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The FBI Investigation of EmailGate Was a Sham

25th September 2016

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From the moment the EmailGate scandal went public more than a year ago, it was obvious that the Federal Bureau of Investigation never had much enthusiasm for prosecuting Hillary Clinton or her friends. Under President Obama, the FBI grew so politicized that it became impossible for the Bureau to do its job – at least where high-ranking Democrats are concerned.

But you knew that.

“No wonder they couldn’t prosecute a case,” Rep. Chaffetz observed of Comey’s Bureau: “They were handing out immunity deals like candy.”

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

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Should We Axe the United Nations?

24th September 2016

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The best test of any institution, large or small, is to ask whether we could get along perfectly well without it. In the case of the United Nations, the question arises not in some immediate practical sense – for all its well-advertised flaws it is here to stay – but because it is about to choose a new leader, who at least in theory could make the 71-year-old organisation rather more useful than it has been. Is it capable of reform or should we, ideally, start again?

Since it doesn’t do anything except waste our money, I would say Yes.

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Scandal Management With the FBI

24th September 2016

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Like everything touched by the Clintons, the FBI has now been compromised and slimed. We saw it in FBI Director James Comey’s absurd statement announcing Hillary Clinton’s get-out-of-jail-free pass. We saw it in the FBI’s holiday weekend document dump of 302 interviews in the case. We saw it again again late yesterday afternoon with more of the same.

These Friday afternoon document dumps come straight from the scandal management playbook perfected under the (Bill) Clinton administration. They remind us, in case any reminder was necessary, of how much we have to look forward to in the event the Clintons return to the White House. I nevertheless find it shocking that the FBI itself has now adopted the routine, acting as a party with much to be ashamed of.

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Thought for the Day

24th September 2016

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F-35 Bursts Into Flames on the Runway

24th September 2016

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For a discussion of why the F-35 is a flying piece of shit, watch this.

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Hangover-Free Alcohol Substitute ‘Blocked’ by Regulations

24th September 2016

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A new hangover-free synthetic alcohol which gets you tipsy but not drunk could have “seismic effects on public health”, according to a report.

The drink has been developed as an alternative to alcohol, removing the risks of hangovers, liver damage and loss of control.

But the product is being blocked by “morality police” using heavy-handed EU and government regulations, says the Adam Smith Institute.

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

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The Reasons Behind the Obama Non-Recovery

24th September 2016

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The Obama administration and some economists argue that the recovery since the Great Recession ended in 2009 has been unusually weak because of the recession’s severity and the fact that it was accompanied by a major financial crisis. Yet in a recent study of economic downturns in the U.S. and elsewhere since 1870, economist Tao Jin and I found that historically the opposite has been true. Empirically, the growth rate during a recovery relates positively to the magnitude of decline during the downturn.

Arguing that the recovery has been weak because the downturn was severe or coincided with a major financial crisis conflicts with the evidence, which shows that a larger decline predicts a stronger recovery. Moreover, many of the biggest downturns featured financial crises. For example, the U.S. per capita GDP growth rate from 1933-40 was 6.5% per year, the highest of any peacetime interval of several years, despite the 1937 recession. This strong recovery followed the cumulative decline in the level of per capita GDP by around 29% from 1929-33 during the Great Depression.

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A Bullet Dodged

24th September 2016

Looking at the vaudeville-comedy performance of John Kerry as Secretary of State, I thank God on my bended knees that Bush beat him for the Presidency.

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Barack Obama: The Great Divider

23rd September 2016

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Much of the rationale for Obama’s candidacy mirrored the arguments frequently proffered for affirmative action programs. The inclusion of minorities in our highest positions of power, we’re often told, will produce racial progress once minorities see that they have a place in American society, and once whites are persuaded that minorities can be integrated on equal terms.

Enter Obama. After a string of failed African-American candidates for President, Obama was the first who seemed to have the right temperament and intuitions. He inspired minorities without resorting to the crude racial politics of Jesse Jackson, Carol Moseley Braun and Al Sharpton. Yet he also offered a critique of race relations that appealed to white voters without the alienating conservatism of Alan Keyes.

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Consul Kerry

23rd September 2016

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We call our political rivals “stupid” too often. There are many who vex me who are not stupid. Barack Obama is not a stupid man. Paul Krugman is not a stupid man.

John Kerry is dumb as a cinderblock. And I mean a not-very-bright cinderblock, like a 32nd-percentile cinderblock at best.

Speaking about the goat rodeo in Syria earlier today, the man who academically underperformed George W. Bush at Yale insisted that no “military victory is possible” in Syria and that those who believe a military victory is possible are “dead wrong.” Then, because he is a highly educated cinderblock, he added: “This could be like Carthage with the Romans, if you call that a victory.”

Well, as a matter of curious fact, I do call that a victory. You know who else called that a victory? The Romans.

The Carthaginians would agree, if there were any around to ask.

Which there aren’t.

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Thought for the Day

23rd September 2016

Chip Bok, Creators Syndicate

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Why Drug Prices in America Are So High

21st September 2016

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Rather than lower prices, rules for Medicare help raise them. Medicare rewards doctors for prescribing costly intravenous drugs—medicines that can account for up to 30% of an oncologist’s revenue. Medicare’s rules for pills, inhalers and so on are equally nonsensical. And it is illegal for Medicare to negotiate with drug companies. Private insurers do so instead, but the government binds their hands, for example by requiring them to pay for six broad categories of drugs, without exception. This suits pharmaceutical firms. Their biggest client is required to buy their products and prohibited from negotiating the price. These high prices support innovation, they argue—not just for America, but for the world. But it is unclear if firms’ profits need be so high to sustain research.

In other words, drug prices are high because the biggest payer, the government, will pay high prices. Sounds a lot like the college tuition ‘crisis’.

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Carbon Credit Climate Scam: the Fraud Prosecutions Begin

21st September 2016

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The London Evening Standard has a very interesting story today (20 September 2016) describing the first day of a professor’s fraud trial at Southwark Crown Court, London, for operating an alleged £60 million climate-related tax dodge.

The story, headed World-famous conservationist “was part of £60 million eco-projects tax scam”, says prosecutors allege that Professor Ian Swingland, a “renowned conservationist” who collected an Order of the British Empire from the Queen in 2007, together with four accomplices, had helped investors avoid tax on £170 million of income during a three-year “scam”.

Hey, let’s get us some of that there free money!

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Obama’s Regulations In ONE STATE Cost $347 Billion

20th September 2016

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

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When American Citizens No Longer Matter

20th September 2016

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Our Constitution is designed to allow citizens to both limit and empower their government. Citizens were given this power because the Founding Fathers were thoughtful scholars of history. They understood that, throughout history, concentrated power has always sought more power.

But the last seven years of the Obama administration has fundamentally changed the agreement between citizens and their government. Congress, the elected voice of citizens, was designed to share a co-equal role in governing. That is no longer true. The citizen’s role in defining our government has now been reduced to the popularity contest between candidates. The absence of any effective GOP remedy to this violation is the root cause of the fracture of the GOP.

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Diseconomy of Scale Strikes Again

19th September 2016

Jonah Goldberg scratches his head.

So the news this morning is that the DHS granted citizenship to 858 people from “countries of concern to national security or with high rates of immigration fraud who had pending deportation orders, according to an internal Homeland Security audit released Monday,” according to the AP.

Granting citizenship is sorta kinda the opposite of deporting.

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Obama, Gates Work to Dissolve Suburban School Districts

19th September 2016

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In 2012, when I published Spreading the Wealth: How Obama is Robbing the Suburbs to Pay for the Cities, I predicted that Obama would use government funding as a lever to effectively dissolve suburban school districts, redistributing their revenues to nearby cities and forcing them to import students from outside the district. Now a “Dear Colleague” letter from three Obama cabinet secretaries makes it clear that AFFH is going to be used for precisely these purposes.

On top of that, a Gates Foundation-funded non-profit called Edbuild is working to forward the same goals, in part by advocating the “regional tax-base sharing” scheme I discussed in Spreading the Wealth. We’ve only recently been learning about the extraordinarily tight coordination between the Obama administration and the Gates Foundation on education policy. Gates is famous as the chief financial supporter of the Common Core, but few people realize that the Gates-Obama education agenda includes a death sentence for the locally-controlled suburban school district.

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Police Threaten to Arrest Ole Miss Students for Waving State Flag at Football Game

19th September 2016

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I am not making this up.

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This Is How NATO Pays the Bills

18th September 2016

Graphic explaining GDP per capita NATO member spending

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REPORT: DHS Buried Damning Immigration Study Because It Would ‘Help Elect Donald Trump’

16th September 2016

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

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House Republicans Reach Deal to Avoid Vote on Impeaching IRS Commissioner

15th September 2016

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Sold out by RINOs yet again.

And they wonder why Trump is so popular.

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New Estimate Shows It Costs Nearly $44 Billion To Educate Illegal Aliens Annually

14th September 2016

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It cost taxpayers an estimated $43.9 billion to educate illegal alien students in the 2015-2016 school year, and $59.2 billion for programs to educate voters lacking proficient English skills, according to a Wednesday report from the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR).

FAIR estimated that it cost an average of $12,128 per illegal immigrant student in the last school year and there were an estimated 3.618 million illegal immigrant students nationwide. In addition, it takes at least $1.7 billion to educate 119,000 unaccompanied alien minors. “From January 2014 to June 2016, the federal government placed 118,929 UAMs with sponsors in the United States, typically a relative or acquaintance. This figure does not include UAMs who may have slipped past the Border Patrol,” the FAIR report stated.

Taxpayers across the country spent nearly $60 billion on non-English proficient students and the vast majority of this taxpayer cost was borne by state and local taxpayers. These students also were among the worst classroom performers.

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How Washington Has Hurt Native Americans

14th September 2016

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Skraelings are the poster children for the deplorable effects of letting the government ‘take care of you’. The prototype of the Democrat dependency state.

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Grand Theft Health Insurance

14th September 2016

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Recently, the national Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association has been aggressively lobbying Congress to ignore the Obama administration’s illegal diversion of tax dollars into the pockets of—you guessed it—health insurers.

At issue is funding for the “transitional reinsurance” program in section 1341 of the Affordable Care Act. In that section, Congress instructed the Department of Health and Human Services to collect $20 billion in “contributions” over three years from private health insurance plans, apportioned by enrollment, and then use those funds to defray the cost to insurers of their most expensive enrollees with Affordable Care Act compliant individual market coverage.

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In Test, Government Inspectors Were EASILY Able To Defraud Obamacare

14th September 2016

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“I think the point I’ve made in the past is that these are significant vulnerabilities in the process itself, and the checks and controls,” Seto Bagdoyan, who will testify Wenesday to a joint hearing of two subcommittees of the House Energy & Commerce Committee, explained. “We were able to overcome them, using the system’s own instructions.”

One set of instructions told GAO’s investigators to contact a representative by phone to gain insurance coverage. According to Bagdoyan, “We were able to talk our way into getting coverage and subsidies by engaging in a conversation with a representative on the other end of the phone. And this was consistent, year on year on year.”

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

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Republicans Submit Resolution to Impeach IRS Commissioner

14th September 2016

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It won’t go anywhere because of the Crustian RINOs in the Senate, but it’s a step in the right direction.

There is a possibility that the House could move to stall the resolution outright, or refer it to committee. Even if the House sends it to the Senate, which will be difficult, Democrats there have enough votes to prevent Republicans from removing Koskinen from office.

Prediction: Nobody gets fired, nobody goes to jail.

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New Jersey Obamacare Co-op Becomes 17th to Collapse

13th September 2016

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Seventeen Obamacare co-ops have now failed. The Health Republic insurance of New Jersey yesterday announced it would close, leaving 35,000 members without coverage next year. The New Jersey co-op, which received almost $110 million in taxpayer loans now joins a list of 16 other Obamacare co-ops that have collapsed since Obamacare has been implemented. In all, failed co-ops have now cost taxpayers more than $1.8 billion in funds that may never be recovered.

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Drafter of U.S. Dietary Goals Was Bribed by Big Sugar to Demonize Fat

13th September 2016

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Moral: (1) Don’t trust Harvard. (2) Don’t trust the government.

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Thought for the Day

13th September 2016

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911: Do We Need a Director of National Intelligence?

11th September 2016

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I would say No, but that’s me.

Saying yes might invite some critical questions, starting with, well, “why?” Why should that position, and the office it heads, be funded and maintained? There’s no critical intelligence capability — at least not in public view — that would be lost; the four operational centers (National Counterterrorism Center, National Counterproliferation Center, National Intelligence Centers, and Joint Intelligence Community Council) could easily be transferred. And that might be a good idea.

No essential function or process would disappear; planning, budgets, and operations could evolve or devolve to other offices. Eliminating the DNI might increase efficiency, removing an entire layer of bureaucratic overhead and recovering for productive activity a good portion of the innumerable hours now spent in meetings and coordination and duplicative review and oversight.

In other words, it’s just another layer of bureaucracy that allows the government to appear to be doing something while spending more money.

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The Astonishing Amount of Taxpayer-Financed Loans That Have Gone to Failed Businesses

10th September 2016

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These programs are set up to help people who can’t get a loan through normal means.

Well, there’s a reason they can’t get a loan through normal means: They’re bad risks. Duh.

It would appear that they only thing government employees are really good at is wasting money. (Not their money, of course….)

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The System Is Rigged: Trapping the Poor in Poverty

10th September 2016

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Donald Trump is right. The system is rigged. Rigged against Americans at the lowest end of the economic scale. In short, individuals on various subsidies find themselves trapped in government dependence—with little hope of escape. Never before had I seen such a clear explanation of why our social welfare system ensnares—rather than protects—those on its rolls.

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Immigrants Preying On Americans With False Tales Of Abuse To Stay In Us, Experts Say

9th September 2016

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

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DOJ Reportedly Granted Immunity to Computer Expert Who Deleted Clinton Emails

9th September 2016

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How very convenient.

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Fiction vs Reality

8th September 2016

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There’s an old saying that the difference between Fiction and Reality is that Fiction has to be believable. Which implies that Reality doesn’t.

Good case in point the government and relief agency actions in Louisiana in the aftermath of the floods.

The government can’t provide enough boats to rescue people so citizens up and do the job themselves. The government then steps in and passes new regulations to prevent them from doing so until and unless they meet new government regulatory requirements sending out the police to prevent them from rescuing people until all requirements are met.

The Red Cross turning away and throwing away relief supplies because they do not meet with government mandated standards and rules.

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Minnesota Students and Parents File Lawsuit Against Obama’s Bathroom Mandate

8th September 2016

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A group of students and parents from Minnesota filed a lawsuit Wednesday against the federal government and their school district for allowing a transgender student who was born male but identifies as female into the girls’ locker rooms, showers, and restrooms.

The lawsuit is the latest in a series of challenges to the Obama administration’s bathroom mandate issued in May that requires public schools and universities nationwide to give transgender students full access to school facilities based on their gender identity instead of their biological sex. Schools that do not comply with the administration’s guidance could face legal action or loss of federal funding.

More: Trans Student Twerks In Girls’ Bathroom, Parents File Lawsuit

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Thought for the Day

8th September 2016

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Feds Paid For Blockbusters, Bowling Alleys, Arcades, ‘Privatizing Profits, Socializing Risks’

8th September 2016

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A decade after the advent of Netflix and well into the Internet age, one lender was still betting big on video cassettes: the federal government’s Small Business Administration (SBA).

The SBA repeatedly financed people’s plans to open Blockbuster Video stores in the late 2000s, when it was obvious to nearly everyone that such businesses were a sure ticket to bankruptcy.

Unsurprisingly, taxpayers ate the cost every time–part of $18 billion taxpayers lost through defaulted SBA loans to failed businesses in the last 15 years.

The findings come from a new report by OpenTheBooks.com, a non-profit government-spending watchdog and research group, examining how often SBA loans are not repaid.

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More U.S. Ransom Payments to Iran Revealed.

7th September 2016

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Yesterday the Obama administration finally admitted that, in addition to the $400 million in foreign currency secretly flown to Iran on January 17, 2016, it also sent Iran two more planeloads of $1.3 billion in cash over the following 19 days.

I guess Obama wants to be the Lyin’ King to Hillary’s Lyin’ Queen.

The administration continues to peddle the preposterous claim that that the $1.7 billion payment was not linked to the prisoner release and was paid to resolve a dispute pending before the Iran-U.S. Claims Tribunal at The Hague. Obama administration officials maintain that this payment may have saved the U.S. taxpayer billions because the court was likely to order the United States to pay a much larger settlement. These claims are so ridiculous that even liberal late-night host Stephen Colbert mocked the administration for making them, saying that “a lot of people are saying this sounds like ransom because they know what the word ‘ransom’ means.”

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Amazon-Wells Fargo Student-Loan Plan Ran Into Political Obstacles

7th September 2016

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Amazon.com Inc. teamed up with Wells Fargo & Co. in July to promote private student loans as a benefit to members of one of its services. Instead it walked into a political firestorm.

Politics ruins every good thing.

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Massachusetts Government Can Force Transgender Bathroom Policies on Churches, Guidance Says

7th September 2016

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Under a Massachusetts civil rights agency’s interpretation of new anti-discrimination law, churches can be forced to let biological males who identify as transgender women use the women’s bathroom.

Recently passed legislation amending the state’s anti-discrimination law to include protections for “gender identity” will take effect Oct. 1.

The Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination, which enforces the state’s anti-discrimination laws, recently published a “Gender identity guidance” that lays out what will be legally required of employers and “agents of places of public accommodation.”

The guidance was published Sept. 1 but has gone unreported by the media until now. The commission confirmed that the version of the guidance online is the “final edition.”

You will be assimilated. Resistance is futile.

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Feds Won’t Remove Healthy Bird From Endangered Species List

7th September 2016

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U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) officials are keeping a bird on the endangered species list, even though it admits there are other thriving and unthreatened populations.

The decision means more than 197,000 acres in California are protected as a critical habitat, which severely limits how it can be used.

Studies show no DNA differences between the three California gnatcatcher subspecies – two of which are flourishing – but FWS still refuses to delist the coastal variety, most recently Aug 31.

“What’s the point of doing any scientific studies if Fish and Wildlife is just going to do what they want?” University of Nebraska-Lincoln biology professor Robert Zink told The Daily Caller News Foundation. “They didn’t cite anything in support of validity of the subspecies.”

I love the presumption that a government agency is interested in facts.

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Taxpayer-Funded California University Offers Segregated Black-Only Housing

6th September 2016

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What goes around comes around.

If black people can be persuaded to segregate themselves, maybe Mexico can be persuaded to pay for the border wall.

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Investigation Soon to Disclose Causes of Puerto Rico’s Financial Collapse — and It Wasn’t the Economy

6th September 2016

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Sources close to the investigations suggest that there was massive and repeated government theft of public funds, going on for over a decade. The theft of public money along with widespread Wall Street fraud associated with the islands bond issues, resulted in $39,000,000,000 in bondholder losses.

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

The Puerto Rico Power Authority (PREPA), one of the world’s largest government owned utilities has been burning No. 6, sludge oil for over a decade.  The authority has been billing its citizens for the higher grade No. 2. Oil.  The payments for this oil have been wired off shore and then kicked back to government officials family members.  The difference in cost between No.2 and No. 6 oil is approximately 58%.  In some years the overpayments exceeded $1.6 billion dollars.

Indeed — a banana republic without any bananas.

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Obama Kept His Promise, 83,000 Coal Jobs Lost and 400 Mines Shuttered

5th September 2016

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This Labor Day, America has 83,000 fewer coal jobs and 400 coal mines than it did when Barack Obama was elected in 2008, showing that the president has followed through on his pledge to “bankrupt” the coal industry.

Happy Labor Day.

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UK Medical Discrimination Against Smokers/Obese

4th September 2016

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Once a medical technocracy governs healthcare–now under construction in the USA–bureaucrats and “experts”eventually pick ”losers” against whom to discriminate.

Once government is providing health care, the demand skyrockets (which will come as no surprise to anybody literate in ecnomics).

As a result, government can’t pay for all the health care demanded.

As in any system where demand exceeds supply and can’t balance through changes in price, rationing takes place – in this case, by means of the government deciding that it’s not going to cover certain procedures or certain people.

This gives the government a ready-made stick with which to beat people they don’t like, for whatever reason.

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Cow Fart Regulations Approved by California’s Legislature

2nd September 2016

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I am not making this up.

If they’ve got a cow fart problem, then it’s no wonder people are moving to Texas.

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#StopWhitePeople2K16

2nd September 2016

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This is a public university funded not only by students and parents, but taxpayers. This public institution houses a not insignificant number of college-educated people who believe what is necessary to combat bigotry and racism is a racist and bigoted course called #StopWhitePeople2K16.

If a course called #StopBlack(Gay, Muslim, fill in the blank)People2K16 this story would not have just caught a gust of social media wind, it would have been above the fold on every newspaper and leading news cycles for a week (a lifetime in today’s fast-paced media).

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Nets Ignore ‘Politico’ Report Exposing Bill Clinton’s Abuse of Federal Program

2nd September 2016

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A huge story broke by Politico early Thursday morning exposes how Bill Clinton exploited a federal program for former president to grease the wheels of the Clinton Foundation. “Bill Clinton’s staff used a decades-old federal government program … to subsidize his family’s foundation and an associated business, and to support his wife’s private email server,” Politico reported. As shocking as the new revelation is, the “Big Three” networks gave the incendiary story a wide berth during their evening broadcasts.

Of course. It’s all about the Narrative, Larry.

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Lawmakers Furious Feds Spent $3.3 Million Paving Over Sacred Indian Burial Grounds

31st August 2016

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Utah Republican Rep. Rob Bishop wrote Interior Department Secretary Sally Jewell to find out why NPS officials spent taxpayer dollars on 78 projects that damaged sacred Indian sites, including boardwalks and trails over 200 sacred mounds without conducting any sort of impact analysis. Bishop, the chairman of the House Committee on Natural Resources, wants Interior officials to brief committee staff on the situation no later than Sept. 9.

NPS disclosed this information in a 2014 report on agency actions at the Effigy Mounds National Monument in Iowa. The 2014 report found NPS officials “clearly knew what they were doing was against the law” during their decade-long effort building boardwalks and trails over Indian burial grounds.

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

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