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‘Blue Alert’ Bill, Signed With Fanfare, Now Stalled in Justice Department

31st August 2016

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The Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu National Blue Alert Act of 2015 established a nationwide system to give police an early warning of threats against police officers, similar to Amber Alerts for missing children. The law sped through Congress — where it passed both chambers by a voice vote — after two New York City police officers were shot and killed in an ambush attack in 2014.

In a separate statement to USA TODAY, the Justice Department said it took more than a year to determine which office would be responsible for implementing the law.

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Reverse Voxsplaining: Drugs vs. Chairs

30th August 2016

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The problem with the pharmaceutical industry isn’t that they’re unregulated just like chairs and mugs. The problem with the pharmaceutical industry is that they’re part of a highly-regulated cronyist system that works completely differently from chairs and mugs.

If a chair company decided to charge $300 for their chairs, somebody else would set up a woodshop, sell their chairs for $250, and make a killing – and so on until chairs cost normal-chair-prices again. When Mylan decided to sell EpiPens for $300, in any normal system somebody would have made their own EpiPens and sold them for less. It wouldn’t have been hard. Its active ingredient, epinephrine, is off-patent, was being synthesized as early as 1906, and costs about ten cents per EpiPen-load.

Why don’t they? They keep trying, and the FDA keeps refusing to approve them for human use. For example, in 2009, a group called Teva Pharmaceuticals announced a plan to sell their own EpiPens in the US. The makers of the original EpiPen sued them, saying that they had patented the idea epinephrine-injecting devices. Teva successfully fended off the challenge and brought its product to the FDA, which rejected it because of “certain major deficiencies”. As far as I know, nobody has ever publicly said what the problem was – we can only hope they at least told Teva.

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The US Navy to Spend Millions Ditching Its Blue Camo Uniforms

30th August 2016

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“The Navy ‘blueberries’ – I don’t know what the name is, that’s what sailors call them – the great camouflage it gives is if you fall overboard,” Navy Secretary Ray Mabus told reporters in 2013.

They tried this silliness under Zumwalt, and eventually went back to the old uniforms. No telling how long it will take them to wake up from this one.

Other complaints about the NWU Type I include that it’s heavy and melts easily when exposed to heat.

This is why uniforms were traditionally of natural fibers, like cotton and wool. Sometimes the old ways are best.

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ObamaCare Coverage Options Disappearing Across Country, Report Finds

30th August 2016

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

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Cops Trash Home in 10-Hour Standoff With Dog

29th August 2016

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While the problem is sometimes that police barge in without a warrant, here it was kind of the opposite: the tenant had not only given them permission to go in to look for her ex-boyfriend, she had actually given them the keys. But instead of just using them, they called out the SWAT team and softened the place up for half a day before smashing in about midnight.

The dog they found in a back bedroom was arrested without incident.

Apparently some cops watch too much television.

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EPA Reports ANOTHER Mine Waste Spill At Gold King Mine

26th August 2016

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Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) officials admitted mine waste leaked from a water treatment plant near the scene of last year’s Gold King Mine blowout.

Democrats investigating Democrats: Nobody will get fired, nobody will go to jail.

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Judges Give ‘Defacto Amnesty’ to 1/3 Of Illegals Charged With Crimes

26th August 2016

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The judges released 32.9 percent of 5,530 illegal aliens charged with crimes since Oct. 1, 2015. That’s the highest percentage since at least 1998, according to Executive Office of Immigration Review data obtained under the Freedom of Information Act by Syracuse University’s Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC).

“They’re not giving them a legal status, but they’re letting them stay,” Jessica Vaughan, director of policy studies for the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS), told The Daily Caller News Foundation. “So it’s like a de facto amnesty.”

If an immigration judge decides not to order a person’s deportation, the illegal immigrant may stay in the U.S. after serving any prison time determined in a criminal court.

Laws that are not enforced are no longer laws, just literature.

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Store Allegedly Let Food Stamps Users Buy MILLIONS in Bongs, Pipes

26th August 2016

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I believe it was one of the Fabulous Furry Freak Brothers who said ‘Dope will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no dope.’

Perhaps this is government policy now.

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Assange: Hillary Has ‘Elite Immunity’ Shielding Her From Prosecution

26th August 2016

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Appearing on Fox News’s “Fox & Friends,” Assange was asked “how high does the corruption go in DC… is that why [Clinton] is untouchable” to which he replied, “Depending on how you defy corruption all the way to the top, obviously.”

I mean, no surprise to say that,” Assange added. “What’s happening is a form of elite immunity. Now, Hillary Clinton, her administration with Obama, has prosecuted more journalists and journalist sources including us and our alleged sources all under the Espionage Act, than all previous presidents combined.”

Looks as if Assange has committed the crime of Noticing. Bad boy!

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Bay Area Politicians Strangling the Region’s Key Industry

26th August 2016

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Enter San Francisco, where officials often don’t play by the normal economic rules. No metropolitan area is more closely identified with the burgeoning high-tech economy than the Bay Area. Yet in June, three of the city’s 11 supervisors proposed a 1.5-percent payroll tax that would be imposed specifically on technology companies that earn $1 million in gross receipts.

This “tech tax” was designed to raise money to battle the city’s homeless problem. But the economic rationale was epitomized in a statement by the bill’s author, Supervisor Eric Mar: “The rapid tech boom in our city and region threatens our city’s ability to thrive and prosper,” he said, in a Guardian report. “Five years after the boom, it’s time for San Francisco to ask the tech companies to pay their fair share.”

Just to make it fair, we’re going to make sure that everybody in the race who can run more than 10 miles per hour has to carry a crippled person on his back.

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Consumers in 17 States Face Double-Digit Rate Hikes Under Obamacare

26th August 2016

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And the shits just keep on comin’.

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As Cholera Ravaged Haiti, UN Peacekeepers Around the World Made a Mess

26th August 2016

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United Nations peacekeeping missions around the world for years poured untreated or untested sewage into public waters or agricultural lands in some of the most ravaged countries they protect, failed to dispose safely of wastewater, sewage and garbage, and only sporadically kept the environmental safety and sanitation records that missions are supposed to report regularly for themselves and for U.N. headquarters.

The tally of negligence, disorganization, bureaucratic inertia and lack of accountability on sanitary and environmental issues — as peacekeepers struggle to operate in extremely difficult and violent circumstances — is itemized in more than a half-dozen audit reports by the U.N.’s watchdog Office of Internal Oversight Services (OIOS), most of them published in the past 14 months.

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Fight For $15 Meets Reality: D.C. Restaurants Lost 1,400 Jobs During First Half of 2016

25th August 2016

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Saw that comin’.

If it’s going to take the destruction of a political unit’s economy to bring these idiots back to reality, better it be D.C. than real people.

 

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Black Lives Matter Has Officially Cost Mizzou 2100 Students

25th August 2016

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The big enrollment drop at MU has been brewing for months, but finally became a reality this week with the start of fall term on campus. MU’s freshman class this year has some 4,799 students, a drop of over 1,400 from last year, when freshmen numbered 6,211. Overall enrollment is down by over 2,200, a drop of about 7 percent, according to preliminary numbers released by the school.

The decline is wreaking havoc on the school’s budget, which has a hole of about $30 million. To contain costs and reflect its shrinking population, the school has already shuttered several dormitories.

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The US Government Has Given 1.4 Million Guns to Iraq and Afghanistan

24th August 2016

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And as a result there are fewer murderous Muslims in the world.

Would that every government expenditure brought such a return on investment.

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From a Course on Miley Cyrus to ‘Identity-Based Housing,’ Examples of Lunacy on College Campuses

24th August 2016

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And it is supremely important that every child get a college degree for free at taxpayer expense because it just is.

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Los Angeles VA Hospital Lost 30 Cars, Then Fired Worker Who Reported It

24th August 2016

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No good deed goes unpunished, especially when you work for the government.

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Report: Deficit Will Be Much Higher Than Initially Projected for 2016

23rd August 2016

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The federal deficit will be a whopping $56 billion more than initially anticipated, coming in at $590 billion by the end of the 2016 fiscal year.

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

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5 States, Nearly 700 Counties Don’t See ‘Choice and Competition’ Promised by Obamacare

23rd August 2016

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Five states will be down to just one health insurer on the Obamacare marketplace next year, and consumers in 664 counties are projected to face that same situation under a law sold as providing “choice and competition.”

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

Obamacare: The gift that keeps on shivving.

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Obamacare Leaves Many With Fewer Choices and Higher Prices

23rd August 2016

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Government involvement in anything always leaves people with fewer choices and higher prices. History is unanimous on that.

You’d think that people would learn that — but you’d be wrong.

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Fox News Referenced in Order to Edit State Department Video

23rd August 2016

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An investigation by the State Department’s top attorney has found that the official who ordered the censorship of a 2013 press briefing — deleting an exchange between a department spokeswoman and a Fox News reporter — specifically mentioned that exchange when ordering the doctoring of the video.

They know who their friends are … and who they aren’t.

That fact, buried in a new report prepared by the department’s Office of the Legal Adviser, was ignored in the report’s own conclusions about why the incident occurred, and conflicted with public statements about the report made by State Department spokesman John Kirby.

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

Kirby explained Thursday that a technician in the department’s Bureau of Public Affairs recalled receiving a telephone call from a female superior back in December 2013, ordering the editing of the video. The legal adviser’s report said that while the technician “did not believe” the call had come from Psaki, the technician was otherwise unable to remember the identity of the superior.

How … convenient.

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New Massachusetts Tax Takes Money From Uber to Fund Failing Taxi Companies

22nd August 2016

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Massachusetts is, of course, run by Democrats. (Yeah, they elect a Republican governor every now and then, but that’s just for fun.)

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Federal Judge Blocks Obama’s Transgender Bathroom Policy

22nd August 2016

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A U.S. District Court judge on Sunday blocked the Obama administration from implementing new rules aimed at allowing transgender students to use bathrooms and locker rooms of their choice.

The ruling, by Judge Reed O’Connor of Fort Worth, Texas, is a win for the 13 states that had sought to prevent the administration’s directives from taking effect. It comes a month after the Supreme Court blocked a lower court order allowing a student in Virginia to use the boys’ bathroom during the upcoming school year.

In his 38-page ruling, O’Connor found the Obama administration had failed to follow the Administrative Procedures Act, which requires the federal government to allow for comments on new proposed rules. O’Connor did not rule on the constitutionality of the directive itself.

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Obama Strips Down NASA Probe of Jupiter’s Moon to Pay for More Global Warming Research

22nd August 2016

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It’s all about passing on money to people who will vote for your party and, more important, contribute to Democrat campaigns.

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Her Health Plan Was $257 a Month. Now Her Obamacare Plan Could Be $650 a Month.

20th August 2016

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That’s why they called it the Affordable Care Act, because legislation is always called the opposite of what it really does.

Don’t believe me? Look at the Department of Education, which has never successfully educated one person since it was founded.

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Mandated Biofuels = More Greenhouse Gases

19th August 2016

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But you knew that.

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UN Admits It Accidentally Killed Thousands Of People, Won’t Pay Reparations

19th August 2016

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After six years, the United Nations has finally admitted it deserves at least some blame for the death of thousands of Hatians in a 2010 cholera epidemic.

Despite the admission, the U.N. says it deserves no legal liability for the deaths, and will continue to avoid making reparations.

Remind me why we have a United Nations? Seems as if everything they touch turns to shit.

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Thought for the Day

19th August 2016

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Judges Nixed DHS Bids to Deport Illegals 100,000 Times: Report

19th August 2016

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Immigration judges around the country are denying the Department of Homeland Security’s attempts to deport illegal immigrants in record numbers, according to a new report.

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BIAS ALERT: Media That Ripped Bush on Katrina Ignores Obama on La. Flooding

19th August 2016

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President George W. Bush was torn to shreds in 2005 by mainstream media commentators for his initial response to Hurricane Katrina – yet President Obama’s detached response to the recent Louisiana floods has been met with resounding silence from those same outlets.

Hey, there’s important golfing to be done.

 

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Govt Spends $100K to Figure Out Why Black People Don’t Go to Parks

17th August 2016

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What business is that of the government?

“Of the many challenges facing the NPS in the 21st century, the lack of ethnic and racial diversity among the visiting population may be the most critical,” the NPS said in a grant announcement posted on the government’s grant website Wednesday.

Perhaps without ‘ethnic and racial diversity’ we’ll have more forest fires? This makes no sense.

White people are twice as likely to visit parks as black people, the document states. Park visitors are predominately white, and minorities make up only 22 percent of park visitors, even though minorities make up 37 percent of the U.S. population, according to research conducted by the NPS in 2008 and 2009.

Maybe the don’t like tramping around in the woods. Maybe somebody ought to ask some black people and find out why they’re not conforming to the SWPL ideal.

U.S. parks reflect America’s racist roots, according to KangJae Lee, assistant teaching professor at the University of Missouri.

There you have it. Blacks don’t go tramping around in the woods because white people are racist. It’s all clear to me now.

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Stealing Money From Travelers: How the DEA Can Search, Seize, and Profit Without a Warrant

17th August 2016

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I solve this problem by not traveling. That might not work for everybody.

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Feds Holding Summits for Lesbian Farmers

17th August 2016

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Because we really don’t have enough lesbian farmers in this country, don’t you know.

The agency is working with singer and LGBT activist Cyndi Lauper for a “day of conversation” about the struggles of gay and transgender individuals in rural America. The agency says its wants to change the perception of what it means to be a farmer in America away from the “white, rich male.”

At your expense, of course. No doubt you missed the part of the Constitution where that was one of the delegated powers to the Federal government.

“The Office of the Assistant Secretary of Civil Rights, in collaboration with the National Center for Lesbian Rights and The True Colors Fund, will engage with LGBT rural communities across the country to host the LGBT Rural Summit Series,” the USDA said. “Each series will offer a unique opportunity for USDA and other federal agencies to share information relating to policies, programs, and services that exist to protect, promote and strengthen LGBT rural communities.”

I am not making this up.

“Contrary to widely held myths that the LGBT community is largely living in affluent metropolitan areas, studies show a very different and more realistic picture of the LGBT community,” the USDA said. “For a number of reasons, many people in the LGBT community choose to live, work, and raise their families in the rural communities that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is proud to serve.”

Perhaps that’s because ‘affluent metropolitan areas’ are behavioral sinks in which no rational adult would want to live or raise kids.

The agency said nearly 10 percent of all same-sex couples in the United States live in rural areas and are “actually more likely to be families of color and raising children.”

How microscopic a part of the population is represented by 10% of an already negligible portion of the population is left as an exercise for the reader. But no victim class is too small to be ignored by the people spending YOUR tax money.

“We are trying very hard to change people’s mindsets,” Davis said. “When [people] hear ‘rural America,’ I don’t want them to think that means one type of person: a white, rich male.”

Although ‘progressives’ and the Drive-By Media expend millions of dollars every year pounding that message into people’s brains.

“You do have gay farmers who are growing your food,” said Marcus Hollan. “You have lesbian agricultural teachers in your high schools and your colleges teaching youth. It’s time we start recognizing them but also celebrating them.”

That’s like recognizing and celebrating the Zika virus. The zombies have taken over the police department.

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US Attorney Planned Partisan Party for Democratic Candidate

17th August 2016

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“Santelle’s actions exhibit a disregard for safeguarding the department’s role as a non-partisan institution,” the IG said. “Santelle’s deliberate indifference to the effect his actions could have on the U.S. Attorney’s Office was particularly concerning, given that he was a 30-year career employee and the recipient of clear and repeated guidance from the department on such matters.”

Santelle retired from the DOJ in July, 2015, during the IG’s probe of his political activity and his alleged misuse of a government credit card. No charges have been filed against him and he has not received other employment-related penalties.

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

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Obamacare Is Collapsing, But Democrats Don’t Mind

17th August 2016

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Notably missing from the current discussion of Obamacare is any sign of disappointment, let alone panic, from the Democrats. The ACA was supposed to be Barack Obama’s signature legislative achievement. Doesn’t he care that the program that bears his name is falling apart? Seemingly not.

Likewise with Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid, and the other Democrats who pushed Obamacare through Congress without a single Republican vote. Pretty much everything they said about the ACA has been proved wrong. Do they mind? They don’t appear to.

Democrats don’t expect to be punished for inflicting an expensive, failed program on the American people. Instead, they believe they will be rewarded. As Obamacare continues its slow-motion collapse, they will shift to Plan B. “We tried the market-based approach,” they will say, “and it didn’t work. Now there is only one alternative left: single payer health coverage.” At that point, with the government already dominating health care through Medicare, Medicaid and Obamacare, and with genuinely free and private health care a dwindling remnant of the industry, they think the road to socialized medicine, the holy grail of modern leftism, will be open.

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University to Females: Transgenders Can Use Your Bathroom, Don’t ‘Gender Police’ If a Man Comes In

16th August 2016

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So much for ‘safe spaces’.

Well, girls, you wanted ‘diversity’, and you’re getting it, good and hard.

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With New Navajo Nation Lawsuit, EPA Faces More Pressure Over Gold King Mine Spill

16th August 2016

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One year has passed since the Environmental Protection Agency caused a discharge of 3 million gallons of toxic water into the Animas River, and no one has been held accountable, although private parties have been criminally prosecuted under similar circumstances in the past.

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

The Navajo Nation’s lawsuit claims that the EPA “failed to prepare for known risks of a mine blowout;” that workers for the EPA “‘recklessly’ burrowed into the Gold King Mine;” and that the agency has responded to the nation’s requests to provide compensation for the economic and environmental harms of the spill “with resistance, delays, and second-guessing.”

The EPA commissioned a report on the spill from the Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Reclamation, which was released last October. That report stated that an EPA backhoe operator hit a spring, causing the spill, but the report did not say who was responsible or why that happened.

Of course not.

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Obama Spends $14 Million to Retrain Laid-Off Coal Miners for Lower Paying Jobs

16th August 2016

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Gee, thanks, Barry. Well, at least it’s better than the nothing that Hillary plans to give them.

Obama administration efforts to train laid-off coal miners and their spouses for the “jobs of the future” are turning out to be somewhat of a double-edged sword.

A new report by the Cleveland Federal Reserve Bank found some coal miners have successfully gotten jobs in other industries, but the report also hints that those re-employed miners are making way less than before.

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Govt Funds a $50,400 Book on Human-Tree Relationships

16th August 2016

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I’ll bet you thought that knothole was just there by accident, didn’t you.

NEH announced a total of $79 million in grants to humanities programs across the country this year. “Through films, original research, and new intellectual insights, our grants strengthen the nation’s cultural fabric and identity,” William D. Adams, chairman of NEH, said in the grant announcement.

Or, alternatively, they just waste shitloads of YOUR money.

We report, you decide.

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Police Can Use a Legal Grey Area to Rob Anyone of Their Belongings

16th August 2016

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When officers categorize wallets or cellphones as evidence, getting them back can be nearly impossible—even if the owner isn’t charged with a crime.

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Aetna to Drop Some Affordable Care Act Markets

16th August 2016

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Aetna Inc. will withdraw from 11 of the 15 states where it currently offers plans through the Affordable Care Act exchanges, becoming the latest of the major national health insurers to pull back sharply from the law’s signature marketplaces after steep financial losses.

Aetna’s move will sharpen concerns about competitive options in the exchanges—and it puts at least one county, Pinal in Arizona, at risk of having no insurers offering exchange plans in 2017, a circumstance that would present a major challenge to the basic mechanics of the ACA.

The law mandates that most people acquire health coverage, and offers subsidies to lower-income consumers who don’t qualify for Medicaid. To obtain the subsidies, though, people are supposed to purchase their plans through ACA exchanges.

Stephen Briggs, a spokesman for Arizona’s state insurance regulator, said the state currently has no insurers that have filed to offer exchange plans in Pinal, a county in the Phoenix area. “It’s a concern for us,” he said, but the regulator doesn’t “have any legal leverage to compel anyone to offer a plan.” However, the regulator is speaking to other insurers about offering exchange plans in Pinal, he said, and “circumstances could change.”

Obamacare — the gift that keeps on shivving.

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House Republicans Detail Perjury Allegations Against Clinton

16th August 2016

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House Republicans have detailed perjury allegations against Hillary Clinton, citing the apparent conflict between her 2015 congressional testimony about her email practices and the FBI’s conclusions announced in July, according to a letter to the US Attorney for the District of Columbia.

“The four pieces of sworn testimony by Secretary Clinton described herein are incompatible with the FBI’s findings,”  House Oversight Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, and Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., wrote to US Attorney Channing D. Phillips. “We hope this information is helpful to your office’s consideration of our referral.”

That is just so cute.

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DC Teachers Outraged Walmart Wants to Help Them

15th August 2016

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Walmart is currently running an election-themed back-to-school promotion in which students can nominate their teacher to be a “commander-in-teach.” Winners of the contest will receive $490 to pay for school supplies in their classroom.

And that has the Washington Teachers’ Union (WTU) irate. The union, which represents over 5,000 current and former teachers in D.C., says that it’s wrong for Walmart to help teachers when members of the Walton family have also donated money to support charter schools.

Fine. Don’t take the money. But don’t pretend that you’re working for the students.

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Milwaukee Burns, Louisiana Floods, Obama Golfs

15th August 2016

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Message: He cares.

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Transit Versus Self-Driving Cars

15th August 2016

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Two years ago, the Antiplanner predicted that self-driving cars would put most transit agencies out of business. So it’s not surprising to see push-back against self-driving cars from transit supporters. What’s surprising is that it took so long.

Entrenched public transit bureaucracies (and unions) resisting technological change that empowers individuals? Who could have seen that coming?

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Daylight Saving Time May Be No More in California

15th August 2016

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Good. It’s a stupid idea, and a prime example of how government inconveniences everybody in order to favor a special interest lobby.

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Saturday Was Another Deadly Day in Chicago — 5 Killed, 18 Wounded

14th August 2016

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Thank God for those strict gun control laws, or the place would be another Texas.

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TSA Airport Screeners’ Ability to Detect Weapons Declared “Pitiful”

14th August 2016

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

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How to Avoid Going to Jail under 18 U.S.C. Section 1001 for Lying to Government Agents

14th August 2016

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Even in our age of ever expanding federal power, the breadth of this statute (and the discretion it lodges in prosecutors) is awesome. Congress has regulated so many areas of our lives and federalized so many functions that the reach of Section 1001 is virtually boundless. This is what caused many federal courts to create an “exculpatory no” doctrine, holding that falsely answering “no” to an inquiry from a federal agent was, standing alone, not a crime under Section 1001. In 1998, however, the United States Supreme Court rejected this doctrine (as being inconsistent with legislative intent) in Brogan v. United States , 522 U.S. 398, 805 (1998). Thus, the only avenue for reform with respect to Section 1001 is in Congress, where politicians seldom get brownie points for narrowing the reach of federal criminal statutes.

Two words: Martha Stewart. So zip it.

It may be true that most federal agents and prosecutors are decent people who would not intentionally abuse Section 1001. Moreover, it is very important from a law enforcement perspective for federal agents to be able to informally question witnesses during the initial stages of an investigation. And certainly citizens are under no obligation to speak to a law enforcement agent in the first place, although, as shown below, it is essential to learn how to decline to speak to government officers. But power corrupts, and the potential for abuse of this statute is great, especially during periods of public outcry over corporate and other white-collar crimes. When we reflect upon how many petty rules and regulations get broken and how many white lies are told during the course of an average American business day, it is apparent that Section 1001 can easily be applied and misapplied to normally upstanding folk.

If power can be abused, it will be abused. Don’t volunteer to be the victim.

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TSA’s Porous Security Confiscates Replica 3D Gun — Lets Real Ones Go Through

13th August 2016

Read it.

Security theater at your expense.

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