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Jennifer Lawrence and Kate Upton nude!

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You won’t find those photos here. They are out there, however.

Apple has said that none of its systems were breached in the cyberattack that saw leaked photos of nude celebrities posted online.

The FBI and Apple are investigating allegations that the online accounts of a number of celebrities, including Oscar winner Jennifer Lawrence and Kate Upton, were hacked.

“After more than 40 hours of investigation, we have discovered that certain celebrity accounts were compromised by a very targeted attack on user names, passwords and security questions, a practice that has become all too common on the Internet,” Apple said, in a statement released on Tuesday. “None of the cases we have investigated has resulted from any breach in any of Apple’s systems including iCloud or Find my iPhone. We are continuing to work with law enforcement to help identify the criminals involved.”

“When we learned of the theft, we were outraged and immediately mobilized Apple’s engineers to discover the source,” it said. “Our customers’ privacy and security are of utmost importance to us.”

I know a sure-fire way for hot babe celebrities to ensure that nude photos are never leaked online: Don’t pose for nude photos. Once you bare the cooch on digital media, you should assume that it is out there. Getting nudie shots off the Wide World of Webs is like trying to separate piss from pool water. It ain’t going to happen. Once those photos are out there bouncing on light waves from server to server, they are forever and ever.

Remember: Nobody except Lois Lerner can make data disappear from the Internet. That’s okay. Nobody wants to see photos of Lois in the buff. I am guessing it would look like a Shar Pei chewing on a catcher’s mitt. No thanks.

Anyway, if you are the current “It Girl” and you decide to drop your drawers and pose for a few snapshots, you can rest assured that, at some point, pasty, post-adolescent basement dwellers will be ‘admiring’ those photos while they vigorously invoke the Oscar Meyer love spell. You don’t want that.

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Muslim humor

Get ready to not laugh at all.

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Cops are, the vast majority of the time, good guys

As we reasonably complain about police militarization and other excesses, it is important to remember that, the vast majority of the time, cops are the good guys.

Kalamazoo, MI – Kalamazoo Public Safety Officer Jason Gates is being hailed a hero after saving the life of a driver who was choking.

It all unfolded around 11:20 a.m. Saturday August 9, when Officer Gates pulled a woman over for a red light violation in the 4100 block of S. Burdick Street. As the officer approached the car, he found the driver in respiratory distress.

Dash cam video from the incident shows Officer Gates asking the woman if she was okay, and when he realizes she’s in trouble, he administers a couple of back blows. When that doesn’t work, you can see ,Gates quickly pull the woman from the car and administer the Heimlich maneuver.

Within seconds, a sausage and bun was dislodged.

In the video you can see the woman immediately begin to cry and hug Officer Gates, thanking him for saving her life.

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Back in the USSR!

Ah, the Isaac Babel* treatment! Very clever.

From the Dept. of Insane and Dangerous Overreactions to Fictional Threats:

A 23-year-old teacher at a Cambridge, Maryland, middle school has been placed on leave and—in the words of a local news report—”taken in for an emergency medical evaluation” for publishing, under a pseudonym, a novel about a school shooting. The novelist, Patrick McLaw, an eighth-grade language-arts teacher at the Mace’s Lane Middle School, was placed on leave by the Dorchester County Board of Education, and is being investigated by the Dorchester County Sheriff’s Office, according to news reports from Maryland’s Eastern Shore. The novel, by the way, is set 900 years in the future.

It’s a brave, new America. A country where writing fiction gets you hauled in for “an emergency medical evaluation”.

It is a good thing that Agatha Christie isn’t alive in the United States. Under these terms, she’d never see the light of day.

*Answer to obscure Issac Babel reference.

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Pizza joint tips over…

This is a news item from my neck of the woods…

On Labor Day, many businesses gave their employees the day off.

The owners of an Anamosa Pizza shop, however, didn’t have any laborers to celebrate. In fact, owners said a lack of labor is the reason Paul Revere’s Pizza on South Elm Street shut its doors for good.

The last night of business for the Anamosa shop was Aug. 21.

Kari and Mike Dearborn said the pizza shop has been around for decades, but they’ve owned it for a little more than two years.

They said their pizza shop raked in the dough and the customers until the very end. While the pair didn’t have issues bringing in business, they did have issues bringing in employees.

“We couldn’t find any employees. We advertised between seven/eight weeks in the newspaper, Craigslist, Facebook and literally only got one applicant in this town out of the whole time,” said Mike Dearborn.

“We had some sign-on bonuses, talked to the high school guidance office to try to get the word out to them. [We] kept on the kids that were working here, ‘can you get your brothers and sisters or pass the word?’,” said Kari Dearborn.

The couple said all but two employees left for college at the end of summer. So, they called in extended family to work that final week to keep the business afloat.

Thoughts…

The article says that they could make $10 to $20 per hour with tips in what is a fairly rural Iowa town. Nope. Nobody wants to work for that amount. Elsewhere in the country fast food workers are demanding $15 per hour, here is a chance to make that and people won’t do it.

This is a classic labor shortage. The price consumers are willing to pay for a product is exceeded by the cost of offering it; in this case labor. I suspect that $50 per hour would have produced willing workers. Unfortunately, the commensurate increase in the cost of pizza pies would result in plummeting sales and an untenable business model.

When welfare benefits match or exceed the benefits of working, fewer people will work.

Combine a steep price elasticity of demand for a product with a labor shortage resulting from government benefits crowding out demand for employment and you begin to understand why so many rural communities in Iowa and across the United States look like this.

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Probably just a prank….

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Nothing to see here. Don’t worry about. Smart-ass teenagers; nothing more. We will get it cleaned up and forget about it. It’s nothing.

COLUMBUS, Ind. – Columbus Police said they’ve never had anything like it – three churches vandalized in the same night.

Someone spray painted them on the outside. It’s the words used, though, that have some people asking if this was more than a prank.

“It was just one word. It said ‘Infidels!’” Father Doug Marcotte said of what was spray painted on Saint Bartholomew’s Catholic Church in Columbus overnight Saturday.

Parishioners saw that, along with the word “Qur’an 3:151″ on their way into mass Sunday morning.

“It’s certainly not a warm and fuzzy verse. It talks about the infidels, their refuge being the fire,” explained Father Marcotte.

Specifically, that passage of the Qur’an reads: “We will cast terror into the hearts of those who disbelieve for what they have associated with Allah of which He had not sent down [any] authority. And their refuge will be the Fire, and wretched is the residence of the wrongdoers.”

Saint Bartholomew’s wasn’t the only Columbus church vandalized.

Seems like if it was pranks they would have spelled it “Koran”, huh? Nah, it’s kids. Those damned kids, anyway. Somebody needs to give them a good talking to.

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The world’s greatest gun salesman spikes sales again…

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Barack Obama is, by far, the greatest gun salesman in human history. It is hard to believe he doesn’t work on commission.

Thirty-six hours after the Obama administration banned importation of the classic brand of AK-47 assault rifles as part of sanctions against Russia, a Maryland dealer specializing in the weapon took stock of its inventory.

There was nothing left.

Laboring almost nonstop, workers at Atlantic Firearms in Bishopville, a Worcester County community on the Eastern Shore, had shipped hundreds of Russian-made AK-47s — an assault rifle prized by both consumers and despots — as buyers wiped out gun dealers’ inventories around the country. The frenzy was brought on, in part, by a suspicion among some gun owners that the Russia-Ukraine conflict was a backdoor excuse to ban guns many Democrats don’t like. Some customers bought eight to 10 rifles for nearly $1,000 each or more, stockpiling them as investments.

“The gun community moved very, very quickly,” said Blaine Bunting, president of Atlantic Firearms. “I don’t see this ban going away.”

The AK-47 buying frenzy presents yet another example of a paradoxical consequence of trying to limit gun sales: booming demand.

If Obama’s policies stimulated the rest of the economy the way he has stimulated the gun industry, we would be living in a golden era of universal prosperity.

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Obama uses labor day speech to attack GOP

The man has one mode and that is campaign mode.

President Barack Obama used his Labor Day speech on Monday to slam Republicans for opposing an increase in the minimum wage, equal pay for women, affordable health care and more.

“Republicans in Congress love to say ‘no.’ Those are just facts, they’re facts of life. They say ‘no’ to everything,” Obama said to the crowd gathered at Milwaukee’s Laborfest.

The president began to outline his goals for working-class families, saying that he has “put [his] money down” on the middle class.

“I want an economy where your hard work pays off with higher wages, and higher income and fair pay for women, and workplace flexibility for parents, and affordable health insurance and decent retirement benefits,” Obama said. “I’m not asking for the moon, I just want a good deal for Americans.”

He continued, “Most of the policies I’m talking about have two things in common: They’re going to help more working families get ahead, and the Republicans who run our Congress oppose almost all of them.”

If Obama wanted hard work to pay better, wanted higher wages for everyone including woman, wanted workers to have the leverage to negotiate workplace flexibility and benefits, he would stop crushing the American economy. If he really wanted those things he would stop yoking American business with financially crushing federal regulations. If he really wanted a runaway economy in which workers had the leverage to negotiate better pay, he would support reducing America’s sky-high federal tax rate. If he wanted workers to have the leverage to tell employers their terms, he would stop flooding the labor market with cheap, illegal labor imported across an open border. If he really wanted people to work and rise out of unemployment, he would stop imposing poverty by subsidizing joblessness.

The reality is that Obama isn’t interested in a strong, robust economy where workers have the ability to negotiate better wages and working conditions. Obama wants the power associated with creating government “solutions” to government created problems.

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Union membership plummeting…

Here is your last Labor Day update: If it wasn’t for the corrupt government employee unions, unions would almost disappear in America.

The number of U.S. wage-earners also belonging to a union in 2012 and 2013 is 14.5 million, or 11 percent of the workforce, according to the most recent figures from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, compared to roughly 30 percent 64 years ago.

Union membership for public-sector unions — whose rolls include such government employees as teachers, police officers and firefighters — remains relatively high at 35 percent. However, the number of private-sector employees enrolling in unions, now at 6.7 percent, has resulted in the overall decline in membership.

Much of the private-sector drop can be attributed to the steady decline in U.S. manufacturing, with many goods and products now being built by overseas workers at a lesser cost.

Meanwhile, public sector unions are facing increasing pressure in the United States from conservative lawmakers who have argued that their collective-bargaining agreements are hurting the economy.

They and other union critics say such agreements drive up wages that in turn causes inflation, have resulted in pension systems threatening to bankrupt state and local governments and have kept bad teachers from getting fired.

Not that they don’t get a lot of help. While Lois Learner was asking conservative groups to document the content of their prayers, she was ignoring political contributions by unions.

In 2006, the year leading up to Lerner’s email, the national headquarters for the AFL-CIO reported no direct or indirect political expenditures with the IRS on their 990 form, leaving the line 81a blank. That same year, the AFL-CIO reported $29,585,661 in political activities with the Department of Labor. Also in 2006 the Teamsters Union reported no political expenditures with the IRS while at the same time reporting $7,081,965 with the Labor Department. Again in 2006, Unite-Here reported no political activity with the IRS and $1,451,002 with the Labor Department. In 2005, the National Education Association also reported no political expenditures with the IRS while at the same time reporting $24,985,250 with the Labor Department.

The corruption is limitless it seems.

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Sunday Night Sci Fi

A Trip to the Moon (French: Le Voyage dans la Lune) was first released 102 years ago today. It is considered the first science fiction film of all time.

In the film, a group of astronomers, looking like wizards, plan a trip to the moon. While there, they meet the moon men, have a conflict and find their way back home to a hero’s welcome. You will find no CGI in this film.

This was probably the first bootlegged movie. It was a French film that was bootlegged by Thomas Edison depriving its French creators US revenue. Edison showed it coast-to-coast and never paid a single royalty fee.

It is listed as one of the 100 best films of the 20th century and it is the earliest film listed in ’1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die’, edited by Steven Jay Schneider.

So here you go, a movie in which every single actor is long dead. Enjoy.

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Why conspiracy theories are usually bunkum

No, there wasn’t a shooter on the grassy knoll. Yes, men did walk on the moon. No, 9/11 wasn’t an inside job. How do we know? Big, complicated projects that involve many people cannot be kept secret. Here is your proof.

The Manhattan Project to develop the first atomic bomb during World War II was among the most highly classified and tightly secured programs ever undertaken by the U.S. government. Nevertheless, it generated more than 1,500 leak investigations involving unauthorized disclosures of classified Project information.

That remarkable fact is noted in the latest declassified volume of the official Manhattan District History (Volume 14, Intelligence & Security) that was approved for release and posted online by the Department of Energy last month.

In several respects, the Manhattan Project established the template for secret government programs during the Cold War (and after). It pioneered or refined the practices of compartmentalization of information, “black” budgets, cover and deception to conceal secret facilities, minimal notification to Congress, and more.

But wherever there are national security secrets, it seems that leaks and spies are not far behind.

During the course of the Manhattan Project, counterintelligence agents “handled more than 1,000 general subversive investigations, over 1,500 cases in which classified project information was transmitted to unauthorized persons, approximately 100 suspected espionage cases, and approximately 200 suspected sabotage cases,” according to the newly declassified history (at pp. S2-3).

Most of the 1,500 leak cases seem to have been inadvertent disclosures rather than deliberate releases to the news media of the contemporary sort. But they were diligently investigated nonetheless. “Complete security of information could be achieved only by following all leaks to their source.”

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The feds wanted Kennewick Man to disappear forever

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In 1996 a skeleton was discovered along the Columbia River in Kennewick, Washington. At first, it was thought to be a crime victim. Then, when it turned out to be over 9,000 years old, it was assumed to be member of one of the tribes in the region. It wasn’t that either. It was something unique and it resulted in a court battle in which the local tribes and dozens of government lawyers worked for years to prevent it every being examined by scientists. It was Kennewick Man and the natives and the federal government wanted it gone.

A new book tells the story of Kennewick Man. It turns out the KM wasn’t an ancestor of Native Americans at all. He shared ancestors with a group of Japanese natives and of Polynesians. KM blew a giant, gaping hole in the theory that there was only one settlement of Americas and it was made up of the ancestors of current native people. This theory – an article of faith really – is so important to natives and to the federal government, they spent millions of dollars in an attempt to make sure that KM never saw the light of day.

The storm of controversy erupted when the Army Corps of Engineers, which managed the land where the bones had been found, learned of the radiocarbon date. The corps immediately claimed authority—officials there would make all decisions related to handling and access—and demanded that all scientific study cease. Floyd Johnson protested, saying that as county coroner he believed he had legal jurisdiction. The dispute escalated, and the bones were sealed in an evidence locker at the sheriff’s office pending a resolution.

If, it turns out, that the ancestors of Native Americans showed up on in the Americas and, in genocidal fashion, wiped out peoples who were already there, it just might play havoc with their status as victims of outside invaders themselves. They can’t have that.

Kennewick Man isn’t the only evidence of people in the Americas that became extinct. There were, for example, the Dorset…

Seven hundred years ago, the Dorset people disappeared from the Arctic. The last of the Paleo-Eskimos, the Dorset had dominated eastern Canada and Greenland for centuries, hunting seal and walrus through holes in the ice and practicing shamanistic rituals with ornate carvings and masks.

Then, they promptly ceased to exist. Modern archaeologists have scoured troves of Arctic artifacts, searching for clues to the Dorset’s sudden extinction.

They weren’t assimilated. There is no sign of their DNA in modern natives. The most likely scenario, it seems, is that they were wiped out by the ancestors of modern natives.

In a place called Monte Verde in Chile, is evidence of human habitation a thousand years before the ancestors of current natives crossed Beringia from Asia.

Monte Verde is an archaeological site in southern Chile, located near Puerto Montt, Southern Chile, which has been dated to 14,800 years BP. This dating adds to the evidence showing that the human settlement of the Americas pre-dates the Clovis culture by roughly 1000 years. This contradicts the previously accepted “Clovis first” model which holds that settlement of the Americas began after 13,500 BP.

Coastal migration is a widely accepted model explaining the inhabitance of Monte Verde. Archaeological evidence shows that people arrived at Monte Verde about 1,800 years before the time that the Bering Land Bridge between Alaska and Siberia would have become impassable in 13,000 BP. This leaves traveling down the western coast of the Americas as the most plausible explanation for the earliest inhabitants of Chile.

Kennewick Man and the people of Monte Verde would have followed pack ice from Asia to the Aleutians, down the coast of North America to South America. There is some evidence that prehistoric seal hunters from Europe may have made a similar trip – only thousands of years sooner – across the North Atlantic to the Americas.

This is science but it is science that deeply offends the left who want very much for the current understanding of the peopling of the Americas to remain unmolested. Discoveries that indicate that the European settlement of the Americas was not the first invasion and displacement are very destabilizing and represent political, economic and philosophical threats to their agendas.

As usual, the left claims to support scientific inquiry when, in fact, they subordinate science to politics every time.

You should really read the entire article on Kennewick Man in Smithsonian Magazine. It is a fascinating read.

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What do you get when you cross an open border with terrorists who hate us?

You get this.

Islamic terrorist groups are operating in the Mexican border city of Ciudad Juarez and planning to attack the United States with car bombs or other vehicle born improvised explosive devices (VBIED). High-level federal law enforcement, intelligence and other sources have confirmed to Judicial Watch that a warning bulletin for an imminent terrorist attack on the border has been issued. Agents across a number of Homeland Security, Justice and Defense agencies have all been placed on alert and instructed to aggressively work all possible leads and sources concerning this imminent terrorist threat.

Specifically, Judicial Watch sources reveal that the militant group Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS) is confirmed to now be operating in Juarez, a famously crime-infested narcotics hotbed situated across from El Paso, Texas. Violent crimes are so rampant in Juarez that the U.S. State Department has issued a number of travel warnings for anyone planning to go there. The last one was issued just a few days ago.

Intelligence officials have picked up radio talk and chatter indicating that the terrorist groups are going to “carry out an attack on the border,” according to one JW source. “It’s coming very soon,” according to this high-level source, who clearly identified the groups planning the plots as “ISIS and Al Qaeda.” An attack is so imminent that the commanding general at Ft. Bliss, the U.S. Army post in El Paso, is being briefed, another source confirms. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) did not respond to multiple inquiries from Judicial Watch, both telephonic and in writing, about this information.

The disturbing inside intelligence comes on the heels of news reports revealing that U.S. intelligence has picked up increased chatter among Islamist terror networks approaching the 13th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. While these terrorists reportedly plan their attack just outside the U.S., President Obama admits that “we don’t have a strategy yet” to combat ISIS. “I don’t want to put the cart before the horse,” the commander-in-chief said this week during a White House press briefing. “I think what I’ve seen in some of the news reports suggest that folks are getting a little further ahead of what we’re at than what we currently are.”

The administration has also covered up, or at the very least downplayed, a serious epidemic of crime along the Mexican border even as heavily armed drug cartels have taken over portions of the region. Judicial Watch has reported that the U.S. Border Patrol actually ordered officers to avoid the most crime-infested stretches because they’re “too dangerous” and patrolling them could result in an “international incident” of cross border shooting. In the meantime, who could forget the famous words of Obama’s first Homeland Security Secretary, Janet Napolitano; the southern border is “as secure as it has ever been.”

These new revelations are bound to impact the current debate about the border crisis and immigration policy.

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Remember when Obama wanted to bomb Assad?

Sure you do. It was just a year ago this week that Obama wanted to do for Syria what he did for Libya. Down the memory hole to August 31, 2013.

Obama sent a letter to the heads of the House and Senate on Saturday night, hours after announcing that he believes military action against Syrian targets is the right step to take over the alleged use of chemical weapons.

The proposed legislation from Obama asks Congress to approve the use of military force “to deter, disrupt, prevent and degrade the potential for future uses of chemical weapons or other weapons of mass destruction.”

It’s a step that is set to turn an international crisis into a fierce domestic political battle.

There are key questions looming over the debate: What did U.N. weapons inspectors find in Syria? What happens if Congress votes no? And how will the Syrian government react?

Of course Congress pretty much telegraphed to Obama that they would vote no and Obama’s buddy Vlad rode in and saved him. Just think, had the World’s Smartest Diplomat and his never-been-right-about-anything, thick ankled Secretary of State had their way, ISIS might very well be in Damascus right now, slaughtering Christians and moderate Muslims alike and preparing for the overthrow of Baghdad and Kuwait.

A good bet on any foreign policy issue is to do the opposite of whatever Obama and Clinton recommend.

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Feds sue Minnesota city for rejecting Islamic center

Evidently it wasn’t enough for the backers of the Islamic center to sue. The feds did it on their behalf.

The U.S. government is suing the city of St. Anthony for alleged religious discrimination for rejecting a proposed Islamic center in 2012, U.S. Attorney Andrew Luger said Wednesday.

The complaint, filed in U.S. District Court in Minneapolis, alleges that the St. Anthony Village City Council treated the group’s application for a conditional use permit at the St. Anthony Business Center on less-than-equal terms as other, non-religious permits to assemble.

“Freedom of religion and the right to assembly peaceably are enshrined for all Americans in the Bill of Rights,” Luger said in a news release. “The people of Abu Huraira have a right to assembly peaceably — they have a right to practice their religion, and it’s our job to enforce that right.”

The lawsuit contends the Minneapolis suburb violated the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act of 2000, and that denying the permit made it difficult for the group’s members to practice their faith. The suit seeks a court order requiring St. Anthony to allow the Abu Huraira Islamic Center to maintain a worship space in the basement of the St. Anthony Business Center.

In a statement Wednesday, the city said there was no discrimination.

Question: Can you imagine the federal government suing a city for rejecting, say, an Assemblies of God Christian outreach center? Yeah, me neither.

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Captured ISIS laptop has data to weaponize the Black Death

Evidently it was captured by ‘moderate’ Syrian rebels.

The information on the laptop makes clear that its owner is a Tunisian national named Muhammed S. who joined ISIS in Syria and who studied chemistry and physics at two universities in Tunisia’s northeast. Even more disturbing is how he planned to use that education:

The ISIS laptop contains a 19-page document in Arabic on how to develop biological weapons and how to weaponize the bubonic plague from infected animals.

“The advantage of biological weapons is that they do not cost a lot of money, while the human casualties can be huge,” the document states.

The document includes instructions for how to test the weaponized disease safely, before it is used in a terrorist attack. “When the microbe is injected in small mice, the symptoms of the disease should start to appear within 24 hours,” the document says.

Just a reminder, the Black Death was one of the most devastating pandemics in human history, resulting in the deaths of an estimated 75 to 200 million people and peaking in Europe in the years 1346–53. It killed up to 60 percent of Europe’s population and reduced the world population from an estimated 450 million down to 350–375 million. The 14th century version wasn’t weaponized either.

Sleep tight kids.

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Freaky Friday Caption Contest

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Obama regarding ISIS: “We don’t have a strategy yet…”

Obama went on television today and said the US has no strategy to deal with ISIS. Unlike Charles Krauthammer, I am not surprised. I would have been surprised if this clown show of an administration had a plan.

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Russia Invades Ukraine

Obama expresses ‘concern’ and by ‘concern’ he means ‘indifference’.

Russian forces in two armored columns captured a key southeastern coastal town near the Russian border Thursday after Ukrainian forces retreated in the face of superior firepower, a Ukrainian military spokesman said.

The two Russian columns, including tanks and armored fighting vehicles, entered the town of Novoazovsk on the Sea of Azov after a battle in which Ukrainian army positions came under fire from Grad rockets launched from Russian territory, according to the spokesman, Col. Andriy Lysenko.

“Our border servicemen and guardsmen retreated as they did not have heavy equipment,” Lysenko said in a statement.

Meanwhile, Poles, Lithuanians, Estonians and Lavtians are probably trying to figure out how to get their hands on some nuclear weapons.

Remember the reset button? Yeah, that was hilarious.

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Again, quoting Admiral Josh Painter, “This business will get out of control. It will get out of control and we’ll be lucky to live through it.”

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Obama’s fundraising doesn’t raise the funds of local businesses

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The man of the people is having a fund raiser with local billionaires. It is really screwing the locals in MA.

On Friday, Obama will be feted at the home of one of his top bundlers, 32 Advisors’ Robert Wolf, in the aptly-named Purchase, NY, with 250 high-rollers paying up to $32,000 each to bend Obama’s ear.

Obama will then fly to Newport, R.I. for an event to benefit House Democrats. Melissa Tomkiel, president of seaplane companies, Fly the Whale (which flies from NYC to the Hamptons and Nantucket) and Tailwind (NYC to Boston and DC), told us, “A flight restriction was issued banning operations in the NYC area due to the president’s visit on Friday for practically the whole weekend, causing major business losses and inconvenience for our passengers on the busiest weekend of the year. It is frustrating. We have had to move at least 10 flights and cancel a number of private charters, costing us thousands of dollars. We count on this weekend to get us through the quieter months of the year. This will create a perfect storm on a holiday Friday, creating air space havoc between New York City and Boston.”

As of Wednesday, the flight restrictions occur from 2 p.m. until 5:45 p.m. Friday, then start again at 9:15 p.m. Friday night and extend until Sunday at 10:30 a.m.

What a swell guy.

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Polygamy? Yeah, hell, why not?

Actually, polygamy has a long history and has been a part of the human condition for tens of thousands of years. Culturally, historically, biologically and religiously, it is far more legitimate than same sex marriage.

In any case, we all saw this coming, right?

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A federal judge in Utah has issued a final ruling that strikes down parts of the state’s anti-polygamy law, in a lawsuit filed by a family that appears on the TV show “Sister Wives.”

U.S. District Judge Clark Waddoups ruled in favor of the stars of the TLC reality show in December, but the decision wasn’t finalized due to unresolved, procedural issues.

The ruling is a landmark decision and a victory for the Brown family.

Kody Brown and his four wives sued Utah in 2011 after a county prosecutor threatened to charge them under the state’s bigamy law.

Waddoups ruled that a provision in the law forbidding cohabitation violates the Browns’ freedom of religion.

Marry whatever you want in whatever quantities. It’s a brave new world.

Joseph Smith and Brigham Young, by the way, are standing in the Celestial Realm saying, “hey, Uncle Stupid, you owe us an apology.”

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Welcome to “The Plantation”

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The federal agency created by Barney Frank and Chris Dodd is an inner-circle-of-hell, bureaucratic shit hole. Surprise, surprise…

The federal consumer watchdog agency has been beset by complaints of retaliation and discrimination, according to a published report.

The Washington Times, citing congressional investigators, internal documents, and interviews with employees, reports that workers at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) filed 115 official grievances through the National Treasury Employees Union (NTEU) in 2013 alone.

Among the complaints are that managers retaliated against employees for comments or questions that they didn’t like by denying vacation time, refusing internal requests for promotion, and hiring unqualified acquaintances who would have to be trained by employees in lower positions.

“Certain managers have adopted an authoritarian, untouchable, unaccountable and unanswerable management style,” CFPB enforcement attorney Angela Martin told Congress earlier this year.

More seriously, according to the Times, Martin’s testimony alleged the existence of an entire department at the CFPB nicknamed “The Plantation” that is staffed almost entirely of black workers supervised by white managers with no obvious promotional track.

These are the people who are going to protect you from evil corporations like Target or, I dunno, Keebler. Frankly, I feel like I need a hell of a lot more protection from them and the rest of the federal government.

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Gas prices in California to necessarily skyrocket

You know, because they have to tax global warming and stuff. Start thinking $4.50 per gallon come January.

Californians already pay the nation’s second highest gas tax at 68 cents a gallon — and now it will go up again in January to pay for a first-in-the-nation climate change law.

“I didn’t know that,” said Los Angeles motorist Tyler Rich. “It’s ridiculous.”

“I think it’s terrible,” added Lupe Sanchez, pumping $4.09-a-gallon gas at a Chevron near Santa Monica. “The economy, the way it is right now with jobs and everything, it’s just crazy.”

When gas prices go up, motorists typically blame oil companies, Arab sheiks and Wall Street speculators. This time they can blame Sacramento and former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger for passing a bill requiring California to reduce carbon emissions to 1990 levels by 2020.

The tax on carbon already raised about $1 billion in revenue by requiring manufacturers and utilities to buy credits for each ton of carbon emitted into the atmosphere. At the beginning of next year, the law will also apply to oil and gas. Refiners and distributors say they will pass another $2 billion in costs on – largely to consumers.

The Feds approve of this. They have to cut CO2, you see, in order to protect “communities of color”.

The Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed global warming regulations aren’t just about stemming global temperature rises — according to agency’s chief, they are also about “justice” for “communities of color.”

“Carbon pollution standards are an issue of justice,” said EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy in a teleconference call with environmental activists. “If we want to protect communities of color, we need to protect them from climate change.”

McCarthy is referring to the EPA’s proposed rule that would limit carbon dioxide emissions from existing power plants. The agency says the rule will not only help fight global warming, but will also improve public health as coal-fired power plants are shuttered. McCarthy, however, put special emphasis on how the rule would reduce asthma rates, which affect African-American children.

“Asthma disproportionately affects African-American kids,” McCarthy added. “In just the first year these standards go into effect, we’ll avoid up to 100,000 asthma attacks and 2,100 heart attacks — and those numbers go up from there.”

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Bernie Sanders claims to speak for me

Socialist Senator Bernie Sanders says that Burger King is insulting veterans and families who sent sons off to war. Speaking as both a combat veteran and the father of a soldier who was sent home from Iraq after being severely injured in a combat assault, my son and I are not offended or insulted by what Burger king is doing.

We are, on the other hand, deeply offended by hard core leftist hacks who undermine the ability of businesses to create jobs and create wealth. We are disgusted by those who didn’t serve in the military but claim to speak for veterans. We are insulted by those who take on the mantle of what we did for their political purposes. In other words, we are offended by you, Bernie.

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Obama gets a cool reception at the American Legion

Obama addressed American Legion’s 96th National Convention at the Charlotte Convention Center in Charlotte, N.C. When the teleprompter told him to “pause for applause”, he paused but the applause was not really all that forthcoming.

“As we go forward, we will continue to partner with Afghans so their country can never again be used to launch attacks against the United States,” he said, for example. Nobody anywhere believes that.

As a veteran and an officer in my Legion post, I have to say, he got a warmer reception than I would have given him.

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