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  • Ukraine's Economy Is Nearing Collapse

    04/18/2014 5:01:58 PM PDT · by PieterCasparzen · 2 replies
    Forbes ^ | 4/15/2014 | Mark Adomanis
    ... In a desperate effort to head off inflation (which in March alone was over 3%) and protect the value of the Hryvnia, the Ukrainian central bank hiked its main interest rate from 6.5 to 9.5%. ... The central bank was forced to take such desperate measures because the currency has been in free fall, losing more than 35% of its value against the dollar this year. ... Ukraine also faces enormous problems re-paying its debts, a substantial portion of which are denominated in dollars and other foreign currencies. Although it attracted little attention at the time, when it bought...
  • More Than 200 (illegal) Immigrants Arrested at Texas Camp

    04/18/2014 4:30:55 PM PDT · by Libloather · 6 replies
    NBC DFW ^ | 4/18/14
    **SNIP** They were found in an undeveloped patch of scrub near an abandoned tennis club in McAllen. They were camped under tents and huts camouflaged with mesquite branches and cacti. Some told authorities they had been there sleeping on pieces of cardboard with little food or water for at least a week. It was unclear whether any of those arrested Thursday afternoon were guides suspected of guarding the immigrants, Border Patrol spokesman Danny Tirado told The McAllen Monitor. A short time later, Border Patrol arrested 132 immigrants found in two buildings on a property in Alton, about 8 miles west...
  • 89-Cent Refill Almost Lands $525 Fine, Man Let Off With warning instead

    04/18/2014 3:49:11 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 8 replies
    ABC ^ | April 18, 2014
    A man who faced a $525 fine for refilling an 89-cent drink at a Veterans Affairs hospital apparently will get off with a warning. When Christopher Lewis of North Charleston, S.C., refilled his drink without paying Wednesday, a federal police officer gave him a ticket.
  • Carr: Elizabeth Warren, take my DNA challenge! Prove you're an Indian!

    04/18/2014 3:45:49 PM PDT · by RightGeek · 11 replies
    Boston Herald ^ | 4/18/2014 | Howie Carr
    There is only one way to settle once and for all the question of whether the fake Indian is or is not a real Indian. She needs to take a DNA test. I dare you, Sen. Warren. It only costs about $200. If you insist, I’ll pay for it. In fact, I’ll take one myself. It’s easy. Just swab the inside of your mouth. Check my photo on the left, I’ll show you how to do it. No more of this fact-free nonsense about your “high cheekbones,” or these ridiculous fables about your parents “eloping” to escape the racism of...
  • Bundy Ranch Family vs. Big Gov., Big Green, Big Media

    04/18/2014 3:38:45 PM PDT · by detective · 6 replies
    The New American ^ | April 16, 2014 | William F. Jasper
    “Hoofed locusts.” That’s how Sierra Cub founder John Muir saw domestic sheep and cattle. It is a term later adopted by Earth First! anarchist and “EcoWarrior” Edward Abbey and other radical enviro-actvists. Muir, Abbey, and their ilk harbor equal (or, perhaps, greater) contempt for the farmers and ranchers who inflict the “hoofed locusts” on Mother Earth. The “locust” farmers/ranchers, like the “destructive” critters they produce, must be eradicated (humanely, of course), say the activists. That is why Cliven Bundy (shown) and his family’s ranch in Clark County, Nevada, are now in the headlines
  • (Seattle's socialist Kshama) Sawant says mayor’s minimum wage panel is ‘deadlocked’

    04/18/2014 3:33:11 PM PDT · by Libloather · 12 replies
    Seattle PI ^ | 4/18/14 | Joel Connelly
    Mayor Ed Murray’s minimum wage advisory committee is “deadlocked,” Seattle City Council member Kshama Sawant said Friday, with the socialist officeholder pledging she will now work to “build a strong coalition in the streets.” Sawant and two other left-leaning City Council members sit on the panel, which is co-chaired by business leader Howard S. Wright III, CEO of Seattle Hospitality Group, and Service Employees Union leader David Rolf, the city’s most able labor leader. The statement by Sawant comes amids increasing indications that Seattle voters will have the final say on on the minimum wage issue. And, like Washington voters...
  • Obama pressures American Legion to allow amnesty bill

    04/18/2014 3:32:44 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 8 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | Neil Munro
    President Barack Obama is meeting Friday with the head of the American Legion, in what amnesty opponents fear is a yet another effort to bypass public opposition to passage of a massive business-backed immigration increase. House Speaker John Boehner also added to the alarms Thursday night, when the Wall Street Journal reported that he told business donors gathered last month in Las Vegas that he is “hellbent on getting this done.
  • Police Explain Controversial Chase After Whitehouse [Texas] Jogger

    04/18/2014 3:27:03 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 7 replies
    KLTV ^ | Apr 14, 2014 | Melanie Torre
    A Whitehouse woman says she was just out on a morning walk when a police officer attacked her, put her in handcuffs and took her to the police station. The incident happened Friday morning off Maji Road in Whitehouse, but the police department says that's not the whole story. SNIP "I thought you were fixing to take me somewhere and hurt me. I thought you were a bad police officer. I was a teacher for 9 years. I'm a Christian. I go to church," the woman says. SNIP
  • How Obama Can Use Executive Actions to Improve Our Democracy (Barf Alert)

    04/18/2014 3:06:46 PM PDT · by Jacquerie · 22 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | April 18th, 2014 | Michael Waldman
    With Congress paralyzed, President Obama has promised to use his “pen and phone” to overcome the ongoing dysfunction and get some work done. And the White House has already acted several times to help improve America’s economy. But such policies, no matter how valuable, will achieve little if we do not fix our broken democracy. Allow me to suggest some ideas for how the president can do just that. First, some historical context. Presidents have long acted within their authority, from Jefferson’s purchase of Louisiana without consulting Congress to Lincoln’s freeing the slaves by proclamation. In recent decades, at a...
  • The United States of SWAT?

    04/18/2014 3:02:49 PM PDT · by detective · 22 replies
    National Review ^ | April 18, 2014 | John Fund
    Military-style units from government agencies are wreaking havoc on non-violent citizens. Regardless of how people feel about Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy’s standoff with the federal Bureau of Land Management over his cattle’s grazing rights, a lot of Americans were surprised to see TV images of an armed-to-the-teeth paramilitary wing of the BLM deployed around Bundy’s ranch. They shouldn’t have been. Dozens of federal agencies now have Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) teams to further an expanding definition of their missions. It’s not controversial that the Secret Service and the Bureau of Prisons have them. But what about the Department of...
  • Vietnam Vet Gets Retirement Surprise: He's Not a Citizen

    04/18/2014 2:55:19 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 4 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | Friday, Apr 18, 2014 | Chris Roberts
    San Lorenzo man serves in military, works a lifetime -- "illegally."It took Lee Smith quite some time to find out that he wasn't a U.S. citizen. During which time he served in the U.S. Army in Vietnam and lived and worked in the Bay Area for nearly 44 years. Smith, 65, a retired sheet metal fabricator, discovered he wasn't a citizen upon turning 65 and trying -- and failing -- to collect his Social Security benefits, according to The Daily Review. He joined the Army in 1969 and took the oath of citizenship -- a requirement for him to be...
  • Monica Lewinsky E-Mail Omitted From Latest Batch of Clinton Documents

    04/18/2014 2:44:21 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 8 replies
    ABC News ^ | April 18, 2014 | by Chris Good
    An email from Monica Lewinsky was omitted from the Clinton library’s latest document dump for privacy reasons. Every two weeks this spring, the National Archives has been releasing documents from Clinton’s presidency through The William J Clinton Presidential Library & Museum in Little Rock, Ark. Included in a list of withdrawn/redacted documents, midway through a batch of documents concerning Gen. Wesley Clark, is an email from Monica Lewinsky’s Pentagon email address. Vaguely referenced as concerning a “medical record,” the omitted email is listed as four pages long.
  • House Democrats Pass Recall Survival Bill, Republicans Call It Unconstitutional

    04/18/2014 2:34:59 PM PDT · by rellimpank · 8 replies
    Colorado Observer ^ | 18 apr 2014
    DENVER — House Democrats approved on a 37-28 party-line vote Thursday a bill aimed at improving their odds in recall elections over the objections of Republicans, who argued that the measure violates the state constitution. Senate Bill 158 redefines Election Day as the day that early voting begins, which would allow county clerks enough time to mail out ballots before a recall. Last year’s historic recalls were conducted as walk-in elections, prompting some Democrats to blame “voter suppression” after two Senate Democrats were ousted. Democrats said the bill was intended to “harmonize” recall voting with last year’s sweeping elections overhaul...
  • Democrats awash in 'green' energy deals on public land

    04/18/2014 2:29:23 PM PDT · by detective · 5 replies
    WND ^ | April 18, 2014 | Jerome R. corsi
    In the wake of the Bundy Ranch standoff, Nevada’s public energy utility confirmed it has so many renewable-energy projects in the works that it has no need for the $5 billion solar-power project with the Chinese government and ENN Group that was withdrawn last year. Fay Andersen, spokeswoman for NV Energy, told WND the state currently has 39 producing renewable energy projects, with an additional project under construction and another in the development phase. “Nevada has one of the highest Renewable Portfolio Standards in the country, determined as a percent of retail energy sales, and requiring the company to achieve...
  • Obama strips our military while building own militia

    04/18/2014 2:19:10 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    The Lowell Sun ^ | April 17, 2014 | Blossom Stiefel
    It is the responsibility of the federal government to protect the United States from "invasion." How is it possible that top administration officials have directed 21,000 border patrol officers to retreat or distance themselves and seek cover in response to thrown or hurled projectiles from illegal aliens or drug smugglers? They are directed to keep their weapons holstered when drug smugglers drive by, and agents can't use guns against a fleeing vehicle. Instructions also indicate that officers will be penalized if they don't step back. The new rules were issued this March by Michael Fisher, chief of U.S. Border Patrol....
  • After Nevada ranch stand-off, emboldened militias ask: where next?

    04/18/2014 1:34:42 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 47 replies
    Reuters ^ | April 17, 2014 | Jonathan Allen
    Flat on his belly in a sniper position, wearing a baseball cap and a flak jacket, a protester aimed his semi-automatic rifle from the edge of an overpass and waited as a crowd below stood its ground against U.S. federal agents in the Nevada desert. He was part of a 1,000-strong coalition of armed militia-men, cowboys on horseback, gun rights activists and others who rallied to Cliven Bundy's Bunkerville ranch, about 80 miles northeast of Las Vegas, in a stand-off with about a dozen agents from the federal Bureau of Land Management. The rangers had rounded up hundreds of Bundy's...
  • White House blames fox for destroying Michelle’s garden

    04/18/2014 1:34:38 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 77 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 4-18-14 | Vince Coglianese
    The White House is going to war with another fox — and this time, it’s personal. The Wall Street Journal reports that a red fox has been causing chaos around the White House, tripping security alarms, digging up Michelle’s garden and distracting the president from his duties. The Secret Service won’t give any details about how often the fox trips the White House’s obviously sophisticated security alarms, but rest assured, officials say, they’re watching. President Obama was apparently “stunned” to see the fox roaming freely down the oft-photographed White House colonnade, home to the world’s shortest, but most dramatic, outdoor...
  • Breaking Scandal: BLM Rounding Up Wild Horses, Sending To Slaugherhouse…In Canada

    04/18/2014 1:26:50 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 33 replies
    Western Journalism ^ | April 18, 2014
    The Bureau of Land Management is clearly having an image problem. As the outrage over its intimidating show of force during last week’s showdown at the Bundy Ranch in Nevada proved, the federal agency is now caught up in a controversy originating in Wyoming. According to recent reports, agents herded a large group of wild horses in the state before ceding control of the majestic animals to state authorities. At that point, Wyoming officials sold them off to a slaughterhouse in Canada. Obviously, this development outraged countless advocates already incensed by accusations that BLM officers gunned down multiple cows at...
  • Rubio on immigration: I think GOP have reached a point of “irreconcilable differences” with Obama

    04/18/2014 12:40:50 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 33 replies
    Hot Air ^ | April 18,2014 | ALLAHPUNDIT
    Here’s what he told the Texas Tribune yesterday, via Spiering. Skip to 41:30 of the clip below for the key bit. “I think this administration has probably reached the point of irreconcilable differences with regards to trust, particularly among Republicans,” Rubio explained during a conversation at a Texas Tribune event on Tuesday. Rubio pointed out that Obama’s abuse of executive power, particularly in the decision not to enforce immigration laws, was a crucial error. He characterized it as “extremely problematic” to any consensus. Rubio admitted that the comprehensive approach to immigration reform had failed, stating that in the current political...
  • Cross-border airport plan clears hurdle

    04/18/2014 12:38:37 PM PDT · by Nero Germanicus · 17 replies
    San Diego Union-Tribune ^ | 4/17/14 | Sandra Dibble
    A groundbreaking plan for a privately funded international port of entry linking San Diego directly to Tijuana’s A.L. Rodriguez International Airport appears to have cleared its final hurdle. It would allow departing airline passengers to park their cars in San Diego and walk across a bridge to board a plane in Tijuana. For arriving passengers, it would provide a U.S. Customs facility allowing them to circumvent lengthy border waits at San Ysidro and Otay Mesa. The project’s U.S. developer, Otay-Tijuana Venture, has agreed to build the Customs inspection facility and pay for staffing, said R. Gil Kerlikowske, newly named commissioner...
  • Putin Isn’t a Genius — We Are Complete Idiots

    04/18/2014 12:30:26 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    PJ Media ^ | April 17, 2014 | David P. Goldman
    Vladimir Putin happily allowed the Kiev authorities to shoot a few pro-Russian demonstrators while keeping his military forces on ice across the border. I predicted (and am sticking to my story) that Russia will not seize more territory in Eastern Ukraine–not for the time being, in any case. Russia will stand back and watch Ukraine implode, the way Egypt did during the two years following the overthrow of Hosni Mubarak. Before the Maidan coup, Putin was willing to sit on $15 billion in arrears to Gazprom and put up $18 billion in new money. Now he wants $35 billion in...
  • Nancy Pelosi Uses Holy Thursday Foot Washing Service to Raise Immigration Issue

    04/18/2014 12:22:15 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 30 replies
    National Catholic Register ^ | 04/18/2014 | BY JOAN FRAWLEY DESMOND
    Pope Francis inspired Catholics across the world last year when he visited a juvenile detention center in Rome to celebrate Holy Thursday, and tenderly washed the feel of a young  Muslim woman. This year, he washed the feet disabled people in a ceremony that recalls Jesus' humble service and challenging message to the apostles--the "Servant of the servants" takes the path of radical sel-sacrifice that leads to the Cross. Last night, a Rome's  Don Gnocchi facility, which provides services for the elderly and disabled, Pope Francis celebrated the Mass of the Lord's Supper, and his homily  recalled Jesus'  striking actions: He did it this way out of love....
  • TEXAS MORE RED FROM BLUE STATE EXODUS

    04/18/2014 12:19:27 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 35 replies
    Breitbart Texas ^ | April 17,2014 | KRISTIN TATE
    The thought of the Lone Star State slowly transforming into a blue state is frightening to many native Texans, who fear that transplants will inject their cities with the very policies they initially fled from. But not everyone buys the theory. "Most liberals from California would rather die than come here," Chuck DeVore, Vice President of Policy at the Texas Public Policy Foundation told Breitbart Texas. "They perceive Texas as a Bible belt, gun toting, cowboy hat-wearing state. They think, 'If you can't surf, why would you go there?'" DeVore should know--he used to live in California and served as...
  • Report: Energy production on federal lands is still declining

    04/18/2014 12:04:49 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 5 replies
    Hot Air ^ | April 17,2014 | ERIKA JOHNSEN
    Oil and gas production has stalled on federal lands for the third year in a row under the Obama administration, despite booming energy production on private and state lands, according to a new government report. The Congressional Research Service (CRS) says that the share of oil and gas production coming from federal lands have plummeted from 2009 to 2013. Oil production on federal lands fell by 11 percent over this time period and natural gas production fell by 28 percent. Federal onshore oil production fell for the third year in a row, while offshore oil production increased slightly — just...
  • The Once and Future Peasants

    04/18/2014 11:54:05 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    American Thinker ^ | April 18, 2014 | Michael L. Grable
    Here's why you should worry about living in a country where increasing numbers of people can live without working. Filing our tax returns last week, I deplored government having confiscated 29.7% (effective rate) of my and my wife's joint 2013 income (Federal, 21.7%; state and local, 8%). That seemed scarcely worse than medieval lords confiscating one-third of peasants' crops. Speaking of lords, both the President of the United States and the Mayor of New York (et uxores) paid 2013 income taxes at lower effective rates than mine and my wife's (20.4% for the President and a measly 8.3% for the...
  • Obama administration extends review period for Keystone XL oil pipeline

    04/18/2014 11:46:57 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 22 replies
    Fox News ^ | April 18, 2014
    The Obama administration has extended a key review period for the controversial Keystone XL pipeline, Fox News has learned, potentially pushing off a decision until after the midterm elections.
  • HHS MOVES TO CANCEL MORE INSURANCE PLANS

    04/18/2014 11:38:43 AM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 19 replies
    Breitbart ^ | April 18, 2014 | by Mike Flynn
    The Department of Health and Human Services is proposing a rule that would, if implemented, guarantee that even more Americans who like their health insurance plans cannot keep them. Fixed indemnity plans, which pay insured customers a set amount towards medical expenses and are often cost-effective relative to more comprehensive health insurance, are popular forms of coverage, and potentially becoming more popular in the wake of Obamacare. Health insurance industry representatives say that fixed indemnity plans have been attracting more interest as many Americans look for a way to mitigate against the high deductibles applicable to many insurance policies available...
  • Shooter fears he killed Pat Tillman

    04/18/2014 11:37:23 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 9 replies
    ESPN ^ | 4/18/2014 | Mike Fish
    For the first time, one of the three Army Ranger platoon mates who fired at Pat Tillman speaks publicly about what happened that fateful day, ten years ago this week. OLYMPIA, Wash. -- In his first public statements about the death of Pat Tillman, the former NFL player turned Army Ranger, one of the fellow Rangers involved in the 2004 friendly-fire incident in Afghanistan told ESPN's "Outside the Lines" he has lived for 10 years with the thought that he might have fired the fatal shots. "It is possible, in my mind, that I hit him," said Steven Elliott, who...
  • A Message from the California Public Utilities Commission

    04/18/2014 11:29:31 AM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 25 replies
    email inbox | April 19, 2014 | PG&E
    Look for a Climate Credit from the State of California on Your April Utility Bill This month your electricity bill will include a credit identified as the "California Climate Credit." Twice a year, in April and October, your household and millions of others throughout the state will receive this credit on your electricity bills. The Climate Credit is a payment to Californians from a program designed to fight climate change by limiting the amount of greenhouse gas pollution that our largest industries put into the atmosphere. This program is one of many developed as a result of landmark legislation called...
  • Connection drawn between cattle roundup and BLM report

    04/18/2014 11:10:35 AM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 20 replies
    KLAS-TV ^ | April 17, 2014 | By Steve Kanigher
    LAS VEGAS -- Supporters of Bunkerville rancher Cliven Bundy say the Bureau of Land Management may have impounded his cattle because of recommendations the agency made last month to preserve Gold Butte land Bundy has used without paying federal grazing fees. The recommendations were included in a March 14 report -- just weeks before the roundup -- that addressed the Dry Lake Solar Energy Zone northeast of Las Vegas. As part of a federal initiative to develop large-scale solar energy power plants in western states, the BLM began studying the potential harm these projects could do to surrounding environments. Recommendations...
  • BLM officials hear pleas to void oil and gas leases

    04/18/2014 10:33:54 AM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 29 replies
    Aspen daily News ^ | April 18, 2014 | by Brent Gardner-Smith
    About 80 people showed up at a meeting in Aspen on Thursday on whether the BLM should void 65 oil and gas leases in the region, including 25 in the Thompson Divide area. Two-thirds of the way through the meeting in the basement of the Pitkin County Library, every person who had spoke urged the 13 BLM officials in attendance to cancel the leases, which were first authorized in a 1993 environmental impact statement. “We’re very much in favor of voiding the leases, specifically within the Thompson Divide area,” said Rob Ittner, the chair of the Pitkin County Board of...
  • Cut the Tea Party Movement from the Ground Up (Dems, Rove/GOPe & the NAACP conspire)

    04/18/2014 10:20:58 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 29 replies
    IREHR ^ | February 12, 2014 | Leonard Zeskind, president
    Recently Sen. Charles Schumer made a groundbreaking speech outlining a Democratic Party strategy aimed at the Tea Parties. For the first time, a major figure in the liberal political universe sought to both explain the Tea Parties’ appeal to tens of millions of adult Americas and to project a strategy to break the Tea Party base away from its leaders—at least in the context of election campaigns. Mr. Schumer’s was wrong in his description of the Tea Party movement, however, and his proposed strategy was little more than a campaign statement that would do little damage to the Tea Parties....
  • Cruz More Than Doubles Fundraising in 2014's First Three Months

    04/18/2014 8:36:05 AM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 9 replies
    NewsMax ^ | Thursday, 17 Apr 2014 10:08 AM | Drew MacKenzie
    Texas Republican Sen. Ted Cruz has more than doubled his fundraising efforts in the first quarter of this year compared to the same period in 2013, according to the Houston Chronicle. Cruz, a potential 2016 presidential candidate, raised $887,344 in the year's first three months while he only took in $363,760 during the same period in 2013 when he first arrived in the U.S. Senate as a tea party favorite set on changing the ways established GOP members work in Washington. The senator, who is in the midst of paying visits to the early presidential caucus and primary states of...
  • Whether They Like It or Not, Every Member of Congress Receives a Monthly Copy of Hustler

    04/18/2014 8:28:11 AM PDT · by Responsibility2nd · 27 replies
    Opposing Views ^ | 04/17/2014 | By Lina Batarags
    Every year since 1983, Hustler founder Larry Flynt has sent 535 copies of his monthly magazine to Capitol Hill – one edition for each member of Congress. Only members of the executive branch are exempt from Flynt’s routine mailing list. The magazine and its array of naked women, vulgar comics and articles ranging on topics from politics to sex, arrives in the mail in a plain manila envelope. It didn’t take long for Congress members to complain about receiving the adult magazine: they first complained about the mailings in 1984, prompting the U.S. Postal Service to ask the U.S. District...
  • Report: Boehner 'Hellbent' on Passing Amnesty This Year

    04/18/2014 8:22:31 AM PDT · by gwgn02 · 44 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | 4/18/14 | Tony Lee
    House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) is "hellbent" on passing amnesty legislation, and other GOP leaders are signaling to donors and lobbyists that they also want to pass legislation this Congress, even though attempting to do so would depress the GOP base and create divisions within the party ahead of 2014's midterm elections that could give Republicans control of Congress.
  • Ben Carson: Americans 'Being Played' by Those Who Seek Division

    04/18/2014 8:17:32 AM PDT · by kindred · 22 replies
    Newsmax.com ^ | 04/17/14 | Todd Beamon
    Retired pediatric neurosurgeon Dr. Ben Carson said Thursday that Americans are "being played by those people who want to divide, conquer and control." "The trend you can see in our society is if you are pro-life, then you're anti-woman," Carson said at a town hall meeting entitled "Religion in America," sponsored by local news station CBS12 in West Palm Beach, Fla. "If you're pro-traditional marriage, then you're homophobic. If you're a white person — and you say something against a progressive black person, you’re a racist. "We have gotten to this point to where we just like to label people...
  • ATF Adding More NFA Branch Staff, Reducing Backlog, Re-Designing eForms System. Again.

    04/18/2014 8:11:53 AM PDT · by Joe Brower · 15 replies
    The Truth About Guns ^ | 4/16/14 | Nick Leghorn
    ATF Adding More NFA Branch Staff, Reducing Backlog, Re-Designing eForms System. Again.By Nick Leghorn on April 17, 2014 The Truth About Guns TTAG has just received the following email from the ATF about the current status of the National Firearms Act branch, the group responsible for approving the paperwork needed to own fun stuff like silencers and short barreled firearms in the United States. The long and the short of it is that they’ve hired yet more staff and they are finally making a dent in the backlog of paperwork, but it’s going to be a long slog ahead until...
  • ObamaCare Apologist Kliff Goes Off Message, Quickly Rights Herself

    04/18/2014 8:10:56 AM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 2 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | April 18, 2014 | P.J. Gladnick
    The morning of April 15 had an indication that it would contain an historic moment. Sarah Kliff, formerly of the Washington Post Wonkblog and now with General Electric Vox, appeared to be finally breaking through her liberal coccoon. Yes, she tweeted  some actual Obamacare criticism of the administration over the suspicious changes in the way the Census Bureau measures the uninsured. Alas, it was not to be. With startling speed, Kliff got her "mind right" with a correctional tweet in less than an hour after a Ministry of Truth talk with an administration offical. Let us now go back to...
  • The shocking secret behind ObamaCare enrollment numbers...(No shock to anyone here!)

    04/18/2014 7:47:45 AM PDT · by AngelesCrestHighway · 22 replies
    FOX News ^ | 04/16/2014 | Michael Cannon
    Barack Obama wants you to know he enrolled 7.5 million Americans through ObamaCare’s health insurance Exchanges. What he doesn’t want you to know is how. Federal courts may soon rule that President Obama induced the majority of those enrollees to enroll by offering them taxpayer dollars he has no legal authority to spend. If the courts put a stop to that unauthorized spending, a majority of Exchange enrollees would suddenly face the full cost of ObamaCare coverage, and enrollments would plummet.
  • President Obama Encourages Democrats to Defend Obamacare: 'I Do Not Think We Should Apologize'

    04/18/2014 7:38:16 AM PDT · by Cheerio · 21 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 17 Apr 2014 | Charlie Spiering
    President Obama proudly promoted record Obamacare signup numbers Thursday, boldly calling for Democrats to defend the law. "I think that Democrats should forcefully defend and be proud of the fact that millions of people like the woman I just described, who I saw in Pennsylvania yesterday, we are helping because of something we did," Obama said. "I do not think we should apologize for it. I don't think we should be defensive about it." When questioned by reporters, Obama dismissed the idea that the law was deeply unpopular.
  • Krauthammer Slams President for ObamaCare Remarks: Makes Stuff Up with 'Brazenness'

    04/18/2014 7:25:40 AM PDT · by Cheerio · 10 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 17 Apr 2014 | Breitbart TV
    On Thursday's "Special Report" on the Fox News Channel, Washington Post columnist Charles Krauthammer criticized President Barack Obama for his comments earlier depicting ObamaCare as an overall success. Partial transcript as follows: KRAUTHAMMER: Well, everybody is getting a worse deal. If the providers are, that means the doctors aren't getting their usual payments, which means they have to see much more patients which means they spend less time which means the care is inferior. That means hospitals are reimbursed at a lower rate, which means some of them will go out of business. Or they're going to have to consolidate...
  • The Fox at the White House

    04/18/2014 7:14:28 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 12 replies
    YouTube ^ | 04-18-2014 | WSJ
    VIDEO shows a wild red fox loose on the White House grounds. Probably the ONLY 'fox' they really like....................
  • Lessons learned on Bay of Pigs anniversary

    04/18/2014 7:06:35 AM PDT · by No One Special · 11 replies
    Amrican Thinker ^ | April 18, 2014 | Silvio Canto, Jr.
    Fifty-three years ago, my father had a meeting on the other side of town in Havana where we lived at the time. Cuba was in turmoil and opposition to Castro was widespread as more and more people saw communists in positions of responsibility. At mid-morning, my dad called my mom and told her that something was happening in Cuba. Our phone kept ringing as friends and neighbors spread the news. Humberto Fontova recalls the events of that day: ""Freedom is our goal!" roared commander Pepe San Roman to the men assembled before him 48 years ago this week. “Cuba is...
  • Hiding ObamaCare Data with the Complicity of the Census Bureau

    04/18/2014 7:00:09 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    FrontPage Mag ^ | 04/18/2014 | Arnold Ahlert
    In 2009, within the first few weeks of taking office President Obama, moved control of the Census Bureau from the office of the Commerce Secretary to the White House ahead of the 2010 Census. Republicans were irate, thinking it was an effort to politicize the 2010 headcount itself. Unfortunately, Republicans were thinking small. As the New York Times reveals, the Census Bureau “is changing its annual survey so thoroughly that it will be difficult to measure the effects of President Obama’s health care law in the next report, due this fall, census officials said.”Not difficult. Virtually impossible: “The changes are...
  • Harry Reid: Cliven Bundy and supporters are ‘domestic terrorists’

    04/18/2014 6:53:51 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 66 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 04/18/2014 | Robby Soave
    While many have condemned the strong-arming and pseudo-military tactics of the Bureau of Labor Management in its standoff with Cliven Bundy, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, a Nevada Democrat, reserved his criticism for the Bundy family and their many supporters — which he labelled domestic terrorists.Reid’s comments came during a live interview with Steve Sebelius, a columnist for the Las Vegas Review Journal. Reporter Jon Ralston, who attended the event, tweeted Reid’s statements regarding the dispute between Bundy and the BLM: “What happened in Mesquite was domestic terrorism.” @SenatorReid— Jon Ralston (@RalstonReports) April 17, 2014 Reid was referring to the...
  • Video: How removing one regulation created hundreds of jobs in Mississippi

    04/18/2014 6:48:13 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    Hotair ^ | 04/18/2014 | Mary Katharine Ham
    So many businesses are just someone’s dream—to make an honest living, to serve the community something it’s missing, to use talents to their greatest potential. Every roadblock the government erects makes those dreams slightly less possible. And, those roadblocks aren’t tripping up the lavishly rich. In this case, an unnecessary regulation in Mississippi was keeping hundreds of working- and middle-class black women from making a living doing something their community wanted to pay them for— hairbraiding. One woman fought for seven years to change that. The result is pretty much the whole reason I believe what I believe.I’ve known this...
  • 'He Makes Stuff Up': Krauthammer Reacts After President Says ObamaCare Is 'Working'

    04/18/2014 6:34:31 AM PDT · by lbryce · 14 replies
    Fox Insider ^ | April 18, 2014 | Charles Krauthammer
    The Special Report All-Star Panel weighed in after President Obama touted the success of ObamaCare in remarks at the White House, lashing out at Republican critics. “We now know that the number of Americans who’ve signed up for private insurance in the marketplaces has grown to eight million people. ... They said nobody would sign up. They were wrong about that. They said it would be unaffordable for the country. They were wrong about that," Obama said.
  • Man the phones, send the letters!

    04/18/2014 6:31:54 AM PDT · by RedMDer · 28 replies
    Free Republic ^ | Thursday, April 17, 2014 11:55:37 PM | Jim Robinson
    Ladies and gentlemen, I believe we will ultimately find that these lawless unconstitutional, un-American, Marxist/fascist policies spring from the very top levels of our national government, and their high crimes and treason are aided and abetted by by many of our corrupt Democrat Senators and congressmen. Perhaps even some of our federal judges. Heads need to roll. Man the phones, send the letters! Racketeering, bribery, corruption, high crimes and treason!! Time to impeach, recall, expel, vote out, remove, indict (on RICO charges, try, convict and incarcerate!!
  • The United States of SWAT? Military-style gov't units wreaking havoc on non-violent citizens.

    04/18/2014 6:21:44 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 42 replies
    National Review ^ | 04/18/2014 | John Fund
    Regardless of how people feel about Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy’s standoff with the federal Bureau of Land Management over his cattle’s grazing rights, a lot of Americans were surprised to see TV images of an armed-to-the-teeth paramilitary wing of the BLM deployed around Bundy’s ranch. They shouldn’t have been. Dozens of federal agencies now have Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) teams to further an expanding definition of their missions. It’s not controversial that the Secret Service and the Bureau of Prisons have them. But what about the Department of Agriculture, the Railroad Retirement Board, the Tennessee Valley Authority, the Office...
  • Obama's Plan: Taxes, Spending And Debt

    04/18/2014 6:17:27 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 3 replies
    IBD ^ | 04/18/2014
    Remember President Obama's vow that, if re-elected, he'd pursue "balanced" deficit reduction? Either he forgot, or he hopes voters have, because a new report shows his latest budget is entirely unbalanced. When Obama released his budget this March, he said it included "smart spending cuts" and closed "tax loopholes" that benefit only "the wealthiest Americans." Obama added that his budget would put "our debt on a downward path as a share of our total economy, which independent experts have set as a critical target for fiscal responsibility." As with just about everything Obama says, none of these claims turns out...