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90% of Illegals No-Shows in Dallas Immigration Court

23rd July 2014

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

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White Like Me

23rd July 2014

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Officials at Iowa’s Marshalltown High School suspended Blair Van Staaldiune after they saw a picture online of him dressed all in white and forming a “W” with his fingers. Staaldiune’s mother says that the principal accused him of being a racist. She tried to explain that her son was dressed in white because the photo was taken during spirit week when school officials asked each class to dress only in one color and Blair’s class was told to dress in white. Instead of accepting her explanation, she says the principal called her a racist, too. School officials have declined to comment on the matter, citing student confidentiality.

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Adventures in Light Rail

23rd July 2014

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Remember the Twin Cities light-rail line that was supposed to average 17 mph but, after testing, was scheduled for just 13-3/4 mph? It turns out that, in actual operation, it averages less than 12.5 mph. That means it takes 53 minutes to go from downtown Minneapolis to downtown St. Paul, 36 percent longer than the 39 minutes originally promised and more than twice as long as the 26 minutes required by a bus.Remember the Twin Cities light-rail line that was supposed to average 17 mph but, after testing, was scheduled for just 13-3/4 mph? It turns out that, in actual operation, it averages less than 12.5 mph. That means it takes 53 minutes to go from downtown Minneapolis to downtown St. Paul, 36 percent longer than the 39 minutes originally promised and more than twice as long as the 26 minutes required by a bus.

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White House Puts Fresh Focus on Federal Job Training Efforts

22nd July 2014

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Explain to me again how it’s the business of the Federal government to conduct job training.

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Affirmative Action = Discrimination Against Asians, NYC Schools Edition

21st July 2014

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New York City politicians—including Mayor Bill de Blasio—want to change the admissions system for the city’s nine highly-selective premiere public high schools, including nationally-renowned Stuyvesant High School. The schools currently use a single exam, the Specialized High Schools Admissions Test, to determine admittance. Less than three percent of applicants are admitted to Stuyvesant.

The problem, in the eyes of some, is that black and Latino students are increasingly underrepresented at the elite schools. So are white students. When a test score is the only criteria, it seems that Asian Americans are more likely than other racial groups to gain admission to Stuyvesant.

Some minorities are fashionable, and some ain’t.

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The Inevitable: Drunk Man Arrested for Impersonating Groping TSA Agent at Airport

20th July 2014

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Words fail me.

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It’s Now a Crime to Let Your Kid Play Alone at the Park

19th July 2014

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This is completely and utterly absurd, and shows how far toward totalitarianism we have progressed.

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Daughter of Dem Senator Joe Manchin Jilts U.S. for Lower Tax Rate

18th July 2014

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The daughter of Sen. Joe Manchin (D.-W.Va.) is taking her giant generic drug-making company based outside of Pittsburgh to the Netherlands for a favorable tax rate, and according to the New York Times, Heather Bresch remains a “patriot” and made the decision “reluctantly.”

Ron Fournier at National Journal took issue with the Times writer Andrew Ross Sorkin’s characterization of “Bresch as a helpless victim of a system that has made her wealthy and her father powerful.”

Bresch is the chief executive of Mylan, a generic drug maker with profits that “come largely from Medicaid and Medicare, which means her nest is feathered by U.S. taxpayers,” according to Fournier.

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HHS Sending Illegals With Contagious Diseases to States

18th July 2014

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The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) reportedly sent illegal immigrant children with communicable diseases on planes to sites around the country that are being forced to house them.

According to an ABC News report, HHS has admitted to “a breakdown of the medical screening processes” at an Arizona facility. While the illegal immigrant children were clear of symptoms during their initial screenings, they were not “re-screened and cleared for travel and placement at a temporary shelter.”

The only thing that saves us is that we don’t get all the government we pay for.

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What the Illegals Understand

18th July 2014

Scott Johnson blows the whistle.

What is the reason for the wave of Central American illegals infiltrating the United States through the Rio Grande Valley in the past few years? It’s past time to get a clue, as the wave shows no signs of abating.

I think the wave reflects an astute understanding of our immigration law and of the enforcement preferences of the Obama administration (they’d prefer not to).

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Illinois Gov. Wants Statewide Assault Weapon Ban over Chicago Violence

18th July 2014

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Illinois Governor Pat Quinn (D) is supporting statewide “restrictions” on .50 caliber rifles and bans on “assault weapon” and “high capacity” magazines because of the violence in heavily gun-controlled Chicago.

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Turning College Into a No-Thought Zone

16th July 2014

Virginia Postrel blows the whistle.

Last September, Vincenzo Sinapi-Riddle, a student at Citrus Community College near Los Angeles, was collecting signatures on a petition asking the student government to condemn spying by the National Security Agency. He left the school’s designated “free speech area” to go to the student center. On his way there, he saw a likely prospect to join his cause: a student wearing a “Don’t Tread on Me” T-shirt. He stopped the student and they began talking about the petition. Then an administrator came out of a nearby building, informed them their discussion was forbidden outside the speech zone, and warned Sinapi-Riddle he could be ejected from campus for violating the speech-zone rule.

Sinapi-Riddle has now sued Citrus College, a state institution, for violating his First Amendment rights by, among other things, demanding that “expressive activities” be confined to the 1.34 percent of campus designated as a “free speech area.” Perhaps the most outrageous part of his experience is how common it is. The vague bans on “offensive” language and other “politically correct” measures that most people think of when they imagine college speech codes are increasingly being joined by quarantine policies that restrict all student speech, regardless of its content.

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USDA Suggests Changes to Grocery Stores to ‘Nudge’ Consumers to Eat Healthy

15th July 2014

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is suggesting major changes to grocery stores to “nudge” Americans to purchase healthier foods when they shop.

The agency commissioned an “expert panel” to make recommendations on how to guide the more than 47 million Americans on food stamps into spending their benefits on fruits and vegetables.

Sorry, but the only way to get them to eat fruits and vegetables is to give them fruits and vegetables rather than food stamps. As was seen with Michelle Obama’s Kale for Kiddies programs, very few Real People have the same foodie notions as the ruling class.

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Undocumented Journalist Jose Antonio Vargas Arrested At The Border

15th July 2014

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And about fargin’ time, too.

More here.

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Former CalPERS CEO Pleads Guilty, Admits to Taking Bribes

15th July 2014

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At a hearing in San Francisco federal court, Federico Buenrostro Jr., the former chief executive of the California Public Employees’ Retirement System, consented to the government’s filing of a new complaint that described his receipt of cash bribes from Alfred J.R. Villalobos, a former pension fund board member and former deputy mayor of Los Angeles.

Yet another corrupt Democrat. Quelle surprise.

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Is California Latino Legislative Caucus Breaking the Law by Denying Gop Lawmaker Membership?

15th July 2014

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When Republican Rocky Chávez was first elected to the California Assembly and took office in December 2012, he said that he inquired about joining the California Latino Legislative Caucus, a congressional group comprised of Democrats.

“When I didn’t get a response,” the former colonel in the U.S. Marine Corps recently told the Los Angeles Times. “I asked what the deal was and they said that I wouldn’t be allowed in. They do not allow Republicans to be part of the group.”

Rather direct proof that, like the Congressional Black Caucus in Washington, it’s just a front group for Democrat racial politics.

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The End of the Progressive Income Tax

13th July 2014

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Press reports now state that the U.S. tax code is more than 77,000 pages and growing at a rapid rate. Obviously, no one individual or even teams of lawyers and accountants can fully understand all of this, including people at the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). When laws are too complex and increasingly subjective in their interpretation, it inevitably leads to corruption. All but the willfully blind now understand that the IRS has both become corrupt and incompetent.

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Annals of Government Incompetence

13th July 2014

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In a neglected speech by Calvin Coolidge entitled “The Limitations of the Law,” given to the American Bar Association in 1922 (but not available online that I’ve been able to find), Coolidge offers the following observation on one of the inherent defects of the Progressive theory of the Administrative State:

Under this weight [of ever larger government] the former accuracy of administration breaks down.  The government has not at its disposal a supply of ability, honesty, and character necessary for the solution of all these problems, or an executive capacity great enough for their perfect administration.  Nor is it in possession of a wisdom which enables it to take in great enterprises and manage them with no ground of criticism.  We cannot rid ourselves of the human element in our affairs by an act of legislation which places them under a jurisdiction of a public commission. . .  Its attempt must be accompanied with the full expectation of very many failures. . .

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More IRS Smidgens Show Up.

13th July 2014

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In a stunning revelation this week, it was disclosed that former IRS official Lois Lerner told colleagues, “we need to be cautious about what we say in emails” and then proceeded to ask the IRS IT department, in an e-mail, “if [instant messaging] conversations were also searchable.” When she was told they were not, she e-mailed back, “Perfect.” This is a smoking gun e-mail in that it makes plain she had a cover-up in mind. There is no other plausible explanation.

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Student Data Tied to Common Core Off-Limits to Parents

13th July 2014

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As Watchdog Wire reported in late June, local Colorado school districts are collecting detailed educational and psychological data on their students for use by private companies and the federal government. Parents, however, are having a hard time getting their hands on their own children’s information.

Ft. Collins parent Cheri Kiesecker, for example, has written to the Colorado Department of Education (CDE), asking for her children’s data, but was told the CDE cannot share that data with parents.

“The Colorado Department of Education does not have a mechanism for verifying parent/guardian relationships to students — and the release of student information to an unauthorized entity would be a violation of Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA),” replied Dan Damagala, CDE’s CIO of Information Management Services.

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Nebraska Gov, Illinois Senator Say White House Sending Illegal Immigrant Children to Their States Without Notice

13th July 2014

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

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Taxpayers to Foot Bill for Starbucks’ ‘Free’ College Tuition Program

12th July 2014

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Starbucks’ recently announced partnership with Arizona State University to help its employees pay for an online degree will be funded by the taxpayer, rather than from the global coffee chain itself.

While it was billed as “free tuition” by some when the partnership was first announced, in reality ASU is offering Starbucks employees a reduced tuition rate, while the students are expected to cover the rest of the cost with federal student aid or from their own pockets.

The “scholarship” portion in the form of a discount is essentially funded by taxpayers, as the university is funded by public coffers.

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Thought for the Day

12th July 2014

Run for the border edition copy

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IRS Fines Marijuana Merchants for Refusing to Commit a Felony

12th July 2014

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State-licensed marijuana stores, which began serving recreational customers in Colorado at the beginning of the year and in Washington this week, are criminal enterprises under federal law. But as Al Capone could have told you, Uncle Sam still wants his cut: Selling marijuana is a felony, and so is failing to pay taxes on the money you earn by selling marijuana. The government does not make it easy to comply with federal tax laws, however. Section 280E of the Internal Revenue Code, for example, bars marijuana merchants from deducting standard business expenses (although they are, rather counterintuitively, allowed to deduct the “cost of goods sold,” including the cost of growing or obtaining marijuana). And when a business pays federal taxes withheld from employees’ paychecks, along with the employer’s share of payroll taxes, the Internal Revenue Service insists that it be done via the Electronic Federal Tax Payment System (EFTPS), which requires a bank account. Cannabusinesses have trouble obtaining bank accounts, what with being criminal enterprises under federal law. The IRS does not consider that a good excuse, so when marijuana merchants pay the monthly taxes in cash, they are charged a 10 percent penalty. That is how Allgreens, a Denver dispensary, ended up owing the IRS more than $20,000 in penalties.

Once again, tReason magazine airs its core philosophy that legal weed is a much more important issue than, oh, the government’s promotion of followers of an oppressive totalitarian ideology masquerading as a religion. In this case, however, they may have a point.

It’s not a rare thing for someone acquitted of a crime at the state level to be subject to double jeopardy by zealous prosecutors under some Federal ‘civil rights’ law. (‘Oh, that’s not real double jeopardy; it’s an entirely separate crime!’) This would appear to be a similar case where regulations (not law, regulations, which under the Imperial Presidency are even better than laws because they don’t have to go through that messy stuff with Congress) criminalize behavior that is in conformity with the law on a different level.

This is a classic situation in authoritarian states, in which doing something makes you a criminal and not doing the same thing also makes you a criminal. Our legal system is rapidly becoming such a system.

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Slow Deportation Process Luring More Illegals to U.S.

11th July 2014

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The Wall Street Journal found that “data from immigration courts, along with interviews with the children and their advocates, show that few minors are sent home and many are able to stay for years in the U.S., if not permanently.”

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

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IRS Employee Suspended for Pro-Obama Chants on Customer Service Line

11th July 2014

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According to an OSC press release announcing the settlement, “when fielding taxpayers’ questions on an IRS customer service help line, the employee repeatedly urged taxpayers to reelect President Obama in 2012 by delivering a chant based on the spelling of the employee’s last name.”

I predict that he will eventually be promoted. The Crust take care of their own.

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Liberals Go to the Barricades to Defend Crony Capitalism

10th July 2014

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There’s nothing like a good fight over corporate welfare to bring out the Left’s love of Big Business.

In the current battle over the Export-Import Bank, Democratic politicians and liberal journalists have dropped their populist pretenses and openly embraced the corporate-federal collusion that Ex-Im embodies.

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HHS Official: WH Prohibits Asking Immigration Status of Adults Who Pick Up Illegals From Detention Centers

10th July 2014

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The Obama administration is prohibiting anyone from asking for the immigration status of the parents or family members who are picking up illegal immigrant children from detention centers.

At a Senate hearing on Wednesday, Health and Human Services Acting Assistant Secretary for the Administration for Children and Families Mark Greenberg said that even if Obama administration officials knew illegal immigrant children were being released to other illegal immigrants, they would consider the “totality of the circumstances” and release the children to them.

But when pressed by Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK), Greenberg admitted, “We do not verify the immigration status of the individual.”

Better keep your hands off our potential new Democrat voters.

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Texas Town Votes to Ban Undocumented Immigrants

10th July 2014

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Residents of League City, Texas vote to ban undocumented immigrants from being housed within their city limits.

Of course, since this is NBD, an official Voice of the Crust, it’s ‘undocumented immigrants’ rather than the correct ‘illegal immigrants’ (‘Hey, those documents are in my other pants.’). But perhaps this is the start of a trend.

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Activists for a Stupider Tomorrow

9th July 2014

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Arizona State University, perennial favorite for “nation’s least prestigious school,” is showing America why: students can now earn extra credit in a Women and Gender Studies class for being female and not shaving their armpits. One student—whose parents no doubt consider this either $6,000 (in-state tuition) or $10,000 (if she’s out of state) a year well spent—called her 10 weeks of stubble cultivation a “life-changing experience.”

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Bus Shelters for the Poor, Trains for the Rich

9th July 2014

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Low-income residents of the Twin Cities can rest easy, as planners at the Metropolitan Council, the area’s regional planning agency, are proposing a regional transit equity plan. According to the Metropolitan Council’s press release, this equity plan consists of:

  1. Building 75 bus shelters and rebuilding 75 existing shelters “in areas of racially concentrated poverty”; and
  2. “Strengthen[ing] the transit service framework serving racially concentrated areas of poverty” by building bus-rapid transit and light-rail lines to the region’s wealthy suburbs.

Sounds about right for a Blue state metro area.

Bus shelters for the poor, light rail for the rich: that sounds equitable! Of course, the poor will be allowed to ride those light-rail trains (for example, if they travel to the suburbs to work as servants), but for the most part, the light rail is for the middle class.

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Florida Wins $7 Million for Wasting $47 Million in Food Stamp Funds

9th July 2014

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This year, the state’s Department of Children and Families managed to misspend only $47,829,887 in food stamp benefits. That’s out of almost $6 billion the state received from the federal government.

Nevertheless, Florida’s error rate of .81 percent is the second lowest in the nation, and only a slight dip from the previous year when the state received $8 million for having the lowest in the nation at 0.7 percent. Vermont had the highest waste rate at 9.66 percent, while the national average was 3.2 percent.

“This is the seventh year in a row that DCF’s improvements and accuracy in correctly processing food assistance applications has received accolades and bonus money from the federal government, totaling more than $54 million.”

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EPA Claims It Has the Power to Garnish Wages Without Court Approval

9th July 2014

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The Environmental Protection Agency has quietly claimed that it has the authority to unilaterally garnish the wages of individuals who have been accused of violating its rules.

According to The Washington Times, the agency announced the plan to enhance its purview last week in a notice in the Federal Register. The notice claimed that federal law allows the EPA to “garnish non-Federal wages to collect delinquent non-tax debts owed the United States without first obtaining a court order.”

The notice went on to say that the EPA had fast-tracked the new rule, enabling it to take effect September 2 unless the agency receives enough adverse public comments by August 1. The EPA said the rule was not subject to review because it was not a “significant regulatory action.”

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

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Congressional Committee Thinks It Shouldn’t Have to Answer the SEC’s Questions About Insider Trading

8th July 2014

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It’s common knowledge that insider trading is illegal. In fact, we have an entire government agency in place to regulate trading and to investigate insider trading allegations. Executives have been sentenced to months (sometimes even years) in plush, well-appointed hellholes for participating in insider trading.

Members of Congress, however, were exempt from insider trading rules until 2012. An 2011 expose by 60 Minutes let millions of Americans know that members of Congress had plenty of access to market-changing information and were acting on it.

In a rare (ha!) show of self-preservation, a united House full of Congresspersons facing reelection battles passed the STOCK Act, which basically made Congress and its staffers play by the same trading rules as every other American.

In 2013, with Congressional members safely re-elected, the House decided to roll back its previous legislative effort in order to get back into the insider trading business. It tore out the stipulation demanding disclosure of trading activity — the one thing citizens could use to verify adherence to the “no insider trading” rule — stating that these disclosures were a “security risk.” This sailed through with unanimous consent late on a Thursday afternoon (the end of the Congressional work week) and was signed by the President the following Monday.

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Feds Spent $430,608 to Get Mothers to Dance With Their Daughters

8th July 2014

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The National Institutes of Health (NIH) spent nearly $500,000 to study how getting mothers to dance with their daughters can fight obesity.

The three-year study is focusing on African-American girls, who the authors say “suffer disproportionately from obesity.” The aim of the research is to see whether “Afro-centric” dance can get girls to exercise.

For that money they could have sent them to Africa to learn the real thing.

Remind me how it’s the Federal government’s business to worry about whether people are obese…?

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Report: More Than Half of Central American Immigrants on Welfare

8th July 2014

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More than half of legal and illegal immigrant households from El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras are on at least one form of public assistance, according to an analysis of government data by a limited immigration group.

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Report: Increase in Underage Pregnant Women Crossing Border

8th July 2014

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As President Barack Obama considers unilaterally expanding his temporary amnesty program to the parents of illegal immigrants, federal officials have noticed an increase in pregnant unaccompanied youth under the age of 18 who are unlawfully crossing the U.S-Mexico border.

You’re never too young to have an ‘anchor baby’.

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Feds Now Running Full Time Transport Service for Illegal Aliens

8th July 2014

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So many illegal immigrants are swarming across the southern border that the federal government is now running a full time transportation service to take the aliens from the border to immigration centers throughout the southwest where they are often released without consequence.

The Associated Press reports that a “fleet of Border Patrol vans” and “government buses” now “spend each night idling on a Texas roadside, awaiting the latest arrivals.”

Tens of thousands of children, sometimes with a parent but often times alone, are illegally entering the US and then immediately turning themselves in to border patrol agents who, the aliens are told, will eventually release them and allow them to continue to their destination.

The AP reports that this is exactly what is happening.

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Leaked Documents: ‘Family Members’ Appearing ‘Several Times’ to Pick Up Illegal Immigrant Kids

8th July 2014

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Federal officials have noticed that adults claiming to be family members are appearing “several times” to pick up different unaccompanied children from Central America in various detention centers along the border.

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“Diversity” Trumps Honesty and the Rule of Law at UCLA.

8th July 2014

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

Proposition 209 requires that admission decisions at all public universities be race-neutral. Applicants must be evaluated on criteria such as grade-point averages and SAT scores. This sounds simple enough. Trouble is, the competition among applicants is so great at highly selective University of California campuses, and the qualifications of African-American and Latino applicants are so comparatively poor, that a purely meritocratic admission process would produce a disproportionately white and Asian entering class. The number of black students at UC’s most prestigious campuses declined each year after affirmative action was outlawed. In 2006, when the number of black students expected to enroll as freshmen at UCLA reached 96—20 fewer than the year before and a record low—demonstrations ensued. UCLA quickly adopted a “holistic” admission approach, pioneered at UC Berkeley, that included subjective assessments of applicants’ personal achievements or challenges.

In 2007, the year following the adoption of “holistic” review, UCLA doubled the number of blacks enrolled in its freshman class. Despite his conservative political views, Groseclose had somehow been selected to serve on the faculty-oversight committee for admissions, which gave him a ringside seat from which to observe the shenanigans, until he resigned in protest in August 2008. Based on his observations on the committee and his subsequent independent review of applicant data—obtained with the assistance of UCLA law professor Richard Sander, co-author, with Stuart Taylor, of Mismatch: How Affirmative Action Hurts Students It’s Intended to Help and Why Universities Won’t Admit It—Groseclose concluded that UCLA administrators were circumventing Proposition 209 to favor black applicants. The mechanism they used to do this was a “second-chance” review built into the “holistic” process. Administrators submitted a disproportionate number of African-American applicants to the second-chance pool and then granted them admission at three times the rate of admission for Asians in the same category. Ironically, the “holistic” process did not result in the admission of more socio-economically disadvantaged students. UCLA’s subterfuge was designed to increase the number of black students, period. This had the perverse effect of reducing the number of more disadvantaged Latinos and Asians.

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Selling Obamacare

8th July 2014

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The amount of taxpayer money involved is unprecedented. “Obamacare seems due to join Social Security and Medicare in one respect: as a public policy advertising phenom, a program that is reviled and perhaps eventually revered in political advertising for billions of dollars in ad spending to come,” Elizabeth Wilner, vice president for strategic initiatives at Campaign Media Analysis Group (CMAG), wrote in a press release last year.

Such government P.R. campaigns have become a regrettable staple of American politics, since the default attitude among those in power is that propaganda is only bad when the other guy does it. When the Bush administration got caught violating a statutory ban on “covert propaganda” by passing off fake news reports to local TV stations and paying a columnist hundreds of thousands of dollars to promote the “No Child Left Behind” law, Democrats were justly outraged. And yet, these days Democrats are untroubled that their own campaign to sell Obamacare is taking government propaganda to new heights-and depths.

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U. of South Carolina President Violates State Law

8th July 2014

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It’s state law: all public universities must teach about the nation’s founding documents, but University of South Carolina President Harris Pastides is refusing to follow it. He says teaching about the Constitution and other founding-era writings is “archaic.” Ironically, the college claims the law itself is unconstitutional. The Daily Signal reports:

When asked about this by a student at an academic forum in 2013, the vice provost of USC, Dr. Helen Doerpinghaus, claimed that while the university did not follow the letter of the law, it did follow the “spirit of the law” by handing out pocket-sized Constitutions on Constitution Day. Under this logic, the university must believe it could teach students chemistry by handing out a copy of the Periodic Table on World Science Day on Nov. 10.

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More Companies Bail on U.S. for Lower Taxes

8th July 2014

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Lawmakers and regulators have tightened the requirements over the years after high-profile companies like Fruit of the Loom, Seagate and Tyco shifted some or all of their business to places like the Cayman Islands and Bermuda.

But with the trend seemingly on the rise, some say it is time for yet more stringent requirements. Among them is Rep. Sander Levin, a senior Democrat whose office distributed the CMS report.

Note that the response of Crustian legislators is to pass laws making it more difficult, not reforming the tax system. Show where their priorities lie.

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New TSA Security Could Cause Air Travel Confusion

8th July 2014

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

Last week Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson directed the Transportation Security Administration to implement enhanced security at certain foreign airports operating direct flights to the U.S. In a statement released on Sunday, the TSA added that travelers may be asked to power up some devices, such as cellphones, warning that powerless devices will not be allowed onboard the aircraft.

A spokesman for the Department for Transport told FoxNews.com that, at the moment, it is not discussing the specific logistics of the security checks. Its website offered a little more information, urging air travelers to the U.S. to ensure that their electronic devices are charged before they travel. “If your device doesn’t switch on, you won’t be allowed to bring it onto the aircraft,” it warned.

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Lines Drawn at California Town in Immigration Fight

8th July 2014

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Protesters and illegal immigrant supporters have drawn battle lines once again in Murrieta, the California city where angry residents last week turned back busloads of border crossers.

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‘Remember when Democrats thought Hispanic kids should be returned to their parents?’

7th July 2014

The bluebird of bitterness takes a walk down memory lane.

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The #BorderInvasion – The War Of The Worlds

7th July 2014

Bob Belvedere connects the dots.

After reading each of the reports on the state of affairs at our Southern Border, this phrase always resonates in my head:

—He is at this time transporting large Armies of foreign Mercenaries to compleat the works of death, desolation and tyranny, already begun with circumstances of Cruelty & perfidy scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous ages, and totally unworthy the Head of a civilized nation

No one in his or her right mind believes that these illegals will become anything but servants of the Democratic Party, dependents on the burgeoning Leftist Plantation who will vote and protest and riot when they are told to by their Masters — all except those who are committed to Jihad, of course — in other words: Mercenaries of the Left In America.

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TSA Will Now Block Dead Devices at Some Airports

7th July 2014

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Coming soon to a Security Theater near you.

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The F-35 Fighter Jet Is an Historic $1 Trillion Disaster

5th July 2014

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The Air Force temporarily suspended all F-35 flights after one of the planes caught on fire before takeoff at Eglin Air Force Base in Florida. Even if the plane does debut later this month, it still has some serious issues, and a long way to go before it can be rolled out for combat missions. Already, the plane is expected to be delayed for over a year beyond its projected mid-2015 delivery date.

Despite this, it’s not likely that the F-35 will ever be scrapped. As we reported back in November of 2012, there are simply too many countries that have invested time and money into the program.

It is, quite literally, an aircraft that is “too big to fail” despite facing lifetime operating costs for the U.S. Fleet of $1 trillion, and cost overruns of $167 billion before a single plane has flown a single mission.

Pierre Sprey, who designed the A-10 and F-16, agrees.

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Government Union Membership Climbs While Private Membership Declines

5th July 2014

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A majority of union members today now have ties to a government entity, at the federal, state or local levels.

Roughly 1-in-3 public sector workers is a union member, compared with about 1-in-15 for the private sector workforce, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Overall, 11.3 percent of wage and salary workers in the United States are unionized, down from a peak of 35 percent during the mid-1950s in the strong post-World War II recovery.

The typical union worker now is more likely to be an educator, office worker or food or service industry employee rather than a construction worker, autoworker, electrician or mechanic. Far more women than men are among the union-label ranks.

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