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  • How Dictators Come To Power In A Democracy

    04/01/2015 11:29:56 PM PDT · by annalex · 15 replies
    forbes ^ | 2/05/2013 | Jim Powell
    How Dictators Come To Power In A DemocracyJim Powell [...] Why, then, did the highly educated Germans embrace a lunatic like Adolf Hitler? The short answer is that bad policies caused economic, military and political crises – chow time for tyrants [...] We should understand that Hitler didn’t take over a small government with an effective separation of enumerated, delegated and limited powers. He took over a large welfare state. [...] Although Hitler echoed Soviet-style central economic planning with a Four Year Plan, his method was suffocating regulation rather than outright expropriation. There was nominal private ownership but government control...
  • Gay Totalitarianism and the Coming Persecution of Christians (Zmirak)

    04/01/2015 11:21:26 AM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 62 replies
    Stream.org ^ | April 1, 2015 | John Zmirak
    Hatred of the Gospel is boiling over into the vilification of Christians. State violence won't be far behind, history teaches. The full force of the federal, state and local governments will soon be turned against defenders of biblical Christianity. Will we resist or collaborate? If you have been following mass media over the past few days, you will have learned from an economist at the U.S. Department of Labor that defenders of religious freedom are “Nazis.” Take a moment to ponder that assertion. Roll it around in your head for a while. You’ll be hearing a lot more fighting words...
  • EXCLUSIVE — TED CRUZ: MY FIRST ACT AS PRESIDENT WILL BE TO UNDO OBAMA’S UNCONSTITUTIONAL EO'S

    04/01/2015 8:49:26 AM PDT · by gwgn02 · 45 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 4/1/2015 | Matt Boyle
    HOUSTON, Texas — Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) tells Breitbart News that if he’s elected President, one of his first actions will be to undo all of President Barack Obama’s unconstitutional executive orders. “Absolutely,” Cruz replied when asked if one of the first things he would do if elected would be to undo all of Obama’s unconstitutional executive orders in an exclusive interview with Breitbart News in Houston. The next 20 months are going to be very dangerous because President Obama, unfortunately, seems to have decided to disregard the United States Congress and disregard the American people and instead is trying...
  • Obama vetoes measure against swifter votes on unionization

    04/01/2015 6:01:52 AM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 4 replies
    Philly.com ^ | 4-1-2015 | Darlene Superville, Associated Press
    House Speaker John A. Boehner criticized Obama's decision. "The NLRB's ambush election rule is an assault on the rights and privacy protections of American workers," Boehner said. "With his veto, the president has once again put the interests of his political allies ahead of the small-business owners and hardworking Americans who create jobs and build a stronger economy." The rule was a victory for unions, which have long complained that the process is too long. AFL-CIO president Richard Trumka, using language similar to Obama, has said that the board's "modest but important reforms" will help reduce delays and make it...
  • New Justice Dept. policy allows authorities to seize suspicious bank accounts

    03/31/2015 3:50:21 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 70 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | March 31, 2015 | Maggie Ybarra
    U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder has crafted a new policy that would allow government officials to seize bank accounts involved in financial structuring schemes prior to filing criminal charges against the individuals who own those accounts. The new policy stems from the Justice Department’s ongoing review of its asset forfeiture program. The policy is aimed at preventing criminals from making a series of currency transactions under a certain monetary threshold in order to evade reporting the transaction to the authorities, according to a department statement. Those types of transactions typically lead to “the most serious illegal banking transactions” and occur...
  • Tolerance is over

    03/31/2015 9:18:37 PM PDT · by NYer · 68 replies
    WDTPRS ^ | March 31, 2015 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    The world is going nuts. I have often felt a bit like Cassandra, but … Cassandra was right.Here is another take.From the pen of John Zmirak at The Stream with my emphases and comments: The expected Supreme Court decision imposing on 50 states an entirely newunderstanding of marriage, and the frenzy of hatred that gay activists have stoked against Indiana for trying to shelter religious believers from crippling lawsuits should wake us to a cold and stark reality: The age of tolerance in America is vanishing before your eyes. The question is how Christians and other people of faith and good will...
  • AFL-CIO to help Hispanics take advantage of immigration relief measures

    03/31/2015 4:14:07 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 9 replies
    FOX News Latino ^ | March 31, 2015
    The largest labor organization in the United States on Tuesday launched a national immigration training plan called "We Rise!" to help Hispanics take advantage of the immigration relief measures announced by President Barack Obama last November. The effort is designed to reach, mobilize and organize immigrant workers in their workplaces and in their communities. The AFL-CIO on Tuesday in Washington began preparing representatives who have arrived from all over the country to support and teach undocumented workers how to request protection under Deferred Action, or DACA, for children born in the United States and under DAPA for parents of permanent...
  • Court order allows teachers to observe Good Friday

    03/31/2015 8:06:55 AM PDT · by PROCON · 13 replies
    AP ^ | March 31, 2015
    PROVIDENCE, R.I. (March 31, 2015) - Public school teachers in Cranston, Rhode Island, will be allowed to observe Good Friday despite objections from the city's school department. A court order issued Friday says teachers may take the day off as long as they submit a request no later than April 1. The order says the school department can neither discipline teachers for requesting the day off nor deduct their pay.
  • Sales tax shocker: Rate will hit 10% in some Bay Area cities April 1

    03/30/2015 1:49:21 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 19 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | March 30, 2015 | By Kathleen Pender
    Sales tax rates are going up in parts of California on Wednesday and will, for the first time, hit double digits in some Northern California cities. Shoppers in Albany, Hayward and Union City and San Leandro in Alameda County and El Cerrito in Contra Costa County will pay 10 percent starting next month. If a bill in the state Legislature passes, more areas could be paying that much. The statewide sales tax rate is 7.5 percent. State law allows cities and counties to add up to 2 additional percentage points in local sales and use taxes. The Legislature passed bills...
  • Shooting at Fort Meade after driver tries to ram gate, police say

    03/30/2015 7:09:44 AM PDT · by don-o · 45 replies
    Fox ^ | March 30, 2015
    A driver of a vehicle tried to ram a gate at the National Security Agency building in Fort Meade Monday morning, resulting in a shooting, authorities say. It is not clear if anyone has been injured. There are two vehicles with damage outside the gate. Anne Arundel County police say the National Security Agency is handling the investigation, WUSA9 reports. The incident happened around 9:30 a.m. local time.
  • BREAKING: Police shoot vehicle ramming the gate at NSA headquarters at Ft. Meade

    03/30/2015 7:18:44 AM PDT · by dead · 120 replies
    Police opened fire on a vehicle that attempted to ram the gates at the National Security Agency, according to multiple media reports. It is unclear if there are any injuries. This a breaking news story and will be updated as more information comes available. Read more: http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2015/mar/30/police-shoot-vehicle-ramming-nsa-gates-ft-meade-re/#ixzz3VsXmFSU4 Follow us: @washtimes on Twitter
  • Britain to blame for illegal immigrant crisis, says Calais mayor

    03/30/2015 5:25:13 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 5 replies
    Telegraph UK ^ | March 30, 2015 | By David Barrett
    Britain is to blame for illegal immigrant problems on the French side of the Channel because of its lack of commitment to the “European project”, the mayor of Calais has claimed. Natacha Bouchart accused the British government of “despising” the native population of Calais and said the UK should be forced to sign up to Europe’s open borders agreement. Miss Bouchart intensified her war of words with Britain as the French port struggles to cope with thousands of illegal immigrants, mainly from African countries, who have gathered in the town to attempt illegal crossings into this country. She repeated previous...
  • Undocumented immigrants should be able to be licensed drivers

    03/29/2015 4:22:16 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 38 replies
    Minneapolis Star Tribune ^ | March 29, 2015 | Editorial Board
    Driver’s licenses for illegal immigrants are under discussion at the Minnesota Legislature — again. Previous attempts to allow the undocumented to drive legally have failed, but this year the measure should pass. As public safety officials have argued for years, the change would make roads safer. Opponents of the proposal say that the licenses would enable voter fraud, cause homeland security risks and reward those who have already broken immigration law. However, in this case public safety interests trump other concerns. The driver’s license dilemma is yet another result of America’s broken, outdated, schizophrenic immigration policies. The honest reality is...
  • One of every three Utah farmworkers is an undocumented immigrant

    03/27/2015 4:15:44 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 12 replies
    The Salt Lake Tribune ^ | March 27, 2015 | By Lee Davidson
    A new study says that nearly one of every three farmworkers in Utah is an undocumented immigrant. So is one of every six construction workers. The Pew Research Center released a study Thursday that uses U.S. census and other government data to examine labor trends among undocumented workers nationally. It included a variety of state-by-state information. It estimates that 31 percent of the farmworkers in Utah in 2012 were undocumented immigrants, as were 17 percent of all construction workers. Randy Parker, CEO of the Utah Farm Bureau Federation, says the numbers are surprising at first, but may be close to...
  • (Satire): FBI Admits All Registered Motorcycle Owners Are On Classified Gang List

    03/27/2015 9:11:07 AM PDT · by Baynative · 102 replies
    WaPo ^ | 2/26/15 | N/A
    MSNBC correspondent Jeremy Lancaster sat down with government official Darrin Cornia to discuss recent rumors that have been in circulation in regard to registered motorcycle owners being placed on a classified FBI gang list. After a few moments of introduction, Lancaster bluntly asked the following question,” Mr. Cornia, if I were to make the statement, all registered motorcycle owners are currently showing on a classified FBI gang list, would the statement be true or false? Cornia responded by saying, “That would be a true statement, the FBI has been collecting and compiling Department of Motor Vehicles and Drivers License Division...
  • Wall Street Journal columnist slams Obama as 'Orwellian'

    03/26/2015 4:35:24 PM PDT · by SkyPilot · 18 replies
    Israel Hayom ^ | 25 Mar 15 | Israel Hayom Staff
    "Under Mr. Obama, friends are enemies, denial is wisdom, capitulation is victory," Wall Street Journal foreign affairs columnist Bret Stephens writes • Stephens advises Israeli government to "repay contempt with contempt." In an exceptionally sharp critique published on Monday, Wall Street Journal foreign affairs columnist and Pulitzer Prize winner Bret Stephens ripped apart U.S. President Barack Obama's foreign policy. The op-ed, titled "The Orwellian Obama Presidency," detailed the flaws of Obama's approach to foreign affairs. "To adapt George Orwell's motto for Oceania: Under Mr. Obama, friends are enemies, denial is wisdom, capitulation is victory," Stephens wrote. "There is an upside-down...
  • GOP Urged Not to Lose Sleep Over Possible Executive Tax Hikes [semi-satire]

    03/25/2015 10:32:32 AM PDT · by John Semmens
    Semi-New/Semi-Satire ^ | 21 March 2015 | John Semmens
    Press Secretary Josh Earnest advised Republicans “not to lose any sleep over the president using his executive power to raise taxes. First, it hasn’t happened yet. So why fret about something that may not occur?” “Second, and even more important, if the president does decide to raise taxes there’s nothing anybody can do to stop him,” Earnest added. “The Internal Revenue Service is subordinate to his authority. If he orders them to increase the government’s take from taxpayers they will unhesitatingly obey. They most certainly won’t be swayed by anything any member of Congress or the courts might say or...
  • Krauthhammer--Obama’s Betraying Our Allies – to Partner With Iran

    03/24/2015 6:04:37 PM PDT · by GodGunsGuts · 40 replies
    Independent Sentinel ^ | March 24, 2015 | Sara Noble
    “He thinks he is going to do a Nixon to China. He is the man who is going to develop the entente, the understanding, the condominium with Iran to run the Middle East. We will join with them. We are going to recognize their presence, their dominance in Iraq, in Syria, in Lebanon, and now in Yemen as that will be the reward for having cut a deal with us on nuclear weapons.” “That’s impossible, O’Reilly said, “because if that ever were to come true, we would alienate all of the Sunni nations. Saudi Arabia, the Emirates…” “But that’s exactly...
  • THIS IS WHAT NATIONAL SUICIDE LOOKS LIKE

    03/24/2015 9:23:40 AM PDT · by HomerBohn · 7 replies
    Christian Patriots ^ | 3/21/2015 | Daniel Crane
    President Obama has lamented that special interests dominate the world of politics. My first reaction was to laugh out loud. After all, we are listening to the words of a politician/community activist who has done his very best job handing over the country to the communist bankers that are loosely referred to as the New World Order. This is the same Obama who has supported continued bail-outs of criminal bankers, has overseen and mandated a failing education system (i.e. Common Core), and has mandated a failing health care system that has instituted death panels (e.g. Obamacare age related treatment exclusions)....
  • Operation Jade Conditioning

    03/24/2015 5:37:14 AM PDT · by Travis McGee · 60 replies
    Western Rifle Shooters Association ^ | March 24, 2015 | Matthew Bracken
    Operation Jade Conditioning First, let’s cover what Joint Military Exercise Jade Helm 15 is not: it is not a covert plan for the military to conquer the Southwest and institute martial law. And no, the hundreds of special operations troops and thousands of other military personnel taking part in Jade Helm 15 are not bad guys who are out to establish tyranny in America. Those are straw man arguments, posited to be rejected. But the elimination of the straw men does not mean that Jade Helm 15 is benign. Reality check, please: does anybody reading this seriously believe that President...
  • Is The Obama Administration Losing The War On Terror?

    03/23/2015 11:32:23 PM PDT · by GodGunsGuts · 50 replies
    Fox News Talking Points Memo ^ | Bill O'Reilly and Charles Krauthhammer
    File this under "If they had been doing their damn jobs" Go to about the 6 minute mark...the experts and the talking heads are only just beginning to figure out what they should have known Obama would do all along.
  • The EPA Planning To Crack Down On Backyard Barbecues, Too?

    03/20/2015 10:00:10 AM PDT · by IBD editorial writer · 34 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 03/20/2015 | John Merline
    Back in 1997, when Bill Clinton's EPA was pushing stricter air pollution rules, then-EPA administrator Carol Browner scoffed at complaints that the new rules would be so strict as to eventually ban backyard barbecues.
  • ‘I Have A Name’ exhibit focuses on journey of undocumented immigrants

    03/23/2015 3:56:06 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 20 replies
    Minnesota Post ^ | March 23, 2015 | By Ibrahim Hirsi
    The traveling “I Have a Name” exhibit that highlights the struggle of undocumented immigrants from Mexico and Central America is scheduled to be on display at the Landmark Center in St. Paul in April. The exhibit is a collection of 30 life-size photos and a booklet detailing the perilous journey each immigrant undertook in search of a better life in the United States. The exhibit aims to restore dignity to the estimated 11.7 million undocumented immigrants nationwide. “‘I Have a Name’ seeks simply to give a few of those immigrants from Mexico and Central America a face, a name, their...
  • Let's Ban Political Parties From the Political Process

    03/23/2015 9:39:45 AM PDT · by HammerT · 15 replies
    The People's Cube ^ | 3/20/2015 | Karl Marx Treatment Center
    “Universal voting would counteract money more than anything,” makes as much sense as anything else Obama has said. The idea that people utilizing their freedom of association to pool resources in order to influence politics is somehow corruptive of the political process stems from the unspoken idea that the country is one big commons owned collectively by us all and the government's purpose is to decide how to fairly allocate the commons. In an actual free country there is no such problem. The country isn't one big socialized commons. But in a socialized country where the presumption is that everything...
  • Wal-Mart Fights Bid to Curb Gun Sales

    03/23/2015 6:16:14 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 33 replies
    THE WALL STREET JOURNAL ^ | Mar 22, 2015 | Joann S. Lublin and Paul Ziobro
    Wal-Mart Fights Bid to Curb Gun Sales New York’s Trinity Wall Street Church Challenges Assault-Rifle Sales By Joann S. Lublin and Paul Ziobro March 22, 2015 7:38 p.m. ET A U.S. appeals court showdown looms next month for Wal-Mart Stores Inc. in a case with potentially broad impact on how much influence investors can have over their companies. The dispute concerns Wal-Mart’s sales of assault rifles with high-capacity magazines. New York’s Trinity Wall Street church wants shareholders to vote on a resolution calling on Wal-Mart’s board to review management decisions to sell the weapons, as well as other products that...
  • Ammo ban? NRA warns it's more than bullets ('You're left holding your gun making pew-pew...)

    03/21/2015 8:52:37 PM PDT · by Perseverando · 14 replies
    WND ^ | March 21, 2015 | Bob Unruh
    The federal bureaucracy, in the form of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, recently announced a ban on ammunition used in AR-15 rifles, which are among the most common firearms in America, but then suddenly backed off. So breathe a sigh of relief and move on? Not if you like the Second Amendment, according to a National Rifle Association commentator. Colion Noir, a practicing attorney who graduated from the University of Houston, has been described by the Los Angeles Times as someone who doesn’t fit the stereotype of NRA members: “Old, fat, white guys.” “At 29, he’s not...
  • From Neighborhood Cops to Robocops: The Changing Face of American Police

    03/20/2015 9:18:53 AM PDT · by Perseverando · 11 replies
    The Rutherford Institute ^ | January 15, 2015 | John W. Whitehead
    “Technological progress has merely provided us with more efficient means for going backwards.” ― Aldous Huxley, Ends and Means If 2014 was the year of militarized police, armored tanks, and stop-and-frisk searches, 2015 may well be the year of technologized police, surveillance blimps and scan-and-frisk searches. Just as we witnessed neighborhood cops being transformed into soldier cops, we’re about to see them shapeshift once again, this time into robocops, complete with robotic exoskeletons, super-vision contact lenses, computer-linked visors, and mind-reading helmets. Similarly, just as military equipment created for the battlefield has been deployed on American soil against American citizens,...
  • Obama’s Private Army: Militarizing the Federal Agencies

    03/20/2015 9:04:20 AM PDT · by Perseverando · 28 replies
    Freedom Works ^ | March 20, 2015 | Michael Greibrok
    Currently there are 73 federal agencies that have full-time armed officers with arresting authority. According to a 2008 report by the Department of Justice, there were 120,000 full-time law enforcement officers working for federal agencies and 24 different federal agencies employed at least 250 full-time officers. Federal agencies with at least 250 full-time officers included the U.S. Forest Service, U.S. Mint, U.S. Postal Inspection Service and the Veterans Health Administration. While speaking before the Constitutional Convention in 1787, James Madison said, “A standing military force, with an overgrown Executive will not long be safe companions to liberty.” Despite this...
  • Obama to unveil fracking rules (Hurl)

    03/20/2015 8:36:02 AM PDT · by C19fan · 29 replies
    Politico ^ | March 19, 2015 | Elana Schor
    The Obama administration is set to unveil the first major nationwide safety restrictions on fracking, touching off a fresh political confrontation between the president and his critics in Congress and the energy industry. The Interior Department’s rules — expected to be released Friday morning — are the federal government’s most comprehensive foray to date toward regulating the technology at the heart of the U.S. oil and gas boom, addressing worries such as potential dangers to drinking water. They will also offer oil and gas supporters new room to accuse President Barack Obama of seeking to throttle fossil-fuel production, despite his...
  • FEDERAL JUDGE ADMONISHED DOJ OVER APPARENT DECEPTION: ‘I WAS MADE TO LOOK LIKE AN IDIOT’

    03/19/2015 10:01:56 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 38 replies
    Breitbart ^ | March 19, 2015 | by ILDEFONSO ORTIZ
    BROWNSVILLE, Texas — The U.S. Government lied to a federal judge, misrepresented facts and illegally gave 100,081 illegal aliens immigration status despite a pending lawsuit and an injunction. That is the argument that attorneys representing Texas and more than two dozen other states made. During the heated court hearing Andrew Hanen, a U.S. District Court Judge, said that the apparent violation had made him look like an idiot since he initially believed the U.S. Government. In a heated court hearing Angela Colmonero from the Texas Attorney General’s office stated that Texas had acted promptly in November 2014 upon learning of...
  • If people escape penalties, what pays for ObamaCare?

    03/19/2015 7:53:22 AM PDT · by PROCON · 10 replies
    onenewsnow.com ^ | March 18, 2015 | Chris Woodward
    ObamaCare turns five this year and it's anyone's guess how the government is going to pay for the law. The federal government requires virtually everyone living in the United States to have some form of health insurance. Starting this year, those who did not have health insurance in 2014 could face a tax penalty, which is supposed to be a funding mechanism for the Affordable Care Act. Hadley Heath Manning, director of health policy at the Independent Women's Forum, says the tax penalty is intended to help pay for ObamaCare.
  • Common denominator between Clintons, Obamas (Bill & Hill blazed the trail on defying the law...)

    03/18/2015 9:48:20 PM PDT · by Perseverando · 9 replies
    WND ^ | March 18, 2015 | Joseph Farah
    WASHINGTON – There’s no love lost between the Clintons and the Obamas. But they have much in common. As previously mentioned in this series, Hillary Rodham Clinton is a disciple of Saul Alinsky, the ruthless, guileful, Marxist genius who explained how hard work, deceit and trickery can be used to impose unpopular restrictions on liberty, faith, family and free enterprise – empowering government as the ultimate authority over people. Likewise, so is Barack Hussein Obama. It’s no bulletin to anyone at this point, but, under the circumstances, it’s worth noting again that Alinksy dedicated his famous “Rules for Radicals” to...
  • LEVIN TO O' Let’s have a national discussion about the ANTI-SEMITISM that REEKS from your admin

    03/18/2015 7:56:48 PM PDT · by gwgn02 · 19 replies
    The Right Scoop ^ | 3/18/15 | RightScoop
    Tonight on Hannity, Mark Levin unleashed on Obama saying that we need to have a national discussion about the anti-Semitism coming from his administration: Eric Holder said that this nation is full of cowards because we won’t have a discussion about race. Well I think this nation needs to have a discussion about what’s going on in this White House and this administration, about anti-Semitism. Because this White House is reaching out to Sharpton, the Muslim Brotherhood, CAIR, all these radical nut jobs and groups. Their policies which are — it’s not just Netanyahu. They’re willing to throw Israel over...
  • What one gun can do against tyranny.

    03/18/2015 6:35:27 PM PDT · by hal ogen · 22 replies
    I searched but am unable to find reference to the article on what one gun can do against tyranny. Can anyone help? Thanks.
  • Obama calls for mandatory voting in U.S.

    03/18/2015 2:34:39 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 136 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | March 18, 2015 | Dave Boyer
    President Obama, whose party was trounced in last year’s midterm election due to poor turnout among Democrats, endorsed the idea of mandatory voting Wednesday. “It would be transformative if everybody voted,” Mr. Obama said during a town-hall event in Cleveland. “That would counteract [campaign] money more than anything. If everybody voted, then it would completely change the political map in this country.” Mr. Obama raised the subject during a discussion of curbing the influence of campaign donations in U.S. elections. The president said he had never discussed the idea publicly before, but said Australia and some other countries have compulsory...
  • Elon Musk: In the future, human-driven cars may be illegal

    03/18/2015 12:40:24 PM PDT · by MeshugeMikey · 74 replies
    mashable.com ^ | March 17, 2015 | Karissa Bell
    SAN JOSE, Calif. — The days of humans driving their own cars are numbered, according to Elon Musk. The reason, he said, is advances in sensor and software technology will eventually make cars' onboard computers safer and better drivers than humans wielding "two-ton death machines." The Tesla CEO shared his thoughts on the future of self-driving vehicles during the keynote presentation at NVIDIA's GPU Technology Conference in San Jose, where he appeared onstage with NVIDIA CEO Jen-Hsun Huang. "In the distant future," he said, "They may outlaw driven cars because they're too dangerous."
  • DMV RELEASES STATISTICS OF UNDOCUMENTED IMMIGRANT LICENSES

    03/18/2015 2:13:31 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 18 replies
    San Diego 6 TV News ^ | March 18, 2015 | By Heidi Kwon
    The California Department of Motor Vehicles Wednesday released the preliminary statistics for Assembly Bill 60 (AB 60) ten weeks after implementation. Under the new law, any eligible California resident is able to apply for a driver's license, regardless of immigration status. The total issued since January 2, 2015 is 166,000. The DMV reports that the approximate number of exams both written and behind-the-wheel administered since Jan. is close to 875,000.
  • IRS Agents Pretend to be Clergymen to Spy in Churches

    03/18/2015 4:46:00 AM PDT · by HomerBohn · 17 replies
    No, the title of this article is not hyperbole and yes, the title is accurate. The IRS sometimes has their agents pose as clergymen to deceive church parishioners in attempts to gain information from them surreptitiously. I kid you not. Reverend Patrick Mahoney is the Director for the Christian Defense Coalition and he told the Christian Post that, “It is an absolute disgrace that IRS undercover agents can pose as members of the clergy. It is the role of government to protect religious freedom and the First Amendment, and not to use it to gather information and spy on American...
  • Say goodbye to employer-provided health insurance

    03/17/2015 2:14:57 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 38 replies
    Market Watch ^ | March 17, 2015 | By Richard Eisenberg
    Could employer-provided health insurance be going the way of employer-sponsored pension plans? Rick Lindquist, president of Zane Benefits, which specializes in individual health insurance reimbursement for small businesses, says: Not only could it happen; it’s happening already. Lindquist and Paul Zane Pilzer (who founded Zane Benefits), argue that case in their new book, “The End of Employer-Provided Health Insurance.” As surprising as you may find the title, get a load of its subtitle: “Why It’s Good for You, Your Family and Your Company.” Lindquist and Pilzer’s company stands to profit if employers shift from traditional health insurance and toward their...
  • Virginia school suspends an 11-year-old for one year over a leaf that wasn’t marijuana

    Earlier this school year, a sixth-grader in the gifted-and-talented program at Bedford Middle School in Bedford, Virginia was suspended for one year after an assistant principal found something that looked like a marijuana leaf in his backpack. The student, the 11-year-old son of two school teachers, had to enroll in the district's alternative education program and be homeschooled. He was evaluated by a psychiatrist for substance abuse problems, and charged with marijuana possession in juvenile court. In the months since September, he's become withdrawn, depressed, and he suffers from panic attacks. He is worried his life is over, according to...
  • Could Obama Bypass the Supreme Court?

    03/17/2015 7:08:42 AM PDT · by PROCON · 57 replies
    nytimes ^ | March 17, 2015 | William Baude
    CHICAGO — IT is time to talk about President Obama’s contingency plan for health care. The Supreme Court heard oral arguments earlier this month in King v. Burwell, a case challenging the provision of tax credits on federal insurance exchanges. While the legal issues are dry lawyers’ fare — how to interpret several interconnected phrases of the Affordable Care Act — the practical stakes are high. The government estimates that millions of Americans will be left without affordable health insurance if it loses.While the administration may well prevail, it has expressed remarkable pessimism about its options if it does lose....
  • Cool reception for new sign-up window under health care law (Sheeple feeling the Pain)

    03/14/2015 9:53:56 PM PDT · by PROCON · 13 replies
    apnews.myway.com ^ | March 14, 2015 | RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Several million people hit with new federal fines for going without health insurance will get a second chance to sign up starting Sunday, and that could ease the sting of rising penalties for being uninsured. But as the enrollment window reopens, it's unclear how many know about the time-limited opportunity, let alone will take advantage of it. Fines payable to the IRS are the stick behind the offer of taxpayer-subsidized private insurance under President Barack Obama's health care law. Virtually everyone in the country is now required to have coverage through an employer or a government program,...
  • Feds Spent $148,379 to Create ‘Diet Choker’ That Monitors Eating Habits

    03/11/2015 4:48:17 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 20 replies
    The Washington Free Beacon ^ | March 11, 2015 | Elizabeth Harrington
    The federal government helped finance the creation of a so-called “diet choker” that monitors the eating habits of the wearer.WearSens, created by engineers at the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA), is a necklace that can automatically detect when a person is eating or smoking, and can send alerts to a smart phone telling the user to stop.The invention received a $148,379 grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) in 2013 to create a sensory necklace to “fill the need of automatically detecting swallows and eating patterns.”Researchers at UCLA, led by Majid Sarrafzadeh, the director of the Embedded and Reconfigurable...
  • National Archives Tried to Hide Email About Living in Fear of White House

    03/14/2015 10:24:14 AM PDT · by PROCON · 35 replies
    freebeacon.com ^ | March 13, 2015 | Washington Free Beacon Staff
    The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) tried to hide an email about its fear of upsetting the White House from Freedom of Information Act requests by the Associated Press, the AP reported Friday. Associated Press president Gary Pruitt reported in an op-ed on government transparency that, during the course of an AP investigation into Michelle Obama’s dresses, NARA used a privacy exemption to redact a line in an email that was actually about the agency’s fear of the White House: As the president said, the United States should not withhold or censor government files merely because they might be...
  • 1st transgender lawmaker charged in NH hospital bomb threat

    03/14/2015 7:57:12 AM PDT · by Islander7 · 15 replies
    Fox News ^ | March 13, 2015 | AP
    A New Hampshire ex-official believed to be the first transgender person elected to a state legislature was charged Thursday with calling in a bomb threat to a hospital, police said. Police arrested 31-year-old Stacie Laughton of Nashua on Thursday following the Feb. 27 threat to Southern New Hampshire Medical Center. Police evacuated the building but found no suspicious device. An investigation led police to issue a warrant for Laughton's arrest; the Nashua resident complied.
  • Two Ferguson Cops Shot Over Holder’s Disparate Impact Report

    03/13/2015 5:16:43 AM PDT · by LeoMcNeil · 15 replies
    Leo McNeil ^ | March 13, 2015 | Leo McNeil
    Ferguson, Missouri is back in the news again. Last week the Justice Department released two reports about the Ferguson police department. In one report they completely exonerated Darren Wilson for the death of Michael Brown. Wilson did not shoot Brown in the back, Brown did not have his hands up and Wilson had no racial motivation. In other words, the entire cause for protest in Ferguson was inaccurate, fabricated or an outright lie. The Grand Jury got it right when they didn’t indict Wilson, even Eric Holder’s Justice Department had to acknowledge there were no facts indicating any crime was...
  • Signups by undocumented immigrant drivers may explain 30% boost in organ donations

    03/12/2015 8:37:34 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 17 replies
    The Fresno Bee ^ | March 12, 2015 | BY BARBARA ANDERSON
    The California law allowing undocumented immigrants to get driver’s licenses may have an unexpected benefit for thousands of people waiting for organ transplants statewide. The California Transplant Donor Network says undocumented immigrants may have caused a 30% spike in the state’s organ and tissue donor registrations so far this year. The immigrant drivers, many of whom are from Mexico, also could boost numbers of Hispanics on the donor registry who are more likely to match with Hispanics waiting for transplants, the network says.
  • Hillary Email Gaps Hide 'Pay For Play,' Benghazi Truth

    03/11/2015 10:10:04 AM PDT · by raptor22 · 24 replies
    Scandal: Selective editing of her emails by Hillary Clinton staffers have left "months and months" of gaps of missing emails, including those from her trip to Libya from which an iconic picture has gone viral. We have all seen the photo of Hillary Clinton flying on a C-17 to Libya in October 2011 using a hand-held device to presumably check or send emails, perhaps about her trip, the situation in Libya, or maybe, just maybe, communicating with a foreign Clinton Foundation donor. We don't know because, as House Benghazi Chairman Trey Gowdy noted on CBS' "Face The Nation" last Sunday,...
  • Gun ownership among Americans at a record low, survey finds

    03/10/2015 9:45:14 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 61 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | Mar 10, 2015
    Gun ownership among Americans at a record low, survey finds By Tribune wire reports contact the reporter The number of Americans who live in a household with at least one gun is lower than it's ever been, according to a major American trend survey that finds the decline in gun ownership is paralleled by a reduction in the number of Americans who hunt. According to the latest General Social Survey, 32 percent of Americans either own a firearm themselves or live with someone who does, which ties a record low set in 2010. That's a significant decline since the late...
  • Oregon To Be First In Nation To Implement Per-Mile Road Tax Program

    03/09/2015 9:39:57 AM PDT · by nascarnation · 93 replies
    The Truth About Cars ^ | 3/9/2015 | Cameron Aubernon
    With EVs and other fuel-efficient vehicles saving consumers money at the pump, Oregon will be the first to issue a per-mile road tax to refill its coffers. Automotive News reports the state will offer two options to its motorists: pay at the pump, or pay a 1.5-cent rate per mile traversed. The latter will be conducted through a device that plugs into a vehicle’s OBD port, then gathers mileage data to determine how much the motorist will pay in tax. Right now, the program — set to begin July 1 — will be implemented by the Oregon DOT in partnership...