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Dallas Is About to Go Broke

23rd February 2017

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Dallas is one of the Democrat-dominated blue metro pustules on the otherwise bright red butt of Texas.

Dallas could be the next major American city to follow Detroit into the throes of bankruptcy, warns Eric Boehm. Dallas Mayor Michael S. Rawlings said in November that he believes the city is “walking into the fan blades,” in large part because of unsustainable pension promises made to the city’s police officers and firefighters. The fund that is supposed to pay for retired cops and firemen is more than $5 billion in the red, and estimated to be out of money within 20 years.

Pournelle’s Law: The function of government is to hire and pay government workers.

Unfortunately, socialism means that eventually you run out of other people’s money.

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Washington State College Informs Students ‘American Grammar Is Racist’

23rd February 2017

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Hey, you learn something new every day. Isn’t that what college is all about?

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These Senators Opposed Vouchers Backer Betsy DeVos But Send Their Kids to Fancypants Private School

21st February 2017

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At least seven of the 46 Senate Democrats who voted against Betsy DeVos, President Donald Trump’s newly-minted education secretary, currently send or once sent their own children or grandchildren to expensive private schools.

Crap government schools for thee but not for me.

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Nearly a Dozen Passengers Walked Through Unattended TSA Checkpoint at JFK, Police Say

21st February 2017

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TSA — all the efficiency of the Post Office, and none of the charm.

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Iowa GOP Passes Bill Opponents Say Will Gut Public Unions

16th February 2017

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Headed in the right direction. Government employee unions are Democrat bastions and breeding grounds for the administrative state.

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Student Government Demands Free Tuition For Black Students

16th February 2017

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Of course it does.

Meredith Mcglone, a UWM spokesperson, stated that black students constitute 15% of the student body at the school. This figure is slightly higher than the 12.3% of black people in the U.S. Ms. Mcglone also noted that, in the last decade, the percentage of black students at UWM increased from 11% to 15%.

Explicit racism. They’re not even embarrassed about it any more.

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DOJ Won’t Prosecute FBI Exec Who Made Subordinates Create False Records

16th February 2017

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Because, you know, reasons.

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Richard Cordray Plays Politics

16th February 2017

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Richard Cordray, head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), is on the hot seat. In January, a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request revealed that Director Cordray used a private device for government communications with CFPB employees, while failing to create appropriate records of messages with the agency—a clear violation of government policy.

If not the law.

According to Ronald Rubin, a former CFPB enforcement attorney, Republican applicants were regularly ruled out of agency jobs. “As screening techniques improved, Republicans were more easily identified and rejected,” Rubin says, culminating in a culture of “political discrimination.” He elaborates on the CFPB’s early plans: “The enlarged new agency would be staffed with Democrats, top to bottom. There would not be a Republican director nominee for at least five years, and if one was ever confirmed, entrenched left-wing managers could undermine ‘attempts to weaken consumer protection.’”

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

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Lawmakers Are Using Congressional Review Act to Dismantle Obama Regulations

16th February 2017

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Three resolutions disapproving of Obama-era regulations have been adopted by both the House and Senate since Trump’s inauguration and 24 more have been introduced in the House, according to James Gattuso, a senior research fellow who studies regulatory policy at The Heritage Foundation.

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Trump Offers National Security Advisor Job to Former Navy SEAL, Mattis Ally

16th February 2017

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Despite the delay, Harward is expected to take the job sometime Wednesday, according to a report by Foreign Policy. He is also expected to bring in his own team, full of experienced national security professionals. Such a move would present a major shake-up in the beleaguered national security council, which continues to deal with the fallout from former national security adviser Mike Flynn’s resignation Monday.

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California Schools Cut Meat, Cheese From Lunches to Fight Global Warming

16th February 2017

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FOE gave kids a lunch menu designed to eliminate foods it says are “unsustainable for our planet.” The new menu features far less meat and more plant-based food. Any meat or cheese the school did use came from “pastured, organic dairy cows.” The student’s lunch menu went from beef hot dogs and pepperoni pizza to vegan stir fry tofu and vegan tostadas. The new FOE-approved menu served meat and cheese-less frequently and reduced the portion sizes.

Not that they asked the kids. God forbid.

The district and FOE claimed the lunch program was healthier than before, but only on the basis that food from plants is typically healthier than meat. The study justifies its health claims by stating average poultry consumption fell. FOE did not undertake an actual study into whether or not the lunches improved student health.

And if anyone tracks what food kinds dump in the trash, they’ll find that (like Michelle Obama’s food choices) they aren’t eating this crap but going out for McDonald’s.

The reason more and more people are homeschooling their kids is, among others, this tendency for government bureaucrats to use school kids as lab rats in pursuit of the proglodyte agenda.

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Iran Is Terrified Trump Will Release Secret Nuclear Side Deals

16th February 2017

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Alaeddin Boroujerdi, the head of Iran’s parliamentary Commission on Foreign Policy and National Security, claimed that any attempt by Trump to publish documents relating to Iran’s nuclear program from the International Atomic Energy Agency would represent a violation.

“If Trump wants to publish confidential documents exchanged between Iran and the International Atomic Energy Agency, it will in fact constitute a violation of the agency’s obligations, because the agency has been committed not to make Iran’s confidential nuclear information and documents available to any country, including the US,” said Boroujerdi, as reported by Iran’s Fars News Monday.

Yeah, that would be a violation … of something.

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Ted Cruz Introduces One-Line Bill To Abolish Warren’s Consumer Agency

15th February 2017

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The bill is two short sections, the first of which states the title of the legislation. The second and final section of the proposed bill says “The Consumer Financial Protection Act of 2010 … is repealed, and the provisions of law amended or repealed by that Act are restored or revised as if the Act had not been enacted.”

That’s really all it takes. ‘Obamacare [insert citation] is hereby repealed.’ ‘The Death Tax [insert citation] is hereby repealed.’ ‘The law establishing the Education Department [insert citation] is hereby repealed.’

Go, Ted. Cut to the chase.

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Humana to Drop Out of Obamacare Completely in 2018

15th February 2017

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But if you like your plan, you can keep your plan! Oh, wait….

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TSA Agents Caught Smuggling 20 Tons of Cocaine From Puerto Rico

14th February 2017

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The TSA — all the charm and efficiency of the Post Office without actually having to deliver anything.

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Govt Spends 3 Million Dollars to Find Out If [sic] People Can Smell Asparagus in Pee

14th February 2017

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Just in case you were wondering. I know I was.

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ICE Deports Hundreds of Criminal Illegal Aliens

13th February 2017

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(‘Criminal illegal aliens’ is a redundancy.)

Only 20 million to go….

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Trump Just Made the Biggest Sale of Drilling Rights on Federal Land in 4 Years

10th February 2017

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The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) made its largest lease sale in four years, marking the start of President Donald Trump’s plans to expand drilling on federal lands.

BLM sold drilling rights on 278 parcels of public land for $129.3 million. Bids ranged from $2 per acre to $16,500 per acre. The land sold was mostly located in Wyoming — about half of which is directly controlled by the federal government.

Well, it’s not really Trump; nor is it clear that he had any hand in it. It does suggest, of course, that the Bureau of Land Management is prepared to lick the hand that feeds it.

I really dislike this trend to ascribe everything that the government is doing, whether good or bad (depending on the viewpoint) to Trump. Unless he issues an executive order or gets on the phone to tell somebody what to do, the most that can be said is that the bureaucracy is taking their tone from the top, which is customary in any organization. More interesting, I think, is where bureaucrats continue in Normal Democrat Mode even after the change of administration. Of course, the DemLegHump Media aren’t really interested in drawing any attention to such things.

Rolling back federal restrictions on public lands would create 2.7 million jobs and add $663 billion to the economy each year for the next 30 years, according to a 2016 study by Louisiana State University and the free-market Institute for Energy Research.

Opening these lands and waters could boost wages by $5.1 trillion, generating $3.9 trillion in new federal tax revenue over the next 37 years according to the research. Increased energy development could create 2.7 million new jobs.

Such prognostications tend to be self-serving, especially when issued by ‘think tanks’ with a political agenda. Unfortunately, what passes for journalism today has a time horizon of about 48 hours, so there’s very little chance of somebody keeping track of these predictions, especially over the course of ’37 years’, which is why making such predictions is merely hot air.

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No Child Left Behind

10th February 2017

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Some time ago, around the time hat Congress passed No Child Left Behind, a reporter asked me what I thought its effect would be. I said I didn’t think it would have any.

Judging from the NAEP long-term trend scores for 17-year olds, I was right. They have hardly changed in more than 40 years. Naturally that’s what you would want to look at, rather than the scores for 4th graders or 8th graders. If they go up while graduates stagnate, it doesn’t matter. Only an idiot could get excited over that kind of sterile improvement – but since nearly everyone involved with this question is an idiot, they go on and on about it.

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What Do We Know About the Judicial Contempt Power?

9th February 2017

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Through an examination of thousands of opinions (especially of district courts), docket sheets, briefs, and other filings, plus archival research and interviews, this Article provides the first general assessment of how federal courts handle the federal government’s disobedience. It makes four conclusions. First, the federal judiciary is willing to issue contempt findings against agencies and officials. Second, while several federal judges believe they can (and have tried to) attach sanctions to these findings, the higher courts have exhibited a virtually complete unwillingness to allow sanctions, at times swooping down at the eleventh hour to rescue an agency from incurring a budget-straining fine or its top official from being thrown in jail. Third, the higher courts, even as they unfailingly thwart sanctions in all but a few minor instances, have bent over backward to avoid making pronouncements that sanctions are categorically unavailable, deliberately keeping the sanctions issue in a state of low salience and at least nominal legal uncertainty. Fourth, even though contempt findings are practically devoid of sanctions, they have a shaming effect that gives them substantial if imperfect deterrent power.

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Record 5,411 Americans Renounced Their U.S. Citizenship in 2016

9th February 2017

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For the fourth year in a row, a record number of Americans and green-card holders renounced their U.S. citizenship or legal permanent residency in 2016, according to Treasury Department data slated for publication Thursday.

Taxes, and penalties for citizens abroad not paying taxes, are a key reason for the record levels of expatriations, according to Mitchel. The 2010 Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act, a statute intended to fight tax evasion by Americans with accounts abroad — Mitchel explained to The Daily Caller — has caused many American living outside the U.S. to escape the IRS’ grasp by leaving the system entirely.

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Elizabeth Warren Gets Mitch-Slapped

8th February 2017

Read it. And by all means watch the videos.

The Democrats in Congress are bound and determined to cement their position at the foremost hate-group in the country. The reaction to Warren’s comeuppance is on the order of ‘Mommy! Johnny hit me BACK!’

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The Racist Roots of Minimum Wage Laws

8th February 2017

Walter Williams, a Real Economist, points the finger.

Our nation’s first minimum wage law, the Davis-Bacon Act of 1931, had racist motivation.

During its legislative debate, its congressional supporters made such statements as, “That contractor has cheap colored labor that he transports, and he puts them in cabins, and it is labor of that sort that is in competition with white labor throughout the country.”

During hearings, American Federation of Labor President William Green complained, “Colored labor is being sought to demoralize wage rates.”

Today’s stated intentions behind the support of minimum wages are nothing like yesteryear’s. However, intentions are irrelevant. In the name of decency, we must examine the effects.

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Gravy Train Flows Wide and Deep at Elizabeth Warren’s Consumer Agency

7th February 2017

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Pay is flowing so generously at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) that bureaucrats receive more than most members of Congress.

The Senate majority and minority leaders are paid $193,000 annually. Two hundred and one CFPB employees outdo Sens. Mitch McConnell and Charles Schumer in pay.

Speaker of the House Paul Ryan of Wisconsin receives $223,000 per year, but that’s less than what 54 CFPB employees are paid.

Another 170 CFPB employees earn more than the secretaries of defense and state, the attorney general and the director of national intelligence. All cabinet salaries are capped at $199,700, but not at the bureau. Thirty-nine CFPB employees earn more than the $230,000 paid to Vice President Mike Pence.

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

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Gen. Lee Statue Stripped From Virginia City

7th February 2017

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Down the Memory Hole….

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Why Do We Have a Department of Education? Jimmy Carter’s Debt to a Teachers Union.

7th February 2017

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Money talks.

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Criminal Obama Commuted Ends Up Back In Prison

7th February 2017

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Can he pick ’em, or can he pick ’em?

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House Intelligence, Foreign Affairs Committee Members Compromised by Rogue IT Staff

7th February 2017

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Three brothers who managed office information technology for members of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence and other lawmakers were abruptly relieved of their duties on suspicion that they accessed congressional computers without permission.

Brothers Abid, Imran, and Jamal Awan were barred from computer networks at the House of Representatives Thursday, The Daily Caller News Foundation Investigative Group has learned.

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People Stop Trying to Save Money on Groceries When They Use Food Stamps

7th February 2017

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Families receiving Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits, also called food stamps, are less likely to save money by buying generic brands or using coupons if they are buying food with government benefits, researchers at Brown University claim in a study published Monday.

The study upends the idea that food stamps recipients use the taxpayer-funded benefits just like they would use cash, and instead show that people’s food choices change when using food stamps.

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No Thug Left Behind

6th February 2017

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Our friend Katherine Kersten is senior fellow at the Center of the American Experiment, Minnesota’s conservative think tank, at which John Hinderaker serves as president. Kathy is an indefatigable analyst and advocate who has effectively promoted good public policy and opposed bad public policy while breaking major stories illustrating the way we live now.

Most recently, Kathy has turned her attention to the destruction of student discipline in the St. Paul public schools. This destruction has been wrought in the name of “racial equity.” In telling this story, Kathy offers a dystopian case study demonstrating the destructive ideological fevers that power the left generally and the Obama administration in particular.

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NOAA Scientists Manipulated Temperature Data To Make Global Warming Seem Worse

5th February 2017

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Dr. John Bates, the former principal scientist at the National Climatic Data Center in Asheville, N.C., told the Daily Mail NOAA’s 2015 study was meant “to discredit the notion of a global warming hiatus and rush to time the publication of the paper to influence national and international deliberations on climate policy.”

Bates said NOAA scientists made a “blatant attempt to intensify the impact” of global warming to eliminate the “pause” in temperature rise since 1998. The Daily Mail claims Bates showed it “irrefutable” evidence NOAA’s study relied on “unverified” data.

But you knew that.

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Congress Takes Steps to Renew Farm Bill Boondoggle

4th February 2017

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Perhaps wary of the fact that it took years to pass the most recent Farm Bill in 2014, Congress has already moved to begin deliberations over the next five-year bill, which would likely become law in 2018. The U.S. Senate Agriculture Committee will hold its first hearing on the upcoming Farm Bill in Kansas later this month.

The Farm Bill is perhaps best known for handing billions of dollars of taxpayer money to a small number of the shrinking percentage of Americans who farm. Pres. Franklin Roosevelt’s agriculture Henry Wallace pitched payments to farmers during the Great Depression as “a temporary solution to deal with an emergency.” The emergency—the Depression—ended around the same year that my grandparents went to prom. But the subsidies remain. In fact, they’ve only mushroomed in the decades since their adoption.

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Experts: California Voter Registration System ‘Highly Susceptible’ to Fraud

2nd February 2017

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

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North Dakota Seeks to Tax Pipeline Protesters Paid to Be There

1st February 2017

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According to the Washington Times, many of those who have traveled to demonstrate against the Dakota Access Pipeline have been paid for their time. And so North Dakota is gearing up to tax them. After the camp’s sudden growth last summer, a group of often unruly protesters has prompted both a police presence and a cleanup crew. Thus far, the state’s bill has hit $22 million.

Having received no help from the federal government, North Dakota needs to recoup some of those losses. Taxing these “water protectors” and the organizations (Sierra Club and Greenpeace, among others) that compensated them is part of how they hope to do it.

I like it. It has texture, and scope.

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Solar Company Goes Bust After Getting Millions in Taxpayer Cash

31st January 2017

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Same old, same old.

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Trump’s Executive Order to Repeal Regulations Puts EPA in the Crosshairs

31st January 2017

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One of the most delightful consequences of Trump’s election is that the statist Left bureaucracy is fighting defense for the first time in my lifetime.

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

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Notorious Homophobe Trump Will Enforce LGBTQRSTUVWXYZ Privileges

31st January 2017

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It will be entertaining to see how cognitive dissonance ties up the Chattering Class into knots.

Pass the popcorn.

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Colorado Republican Wants to Let Crime Victims Sue Politicians for Sanctuary City Policies

31st January 2017

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It’s amazing how positions change depending on which foot the shoe is on. Back in the sixties, the Crust were all about savaging local politicians who resisted enforcing the laws against, say, segregation. But now it all runs the other way.

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Dem Congresswoman Forced to Face Her Own Voting History After Calling Trump’s Travel Ban ‘Horrifying’

31st January 2017

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Democratic Rep. Elizabeth Esty from Connecticut launched a tweetstorm Monday afternoon against President Donald Trump’s travel ban, but quickly backtracked after followers confronted her on her visa-related voting history.

People in Congress (and there are far too many of them) who turn their positions on a dime in order to follow partisan marching orders from their leadership are so used to being in control of the public narrative that it often comes as a shock when they are called to account. Of course, in a rightly-ordered society it would be the ‘journalists’ who would do the vetting, but as we all know the DemLegHump Media can’t perform that function on Democrats.

Esty co-sponsored H.B. 158 on Dec. 3 2015, a bi-partisan bill that enabled the executive branch led by the the Department of Homeland Security to severely limit or curtail visas from countries like Iran and Iraq.

Hmm. Not that long ago, even. Must be something in the water in Connecticut. Yeah, that would explain what’s been going on at Yale, too.

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Leaked EPA Memo: Not Even the EPA Knows What’s Going on With the EPA

30th January 2017

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

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Boris Johnson Secures Exemption for British Citizens From Donald Trump’s ‘Muslim Ban’

29th January 2017

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That was quick. But Trump is a quick guy. Still negotiating.

But a Foreign Office statement said Mr Johnson had clarified matters after speaking to the new administration. It added: “The only dual nationals who might have extra checks are those coming from one of the seven countries themselves – for example a UK-Libya dual national coming from Libya to the US.

“The US has reaffirmed its strong commitment to the expeditious processing of all travellers from the United Kingdom.”

So a lot of the Chicken Little over-reaction was just that — an overreaction. More proof that most Leftists have the brains — and emotional makeup — of teenagers.

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White House Reverses Travel Ban on Green Card Holders

29th January 2017

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That took — what? three days? (Would Hitler have done that? I think not.)

This confirms what Scott Adams is saying: Trump is now in negotiation mode. Look for further walkbacks in the near future (like, within a week, two at the most).

Also look for the ultra-bleeding-heart Left to look like morons (which they are). When the other side lets go of the rope you’re pulling on with all your might, you wind up in the dirt. And the other side just laughs at you.

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EXTREME VETTING, HERE WE COME

28th January 2017

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Information is to be gathered, reviewed and summarized during the periods of suspension so that policy can be conformed to the national interest of the United States. Indeed, the order focuses throughout on the national interest of the United States, as in this provision that will never be quoted in a New York Times story:

Sec. 1: …In order to protect Americans, the United States must ensure that those admitted to this country do not bear hostile attitudes toward it and its founding principles. The United States cannot, and should not, admit those who do not support the Constitution, or those who would place violent ideologies over American law. In addition, the United States should not admit those who engage in acts of bigotry or hatred (including “honor” killings, other forms of violence against women, or the persecution of those who practice religions different from their own) or those who would oppress Americans of any race, gender, or sexual orientation.

You mean we aren’t already doing this? We must be out of our minds.

Sec. 2. Policy. It is the policy of the United States to protect its citizens from foreign nationals who intend to commit terrorist attacks in the United States; and to prevent the admission of foreign nationals who intend to exploit United States immigration laws for malevolent purposes.

You mean we aren’t already doing this? We must be out of our minds.

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Chicago’s Violence Is So Bad That Bystanders Are Learning How To Save Lives

27th January 2017

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Well, that’s what happens when Democrats are in charge.

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Trump and Mexico

27th January 2017

Victor Davis Hanson lays it out.

For decades Mexico, a country richly endowed with natural resources, climate, weather, and geography, has failed to make necessary reforms that might have offered its own citizens the security and prosperity that would have made their emigration unnecessary. This lapse most recently was largely because a ruling aristocracy saw advantage in seeing mostly impoverished and indigenous citizens from Oaxaca and southern Mexico, at great risks to their persons, leave their country.

In the eyes of many in the Mexican government mass flight is a safety valve that has alleviated pressures on social services and demands for parity. Illegal immigration into the U.S. has ensured a powerful expatriate community that oddly appreciates Mexico the longer and further it is absent from it. It helps to drive electoral change in the U.S. in ways that Mexico approves. And, most importantly, illegal immigration results in about $25 billion per annum sent to Mexico in remittances (larger than foreign-exchange earnings from its oil revenues) — in many cases from the impoverished whose dependence on U.S. social services subsidizes such cash to be sent home.

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Nets Ignore: New Study Says CDC ‘Duplicating Work of 19 Other Federal Agencies’

25th January 2017

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One agency, the Centers for Disease Control, has been called out for wasteful spending and duplication of effort for many years. Now a new report published Dec. 19, 2016, by EconoSTATS had done it again. The think tank’s work revealed that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has been duplicating work done by 19 other federal agencies.

Yet, the broadcast networks have ignored this latest evidence of CDC waste. Between Dec. 19, 2016, and Jan. 23, 2017, NBC, CBS, and ABC morning and evening news broadcasts failed to report the EconoSTATS findings at all.

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Are NATO Members Carrying Their Weight? Only 5 of 28 Countries Pay ‘Fair Share’

24th January 2017

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Currently, only five of NATO’s 28 members—the U.S., Greece, Britain, Estonia, and Poland—meet the alliance’s target of spending at least 2 percent of their own gross domestic product on defense, a fact that is especially concerning, experts say, because of Russia’s aggressive behavior.

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US Quietly Sent $221M to Palestinians in Obama’s Last Hours

24th January 2017

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If Obama actually were a secret Muslim, what would he have done differently?

Picture: John Kerry and two other pussies.

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Florida Court Kills Teachers’-Union Lawsuit against Scholarship Program for Poor Families

23rd January 2017

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‘Look for … the Union label….’

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Philly Teachers Protest Black Lives Matter Curriculum

23rd January 2017

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Teachers are speaking out against a week-long BLM curriculum starting Jan. 23 aimed at kindergarten to 12th grade, reportsPhilly.com.

One teacher said that Black Lives Matter does not need to be in the classroom.

“It challenges nuclear families, and our justice system. I don’t think kids should be taught that Western society is perpetrating a war on black people,” Christopher Paslay, an English teacher, said.

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