VIDEO: Russian government hacking electronics of every visitor to Sochi Olympic games
The Kremlin has made it very clear: visitors to the Sochi Olympic games will have no privacy, and they shouldn’t have any expectations as such. Once connected to any Russian internet network, every single electronic device brought into the country is immediately hacked by the Russian government, and the contents of that device are no longer secure.
Here’s a report from NBC:
If you think our own government is any better, think again. The NSA intercepts and stores every electronic communication made in in the United States and, in many cases, internationally as well.
There is no privacy left in the modern world. When will we stand and fight the monster that is the surveillance state? If such behavior is not acceptable for the Russian government, how can we tolerate it from our own?
11:17 am • 5 February 2014 • View comments
"This really pisses me off!" Seinfeld scolds Buzzfeed editor for questioning show’s "lack of diversity"
This is one of the things that I love about Jerry Seinfeld: he shoots straight and calls out the baloney when he sees it. When Buzzfeed editor Peter Lauria was asked about the “lack of diversity” on his new web series “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee,” Jerry immediately called him out on his “PC nonsense.”
Here’s the video:
Why doesn’t Peter Lauria go ask Tyler Perry why he doesn’t have more white actors star in his films? Want to know? Because it doesn’t fit the liberal, politically correct narrative to do so.
12:35 am • 5 February 2014 • View comments
VIDEO: Glenn Beck blasts the Washington GOP establishment at Reagan Day dinner
Glenn Beck minced no words at a Texas GOP gathering for Reagan Day, calling out the Washington GOP establishment’s hypocrisy and enabling of the Obama administration.
Here’s the video:
partial transcript via TPN:
Their first set of principles? ‘We declare that border security and interior enforcement must come first.’ Oh really? Do they really? Where were they when they had the House, and the Senate, and the White House? Where were they? They were afraid to act.
America is not about free stuff. It’s not about sugar cereals, it’s not about a marketing campaign. America is about freedom! That’s the only thing “free” here, the people.
If you really believe in something, show me the action. In Washington, they’re not showing us the action. If the GOP actually believed these things, then there would be a Special Prosecutor appointed right now to investigate the IRS. If the GOP actually believed in the Constitution, there would be a Special Prosecutor for the NSA, and a Special Prosecutor for the reporters that have been spied on and threatened. Why is there no Special Prosecutor for Benghazi? Because they’re afraid of being called naughty names.
This speech has plenty of what I love about Texas…good old red meat! Beck is on point, and shares the frustration that most Conservatives share about the Republican party. This is precisely why so many of us, like Beck, move further and further away from the Republican party every day.
12:22 am • 5 February 2014 • View comments
Live Stream 7PM ET: Creationist Ken Ham debates Evolutionist Bill Nye the Science Guy
What are you doing tonight? You probably want to drop all that and watch the world’s most prominent creationism proponent debate the TV scientist of your childhood.
Here’s the live stream. It starts at 7pm Easter. I’m making popcorn:
Feel free to duke it out in the comments section, but keep it civil! We don’t need to start acting like apes or anything…
UPDATE: Live event has ended but the above video link now points to the archive of the entire debate.
5:02 pm • 4 February 2014 • View comments
CBO: Obamacare will cause 2.5 million Americans to drop out of work force
No, I didn’t choose the photo for this story because I wanted to imply that the White House somehow thinks Obamacare causing 2.5 million Americans to drop out of the work force is a good thing. I chose the photo because the White House actually said Obamacare causing 2.5 million Americans to drop out of the work force is a good thing…
A Congressional Budget Office report indicating that more than two million Americans will voluntarily leave America’s already reduced workforce because of the options provided in the Affordable Care Act exploded like the bombshell it was on Tuesday.
The White House already has its hands full as the attempt to mollify the concerns of nervous Democrats heading into the 2014 midterm election cycle. Now, Democrats can add the White House’s reaction to this CBO report to their list of gripes as they head into political strategy sessions with President Barack Obama.
On Tuesday, the White House called the report misleading and inaccurate, but they also took the odd step of praising the disincentives contained within the ACA to leave the labor market.
Lisa Desjardins reported that the CBO report indicates that more workers will choose to leave the labor market because they no longer have to depend on their employer to provide them with health insurance. She noted that the White House pushed back on that report by claiming that Americans taking advantage of the opportunity to abandon the workforce was a welcome development.
“So, these workers will have a choice that they don’t have now, and that’s what the White House is pointing to as something good in their response to this report,” Desjardins said.
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The White House’s spinning here is absurd on its face. We already have a massive problem with permanent unemployment (which we’ve reported on this site time and time again), and now the Obama administration wants to double and triple down on this economic failure.
Americans are not dropping out of the work force because they can now get cheap health care. They’re dropping out of the work force because they don’t have jobs and there are no jobs to be had.
4:56 pm • 4 February 2014 • View comments
Saturday morning video: Gun control legislation ≠ crime reduction
This video, (gun myths gone in 5 minutes) which has been making the internet rounds recently, was filmed about a year after the Virginia Tech campus shooting in 2007. It lays out the case against gun control in the logical, calm way we’ve come to expect from John Stossel. Enjoy!
Here’s the video:
As I’ve stated before, if you are for legislative “gun control”, you are for more violence. It’s as simple as that.
8:45 am • 1 February 2014 • View comments
What bias? CNN doesn’t appear to understand the meaning of “fact check”
Yes, the above screen capture is an actual graphic from the
news Obama cheerleading organization CNN. The only options for Obama’s statements are “True” and “Mostly True.” This is kind of like asking, “Is Obama A) amazing or B) just kind of great?”
Sorry, CNN, that’s not how fact checking works.
10:06 am • 30 January 2014 • View comments
28-year-old survivor of fist-sized brain tumor gets a nasty surprise from Obamacare
Amanda Pratt is only 28 and is the survivor of a fist-sized brain tumor. She has already had five surgeries to remove the tumor and is still in recovery, requiring vigilant monitoring and regular check-ins with her physicians.
Obamacare just delivered her some devastating news, and now she’s now sure how she’s going to be able to afford her treatments.
from the Blaze:
Initially, Pratt said she noticed that her insurance premiums went down — $14 per month to be exact. She received a 30-or-so-page booklet detailing in small print the changes to her plan that would come under Obamacare. But she didn’t look closely enough to avoid her recent sticker shock.
Last week Pratt visited her primary care physician with a sore throat. It was strep. At the receptionist’s window and afterward at the pharmacy to fill a prescription, Pratt learned just how much more she would be paying for care.
“My copay for seeing the doctor went up $30 to $60. My copay for prescriptions went up $20 to $60 as well,” Pratt told TheBlaze.
But that’s not even the kicker. Having an MRI, something Pratt will need once a year for the next five years to monitor her brain, went from an $800 copay to $2,200.
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Pratt is now fighting two battles: the first is just to finish defeating the brain tumor that has disrupted her life. The second is now trying to navigate the treacherous wasteland of Obamacare to figure out how to afford the treatments she needs to live a healthy life.
9:56 am • 30 January 2014 • View comments
MSNBC forced to apologize for outrageous race-baiting tweet aimed at Conservatives
The hateful spew above is what came from the official MSNBC twitter account. Slandering the “rightwing” as racist haters of bi-racial families didn’t exactly sit will with Conservatives out here in the real world.
Proud right wingers began flooding MSNBC with photos of their bi-racial families:
There are even more awesome responses over at Twitchy. Ironically, it was less than a month ago that MSNBC’s own Melissa Harris Perry was mocking Mitt Romney’s bi-racial family. As usual, the vile left-wingers over at MSNBC can’t see the branch growing out of their own eye while trying to throw a speck into the eyes of Conservatives.
MSNBC has since deleted the tweet and apologized:
MSNBC’s executive editor Dick Wolffe also issued an apology on his personal Twitter account:
Actually, Mr. Wolffe, that’s exactly who you are, and we all know it.
9:31 am • 30 January 2014 • View comments
There are two kinds of people: Minimum wage hike proponents and those who understand economics
There’s been a lot of (coordinated) talk about the “wage crisis” in America. But unfortunately, most people, especially those who should understand the terrible consequences of minimum wage legislation, don’t. Make no mistake, politicians understand what minimum wage does to the economy but they’ll tell the uneducated what they want to hear in exchange for votes. It’s for this reason, we wanted to write a short, simple explanation of just what raising the minimum wage would do (and has done). This is by no means exhaustive, but it should help the average person understand why you should be opposed to raising it too.
The logic is so beautifully simple it should be common sense. If you raise the price of labor, fewer people will have jobs, especially those working entry level, minimum wage positions. Companies will simply choose not to hire them in order to maintain their profit margins. This will obviously hurt—not help—the poor. Unfortunately, however, there are still millions of theoretically intelligent Americans who don’t understand this.
Secondly, if the minimum wage is the answer to eliminating poverty, why not make it $20 an hour? How about $100? $1,000? $10,000? After all, everyone could be millionaires after a week of work. It’s a legitimate question. The obvious answer is that it would result in massive inflation, making money worth much less which would, again, hurt the poor (especially those without assets, i.e., the poor). But if raising the minimum wage to $10,000 an hour would cause massive amounts of inflation, wouldn’t raising it slightly also increase inflation proportionately? (Hint: Yes). Eventually there will simply be more inflation and even if the poor were somehow magically helped by a higher minimum wage, they’ll be proportionally right back where they started once inflation takes hold.
Thirdly, and perhaps most importantly, what business is it of the federal government to dictate the details of a private agreement between two entities? If I want to work for $6 per hour, I should be able to, plain and simple. It is no one’s business what I choose to work for—especially the government’s.
Check out this hypothetical scenario from the Matt Walsh blog:
Worker: “Hi, I’d like to work for you.”
Employer: “Sorry, the government says we have to pay everyone at least 10.10 an hour. We don’t have any money in our budget to hire more workers at that rate.”
Worker: “Well, I still need a job. I’ll gladly work for 6 dollars an hour. Deal?”
Government: “Hold on! You can’t do that. You’re not allowed to sell your services for less than 10.10 an hour!”
Worker: “But… I’d rather make under 10.10 than be unemployed. Why can’t I enter into a private employment contract with this establishment if we both feel that the arrangement benefits us? We are both consenting parties, aren’t we?”
Government: “Because that isn’t fair.”
Read the Rest (It’s good)
Look, the minimum wage hurts the economy, raises production costs, raises labor costs, causes inflation and creates an influx of people, who were once self-sufficient and learning a trade, to become dependent on the government, etc. The poor will become poorer, government’s debt will increase and the nation will become less productive.
11:27 am • 29 January 2014 • View comments
Al Gore: Africa needs “fertility management” to prevent overpopulation and “extreme weather”
The liberal mind is a twisted place, a dark space where pseudoscience gives one a self-righteous excuse to advocate population control over an entire continent. Such is the mind of Al Gore, who is now openly advocating “fertility management” in Africa in order to prevent “extreme weather.”
Stopping overpopulation is one way the dangers of climate change can be mitigated, according to two of the most prominent believers in global warming.
Former Vice President Al Gore and Microsoft founder Bill Gates said at the World Economic Forum in Davos that contraception is a key in controlling the proliferation of unusual weather they say is endangering the world.
"Depressing the rate of child mortality, educating girls, empowering women and making fertility management ubiquitously available … is crucial to the future shape of human civilization," said Gore, who won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007 for his work on global warming.
Gore said Africa’s population is expected to surpass India’s and China’s by the mid-21st century and will be more than both combined by the end of the century.
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This is not really a new idea for liberals. Planned Parenthood founder Margaret Sanger openly advocated the abortions and sterilization to prevent the overpopulation of “undesirable” races. Global Warming is just the liberal’s new excuse for population control.
There’s a word for this kind of warped thinking: evil.
11:57 am • 28 January 2014 • View comments
Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio teaming up with…Sheila Jackson Lee?
Yes, you read that headline correctly. And what issue could possibly unite two of the most conservative members of the Senate with one of the most liberal members of Congress?
from the Hill:
Sens. Marco Rubio (Fla.) and Ted Cruz (Texas), two possible GOP White House contenders, are making education reform their next big policy focus.
Rubio recently told donors that he will focus on education in the next several weeks.
He is planning to deliver a major speech on the issue in the near future that will likely concentrate on reforms to higher education. He recently stressed to allies the importance of making education accessible to people through reforms to career, college and community college education.
“That’s been his focus for a while now,” said a Rubio aide.
Cruz teamed up with Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas), one of the most outspoken liberals in the House, on Saturday to call for school choice at a rally in Houston.
“School choice is the civil rights issue of the 21st century. Every child in America deserves a fair chance at a quality education,” Cruz told KTRK, Houston’s ABC television affiliate.
Republicans in recent months have recognized they need to broaden their agenda to appeal to lower- and middle-income voters who voted overwhelmingly against Mitt Romney, then the Republican presidential nominee, in 2012.
Cruz, who along with other conservatives wants to expand charter schools and voucher programs, has been at the forefront of the push among influential Republicans for an agenda that resonates more broadly with working-class voters.
In August, he told conservative activists at the Family Leadership Summit in Ames, Iowa, that Romney should have been more inclusive of lower-income Americans.
"Every policy we think about, we talk about, should focus like a laser on opportunity, on easing the means of assent up the economic ladder — on how it impacts the least well off among us,” he said.
An aide to Cruz said reforms to give low-income students a greater variety of educational options has “been one of his strong policy preferences since he first entered the public arena and it’s something he’ll continue to talk about.”
Rubio last year introduced legislation to help families apply for more school options though a new tax credit.
President Obama and Democrats have made income inequality a primary theme of the 2014 election year and have criticized Republicans for repeatedly bashing ObamaCare instead of offering constructive proposals for improving economic opportunity for all classes.
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School choice is an issue that I think most sane people can unify around. Americans should have a choice on where their tax dollars go, especially with regards to the education of their children. American families pay billions for public education, only to have their children sentenced to sub-standard public schools with no way out.
The school choice movement is a clear path to ending the vice grip that the Department of Education and the teachers unions have on education in the United States.
10:05 am • 28 January 2014 • View comments
Obama to issue executive order raising the minimum wage for PRIVATE companies with Federal contracts
In an act of fiscal irresponsibility, President Obama is preparing to use an executive order to raise the minimum wage for workers of private companies who hold government contracts.
from the Hill:
President Obama will announced plans to use his executive authority to raise the minimum wage to $10.10 per hour for federal contract workers during the State of the Union address, the White House said Tuesday.
Federal workers like janitors, construction workers and dishwashers hired under new federal contracts would benefit from the new order, which the White House calls an example of how the president can “lead by example.”
"Boosting wages will lower turnover and increase morale, and will lead to higher productivity overall," the White House said in a statement. "Raising wages for those at the bottom will improve the quality and efficiency of services provided to the government."
Earlier this year, 15 senators and 17 members of the House sent Obama a letter urging him to exercise his executive authority on the issue.
The White House will also look to pressure Congress into passing a bill that would set the federal minimum wage at $10.10 per hour and index it to inflation.
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Can the President legally do this? Of course, but that’s beside the point. Obama is talking about altering any new contracts between the Federal Government and private companies. In order to have a bid considered by the Feds, a private company would have to agree to pay its workers at least $10.10 per hour.
So, here’s what’s wrong with this approach. In doing this, Obama will arbitrarily increase the cost of doing business for a Federal Government who already spends more of the taxpayer’s money than it can count. Federal contractors will simply begin raising their bids proportionally to the wage increase, and the taxpayers will (as usual) be on the hook. Alternatively, private companies with Federal contracts may begin downsizing their staff in order to offset the wage increase, thereby worsening the long-term unemployment situation in the US.
An executive order to raise the minimum wage? It might sound nice, but the economics behind this decision simply don’t make any sense. In the end, ordinary Americans will be the ones paying the price for Obama’s “generosity.”
9:47 am • 28 January 2014 • View comments
Yes kids, the NSA is mining your personal data from Angry Birds
The Obama administration once again proves that there is no limit to how far they will dig into American’s privacy (and no end to what they’ll lie about). A joint investigative piece in the New York Times and Guardian revealed today that the NSA is mining personal data from the popular app Angry Birds.
from Pro Publica:
When a smartphone user opens Angry Birds, the popular game application, and starts slinging birds at chortling green pigs, spy agencies have plotted how to lurk in the background to snatch data revealing the player’s location, age, sex and other personal information, according to secret British intelligence documents.
In their globe-spanning surveillance for terrorism suspects and other targets, the National Security Agency and its British counterpart have been trying to exploit a basic byproduct of modern telecommunications: With each new generation of mobile phone technology, ever greater amounts of personal data pour onto networks where spies can pick it up.
According to dozens of previously undisclosed classified documents, among the most valuable of those unintended intelligence tools are so-called leaky apps that spew everything from users’ smartphone identification codes to where they have been that day.
The N.S.A. and Britain’s Government Communications Headquarters were working together on how to collect and store data from dozens of smartphone apps by 2007, according to the documents, provided by Edward J. Snowden, the former N.S.A. contractor. Since then, the agencies have traded recipes for grabbing location and planning data when a target uses Google Maps, and for vacuuming up address books, buddy lists, phone logs and the geographic data embedded in photos when someone sends a post to the mobile versions of Facebook, Flickr, LinkedIn, Twitter and other services.
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When asked about it today in his daily press briefing, White House paid liar Jay Carney deflected and lied (of course):
“I’m not in a position to discuss specifics on intelligence collection,” White House press secretary Jay Carney said during his daily press briefing. “But to be clear, as the president said in his Jan. 17 speech, to the extent data is collected by the NSA through whatever means, we are not interested in the communications of people who are not valid intelligence targets. And we are not collecting the information of ordinary Americans.”
Carney’s (and Obama’s) statement about not collecting the information of ordinary Americans is blatantly false, and we all know that by now. But the White House continues to follow their rule: if you keep repeating a lie, perhaps Americans will begin to believe it.
6:29 pm • 27 January 2014 • View comments
VIDEO: Watch the part of Ted Cruz’s Face the Nation interview that got cut out by CBS
Yesterday, Senator Ted Cruz appeared on CBS’s Face the Nation with Bob Schieffer. The network decided to trim some of Cruz’s most powerful comments about the Obama administration completely out of the broadcast. Towards the end of the broadcast, Schieffer asked Cruz if he was going to run for President. Cruz (like most politicians) deflected the question and gave an indirect answer about where his current focus is.
But CBS apparently didn’t like what Cruz had to say…
First, here’s what aired:
And here’s what didn’t make the air:
partial transcript via NewsBusters (with deleted portions in bold):
SCHIEFFER: “Will you run for President?”
CRUZ: “My focus is on the abuse of power of this President. Let’s take something like the IRS scandal-“
SCHIEFFER: “Do I take that as a yes or a no?”
CRUZ: “What you can take is that my focus is standing and fighting right now in the Senate to bring back jobs and economic growth. Let me tell you something that is deeply concerning—the abuse of power from this Administration. We’ve seen multiple filmmakers prosecuted and the government’s gone after them. Whether it’s the poor fellow that did the film that the President blamed Benghazi and the terrorist attacks on, turns out that wasn’t the reason for the attack but the Administration went and put that poor fellow in jail on unrelated charges. Just this week it was broken that Dinesh D’Souza, who did a very big movie criticizing the president, is now being prosecuted by this Administration.”
CRUZ: “Can you image the reaction if the Bush Administration had went, gone and prosecuted Michael Moore and Alec Baldwin and Sean Penn?”
CRUZ: It should trouble everyone the government uses government power and the IRS in particular to target their enemies and you are talking a new minutes to Chuck Schumer—“
SCHIEFFER: “We are going to leave this for another day, senator. Thank you for joining us and we’ll talk to you again.”
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Let this be a lesson. If you’re a conservative, you can go on all the talk shows you want, but you’re just not allowed to say anything substantive.
11:54 am • 27 January 2014 • View comments