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

Wed, 04/16/2014 - 11:50

**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.

**Written by Doug Powers

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

Wed, 04/16/2014 - 11:50

**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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**Written by Doug Powers

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

Wed, 04/16/2014 - 11:50

**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.

**Written by Doug Powers

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Debunking the Blame Righty propagandists…again

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 23:23

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Here we go again. Liberal media outlets CNN and MSNBC have joined forces with the biased, numbers-cooking Southern Poverty Law Center and New America Foundation to foment renewed fear and hatred of conservative Americans.

Their latest talking point: “Right-wing” terrorists have caused more American deaths than Islamic jihadists since 9/11.

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CNN ran with the “story” first. MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow hopped on the bandwagon tonight and the Blame Righty echo chamber is whipping up another witch-hunt frenzy.

According to these divisive and demagogic fear-mongers, “right-wingers” have killed 34 people since 9/11 for “political reasons,” including the three innocent victims of last week’s Kansas City Jewish community center shootings, while jihadists have killed 21. MSNBC and CNN viewers are eating it all up with ghoulish enthusiasm. It’s the Obama DHS right-wing terrorism report all over again.

A closer look at the rigging of this latest phony factoid simply confirms the malevolent intention of so-called objective journalists to marginalize conservative political speech and dissent. And it confirms once again the corruption of purportedly objective “hate watch” groups, which are staffed and supported by progressives bent on criminalizing their opponents out of the public square.

Let’s start with the terror toll count date. Carving out the 2,997-person death toll from the 9/11 jihadist attacks is a rather convenient way to rig the scales, isn’t it? Only if we close our eyes and pretend away the bloodiest terrorist attack on American soil perpetrated by Islamic murderers is it possible to promote the Left’s moral equivalency on who are real enemies are.

Once you whitewash 9/11 out of your calculations, the rest of the smear job is easy-peasy. As usual, it involves dishonest inflating of “right-wing” incidents and dishonest deflating of left-wing and jihadist incidents.

The conservatives-are-worse-than-jihadists casualty data, for example, counts Holocaust Museum shooter James Von Brunn, who killed a heroic security guard, as a “right-winger.” As I’ve pointed out before, Von Brunn was neither “left” nor “right.” He was a rage-filled maniac and 9/11 truther who hated Fox News and Rupert Murdoch.

Also counted as “right-wing” in the CNN/MSNBC/SPLC data: Andrew Joseph Stack. He’s the lunatic who flew a small plane into an Austin, Texas, office complex that contained an Internal Revenue Service office in 2010. He injured several people and killed himself. Within minutes of the story breaking, a furious left-wing blogger at the popular Daily Kos website — where countless Democratic leaders have guest-posted — fumed: “Teabagger terrorist attack on IRS building.” The article immediately cast blame on the anti-tax Tea Party movement: “After months of threats on the United States government, and government institutions, the Anti-Government forces known as the teabaggers have struck with their first 911 (sic) inspired terrorist attack.” But as I reported at the time, Stack’s ranting suicide manifesto:

…targeted “puppet” George W. Bush, murderous health care insurers and the pharmaceutical industry.

The “manifesto” ended:

The communist creed: From each according to his ability, to each according to his need.

The capitalist creed: From each according to his gullibility, to each according to his greed.

The CNN/MSNBC/SPLC conjurers also listed Robert Andrew Poplawski as “right-wing.” He was the disgruntled, unemployed loser who shot and killed three Pittsburgh police officers in a horrifying bloodbath in 2009. Left-wing publications asserted that the “heated, apocalyptic rhetoric of the anti-Obama forces,” along with Fox News and Glenn Beck, motivated Poplawski to slay the officers. But as I reported at the time, Poplawski was a dropout from the Marines who threw a food tray at a drill instructor, had beaten his girlfriend, and demonstrated violent, racist tendencies that had nothing to do with politics. What precipitated the shootout? No, not conservative cable TV or radio. It was a family argument. Poplawski was outraged that his mother wanted to kick his unemployed ass out of the house.

Another serial woman abuser, Joshua Cartwright, also murdered 2 police officers in the aftermath of a domestic violence call. Left-wing operatives focused on a single remark from Cartwright’s victim about his views on Obama to paint him as a “right wing radical,” whitewashing his long history of violence against his partner and senseless paranoia.

And the same Blame Righty mob so quick to seize on any mention of any conservative pundit, politician, or news outlet that might possibly hint at any possible culpability for a violent attack remained stone-silent about the Kansas City Jewish community center shooter’s promotion and celebration of the writings of left-wing, anti-Israel sleazeball Max Blumenthal, son of Clintonite operative Sidney Blumenthal.

On the other side of the ledger, the CNN/MSNBC/SPLC activists omit several significant jihadist-linked terrorist events, most significantly as John Sexton at Breitbart.com points out, the blood-stained Beltway snipers:

The most striking omission from the NAF list of jihadist attacks is John Allen Muhammad, the Muslim sniper who killed 10 strangers in the DC metro area back in 2002. While no definite motive for the killing spree was ever determined, Muhammad’s accomplice Lee Malvo made numerous references to Osama bin Laden and jihad in writings he made in prison after the killings. According to the NY Times, Muhammad was eligible for the death penalty in Virginia because the jury agreed he had committed an “act of terrorism.”

In 2002, one commentator connected Muhammad to a series of attacks inspired by al Qaeda. He wrote “John Allen Muhammad, the Washington DC sniper, who has reportedly expressed admiration for the al Qaeda hijackers, also seems to fit this worrisome new pattern.” The author of that piece on “Al Qaeda 2.0″ was Peter Bergen.

As I reported at the time, John Lee Muhammad’s Islamist, anti-white, anti-American hate-mongering drove the deadly fall 2002 plot:

Malvo testified that Muhammad, driven by hatred of America because of its “slavery, hypocrisy and foreign policy” and his belief that “the white man is the devil”, planned to kill six whites a day for 30 days.
Malvo alleged that Muhammad had said: “We are going to go to the Washington DC area and we are going to terrorise these people.”

They then intended to move to Baltimore for stage two of their campaign, to shoot a policeman and then blow up explosives at his funeral.

More explosives would target the ambulances that would then rush to the funeral. Another plan to kill three busloads of schoolchildren was thwarted because the pair were arrested when Malvo fell asleep while keeping watch at a Maryland petrol station.

Muhammad’s ultimate plan, Malvo testified, was to indoctrinate 140 young homeless men at a Canada compound who would “shut things down” in cities across America, unless they received £5 million.

And conspirator Lee Malvo’s “Allah Akbar…jihad…servant of Allah/bin Laden” jailhouse drawings spoke for themselves:

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An honest accounting of “right wing” vs. jihadist violence would have left out the 10 people mentioned above who were murdered by erratic loons whose mental problems and rage blurred or transcended political ideology — and then added the 10 innocents who died in the Beltway sniper shootings in October 2002 at the hands of the self-proclaimed servants of Allah in the proper column.

That would flip the “right-wingers”-vs.-jihadists casualty count from 34-21 to 24-31.

Which, of course, understates the real figure when you account for the 2,997 who died at the hands of Islamic jihadists on 9/11:

24 to 3,028.

The dishonesty of violence-politicizing leftists — once again forcing Americans of good will to defend themselves against conniving “hate watch” haters — is beyond sickening. It’s evil.

‘Phony scandal’ update: 3 out of 4 Sunday shows ignore latest IRS revelations

Mon, 04/14/2014 - 10:58

**Written by Doug Powers

The lack of focus on the IRS “phony scandal” shouldn’t be surprising anymore, and yet, it never ceases to amaze:

Over the last seven days, three major revelations have emerged surrounding the IRS’ targeting of Tea Party groups. Despite the new stories, on Sunday April 13, three of the four Sunday interview shows on the broadcast networks — NBC’s Meet the Press, CBS’s Face the Nation and ABC’s This Week — all ignored them, whereas Fox News Sunday was the only broadcast network program to mention the IRS at all.

Proof-positive of Fox News’ anti-liberal bias!

Apparently ABC, NBC and CBS didn’t think their viewers would have an interest in any of this:

On Wednesday April 9, The Washington Times revealed that a Dallas IRS office was covered with Vote for Obama stickers and engaging in campaign cheerleading. On the same day, The Hill broke a story revealing that Lois Lerner fed tax information to Elijah Cummings (D-MD) who sits on the committee in charge of overseeing the IRS investigation. And finally, the House Ways and Means Committee voted last week to refer Lois Lerner for criminal charges, yet the big three didn’t mention any of these stories on Sunday.

Yawn!

To repeat one of the most egregious examples of bias-by-omission yesterday, Bob Schieffer’s guest was Elijah Cummings, the ranking Dem on the House Oversight Committee who emails suggest was fed information by Lois Lerner about a conservative organization seeking tax-exempt status. Number of questions from Schieffer to Cummings in regards to that? Zero.

Part of Fox News’ Sunday morning coverage of the IRS story included asking why other media outlets aren’t covering the story. Wallace asked an AP reporter about the lack of IRS coverage:

When questioned on Fox News Sunday by Chris Wallace, the Associated Press’ Julie Pace defended the lack of IRS coverage, explaining that “We don’t have a lot to work with.“ Fox News contributor Brit Hume shot her down and argued that “The same set of facts…would have touched off in previous days a media firestorm. What we had was kind of a campfire in most of the media, which was doused before very long, and the story has been basically dormant.”

“We don’t have a lot to work with.” What’s that mean? The White House lost their email address?

**Written by Doug Powers

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Feds back off after ‘First Amendment area’ near Bundy ranch got too big

Sun, 04/13/2014 - 11:43

**Written by Doug Powers

The tense situation at the Bundy Ranch area in Nevada has been defused for now and the feds have decided that going full Janet Reno would be incredibly unwise:

A Nevada cattle rancher appears to have won his week-long battle with the federal government over a controversial cattle roundup that had led to the arrest of several protesters.

Cliven Bundy went head to head with the Bureau of Land Management over the removal of hundreds of his cattle from federal land, where the government said they were grazing illegally.

Bundy claims his herd of roughly 900 cattle have grazed on the land along the riverbed near Bunkerville, 80 miles northeast of Las Vegas, since 1870 and threatened a “range war” against the BLM on the Bundy Ranch website after one of his sons was arrested while protesting the removal of the cattle.

“I have no contract with the United States government,” Bundy said. “I was paying grazing fees for management and that’s what BLM was supposed to be, land managers and they were managing my ranch out of business, so I refused to pay.”

The federal government had countered that Bundy “owes the American people in excess of $1 million ” in unpaid grazing fees and “refuses to abide by the law of land, despite many opportunities over the last 20 years to do so.”

However, today the BLM said it would not enforce a court order to remove the cattle and was pulling out of the area.

The BLM used the term “cattle gather,” which makes it sound like some sort of bovine dating service:

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Here’s more from John Hinderaker at Powerline with possible reasons the feds might have ended this thing almost as quickly as it started (via Instapundit):

“The new head of the BLM, Neil Kornze, worked for Harry Reid as a policy adviser from 2003 to 2011. It is reasonable to assume that Reid got him the BLM job, and I would hazard a guess that Reid saw the situation turning into a public relations disaster–-Nevada’s Governor and Senator Dean Heller, both Republicans, were more or less siding with Bundy–-and told Kornze to give it up. It still isn’t clear what the crisis was all about. Rumor has it that Reid wants the land for a giant solar farm that would be supplied by a Chinese company and, presumably, subsidized by the federal government. Reid’s son is apparently a participant in the deal. Whether that is true, I haven’t yet tried to figure out. One thing I will say with some certainty, however, is that tortoises had little or nothing to do with it.”

Watch for Harry Reid to make his way to the Senate floor tomorrow as fast as possible so as to blame the Koch brothers for the 135th, 136th, 137th and 138th time.

To sum up the current state of affairs:

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**Written by Doug Powers

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Magazine Photoshop of Jay Carney’s bookcase still more reality-based than his press conference responses

Sat, 04/12/2014 - 10:27

**Written by Doug Powers

Via Twitchy and @RBPundit, the backdrop of a staged picture in a syrupy puff piece in Washingtonian MOM magazine (from the publisher of DC DAD and Beltway Cousin-in-Law) about Jay Carney & family has a few discrepancies:

Updated with more duplicated books. pic.twitter.com/riXC3SsSSx

— RB (@RBPundit) April 11, 2014

The full picture:

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Who doesn’t have severed fingers on their bookshelves?

In an effort to help revitalize the publishing industry, Jay Carney and Claire Shipman pick up three copies of every book they purchase — or that’s the worst magazine Photoshop in recent memory.

Judging from the lead photo in the magazine profile, if it weren’t for the Soviet propaganda posters in the kitchen, you might think that the Carneys live in the dairy & produce section of the P Street Whole Foods Market.

**Written by Doug Powers

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Fitting to the occasion: Even Kathleen Sebelius’ farewell speech had a 404 error

Fri, 04/11/2014 - 10:56

**Written by Doug Powers

Outgoing HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius was feted at a White House sendoff this morning that turned out to be perfection as metaphors go:

“So the personal reward for me at the end of the day are the folks who approach me, the strangers who approach me at a meeting or pass me a note on a plane, or hand me a phone with someone on the other end saying thank you. Their stories are so heartening about finally feeling secure and knowing they can take care of themselves and their families,” Sebelius said before pausing.

“Unfortunately, a page is missing,” she said, drawing laughs from assembled crowd.

Something about that sounds so familier…

If I had a nickel for the number of times the Obamacare website has said "PAGE NOT FOUND" #SebeliusMissingPage

— John Patrick (@johntwarog) April 11, 2014

Everybody flip over your cancellation notices and see if the end of Sebelius’ speech is printed on the other side. Or maybe somebody had to quickly grab a page and use it to plug a leak at the site.

At the end of today’s White House farewell to Sebelius, they showed a short video summing up Sebelius’ tenure at HHS and work on the Obamacare launch:

**Written by Doug Powers

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The legacy of Obama’s illegal alien aunt

Fri, 04/11/2014 - 09:00

The legacy of Obama’s illegal alien aunt
by Michelle Malkin
Creators Syndicate
Copyright 2014

Zeituni Onyango, President Obama’s illegal alien aunt, died this week of cancer and other complications. I hope she rests in peace. America, however, should be up in arms.

Auntie Zeituni is an enduring symbol of all that is wrong with this country’s immigration “policy” — or rather, its complete lack of a coherent, enforceable system of laws and rules that puts the national interest first. She was a beneficiary of the welfare state run amok, enabled by bipartisan fecklessness. To the bitter end, she bit the hand that fed her with predictable ingratitude and metastatic entitlement.

Zeituni’s 14-year illegal overstay is a reminder that our temporary visa program is an abysmal joke. Like millions of foreign students, business people and tourists to this country, Auntie Zeituni obtained a short-term visitor visa in 2000. It had an expiration date. She was supposed to go back to Kenya in two years after traveling here with her son, who had been accepted at a college in Boston.

But like millions of other “temporary” visa overstayers, Auntie Zeituni never went home. And despite billions spent on homeland security and immigration enforcement, no one ever went looking for her to kick her out of the country after her time was up.

Auntie Zeituni had no job skills, no special talent, no compelling reason to keep her here in America as an asset to our culture or our economy. She didn’t value the American Dream. She was a dependency nightmare. She collected $700 a month in welfare benefits and disability payments totaling $51,000. Somehow, Auntie Zeituni also drummed up money to apply for asylum and finagled her way into both federal and state public housing in Boston.

She contributed nothing to this country. The only “work” she did was gaming the system, complaining about her lot and blaming everyone else for her problems while they subsidized her 14-year illegal overstay.

Auntie Zeituni’s ridiculous asylum application and what happened afterward are reminders that our asylum and deportation systems are appalling jokes. Auntie Zeituni’s bogus request was rejected by the immigration court system. A judge ordered her to return to Kenya in 2003. She appealed. She lost. A judge again ordered her to leave in 2004.

But Auntie Zeituni never went home. Like an estimated 700,000 other deportation absconders, she evaded the judicial order for nearly a half-dozen years and continued to feed at the government trough. When the Bush administration had the chance to put the pedal to the enforcement metal in 2008, they caved. Pandering to pro-amnesty forces, Bush officials issued a 72-hour cease-and-desist order to all fugitive apprehension teams to spare Obama embarrassment over his auntie right before Election Day.

As an Immigration and Customs Enforcement source told me at the time: “The ICE fugitive operations group throughout the U.S. was told to stand down until after the election from arresting or transporting anyone out of the U.S. This was done to avoid any mistakes of deporting or arresting anyone who could have a connection to the election, i.e., anyone from Kenya who could be a relative. The decision was election-driven.” Such stand-down non-enforcement orders are standard operating procedure in Washington.

Auntie Zeituni’s illegal activity and ingratitude were rewarded time and time again. She got multiple bites at the immigration court apple, where it ain’t over till the alien wins. Despite twice being ordered to go home, the feds allowed her bogus case to be reopened. After breaking visa laws, campaign finance laws (she donated illegally to Obama three times), deportation rules and judicial orders, she was allowed to have yet another hearing. Her manufactured claim of a “credible fear of persecution” in Kenya made a mockery of every legitimate case for asylum or refugee status.

“If I come as an immigrant, you have the obligation to make me a citizen,” Auntie Zeituni demanded. She griped that America had “used” her and then cashed in on a book about her travails called “Tears of Abuse.” And then, after a decade of doing absolutely nothing to enhance the well-being of our country, she received a coveted green card in 2010.

Neither Republican nor Democratic leaders in Washington had the will to kick this trash-talking freeloader (or her drunk-driving, deportation-evading, amnesty-securing deadbeat brother Omar Onyango) out of our home. Auntie Zeituni’s story is a disgraceful reminder that the only thing worse than the ingrates thumbing their noses at our immigration laws are the people in power on both sides of the aisle enabling them.

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Previous coverage of Zeituni Onyango and Omar Onyango.

Deer meet headlights: ‘Morning Joe’ panel tries to name Hillary accomplishment

Thu, 04/10/2014 - 12:59

**Written by Doug Powers

The mainstream media aren’t coming up empty trying to name Hillary Clinton accomplishments because they’re trying to make her look bad, but rather because they’re practicing for 2016 when it’ll really matter. By then they hope they’ll have come up with some salable BS. Right now they’re still practicing, with hilarious results. One of these guys even scored a book plug for Hillary after Bill Kristol prompted the discussion (video via White House Dossier):

Don’t feel bad guys — Hillary can’t even list any concrete examples of Hillary’s accomplishments that would especially qualify her for the White House.

Update:

Does “successfully dodging a thrown shoe” count as an accomplishment?

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Protest at Bundy ranch grows; Brace for massive fed over-reaction

Thu, 04/10/2014 - 12:21

**Written by Doug Powers

I’m fairly new to the story of Cliven and Carol Bundy, but apparently these people are grave threats to “progress” in the U.S.:

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They’ve got “going to bring down the Republic” written all over them, don’t they?

As threats to “progress,” they are being dealt with accordingly:

A two-decades-old battle between a Nevada rancher and the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has resulted in officials armed with machine guns surrounding the ranch and forcibly removing the owner’s cattle, according to the rancher’s family.

Cliven Bundy, the last rancher in Clark County, Nev., has been fighting a “one-man range war” since 1993, when he decided to take a stand against the agency, refusing to pay fees for the right to graze on a ranch run by his family for centuries.

After years of court battles, the BLM secured a federal court order to have Bundy’s “trespass cattle” forcibly removed with heavy artillery, the family said.

People are now showing up to protest in support of the Bundys.

For those protesters, feds have set up a designated First Amendment area, to which somebody tacked on a reminder:

The first amendment is not an area! #BundyRanch pic.twitter.com/xpaEHRkvwo

— Josh (Urban Armed) (@urbanarmed1) April 10, 2014

Sound familiar?

They call it a “First Amendment area” because it sounds better than “Orwellian cage.”

Video of the police and protesters via Dana Loesch:

Are you serious?? Watch this #BundyRanch protest video. WOW. https://t.co/ayC2e4lBtg

— Dana Loesch (@DLoesch) April 10, 2014

It’s a powder keg situation, and fairly recent history shows that when there’s a powder keg, the government’s default solution is to flick lit matches at it:

From near and wide, armed men are trickling toward Cliven Bundy’s ranch, where the rancher’s fight with the federal government has become a rallying cry for militia groups across the United States.

On Wednesday, that dispute teetered at the edge of deadly conflict, when Cliven Bundy’s family members and supporters scuffled with rangers from the Bureau of Land Management sent to protect the federal roundup of Bundy’s cattle on public land.

One of Bundy’s seven sons was shot with a stun gun, and Bundy’s sister was knocked to the ground; but no one was seriously hurt, and no arrests were made.

What sparked all this? Turtles, I guess:

Environmentalists are praising the government’s forceful actions, which are being taken to protect the “desert tortoise.”

“We’re heartened and thankful that the agencies are finally living up to their stewardship duty,” said Rob Mrowka, a Nevada-based senior scientist with the Center for Biological Diversity. “The Gold Butte area has been officially designated as critical habitat for threatened tortoises — meaning the area is essential to their long-term survival as a species.”

“[Cliven] Bundy has long falsely believed that Gold Butte is his ranch,” added Terri Robertson, president of Friends of Sloan Canyon.

The government plans to remove all of Bundy’s 908 head of cattle at a reported cost of $3 million (are they removing them by chauffeured limo?). So that’s $3 million spent to remove cattle because the government claims Bundy owes $1 million in grazing fees. Makes sense, eh?

Because I’m in a solution-oriented mood, how about this instead: The government takes $1 million of the $3 million they were going to spend on cattle removal, applies it to Bundy’s “grazing fee” they say is past due, leave him alone and save taxpayers $2 million in the process.

But it’s never that easy in the world of federal land grabs. The government has a point to make and they will make it.

**Written by Doug Powers

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President Obama not attending a single fundraiser after Fort Hood memorial

Wed, 04/09/2014 - 14:00

**Written by Doug Powers

There have been many reports saying President Obama is attending a Democrat fundraiser right after speaking at a memorial for those killed at Fort Hood. That information isn’t accurate — the president won’t attend a single fundrasier. He’ll attend two fundraisers:

His first stop is the base near Austin, where Spc. Ivan Lopez, 34, carried out the rampage last week, killing three and wounding 16 before taking his own life.

Afterwards, Obama will put on his fundraiser-in-chief hat two two fundraisers tied into the trip. Having an official event helps cut the costs of Air Force One to the political committees.

Nancy Pelosi will reportedly attend one of the fundraisers, which will be held at the home of a noted 99-percenter and Dem donor:

The second event is a joint fund-raiser for the DSCC and DCCC. This will be at the home of trial lawyer John Eddie Williams Jr., a major Democratic donor. On background from a DSCC official: “President Obama will attend a joint event for the DSCC and DCCC at the home John Eddie and Sheridan Williams in Houston, Texas. Tickets for the event range between $16,200 and $64,800. DSCC Chairman Michael Bennet will also attend.
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To get the background out of the way, the Williams spread is huge. It’s assessed on local tax rolls for $17.1 million. It has 26,463 square feet, four bedrooms, five full baths, seven half-baths, an elevator, five fireplaces.

Maybe Obama and Pelosi are only going there because they want to show Williams this and tell him to his face that they won’t allow the GOP to continue to give people like him tax cuts on the backs of “women & families.”:

#GOPbudget slashes initiatives for women & families while giving millionaires a huge tax cut. http://t.co/lbwVijI4Tz pic.twitter.com/a2ef3N3siU

— Nancy Pelosi (@NancyPelosi) April 9, 2014

That definitely won’t be part of tonight’s presentation — unless it’s in a “wink, nudge” kind of way.

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