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The tax man is knocking at the door…

Hey ‘Merica, if you are receiving a government extracted ‘gift’ from your fellow citizens in the form of an Obamacare insurance subsidy and haven’t proved your income is low enough to force your neighbors to pay your way, today is the deadline to pony up some proof. Failing that, you might just find yourself targeted by the IRS.

Hundreds of thousands of Americans face a Tuesday deadline to verify their income and are at risk of losing or having to pay back their federal health-insurance subsidies under the Affordable Care Act.

The need for people to pay back the government could become a headache during next year’s tax season, when Americans are expected to pay back any subsidies they weren’t eligible for.

The Obama administration has told more than 300,000 individuals who obtained coverage through the federal HealthCare.gov site that they may lose some or all of the subsidies if they don’t provide additional income information that jibes with Internal Revenue Service data. That information includes tax returns, wages and tax statements, pay stubs and letters from employers.

Hundreds of thousands of people who obtained health coverage through state exchanges also have documentation issues and could potentially be getting subsidies they aren’t eligible for.

Remember, make a few bucks extra during the year and you might just find yourself going from ‘subsidized’ to ‘subsidizer’. That’s the way it works in the new, improved, socialist United States. Working hard and earning more money must be punished.

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A future Revo Friday Night Movie?

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It’s a good thing he wasn’t a suicide bomber

That would have been an epic disaster.

The man who jumped the White House fence this month and sprinted through the front door made it much farther into the building than previously known, overpowering one Secret Service officer and running through much of the main floor, according to three people familiar with the incident.

An alarm box near the front entrance of the White House designed to alert guards to an intruder had been muted at what officers believed was a request of the usher’s office, said a Secret Service official who spoke on the condition of anonymity.

The officer posted inside the front door appeared to be delayed in learning that the intruder, Omar Gonzalez, was about to burst through. Officers are trained that, upon learning of an intruder on the grounds — often through the alarm boxes posted around the property — they must immediately lock the front door.

After barreling past the guard immediately inside the door, Gonzalez, who was carrying a knife, dashed past the stairway leading a half-flight up to the first family’s living quarters. He then ran into the 80-foot-long East Room, an ornate space often used for receptions or presidential addresses.

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How would Obama know if intel was good?

He doesn’t attend most of his intelligence briefings. He just isn’t that interested.

A new Government Accountability Institute (GAI) report reveals that President Barack Obama has attended only 42.1% of his daily intelligence briefings (known officially as the Presidential Daily Brief, or PDB) in the 2,079 days of his presidency through September 29, 2014.

The GAI report also included a breakdown of Obama’s PDB attendance record between terms; he attended 42.4% of his PDBs in his first term and 41.3% in his second.

The GAI’s alarming findings come on the heels of Obama’s 60 Minutes comments on Sunday, wherein the president laid the blame for the Islamic State’s (ISIS) rapid rise squarely at the feet of his Director of National Intelligence James Clapper.

“I think our head of the intelligence community, Jim Clapper, has acknowledged that I think they underestimated what had been taking place in Syria,” said Obama.

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Hey, Barry, Dubya called and he wants his narrative back!

Obama is claiming he relied on his intelligence agencies regarding the situation in Iraq and the information they provided him turned out to be faulty. He is now blaming his poor decisions regarding military operations in Iraq on faulty that intelligence.

You really have to smile at the irony, huh?

President Barack Obama said U.S. intelligence officials failed to appreciate the gains made by Islamic State extremists in Syria during the last few years of that country’s civil war.

“I think they underestimated what had been taking place in Syria,” Obama said in a taped interview that will air in full tonight on CBS’s “60 Minutes” program.

“Over the past couple of years, during the chaos of the Syrian civil war, where essentially you have huge swaths of the country that are completely ungoverned,” the president said, Islamic State was “able to reconstitute themselves and take advantage of that chaos.” Obama spoke in an excerpt aired today on the TV network’s “Face the Nation” program.

“This became ground zero for jihadists around the world,” Obama said of Syria, where Islamic State now controls territory in the east, centered on the city of Raqqa.

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Jihad deniers

Watch the deniers at MSNBC pretend what happened in Oklahoma last week wasn’t a case of Spontaneous Jihad Syndrome.

Laugh it up. I am sure your multicultural open mindedness will mean that the headchoppers take you last.

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Is there really an ISIS?

Consider this big part of Obama’s 2012 campaign…

Now recall how Obama told us ISIS was nothing to worry about; the JV team. Then consider the decade long existence of al Qaeda in Mesopotamia. Is it really reasonable to believe that the head choppers in Mosul are different individuals from the IED placers there six or eight years ago?

In the swirling confusion of radical Muslim organizations in the region, it is obvious that the tie that binds the groups is their Islamist beliefs. In other words, al Qaeda by any other name is the same enemy.

If Obama were president during World War II, we would not have been at war with Japan per se, we would have been at war with separate factions: Nippon in Philippines, the Bushido of the Solomon Islands, the Hokkaido Soldiers of Saipan, the Emperor’s Guard of Iwo Jima… all completely separate, unrelated enemies. But don’t worry, Yamamoto is dead and Imperial Army is on the run.

Andrew C. McCarthy makes a similar case and explains that Obama wants Americans to believe it is fighting tiny, separate factions rather than an overarching, Islamic supremacist movement.

The global terror network must be atomized into discrete, disconnected cells moved to violence by parochial political or territorial disputes, with no overarching unity or hegemonic ambition. That way, they can be limned as a manageable law-enforcement problem fit for the courts to address, not a national-security challenge requiring the armed forces.

The president has been telling us for years that he handled al-Qaeda by killing bin Laden. He has been telling us for weeks that the Islamic State — an al-Qaeda renegade that will soon reconcile with the mother ship for the greater good of unity in the anti-American jihad — is a regional nuisance that posed no threat to the United States. In recent days, however, reality intruded on this fiction. Suddenly, tens of thousands of terrorists, armed to the teeth, were demolishing American-trained armies, beheading American journalists, and threatening American targets.

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Five reasons you should vote from a vacuous, self-absorbed simpleton

If Cultural Marxism is really a thing, and all that is culturally good and healthy is being actively undermined in the pursuit of revolution, Lena Dunham must be Comrade #1. She is the crowning achievement of a countercultural movement that celebrates empty-headed, self-indulgent know-nothingism.

Kevin D. Williamson has written a column that must be read. I will get you started here.

If you would like to be filled with despair for the prospects of democracy, spend a few minutes attempting to decipher the psephological musings of Lena Dunham, the distinctly unappealing actress commissioned by Planned Parenthood to share with her presumably illiterate following “5 Reasons Why I Vote (and You Should, Too).” That’s 21st-century U.S. politics in miniature: a half-assed listicle penned by a half-bright celebrity and published by a gang of abortion profiteers.

It is an excellent fit, if you think about it: Our national commitment to permanent, asinine, incontinent juvenility, which results in, among other things, a million or so abortions a year, is not entirely unrelated to the cultural debasement that is the only possible explanation for the career of Lena Dunham.

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Swiss Reject Single Payer Health Care

They are already dealing with a system much like Obamacare. They have rejected the next step – a step the rest of Western Europe has taken – single payer.

Swiss voters on Sunday rejected a plan for a seismic shift from the country’s all-private health insurance system to a state-run scheme.

Referendum results showed that almost 62 percent of voters had shot down a reform pushed by left-leaning parties which say the current private system is busting the budgets of ordinary residents.

The results also underlined the national divisions over the hotly-contested issue as the country’s German-speaking regions voted against the plan, while their French-speaking counterparts were in favour.

Switzerland’s private insurance lobby hailed the vote.

“The Swiss population does not want a single national scheme,” said the Swiss Insurance Association.

If Obamacare would have been put to a referendum in this country rather than imposed upon us, it would be on the trash heap of history rather than the law of the land.

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Just don’t do it, do not text and drive!

This morning after church we did as we usually do. We went to a restaurant for lunch. On the way home, a car crossed the centerline as we approached each other on the highway. My wife screamed and I took the shoulder already calculating how to best take the ditch. Fortunately, the other car swerved back into the other lane and I didn’t have to ditch.

I could see the driver, a young woman, was texting. It was obvious. Everyday I see people swerving all over the road like they are drunk. Hell, I don’t think drunks swerve as much as texting drivers.

It has to stop. People are being killed. Just don’t do it. Don’t let others do it. Make a pledge to yourself right now that you will never text and drive no matter what. It has to stop.

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No “nexus to terrorism right now”

That is the official word regarding the Muslim who beheaded a woman in Oklahoma.

A law enforcement official familiar with the investigation told the AP that while there was indication that Nolen was a Muslim convert and was trying to convert others to Islam, there is so far no connection to terrorism and no evidence of any worrisome travel.

The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the investigation is ongoing, said Nolen had a Facebook page that was of potential interest to investigators but that “there doesn’t appear to be any nexus to terrorism right now.” But the official also said investigators were still looking into Nolen’s background.

Whatever. I know a case of SDIYJ* when I see one.

(*Spontaneous Do It Yourself Jihad)

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Muslim beheads woman in Oklahoma

Evidently he was attacking people at random and beheaded one woman. He was stopped by an armed citizen.

FBI officials are reportedly investigating a beheading at an Oklahoma food distribution center after co-workers said the suspect tried to convert them to Islam after his recent conversion.

The alleged suspect, Alton Nolen, 30, was recently fired from Vaughan Foods in Moore prior to Thursday’s attack. Moore Police Sgt. Jeremy Lewis told KFOR that Nolen drove to the front of the business and struck a vehicle before walking inside. He then attacked Colleen Hufford, 54, stabbing her several times before severing her head. He also stabbed another woman at the plant, 43-year-old Traci Johnson.

Lewis said Mark Vaughan, the company’s chief operating officer and a reserve county deputy, shot Nolen as he was stabbing Johnson, who remains hospitalized in stable condition Friday.

“He’s a hero in this situation,” Lewis told the station. “It could have gotten a lot worse.”

Nolen was apparently attacking employees at random, authorities said. The motive for the attack is unclear, but FBI officials are now reportedly probing whether Nolen’s recent conversion to Islam is somehow linked to the crime.

How the MSM will portray this…

1) Not jihad, but workplace violence.

2) He was stopped not by an armed citizen, but by a “law enforcement officer”.

3) No big deal really… Hey look! Is that Kim Kardashian?

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Obama has bombed more countries than all other Nobel Peace Prize winners combined

CNN points out that Obama has rained fire on seven nations.

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He makes Dubya look like a piker.

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A new benefit for the nomenklatura….

Government employees have job security even during recessions, generous vacation and holiday schedules, early retirements and pensions that are virtually non-existent in the private sector. It is just obvious that they should get their student loans forgiven as well.

Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) proposed legislation Wednesday to would make it easier for government workers to get their student loans forgiven.

“Teachers, police officers, public health workers and other public servants should be applauded and supported—and not drowned in debt to pay for the degrees many such jobs require,” Blumenthal said in a release. “The current Public Service Loan Forgiveness program should be expanded—and made more flexible—to enable student debt to be worked down or off completely.”

His bill would change the Public Service Loan Forgiveness program so that it would forgive 15 percent of a government worker’s student loan after two years. Two years later, another 15 percent would be canceled.

Don’t worry, the rest of us are only too happy to pay off the debt of government employees while we pay off our own loans. We will just give up two or three meals a week.

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Uncle Sam doesn’t want you; unless you are illegal

May 13, 2014: Military Forced to Get Picky in Recruiting.

With the United States drawing down its troop numbers from wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, the active duty prospects for a generation that grew up in the age of terror aren’t apt to improve, say area recruiters and educators. As it is, about four of every five adults who seek to join don’t qualify.

“All this belt-tightening has caused the Department of Defense to chase after the same successful, highly motivated high school graduates that everyone else is chasing,” said Mike Byrd, a retired Army lieutenant colonel and an instructor for Van Horn High School’s Junior ROTC program in Independence.

“It’s very expensive to recruit,” he added. “We don’t have the flexibility we once had to get it wrong with one kid and hope the next one works out.”

September 25, 2014: Military to allow undocumented immigrants to serve

The new Pentagon policy may be the first phase of a broader government-wide effort to ease pressure on immigrants and create new paths to citizenship. President Barack Obama, frustrated with the failure of Congress to pass any substantial immigration reform, has vowed to aggressively use his presidential authority to change the way immigration policies are carried out.

The Pentagon program is capped at 1,500 recruits per year. Officials say it’s unclear how many of those might be unlawful DACA status immigrants as opposed to others who are also eligible for military service under MAVNI, including those with legal, nonpermanent visas such as students or tourists.

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The cause of obesity is a not enough welfare

This article is pure red meat but, damn, you know a lot of people think this way.

A 350 pound British woman claims it is not her fault she is morbidly obese — it’s because the government does not give her enough taxpayer money.

“It would be good if the government offered a cash incentive for me to lose weight. I’d like to get £1 [1.63] for every pound I lose,” 25-year-old Christina Briggs said.

Briggs said losing weight is currently impossible because she doesn’t have enough money to buy healthy food or join a gym.

“I tried swimming but it cost £22 [$35.89] a month and it meant I had to cut back on my favourite pizza and Chinese takeaways,” she said.

“It’s not my fault – healthy food is too expensive’,” she added.

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A ‘mix of duplicity, incompetence, and obliviousness…’

Republicans cheered his departure. At the Daily Kos commentators said good riddance. Time Magazine sends him off with a kick in the ass. Nobody likes Eric Holder.

Holder’s tenure has been marked by a disturbing mix of duplicity, incompetence, and obliviousness.

Which is another way of saying that he was a thoroughly typical attorney general, a cabinet position that has long been held by individuals whose first loyalty is to the president that appointed them rather than to the Constitution they swear to defend.

From A. Mitchell Palmer (who rounded up and deported real and imagined Communists) to John Mitchell (convicted on perjury charges related to Watergate) to Janet Reno (who ordered the disastrous assault on the Branch Davidians and spent years threatening to censor cable TV), the position has long been a holding tank for low-performing miscreants.

Early on his tenure, Holder told Congress that federal agents wouldn’t raid and arrest proprietors of medical marijuana dispensaries that were complying with state laws (all pot is illegal under federal law). Yet through 2013, the Obama administration was averaging 36 medical marijuana prosecutions a year, compared to 20 a year for the George W. Bush administration. Either Holder directed the Department of Justice and was lying to Congress or he was an administrator whose subordinates routinely disobeyed him. Neither possibility is comforting.

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Breaking: Holder to go

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Good riddance. It is hard to imagine how his replacement could be any worse.

Attorney General Eric Holder plans to announce Thursday that he is resigning from the Obama administration, a Justice Department official confirmed to Fox News. The decision would cap a tumultuous six-year term for the nation’s top law enforcement official.

Holder is one of the few Cabinet officials to have stayed on since the beginning of the Obama presidency. The Justice official said Holder has agreed to remain on the job until his successor is confirmed.

According to the official, Holder has discussed his plans with Obama on “multiple occasions” in recent months.

“[He] finalized those plans in an hour-long conversation with the president at the White House residence over Labor Day weekend,” the official said. The official added that Holder has “no immediate plans” after leaving the post.

THUD!

That was the first shoe dropping. Now let’s wait for the other shoe to drop.

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Obama Goes To War With Weapons He Scrapped

Every FNG thinks he has access to a “peace dividend”. Every one of them eventually learns there is no such thing. That said, just about every decision Obama makes turns out to be the wrong decision.

National Defense: The president launches attacks on the Islamic State with two weapons systems that were targeted for elimination by the administration years before their usefulness ended or any replacements were ready.

With the decision to launch air and missile strikes against Islamic State targets in Syria, in addition to ongoing strikes in Iraq in what is said to be the start of a long and sustained campaign to “degrade and destroy” the terrorist group, President Obama has stumbled upon a revelation:

The military whose budgets he’s slashed and weapons systems he opposed is suddenly quite useful.

As the Washington Post reported, the first strikes Monday night included a volley of 47 Tomahawk cruise missiles from two warships, the guided missile destroyer Arleigh Burke and the guided missile cruiser Philippine Sea. They are part of the George H.W. Bush carrier battle group led by the aircraft carrier of the same name.

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Marriage on the decline…

Which, I suppose, isn’t surprising. This pop news piece mentions a few reasons but ignores the elephant in the room: Marriage has been devalued by the culture.

This is not good news. Marriage is the ticket to the middle class.

[An] IMF study shows that marrying lastingly is a ticket upward into a higher income group for anyone. The facts are straightforward: marriage declined steadily in Canada after 1976, and then stabilized after 2000. Among the rich, the proportion of married declined over that quarter-century only slightly, from 95 to 86 percent; among the middle class the decline was sharpest, from 68 to 49 percent; the proportion of the poor who were married fell from 25 to 12 percent.

How does marriage promote wealth? Housing costs are halved; parenthood encourages thrift; stability enhances productivity (in married men, by 26 percent). The result: “Those who finish high school, work full time, and marry before having children are virtually guaranteed a place in the middle class. Only about two percent of this group ends up in poverty.” Also, the children of intact marriages are far likelier to graduate from college.

An American study published in January finds the same: “Where is the Land of Opportunity? The Geography of Intergenerational Mobility in the United States,” by Harvard economist Raj Chetty. Not only is single motherhood the biggest impediment to social mobility, growing up in a neighborhood with many single mothers is the second biggest. Poverty comes fifth; it is not the maim impediment to upward mobility.

Not to sound like I am sporting a tinfoil hat, but… cultural Marxism. Thre are millions of people working hard to undermine the number one path to a bourgeois lifestyle.

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Reporters need a permit to photograph the woods?

That’s what the feds say.

The U.S. Forest Service has tightened restrictions on media coverage in vast swaths of the country’s wild lands, requiring reporters to pay for a permit and get permission before shooting a photo or video in federally designated wilderness areas.

Under rules being finalized in November, a reporter who met a biologist, wildlife advocate or whistleblower alleging neglect in any of the nation’s 100 million acres of wilderness would first need special approval to shoot photos or videos even on an iPhone.

Permits cost up to $1,500, says Forest Service spokesman Larry Chambers, and reporters who don’t get a permit could face fines up to $1,000.

First Amendment advocates say the rules ignore press freedoms and are so vague they’d allow the Forest Service to grant permits only to favored reporters shooting videos for positive stories.

I can’t see how this is even close to constitutional but I also can’t see how the feds even give a damn any more.

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Uh oh, this is how it begins…

I have seen this movie.

Two Ebola patients, who died of the virus in separate communities in Nimba County have reportedly resurrected in the county. The victims, both females, believed to be in their 60s and 40s respectively, died of the Ebola virus recently in Hope Village Community and the Catholic Community in Ganta, Nimba.

But to the amazement of residents and onlookers on Monday, the deceased reportedly regained life in total disbelief. The New Dawn Nimba County correspondent said the late Dorris Quoi of Hope Village Community and the second victim only identified as Ma Kebeh, said to be in her late 60s, were about to be taken for burial when they resurrected.

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VICTORY for Shaneen Allen!

I guarantee that it was the efforts of right bloggers and the new media that saved this woman’s life from a nasty tyrant of a DA.

I just spoke with Shaneen Allen’s lawyer, Evan Nappen, who had fantastic news for me: The prosecutor in Atlantic County has relented, and Shaneen Allen will be admitted into a pre-trial intervention (PTI) program. In consequence, she will avoid jail time, a felony conviction, and the destruction of her life.

Allen, a single mother of two, had been threatened with up to ten years in prison after she drove from her home state of Pennsylvania into neighboring New Jersey with a concealed handgun in her purse. Allen had thought that her Pennsylvania concealed-carry permit was accepted in New Jersey. When she was pulled over for a minor traffic offense, she discovered that it was not. Inexplicably, the prosecutor, James McClain, had sought to punish her to the fullest extent of the law. Today, he changed his mind.

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“They are contemptible human beings.”

Wow, you’d think this would make the MSM.

Newt Gingrich, one of gun rights’s loudest activists, said there should be a law that lets authorities punish gun control advocates – those who engage in “selling out the public trust,” he said, in an interview with Guns and Ammo Magazine.

“I wish there were a law you could punish them with,” he said, in the videotaped interview. “I don’t think there is a law that you can punish these politicians under … [and gun control advocating politicians are] selling out the public trust.”

He accused politicians who failed to act on gun rights ploicy as serving special interests.

“Those guys are doing the gun control lobby’s bidding and are against all the evidence of the rational mind, saying gun rights exist,” Mr. Gingrich said, Guns and Ammo reported. “They are contemptible human beings.”

He then turned his attacks directly at the gun control advocates like Michael Bloomberg, accusing them of “murdering people by denying them self defense,” he said, the magazine reported.

“I think it’s treason. Do I think the Micheal Bloomberg is treasonous — yes, I do,” Mr. Gingrich said, Guns and Ammo reported. “He enjoys his body guards while the rest of us are made helpless. Do I think he should be in jail — I think they should be injuring three hots and a cot at the Hague with all the other war criminals. Do I think Bloomberg should be tried for reckless endangerment? Absolutely, that is is criminal offense and they ought to be serving time for it.”

Nah, the MSM isn’t covering it because I made it up. It is pure fiction. Never happened.

This, on the other hand, is real. Why isn’t the MSM covering this?

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