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  • Professors Must Defy Feds To Protect Victims

    09/16/2014 6:23:37 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 10 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 16, 2014 | Mike Adams
    The federal government is in desperate need of both rape and sexual harassment victims. These victims are needed in order to justify sweeping nationwide changes to the campus judiciary. These changes include holding quasi-rape trials on college campuses using a preponderance of evidence standard, instead of proof beyond a reasonable doubt. Also included in these changes is suspension of double jeopardy protection so that women can repeatedly try accused rapists until they achieve the desired result of conviction, regardless of actual guilt or innocence. In order to achieve such an affront to widely accepted principles of due process an epidemic...
  • Meet OIRA – The Secretive White House Office With Disturbing Regulatory Powers

    08/07/2014 3:52:10 AM PDT · by BlopAndStop · 19 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | August 06 2014 | Tyler Durden
    Have you ever heard of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, otherwise known as OIRA? Yeah, neither had I. As someone who prides himself on being a relatively informed citizen, it is always shocking and disturbing when I learn of a powerful organization operating in the shadows of America’s faux democracy with which I am almost entirely unfamiliar. While I’m sure I’ve read many articles in which OIRA was mentioned, I had never fully understood exactly what it is, and how it is used by lobbyists and large corporate interests to further entrench the established oligarchic power structure. We...
  • Americans Got $2 Trillion in Benefits from Federal Government in 2013

    08/04/2014 8:07:02 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 38 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | August 4, 2014 - 4:53 PM | Ali Meyer
    The federal government paid $2,007,358,200,000 in benefits and entitlements in fiscal year 2013 from government programs, according to data from the Bureau of the Fiscal Service’s Monthly Treasury Statement. The treasury statement summarizes the financial activities of the federal government, including data on government receipts, outlays, and surplus and deficit totals. The September 2013 monthly treasury statement calculates these metrics for the entire fiscal year of 2013, which began on October 1, 2012 and ended on September 30, 2013. According to the statement, the federal government’s total outlays, otherwise known as spending, for means-tested and non-means tested government programs—not including...
  • Independence Day, 2014

    07/03/2014 12:49:53 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 1 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 3, 2014 | Judge Andrew Napolitano
    After a brief holiday last week, I returned to some heavy reading courtesy of the federal government. Some of the materials that I read were gratifying, and one was terrifying. In one week, the Supreme Court told the police that if they want to examine the contents of our cellphones, whether at traffic stops or serious crime scenes, they need to get a warrant. The court told small-business owners that they needn't pay for government-mandated insurance policies that provide for abortions for their employees, because the government is without authority to command them to do so. It told the president...
  • Feds ignite suspicion with explosive buying spree

    05/16/2014 10:39:11 AM PDT · by detective · 32 replies
    WND ^ | May 15, 2014 | Steve Peacock
    Two days after WND uncovered a U.S. State Department plan to buy hundreds of pounds of plastic explosives and thousands of containers of liquid explosives, the agency – which refuses to comment on the discovery – awarded hundreds of thousands of dollars in contracts for the blasting supplies. The explosives, including hundreds of pounds of C4, originally were to be shipped to Sterling, Virginia, home to the Diplomatic Pouch and Mail Unit, or DPM/U. The unit is tasked with sending secure pouches and crates to U.S. embassies and consulates worldwide, as previously reported. The original contracting documents still mention the...
  • BREAKING: Utah Turns the Tables… Takes Land from Feds

    05/08/2014 1:33:11 PM PDT · by Beave Meister · 30 replies
    Capitalism Institute ^ | 5/7/2014 | MICHAEL CANTRELL
    With the Cliven Bundy story still fresh on the minds of many Americans, it’s a shock to see a state government turn the tides on the federal government by passing legislation that demands it hand over control of 30 million acres of land. It’s become commonplace to see news stories of the opposite phenomenon, as the federal government, working through the Bureau of Land Management, has time and again trampled on the private property rights of its citizens and claimed lands for itself. This is not the case in Utah. Utah Governor Gary Herbert signed a bill earlier this year...
  • Creatively Destroying Government

    05/03/2014 8:33:03 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 3, 2014 | Rich Tucker
    If you want to understand how markets, and creative destruction, work, just turn to the comics page in your local newspaper. If you can find a copy. Newspaper circulation is tumbling. Yet comics, and the newspapers they appear in, exist in the free market. As newspapers fade, people will be forced to find other ways to follow their beloved strips. Artists will adapt. Some will go out of business. Others will thrive, perhaps by moving to Web-only strips supported by advertising. Government, on the other hand, doesn’t adapt. To cite one example, the federal government runs at least 47 programs...
  • Federal government is America's biggest real-estate tycoon

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

    04/16/2014 11:38:15 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 32 replies
    BizPac Review ^ | 04/16/2014 | Jonathon Moseley
    Many say Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid could easily arrange for his home state to get back most of the 84 percent of Nevada territory owned and controlled by the federal government. So does the Democrat represent the interests of Nevada, or does he put the interests of the U.S. government and the Democratic Party over his own stateÂ’s needs?Nevada would get what it deserves if Reid drafted a measure to treat Nevada the same way as other states. The Republican-led U.S. House of Representatives would eagerly vote to treat Nevada like a grown-up. Instead, Reid runs the U.S. Senate...
  • 9 of the best memes explaining why Cliven Bundy was right and the government was wrong...

    04/15/2014 4:30:34 PM PDT · by The Looking Spoon · 37 replies
    The Looking Spoon ^ | 4-15-14 | The Looking Spoon
    You can read what seems to me to be a decently comprehensive look at the whole Bundy Ranch incident at Breitbart here. It's not really all that pro-Bundy and the hard facts don't make him seem too sympathetic.So it's a good thing we have memes to put things in the right perspective.
  • Tax Day

    04/08/2014 9:15:53 AM PDT · by Rational Voter · 3 replies
    Citizen Primer ^ | 04/08/2014 | Citizen Primer
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1hhCs9r33tM&feature=youtu.be
  • Nobody’s in Charge

    04/05/2014 10:31:37 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 3 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 5, 2014 | Rich Tucker
    Our federal government is very good at moving money from place to place. In fact, some 70 percent of federal government spending consists of simply shipping money from one place to another -- after taking a cut off the top. "In effect the government has become primarily a massive money-transfer machine," notes John Merline at Investor’s Business Daily, "taking $2.6 trillion from some and handing it back out to others." But who decided to spend that money? If you disagree with government-as-ATM, you ought to be able to campaign against the politicians who are making the spending decisions. But you...
  • Yet Another Pre-School Program?

    03/29/2014 1:24:43 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 27 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 29, 2014 | Ed Feulner
    When some people hear that the president has proposed a new federally funded pre-school program, they might think, “Great idea. It’s about time!” But they’d say this, surely, because they’re unaware that Washington is already running pre-school programs. Not just one or two, in fact, but 45 early learning and child-care initiatives. And no fewer than 12 of them are explicitly designed to provide early childhood education. The rest, however, also allow funds to be used for that purpose. So if the federal government is already bankrolling -- excuse me, if you and I and other taxpayers are already bankrolling...
  • Obama Administration’s Plan to Study Newsrooms Is Drawing Plenty of Public Opposition

    02/19/2014 5:18:47 PM PST · by Beave Meister · 37 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 2/19/2014 | Fred Lucas
    A plan by the Federal Communications Commission to study how news organizations select stories has prompted about 10,000 people to sign a petition saying “no government monitors in newsrooms.” That’s according to the American Center for Law and Justice, which announced the petition Wednesday and said it reached that number within the first two hours. The agency announced a Multi-Market Study of Critical Information Needs last year, explaining that it wanted to understand the process of which stories are selected, station priorities, content production, populations served, perceived station bias, and perceived percent of news dedicated to each of the “critical...
  • The Terrible Truth About Abraham Lincoln and the Confederate War

    01/20/2014 1:42:16 PM PST · by mhutcheson · 443 replies
    Snap Out of it, America! ^ | 1/20/14 | Michael Hutcheson
    President Lincoln has been all but deified in America, with a god-like giant statue at a Parthenon-like memorial in Washington. Generations of school children have been indoctrinated with the story that “Honest Abe” Lincoln is a national hero who saved the Union and fought a noble war to end slavery, and that the “evil” Southern states seceded from the Union to protect slavery. This is the Yankee myth of history, written and promulgated by Northerners, and it is a complete falsity. It was produced and entrenched in the culture in large part to gloss over the terrible war crimes...
  • Feds Blow $100 Billion Annually on Incorrect Payments

    01/15/2014 10:10:10 AM PST · by detective
    yahoo news ^ | 01/15/2014 | Rob Garver
    Between 2002 and 2012, federal agencies spent more than half a trillion dollars ($688 billion) on payments that should never have been made. Every year, according to their own recordkeeping, the agencies that administer major federal programs are now paying out more than $100 billion dollars improperly, and even though they’re aware of the problem, they recover only a tiny fraction for taxpayers. This adds up to huge losses for the U.S. Treasury.
  • Facts Are Stubborn Things [flag@whitehouse.gov]

    08/04/2009 3:45:39 PM PDT · by Cindy · 554 replies · 8,546+ views
    WHITEHOUSE.gov ^ | 6:55 AM | Posted by Macon Phillips
    THE BRIEFING ROOM • THE BLOG THE BLOG TUESDAY, AUGUST 4TH, 2009 AT 6:55 AM Facts Are Stubborn Things Posted by Macon Phillips Opponents of health insurance reform may find the truth a little inconvenient, but as our second president famously said, "facts are stubborn things." Scary chain emails and videos are starting to percolate on the internet, breathlessly claiming, for example, to "uncover" the truth about the President’s health insurance reform positions. In this video, Linda Douglass, the communications director for the White House’s Health Reform Office, addresses one example that makes it look like the President intends to...
  • Gallup: More Americans than ever name “big government” as the biggest threat to U.S.

    12/18/2013 4:20:22 PM PST · by mandaladon · 33 replies
    Hot Air ^ | 18 Dec 2013 | ERIKA JOHNSEN
    That escalated quickly. Seventy-two percent of Americans say big government is a greater threat to the U.S. in the future than is big business or big labor, a record high in the nearly 50-year history of this question. The prior high for big government was 65% in 1999 and 2000. Big government has always topped big business and big labor, including in the initial asking in 1965, but just 35% named it at that time. It wasn’t so very long ago — as in, 2009, hem hem — when Americans’ primary concern for big government as a threat to the...
  • Record High in U.S. Say Big Government Greatest Threat

    12/18/2013 12:41:01 PM PST · by Zeneta · 40 replies
    Gallup Politics ^ | December 18, 2013 | by Jeffrey M. Jones
    Record High in U.S. Say Big Government Greatest Threat Now 72% say it is greater threat than big business or big labor PRINCETON, NJ -- Seventy-two percent of Americans say big government is a greater threat to the U.S. in the future than is big business or big labor, a record high in the nearly 50-year history of this question. The prior high for big government was 65% in 1999 and 2000. Big government has always topped big business and big labor, including in the initial asking in 1965, but just 35% named it at that time.
  • Federal government not as important as politicians believe

    12/19/2013 12:30:51 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 8 replies
    Pittsburg Tribune Review ^ | December 18, 2013 | Scott Rasmussen
    Entering the world of official Washington is a bit like the mythical trip Alice took through the looking glass. Everything is upside-down and nonsensical. This was highlighted most recently in a Wall Street Journal article about how the American people have “a deepening distaste for all Washington institutions” and “angst over Washington dysfunction.” At the same time, the reporter noted that Americans were “surprisingly upbeat about their own lives.” Solid majorities were happy with their personal finances and “more optimistic about the economy.” This disconnect is surprising only to those who have gone through the D.C. looking glass and believe...
  • Beware the Government’s High-Tech Nose

    12/04/2013 9:12:11 AM PST · by Kaslin · 2 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 4, 2013 | Bob Barr
    In 1958, U.S. Senator Barry Goldwater framed his opposition to the National Defense of Education Act (NDEA) in the form of an old Arabian proverb: “If the camel once gets his nose in the tent, his body will soon follow.” Goldwater, the grandfather of the modern conservative movement, understood government at its most basic. Through my years spent inside the federal government, as a former analyst for the CIA, a Reagan-appointed federal prosecutor, and then as a U.S. Congressman -- I can personally vouch for the accuracy of Goldwater’s observation about the true nature of government: No matter how much...
  • Obama’s “Society of Fear”

    11/14/2013 4:38:52 AM PST · by Kaslin · 22 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 14, 2013 | Bob Barr
    In observational experiments, researchers constantly battle a phenomenon called the “Hawthorne effect,” where subjects of experiments alter their behavior when aware of being studied. For example, in 2011, researchers at Carnegie Mellon mailed postcards to customers of an electric company, informing customers they were the subjects of a company study on electricity usage. Researchers found that customers who received weekly postcards – simple reminders that their electricity usage was being observed -- cut electricity usage by nearly three percent. The Hawthorn effect is not just limited to psychological studies. Behavior modification is the hallmark of any “society of fear,” in...
  • PunditFact/PolitiFact: Media Bias Strikes Again -- At Me

    11/14/2013 4:22:07 AM PST · by Kaslin
    Townhall.com ^ | November 14, 2013 | Larry Elder
    When PunditFact -- the new offspring from the folks at PolitiFact -- contacted me, they wanted sources for "all of the claims" in the following statement I made Nov. 4 on CNN's "Crossfire": "In 1900, at all three levels of government -- federal, state and local -- government took less than 10 percent of the American people's money. Now, we're talking about 35 percent, and when you add a dollar value to mandates, we're talking almost 50 percent." What's the problem? PunditFact rated the statement as "mostly false." For added measure, PunditFact called the assertions "eye-popping." No, I was not...
  • CARSON: Your government is morbidly obese

    10/30/2013 9:35:33 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 15 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | October 29, 2013 | Ben S. Carson
    We have all heard the news stories about people so morbidly obese that they could not exit their house or apartment. I remember one story of a person who had to be lifted out with a crane after a wall was removed. These people are addicted to eating, and in some cases, ate incessantly even though they knew that they were jeopardizing their health and eventually, their lives. They grew so large that they were barely able to move and rendered themselves largely useless except as a food-disposal unit. This reminds me of our federal government, which was once agile...
  • Could the Different States Become Separate Countries in the Future?

    10/17/2013 8:45:51 AM PDT · by ComtedeMaistre · 245 replies
    Governor Rick Perry was once alleged to have stated that Texas could secede in the future. But he now states he opposes succession: http://www.usatoday.com/story/onpolitics/2012/11/13/rick-perry-texas-secession-petition/1702359/ If the different states were to become different nations, the federal government would cease to exist. That means that the federal debt would be reduced to Zero. But the price that Americans would pay, would be the loss of super power status. Would Americans be better off or worse off, if the states were to become different countries?
  • Beatings Continue, Until Morale Improves - Pokémon is the Latest Casualty of US Government Shutdown

    10/13/2013 12:00:58 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 4 replies
    GoNintendo.com ^ | Oct 11, 2013 | RawmeatCowboy
    Military bases see Pokemon X/Y copies delayed due to government shutdown Certainly not the worst part of the government shutdown here in the states, but a very annoying one! At least there's still an eShop option.
  • Obama’s Petty Response To The “Shutdown” Becomes Tyrannical

    10/10/2013 5:03:15 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 21 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 9, 2013 | Bob Barr
    As of writing this article, Americans have endured more than a week of government “shutdown,” with no end in sight. Despite House Republicans sending several budget proposals to the Senate, President Barack Obama and his Senate Water Carrier, Harry Reid, continue to dig in their heels; refusing to even consider negotiating an end to the slowdown. The contrasts with the last government “shutdown,” nearly a generation ago, are dramatic. I was a member of Congress during the winter of 1995/1996, the most recent government prior “shutdown.” That historic budget battle was no less tense or divided than the current one....
  • Shutdown Theater

    10/09/2013 5:07:35 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 16 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 9, 2013 | John Stossel
    Government wants you to play a role in the "shutdown" of the federal government. Your role is to panic. Republicans and Democrats both assume that shutting some government is a terrible thing. The press concurs. "Shutdown threatens fragile economy," warns Politico. "Federal workers turn to prayer," laments The Washington Post. If the public starts noticing that life goes on as usual without all 3.4 million federal workers, we might get dangerous ideas, like doing without so much government. Politicians don't want that. They'd rather have us worry about how America will cope. President Obama gave a speech where he actually...
  • Government by extortion: Give us what we want, or else...

    10/08/2013 11:19:29 AM PDT · by MeneMeneTekelUpharsin · 7 replies
    Reading what is going on | 8 October 2013 | Mene Mene Tekel Upharsin
    Government by extortion: Give us what we want, or we'll make your life VERY difficult. Or, we might even think about taking your life to make an example for other uncooperative citizens.
  • Serving Our Government Masters (Obama's 1,701 person White House Staff)

    10/02/2013 9:27:03 PM PDT · by Loud Mime · 4 replies
    FrontPage Mag ^ | 10/2/2013 | Daniel Greenfield
    There was a time when even the highest government officials lived simpler lives. President George Washington made do with Tobias Lear, who not only served as his secretary, but also doubled as a diplomat and even measured his body for burial. President Thomas Jefferson made do with Meriwether Lewis as his personal secretary and Lewis also doubled as Jefferson’s explorer in the Lewis and Clark Expedition. Washington worked on an expense account instead of a salary. He began his presidency working out of a rented three story house that was later demolished as a slum clearance project to make way...
  • The Path Forward

    10/01/2013 8:32:46 AM PDT · by JSDude1 · 4 replies
    REDSTATE ^ | 10/1/2013 | Erick Erickson
    Republicans have spent the past few days leading up to the overly-hyped October 1 deadline negotiating with themselves. The House moved from full defunding of Obamacare to delay for one-year, in conjunction with repeal of the medical device tax. Then they passed another CR merely delaying the individual mandate along with eliminating the congressional exclusion. Then they passed a resolution attempting to go to conference with the Senate. Harry Reid has rejected all of those proposals, even those supported by many of the Democrats in his conference. Typically, it is the side that is constantly watering down their offer that...
  • Sebelius Describes Federal Government As 'Our Federal Family'

    09/05/2013 8:09:00 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 48 replies
    Sebelius Describes Federal Government As 'Our Federal Family' September 5, 2013 - 10:34 AM By Susan Jones (CNSNews.com) - September is National Preparedness Month, and in a news release urging everyone to be mindful of potential terror attacks, natural disasters, and pandemics, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said the federal government is ready to help: "While our federal family is becoming better prepared to support the nation, we know that being truly resilient requires the whole community coming together," she said. "Simply put: bystanders can’t stand by. We’ve seen countless times that bystanders are truly the first responders....
  • Would Thomas Jefferson Approve of Today's Public Education? (Part 2)

    08/20/2013 3:49:13 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 20, 2013 | Chuck Norris
    A few weeks ago in Part 1, I finished by discussing how Thomas Jefferson distinguished the U.S. from other countries in asking, "What but education has advanced us beyond the condition of our indigenous neighbors?" But is today's public education system what he and other Founding Fathers were imagining it could be back then? The answer is: Yes and no. Yes, Jefferson foresaw that public education would teach a broad range of basics. But no, he didn't imagine that academia would be run by the federal government or that it would turn into limited indoctrination camps for political correctness and...
  • Super: Feds paying millions in subsidies to farmers no longer among the living

    07/29/2013 7:55:09 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 3 replies
    Hotair ^ | 07/29/2013 | Erika Johnsen
    I’m starting to get the sinking feeling that — for all of the recent ado about finally decoupling the usually omnibus farm bill into the two separate, more accessible issues of food stamps and agriculture ‘policy’ — what we’re might end up with is some kind of last-minute stopgap extension of the current farm bill, which is supposed to expire at the end of September.Congress still has plenty to duke out on both issues; the Democrats are refusing to stand for any substantive cuts to the national food-stamp program (the enrollment for which has grown by 70 percent since 2008,...
  • The Justice Department Should Leave Zimmerman Alone

    07/17/2013 10:31:22 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 24 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 17, 2013 | Bob Barr
    They’re at it again. The U.S. Department of Justice is getting set to meddle in a local criminal matter. The office of the Attorney General of the United States was created in 1789, but it was not until nearly one century later, in 1870, that the federal Department of Justice was formally established. In the decades since, as the federal government has grown from one of limited and focused powers, to a leviathan reaching into virtually every aspect of our lives and businesses, the Justice Department has increased in size, scope and power accordingly. Much of the work in which...
  • “Sum Ting Wong:” Learning from the San Francisco Crash Reporting Fiasco

    07/14/2013 6:36:05 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 56 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 14, 2013 | Austin Hill
    You’ve probably heard about the airline crash reporting fiasco. Last Friday during a live midday newscast, KTVU TV in San Francisco reported as fact that the names of the pilots on board the Asiana airlines flight that recently crashed in that city were “Sum Ting Wong,” “Wi Tu Lo,” Ho Lee Fuk,” and “Bang Ding Ow.” Shortly thereafter it was determined that the information, which the television station allegedly acquired from the National Transportation Safety Board (“NTSB”), was not factual, but instead a racially insensitive joke. Within less than thirty-six hours after the incident not only had KTVU’s management apologized...
  • The Nanny State On Steroids

    06/20/2013 2:48:05 AM PDT · by LD Jackson · 4 replies
    Political Realities ^ | 06/20/13 | Charles M. Phipps
    As bad as government intrusion is into families here in the United States, it could be a lot worse. A law introduced to the Scottish Parliament would mandate a "named person" (guardian) be appointed for every child in Scotland from birth. Said named person would "promote, support or safeguard the well-being of the child or young person." Children's Minister Aileen Campbell said the responsibility for providing a named person will belong to health boards until the age of five, when it would be transferred to councils. Under this proposed law, detailed personal information about every child - even down to...
  • If Not Obama, then Impeach the 16th Amendment (The author makes an excellent point)

    06/09/2013 8:05:47 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 39 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 9, 2013 | Mark Baisley
    I’d say it’s official; President Obama’s Watergate has arrived.  And the witty question originally formed for Nixon’s big scandal can now be re-applied to President Plausible Deniability, “What did he not know and when did he not know it?”  While I do think that IRS-Gate spells the end of this President’s ability to effectively advance the liberal agenda, I do not see an impeachment on the horizon; at least not for Barack Obama – but perhaps for the Sixteenth Amendment.The recent parade of citizen witnesses to congressional hearings has laid bare the raw suffering that inevitably comes from tolerating the...
  • Epicenter Of A Bursting Bubble (Welcome To Oregon)

    06/05/2013 8:25:29 PM PDT · by blam · 27 replies
    The Daily Reckoning ^ | 6-5-2013 | Dave Gonigam
    Epicenter Of A Bursting Bubble Dave Gonigam Jun 5, 2013 “Josephine County is broke,” wrote the commenter at Huffington Post. “Armed citizen volunteers have taken over most patrol duties against the wishes of Sheriff Gilbertson.” Washington, D.C., is flush with new tax revenue… and Wall Street is riding high with the big stock indexes near record highs. Meanwhile, in places far from the centers of power, we’re seeing one of our forecasts play out. Now nearly two years old, we said the “mother of all financial bubbles” would make itself felt first on the local level. Josephine County, Ore. —...
  • MAYBE IT'S NOT AN ACCIDENT (good read)

    05/29/2013 5:48:27 AM PDT · by shortstop · 17 replies
    boblonsberry.com ^ | 05/29/13 | Bob Lonsberry
    If you're playing basketball and the guy elbows you under the net, it's an accident. The first time. After that, you've got to figure he's doing it on purpose. That's how life is. Once is a fluke, twice is a pattern. When somebody does something over and over, it's pretty hard to believe that it's not on purpose. It's pretty hard to believe that he's not gunning for you. Like the federal government. At this stage, it's pretty hard to believe that its incompetence isn't on purpose. It's pretty hard to avoid the conclusion that somebody has decided to put...
  • Opinion of federal government hits record low: poll

    04/15/2013 2:04:15 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    Reuters ^ | Mon Apr 15, 2013 12:54pm EDT | Ian Simpson
    Americans’ opinion of the federal government has fallen to a record low even as they continue to view local and state governments favorably, according to Pew Research Center survey released on Monday. … The March survey showed Democrats with a more favorable opinion than Republicans of the federal government, at 41 percent to 13 percent. … The poll shows that 63 percent of Americans have a favorable opinion of their local government, virtually unchanged since 2007. Fifty-seven percent have a favorable view of their state governments, up 5 percentage points from 2012. …
  • Obama is spending our money like a drunken King (no need to insult drunken sailors)

    04/04/2013 8:54:36 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 10 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 4/4/13 | Emma Karlin
    We’ve heard about the government spending $1.5 million to determine why most lesbians are fat and almost twice that much to discover why they are drunks, but a peek under the White House rug shows much more willful waste of our money. Barack Obama is arming Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood so they’ll be able to defeat our ally Israel in the next Middle East war. He gives the PLO hundreds of thousands of our money each year as well. King Barack has eaten through $1.4 BILLION in happy lifestyle spending on him, Mooch and their royal highnesses. $505,000 of our tax...
  • The Balance of Powers Act – How People Are Destroyed For Lack of Knowledge

    03/23/2013 12:28:02 PM PDT · by WXRGina · 8 replies
    American Clarion ^ | March 22, 2013 | Publius Huldah
    Our own Ignorance is destroying us. Mark Twain wrote in his autobiography: “In religion and politics people’s beliefs and convictions are in almost every case gotten at second-hand, and without examination, from authorities who have not themselves examined the questions at issue but have taken them at second-hand from other non-examiners, whose opinions about them were not worth a brass farthing.” That is what has been going on in our Country for a very long time. Our “intellectuals” can’t think; our “scholars” parrot each other; the self-educated fixate on idiotic theories; no one studies original source writings; and The People...
  • (Beam Me Up!) - IRS Calls 'Star Trek' Parody Video a Mistake

    03/23/2013 8:24:42 AM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 28 replies
    Orange County Register ^ | March 22, 2013 | STEPHEN OHLEMACHER
    <p>WASHINGTON (AP) — Nobody's going to win an Emmy for a parody of the TV show "Star Trek" filmed by Internal Revenue Service employees at an agency studio in Maryland.</p> <p>Instead, the IRS got a rebuke from Congress for wasting taxpayer dollars.</p>
  • Now's The Time to Return to Capitalism

    03/23/2013 8:13:00 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 23, 2013 | Rich Tucker
    Politicians and basketball coaches know that you never answer the question a reporter asks you; you answer the question you want to answer. So it was with an opinion piece in the March 17 edition of The Washington Post titled “Is Capitalism Moral?” The newspaper assigned Steven Pearlstein, a business columnist who doesn’t seem to care much for businesses, to answer that question. But Pearlstein didn’t seem to want to. Instead, he made his piece broader, writing about the broad problems in American politics today. “Careening from debt-ceiling crisis to sequestration to a looming government shutdown, the nation is...
  • Department of Labor Announces $5 Million in Emergency Grant to Help Laid-Off Kentucky Coal Miners

    03/05/2013 12:30:57 PM PST · by mdittmar · 12 replies
    WFPL ^ | March 4, 2013 | Erica Peterson
    The Department of Labor is sending more than $5 million to Eastern Kentucky to help laid-off coal miners and their families. $5,192,500, to be exact.The federal government announced the emergency grant today. In a press release, the agency said the money would go to providing re-training for miners and their spouses. “When families lose their entire source of income, they often need more than one job to make ends meet,” said acting Secretary of Labor Seth D. Harris. “This grant from the Labor Department will help prepare both displaced miners and their spouses for new employment in eastern Kentucky’s growing...
  • How the US Government Really Operates

    01/30/2013 12:08:55 PM PST · by Codetrader · 8 replies
    New York Daily Sun ^ | January 30, 2013
    The federal government is, in practice, a one-party state controlled by an oligarchy, which is a relatively small group, composed of financiers, politicians and journalists. Written by Lawrence Sellin The oligarchy is roughly divided into two types of individuals: ideologues and pragmatists. Ideologues are adherents to uncompromising and dogmatic policies and are determined and unyielding in achieving their goals. Pragmatists have no solid core principles and will adjust their political positions for the purpose of remaining accepted members of the oligarchy. The ideologues always drive the political agenda, which is only moderated or delayed when met by sufficient resistance. Think...
  • The Great Power of Washington

    01/22/2013 5:01:15 AM PST · by expat1000 · 17 replies
    Sultan Knish ^ | January 21, 2013 | Daniel Greenfield
    As I write this the sun has set, the shadows crawling up and down the grid of America's first truly planned city. There was a time when it was thought that the Potomac extended across the continent and the city of government would lie at the opening of an interstate aquatic highway. That was not to be. And like so many other dreams of government, the Washington City Canal has seen better days. Washington D.C. is America, as many of the men and women who work in government envision it. It is a place of great wealth and great poverty....
  • Democrat Hurricanes Versus Republican Hurricanes

    01/08/2013 5:25:58 AM PST · by Kaslin · 15 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 8, 2013 | Mona Charen
    Just a few days after Hurricane Sandy devastated parts of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut, the New York Times' Paul Krugman crowed triumphantly about the federal government's response to the disaster. "[A]fter Katrina the government seemed to have no idea what it was doing; this time it did. And that's no accident: the federal government's ability to respond effectively to disaster always collapses when antigovernment Republicans hold the White House, and always recovers when Democrats take it back." What a fairy tale. Mature adults understand that earthquakes, hurricanes and other natural disasters are an unfortunate fact of life. They...
  • Don't Tread on Six-Toed Cats

    12/28/2012 4:44:11 AM PST · by Kaslin · 32 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 28, 2012 | Jonah Goldberg
    One of my New Year's resolutions is to work harder to persuade ideological friends and foes alike that the way to reduce partisanship and maximize happiness in America is to embrace federalism -- the view that we should push as many decisions as possible to the lowest local level feasible. Federalism reduces partisanship by shrinking the importance of the federal government. It increases happiness by maximizing the number of people who get to live the way they want to live. Unfortunately, proponents of federalism tend to start the conversation with the really big issues: gay marriage, drugs, guns, abortion, etc....