Sunday, March 31, 2013

Amusing: Nevada wind farm facing $200,000 fine for killing golden eagle...

Where is PETA when you need them?
An eastern Nevada wind farm could face a fine of up to $200,000 over the death of a golden eagle.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is investigating the bird's death at the Spring Valley Wind Farm near the Utah border, 350 miles east of Reno, spokesman Jeannie Stafford said.

San Francisco-based Pattern Energy, owner of the 152-megawatt wind energy project that sells power to Las Vegas-based NV Energy, turned over the dead eagle to federal authorities within 36 hours of its discovery in February.

Despite reporting the death, the wind farm could face a fine because it does not hold a federal "take" permit that would allow the incidental death of a golden or bald eagle... Keep on reading...

Senate Democrats don't even have RINO support for their new gun control laws

If they can't get a RINO like Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) on board, it's over...
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) on Sunday blasted Democratic efforts to pass new gun control laws, vowing that a bill Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) plans to bring to the floor next month was “going nowhere.”

Graham singled out universal background checks as the reason he and other Republicans would vote against or filibuster the legislation. Graham argued that existing laws on background checks should be enforced before those laws are expanded.

WTH? Google honors Cesar Chavez for Easter...

Shameful...

Via Fox News:
Christians across the nation are outraged after Google decided to honor labor leader Cesar Chavez’s birthday instead of Jesus Christ on Easter Sunday — accusing the web giant of being anti-Christian.
The web search engine typically redesigns its logo to commemorate major holidays with a special “doodle.” The Easter Sunday “doodle” features an image of Chavez inside the Google graphic — instead of artwork honoring Easter.
“Let’s see Cesar Chavez rise from the grave,” one angry reader wrote.
President Obama proclaimed March 31st ‘Cesar Chavez Day.’
“I call upon all Americans to observe this day with appropriate service, community, and educational programs to honor Cesar Chavez’s enduring legacy,” he declared in a statement last week.
Keep n reading…

Crowd boos when Obama shown on Jumbotron at the East Regional NCAA game





Obama and his BFF former body man Reggie Love go to NCAA Elite Eight game...

I wonder how much the security for this cost?

Via The Hill:
President Obama watched some Elite Eight hoops at the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C. on Saturday.
The president, fresh off a round of golf, was in attendance as Syracuse and Marquette battled to become the first Final Four team in this year’s NCAA college basketball tournament, according to pool reports.
The president was flashed on the big screen at the stadium and greeted with loud applause. Obama, sitting next to his former body man Reggie Love, smiled and waved.
The president didn’t pick either team to make it this far in the tournament. In his East Region bracket, Obama picked Indiana and Miami, both of whom were ousted from the tournament on Thursday.

Saturday, March 30, 2013

Fun Video: Deer Fight (On Hind Legs)

If your idea of deer is Bambi, watch this video. These deer don't even have antlers, but they are dangerous!


New York judge rules cross-shaped steel beam found among the World Trade Center’s wreckage can stay...


Don't these fanatical atheists have anything better to do with their time? The American Atheists group is giving good atheists a bad name.

NY POST:
A New York judge has tossed out a lawsuit seeking to stop the display of a cross-shaped steel beam found among the World Trade Center’s wreckage.
Federal judge Deborah Batts on Friday rejected the arguments of a national atheists’ group.
American Atheists had sued the National September 11 Memorial & Museum’s operators in 2011 on constitutional grounds.
The judge says the decision to include the artifact in the Sept. 11 museum did not advance religion impermissibly. She also says it does not create excessive entanglement between the state and religion. And she noted that the cross helps tell part of the history

PBS's Mark Shields on the Rich: 'The Rich Are the Scum of the Earth'

This is how liberals view those who have been successful in the capitalist system...


Busted: Team Obama covers Chinese crane logo while making infrastructure speech...

The flag fell off...

Shameful: Britain doubles fuel prices to prevent global warming; 250,000 Brits die from cold...

High energy prices have forced many to choose between heat and food...

Via The Telegraph:
The reaction to the 2003 heatwave was extraordinary. It was blamed for 2,000 deaths, and taken as a warning that Britain was horribly unprepared for the coming era of snowless winters and barbecue summers. The government’s chief scientific officer, Sir David King, later declared that climate change was “more serious even than the threat of terrorism” in terms of the number of lives that could be lost. Such language is never used about the cold, which kills at least 10 times as many people every winter. Before long, every political party had signed up to the green agenda.
Since Sir David’s exhortations, some 250,000 Brits have died from the cold, and 10,000 from the heat. It is horribly clear that we have been focusing on the wrong enemy. Instead of making sure energy was affordable, ministers have been trying to make it more expensive, with carbon price floors and emissions trading schemes. Fuel prices have doubled over seven years, forcing millions to choose between heat and food – and government has found itself a major part of the problem. More here...
An inconvenient truth:
 By now, the Energy Secretary will also have realised another inconvenient truth – that, for Britain, global warming is likely to save far more lives then it threatens. 

Remember the $74,000 a week savings for cancelling WH tours? It's a lie...

Here is what we were told:
ABC News tried all day yesterday to get an answer out of the White House and Secret Service about how much money will be saved by canceling White House tours. Now we have an answer: $74,000 per week, according to Secret Service spokesman Ed Donovan.

Here’s how they do the math:

The Secret Service says it takes an average of 37 officers to secure the tours. Each officer’s total pay (including benefits) averages $50 an hour. And, although the tours only are only open for 20 ½ hours per week, Donovan says the officers are on the clock for 40 hours. So – 37 officers at $50 an hour for 40 hours a week adds up to $74,000.
The truth is these agents were just reassigned and are still drawing the same salary. 
"Due to sequestration, Uniformed Division Officers normally assigned to conducting public tours will be reassigned to other security posts at the White House and all tours will be cancelled," spokesman Max Milien said in a statement.

Rep. Louie Gohmert discusses this deception on FOX News:


MSNBC's Touré is a 9/11 "Truther"?


Report finds nanny state New York as worst in personal liberty...

NYC Mayor Boomberg is most pleased...

Via New York Post:
New York’s big government — with its hands deep in taxpayers’ pockets and regulations controlling everyone’s lives — has made the Empire State the worst in the nation for personal liberty, a new study shows.
A war on sugary drinks is the least of freedom-loving New Yorkers’ worries, according a report by George Mason University, which rated the state No. 50 for the level of freedom its residents enjoy.
The university found New York’s government slams citizens from every angle — from huge taxes to tight controls on business to myriad rules on all kinds of fun.
“New York has, by a wide margin, the highest taxes in the country,” the report found.
The study cited New York state’s 14 percent income tax, well above the national average.
New York is also the most indebted state, with 33 percent of income dedicated to borrowing in fiscal year 2010, the report said.
Keep on reading…

Friday, March 29, 2013

Two decade global warming pause alarming global warming alarmists...

 NASA Land-ocean temperatures http://data.giss.nasa.gov/gistemp/graphs_v3/

Someone true believer climate scientist will claim the pause in global warming is actually proof of global warming in 3...2...1...

Via The Australian:
DEBATE about the reality of a two-decade pause in global warming and what it means has made its way from the sceptical fringe to the mainstream. 
 
In a lengthy article this week, The Economist magazine said if climate scientists were credit-rating agencies, then climate sensitivity - the way climate reacts to changes in carbon-dioxide levels - would be on negative watch but not yet downgraded.

Another paper published by leading climate scientist James Hansen, the head of NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies, says the lower than expected temperature rise between 2000 and the present could be explained by increased emissions from burning coal.

For Hansen the pause is a fact, but it's good news that probably won't last.

International Panel on Climate Change chairman Rajendra Pachauri recently told The Weekend Australian the hiatus would have to last 30 to 40 years "at least" to break the long-term warming trend.

But the fact that global surface temperatures have not followed the expected global warming pattern is now widely accepted.

Research by Ed Hawkins of University of Reading shows surface temperatures since 2005 are already at the low end of the range projections derived from 20 climate models and if they remain flat, they will fall outside the models' range within a few years.

"The global temperature standstill shows that climate models are diverging from observations," says David Whitehouse of the Global Warming Policy Foundation. Keep on reading...

Feel Good Story: TSA agent accidentally pepper sprays five fellow employees




These morons are not keeping us safe...

Via Yahoo News:
An incident that reportedly led a TSA agent to accidentally shoot five fellow employees with pepper spray left Kennedy International Airport with mud in its eye.

According to the New York Post, the stinging substance that is meant to be aimed at the face, and can cause major eye irritation, sent all six airport security screeners to the hospital.
The Post reports:
The agent, Chris Yves Dabel, discovered the device at the Terminal 2 security checkpoint and tried to determine if it was real, a source told The Post.
He told Port Authority cops that he “found the canister on the floor and thought it was a laser pointer.”
“They were playing around with it,” said one Kennedy Airport official.

Obama's daughters take 2nd vacation in 2 weeks. WH has story scrubbed...


First Sasha and Malia went to the fabulous 'Atlantis' resort in the Bahamas.

Sasha and Malia Obama are quietly vacationing at the Atlantis resort on Paradise Island in the Bahamas, Breitbart News has learned.

A source tipped Breitbart News off to the First Daughters’ spring vacation, which was not publicly announced or reported.

Breitbart subsequently confirmed President Barack Obama’s daughters’ trip with other sources.
Now, they are on a ski trip to Sun Vally, Idaho.

local news affiliate in Idaho reported that the first daughters, Sasha and Malia Obama, are on a Spring Break ski trip in Sun Valley, Idaho. The story quickly spread across the Internet when picked up by the highly trafficked Drudge Report website.

 The WH has confirmed they had the ski trip story scrubbed from a local news source.
UPDATE: The White House has confirmed the report was removed on their request. From Kristina Schake, Communications Director to the First Lady:

From the beginning of the administration, the White House has asked news outlets not to report on or photograph the Obama children when they are not with their parents and there is no vital news interest. We have reminded outlets of this request in order to protect the privacy and security of these girls. 
It's good to be the daughters of the King. The school kids who wanted to tour the White House on their spring break are hardest hit.

Video: Planned Parenthood official supports post-birth abortion...


Taking evil to a whole new level...
Florida legislators considering a bill to require abortionists to provide medical care to an infant who survives an abortion were shocked during a committee hearing this week when a Planned Parenthood official endorsed a right to post-birth abortion.
Alisa LaPolt Snow, the lobbyist representing the Florida Alliance of Planned Parenthood Affiliates, testified that her organization believes the decision to kill an infant who survives a failed abortion should be left up to the woman seeking an abortion and her abortion doctor.


Amusing: OPEIU workers file 3 unfair labor practice complaints against UAW


Obama's union-loving unconstitutional Labor Board is going to be really conflicted...

Detroit Free Press: OPEIU workers file 3 unfair labor practice complaints against UAW
 
Specifically, the union alleged that the UAW-GM leaders failed to pay the OPEIU bargaining team, proposed to change workers’ health care plan and stopped bargaining at one point.
 
“Obviously in a world where GM is making billions of profit, we feel this contract should have been done by now,” Nix said.

A UAW spokeswoman did not respond to phone and email messages.

Strange: Kim Jong-un wants to missile strike Austin, Texas?

 Austin, Texas?

The Telegraph reported:
North Korea has revealed its plans to strike targets in Hawaii and the continental United States in photos taken in Kim Jong-un’s military command centre.
The photos appeared in the state-run Rodong newspaper and were apparently taken at an “emergency meeting” early on Friday morning. They show Kim signing the order for North Korea’s strategic rocket forces to be on standby to fire at US targets, the paper said, with large-scale maps and diagrams in the background.
The images show a chart marked “US mainland strike plan” and missile trajectories that the NK News web site estimates terminate in Hawaii, Washington DC, Los Angeles and Austin, Texas.
The meeting of the Pyongyang’s senior military leaders was called after two US B2 bombers, flying out of bases in Missouri, carried out simulated bombing raids on North Korean targets on an island off the coast of South Korea.

Build up to WW3 - NORTH KOREA Ready to ATTACK the U.S. Will They Really ST

Rasmussen: 64% of American Adults think there are too many Americans dependent on the government

The other 36% are largely dependent on the government and happy with the situation...

Via Rasmussen:
Americans continue to believe that too many of their fellow citizens are financially dependent on the government, but they’re less critical of programs to help the poor.
A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 64% of American Adults think there are too many Americans dependent on the government for financial aid. Only eight percent (8%) believe not enough Americans are dependent on this aid, while 17% feel the level of dependency is about right. Eleven percent (11%) are not sure.

Unlikely: Turner Broadcasting System CEO claims CNN “is a serious news network”

Well, they had me fooled...

Via Newsbusters:
Just when you think you’ve heard it all, along comes Philip Kent — chairman and chief executive officer of the Turner Broadcasting System, which owns the Cable News Network – who says that CNN “is a serious news network” that viewers would appreciate more if they would watch the channel “more critically.”
Kent made the laughable comments during an interview published in this week’s edition of Broadcasting and Cable magazine, when he admitted that the “biggest misconception about CNN is that it’s a liberal news network,” which “drives me crazy” because “it’s not.”
During the cover story by Andrea Morabito, the magazine’s programming editor, Kent said new CNN president Jeff Zucker agreed that changes to boost the audience of the low-rated channel will not be “done overnight, not short-term. He and I both know this is a marathon, not a sprint.”
Keep reading…

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Bizarre Video: David Phelps, the son of Westboro leader Fred Phelps, attacked by 500 pound naked man...

This happened during an interview in a mobile studio. the 500 pound naked man comes out of the toilet and tries to set on David Phelps. Hilarity ensues...

Hate speech and man-boob warning for the video

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Flashback Video: Remember when top Democrats were against same sex marriage?

It wasn't that long ago. Evolution is on a fast track lately...

Pew Research Poll: 55 percent oppose granting citizenship to immigrants who are in the U.S. illegally

Granting illegals citizenship doesn't look like a winning issue...

Via Washington Examiner:
According to a new Pew Research poll, a majority of Americans, 55 percent, oppose granting citizenship to immigrants who are in the U.S. illegally. An even bigger majority, however, 71 percent, believe illegal immigrants should be allowed to stay in the country legally.
Perhaps most surprisingly, no demographic is more supportive of granting citizenship to illegal immigrants than blacks. In fact, at 52 percent, blacks are the only demographic of which a majority supports granting illegal immigrants citizenship. Only 49 percent of Hispanics, 48 percent of Democrats, and 47 percent of college graduates back citizenship for illegal immigrants.
Republican, 38 percent, and whites without a college degree, also 38 percent, are the least supportive of citizenship benefits for illegal immigrants.
Keep on reading…

Nanny Stater Bloomberg want to make cheapest pack of smokes $10.50...

Can't New York voters make this health Nazi wannabe go away?

Via NYT:
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg opened a new front in his antismoking campaign last week when he proposed new legislation that would require stores to keep tobacco products out of sight, making New York the first city in the nation to do so.
Its companion bill, however, has the potential to be just as groundbreaking, experts on tobacco control said. Along with strengthening the penalties on retailers that evade tobacco taxes, the second bill establishes a minimum price for cigarettes and cigarillos, or little cigars, of $10.50 a pack, the first time such a strategy has been used to combat smoking. The bill also prohibits retailers from redeeming coupons or offering other discounts, like two-for-one deals.
“This is kind of a landmark set of proposals here,” said Kurt Ribisl, a professor of public health at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, whose research on tobacco control influenced Mr. Bloomberg’s proposal. “For someone like me, who’s spent 18 years studying point-of-sale issues, this is kind of big.”
Keep on reading…

Interesting Chart of the Day: Social Security Disability Applications vs. Unemployment Rate...

In an honest world, there wouldn't be any correlation between unemployment and Social Security disability applications. A bad labor market makes it hard to find a job. It doesn't make people unable to work physically or mentally.

Via The Atlantic:



Fun fact of the Day: We spend more tax dollars on disability than welfare and food stamps combined.

Strange: Alabama church puts up "Strip for me" billboard by strip club...

Many people thought it was an ad for the strip club. this ad may not be effective...


Report: Twitter performing censorship for Russia's Putin...

Shameful if true...

Via PJ Media:
If you have been following the Internet crackdown underway in Russia, you will not be surprised to learn that Vladimir Putin’s Kremlin has recruited many websites — which are either terrified of his wrath or interested in currying his favor — to help crush and eradicate criticism of his government online.

However, you may be surprised to learn that one of those websites is Twitter.

The Moscow Times reported last week that — according to the Kremlin itself — for the past several weeks Twitter has been blocking Russian access to any tweets designated by the Kremlin as “extremist.” Twitter has also deleted at least one user account at the Kremlin’s request. On its applicable agency website (known by its acronym Roskomnadzor), the Kremlin praises Twitter’s management team for its “constructive position” in reconfiguring its website in a manner “acceptable to Russian side.”

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Sad: Senators McCain and Schumer go to border for photo op. Woman scales border fence while they are there...

Chuck Schumer most excited...




We might need some razor wire on that fence...

Ashley Judd chickens out on running against Mitch McConnell for KY Senate...

Now there is no use for all those dumb things she has said over the years. Let's hope she reconsiders...

Via HuffPo:
Actress and activist Ashley Judd announced Wednesday she would not challenge Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) in 2014.
Sources told the Washington Post’s Chris Cillizza “the timing just wasn’t right” for a Judd Senate run.
McConnell had appeared wary of a challenge from Judd, and early rounds of polling gauging the matchup — including one from his campaign — suggested that she could have provided a viable challenge.
I still hope Mitch McConnell gets a vigorous primary challenger...

Clueless Joe Biden: "... if you want to learn how to use a semiautomatic weapon, join the United States Military."

He does realize 15 percent of the 250+ million privately-owned firearms in the United States are semiautomatic, doesn't he?

Via The Washington Times:

. . . “We believe that weapons of war have no place on our streets. That’s the message that retired admirals and generals have spoken to us about. The comment one of them used was if you want to learn how to use a semiautomatic weapon, join the United States Military. But these are weapons of war,” Mr. Biden said.
“We believe there’s no rational reason why someone would need a clip that can hold 15, 20, 30, 100 bullets, 100 rounds,” he continued. “We have to do more, and we will do more.”
Keep on reading…

Latest waste of your tax dollars: $876,752 to study snail sex...

It's not like there is a sequester or anything. Oh, wait a minute...
(CNSNews.com) – The National Science Foundation awarded a grant for $876,752 to the University of Iowa to study whether there is any benefit to sex among New Zealand mud snails and whether that explains why any organism has sex.
The study, first funded in 2011 and continuing until 2015, will study the New Zealand snails to see if it is better that they reproduce sexually or asexually – the snail can do both – hoping to gain insight on why so many organisms practice sexual reproduction.
“Sexual reproduction is more costly than asexual reproduction, yet nearly all organisms reproduce sexually at least some of the time. Why is sexual reproduction so common despite its costs,” the study’s abstract asks.
Keep on reading….

Chief Justice John Roberts on Obama: “I don’t see why he doesn’t have the courage of his convictions,”


Chief Justice John Roberts is just trying to make up for bowing down on Obamacare...


Via The Hill:
The Supreme Court’s conservative justices on Wednesday were sharply critical of President Obama’s approach to a federal law on same-sex marriage.
Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder decided in 2011 that the federal Defense of Marriage Act is unconstitutional. They quit defending it in the courts, but directed federal agencies to continue to comply with the law.
Conservatives on the Supreme Court criticized that approach Wednesday during oral arguments over whether DOMA is constitutional.
“I don’t see why he doesn’t have the courage of his convictions,” Chief Justice John Roberts said of Obama’s decision to continue following the law, even though he believes it is unconstitutional.
Justice Antonin Scalia said the legal system appears to be “living in this brave new world” in which the Justice Department can simply opt out of its traditional responsibility to defend federal laws in the courts.
He questioned who has the power to decide the government will not defend a particular law.
“It’s only when the president thinks its unconstitutional?” Scalia asked. “Or could the attorney general, or the solicitor general, impose the same determination?”
Keep on reading…

HHS Sec. Kathleen Sebelius admits Obamacare is raising some peoples insurance rates...

These people were lied to about their costs going down. One of the reasons their costs are going up is they can't keep their current high deductible plan. That makes a second lie they were told.

Via WSJ:
Some people purchasing new insurance policies for themselves this fall could see premiums rise because of requirements in the health-care law, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius told reporters Tuesday.
Ms. Sebelius’s remarks come weeks before insurers are expected to begin releasing rates for plans that start on Jan. 1, 2014, when key provisions of the health law kick in.
Premiums have been a sensitive subject for the Obama administration, which is counting on elements in the health law designed to increase competition among insurers to keep rates in check. The administration has pointed to subsidies that will be available for many lower-income Americans to help them with the cost of coverage.
The secretary’s remarks are among the first direct statements from federal officials that people who have skimpy health plans right now could face higher premiums for plans that are more generous. She noted that the law requires plans to provide better benefits and treat all customers equally regardless of their medical claims.
“These folks will be moving into a really fully insured product for the first time, and so there may be a higher cost associated with getting into that market,” she said. “But we feel pretty strongly that with subsidies available to a lot of that population that they are really going to see much better benefit for the money that they’re spending.”...
Keep on reading…

Crazy Tweet of the Day: Debbie Wasserman Schultz tweets, 'Only a matter of time and hard work until #TX is #blue!"

Delusional....


Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Hero: Gov. Bob McDonnell of Virginia signs voter photo ID into law...

Just in time for the 2014 mid-terms...
Richmond, Va. (AP) — Virginia law will require all voters to have photo IDs beginning next year.
Gov. Bob McDonnell signed a bill Tuesday that his fellow Republicans said was a safeguard against voter fraud. Democrats bitterly denounced the legislation as a Jim Crow-era tactic to suppress the votes of the elderly, minorities and the underprivileged.
The legislation provides for a free valid ID with the bearer’s photo to any registered voter who lacks one.
Along with signing the legislation, McDonnell issued an executive order directing the State Board of Elections to start a public education program to tell voters about the new requirement before the 2014 congressional and U.S. Senate elections.

Least surprising news of the Day: Economy will never achieve full employment under Obama...

It's not like Obama really cares. Jobs have never been a priority to him...
(CNSNews.com)The Congressional Budget Office is now projecting that the U.S. economy will never achieve full employment during the eight years Barack Obama serves as president.
That would make Obama the only American president during the post-World War II era who never presided over a year in which the U.S. economy offered full employment to the American people.
The CBO defines “full employment” to be when the national unemployment rate is at or below what it calls the “natural unemployment rate.”
The natural unemployment rate, according to CBO, is the “rate of unemployment arising from all sources except fluctuations in aggregate demand...
Keep reading…

Obama Narrative Fail: Only 12% say the sequester cuts have had a major impact on them personally...

I am surprised the number is that high...

Via Rasmussen:
Just over half of U.S. voters now say the March 1 sequester cuts in the growth of federal government spending have had no impact on their lives.
Only 12% say the sequester cuts have had a major impact on them personally. Despite predictions that the sequester impact would grow over time, there’s no indication of that happening yet. The number experiencing a major impact is basically unchanged from the weekend the sequester first took effect.

Shameful: Riverside pulls Christopher Dorner reward over a technicality...

 More shameful acts from the Golden state...

Via 4NBC:
The city of Riverside is pulling its pledge of $100,000 toward the $1 million reward offered during the manhunt for rogue ex-LAPD officer Christopher Dorner.

Dorner died in an apparent suicide during a standoff with authorities and cabin burning near Big Bear last month.

Because the Riverside City Council resolution stipulated the money was for information leading to Dorner’s arrest and conviction, the city will withdraw its pledge because neither condition was met, Riverside city spokeswoman Cindie Perry told NBCLA.

Riverside police officer Michael Crain was among four people killed by Dorner.

Hollywood Hypocrite: Jim Carrey Edition (Video)

Mild language warning for this video...

Hollywood Hypocrite: Jim Carrey Edition
 

Good News:Sens. Rand Paul, Ted Cruz and Mike Lee threaten to filibuster any new gun control legislation...

Giddy up boys...

Via Politico:
Sens. Rand Paul, Ted Cruz and Mike Lee are threatening to filibuster gun-control legislation, according to a letter they plan to hand-deliver to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s office on Tuesday.
“We will oppose the motion to proceed to any legislation that will serve as a vehicle for any additional gun restrictions,” the three conservatives wrote in a copy of the signed letter obtained by POLITICO.
Reid plans to bring up a gun-control measure that focuses on broadening background checks and cracking down on interstate gun-trafficking after the current Senate recess.
Conservatives are concerned that once that bill reaches the floor, amendments could stiffen restrictions on gun control.
Moreover, they understand that Reid intends to allow liberal amendments that would limit clip capacity and ban certain assault weapons to be offered — even though they would be defeated — to give Democrats a chance to vote on them. For moderate Democrats in competitive states, that amounts to an opportunity to vote no and show allegiance to gun rights.
Keep on reading…

Monday, March 25, 2013

Sen. John Cornyn Ad Slams Obama for Closing WH Tours (Video)

Well played...

Spring Break Shut-Out 

Sad: Bloomberg anti-gun ad violates 3 gun safety rules...

Gov. Cuomo had no idea 7-round magazines weren't available. Mayor Bloomberg has no idea how to safely handle a gun...

Via WaTi:
Mike Bloomberg is spending $12 million on attack ads designed to force U.S. senators to vote for national gun control laws that will supposedly save lives. However, the New York mayor’s commercials running in 13 states over the next two weeks could cause injury or death by showcasing irresponsible handling of a firearm.
Mr. Bloomberg’s organization, Mayors Against Illegal Guns, produced two ads featuring a man holding a shotgun, wearing plaid flannel with a camouflage cap and sitting on the tailgate of a pickup truck. While a child swings on a tire in the background, the man says, “I support comprehensive background checks so criminals and the dangerously mentally ill can’t buy guns.”
The ad does not specify if the man is an actor, but he violates all three gun safety rules taught by the National Rifle Association (NRA). (Click here to see the ads.)
The first rule is to always keep the gun pointed in a safe direction. In this case, the children are playing in the yard. Although the viewers can’t see what is to the side of the truck, the man should be pointing the muzzle in the air or at the ground.
The second NRA rule is always keep your finger off the trigger until ready to shoot.
Keep on reading…

If you think Biden's Paris hotel room was expensive, check out what his limo service cost...

The hotel was $585,000. The limo service was another $321,665. Geez...
(CNN) If you think Paris is expensive, the City of Light costs a lot more when you’re traveling with the vice president.
Recent documents posted to a government website give a rare glimpse of Vice President Joe Biden’s overseas travel expenses.
Official business took him last month to Europe, a trip that included a bill of $585,000 for his one-night stay in Paris.
Also on the receipt was $321,665 for a limousine company and $459,338.65 for a hotel stay in London.
And while Biden was only in each town for one night, the London hotel bill, for example, included 136 rooms for multiple nights for his advance team, according to the documents posted on the website for Federal Business Opportunities and unearthed by the conservative magazine, The Weekly Standard.
Whether or not the figures were posted online intentionally remain unclear, as similar reports for previous overseas trips could not be located on the same website.

President Obama’s Energy secretary nominee is cool with tripling the cost of energy...

Ernest Moniz 



Is he insane or just completely out of touch with the struggles of ordinary Americans? 


Via Beltway Confidential:
President Obama’s Energy secretary nominee regards a carbon tax as one of the simplest ways to move the energy industry towards clean technologies, though he notes that government would have to come up with a plan to mitigate the burden this tax places on poor people, who would pay the most.
“Ultimately, it has to be cheaper to capture and store it than to release it and pay a price,” MIT professor and Energy nominee Ernest Moniztold the Switch Energy Project in an interview last year. “If we start really squeezing down on carbon dioxide over the next few decades, well, that could double; it could eventually triple. I think inevitably if we squeeze down on carbon, we squeeze up on the cost, it brings along with it a push toward efficiency; it brings along with it a push towards clean technologies in a conventional pollution sense; it brings along with it a push towards security. Because after all, the security issues revolve around carbon bearing fuels.”
Keep on reading…

Obama wants to register people to vote when they sign up for Obamacare...

Actually, he seems to be trying to trick them into thinking it's a requirement.  I wonder why he doesn't want to make voter registration part of the gun background check?

Via Washington Secrets:
The 61-page online Obamacare draft application for health care includes asking if the applicant wants to register to vote, raising the specter that pro-Obama groups being tapped to help Americans sign up for the program will also steer them to register with the Democratic Party.
On page 59, after numerous questions about the applicant’s identity and qualification for Obamacare, comes the question: “Would you like to register to vote?” The placement of the question could lead some to believe they have to register to vote to get health care.
In the introduction of the document, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services declare: “This document-the ‘questionnaire’-represents each possible item that may need to be asked for successful eligibility determinations.”
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Latest Democrat to discover they have evolved on gay marriage: Sen. Claire McCaskill

Proving, yet again, Democrats will say anything to get elected...

Via ClaireCMCTumblr:
The question of marriage equality is a great American debate. Many people, some with strong religious faith, believe that marriage can only exist between a man and a woman. Other people, many of whom also have strong religious faith, believe that our country should not limit the commitment of marriage to some, but rather all Americans, gay and straight should be allowed to fully participate in the most basic of family values.
I have come to the conclusion that our government should not limit the right to marry based on who you love. While churches should never be required to conduct marriages outside of their religious beliefs, neither should the government tell people who they have a right to marry.

Bloomberg: “I Do Think There Are Certain Times We Should Infringe On Your Freedom”…

Times like when we want a drink of pop? 

Via Red Alert Politics:
When visiting New York City, check your personal freedoms at the door — at least as long as Mayor Michael Bloomberg is in charge.
“I do think there are certain times we should infringe on your freedom,” he said on Sunday morning.
Bloomberg appeared on NBC‘s ‘Meet the Press,’ where host David Gregory grilled the Mayor about his failed soda ban, something Bloomberg said he would appeal.
“We think the judge was just clearly wrong on this,” the Mayor said. ”Our Department of Health has the legal ability to do this.”
Keep on reading…

Change: Teacher opposes Planned Parenthood, gets police escort from classroom...

Planned Parenthood is evil...
(Portland, Oregon) – An Oregon high school teacher was escorted from the building by police this week over what is believed to be related to his continued opposition to Planned Parenthood’s presence in the classroom.
Bill Diss is a math and computer science teacher at Benson High School in Portland, and has taught at the school for 11 years. Diss has also become known in the school for his opposition to Planned Parenthood since 2007, when he first began organizing efforts during after-school hours to stop the furtherance of the abortion provider in the community.
“I certainly fight Planned Parenthood, which I certainly have a right to do,” he told reporters this week following the incident. “And that was all on the outside, until [last] year when they brought Planned Parenthood [into the school].”
According to reports, last year, Planned Parenthood of Columbia Williamette began promoting its Teen Outreach Program (TOP) at Benson High School where Diss is employed as a teacher. In September, two representatives from the organization showed up at Diss’ classroom as they were hoping to speak to students. However, he would not let the representatives enter and asked them to leave.
Keep on reading…

Sunday, March 24, 2013

ObamaCare: Three Years of Broken Promises

Via Senate Republicans:


ObamaCare: Three Years of Broken Promises
 

Outrage: Tribe with billion dollar casino gets $4.5 million for taxpayers...

Democrats still looking for something to cut...

Via ABC News:
The money provided annually to the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation through the Interior Department and the Department of Health and Human Services has risen over the last five years to more than $4.5 million, according to documents obtained by The Associated Press through the Freedom of Information Act. One former tribal employee says department leaders were encouraged to offset dwindling resources by seeking more federal grants.

The Pequots, who once distributed stipends exceeding $100,000 annually to adult members, are not alone among gaming tribes seeking more federal aid. Several, including the owner of Foxwoods' rival Connecticut casino, the Mohegan Sun, say they have been pursuing more grants — a trend that critics find galling because the law that gave rise to Indian casinos was intended to help tribes become financially self-sufficient.

Raging Rumor: Syrian President Assad shot by bodyguard...

According to the unconfirmed reports, Assad was shot by a bodyguard is is either dead or "between life and death" in a Damascus hospital..
The sources said that President Assad was transferred to Shami Hospital in Damascus, suffering from wounds and described it as very serious, and he is fighting for his life there, while the Syrian army has closed all roads leading to the hospital. Even the meantime there has been no official statement by the system, while sources close to him denied what was in the news altogether, noting that the president was in good health and high spirits, and will deliver a keynote speech in the coming days.
Let's hope it is true...

Did Tea Party Rallies Add 5 Million Republican Votes in 2010?

According to this AEI study they did.
The researchers conclude that having a Tea Party protest on Tax Day, April 15, in 2009 increased the number of Republican votes in that area for the 2010 midterm elections and caused their representatives to vote more conservatively.

In fact, they estimate that the protests led to an additional:
25,000 to 46,000 local Tea Party organizers
170,000 to 310,000 protesters on Tax Day 2010
$840,000 to $1.54 million in donations to Our Country Deserves Better PAC
3.2 to 5.8 million votes in the 2010 House elections

What sequester? Biden flying 100 miles to his house every weekend...

Still no tours for children wanting to visit White House...

Via White House Dossier:
Vice President Biden has been flying home to Wilmington, Delaware most weekends at enormous expense to taxpayers, even though he has an exclusive government-provided residence in Washington.

Biden himself acknowledged the flights during recent remarks to the National Association of Attorneys General, noting that the sequester would force him to temporarily alter his expensive habit and use the train instead.

Not fit for the weekends

According to reports, Biden generally uses Air Force Two to get to Wilmington.
The cost of flying Air Force Two, a military version of the Boeing 757-200, amounts to about $8,800 per hour, according to the most recent federal data.

Biden appears to have lied about the sequester forcing him back on Amtrak. 

$500 million in aid for Palestinian Authority. WH tours for kids still closed...

Priorities... 

Via Ynet:
The United States has quietly unblocked almost $500 million in aid to the Palestinian Authority which had been frozen by Congress for months, a top US official said Friday.
The news that the funds had finally been freed up came after US President Barack Obama met top Israeli and Palestinian leaders in a landmark visit to Israel and the West Bank earlier this week.
“To date, we have moved $295.7 million in fiscal year 2012 money… and $200 million in fiscal year 2013 assistance,” State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland told reporters.
The Obama administration also notified Congress in late February that it was seeking a further $200 million to fund US Agency for International Development (USAID) programs for the Palestinians, she said. [...]
Congress froze the US administration’s requests for funds.

Political Cartoon of the Day: The Walking Debt


Saturday, March 23, 2013

Heartache: Demo Debbie Wasserman Schultz worried Budget Cuts will Lower the “Quality of Life” for Capitol Hill Staff...

Most people are concerned about what the sequester will do to ordinary Americans. Debbie Wasserman Schultz is concerned about the quality of life on Capitol Hill...



Priorities... 

Obamacare is three years old and Obama is still lying about it...

Barack Obama still claims, "If you like the plan you have, you can keep it"

Obama statement via Washington Examiner:
“Three years ago today, I signed into law the principle that in the wealthiest nation on Earth, no one should go broke just because they get sick. The Affordable Care Act will give hard-working, middle class families the health care security they deserve and protect every American from the worst insurance company abuses.  Already, millions of seniors are saving $600 a year on their prescription drugs. Millions of young people have been able to stay on their family’s health plan until age 26.  Preventive care, like mammograms for women and wellness visits for seniors, is covered free of charge. Most importantly, for the sake of our fiscal future, the growth of health care costs is beginning to slow. In fact, last year, Medicaid costs fell for the first time in decades.
Because of the Affordable Care Act, insurance companies will no longer have unchecked power to cancel your policy, deny you coverage, or charge women more than men.  And soon, no American will ever again be denied care or charged more due to a pre-existing condition, like cancer or even asthma.
Later this year, millions of Americans will finally have the opportunity to buy the same kind of health care Members of Congress give themselves. Beginning in October, you’ll be able to sign up for new private health care plans through a new health insurance marketplace where private plans will compete to save middle class families money.
 Through these marketplaces, Americans and small business owners will be able to choose from a menu of health plans that fit their budget and provide quality coverage they can count on when they need it most.  If you like the plan you have, you can keep it. If you cannot afford a plan, you or your small business may get financial assistance to make it affordable.”
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Good News: Senate Democrats want to give illegal immigrants Obamacare...

I wonder ho much that will cost? 

Via Roll Call:
he Senate’s bipartisan immigration working group split along party lines during a contentious budget vote to prevent illegal immigrants who receive legal status from receiving federal health benefits.
The Senate early Saturday morning defeated the amendment to the budget resolution which would have put the Senate on record as opposing access to health care under Medicaid or the Affordable Care Act for undocumented immigrants who get a green card.
The amendment, which failed 43 to 56, was offered by Senate Budget ranking member Jeff Sessions, R-Ala.
All Democrats — including gang members Dick Durbin of Illinois, Bob Menendez of New Jersey, Charles E. Schumer of New York and Michael Bennet of Colorado — opposed the amendment. They were joined by Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, and Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska. All other Republicans — including immigration negotiators Marco Rubio of Florida, John McCain of Arizona, Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and Jeff Flake of Arizona — supported the amendment.

Irony: The man who banned the 'Big Gulp" criticizes the man who banned 10 round magazines...

Bloomberg on Cuomo...

Via Politicker:
When Governor Andrew Cuomo quickly passed tough new gun control measures in January, he faced a raft of criticism for skipping the standard deliberative period and allegedly ignoring the more minute legislative details. The criticism recently found new substance with the bill’s apparently unworkable 7-bullet magazine requirement, which Albany is now working to reverse. And, on his weekly radio show with John Gambling, Mayor Michael Bloomberg said that “one criticism” may indeed have merit.

“This is true of a lot of things,” Mr. Bloomberg said after accusing an unrelated City Council bill of having unintended side-effects. “You asked before about the magazines in Albany. We just got to start to thinking a little bit more about the implications of things before we rush to legislate and rush to legislate everything.”

Mr. Bloomberg said allowing additional time to read legislation could have helped avoid this sort of sticky situation, but maintained his “100 percent” support for Mr. Cuomo’s efforts on the gun issue overall.

Actual BuzzFeed Headline: "Is Hillary Clinton Too Conservative To Become President?"

Seriously?

Is Hillary Clinton Too Conservative To Become President?

Can the Democratic Party's next presidential nominee be a candidate who favors the death penalty, opposes marijuana decriminalization, objects to driver's licenses for undocumented immigrations, calls for a pathway to legal status over citizenship, and gets beat on a marriage-equality endorsement by Republican Senator Rob Portman?

Hillary Clinton could soon find out.

Clinton's statement in support of same-sex marriage this week — made by way of a five-minute, direct-to-camera video explicating the ways in which her personal views on the issue have been "shaped over time" — was a sure sign that the potential presidential candidate is still in the game and ready to revisit a campaign platform that has been all but frozen in amber since she left the political stage for the State Department four years ago. Keep on reading...

Change: Police departments having trouble finding ammo

When the government meddles in things, there are always unintended consequences... 

Via CNS:
The nationwide shortage of ammunition has left many police departments scrambling to get their hands on the necessary rounds – with some even bartering among each other.
Meanwhile, Rep. Timothy Huelskamp (R-Kansas) says the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has failed to respond to multiple members of Congress asking why DHS bought more than 1.6 billion rounds in the past year.
Police Chief Cameron Arthur of Jenks, Oklahoma says, “Ammunition and assault weapons in general have skyrocketed…In addition to the fact, not only is it a lot more expensive, but the time to get it could be six months to a year, or in some cases even longer.”
Arthur says he is waiting on an order placed last October and that many departments have begun to trade and barter with each other because of the high demand.
“Most police departments are having a very difficult time even getting the necessary ammunition for handguns, shotguns and especially rifles,” Arthur said.
“With the delay in ammunition, some departments are limiting the number of rounds they carry in their handgun because of the shortage of ammunition. We get to the point where it is difficult to have enough ammo to train and also equip the officers.”
Keep on reading…

Another democrat shows off his stimulus...

This time it's a Massachusetts State Representative and he, reportedly, used a government computer...

Via The Daily Mail:
A state representative in Massachussetts is being investigated after allegedly sending pictures of his genitals to a government computer.
The investigation is ongoing and the committee has not formally reprimanded the individual in charge, but it is being widely reported that Democratic State Representative John Fresolo is the one behind the scandal.
He allegedly sent ‘lascivious photos of his privates’ to a computer at the State House, and an aide complained to the Ethics Committee to start the investigation.
House Speaker Robert DeLeo has not confirmed any accusations in the case except that he did say there was ‘sufficient cause’ for an investigation.
‘In order to protect the integrity of the Ethics Committee investigation, Speaker DeLeo will have no further comment on this matter,’ spokesman Seth Gitell said.
Local blogs and radio hosts have taken the case further, saying that it was definitely Fresolo who sent the salacious pictures.
Though he was curt and dismissive when a reporter from The Republican newspaper called him, he did not deny the claims.
Keep on reading…

Friday, March 22, 2013

That $2500 Obamacare insurance savings may actually be a 116% rate hike...

The more we learn what is in Obamacare, the more we hate it...

Via WSJ:
Health insurers are privately warning brokers that premiums for many individuals and small businesses could increase sharply next year because of the health-care overhaul law, with the nation’s biggest firm projecting that rates could more than double for some consumers buying their own plans.
The projections, made in sessions with brokers and agents, provide some of the most concrete evidence yet of how much insurance companies might increase prices when major provisions of the law kick in next year—a subject of rigorous debate.[...]
The individual market includes about 15 million people, and around 18% of the roughly 149 million with employer coverage were at small companies, according to 2011 figures from the Kaiser Family Foundation. The individual market is expected to grow to around 35 million people by 2016 as a result of the law.
In a private presentation to brokers late last month, UnitedHealth Group Inc.,  the nation’s largest carrier, said premiums for some consumers buying their own plans could go up as much as 116%, and small-business rates as much as 25% to 50%. The company said the estimates were driven in part by growing medical costs not directly tied to the law. It also cited the law’s requirements that health status not affect rates and that plans include certain minimum benefits and limits to out-of-pocket charges, among other things.

Obamacare to cost small businesses 3.2 million full-time jobs

Well, now we know part of what's in it....Job losses...

Via The Examiner:
Over one-third of the 9.1 million full-time jobs among America's diverse business franchises could be cut back or eliminated by Obamacare as small businesses struggle to maintain profitability while coughing up money to pay for Washington-mandated health care coverage, according to the International Franchise Association.

The threat of hitting 3.2 million full-time workers as the Affordable Care Act takes effect next year is prompting the owners of fast food restaurants, service companies and other franchises to urge Congress to make significant changes in Obamacare.

To help their cause, the association on Friday released a new state-by-state breakdown on the potential impact on jobs in the bull's eye of Obamacare, which declares that a 30-hour week is full-time, not the industry accepted 40 hours. That 10-hour difference has thousands of franchise owners scrambling to either fund healthcare for those working 30 hours, or cut hours back to below 30 hours. Keep on reading...
BTW, Democrats claimed Obamacare would create jobs...

VP Joe Biden one night in Paris: $585,000.50...

Still no WH tours for kids...

Via The Weekly Standard:
As it turns out, Vice President Joe Biden’s London stay in February was not the most expensive part of his trip. A government document released on February 14, 2013 shows that the contract for the Hotel Intercontinental Paris Le Grand came in at $585,000.50.