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IRS Rewards Agency Scofflaws

Posted by  ▪  April 24, 2014

It’s the bureaucracy, stupid, and not just at the IRS

In the world of federal Inspectors General, there are some evergreens in agency oversight. There are federal employees in every agency who periodically misuse their official credit cards, use their workplace computers to look at pornography, or fail to pay their taxes in timely fashion. Indeed, every year, there are news stories…
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Don’t Blame Bibi

Posted by  ▪  April 24, 2014

“They’re still allowing Abbas to make fools of them, as they wait for the Palestinian Godot, who will never show up.”

Excellent analysis in the left-wing Haaretz newspaper by journalist Ari Shavit, Waiting for the Palestinian Godot: There are some moments a journalist will never forget. In early 1997, Yossi Beilin decided to trust me, and show me the document that proved that peace was within reach. The then-prominent and creative politician from…
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Piketty on income inequality

Posted by  ▪  April 24, 2014
Taking away the bulk of the rich’s money will fix income inequality, according to French economist Thomas Piketty: Piketty’s terror at rising inequality is an important data point for the reader. It has perhaps influenced his judgment and his tendentious reading of his own evidence. It could also explain why the book…
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Female Democratic candidate charges War on Women … by Democratic machine

Posted by  ▪  April 23, 2014

Marisa DeFranco alleges “Democratic machine has lost all credibility on the so-called War on Women” after DCCC omits her from poll in MA-06

You may remember Marisa DeFranco, the plain-talking, no-nonsense, old-fashioned working class liberal Massachusetts Democrat who filed more than enough ballot petition signatures to challenge Elizabeth Warren in the 2012 Democratic Primary — and then was kept off the ballot at the Democratic State Convention, which wanted a clear field for Warren. The Democratic Party…
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This Senate ad could be titled “There But For Fortune”

Posted by  ▪  April 23, 2014

But it’s actually titled “Trust”

This has been a great season so far for breakthrough videos by candidates seeking name recognition. Who can forget Joni Ernst from Iowa who bragged about castrating pigs? That ad propelled her into a strong position in the crowded the Republican field. Terri Lynn Land’s moments of silence on the War On Women…
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U.S. troops arrive in Poland for exercises amid Ukraine crisis

Posted by  ▪  April 23, 2014
U.S. Army paratroopers began arriving in Poland on Wednesday for what will be a series of military exercises to occur in four countries across Eastern Europe as the crisis in Ukraine continues. From CNN: A contingent of U.S. Army paratroopers arrived in Poland on Wednesday, the first of what will be a “persistent presence”…
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Terry Lynn Land

Silence is golden for Republican Senate candidate’s pushback to “War on Women” meme

Posted by  ▪  April 23, 2014

About that GOP war on women… Republican Terri Lynn Land has few words to say to her male opponent

Terri Lynn Land is running for the United States Senate in Michigan, a seat occupied for nearly 40 years by retiring Democrat, Carl Levin. Land’s opponent is Democrat Congressman Gary Peters, who has apparently defaulted to the Democratic party’s standard playbook, by accusing his female Republican opponent of waging a “war on…
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Obama Achieves Peace In Middle East … Between Fatah and Hamas

Posted by  ▪  April 23, 2014

After Months of Shuttle Diplomacy John Kerry Delivers a Peace Agreement — but not the one he intended

Fatah and Hamas have reached an agreement to put their differences behind them and form a unity government. The New York Times reports: The two groups — the Palestine Liberation Organization, which runs the Palestinian Authority in the West Bank, and Hamas, the militant Islamist group that dominates the Gaza Strip — have…
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Are reports of the death of a viable challenge to Lindsey Graham grossly exaggerated?

Posted by  ▪  April 23, 2014

A runoff is the wild card.

There hasn’t been a lot of polling in the South Carolina Republican Senate primary, but what polling there is shows Lindsay Graham ahead by 30%+ against potential challengers. But it may still be a challenge for Graham to get the 50% he needs in the primary to avoid a runoff,…
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The most vicious attack on Hillary

Posted by  ▪  April 23, 2014

Yikes: “Hillary White Power Clinton”

On the assumption that Hillary will be running, it’s going to be interesting to see how liberals who attacked Hillary in 2008 will say, “that was then, this is now.” One particularly nasty attack on Hillary was to accuse her of being a White Power advocate and using Klan talking points.   That…
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Patient, heal thyself

Posted by  ▪  April 23, 2014
Reader Tugboat Phil spotted this in a patient parking spot. Professor, I took my wife for a Doctor’s appointment this afternoon and saw this gem in Patient Parking. We have a special breed of moonbat in this part of Virginia. This one seems a bit above and beyond…or would it be below and well…
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Northeastern SJP Protest Long Live Intifada Sign

Northeastern Univ allows probationary reinstatement of anti-Israel group

Posted by  ▪  April 22, 2014

Students for Justice in Palestine reinstated on probation for the fall semester, after agreeing to modify its conduct

In early March, Northeastern University temporarily suspended Students for Justice in Palestine after SJP did a “dorm storming” in which it slid anti-Israeli mock eviction notices under 600 dorm room doors in the middle of the night.   SJP already was on probation, and the dorm storming resulted in temporary suspension. SJP then launched a protest march…
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VP Biden offers U.S. support to Ukraine

Posted by  ▪  April 22, 2014
On the second day of his trip to Ukraine, Vice President Joe Biden offered words of support to Ukraine and to leaders of its interim government, while also criticizing Russia for its recent actions. From the NY Times: Vowing that the United States would never recognize Russia’s “illegal occupation” of Crimea last month,…
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Obamacare Party Girls Ad

“I study Spanish and Social Justice, Math is not what I do”

Posted by  ▪  April 22, 2014

Seriously.

Said to me by a cashier on the Cornell campus. Moments after she punched the wrong amount into the cash register for the single item I purchased.
 
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U.S. Supreme Court upholds Michigan ban on affirmative action in Higher Ed

Posted by  ▪  April 22, 2014

Sotomayor dissent: Removal of “race-sensitive” preferences equals “stacking the deck” and “forcing the minority alone to surmount unique obstacles”

The decision was announced today (h/t Hot Air) in the case involving the Michigan referendum banning use of race in admissions in Higher Ed and other public services: “The state shall not discriminate against, or grant preferential treatment to, any individual or group on the basis of race, sex, color, ethnicity, or national…
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Legal Insurrection Fundraiser

Posted by  ▪  April 22, 2014

Reader support is critical to what we do.

This is our third semi-annual fundraiser.  Parts One and Two have some background as to how we operate and why fundraising is a critical part of our revenue stream. (If on homepage, click “more” for details on purposes of fundraiser.) Donations are NOT TAX DEDUCTIBLE. (This post will be “sticky” for a while) One-time…
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Media Matters’ relationship with mainstream media in focus after Sharyl Attkisson’s accusations

Posted by  ▪  April 22, 2014

Merely accusing Attkisson of “shoddy reporting” is an insufficient response to accusations that Media Matters assists network news in producing stories.

On the most recent airing of the CNN Sunday talk show, Reliable Sources, former CBS reporter, Sharyl Attkinson, revealed a rather stunning accusation about the far left online news organization, Media Matters. Media Matters, as my understanding, is a far left blog group that I think holds itself out to be sort…
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