Category: Cronyism


Tens Of Thousands Expected At New York Climate March

 

 

 

 

 

” Celebrities, activists and political leaders are expected to join more than 100,000 people in New York Sunday for what could be the largest climate change protest in history, organizers said.

  Hollywood actor Leonardo DiCaprio, former US vice president turned advocate Al Gore, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and New York Mayor Bill de Blasio are due to take part in the “People’s Climate March.”

   The event has been endorsed by more than 1,400 organizations, including environment, faith and justice groups, as well as labor unions. Students have mobilized marchers at more than 300 college campuses.

  The protest will wind its way through Midtown Manhattan on a two-mile (3.2-kilometer) route starting at 11:30 am (1530 GMT). “

 

 

Just asking: How much CO will these hypocritical a**holes put into the atmosphere from their private jets and mammoth limousines in order to “save the planet” ? 

 

Illustration by Gary Varvel

 

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Descent Into Barberism

 

 

 

 

 

” I often joke with my hairdresser Amanda about the number of state permits she requires for the privilege of cutting my hair. As I point out on page 49 of After America (personally autographed copies of which are exclusively available, etc):

  In the Fifties, one in twenty members of the workforce needed government permission in order to do his job. Today, it’s one in three.

  That’s tyrannous – which is bad enough, albeit not unique to America: The entire developed world has massively expanded the hyper-regulatory state. But only in America does the Department of Paperwork command lethal force:

  On August 19, 2010, two inspectors from the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation (DBPR) visited the Strictly Skillz Barbershop in Orlando and found everything in order: All of the barbers working there were properly licensed, and all of the work stations complied with state regulations. Two days later, even though no violations had been discovered and even though the DBPR is authorized to conduct such inspections only once every two years, the inspectors called again, this time accompanied by “between eight and ten officers, including narcotics agents,” who “rushed into” the barbershop “like [a] SWAT team.” Some of them wore masks and bulletproof vests and had their guns drawn. Meanwhile, police cars blocked off the parking lot.

  The officers ordered all the customers to leave, announcing that the shop was “closed down indefinitely.” They handcuffed the owner, Brian Berry, and two barbers who rented chairs from him, then proceeded to search the work stations and a storage room. They demanded the barbers’ driver’s licenses and checked for outstanding warrants. One of the inspectors, Amanda Fields, asked for the same paperwork she had seen two days earlier, going through the motions of verifying (again) that the barbers were not cutting hair without a license (a second-degree misdemeanor). Finding no regulatory violations or contraband, the officers released Berry and the others after about an hour. “

 

 

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Gap Between Manhattan’s Rich And Poor Is Greatest In U.S., Census Finds

 

 

 

 

” The mean income of the top 5 percent of households in Manhattan soared 9 percent in 2013 over 2012, giving Manhattan the biggest dollar income gap of any county in the country, according to data from the Census Bureau.

  The top 5 percent of households earned $864,394, or 88 times as much as the poorest 20 percent, according to the Census Bureau’s American Community Survey, which is being released Thursday and covers the final year of the Bloomberg administration.

“ The recovery seems to be going to those at the top, much more than those in the middle, while those at the bottom may even be losing ground,” said Andrew A. Beveridge, a sociologist at Queens College of the City University of New York. He attributed the disparity to the surging costs of housing and the lack of housing subsidies and other forms of public assistance available to many needy families.

  The wealthiest New Yorkers are benefiting in part from the rise of the financial industry, including hedge funds and investment banks, which has helped lift the income of the most affluent households to levels reached before the recession. The recession lasted roughly from 2007 to mid-2009.

  For all of New York City, median household income rose to $52,223 from $51,640, still well below the $55,307 recorded in 2008. Among racial and ethnic groups, non-Hispanic whites had the highest median income at $75,145, while Hispanics had the lowest income at $36,196. Household income climbed in every borough except Staten Island.”

    While the rest of the people suffer through this years long “recovery” the cronies of the democratic “party of the people” continue to amass a larger share of the wealth . Here is a breakdown of political contributions in the state of New York by county from Open Secrets . The counties that make up NY City have been highlighted in red .

County Total Dems Repubs Dem % Repub %
Albany $832,453 $383,191 $182,555 65% 31%
Allegany $358,232 $5,150 $321,455 2% 107%
Bronx $924,489 $491,981 $259,147 63% 33%
Broome $239,018 $80,235 $84,933 47% 50%
Cattaraugus $246,716 $99,125 $116,425 43% 51%
Cayuga $29,384 $11,300 $4,200 73% 27%
Chautauqua $65,337 $17,533 $23,540 41% 56%
Chemung $100,828 $25,318 $43,720 34% 59%
Chenango $52,544 $5,675 $15,318 27% 73%
Clinton $88,266 $55,160 $10,443 77% 15%
Columbia $159,884 $49,484 $81,913 33% 55%
Cortland $51,948 $1,230 $41,350 3% 97%
Delaware $16,977 $1,170 $13,040 8% 89%
Dutchess $1,784,367 $802,868 $238,474 76% 23%
Erie $2,181,003 $727,933 $855,811 44% 52%
Essex $46,639 $29,314 $10,792 71% 26%
Franklin $41,397 $35,133 $2,050 93% 5%
Fulton $18,545 $3,300 $7,500 31% 69%
Genesee $53,296 $1,430 $20,125 5% 67%
Greene $33,729 $12,214 $18,825 39% 60%
Hamilton $2,350 $0 $1,100 0% 100%
Herkimer $11,248 $750 $8,840 8% 92%
Jefferson $58,041 $26,620 $24,067 53% 47%
Kings $3,438,912 $2,348,115 $557,592 78% 18%
Lewis $6,207 $300 $3,750 7% 93%
Livingston $35,399 $14,100 $14,800 47% 49%
Madison $552,482 $174,930 $112,349 60% 38%
Monroe $1,337,043 $360,273 $404,245 45% 50%
Montgomery $54,773 $31,706 $4,641 87% 13%
Nassau $9,210,840 $4,908,779 $2,562,665 63% 33%
New York $95,166,048 $32,967,225 $18,250,397 62% 34%
Niagara $137,591 $22,160 $62,208 25% 69%
Oneida $248,758 $26,426 $160,517 14% 86%
Onondaga $954,560 $370,729 $338,036 52% 47%
Ontario $270,380 $105,737 $56,580 61% 33%
Orange $485,413 $158,788 $169,341 48% 51%
Orleans $5,941 $250 $700 26% 74%
Oswego $23,659 $7,715 $9,200 45% 54%
Otsego $80,360 $30,635 $27,936 50% 46%
Putnam $254,789 $161,381 $46,776 78% 22%
Queens $2,017,775 $1,319,483 $214,036 83% 13%
Rensselaer $81,218 $25,599 $16,415 58% 37%
Richmond $646,894 $245,350 $291,433 45% 54%
Rockland $686,287 $289,070 $248,210 54% 46%
Saratoga $591,700 $119,103 $289,534 28% 69%
Schenectady $172,619 $32,170 $74,433 30% 68%
Schoharie $22,100 $4,375 $9,825 30% 68%
Schuyler $17,857 $5,894 $6,860 44% 52%
Seneca $23,275 $18,075 $3,050 86% 14%
St Lawrence $70,106 $18,754 $8,039 70% 30%
Steuben $268,910 $75,518 $121,175 32% 52%
Suffolk $7,121,374 $1,765,721 $1,313,877 56% 42%
Sullivan $93,515 $35,399 $48,207 42% 57%
Tioga $31,489 $10,860 $4,550 70% 30%
Tompkins $761,230 $622,917 $39,181 92% 6%
Ulster $307,856 $207,806 $61,191 77% 23%
Warren $102,985 $25,107 $55,520 30% 67%
Washington $32,751 $11,360 $8,480 51% 38%
Wayne $45,227 $12,067 $13,150 48% 52%
Westchester $13,844,798 $6,196,725 $3,578,224 61% 35%
Wyoming $11,063 $750 $3,180 19% 81%
Yates $19,500 $5,600 $10,992 32% 62%
” These figures show county-by-county breakdowns of all contributions of $200 or more to federal candidates, parties, PACs, and outside spending organizations (including super PACs). The party breakdown shows how much went to Democratic and Republican candidates, parties and “leadership PACs.” Where party percentages don’t add up to 100 percent, the rest went to outside spending organizations, third parties or independents. The overall total also includes contributions to corporate, labor and ideological PACs that are not affiliated with either party. Totals are based on contribution data from the Federal Election Commission released electronically on August 19, 2014.

  Feel free to distribute or cite this material, but please credit the Center for Responsive Politics. For permission to reprint for commercial uses, such as textbooks, contact the Center.”

   Is it any wonder why Obama considers Manhattan his own personal piggy bank ? Remember that the last time a Republican won the electoral votes of New York was in 1984 .

NY Times

Number Of Billionaires Hits Record High In 2014

 

 

 

 

 

 

” The world economy is going through a rough patch, yet the world’s billionaire population is at an all-time high.

  A new survey shows that 155 new billionaires were minted this year, pushing the total population to a record 2,325 – a 7 percent increase from 2013.

  Credit goes to the United States – home to the most billionaires globally – where 57 new billionaires were recorded this year, according to the Wealth-X and UBS Billionaire Census 2014 released on Wednesday.

  Asia and Latin America and the Caribbean were also large contributors,with 52 and 42 new entrants, respectively.

” The fastest growing segment of the billionaire population, in terms of wealth source, are those who inherited only part of their fortunes and became billionaires through their own entrepreneurial endeavors,” the report said, noting that 63 percent of all billionaires’ primary companies are privately held.”

 

 

    Does anyone find it peculiar that the biggest growth in the billionaire population is happening in three countries that are heavily State controlled ? That’s right … the US under Obama , China and Russia … WTF ?

 

 

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House Overwhelmingly Passes ‘Audit The Fed’ Bill

 

 

 

 

 

” The Swiss people are speaking out against their central bank. They have demanded a referendum with backing their currency with 20 percent gold and demanding return of their gold stored in the United States. Likewise, the American people are seeking restraints on the Fed—our central bank.

  The House overwhelmingly passed a bill to Audit the Fed and, if it ever becomes law, the people will demand reform of our monetary system that rewards a privileged few at the expense of the middle class and poor. This bill was passed in the House once before in 2012 while I was still a member. Fortunately the momentum continues, and thanks especially to Paul Broun of Georgia and Thomas Massie of Kentucky. It passed this time with an even greater margin—327 to 98—which was strongly bipartisan. “

 

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Victor Davis Hanson Offers Some Clues

 

 

 

 

 

” Comprehensive immigration reform — rarely has a catchphrase been so widely invoked and yet so little defined. Why?

  If proponents of so-called reform detailed exactly what they wanted, American voters would never support their self-interested agendas.

  Most Americans insist that existing federal immigration laws be enforced. They are adamant that the border be shut tight to all unlawful entry. And they prefer legal immigration to reflect merit, diversity and ethnically blind criteria.

  If those protocols were first established, half the public might also consider a pathway for legal residence for millions of foreign nationals already living in the United States without legal authority — but only if they could prove that they were without criminal records, not on public support, and have resided here for some duration.

  Unfortunately those classically liberal ideals are not driving Barack Obama’s promise to grant blanket amnesties through executive order after the midterm elections. His planned gambit is an admission that he has neither public support nor congressional sanction nor the force of settled law nor a logical or ethic argument. The effort is instead fueled by an agenda of perpetual big government and a concern to expand future constituencies, allay the anger of Latino activists, and accommodate wealthy business donors.”

 

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We’re Number 32!

 

 

 

 

 

” Any day now the White House and Sen. Charles Schumer (D., N.Y.) will attempt to raise taxes on business, while making the U.S. tax code even more complex. The Obama and Schumer plans to punish businesses for moving their legal domicile overseas will arrive even as a new international ranking shows that the U.S. tax burden on business is close to the worst in the industrialized world. Way to go, Washington.

  On Monday the Tax Foundation, which manages the widely followed State Business Tax Climate Index, will launch a new global benchmark, the International Tax Competitiveness Index. According to the foundation, the new index measures “the extent to which a country’s tax system adheres to two important principles of tax policy: competitiveness and neutrality.” “

 

 

 

 

 ” A competitive tax code is one that limits the taxation of businesses and investment. Since capital is mobile and businesses can choose where to invest, tax rates that are too high “drive investment elsewhere, leading to slower economic growth,” as the Tax Foundation puts it.

  By neutrality the foundation means “a tax code that seeks to raise the most revenue with the fewest economic distortions. This means that it doesn’t favor consumption over saving, as happens with capital gains and dividends taxes, estate taxes, and high progressive income taxes. This also means no targeted tax breaks for businesses for specific business activities.” Crony capitalism that rewards the likes of green energy with lower tax bills while imposing higher bills on other firms is political arbitrage that misallocates capital and reduces economic growth.

  The index takes into account more than 40 tax policy variables. And the inaugural ranking puts the U.S. at 32nd out of 34 industrialized countries in the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).”

 

 

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Boston Marathon Victims Denied Insurance Reimbursement Because Bombing Was ‘Not Act Of Terrorism’

 

Feds: This is not terrorism

 

 

” The context is the Terrorism Risk Insurance Act, which was passed just after the 9/11 attacks. It’s a a federally-administered and underwritten insurance program for terrorism-caused damage, designed to be relatively inexpensive but to compensate policy owners in the event of a man-caused disaster.

  Twenty-two Boston-based companies carried that insurance and for pay-out purposes, the attacks have not been classified as acts of terror.

  Instead, the law’s details state that insurance losses must exceed $5 million to be certified as terrorism, and so far only $1.9 million in claims have been issued. That actual terrorists blew stuff up, killed people, and caused damage is only part of the equation and not sufficient to make an “act of terrorism” determination. The rest of the critical factors depend on the dollar value.

  Whether this detail stems from a crony relationship between the government and the insurance companies, as they write the policies and benefit from the premiums whereas the payouts are taxpayer supported, or just a well-intentioned mistake, is unclear. “

 

    Our bet is on the crony relationship , not a “well-intentioned” mistake . What do you think ? Read more and decide for yourself .

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Everything You’ve Wanted To Know About Net Neutrality But Were Afraid To Ask

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

” Okay, ever since our big Net Neutrality Crowdfunding, we’ve had some new readers who aren’t as familiar with the details and issues — yet we’ve been mostly writing as if everyone is informed of the basics. So, we figured it only made sense to take a step back and do a bit of an explainer about net neutrality.

What is net neutrality?

  This is not an easy answer, actually, which, at times, is a part of the problem. The phrase, first coined by law professor Tim Wu, referred originally to the concept of the end-to-end principle of the internet, in that anyone online could request a webpage or information from any online service, and the internet access provider (usually called internet service providers or ISPs) in the middle would deliver that information. At the time, the ISPs were starting to make noises about how they wanted to “charge” service providers to reach end users, effectively setting up toll booths on the internet. This kicked off in earnest in October of 2005, when SBC (which became AT&T) CEO Ed Whitacre declared that internet companies were using “his pipes for free.”

  The phrase has been warped and twisted in various directions over the years, but the simplest way to think about it is basically whether or not your ISP — the company you pay for your internet access (usually cable, DSL or fiber, but also wireless, satellite and a few others) — can pick winners and losers by requiring certain companies to pay the ISP more just to be available to you (or available to you in a “better” way). John Oliver probably summarized it best by arguing that it’s about “preventing cable company fuckery” (though, to be clear, it goes beyond just cable companies).

  The internet access providers claim that service providers, like Netflix and Google, are getting a “free ride” on their network, since those services are popular with their users, and they’d like to get those (very successful) companies to pay.

Wait, so internet companies don’t pay for bandwidth?

  They absolutely do pay for their bandwidth. And here’s the tricky part of this whole thing. Everyone already pays for their own bandwidth. You pay your access provider, and the big internet companies pay for their bandwidth as well. And what you pay for is your ability to reach all those sites on the internet. What the internet access providers are trying to do is to get everyone to pay twice. That is, you pay for your bandwidth, and then they want, say, Netflix, to pay again for the bandwidth you already paid for, so that Netflix can reach you. This is under the false belief that when you buy internet service from your internet access provider, you haven’t bought with it the ability to reach sites on the internet. The big telcos and cable companies want to pretend you’ve only bought access to the edge of their network, and then internet sites should have to pay extra to become available to you. In fact, they’ve been rather explicit about this. Back in 2006, AT&T’s Ed Whitacre stated it clearly: “I think the content providers should be paying for the use of the network – obviously not the piece for the customer to the network, which has already been paid for by the customer in internet access fees, but for accessing the so-called internet cloud.” In short, the broadband players would like to believe that when you pay your bandwidth, you’re only paying from your access point to their router. It’s a ridiculous view of the world, somewhat akin to pretending the earth is still flat and at the center of the universe, but in this case, the broadband players pretend that they’re at the center of the universe.”

 

Read the whole thing at TechDirt and arm yourselves with the facts .

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dear Mr. Chairman,Don’t Break The Internet!

 

 

 

 

 

Save The Internet

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” ALLOWING THE GOVERNMENT TO RUN THE INTERNET LIKE A UTILITY OPENS THE DOOR TO ABUSE. WE NEED YOUR VOICE NOW TO OPPOSE TITLE II — PROTECT AN OPEN INTERNET! “

 

 

At $286K, Members Of Congress Earn A Lot for How Little They Accomplish

 

 

 

 

 

” Congress has just returned from a 5-week recess to a lot of unfinished business—it has yet to send even one of the 12 spending bills due on Sept. 30 to the president’s desk.

  A new report by the Taxpayers Protection Alliance and Our Generation reveals that members of Congress take home a big paycheck for meager results in Washington. At $174,000, members of Congress make more than 95 percent of American income earners. Once generous benefits are added, members’ compensation totals $286,000 per year. And at least one member of Congress argued recently even this generous compensation package wasn’t enough—that Congress also should get a housing stipend.

  Congress’s main job is to budget. But when it comes to passing annual spending bills, members of Congress have not accomplished that in full and on time since 1997. Many were hopeful Congress would use this year’s head start into the appropriations process (Congress agreed on the spending level in December 2013, instead of April 2014) to actually meet the deadlines, but such hope has long given way to resignation. There is simply not enough time left in this fiscal year. “

 

 

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The Renewed Fight For An Open Internet

 

 

Cato Podcast Open Internet

 

 

 

” Applying old-school utility regulation to the Internet would be a disaster according to Berin Szoka, President of TechFreedom.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Obama’s Mixed Message On ISIS

 

 

 

 

Weather Channel Founder Explains The History Of The Global Warming Hoax

 

 

 

 

” John Coleman, an award-winning meteorologist and weatherman with sixty years of experience and founder of the Weather Channel, produced a video explaining the history of the man-made global warming hoax .

  Coleman, a former broadcast meteorologist of the year of the American Meteorological Society (AMS), explains that after being a member for several years, he quit the AMS after it became very clear to him that “the politics had gotten in the way of the science.” Coleman explains that there is no man-made global warming, and he’s sure of it. 

  Coleman says that if there were evidence of man-made global warming, he would have been dedicated his life to stopping it: 

“ I love our wonderful planet Earth. If I thought it was threatened by global warming, I would devote my life to stopping the warming!”

  Now they call it “climate change” instead of global warming, because the warming has stopped, says Coleman, and that $4.7 billion in taxpayer money is funding “bogus reports” and “bogus research.”  “

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Hackers Hit 25,000 Homeland Security Workers

 

 

USIS Hacked

 

 

 

 

” The internal records of as many as 25,000 Homeland Security Department employees were exposed during a recent computer break-in at a federal contractor that handles security clearances, an agency official said Friday.

  The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss details of an incident that is under active federal criminal investigation, said the number of victims could be greater. The department was informing employees whose files were exposed in the hacking against contractor USIS and warning them to monitor their financial accounts.

  Earlier this month, USIS acknowledged the break-in, saying its internal cybersecurity team had detected what appeared to be an intrusion with “all the markings of a state-sponsored attack.” Neither USIS nor government officials have speculated on the identity of the foreign government. A USIS spokeswoman reached Friday declined to comment on the DHS notifications. “

 

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Soros, Steyer Spend Big In Bid To Rescue Democrats’ Majority

 

 

 

 

” Super PACs spent July beefing up for the fall campaign. Many groups filed new disclosure reports this week, leaving a paper trail littered with big checks from big names.

  Democrats dominate the list of notable July donors, as there have simply been more Democratic dollars flowing to that type of outside group this year. There’s still plenty of conservative money out there; it’s just that more of it is going toward nonprofits, which don’t have to disclose their donors. Here are a handful of July super PAC donations that stood out.

  STEYER: Climate-change activist Tom Steyer gave the biggest super PAC donation in this month’s reports: $7.5 million to his own group, NextGen Climate. Steyer, who made his fortune as a successful hedge-fund manager, also spread some of that money around. NextGen gave a half-million dollars to Senate Majority PAC, the biggest Senate Democratic super PAC, and $150,000 to the League of Conservation Voters Victory Fund, another environmental group.

  BLOOMBERG: Michael Bloomberg is staying plenty active in his post-mayoral days. Aside from funding his gun-control-focused super PAC, Bloomberg has written checks to Senate Majority PAC and super PACs that backed GOP Sens. Thad Cochran and Lindsey Graham during their primary battles. Most recently, the former New York City mayor donated $2 million to Women Vote!—the largest contribution the EMILY’s List super PAC has ever received. Only Steyer has given more money to super PACs this election season.

  SOROS: Democratic financier George Soros’s checkbook has been active this summer: The prolific donor gave $500,000 apiece to House Majority PAC and the League of Conservation Voters Victory Fund. But that million dollars wasn’t his family’s only big outlay so far this summer. Soros’s daughter, Andrea Soros Colombel, gave $250,000 to Planned Parenthood Votes.

  SINGER: Hedge-fund manager Paul Singer is the top super PAC donor on the Republican side so far this election cycle, and he kept the money flowing last month. The Elliott Management founder dished out $750,000 to the conservative super PAC Ending Spending Action Fund, which has spent a total of nearly $4.5 million in five different races in 2014. Singer also gave $100,000 to the GOP’s best-known spending juggernaut, American Crossroads. Singer has now contributed a total of $1.4 million to Ending Spending and $1.35 million to Crossroads this cycle.

  MOSTYN: Amber Mostyn is half of Texas’s biggest Democratic power couple. The Houston lawyer and her husband Steve were among Democrats’ biggest super PAC donors in 2012, when the The New York Times Magazine used the story of the Mostyns’ $1 million gift to Priorities USA Action to explain the role and rise of the pro-Obama super PAC. In July, Amber Mostyn gave $250,000 to the Planned Parenthood super PAC, matching the quarter-million she gave the committee in 2013.

  BERGMAN: After giving $1 million to American Crossroads in 2012, Jay Bergman, the owner of Illinois-based Petco Petroleum, remained relatively quiet on the outside-money front. But In July, he ponied up to Crossroads again, cutting a $500,000 check to the super PAC. Bergman gives mostly to Republicans. But he casts himself as an “independent,” and he’s contributed to Illinois Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn and his predecessor, Rod Blagojevich, in the past.

  SABAN: Billionaire Univision owner Haim Saban has already pledged his “full might” to Hillary Clinton if she runs for president in 2016, but he’s keeping busy in the meantime. Saban gave $250,000 to Senate Majority PAC in July.

  SCHMIDT: Another $250,000 donation came to Senate Majority PAC via Google Chairman Eric Schmidt. Unlike most of the donors on this list, Schmidt eschewed super PACs in 2012, but this is his second major contribution of 2014. Back in June, Schmidt gave $100,000 to the super PAC formed to support Democratic Sen. Mark Warner’s reelection in Virginia this year.

 ANGELOS: Other Democratic donors may have given more money than the $100,000 Senate Majority PAC got from the Law Offices of Peter Angelos. But few other donors have jobs as cool. When he’s not financing Democratic super PACs, Angelos can be found bankrolling free agent signings as the owner of the Baltimore Orioles.

  OTHER PACS: Some of the biggest donations made in July went from one PAC to another. In addition to the donations Steyer’s group made, Senate Majority PAC also contributed $350,000 to the League of Conservation Voters super PAC last month. And two of the biggest donations to House Majority PAC came from the Blue Dog PAC and the New Democrat Coalition PAC, two groups representing moderate or conservative House Democrats. They combined to give $350,000 to House Majority PAC.”

 

Party of the “little people” indeed …

 

Thanks to National Journal

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Army Quits Tests After Competing Rifle Outperforms M4A1 Carbine

 

 

 

 

” A competing rifle outperformed the Army’s favored M4A1 carbine in key firings during a competition last year before the service abruptly called off the tests and stuck with its gun, according to a new confidential report.

  The report also says the Army changed the ammunition midstream to a round “tailored” for the M4A1 rifle. It quoted competing companies as saying the switch was unfair because they did not have enough time to fire the new ammo and redesign their rifles before the tests began.

  Exactly how the eight challengers — and the M4 — performed in a shootout to replace the M4, a soldier’s most important personal defense, has been shrouded in secrecy.

  But an “official use only report” by the Center for Naval Analyses shows that one of the eight unidentified weapons outperformed the M4 on reliability and on the number of rounds fired before the most common type of failures, or stoppages, occurred, according to data obtained by The Washington Times. “

 

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Reporter Blasts Clinton Royalty

 

 

 

 

” Nevada reporter Jon Ralston rips Hillary Clinton for demanding “royal treatment” in an upcoming visit to Las Vegas:

” The price of Hillary Clinton’s scheduled speech and UNLV fundraiser could be going up. Las Vegas Review Journal, which obtained Clinton’s contract with the UNLV Foundation, reports in addition to her speaking fee of $225,000, Clinton is demanding a private jet, a presidential suite and adjoining rooms for her entourage, and Clinton refuses to mingle with the common folk. She wants to approve any media types attending the event.

” And now, a word about royalty. We don’t have kings and queens in America, or at least we shouldn’t. But when I see the red carpet UNLV is rolling out for Hillary Clinton in two months I start to wonder. Unless you’re a mindless partisan, the details of that contract with the UNLV Foundation should disturb you. They were uncovered, as I said by the RJ’s Lara Myers, and published over the weekend. The contract reads as if Hillary is being given the, yes,  royal treatment. Now it is bad enough that the UNLV Foundation folks agreed to that outrageous $225,000 fee as students struggle to make ends meet.”

 

 

Weekly Standard

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Left To Obama: Check Spy Agencies

 

 

 

” Activists on the left are demanding President Obama flex his muscle over the country’s spy agencies.

  The CIA’s admission that a handful of officials spied on Senate staffers is proof that the White House has lost control of the intelligence agencies, critics say. They are also discomforted by the continued support Obama has offered for agency Director John Brennan. 

“ This is not an isolated incident,” said Becky Bond, political director with the progressive group Credo.

“ The fact that these intelligence officials are able to keep their job when major breaches or major assaults on the Constitution are made public — let alone all the things that are happening that we don’t know about — it sets a very dangerous precedent,” she added.

  In recent days, more than 42,000 people have signed Credo’s petition calling for Obama to “fire” Brennan, along with agency officials who knew about the snooping on Congress. The petition also calls for the Justice Department to file criminal charges against people involved in the congressional snooping.

  The spying is just “the latest evidence that America’s shadowy intelligence agencies are out of control,” the group said in its petition. “Yet disturbingly, President Obama is still defending Brennan.”

  The administration’s positions have inflamed civil libertarians on both sides of the aisle. But for liberals who supported Obama based in part on his opposition to the powerful security apparatus of the administration of President George W. Bush, the shift is especially painful. 

“ It looks incredibly hypocritical relative to the promises he made over the campaign, and that’s completely been made transparent,” said Demand Progress executive director David Segal. “

 

The Hill

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CNN Poll: Trust In Government At All-Time Low

 

 

 

 

 

” The poll also indicates that the public’s trust in government is at an all-time low.

  Just 13% of Americans say the government can be trusted to do what is right always or most of the time, with just over three-quarters saying only some of the time and one in 10 saying they never trust the government, according to the poll.

” The number who trust the government all or most of the time has sunk so low that it is hard to remember that there was ever a time when Americans routinely trusted the government,” CNN Polling Director Keating Holland said. 

” But polls conducted by the University of Michigan consistently found a majority of Americans in the 1960s and early 1970s saying that the government could be trusted all or most of the time – until Watergate. In 1972, 53% said they trusted the government always or most of the time. By 1974, that figure had plummeted to 36%, and except for a brief period of patriotic sentiment immediately after the 9/11 attacks, it has remained under 50% ever since,” Holland added.”

 

CNN has the details

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Obama’s FBI To Hire Firm To Rate ‘Positive’ And ‘Negative’ Stories About The Agency

 

 

 

 

 

” The FBI is hiring a contractor to grade news stories about the agency as “positive” “neutral” or “negative,” but the agency won’t say why officials need the information or what they plan to do with it.

  FBI officials wouldn’t even reveal how they will go about assigning the grades, which were laid out in a recent contract solicitation. The contract tells potential bidders to “use their judgment” in scoring news coverage as part of a new “daily news briefing” service the agency is seeking as part of a contract that could last up to five years.”

 

Washington Times

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Immigrant Detention Center Has Hair Salon For Women

 

 

 

 

” Federal immigration officials on Thursday sought to show the softer side of immigrant detention, complete with cartoon wall murals, stuffed animals, playgrounds, snacks and a hair salon at a South Texas facility that will house women and their children who crossed the border illegally.

  With a surge in illegal immigration in recent months, especially children traveling alone and parents bringing in children from Central America, authorities moved to convert an all-male detention facility about 50 miles Southeast of San Antonio into one that could temporarily house families.

  The Karnes County Residential Center is the third such family center in the nation, with the others in the New Mexico and Pennsylvania, and more could be on the way.

  The facility will start receiving immigrants on Friday and can house up to 532 people at a cost of about $140 a day per person.

  The Karnes County local government contracts the day-to-day operation with the private prison company The GEO Group .”

 

 

   Doing the math the operating costs for just one of the facilities is $74,480 per day , $521,360 per week and a whopping $27,110,720.00 , yes that’s right … TWENTY SEVEN MILLION DOLLARS per year .

   Now add to that staggering cost the blatant , arrogant lies of Obama’s “Homeland Security” chief …

 

 

” “ Our borders are not open to illegal immigration; if you come here illegally and don’t have a legal basis to stay under our laws, we will send you back,” Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson said in a statement. “The opening of this additional facility represents our continued commitment to provide temporary facilities for adults with children while they undergo removal proceedings.” “

 

 

… and it should be obvious to all that we are being taken to the cleaners by our own government and being forced to fund our own demise .

 

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