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  • Kim Jong-un to Host 87th Annual Oscars

    12/18/2014 4:47:23 PM PST · by inkling · 19 replies
    Ricochet.com ^ | December 18, 2014 | Jon Gabriel
    HOLLYWOOD (KCNA) — The Revolutionary Artists Committee of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Scientists are happy to announce that His Excellency Kim Jong-un will host the 87th annual Academy Awards. This will be the first time a supreme leader of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea has led the ceremony, but it most certainly will not be the last. “All peoples celebrate Dear Leader’s most humble decision to host the Oscars,” said Sony Pictures Chairman and CEO Michael Lynton. “We have witnessed his strength and honor from afar and welcome the divine opportunity to explode our love in...
  • Political Ebola Czar Working Exactly As Obama Intended

    10/28/2014 7:27:01 AM PDT · by inkling · 15 replies
    Ricochet.com ^ | October 28, 2014 | Jon Gabriel
    “What we were looking for was not an Ebola expert,” said White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest, “but rather an implementation expert.” But what exactly was Klain hired to implement — a public health campaign or a political one? The New York Times let slip the Ebola Czar’s true purpose through an anonymous Democrat operative: “He’ll control the message better than most people would, which is really important from an economic standpoint, from a health standpoint, but it’s also important from a political perspective. If anybody can get the way this is being reported and discussed under control in a...
  • Obama Can’t Afford to Win in Iraq

    09/17/2014 7:15:12 AM PDT · by inkling · 16 replies
    Ricochet.com ^ | September 17, 2014 | Jon Gabriel
    Obama does not want to win his new Iraq war. He can’t afford to. If the projection of American military power successfully solved the problem of Islamic terrorism, it would shatter Obama’s entire worldview. A pragmatist would welcome victory regardless of its origins. Sadly, America is stuck with the most rigid ideologue ever to occupy the White House. Obama adheres to a transnational progressive morality that has replaced “Good versus Evil” with “Weak versus Strong.” As the strongest nation on the planet, America is viewed not as its “last best hope,” but the chief among oppressors. He has been steeped...
  • Obama’s Casual Contempt for the Military

    06/05/2014 4:41:28 PM PDT · by inkling · 8 replies
    Ricochet ^ | June 5, 2014 | Jon Gabriel
    Sitting in the boardroom, a dozen social workers, salesmen and developers were waiting for the Health IT CEO to kick off the meeting. As we rocked in our chairs, my boss — an MSW-cum-Chief Sales Officer — complained about his “black sheep” cousin who was shaming the family name. “The rest of us went to college but he’s stuck in the Army,” he said. “Sounds like a good start to me,” I replied, as the only employee with military experience. Those assembled rolled their eyes while my boss looked at me with pity. “He enlisted, Jon. He obviously isn’t the...
  • The Left Doesn't Really Believe in Climate Change

    05/27/2014 2:09:17 PM PDT · by inkling · 28 replies
    Ricochet.com ^ | May 27, 2014 | Jon Gabriel
    The sky is always falling. If the new ice age doesn’t do us in, the ozone hole will. The instant DDT is banned, aerosols must follow. Global warming is replaced by climate change is replaced by “global weirding.” And what is the solution to these often-contradictory scenarios? We anachronists who retain a bias toward the hard sciences would employ very different measures to prevent a freezing ocean and a boiling one. To an engineer, soldier or plumber, this is obvious. But how do leaders of the environmental left address these opposing doomsdays? By raising taxes, increasing government, impeding capitalism and...
  • Community Organizers Chase Trader Joe's Out of Portlandia

    02/05/2014 8:52:18 AM PST · by inkling · 82 replies
    Ricochet ^ | Feb. 4, 2014 | Jon Gabriel
    Trader Joe’s wanted to build a new store in Portland, Oregon. Instead of heading to a tony neighborhood downtown or towards the suburbs, the popular West Coast grocer chose a struggling area of Northeast Portland.The company selected two acres along Martin Luther King Blvd. that had been vacant for decades. It seemed like the perfect place to create jobs, improve customer options and beautify the neighborhood. City officials, the business community, and residents all seemed thrilled with the plan. Then some community organizers caught wind of it.The fact that most members of the Portland African-American Leadership Forum didn’t live in...
  • Introducing the Obama Scandal Bracket!

    05/19/2013 2:41:31 PM PDT · by inkling · 20 replies
    Ricochet.com ^ | May 19, 2013 | Jon Gabriel
    With so many White House scandals—and new ones popping up every day—how are average citizens supposed to keep track? Wouldn't it be nice if Obama went on ESPN and mapped them all on a bracket?Why wait for next year's March Madness when you can start May Madness today? Introducing the Obama Scandal Bracket! Click here for a full-size version and vote for the scandal you think will bring down the president.
  • 71 Years Ago Today (Pearl Harbor tribute)

    12/07/2012 10:53:44 AM PST · by inkling · 4 replies
    FreedomWorks ^ | December 7, 2012 | Jon Gabriel
    Doris “Dorie” Miller was a Mess Attendant working on the USS West Virginia. Like most mornings, he rose before dawn for a dreary day of hauling trash, scrubbing dishes and prepping food for the battleship’s cook. While collecting the crew’s laundry, the General Quarters alarm sounded. Ships have drills all the time — even on Sunday mornings — but a sailor still must answer the call. However this time he couldn’t get to his designated battle station. The torpedo-twisted metal proved this alarm was for real. With nowhere else to report, Dorie ran to the deck to see what was...
  • The Prodigal Uncle

    12/04/2012 4:57:29 PM PST · by inkling · 10 replies
    FreedomWorks ^ | December 4, 2012 | Jon Gabriel
    I’m trying to help a relative get out of a bad fix. He makes $50,000 a year, but Sam has $54,000 (!) of debt on his credit cards. Worse still, he just showed us plans for a $7,500 cruise next year. “Don’t sweat it,” he said, “I still have room on my Visa!” Crazy, right? At our big family dinner last month, several wanted to make Sam see the error of his ways. Being his (favorite) nephew, I tried to gently nudge him to face his problem. When that didn’t work, others called him out directly. By the end of...
  • Update On Obamacare Exchanges: GOP Govs Kasich, Pence and Walker Get It Right

    11/16/2012 9:36:55 AM PST · by inkling · 17 replies
    HughHewitt.com ^ | Nov. 16, 2012 | Hugh Hewitt
    Very good news on the Obamacare front as three more states seem likely to refuse to open a state-run "health insurance exchange," thus leaving it to the feds to operate the "exchange" in their state --Ohio, Indiana and probably Wisconsin.  They join Texas, Florida, Alaska, and probably Michigan, and among the big states, only Pennsylvania and New Jersey have yet to decide, and hopefully they will study the issue and follow the lead of these governors, as should Arizona's Jan Brewer, who is being urged by big insurance forces in her state to take the poison.  It looks like the...
  • Key Points on Health Insurance Exchanges (Tell your governor to just say no!)

    11/15/2012 2:45:29 PM PST · by inkling · 10 replies
    Goldwater Institute ^ | Nov. 15, 2012 | Christina Sandefur
    As policymakers in Arizona decide whether or not to establish health insurance exchange, they should keep several key points in mind. The exchange will be Arizona-funded, not Arizona-run. The federal government will be in complete control of the exchange—from who can participate to what plans they can offer and prices they can charge. The federal legislation clearly states, “An Exchange may not establish rules that conflict with or prevent the application of regulations promulgated by the Secretary [of Health and Human Services].” The only part Arizona will play is picking up the tab. While we don’t know exactly how much...
  • Federalism D.I.Y. (Secession's not the answer, Federalism is!)

    11/14/2012 9:28:01 AM PST · by inkling · 9 replies
    Goldwater Institute ^ | June 1, 2011 | Nick Dranias
    The federal government is tightening its control over the 50 states and the lives of every American. The U.S. Constitution, however, says states are supposed to be equal partners with the federal government. State sovereignty — allowing each state to control its own affairs — is the cornerstone of that equal partnership and critical to protecting Americans' freedom. Below are 10 ways local policymakers and citizens can restore that balance of power and do what's best for the people of your state. (Click the infographic for larger, 8½x11" PDF version.)Read Federalism DIY: 10 Ways for States to Check and Balance Washington...
  • Judicial Watch takes its eye off the ball

    09/20/2012 9:29:19 AM PDT · by inkling · 7 replies
    Goldwater Institute ^ | September 20, 2012 | Clint Bolick
    Judicial Watch, the Washington, D.C.-based group that describes itself as a conservative watchdog, has taken on all types of government corruption and waste. Among them is the scandalous practice of union release-time, in which government employees are given paid time to perform union work, including lobbying and campaigning. Judicial Watch condemned Miami-Dade County, Florida Mayor Carlos Alvarez for allowing “public transit workers to be excused from their regular duties while still collecting taxpayer salaries.” Among Judicial Watch’s bill of particulars against the mayor was the “1,300 union police officers who make over $100,000 at the department Alvarez worked in and...
  • Federal Court Upholds 'Save Our Secret Ballot' (NLRB loses!)

    09/05/2012 5:22:47 PM PDT · by inkling · 24 replies
    Goldwater Institute ^ | September 5, 2012 | Lucy Caldwell
    Phoenix—In a strong rebuke to the Obama Administration Wednesday, federal district court Judge Frederick J. Martone ruled that the Secret Ballot Amendment, which protects workers’ right to secret ballot in union-organizing elections, is constitutional. Drafted by the Goldwater Institute in 2009, the Save Our Secret Ballot amendment was added in 2010 to state constitutions in Arizona, South Dakota, South Carolina, and Utah, by voter majorities ranging from 60 to 86 percent. The constitutional amendment was sought after President Obama and congressional Democrats attempted to end the use of secret ballots in union-organizing elections and force workers into a system called...
  • Every Arizonan Owes More than $7,500 in State Debt

    08/30/2012 9:56:59 AM PDT · by inkling · 3 replies
    Goldwater Institute ^ | August 30, 2012 | Stephen Slivinski
    Every Arizona household's debt is getting bigger — but most people don't even know they owe. In Arizona, every man, woman and child owes state and local governments more than $7,500 for bills ranging from sports stadiums to parking garages. State and local per-person long-term debt grew from $4,568 per Arizonan in 2000 to $7,587 in 2009, an increase of 66 percent in less than a decade. Arizona's per-person debt load is almost $1,000 more than the national median of around $6,800 in per-person debt. The $7,587 owed by every Arizonan to pay off state and local debts is in...
  • Spotted owl could be game-changer in Tombstone water war

    06/09/2012 10:42:26 AM PDT · by inkling · 69 replies
    CNN ^ | June 9, 2012 | Ann O'Neill
    Tombstone, Arizona (CNN) -- The six Forest Service rangers suddenly crouched, whispering, on their way up the rocky mountain trail. It was early Friday afternoon, the first day of the Tombstone Shovel Brigade, and the rangers were out in force, hiking to the spot where dozens of volunteers worked with picks and shovels to move and bury Tombstone's makeshift water line. Shhh! Look! Do you see it?The rangers stopped in their tracks. Binoculars emerged from pockets, and fingers pointed to a stand of trees. And there it was, a Mexican spotted owl, perched high in a pine tree. It was...
  • The other union story from Tuesday

    06/07/2012 9:14:53 AM PDT · by inkling · 1 replies
    Hot Air ^ | June 7, 2012 | Jazz Shaw
    In the midst of the various celebrations taking place following Scott Walker’s victory in Tuesday’s recall election, it’s understandable if most of us missed another story which broke on the same day involving the relationship between government, taxpayers and public sector unions. This one takes place in Arizona, and long time readers will already be familiar with the efforts of the Goldwater Institute there to battle union abuse of public funds. I’ll provide some links at the bottom to our previous coverage, but the short recap goes something like this: The City of Phoenix has been locked into some crippling...
  • Judge Halts Union Release Time (Government Unions on the Run!)

    06/06/2012 9:54:46 AM PDT · by inkling · 15 replies
    Goldwater Institute ^ | June 6, 2012 | Goldwater Institute
    Phoenix — Maricopa County Superior Court Katherine Cooper ruled in favor of the Goldwater Institute Tuesday to enjoin provisions of a contract between the City of Phoenix and the Phoenix Law Enforcement Association allowing officers to perform union work on police time. The contract grants approximately $1 million in release time dedicated to union business, including to six police officers who perform exclusively union work and collect automatic overtime. The current contract expires on June 30. A new contract continuing release time was approved last month by a 4-4-1 vote by the Phoenix City Council, with the abstaining vote counting...
  • DC Tells Tombstone, AZ They Can Repair Water System, As Long As They Use Horses and Hand Tools

    05/11/2012 9:24:09 PM PDT · by inkling · 29 replies
    All American Blogger ^ | May 11, 2012 | Duane Lester
    This is an incredible story showing how far the federal government is from rational thought. Here’s what happened in Tombstone: Between May and July 2011, the Monument Fire engulfed a large part of the eastern portion of the Huachuca Mountains. Record-breaking monsoon rains followed. With no vegetation to absorb the runoff, huge mudslides forced boulders to tumble down the mountain sides, crushing Tombstone’s mountain spring waterlines, destroying reservoirs and shutting off Tombstone’s main source of water. In some areas, Tombstone’s pipeline is under 12 feet of mud, rocks and other debris; while in other places, it is hanging in mid-air...
  • The Feds Are Coming for Our Water

    05/03/2012 8:41:41 AM PDT · by inkling · 10 replies
    Goldwater Institute ^ | May 3, 2012 | Nick Dranias
    The City of Tombstone, Arizona is no longer the only one fighting the federal government for water rights. The latest move by the Federal Bureau of Land Management appears to herald a bigger and much more comprehensive effort to seize water and access rights on federal lands throughout the western states. Just last week, the Bureau of Land Management declared to the Arizona Department of Water Resources that the federal government holds senior water rights across much of Arizona’s San Pedro River riparian watershed. The BLM’s objection to the “Designation of Adequate Water Supply” issued by ADWR to Sierra Vista’s...