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  • Harry Reid: The Desert Fox Of Corruption

    04/17/2014 11:21:59 AM PDT · by raptor22 · 20 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | April 17, 2014 | IBD EDITORIALS
    Corruption: The standoff in the Nevada desert wasn't about a desert tortoise or a rancher's failure to pay grazing fees. It was about the state's senior senator again enriching himself and his family at public expense. Sunlight is said to be the best disinfectant, and the end, at least temporarily, to the Bureau of Land Management's armed standoff with Cliven Bundy may be due in part to the exposure given to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's role in the attempt to confiscate Bundy's cattle and shut down his ranch. "A tortoise isn't the reason why BLM is harassing a 67-year-old...
  • Kathleen Sebelius' Reign Of Error

    04/14/2014 9:05:36 AM PDT · by raptor22 · 27 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | April 14, 2014 | IBD EDITORIALS
    Health Overhaul: The midwife of ObamaCare exits stage left, leaving behind wreckage that once was the finest health care system in the world, less affordable health insurance and patients unable to find doctors and hospitals. Kathleen Sebelius, the secretary of Health and Human Services — referred to in the increasingly un-Affordable Care Act's iconic use of the phrase "the Secretary shall determine," which appears in ObamaCare's guiding document no fewer than 1,005 times — has determined that it's time to go. Or rather it's been determined for her by a White House in whose parallel universe ObamaCare's current alleged enrollment...
  • Obama Disarms, Cuts Deployed Nuke Force By 50

    04/10/2014 10:56:57 AM PDT · by raptor22 · 19 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | April 10, 2014 | IBD EDITORIALS
    Disarming America: The U.S. has announced plans to place 50 nuclear missiles in storage as part of its commitment to the New START Treaty signed with Russia, ignoring Moscow's violation of another arms treaty. The Pentagon announced Tuesday the United States' Strategic Force Structure designed "to comply with the New START Treaty," as a Defense Department press release notes. It means that 50 Minuteman III missiles — out of a current force of 450 — will be removed from their silos and stored away. The silos will be kept "warm," that is, available for future use and for re-insertion of...
  • Voter ID A Proud Symbol Of Freedom For Afghans

    04/08/2014 9:31:54 AM PDT · by raptor22 · 7 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | April 8, 2014 | IBD EDITORIALS
    Democracy: About 7 million Afghans turned out to vote in Saturday's presidential election, many proudly brandishing a photo ID that our Department of Justice claims is a symbol of racism and voter intimidation. In perhaps the most ironic tweet of all time, former Obama adviser David Axelrod noted concerning Saturday's presidential election in Afghanistan: "Afghans defied threat of death to vote. Here's hoping that Americans vote in large (numbers) this fall, despite efforts to make voting harder." Axelrod may not have noticed, but millions of Afghans also defied the threat of death when they lined up earlier to obtain the...
  • Obama's EPA Conducts Dangerous Human Experiments

    04/07/2014 3:25:58 PM PDT · by raptor22 · 8 replies
    Investor's Business Faily ^ | Apeil 7, 2015 | IBD EDITORIALS
    Mad Science: The Environmental Protection Agency has been deliberately exposing people — including children — with asthma and other health issues to pollution to justify ever-more-stringent air quality standards. 'Improvements to EPA Policies and Guidance Could Enhance Protection of Human Study Subjects," released by the EPA's Office of Inspector General on March 31, confirms that the agency "exposed 81 human study subjects to concentrated airborne particles or diesel exhaust emissions in five EPA studies conducted during 2010 and 2011." According to the report, obtained by the Daily Caller News Foundation, the human subjects, said to have given their "informed consent,"...
  • Why Are Military Bases Such As Fort Hood Gun-Free?

    04/04/2014 2:49:08 PM PDT · by raptor22 · 53 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | April 4, 2014 | IBD EDITORIALS
    Gun Control: Another tragedy at Fort Hood is compounded by the absurdity of well-trained and disciplined soldiers told to "shelter in place" until the police arrive. The second mass shooting at Fort Hood is not considered an act of terrorism. It is, however, a grim echo of its predecessor, which was an act of terrorism called "workplace violence." And to this day, the commander in chief calls Maj. Nidal Hasan's Nov. 5, 2009, rampage in which 13 were murdered and 32 wounded "workplace violence." In that tragedy, Hasan, a self-proclaimed "Soldier of Allah," shouted "Allahu Akhbar" and opened fire on...
  • Apocalypse Cow - Obama EPA To Regulate Bovine Emissions

    04/01/2014 11:39:14 AM PDT · by raptor22 · 63 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | April 1, 2014 | Investor's Business Daily
    Regulation: The White House has released a Climate Action Plan that includes the targeting of methane emissions from cows and other barnyard animals that threaten the planet through belching and other, er, activities. It's our lust for cheeseburgers that's dooming the planet through climate change, the Obama administration said in a Climate Action Plan released Friday that seeks to save us all from ruminant livestock. Having already blamed the Industrial Revolution for what we used to call weather and temperatures that have flat-lined for 15 years, the White House is now targeting American agriculture abundance by slashing methane emissions from...
  • Russia And China Expand Their Arsenals Of Tyranny

    03/13/2014 12:23:22 PM PDT · by raptor22 · 2 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | March 13, 2014 | IBD EDITORIALS
    Military Power: While the Obama administration disarms, our adversaries in Moscow and Beijing are on the march, developing new weapons and increasing military spending by double digits annually. As Russia continues to occupy Crimea and lays siege to the rest of Ukraine, it's preparing to take delivery of a French-built warship designed specifically to put Russian boots and their armor on the ground anywhere in the world on the order of Vladimir Putin. As the Daily Mail reports, the first of two Mistral class helicopter carriers, the Vladivostok, has left the French port of St. Nazaire for sea trials in...
  • Heed Europe's Plea For U.S. Natural Gas Exports

    03/11/2014 1:04:57 PM PDT · by raptor22 · 15 replies
    IInvestor's Business Daily ^ | March 11, 2015 | IBD EDITORIALS
    Geopolitics: Four central European nations have appealed to the U.S. to increase natural gas exports should Russia cut off its supply to Ukraine. We are the superpower of energy. Time to give Vladimir Putin some gas pains. Hungary, Poland, Slovakia and the Czech Republic sent a letter Friday to House Speaker John Boehner, with a similar letter expected to be sent to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, asking the U.S. to expedite approval of natural-gas export applications. These nations believe a steady gas supply is key to the region's economic and geopolitical stability. Putin's Russia has used its energy resources...
  • Sarah Palin Was Right On Ukraine And Obama

    03/03/2014 4:26:55 PM PST · by raptor22 · 62 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | March 3, 2014 | IBD EDITORIALS
    Arrogance: Mocked by late-night comedians and "experts" alike, Sarah Palin could see from her front porch that candidate Obama's response to Moscow's invasion of Georgia would encourage it also to invade Ukraine. As the Weekly Standard's Stephen Hayes notes in a tweet, administration officials told CNN's Barbara Starr that the arrival of officers of the 76th Chernihov Storm Troops Division and their dispersal across key choke points in Ukraine, including Crimea, wasn't an "invasion" but an "uncontested arrival." Whatever this Russian version of an "overseas contingency operation" is called, it was foreseen as the inevitable consequence of electing a president...
  • Did CIA's Mike Morell Lie About Benghazi For Obama?

    03/01/2014 5:51:29 PM PST · by raptor22 · 24 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | March 1, 2014 | IBD EDITORIALS
    Benghazi: Former CIA acting Director Mike Morell might be recalled for testimony to determine if he misled Congress and doctored the White House response to a terrorist attack to ensure President Obama's re-election. The administration's tangled web of Benghazi lies might be unraveling some more. House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers, R-Mich., has told Fox News that Morell, a former deputy director and twice acting director of the Central Intelligence Agency, will likely be recalled to testify. The recall comes after new charges surfaced that Morell misled Congress about what he knew regarding the 2012 Benghazi attack and when he...
  • Eric Holder Asks State Attorneys General To Ignore Law

    02/28/2014 10:11:02 AM PST · by raptor22 · 27 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | February 28, 2015 | IBD EDITORIALS
    Corruption: Attorney General Eric Holder wants his counterparts at the state level to treat the rule of law with the same contempt and selectivity that he and his boss in the White House employ. 'We the people" and "consent of the governed" are important American concepts that Holder and his boss, President Obama, do not understand. They've made it clear by spreading their creeping lawlessness among the attorneys general of the 50 states. We acknowledge the doctrine of prosecutorial discretion, which provides those charged with enforcing our laws in the courts with the authority to decide which particular cases merit...
  • United Nations Scolds Catholic Church On Human Rights

    02/11/2014 11:31:20 AM PST · by raptor22 · 37 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | February 10, 2014 | IBD EDITORIALS
    Anti-Religion: Ignoring abhorrences such as China's one-child policy and atrocities condoned by Shariah law, a U.N. committee tells the Vatican to deal with abusive priests and change its teachings on abortion, contraception and homosexuality. That the report issued by the U.N. Convention on the Rights of the Child would mention the instances of abuse of children by priests in the United States is not surprising. What is surprising and unfortunate is that the U.N. would act as if the Catholic Church had done nothing about it and use the report as a springboard to attack the core doctrines of a...
  • Terrorist Threat To U.S. Power Grid Grows

    02/11/2014 11:25:02 AM PST · by raptor22 · 46 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | Feb. 7, 2014 | IBD
    War On Terror: New information about a sniper assault on Silicon Valley's phone lines and power grid has raised fears that the nation's power grid is vulnerable to terrorism. The prospect that the unsolved attack on an electrical substation near San Jose just hours after the Boston Marathon bombing in April could have been a terrorist act was raised anew last week by Jon Wellinghoff, former chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. "This is the most sophisticated and extensive attack that's ever occurred on the grid to my knowledge," he told the Associated Press, contradicting FBI denials that terrorism...
  • ObamaCare's Potemkin Village Website Written In Belarus?

    02/05/2014 10:12:16 AM PST · by raptor22 · 21 replies
    Incestor's Business Daily ^ | February 5, 2014 | IBD EDITORIALS
    Debacle: U.S. intelligence agencies report that developers linked to the Belarus government helped create the Healthcare.gov website and may have inserted malicious code making it vulnerable to cyberattacks and hacking. The disastrous rollout of Healthcare.gov was bad enough. But as if Americans need another reason to avoid Healthcare.gov, we now hear that the Obama administration, through the Department of Health and Human Services, has indirectly contracted with developers in the worker's paradise of Belarus, a former Soviet republic still closely tied to Russia, to write some of the software code used for the website. The Washington Free Beacon's Bill Gertz...
  • Obama's Army Only 85% Ready To Fight

    02/03/2014 9:58:40 AM PST · by raptor22 · 21 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | February 3, 2014 | IBD EDITORIALS
    Defense: Budget cuts, sequestration and indifference to maintaining what was once "the arsenal of democracy" have led to units that are not deployment-ready and soldiers with weapons their grandfathers could have used. The standing ovation given at the State of the Union to Sgt. 1st Class Cory Remsburg, seriously wounded in an Afghan war that his commander in chief did not believe was winnable, was well deserved. It also served as a tribute to all the heroes we send into battle, particularly under rules of engagement that often make the proverbial "one hand tied behind your back" a preferable option....
  • China High-Speed Missile To Dominate U.S. Defenses

    01/30/2014 11:12:13 AM PST · by raptor22 · 21 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | July 30, 2014 | IBD EDITPRIALS
    National Security: While the administration guts the U.S. military, Pentagon experts warn that as soon as five years from now our missile defenses might pose little problem for China's new hypersonic strike vehicle. Behaving as the world power they are becoming, the Chinese are building state-of-the-art hypersonic missiles that Pentagon officials warn could overpower U.S. defenses in five years. As we recently mentioned, China's defense ministry has confirmed the Jan. 9 test of a hypersonic glide vehicle, known as the WU-14. It was designed to evade our missile and other defense systems, such as the Aegis sea-based missile defense guarding...
  • Hillary Clinton Sends Her Regrets On Benghazi

    01/29/2014 10:10:09 AM PST · by raptor22 · 20 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | January 28, 2014 | IBD EDITORIALS
    Benghazi: Hillary Clinton regrets Americans died in what a Senate panel said was a preventable terrorist attack that she downplayed. While the committee didn't acknowledge her role, it can be called criminal negligence. What difference at this point do the regrets of former Secretary of State Clinton make, as expressed in an interview Monday during the National Automobile Dealers Association conference in New Orleans? Not much, particularly to Charles Woods and Patricia Smith, parents of Ty Woods and Sean Smith, respectively, two of the four Americans murdered by al-Qaida-affiliated terrorists in an attack Clinton blamed on a video. Clinton expressed...
  • Chuck Schumer Calls For The IRS To Stop The Tea Party

    01/25/2014 10:44:46 AM PST · by raptor22 · 58 replies
    Investot's Business Daily ^ | January 25, 2014 | IBD EDITORIALS
    Free Speech: The IRS scandal is not only not over but is getting worse, with a call by New York's senior senator for the already-politicized agency to use its power to tax to destroy the conservative grass-roots movement. Arguing that the Supreme Court's 2010 Citizens United decision allowed Tea Party groups to "funnel millions of undisclosed dollars into campaigns with ads that distort the truth and attack government," Charles Schumer wants the IRS and other government agencies to take on the Tea Party through their administrative powers. "It is clear that we will not pass anything legislatively as long as...
  • Timothy Geithner Teaches Standard & Poor's The Chicago Way

    01/24/2014 9:16:15 AM PST · by raptor22 · 10 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | January 24, 2014 | IBD EDITORIALS
    Hardball: Hell hath no fury like an administration embarrassed by a top credit-rating agency stating the obvious — that its perilous spending policies and rising debts warranted a downgrade just like any poorly run business. Speaking at a fundraiser in Philadelphia on June 13, 2008, candidate Barack Obama said of his Republican opposition: "If they bring a knife to the fight, we bring a gun." In this case, in August 2011, Standard & Poor's brought an embarrassing downgrading of U.S. debt to AA+ from AAA in advance of the president's re-election bid, the first such reduction in U.S. history. In...
  • SEIU Fights To Force Home Caregivers To Pay Union Dues

    01/23/2014 11:09:30 AM PST · by raptor22 · 35 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | January 23, 2014 | IBD EDITORIALS
    Labor Law: The Supreme Court heard oral arguments Tuesday in a case that will determine if a Medicaid recipient caring for her child is a state worker required to turn part of her meager resources over to union bosses. Illinois resident Pam Harris is a 55-year-old mom earning less than the minimum wage who cares for her son Josh Harris, 25. He has Rubinstein-Taybi syndrome, a muscular degenerative disease, compounded by physical disabilities and mental illness. Josh and his family qualify for an Illinois home-based support-services program that lets disabled adults live at home. He gets $721 each month from...
  • Admiral Warns U.S. Losing Pacific Dominance To China

    01/23/2014 10:53:01 AM PST · by raptor22 · 30 replies
    Investpr's Business Daily ^ | January 23, 2014 | IBD EDITORIALS
    Power Shift: Despite the White House's much-lauded pivot to the Pacific, the Navy's Pacific commander warns that an increasingly hostile and assertive China threatens U.S. air and sea superiority in the region. If jaws didn't drop, they should have last week when Adm. Samuel J. Locklear III, chief of U.S. Pacific Command (PACOM), said: "Our historic dominance that most of us in this room have enjoyed is diminishing, no question." U.S. naval and air superiority, particularly in the Pacific, has been taken for granted. But as Obama administration budget cuts and the effects of sequestration take their toll, our position...
  • Dems Want Networks To Manipulate Climate Coverage Like BBC

    01/16/2014 9:26:32 AM PST · by raptor22 · 25 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | January 16, 2014 | IBD EDITORIALS
    Junk Science: Senate Democrats want TV networks to promote climate-change hysteria and follow the lead of Britain's state broadcasting company, which sent its top executives to a green propaganda training seminar. The mainstream media, long a house organ for Democrats, are about to come under pressure by Senate Democrats led by Sens. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., and Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, who are gathering signatures from colleagues on a letter to the networks telling them they're ignoring global warming, according to a report in the National Journal. They are seeking to impose sort of a climate change "fairness doctrine" designed to ignore...
  • In Gun Rights Win Chicago Gun Sales Ban Ruled Unconstitutional

    01/13/2014 5:06:24 PM PST · by raptor22 · 13 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | January 13, 2014 | IBD EDITORIALS
    Gun Control: A federal judge rules that the right to keep and bear arms includes the right to buy them — and that while government is obligated to protect its citizens, it must protect their constitutional rights as well. Chicago's long-standing attempt to deny its citizens their full Second Amendment rights under the U.S. Constitution was met with yet another court defeat. This time, it came via a ruling by U.S. District Judge Edmond Chang that the city ban on retail gun shops owned by licensed dealers went too far to count as a "sensible restriction" on gun ownership to...
  • Cop Killer Mumia Abu-Jamal's Lawyer To Top DOJ Post

    01/09/2014 5:30:10 PM PST · by raptor22 · 34 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | January 9, 2014 | IBD EDITOTIAL
    Justice: The nominee to head the Department of Justice's civil rights division is a radical lawyer who fought to free from prison a cold-blooded killer of a Philadelphia cop. On Dec. 9, 1981, Officer Danny Faulkner, 12 days from his 26th birthday, observed a car going the wrong way down a one-way street without its lights on. He pulled over the vehicle, and the driver, one William Cook, got out of the car and began wrestling with Faulkner. Moments later, Mumia Abu-Jamal, Cook's brother (aka Wesley Cook), showed up at the scene with a .38-caliber handgun and opened fire, hitting...
  • Hezbollah Upgrades Missile Threat To Israel

    01/07/2014 6:05:39 PM PST · by raptor22 · 5 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | January 7, 2014 | IBD EDITORIALS
    War On Terror: As we ease sanctions on Tehran and worry about Israeli condos on the West Bank, Iran and Syria are helping Hezbollah import strategic weapons systems into Lebanon, targeting our closest Mideast ally. When Hezbollah launched a war against Israel in 2006, the Iranian-created terrorist group sent a message to both Israel and the U.S. to watch their strategic back. Any move against Tehran's nuclear sites would be met by strikes against our Mideast interests not only from Iran, but from the territory of Lebanon, using that country as a launching pad and its people as human shields....
  • Misplaced Compassion For Blind Sheik Lawyer Lynne Stewart

    01/07/2014 2:11:49 PM PST · by raptor22 · 17 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | January 7, 2014 | IBD EDITORIALS
    War On Terror: At the administration's request, a New York federal judge granted a "compassionate release" from prison for the radical lawyer convicted of helping a terrorist communicate with his followers in Egypt. Lynne Stewart's release last week by U.S. District Judge John G. Koeltl came after a request from the director of the Bureau of Prisons through the office of U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara, no doubt with the consent of higher-ups at the Department of Justice. The 74-year-old Stewart was not scheduled for release until August 2018, but prosecutors say she suffers from recurrent stage-four breast cancer and has...
  • Sonia Sotomayor Grants ObamaCare Contraception Stay

    01/03/2014 6:46:43 PM PST · by raptor22 · 13 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | January 3, 2015 | IBD EDITORIALS
    ObamaCare: In bad news for a White House intent on shredding the First Amendment, a Supreme Court justice has exempted a group of nuns from the mandate to provide contraceptive coverage in health plans. Just hours before ObamaCare's birth-control mandate was to take effect, Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor on Tuesday issued a last-minute stay in response to a case brought by the Denver-based Little Sisters of the Poor Home for the Aged against the Department of Health and Human Services. The U.S. government is "temporarily enjoined from enforcing against applicants the contraceptive coverage requirements imposed by the Patient Protection...
  • Casselton North Dakota Train Wreck Shows Keystone XL Need

    01/03/2014 6:38:42 PM PST · by raptor22 · 11 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | January 3, 2014 | IBD EDITORIALS
    Energy Policy: An oil-laden train collides with another and bursts into flames in a small American town, proving why pipelines are safer and why environmentalist opposition to a pipeline from Canada is misguided. Casselton, N.D., had a near brush with tragedy after a train of tank cars carrying crude oil derailed, resulting in fiery explosions and a call from the town's mayor for a re-examination of how such fuel is transported across the United States. The railroad runs right through the middle of Casselton, a town of 2,400 people about 25 miles west of Fargo, and Mayor Ed McConnell said...
  • Iran And Its Puppet Hezbollah Strike Again In Lebanon

    01/01/2014 1:45:01 PM PST · by raptor22 · 4 replies
    Investor's Vusiness Daily ^ | January 1, 2014 | IBD EDITORIALS
    Iran: A former Lebanese government minister and ambassador to the U.S. is assassinated a week after he sends a letter to Iran's president condemning Tehran for trying to repeat the Syrian occupation of that troubled country. If Lebanon had oil, nuclear or chemical weapons, perhaps American policymakers and the mainstream media, obsessed with the fate of Syria, Egypt and other Islamist regimes, would pay more attention to it. As it is, the only true Arab multicultural democracy, remembered largely as the place 283 American soldiers were killed in their barracks in 1983, is once again under assault by tyrants and...
  • Global Warming Fanatics Trapped In Antarctic Sea Ice

    01/01/2014 10:51:23 AM PST · by raptor22 · 43 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | January 1, 2014 | IND EDITORIALS
    Cold Climate: In an event chock-full of bitterly cold irony, perhaps even Al Gore has noticed that multiple icebreakers couldn't free a boat stuck in Antarctic ice that global warming was supposed to have melted. Few of the media reports on the plight of the Russian-flagged research vessel MV Akademik Schokalskiy have noted the irony of a ship full of climate scientists getting stuck in an Antarctic ice sheet so thick that early attempts at breaking through the ice to free them were failures. "We're stuck in our own experiment," the Australasian Antarctic Expedition said in a statement. "We came...
  • New York Times Revives Benghazi Video Lie Ti Save Hillary Clinton in 2016

    01/01/2014 8:24:22 AM PST · by raptor22 · 28 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | January 1, 2014 | IBD EDITORIALS
    Benghazi: The attempt to rehabilitate Hillary Clinton begins as the New York Times revives the long-ago debunked "video clip" excuse for the well-planned Benghazi massacre while denying documented al-Qaida involvement. These days it's all the news that is fit to be made up that graces the pages of the once-proud Gray Lady that has morphed from a self-proclaimed "newspaper of record" to the house organ for the Obama administration. The latest example is a piece on the Benghazi terrorist attack of Sept. 10, 2010, titled, "A Deadly Mix in Benghazi." It resembles the infamous White House talking points — on...
  • EPA Pushes Gun Control Through Green Ammo Mandate

    12/27/2013 9:36:07 AM PST · by raptor22 · 49 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | December 27, 2013 | IBD EDITORIALS
    Gun Control: Thanks to government regulations, the closing of the last U.S. lead smelter and a push for "green" lead-free ammunition, ammo prices will skyrocket. Does the Second Amendment threaten the environment? Having been stymied by court defeats such as the Supreme Court's deciding that the Second Amendment does indeed confer a right to keep and bear arms on individuals throughout the United States, advocates of a gun-free America and a disarmed citizenry are taking a different approach: Go after the ammunition through regulations that stifle domestic production and force the use of more expensive and eco-friendly substitutes. Expanded regulations...
  • Ducking Tolerance

    12/23/2013 10:45:14 AM PST · by raptor22 · 44 replies
    Washingtin Tines ^ | December 23, 2013 | Staff
    The left is all in favor of free speech — until someone offers a contrary opinion. Phil Robertson of TV’s wildly popular “Duck Dynasty” offended the homosexual lobby this week with remarks about his religious faith. The A&E network show is the most-popular reality program on all of cable television, following the Robertson family of Louisiana and their business of making calls and other paraphernalia for duck hunters. The show’s success makes the bearded Mr. Robertson, who has the appearance of ZZ Top in camouflage, an unlikely celebrity because he is a born-again Christian. A writer for GQ magazine asked...
  • DHS Complicit In Drug Cartel Human Trafficking

    12/21/2013 7:55:52 AM PST · by raptor22 · 25 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | December 21, 2013 | IBD EDITORIALS
    Border: A federal judge finds that the Department of Homeland Security, instead of arresting cartel members and the clients who pay them to smuggle children into the U.S., helps the drug lords complete the transactions. Former DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano once proclaimed the U.S. border to be as secure as it has ever been. Yet her department has been found by Judge Andrew S. Hanen of the U.S. District Court of the Southern District of Texas to have actively undermined that security by enabling drug cartels engaged in the lucrative smuggling of children. The case before Judge Hanen — United...
  • Catholic Groups Win First Amendment Victory Over ObamaCare

    12/19/2013 5:56:48 AM PST · by raptor22 · 15 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | December 19, 2013 | IBD EDITORIALS
    Health Reform: In yet another legal blow to the president's signature law, a federal judge rules that its contraceptive mandate does not trump Catholic groups' right to exercise their religious liberty and conscience. Religious liberty advocates and First Amendment defenders are cheering the stunning decision by U.S. District Judge Brian Cogan in New York that promises to speed up the unraveling of ObamaCare. Cogan not only found that the Health and Human Services (HHS) regulation that requires health insurance to include contraceptive coverage was constitutionally questionable, he actually forbade HHS from enforcing it. As the New York Post details, in...
  • Navigators Tell Applicants To Lie Like Administration

    12/18/2013 6:57:35 AM PST · by raptor22 · 9 replies
    Investor;s Business Daily ^ | December 18, 2013 | IBD EDITORIALS
    No Veritas: A congressional field hearing has confirmed that not only is ObamaCare a lie agreed upon, but that "navigators" hired to guide the unwilling are telling applicants to lie and ignore the legal requirements to enroll. James O'Keefe, the videographer who helped topple the community activist group Acorn, recently released a video showing ObamaCare navigators in Dallas advising applicants to lie about their income and otherwise evade legal procedures and requirements when signing up for health insurance in the Affordable Care Act's exchanges. That ObamaCare navigators, who receive a minimum of training and escape the background checks common in...
  • North Florida Coed Wins Second Amendment Victory

    12/13/2013 4:33:54 PM PST · by raptor22 · 20 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | December 13, 2013 | IBD Editorials
    Second Amendment: A Florida appeals court rules that colleges can't ban students from having guns on campus for self-protection, bringing us one step closer to the day schools are predator-free, not-gun-free zones. Alexandria Lainez won't be able to carry her firearm around campus in her purse or book bag, but she can keep it in her car parked on campus, available for self-protection, or in case a madman decides to shoot up the University of North Florida. Florida's 1st Court of Appeals ruled that the school was violating a 2011 state law that pre-empted the regulation of guns by local...
  • So You Think You're Enrolled In ObamaCare

    12/12/2013 4:20:24 PM PST · by raptor22 · 14 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | December 12, 2013 | IBD EDITORIALS
    ObamaCare Fail: An urgent mass email to all Senate staff warns not to trust any confirmation from the D.C. health exchange and they may not have insurance come January. Why aren't the rest of us being warned? We have chronicled the fact that ObamaCare, the increasingly unaffordable Affordable Care Act, has caused many with pre-existing conditions like stage-four cancer, the very people it was supposed to help, to lose their insurance at a critical point in their lives. For others, the skyrocketing premiums and often five-figure deductibles have made having insurance almost irrelevant. If you can't afford the premiums or...
  • Fire And Ice - Volcanoes, Not CO2, Melt West Antarctic

    12/10/2013 4:42:46 PM PST · by raptor22 · 25 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | December 10, 2013 | IBD EDITORIALS
    Junk Science: Researchers have discovered a chain of smoldering active volcanoes under the West Antarctic ice sheet — which happens to be the ice sheet that climate hysterics say is proof of man-caused global warming. The 2004 science fiction movie "The Day After Tomorrow" — and the operative word here is "fiction" — opened with a portion of the West Antarctic ice sheet shearing off as a prelude to planetary doom. But if the researchers depicted in the film had looked deep into the widening crevice, they might have noticed a string of active volcanoes lurking under nearly a mile...
  • Common Core Lesson Teaches Children Obama Is A Messiah

    12/09/2013 4:32:08 PM PST · by raptor22 · 43 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | Decemver 8, 2013 | IBD EDITORIALS
    Propaganda: A lesson plan for third-graders linked to a controversial federal education initiative makes sure America's next generation does not forget who is the one we have been waiting for. During the Soul Train Awards in 2012, comedian and actor Jamie Foxx exhorted a wildly cheering crowd to "first of all (give) honor to god, and our lord and savior Barack Obama," exhibiting the all-too-widespread hero worship that casts rational thought aside and labels even legitimate criticism as virtual blasphemy. The same cult of personality is creeping into lesson plans and reading materials being created under the guise of the...
  • Obama Is The Danger Constitution Was Designed To Avoid

    12/07/2013 3:55:57 PM PST · by raptor22 · 29 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | December 7, 2013 | IBD EDITORIALS
    Executive Orders: A liberal constitutional scholar warns of the concentration of power not only in the hands of one branch of government but in a single man who ignores the Constitution and acts of Congress on a whim. As the story goes, Benjamin Franklin emerged from Independence Hall at the close of the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia on Sept. 18, 1787, when a woman asked, "Well, Doctor, what have we got, a republic or a monarchy?" Franklin is said to have replied, "A republic, madam — if you can keep it." The Founders designed a system of checks and balances...
  • Americans Don't Buy Obama's Talk Of Economic 'Recovery'

    12/06/2013 5:44:46 AM PST · by raptor22 · 16 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | December | Staff
    President Obama regularly touts what he calls the “economic recovery” supposedly prompted by his policies, including the creation of 7.5 million jobs, consistent growth for more than three years and revitalization of the domestic auto industry. He recently told ABC’s “This Week” host George Stephanopoulos, for example, that during the Great Recession of 2008, “we came in, stabilized the situation. The banking system works. It is giving loans to companies who can get credit. And so we have seen, I think undoubtedly, progress across the board.” It’s an upbeat talking point for the president, but the problem is most Americans...
  • Congress Must Take Back Its Constitutional Powers

    12/06/2013 5:41:00 AM PST · by raptor22 · 26 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | December 6, 2013 | Staff
    President Obama's abuse of executive power has grown to the point that "he's becoming the very danger the Constitution was designed to avoid," Jonathan Turley, a liberal law professor at George Washington University, told the House Judiciary Committee at a Dec. 3 hearing on the issue. Turley also pointed to what he described as "increasing autonomy and decreasing transparency" of the rapidly growing federal bureaucracy. Both of these developments have accelerated the decline of congressional power that Congress, by its actions, has allowed to happen. Lawmakers have stood idly by, for example, as courts redefined the handling of captured enemy...
  • Free-Lunch Economics

    12/06/2013 5:36:05 AM PST · by raptor22 · 3 replies
    Washington Times ^ | December 6, 2013 | Staff
    After five years of stimulus schemes ranging from federal bailouts and a trillion-dollar stimulus package to the Cash for Clunkers program, Americans have yet to enjoy the “Recovery Summer” that they were once promised. Now, President Obama is promoting food stamps as the next great form of economic stimulus. The White House last week featured on its website a list of things Americans should “keep in mind” on Thanksgiving. Food stamps (officially known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP) were at the top of the list. “SNAP is boosting the economy right now,” the administration explained. “SNAP’s effect...
  • Don't Hike The Gas Tax

    12/06/2013 5:32:54 AM PST · by raptor22 · 8 replies
    Washington Times ^ | December 6, 2013 | Staff
    The first thought that pops into the mind of Rep. Earl Blumenauer when he sees prices at the gasoline pump is: They ought to be higher. The Oregon Democrat introduced legislation Tuesday to nearly double the federal gas tax from 18.4 cents per gallon to 33.4 cents over the next three years. By indexing the amount to inflation, the tax would hike itself automatically each year. “The gas tax hasn’t been increased since the beginning of the Clinton administration,” says Mr. Blumenauer, referring to the 4.3 cents per gallon hike in 1993. Nothing could be more offensive to a Democrat...
  • The Piano Police

    12/06/2013 5:29:47 AM PST · by raptor22 · 4 replies
    Washington Times ^ | December 6, 2013 | Staff
    Bureaucrats at the Federal Trade Commission must have a lot of spare time. The agency recently swooped to rescue the American people from the threat posed by a collaborative organization of 22,000 professionals who sit down with youngsters and teach them how to play a piano. As first reported by The Wall Street Journal, regulators forced the Music Teachers National Association, a century-old nonprofit, to accept a consent decree over the group’s code of ethics, which simply encouraged members not to pilfer or recruit students from fellow members. Only in a twisted bureaucratic mind would such a sensible provision be...
  • Obama's Veiled Threat

    12/06/2013 5:26:23 AM PST · by raptor22 · 7 replies
    Washington Times ^ | December 4, 2013 | Staff
    With his trademark grin and natural charm, President Obama knows how to connect with an audience. So it was when he gave the commencement address to Arizona State University’s class of 2009, thrilling a crowd of 60,000 assembled in Sun Devil Stadium. Looking back on his remarks today, his words are much less amusing. “Now, before I begin,” said Mr. Obama, “I’d just like to clear the air about that little controversy everybody was talking about a few weeks back.” The president was referring to the school basketball team, which had been knocked out in the second round of the...
  • Our Ideological President

    12/06/2013 5:22:33 AM PST · by raptor22 · 4 replies
    Washington Times ^ | December 6, 2013 | Staff
    At a fundraiser in Seattle on the day before Thanksgiving, President Obama told a group of Democratic donors, apparently without a hint of irony, “I’m not a particularly ideological person.” One wouldn’t know it from the ponderous 48-minute oration on income inequality that he delivered in Washington on Wednesday. Mr. Obama devoted the majority of it to the cause of lamenting a “dangerous and growing inequality and lack of upward mobility” that he says is jeopardizing the middle class. The unraveling of the “social compact,” he said, began in the late ‘70s. “The result is an economy that’s become profoundly...
  • Nuclear Terrorist Threat Looms On Our Southern Border

    12/05/2013 4:28:04 PM PST · by raptor22 · 7 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | December 4, 2013 | IBD EDITORIALS
    National Security: The theft of a truck carrying dangerous radioactive material combined with terrorist group activity in the hemisphere shows that the need for a secure border involves more than illegal immigration. Mexican authorities said Wednesday they found the stolen truck and likely recovered all of the radioactive cobalt taken by a group of thieves who were probably after the truck, unaware it carried a deadly cargo. Cobalt-60, which is used in radiation therapy to treat cancer, was being transported from a hospital in the northern city of Tijuana to a radioactive waste storage center. But what if the thieves...