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“I am certain that nothing has done so much to destroy the juridical safeguards of
individual freedom as the striving after this mirage of social justice.”
F. A. Hayek, Economic Freedom and Representative Government (1973)

Truth is always stranger than fiction because fiction has to make sense. — Mark Twain

"Economic power is exercised by means of a positive, by offering men a reward,
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The IRS Scandal Comes Into Focus
Kimberley A. Strassel
Nearly a year into the IRS scandal, we still don´t know exactly what happened - though we are finally getting an inkling. That´s thanks to the letter House Ways and Means Chairman Dave Camp sent this week to the Justice Department recommending a criminal probe of Lois Lerner.

‘Global warming’ is Rubbish
Says Top Professor Emeritus Les Woodcock

"The theory is that the CO2 emitted by burning fossil fuel is the 'greenhouse gas' causes 'global warming' - in fact, water is a much more powerful greenhouse gas and there is is 20 time more of it in our atmosphere (around one per cent of the atmosphere) whereas CO2 is only 0.04 per cent. There is no reproducible scientific evidence CO2 has significantly increased in the last 100 years," says Woodcock. "Carbon dioxide has been made out to be some kind of toxic gas but the truth is it's the gas of life."

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Week ending 13 April 2014

Feds Back Down from Bundy Siege After Infowars Exposé of
Chinese Land Grab

The federal government backed down and ended their siege against Nevada cattle rancher Cliven Bundy less than 24 hours after an Infowars exposé connecting the land grab to Harry Reid and a Chinese-backed solar farm went viral, becoming the biggest news story on the Internet.
Why The Feds Chickened Out On A Nevada Ranch
Kevin McCullough
Let me obliterate a bit of confusion here: the Obama administration attempted to go to war with a rancher in Nevada. Let me amplify a little bit of truth: They tucked tail and have returned home. And let me add a bit of clarity: they had no choice!
The Truth about Fracking
So what about that burning water?

Kevin D. Williamson
Cheap, relatively clean, ayatollah-free energy, enormous investments in real capital and infrastructure, thousands of new jobs for blue-collar workers and Ph.D.s alike, Americans engineering something other than financial derivatives – who could not love all that?... The weird true thing is that water has been catching fire for a long time – "long time" here meaning way back into the mists of obscure prehistory and the realm of legend.
Schoolchildren Terrorized and Brainwashed by
Green Propaganda says Damning Survey

British schoolchildren are being brainwashed by a deep green environmental curriculum which fills their heads with "confusion, ignorance and fear", says a new study by the Global Warming Policy Foundation. The report, by science writer Andrew Montford and statistician John Shade, finds that "eco-activism" has been given free rein within schools for at least three decades.
EPA Studies and Preordained Conclusions
Alaskan Pebble Mine Permitting Pre-emptively Halted

Alex Gimarc
When the EPA announced the assessment process in 2011, they couched it in terms of addressing local concern about the project, which they as the Rightful Stewards of the Environment simply couldn't ignore. As it turns out, that was all a big lie. The results were pre-ordained and anti-mining groups were working closely with the EPA well before the assessment process was announced.
ObamaCare’s Cruelist Surprise: Most Won’t Be Able to Buy
Health Insurance Until End of Year

From now until the next open enrollment at the end of this year, most people will simply not be able to buy any health insurance at all, even outside the exchanges. "It's all closed down. You cannot buy a policy that is a qualified policy for the purpose of the ACA (the Affordable Care Act) until next year on January 1," says John DiVito, president of Flexbenefit which has 2,500 brokers.

Obamacare: A Catastrophe Like No Other
Peggy Noonan
Put aside the numbers for a moment, and the daily argument... step back and view the thing at a distance. Support it or not, you cannot look at ObamaCare and call it anything but a huge, historic mess. It is also utterly unique in the annals of American lawmaking and government administration.

NJ Obamacare Cancels Insurance Plans of 1,800 Children;
Plans Were Considered "models" for Others States 6-yrs Ago

Obamacare's new mandated requirements killed New Jersey's low-cost children's insurance coverage plan, FamilyCare Advantage. The plan, offered by Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey, was designed for children whose parents make too much money to qualify for Medicaid and offered medical, dental, and vision coverage for just $144 a month.

It's a Loss in Maryland:
73K Lose Insurance; 60K Enroll on Exchange

The head of the Maryland Health Insurance Exchange testified Thursday before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee that only 60,000 people have signed up for Obamacare through the state's exchange – 13,000 less than the number of individuals reported to lose their insurance due to Obamacare.

Study Contradicts Dems' Claim That
Only 10,000 Obamacare Cancellations Still Uninsured

The RAND findings dampen President Barack Obama's claim that Obamacare has provided coverage for 7.1 million Americans. Furthermore, one day after Obama took a victory lap, Blue Cross Blue Shield said 15% to 20% of Obamacare "enrollees" never paid for their plans, thereby rendering them uninsured.

Survey: U.S. Sees Sharpest Health Insurance Premium Increases
In Years

The hikes – the largest in the past three years, according to Morgan Stanley's quarterly reports – are "largely due to changes under the [Affordable Care Act]," analysts concluded. Rates have been growing increasingly fast throughout all of 2013, after a period of drops in 2012.
If you thought signing up for his health insurance was hard,
try canceling

Drew Johnson
Signing up for Obamacare was a tremendous hassle. But even that experience was a joy compared with what I went through to cancel my coverage. When I tried to terminate my plan, my insurance company told me that plans purchased through the marketplace could only be canceled through the marketplace. That started a brutal three-day fiasco.
Obama Supporter Finds First 96 Doctors She Contacted Wouldn't Accept Her New Obamacare Insurance – Claims it is Racism
‘As a proud new beneficiary of the Affordable Health Care Act, I'd like to report that I am doctorless. Ninety-six. Ninety-six is the number of soul crushing rejections that greeted me as I attempted to find one. It's the number of physicians whose secretaries feigned empathy while rehearsing the "I'm so sorry" line before curtly hanging up’… Suggests it is a White vs. Black America thing.
CAIR Approved Journalists’ Guide to Islam Called
Cave-In to Political Correctness

"Islam for Journalists,” an online guide from Washington State University, says coverage of the Muslim world can be fair, yet inoffensive without compromising journalistic principles. Yet it pointedly condemns publication of images of Muhammed, an act which is forbidden by the Koran, and seems to equate it with violence carried out in the name of Islam.
Special Council Targets Hatch Act Violations at IRS,
Improper Hiring at Customs and Border Patrol

A customer service representative at the IRS who repeatedly greeted taxpayers calling a help-line with a chant urging President Barack Obama's re-election in 2012 could now be facing significant disciplinary action, according to the Office of Special Counsel... It's one of three cases of improper political activity at the agency recently uncovered by OSC, according to a April 9 press release.
Lois Lerner Files: A Partisan Bureaucrat At Work 
Jay Sekulow
The House Ways and Means Committee released a letter Wednesday detailing what it believes to be criminal misconduct by Lois Lerner, the former IRS official at the center of the ongoing IRS Tea Party targeting scandal. For those who want to understand how partisan bureaucrats can manipulate a powerful federal agency, the letter is a must-read. The list of newly-disclosed acts of political bias and manipulation are astounding:
German Cornelius Gurlitt Pledges to Return Nazi-Looted Art
Investigators searching for art looted by the Nazis have discovered a hoard of more than 200 artworks stashed away at a house in Austria belonging to Cornelius Gurlitt, the son of German looted-art dealer Hildebrand Gurlitt. The latest trove involves 180 works discovered behind a false wall at Gurlitt's second residence in Salzburg, on the Austrian border with Germany.
Art theft basis for
1964 film
The Train
Nearing Retirement Liberal Law Prof. Dershowitz Sounds Off
On Former Students

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R., Texas): "Off-the-charts brilliant. And you know, liberals make the terrible mistake, including some of my friends and colleagues, of thinking that all conservatives are dumb. And I think one of the reasons that conservatives have been beating liberals in the courts and in public debates is because we underestimate them.
Chuck Schumer Says Dems Midterm Elections Strategy
Attacking the Koch Brothers 'Will Work'

Sen. Chuck Schumer defended Democrats' strategy of slamming the billionaire Koch brothers, predicting Monday that the efforts "will work." Schumer said recent polling shows 48 percent of Americans recognize the name of the businessmen, who have poured millions into conservative political ads and campaigns.
Why Obama's Presidency Has to Be All About Race Now
Robert Tracinski
Barack Obama's presidency is failing. Despite what he and his cheerleaders in the press think, he is still losing the argument over ObamaCare... the public has already made up their minds. They never liked the program much to begin with, and now that they know what's in it, they like it even less. The economic recovery, such as it is, continues to be slow, painful, and jobless. The president's foreign policy is spinning out of control in all directions.
Harry Reid Took Money from Koch Lobbyist
Andrew Stiles
Add Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D., Nev.) to the list of Senate Democrats who have benefited from Koch money. In fact, he might as well pay one of his grandchildren to stitch Koch insignias onto his suit to denote their sponsorship:

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The Methane Hoax Cranks Up
Alan Caruba
Having spent decades trying to convince everyone that carbon dioxide (CO2) was a “greenhouse gas” that was going to cause the Earth to heat up, the same environmental charlatans are now embarking on a campaign to do the same with methane. In the U.S. the first move was announced by the White House in late March.
Why Liberalism is Pseudo-Religious Intellectual Poison
Kelly O'Connell
Hamlet’s father was supposedly killed by poison poured into his ear. In the same way, the toxin of liberalism is poured into the ears of the young and credulous. It sinks into the bones and forever ruins the tender apparatus of logic, questioning and belief. In fact, many of today’s youth are passing out of schools with an almost complete inability to think independently.
Former Democrat Senator Bob Kerrey Calls Obama a Delusional Liar
Yet MSM Pretends it Never Happened

Imagine if a former Republican presidential candidate and U.S. senator had called a current Republican president a delusional liar whose programs are wasteful. Would the mainstream media not be all over the story? The media buzz would be red hot on this topic for days extending into weeks.
What Happens When the Facts Don't Fit the Progressive Script?
David Corbin and Matt Parks
From the "climate change" debate to policy disputes over early childhood intervention programs and the minimum wage, the American Left prides itself on following the facts: what they posit and describe is there for everyone's eyes to see. What, then, is to be done when the facts don't follow the Progressive script?
Hold The Champagne On That Job Report
Investor's Business Daily
The March jobs report, which shows 192,000 new jobs were created, has led to a burst of enthusiasm among pundits, economists and the media. But looking a little deeper, some perspective is in order. The sad fact is, since the recession began in late 2007, the labor force has grown by 12.2 million – while our recovery has created exactly 11,000 net new private sector jobs. That's it.
More Americans – One-fifth – See Middle Class Status Slipping Away
A sense of belonging to the middle class occupies a cherished place in America. It conjures images of self-sufficient people with stable jobs and pleasant homes working toward prosperity. Yet nearly five years after the Great Recession ended, more people are coming to the painful realization that they're no longer part of it.
23 Stores Close Citing Obamacare and Increased Minimum Wage;
Former Employees will get No Wage to be Increased

Waterford-based Yankee One Dollar stores will be gone within the next five months, its owner told the Post Star of Glens Falls. Keith Flike blamed the Affordable Care Act and the increase in the state's minimum wage for the decision to shut down. Each store has six to 10 employees, he told the Post Star.
First Class Action Lawsuit Filed Against
Nevada Obamacare Exchange

Law firm Callister & Associates filed the lawsuit on behalf of Larry Basich, who signed up for state health insurance and paid premiums as far back as November, but then was not covered following a Jan. 3 triple bypass procedure that saw his $400,000 in medical expenses passed between the wrong insurance companies, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reports.

Insurer BC/BS: 15-20 Percent Aren't Paying Obamacare Premiums
The new statistics, particularly from such a large carrier, help define how many people are actually getting covered under the Affordable Care Act. The Blues' experience is in line with anecdotal estimates from other insurance executives, who indicated earlier in the enrollment process that they received payments from about 80 percent of people who selected their plans.

Obamacare Real Enrollment:
Less Than 2% of Uninsured Covered

Obamacare, the plan purportedly created to provide health coverage for the uninsured, has enrolled just 1.7% of America´s 48.6 million uninsured. News of the disastrous numbers comes as nervous Democrats and President Barack Obama, ahead of the November midterm elections, did their best on Monday´s enrollment deadline to put a positive spin on the deeply unpopular Obamacare program.

Making Up Good News About Obamacare
Marc A. Thiessen
The number that matters is not how many Americans signed up for Obamacare but rather how many previously uninsured Americans signed up for Obamacare. By that standard, Obamacare may be headed for an epic failure. Recall that between 5 million and 6 million Americans lost their health plans because of Obamacare last fall.
IRS Chief: No ‘targeting’ of Tea Party Groups,
just ‘inappropriate criteria’

WaPo's Glenn Kessler doles out 3 Pinocchios
What’s in a phrase? House Republicans who have investigated the IRS’s handling of applications of conservative groups’ seeking tax-exempt status have referred to the practice as “targeting.” So have news organizations, including The Washington Post. But the Obama administration has preferred a more bureaucratic phrase:
Fact check awards 3 pinocchios
Lois Lerner Could Go To Jail In Contempt Clash;
U.S. Constitution Spells Out “inherent contempt”

Washington Examiner editorial
This may come as a shock to Lois Lerner, but the House of Representatives has the authority to jail her unless she changes her mind about refusing to answer questions about her role in the IRS scandal. Essentially, what is required for that to happen is for a House majority to vote for a motion holding her in contempt and House Speaker John Boehner to then direct the House sergeant at arms to arrest and confine her.
In Mozilla Case, The Left's Intolerance Is Out of the Closet
Investor's Business Daily
The left hounded a CEO from his job over a 2008 donation in favor of a California measure opposing gay marriage. So much for free speech and job performance. This is a descent into mob tyranny and mediocrity. Eich's "crime" had nothing to do with his job performance, let alone the inclusive work atmosphere he fostered at Mozilla.

Mozilla CEO's Forced Exit Tests Silicon Valley's Tolerance
Mozilla, maker of the popular web browser FireFox, co-founder Brendan Eich, who invented the programming language Javascript, donated $1,000 in 2008 to support Proposition 8, which sought to ban same-sex marriage in California. The majority of the voters approved the measure, but it was struck down last June by the U.S. Supreme Court.
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Gay Liberal Andrew Sullivan:
“If this is the gay rights movement today – then count me out”

“Will he [Eich] now be forced to walk through the streets in shame? Why not the stocks? The whole episode disgusts me – as it should disgust anyone interested in a tolerant and diverse society. If this is the gay rights movement today – hounding our opponents with a fanaticism more like the religious right than anyone else – then count me out.”
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Fun Fact: When Former Mozilla CEO Brendan Eich Donated to the Prop 8 Group Both Obama and Biden were Opposed to Gay Marriage
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Bill Maher: "There Is A Gay Mafia – If You Cross Them,
You Do Get Whacked"

In the online-only "Overtime" portion of his HBO show Real Time, host Bill Maher weighed in on the Mozilla controversy, and did not react in a way that you would think. Maher seemed to disagree with gay rights activists for targeting Mozilla CEO Brendan Eich:
Obama Told Military Leaders:
Accept Gays In Military or Step Down, Admiral Says

“We were called into the Oval Office and President Obama looked all five service chiefs in the eye and said, ‘This is what I want to do.’ I cannot divulge everything he said to us, that's private communications within the Oval Office, but if we didn't agree with it – if any of us didn't agree with it – we all had the opportunity to resign our commissions and go do other things,” Admiral Robert Papp said.
CIA Officer Confirmed No, Repeat NO,
Protests Before Misleading Benghazi Account Given

Before the Obama administration gave an inaccurate narrative on national television that the Benghazi attacks grew from an anti-American protest, the CIA's station chief in Libya pointedly told his superiors in Washington that no such demonstration occurred, documents and interviews with current and former intelligence officials show.
Sources On Ground During Benghazi Attack
Slam ex-CIA boss Morell's Testimony

As part of Morell´s testimony on Wednesday, the former acting and deputy CIA director acknowledged that he overruled the guidance of the top CIA officer in Libya at the time. That official told Morell the attack was not an "escalation of protests," but Morell said he had to weigh that against analysts who concluded the opposite.
ATF Director: ‘Wish I Had Better Answers’ About
ATF Agents Probing a Tea Party Conservative

B. Todd Jones, director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, couldn’t tell Congress why his agents made two visits to a tea party conservative in a 13-month period – but only after she requested tax-exempt status for her conservative group, True the Vote.
Victory for Gun-Rights Proponents as Open-Carry Bill –
Possible Nationwide Model – Approved by Kansas Lawmakers

Kansas legislators gave final approval Saturday to a bill that would nullify city and county gun restrictions and ensure that it's legal across the state to openly carry firearms, a measure the National Rifle Association sees as a nationwide model for stripping local officials of their gun-regulating power.
Here’s What Happened to Crime in Chicago
After Illinois Finally Passed Concealed Carry Law

Gun control advocates warned that high-crime areas, like Chicago, would only see more violence if residents were allowed to carry guns in public. In reality, the opposite may be happening. On Tuesday, the Chicago Police Department announced that the city experienced its lowest murder rate since 1958 in the first quarter of 2014.
Campus Free Speech: For Jew-Haters Only
Charles Jacobs and Ilya Feoktistov
Two-thirds of universities have speech codes meant to provide a safe environment for minority groups... However, these protections hypocritically do not extend to pro-Israel Jews. Anti-Semitism is defined as treating Jews as you would treat no others. Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) attacks the only Jewish state.
Vote Fraud: N.C. State Board Finds More than 35K Incidents of
'Double Voting' in 2012

North Carolina's Board of Elections found that tens of thousands of registered voters from the state have personal information matching that of registered voters in other states, and appear to have voted in states other than North Carolina in 2012. In some cases, votes were cast under names of individuals who had passed away before Election Day.

Audit Finds Evidence of Widespread
Voter Fraud in North Carolina

Guy Benson
According to this audit by the North Carolina Elections Oversight Committee, at least 81 dead people have been voting from the grave, and more than 35,000 people with matching full names and dates of birth voted in both North Carolina and another state in the 2012 general election. To put that number in context, Barack Obama carried North Carolina by fewer than 15,000 votes in 2008.

Couple Upset After Receiving Pre-marked
Voter Registration Card from Calif. Obamacare Exchange

A La Mesa, Calif. couple an envelope from the state's Obamacare website, Covered California. Inside was a letter discussing voter registration and a registration card pre-marked with an "x" in the box next to Democratic Party. They have lived in La Mesa for years and they have always been registered to vote Republican.
Dems claim there is NO Voter Fraud
Nancy Pelosi: Pro-Lifers are "Dumb" for
Believing Life Begins at Conception

Never mind that science has confirmed for some time that human life begins at conception and the union of sperm and egg creates a unique human being with a DNA code that matches no one else ever conceived. Nancy Pelosi believes pro-life advocates who think human life starts at conception are just "dumb."
Republicans Fear Obama Will Let Russia Seize Internet Power
If Russia or China gain new influence over the management of the Internet, they could begin censoring content or blocking websites... "Make no mistake: Threats to the openness and freedom of the Internet are real," said Republican Rep. Greg Walden. "Leaders such as Vladimir Putin have explicitly announced their desire to gain control of the Internet."

Republicans Worry About Internet Freedom;
Democrats Put Total Faith in Non-Existent International Bureaucracy

John Hayward
Admittedly I used a bit of a loaded headline there, but I'm only returning the favor, since National Journal chose to headline their article on the debate over surrendering American oversight of web domains "Republicans Fear Obama Will Let Russia Seize Internet Power."
Florida Senate OK's 'warning shot' Bill
The state Senate passed a bill Thursday that grants immunity to people with clean criminal records who fire a warning shot or threaten to use deadly force in self-defense. It also seals court records of those charged with firing a weapon but later have those charges dropped.
Common Core Math Curriculum Can't Even Count to 20
Parent Mina Boyd's kindergartener was given an assignment to count the number of apples on the page and write the number. The worksheet is titled "Count and Write 20," so presumably, there would be 20 apples to count. Except there's 19.
Students Fed Up with Michelle Obama’s School Lunch Overhaul –
Menu-Item Snapshots Spell Out Why

First, about one million public school students said “no way” to their cafeteria menus after Michelle Obama’s anti-obesity campaign led to anger and frustration over food that apparently many American kids didn’t want to stomach. But for those without other options, all that’s left is the power of social media and cell phone cameras when they simply can’t take another bite:

Week ending 30 March 2014

Untruthful and Untrustworthy Government
Victor Davis Hanson
Transparency and truth are the fuels that run sophisticated civilizations. Without them, the state grinds to a halt. Lack of trust – not barbarians on the frontier, global warming or cooling, or even epidemics – doomed civilizations of the past, from imperial Rome to the former Soviet Union.
‘A Criminal Organization Masquerading as a Political Party’
Ed Driscoll
"Think of the Democratic Party as what it really is: a criminal organization masquerading as a political party," my friend and fellow PJM columnist Michael Walsh wrote in 2009 ... Certainly, at a minimum it's safe to say that Democrats were rather active on the nation's police blotters today. Since this is one narrative the MSM will never assemble (as they're in on the fun), it's up to the Blogosphere – so here we go.
Democrats in California Capital Reel from Scandal
So far in 2014, each month has brought news of another arrest or conviction of a Democratic California state senator. The latest was Wednesday's arrest of Sen. Leland Yee of San Francisco on federal corruption charges, news that roiled the capital and led one of Yee's opponents in the race for secretary of state to call the Legislature a "corrupt institution."

Probe Uncovers More Reid 'Slush Fund' Payments to Granddaughter
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is at the center of a growing political controversy after it was revealed Thursday that more payments from his campaign funds had been made to his granddaughter than previously reported. Things got worse for Reid when the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported Thursday that federal disclosures show the campaign paid another $14,481 to Reid's granddaughter in 2012, bringing to $31,268 the total paid.

Why is Obama's DOJ Shielding Reid from Corruption Probe?
Investor's Business Daily
While the Justice Department was busy compiling a case against Obama critic Dinesh D'Souza for minor campaign-law violations, it was blocking a more troubling probe involving the Senate's top Democrat. In one incident being investigated, Reid allegedly switched sides and sponsored an online gambling bill after he allegedly received money from the industry.

ABC, CNN, MSNBC, PBS All Skip Political ID for
'Shocking' Corruption by Democrat Mayor

ABC, CNN, MSNBC and PBS on Wednesday and Thursday all covered the "shocking" corruption involving the Democratic mayor of Charlotte, North Carolina. Yet, while talking about the tens of thousands of dollars in bribes he sought, none of these networks identified Patrick Cannon's political party.
Hiding Behind Confidentiallity?
Lawmakers Told IRS Probe Will Take Years

The Internal Revenue Service's tea party targeting program is still withholding approval of 19 organizations' nonprofit status, nearly a year after the scandal was revealed, the agency's commissioner testified Wednesday to Congress – where he faced fierce criticism from lawmakers who said he is stonewalling.
It´s Time for the White House to Start Sweating Over
Legal Challenge to Obamacare Subsidies

Philip Klein
If the oral arguments before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit are any indication, it's time for the White House to start sweating over a lawsuit that up until now has flown relatively below the radar. At issue in the case are the subsidies that the federal government provides for individuals purchasing insurance through Obamacare.
ICD – The October Surprise that Could Cripple the Practice of Medicine
Brian C Joondeph, M.D., MPS
The AMA announced this week that ICD-10 implementation will cost three times as much as originally estimated. The "costs of training, vendor and software upgrades, testing and payment disruption" could be $225,000 for a small medical practice and over $8 million for a large practice. How do medical practices of marginal profitability absorb these costs?
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One Doctor's Viral Letter Exposes the Harrowing Reality of
Obamacare's 'War Against Doctors'

Emily Hulsey
In an address to the House on Wednesday, Alabama Representative Mo Brooks read aloud a letter sent to him by Dr. Marlin Gill of Decatur. The letter holds nothing back while detailing the excessive costs and regulations that Dr. Gill calls Obamacare's "war against doctors."

Critical Part of Obamacare Website Still Not Fixed
Earlier, administration officials had predicted ObamaCare could be seriously jeopardized if the key back end of healthcare.gov were not fixed ahead of the March 31 enrollment deadline. The back end of the website is the two-way connection between the government and insurance companies aimed at telling each other who signed up for what.

4 Reasons Obamacare Premiums Will Rise Next Year
Now that the first open enrollment period under the Affordable Care Act is coming to a close, insurers say they are getting a better idea of what to expect next year – and that includes higher premiums.

Beclownment Complete: Matt Drudge Knows More About Obamacare
Than White House, Leftist Media

Investor's Business Daily
White House spokesman Jesse Lee's tweet shows just how little the WH knows about business, particularly small business, and the self-employed individuals such as Matt Drudge who file as small businesses and who each year must not only settle up for the prior year by mid-April but must also pay their first-quarter estimated taxes for the current year. The Obama administration's media sycophants were no better informed.
Republican Senator says Administration has 'cooked the books' on
Obamacare Numbers

Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyoming, made his comments just hours before the Monday deadline to enroll in the Affordable Care Act and was skeptical of the administration’s most recent enrollment figure of more than 6 million Americans. Said Barrasso: “I’ve looked at this 10 different ways. This health care law is unfixable.”
DOJ Argues in Supreme Court:
Killing Human Embryo in Womb is Not Abortion

Terence P. Jeffrey
The U.S. Justice Department is telling the Supreme Court that killing a human embryo by preventing the embryo from implanting in his or her mother's uterus is not an "abortion" and, thus, drugs that kill embryos this way are not "abortion-inducing" drugs.
Without Taxpayer Dollars Solar Industry May Face Disaster
A pair of U.S. House bills ask for an end to tax credits responsible for creating and propping up the American solar energy industry. "For years we had worked on building consensus among our caucus against tax credits for energy companies – oil, gas, wind, solar – because profitable corporations shouldn't rely on taxpayer support. They should rely on customers," Rep. Mike Pompeo said in a written statement.
Senate Democrats Set to Confirm Zealous Foe of Fossil Fuels
Washington Examiner Editorial
Rhea Suh is living the sweetest dream of every radical environmental activist toiling in the trenches of Big Green's war against fossil fuels. Suh has received a fat salary and extremely generous benefits since 2009 as assistant secretary for policy, management and budget for the Department of the Interior.
The Coming Paradigm Shift on Climate
S. Fred Singer
The just-published NIPCC reports may lead to a paradigm shift about what or who causes current climate changes. All the evidence suggests that Nature rules the climate – not Man. Watch for it: We may be on the threshold of a tipping point in climate history.

The Collapsing Soufflé of Climate Change
Steven Hayward
The climate campaign is collapsing faster than one of my popover recipes made with old flour and not enough milk. The UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is set to release on Monday the report of Working Group II, on the projected impacts of climate change.

Fifteen Foolish Forecasts:
How did environmentalists get it so wrong on Earth Day 1970?

IHTM Editorial
What was once Earth Day has now morphed into Earth Hour and Earth Week. The success of the celebration can only be explained by the fact that no one ever bothers to go back to check the accuracy of the eco-wackos' past predictions.

17 News Companies Support FOIA Lawsuit Against
Michael Mann of Climate Change Note

A group seeking access to climate scientist Michael Mann's emails through Virginia's Freedom of Information Act (VFOIA) has a surprising new group of news media allies... 17 news organizations, including National Public Radio, Dow Jones, and The Washington Post, submitted an amicus brief in November, supporting the group's rights to Mann's emails...

Ooops! Much-touted 2006 Polar Bear Survey Used by ESA to
List Them as 'threatened' …Now Invalidated

In an astonishing admission, the PBSG have acknowledged that the last population survey for the SB, which appeared to register a decline in population size and reduced cub survival over time, did not take known movements of bears into account as it should have done.

WH Looks to Regulate Cow Flatulence as Part of Climate Agenda
As part of its plan to reduce U.S. greenhouse gas emissions, the Obama administration is targeting the dairy industry to reduce methane emissions in their operations. This comes despite falling methane emission levels across the economy since 1990.
Environmental Guru James Lovelock:
‘environmentalism has become a religion’

The 94 year-old scientist, famous for his Gaia hypothesis that Earth is a self-regulating, single organism, also said that he had been too certain about the rate of global warming in his past book, that "it’s just as silly to be a [climate] denier as it is to be a believer” and that fracking and nuclear power should power the UK, not renewable sources such as windfarms.
White House Pushes 'wooden skyscrapers' as a
Solution to Global Warming

The Agriculture Department (USDA) announced it was launching a new $1 MILLION program to promote wood as a "green" building material to boost rural economies, as well as a $1 MILLION competition "to demonstrate the architectural and commercial viability of using sustainable wood products in high-rise construction," according to the Department.
Yes!
You read that right!
Replica Bullets, Dud Shell Earn Weapons Conviction for
Former Washington Man

Replica bullets and a dud shotgun shell got a man convicted of weapons charges in the nation's capital, in a case gun rights activists say shows how overzealous authorities are trampling the Second Amendment.
$inkhole of Bureaucracy
This is one of the weirdest workplaces in the U.S. government – both for where it is and for what it does. Here, inside the caverns of an old Pennsylvania limestone mine, there are 600 employees whose task is nothing top-secret. It is to process the retirement papers of the government's own workers. It still must be done entirely by hand, and almost entirely on paper.
Senator, Lawyer Urge GM to Keep Recalled Cars Parked;
GM CEO: Over Reaction to Ignition Switch Recall

Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., who this week called on GM to create a $3 billion to $8 billion fund to compensate victims and owners of the recalled vehicles, asked GM CEO Mary Barra in a letter Thursday to warn drivers to stop driving... The Detroit automaker, which says the vehicles are safe to drive, says the first replacement ignition switch parts will be available starting April 7.
How's that commitment to improved race relations goin'?
Ebony Editor: I Don't Talk To Whites or Conservatives

Jamilah Lemieux, Senior Editor, Digital, for Ebony Magazine, has little use for conservatives of any race, but in a Tuesday conversation with RNC Deputy Press Secretary Raffi Williams (who is African-American) she showed herself to be a racist, too. In a Twitter conversation in which she thought Raffi was white, she didn't want to hear his opinion because he was white.
RNC Chair Demands and Receives Apology

Week ending 23 March 2014

The Democratic Civil War Over Energy
Kimberley A. Strassel
The environmental left is seeing Democrats the Keystone XL pipeline, and raising them natural-gas exports. The question of who folds on this issue will play big in this midterm election year. A split is growing in the Democratic Party, one that ought to rival the divisions on the right that the headlines trumpet.
Get To Know the Common Core Marketing Overlords
Repeated Lies Must Be Countered with Redoubled Truths

Michelle Malkin
They´re everywhere. Turn on Fox News, local news, Animal Planet, HGTV, The Family Channel or talk radio. Pro-Common Core commercials have been airing ad nauseam in a desperate attempt to persuade American families to support the beleaguered federal education standards/testing/technology racket. Who´s funding these public relations pushes?
What if ALL the lights go out?
L. A. Times Editorial
Californians may be inured to rolling blackouts that cut off their power for hours at a time, but imagine an outage that darkens the entire country - for more than a year. That nightmare scenario could happen if just a handful of crucial, heavy-duty electrical transformers are taken down...
Obamacare Reaches 4-yrs-old
Fourth Anniversary of Obamacare Brings Stories of
Pain, Confusion, Anger to Light

Patrick Howley
Sunday marks the fourth anniversary of Obamacare’s signing on March 23, 2010. Democratic Connecticut Sen. Chris Murphy said that at this point Democrats “have a really good story to tell.” But Americans outside of Washington, D.C. are also telling their own stories about the health care law.

Obama's Ever-growing Insurance-company Bailout
Betsy McCaughey
Health-insurance executives are starting to warn of double- and even triple-digit premium hikes for health plans sold on the ObamaCare exchanges for 2015. But Health Secretary Kathleen Sebelius told Congress last week that any ObamaCare premium hikes would be modest.

WARNING! Medical Group That Backed Obamacare Says
Obscure Rule Could Hurt Doctors

The largest doctors group in the country is raising alarm that an obscure ObamaCare rule could stick them with the tab for patients who skip out on paying their premiums. The AMA, which originally supported the Affordable Care Act, warned the rule could pose a "significant financial risk" for doctors and hospitals, and on Wednesday blasted out guidelines to help members try and avoid those costs.

Report: Premiums Rising Faster
Than Eight Years Before Obamacare COMBINED

Health insurance premiums have risen more after Obamacare than the average premium increases over the eight years before it became law, according to the private health exchange eHealthInsurance. But premiums aren't the only key to health care costs – deductibles and out-of-pocket costs like co-pays are also rising. When it comes to employer health plans alone, four out of five U.S. companies have increased deductibles or are considering doing so.

Another Obama Promise Dies as
Health Insurance Premiums Up 39% to 56% Under Obamacare in Calif.

According to a cost report from eHealthInsurance, a nationwide online private insurance exchange, families are paying an average of $663 a month and singles $274 a month, far more than before Obamacare kicked in. What's more, to save money, most buyers are choosing the lowest level of coverage, the so-called "bronze" plans.

MNSure Asks for Additional $12.5 Million to
Fix Website and Call Center

This time, though, they swear they can make the website work. The Minnesota board that runs the state-based ObamaCare operation unveiled a $39.8 million operating budget for the year that includes the kind of money that usually could create a multitude of web portals from scratch.
Dem Lawmaker says Vermont's Socialized Medicine
Has Already Flatlined

In 2011, while the rest of America argued the merits of the president's Affordable Care Act, Vermont jumped the progressive curve, promising to launch the nation's first health single-payer system, in which state government pays providers to care for all residents. Now, even Democrats say that plan isn't ready for its proposed 2017 rollout...
D.C. Abortion Fund Offers Coat-Hanger Pendant for Donors
The D.C. Abortion Fund is offering a coat hanger pendant to all who donate $10 or more a month to the non-profit organization that gives money to women of D.C., Maryland, and Virginia who cannot afford to pay for abortions on their own.
Washington Post Busted!
Thomas Lifson
A Washington Post story purporting to expose the Koch brothers as behind-the-scenes beneficiaries of the Keystone Pipeline has been exposed as an utterly false propaganda operation, hilariously wrong and politically malicious. Even worse, one of the writers behind the story is married to a political operative in the left wing Koch-demonization machine.

Washington Post Falls for Left-Wing Fraud,
Embarrasses Itself Over False Koch Bros. Charge

John Hinderaker
Washington Post featured an article by Steven Mufson and Juliet Eilperin headlined, "The biggest lease holder in Canada's oil sands isn't Exxon Mobil or Chevron. It's the Koch brothers." The article was based on a newly-issued two-page report by the far-left International Forum on Globalization.

The Washington Post Responds to John Hinderaker and
He Replies to the Post

So in the Post’s view, it is acceptable to publish articles that are both literally false (Koch is the largest tar sands leaseholder) and massively misleading (the Keystone Pipeline is all about Koch Industries), if by doing so the paper can “stir and inflame public debate in this election year.”
Too Busy To Be President
Jeffrey T. Brown
Conservatives had this guy figured out early in the first campaign, and they were spot on. No record, no experience, no consistency, no integrity, no background, no evidence of morals, no normal friends or associates, and no supporters who cared more about their country than about their silly self-congratulation over electing the first black man who seemed just like them: unserious.
Questioning Blackness in the Era of Obama
Providence Crowder
Recently, many black people have questioned my blackness. Apparently, for some, I'm not black enough. But, what makes the claim so bogus to me is that our bi-racial president has been accepted as black by the black masses, even though his mother is white and he was raised by his white grandparents.
NYC's Bill de Blasio To Reward Union Backers with
Absurd Nine-Year Labor Contract

The New York Post reports de Blasio wants to negotiate a retroactive nine-year contract with the United Federation of Teachers that would run from 2009 through 2018, and would push the next round of union negotiations back until after the 2017 elections.
Don't Mess with Success –
A charter school teacher educates Mayor de Blasio

Christian Lehr
The most troubling part of de Blasio's decision is the duplicity of his stance. The mayor claims his first priority is tackling the "inequality crisis," but he has now aligned himself against the highest performing network of schools serving low-income New Yorkers.
Racial Preferences Under Siege
John Fund
Two recent events, one on the West Coast and one on the East Coast, demonstrate that after half a century, support for racial preferences in college admissions is getting more and more unsustainable – both politically and intellectually.
Traditional Marriage Event at Stanford Univ.
Deemed 'Hate Speech,' Denied Funding

An upcoming conference organized by Stanford University's Anscombe Society called "Communicating Values: Marriage, Family & the Media" has been dubbed "hate speech" by the college's graduate-level student government, which refused to allow any of its student fee-funded budget to support the event.
Minneapolis Lesbian Police Chief Dons Hijab for "Hijab Day"
Daniel Greenfield
There's nothing like a lesbian feminist authority figure who boasts of being the first female police chief in Minneapolis donning a symbol of male ownership in a patriarchal tribal society to express the deep schizophrenia of the left in its enthusiastic enabling of Islamists. But I'm sure now that Janee donned the hijab, she thinks everything is going to be okay.
Note to Janee, lesbians are executed in Sharia ruled countries
Democrat AG Shuts Down Corruption Investigation After Catching Democrats Accepting Cash Bribes, Because Racism
Ed Krayewski
In 2010, when he was still attorney general of Pennsylvania, Tom Corbett, now its Republican governor, launched a corruption investigation targeting politicians in Philadelphia. The operation caught at least four of them, all Democrats, allegedly accepting bribes of cash and gifts adding up to at least $18,000.

Pennsylvania Attorney General Kane Lawyers Up
Gabriel Malor
The decision of PA AG Kathleen Kane to drop the investigation and potential prosecution of Philadelphia Democrats who were recorded accepting cash, money orders, or jewelry certainly seems suspicious. According to news reports, investigators collected over 400 hours of audio and video of five Democrats, including four state lawmakers, before Kane, also a Democrat, secretly killed the investigation last fall.
Green Unintended Consequence:
Pilots Hit by 'nearly blinding' Glare from Massive Solar Facility

The Ivanpah solar energy plant in San Bernardino County is the world's largest solar thermal plant and has 173,500 large mirrors that reflect sunlight onto boilers in three 459-foot towers. A feat of modern engineering – to green energy advocates, but a flying hazard to pilots.
Government Intervenes at School 'taken over’ by Muslim Radicals
The Birmingham school at the centre of an alleged campaign of “Islamisation” by Muslim radicals is to be placed in “special measures” by the Government’s education watchdog in a move that could see its head teacher and governors removed. Park View, previously rated “outstanding” by Ofsted, will be downgraded to “inadequate”, the lowest possible score.
Tennessee Voter Fraud Conviction
Former Bolivar City Council member Brenda Woods has been convicted of three counts of procuring illegal voters in the city’s 2009 municipal elections. Three people testified, two of whom are related to Woods, that they had felony convictions on their records in May of 2009 when voted.

Week ending 16 March 2014

The President’s Power Grab
Jonathan Turley
In his State of the Union address, President Obama announced that he had decided to go it alone in areas where Congress refused to act to his satisfaction. In a system of shared powers, one would expect an outcry or at least stony silence when a president promised to circumvent the legislative branch. Instead, many senators and representatives erupted in rapturous applause.
The IRS’s Behavior Taxes Credulity
George Will
The most intrusive and potentially most punitive federal agency has been politicized; the IRS has become an appendage of Barack Obama's party. Furthermore, congruent with exhortations from some congressional Democrats, it is intensifying its efforts to suffocate groups critical of progressives, by delaying what once was the swift, routine granting of tax-exempt status. So, the IRS, far from repenting of its abusive behavior, is trying to codify the abuses.
MH370 Pilot a 'fanatical' Supporter of the Country's Opposition Leader;
Pilot's Wife and Children Leave Home Day Before Plane Disappears

Captain Zaharie Ahmad Shah was an ‘obsessive’ supporter of Anwar Ibrahim. Hours before the doomed flight left Kuala Lumpur it is understood 53-year-old Shah attended a controversial trial in which Ibrahim was jailed for five years. Police sources have confirmed that Shah was a vocal political activist – and fear that the court decision left him profoundly upset. It was against this background that, seven hours later, he took control of a Boeing 777-200 bound for Beijing and carrying 238 passengers and crew.
UK's
Daily Mail
has excellent coverage
Obama Admin: On Second Thought, Iran Will Be Allowed to
Continue Enriching Uranium Under Nuke Deal

Following the release of an interim agreement made in Geneva Nov. 24, Secretary of State John Kerry asserted that the deal did not provide Iran with the right to enrich uranium. However, numerous Iranian officials contradicted Kerry's statement, attributing his interpretation to domestic considerations.
"Call me Uncle Earl" D.C. Corruption Probe Leads
to Guilty Plea by Campaign Contributor

"Election after election, Jeff Thompson huddled behind closed doors with corrupt candidates, political operatives, and businessmen, devising schemes to funnel millions of dollars of corporate money into local and federal elections," U.S. Attorney Ronald Machen Jr., said in a statement. "Today's guilty plea pulls back the curtain on years of widespread corruption."

Why Jeffrey Thompson's Guilty Plea Matters for Hillary Clinton
The Washington businessman who pleaded guilty Monday to crafting an illegal shadow campaign to help D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray get elected in 2010 isn't just a major headache for Gray's reelection campaign this month. He's also had ties to a past campaign of a much bigger potential candidate for office: Hillary Clinton.
Hillary Clinton Campaign Got Illicit Funds from D.C. Scandal Figure
Despite Hillary Rodham Clinton's promise that she had scrubbed illegal cash contributions from her 2008 presidential campaign, prosecutors revealed Monday that the mastermind of Mayor Vincent C. Gray's "shadow campaign" also funneled hundreds of thousands of dollars to aid Mrs. Clinton's bid for the White House.
Little Rock Broker Says He Received About $2.5 Million In Commissions
After Helping Arkansas' Ex-treasurer

Under questioning by government lawyers Monday, Steele Stephens acknowledged that he benefited by giving her money. He eventually received about twice as much state business as any other broker and said that during the four years he was making payments to Shoffner, he received about $2.5 million in commissions.
Harry Reid Takes Money from Companies Under Investigation
for Bribery Law Violations

Joel Gehrke
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., has received over one-half million dollars in campaign contributions from people and political action committees linked to multiple companies suspected of violating the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. The FCPA "generally prohibits the payment of bribes to foreign officials to assist in obtaining or retaining business," according to the Securities and Exchange Commission.
Wyoming Man Faces $75,000 a Day in EPA Fines for
Building Pond On His Property

The property owner says he followed the state rules for a stock pond when he built it in 2012 and has an April 4-dated letter from the Wyoming State Engineer’s Office to prove it. But the EPA isn’t backing down and argues they have final say over the issue. They also say Johnson needs to restore the land or face the fines.
Report: U.S. Electric Grid 'Inherently Vulnerable' to Sabotage
Electric grid compounds across the country have faced an uptick in unauthorized intrusions by unknown individuals, causing concern that the U.S. grid is "inherently vulnerable" to widespread sabotage, according to a recent oversight report issued by New Jersey's Regional Operations Intelligence Center (ROIC), which monitors the threat level.
Sebelius on Obamacare:
We've Made 'Changes in the Way the Law was Written'

The White House has often asserted that the president and his cabinet have flexibility to depart from the letter of the law if the modification or delay is consistent with the spirit of the legislation. The words used to describe these actions are often vague or general in nature, but in testimony Wednesday before the House Ways and Means Committee, Kathleen Sebelius used remarkably candid language to refer to her agency's rewrites of Obamacare.

HHS: We Lack 'Statutory Authority' to Extend Deadline
to Sign Up for Obamacare

Officials at the Department of Health and Human Services insisted that March 31 is the firm deadline to sign up for Obamacare. "We have no plans to extend the open enrollment period," HHS official Julie Bataille said. "In fact, we don't actually have the statutory authority to extend the open enrollment period in 2014."

ObamaCare's Secret Mandate Exemption
Last week the Administration quietly excused millions of people from the requirement to purchase health insurance or else pay a tax penalty... the mandate suspension was buried in an unrelated rule that was meant to preserve some health plans that don't comply with ObamaCare benefit and redistribution mandates. Our sources only noticed the change this week.

Obamacare is Definitely NOT As Cheap As Your Cellphone Bill
One of President Barack Obama's favorite new Obamacare sign-up pitches is that young enrollees, which the law banks on for sustainability, can get health insurance for the price of a monthly cellphone bill. But in reality, premiums are more than a little pricier. HERE are REAL numbers:

Uninsured: Obamacare is Unaffordable
David Catron
A new survey confirms that the "Affordable Care Act" has failed to achieve one of its most important goals – making health coverage accessible to the uninsured. As the Washington Post reports, "Just one in 10 uninsured people who qualify for private health plans through the new marketplace have signed up for one." Why so few?

Little-Known Obamacare Fact:
Prison Inmates Are Signing Up

In a little-noticed outcome of President Obama's Affordable Care Act, jails and prisons around the country are beginning to sign up inmates for health insurance under the law, taking advantage of the expansion of Medicaid that allows states to extend coverage to single and childless adults – a major part of the prison population.
How Five Colorado Democrats May Have Paved the Way for
Congress to Sue the Administration

Elizabeth Price Foley & David Rivkin
Last week, the U.S. Tenth Circuit decided a case that should reverberate on Capitol Hill. In Kerr v. Hickenlooper, five Colorado legislators sought “standing” to challenge a state constitutional amendment. The three-judge panel ruled in favor of the legislators’ standing. This decision should embolden members of Congress who correctly believe that President Obama has encroached upon Congress’ constitutional authority.
Obamanomics for February:
Women Unemployed Up 36,000

The number of unemployed women increased by 36,000 in  February, according to Bureau of Labor Statistics. Last month, there were 4,670,000 unemployed women, which was up 36,000, from the 4,634,000 unemployed women in January.
Barack Obama, Political Wrecking Ball
Peter Wehner
By now it’s settled on most people, including Democrats, that the loss of Alex Sink to David Jolly in Florida’s 13th Congressional District was, in the words of the New York Times, “devastating” to Democrats. Even someone as reflexively partisan as Paul Begala said Democrats shouldn’t try to spin this loss.
Study: States That Voted for Obama Have Most Income Inequality
The top five states with the highest income inequality rates all voted to reelect President Barack Obama, though no state boasted a higher rate of inequality than Washington, D.C. This is according to a study released this week by MoneyRates.com using data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Labor Force Participation Hits Record Low for Americans in Their 20s
The labor force participation rate for people ages 20 through 24 – which BLS has been tracking since 1948 – hit a 42-year low in 2013. Since 2008, the last year before President Barack Obama took office, the number of Americans in their twenties who were not in the labor force during the average month has climbed from 8,756,000 to 10,511,000 – an increase of 1,755,000 or 20 percent.
UK Schools Ban Pork to Avoid Offending Muslim Students,
Parents are Furious over the Change

Parents have condemned a school's decision to ban all pork products from the menu and replace other meats with halal versions. Pupils aged between three and 11 at Brinsworth Manor Infant and Junior Schools in Rotherham will no longer be able to enjoy sausages, bacon or ham.
Kenyan Cleric: Killing Innocent Civilians Justified by the Koran
"It's our innocents for your innocents. It was justified. As per the Koran, as per the religion of Islam, Nairobi's Westgate shopping mall was 100 percent justified," the Muslim cleric said of the attack that left at least 67 dead, among them women and children cut down by machine gun fire or grenades.
Newly Formed Muslim Coalition Seeks Greater Clout
in U.S. Elections

Ten U.S. Islamic organizations have formed a new umbrella group to serve as a "representative voice" for American Muslims, and one of their first tasks will be to carry out a census of the community.
Gay Theatre Student Who Claimed He Was Beaten By Homophobic Thugs Admits He Got His Injuries When He Fell Over
A drama student who became an internet sensation after claiming he was savagely beaten up for being gay has admitted he caused his injuries himself when he tripped on the pavement.
American State Dept. Spokesman:
“Palestinians need not recognize the Jewish state”

Despite Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's continued requests of the Palestinians to recognize Israel as a Jewish state within the framework of negotiations for peace, the American State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki reportedly stated in an interview with the "Al-Quds" newspaper that the Palestinians need not heed Netanyahu's request.
Southern Poverty Law Center Biased in Labeling Family Research Council a 'Hate Group,' Academic Study Argues
SPLC's list dubiously lists Family Research Council as a hate group while ignoring anti-Christian groups that use similar rhetoric, which demonstrates that the list is more about mobilizing liberals than providing an objective source for hate groups, Yancey argues. SPLC has escaped critical analysis of its work in academia because of a liberal bias among academicians, the study additionally claims.
IRS Currently Employing Convicted Terrorist Associate
Patrick Poole
While IRS officials were targeting Tea Party groups for special scrutiny of their 501(c)3 tax exempt applications, the IRS also hired a policeman who had been prosecuted by the Justice Department – and convicted in federal court – of using his access to the FBI's NCIC system to tip off a terror suspect about the bureau's surveillance. The leak wrecked a major terror investigation.
Conn. Police Refusing to Enforce New Anti-Gun Law
Gun rights legal expert and activist David Hardy reported Friday that 250 law enforcement officers in Connecticut have signed an open letter stating that they will not enforce the new anti-gun and magazine laws, which they consider to be a violation of the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
Citing Politcal Bias Sharyl Attkisson Resigns from CBS News
CBS News investigative correspondent Sharyl Attkisson, who has been with CBS News for two decades, had grown frustrated with what she saw as the network's liberal bias, an outsize influence by the network's corporate partners and a lack of dedication to investigative reporting, several sources said.

Week ending 9 March 2014

The ObamaCare Hydra-Headed Monster
Investor's Business Daily
ObamaCare is turning out like the nine-headed Hydra monster of Greek mythology. Every time President Obama tries to lop off one of its failures, two more emerge. In the myth, Hercules eventually figured out how to kill the Hydra monster, which had been terrorizing the countryside, for good.
Obama's Journey from Arrogance to Incompetence
Peter Wehner
When he ran for the presidency, it was Barack Obama who never put limits on his criticisms of others. He spoke as if the problems of the world would disappear with two events: the removal from office of his predecessor and his arrival as president of the United States. Even in a profession not known for attracting modest individuals, Mr. Obama's arrogance set him apart.
President Obama's Foreign Policy is Based on Fantasy
Washington Post Editorial
For five years, President Obama has led a foreign policy based more on how he thinks the world should operate than on reality. It was a world in which "the tide of war is receding" and the United States could, without much risk, radically reduce the size of its armed forces. Other leaders, in this vision, would behave rationally and in the interest of their people and the world.
Ukraine Conflict Tests Obama´s Credibility On The World Stage
Rebecca Kaplan
The crisis in Ukraine has brought out a fresh round of critics of President Obama´s foreign policy who see a pattern emerging: the president tries to assert his authority and direct events on the world stage with empty threats, which inevitably have no follow through. With each instance, U.S. power grows weaker as foreign powers view Mr. Obama as the president who cried wolf.
Obama's Mistaken Belief That Others See the World as He Sees It
Michael Barone
Solipsism. It's a fancy word which means that you assume others see the world as you do and will behave as you would. It's a quality often found in narcissists, people who greatly admire themselves – like a presidential candidate confident that he is a better speechwriter than his speechwriters, knows more about policy than his policy directors and is a better political director than his political director.
Labor Force Participation in 2013 Lowest in 35 Years;
Reaches Down to Jimmy Carter Level of 1978

The average annual labor force participation rate hit a 35-year-low of 63.2 percent in the United States in 2013, according to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The last time the average annual labor force participation rate was that low was in in 1978, when it was also 63.2 percent.
Union: Obamacare Will Slash Wages By Up To $5 An Hour
A national union that represents 300,000 low-wage hospitality workers charges in a new report that Obamacare will slam wages, cut hours, limit access to health insurance and worsen the very “income equality” President Obama says he is campaigning to fix. “Only in Washington could asking the bottom of the middle class to finance health care for the poorest families be seen as reducing inequality,” said the report from the union Unite Here.
Poll: Just 11% of Blacks Say Life Under Obama
Is Better for Young African-Americans

President Obama is going to have to do a whole lot more than promise to make things better for young blacks under his new "My Brother's Keeper" initiative, because 71 percent of voters in a new poll say life for the group is the same or worse than before he came into office.
HHS: We Need $1.8 BILLION to Run Obamacare Portal!
President Obama's top health officials said Tuesday they expect Congress to front the money needed to fund Obamacare's federal marketplace in fiscal 2015 as they work to make HealthCare.gov operate better this fall.

Obama Would Eliminate Half of all Existing Medicare Part D Plans;
The Part D Plan is a Rare Government Program Success Story

The Obama administration's new proposed rule for Medicare Part D would eliminate half of all Part D plans and raise prescription drug premiums for millions of seniors by up to 20 percent, according to a U.S. House subcommittee chairman. "Today, the average senior has 35 different [Medicare Part D] plans to choose from this year. This rule would reduce that choice to two plans.

Code Chaos
Another Nightmare for Doctors

Stephen F. Hayes
Ever considered suicide by jellyfish? Have you ended up in the hospital after being injured during the forced landing of your spacecraft? Or been hurt when you were sucked into the engine of an airplane or when your horse-drawn carriage collided with a trolley? Chances are slim. But should any of these unfortunate injuries befall you after October 1, 2014, your doctor, courtesy of the federal government, will have a code to record it.

Nearly 10,000 Las Vegas Casino Workers
Might Go On Strike Because of Obamacare

On Feb. 20, thousands of housekeepers, porters, cooks, cocktail servers, and others represented by Nevada's largest union voted to end a contract extension the workers agreed to last summer. The union wants to maintain its current benefits – including health care coverage at no cost to workers, pensions, and guaranteed 40-hour workweeks.

Health Care Law Could Cost University $46M
After years of having its budget squeezed by state budget cuts and rising enrollments, the University of North Carolina system now faces a potential $46 million hit from the Affordable Care Act. Starting next year, large employers must provide insurance for all employees who work more than 30 hours a week.
John Kerry Urges American Ambassadors to
Make Climate Change a Priority

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has called on American ambassadors around the world to make the fight against climate change a top priority ahead of new UN talks next year."Protecting our environment and meeting the challenge of global climate change is a critical mission for me as our country's top diplomat," Kerry said.
EPA Attacks the Prospect of World’s Largest Copper Mine
Alan Caruba
We can now add another attack on natural resources because the EPA has announced its intention to restrict, if not prohibit, the development of Pebble Mine in Alaska. The mine could be one of the world’s largest sources of copper. Beyond the economic benefits the mine would create, it would not only produce copper, but strategic metals like molybdenum and rhenium.
Research: D.C. 'Green' Buildings Actually Using MORE Energy
The Environmental Policy Alliance analyzed the first round of energy usage data released by city officials Friday and found that large, privately-owned buildings that received the green energy certification Leadership in Energy Design (LEED) actually use more energy than buildings that didn't receive this green stamp of approval.
The Return of “The Horror of History”
Alexander Maistrovoy
Ayatollahs, Communists in China and Islamists in Turkey are carefully following the developments around Ukraine. They want to see what actions the West will take next, in order to make their own conclusions. They have all the reasons to believe that the West would limit itself by verbal reprimand. The West has voluntarily left the stage of History.
Muslim Gang Seizes Christian Man and Thrusts Crucifix Into His Heart
A Muslim gang in Syria seized a young Christian man, and as soon as they spotted his Crucifix, they violently seized him, decapitated him, and then took his Crucifix and thrusted it into his heart. The police arrested the five terrorists who committed the murder and when they told the mother that they caught the killers of her son, she replied, "May the Lord forgive them."
Iranian Cleric: Albert Einstein was a Secret Shiite Muslim
[Funny thing, Einstein was Jewish!]
An Iranian cleric claims that the Albert Einstein, the great 20th century scientist who developed the Theory of Relativity, was a Shiitie Muslim, Israel Radio reported on Saturday.
Cyber 'Snake' Plagues Ukraine Networks
An aggressive cyber weapon called Snake has infected dozens of Ukrainian computer networks including government systems in one of the most sophisticated attacks of recent years... experts say it is comparable in its complexity with Stuxnet, the malware that was found to have disrupted Iran’s uranium enrichment program in 2010.
What is Lois hiding?
New York Post Editorial
Where Lois Lerner goes, drama follows. On Wednesday, the former IRS officer again invoked the Fifth before the House Oversight Committee. That precipitated a heated exchange between the committee's Republican chairman, Darrell Issa, and Democratic ranking member Elijah Cummings, who called the hearings "un-American."
Rutgers Rage Against Rice –
Why Do Liberals Have So Much Hate for Black Conservatives?

Juan Williams
Have you heard the news? Condoleezza Rice lacks "moral authority." She fails to meet the standards of "exemplary citizenship" and she does not have what it takes to "inspire" graduating college seniors. That crazy thinking comes from the New Brunswick Faculty Council of Rutgers University.
Palin Re-Writes Dr. Seuss: 'I Do Not Like This Uncle Sam,
I Do Not Like His Health Care Scam'

Daniel Halper
Sarah Palin, inspired by Ted Cruz's reading of Green Eggs and Ham during his filibuster last year, re-wrote the Dr. Seuss classic to whack Uncle Sam at CPAC... 2-1/2 minutes of fun!
Report: More Than a Million Students Stopped Buying
School Lunches After Michelle Obama's Overhaul

The Government Accountability Office, a watchdog agency inside the federal government, told members of Congress in a little-noticed January 28 report that participation in the school lunch program declined by 1,086,000 in that one year, the biggest drop on record.
Flashback: Senator Obama pushed bill that helped destroy more than 15,000 TONS of ammunition, 400,000 small arms and 1,000 anti-aircraft missiles in Ukraine
As a U.S. senator, Barack Obama won $48 million in federal funding to help Ukraine destroy thousands of tons of guns and ammunition – weapons which are now unavailable to the Ukrainian army as it faces down Russian President Vladimir Putin during his invasion of Crimea.

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