The title of this category says it all. Of course, we could have called it “Watch on the Potomac” – but then we decided to develop a category for that subject anyway. In pre-war Germany – it was called “the Rhine.” Same difference – different time, different geographical region.
The situation at America’s southern border is a “manufactured crisis,“one perpetuated—if not started—by the Obama administration. After all, the administration put out an ad in January 2014 asking for contractors to handle an influx of 65,000 children.
“The surge to 60,000 or so children seen this year was said to catch many off guard, especially since just 6,500 children entered the U.S. as early as 2011,” reported Pete Kasperowicz for The Blaze. “But [Republican Senator Jeff] Sessions [R-AL] said the advertisement showed that the administration knew the surge would happen.” And in reality, the 60,000 children represent only about 20 percent of the total illegal immigrants who have come into this country since April. Continue reading →
The basic necessities in life just keep getting more expensive. On Tuesday, Hershey announced that the price of all of their chocolate bars is going to go up by about 8 percent. That is particularly distressing to me, because I am known to love chocolate. But if it was just chocolate that was becoming significantly more expensive perhaps that would be okay. Last month, it was coffee.
J.M. Smucker, one of the largest coffee producers in the United States, announced that it planned to raise coffee prices by about 9 percent. And Starbucks has announced a bunch of price increases across the board on their coffee products. Of course we could all survive without chocolate and coffee, but as you will see below just about every food category is becoming more expensive. If this keeps up, could we eventually see armed guards in grocery stores and on food trucks? Continue reading →
The epidemic of stupidity in the USA has risen to new heights with the widespread public, political and media support for the tens of thousands of illegal immigrants from Central America invading the country from Mexico. Those protesting the way the government is behaving are being attacked.
The narrative goes like this: Oh those poor children and mothers escaping incredibly awful conditions want nothing more than a decent life in the USA, and why not? After all we are a nation of immigrants. How could we deny giving these suffering kids and mothers a place in our nation? Never mind the legitimate sanctity of our borders. Continue reading →
One of the major complaints leveled at Veterans Administration (VA) officials has been their retaliation against military hospital staff who identify problems within their facilities. But according to the VA’s acting chief on Friday, those involved in intimidation or retaliation against whistleblowers will face serious disciplinary action.
Acting Veterans Affairs Secretary Sloan Gibson said in a press statement that federal investigators are probing complaints by at least 35 employees who formally alleged they were victims of workplace retaliation by VA supervisory personnel. Continue reading →
Four-fifths of U.S. states are expecting to have water shortages in the near future, according to a new government watchdog report.
A Government Accountability Office (GAO) review state water regulators and experts and review of water supply literature found that officials in 40 out of 50 states expect water shortages to occur in some parts of their states in the next decade. Many officials are concerned about water shortages in the future, especially in the wake of a severe drought that has hit the west coast. Continue reading →
Hillary Rodham Clinton on Monday gave a measured defense of the Obama administration’s controversial decision to swap five Guantanamo Bay detainees for a U.S. soldier held hostage in Afghanistan, noting that many of America’s allies make similar deals.
The former secretary of state was asked about the exchange by the moderator at an event in a Denver suburb. Clinton said she did not second-guess people who make such tough decisions, but said the American tradition of caring for its citizens and soldiers was a “noble” one.
She also noted that countries like Israel have made similar swaps, citing that country’s decision to exchange more than 1,000 Palestinian prisoners for one of its soldiers in 2011. Continue reading →
‘He willingly deserted’ Freed POW’s former platoon-mates call for him to face COURT-MARTIAL as they reveal how he left post. Army made comrades sign gagging orders (Read Full Story)
From biker to bearded campaigner who told the Taliban, ‘God will repay the death of every Afghan child’ The transformation of Bowe Bergdahl’s father before his son’s release. Bob Bergdahl has drawn scrutiny after speaking Pashto, an Afghan language, and Arabic at a Rose Garden press conference (Read Full Story)
‘A cover up just like Benghazi’
Outraged parents of officer who died hunting for ‘deserter’ POW Bergdahl lash out at Obama over ‘LIES’ they were told about how their hero son died (Read Full Story)
Freed hero or traitor?
As the only U.S. soldier held by the Taliban is released, the doubts over his story and its unsettling echoes of a controversial TV thriller (Read Full Story)
‘You blew it again’ Palin rebukes Obama for surrendering to ‘Osama Bin Laden’s partners’ in order to get Bergdahl back (Read Full Story)
Could Obama be impeached over prisoner swap which brought home soldier who ‘walked away’ from his unit? The president ignored a law – which he signed last year – requiring him to notify Congress 30 days before releasing anyone from Guantanamo Bay (Read Full Story)
Josh Korder:I could not go on if Bergdahl were hailed as a hero.
Former Army soldier Josh Korder who served with Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl shed light on the circumstances surrounding Bergdahl’s capture Monday on CNN.
Korder confirmed to host Jake Tapper Bergdahl began to express anti-American sentiments while in Afghanistan. The late Michael Hastings reported Bergdahl emailed his parents prior to his capture conveying disgust for the U.S. military and their mission in the country.
Tapper asked Korder about the soldiers who died in search of Bergdahl and if it “made him angry” Bergdahl is now free. Continue reading →
Excellent piece in Reason’s Hit and Run blog by J.D. Tuccille that makes the case it’s not just the Veterans Administration that is at fault for the scandal. The problem is government-run health care systems in general, as the UK, Canada, and other places have already discovered.
Such delays are typical of government-controlled, single-payer systems, I wrote yesterday. They’re such a regular feature that the U.K. National Health Service boasts “you have the legal right to start your NHS consultant-led treatment within a maximum of 18 weeks from referral.”
And the deaths that go with such delays may also be a regular feature of single-payer systems. Continue reading →
Only about half of young immigrants who grew up in the United States without legal status identify with the Democratic Party, while nearly half say they are independents or have some other non-party affiliation, according to a study published Tuesday. The findings run counter to perceptions that the young immigrants, who are known as “Dreamers,” overwhelmingly favor Democrats, and suggest that their political views will be shaped by what progress is made in Washington on an immigration overhaul that would provide a path to citizenship.
The study also reveals skepticism among the youths about both political parties, although more so about Republicans. According to the study, about four in 10 felt closer to the Democratic Party based on its positions on immigration, while 5 percent said they felt closer to the Republicans because of their views. Four in 10 young immigrants said they could not support Democrats “as long as immigration reform is not passed.” Continue reading →
Virtually everything that you do is being watched. Do you drive a car? Do you watch television? Do you use a cell phone? As you do any of those things, information about you is being recorded and tracked. We live at a time when personal privacy is dying. And it is not just governments that are doing this. In fact, sometimes private companies are the biggest offenders. It turns out that gathering information about all of us is very, very profitable. And both government entities and private companies are going to continue to push the envelope when it comes to high tech surveillance until people start objecting to what they are trying to do.
If we continue down the path that we are currently on, it is inevitable that we will end up living in an extremely restrictive “Big Brother” police state where basically everything that we do is very closely watched, monitored, tracked and controlled. And such a day may be much closer than you think. The following are 10 examples of how “Big Brother” is steadily creeping into our daily lives… Continue reading →
Is Detroit destined to become a Chinese city? Chinese homebuyers and Chinese businesses are starting to flood into the Motor City, and the governor of Michigan is greatly encouraging this. In fact, he has formally asked the Obama administration for 50,000 special federal immigration visas to encourage even more immigration from China and elsewhere. So will Detroit be the first major city in the United States to be dominated by China? It could happen.
Once upon a time, Detroit was the greatest manufacturing city in the history of the world and it had the highest per capita income in the entire country. But now it is a rotting, decaying, bankrupt hellhole that is in desperate need of a savior, and Michigan Governor Rick Snyder appears to be fully convinced that China can be that savior. Continue reading →
“First they ignore you, then they ridicule you, then they fight you, and then you win.” – Mohandas Gandhi.
I don’t know how accurate Gandhi was with that statement but if it is true, then the forces of freedom may be on the verge of one of biggest victories in history.
First, the forces of collectivism ignored us. Throughout The New Deal, serious intellectual opposition was completely ignored. William F. Buckley once observed that liberal intolerance was evident not so much in hostility to other opinions so much as the astonishment that there even was another opinion.
In my high school and college years, I certainly saw the latter but I also saw the former, actual hostility and assaultive behavior characterized many of the liberals I knew, and very interestingly, it was especially prominent from the peace crowd during the Viet-Nam War. “Kill for peace” seemed to be their motto. Continue reading →
The Bundy Ranch showdown has once again raised the issue the proliferation of SWAT teams and militarized response forces proliferating throughout the federal government, and the spread of military-style units to local governments. It is almost as if the state is arming itself to suppress the citizenry. John Fund at NRO has an excellent piece on the subject, The United States of Swat:
Dozens of federal agencies now have Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) teams to further an expanding definition of their missions. It’s not controversial that the Secret Service and the Bureau of Prisons have them. But what about the Department of Agriculture, the Railroad Retirement Board, the Tennessee Valley Authority, the Office of Personnel Management, the Consumer Product Safety Commission, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service? All of these have their own SWAT units and are part of a worrying trend towards the militarization of federal agencies — not to mention local police forces. (snip) Continue reading →
Nine years ago, James Dupree bought a rundown warehouse and onetime horse stable in Philadelphia so he could convert it into an art studio. The 64-year-old muralist and painter knew he would have to spend thousands of dollars to fix it up.
What he didn’t know was that the city was going to use the power of eminent domain to take the property and convert the block where Dupree’s studio sits into to a high-end shopping area.
“It started right after I purchased the building,” explained Dupree, who has been fighting the seizure in court. “They had called this area a blight several years ago, but didn’t move on it until 2005.”
“It’s nothing more than a land grab,” said Dupree. “And the kicker is the developer who was going to build the shopping area backed out of the deal.” Continue reading →
A meme-worthy moment from George Will yesterday on Fox News Sunday, as spotted by Jeffrey Meyer of Newsbusters:
CHRIS WALLACE: We asked you for questions from the panel, for the panel, rather. And we got this on Twitter from Michael Daigeaun. Why is it that if you oppose their position and you’re white, you’re branded a racist? Both Attorney General Holder and POTUS race bait. George is that what’s going on here? Continue reading →
The rancher-federal agent standoff that has been threatening to boil over in Clark County, Nevada, this week has transformed almost overnight from a ludicrous overreach by a government bureaucracy hiding behind an endangered tortoise to the probable result of a multibillion-dollar solar power project traceable to none other than Majority Leader Sen. Harry Reid. Continue reading →
“Concentrated power is not rendered harmless by the good intentions of those who create it.” ~ Milton Friedman
“When a free nation decides to exchange freedom for dependency on government, it ceases to be a free nation.” ~ Ron Ewart
War, as has been said so many times, is Hell. So many people die or are maimed for life, families are torn asunder, immeasurable property damage to buildings and infrastructure, as well as the long-lasting hate between cultures that takes generations to heal. Is it not noble, a good intention, to want to find a way to bring an end to the madness of war?
So many in the world suffer from hunger, starvation, disease, pestilence, government abuse and civil unrest. As humans, we have a powerful urge to want to ease the pain of the sufferers. How could this good intention, be a bad thing? Continue reading →
Yes, of course I know this description of “us citizen” is offensive to some, may be more than some people however it is true, we are a nation of callous, indifferent stupid fools at best for being so silent all these years. We became our worst enemies to a country we pretend to love and care for.
Our indifference turned this country to a nation of fear, a police and security state at best. True we do not have the 400,000 “secret informers” like that of East Germany, but do not worry about it, our phones are tapped, our grocery shopping are monitored, our medications are kept tapped of, our medical files are accessed. Continue reading →
Top 1% of Medical Providers Accounted for 14% of Billing, Federal Data Show
A tiny sliver of doctors and other medical providers accounted for an outsize portion of Medicare’s 2012 costs, according to an analysis of federal data that lays out details of physicians’ billings. The top 1% of 825,000 individual medical providers accounted for 14% of the $77 billion in billing recorded in the data.
The long-awaited data reveal for the first time how individual medical providers treat America’s seniors—and, in some cases, may enrich themselves in the process. Still, there are gaps in the records released by the U.S. about physicians’ practice patterns, and doctors’ groups said the release of such data leaves innocent physicians open to unfair criticism.
Medicare paid 344 physicians and other health providers more than $3 million each in 2012. Collectively, the 1,000 highest-paid Medicare doctors received $3.05 billion in payments. (See More Coverage)
“[W]e ought to deprecate the hazard attending ardent and susceptible minds, from being too strongly, and too early prepossessed in favor of other political systems, before they are capable of appreciating their own.” ~ George Washington (1795)
We use political labels all the time. Too often, though, we do so without conveying anything substantive about the beliefs or worldviews of the individual upon whom the label has been conferred.
So what’s in a name?
To answer that question, I’ve culled numerous lists of my own, and those submitted by colleagues, regarding the attributes of voters who identify as “Democrats.” With apologies to Jeff Foxworthy, here are my favorite answers to:
Folks, I have had it with political gurus’ advised metrosexual approach to dealing with the cold, callous politicking spewing out of the Democratic Party.
These vile people consider undermining the best interest of the American people and sacrificing American lives mere collateral damage in the implementation of their socialist/progressive agenda (fundamental transformation of America).
While they aggressively attack values, institutions, and traditions held dear by a majority of Americans, Democrats, with MSM support, portray themselves as victims of right-wing extremism and aggression.
With impunity, Democrats relentlessly throw lies and every despicable dirty trick under the sun at us (conservatives/Republicans). Continue reading →
Extrapolating from a 2012 VA report that found 22 veterans took their lives each day in 2009 and 2010, IAVA members planted 1,892 flags on the National Mall Thursday to commemorate the staggering figure.
“We are losing too many of our brothers and sisters nationwide. And we’re storming the hill to change history and transform a landscape so that America will truly take care of its own who have shouldered the burdens of war,” said IAVA Founder and CEO Paul Rieckhoff in a statement to Business Insider. Continue reading →
A Texas man was stopped at a polling station during early voting Tuesday because of guns—namely, the ones referenced on his t-shirt.
Chris Driskill was on his way to the voting booth when, he said, “I heard a gentleman’s voice over my shoulder say ‘he can’t vote with that shirt on. You’ll have to either turn it inside out our you’ll have to leave.’” Continue reading →
Couple’s Colorado dream home turns to nightmare as they face having it confiscated in bizarre row over a SNOWMOBILE Andy Barrie, who lives in the century-old cabin with his wife Ceil, has said he feels like he ‘can’t trust my government’ as it attempts to claim his property under controversial rules usually preserved for economic development and preserving open space. The case stems from the Barries insisting they had the legal right to reach it on a snowmobile – or All Terrain Vehicle. (Read Full Story)
Connecticut Criminalizes The Second Amendment Gun Control: In a massive display of civil disobedience, tens of thousands of state residents have refused to register what the left calls assault weapons, instantly making them criminals guilty of a felony. (Read Full Story)
Aide who accused Bill Clinton of groping her in White House claims ‘Hillary Clinton IS the war on women … she enabled his behavior’ Hillary ‘enabled his behavior,’ Willey charged in an interview, ‘and attacked all the women who just made the mistake of walking in front of him’ (Read Full Story)
Sebelius claims there’s ‘absolutely no evidence’ Obamacare will cost jobs, defying Congressional Budget Office estimate of 2.5 MILLION lost by 2024
Not a smidgen??? by choosing to say there would not be ‘any job loss,’ she has left herself open to attacks from Republican members of Congress who are growing impatient with the Obama administration’s handling of the law’s implementation. (Read Full Story)
Obama’s minimum wage hike will cost 500,000 JOBS by the end of 2016, claims bombshell official report
The White House may have to scrap its plans to aggressively promote a 40 per cent national minimum wage hike now that the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office found that the move would likely cost the U.S. 500,000 jobs by the second half of 2016. Obama makes like a rug again… (Read Full Story)
Obama: Immigration reform will get done ‘before my presidency is over’ Obama will likely have little say over whether immigration reform gets across the finish line. House Republicans are sharply divided about the timing of an immigration package, with some saying the issue should remain on the backburner until after the midterm elections. (Read Full Story)
Obama ‘Jobs Recovery’ More Than 100 Million Not Working January’s labor report confirmed yet another month with over 100 million Americans not working. In fact, more than 100 million Americans have not been working in Obama’s workers’ paradise for all of 2012 and 2013, a unique achievement in American history. White House spokesman James Carney hailed … (Read Full Story)
Obama marks 5th birthday of his shovel-ready spending hoax; How will you celebrate? Some people think Monday’s national holiday had something to do with commemorating the birthdays of two of the country’s greatest presidents, George Washington and Abraham … Never saw anyone shovel more shit than this guy… (Read Full Story)
The Latino problem is still “un problema” for ObamaCare, as reported by The New York Times:
“With an estimated 15 percent of the country’s uninsured population, California is crucial to the success of President Obama’s health care overhaul. Here, that success cannot come without enrolling Latinos, who make up more than half of the state’s uninsured.”
Yes, Latinos are not signing up. Why are they avoiding The Affordable Care Act? Continue reading →
The Constitutional rights of politically-active citizens across our country are being shredded. As corrupt politicians are engorging on power while trampling over individual rights, it is time to reassert the notion that government’s legitimacy derives from abiding by its limited powers, which ultimately flow from the consent of the governed.
Beginning with the 112th Congress, Republicans started the tradition of opening Congress by reading the Constitution from the floor of the House. This was more than a symbolic gesture, and given the rampant political corruption in the states, their legislatures also need to affirm constitutionalism.
Our founders distrusted mobs, and were equally aghast at prospects of a tyranny of the many as they were the tyranny of the monarchy. John Adams even described some Americans as “vile, detestable and loathsome.” Of course, he was mostly referring to the urchins in Philadelphia, particularly those imbibing gin and habituating debauched establishments, but in general he believed you can’t have democracy without lots of discipline. Continue reading →