News of the Week for March 8th, 2015
- Obama Scandals
- Gun Rights
- Hide the Decline
- War & Terror
- National News
- Economy & Taxes
- International News
IRS defends paying refunds to illegals who never filed taxes
The IRS is defending its decision to let illegal immigrants claim up to three years’ refunds on income even if they never paid income taxes, telling Congress in a new letter last week that agency lawyers have concluded getting a Social Security number triggers the ability to go back and ask for previous refunds.
IRS Employee Looking for Lois Lerner Emails Was Blind, Literally!
An IRS employee tasked with trying to restore and obtain emails on Lois Lerner’s IRS computer’s hard drive was legally blind. Stephen Manning, the deputy chief information officer for strategy and modernization at the IRS, submitted an affidavit in the True the Vote vs. IRS litigation regarding the persons and procedures used to attempt to recover Lois Lerner’s hard drive containing emails pertaining to Tea Party targeting.
Obama’s Executive Amnesty is Much, Much Worse than You Think
Unless you are one of Obama’s bootlickers in the Senate, you probably are under the impression that Obama’s executive amnesty is a bad idea even if, like me, you are somewhat squishy on the issue of immigration itself. But however bad you thought it was that Obama is seeking to unilaterally rewriting a law that is constitutionally within the exclusive purview of Congress, you will think this is much worse: the IRS has decided to allow illegal immigrants who receive social security numbers under the executive amnesty to get checks from the IRS for the earned income tax credit (EITC) for the last three years EVEN IF THEY DIDN’T FILE OR PAY TAXES FOR THOSE YEARS.
Hillary Clinton Used Personal Email at State Dept., Possibly Breaking Rules
Hillary Rodham Clinton exclusively used a personal email account to conduct government business as secretary of state, State Department officials said, and may have violated federal requirements that officials’ correspondence be retained as part of the agency’s record.
Response from DOD to #FOIA for Hagel’s emails: Request closed “as we were advised SecDef does not maintain an official e-mail account.”
Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel apparently didn’t use an official email account at the Department of Defense.
Obama “Very Interested” In Raising Taxes Through Executive Action
White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest confirmed Monday that President Obama is “very interested” in the idea of raising taxes through unilateral executive action.
Hillary Clinton’s Private E-Mail Draws Scrutiny
Hacker “Guccifer” first discovered backchannel receipt of intel memos
When a Veterans Group FOIA’d Hillary’s Emails, They Specifically Asked Her to List Her Personal Email Accounts. She Didn’t.
“Huge” just turned into “super huge”
Top Ten Threats to Gun Rights in 2015
After years of being treated like political outcasts, gun advocacy groups are now entrenched as powerful political insiders, putting gun-rights in Ohio, and in America, at a crossroads as we enter 2015. By earning a “seat at the table” through hard work, an unflinching willingness to see the truth win out, and dedication to the cause, pro-gun leaders have been able to pick off much of the low-hanging gun reform fruit.
Handgun Ammunition Vending Machine Owned By A Candidate For County Sheriff Is Raising Eyebrows
A vending machine operated by a candidate for Beaver County Sheriff that distributes firearms ammunition is raising some eyebrows. The machine is installed inside of the Beaver Valley Rifle & Pistol Club, offering both rifle and handgun ammunition and operating in the same fashion as vending machines commonly used to sell snack foods.
Discussion on “Pop-Tart” Gun Bill in State Assembly
Members of the Assembly Committee on Education were treated to a snack at their afternoon hearing on AB 121: Pop-Tarts.
Nevada rape victim tells her story at gun campus-carry hearing
A woman who was raped on the University of Nevada, Reno campus in 2007 told her story to legislators for a third time Thursday in support of a bill that would allow concealed weapons permit holders to carry their weapons on college campuses.
Hide the Decline
Court rips EPA over FOIA dodge
EPA warned to examine failing FOIA standards.
Is American LNG Ready to Help Europe?
Oil isn’t the only commodity whose price has crashed in recent months. Liquified natural gas (LNG), often linked to oil in its long-term contracts, has dropped off a cliff as well, and that could have some big geopolitical implications.
“Lefty Billionaire” Tom Steyer Manipulates Climate Change Policy and Governors
Recent revelations resulted in the Feb. 13, 2015 resignation of Democratic Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber over collusion between the California and Washington State governors’ offices, Kitzhaber’s office, and environmental groups, to force climate policy coordination and collaboration across the U.S., I reported in my story last week.
Not Content With Enormous Taxpayer Subsidies, Elon Musk Turned To Prison Labor For Cost Savings
Disgraced former Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber isn’t the only big name caught up in the emerging green energy scandal in the Pacific Northwest: SolarCity, the brainchild of billionaire corporate welfare queen Elon Musk, was also heavily involved in some of Kitzhaber’s shady schemes. According to an extensive investigation by The Oregonian, a local paper, this particular scheme had it all: political corruption, broken deal terms, and $0.93/hour prison labor.
Government in Healthcare
Cruz unveils ObamaCare alternative
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) on Tuesday offered the latest in a series of Republican ObamaCare alternatives ahead of a Supreme Court ruling that could gut the law.
Jonathan Gruber in 2013: States Without Exchanges Will Cost Residents
Most observers of the legal battle over Obamacare’s subsidies are now familiar with the two clips (one video and one audio) in which economist Jonathan Gruber takes the plaintiff’s side, saying only states which set up an exchange will receive subsidies. But a third example of Gruber saying much the same thing has, so far, received very little attention.
“There’s Going To Be Chaos” – What Is The Worst-Case Outcome Of Today’s Supreme Court Obamacare Hearing
Today, for the second time since 2012, the fate of Obamacare lies in the hands of the Supreme Court, and like last time, it will likely be all about Justice John Roberts ‘ decision. Later today, the US Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in the case of King v. Burwell, the latest challenge to Obamacare, and one that could potentially leave it gutted from an unexpected direction. As a result, nearly eight million Americans could lose their health insurance depending on how the Supreme Court interprets four words in the “Affordable” Care Act.
War & Terror
ISIS attempts to kidnap young Christian girl but she instead KILLS FIVE terrorists with a machine gun!!
Walid Shoebat reports on a story from Assyrian Christian fighters about a young girl who was about to be kidnapped by ISIS demons but instead met them with a machine gun, killing five.
Time For Some Straight-Talk on NATO
With a real crisis brewing on Europe’s northeastern flank, leading “from behind” or leading from the “Mitte” just won’t do.
Iran calls Obama’s 10-year nuclear demand “unacceptable”
Iran rejected on Tuesday as “unacceptable” U.S. President Barack Obama’s demand that it freeze sensitive nuclear activities for at least 10 years but said it would continue talks on a deal, Iran’s semi-official Fars news agency reported.
NYPD in training to combat potential ISIS attack
The NYPD has quietly spent the last six months making preparations for a potential ISIS assault in Manhattan, which police fear could be similar to the 2008 terror attacks in Mumbai, India, sources told The Post.
Witness: “It Was Like a Scene From Saving Private Ryan”
Opening statements in the trial of alleged Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev began just before 10 a.m. Wednesday.
Message from an Assyrian Christian Fighter
The fate of more than 200 Assyrian Christians kidnapped by ISIS in northern Syria remains unknown (19 have been released), but fears of “a slaughter of major proportions” are well founded. The Assyrian International News Agency posted a plea from an Assyrian Christian fighter with the picture you see above from the front lines of the battle against ISIS.
ISIS Tosses Another Gay Man from Rooftop in Syria
ISIS militants threw another suspected homosexual from a roof in al-Raqqa this week.
ISIS people trafficker charged with forcing Syrian refugee children into prostitution for paedophile ring he ran in Turkey
He is also accused of helping ISIS smuggle would-be jihadis into Syria
“IS Said We Must Become Muslims Or They’d Slit Our Throats”
“They told us that we must become Muslims, or they would slit our throats,” says Taolo Rasu, a 60-year-old disabled Yazidi man who was held captive by the Islamic State (IS) group for six months.
California Public School Promotes “White Space” to “Unlearn Racism”
In a state where leftists use the public schools to promote their socialist ideology with impunity, imagine my surprise when a teacher handed out a flyer promoting racism.
Feds raid Texas political meeting
Fingerprint, photograph all attendees, seize phones
20-year-old Military Weather Satellite Apparently Exploded in Orbit
A 20-year-old military weather satellite apparently exploded in orbit Feb. 3 following what the U.S. Air Force described as a sudden temperature spike.
Deadly bacteria release sparks concern at Louisiana lab
Officials are investigating how a deadly type of bacteria was released from a high-security laboratory at the Tulane National Primate Center in Louisiana. Officials say there is no risk to the public.
Spotlight on Speech codes 2015
The State of Free Speech on Our Nation’s Campuses
Barbara Mikulski Marks the End of an Era
The senator from Maryland announced her retirement Monday.
The U.S. Constitution Actually Bans Hillary’s Foreign Government Payola
The Washington Post reported last week that the tax-exempt foundation run by Bill and Hillary Clinton accepted money from seven foreign governments while Hillary served as U.S. Secretary of State (it’s unclear how much foreign money the organization accepted while Hillary was a U.S. Senator). Super shady, right? It’s worse than that, though, because Article I, Section 9 of the U.S. Constitution actually bans foreign payola for U.S. officials.
Ann Coulter Lands Cameo in Sharknado 3 on Syfy
Mark Cuban and Ann Coulter have joined the growing list of guest stars for the third TV movie in the phenomenon, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
Analysis: Lone Republican in 7th State Senate special election drops out, endorses Democrat, appears pre-arranged
Mystery man, powerful interests manipulate which candidates would run, clears field for possible Glazer win, Marine veteran Republican candidate lied to
Obama Unveils National ObamaLaw Plan
President Barack Obama today introduced his plan for a progressive takeover of state and local policing.
Court Decision Allows Child Molesters to Live Next to Kindergarten Classrooms
Voters overwhelmingly approved Jessica’s Law on the November 2006 ballot. Today, the California Supreme Court substituted the opinion of the court over the will of the people.
New Mexico students walk out over Common Core testing
Cue the Pink Floyd music videos chanting, Teachers… leave those kids alone. The New Mexico debut of the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) testing didn’t exactly kick off smoothly this week. Hundreds of students took to the streets and defied orders to take the tests in protest of what they see as a flawed system which detracts from actual learning.
Ceres Science: NASA Probe to Study Dwarf Planet’s Bright Spots and More
There’s something highly reflective on Ceres twinkling at NASA’s Dawn spacecraft, and scientists hope to figure out what it is after the probe arrives at the dwarf planet later this week.
Danforth, in eulogy, decries ‘whispering campaign’ against Schweich
In a eulogy that doubled as a stunning rebuke of a top official in his own party, former U.S. Sen. John Danforth, R-Mo., declared Tuesday that “politics has gone so hideously wrong,” and implicitly blamed that tone for Missouri gubernatorial candidate Tom Schweich’s suicide last week.
GOP Leaders Will Allow Clean DHS Vote
Over conservatives’ objections, Republicans will let a measure come to the floor that doesn’t block Obama’s immigration actions.
Deal or No Deal? How Boehner and Pelosi Funded DHS
They did it with three and a half days to spare. On Tuesday, Republicans and Democrats in the House came together to pass a Department of Homeland Security funding bill through the rest of the fiscal year. And despite the repeated insistence from Speaker John A. Boehner’s office that there was “no deal” between the Ohio Republican and Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, Democratic sources close to negotiations tell a slightly different story.
Vox Writer: Ditch U.S. Constitution, Replace With Parliamentary System
Intrepid boy reporter Dylan Matthews at General Electric (also Comcast) Vox got hilariously spanked in public recently when he proposed that the U.S. Senate be abolished because it was “anti-democratic.” Matthews somehow forgot (or never learned) that we have a federal system so such an abolition would be impossible under our system of government. Therefore, young Dylan found another outlet for his pubescent enthusiasms. Why, if we can’t abolish the Senate under the current system then BINGO! Ditch the despised constitution and replace it with a parliamentary system.
Supreme Court oral argument: Kennedy leaning towards White House’s view on ObamaCare subsidies?
Every lawyer who reads Hot Air will start shouting at their screen when they read that headline that you can’t tell how a judge is leaning by what he says at oral argument. Maybe Kennedy’s actually pro-challenger in this case and just wants to iron out one wrinkle in their argument before voting with them! Could be, but don’t forget that the last time O-Care was before the Supreme Court, Kennedy sounded verrrry skeptical of the individual mandate in oral argument, going so far at one point as to ask whether it wouldn’t make more sense to nuke the entire statute rather than try to salvage parts of it if the mandate was held unconstitutional. And in the end, that’s exactly how he voted — the mandate is unconstitutional and the entirety of ObamaCare deserves to be flushed. Kennedy’s oral-argument tea leaves in that case were spot on. Worth noting.
Prosecutors Mull Charges In Brown Family Attack
Late teen’s kin could face arrest for ransacking of t-shirt stand
Gov. Scott Walker would sign 20-week abortion ban
Shifting his tone to reassure social conservatives, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker declared Tuesday that he intends to sign a state law in the coming months that bans abortion after 20 weeks.
Mark Lippert, U.S. Ambassador to South Korea, Slashed in Face by Assailant
The U.S. ambassador to South Korea was slashed in the face by an unidentified assailant at a public forum in the capital early on Thursday, police and a witness said. The injuries were not life threatening, a White House official told Reuters.
DoJ’s Ferguson Report: “Hands Up, Don’t Shoot” Claims Are “Inaccurate” Share article on Facebook
A new Department of Justice report on the shooting death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo. last year confirms that Brown did not surrender with his hands up as he approached police officer Darren Wilson.
Netflix Exec Says It Didn’t Actually Want FCC to Regulate Broadband So Heavily
Netflix CFO David Wells, in comments at an industry conference, said the company’s preference was that broadband Internet service should not be regulated by the U.S. government as a telecommunications utility — appearing to backtrack on Netflix’s previous stance on the issue, although the company later said that its position remained unchanged.
Suddenly, net neutrality doesn’t look so great for 5G
Net neutrality and 5G may be on a collision course as the mobile industry tries to prepare for a wide range of mobile applications with differing needs.
Parents held responsible for “unsubstantiated” neglect
“Free-range” parents have been found “responsible” for “unsubstantiated” child neglect because they let their kids — ages 10 and 6 — walk home from a park near their Maryland home, reports the Washington Post.
Senate votes to block union election rule
The Senate voted Wednesday to reverse a controversial Obama administration labor policy that speeds up union elections.
Harry Reid illegally used Senate resources for political purposes
Harry Reid illegally used Senate resources for political purposes (allegedly). The ethics complaints filed against Reid today accusing the crusty old Democrat of a meeting between Reid and his caucus Democrats. The Senate funds were used to promote his 2016 re-election campaign. That is a violations of Senate ethics rules. Of course, since Harry Reid is a liberal Democrat, don’t expect any news coverage of this. Ethics and Harry Reid (or Democrats in general) just don’t go together.
Imam Who Said Ayaan Hirsi Ali Deserved Death Penalty Was Hired By DOJ To Teach Muslim Classes To Federal Prisoners
An Egyptian-born imam who in 2007 said that Somali-born activist Ayaan Hirsi Ali should receive the death penalty for her criticism of Islam is now a Department of Justice contractor hired to teach classes to Muslims who are in federal prison.
Judicial Watch Sues for Hillary and Huma’s Egypt Emails
Judicial Watch announced today that it has filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit against the State Department seeking any and all communications – including emails – from then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and her Chief of Staff Huma Abedin with Nagla Mahmoud, wife of ousted Egyptian president Mohammad Morsi, from January 21, 2009 to January 31, 2013 (Judicial Watch v. U.S. Department of State (No. 1:15-cv-00321)). This latest lawsuit will require the State Department to answer questions about and conduct thorough searches of Hillary Clinton’s newly discovered hidden email accounts. Judicial Watch also has nearly a dozen other active FOIA lawsuits that may require the State Department to search these email accounts. Huma Abedin is also alleged to have a secret account as well.
U.S. millennials post “abysmal” scores in tech skills test, lag behind foreign peers
There was this test. And it was daunting. It was like the SAT or ACT — which many American millennials are no doubt familiar with, as they are on track to be the best educated generation in history — except this test was not about getting into college. This exam, given in 23 countries, assessed the thinking abilities and workplace skills of adults. It focused on literacy, math and technological problem-solving. The goal was to figure out how prepared people are to work in a complex, modern society.
Did Hillary Clinton Violate the Federal Embezzlement Law?
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s systematic evasion of federal recordkeeping requirements involved both the use of private email addresses and a server system installed in her Chappaqua manse. The servers, according to the Washington Free Beacon, may have been set up by shady longtime Clinton lackey Eric Hothem – under a false name (Eric Hoteham) slightly varied from his true name. It may also have been designed to give users the ability to erase emails without a trace.
Ferguson teen’s parents will sue officer
The family of Ferguson, Mo., teenager Michael Brown intends to sue Darren Wilson, the police officer who killed him in a shooting that attracted national attention, they said Thursday.
The Right Figures Out How To Tell Stories
Finally someone on the Right is telling stories as good as the other guys–with real people, real problems, and conservative solutions.
Supernova hurls star out of the galaxy
Some stars are in a rush to get out of the galaxy. One such star is hurtling away from the Milky Way at roughly 4.3 million kilometers per hour, researchers report in the March 6 Science, making it the fastest-moving star to be ejected from our galaxy.
Massive Exoplanet Evolved in Extreme 4-Star System
For only the second time, an exoplanet living with an expansive family of four stars has been revealed.
Gold Mine: Hillary Clinton’s Brother Granted Super-Rare Mining Permit from Haiti After State Dept. Sent Country Billions
Hillary Rodham Clinton’s brother, Tony Rodham, sat on the board of a self-described mining company that in 2012 received one of only two “gold exploitation permits” from the Haitian government—the first issued in over 50 years.
NEW EMAILS Could Send Democrat Elijah Cummings to Prison for Targeting Voter Rights Group
Democrat Leader Elijah Cummings Could Face Up to Five Years in Prison for Illegal Attacks on True the Vote
TMZ Dares to Ask Hillary a Question About EmailGate; Politico Brands This Uncouth Act of Journalism “Stalking”
You can see this case of Aggravated Stalking at Hot Air. Rothman was right; Politico has now changed the headline to TMZ asks Hillary a Question, though the url continues to include, naturally, tmz-hillary-clinton-stalking.
Hillary’s shoddy private e-mail security is a potential national security disaster
We already knew it was bad. Not until you read this will you understand how bad. In fact, I debated with myself whether to even include the word “potential” in the headline. The reason it’s there is because cybersecurity experts can’t say for an absolute fact that foreign governments infiltrated her server. All they can say is that it’s a virtual certainty given how high a priority she is for enemy hackers and how clumsy her defenses were. It’s like a business owner knowing that his store is being cased and choosing to leave the vault unlocked anyway.
State Department Refusing To Answer How It Handled Open Records Requests For Hillary Emails
The State Department is refusing to provide insight into how the federal agency handled Freedom of Information Act requests for Hillary Clinton’s emails, as fallout from Clinton’s use of a private email account as secretary of state is poised to stretch into a third day.
Clinton Internal Cable Forbids Use Personal Accounts
Fox News has exclusively obtained an internal 2011 State Department cable that shows Secretary of State Clinton’s office told employees not to use personal email for security reasons, while at the same time, HRC conducted all government business on a private account. Sent to Diplomatic and Consular Staff in June 2011, the unclassified cable, with Clinton’s electronic signature, makes clear to “avoid conducting official Department from your personal e-mail accounts” and employees should not “auto-forward Department email to personal email accounts which is prohibited by Department policy.”
Group Wants to Replace Andrew Jackson on $20 Bill With Abortion Activist Margaret Sanger
In Margaret Sanger’s book, “Pivot of Civilization” she describes African-Americans, and immigrants as “human weeds,” “reckless breeders,” and “spawning… human beings who never should have been born.” However, pro-abortion supporters conveniently forget these words, and her crusade against the poor and minorities, when the praise her as an advocate for women.
Second Grader Buckles Under Pressure From White House
Accepts Bo and Sunny trading cards in exchange for Michelle O “ruining” Taco Tuesday
Chávez enters Senate race
Oceanside lawmaker says he’ll draw on military background
U. California students remove offensive American flag from “inclusive” space
The Associated Students of University of California, Irvine voted to ban hanging flags in its main lobby.
Dems vow to protect Boehner from conservative coup
Tea Party Republicans contemplating a bid to oust Rep. John Boehner (R-Ohio) shouldn’t count on Democrats to help them unseat the Speaker.
Feds prepare criminal corruption charges against Senator Bob Menendez
The Justice Department is preparing to bring criminal corruption charges against New Jersey Sen. Robert Menendez, a Democrat, alleging he used his Senate office to push the business interests of a Democratic donor and friend in exchange for gifts.
Obama Invokes “Spirit of Selma” to Justify Replacing Black Workers With Illegal Immigrants
On 25 March 1965, Martin Luther King led thousands of nonviolent protesters to the steps of the capitol in Montgomery, Alabama, from Selma, Alabama to promote civil rights for black Americans.
Kathleen Matthews likely to run for Chris Van Hollen’s seat
She is the wife of MSNBC’s Chris Matthews and was a longtime anchor for WJLA.
George Washington University YAF Smeared as Hate Group for Resisting LGBT Sensitivity Training
Gay and liberal groups at The George Washington University have demanded that funding for GW-YAF, a chapter affiliate of Young America’s Foundation, be revoked for the club’s daring to stand up for religious freedom.
White House alerted to potential Clinton email problem in August
But the Clinton camp urged it to keep the issue quiet.
Amnesty Advocates Looking to Co-opt “Bloody Sunday” Selma Commemoration
Pro-amnesty advocates will try to co-opt Sunday’s commemoration of the “Bloody Sunday” march in Selma–one of the most seminal moments in the civil rights movement and the history of the country–to again push the false narrative that amnesty for illegal immigrants is the new civil rights movement.
Cal State System Bans Campus Groups From Having ‘Belief’ Requirements
State bill targets university’s ‘believe it or not’ edict.
Holder: I’m Prepared to Dismantle the Ferguson Police Force
Despite a Justice Department report clearing police officer Darren Wilson in the death of Michael Brown, Attorney General Eric Holder says he will do everything he can to change the law enforcement culture in Ferguson, Mo. If he feels the need to, Holder says he will seek to dismantle the Ferguson Police Department.
Daily Kos, MSM Upset GOP Sent Black Senator Rather Than White Leadership To Selma
From the “Let’s Start A Race War Where There Is None!” department
Video of UCLA anti-Semitism removed, but we saved it
Israel boycott supporters on Student Council question whether student applicant could be fair even though Jewish.
ON THIS DAY IN 1965 – Angry Democrats with Billy Clubs & Dogs Attacked Selma Civil Rights Marchers
On this day in 1965, fifty years ago today, angry Democrats with billy clubs, tear gas and dogs attacked peaceful civil rights activists in Selma, Alabama.
Native Americans Call on Buffalo, NY to Change Its “Racist” Name
Mark Beasley, a member of the Navajo Nation, has started a petition for Buffalo, NY to change its “racist and offensive” name. According to Beasley, he speaks for his “Native American colleagues.”
Fisherman let off the hook in U.S. white-collar crime ruling
The U.S. Supreme Court threw overboard on Wednesday a Florida fisherman’s conviction under an evidence-tampering provision of a federal white collar crime law for disposing of undersized red grouper fish while he was under investigation.
UC Irvine student executive council vetoes US flag ban
UC Irvine’s student executive council vetoed Saturday a resolution that banned hanging a flag from any nation in the lobby area of student government offices.
One Of Hillary’s Secret, Illegal E-Mail Addresses Is email@example.com
Hillary Clinton isn’t known for being funny, at least not intentionally. But this one’s pretty good.
Perry touts ag, border security experience
Rick Perry stressed his experience leading a state along the U.S.-Mexico border at Saturday’s Iowa Agriculture Summit, weaving many points from the likely candidate’s current stump speech into answers on immigration, energy and trade.
Iowa Ag Summit Applauds Ted Cruz Even When He Opposes Their InterestsShare article on Facebook
Senator Ted Cruz (R., Texas) managed to turn a disagreement with a crowd of Iowa businesses and farmers into an applause line at the Iowa Agriculture Summit.
Public records law would be eviscerated by state Senate bill
Senate Bill 28 would fold, spindle, mutilate and shred Nevada’s strong public records law.
Economy & Taxes
Had we but DOOM enough and time…
I hope this Monday morning finds you in robust good health, my groovy babies. You’ll need your strength to fend off the waves of zombies, mutants, cannibals, and K Street lobbyists who will be infesting the land during the Burning Times.
The Lee-Rubio Tax ProposalShare article on Facebook
Senators Mike Lee and Marco Rubio have today released a more detailed version of the tax proposal they outlined together last year. It combines a very aggressive pro-growth reform of the business side of the code with significant and broad-based tax relief on the individual side. I think Ramesh is right to describe the result as “the most pro-growth tax reform since Calvin Coolidge’s presidency” and Ryan Ellis of Grover Norquist’s Americans for Tax Reform is right to say that this is “what pro-growth looks like in the 21st century,” precisely because it is directed to the most serious obstacles the tax code poses to growth in our 21st century economy while also addressing the most serious federal tax burdens confronting most Americans now.
Plight of female Ukrainian pilot reflects Russian deceit
This is a column about a beautiful Ukrainian helicopter pilot named Nadiya Savchenko, who was captured by pro-Russian rebels and illegally transported from her country to a prison in Moscow. She could die soon.
Scientists take the first ever photograph of light as both a wave and a particle
For the first time ever, scientist have snapped a photo of light behaving as both a wave and a particle at the same time.
“They raped every German female from eight to 80”
Antony Beevor, author of the acclaimed new book about the fall of Berlin, on a massive war crime committed by the victorious Red Army.
Teenage girl is beaten to death then set on fire by crowd in Nigerian market after she is accused of being a suicide bomber
Teenage girl was clubbed to death and set on fire by an angry mob
300 victims groomed and assaulted by Oxfordshire gangs, report finds
Serious case review finds failings by police and social services as it identifies hundreds of victims
Muslim Lesbian Killed Daughter to Exorcise Her of Evil Spirits at Behest of Lover
Two lesbian lovers have been convicted of the abuse and manslaughter of a young girl who found herself at the centre of a sexual game involving vampirism, ghostly lovers, and a variety of other spirits.
Turkey blocks website of its first atheist association
It took less than a year for a Turkish court to block the website of the country’s first official atheism association.
NZ Customs wants new powers to see passwords
Customs is seeking new powers including requiring a person to provide a password or access to their electronic devices.
They look like a new boy band… but it’s the world’s first THREE-WAY same-sex marriage: Gay Thai men tie the knot in “fairytale ceremony”
Three men have tied the knot in world’s first three-way same-sex marriage
Here’s What The Unemployment Rate Looks Like If You Add Back Labor Force Dropouts
The Department of Labor announced today that the official unemployment rate fell to 5.5 percent last month, the lowest it’s been since Spring of 2008. Good news, right? Well, kind of. The official unemployment rate masks a problem that’s been plaguing the economy since shortly before the 2009 recession: a continuing decline in the labor force participation rate, which basically measures the percentage of the able-bodied population that’s either working or looking for work. After holding steady at roughly 66 percent from 2004 through late 2008, the labor force participation has been falling, and falling, and falling some more, with no end in sight.
The Experts Agree: Europe Is DoomedShare article on Facebook
George Friedman has a reputation as a geopolitical thinker, one who tries to work out the balance of forces in today’s world. Stratfor, the consultancy he founded some 20 years ago, puts out highly regarded and mostly speculative studies. He is the author of several books, the latest of which is Flash Points, whose subtitle — The Emerging Crisis in Europe — gives away the game. Opening chapters describe how Europe took its time to become the standard-bearer of civilization, only to throw everything away in the 31 deadly years between 1914 and 1945. In the turmoil, he and his family — originally Hungarian — escaped the Nazis and the Communists only by chance.
Illegal Immigrant Landed Job in Parliament After Gluing Photo of Herself onto Fake Passport
An illegal immigrant worked at the House of Commons for two months before security staff noticed that she had simply glued a photo of herself onto a fake Swedish passport. But she has been handed a suspended sentence in court as the judge ruled she faked the passport “for honourable reasons.”
Schoolgirls subjected to rape and abuse by Banbury grooming gang only came forward because “it’s better to be a victim than a slag”, defence lawyer told court
Girls, aged 13 to 16, were targeted at under 18s parties and groomed
The latest advancement in victimhood links “queer theory” with illegal immigration.
Quartering spyware troops in the digital age: Column
The Third Amendment keeps a low profile, but it is time to revisit who and what we quarter.
Let’s Destroy Liberal Academia
It’s time to give current university system the Old Yeller treatment, except normal Americans will giggle when this rabid mongrel gets put down.
Would every non-anti-Semitic donor to UCLA please watch this video?
It’d probably be a good thing if said donors knew what their money is paying for. Short version: UCLA has an Undergraduate Students Association: the association has a judicial board. A sophomore named Rachel Beyda was under consideration for the board. Everyone agreed that she was qualified… and then half of those people qualified that admission with a ‘but.’
Ben Carson For Senate
Senator Barbara Mikulski of Maryland announced today that she will not seek a seventh term. That opens up, I think, a great opportunity for Dr. Ben Carson, who I believe lives in Maryland, having been associated with Johns Hopkins for many years. Dr. Carson has talked about running for president. He is a great guy and a tremendous asset to the Republican Party, but administering the executive branch is not an entry-level position for a politician. Carson, I think, would be ideally placed in the Senate.
What Would It Be Like to Live On Dwarf Planet Ceres in the Asteroid Belt?
The aptly named asteroid belt is a region of space between Mars and Jupiter that’s home to the majority of the asteroids in the solar system.
The Republican Who Can Win
The Republican who can win the general is whichever one realizes that he is running against the news media.
Two things people are missing about Netanyahu’s speech
(1) He didn’t just make a case for why the U.S. should be harder on Iran. He made the case for unilateral Israeli military intervention too, sub silentio. (2) The most damaging thing to Obama here isn’t even the substance, but the contrast in style. Netanyahu, as someone said on Twitter, was better in his second language than Obama is in his first. And he presented himself as a leader who cares about his country, rather than one, like Obama, who makes excuses for its enemies.
The Constitution has Failed
Give the framers of the Constitution a lot of credit for having an understanding of human nature that was surprisingly perceptive and ahead of its time. They understood well that, all other things being equal, men will more often act in their own perceived self interest than in the interest of others. They therefore understood that the key to establishing a long-lasting form of government that would provide both stability and harness the best parts of majoritarianism while protecting against its excesses, it would be necessary to provide a divided government with structural checks and balances in which the self-interest of one branch would continually work against the self-interest of the others in a never-ending give and take that would preserve not only the Republic but the institutions of the Presidency, the Congress, and the Courts themselves.
Free speech on campus
Time to stop indulging privileged militant “progressive” puritan student bigots.
What if Hillary Bows Out?
Here’s how it would play out in the Democratic Party—after the initial panic.
Why The Twenty-First Will Not Be The Chinese Century
Chinese fiscal policy is fueling unstoppable debt accumulation and asset bubbles. If Americans sidestep their path, the twenty-first century can be ours.
Indisputable Evidence of “Two Californias” In New Poll Giving Gov. Brown High Marks
The latest poll from USC Dornsife and the Los Angeles Times would have you believe California voters give Gov. Jerry Brown and the Legislature their highest approval ratings in year — despite “soaring taxes, high unemployment, costly illegal immigration, escalating crime rates, substandard roads, record power and gas prices, underwater home values, and dismal schools.”
California Prosecutor Falsifies Transcript of Confession
Court of Appeal Slams AG Kamala Harris again
The Leader of the Free World
Scott Ott first described him thus… a brave, thoughtful, serious man doing a brave, thoughtful serious job. In his latest FIREWALL, Bill Whittle provides the amazing and disturbing contrast between The President of the United States and The Leader of the Free World.
Fundamental Concepts – Weakness Invites Aggression
It’s human nature to live in your own bubble. We have only experienced the world that we live in, so naturally many people assume that the world as it is is its default state. In order to move beyond this paradigm, one must first be introspective enough to recognize it, then take the time and effort to study history and culture to examine whether your norm is anything at all like the human norm through history. Often times this forces one to confront truths that may be, like life, nasty and brutish.
Modern media and the destructive representation of conservativism
Although rightfully excoriated for his comments comparing public unions to ISIS, Gov. Scott Walker’s (R-Wis.) treatment by the media continues to highlight the gross disparity in the way with which conservative candidates are analyzed and represented, when compared to their liberal counterparts. Whereas Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Hillary Clinton are all hailed for their various policy proposals, as well as their personal and professional achievements, individuals like Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), Gov. Chris Christie (R-N.J.) and Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) are ruthlessly assailed for every quip or comment, be they contextual or otherwise.
Feminists forget Sanger’s racist legacy
Do these women actually know who Margaret Sanger was?
Getting a Progressive to “yes” on conservative ideas
I spent some time talking to an incredibly nice, helpful, genuinely kind hard-Leftist who has dreams of a President Bernie Sanders. The wisdom of years has taught me that one makes no headway with someone like this by saying “Are you out of your cotton-pickin’ mind?” I’d barely have finished my first sentence about the inevitable evils of true socialism before she would have raised her defenses and either tuned me out or attacked me – and really, I would have deserved it if I’d been that disrespectful and superficial.
‘There Is No Spoon’: Radical Feminism and the Paranoid Matrix of Patriarchy
My friends Nice Deb and the Lonely Conservative express amazement at my ability to maintain sanity after spending so many months wading deep into the feminist madness. Really, it’s a miracle, and your continued prayers are most earnestly requested as I continue this research. As I remark in the book, you can’t understand feminism without studying abnormal psychology, especially the etiology of paranoia.
Columnist Uses Libel in “Hate Speech” Attack on First Amendment Rights
“Take your meds before reading,” warns Kathy Shaidle about a Times of Israel column by “human rights activist” Dinah Silverstein
Analyzing Wisconsin police shooting of unarmed Black teen
Teen was armed robbery convict who violently attacked officer
Wouldn’t a new and improved bill of rights be glorious?
The president has taken upon himself so much authority never envisioned by the Constitution that perhaps it is time for a renewed Bill of Rights to set things straight with this guy.
Jezebel Is Politics for Drooling Morons
Social Justice Warriors never learn. If Scott Walker wanted to do something particularly awful, it wouldn’t take a shitty Gawker site like Jezebel to report it. The story would be in the New York Times and the Washington Post. Similarly, anyone with even a double-digit IQ who spends time on the Internet should be able to spot rage bait just by reading a headline.
Who’s the fairest of them all?
“It’s not fair!” The complaint has been made by children for as long as English has been spoken. Before then, kids were doubtless whining “Yt ys nat mete, forsoþe!” (or whatever the Middle English version was).