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5 years later: How’s that Wreckovery working out for ya?

by Michelle Malkin on Friday, February 14th, 2014

This is article 383 of 393 in the topic economy
 From the 2009 Wreckovery logo contest

From the 2009 Wreckovery logo contest

5 years later: How’s that Wreckovery working out for ya?
by Michelle Malkin
Creators Syndicate
Copyright 2014

On Feb. 17, 2009, President Obama promised the sun and the moon and the stars. That was the day, five years ago, when he signed the $800 billion “American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.” President Modesty called it “the most sweeping economic recovery package in our history.” He promised “unprecedented transparency and accountability.” He claimed the spending would lift “two million Americans from poverty.” Ready for the reality smackdown?

The actual cost of the $800 billion pork-laden stimulus has ballooned to nearly $2 trillion. At the time of the law’s signing, the unemployment rate hovered near 8 percent. Obama’s egghead economists projected that the jobless rate would never rise above 8 percent and would plunge to 5 percent by December 2013. The actual jobless rate in January was 6.6 percent, with an abysmal labor force participation rate of 63 percent (a teeny uptick from December, but still at a four-decade low).

Five years after the Recovery Act, 10.2 million people are out of work. The number of able-bodied Americans who have simply given up looking for work or are “not in the labor force (but) who currently want a job” has exploded. By some estimates, a record 90 million-plus people are hopelessly sitting on the sidelines.

The unemployment rate for black Americans is 12.1 percent: nearly double the national rate. The Obama campaign excoriated President George W. Bush when it exceeded 10 percent under his watch. The black teen jobless rate is now a whopping record 38 percent. Some 50 million Americans remain below the poverty level. And 47 million are now on food stamps, a third more than when Obama first took office in the halcyon days of Hope and Change.

After $150 billion in stimulus and other spending on green energy boondoggles, what does the White House have to show for it? According to The Green Corruption Files blog, 32 Obama-backed environmental firms have gone bankrupt as of February 2014. These include crony-clogged Solyndra at a cost to taxpayers of $535 million; Beacon Power, $240 million; Abound Solar, $400 million-plus; Fisker Auto, $529 million; A123, $250 million; ECOtality, $100 million; and Ener1, $118.5 million. In addition, 22 other Obama green energy projects are now in dire financial trouble.

Unprecedented transparency? Section 1513 of the Recovery Act required the White House to submit a progress report every three months. Last year, blogger Doug Powers noted: “Under their own guidelines, the administration should have released 14 of these reports by now, but they’ve only submitted eight of them for public review.” Whatevs.

Obama promised an avalanche of “shovel-ready” jobs to build vital infrastructure before signing the Recovery Act. Instead, stimulus money went to wasteful makework and non-work, including: bridges to nowhere; a California project to photograph ants; a University of North Carolina computerized dance program; a privately owned martini bar and Brazilian steakhouse in Missouri; a bogus New Hampshire beauty school; and renovations to Vice President Joe Biden’s favorite Amtrak train station in Delaware.

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Why did former IRS Commish visit White House 118 times in 2 years? Easter Egg Roll, for starters

by Doug Powers on Thursday, May 23rd, 2013

This is article 241 of 307 in the topic Taxation/IRS

Here’s one of the more ridiculous exchanges from today’s congressional hearing in regards to why the former IRS commissioner would have visited the White House 118 times in two years:

Virginia Democrat Gerry Connolly: There would be many reasons you might be at the White House. What would be some of the reasons you might be at the White House?

Former IRS Commissioner Doug Shulman: Um, the Easter Egg Roll with my kids. Questions about the administrability of tax policy they were thinking of. Our budget. Us helping the Department of Education streamline application processes for financial aid.

Reason number one for why he visited the White House 118 times between 2010 and 2011 was the Easter Egg Roll? It’s almost like he’s daring everyone to dig deeper.

Keep an eye on the woman behind Shulman’s left shoulder after he says “Easter Egg Roll” — I don’t think she’s buying it:

Michelle Malkin         @michellemalkin

MT @talkradio200: Shulman: Conservative groups were not only ones targeted. Lynch: So other groups were targeted? Shulman: No.

In fairness to Shulman, the IRS had been tipped off that the Easter Bunny at the roll might lean right.

During the same hearing, Massachusetts Dem. Stephen Lynch ripped Shulman and the inconsistency in his testimony to shreds. Michelle documented one of the finer moments:

Lois Lerner, who was in charge of the unit that targeted conservative groups, took the 5th. Well, took the 5th only after making an opening statement, which could cause her some problems.

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Breaking: Explosions near finish line of Boston Marathon; Update: Suspect in custody?

by Doug Powers on Monday, April 15th, 2013

This is article 482 of 804 in the topic Terrorism

We don’t fully know what’s happened yet, but Twitter is starting to light up with photos and reports of an explosion or explosions near the finish line of the Boston Marathon. (scroll down for updates)

BREAKING NEWS: Two powerful explosions detonated in quick succession right next to the Boston Marathon finsh line this afternoon.

— News (@BostonDotCom) April 15, 2013

RT @antderosa: Photo captures Boston Marathon explosion RT @boston_to_a_t: Explosion at coply

— Nick Confessore (@nickconfessore) April 15, 2013

News reports on TV are saying that at least a dozen people have been hurt. Many runners had finished but there were still many running when the explosions occurred, and the race has been stopped.


Boston Marathon Explosion (WATCH LIVE)… via @igorbobic

— TPM Livewire (@TPMLiveWire) April 15, 2013

On scanner: “There are three handbags right in front of the bleachers…you might want to get away from those bags”

— Zeke Miller (@ZekeJMiller) April 15, 2013

Boston Marathon #bostonmarathon bomb scene==>RT @stackiii Police pushing everyone away from the scene.

— Michelle Malkin (@michellemalkin) April 15, 2013

RT @buzzfeedsports A photo, via Instagram, of runners being held up on the Boston Marathon course

— Michelle Fields (@MichelleFields) April 15, 2013

My photog @johnhammann and I are safe. But, we were very very close. Saw people on the ground with limbs missing. Awful.

— Jackie Bruno (@JackieBrunoNECN) April 15, 2013

From Globe photog –> RT @globedavidlryan: boston marathon explosion

— Matt Viser (@mviser) April 15, 2013

RT @katz: Boston scanner: “EMS is reporting another device” in front of Mandarin Hotel

— Lachlan Markay (@lachlan) April 15, 2013

My God! #PrayforBoston…

— Savannah (@thesavvy) April 15, 2013

RT @bostonglobe: BREAKING NEW: Lenox Hotel is being evacuated

— Matt Viser (@mviser) April 15, 2013

Witnesses describe twin explosions at marathon finish…

— DanRiehl (@DanRiehl) April 15, 2013

Twitchy has more.

This is how Fox News broke the story:

I’ve seen a number of extremely graphic photos from the scene.

Additional info coming in:

Homeland Security source tells me Boston Firefighters discovered an undetonated device at corner of St. James Ave and Trinity place

— Luke Russert (@LukeRussert) April 15, 2013

At least three reported killed, more than 30 injured… #bostonmarathon

— Erik Rush (@erikrush) April 15, 2013

CBS reported that police found a third device and have detonated it.

MT @bostonglobe: Boston Police have called in all off-duty officers.

— Steven Ertelt (@StevenErtelt) April 15, 2013

Uniformed Secret service is putting up yellow police tape to keep pedestrians off Pennsylvania Avenue in front of White House

— Zeke Miller (@ZekeJMiller) April 15, 2013

Boston Police Department reporting 2 dead, 22 injured from Marathon explosions.

— Jim Roberts (@nycjim) April 15, 2013

BOSTON (AP) – Boston Marathon organizers say on Facebook page that bombs caused 2 explosions near finish.

— Mike Memoli (@mikememoli) April 15, 2013

Heroes RT @stevesilberman: Incredible photo of first responders in Boston. Not graphic.

— Ron Fournier (@ron_fournier) April 15, 2013

Also, call off the investigation, because we already know who’s to blame:

explosion is a reminder that ATF needs a director. Shame on Senate Republicans for blocking apptment…

— Nicholas Kristof (@NickKristof) April 15, 2013

Suspect in custody?

==> RT @jessemangelo #Boston suspect in custody – being guarded in hospital after blast @nypost

— Michelle Malkin (@michellemalkin) April 15, 2013

The New York Post reports that authorities have ID’d the suspect, but, as always, don’t put a lot of faith in early reports.

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High school fined $15,000 for… selling soda pop during lunch

by Doug Powers on Monday, May 21st, 2012

This is article 117 of 191 in the topic Government Regulations

This got lost in the mix last week but it’s not too dated to keep talking about. I was wondering what the EPA idling school bus spotters did on their downtime, and apparently they perform a undercover work for the USDA in school cafeterias:

Davis High School has been fined $15,000 after they were caught selling soda pop during lunch hour, which is a violation of federal law.

The federally mandated law prohibits the sale of carbonated beverages after lunch is served. The program is an effort to help fight childhood obesity and to have young students make better food choices.
Principal Burton said he does not understand the law with rules that seem to be contradictory.

“We can sell a Snickers bar, but can’t sell licorice. We can’t sell Swedish Fish, we can’t sell Starburst, we can’t sell Skittles, but we can sell ice cream, we can sell the Snickers bar, Milky Ways, all that stuff,” said Burton.

The school is bound to obey the law, however, if they want the $15,000 the federal government gives to subsidize their school lunch program.

The Principal said the $15,000 would have otherwise been used to fund music and other programs. To the government this is a “win-win” because the students will be healthier while at the same time the administration won’t have to worry about the kids writing songs critical of insane levels of federal overreach.

Related: Possibly coming soon… a “fat tax.”

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CNN meteorologist blames Texas tornadoes on climate change

by Doug Powers on Thursday, April 5th, 2012

This is article 166 of 342 in the topic Global Warming

In the “because tornadoes never happened in Texas before” file we find a story featuring CNN meteorologist Alexandra Steele informing viewers that the Dallas-Fort Worth area tornadoes were definitely caused by climate change:

Steele, formerly of The Weather Channel, also predicted that more extreme weather is on its way.

“It really is [such a strange spring],” Steele said. “That’s kind of the climate change we are seeing. You know, extremes are kind of ruling the roost and really what we are seeing, more become the norm.”

“CNN Newsroom” host Carol Costello said it made her “afraid” about what is in store for next spring.

“It might be unnaturally cold,” said Costello. Steele agreed that future weather would be less predictable.

“This global warming is really kind of a misnomer,” Steele said. “It’s global climate change. So the colds are colder and warms are warmer and severe is more severe.”

And this whole time I thought Texas got tornadoes because a good portion of the state is in a region called “tornado alley”:


Soon that area will be formally re-named “climate change alley”:

In President Obama’s speech to the Associated Press yesterday (never too soon to issue marching orders), he claimed the Paul Ryan budget proposal would make weather forecasting less accurate. Since all forecasts seem to be “doom and gloom due to climate change” there really aren’t a lot of variables in mainstream media weather reporting: Weather is on the way, and whatever happens is because of climate change — and if we get it wrong it’s because climate change has made forecasting more difficult.

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Announcement: joins Rush Limbaugh advertisers; plus a note to the Beltway about start-ups

by Michelle Malkin on Friday, March 9th, 2012

This is article 243 of 576 in the topic Media

I’m putting my money where my conservative, free-market principles are.

The full announcement about our new ad buy with Rush Limbaugh is here.

A snippet: “As a small business owner, defender of capitalism, and advocate of free speech, I am putting my money where my conservative, free-market principles are. TWITCHY.COM is proud to join companies across the country that advertise with talk show giant Rush Limbaugh and his Excellence In Broadcasting network. Today, we will begin running ads on the website.”

Like I said yesterday and have been saying for years, we need to unite against the progs’ collective, coordinated whitewash of Barack Obama and the organized effort to criminalize and silence conservative dissent.

However you can do it, large or small, please step up!


In case you missed our announcement of my start-up’s launch, it’s here. Info about our staff is here.

Speaking of start-ups, here’s my reaction to GOP support for the federally subsidized JOBS bill that is promoting new government aid to start-ups.

The House has overwhelmingly passed the 390 to 23.

Dear Washington: Speaking as a new owner, I don’t want a JOBS Act. I want you to LEAVE ME ALONE. @TwitchyTeam

The left-leaning Atlantic scoffed at the Twitchy staff size:

Not everybody on the right likes this jobs-through-startups approach. “Dear Washington: Speaking as a new #startup owner, I don’t want a JOBS Act,” tweeted conservative blogger Michelle Malkin. “I want you to LEAVE ME ALONE.” But with only ten staffers listed on her startup’s staff, Malkin’s new company Twitchy isn’t exactly solving the unemployment crisis on its own.

“Only 10.” Yeah, and if Washington weren’t forcibly redistributing my money to the failed start-ups and now-bankrupt green energy scams that politicians favor, I’d have more of my own private funds to hire far more people. Multiply my situation by hundreds of thousands of small businesses with “only 10″ or less employees, and you’re talking about creating real, free-market jobs. Which is something D.C. chuckleheads know nothing about at all.

Also revealing: The Atlantic suggests that it is the responsibility of startups to “solve the unemployment crisis.” Bull crap. Our responsibility is to pursue profits, satisfy customers, and succeed or fail in business on our own. Leave us alone.

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Progressive of Pallor on pointless parade

by Michelle Malkin on Tuesday, October 4th, 2011

This is article 4 of 195 in the topic Marches/Protests/Riots

Raise your hands for DIVERSITY!

I’ve been tweeting up a storm about the rag-tag hordes of crude, lewd, needy, anti-greedy hipsters who have swarmed lower Manhattan in an anarchic campaign to “Occupy Wall Street.” Follow me at @michellemalkin for all the latest revelry.

Since I last blogged about the endless mass sleepover that began on September 17, the “movement” has spread to various blue spots on the map. Prog “celebrities” from Cornel West to Susan Sarandon and Michael Moore all made cameo appearances. Rapper Lupe Fiasco is donating care packages to fulfill the “#needsoftheoccupiers.” Among their wish list items: “Solar panels” and “installers.” That’s not a joke. It’s a real Twitter hashtag. Free advice: Don’t take a look unless you put your drink down in front of the computer.

Big Labor adds its muscle this week, and the saboteurs who work under the “Anonymous” hackers’ umbrella are lurking in the background. The latest joiners: “Occupy College.” Or rather: UN-occupy College. The protesters who gripe about being up their eyeballs in college debt (actually, it’s usually mom and dad who are up to their eyeballs) will protest the squandering of their future by squandering time away from the classroom sipping Snapple, munching Powerbars, Tweeting from their iPads, and bemoaning the homicidal corporatization of America.

One thing you won’t hear the MSM harp on the way they harped about the Tea Party: The overwhelmingly pale face of the “99 percent” movement. Just like their ideological elders in the liberal media, they are a lot more skilled at carping over lack of proportional representation among conservative institutions and the GOP than they are at demonstrating it in their own ranks.

Because I never pass up the opportunity to turn the tables on the sanctimonious bean-counters (see background links below), I commented on progressives of pallor in Matthew Boyle’s latest piece. Excerpt:

Though a few representatives of minority groups have appeared among the “Occupy Wall Street” protesters in New York City, photos and videos of the left-wing mini-throngs indicate they suffer from a serious lack of diversity. And the protesters themselves told The Daily Caller on Tuesday that they are conscious of the issue, if not the inconsistency it demonstrates. A 40-photo Washington Post slideshow showing hundreds of angry protesters in New York and other cities includes no more than 15 clearly identifiable minority protesters, and just six African-Americans. The rest of the protesters shown are white, and most are male. In 26 photos from San Francisco and Chicago gatherings posted on, only one person from a minority group is clearly visible, and it’s unclear whether he is a protester or a bystander. Minority groups are similarly underrepresented in photos and videos posted on, the self-described “unofficial de facto online resource for the ongoing protests happening on Wall Street.”

…The protesters have taken to calling themselves the “99 percent” in the country, labeling the capitalists they wish to remove from power the other “1 percent.” Conservative columnist Michelle Malkin told TheDC that the Occupy Wall Street protesters’ self-description as the “99 percent” in America is ironic because the crowds are mostly white.

“When Occupy Wall Street activists call themselves the ‘99 percent,’ it turns out they mean 99 percent non-diverse (by their own politically correct measurements),” Malkin said in an email.

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Flash mobs, grievance-stokers, and RAAAAAACISM!

by Michelle Malkin on Thursday, August 18th, 2011

This is article 1 of 5 in the topic Civil Unrest

Here’s my segment tonight with Sean Hannity on flash mobs, the whitewashed racial factor, and the blind civility police:

The segment prompted several grievance-mongers to label me a RAAAACIST/sellout/Clarence Thomas/etc., etc., etc. for pointing out that young black thugs have been specifically and explicitly targeting non-blacks on the streets and in schools from Philly and New York to Denver to Wisconsin and more.

Typical reactions:

“Why do @michellemalkin think her racist ass can just keep talking! Shut up whore”

@michellemalkin does your family still live in poverty? Not anymore, since you married into the tribe ME LOVE YOU LONG TIME GI

And e-mail from one C.Doss:

Ms. Malkin,

After watching your interview on the Hannity show, as an African American individual, I found your comments with regards to the flash mobs being correlated with African American “thugs” who are specifically targeting Whites and Asians, which I really can’t tell which category you fall under perhaps Asian and African descent yourself. You seem to have a serious issue with African Americams. You are no different from the racist network that you are affiliated with. Obviously, when innocent people are hurt, it is a horrible situation. However, your racist demeanor is unacceptable.

Respectfully Yours,
C. Doss

Related must-read: Thomas Sowell’s two-part series on social degeneration.

And check out this running tally of violent flash mobs.

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