May have cost taxpayers up to $102 million
A top federal health agency’s failure for seven years to fix a known problem with a Medicare billing code may have unnecessarily cost taxpayers $102 million in payments to hospitals, an investigation has found. Continue reading
Charlie Rose skulked offstage like a punch-drunk palooka with barely a whimper, and Matt Lauer offered up the now laughably pro forma press release of bathetic apology and contrition — no doubt micro-managed by his attorneys. But the hit on Garrison Keillor by his old friend Minnesota Public Radio seemed like a new low in the whipping-post politics of the moment. Continue reading
The News of the Day the Mainstream and Social Media are squatting on: Legions of people are being thrown off the Information Highway; the bus is leaving the depot without them.
Amid a daily myriad of made-to-order distractions, including the ongoing visceral hatred of the outcome of presidential election 2016; the more than 20-year old sexual harassment claims of loud Entertainment Industry victims; the recent advance of Character Assassination By Allegation, allegations of which are impossible to prove or disprove, Conservatives are steadily losing their voice on the Internet. Continue reading
Lost in the most important foreign policy trip of Trump’s Presidency and escalating Saudi-Iran war cries are the revelations about President Obama, Hillary Clinton and the dark deeds both partook in to discredit and deceive the American people and Donald Trump. Meanwhile, California focuses on the sexuality of the Palm Springs City Council, instead of electing officials who can deal with CalPERS’ $1.4 trillion in unfunded liabilities and CalSTRS’ $200 billion of obligations in the red. Continue reading
The program is the center of an ideological war for the future of the American safety net.
The battle for Medicaid moved to Maine this week.
On Tuesday, the state’s voters approved expanding Medicaid to 70,000 of their poorest residents, circumventing the archconservative governor who has blocked the expansion five times in the past four years. “Maine people have supported this for years,” Ann Woloson, who worked in support of the ballot initiative, told me the day before the vote. They would finally get it. Continue reading
I’d like to better understand the conservative media’s orgy over Harvey Weinstein, the disgraced and disgraceful Hollywood film producer and studio executive who used his power over decades to have his way with starlets.
To listen to conservative talkers, the women affronted or assaulted by Weinstein were all Shakespearean talent in the making—female clones of Richard Burton (he had no match among women)—who made the pilgrimage to Sodom and Gomorrah in the Hollywood Hills, for the purpose of realizing their talent, never knowing it was a meat market. Watching the women who make up the dual-perspective panels “discussing” the Weinstein saga, it’s hard to tell conservative from liberal.
“Conservative” women now complain as bitterly as their liberal counterparts about “objectification.” Continue reading
“Good evening Mr. and Mrs. North and South America and all the ships at sea … let’s go to press!”…with those words, Walter Winchell opened his radio broadcast. For those too young to have heard him, or heard OF him, he was a news and gossip reporter with a huge following in America. With the advent of television, his audience shrank until there was really no reason for him to be on the air. In the same era, there was Drew Pearson, Edward R. Murrow, famous for his “…from London” broadcasts during World War Two, and Father Divine, just to name a few radio personalities. Continue reading
Dissenting from a ruling in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia that was based on the assumption that an illegal alien detained by the federal government has a constitutional right under the Due Process Clause of the Fifth Amendment to get an abortion in the United States, Judge Karen LeCraft Henderson argued that, if the court’s assumption were correct and carried to its logical conclusion, a detained illegal alien would also have the right to donate to U.S. political campaigns and keep and bear arms. Continue reading
The Sackler dynasty’s ruthless marketing of painkillers has generated billions of dollars—and millions of addicts.
An addiction specialist said that the Sacklers’ firm, Purdue Pharma, bears the “lion’s share” of the blame for the opioid crisis. Illustration by Ben Wiseman
The north wing of the Metropolitan Museum of Art is a vast, airy enclosure featuring a banked wall of glass and the Temple of Dendur, a sandstone monument that was constructed beside the Nile two millennia ago and transported to the Met, brick by brick, as a gift from the Egyptian government. The space, which opened in 1978 and is known as the Sackler Wing, is also itself a monument, to one of America’s great philanthropic dynasties. The Brooklyn-born brothers Arthur, Mortimer, and Raymond Sackler, all physicians, donated lavishly during their lifetimes to an astounding range of institutions, many of which today bear the family name: the Sackler Gallery, in Washington; the Sackler Museum, at Harvard; the Sackler Center for Arts Education, at the Guggenheim; the Sackler Wing at the Louvre; and Sackler institutes and facilities at Columbia, Oxford, and a dozen other universities. The Sacklers have endowed professorships and underwritten medical research. The art scholar Thomas Lawton once likened the eldest brother, Arthur, to “a modern Medici.” Before Arthur’s death, in 1987, he advised his children, “Leave the world a better place than when you entered it.” Continue reading
More comfortable online than out partying, post-Millennials are safer, physically, than adolescents have ever been. But they’re on the brink of a mental-health crisis.
One day last summer, around noon, I called Athena, a 13-year-old who lives in Houston, Texas. She answered her phone—she’s had an iPhone since she was 11—sounding as if she’d just woken up. We chatted about her favorite songs and TV shows, and I asked her what she likes to do with her friends. “We go to the mall,” she said. “Do your parents drop you off?,” I asked, recalling my own middle-school days, in the 1980s, when I’d enjoy a few parent-free hours shopping with my friends. “No—I go with my family,” she replied. “We’ll go with my mom and brothers and walk a little behind them. I just have to tell my mom where we’re going. I have to check in every hour or every 30 minutes.” Continue reading
The Holt Declaration of Independence
A major piece of printed Americana will go up for sale on November 11. It is a very rare, very early, and very valuable printing of the Declaration of Independence. It was printed in New York on July 9, 1776. However, the auction will not be taking place in New York, at least not the city. It will take place in Potsdam, New York. Where?
For the uninitiated, Potsdam is in the far upper reaches of upstate New York. Winter there begins in late July and ends in early July. It’s where if you speak a second language, it’s French, not Spanish. If you’re going to the “big city,” it’s Montreal, not New York. Montreal is 100 miles away, New York City 350. Canada is a mere 50 miles north.
Potsdam is not a large metropolis. It has a population of 9,400. However, it is no hick town either. It is home to two colleges, Clarkson University and the State University of New York at Potsdam. That must be one of the nation’s highest universities per capita ratios. It is also home of Blanchard’s Auction Service. Blanchard’s may not have the caché of a Sotheby’s or Christie’s, but every better known auction house on earth would love to have this item. As the listing explains, the Blanchards have known the unnamed seller for 25 years, who is “committed to our region.” This is how the Declaration came to be offered in far-off Potsdam. Continue reading
You know the plot: The bank robbers set off a bomb down the street from the bank, and while everyone’s distracted they get away with the loot.
In the reality TV show we’re now suffering through, Donald Trump is the bomb.
The robbers are the American oligarchs who bankroll the Republican Party, and who are plotting the biggest heist in American history—a massive tax cut estimated to be up to 5.8 trillion dollars.
Around 80 percent of it will benefit the richest 1 percent, according to the Tax Policy Center.
Trump is busily distracting America with his explosive tweets and incendiary tantrums—blasting Republican senators Jeff Flake and Bob Corker, NFL players who take the knee, Dreamers, refugees, immigrants, transgender people, the media, “rocket man,” Hillary Clinton, Obama, NAFTA, Muslims. The Trump bomb is hugely damaging—unleashing hate, threatening democratic institutions, isolating America in the world. Continue reading
ANTIFA Plans Nationwide Anarchy On November 4th. Here’s Where and How
ANTIFA wasn’t very smart since they are openly planning for anarchy on November the 4th, 2017, and President Trump and Attorney General Jeff Sessions should be fully prepared to investigate. Maybe even prepare all out raids in four major American cities. Share this list because ANTIFA stupidly put out this list on their website. Here is a list of Alt-Left terrorist group ANTIFA and their planned likely violent riots on November 4th, 2017… (Continue to full article)
Communism — A Centennial Celebration of Tyranny and Terror
National Socialism and Democratic Socialism are much the same as Marxist Socialism — behind a façade. Most of these socialist sympathizers gravitate toward statism because they want somebody to take care of them. They have no sense of history, never took a civics class, and have never lifted a finger in defense of the Liberty they now enjoy. Ignorance is bliss, until it’s not… (Continue to full article)
65.5 Million in U.S. Speak Foreign Language at Home
An analysis of newly released 2016 Census Bureau data by the Center for Immigration Studies shows that a record 65.5 million U.S. residents five years of age and older speak a language other than English at home. As a share of the population, more than one in five U.S. residents now speaks a foreign language at home – including residents like Jovita Mendez, who has lived in the California for over 20 years and recently became a U.S. citizen, despite being unable to speak, read, or write in English… (Continue to full article)
Hillary: People Accusing Me of Corruption Over the Russia Uranium Deal Are “Peddling Bologna”
Twice failed Democrat presidential candidate Hillary Clinton isn’t thrilled about new reports exposing additional corruption around the Uranium One deal. Hillary of course denies the deal, which was pushed by Russian nuclear officials on behalf of President Vladimir Putin, had anything to do with making her rich… (Continue to full article)
Bias Blindness Afflicts the Media
If one blatantly dismisses all accusation of bias as patently false when data would suggest otherwise, one will find little sympathy to accept one’s accusation of another as guilty of the same sin. Or to put it in more common parlance, it’s the pot calling the kettle black. MAN – dats racist!!! (Continue to full article)
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This is another chapter that was not in the original book. As noted earlier, I wrote the original back in 1999 and published it in 2000. Back then Slick Willie Clinton was just finishing up his second term as president and while he was then considered to be on the left, it was a far calmer country then. I have watched since then and have seen politics going from being just a difference of how the country should be run to becoming almost a contact sport. I know that some of this will be repetitious but I believe it all needs to be put together to see where this country is today. My feeling is that we are in such bad shape that I do not know if we can recover.
I am going to hark all the way back to Ronald Reagan because that is when I actually saw what was the beginning of the Fasciunistic left. When Reagan was elected the mainstream media was not happy and did their best to take shots at him. They complained that he was too old and that what did a former movie star know about running America. The problem with taking pot shots at Reagan was the fact that he was known as the “great communicator”, and every time things got what he considered out of hand he would go on television and give a speech that made the points he wanted to make and turn the country back to his way of thinking, He pulled the country out of double digit inflation and excessive unemployment and we had eight of the best years this country had seen in decades. Ronald Reagan was truly the people’s president. Continue reading
For almost a year now we have been hearing wild tales about President Trump’s supposed “collusion” with the Russians and Putin. Of course no credible evidence for this has showed up, but, hey, that makes no difference. Robert Mueller will continue to probe this until the cows come home, hoping to dig up some Trump acquaintance from twenty years ago that may have had supper in a Russian restaurant someplace, and this is the sort of drivel he is finding to prove Trump’s “collusion” with Putin. Continue reading
Those of you who have read this far in this book should be mad as hornets by now. You along with every right thinking American should be thinking of how to overcome this Fasciunist takeover. You need to remember though that you, like myself will probably be labeled as a hate monger, a racist, a white supremacist, a Nazi and anything else the left and the Fasciunists can come up with. At one time, many years ago, being a patriot or being patriotic was considered a very good thing. Now when you say you are a patriot the media and the liberals make you out to be anti-government and equate you to a spy. Some of the nicer names you may be called when saying you are a patriot are; right wing wacko, Christian extremist, radical, racist, anti-Semitic, xenophobic, homophobic, and a whole litany of other names, some that should not even be used in public… Continue reading
The postmodernist left on campus is intolerant not only of opposing views, but of science itself.
Who would have guessed that when America cleaved, the left would get the National Football League and the right would get uncontested custody of science?
The revolution on college campuses, which seeks to eradicate individuals and ideas that are considered unsavory, constitutes a hostile takeover by fringe elements on the extreme left. Last spring at the Evergreen State College, where I was a professor for 15 years, the revolution was televised—proudly and intentionally—by the radicals. Opinions not fitting with the currently accepted dogma—that all white people are racist, that questioning policy changes aimed at achieving “equity” is itself an act of white supremacy—would not be tolerated, and those who disagreed were shouted down, hunted, assaulted, even battered. Similar eruptions have happened all over the country. Continue reading
Section 1324a states: “Any person who knowingly hires/harbors/transports any illegal alien is guilty of a felony punishable by 10 years jail + $2000 fine per illegal alien + forfeiture of the vehicle or property used to commit the crime“.
Section 1324c states, “All officers whose duty it is to enforce criminal laws shall have authority to make arrests for a violation of any provision of this section” (affirmed US v Perez-Gonzalez 2002 Fed App 0360, 6th Circ.).
Section 1644, same title states, “No local ordinance, rule, or measure shall stop law enforcement officers from enforcement of this section” (affirmed Southern District Court of NY, US v Rudy Guiliani,1996).
Crews from the Asplundh tree service inspect a oak tree after it was cut down on April 23, 2013 at Toomer’s Corner in Auburn, Alabama. Auburn University decided to remove the dying oaks after they were poisoned by a rival fan shortly after the 2010 Iron Bowl. (Photo by Michael Chang/Getty Images)
A national tree services company will have to pay a a record fine after admitting that it engaged in a scheme to hire illegal aliens, federal prosecutors announced Thursday.
Asplundh Tree Expert Co., a suburban Philadelphia-based contractor that trims and removes trees around power lines, pleaded guilty Thursday to a federal criminal charge and was ordered to pay a total of $95 million, the biggest penalty ever levied in an immigration case. Continue reading
Soaring population, free medical care and more policing leads to highest ever bill for undocumented foreigners
The price per alien has ballooned by about $3billion in four years, with factors like free health care and a soaring immigrant population are contributing to costs. Other big price tags in the per person tally are free education, and an enormous law enforcement bill.
(AP Photo/Matt York)
The report out by FAIR (Federation for American Immigration Reform) is called the ‘The Fiscal Burden Of Illegal Immigration on U.S. Taxpayers,’ is being touted as the most comprehensive report to date.
FAIR’s report estimates the bill for illegal immigration in the US costs taxpayers $135 billion annually. Meanwhile construction on the border wall prototypes has started near San Diego
The cost of law enforcement contributes to the soaring costs of illegal immigrants to taxpayers Continue reading
The first eleven chapters of this book have dealt with facts. They can be verified and proven. While some people may disagree with my interpretation, nonetheless, these are facts and there are studies to bear me out. Some of the studies I drew from are open to interpretation also; it is just a matter of the study you happen to believe. This chapter will be based on conjecture, suppositions and scenarios. That is because we are going to take a look into the future and what I think those who would rule the world are up to. Short of being a member of the shadow government or one of the many Fasciunist groups out there, there is no way I can actually know what they have in mind. However, that being said, I can see some frightening trends that are currently taking place. I have looked back into history and can see where much is repeating itself. This is how I will handle this chapter, drawing on my knowledge of history and tell you what I personally see coming. In the next chapter, which is the last in this book, I will apprise you, again in my opinion, as to what we can possibly do to stop the Fasciunists from taking over America and making it a third-world country under a one-world government. Continue reading
When someone asks about my worst hookup, I have plenty of options to choose from, but I inevitably end up telling the same story. It’s the one where I started arguing with a Trump supporter at a bar and then before I knew it, I was waking up the next morning in his bedroom. There were flags everywhere: Ronald Reagan’s face was emblazoned on one of them, “Don’t Tread On Me” made an appearance on another. I say it was the “worst” not because the sex was bad, but because, well, see above….
This was in early 2016 and—while it doesn’t excuse my choice of partner—it was before Pussygate, before the suggestion of violence against his opponents,, and before the realities of a Trump presidency really set in. So while I found a lot of his comments abhorrent, hooking up with one of his supporters wasn’t quite the moral conundrum to me that it would become a few months later. Continue reading
Democrats are crying that 800,000 people that were assisted in breaking the law should not be deported. The Democrats claim these “kids” (many in their 20’s) are working, going to school and are in the military. Like everything else the Democrats says and Obama did, that is a lie.
“According to O’Brien, the DACA program was riddled with fraud and abuse from the beginning, where illegal alien applicants for the program allegedly lied on applications and were rarely caught by USCIS officials: Continue reading
Sometimes you wonder if people have any common sense at all. take for instance the sanctuary city of Santa Rosa, California, whose police department has a 38-year-old illegal alien in custody that Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) were interested in and instead of releasing the man into the custody of ICE, they allowed him to go free.
Two weeks later, Nery Israel Estrada-Margos murdered his girlfriend.
Estrada-Margos had a known history of domestic violence. Continue reading
… as Refineries Shut Down
Extreme weather is in our future. Caribbean hurricanes of the future will be more and more violent and destructive because of manmade global heating. Sea level rise will open the coast to bigger storm surges. The number of coastal floods has already doubled since the 1980s because of people driving their gasoline cars and running their air conditioners off burning lumps of coal. Hotter air over hotter water will have more moisture in it, setting the stage for regular flooding. Hotter water creates more powerful winds within hurricanes.
So the bad news is that a fossil fuel energy system does not deal well with extreme weather. Continue reading
Back in chapter one I explained that Fascism is a nationalist form of socialism while communism is an international form of socialism. That might make one wonder how Fasciunism fits in whit a bunch of very wealthy people who would like to form a one-world government. How would Fascist (nationalist) beliefs and tactics fit into the one world scheme? The answer is fairly simple; the one worlders know that the common citizens of most countries are very nationalistic. Many countries have very strong nationalist movements. Just look at the nationalist movements in the European countries that are inviting all of the Muslim immigrants in. Here in the United States of America the feelings run even deeper. None of us want to give up our sovereignty. This is where Fasciunism steps in and fills the gap.
Fasciunist is not to be the ultimate result; it is merely being used to get us to accept a one-world government. Part of this is the liberal, progressive, democrat Fasciunists are pushing for completely open borders, which would in fact do away with our sovereignty. Continue reading
These men and women are unsung hero’s! They go out and put their lives on the line to keep our communities safe! Out here in Montana, there have been a couple who have given their lives this year to keep us safe! Take a moment to thank a firefighter…They simply do not get enough credit!
“I, Jeffrey Bennett, do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; and that I will obey the orders of the President of the United States and the orders of the officers appointed over me, according to regulations and the Uniform Code of Military Justice. So help me God.” ~ November 7, 1965
What occurred in Charlottesville North Carolina was a sad, tragic event especially with the death of a young woman Heather Heyer.
We can all agree that extremist fringe groups on both sides of the ideological spectrum; White Nationalists, Antifa, Neo-Nazi’s, White Supremacists, Black Lives Matter (BLM), anarchists and who knows what else prowls the streets of unrest, should be denounced and are anathema to the American ethos. Continue reading
This country is very close to having an imperial presidency. It probably began with Franklin D. Roosevelt. He stacked the courts, he had a congress that went along with him, we were just coming out of a depression and we got into WW II. This also got him elected more times than the constitution allowed. I believe that had he not died when he did he would have been elected again and again until he either quit or died. One of his famous quotes was; “In politics nothing happens by accident, if it happens you can bet it was planned that way.” Now you look at the times he was elected and the things he did and you can see that by his own quote, he was headed to being a lifetime president or possibly even a dictator. Continue reading