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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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“If you intentionally destroy evidence, that is a crime.”

The IRS destroyed Lois Lerner’s Blackberry – and thus the emails it held – after the Congressional investigation was underway. That is a crime.

Lois Lerner’s Blackberry was intentionally destroyed after Congress had begun its probe into IRS targeting of conservative groups, a senior IRS lawyer acknowledged in a sworn declaration.

Thomas Kane, Deputy Assistant Chief Counsel for the IRS, wrote in the declaration, part of a lawsuit filed by Judicial Watch against the IRS, that the Blackberry was “removed or wiped clean of any sensitive or proprietary information and removed as scrap for disposal in June 2012.”

That date – June 2012 – is significant because by that time, ex-IRS official Lerner had already been summoned before congressional staffers who interviewed her about reports of the IRS’ targeting of conservative groups.

“We had already talked to her. Our personal staff and Oversight Committee staff had sat down with Ms. Lerner and confronted her about information we were getting from conservative groups in the state of Ohio and around the country,” Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, told Fox News.

“If you intentionally destroy evidence, that is a crime. If you make a statement in court saying the evidence is not available and it is, that is also a crime,” said Jay Sekulow, Chief Counsel for the American Center for Law and Justice.

Add this to the fact that the IRS has backups of her other emails but feels it is “too onerous” to recover them.

George Will lays it out: “The IRS is the most intrusive and potentially punitive institution of the federal government and it is a law-enforcement institution and it is off the rails and it is now thoroughly corrupted.”

Meanwhile, at the “IRS Ethics Office”… That’s right, the Ethics Office.

A lawyer in the IRS ethics office is facing the possibility of being disbarred, according to records that accuse her of lying to a court-appointed board and hiding what she’d done with money from a settlement that was supposed to go to two medical providers who had treated her client.

The disciplinary arm of the D.C. Court of Appeals has recommended that Takisha McGee, a section manager in the IRS Office of Professional Responsibility, lose her law license over the charge, which stems from a personal injury case she worked about a year before she joined the tax agency.

Is this thing coming to a head? I doubt it. I predict that, a year from now, Lerner will still be getting her government pension, Eric Holder will still not have appointed a Special Prosecutor, Tea Party groups will still get special scrutiny and Obama will contend there isn’t a smidgen of corruption at the IRS.

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Obama to self-ratify climate treaty?

The Constitution explicitly requires that the Senate ratify international treaties. Obama doesn’t care what the Constitution explicitly requires.

The Obama administration is working to forge a sweeping international climate change agreement to compel nations to cut their planet-warming fossil fuel emissions, but without ratification from Congress.

In preparation for this agreement, to be signed at a United Nations summit meeting in 2015 in Paris, the negotiators are meeting with diplomats from other countries to broker a deal to commit some of the world’s largest economies to enact laws to reduce their carbon pollution. But under the Constitution, a president may enter into a legally binding treaty only if it is approved by a two-thirds majority of the Senate.

This should cause a storm of controversy that draws attention away from the storm of Administration failures foreign and domestic.

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Why you don’t give a little slip of a girl a full auto weapon

The instructor is dead and the child is doubtlessly scarred for life.

Mohave County Sheriff’s officials released this video of shooting instructor Charles Vacca, of Lake Havasu City, moments before he was accidentally shot by a 9-year-old girl he was teaching. Authorities say the girl pulled the trigger and the recoil send the gun over her head. Vacca later died of his injuries.

When you fire a single shot, the round is gone and down range with a trigger pull. Losing control of a single shot weapon due to recoil is not a problem. When recoil causes you to lose control of an automatic weapon, rounds fly everywhere.

No nine year old child should be driving 18 wheel trucks, flying attack helicopters, operating diesel locomotives or firing automatic weapons. It is just common sense.

I feel so sorry for this little girl. It isn’t her fault.

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Blame it on Bush

Damned good video this is…

H/T to Barb

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Remember when missile defense was a big, fat joke for the left?

Sure you do…

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Carl Sagan even criticized Israel for working with the US on missile defense. This is from March of 1986.

Dr. Carl Sagan, the space scientist known for his struggle against the nuclear arms race, has voiced strong opposition to Israel’s joining the U.S. “Star Wars” (Strategic Defense Initiative) program, which Israel has indicated it is ready to do.

“Star Wars is bad for the world, which includes Israel. Anything that is bad for the world is bad for Israel … If the world is destroyed, Israel is destroyed as well, Jews are destroyed as well,” he told the Jewish Telegraphic Agency.

Well, the Iron Dome in Israel just took out 15 incoming missiles at once. Watch it happen.

I should think the left would tire of being wrong about everything, every time.

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Burger King to bail out?

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Burger King plans to merge with a Canadian company and incorporate the new entity in Canada. Why? Because the US corporate tax rate is 35 percent and the rate in Canada is 15 percent.

One Democrat is calling to boycott the Whopper.

Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, released a statement Monday calling on consumers to boycott the home of the Whopper after Burger King announced late Sunday that it was in talks to buy Tim Hortons, creating the world’s third-largest fast-food company in the process.

Burger King confirmed the deal on Tuesday; as part of the plan, Burger King would relocate its headquarters to Canada, a move that could lower its corporate taxes.

“Burger King’s decision to abandon the United States means consumers should turn to Wendy’s Old Fashioned Hamburgers or White Castle sliders,” Brown said. “Burger King has always said ‘Have it Your Way’; well my way is to support two Ohio companies that haven’t abandoned their country or customers.” Wendy’s is based in Dublin, Ohio, while White Castle is headquartered in Columbus.

Yeah, good, old fashioned, thoughtless, nationalist drivel…

Corporations and a fiduciary responsibility to their shareholders to maximize their return on investment. Taxes are more than 50 percent less in Canada. The problem here isn’t Burger King. Burger King is doing exactly what it should do: Maximizing return on investment.

The problem is that the United States is, increasingly, an noncompetitive business environment. If you are shopping at Uncle Sam Mart and can get a deal that costs less than half over at a the Maple Leaf Boutique, you should take it. If the Uncle Sam wants to keep your business, he should reduce his prices. It is no more complicated than that.

The US will continue to lose business to its international competitors if it refuses to create a better business environment. That isn’t a bug. That is a feature of international trade.

I think I will have a Whopper for lunch.

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Danger in Europe

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This is a very volatile situation.

Ukrainian military spokesman Andriy Lysenko said on Tuesday that Russian Mi-24 helicopters had attacked a border post in Luhansk region the previous day, killing four border guards.

“Yesterday, during the day, at the border post of Krasnatalovka, Russian Mi-24 helicopters attacked Ukrainian border guards. As a result of the attack, four guards were killed, three were injured,” Lysenko told Reuters.

Allow me to quote Fred Thompson playing Admiral Painter in The Hunt For Red October…

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Feminists hate roofie detecting nail polish

A group of four college whiz kids invented a new kind of fingernail polish. This type detects date rape drugs in drinks. ‘Roofies’ are revealed when they come in contact with the polish by changing its color. Pretty cool, huh?

Not so fast. Feminists hate it.

“One of the ways that rape is used as a tool to control people is by limiting their behavior,” Rebecca Nagle, one of the co-directors of an activist group called FORCE: Upsetting Rape Culture that challenges the societal norms around sexual assault, explained. “As a woman, I’m told not to go out alone at night, to watch my drink, to do all of these things. That way, rape isn’t just controlling me while I’m actually being assaulted — it controls me 24/7 because it limits my behavior. Solutions like these actually just recreate that. I don’t want to fucking test my drink when I’m at the bar. That’s not the world I want to live in.”

According to Alexandra Brodsky, one of the founders and current co-directors of Know Your IX, a survivor-led group working to address campus sexual assault, well-intentioned products like anti-rape nail polish can actually end up fueling victim blaming. Any college students who don’t use the special polish could open themselves up to criticism for failing to do everything in their power to prevent rape.

“The problem isn’t that women don’t know when there are roofies in their drink; the problem is people putting roofies in their drink in the first place,” Nagle pointed out.

This really gets to the heart of the left/right divide in America. Leftists aren’t interested in the possible, they are only interested in achieving utopia. Focusing on the possible, they believe, gets in the way of the impossible dream of utopia.

“The problem isn’t that women don’t know when there are roofies in their drink; the problem is people putting roofies in their drink in the first place.”

Don’t even attempt to protect yourself. Instead, demand a perfect world.

Don’t lock your front door. The problem isn’t unlocked doors. Demand a home invasion free world.

Don’t own a gun. The problem isn’t your inability to defend yourself. Demand a violence free world.

Don’t remove the keys from your car. The problem isn’t keys left in the ignition. Demand a theft free world.

Don’t purchase health insurance. The problem isn’t paying for health care. Demand free health care.

Don’t save for the future. The problem isn’t your lack of savings. Demand government pensions for all.

Don’t avoid female grizzly bears with cubs. The problem isn’t you enjoying the woods. Demand cuddly, gentle bears.

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Unarmed black man shot by white police officer in Utah

It is Ferguson all over again.

It could be several weeks before investigators probing Salt Lake City police officers’ fatal shooting of a 20-year-old man present their findings to prosecutors, police said Friday.

“The only thing new I can tell you is that our investigators are optimistic that they will have a case ready for review by the [Salt Lake County] district attorney’s office in the next two to three weeks,” South Salt Lake police Sgt. Darin Sweeten told The Tribune.

The South Salt Lake police department, which is investigating the incident, has declined to say whether a weapon was found, or what actions by Taylor — verbal or physical — were deemed threatening enough for police to fire at least twice.

Meanwhile, Jerrail Taylor insists his brother did not have a handgun on him.

Wait. I had that backward. In this case it was an unarmed white man shot by a black police officer.

Never mind. No big deal. Nobody cares.

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Government to monitor truth

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The feds are planning to track lies on the Internet. I suggest the name the tracking organization the Ministry of Truth.

The federal government is spending nearly $1 million to create an online database that will track “misinformation” and hate speech on Twitter.

The National Science Foundation is financing the creation of a web service that will monitor “suspicious memes” and what it considers “false and misleading ideas,” with a major focus on political activity online.

The “Truthy” database, created by researchers at Indiana University, is designed to “detect political smears, astroturfing, misinformation, and other social pollution.”

The university has received $919,917 so far for the project.

“The project stands to benefit both the research community and the public significantly,” the grant states. “Our data will be made available via [application programming interfaces] APIs and include information on meme propagation networks, statistical data, and relevant user and content features.”

There is much misinformation and many lies on the Internet. Hell, I can get their project off to a quick start right here…

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Colleges pass costs of Obamacare on to the covered

There is a cost associated with casting your lot with political hucksters.

Institutions say complying with the Affordable Care Act has caused them to pass on some costs to employees, according to a new survey from the College and University Professional Association for Human Resources.

Since the act began to take effect, some 20 percent of institutions have made changes to benefits in an effort to control associated costs, the survey says. About the same percentage of colleges are considering making changes, or making further changes, in the year ahead. Of those institutions that have made changes so far, 41 percent have increased employees’ share of premium costs. Some 27 percent have increased out-of-pocket limits, while about one-quarter increased in-network deductibles or dependent coverage costs, or both. Some 20 percent increased employees’ share of prescription drug costs.

And now they know.

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Warmists down under cook the books

As I have said over and over, climatology has become so polluted with political corruption, it is near impossible for a lay person to discern the truth. The warmists have an agenda and have been caught falsifying data so often, they have no credibility whatsoever.

The Australian Bureau of Meteorology has been caught red-handed manipulating temperature data to show “global warming” where none actually exists.

At Amberley, Queensland, for example, the data at a weather station showing 1 degree Celsius cooling per century was “homogenized” (adjusted) by the Bureau so that it instead showed a 2.5 degrees warming per century.

At Rutherglen, Victoria, a cooling trend of -0.35 degrees C per century was magically transformed at the stroke of an Australian meteorologist’s pen into a warming trend of 1.73 degrees C per century.

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The New York Times said Michael Brown was ‘no angel’…

Now they are in big trouble. The paper of record is apologizing like mad.

Two words — “no angel” — have become a flash point for many of the difficult, contentious, entrenched issues that have arisen in Ferguson, Mo. On Twitter, in my email queue and across the Internet, many Times readers are angry and disappointed about the use of those words, which have become yet another Ferguson-related hashtag.

Let’s get the obvious out of the way first: That choice of words was a regrettable mistake. In saying that the 18-year-old Michael Brown was “no angel” in the fifth paragraph of Monday’s front-page profile, The Times seems to suggest that this was, altogether, a bad kid.

Some people take their protests further; they say that The Times is suggesting a truly repellent idea — that Mr. Brown deserved to die because he acted like many a normal teenager.

This is what it has come to. A man who engages in a strong arm robbery of a convenience store cannot be described as “not an angel”. In other words, it is inappropriate to define him as something other than angelic.

In fact, it is axiomatic that Brown was not an angel. If we are speaking literally, no human is. If we are speaking figuratively, Brown was far from angelic in his behavior.

If Michael Brown cannot be referred to as “not an angel” without those who do so being forced to issue apologies, truth is dead. Reality is meaningless and we have become a manifestly unserious people.

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