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Elizabeth Warren Gets Mitch-Slapped

8th February 2017

Read it. And by all means watch the videos.

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

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The Racist Roots of Minimum Wage Laws

8th February 2017

Walter Williams, a Real Economist, points the finger.

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

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

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

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

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

7th February 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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Gen. Lee Statue Stripped From Virginia City

7th February 2017

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Down the Memory Hole….

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

7th February 2017

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Money talks.

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Criminal Obama Commuted Ends Up Back In Prison

7th February 2017

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Can he pick ’em, or can he pick ’em?

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

7th February 2017

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

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

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

7th February 2017

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

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

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No Thug Left Behind

6th February 2017

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

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

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NOAA Scientists Manipulated Temperature Data To Make Global Warming Seem Worse

5th February 2017

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

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

But you knew that.

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Congress Takes Steps to Renew Farm Bill Boondoggle

4th February 2017

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

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

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

2nd February 2017

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

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North Dakota Seeks to Tax Pipeline Protesters Paid to Be There

1st February 2017

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

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

I like it. It has texture, and scope.

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Solar Company Goes Bust After Getting Millions in Taxpayer Cash

31st January 2017

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Same old, same old.

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

31st January 2017

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

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

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Notorious Homophobe Trump Will Enforce LGBTQRSTUVWXYZ Privileges

31st January 2017

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

Pass the popcorn.

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

31st January 2017

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

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

31st January 2017

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

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

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

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

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

30th January 2017

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

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

29th January 2017

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

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

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

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

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White House Reverses Travel Ban on Green Card Holders

29th January 2017

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

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

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

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EXTREME VETTING, HERE WE COME

28th January 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

27th January 2017

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

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Trump and Mexico

27th January 2017

Victor Davis Hanson lays it out.

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

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

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

25th January 2017

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

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

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

24th January 2017

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

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

24th January 2017

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

Picture: John Kerry and two other pussies.

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

23rd January 2017

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‘Look for … the Union label….’

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Philly Teachers Protest Black Lives Matter Curriculum

23rd January 2017

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

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

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

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Botched Gov’t Tax Scheme Ruins 1.5 Million Homes With Shoddy Insulation

23rd January 2017

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‘We’re from the government, and we’re here to help … oh, wait….’

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Chuck Schumer Probably Shouldn’t Have Insulted Tom Cotton About Where He Was Eight Years Ago

23rd January 2017

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Cotton was reportedly irate with Schumer’s delay of the confirmation vote and loudly accosted him on the Senate floor. Schumer retorted that the Senate had never confirmed a CIA director on Inauguration Day, adding that Senate Republicans did not do the same for former President Barack Obama. He continued that Cotton would have known this if he had been in the Senate eight years ago.

“Eight years ago, I was getting my ass shot at in Afghanistan,” Cotton reportedly shot back. He continued, “So don’t talk to me about where I was 8 years ago.” Cotton served two tours in Iraq and Afghanistan in the U.S. Army as a member of the 101st Airborne Division.

Schumer, of course, has never served anywhere except as a politician.

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Notorious Woman-Hater Trump Nominates Heather Wilson for Air Force Secretary

23rd January 2017

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Somebody send this clown a copy of the script, he appears to be off the reservation.

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Obama Administration Spent Billions to Fix Failing Schools, and It Didn’t Work

22nd January 2017

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Obama spent a lot of money on things that didn’t work.

He didn manage to double the national debt, though, and I suppose that’s something.

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Top 10 Ways Obama Violated the Constitution During His Presidency

21st January 2017

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The Obama administration has been the most lawless in U.S. history. I don’t mean that in the Nixonian sense of personal corruption, whereby the president is personally above the law, although the idea that Barack Obama’s tenure has been ethically pure is laughable.

No, my accusation rests on the 44th president’s seeing himself as professionally above the law, ignoring the executive branch’s legal limits and disrespecting constitutional bounds like federalism and the separation of powers.

But don’t just take it from me. Liberal law professor Garrett Epps (a professional acquaintance) admits that “even for those like me who admire Barack Obama, the constitutional record is disturbingly mixed. Obama leaves the Constitution weaker than at the beginning of his terms.” Epps labels Obama’s posture to be one of “aggressive compliance,” torturing statutory language as far as it can go in order to avoid constitutional claims.

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Are U.S. Aircraft Carriers Nearly Unsinkable?

21st January 2017

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The bottom line on aircraft carrier survivability is that only a handful of countries can credibly pose a threat to America’s most valuable warships, and short of using nuclear weapons none of those is likely to sink one.

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Taxpayers Slammed With $206 Million Bill in ANOTHER Green Scanda

20th January 2017

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NAO’s report found the U.K.’s Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy spent an initial $84 million on CCS, but then pumped another $123 million into a second competition after the first failed.

“The Department has now tried twice to kick start CCS in the UK, but there are still no examples of the technology working,” Amyas Morse, head of the NAO,told The Construction Index. “There are undoubtedly challenges in getting CCS established, but the Department faced an uphill battle as a result of the way it ran the latest competition.”

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Obama Drops 1,500 Pages of Regulations on Final Day

20th January 2017

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The Obama legacy.

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The Democrats’ Fight Against School Choice Is Immoral

20th January 2017

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There’s something perverse about an ideology that views the disposing of an unborn child in the third trimester of pregnancy as an indisputable right but the desire of parents to choose a school for their kids as zealotry. Watching President-elect Donald Trump’s pick for education secretary, Betsy DeVos, answer an array of frivolous questions this week was just another reminder of how irrational liberalism has become.

Which is no surprise; most of what Democrats do is immoral.

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OBAMA’S LEGACY: 8 Years, 3,000 Regulations and 8 Trillion In Debt

20th January 2017

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Hope, maybe, but where was the Change?

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Obama Commutes Life Sentences of Four Mexican Cartel Leaders

20th January 2017

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There’s a legacy for you.

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Map shows where President Barack Obama dropped his 20,000 bombs

19th January 2017

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Not bad for a Nobel Peace Prize winner.

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The Day at the DMV

19th January 2017

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I spotted a Muslim women in a trash bag shuffling up to one of the counters. Two swarthy men were hovering around her. They guarded her virtue as she exposed her head for the license photo. From what I saw, they have no fears of rival males carrying her off. Everyone in the place was intently watching the scene, even the surly functionaries. For a minute, all of us were plugged into the collective consciousness, wondering why our rulers are doing this to us.

This is an example of why open borders will end in disaster. In a world without government, people will sort themselves out, one way or another. In the custodial state, everyone is dealing with the state. That means the interface has to accommodate all comers. In a world where the picture ID is critical, a people who think photos steal their soul or make Allah angry with their women is doomed to failure. The DMV can handle Mexican fruit pickers, it cannot adapt to Bronze Age barbarians.

The funny thing about the diverse community is they will sit forever, waiting for government service. Honkies get impatient with lines and expect the government to work like the private sector. The diverse are much more reasonable in this regard. Everyone had head phones so they could listen to their music while they stared at their phones, doing whatever it is they do on their phones. They came prepared to entertain themselves for the day. Maybe it is from habit or maybe it is from nature. Regardless, these are not people who will be voting libertarian.

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Govt Spends $600,000 Learning That Women Drink Alcohol for Better Sex

19th January 2017

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

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Watch: Pat Roberts To Ron Wyden: Dude, Take A Valium [VIDEO]

19th January 2017

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I’m sure they’ve all wanted to say that at one time or another.

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FBI Insists That When They Steal People’s Stuff, They’re Doing It for You

18th January 2017

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FBIThe FBI does want you to understand that while, yes, they do seize and keep billions of dollars in assets from citizens through a system that doesn’t require them to prove a crime, they’re doing it for the financial benefit of communities.

Nowhere in this new FBI “news story” titled “Forfeiture as an Effective Law Enforcement Tool” will you find the words “Fourth Amendment, “Due Process,” or “innocence.” Instead it uses a single example of using forfeiture to snag drug dens in Rutland, Vermont, and returning them to the community. By “community” they mean the organization with a $1.25 million redevelopment grant and not the family that was forced out of one of the buildings and ended up living in a trailer. That’s right—the FBI is using a case where families got bounced out of their homes as an example of the benefits of forfeiture. The FBI wants to convince us that this is what civil asset forfeiture looks like—that it is all for our benefit.

‘Hi! We’re from the government and we’re here to help … ourselves.’

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‘Backdoor Dealings’ May Have Played a Part in Dakota Pipeline Rejection

18th January 2017

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

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Freeing a Terrorist Mastermind

18th January 2017

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In his invaluable history of the maniacal leftist terrorism of the 1970s, Bryan Burrough frankly characterizes FALN leader Oscar López Rivera as “the man behind the deadliest bombing campaign of the era.” That’s quite a distinction.

And the man remains unrepentant, as they say. He therefore escaped pardon by Slick William J. Clinton in his corrupt departure from office at the end of his second term. Clinton pardoned 16 of the 18 FALN terrorists convicted in the group’s bombing campaigns; the other two convicted FALN members rejected Clinton’s offer of pardon. Debra Burlingame condemned these “terror pardons” in a superb 2008 Wall Street Journal column. They felt they had nothing for which to apologize.

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The Damage Done to America by Manning … and Obama

18th January 2017

Andrew McCarthy counts the cost.

… the degree to which Obama has wielded executive power in favor of America’s enemies and against his own political opponents and scapegoats is breathtaking. The treasonous Manning gets an 80 percent shave off his sentence. Now we learn Oscar Lopez-Rivera, an unrepentant FALN terrorist convicted of waging war against the United States, has also had his sentence commuted. Taliban commanders are released, replenishing our jihadist enemies even as they continue prosecuting a terrorist war against our troops and allies, in exchange for Bowe Bergdahl, a deserter who may, at least indirectly, have caused the deaths of American soldiers. Iran is enriched and empowered with tens of billions of dollars – including ransom cash – and a mammoth nuclear energy program (with the certainty that it will yield a nuclear weapons stockpile) even as it remains the world’s leading state sponsor of terrorism calling for “death to America.”

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Politicians Make Bootlegging Great Again

17th January 2017

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When Prohibition ended in 1933, my great-grandfather, Giuseppe Marano, thought his money-making glory days were over. Having made a good living selling alcoholic beverages to willing buyers at a time when that business was illegal across the country, he and his cohorts certainly viewed the passage of the 21st Amendment as the end of a very profitable era.

Except that it really wasn’t. Politicians may have formally dumped the national ban on booze, but in many places they’ve imposed enough foolish restrictions to keep bootlegging a going concern.

And, of course, it was Prohibition that gave us the Mafia’s glory days.

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Since Obama Took Office, Debt Has Nearly Doubled

17th January 2017

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Spending is what Democrats do best, so long as it’s somebody else’s money.

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