Jake Tapper on Obamacare and Gruber
It was the second time in recent months that Ohio law enforcement officers responded to 911 calls by concerned citizens, and then shot and killed people holding airguns with three seconds of arriving on scene, allowing them no time to process and respond to officer commands. Neither John Crawford nor Tamir Rice had committed a crime. Theyre no less dead because of it.
In a shocking revelation, the Treasury Inspector General has identified some 2,500 documents that potentially show taxpayer information held by the Internal Revenue Service being shared with President Obamas White House.
My client wants to know if you would consent to a motion pushing back (in part) TIGTAs response date by two weeks to December 15, 2014. The agency has located 2,500 potentially responsive documents and anticipates being able to finish processing 2,000 of these pages by the December 1 date. It needs the additional two weeks to deal with the last 500 pages to determine if they are responsive and make any necessary withholdings. We would therefore like to ask the court to permit the agency to issue a response (including production) on December 1 as to any documents it has completed processing by that date, and do the same as to the remaining documents by December 15. I note that the courts remand was for a determin[ation], which the D.C. Circuit has recently explained can precede actual production by days or a few weeks, but we would prefer to simply agree on a date for turning over any of the remaining 500 documents that may be responsive.
Two highly qualified Google engineers who have spent years studying and trying to improve renewable energy technology have stated quite bluntly that renewables will never permit the human race to cut CO2 emissions to the levels demanded by climate activists. Whatever the future holds, it is not a renewables-powered civilisation: such a thing is impossible.
A total of 10,112 documents, comprised of approximately 42,000 pages, were disclosed to Judicial Watch in the new production. The documents are being posted and most are now available on the Judicial Watch Internet site at http://www.judicialwatch.org/fast-furious-documents-released/.
A federal judge is weighing a request to hold the District in contempt of court for enacting new gun laws that are so restrictive as to be out of compliance with his order to allow for concealed carry in the city.
During a hearing Thursday, U.S. District Judge Frederick J. Scullin Jr. asked the city and the plaintiffs fighting the regulations for additional filings on whether the city should be considered in contempt of his order that officials develop a licensing scheme consistent with constitutional standards enabling people to exercise their Second Amendment right to bear arms.
See, your libertarian tendencies, while very real, are frequently superfluous when it's your ox being gored. That's not an accusation, far from it, it's the most human of tendencies. As a conservative, however, my philosophy is rooted in the belief that what makes the US system work is the adherence to the rule of law in all cases. The civil rights movement came about to force southern culture and social mores to conform with the law. You like to claim that gay marriage is a new civil rights movement, but it's not. The civil rights movement was a force to uphold the law, the gay marriage movement seeks to overturn by fiat laws that it doesn't like. It's OK that you don't like the law, and it's fine that you seek to change it. There are democratic methods (referendums) and legislative methods (laws) to do that. What isn't fine is to impose your will on everyone else just because they disagree with you. There are processes to be followed, when those processes are shortcutted, the entire system of rule of law is undermined. This is a perfect contrast. You can't be enthusiastic about fiat rulings when they benefit you and aghast when they harm you. That attitude is what will destroy the entire system. Adherence to the rule of law is the only thing standing between us and anarchy, and anarchy always evolves into totalitarianism. You're on the right track with regards to your political philosophy, but you really need to think it through. I'll leave you with one final thought. All of this should be important to you, personally, because you are a black lesbian. If blind pursuit of short term goals achieves them at the cost of destroying the larger societal structure, and we fall into totalitarianism, what then? Can you name one totalitarian regime in history that has been kind to minorities or homosexuals? I can't think of any. Can you?
Remember when it was concerning that Joe Salazars representative basically gave her blessing for an undercover James OKeefe and his friends to commit voter fraud? This is why. Today, our sources tell us that allegedly a Denver Police Officer ballot with a signature cure turned up in Adams County. The only problem? The officer is saying he did not vote. Our source up north is further saying that many showing up on the cured list have moved away. What is going on in Adams County?
Heres a Friday Obamacare news-dump for you: In a 300-page regulatory proposal released late this afternoon, the Department of Health and Human Services announced that it is considering changing Obamacares auto-renewal rules so that, within the health laws exchanges, instead of being automatically renewed into your current health plan, youd be moved into the lowest cost plan from the same service tier. . . . Its not just auto-reenrollment. Its auto-reassignment. Basically, if you like your plan, but dont go out of your way to intentionally re-enroll, the kind and wise folks at HHS or state health exchanges might just pick a new planperhaps with different doctors, clinics, cost structures, and benefit optionsfor you. And if you want to switch back? Good luck once open enrollment is closed. Theres always next year. A hassle? Maybe. But have faith: They know whats best.
At a town hall meeting where he campaigned for health care legislation in 2009, President Barack Obama pledged to voters that he did not want any tax on health insurance plans he perceived as wastefully generous to ever impact average Americans. But in recent comments by one of the men who helped draft the legislation, MIT economist Jonathan Gruber, that is not only precisely what will happen -- but that was the intention of the tax.
Maryland Gov. Martin OMalley made national news last year when he fought to pass and signed a tax bill that levied a tax on Marylanders, businesses and churches for the amount of impervious surface they have on their property.
Though the OMalley administration calls it a fee, it is commonly called the rain tax throughout the state. It is wildly unpopular and the promise to fight to repeal the tax was a large factor in Maryland electing Republican Larry Hogan governor this month.
Now Prince Georges County is offering a way for churches to avoid paying the tax, which is estimated to be an average of $744 per year for them preach green to their parishioners.
So far 30 pastors have agreed to begin green ministries to maintain the improvements at their churches, and to preach environmentally focused sermons to educate their congregations to avoid being hit with the tax, The Washington Post reports.
Rogers said he believed China along with one or two other countries had the capability to successfully launch a cyber-attack that could shut down the electric grid in parts of the United States, the report noted. U.S. adversaries are performing electronic reconnaissance, on a regular basis so that they can be in a position to attack the industrial control systems that run everything from chemical facilities to water treatment plants.
Jay Leno was supposed to be the headliner at the NSSF's State of the Industry Dinner at the SHOT Show. Under intense pressure from the gun prohibitionists, he cancelled his appearance.
President Obama announced an expansive new set of executive actions in a prime-time address Thursday that the White House says will give legal status and work permits to 5 million immigrants in the United States illegally.
A second hammer blow will be dealt by the president's unilateral increase in foreign worker programs for large corporations, including technology corporations. Currently, two-thirds of all new jobs in the IT industry are being filled by foreign workers and yet the president wants to dramatically surge foreign worker admissions even further. This at a time when the Census Bureau tells us more than 11 million Americanswith science, technology, engineering and math degrees don't have jobs in those fields.
Carson said that under no circumstances would he allow a bureaucrat to remove any law-abiding citizen's rights for any kind of weapon that they want to protect themselves.
If he were in a position of national leadership, Carson said he would seek to allow people to possess any kind of weapon they can legally buy, including automatic weapons and semi-automatic weapons.
I call this the Lois Lerner Curve. With few laws policing corruption, theres a lot of it. Then, as law enforcement increases, corruption declines, down to point zero on the curve. Thereafter, however, additional laws result in more corruption, because citizens and bureaucrats alike become lost in the complexity and enforcement is unevenly applied.
There's no way to rule innocent men. The only power any government has is the power to crack down on criminals. Well, when there aren't enough criminals, one makes them. One declares so many things to be a crime that it becomes impossible for men to live without breaking laws.
In a Victimocracy, suffering is the exclusive privilege of the elites. No one else is allowed to suffer except them. No one else has ever been oppressed, has felt pain, been insulted, abused, degraded, enslaved and ground down into the dirt except the very people who are grinding you into the dirt now.