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Ambassador Power doesn’t object to Iran’s continued inclusion on women’s rights commission, then complains nobody objected

Thu, 04/24/2014 - 12:35

**Written by Doug Powers

Because it’s the U.N., Iran has been granted continued included on a women’s rights commission:

he United Nations yesterday voted by acclamation to elect the Islamic Republic of Iran and more than a dozen other repressive regimes to top committees charged with protecting women’s rights and overseeing the work of human rights organizations, according to an exclusive report by UN Watch, a non-governmental Geneva-based human rights group.

U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Samantha Power was outraged:

Yet again #Iran ran unopposed & was "elected" to Commission on Status of Women. Given record on women's & human rights, this is an outrage.

— Samantha Power (@AmbassadorPower) April 24, 2014

Nice, but

But Richard Grenell, who served as spokesman for four U.S. ambassadors to the U.N. during the George W. Bush administration and is a close observer of the world body, was unimpressed with her reaction.

“Ambassador Power can tweet her outrage after the fact all she wants,” he said. “She should have been in the room for the vote and demanded a secret ballot rather than allow an automatic acclamation by her silence.”

It’s not like there wasn’t an opportunity to object:

Then ECOSOC’s president, Oh Joon of South Korea, said, “Since the number of candidates from all regional groups is equal to the number of vacancies, may I take it that the council wishes to elect the proposed candidates by acclamation?”

He looked around, then hearing no protestations, continued, “I hear no objection. It is so decided.”

The entire process took 103 seconds.
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When Iran first won a seat on the CSW, in April 2010 for a four-year term beginning in 2011, virtually the same thing happened. Neither the U.S. nor any other ECOSOC member raised an objection, and Iran was elected “by acclamation.”

All I know is that eventually “climate change” will be blamed.

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Obamacare product placement of the week

Thu, 04/24/2014 - 12:35

**Written by Doug Powers

Arrests have been made at a Miami-area slaughterhouse for numerous counts of animal cruelty.

In an undercover video, the operator of the slaughterhouse, who was arrested recently, might be horribly inhumane to animals but darnit he wants you to Get Covered™ (via Michelle on Twitter):

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The doctor will see you now:

Obamacare's "Freaky" product-placement-illegal slaughterhouse edition http://t.co/QpfYl2O8Un https://t.co/GjXDWrz0ws pic.twitter.com/RL0VwIcUnG

— Marc Caputo (@MarcACaputo) April 23, 2014

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‘Nation of laws, not men’: Cliven Bundy makes Harry Reid do pitiful impression of John Adams

Thu, 04/24/2014 - 12:35

**Written by Doug Powers

Harry Reid, while taking a short break from winking and waving at people illegally crossing the border and looking the other way while the Obamacare “it’s the law” is unilaterally altered during implementation, cranked up the tough talk about Cliven Bundy while John Adams rolled over in his grave:

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid says “something is going to happen” to get Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy to stop letting his cattle graze on federal land.

“It’s obvious that you can’t just walk away from this. And we can speculate all we want to speculate to what’s going to happen next,” Reid told KSNV-TV. “But I don’t think it’s going to be tomorrow that something is going to happen, but something will happen. We are a nation of laws, not of men and women.”

Meanwhile, Al Sharpton’s group still owes almost $2 million in back taxes and President Obama headlined his conference this month. Any John Adams-ish reaction to that, Harry?

Related:

The government claims Bundy owes about $1.1 million, hence all the hullabaloo. But maybe the government just needs that money so they can pay bonuses to IRS employees who owe back taxes:

The IRS paid a total of about $1.1 million in bonuses over approximately a two-year period to more than 1,100 employees who had been disciplined for “substantiated federal tax compliance problems,” according to an inspector general’s report.

Apparent moral of the story: Cliven Bundy should have worked for the IRS.

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Follow the money: This might help explain why Kathleen Sebelius is still hanging around HHS

Thu, 04/24/2014 - 12:35

**Written by Doug Powers

In a world where Lois Lerner continues to be paid, news that taxpayers will probably be sending Kathleen Sebelius checks for the rest of her life is hardly surprising:

Turns out, there may be a financial incentive for the former Kansas governor to take her time getting out of Washington.

Next week, Sebelius becomes eligible to receive a government pension and continue certain taxpayer-funded health-care benefits when she hits her five-year employment mark with the federal government, Office of Personnel Management (OPM) policy indicates.

Under OPM rules, Sebelius, who was sworn into office on April 28, 2009, would be eligible to receive these benefits after completing five years of continuous service in the federal government.

According to the Daily Caller, in just a few days Sebelius will qualify for a $10,000 per year pension, plus some nice health care perks — for life. Members of Congress qualify for the same deal. Hey, all employers offer departing employees ten grand a year after just five years of service, don’t they? Especially after spearheading hugely expensive disasters.

Can we at least force her to register for the benefits through HealthCare.gov?

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Somehow fitting: Taxpayers could be on the hook for $100 million worth of Obama presidential library construction

Thu, 04/24/2014 - 12:35

**Written by Doug Powers

The Illinois House is expected to approve a proposal that would attempt to lure Obama’s presidential library to the state by offering $100 million in taxpayer funding towards its construction:

The proposal, pushed by House Speaker Michael Madigan, goes to the full House next.

Madigan said it’s appropriate for Illinois to commit public funds for the library even though the state is grappling with serious financial problems.

“The state of Illinois will spend over $1 billion in construction this year alone, so $100 million is not out of line,” Madigan said after the House Executive Committee threw its support behind the library funding plan in a unanimous vote. “It’s clearly a good investment for the future.”

Illinois isn’t exactly flush with cash:

Illinois currently has the lowest bond rating of any state. Its unfunded pension liabilities are over $100 billion and it has over $6 billion in unpaid bills. While the legislature considers spending $100 million for an Obama library, it is also considering a measure to permanently increase income taxes. Madigan also backed a ballot initiative to institute a “millionaire tax,” although that proposal was ultimately withdrawn.

But Illinois Dems are justifying the proposed taxpayer outlay for Obama’s library, because citizens of the state did the same thing in order to construct the library of a lesser president:

While presidential libraries are traditionally funded mostly by private donations, Madigan pointed out that “close to $100 million in state money” was earmarked for the Abraham Lincoln presidential library in Springfield. “So we have precedent for this,” he said.

The Chicago Tribune editorial board is going to cause MSNBC to call them all sorts of names:

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Team Obama raised over $1 billion in 2012, so maybe if they named the library “Third Term” those same donors would cough up more than enough cash for construction.

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For those longing for the days of Solyndra, DOE spending $4 billion to make it happen again

Thu, 04/24/2014 - 12:35

**Written by Doug Powers

It was inevitable — like the swallows returning to San Juan Capistrano, except in this story the swallows use government loans to turn the Mission into a solar company that goes bankrupt, fly back to Goya in first-class and leave taxpayers on the hook for the loss.

From Reuters:

The U.S. Energy Department on Wednesday unveiled a plan for up to $4 billion in loan aid for renewable energy companies to help rejuvenate a program that faced harsh political attacks over past failures of federally subsidized projects.

The Obama administration’s draft plan would provide loan guarantees for innovative projects that limit or avoid greenhouse gas emissions.

It will specifically focus on advanced electric grid technology and storage, biofuels for conventional vehicles, energy from waste products and energy efficiency.

“We’re back in business,” Peter Davidson, executive director of the department’s loan programs office, told Reuters.

We’re back in business”? Great. Here’s how that’s going to sound from the taxpayers’ perspective:



We’re back in business

But don’t worry, because they’re totally going to pay attention this time:

And in the wake of the Solyndra scandal, the department also made changes to its due diligence practices and loan oversight.

Apparently some of the billions of dollars from the last round of “green” loans ended up in the hands of non-Dem cronies, and DOE will make sure that doesn’t happen again.

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Jay Carney reveals President Obama’s most challenging interviewer of the 2012 campaign

Thu, 04/24/2014 - 12:35

**Written by Doug Powers

When you hear “left-leaning satirical news program” your mind might automatically think “network newscast,” and you’d be correct. However, Jay Carney revealed in a recent interview that no “mainstream” outlet was as tough on President Obama during the 2012 as The Daily Show’s Jon Stewart:

I think if you look back at 2012 and the series of interviews the President of the United States gave, probably the toughest interview he had was with Jon Stewart. Probably the most substantive, challenging interview Barack Obama had in the election year was with the anchor of “The Daily Show.”

Video at Twitchy here.

I was in a state of shock after reading that. Jay Carney said something totally believable! At least he seems to be admitting that the majority of the MSM has looked like this the last several years:

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As far as the mainstream press goes, for my money, this was one of Obama’s toughest grillings in recent memory:

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Another Nobel Prize on the way? Paul Krugman to study income inequality from perspective of 1 percent

Thu, 04/24/2014 - 12:35

**Written by Doug Powers

Keynesian economist Paul Krugman should win another Nobel Prize for this. He’s going to be studying income inequality for the next few months, but instead of choosing to study it from the low end, he’s going to be paid some $24,000 a month to get the view from the top:

New York Times author and liberal economist Paul Krugman has been offered a position as a distinguished scholar for a nine-month stint at the City University of New York’s Luxembourg Income Study Center, which researches income inequality.

Krugman has also been nominated to become a distinguished professor for LIS, which would bring with it a hefty $225,000 salary. (Krugman’s nomination was first reported by Gawker.)

That means that Krugman, while working to research income inequality, will earn nearly five times the median household income of residents of New York City — for nine month’s work.

That’s why he’s a brilliant economist! Sure, anybody could have studied income inequality from the low end, but these days everybody does that. Krugman, taking one for the team, knows that there are more than enough people the 99 percent (the sample size is more than adequate), so he’ll gather data from the perspective of the one percent. Krugman will also apparently study workload inequality while he’s at it.

Hopefully Krugman will kick off the new gig by asking what a woman would have been paid for the same job.

In case you were wondering, Krugman isn’t a hypocrite, because somebody at Slate said so:

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Flashback: Snortalicious: Former Enron adviser Paul Krugman joins progs’ war on “plutocrats”

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It’s official! Philanthro-nanny Michael Bloomberg announces he’s bought his way into heaven

Thu, 04/24/2014 - 12:35

**Written by Doug Powers

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Former NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg is dumping $50 million into an organization he hopes will rival the NRA. The group, which should be named “Mayors Against Illegal Guns Went Nowhere So Now We’re Going to Try This Now,” is instead called “Everytown for Gun Safety.” Bloomberg of course isn’t promoting gun safety — the NRA promotes gun safety — but rather it’s Super Nanny’s goal to get rid of as many guns as he can (not including those carried by his private security guards).

According to the bible Michael Bloomberg uses, which was written by Michael Bloomberg and contains a chapter where Lot’s wife is banned after turning into a pillar of salt, the Super Nanny and hypocrite extraordinaire has reached the necessary spending level for entrance into the Kingdom of Heaven (now with no trans fat):

His financial commitment to reducing gun violence could grow. When asked how much he was willing to spend, he tossed out the $50 million figure out as if he were describing the tip he left on a restaurant check.

“I put $50 million this year, last year into coal, $53 million into oceans,” he said with a shrug, describing his clean energy and sustainable fishing initiatives. “Certainly a number like that, $50 million. Let’s see what happens.”
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Mr. Bloomberg was introspective as he spoke, and seemed both restless and wistful. When he sat down for the interview, it was a few days before his 50th college reunion. His mortality has started dawning on him, at 72. And he admitted he was a bit taken aback by how many of his former classmates had been appearing in the “in memoriam” pages of his school newsletter.

But if he senses that he may not have as much time left as he would like, he has little doubt about what would await him at a Judgment Day. Pointing to his work on gun safety, obesity and smoking cessation, he said with a grin: “I am telling you if there is a God, when I get to heaven I’m not stopping to be interviewed. I am heading straight in. I have earned my place in heaven. It’s not even close.”

Oh really? And if anybody quotes Matthew 19:24 to Bloomberg he’ll just go drop a few million to have the eye of the needle greatly enlarged and put the camel on a diet.

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Big shock: Changes to Census Bureau survey will make it difficult to measure effects of Obamacare

Thu, 04/24/2014 - 12:35

**Written by Doug Powers

To be filed under “If you like your old health care questionnaire, you can keep your old health care questionnaire.”

From the New York Times:

The Census Bureau, the authoritative source of health insurance data for more than three decades, is changing its annual survey so thoroughly that it will be difficult to measure the effects of President Obama’s health care law in the next report, due this fall, census officials said.

The changes are intended to improve the accuracy of the survey, being conducted this month in interviews with tens of thousands of households around the country. But the new questions are so different that the findings will not be comparable, the officials said.

An internal Census Bureau document said that the new questionnaire included a “total revision to health insurance questions” and, in a test last year, produced lower estimates of the uninsured. Thus, officials said, it will be difficult to say how much of any change is attributable to the Affordable Care Act and how much to the use of a new survey instrument.
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With the new questions, “it is likely that the Census Bureau will decide that there is a break in series for the health insurance estimates,” says another agency document describing the changes. This “break in trend” will complicate efforts to trace the impact of the Affordable Care Act, it said.

Naturally, the White House fought tooth and nail against changes to the existing survey so an “apples to apples” comparison with previous data would provide the public with an accurate analysis of Obamacare’s success or failure. Wait, never mind:

The Department of Health and Human Services and the White House Council of Economic Advisers requested several of the new questions, and the White House Office of Management and Budget approved the new questionnaire.

I’m imagining new survey questions like this:

1) Has the Affordable Care Act saved you hundreds of dollars a year?

A) Yes, it has

B) No, it’s saved me even more than that

Flashback headline from 2009 by way of Allahpundit at Hot Air:

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Amnesty supporter Harry Reid on Cliven Bundy: People can’t violate the law and then walk away from it

Thu, 04/24/2014 - 12:35

**Written by Doug Powers

The Koch brothers have obviously robbed Harry Reid of his sense of self-awareness and shame:

Reid tells News4′s Samantha Boatman his take on the so-called cattle battle in southern Las Vegas. “Well, it’s not over. We can’t have an American people that violate the law and then just walk away from it. So it’s not over,” Reid said.

Now, if you’re not an American and are in violation of a U.S. law, then Reid would want to reward you with citizenship and the ability to vote — not necessarily in that order.

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Diagnosing David Gregory: Meet the Jerk

Wed, 04/23/2014 - 08:31

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Diagnosing David Gregory: NBC’s Cognitive Dissonant Hack Syndrome
by Michelle Malkin
Creators Syndicate
Copyright 2014

I’ve always thought entrenched left-wing journalists in Washington needed their heads examined. Much to my satisfaction, it appears the corporate media bosses of at least one Beltway anchor now agree.

According to The Washington Post this week, NBC News hired a “psychological consultant” to examine why flailing “Meet the Press” moderator David Gregory has been bombing in the ratings. The overpriced shrinks (NBC prefers the euphemism “brand consultants”) came from the New York-based brand fixer-upper Elastic Strategy.

They interviewed Gregory’s wife. They interrogated his friends. They crunched their numbers. They compiled their reports. And after all that, the “experts” are still scratching their noggins:

What’s the matter with David Gregory? And why don’t people like to watch him?

I could have saved the honchos at NBC News a lot of time and trouble. The first answer is: David Gregory is a phony. The second answer is: He’s a jerk.

And no amount of brand therapy and rehabilitation consulting can fix him.

Gregory’s predecessor, Tim Russert, was highly respected on both sides of the political aisle. The former chief of staff for iconoclastic U.S. Sen. Daniel Moynihan turned “Meet the Press” into mandatory viewing for any American serious about politics and policy. Yes, he was liberal. But he never pretended to be anything he wasn’t. He did his homework. He didn’t pull punches. He helped enlighten the nation about our entitlement crisis. He conducted interviews, not one-sided partisan lectures.

Russert was also a decent man, as so many warm eulogies across the ideological divide attested. I had a chance to meet him a few times as an intern in the videotape library of the Washington political unit at NBC News in 1992. He was always friendly and engaging. (Andrea Mitchell was a whole ‘nother story. Gah.) Before I left to work for the Los Angeles Daily News, I drafted a little memo on suggestions to improve data collection and entry. I never expected acknowledgment. But Russert took the time to respond and thank me. A lowly intern. I never forgot that.

Gregory is the anti-Russert. His boorish behavior around D.C. is legendary — from his juvenile tantrums with the Bush press staff to his drunken radio appearances to his diva snit fits with innocent bystanders while filming news segments. One of the most telling and notorious anecdotes involves Russert himself, who reportedly reprimanded Gregory in 2008 for going ballistic on a poor waitress while the two TV stars dined at a D.C. restaurant. But “Gregory still treats most of … the newsroom like s**t,” an insider told the website Jossip. “Amazing how NBC cares more about food servers than about the people who have to deal with Gregory’s arrogance every day.”

Since Gregory doesn’t have the intellectual heft to carry in-depth interview segments the way Russert did, “Meet the Press” producers have reduced substantive exchanges to a few minutes and larded the rest of the show with fluff and stunts.

That means: If it’s Sunday, it’s “Meet the Jerk.”

Last fall, Gregory the gun-control activist masquerading as a Sunday talk-show journalist made headlines with his brazen hectoring of NRA CEO Wayne LaPierre — while illegally brandishing a 30-round ammunition magazine on national television. He has used the show to fawn over vulgar, misogynistic “comedian” Bill Maher and to repeatedly browbeat Timothy Dolan, the archbishop of New York, over gay marriage.

As I’ve noted many times over 20-plus years in this business, the problem isn’t bias. It’s the pretense of non-bias. Gregory and his peers suffer from cognitive dissonant hack syndrome, a common affliction among incurable left-wing journalists who sanctimoniously pay lip service every day to neutrality and objectivity, while brazenly using their platforms to promote partisan political narratives.

Desperate NBC suits in denial tried to get Gregory to immerse himself more in social media to appeal to “younger viewers.” But he detests the hoi polloi and refuses to respond to critics. You don’t have to be a high-priced brand guru to know that for social media engagement to work, it requires an engaging personality to actually, you know, engage.

Another NBC muckety-muck gave his expert analysis on the network’s David Gregory Problem: “You need to be who you are. We’re trying to look at who David is.”

Well, there’s the rub, isn’t it? Gregory, like many of his ilk, is a thin-skinned elite who lives in the Beltway bubble and can barely contain his contempt for his audience. With rare exceptions, the supposed watchdogs of Washington journalism are lapdogs for the establishment with “Don’t You Know Who I Am?” egos as big as the politicians they sidle up to every weekend.

To the chagrin of NBC and its brand EMTs, Americans have discovered an effective cure: the “off” button on their remotes.

Dear Mike Pence: Don’t pull a Huckabee on Common Core

Mon, 04/21/2014 - 07:58

As you know from my coverage of Common Core, the Big Government and Big Business alliance that have colluded on this boondoggle have been partners on expanding the federal role in education for a long, long time. And as I’ve pointed out since day one, one of their core strategies has been to rename and rebrand — from Goals 2000 and School to Work to outcome-based education to No Child Left Behind.

Flip-flopping Big Government Republican Mike Huckabee has led the “Rebrand it” strategy to take the heat off his Common Core buddies.

Now, it’s Indiana Gov. Mike Pence’s moment: Will he pull a Huckabee or do right by the parents who have been at the vanguard of exposing Common Core’s costly, invasive, control-usurping, choice-undermining scheme?

After garnering positive press for withdrawing from Common Core last month, Pence must decide whether he truly believes in high standards or whether he will rubber-stamp guidelines that are even worse — and have the endorsement of Common Core’s number one lobbyist and peddler, Gates Foundation-funded Achieve Inc.

Discerning citizens see in the draft standards a disregard of Pence’s call for “uncommonly high standards” written by Hoosiers and for Hoosiers. The elaborate committee structure and process instituted by Pence’s aides to draft new standards didn’t produce a product commensurate to his insistence on having superior education standards. For the current result, Pence surely bears responsibility.

Michael Cohen, president of Achieve Inc., a nonprofit group that developed the Common Core, remarks that the draft’s resemblance to Common Core reveals that the process of formulating new Indiana standards has been a waste. Nothing has really changed. Cohen notes that the state could easily remain within an official Common Core testing consortia because of how tightly aligned the draft standards are to Common Core. Other states considering leaving the Common Core will surely rethink enduring a similar superfluous process, Cohen further observes. He’s right.

For what has become clear in each successive draft of standards (earlier drafts have been panned by academic reviewers and citizens) is that Indiana will remain a satellite in Common Core’s pedagogical universe. We can conclude that the governor and Republican leaders in the legislature were not serious about Hoosiers becoming masters of our education domain. Of this fact, Hoosiers should take note.

As Neal McCluskey of the Cato Institute observes, what the left hand giveth in SB 91 ordering the state out of Common Core standards, the right hand taketh in the same bill with its instructions that Indiana remain under the yoke of the federal government. Translation: Indiana will continue to rest under a waiver from No Child Left Behind given by President Obama’s Education Department. The price: Adopt college and career ready standards, i.e., the Common Core or its equivalent. We are now poised to adopt the latter.

More academic experts have slammed the Common Core knock-off standards here and here.

Indiana parents, vigilant as always, are raising the alarm and exposing the charade.

It’s judgement day at the statehouse and there will be a rally to stop the Common Core clone standards:

oin us April 21st at 1:00pm at the Indiana Statehouse for the Judgment Day Rally.

Let the Indiana Education Roundtable see that parents care!

Hillsdale College Professor Dr. Terrence Moore will speak and answer your questions!

March with us across the street to the 2:15 p.m. Education Roundtable meeting, where Governor Pence, Superintendent Ritz and many others are scheduled to vote on the standards.

Location of Education Roundtable meeting:

Conference Room C, Indiana Government Center South, 402 W. Washington Street.

Dear Mike Pence: Don’t pull a Huckabee on Common Core.

We are watching.

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