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UC San Diego Researchers Say Minimum Wage Increase Cost 1.4 Million Jobs

19th December 2014

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“Wow, I never expected that!” said the federal government, who apparently do not have a single economist on staff.

Nor, indeed, anyone who attended Econ 101.

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Chicago Tribune Uses Science to Demolish Windy City’s Corrupt Red Light Camera Program

19th December 2014

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The science has spoken: Chicago’s red light camera program hasn’t made driving in the city any safer and has replaced one type of car crash for another. The cameras are there obviously to make money for the city, not for the benefit and safety of the residents.

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

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U of M Study Finds Ethanol Worse for Air Quality Than Gasoline

19th December 2014

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But will they stop the stupid gasohol mandate? Of course not! Think of all those campaign contributors depending on all those subsidies!

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North Kansas City School District Apologizes for Taking Away Blind Child’s Cane

18th December 2014

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Eight-year-old Dakota Nafzinger attends Gracemor Elementary School. Rachel Nafzinger said school staff took away her son’s cane as punishment for bad behavior on the bus and then gave him a swimming pool noodle to use as a substitute.

The school wouldn’t go on camera, but North Kansas City School District Spokeswoman Michelle Cronk confirmed taking away Dakota’s cane, calling it school property that was given to him when he enrolled. They said they took it away after he reportedly hit someone with it and wanted to prevent him from hurting himself or others.

Perhaps he was being bullied. Doesn’t sound as if they investigated the incident at all.

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Millennials Exit the Federal Workforce as Government Jobs Lose Their Allure

17th December 2014

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Six years after candidate Barack Obama vowed to make working for government “cool again,” federal hiring of young people is instead tailing off and many millennials are heading for the door.

The share of the federal workforce under the age of 30 dropped to 7 percent this year, the lowest figure in nearly a decade, government figures show.

Heh.

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Feds Graciously Agree Not to Steal Restaurateur’s Bank Account

16th December 2014

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Federal prosecutors have stopped trying to steal $33,000 from an Iowa restaurateur who irked the IRS by making deposits of less than $10,000. The New York Times highlighted the case in October, noting that federal law lets the IRS “seize accounts on suspicion, no crime required.”

Mrs. Lady’s, Carole Hinders’ Mexican restaurant in Arnolds Park, does not take credit cards, so she has a lot of cash to deposit. There is nothing illegal about that, although the Bank Secrecy Act requires financial institutions to report deposits of $10,000 or more. Deliberately keeping deposits below that threshold to avoid the reporting requirement is a crime (known as “structuring”), but Hinders was never charged with it. Instead federal prosecutors argued that her bank account had facilitated the crime of structuring, making it subject to civil forfeiture.

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Common Core Champion NYS Education Commissioner Resigns, Takes Post in Obama Administration

16th December 2014

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‘And I say unto you, Make to yourselves friends of the mammon of unrighteousness; that, when ye fail, they may receive you into everlasting habitations.’

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Lois Lerner Emails Show Obama’s Justice Department Assisted IRS to Target Conservative Groups

13th December 2014

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

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Get Those Kids Out of Here

13th December 2014

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Officials in San Luis Obispo, California, plan to buy houses in certain neighborhoods and sell them with deed restrictions requiring they be owner occupied. The goal is to keep college students from living in those neighborhoods.

Hey, you know what college students are like. (Mostly white and Asian….)

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A Streetcar Named Liar

13th December 2014

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Everything you’ve heard from the city of Portland about its streetcar lines is a lie. That seems to be the conclusion of the latest review of the operation by the city of Portland’s own city auditor.

Portland Streetcar, the private organization contracted to run the streetcar for the city, claims to have met the city’s on-time goals. The audit finds that it hasn’t. Portland Streetcar claims to have increased ridership by 500,000 riders in fiscal year 2014. The audit finds that that Portland Streetcar overstated ridership by 19 percent and actually ridership was 1.1 million trips less than claimed.

The auditor is also unimpressed by claims that the streetcar has generated billions of dollars worth of economic development. “Based on studies [Portland Bureau of Transportation] provided to us,” says the audit, “we conclude this research has yet to describe a causal relationship of how streetcars may affect economic development.” In other words, it’s just another fabrication.

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

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Government May Subsidize White Potatoes for Low-Income Women, Children Nutrition Program

13th December 2014

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But only if they’re Irish. (Don’t tell Michelle; she’ll blow a gasket on all those carbs.)

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Hundreds of Millions Spent Housing Illegal Aliens Lured by Obama’s Amnesty

11th December 2014

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As Judicial Watch previously reported, there has long been ample evidence the Obama Administration was operating in anticipation of a surge in illegal aliens that it, in fact, clearly instigated. As Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) has said, “The rising crisis at the border is the direct and predictable result of actions taken by President Obama. He and his administration have announced to the world that they will not enforce America’s immigration laws, and have emphasized in particular that foreign youth will be exempted from these laws. The world has heard the president’s call, and illegal immigrants are pouring across the border in pursuit of his promised amnesty. President Obama is responsible for this calamity.”

After Judicial Watch’s HHS-BCFS FOIA lawsuit, we now have further evidence that this is the case. The start date of BCFS’s contract was October 1, 2013—a full eight months before the deluge of illegal alien children the US suffered in mid-summer 2014. The project’s end date of September 30, 2016, suggests that the Obama administration anticipates that the deluge will continue until near the end of his presidency.

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Top Democrat Admits: Not One Member of House Rules Committee Actually Read Omnibus Bill Before Hearing

10th December 2014

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And why would they? That’s not their job. Their job is to spend money and buy votes, and more spending is always better for that.

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Watchdog: IRS Paid $6 Billion in Bogus Child Tax Credits

10th December 2014

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

 

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From Those Fine People Who Brought You the Post Office

9th December 2014

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The Washington state healthcare exchange accidentally canceled coverage for some 6,000 accounts. Exchange officials say they don’t know how large a share of total accounts that represents because they don’t know how many people have signed up.

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Cold, Dead Hands: Buffalo to Seize Guns From Families Following Owners’ Funerals

6th December 2014

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A plan by police in Buffalo, N.Y., to begin confiscating the firearms of legal gun owners within days of their deaths is drawing fire from Second Amendment advocates.

The plan is legal under a longstanding, but rarely enforced state law, but gun rights advocates say, with apologies to onetime NRA spokesman Charlton Heston, it is tantamount to prying firearms – some of which may have substantial monetary or sentimental value – from the cold, dead hands of law-abiding citizens.

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Whistleblower Alleges Agency Cover-Up Over $300M ‘Boondoggle’ to Protect Obama Nominee

6th December 2014

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Senior officials at the Social Security Administration (SSA) tried to hide a damning report on a $300 million computer system that lawmakers have called a “boondoggle” in order to protect President Obama’s nominee to lead the agency, a whistleblower claimed in an interview with FoxNews.com.

Whistleblower Michael Keegan told FoxNews.com that McKinsey & Company, a consulting firm, issued a draft report in December 2013 saying the agency had spent $288 million over six years for a new computer system processing disability claims that has yet to launch.

But Keegan said he was present at a meeting of senior officials in May of this year where they decided to sit on the report as long as Carolyn Colvin’s nomination for commissioner was pending.

The nomination of a black woman is a terrible thing to waste.

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How a Well-Intentioned U.S. Law Left Congolese Miners Jobless

4th December 2014

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Villagers call it “Loi Obama” — Obama’s Law.

The legislation compels U.S. companies to audit their supply chains to ensure that they are not using “conflict minerals” — particularly gold, coltan, tin and tungsten from artisanal mines controlled by Congo’s murderous militias. It was championed by influential activists and lawmakers, both Republicans and Democrats, and tucked into the massive Wall Street reform law known as the Dodd-Frank Act.

As it sought to comply with the law, Congo’s government began by shutting down the mining industry for months. Then, a process was launched to certify the country’s minerals as conflict-free. But the process is unfolding at a glacial pace, marred by a lack of political will, corruption and bureaucratic and logistical delays.

That has led foreign companies to avoid buying the minerals, which has driven down prices. Many miners are forced to find other ways to survive, including by joining armed groups. Meanwhile, the militias remain potent threats.

Way to go, Congress.

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‘Barack Black Eagle Obama’ to Host Tribal Leaders at the White House

3rd December 2014

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As McClatchy’s Anita Kumar points out, Obama is known to many Native Americans as “Barack Black Eagle Obama” after receiving an American Indian name in 2008 during his campaign for president.

Wonder what the Crow is for ‘Barack Half-White Turkey Obama’ might be.

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Who Pays for Government?

3rd December 2014

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Obama Announces Funding for 50,000 Police Body Cameras

2nd December 2014

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Remind me how this is the business of the Federal government.

In an announcement today, the White House has pledged $263 million in new federal funding for police training and body cameras, set aside by executive order.

So that whole thing about Congress being the body that appropriates tax money for federal spending is out the window, too. Well, that’s at least consistent.

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Military Group Enters Dogfight Over A-10 Jet Retirement

2nd December 2014

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With the Pentagon set to ground the A-10, the Tactical Air Control Party Association, the group which represents battlefield spotters, wrote a letter to outgoing Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel urging the Pentagon to reconsider. The letter mentioned a June incident in Afghanistan in which five U.S. service members were killed by friendly fire from one of the planes that would replace the A-10, according to The Washington Times.

“We believe that F-15s, F-16s, and B-1s cannot replicate the CAS capabilities of the A-10, and we know from combat experience that the elimination of the A-10 before a viable replacement achieves full operational capability will cost American lives,” read the letter in which the association described the unique challenges of close air support.

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A Desire Named Streetcar

30th November 2014

Steven Hayward points out that ‘progressives’ are more accurately termed ‘regressives’.

After the fetish for renewable energy that’s expensive and intermittent, the greatest fixation of the utopian left is mass transit, especially light rail—a 19th century technology for 21st century mobility needs. (Who says the left isn’t reactionary?) It has long been an embarrassment that the cars for our various light rail systems that taxpayers have been massively subsidizing come mostly from overseas manufacturers.

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Medicare and the Free Market

30th November 2014

David Henderson, a Real Economist, lays out how much having the government run things sucks.

Some beneficiaries of Medicare, the federal government’s medical insurance system for the elderly, are finding that doctors are unwilling to accept them as patients. According to a study by Sandra L. Decker of the National Center for Health Statistics, in 2011, 17 percent of doctors would not accept new Medicare patients. The problem: Doctors cannot legally charge more for a service than the amount that Medicare pays, and Medicare often pays a low amount. That’s a classic recipe for a shortage of doctors.

Supply and demand, something that the government has heard of but treats as merely a rumor. Remember the bread lines in the Soviet Union? There was a reason for that.

The problem starts with the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), the federal agency that sets prices for the medical services of Medicare patients. CMS is really a giant central-planning agency. It sets hundreds of thousands of prices. What are the odds that it sets all the right prices? Zero. In fact, with central planning, an organization like CMS cannot ever know what the right price is.

But by God they’re going to set it.

An obvious solution to this problem is to have a free market in healthcare—with no Medicare. But since that is unlikely to happen soon, incremental changes can be made to move closer to a free market. Despite the socialized system of CMS, it’s possible to approximate free-market prices with “balance billing.” In its purest form, doctors would be able to charge whatever they want for their services, and patients would pay the difference between that price and the amount Medicare pays. Today, doctors who accept Medicare reimbursement are not allowed to charge anything more.

This makes a great deal of sense, and so the chances of it happening are close to zero.

As any health economist can tell you, one of the biggest problems with our healthcare system, one that existed even before ObamaCare, is that the majority of what people spend on healthcare is “other people’s money.” One reason we know so little about prices is that few of us actually pay the price of medical care. Instead, we pay nothing, a small co-payment, or a small percent of the price. The main thing I learned in my two years as the senior economist for health care policy with President Reagan’s Council of Economic Advisers is that health care costs so darn much because we pay so darn little for it. Why hesitate to say yes to a $500 test your doctor wants to order if you know that you will pay only $50 for it?

Welfare for sick people, essentially.

Economists of various political stripes point out that a price system, aka the free market, works best when potential buyers get to see the actual prices. But under Medicare, as with much of the rest of the U.S. healthcare system, patients often don’t get to see prices. Or, more exactly, given that health insurers, whether government or private, pay so much of a typical bill, patients don’t get to see the relevant prices. As a result, they spend much less carefully than if they were spending their own money. This problem is especially acute with Medicare, a system in which people are spending mainly taxpayers’ money.

In today’s America, the customer isn’t the patient, it’s the government or the insurance company. It’s like taking your dog to the vet; the dog has very little to say about what happens.

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Big Business Experiences Buyer’s Remorse Over Backing Obamacare

30th November 2014

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New lawsuits filed by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) challenge so-called workplace wellness programs that seek to provide financial incentives for workers who take steps to reduce obesity, smoking, and other lifestyle factors that can may result in costly illnesses, reports Reuters. The EEOC lawsuit contends that employers requiring medical tests may violate the Americans with Disabilities Act. Moreover, “the lawsuits are based on the view that it is no longer voluntary if employees face up to $4,000 in penalties for non-participation, loss of insurance or even their jobs,” reports Reuters.

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Prisoners Get Millions From IRS in Bogus Refund Claims, Watchdog Finds

29th November 2014

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Hundreds of thousands of prisoners are filing phony tax refund claims and the IRS is not doing enough to quash the problem, according to a watchdog report.

The Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) said in its report Tuesday that refund fraud associated with prisoner Social Security numbers is a “significant problem” for the tax agency that is only getting worse over time.

Of course they do.

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Ah, Those Congressional Pensions

27th November 2014

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After 40 years in the House of Representatives, Rep. George Miller, D-Calif., will be eligible for an annual pension of $125,500. Sen. Saxby Chambliss, R-Ga., will retire after 20 years, qualifying for a yearly pension of $53,000.

And Sen. Kay Hagan, D-N.C., defeated this month in her bid to win a second term, will be eligible for an annual pension of $16,000 after serving just six years.

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68 Ways Homeland Security Has Wasted Your Tax Dollars

27th November 2014

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From $1.5 billion in cost overruns on its new D.C. headquarters, to $8.7 million a year in unearned employee overtime, the agency has not lacked for examples of fiscal mismanagement and lax oversight.

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

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Defense Secretary Pick Will Be a Challenge for Obama

27th November 2014

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Yeah, who would want to work for this putz?

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FSU Shooting Victim Had CCP But Couldn’t Carry on Campus

26th November 2014

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One the victims wounded in the November 20 attack on the Florida State University (FSU) campus had a concealed carry permit (CCP) but was not allowed to carry his gun on campus for self-defense because of Florida law.
A bill to change that law and allow campus carry was thwarted by current FSU President John Thrasher in 2011, when he was a state senator.

According to Students for Concealed Carry at Florida State (SCCFS), shooting victim Nathan Scott has a CCP, but the campus carry ban rendered him defenseless when 31-year-old Myron May opened fire. In other words, although he had “the training and skills necessary to end the shooting… [Scott was] powerless due to Florida’s laws.”

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Poll: US Post Office Top Rated Federal Agency

25th November 2014

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The poll finding probably says more about other federal agencies than it does about the nation’s mail delivery. Fortunately for the Post Office, it is mostly immune from the machinations of the Obama administration.

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School Kids Are Blaming Michelle Obama for Their “Gross” School Lunches

24th November 2014

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Looks like the kids are smarter than their parents.

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Why Is American Teaching So Bad?

23rd November 2014

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Well, mostly it’s controlled by the government, for starters.

Who becomes a teacher in America? The answer keeps changing, and not in ways that should make any of us proud. In the first half of the twentieth century, as Goldstein notes, bookish urban immigrants used the profession to catapult themselves into the middle class. During the Great Depression, especially, teaching attracted people of outstanding academic achievement—including some with Ph.D.s—who couldn’t get work elsewhere. Since the 1960s, however, the proportion of top college students who have entered the field has steadily declined. Part of the reason lay in the feminist movement, which created new occupational opportunities for women outside of teaching. Rather than enhancing the profession’s status, as Susan B. Anthony had predicted a century earlier, this harmed it considerably, as many high-achieving women went into other professions.

The profession was also harmed by the campaign for racial integration, which closed all-black schools and threw thousands of experienced African-American teachers out of work. Those teachers had often achieved much within black school systems and then found themselves without jobs. By 1980, Texas Monthly published an award-winning article showing that public school teachers in Houston and Dallas scored lower on reading and math tests than the average sixteen-year-old in nearby suburbs did. It also reported that students of teacher education at Southwest Texas State University—where future president Lyndon Johnson received his teaching degree—were functionally illiterate. Teacher preparation, the article concluded, was “a hoax and an educational disgrace.”

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Kids Tweet #ThanksMichelleObama for Crappy Public School Lunches

22nd November 2014

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When the government provides goods, it provides goods of Government Quality. Think about that.

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San Diego Rapper, and Suspected Gang Member, Tiny Doo Faces Potential 25 Years in Prison Over Lyrics, Album Cover Depicting a Gun

22nd November 2014

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Duncan, 33, who raps under the name Tiny Doo, is not accused of providing the guns or being present at the nine shootings that terrorized a neighborhood where the Lincoln Park gang has long used violence to protect its turf.

Instead, prosecutors are going after Duncan over something else: His latest album.

Entitled “No Safety,” the album features a picture of a gun and bullets on the cover.

Prosecutors say that shows that Duncan fits the legal definition of a gang member who “willfully promotes, furthers, or assists in any felonious criminal conduct by members of that gang.”

This is absurd and an obvious attempt to get around the First Amendment.

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The Justice Department Becomes a Schoolyard Bully in Wisconsin

20th November 2014

George Will blows the whistle.

It is as remarkable as it is repulsive, the ingenuity with which the Obama administration uses the regulatory state’s intricacies to advance progressivism’s project of breaking nongovernmental institutions to government’s saddle. Eager to sacrifice low-income children to please teachers unions, the Justice Department wants to destroy Wisconsin’s school choice program. Feigning concern about access for disabled children, the department aims to handicap all disadvantaged children by denying their parents access to school choices of the sort affluent government lawyers enjoy.

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

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Hackers Seize Detroit’s Database, Demand $800k. Motor City Shrugs: OK, Take It

20th November 2014

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Hackers seized a database from the City of Detroit earlier this year before unsuccessfully demanding $800,000 in Bitcoin.

The failed extortion attempt back in April was disclosed by Detroit mayor Mike Duggan at the North American International Cyber Summit conference on Monday.

The stolen database wasn’t needed by the cash-strapped city so the ransom was never paid, according to local reports.

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Ransom Paid for Bergdahl

19th November 2014

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The ransom payment was first disclosed by Rep. Duncan Hunter in a Nov. 5 letter to Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel. Mr. Hunter stated in the letter that Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC) made the payment covertly as part of a release deal. But the money was stolen by the Afghan intermediary claiming to represent the Haqqani terrorist network.

These guys can’t do anything right.

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U.S. Government Tries to Mug the Mayor of London

19th November 2014

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Such a broad definition of those subject to the IRS’s tender ministrations reaches far and wide. It reaches so far that American tax authorities say Boris Johnson (pictured), the mayor of London, owes capital gains taxes to the land of his birth, even though he hasn’t lived here since he was five years old.

The thing about Boris Johnson, who says he won’t pay, is that he’s not your average pushover for the thugs who keep the U.S. government fat and happy. He’s not just the mayor of an important city, but he’s a player in Britain’s ruling Conservative Party, and discussed as a potential future prime minister of the country.

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Border Resident: More Illegals ‘Every Time’ Obama ‘Opens His Mouth About Immigration’

19th November 2014

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

“Every time he opens his mouth about immigration and what he’s gonna do, there’s a huge negative impact on us that live out here along the border, especially in the rural areas where all the smuggling trails are,” Vickers said. “There’s no question if he takes an executive action for some kind of an immigration issue that allows amnesty, allows them to stay here. We’re gonna be covered up again. There’s gonna be another wave, a flood of people coming from all over the world to get in here.”

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Report: Obama’s Executive Amnesty Will Give Illegal Aliens Public Benefits

18th November 2014

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Illegal aliens who get President Barack Obama’s likely forthcoming executive amnesty will have immediate access to welfare and other public benefits, according to a new report from the Federation of American Immigration Reform (FAIR) exclusively provided to Breitbart News ahead of its public release shows.

Of course. That’s what it’s all about — buying new Democrat voters with YOUR money.

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Family of Woman Beaten to Death Suing Denver 911

18th November 2014

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It took more than an hour for dispatchers to send officers to the home of Loretta Barela, 44, after her neighbor called 911 on Nov. 18, 2012. The neighbor, who told dispatchers she saw a man hitting shirtless Barela and dragging her across the street, called a second time when police had not arrived 45 minutes later. Officers left when there was no response to a knock on her door.

When seconds count, police arrive in minutes. Or maybe not.

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Chicken-Like Bird Threatens Western State Economies, as Feds Weigh New Rules

18th November 2014

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Meet the sage grouse. The animal stands at the center of the latest battle pitting America’s domestic energy industry against conservationists trying to protect a little-known species from harm. Like past clashes over the spotted owl or a desert-dwelling pronghorn, the results could be costly.

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D.C. Police’s Asset Forfeitures Are Very Lucrative and Very Petty

17th November 2014

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The Washington Post’s original three-part, in-depth look at the use and abuse of police civil asset forfeiture seems to have transformed into an open-ended, ongoing series. Over the weekend they posted a sixth installment exploring grabby police departments taking their citizens’ cash and belongings.

This time they kept it local, noticing that Washington, D.C.’s, police are actually attempting to plan in its budget for asset forfeiture proceeds in advance. This is considered a no-no for any law enforcement agency participating in the Department of Justice’s Equitable Sharing Program, the program where the feds and local enforcement agencies team up, and the local police get to keep 80 percent of whatever’s seized. This planning came to light to the Post last week because members of D.C.’s Council are attempting to overhaul the city’s asset forfeiture guidelines to increase the threshold of proof and requiring all asset seizures—including the ones that come from the DOJ program—to be placed in D.C.’s general fund, rather than the police’s budget, thus seriously reducing the police’s incentives for snatching whatever they can.

Funny how every story about corrupt city government deals with a city run by Democrats.

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Washington State Health Exchange Shuts Down on First Day of Open Enrollment

17th November 2014

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Unlike with private enterprise, you can’t take your government business elsewhere.

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If You Like Your Health Insurance Plan, You Must Pay More to Keep Your Health Insurance Plan

16th November 2014

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The New York Times reports that many Americans with health insurance purchased under Obamacare will face substantial price increases next year — in some cases as much as 20 percent — unless they switch plans. The Times report is based on data released by the Obama administration on Friday, just hours before the health insurance marketplace opened to buyers seeking insurance for 2015.

According to the Times, “the new data means that many of the seven million people who have bought insurance through federal and state exchanges will have to change to different health plans if they want to avoid paying more — an inconvenience for consumers just becoming accustomed to their coverage.” Beyond the matter of inconvenience, there is also the fact that the new plan, available at about the price of the old one, typically will be less desirable than the old plan, which now costs more.

Obamacare: The lie that keeps on taking.

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Chicago School Zone Speed Cams Tag Drivers Even in the Summer, Because Chicago

15th November 2014

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Well, this is fun. We just recently wrote about how Chicago’s speed cameras, ostensibly all to do with safety, failed to bring in as much money as Mayor Rahm Emanuel had suggested in his budget plan. Yes, tickets based on speed cameras were worked into the budget numbers, which is a strange thing to do if they’re supposed to be about safety and not money. Safe driving, in other words, should not trigger a budget crisis. But it turns out the ticketing revenue might still be inflated, even at the crisis number, as a bunch of speeding tickets were generated by cameras within school zones flagging drivers for driving over the school zone limit in the summertime.

Funny how all corrupt city governments are run by Democrats. Only a coincidence, I’m sure.

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Thought for the Day

15th November 2014

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Buffalo to Seize Guns From Families Following Owners’ Funerals

14th November 2014

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A plan by police in Buffalo, N.Y., to begin confiscating the firearms of legal gun owners within days of their deaths is drawing fire from Second Amendment advocates.

The plan is legal under a longstanding, but rarely enforced state law, but gun rights advocates say, with apologies to onetime NRA spokesman Charlton Heston, it is tantamount to prying firearms – some of which may have substantial monetary or sentimental value – from the cold, dead hands of law-abiding citizens.

Yet another reason not to live in New York.

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Bureaucrats Bulldoze Beloved Playground for Special Needs Kids

13th November 2014

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Last month, the Seattle Parks Department ordered the destruction of a play area designed for special needs kids, claiming its four-foot rope ladder, tire swing, and “nest” made of rope and bike tires were “extreme dangers” and “hazardous conditions.” That’s an odd verdict: In 10 years of existence, no children were ever significantly injured on the play area equipment, according to Liz Bullard, who helped design the space.

That’s they way they do things on the Left Coast. Reality must conform to their preconceived notions, no matter who suffers.

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