OVERSIGHT ARCHIVE, JAN-JUN 2013
OVERSIGHT ARCHIVE, JAN-JUN 2013
NEWS YOU MIGHT NOT HAVE GLEANED FROM THE MAIN STREAM MEDIA
IF YOU LIKE YOUR TEA PARTY YOU CAN KEEP YOUR TEA PARTY•
Compiled by Ed. Wolff – Updated November 17, 2013
As more recent OVERSIGHT posts preempt older posts, those older posts are moved here to serve as a searchable resource.
Please send any comments you have to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The people involved in the oversight activities and the initials used to identify their contributions are:
Joe Burge – J.B.; Marion Frank – M.F.; Mickey Gallagher – M.G.; Barbara, Mel Grossman – B.M.G.; Sally Schmiedl – S.S.; Carol Wagner – C.W.
This report does not represent any official positions of the Palm Beach County Tea Party
For Later Posts Go to OVERSIGHT.
The more recent archived information, reported first, includes:
Fed’s Vow To End QE May Run Aground On Economic Reality
. Federal Reserve Chief Ben Bernanke says the central bank is getting ready to end its experiment in quantitative easing, perhaps beginning as early as September. To which we say: good riddance. Financial markets plunged and interest rates spiked after Bernanke all but announced he’ll begin tapering the Fed’s $85 billion a month debt-buying binge, or “quantitative easing.”
. Based on other Fed comments, the central bank wants to “moderate the monthly pace of purchases” of U.S. Treasury and agency debt to about $65 billion a month starting in September. That’s a net loss of $20 billion a month in Fed “stimulus.”And the stimulus, we’re told, might end entirely next year if, as expected, unemployment drops below 7%. This isn’t a bad thing. True, the Fed’s quantitative easing (QE) and zero-interest-rate policies have been the only game in town, but they’ve also distorted markets, making it harder for investors, homeowners and entrepreneurs to make rational economic decisions
World Food Prize, GMO Crops and An End To Hunger
. The winners of the 2013 World Food Prize are sure to upset the anti-science political left. All are in the biotech field and one works at Monsanto, a multinational corporation and maker of genetically modified crops. Biotech scientists Marc Van Montagu of Belgium, Mary-Dell Chilton and fellow American Robert Fraley, an executive vice president, chief technology officer and scientist at the oft-demonized Monsanto Co., are this year’s winners. Like all previous recipients, they were chosen based on their having “advanced human development by increasing the quality, quantity or availability of food in the world,” says the World Food Prize Foundation.
Chicago Teachers Union Prez Blames ‘Rich White People’
. The president of the Chicago Teachers Union charges that racism and “rich white people” are to blame for the immense financial and educational crisis facing the Chicago Public Schools. Tbe Chicago Public Schools (CPS) represent everything that is wrong with public education in America. They are in thrall to the unions that run the system and bankrupt it through bloated salaries and pensions while too many of the students trapped inside graduate as functional illiterates, if they graduate at all.
Florida leads nation in vacated foreclosures — and it’s not even close
. Florida has more vacant homes in foreclosure than any other state in the nation, easily beating out other large states with troubled housing markets, according to a report released Thursday by RealtyTrac, a California company that tracks distressed properties. There are 55,503 housing units in foreclosure in Florida that are vacant. That’s 33 percent of the 167,680 vacated foreclosures in the country. Florida’s vacated foreclosures are more than the next five highest states combined — Illinois, California, Ohio, New York and New Jersey. The vacated properties are a drag on property values because many are left neglected, although some cities in Florida have passed ordinances requiring banks to pay for the upkeep of foreclosed homes.
Obama Unleashes ‘Insider Threat Program’
. Even before a former U.S. intelligence contractor exposed the secret collection of Americans’ phone records, the Obama administration was pressing a government-wide crackdown on security threats that requires federal employees to keep closer tabs on their co-workers and exhorts managers to punish those who fail to report their suspicions. President Barack Obama’s unprecedented initiative, known as the Insider Threat Program, is sweeping in its reach. It has received scant public attention even though it extends beyond the U.S. national security bureaucracies to most federal departments and agencies nationwide, including the Peace Corps, the Social Security Administration and the Education and Agriculture departments. It emphasizes leaks of classified material, but catchall definitions of “insider threat” give agencies latitude to pursue and penalize a range of other conduct.
. Government documents reviewed by McClatchy illustrate how some agencies are using that latitude to pursue unauthorized disclosures of any information, not just classified material. They also show how millions of federal employees and contractors must watch for “high-risk persons or behaviors” among co-workers and could face penalties, including criminal charges, for failing to report them. Leaks to the media are equated with espionage.
FBI Hides Drone Details
. The FBI has received clearance from federal aviation officials to conduct drone surveillance operations in the United States on at least four occasions since 2010, according to public records and U.S. officials. The FBI began seeking permission in 2009 from the Federal Aviation Administration to fly drones domestically and received authorization for its first operations a year later, according to documents released Thursday by the FAA.
. The documents provide virtually no detail on where the FBI has operated drones in U.S. airspace, for what purpose or how long the missions lasted. But they shed some additional light on the origins and extent of the FBI’s secretive drone program, which FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III revealed Wednesday in Senate testimony. Mueller told the Senate Judiciary Committee that the FBI uses drones “in a very, very minimal way and very seldom.” He gave no other details, except to say that the agency has “very few” drones and “that our footprint is very small.” The FBI, he added, is working to develop privacy-protection guidelines, a major concern for lawmakers who worry that drones could be used by the government or private companies to revolutionize spying in the United States.
Democrats Aren’t The Only Problem
. Many conservatives believe the tipping point has tipped – that a majority of Americans are either ill-informed, uneducated, delusional, foolish, feel entitled or are just plain lazy to the point where they will continue to vote for the Party or candidate they feel will give them more and more free stuff. Young kids espousing socialism over capitalism; rich liberals with their guilt and hypocrisy about how and why we got where we are; minority groups who have been convinced they’ll never survive without help from the government; and rabid, single issue pro-abortion voters have been organized and motivated to keep the Federal pig trough flowing.
. But it wasn’t without the help of Republicans. Remember it was not that long ago that George W. Bush was in the White House with a Republican majority in both the House and the Senate. Did they eliminate the departments of Education, Energy, Agriculture, anything? How about the budget – was it cut? Did we reduce the deficit, even when you put the cost of the wars aside, did we do anything about spending or reforming entitlements? The answer is a big fat no. In fact, Republicans in the House, Senate and White House spent like there was no tomorrow and actually created new entitlements!
More evidence of slain U.S. Ambassador’s secret activities
. A Libyan weapons dealer from a group hired to provide security to the U.S. mission in Benghazi told Reuters he has helped ship weapons from Benghazi to the rebels fighting in Syria. The detailed account may provide more circumstantial evidence the U.S. Benghazi mission was secretly involved in procuring and shipping weapons to the Syrian opposition before the deadly attack last September that killed the U.S. ambassador and three other Americans.
Supreme Court’s Authority Faces Stunning Challenge
. A coalition of Christian organizations is warning that the U.S. Supreme Court does not have the power to redefine the institution of marriage, which predates government, churches and even religion.
Alabama Adopts First Official State Ban on UN Agenda 21 – B.M.G.
. Alabama became the first state to adopt a tough law protecting private property and due process by prohibiting any government involvement with or participation in a controversial United Nations scheme known as Agenda 21. Activists from across the political spectrum celebrated the measure’s approval as a significant victory against the UN “sustainability” plot, expressing hope that similar sovereignty-preserving measures would be adopted in other states as the nationwide battle heats up.
. The Alabama Senate Bill (SB) 477 legislation, known unofficially among some supporters as the “Due Process for Property Rights” Act, was approved unanimously by both the state House and Senate. After hesitating for a few days, late last month Republican Governor Robert Bentley finally signed into law the wildly popular measure — but only after heavy pressure from activists forced his hand.
Palm Beach Tea Party to Challenge School Board on Common Core Education Standards – B.M.G
. Ever vigilant, Florida’s Tea Party stalwarts have (metaphor alert) a new target in their crosshairs: Common Core. Depending on whom you believe, Common Core is either 1) “a set of standards that stops the regurgitation of facts and starts the critical analysis and problem solving in our classrooms” or 2) a “United Nations Takeover of K12 Education in America!” that’s “communist in origin and Progressive in its ideology and implementation.”
. Option one is the language of state Education Commissioner Tony Bennett. Option two is that of Jim Kelly, of Global Governance Watch, and Diane Kepus, of Floridians Against Common Core Education. Firmly on the side of the latter two, the Palm Beach County Tea Party is rallying the troops for a June 19 meeting of the PBC school board, to speak on behalf of Freedom!
Why Rubio’s aides are dissing America’s workers – B.M.G.
. Remember the Time magazine cover that touted Marco Rubio as the new voice and savior of the GOP? Now his complicity in the Gang of 8’s betrayal of America’s sovereignty is forcing conservatives to admit what Time magazine’s stamp of approval should have proven to them already. Marco Rubio is just another deceitful figurehead of the elitist faction forces working to overthrow constitutional self-government in the United States. I warned people about this back in March in an article that analyzed the specious pro-life rhetoric Rubio used in his CPAC speech. Of course, if reasoning were enough to convince the people still wasting time, money, and morale on the GOP wing of the elitist faction, a new and truly conservative political vehicle would by now have displaced the treacherous so-called Republican Party.
How Liberals Twist Language
. Throughout history, language has been used to manipulate, to help, to inspire and to control. In the political arena, language and communication are crucial to shaping a message and winning elections.
. In the 20th and 21st centuries, we’ve seen the Left hijack and manipulate language to win their battles. Saul Alinsky dedicated an entire chapter in his “Rules for Radicals” to communication. He wrote about how communication is the most important tool a radical activist must possess to be successful. “It does not matter what you know about anything if you cannot communicate to your people,” Alinsky wrote.
Alinsky taught his followers to focus on human experiences and how to twist words to achieve that focus.
Brazil’s Woes Are the Wages Of Socialism
. Brazil’s rulers have been taken aback by the millions of countrymen surging up against them, venting their fury. What we have here is a fresh example of why socialism fails. Up until now, a million Brazilians in the streets usually had something to do with a soccer match or, perhaps, a samba festival.
. This time, it wasn’t about festivities. What started as a protest against a 9-cent fare hike on public transport fireballed into a gigantic public protest against political corruption, high taxes and lousy public services — and the government itself.
G-8 Countries Find America Under Obama No Longer Matters
. Descending from the heavens for the G-8 summit at beautiful Lough Erne this week, President Obama caused some amusement to his British hosts. The chancellor of the Exchequer had been invited to give a presentation to the assembled heads of government on the matter of tax avoidance (one of the big items on the agenda, for those of you who think what the IRS could really use right now is even more enforcement powers). The president evidently enjoyed it. Thrice, he piped up to say how much he agreed with Jeffrey, eventually concluding the presentation with the words, “Thank you, Jeffrey.” Unfortunately, the chancellor of the Exchequer
The President’s League Of Liars Is Disabling Democracy
. Truth is the lifeblood of democracy. Without honesty, the foundations of consensual government crumble. If the Internal Revenue Service acts unlawfully, our voluntary system of citizens computing their own taxes implodes. Yet Lois Lerner, one of the IRS’ top officials, would not answer simple questions about her agency’s conduct during congressional testimony, instead pleading the Fifth Amendment. Any taxpayer who tried that with an IRS auditor would end up fined and in court.
Columbine student’s father 12 years later – B.M.G.
. Guess our national leaders didn’t expect this. On Thursday, Darrell Scott, the father of Rachel Scott, a victim of the Columbine High School shootings in Littleton, Colorado, was invited to address the House Judiciary Committee’s subcommittee. What he said to our national leaders during this special session of Congress was painfully truthful.
Unions Ask Judges to Rule Cities Can’t Declare ‘Financial Urgency’ Until They Go Bankrupt
. If several unions have their way, cities will have to go bankrupt before they can declare “financial urgency” and renegotiate their contracts with public-sector employees.
. On Wednesday, a three-judge panel at Florida’s 1st District Court of Appeal heard oral arguments by lawyers litigating Broward County Police Benevolent Association v. City of Hollywood, the latest in a series of legal challenges being brought by public employee unions against local governments which have modified labor contracts after declaring a state of “financial urgency.”
Drunk on Amnesty
. There’s a storm gathering around one of the provisions in the Gang of Eight amnesty bill, but it needs to gather faster, because the amnesty shill are ramming this thing through Congress faster than they’d ever consider moving on a bill that would actually help American citizens – say, by reducing the tax and regulatory burden on the private sector to spur job growth. Anyone who thought Congress was a lumbering dinosaur incapable of swift, decisive action can only marvel at the speed they’re moving on amnesty.
. One of the reasons for that speed is that Gang of Eight proponents don’t want the American people to know what’s in the bill – the same way they didn’t want us to read the last bill they passed in a blind haste, ObamaCare. (And look how that’s working out.) If we have time to study the bill, we’ll notice things like the provision that waves drunk-driving illegal aliens right to the head of the line for legalization, ahead of all those poor chumps who have been struggling to legally comply with America’s immigration laws.
Climate scientist: Global warming models could be ‘fundamentally wrong’
. In an interview with the German news publication Der Spiegel, meteorologist Hans von Storch said that scientists are so puzzled by the 15-year standstill in global warming that if the trend continues their models could be “fundamentally wrong.” “If things continue as they have been, in five years, at the latest, we will need to acknowledge that something is fundamentally wrong with our climate models,” Storch told Der Spiegel. “A 20-year pause in global warming does not occur in a single modeled scenario. But even today, we are finding it very difficult to reconcile actual temperature trends with our expectations.”
Texas denied access to Okla. Water
. While the water department that serves the Fort Worth area claimed it has the right to the water under the Red River Compact, an agreement that allocates water rights among states where the river flows, Oklahoma argued that its state law prevents the transfer of water to out-of-state applicants. In a unanimous decision the Supreme Court concluded that Texas has rights to water under the compact but cannot draw the water from Oklahoma.
US troops to be deployed to — Egypt?
. U.S. troops are wrapping up training for a future 9-month deployment to Egypt for a peacekeeping and riot control mission. More than 400 American soldiers will soon join a multinational peacekeeping force comprised of military forces from 13 nations, according to The Washington Times.
To Obama, there’s no such thing as ‘citizenship’
. Reflecting on the untimely death of Sopranos star James Gandolfini, Dr. Savage mused about America’s endless fascination with Mafia culture
. I’m on the side of the lawman, not the bad man,” Savage said. “But the truth is, we know that police and judges and politicians can be corrupted. That’s why there’s a part of us that sometimes wishes there was a ‘godfather’ we could go to, like the one in the movie, who could get us some justice another way.” Savage also mocked the president’s use of the phrase “American persons” to describe those who supposedly don’t have to worry about being spied on by the NSA (FREE audio). “Notice he didn’t say, ‘If you’re an America citizen,’” Savage pointed out. “To Obama, a man of the world, there is no such thing as citizenship. He said, ‘If you’re a U.S. person,’ but what he really meant was, ‘If you’re a U.S. number.’”
Obama Presents the United States: Friend Of Cannibals
. In the history of warfare and international politics, it has often been the case that civilized nations have been obliged to align themselves with allies of convenience — nations or groups of a morally objectionable nature but strategic importance.
. But what goal could be so important for the United States to achieve in Syria that we ally ourselves with groups whose leaders practice cannibalism? This point was raised at the G-8 summit by Vladimir Putin, and it was raised recently in a speech by Glenn Beck in Washington, D.C. It’s not mere rhetoric. Putin and Beck are correct. Although any mention of the video has been blacked out of the mainstream media, even the Huffington Post acknowledged a month ago that Syrian rebels made a video that shows rebel leader Abu Sakkar, a founder of the Omar al-Farouq Brigade, cutting out and eating the heart of a fallen Syrian soldier.
Obama Solves Mass-Layoff Problem by Laying Off Mass-Layoff Statistics Guys at BLS
. On March 1, 2013, President Obama ordered into effect the across-the-board spending cuts (commonly referred to as sequestration) required by the Balanced Budget and Emergency Deficit Control Act, as amended. Under the order, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) must cut its current budget by more than $30 million, 5 percent of the current 2013 appropriation, by September 30, 2013. In order to help achieve these savings and protect core programs, the BLS will eliminate two programs, including Mass Layoff Statistics, and all “measuring green jobs” products. This news release is the final publication of monthly mass layoff survey data.
Calif. working to put illegals under Obamacare coverage
. the countdown continues to Obamacare taking full effect in 2014, and while senators wrestle with details of an immigration overhaul that seem to change daily, California officials are having their own meetings. They’re figuring out how to break the key promise that Obamacare would not be used to pay for the health care of millions of people living in the country illegally.
Lies Subvert Democracy
. Obama and his team have subverted the government they pledged to serve. Truth is the lifeblood of democracy. Without honesty, the foundations of consensual government crumble.
“Fascism” Is the Best Way To Implement Seven50: SE Florida Prosperity Plan
. June 19-21, 2013 there were dueling Seven50 Summits at the Palm Beach Conference Center, West Palm Beach, Florida. The Seven50 plan is an effort by the Southeast Florida Regional Partnership, funded by a grant from the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), with the mission to,”[C]reate and implement the Seven50: SE Florida Prosperity Plan, a blueprint for a vibrant and resilient economy; socially inclusive, sustainable, and affordable communities; and environmental sustainability.”
. The City of Vero Beach, FL has pulled out of the plan. Mayor Craig Fletcher attended a briefing given by proponents of Seven50 and reported that: city and county government would be less important, only “mega regions” are important as in the EU, the seven Florida counties that are part of the partnership “would have someone to control them”, they (the EU) are not going to put up with the American education system and “Fascism is the best form of government to implement these changes”.
Allen West editorial ‘sophomoric tripe’
. By Mort Kuff, June 22, 2013. A Palm Beach County Tea Party member’s opinion.
How some states are addressing doctor shortages
. FLORIDA: Florida funded an additional 700 residency slots this year, but Florida will still need additional residencies and fellowships just to bring the state up to the national average per capita.
. CALIFORNIA: Proposed legislation would allow nurse practitioners, optometrists and pharmacists to expand the types of services they can provide patients.
. DELAWARE Has a loan repayment program for primary care providers who commit to work in underserved areas.
10 to watch on ObamaCare rollout
. Federal and state officials are preparing to launch the health law’s insurance exchanges on Oct.1. But while most attention is trained on federal Health secretary Kathleen Sebelius, there are many others behind the scenes playing important roles in setting up the health exchanges, preparing for the Medicaid expansion and trying to get the public on board. Here are 10 key players to watch as the law is implemented.
NSA Has Total Access Via Microsoft Windows
. The National Security Agency has backdoor access to all Windows software since the release of Windows 95, according to informed sources, a development which follows the insistence by the agency and federal law enforcement for backdoor “keys” to any encryption, according to a report in Joseph Farah’s G2 Bulletin
. Computer security specialists say that the Windows software driver used for security and encryption functions contains unusual features which give NSA that backdoor access.
Smile! FBI scanning driver’s license images
. The FBI has gained access to driver’s license photos for residents of Nebraska, Illinois, South Carolina, Utah, North Carolina, Delaware, Texas and other states to hunt for suspects in criminal investigations. In memorandums obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request by the Electronic Privacy Information Center, the FBI is authorized to search state databases, which include images and personal information.
The National-Security Right Goes Silent
. The jihad rages on, but the War on Terror is over. There is no longer a national-security consensus — no longer the political support for wartime defense measures, much less offensive combat operations. While the enemy continues to fight, our will to break the enemy’s will has vanished. After a contentious week, that much is clear. The controversy swirling around shadowy intelligence programs hasn’t gotten to the bottom of those programs, but it tells us everything we need to know about . . . us.
. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s dog that did not bark is a metaphor worn out by journalists. This week, though, the lack of a bark was loud and clear: The bark of the national-security Right defending the wartime powers of the presidency. For a variety of reasons, many of the protagonists have developed amnesia about how we came to have the programs now provoking all the cavil: the debates over the PATRIOT Act and FISA (the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act).
On the Hill this week – P.W.
. Senate Cloakroom: June 24–28 and House Cloakroom: June 24–28. What to expect in Congress this week.
World Bank Insider Blows Whistle on Corruption, Federal Reserve – B.M.G.
. A former insider at the World Bank, ex-Senior Counsel Karen Hudes, says the global financial system is dominated by a small group of corrupt, power-hungry figures centered around the privately owned U.S. Federal Reserve. The network has seized control of the media to cover up its crimes, too, she explained. In an interview with The New American, Hudes said that when she tried to blow the whistle on multiple problems at the World Bank, she was fired for her efforts. Now, along with a network of fellow whistleblowers, Hudes is determined to expose and end the corruption. And she is confident of success.
Mr. Rubio goes to Washington and is Washingtonized
. In 1939, Frank Capra made the quintessential American Political comedy-drama film Mr. Smith goes to Washington. This was a box-office hit and won an Academy Award. The hero, Jefferson Smith, was played by the famous actor James Stewart (1908ñ1997). Unlike most Hollywood stars, Stewart was a true American patriot who was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross for his gallantry as a bomber pilot in WW2, and later was a staunch Republican.
. Like many of Stewart’s roles, Mr. Smith was a fairly naive but very honorable man, and in this film, he was appointed to the US Senate. His special-interest backers hoped that his innocence would allow him to be manipulated. But Mr. Smith turned out to be too honest to go along with the corruption. So the power-brokers and the newspapers turned on him and savaged his reputation. Eventually Mr. Smith launched a 24-hour filibuster exposing the corruption, defending his innocence, and affirming American ideals. This was naturally exhausting. Eventually, Mr. Smith collapses. But by that time, the corrupt Senator Paine has repented, bursts into the Senate chamber, confesses his guilt, and affirms Smith,s innocence.
President Obama’s ‘surrealpolitik’. Is Norway running U.S. foreign policy?
. The consensus in 2009 was that the Norwegian Nobel Committee had done something bizarre and stupid by awarding the Peace Prize to President Obama, who clearly had done nothing to merit it. “So far, the Right, Left and media all seem to agree that the Nobel Peace Prize committee just beclowned itself,” wrote political strategist Jon Henke at the time. But it turns out the joke was on us.
Suspicious Activist and Whistleblower Deaths on the Rise
. In this year so far, we have seen a sharp increase in suspicious deaths of whistleblowers, activists, and anyone who is highly effective at trying to preserve the citizens’ rights and keep government in check.
So Much For Obama ‘Transparency’ At CFPB
. In breach of federal law, the “most open and transparent administration” has shut out industry and press from critical meetings crafting new federal financial rules. A bank trade group has complained in a letter to President Obama’s powerful new credit watchdog agency, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, that it’s been denied access to otherwise public sessions with the agency’s shadowy Consumer Advisory Board.
Water official equates complaints with terrorism
. NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A state water official told members of a Tennessee environmental group that their water quality complaints could be considered an act of terrorism. The comments came at a meeting between Department of Environment and Conservation officials and Mount Pleasant residents who are members of Statewide Organizing for Community Empowerment.
. TDEC Deputy Director of the Division of Water Resources Sherwin Smith says, “…you need to make sure that when you make water quality complaints you have a basis, because federally, if there’s no water quality issues, that can be considered, under homeland security, an act of terrorism.”
Unexpected reaction as Mick Jagger takes a jab at Obama
. Mick Jagger got the crowd started up Monday night at the Rolling Stones concert in DC with a little jab at President Obama. “I don’t think President Obama is here tonight. But I’m sure he’s listening in,” Jagger said to the satisfaction of concertgoers critical of the NSA spying scandal. Most fascinating is that the crowd reportedly booed as soon as Jagger mentioned Obama’s name. In DC? Wow!
Clawbacks: Another way to pry money out of private sector
. Generally, clawbacks are defined as policies to pursue the repayment or recovery of compensation paid to business executives when accounting mistakes are discovered, contracts are broken, or fraud has occurred. Government has stumbled onto clawbacks in recent years as a way to penalize private executives, raising the concept to a political science. Some forms of government clawback laws are legitimate, such as requiring a private company to uphold its end of a contract so government has protection when a company fails to perform
. Government began to bastardize the clawback concept when the U.S. House and Senate passed the Dodd-Frank Act in 2010, later signed into law by Obama. One of its provisions was that compensation to current or former company officers could be seized if an accounting restatement was triggered, regardless of fault. It’s only a small step for government to turn this law into a class warfare weapon to confiscate large sums of money as “penalties,” even when executives are faultless.
. But let’s not whine about mistreatment. Let’s put the shoe on the other foot. Since a clawback is a recapture provision saying that taxpayers should have money-back protection when business executives make bad decisions, let’s turn the tables and impose this obligation on politicians.
Florida DEP says it has saved $8.8 million through staff reductions and improved efficiency
. The Florida Department of Environmental Protection says it has reduced operating expenses in its regulatory program by $8.8 million this fiscal year and it’s asking to keep some of it for employee bonuses. DEP says it cut spending through initiatives that led to reductions in the numbers of staff and layers of management and other savings including reduced travel costs, leased office space and use of office supplies and equipment.
. The Florida Chapter of Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility last December questioned the cost-savings of employee layoffs saying the agency was cutting muscle and bone and that any fat was long gone. Jerry Phillips, a former DEP attorney who now is director of the Florida chapter, said taxpayers are not getting a bargain if there is less enforcement and fewer fines. “I think there’s no question there has been this — what they consider — to be increased accountability,” he said. “From what I hear it’s not increased accountability, it’s increased threat levels to the employees if they do their jobs. Enforcement has fallen through the floor.”
Florida 2013 Economic Freedom Scorecard
. The 2013 Economic Freedom Scorecard grades more than 3,000 individual votes on twenty legislative issues. Each of our 2013 legislative priorities is included on this scorecard, as well as any additional issues that we communicated support or opposition for during the 2013 session. Our 2013 legislative priorities were based on the Five for Florida plan, which focuses on the principle of economic freedom and outlines policies that make a state more economically free. 53 legislators received A+ scores, designating them Champions of Economic Freedom. Additionally, there were 9 As, 23 Bs, 12 Cs, 8 Ds, and 54 Fs.
Supreme Court Rules against Florida Taking Excessive Property Rights – B.M.G.
. Our decisions in Nollan v. California Coastal Comm’n… provide important protection against the misuse of the power of land-use regulation. In those cases, we held that a unit of government may not condition the approval of a land-use permit on the owner’s relinquishment of a portion of his property unless there is a “nexus” and “rough proportionality” between the government’s demand and the effects of the proposed land use.
. We hold that the government’s demand for property from a land-use permit applicant must satisfy the requirements of Nollan and Dolan even when the government denies the permit and even when its demand is for money.
A Nation Turning Into Hell
. The wicked shall be turned into Hell, and all the nations that forget God.” –Psalms 9:17
. If it’s not this unconstitutional and godless administration advocating criminal activity in one form or another (Amnesty for illegals, IRS scandal, NSA spying, Benghazi, Obamacare, abortion, homosexuality, Fast and Furious, etc.), then they are funding the crime through taxpayers money.
. In some ways it is not so much what the American people are sowing, but it is what they are letting this godless administration sow by force into a field they want everyone to harvest with them – like it or not. And if the American people are to stand back and allow this totalitarianism, then they are guilty of perpetuating this evil by refusing to stand against it.
Taxpayers, Rockefellers Fund “Sustainable” Plot to Undermine Market
. The Rockefeller Foundation, mega-banks, and even taxpayers via the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) have provided millions of dollars toward pushing a new type of “socially responsible” corporate structure known as the “benefit corporation.” More than 15 states have already signed on. Critics, however, say the scheme will further undermine what remains of the market system while promoting deeply controversial United Nations Agenda 21-linked notions of “sustainable development.”
. Under the “benefit-corporation” agenda, companies would no longer be just responsible for producing shareholder profits. Instead, a firm that becomes a benefit corporation would also have to pursue other goals that appear noble at first glance — sustainability, social justice, environmentalism, social responsibility, and other alleged “public benefits.” Apparently, creating jobs for workers and profits for shareholders, as well as goods and services that consumers want to purchase, is no longer enough.
“Absolute Power” America vs. Government – Intellectual Frog Legs Season 2, Episode 1
. The founders would kick our prissy politically-correct rear-ends, six ways to Sunday. We’ve allowed our federal government to all but destroy the constitution. If they were creeping before—they are marching now. The only remaining peaceful solution that I see, is for the states to exercise the 10th Amendment. The Federal Government is so broken, it cannot be repaired…even if it would allow itself to be repaired. And the Feds AIN’T going to voluntarily let go.
Irish Parliamentarian: Is Obama ‘Going for the Hypocrite of the Century Award?’
. Clare Daly, a liberal deputy in the Irish Parliament, criticized President Barack Obama’s recent visit to Ireland, noting that the media coverage constituted “sycophantic fawning” over the Obamas and that the president, in permitting weapons to go to Syrian rebels, was arming “jihadists” and reversing women’s rights, thus potentially qualifying him for “the hypocrite of the century award.”
Putin’s Cheatin’ Heart: Russia Snubs ’87 Missile Pact
. As the commander in chief calls for a one-third reduction in our nuclear arsenal, Russia builds new midrange missile banned under a 1987 arms treaty. How’s that “reset” button working out, Mr. President?
. Trust but verify, said the president who won the Cold War. Ronald Reagan’s “peace through strength” philosophy has been replaced with the “peace through parchment” strategy of Barack Obama. It emphasizes flexibility, not resolve, and relies on pacts such as the New Start Treaty and the pressing of imaginary reset buttons.
Cheap Money Doesn’t Solve Underlying Economic Problems, Central Banks Find
. For more than four years, central banks around the world — led by the Federal Reserve — have aggressively pumped money into their economies to stimulate faster revival. These infusions are huge. From 2007 to today, the assets of major central banks nearly doubled from $10.4 trillion to $20.5 trillion, reports the Bank for International Settlements (BIS) in its just-released annual report.
. When these assets (bonds, mortgages and other financial instruments) are purchased, the sellers receive cash. The outpouring of cash aims to lower interest rates, push up stock prices and real estate values, and restore confidence and stronger economic growth.The most charitable verdict on this massive monetary experiment is that it’s done modest good. In the United States, it did reduce long-term interest rates and, to some extent, bolster stocks. Even so, the speed of the U.S. recovery (about 2% annually) is roughly half the average of all recoveries from 1960 to 2007.
Fake border crossing attraction offered at Mexican amusement park
. A central Mexican amusement park offers a unique, hair-raising, heart-pounding attraction you’d be hard-pressed to find anywhere else — a fake, illegal border crossing from Mexico into the United States. Complete with fake coyotes — or human traffickers — drug smugglers and realistic-looking U.S. Customs and Border Patrol agents, the attraction, called “Night Walks,” was ostensibly set up to frighten people out of entering the United States illegally, according to PBS.org.
Think NSA Spying Is Bad? Here Comes ObamaCare Hub
. The Health and Human Services Department earlier this year exposed just how vast the government’s data collection efforts will be on millions of Americans as a result of ObamaCare. Sen. Max Baucus, D-Mont., asked HHS to provide “a complete list of agencies that will interact with the Federal Data Services Hub.” The Hub is a central feature of ObamaCare, since it will be used by the new insurance exchanges to determine eligibility for benefits, exemptions from the federal mandate, and how much to grant in federal insurance subsidies.
. In response, the HHS said the ObamaCare data hub will “interact” with seven other federal agencies: Social Security Administration, the IRS, the Department of Homeland Security, the Veterans Administration, Office of Personnel Management, the Department of Defense and — believe it or not — the Peace Corps. Plus the Hub will plug into state Medicaid databases.
Palin Throws Down Gauntlet On Primary Challenges To Rubio, Ayotte
. Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, who has the most influence among conservative voters in Republican primaries, told Breitbart News on Tuesday that Sens. Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) should be primaried for their support of the Senate’s immigration bill.
. “Conservatives are getting ready for the 2014 and 2016 primaries. We have long memories, and there will be consequences for those who break campaign promises and vote for this amnesty bill,” Palin told Breitbart News. “Competition makes everyone work harder, be better, and be held accountable. This applies to politics, too. No one is ‘entitled’ to anything.”
Note to Republicans: Tea Party Patriots Are Not The Enemy
. This column is going to be tough medicine for some Republicans to swallow—especially those who think the best strategy for taking back the White House is to water down the party’s traditional conservative values. I write specifically of Republicans who consider themselves moderates on social issues. In the old days we called moderates Rockefeller Republicans—they were sort of conservative on economic issues but indistinguishable from Democrats on social issues. This, by the way, is just one reason Nelson Rockefeller—namesake of Rockefeller Republicans—never became president. Today we have a more accurate and enduring term for so-called moderates: RINOs.
. Republicans call their party the party of Lincoln. Perhaps leaders in the national Republican Party should heed the words of old Abe who once said: “I don’t like that man. I must get to know him better.” Republican leaders should heed Lincoln’s advice as they struggle with the divisions that are growing up between grassroots conservative movements and the Republican Party. Bridging the growing gap between the Republican Party and grassroots conservative movements such as the TEA Party will require leadership and hard work. But the work must be done or George W. Bush will be the last Republican to serve as president.
White House Rolls Out Red Carpet For Terror-Supporting Cleric
. Betrayal: In a new low for an administration that courts U.S. enemies, the White House has met secretly with the deputy of a Muslim cleric who has called for the killing of U.S. troops. On June 13, of all things the National Security Council hosted Sheik Abdullah bin Bayyah for a West Wing chat, where the radical Islamist asked for more support for Hamas and Syrian “rebels,” i.e. al-Qaida terrorists.
The Top 5 Lies Of Obama’s Climate Change Speech
. False Witness: President Obama is being lauded for his plans to restrict carbon dioxide emissions. But the scheme looks more like the last refuge of a desperate movement, because the speech he gave in its defense was full of lies. His text was laden with myths, fables, distortions and outright lies. Here are the top five:
Teachers Prepping for Common Core Implementation
. School may be out for summer, but that doesn’t mean teachers in Florida will be taking a break. The Florida Department of Education isn’t wasting any time making sure teachers are familiar with the new Common Core State Standards (CCSS). The DOE has scheduled seven seminars during the summer to make sure teachers are prepared to implement the CCSS in the 2014-2015 school year, when the learning initiative will become mandatory for schools all over the state.
Obama to U.S. Military: Stand Down
. In closed door hearings on Capitol Hill today, Congress will ask military commanders with responsibility for forces in and around Benghazi who exactly relayed that order and why. But a closer look at this administration’s record reveals that standing down is a recurring theme. It is an implicit order that is given to the military every day in the Obama administration. It is part of a decade-long dream by the left to neuter our military and ensure that they are no longer able to be the shock troops for a nation that they believe is at the root of the world’s ills.
Coming Next, an Obama-Corps for America’s Youth
. Universal national service for Americans 18-28 is the goal of the most prestigious gathering of the Establishment so far this year, an invitation-only “Summit” presently taking place at the Aspen Institute in Colorado (June 24-25). Two hundred of the shiniest names in philanthropy, government, business, and media — including a sprinkling of Republican notables — will be there to make a year of national service “a common expectation…for all young people.”
. In the midst of rising public distrust of government and, especially, distrust of the Obama Administration, Administration backers and their allies are launching yet another plan for major expansion of government and Washington’s control over people’s lives.
The Glue Holding America Together
. By A.D. 200, the Roman Republic was a distant memory. Few citizens of the global Roman Empire even knew of their illustrious ancestors like Scipio or Cicero. Millions no longer spoke Latin. Italian emperors were a rarity. There were no national elections. Yet Rome endured as a global power for three more centuries. What held it together?
. Something likewise both depressing and encouraging is happening to the United States. Few Americans seem to worry that our present leaders have lied to or misled Congress and the American people without consequences.
WH Touts Kenyan Program to Obtain National ID Cards for Voter Registration – B.M.G
. As President Obama and his family continue their tour of Africa, the White House put out a Fact Sheet entitled “U.S. Support for Strengthening Democratic Institutions, Rule of Law, and Human Rights in Sub-Saharan Africa.” One of the first items highlighted by the White House is a $53 million program in Kenya that helps young people “obtain National identification cards, a prerequisite to voter registration.”
. And on the voter ID case, I can tell you that, as you know, this administration believes it should be easier for eligible citizens to vote — to register and vote. We should not be imposing unnecessary obstacles or barriers to voter participation.
Teacher Writes Legislator after Retiring Due to Common Core – B.M.G.
. “There is much more involved here, than just a list of standards… if all the facts were known, it would be more than obvious that the legislature would make the move to abandon Common Core.”
Outrage As High School Recites Pledge in Arabic Saying ‘One Nation Under Allah’ – B.M.G.
. Fury is brewing at Rocky Mountain High School, in Colorado, after a multicultural student group were encouraged to recite the Pledge of Allegiance over the loudspeaker in Arabic – replacing ‘one nation under God’ with ‘one nation under Allah’.
. Following Monday’s pledge, Principal Tom Lopez has been inundated with complaints from outraged parents concerned that saying the Pledge in any language other than English is unpatriotic. Standing by his controversial decision, Principal Lopez has said that despite the irate telephone calls and emails, he is not in any way or form trying to push an Islamic agenda at the Fort Collins school.
Four Words to Watch in the Immigration Debate
. The Senate will begin debate on the Gang of Eight’s immigration proposal next week. Here are four words to watch out for as the Senators make their case—and warnings about what they might mean: 1. COST; 2. BORDER; 3. AMNESTY; 4. “COMPREHENSIVE”
Clean-Energy Fuel Cell Gets Inventor a Jail Cell
. Krister Evertson is the kind of person all good conservationists should honor. He spent his life’s work in pursuit of an economical, clean-energy fuel cell that could generate power without polluting the air. However, that endeavor lead to two prosecutions and 13 months in federal prison.
. To help fund his research, Krister sold excess sodium on eBay from his Alaska home. Because of the explosive nature of sodium, federal regulations require that it be shipped by ground rather than air. Krister packaged the sodium appropriately and shipped it “ground delivery” to the buyer. He was unaware that, given Alaska’s unique location, even “ground delivery” from Alaska travels by air and that a special label was required to keep the shipment from flying to its destination.
. On May 27, 2004, federal agents in two black SUVs, waving assault rifles, forced Krister’s car off the road. Manhandling him as if he were a terrorist, they arrested, interrogated, and jailed him. For what? Putting the wrong shipping label—with the correct instructions, mind you—on a box of raw sodium that he sold on eBay. A jury saw that it was an honest mistake and found Krister “not guilty.” But while Krister was on trial, sodium from his experiments sat in steel drums at an industrial warehouse. The Environmental Protection Agency learned of the additional sodium, determined that Krister had “abandoned” it, and charged him with a federal crime.
How to Put a Thrill Into Saving Money
. To move up the economic ladder in America, you need to save money. Savings allow people to get over bumps in the road without a disaster. Like when you get really sick and can’t work for a month. Or when you need to cover moving expenses to take a better job in another city. Or when you want to take a night class in bookkeeping to qualify for a promotion. But about a third of Americans save nothing, especially those starting out nearer the bottom of the economic ladder. In most cases, that’s not because a family truly lacks any resources to save. Indeed, one study showed that American households with annual incomes of less than $12,500 actually put an average of about $650 each year into a rainy-day fund. The problem is that their rainy-day investment instruments were lottery tickets.
White House Defends Potential $100 Million Africa Sequestration Trip as “Great Bang for Our Buck”
. “There will be a great bang for our buck for being in Africa because when you travel to regions like Africa that don’t get a lot of presidential attention, you tend to have very longstanding and long-running impact from the visit,” said Ben Rhodes, a deputy national security adviser to President Obama.
Documents Reveal DHS Abandoned Illegal Alien Background Checks to Meet Amnesty Requests Following Obama’s DACA
. Judicial Watch announced today that documents obtained recently through a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request show that the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS) abandoned required background checks late last year, adopting, instead, costly “lean and lite” procedures in effort to keep up with the flood of amnesty applications spurred by President Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) directive, which grants illegal aliens a two-year deferment from deportation.
. Acting on a tip from a whistleblower at a federal law enforcement agency, Judicial Watch filed a FOIA request with DHS, for “all communications, memoranda, emails, policy guidance, directives, initiatives, and any other correspondence respecting the scope and extent of background checks to be performed (or not) on aliens applying to the Obama administration’s DACA program.” The FOIA was filed on October 26, 2012. The Immigration and National Security Act (INA) mandates a “coordinated, uniform, and efficient,” system of background checks. Instead, the FOIA documents reveal a costly, haphazard process, with only cursory review for the backgrounds of illegal aliens seeking “deferred status.”
Obamacare? We were just leaving …
. Dozens of lawmakers and aides are so afraid that their health insurance premiums will skyrocket next year thanks to Obamacare that they are thinking about retiring early or just quitting. The fear: Government-subsidized premiums will disappear at the end of the year under a provision in the health care law that nudges aides and lawmakers onto the government health care exchanges, which could make their benefits exorbitantly expensive.
Nothing to Fear…Except our Government
. When it comes to the government monitoring and ultimately STEALING your data, it’s good to keep things in perspective. And in doing so, it’s not a stretch to compare it to the Nazis. Many of us believe, “If I’m doing nothing wrong, I have nothing to fear.” But I’ve watched enough spy thrillers to know that data can be manipulated, especially if I’m the one with the data.
Scores for Current Votes Online Now
. You can enter your ZIP code to see how your representatives have voted.
CBS probe finds computer of lead Benghazi reporter was hacked
. A probe commissioned by CBS News has confirmed the suspicions of reporter Sharyl Attkisson, who said last month amid revelations the Justice Department snooped on Associated Press and Fox News reporters that she believed her own computer had been hacked, the network said.
. The network said it has not determined who was behind the breach of Attkisson’s computer, but said the hacker “used sophisticated methods to remove all possible indications of unauthorized activity, and alter system times to cause further confusion.”
White House attempts to remove ‘Father’ from ‘Founding Fathers’
. Attempts at gender neutrality and political correctness can lead to hilarious results, but none more so than the White House blog announcing that “The papers of the Founding Founders are now online.”
. In an apparent effort to make sure the names of Dolly Madison, Martha Washington and Abigail Adams weren’t disparaged, Keith Donohue announced Thursday in the White House blog that papers written by our country’s founders were now available, according to The Daily Caller. However, either Donohue or a higher-up had a real problem with the term “founding fathers,” and decided to change the word “fathers” with “founders,” thus ending up with the term, “founding founders.”
The IRS, The NSA and Comprehensive Amnesty Reform All Tie Together In a Very Nasty Way.
. Keeping You Down Is Way More Important Than Keeping You Safe
. Fifty-seven percent (57%) of voters nationwide believe it is likely the NSA data will be used by other government agencies to harass political opponents. A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey shows that just 30% consider it unlikely and 14% are not sure.
CBS News Compares Iranian Candidates To Tea Party
. On Saturday, CBS News reported on the elections in Iran – by comparing the mullahs to the Tea Party. Reporter Elizabeth Palmer said, discussing the new president, Hassan Rahjani, “Well, he was seen as the most reform-minded of all the candidates who ran this time, that being said, they were all very conservative. In US terms it was as if all the candidates for the presidency came from the Tea Party.”
Palin on Syria: ‘let Allah sort it out’
. Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin said until the United States has a Commander-in-Chief who knows what he is doing, America should stay out of the mess in the Middle East. Palin asked, “Militarily, where is our Commander-in-Chief?”
Feds To Grab $130 B In Fines From Employers Thanks To Obamacare
. The federal government is set to pick up $130 billion in penalties over the next decade from companies once Obamacare kicks in, according to estimates provided by the government. Those penalties will land on companies that either don’t provide employees health insurance or what the government considers to be “inadequate” health insurance.
. Here’s how it works. If you’re a company with 50 or more full-time employees, and one of your employees is spotted getting a tax credit for coverage in a state-based health insurance exchange, you’ll pay $2,000 per employee past 30. In other words, if just one of your workers receives a tax credit, you’ll shell out $40,000 minimum. The fine maxes out at $140,000 for a company with 100 employees in 2014.
Admission: Special Forces Were Only Hours From Benghazi
. In a bombshell admission that has until now gone unreported, Martin Dempsey, chairman of Joint Chiefs of Staff, conceded that highly trained Special Forces were stationed just a few hours away from Benghazi on the night of the attacks but were not told to deploy to Libya.
. In comments that may warrant further investigation, Dempsey stated at a Senate hearing Wednesday that on the night of the Sept. 11, 2012, attack, command of the Special Forces – known as C-110, or the EUCOM CIF – was transferred from the military’s European command to AFRICOM, or the United States Africa Command.
Navy judge rules Obama exerted ‘unlawful command influence’ in pending cases
. A Navy Judge Advocate General Corps officer serving as judge ruled that President Barack Obama exerted “unlawful command influence” in two pending cases, which severely limited the sentence he was able to mete out in each. Well played, Mr. President, well played.
. Cmdr. Marcus Fulton ruled at pre-trial hearings in Hawaii this week that two defendants accused of sexual assault cannot be dishonorably discharged from the service if convicted because of remarks the president had made as commander-in-chief, according to Stars and Stripes.
South African Muslim lawyers call for Obama’s arrest
. Johannesburg based Muslim Lawyers Association today lodged a Complaint with the National Director of Public Prosecutions (NDPP) and the South African Police Services (SAPS) in terms of international customary law as well as the Implementation of the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court, Act 2002 (the ICC Act) calling for USA President Barack Obama to be investigated, charged, arrested and tried in a South African Court for War Crimes, Crimes against Humanity and Genocide. This comes shortly after the announcement that Obama will be visiting South Africa on an official trip, his first since taking up a second term in office.
Pork-painted bullets sure to offend Muslims
. In a move that is certain to anger some Muslims, an Idaho company has begun producing bullets coated with “pork-infused paint.” Jihawg Ammunition’s company slogan is “Peace through Pork,” as stated on its web site, which says it “is the only ammunition in the world that provides a peaceful and natural deterrent to radical Islam.”
Dem. lawmaker cries foul that he must come under Obamacare
. Now that 2014 is fast approaching and everyone will have to come under Obamacare — including members of Congress and their staff — one Democratic lawmaker is crying foul, claiming it’s “not fair” they should have to be subjected to it like the rest of us. Rep. John Larson, D-Conn., is finding it impossible yo keep staff members — they’re leaving his office in droves to avoid Obamacare. He summed up his dilemma by saying “this is simply not fair,” according to Forbes.
Backdoor Bailouts Begin
. The Treasury Department’s release of $100 million from the Hardest Hit Fund last week amounts to a federal bailout of five Michigan cities without congressional oversight or approval. The Hardest Hit Fund, part of the 2008 Troubled Asset Relief Program, was intended to provide assistance to homeowners in states particularly hard hit by the economic recession and housing market downturn. Treasury released the $100 million in the name of fighting blight, but local officials will actually use the funds to demolish homes and buildings.
STOP National ID
. The so-called “Comprehensive Immigration Reform” proposal being touted by Senators Chuck Schumer and John McCain includes a de facto National ID system that would be required for all U.S. citizens in order to hold a job legally. A National Database with biometric information would also be created allowing government bureaucrats to track an American’s every move.
House committee looks into IRS seizure of 60 million medical records
. Republican members of the House Energy and Commerce Committee are looking into allegations that the Internal Revenue Service seized 60 million medical records from a California health care provider.
. “(T)he Committee on Energy and Commerce is investigating allegations that the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), in the course of executing a search warrant at a California health care provider’s corporate headquarters in March 2011, improperly seized the personal medical records of millions of American citizens in possible violation of the Fourth Amendment to the United States Constitution,” members of the committee wrote in a letter Tuesday to Acting IRS Commissioner Daniel Werfel.
8th Grader Suspended Over Nra T-Shirt Could Get Jail Time
. In April Breitbart News reported that West Virginia 8th grader Jared Marcum was suspended for refusing to take off an NRA t-shirt he wore to school. And details now indicate the 8th grader could face a $500 fine and up to a year in jail for obstruction charges. Fox News reports that on June 13 Marcum appeared before a judge “and was officially charged with obstructing an officer.” Moreover, the judge has allowed “the prosecution to move forward” with its case against Marcum. Logan City Police officer James Adkins says that Marcum refused to quit talking when asked to remove the shirt. The officer said this hindered his ability to do his job.
Obamacare Loophole to Hammer Low-Wage Workers
. The predictable hits just keep on coming as the Obamacare clock ticks down toward full implementation. Liberals have shifted gears from arguing the law will lower costs and reduce premiums for everyone — which is how the unpopular overhaul was dishonestly marketed — to shrugging that hey, at least many uninsured and lower-income citizens will get affordable coverage. But even that’s not universally true, as many American workers are about to painfully discover. Behold, the “Affordable” Care Act in action (via the Associated Press):
. It’s called the Affordable Care Act, but President Barack Obama’s health care law may turn out to be unaffordable for many low-wage workers, including employees at big chain restaurants, retail stores and hotels. That might seem strange since the law requires medium-sized and large employers to offer “affordable” coverage or face fines. But what’s reasonable? Because of a wrinkle in the law, companies can meet their legal obligations by offering policies that would be too expensive for many low-wage workers. For the employee, it’s like a mirage — attractive but out of reach.
President Obama and his daughter play with toy guns
. Wishing Americans a happy Father’s Day, the White House tweeted a picture of President Obama and one of his daughters playing with toy water pistols.
Palin’s comedic rant: NSA ‘couldn’t find two pot-smoking deadbeat Bostonians’
. Sarah Palin could take her outstanding speech from the Faith and Freedom Coalition conference Saturday on the road and do stand-up comedy while educating Americans on the disasters in DC. She was on a roll Saturday in DC with her wise and witty slamming of Obama voters, her critics, and the scandal plagued Obama administration.
Governor signs 60 new laws
. Gov. Rick Scott signed legislation Friday to speed executions in Florida, despite warnings that innocent prisoners will die. Scott also signed a bill that stops cities and counties from telling employers how much sick leave they must provide their workers. He vetoed a public-records exemption that would have blocked disclosure of voters’ e-mail addresses, which are contained on registration forms.
Scott on mission to Paris
. Gov. Rick Scott is headed to Paris to look for jobs. He left Friday for the eponymous international air show that begins Monday and is considered the world’s leading aviation and space event. Florida is home to more than 2,000 aerospace and aviation companies and Scott leads a delegation of about 100 people in an effort to urge companies to relocate to Florida or to do business with Florida-based companies.
Supreme Court: Arizona law requiring citizenship proof for voters is illegal
. The Supreme Court ruled Monday that states cannot on their own require would-be voters to prove they are U.S. citizens before using a federal registration system designed to make signing up easier. The justices voted 7-2 to throw out Arizona’s voter-approved requirement that prospective voters document their U.S. citizenship in order to use a registration form produced under the federal “Motor Voter” voter registration law.
What the Supreme Court Did and Didn’t Say in Arizona Citizenship Voter Ruling
. The U.S. Supreme Court this morning struck down an Arizona law that requires people to provide proof of citizenship when they register to vote at their local DMV, but conservatives upset at the ruling should understand what the justices did and didn’t say.
— The ruling has nothing whatsoever to do with Voter ID laws, which require voters to provide identification before receiving or casting a ballot. Arizona’s Voter ID law was not before the court.
— The ruling does not affect any proof-of-citizenship requirements Arizona has for allowing people to vote in state and local elections.
3 Things You Should Know About the Supreme Court and Voter ID
. Yesterday, the Supreme Court handed down one of its first major decisions of this term, striking down Arizona’s measure requiring proof of citizenship for voter registration. Media reports are already off base in interpreting this decision, says Heritage legal expert Hans von Spakovsky. Here are three things to know about the decision. This is not a voter ID decision. This decision has to do with voter registration, not the act of voting.
FBI Accused of Aiding Muslim Brotherhood
. On the House floor on Friday, Texas Representative Louie Gohmert accused various federal agencies of aiding Islamic terrorists organizations such as the Council on American Islamic Relations and the Islamic Society of North America in their attempts to enact Sharia Law.
. “We need to address the political correctness that is blinding our agencies and blinding our military of its ability to see who the enemy is, because it’s getting people killed,” Gohmert said.
Obama runs immigration bill from White House, according to new report
. The White House is playing a larger role in developing the Gang of Eight’s immigration bill than its supporters publicly admit, according to a forthcoming article in The New Yorker. “‘No decisions are being made without talking to us about it,’ the official said of the Gang of Eight negotiations … ‘This does not fly if we’re not O.K. with it,’” a senior Obama official told author Ryan Lizza for the pending article.
17 Reasons the $17 Trillion Debt Is Still a Big Deal…
. 1. $53,769 – Your share of the national debt. 2. Personal income will be lower. 3. Fewer jobs and lower salaries.
National Labor Relations Board Smacked Down in Court Once Again
. This week, a federal appellate court struck down the National Labor Relations Board’s (NLRB) “poster rule,” finding that the agency does not have the authority to issue such a rule. The poster rule requires more than 6 million employers to post notices at work informing employees of their rights under the National Labor Relations Act, undercutting employers’ free speech rights to engage in noncoercive speech about unionization. The NLRB threatened to make the failure to comply with the poster rule an unfair labor practice and evidence of an employer’s “antiunion animus” for claims before the NLRB.
What the Russians recognized—and the FBI ignored
. A slain Canadian jihadi gave Russian counter-terrorism agents the tip that put alleged Boston Marathon bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev on their radar two years ago, Bay State U.S. Rep. William R. Keating confirmed yesterday — raising questions about whether Tsarnaev’s direct link to the known militant was ever passed on to the FBI or local authorities.
27 Edward Snowden Quotes About U.S. Government Spying That Should Send A Chill Up Your Spine – B.M.G.
. Would you be willing to give up what Edward Snowden has given up? He has given up his high paying job, his home, his girlfriend, his family, his future and his freedom just to expose the monolithic spy machinery that the U.S. government has been secretly building to the world. He says that he does not want to live in a world where there isn’t any privacy. He says that he does not want to live in a world where everything that he says and does is recorded. Thanks to Snowden, we now know that the U.S. government has been spying on us to a degree that most people would have never even dared to imagine. Up until now, the general public has known very little about the U.S. government spy grid that knows almost everything about us.
Federal government has new group in its sights
. This week the US House of Representatives considers the 2013 Farm Bill — the agriculture policy tool for the federal government. Of all of the amendments that will be debated, there is one in particular that has conservatives fuming. If passed, the “Egg Bill” amendment will result in an unfunded government mandate on thousands of American family farmers. The amendment calls for federal requirements on the size and structure of egg producing facilities. This mandate could have significant consequences for farmers — especially the smaller, familyrun businesses. It would likely force farmers to shut down their operations or significantly increase their production costs, which will inevitably be passed on to consumers at the grocery stores and at restaurants. This complete overhaul of our nation’s egg producing facilities is expected to increase the price of eggs and any food containing eggs, such as baked goods.
Obama disappoints world: How do you say ‘miss me yet’ in French?
. This just in from the Washington Post: There are countries where people are deeply worried about the economy and distrustful of the Obama administration’s seemingly dishonest and occasionally faltering leadership. And some of the people there even speak English. Those countries are in Europe, according to a long article in Sunday’s Washington Post, which details the price Obama is paying “for recent controversies that have dogged his administration.”
AT&T to force Obama alerts for iPhones with no way to opt out
. Not only is Big Brother President Obama watching you, he’s going to start messaging you if you own an iPhone with AT&T service. AT&T subscribers with an iPhone 4S or 5 using iOS 6.1 or higher are going to start getting presidential alerts on matters of “national importance” whether you want them or not, the Inquisitr reported.
Whistleblower: Obama Used NSA For Politics
. The IRS may have utilized surveillance data collected by the National Security Agency to harass political opponents of the Obama administration, including the tea party, charged NSA whistleblower William Binney in a radio interview. After working in the intelligence community for more than 30 years, Binney retired from the NSA in 2001. He co-founded a unit on automating NSA signals intelligence and served as technical leader for NSA intelligence in 2001. Binney is credited with helping to modernize the NSA’s worldwide eavesdropping network.
. Asked on Aaron Klein’s WABC radio show Sunday whether he believes data collected on millions of Americans was used by the government against political enemies, Binney replied in the affirmative. “That’s exactly the danger about letting the government have all this kind of information about its citizens,” the ex-NSA official stated.
Clinton: Israel Must Make Peace or Disappear
. In a speech that will no doubt incentivize Palestinians to continue their campaign of terror and warfare against Israel, former President Bill Clinton told Israel that it would have to make peace with the Palestinians if it wanted to remain Jewish and democratic. He said that thanks to demographic changes, Israel will have to separate from the Palestinian population in order to maintain its majority.
Tea Party Group Announces Alternative Reform Plan to Senate Immigration Bill
. Yet another Tea Party group has come out publicly against the “Gang of Eight” immigration bill, as TheTeaParty.net has announced its opposition to the legislation and published online an alternative plan for immigration reform.
. “The granting of citizenship is the most solemn honor this country can confer,” TheTeaParty.Net founder Todd Cefaratti said in a statement obtained by Breitbart News. “It is not something that ought to be used to score political points or to win the next election.”
. Coming Up This Week. 2 bills and resolutions are on the House and Senate calendars for the coming days. Once bills are scheduled for floor action, they typically have enough support to pass.
In Northern Ireland, Obama Pushes A Stale Leftist Canard About Religion
. In Northern Ireland, President Obama repeated an old canard about religious schools being at the root of division there and elsewhere. In reality, hatred comes from state power and poisonous political ideologies. Sticking his nose in Northern Ireland’s internal affairs at the Group of Eight summit in Belfast, the president pretty much told the Irish to dismantle their Catholic and Protestant schools, on the grounds they’re hotbeds of hatred.
Memo To G-8: Problem Isn’t Tax Dodging; It’s Spending
. The world economy is a shambles due in large part to governments in Europe, Japan and the U.S. continuing to spend beyond their means. So what was topic No. 1 at the just-concluded G-8 summit? Corporate tax avoidance! Of all the world’s financial and economic ills, corporate tax avoidance is probably the least pressing. But for G-8 nations, it has one big advantage: It lets feckless leaders who refuse to address their nations’ real problems posture as “doing something” about a phony crisis.
Do Progressives, Liberals And Racists Belong Together?
. Grutter v. Bollinger was the landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision that upheld the University of Michigan Law School’s racial admissions policy. Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, writing for the majority, said the U.S. Constitution “does not prohibit the Law School’s narrowly tailored use of race in admissions decisions to further a compelling interest in obtaining the educational benefits that flow from a diverse student body.” But what are the educational benefits of a diverse student body? Intellectuals argue that diversity is necessary for academic excellence, but what’s the evidence? For example, Japan is a nation bereft of diversity in any activity. Close to 99% of its population is of one race. Whose students do you think have higher academic achievement — theirs or ours?
. When will you stop testing our patience? How long will you mock us? How long must we endure that famous audacity of yours? The people are alarmed — doesn’t that mean anything to you? Even the Senate feels the need to defend itself against you. Don’t the worried faces in this august assembly worry you? Don’t you know that your plans already have been found out? Everyone here knows what you are up to. We know where you were last night, and the night before that, where you met, whom you met with, the schemes you hatched. Didn’t you think we’d find out?
— Marcus Tullius Cicero, In Catilinam
Scott, Florida Keep Racking Up Successes at Paris Air Show
. High-flying Florida is flashing its colors and its famous sunshine this week at the world’s premier commercial and military aviation and space trade fair, and it’s paying off for Gov. Rick Scott and the nearly 80 Florida-based companies, educational institutions and state agencies he’s taken to Paris with him.
. The Sunshine State has the largest of the United States’ 34 state pavilions at the 50th annual International Paris Air Show, and even in the second day the effort is paying off measurably. On Tuesday, Scott and president and CEO of Vision Systems, Carl Putman, announced that Vision Systems, a Lyon, France-based tier one supplier for the aeronautics, marine, and automotive industries, will open its first U.S. subsidiary on the Space Coast.
Ted Cruz: Anyone know if Obama is going to perform background checks on Syria rebels?
. Background checks are required for Americans before they can purchase a weapon. Does an American have to have a background check before he/she can receive a weapon as a gift?
FBI director admits domestic use of drones for surveillance
. The FBI uses drones for domestic surveillance purposes, the head of the agency told Congress early Wednesday. Robert Mueller, the director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, confirmed to lawmakers that the FBI owns several unmanned aerial vehicles, but has not adopted any strict policies or guidelines yet to govern the use of the controversial aircraft.
Capitol Hill Police Block Tea Party Activists from Immigration Rally
. Capitol Hill police are trying to block activists attending Wednesday’s “Audit the IRS” rally from also attending a nearly day-long press conference on immigration, hosted by Reps. Steve King and Louie Gohmert. The IRS rally is on the west side of the Capitol, while the immigration event is on the east side. Organizers for the IRS event were told by Hill police that “your people” can only assemble on the west side. Organizers were told to remove the activists from the immigration event.
In Afghanistan, Obama Repeating Big Vietnam Mistake
. President Obama is practically engineering a silent coup against flawed Afghan President Hamid Karzai, with whom we replaced the Taliban in 2001. He’s copying America’s worst mistake of the Vietnam War.
. A perfect comparison it may not be, but disturbing similarities exist between the Obama administration’s unfolding abandonment of Afghanistan’s corrupt President Karzai and the Kennedy administration’s betrayal of South Vietnamese President Ngo Dinh Diem 50 years ago.
Audit Finds ObamaCare Train Wreck Ahead
. After months of reassurances that the ObamaCare exchanges would be running by Oct. 1, it turns out they’re well behind schedule. Truth becomes an even rarer commodity in the Obama administration. ‘Yes, we will be ready,” said Gary Cohen, who is spearheading ObamaCare implementation at the Department of Health and Human Services. That was in January. HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius has since repeatedly insisted that “we will launch the health insurance exchanges on time.” She was so confident, she said, there was no need for a contingency plan.
. But the HHS put up a stone wall whenever Sen. Max Baucus pushed for details on progress made against specific deadlines. “You’ve never given me any data, you just give me concepts,” Baucus complained in April, before issuing his now-famous warning of an ObamaCare “train wreck” come October. Turns out Baucus was right to be concerned. Two Government Accountability Office reports released on Wednesday show that the administration and the states are well behind schedule on several fronts, leading the GAO to warn that they might not actually be ready in time.
Obama Rhetoric Matches That Of Old Soviet Leaders
. President Obama insists his policies are driven by a “common sense” approach. He also speaks in terms of “we the people” and “the government is us.” Such declarations are reminiscent of old Soviet posters displayed for all to see: “ALL POWER BELONGS TO THE PEOPLE” and “PEOPLE AND COMMUNIST PARTY ARE ONE.”
. But the real power in the USSR was in the hands of Communist Party leaders. They, in the name of the people, defined foes of centralized government as “enemies of the people.” Similarly, Obama’s Department of Homeland Security has defined right-wing extremists as “those that are mainly anti-government, rejecting federal authority in favor of state or local authority.”
Embarrassing Photo Compares Obama’s Berlin Crowds – B.M.G
. Courtesy of Fox News, here is a photo comparing the crowd size at Obama’s 2008 speech in Berlin, and the crowd size at his speech today. In 2008, then-Senator Obama had no record and our corrupt media had no interest in vetting him. Therefore, he was a cipher; a thing upon which the world could gaze and pour their hopes and dreams into. With his empty prose and sketchy rhetoric about hope and change, Obama positioned himself to be whatever you wanted him to be. And our compliant, biased, irresponsible, and dangerous media willfully aided and abetted that deception.
. In 2008, The Cipher brought in a crowd estimated at 200,000. Wednesday, The Reality pulled in only around 4,500.
The EPA: Agency of Regulation or Agency of Restriction? – B.M.G
. In late April, a federal court decision was reached that should attract the attention of anyone wishing to develop property. In a unanimous decision, the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled the EPA has the power to veto permits, even after they have been approved.
Michigan Think Tank High on Florida Education Reform
. A policy analyst from Michigan’s Mackinac Center is sky-high on Florida education, particularly its reform model, insisting the Sunshine State has plenty to be proud of. A new study by the state-based think tank compares the Wolverine State’s student achievement and education policies with the Sunshine State’s. The conclusion: Michigan would be a top performer if it had enacted similar education reforms during the past 15 years.
Audit The IRS Rally
. If you missed seeing the Tea Party Patriots rally on June 19th on CSPAN3, here it is
Obama greeted with mocking ‘Yes We Scan’ signs in Berlin
. President Barack Obama didn’t receive quite as warm a reception as he may have expected when he addressed an audience in Berlin Wednesday.
America should learn from Europe on wind power
. As the Department of Energy considers a loan guarantee for the Cape Wind Project in Massachusetts, it should learn from Europe’s failed wind energy experiments – and from its own troubled experiences with renewable energy projects. Germany and Spain are waking up to the inevitable truth about renewable energy, especially offshore wind. They are now realizing the projects cannot survive without subsidies and that they make energy much more expensive to households and businesses. In an age of austerity, they are a luxury even Germany, Europe’s economic powerhouse, cannot fully afford any more.
DHS hopes to get same cyber-spying powers as NSA
. Domestic spying capabilities used by the National Security Agency to collect massive amounts of data on American citizens could soon be available to the Department of Homeland Security — a bureaucracy with the power to arrest citizens that is not subject to limitations imposed on the NSA.
. Unlike the DHS, the NSA is an intelligence agency, not a domestic law enforcement agency. It cannot arrest those suspected of wrongdoing. That power of the federal government lies with agencies under the jurisdiction of the Justice Department, the Treasury, Homeland Security and other law enforcement agencies.
Why the gov’t source leaked PRISM
The Washington Post has published a remarkable report showing that the National Security Agency and the Federal Bureau of Investigation have been monitoring the central servers of major Internet companies — Microsoft, Yahoo, Google, Facebook, PalTalk, AOL, Skype, YouTube and Apple — and “extracting audio, video, photographs, e-mails, documents and connection logs that enable analysts to track a person’s movements and contacts over time.”
Why did a government source leak information of this program, dubbed “PRISM,” to the Post? What follows is perhaps the most chilling paragraph I’ve read to date about U.S. government surveillance: Firsthand experience with these systems, and horror at their capabilities, is what drove a career intelligence officer to provide PowerPoint slides about PRISM and supporting materials to The Washington Post in order to expose what he believes to be a gross intrusion on privacy. “They quite literally can watch your ideas form as you type,” the officer said.
This Won’t Turn Out Well
The IRS prepares to enforce Obamacare’s contraception mandate. On August 1, the one-year “safe harbor” for religious charities objecting to provisions of Obamacare will end. Starting then, these nonprofit employers will be forced to violate their religious beliefs or pay large fines. In charge of collecting the fines will be our recently newsworthy friends at the Internal Revenue Service.
To recap how we got here: In 2010 a panel created by the new health care law determined that all health insurance policies provided by employers must cover contraception, sterilization, and abortion drugs free of charge. Employers not complying with this Health and Human Services (HHS) mandate will be fined up to $100 per employee, per day. For some, that could mount to millions of dollars a year.
Obama Fails to Commemorate D-Day
Yesterday was the 69th anniversary of the D-Day invasion and President Obama failed to say anything about it. There is no released statement on WhiteHouse.gov and nothing on the White House or Barack Obama twitter feeds about the anniversary. President Obama did not make any public remarks about the anniversary yesterday, either.
However, Obama has taken the time to release a statement about Rep. John Dingell becoming the longest serving member of Congress in U.S. history.
Rising Red tide: China encircles U.S. by sailing warships in American waters, arming neighbors
China has been quietly taking steps to encircle the United States by arming western hemisphere states, seeking closer military, economic, and diplomatic ties to U.S. neighbors, and sailing warships into U.S. maritime zones.
The strategy is a Chinese version of what Beijing has charged is a U.S. strategy designed to encircle and “contain” China. It is also directed at countering the Obama administration’s new strategy called the pivot to Asia. The pivot calls for closer economic, diplomatic, and military ties to Asian states that are increasingly concerned about Chinese encroachment throughout that region.
School cut off Valedictorian’s microphone during speech
A North Texas high school silenced its Valedictorian’s microphone during his speech, prompting questions over his free speech rights. Students attending the Joshua High School graduation say Remington Reimer’s microphone was cut off, right when he began to talk about the Constitution.
Obama orders US to draw up overseas target list for cyber-attacks
Barack Obama has ordered his senior national security and intelligence officials to draw up a list of potential overseas targets for US cyber-attacks, a top secret presidential directive obtained by the Guardian reveals. The 18-page Presidential Policy Directive 20, issued in October last year but never published, states that what it calls Offensive Cyber Effects Operations (OCEO) “can offer unique and unconventional capabilities to advance US national objectives around the world with little or no warning to the adversary or target and with potential effects ranging from subtle to severely damaging”.
Ricin Suspect Was Tracked Via Mail Scanners
Postal Service photographs every piece of mail it processes. A high-tech computer system that captures images of “every mail piece that is processed” by the United State Postal Service was critical in helping federal agents track the Texas woman arrested today for allegedly sending ricin-tainted letters to President Barack Obama and New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg
Eight Colorado counties want to leave the state
As a sign of just how divisive the recently ended Colorado legislative session has been, it may very well result in a literal division of the state. As many as eight counties composing the rural, oil and gas-rich northeast corner of the state are pursuing a plan to cut ties with a capital city they no longer feel represents their interests and come together as the 51st state in the country: North Colorado.
DHS insider: It’s about to get very ugly
Seriously dangerous times ahead. Deadly times. War, and censorship under the color of authority and under the pretext of of national security. felt like I was part of a spy movie set in our nation’s capital. A chill rose up my spine as I waited in the dark of a chilly, misty and foggy pre-dawn morning. I was to meet with my DHS insider source at a time when most of the nation is asleep, at a place I could swear was featured in the movie All the President’s Men. No one and I mean no one knows I’m here, I thought, as I could see one of the most recognizable national landmarks in the distance. My source appeared out of nowhere, or so it seemed, and handed me a cup of coffee with the astute observation that I looked like I needed it. So tell me, I asked impatiently, why do we have to meet at this time, at this location, and under such specific circumstances? ‘Because this might be our last meeting,’ he stated.
“If anyone thinks that what’s going on right now with all of this surveillance of American citizens is to fight some sort of foreign enemy, they’re delusional. If people think that this ‘scandal’ can’t get any worse, it will, hour by hour, day by day. This has the ability to bring down our national leadership, the administration and other senior elected officials working in collusion with this administration, both Republican and Democrats. People within the NSA, the Department of Justice, and others, they know who they are, need to come forth with the documentation of ‘policy and practice’ in their possession, disclose what they know, fight what’s going on, and just do their job. I have never seen anything like this, ever. The present administration is going after leakers, media sources, anyone and everyone who is even suspected of ‘betrayal.’ That’s what they call it, ‘betrayal.’ Can you believe the size of their cahones? This administration considers anyone telling the truth about Benghazi, the IRS, hell, you name the issue, ‘betrayal,’” he said.
Climate change causing Pentagon planning shift, says DOD strategist
One of the Pentagon’s top strategists said climate change is fundamentally altering how the Defense Department (DOD) evaluates future conflict areas. Daniel Chiu, the deputy assistant secretary of DOD strategy, said climate change has the Pentagon thinking about impacts on global food and water scarcity, mass migration and the potential for those issues to ignite clashes around the world.
Air Force Removes Video that Mentions God
The Pentagon directed an Air Force Base to remove a video tribute to First Sergeants because it mentioned the word ‘God’ and might be offensive to atheists or Muslims, Fox News has learned.
Where’s Obama as IRS, EPA compete for most bizarre scandal in Washington?
Fake employees who win awards. Workers building comfy warehouse hideaways. Big bucks shelled out for for pricey “happiness experts.” And professionally produced office dance videos. No, it’s not the plot of a “Seinfeld” episode. It’s just the daily goings-on at the U.S. federal government.
California Elementary School Holds Toy Gun Buyback
HAYWARD — An elementary school will hold a toy gun exchange Saturday, offering students a book and a chance to win a bicycle if they turn in their play weapons. Strobridge Elementary Principal Charles Hill maintains that children who play with toy guns may not take real guns seriously.
Reporters say there’s a chill in the air
President Barack Obama said recently that the Department of Justice’s monitoring of reporters as part of national security leak investigations could “chill the investigative journalism that holds government accountable.” As far as many journalists are concerned, the president couldn’t have been more right – despite last week’s leaks to the media about secret NSA surveillance programs.
In conversations with POLITICO, national security reporters and watchdogs said they already have seen increased caution from government sources following revelations that the DOJ had subpoenaed Associated Press reporters’ phone records and tracked the comings and goings of Fox News reporter James Rosen at the State Department.
You’ve never seen Neil Cavuto this angry: ‘Cut his damn mic!’
In years and years of watching Fox News’ Neil Cavuto, I’ve never seen him as angry as he was Saturday morning. Cavuto flipped out on Democratic strategist Julian Epstein over what Cavuto called the growing pattern of actual invasion and attempted invasion of privacy by the Obama administration.
Phone Record Gathering Story Blown Out of Proportion
Now, we begin to see the wages of having an administration that abuses its awesome powers, then, as night follows day, stonewalls and misleads Congress and the public. Crucial national security measures, which operate on the forgiving assumption that government officials will conduct themselves honorably, are put at risk. The Washington Post publishes a wildly exaggerated report this morning about the government’s collection of telephone records for national security purposes. Mind you, I said collection of telephone records, not wiretapping of telephone conversations, a critical distinction.
Obama’s Ethical Gymnastics
His morality is to be judged by his professed aims, not his means of achieving them.. Presidential ethics are now situational. Obama is calling for a shield law to protect reporters from the sort of harassment that his attorney general, Eric Holder, and the FBI practiced against Fox News and the Associated Press. Through such rhetoric, he remains a staunch champion of the First Amendment — even though he now has the ability to peek into the private phone records of millions of Americans.
The president is outraged that the IRS went after those deemed politically suspicious. So he sacked the acting head of the IRS, Steven Miller, who was scheduled to step down soon anyway. The administration remains opposed to any partisanship of the sort that might deny tax-exempt status to the Barack H. Obama Foundation, founded by the president’s half-brother Malik, but would indefinitely delay almost all the applications from those suspected of tea-party sympathies. Consequently, Lois Lerner granted the former’s request in 30 days, but took the Fifth Amendment when asked the reasons for obstructing the applications of the latter.
Islamists & Leftists Chase College Republicans Out of Their Own Movie Screening (Video) – b.m.g.
Welcome to the indoctrination – where abuse and harassment are accepted on college campuses. Portland State University College Republicans screened the film “Obsession” this week at a campus event. The film focuses radical Islam’s fascination and war with western civilization. During the screening a large contingent of socialists and Muslims stormed into the room and interrupted the show. The Islamo-leftists intimidate and shout down the College Republicans, effectively bullying them out of their own campus event.
Homeschooling Growing Seven Times Faster Than Public School Enrollment
As dissatisfaction with the U.S. public school system grows, apparently so has the appeal of homeschooling. Educational researchers, in fact, are expecting a surge in the number of students educated at home by their parents over the next ten years, as more parents reject public schools.
A recent report in Education News states that, since 1999, the number of children who are homeschooled has increased by 75%. Though homeschooled children represent only 4% of all school-age children nationwide, the number of children whose parents choose to educate them at home rather than a traditional academic setting is growing seven times faster than the number of children enrolling in grades K-12 every year.
USA spends $80 billion year on secret information gathering
Now we know Obama uses most of this to spy on fellow citizens. The US spends at least $80bn a year on intelligence alone, which is more than the defence budgets of all but a handful of countries.
Every day, 854,000 US civil servants, military personnel and private contractors are scanned into high-security government offices to do intelligence work, according to the Washington Post’s 2011 “Top Secret America” report. Up to 55,000 of these work for the National Security Agency, the vast eavesdropping centre that collects “metadata” on billions of US domestic telephone calls. Most are data analysts. Distributed across an archipelago of high security federal buildings in Virginia, Maryland and Washington DC, they toil anonymously in might be labelled America’s data-intelligence complex. The tools and abilities are exponentially different to anything that Eisenhower could have imagined. In his day spies would tap individual phones.
NSA whistleblower speaks, flees to Hong Kong
The man who leaked details of the secret National Security Agency’s Prism program monitoring the electronic communications of American citizens says he’s no Bradley Manning – that he was more discrete about what he released. The source of last week’s stories in the British-based Guardian, which broke the news of the program as well as the Washington Post, was identified as Edward Joseph Snowden, a 29-year-old ex-undercover employee with the CIA making $200,000 a year for intelligence and defense contractor Booz Allen Hamilton, an NSA contractor.
“I carefully evaluated every single document I disclosed to ensure that each was legitimately in the public interest,” he said in the Guardian report. “There are all sorts of documents that would have made a big impact that I didn’t turn over, because harming people isn’t my goal. Transparency is.” The Washington Post reported Sunday that Snowden said he acted because President Obama has failed to keep his pledge of conducting “the most transparent administration in history.”
Florida’s Graduation Rate Soars
Florida has made leaps and bounds in high school graduation rates over the last decade, and it has the numbers to prove it. A new study released last week by Education Today shows Florida ranks second in the nation in boosting graduation rates over the past decade, trailing Tennessee by only 8 percent.
The 2013 Diplomas Count study uses the Cumulative Promotion Index (CPI) to measure the graduation rate index for states around the country. The CPI takes four key steps into consideration to factor its graduation rates: three grade-to-grade promotions (9 to 10, 10 to 11, and 11 to 12) and ultimately earning a diploma (grade 12 to graduation).
In 2000, Florida’s graduation rates sat at 49.9 percent — almost 20 percent below the 2000 national average of 66.8 percent. Over the past 10 years, that percentage has consistently gone up and has risen to 72.9 percent. Florida’s graduation rates are still slightly below the national average (74.7 percent), but the education system that was once at the bottom of the pack now falls short of the national average by only 1.8 percent.
After Sandy, a new threat: Feds rewrite flood maps, boosting flood insurance
George Kasimos has almost finished repairing flood damage to his waterfront home, but his Superstorm Sandy nightmare is far from over. Like thousands of others in the hardest-hit coastal stretches of New Jersey and New York, his life is in limbo as he waits to see if tough new coastal rebuilding rules make it just too expensive for him to stay. That’s because the federal government’s newly released advisory flood maps have put his Toms River home in the most vulnerable area — the “velocity zone.” If that sticks, he’d have to jack his house up 14 feet on stilts at a cost of $150,000 or face up to $30,000 a year in flood insurance premiums.
Jeff Atwater, Adam Putnam and Will Weatherford Roll the Dice on Immigration
Florida’s next crop of Republican leaders could be falling into the same trap that ensnared a prominent Sunshine State politician who pulled defeat out of the jaws of victory. State CFO Jeff Atwater, Florida Agricultural Commissioner Adam Putnam and state House Speaker Will Weatherford, R-Wesley Chapel, have all generated buzz as potential candidates for higher office down the road. While none of them is expected to challenge Gov. Rick Scott in the 2014 Republican primary, all three of them have been mentioned as possible candidates for future gubernatorial elections. There’s also the possibility that one or more of them could run for the U.S. Senate in future election cycles.
All three joined former Gov. Jeb Bush in endorsing the immigration reform bill which is being shaped in Congress. The four Florida Republicans joined almost 50 business and state leaders signing a letter urging Congress to pass immigration reform which Crossroads GPS ran in publications across the nation on Monday.
Florida Leads in Hispanic Graduation Improvement
Florida may take second place for the fastest-growing boost in graduation rates over the last decade, but the Sunshine State places first in the entire country for the highest graduation index for Hispanic students. The 2013 “Diplomas Count” study uses the Cumulative Promotion Index (CPI) to measure the graduation rate index for states around the country. The CPI takes four key steps into consideration to factor its graduation rates: three grade-to-grade promotions (9 to 10, 10 to 11, and 11 to 12) and ultimately earning a diploma (grade 12 to graduation). The study, released last week, showed Florida having the highest graduation index for Hispanic students at 77.1 percent — higher than the national average of of 68.1 percent.
Unprepared Students Told to Fend For Themselves
What were they thinking? Legislators this year enacted a law that essentially replaced “college preparatory” instruction with “developmental education.” The term has nothing to do with special education, as a lot of people assume. Developmental education is the process used in colleges to provide lagging students with education they are supposed to get but often don’t in 13 years of public schooling.
Wonderful – except it then makes the whole effort rather moot. Currently, colleges test incoming students to see what they know. They have been finding out that a majority of incoming students – many of them returning to school after a long break – lack the skills needed to do college work. Currently, they can place those students in developmental education to acquire those skills so they can have a better chance of completion. But the new law says colleges can’t test recent graduates beginning next year and can’t require them to get developmental education
Off-duty cops collect DNA samples at Alabama roadblocks
Off-duty cops in two counties in Alabama spent the weekend collecting saliva and blood samples from drivers at roadblocks. According to Lt. Freddie Turrentine with the St. Clair County Sheriff’s Department, drivers were asked to voluntarily offer samples of their saliva and blood for a study being conducted by the Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation. The drivers were compensated for their samples.
Obamacare To Increase Premiums By 88% In Ohio
Democrats continue to try to dismiss the evidence that Obamacare will dramatically increase the cost of insurance for people who buy it on their own. But on Thursday, the Ohio Department of Insurance announced that, based on the rates submitted by insurers to date, the average individual-market health insurance premium in 2014 will come in around $420, “representing an increase of 88 percent” relative to 2013. “We have warned of these increases,” said Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor in a statement. “Consumers will have fewer choices and pay much higher premiums for their health insurance starting in 2014.”
There are four separate scandals going on at EPA right now
1) The EPA gave an ethics award to fake employee, “Richard Windsor,” who was already just an unethically created e-mail alias for the agency’s former head, Lisa P. Jackson.
2) The EPA makes conservatives pay a fortune for FOIAs to be granted while waiving fees for liberal groups.
3) EPA contractors are basically Gym, Tan, Laundrying in new, swanky rec rooms thanks to your tax money.
4) The EPA leaked confidential information on farmers and cattle facilities to environmental groups. No bigs.
IRS’ mysterious urgent purchase order for spying equipment
The IRS, currently in the midst of scandals involving the targeting of conservative groups and lavish taxpayer-funded conferences, is ordering surveillance equipment that includes hidden cameras in coffee trays, plants and clock radios. The IRS wants to secure the surveillance equipment quickly – it posted a solicitation on June 6 and is looking to close the deal by Monday, June 10. The agency already has a company lined up for the order but is not commenting on the details.
Allen West’s blunt response to Bill Cosby over ‘we should all be more like [Muslims]‘ remark
Comedian Bill Cosby over the weekend penned an op-ed for the New York Post, in which he argues everyone should be more like Muslims. Former Congressman Allen West (R-Fla.) took exception to this characterization, issuing a blunt rebuttal to Cosby via his official Twitter account. “Bill Cosby said we should [be] more like Muslims,” West wrote. “[You] mean honor killings, beheadings, suicide bombings? Hope [you’re] kidding sir.”
State Department memo reveals possible cover-ups, halted investigations
CBS News has uncovered documents that show the State Department may have covered up allegations of illegal and inappropriate behavior within their ranks. The Diplomatic Security Service, or the DSS, is the State Department’s security force, charged with protecting the secretary of state and U.S. ambassadors overseas and with investigating any cases of misconduct on the part of the 70,000 State Department employees worldwide
Don’t Take the Money and Run
Medicaid—which is supposed to be the federal-state partnership that serves low-income children, disabled Americans, pregnant women, and some seniors.
Medicaid, which is not quality health care and is losing doctors every year.
Medicaid, which is already so overloaded that the number of people on the program exceeds the population of France, Britain, or Italy.
But Obamacare presents states with alluring federal money… and governors are under pressure to take the money and run. Unfortunately, giving in now doesn’t mean their financial pictures will be better later. Byron Schlomach, director of the Center for Economic Prosperity at the Goldwater Institute, lays out the scenario
American Patriot News – June 10, 2013
The latest issue of this newsletter.
From G8 to G20 to G-Zero: Why no one wants to take charge in the new global order – J.C.
There are three big unfolding geopolitical stories: China’s rise, Middle East turmoil and the redesign of Europe. The three countries with most to lose from these trends are Britain, Japan and Israel. This is not a G7, G8 or a G20 world. This is the era of G-Zero.
‘Crazy’ ants spread in Florida
The spread of the so-called “crazy ant” is showing no signs of slowing in Florida, according to a new study by the University of Texas at Austin. Researchers say the ants have invaded at least 20 counties in Florida. The “Tawny crazy ants” originated in South America and were first spotted in the United States in 2002. According to the study published in Biological Invasions, the ants invade people’s homes, nest in crawl spaces and walls and feast on electrical equipment. “Tawny crazy ants” chew through wiring in homes and get electrocuted. However, when the ants die, they give off a distinct scent and attract more ants to the home. The ants will continue to spread throughout the United States because there are no natural enemies and no natural ways to control the population.
E.W. Jackson’s Convention Speech – May 18th, 2013 – B.M.G.
On may 18th, 2013, EW Jackson inspired Richmond and rocked Virginia! Join the campaign to inspire and unite all Virginians as we rally around our shared values and toward victory in November!
Climate Models Predict Heat That Hasn’t Occurred
The New York Times is wondering, as are other mainstream media outlets, “What to Make of a Warming Plateau.” If the media had a more critical eye, they’d see what they’ve been expecting is wrong. The Times reported Monday that “The rise in the surface temperature of earth has been markedly slower over the last 15 years than in the 20 years before that. And that lull in warming has occurred even as greenhouse gases have accumulated in the atmosphere at a record pace.”The reporter admits the break in temperature increases “highlights important gaps in our knowledge of the climate system” and says the lack of warming “is a bit of a mystery to climate scientists. “It shouldn’t be. As many of us have known for some time, the models that have been forecasting doom are deeply flawed.
Big Government Doesn’t Just Happen
There are many who complain that big government is the root of all our problems. If we could but rid ourselves of its intrusive presence in our lives, things would be much better. Everyone complains about the effects of big government but few look at its cause. Big government does not just happen. In fact, big government should not happen. After all, most modern states are protected by constitutions which are supposed to restrain the powers and growth of government. But everywhere we look, we see that these limits have not been respected and ballooning bureaucracies thrive.
factors at work that make big government possible. And if we are to resolve the problem of unrestrained big government, we must look for and address these causes. The great conservative writer Russell Kirk makes a very interesting observation that gives us a clue as to what these causes are and how we might return to limited government. He says that “beneath any formal constitution — even beneath our Constitution,… — lies an unwritten constitution much more difficult to define, but really more powerful:” This unwritten constitution consists of “the body of institutions, customs, manners, conventions, and voluntary associations which may not even be mentioned in the formal constitution, but which nevertheless form the fabric of social reality and sustain the formal constitution.”
Nepotism is an ‘open and widely accepted’ practice at the Energy Department
A report released last week by the Energy Department’s inspector general found that nepotism within the department has become an “open and widely accepted” practice, which has resulted in the relatives of department officials getting their relatives employment at the DOE.
New Fla. conservative group ‘ICAN’ hosts Gov. Scott in Boca
Florida Gov. Rick Scott arrived in Boca Raton Monday for an intimate breakfast of about 70 to meet with members of the Independent Conservative Action Network , a new organization poised to have a powerful impact on South Florida and the rest of the sunshine state. The governor greeted the crowd and posed for photos before giving a brief speech and answering a few questions on hot button issues like the health care exchange and immigration. ICAN President Margi Helschien said this would be the first of many events educating the public and reaching out to fellow conservatives. Boca Mayor Constance Scott and Deputy Mayor Susan Haynie joined the breakfast, as did state Republican Committeewoman Cindy Tindell and national party Committeeman Peter Feaman, both of whom are ICAN board members. Former Palm Beach County Republican Party Chairman Sid Dinerstein was also on hand. The group’s Facebook page says it is “dedicated to spreading the conservative message through education, outreach and community involvement.” Its board members are experienced business and community leaders from all over the state:
A former tea party leader wins Florida Panhandle House race
A former tea party leader with strong support from the Republican Party of Florida coasted to a lopsided victory Tuesday in a special election for a state House seat in the far west Panhandle. Mike Hill, a State Farm insurance agent in Pensacola, easily outpolled Democrat Jeremy Lau, an airplane mechanic and Navy veteran who ran with strong union support. Hill, 55, will fulfill the 17 months remaining in the term of the late Rep. Clay Ford, R-Gulf Breeze, who died during the 2013 legislative session.
Obama admin considering resettling Syrian refugees in U.S. and these are the states where they may go
The Obama administration is considering resettling some refugees who have escaped war-torn Syria in the United States, a development first reported by the Los Angeles Times on Sunday and later confirmed by the State Department.
The State Department is “ready to consider the idea,” an official from the department said, if the administration receives a formal request from the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Refugees, which is the usual procedure. The United States usually accepts about half the refugees that the U.N. agency proposes for resettlement. California has historically taken the largest share, but Illinois, Florida, Pennsylvania, Maryland and Virginia are also popular destinations.
Obama’s Snooping Excludes Mosques, Missed Boston Bombers
Homeland Insecurity: The White House assures that tracking our every phone call and keystroke is to stop terrorists, and yet it won’t snoop in mosques, where the terrorists are.
Since October 2011, mosques have been off-limits to FBI agents. No more surveillance or undercover string operations without high-level approval from a special oversight body at the Justice Department dubbed the Sensitive Operations Review Committee.
Who makes up this body, and how do they decide requests? Nobody knows; the names of the chairman, members and staff are kept secret.
Educators Split on Common Core Standards
The new Common Core State Standards educational initiative is causing controversy that’s bleeding across political lines and affecting American families, and Florida is no different. The heart of the angst lies with the purposes behind this new system. Is it better education or a dastardly plan for more government control?
It’s a Hat Trick for Florida’s Leading Economic Indicators
The numbers keep rolling in, and it continues to look good for Florida’s economic prospects. On the heels of positive reports on consumer confidence and median home prices, we have another optimistic stat to report today…
Kindergartener interrogated over cap gun until he pees his pants, then suspended 10 days
In the latest incident of anti-gun hysteria to erupt in a school setting, a kindergarten boy has been suspended from school for 10 days because he showed a friend his cowboy-style cap gun on the way to school. The incident happened on Wednesday morning at about 8:30 a.m. on a school bus in Calvert County, Maryland, reports The Washington Post.
Shale Oil Boom Rattles OPEC
At a critical Friday meeting in Vienna, the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) will set production policy. For the first time, they will be grappling with the challenges of shale oil, even none of the member states are major shale oil producers.The shale boom began in the U.S. as a ripple in North Dakota and Texas. Some thought its impact would be limited and regional, not global. Now that uptick on our domestic production curve has triggered a tsunami with geopolitical implications.
Obama to Muslims: Tell Me What You Want
A series of Muslim Outreach Summits are planned coast-to-coast by the Obama administration to get feedback from Muslims on how the government can better serve them and their specific desires.
DOJ: Social Media Posts Trashing Muslims May Violate Civil Rights
In its latest effort to protect followers of Islam in the U.S. the Obama Justice Department warns against using social media to spread information considered inflammatory against Muslims, threatening that it could constitute a violation of civil rights. The move comes a few years after the administration became the first in history to dispatch a U.S. Attorney General to personally reassure Muslims that the Department of Justice (DOJ) is dedicated to protecting them. In the unprecedented event, Attorney General Eric Holder assured a San Francisco-based organization (Muslim Advocates) that urges members not to cooperate in federal terrorism investigations that the “us versus them” environment created by the U.S. government, law enforcement agents and fellow citizens is unacceptable and inconsistent with what America is all about.
Federally funded anti-terrorist centers branded ‘pools of ineptitude’
On the heels of a scathing U.S. Senate investigation, 77 federally funded anti-terrorist centers are being branded “pools of ineptitude.”
And it’s a costly pool at that. In a book scheduled for release on June 25, Rutherford Institute President John Whitehead writes: “Virtually every state has a ‘fusion center’ monitoring everything from Internet activity and web searches to text messages, phone calls and emails. This data is then fed to government agencies, which are now interconnected: the CIA to the FBI, the FBI to local police.”
Country’s first atheist monument to go up at North Fla. courthouse
The Bradford County Courthouse in north Florida will soon be home to the first atheist monument in the country to be located on government property. It began on May 3, 2012, the National Day of Prayer, when the Christian group Community Men’s Fellowship installed a 6-ton granite monument of the Ten Commandments near the courthouse on public property known as the “Free Speech Forum.”
Less is more in Florida education spending
When it comes to education spending in Florida, the age old expression that “you get what you pay for” simply does not apply. A recent U.S. Census report ranked Florida 42 out of the 50 states and the District of Columbia in per pupil spending for elementary and secondary education.
But the low funding does not mean the Sunshine State has the 42nd worst K-12 education system in the nation. On the contrary.
Education Week, a national research nonprofit, reports Florida consistently ranks near the top in education quality and student progress, largely debunking the idea that more spending equals better results. Education Week ranked Florida 11 out of 50 in its 2011 Quality Counts list, and sixth among states last year despite factoring an “F” grade for low spending.
Obamacare’s Slush Fund Fuels A Broader Lobbying Controversy
A little-noticed part of President Obama’s Affordable Care Act channels some $12.5 billion into a vaguely defined “Prevention and Public Health Fund” over the next decade–and some of that money is going for everything from massage therapists who offer “calming techniques,” to groups advocating higher state and local taxes on tobacco and soda, and stricter zoning restrictions on fast-food restaurants.
72,600,000: Record Number on Medicaid in 2012; Outnumbers Populations of France and UK
A record 72,600,000 were enrolled in Medicaid for at least one month in fiscal 2012, up from 71,700,000 in fiscal 2011, according to the Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission (MACPAC), The 72,600,000 enrolled in Medicaid in the United States in 2012 was more than the 65,630,692 people who lived in France last year, according to data published by the Census Bureau, or the 63,047,162 people who lived in the United Kingdom.
IRS collects docs from 88 employees in investigation
The Internal Revenue Service has told House GOP investigators they have identified 88 IRS employees who may have documents relevant to the congressional investigation into targeting of conservative groups, according to a congressional source familiar with the investigation.
The Munk Debate On Taxing The Rich
On Thursday, May 30 the Munk Debate on Taxing the Rich took place at Toronto’s Roy Thomson Hall in front of a sold out audience. The motion before the house was: be it resolved tax the rich (more). The debate participants were George Papandreou, Paul Krugman, Newt Gingrich and Arthur B. Laffer. At the start of the evening 58% of the audience was in favor of the motion, 28% opposed and 14% undecided.
By the conclusion of the debate public opinion had shifted with 30% opposed to the motion and 70% in favor. The result was a decisive “win” for George Papandreou and Paul Krugman.
Pro-homeless pols give street people the bum’s rush
A 6-minute hidden camera video investigation highlights the hypocrisy of California legislators’ views on homelessness and the growing threat to the Fourth Amendment from the Department of Homeland Security. In the first half of the video by Project Veritas, journalists posing as homeless people rest out in front of home of Assemblyman Roger Dickinson, one of the California legislators who backed the so-called “Homeless Person’s Bill of Rights and Fairness Act.”
Minutes after a car driven by Dickson left his driveway in the tony Woodlake neighborhood of Sacramento, the police showed up and told undercover journalist Christian Hartsock and his crew to move along.
U.S. Military: We Could Have Saved Ambassador Stevens
Elite U.S. troops were completely capable of saving Ambassador Chris Stevens during the Benghazi Consulate attacks on September 11, 2012. Elements of the highly specialized Combatant Commanders In-Extremis (CIF) units are always on alert, on forward deployment, ready to respond. Their job description is to hit the ground in 3 to 5 hours. CIF elements are ready to engage in active combat anywhere in their region, 3 to 5 hours after the call.
Westchester County is being bullied by the federal government.
Agenda 21 at work: HUD wants Westchester to change its zoning to allow affordable housing in expensive neighborhoods.
Professor calls for NRA members to be shot by firing squad for treason
A professor in West Virginia provides yet another example of the inescapable reality that the real threat to America, beyond a complicit media, is likely to be found in college classrooms. Christopher Swindell, journalism professor at Marshall University, is calling on National Rifle Association members to be shot before a firing squad.
In an op/ed published in the Charleston Gazette on Thursday, Swindell offered his version of the “final solution” for supporters of the Second Amendment, as Independent Journal Review’s Michael Miller characterized his vile rhetoric.
Dem congressman’s chief staffers busted in voter fraud scheme
Top staffers of U.S. Rep. Joe Garcia of Miami Beach have been implicated in an elaborate and massive voter fraud scheme that reportedly occurred during the 2012 primary election. Garcia is a Democrat. Jeffery Garcia, the congressman’s chief of staff allegedly participated in a “sophisticated scheme to manipulate last year’s primary elections by submitting hundreds of fraudulent absentee-ballot requests,” the Miami Herald reported.
The chief of staff, who is not related to the congressman, also worked on the campaign of Rep. Patrick Murphy, another Democrat who narrowly defeated incumbent Allen West last year in a controversial election.
EPA mandated device forces ambulance to shut down on the way to the hospital
A vehicle emissions reduction device, which is mandated by the Environmental Protection Agency, forced an ambulance to shut down while carrying a suspect who was shot by Washington, D.C., police.
The EPA mandated device is meant to reduce diesel emissions and is required to be placed on all newer model diesel vehicles. The device can burn off diesel toxins automatically or manually, but if neither of those happen during the “re-generating cycle,” warning lights pop on and the vehicle is eventually forced to shut down.
France shows United States what not to do on tax policy
In 2011, 8,000 French households’ tax bills topped 100 percent. It is so shocking that it is worth repeating: The French government was taxing some of its citizens at a rate that exceeded their income. These were not the super-wealthy; the tax hit families that had household assets (not necessarily income) that exceeded $1.67 million.
This type of tax burden is really only the most egregious part of the approach. The rate for thousands of other French people was set at 75 percent. According to the governing elite, those folks were fortunate that they got to keep 25 percent of what they worked to earn instead of having it all taxed away.
Evangelical Group Pushing Immigration Reform Doesn’t Legally Exist
Late last week, The Huffington Post reported that the Evangelical Immigration Table, a coalition of evangelicals supporting the Senate immigration bill, had announced a $250,000 ad buy in support of the legislation. It was part of the Table’s 92-day Pray for Reform campaign that also included newspaper and radio ads. Curiously, however, the Evangelical Immigration Table doesn’t legally exist as an incorporated political entity or non-profit organization.
On Thursday, Breitbart News contacted the Evangelical Immigration Table (EIT), asking about the organization’s structure, how it is governed and where it receives funding. The organization responded Friday in an email to Breitbart News: The Evangelical Immigration Table functions as a coalition of partners and does not exist as its own non-profit.
So, the EIT is made up of a coalition of (c)3’s and (c)4’s but isn’t itself a legal non-profit organization or corporation. How did it launch the ad campaign reported in the Huffington Post? Loose, informal coalitions cannot purchase advertising. There are also strict limitations on what activities (c)3’s and (c)4’s can undertake, and clear prohibitions on them coordinating on an issue campaign.
Virginia’s Tax Reform: A Model For The Nation?
Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli, nominated as the Republican candidate for governor in this fall’s off-year Virginia state elections, has proposed in that campaign the most advanced, sweeping, state tax reform plan in the nation. What makes the plan truly revolutionary is that the sweeping, pro-growth, tax rate cuts in the plan are financed in large measure by a cap on the growth of state spending, rather than by adopting or increasing another tax.
Million Muslim March on 9/11/13:
We at AMPAC (American Political Action Committee) are planning an historic event for 9.11.13 where one million Muslims will march to Washington D.C. and demand that our civil rights be protected by our government. We are demanding that laws be enacted protecting our 1st amendment . We are asking President Obama to fulfill his promise from his first campaign for Presidency of a transparent government. Lastly we are asking for the release of the 9/11 commission report to the American people.
Putnam gives dire warning about Fla. citrus-greening crisis
Citrus greening poses an “existential crisis” for a Florida’s iconic citrus industry, and there is no solution on the horizon, Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam said Monday. In the 2013 session, the Legislature appropriated $9.5 million to study the threat to agriculture in Florida, the state’s second largest industry after tourism.
Gitmo Offers ‘Resume Writing’ Class for Terrorists
The 166 terrorist detainees at Guantanamo Bay are offered a course in “interviewing and resume writing” as part of their indefinite stay at the prison camp. Joint Task Force Guantanamo (JTF-GTMO) lists the variety of classes and activities it offers to the terrorist trainers, financiers, bomb makers, recruiters and facilitators who are housed at Gitmo.
Obama punts on signing UN arms trade pact opposed by NRA
President Obama will not immediately sign a United Nations arms trade treaty opposed by the National Rifle Association (NRA) but is committed to doing so shortly, Secretary of State John Kerry said Monday. Advocates for the pact had hoped the president would sign the treaty as soon as it became open for signatures on Monday, arguing that such a public display of support would create pressure on major arms dealers, such as Russia and China, to get on board.
Obama Betrays Israel: Secret Base Revealed
TEL AVIV, Israel — Israel’s military fumed Monday over the discovery that the U.S. government had revealed details of a top-secret Israeli military installation in published bid requests. The Obama administration had promised to build Israel a state-of-the-art facility to house a new ballistic-missile defense system, the Arrow 3. As with all Defense Department projects, detailed specifications were made public so that contractors could bid on the $25 million project. The specifications included more than 1,000 pages of details on the facility, ranging from the heating and cooling systems to the thickness of the walls.
“If an enemy of Israel wanted to launch an attack against a facility, this would give him an easy how-to guide. This type of information is closely guarded and its release can jeopardize the entire facility,” said an Israeli military official who commented on the publication of the proposal but declined to be named because he wasn’t authorized to discuss the facility. He declined to say whether plans for the facility have been altered as a result of the disclosure.
Obama’s Christmas Tree Tax is Back
It’s never too early for Washington, D.C., politicians to dampen the holiday spirit. The House Agriculture Committee approved an amendment to its farm bill that would lift the stay blocking implementation of Obama’s Christmas tree tax. We should be thankful the Agriculture Committee doesn’t have jurisdiction over toys.
On November 8, 2011, the Obama Administration issued a final rule that approved a new program to help promote Christmas trees. The government would set up a Christmas Tree Promotion Board, with one of its goals being “to enhance the image of Christmas trees and the Christmas tree industry in the United States.” It isn’t clear why Christmas trees need help with their pristine and festive image—unless they are hiding something.
Obama Aides Use Secret Email
Some of President Barack Obama’s political appointees, including the Cabinet secretary for the Health and Human Services Department, are using secret government email accounts they say are necessary to prevent their inboxes from being overwhelmed with unwanted messages, according to a review by The Associated Press. The scope of using the secret accounts across government remains a mystery: Most U.S. agencies have failed to turn over lists of political appointees’ email addresses, which the AP sought under the Freedom of Information Act more than three months ago. The Labor Department initially asked the AP to pay more than $1 million for its email addresses.
The Obama Crime Family
Have you seen the headlines? Obama’s IRS is ruthless. They want to know what you say in your Facebook posts, what you are thinking, what you are reading – they even want to know the content of your prayers. Amazing – even the mafia doesn’t ask these kind of personal questions.
Stephanie Cutter Attended WH Meetings With IRS Chief
The president’s deputy campaign manager attended the “nonpolitical” ObamaCare implementation meetings with the former IRS commissioner at the White House. She wasn’t there to discuss the Easter Egg Roll. A clue as to whether the targeting by the IRS of Tea Party and other conservative groups was discussed at the 157 meetings that former IRS Commissioner Douglas Shulman had at the White House may be found in remarks by Stephanie Cutter, deputy manager for President Obama’s 2012 reelection campaign, in a recent appearance on Jake Tapper’s show “The Lead” on CNN. As reported by Gateway Pundit, Cutter attempted to dismiss charges they were political meetings but admitted she had attended meetings with Shulman at the White House. “I was in them with him,” Cutter said. “So there was nothing nefarious going on.” Well, if they were not political meetings, why was she there at all? Was she there to offer her health care or tax code expertise?
Tea party leader’s emotional testimony to Congress: ‘You’ve forgotten your place’
During a hearing on how the IRS allegedly targeted her organization, Gerritson spoke of the inappropriate demands asked of her “tiny group,” the Wetumpka Tea Party, and surprised the committee when she said her group received an inquiry letter bearing Lois Lerner’s signature.
While fighting back tears, Gerritson said: “In Wetumpka, we are patriotic Americans; we peacefully assemble; we petition our government; we exercise our right to free speech. We don’t understand why the government tried to stop us. I’m not here as a serf or a vassal. I’m not begging my lord for mercy. I’m a born-free American woman, wife, mother, and citizen, and I’m telling my government that you’ve forgotten your place.”
Glenn Beck compiles history of Obama lies you may have forgotten
From comments made by President Obama on how he got his start in life, his stance on hiring lobbyists once he became president, to the promises behind healthcare reform, Glenn Beck has compiled audio and video clips that show two very different sides of Barack Obama and his administration. “It’s important that you understand the lies that have been told thus far, because they’re only getting worse, and they’re only getting much more dangerous,” Beck warned.
Beck said the Obama administration has employed a “three-step process” that begins with lies, then revises history to fit the desired story, and ends by attacking anyone who tries to speak out. “The only way for them to maintain absolute power is for them to always be lying,” Beck said. “To keep this illusion that they can never be wrong, they must silence or attack their opponents who prove them wrong time and time again.”
Florida Gov. Scott vetoes bill to give illegals driver’s licenses
Florida Gov. Rick Scott sounded a bell for conservatism late Tuesday afternoon when he vetoed a bill that would have approved the issuance of drivers licenses to certain undocumented immigrants. The bill, which passed the House on Apr. 25 and the Senate the following day, would have allowed immigrants who have obtained deferred status under a presidential executive order to legally obtain a Florida driver’s license.
Palm Beach County 2014 Budget Proposal
On Tuesday, county staff unveiled their FY2014 budget proposal – $25M in new taxes and an increase in millage, in spite of rising valuations. Administrator Bob Weisman blames the increase on the Sheriff, and there is some truth to that. Ric Bradshaw intends to spend $38M more than last year, much of it on cost of living increases above and beyond the step and longevity raises already built into the contracts. Yet Mr. Weisman plans to give county employees 3% – similar to the already booked raises at the Solid Waste Authority.
FBI expert: Quran is ‘revealed word of god’
The FBI has censored and modified hundreds of pages of materials to satisfy Muslim critics, including a change that was made because an agency “expert” insisted the Quran “is the revealed word of God.”
Angela Graham-West Bounced from FAU Board
Angela Graham-West, wife of former U.S. Rep. Allen West, has been removed from her position as a trustee at Florida Atlantic University. Graham-West was absent from the FAU board of trustees meeting Tuesday, prompting chairman Anthony Barbar to announce her term had actually ended in May. Graham-West, meanwhile, blamed a Senate paperwork mishap as the reason for her removal.
The Senate failed to confirm Graham-West for two years after her nomination as a trustee by Gov. Rick Scott in 2011. An individual cannot serve on the board or even be considered for renomination for a year if they are not confirmed by the Senate, according to Florida law.
NSA Collecting Phone Records of Millions of Americans Daily
Top secret court order requiring Verizon to hand over all call data shows scale of domestic surveillance under Obama. The National Security Agency is currently collecting the telephone records of millions of US customers of Verizon, one of America’s largest telecoms providers, under a top secret court order issued in April.
The order, a copy of which has been obtained by the Guardian, requires Verizon on an “ongoing, daily basis” to give the NSA information on all telephone calls in its systems, both within the US and between the US and other countries. The document shows for the first time that under the Obama administration the communication records of millions of US citizens are being collected indiscriminately and in bulk – regardless of whether they are suspected of any wrongdoing.
Boy Suspended For Merely Saying ‘Gun’
An 11-year-old boy who hopes to become a Navy SEAL was suspended from a Maryland school after he used the word ‘gun’ in a conversation on board a school bus. The sixth-grader at Northern Middle School in Owings was talking with a group of friends about the Sandy Hook Elementary school massacre when the bus driver overheard the conversation.
“He said, ‘I wish I had a gun to protect everyone from the bad guys,’’ said Bruce Henkelman, the boy’s father. “He wanted to be the hero.” Henkelman told Fox News that his son was interrogated by the principal and a deputy sheriff – without their knowledge or permission.
MoveOn.org to sue Florida over new bill
It’s a great law for the economy, banks and bargain hunters. But it may be a raw deal for homeowners struggling to hang on to their homes. The proposal sponsored by Florida State Rep. Kathleen Passidomo, R-Naples, and Sen. Jack Latvala, R-Clearwater, looks to speed up the foreclosure process by reducing the number of hearings, easing up on the paperwork and hoops lenders must jump through to reclaim a property, ultimately reducing the wait time from five years to one.
Opponents like MoveOn.org, a liberal nonprofit political action committee, say the law is unconstitutional. The group is threatening to sue if the proposal is passed and is collecting signatures demanding that the governor veto the bill.
Harry Reid’s Ploy to Plow through the Farm Bill
The U.S. Senate is expected to vote this morning on a measure that will effectively end debate on the misnamed “farm” bill, cutting off opportunities to fix the deeply flawed legislation. At a cost of a nearly $1 trillion — 80 percent of which goes to the food-stamp program — American taxpayers deserve a robust debate. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) won’t let that happen.
Scott’s jobs agency bites back, calls for investigation of federal Labor department over jobless benefits
Even as it’s working to comply with U.S. Department of Labor findings of discrimination in the unemployment compensation system, the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity is calling for an investigation of those findings, alleging they were “politicized” with a predetermined outcome.
DEO general counsel Robert Sechen sent a letter Wednesday to U.S. Rep. John Kline, R-Minn., chairman of the Committee on Education and the Workforce, asking his panel to investigate the Department of Labor for its politicized inquiry into Florida’s unemployment compensation system. The letter was also sent to Daniel Petrole, the acting inspector general for the Department of Labor.
“Rather than serve as a neutral arbiter, USDOL (Department of Labor) appears to have collaborated with the political group that filed the complaint. Accordingly, DEO respectfully requests that Congress exercise its oversight authority over what appear to be several instances of investigative misconduct,” the letter states.
Now FBI Wants Back Door To All Software But leading security experts say strategy would help enemies.
The FBI is unhappy that there are communications technologies that it cannot intercept and wants to require that software makers and communications companies create a back door so they can listen in when they desire. But a team of technology experts warns the move would hand over to the nation’s enemies abilities they are not capable of developing for themselves.
Army Smacks Soldier for Serving Chick-Fil-A
The Pentagon apparently has little liking for Chick-fil-A sandwiches and the Defense of Marriage Act. The U.S. Army has reportedly punished a master sergeant for hosting a party to celebrate both his personal promotion and the legislation supporting traditional heterosexual marriages.
According to the Chaplain Alliance for Religious Liberty, the unidentified soldier was investigated, reprimanded, threatened with judicial action and given a bad efficiency report. “They say he is no longer a team player and was not performing up to standards,” Chaplain Alliance Executive Director Ron Crews told Fox News. “This is just one little example of a case of a soldier just wanting to express his views and now he’s been jumped on by the military.”
Online ‘Fairness’ Tax Could Hit Your 401(k)
Financial transaction tax proposals have prompted much debate over the past year, both in the U.S. and internationally. In February, the European Union proposed allowing its member countries to levy taxes on the trading of stock, bonds and derivatives. Supporters argue that in addition to raising revenue, the tax would act as a “speed limit” that reduces volatility in the markets. Opponents counter with studies showing that the revenue estimates are overstated, and that the tax could actually increase volatility.
Additional concerns include the indirect impact on middle-class investors — the tax would hit trades done by mutual funds and retirement plans such as 401(k) accounts — and the competitive effects on particular jurisdictions, as the tax creates incentives for such transactions to move across borders.
Some youths unlikely to pay for ObamaCare Coverage – M.F.
Virtually all Americans will be required to have health insurance under the Affordable Care Act starting in 2014, and President Barack Obama especially wants young, healthy people to sign up. About two-thirds of the uninsured are younger than 40. They use fewer health services, and their premiums are needed to help keep insurance costs down for everyone else.
Yet the incentive structures in the law work at cross-purposes with this goal and could well undermine its success. It will all come down to costs. Four out of 5 people younger than 30 will face higher premiums than without the Affordable Care Act even with the subsidies many can receive.
Muslim group CAIR has hijacked Michigan school system
How is the radical Council on American-Islamic Relations bending public school policy to its will? Two stories from Michigan tell the tale.
The Michigan chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MI) said today that a Detroit-area school district has apologized for handing out permission slips for Bible study classes to elementary school students. CAIR-MI sent a letter to Roseville Public Schools after receiving a complaint from two parents of children who attend Huron Park Elementary School about distribution by teachers of permission slips for the Bible classes at a local Baptist church.
But that’s precisely what CAIR sought in the nearby Dearborn district. The Arab American News reported that CAIR staff “recently met with Dearborn Public Schools Superintendent Brian Whiston to discuss concerns from some parents regarding prayer accommodations in Dearborn Public Schools. “Dearborn Public Schools has implemented a policy which fully accommodates student-led prayer in all the schools, as well as unexcused absences for students who leave early on Fridays for Jumu’ah prayers. CAIR-MI is currently in discussion with Melvindale Public Schools to get similar accommodations for students that are now in place for Dearborn Public Schools.”
California under Obamacare: Bare-bones coverage will cost twice as much for some
So let’s say you’re a healthy 40-year-old single man in California. You make roughly $55,000 per year, but your employer doesn’t offer health insurance — or if he has been offering it, he’s just told you he’s scrapping it next year because it costs him a fortune and you can purchase a better plan anyway through Covered California, the new Obamacare health insurance exchange.
You’re healthy, and your income is average. You can’t afford huge premiums for a top-flight insurance plan you know you probably don’t really need anyway. But Obamacare says you can’t buy a “catastrophic” plan at your age. So you decide to buy a “Bronze” plan, defined under Obamacare as a plan that would pay 60 percent of the average person’s medical bills after you take things like the deductible and coinsurance into account.
2007: Obama Demanded Atty. Gen Resign for Carrying Out ‘Political Vendettas’ Of Admin
On Larry King Live in 2007, presidential candidate Barack Obama attacked Attorney General Alberto Gonzales and called on him to resign for carrying out the President’s “political vendettas.”
Obama Surrenders Just As Islamic Jihad Intensifies
As jihadists bomb Boston, behead a soldier in London and firebomb police in Sweden, President Obama has decided America’s actions have offended them and it’s time to retreat. In arguably the weakest national security speech by a commander in chief, Obama denied Thursday that our terrorist enemy is inspired by Islam — while at the same time appeasing Islamic critics by apologizing for drone strikes and agreeing to throttle back on such precision bombings, and close down the terrorist prison at Guantanamo.
The Dots Already Lead To Obama in the IRS Scandal
Abuse Of Power: Any scandal investigation that expects a “Eureka!” moment, a White House e-mail, or Oval Office smoking gun will be misguided. In fact, the dots are already connected directly to the president.
As the Wall Street Journal’s Kimberly Strassel reminds us, Obama’s 2008 campaign was demanding the Justice Department criminally prosecute conservative groups with 501(c)4 tax-exempt status. Then, last year, President Obama’s re-election campaign “targeted private citizens who had donated to Romney groups.”
Obama Says Don’t Fear Gov’t; Tell That to Fox News
Even Barack Obama’s cheerleaders are gagging at the latest news of spying on reporters. But will they also understand that this is just part of a much broader attack on freedom? The president told Ohio State graduates three weeks ago to tune out those who warn that “tyranny is always lurking just around the corner.” Since then — pardon our paranoia — the news has been thick with warnings.
Hacking a Soldier to Death In Name Of Peaceful Islam
On Wednesday, drummer Lee Rigby of the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers, a man who had served Queen and country honorably in the hell of Helmand province in Afghanistan, emerged from his barracks on Wellington Street, named after the Duke thereof, in southeast London.
As grotesque as this act of savagery was, the aftermath was even more unsettling. The perpetrators did not, as the Tsarnaev brothers did in Boston, attempt to escape. Instead, they held court in the street gloating over their trophy, and flagged down a London bus to demand the passengers record their triumph on film. As the crowd of bystanders swelled, the remarkably urbane savages posed for photographs with the remains of their victim while discoursing on the iniquities of Britain toward the Muslim world.
Obama and Democrats Set Tone for IRS Harassment of Conservatives
President Obama may or may not have known that his own IRS officials were signaling out conservative groups for harassment and intimidation, but that campaign was entirely consistent with the political culture actively fostered by Obama and Democratic officialdom. Wall Street Journal editor Kimberly Strassel published a revealing column on Friday, reminding us that the IRS scandals have a recent lineage that goes straight back to the 2008 Obama presidential campaign, when the then-senator had his campaign general counsel Bob Bauer write open letters to the Justice Department and the Federal Elections Commission, demanding investigation of various conservative and liberal organizations (in the latter case, those which supported his Democratic primary opponents).
Oops! Obama’s commerce secretary nominee failed to report $80 million income
While clerical errors are common, $80 million seems like a big chunk to overlook when preparing a financial statement. But apparently that’s what happened to President Obama’s nominee for Secretary of Commerce in preparation for her Senate Confirmation Hearing last Thursday.
In response to the missing income, Pritzker’s lawyer, Robert Rizzi, said in a letter to a Commerce Department attorney that the income was not in original filings “because of a clerical error and through no fault of Ms. Pritzker.”
Governor Pence Pauses Indiana Common Core Standards
Indiana has just given every state that agreed to adopt Common Core national education standards and tests a lesson in prudent governance. On Saturday, Governor Mike Pence (R) signed the Common Core “Pause” bill into law, halting implementation of Common Core until state agencies, teachers, and taxpayers better understand the implications of Common Core adoption.
80% Solutions and 20% Investigations
With all these scandals breaking out, House Republicans are faced with a great opportunity and a serious danger. The opportunity is to show that Republicans are committed to a better future. The danger is that the scandals will absorb all the political energy. Both Speaker John Boehner and Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus have warned the GOP to remain steady and balanced in its response to the scandals which seem to be unfolding on multiple fronts.
Elementary mom furious over cross-dressing ‘Transgender Day’
With the reelection of Barack Obama, the most liberal U.S. president in history, there’s little argument that the far-left is as emboldened as ever in pushing its agenda on the country. Case in point is the Tippecanoe School for the Arts and Humanities in Milwaukee, which dubbed Friday “Switch It Up Day” – a time for students to come dressed as members of the opposite sex, according to EAGnews.
The Problem with Socks
A Celebration of Reading in Houston.
Allen West plans his comeback for 2016
Former Florida GOP Congressman Allen West appeared on the Tammy Bruce radio show Friday and announced, among other things, that although he’ll be sitting out midterm elections, “there’s no doubt” that he’ll be throwing his hat back into the political ring in 2016.
The Obama Medicare Agenda: Why Seniors Will Fare Worse
Today’s seniors are facing higher Medicare costs. Over the next five years, current law, as amended by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA, also known as Obamacare), already guarantees higher out-of-pocket costs for today’s seniors. Beyond the current law, the President’s latest budget proposal would increase seniors’ costs even more. So, notwithstanding “progressive” politicians’ rhetorical promise to “keep Medicare as we know it,” the Obama Administration is formally committed to increasing seniors’ out-of pocket costs, while the President and his allies in Congress have already enacted major Medicare payment reductions that threaten their access to care. Beyond the payment reductions to hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, and home health care agencies, many seniors will also experience a reduction in their Medicare Advantage benefits or even a loss of their existing plan.
CAIR pushes for ‘hijab-friendly’ uniform policy in all US prisons
An Islamic activist group is trying to force all U.S. jails and prisons to allow Muslim female inmates to wear the hijab head covering, according to a report. Never mind looking out for the safety of guards and other inmates. The Council on American-Islamic Relations wants the U.S. Justice Department to institute a “hijab-friendly” uniform policy that would allow Muslim women to keep their heads covered in photographs and while in detention in all local and federal U.S. prisons.
Reporter tries to pin tragedies on climate change, gets surprise answer
The left continues to cling to the idea not only of manmade global warming, but also that it has resulted in increased storm activity. The evidence says otherwise, and this was illustrated last week when a government weather scientist corrected a member of the liberal media on the subject.
Pension bomb ticks away
TICK TOCK. TICK TOCK. A time bomb is ticking away, sneaking up on you on little cat feet. This bomb won’t kill you, but taxpayers will pay a fortune when it explodes.
Florida’s Retirement System, for example, has a $19.2 billion deficit in its plan, which would fund the budgets of 19 other states. Florida’s plan is only 86 percent funded, which, believe it or not, isn’t bad compared to other states. Eighty percent or higher apparently is acceptable on actuarial bright-line tests.
Miami is among the metropolitan cities in danger of defaulting on its pension debt. Pension costs in West Palm Beach have risen from $9 million to over $16 million in the last four years, and the city now faces an $8.4 million shortfall. Tampa and Jacksonville are functionally bankrupt because of their pensions, which are now only about 50 percent funded. Cities in California, Alabama, Rhode Island and Pennsylvania have filed bankruptcy because they can’t afford their pension expenses. One Alabama city stopped sending pension checks to city retirees.
What Is The Debt Ceiling?
Over the next few weeks, Members of Congress will be deciding what their priorities for spending reduction will be in connection with any vote to increase the debt ceiling sometime this fall. The debt ceiling vote likely presents the best opportunity for real spending restraint this year.
Anyone following the shocking IRS scandal has fresh and frightening evidence of the dangers of a massive, over-reaching, highly intrusive federal government. This is yet another reason to cut spending: Washington has a problem respecting fiscal sense and citizens’ freedoms.
Horror Clinics Elsewhere
The grisly dealings of a Florida abortion enterprise. Kermit Gosnell’s sensational trial has brought to public attention the ugly operations of a Philadelphia abortion clinic where the spines of live newborns were snipped with scissors and female patients suffered internal injuries and infections. On May 13, Gosnell was convicted of the first-degree murder of three babies born alive and killed in his clinic, and of involuntary manslaughter in the death of a woman who overdosed after being administered repeat doses of Demerol. He may face the death penalty.
The case prompts the question of how common those and similar practices are. National Review has investigated three Florida abortion clinics, located in Miami, Hialeah, and Miramar. They offer a troubling portrait of America’s abortion industry.
John Boehner’s shrinking power
House Speaker John Boehner, who by title and position should be the second most powerful person in Washington, sure doesn’t seem or sound like it. He has little ability to work his will with fellow House Republicans. He has quit for good his solo efforts to craft a grand bargain on taxes and spending. And he hasn’t bothered to initiate a substantive conversation with President Barack Obama in this calendar year.
So, yes, Boehner by recent historic standards and measures is a relatively weak speaker right now. But, in fairness, it’s not clear a more bullying or forceful leader would fare much better with this gang of Republicans or in this dysfunctional Congress.
The London Terror Attack Was More Than ‘Unforgivable’
How many ignored warnings does it take? That is one question that should hang over Britain after the horror of the daytime murder of a British soldier on the streets of south London. On Wednesday afternoon, Drummer Lee Rigby was killed in Woolwich by two men wielding large knives and shouting “Allahu akbar”—God is great. Islamists have been saying for years they would do this. They have planned to do it. And now they have done it.
The attack itself is not surprising. What is surprising is that British society remains so utterly unwilling not just to deal with this threat, but even to admit its existence. Politicians have called the Woolwich killing “unforgivable” and “barbarous.” But expressions of anger should not really be enough.
ObamaCare’s War on Men
ObamaCare institutes several types of price controls on insurance premiums. The elimination of gender-based ratings forces young men to subsidize the substantially higher claims of young women, ending claims-based differentials of up to 70 percent under age 40. The 3:1 age rating limit requires younger people to subsidize older people, ending the roughly 6:1 rating that was based on actual costs. The elimination of health status as a rating factor forces those in good health to subsidize those in poor health, whether or not good health is due to self-control or lucky genetics.
Summers’ Record Shows He Shouldn’t Be Next Fed Chief
With Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke on the way out, speculation centers on economist and long-time Washington fixture Lawrence Summers as his replacement. Americans have reason to be concerned. Bernanke’s term expires at the end of January, and most political observers agree President Obama isn’t likely to reappoint him. A lot of names have come up as possible replacements, including current Fed Vice Chairperson Janet Yellen and former Fed No. 2 Alan Blinder, among others.
But Summers, who has a reputation for brilliance, looks to have the inside track. Unfortunately, as a leading neo-Keynesian economist — a group that believes strongly in government intervention in the economy — he could be a disaster at the Fed.
ObamaCare Health Insurance Exchanges Are A Downgrade
If you live in California and purchase health insurance on the newly created exchange called Covered California, don’t expect care at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, the prestigious academic hospital in Los Angeles. That top-drawer care won’t be covered by exchange plans. Many Californians will have to give up doctors and hospitals they currently use if they want subsidized coverage. That’s one of the truths omitted from last Thursday’s fanfare when Covered California unveiled the plans it will offer starting Oct. 1.
Federal Government Exercises Its Bullying Pulpit
We have truly entered the world of “Alice in Wonderland” when the CEO of a company that pays $16 million a day in taxes is hauled up before a congressional subcommittee to be denounced on national TV for not paying more. Apple CEO Tim Cook was denounced for contributing to “a worrisome federal deficit,” according to Sen. Carl Levin — one of the big-spending liberals in Congress who has had a lot more to do with creating that deficit than any private citizen has.
Has The U.S. Dollar, Once A Blessing, Become A Curse?
For years, the dollar’s role as the major global currency has been termed an “exorbitant privilege” — a phrase coined by French Finance Minister and later President Valery Giscard d’Estaing. Now it may be turning into an extravagant curse.
The U.S. wants export-led growth. So do most other countries. Not all can succeed; one country’s export surplus must be others’ deficits. But the dollar’s global role puts the U.S. at a special disadvantage. It’s one cause of slow American growth and high joblessness.
Student suspended after tweeting suggested school budget cuts
A senior at an upstate New York high school was suspended for inciting “a social media riot” when he had his classmates tweet their suggestions for what budget cuts his school could make in order to get the school’s failed budget passed. Patrick Brown told the Syracuse Post-Standard that he created the Twitter hashtag, #sh*tCNSshoudcut, as a joke because students were discussing the failed budget and were also speculating about what activities or sports might be cut the following year.
The students tweeted their suggestions throughout the day and Brown expressed his opinion that the district cut the school principal’s job. The school wasn’t amused with Brown’s opinion, and he was hauled into the office.
People sign giant ‘thank you’ card to IRS for targeting conservatives
There is nothing that scares me more than a “man (woman) on the street” video. The level of ignorance that a camera can capture coming from seemingly normal people never ceases to amaze me. Conservative comedian Caleb Bonham (@CalebBonham), on behalf of the Centennial Institute, asked people to sign his giant card thanking the IRS for targeting tea party, conservative and religious organizations
Fla. sugar farmers celebrate historic Everglades legislation
The final phase of Everglades restoration has been codified by Gov. Rick Scott’s signature and the Florida sugar farmers are celebrating the new law. The legislation was sponsored by Rep. Matt Caldwell and Sen. Wilton Simpson, and received unanimous passage in both the Florida House and Senate. Florida Crystals Corp., U.S. Sugar Corp., and Sugar Cane Growers Cooperative of Florida celebrated the change to Florida law which aligns it the bipartisan federal Everglades plan agreed upon by farmers, policymakers, and environmental advocates last year.
An explanation was provided by the sugar farmers: There will now be a framework and necessary funding of ecosystem restoration project construction. The law calls for Florida’s sugar farmers to continue their successful on-farm Best Management Practices (BMPs), paid for entirely by farmers, and recognizes their success as has been demonstrated by a reduction of phosphorus of 55 percent over the past 17 years. It also extends the Agriculture Privilege tax, an additional payment made by Everglades Agriculture Area (EAA) farmers, until 2035.
Join the Fight Against Common Core
Two competing forces are pushing on America’s K–12 education system today. One is an effort to infuse education choice into a long-stagnant system, empowering parents with the ability to send their child to a school that meets her unique learning needs. The other is an effort to further centralize education through Common Core national standards and tests.
Across the country, education choice options have been proliferating rapidly, including vouchers, tuition tax credits, special needs scholarships, and education savings accounts. Educational choice is a revolution because it funds children instead of physical school buildings and allows dollars to follow children to any school—or education option—that meets their unique learning needs.
COMMON CORE IS an effort to centralize education by dictating the standards and assessments that will determine the content taught in every public school across the country. COMMON CORE HAS NO EVIDENCE that it will improve academic outcomes or boost international competitiveness. But the Obama Administration has pushed states to adopt national standards and assessments in exchange for offers of billions of dollars in federal funding and waivers from the onerous provisions of No Child Left Behind.
Hold on to your wallets: farm bill incoming!
Mark up week for the $1 trillion food stamp and farm bill has finally arrived and with it the ominous prospect of self-styled conservatives and Republicans rubberstamping President Obama’s big-government agenda. Both the House and Senate Agriculture Committees released the draft text of their respective bills last week and the contempt for the American taxpayer could not be more evident.
The bills look remarkably similar to last year’s legislation: chock full of special interest handouts, market-distorting subsidies, taxpayer-funded shallow loss crop insurance, and of course hundreds of billions of dollars in food stamps. Whether it’s the consumer-crushing sugar program or a dairy program with a Soviet-style flare, the farm bill is an American taxpayer’s worst nightmare.
Rand Paul on Obamacare
Senator*Rand Paul (R-KY) was the keynote speaker at the Iowa Republican Party’s Lincoln Dinner at The Hotel at Kirkwood Center in Cedar Rapids, Iowa on May 10, 2013
Frack-ture: Obama tries to kill U.S. Energy
The Interior Department is proposing new federal rules for hydraulic fracturing, but the chairman of the House Natural Resources Committee warns they’re unnecessary and will only limit energy production and economic growth.
New Class of People Identified As Irs Enemies
It is no secret that the IRS watches certain groups of taxpayers with increased scrutiny. For instance, millionaires have about a one-in-eight chance of being audited. There is another segment of American taxpayers who face approximately six times those odds of a visit from the IRS: adoptive parents.
Adoptions are expensive. The average cost of adoption is $30,000. In response to those costs, and the millions of children in the U.S. and abroad waiting to be adopted, Congress passed Adoption Tax Credits. States then began to match those credits. New information from the Taxpayer Advocate Service says that 90 percent of those who filed for the adoption tax credits in 2012 were asked for “additional information.”
Florida High School Online Class: Terrorists Lack Self-Esteem
A high school online class in Florida has not only compared Christianity and Islam as fundamentalist groups, but apparently claims that terrorists act the way they do because of low self-esteem. The Florida Virtual Online Class (FLVS) in World History stated: “Common traits that psychologists have found in terrorists are that they are often risk-takers and many suffer from low self-esteem. Sometimes joining a terrorist group provides these individuals with a sense of belonging.”
John Kerry: Israel’s ‘Prosperity’ May Be Blocking Peace Process With Palestinians
Is it possible that the many accomplishments and economic prosperity of Israel is preventing the peace process from moving ahead in the Middle East? That seems to be what our Secretary of State thinks. Before last week’s meetings with Israel’s leadership, Secretary Kerry made the following statement to reporters (via the official State Department transcript): “I think there is an opportunity [for peace], but for many reasons it’s not on the tips of everyone’s tongue. People in Israel aren’t waking up every day and wondering if tomorrow there will be peace because there is a sense of security and a sense of accomplishment and of prosperity.”
Teacher faces dismissal for teaching Bill of Rights
Just days after IRS executive Lois Lerner improperly invoked her Fifth Amendment right not to answer questions about Tea Party intimidation, the often misunderstood amendment is reportedly facing another attack at an Illinois high school.
Social Studies teacher John Dryden said he checked his inbox shortly before class recently and noticed a stack of surveys with each of his students’ names printed on them. After looking over the questions contained therein, he realized recipients might feel compelled to affirm illegal drug or alcohol use.
He said he thought “somebody needs to remind them they have the ability not to incriminate themselves” and felt compelled to inform the class about their rights. “”I made a judgment call. There was no time to ask anyone.” Had he received the surveys earlier, he explained, there would have been time to discuss his concerns via more appropriate channels. Instead, he was due in class and simply engaged in a quick lesson about the Fifth Amendment, he said. As a result, administrators threatened him with a “letter of remedy,” which can result in discipline up to and including dismissal
Dem: Republicans throwing infrastructure ‘under the bus’
A Washington state Democrat is accusing Republicans of “throwing American infrastructure … under the bus” after a bridge collapse there this week. The portion of Interstate 5 in Washington that runs over the Skagit River collapsed on Thursday after a truck hit an overhead support structure, but Rep. Jim McDermott (D-Wash.) cited the incident in an interview as proof Republicans were blocking infrastructure investment to hurt President Obama politically.
Rubio Can’t Defend His Own Immigration Bill
Senator Marco Rubio appeared on a special edition of the Hannity show last night on behalf of the Gang of Eight’s immigration bill, otherwise known as Schumer-Rubio. His case for the bill was unpersuasive and, at times, incoherent. You can see substantial portions of the show in three online videos.
Jihadists Working in the IRS
Whether it’s a homegrown terrorist with Nigerian heritage butchering a UK serviceman, or an IRS operative targeting the First Amendment, if the reason for bloodshed – be it literal or political – is rooted in religious-like fervor, Jihadists will defend their “Holy War.”
Overview of the NIMBY Decision Tree – B.M.G.
Welcome to HUD’s NIMBY Decision Tree. This is a resource developed to give housing advocates and developers strategies to combat community opposition–NIMBYism (Not In My BackYard)?during the process of developing/offering housing and services for homeless individuals. Another example of the government against the citizens.
Senator Dianne Feinstein and her husband, Richard Blum, stand to make a fortune from U.S. taxpayers – B.M.G.
The US has entered into a contract with a real estate firm to sell 56 buildings that house U.S. Post Offices. The government has decided it no longer needs these buildings, many of which are located on prime land in towns and cities across the country. The sale of these properties will fetch billions of dollars and a handsome 6% commission to the company handling the sales. That company belongs to Richard Blum, the husband of Senator Dianne Feinstein. Senator Feinstein and her husband, Richard Blum, stand to make a fortune. His firm, CBRE will be making a 6% commission on the sale of each and of these postal properties. All of these properties that are being sold are all fully paid for.
They were purchased with U.S. taxpayers dollars, and they are owned free and clear by the U.S.P.S. The only cost to keep them is the cost to actually keep the doors open and the heat and lights on. The United States Postal Service doesn’t even have to pay property taxes on these subject properties. Would you sell your house just because you couldn’t afford to pay the electric bill? Well, the Post Office is.
How does a powerful U.S. Senator from San Francisco manage to get away with such a sweet deal? A powerful United States Senator’s husband is standing by, all ready to make millions from a U.S. taxpayer funded enterprise.
Obama Plan To Tax Muni Bonds Would Destroy State, City Finances
Buried in the Obama administration’s budget is a proposal that would destroy state and municipal finances. Overturning a provision that has been central to the Revenue Code since 1913, it would impose for the first time a federal tax on municipal bond income. The result would be irreparable harm to the market for tax-exempt bonds and higher taxes for everyone. The law itself could be unconstitutional.
‘Robin Hood’ Tax Will Not Make Markets More Stable And Might Hurt Economic Growth
The Financial Transaction Tax (FTT), which is to be adopted in 2014 by 11 Eurozone countries, has come under a lot of flak lately. Most recently, Sir Mervyn King said he could not “find anyone in the central banking community who thinks it’s a good idea.” Even the Italian government, initially committed to adopting an FTT, is now having second thoughts — particularly because the tax will affect secondary trading in government bonds. In stark contrast, Algirdas Šemeta, the European Commissioner for taxes, claims that the levy of 0.1% on equity and fixed income transactions and 0.01% on derivatives is a response “to the persistent demands of their citizens, who have long called for a harmonized FTT in Europe. The levy will ensure that the under-taxed financial sector finally makes a fair contribution to the public purse.”
Toy Gun Causes Disturbance On Palmer Elementary School Bus
A plastic Lego sized gun caused a disturbance on a Old Mill Pond Elementary School bus Friday morning. Mieke Crane is the mother of the six-year-old kindergarten student who brought the gun on the bus. “I think they over-reacted totally. I totally do,” said Crane. Another student on the bus saw the toy and yelled to the driver. “She said he caused quite a disturbance on the bus and that the children were traumatized,” said Crane.
The school sent home a letter to parents of students who take the bus explaining what happened. It stressed no gun was on the bus and there was never any danger. The letter also has photo of the toy showing it’s actual size, which is slightly larger than a quarter. “I could see if it was you know, an air soft gun or some sort of pistol or live bullets or something. This is just a toy,” said Crane. She is upset with how her son is being disciplined. She says he had to write an apology letter to the driver, has detention on Tuesday and could be temporarily suspended from the bus. The other student, who yelled about seeing the gun, also had to apologize. Crane and that student’s mother, who did not go on camera, think this is sending the wrong message. The two agree speaking up is what the students are trained to do if they see something wrong like a gun.
Obama’s SEAL Team 6 Coverup – B.M.G.
On August 6, 2011, a military helicopter— Extortion 17— carrying thirty-eight men (including twenty-five of the elite SEAL Team 6, five National Guard and Army Reserve, and eight Afghan commandos) was shot down over Taliban-controlled territory in eastern Afghanistan. They had been on a top secret mission to take out a high-value target.
Billy and Karen Vaughn, parents of Navy SEAL Aaron C. Vaughn, started poking around at the “official” story and found not a rat, but a stinking swamp, a coverup that went all the way to the top.
When the Vaughns began trying to drain the swamp, they received what the Obama administration is famous for: the shakedown. None other than one of the highest ranking officers in the nation—Admiral William McRaven, commander at U.S. Special Operations Command—paid the Vaughns a little visit, in essence telling them to keep their mouths shut
We’ve Seen the Effect of “Amnesty” Before
Experts can’t always predict exactly how public policy will affect the nation, despite our best efforts. But when it comes to immigration policy, we have tried many of the types of reforms advocated by today’s Gang of Eight—so we should consider the effects these reforms had in the past.
In the mid-’80s, many Members of Congress advocated amnesty for long-settled illegal immigrants. President Reagan considered it reasonable to adjust the status of what was then a relatively small population, and as his attorney general, I supported his decision. The path to citizenship was not automatic. Immigrants had to pay application fees, learn to speak English, understand American civics, pass a medical exam, and register for military selective service. Those with convictions for a felony or three misdemeanors were ineligible.
This should sound familiar, as it’s quite close to the path and provisions set forth by the Gang of Eight. Today they call it a “roadmap to citizenship.” Ronald Reagan called it “amnesty.” And he was right.
The 1986 reform did not solve our immigration problem—in fact, the population of illegal immigrants has nearly quadrupled since that “comprehensive” bill. Why didn’t it work? Well, one reason is that everything else the 1986 bill promised—from border security to law enforcement—was to come later. It never did. Only amnesty prevailed, and that encouraged more illegal immigration.
‘It made him look like a butler': Retired general blasts President Obama for ordering U.S. Marine to break military rules by holding an umbrella
According to Marine Corps regulations, not even the President of the United States can request a Marine to carry an umbrella without the express permission of the Commandant of the Marine Corps. The Marine Corp Manual, which is the bible for all soldiers serving, specifically states that a soldier’s uniform dress code does not allow the carrying of an umbrella and ‘no officer or official shall issue instructions which conflict with, alter, or amend any provision without the approval of the Commandant of the Marine Corps.’
Judge Upholds AZ Denying Licenses to Illegal Immigrants
A judge has refused to halt Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer’s policy denying driver’s licenses for young immigrants who have gotten work permits and avoided deportation under an Obama administration policy. The decision Thursday by U.S. District Judge David Campbell rejects the argument by immigrant rights advocates who say her policy is unconstitutional because it’s trumped by federal law.
Regulations Create Third Ruling Class
The Federal bureaucracy should serve, not rule the people. While regulations are needed to protect the environment and ensure clean air and water, the Obama Administration has abused its position to create a third ruling class of mostly appointed bureaucrats who impose costly regulations on the nation. New regulations enacted during President Obama’s first term alone cost Americans $70 billion, and much of it is to influence behavior, reward “good” industries and punish ones not considered to be friendly to the Obama agenda of hope and change. Just another way to pick winners and losers.
Finally, A Bi-Partisan Solution on Term Limits
It does not prescribe the number of terms a member can serve; rather, it gives Congress the constitutional authority to pass and implement term limits. The reason for this structure is that by taking away the details from the amendment process, the likelihood of passage increases. We believe that even members who are philosophically opposed to term limits would support a constitutional amendment providing the legislative branch with the ability to debate and vote on the issue.
The Liberal Union behind the IRS
The President couldn’t even bring himself to breathe a word of the truth. He could fire some hapless Acting Commissioner, but last night Mr. Obama never came close to discussing that which must never be discussed. The IRS?
It’s about a union: the National Treasury Employees Union. The NTEU. A left-wing union representing 150,000 employees in 31 separate government agencies, including the IRS. A union that not only endorsed President Obama for election and re-election, but a union whose current president, Colleen Kelly, was a 14-year IRS agent and now is both union president and Obama administration appointee (of which more in a moment). It’s about 94% of NTEU union contributions going to Democrats in the Senate and House in 2012 — candidates who campaigned as vociferous opponents of the Tea Party.
And the recently released report from the Treasury Inspector General? You will not find a single reference to the NTEU. Whose members are both player and referee in the exploding controversy over the IRS targeting of conservative groups. Which raises the obvious question: how many NTEU members were involved in the writing of the Inspector General’s report?
4 Reasons Why the Obama Doctrine is Making Us Weaker
It’s no secret American leadership in the world is growing weaker. Our decreasing influence can be traced to the Obama Doctrine. With his goal to make the United States “an equal partner” rather than an “exceptional” nation, President Obama has sought to remake American foreign policy. For years, The Heritage Foundation has explored and tracked the Obama Doctrine. Heritage’s Helle Dale explains the four main tenets identified by authors Kim Holmes and James Carafano. They are:
Ratification of more treaties and reliance on international organizations more often to deal with global crises and security concerns like nuclear weapons, often before turning to our traditional friends and allies;
Emphasis on diplomacy and “soft power” instruments such as summits and foreign aid to promote its aims and downplay military might;
Adoption of a more humble attitude in state-to-state relations; and
Playing a more restrained role on the international stage.
What is the real number of illegal border crossings?
A new report from the Council on Foreign Relations could have a significant effect on the conversation — and cast real doubt on whether the government’s border security statistics are reliable. If the report is correct, more illegal immigrants are making it past U.S. authorities than officials say. And just as important, the report suggests it is nearly impossible to have an informed debate about border security because the government does not reveal the most basic information about illegal border crossings.
2013 Commencement: Liberals Dominate Conservatives Again
Young America’s Foundation’s 20th annual “Commencement Speakers Survey” reveals that 62 liberal speakers-and only 17 conservatives-are scheduled to speak or have already spoken at the 2012 commencement ceremonies for the top 100 universities as listed by U.S. News and World Report.
Pope Francis Ignores Power Of Free Market To End Poverty
Pope Francis seemed to have an economic blind spot, to say the least, when he urged more “state control” to cut global poverty Thursday. On the contrary — the biggest poverty-killer in history is free enterprise.Before we go further, let us say that we know that the pope does seem to have the best intentions and his devotion to the poor is indisputable.
But it appears he has been infected by the local economic pathologies of his homeland, Argentina, and its liberation theology among the Jesuits, at least when he warned ambassadors about “the tyranny of money” and called for countries to impose more control over their economies to prevent “absolute autonomy” and foster the “common good.”
Why Pam Bondi Has a Strong Damages Suit Against BP
At first blush, it may seem that proving our state’s damages would be difficult. After all, there was very little evidence of oil reaching the shores of the Sunshine State during the 87 days the oil leak went uncapped.
While the exact amount of damages incurred by our state as a result of the oil spill will be difficult to calculate, there is no doubt that Florida’s economy — as well as our state budget — was hit hard by the perception that our beaches were covered in oil. Therefore, It is entirely appropriate for the attorney general to try to recover those damages.
Florida Outperformed Nation in April in Getting People Back to Work
Florida’s unemployment rate dropped to 7.2 percent in April — lowest it has been since September 2008, Gov. Rick Scott announced Friday. In fact, Florida outperformed the national unemployment rate for last month, which stands at 7.5 percent. April is the first month in five years in which no county had above 10 percent unemployment in Florida.
Voter Fraud in Missouri: Wrong Candidate Was Elected
On Monday, John C. Moretina pleaded guilty to a federal felony count of voter fraud in the August 2010 Democratic primary in Missouri’s 40th legislative district. Moretina falsely claimed he was living in the 40th district just so he could vote in the primary. This is a Democratic district where the winner of the primary, John J. Rizzo, was highly likely to become the district representative in the state house and, in fact, was elected. But Rizzo beat his Democratic opponent, Will Royster, by only one vote: 664 to 663.
Benghazi: The anatomy of a scandal; how the story of a U.S. tragedy unfolded — and then fell apart
The tragedy of Benghazi, where a U.S. ambassador and three other Americans were killed, seemed a cut-and-dried story in the days after a mob attacked the State Department’s mission in eastern Libya. From President Obama on down, the recap was simple: A crowd of demonstrators angry over an obscure YouTube video that denigrated Islam’s Prophet Muhammad spontaneously stormed the complex.
The State Department’s top spokeswoman assured the public that security for fallen Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens and his aide Sean Smith was “robust.” Pentagon chieftains likewise said the military did all it could in the ensuing eight-plus hours of the attacks, during which two former Navy SEALs — security contractors Tyrone Woods and Glen Doherty — were killed by mortar fire while trying to protect a nearby CIA annex.
Today, the public knows that those early administration pronouncements were false. They were uttered with less than two months to go in a presidential election campaign in which Mr. Obama declared al Qaeda on its heels.
CBO: Obama budget for fiscal 2014 adds $5.2 trillion in deficits
The non-partisan Congressional Budget Office on Friday said President Obama’s 2014 budget proposal would add $5.2 trillion in deficits over 10 years.The agency said that compared to its baseline scenario, the Obama budget would reduce projected deficits by $1.1 trillion over 10 years. The White House had claimed $1.8 trillion in savings using its own analysis.
NYT: Obama Administration Knew Of IRS Scandal 5 Months Before Election
In no uncertain terms and with no hedging, The New York Times reports that the Obama administration was aware of the fact that the IRS was targeting Tea Party groups as far back as June of 2012. The Treasury Department’s Inspector General confirmed that he told senior Treasury officials in June of 2012, a full five months before Election Day.
Benghazi Dot One, Why The Video And Why AP – B.G.
There was more than one reason and we need to understand them all which isn’t easy,(and even less easy to explain,) because there are details long forgotten as if each ‘thing’ was in a box of its own separate from each other ‘thing’. In reality, they are connected in a myriad of ways. So this is going to have to be a series. Step by step. Inch by inch. Slowly we turn.
IRS Chief Apparently Lied During Testimony
In House testimony Friday, former Acting IRS Commissioner Steven Miller explained that the IRS mistakes in handling applications for non-profit status from tea party groups were due, in large part, to a flood of applications following the Citizens United decision. Miller said the targeting was a botched attempt to centralize the process to account for the increased workload. There were fewer applications in 2010, when the IRS began targeting conservative groups, than the year before, however.
In 2009, before IRS began targeting tea party organizations, 1,751 groups applied for 501 (c)4 status. That number dropped in 2010 to 1,735. In fact, applications were down across all areas in the Tax Exempt division’s jurisdiction. So, they had more staff available for processing. While the number of applications did increase in 2011 and 2012, there was no increase in applications when the IRS began isolating tea party groups.
Strassel: The IRS Scandal Started at the Top
Was the White House involved in the IRS’s targeting of conservatives? No investigation needed to answer that one. Of course it was. President Obama and Co. are in full deniability mode, noting that the IRS is an “independent” agency and that they knew nothing about its abuse. The media and Congress are sleuthing for some hint that Mr. Obama picked up the phone and sicced the tax dogs on his enemies.
But that’s not how things work in post-Watergate Washington. Mr. Obama didn’t need to pick up the phone. All he needed to do was exactly what he did do, in full view, for three years: Publicly suggest that conservative political groups were engaged in nefarious deeds; publicly call out by name political opponents whom he’d like to see harassed; and publicly have his party pressure the IRS to take action. Mr. Obama now professes shock and outrage that bureaucrats at the IRS did exactly what the president of the United States said was the right and honorable thing to do. “He put a target on our backs, and he’s now going to blame the people who are shooting at us?” asks Idaho businessman and longtime Republican donor Frank VanderSloot
Let the greens gripe, the Keystone XL pipeline is a lock
In Baltimore Friday — a helicopter hop away from all-scandal-all-the-time D.C. — President Obama announced he is “directing agencies across the government to do what it takes to cut timelines for breaking ground on major infrastructure projects in half.” Obama never mentioned Keystone by name, but at 1,700 miles long and expected to create about 16,000 jobs, the pipeline to carry Canadian oil to the Gulf Coast is about as “major” as infrastructure gets. And the only agency “across the federal government” standing in its way is the Obama State Department.
It will do what it takes. On Friday, congressional Republicans noted that the president made the speech at a Baltimore company — Ellicott Dredges – that’s run by a man who testified before Congress on Thursday about how important the pipeline is to the economy.
News anchor speaks out about IRS, gagged by station
A St. Louis TV anchorman alleged on his Facebook page earlier this month that after conducting a fair, but hard-hitting interview with President Barack Obama, his troubles with the Internal Revenue Service exacerbated. From the moment he made that assertion, he’s also received flak from his employer. On the same day newsman Larry Conners, who works for CBS affiliate station KMOV, made his Facebook entry, he was supposed to have been interviewed by CNN and Fox News contributor Dana Loesch on her radio program. Instead, he deleted his Facebook posting, abruptly cancelled his interview and, according to Loesch, read the following statement on the air:
Those were my personal views, not those of KMOV TV, second to be fair, I should disclose that my issues with the IRS preceded that interview by several years. As a journalist I understand the importance of keeping my personal matters separate from my professional work, sometimes you have to do that to retain your independence as a news man. Those lines might have been unintentionally crossed yesterday by my post.
Woman Who Asked IRS’s Lois Lerner Scandal-Breaking Question Details Was a Plant
The woman whose question prompted a top Internal Revenue Service official to admit the agency was inappropriately targeting conservative groups says she was contacted prior to the event that elicited the admission and was directed to ask the question. Celia Roady, a prominent tax lawyer in the firm of Morgan Lewis, said she was called personally by Lois Lerner, the IRS head of the tax exempt division, on May 9.
“I received a call from Lois Lerner, who told me that she wanted to address an issue after her prepared remarks at the [American Bar Association] Tax Section’s Exempt Organizations Committee Meeting, and asked if I would pose a question to her after her remarks,” Roady said in a statement to U.S. News and World Report. “I agreed to do so, and she then gave me the question that I asked at the meeting the next day. We had no discussion thereafter on the topic of the question, nor had we spoken about any of this before I received her call. She did not tell me, and I did not know, how she would answer the question.”
Flashback: Schumer, Franken urged IRS to target tea party in 2012
Long before the Internal Revenue Service revealed it had improperly targeted conservative 501(c)(4) groups, a group of Democratic senators led by New York Sen. Chuck Schumer urged the IRS to do just that.
The IRS’s admission last Friday that it had singled out tea party and other groups for extra audits and delays has raised concerns that President Barack Obama’s administration quietly attempted to stymy opponents through intimidation. But many prominent Democrats — including Montana Sen.Max
, Americans United for the Separation of Church and State and the New York Times editorial board — had been publicly calling for tighter restrictions on 501(c)(4) groups affiliated with the tea party and conservatives.
Last year, Schumer, along with Democratic Sens. Michael Bennet, Sheldon Whitehouse, Jeff Merkley, Tom Udall, Jeanne Shaheen and Al Franken, penned a letter calling on the agency to cap the amount of the political spending by groups masquerading as “social welfare organizations.”
God Pees on Liberal Media and Tells Them It’s Just a Tea Party
For those of you who hate the Tea Party, I have a one word reply to you: Ha! Because they were right, and you were very, very wrong. They were right about the IRS, right about Boston, right about Benghazi.
They were right about Eric Holder and the threat that our top law enforcement officer posed to the Bill of Rights; they were right about Obama and his smarmy, made-up, intellectual know-it-all-ism; they were right about the press being active advocates for partisan purposes while ignoring Obama’s smarmy, made-up, intellectual know-it-all-ism; they were right about the GOP being wrong on taxes and spending; they were right on Obamacare and Mitt Romney and the constitutional limits of government, as well as the limits placed on government by natural law.
The Larger Implications of the AP Affair
Of all the scandals, mini-scandals, and scandals-in-waiting circling the White House these days, the one that should set off the most alarms in the Oval Office is the AP phone records affair. It’s not so much its relative placement on the egregious overreach scale; it’s the fact that it involves the mainstream press. This is an assemblage of men and women that has been vital to the political success of the President. This is the group that collectively decides whether an event, or series of events, constitutes a scandal or, for that matter, even a story.
When scandal engulfs an administration, it’s generally not about one isolated occurrence, but rather a confluence of events that forms a narrative and paints an unsavory picture. Until now, that dynamic has been lacking in the coverage—or lack thereof—of stories such as Benghazi, Fast and Furious, and the IRS. Now, however, this administration has provided a linchpin to the scandal process with its peek into AP’s virtual Rolodex. The press is now angry, and that’s not a good thing for Obama, Inc.
Judge Goes Off Deep End To Shut Up Christians
A federal judge has issued a startling ruling that suppressing Christian speech is allowed when Muslims threaten violence because they’re upset over the message.
The ruling from Judge Patrick J. Duggan in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan granted Wayne County’s motion for summary judgment of a lawsuit brought by a team of Christians who were badgered, bullied and targeted with garbage thrown by Muslims who disliked their message at last year’s Arab Fest in Dearborn, Mich.
Officials with American Freedom Law Center, who have been arguing the case on behalf of the Christians, also said the judge denied AFLC’s motion requesting that the court issue an order preventing the Wayne County Sheriff and his deputies from restricting the Christian evangelists from displaying their banners and signs on the public sidewalks outside of this year’s Arab Festival.
Perez Framed Lenders As Racist In $600 Mil Shakedown
New evidence has emerged that Assistant Attorney General Thomas Perez may have improperly prosecuted Wells Fargo, Bank of America and dozens of other banks for lending discrimination by using deficient mortgage data in investigations. IBD has learned the special prosecutor spearheading Perez’s record number of statistics-based cases of racism against lenders told federal bank regulators in 2010 he lacked key home loan data needed to conduct the kind of iron-clad “regression analyses” that would hold up in court.
Still, Perez’s civil-rights division used the shaky data to force bank defendants into a record $600 million in settlements, including loan set-asides and cash payouts for minority borrowers.
Swarthmore Farce Shows Results Of Barbarian Takeover
An all too familiar scene was enacted on the campus of Swarthmore College during a meeting on May 4 to discuss demands by student activists for the college to divest itself of its investments in companies that dealt in fossil fuels.
As a speaker was beginning a presentation to show how many millions of dollars such a disinvestment would cost the college, student activists invaded the meeting, seized the microphone and shouted down a student who rose in the audience to object.
Although professors and administrators — including the college president — were in the room, apparently nobody had the guts to put a stop to these storm trooper tactics. Nor is it likely there will be any punishment of those who put their own desires above the rights of others. On the contrary, these students went on to demand mandatory campus teach-ins, and the administration caved. Among their other demands are that courses on ethnic studies, and on gender and sexuality, be made a requirement for graduation.
Florida Voices: 2013-2014 Families First Budget
Praise isn’t universal, but Rick Scott and the Florida Legislature are receiving accolades from various sectors for the $74.1 billion 2013-2014 Florida Families First Budget the governor signed into law Monday. Scott nevertheless vetoed nearly $370 million worth of appropriations.
Here’s what the Sunshine State’s politicos and interest groups are saying:
Megyn Kelly reports DOJ has been secretly targeting Fox News reporters
In what started last week with the discovery that the Department of Justice had targeted the phone records of Associated Press reporters has now erupted into a disturbing pattern of behavior by administration officials exhibiting total disregard for constitutional constraints.
The Washington Post reported Sunday evening that DOJ officials not only secured the phone records of Fox News chief Washington correspondent James Rosen, but they also obtained a search warrant for his private email account. This is an important distinction, because a warrant requires an independent judge’s review, and may only be issued upon a showing of probable cause.
Fox News has since learned that Rosen wasn’t the only one of its employees targeted by DOJ. “America Live” host Megyn Kelly reported Monday afternoon that correspondent William La Jeunesse and DOJ and national-security senior producer Mike Levine can also be added to the Obama administration’s list of targeted news gatherers — so far.
Palm Beach County watchdog mess could have been avoided if Sharon Bock was IG
What should we make of this squabble between Palm Beach County Administrator Bob Weisman and Inspector General Sheryl Steckler? For starters, no one who’s followed the issue from the start should be surprised about this sticky mess. The Office of Inspector General wasn’t set up properly from the start. But it’s hard to get the toothpaste back into the tube. Competing political interests are now entrenched.
Fla. Gov. Scott vetoes sheriff’s $1 million ‘snitch on your neighbor’ program
Gov. Rick Scott on Monday vetoed almost $368 million in state spending before signing the budget for next year, including $1 million for a violence prevention and mental health initiative sought by the Palm Beach County Sheriff Ric Bradshaw.
Farm Bill: Ripe for Reform
Time to Free Farmers and End Costly Depression-Era Subsidies With budget deficits soaring, Congress should reduce unnecessary spending in the farm bill. The Congressional Budget Office estimates that direct spending under the Senate and House 2013 farm bills would be $955 billion and $940 billion for the 2014-2023 period, respectively. Farm subsidies shift the costs of agricultural risk to taxpayers and entice farmers to take even greater risks.
Hillary’s Benghazi ‘Scapegoat’ Speaks Out
Raymond Maxwell, the only official at the State Department’s bureau of Near Eastern Affairs to lose his job after the attacks, tells Josh Rogin that he’s been scapegoated by Hillary Clinton’s team.
Following the attack in Benghazi, Libya, senior State Department officials close to Hillary Clinton ordered the removal of a midlevel official who had no role in security decisions and has never been told the charges against him. He is now accusing Clinton’s team of scapegoating him for the failures that led to the death of four Americans last year.
Raymond Maxwell was placed on forced “administrative leave” after the State Department’s own internal investigation, conducted by an Administrative Review Board (ARB) led by former State Department official Tom Pickering. Five months after he was told to clean out his desk and leave the building, Maxwell remains in professional and legal limbo, having been associated publicly with the death of Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other American for reasons that remain unclear.
Under ObamaCare, IRS Is Creating Chaos For Doctors, Patients
IRS Illegally Usurps Congress with New Law in Obamacare As an internist, I have dedicated my 30-year career to advancing the long-term health of all of my patients, one patient at a time.
Unfortunately, the greatest barrier to this goal is government intervention into my professional judgment, my office management and my patient care. This has been increasingly true long before enactment of the onerous Affordable Care Act (ACA), but it’s especially true now.
ObamaCare is being increasingly recognized as a “train wreck.” Trust me: it is demoralizing doctors, distracting providers toward bureaucracy and away from patient care. It is disrupting quality and access, and damaging health.
Florida Tea Parties Mull Joining IRS Lawsuits
More than 200 Florida tea party groups will soon decide if they are eligible and willing to join either of at least two nationwide class-action lawsuits alleging harassment, intimidation, and discrimination by the Obama administration’s IRS. On Tuesday morning, Citizens for Self-Government (CSG), a grassroots conservative organization based in Washington, D.C., announced that NorCal [i.e., Northern California] Tea Party Patriots had filed a lawsuit against the IRS in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio. The court’s jurisdiction includes Cincinnati, home of the IRS office where the anti-conservative and anti-libertarian discrimination campaign is believed to have originated. “We believe it’s imperative that citizens make a frontal assault on the federal government,” Mark Meckler, CSG’s founder and president, told Sunshine State News shortly after the press conference announcing the suit. “The federal government shows no indication that it’s interested in policing itself.”
Senate panel weighs DC abortion bill – S.S.
A House Judiciary subcommittee will hold a hearing Thursday on legislation to ban late-term abortions in the District of Columbia. The measure’s sponsor, Rep. Trent Franks (R-Ariz.), has declared his intent to revise the bill to apply nationwide in light of the recent murder conviction of abortion provider Kermit Gosnell. Gosnell was recently convicted of killing three infants born alive after failed abortions.
Republicans target ObamaCare outreach – S.S.
Efforts to boost enrollment and raise awareness of President Obama’s healthcare law are the next target for House Republicans. Lawmakers zeroed in Tuesday on the reform law’s “navigators,” questioning whether part of the program might be illegal and raising questions about the possibility that criminals could gain access to personal healthcare information.
More Unions Have Second Thoughts about Health Care Law
First it was the roofers union who had second thoughts about the health care law. Now other unions are expressing major concerns over the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA). The Hill reports: The United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW) — a 1.3 million-member labor group that twice endorsed Obama for president — is very worried about how the reform law will affect its members’ healthcare plans. Last month, the president of the United Union of Roofers, Waterproofers and Allied Workers released a statement calling “for repeal or complete reform of the Affordable Care Act.”
Inflation Begins to Niggle American Consumers, Says Rasmussen
Americans say they’re shelling out more for groceries this year, and it’s starting to raise concerns about the effect of inflation on their everyday lives. A Rasmussen Reports poll released Wednesday shows around 83 percent of respondents believe they’re coughing up more cash for groceries this year compared to how much they spent in 2012. Almost three-quarters of them said they anticipated spending even more on groceries in 2014.
It’s all her fault! White House pins both scandals on one lady
It may be the Obama administration’s version of “off with her head” for White House Counsel chief Kathryn Ruemmler who is being properly set-up to take the fall for the White House’s disastrous handling of Benghazi and the IRS scandal.
BuzzFeed reported that “two administration sources” said it was the office of the White House Counsel who advised top Obama officials to keep quiet about Benghazi in the days after the attack and the weeks leading up to the 2012 election.
‘JournoList’ revived: Liberal reporters quietly summoned to White House
In a development that brings to mind the short-lived “JournoList” controversy, several liberal reporters are said to have been quietly summoned to the White House on Tuesday. NPR reporter Ari Shapiro “tweeted” that Washington Post columnists Jonathan Capehart and Ezra Klein, and Talking Point Memo’s Josh Marshall were spotted entering the West Wing.
Klein is credited with creating the private journalistic list-serv JournoList, which gave members of the media a platform to communicate, resulting in charges of collusion by many who claimed the group was trying to corral press coverage and skew it to a particular outcome. The Daily Caller reported in 2010 that members of JournoList plotted to protect then-Sen. Barack Obama from the swirling Rev. Jeremiah Wright controversy in 2008 that threatened to derail his presidential campaign.
U.S. Gov’t: Radical Muslims Approved, Moderates Shunned
Counterterrorism trainers are told that U.S. Brotherhood groups’ are not tied to terrorism. Yet the federal gov’t has proved they are. A 2011 Department of Homeland Security (DHS) document released by The Daily Caller advises government agencies against training about the U.S. Muslim Brotherhood and to shun “Muslim reformers.” Shockingly, the advisory committee that likely influenced these guidelines includes numerous individuals affiliated with the U.S. Muslim Brotherhood.
Florida Ranked 9th in Economic Outlook
With Congress locked in perpetual gridlock and the U.S. economy stuck in a lackluster recovery, state governments around the country are seeking their own solutions to the country’s economic woes. However, the paths that states are pursuing to achieve economic prosperity are not all the same. Some have seen magnificent success in achieving real economic recovery while others continue to struggle.
In this 6th edition of Rich States, Poor States, Dr. Arthur B. Laffer, Stephen Moore, and Jonathan Williams highlight the policies throughout the 50 states that have led some states to economic prosperity and others to prolonged real economic recovery.
Number of Floridians Receiving SNAP Benefits Doubles In Five Years
In spite of the Sunshine State’s declining unemployment rate, the number of Floridians on food stamps — now called SNAP benefits — has risen in alarming numbers, actually doubling in five years. In 2008,1.45 million people were signed up in Florida; today more than 3.5 million people are enrolled
Abortion’s Underside in Florida
Sycloria Williams was recovering from a botched abortion at her Pompano, Fla., home on July 21, 2006, when two homicide detectives knocked on her door. They asked if she knew why they were there. “Yes,” Williams said immediately. “Because the baby was born alive.”
It took investigators one week and three separate searches to find the corpse of Williams’s infant, which was hidden away in the abortion clinic in Hialeah, Fla. It was a tiny black girl, only 25.5 centimeters from head to toe, born prematurely on July 20. Her body was badly decomposed, discolored and infested with maggots, but the autopsy report and an expert physician’s review both suggested she had drawn breath on her own before she died.
The Heartless Bureaucracy
If the personal freedoms guaranteed by the Constitution inhibit the government’s ability to govern the people, we should look to limit those guarantees. —Bill Clinton in an August 12, 1993 speech.
And what my constitutional values are are wholly irrelevant to the job, and so neither you nor anyone else will know what they are. —Elena Kagan
For the bureaucrat, the world is a mere object to be manipulated by him. —Karl Marx
“We live in a dirty and dangerous world. There are some things the general public does not need to know, and shouldn’t. I believe democracy flourishes when the government can take legitimate steps to keep its secrets and when the press can decide whether to print what it knows.” —Katherine Graham, Publisher of the Washington Post, in a speech to CIA recruits, 1988
Domestic Terrorists Teaching At Colleges
At least a dozen former members of domestic terrorist organizations are college professors, a guest blog on The Other McCain reports.
“Members of the Weather Underground make up half of this list; some are well known, like Bill Ayers and his wife Bernadine Dohrn, Ayers is now retired from the University of Illinois, while Dohrn is still teaching at Northwestern Law,” writes Ryan James Girdusky in a guest blog post Wednesday about the dozen or so former members of domestic terrorist organizations who are now college professors.
Liberal Defined: Someone Who Is So Open-Minded His Brain Falls Out
Liberals pride themselves on being open-minded or, better said, what they think of as being open-minded. Correspondingly, they deride conservatives for being closed to new ideas that might require them to change their minds. Of course, this is a mischaracterization of conservatives. For liberals, being open-minded means to be open to their beliefs and only their beliefs; not to a wide range of possibilities. In reality, an open-minded person is one who is willing to consider different points of view, listen to differing opinions, and attempt different solutions. A true liberal will, of course, do all three of these things but herein can be observed the gist of the issue.
Few people who call themselves liberals in today’s toxic political environment actually fit the traditional definition of the term. In fact, today’s liberals are the most intellectually intolerant people on the planet. Differ with a liberal in the current environment and you are immediately subjected to ridicule, degradation, and character assassination. Evidence of this claim is so pervasive that I will not waste column space proving the obvious. Rather, for the sake of argument I am going to give “liberals” the benefit of the doubt and accept that they are, indeed, open-minded—so open-minded in fact that their brains have fallen out. So-called liberal open-mindedness has led to some of the most ironic, ridiculous, and nonsensical anomalies imaginable. Here are just a few:
Red Tape Rising: Regulation in Obama’s First Term
Regulatory burdens on Americans increased by nearly $70 billion during President Obama’s first term in office, during which federal agencies imposed 131 new major regulations. In 2012 alone, the Administration issued a total of $23.5 billion in new regulatory costs from 25 major rulemakings. Only two rules last year decreased burdens. Much more regulation is on the way, with another 131 major rules on the Administration’s agenda, including dozens more implementing Dodd–Frank and Obamacare. Action is needed by Congress, including requiring congressional approval of each new major regulation before it may take effect.
Obama Has Won! Is Civil War Inevitable?
Some of you are already shaking your head and arguing with my headline. I can hear the conservative craniums rattling all across America’s fruited plains, her mountain’s majesty, and from sea to shining sea. Let me clarify my title. Let’s start with the first half: Obama Has Won! But you scream back angrily at me, “NO he hasn’t! He didn’t win! We’ll never admit defeat!” Good for you. I appreciate and respect your patriotism and tenacity.
Unfortunately, you’re wrong. There’s no denying that one. He was re-elected, and he’s achieved every goal he set out to win short of disarming the American people. Obama’s primary objective (his mission statement if you will) is “To fundamentally change America.” Many argue that he’s already done that. I would argue that America was already fundamentally changed years before he was voted into office.
Why You Are Being Governed By Your Inferiors
I wrote this article in response to all the people I meet who tell me they refuse to watch the news, read it, or make any effort to gain knowledge about what is going on in this country. They don’t want to hear about the negative developments and certainly are not getting involved in the process to repair the damage.
Living in a state of blissful ignorance is not only foolish, it is irresponsible and inexcusable. The growing number of people who live in this state of blissful ignorance, are the reason America is being destroyed from within.
The penalty of refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors.
Jefferson said, all that is necessary for evil to prevail is for good men to remain silent.
I say, “All that is necessary for evil to prevail is for good men to remain IGNORANT AND SILENT
10 crazy things the IRS asked Tea Party groups
The Internal Revenue Service admitted to improperly targeting conservative groups for aggressive applications processes for tax exempt status in 2012, using the terms “Tea Party” and “patriot” as flags. Here are some of the things they wanted to know about those groups.
1. We’re gonna need all your direct and indirect communication. “‘Direct and indirect communications’ is profoundly chilling of First Amendment rights, ” said David French, senior counsel for American Center for Law & Justice, which has been representing 27 conservative organizations met with IRS inquisitions. “It’s so vague as to be impossible to comply with.”
An astute person listening to the official audio recording of yesterday’s Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee hearing noticed that the official recording continued following conclusion of the hearing. The discussion that was caught, apparently among several senators and staff, is outrageous, and reveals legislators’ true view of gun owners.
A YouTube video with an excerpt of that recording has been posted here. The following lines can be heard in the recording:
“We needed a bill that was going to confiscate, confiscate, confiscate.”
They [gun owners] want to keep the guns out of the hands of the bad guys, but they don’t have any regulations to do it.”
“They don’t care about the bad guys. All they want to do is have their little guns and do whatever they want with them.”
“That’s the line they’ve developed.”
The discussion appears to be among Senator Loretta Weinberg (D37), Senator Sandra Cunningham (D31), Senator Linda Greenstein (D14), and at least one member of Senate Democratic staff.
The Art of Death
Hassan al-Banna, the Muslim Brotherhood’s epigrammatic founder, was never at a loss for the chilling turn of phrase. His rally cry, the Brotherhood’s signature pledge that “Jihad is our way” and “Dying in the way of Allah is our highest hope,” is the soundtrack of the “Arab Spring.” It speaks for a region over two-thirds of whose putative liberty lovers prefer to kill apostates than to abide freedom of conscience. Their embrace of the very sharia chauvinism that ties together Banna, bin Laden, the Saudi royals, and Tamerlan Tsarnaev explodes the Western myth of the moderate Muslim majority.
Yet the United States government clings to the myth. Even as Boston buries its dead, just as they must do from Cairo to Thailand, Americans are instructed not to notice the inevitable progression from Islamic-supremacist ideology to aggression and murder. The See No Islam campaign entails such inanities as portrayal of the Brotherhood as a “largely secular” outfit. Thus, few of us have heard of Banna’s odes to “the art of death.” To know them is to see the farce in President Obama’s sudden angst over hunger-striking jihadists, and in the renewed vigor of his quest to close the Guantanamo Bay detention camp.
Ideology Trumps Character in South Carolina
Liberals are probably astounded that voters in South Carolina would prefer a candidate who misled and lied to them to conduct an affair over another whose personal life was, in comparison, spotless. Conservatives felt about the same astonishment over the Massachusetts senate race, when Elizabeth Warren, who had been serially untruthful about claiming a phony Native American heritage that has been quite advantageous in her career trajectory, beat Scott Brown, an upfront, honest guy. The lesson seems to be that red states are red and prefer conservatives, blue states are blue and loyal to liberals, and in these divided times ideology and politics can easily trump considerations about character.
Illegal Immigration: Who Benefits?
Why are over 11 million foreign nationals residing illegally in the United States? If we can answer that question, then we can fathom the purpose of “comprehensive immigration reform,” and understand why special-interest groups mostly favor what the majority of Americans oppose. Illegal immigration goes on because, in the Roman sense, it serves the interest (cui bono?) of tens of millions of people. In practical terms, “comprehensive immigration reform” is a way not to end the present chaos but to legitimize it.
The Baffling Logic of Barack Obama
When President Obama virtually ceases all new federal oil and gas leasing on public property, why would he then brag that despite his efforts, private companies on private land increased U.S. oil and gas production to new highs? Is the logic something like, “Thank God, my opponents ignored my efforts and therefore lessened the country’s dependence on energy imports”? When he embraced or expanded almost all the Bush-Cheney anti-terrorism protocols he once blasted as unnecessary or unlawful, did his logic run thusly: “Guantanamo, renditions, detentions, drones, tribunals, and the Patriot Act were so bad that I was obligated to keep them in force”? Or why would he boast that illegal entries into the United States had at one point dipped to new lows — obviously not due to his various orders limiting deportations, but rather due to the static American economy. Is that logic, “Thanks to my near-record long economic slowdown, illegal aliens now prefer to stay home”? Now in Mexico he is assailing his domestic opponents while on foreign soil, describing the Second Amendment as a sort of quaint oddity, while blaming his own country for the gun violence in Mexico. Is the logic here, “I know very well that American guns find their way into the hands of Mexican killers, because my administration took elaborate efforts to sell such weapons to such criminals”? Is Joe Biden writing these speeches?
How Mark Levin’s Landmark Legal Led Fight against IRS Abuses
When accusations first emerged in 2010 that the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) had targeted conservative and Tea Party groups for additional scrutiny, it was unclear how widespread the problem was, or how to respond.
It took the efforts of Mark Levin’s Landmark Legal Foundation to find a strategy that would yield answers. Levin, who is also one of the most popular conservative talk radio hosts in the nation, decided to approach the Inspector General of the U.S. Treasury rather than the IRS itself, which is typically opaque in its responses.
In a letter dated March 23, 2012, Levin cited reports of unfair targeting, and reported: “The information demanded [of Tea Party groups] in many cases goes far beyond the appropriate level of inquiry [for tax-exempt status].”
Levin’s letter may have been what triggered the investigation that ultimately yielded last Friday’s extraordinary apology–ahead of next week’s report by the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration.
Immigration Bill Creates Giant Database on All Americans
The days of Big Brother may be here already, thanks to a provision in the immigration reform measure being considered in the Senate, Wired magazine reports. Within the 800 pages of the legislation under consideration is a passage outlining the creation of a federal database so large it would contain photographs, names, ages, and Social Security numbers of every American who has a driver’s license or state-issued photo ID. This database is referred to as the “photo-tool.”
Within the 800 pages of the legislation under consideration is a passage outlining the creation of a federal database so large it would contain photographs, names, ages, and Social Security numbers of every American who has a driver’s license or state-issued photo ID. This database is referred to as the “photo-tool.”
The ostensible purpose of the “photo-tool” would be to aid employers in checking any prospective employee against the photo, thus ensuring that employers don’t hire illegal immigrants.
The problem is that although supporters of the tool claim it would only be used for employment purposes, there is a real risk the “photo-tool” could be extended to cover far more than was originally intended. One example is the Social Security card, which was originally intended to track retirement benefits. Now it has become a ubiquitous form of identification, being used for other purposes, such as buying health insurance.
ICE Agent Union President Claims White House Inflates Deportation Numbers
Chris Crane, president of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officers union, spoke to Mark Levin on The Mark Levin Show Thursday evening. Crane recently testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee regarding the immigration bill working through Congress.
Crane explained how President Obama and Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano have, since the administration’s start, “attempted to shut down” border enforcement and “absolutely” tied law enforcement’s hands.
When Levin asked how their hands are tied, Crane explained, as an example, that ICE agents are not allowed (despite having the vested authority to do so by Congress) to arrest an individual they suspect to be an illegal alien, an illegal alien gang member, or illegal alien criminal. Instead, they are reportedly under orders to wait until the individual commits a crime, is arrested by another law enforcement agency (such as local police), jailed, and only then may an immigration agent speak with the individual.
Obama Admin Spent $70k to Run Overseas Ads Apologizing For Youtube Video
The Obama administration spent $70,000 in taxpayer funds airing an ad on Pakistani television. At the time, the administration was making the claim that the Benghazi terrorist attacks were caused by protests against an obscure anti-Islam film released on YouTube.
Budget request denied, Sebelius turns to health executives to finance Obamacare
Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius has gone, hat in hand, to health industry officials, asking them to make large financial donations to help with the effort to implement President Obama’s landmark health-care law, two people familiar with the outreach said.
Her unusual fundraising push comes after Congress repeatedly rejected the Obama administration’s requests for additional funds to set up the Affordable Care Act, leaving HHS to implement the president’s signature legislative accomplishment on what officials have described as a shoestring budget.
Over the past three months, Sebelius has made multiple phone calls to health industry executives, community organizations and church groups and asked that they contribute whatever they can to nonprofit groups that are working to enroll uninsured Americans and increase awareness of the law, according to an HHS official and an industry person familiar with the secretary’s activities. Both spoke on the condition of anonymity to talk openly about private discussions.
It’s Us vs. Them
Democrats act all outraged at the suggestion that Barack Obama or Hillary Clinton would ever do anything to endanger the lives of personnel stationed overseas in order to win re-election. Well guess what – that’s exactly what happened. They lied, gave orders to stand-down, didn’t send help, failed to act, changed the facts, covered-up, lied some more, went to Vegas, lied again, got help from Candy Crowley, got some other people to lie, intimidated witnesses and are now going after the folks testifying to the truth.
Since they took office the Administration has been holding a gun to the head of nearly every American in its quest to exact maximum pain on each of us to achieve Barack Obama’s political objectives. First, printing and spreading money around to their supporters, then bribing members of Congress to pass legislation, and now engaging in activity and cover-ups such as Fast & Furious, the Sequester and now the murders in Benghazi.
Arcade Owner Brandon Michael Cannon Files to Challenge Sen. Joe Negron
Brandon Michael Cannon, 26, owner of a now-shuttered Port St. Lucie senior arcade, has filed to run against state Sen. Joe Negron of Palm City in the 2014 Republican primary.
Cannon told Sunshine State News he is well aware that if his grassroots campaign should pull off an upset next year, he would be interrupting Negron’s ambitions. Negron is scheduled to become president of the Florida Senate in 2016.
Cannon said his decision to run is based on his and other District 32 constituents’ observations of Negron. He said they feel underserved by their senator, who literally ran from them during this past session’s HB 155 debate — “Prohibition of Electronic Gambling Devices.”
Are Florida’s Law Schools in Trouble?
Thousands of students flock to the doors of Florida’s 12 law schools each year, chasing the dreams of a respectable, well-paying job as an attorney. But the unfortunate reality for many of these young hopefuls is they may not leave law school with a job as a lawyer at all. Paired with with poor employment outcomes is the staggering cost to attend law school, leaving many students in a bind that can take years to get out of.
Siblings of ABC, CBS presidents work for Obama on Benghazi directly
In an appearance Saturday on “Fox News Watch,” political consultant and media commentator Richard Grenell notes that when it comes to Benghazi, “the media’s becoming the story.”
“CBS News President David Rhodes and ABC News President Ben Sherwood, both of them have siblings that not only work at the White House, that not only work for President Obama, but they work at the National Security Council on foreign policy issues directly related to Benghazi.”
Grenell also shares that CNN deputy bureau chief, Virginia Moseley, is married to Hillary Clinton’s deputy, Tom Nides.
As NewsBusters reports, Sherwood’s sister, Dr. Elizabeth Sherwood-Randall, is a Special Assistant to President Obama and Rhodes’ brother, Ben Rhodes, is Obama’s Deputy National Security Advisor for Strategic Communication.
Ben Rhodes played a key role in revising the White House’s Benghazi talking points, when all references to al Qaeda and to the security warnings prior to the attack where deleted, according to ABC News.
Department of Education to Eliminate ‘Mother,’ ‘Father’ From Federal Student Aid Forms
The U.S. Department of Education recently announced that it will no longer use the terms “mother” and “father” when collecting information about a student’s legal parents when those parents apply for federal student aid. Instead of using the words “mother” and “father,” the new Free Application for Federal Student Aid form (FAFSA) will use “Parent 1″ and “Parent 2.”
The announcement states that the changes to the 2014-2015 federal student aid form “more accurately and fairly assess students’ need for aid” and that “Gender-specific terms fail to capture income and other information from one parent when a student’s parents are in a same-sex marriage under state law but not federally recognized under the Defense of Marriage Act.”
Boehner and Small Business Owners Agree, Internet Sales Tax Is Bad for Everyone
Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) told Bloomberg Television Wednesday he would “probably not” support the Marketplace Fairness Act, an Internet sales tax bill that passed through the Senate this week by a 69–27 margin.
“Moving this bill where you’ve got 50 different sales tax codes, it’s a mess out there,” Boehner said. “You’re going to make it much more difficult for online retailers to be able to comply.”
Small business owners all over the country agree—and they’re speaking out.
Not only would it charge a new sales tax to many consumers shopping online, but it fails to do what its proponents say—achieve “fairness” for stores.
The MFA is anything but fair, because instead of leveling the playing field, it would tilt it decidedly against online retailers, particularly small ones. Brick-and-mortar stores would still have to collect sales taxes only where they are physically present. Online retailers would have to collect sales taxes from the nearly 10,000 sales tax jurisdictions around the country where their customers live. That is not an equal burden.
Common Core GED textbook: “9/11 hijackers were poor Afghanis”
Adult basic education and GED programs, with about 800,000 students taking GED tests each year, serve a segment of society that escaped government schools, including many homeschoolers. But the national propaganda effort called the Common Core Curriculum is spreading its tentacles to them.
While many may not take the GED seriously, calling it the “Good Enough Diploma,” consider that quite a few homeschoolers take GED tests as a way to cancel out high school attendance requirements and lessen the record-keeping burden on home educators caused by compulsory attendance laws in every state.
You can run but you can’t hide from the omnipresent Big Brother: The new GED workbooks and requirements will still drag many of their children through the biased Common Core curriculum.
In March 2013, New Readers Press, a publishing division of ProLiteracy — the world’s largest organization of adult basic education and literacy programs — released a revised edition of its bestselling Scoreboost series for the 2014 GED test. With eight supplemental workbooks on the mathematics, language arts, science, and social studies tests, the new series is aligned with the Common Core State Standards and has been expanded, according to the publisher, “to cover the complexities of the new math test as well as the analytic writing required by the extended-response items.”
Below is an excerpt from a larger Social Studies Extended Response, found on page 52 from Writing Across the Tests: Responding to Text on the Language Arts, Social Studies, and Science Test, entitled, “Does Foreign Aid Really Help?”
“Those who support sending aid to poor countries do so because poor countries often have high levels of poverty, poor educational systems, an ineffective police and judicial force, and limited public services such as healthcare, transportation networks, and banking systems. They believe that when living conditions are this poor, crime levels tend to be higher. Poorer countries, because they have weak governments, often have areas that attract terrorist groups because no one is there to stop them from pursuing those types of activities. Thus, poor countries are often home to terrorist groups that are free to plan and carry out attacks on the rich, industrialized nations, without fear of being stopped. This is in fact what happened on 9/11 when terrorists from Afghanistan hijacked planes and carried out attacks on the United States. In this case, the terrorists originated in a country that had received large amounts of foreign aid from rich countries. Apparently, it didn’t work.”
Forget Benghazi: Think Progress has the skinny on ‘Cargo Pants-gate’
The attack on the whistleblowers begins: During the aftermath of Benghazi, Hicks showed a lack of diplomatic protocol that both staffers found extremely questionable given the tense times. This includes going to a meeting with the Libyan Prime Minister Mohammed Magarief in a t-shirt, cargo pants, and baseball cap. “I’m too upset to wear a suit,” Hicks allegedly told a staffer. “I want the Libyans to know how upset I am about this attack.”
Black Obama critic dumped as baccalaureate speaker
It’s not easy to criticize liberalism while black in America. Not even if you’re a liberal.
Reverend Kevin R. Johnson is the latest in a series of African-Americans critical of the current administration to feel the liberal backlash. He wrote an editorial in the Philly Tribune titled “A President for Everyone, Except Black People.” He argued that President Obama has not kept his promise to stand for diversity – and that in fact his administration has gone backwards in this area compared to his predecessors.
Given that he is a supporter of President Obama, Dr. Johnson was perhaps surprised when he was asked by his alma mater, Morehouse College, to resign as baccalaureate speaker because of his “untimely” editorial. Morehouse alumni,
Obamacare means you can finally divorce that dope
But in defense of Rep. Janice Hahn, D-Calif., this is not the most unrealistic promise I’ve seen made by Obamacare’s supporters — not even close: “I had a friend who got married to the wrong person just so she could have health insurance. So, we’ll also have a lot of — less bad marriages as a result of this.”
The Big Amnesty/ Social Security Lie
It looks like we’ve discovered the panacea for all of our economic and social ills. We’ve found the solution to the entitlement crisis as well. We’re going to find the poorest countries in the world and import as many of their people as possible within a short period of time. That way we will have millions of people paying into Social Security, purveying the “trust fund” with endless bounty. This is what passes for sane analysis from the Social Security Administration’s chief actuary.
In an effort to buttress the Democrat Voting Act of 2013 aka the gang’s amnesty bill, Stephen Goss, Social Security’s independent chief actuary, released an analysis last week opining that amnesty will solve the Social Security deficit and *prevent*future waves of illegal immigration. Goss finds that by 2024, this bill will have created 3.22 million jobs, and grow GDP by 1.63%. With regards to Social Security, Goss concluded, “overall, we anticipate that the net effect of this bill on the long-range OASDI actuarial balance will be positive.”
Wow – why didn’t we think of importing mass poverty to save Social Security before? Oh wait…that’s exactly what we’ve been doing for the past few decades.
Obama Is an Aberration, Not The New Face Of American Politics
Losing two presidential elections in a row has put leaders of the mainstream Republican Party in panic mode. As a result, they are rushing ahead in an attempt to re-define themselves. The strategy being debated among party professionals for 2016 involves becoming a kinder, gentler party that adopts Democrat principles in an attempt to win back the White House. Republican Party professionals remind me of a tennis player who focuses on the scoreboard instead of the ball, a strategy for certain failure. Before diluting their conservative principles and changing the party’s name to Dempublicans, leaders of the Republican Party should investigate the causes of their losses to Barack Obama a little closer.
A careful examination of the presidential campaigns of 2007 and 2011 will reveal that Barack Obama is an aberration. He is not the new face of American politics the mainstream media portrays him to be.
Dems Shoot Themselves in the Foot Again On Guns
Despite suffering the most humiliating rejection of his presidency, President Obama and the liberal establishment are determined to revive their failed gun control scheme. That’s a good thing. The Republicans should remember Napoleon’s warning that you should never interrupt an enemy when he is making a mistake. This mistake will cost the Democrats dearly in 2014.
We need to understand that the motivation behind the gun grabbing campaign has always been more than just naked political calculation. Certainly, liberals think it will help motivate their base and maybe shore up the squishy suburban mom demographic for 2014, but this is really a campaign fueled by emotion. That emotion is hate.
This isn’t about dead children. If saving kids was their real motivation, liberals would have long ago allowed the police to end the daily slaughter in Democrat-owned war zones like Chicago, Detroit and Washington, D.C. No, this campaign is driven by elitist hatred for regular Americans who refuse to bend to their will, who defiantly live life on their own terms, and who stubbornly resist accepting the moral supremacy of the urban liberals who would rule them.
Pentagon plans to share missile secrets with Russia opposed by Republicans
The Pentagon held internal talks on declassifying sensitive missile defense technology that it plans to share with Russia as part of the Obama administration’s efforts to assuage Moscow’s opposition to European defenses.
Republicans in both the House and Senate plan to block any technology declassification for missile defense technology in the current defense authorization bill and other legislation. Legislative mark up on the authorization bill begins this week.
Critics say giving Russia classified data would undermine the effectiveness of missile defenses, which have cost taxpayers more than $100 billion since the 1980s.
Obamacare to Increase Premiums Nearly 100 Percent
A new report released by the House Energy and Commerce Committee reveals Obamacare will increase health insurance premiums by an average of nearly 100 percent. Some premiums could rise by 400 percent.
“The average yearly cost for a new customer in the individual market grows from $1,896 to $3,708—a $1,812 cost increase,” according to the report.
CA Frogs & Toads
The U.S. Fish & Wildlife service plans to close off an additional 2 million acres of California’s forests, spanning 14 counties along the eastern spine of California. Food, energy, timber, mineral, and building material production will be impacted, as well as recreation, hiking, camping, fishing, rafting, roads, off-road vehicles, and more.
Common Core Forcing Marxism/Nazism on America’s Children
Christina: Common Core is a Nationalized Federal government takeover of our Education system which of course is against the law, as the Federal Government is not allowed to set any educational curriculum standards—a right reserved to the States. Least of all do they have the power to create a one size fits all complete take over of education on all levels. This is a States rights issue. The Federal Government has standardized the education curriculum that will apply to all public schools, charter schools, private schools, Christian schools and homeschooling. No one is safe from this new mandate. Common Core Standards are being mandated and implemented by the Federal Government via organizations such as National Governors Association, Achieve, and the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO).
GOP boss to grass-roots Republicans: ‘Don’t get in the race’
Grassroots Republican candidates who want to run in the primary for Florida’s Congressional District 18 say they are being told to stay out of the race by the new chairman of the Republican Party of Palm Beach County.
Calvin Turnquest, a former village councilman and vice-mayor of Tequesta is extremely popular among grass-roots conservatives, and when he spoke to Ira Sabin about his plans to run, he said the new GOP leader told him, “There will be a candidate in the race with better name recognition and the ability to self-fund. Don’t get in the race.”
Contacted Sunday, Sabin denied telling Turnquest not to enter the contest and characterized his statements to him as nothing more than “advice.”
When asked to identify the bigger-name candidates, Sabin said, “Carl Domino can self-fund, and Adam Hasner is making noises.”
Beverly Hires, a Republican attorney from Jupiter who served as an Election Day lawyer for the Romney campaign and was a tireless watchdog during the Allen West recount, said Sabin gave her the cold shoulder, too. Hires said she contacted Sabin to tell him she was considering a run, and he referred her to Keith Sonderling, who heads up candidate recruitment for the local GOP party.
Businessmen lament terrifying decline of free-market capitalism
Some of my friends in national politics are terrified. Several sources tell me there’s a growing fear that the institutional pillars holding the republic together are starting to destabilize – and that the center may not hold.
Free-market innovation fueled growth for the 20 years before the recent recession. But no more. Growth covers up a lot of problems. But when it drops as low as it is now and the future is unpredictable, large potholes begin eroding the road ahead. Investment in innovation and diagnostics is done for, and too many investors are heading for the hills. People become infatuated with fashions and fads. Most central banks in the world have gone stark, raving mad, printing money by the trainload to promote the illusion of prosperity.
Beware of Shariah: Australian jailed in Dubai for reporting her own gang rape
Even though the United Arab Emirates is considered the most Westernized of all Muslim countries, travelers should nonetheless beware. Run afoul of Shariah law and you’ll end up on a world of hurt. Just ask Alicia Gali.
Gali is a young, beautiful Australian woman who accepted what she thought was a dream position managing the beauty salon at the Le Méridien Al Aqah hotel, a member of the Starwood hotel chain. The hotel complex was located on the beach in Dubai, a gleaming, high-rise desert oasis of a city. Gali was embarking on what she thought was the adventure of a lifetime.
One evening, she was working on her notebook computer in the hotel’s staff bar when she was delivered a spiked drink. She awoke the following afternoon to a nightmare.
She had been savagely raped by three of her colleagues. Alone and frightened, she took herself to hospital. What Alicia didn’t know is that under the UAE’s strict sharia laws, if the perpetrator does not confess, a rape cannot be convicted without four adult Muslim male witnesses. She was charged with having illicit sex outside marriage, and thrown in a filthy jail cell for eight months.
Iran-Contra-like health care scandal means trouble for Sebelius
Could there be a fourth scandal brewing in the Obama administration? Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., thinks so and is asking Congress to investigate.
Health and Human Services Sec. Kathleen Sebelius has been soliciting contributions from private companies in order to fund Enroll America, a nonprofit formed to implement Obamacare, and Alexander says the action is illegal. Congress has turned down HHS requests for additional funds to assist with implementation, according to the Daily Caller.
“Such private fundraising circumvents the constitutional requirement that only Congress may appropriate funds,” Alexander said. “If the secretary or others in her department are closely coordinating the activities of Enroll America, which is headed by a former White House aide, then those actions may be in violation of the Anti-Deficiency Act.”
Obama hopes for extended crisis atmosphere
President Barack Obama says he wants to “see if we can institutionalize” in Washington the community spirit that sometimes emerges after a terror attack or an industrial explosion.
The president made the comments during a fund-raising trip to New York, shortly after leaving Washington, D.C. in an uproar over an explosion of scandals, including last week’s revelations of politically motivated IRS investigations and the White House’s editing of reports on the lethal terrorist attack in Benghazi, Libya.
“More than anything, what I will be striving for over the next three and a half years is to see if that spirit we saw in Boston and West Texas, to see if we can institutionalize that [and] if we can create a framework where everybody’s working together and moving this country forward,” he told the community of wealthy donors, according to the pool report.
Major Reversal: Food Stamps Blocking Long-Term Farm Bill – P.W.
As the House and Senate prepare to move their separate versions of the trillion-dollar farm bill through committee next week, it’s important to consider how folks’ perspectives on food stamps have recently changed. After all, food stamps comprise 80 percent of the spending in the bill.
Last year Heritage Action CEO Mike Needham and Rep. Marlin Stutzman (R-IN) explained (sub. req’d) there is an “unholy Washington alliance… between rural lawmakers and their urban and suburban colleagues.” This alliance “has caused exponential growth in spending by combining farm policy and food stamps in one huge legislative package.”
This needs to change. Instead of combining farm policy, food stamps, telecommunications, energy, forestry and conservation into a single legislative vehicle, we must begin advancing one issue at a time. Even Americans with differing views on the role of the federal government in U.S. agriculture should agree that any farm bill passed by Congress be a farm-only bill.
Geraldo Rivera: My Sources Tell Me Benghazi Was About Running Missiles To Syrian Rebels
Geraldo Rivera said Friday that his sources tell him the U.S. was involved in a secret mission in Libya to arm the Syrian rebels, which was the reason for the initial secrecy about the attack in Benghazi.
Rivera said on “Fox & Friends” that Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney may have been briefed by then-CIA Director David Petraeus “to suggest that there was a secret mission going on there, that we can’t go there, we can’t talk about it.”
“I believe, and my sources tell me, they were there to round up those shoulder-fired surface-to-air missiles, they were going to hand those missiles over to the Turks and the Turks were going to give them to the rebels in Syria,” Rivera said. “It was like Iran-Contra, I think it merits gigantic investigation, it will all become clear.”
Treasury Inspector General For Tax Administration Report on Tax-Exempt Application Scandal
Inappropriate Criteria Were Used to. Identify Tax-Exempt Applications for Review. May 14, 2013. Reference Number: 2013-10-053
Early in Calendar Year 2010, the IRS began using inappropriate criteria to identify organizations applying for tax-exempt status to review for indications of significant political campaign intervention. Although the IRS has taken some action, it will need to do more so that the public has reasonable assurance that applications are processed without unreasonable delay in a fair and impartial manner in the future.
Report: EPA Waivers for ‘Green’ Groups, Denies Conservative, Watchdog Groups
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has routinely charged conservative and watchdog groups fees that the agency has waived for the mainstream media and “green” groups, according to a new report.
According to the Washington Examiner, a Conservative Enterprise Institute review found that while “government agencies are supposed to waive fees for groups disseminating information for public benefit,” the EPA denied such requests from the Conservative Enterprise Institute in addition to other groups like Judicial Watch and the Franklin Center that hold Obama administration accountable. The EPA granted requests for waivers to groups like the National Resources Defense Council and EarthJustice. The report found that the EPA waived fees for “green” groups 92% of the time.
Meet Florida Conservatives Targeted by Obama’s IRS
Several Florida activists claim they or their organizations are victims of the IRS’ gone-wild, anti-conservative harassment campaign — citing everything from individual audits to being burdened with probing, invasive questionnaires and being forced to disclose political beliefs, even seeing unpublished web pages unearthed.
‘No’ to Budgeting Through the Constitution
Want a blatant example of fuzzy math? It’s right here with ringing clarity in the outlandish proposed constitutional amendment known as Florida’s Land and Legacy. Some of the petition-signers who jumped on the Legacy bandwagon might want to jump off after they absorb an honest financial analysis of this misleading amendment. They’ve been duped.
The Florida Water and Land Conservation Amendment (that’s its real name) would embed in the Florida Constitution for 20 years 33 percent of net revenues from the existing excise tax on documents.
But, hey, no sweat. Eric Draper, executive director of Florida Audubon, promises the people of Florida the amendment will dedicate only 1 percent of the state budget to buying conservation land, no programs will get cut as a result, no one will get hurt, it’s all tax free. And, oh yes, all it does is replace the minimum $300 million a year the Florida Forever program provided from 1990 through 2008. What’s not to like?
I asked the expert. As a matter of fact, so did Eric Draper. At different times we both approached Mark Hendrickson, president of the Hendrickson Company, asking about the amendment. Draper wanted his support, I wanted his analysis.
Hendrickson explained in steps why this amendment might sound pretty, but it has crushing ramifications.
Three Words To End The IRS
If you want a simple three-word term that could end IRS abuses of power for good, try this: “The Fair Tax.”
Pentagon Unilaterally Grants Itself Authority Over ‘Civil Disturbances’
The manhunt for the Boston Marathon bombing suspects offered the nation a window into the stunning military-style capabilities of our local law enforcement agencies. For the past 30 years, police departments throughout the United States have benefitted from the government’s largesse in the form of military weaponry and training, incentives offered in the ongoing “War on Drugs.” For the average citizen watching events such as the intense pursuit of the Tsarnaev brothers on television, it would be difficult to discern between fully outfitted police SWAT teams and the military.
The lines blurred even further Monday as a new dynamic was introduced to the militarization of domestic law enforcement. By making a few subtle changes to a regulation in the U.S. Code titled “Defense Support of Civilian Law Enforcement Agencies” the military has quietly granted itself the ability to police the streets without obtaining prior local or state consent, upending a precedent that has been in place for more than two centuries.
The most objectionable aspect of the regulatory change is the inclusion of vague language that permits military intervention in the event of “civil disturbances.” According to the rule:
Federal military commanders have the authority, in extraordinary emergency circumstances where prior authorization by the President is impossible and duly constituted local authorities are unable to control the situation, to engage temporarily in activities that are necessary to quell large-scale, unexpected civil disturbances.
IRS Told Pro-Life Group Not to Picket Planned Parenthood
The Internal Revenue Service allegedly told an Iowa pro-life group they had to sign documents promising not to protest or picket Planned Parenthood and they told a Texas pro-life organization they had to promote abortion, according to documents obtained by Fox News.
Obama Calls It ‘a Cliche’ to Say We’re ‘the Greatest Country on Earth’
It’s “a cliché” to say that America “is the greatest country on Earth,” Pres. Obama told a DNC event in New York City on Monday.
Soros Gave $6.1 Million to Groups Linked to Pressure on IRS to Target Conservative Nonprofits
As IRS efforts targeting politically-conservative groups gained momentum, George Soros-funded liberal groups repeatedly called on the IRS to investigate conservative nonprofit organizations.
While the first reported instances of extra IRS scrutiny for conservative groups began in Cincinnati in March of 2010, the attacks began to pick up steam on a national level soon after Soros-funded groups began firing off letters to the IRS in October of that year – following the Supreme Court’s Citizens United ruling.
Document: IRS ordered conservative educational group to turn over a list of high school and college students it trained
When a Tennessee lawyer asked the IRS for tax-exempt status for a mentoring group that trained high school and college students about conservative political philosophy, the agency responded with a list of 95 questions in 31 parts, including an ultimatum for a list of everyone the group had trained, or planned to train.
‘Provide details regarding all training you have provided or will provide,’ the IRS demanded. ‘Indicate who has received or will receive the training and submit copies of the training material.’
That question was part of the tax collection agency’s February 14, 2012 letter to Kevin Kookogey. founder of the group Linchpins of Liberty. He had submitted his application 13 months earlier.
17 years later, ‘It Takes A Village’ becomes a federal program
It’s been over 17 years since former first lady Hillary Clinton urged a new community spirit in her book “It Takes A Village.” Now President Obama’s administration is doing something even her husband didn’t–turning it into a $600,000, three-year federal program.
Government report finds regulations have spiked under Obama
The number of regulations from Washington has spiked since President Obama took office, according to a new government report. The Obama administration published more “major” final rules in its first term than the George W. Bush administration did in its second, according to the Congressional Research Service (CRS).
More Infringement On Privacy: The FBI’S Proposal For Backdoor Surveillance Via A Wiretap-Ready Internet
The FBI is proposing a plan to force backdoor surveillance on social networks, VoIP and Web e-mail providers. The bureau is also requesting that Internet companies support this effort, even though passage of the law would make their participation mandatory. Impacted would be companies such as Microsoft, Facebook, Yahoo and Google.
Senior FBI officials, the White House and various U.S. senators have argued that the gradual move from telephone systems to the Internet has made it significantly more difficult for agents to wiretap Americans suspected of illegal activities. Because of that, the FBI general counsel’s office has drafted proposed legislation deemed to be the best solution. The proposed law would require social-networking websites and providers of VoIP, instant messaging and Web e-mail to alter their code so that their products are wiretap-friendly.
IRS Targeting Pushed By Democrats Aided Obama Campaign
Scandal: Senate Democrats, including supporters of the Disclose Act, provided the names of groups they wanted targeted in a taxpayer-funded witch hunt overseen by an IRS employee and Obama campaign donor
Using the Citizens United case as a pretext, retiring Sen. Carl Levin, D-Mich., on July 27, 2012, wrote IRS Commissioner Douglas Shulman to investigate 12 conservative groups he accused of violating their tax-exempt status and engaging in coordinated political activity. The groups Levin asked to be targeted for special scrutiny were Crossroads Grassroots Policy Strategies, Priorities U.S.A., Americans Elect, American Action Network, Americans for Prosperity, American Future Fund, Americans for Tax Reform, 60 Plus Association, Patriot Majority USA, Club for Growth, Citizens for a Working America Inc. and the Susan B. Anthony List.
Closer Look at Hertz’s Golden Deal in the Sunshine State
Besides being a state with no personal income tax, one of the lowest corporate tax rates in the country, and a huge tourism and car rental market, Scott and Lee County officials greased the slide with about $85 million in taxpayer incentives. At face value that exceeds the company’s own investment in the move, leaving questions about whether the amount was necessary.
The company initially will receive $14.4 million directly from the state and another $4 million from Lee County. The remaining stimulus reportedly will be tax credits, tax refunds and workforce training reimbursement grants. The Florida Power & Light utility company also will provide electricity at a discounted rate for at least the next four years, and Hertz will have the option to buy the 34 acres of prime real estate for the project. The 700 jobs, however, won’t all be filled by Floridians, at least not until out-of-state employees officially become Florida residents.
Senators struggle with tech industry concerns on U.S. immigration bill
Senate supporters of a broad U.S. immigration bill struggled on Wednesday to satisfy technology companies that want greater leeway to hire high-skilled foreign workers.
Democratic Senator Charles Schumer of New York took the lead in trying to broker a compromise on a visa program for skilled workers known as H-1B that has divided business groups and organized labor. The two sides are at odds over requirements that companies first seek Americans for any job openings and a prohibition on displacing U.S. workers.
DOJ Seized House of Representatives Phone Records
Congressman Devin Nunes (R-CA), who sits on the House Ways And Means Committee, dropped a bombshell on Hugh Hewitt’s Show, Wednesday night. Nunes was on the show to talk about his committee’s upcoming hearing Friday into IRS-gate. The congressman broke news when he alleged that the Justice Department seized phone records from the House of Representatives as part of their investigation of the AP.
Did state dept. hide this dramatic evacuation?
Did the State Department scrub information about a dramatic incident the night of the Sept. 11, 2012, Benghazi attack in which U.S. Embassy staff 400 miles away in Tripoli evacuated their residential compound under possible terror threat? The threat was taken so seriously that, according to a key embassy staffer, communications equipment was dismantled and hard drives were smashed with an ax.
Terrorist super-axis to strike within U.S.
Iran has given the go-ahead to operatives of three terrorist groups that have infiltrated the United States to carry out missions, including what is expected to be a Mumbai-style attack on a hotel where innocent bystanders would be killed, WND has learned. A full report with many details of the missions has been passed on to U.S. officials.
Three targets have been chosen within America for imminent attack, and the terror teams have now cut communications with the operational center in Iran, a sign that they are moving ahead with the attacks, according to a high-level intelligence officer within the Islamic regime.
IRS Intimidation Forced Founder to Shut Down Tea Party Group
Jennifer Stefano of Philadelphia was so intimidated by the IRS that she closed her Tea Party down: “In the documents that were sent to me, if you did not tell the whole truth by not putting all your personal information out there by Facebook, by Twitter, of your personal relationship with candidates and parties … it could be considered perjury and perjury carried jail time,” Stefano, 39, told ABC News.
“That was frightening and that’s why I shut it down. I shut my group down.”
Washington Post Points To Barack Obama – You Sir Are A LIAR
While appreciative of the Mainstream Media’s seemingly new found interest in the myriad of scandals that surround the Obama White House, it remains somewhat puzzling what took them so long to get here. That said, this latest round of accusations against Barack Obama coming from the Washington Post, is a welcome addition to the “what a stinking pile of crap” realization that is now being focused on Obama by a growing number of the American public.
Obama Fired 3 Generals, Admiral To Cover Up Benghazi…
There are reports that two high-ranking military officers, Rear Admiral Charles Gaouette and General Carter Ham, were fired by Obama for wanting to come to the assistance of the beleaguered U.S. missions in Benghazi.
Did IRS Target Wisconsin Tea Party and Verify the Recall Effort?
Why was the IRS interested in efforts to ensure the recall of Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker was legitimate? As the Obama Administration seeks to pivot to a new explanation for their activist Internal Revenue Service (IRS), we find out they took particular interest in the Verify the Recall effort which took place in Wisconsin during 2012. Two of the three groups involved in Verify the Recall experienced delays in receiving their non-profit status. More ominously, the IRS asked at least one other conservative organization, in another state, about their relationship with the effort.
IRS seizes 60 million medical records without a warrant
The Internal Revenue Service is now facing a class action lawsuit over allegations that it improperly accessed and stole the health records of some 10 million Americans, including medical records of all California state judges.
According to a report by Courthousenews.com, an unnamed HIPAA-covered entity in California is suing the IRS, alleging that some 60 million medical records from 10 million patients were stolen by 15 IRS agents. The personal health information seized on March 11, 2011, included psychological counseling, gynecological counseling, sexual/drug treatment and other medical treatment data. “This is an action involving the corruption and abuse of power by several Internal Revenue Service agents,” the complaint reads. “No search warrant authorized the seizure of these records; no subpoena authorized the seizure of these records; none of the 10,000,000 Americans were under any kind of known criminal or civil investigation and their medical records had no relevance whatsoever to the IRS search. IT personnel at the scene, a HIPPA facility warning on the building and the IT portion of the searched premises, and the company executives each warned the IRS agents of these privileged records,” it continued.
Obamacare Is About Power– S.S.
Members of the House of Representatives are scheduled to vote Thursday to repeal all of Obamacare. Given that the House voted to repeal the law last year, some commentators and observers have questioned the need for another repeal vote. However, the scandals coming to light over the last week perfectly make the case for why Congress must eradicate the law from the statute books.
ObamaCare’s Unfair Treatment of Middle Class Families – S.S.
Middle income families are about to encounter some real surprises as a result of the Affordable Care Act (ObamaCare). For example, many workers will soon discover that when they earn more money, they end up with less take-home pay. Others will discover that they are worse off if their employer offers them “affordable coverage” than if there is no health insurance offer.
DOJ placed terrorists in witness protection, then lost them
Two alleged terrorists were provided new identities as members of the witness protection program, but that those new identities were not updated into the federal no-fly list. The two individuals then left the program without notice, according to Fox News.
“Therefore, it was possible for known or suspected terrorists to fly on commercial airplanes in or over the United States and evade one of the government’s primary means of identifying and tracking terrorists’ movements and actions,” the report said, adding that “some” did exactly that
Why states should not expand Medicaid
While several high-profile governors have agreed to expand this broken program, many others governors and state legislators are cautious. They are correct to be concerned.
They don’t want to deny people access to health care. But they do want to halt expansion of a program that provides limited access to quality care while devouring state budgets.
Obama nominates subprime lender whose bank failed, costing depositors millions
President Obama has often denounced “fat-cat bankers” for their role in the 2008 financial collapse, the subsequent bailouts and the recession
His strong words on the topic suggest that he would have little sympathy, say, the former chairman of her family’s bank, whose collapse caused 1,400 depositors to lose millions at the time. You’d expect him to have even less sympathy if said bank had collapsed because it had adopted an aggressive subprime lending strategy; if it had tried to sell itself and its subprime packages to low-income borrowers as their only hope of getting loans; if it had fixed them up in loans with interest rates north of 10, 12 or even 16 percent; if it had liberally employed balloon loans and other gimmicky products characteristic of the recent gilded age of mortgages.
But no, you’d be wrong. Obama has just nominated Penny Pritzker, the billionaire former chairwoman of just such a bank (until 1994) and later a director for its holding company (with an active role in its operations, according to Crain’s, from 1999 until its failure in 2001) as his new secretary of Commerce.
High school track team disqualified for making religious gesture
Some people are outraged after a high school track team is disqualified from competing in state finals because one runner made a religious gesture. In just a few seconds the boys Columbus High School 4 X 100 relay team went from winning the regional meet, heading to state championships to having it all stripped away. How did the “W” so quickly become “DQ”? Well. when the anchor of the relay team crossed the finish line, he won the race, raised his finger to the sky and that gesture caused the winning regional’s relay team to be disqualified.
Rick Scott to Sign Major Elections Overhaul
By a vote of 27-13, the Florida Senate has passed an election reform bill that now heads to Gov. Rick Scott for approval and signature. HB 7013 (“Florida Election Code”) will substantially increase the hours and days allowed for early voting, impose word limits on ballot summaries for Legislature-proposed constitutional amendments, and allow voters to correct absentee ballots that contain missing signatures.
Earlier today, the House rejected a Senate amendment that would have given the Department of State authority to discipline noncompliant elections supervisors. Scott was quick to indicate he would sign the bill.
Sarah Palin’s fiery NRA speech: ‘Don’t make me do it’
In her typical manner, Palin takes on the media and President Obama. She spoke of Obama using the parents of the Sandy Hook Elementary shooting to push his gun control agenda, saying he is “a president who writes the book on exploiting tragedies.”
Floridians Encouraged to Report Neighbors Who “Hate Government”
A new $1 million dollar program led by Palm Beach County Sheriff Ric Bradshaw aimed at “violence prevention” is encouraging Floridians to report their neighbors for making hateful comments about the government, a chilling reminder of how dissent is being characterized as an extremist threat.
“Bradshaw plans to use the extra $1 million to launch “prevention intervention” units featuring specially trained deputies, mental health professionals and caseworkers. The teams will respond to citizen phone calls to a 24-hour hotline with a knock on the door and a referral to services, if needed,” reports the Palm Beach Post.
Bradshaw makes it clear that the kind of behavior which could prompt a visit from the authorities includes anti-government political statements that may be deemed a prelude to violent action.
2013 Legislative Summary Report
End of Session Results: 8 Bills Passed
Duke hikes fees to provide sex-change surgery to students
The private university, located in North Carolina, follows Brown and other universities in offering coverage for the controversial operation.
Administrators say they will cover the cost of the reassignment surgery up to $50,000 that will be covered with a 0.3 percent increase to overall student fees.
Sequester: Head Start Officials Cancel School Days, Attend Expensive Conference
The Head Start program, a favorite of President Barack Obama, had an interesting solution for the problems caused by sequestration: low-income children in the program were sent home ten days early. At the same time, 2,800 Head Start leaders spent a total of $752,059 attending a three-day conference in National Harbor, MD.
Left boils as Obama floats major change to Medicare
The left is lashing out at a proposal to reform Medicare that President Obama said he would consider as a way to reduce the deficit.
Left-leaning groups and liberal lawmakers say that combining Medicare’s doctor and hospital coverage would saddle beneficiaries with higher costs. The idea has attracted support from leading Republicans, and given Obama’s receptiveness, the policy could receive significant attention in the next round of deficit-reduction talks.
The Benghazi Talking Points. How they were changed to obscure the truth
Even as the White House strove last week to move beyond questions about the Benghazi attacks of Tuesday, September 11, 2012, fresh evidence emerged that senior Obama administration officials knowingly misled the country about what had happened in the days following the assaults. The Weekly Standard has obtained a timeline briefed by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence detailing the heavy substantive revisions made to the CIA’s talking points, just six weeks before the 2012 presidential election, and additional information about why the changes were made and by whom.
As intelligence officials pieced together the puzzle of events unfolding in Libya, they concluded even before the assaults had ended that al Qaeda-linked terrorists were involved. Senior administration officials, however, sought to obscure the emerging picture and downplay the significance of attacks that killed a U.S. ambassador and three other Americans. The frantic process that produced the changes to the talking points took place over a 24-hour period just one day before Susan Rice, U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, made her now-famous appearances on the Sunday television talk shows. The discussions involved senior officials from the State Department, the National Security Council, the CIA, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, and the White House.
Russia Warns Americans: Barack Hussein Obama has been shipping arms to al-Qaeda jihadists in Syria for over a year
Russia delivered to the Obama administration a list of the names of Syrian rebels who are members of al-Qaeda groups and who are receiving arms shipments coordinated by the U.S.
Immigration Tax Fraud That’s illegally Paying Billions
There is a loop hole that Mexican immigrants have figured out.
Huge Flaw in Pew Survey on Muslim Views about Sharia
Of course, such revelations as the approval by upwards of two-thirds of Middle Eastern Muslims of the death penalty for apostates, and by one-third of suicide bombings, are depressing — though not at all surprising for anyone who has been paying attention. But what is striking is that the depressing state of affairs is manifest despite Pew’s best efforts to make things seem better than they are. Principally, the survey is about Muslim views about sharia, Islam’s legal system and framework for society. It is intimated that Pew’s study is exhaustive, involving interviews with 38,000 Muslims across 39 countries. But, as Andy Bostom pointed out, countries not included in the survey are Saudi Arabia, Iran and Sudan — perhaps the three most sharia compliant countries in the world, home to nearly 150 million Muslims.
Obama’s National-Security Fraud
Unlike you, federal government officials are immune from charges of fraud. The executive branch, vested with all of the government’s prosecutorial authority and discretion, is not going to investigate its own operatives for carrying out its own mendacious policies.
The Times Square non-attack is quite interesting. The specter of it, projected in the immediate wake of the Marathon murders and maimings, is horrific . . . so horrific that the government, in leaking this tidbit from its botched interrogation of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, knew that news media were certain to lead their broadcasts with it. The press would never wonder why they, and thus we, were being told about it.
The airwaves are now full of startling revelations from his Miranda-aborted 16-hour post-arrest interview, including not least his confession, and, of course, his assurance, as Allah is his witness, that no one other than he and his Svengali older brother — and certainly no foreign Islamic terrorist organization — had anything to do with their terror spree.
Strange, isn’t it? We are governed by leftists given to finger-wagging about their commitment to due process and the rule of law — they’re not like those bad old warmongering Bushies. Still, here we are in the post-arrest phase of the civilian prosecution the administration was hell-bent on commencing — the phase when due process obliges government officials to remain mum about non-public investigative information that could taint the jury pool and undermine the defendant’s right to a fair trial — and we’re being inundated with stunning confession evidence.
Remember, this is the same crowd that labels the Fort Hood massacre “workplace violence” and won’t honor its victims with Purple Heart medals. To do so, they sniff, might prejudice the objectivity of the trial of a jihadist mass murderer who has publicly announced he’d like to plead guilty. Now, though, in Tsarnaev’s case, government agencies are leaking like sieves.
Why? Because you are being softened up. Steered by its Gitmo Bar veterans and Lawyer Left compass, the Obama administration is executing a massive national-security fraud: the farce that the jihad against America can be judicialized, that civilian-court processes are a better answer to enemy warfare than are combat protocols.
The Obama Admin’s blatant disdain for US Military who teach truth about Islam. LTC Dooley needs our help
Lt. Col Matthew Dooley, a West Point graduate and highly decorated combat veteran, was an instructor at the Joint Forces Staff College at the National Defense University. He had 19 years of service and experience, and was considered one of the most highly qualified military instructors on Radical Islam & Terrorism.
He taught military students about the situations they would encounter, how to react, about Islamic culture, traditions, and explained the mindset of Islamic extremists. Passing down first hand knowledge and experience, and teaching courses that were suggested (and approved) by the Joint Forces Staff College. The course “Perspectives on Islam and Islamic Radicalism” ,which was suggested and approved by the Joint Forces Staff College, caught the attention of several Islamic Groups, and they wanted to make an example of him.
They collectively wrote a letter expressing their outrage, and the Pro-Islamic Obama Administration was all too happy to assist. The letter was passed to Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff , Martin Dempsey. Dempsey publicly degraded and reprimanded Dooley, and Dooley received a negative Officer Evaluation Report almost immediately (which he had aced for the past 5 years). He was relieved of teaching duties, and his career has been red-flagged.
Radicalizing the Military
There have been few sanctuaries of American values as steadfast as the American armed forces. “Duty, Honor, Country”. “Semper Fidelis”. “Service Before Self”. “Honor, Courage, Commitment”. “This We’ll Defend”. “Semper Paratus”. These are words that denote selfless dedication to a higher calling than the gratification of one’s own desires. The men and women who have served our country in the past, and who serve now, are without a doubt the finest of us. They are the face of America around the world, and we are blessed beyond measure that they serve our country with such grace and courage under the worst of external conditions.
Presently, however, they are under threat from within, and one cannot help but notice that our military is being forced, against centuries of American tradition, morals and example, to become a reflection of the left. This appears to be part of the plan to fundamentally transform the United States, and it carries dire consequences for our long-term survival.
DHS Seeks Millions More Rounds of Ammunition
The Department of Homeland Security has released a market survey asking companies if they are able to provide 2 million rounds of ammunition within a short time period, increasing concerns that the federal agency is continuing its arms build up in preparation for domestic unrest.
With the DHS already having committed to purchasing over 1.6 billion bullets over the course of the last year, a “request for information” on “reduced hazard training ammunition” posted on the FedBizOpps website quizzes bullet manufacturers on how fast they can supply large quantities of ammo.
Federal Prisons Plan to Release More Inmates on ‘Compassionate’ Grounds
To reduce the growing prison population and escalating prison costs, the U.S Bureau of Prisons says it is now revising its “compassionate release” rules so more ailing and aging inmates can be freed.
A report from the Justice Department’s inspector general says the revised rules will expand the compassionate release program by making inmates with a life expectancy of up to 18 months eligible for consideration (versus the current 12 months).
Union spends teachers’ money on politics, says suit
A group of teachers is suing to stop the California teachers union from collecting mandatory agency fees from non-members and spending the money on political activity.
The 10 teachers named in the lawsuit are not members of union. But they still pay agency fees to the California Teachers Association, which they claim uses the money to lobby for political causes, allegedly violating the teachers’ First Amendment rights.
California Delivers Free Condoms To 12-Year-Olds
Middle-school California kids, now you can be as sexually profligate as you want to be–and your parents don’t even have to know about it! The California Condom Access Project, run by the California Health Council, which is making condoms available for kids as young as 12 in an online, taxpayer-funded condom delivery service, has expanded their service to include San Diego and Fresno counties.
But it gets better if you keep secrets from your parents. If you visit this website, as many as 10 free condoms can be delivered in confidential packaging, along with lubricant and educational materials. And in California, teens don’t need parental consent to buy contraceptives.
Among 15-19 year-olds, San Diego County ranks second in chlamydia cases in California, and ranks sixth in gonorrhea cases. The state is rampant with STDs; syphilis cases zoomed 18% from 2010 to 2011, Chlamydia rose 5% and gonorrhea rose 1.5%.
Libertarian lawmaker blocks international tax treaties, making strange bedfellows
Sen. Rand Paul’s efforts to block international tax treaties are making some strange bedfellows between business groups and anti-tax evasion crusaders.
Paul (R-Ky.) has been holding up treaties with Hungary, Luxembourg and Switzerland in the Senate for well over a year now, a turn of events that has angered business interests that have called approval of those sorts of agreements routine.
Paul’s office did not respond to a request for comment about the senator’s concerns about the agreements, and what changes might make the treaties acceptable to him.
But a Senate aide told The Hill in 2012 that Paul had privacy concerns about the treaties, which the aide said would “allow the government to obtain a wide array of records without evidence that people may be hiding money.”
Top Legislative Losses of the Florida 2013 Session
As legislators return to their districts, priding themselves on a job well done, doubtless many of them are putting on a bright face, smarting over the losses of the 2013 Florida legislative session. Here are some of the bills that didn’t make it — but likely will return in one form or another after some tweaking:
Are all telephone calls recorded and accessible to the US government?
The real capabilities and behavior of the US surveillance state are almost entirely unknown to the American public because, like most things of significance done by the US government, it operates behind an impenetrable wall of secrecy. But a seemingly spontaneous admission this week by a former FBI counterterrorism agent provides a rather startling acknowledgment of just how vast and invasive these surveillance activities are.
Over the past couple days, cable news tabloid shows such as CNN’s Out Front with Erin Burnett have been excitingly focused on the possible involvement in the Boston Marathon attack of Katherine Russell, the 24-year-old American widow of the deceased suspect, Tamerlan Tsarnaev. As part of their relentless stream of leaks uncritically disseminated by our Adversarial Press Corps, anonymous government officials are claiming that they are now focused on telephone calls between Russell and Tsarnaev that took place both before and after the attack to determine if she had prior knowledge of the plot or participated in any way.
Number Six: Nbc News Again Caught Selectively Editing Video
Thanks to NRO’s Andrew Johnson, we learned that on Friday MSNBC anchor Thomas Roberts used selective clips from a speech by Vice President Joe Biden to make it look as though Biden was making a push for gun control. Biden’s speech had nothing to do with guns.
Cantor promises House vote to repeal ObamaCare soon
Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) told House Republicans on Friday that they will soon get a chance to vote a full repeal of ObamaCare.
“While we have not locked in the timing, I expect that the House will vote on full repeal of ObamaCare in the near future,” he told members in a memo.
Jim Demint On The Immigration Bill’s Crushing $6.3 Trillion Tab
The cost over a fifty year lifespan of an amnesty for unlawful immigrants is $6.3 trillion to the American taxpayer. And we know over time that this is going to increase more debt, increase taxes. That has a depressing effect on our economy, and we know that unlawful immigrants, once they have amnesty, are to replace the jobs of many Americans and depress their salaries.
Farmers consider using drones on crops
Universities are using unmanned aircrafts to monitor crops, taking detailed pictures of high-value commodities to see things unseen by the naked eye. On top of the improved details, farmers can use the aircrafts at a much cheaper price point than aircrafts requiring a pilot.
According to The Wall Street Journal, Oregon State University is one of several universities using drones for nonmilitary purposes on the farm. The technology is part of the growing interest in precision agriculture, using new tools like iPads and GPS to monitor crops. Information gathered by precision agriculture can show crop conditions and help a producer determine which fields need more water, additional fertilizer, or protection from insects.
Currently, only farms working with universities conducting the research can use the unmanned aircrafts, but the technology will be more available once the Federal Aviation Administration established guidelines, expected by September 2015.
Open Carry March In Washington Seeks To Put ‘Government On Notice’ With Loaded Rifles
Pro-gun activists are planning to march from Virginia into Washington, D.C., on July 4 as part of an open carry demonstration that could bring thousands of illegally displayed weapons into the nation’s capital.
The event, coordinated by libertarian radio host Adam Kokesh and advertised as an “Open Carry March on Washington,” is hoping to bring upward of 10,000 demonstrators ready to say “in the SUBTLEST way possible that we would rather die on our feet than live on our knees.”
AZ Governor Signs Bill Authorizing State Militia To Be Formed
At a time when militias may be needed more than ever, Governor Jan Brewer of Arizona has signed a bill creating a state militia that she could deploy at any time, and for any reason.
Is This Real Reason For DHS Ammo Hoarding? Look Who Claims Obama Intentionally Undermining 2nd Amendment
U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe, R-Okla., says he believes open purchase orders from the Department of Homeland Security to buy over 1 billion rounds of ammunition are part of an “intentional” effort by the Obama administration to “dry up the market” for gun-owning citizens.
Violent criminals released by ICE if they are ‘Obama Dreamers’
National ICE Council president Chris Crane explained what President Obama’s actions on immigration and blind eye to illegal immigration has made it nearly impossible for ICE agents to enforce the law.
“We can’t have Presidents of the United States picking and choosing which laws will and will not be enforced.” Crane said.
Crane went on to explain how President Obama’s de facto repeal of immigration enforcement has led to serious and dangerous criminals being set free. “What the Obama Administration has ICE agents now doing is we now go into jails and prisons looking for illegal aliens inside of those facilities who have committed and been convicted of crimes. So we apply the Dream Act not to kids, in schools, but to adult inmates and have to ask them basically ‘Do you qualify for President Obama’s Dream Act?’ When they tell us ‘Yes we qualify’ we can’t even require them to give us any kind of proof, a transcript, or anything like that. We can’t detain them for investigation to substantiate the claims, we simply have to release them to the street. They walk out the back door of the jail as ‘Dreamers.’ There is nothing we can do about that.
Europe’s Bureaucracy Warns That Resistance Is Futile
“European union” was originally sold as independent nations cooperating. Europeans actually joined a socialist mafia they can’t unjoin, with a bureaucratically authoritarian megastate as the inevitable outcome.
European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso has news for euro skeptics as they grow in popularity. An “intensified political union” for the European Union’s 27 member states “may sound like political science fiction today,” but it “will be reality in a few years’ time.”
Plans for a European federation will be unveiled in about a year, he announced. What timing, considering the monetary union in recent months has been exposed as an unmitigated fiasco for the EU.
#StopCommonCore Rally Draws 9.7 Million
Parent Led Reform, in collaboration with Truth in American Education, hosted a second rally via Twitter Thursday May 2nd to stop the implementation of Common Core standards. Common Core standards are national, top-down K-12 education ideology imposed by federal and state government. The #Stopcommoncore Twitter rally reached of nearly 9.8 million Twitter users. The traffic was so heavy and the complaints from liberals so loud that Twitter temporarily suspended the Twitter account of Parent Led Reform.
“The response to our second #stopcommoncore Twitter rally was amazing,” says Shane Vanderhart, spokesperson for Truth in American Education. ”Parents and concerned citizens are awakening to this previously unknown revolution in education called the Common Core State Standards. ‘We the people’ are starting to have our voices heard. Last night we sent a strong message that education policy can not be decided by a handful of elites. ‘We the people’ through our elected representatives must have a say. Our kids deserve real reform, not a data-less, untested fad.”
So prepare ye the way for the final federalization of primary education in the USA- hereafter known as Common Core- and don’t worry so much about relics written by old, white men like the Tenth Amendment to the Constitution of the United States. The Tenth Amendment only helps ensure local control of those things like education policy. It only ensures that we have a big, diverse, vibrant country full of lots of good ideas. And lots of really great ideas too.
Congressman Patrick Murphy Draws Two GOP Challengers in One Day
On Tuesday, Juno Beach City Commissioner Ellen Andel announced her intention to challenge the Port St. Lucie auditor and vice president of his family’s construction business. In her kick-off event on Tuesday, Andel stressed her commitment to conservative principles, promising to fight for “fiscal responsibility” and a strong national defense.
But even as Andel entered the race, another Republican candidate filed the paperwork to launch his own bid. Attorney Alan Schlesinger, a former Connecticut state representative who served as mayor of Derby, is also seeking the Republican nomination. Schlesinger is no stranger to congressional bids, having run three times for the U.S. House before winning the Republican nomination to challenge U.S. Sen. Joe Lieberman in 2006. Lieberman had lost the Democratic primary to Ned Lamont but continued his bid as an independent. With national Republicans, including then-President George W. Bush, refusing to support his bid, Schlesinger flopped in the general election, taking less than 10 percent and finishing far behind Lieberman, who won the race with most Connecticut Republicans supporting him, and Lamont
Hertz Rental Cars Moves to Florida, Business Community Credits Rick Scott
Hertz Corp., a rental car company, announced it was moving its international headquarters from New Jersey to the Sunshine State.
The Fortune 500 rental car company plans on building a $50.5 million corporate office in Estero. The 300,000-square-foot facility will ultimately create 1,704 jobs and have a $190.2 million annual economic impact to Lee County by 2017, Florida Gold Coast University economist Gary Jackson said.
Emperor, Mysterious Florida Company, Bilked Feds out of $750,000
The Emperor Organization, a Florida nonprofit company supposedly set up to offer educational and charitable help to businesses, received three-quarters of a million dollars in federal money three and four years ago — but now it’s disappeared off the map and may have been nothing more than an illusion.
Florida Watchdog traveled from Miami to Tallahassee in an attempt to find clues as to the whereabouts of the firm and its president, Derron Bennett, who, according to records, received a grant of $200,000 in August 2009 and another $550,000 in April 2010.
Uncertainty has been growing since the organization appeared on the “deadbeat” list of the federal Internet site Recovery.gov, a website — formed after the 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act — that tracks federal grant money doled out to companies that promise to create or retain jobs.
According to Recovery.org records, Emperor failed to submit required reports detailing and justifying its use of the federal handout.
Nation’s CEOs: Florida No. 2 Best State to Do Business in
From Chief Executive Magazine on Tuesday comes the announcement that Florida is now the No. 2 state in the nation to do business in.
Gov. Rick Scott has said he’s rubbing his hands, anticipating the Sunshine State edging closer to knocking Texas off the top spot.
According to the latest edition of chiefexecutive.net, more than 730 CEOs from across the U.S. voted in the survey of chief executive officers – the highest response on record. The survey asked CEOs to rank the best states for business based on a wide range of criteria, from taxation and regulation to workforce quality and living environment.
True the vote wins in settlement with St. Lucie county FL elections supervisor
HOUSTON, TX. May 7, 2013 – True the Vote (TTV), the nation’s leading voters’ rights organization, today announced its settlement with the St. Lucie County Supervisor of Elections regarding records inspection rights under federal law and the Florida Constitution. The agreement provides True the Vote access to all ballots, registrations, and other election related data necessary to conduct an audit of a federal election in Florida’s 18th congressional district. The audit will be led not by government entities or political parties, but by concerned citizens.
“True the Vote can now begin reconstruction and review of the 18th Congressional District election race between Colonel Allen West and Patrick Murphy,” True the Vote President Catherine Engelbrecht said. “We must stop this scandalous cycle of ignoring failures in our electoral process when the campaigns and cameras go home. Understanding how failures in administration can effect elections, as we saw in St. Lucie County, will help prevent them from occurring in the future. We cannot allow slipshod standards to become pandemic across our country’s election processes – citizens can and will stand up in defense of election integrity.”
Boston Bomber to be buried at Arlington?
Tamerlan Tsarnaev, aka: The Islamic jihadist scumbag, aka: the dead Boston Bomber will be buried at Arlington National Cemetery if one US Air Force Veteran has her way.
Yes, you heard that right. The murdering, older brother who killed three and maimed hundreds more innocent people at the Boston Marathon, including an eight-year-old blown to bits has been offered a National Cemetery burial plot by a USAF veteran named Julie Frein. What?
You heard right – Julie Frein served two years of a four-year commitment some time ago and was discharged honorably. Well, something went very, very wrong because this biat-shiite crazy woman has made a teary-eyed request to give her burial plot bequeathed to her by America to her fellow biat-shiite crazy traveler Tamerlan Tsarnaev.
PB County Administrator Weisman: ‘I’m not going to live with Ms. Steckler’
A sometimes-heated meeting of the county commission about the future of the office and Inspector General Cheryl Steckler ended Tuesday without a formal vote. But commissioners plan to discuss funding the office through direct taxation, a new referendum to clarify its powers, and the possibility of settling a lawsuit over who pays for it.
As the commissioner with second-highest seniority, she said, she took office after the series of corruption prosecutions beginning in 2006 rocked the county and sent five former commissioners to prison.
When the public speaking ended, Commissioner Shelley Vana turned the tables, appearing to question the motives of some of the speakers. “I have supported the inspector general since Day 1,” she said.
The meeting also included a sharp exchange between Weisman and Commissioner Jess Santamaria, who accused Weisman of failing to support Streckler’s office and foot-dragging on its funding. Weisman in turn defended the county’s treatment of Streckler. The problem, he said, is not that the inspector general’s office doesn’t have enough independence. It’s how Streckler is handling the independence she does have. “She can’t point to a single thing where the county got in her way,” he said. “She’s saying there’s a problem where there is no problem.”
And he made it clear he had no plans to continue in office if a committee made up of the county’s Ethics Commission, the state attorney’s office and the public defender’s office decides to renew her four-year contract, up at the end of the year.
Allen West “The Duplicitous Hypocrisy: Don’t Fight the Left with Fairness”
Col. Allen West has firsthand experience fighting with the left, especially on issues like race. The left has subjected Col. West to horrible libels over the years, but he has resolved to keep fighting for his values. Hear how he does it, and how you can too.
Religion and Public Life in America
Religious liberty is being redefined in America, or at least many would like it to be. Our secular establishment wants to reduce the autonomy of religious institutions and limit the influence of faith in the public square. The reason is not hard to grasp. In America, “religion” largely means Christianity, and today our secular culture views orthodox Christian churches as troublesome, retrograde, and reactionary forces. They’re seen as anti-science, anti-gay, and anti-women—which is to say anti-progress as the Left defines progress. Not surprisingly, then, the Left believes society will be best served if Christians are limited in their influence on public life. And in the short run this view is likely to succeed. There will be many arguments urging Christians to keep their religion strictly religious rather than “political.” And there won’t just be arguments; there will be laws as well. We’re in the midst of climate change—one that’s getting colder and colder toward religion.
DOJ Won’t Require Warrants For Email, Chat Seizures
In blatant violation of the Fourth Amendment protections against unreasonable search and seizure, the Department of Justice has apparently declared that they do not require warrants for grabbing Americans’ emails and Facebook chats. The ACLU has gotten hold of the documents from the FBI and DOJ that show that a subpoena, which comes from a prosecutor, is all that is necessary to seize emails and chats.
Gang of Eight Members Vote Against Amendment Securing Borders Before Amnesty
An amendment submitted by Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley requiring the security of the Nation’s borders before granting amnesty to more than 11 million illegal immigrants, has been voted down by the Senate Judiciary Committee 6-12. Every Democrat on the Committee voted against the amendment.
The amendment: Purpose: To prohibit the granting of registered provisional immigrant status until the Secretary has maintained effective control of the borders for 6 months and to apply border security strategies to all border sectors.
Gang of Eight Republican Sens. Jeff Flake and Lindsey Graham sit on the Committee and voted against the amendment. Democratic Sens. Dick Durbin and Chuck Schumer, also Gang of Eight and Committee members, voted against the amendment.
Obama Pursues Gun Control via Executive Action After Senate Blow
In the wake of a humiliating defeat for gun-control advocates in the Senate last month, President Obama and a coalition of allied anti-Second Amendment extremists vowed not to give up the fight. Unlike its failure in keeping many promises, however, the administration is already making good on that particular lawless threat, seeking to bypass Congress and use “executive actions” to impose a controversial assault on gun rights and healthcare privacy through Kathleen Sebelius’ Department of Health and Human Services.
If approved, the new “regulation” would — by executive decree — shred remaining federal privacy-protection laws keeping patient data confidential. The HHS’s proposed rule would also, among other radical changes, encourage psychiatrists to report their clients to the FBI’s background check system by waiving the legal prohibition on sharing private healthcare information contained in the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA).
Redistricting: Will Justices Open Door to Endless Litigation?
Lawyers for the Florida Legislature and a coalition of left-wing voters’ groups battled it out before the state Supreme Court Thursday morning, as at least three of the seven Justices made it all-but-clear how they intend to rule on the challenge to the 2012 Senate redistricting map.
“Under your theory of the way this operates, there can be a succession of clients, maybe with different plaintiffs, and it could go on and on and on and we could be litigating this redistricting plan for the next decade,” an exasperated Justice Charles T. Canady told attorney Adam Schachter, who’s representing a Democrat-leaning coalition called “Fair Districts Now” (made up of the League of Women Voters of Florida, the National Council of La Raza, and Common Cause Florida).
Scott’s concerns spamming Internet sales tax bill, sponsors say.
Newfound concerns from Gov. Rick Scott are holding up legislation that would prompt the collection of a sales tax on goods purchased online, sponsors of the measure said this week.
Scott has stated previously that he would sign a bill that calls on Internet retailers like Amazon to collect the 6 percent state sales tax, provided the bill is “revenue neutral,” or contains offsetting tax cuts.
However, according to Rep. Ritch Workman, R-Melbourne, chairman of the House Finance and Tax Subcommittee, Scott now wants any Internet sales tax measure to be “family neutral” and have a neutral impact on all households in the state.
Imagine if egalitarians were in charge of the NFL draft? Well, they’re in charge of our nation and economy
Congrats to those who made first round selection in the NFL draft. Sometimes the greatest pro football players are selected lots later in the draft, so a hearty hat tip to all who enter the draft and will make it as a walk-on. Reminds me of those days back on the streets of Atlanta where one person called ‘game’ and was allowed to pick his team. We Americans love to win and all want a winning team, so there were some not picked because they did not display the requisite skills and talents for victory. Now, imagine if social egalitarians were in charge of the NFL draft? Well, they’re in charge of our nation and economy touting rhetoric like fairness, fair share, shared sacrifice, and economic equality. They’re playing a distorted game of social equality and engineering with our military. Our nation has a draft every four years in 2008 and 2012, picked the kids who never got picked to play. Now we’re on a losing team. The most important team is Team America, next time our national draft comes along, I pray we’ll choose better.
Bachmann’s House Tea Party Caucus is back
U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann’s long-dormant House Tea Party Caucus is revving up again today, with the Minnesota Republican scheduled to take part in a Capitol Hill reception co-hosted by TheTeaParty.net, her office confirmed.
According to a report in Roll Call, about a dozen other representatives and senators are expected at the event, which signifies that the caucus intends to stay engaged in the new 113th Congress.
The Tea Party Caucus has not been much in evidence since last year, while Bachmann was defending her House seat in what turned out to be a surprisingly close challenge from DFL businessman Jim Graves.
Even Big Labor Unions Drop Support For Obamacare
As ObamaCare rolls out, some of its biggest backers from labor to D.C. lawmakers are having second thoughts. It’s a sign that the idea of ending this national nightmare isn’t about to go away.
Late last week, the 22,000-member United Union of Roofers, Waterproofers and Allied Workers dropped a bombshell on the Obama administration, not only withdrawing its support for the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, but also demanding its repeal.
The reason: ObamaCare subsidizes low-paid non-union workers in small companies that don’t insure their employees, while leaving union shops with ObamaCare’s higher health care costs and a 40% tax on Cadillac plans by 2018. That’s a “death warrant” for unions, as the Atlantic’s Megan McArdle noted.
Girls forced to role play as lesbians in front of class
Parents were incensed when they discovered that their 13 and 14-year-old daughters were compelled to pretend they were lesbians and ask one another for a kiss in a bizarre session of role-playing, purportedly done in the name of anti-bullying.
The girls were taught words like “pansexual” and “genderqueer” at a workshop at the Linden Avenue Middle School in Red Hook, New York. Although the purpose was anti-bullying, it zeroed in on homosexuality and gender identity according to CBNNews.com.
FBI informant: Taliban already in U.S.
A man who describes himself as an FBI informant and says he worked to infiltrate the world of terror sympathizers has told a Miami television station that members of the Taliban already are in the United States.
USDA Flyer: We Don’t Check Immigration Status For Food Stamps
A government watchdog group has discovered that the United States government is advising Spanish-speaking residents that they need not declare their immigration status to qualify for food stamps.
Judicial Watch obtained the Spanish-language flyers through a Freedom of Information Act request and announced on Thursday that the “promotion of the food stamp program, now known as ‘SNAP’ (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program), includes a Spanish-language flyer provided to the Mexican Embassy by the USDA.
A statement on the flyer—emphasized in bold and underlined—reads, “You need not divulge information regarding your immigration status in seeking this benefit for your children.”
Paying the Jizya to Welfare Terrorist Tamerlan Tsarnaev
Charles, the invaluable Raymond Ibrahim had an illuminating column on this very topic about a month ago. Ray recounts how a Salafi sheikh has explained that U.S. aid to Egypt is considered jizya. That is the tax the Koran requires non-Muslims to pay for the privilege of living in a sharia state. As Allah directs in sura 9:29, it is not enough for conquered infidels (usually referred to by the dehumanizing term, kuffar) merely to pay this tribute; they must do so “with willing submission” in a manner that makes them “feel themselves subdued” — the humiliating condition of dhimmitude. The same reasoning applies to social welfare payments — they, too, are jizya.
“Wait a second,” you may say, ”I’m not crazy about foreign aid to countries that hate us and welfare for slackers, but paying it hardly means we’ve been conquered.” Well, as I’ve been trying to stress, to understand what we’re up against, you have to see the world through their eyes. As Ray elaborates, the process of conquering is a gradual humiliation: Islamic supremacists make life as dificult as possible for the sugar daddy kuffar while demanding to be paid for the privilege — and the payment itself is symbolic of the conquest.
Near-Suicidal Immigration Policies
Deportation has become a near-taboo word. Yet the Boston bombings inevitably rekindle old questions about the way the U.S. admits, and at times deports, foreign nationals.
Despite the Obama administration’s politically driven and cyclical claims of deporting either a lot more or a lot fewer non-citizens, no one knows how many are really being sent home — for a variety of reasons.
There are not any accurate statistics on how many people are living in the United States illegally. And how does one define deportation? If someone from Latin America is detained by authorities an hour after illegally crossing the border and sent back, does he count as “apprehended” or “deported”?
Deportation is now politically incorrect, sort of like the T-word — terrorism — which the administration also seeks to avoid. The current government emphasis is on increasing legal immigration and granting amnesties; by no means is Washington as interested in clarifying deportation.
Jihad Will Not Be Wished Away. But willful blindness remains the order of the day.
Outlook: Islam.” So reads the personal webpage of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, who ravaged Boston this week, along with his now-deceased brother and fellow jihadist, Tamerlan — namesake of a 14th-century Muslim warrior whose campaigns through Asia Minor are legendary for their brutalization of non-Muslims.
Brutalizing our own non-Muslim country has been the principal objective of jihadists for the last 20 years. This week marks a new and chilling chapter: the introduction on our shores of the tactics the self-styled mujahideen have used to great, gory effect for the past decade in Afghanistan and Iraq.
CA Assembly Considers Jury Duty For Non-Citizens
California would allow noncitizens to serve on juries under a proposal being considered by state lawmakers, potentially expanding a fundamental obligation of American life to millions more people.
The measure, which would apply only to legal residents, would make California the only state to open the jury box to noncitizens who meet all other requirements of service, according to legal experts. The proposal raises the question of what it means to be judged by peers in a state where more than one in seven residents is not a citizen. One of the bill’s authors, Assemblyman Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont), said the proposal would help ensure an adequate pool of jurors, help immigrants integrate into American society and make juries more representative of California.
Juries “should reflect our community, and our community is always changing,” Wieckowski said. “It’s time for California to be a leader on this.” The Assembly passed the bill this week on a party-line vote, with most Democrats lining up in favor and Republicans standing in opposition.
One giant leap for mankind: £13bn Iter project makes breakthrough in the quest for nuclear fusion, a solution to climate change and an age of clean, cheap energy
An idyllic hilltop setting in the Cadarache forest of Provence in the south of France has become the site of an ambitious attempt to harness the nuclear power of the sun and stars.
It is the place where 34 nations representing more than half the world’s population have joined forces in the biggest scientific collaboration on the planet – only the International Space Station is bigger.
The international nuclear fusion project – known as Iter, meaning “the way” in Latin – is designed to demonstrate a new kind of nuclear reactor capable of producing unlimited supplies of cheap, clean, safe and sustainable electricity from atomic fusion.
If Iter demonstrates that it is possible to build commercially-viable fusion reactors then it could become the experiment that saved the world in a century threatened by climate change and an expected three-fold increase in global energy demand.
This week the project gained final approval for the design of the most technically challenging component – the fusion reactor’s “blanket” that will handle the super-heated nuclear fuel.
Army chief smacks down junior congressman
What happens when a 37-year career Army veteran now serving as its chief of staff has had enough of the political posturing of a California congressman just starting his third term? World War III, that’s what.
Gen. Ray Odierno and Army Secretary John McHugh appeared before the House Armed Services Committee Thursday and were bombarded by a string of attacks from Rep. Duncan Hunter, Jr., R-Calif. At issue was Distributed Common Ground System, a computer intelligence system, according to Business Insider.
“We’ve talked in the past … about this Distributed Common Ground System, it’s the Army’s intelligence gathering software product that is out there,” Hunter said. ” … you still have units that are requesting the … product that are not getting it.”
Hunter criticized the current system and pushed to have it replaced by “off-the-shelf products” currently available in the private sector.
Being dressed down by civilian authority is nothing new to career military officers — it happens every day. But what really fried the general’s shorts was the total disrespect Hunter displayed by getting up to leave after finishing his harangue.
That’s when another snoozer of a committee hearing turned into the Fourth of July.
“May we respond? I think I heard a question,” McHugh asked the chairman.
“Well, I don’t want to respond if the gentleman’s [Hunter] going to leave. Would you care to hear a brief response?” asked the committee chair.
Not waiting for Hunter’s answer, Odierno let loose.
“First off, I object to this,” the chief of staff said. “I’m tired of somebody telling me I don’t care about our soldiers, and we don’t respond. Everybody on my staff cares about it, and they do all they can to help.”
Texas Gov. Rick Perry demands apology over disgusting political cartoon
Texas Gov. Rick Perry is disgusted with the Sacramento Bee for publishing a political cartoon linking his push for fewer regulations to the recent fertilizer plant explosion that killed 14 and he’s demanding an apology.
“The Sacramento Bee published a disgusting ‘cartoon’ mocking the deadly explosion in West. While I will always welcome healthy policy debate, I won’t stand for someone mocking the tragic deaths of my fellow Texans and our fellow Americans. I have written the editor and asked that they apologize to the citizens of West,”
Financial Gun Control: Obama-Funded Corporations Targeting Gun Sellers
Corporations close to the Obama administration have implemented policies targeting gun sellers in the months since the Sandy Hook shooting, leading some to wonder if anti-Second Amendment liberals are trying to accomplish through political pressure what they’ve been unable to do through legislation.
The Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday that General Electric (GE) Capital is cutting off all financial services with retailers whose primary business is the sale of firearms. That news comes a little over a week after Comcast announced it will no longer be selling ads to Florida’s gun retailers.
“These are very discriminatory and unfair moves against the firearms industry,” Lake County Property Appraiser Carey Baker, a former state senator and longtime owner of A.W. Peterson Gun Shop in Mount Dora, the nation’s oldest continuously-operating gun shop, tells Sunshine State News. “I believe these companies have succumbed to [Obama] administration pressure. … This is all coming to a head in what I think is a concerted effort to discriminate, to marginalize, and eventually eliminate the firearms industry. And I believe it’s politically motivated.”
It’s official: Obama spends more time on recreation than economy
A report released by the Government Accountability Institute (GAI), has concluded that President Barack Obama has spent twice as much time on vacation and golf as he has in economic meetings throughout his entire term in office.
That may come as no surprise to some, but the nonpartisan GAI actually conducted an analysis which found Obama spent 976 hours on vacation and golf, compared to economic meetings which rated a mere 474.7 hours.
Chuck Todd: Obama hates new media
A growing number of people obtain their news via the internet these days, and Chief White House Correspondent for NBC News, Chuck Todd, was very blunt about the fact that President Obama has no love for new media.
Todd spoke Sunday on Meet the Press about Saturday night’s White House Correspondents’ Dinner, and the way Obama took a shot at the media.
“There’s always this part at the end where they get serious for a minute. And it’s usually the part where presidents say, “You know, I think the press has a good job to do and I understand what they have to do,” Todd said. “He didn’t say that. He wasn’t very complimentary of the press.”
Immigration Bill Doesn’t Secure the Border
Must Washington fix our broken southern border? You bet.
Will the comprehensive immigration reform bill help? You bet it won’t.
The number one flaw of the bill is it starts by giving amnesty to the unlawfully present population in the United States. As soon as the bill passes, those in the country contrary to U.S. immigration law are granted status to stay.
Amnesty immediately creates an incentive for illegal border crossings and overstays. Thus, the bill’s strategy would drive up the cost of securing the border. To make matters worse, the draft law states that anyone who was present in the U.S. before 2012 qualifies—creating massive opportunity for fraud, since there is no proof required that applicants have been here for several years.
Obama sequestration strategy backfires by illustrating government’s backward priorities
Last night, I was reading Joe Weisenthal’s contrarian piece on why President Obama should veto the deal the Senate passed last night to return to work the air traffic controllers who had been furloughed in connection with (I hesitate to say “due to”) sequestration. I found it too clever by half.
First of all, it’s an endorsement of bad behavior by career bureaucrats looking to maximize their budgets permanently, and of political appointees trying to support Obama’s 2014 election strategy. The FAA actually has a larger budget under sequestration than Obama’s administration originally requested
In Illinois, public pensions already gobbling up education funding
From the Chicago Tribune’s editorial board yesterday:
Indiana lawmakers are proposing huge increases in state education funding this year. Ditto those in Wisconsin.
Here in Illinois, The Deadbeat State? Just the opposite. Education funding is being strangled by the same python that is strangling the rest of state government’s finances: pension obligations. Every day that the Legislature delays the enactment of pension reform, the unfunded liability of the state’s five pension funds grows by $17 million, according to Gov. Pat Quinn’s office.
Pearson Forced to Reprint Islam-Biased Textbook in Florida
Dr. William Saxton, Chairman of Citizens for National Security (CFNS) told The Report Card that as result of CFNS efforts – and for the first time as far as anyone related to these K-12 textbook issues knows – a major publisher, Pearson Prentice Hall, had to correct the content of an already printed flawed textbook that it intended to sell to a huge school district in Florida, and reprint it, before it could be purchased. Dr. Saxton earned his doctorate in Applied Physics from Harvard and spent much of his career in the United States Intelligence community. He founded CFNS as a result of concerns that Islamic terror organizations Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood were spreading misinformation and indoctrinating students in American schools.
The new 2013 high-school history book, “World History,” was slated for delivery to Palm Beach County (PBC) students for use at the beginning of the current school year. CFNS documented Islam bias and misinformation in a report co-authored by Dr. Saxton and Report Card Publisher William Korach. That 92-page report, published February 2012 documented Islam-biased errors and misinformation in 25 textbooks in Florida. CFNS participated in a marathon meeting with PBC curriculum specialists and a Pearson representative to delineate their concerns and recommend corrections. Following that, Dr. Saxton testified about the book’s bias before the PBC School Board. After further review, the Board concurred with the CFNS position, and determined that much of the textbook’s contentious language be revised, consistent with CFNS’s recommendations, as a condition for purchase.
Americans Fear Government More than Terror
According to a pair of recent polls, for the first time since the 9/11 terrorist hijackings, Americans are more fearful their government will abuse constitutional liberties than fail to keep its citizens safe.
Even in the wake of the April 15 Boston Marathon bombing – in which a pair of Islamic radicals are accused of planting explosives that took the lives of 3 and wounded over 280 – the polls suggest Americans are hesitant to give up any further freedoms in exchange for increased “security.”
Internet Sales Tax: Here Come the Auditors
Internet sales tax legislation could subject small online businesses to up to 46 state audits.
And since sales taxes vary among thousands of tax jurisdictions across the country, the chances that auditors will find mistakes—and slap the business owners with penalties—are very good. If truth-in-advertising requirements applied to legislation, says Heritage Action’s Dan Holler, the Marketplace Fairness Act would be renamed the Tax Audits from Hell Act of 2013.
Here’s how the bill works: Online businesses would be required to figure the sales tax each customer owes based on where the customer lives—even though the businesses themselves have no other dealings with that state or local government.
U.S. Delivers strong warning to Israel
According to informed Middle Eastern security officials, U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel delivered a strongly worded message to Israel – do not attack Iran.
The officials told WND that Hagel informed the Israeli government the Obama administration will not accept any unilateral Israeli attack against Iran and that Israel must not strike Tehran without coordination with the U.S.
Hagel further told Israel that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu cannot decide alone whether Iran has crossed the nuclear threshold, or the so-called Red Line previously outlined by the Israeli leader.
Tea Party Senators Prep For Immigration Battle
Sens. Rand Paul (R-KY), Mike Lee (R-UT) and Ted Cruz (R-TX) now each appear to be positioning themselves in the fight against the push for the “Gang of Eight” immigration bill in much the same way the Senate’s Tea Party triumvirate knocked down the left’s push for new gun control legislation.
The three are joining Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) in questioning every painstaking detail of the bill, and reframing the narrative that those in favor of the legislation have driven including the need for a “path to citizenship” for America’s at least 11 million illegal immigrants and that the bill is tough on securing the border. Together, the group is using every tool at its disposal in the Senate–public pressure, process disputes and aggressive oversight procedures, among others–to fight against the legislation.
U.S. Illicit drug use 2009-11 highest since 2002
Illicit drug use rates among Americans age 12 and older from 2009 through 2011 were among the highest since data became available in 2002, U.S. officials say.
The National Survey on Drug Use and Health reported an estimated 22.5 million Americans age 12 or older — representing 8.7 percent of the population age 12 or older — were illicit drug users in 2011.
Democrats ask: What debt crisis?
Call them the debt crisis dissenters.
The two parties are miles apart on how to cut the deficit and national debt: Republicans want to slash spending even more. Democrats want to raise revenue.
And then there are the other Democrats — the ones who reject the entire premise of the current high-stakes fiscal fight. There’s no short-term deficit problem, they say, and there isn’t even an urgent debt crisis that requires immediate attention. This group could make it even harder for President Barack Obama to strike a grand bargain because they increasingly see no immediate need for either new spending cuts or significantly more revenue, both of which they say could further slow the economy.
These Democrats and their intellectual allies once occupied the political fringes, pushed aside by more moderate members who supported both immediate spending cuts and long-term entitlement reforms along with higher taxes.
Health Care Report from the States: Florida Medicaid Expansion
As action to stop Obamacare languishes in Washington, the debate continues at the state level. Heritage is hosting a series of health care reports from our allies in the states to provide an up-close view of state-level action regarding Obamacare.
The states play an important role in protecting citizens against this flawed federal health care law–from challenging the health care law before the Supreme Court, to resisting efforts to establish Obamacare exchanges or expand a failing Medicaid program, to offering alternative proposals that will ensure citizens are not left abandoned when the federal law collapses.
Today, Tarren Bragdon—CEO at Florida Foundation for Government Accountability—updates Foundry readers on developments in Florida
When Florida Governor Rick Scott (R) gave Medicaid expansion a metaphorical bear hug last February, he flip-flopped on a years-long record of opposition to the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare). Many argue that the grassroots army he built during his national anti-Obamacare tour in 2009 provided him the jolt of support he needed to win a close race for governor in 2010. But with his expansion flip-flop, it’s unlikely that army will fight passionately for him again.
Rick Scott Needs to Be Wary of Republican Primary Challenge
Riding the tea party tide to the governor’s mansion in 2010, Rick Scott stressed private-sector job creation and getting the state government’s fiscal house in order. Now, poised to sign the largest budget in Florida’s history that provides across-the-board pay raises to teachers and state employees, Scott is leaving himself open to a primary challenge despite the unemployment rate dropping under his watch.
Scott won a bruising primary against Bill McCollum back in 2010 — so bruising, in fact, that McCollum did not endorse his Republican rival in what turned out to be the closest gubernatorial election in Florida’s history. The wounds from that primary still haven’t fully healed. A poll taken by Quinnipiac University last month showed that 28 percent of Republicans in Florida don’t think Scott deserves a second term.
Even if 20 percent of Republicans abandon Scott in 2014, the governor’s re-election bid would be in serious jeopardy. Former Gov. Charlie Crist won several statewide general and primary elections as a Republican before abandoning the GOP in 2010 to run partyless for the U.S. Senate. Crist eventually joined the Democrats at the end of 2012 and is that party’s front-runner to challenge Scott in 2014. It’s certainly not inconceivable that Crist could win a quarter of the Republican vote against Scott.
Rick Scott’s Signature Gives School Districts Relief from Excessive, Unnecessary Regulations
Gov. Rick Scott signed Senate Bill 1096 Monday — a bill giving Florida school districts relief from excessive and unnecessary state regulations.
Said Scott, “Last fall, I traveled the state and listened to parents, students and teachers to hear their ideas about how we can improve Florida’s education system. We heard many great suggestions … on how we can make changes at the state level to reduce unnecessary requirements and regulations so they can spend more time in the classroom teaching.
“Many teachers and administrators I spoke with expressed the need for flexibility, which led me to convene a group of superintendents from around the state to review and recommend red-tape rules and regulations we should cut in order to increase teachers’ time in the classroom. This legislation is a direct result of recommendations provided from the work group and we appreciate the input received from superintendents from across the state.”
Scott continued, “This legislation removes unnecessary hurdles to preparing our students for college and careers and puts more control and flexibility into local districts hands so teachers can be where they belong – in the classroom, educating our students.
Remember the Economy? It’s Still Bad
According to a poll earlier this year, voters have a higher opinion of cockroaches than Congressmen. President Obama’s personal popularity remains solid, but his job approval rating is going down. Why are our elected officials unpopular?
It might just be because they are not listening. In poll after poll, the American people continue to tell Washington that their top priority is the economy. A recent Fox News poll asked participants what is the most important issue facing the nation. The results: the economy got 42 percent, deficit 17 percent, guns 5 percent, and immigration 4 percent.
President Obama inherited a weak economy, to be sure, but his policies, including Obamacare with its costly expected mandates on businesses and the Dodd-Frank financial services regulations have made the situation worse. Even when we see some economic growth, the jobs growth has been feeble. People have been leaving the workforce. Heritage’s James Sherk noted recently, “Labor force participation dropped to 63.3 percent, the lowest rate since 1979..” America needs to get its people back to productive work, not recruit Americans to start taking food stamps.
Joe Biden To Lindsey Graham: ‘I Will Rip Your Skin Off,’ ‘And I Expect A Thank-You Note’
In an April 26 forum at The McCain Institute for International Leadership, Vice President Joe Biden expressed his admiration for Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) in his own irreverent fashion. In a conversation with Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), Biden said that he would do whatever he could to help Graham win his reelection bid next year. The vice president said he would be happy to campaign for him or against him, promising Graham that he would “rip your skin off” if that would cement his reputation as an enemy of the Obama administration among South Carolina’s Republican primary voters.
Glenn Beck, Fox News openly feud about why he left
It looks as if Fox News chief Roger Ailes is more than ready to ramp up any underlying differences he may have with former host Glenn Beck.
In responding to comments Beck made about why he left Fox News, a network spokesman didn’t pull any punches in saying Beck left because he was “trying to save his own ass.”
In a live interview Friday at NYU’s Stern School of Business, Beck said of his decision to leave Fox News: “I remember feeling, ‘If you do not leave now, you won’t leave with your soul intact.’”
Beck also suggested that Ailes actually urged him to stay. “At the end, when we were leaving, it was a long process,” Beck said. “Roger said to me, ‘You’re not going to leave.’ And I said, ‘I am.’ And he said, ‘Nobody does,’ meaning leave television… And I said, ‘I’m fortunate because I haven’t been in it that long.’ I knew what this big, huge Fox empire brought to the table, and I had to leave before I became too enamored of that.”
A Fox News spokesperson responded Monday to Beck’s comment, as reported by Politico:
Glenn Beck wasn’t trying to save his soul; he was trying to save his ass. Advertisers fled his show and even Glenn knows what that means in our industry. Yet, we still tried to give him a soft landing. Guess no good deed goes unpunished.”
Solution to terror? ‘Shut down mosques’
A “human rights” organization is calling on government authorities to shut down three U.S. mosques it claims are not merely religious centers, but political entities and “breeding grounds for jihad terror.”
The American Freedom Defense Initiative, or AFDI, explains its demands are part of an 18-point plan to protect the nation from Islamic terror in the wake of the Boston Marathon bombings.
Obama: ‘Kids Just Got Kicked Out Of Head Start’ Due To GOP Sequester Cuts
President Barack Obama used his weekly radio and Internet address to blast Republicans for relieving air-traffic delays from sequester-related furloughs while “inflicting pain on the public” by imperiling poor children, hungry seniors, and workers.
“They may not feel the pain felt by kids kicked off Head Start, or the 750,000 Americans projected to lose their jobs because of these cuts, or the long-term unemployed who will be further hurt by them,” said Obama. “But that pain is real.”
Obama added: “Because of these reckless cuts, there are parents whose kids just got kicked out of Head Start programs scrambling for a solution. There are seniors who depend on programs like Meals on Wheels to live independently looking for help…. Republicans claimed victory when the sequester first took effect, and now they’ve decided it was a bad idea all along.”
Republicans hit back, pointing out that sequestration was Obama’s idea and that the Administration’s implementation of the cuts unnecessarily targeted places most likely to inflict the maximum pain on the public.
Teacher Suspended for Showing Gardening Tools to Class
Doug Bartlett, a veteran teacher with an upstanding record of 17 years, has filed a lawsuit against the school district of Chicago for suspending him without pay after giving a lesson on gardening tools to his second grade students.
The incident took place on August 8, 2011 at Washington Irving Elementary School.
Mr. Bartlett recently filed suit on April 17, 2013 saying that he suffered humiliation and embarrassment as a result of his reprimand.
The “hazardous” tools in question were pliers, screwdrivers and wrenches that only the teacher handled. The tools were kept in a locked toolbox high on a shelf out of reach before and after the gardening lesson.
Credible Sources Say Rick Scott Killed Parent Empowerment Bill
Florida Gov. Rick Scott was the mastermind behind Tuesday’s slaughter of Parent Empowerment legislation in the state Senate, according to highly placed sources who disclosed the behind-the-scenes machinations on deep background.
“Governor’s Office staff communicated with specific [legislatsors], sharing that the governor did not want this bill to reach his desk,” one of the sources has told Sunshine State News.
The governor’s staff apparently “was working the halls” — even visiting offices — looking for senators who would agree to vote “no” on SB 862.
“It’s a calculus going into an election year: [Scott] doesn’t want to sign the bill and destroy some of the inroads he’s trying to make with the PTA , the unions, and other status quo groups,” the source continued. “Yet, he did not want to veto the bill and further anger conservatives, education reformers, business groups, and parents who supported this bill.”
Scott’s office did not return comment before this story went to press.
New Pacific Trade Deal with Japan Is Game Changer
For anybody disheartened about years of disappointing economic news, Japan’s recent announcement that it intends to join the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) offers a real reason to celebrate.
Free trade agreements (FTAs) historically are some of the most surefire ways to open up new markets to U.S. exporters while enhancing American interests abroad. They create economic growth by fostering innovation and efficiency and, as a bonus, they generally produce invaluable political benefits.
As FTAs go, Japan’s participation in TPP makes this trade pact the Super Bowl and the World Cup of trade agreements wrapped into one. It’s a game changer.
It will give American exporters increased access to Japan, a $5.4 trillion economy — the third largest in the world — and one with which the U.S. now has no FTA in place. TPP will eliminate tariff and nontariff barriers inside Japan, letting more U.S. industries export goods and services to Japan.
No More Sequester Delays: Privatize Air Traffic Control
The sequester taught us two lessons. One, government can get by with less. Two, it can get by with much less. Drawing on that second lesson, we suggest Washington let go of its air traffic control monopoly.
Why does air traffic control have to be a government responsibility? It’s not at all self-evident that it should be.
Indeed, the fact that government caused air travel delays so troubling last week that Congress jumped in with a fix is a clear indicator that government should get out of air traffic control. The politically concocted, fully avoidable delays never would have happened in the private sector.
Canada privatized its air traffic control system in 1996 and its friendly skies have not fallen in the ensuing years. The private company Nav Canada has won the IATA Eagle Award — which means it is the world’s best air navigation service provider — three times during the era of privatization.
California Finding Way to Borrow More Without Voters
In a rare act of fiscal responsibility, the California Assembly voted 73-0 earlier this month to place stricter limits on a high-yield, long-term bond that was used primarily by desperate local school districts.
This being California, however, even as lawmakers were reining in the use of “capital-appreciation bonds” — which became notorious when one San Diego-area district revealed that it was making a $1 billion interest payment on a $105 million debt — the state Senate advanced an ill-defined new “bond” plan to provide schools with a fresh source of cash.
The Dropout Reduction and Workforce Development Bond Act of 2013 is based on social-impact bonds, a creative financing mechanism popularized first in Britain as part of the Conservative Party’s “Big Society” effort to use market discipline to improve public services.
Typically, financing for social-intervention projects is obtained from investors, not taxpayers, and government contracts with nonprofit institutions to do the work.
Government gets to borrow money for social programs and shift the risks to investors, who get paid back only if the programs reach certain performance and cost-saving goals.
But leave it to California’s dominant Democrats to turn a concept designed to apply some measurable standards to hard-to-measure social programs into a shameless effort to grab more money for existing government agencies.
Allen West “The Obama administration is indeed aiding, enabling, and abetting our enemy, radical Islamic jihadists”
“What kind of country have we become when we allow Islamic organizations with ties to the Muslim Brotherhood to ruin the career of an Army officer with 6 combat deployments, decorated for Valor? The fact that these groups went to now CIA Director John Brennan with their complaint when he was our counter-terrorism adviser warrants investigation. We are giving domestic Islamic jihadists welfare. We cease interrogations of domestic Islamic jihadists to read them Miranda rights. We are calling treasonous domestic Islamic jihadists perpetrators of “workplace violence.” The Attorney General is lecturing Americans about reprisals. Enough! I believe this Obama administration is indeed aiding, enabling, and abetting our enemy, radical Islamic jihadists. The evidence is certainly mounting and I am sick of the progressive socialists who just want to excuse this away and try to silence us as “Islamophobes.” You progressives are all complicit in this as well! I want Lt. Col. Dooley back on the list for consideration of Battalion Command, anyone not agreeing is in the camp of the enemy. Read and share this article. Call and write the Secretary of the Army, Chief of Staff of the Army, Secretary of Defense, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs, and President Obama…ask them whose doggone side are they on?”
Florida Democrats Torpedo 2013 Session’s Bipartisan Spirit, Hold Election Reform Hostage
As Florida House Democrats wrapped up day one of their quasi-filibuster, the reaction among the Republican leadership was less one of anger as it was of disappointment that the minority party would shatter the spirit of bipartisan friendliness that had characterized the session up till now.
And the League of Women Voters of Florida (LWVF) – usually a reliable Democratic constituency – is begging legislators not to let a key election reform bill fall victim to the minority party’s partisanship.
Want to See Black Racism?
In the Liberal black community–the tribe–there is only ONE right way: TOTAL submission to the tribal leader. It doesn’t matter if Obama is wrong, which is MOST of the time, the role of a tribe member is to follow the chief, off the cliff if ordered.
Rev. Kevin Johnson, senior pastor of Bright Hope Baptist Church in North Philadelphia and alumni of the famed Morehouse College has been uninvited to speak at his alma mater after criticizing Obama in an opinion column.
Rev. Johnson, a prominent black pastor wrote, ”A President for Everyone, Except Black People,” in the Philadelphia Tribune. In the column he rightfully criticized Obama for failing to appoint members of the black community to cabinet positions in his administration, and for his failure to address issues of poverty in the community. There is certainly plenty of evidence that blacks have made no gains under the black president, and in fact have fared far words.
Team Rubio’s ‘no welfare for illegal immigrants’ claim takes another hit
That’s Cesar Conda, Sen. Marco Rubio’s chief of staff, repeatedly reassuring conservatives that the Gang of Eight amnesty bill won’t allow illegal aliens who obtain provisional legal status to obtain welfare benefits.
Betsy McCaughey, former lieutenant governor of New York, discovered that the no-welfare claim doesn’t hold up to scrutiny:
Expanding legal immigration will push up spending on food stamps, Head Start, housing subsidies, and other benefits legal immigrants are eligible for upon arrival. Though Section 212(a)(4) of the U.S. Code says no immigrant who’s at risk of becoming a “public charge” can get a green card, it is never enforced. Half of green card holders have household incomes below 138% of the federal poverty line, and they’re also largely uninsured.
Insuring these legal newcomers will add $100 billion over the next decade to the ever rising cost of Obamacare. The health law makes legal immigrants eligible for subsidized private health insurance as soon as they arrive. Half of these newcomers will qualify for maximum assistance, costing $9,000 per enrollee, according to the Congressional Budget Office.
Feds Pushing Proposal To Penalize Companies For Refusing To Wiretap
Just last week, documents released through a FIOA request revealed the Department of Justice gave tech companies immunity from breaking federal wiretapping laws in exchange for allowing law enforcement to intercept online communications. Now, it is being revealed that the feds are seeking not only to obtain information voluntarily from Internet Service Providers but want to penalize those who don’t cooperate with their requests for this information.
Obama Puts Fox In Charge Of Fannie, Freddie Henhouse
President Obama has named Democrat Rep. Mel Watt to oversee Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. If he gets his choice, we might as well have ACORN in charge of mortgages.
Watt is a big reason the government-sponsored mortgage giants needed a bailout in the first place
In the years leading up to the subprime mortgage crisis, Watt worked closely with Rep. Barney Frank on the House Financial Services Committee to pressure Fannie and Freddie to underwrite more risky loans for low-income homebuyers — despite warning from Bush officials that they were overexposed to subprime loans.
Just How Ignorant Is Obama About ObamaCare?
Asked about increasing Democratic concern over what Sen. Max Baucus called a looming ObamaCare “train wreck,” Obama claimed that it’s all much ado about very little. But almost nothing he said in defense of ObamaCare was accurate. Among his statements:
“A huge chunk of it’s already been implemented.” In fact, all that’s been implemented so far are a few PR-friendly changes like a mandate to cover children up to age 26 and a more generous Medicare drug benefit.
“For the 85% to 90% of Americans who already have health insurance … they don’t have to worry about anything else.”. Really? The Congressional Budget Office expects 7 million workers — and possibly as many as 20 million — will lose their employer coverage because of ObamaCare. That’s plenty to worry about. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services said millions of seniors will get dumped from their private Medicare Advantage plans by 2017 thanks to sharp payment cuts required by the law. And small businesses now providing coverage face huge rate hikes thanks to ObamaCare’s many market regulations and benefit mandates. Maryland’s biggest insurer, nonprofit CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield, said ObamaCare will force rates up by 15% next year.
“The other stuff’s been implemented and it’s working fine.” That’s only true if you ignore the fact that ObamaCare’s high-risk pools have been a disaster, attracting a third as many people as predicted while costing far more than the administration budgeted. Or the fact that Obama had to issue more than 1,200 waivers to companies who said the law’s initial insurance market rules would have forced them to cancel coverage for millions of workers. The overly complicated small-business tax credit has also been a bust, with only about 5% of eligible firms taking advantage of it.
“We’re going to be able to drive down costs … and that will save the country money as a whole over the long term.” Except, Obama’s own health care number crunchers say ObamaCare will force national health spending up 7.4% in 2014, and add billions in costs over the next decade. The Congressional Budget Office says it will add massively to federal health spending. And the architects of Obama’s reform wrote in the New England Journal of Medicine about how, despite ObamaCare, “health costs remain a major challenge.”
Military Scours Ranks For Christian ‘Haters’
When Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel recently appeared before Congress, he was grilled by Rep. Randy Forbes, R-Va., about an email sent by an officer at Fort Campbell, Ky., to three dozen subordinates, warning them to be on the lookout for soldiers connected with “domestic hate groups.”
Among the groups listed in the 14-page email by Lt. Col. Frank Rich, the Second Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment Commander at Fort Campbell, were Christian organizations such as the American Family Association and Family Research Council (FRC), immigration reform groups such as the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR), and Atlas Shrugs, run by Pamela Geller and monitoring global jihadist activity.
Pentagon May Court Martial Soldiers Who Share Christian Faith
The Pentagon has released a statement confirming that soldiers could be prosecuted for promoting their faith: “Religious proselytization is not permitted within the Department of Defense…Court martials and non-judicial punishments are decided on a case-by-case basis…”.
So President Barack Obama’s civilian appointees who lead the Pentagon are confirming that the military will make it a crime–possibly resulting in imprisonment–for those in uniform to share their faith. This would include chaplains—military officers who are ordained clergymen of their faith (mostly Christian pastors or priests, or Jewish rabbis)–whose duty since the founding of the U.S. military under George Washington is to teach their faith and minister to the spiritual needs of troops who come to them for counsel, instruction, or comfort.
Atheist groups to distribute materials in Orange County Florida schools
The school district, led by moderate Republican and board Chairman Bill Sublette, has agreed to allow atheist groups on high school campuses to distribute material on atheism, agnosticism and secular humanism.
Representatives from the Freedom from Religion Foundation and the Central Florida Freethought Community will be “passively” distributing the following articles and papers to students, according to WKMG Local 6:
Questionable House vote gives Gov. Scott his tax break … for now
Lawmakers passed Gov. Rick Scott’s top legislative priority to eliminate the sales tax on machinery and equipment for manufacturers Wednesday – or did they?
House Democrats are questioning whether the vote approving the measure is constitutional and are vowing swift legal action. House Speaker Will Weatherford, R-Wesley Chapel, said he consulted with House attorneys who think the vote on the bill was constitutional, although he did not cite a formal legal opinion.
Under Article 7, Section 18 of the state constitution, bills affecting local tax revenue require a two-thirds vote in both the House and Senate to pass. The manufacturing tax cut brings in $141 million each year, with about $20 million going to local governments.
“It does not, it does not (require two-thirds). We looked into that very closely, we spoke with our attorneys and our staff we do not believe it requires the two-thirds vote,” Weatherford said.
House Minority Leader Perry Thurston of Plantation declared there would be a lawsuit coming soon.
Relax, Democrats: The House Manufacturing Tax Cut Is (Probably) Constitutional
Before they force Florida taxpayers to spend millions of their hard-earned tax dollars defending against a lawsuit, House Democrats should take a breather: their case against the constitutionality of Tuesday evening’s passage of a sales tax exemption on manufacturing equipment is no slam-dunk
At the heart of the dispute is Article VII, Section 18(b) of the Florida Constitution, which reads: “Except upon approval of each house of the legislature by two-thirds of the membership, the legislature may not enact, amend, or repeal any general law if the anticipated effect of doing so would be to reduce the authority that municipalities or counties have to raise revenues in the aggregate, as such authority exists on February 1, 1989.” (Emphasis added.)
The key to House leadership’s passage of the bill is probably the expression “in the aggregate”: If taken to court, Weatherford’s lawyers will likely argue that HB 7007 does not reduce the overall (or “aggregate”) authority of local governments to raise revenue, because:
Immigration Bill Contains Slush Funds for Pro-Amnesty Groups
The pro-amnesty lobbyists who helped craft the Schumer-Rubio immigration bill included within the bill two “slush funds” amounting to $150 million that may be supplemented with additional taxpayer dollars for years to come. Slush fund grantees are “public or private, non-profit organizations” described in the bill as including “a community, faith-based, or other immigrant-serving organization whose staff has demonstrated qualifications, experience, and expertise in providing quality services to immigrants, refugees, persons granted asylum, or persons applying for such statuses.” In other words, the grantees would include many of the groups involved in writing and promoting the amnesty.
Section 2537 of the Schumer-Rubio bill provides “Initial Entry, Adjustment, and Citizenship Assistance” grants to public and private, non-profit organizations that promise to help illegal immigrants apply for the amnesty (p. 384). For example, this includes help with “completing applications”, “gathering proof of identification”, and “applying for any waivers”. But the recipients of these funds are given a lot of discretion, as the funds can also be used for “any other assistance” that the grantee “considers useful” to aliens applying for amnesty.
Former members of Congress to hear week of testimony about space aliens
Six former members of Congress have signed up for a week of congressional-style testimony on the existence of space aliens.
The hearings, which will occur this week at the National Press Club, will feature some 30 hours of testimony on the possible existence of extraterrestrials and be recorded for a documentary film. Around three dozen researchers and academics are expected to testify.
Participants will include ex-Sen. Mike Gravel (D-Alaska), and ex-Reps. Lynn Woolsey (D-Calif.), Rep. Carolyn Cheeks Kilpatrick (D-Mich.), Darlene Hooley (D-Ore.), Roscoe Bartlett (R-Md.) and Merrill Cook (R-Utah).
Mexico ends open access for US security agencies
Mexico is ending its unprecedented open relationship with U.S. security agencies that developed in recent years to fight drug trafficking and organized crime.
All contact for U.S. law enforcement will now go through “a single window,” the federal Interior Ministry, the agency that controls security and domestic policy, said Sergio Alcocer, deputy foreign secretary for North American affairs.
The new policy is a dramatic shift from the direct sharing of resources and intelligence between U.S. and Mexican law enforcement under former President Felipe Calderon, who was lauded by the U.S. repeatedly for increasing cooperation between the two countries. FBI, CIA, DEA and border patrol agents had direct access to units of Mexico’s Federal Police, army and navy and worked closely with Mexican authorities in major offensives against drug cartels, including the U.S.-backed strategy of killing or arresting top kingpins.
America’s Class and Race Conscious Society Sadly Looks Just Like the USSR
At the doctor’s office this year I had to fill out newly required paperwork that included questions about my race and ethnicity. I chose the “refused to answer” option.
I had been classified by ethnicity before in the Soviet Union, where every official document required indication of it. Our ethnicity, in turn, plus connections to the government, determined the level of our security and dignity.
We found our dignity in the United States.
“We, the people, still believe that every citizen deserves a basic measure of security and dignity,” President Obama declared in his second inaugural address. “We, the people, still believe that our obligations as Americans are not just to ourselves, but to all posterity.”
U.S. Taxpayers Spend $355,825 to Reduce Stigmatization of India’s Transgenders
The federal government is spending $355,825 in taxpayer dollars to develop a “culturally relevant stigma-reducing intervention” program for the transgender population in India.
The National Institutes of Health issued a two-phase grant to the Ohio-based Baldwin-Wallace College to conduct the study. The first phase cost $173,221. The second phase cost $182,604. The reason given for the study is “HIV prevalence is disproportionately high among Male-to-female transgenders (Hijra) in India.”
‘Smoking’ gun nets 60G fine. 60G fine for cig lighter
The owner of a Midtown tourist shop is firing back at Mayor Bloomberg’s crusade against toy guns, filing papers to block a $60,000 fine from the city for selling lighters shaped like small pistols
Heritage study finds $70 billion in Obama regulatory costs
New regulations enacted during President Obama’s first term cost Americans an additional $70 billion, and the price tag is only expected to rise, according to a study issued by the conservative Heritage Foundation.
The total represents more than 130 major rules – those that carry an economic impact of at least $100 million, the group’s study finds. It identifies 25 such rules in 2012 alone, mostly stemming form the Dodd-Frank financial reform law, and places last year’s cost of new regulations at $23.5 billion.
Living the Regulated Life in America
Did you ever think there would come a time when the government would dictate what size soft drink you could buy? Did you ever think the efficiency of your dishwasher and washing machine would be regulated by the federal government? Did you ever think that the flushing capacity of your toilet would be dictated by bureaucrats in Washington, D.C.? If you answered “no” to these questions, welcome to the crowd. Americans are finally waking up to the fact that no aspect of their lives is beyond the reach of big brother. They are also beginning to realize that government regulation is not a benign enterprise.
Technicality kills ‘Anti-Sharia bill’ in Florida Senate?
The “Anti-Sharia” law came one vote short.
After a long debate Thursday, opponents of a bill sponsored in the House by Rep. Larry Metz, R-Groveland, and Sen. Larry Hays, R-Umatilla, likely died in the Senate for this session after failing to get the two-thirds vote necessary in the Senate to get it out of committee up for a vote. The vote all but assures the effort is dead for the 2013 session, which ends Friday.
Before the procedural vote – normally a formality – survived series of amendments that appeared aimed sending it back to the House on the last day of the session
01. Obama shamelessly uses Bush Center dedication to push immigration reform
02. Republican bill takes aim at agency ammunition stockpiling
03. Immigration Reform Becomes A Welfare Welcome Wagon
04. Judge says no to DHS ruling over immigration by executive order
05. Comcast anti-gun policy smacks of political intimidation
06. Scott’s concerns spamming Internet sales tax bill, sponsors say.
07. Imagine if egalitarians were in charge of the NFL draft? Well, they’re in charge of our nation and economy
08. Bachmann’s House Tea Party Caucus is back
09. Malkin: A National Security History Lesson for Marco Rubio
10. Even Big Labor Unions Drop Support For Obamacare
01. Big Sis: Obama Admin Can Pick Which Laws To Enforce
02. At America’s worst university, a professor calls Boston Bombings ‘mass casualty drill’
03. Government spending almost $900k a year for empty bank accounts
04. DCCC Targets Florida to Give Pelosi House Control
05. Trade-Off Time: Campaign Finance Reform for Ethics Reform
06. Eye-opening events in Boston caused shift in gun control support
07. GE Capital pulls plug on financing for gun retailers
08. School board in Fla. votes to resume paddling of students
09. Common Core opponents trying to turn up heat on Scott in Florida
10. American Families Cannot Afford the Cost of Amnesty
11. Religion and Public Life in America
12. Lawmakers, aides may get Obamacare exemption
13. 5 More Reasons The Gang Of Eight’s Immigration Bill Is A Bad Idea
14. Florida’s Unemployment Rate Drops below National Rate
01. ‘I Can’t Expand': Florida’s Small-Business Victims of Obamacare Mandate
02. RPOF Slams Obama and Democrats: ‘Had Ability to Stop Flight Delays, but Did Nothing’
03. Eyewitness video of Boston home search: Greater good or Gestapo tactics?
04. New House report on Benghazi: Clinton knew, Obama covered up
05. U.S. House of Representatives Libya Progress Report Final 1
06. Late in session, Gov. Scott makes aggressive push for agenda
07. The Lessons of History. Our enemies take notice when we scale back our military.
08. Latest threat to the Independence of the Inspector General
09. Allen West on Ronald Reagan and American Entrepreneurship
10. Political ploy masked as gratitude? No thank you
11. Incoming ISON to be Dazzling Daytime Comet?
12. Florida lawmakers are beginning the process of cleaning up the government and restoring trust
13. Florida is a Zero-Tolerance State for Human Trafficking
14. Mosque that Boston suspects attended has radical ties
15. Maximum Pain for Political Gain in America’s Airports
01. I Saw Something, So I’m Saying Something
02. Florida Senate Budget: ‘Political Game’ Jeopardizing State’s Domestic Security?
03. Virtually all physicians walked out of Obamacare session at national conference
04. Rubio spokesman compares plight of illegal immigrants to slavery
05. Bombing suspect’s imam affiliated with Muslim Brotherhood front group
06. Top 5 Problems with the “Comprehensive” Immigration Bill
07. Florida Lawmakers grow skeptical of tax breaks, incentives
08. The Senate after Dark
09. Mayor Bloomberg: interpretation of U.S. Constitution will ‘have to change’ following Boston bombings
10. Video: Disgusted ICE head finally faces down Gang of 8
11. sWhy the Internet Sales Tax Is a Terrible Idea
01. Black conservative leaders discuss how the NRA was created to protect freed slaves
02. Obamacare’s Individual Mandate: Tax That Pushes More People into HSAs
03. Should Florida Change the Way Judges Are Appointed?
04. Florida House Appropriations Passes No-Federal-Money Health Plan
05. Rubio’s PAC Spends $47,484 on Water Bottles, Hauls in More Than $650,000
06. Tea Party Network steaming over ‘anti-Sharia law’ snub in Florida Senate
07. What they’re fighting over: Main conference issues between Florida House and Senate
08. The Everglades
09. How Drugs Pollute Our Drinking Water
10. On farm subsidies, conservatives must practice what they preach
01. 1984 + 29. As Orwell knew, taking over the culture starts with corrupting the language
02. The Importance of Training in Terrorism
03. Boston bomber’s politics too ‘complicated’ for New York Times
04. Study: Majority of Americans Not Informed Enough To Stereotype Chechens
05. Next Week’s School Shooting Victims Thank Senate for Failing to Pass Gun Bill
06. A Big Government Is a Bankrupt Government
07. Save our schools and stop Common Core in your state.
08. Down With the Marketplace (Un)Fairness Act
09. Immigration Bill Gives New Legals $3,000 Hiring Edge
01. FEC Summarizes Campaign Activity of the 2011-2012 Election Cycle
02. Obama taking action on gun background check system
03. Lobbyists v. Sick People
04. Public pessimism on economy is increasing
05. Black Caucus troubled by Senate plan to replace ‘diversity’ visas
06. Immigration Bill Contains 400 Waivers And Exemptions
07. Health Actuaries: Obamacare Rates Will Soar as much as 80%
08. The terrorist-in-chief; whose side is he on?
09. Religious Freedom & ‘Gay Marriage’ Cannot Coexist
10. Boston bomber an Obama supporter!
11. NY Governor Cuomo Likens Boston Bombing To Climate Change
12. Obama warns ‘not to rush to judgment about ‘groups’
01. Insider Trading For Me, But Not For Thee
02. Democrats and the Governor’s Office: It’s All About What Bill Nelson Will Do
03. Immigration Myth Buster: Poor Immigrants Use Less Welfare
04. Biden Pledges More Executive Action On Guns “Later This Week”
05. Kerry to Congress on Benghazi: Get over it!
06. Florida first to fight drone intrusion with newly passed bill
07. House votes to forbid use of foreign laws
08. PAUL: An ill-advised Internet tax mandate
09. Phrase ‘master bedroom’ now deemed racist, sexist
10. PROOF! Boston Marathon Bombing is Staged Terror Attack
11. Lieutenant Colonel Potter
12. Photo surfaces of ‘The Craft’ mobile communications van at Boston marathon
13. County opposes BLM restrictions – Biggest issue is Moneta Divide development
01. Bombardier signs $195M contract for SunRail
02. Three Parallels: Allen West on the Boston Marathon Bombing
03. Special Needs Kids: Another Middle-Class Target of Obamacare Tax Increases
04. Fla. Dems continue to question need for anti-Sharia law bill
05. Saudi National Once Considered ‘Person Of Interest’ May Be Deported On ‘Security’ Grounds — And How It’s Supposed To Be Framed
06. Baucus warns of ‘huge train wreck’ enacting ObamaCare provisions
07. Negron expands his health plan to include House ideas
08. Federal Takeover of the Internet
09. Rep. Lamar Smith: Immigration Bill ‘Worse Than We Thought,’ Legalizes Relatives and Previously Deported
10. Welfare Programs Now One-Sixth Of Federal Budget
11. Meet the Democratic Party: “Bribery isn’t what it once was”
12. US troops sent to Jordan to counter Syrian attack on kingdom – M.G.
13. Florida college fires professor who forced students to sign pledge to vote for Obama
14. Immigration bill calls for slew of regulations, new bureaucracy
15. Two dozen IRS employees ‘received more than $250,000 in food stamps, welfare, and housing vouchers after lying about being unemployed’
01. Common Core Quietly Nationalizing Education
02. Did Obama’s stimulus bill really work? Not even the government knows
03. Background checks amount to ‘new tax on guns,’ Coburn insists
04. Election Reform Bill With Controversial Amendment Advances in Florida Senate
05. Coal, cattle are most damaging to the environment, UN study says
06. Bethesda Mental Health Clinic By Rob Long
07. GOP fast tracks bill to fortify ObamaCare’s high-risk pools
08. Slate: ‘Marriage Equality’ Includes Polygamy
09. Huge Upset in Gainesville, FL as Tea Party Candidate Wins Mayoral Race
10. The Epic Failure Of The Intel Agencies On The Boston Bombing
01. Schumer-Toomey-Manchin Gun Control Bill: Feel Free to Run a Secret FBI Check on Job Applicants
02. Thousands of Tea Party activists will gather Monday at rallies across the nation to mark Tax Day, April 15–and to re-ignite a movement that had been written off as dormant by the media and the political classes.
03. Tea party attempting to remake itself
04. Obamacare: Penalizing Middle Class Families that Have High Medical Expenses
05. Florida’s visionary state insurance plan: ‘If we build this, they will come’
06. Maryland’s Second Amendment Nightmare: Coming Soon to a State Near You?
07. The Freedom To Hate
08. House committee rejects Fasano plan and goes with Health Choices Plus
09. Election integrity – Voting machine certification based on corruption, payoffs, and bid-rigging.
10. We The People Stimulus Package
11. From Quantitative Easing To Quantitative Looting And Beyond
12. DoD Issues Instructions on Military Support of Civilian Law Enforcement
01. Advocates wield new EU disclosure plan in defense of SEC oil mandate
02. Gun manufacturer decides to flee Connecticut; Rick Perry issues an open invitation
03. The President’s self-created trap on Keystone XL
04. Take Two Aspirin and Call the Authorities
05. Government report: Historic drought not caused by global warming
06. Violating the Constitution Is Not the Way to Safeguard Constitutional Rights
07. The War against the Young
08. Why Are the Feds Trying to Identify All Gun Owners in Missouri?
09. 1,500 page immigration bill to drop one day before only hearing?
10. Surveillance state: Fox News watched by NSA, questioned by FBI
11. Fla. House Speaker Weatherford stands tall against Obamacare
12. White House Sits In On ‘Gang of Eight'; Law Enforcement Excluded
13. Some states dropping GED as test price spikes
14. Election-Fix Bill Could Disenfranchise 100,000 Florida Voters
15. Senator slips up: ‘You’re not going to disenfranchise the NRA overnight’
16. Obama’s eight-lane road to socialism
17. Howard Stern fan interrupts Tucker Carlson fishing in Central Park
18. Bergstein’s ‘Wooden Block of Soap’ award
19. Florida House passes $74.4 billion budget
20. Florida House ban on growth referendums cedes control to cities, developer activist says
01. Police, ‘anti-gun’ prosecutor clash with soldiers in area around Fort Hood
02. ICE union head calls on Sen. Rubio to leave ‘Gang of Eight’
03. World food plentiful, but politics and policies interfere
04. Obama defies Putin, publishes list of 18 blacklisted Russians
05. Ron Paul Launching Think Tank to Promote Civil Liberties, Non-Interventionism
06. McDonald’s ‘edgy’ parody ad prompts PC police to force apology
07. ‘Evangelicals could be put on watch list, denied guns’
08. Congresswoman: Tax Code 4 Times Longer Than the Bible
09. Obamacare architect: affordable care act ‘beyond comprehension’
10. Canadian burlesque dancer beat scientists and athletes to win U.S. green card only awarded to people of ‘extraordinary ability’
11. Is there no one who will lead?
01. ABC, CBS, NBC ‘Deliberately Censoring’ Bad News on Obamacare
02. DHS Orders Bagpipes? So Much for Sequester Cuts
03. Making the Moral Argument: Fairness
04. Making the Moral Argument: School Choice
05. Rick Scott Opposes, Business Community Divided on, House Medicaid Alternative
06. Fla. Gov. Scott signs 19 bills into law
07. Obama’s Fake Budget Marketing Exposed
08. Conservatives look to remake electorate for 2014 election
09. House offers a bare-bones alternative to Medicaid expansion
10. Florida Internet Sales Tax
11. Why Rick Scott Must Go
12. U.N. Report covers up Obama role in arming terrorists
13. Airplanes can be hijacked using an Android smartphone
14. Boehner: I Don’t Need Gop To Pass Gun Law
15. NY Town Removes Veterans’ Gadsden Flag For Being An Offensive Tea Party Symbol
16. Dad furious after finding this crayon-written paper in florida 4th-grader’s backpack: ‘i am willing to give up some of my constitutional rights…to be safer’
17. Students Asked To ‘Argue That Jews Are Evil’ And Prove Nazi Loyalty In Assignment Linked To Common Core
18. Illegal immigrant apprehended at border: ‘Obama’s gonna let me go’
01. Next Move For The Toxic Tea Party
02. Gun Registry Has Already Started
03. IRS: We can read emails without warrant
04. White House budget funds Gore climate change satellite
05. Obamacare Exchanges Will Cost Double
06. Maryland Governor Taxes Rain
07. Why Every American Parent Should Follow the Romeike Case
08. Biden calls for ‘new world order’
09. The Physics Of Gun Control
10. Progressive Activist Group Behind Secret McConnell Recording
01. Florida Elections bills set for Senate debate
02. Bill Posey’s ‘REAL Space Act’ Would Shoot for the Moon, Set NASA Alight Again
03. The Toomey-Manchin Proposal Will Allow Doctors to Block Your Right to Guns
04. Feminism: Weakening The World Since The 1960’S
05. Schools Teaching Americans Do NOT Have A Right To Bear Arms
06. Boy’s Water Pistol Threat Leads To Confiscation Of Father’s Guns, License
07. New Obama program targets unemployed youth—in Pakistan!
08. Amish Bishop Gets 15 Years In Prison For Beard-Cutting Attacks
09. Top Supreme Court Smackdowns of Obama
01. Rubio to Obama: Who else have you allowed to frolic around Cuba?
02. Blunder prone Biden calls gun filibuster embarrassing for America
03. Kim Jong-Un Comes Out In Support Of Gay Marriage: ‘I’m Not A Monster’
04. North Korea’s War Preparations
05. Veteran Teacher’s Witheringly Scornful Resignation Letter: ‘I Am Not Leaving My Profession…It No Longer Exists
06. USPS shelves plan to cut Saturday mail deliveries
07. Public university art students forced to design anti-gun propaganda
08. Blockbuster Immigration Report Could Derail Gang Of Eight
09. Fox Television Threatens To Go Off The Air
01. Guns Responsible for Global Warming
02. Barack Obama blames US Navy for increased North Korean tensions.
03. Federal Taxpayers Get Billed for $1 Million Bus Stop
04. Bill Ayers Confirms What Obama Has Denied
05. “The Moral Foundations of Society” by Margaret Thatcher
06. ObamaCare takes friendly fire
07. Idiocies in the Gun Control Debate
08. U.S. Ready to Spend Up to $300,000 for ‘Workforce Development’–In Serbia
09. Ron Paul Announces New K-12 Homeschool Curriculum, First Six Years Free
10. Suspect Robs Family at Miami Burger King, Then Man Shoots Him: Police
11. Sick-leave preemption bill clears final Senate committee
12. Top Senate Republican Asks Feds to Investigate Possible Illegal Wiretap
13. Why the left resents good parents
01. Does Obama’s Election Commission Signal Federal Takeover of Elections?
02. The United Nations, Modern-Day Trojan Horse
03. Maryland lawmakers pass bill forcing teachers to pay union fees, reversing right to work trend
04. White House Scraps Jewish Heritage Month Reception
05. Unreal – One of Bloomberg’s ‘Mayors Against Illegal Guns’ Arrested For Trying to Force Man to Have Sex With Him … at Gunpoint
06. Wisconsin public sector unions report drastic membership declines
07. The “scientist-in-chief”
08. I Wish I Were Amish
09. International Topless Jihad Day:‘Our boobs stronger than their stones’
10. Democrats Get Caught ‘Fixing’ Redistricting Maps in Florida – C.W.
11. Porkulus: Obama spent $2.4M to study the immunological effects of racism – C.W.
12. Obama’s Spends $712K To Study Ethnic Pain Differences – C.W.
13. Video – Cornhuskers make a wish come true
14. Local grassroots leaders to RNC: ‘join us or get the hell out of the way’
15. Undernews of the week: TPS extension for immigrants from Honduras and Nicaragua
16. Corporations ‘Incentivized’ To Maximize Food Stamps Transactions
01. Obama Lie: Newtown children killed with ‘fully automatic weapon’
02. The Great DHS Ammunition Stockpile Myth
03. The Vagina Vote
04. It is Now Easier to Apply for a Green-Card Than Obamacare
05. Foreign Policy Calls Ted Cruz Most Hated Man In The Senate, And That’s A Good Thing
06. PETA Headquarters A Giant Puppy And Kitten Slaughterhouse, 96% Of The Animals They Took In Were Killed
07. Michelle Obama, Busy Single Mother
08. Economists: Obamacare, Not Sequestration, a Factor in “Awful” March Jobs Numbers
09. Lowry: Meet the new climate deniers
10. US Army labels Evangelicals, Catholics religious extremists
11. Liberal host touts Communism: Kids don’t belong to their parents
12. Obama Budget To Cap Retirement Accounts At $3 Million
13. IRS move means more tax dollars for wind power
14. Taxpayers have spent $15 trillion on ‘war on poverty’
15. Conservatives Hit Rnc For ‘Professional Right’ Comment
16. Loose Language in Reid’s Gun Control Bill Allows the Beginnings of a National Gun Registry
01. Sheriff’s powers clamped in ruling – C.W.
02. After Obama?
03. Cut It Out with the Concessions
04. Vassar Loses Its Compass
05. HHS resurrects ‘acorn’ through Obamacare
06. Store owner arrested for using food stamps to stock shelves
07. Ronald Reagan’s Boyhood Home Being Demolished by University of Chicago
08. $423,500 Stimulus Program on ‘Correct Condom Use’ Yields Zero Jobs
09. Miami-Dade GOP Opposes Sun Life Stadium Funding, Rebukes Miami GOP Sponsors
10. Six Florida Counties Named Disaster Areas by USDA
11. Christian Family Coalition Descends on Capital, Opposes Sharia Law and Defends Right to Life
12. DHS excuse for buying billions of rounds of ammo exposed as yet another blatant lie
13. Media Can’t Blame Dismal Jobs Report On The Sequester
14. Bank of Japan to pump $1.4 trillion into economy in unprecedented stimulus
15. Weak: Economy Adds Just 88k Jobs In March
16. Revenge of The Consultant Class
17. Jennifer Carroll speaks publicly, first time since resignation
01. Rep. Maloney says she received death threats after introducing gun legislation
02. Greens get billionaire ally, money
03. Obamacare ‘Medicine Cabinet Tax': Another Hike on the Middle Class
04. Florida Companies, Workers Already Feeling Negative Impact of Obamacare
05. Florida Legislature has the Chance to Finally Get Information Technology Governance Right
06. FAU incident exposes dark side of American universities
07. Florida K-12 Education Budget
08. Failed Obama Policies Put More Americans In Poverty
09. Obama: government tyranny impossible because ‘government is us’
10. Cancer clinics are turning away thousands of Medicare patients. Blame the sequester.
11. City Recruits Minority Lifeguards Even if They Can’t Swim
12. “I need a gun to protect myself from the govt” – Obama mocks gun owner concerns as ‘ginned-up fears’
13. Federal Govt. Spends $2.1 Million to Study ‘What Animals Really Think’
14. Kuwait Parliament Approves Death Penalty For Those Who Insult Allah
15. The Second Amendment as an Expression of First Principles
01. By The Numbers: March 2013
02. Stockton’s Racket — And Ours. Now that cities are going bankrupt, the scam of government finances is being revealed.
03. Queer Gardens, Pocahontas, and Prostitutes
04. Is Disability the New Welfare?
05. Damage at the CIA
06. Perez, the Progressive Warrior
07. The Truth about Common Core
08. U.N. Arms Treaty: Unloading a Pack of Wolves in a Sheep Meadow
09. Public School Bans Cub Scout Pack
10. Obama administration to banks: Why aren’t you making higher-risk loans?
11. Washington Bill Would Allow Employers To Seek Workers’ Facebook Passwords
12. Ga. city council votes to require gun ownership
13. ICE Council President: Administration and Congress Doing Nothing to Address Cartels, Criminal Aliens in Immigration Debate
14. EPA Settlement: Company Must Spend $76,952 to Replace Light Bulbs
01. U.S. On alert for nuclear blast overhead
02. Illegal Border Crossings More Than Double Since Amnesty Talks Started
03. Obama’s Religious Freedom Appointee Involved in Muslim Event Calling for Limiting Freedom of Speech
04. Obama’s continued use of the claim that 40 percent of gun sales lack background checks
05. Airline to Implement ‘Pay as You Weigh’ Policy
06. Attorney General Eric Holder named top ‘facilitator of porn’ in ‘Dirty Dozen List’
07. Sequester axe falls in Washington — but not on lawmaker salaries
08. House Democrats pushing a bill requiring mandatory gun insurance
09. Two-thirds back Keystone pipeline, belief in global warming trends upward
10. Cruz: Obama pushing path to citizenship as ‘poison pill’ to kill immigration reform
11. Las Vegas Sands Urges Lawmakers to Let Destination Casinos ‘Go Big’ in Florida
12. Internet Cafes
13. Florida House panel OKs state regulators to work with federal health plan
14. Turkey gold exports to Iran resume despite tough US sanctions
15. 15 year old girl leaves anti-gun politicians speechless
01. Immigration Fight Stirs Debate Over Federal Benefits
02. Manufacturing Cools in U.S. as Government Cuts Loom: Economy
03. Why Obama Will Probably Kill The Keystone Pipeline
04. Obama administration claims progress on trade despite no new deals
05. Watch Rick Santorum: He Isn’t Going Away
06. State to audit Delray Beach CRA
07. Hypocrisy 101: Obama deems April National Financial Capability Month
08. 15 Year Old Wisconsin Conservative Meets Bullying From Teachers
09. What Immigration Reform Must Do
10. Outdoor Channel Cancels Filming in Colorado & Hunters Boycott the State; Magpul Still Poised to Leave – M.G.
11. Florida Economic Incentives
12. Florida Internet Sales Tax
13. Look who’s running the White House show -M.G.
14. Sixteen Best Quotes of Gen. James “Mad Dog” Matti -M.G.
15. How America Lost Its Four Great Generals
01. Top 100 April Fool’s Day Hoaxes of All Time
02. Local tea party group to march on FAU over ‘Stomp Jesus’
03. Video: What Comcast/Xfinity commercials should say
04. Sequester Impact Remains Elusive
05. Three Reasons the U.N.’s Arms Treaty Is Useless
06. Thank you very mooch, NYC! Out-of-towners live large at free shelters
07. Where Will the Money Go?
08. The pro-growth Fed needs a partner in Congress; so far, it doesn’t have one.
09. Our Growing Security Risks. From China to Korea to Iran to al-Qaeda, unfriendly eyes are watching our strength diminish.
10. China-Australia To Ditch Us Dollar
11. Obama uses executive power to move gun control agenda forward
01. Easter Eggs Redistributed By Obama Bunny
02. Texas Wants Its Gold Back From the Feds
03. In shift, Medicare would pay for sex-change operations
04. Chinese Chevrolet
05. The ‘Racist’ and the Unknown Man
06. Obama Eligibility Appeal In Roy Moore’s Court
07. OBAMA SERMON: ‘It drives me crazy when captains of religious right are always calling us back, for blacks to be in back of bus’
08. Rubio Dissents From Gang Of Eight On Pace Of Immigration Reform Passage
09. Confederate Flag Display At North Carolina State Capitol Outrages NAACP
10. Conservatives, Christians, Fox News Bashed at Annual Taxpayer-Sponsored LGBT Youth Event
01. Pat Buchanan reveals how America will end
02. Terrorist Linked To 9/11 Before Dining At Pentagon
03. Wrong Again: Obama Claims 40% Of Gun Sales Done Without Background Check
04. How Public Schools are Like the Wizard of Oz
05. White House Scrubs First Daughters Ski Trip Report
06. College Offers Course Devoted Entirely To Pornography
07. How the Monsanto Protection Act snuck into law
08. Obama admin looking to set aside millions of acres for habitat preservation
09. Federal plan aims to help wildlife adapt to climate change
10. EPA illegally collects personal farm data, then releases it to environmental extremist groups
11. Feds withhold mineral royalties to states, citing sequester
12. Airports suing FAA over planned tower shutdowns
13. Florida Marijuana Bills Going Up in Smoke … This Year
14. Feds want $18 million back from timber counties
15. Ships Costing U.S. $37 Billion Lack Firepower
16. CAIR-FL fights to run ‘My Jihad’ bus ads
17. Video: Planned Parenthood Official Argues for Right to Post-Birth Abortion
18. Disability: Enmeshed in the Safety Net
19. State Grants Secret Service Vast New Powers
20. Time: your child’s religion may be ‘mental illness’
21. New K-12 education standards to mandate climate change instruction
1. The Truth about Bob Woodward
2. Did Hillary commit perjury?
3. Drones in the US, States Rights & The 10% Civilian Death Rate
4. Big Sis Ignores Congressman’s Demand For Briefing on Bullet Buys
5. Obama creates panel to recommend state election law changes
6. Yes, liberal friends, the government is ‘protecting’ you from delicious, local food
7. Tucson Man Raises Money to Get Residents Free Shotguns
8. Senate budget panel approves FRS changes
9. Teachers Will Fight New Pensions for New Public Employees
10. The future of ObamaCare: 36DD breasts
11. Elimination of insurance tax credit, vehicle fee cuts pass Senate panel
12. Florida Drone Aircraft
13. McConnell: A Hatch Not a Lugar
14. Inside the GOP’s Filibuster Plot
15. N.H. School Bans Dodgeball, ‘Human Target’ Games
16. How Obama Decided God Was OK With Marriage Equality
1. Math Education: An Inconvenient Truth
2. Wealth Inequality in America
3. Wealth and Inequality on YouTube
4. ‘Me Too’ Republicans
5. Why do black Americans worship Abraham Lincoln?
6. Eagle death at Nevada wind farm brings federal scrutiny
7. Are we a nation of crybabies?
8. White House Warns GOP Senators: Don’t Filibuster Gun Control
9. Government Forces a Citizen to Turn a Lake Into a Dump
10. Alabama lawmaker sends insane racist email to white constituent
11. Pelosi flubs attempt to bash Republicans on gay marriage
12. The Left’s Continuing War On Women
1. Redistricting: Judges Skeptical of Liberals Forcing Legislators to Testify
2. Bad-Idea Bills Could Be Calamitous for Florida’s High School Athletes
3. Correctional Re-entry Treatment Facilities
4. Florida’s consumer confidence jumps after 2-month slide
5. Three Years of Broken Promises
6. CBO: America Will Never See Full Employment Under Obama
7. Health overhaul to raise claims cost 32 pct
8. ‘We are above the law of the land’.
9. Native U.S. tribes seek federal bailouts to offset casino losses
1. Cyprus: Can It Happen Here?
2. Biggest Fears About Big Brother Coming True
3. More than a Vacation a Month for Obamas
4. ObamaCare To Cost Small Businesses $30.8B
5. School Teaches 9-11 Was United States Fault (watch video)
6. Florida Atlantic U., Left-Wing Seminary
7. The Uninformed Voter-Ignorance Runs Deep And Wide
8. Fla. Gov. Scott reprimands FAU, requests incident report on Jesus stomping
9. Handful of states begin to fend off generational theft
10. Crazed Gunman Critically Injures 4
11. Photo Of Masked Gunman Released
1. Al Qaeda brigade captures Syrian-Israeli-Jordanian border junction
2. Florida Gun Control
3. Conversion Of Commercial Fleets To Natural Gas
4. “The greatest nation in the world is begging for respect and has become a laughing stock in the Middle East.”
5. Three Years of Obamacare: $31 Billion in Regulation Costs, 71.5 Million Hours in Compliance
6. T.R. and T.B.T.F.
7. Are you America’s greatest threat?
8. Drone Lobbyist Objects to Word “Drone”
9. Oklahoma House Passes Bill to Ban UN Agenda 21
10. An Order From Obama Puts Another Boot On The Economy. Obama orders assessment of global warming before major projects can be approved.
11. Colorado Sheriffs Refused Pay Unless Support State Gun Control Legislation
12. FAU moves to punish ‘Stomp Jesus’ student for speaking out
1. DHS refuses to answer Congress about bullets, weapons
2. Proof That Obama Is Stark Raving Mad
3. Obamacare threatens 3.2 million small business jobs
4. The Great Divide
5. Sequester, Bigfoot, Unicorns and Other Horror Stories Politicians Tell
6. NRA gains upper hand on Obama
7. Outrage as Department of Education quotes notorious Chinese leader Mao Zedong on its website
8. Ex Secret Service Agent Gives Powerful Gun Control Speech
9. US quietly frees up frozen $500 million to Palestinian Authority
10. Agriculture disputes threaten new US-EU talks
11. White House move to let Pentagon take over CIA armed drones sparks concern
12. Barack Obama’s Arafat blunder is an embarrassment for the leader of the free world
1. 80% of NYC Graduates Can’t Read
2. US companies seek final approval to start slaughtering horses for food
3. Marijuana Legalization Could Help Charlie Crist
4. A Bit of Florida Goes to Live in Israel: Jewish Community Applauds Rick Scott
5. Media fail: Stomp Jesus FAU professor is a Dem. Party official
6. Without Representation
7. The 50 Percent Solution
8. Joe Biden’s Pricey Hotel Stay in London
9. America’s Fast Pass for Saudi Arabia
10. Obama’s Middle East policy in tatters: Column
11. 6 in 10 Doctors to Retire Early Due to ObamaCare
1. Cyber Attack On Florida Election, First Known Case In U.S.
2. ‘Heck No!': Matt Hudson, Will Weatherford Rebuke Federal Interference at Tea Party Rally
3. Wasserman Schultz, Nan Rich, Rod Smith Tried to Gerrymander; Blamed GOP for Doing Same
4. Atwater digs into state contracts, wants greater review
5. Now Obama Targets Your Fedex, Ups Packages
6. Obama Aide: ObamaCare Debut Will Be ‘Messy’
7. Obama is now giving awards for Koran Sensitivity
8. 1771–2013: The Era of the Free Press in Britain
9. Tea Partiers Express Concerns Over Rnc ‘Autopsy’ Report
10. Wisconsin teacher program treats Thanksgiving like alien invasion, undermines American history
11. ‘Reset': How Netanyahu Stood Up To Obama–And Won
12. Revealed! Evidence iran crossed nuclear ‘red line’
1. Coming Up in the Florida Senate: Four Business-Backed Bills to Improve Florida’s Legal Climate
2. Patrick Murphy, Please Get the Tin Cup Out of My Face
3. Muslim Brothers present: 10 things we hate about women’s rights
4. House takes first step to ban internet sweepstakes cafés; Senate not far behind
5. Thurston: Foot-dragging on Medicaid will cost state money and lives
6. What We Still Don’t Know About Benghazi
7. Obamacare’s Medicaid Trap
8. Elizabeth Warren: Hike Minimum Wage to $22 an Hour
9. Americans Get Serious About Impeachment
10. Americans Footing Bill For USDA Commercials Teaching Students To Use Microwaves
11. Reining In the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau
12. A Bad Quarter for the U.N.- The international body has embarrassed itself plenty already in 2013, and it’s only March.
13. Is global warming destabilizing the Middle East?
14. Obama’s Plans for the Suburbs: And How to Stop Them
15. Oklahoma House Passes Obamacare Nullification Bill
1. Obama Signals He Will Support UN Treaty To Restrict Arms
2. Growing Number Of States Eye Bills To Defy Federal Gun Laws
3. Doctor With Cash Business: Obamacare Will Be Great For My Busines
4. Paedophilia is an illness NOT a crime, says cardinal just days after papal conclave
5. Obama Will Use Nixon-Era Law to Fight Climate Change
6. Osborne vows to protect Britain’s armed forces in Cyprus as cash machines are EMPTIED and 60,000 British savers face losing millions in 10% bank account tax
7. Saxo Bank CEO: “This Is Full-Blown Socialism And I Still Can’t Believe It Happened”
8. As U.S. Cleans Its Energy Mix, It Ships Coal Problems Abroad
9. Dirty bomb material secured at site in Philadelphia, thousands of sites remain in U.S.
10. Oregon Company to Sell Drone Defense Technology to Public
11. Obama Takes Carbon-Spewing Air Force One Flight To Illinois To Deliver Speech Lecturing Us On The Evils Of Fossil Fuel…
12. Feds Recapture 4 Immigrants Released During Sequester Terror Dump
1. U.N. bodies want to tackle drought to avert food crisis
2. Feds fund ecoATM, Robo-squirrel despite warnings about chronic disease research cuts
3. House panel tells judge: Justice’s offer in Fast & Furious settlement a ‘grave disappointment’
4. Supporters rally to defense of ‘Obama phone’ program
5. Fla. bill would ban using food stamps for stripper, casino tabs
6. Sympathy for Israel highest in 25 years, Palestine unpopular
1. EPA looking to stall on those new power plant regulations?
2. Court orders CIA to acknowledge drones
3. Business-labor talks on immigration reform hit skids at worker visas
4. Obama Administration Plans to Cut Medicare Advantage Reimbursements
5. Democrats Start Clearing the Decks for Charlie Crist
6. Feds, Florida Attempt to Tighten Mental-Health Registry to Combat Gun Violence
7. Nutrient Criteria Battle: Florida, Not EPA, Knows Best How to Care for Its Waters
8. House Gaming Committee Reflects on Internet Cafe Shutdown Vote
9. Company to Sell Drone Defense Technology to Public
1. A New World Order
2. Another Charlie Crist donor headed for slammer
3. All Eyes on Drones in Tallahassee and D.C.
4. President Obama: I’m no Dick Cheney on drones
5. Parental rights shredded by wolves
6. Illinois Sunday school holds Pop Tart gun-biting contest
7. Why We Don’t Need Universal Preschool
8. Former Agent Blasts Obama Administration for ‘Throwing Secret Service Under the Bus’
9. Debt limit – a guide to american federal debt made easy.
10. Biden’s office apologizes for demanding that student reporter delete photos
11. A Kildee Comeuppance? Or More Obama Aloofness?
12. Obamacare: Higher Premiums; Less Privacy
13. Want Obamacare? Here’s the 21-page draft application.
14. House, Senate take differing pension paths
15. Fasano calls for public engagement on Medicaid expansion
16. Common Core State Standards. An effort to take curriculum from parents and local schools.
17. The Anointed One’s Ten Commandments
1. Move Over, Health Care: Florida’s Biggest Future Challenge is Water
2. Who Makes the Most Sense to Replace Jennifer Carroll?
3. California Seizes Guns as Owners Lose Right to Keep Arms
4. Fla. lawmaker tries to extend Daylight Savings Time: Are you in?
5. In light of federal probe lawmakers push for Internet sweepstakes café ban
6. Reagan Vs. Obama – Social Economics 101
7. ‘Give Back’ Is One of the World’s Most Impoverishing Commands
8. Flammable Ice: The Next Big Thing?
9. Likely Labor Secretary pick Perez oversaw Justice Department unit with racially charged divisions
10. Hundreds of family pets, protected species killed by little known federal agency
11. Allen West’s Fiery CPAC Speech
1. More Scrutiny of Taxpayer-Incentivized Private Projects Moves Forward
2. Big-spending Obamas cost 23 times more than British royal family
3. Number of kids receiving ‘free lunch’ explodes under Obama
4. Calvin Coolidge and the Moral Case for Economy
5. Tracking the States’ Responses to Obamacare
6. President Obama’s likely secretary-of-labor appointee has a dishonest and radically liberal record.
7. GOP filibuster blocks key Obama judicial nominee
8. Bean Counters vs. History. Achievement differences have always been the rule, not the exception.
9. Federal court slaps down Big Green land grab
1. Will Florida State Lawmakers Allow Drone Legislation to Crash and Burn?
2. Legislative Side Turns Rick Scott’s Monday Blue
3. Florida Chamber: Medicaid Requires Repair not Expansion
4. Migration to well-run states a smart new trend
5. Incestuous media: ‘Recovering Obamaholic’ hired by CBS
6. Six months after Benghazi, terrorists and bureaucrats avoid punishment
7. First Look at the 2014 Ryan Budget
8. Congressman: ‘We are going from catastrophe to catastrophe, and that’s really how this President operates’
9. Senate Budget Chair’s Memo Hopes For Tax Hikes Up To $1.2 Trillion
1. Student Says Teacher Made Her Perform Lap Dances On Male Students During Class
2. 67 Billion Obama Could Have Cut Instead of Closing the People’s House
3. Obama Keeps it Real: Fake Plant for Fake Products for Fake Cars
4. Living Large in the Obama White House
5. New problem for House GOP leaders: Rank-and-file may vote against rules
6. N.J. Mother Arrested, Guns Confiscated- By Attending Property Tax Dispute Forum
7. CO Sheriff Alleges Extortion By CO Dem Leadership Over The Gun Bills
8. Pew makes it official: Republicans are smarter than Democrats
9. Senators hush-hush as they craft immigration bill
10. 6 Things the Next U.S. Budget Should Do
11. The Florida Week Ahead for March 11 to March 15
12. Spokesman: ‘Senator Cruz is a U.S. citizen by birth’
13. George Will Irks Debbie Wasserman Schultz With Florida Is God’s Waiting Room Jab
14. NIH funded a shoddy paper purporting to link the Tea Party with “corporate interests.”
15. US citing security to censor more public records, analysis finds
16. House GOP Leaders: We Can Pass Gun Control, Immigration, Without Republican Support
17. Commander Of U.S. Pacific Forces Says Global Warming Is Our Top Threat.
1. Has the Reality Train Left the Station or Are We Just That Stupid?
2. Sen. Rand Paul: My filibuster was just the beginning
3. Brennan takes oath on draft Constitution—without Bill of Rights
4. Obama Proposed Vaccine Cuts, But White House Blamed Sequestration
5. Record 89,304,000 Americans ‘Not in Labor Force’ — 296,000 Fewer Employed Since January
6. Senate Key Votes: “yes” on the Cruz amendment – P.W.
7. CA State Senator Trying To Shut Down “Largest Gun Show in Country”
8. Colorado House Approves Lowering Tuition For Illegal Immigrant Students, While Army Cuts Tuition Assistance To Soldiers
9. ‘Slaughtered in the USA’: Labeling rule burns meat industry
1. Keep an Eye on the Hawkeye State
2. What Are 5 Myths About the Minimum Wage?
3. What Will Be the Impact of Hugo Chavez’s Death?
4. Did the Obama Administration Bury Good News on Keystone Pipeline?
5. Leaked Email Reveals George Soros Plot
6. U.S. Congressmen join Sean Penn at Chavez’s funeral
7. Prof forces students to lobby government to ban soda
8. Tell Obama To Put Up Or Shut Up On The Budget
9. School Confiscates Cupcakes Decorated with Toy Soldiers
10. Boehner-Obama Deals Produce $2.5T New Debt in 2 Years; $21,817 Per Household
11. CA Lawmaker Proposes ‘E-Mail Tax’ to Fund Postal Service
12. Kids vaccines cut – even when CDC director says other cuts could have been made
13. Another Tax-the-Rich Plan Introduced in Congress
1. Boehner-Obama Deals Produce $2.5T New Debt in 2 Years; $21,817 Per Household
2. Florida Democrat Files Bill To Criminalize Purchase Of Ammunition Without Taking A Program On Anger Management
3. Rising beef and pork prices will impact restaurant purchases
4. Pelosi: ‘Tax Cuts Are Spending’
5. Oil production on federal lands falls, again
6. Florida Justices Pariente, Quince Gave $30,000 to Liberal Group Opposing Conservative Colleagues
7. Charter Schools Post Higher Scores than Traditional Public Schools in Florida
8. Welfare Reform Is Back
9. CDC confirms White House caught in sequester lie on child vaccinations
10. ‘Proxy marriages’ via Skype used to gain US citizenship
1. Is Rick Scott Being Pressured to Appoint Activist Judges?
2. Everglades Foundation’s Bogus Stats Unworthy of Florida Audubon
3. Repeal of tax break for international banking tacked onto Dolphins bill
4. House speaker calculates pension savings in billions
5. Once Again, Obama Suggests That Laws Don’t Apply to Him
6. GOP senators introduce amendment to CR to defund Obamacare
7. Rick Scott Foils Liberal Activists, Appoints Alan Forst to 4th District Court of Appeal
8. Everglades Bill Gets Strong Bipartisan Support from House Committee
9. The Ryan Plan, Take Three. The GOP’s budgeteer has a better option for Medicare reform, Obamacare exchanges.
10. Secret Obama Group Won’t Disclose Secret Meeting Location
1. Obama Admin Spending $400k On Oil Paintings For Obscure Officials
2. ‘Freedom’ license plate banned in Washington D.C.
3. Email tells feds to make sequester as painful as promised
4. We Have Ted Cruz’s List: Harvard Law Really Is Littered with Communists
5. The banker who shaped the modern financial world after WWII was a Soviet spy who wanted America to become communist
6. Report: ‘Surprising’ amount of Islamist terrorism in the US has been homegrown
7. ‘We are above the law of the land’ – Muslim leader’s stunning claim
8. Six Million To Pay ObamaCare Penalty
9. Legislator: Don Gaetz Wanted to Expand Medicaid, Will Weatherford Ruined It
10. Florida Senate Passes Most Comprehensive Ethics Reform in 30 Years
11. Fla. House passes election reform on opening day of session
1. $253.5B—Obama Borrowed Nearly 6x as Much in February as Sequester Cuts All Year
2. Creepy: Domestic DHS Predator Drones to Detect Whether Civilians Are Armed
3. AIF, Florida Chamber Divided on Casino Gambling, Taxes for Online Travel Companies, and Obamacare?
4. DOJ: Children Do Not Need—and Have No Right to—Mothers
5. Rand Paul: Obama in guns-to-jihadists cover-up?
6. Another Obama Ally Sells Access To Administration Officials
7. Scott explains his support for Medicaid expansion
8. Weatherford: ‘Florida Work Plan’ Calls for Fixing Elections, Pension, Education
9. The sequester gives Democrats the public outcry they need for the 2014 elections.
1. U.S. Aid to Syrian Rebels Takes Congress by Surprise
2. Unionized Federal Workers: We’ll Get Our Pay Despite Sequester
3. The White House Joins the Cash Grab
4. Sequestration, Tea Party conspiracy?
5. Pro-Life Student Sanctioned At Depaul University For Exposing Vandals
6. Sotomayor, Kagan Browbeat Scalia Over Voting Rights Act Argument
7. China Deal Benefits Obama Donors
8. North Carolina 2013 Legislative Strategy: DRAFT NOT FOR DISTRIBUTION
9. 2013 Session Outlook: Economic Development
1. Obama, his team struggling with accuracy when explaining impact of sequester cuts
2. Sequestration Could Delay Tax Refunds
3. Armed Services Chair: Never Seen Such Lack of ‘Truth-Telling’ from Commander in Chief
4. Obama trading Keystone XL for a carbon tax?
5. Report: Chinese Third-Graders Falling Behind U.S. High School Students in Math, Science
6. NH Gun Store Names Obama Salesman of the Year
7. Boy, 7, suspended for shaping pastry into gun, dad says
8. Video: ‘Screaming goat’ version of Obama’s grim ‘cuts’ warning
9. Peter King on Marco Rubio: ‘We screwed you, now make us president’
1. State Department: Keystone pipeline won’t hurt the environment
2. Will former Republican Roger Stone run for Gov. of Florida?
3. Bloomberg: America can borrow ‘infinite amount of money’
4. Personal Income Collapses In January
5. Gop Leaders Get Seven-Minute-Meeting With Obama On Sequestration
6. If They Come for Your Guns, Do You Have a Responsibility to Fight?
7. Ignoring American History
8. WAPO Busts Obama…Again: Four Pinnochios For ‘Janitor Pay Cut’ Claim
9. Poll: Democratic Support for Obamacare Falls 15 Points
1. 1.8 gigapixel ARGUS-IS. World’s highest resolution video surveillance platform
2. The latest on Florida’s 2014 governor’s race
3. The natural gas boom isn’t going anywhere for awhile
4. The White House Must Make Sequestration Cuts as Nasty as Possible
5. Harvard to scheming conservatives: Don’t apply to Harvard
6. Sec. Kerry: iran is like us, government is elected
7. Rodman tells kim jong un he has ‘friend for life’
8. The Comedy of Cultural Deformity. You can judge the health of a civilization by the culture it creates and consumes.
9. New Poll: Clinton, Benghazi and Conservatives
10. College Activists Excited To Add Powerless Voices To Gun Control Debates
1. US imam calls on Muslims in US to wage jihad
2. Why Obama wins: democrats purge moderates, republicans purge conservatives
3. American Student Punished for Refusing to Cite the Mexican Pledge
4. GOP boss: Don’t talk about Allen West voter fraud or other ‘oddball issues’
5. Dems’ unbelievable demand to stop debt clock from running in Capitol
6. NC progressives accidentally expose national strategy in leaked memo
7. Rick Scott Pitches $5 Million-a-Year Contract for Spring Training
8. Business lobby lays out session goals
9. Florida Session Outlook: Health Care
10. Unprecedented: Spoiled-Brat President Does Intentional Harm to the Country in Order to Beat Republicans on Sequester Cuts
11. Democrat proposes Department of Peacebuilding
12. Conservatives, Not Liberals, Are the Problem
1. DHS releasing hundreds of illegal immigrants, blaming budget cuts
2. Obama Has Failed To Fill Key Government Watchdog Posts
3. Haley, GOP governors blast Obama after sequester meeting
4. Green-energy subsidy recipient a toxic waste problem
5. Students Told to Call 9-11 Hijackers “Freedom Fighters”. Students were also told to stop referring to the Holocaust as Genocide – instead they were told to use the term “ethnic cleansing.”
6. Five Things That Surprised the Heck Out of Me at the Florida Gaming Congress
7. DOJ to Federal Judge: We Can Force Your Wife to Violate Her Religion
8. Fla. online openings for STEM-related jobs up more than 15 percent
9. Voting Rights at the Supreme Court Today
10. Coal ash waste would be exempt from hazardous waste ban under bills
11. Florida’s consumer confidence drops again
12. Florida Readers Poll: Ground the drones
13. Inspector General: Treasury has created incentive for companies to seek bailouts
14. Left-wing group urges Obama to shut down campaign apparatus
15. How the Supreme Court brought Sex to the Schoolyard
16. Russian Meteor Likely An Apollo Asteroid Chunk
17. Sorry Global Warming Alarmists, The Earth Is Cooling
18. Global cooling predicted for the next 30 years
19. Global Cooling Since 1997 – The IPCC Global Warming Prediction Due To CO2 Emissions Was Wrong, Spectacularly
20. Rick Scott Is Wrong
1. House GOP rips Obama as ‘road show president’ without a plan for sequester
2. Obama’s Paycheck Exempted from ‘Sequester’
3. Pet Food Stamps are now a Thing?!
4. Rick Scott Tells Obama, Congress to ‘Stop Playing Chicken’ on Sequestration
5. Florida Gaming Congress Wide Open for All Stakeholders, All Ideas
6. Don Gaetz, Will Weatherford Envision Session of Amicable Tension
7. Federal spending cuts could close 20 Florida airport facilities
8. Obama using fake Twitter messages in fight over gun control
9. Allen West To Obama ‘Get The Hell Out Of The United States of America’
10. Jimmy Carter Unloads On Obama
11. GAO Report: Obamacare Adds $6.2 Trillion to Long-Term Deficit
12. “The continuous propaganda rallies are a shameless display of a shallow campaigner who is incapable of leading”
13. Shepherds and Sheep. History shows the folly of letting the government make our mistakes for us.
1. Is the Obama Administration Committing Sedition or Treason?
2. Florida doesn’t have enough doctors for Medicaid expansion, lobby group says
3. Secret energy lab spawns million dollar govt employee
4. Both Parties Agree: Sequestration Is Bad, but Better Than The Alternatives
5. Real Federal Spending Up $822.90 Per American Since 2008
6. Sen. Jim DeMint Among Conservative Celebs Set for JMI’s 25th Anniversary Gala
7. Florida Congressional Races in 2014: Early Look at Where the Fur Will Fly
8. 2013 Florida Session Outlook: Education
9. Students made to wear burqas – in Texas
10. Farrakhan Recruits Chicago Gangs to Serve as ‘Natural Soldiers’ for Nation of Islam
1. Chicago Union Head: Let Us Carry Guns, Get Paid Like Cops
2. Black Leaders: ‘Direct Correlation Between Gun Control and Black People Control’
3. Obama’s lies about the origin of the sequester
4. Unintended Consequence of Females in the Infantry?
5. Cameron bans Obama from bringing Michelle to G8 as he decrees summit will be WAG free zone
6. New BSE status should boost exports
7. ‘The State Of The Union Is Strong,’ Says Man Responsible For Shielding Nation From Truth
1. Revealed: al-Qaeda’s 22 tips for dodging drones
2. Obama skirting congress in globalist plan?
3. Whole Foods Apologizes For ‘Racist’ Sign Showing Obama Selling Chicken
4. Restoring Limited Government: Chipping Away at Obamacare
5. As Country Club Republicans Link Up With The Democratic Ruling Class, Millions Of Voters Are Orphaned
6. Task Force Backs Stand Your Ground Law
7. The Feds Want Your Retirement Accounts
8. Twelve Reasons to Say No. Virginia got it right; Florida got it wrong.
1. Gilded Class Warriors
2. What Kind of Cuts Grow the Economy?
3. Graham: A National I.D. Card ‘Is the Public’s Way of Contributing’
4. Shotgun Joe Inspires a Great Idea: Free AR-15!
5. Front-runner to lead EPA vows more action on climate change
6. GOP senators in flap over prairie chicken as endangered species
7. Will Weatherford: Rick Scott’s Medicaid Embrace Isn’t an Obama Hug
8. Environmental Experts Find Everglades Foundation Report ‘Grossly Inaccurate’
9. Contract Tracking Tops CFO Jeff Atwater’s 2013 Legislative Agenda
10. House GOP Leaders Remain Skeptical of Scott’s Medicaid Acceptance
11. Fla. natl. committeeman’s message to Gov. Scott: ‘We’re watching closely, convince us’
12. New Jersey: Muslim beheads two Coptic Christians in Koranic ritual
13. Obama and the Seuss-quester
1. Al Gore’s $500 Million Trojan Horse
2. WE Demonizes Tea Party With Racist ‘Real American’ Villainous Character, Generates Outrage
3. Obama, the puppet master
4. Once Again, U.S. Lawmakers Move to Head Off Helium Crisis
5. Andrew Cuomo’s Radical Abortion Regime
6. Losing the States
7. Daily news reporter admits: Breitbart ‘friends of Hamas’ story ‘accurate’
8. Obama hands out free health care to Pakistanis
9. Broken Justice
10. Number of U.S. farm operations continues to decline
11. Kerry: ‘Be Ready to Join Us’ in Fight against Climate Change
12. Having Added Record $5.9T to Debt, Obama Claims He’s Cut Deficit $2.5T
1. Obama admits: ‘energy is going to be a little more expensive’
2. Mo. House Bill Makes Proposing Gun Control Illegal
3. 5 Energy Policy Solutions To Grow Economy
4. Video: Obama Angrily Denounces His Own Idea
5. Biden: ‘Buy a shotgun. Buy a shotgun.’
6. Money chase by Obama circle ripe for corruption, say government watchdogs
7. Elite Chinese unit accused of waging cyber war against US
8. Florida Lobbying Ban Expansion Won’t Impact Current Legislature
9. Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee: I am a freed slave
10. Gaetz says Florida education bill is ‘going to make history’
11. Florida ethanol bill clears committee by a single vote
12. Florida domestic partnership bill stalls in committee
1. Americans For Prosperity Set To Clash Against Rove’s Super Pac
2. Hunt for endangered species: Conservative professor targeted for post at liberal college
3. Feds buying enough bullets for ’24-year war’
4. Kasich Administration Presents a False Choice on Medicaid Expansion
5. A look at USDA’s long-range forecast
6. Axelrod on Immigration Leak: WH Would Probably ‘Take it Back’ If They Could
7. After Obamacare health exchange deadline passes, 26 states opt in with feds
8. Florida Senators Say No to State Run Health Care Exchange
9. Florida Tourists at Record 89.3 Million
10. Who will beat the nation’s ‘most vulnerable Democrat’?
11. Washington gun bill includes annual home inspections
12. Florida Lawmakers zeroing in on Obamacare cost
13. Nancy Pelosi says drone strikes on Americans can stay secret
14. Mexico to Ask US Senate to Create Gun Registry in Border States
15. Broken Justice
16. College: Fire professor who forced students to vote for Obama
17. AFP’s Congressional Scorecard
1. Florida hit by ‘tsunami’ of tax identity fraud
2. US pays high price for Obama’s cheap talk
3. 3D printers and ‘Cuomo Clip’ head off gun laws at pass
4. Europe nixes green energy as Obama doubles down
5. Big state pension change analyzed by actuaries
5. Lobbyists report earnings of $121 million for 2012
6. Study panel urges that PSC be allowed to fine private water utilities for bad water quality
7. Photojournalist Spends Month In Oval Office Blind To Capture Images Of Obama In Natural Habitat
1. 3 GOP governors say they won’t work with feds on ‘ObamaCare’
2. Gun Companies Refuse Sales To State Governments With Strict Gun Laws
3. Far-left call Herman Cain ‘Uncle Tom,’ ‘house n**ger’
4. American Citizens Split On DOJ Memo Authorizing Government To Kill Them
1. “Government Can’t Change Weather”
2. Taxpayer dollars used to fund study tying Tea Party to tobacco lobby
3. Funds run low for health insurance in state ‘high-risk pools’
4. Dems Predict No More CA Wine And VT Skiing, MD Destroyed
5. Internal Walmart email: ‘sales are a total disaster’
6. Obama Theory Validated
7. John Kerry Threatens Cuts To Israel
8. The Founding Of Our Idiocracy
1. Booking Hotels Online? Court Ruling Could Make Your Rates Go Up
2. Fasano: Why Do Wal-Mart, Coca-Cola Land Incentives to Expand in Florida?
3. Senators Cold to Sales Tax Hike to Ward Off Dip in Communications Revenue
4. Scalia: State of the Union “has turned into a childish spectacle”
5. British Hospital Patients Dying in Droves From Lack of Care
6. Muslim Infiltration In Public Education
7. Congress Passes Americans With No Abilities Act
8. Miami the New Wall Street? Preview of FOX Business Network’s ‘Tax Flight to Florida’
9. Another university sponsors campaign teaching students it is ‘unfair’ to be white
10. Senate Bill Prohibits Police Searching Cell Phones, iPads Without Warrant
11. Voter Fraud Proves Democracy Is Over
12. House panel approves election-law changes
13. U.S. Cost of U.N. “Rule of Law” Project: $500 million
14. Sen. Burr: CIA Has ‘Flatly Refused’ to Give Intel Committee Some Benghazi-Related Documents
15. Why is the Department of Homeland Security buying so many bullets?
16. Colorado School Bans White Students From After-School Tutoring Programs
17. South Florida delegations urged to recognize reality of sea level rise
1. The Theory is Now a Conspiracy And Facts Don’t Lie
2. Obama’s Hypocritic Oath, The startling disconnect between the rhetoric and the reality
3. Obama’s uncuttable spending: $325k to create ‘robosquirrel’
4. 65.4 Million Gun Purchases Since Obama Took Office, 91% More Than Bush’s First-Term Total
5. Food Stamp Rolls in America Now Surpass the Population of Spain
6. Polls: Obama Approval Rating Slumps
7. Pentagon leaders detail ‘lasting and irreversible’ damage from sequestration
8. Obama Accuses His Treasury Pick of ‘Biggest Tax Scam on Record’
9. While You Slept They Moved Your Coffin
10. The president and his policymakers do not understand war.
11. TSA starts stopping people on US highways without warrants or probable cause
12. Obama Administration Demanding All Americans Must Have “Healthy Housing”
13. The Muslim Brotherhood in the Obama Administration
14. Highly anticipated executive order on cybersecurity signed
1. Ann Bressington Exposes Agenda 21, Club of Rome
2. Beware Metro And Regional Government!
3. Ron Paul Calls on United Nations to Confiscate Domain Names of His Supporters
4. 100,000+ Join Conservative-Alternative to Facebook
5. California’s “Solution” To Its Doctor Shortage
6. Gov. Kasich Enlists Socialized Medicine Lobbyists to Help Implement Obamacare
7. Obama: Budget Cuts Could Force Small Businesses to Close Doors
8. Kerry Took More Security on Trip to Arlington, Va., Than State Dept. Posted in Benghazi
9. Florida Tea Party Faithful Alive and Well, Anticipating Shining Victories from 2013 Legislature
10. Progressive left plots Florida takeover
11. If Only We Were Swedenizing
12. Islamist Censorship Charges On
13. And Your Little Dog, Too
14. Leaked: Bin Laden not buried at sea, body moved on CIA plane to US
15. Millions Improperly Claimed U.S. Phone Subsidies
16. Democratic House chairwoman Wasserman Schultz caught in deception with reporters
17. Celebs Demand Obama Follow Through On His ‘Heal The Planet’ Pledge
18. 10 Reasons to Avoid Regional Plans
1. Sweating Obama Admits Drone Strikes Have Been Happening On Their Own
2. Is The NDAA Lawsuit Headed To The Supreme Court?
3. Iran gives stealth drone secrets to Russia
4. A Walk for the President
5. Why is bipartisanship a one-way street?
6. Obama’s poker face is getting better.
7. Obama Administration Touts 38 Million Acre Lease Sale, But It’s Déjà Vu All Over Again
8. Allen West’s One Million Reasons to Run For Higher Office
9. Gov. Scott’s Budget By The Numbers
10. Another brutal Islamist activity at FAU condoned by officials
11. Aggressive regulation is government’s money tree
12. Tea party exposed as agent of Big Tobacco?
13. Liberal’s letter to the editor goes viral for stupidity
14. Get the Federal Government Out of the Natural Gas Business
1. Navy: Lincoln Refueling Delayed, Will Hurt Carrier Readiness
2. Vanguard’s 2013 economic outlook
3. A Perfect Contrast
4. Against the Ghetto Plantation
5. Getting Past Liberal Bullying: Conservatism Post-2012
6. Now States Cutting Employee Hours To Avoid Obamacare Costs
7. Eric Holder: Obama Decides Who’s ‘Entitled’ To Second Amendment Rights
8. China Eclipses U.S. as Biggest Trading Nation Measured in Goods
9. Second family accuses Disneyland of racism after Donald Duck refuses to hug their son
10. David Brooks: Tea party has lost the will to fight, establishment is taking over [VIDEO]
11. Obama’s new Interior Secretary nominee received Obamacare waiver for her company
12. Tea Party Changes Tack to Hit McConnell
13. Tea Party Patriots launches super PAC
1. e4 Sustainability Summit/Green Schools National Conference in WPB
2. Dereliction Of Duty: Obama Did Nothing To Save American Lives In Benghazi–And Lied About It
3. A tea party response to karl rove’s appearance on ‘hannity’
4. Obama’s Lawyers Officially Admit Birth Certificate is Fake
5. Dr. Benjamin Carson’s Amazing Speech at the National Prayer Breakfast with Obama Present
6. Biden: Obama ‘Doesn’t Want to Go’ to Iraq and Afghanistan
7. The Virtual Inaugural 2013
8. Dem Rep: 2nd Amendment Leads To People Owning Nukes, Submarines
9. Why Koch Industries Is Speaking Out
10. The Broken Window Fallacy
11. DOR group to propose communications tax repeal, sales tax increase
12. Trump hosts GOP at Mar-A-Lago, shows big love for tea party
13. 3 Social Security Shockers From the CBO’s Latest Report
14. Egyptian Activist Tells Allen West Why the Arab Spring Revolution Was Not A Success
15. Maxine Waters: Obama Has a Database on Everything About Every Individual
16. The Truth About the Arms Trade Treaty
17. White House set to cut nuclear arsenal by one-third
18. Chicago Muslim Outreach Campaign Spreads Across Country
19. The president’s left-wing network continues to expand
1. Obama’s Inauguration Prayers Featured Three of Soros’ Anti-Israel Rabbis
2. Bozell: Karl Rove vs. the ‘Far Right’
3. House Civil Justice Subcommittee Approves Foreclosure Reform, Anti-Sharia Bills
4. Sabato’s Crystal Ball: Rep. Patrick Murphy ‘Most Vulnerable Democrat’
5. Sweeping ethics reforms expected to reach Fla. Senate floor early
6. Ohio issues dozens of subpoenas in mass voter fraud investigation
7. Scott budget’s land-buying, springs and cleanup items draw lawmaker interest
8.Progressive groups set up health care act info website
9. Getting a Meddling Government Out of Our Lives
10. Dick Cheney’s Revenge
11. Call Obama’s Sequester Bluff
12. Weekly Update from Allen West
1. League of Women Voters Wants More Election Changes than Proposed
2. MaryLynn Magar: ‘Softball Mom’ Looking to Relieve Businesses, Expand Grandparent Visitation Rights
3. Brooklyn College professors dodge on sponsorship of vile anti-Israel conference
4. Hospitals say they had no input on Medicaid payment plan
5. Bills filed to fix glitch caused by 2012 growth management ‘glitch bill’
1. Florida Grassroots Groups form coalition to make an impact
2. Tax Watchdog Backs Bulk of Scott’s Budget
3. Putnam: U.S.-Mexico Tomato War Near End
4. New College, Four Other Florida Universities Education Bargains
5. Rhetoric can’t disguise emptiness at heart of Obama’s presidency
6. Internet sales tax, incentives reporting, Dolphins tax break bills clear Senate panel
7. DEP moving on adopting water quality rules implementation document
8. Senators go to ethics school
9. ALF proposal clears committee
10. Why the CBO’s predictions are consistently unreliable
1. Thank God for American Crossroads and the Conservative Victory Project
2. True the Vote Files Lawsuit Against Supervisor of Elections Over Mishandling of Allen West Recount
3. Against Black History Month
4. Watch Out, Speaker Boehner
5. The Senate and the GOP Establishment
6. Why is government stockpiling guns, ammo?
7. Secretive House group close to immigration-reform agreement
8. A Sign Of The Things To Come? Hospital Chain Gives Obama’s NLRB & SEIU The Finger
9. Fighting Government Cronyism with an Opportunity Agenda
10. Enterprise Florida: Economic Development or Corporate Welfare?
11. Obama Reported to be Dismissing Military Leaders Who Will Not Fire on Civilians if Ordered
12. State Dept. Recruits Jihadists to Join Foreign Service
13. Climate Change to Next Cold Era Accelerates with Colder North Atlantic
14. Why Are Gas Prices Going Up When Demand Is Going Down?
15. Surrender: Ohio Gov. Kasich spurns tea party, backs Obamacare Medicaid expansion; left celebrates
16. Corzine’s Crime of the Century
17. Texas 6th graders design flags for a new socialist nation
1. Why Obamacare Should Pay For My Gun
2. Only 5.2% of Highway Funds Used to Build New Roads
3. Hundreds of thousands of Master’s degree holders, PhDs on food stamps
4. South Carolina Bill Exempts Unorganized Militia From Federal Gun Grab
5. Computer Hackers Take Over Government Website
6. Experts Refuse to Join Obama Administration’s IPAB Death Panel
7. DHS Raids Gun Collector – Confiscates Nearly 1,500 Guns – No Charges Filed
8. Atwater calls for pre-auditing of state contracts
9. Survey Shows Godlessness in Same Areas as Violent Crime and Democratic Voting
10. New York State Resistance – “… prime for something like that.” 1/29/13
11. “Liberals With Guns!”
12. Amazon Users Pen Sarcastic Drone ‘Reviews’ For Children’s Unmanned Aircraft Toy
13. Advancing Liberty in 2013: Ten Rules of Thumb
14. Boondoggle sinks $20M in Florida funds
1. Obama Eliminates Breakfast for US Troops in Afghanistan, Stuffs Own Face
2. The key to the meaning of Keystone XL
3. The farm bill and environmental sustainability
4. Will: The Price Of Moral Grandstanding
5. Rove Declares War on Tea Party
1. Mikulski’s ‘Paycheck Fairness Act’ Would Allow Employees to Discuss Salaries
2. Revealed: How immigrants in America are sending $120 BILLION to their struggling families back home
3. Drones now in place over america!
4. Not For Taxes, For Control
5. DHS revamping immigrant welcome materials, set to include Obamacare
6. Wyoming House Seeks to Block Proposed Federal Gun Restrictions
7. Study: New E15 gas can ruin auto engines
8. California Tax Hike Sparks Millionaire Migration
9. Alabama, North Dakota, Wyoming Most Conservative States
10. Majority Says the Federal Government Threatens Their Personal Rights
11. Study: Almost Half Of Americans On Financial Brink
12. Obama Shrunk Private Sector by 8.5M Jobs
1. Thanks to Democrats, poor families getting squeezed on Obamacare exchanges.
2. 67 Percent of Texas Republicans Want Obama Impeached
3. IRS: Parents Must Pay Federal Fine for Uninsured Kids
4. IRS: Cheapest Obamacare Plan Will Be $20,000 Per Family
5. Left blames Chicago’s out-of-control gun violence on global warming
6. Obama regulations nearly double those of Bush, Clinton combined
1. How To Take Our Country Back
2. Rick Scott’s 2013 Agenda: $1.2 billion More for Education
3. Out of control: 47 new regs for every new law
4. Reagan’s home could become a parking lot for Obama’s library
5. MSNBC Libs Agree: The Federal Government Needs To Regulate Football
6. EPA moves to pull rat poison from shelves
7. Obama Admin Approves Sale Of Sensitive Military Technology To China
8. The EPA vs. Reality
9. Homeland Security has advice for confronting mass murders: scissors
1. Leaked Video of Obama Skeet Shooting at Camp David
2. US approves A123 sale to Chinese firm despite security concerns
3. Shouting Louder: Hillary’s Testimony
4. A Tale of Two Cities
5. Colorado Energy Office Can’t Account for $252 Million In Last Six Years
6. Brookings Cheers Florida’s ‘Smart’ Port Investments
7. Immigration Reform Needs Problem-Solving Approach, Not Comprehensive Legislation
8. Students Taught Cannibalism Allowed
9. US debt headed toward 200 percent of GDP even after ‘fiscal cliff’ deal
10. Sierra Club Will Break Law at DC Protest to Stop Keystone XL Pipeline
1. Holder Moves Unilaterally On Gun Control
2. San Diego Police Chief: We Can Disarm Americans Within A Generation
3. Draft UN climate report shows 20 years of overestimated global warming, skeptics warn
4. “The Most Ridiculous Law of 2013″
5. Statewide tea party gathering looks to the future
6. Freshman Rep. Ron DeSantis rejects congressional perks
7. OWS is exposed: Rich, white, educated and working
8. Antonin Scalia: The Constitution is ‘dead’
9. China: let the U.S. Pay for our pollution
10. Conservative Sentinels Stand Guard For Freedom
11. DeMint to GOP elders: Game over, pals. Insists conservatives must drive agenda
12. Apes, Pigs, and F-16s
1. Congressman: “Obama Only Upholds The Soviet Constitution”
2. Navy chief calls for sharp spending cuts
3. Navy admiral hints at jettisoning F-35 fighter
4. By The Numbers: January, 2013
5. Anti-Science Bills Weighed in Four States
6. EPA Email Scandal Is Worse Than Originally Thought
7. Obama Secretly Pledges To Divide Jerusalem
8. Confirmed? Massive explosion at iran nuclear facility
9. Breaking Monopolies is One of Government’s Most Important Responsibilities
1. Republicans in Virginia, other states seeking electoral college changes
2. Large Supply of Elementary Teachers Waiting to Be “Underpaid”
3. Liberal Drone Hypocrisy
4. ‘No budget, no pay’ is a powerful bumper sticker.
5. New Intensive Budget Review Florida Senate Website
1. The IBM 5 in 5
2. Florida Lands Three Cities Among America’s Worst Run
3. Florida businesses optimistic about the year ahead
4. S&P and Moody’s sees FL Supreme Court’s pension ruling as positive
5. As Obama heads back to office, a battle rages over the tech that got him reelected
6. Malicious virus shuttered power plant: DHS
7. The Urgent Danger in the Senate
1. Arrogance and Overreach
2. Brits Ban Guns at America’s LargestGun Show
3. Moody’s: Employee Pension Ruling is ‘Credit Positive’ for Florida
4. Senate Committee Unanimously Approves Major State Ethics Overhaul
5. Florida Casinos Clock Dialed for 2014 Session
6. Don’t Cry For Me Argentina (America)
1. Bill Clinton: Gun Control Push Bringing Back The Tea Party
2. Reload: Second Amendment Rallies Highlight Conservative Potential In Obama’s Second Term
3. The Democracy Initiative: a Coup in Plain Sight
1. Outrageous Video: Democratic Lawmaker Joe Morrissey Brings AK-47 to Virginia State Capitol
2. Ron Paul Slams America’s ‘King Of The World’ Foreign Policy On Fox, Following Guest Fires Back
3. Here’s Why The Rnc Has Been So Silent About Rampant Voter Fraud
4. Biden: We need more gun laws because we don’t have time to enforce the ones we have
5. New Jersey Town Considering Ban On Flying American Flags
6. Racial Preferences in College Admissions: Another Example of Liberal Pandering
7. Gun Control in Australia
8. Tax dollars for gun control – Sneaky executive order bankrolls anti-Second Amendment propaganda
9. Bipartisan agreement to withhold senators’ salaries if they fail to pass budget
10. Chuck Woolery – Let’s Tax The Amish
11. Obama’s private domestic military force
12. Are Property Rights Sustainable, Too?
1. The Allure of Moving On
2. Liberals Don’t Need Revenue To Grow Government Anymore
3. Senate Asked to Cut Overtime from Police, Firefighter Pension Calculations
4. Florida TaxWatch to Legislators: Enforce Internet Sales Tax, Privatize State Lands
5. Governor Rick Scott Statement on Election Reforms
6. US taxpayers giving $4B to foreign firms for green energy projects, study says
7. Rangel: Southern States “Have Cultures That We Have To Overcome”
8. Revenge on the Bitter Clingers
9. The Newtown Tragedy: Complex Causes Require Thoughtful Analysis and Responses
10. A New Strategy for the GOP
11. Ten Takeaways from the GOP Retreat
12. Wake Up, Socially Liberal Fiscal Conservatives
13. Who’s a Coward?: Obama and Netanyahu
14. Chris Christie Slams ‘Reprehensible’ NRA For ‘Dragging People’s Children’ Into Gun Control Debate
15. How Obama’s Gun ‘Order’ Will Backfire
16. Cruz: Obama ‘High on His Own Power’
17. Obama bypasses Congress, attempts to force companies to reveal political donations through SEC
18. Public School Bans Religious Visitors
1. Rubio: President Obama is abusing his executive powers
2. Obama Asks Doctors to Help Deal With Guns
3. Portman: Obama ‘Misleading’ Americans by Saying We Ought to Pay Our Bills
4. Florida GOP Rep. says Obama impeachment should be ‘on the table’
5. ATTN Gun Owners: McConnell & Reid Cutting Deal on the Filibuster
6. Sierra Club Targets Colorado Springs, Scrubber Technology In War On Coal
7. Military leaders warn Congress of ‘hollow’ force
8. More ObamaCare Unintended Consequences
9. Obamacare to Boost Costs for State Insurance Plan
10. The Florida Chamber Of Commerce 2013 Business Agenda Focuses On Making Florida More Competitive
11. It’s Not The GOP’s Fault It Is Useless But It Is Useless
12. Brewer’s Price
13. Gun Sales and Background Checks: Obama’s Bogus 40 Percent Stat
14. The War Against Black Men
15. No Labels Defines Its Brand
16. House Republicans Prefer Slices to Whole Pie on Immigration Reform
17. Obama’s Religious Freedom Proclamation
18. Florida’s Broken Campaign Finance System
19. 4 Reasons Local And State Elections Matter
20. Making Islamic sense of free speech
21. The Media’s Favorite Fake Republicans
22. Pelosi Misquotes Congressional Oath Of Office
23. Nation’s biggest gun store calls for revolt
1. Chrysler CEO announces plans to build more Jeeps in China
2. Shale Gas Will Fuel a US Manufacturing Boom
3. Walker to let state know Monday how she’ll tweak St. Lucie office to address concerns
4. Presidential Sincerity And Senior Citizens
5. Rand Paul vs. King Barack I
6. Federal agents ordered delay in Senate intern’s arrest, documents show
7. Facebook Censorship Of Conservatives
8. Obama Looks to Overload GOP Opponents
9. What is a liberal?
10. The Purpose of the Second Amendment – Protect Us From Our Government
11. PETA Wants Obama To Include Hunting Ban In His Anti-Gun Measures
12. Long Term Unemployment at Highest Level Since WWII
13. Released EPA Administrator’s Non-Public Emails Called ‘Deeply Troubling’
14. Sen. Joe Negron Scores Early Victory for ‘Top Priority’ Anti-Drone Bill
15. Don’t Raise Debt Ceiling Without Balancing the Budget
16. Walmart Responds To ‘Suspended Ammo’ Story
17. California’s Demographic Dilemma: Where Are The Kids?
18. Inspector General: Postal Service Will ‘Cease To Exist’ Without Bailout This Year
19. $518 Billion In Regulations Since Obama Took Office
20. GOP Doesn’t Have the Will to Stand Up to Obama on the Debt Limit
1. Conservative ideas need a new message
2. Our Sort-of War on Terror
3. In Tim Scott’s Wake. The newest senator wows tea partiers, and contenders line up for his congressional seat.
4. Is the Entitlement Era Winding Down?
5. Party Wages War on GOP Voters
6. New pay-per-mile scheme would boost taxes 250 percent
7. Wyoming Bill Would Nullify Obama Gun Control, Jail Feds
8. BRAC the Budget
9. So, you think your Right-To-Work state is safe from unions?
10. Obama on Congress: ‘They Order Me to Spend’
11. GOP congressman threatens impeachment if Obama uses executive action for gun control
12. Debt Limit: What Does It Mean to Raise It? (VIDEO)
1. Catholic League’s Bill Donohue Suggests Obama Should Swear In On Marx’s ‘Das Kapital’
2. U.S. states flirt with major tax changes
3. Member Of Biden’s Gun Control Task Force Has Son Convicted Of Columbine-Style Plot
4. Egyptian Press Confirms Washington Infiltrated By Islamists
5. Indiana, South Carolina Join Fight to Nullify ObamaCare
6. Patriotic Group To Build Armed ‘Defensible’ Neighborhood Fortress
7. Obama Blueprint For Disarming Americans
8. Detention Prevention Strategy Goes National
9. White House Responds To Secession Petitions
10. Major General: Why Are Domestic Government Agencies Purchasing Enough Lethal Ammunition to Put 5 Rounds In Every American?
11. Rhonda Swan: Why not a Republican? Here’s why – C.W.
12. Post-Mortem by Laura Hollis – C.W.
13. When the Government Fails Completely
14. Al-Qaeda Leader Calls For Muslims To Kidnap Westerners In Exchange For Imprisoned Jihadists
15. A Cheap Shot From Sotomayor
16. Bill Clinton’s over-the-top ‘fact’ on mass shootings
17. Palm Beach Gardens Municipal Election on March 12
18. PBG Legislative Agenda Discussed at January Council Meeting
1. “The International Debt Crisis” – A Hillsdale College Free Market Forum
2. Ryan asks if Obama will meet deadline to submit a budget request this year
3. About That Overpopulation Problem
4. The Slow Dismantling of Obamacare
5. Molon labe
6. Bloomberg Strikes Again: No Painkillers for You
7. Braces for the Kids Just Got More Expensive: Obamacare Tax Hike Case Study
8. Reid to Obama: OK to skip Congress on debt ceiling
9. Riot Erupts As Thousands Fight For Housing Vouchers in Michigan
10. Treasury Says It Balanced Budget in December—But Borrowed $96B on Dec. 31 to Hit Debt Limit During Fiscal Cliff Negotiations
11. Yet Another Scandal for Harry Reid?
12. Sen. Rubio: Obama has ‘poisoned the well for people’ on immigration reform
1. MLB Writer Blames HOF Vote on Tea Party!
2. Chinese Investment in the U.S. Shatters Records
3. New Fossils Help Bring Hobbit Humans to Life
4. Money for Nothin’ – Writing Checks for Free
5. It’s Not the ‘Doctor Shortage,’ Stupid
6. Wyoming Threatens Arrests For Federal Gun Grabbers
7. Obama EPA regulations kill 15 power plants, 480 jobs in Georgia
8. Democrat plan lets Obama run for 3rd term
9. Moving Company Reports People Fleeing Illinois & New Jersey
10. The Allen West “Chronicles” by Ryan Dean
11. Vero Beach Council Votes To Withdraw From Southeast Florida Regional Partnership
12. Smart Guns Can’t Kill in the Wrong Hands
1. When Big Deficits Became Good
2. Getting To Know Jack
3. A Bogus Immigration-Enforcement Factoid – A respected think tank makes a phony claim.
4. Under the Green Hammer
5. Welshing on the Deal Before It’s Even Reached
6. The disaster that is California
7. A Russian View – Americans Never Give Up Your Guns
8. Politically Speaking, Florida in 2013 Will Be All About 2014
9. Legislators to Focus on Health Care, Budget and the Three E’s: Education, Elections and Ethics
10. On the Docket: Legal Issues to Keep an Eye On in 2013
11. Florida Voices on the New Year that Marks Florida’s 500th
12. Groan Alert: Obama Admin Funds $100,000 Video Game Featuring Female “Superhero” Who Fights Global Warming
13. Jindal Proposes Eliminating Louisiana Income And Corporate Taxes
14. White House Pretends Taxes Haven’t Gone Up on Middle Class After Fiscal Cliff Deal
15. Libyan Gun Control Policies Left Guards Unarmed at U.S. Compound in Benghazi
1. Cary Pigman: Emergency Room Doctor Prepared to Take a Scalpel to Obamacare Exchanges – P.W.
2. 2013 Index of Economic Freedom – U.S. is #10
3. Union Hypocrisy: Local Teamsters Bosses Try Union Busting On Their Office Workers Seeking A Union
1. Starve the Beast…Protect the middle class
2. The Saudis’ PR ‘Roads’ Show
3. FreedomWorks’ Foes, Inside and Out
4. God, the Founders, and George Will
5. Agenda 21 Is Being Rammed Down The Throats Of Local Communities All Over America
6. ‘Killing Lincoln’ TV Producer: John Wilkes Booth ‘Could Be a Poster Child for the Tea Party’
7. The Role of ‘Educators’
1. Google accused of ‘self censorship’ after it concedes defeat in China search row
2. Libs Believe Their Own Tea Party Definition
3. Doctor Shortage Becoming Crisis Under ObamaCare
4. Liz Warren won’t beat drum
5. EPA Finds a New Pollutant: Water
6. The War against U.N. Agenda 21 Just Got Hotter
7. Obama’s NLRB Gives Unions License To Intimidate & Retaliate Against Witnesses
8. Conservatives Tapped for Top Committee Posts
9. Dodd-Frank’s Problems — and Potential Solutions
10. How to Listen to the Radio: The ill-covered crisis at an American institution
1. Gov. Rick Scott: Working for affordable health care for Floridians
2. Nations prepare for cyber war
3. Treasury Mulls Coining $1 Trillion Loophole
4. Tom Rooney: Florida Can’t Afford Obamacare Mandates
1. Corporate Welfare for Energy Companies Should Have Gone Off the Cliff
2. Moody’s tells 113th Congress to get to work or else
3. Election report: Palm Beach’s Bucher responded properly to ballot flaws but St. Lucie tally flawed
4. UP NEXT: THE HEALTH CARE CLIFF
5. An Appeal for Dictatorship Comes Out of the Closet at the New York Times
6. Judicial Watch releases its list of Washington’s ‘most corrupt’ politicians
7. Egyptian Magazine: Muslim Brotherhood Infiltrates Obama Administration
8. More evidence of ‘death panels’ in Obamacare
9. WHITE HOUSE PREPARES TO DEFEAT NRA WITH SPEEDY LEGISLATION
1. The 10 Worst Regulations of 2012
2. Adam Putnam to Expand Energy Sources, Produce Markets, Protect Waterways in Second Half of Term
3. Inadequate Procedures, Checks Found in St. Lucie, Palm Beach Elections Offices
4. NEXT 9/11: IRAN’S DEATH SQUAD IS HERE
5. Rubio: Why I Voted ‘No’
Election Cycle Political Donations, As Reported By The Center For Responsive Politics
1. Bill O’Reilly: There’s ‘No Question’ President Obama Wants to Redistribute Income
2. Obama Bypasses Congress, Shifts Rules On Immigration Again
3. Democrats Raise Taxes on Poor to Subsidize Millionaires
4. Rubio, Nelson come together on warrantless wiretapping
5. The Latest Florida Scorecard