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Berkeley City Council votes to put ‘climate change’ warning labels on gas pumps

Wed, 11/19/2014 - 23:08

**Written by Doug Powers

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If you’re driving through Berkeley, California — traveling perhaps to an area heroin needle exchange, abortion clinic or free marijuana handout — the local government wants you to know that if you have to put more gas in your car to get there, you’re doing something really unhealthy:

Some of the country’s first gas-pump warning labels about climate change are coming to Berkeley, a city with a long history of green and clean policies.

The Berkeley City Council voted late Tuesday to draft a proposal by next spring that will put stickers on gas pumps citywide to warn consumers that burning fuel contributes to global warming.

San Francisco is drafting a similar ordinance that the city’s Board of Supervisors could vote into law by March. The proposals in the liberal Bay Area cities are thought to be the first of their kind in the U.S.

Supporters of Berkeley’s measure hope that simply putting the labels in front of consumers will motivate them to drive less. One environmental group compares the labels to health warnings on cigarette packages.

Why don’t they just ban gas stations? Maybe that’s what the two members of the council who voted “no” wanted to do.

Here’s a mock-up for the Berkeley City Council’s consideration:

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Good luck with that: St. Louis mayor agrees to protest group’s demands

Wed, 11/19/2014 - 09:59

**Written by Doug Powers

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Recently, the “Don’t Shoot Coalition” presented local authorities a list of 19 demands for how to react to unrest in the wake of a grand jury decision that is expected to be announced soon.

The mayor of St. Louis is on board with at least some of those demands:

St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay has requested 400 members of the National Guard to help in the city after the grand jury’s decision is announced in the Michael Brown case.

He has also agreed to some of the Don’t Shoot Coalition’s proposed rules of engagement.

In a letter to the St. Louis Board of Aldermen and the Public Safety Committee, the mayor said he considers “rules of engagement” a military term, and would prefer to call them “rules of conduct.”

He has agreed to let protesters occupy public spaces and even be “disruptive but not violent.”

“Like blocking the street or blocking a sidewalk for a specific period of time,” Slay told KMOX.

He also agreed not to shut down safe houses – where protesters meet to strategize.

“Disruptive but not violent” for a “specific period of time” is allowable? I wonder how the police feel about being handed that incredibly subjective rule book. We might soon find out how this “city-sanctioned controlled rioting” plan works out.

Mayor Slay has also requested 400 National Guard troops to be deployed throughout the city, possibly to make sure none of the local police infringe on any of the protesters’ rights contained in the agreement.

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Quandary of the day: When your car gets stolen while you’re leading a “F*#k the Police” rally, who do you call?

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Jonathan Gruber: Obamacare so awesome it was necessary to lie to stupid voters to get it passed

Wed, 11/19/2014 - 09:35

**Written by Doug Powers

During the early days of Obamacare, MIT professor, economist and “Obamacare architect” Jonathan Gruber was helping out the Obama administration by promoting the ACA. In the process, Gruber lied like there was no tomorrow. However, there is now a different video that shows Gruber being brutally honest about the Obama administration’s (as well as the Democrats in general) used to get the law passed.

The video below is supposedly from October of last year and was found by American Commitment (partial transcript via Twitchy). Revel in the historic levels of transparency:

This bill was written in a tortured way to make sure CBO did not score the mandate as taxes. If CBO scored the mandate as taxes, the bill dies. So it was written to do that. In terms of risk-rated subsidies, if you get a law which said healthy people are gonna pay in — you made explicit that healthy people were gonna pay in and sick people get money — it would not have passed.

Just like, people… lack of transparency is a huge political advantage. And basically — you know, call it the stupidity of the American voter or whatever — but basically that was really, really critical to getting the thing to pass. And you know, it’s the second best argument. Look, I wish Mark was right, we could make it all transparent, but I’d rather have this law than not.

I’m torn between appreciating the brutal honesty while at the same time immediately repelled by the stench that would make even septic tank bacteria gag.

Gruber’s admission sums up liberal policies in a nutshell: They know what’s best for Americans so much that they have to lie to them to earn support for their caring efforts, because people are too stupid to know what’s best for themselves. Obama was elected and then re-elected based on this philosophy, so it isn’t difficult to understand why they believe in it so.

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A White House mass pardon for identity thieves

Wed, 11/19/2014 - 09:23

A White House mass pardon for identity thieves
by Michelle Malkin
Creators Syndicate
Copyright 2014

President Obama is poised to show his “compassion” this week by granting work cards to an estimated five million illegal immigrants through an imperial executive order. As for the vast, untold number of law-abiding citizens whose identities have been stolen by foreign law-breakers, two words: Tough luck.

Social Security card fraudsters have made out like bandits thanks to the White House. Their victims are about to get kicked in the teeth again.

Two years ago, when Obama launched his first administrative amnesty known as “DACA” (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals), the White House gave aid and comfort to illegal alien applicants who were concerned that their previous felony identity theft and fraud crimes would preclude them from the new non-deportation benefits. The Department of Homeland (In)security made clear that illegal workers who wanted coveted employment documents would not have to disclose to the feds whether they used stolen Social Security numbers.

Center for Immigration Studies analyst Jon Feere reported at the time that ethnic lobbyists and open-borders businesses lobbied the Obama administration hard “to keep American victims of ID theft in the dark while shielding unscrupulous businesses from enforcement.” As an Obama official told The New York Times, DHS employees are “not interested in using this as a way to identify one-off cases where some individual may have violated some federal law in an employment relationship.”

Translation: See no identity theft. Hear no identity theft. Speak no identity theft.

A high-profile immigration attorney crowed: “Good news for deferred action applicants: If you used a false Social Security card, you need not reveal the number on your deferred action application forms. The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has clarified that when the forms ask for an applicant’s Social Security number, it refers to Social Security numbers issued to the applicant. If you used a friend’s number, a made-up number or a stolen number, you should answer N/A for ‘not applicable’ where it asks for the number.”

Since then, more than 500,000 DACA applications have been approved with abysmal oversight, little public disclosure and total absolution for identity rip-off artists. The latest planned administrative amnesty will dwarf that ongoing fiasco.

Victimless crimes? Tell that to those who have been harmed by the estimated 75 percent of working-age illegal aliens who have fraudulently used Social Security cards to obtain employment. Tell it to victims in border states with the highest percentages of illegal aliens, where job-related identity theft is rampant.

Tell it to hardworking Americans like Wisconsinite Robert Guenterberg, whose Social Security number was exploited by illegal aliens for years to buy homes and cars — while the IRS refused to tell the victims about the fraud to protect the thieves’ privacy rights.

Tell it to U.S. Air Force veteran Marcos Miranda, whose name and Social Security card were filched by an illegal alien to work at a pork slaughterhouse. He was even thrown in jail for unpaid traffic tickets racked up by his identity thief. “Even though I am Hispanic, I am against illegal immigration,” Miranda told the Associated Press. “Even though a lot of them come to work, there are always bad apples. (Identity theft) has really made my perspective … negative about immigration.”

And what about the children? As the Center for Immigration Studies points out: “Children are prime targets. In Arizona, it is estimated that over one million children are victims of identity theft. In Utah, 1,626 companies were found to be paying wages to the SSNs of children on public assistance under the age of 13. These individuals suffer very real and very serious consequences in their lives.”

They include Americans like Jay Di Napoli of Colorado Springs, who has fought for years to clear his name and financial records after his late father — an illegal alien who abandoned his American wife and children — “took my original Social Security card and birth certificate when I was 2 years old.” The criminal “began selling these documents to undocumented workers coming across our border with Mexico. In fact, he sold my Social Security number to illegals over 28 times before his death in 2009, and my number continues to be sold to this day. What’s more, my late father’s actions have caused extremely grave damage in virtually every facet of my life.”

The amnesty brigade loves to extol the virtues of those who are “doing the work no Americans will do.” But when it comes to punishing illegal workers who have raided the lives of innocent Americans to feloniously secure jobs, mortgages and medical care, mum’s the word.

Obama’s new “American Dream” is the stuff of hellish nightmares: Reward the law-breakers. Punish the law-abiders. And sell out our national identity in pursuit of cheap votes and cheap labor. R.I.P.

Good luck with that: Ferguson protester group wants police to allow water bottles to be thrown at them

Tue, 11/18/2014 - 22:35

**Written by Doug Powers

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This makes it sound as if the Ferguson protesters aren’t far away from having lawyers draw up a contract. Until their demands are put into legalese, the police will have to settle for an informal list of Rules of Engagement:

And with a grand jury expected to soon deliver its decision on whether to indict the officer, a group that represents protesters says it wants 48-hours notice before the decision is announced so it can help prevent the St. Louis suburb from once again boiling over with anger, violence and confusion.

A group of community members calling themselves the Don’t Shoot Coalition this week released 19 “Rules of Engagement” that touch on major points of contention between protesters and police since Brown’s August 9 killing.
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The organization also has written stipulations about how it wants police to present themselves, including a request that officers wear attire “minimally required for their safety” and that “specialized riot gear will be avoided except as a last resort.”

And if possible the protesters should be provided with several dozen carafes of Cabernet Sauvignon chilled to 64 degrees and to be transported in a Gulfstream 450. Oh wait, that last one was one of Hillary Clinton’s demands.

The group also wants protesters to be able to throw water bottles at police without retribution, among other things:

#Ferguson's mayor says he expects protests after a grand jury announces its decision. http://t.co/cqQfh73mKq pic.twitter.com/XvkX6ZWqAD

— CNN (@CNN) November 7, 2014

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White House: Do something about ‘climate change’ or prepare for a fiery death — or worse

Tue, 11/18/2014 - 21:24

**Written by Doug Powers

The White House, which ahead of the midterm election accused the GOP of fear mongering, would like to give you this subtle reminder about “climate change”:

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That’s some serious Gore porn right there. With any luck the White House will re-hire Jonathan Gruber to let us know what the real motivations are (not that we don’t know). I can hear him already: “We’re counting on the stupidity of the American voter to believe that fire did not exist before industrialization.”

In the spirit of bipartisanship, I’ve taken the liberty of making some different versions the White House should feel free to use in the future if things get worse — and they will!

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Want to see something really scary?

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With record November cold and snow hammering much of the U.S., the White House’s “everybody freak about global warming” timing is impeccable as always.

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Gird your coins (again): Solar company applies for $539m federal grant to pay off federal loan

Tue, 11/18/2014 - 14:35

**Written by Doug Powers

Google execs and employees have been among the most generous Obama supporters in the corporate world, so the odds of this application being fast-tracked to approval are looking good:

After already receiving a controversial $1.6 billion construction loan from U.S. taxpayers, the wealthy investors of a California solar power plant now want a $539 million federal grant to pay off their federal loan.
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The Ivanpah solar electric generating plant is owned by Google and renewable energy giant NRG, which are responsible for paying off their federal loan. If approved by the U.S. Treasury, the two corporations will not use their own money, but taxpayer cash to pay off 30 percent of the cost of their plant, but taxpayers will receive none of the millions in revenues the plant will generate over the next 30 years.

NRG wants the grant for the same reason people climb Mt. Everest: Because it’s there:

“They’re already paying less than the market rate,” said Morris, author of a lengthy report detailing alleged cronyism and corruption in the Obama administration’s green energy programs. “Now demanding or asking for a subsidy in the form of a grant directly paying off the loan is an egregious abuse.”

NRG doesn’t see it that way, telling Fox News the money is there for the taking. “NRG believes in a clean and sustainable energy future and therefore participates in available government programs to develop and expand the use of clean energy to accelerate America’s energy independence.” In 2013, the Obama administration handed out $18.5 billion in renewable energy grants, with $4.4 billion going to solar projects.

Come on, taxpayers, don’t be evil — pay off Google’s loan!

**Written by Doug Powers

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‘XL’ in Keystone XL stands for X-tra Lethal, says abortion advocate Barbara Boxer; Updated

Tue, 11/18/2014 - 14:16

**Written by Doug Powers

The Senate’s expected to vote at some point today on the construction of the Keystone pipeline, and Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Emagogue) is keeping the debate as free of self-awareness as possible:

Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) on Tuesday urged Democrats to vote against approving the Keystone XL pipeline, arguing the project would be “lethal” for the environment.

“What does XL stand for? To me it stands for extra lethal,” Boxer said on the Senate floor Tuesday. “This is a serious environmental hazard.”

In the past, Boxer has said that the pipeline would, among other things, present a great health risk to children. Somebody tell her the pipeline is going to be used to pump abortion supplies so she’ll get on board fast.

LIVE: Senate debates Keystone XL pipeline bill: http://t.co/yvxQLqE5ev@ABCPolitics pic.twitter.com/jUQt3o3vXQ

— ABC News Politics (@ABCPolitics) November 18, 2014

“Tar sands”? She spelled “left-wing politicians” wrong.

Update:

Boxer will be temporarily thrilled: The Senate fell one vote short of approving Keystone. It’ll pass in a couple of months anyway, but perpetuating the “climate change” sham even in the short term took priority over saving Mary Landrieu.

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WaPo columnist helps kick off the weekend with some Obama comedy

Mon, 11/17/2014 - 00:35

**Written by Doug Powers

If you need a hearty weekend laugh, try and get through the first two sentences of David Ignatius’s column at the Washington Post without your Friday afternoon beverage of choice coming out your nose:

President Obama looked almost relieved after Tuesday’s election blowout. A man who has been perhaps the least political president in modern U.S. history doesn’t have to worry about elections anymore.

That’s funny. Of course there’s always a slim chance the pro-Obama auto-correct that comes pre-installed on many media laptops changed “most” to “least,” but that’s unlikely to have been necessary in this case.

Ignatius gave readers no time to recover from that before continuing the comedy riff at the top of the second paragraph:

Let’s take Obama at his word: Looking at foreign policy, what’s his agenda for the next two years? For a weakened president, what would amount to a good finish, and what changes should Obama make to achieve that outcome?

Or maybe let’s not.

A question for Ignatius if I may:

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More chilling news for Al Gore

Sun, 11/16/2014 - 23:39

**Written by Doug Powers

In the spring of 2012, Al Gore passed along a dire warning:

https://twitter.com/algore/status/188015681361555457

The previous year, Gore warned about declining Great Lakes levels in order to give the impression that before too long it would be possible to walk directly from Muskegon to Milwaukee without getting wet.

Those warnings were soon followed by record-setting ice cover on the Great Lakes last winter.

This coming winter is also looking like a letdown for Gore’s Great Lakes doom & gloom pimpery:

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Soon Gore & company might switch back to the mid-1970′s “another ice age is coming” approach. Eco scare tactics, not unlike the actual climate patterns they attempt to frighten people about, are cyclical.

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Jonathan Gruber cashed in even more than previously thought; Update: And Obama JUST found out about all this

Sun, 11/16/2014 - 11:23

**Written by Doug Powers

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I’ve written in a couple other posts that Jonathan Gruber — the man Nancy Pelosi refers to as “WHO?” — was paid in excess of $400,000 for giving up the dirty truth about how the Affordable Care Act really functions.

As it turns out, that $400k figure came just from Gruber’s federal contracts. Gruber is being paid much more by the states where he was sent in order to let them in on the ACA’s dirty little secrets so they were under the impression the law wouldn’t cost them as much as they feared:

For ObamaCare “architect” Jonathan Gruber, the health law he helped design has been the gift that keeps on giving.

Gruber has come under blistering criticism since videos resurfaced of him saying the law passed due to the “stupidity” of Americans who didn’t understand its complexity.

Now, a series of government contracts totaling more than $2 million for consulting services provided by the Harvard-trained economics professor are coming under scrutiny.

Eight states hired Gruber to help design their health exchanges after he banked nearly $400,000 in 2009 through contracts with the Department of Health and Human Services, records show.

Gruber and a handful of colleagues got state contracts totaling $1.6 million over seven years from Michigan ($481,000), Minnesota ($329,000), Vermont ($400,000) and Wisconsin ($400,000), The Washington Post reported. He also advised Colorado, Connecticut, Maine and West Virginia.

It’s not clear how much those states added to his bank account.

By the time the final tally comes in I wouldn’t be surprised if Gruber will have been paid a dollar or more for every American who got a policy cancellation notice because of the ACA. No wonder Gruber seemed so wired when he talked about “stupid” voters. You could see the “cha-ching” in his eyes.

Update:

Well I must say this is no surprise: Obama had no idea what the guy his administration contracted starting in 2009 had been telling people all around the country until just now. Anybody who believes that is Gruber’s target audience.

Just for the sake of wild argument, let’s assume Obama’s telling the truth. That would almost be worse, because it would mean that his administration paid this guy hundreds of thousands of dollars (and states much more on top of that) for a long time to go around and, according to Democrats now distancing themselves from him, tell lies about Obamacare. And nobody in the administration was keeping track of what he was telling the states and reporting it back to the White House?

Looks like we have another candidate for “Lie of the Year.”

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Can you guess the two reasons Wendy Davis lost in Texas?

Fri, 11/14/2014 - 17:35

**Written by Doug Powers

On Tuesday, Wendy Davis lost badly in Texas. All that is known at this time is A) It wasn’t Davis’ fault, and B) She’ll never go hungry again thanks to all the free meals she’ll be getting at Planned Parenthood “Lifetime Achievement Awards” dinners around the country to honor her for advocating fewer lifetimes to have achievements.

There are two main reasons being given for Greg Abbott’s win over Davis. First, the Republicans’ “war on women” has gotten so bad that women turned on the General Patton in pink sneakers doing battle against that onslaught:

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Are they saying that white women were racist and sexist against a white woman? Solid logic. “White women’s ‘War on a White Woman.’”

The second reason Davis lost: Don’t forget about the Ebola challenge her campaign faced

Zac Petkanas, a spokesman for the Davis campaign, chalked up the loss to the national Republican wave that swept over the midterm elections. “The losses that you are seeing in very blue states are simply amplified in states like Texas where there is already a structural advantage for Republicans,” he said. Another challenge, he said, was that Texas was at the center of two issues — immigration and the Ebola scare — that helped drive Republican voters to the polls.

The Davis campaign was so inept that even its own straw men voted for Greg Abbott.

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Chuck Hagel comforts the nation: America’s ability to respond to attack no longer partly hinges on speed of FedEx

Fri, 11/14/2014 - 15:05

**Written by Doug Powers

I did a double-take today when I heard SecDef Chuck Hagel say this today because it sounds sort of like a Dr. Strangelove outtake:

One telling example of the decay in the nation’s nuclear arsenal emerged from reviews released by the Pentagon Friday. Maintenance crews at the nation’s nuclear bases had access to only one wrench required to tighten bolts on the warhead end of the Minuteman 3 missile, and this same wrench was being used by crews at all three ICBM bases in North Dakota, Wyoming and Montana, according to reviews by the Pentagon and by outside experts.

Asked about the wrench by CBS News National Security Correspondent David Martin, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Friday that crews at the three bases exchanged the tool by “federal expressing” it to each other. “They were creative and innovative,” he said, but he acknowledged that’s not how the system is supposed to work.

Crisis corrected:

“We now have a wrench for each location,” he said. “We’re going to have two wrenches for each location soon.”

Hagel said the wrench episode is indicative of “a system that’s been allowed to kind of slowly back downhill” in recent years, but he added that the problems did not “affect the safety, security, and effectiveness” of the nation’s nuclear arsenal.

Rest easy, America, because if the s*#t ever really comes down, our national survival could hinge on the delivery speed of FedEx.

One more time:

“It’s indicative of the depth and width of what has happened over the last few years.” No argument here.

Missile base personnel just have to know where to look, because all the tools are in DC.

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One nation under godlessness

Fri, 11/14/2014 - 08:48

No-Prayer

One nation under godlessness
by Michelle Malkin
Creators Syndicate
Copyright 2014

Cheating. Bullying. Cybersexting. Hazing. Molestation. Suicide. Drug abuse. Murder. Scanning the headlines of the latest scandals in America’s schools, it’s quite clear that the problem is not that there’s too much God in students’ lives.

The problem is that there isn’t nearly enough of Him.

With the malfunction of moral seatbelts and the erosion of moral guardrails, too many kids have turned to a pantheon of false gods, crutches and palliatives. They’re obsessed with “Slender Man” and “Vampire Diaries.” Alex from Target’s hair and Rihanna’s tattoos. Overpriced basketball sneakers and underdressed reality stars. Choking games and YouTube games. Gossip and hookups. Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat.

It’s all about selfies over self-control, blurred lines over bright lines.

In a metastatic youth culture of soullessness and rootlessness, the idea of high school teens voluntarily using their free time to pray and sing hymns is not just a breath of fresh air. It’s salvation.

But leave it to secularists run amok to punish faithful young followers of Christ.

Last week, the Alliance Defending Freedom filed a religious freedom lawsuit against Pine Creek High School here in my adopted hometown of Colorado Springs. Chase Windebank, a senior at the District 20 school, had been convening an informal prayer group for the past three years “in a quiet area to sing Christian religious songs, pray, and to discuss issues of the day from a religious perspective.”

Windebank and his friends weren’t disrupting classroom time. They shared their Christian faith during an open period earned by high-achieving students. Other kids used the time to play on their phones, eat snacks, get fresh air outside, or schedule meetings for a wide variety of both official and unofficial school clubs.

A Pine Creek choir teacher had given permission to Windebank and his fellow worshipers to meet in an empty music practice room. No complaints ever ensued from other students or faculty. For three years, the group encountered no problems, according to ADF’s complaint. But in late September, Windebank was summoned to the assistant principal’s office and ordered to stop praying because of “the separation of church and state.”

The school singled out the young man of faith’s harmless activities and banned members of his group from discussing current issues of the day from a religious perspective during an open period in an unobtrusive meeting place.

As Todd Starnes of Fox News, who broke the story of the lawsuit last week, lamented: “Public school administrators and their lawyers have succeeded in suppressing and oppressing the Christian voice at Pine Creek High School.”

It defies common sense that in conservative-leaning Colorado Springs, home to a vibrant faith community and leading evangelical organizations, students would be reprimanded and deprived of basic constitutional rights. As a letter from local parents to the school district decried: “To what benefit does it serve a school to limit the ability for a student to pray with their friends, fellowship with their friends, or discuss daily events from a Christian perspective? It is obvious that School District 20 is taking a freedom FROM religion perspective, not a freedom OF religion perspective.”

Think about it: If the high-schoolers gathered in the cafeteria to listen to Billboard magazine’s No. 1 pop hit “Habits (Stay High)” — “You’re gone and I gotta stay high/ all the time/ to keep you off my mind” — school officials would have no issue.

If they lounged in a courtyard to joke about the latest girl-fight videos or off-color joke memes posted on Vine, no problem.

If they discussed the latest “Walking Dead” episode or napped in the library? All good.

But singing “Amazing Grace” and studying scripture? This subversion must be stopped!

How did we get here? And in Colorado Springs, of all places — not Berkeley or Boulder or Boston? Blame cowardice, ignorance and politically correct bureaucrats pledging allegiance to one nation, under godlessness, without religious liberty, and the occult of extreme secularism for all.

The Nation and Salon say Scott Walker could never be elected president, so put it out of your mind!

Thu, 11/13/2014 - 23:35

**Written by Doug Powers

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Look, the liberal talking points have sprouted all at once — what a coincidence:

Scott Walker 2016? Bring it on: @joanwalsh explains why the Wisconsin governor will never be president http://t.co/MBQX0n5gcD

— Salon.com (@Salon) November 6, 2014

Why Scott Walker Will Never Be President http://t.co/1d1MQ37V4l

— The Nation (@thenation) November 6, 2014

I wouldn’t completely trust the accuracy of those statements, because they’re still not quite over election night:

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Good news! President ‘my policies are on the ballot’ doesn’t feel repudiated by election results

Thu, 11/13/2014 - 23:35

**Written by Doug Powers

Last night, on the national level, Democrats lost control of the Senate (hopefully a cowboy will write a poem about Harry Reid’s dejection) and the Republicans gained House seats to a level not seen in 60 years. But remember, none of that was a statement about President Obama’s performance or policies:

The Republican capture of the Senate culminated a season of discontent for the president — and may yet open a period of even deeper frustration. Sagging in the polls and unwelcome in most competitive races across the country, Mr. Obama bristled as the last campaign that would influence his presidency played out while he sat largely on the sidelines. He privately complained that it should not be a judgment on him. “He doesn’t feel repudiated,” the aide said Tuesday night.

If Obama doesn’t feel repudiated by the election results yesterday, I guess he was lying when he said this:

I actually think Obama doesn’t believe he wasn’t repudiated yesterday. In his mind voters didn’t reject his policies — they gave him a mandate to go nuts with the executive orders.

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Nancy Pelosi was for Jonathan Gruber before she never heard of him

Thu, 11/13/2014 - 22:56

**Written by Doug Powers

Nancy Pelosi lied again today — or as those who know her best call it: “Thursday”:

Nancy Pelosi claimed Thursday she didn’t know who ObamaCare architect Jonathan Gruber is, after several tapes surfaced showing him gloating about how the law was written to take advantage of the stupidity of the American voter.

Problem is, Gruber’s analysis of the law was cited extensively by her office back in 2009.

Pelosi, the House Democratic leader, tried to downplay Gruber’s role during a press conference on Thursday.

She claimed she doesn’t know who he is, and that he didn’t help write the law. “Let’s put him aside,” she said.

However, Gruber was involved in the process – as his newly surfaced remarks make clear – and his analysis indeed was cited by Pelosi’s office when she was House speaker in late 2009.

At the time, her office put out a “health insurance reform mythbuster” press release pointing to the work of “noted MIT health care economist Jonathan Gruber” in examining the House bill’s impact on premiums. They noted that Gruber found it “would result in lower premiums than under current law for the millions of Americans using the newly-established Health Insurance Exchange.”

Pelosi also mentioned Gruber during a press conference at the time.

Nancy Pelosi lie? NEVER!

Watch an even shorter video here and see it summed up in a few short seconds.

Meanwhile, Josh Earnest said he disagreed vigorously with Gruber’s multiple assessments that non-transparency combined with stupid voters equals legislative gold. Earnest said the entire process was totally transparent. Hey, we need look no further than Nancy “pass it to find out what’s in it” Pelosi for proof of that.

Again, if Democrats are so angry about how Gruber’s repeated comments were “simply not true,” why aren’t any of them demanding he return the over $400,000 in fees he was paid by HHS (though judging by Gruber’s delivery I wouldn’t be surprised if half that was payable in Red Bull)? Is it because he would have no choice but to furnish proof that he was merely doing what he was asked to do?

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