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US to Stage F-35-Versus-Warthog Bake-Off in 2018

31st August 2015

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US brass-hats have decided when the F-35 “Joint Strike Fighter” will finally be ready to take on the ancient A10 “Warthog”: in another three years, give or take a little.

My prediction is that the game will be rigged to make sure that the F-35 wins. Nobody in the hierarchy can afford to have its pet pig appear without enough lipstick to disguise its innately porcine nature, even if it has to be added with Photoshop.

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University to Mark Down Students Who Say ‘Illegal Immigrants’ in Class

30th August 2015

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Two programmes taught at Washington State University have set out clear restrictions upon the language students can use, banning terms such as “The Man”, “Coloured People” and “Illegals/ Illegal Aliens”.

The terms have been forbidden by certain professors on the basis that they are “oppressive and hateful”, according to one of the syllabuses reported by Campus Reform.

Yet another reason to avoid the Left Coast.

Breikss also bans the use of the words “male and female” in the course.

The Thought Police are alive and well and in control of certain parts of the educational system.

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Student ‘Molested’ by TSA Agent in LaGuardia Bathroom

30th August 2015

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

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Police in North Dakota Can Now Use Drones Armed With Tasers

30th August 2015

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Yet another reason to take your shotgun with you when you go outside.

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Feds Fighting To Keep Cash Seized From Person Never Charged With Crime

30th August 2015

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Fifth Amendment? We don’t need no stinking Fifth Amendment.

Federal prosecutors are battling in court to keep $167,000 in cash seized in a 2013 traffic stop, despite the motorist never being charged in the incident and the Obama administration clamped down this spring on such asset seizures and forfeitures.

However, no canine unit was available so the trooper released Gorman but not before requesting the county sheriff’s office stop him again — about 50 minutes later and this time with a drug-sniffing dog.

No drugs were found during the second stop, in which Gorman was pulled over for two alleged traffic violation. But his vehicle, computer, cellphone and the cash, stashed throughout the vehicle, were seized.

So the second stop was bogus.

“The second stop was not based on independent, reasonable suspicion sufficient to justify the prolonged investigation,” wrote Hicks, a Bush administration appointee. “The two stops were for minor traffic violations, and they both were extended beyond the legitimate purposes for such traffic stops.”

Yeah, well, we’re from the government and we’re here to help … ourselves, to whatever you’ve got.

Hicks also said in his ruling the second stop never would have happened if the first officer had not relayed information about the first stop, which included a vehicle description, suspicion about concealed cash and that a “canine sniff” would likely be needed to get probable cause for a search.

Welcome to the world where ‘concealing cash’ is somehow a crime.

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Spies: Obama’s Brass Pressured Us to Downplay ISIS Threat

28th August 2015

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Senior military and intelligence officials have inappropriately pressured U.S. terrorism analysts to alter their assessments about the strength of the self-proclaimed Islamic State, three sources familiar with the matter told The Daily Beast. Analysts have been pushed to portray the group as weaker than the analysts believe it actually is, according to these sources, and to paint an overly rosy picture about how well the U.S.-led effort to defeat the group is going.

Reports that have been deemed too pessimistic about the efficacy of the American-led campaign, or that have questioned whether a U.S.-trained Iraqi military can ultimately defeat ISIS, have been sent back down through the chain of command or haven’t been shared with senior policymakers, several analysts alleged.

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

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Judge Blocks New Federal Rule on Jurisdiction of Waterways

28th August 2015

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A federal judge in North Dakota on Thursday blocked a new Obama administration rule that would give the federal government jurisdiction over some state waterways.

U.S. District Judge Ralph Erickson of North Dakota issued a temporary injunction against a the rule, which gives the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Army Corps of Engineers authority to protect some streams, tributaries and wetlands under the Clean Water Act. The rule was scheduled to take effect Friday.

And an advance of the Leviathan State is halted … for now.

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Watchdog: Solyndra Misrepresented Facts to Get Loan Guarantee

27th August 2015

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

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Obama’s End-Run Around the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty

26th August 2015

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The question thus becomes whether the Iran deal modifies the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty. Furchtgott-Roth presents a good case that it does.

Obama doesn’t pay any attention to the law, why would he pay attention to a treaty? Assuming that he even knows it exists?

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Obamacare Cadillac Tax’s Secret Threat to FSAs

26th August 2015

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If you like your flexible spending account … you might not be able to keep your flexible spending account.

Obamacare’s looming “Cadillac tax” on high-cost health plans threatens to hit 1 in 4 U.S. employers when it takes effect in 2018—and will impact 42 percent of all employers by a decade later, according to a new analysis.

And many of those employers will be subject to the heavy Obamacare tax because they offer popular health-care flexible spending accounts to workers, which, ironically, are designed to reduce the income tax burden to those employees.

As a result, the co-author of the analysis expects the health FSAs to start being phased out and “largely disappearing” over time by companies looking for reduce their exposure to the Cadillac tax.

Obamacare: The gift that keeps on giving.

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Taxpayers Foot Bill to Retrieve Sunken Tires From Failed Offshore Environmental Project

25th August 2015

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What to do with a million used tires? Dump them in the ocean, of course.

As unthinkable as that idea is today, back in 1972, that was what Florida environmentalists chose to do, in an attempt to create an artificial reef. They gathered up old tires, ferried them a mile offshore from Fort Lauderdale’s world-famous beach and tossed them overboard.

Now, the castaway tires are an environmental menace, and taxpayers are footing the bill on a new project to retrieve them. Quinn is project manager on the $1.6 million operation to undo the damage from the ill-conceived environmentalist push from the early ‘70s.

Back then, discarded car and truck tires typically were sent to a landfill. So a handful of Fort Lauderdale environmentalists — thinking they were doing the earth good — got permits to bundle the tires and sink them adjacent to the reef that runs up the Florida coastline.

 They thought coral would grow on the tires, attracting more fish and aquatic life.

But routine storm surges ended up breaking the bundles apart and slamming the tires into the healthy reef. Coral didn’t grow on the rubber, the fish didn’t come and, today, there’s a ghostly wasteland of tire after tire as far as the diver’s eye can see.

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How a Ban on Plastic Bags Can Go Wrong

24th August 2015

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When the city council in Austin, Texas, passed a single-use plastic shopping bag ban in 2013, it assumed environmental benefits would follow. The calculation was reasonable enough: Fewer single-use bags in circulation would mean less waste at city landfills.

Two years later, an assessment commissioned by the city finds that the ban is having an unintended effect –- people are now throwing away heavy-duty reusable plastic bags at an unprecedented rate. The city’s good intentions have proven all too vulnerable to the laws of supply and demand.

Markets work, even when you have no clue.

Politicians are stupid, even with the best of intentions.

Universal laws.

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Kerry Rated Worst Secretary of State by Foreign Policy Profs

24th August 2015

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Let’s wait and see how long it is before you see this in the New York Times or the Washington Post.

Although you’ve got to admit, it takes some talent to be worse than Hillary Clinton….

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How Obama Transformed America

24th August 2015

Phil Gramm lays it out.

The Obama transformation was achieved by laws granting unparalleled discretionary power to the executive branch—but where the law gave no discretion Mr. Obama refused to abide by the law. Whether the law mandated action, such as income verification for ObamaCare, or inaction, such as immigration reform without congressional support, Mr. Obama willfully overrode the law. Stretching executive powers beyond their historic limits, he claimed the Federal Communications Commission had authority over the Internet and exerted Environmental Protection Agency control over power plants to reduce carbon emissions.

When Obama empowered himself to declare Congress in “recess” to make illegal appointments that the courts later ruled unconstitutional, he was undeterred. In an action that Lyndon Johnson or Richard Nixon would have never undertaken, Mr. Obama pushed Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid to “nuke” the rights of minority Senators to filibuster judicial nominees and executive appointments by changing the long-standing 60-vote supermajority needed for cloture to a simple majority.

American democracy has historically relied on three basic constraints: a shared commitment to the primacy of the constitutional process over any political agenda, the general necessity to achieve bipartisan support to make significant policy changes, and the natural desire of leaders to be popular by delivering peace and prosperity. Mr. Obama has transformed America by refusing to accept these constraints. The lock-step support of the Democrats’ supermajority in the 111th Congress freed him from having to compromise as other presidents, including Reagan and Mr. Clinton, have had to do.

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Title Nein From Outer Space

23rd August 2015

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The problem with nearly every government program or regulation is that it spawns a private sector industry to leach off the regulation, as well as a new constituency group to support the perpetuation or expansion of the regime.

Today’s example is the egregious Title IX sexual assault protocols for college campuses, which, as noted here previously, isn’t even a formal federal regulation. It proceeded from a “dear colleague” “guidance” letter from the Department of Education—an example of what legal scholars call the growing practice of “informal rule-making.” It may seem informal to you, but when you’re on the receiving end, with the threats and blandishments of the federal government coming at you, it seems about as “informal” as a request from Don Corleone.

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Colo. School District Won’t Allow High School Football Team to Honor Fallen Soldiers O\on Jerseys

22nd August 2015

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A school district in Colorado denied a high school football team’s request to honor the military by wearing the names of fallen service members on the back of their jerseys, saying it would open the door to similar requests from other causes.

And that would require them to, like, make a decision, and that’s just too, too tedious for that government paycheck.

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Must Skim Milk With No Added Vitamins Be Called ‘Imitation’?

21st August 2015

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Of course — if the government is involved.

The Ocheesee Creamery in the Florida Panhandle produces all-natural skim milk from grass-fed cows with absolutely nothing added, yet the state says they have to call it “imitation..”

And while they argue about it, the dairy is dumping hundreds of gallons of skim milk down the drain each week.

Creamery owners Paul and Mary Lou Wesselhoeft were in federal court Wednesday as part of their nearly three-year-old battle with the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Affairs, which argues that skim milk isn’t skim milk unless vitamins are added to it.

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Be Careful What You Wish For

21st August 2015

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Metro, Portland’s regional planning agency, funds its hundreds of planners out of garbage fees, which is why Portland has the highest garbage collection costs in the Pacific Northwest. But Metro also encourages people to recycle in order to reduce their garbage refuse.

As a result, Portland garbage has declined enough to threaten Metro’s budget. Metro’s response, naturally, is to tax recyclables, which would probably lead some people to stop recycling.

Funny how that works: When you tax something, you get less of it. You’d think that government employees would have realized that by now.

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Feds to Stop Calling Midget Raisins ‘Midget’

21st August 2015

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) issued a regulation on Thursday to stop referring to midget raisins as “midget” after an activist group called the term offensive.

The government said the change was prompted by a request from the Little People of America, a nonprofit membership organization for people of short stature.

I am not making this up. (Cue Randy Newman.)

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Another EPA disaster, This Time in Rural Georgia

20th August 2015

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In Greensboro, EPA-funded contractors grading a toxic 19th-century cotton mill site struck a water main, sending the deadly sediment into a nearby creek. Though that accident took place five months ago, the hazard continues as heavy storms — one hit the area Tuesday — wash more soil into the creek.

With people like these protecting the environment, where is there room for polluters?

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Massachusetts Obamacare Exchange Facing Legal Investigation

20th August 2015

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

Massachusetts Health Connector – the state’s failed Obamacare exchange – is faced with yet another challenge, this time a legal one. The U.S. Attorney’s Office is demanding the state exchange open its books in order to find out how the State government wasted hundreds of millions of dollars in a failed revamp of their healthcare exchange.

What’s to explain? They’re a state government. A Blue State government. Wasting hundreds of millions of dollars is what they do.

Although Massachusetts was the home of the Obamacare blueprint “RomneyCare”, the federal regulations imposed on the state broke an already working system and displaced thousands of Medicaid recipients.

Yeah, the Feds have a record of doing that.

While residents of the state were unable to get healthcare, the response from state officials was nonchalant. 41 days after the failed launch of the website Governor Patrick was asked about possible concerns with the exchange. His response was “No, none at all.”

He’s a black governor in a Democrite-run state. What could he possibly have to worry about? Tennis elbow? Having to wait for a tee time?

The skyrocketing costs and repeated malfunctions aside, the most disturbing aspect of the Massachusetts fiasco is the intentional concealment of the failures by the Commonwealth Connector Authority (CCA), the organization tasked with oversight of the transition.

Distburbing to whom? Not to anyone who has seen government employees (and their clients) in action before.

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The Gold King Mine Fiasco: What It Tells Us About the EPA

20th August 2015

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We have written here and here about the EPA-caused spill of three million gallons of toxic liquid into the Animas River in Colorado. Private companies that have caused environmental disasters of that magnitude (or much less) have been criminally prosecuted; in some cases, individuals have been jailed. Will the EPA face similar accountability? Just kidding.

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

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LA ‘Black Ball’ Reservoir Rollout Potential ‘Disaster’ in the Making, Say Experts

20th August 2015

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 The city made national headlines last week when Mayor Eric Garcetti and Department of Water officials dumped $34.5 million worth of the tiny, black plastic balls into the city’s 175-acre Van Norman Complex reservoir in the Sylmar section. Garcetti said the balls would create a surface layer that would block 300 million gallons from evaporating amid the state’s crippling drought and save taxpayers $250 million.

Experts differed over the best color for the tiny plastic balls, with one telling FoxNews.com they should have been white and another saying a chrome color would be optimal. But all agreed that the worst color for the job is the one LA chose.

“Black spheres resting in the hot sun will form a thermal blanket speeding evaporation as well as providing a huge amount of new surface area for the hot water to breed bacteria,” said Matt MacLeod, founder of the California biotech firm Modern Moon Farms. “Disaster. It’s going to be a bacterial nightmare.”

Trust government employees to pick the worst of all possible choices.

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Wisconsin to Market Chain: Jack Up Those Prices or Else!

19th August 2015

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Michigan-based market Meijer is attempting to expand into the state of Wisconsin, and they’re offering food for a steal. Who wouldn’t want Pop Tarts at $1.50 a box or tomatoes for $.79 a pound?

The answer to that question is, of course, protectionist bureaucrats and rival stores within the state of Wisconsin. Meijer is now under investigation for violating the state’s Unfair Sales Act, a depression-era law that forbids selling merchandise at below cost. A law firm in Milwaukee filed complaints on behalf of an unnamed client naming 37 products they believe are being sold below cost.

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The Tony Soprano Enabling Act

18th August 2015

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Labor gangsterism—mob-run labor unions that loot pension funds, make back-room deals with both politicians and companies that favor union management over workers, and support crooked big city machines as part of a strategy to keep law enforcement at bay—is one of America’s oldest union traditions. How important has the mob been in labor history? Ask Jimmy Hoffa, if you can find him.

Now, a recent rash of minimum wage laws have created a huge new opportunity for mafia enrichment: laws that hike the minimum wage to utterly unrealistic levels, but allow companies to pay less than the minimum wage—if the low wages are part of a collective bargaining agreement with a labor union.

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The Truth About Social Security

18th August 2015

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Eighty years ago this month (on August 14th, 1935, to be precise), Uncle Sam foisted on its subjects a scheme that would make Charles Ponzi green with envy.  And to help hide the hideous nature of this spending-other-people’s-money fraud, Uncle Sam maintains a scam called the “Social Security Trust Fund” – which is simply I.O.U.s written by the government to itself.

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Portland Attracts the Creative Class by Increasing Congestion and Demolishing Neighborhoods

18th August 2015

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Because that’s what ‘progressive’ governments do.

Joseph Rose, the Oregonian reporter who proved that streetcars are slower than walking, has left the paper’s transportation beat. So it took another Oregonian reporter, Andrew Theen, to make the brilliant discover that Portland highways really are at or above capacity.

Of course, that shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone who lives in the Portland area. According to the Texas Transportation Institute’s latest urban mobility report, Portland has more congestion today (measured by hours of delay per auto commuter) than Los Angeles did 30 years ago, when LA was considered to be about the worst congested city in the world.

Speaking of housing, Portlanders are now joining Seattleites in protesting the demolition of single-family homes to be replaced with higher-priced condos. But few of the protesters seem to understand that the real cause of their problems is the urban-growth boundaries that create artificial shortages of land for development, thus forcing builders to redevelop existing neighborhoods to higher densities.

Markets work even when you don’t want them to.

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Obama Administration Green Lights Shell to Drill in Arctic

18th August 2015

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Money always trumps ideology when it comes to the Crust.

And yet the Enviro-Nazi’s would still all vote for him if he ran for something.

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Ex-Officials Prosecuted for Mishandling Gov’t Info See ‘Double Standard’ in Clinton Case

18th August 2015

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Ex-officials who were prosecuted and had their lives upended for allegedly mishandling sensitive records are accusing the Obama administration of a “double-standard” in its approach to the Hillary Clinton email scandal.

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

This administration has charged more people under the Espionage Act, a World War I-era law once used to go after major breaches, than any other in history. While the FBI is looking into Clinton’s server amid revelations of state secrets potentially passing through it, some critics — including those charged under that act — doubt the Democratic presidential candidate will get the same treatment.

The Crust take care of their own.

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Obamacare Insurance Agent Pockets $9000 a Month From Fraudulent Applications

17th August 2015

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

In order to qualify for federal health insurance subsidies, which covers most or all of premiums for low-income people, one must have at least $11,700 in expected income over a year. According to a report by CNBC, the agent was reportedly instructing low-income individuals to apply for the subsidies with projected income generated from panhandling, selling drugs, and even prostitution.

This unusual activity was brought to the attention of North Carolina officials after an insurance software company in California noticed a high volume of applications with addresses at homeless shelters and expected income listed at the threshold of $11,700. Once brought to light, healthcare company Aetna immediately ceased their relationship with the agent and will investigate the matter fully, as does the administrator of Obamacare and the Healthcare.gov exchange, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

Betcha he votes Democrite.

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Thought for the Day

17th August 2015

CO River copy

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With High-Profile Help, Obama Plots Life After Presidency

17th August 2015

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… which can be summed up in one onomatopoeic sound: Ka-ching!

Steve Sailer has some thoughts:

My prediction: The Obamas will buy a Manhattan penthouse overlooking Central Park on the west end of Central Park North, so they can claim to live in Harlem but basically live on the Upper West Side.

Appearances are, after all, everything to the Democrites.

For a longer answer, Barack might point out that he hasn’t got caught cheating with an intern so he hasn’t had to agree to facilitate an aggrieved wife’s long-term plan for world domination like Bill Clinton had to.

True dat.

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Hillary Clinton’s Got This

17th August 2015

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And to continue to wax cynical, I think it would take an indictment of Herself, not merely an investigation that ultimately finds a fall guy in Clinton’s IT team or even among her intimates, to turn Democratic primary voters against Hillary or force her from the race.

Because absent an indictment— or, I suppose, an email showing her deliberately accepting payola from Vladimir Putin — the email affair, no less than the shady Clinton Foundation dealings, looks like the kind of scandal that Clinton supporters have long conditioned themselves to justify: An inappropriate and self-interested episode, clumsily covered over, but at once murky and slow-dripping enough for Democratic partisans to shrug, say, “LOLBenghazi” and move on.

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In the Wake of Proposition 47, California Sees a Crime Wave

16th August 2015

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“The Safe Neighborhoods and Schools Act” isn’t living up to its promise. Also known as Proposition 47, the California ballot initiative, which was approved in November 2014 with 60 percent of the vote, downgraded drug possession and many property crimes from a felony to a misdemeanor. Proponents argued that lesser punishment for low-level offenders would enhance public safety. San Francisco District Attorney George Gascon was the rare prosecutor who pushed for its approval. He told the San Francisco Chronicle, “What we have been doing hasn’t worked, frankly.”

In San Francisco, theft from cars is up 47 percent this year over the same period in 2014. Auto theft is up by 17 percent. Robberies are up 23 percent. And aggravated assaults are up 2 percent, according to San Francisco police spokesman Carlos Manfredi. Burglaries are down 5 percent.

The City of Angels saw a 12.7 percent increase in overall crime this year, according to the Los Angeles Times; violent offenses rose 20.6 percent, while property crime rose by 11 percent. Mayor Eric Garcetti says Prop 47 may explain Los Angeles’ change in course from crime reduction to crime increases.

“It used to be that if you were caught in the possession of methamphetamine, you would be arrested; you’d end up in drug court or in some other program, probably in custody receiving some type of treatment,” Yolo County District Attorney Jeff Reisig told the Daily Democrat. “Well, now the officers on the street just give them a ticket. So they have been arrested for a crime. The case actually gets forwarded to my office. We charge them with a crime, but they never show up to court. They get arrested again and are given another ticket for methamphetamine. And so we’ve seen that.”

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Thought for the Day

16th August 2015

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The $1 Trillion Question for the F-35: Is the U.S. Buying an Inferior Plane?

15th August 2015

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Hint: Probably.

A new report by a progressive think-tank says the astronomically expensive F-35 Joint Strike Fighter is inferior compared to other “near-peer” competitors and will be mismatched against emerging threats.

The study by the National Security Network states the jet, the most expensive weapons system in U.S. history, will not only be outmaneuvered and outgunned by Russian and Chinese aircraft but will also be limited in range and its stealth capabilities will be easily overcome.

They’ve been trying to buy one single plane for all three services since at least the sixties, and it’s never worked.

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Feds Spend $800K to Study Dating Habits of Obese Teen Girls

15th August 2015

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Last year, the National Institutes of Health, the government’s health research arm, gave nearly a half-million in taxpayer dollars to the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia to monitor groups of teenage girls to determine how obesity affects their dating lives and their ability to form relationships.

Hey, those girls grow up to be lesbian activists, a core Democrite constituency. It’s money well spent.

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How the U.S. and Its Allies Got Stuck with the World’s Worst New Warplane

15th August 2015

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“The F-35 is double-inferior,” Stillion and Perdue moaned in their written summary of the war game, later leaked to the press.

The analysts railed against the new plane, which to be fair played only a small role in the overall simulation. “Inferior acceleration, inferior climb [rate], inferior sustained turn capability,” they wrote. “Also has lower top speed. Can’t turn, can’t climb, can’t run.” Once missiles and guns had been fired and avoiding detection was no longer an option—in all but the first few seconds of combat, in other words—the F-35 was unable to keep pace with rival planes.

 

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USPS Post Half a Billion in Losses Despite Billions in Subsidies

14th August 2015

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While government bureaucrats are notoriously inefficient at their core missions, such as the EPA polluting the Animus River, the one thing they are consistently efficient at is losing taxpayer dollars. In addition to the EPA’s recent bungles, the U.S. Postal Service this week continued its long tradition of hemorrhaging money.

This week the Postal Service reported a net loss of $586 million for the third quarter of fiscal 2015. The USPS’s ability to lose over half a billion dollars in just three months would almost be impressive if it wasn’t a detriment to American taxpayers. The fact is the USPS receives roughly $18 billion in taxpayer-backed subsidies annually yet is still failing.

Despite this massive multi-billion dollar subsidies crutch, the Postal Service continues to prove incapable of financial accountability. The third quarter losses this week are not only a massive bureaucratic failure but also mean the Postal Service has now posted revenue losses 25 out of the last 27 quarters.

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California DMV Employees Allegedly Traded Cash for Licenses

12th August 2015

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At least 100 commercial truck drivers paid up to $5,000 each to bribe California Department if Motor Vehicles employees for illegal licenses, federal authorities said on Tuesday.

Officials said up to 23 traffic accidents could be related to the fraud, though there were no fatalities.

Blue state blues.

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5 GAO Employees Accused of School Lunch Fraud

12th August 2015

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Five employees with the U.S. Government Accountability Office have been indicted on charges of illegally getting reduced-price school lunches for their children in Prince George’s County, Md.

County State’s Attorney Angela Alsobrooks said in a news release Tuesday that the employees include a member of the Board of Education.

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

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Rapist-Murderer of California Woman Was Here Illegally and Had Recently Been Arrested

11th August 2015

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

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Public University Paying ‘Diversity Officer’ More than Congressmen Make

10th August 2015

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As the state of Illinois is struggling with budget problems, Northern Illinois University, a public school, just hired a “chief diversity officer” that will make more than almost every member of Congress and almost every governor. Vernese Edghill-Walden, whose full title is “senior associate vice president for academic diversity and chief diversity officer,” started working at NIU on August 1 and will make $205,000 a year — $185,000 in salary and $20,000 in allowances and expenses — according to an article in the College Fix. The website was originally alerted to the hire by a local site, USofArn.com Money is so tight in Illinois right now that state lawmakers struggling to figure out where to make cuts to balance the budget, while the state’s pension system nears bankruptcy. Still, NIU spokesman Joseph King is defending the hire and compensation as a good use of taxpayer money.

Having a black female diversity officer (Yeah, Michelle, I’m lookig at you) can keep you from expensive lawsuits — worth more than a Congressman any day.

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The Science of Skipping Breakfast: How Government Nutritionists May Have Gotten It Wrong

10th August 2015

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Researchers at a New York City hospital several years ago conducted a test of the widely accepted notion that skipping breakfast can make you fat.

For some nutritionists, this idea is an article of faith. Indeed, it is enshrined in the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, the federal government’s advice book, which recommends having breakfast every day because “not eating breakfast has been associated with excess body weight.”

As with many nutrition tips, though, including some offered by the Dietary Guidelines, the tidbit about skipping breakfast is based on scientific speculation, not certainty, and indeed, it may be completely unfounded, as the experiment in New York indicated.

Remind me again why it’s any business of the FEDERAL GOVERNMENT what people eat for breakfast. I don’t see that among the ‘enumerated powers’ in the Constitution.

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Watchdog: Obamacare Website Failing to Verify Social Security Numbers and Citizenship of Enrollees

10th August 2015

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

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The Pension Vise Tightens

10th August 2015

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It’s been apparent for years that America’s underfunded public employee pension system, one of the backbones of blue model governance, will have to face a brutal reckoning at some time or another, but new data suggest that the date of that reckoning may be sooner than anticipated.

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Obama Administration Accused of Stonewalling in Suit Over Downing of SEAL Team 6 Chopper

8th August 2015

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The Obama administration was accused Thursday of ignoring a judge’s order to turn over documents in the downing of a helicopter that killed Navy SEALs from the unit that carried out the raid on Usama bin Laden.

Families of Navy SEAL Team 6 members and others killed in the attack marked the fourth anniversary of the Aug. 6, 2011, tragedy by blasting the government for stonewalling in a public records lawsuit filed by the watchdog group Freedom Watch, the Washington Times reported. All 38 people aboard the chopper, call sign Execution 17, were killed over the Wardak Province in Afghanistan, including 30 Americans.

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Environmental Protection Agency Dumps a Million Gallons of Orange Mine Waste Into a Colorado River

7th August 2015

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Of course, if a non-government group had done that, they’d have been fined within an inches of their lives, and possibly done some jail time.

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Rule of Law in the Regulatory State

7th August 2015

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Hint: It ain’t happenin’.

The United States’ regulatory bureaucracy has vast power. Regulators can ruin your life, and your business, very quickly, and you have very little recourse. That this power is damaging the economy is a commonplace complaint. Less recognized, but perhaps even more important, the burgeoning regulatory state poses a new threat to our political freedom.

What banker dares to speak out against the Fed, or trader against the SEC? What hospital or health insurer dares to speak out against HHS or Obamacare? What business needing environmental approval for a project dares to speak out against the EPA? What drug company dares to challenge the FDA? Our problems are not just national. What real estate developer needing zoning approval dares to speak out against the local zoning board?

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Syracuse Pushes Retirement Buyouts After Audit Finds 200 Managers Supervise One Person Apiece

6th August 2015

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I’d love to have such a job.

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