Scamnesty Fanboy Cook Urges GOP to Commit Suicide – For Its Own Good
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Party Paranoia Could Destroy Hopes of Immigration Reform – NationalJournal.com

But Republicans need to find a way to win over Hispanic voters before it’s too late.

Here’s what drives me nuts about Charlie Cook and other fanbois for scamnesty:  Why on earth do they assume that doing it will benefit the GOP, given that it never has before?

Of course, Cook is a lefty Democrat, and he knows damned well who scamnesty will help – his own party and ideology.  Which is why he’s trying to convince the GOP to pass it, and thus commit political suicide.

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Say, That GOP Congress Really Has A Handle on IRS Depredations, Doesn’t It?
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IRS revokes conservative group’s tax-exempt status over anti-Clinton statements: report – Washington Times

The Internal Revenue Servicehas revoked the tax-exempt status of a conservative charity for making statements critical of Hillary Rodham Clinton and John Kerry, according to a USA Today report.

The Patrick Henry Center for Individual Liberty, based in Manassas, Va., “has shown a pattern of deliberate and consistent intervention in political campaigns” and made “repeated statements supporting or opposing various candidates by expressing its opinion of the respective candidate’s character and qualifications,” according to a written determination released Friday by the IRS.

Shut up, they explained – as encouragement to the others.

 

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Neoliberalism Works | The Daily Caller

His slogan: “If you work, we will help you.” That’s a popular and effective Clintonian/neolib thread that Obama lost (in part by letting long-time enemies of work requirements, Sharon Parrott and Mark Greenberg, run the federal welfare effort under Kathleen Sebelius).  …. After the work-oriented 1996 welfare reform, Doar notes, New York City’s cash welfare caselaod plummeted (from 1.1 million to below 347,000), work by single mothers rose, and child poverty fell (42 percent in 1994, 28.3 percent in 2008). The late, sainted Senator Moynihan, who opposed the ’96 law and predicted dire consequences, turned out to be wrong.**…

P.S.: New mayor Bill de Blasio’s comically on-the-nose replacement for Doar–legal aid activist Steven Banks–makes Mark Greenberg look like Charles Murray.  Banks has already started undoing Doar’s emphasis on work, potentially returning his agency to (in Heather Mac Donald’s words) “its former role as ATM machine to non-working unwed mothers.”

The takeaway:  Whatever you reward (pay for) you will get more of.  What you don’t reward, you will get less of.

It’s an Iron Law, though not one of mine.

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And Now the Deluge
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Instapundit » Blog Archive » JESSE WALKER: Four Great Myths Of The McCarthy Era. The great radical myth of the Red Scare is t…

If you don’t like the history you’ve got, just rewrite it!

Sure.  The winners write the histories, and in America, the progressive left has won.

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Today Only At Amazon
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Get’em while they’re hot, hot, hot!

Remember – anything you buy from Amazon through any link on this site puts a commission in my pocket, at no cost to yourself, so thank you very much! Also, arf! from the Presidential Pomeranian.

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I’m Sure This Will Have No Unexpected Consequences
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See what they’ll be teaching in the Chicago public schools | The Daily Caller

Chicago public schools are set to introduce a new Afro-centric curriculum, according to a closely-guarded copy obtained by The Daily Caller News Foundation.

The curriculum covers kindergarten through tenth grade and is designed to align with Common Core. It includes a web link to TheAfrican.com, a website whose publisher decries “fake-Jews” and calls the United States a “Zionist-occupied enemy territory.”

Can’t wait to see what Ebonics math looks like.

Do you think Emanuel is trying to drive non-Blacks out of Chicago?

 

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Taxes Hit New High: They Make It Sound Like a Triumph
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Tax Day Tax Revenue Set All-Time Record | CNS News

(CNSNews.com) – Inflation-adjusted federal tax revenues hit an all-time record of $1,428,710,000,000 from the beginning of the fiscal year on Oct. 1 through April 15, the deadline for filing federal tax returns for 2013, according to the Daily Treasury Statement.

And we spent how much last year?  Oh, that’s right:   $3,454,000,000,000.

How long would your household go on, if it were spending about 2 1/2 times as much as it was taking in?

 

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Shop the Kitchen and Dining Store at Amazon
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The Kitchen and Dining Store At Amazon

I pretty much buy everything for my kitchen from Amazon these days. The selection is huge, and even with taxes, the prices are lower than I pay at local brick and mortar outlets.

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Jay Manifold Reviews Lightning Fall at Chicago Boyz
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Chicago Boyz » Blog Archive » “Lightning Fall” – Review

While this will not be a uniformly positive review, I must immediately note that the purely literary quality of Bill Quick’s Lightning Fall (subtitled either “A Novel of Destruction” or “A Novel of Disaster,” depending on whether one is looking at the spine or the cover of the paperback edition) ranks it alongside Pat Frank’s Alas, Babylon and comes within metaphorical striking distance of Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle’s Lucifer’s Hammer. It is a classic page-turner and a serious threat to a good night’s sleep; I began reading it after awakening shortly before 3:00 AM one morning, expecting to drift off in a few minutes, and eventually noticed that I was somewhere around page 250 and the time was after 6:00 AM. This sort of thing has not happened to me more than a handful of times in a half-century of reading, and I read a lot.

Interesting review.  Read the whole thing!

 

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Tax Farmers and Tax Slaves
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Democrats Confront Vexing Politics Over the Health Care Law – NYTimes.com

Many of those helped by the health care law — notably young people and minorities — are the least likely to cast votes that could preserve it, even though millions have gained health insurance and millions more will benefit from some of its popular provisions.

Yes, young people have been helped immeasurably by being forced to buy expensive insurance for things they neither want, need, or in many cases can never use (pregnancy benefits for men, for instance), just so the money they kick in can instead be spent on paying the insurance costs of the sick and elderly.

Such a deal.  It almost makes the military draft look good.

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Look: Squirrel!
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Why are Americans obsessed with missing plane?

Because America’s idiot media is obsessed with the missing plane.

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Game of Thrones and the Usual Idiots
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In Defense of Game of Thrones

I loathe phrases such as “if you’d read the book, you’d know X,” but in this instance, it appears that HBO may have done itself a disservice by filling what is, I believe, an inspiring and fascinating story with scenes and plot lines that turn off casual viewers. So while I take issue with Tracinski’s characterization of Game of Thrones, the fault may lie with those responsible for bringing it to televisions nationwide.

Well, you know, except for the fact that George Martin has had a hand in every aspect of the show from the beginning, is one of the show’s producers, and one of its scriptwriters as well.  (Although George is a writer/producer, not a producer/producer:  But you’d have to know a bit about how TV shows are made, and credited, to understand that one).

That said, I read Tracinski’s compendium of socon cheap shots the author refers to here, and all I could think, besides what an obvious ass he is, is that if he hates the show that much, he shouldn’t watch it.

OTOH, judging by his writing on it, he hasn’t watched it.

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Victory Is Ours!
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The Corner | National Review Online

Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D., Fla.) said Sunday that the Democrats are in a strong position for the midterm elections despite a growing litany of wobbly statements from party officials, elected politicians and liberal commentators.

Uh huh.

Defiant Iraqis Say U.S. Advance Has Been Broken – New York Times

Information Minister Muhammad Said al-Sahhaf made his regular daily foray to the Palestine Hotel to put things into perspective, Iraqi style. His main point was that the American capture of the airport on Friday had been reversed by an Iraqi counterattack using regular units and “a very innovative way of war” involving suicide bombers.

General Renuart, in Qatar, said today that the Americans remained in firm control of the airport, and that they would continue moving into Baghdad as and when they chose.

But Mr. Sahhaf said, essentially, that the Americans were in the world of make-believe.

“We have defeated them, in fact we have crushed them in the place of Saddam International Airport,” he said today. “We have pushed them outside the whole area of the airport.”

To drive home this claim of American desperation, he added this account of the battle: “They have done everything crazy, everything crazy, in order to lessen the pressure we have put on their troops.”

The Iraqi strategy, Mr. Sahhaf said, was to drive the Americans back to pockets of resistance outside Baghdad. One place mentioned was Abu Ghraib, west of the capital, notorious as the site of the grimmest prison in Mr. Hussein’s gulag.

Travelers reaching Baghdad in recent days described American troops with tanks at checkpoints on the expressway that passes Abu Ghraib on the way to Jordan. But Mr. Sahhaf said that the American units there, and at two other locations he named as Hadithi and Qadisiya, were surrounded by Iraqi troops.

“We nailed them down,” he said.

Well, both situations involve a spokesman for a guy named “Hussein,” so…

 

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The Iron Whip in the Velvet Glove of the New Integrationists
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The Failure of Desegregation : The New Yorker

Instead, it was policies like the Interstate Highway Act, whose passage one year earlier helped spawn American suburbia.

And here, in a nutshell, the author lets slip the unspoken dream of the “integrationists.” It is that the state should force citizens to live where integrationists deem it best for them to live and, concomitantly, the state should forcibly prevent citizens from moving to where they would like to live.  “Suburbia” is the segregationist demon, you see.  It permits white people to escape areas in which they no longer wish to live.

The author further characterizes the cherry-picked examples of the “new integration sans Jim Crow,” all conveniently located in areas where state welfare programs guarantee that communities will be of color and poverty, while carefully ignoring phenomena such as these:

10 of the Richest Black Communities in America – Atlanta Black Star

Uniondale, New York

Uniondale is a middle class predominately Black community in the suburbs of New York City. The average family income is $76,553, which makes the town one of the most flourishing African-American cities in the United States.

Hillcrest, New York

Hillcrest is another middle-class Black community in New York. The median family income is $76,960, securing Hillcrest a spot on the list as one of the most prosperous African-American communities in the United States.

Friendly, Maryland

Friendly is a upper-middle-class Black community in Prince George’s County, Md. Landing in at the eighth spot, Friendly’s average family income is $82,827, solidifying its place as an affluent African-American community in the United States.

Woodmore, Maryland

A suburban community in Prince George’s County, Maryland, Woodmore is an affluent African-American town with a median family income of $103,438. With a majority population of Black people, Woodmore is one of the wealthiest African-American communities in the United States.

Kettering, Maryland

Kettering is also a thriving African-American community in Prince George’s County, Md. The average family income for this town is $107,008. Kettering has a population of 78.5% Black people, safely landing it on this list of the wealthiest African-American communities in the United States.

Fort Washington, Maryland

Fort Washington is an upper-middle-class Black community, which borders Washington, D.C., just south of the downtown district. It is a prosperous community with a median family income of $114,243. Extending over 14 square miles, Fort Washington is home to families with children, young professionals and college students. More than a third of residents have a bachelor’s or advanced college degree.

Mitchellville, Maryland

Mitchellville, too, is a upper-middle-class African-American community in Maryland. The average family income of this town is $118,022. Residents of Mitchellville take tremendous pride in their friendly community and beautiful homes. It offers its population access to excellent public schools, which boast high test performance and a graduation rate of more than 80 percent. Most students go on to pursue college degrees, and have easy access to prestigious nearby institutions such as Johns Hopkins University, Georgetown University, and the U.S. Naval Academy.

Ladera Heights, California

Ladera Heights is an affluent Black prestigious community in California. The average family income is $132,824. Much of the area’s appeal stems from the stunning views of the Pacific Ocean available from many hillside houses, as well as its proximity to beaches and Hollywood.

Baldwin Hills, California

Baldwin Hills has a median family income of $157,033, which secures it as one of the richest Black communities in the United States. The community was given the nickname the Black Beverly Hills after African Americans began moving into the area, especially musicians and film actors.

View Park-Windsor Hills, California

View Park-Windsor Hills is an affluent Black community with an average family income of $159,168. View Park-Windsor Hills are part of a band of districts, from Culver City’s Fox Hills district on the west to the Los Angeles district of Leimert Park. The area is the single largest geographically middle- and upper-class Black community in the United States.

All of which brings us to an interesting set of exit questions:

1. Does Jelani Cobb advocate all the residents of these various suburbs immediately relocate back to the urban areas they left, so that they can be forced to help integrate the school system?

2.  How does Jelani Cobb regard President Barack Obama sending his own children to exclusive private schools – a practice he followed even when he was a minor political figure in Chicago and security was not an issue?

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Save the Gravy Train First
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Oklahoma will charge homeowners who generate their own power « Hot Air

A disturbing story out of the Sooner State this week, noted by Doug Mataconis at Outside the Beltway. Under the terms of a recently passed bill, expected to be signed by Governor Mary Fallin, homeowners who install their own private solar or wind turbine energy resources and sell some of the juice back to energy companies will be paying a fee for the privilege.

Utility customers who want to install rooftop solar panels or small wind turbines could face extra charges on their bills after legislation passed the Oklahoma House of Representatives on Monday.

Senate Bill 1456 passed 83-5 after no debate in the House. It passed the Senate last month and now heads to Gov. Mary Fallin for her approval.

The bill was supported by the state’s major electric utilities, but drew opposition from solar advocates, environmentalists and others. It sets up a process at the Oklahoma Corporation Commission to establish a separate customer class and monthly surcharge for distributed generation such as rooftop solar or small wind turbines.

As Doug notes, the claimed reasons for the energy companies and their surrogates (who are behind the move) wanting these fees imposed are weak tea at best.

Well, states are trying to switch to mileage taxes as gasoline usage falls, and gas taxes fall with them.  It’s always about the money, one way or another.

 

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