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Separate And Unequal: Minnesota School District to Review All Suspensions of ‘Black and Brown’ Students

13th November 2014

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Does a good sun tan count? Or is this just more institutionalized Democrat racism?

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Los Angeles: Rail for Others

12th November 2014

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“Transit for Others” characterizes three decades of transit in Los Angeles County. Despite its massive $10 billion plus rail program, MTA bus and rail services carried fewer riders in 2012 (latest Federal Transit Administration data) than were carried by the buses in 1985 (MTA was formed in the early 1990s from a merger between the Los Angeles County Transportation Commission and the Southern California Rapid Transit District).

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Public Universities in California Launch Loan Program for Illegal Immigrants

11th November 2014

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Of course they do.

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Police Can Seize and Sell Assets Even When the Owner Broke No Law

11th November 2014

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You don’t have to be convicted of a crime — or even accused of one — for police to seize your car or other property. It’s legal. Several videos online are shedding some light on the controversial practice.

The practice is called civil asset forfeiture, and every year it brings cities millions of dollars in revenue, which often goes directly to the police budget. Police confiscate cars, jewelry, cash and homes they think are connected to crime. But the people these things belong to may have done nothing wrong.

In one video posted by The New York Times, Harry S. Connelly, the city attorney of Las Cruces, N.M., gleefully describes how the city collects these “little goodies,” calling it a “gold mine.”

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$40G Per Bird? California Cormorants Refuse to Budge From Bridge Being Demolished

11th November 2014

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The double-crested cormorants – protected, though not endangered – have nested along the bridge for decades, and have so far shown no interest in relocating to the shiny new section that replaced the eastern section of the famed bridge. Officials have tried pricey decoys, bird recordings and even specially-made nests installed underneath the new span to lure them roughly 100 feet next door. The effort to demolish the old section, damaged 25 years ago in the massive Loma Prieta earthquake, is being held up by the birds’ unwillingness to move, and critics, who say the delays could cost taxpayers $33 million, are crying fowl.

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Security Theater Update: Boston TSA

10th November 2014

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Obviously, by bringing a perfectly safe item—such as the confiscated faux-TNT packaged cologne pictured to the right—in your carry-on bag, you are at fault for holding up security checkpoint lines when Transportation Security Administration (TSA) officials mistakenly flag it as dangerous.

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What’s a Federal Agency for If Not to Pad the Payroll With Relatives?

10th November 2014

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Last week, senior officials of the Department of Justice’s Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) were quietly busted for using a student hiring scheme as a jobs program for their relatives. The Justice Department’s Office of the Inspector General report (PDF) notes that nepotism has become widespread at the agency, with 16 percent of hires in the student program consisting of relatives of existing employees.

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Why Do Transit Commuters Take Longer to Get to Work Than Drivers?

10th November 2014

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Nationwide, the average worker spends 24.7 minutes, each way, traveling to and from work. People who drive alone spend 24.4 minutes; people who carpool spend 28.0 minutes; people who walk take 11.9 minutes; and people who take transit take 48.7 minutes.

Private transportation takes you from where you are to where you want to be. Public transport takes you from where it’s convenient for the public transport system to where it’s convenient for the public transport system to go. Those two are almost never the same.

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Minneapolis School District Now Needs ‘Permission’ to Suspend Any Black, Hispanic Student

9th November 2014

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Two words: ‘home school’.

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Obama Brings Second Knife to Gunfight

9th November 2014

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But Obama’s response in Iraq looks robust compared to his plan for countering ISIS in Syria. There, current plans call for the training of 1,500 members of the Free Syrian Army next year (assuming it still exists next year). As Boot notes, ISIS is estimated to have some 30,000 fighters. Moreover, the Free Syrian Army must also combat the Assad regime and the Nusra Front, which recently routed it in Northern Syria.

In short, Obama’s response to ISIS remains pathetic. To say that it consists of half-measures is to give him too much credit.

Worst. President. Ever.

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Feds Punish Princeton for Liking Due Process Too Much

8th November 2014

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Earlier this week, the U.S. Department of Education wrapped up its investigation of Princeton University’s sexual harassment and assault policies. The findings were unsurprising, though still striking: the government essentially accused the university of violating federal anti-discrimination law by extending too much due process to accused students.

Of course, nobody cares, because, hey, it’s Princeton, but the principle is still important: The government is our enemy, not our friend.

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California Plans to Issue 1.4 Million Driver’s Licenses to Undocumented Immigrants Under New Law

8th November 2014

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But of course to expect real American citizens to get a picture ID in order to vote is raaaaaaacist.

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World’s Largest Solar Plant Applying for Federal Grant to Pay Off Federal Loan

8th November 2014

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The term ‘green energy’ obviously refers to the amount of taxpayer money they’re spending.

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Florida Charity Worker, 90, Arrested by Police for Feeding the Homeless Gets Arrested Again One Day Later

6th November 2014

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It seems that despite Abbott’s amazing charitable ways, the mayor of the city, Jack Seiler, has nothing but disgust for the selfless old man.

Seiler is, of course, a Democrat.

Seiler told Local 10, ‘Mr. Abbott has decided that he doesn’t think these individuals should have to have any interaction with government, that they should be fed in the parks. We disagree.’

‘All within the state, nothing outside the state, nothing against the state.’ — Benito Mussolini. (Pretty much the motto of the Democrat party.)

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90-year-old Florida Man Arrested for Feeding the Homeless

4th November 2014

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It did not take long for City of Fort Lauderdale to make good on the promise to criminally charge those who violate a new ordinance that effectively outlaws groups from feeding the homeless in public.

On Sunday, the city charged three people, including two ministers and a 90-year-old homeless advocate, and they could face up to 60-days in jail for their so-called crime.

Mayor Jack Seiler is, of course, a Democrat.

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Rating Teachers: Now *That’s* Comedy

4th November 2014

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Is anyone surprised that school district rating systems for teacher performance are something of a joke? The Mackinac Center for Public Policy reports that the Flint Community School District in Michigan rated 94 percent of its teachers—and 99 percent of its administrators—as “effective” at their jobs, even though the district contains numerous “F” schools.

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Student Suspended for Slicing Apple During Healthy Snacks Presentation

3rd November 2014

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Da’von Shaw, a Bedford, Ohio high school student, brought apples and craisins to school for a “healthy eating” presentation he was giving to his speech class. He took out a knife to slice an apple, and I’m sure you can all guess what happened next….

Send your kid to a government school,
And he will turn out a fool;
That’s the way
Things are today—
Your tax bucks at work and play!

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Wisconsin Mail Carrier Probed After Allegedly Dumping GOP Political Mailers

3rd November 2014

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I love that word, ‘probed’. Has such a very TSA sound to it.

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Kasparov Nails It

2nd November 2014

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The Obama Doctrine: “Do as little as necessary to appear to be doing something without actually committing to a cause or course of action.”

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Turned Off by Obamacare, Many Doctors Spurn Exchange Patients

31st October 2014

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Riffing off a survey conducted earlier this year by the Medical Group Management Association (MGMA), the conservative American Action Forum (AAF) estimates that upwards of 214,000 doctors are declining to serve patients covered by Obamacare exchange health plans. AAF gets that number by extrapolating the MGMA’s survey responses across the full population of practicing physicians, so take that number as seriously as you like. But there’s no doubt that physicians have real concerns about the president’s signature Affordable Care Act (ACA), and that exchange customers are having trouble finding doctors willing to take their business.

Obamacare, the gift that keeps on giving.

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TSA Confiscates Raygun Belt Buckle BECAUSE TERRORISM!

29th October 2014

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Award-winning videographer Sean Malone had a raygun belt buckle confiscated recently by the good folks at the Transportation Security Administration (TSA). You know, because all of the 9/11 hijackers were packing rayguns or something.

Security theater strikes again.

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Make America Safer: Shut Down the Department of Homeland Security

27th October 2014

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Combine Jerry Pournelle’s dictum ‘The purpose of government is to hire and pay government employees’ with Rahm Emanuel’s giveaway ‘Never let a crisis go to waste’, and voila — DHS.

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The Fast and Furious Cover-up, Hiding in Plain Sight

26th October 2014

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The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee has been trying to investigate the Fast and Furious scandal for years, but has been stymied by the Obama administration’s stonewalling. The House committee was willing to narrow its request for Department of Justice documents to an extraordinary degree; ultimately, the committee asked only that the Obama administration produce documents after February 4, 2011, relating to the false letter to Congress that bore that date, and the process by which Eric Holder’s DOJ decided to withdraw that letter. Notwithstanding this narrow scope, the Obama administration has stiffed the House committee for three years, asserting executive privilege over virtually all of the documents encompassed by the committee’s request.

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Minneapolis Is Micromanaging the Food Supply

25th October 2014

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Minneapolis has become a focal point for testing out policies designed to force people to eat healthier. Or else.

The problem with living in a Blue state is that the more the government intrudes into your life, the more that intrusion is considered a precedent for further intrusions into your life. That’s a hole with no bottom.

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Stunning New Report Finds Obamacare Adds $131 Billion to Deficit

25th October 2014

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

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More Cities Are Making It Illegal to Hand Out Food to the Homeless

24th October 2014

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All within the state, nothing outside the state, nothing against the state. — Benito Mussolini

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California Pension Fund Mystified That Folks Are Upset About Budget-Busting Bonuses

24th October 2014

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No problem, said the California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS). They’ll just declare all sorts of bonuses to be part of their base pay and force them right back into the pension calculations. CalPERS voted to have 99 bonuses sometimes given to certain public employees for various tasks that most of us would classify as expected job duties (like officers directing traffic) as part of their base pay. And so California’s multi-billion-dollar pension crisis gets worse.

And the suicide of California proceeds on schedule.

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Obama Administration Lied About Crimes Committed by Released Illegal Immigrants

23rd October 2014

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Not that this is really ‘news’.

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News That Isn’t News: Government Spends Money on Lots of Stupid Shit

22nd October 2014

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Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) has published his fifth installment of Wastebook, an annual tragicomic testimony to the power of diffused costs and concentrated benefits. The catalog of 100 asinine government expenditures is wholesome fun for the whole fiscally conservative family—especially your earnest Republican aunt who sends you chain emails with that Mark Twain quote we’ve all seen a million times.

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Putting the ‘O’ in EbOla

22nd October 2014

Jonah Goldberg reminds us of certain Eternal Truths.

It’s worth bearing in mind that the incompetence on display by the government so far has actually been quite minor in the grand scheme of things. What makes the Ebola crisis different is not the amount of error but the fact that our tolerance for error is so much lower. All things being equal, the CDC has been a model of excellence compared with the routine screw-ups in every other branch of the government. Can you imagine if a failure to abide by government “protocols” at HUD transmitted Ebola? Millions of Americans would be dead already. If an American got Ebola every time a TSA agent or Obamacare bureaucrat made a mistake, the fight for dominant species status in North America would be between German Shepherds and grizzly bears.

The margin for error in government, when it’s extremely well-run, is enormous. When a government is as huge, dissolute, and distracted by a 10,000-headed hydra of “priorities” as it is today, that margin of error is no longer even a margin of error, it is a function of government itself.

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Holder DOJ Expert Witness: Blacks Are Dumber and Less Civic-Minded Than Whites

22nd October 2014

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Straight from the horse’s … mouth.

Asked whether terminating the ability to register to vote on the day that someone casts a ballot impacts blacks disproportionately, the DOJ’s witness, Charles Stewart, testified in court that it does. He reasoned that (1) people who register at the last minute “tend to be less sophisticated voters, tend to be less educated voters, tend to be voters who are less attuned to public affairs” and (2) “people who correspond to those factors tend to be African Americans.”

Does the Holder Justice Department really believe that African Americans are less sophisticated voters than whites? Does it really believe they are less attuned than whites to public affairs?

To be sure, blacks vote overwhelmingly in favor of Holder’s party. Other than that, I see no reason to conclude that they are less “sophisticated” and “less attuned to public affairs” than whites.

If a conservative were to so conclude, Eric Holder would be the first to condemn him as a racist. Yet the Holder DOJ is paying a witness to advance this position in a court of law on behalf of the United States of America.

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Typhoid Barry and the Centers for Disease Control and Redistribution

22nd October 2014

Bluebird of Bitterness connects the dots.

“All our radical Jihadist enemies have to do is inject tainted Ebola blood into volunteer suicide bombers, or worse, innocent children, and send them across the border. Undetectable, they walk across our Southern border showing no symptoms and surrender to U.S. border agents. Obama disperses them across the country where they sneeze or cough on their lawyers, caretakers, and classmates. It’s that easy, it’s that simple, to start a deadly Ebola Pandemic across America. …

Barack Hussein Obama. Um, um, um.

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Students Balking at More Nutritious Lunches

21st October 2014

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Last week, the National School Boards Association, joined by the National School Lunch Week, released the results of a survey they conducted showing nearly 84% of school districts nationwide exhibited plate waste, while almost 82% reported added costs and 77% said there had been a plunge in the number of students eating the lunches.

In Huntsville, Alabama, Joey Vaughn, the Child Nutrition Program director for the city schools, said, “We can offer dessert, but you end up where you can’t offer it because then you can’t meet the calorie limit. Basically, school food is now hospital food.” Marty Tatara, the Child Nutrition Program director for the Madison City Schools, said that lunch program membership has “steadily declined” by roughly 20% since 2007. Tatara added, “I’ve seen them walk straight to the trash can.” Vaughn said waste has grown, asserting, “I respect and support fighting childhood obesity, but I don’t support calorie restrictions.”

Primarily because they taste like shit, with a garnish of Political Correctness.

Somebody needs to remind Michelle Ma Bell that it’s none of the government’s business what kids eat for lunch.

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Dems Blast the “Tricky, Little-Known Maneuver” That Passed Obamacare

21st October 2014

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Former Secretary of Labor Bob Reich, on behalf of MoveOn, warns Democrats what will happen if Republicans take control of the Senate: they may use a “tricky, little-known maneuver” to “ram through” their “right-wing policies” with only 51 votes, instead of the 60 votes “usually required” in the Senate.

Reconciliation has never been a partisan issue; it has been favored by both Democrats and Republicans for budget matters. But the most controversial use of the procedure, by far, took place in 2010 when the Democrats relied on it to pass Obamacare without a single Republican vote, and without having 60 votes in the Senate.

Interesting how that works. Democrats can use any rules maneuver they choose, but if it looks as if Republicans will do the same, it’s the end of the world.

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Kids React to Common Core: ‘Mommy, Please Home-School Me’

20th October 2014

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Another day of school, another Common Core horror story. Parents in Royal Palm Beach, Florida complained to administrators that their children are languishing under Core-aligned instruction and standardized testing. One parent reported that her third-grade son comes home from school every day thinking he is stupid because he can’t pass his tests. “Mommy, please home-school me,” he begged, according to The Palm Beach Post.

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Vote All You Want. The Secret Government Won’t Change.

20th October 2014

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Though it’s a bedrock American principle that citizens can steer their own government by electing new officials, Glennon suggests that in practice, much of our government no longer works that way. In a new book, “National Security and Double Government,” he catalogs the ways that the defense and national security apparatus is effectively self-governing, with virtually no accountability, transparency, or checks and balances of any kind. He uses the term “double government”: There’s the one we elect, and then there’s the one behind it, steering huge swaths of policy almost unchecked. Elected officials end up serving as mere cover for the real decisions made by the bureaucracy.

Glennon cites the example of Obama and his team being shocked and angry to discover upon taking office that the military gave them only two options for the war in Afghanistan: The United States could add more troops, or the United States could add a lot more troops. Hemmed in, Obama added 30,000 more troops.

Glennon’s critique sounds like an outsider’s take, even a radical one. In fact, he is the quintessential insider: He was legal counsel to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and a consultant to various congressional committees, as well as to the State Department. “National Security and Double Government” comes favorably blurbed by former members of the Defense Department, State Department, White House, and even the CIA. And he’s not a conspiracy theorist: Rather, he sees the problem as one of “smart, hard-working, public-spirited people acting in good faith who are responding to systemic incentives”—without any meaningful oversight to rein them in.

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Thought for the Day

19th October 2014

Ebola

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From Behind Their Walls, Liberals Tell Us Walls Don’t Work

18th October 2014

Freeberg is delightfully dyspeptic today.

There’s something peculiar going on here with the modern American left, and separating people. They take their sharpest and quickest departures off the plane of reality, when common sense says there is a partition in place, or if there isn’t one then there ought to be one. In these situations, they pretend all kinds of things even when they’re repeatedly reminded that pretending is all they’re doing.

The crisis won’t go away, so: Day 1, think about maybe interrupting golf game. Day 2, give a speech blaming Republicans. Day 3, in response to the simplest and most sensible solution, murmur a bunch of nonsensical homilies about why it’s completely out of the question. Day 4, invent a fancy title and give it to a lawyer. It doesn’t even matter what the problem is, that’s the Obama road map for all of it.

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‘Ebola Czar’ Absent From White House Ebola Strategy Meeting

18th October 2014

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Thereby confirming that he is perfectly suited for a position in this administration.

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Thought for the Day

18th October 2014

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Obama Appoints Political Hack as Ebola Czar

17th October 2014

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Today President Obama announced the appointment of Ron Klain as his administration’s “ebola czar.” Mr. Klain is a lobbyist and long-time political operative who is currently an Obama aide and has served as chief of staff to both Al Gore and Vice-President Biden. Klain also served as Chief of Staff or Staff Director for Attorney General Janet Reno, the Senate Democratic Leadership Committee, and the Senate Judiciary Committee. He was a debate preparation advisor to Barack Obama and Bill Clinton, as well as Al Gore and John Kerry. Klain was General Counsel for the Gore Recount Committee in 2000, and was deeply involved in the Solyndra scandal. He has no experience or expertise relating to public health, infectious diseases or health care.

Which, of course, is why he was picked.

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Small Businesses Face Surge of Disability Lawsuits

16th October 2014

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 Small-business are facing a sharp increase in disabled-access lawsuits in the wake of a federal appeals-court ruling that allowed so-called disabled “testers” — private individuals who aren’t patrons but visit businesses to check for violations — to take the owners to court.

Sounds like a great business opportunity for Vinnie and Guido to take care of for a modest weekly fee. What better public service than to change ‘testers’ into actual disabled people?

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Obama Has an Ebola Czar. She Re-Directed Federal Research Money to a Democrat Donor

16th October 2014

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

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Nearly Every USGS Topo Map Ever Made. For Free.

16th October 2014

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The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) has been producing detailed topographic maps for more than 125 years. Today they are nearly all digitized and free to download through the USGS Map Store, an incredible treasure trove for both map junkies and casual hikers alike.

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Government Intervention Resurrects Long-Dead Retail Practices

16th October 2014

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Everything that is old is new. Denim jeans, gratuitous use of neon, retro glasses, and nü-metal have all returned from the dead to plague the living. In the spirit of making the old new and relevant, Walmart has kicked off its seasonal layaway program, a practice that was discontinued in the mid-2000s but resurrected in 2011.

For those who can’t remember this antiquated ritual, which was a common practice during the Great Depression, here’s how it works: after the customer makes a small down payment, the store will “lay” the item “away” until the customer completes payment. You might ask: Why didn’t people just use their credit cards? The answer is that credit cards didn’t really exist back then. Some stores engaged in financing and extended credit to select customers, but the interest rates were high, and, keep in mind, these were stores, not debt collectors or banks.

With the bad economy of the Great Depression, consumer credit dried up as risk of default increased. Layaway was beneficial because it allowed the consumer to guarantee a good’s availability while the store minimized its risk exposure. The availability of goods was a concern because supply chains were not as developed, and when a store ran out, it might be out indefinitely.

Layaway largely disappeared during the 1980s with the massive expansion of consumer credit and credit card companies. Credit card companies were able to offer lower rates because they specialized in analyzing and pricing risk. They also took on the burden of debt collection. This shift was a win-win for everyone involved. Customers benefited by being able to immediately enjoy their purchases. Stores benefited from getting the full value of the purchase upfront while simultaneously freeing up storage space that was previously occupied by layaway.

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Will the FCC Try to Tackle ‘Redskins’?

16th October 2014

George Will finds that his bullshit alarm has gone off.

Wretched excess by government can be beneficial if it startles people into wholesome disgust and deepened distrust and it prompts judicial rebukes that enlarge freedom. So let’s hope the Federal Communications Commission embraces the formal petition inciting it to deny licenses to broadcasters who use the word “Redskins” when reporting on the Washington Redskins.

Using the FCC to break another private institution to the state’s saddle for the satisfaction of a clamorous faction illustrates how the government’s many tentacles give it many means of intimidating people who offend it. The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, empowered to ban trademarks that “may” disparage persons, has already limited trademark protection of the Redskins’ name.

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NIH Spent Millions Studying Origami Condoms, Poop-Throwing Chimpanzees Instead of Ebola

16th October 2014

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Hey, it’s all about priorities.

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Why Government Websites Cost More and Perform Worse Than Private Sector Sites

15th October 2014

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Aside from the obvious fact that government employees were obtained from the lowest bidder.

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Big Brother in Texas: Houston Demands Pastors Turn Over Sermon Notes, Private Communications

15th October 2014

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Houston city officials are demanding that city pastors opposed to Houston’s “Bathroom Bill”–“a law that allows members of the opposite sex into each other’s restrooms”–turn over sermon notes and “communications with church members” to ascertain which pastors have (or haven’t) “opposed or criticized the city.”

The Houston City Council passed the “Bathroom Bill” in June and in July citizens of the city responded by collecting three times the number of signatures needed for a referendum to have the measure repealed. The Houston Chronicle reported that citizens gathered over 50,000 signatures for the referendum, where only 17,269 were needed to put it on the ballot.

Every gene pool has a shallow end, and the Democrats in Texas tend to gravitate to the cities and go into politics. Austin’s Travis County is the biggest blue pustule on the otherwise rosy butt of Texas, but Houston (and Dallas and San Antonio) aren’t far behind.

 

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In Illinois, Substitute Teaching for One Day Reaped Nearly $1 Million in Taxpayer-Funded Pension Money

14th October 2014

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In 2011, the Chicago Tribune exposed a pair of Illinois teacher union lobbyists, Stephen Preckwinkle and David Piccioli, who substitute taught for one day and stood to collect nearly $1 million in state teacher retirement pensions from a severely underfunded system. The five Illinois pension systems have a $100 billion liability and the teachers fund may run out of money as early as 2029. Newspaper editorials, elected officials, the governor and citizens cried foul. Legislation was quickly passed to stop the abuse.

In order to understand this massive pension “reform misunderstanding,” we questioned the Public Relations Spokesman for the Teachers Retirement System (TRS) David Urbanek, who explained:

“Mr. Preckwinkle and Mr. Piccioli received a TRS pension following the enactment of House Bill 3813 because House Bill 3813, now Public Act 97-0651, did not stop them from collecting a TRS pension.” read entire email response

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