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  • A Frankenstein Constitution

    04/16/2014 2:47:01 PM PDT · by Jacquerie · 24 replies
    A common concern among Article V opponents is fear that a convention of the states to propose constitutional amendments will result in an oppressive constitution. All we need to do is enforce the constitution we have. Elect the right people to implement our written constitution and all will be well. As logical and appealing as that approach appears to be, it ignores some horrible realities, and actually promotes our headlong dive into tyranny, for the anti-constitution, the unwritten Frankenstein constitution rules. First, aside from the occasional heat politicians take from an outraged populace, our legislative and executive branches in the...
  • Biden Tells Boston Bombing Survivors, 'It Was Worth It' (Video)

    04/16/2014 2:28:59 PM PDT · by Lmo56 · 21 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 4/15/14 | Debra Heine
    Less than a minute into his speech at the Boston marathon bombing memorial on Tuesday, Vice President Joe Biden went tragically off script and told the crowd of Boston bombing survivors that "it was worth it."
  • Breaking: Canada and Estonia Call For Emergency OSCE Meeting

    04/16/2014 2:27:22 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 5 replies
    Interpreter Live Blog ^ | 4-16-2014 | The Interpreter
    Chapter 3 of the Vienna Document is designed to reduce risk of international conflicts through "exchanging information on defense policy, force planning, budgets, procurements, and calendars." In other words, OSCE members now believe that the movement and position of Russian troops in eastern Europe constitutes an unusual situation, and one of which the international community has not been properly informed. http://pressimus.com/Interpreter_Mag/press/2339
  • Feds accused of leaving trail of wreckage after Nevada ranch standoff

    04/16/2014 1:03:05 PM PDT · by navysealdad · 78 replies
    Fox News toured the damage -- allegedly caused by the Bureau of Land Management -- which included holes in water tanks and destroyed water lines and fences. According to family friends, the bureau's hired "cowboys" also killed two prize bulls.
  • GOP right: Where’s the Obamacare replacement bill?

    04/16/2014 1:57:41 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 31 replies
    The Hill ^ | 04/16/2014 | By Russell Berman
    Top House conservatives are pressuring Republican leaders to bring an ObamaCare replacement bill to a vote by the August recess. Conservatives cheered when Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) pledged a vote during the House GOP’s annual retreat in January, viewing the commitment as a central element of the party’s vow to be “the alternative party” and not merely stand in opposition to President Obama. Yet 10 weeks later, party leaders have given no indication when they might present a plan or what form it will take. Conservatives like Rep. Steve Scalise (La.), chairman of the Republican Study Committee (RSC), are...
  • Obama, Biden to announce millions for job training

    04/16/2014 1:21:18 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 39 replies
    CNN ^ | April 16, 2014 | CNN White House Producer Kevin Liptak
    (CNN) – Hoping to help close the gap between workers' skills and the needs of businesses, President Barack Obama on Wednesday will announce he's putting hundreds of millions toward job training programs that produce highly skilled workers. Obama and Vice President Joe Biden will head to a community college in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania to make the announcement. The funding will come in two parts: $500 million toward a new job training competition that pairs community colleges with businesses, and $100 million for new apprenticeship programs to train workers. The White House says the new initiatives are meant to combat a...
  • Maryland Grocery Store Forced to Cut Hours Due to Obamacare

    04/16/2014 1:00:38 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | April 14, 2014 9:46 am | (Free Beacon Staff)
    A well-loved Maryland supermarket is being forced to limit the amount of full time workers they hire because of the harsh mandates imposed by Obamacare. Snider’s Superfoods, family owned and operated since 1946, says that they will not be hiring any new baggers or cashiers in order to avoid the 50 worker threshold, which under the new Obamacare stipulations, would require that they provide health insurance if they employ 50 or more full time workers. …
  • Google Knew About Heartbleed and Didn’t Tell the Government

    04/16/2014 12:55:45 PM PDT · by george76 · 11 replies
    National Journal ^ | April 14, 2014 | Brendan Sasso
    Federal systems remained vulnerable to hackers even after researchers identified the bug. Google knew about a critical flaw in Internet security, but it didn't alert anyone in the government. Neel Mehta, a Google engineer, first discovered "Heartbleed"—a bug that undermines the widely used encryption technology OpenSSL—some time in March. A team at the Finnish security firm Codenomicon discovered the flaw around the same time. Google was able to patch most of its services—such as email, search, and YouTube—before the companies publicized the bug on April 7. The researchers also notified a handful of other companies about the bug before going...
  • Security holes in power grid have federal officials scrambling

    04/16/2014 12:42:41 PM PDT · by george76 · 18 replies
    LA Times ^ | April 7, 2014 | Evan Halper
    In Congress, the vulnerability of the power grid has emerged as among the most pressing domestic security concerns. ... Crain, the owner of a small tech firm in Raleigh, N.C., along with a research partner, found penetrating transmission systems used by dozens of utilities to be startlingly easy. After they shared their discovery with beleaguered utility security officials, the Homeland Security Department began sending alerts to power grid operators, advising them to upgrade their software. The alerts haven't stopped because Crain keeps finding new security holes he can exploit. "There are a lot of people going through various stages of...
  • Obama administration’s ‘Culture of intimidation’ seen in Nevada ranch standoff

    04/16/2014 12:06:44 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 18 replies
    Washington Times ^ | April 15, 2014 | By Valerie Richardson
    Sending scores of armed agents along with helicopters and dogs to confront an elderly Nevada rancher over grazing fees may seem like overkill, but critics say it’s not inconsistent with the federal government’s recent approach to environmental enforcement. The simmering truce between the Bundys and the Bureau of Land Management comes after high-profile raids last year by armed federal agents on small-time gold miners in tiny Chicken, Alaska, and guitar makers at the Gibson Guitar facilities in Tennessee. That doesn’t include more subtle threats, such as recent efforts by the Obama administration to raise grazing fees or pressure permit holders...
  • Major Study Finds The US Is An Oligarchy

    04/16/2014 12:04:10 PM PDT · by Dallas59 · 29 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 4/16/2014 | Business Insider
    The U.S. government does not represent the interests of the majority of the country's citizens, but is instead ruled by those of the rich and powerful, a new study from Princeton and Northwestern Universities has concluded. The report, "Testing Theories of American Politics: Elites, Interest Groups, and Average Citizens" (PDF), used extensive policy data collected between 1981 and 2002 to empirically determine the state of the U.S. political system.
  • New York no longer worst state to do business

    04/16/2014 11:44:32 AM PDT · by george76 · 14 replies
    Crain Communications ^ | April 15, 2014 | Jeremy Smerd
    That honor now goes to New Jersey. Tax reforms passed in the latest budget represent big improvements for corporations, but not so much for individuals. ... Still, New York remains a burdensome place to earn a living. The reforms did not change the state's poor rankings for having high sales taxes (No. 38), individual income taxes (No. 49) and unemployment taxes (No. 45). Meanwhile, the governor announced Tuesday that the state tax department collected nearly $4 billion in evaded taxes in the past year, a 5% or $200 million increase compared to the year earlier.The state collects about $87 billion...
  • Federal government is America's biggest real-estate tycoon

    04/16/2014 11:42:36 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 4 replies
    Lebanon Daily News ^ | 04/16/2014 | Rahn Forney
    I have never paid close attention to the massive federal Bureau of Land Management. I'm an East Coast guy; never been West, where the BLM is a much, much bigger name, and, for some, a bigger headache. The BLM, according to its website, tends to a huge amount of turf: 258 million surface acres of the United States. It sees to the mineral rights of 700 million acres. The latter number is 13 percent of the total land acreage of the United States. Yet, by its own count, BLM only manages 40 percent of the territory actually owned by the...
  • Why does federal government own 84% of Nevada and what can Reid do to give it back?

    04/16/2014 11:38:15 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 31 replies
    BizPac Review ^ | 04/16/2014 | Jonathon Moseley
    Many say Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid could easily arrange for his home state to get back most of the 84 percent of Nevada territory owned and controlled by the federal government. So does the Democrat represent the interests of Nevada, or does he put the interests of the U.S. government and the Democratic Party over his own stateÂ’s needs?Nevada would get what it deserves if Reid drafted a measure to treat Nevada the same way as other states. The Republican-led U.S. House of Representatives would eagerly vote to treat Nevada like a grown-up. Instead, Reid runs the U.S. Senate...
  • Dick Morris: Democrats Conspiring to Rig Electoral College, Law Passed in 9 States So Far

    04/16/2014 10:55:29 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 61 replies
    Newsmax ^ | 04/16/2014 | Dick Morris
    A plan, now stealthily making its way through state legislatures with astonishing speed, would junk the Electoral College and award the presidency to the winner of the popular vote. The plan involves an Interstate Compact where states would commit to select electors pledged to vote for the national popular vote winner regardless of how their own state voted. When enough states pass this law -- sufficient to cast the Electoral College's majority 270 votes -- it will take effect. The Electoral College will become a vestigial anachronism. So far, nine states and the District of Columbia -- casting 136 electoral...
  • Kansas Dems reportedly trying to recruit … Kathleen Sebelius for Senate

    04/16/2014 10:32:46 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies
    Hotair ^ | 04/16/2014 | AllahPundit
    Really? With every Republican in the country set to run ObamaCare attack ads this fall, the Democratic Party’s going to double down in a perennially red state on the captain of the Healthcare.gov Titanic?There’s got to be a hidden motive in pushing a story this bananas to the media. But what? In her darkest hour last fall, Kathleen Sebelius suffered one of the deepest cuts from an old family friend who accused her of “gross incompetence” over the rollout of the Affordable Care Act and demanded that she resign as secretary of health and human services. Now she is weighing...
  • Does Cliven Bundy Have Something Called “Prescriptive Rights”

    04/16/2014 10:09:55 AM PDT · by Duke C. · 69 replies
    Swann ^ | April 16, 2014 | Ben Swann
    [snip]“I asked why you didn’t put a lien against the cattle?” Devlin asked the BLM. “They hadn’t thought about that but they are considering it now”
  • (Vanity) The core corruption in the Bundy Ranch Story..Who gets the land offset and why?

    04/16/2014 10:09:24 AM PDT · by tophat9000 · 8 replies
    4-16-14 | Tophat9000
    Sorry for the vanity post but I had a question and thought regarding the Bundy Ranch issues and really the core of the corruption... It boils down to the concept of land offset as part of ..The Rules you and I must follow and who gets exception to the rules because their powerful or friends of the powerful. . We have all seen this..take Obamacare. .push through a draconian law then give exceptions and waver to your friends and strict, to the letter, enforcement to your enemys..same with emigration. .selective enforcement to the letter vs selective non enforcement and out...
  • Judge Stays Most of Ohio Gay Marriage Ruling

    04/16/2014 10:01:08 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 62 replies
    ABC News ^ | 04/16/2014 | AMANDA LEE MYERS
    Ohio officials must immediately recognize the same-sex marriages of four couples who sued over the state's gay marriage ban, a federal judge said Wednesday, while staying the broader effects of his ruling to avoid "premature celebration and confusion" in case it's overturned on appeal. Judge Timothy Black stayed his ruling ordering Ohio to recognize the marriages of gay couples who wed in other states pending appeal in the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati. The appeals process likely will take months. Had Black not issued the stay, all married gay couples living in Ohio would have been able...
  • The Problem with Cliven Bundy: His plight is sympathetic; his actions are hard to defend.

    04/16/2014 9:56:23 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 129 replies
    National Review ^ | 04/16/2014 | Charles C.W. Cooke
    The righteous indignation burns a little brighter on this side of the Atlantic than it does in Europe and beyond — the United States, per Fitzgerald, “having about it still that quality of the idea.” Forged in revolution, informed by soaring sentiment, and defined by acts of variously prudent dissidence, Americans of all sorts fancy themselves to be fighting the good fight. Judging by the rapturous reception that he has received from conservatives of late, Cliven Bundy is one of these sorts, and protests such as his, it seems, are how the West was won. After a longtime dispute...
  • The slow death of free speech

    04/16/2014 9:04:49 AM PDT · by Psalm_2 · 16 replies
    The Spectator ^ | April 19 2014 | Mark Steyn
    How the Left, here and abroad, is trying to shut down debate — from Islam and Israel to global warming and gay marriage ... At Brandeis University, we are learning the hierarchy of the new multiculti caste system. .... In theory, Ayaan Hirsi Ali is everything the identity-group fetishists dig: female, atheist, black, immigrant. If conservative white males were to silence a secular women’s rights campaigner from Somalia, it would be proof of the Republican party’s ‘war on women’, or the encroaching Christian fundamentalist theocracy ... But when the snivelling white male who purports to be president of Brandeis (one...
  • Texas Senate Candidate Konni Burton Embraced by Ted Cruz

    04/16/2014 9:04:05 AM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 4 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 24 Mar 2014 | Merrill Hope
    FORT WORTH, TEXAS—Last week conservative candidate Konni Burton kicked off her run-off campaign to clinch the Republican nomination for Senate District 10. It was standing-room-only at Stockyard Station's Stampede Room, with friends, family, the grassroots, and Senator Ted Cruz by her side. Breitbart Texas previously reported that Burton is the favored conservative in the Senate District that includes Fort Worth, Arlington, Mansfield, Colleyville and other areas of south and northeast Tarrant County. Tarrant County is one of the few urban conservative strongholds in the nation and it is the district currently represented by liberal state senator Wendy Davis (D-Fort Worth).In the five-person Republican...
  • Texas Sen. Ted Cruz: mum on the White House, but against a Democrat going in

    04/16/2014 8:25:27 AM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 17 replies
    The Post and Courier ^ | Tuesday, April 15, 2014 9:23 p.m | Schuyler Kropf
    Texas Sen. Ted Cruz adeptly sidestepped questions about how he'd fare among conservative Republicans in a South Carolina presidential primary. But he did say another Democrat in the White House would spell doom and gloom."Eight more years of this, I don't know it's something this country comes back from," he said.Cruz, widely seen as the conservative face of last year's government shutdown over funding what Republicans call "Obamacare," spent Tax Day talking to free enterprise advocates at The Citadel."Liberty is under assault like never before," he told the crowd. "It seems this president is going down the Bill of Rights...
  • Brewer signs law permitting unannounced inspections of Arizona abortion clinics

    04/16/2014 8:16:57 AM PDT · by SandRat · 7 replies
    Tucson Daily Star ^ | Howard Fischer Capitol Media Services
    Gov. Jan Brewer signed legislation Tuesday allowing the state Department of Health to make unannounced inspections of abortion clinics without first getting a warrant from a judge. Backers of HB 2284 said there is no reason to exempt abortion clinics from the same regulations that apply to all other health-care facilities. Foes said the clinics need protection because there is a heightened need for privacy both for patients and staff. The new law could wind up in court before it takes effect later this summer. In a 2004 ruling, a federal appeals court voided an identical provision, ruling the statute’s...
  • Air Force general backs A-10 retention

    04/16/2014 8:12:40 AM PDT · by SandRat · 84 replies
    Tucson Daily Star ^ | Joe Ferguson
    A top Air Force official had one word to describe the proposed cuts threatening to ground the A-10 fleet. “Heinous.” Rep. Ron Barber relayed the comments from Gen. Michael Hostage, the commander of the Air Combat Command, shortly after the pair toured Davis-Monthan Air Force Base to discuss the fate of the iconic attack aircraft known as the Warthog. The commander of the Air Combat Command, Hostage oversees the 355th Fighter Wing at Davis-Monthan which flies more than 80 A-10s. Barber, flanked by community leaders, asked Hostage to come to Tucson to see the overwhelming community support for the air...
  • Report: Continued High Legal Immigration Levels Will Destroy GOP

    04/16/2014 8:07:50 AM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 38 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 15 Apr 2014 | Matthew Boyle
    A new report from an anti-amnesty group has concluded that continued high-levels of immigration to the United States of America will destroy the Republican Party’s long-term prospects of winning future elections, a copy provided to Breitbart News shows. “A comparison of voting patterns in presidential elections across counties over the last three decades shows that mass immigration has caused a steady drop in presidential Republican vote shares, particularly in the nation’s largest counties,” James G. Gimpel writes in a new Center for Immigration Studies (CIS) report out Tuesday morning. “Each one percentage-point increase in the immigrant share of a large county’s...
  • GOP writes legislation to deny Eric Holder his salary

    04/16/2014 8:02:40 AM PDT · by MeshugeMikey · 72 replies
    Washington Times ^ | April 16, 2014 | Stephen Dinan
    A Republican congressman has introduced a bill that would stop government paychecks for officials who have been found in contempt of Congress — a move that seems designed in the short term to go after Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. Mr. Holder has refused to cooperate with House Republicans’ probe into the Fast & Furious gun-walking operation, and the House has voted to find him in contempt. Mr. Holder is challenging that vote in court.
  • Walker’s in, the left fires first, and the War for Wisconsin is on

    04/16/2014 8:00:32 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 45 replies
    The Wisconsin Reporter ^ | 4-16-14 | M. D. Kittle
    Literally minutes after Gov. Scott Walker and Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch officially announced their re-election campaign Tuesday, a Hillary Clinton front group rolled out its attack machine against the Republican governor and potential 2016 presidential hopeful. American Bridge, backed by big-money liberal donor George Soros, “welcomed” Walker and his “failed job creation promise to the Wisconsin governor’s race.” The liberal “research and communications organization committed to holding Republicans accountable for their words” by employing liberal spin, made its first sortie an all-out assault on Walker’s jobs record, criticizing the governor’s failure to date to hit his ambitious pledge that the...
  • Health Law Poses a Test in New Hampshire Senate Race

    04/16/2014 7:58:38 AM PDT · by Kenny · 4 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | April 15, 2014 | Janet Hook
    SALEM, N.H.—New Hampshire's rollout of the Affordable Care Act has been one of the rockiest in the nation, putting Democratic Sen. Jeanne Shaheen on the front lines of Republican efforts to make the 2014 elections a referendum on the health law.Only a single insurer in the state offers policies through the new law. Ten of the state's 26 hospitals and one fifth of its primary care providers aren't in its network. Residents of Concord, the state capital, have to drive to other cities to get covered hospital care.If Ms. Shaheen can weather those conditions, Democrats say it would bode well...
  • 2016: Cruz to South Carolina Again

    04/16/2014 7:54:29 AM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 12 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 15 Apr 2014 | Tony Lee
    Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), a potential 2016 presidential candidate, will speak in South Carolina on Tuesday at The Citadel in Charleston.  He will speak at an annual awards dinner for the Free Enterprise Foundation, which is based at The Citadel, according to press reports. This is Cruz's third visit to the Palmetto State, which is arguably the most important early primary state. Cruz met with Evangelical leaders in Columbia and also headlined the state GOP's Silver Elephant dinner last year honoring former Sen. Jim DeMint. 
  • President Pinocchios' Nose Is Growing Longer and Longer

    04/16/2014 7:41:02 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 10 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 16, 2014 | Donald Lambro
    WASHINGTON - President Obama and the Democrats have been peddling some whoppers lately about women in the workforce and Obamacare that are patently untrue, or based on questionable, exaggerated data. Obama and his party are betting they can get away with such falsehoods because the news media swallows them whole, regurgitating their charges as facts. Washington's ultra-liberal press corps rarely digs into the veracity of his claims. The first is the White House's election year claims that average working women are paid a great deal less than men, often for the same amount of work. Here's what Obama said...
  • Hey Bloomberg, what about the woman who was violently attacked in Milburn, NJ?

    04/16/2014 7:38:46 AM PDT · by DallasBiff · 2 replies
    4/16/14
    This morning Michael Bloomberg announced he was starting a $50 million fund to go against the NRA, alongside him on the Today show was a "stay at home mother", Shannon Watts. Shannon, go to YouTube, and punch in the search engine 'brutal attack Milburn, NJ". Watch the video and you will know why guns were invented.
  • Rory Reid: Rancher Cliven Bundy "Should Be Prosecuted"

    04/16/2014 7:25:04 AM PDT · by kiryandil · 60 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | April 15, 2014 | RCP staff
    RORY REID, SON OF SEN. HARRY REID:We believe in a country in which we are subject to laws and you can’t just ignore the laws we don’t like. I think clearly if state and local prosecutors look at this more closely, they’re going to find that he broke the law and he should be prosecuted.
  • Bloomberg to spend $50 million to “outmuscle” the NRA

    04/16/2014 7:21:16 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 27 replies
    Hotair ^ | 04/16/2014 | Ed Morrissey
    Actually, it’s difficult to choose whether to start with the first paragraph or the last paragraph in this New York Times report on Michael Bloomberg’s latest project. The first paragraph covers Bloomberg’s ongoing efforts to pass gun-control legislation after the failure of his Mayors Against Illegal Guns to move the needle at all on his agenda. Besides, several of the mayors walked out after it became obvious that Bloomberg opposed a lot more than just illegal guns … which are, of course, already illegal.This time Bloomberg wants to spend $50 million to set up a grassroots network to take on...
  • Report: FBI Visiting Gun Shops Looking For “People Talking About Big Government”

    04/16/2014 7:14:09 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 54 replies
    The Gateway Pundit ^ | 4-16-2014 | Jim Hoft
    The FBI is reportedly visiting fun shops looking for people talking about “big government.” InfoWars reported: FBI counterterrorism agents are visiting gun shops in South Carolina to investigate “suspicious purchases” made by people who talk about “big government,” according to a new report. Author Brandon Turbeville says he was approached by an individual who works in a Columbia, South Carolina gun shop to relate the story of how an FBI agent entered the store on Monday, showed his credentials, before proceeding to ask a series of stunning questions. Telling the gun store worker he was tasked with visiting all the...
  • BREAKING: New Emails Show Lois Lerner Contacted DOJ About Prosecuting Tax Exempt Groups

    04/16/2014 7:10:13 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 30 replies
    townhall.com ^ | 4/16/14 | Katie Pavlich
    According to new IRS emails obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request from Judicial Watch, former head of tax exempt groups at the IRS Lois Lerner contacted the Department of Justice in May 2013 about whether tax exempt groups could be criminally prosecuted for "lying" about political activity. "I got a call today from Richard Pilger Director Elections Crimes Branch at DOJ ... He wanted to know who at IRS the DOJ folk s [sic] could talk to about Sen. Whitehouse idea at the hearing that DOJ could piece together false statement cases about applicants who "lied" on their...
  • Mayor Julian Castro to Obama: Grant Temporary Amnesty to Family Members of DREAMers

    04/16/2014 7:13:36 AM PDT · by Cheerio · 15 replies
    bREITBART ^ | 15 Apr 2014 | Tony Lee
    San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro wants President Barack Obama to give temporary amnesty to illegal immigrants whose family members are U.S. citizens. Castro, considered a potential vice presidential candidate for Democrats in 2016, believes Obama should extend the deferred action even more to those over 30 years of age and who may not have come to the country as children. "We should look at people who have been here for more than ten years, who do not have a serious criminal record and who have family members who are United States citizens," Castro said in an interview before his debate...
  • The Case for a Little Sedition: We must remember that the government is our servant, not our master

    04/16/2014 6:57:50 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    National Review ^ | 04/16/2014 | Kevin D. Williamson
    A great deal of the discussion about the Cliven Bundy standoff in Nevada has focused on the legal questions — the litigation between Mr. Bundy and the BLM, his eccentric (i.e., batzoid) legal rationales, etc. But as Rich Lowry and others have argued, this is best understood not as a legal proceeding but as an act of civil disobedience. John Hinderaker and Rich both are correct that as a legal question Mr. Bundy is legless. But that is largely beside the point. Of course the law is against Cliven Bundy. How could it be otherwise? The law was against Mohandas...
  • Tax Refund Seizure

    04/16/2014 6:57:31 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 42 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 15, 2014 | Hank Adler
    As has been widely reported, a single sentence in the 2008 Farm Bill, Public Law 110-246, is said to be responsible for the Internal Revenue Service seizing refunds from the children of taxpayers who the Social Security Administration says were inadvertently overpaid in the 1960s and 1970s. Are they kidding? The story is ugly in so many ways. Of course, no one is claiming credit for the change in the law that the Internal Revenue Service and the Social Security Administration is relying upon to seize taxpayer refunds. But, of course, there is the actual language in the bill for...
  • ‘Shocking Note’ Apparently Penned by Justina Pelletier to Her Parents

    04/16/2014 6:53:25 AM PDT · by No One Special · 58 replies
    The Blaze ^ | April 15, 2014 | Liz Klimas
    The Connecticut teen who has been in state custody for more than a year after her parents were accused of medical child abuse after disputing a diagnosis has apparently penned a note, giving a look into how she says she’s being treated. “They hurt me all the time push me all the time and more,” the purported note from Justina Pelletier says. It also says “[they] do not let me sleep vary [sic] much. “Hury [sic]!” Keith Mason, president of Personhood USA, a group helping lead the Free Justina Coalition, told TheBlaze that Justina gave the note to her parents...
  • A Truly Absurd Tax Code Illustrates the Need for Rational Reform

    04/16/2014 6:52:44 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 6 replies
    RCM ^ | 04/16/2014 | Alex Brill
    Tax season is over for all but the greatest procrastinators among us. Two-thirds of taxpayers are celebrating their forthcoming refunds while tens of millions of others have grudgingly written a check to the IRS. Either way, this is the time of year when Americans are most acutely aware of the federal income tax system and all its flaws. Our tax code is extraordinarily difficult to navigate and it sometimes seems that it's more concerned with advancing social and industrial policy goals than raising the money needed to fund government. The plethora of preferential deductions and credits that narrow the tax...
  • The Year's Big Investment Winner? Tax Shelters

    04/16/2014 6:50:36 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 6 replies
    Forbes ^ | 04/16/2014 | Jerry Boyer
    As I told my friend Neil Cavuto, the big investment winner year-to-date is tax shelters, namely tax-free municipal bonds. That’s what the Obama tax increases have wrought; an increase of the top income tax rate to almost 40%, plus added Obamacare taxes on top of that, causes the highest income group to do the obvious thing: move their capital out of economy-growing private equity markets and into tax-favored municipals. What did you think — that they’re idiots who would stand still for the public shearing? Of course the results are stagnation, as you see. Right on cue, today the government...
  • Feds Provoke Range War Over Fees And A Turtle

    04/16/2014 6:45:27 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 17 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 16, 2014 | Bob Barr
    Gopherus agassizii is the binomial name given to the desert tortoise, a roughly foot-long creature with a lifespan that can stretch to more than half-a-century. This turtle inhabits the Mojave Desert in America’s great southwest. On paper, the desert tortoise seems an innocuous amphibian; however, it has the curious attribute of being able provoke nearly open warfare between U.S. citizens and the federal government. The notion of a “range war” may harken back to the days of the American cowboy riding the fence each morning and protecting his homestead from attack. Yet, last week the federal Bureau of Land Management...
  • Illinois trooper charged for roadside strip search

    04/16/2014 6:26:44 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 8 replies
    AP ^ | Apr 16, 2014
    <p>EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. (AP) — A southwestern Illinois state trooper is facing a felony aggravated battery charge after authorities say he strip-searched a man along the side of a road during a traffic stop.</p> <p>The (Belleville) News-Democrat reports 32-year-old Cory Alberson was released on $20,000 bail on Monday after he pleaded not guilty.</p>
  • Census Survey changes to omit healthcare questions

    04/16/2014 5:49:14 AM PDT · by raygunfan · 13 replies
    NY Times ^ | 4-16-14 | Robert Pear
    WASHINGTON — The Census Bureau, the authoritative source of health insurance data for more than three decades, is changing its annual survey so thoroughly that it will be difficult to measure the effects of President Obama’s health care law in the next report, due this fall, census officials said.
  • Israel Since Messiah's Rejection - A Desolation

    04/16/2014 5:38:39 AM PDT · by kindred · 9 replies
    The Ignorant Fishermen.com ^ | 04/15/14 | DJP I.F.
    Since the REJECTION of Israel's Messiah (Isa. 53, Dan. 9:22-27). the godless gentiles of the world have been absolutely brutal to the "Apple of Almighty G-d's eye" climaxing with the Jewish Holocaust under the murderous Nazis. Almighty G-d's chastising hand has been clearly seen but Israel has refused to return to their KING and have misread Almighty G-d's chastisement (Lev. 26, Deut. 28-40). Tragically since 70 A. D Almighty G-d has given them over to their own desires, works and thinking and they have reaped the horrific whirlwind ever since (Lev. 26, 2 Chron. 7:12-22). One of the scattered children...
  • The War on Federal Bureaucrats Opens at Bundy Ranch

    04/16/2014 5:30:17 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 41 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 16, 2014 | John Ransom
    I love that picture from the Bundy Ranch. You know the one that I’m talking about: I’m talking about all of them. I love the horn-handed Cowboys, with real, honest trail dirt on them; I love the American flags; I love the sagebrush; and I love the rebellion-- as in civil, non-violent disobedience. And the question now is, where does this go? Rebellion typically starts after a period of lassitude and hopelessness in the face of overwhelming power. Populations spend years, even decades muttering under their breath about abuses of power, but feel ineffectual to enact real reform. Then...
  • House Democrats' committee sitting on $40M fund

    04/16/2014 4:57:28 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 14 replies
    Pioneer Press ^ | 4-16-14 | Philip Elliott
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Donors gave more than $10 million in March to the committee tasked with electing House Democrats and helped it amass a $40 million fund to fight skepticism that Republicans can be ousted from their majority in November. The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee raised $10.3 million in March, putting it atop the fundraising contest among party-directed campaign committees. That sum also outpaced most three-month fundraising tallies released thus far from super PACs, which can accept unlimited donations. Donations to House Democrats' campaign committee are capped at $32,400. "The DCCC has sustained a blistering fundraising pace this election cycle...
  • Feds Begin Fingerprinting 'High Risk' Medicare Providers and Suppliers

    04/16/2014 4:38:01 AM PDT · by ilovesarah2012 · 23 replies
    weeklystandard.com ^ | April 15, 2014 | JERYL BIER
    Four years after Obamacare became law, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is notifying Medicare providers and suppliers of new fingerprint-based background checks. Eventually, all individuals who hold a five percent or greater stake in a Medicare supplier or provider that is categorized as "high risk" will be subject to the requirement. The provision is part of the Medicare, Medicaid, and CHIP Program Integrity Provisions (Title E) of the Affordable Care Act, and gives the HHS secretary broad discretion in applying the background check requirements depending on the potential for abuse, fraud, and/or waste. The new requirements are...
  • Republicans lead in Texas

    04/16/2014 4:34:11 AM PDT · by BobL · 28 replies
    PPP Press Release ^ | April 15, 2014 | PPP
    PPP's newest Texas poll finds Republicans leading by double digits in all of the state's major races for 2014. In the Governor's race Greg Abbott's at 51% to 37% for Wendy Davis. ------snip----- There's been some thought that Democratic prospects might be better in the race for Lieutenant Governor but Leticia Van de Putte actually trails by slightly more than Davis, regardless of who her Republican opponent ends up being. Dan Patrick leads her by 16 points at 51/35. ------snip----- Although it hasn't really been on anyone's radar screen the likely US Senate match up between John Cornyn and David...