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ACLU Says US Deporting ‘Untold Number’ of Military Veterans

7th July 2016

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Countless foreign-born US veterans were deported after the federal government failed to assist in their naturalisation process, a new report by the American Civil Liberties Union said.

According to the report, many of the soldiers, whose service dated back to the Vietnam War, were deported after facing charges for minor misdemeanors – which can be deportable offences – and courts were not allowed to consider military service.

I’m curious as to why the ACLU is interested in this. Surely they don’t think that somehow ‘civil rights’ have been violated here?

If one is not a citizen, and one commits a crime, then it seems fairly obvious that deportation is a rational response for a government committed to preserving public order and the safety of its citizens.

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Brickbat: Not Too Intelligent

7th July 2016

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CIAShortly after Khaleed al Masri arrived at a CIA prison in Afghanistan, officials figured out they had the wrong man. In fact, al Masri, a German citizen who had been kidnapped for the CIA by Macedonian police, didn’t appear to have any connections to terrorism. But agents continued to hold him and continued to question him for months. A recently released report said the CIA refused to release him because it couldn’t figure out a way to do so without admitting its mistake.

Sometimes I wonder which is the greater threat: Muslims or government employees.

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Punching White Woman After Yelling ‘I hate white people’ Not Hate Crime, Judge Rules

7th July 2016

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Of course not. Only white people can be guilty of hate crimes, everybody knows that.

The judge disagreed with the prosecutor’s argument that the unprovoked assault, which occurred in November 2015, rose to the level of a hate crime.

Van Harten said there wasn’t enough evidence to establish the claim that Crowchief attacked White because of her skin color, despite the fact that the perpetrator, who had never met the victims before the attack, yelled “I hate white people” before throwing a punch.

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Teflon Hillary: Clinton Email Investigation to Be Closed With No Criminal Charges, Lynch Announces

7th July 2016

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

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The Big Fat Lie

6th July 2016

Government lies re food

For many years, starting in the late 1950s, a British nutritionist named John Yudkin waged a lonely war against the prevailing scientific consensus. Dietary fat was not the bogeyman it was portrayed to be, he argued. The real problem, he said, was sugar. In 1972 he published a book on the topic: Pure, White and Deadly.

And for going against the scientific grain, Yudkin was thoroughly savaged by the peers in his field. Among them was Ancel Keys, who believed fat was the culprit behind heart disease and other ailments. He made lacerating attacks on Yudkin and his research, and was joined in them by entrenched interests such as the British Sugar Bureau.

Eventually, however, the data suggesting problems with the fat-is-bad hypothesis—such as the fact that the French eat a lot of saturated fat but have very low rates of heart disease—piled up so high that it caused nutritionists to pause and rethink, albeit slowly and with considerable resistance. But by then, Leslie writes, “Yudkin’s scientific reputation had been all but sunk. He found himself uninvited from international conferences on nutrition. Research journals refused his papers. He was talked about by fellow scientists as an eccentric, a lone obsessive. Eventually, he became a scare story.”

Guess he was a ‘denier’, wasn’t he?

Of course, just because the nutritional consensus about fat was wrong does not mean the consensus about global warming is wrong. There’s an overwhelming scientific consensus about evolution and gravity, too. And evidence in favor of those theories continues to accumulate while evidence that could falsify them remains scarce as unicorns. Besides, prudence counsels restraint. Science might one day revise its view of gravity, but that doesn’t make it safe to jump off bridges.

Gravity and evolution have been demonstrated experimentally. Climate change — not so much.

Nevertheless, the story of John Yudkin should serve as a cautionary tale about the danger of groupthink and the folly of demonizing people who dare to ask hard questions. It’s crucially important that we get the facts about salt, climate change, and other possible hazards right. To that end, it’s also crucially important to recognize the possibility that we might be wrong.

Yea verily yea.

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NYC Councilman Completely Fabricates Child Sex-Trafficking Ring

6th July 2016

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Fourteen teen girls from the Bronx—all young women of color, ages 12 through 19—have gone missing since July 2014, according to New York City Councilman Andy King. He worries that their disappearances indicate the presence of a prolific youth sex-trafficking ring operating in the area. “Every other week our young girls are just vanishing off our streets,” said King at a June 29 press conference, explaining with creepy gusto that the missing Bronx teens had all been “attractive girls.”

There’s just one problem with the councilman’s lurid speculation: The vast majority of those 14 missing girls have already been reunited with their families.

Guess: Republican or Democrat?

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Comey and Lynch Invited to Testify Before Congress on Clinton Probe

6th July 2016

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The chairman of the House Oversight Committee on Wednesday said FBI Director James Comey plans to testify before Congress Thursday to explain his recommendation not to press criminal charges against presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton for her use of a private email server while secretary of state.

Attorney General Loretta Lynch, who has faced heavy scrutiny over a recent conversation with Mrs. Clinton’s husband, former President Bill Clinton, was invited by a separate committee to testify at a hearing next week.

Oversight! What a concept.

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Clinton May Get a Pass Based on Her Intentions. So Why Do Democrats Want to Imprison Those Who Make Honest Mistakes?

6th July 2016

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Not every potential federal defendant gets the benefit of such distinctions. Consider the retired racecar driver on a snowmobile outing in Colorado who got lost in a blizzard and unwittingly crossed into a National Forest Wilderness Area, the Native Alaskan trapper who sold 10 sea otters to a buyer he mistakenly believed was also a Native Alaskan, and the 11-year-old Virginia girl who rescued a baby woodpecker from her cat.

The first two of these incidents resulted in misdemeanor and felony convictions, respectively, while the third led to a fine (later rescinded) and threats of prosecution. All three qualify as federal crimes, even though the perpetrators had no idea they were breaking the law—a kind of injustice that would be addressed by reforms that opponents falsely portray as a special favor to corporate polluters and other felonious fat cats.

The federal code contains something like 5,000 criminal statutes and describes an estimated 30,000 regulatory violations that can be treated as crimes. The fact that no one knows the precise numbers is itself a scandal, compounded by the fact that many of these provisions include minimal or no mens rea requirements, which specify the mental state required for conviction.

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Hillary Clinton vs. James Comey: Email Scandal Supercut

6th July 2016

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Interstitial video between Hillary’s lies and Comey’s evaluations.

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FBI Rewrites Federal Law to Let Hillary Off the Hook

5th July 2016

Andrew McCarthy, a former Federal prosecutor, looks at the FBI’s report on Hillary.

There is no way of getting around this: According to Director James Comey (disclosure: a former colleague and longtime friend of mine), Hillary Clinton checked every box required for a felony violation of Section 793(f) of the federal penal code (Title 18): With lawful access to highly classified information she acted with gross negligence in removing and causing it to be removed it from its proper place of custody, and she transmitted it and caused it to be transmitted to others not authorized to have it, in patent violation of her trust. Director Comey even conceded that former Secretary Clinton was “extremely careless” and strongly suggested that her recklessness very likely led to communications (her own and those she corresponded with) being intercepted by foreign intelligence services.

Yet, Director Comey recommended against prosecution of the law violations he clearly found on the ground that there was no intent to harm the United States.

In essence, in order to give Mrs. Clinton a pass, the FBI rewrote the statute, inserting an intent element that Congress did not require. The added intent element, moreover, makes no sense: The point of having a statute that criminalizes gross negligence is to underscore that government officials have a special obligation to safeguard national defense secrets; when they fail to carry out that obligation due to gross negligence, they are guilty of serious wrongdoing. The lack of intent to harm our country is irrelevant. People never intend the bad things that happen due to gross negligence.

I would point out, moreover, that there are other statutes that criminalize unlawfully removing and transmitting highly classified information with intent to harm the United States. Being not guilty (and, indeed, not even accused) of Offense B does not absolve a person of guilt on Offense A, which she has committed.

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Teflon Hillary: The Fix Is In

5th July 2016

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Despite the significant evidence and serious nature of the misconduct, the FBI ultimately decided that a prosecution would not be appropriate. “Although there is evidence of potential violations of the statutes regarding the handling of classified information, our judgment is that no reasonable prosecutor would bring such a case,” Comey said.

Democrats investigating Democrats: Nobody gets fired, nobody goes to jail.

I’ll bet David Petreus is wishing his name was Clinton right about now.

Update: Here’s the score —

No classified info: lie
Allowed by State: lie
Turned over all work emails: lie
Wanted a single device: lie
Never breached: lie

None of this apparently warrants indictment.

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Biggest Private Coal Producer Warns Of Cutting 80 Percent of Workforce, Head Blames Obama Policies

3rd July 2016

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The American coal industry, especially in Appalachia, has languished as cheap natural gas replaces coal as fuel for power plants. World-wide demand for coal has also slumped, and new environmental regulations are making many coal mines unprofitable to operate.

The Central Appalachian coal price benchmark is $40 a ton, or half its level from five years ago. Almost all of the biggest coal producers in the U.S. have declared bankruptcy in the past 18 months, including Peabody Energy Corp., Arch Coal Inc. and Alpha Natural Resources Inc.

Robert Murray, the controlling owner of Murray, is a fierce opponent of President Obama and a supporter of Donald Trump. In a statement, the company said the potential layoffs were “due to the ongoing destruction of the United States coal industry by President Barack Obama, and his supporters, and the increased utilization of natural gas to generate electricity.”

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Family Files Lawsuit After TSA Agents Allegedly Assaulted Disabled Daughter

3rd July 2016

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Yet another reason not to fly.

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Thought for the Day

2nd July 2016

Orlando Motivation copy

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UC Berkeley ‘Income Inequality’ Experts Earn More Than $300,000 a Year

2nd July 2016

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

And don’t get me started on what government bureaucrats devoted to fighting poverty make a year.

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The U.S. Army Defeats Itself More Often Than All Its Enemies Combined

2nd July 2016

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The U.S. Army is one of the most lethal fighting forces in the modern world. In 1991, it demolished the Iraqi Army in 100 hours. In Operation Iraqi Freedom, the U.S. Army marched to Baghdad in 18 days. The ratio of enemy combat vehicles destroyed to losses suffered by U.S. and coalition forces in both Iraqi wars was stunningly lopsided.  Both in Iraq and Afghanistan, the U.S. Army has shown a remarkable capacity to dominate across a large part of the conflict spectrum. Even the much-feared improvised explosive device (IED) threat was reduced to a manageable level through the amazing efforts of Joint Improvised Explosive Device Defeat Organization (now Joint Improvised-threat Defeat Agency) and a host of government laboratories and, most important, private contractors.

Unfortunately, the Army has shown itself to be equally lethal when it comes to starting and then killing major acquisition programs.  Over the past thirty years, the U.S. Army has cancelled some 20 major acquisition programs including armored fighting vehicles, helicopters, artillery pieces, communications systems, infantry weapons and munitions. If you count designs that never got out of the research and development (R&D) process that number more than doubles.

According to a 2011 review of Army Acquisition, between 1998 and 2011, the Army spent more than $1 billion dollars annually on programs that were ultimately cancelled. The Army’s Big Five mistakes – the Future Combat System, Comanche Helicopter, Crusader cannon, Brilliant anti-armor munition and the Ground Combat Vehicle — cost the Army a total of $33 billion for nothing. The Army has a reputation for funding lots of R&D projects ever year. Yet, during this same period the Army spent between 22 percent and 34 percent of its annual Developmental Test and Evaluation budget on programs that were cancelled. The total loss of R&D resources on cancelled programs between 1985 and 2014 is estimated to be some $38.5 billion.

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Hillary’s Strange Security Adviser

2nd July 2016

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How did a big-money Clinton donor get on an expert panel next to nuclear scientists?

Theory: Money may have changed hands. Just sayin’.

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Oregon Triple Murder Suspect Had Been Deported Six Times

2nd July 2016

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Put the Post Office in charge of the border, perhaps they could do a better job.

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Clinton Sought Secret Info on EU Bailout Plans Ss Son-In-Law’s Doomed Hedge Fund Gambled on Greece

2nd July 2016

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In 2012, Mezvinski, the husband of Chelsea Clinton, created a $325 million basket of offshore funds under the Eaglevale Partners banner through a special arrangement with investment bank Goldman Sachs. The funds have lost tens of millions of dollars predicting that bailouts of the Greek banking system would pump up the value of the country’s distressed bonds. One fund, exclusively dedicated to Greek debt, suffered near-total losses.

Clinton stepped down as secretary of state in 2013 to run for president. But newly released emails from 2012 show that she and Clinton Foundation consultant, Sidney Blumenthal, shared classified information about how German leadership viewed the prospects for a Greek bailout. Clinton also shared “protected” State Department information about Greek bonds with her husband at the same time that her son-in-law aimed his hedge fund at Greece.

That America’s top diplomat kept a sharp eye on intelligence assessing the chances of a bailout of the Greek central bank is not a problem. However, sharing such sensitive information with friends and family would have been highly improper. Federal regulations prohibit the use of nonpublic information to further private interests or the interests of others. The mere perception of a conflict of interest is unacceptable.

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Top Five Reasons for Reforming the U.S. Postal Service

1st July 2016

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Over the last decade the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) has found it increasingly difficult to keep its head above water financially, often posting annual losses in the billions. A steep decline of mail volume due to the rise of online communications has reduced USPS’s role in the market place. As the Postal Service’s fiscal instability has grown, so have calls for USPS reform. Potential reforms range from shifting to centralized delivery, changes in governance, and full privatization.

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War on Vaping an Effort to Prop Up Tobacco Taxes?

1st July 2016

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I hope that all of the pro-marijuana ‘Let’s legalize it! Then we can tax it!’ people are paying attention.

I still think some Puritanism is at work—it bothers activists that smokers find vaping enjoyable, as opposed to arm patches, nasal sprays and ten-step programs. But some readers reminded me of an even bigger and more cynical reason for the state’s approach: officials are addicted to their cut of tobacco-related revenues. Smoking rates are declining. As smokers give up their bad habit, anti-smoking programs lose tax dollars.

Taking dollars from government agencies and government-addicted nonprofits makes them as grumpy as taking the last pack of cigarettes from a habitual smoker. Even though the state passed several new laws—raising the smoking age to 21 and regulating e-cigarettes like tobacco, for instance—anti-tobacco activists have qualified an initiative for the November ballot that would go even further. The “California Healthcare, Research and Prevention Tobacco Tax Act of 2016” is, as its name suggests, all about hiking tax rates.

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Top Senate Dems defend Lynch-Clinton meeting

30th June 2016

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

“She’s an honorable person. We know that,” Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.), expected to be the next Senate Democratic leader, told reporters on Thursday. “She has said nothing was discussed related to the investigation so you have two choices: To say this didn’t matter or she’s lying. I think it didn’t matter. I don’t think she’s lying.”

I don’t consider Chuckie Schumer to be an adequate character witness.

“All I can say is Loretta Lynch is one of the most outstanding human beings I’ve ever known,” Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said.

Considering with whom Harry Reid tends to associate, that’s not even a low bar, it’s barely a line painted on the ground.

“There was no discussion on any matter pending before the Department or any matter pending with any other body, there was no discussion of Benghazi, no discussion of State Department emails,” she told reporters.

And if you believe that one, she’ll tell you another one. What’s next? Asking us to believe Bill Clinton?

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DOD to Allow Transgender Servicemembers to Serve Openly

30th June 2016

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Primarily this was so that the U.S. taxpayers are on the hook for their makeover surgery.

No doubt ‘Chelsea Manning’ will be at the front of the line.

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U.S. Forest Service Barricades a Forest Road, Destroys Game Trails in Idaho

30th June 2016

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The United States Forest Service severely damaged a forest road and trail in Northwestern Idaho earlier this month, raising serious questions about the agency’s ability to care for federally-managed lands.

During the first weekend in June, several members of Northwestern Gold Prospectors Association (NWGPA) planned to attend a gathering to prospect private claims in the Bedrock Gulch and Eagle Creek areas. When the prospectors arrived, Forest Road 152 was blocked with cement barricades and hundreds of felled trees.

According to Bob Lowe, founder and past president of NWGPA , the USFS barricaded the road, considered to be a firebreak, because they lacked the funds to repair damage on the road which had occurred due to flooding and erosion.

“The road had a couple of small washouts, but was still usable for hikers and people on ATVs,” Lowe explained to Watchdog. “The road was regularly accessed by hunters and ATV clubs who used it for the multiple uses it was meant for.”

Government employees never bother exercising the same care that they do not hesitate to throw private citizens in jail for neglecting.

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Law Enforcement Sources: Gun Used in Paris Terrorist Attacks Came from Phoenix

30th June 2016

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One of the guns used in the November 13, 2015 Paris terrorist attacks came from Phoenix, Arizona where the Obama administration allowed criminals to buy thousands of weapons illegally in a deadly and futile “gun-walking” operation known as “Fast and Furious.”

A Report of Investigation (ROI) filed by a case agent in the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco Firearms and Explosives (ATF) tracked the gun used in the Paris attacks to a Phoenix gun owner who sold it illegally, “off book,” Judicial Watch’s law enforcement sources confirm. Federal agents tracing the firearm also found the Phoenix gun owner to be in possession of an unregistered fully automatic weapon, according to law enforcement officials with firsthand knowledge of the investigation.

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Obamacare Insurers Are Looking for a Taxpayer Bailout

30th June 2016

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Of course they are.

Insurers helped cheerlead the creation of Obamacare, with plenty of encouragement – and pressure – from Democrats and the Obama administration. As long as the Affordable Care Act included an individual mandate that forced Americans to buy its product, insurers offered political cover for the government takeover of the individual-plan marketplaces. With the prospect of tens of millions of new customers forced into the market for comprehensive health-insurance plans, whether they needed that coverage or not, underwriters saw potential for a massive windfall of profits.

Six years later, those dreams have failed to materialize. Now some insurers want taxpayers to provide them the profits to which they feel entitled — not through superior products and services, but through lawsuits.

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Fox Targeted by FEC Dems in First-Ever Vote to Punish Debate Sponsorship

30th June 2016

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Fox is not a full-time Voice of the Crust and therefore is available for whipping.

Finally making good on long-harbored anger at conservative media, Democrats on the Federal Election Commission voted in secret to punish Fox News’ sponsorship of a Republican presidential debate, using an obscure law to charge the network with helping those on stage.

It is the first time in history that members of the FEC voted to punish a media outlet’s debate sponsorship, and it follows several years of Democratic threats against conservative media and websites like the Drudge Report.

The punishment, however, was blocked by all three Republicans on the commission, resulting in a 3-3 tie vote and no action.

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Hillary’s “Free WiFi” Plan Is A $275 Billion Tax Hike

30th June 2016

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“Nothing is ever as expensive as something our government provides for ‘free’ said Grover Norquist, president of Americans for Tax Reform.

Clinton has outlined several onerous tax increases she wants to impose on the American people. The tax increase proposals up to at least $1 trillion.

‘Tax and spend’ has worked for the Democrats so long that it’s second nature. They don’t even realize when they’re doing it.

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Is Hillary to blame for the lack of a military response in Benghazi?

30th June 2016

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Yesterday, I linked to the additional views that Reps. Jim Jordan and Mike Pompeo presented in connection with the report of the House Select Committee on Benghazi. I’m told that a major reason for submitting additional views was the unwillingness of Trey Gowdy, chairman of the committee, to present any conclusions in his report.

Gowdy and the chief investigator decided just to present the facts — no conclusions. If they thought this odd decision would win approval from the mainstream media, they were mistaken. Most outlets referred to the report as a Republican report, rather than the report of the committee. I don’t recall the MSM calling Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s controversial and sulky hit piece on the CIA (the so-called torture report) a Democratic report. It was cited as the report of the Senate Intelligence Committee.

If you haven’t read the additional views of Reps. Jordan and Pompeo, I again urge you to do so. I want to comment on a portion of their statement that I don’t think has received enough attention.

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California Hits the Brakes on High-Speed Rail Fiasco

29th June 2016

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California’s high-speed rail project increasingly looks like an expensive social science experiment to test just how long interest groups can keep money flowing to a doomed endeavor before elected officials finally decide to cancel it. What combination of sweet-sounding scenarios, streamlined mockups, ever-changing and mind-numbing technical detail, and audacious spin will keep the dream alive?

The total construction cost estimate has now more than doubled to $68 billion from the original $33 billion, despite trims in the routes planned. The first, easiest-to-build, segment of the system — the “train to nowhere” through a relatively empty stretch of the Central Valley — is running at least four years behind schedule and still hasn’t acquired all the needed land. Predicted ticket prices to travel from LA to the Bay have shot from $50 to more than $80. State funding is running short. Last month’s cap-and-trade auction for greenhouse gases, expected to provide $150 million for the train, yielded a mere $2.5 million. And no investors are lining up to fill the $43 billion construction-budget gap.

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Bad News at America’s Southern Border: Unaccompanied Children Crossing Up over 70 Percent

29th June 2016

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Flash back three years ago, and remember when the secretary of Homeland Security declared “the border has never been stronger.” Well, if what is going on at America’s border with Mexico is a success, Americans should shudder to think what failure looks like.

Unaccompanied children crossing the border is up over 70 percent this year. Other categories and overall numbers are on the rise as well, reflecting significant increases since 2014. And it is not just the numbers that are troubling to Americans. They are worried about national security threats on the Southern border.

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Are You Ready For Darth Vader Studies?

29th June 2016

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Just when you thought the Star Wars prequels couldn’t get any worse. You knew something like this was out there (“out there” in both senses of the term) in the journal Communication, Culture, and Critique:

Darth Vader Made Me Do It! Anakin Skywalker’s Avoidance of Responsibility and the Gray Areas of Hegemonic Masculinity in the Star Wars Universe

Joshua Atkinson (Bowling Green State University) and Bernadette Calafell (University of Denver)

You can’t make this shit up.

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Obama Blames ISIS for Istanbul Attack

29th June 2016

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It still took them a day to try (and fail) to find some way to blame it on Republicans, Trump, or the NRA.

 

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Nine Years Paid Vacation for New Jersey Cop Accused of Sexually Assaulting Inmate

29th June 2016

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Who says police departments always move swiftly to protect their own? Sometimes it takes them almost nine years to find a fellow officer not guilty. Such is the case with Manuel Avila, a Paterson, New Jersey, cop who was accused of sexual assault in 2007. A local woman claimed that Avila had forced her to perform oral sex on him while she was in police custody.

A few days before the alleged assault, a city psychiatrist had ruled Avila unfit to carry a weapon and recommended that he retire. Instead, police officials decided to reassign him for six months to a duty that didn’t involve carrying a weapon, at which point he would reach 20 years of service—a pension milestone. Avila was assigned to monitor municipal holding cells.

Avila was acquitted of criminal charges related to the alleged assault in 2010. The city settled a civil lawsuit with his accuser in 2011, agreeing to pay her $710,000. But somehow, the police department’s internal investigation persisted through early 2016.

Throughout this time, Avila was on paid leave from the Paterson Police Department. By the end of his nine years on suspension, Avila had collected about $900,000 in income for doing nothing. With Avila’s pay, the settlement with his accuser, and legal fees, the city has spent about $1.9 million on this case.

As Jerry Pournelle likes to say, ‘The purpose of government is to hire and pay government workers.’

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Pro-Hillary Group Takes $200K in Banned Donations

29th June 2016

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A super-PAC backing Hillary Clinton has accepted $200,000 in donations from a company holding multiple contracts with the federal government — despite a ban on such contributions.

According to a review of contributions by The Hill, Boston-based Suffolk Construction made two contributions of $100,000 to Priorities USA, which is backing the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee.

At the time it made the contributions, Suffolk held multiple contracts worth $976,560 with the Department of Defense for maintenance and construction projects at a Naval base in Newport, R.I., and the U.S. Military Academy in West Point, N.Y., according to the government website USASpending.gov.

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Select Committee on Benghazi Releases Proposed Report

29th June 2016

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Chris Stevens, Sean Smith, Glen Doherty and Tyrone Woods were heroes who gave their lives in service to our country. Their bravery and the courageous actions of so many others on the ground that night should be honored.

When the Select Committee was formed, I promised to conduct this investigation in a manner worthy of the American people’s respect, and worthy of the memory of those who died. That is exactly what my colleagues and I have done.

Now, I simply ask the American people to read this report for themselves, look at the evidence we have collected, and reach their own conclusions. You can read this report in less time than our fellow citizens were taking fire and fighting for their lives on the rooftops and in the streets of Benghazi.

Contrary to what the Drive-By Media are reporting, it shows Clinton’s malfeasance in detail.

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

28th June 2016

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

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

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

Isn’t that amazing!

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Rangel Guilty on 11 Ethics Charges

28th June 2016

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Yet another corrupt Democrat.

Not really news, but a useful reminder.

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

26th June 2016

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

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

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

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

25th June 2016

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

25th June 2016

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

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

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

25th June 2016

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

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

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

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

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

24th June 2016

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

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

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

24th June 2016

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

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Professors Investigated for Presenting Opposing Viewpoints

23rd June 2016

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

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

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

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Brickbat: A Thorn Tree in the Garden

23rd June 2016

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

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

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Obama Floods America With Refugees… These 6 Diseases Just Reappeared

22nd June 2016

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

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

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

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

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

22nd June 2016

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

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

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

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

And of course nobody saw that coming….

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

21st June 2016

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

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

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

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

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

21st June 2016

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

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

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