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F. A. Hayek, Economic Freedom and Representative Government (1973)

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1938 and 2015: Only the Names Are Different
Dennis Prager
We say that evil is dark. But this metaphor is imprecise. Evil is actually intensely bright, so painfully bright that people look away from it. Many even deny its existence. Why? Because once people acknowledge evil's existence, they know they have to confront it. And most people prefer not to confront evil. That is what led to World War II.

Obama's Iran Blunder Presages A Catastrophe
Thomas Sowell
Some commentators have attributed Obama's many foreign policy disasters to incompetence. But he has been politically savvy enough to repeatedly outmaneuver his opponents in America. If he is that savvy at home, why is he so apparently incompetent abroad? Answering that question may indeed require us to "think the unthinkable," that we have elected a man for whom America's best interests are not his top priority.

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Week ending 26 July 2015

Lawmaker: Kerry Doesn't Know What's In the Iran Side Deal
After classified briefings Wednesday with Secretary of State John Kerry and other administration officials, lawmakers say they aren't satisfied with the explanation of side deals on Iran's nuclear program that weren't sent to Congress, and still want to see the original documents. Rep. Mike Pompeo said Kerry told lawmakers that he has not read the side deals, never possessed a copy of them, and approved the nuclear agreement without knowing their details.
SCOTUS – The States Can Reject the Iran Deal
End-run Around Congress Means States Need Not Comply

The States cannot be forced to implement an international treaty or agreement that is not self-executing – i.e. one whose implementation requires new congressional laws. Thanks to the victory at the Supreme Court by then-Texas Solicitor General Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) in Medellín v. Texas (2008), it is a settled principle in constitutional law that states cannot be forced to comply with international treaties unless Congress has passed statutes giving them effect.
Iranian 'Deal' May have Limited Effect on Maritime Restrictions
Even after implementation [of the deal], most of the prohibitions on U.S. companies doing business directly or indirectly with Iran and Iranian entities will remain in place. Example: It appears that U.S. dollar (USD) clearing transactions will remain prohibited. This means that USD payments for cargos and charters hires for voyages to Iran will remain prohibited, except where such activity falls under an OFAC general or special license.
President Obama Blocks Independent Inspector General Investigations – Demands They Must Seek Cabinet Approvals for Investigative Activity
The intended outcome here is two-fold. 1) Any Inspector General will now have to ask a white house appointed cabinet head for approval to access investigative material; obviously this gives an automatic heads’ up to the White House. 2) The investigative material is now subject to being hidden from the investigators; obviously this allows unlawful conduct to remain hidden.
Seattle Sees Fallout from $15 Minimum Wage,
Workers Ask for Fewer Hours to Avoid Loosing Welfare

“It’s what happens when the government imposes a restriction on the labor market that normally wouldn’t be there, and marginal businesses get hit the hardest, and usually those are small, neighborhood businesses,” said Paul Guppy, of the Washington Policy Center.
FBI-ICE Investigation Prompted U.S. to Attempt to Revoke Citizenship
of Imam Who Heads Portland's Biggest Mosque

"The U.S. Department of Justice is pursuing Mr. (Mohamed Sheikh Abdirahman) Kariye's denaturalization based on his illegal procurement of naturalization; specifically, Mr. Kariye obtained his U.S. citizenship by providing false information and willful misrepresentation and concealment of material facts including his criminal history and failed to establish that he was a person of good moral character during the requisite statutory period," the FBI wrote in a news statement.
Authorities Ignore U.S. Mosques at Center of Islamic Terror Attacks
Property records show the mosque attended by the terrorist who killed US soldiers at a base in Chattanooga, Tenn., is affiliated with the same Islamic group as the mosques patronized by the Boston marathon bombers and the 9/11 hijackers who attacked the Pentagon. Yet federal investigators have dismissed any possibility that the Tennessee mosque was a source of radicalization or support for the terrorist, Mohammad Youssef Abdulazeez.
Obama Now Has a Secret Town by Town,
Block by Block Racial Database

Chris Wysocki
Remember last month when I said you should pay attention to the Supreme Court's affirmation of "disparate impact" lawsuits? You know, the racial grievance industry's statistical tool to "prove" discrimination and guarantee equality of outcome and big paydays for the reparations crowd? And remember too when I noted that Obama voided every zoning law in America in his quest for affordable housing?

Obama's Secret Database Forces 'racist' Smear On Innocent Citizens
Judi McLeod
[The President] has been surreptitiously building a data base that keeps all American citizens on file. Obama's Orwellian data base will affect every facet of citizen life. Your every move will be kept on file. The data base mounted by the president includes a housing database, a mortgage database, a credit and employment database. Your children, already tracked through school by Common Core, will be millions of statistics in Obama's educrat-run school database.
Clintons' Charities Got £50Million of British Aid Cash:
UK Government Accused of Trying to Buy Influence

Tens of millions of pounds of UK aid money has been siphoned through charities linked to Hillary Clinton, it emerged last night. British politicians – including Gordon Brown – stand accused of diverting huge amounts of cash through the organizations after falling under the spell of the US presidential candidate and her husband Bill.
Admit it, Dems: Hillary Could Strangle a Puppy on Live TV,
and You'd Still Back Her

Matt Welch
President Barack Obama never paid any political price for pulling a complete 180 on his vows to have the most transparent administration ever, so none of this reaction should be surprising. Still, it's worth stressing that with Hillary Clinton, Democrats have dropped even the pretense of giving a s--t about transparency.
Second Planned Parenthood Senior Executive
Haggles Over Baby Parts Prices

A second undercover video shows Planned Parenthood Federation of America's Medical Directors' Council President, Dr. Mary Gatter, haggling over payments for intact fetal specimens and offering to use a "less crunchy technique" to get more intact body parts.

Planned Parenthood Defector Says Loophole Lets
Clinics Profit from Fetal Organ Sales

Abby Johnson wasn't horrified by last week's undercover video showing a Planned Parenthood doctor describing over lunch and wine how to "crush" a fetus during an abortion to preserve the organs because she's been there... part of her job was to sift through the aborted fetal tissue and organs, pack them in a container with dry ice, check the consent form and "ship them off."

Health and Human Services Rejects
Planned Parenthood FOIA Request as 'Not Newsworthy'

Mollie Hemingway
In March it was announced that the Obama administration had set new records for censoring information, outright denying access to information, and length of time to fulfill requests. They also, "refused a record number of times to turn over files quickly that might be especially newsworthy," according to the Associated Press.
Planned Parenthood Pulls Names of Corporate Donors
After Coca-Cola, Ford and Xerox Object

This latest development comes in the wake of two undercover videos that showed Planned Parenthood executives talking about the sale of fetal body parts. Planned Parenthood is facing both federal and state investigations – and the possibility of losing taxpayer funding.
What companies said about their PP donations
13 Things You Probably Don’t Know About
Planned Parenthood Founder Margaret Sanger

On its website, the organization compliments Margaret Sanger as one of the pro-choice movement’s “great heroes.” Sanger started the American Birth Control League in 1921; it became part of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America in 1942.
Carly Fiorina Schools CNN, Hillary on Abortion 'Extremism'
Carly Fiorina turned the table on CNN yesterday, parlaying an abortion question designed to put conservatives on defense – and offering her an opportunity to score points against a fellow Republican – into an aggressive attack on Hillary Clinton's abortion extremism.
Planned Parenthood Gearing Up?
Advertise for Paid Rabble Rousers

Is Planned Parenthood laying out taxpayer money to hire shock troops? We’ve seen this before in other leftist causes, like Black Lives Matter, where they pay protesters to go into the streets to push their agenda.
Kenyan President Rebukes Obama’s Gay Rights Message
President Obama on Saturday made an personal plea for gay rights during his visit to Kenya, warning that “bad things happen” when countries discriminate against certain groups of people. But Obama’s call for universal gay rights was quickly dismissed by Kenyatta, who described the issue as something “our culture, our society does not accept.”
In A Setback for Obama’s Immigration Policy, Judge Orders
the Release of Illegal Immigrants from 'deplorable' Facilities

A U.S. District Judge said Friday that the conditions in which the detainees are being held are “deplorable” and violate parts of an 18-year-old court settlement that put restrictions on the detention of migrant children. The ruling also raises questions about what the administration will do with the estimated 1,700 parents and children at three detention facilities, two in Texas and one in Pennsylvania.
GAO Report: Medicare Funds Totaling $60 Billion Improperly Paid
The report says that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the federal agency that administers Medicare, estimates that last year some $60 billion of American taxpayer money, or more than 10 percent of Medicare's total budget, was lost to fraud, waste, abuse and improper payments. The report released today shows no improvement, but investigators say it is not that hard to fix the problem.
10 Things the Feds Could Buy with $60 Billion
Yes, ‘ObamaNet’ Is Here: Meet ConnectHome, the ‘Free’ Internet That Costs Taxpayers Much More Than a Private Sector Plan
Alex Pournelle
ConnectHome is aimed at low-income areas with little broadband uptake, expanding several earlier federal programs. The headlines are about connecting the poor to the modern convenience of the internet, but they don’t mention who’s paying for it. As with most federal programs, you are.
‘Americans Still Vulnerable to IRS Audits Over Personal Beliefs’
Elizabeth MacDonald
A House Oversight subcommittee hearing today will provide more pushback to President Barack Obama's claim to the Daily Show that there was no IRS targeting of conservative nonprofits. "Unfortunately, the IRS has not taken sufficient steps to prevent targeting Americans based on their personal beliefs," the GAO says.

Week ending 19 July 2015

Exploding Muslim Immigration Overwhelms FBI
Leo Hohmann
The FBI failed to stop another terror attack, this time in Chattanooga, and the pressure building on the bureau from President Obama’s reckless immigration policies may be reaching a boiling point, say security experts. And the problem goes far beyond a loose border, where some 400,000 illegal aliens enter each year.
The Deal Wasn’t About Iran’s Nukes
Abe Greenwald
If you think the United States just struck a poor nuclear deal with Iran, you’re right; but if that’s your key takeaway, you’re missing the point. Iran’s nuclear program was last on the list of the Obama administration’s priorities in talking to Tehran. The administration readily caved on Iran’s nukes because it viewed the matter only as a timely pretense for achieving other cherished aims.
Obama's Iran Deal Should Die in Chattanooga
Roger L Simon
The Chattanooga killings come at an inconvenient moment for President Obama, who is trying to sell his Iran deal because the murders remind us once again of the serious global problem of Islam – Sunni and Shiite. Islamic religious ideology, inextricably bound to Shariah law that requires all Muslims practice jihad, is driving the world back to the seventh century.
Here's the Truth About 6 of Obama's Iran Deal Claims
Michaela Dodge
Months of Iranian pressure on the United States brought its fruition. Iran got a deal that legitimizes its nuclear program, rewards its defiance of international treaties and obligations, and provides it with additional billions of dollars to continue its terrorist activities in the Middle East. Here are the White House's most egregious misinterpretations of the deal:
What U.S. Leaders Have Never Understood About Iran
Amir Taheri
“American rulers have always dreamed of forcing us to change our behavior, and failed,” Iran’s “Supreme Guide,” Ali Khamenei, said Saturday. “Five U.S. administrations took that dream to their graves. The present one shall have the same fate.” Khamenei’s analysis is not far off the mark.
ISIS Video 'Cub of the Caliphate'
10-yr-old Boy Shown Beheading Syrian Officer

Depraved jihadis fighting for the Islamic State have forced a young child to savagely behead a Syrian regime army officer in the first execution of its kind. The sickening murder is understood to have taken place at the Western Hir Palace in the province of Homs after the soldier was captured by jihadis at the nearby Al-Bosayri army checkpoint.
Obama Collecting Your Personal Data for a Secret Race Database
This Orwellian-style stockpile of statistics includes a vast and permanent network of discrimination databases, which Obama already is using to make “disparate impact” cases against: banks that don’t make enough prime loans to minorities; schools that suspend too many blacks; cities that don’t offer enough Section 8 and other low-income housing for minorities; and employers who turn down African-Americans for jobs due to criminal backgrounds.
Documents “inequalities” between minorities and whites
Suburban Governments Were Just Nationalized by the
Federal Government

S. Noble
HUD announced enforcement of its new 377-page rule called the Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing Rule which will allow them to move people from poor crime-ridden areas into "wealthy" suburbs. It was announced by leftist Julian Castro Monday. The rule has force behind it. Federal monies will be withheld and lawsuits accusing residents of racism will be filed. Any town that takes federal funds will be transformed.
Anti-2nd Amendment Gun Smuggler,
Democrat Leland Yee, Headed to Prison

Robert Laurie
Hey, remember Leland Yee? He spent most of his time trying to do away with guns and violent video games. At least that's what he did when he wasn't busy facilitating the sale of firearms and shoulder-launched missiles between Islamic extremists in the Philippines and undercover FBI agents.
Shock Video Catches Planned Parenthood of America's (PPFA)
Top Doctor Selling Body Parts of Aborted Babies

New undercover footage shows PPFA's Dr. Deborah Nucatola, describing how Planned Parenthood sells the body parts of aborted unborn children and admitting she uses partial-birth abortions to supply intact body parts... Nucatola admits that Planned Parenthood charges per-specimen for baby body parts, uses illegal partial-birth abortion procedures in order to get salable parts, and is aware of their own liability for doing so and takes steps to cover it up.

Planned Parenthood's Client Promised 'Profit,'
'Fiscal Growth' for Harvested Baby Body Parts

The undercover journalist who videotaped a Planned Parenthood senior medical officer talking about how to buy and sell fetal body parts derived from aborted babies says Planned Parenthood is lying in their response to his video.

Planned Parenthood Partner Offered Bulk Discounts
On Aborted Baby Parts

StemExpress, the California-based company that serves as a middleman between Planned Parenthood and the organizations that seek body parts harvested from aborted babies, once advertised bulk discounts for baby organs and body parts. A screencap taken from a StemExpress page listing fetal liver products shows that the company openly boasted of bulk buying discounts available to new customers.
The Gruesome Reality of the Abortion Industry
Allyne Caan
In a practice the word “horrific” cannot even begin to describe, an undercover video recently exposed Deborah Nucatola, senior director of medical services at Planned Parenthood, cavalierly describing harvesting hearts, lungs, legs and even heads from unborn babies. The stomach-churning footage shows Nucatola recounting the market demand for baby body parts and how successfully Planned Parenthood’s doctors have been at meeting that demand.
Disgraced Planned Parenthood Official Works for White House Staff;
Her ‘Right-Wing’ Hatred Exposed

Patrick Howley
Disgraced Planned Parenthood official Deborah Nucatola’s shocking personal work history is coming to light. Records reveal that Nucatola was employed by a former White House staffer at the time that she was selling aborted baby fetus parts. A staunch political advocate, Nucatola railed against the “right-wing” Bush administration.
Baltimore "Anti-Violence" Group
Caught with Illegally-Acquired Guns, Drugs

Bob Owens
Safe Streets, a grant-funded program under the city's Health Department, uses ex-felons in an effort to stem crime. I dunno. Maybe it's just me, but I think it's a bad idea to have people who "formerly" sold drugs and shot people committing crimes counseling others who are involved in the same sort of criminal behavior.
Obama Writes Personal Letters to 46 Felons;
No Contact with Kathryn Steinle's Family

Nearly two weeks after 32-year-old Kathryn Steinle was murdered on San Francisco's Pier 14 by an illegal alien and convicted felon who was released from prison earlier this year, President Barack Obama has failed to contact the victim's family or mention her in public.
ICE: 1,800 Illegals Freed by 'Sanctuaries'
Charged in 7,500 New Crimes, Rape, Child Sex Assault

What's more, most, or over 1,000 of the illegals facing criminal charges, are still free, according to an ICE report to Congress. The October 2014 report detailed the release by 276 sanctuary cities of 8,145 illegals held on criminal charges from January to August despite requests to "detain" them for ICE which would consider deporting them.
DHS Chief Spits on Congress,
Says He Will Refuse to Obey Immigration Laws

Sara Noble
Jeh Johnson warned Congress not to pass any laws to stop sanctuary cities. He also made it clear he won't use the tools available to him to return criminals from countries who don't want them back. Nor will he use the powers he has as DHS Chief against countries who refuse to repatriate illegal aliens from their country.
Clintons Facilitated Donor’s Haiti Project That
Defrauded U.S. Out of Millions

A federal agency rushed to approve funding for a Clinton donor’s sham Haiti recovery project that ended up defrauding the U.S. government out of millions, according to court transcripts and internal government documents obtained by the Washington Free Beacon.
Probe Finds No Mechanisms To 'Detect Fraud' On Healthcare.gov
"calls into question the legitimacy of enrollment numbers"

Phony applicants that investigators signed up last year under President Barack Obama's health care law got automatically re-enrolled for 2015. Some were rewarded with even bigger taxpayer subsidies for their insurance premiums, a congressional probe has found.
Taxpayers Spend $3.5 Million to Find Out Why Lesbians are Fat
According to a U.S. Health and Human Services study, "It is now well-established that women of minority sexual orientation are disproportionately affected by the obesity epidemic, with nearly three-quarters of adult lesbians overweight or obese, compared to half of heterosexual women. In stark contrast, among men, heterosexual males have nearly double the risk of obesity compared to gay males."
‘Doping the vote’ in South Texas Triggers Federal Indictments
Shady ballot brokers are “doping the vote” in the Rio Grande Valley, an election-watch group says. Now the FBI is on the case. Trafficking in petty cash and dime bags, politiqueras round up voters for South Texas candidates, nearly all Democrats. The pay-for-ballot activity has resulted in 11 federal indictments so far.
Federal Buildings In SoCal Caught Wasting Water Amid Drought
While all Californians are under mandatory water restrictions, CBS2 News cameras went undercover and found some federal facilities may be wasting water for hours at a time. And government workers weren't happy when Investigative Reporter David Goldstein tried to get answers.
EPA Power Grab Incites States to Consider Nullification
States’ refusal to enforce what they consider to be unconstitutional federal laws is known as nullification. In the Virginia Resolution of 1798, James Madison said states are “duty bound to resist” when the federal government violates the Constitution. States are now embracing this concept by responding to an increasing regulatory burden imposed by federal bureaucrats.
Study: Utica Shale Gas and Oil Reserves
Larger Than Previous Estimates

The study results indicate that the Utica – which spans West Virginia, Kentucky, Pennsylvania, Ohio and New York – is comparable to the Marcellus shale play in terms of size and potential recoverable resources. The Marcellus is the large U.S. shale play and second largest shale oil and gas play in the world.

Week ending 12 July 2015

Political Correctness Gone Crazy
Why Do Americans Remain Silent?

Dr. Ileana Johnson Paugh
Why are Americans silent? Because they are afraid! They don’t want to lose their jobs, their freedom, and the acceptance of their neighbors, family, and friends on the social circuit. They don’t want to be savaged by mobs surrounding their homes. They don’t want to be called racists and bigots, so they remain silent.
‘Legacy of Slavery’ Didn't Cause Social Ills
Thomas Sowell
Anyone who is being serious, as distinguished from being political, would surely want to know if whatever he is talking about – whether fatherless children, crime or whatever – is in fact a legacy of slavery or of some of the many other things that have been done in the century and a half since slavery ended.
Illegal Alien Crime is Staggering in Scope and Savagery
FSM National Security Team
It is estimated that there are some 133,741 foreign criminals in prisons and jails in the USA. They are not there for spitting on the sidewalk or jaywalking, and very few are there for immigration violations... They are there in large part for molesting, raping, killing, maiming and murdering people in America, as you will see below.
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Massive Government Overreach: Obama’s AFFH Rule Is Out
Stanley Kurtz
AFFH is easily one of President Obama’s most radical initiatives, on a par with Obamacare in its transformative potential. In effect, AFFH gives the federal government a lever to re-engineer nearly every American neighborhood – imposing a preferred racial and ethnic composition, densifying housing, transportation, and business development in suburb and city alike...
Rep. Gowdy Reveals Subpoena Clinton Claims She 'never had'
House Republicans investigating the 2012 attacks in Benghazi, Libya, on Wednesday released a March subpoena issued to Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton, one day after she said in a nationally televised interview that she "never had a subpoena" in the email controversy.
Bill and Hillary Clinton Ordered to Give Depositions About
Emails in Civil Case

Hillary Clinton and former President Bill Clinton, have been ordered to give depositions in a civil case investigating the pair’s growing email scandal. Mrs. Clinton will giver her deposition on the morning of July 28 in Washington, and Mr. Clinton will give his the following morning, according to copies of the notices of deposition reviewed by The Washington Times.
Another Gun Control Claim Bites the Dust
Washington Post awards 4 pinnochios
On Monday, the Washington Post gave Four Pinnochios to U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) for repeating a claim originated by Michael Bloomberg’s Everytown for Gun Safety group, that there has been an average of one school shooting per week since the December 2012 crime at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut.
How San Francisco Aided and Abetted the Murder of Kate Steinle
Hans von Spakovsky
“Sanctuary cities” are cities within the United States that refuse to comply with federal immigration laws and authorities – similar to the defiance of Southern states to federal law during the civil rights era. So when Juan Francisco Lopez-Sanchez, seven-time convicted felon and five-time deportee, arrived in San Francisco, authorities were none too concerned with complying with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
Judge Orders Jeh Johnson, Homeland Security Chief, Others to Court
Court "is shocked and surprised at the cavalier attitude"

A federal judge in Texas has threatened to hold Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson and other top immigration enforcement officials in contempt of court for not fixing problems that led to work permits being mistakenly awarded under President Barack Obama's executive immigration action after the judge had put the plan on hold.
Judge Who Declines to Do Same-Sex Marriages
Says Civil Rights Struggle Inspired His Career

Caleb Dalton, a lawyer with Alliance Defending Freedom, said... “Permitting a judge, a clerk, or any other official to refer a public service to another willing public servant doesn’t infringe on anyone’s rights. And yet forcing people to participate in what they view as an inherently religious ceremony would trample on hundreds of years of Western civilization’s development of freedom and tolerance of diverse views.”
Iranian Moneyman Gave to Clinton Foundation
Michael Weiss and Alex Shirazi
An Iranian businessman accused by the U.S. government of violating sanctions on Tehran donated money to the Clinton Foundation, The Daily Beast has confirmed. Vahid Alaghband’s Balli Aviation Ltd., a London-based subsidiary of the commodities trading firm Balli Group PLC, tried to sell 747 airplanes to Iran, despite a federal ban on such sales.
Coal Was King in the U.S.A. and Still is Worldwide;
Now, Due to EPA Regs, Power Plants Compete for Natural Gas

The administration would like to end coal and instead use renewables to generate electricity... Europe has gone the renewable route and found disaster, which should serve as an example to this Administration. Germany is losing its manufacturing industry due to high and rising energy costs, forcing the industries to locate overseas.
Ethanol and Biodiesel: Guilty as Charged
Paul Driessen
Ethanol gets one-third less mileage per gallon than gasoline, so motorists get fewer miles per tank and per dollar. It produces ozone, attracts water and corrodes car and small engine components, forcing us to spend billions on repairs.
Blame for the Massive OPM Hack Belongs to Obama
Investor’s Business Daily Editorial
"When I am president," said Barack Obama back in 2008, "the days of dysfunction and cronyism in Washington will be over." Tell that to the 22 million government workers whose personal data are now in the hands of Chinese hackers.
Correcting the Record – Inconvenient "Equality" Truths
In 1868 Republicans voted unanimously for the 14th Amendment, while Democrats voted unanimously against it.
The origin of the 1964 Civil Rights Act can be traced back to the Reconstruction era. That was when the Republican Party enacted the first civil rights act ever, the 1866 Civil Rights Act. Never heard of it? Democrat history professors would rather you didn't. With that law, Republicans took a big step toward making Abraham Lincoln's vision for "a new birth of freedom" a reality.
Hired for Racism?
'Provocative' Racist Views Get Professor Job at Rhodes College

A Memphis professor who left her job under a cloud after a series of racist tweets and Facebook posts has resurfaced at a school across town, where some of her new faculty peers are not happy to have her as a colleague... Officials at Rhodes College announced Zandria Robinson's hiring last week, and praised her for her "provocative" comments...
Memphis City Council Votes to
Dig Up Grave of Confederate General, Sell His Statue

On July 7 the Memphis City Council voted unanimously to exhume the body of Confederate General Nathan Bedford Forrest from its 110 year resting place and move it to another location. The body of Forrest’s wife will be exhumed as well. According to Local Memphis, the council voted to exhume Forrest’s remains from Health Sciences Park on Union Avenue.

Week ending 5 July 2015

Can Congress Thwart Obama’s Lifeline to the Castros?
Arnold Ahlert
Obama has gotten virtually nothing in return for legitimizing a Communist regime that is arguably the most despotic in the Western Hemisphere. On the other hand, the Castro regime is insisting the U.S. “return to Cuba the territory illegally occupied by the Guantanamo Naval Base,” and “compensate the Cuban people for all the human and economic damages caused by the United States policies.”
Hillary Clinton: How Much Longer Can She Hide The Truth?
Andrew Napolitano
I read the transcripts of an interview Browne did with a man named Marc Turi, and Herridge asked me to review emails to and from State Department and congressional officials during the years when Hillary Clinton was the secretary of state. What I saw has persuaded me beyond a reasonable doubt and to a moral certainty that Clinton provided material assistance to terrorists and lied to Congress in a venue where the law required her to be truthful. Here is the backstory.
About That '3 A.M. Phone Call,'
Turns Out Obama and Hillary Had One the Night of Benghazi Attack

Katie Lapotin
A newly-released email sent between top aides to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and President Obama reveal that the two leaders were engaged in a late-night call on the night of the Sept. 11, 2012, attack on the U.S. Embassy in Benghazi, Libya.
Obama Leaves Out ‘God’ from 4th of July Weekly Address
Unlike his weekly addresses during the previous two years, where the President concluded his speeches with “God Bless You All” (2014) and “So, God bless You All. And may God bless The United States of America” (2013), Obama left out any mention of God in his recent address. Instead, this year, he chose to end his speech with a very politically correct, “Thanks, everybody. From my family to yours, have a safe and happy Fourth of July.”
Record 93,626,000 Americans Not in Labor Force;
Participation Rate Declines to 62.6%

A record 93,626,000 Americans 16 or older did not participate in the nation's labor force in June, as the labor force participation rate dropped to 62.6 percent, a 38-year low, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
The Squeeze of Regulatory Kudzu
Choking small-dollar lending can do consumers more harm than good

Wayne A. Abernathy
It is called the vine that ate the South. Kudzu was first introduced at the 1876 Centennial Exhibition in Philadelphia as an ornamental plant for home gardens. It pretty much stayed that way for half a century, until the Roosevelt administration decided that kudzu would be helpful against soil erosion.
Is the Clinton Email Coverup Unraveling?
Matthew Vadum
Federal investigators may be closer to seizing former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s illicit off-site email server as evidence emerges that she transmitted classified information through it and that key Obama White House officials knew about her clandestine email account for years.
Peter Schweizer: Deleted Hillary Emails Probably Relate to
‘Clinton Cash’ Transactions

During a C-SPAN interview on Sunday, July 5th, Clinton Cash author and Breitbart News Senior Editor-at-Large Peter Schweizer addressed the renewed interest in Hillary Clinton’s private email server, saying the scandal “works hand in glove with the issues raised” by his bestselling book.
Chicago Public Schools Lay Off 1,400
So It Can Make Pension Payment

In order to make a massive pension payment today, Chicago Public Schools announced it will have to lay off 1,400 employees. Even before these firings there were already more retirees collecting pensions than current workers paying into the pension system. If that sounds unsustainable – it is.
ISIS Forces Child Executioners to Shoot Syrian Soldiers
Child executioners are shown in the video being forced to brutally slaughter a group of more than 25 regime soldiers. The video shows the soldiers lined up on their knees on the stage of the Roman amphitheatre, which had formerly been used for an annual festival in the city.
Did Obama Reopen Middle Eastern Slave Markets by Executive Order?
David Forsmark and Timothy Imholt, PhD
Wednesday, President Obama publicly announced that he is issuing an executive order that the U.S. government will no longer criminally prosecute families of American hostages for paying ransom. In so doing, he created a public market for the selling of American citizens – and raised the price on their heads considerably.
Teachers Granted Power to 'Confiscate and Destroy'
Unhealthy School Lunches

The British government is urging school leaders to use their "common law powers" to search student lunches and potentially confiscate any items they deem "unhealthy or inappropriate." There have been glimpses of such policies in the U.S. A teacher at an Aurora, Colorado school blocked a preschool girl from eating Oreo cookies in her home-packed lunch.

Tennessee Mom Claims School Did Not Let Child Finish Lunch
A mother in Aurora claims a teacher at her child's preschool, Children's Academy, refused to let the little girl eat part of her lunch, because it wasn't nutritious. Leeza Pearson packed her 5-year-old daughter a ham and cheese sandwich, string cheese and a 4-pack of Oreos Friday. The child came back home from school with a note from her teacher which read, in part:
Putin and Buffett's War on U.S. Pipelines
Paul Driessen
When Keystone XL et al. were blocked, more oil was shipped by rail – much of it via Buffett companies. In fact, oil-by-rail skyrocketed from 9,500 carloads in 2009 to 450,000 carloads in 2014. Mr. Buffett's "investment" in anti-pipeline activism garnered billions in rail revenues.
Scientist Sentenced to Prison for AIDS Research Fraud
A former Iowa State University scientist who altered blood samples to make it appear he had achieved a breakthrough toward a potential vaccine against HIV was sentenced Wednesday to more than 4 ½ years in prison for making false statements in research reports. Dong-Pyou Han, 58, also must pay $7.2 million to a federal government agency that funded the research.
Man Arrested In Connection with San Francisco Killing
is Sure to Renew Criticism of City's Sanctuary Policies

The man arrested in connection with the seemingly random killing of a woman who was out for a stroll with her father along the San Francisco waterfront is an illegal immigrant who previously had been deported five times, federal immigration officials say. Further, Immigration and Customs Enforcement says San Francisco had him in their custody earlier this year but failed to notify ICE when he was released.
Shock: Arizona Paper Decries Border Fence
as Too High for Mexicans to Safely Jump

A mainstream Arizona newspaper is decrying the small section of the Arizona-Mexico border that has a 14-foot-high primary fence because it is too high for illegal immigrants to safely cross.
Court Decision on Social Media Passwords Breaks New Legal Ground
After losing ownership of his suburban Houston store in bankruptcy, Jeremy Alcede spent nearly seven weeks in jail for refusing a federal judge's order to share with the new owner the passwords of the business' Facebook and Twitter accounts, which the judge had declared property.
County Clerk Resigns Instead of Issuing Gay Marriage Licenses
Todd Starnes
In the coming days I believe Christians will be forced to abandon their jobs in public service. Those who remain will be targeted with lawsuits and investigations from the activists. Resign or face the consequences. Make no mistake. America is about to undergo a religious purging in the public marketplace – at the hands of secular jihadists.

Fox News Anchor: I didn't know it was criminal to be a Christian
Gretchen Carlson
It was while doing "Fox & Friends" that I got a reputation for being a culture warrior. Bill O'Reilly started inviting me to come on "The O'Reilly Factor" for a regular culture warrior segment. I really cared about this stuff. Fox was the first place I'd worked where it was okay to talk openly about your faith on the air.

Schools Implant IUDs in Girls as Young as 6th Grade
Without Their Parents Knowing

The IUD is known as a long acting reversible contraception, and may even act as an abortifacient. So, a young teen in Seattle can't get a coke at her high school, but she can have a device implanted into her uterus, which can unknowingly kill her unborn child immediately after conception.
You May Feel Some Pressure.
Why are doctors asking you if you any guns at home?

Dave Kopel
Pursuant to the 2009 Obama "stimulus," patient records are now being digitized. Physicians are rewarded with up to $44,000 for adopting Electronic Medical Records (EMRS). When EMRs include the gun question, though, it means that the health care system is being used to accumulate records of who owns guns. This is gun owner registration.
Anti-2nd Amendment Gun Smuggler, Democrat Leland Yee,
Headed to Prison

Robert Laurie
Hey, remember Leland Yee? Sure you do. He was a left-wing State Senator who represented California’s 8th district. He also ran for Mayor of San Francisco, and was generally considered a Bay Area political fixture. He spent most of his time trying to do away with guns and violent video games.  At least that’s what he did [on the surface].
Hilarious: 'million person march' to
Take Down Confederate Flag in Columbia, SC Draws Almost Nobody

Thomas Lifson
You might expect the usual disputes over crowd size when a leftist group calls a “million man person march.” Usually these feature aerial photos and arguments over how many individuals are crowded how densely into a certain amount of space. But with the “million person march” that promised ‘the flag will come down,” called by Operation Ferguson yesterday in Columbia, SC, this was not a problem. The only photo available of the event shows three people, all of them onstage.

Week ending 28 June 2015

How Republics Die
Rand Simberg
Eight hundred years and 11 days after the stamping of the Magna Carta, it’s been an appalling week at the Supreme Court for the Constitution and the rule of law. Today’s ruling is, in a sense, the Roe v. Wade of our generation. And I would think that even if I were gay and wanted to marry.
Sundays Will Never Be The Same
Judi McLeod
While the witch-hunt against Confederate flags, statues, paintings and even stained glass windows continues to distract the masses, it’s really the churches Big Government most covet.
Texas Governor Greg Abbott's Statement On
Supreme Court Ruling On Same-Sex Marriage

“The Supreme Court has abandoned its role as an impartial judicial arbiter and has become an unelected nine-member legislature. Five Justices on the Supreme Court have imposed on the entire country their personal views on an issue that the Constitution and the Court’s previous decisions reserve to the people of the States.”
ISIS Celebrates Gay Love by Tossing 4 Gays from Roof of Building
The execution was most likely filmed in Nineveh Province [Syria] where the Islamists have murdered several gay men. ISIS is reportedly using "flirting squads" to single out gay men for trial and execution in the Caliphate. The Islamic State has posted several public executions of gay men online.
Trey Gowdy to John Kerry:
Turn Over Benghazi Emails or I'll Summon You

The South Carolina Republican accused the State Department of holding back not only on a complete release of emails from former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, but also those of nine of her 10 closest aides, for more than a year. "I'm trying to do this the right way," Gowdy told CBS. "I'm trying to do this without the drama, just the documents. But that has not proven to be successful."
Calls Grow for Probe of Clinton's Private Server
A State Department spokesman said Friday the agency had no plans to launch a probe of Clinton's private server, on which she hosted both her personal and work-related emails. But officials did acknowledge that they had no idea whether Clinton submitted all of her work-related emails, as she has claimed to have done.

Testimony Reveals Hillary Failed to Turn Over All Benghazi Email
The State Department said Thursday it cannot locate 15 work-related emails from Hillary Clinton's private server released this week by the committee probing the 2012 Benghazi attacks – indicating she never turned them over, in a revelation the committee chairman described as "significant and troubling."
Why Are the 2016 Obamacare Rate Increases So Large?
Robert Laszewski
You might recall that I have said we wouldn't see the real Obamacare rates until the 2017 prices are published in mid-2016. By then health plans will finally have had a couple of years of credible claim data and two of the three "3 Rs" reinsurance provisions subsidizing the insurance companies will have gone away.

Obama's Grubby Deception on Gruber
Washington Examiner editorial
Shortly after last fall´s election, tapes surfaced of MIT economist Jonathan Gruber smugly describing how deception, "lack of transparency," and "the stupidity of the American voter" had been "critical" in allowing a Democrats who controlled Congress to ram Obamacare through in 2010. This was important because the law Gruber helped write restructured nearly a fifth of the national economy and upended many people´s healthcare arrangements.

Spike It! When the Media Kill a Story for Political Reasons
Charles Lipson
What happens when the news media catch the White House in a demonstrable lie? That depends entirely on whether they like the administration. If they loathe the administration, it's front-page news. If they like it, they spike the story. As Momma used to remind us, if you can't say something nice, don't say anything at all. What a great motto for reporters.
David Stockman Explains What the Real Unemployment Rate is:
“…the Fed’s current “soft” target of 5.2% on the U-3 unemployment rate is downright ridiculous… The U-3 unemployment rate as a proxy for full employment does not even make it as primitive grade school economics.”
Escaped Killer David Sweat Shot and Captured Near Canadian Border
Escaped cop killer David Sweat was shot by a New York State trooper and caught alive near the Canadian border Sunday afternoon, two days after fellow escapee Richard Matt was gunned down by police, authorities said. Sweat, 35, had been on the run since he and Matt broke out of a maximum security prison in Dannemora, N.Y., on June 6.
Confederacy Purge Builds Steam,
While Last Century's Worst Villains Spared

Amazon.com has now banned all Confederate battle flag items from being sold on its site, but the massive e-commerce site continues to allow the sale of dozens of apparel items featuring communist mass murderers such as Vladimir Lenin, Joseph Stalin and Che Guevara, prompting some to accuse the site and others banning Confederate imagery of hypocrisy.
Statue of Vladimir Lenin overlooks Seattle's Fremont area
The Dignity of Charleston Flies in the Face of the Left’s
Uninformed, Anti-South Bigotry

Jonah Goldberg
“Lots of folks expected us to do something strange and break out in a riot. Well, they just don't know us,” the Reverend Norvel Goff told the packed, multiracial congregation of Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, S.C., on Sunday. It was the first service since the horrific slaughter of nine innocent souls by a racist fanatic.
Walmart Wouldn’t Bake a Confederate Themed Cake for a Customer,
But It Would Bake Him a ISIS Themed One

When one customer wanted Walmart to make him a Confederate flag themed cake, his request was denied. After being denied, the customer, YouTube user Chuck Netzhammer, decided that he would make a much more controversial request. He asked Walmart to make him a cake with the ISIS terrorist flag on it.
CNN Anchor Tries to Shame Black Man
Because of his Views on the Confederacy, Backfires Big Time

One thing we can count on like clockwork is the leftist media’s attempt to frame the narrative that everyone is supposed to believe. If you’re black and, heaven forbid, you don’t go along with their attempt to race bait, then they will try numerous different angles to try to help you “see the light.”
Parents Furious After Baltimore School
Throws Away Thousands of Books

Teachers and community members were flabbergasted after Heritage High School principal Stephanie Farmer ordered staff to "recycle" every book at the school copyrighted before 1999 by tossing them in a massive dumpster at the now closed campus… Others report many of the books were published after 2000, and appeared to be in new or like new condition.
Modern Day Book Burning
Seven Liberal Pieties That Only the Right Still Believes –
Like "Free Speech"

Robert Tracinski
As I've gotten older, I've increasingly had the experience of saying things that would have been considered pieties in the liberal catechism when I was young – and which now will get you labeled as a howling reactionary. In retrospect, this is partly because the left didn't always mean some of the ideals it used to pronounce for itself, or at least it didn't mean them in the high-minded, principled way they sounded.
The White House Wants Your Doctor To
Teach You About Global Warming

“We also need doctors, nurses and citizens, like all of you” President Obama said in a taped speech presented to medical professionals gathered at the White House, “to get to work to raise awareness and organize folks for real change.”
Federal Bill Seeks to Use Your Taxes to
Bribe States to Require Gun Licenses

NRA-ILA
It's bad enough that antigun members of Congress want to enact federal legislation to impose the elitist views of their coastal enclaves on the entire country. The latest example of this is the "Handgun Purchaser Licensing Act," which at least has the distinction of having an honest title, a rarity for antigun legislation. Rather than establishing the licensing mandate at the federal level, however, this bill would create a federal grant program to bribe states to do it themselves.
U.S. Data Hack May Be 4 Times Larger Than the
Government Originally Said

The personal data of an estimated 18 million current, former and prospective federal employees were affected by a cyber breach at the Office of Personnel Management – more than four times the 4.2 million the agency has publicly acknowledged. The number is expected to grow, according to U.S. officials briefed on the investigation.
City ‘Fixes’ Grades for Failing High School Students
How do you fix a failing high school? Change the grades. Under pressure to boost student achievement, the state-designated “out of time” Automotive HS in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, has resorted to rigging Regents exam scores.
Islam Through The Looking Glass
Bruce Thornton
The lead essay of John Barrett Kelly's new book, "Islam Through the Looking Glass," documents Western misunderstandings of Islamic culture and the misguided policies that resulted. Back in the 1980s, when he delivered the talk on which this essay is based, Kelly criticized the mentality, still with us today, that claimed "we have nothing to fear from Islam, least of all any deep-rooted animosity against the West."
Rasmussen: To Metric or Not to Metric – That is the Question
Only 1 in 5 Americans Say They are Ready

Is America ready – finally – to go metric along with the rest of the world? No more miles, pounds and inches, but kilometers, grams and centimeters instead. Well, actually, no.
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Week ending 21 June 2015

Obama's Horrendous Father's Day Example
Cliff Kincaid
When Barack Obama campaigned for president in 2008, few Americans would have guessed that his administration would become the most anti-family force in U.S. history by celebrating gay marriage and the spectacle of men becoming women through the phenomenon of "transgenderism."
3 More Reasons to Get Rid of ObamaCare,
Hidden In the CBO Report

Investor's Business Daily
ObamaCare advocates tout a new Congressional Budget Office report saying that ObamaCare's repeal would boost the deficit. But read the actual report. It tells a far different, more disturbing tale about this law.
Obama Busted on Civilized World Mass Shootings Claim
The Rampage Shooting Index ... it assembled data from around the world to construct a per capita mass shootings index that controls for population differences. And since we're just talking about members of the OECD (Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development), we can assume these 34 countries are sufficiently "advanced" to enter into the discussion.
Facts are terrible things
New Revelations Suggest Chinese OPM Hackers Had Inside Help
Heading into the weekend, we learned the Chinese hackers who hit the Office of Personnel Management had a whole year to root around in the security clearance database... This is catastrophic news, because it means the hackers had access to pretty much everything at the incompetently-managed OPM.
Sources: Clinton Confidant Who Sent Libya Memos
Paid $200G by Brock Network

The Clinton confidant under scrutiny on Capitol Hill over detailed Libya memos he sent to then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton told lawmakers earlier this week he has been pulling in $200,000 a year from Clinton ally David Brock´s media operation, congressional sources tell FoxNews.com. The figure is far higher than initially reported.

'Significant gap': New files from Clinton Adviser
Show Emails Withheld from Benghazi Panel

Dozens of emails handed over to Congress from a longtime Clinton confidant were not part of the trove of emails originally submitted by the State Department, Fox News has learned – raising questions over why those emails were apparently withheld. One source told Fox News the newly submitted emails from Sidney Blumenthal show a "significant gap" in the record.
‘I identify as black’: Ex-NAACP Leader Dolezal
Makes Bizarre Claim as Race Flap Continues

The Spokane woman who quit as head of her local NAACP chapter days after her parents said she was lying about her race said Tuesday she still considers herself black and that her situation is "at the core of definitions of race." The bizarre case of Rachel Dolezal continued to play out as the 37-year-old appeared on NBC's "Today" show and seemed to turn the traditional definition of race on its head.
Media Spins Horrific Murder Into a Fight Over a Flag
T. Becket Adams
It took less than two days for the press to take a story about a white South Carolina man who shot and killed nine black churchgoers, and turn it into a story about the Confederate battle flag flying outside South Carolina´s state house.
Hack The Vote: Cyber Experts Say Electronic Machines Easy Targets
Voter fraud is nearly as old as elections themselves, and different states and precincts use different voting systems and machines. But in many cases, even the electronic ballots could be manipulated remotely, according to a new report by the Commonwealth Security and Risk Management for the Virginia Information Technologies Agency.
Curtailing Voting Rights vs. Curtailing Vote Fraud
Richard Winchester
Given America's dependence on elections, it is essential to the nation's well-being that citizens have confidence in elections' honesty and integrity. People must be able to assume that candidates and parties declared the winner of an election won honestly. Vote fraud saps people's trust and confidence in government itself. Sadly, the U.S. has a long history of vote fraud.
Nearing Deadline Iran Nuclear Deal Gets More Complicated
Iran’s parliament voted Sunday to oppose the inspections of government military sites as part of a pending, multi-nation agreement to curb the country’s nuclear program – potentially complicating a final deal ahead of a June 30 deadline.
FCC Moves to Prevent Robocalls and Spam Texts
Federal regulators are cracking down on unwanted telemarketing calls and text messages by implementing strict new rules on companies that make them and by giving Americans more ways to refuse them. They also clear the way for telecom companies to use technologies designed to block autodialed calls and text messages. And they establish stricter definitions of autodialing so that telemarketers can't wriggle out of the rules.


PayPal's New Rules Spark Renewed Robo-call Attention
The company's new user agreement, which goes into effect July 1, requires its customers to receive robo-calls so that PayPal can update them on account activity and resolve disputes. But the policy also explicitly opens consumers up to promotions and surveys, and users must agree to the terms if they want to continue using PayPal.
Official FCC News Release
FCC Alert: 'One Ring' Wireless Phone Scam
Some wireless consumers are receiving calls from phone numbers with three-digit area codes that appear to be domestic, but are actually associated with international pay-per-call phone numbers. These calls often disconnect after one ring, not giving the consumer time to answer the call and tempting them to return the call.
Memorize the Quran, Get a Free Slave Girl in ISIS Competition
In honor of the holy month of Ramadan, the Islamic State launched a Quran memorization competition, with slave girls as prizes. Jihadists also consider Ramadan to be the optimal month for Jihad. Last year the Islamic State proclaimed a Caliphate on the first day of Ramadan.
Discover Card Dumps Humane Society US
HumaneWatch.org
HumaneWatchers have a history of activism when it comes to asking companies not to partner with the deceptive Humane Society of the United States. Now, after two calls from Discover's corporate offices to us and their decision to discontinue their partnership with HSUS, we are calling off our campaign.
Is HSUS an umbrella for "pet shelter" groups?
Despite Obama's Pledge
Wait Lists for Vets Even Longer Today Than Last Year

The number of veterans seeking health care but ending up on waiting lists of one month or more is 50 percent higher now than it was a year ago when a scandal over false records and long wait times wracked the Department of Veterans Affairs, The New York Times reported.
Flashback: As Governor,
Bill Clinton Honored Confederacy on Arkansas Flag

As the fight to remove the Confederate flag from the state House grounds in South Carolina heats up, politicians are weighing in on the debate... But while former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has weighed in on the gun control aspect of the national discussion, the leading candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination has remained silent on the flag controversy.
In Open Letter Profs say U.S. History Guidelines
Would Shortchange College-Bound Seniors

Dozens of historians have sent the influential College Board back to the drawing board, after determining that its U.S. history exam for university-bound high schoolers is too heavy on social politics and too light on key events in America's past. "Lost in the new guidelines is the central role of the American Founders in inspiring our country," Harvard University history professor Harvey Mansfield, who signed the letter.
UK Doctor Shortage Worsens;
Many Wards Operate Short-Staffed

Hospitals are pushing young medics to the brink of “burnout” by relying on them to work extra hours to plug long-term gaps in ward rotas, leading doctors have warned, after new research showed that the effects of NHS staff shortages are worsening.
Feds Announce Nationwide Health Care Fraud Sweeps
Health care fraud sweeps across the country have led to charges against 243 people, including doctors, nurses and pharmacy owners accused of bilking Medicare and Medicaid, the government announced Thursday. The dragnet spread from Miami to Los Angeles, and Dallas to Brooklyn, N.Y.
Ex-Charity Exec Who Helped Expose
$500G Clinton Foundation Donation Faces Legal Threats

A former charity executive who helped expose a questionable $500,000 donation to the Clinton Foundation is now being threatened by her old bosses with a lawsuit seeking tens of thousands of dollars, FoxNews.com has learned. Sue Veres Royal, former executive director at the Happy Hearts Fund, was initially quoted in a May 29 New York Times article that said the charity lured Bill Clinton to a 2014 gala only after offering a $500,000 donation to The Clinton Foundation.
Second Judicial Watch FOIA Lawsuit Against Clinton Aide Reopened
Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton made the following statement regarding today's decision by U.S. District Court Judge Emmet G. Sullivan to reopen a Judicial Watch Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit that sought records about Huma Abedin, the former Deputy Chief of Staff to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
If You're Going to Fake a Rape,
Remember to Take Off Your Fitbit

Jim Treacher
Officers who responded on March 10 were told a man in his 30's, wearing boots, came into the home and assaulted the woman before raping her, according to the affidavit. Risley said she was asleep and awoke around midnight to the man on top of her. However, a Fitbit device Risley was wearing told a different story, the affidavit shows.

Week ending 14 June 2015

Man-Made Drought: A Guide To California´s Water Wars
Rep. Devin Nunes
Much of the media and many politicians blame the San Joaquin Valley's water shortage on drought, but that is merely an aggravating factor. From my experience representing California's agricultural heartland, I know that our water crisis is not an unfortunate natural occurrence:
FLASHBACK: ABC's ’08 Prediction:
NYC Under Water from Climate Change By June 2015

New York City underwater? Gas over $9 a gallon? A carton of milk costs almost $13? Welcome to June 12,  2015. Or at least that was the wildly-inaccurate version of 2015 predicted by ABC News exactly seven years ago. Appearing on Good Morning America in 2008, Bob Woodruff hyped Earth 2100, a special that pushed apocalyptic predictions of the then-futuristic 2015.
OPM Hack Far Deeper Than Publicly Acknowledged,
Went Undetected For More Than A Year

The massive hack into federal systems announced last week was far deeper and potentially more problematic than publicly acknowledged, with hackers believed to be from China moving through government databases undetected for more than a year, sources briefed on the matter told ABC News.
Researchers Caught Lying to Boost Obama Climate Rules –
Were Past Recipients of $45M in EPA Grants

E-mails obtained from the Environmental Protection Agency show that Harvard University, Syracuse University and two of their researchers appear to have falsely claimed a study supporting EPA’s upcoming global warming rules was conducted “independent(ly)” of the agency.
EPA simply says
'Trust us'
West Baltimore’s Police Presence Drops, and Murders Soar
A month and a half after six officers were charged in Mr. Gray’s death, policing has dwindled in some of Baltimore’s most dangerous neighborhoods, and murders have risen to levels not seen in four decades.
Things Go From Bad To Worse for Marilyn Mosby
Paul Mirengoff
Marilyn Mosby, the prosecutor in the Freddie Gray case, continues to make news for all the wrong reasons. First, her motion for a gag order in the case was dismissed because she filed it in the wrong court... Second, it has been revealed that Mosby directed Baltimore police to ramp up narcotics patrols with increased “targeting” at an intersection near where Freddie Gray was arrested.
NAACP Leader and Civil Rights Activist
Outed as WHITE by Her Parents

An NAACP leader's parents have made a startling revelation: their daughter, for years a highly visible civil rights activist in Eastern Washington, is white. Rachel Dolezal, Spokane's NAACP Chapter President and part-time Africana Studies professor at Eastern Washington University, has been misleading people about her ethnicity for years, her parents say. Her mother even offered photographic proof.

NAACP Leader Dolezal Abruptly Cancels Scheduled Chapter Meeting
"Due to the need to continue discussion with regional and national NAACP leaders, tomorrow's meeting is postponed and will be rescheduled for a later date," Dolezal said in an announcement emailed to media on Sunday.
PEG Ruin: More School Districts Report Chaos After
‘White Privilege’ Theory Influences Discipline Rules

Steve Gubb
Is PEG making a lot of money by promoting policies in public schools that lead to chaos and danger for students and staff? In St. Paul, the media directly connected PEG to the radical new disciplinary policies that have teachers, parents and union officials complaining about a lack of safety in hallways and classrooms.
Rich Californians Balk At Water Limits:
‘We’re not all equal when it comes to water’

People “should not be forced to live on property with brown lawns, golf on brown courses or apologize for wanting their gardens to be beautiful,” Steve Yuhas fumed recently on social media. “We pay significant property taxes based on where we live,” he added in an interview. “And, no, we’re not all equal when it comes to water.”
N.C. Legislature Overrides Veto, Allows Government Employees to
Not Do Gay Marriages

Ryan T. Anderson
The law will now protect magistrates who object to performing solemnizing ceremonies for same-sex marriages and clerks who object to issuing same-sex marriage licenses. It also makes clear that no one can be denied a marriage license, but magistrates or clerks could recuse themselves from the process behind the scenes should they have sincere objections to same-sex marriage.
Lindsey Graham Introduces Senate Plan to Ban Late-Term Abortions
The bill is based on a broad consensus of research that shows unborn infants are able to feel pain 20 weeks after fertilization, and at this point, children's hospitals throughout the U.S. "routinely" administer fetal anesthesia when performing surgery. The measure includes exceptions for cases of rape, incest or to save the life of the mother.
Obama Transfers Six More Gitmo Detainees,
Including Alleged Bin Laden Bodyguards

“It’s extremely troubling that the Obama administration has sent six dangerous terrorists to Oman, which borders Yemen -–a country engulfed in civil war and that serves as the headquarters for al Qaeda’s most dangerous affiliate," said New Hampshire GOP Sen. Kelly Ayotte, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee.
State Department’s Kennedy Blocks Security Investigations
Sarah Westwood
A State Department official at the center of the Benghazi controversy may also have called off a controversial inspector general probe. According to an internal memo prepared by the inspector general in October 2013 and obtained by the Washington Examiner, Patrick Kennedy personally called off an investigation into the ambassador to Belgium after allegations surfaced that the ambassador had solicited "sexual favors from both prostitutes and minor children."
Armored Blackhawks Heading to Texas Border in
Wake of Mexican Attack on U.S. Chopper

Just days after Mexican drug traffickers shot down a U.S. Customs and Border Protection Helicopter on the Texas border, Breitbart Texas has learned that the agency will now send two UH-60 Blackhawk helicopters to continue surveillance operations in the area. The brazen attack by Mexican drug traffickers sparked outrage among congressional leaders, who traveled to Laredo to learn about the realities of securing the border.
SCOTUS Passes on Chance to Set 2nd Amendment Ruling Right
Nate Jackson
Not exactly profiles in courage, but the Supreme Court declined to review two lower court rulings upholding San Francisco’s draconian gun control laws. The AP reports, “The court on Monday let stand court rulings in favor of a city measure that requires handgun owners to secure weapons in their homes by storing them in a locker, keeping them on their bodies or applying trigger locks.
Hillary Clinton’s Fifteen Biggest Scandals
Sarah Westwood
The Clintons have been no stranger to scandals, some dating back to when Bill Clinton was governor of Arkansas. But there are many scandals that originated in Hillary Clinton's tenure as secretary of state. The following 15 scandals are just a few to keep in mind as she launches her presidential campaign...
Welcome to Hillary Island, a Pleasant Little Police State
Olivia Nuzzi
Roosevelt Island, transformed by architects in the 1930s to serve as a “living memorial,” looks like a cross between something out of Grand Theft Auto and a ghost town. It has a fake forest, and brutalist apartment complexes. Its abandoned insane asylum was turned into a luxury highrise.
I'm a liberal professor, and my liberal students terrify me.
Edward Schlosser
The student-teacher dynamic has been re-envisioned along a line that's simultaneously consumerist and hyper-protective, giving each and every student the ability to claim Grievous Harm in nearly any circumstance, after any affront, and a teacher's formal ability to respond to these claims is limited at best.

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