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White House Says There Is Declining Demand for Low-Skill Workers, Then Calls for More Low-Skill Immigration

28th June 2016

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A new White House report on why low-skill men have been dropping out of the labor force received favorable coverage last week in the Washington Post, New York Times, and Wall Street Journal. Each media outlet repeated the report’s main conclusion, which is that labor-force dropout is due primarily to a decline in the availability of low-skill jobs.

However, none of those outlets noted the White House’s immigration hypocrisy. The administration has been claiming for years that the U.S. must have guest workers and amnesty for illegal immigrants in part because of “a lack of available workers” in low-skill industries such as agriculture and food service. The immigration reform bill supported by the White House in 2013 would even have created a new program (the “W visa”) that would add up to 200,000 low-skill foreign workers to the labor force.

Apparently, the U.S. needs more immigrants to meet the high demand for unskilled workers, but natives are dropping out of the labor force because of the low demand for unskilled workers!

Isn’t that amazing!

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Rangel Guilty on 11 Ethics Charges

28th June 2016

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Yet another corrupt Democrat.

Not really news, but a useful reminder.

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Dems Who Sat Out the Sit-In Offer Array of Reasons

26th June 2016

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Why did some Democrats skip this week’s sit-in on the chamber floor? The reasons run the gamut.

While the Democrats were overwhelmingly united in their remarkable 25-hour protest of congressional inaction on gun reform, not everyone participated. And the no-shows were absent for a range of reasons, only a handful of which were related to either the protest itself or the legislation it was designed to move. They included illness, family tragedy, travel and legal trouble.

This ability to act in unison is why Democrats keep winning and Republicans keep losing, no matter what the voting strength each might have.

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Electronic Ankle Tag Put On Man’s Fake Leg in Deadly Mistake

25th June 2016

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A slip-up made by a technician fitting an electronic tracking bracelet on a man with a long-standing criminal record has ended in tragedy.

The GPS device was mistakenly applied to the ankle of Washington DC man Quincy Green’s fake leg in April, while he was on house arrest for a gun charge.

Mr Green, 34, then removed his prosthetic leg with the electronic tracker attached, before allegedly shooting and killing Dana Hamilton, 44, in the American capital in the early hours of 19 May.

If there is some way to screw something up, a government employee will find it.

And they want to put such people in charge of our health care….

 

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Report: Clinton’s State Dept. Calendar Hid Meetings With Big Donors

25th June 2016

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AP has identified at least 75 meetings that Hillary Clinton had with longtime political donors, Clinton Foundation contributors, and corporate and other outside interests that were not recorded (or not properly recorded) on her State Department calendar. AP identified the meetings by comparing her calendar with separate planning schedules supplied to Clinton by aides in advance of each day’s events.

In many cases, Clinton’s State Department calendar simply excluded the meeting altogether. On other occasions, the names of those with whom she met were omitted.

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Dem Who Opposed Welfare Fraud Measure Indicted – for Food Stamp Fraud

25th June 2016

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An Arizona Democratic lawmaker who once voted against welfare fraud protections in her state has been indicted on felony charges of defrauding the food stamp program.

According to the indictment unsealed earlier this week, state Rep. Cecilia Velasquez was charged with three felony counts: unlawful use of food stamps, fraudulent schemes and practices, and theft.

The Arizona Department of Economic Security began investigating Velasquez in 2014. According to the Arizona DES, Velasquez fraudulently used $1,726 worth of food stamps between 2013 and 2015.

This past February, Velasquez had voted against a bill aimed at giving the same state agency stronger anti-fraud tools – a program that could have quickly detected her alleged fraudulent activity.

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Hillary’s State Department Calendar Has ‘Scores’ of Events Scrubbed

24th June 2016

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This morning, the Associated Press released a report detailing that Hillary Clinton’s official State Department calendar is missing “scores” of events from her tenure as Secretary, and that some listed events have had details scrubbed.

Gee, looks as if Somebody has something to hide….

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Mizzou Interim President: Those Who Didn’t Support Race Protests Were ‘Bitter, Angry People’

24th June 2016

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Funny, I would have said it was the other way around.

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Professors Investigated for Presenting Opposing Viewpoints

23rd June 2016

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Two professors at the University of Northern Colorado were investigated after students complained that they were forced to hear opposing viewpoints.

The complaints were made to Northern Colorado’s “Bias Response Team,” an Orwellian office on campus that asks students to report their peers and professors for anything that upsets or offends them. When the news outlet Heat Street made an open records request for some of the complaints, it discovered that two students had become so upset about having to hear an opinion they disagreed with they filed reports with school administrators.

And rather than telling the students to buck up because they might hear those opinions outside of college or on the news or in the media, the schools told the professors to stop teaching that there’s an alternate viewpoint.

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Brickbat: A Thorn Tree in the Garden

23rd June 2016

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For 17 years, Tom Carroll and Hermine Ricketts grew a vegetable garden in the front yard of their Miami Shores, Florida home, and no one ever complained. Then, the City Council passed a law requiring front lawns be covered with only with grass, sod or “living ground cover,” and city officials threatened them with a $50 a day fine if they planted that garden again. The couple are now in court fighting for their right to plant their garden.

What business is it of a City Council what sort of plants people grow in their own yards? This is iniquitous.

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Obama Floods America With Refugees… These 6 Diseases Just Reappeared

22nd June 2016

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It took centuries for America to nearly eradicate tuberculosis, measles, whooping cough, mumps, scarlet fever and bubonic plague, but in one fell swoop, President Barack Hussein Obama has managed to ensure that these diseases make a comeback.

Let’s start with tuberculosis. Using data pulled from various sources, including the Centers for Disease Control and several state-level health departments, Breitbart contributor Michael Patrick Leahy concluded that TB rose by 1.7 percent from 2015, after nearly 23 years of steady decline.

Moreover, while the number of active cases among native-born Americans declined from 1986 to 2015, it went up among both legal and illegal immigrants.

Thank you, Barack Hussein Obama (um … um … um…)

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Marine Corps Forced to Pull Warbirds Out of ‘Boneyard’ After New Fleet Delay

22nd June 2016

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The Marines are looking for a few good planes, and their search has taken them to an Arizona boneyard where the Corps’ old F/A Hornets have been gathering dust and rust for years.

The jets are being reclaimed and refurbished by Boeing after the service branch was caught short on planes because of long delays in the rollout of the much-awaited F-35.

The Marines could have done as the Navy did and adopted second generation F/A- 18E/F Super Hornets until the new planes were ready, but opted not to.

“In hindsight, it was a misstep for the USMC to not have purchased the F/A-18E/F Super Hornet, but only because the F-35 has seen such extensive delays and complications in production,” Omar Lamrani, senior military analyst for global intelligence firm Stratfor told FoxNews.com. “If the F-35 had entered production as originally scheduled and at the expected price, then the USMC would have been able to successfully transition straight from the F/A-18 Hornets to the F-35.”

And of course nobody saw that coming….

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At UNC Chapel Hill, 16 Departments Have Zero Registered Republican Professors, Analysis Finds

21st June 2016

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Professors registered as Democrats outnumber those registered as Republicans by a ratio of roughly 12 to one at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill – and in 15 departments zero registered Republican professors can be found – according to educators’ registered party affiliations.

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

Asked by The College Fix to comment on the results, University of North Carolina Chapel Hill spokesman Jim Gregory said via email that the university “does not hire faculty based upon their political affiliation, but instead upon academic merit.”

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

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Congresswoman Proposes “Top 1% Act” To Drug Test Wealthy People Who Get Tax Breaks

21st June 2016

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She is, of course, a member of a Fashionable Minority and a Democrat. Random acts of statism appear to be de rigeur with such people. The most wacky face-palm producing members of Congress are black Democrats, and black female Democrats are the worst.

I expect Kim Jong Un to apply for membership in the Congressional Black Caucus any day now; he’ll feel right at home.

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Oklahoma Governor Suspends Use of Controversial Card Readers

21st June 2016

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Oklahoma state police have suspended a program that uses scanner technology to detect counterfeit credit cards amid growing concerns that it could allow cops to empty the bank accounts of law-abiding citizens.

The decision was ordered by Gov. Mary Fallin hours after FoxNews.com published a report Friday about concerns that the scanners could make civil forfeiture too easy.

Fox News is your friend. Oklahoma, not so much.

The Oklahoma Highway Patrol was given the devices to freeze and seize money loaded onto prepaid debit cards by alleged drug traffickers, with the potential to net up to $8,000 per portable scanner.

Sure, what could go wrong?

Supporters of the program, which had only been in the field for about six weeks, say it’s an important tool for law enforcement agencies to interrupt the flow of illegal drugs into Oklahoma.

Proof? We don’t need no stinkin’ proof.

Critics were alarmed that the company supplying the machines would have gotten a percentage of seized assets, saying the arangement created an incentive for abuse of civil forfeiture laws by police and prosecutors.

Oh, ya think?

Opponents say such devices are an infringement on Fourth Amendment prohibitions of unreasonable search and seizure — and that police departments are in turn stuffing their wallets with the cash from innocent civilians.

As they do in so many ‘civil asset forfeiture’ cases.

“If we really want to assure Oklahomans the right of due process we need complete reform of our un-American Civil Asset Forfeiture laws,” he said.

Concur.

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The Pharisee and the Publican, Refugee Edition

20th June 2016

Mark Krikorian turns over a rock.

God, I thank thee, that I am not as other men are, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this critic of refugee resettlement.

The real reason for the push for refugee resettlement is virtue signaling, both to others and to the signalers themselves. I submit Resettlement, Inc. is actually worse than the sanctimonious Pharisee in Christ’s parable because, while he boasted that “I fast twice in the week, I give tithes of all that I possess,” today’s Resettlement Pharisees send refugees to live in other people’s communities and tithe, as it were, with other people’s money. And the boastful figure in the Gospel was at least boasting of doing something good and honorable, whereas the Resettlement Pharisees are feeding their vanity (and, in many cases, their wallets) by pushing an immoral policy of rewarding the few at the expense of the many.

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If the FBI Had to Describe 20th Century Enormities

20th June 2016

Rich Lowry draws some parallels.

The FBI has now reversed course, but this is how its absurd redacting might have rendered enormities of the 20th century:

“The kamikaze pilot launched his attack on the U.S. aircraft carrier after proclaiming his loyalty to the Great Empire of [omitted] and its Emperor [omitted].”

“The S.S. division was utterly committed to [omitted] Germany and its leader [in German], the author of My Struggle [in German].”

“The cadres rampaged through China during the Cultural Revolution at the best of the Chairman of the [omitted], who urged them to [omitted], one of the sayings collected in his Little [omitted] Book.”

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Death by a Thousand Euphemisms

20th June 2016

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President Obama is inflicting lingchi on the Constitution’s restraints on the executive branch. Here, however, he is acting consistent with a tradition that, while it doesn’t date back to 900, dates back to around 1900 and the onset of the Progressive Era in American politics.

He is also inflicting death by a thousand euphemisms. George Orwell wrote the book on it, so to speak, but here Obama is plowing new ground in American politics.

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California to ‘Punish’ Faith-Based Colleges for ‘Holding Wrong Views’

19th June 2016

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And fascism creeps in on little cat feet….

California state lawmakers are poised to advance legislation they say will promote greater equity at the state’s colleges and universities, but religious freedom advocates say it’s just another attempt to advance the LGBT agenda by removing the ability of schools to determine their own criteria for selecting students and personnel and establishing codes of conduct.

The legislation is known as SB 1146, which amends the California Equity in Higher Education Act, or EHEA. As it currently stands, the statute forbids discrimination based on religion, sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression. But it also contains a significant exemption for religious colleges and universities. SB 1146 would change that.

“That state of affairs is unsatisfactory to the LGBT lobby in California. They want to dramatically restrict the scope of that exemption so that a liberal arts religious institution can no longer maintain, enforce and apply faith-based conduct standards for their students and employees,” said Alliance Defending Freedom Senior Counsel Gregory Baylor, who also directs the group’s Religious Schools Team.

“This bill is a solution in search of a problem. There is no problem, except in the eyes of these legislators that these schools hold ‘the wrong views’ on these controversial issues. So it doesn’t really accomplish anything but it does punish these schools for having these religious views,” said Baylor.

It is not enough to conform. It is not enough to surrender. You must come to love Big Brother.

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Illegal Immigrant Charged With Murder in California Fire Had Prior Arrests, Was Never Deported

19th June 2016

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The suspect charged with murder in connection with a vacant building fire in Los Angeles was in the United States illegally and had a string of arrests to his name — but the feds never deported him, officials said Friday.

Makes you wonder what they do all day.

Johnny Sanchez, a 21-year-old citizen of Honduras, was initially arrested in 2012 for crossing the southeastern California border illegally, the Los Angeles Times reported. Authorities said they released him because he had no criminal history or previous immigration violations at the time.

He was still in the country illegally. Do they only deport people the second time around?

The fire on Monday killed five homeless people. Four of the badly burned bodies weren’t found until Tuesday afternoon, when search dogs located them under a heap of debris on the second floor.

Maybe that will get ICE attention. But I doubt it.

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U.S. Dept. of Justice Drops Charges Against Immigrant Activist Who Took Refuge at Church

19th June 2016

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The U.S. Department of Justice has dropped a charge of illegal re-entry against an immigrant activist who took refuge at an Oregon church in 2014 to avoid deportation.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Greg Nyhus wrote in a May 27 motion to dismiss the charge against Francisco Aguirre that it was “in the interest of justice.” Nyhus and a spokeswoman for the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Portland did not return messages seeking further explanation Friday.

Of course not. The only explanation is that they decided not to do their job.

Aguirre, the father of two children who are U.S. citizens, still faces possible deportation. He said in a statement he wants immigration authorities to stop targeting his family.

He ought to have thought about that when he decided to break the law.

“This initial victory is proof that when we come together, we can win,” Aguirre said. “The only way to ensure justice for migrants is if we come together as a community and defend our basic human rights.”

I suppose that being able to come to America contrary to law is now a ‘basic human right’.

Aguirre came to the U.S. from El Salvador illegally in the 1990s, and was deported in 2000 after he was caught selling heroin and cocaine in Portland.

I guess those are now ‘basic human rights’ too.

Supporters of Aguirre contend he has made positive contributions to the community during his many years in Portland and should be allowed to remain with his family. They add that’s he’s also grieving the death of a 19-year-old son from a prior relationship who was murdered in El Salvador fourth months ago.

Yeah, he sure sounds like an asset to the community.

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Senator Durbin Is a Dick

18th June 2016

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You can’t make this stuff up.

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Border Control vs. Gun Control

18th June 2016

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The Pulse night club massacre was the latest in a series of Islamic terrorist attacks on U.S. soil, quite a few of which have succeeded, while others have been foiled. These attacks have used a variety of weapons: box cutters, knives, pistols, pressure cookers and rifles. There is a sharp partisan divide with respect to how such terrorist attacks should be viewed.

Republicans say that we should try harder to keep potential terrorists out of the country. Since we have no practical way to vet immigrants, and, in any event, Islamic extremists tend to be second generation Muslims like Omar Mateen, the only realistic way to do this is by reducing, or suspending altogether, immigration from Muslim-dominated countries. This is Donald Trump’s proposal.

That would be a radical departure from present practice. Senator Jeff Sessions’ Senate subcommittee has released this chart, which shows that the Obama administration will soon have issued one million green cards to immigrants from Islamic countries.

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Obama Has Turned Jihadist Terror Attack Into Personal Gun War

17th June 2016

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Indeed, to make the comparison to Adam Lanza of Newtown and James Holmes of Aurora all but explicit, Obama described Mateen not as a jihadist but as a “single deranged person.”

The president did so because he doesn’t want us to view Mateen as a volunteer in a war against the United States in which he served as a combatant against a cleverly chosen soft target. He wants us to view Mateen as another psychotic American with improper access to dangerous weaponry.

It’s all about the narrative, Larry.

‘Never let a crisis go to waste.’ — Rahm Emmanuel

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Why Does the IRS Need Guns?

17th June 2016

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The number of non-Defense Department federal officers authorized to make arrests and carry firearms (200,000) now exceeds the number of U.S. Marines (182,000). In its escalating arms and ammo stockpiling, this federal arms race is unlike anything in history. Over the last 20 years, the number of these federal officers with arrest-and-firearm authority has nearly tripled to over 200,000 today, from 74,500 in 1996.

What exactly is the Obama administration up to?

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Secret US Policy Blocks Agents From Looking at Social Media of Visa Applicants, Former Official Says

17th June 2016

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Fearing a civil liberties backlash and “bad public relations” for the Obama administration, Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson refused in early 2014 to end the secret U.S. policy that prohibited immigration officials from reviewing the social media messages of all foreign citizens applying for U.S. visas, according to a former senior department official.

“During that time period immigration officials were not allowed to use or review social media as part of the screening process,” John Cohen, a former acting under-secretary at DHS for intelligence and analysis. Cohen is now a national security consultant for ABC News.

One current and one former senior counter-terrorism official confirmed Cohen’s account about the refusal of DHS to change its policy about the public social media posts of all foreign applicants.

No wonder they aren’t catching the terrorists.

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Anti-Gentrification: Another Misguided Solution

17th June 2016

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New York City politician Adriano Espaillat has proposed that the federal government create “anti-gentrification” zones “where vulnerable tenants could form cooperatives to purchase their apartment buildings away from predatory landlords [and a] ruthless market.” As a rule of thumb, any time a politician proposes a new government program to save people from the “ruthless market,” it is worth looking to see what other government programs are really causing the problem.

First of all, gentrification is a local problem, so why should the federal government get involved? Espaillat’s answer is “the federal level . . . is really where the money is.” The real answer is that Espaillat is running for Congress, so he has to propose a federal solution to get people to vote for him. Considering that the federal government is nearly $20 trillion in debt, the Antiplanner suggests that people should be skeptical of politicians who think the federal government is made of money.

Good lick with that.

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Former ACLU President: Targeting Global Warming Skeptics Is ‘Pure Harassment’

16th June 2016

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Harvey Silverglate, a renowned civil rights attorney and former president of the American Civil Liberties Union in Massachusetts, called investigations of global warming skeptics by state attorneys general “pure harassment.”

No shit.

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Job-Killing Red Tape for Thee, Not for Me

16th June 2016

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If you think that all members of Congress have to comply with all of the laws that we common citizens have to obey, think again. Over the years, Congress has passed thousands of bills and statutes that dictate how we should or shouldn’t live our lives, but its members often fail to comply with these rules. In many instances, they actually exempt themselves from those burdensome constraints.

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Ignoring the Reality of Growth Constraints

16th June 2016

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The young people who have moved to Portlandia like to eat out a lot, and as a result the Portland has more restaurants per capita than all but five other metropolitan areas in the country. However, the cost of eating out is rising because inexpensive restaurants are getting pushed out by more expensive ones that can afford to pay the rising rents required to stay in Portland.

Cooking for yourself is just so last century.

This is just one more symptom of Portland’s growing affordability problem. In May, median home sale prices in the Portland area exceeded $350,000 for the first time. This is 4.8 times median family incomes, the worst Portland has yet seen. While sale prices might not perfectly reflect the entire housing market, they are probably pretty close, as Zillow estimates that the median value of Portland-area homes in April was facing eviction as the owner wants to sell the land to a developer who will no doubt build dense, but much-more expensive, housing on the site. The residents are trying to raise $2 million to buy the park themselves, but this seems unlikely. At least four other mobile-home parks are also facing sale and redevelopment.

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Double-digit ObamaCare premium hikes projected in 2017

16th June 2016

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That’s why they called it the ‘Affordable Care Act’, because it would make health care unaffordable.

Like most government programs, the name is the exact opposite of what it does.

And we pay the people who create this crap.

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Hillary Clinton Oversaw US Arms Deals to Clinton Foundation Donors

14th June 2016

Mother Jones must be part of the Vast Right Wing Conspiracy.

In 2011, the State Department cleared an enormous arms deal: Led by Boeing, a consortium of American defense contractors would deliver $29 billion worth of advanced fighter jets to Saudi Arabia, despite concerns over the kingdom’s troublesome human rights record. In the years before Hillary Clinton became secretary of state, Saudi Arabia had contributed $10 million to the Clinton Foundation, and just two months before the jet deal was finalized, Boeing donated $900,000 to the Clinton Foundation, according to an International Business Times investigation released Tuesday.

They have a pair of nice charts laying it all out.

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He Hasn’t Kept Us Safe

14th June 2016

Rich Lowry blows the whistle.

The fundamental duties of government are to keep people safe and keep people honest. Obama hasn’t done either.

President Barack Obama desperately wanted to be a peacetime president, yet is ending his second term with Islamic terror attacks looming larger than at any time since 9/11.

The tide of war isn’t receding, as he famously contended in a speech on the Afghan drawdown in 2011; it is lapping onto our shores. The Left hates the notion that George W. Bush “kept us safe,” but after September 11 — a plot set in motion before he took office — Bush prevented another significant attack the rest of his presidency, at a time when a follow-on strike here at home seemed all but inevitable.

It was easy to take this achievement for granted, especially given that Bush’s success itself diminished the urgency people felt about the terror threat. But with two domestic terror attacks in the past six months killing more than 60 people and wounding more than 70, the long stretch of safety at home is harder to dismiss.

Hey, that’s right. Obama has given up blaming all of this on George Bush. Well, he must be too busy.

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Legalized Debit Card Theft: How Civil Asset Forfeiture Became More Controversial

13th June 2016

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According to a report released by Oklahoma Watch last Tuesday, The Oklahoma Department of Public Safety purchased “Electronic Recovery and Access to Data” (ERAD) machines to assist law enforcement with seizing funds in asset forfeiture cases. Oklahoma has been struggling with frequent civil asset forfeiture abuses and it seems like state law enforcement are trying to step up the use of forfeiture rather than reforming it.

The devices allow officers to seize funds on debit cards from people that are suspected of drug trafficking but do not have cash present with them at the time.

If the process of civil asset forfeiture wasn’t already controversial enough, law enforcement decided to purchase these machines in order to seize a person’s funds out of his or her own private bank accounts without any additional due process. Officials claim that these devices are essential to hinder drug trafficking in the state.

Stay out of Oklahoma until this gets fixed.

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Sen. Bob Casey Wants to Ban Gun Sales to “Anyone Reasonably Suspected to be Guilty” of Misdemeanor Hate Crimes

13th June 2016

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In the wake of this past weekend’s massacre at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Sen. Bob Casey (D-Pa.) announced in a press release today that he intends to introduce new legislation which “would prohibit the purchase, possession or shipment of a firearm by anyone convicted of a misdemeanor hate crime or who received a hate crime sentence enhancement.”

This is, of course, unconstitutional. But that never stops Democrats.

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The FBI Is Building a Tattoo-Reading System to Chart Criminal Affiliations

13th June 2016

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An investigation by the Electronic Frontier Foundation has shed new light on an experimental tattoo recognition program run by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and raised serious questions about the privacy safeguards in place.

I don’t see how marks on your body come under the category ‘privacy’. ‘Advertising’ perhaps.

The tattoo project has two potential uses. A simple recognition system can use individual tattoos to identify specific suspects over time, supplementing fingerprints and simple facial photos. But more sophisticated systems will also be able to identify tattoo patterns that may suggest particular criminal affiliations. Law enforcement agencies already catalog specific tattoos associated with Russian mafia and white supremacist groups, and the FBI believes an automated system might help uncover previously unrecorded associations. “Tattoos provide valuable information on an individual’s affiliations or beliefs and can support identity verification of an individual,” one researcher wrote in a NIST whitepaper.

And, indeed, having a tattoo at all reflects a degree of narcissism that constitutes, in my view, a character flaw at least as significant as anything one might post on ‘social media’.

It’s that second use case that EFF finds most concerning, potentially standing as a threat to free expression. “Tattoos are free speech that we wear on our skin,” the group writes. “Our tattoos express who we were, who we are, and who we hope to be. But when law enforcement looks at our tattoos, they see unique biometric identifiers and a shortcut to learning our personal beliefs and our social connections.”

Well, if tattoos express ‘who we are’, I don’t see any legitimacy to objecting to it being used to ‘learning our personal beliefs and our social connections’. We have a right to free speech, but it you use your free speech to shout ‘I hate Jews!’ I’m going to presume that it reflects a personal belief and feel perfectly justified in not hiring or doing business with you. You can’t have it both ways, although there’s a lot of that going around these days.

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ATR Urges Support for H.R. 5053, the Preventing IRS Abuse and Protecting Free Speech Act

13th June 2016

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Later this week, the U.S. House of Representatives is expected to vote on H.R. 5053, the “Preventing IRS Abuse and Protecting Free Speech Act,” introduced by Congressman Peter Roskam (R-Ill.). This important legislation prevents the IRS from targeting non-profits by prohibiting the agency from collecting the identity of donors who contribute to these organizations. Members of Congress should vote yes on H.R. 5053.

Currently, the IRS requires non-profits to submit a schedule B form, listing the names and addresses of their donors. However, this form is not used by the IRS for any purpose. Given the increasing politicization within the agency, the existence of these forms is an “accident” waiting to happen.

I would seriously love to see the Schedule B for the Clinton Foundation.

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President Obama’s Wealth Destroying Goal: Taking the ‘Curley Effect’ Nationwide

12th June 2016

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As defined by Harvard scholars Edward L. Glaeser and Andrei Shleifer in a famous 2002 article, the Curley effect (named after its prototype, James Michael Curley, a four-time mayor of Boston in the first half of the 20th century) is a political strategy of “increasing the relative size of one’s political base through distortionary, wealth-reducing policies.” Translation: A politician or a political party can achieve long-term dominance by tipping the balance of votes in their direction through the implementation of policies that strangle and stifle economic growth. Counterintuitively, making a city poorer leads to political success for the engineers of that impoverishment.

Here’s an example of how the Curley effect works: Let’s say a mayor advocates and adopts policies that redistribute wealth from the prosperous to the not-so-prosperous by bestowing generous tax-financed favors on unions, the public sector in general, and select corporations. These beneficiaries become economically dependent on their political patrons, so they give them their undivided electoral support—e.g., votes, campaign contributions, and get-out-the-vote drives.

This is the constant Democrat agenda: Make more and more people dependent on government handouts so they will more and more vote for the party of government handouts, i.e. Democrats.

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White House Insists Endorsement Won’t Influence Hillary Clinton Email Probe

10th June 2016

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

We’re not worried about the probe. We’re worried about the indictment.

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Light Rail Runs at Heavy Price in Dallas, Houston

10th June 2016

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Houston’s Metro rail is catching up to Dallas’ DART trains in ridership, but both systems are more dependent than ever on taxpayer subsidies.

Dallas Area Rapid Transit’s light-rail trains recorded 29.9 million passenger trips in fiscal 2015. The newer Houston Metro rail is on track for 23.6 million fares this year if its bullish numbers from March continue.

The competition for ridership comes at a price. DART’s rail system receives $619,960,000 in annual operating subsidies, with local sales tax and the Federal Transit Administration providing the most funding.

Houston’s Metro says it averages $4.75 in subsidies for every rail ride. Multiplied by projected ridership, that comes to $112,100,000 in taxpayer support this year.

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The Precedent For Hillary: A Special Prosecutor

9th June 2016

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With the race for the Democratic nomination effectively concluded, Hillary Clinton now awaits the endorsement of President Obama, which they expect to come within the next few weeks. Obama is poised to play a big role in Clinton’s campaign against Donald Trump, acting as an emissary to groups and audiences that have been more reluctant to support Clinton in the past. But this creates its own set of problems: namely, that the FBI under the auspices of Obama’s administration is also actively investigating Clinton’s email server and her mishandling of classified information.

It’s hard to see any way that a conclusion reached under people like Loretta Lynch, serving at the pleasure of a president advocating vociferously for Clinton’s election, would be seen as treating the candidate fairly. Even if Clinton is cleared, a dark cloud will hang over the process. And Clinton herself should not be comfortable with the prospect of a process Trump will certainly denounce as crooked, especially considering that many Americans would likely agree with him.

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In the Fiscal Health Beauty Pageant, Everyone Loses

9th June 2016

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Many states are broke, even though their constituents don’t know it. The two main drivers of states’ fiscal problems are the bloated promises made by lawmakers to their public employees about health care and pension benefits and an unwillingness to acknowledge the existence of a problem. Whether the dodging of long-term obligations is done knowingly or inadvertently hardly matters. The results are still the same. Faulty accounting always comes back to hurt the people in the cities and states that have used it—for example, Puerto Rico, Detroit, and Chicago.

Jerry Pournelle is fond of saying that the function of government is to hire and pay government workers. Now those buzzards are coming home to roost.

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New Legislation Would Let Vets Get Care Outside the VA

9th June 2016

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Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Wash., the chairwoman of the House Republican Conference, on Tuesday introduced a new bill in the House to completely overhaul how the nation’s soldiers receive care from the Dept. of Veterans Affairs.

The solution: Start turning the sole, and worst, example of the federal government’s single-payer system back to the private sector.

About fargin time. The VA system is the poster child proving that government-provided health care would be a disaster.

The “Caring for our Heroes in the 21st Century Act” would launch a “Veterans Accountable Care Organization” to run the VA’s health care facilities. It would help create a new voucher system whereby soldiers could use VA funding to get care from the private sector. Specifically, it would enroll all new veterans into VetsCare Choice, which covers private health care, and it would let already-enrolled veterans opt in or stay with their existing coverage.

In other words, Obamacare without the lies.

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Oooooklahoma! Where the Cops Can Stop and Empty Your Bank Cards – on Just a Hunch

8th June 2016

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Police in Oklahoma are deploying an electronic scanner that can drain currency from prepaid credit cards seized at the roadside using civil asset forfeiture laws.

The Electronic Recovery and Access to Data (ERAD) handheld scanner was developed at the request of the Department of Homeland Security for use by US border guards. But the gadget’s maker is now marketing it to local and state police, and Oklahoma has bought 16 of the scanners for its highway patrol.

The reader can record data from any magstripe card – even down to hotel keys – and works with Visa, MasterCard, and American Express, as well as Best Buy, Costco, Macy’s and Walmart gift cards. Any funds found can be frozen or transferred directly to a law enforcement bank account “to protect the integrity of the evidence and ensure the funds are available for trial or forfeiture,” ERAD’s advertising states.

I do not enter Oklahoma until they get this fixed.

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Man Admits Taking $250K From Head Start; Bought Maserati, Mink Coat

8th June 2016

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He is, as you might expect, not a Person of Pallor.

The former executive director of a former Head Start program in Jersey City Tuesday admitted that he diverted more than $250,000 from programs for underprivileged children and used the money for personal expenses, including a Maserati and a mink coat, prosecutors said.

 

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Gondola: Thy Name Is Boondoggle

8th June 2016

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As if we need any more evidence of profligate waste in the transit industry, Chicago, Austin, and other cities are considering aerial trams, also known as gondolas. Portland’s infamous aerial tram, which opened in 2006, cost 500 percent more than the original projection, carries a mere 3,200 round trips per day, and collects fares that cover just 22 percent of its operating costs. The economic development that was promised if Portland taxpayers helped build it went to Florida instead.

The most famous aerial tram is, of course, the one from Manhattan to Roosevelt Island in New York City, an expression of the deep desire by the Crust of the Other Left Coast to live in Switzerland but still have access to Broadway and Fifth Avenue. It is perhaps not insignificant that before Roosevelt Island was ‘gentrified’ it was called Welfare Island.

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Nearly Half Of Dc Employers Said They Have Laid Off Workers, Reduced Hours Due To Minimum Wage Hikes

8th June 2016

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Nearly half of Washington, D.C. employers said they have either laid off employees or reduced the hours of employees to adapt to the District of Columbia’s minimum wage hikes since 2014, according to a report from the Employment Policies Institute.

The minimum wage in the District of Columbia has increased from a $8.25 hourly rate in 2014 to the current rate of $11.50 per hour. Mayor Muriel Bowser advocated a $15 minimum wage in her State of the District address earlier this year.

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

According to the report, just over half of the businesses surveyed said they planned to raise prices in order to offset the cost of a minimum wage hike. Thirty-five percent said they would likely reduce staffing levels and 37 percent said they would reduce employees’ hours or reduce the number of hours they were open for business. Thirty-one percent of businesses said they were very likely to hire more skilled workers in the future to offset the higher wage.

But raising the minimum wage has no effect on unemployment, no sirree.

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Mexican Man Deported 4 Times Sentenced to 27 Years in Prison for Meth Trafficking

8th June 2016

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Marcos Benitez Camacho’s travels across the U.S.-Mexico border are over.

The Mexico native managed to sneak back into the United States four times after being deported. But then state troopers stopped him in Duluth, Georgia in the spring of 2015, and found nearly 100 lbs. of methamphetamine, valued at $1.5 million.

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Cobb County Has No Money Left for Public Parks Because They Gave it All to the Atlanta Braves

7th June 2016

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Cobb County (Ga.) Commission Chairmain Tim Lee has broken the news to his constituents that their taxes will have to be increased to complete the funding of a $40 million bond — which they voted overwhelmingly in favor of — to build public parks. To date, only about half of that bond has been funded, according to AJC.com.

But in a jaw-droppingly cynical act of crony capitalism and untransparent government, the county has found a way to come up with approximately $400 million in public funds to subsidize the new stadium being built for Major League Baseball’s Atlanta Braves, even though it denied the public a vote in the matter.

It’s shit like this that make people vote for Donald Trump.

I won’t live in a city that has a major sports stadium for precisely this reason.

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California Lawmakers Try to Extend ObamaCare to Illegal Immigrants

7th June 2016

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Of course they do.

When the President ignores the law, why should state legislators hesitate?

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