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Flashback reminder: An indecent proposal from Joe Biden to Robert Redford

by Doug Powers on Thursday, August 7th, 2014

This is article 304 of 304 in the topic Taxation/IRS

Rich Hollywood lefty Robert Redford is suing the state of New York in dispute of a $1.6 million tax bill. Playing the part of the Bolivian army in this remake of Butch Cassidy is the NY Dept. of Taxation.

Because Redford endorsed Team Obama in 2012, maybe one of the people he supported can convince him to stop complaining and just pay the tab for the greater good:

Come on, Mr. Redford, dig deep and show some economic patriotism — double taxation (which is what Redford’s claiming) is better than no taxation at all.

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Obama administration temporarily waives demand for corporate ‘economic patriotism’

by Doug Powers on Thursday, August 7th, 2014

This is article 63 of 64 in the topic Business

Remember President Obama’s call to U.S. corporations to embrace “**economic patriotism” and to invest in America instead of heading overseas?

(**If corporations aren’t people, then how can a non-person be patriotic?)

So, after demanding more “investment” in the U.S. from corporate America last month, the second half of the administration’s Obamanomics seminar goes like this:

Obama has pounded corporations for going overseas to take advantage of tax loopholes, which has to mean that none of this $14 billion in corporate investment in Africa was reeled in with tax incentives, right?

We may never know, because of the historic levels of transparency and all that:

The White House declined to give specifics of the projects involved.

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Joe Biden’s mastery of geography continues to amaze

by Doug Powers on Thursday, August 7th, 2014

Geography master Joe Biden demonstrated his prowess again yesterday. From the “imagine if Sarah Palin said this” file, here’s Biden’s latest:

“There is no reason the nation of Africa cannot, and should not, join the ranks of the worlds most prosperous nations,” Biden said.

Biden sometimes doesn’t know what state or century he’s in so that’s not really very surprising.

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Honest mistakes to be sure: Gov’t ‘transparency’ website missing at least $619 billion

by Doug Powers on Thursday, August 7th, 2014

This is article 522 of 522 in the topic Government Spending

Transparency we can believe in?

A government website intended to make federal spending more transparent was missing at least $619 billion from 302 federal programs, a government audit has found.

And the data that does exist is wildly inaccurate, according to the Government Accountability Office, which looked at 2012 spending data. Only 2% to 7% of spending data on USASpending.gov is “fully consistent with agencies’ records,” according to the report.
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For more than 22% of federal awards, the spending website literally doesn’t know where the money went. The “place of performance” of federal contracts was most likely to be wrong.

The Department of Health & Human Services “failed to report nearly $544 billion” to the “transparency” website in 2012, which of course justified giving Kathleen Sebelius a hero’s sendoff in April of this year.

Here’s how many people have been fired for all the incompetence:

According to Newsbusters, only CBS thought this story was important enough to mention:

Instead of covering the missing $619 billion in taxpayer money, Good Morning America showed video of a farmer in Kansas serenading his cows by playing the song “Royals” on his trombone. NBC’s Today spent nearly three minutes discussing the supposed controversy surrounding a new Kim Kardashian mobile app.

Priorities!

On top of it all, earlier this year the State Department said they “lost” $6 billion. How much more “smart power” can the country handle?

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The ‘it’s the law’ crowd blames ACA ‘typo’ for big blow to Obamacare

by Doug Powers on Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014

This is article 686 of 686 in the topic Healthcare

First, three flashbacks just to set the mood:

John Conyers: “I love these members that get up and say, Read the bill! Well, what good is reading the bill if it’s a thousand pages and you don’t have two days and two lawyers to find out what it means after you’ve read the bill?”

Nancy Pelosi:

The White House rubbing it in last year:

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It’s. The. Law. ,

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With those in mind, Obamacare was dealt a bit of a blow today:

In a potentially crippling blow to Obamacare, a top federal appeals court Tuesday said that billions of dollars worth of government subsidies that helped nearly 5 million people buy insurance on HealthCare.gov are illegal.

A judicial panel in a 2-1 ruling said such subsidies can be granted only to those people who bought insurance in an Obamacare exchange run by an individual state or the District of Columbia — not on the federally run exchange HealthCare.gov.
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The Obama Administration is certain to seek a reversal of the decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, which does not immediately have the effect of law.

Many Dems are complaining that Obamacare has been “defunded” just because of a “glorified typo” while blaming conservative judicial activism for refusing to recognize the law’s “intent” (“intent” defined as “not necessarily the way we wrote it”).

A glance at the explanation for the ruling disintegrates the “judicial activism” charge (screen cap via Hot Air):

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Judging a law based on how it’s actually written and not attempting to ascertain the “intent” of its authors? How quaint!

Charles C. W. Cooke         @charlescwcooke

Halbig is a victory for the idea that we write down our laws for a good reason and that words have real and concrete meanings.

And we can have lots of fun picking on the Dems for not reading or properly proofing the bill, but the language was in fact that way for a reason.

The game-playing simply came back to bite them, and, during the appeals process, the Obama administration, Pelosi, Reid and others will blame Republicans and “judicial activism,” and the MSM will dutifully run with that ball.

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How Jimmy Kimmel could still land that Obama interview

by Doug Powers on Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014

This is article 995 of 1000 in the topic Obama

President Obama is off to monitor any number of global crises from specially designed situations rooms at six west coast fundraisers that will rake in a fortune for super PACs that he’s previously said threaten our democracy.

Obama flies west Tuesday for fundraisers benefiting Democratic candidates in Seattle and San Francisco. He arrives in Los Angeles on Wednesday, with local Democratic National Committee events scheduled for Wednesday night and Thursday.

There had been reports that Obama was going to appear on Jimmy Kimmel’s show while in L.A., but that’s now off:

“In advance of the trip, we’ve been in touch with Kimmel’s folks about the president doing his show,” Earnest said. “We elected not to do it this time, but hope we can arrange to do it in the near future.”
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But joining Kimmel this week would have meant ceding control during a politically and diplomatically fraught period. And while the fundraisers that Obama has continued to attend — and will again in Los Angeles — have drawn criticism, they do not generate visuals of the sort that would have been created by a Kimmel visit.

Since we know this administration has zero concern about optics, we can conclude this decision was made either because it would have conflicted with a high-dollar fundraiser, or out of fears Kimmel might actually ask a substantive question.

There is, however, still a chance Kimmel could land the Obama interview, but it would require an advertising change for Wednesday night’s show:

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Bill Clinton and his alleged ‘Energizer’

by Doug Powers on Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014

This is article 2 of 3 in the topic Clintons

Unconfirmed, unsubstantiated, and totally believable:

Bill Clinton reportedly has a buxom blond mistress who visits so often when Hillary Clinton isn’t home in Chappaqua that the former president’s Secret Service detail have given her an unofficial code name: Energizer.

This is according to Ronald Kessler in “The First Family Detail: Secret Service Agents Reveal the Hidden Lives of Presidents,” due Aug. 5 from Crown Forum.
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The book, portions of which I’ve obtained, says none of the normal protocols is followed when Energizer arrives in her SUV, sometimes just minutes after Hillary has left the Westchester house.

Kessler quotes a supervisor informing a new agent: “You don’t stop her, you don’t approach her, you just let her go in.”

Energizer, who is described as charming and friendly, sometimes brought cookies to the agents, according to the book excerpts.
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Kessler also reports that Hillary’s Secret Service detail informs Bill’s Secret Service detail when the former first lady is coming home, so Bill has time to get Energizer off the property and clean up any evidence.

But once, the warning came late. “The agents had to scramble to get Energizer out of there so there wasn’t some kind of big confrontation.”

They call her “Energizer” because when Bubba finds out she’s on the way over, he does this:

By the way, Bill Clinton’s Secret Service detail’s code name for Hillary is “Saltpeter.”

I’ll be surprised if any of the above story about Bill Clinton is true — it would be so unlike him.

- See more at: http://dougpowers.com/2014/07/22/bill-clinton-and-his-alleged-energizer/#sthash.Yd1ik3rt.dpuf

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Politicians talking about American exceptionalism make John Kerry uptight

by Doug Powers on Wednesday, July 16th, 2014

The “we’re all not very different” blues

Ronald Reagan: “We will preserve for our children this, the last best hope of man on earth, or we will sentence them to take the first step into a thousand years of darkness.”

John Kerry: “I get always a little uptight when I hear politicians say how exceptional we are.”
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John Kerry, the always inspiring U.S. secretary of state, was in Vienna, Austria talking about what annoys him (transcript via Jeryl Bier at The Weekly Standard):

…I was privileged to speak to the graduating class of Yale this year, and it was particularly a pleasure because it happened to turn out to be, literally, I hate to say it, 48 years to the day that I was privileged to speak as a graduating senior to my own class. And I talked to them about sort of the world we’re in right now, but at the end I tried to remind them all, which I remind you of, we are – I get always a little uptight when I hear politicians say how exceptional we are – not because we’re not exceptional, but because it’s kind of in-your-face and a lot of other people are exceptional, a lot of other places do exceptional things.

Translation: “Lots of other countries accept Teresa’s American Express Centurion Card!”

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Obama deals with border crisis

by Doug Powers on Monday, July 14th, 2014

This is article 990 of 1000 in the topic Obama

The wind-up from Thursday:

And the pitch from today:

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Will the crises at the border as well as in Israel, Iraq and elsewhere impact LeBron James’ performance in Cleveland? A concerned President Obama on it:

After one of the most exciting free agency weeks in NBA history, President Obama is hitting the links with ESPN basketball analyst Michael Wilbon and Boston Celtics part-owner Glenn Hutchins on Saturday.

The game comes less than 24 hours after four-time MVP LeBron James announced that he was planning to return back to his hometown Cleveland Cavaliers[...]

Longtime Obama aide Marvin Nicholson is rounding out the foursome, golfing at TPC Potomac Golf Club, a championship course in Montgomery County, Maryland.

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Guy who operates dozens of jets and a spacecraft fleet to help save planet by giving up… hamburgers

by Doug Powers on Monday, July 14th, 2014

This is article 323 of 327 in the topic Global Warming
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Richard Branson, the head of Virgin Airways and Virgin Galactic is so concerned about the effects of man-made global warming that he’s decided to make the ultimate sacrifice by giving up… eating meat:

Sometimes it seems like much of our food is stuck in a cycle of excessive production and excessive consumption. However as a wonderful lady called Christina from James Cameron’s foundation explained to me, there are simple changes we can make in our everyday life that could have an impact.

Meat consumption today contributes to global warming and environmental degradation. It’s estimated that 14.5% of global man-made greenhouse gas emissions come from livestock – which is more than the contribution from all forms of transport. Beef production makes up 41% of those emissions.

A snapshot at the dent Branson’s burger sacrifice will make on his overall contribution to emissions:

At the latest count, Beardie’s company Virgin Atlantic operates 38 aircraft, creating a carbon footprint of 5.9 million tonnes of the greenhouse gas CO2 each year.

Branson also plans to launch Virgin Galactic spacecraft, whose emissions will be the equivalent of a return trip by jet from London to Los Angeles for each passenger.

A juicy quarter-pounder, incidentally, is said to cause 0.0015 tonnes of CO2 emissions, according to even the most militant of eco-warriors.

I’ve said it before: If Branson, Gore and the rest expect people to believe their alarmism, they’re going to act as if believe it themselves. Branson’s giving up eating beef because of its contribution to the purported threat to the human race that is global warming, but let’s face it, he wouldn’t shutter his airline if all the jets were powered by New York strip steaks. Normally I like to see a little more alarm displayed by alarmists — especially those telling skeptics of their claims to “get out of the way.”

By the way, Virgin Galactic, whose rockets are propelled by nothing more than an eco-friendly mixture of 0% spinach, 0% geothermal and 100% rocket fuel, isn’t just Richard Branson’s project — it’s also backed by Abu Dhabi’s Aabar Investments. As you know, Abu Dhabi is the place where they make all their money selling solar panels, except there they spell it O-I-L.

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