Michelle Obama laments “too much money in politics” then asks donors to write “big fat checks”

It seems the hypocrisy from our nation’s Worst First Lady never ceases. She can’t even keep her message straight within a single speech.  

from Washington Times:

Speaking at a party fundraiser in Chicago, Mrs. Obama said Democrats must triumph in the November contests if President Obama is to make progress on his agenda during the final two years of his term.

She also blasted special interest groups that funnel money to Republicans.

“So, yeah, there’s too much money in politics. There’s special interests that have too much influence. But they had all that money and all that influence back in 2008 and 2012 and we still won those elections,” she said.

Mrs. Obama then urged fellow Democrats to add even more money to the political system.

“There is something you can do right now today to make a difference, and that is to write a big, fat check. I kid you not,” she said. “I’m going to be honest with you. That’s what we need you to do right now. We need you to write the biggest, fattest check that you can possibly write.”

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That’s right.  Money in politics is evil…now get your checkbooks out and gimme all your money. 

UC professor pleads no contest to theft, vandalism, and battery against pro-life demonstrators

The pro-abortion left makes a regular habit of violence against pro-life protestors. 

Remember the University of California, Santa Barbara feminist studies professor who forcibly stole a graphic anti-abortion sign from two abortion protesters, then scratched and appeared to push one of the protesters (a 16-year-old girl), then destroyed the sign?

She pleaded no contest to misdemeanor charges of grand theft, vandalism and battery on Thursday.

The crime went down back in March when the professor, Mireille Miller-Young, rallied up a small gaggle of female vigilantes and attacked abortion protesters Thrin Short, 16, and Joan Short, 21.

The Short sisters were standing in a designated “free speech zone” on the UC Santa Barbara campus with at least one large, very gruesome poster depicting aborted fetuses.

IRS IT officials testify in court that Lois Lerner's emails may still exist

Of course they still exist.  Anybody who knows anything about how the internet and email work could have told you that.  Ordinarily, it would be the Justice Department’s responsibility to investigate and prosecute the IRS for evidence tampering and violating the Hatch Act.  However, the Obama Justice Department, headed by Eric Holder, has no interest in having the truth revealed about the IRS targeting scandal.

On Wednesday, House Republicans revealed that at least one Internal Revenue Service official believes that it is possible that the agency did not “recycle” all of the hardware and backup tapes on which were stored former IRS executive Lois Lerner’s missing emails. This development may contradict testimony from IRS Commissioner John Koskinen who told members of Congress that none of Lerner’s emails could be recovered.

The claim came from Stephen Manning, an IRS IT official, and Todd Egaas, director of technology operations and investigative services for the tax collection agency. Both testified in the U.S. District Court in Washington D.C. last week about the IRS’s efforts to collect and recover data from Lerner’s hard drive.

According to Washington Post reporter Josh Hicks, both officials’ testimony suggests that Lerner’s emails may still be out there.

WOW! Obamacare architect: We purposely used the word ‘States’ so we could punish Republican governors

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In case you’re not privy to what’s going on here, Obamacare was dealt a major blow this week when a court ruled that because the text of Obamacare explicitly says that states are the entities responsible for setting up Obamacare exchanges, the federal government cannot set up these exchanges (Another court had an opposite ruling on the same day). The lawsuit came after the federal government had, indeed, contrary to the law, set up these exchanges after 36 states rejected Obamacare by neglecting to do so.

The entire defense by those who think that the Federal government has the right to continue setting up exchanges and granting subsidies in spite of the law’s clear wording, is that the word “state” was an oversight or, perhaps, a “typo” and that it was obvious that lawmakers intended that the feds be able to set up exchanges as well.

One of the people pushing this silly narrative is an Obamacare architect named Jonathan Gruber. As we reported to you earlier today, after Mr. Gruber went on MSNBC to talk about “typos” and such, someone dug up a video of him clearly stating that the purpose of limiting the Obamacare exchanges to the states was so the feds could withhold federal money from states that rejected exchanges.

After the video surfaced, he hilariously claimed (NSFW) that he had made a “verbal typo” and that the word “states” was, indeed, ambiguous.

However, (and this is the good part), yet another recording of him has surfaced, where he says even more explicitly that the point was to punish conservative states (and as one might surmise, by extension, oust Republican governors).

Here’s what he said:

Here’s the money quote:

“I guess I’m enough of a believer in democracy to think that when the voters in states see that, by not setting up an exchange, the politicians in the state are costing the state residents hundreds of millions and billions of dollars, that they’ll eventually throw the guys out.”

In this one quote, he not only admits clearly that the repercussions of not setting up an exchange is no federal subsidies and that this should be remedied by by voting, but that he hopes that the politicians who don’t set up these exchanges (i.e. Republicans) will be punished by not winning elections.

Think about how sinister this is. The Federal Government takes money from the citizens of a state, then says “if you want some of this back, you must do what we say.” And they do all of this, knowing that the only states that will fight it are the ones controlled by Republicans.

There seems to be no end to the depravity of this administration.

Only in Detroit: Thousands neglect to pay water bill, protest when water gets cut off

No amount of idiocy or chaos that comes from Detroit should surprise us. The city, which has been exclusively under the control of Socialists Democrats since 1962, is in upheaval. But this latest round of nuttiness is just plain ridiculous. Thousands of people who haven’t paid their water bill have taken to the streets demanding that the city’s water department (which is about $90 million in debt) give them free water.

From WaPo:

On Friday in Detroit, hundreds of local residents and activists — and, somewhat inexplicably, Mark Ruffalo — gathered to protest what has become an only-in-Detroit kind of crisis: The city’s water utility has been shutting off service to thousands of homes, many with the elderly, the poor and children inside.

The story of how this has happened — and on the shores of one of the largest bodies of freshwater in the world — is not as simple as one of government incompetence or indifference to the poor.

The Detroit Water and Sewerage Department says that nearly half of its customers haven’t been paying their water bills, for a total of about 90,000 delinquent accounts, leaving the public utility with some $90 million in debt. But in a city of abandoned properties, squatters and tremendous poverty — 38 percent of Detroit lives below the poverty line — the department has had a hard time distinguishing empty homes from occupied ones, and customers who legitimately can’t afford to pay from those who’ve simply opted not to.

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Wow. This is truly amazing. And it’s a perfect little microcosm of what’s wrong with socialism. Don’t misunderstand, I’m not even remotely suggesting that good-hearted people not help those who don’t have the capability of taking care of themselves. But this situation is a great deal more complicated than that. What the “water is a human right” crowd is actually saying is “I demand that someone else pay for the things that I want.” This mentality is the problem. And people don’t arrive at this conclusion on their own. It’s taught to them and it’s cultivated by politicians like John Read-the-bill Conyers pictured above. See, people understand that stealing is wrong. But, for some reason, they are taught that it somehow becomes magically acceptable when the government is the one that does it.

The latest on this story is that Detroit has relented and will turn the water back on for everyone through the end of July:

The Detroit Water and Sewerage Department has announced that it is stopping water shutoffs through at least the end of July, giving residents who legitimately can’t afford to pay a grace period to prove that to the department.

This is called a welfare cliff. Let’s follow the logic with this oversimplified but useful example: If a person’s water bill is $20 and they only have $19, they get free water and get to keep their $19. If a person has $20, however, they have to pay for their water, leaving them with no money. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to understand why government programs like this encourage dependency.

Oh, and If you would like to pay for someone else’s water bill, you can by going here.

Buzzfeed editor caught plagiarizing Heritage Foundation, National Review, NY Times and others

This shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone because Buzzfeed is one giant hairball of plagiarism. They’ve turned stealing other people’s intellectual property into an art form. 

from Politico:

Buzzfeed is conducting an internal review of editor Benny Johnson’s work after identifying multiple instances of what editor-in-chief Ben Smith described as “plagiarism.”

The instances were brought to Buzzfeed’s attention by Twitter users @blippoblappo and @crushingbort, who cited six instances in which Johnson lifted passages from sites like The New York Times, Wikipedia, Heritage Foundation and National Review Online without attribution.

“There are three serious instances of plagiarism in this post,” Smith told Poynter on Friday.

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I doubt this will stop Buzzfeed from getting a kuzillion shares on Facebook today.

FEC tramples 1st Amendment, bans Paul Ryan’s PAC from promoting book

In an unbelievable act of government censorship, the Federal Election Commission has ruled that Paul Ryan’s leadership PAC is not allowed to buy and give away copies of Paul Ryan’s book. 

from Red State:

Wisconsin GOP Congressman Paul Ryan’s leadership PAC, Prosperity Action, asked the Federal Election Commission for permission in advance of doing something fairly logical. They want to buy copies of Ryan’s published book, The Way Forward: Renewing the American Idea, to give away to supporters, in conjunction with a book tour. Of course they’d also help promote the book, since its author is also their candidate.

In an Orwellian reversal, the FEC responded to Ryan’s innocuous request with not one, but two drafts. The second, “Draft B”, would be a major policy change, calling the PAC’s purchase a “third party contribution” with “excessive personal use.”

Not only would “Draft B” represent a chilling restriction on a candidate’s ability to promote his (or her—Hillary) own book, but it also flies in the face of logic and common sense.

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This FEC decision limits Ryan’s ability to promote his own book to two sentences on the website run by Prosperity Action. If that’s not censorship, no…of course it can’t be, it’s just enforcing a little-known campaign law used to prosecute John Edwards hush money paid by Bunny Mellon to conceal his mistress. To make this jump from a filthy payoff to book promotion, you’d need a pole that reaches over the Grand Canyon.

After Goodman’s remarks at the FEC meeting, Democratic Commissioner Ellen L. Weintraub screeched “No one is banning books”. Of course not, you’re just banning promoting books, a ludicrous distinction.

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The decision is so egregious that the chairman of the FEC is warning that these actions could actually lead to book bans in the future:

The chairman of the Federal Election Commission today blasted Democratic colleagues opposed to his effort to protect conservative media after they imposed rules on the publisher of Rep. Paul Ryan’s new book, opening the door to future book regulations — or even a ban.

“By failing to affirm this publisher’s constitutional right, statutory right, to disseminate a political book free from FEC conditions and regulations, we have effectively asserted regulatory jurisdiction over a book publisher,” warned Chairman Lee E. Goodman, one of three Republicans on the six-person FEC.

“That failure reveals a festering legal uncertainty and chill for the free press rights of books and book publishers to publish and disseminate political books free from government regulation,” he added.

These kinds of regulations should not be put on anyone, Conservative nor Liberal.  It is not the job of the Federal Government to decide whose speech is appropriate, and that’s exactly what’s happening here. 

Paul Ryan should ignore the FEC’s ruling and his PAC should promote the book any way they please.  He should fight these bans on free speech all they way up to the Supreme Court if necessary.  

Exit question: Why isn’t Paul Ryan standing up and loudly sounding the alarm against this Constitutional violation?  Neither his website nor his PAC’s website have anything on their home pages about this. 

Hillary Clinton: Yeah, the reset with Russia totally worked!

It’s almost like Hillary Clinton doesn’t want to be President, and she’s saying as many stupid things as possible to disqualify herself. 

from CNN:

The statement comes as Russia, under President Vladimir Putin, has distanced itself from the United States, and the country is widely seen by U.S. and European analysts as linked to the downing of a passenger airliner earlier this month in Ukraine.

"What I think I demonstrate in the book, is that the reset worked," Clinton told guest host John Harwood on NPR’s “On Point” on Thursday during a conversation about her new memoir, "Hard Choices." "It was an effort to try to obtain Russian cooperation on some key objectives while (Dmitry) Medvedev was president."

Clinton later said the reset “succeeded” and was meant to be “a device to try to refocus attention on the transactional efforts that we needed to get done with the Russians.”

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If Hillary’s reset button worked, it reset US-Russia relations all the way back to the Cold War.

Uh oh: An Obamcare Architect in 2012 explaining why only states have exchanges

Words have meanings…except to judges. The word “state”, to English-speaking people, means “state.” To justices with an agenda, however, it’s “ambiguous” and should therefore be defined by the IRS (yep. That seems both rational and Constitutional — *rolls eyes*). If only there was someone who helped design the law on camera defining the word or, at least, for us simpletons who think the word “state” means “state”, explaining why the architects explicitly left the federal government out of the law…

This week, Jonathan Gruber appeared on MSNBC to assert that the DC Circuit appellate court got the ObamaCare statute all wrong in its Halbig decision. Gruber, one of the key architects of the ACA and of the Massachusetts “RomneyCare” law that preceded it, insisted that the state exchange requirement for subsidy payment was purely accidental. “It is unambiguous this is a typo,” Gruber told Chris Matthews. “Literally every single person involved in the crafting of this law has said that it`s a typo, that they had no intention of excluding the federal states.”

Two years ago, though, Gruber gave a much different explanation for this part of the ObamaCare statute. Speaking at a January 2012 symposium for a tech organization that this was no typo. It was, Gruber said, a deliberate policy to twist the arms of reluctant states to set up their own exchanges — and that a failure to do so would mean no subsidies for their citizens.

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Armed doctor stops hospital shooter; Might lose job and medical license

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An armed doctor was able to stop a psychiatric patient turned gunman at a Pennsylvania hospital today. Unfortunately, he may lose his job because of it.

From My Fox Philly:

A female case worker was killed and two were wounded in a shooting at the Wellness Center on the Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital campus on Thursday in Darby, Pa.

The shooting happened in a 3rd floor Psychiatric office in the Mercy Wellness Center, which is across the street from Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital on the 1500 block of Lansdowne Avenue.

…Whelan revealed another doctor and case worker forced their way in and wrestled the suspect to the ground and took away his gun.

Police believe there was a gunfire exchange between the doctor and suspect. According to Whelan, two guns were retrieved from the scene.The suspect did have psychiatric issues and was a patient, according Whelan.

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The gunman, who had psychological issues, was stopped by a good doctor with a firearm. So how should we honor this hero? By taking away his medical license, obviously.

From TheTruthAboutGuns.com:

According to the Mercy Health System’s Code of Conduct, “Employees are prohibited from bringing firearms or explosives of any kind into the workplace.” If, indeed, an armed doctor shot the killer, he faces the loss of his job and his license to practice medicine.

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Not only did this doctor probably save lives today, but if it weren’t for this arbitrary rule, perhaps more doctors and nurses would have chosen to carry firearms for protection and no one would have been killed.

Are Teachers Underpaid? Let's Find Out

While I may disagree with how our government handles education, there’s no doubt, we need teachers. They are vital to our way of life. But are they underpaid? The knee-jerk reaction by most people would be a resounding “yes”. It’s common knowledge, right? Actually, not really.

A teacher in South Dakota with a bachelor’s degree and 10 years of experience earns $33,600 per year, which is less than the average auto-repair worker. So says Vox. This grievance against salary injustice is nothing new, of course, but this particular example comes to us from a new national study by the Center for American Progress, which details the chickenfeed teachers are forced to subsist on as they altruistically keep your hopeless children literate.

Teachers are underpaid. In politics, and also in everyday life, this is almost universally accepted. Everyone admires teachers. Everyone wants good teachers for their children. And, naturally, liberals believe contrasting these salaries will emphasize the irrationality and unfairness of the marketplace.

But it doesn’t.  And the first, and most obvious, reason it doesn’t is that teachers actually do quite well for themselves considering the economic realities of their profession.

Pentagon Official: Russian troops are firing on Ukraine from inside Russia

Russian troops have been amassed at the border with Ukraine for months. Now, it appears they have begun firing into Ukraine, escalating the situation from civil unrest to all out war. 

from USA Today:

The Russian military fired artillery rounds into eastern Ukraine on Thursday, a “clear escalation” of hostilities there, Army Col. Steve Warren, a Pentagon spokesman, said.

Russia has about 12,000 troops on the border with Ukraine, Warren said. Russian tanks, artillery and rocket launchers have crossed into Ukraine to support separatists there.

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has not spoken to his Russian counterpart about the artillery attack and has no plans to, Warren said.

"This is a clear escalation," Warren said.

The Russians have conducted artillery attacks on Ukraine military targets for the last several days, Warren said.

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Meanwhile, the State Department is still pretending like this isn’t happening.

Woman in labor blocked from crossing the street to hospital because of Obama’s motorcade

A pregnant woman in labor was not allowed by police to cross the street to a hospital because President Obama’s motorcade was preparing to drive by. 

from the Blaze:

Witnesses say a pregnant woman in labor was prevented by authorities from crossing a Los Angeles street to a hospital Wednesday because the road had been closed for President Barack Obama’s impending motorcade.

The unidentified woman was barred from walking the few hundred feet to the hospital for at least 30 minutes as authorities waited for the president’s motorcade to pass by, witness Carrie Clifford told TheBlaze early Thursday morning.

“I felt bad for her,” Clifford said. “It does happen when Obama comes to L.A. or I’m sure anywhere else. It paralyzes the city, it does make it complicated.”

“You can’t do the things you had set out to do because the president is in town,” she added.

KNBC-TV reporter Robert Kovacik posted footage on video-sharing website Instagram depicting the incident.

“Woman in labor on bench as motorcade passes,” he wrote, “not allowed to cross street to get to #CedarsSinai.”

A spokesperson for the LAPD declined to comment on the incident early Thursday morning and referred TheBlaze to the Secret Service. A spokesperson for the Secret Service did not immediately return TheBlaze’s phone call.

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The little people must wait while King Obama’s parade passes by.  I wonder if she noticed that the emperor has no clothes…

Shocker! Hamas rockets found at UN school in Gaza have gone “missing”

We told you several days ago that Hamas rockets were found at a UN school in Gaza.  What happened to those rockets?  The UN now says they’re “missing.”  

from the Times of Israel:

The UN secretary-general on Wednesday said he was “alarmed” to hear that rockets were placed in a UN-run school in Gaza and now “have gone missing,” and he demanded a full review of such incidents.

A statement by the spokesman for Ban Ki-moon expressed the UN chief’s “outrage and regret” at the placement of weapons at a site run by the global organization. The UN says that has happened at least twice so far in the current fighting.

“Those responsible are turning schools into potential military targets, and endangering the lives of innocent children,” UN staff and anyone seeking shelter, the statement said.

The rockets had been placed at one of the schools run by the UN refugee agency for Palestinians, the United Nations Relief and Works Agency in Gaza.

Once they were found, “in accordance with standard practice, UNRWA handed them over to the local authorities. Since then, they have gone missing,” Ban’s deputy spokesman, Farhan Haq, said in an e-mail Wednesday evening.

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So, the rockets aren’t missing.  They were “handed over to the local authorities.”  The local authorities in Gaza are Hamas.  So, the UN just gave the rockets back to the people who stuffed them inside a school.  

So, where are they now?  How about some other place like a hospital?

Sarah Palin endorses Joe Carr in Tennessee primary race against Sen. Lamar Alexander

Earlier this week, Conservative radio and TV host Laura Ingram put her endorsement behind Joe Carr in the Tennessee senate primary race against Sen. Lamar Alexander.  

Now, Carr has picked up the endorsement of another heavy hitter: Sarah Palin.

from Palin’s Facebook page:

Thank you, Lamar Alexander, for the respect and integrity you’ve shown in your many years of public service in Washington. With the new challenges in D.C., the time has come for new leaders who are willing to stand up to the political establishments and the Obama administration and say, “no mas!” Unfortunately, advocating and voting for amnesty, cash for clunkers, bailouts, raising the debt ceiling, and many controversial Obama administration nominees has marred the incumbent’s record. It’s time for a change.

Joe Carr is the new voice Tennessee needs in the U.S. Senate! Joe is a citizen legislator who brings his small business experience to bear in the Tennessee General Assembly. He’s stood up to those in his own party, fighting to enact some of the toughest illegal immigration legislation in the country and working to make Tennessee the 4th most business friendly state in the nation. Joe knows that government is most often the problem, not the solution, and he will work to reduce the size of our federal bureaucracy and always use the Constitution as his guide.

It’s a disappointment that after so many years in office Senator Alexander has refused to debate Joe Carr in this campaign. Really, it’s pretty unbelievable because the good people of Tennessee deserve to hear from both these candidates to know who will be on their side and who will choose the Washington status quo.

The conservative grassroots patriots in Tennessee have clearly spoken. When I visited there earlier this month, I was impressed by all the energy and momentum behind Joe Carr. Please join me in supporting him as the Volunteer State’s next Senator!

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August 7 is primary election day in Tennessee, and the writers at this blog (who are all Tennessee residents) will be voting for Joe Carr.  It’s time to give Lamar Alexander the boot!