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  • Local Governments Cry Poor but Act Rich

    05/31/2016 9:28:07 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 5 replies
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 5/23/2016 | James Hohman
    For over a decade, local governments in Michigan have been complaining they need more money from state taxpayers. A recent push by Wayne County Executive Warren Evans is only the most recent example. That is what they say, but how they act suggests their fiscal complaints are exaggerated. For example, providing post-retirement health care benefits to employees is an expense that should be the first to go if there is a real financial problem. Many local governments in Michigan pay for retired employees’ health insurance costs, a type of benefit that is rare in the private sector. Unlike pension promises,...
  • The Death Panels of Massachusetts

    05/31/2016 9:03:49 AM PDT · by jimjohn · 15 replies
    self | jimjohn
    Drive-By Post: Remember those death panels? Well, they are here. I can speak from experience. Patients are being denied services based on the dictates of the state. It's called "prior authorization".
  • About this idea that Trump would ‘destroy the conservative movement’

    05/31/2016 8:47:06 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 15 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 05/31/16 | Dan Calabrese
    Oh really? Let's game it out and see Of all the arguments offered by the #NeverTrumpers, the one most often put forward and least explained is this one: Even if Trump would be a marginally better president than Hillary, it will wouldn’t be worth electing him because a Trump presidency would be the death of the conservative movement. The increasingly hysterical Ben Shapiro explains it thusly:
  • President omits context in Hiroshima speech

    05/31/2016 8:45:06 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 5 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 05/31/16 | Rolf Yungclas
    The bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki was the RESULT of what happens to a nation bent on “domination or conquest” As Barack Obama finishes out the last eight months of his second term as President, he has started working through his bucket list of things to do before he leaves office. This cringe-worthy endeavor has gotten off to a treason-worthy start with his trip to Vietnam highlighted by a photo op with a picture of Ho Chi Minh behind him. And I can’t think why Obama would have made his trip to Hiroshima except to present his warped vision of...
  • The Twisting Noose

    05/31/2016 8:39:02 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 6 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 05/31/16 | Joan Swirsky
    But in spite of the rigged super-delegate system by which Hillary would ascend to a nomination while losing the vast majority of the primary and caucus contests to Sen. Bernie Sanders, it looks like her expiration date is fast approaching When I think about the slow and inexorable—but, of course, inevitable—political demise of Hillary Clinton, I am reminded of T.S. Eliot’s poem, “The Hollow Men,” which ends with this haunting refrain: This is the way the world ends This is the way the world ends This is the way the world ends Not with a bang but a whimper. Hillary’s...
  • Meet the Man Who Saves Futures

    05/31/2016 8:37:04 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 3 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 05/31/16 | John Anthony
    County Executive for Westchester County NY, Rob Astorino If information is power, Rob Astorino has enough to shatter the administration’s media halo and send HUD officials slithering behind their stacks of regulations. Astorino is the County Executive for Westchester County, NY, an upscale community north of NYC that is home to Andrew Cuomo, George Soros, Hillary and Bill Clinton to name a few. In the name of fair housing, HUD is now implementing the most abusive, property-rights-grabbing, local-rule-neutering regulation since our Founders cast off monarchical handouts for natural rights
  • Stopping Justin Trudeau’s Culture of Death

    05/31/2016 8:35:18 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 3 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 05/31/16 | Judi McLeod
    Disability snuff film, ‘Me Before You’ God help the most vulnerable in a society where the lib-left and Hollywood flagrantly extol the ‘Better Dead Than Disabled’ meme with a real life Parliament echoing the message of the soon to be released “disability snuff film”, ‘Me Before You’. “Me Before You” is the latest Hollywood blockbuster to grossly misrepresent the lived experience of the majority of disabled people. In the film, a young man becomes disabled, falls in love with his ‘carer’ and they have an incredible 6 months together. Despite her opposition, however, our hero does the “honorable” thing by...
  • Strangeness of the delusional Libertarian Party bubbles up at its nominating convention

    05/31/2016 8:28:24 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 9 replies
    The Coach's Team ^ | 5/31/16 | Kevin "Coach" Collins
    Is the delusional Libertarian Party a threat to Donald Trump’s election chances? No. At its recent nominating convention the Libertarian Party played its usual role as the builders of the Tower of Babble. The Party that talks a good game about protecting individual rights has always been a haven for self-delusional and essentially disaffected Democrats who can’t bring themselves to declare who they really are. Their convention brought that fact home in a big way. When the attendees selected former New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson as their standard bearer all seemed right in the delusional Party. Johnson had just quit...
  • AZ: Governor Ducey Vetoes HB 2524, Protection Against Bloomberg Referendum

    05/31/2016 7:46:55 AM PDT · by marktwain
    Gun Watch ^ | 12 May, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    For two years, the Arizona Citizens Defense League (AZCDL) has been pushing to pass a bill to enact a compact between states.  The purpose of the bill is to prevent a billionaire funded referendum from imposing Universal Background Checks (UBC), a precursor to firearms registration in Arizona.  Compacts between the states take precedence over state statutes; if another state signed on the the Compact created by SB2524, a Bloomberg funded referendum would not be able to impose UBCs on Arizona.  That, at least, is the theory. A few weeks ago, SB2524 passed the Arizona legislature. If it had become...
  • Bill Takes Away Car Owners' Choice of Less Expensive Parts

    05/31/2016 7:14:21 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 23 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 5/29/2016 | Jarrett Skorup
    Under current law, auto repair shops can use replacement parts made by a vehicle’s maker or an aftermarket supplier. But under a bill now working its way through the Michigan Legislature, customers’ freedom to save money by choosing the less expensive aftermarket parts would be replaced by a mandate on shops to install only original equipment manufacturer (OEM) parts for repairs on newer vehicles. "This bill will make our inventory null and void. It will cause people to be laid off. It will raise prices for consumers by taking away their choices, and it will drive up insurance rates," said...
  • In the heat of the sun: How Mao’s call for “disorder under heaven” tore China asunder

    05/31/2016 6:49:13 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    The Economist ^ | May 14, 2016
    The Cultural Revolution: A People’s History 1962-1976. By Frank Dikötter. Bloomsbury; 382 pages; $32 and £25. The Cowshed. By Ji Xianlin. Introduction by Zha Jianying. New York Review of Books; 188 pages; $24.95 and £14.99. FIFTY years ago the Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution, as it was officially known, plunged China into Maoist madness. It left well over 1m people dead and wrecked the lives of many millions of others. It was Mao Zedong, then 72, who launched the “red terror”, as young participants proudly called it, partly to purge the party of officials who were sceptical about his radical policies....
  • High Taxes Lack a Guarantee of Quality Services: See Detroit

    05/31/2016 5:14:27 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 8 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 5/28/2016 | James Hohman
    It is a common trope in Michigan and elsewhere that the path to state prosperity is to have high taxes and quality services, with Minnesota pointed to as the paragon. Yet high taxes do not guarantee quality services, as Detroit can attest. Detroit has the highest effective property taxes in the country, according to the Minnesota Center for Fiscal Excellence’s 2014 property tax study. For commercial property at all different values, Detroit is No. 1 in the nation. For homesteaded property, only Bridgeport, Connecticut surpasses Detroit. Detroit also has the highest property taxes for most values of industrial property. Only...
  • Can Trump take down Hillary now?

    05/31/2016 5:05:20 AM PDT · by DrDude · 60 replies
    5/31/16 | DrDude
    Everyone is speculating on the email/Rico scandals of The Clintons. The FBI & DOJ are slow playing everything and waiting for Obama's order to proceed. Can Trump use this information now? What if he explains that he will have his DOJ prosecute FBI & DOJ Officials who are obstructing this case. Crimes have been committed and Hillary has acknowledge some crimes such as destroying emails. I think Trump needs to get in front of this now. Don't let the Libs continue to define the narrative. Any thoughts on this?
  • Best Friends: The Declaration of Independence and the Constitution

    05/31/2016 12:54:47 AM PDT · by Jacquerie · 7 replies
    For some time, I’ve had a squib in mind which connected the Declaration and Constitution. Professor William B. Allen of Michigan State University beat me to it some years ago with a paper that did just that. I encourage the reader to examine the entire work. To the small extent that our Declaration is discussed in the public square and taught to our young anymore at all, discourse is typically limited to the clauses surrounding our unalienable rights and equality before God. Addressed far less often are the specific charges directed at King George III and how our Constitution dealt...
  • TEXAS BULLION DEPOSITORY: GOLD BACKED BANK to be COMPLETED Next year

    05/30/2016 7:23:51 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 44 replies
    The Daily Sheeple ^ | May 18, 2016 | Joshua Krause
    Last year Texas Governor Gregg Abbott signed HB 483, allowing the creation of the Texas Gold Depository. “With the passage of this bill, the Texas Bullion Depository will become the first state-level facility of its kind in the nation, increasing the security and stability of our gold reserves and keeping taxpayer funds from leaving Texas to pay for fees to store gold in facilities outside our state,” he said last June. This gold bank would allow Texas to recover the gold that it has stored in New York vaults, and give Texan citizens and institutions a chance to store their...
  • Seattle's homeless crisis episode 9: The response from the city

    05/30/2016 6:05:44 PM PDT · by mainestategop · 7 replies
    The RESPONSE WE GOT FROM CITYHALL: We are very sensitive to the impact that the SHARE/WHEEL shelter closure is having in our community. However, the City does not have any additional funding for shelter operations. The City’s primary interest is ensuring that the beds we have contracted with SHARE to operate are brought back into operation so that those who are experiencing homelessness in our community are able to access shelter. This interest has been clearly expressed to the men and women of SHARE/WHEEL. Again, thank you for sharing your concerns with the City of Seattle. I also received a...
  • As in US, Trump draws strong reactions in China

    05/30/2016 5:29:08 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | May 30, 2016 | Dong Tongjian and Fu Ting, the Associated Press
    BEIJING (AP) -- China features prominently in the rhetoric of presumed Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, who accuses the country of stealing American jobs and cheating at global trade. In China though, he's only just emerging as a public figure, despite fame elsewhere for his voluble utterances, high-profile businesses and reality TV shows. Although the government has denounced Trump's threats of economic retaliation, many Chinese observers see a silver lining in his focus on economic issues instead of human rights and political freedoms. That could make him an attractive alternative to his likely rival, Democrat Hillary Clinton. Trump "could in...
  • Iowa Supreme Court Bans Life Imprisonment for Teen Killers [semi-satire]

    05/30/2016 12:37:04 PM PDT · by John Semmens · 2 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 29 May 2016 | John Semmens
    In a 4-3 ruling, the Iowa Supreme Court banned lower courts from imposing life sentences for murders committed by teen-aged offenders. The ruling came in the case of Isaiah Richard Sweet, who was convicted of two counts of first-degree murder for fatally shooting his grandparents. Justice Brent Appel wrote that "a life sentence for a crime such as this is disproportionate. The victims were old and fairly close to a natural death. For their grandson to be sentenced to a life term that could easily amount to multiple decades is a punishment that I believe the victims themselves would have...
  • That Noble Lamp-Post

    05/30/2016 8:27:22 AM PDT · by Edward.Fish · 4 replies
    Edward.Fish ^ | 27-May-2016 | OneWingedShark
    What swarms of officers eat out our substance,     combining with others to subject us to foreign Jurisdiction; Despising every limit within our Constitution? They who wish to lord o’er their fellow Citizen     who wish Liberty’s dissolution Who wish to enslave us     with debt, twenty-trillion. Let them be killed with shout:     “I AM AMERICAN!” Ready for them that traitor’s noose     lest you join their Treason & Conspiracy And upon yourselves our rage loose,     For daring to enslave Freemen’s Posterity. Petitioned we at e’ery stage,     from our oppression, Just redress; yet our ‘standing’ they dismiss,     increasing thus our rage… Forgetting that when...
  • First look at Navy's experimental railgun that can fire at 4,500 miles an hour

    05/29/2016 11:12:05 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 31 replies
    Fox News ^ | May 29, 2016 | The Wall Street Journal
    A warning siren bellowed through the concrete bunker of a top-secret Naval facility where U.S. military engineers prepared to demonstrate a weapon for which there is little defense. Officials huddled at a video screen for a first look at a deadly new supergun that can fire a 25-pound projectile through seven steel plates and leave a 5-inch hole. The weapon is called a railgun and requires neither gunpowder nor explosive. It is powered by electromagnetic rails that accelerate a hardened projectile to staggering velocity—a battlefield meteorite with the power to one day transform military strategy, say supporters, and keep the...
  • Meet the Police Officers Murdered by the Black Panthers

    05/29/2016 7:10:50 PM PDT · by MarvinStinson · 22 replies
    progunfighter ^ | February 10, 2016
    Below are the names and photos of 31 police officers who were murdered by the Black Panthers and the subsequent Black Liberation Army in the 60s, 70s and 80s. The Black Liberation Army was an organization that grew out of the Black Panther Party, composed of former Black Panther Party members, operating from about 1971-1980. Another two police officers on the list were murdered by the Weather Underground, a domestic terrorist group with ties to the Black Liberation Army. Despite this readily available information, today the internet was full of articles criticizing those who were upset by Beyonce’s Super Bowl...
  • Hillary caught lying dead to rights

    05/29/2016 4:02:19 PM PDT · by Starman417 · 18 replies
    Flopping Aces ^ | 05-29-16 | DrJohn
    Oh my. The phrase "dead to rights" has a number of possible origins, my favorite being the George Matsell version: DEAD TO RIGHTS. Positively guilty, and no way of getting clear. You can actually read Matsell's entire book here. Hillary Clinton has been caught lying dead to rights. We've watched for the last couple of years as her email story has come undone piece by piece. Clinton’s stories continue to evolve. In 2007 having a secret email account was “shredding the Constitution.” Back on March 10 of last year, there was no classified information on her server: “I did not...
  • Donald Trump: Migrants treated better than US military veterans

    05/29/2016 3:52:01 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    The British Broadcasting Corporation ^ | May 29, 2016 | Jon Sopel
    Illegal immigrants in the US often get better care than the nation's military veterans, Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has said. "We're not going to allow that to happen any longer," he told a bikers' rally in Washington DC. Mr Trump did not provide any evidence for his assertion. Last year, the billionaire sparked anger by attacking the military record of Senator John McCain, a former prisoner of war. Mr Trump said Sen McCain was only considered a hero because he was a prisoner of war during the Vietnam War. He then added: "I like people who weren't captured." Since...
  • Clinton Campaign Refuses to Fill Out Transgender Issues Questionnaire

    05/29/2016 2:22:53 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    Metro Weekly ^ | May 29, 2016 | John Riley
    A national transgender advocacy organization is criticizing the Clinton campaign for promising - and then backtracking - to fill out its political questionnaire on issues of importance to the transgender community. In a news release, Trans United Fund (TUF) noted that it had informed presidential campaigns from both parties of the organization's questionnaire upon its release on April 11. Within 30 minutes, both Democratic presidential campaigns happily agreed to fill out the questionnaire. The campaign of Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders completed the questionnaire and returned it on time. But two weeks after agreeing to complete the questionnaire, the Clinton campaign...
  • Legal Cannabis is Literally Transforming Cities — Funding Roads, Schools, Charities and More

    05/29/2016 1:06:16 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 97 replies
    The Free Thought Project ^ | May 29, 2016 | Justin Gardner
    Two years after Colorado began its first retail sales of cannabis, towns and cities across the state are enjoying the benefits in a number of ways. With sales this year expected to reach $1 billion, local governments are seeing windfalls of tax revenue, which is funding education, recreation, infrastructure improvements, and even aid to the homeless. The small town of Mountain View may be able to dispel its reputation for collecting revenue through speeding tickets, now that two pot shops reside there. “We have such a small tax base,” said Mayor Jeff Kiddie, who opposed pot stores. “Medical and retail...
  • Professor Resigns to Protest Freedom of Speech [semi-satire]

    05/29/2016 10:30:04 AM PDT · by John Semmens
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 29 May 2016 | John Semmens
    Contending that "so-called free speech is delusional," DePaul University sociology professor Dr. Shu-Ju Cheng has resigned her post in protest. The event that spurred Dr. Cheng's protest was the aborted speech of Milo Yiannopolis on the University's campus last week. Despite paying the University for security, student thugs were permitted to seize the stage and disrupt the speech. Cheng was outraged, not that thugs were allowed to drown out views with which they disagreed, but that Yiannopolis was invited "to air his anti-progressive message." "The whole concept of freedom of speech is an antiquated idea derived from dead white men,"...
  • A partial list of the victims of Bill Clinton’s lifelong War on Women

    05/29/2016 8:56:20 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 6 replies
    The Coach's Team ^ | 5/29/16 | Kevin "Coach" Collins
    Treating women like sexual objects has been a lifelong M. O. for Bill Clinton. Degrading women and using them like disposable paper towels for nothing more than his sexual gratification has been what Clinton has lived for all of his life. The list of the women he has victimized goes back to his days dodging the draft while at Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar in the 1960s. Clinton’s first known victim was Eileen Wellstone, 19-year-old English woman who accused Clinton of raping her after they met at pub near the campus in 1969. Clinton slithered away when she refused to...
  • Not All The Bad Guys Are Behind Bars

    05/29/2016 8:19:23 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 3 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 05/29/16 | Dave Merrick
    If the founders could see the leader we have, and how vulnerable to collapse we are at present, they would weep A while back I was invited to tour a newly opened maximum-security prison. My host, an upper echelon officer of the state’s Department of Corrections, drove me to the big gate at the multi-facility prison grounds. Along the way were a half-dozen subsequent checkpoints with mirrored, bulletproof windows that housed the vaguely-silhouetted guards who monitored dozens of cameras. At the huge, brick and concrete ‘New Max’, we walked among twenty-foot-high cyclone and barbed-wire walls topped with concertina wire. The...
  • Superhero Kevin Vickers: a role model for protecting war dead against protesters

    05/29/2016 8:17:27 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 2 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 05/29/16 | Judi McLeod
    Heroic Kevin Vickers, who dared to defend the dignity of the war dead against a protester, in a military cemetery is a role model for Memorial Day 2016 Leave it to the squawking lib-left media to descend like the proverbial ton of bricks on 59-year-old Kevin Vickers’ heroic act all because he grabbed and dragged a protester away from the podium at a ceremony set aside to honour British soldiers killed putting down the 1916 Easter Rising of Irish nationalists against British rule. It is the custom for citizens worldwide to be able to honour their war dead without the...
  • A British Palestinian girl wins an award for lying

    05/29/2016 8:15:25 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 1 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 05/29/16 | Barry Shaw
    There can be no "free Palestine" without a free and secure Jewish state of Israel A Ted-type rant has gained much exposure over the social media. It was made by a Palestinian Muslim girl, Leanne Mohamad, dressed cutely in her British school uniform, giving a one-sided diatribe for a “free Palestine.” Like much of the Palestinian narrative it is full of emotional imagery with shallow false statements often employed to cover the harsh reality of Palestinian hatred and the anti-Semitism of rejecting Jewish heritage and a Jewish self-determination that has been decreed under international law
  • THE GUN CONTROL PRESIDENT. IT’S A MATTER OF CHOICE!

    05/29/2016 8:13:41 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 4 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 05/29/16 | Andrew Benjamin
    Her choice that is. You have seriously misunderstood the constitution because there is no such thing as God-given rights. Only rights conferred by the Liberal-Socialist Democratic Party - if they so choose Hers… Not yours. You make a decision to defend your family. She intends to take away your choice. Your choice is to preserve life.—Preferably yours. Her choice is to increase money flowing to her foundation. She is smarter than you, better than you, and reserves her “right” to make choices for you.
  • How Trump won: He didn’t let the media mis-define him, and neither did you

    05/29/2016 8:08:09 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 9 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 05/29/16 | Herman Cain
    And he'll approach the race against Hillary in the same way. It may not be officially official until the Republican convention in July, but Donald Trump last week passed the 1,237-pledged delegate mark, essentially making him the Republican nominee for president. To get a sense of just how extraordinary this is, think back to last summer and fall when the entire world of political punditry was so sure he had no chance, they treated this belief as if it was an unassailable fact. But Trump just rolled on as the candidates dubbed by the media as the “serious” contenders fell...
  • The Value of Virtue (II)

    05/29/2016 1:16:56 AM PDT · by Jacquerie · 1 replies
    In yesterday’s blog, I related the founding generation’s assumptions regarding the necessity of virtue in stable republics. Many conservatives today believe our early years after Independence was an idyllic era of strong private and public virtue. Some tend to disbelieve the 1787 Constitution was necessary. Resting on that belief, the same conservatives look about today, see nothing but corruption of public virtue, and throw their hands up in despair of ever returning the US to freedom. Contrary to common belief, the first dozen years after Independence were something of a governing and political mess. Right out of the chute in...
  • Indian women 'sold' like products in a retail shop in Gulf states for $1,500. Andhra minister

    05/28/2016 3:17:18 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 26 replies
    MFS The Other News ^ | May 27, 2016
    "Instructions should be issued to Indian embassy officials in Gulf countries to interfere in the matter and provide necessary help in terms of food, clothing and shelter," he wrote. Women domestic workers from Andhra Pradesh are languishing in jails in the Gulf states after attempting to flee abusive employers or overstaying their visas, said Palle Raghunatha Reddy, minister for non-resident Indian welfare, urging the national government to help them. In a letter to Sushma Swaraj, Reddy called for action to bring back the women. “Necessary steps should be initiated to bring them to their native areas safely by providing free...
  • Trump: Cancel Paris, Cut Funds for UN Climate, Save the coal industry

    05/28/2016 2:56:50 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 29 replies
    JoNova ^ | May 28, 2016
    Trump vows to cancel the Paris climate deal, stop funding UN global warming programs and save the coal industry. Gotta love these plans. No wonder the big-government fans are apoplectic over Donald Trump as he paints targets on their most sacred cows. In Australia Bill Shorten, potential Prime Minister, called Trump: “Barking Mad.” Shorten, showing his diplomatic talent, was burning goodwill with a potential US president and 45% of voters in the largest economy in the world and our most important strategic ally. Below, the Trump plans this week: to use cheap energy; to stop trying to change the weather,...
  • A President Hillary Clinton Could Pardon Herself and Congress Might Be Helpless to Act

    05/28/2016 2:43:51 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 29 replies
    LawNewz ^ | May 23, 2016 | Chris White
    Towards the end of April and into early May, several news outlets ran reports (citing anonymous sources) that the FBI investigation into Hillary Clinton’s use of a private e-mail was expected to be wrapped in the coming weeks. However, a few weeks later, FBI Director James Comey met with reporters and indicated the Bureau had no set timeline for completing the investigation. He even stated that the upcoming political conventions and general election would not factor into when the investigation would be completed. So, lets take Comey at his word and imagine this scenario: It is Friday, January 20, 2017...
  • VA Waits for Ailing Vets “Not So Bad” [semi-satire]

    05/28/2016 11:20:54 AM PDT · by John Semmens · 4 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 29 May 2016 | John Semmens
    This week, Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert McDonald rebuffed critics of the agency’s long queues for medical treatment of ailing veterans, comparing them to the long lines to get on rides at Disneyland. “No one is on the Disney Corporation’s case for the lengthy wait-times at their theme parks,” McDonald asserted. “Why should we get worked up over wait-times at VA hospitals?” “You know, if people can tolerate waiting an hour for something as frivolous as a roller coaster ride shouldn’t they be willing to wait a reasonable amount of time for something as crucial as medical care?” the Secretary...
  • So what happened to Cheryl Mill's deposition?

    05/28/2016 8:41:29 AM PDT · by DrDude · 30 replies
    5/28/16 | DrDude
    Mills was to take a deposition yesterday. She fought it in court and was still required to appear. Nothing in any sources. Did the deposition occur? Why no mention in the press? Is this the end for Hillary or "more of the same stalling tactics"?
  • Why The Economy Is Like The Subway

    05/28/2016 7:17:45 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony
    Canada Free Press ^ | 05/28/16 | Bob Christie
    Hanging onto your wallet is not an option. The feds will find your back pocket. And then there are the other thugs who prey on passengers. Nobody will get home unscathed When you venture beneath the city streets, go through or leap over the turnstile (not recommended . . . a consequence may be a fine, or a broken leg), stroll down the platform to the favored spot where your preferred car will stop, three things can happen. Two are bad. You have a chance to get on the train and reach your destination safely . . . so far...
  • Trump Tames Billary

    05/28/2016 7:16:03 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 5 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 05/28/16 | Dr. Robert Owens
    Billary will flail around using the same Democrat playbook as always and hurl baseless charges through their media megaphone like they did with Romney Back in the days of the peace dividend, “Read my lips,” and “It’s the economy stupid” we were told we got two for the price of one. And we sure did. One president to chase skirts in the Oval Office and one harridan to persecute his victims: Billary, the corrupt couple from Whitewater. Remember back in the Sleazy Nineties when the Clinton ‘interlewed’ between George I and George II lowered the standards for what was acceptable...
  • THE DAY FREE SPEECH DIED

    05/28/2016 7:14:05 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 12 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 05/28/16 | Jeff Crouere
    Colleges are supposed to be laboratories for ideas where debates are encouraged and a diverse set of viewpoints are welcome. Today, only liberalism is allowed and our students are not being educated, but indoctrinated It happened again this week at DePaul University in Chicago, IL. Another conservative speaker was harassed by liberal activists. In this case, Breitbart contributor Milo Yiannopoulos was not allowed to finish his presentation to a group of students. He was bullied and threatened and his speech was literally shut down by a group of Black Lives Matter activists. In fact, one of the free speech haters...
  • Donald Trump to NRA: We Will Get Rid of Gun Free Zones

    05/28/2016 6:23:44 AM PDT · by marktwain · 12 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 22 May, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    Donald Trump attended the annual NRA meeting in Louisville, Kentucky.  The local news carried pictures of rain and record crowds, three hour waits to get into the meeting room, thousands of attendees, and traffic snarled as people overflowed the Kentucky Expo capacities.  I saw lines stretching for a quarter mile or more.  The local press described the crowds waiting to register for the NRA events as even bigger, but they were moving faster.  At the Leadership forum, before Trump spoke, a polished NRA VP Chris Cox made the announcement: The NRA is endorsing Donald Trump for President! It was...
  • The Value of Virtue

    05/28/2016 1:43:50 AM PDT · by Jacquerie · 11 replies
    I recently dusted off an old friend: Gordon S. Wood’s The Creation of the American Republic 1776 – 1787*. His research in the newspapers, pamphlets and sermons of the Revolutionary era led him to appreciate how complicated the creation of American political and constitutional structure really was. The individualistic and rights-oriented culture of today was not emphasized at all in 1776. No, the radical republicanism of the era stressed hostility to corruption of all sorts, and emphasized the importance of virtue for the public good. Perhaps everyone in the eighteenth century could have agreed that in theory no State was...
  • Brian Williams: U.S. Is ‘The Only Nation to Have Used’ Nuclear Weapons ‘In Anger’

    05/27/2016 7:15:12 PM PDT · by PROCON · 65 replies
    newsbusters.org ^ | May 27, 2016 | Curtis Houck
    MSNBC breaking news host and ex-NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams was allowed out on MSNBC’s airwaves early Friday afternoon to discuss President Obama’s visit to Hiroshima so he could resurrect a taped report that aired in 2005 on the 60th anniversary of the nuclear bomb’s dropping on the Japanese city. In the course of discussing the event afterward, though, Williams threw some shade in the direction of the U.S. military and then-President Harry Truman by complaining that “we’re the only nation to have used them in anger” against the horrifying Axis Powers member.
  • President Suggests Hillary's Email "a Matter for Voters to Decide" [semi-satire]

    05/27/2016 4:58:21 PM PDT · by John Semmens · 6 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 29 May 2015 | John Semmens
    Irritated that the media would dare to pose a question about the legality of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's unsecured email communications, President Obama refused to comment, suggesting that "whether she did anything that was really wrong is a matter for voters to decide. And from what I've seen so far, she's on her way to securing the Democratic nomination for president. I think that says the majority of Americans are okay with how she's handled it." The media's unwelcome inquiry was spurred by an 83-page State Department Inspector General's report calling Clinton's email operation an "inexcusable and willful...
  • Obama uses Hiroshima visit as opportunity to urge no nukes

    05/27/2016 1:54:28 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    WHNS-TV ^ | May 27, 2016 | Nancy Benac and Foster Klug, The Associated Press
    HIROSHIMA, Japan (AP) - With an unflinching look back at a painful history, President Barack Obama stood on the hallowed ground of Hiroshima on Friday and declared it a fitting place to summon people everywhere to embrace the vision of a world without nuclear weapons. As the first American president to visit the city where the U.S. dropped the first atomic bomb, Obama came to acknowledge - but not apologize for - an act many Americans see as a justified end to a brutal war that Japan started with a sneak attack at Pearl Harbor. Some 140,000 people died after...
  • Uber Drivers Tell Their Stories

    05/27/2016 12:27:58 PM PDT · by MichCapCon · 11 replies
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 5/26/2016 | Geneva Ruppert
    Ridesharing companies operate in six cities in Michigan and have provided job opportunities and rides to thousands of Michiganders. But they currently operate in a legal gray area, putting drivers at risk. We recently spoke to a handful of drivers for Uber about their experiences and why it is important to establish statewide regulations to protect the service. “Uber saves lives,” said Rebecca and Babacar. Both drive in Grand Rapids and discussed how the ease and convenience of ridesharing apps provide an attractive alternative to driving drunk. But Larry, who drives on the other side of the state, recalled a...
  • Midterm elections attracting too many white voters

    05/27/2016 8:54:17 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 21 replies
    The Coach's Team ^ | 5/27/16 | Doug Book
    Just before the midterm election of 2014, Vice President Joe Biden made another of those insightful statements for which he will be forever remembered. Joe told CNN News that, "if you look at every single major issue of the campaign, the American public agree with [the White House] position." But if the vice president’s laugh-line-du-jour were actually true, why would his fellow liberals want to do away with the midterm election before Obama supporters had the opportunity to show just how loyal they really were? It seems a “public policy” professor and a junior at Duke University had written an...
  • How Forfeiture Should Work

    05/27/2016 7:12:43 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 5 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 5/24/2016 | Jarrett Skorup
    The federal government is seizing a historic Detroit recording studio under its forfeiture laws. It appears to be a case where forfeiture may be justified, but provides us with an example to talk about how forfeiture should be used. The Detroit Free Press sums up the case: United Sound Systems may be the country’s oldest independent recording studio and has hosted legendary artists such as Miles Davis, George Clinton and The Rolling Stones. Yet the downtown property on Second Avenue may end up seized by federal prosecutors, who say it was purchased with funding from a known cocaine trafficker. They...
  • AL: Free Carry Permits for Retired Military Veterans

    05/27/2016 5:30:31 AM PDT · by marktwain · 10 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 17 May, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    In Alabama, Governor Robert Bentley signed HB98, which provides for retired veterans who qualify, to obtain free pistol permits.  The bill was popular with the legislature, passing nearly unanimously. HB98 passed the House 93 to 4 with 3 abstentions. It passed the Senate 30 to 2 with no abstentions on 3 May, 2016, and was signed into law by Governor Bently on 13 May, 2016. The bill applies to retired military veterans who are non-disability retirees from the Army, Navy, Coast Guard or Marines, or any reserve component thereof. From the HB98(pdf): 24  (b) Any retired military veteran who...