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Politicians Make Bootlegging Great Again

17th January 2017

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When Prohibition ended in 1933, my great-grandfather, Giuseppe Marano, thought his money-making glory days were over. Having made a good living selling alcoholic beverages to willing buyers at a time when that business was illegal across the country, he and his cohorts certainly viewed the passage of the 21st Amendment as the end of a very profitable era.

Except that it really wasn’t. Politicians may have formally dumped the national ban on booze, but in many places they’ve imposed enough foolish restrictions to keep bootlegging a going concern.

And, of course, it was Prohibition that gave us the Mafia’s glory days.

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Since Obama Took Office, Debt Has Nearly Doubled

17th January 2017

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Spending is what Democrats do best, so long as it’s somebody else’s money.

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The Seven Most Undercovered Obama Scandals

16th January 2017

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How many can you name? None? Maybe that’s because the DemLegHump Media DIDN’T COVER THEM.

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Trump May Pick a Prominent Global Warming Skeptic as His Science Czar

16th January 2017

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That would be … entertaining.

President-elect Donald Trump met with a Princeton University physicist and skeptic of man-made global warming who observers believe could be the next White House science czar.

Trump met with Dr. Will Happer in New York City Friday. Happer didn’t take any questions entering or leaving Trump Tower last week, so it’s hard to say what the meetings were about. Trump has yet to fill key energy and science roles in his administration.

He’s from Princeton, so his Crustian credentials are impeccable. Trump is a judo-master with Leftist brain-space.

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Stuck in Place

16th January 2017

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Geographic mobility–the movement of people from place to place in response to changing job trends–had declined in the United States, which in turn contributes to the reduction in economic mobility. David Schleicher, a Yale University associate law professor, has written a paper arguing that this reduction is due to government regulations, including land-use regulations that make it expensive to move and occupational licensing that makes it expensive to enter new markets.

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At Least 20 Democratic Lawmakers Plan to Skip Inauguration Day

16th January 2017

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And I’m sure that they will be missed … NOT.

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#ThanksObama: 5 Scary Powers Trump Will Take Over as President

14th January 2017

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Remember when those pesky other branches of government wouldn’t bow down to Obama’s whims, and the president famously bragged about going it alone? Now Obama’s out and it will soon be Donald Trump wielding his pen and phone.

As Barack Obama bids farewell to his presidency this week, keep in mind these five scary powers that President Trump will inherit from him.

Someone needs to remind the Left ‘be careful what you wish for’.

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How Obama Will Cash In After Leaving Office

14th January 2017

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Phrased as ‘he could’ but you know that ‘he will’.

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What Will Happen To Health Insurance In 2017? Doctors Say Repeal Obamacare, But Don’t Replace It

14th January 2017

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Stefan Hagopian, a doctor in Santa Monica, California, received an email from his healthcare insurance company on Nov. 8 saying his plan would be canceled on the first day of 2017. He had been one of millions of Americans whose coverage failed to qualify under the mandates insurance companies had to abide by under the Affordable Care Act, commonly referred to as Obamacare.

Hagopian hopes to see Obamacare repealed entirely because of its requirement that all Americans obtain health insurance or pay a fine. He said the healthcare law benefitted insurance companies more than U.S. citizens and doctors.

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Participation Award: Would YOU Like to Be QUEEN for a DAY?

13th January 2017

The Internet Is Turning Joe Biden’s Medal of Freedom Into a ‘Best Friends Forever’ Necklace

Everybody Gets a Medal! Obama Surprises Biden with Medal of Freedom

Obama-Biden bromance reaches zenith with surprise Presidential Medal of Freedom

 

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Defense Officials Approve Expanded Veterans Online Shopping Benefit

13th January 2017

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Honorably discharged veterans could be able to shop online at military exchange websites as early as Veterans Day, barring any objections from Congress.

A defense official confirmed a letter announcing the change was signed Wednesday by Peter Levine, acting undersecretary of defense for personnel and readiness. Copies were sent to lawmakers on four House and Senate committees, and if no objections are raised within 30 days, officials with Army and Air Force Exchange Service and Navy Exchange Service Command expect to be able to implement the new benefit by mid-November.

Exchanges sell items at a discount, without a sales tax, and any profits after operating costs are either returned to the services’ morale, welfare and recreation programs, or used for construction and other improvements to stores.

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Federal Judge Denounces EPA As Rogue Agency

13th January 2017

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In 2014, Murray Energy Corporation and several of its affiliates sued EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy, alleging that the EPA was in violation of 42 U.S.C. § 7621, § 321(a) of the Clean Air Act, which requires the agency to “conduct continuing evaluations of potential loss or shifts of employment which may result from the administration or enforcement of the provision of [the Clean Air Act] and applicable implementation plans, including where appropriate, investigating threatened plant closures or reductions in employment allegedly resulting from such administration or enforcement.”

The case is venued in West Virginia, and U.S. District Judge John Preston Bailey presides. In 2016, the parties filed cross motions for summary judgment. On October 17, 2016, Judge Bailey denied the government’s motion and granted Murray Energy Corporation’s motion. This means that Murray won the case.

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The Obama Legacy

12th January 2017

Barack Obama is the first two-term U.S. President to have been at war every day of his tenure.

Not bad for a Nobel Peace Prize winner.

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Trump Pentagon Likely to Abandon Social Experiments for Core Mission Under Mattis, Say Experts

12th January 2017

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You mean, military people actually getting ready to fight a war? How did that happen?

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Reason #3 Americans Don’t Ride Transit: It’s Expensive

11th January 2017

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The 2015 National Transit Database shows that people pay an average of 28 cents per passenger mile to ride transit. To compare this cost with driving, the American Public Transportation Association uses American Automobile Association calculations of the cost of driving, which show an average cost of about 57 cents a mile for medium-sized cars. So it seems like a no-brainer to conclude that transit saves money.

If you have a car, no matter how old it is, you only pay the variable cost whenever you drive it on any particular trip. According to the AAA data, that variable cost–fuel, maintenance, and tires–averages less than 15 cents a mile, and would be even lower if you had a more fuel-efficient car. So right there you are saving at least 13 cents a mile over transit.

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Federal Transportation Dollars Spent on Streetcars No One Rides

11th January 2017

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Local governments routinely spend resources on infrastructure they don’t really need or want simply because available funds are sitting in a federal account and are therefore viewed as “free,” according to Sen. Jeff Flake’s new edition of the Wastebook.

Among the transportation and infrastructure examples highlighted by Flake in the latest Wastebook are the “two federal Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grants totaling more than $65 million” supporting a streetcar that no one seems to want.

“I’ve never been on a car with more than 25 other people; it’s usually about a dozen, in a car that can seat 60 and carry up to 195,” a journalist observed, and many passengers are homeless people just looking for shelter, who often “got a little bit rough with the operators” and left it smelling foul, according to the Wastebook.

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Obama-Backed ‘Clean Coal’ Plant Creates More CO2 Emissions Than It Captures

10th January 2017

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The first operational U.S. “clean coal” plant could end up increasing carbon dioxide emissions, calling into question the hundreds of millions of dollars the Obama administration has spent on such projects.

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If You’re Freaking Out Over Donald Trump’s Presidential Powers, Thank a Liberal!

10th January 2017

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One of the things that Streep, who spoke at the Democratic National Convention last summer in support of Hillary Clinton, didn’t address, though, is the way in which Barack Obama has handed Trump vast powers as president. There’s no question that Obama worked overtime to arrogate more power to the presidency over the past eight years, using all sorts of unilateral action to get shit done. Even Yellow Dog Democrats will grant as much when it comes to civil liberties abuses (remember Bam’s “secret kill list”?) and waging war (still waiting on his request to Congress under the War Powers Act to sanction Libya, which turned out so well). Obama was on the losing end of a 9-0 Supreme Court ruling about abusing recess-appointment powers and his moves on immigration law suffered a similar fate as well. In all sorts of ways, the plain fact is that, like George W. Bush before, Obama was ready to grab as much power as he could. And whatever presidential precedents he established will now be sitting in Oval Office, waiting for the arrival of Donald Trump.

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FEMA Pays to Fix Olympic Con Man’s Vacation Home That Wasn’t Worth Fixing

10th January 2017

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Taxpayers are spending $326,000 fixing the waterfront vacation home of a serial financial criminal and former Olympic gold medalist, which is nearly as much as the house was worth.

The boondoggle last year came courtesy of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) because Steven Riddick bought a home in Virginia too close to the water, leading to flooding, highlighting the agency’s often wasteful and inconsistent assistance programs.

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The Aquaflage Nightmare Has Finally Ended

10th January 2017

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Anyone who thinks that, for all its flaws, at least the government is good at doing military stuff hasn’t been tracking the clown-car routines the Navy has been going through during the last fifty years (fifty years!).

When first forced to use the blue pattern camo work clothes back in 2010 U.S. Navy sailors thought their new work uniform was mainly silly. It consisted of shirt and pants in a gray, blue (mainly) and black camouflage pattern. Most sailors wear the work uniform while on a ship. What’s the point of camouflage there? This has at least led to some entertaining humor. For example, sailors called the new camouflage “Aquaflage” and tried to find some purpose in it. Some believed it was a safety measure, since if you fell overboard while wearing it there was little chance you’d ever be seen in the water, so there was no need to turn the ship around to try and find you. Along those lines, some believed that if you fell overboard, the aquaflage would make it more difficult for any sharks to spot you. Actually, sharks detect prey via smell, not sight, but no matter, it was better to laugh about this blue clothing nightmare rather that look hard and cry.

There was more to cry over. Aquaflage came along mainly because of the herd instinct at the top. Since 2001 all the services had gotten new camouflage uniforms, or gotten them for the first time. Even the air force had a blue type camouflage pattern. The admirals felt compelled to replace the traditional (and popular) dungarees and blue work shirt with the much less popular aquaflage. For more formal occasions, junior enlisted sailors were still allowed to wear a khaki shirt and black pants (an arrangement the U.S. Marine Corps has made famous). The navy “dress blues” remained unchanged.

After aquaflage was introduced the navy brass, bowing to loud and sustained complaints, agreed to allow sailors living off base, on their way home from work, to get out of their vehicles to perform short errands (picking up dry cleaning, groceries, day care, and so on), while wearing the new navy work uniform. Prior to this, navy personnel were forbidden from leaving their vehicles while outside the base if they were wearing the work uniform. While sailors appreciated being allowed to get out of their cars on the way home work, most would prefer to do it while wearing the traditional dungarees and blue work shirt rather than the cartoonish aquaflage.

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Reason #2 Why Most Americans Don’t Ride Transit: It Doesn’t Go Where You Want to Go

10th January 2017

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Most transit is oriented to downtown, a destination few people go to anymore. If you don’t want to go downtown, transit is practically useless.

In the Good Old Days, business was concentrated downtown for convenience — convenience in communications, convenience in supply, convenience in coordinating employees.

Nowadays, a lot of jobs don’t require you to be in any particular place, so long as you have a computer workstation and a fast Internet connection. UPS and FedEx and Stamps.Com mean you don’t need to be near a Post Office or transportation hub. More and more companies are locating their offices in suburbs, which are closer to where people actually live; ‘where are you located’ is the first question I used to ask of places where I was considering working.

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Seafood Companies Sue Obama Admin for Requiring They Track Every Fish

9th January 2017

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Under the rules from the National Marine Fisheries Service, part of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, companies would have to prove where each fish or cut of meat came from, down to the ship that caught it or the farm that raised it. Fish sellers would be required to show the origin for 13 of the most popular fish species — including most types of tuna fish, crabs and cod — and when the seafood arrived at U.S. customs stations.

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Congressional Dems Under Attack for Not Hiring Minorities

9th January 2017

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The Washington Post reports that Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer is under pressure over the poor record of congressional Democrats with regard to minority hiring. In response, Schumer reportedly will urge his fellow Democrats to adopt the Rooney Rule, which requires NFL teams to interview at least one minority applicant for top positions.

Thus, whereas Sessions years ago hired an African-American as his top counsel, Schumer is now trying to get Democrats to interview African-American candidates.

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Popular NY Restaurant Shuts Its Doors, Blames ‘Suffocating’ Gov’t Regs

9th January 2017

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A popular New York City restaurant is closing its doors after 25 years because of what the owners call a stifling regulatory environment that treats the restaurant as a “cash machine.”

China Fun, a Chinese restaurant in Manhattan, announced its Jan. 3 closure because of increases in minimum wage and a city atmosphere that treats “mom-and-pop” eateries like cash cows to pay for all the ills of society, Albert Wu, told reporters. Wu is a representative of China Fun.

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

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Reason #1 Why Americans Don’t Ride Transit: Transit Is Slow

9th January 2017

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There’s a myth that Americans have some kind of irrational love affair with their cars, and they don’t ride transit because of that irrationality. In fact, there are very good reasons why autos provide well over 95 percent of mechanized travel in urban areas while transit provides less than two percent.

One of the most important reasons is that transit is slow. According to the American Public Transportation Association’s Public Transportation Fact Book, the average speed of rail transit is 21.5 miles per hour, while the average speed of bus transit is 14.1 mph (see page 7). So-called rapid transit, known to the Federal Transit Administration as heavy rail, averages just 21.1 mph, while light rail is 15.6 mph and streetcars are a pathetic 7.7 mph (see page 40).

Public transit takes you from where you aren’t to where you don’t want to be at a time inconvenient for you in the company of people whom you’d normally pay money to avoid.

And it takes between two and three times longer than driving.

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Feds Still Don’t Know If [sic] Their Energy Data Is Reliable After 21 Years

9th January 2017

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U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) officials refused to fix a major management flaw that allowed data manipulation to plague a federal lab for nearly two decades.

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Pet Deer Named After Bambi Character Shot Dead in Front of US Family in Their Driveway

6th January 2017

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We’re from the government, and we’re here to help.

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Rep. Rush Keeps Campaign Expenses All In The Family

6th January 2017

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Yet another corrupt black Democrat. It’s hard to keep them all straight.

 

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Meet California’s Face of Federal Government Resistance—Eric Holder?

6th January 2017

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When Eric Holder was attorney general for President Barack Obama, the Department of Justice used the federal ban on marijuana possession to arrest and imprison Californians who were legally growing under the state’s medical marijuana laws.

But never mind—that Donald Trump sure is a monster! Concerned about what Trump might do to increase enforcement of immigration laws and to loosen environmental regulations, California’s state legislature has hired Holder from his law firm, Covington & Burling, to serve as outside legal counsel. Mind you, California has a very powerful and expensive crew of state-level attorneys, but what’s an additional $25,000 a month (for now)?

Don’t think of it as selling out — think of it as cashing in.

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TSA ‘Cannot Be Trusted’ to Manage Security Info, Says Top Federal Investigator

5th January 2017

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DHS Inspector General John Roth blasted TSA officials in unusually harsh language for demanding the IG inconsistently redact information about the TSA’s security practices in part because agency officials refused to maintain airport security cameras because they believe that isn’t TSA’s responsibility.

Look for … the Union label….

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REPORT: Navy’s Biofuels Program Is A Huge Step Backwards

5th January 2017

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The U.S. Navy’s biofuels program has “failed to demonstrate any operational or strategic advantages over petroleum and have actually increased costs” for the military, according to a new report by defense experts.

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

In 2011, President Barack Obama ordered the Navy to diversify its energy sources by using biofuels. The Obama administration based the decision on former Marine Corps Gen. James Mattis’ call to “unleash” the Corps from “the tether of fuel.” Mattis is now President-elect Donald Trump’s pick for secretary of defense.

I doubt that Mattis was calling for more cronyist ‘green’ initiatives.

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Barack Obama, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate

5th January 2017

Council on Foreign Relations

Just think of what he might have done if he hadn’t gotten the Peace Prize.

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Outrage in Philadelphia as New Soda Tax Doubles Drink Prices

5th January 2017

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Moral: Don’t live in a city run by Democrats. Duh.

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Lawsuit Argues It’s Unconstitutional to Use Tax Money to Pay Union Officials

4th January 2017

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If a lawsuit filed in state court in Jersey City, N.J. is successful, some teachers’ unions in the Garden State may no longer be able to bill taxpayers for that work. That’s because the state constitution prohibits government from giving taxpayer funds to private entities without a public purpose.

The new lawsuit is the latest example of a practice that is firmly ensconced among federal employees’ unions and is now being challenged with some success at the state and local government level. Some estimates put the cost of official time to the federal government at as much as $1 billion.

Under “release time,” teachers don’t teach, they instead perform unknown advocacy duties on a daily basis without having to dip into members’ dues.

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Why Was Carrier Considering Moving to Mexico in the First Place?

4th January 2017

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You know the answer. Gimme a G! Gimme an O! Gimme a V!….

Any business decision as significant as the relocation of a major production facility is the result of many factors. Still, one factor stood out when the Carrier executives met with Mike Pence, then the governor of Indiana, in March of last year. After the meeting, Pence told an Indianapolis TV station that Carrier CEO Robert McDonough said decision to relocate had nothing to do with the business climate in Indiana, but that they were frustrated with the “rising red tape” in Washington D.C.

Around the same time, Jim Schellinger, president of the Indiana Economic Development Corporation, wrote a letter to Sen. Joseph Donnelly, D-Indiana, claiming that “extensive federal regulations were the leading factor of the decision to relocate 2,100 manufacturing jobs” to Mexico, according to The Washington Post.

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Seattle Council Member Using Gov Resources to Organize Anti-Trump Protests

4th January 2017

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Councilmember Kshama Sawant posted an open letter to her “fellow activists” on the City of Seattle’s taxpayer-funded website, urging participation in anti-Trump “Occupy Inauguration” protests organized by the Socialist Alternative Seattle. More than 3,500 people have already committed to joining the protests, according to the event’s Facebook page.

How many Victim Bingo boxes can she check? Try your luck.

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Schumer: Trump Better Pick a Mainstream Supreme Court Nominee, or Else

4th January 2017

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Or else what? Chuck Schumer’s leverage to obstruct the next nominee to the Supreme Court was almost as incoherent as his demand for a “mainstream” nominee. Appearing on MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow Show last night, Schumer followed that demand up with an acknowledgment that Democrats wouldn’t consider any nominee mainstream if he or she had full Republican support. That leaves us with … what, exactly? Knee-jerk obstructionism.

Democrats are so divorced from reality that when they lose they act as if they’ve won.

That’s what brain diseases like socialism get you. (This is your brain on socialism: Pile of Poo on Apple iOS 10.2)

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Obama’s Parting Gift: EPA to Fine Alaskans Who Burn Wood to Stay Warm

4th January 2017

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

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Atlanta’s Streetcar Named Disaster

3rd January 2017

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The Antiplanner’s friend, Benita Dodd, reviews the Atlanta streetcar on the second anniversary of its inaugural run. It was supposed to cost $72 million to build. It cost $97 million. It was supposed to cost $1.7 million a year to operate. It actually costs $5.3 million.

It was projected to earn $420,000 a year in fares. During its first year, it earned nothing because it was free. In the second year, the city began charging $1 a ride, and it earned under $200,000. When it was free, it carried 2,600 riders a day. After they began charging, ridership fell to less than 1,500 a day, less than half the projected number.

It normally runs on Saturday nights until 1 am. Last Saturday, “to accommodate large crowds” for New Years Eve, the city stopped running it at 4:30 pm. (Despite the absurdity of the claim that not running the streetcar will accommodate large crowds, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reprinted the city’s press release word for word.) Naturally, after all these great successes, the city wants to build 22 more miles of streetcar lines.

Whenever you see an official estimate of cost for a government works project, double it and add 50% to get the accurate amount that it will eventually cost.

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Feds See No ‘Loss of Confidence’ in Closing Lab That Manipulated Data for Decades

3rd January 2017

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An order closing a government lab that manipulated energy data for nearly two decades didn’t represent a “loss of confidence” in federal scientists, according to the issuing official, even though a subsequent memo by another agency executive described in gruesome detail an irretrievably mismanaged and dysfunctional operation.

The stop-work order and a subsequent review was issued after a U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) chemist was caught manipulating energy-related data at an agency lab from 2008 to 2014. Another chemist manipulated data at the Colorado facility from 1996 to 2008.

“Lastly, the [program office] would like to convey to the [lab] analysts that these actions are not [emphasis theirs] a reflection of a loss of confidence in them or in their abilities,” the March 2015 stop-work order said.

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The $4.5 Billion New Year’s Party

2nd January 2017

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New York City celebrated the new year by opening the insanely expensive Second Avenue Subway. Just two miles and three stations long, this subway line cost nearly $4.5 billion, or more than $35,000 per inch, making it the most expensive subway in the world.

Of course, not all of that money went for digging tunnels and laying track, which cost “only” $734 million (which is still more than $5,000 per inch). The three stations cost $800 million each. But that’s not all: to complete the Second Avenue subway, the city also spend $500 million on engineering and $800 million for “management, real estate, station artwork, fare-collection systems and other sundry items.” If the entire New York City subway system cost that much, it would have cost more than $500 billion, or roughly the cost of the entire 47,856-mile Interstate Highway System in today’s dollars.

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Dems Plan to Use MILLIONS in Taxpayer Money to Keep Illegal Immigrants From Being Deported

31st December 2016

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Democratic politicians, including mayors in three major cities, are looking to use millions in taxpayer funds to protect illegal immigrants in their cities from deportation.

Mayors of Los Angeles, Chicago, and San Francisco are looking to create funds to provide attorneys to illegal immigrants who face deportation, the Wall Street Journal reports.

Isn’t that special. Aren’t you glad you don’t live in Los Angeles, Chicago, and San Francisco?

 

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Your Government Officials

31st December 2016

Look it up.

I have a little list, they never would be missed….

Don’t ever say we don’t have useful stuff here.

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Why California’s New Gun Laws Deserve Contempt

31st December 2016

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The state lacks effective means of enforcing the new laws, which now ban the possession of magazines that hold more than 10 rounds of ammunition.

After July 1, you will have just three legal options for disposing of these magazines: remove them from the state, sell them to a licensed dealer or turn them in to the police.

Or you will keep your mouth shut and keep your magazines stashed.

I do not advocate flouting the law. But nor do I advocate being naive. After July 1, tens of millions of illegal ammunition magazines will remain in private hands. And there is not much the state can do about it.

That’s the problem with sweeping and arbitrary bans. People have a much stronger incentive to resist than to comply. That’s what happened in Connecticut and New York after the Sandy Hook school massacre in 2012. Both states passed sweeping gun control laws requiring, among other things, registration of so-called assault weapons. Millions of guns remain unregistered.

And here we are not talking about actual weapons. Magazines are simply metal boxes with a spring inside. Even if the state had a way to collect existing magazines, new ones are not difficult to make on the cheap.

Let us all sign up to help California become a free and independent country, so that it can swiftly degenerate into a Third World hellhole, as it deserves, and leave the rest of us alone.

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Work Requirement Trigger Predictable Drop in Arkansas Food Stamp Enrollment

31st December 2016

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Funny how that works.

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Your Shower Is Lame, Your Dishwasher Doesn’t Work, and Your Clothes are Dirty

31st December 2016

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We have long lived with regulated showers, plugged up with a stopper imposed by government controls imposed in 1992. There was no public announcement. It just happened gradually. After a few years, you couldn’t buy a decent shower head. They called it a flow restrictor and said it would increase efficiency. By efficiency, the government means “doesn’t work as well as it used to.”

We’ve been acculturated to lame showers, but that’s just the start of it. Anything in your home that involves water has been made pathetic, thanks to government controls.

When you travel to Brazil, Australia, New Zealand, or Switzerland – and probably many places I’ve never been – you are suddenly shocked. Why does everything work so well? Why don’t things work as well in the US? The answer is one word: government. This is the only reason.

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Whole Lotta Lyin’ Goin’ On

31st December 2016

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By just about everyone’s reckoning, the so-called signature achievements of the Obama years are the enactment of Obamacare and the Iran nuclear deal. They have a lot in common. Both are ruinous and both were built on an edifice of bald-faced lies. President Obama is the lyin’king and these are the lyin’ years.

We recall the foundational lies of Obamacare: If you like your insurance plan, you can keep it. If you like your doctor, you can keep him. Obamacare will save the average family $2500 a year. Obama enunciated these lies in a manner suggesting that anyone who disputed them was an idiot. The compilation below documents Obama’s incessant reiteration of the lie about keeping your health care plan. Our familiarity with it should not dull our contempt for the liar, his partisan allies and his mainstream media adjunct.

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Thought for the Day

31st December 2016

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The Last Days of Barack Obama

31st December 2016

Kevin Williamson examines the Imperial Cult of the Presidency.

Rock stars, the heroes who stormed the beaches at Normandy, or Jesus Christ Himself — it doesn’t matter who you are next to the president. For the past year, there have been cringe-inducing headlines reminding us that x, y, or z is Barack Obama’s last as president. “This is Obama’s last Veterans’ Day as president,” the cable-news mouth said, as though that were the story. President Obama is about as beside-the-point as it is possible for a commander-in-chief to be on Veterans’ Day: He isn’t a veteran, for one thing. It isn’t his day.
But everything the president touches is about the president — that is true of all recent presidents and especially true of this remarkably self-regarding one.

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This Is the War Plan America Will Use When It Invades Canada

31st December 2016

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Hey, at least we have a plan. This is the country that elected a SWPL college frat-boy Prime Minister.

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