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Ah, Those Congressional Pensions

27th November 2014

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After 40 years in the House of Representatives, Rep. George Miller, D-Calif., will be eligible for an annual pension of $125,500. Sen. Saxby Chambliss, R-Ga., will retire after 20 years, qualifying for a yearly pension of $53,000.

And Sen. Kay Hagan, D-N.C., defeated this month in her bid to win a second term, will be eligible for an annual pension of $16,000 after serving just six years.

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68 Ways Homeland Security Has Wasted Your Tax Dollars

27th November 2014

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From $1.5 billion in cost overruns on its new D.C. headquarters, to $8.7 million a year in unearned employee overtime, the agency has not lacked for examples of fiscal mismanagement and lax oversight.

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

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Defense Secretary Pick Will Be a Challenge for Obama

27th November 2014

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Yeah, who would want to work for this putz?

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FSU Shooting Victim Had CCP But Couldn’t Carry on Campus

26th November 2014

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One the victims wounded in the November 20 attack on the Florida State University (FSU) campus had a concealed carry permit (CCP) but was not allowed to carry his gun on campus for self-defense because of Florida law.
A bill to change that law and allow campus carry was thwarted by current FSU President John Thrasher in 2011, when he was a state senator.

According to Students for Concealed Carry at Florida State (SCCFS), shooting victim Nathan Scott has a CCP, but the campus carry ban rendered him defenseless when 31-year-old Myron May opened fire. In other words, although he had “the training and skills necessary to end the shooting… [Scott was] powerless due to Florida’s laws.”

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Poll: US Post Office Top Rated Federal Agency

25th November 2014

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The poll finding probably says more about other federal agencies than it does about the nation’s mail delivery. Fortunately for the Post Office, it is mostly immune from the machinations of the Obama administration.

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School Kids Are Blaming Michelle Obama for Their “Gross” School Lunches

24th November 2014

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Looks like the kids are smarter than their parents.

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Why Is American Teaching So Bad?

23rd November 2014

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Well, mostly it’s controlled by the government, for starters.

Who becomes a teacher in America? The answer keeps changing, and not in ways that should make any of us proud. In the first half of the twentieth century, as Goldstein notes, bookish urban immigrants used the profession to catapult themselves into the middle class. During the Great Depression, especially, teaching attracted people of outstanding academic achievement—including some with Ph.D.s—who couldn’t get work elsewhere. Since the 1960s, however, the proportion of top college students who have entered the field has steadily declined. Part of the reason lay in the feminist movement, which created new occupational opportunities for women outside of teaching. Rather than enhancing the profession’s status, as Susan B. Anthony had predicted a century earlier, this harmed it considerably, as many high-achieving women went into other professions.

The profession was also harmed by the campaign for racial integration, which closed all-black schools and threw thousands of experienced African-American teachers out of work. Those teachers had often achieved much within black school systems and then found themselves without jobs. By 1980, Texas Monthly published an award-winning article showing that public school teachers in Houston and Dallas scored lower on reading and math tests than the average sixteen-year-old in nearby suburbs did. It also reported that students of teacher education at Southwest Texas State University—where future president Lyndon Johnson received his teaching degree—were functionally illiterate. Teacher preparation, the article concluded, was “a hoax and an educational disgrace.”

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Kids Tweet #ThanksMichelleObama for Crappy Public School Lunches

22nd November 2014

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When the government provides goods, it provides goods of Government Quality. Think about that.

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San Diego Rapper, and Suspected Gang Member, Tiny Doo Faces Potential 25 Years in Prison Over Lyrics, Album Cover Depicting a Gun

22nd November 2014

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Duncan, 33, who raps under the name Tiny Doo, is not accused of providing the guns or being present at the nine shootings that terrorized a neighborhood where the Lincoln Park gang has long used violence to protect its turf.

Instead, prosecutors are going after Duncan over something else: His latest album.

Entitled “No Safety,” the album features a picture of a gun and bullets on the cover.

Prosecutors say that shows that Duncan fits the legal definition of a gang member who “willfully promotes, furthers, or assists in any felonious criminal conduct by members of that gang.”

This is absurd and an obvious attempt to get around the First Amendment.

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The Justice Department Becomes a Schoolyard Bully in Wisconsin

20th November 2014

George Will blows the whistle.

It is as remarkable as it is repulsive, the ingenuity with which the Obama administration uses the regulatory state’s intricacies to advance progressivism’s project of breaking nongovernmental institutions to government’s saddle. Eager to sacrifice low-income children to please teachers unions, the Justice Department wants to destroy Wisconsin’s school choice program. Feigning concern about access for disabled children, the department aims to handicap all disadvantaged children by denying their parents access to school choices of the sort affluent government lawyers enjoy.

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

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Hackers Seize Detroit’s Database, Demand $800k. Motor City Shrugs: OK, Take It

20th November 2014

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Hackers seized a database from the City of Detroit earlier this year before unsuccessfully demanding $800,000 in Bitcoin.

The failed extortion attempt back in April was disclosed by Detroit mayor Mike Duggan at the North American International Cyber Summit conference on Monday.

The stolen database wasn’t needed by the cash-strapped city so the ransom was never paid, according to local reports.

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Ransom Paid for Bergdahl

19th November 2014

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The ransom payment was first disclosed by Rep. Duncan Hunter in a Nov. 5 letter to Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel. Mr. Hunter stated in the letter that Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC) made the payment covertly as part of a release deal. But the money was stolen by the Afghan intermediary claiming to represent the Haqqani terrorist network.

These guys can’t do anything right.

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U.S. Government Tries to Mug the Mayor of London

19th November 2014

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Such a broad definition of those subject to the IRS’s tender ministrations reaches far and wide. It reaches so far that American tax authorities say Boris Johnson (pictured), the mayor of London, owes capital gains taxes to the land of his birth, even though he hasn’t lived here since he was five years old.

The thing about Boris Johnson, who says he won’t pay, is that he’s not your average pushover for the thugs who keep the U.S. government fat and happy. He’s not just the mayor of an important city, but he’s a player in Britain’s ruling Conservative Party, and discussed as a potential future prime minister of the country.

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Border Resident: More Illegals ‘Every Time’ Obama ‘Opens His Mouth About Immigration’

19th November 2014

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

“Every time he opens his mouth about immigration and what he’s gonna do, there’s a huge negative impact on us that live out here along the border, especially in the rural areas where all the smuggling trails are,” Vickers said. “There’s no question if he takes an executive action for some kind of an immigration issue that allows amnesty, allows them to stay here. We’re gonna be covered up again. There’s gonna be another wave, a flood of people coming from all over the world to get in here.”

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Report: Obama’s Executive Amnesty Will Give Illegal Aliens Public Benefits

18th November 2014

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Illegal aliens who get President Barack Obama’s likely forthcoming executive amnesty will have immediate access to welfare and other public benefits, according to a new report from the Federation of American Immigration Reform (FAIR) exclusively provided to Breitbart News ahead of its public release shows.

Of course. That’s what it’s all about — buying new Democrat voters with YOUR money.

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Family of Woman Beaten to Death Suing Denver 911

18th November 2014

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It took more than an hour for dispatchers to send officers to the home of Loretta Barela, 44, after her neighbor called 911 on Nov. 18, 2012. The neighbor, who told dispatchers she saw a man hitting shirtless Barela and dragging her across the street, called a second time when police had not arrived 45 minutes later. Officers left when there was no response to a knock on her door.

When seconds count, police arrive in minutes. Or maybe not.

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Chicken-Like Bird Threatens Western State Economies, as Feds Weigh New Rules

18th November 2014

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Meet the sage grouse. The animal stands at the center of the latest battle pitting America’s domestic energy industry against conservationists trying to protect a little-known species from harm. Like past clashes over the spotted owl or a desert-dwelling pronghorn, the results could be costly.

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D.C. Police’s Asset Forfeitures Are Very Lucrative and Very Petty

17th November 2014

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The Washington Post’s original three-part, in-depth look at the use and abuse of police civil asset forfeiture seems to have transformed into an open-ended, ongoing series. Over the weekend they posted a sixth installment exploring grabby police departments taking their citizens’ cash and belongings.

This time they kept it local, noticing that Washington, D.C.’s, police are actually attempting to plan in its budget for asset forfeiture proceeds in advance. This is considered a no-no for any law enforcement agency participating in the Department of Justice’s Equitable Sharing Program, the program where the feds and local enforcement agencies team up, and the local police get to keep 80 percent of whatever’s seized. This planning came to light to the Post last week because members of D.C.’s Council are attempting to overhaul the city’s asset forfeiture guidelines to increase the threshold of proof and requiring all asset seizures—including the ones that come from the DOJ program—to be placed in D.C.’s general fund, rather than the police’s budget, thus seriously reducing the police’s incentives for snatching whatever they can.

Funny how every story about corrupt city government deals with a city run by Democrats.

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Washington State Health Exchange Shuts Down on First Day of Open Enrollment

17th November 2014

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Unlike with private enterprise, you can’t take your government business elsewhere.

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If You Like Your Health Insurance Plan, You Must Pay More to Keep Your Health Insurance Plan

16th November 2014

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The New York Times reports that many Americans with health insurance purchased under Obamacare will face substantial price increases next year — in some cases as much as 20 percent — unless they switch plans. The Times report is based on data released by the Obama administration on Friday, just hours before the health insurance marketplace opened to buyers seeking insurance for 2015.

According to the Times, “the new data means that many of the seven million people who have bought insurance through federal and state exchanges will have to change to different health plans if they want to avoid paying more — an inconvenience for consumers just becoming accustomed to their coverage.” Beyond the matter of inconvenience, there is also the fact that the new plan, available at about the price of the old one, typically will be less desirable than the old plan, which now costs more.

Obamacare: The lie that keeps on taking.

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Chicago School Zone Speed Cams Tag Drivers Even in the Summer, Because Chicago

15th November 2014

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Well, this is fun. We just recently wrote about how Chicago’s speed cameras, ostensibly all to do with safety, failed to bring in as much money as Mayor Rahm Emanuel had suggested in his budget plan. Yes, tickets based on speed cameras were worked into the budget numbers, which is a strange thing to do if they’re supposed to be about safety and not money. Safe driving, in other words, should not trigger a budget crisis. But it turns out the ticketing revenue might still be inflated, even at the crisis number, as a bunch of speeding tickets were generated by cameras within school zones flagging drivers for driving over the school zone limit in the summertime.

Funny how all corrupt city governments are run by Democrats. Only a coincidence, I’m sure.

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Thought for the Day

15th November 2014

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Buffalo to Seize Guns From Families Following Owners’ Funerals

14th November 2014

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A plan by police in Buffalo, N.Y., to begin confiscating the firearms of legal gun owners within days of their deaths is drawing fire from Second Amendment advocates.

The plan is legal under a longstanding, but rarely enforced state law, but gun rights advocates say, with apologies to onetime NRA spokesman Charlton Heston, it is tantamount to prying firearms – some of which may have substantial monetary or sentimental value – from the cold, dead hands of law-abiding citizens.

Yet another reason not to live in New York.

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Bureaucrats Bulldoze Beloved Playground for Special Needs Kids

13th November 2014

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Last month, the Seattle Parks Department ordered the destruction of a play area designed for special needs kids, claiming its four-foot rope ladder, tire swing, and “nest” made of rope and bike tires were “extreme dangers” and “hazardous conditions.” That’s an odd verdict: In 10 years of existence, no children were ever significantly injured on the play area equipment, according to Liz Bullard, who helped design the space.

That’s they way they do things on the Left Coast. Reality must conform to their preconceived notions, no matter who suffers.

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Reason for Big Government: The Firm

13th November 2014

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California has a new law that requires all eggs sold in the state to come from chickens that are housed in roomier cages. Specifically, the hens “must be able to lie down, stand up and fully spread their wings.”

So how many Californians have been arrested for eating the wrong kind of egg? Zero. Not even one? Not one. Actually, the law doesn’t take effect until January, but even then egg eaters will have nothing to fear. The reason: the law doesn’t apply to people who eat eggs. It only applies to people who sell eggs.

When you stop to think about it, that’s not unusual. Almost all government restrictions on our freedom are indirect. They are imposed on us by way of some business. In fact, laws that directly restrict the freedom of the individual are rare and almost always controversial.

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Separate And Unequal: Minnesota School District to Review All Suspensions of ‘Black and Brown’ Students

13th November 2014

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Does a good sun tan count? Or is this just more institutionalized Democrat racism?

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Los Angeles: Rail for Others

12th November 2014

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“Transit for Others” characterizes three decades of transit in Los Angeles County. Despite its massive $10 billion plus rail program, MTA bus and rail services carried fewer riders in 2012 (latest Federal Transit Administration data) than were carried by the buses in 1985 (MTA was formed in the early 1990s from a merger between the Los Angeles County Transportation Commission and the Southern California Rapid Transit District).

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Public Universities in California Launch Loan Program for Illegal Immigrants

11th November 2014

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Of course they do.

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Police Can Seize and Sell Assets Even When the Owner Broke No Law

11th November 2014

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You don’t have to be convicted of a crime — or even accused of one — for police to seize your car or other property. It’s legal. Several videos online are shedding some light on the controversial practice.

The practice is called civil asset forfeiture, and every year it brings cities millions of dollars in revenue, which often goes directly to the police budget. Police confiscate cars, jewelry, cash and homes they think are connected to crime. But the people these things belong to may have done nothing wrong.

In one video posted by The New York Times, Harry S. Connelly, the city attorney of Las Cruces, N.M., gleefully describes how the city collects these “little goodies,” calling it a “gold mine.”

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$40G Per Bird? California Cormorants Refuse to Budge From Bridge Being Demolished

11th November 2014

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The double-crested cormorants – protected, though not endangered – have nested along the bridge for decades, and have so far shown no interest in relocating to the shiny new section that replaced the eastern section of the famed bridge. Officials have tried pricey decoys, bird recordings and even specially-made nests installed underneath the new span to lure them roughly 100 feet next door. The effort to demolish the old section, damaged 25 years ago in the massive Loma Prieta earthquake, is being held up by the birds’ unwillingness to move, and critics, who say the delays could cost taxpayers $33 million, are crying fowl.

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Security Theater Update: Boston TSA

10th November 2014

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Obviously, by bringing a perfectly safe item—such as the confiscated faux-TNT packaged cologne pictured to the right—in your carry-on bag, you are at fault for holding up security checkpoint lines when Transportation Security Administration (TSA) officials mistakenly flag it as dangerous.

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What’s a Federal Agency for If Not to Pad the Payroll With Relatives?

10th November 2014

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Last week, senior officials of the Department of Justice’s Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) were quietly busted for using a student hiring scheme as a jobs program for their relatives. The Justice Department’s Office of the Inspector General report (PDF) notes that nepotism has become widespread at the agency, with 16 percent of hires in the student program consisting of relatives of existing employees.

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Why Do Transit Commuters Take Longer to Get to Work Than Drivers?

10th November 2014

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Nationwide, the average worker spends 24.7 minutes, each way, traveling to and from work. People who drive alone spend 24.4 minutes; people who carpool spend 28.0 minutes; people who walk take 11.9 minutes; and people who take transit take 48.7 minutes.

Private transportation takes you from where you are to where you want to be. Public transport takes you from where it’s convenient for the public transport system to where it’s convenient for the public transport system to go. Those two are almost never the same.

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Minneapolis School District Now Needs ‘Permission’ to Suspend Any Black, Hispanic Student

9th November 2014

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Two words: ‘home school’.

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Obama Brings Second Knife to Gunfight

9th November 2014

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But Obama’s response in Iraq looks robust compared to his plan for countering ISIS in Syria. There, current plans call for the training of 1,500 members of the Free Syrian Army next year (assuming it still exists next year). As Boot notes, ISIS is estimated to have some 30,000 fighters. Moreover, the Free Syrian Army must also combat the Assad regime and the Nusra Front, which recently routed it in Northern Syria.

In short, Obama’s response to ISIS remains pathetic. To say that it consists of half-measures is to give him too much credit.

Worst. President. Ever.

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Feds Punish Princeton for Liking Due Process Too Much

8th November 2014

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Earlier this week, the U.S. Department of Education wrapped up its investigation of Princeton University’s sexual harassment and assault policies. The findings were unsurprising, though still striking: the government essentially accused the university of violating federal anti-discrimination law by extending too much due process to accused students.

Of course, nobody cares, because, hey, it’s Princeton, but the principle is still important: The government is our enemy, not our friend.

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California Plans to Issue 1.4 Million Driver’s Licenses to Undocumented Immigrants Under New Law

8th November 2014

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But of course to expect real American citizens to get a picture ID in order to vote is raaaaaaacist.

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World’s Largest Solar Plant Applying for Federal Grant to Pay Off Federal Loan

8th November 2014

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The term ‘green energy’ obviously refers to the amount of taxpayer money they’re spending.

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Florida Charity Worker, 90, Arrested by Police for Feeding the Homeless Gets Arrested Again One Day Later

6th November 2014

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It seems that despite Abbott’s amazing charitable ways, the mayor of the city, Jack Seiler, has nothing but disgust for the selfless old man.

Seiler is, of course, a Democrat.

Seiler told Local 10, ‘Mr. Abbott has decided that he doesn’t think these individuals should have to have any interaction with government, that they should be fed in the parks. We disagree.’

‘All within the state, nothing outside the state, nothing against the state.’ — Benito Mussolini. (Pretty much the motto of the Democrat party.)

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90-year-old Florida Man Arrested for Feeding the Homeless

4th November 2014

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It did not take long for City of Fort Lauderdale to make good on the promise to criminally charge those who violate a new ordinance that effectively outlaws groups from feeding the homeless in public.

On Sunday, the city charged three people, including two ministers and a 90-year-old homeless advocate, and they could face up to 60-days in jail for their so-called crime.

Mayor Jack Seiler is, of course, a Democrat.

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Rating Teachers: Now *That’s* Comedy

4th November 2014

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Is anyone surprised that school district rating systems for teacher performance are something of a joke? The Mackinac Center for Public Policy reports that the Flint Community School District in Michigan rated 94 percent of its teachers—and 99 percent of its administrators—as “effective” at their jobs, even though the district contains numerous “F” schools.

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Student Suspended for Slicing Apple During Healthy Snacks Presentation

3rd November 2014

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Da’von Shaw, a Bedford, Ohio high school student, brought apples and craisins to school for a “healthy eating” presentation he was giving to his speech class. He took out a knife to slice an apple, and I’m sure you can all guess what happened next….

Send your kid to a government school,
And he will turn out a fool;
That’s the way
Things are today—
Your tax bucks at work and play!

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Wisconsin Mail Carrier Probed After Allegedly Dumping GOP Political Mailers

3rd November 2014

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I love that word, ‘probed’. Has such a very TSA sound to it.

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Kasparov Nails It

2nd November 2014

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The Obama Doctrine: “Do as little as necessary to appear to be doing something without actually committing to a cause or course of action.”

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Turned Off by Obamacare, Many Doctors Spurn Exchange Patients

31st October 2014

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Riffing off a survey conducted earlier this year by the Medical Group Management Association (MGMA), the conservative American Action Forum (AAF) estimates that upwards of 214,000 doctors are declining to serve patients covered by Obamacare exchange health plans. AAF gets that number by extrapolating the MGMA’s survey responses across the full population of practicing physicians, so take that number as seriously as you like. But there’s no doubt that physicians have real concerns about the president’s signature Affordable Care Act (ACA), and that exchange customers are having trouble finding doctors willing to take their business.

Obamacare, the gift that keeps on giving.

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TSA Confiscates Raygun Belt Buckle BECAUSE TERRORISM!

29th October 2014

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Award-winning videographer Sean Malone had a raygun belt buckle confiscated recently by the good folks at the Transportation Security Administration (TSA). You know, because all of the 9/11 hijackers were packing rayguns or something.

Security theater strikes again.

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Make America Safer: Shut Down the Department of Homeland Security

27th October 2014

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Combine Jerry Pournelle’s dictum ‘The purpose of government is to hire and pay government employees’ with Rahm Emanuel’s giveaway ‘Never let a crisis go to waste’, and voila — DHS.

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The Fast and Furious Cover-up, Hiding in Plain Sight

26th October 2014

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The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee has been trying to investigate the Fast and Furious scandal for years, but has been stymied by the Obama administration’s stonewalling. The House committee was willing to narrow its request for Department of Justice documents to an extraordinary degree; ultimately, the committee asked only that the Obama administration produce documents after February 4, 2011, relating to the false letter to Congress that bore that date, and the process by which Eric Holder’s DOJ decided to withdraw that letter. Notwithstanding this narrow scope, the Obama administration has stiffed the House committee for three years, asserting executive privilege over virtually all of the documents encompassed by the committee’s request.

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Minneapolis Is Micromanaging the Food Supply

25th October 2014

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Minneapolis has become a focal point for testing out policies designed to force people to eat healthier. Or else.

The problem with living in a Blue state is that the more the government intrudes into your life, the more that intrusion is considered a precedent for further intrusions into your life. That’s a hole with no bottom.

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Stunning New Report Finds Obamacare Adds $131 Billion to Deficit

25th October 2014

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

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