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  • Adios, California

    10/20/2017 4:15:14 PM PDT · by Twotone · 79 replies
    American Spectator ^ | October 19, 2017 | Steve Baldwin
    It’s not easy watching California self-destruct. After all, my four sons are 6th generation Californians. One relative of ours journeyed here prior to the Gold Rush when the state population was just a handful of people. Family lore has it he was a gunslinger who, victorious in a gun duel, headed to California to avoid the law. He ended up ranching on what is now known as Mammoth Mountain. Other family members took part in the gold rush and one ended up discovering gold in 1895 in the Mojave Desert. My grandparents arrived in Kern County in the 1930s and...
  • World’s First Offshore Wind Farm Retires: A Post-Mortem

    10/20/2017 1:59:35 PM PDT · by Twotone · 51 replies
    Global Warming Policy Forum ^ | October 18, 2017 | I.M.J. Kelly
    It consisted of eleven turbines, each with a capacity of 0.45 MW, giving a total export capacity for the wind farm of 5 MW. The hub height of each turbine was 37.5 m and blade height 17 m, small by today’s standards. Because of its date of construction, it would have been all but totally reliant on conventional energy for its manufacture and installation. The original stated project cost was Ł7.16 million in 1991, which is equivalent to approximately Ł10 million today.[2] During its lifetime, it delivered 243 GWh to the Danish electricity grid. This means that the actual amount...
  • Former U.S. Attorney Amanda Marshall faces state ethics investigation

    10/19/2017 5:07:56 PM PDT · by Twotone · 15 replies
    The Oregonian ^ | October 16, 2017 | Noelle Crombie
    The Oregon State Bar will move ahead with ethics charges against the state's former top federal prosecutor who lied about a sexual relationship with an underling. The agency's disciplinary board met Saturday to review the bar investigation into Amanda Marshall, who resigned in 2015 amid a federal inquiry into her relationship with an assistant prosecutor in her office. The panel determined there was probable cause to bring ethics charges against Marshall for violating rules dealing with honesty and trustworthiness. The case now advances to the trial phase. A panel will convene, likely sometime in the spring, to determine if Marshall...
  • EPA's Pruitt moves to end Obama-era practice of 'sue and settle' with environmentalists

    10/18/2017 1:37:08 PM PDT · by Twotone · 14 replies
    Fox News ^ | October 16, 2017 | Staff
    EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt​ moved Monday to end a controversial practice known as “sue and settle,” which critics said was used during the Obama administration to cut deals with environmental groups leading to new regulations. “The days of regulation through litigation are over,” Pruitt said in a statement, announcing a new EPA directive. Republicans, including Pruitt, had fought with the Obama administration in court over what they described as a back-room practice that led to more red tape. They claimed the EPA routinely entered into consent decrees with environmental groups that had sued the agency, in turn leading to new...
  • I Tawt I Taw A Puddy Tat

    10/15/2017 4:05:01 PM PDT · by Twotone · 14 replies
    Steyn On-line ^ | October 15, 2017 | Mark Steyn
    One hundred years ago today - October 15th 1917 - a man called Alan Livingston was born in McDonald, Pennsylvania. You probably don't know his name, and, if you think you know your songwriters, you may be confusing him with his older brother Jay Livingston, who with Ray Evans wrote "Que Sera Sera", "Mona Lisa", "Buttons and Bows" and the urban Christmas song "Silver Bells". Jay's kid brother doesn't have a song catalogue like that, but one way or another we owe a lot of the late 20th century's best known music to him. For one, Alan Livingston was central...
  • Hands-off forest management goes up in smoke

    10/14/2017 8:24:07 AM PDT · by Twotone · 35 replies
    Register Guard ^ | October 10, 2017 | Nick Smith
    Sam Krop’s characterization of catastrophic wildfire on public and privately owned forest lands (guest viewpoint, Oct. 4) doesn’t match the reality of what Oregon experienced this summer. But I can see why Cascadia Wildlands and other special interest groups oppose solutions such as the Resilient Federal Forests Act. These bills untie the hands of our federal land managers, and provide them with more tools and resources to restore the health of our public forests, before and after a fire. Has “hands-off” forest management reduced the size and severity of forest fires? Are we choking on less wildfire smoke every summer?...
  • What Happens in Vegas Doesn't Stay in Reno

    10/13/2017 12:55:29 PM PDT · by Twotone · 27 replies
    Steyn On-line ^ | October 12, 2017 | Mark Steyn
    As readers know, I have a low regard for conspiracy theories, mainly because the reasons the world is going to hell are pretty much staring us in the face. But I can't honestly blame anyone following the Las Vegas massacre story from taking refuge in any conspiracy theory, no matter how wild and zany. Almost a fortnight from the moment when 58 people were gunned down at a country-music festival, officialdom has so bungled the case that almost every single one of the most basic facts about the act are up for grabs. As I had cause to remark over...
  • War on Cops Goes to Court

    10/11/2017 4:29:03 PM PDT · by Twotone · 16 replies
    American Spectator ^ | October 11, 2017 | Betsy McCaughey
    The war on cops is moving from the streets to the U.S. Supreme Court. Last week, the Justices heard a case that threatens police officers with financial ruin if they make arrests and the charges later get dropped. It started with a late night bash. District of Columbia police officers were called by neighbors at 1 a.m. to investigate a rowdy party at an unoccupied row house. The police found 21 partygoers, liquor, trash, and used condoms strewn about, the smell of marijuana, and women with cash stuffed in their thongs. The partygoers scattered, hiding in closets. When questioned, some...
  • Trump Drains Obamacare’s Regulatory Swamp

    10/09/2017 4:32:37 PM PDT · by Twotone · 3 replies
    American Spectator ^ | October 9, 2017 | David Catron
    Having provoked much progressive sputtering and head spinning last Friday by issuing new regulations weakening the notorious HHS contraception mandate, President Trump is poised to sign an executive order that will further dry up Obamacare’s regulatory morass. The Wall Street Journal reports that the order will expand enrollee options restricted by the Obama administration — allowing coverage to be purchased through association health plans, encouraging the sale of short-term medical insurance, and permitting pretax funds from health reimbursement accounts (HRAs) to be used for premiums on health plans. The impending order has already drawn satisfying charges of “sabotage” from Obamacare...
  • Beautiful Dreamer

    10/09/2017 10:55:22 AM PDT · by Twotone · 7 replies
    Steyn On-line ^ | October 8, 2017 | Mark Steyn
    On this Columbus Day weekend, Christopher Columbus is close to being entirely obliterated from American life, and the barbarians have galloped on to newer targets for their rage. I mentioned yesterday how sad I was to see that in his home town a memorial to America's first great songwriter is to be dismantled and removed. Stephen Foster's songs were uniquely popular on both sides of the Civil War, but he seems less likely to survive the cold Civil War of 21st century America. And so the cultural vandals, who cannot create but can only destroy, scent another victory. In my...
  • The Las Vegas killer died with a note by his side — here’s what it read

    10/09/2017 5:43:49 AM PDT · by Twotone · 91 replies
    The Blaze ^ | October 7, 2017 | Carlos Garcia
    Police are revealing finally what was written on the note that was found with the Las Vegas murderer Stephen Paddock. What was on the note? Officers who tried to confront the killer in his hotel room were interviewed on “60 Minutes,” and said that it included hand-written calculations on where Paddock needed to aim in order to maximize the number of fatalities and injuries to the concertgoers below. “I could see on it he had written the distance, the elevation he was on, the drop of what his bullet was gonna be for the crowd,” Officer Dave Newton from the...
  • Our 21st-Century Second Amendment

    10/08/2017 7:49:21 AM PDT · by Twotone · 20 replies
    National Review ^ | October 8, 2017 | Kevin D. Williamson
    A progressive correspondent asks: “If you were drafting the Constitution in 2017, would you include the Second Amendment?” It’s an ignorant question, but one that was asked in good faith, and the answer may be illuminating to some of our friends who are mystified by conservative thinking on the question. The short answer is: Yes, of course a 21st-century Bill of Rights should codify the right to keep and bear arms. The document does not create the right; the right precedes the document, which merely recognizes it and ensures that the government is constrained when, inevitably, its all-too-human members are...
  • Theory of the Case

    10/07/2017 6:26:50 AM PDT · by Twotone · 30 replies
    Steyn On-line ^ | Octobe 6, 2017 | Mark Steyn
    On Friday morning I started the day on the curvy couch with "Fox & Friends" to discuss the latest developments in the Las Vegas attack and the Democrats' push for "gun control". The perpetrator of the deadliest single-shooter massacre in US history is so unlike his predecessors that it seems to me that nothing in his history is coincidental: there is a reason for everything, even if we will never know it - all the way down to, for example, such peripheral details as the fact that he owned property in both Mesquite, Nevada and Mesquite, Texas. It is also...
  • The Unserious ‘Serious’ Discussion About Guns

    10/04/2017 4:25:46 PM PDT · by Twotone · 5 replies
    American Spectator ^ | October 4, 2017 | George Neumayr
    There is no real moral philosophy informing it. The philosophy underlying liberalism is at once totalitarian and relativistic. It proposes more government and less morality. It laughs at the mustiness of the Ten Commandments, then demands respect for a flurry of new laws. It scoffs at old codes of self-control, then presses for “gun control” and greater state controls on this or that freedom. From this ethos, regnant for decades in elite circles, has come an out-of-control society in which pols reflexively respond to unspeakable tragedy by advocating more and more laws for a people whose gradual loss of virtue...
  • Go Big or Go Home

    10/04/2017 11:07:24 AM PDT · by Twotone · 2 replies
    Steyn On-line ^ | October 4, 2017 | Mark Steyn
    As a general proposition, I would prefer to maintain the territorial integrity of the Dominion of Canada. But, if Quebec - or parts of Quebec - wished to secede, I would recognize their right to do so. Likewise, I would have preferred to maintain the 1801 borders of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland, but parts of Ireland felt otherwise - as was their right. Though the fiercer nationalists might feel otherwise, the Irish benefited from a particular historical moment: 1922 was the era of the nation state, but not yet the welfare state. By the time the...
  • The Empty Paddock

    10/03/2017 10:06:56 AM PDT · by Twotone · 9 replies
    Steyn On-line ^ | October 3, 2017 | Mark Steyn
    snip As often in America, it was met with a great deal of heroism by ordinary men and women rising to the occasion: There was, for example, an Englishwoman in a wheelchair who'd been seated on a raised platform so she could get a better view of the concert. If it were every man for himself, it would have been easy to leave her there, trapped on the dais, exposed to the gunman. Instead, as everyone fled, those around her nevertheless carried her to safety and raised her wheelchair over the fence they scrambled over. There were many stories like...
  • Robert Mueller’s Tom Price Problem

    10/02/2017 1:35:34 PM PDT · by Twotone · 17 replies
    American Spectator ^ | October 1, 2017 | Jeffrey Lord
    The headline in The Washington Post dates back to March 21, 2014. It reads: Personal FBI flights for Holder and other Justice officials went unreported The story begins: The agency that tracks federal travel did not report hundreds of personal and other “nonmission” trips aboard government planes for senior Justice Department officials including Attorney General Eric Holder and former FBI Director Robert Mueller, according to a watchdog report. Congress’s nonpartisan Government Accountability Office determined that the 395 flights cost taxpayers $7.8 million. But the General Services Administration, which oversees trips aboard federal jets, did not require documentation because of a...
  • A Tale of Two Trumps

    09/28/2017 4:36:37 PM PDT · by Twotone · 10 replies
    Steyn On-line ^ | September 28, 2017 | Mark Steyn
    A couple of thoughts on the passing scene: ~Roy Moore beats Luther Strange in Alabama. There were certain local factors in play: Mr Strange and the corrupt former governor Bentley had enjoyed a mutually beneficially relationship whereby then Attorney-General Strange called on the legislature to suspend impeachment proceedings against the Governor, and Governor Bentley then appointed Strange to the Senate. Whether a creature from the Alabama swamp is best suited to drain the Washington swamp is a reasonable question for voters to ponder. Whereas, whatever one feels about Roy Moore, he's principled enough to be willing to lose his job...
  • Why Trump Must Fire Obama Holdover Cordray

    09/28/2017 12:53:46 PM PDT · by Twotone · 11 replies
    American Spectator ^ | September 27, 2017 | John Berlau
    In the private sector and during his short time as president, Donald J. Trump has never been shy about firing subordinates. Yet some powerful Obama holdovers seem to have a puzzling staying power. The recent decision of the Justice Department not to prosecute Lois Lerner for her alleged role in the Internal Revenue Service’s targeting of conservative non-profits brought criticism and also highlighted the fact that Obama’s appointee John Koskinen is still at the IRS’s helm. Even more frustrating is that Trump has yet to fire Consumer Financial Protection Bureau director Richard Cordray, despite Cordray’s actions that go directly against...
  • The Bunkerville Prosecution Panic Attack

    09/27/2017 4:13:55 PM PDT · by Twotone · 7 replies
    Redoubt News ^ | September 25, 2017 | Shari Dovale
    Late night filings by the Bunkerville Prosecution team has shown there will be a repeat performance of an Unconstitutional trial taking place beginning October 10th in Las Vegas. As in the previous two trials, of which the jury acquitted the defendants of the majority of charges, the prosecution has filed a last minute 26-page motion to exclude any type of defense these men might attempt. The prosecution has motioned to force the defense, from the beginning of jury selection, into opening/closing arguments, and including all direct and cross examination of witnesses, to NOT bring up anything they deem to not...