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  • Competence: WH Has Missed More Than Half of Own Obamacare Deadlines

    04/24/2014 8:10:49 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 2 replies ^ | April 24, 2014 | Guy Benson
    They bungled the roll-out, botched the website, and have leaned on a string of unilateral delays and alterations to keep this mess afloat. Undeterred, liberals would still love to see this very same federal government completely envelop and administer the entire American healthcare system. The follies of blind ideology. Yes, let's hand these people even more power -- they've done such a spectacular job thus far: The administration has failed to meet 44 statutory deadlines required under Obamacare, according to a new report by the Congressional Research Service (CRS). The report, released on Monday, documents every provision with a specific...
  • Congressional Research Service report: Administration has missed 44 of its own ObamaCare deadlines

    04/24/2014 7:44:04 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 4 replies
    Hotair ^ | 04/24/2014 | Erika Johnsen
    I’m posting this report, not because I think anyone actually expected the Obama administration to abide by the requirements it set out for itself when devising this leviathan of a law (LOLz) — I mean, the thing is huge, and it would just be totally unreasonable to expect the administration to be able to churn out regulations and studies on time, every time, right? …Which is exactly my point. I’d just like to take this opportunity to once again highlight the practically unknowable degree to which Obama’s crowning legislative achievement is expanding our bureaucracy and its involvement in one-sixth of...
  • All New England Could Fit on BLM Land in Nevada; BLM Owns 0 Acres in New England

    04/24/2014 7:33:32 AM PDT · by rktman · 10 replies
    CNSNews ^ | 4/23/2014 | Terence P. Jeffrey
    The acreage the federal Bureau of Land Management currently owns in the state of Nevada is more than all the land in all of the states of New England combined, according to data published by the Congressional Research Service. By contrast, the BLM does not own a single acre of land in any New England state.
  • The 'Wise Latina' jumped the shark (On Affirmative Action)

    04/24/2014 7:17:40 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 33 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 04/24/2014 | Thomas Lifson
    Conservatives may, in the long run, owe a thank-you to the “Wise Latina.” Justice Sonia Sotomayor jumped the shark Tuesday with her lengthy dissent from the Schuette decision, read aloud from the bench. Although the liberal media sympathize with her and presented the decision as a setback, the positions she took are at variance with both the clear meaning of the text of the Constitution and with the sentiments of the vast majority of Americans, who consistently vote against racial preferences whenever they get the chance. John Hinderaker of Powerline concisely summed up the essence of the position argued by...
  • John Paul Stevens Proposes New Constitutional Amendments

    04/24/2014 7:09:39 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 27 replies ^ | April 24, 2014 | Cal Thomas
    Honestly, unless you are a big government liberal, how many people think the federal government should have more power than it already exercises over its citizens? Former Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens, 94, thinks the Constitution needs at least six amendments in order to bring the country more in line with what he believes is good for us. He outlines them in his new book, "Six Amendments: How and Why We Should Change the Constitution." It is a revealing look into liberal thinking and the ideological opposite of radio talk show host Mark Levin's book, "The Liberty Amendments: Restoring...
  • The Big Conundrum of Small Government Only way out is a balanced budget amendment.

    04/24/2014 7:08:07 AM PDT · by ReleaseTheHounds · 4 replies
    The American Spectator ^ | April 24, 2014 | Brad Lips
    n Washington, it is never too early to discuss who will next reside in the White House. But the real question is not who; it's what he will do there. Could even a President Paul, Lee, or Cruz accomplish the dramatic downsizing of government that we need? How would he push a Tea Party agenda, given what I call the Big Conundrum? The Big Conundrum is that those of us who believe in limited government abhor how much power has been appropriated to the executive branch. It would seem a type of hypocrisy to use those same powers to radically...
  • Harry Reid: A McCarthy for Our Time

    04/24/2014 7:04:15 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 16 replies
    National Review ^ | 04/24/2014 | Victor Davis Hanson
    <p>We should ask Senate majority leader Harry Reid (D., Nev.) the same question once posed to Senator Joseph McCarthy by U.S. Army head-counsel Robert N. Welch: Have you no sense of decency, sir? At long last, have you left no sense of decency?</p>
  • WSJ: California Politicians Looting Cap and Trade Fund

    04/24/2014 6:51:16 AM PDT · by LucianOfSamasota · 7 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 23 April, 2014 | Adelle Nazarian
    It's Californias latest spending rush--and this time it involves carbon. For years, the Wall Street Journal has been reporting that cap and trade's real purpose was to create another revenue stream for politicians while dodging accountability for raising taxes. Now Senate President Darrel Steinberg is suggesting that cap and trade revenues be used to finance the states $68 billion "bullet" train. One problem: The cap-and-trade revenues must be used to reduce carbon emissions. According to one analyst, the train's construction will do just the opposite; it will increase emissions. An initiative that was once intended to reach green programs (e.g....
  • Telling Students to Earn Less: Obama now calls for reforming his bleeding college loan program.

    04/24/2014 6:50:58 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    The federal student loan program is becoming so costly to taxpayers that even President Obama is pretending to fix it. Readers will recall Mr. Obama as the man who has spent much of his Presidency expanding this program, creating new ways for borrowers to avoid repayment, and then campaigning about these dubious achievements on campuses nationwide. Now Team Obama is acknowledging that his policies are turning out to be more expensive than he claimed. Participation in federal debt-forgiveness programs is surging. In a mere six months the number of borrowers who've signed up for such plans has increased to more...
  • Police might be tracking you, but you can't see the records

    04/24/2014 6:33:33 AM PDT · by Behind Liberal Lines · 18 replies
    Post Standard: Syracuse NY ^ | April 24, 2014 at 8:38 AM | By Marnie Eisenstadt |
    SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- Onondaga County has 5.2 million records showing where drivers have been over the past year. But if you'd like to know what the county has on your travels, you're out of luck. Police cars throughout the county are outfitted with special cameras -- license plate readers -- that take hundreds of pictures of license plates a minute. Those records, showing the plate and where it was photographed, are warehoused in the county's database and held for a year. Onondaga County denied a Freedom of Information Law request from me for all records they had on my license...
  • The Truth About Lying's Consequences

    04/24/2014 6:28:07 AM PDT · by Aspenhuskerette · 5 replies
    The Aspen Times (CO) ^ | April 24, 2014 | Melanie Sturm
    You cant handle the truth! Jack Nicholson shouted at Tom Cruise during the climactic court-martial scene in the movie A Few Good Men. Caught in a lie that exposed his above-the-law mentality, Nicholsons character, Col. Jessup, justifies his lawlessness, declaring, I have neither the time nor the inclination to explain myself to a man who rises and sleeps under the blanket of the very freedom that I provide, and then questions the manner in which I provide it! Its a riveting scene, pitting security against the rule of law. But before agreeing with Jessup that lawfulness conflicts with freedom, Think...

    04/24/2014 6:15:53 AM PDT · by Hojczyk · 31 replies
    Breitbart Big Peace ^ | April24 | CHARLIE SPIERING
    TOKYO (AP) The voice was slightly halting, childlike. "Welcome to Miraikan, Mr. President, it is a pleasure to meet you." President Barack Obama bowed, looking delighted. His greeter, after all, was a 55-inch-tall, give or take, humanoid robot with the look of a diminutive Star Wars storm trooper. "It's nice to meet you, too," Obama said, pausing to watch the robot, named ASIMO, perform during a tour of the National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation. During his visit to Tokyo, President Obama had a chance to meet ASIMO, a Japanese humanoid robot. ASIMO, an acronym for Advanced Step...
  • Obama plays soccer with 'scary' robot in Japan

    04/24/2014 6:05:47 AM PDT · by maggief · 9 replies
    The Hill ^ | April 24, 2014 | Justin Sink
    President Obama got to play soccer with a Japanese robot on Thursday, an experience he described as both “amazing” and “a little scary.” The president visited the National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation in Tokyo for an event designed to highlight technological collaboration between the U.S. and Japan. Obama met with students who showed off their scientific experiments, viewed a recorded message from Japanese and American astronauts aboard the International Space Station, and announced a new initiative to increase student exchanges between the two countries. But the highlight of the trip appeared to be the president’s interaction with a...
  • How Obamacare Could Kill Your Kids, and Their Kids Too

    04/24/2014 5:54:28 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 5 replies ^ | April 24, 2014 | John Ransom
    Success in the biotech industry is measured incrementally, not in big steps. Its a cash-and-time intensive industry where success is painstaking, rare and, because of Obamacare and other regulatory burdens from the administration, likely to become even rarer, as the Valeant, Allergan battle shows. According to Plunkett Research, Ltd in 2010 it cost $1.2 billion to develop each and every biologic drug. Thats because while the government currently tracks 124,932 trials for new drug application in 179 foreign countries, only a tiny fraction of those drugs will ever see the marketplace. In the United States, for example, there were only...
  • Greens Are Reds - And Republicans need to prove it to voters

    04/24/2014 5:14:47 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 13 replies
    American Spectator ^ | April 24, 2014 | Stephen Moore
    "......................One wonders whether wealthy liberals even understand that the green diktats they favor [impose] regressive taxes on the poor. Do they care? Environmentalists used to fantasize that their policy mandates would lead to green jobs for working men and women, but that bubble popped awfully fast. Just ask the Germans, who are ditching expensive green wind and solar projects as fast as they can to save their flagging economy. The Lefts opposition to domestic energy production in Americaand more broadly, a carbon-based industrial economyoffers conservatives and Republicans a once-in-a-generation opportunity to win back the old Reagan Democrat swing voters, perhaps...
  • [Uganda] Nodding Disease Victim Sodomized by HIV Positive Man

    04/24/2014 5:12:04 AM PDT · by markomalley · 9 replies
    Red Pepper ^ | 4/23/2014
    Kitgum police is under the spot for releasing an HIV positive man accused of sodomizing a victim of the nodding disease under unclear circumstances.The suspect has been identified as Michael Olanya, a resident of Awere Village in Okidi Parish in Kitgum district.Luka Nyeko, the Kitgum LC V chairperson claims that Olanya sodomized his 13-year-old victim on April 12th, 2014. The family of the teenager filed a complaint at Okidi Police Post, which picked up the suspect but released him shortly after.Luka says the family of the suspect brought the matter to his attention after Police released the perpetrator on bond....
  • Who Needs Laws?

    04/24/2014 4:55:38 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 1 replies ^ | April 24, 2014 | Derek Hunter
    In January, I wrote a column called "The United Whims of America," which argued that the trend of politicians ignoring laws with which they disagree was a dangerous development. The central point, more true every day, is we are no longer a nation of laws, but a nation of whims a people whose laws are in a constant state of flux depending upon who holds various offices. The consequences of this shift from laws to whims, if not reined in, will fundamentally transform the country in ways we cannot predict or allow. The problem of Congress passing and presidents...
  • Texas Farmer Calls Police to Report a Break-In When a Deputy Arrived Hours Later...

    04/24/2014 4:46:52 AM PDT · by ilovesarah2012 · 45 replies ^ | April 23, 2014 | Jason Howerton
    A third generation dairy farmer in Rains County, Texas, is mourning the loss of his best friend and work partner after a deputy shot his dog while responding to a report of a break-in at the residence. The deputy claims the 2-year-old blue heeler, named Candy, charged him, threatening his safety. The dogs owner, Cole Middleton, says police allowed him to review the dash cam footage of the incident and he says thats not what the video shows. Middleton told KDFW-TV that he was on his tractor and Candy was in the bed of his truck when the deputy...
  • Camille Paglia: The Drinking Age Is Past Its Prime

    04/24/2014 4:45:51 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 50 replies ^ | April 24, 2014 | Camille Paglia
    The age 21 rule sets the United States apart from all advanced Western nations, and it has pushed kids toward pills and other anti-social behavior.

    04/24/2014 4:40:00 AM PDT · by Steven Tyler · 11 replies
    PPSimmons ^ | April 23, 2014 | PPSimmons
    On Thursday 24th April, 2014 at 1 pm an important Press Conferece is set to be held at the Bundy Ranch in Nevada. ...Mr. Klayman, Ms. Fiore, and other dignitaries will be making some historic announcements and commentary regarding the Bundy Ranch Crisis.
  • Why are 2.7 million ObamaCare 'enrollees' still unaccounted for?

    04/24/2014 4:25:43 AM PDT · by IBD editorial writer · 15 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 04/23/2014 | IBD Staff
    Affordable Care Act: President Obama has for a while been bragging that 8 million people have signed up for ObamaCare. But the administration still hasn't released the state-by-state numbers to back up that number. You'd think that with such good news, the administration would want to put out as many details as possible, as soon as possible. But judging by previous months, the latest Health and Human Services enrollment report is now nearly two weeks behind schedule. As a result, we still don't know where 2.7 million ObamaCare enrollees came from. Here's what we do know
  • Barack Obama, the adolescent president

    04/24/2014 4:06:44 AM PDT · by Las Vegas Dave · 22 replies
    Washington Post ^ | April 23, 2014 | George Will
    Recently, Barack Obama — a Demosthenes determined to elevate our politics from coarseness to elegance; a Pericles sent to ameliorate our rhetorical impoverishment — spoke at the University of Michigan. He came to that very friendly venue — in 2012, he received 67 percent of the vote in Ann Arbor’s county — after visiting a local sandwich shop, where a muse must have whispered in the presidential ear. Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) had recently released his budget, so Obama expressed his disapproval by calling it, for the benefit of his academic audience, a “meanwich” and a “stinkburger.”
  • Are you living in a Constitution Free Zone?

    04/24/2014 3:40:34 AM PDT · by 7thson · 24 replies
    GOPUSA ^ | April 17, 2014 7:13 am | Bobby Eberle
    It's sad to see what's been happening with our government in recent years. Slowly, but surely, our rights and freedoms are being taken away. We thought our Constitution would protect us. After all, it was written to shield Americans from the abuses of government. But believe it or not, there are places in this country where the Constitution doesn't apply.
  • 75-year-old grandmother says she was restrained during police raid

    04/24/2014 3:39:26 AM PDT · by ilovesarah2012 · 14 replies ^ | April 23, 2014 | Jon Burkett
    HENRICO, Va. (WTVR) Ruth Hunter, a 75-year-old woman, said she was tied up while State Police invaded her Henrico apartment. She said officers told her during the raid what they were looking for, and court documents also show the information. She said she had nothing to do with the investigation. Virginia State Police said a drug investigation is what prompted a Henrico County magistrate to issue a warrant for an apartment in the 5600 block of Crenshaw road. The woman claims that officers ultimately arrested a man who lives two doors down from her. I thought someone was breaking in...
  • A fatal wait: Veterans languish and die on a VA hospital's secret list

    04/24/2014 2:55:29 AM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 12 replies
    CNN ^ | April 24, 2014 | Scott Bronstein and Drew Griffin
    At least 40 U.S. veterans died waiting for appointments at the Phoenix Veterans Affairs Health Care system, many of whom were placed on a secret waiting list. The secret list was part of an elaborate scheme designed by Veterans Affairs managers in Phoenix who were trying to hide that 1,400 to 1,600 sick veterans were forced to wait months to see a doctor, according to a recently retired top VA doctor and several high-level sources.
  • Before Bundy Ranch - What happens when constitutional vigilantes go mainstream

    04/24/2014 2:43:46 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 30 replies
    Slate ^ | April 23, 2014 | Jared A. Goldstein teaches constitutional law and environmental law
    Constitutional vigilantism of the type on display at Bundy Ranch last week has been a recurrent feature on the margins of American political life. What is newand dangerousis that it has suddenly moved from the margins to the mainstream. And it comes with guns. Last week a mob of more than 1,000 armed protesters forced the Bureau of Land Management to back down from enforcing federal grazing fees. The protesters came out in support of local rancher Cliven Bundy, whos been letting his cattle graze on federal land in Nevada for more than 20 years without a permit. Were standing...
  • California Senate takes 'ethics refresher course' Wednesday (because of shoulder-fired missiles)

    04/24/2014 1:56:42 AM PDT · by Libloather · 7 replies
    ABC Local ^ | 4/23/14 | Elex Michaelson
    LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- The California State Senate held an "ethics refresher course" for its members after federal indictments were issued against two senators and a third was convicted. Senate leaders are hoping to regain the public's trust. The purpose of the course is to teach members and their staffs to avoid potentially compromising situations. It's the latest in a series of moves by senate leaders aimed at putting political distance between them and their colleagues facing criminal charges. The leader of California's state senate stopped all regular business on Wednesday so everyone could go "back to school" in a...
  • The Editors Say: Cliven Bundy beware the continuing threats of Harry Reid (Many videos of Reid)

    04/23/2014 11:47:20 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    Communities Digital News ^ | April 23, 2014 | Jacquie Kubin
    Majority Leader (D-Nevada) Harry Reid is threatening Cliven Bundy with the ominous words something is going to happen. Its obvious that you cant just walk away from this. And we can speculate all we want to speculate to whats going to happen next, Reid told KSNV-TV. But I dont think its going to be tomorrow that something is going to happen, but something will happen. We are a nation of laws, not of men and women. If it werent so scary, it would be funny. Reids manner of speaking is like the person that says No offense meant, but...
  • Technology group to decide Cover Oregons future

    04/23/2014 11:45:04 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 1 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr 24, 2014 2:25 AM EDT | Gosia Wozniacka
    After weeks of deliberation, a committee is poised to make a final recommendation Thursday on what to do with Oregons botched health insurance exchange portal. The technology committee will decide whether Cover Oregon should ditch its glitch-filled website and replace it with the federal governments health insurance marketplace, or try to fix the existing system with the help of a new IT contractor. The decision comes nearly seven months after Oregons exchange was supposed to go live so that residents could use it to compare and buy health insurance plans. Cover Oregons website is seen as the worst of the...
  • U.S. can't let Cliven Bundy win his range war: Nevada cattle rancher is not a man of principle...

    04/23/2014 11:14:29 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 76 replies
    The Los Angeles Times ^ | April 23, 2014 | The Editorial Board
    Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy is being portrayed by some as a man of principle, an iconoclast who should be admired for his willingness to stand up to the federal government. But in fact he's a petty scofflaw who seems to think that he has the right to pick and choose which rules must be obeyed. Bundy is the cattleman who grazes his herd on federal land operated by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management, but unlike more than 15,000 other ranchers, he refuses to pay the associated grazing fees. After 20 years of disagreements and court battles, the U.S. government...
  • Poll: Would you support raising San Diegos minimum wage to $13.09 an hour over the next 3 years?

    04/23/2014 11:04:24 PM PDT · by South40 · 29 replies
    Would you support raising San Diegos minimum wage to $13.09 an hour over the next three years? Poll Here
  • East Ukraines Donetsk republic plans to hold sovereignty referendum jointly with Luhansk

    04/23/2014 10:26:15 PM PDT · by goldstategop · 2 replies
    Itar-Tass ^ | 04/24/2014 | Itar-Tass
    DONETSK, April 24. /ITAR-TASS/. The leadership of the recently self-proclaimed Donetsk Peoples Republic plans to hold a referendum simultaneously with east Ukraines Luhansk region, co-chairman of the Donetsk Peoples Republic presidium Denis Pushilin told ITAR-TASS. A referendum will be held no later than on May 11 and it is highly probable that Luhansk will also hold it with us no later than on May 11. Ludansk just has to confirm similar wording of the question. Our question is as follows, Do you support the independence of Donetsk peoples republic? Pushilin said. In his words, sovereignty gives the right and opportunity...
  • Perry on Bush's 'Act of Love' Remarks: Sympathize w/Illegals who Break Laws to Help Their Families

    04/23/2014 10:05:06 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 71 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | April 23, 2014 | Tony Lee
    Texas Gov. Rick Perry, who is being advised by a prominent pro-amnesty ally to Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg, said that he understood and sympathized with people who break the law to enter the United States illegally to take care of their families. Appearing on Your World on Fox News with guest-host Stuart Varney Wednesday, Perry was asked how he felt about former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush's "act of love" comments about illegal immigration. "I have sympathy. I totally understand about people breaking a law to take care of their family," Perry said, noting that that was especially the case when...
  • Boogeymen and shady deals define spin for Senate

    04/23/2014 9:59:58 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr 23, 2014 4:33 PM EDT | Philip Elliott
    The fight for the Senate majority boils down to boogeyman billionaires against the shifty septuagenarianif party operatives spin is to be believed. For months, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has been unrelenting in his criticism of Charles and David Koch, the wealthy industrialists who have backed some of the nations most effective conservative groups. Now, Republican candidates are adjusting their plans. Theyre linking Democratic Senate candidates to Reid, painting the 74-year-old leader and his allies as unscrupulous politicians. Theres little doubt that Harry Reid is abusing his power as majority leader and resorting to desperate and deceitful measures to hold...
  • Rand Paul Backs Work Visas for Illegal Immigrants

    04/23/2014 9:53:03 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 47 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | April 23, 2014 | Tony Lee
    Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) believes the country's illegal immigrants should be given work visas and be allowed to remain in the United States. The potential 2016 presidential contender spoke at the Institute of Politics at the University of Chicago on Tuesday and told David Axelrod, President Barack Obama's former top adviser who now heads the institute, that he did not vote for the Senate's comprehensive immigration reform bill. He did not do so because it did not grant enough work visas in the agricultural and construction industries. The Congressional Budget Office determined that bill would lower the wages of American...
  • Judge grants name change to Chelsea Manning, convicted in WikiLeaks case

    04/23/2014 9:04:57 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 24 replies
    CNN ^ | April 23, 2014 | Shawn Nottingham
    Bradley Edward Manning is no more. A Kansas judge on Wednesday granted the former Army intelligence analyst's request to formally be known as Chelsea Elizabeth Manning. "I've been working for months for this change, and waiting for years," she said in a statement applauding the order. "It's worth noting that in both mail and in-person, I've often been asked, 'Why are you changing your name?' The answer couldn't be simpler: because it's a far better, richer, and more honest reflection of who I am and always have been -- a woman named Chelsea." Manning is currently serving a 35-year sentence...
  • Quinn Campaign Wonders: Black Republicans Like Jewish Nazis?

    04/23/2014 8:08:06 PM PDT · by lbryce · 17 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | April 23, 2014 | Adam Kredo
    Illinois Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn is in some hot water with the Jewish community after his campaign tweetedand then quietly deletedseveral messages urging backers to read an article comparing black Republican voters to Jews who collaborated with the Nazis. Chicago Sun Times readers were stunned last week to find that writer Neil Steinberg has penned a column comparing black supporters of Republican gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner to Jews who collaborated with the Nazis against their brethren. As a general rule, individuals will sell out the interests of their groups in return for personal benefit, Steinberg wrote in his column, which...
  • Up in Arms: Georgia Governor To Sign Controversial Gun Bill Wednesday

    04/23/2014 8:03:12 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 31 replies
    NBC News ^ | April 22, 2013 | Gabe Gutierrez
    ATLANTA Its official name is the Safe Carry Protection Act. But critics are calling it the Guns Everywhere Bill. At noon Wednesday, Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal is scheduled to sign the sweeping legislation into law. One of the most permissive state gun laws in the nation, it will allow licensed owners to carry firearms into more public places than at any time in the past century, including churches, bars and government buildings that don't have security checkpoints. The law also authorizes school districts to appoint staffers to carry firearms. It allows churches to "opt-in" if they want to allow...
  • Cruz: Bundy Standoff Culmination of Obamas Jackboot of Authoritarianism

    04/23/2014 7:15:13 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    Mediaite ^ | April 23, 2014 | Josh Feldman
    Ted Cruz weighed in on the Cliven Bundy situation with Texas radio host Chad Hasty Tuesday, and he called the standoff between Bundy supporters (some armed) and federal agents a tragic situation, but one that was the culmination of how President Obama has been pushing for a bigger and more intrusive federal government. Cruz said that since Obama took over, we have seen our liberty under assault from a government hell-bent on expanding its authority over every aspect of our lives. He went after Obama for eroding the nations constitutional liberties and not understanding the point of the federal government...
  • Watchdog: IRS Employees Who Owed Taxes Paid $1M in Bonuses

    04/23/2014 7:08:47 PM PDT · by lbryce · 7 replies
    FoxNews Insider ^ | April 23, 2014 | Staff
    A watchdog group has found that IRS employees who owed back taxes were still paid $1 million in bonuses. Read more about this story below, via The report by the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration found that while for the most part the reward program for IRS workers complied with federal regulations, employees who had themselves failed to pay their federal taxes and had discipline problems were also rewarded.
  • Weapon of Last Resort: ECB Considers Possible Deflation Measures (European Central Bank)

    04/23/2014 7:01:40 PM PDT · by Olog-hai
    Der Spiegel ^ | April 23, 2014 06:18 PM | Christian Reiermann and Anne Seith
    One of European Central Bank President Mario Draghis most important duties is watching his mouth. One ill-considered utterance is enough to sow panic on the financial markets. But during a press conference earlier this month, Draghi allowed himself a telling slip. Speaking to gathered journalists at the Spring Meetings of the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank, Draghi twice almost uttered a word he has been at pains to avoid. Defla, Draghi began, before stopping himself and continuing with the term low inflation.Yet despite Draghis efforts, the specter of deflation was omnipresent in Washington during the meetings. And it...
  • Bill OReilly to Cliven Bundy supporter: What makes you different from Occupy Wall Street?

    04/23/2014 7:01:24 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 40 replies
    Salon ^ | April 23, 2014 | Elias Isquith, assistant editor
    The Fox News host grills a member of the militia movement on why it's OK for Bundy to break the law but not OWS.To a significant degree, American politics is a story of insiders vs. outsiders, so its inevitable that people among the latter group would be lumped together, even if theyre quite different by any other measure. Still, its probably fair to say that when most people think of Nevada renegade rancher Cliven Bundy, the Zuccotti Park protesters of Occupy Wall Street dont immediately or eventually come to mind. Yet on the Tuesday night edition of his...
  • Wild about Harry: In Republicans hunt for Senate, its all about Reid

    04/23/2014 6:47:02 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 11 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | April 23, 2014 | Seth McLaughlin
    Hoping to galvanize their base further, Republicans are casting the midterm elections as a golden opportunity to fire Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, the Nevada Democrat who has served as lead blocker for President Obamas liberal agenda on Capitol Hill and chief opponent of GOP legislation.The attacks are being espoused inside and outside the Capital Beltway and could become staples of the Republican message as the party looks to pick up the six seats needed to take the Senate gavel out of Mr. Reids hands.
  • Moscow orders Kiev to withdraw troops from Ukraine's Donbass region

    04/23/2014 6:37:58 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 21 replies
    Globe and Mail ^ | 4-23-2014 | MARK MacKINNON
    <p>Russia has warned the Ukrainian government to pull its military from the restive southeast of its own territory, saying it could invade to protect pro-Russian separatists there just as it did in Georgia, another former Soviet republic that Moscow invaded six years ago.</p>
  • A Fatal Wait: Veterans Languish and Die on a VA Hospital's Secret List

    04/23/2014 6:21:05 PM PDT · by kristinn · 21 replies
    CNN AC360 ^ | Wednesday, April 23, 2014 | Scott Bronstein and Drew Griffin
    At least 40 U.S. veterans died waiting for appointments at the Phoenix Veterans Affairs Health Care system, many of whom were placed on a secret waiting list. The secret list was part of an elaborate scheme designed by Veterans Affairs managers in Phoenix who were trying to hide that 1,400 to 1,600 sick veterans were forced to wait months to see a doctor, according to a recently retired top VA doctor and several high-level sources. For six months, CNN has been reporting on extended delays in health care appointments suffered by veterans across the country and who died while waiting...
  • High court nixes $3.4M award to child porn victim

    04/23/2014 6:12:49 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr 23, 2014 5:38 PM EDT | Mark Sherman
    The Supreme Court on Wednesday rejected a plea to make it easier for victims of child pornography to collect money from people who view their images online, throwing out a nearly $3.4 million judgment in favor of a woman whose childhood rape has been widely seen on the Internet. Two dissenting justices said Congress should change the law to benefit victims. The justices said in a 5-4 ruling that a 1994 federal law gives victims the right to seek restitution from offenders, but only to the extent that the victims losses are tied to the offenders actions. In this case,...
  • IRS Gives 'Death Penalty' to Conservative Critic

    04/23/2014 5:44:59 PM PDT · by DeaconBenjamin · 19 replies
    American ^ | April 23, 2014 | Mark J. Fitzgibbons
    When the IRS revokes tax-exempt status of a 501(c)(3) organization, the sanction is considered so severe that tax practitioners refer to it as the death penalty. The IRS recently gave the death penalty to the Patrick Henry Center for Individual Liberty. As reported at The Blaze, The IRS said the group forfeited its status by promoting regularly politically charged articles written by Patrick Henry Center founder Gary Aldrich, a former FBI agent. Aldrich is a best-selling author, considered a hero or an enemy, depending on ones view, for exposing Bill Clintons escapades. Hes also a friend to many constitutional conservatives....
  • Another Bush Seeks The White House; Americas Response Should Send A Clear Message

    04/23/2014 5:39:13 PM PDT · by lbryce · 26 replies
    Western Journalism ^ | April 23, 2014 | B Christopher Agee
    Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush reportedly confirmed mounting suspicions that he wants to be the third member of his immediate family to occupy the White House. In a recent appearance at a New York fundraiser, Politico reports that he told attendees he is thinking about running for president. Apparently, a number of the approximately 200 individuals gathered for the event were receptive to the announcement, leading Bush to ask them to call and tell [his] mom about the decision. The politician, however, is a much tougher sell for members of his party overall especially among those who call themselves...
  • Perry Pitches Texas to New York Businesses, Hits Cuomo Ads

    04/23/2014 5:25:11 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 4 replies
    NYO news ^ | April 23 | Jill Colvin
    Texas Gov. Rick Perry was in New York today to make his pitch to business leaders he hopes to lure to the Lone Star State, and took the opportunity to reissue his debate challenge to Gov. Andrew Cuomowho today declined the request. Yes, Im here recruiting business. Im dont shy away from that. Im very upfront about that. But Im also here to help stimulate a conversation with the people of New York state, the people in New York City, the legislators, the governor, said Mr. Perry, speaking to reporters after a lunch with business owners at Hill Country BQQ...
  • Lawmakers Unveil Plan to Liberate Western Lands and Evict Feds

    04/23/2014 4:22:51 PM PDT · by VitacoreVision · 25 replies
    The New American ^ | 23 April 2014 | Alex Newman
    Lawmakers Unveil Plan to Liberate Western Lands and Evict Feds Liberty-minded elected officials from Western states are coming together with citizens to take action in defense of the Constitution and the West.The New American 23 April 2014 With the now-infamous federal abuses against the Bundy ranching family and its supporters in Nevada helping to awaken a sleeping giant, liberty-minded elected officials from Western states are coming together with citizens to take action in defense of the Constitution and the West. Their mission: to wrest control over the vast expanses of land and wealth in the region that are unconstitutionally...