Posts by Leslie Eastman  (Page 52)
 

My Tea Party group’s futile attempt to get IRS tax-exempt status

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Posted by    Thursday, May 16, 2013 at 8:16am 5/16/2013 at 8:16am

The news dam has broken, and a deluge of stories from conservative citizen groups of horrendous dealings with the Internal Revenue Service is now spilling out.

I would like to share the background on my group’s quest for tax-exempt status.  The Sou...

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Sweet Irony: Obama admin obsession with Tea Party comes back to bite it

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Posted by    Tuesday, May 14, 2013 at 3:35pm 5/14/2013 at 3:35pm

Hollywood couldn’t have scripted it better:  A rebel group of engaged activists, derided and harassed by authorities, becomes the obsession of a powerful political machine, leading to the demise of … the machine.

Now, because today’s Internal Revenue Service scandal involves rebellious conservatives pitted against a progressive government, this true story is...

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Don’t drink the global warming “wine”

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Posted by    Sunday, May 12, 2013 at 1:30pm 5/12/2013 at 1:30pm

Happy Mother’s Day.

As part of my personal celebration, I am planning to indulge in one of my pamper pastimes: Sipping some fine California wine.

Sadly, eco-activists have targeted the Golden State’s vineyards in their latest fear campaign:

The study, published recently in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), is billed...

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Senate Hacks Free Market with Bipartisan Support

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Posted by    Thursday, May 9, 2013 at 9:06pm 5/9/2013 at 9:06pm

As a citizen activist, I remember how thrilled we were with the results of the 2010 election, in which the Republicans made enormous gains that were suppose to protect the free market.

Fast forward to 2013. ...

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California Mirrors Nation’s “Hunger Games” Set-up

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Posted by    Tuesday, May 7, 2013 at 8:15am 5/7/2013 at 8:15am

Professor Glenn Reynolds likens Washington, D.C ., to the iconic Panem, capital city of “The Hunger Games“.

As the nation’s wealth becomes concentrated along the Potomac, it becomes easier to make the analogy:

America’s capital seems bubble-wrapped in its own vibrant economic boom, while great chunks of the nation struggle with uncertainty about...

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“NO” is an extremely powerful choice option

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Posted by    Sunday, April 28, 2013 at 10:00am 4/28/2013 at 10:00am

Recently, I have been reflecting on the power of choice.

As a citizen activist, I work to ensure that Americans make fully informed voting choices.  This attitude carries over to my selection of post topics.

For example, when one disgraceful businesswoman attempts to persuade college students to become cheaply paid porn interns, I...

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California State Senator Cooks-Up Another Recipe for Economic Failure

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Posted by    Sunday, April 14, 2013 at 1:00pm 4/14/2013 at 1:00pm

A California state senator has cooked-up a bill that combines:

  1. New York City’s nanny-state “Big Gulp” bans.
  2.  Small businesses fees to pay for excessive compliance requirements.
  3. Distribution of power to unelected bureaucrats to enforce the vaguely worded legislation.

Talk about recipe for failure!

Steven Frank’s California has the details on this monstrosity:

Do you think your local...

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Blue Angels Grounded By Sequestration

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Posted by    Saturday, April 13, 2013 at 1:15pm 4/13/2013 at 1:15pm

One of the October highlights in San Diego is the MCAS Miramar Air Show.

My husband and son have a father/son day at the event, as they are both aviation enthusiasts.  My boy especially adores the Blue Angels, and loves to see them practice in the days leading up to the show.

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Looking Back on Our Future

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Posted by    Saturday, April 13, 2013 at 11:15am 4/13/2013 at 11:15am

My son just earned his Space Exploration Merit Badge in Boy Scouts.

So, we were very interested to learn about plans to rope-an-asteroid for closer study:

The plan would speed up by four years the existing mission to land astronauts on an asteroid by bringing the space rock closer to Earth,

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Princeton Mom Detonates Feminist Advice Bomb

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Posted by    Thursday, April 11, 2013 at 12:49pm 4/11/2013 at 12:49pm

Susan A. Patton, a  Princeton University alumna who was among the 200 ‘pioneer’ women enrolled in the Ivy League school in 1973, penned a fascinating letter to the editor of the Daily Princetonian addressed to the “daughters I never had.”

Here’s what nobody is telling...

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The Retro Feminist may be The Real Feminist

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Posted by    Tuesday, April 9, 2013 at 7:00am 4/9/2013 at 7:00am

I have a confession to make:  I am a woman who is vexed by today’s feminists.

For example, just because Margaret Thatcher wasn’t a “social justice warrior” as one of the most influential Western leaders during one of the most formative times in the modern era, Feministe blog deems that the the...

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As Associated Press exiles the phrase “illegal immigrant”, bloggers ban the term “journalist”

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Posted by    Wednesday, April 3, 2013 at 3:30pm 4/3/2013 at 3:30pm

When journalism hits rock bottom, it grabs a jack hammer and keeps going.

As Professor Jacobson reported:  The Associated Press has banned the phase “illegal immigrant” from its style guide.

Yet, illegal immigrati...

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A chilly look into the economic future of Cyprus

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Posted by    Wednesday, April 3, 2013 at 11:00am 4/3/2013 at 11:00am

Cyprus has been given more flaming hoops to jump through for its economic bailout.

BBC News Business is reporting that Cypriots will be asked to make further financial sacrifices:

The International Monetary Fund (IMF), which is contributing 1bn euros, says they...

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2012’s College grads land in minimum wage jobs

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Posted by    Monday, April 1, 2013 at 1:00pm 4/1/2013 at 1:00pm

An important premise of “The American Dream” is that a college education guarantees a successful career.

However, that dream is slipping away — unless being a coffee shop barista is the job goal.  Ben Casselman...

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Encouraging News on UCLA Whistleblower’s Suit

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Posted by    Saturday, March 30, 2013 at 2:08pm 3/30/2013 at 2:08pm

I have an update on a legal hearing involving UCLA’s Dr. James Enstrom, whose brave whistleblowing actions involving the school’s Department of Environmental Health Sciences cost him his job.

William Creeley, the Director of Legal and Public Advocacy for the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) has a report on the...

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With Tight Restrictions, Cyprus Banks Reopen

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Posted by    Friday, March 29, 2013 at 4:02pm 3/29/2013 at 4:02pm

It looks like the first day of banking in Cyprus after a post-bailout shut-down went swimmingly:

The president of Cyprus said on Friday the risk of bankruptcy had been contained and the country had no intention of leaving the euro, in a speech laden with criticism of Europe’s currency union for “experimenting”...

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Cypriot banks see first ripples of bailout tsunami

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Posted by    Thursday, March 28, 2013 at 8:31am 3/28/2013 at 8:31am

Earlier this week, I noted that the banks in Cyprus will be opening Thursday, once the regular people had time to embrace the levy and understand all the awesome goodness in the new bailout plan.

Shockingly, the Cypriots are still not down with the political solution to the banking crisis.  Guards are...

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