science and substance” of its 503 sludge rule, and “overcome misinformation spread by opponents.”

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

EPA uses this same approach of buying scientists and silencing its critics in every other area, including climate change. The tragedy is that EPA could actually solve environmental problems by working with industry to develop commercially attractive approaches to dealing with environmental problems. For example, sewage sludges can be converted into valuable soil amendments and cheap fertilizers using pyrolysis to destroy toxic chemicals, bind heavy metals to activated charcoal, and return carbon to the soil instead of adding it to the atmosphere.

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Chicago Experiences Bloody Memorial Day Weekend Despite Police Presence

30th May 2017

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Chicago saw approximately 52 people shot during Memorial Day weekend, despite a heavier police presence throughout the city.

Thank God for those strict gun control laws in Chicago. Otherwise the place would look like Texas.

Oddly enough, they don’t say how many of these victims were black, since (after all) Black Lives Matter.

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The US Library of Congress Just Put 25 Million Records Online, Free of Charge

28th May 2017

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Unfortunately, it’s nothing that a normal person would care about.

I, however, am in hog heaven.

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Nipping a Legal Problem in the Bud

27th May 2017

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One of my recent articles predicted that the Fish & Wildlife Service’s endangered species designation for the rusty patched bumblebee would lead to its being used to delay or block construction projects and pesticide use on hundreds of millions of acres of US farmland. The abuses have already begun.

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The CBO’s Analysis of the GOP’s Health Care Bill Is Worthless

26th May 2017

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Yesterday the Congressional Budget Office released an analysis of the current version of the House health care bill that was trumpeted by Democrats because it projected that 23 million people would “lose” their health insurance if the law went into effect. However, as Guy Benson points out, this claim is false, since “the large bulk of those who are said to be ‘losing’ coverage do not currently have coverage.” Further, to the extent that some who currently are forced to buy health insurance by Obamacare decide it isn’t worth the cost to them, and choose not to purchase it, that is rightfully their decision.

I guess we have to revise the classic phrase ‘Lies, damned lies, and statistics’ to ‘Lies, damned lies, and government information.’

Why should we believe an agency on a topic where its past projections have been wildly off the mark?

Indeed. If you look at the history of the CBO, it has never been right in any of its projections. Not once. Not ever.

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Student Mob Shrieks at Professor Who Objected to Event That Kicks White People Off Campus for a Day

26th May 2017

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Evergreen State College students have berated a professor and called for his resignation after he objected to an event where white students were asked to leave the campus for a day.

Bret Weinstein, a biology professor at the university, sent out an email criticizing the purpose of this year’s “Day Of Absence” event where, unlike in the past, white students and faculty members were asked to leave campus to give space to people of color.

Traditionally, the annual event is characterized by people of color leaving the campus to show their contribution to the campus, while white students and faculty members are attending anti-racism workshops.

The brownshirts of the Left are on the march. Yet Trump is the New Hitler.

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In 3 Charts, the Biggest Revelations From New Obamacare Study

24th May 2017

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Yeah, that’s some affordable care, all right.

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If You’re a White Person in Portland, You Can’t Sell Burritos Anymore

24th May 2017

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‘Cultural appropriation’ is apparently the new racism.

So where is Portland, the Whitest City in America, going to get their hipster Mex food?

Is puzzle.

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