Nov 162012

Blue states are where the rich get richest and poor the poorest.  Cause and effect might go both ways, in a vicious circle. If so, it’s a good thing for blue politicians and their cronies, if not for the people themselves.

The CBPP’s attitude toward all that? Never mind. Their attachment to the blue state model reminds one of the communist apologists who insisted in the face of all evidence that the system just hadn’t been tried hard enough. At least they’ll be getting their laboratory in the years ahead. California has just voted to double down on blue state policies with higher taxes and Democratic supermajorities in the state government. The nation will be watching.

via Political Diary: Liberal Blues –

Nov 162012

Like I said, I could like some of President Obama’s policies if not implemented with so much cronyism and corruption.  (One wonders if most of the critics of Haliburton were not very sincere.)

XP has received information demonstrating that the unprecedented number of failures in the DOE program relative to what DOE officials have claimed to be “the most expensive and extensive due diligence in history” is explained by manipulated reviews, in the due diligence effort, on behalf of what the United States Government Accountability Office (GAO) investigations found to be “favoritism” in published investigation reports. A senate ethics investigation states, in published reports, that “negligence and mismanagement by DOE officials” was a regular occurrence.

via Lawsuit Alleges “Corruption and Negligence” at Department of Energy.

Nov 152012

It’s all about critical thinking – teaching students to think for themselves. Education vs indoctrination.

Frankly, I have a hard time getting my mind around this story. A teacher in a 6th Grade “journalism” class at a public school in Southern California distributed the materials below to students. The materials are highly critical of ALEC, The American Legislative Exchange Council, a membership organization of conservative state legislators. The students were assigned to use the materials to write news articles critical of the organization. Did I mention this was for 6th graders?

via 6th Grade Class Given Assignment to Write Stories Against Conservative Organization.

Nov 142012

President Barack Obama bluntly told Sen. John McCain and other Republicans to lay off their attacks against U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice over the Benghazi assault, telling lawmakers that if they go after her “then you have a problem with me.” And Obama, speaking at his first postelection press conference, vowed that Republican opposition would not dissuade him from nominating Rice to replace departing Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

via Obama warns McCain: Go after U.N. Ambassador Rice? ‘You have a problem with me’ | The Ticket – Yahoo! News.

Nov 142012

I’m pretty sure this is the same Supreme Court that upheld the ObamaCare method of ruling the people.

Not hearing the case obviously doesn’t affect the ability to invoke the Hyde Amendment in future instances of malicious prosecution. But the appeals court ruling means that no matter how inappropriate the prosecution’s conduct is in the pursuit of a conviction, as long as they can prove they had probable cause to try the case, defendants have no financial recourse, and the prosecution cannot be held accountable under the Hyde Amendment.

via Supreme Court Declines to Tackle Prosecutorial Misconduct Case – Hit & Run :

Nov 142012

Filed under Thugocracy

Syndicated columnist Charles Krauthammer on Tuesday said the White House used David Petraeus’s affair to get the CIA director to give testimony about the attacks on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, that was in line with the administration’s position on the matter.

via Krauthammer: White House ‘Held Affair Over Petraeus’s Head’ For Favorable Testimony On Benghazi |


Nov 132012

Filed under “thugocracy” and “free press.

Interior Secretary Ken Salazar threatened to punch a reporter on a recent trip to Colorado, according to witnesses.

Dave Philipps, a reporter for the Colorado Springs Gazette, tried to ask Salazar about his appointments to the Bureau of Land Management and the wild horse population in the state. Specifically, Philipps had questions about the government’s relationship with a wild horse buyer who allegedly sold more than 1,700 horses to Mexican slaughterhouses…

via Colorado Peak Politics – SHOCK: Secretary Salazar Threatens To “Punch Out” A Colorado Reporter.

Nov 112012

Petraeus is a proven multitasker, if you get my drift. He can put his life together, whatever that means, and testify at the same time.

But isn’t it a national security risk to have the ranking Republican on the Senate Intelligence Committee saying such stupid things?  It risks making us all stupid just listening to stuff like this.

Though Petraeus is not expected to testify at the committee’s closed-door hearing next week, Chambliss said on ABC’s This Week that Petraeus’s testimony will likely happen later. “He’s trying to put his life back together right now and that’s what he needs to focus on,” Chambliss said….

Chambliss praised Petraeus’ career and said he did the right thing by resigning, commending President Obama for accepting his resignation as well.

via Senators: Petraeus Will Eventually Testify on Libya –