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Stephen Kruiser

Stephen Kruiser is a professional comedian and writer who has also been a conservative political activist for over two decades. A co-founder of the first Los Angeles Tea Party, Kruiser often speaks to grassroots groups around America and has had the great honor of traveling around the world entertaining U.S. troops.
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(VIDEO) O’Reilly Still Wants The Internet To Get Off His Lawn, Defends Brian Williams

Tuesday, February 10th, 2015 - by Stephen Kruiser

O’Reilly has always hated the Internet, bloggers and new media, so this isn’t surprising. However, cable news isn’t exactly viewing the world from lofty moral high ground. What’s interesting is his rationale for Williams’ behavior-essentially that news people want to look cool when they come on talk shows so they embellish.

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Politico: Obama ‘Drones on Like a Slow Leak from a Monster Truck Tire’ in Vox Interview

Monday, February 9th, 2015 - by Stephen Kruiser

Harsh but entertaining.

To be fair to Vox, even the most experienced White House reporters can be undone by the president in interviews. Bill O’Reilly of Fox News Channel, for one, has failed to puncture the White House shield in his “exclusive” Obama interviews. Presidents, after all, are playing on their home courts, where they set the rules and control the shot clock. A president is too well-briefed by his staff to be caught off guard by ingenious questions. No president will allow news to be made in an interview unless he wants to make news. Also, etiquette dictates that reporters not interrupt the president whenever he drones on like a slow leak out of a monster truck tire, which Obama does with Vox, at one point filibustering for 750 words—almost as long as this column!—in response to a shapeless labor question posed by Yglesias. An interview with the president may add to a journalist’s prestige, but, like White House briefings, it’s an empty ritual.

But that’s not what bothers me about the Vox interview. Here, for me, is the real rub:

In the example of Klein and Yglesias, they’re less interested in interviewing Obama than they are in explaining his policies. Again and again, they serve him softball—no, make that Nerf ball—questions and then insert infographics and footnotes that help advance White House positions. Vox has lavished such spectacular production values on the video version of the Obama interview—swirling graphics and illustrations, background music (background music!?), aggressive editing, multiple camera angles—that the clips end up looking and sounding like extended commercials for the Obama-in-2016 campaign. I’ve seen subtler Scientology recruitment films.

This, of course, is not surprising as Klein and Yglesias are two of the president’s biggest new media fan boys, although the former has had some lucid moments regarding the realities of Obamacare. This was more like a Tiger Beat interview with Leif Garrett in 1978 than any attempt at real journalism. The YouTube interview with the woman who eats cereal from the bathtub wasn’t any less silly than this fawning effort from Klein and Yglesias.

In the months leading up to the 2012 election, President Obama only granted interviews to local outlets or variety show hosts. He was mocked for this by many Republicans but it turned out to have been a pretty sound strategy. The casual voters who don’t consume political news 24/7 are found watching talk shows, not cable news. He doesn’t need the votes now, yet he still is going for appearances with puppy-eyed hero worshipers. It seems as if he is attempting to pre-game the eventual writing of his legacy, hence the “explaining” that Shafer talks about in the article.

He may get some short-term mileage out of this approach, but we have to hope that historians of the future won’t be using Matt Yglesias for much source material.

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Commies, Meet Ross and Rachel: Netflix Expands To Cuba

Monday, February 9th, 2015 - by Stephen Kruiser

Outreach.

Internet movie and television streaming service Netflix has launched in Cuba, as diplomatic relations between the US and Cuba continue to thaw.

Netflix said its content, such as series House of Cards and Orange is the New Black, will be available to anyone with international payment cards.

On 15 January, the US announced new rules that ease long-running sanctions against Cuba.

A trade embargo has been in place since 1962.

Nothing else has worked since Castro took over, let’s see if bombarding them with American pop culture will do the trick. Of course, there are probably on about fourteen people who can afford $7.99 a month there right now. If all goes according to plan, we can soon get the commie elite binge-watching old American shows and simply turn the island into a resort while they’re distracted.

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NBC’s Guthrie Helps Axelrod Keep the ‘Obama Critics Are Racists’ Myth Alive

Monday, February 9th, 2015 - by Stephen Kruiser

A news division that’s reeling might want to get out of the low-info leftist opinion pimping business and work a bit on some actual reporting. This is nothing more than Savannah Guthrie earning her good little lapdog cred by keeping a tired lie alive. Let us also remember that David Axelrod couldn’t tell the truth if the lives of everyone he loved were on the line.

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Wyoming Turns Back Governor’s Attempt At Medicaid Expansion

Friday, February 6th, 2015 - by Stephen Kruiser

#TGIF!

Wyoming has become yet another state where a Republican governor’s effort to expand Medicaid has been defeated by his own Legislature.

On Friday, the Wyoming Senate shot down Gov. Matt Mead’s expansion plan, and a House committee then pulled its bill. The double whammy effectively killed the state’s chances of enacting the Obamacare option this year.

Lawmakers there acted just days after the Tennessee Legislature shot down an expansion proposal by Gov. Bill Haslam. Together, the two rejections diminish the momentum that Medicaid expansion supporters were enjoying last month, when Indiana Gov. Mike Pence won federal approval of his particular plan and Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson agreed to extend that state’s “private option” program for 18 months. Both Pence and Hutchinson are also Republicans.

Few things in politics are more irritating than a Republican who plays into the “free federal money” canard. This Obamacare-induced expansion is progressive politics at its worst and any Republican going along with it should be excoriated. The party is already polluted with big government fetishists in Washington and the only saving grace in recent years has been the work many of its governors have been doing. Unfortunately, a lot of good work can be undone by foisting this expansion upon the people.

The Foundation For Government Accountability has been educating voters about the dangers of Medicaid expansion and deserves a lot of credit for helping to influence legislators in both Tennessee and Wyoming. FGA Senior Coalitions Director Kristina Ribali is currently in Montana doing the same and hoping to score another win.

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(VIDEO) Rick Perry: Alcee Hastings Is Right: Texas Is Crazy

Friday, February 6th, 2015 - by Stephen Kruiser

Heh.

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University Of California System Will Require Measles Vaccinations For Incoming Students

Friday, February 6th, 2015 - by Stephen Kruiser

From the LA Times:

“The University of California will require incoming students to be screened for tuberculosis and vaccinated for measles, mumps, rubella, chicken pox, meningococcus, tetanus and whooping cough, under a plan set to take effect in 2017,” the UC said in a statement. “Currently, the UC system only requires students to be vaccinated against hepatitis B, though several campuses have additional requirements.”

It will be interesting to see if the recent outbreaks prompt other institutions to adopt stricter vaccination policies. This change has purportedly been in the works for a while, however. Perhaps UC officials were aware of the fact that some of the largest un-vaccinated communities are in California.

Public health shouldn’t be held hostage by some wealthy, kombucha tea-swilling bored hippie housewives. We can’t outlaw hippies (At least I don’t think we can-has it ever been tried?) but we can vaccinate against them.

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Oregon AG: Allegations Against Governor Are ‘Troubling’ And ‘Very Serious’

Friday, February 6th, 2015 - by Stephen Kruiser

No Dem-on-Dem love here.

Oregon’s attorney general has labeled as “troubling” allegations against the state’s Democratic governor and his fiancée linked to a potential conflict of interest over his future wife’s consulting work and her role as an unpaid adviser.

Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum’s remarks late on Thursday added to woes facing Governor John Kitzhaber, who was re-elected to an unprecedented fourth term last year but has faced months of criticism over a string of revelations surrounding his fiancée, Cylvia Hayes.

“Recent allegations relating to Governor Kitzhaber and Ms. Hayes are very serious – and troubling. My office is considering all of our legal options to ensure that we are best serving the state,” Rosenblum said in a statement.

This comes just a couple of days after Portland’s — yes, that Portland — largest newspaper called for the governor to resign.

You know it’s a real problem when the other Democrats aren’t providing cover. It’s also pretty standard fare for a politician who is allowed to hang around in one office seemingly forever. The feeling of electoral invincibility often brings with it a sense of general invincibility (see: Anthony Weiner) and arrogance that makes things go awry in a hurry. Kitzhaber, naturally, is refusing to step down. He’s probably convinced himself that he genuinely hasn’t done anything wrong.

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‘Surplus of Unskilled Labor’ Holding Back Blue Collar Wage Gains

Friday, February 6th, 2015 - by Stephen Kruiser

Via Reuters:

America has added more than a million jobs in the space of three months but wages, especially for blue-collar workers, are showing few signs of gains.

The Federal Reserve is following wage increases as well as employment numbers as it weighs whether to raise interest rates this year, and strong job creation data released on Friday shifted Wall Street bets on the timing of a hike to September from October.

Hourly wage rates rose a sturdy 12 cents last month, but wages were up only 2.2 percent from a year earlier, a historically slow pace. Employment agencies, which play an increasingly large role in supplying workers to America’s companies, say a surplus of labor is holding back wage gains, particularly for blue-collar workers.

“The supply of unskilled labor is still pretty plentiful,” said George Corona, chief operations officer at Kelly Services (KELYA.O), one of the country’s largest providers of temporary employees for light assembly plants and distribution centers.

This is notable because the most of the MSM is in party mode after the jobs report today. Kudos to Reuters for digging just a bit deeper and finding the kernels of not-so-great news that always seem to be lurking in any positive economic news these days.

The media cheerleaders for the Obama economy take everything on faith, however, and spin the day away for their messiah. CNBC‘s Ben White glosses over the “historically slow pace” of wages growth that Reuters is reporting because it’s “moving in the right direction” and “economists expect” things to get better soon.

You can bet the farm that Ben White would immediately find the pace of the wage growth exceedingly problematic if White House were occupied by a Republican.

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Tom Brokaw Denies Reports About Calling for Brian Williams’ Firing But…

Friday, February 6th, 2015 - by Stephen Kruiser

(h/t Hot Air)

Clearing the air

Former “NBC Nightly News” anchor Tom Brokaw pushed back Friday against reports that he wants his embattled successor, Brian Williams, to be fired for falsely claiming to have been aboard a helicopter that came under rocket-propelled grenade fire in Iraq.

“I have neither demanded nor suggested Brian be fired,” Brokaw said in an email to The Huffington Post. “His future is up to Brian and NBC News executives.”

The New York Post on Thursday quoted an NBC source who said Brokaw wanted Williams’ “head on a platter” and had suggested a more junior employee would have been fired or suspended.

CNN’s Brian Stelter said his reporting inside NBC had backed up the Post’s assertion that Brokaw is “furious” over the incident.

While Brokaw may not have asked for Williams to be punished over the incident, he didn’t defend his colleague in his statement to HuffPost the way former “CBS Evening News” anchor Dan Rather did a day earlier.

Rather, who was embroiled in his own media scandal, said Thursday that Williams “is an honest, decent man, an excellent reporter and anchor — and a brave one. I can attest that — like his predecessor Tom Brokaw — he is a superb pro, and a gutsy one.”

When the “sources” reports hit the news last night many were speculating whether NBC brass were behind them and providing cover for themselves should they move against Williams. As is always the case with reporting based entirely upon anonymous sources, however, the stories are easy to deny. That Brokaw didn’t take the opportunity give even a tepid endorsement to Williams is probably a sign that things are shaky for the news anchor.

A ringing endorsement from Rather about honesty is laughable, of course, but it shows that he still doesn’t think he did anything wrong.

That’s really the problem here.

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Holder’s Farewell Tour: Telling Cops to ‘Earn Trust’ of Communities

Thursday, February 5th, 2015 - by Stephen Kruiser

Because it’s all the cops’ fault, right?

Attorney General Eric Holder said Thursday that law enforcement and other leaders should use the national debate over the use of force to improve relations with the communities they serve.

Holder called for the dialogue at a meeting with politicians, law enforcement officials and community leaders in Oakland, California, a city that has seen tumultuous demonstrations against police.

It was the sixth and final city where Holder has convened such a meeting since President Obama asked him to organize the discussions.

“Recent events have cast a stark light on rifts that have emerged throughout the country,” Holder said. “And that’s why I’ve been traveling the nation in recent months to hold roundtable discussions — like this one — aimed at bringing people of all backgrounds and perspectives together to restore trust where it has been eroded, and to build trust where it never existed.”

Holder said the debate about police relations is an opportunity that shouldn’t be squandered.

Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf told the group earlier, “We have got to do more to win back the trust of the community.”

Didn’t this guy retire about a year ago? This has got to be the longest farewell tour in the history of presidential administrations.

Holder and his boss have been on the wrong side of almost every high publicity law enforcement story since they’ve been in office. They are quick to blame the police and give a free pass to criminals. One wonders how he can give speeches like this without getting a chair thrown at him.

Oakland is a criminal cesspool and has been for quite a long time. Maybe city officials should be thanking the police rather than admonishing them.

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(VIDEO) Former Awful Governor Howard Dean Thinks Scott Walker Has Been an Awful Governor

Thursday, February 5th, 2015 - by Stephen Kruiser

Given that Scott Walker won three elections in four years with Big Labor throwing everything they had at him, it would seem that the people of Wisconsin disagree with Dr. ScreamyPants. As we pointed out yesterday, MSNBC’s ratings are in the midst of a Titanic impression. This clip is indicative of why. Dean is, and always has been, a screeching loon. He often says things that obviously aren’t reality-based.

And he’s revered at MSNBC.

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Infant Measles Outbreak Hits Chicago Day Care Center

Thursday, February 5th, 2015 - by Stephen Kruiser

Here we go

There’s officially a measles outbreak in Chicago: Five babies who attend a local day care have been diagnosed with the measles, Illinois health officials announced on Thursday.

All five children are under the age of 1, and attended KinderCare Learning Center. Two of the measles cases have been confirmed with lab testing, officials said, while the other three diagnoses are pending test results.

Officials added that it’s too early to know whether the Chicago measles outbreak is linked with the Disneyland outbreak.

Measles is incredibly contagious; nearly anyone who’s unvaccinated will contract the disease after exposure, and a small number of people who were vaccinated end up contracting the disease, too.

The good news is…well there really isn’t any. Newborn children are facing a health risk because the yoga mat moms are bored with life and all of the health we’ve been enjoying as a civilized nation. Build them a quarantined compound in Antarctica and let them and their little bundles of contagion live there.

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Romney Staffer: Axelrod Is Lying About Election Night Phone Call

Thursday, February 5th, 2015 - by Stephen Kruiser

Say it ain’t so!

Garrett Jackson, Mitt Romney’s body man throughout the 2012 campaign, tells POLITICO that he believes David Axelrod “concocted” a phone call recounted in his memoir coming out Tuesday, “Believer: My Forty Years in Politics.”

Axelrod writes in a passage revealed by the N.Y. Daily News that Obama was “slightly irritated” by Romney’s concession call on election night.

When Obama hung up, he told Axelrod and others who were present that Romney had said: “You really did a great job of getting the vote out in places like Cleveland and Milwaukee.” Axelrod writes that the president added: “In other words, black people. That’s what he thinks this was all about.”

Jackson, 28, said in a phone call from Houston, where he now works as a private-equity analyst: “When I read that, I was furious. … It didn’t happen. … I was right next to the Gov. Hell, it was my phone. I was the one who called [Obama aide] Marvin Nicholson. … Mitt goes: ‘Mr. President, I just wanted to call and congratulate you and your team on a well-fought race, and congratulate you on your victory.’ Then there was a silence on Mitt’s end — we weren’t on speaker.

When asked about this by my colleague John Phillips on PJTV‘s “The Rundown” yesterday, I noted that all of what Axelrod wrote was plausible but, since he wrote it, I didn’t believe a word of it.

Axelrod was Team Lightbringer’s message guru for a very long time. He lies in order to smear Republicans as reflexively as you and I breathe. President Obama and his inner circle know that Romney was right about most of the big things in 2012. They also know that the American public is catching on to that fact. As a result, it’s still a priority for them to bad mouth Romney in an effort to put some heavy gloss on Obama’s legacy.

Good luck with that…

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Politico: Now That Dems Are Being Obstructionists It’s…Still the Republicans’ Fault

Wednesday, February 4th, 2015 - by Stephen Kruiser

Wow, couldn’t see this coming.

Senate Democrats again blocked Republicans’ attempt Wednesday to bring up a funding bill for the
Department of Homeland Security — filibustering the legislation over provisions that would unravel President Barack Obama’s executive actions on immigration.
The vote was 53-47.

The Senate had reached the same outcome on a procedural vote on the same bill Tuesday, and the situation is expected to play out again this week — quite apropos in the days after Groundhog Day.

Senate Republicans plan to force the minority to block the bill multiple times, and they slammed Democrats for refusing to let the chamber even take up the DHS funding measure so changes more to their liking could be considered.

The pathetically predictable MSM isn’t wasting any time running interference for the Democrats. In the years that the Dems had the Senate majority, it was always the fault of the Republicans if they blocked a bill. No mention whatsoever was made of what language the majority may have added to a bill to make it objectionable to the GOP. In fact, the Harry Reid brigade would often simply not let things come up for a vote and the Republicans were blamed for that too.

Here is hoping that leadership remains aware of the fact that they’ll never get a break in the media and act accordingly.

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MSNBC’s Ratings Free-Fall Prompts Discussions of a Shakeup

Wednesday, February 4th, 2015 - by Stephen Kruiser

They miss Olbermann.

When President Obama was reelected in 2012, MSNBC was “leaning forward” and smiling wide as Obama 2.0 propelled it to record ratings and a firm grasp on the No. 2 spot in cable news.

Over two years later, the network has fallen backwards. January ratings revealed double-digit declines compared with January, 2014 in all ratings measurements. During the day, MSNBC was down 20 percent in viewers and 37 percent in the advertising-coveted 25-54 demo. In primetime, it fell 23 percent in viewers and 39 percent in demo.

Network President Phil Griffin knows MSNBC needs to turn those numbers around quickly, and multiple insiders tell TheWrap Griffin is in the process of deciding what potential changes to make, including tinkering with primetime.

One well-placed insider told TheWrap that the ratings-challenged “All In” with Chris Hayes — airing in the cable news sweet spot of 8 p.m. ET — might get uprooted for a different timeslot. It’s not clear who will replace Hayes in the event that he gets yanked from 8 p.m., but since Keith Olbermann’s 2011 exit, MSNBC has filled the all-important timeslot with internal talent rather than seeking hosts from the outside.

MSNBC is a lot like the current administration it so admires: every time someone awful leaves, someone worse is found as a replacement.

A key component in its struggle is the fact that the network’s executives and on-air talent are blissfully unaware of the fact that progressivism is still a fringe ideology in America. The little bump they enjoyed was due to a combination of the unsustainable emotional high of the early Obama years and the CNN’s floundering. CNN may not be what it was twenty years ago, but it has made some slight improvements in the past couple of years.

Jeff Zucker seems genuinely interested in restoring the CNN brand, while Phil Griffin seems to be merely creating programming that he and his friends enjoy:

MSNBC’s other programming problem appears to be Griffin himself, whom multiple insiders told TheWrap is too attached to the hosts he’s selected and the shows they’ve developed, including Farrow, Reid, Hayes and Alex Wagner, who hosts “Now” at 4 p.m. ET.

That this niche network is still supported by the parent company is also indicative of just how left-leaning NBC as a whole is.

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Uh-Oh: FCC Chairman Wants To Regulate Broadband Like A Utility

Wednesday, February 4th, 2015 - by Stephen Kruiser

A bad idea made worse…

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler confirmed Wednesday he’s seeking strong net neutrality rules that regulate broadband service like a utility, matching a vision laid out by President Barack Obama and setting up a high-stakes standoff with the telecom industry and congressional Republicans.

The move, which Wheeler announced in an online op-ed in Wired magazine, is expected to meet heavy resistance from the GOP Congress and Internet-service providers, which warn it will lead to burdensome regulation and hinder investment. AT&T has already said it will challenge such rules in court.

Wheeler’s plan would prevent broadband providers from engaging in pay-for-play deals with companies for faster delivery of their content to consumers. It would also extend net neutrality rules to mobile devices. The full five-member commission is slated to vote on Wheeler’s plan on Feb. 26.

“I am submitting to my colleagues the strongest open internet protections ever proposed by the FCC,” the chairman wrote. “These enforceable, bright-line rules will ban paid prioritization, and the blocking and throttling of lawful content and services. I propose to fully apply—for the first time ever—those bright-line rules to mobile broadband.”

We can only hope that the anticipated standoff with Republicans will actually happen. If there is a line in the sand to be drawn by this majority I can’t think of a better one than keeping the un-elected regulatory agencies in check. I would obviously prefer that they have their powers stripped but let’s take this one step at a time.

The Idiot King knows that he isn’t going to get any assists from Congress in the next couple of years so he is going to let the EPA and FCC run crazy, unleashing a regulatory zombie apocalypse on the American people. This battle in particular should be an easy fight for even the Republicans to get the messaging right. Not too many regular people have warm and fuzzy feelings about dealing with utilities. I waited ten days for the gas company to turn my gas on when I moved into my current home. I’ve got nothing nice to say about them.

Also, if you have been exasperated at any time with your mobile provider, imagine how much worse it will be with our heavy-handed overlords upping their regulatory stake in the process.

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(VIDEO) Jon Stewart Mocks Anti-Vaxxer ‘Science-Denying Affluent CA Liberals’

Tuesday, February 3rd, 2015 - by Stephen Kruiser

The Marin County rich hippie mom’s comments here practically mock themselves, but Stewart does a great job of piling on:

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Shucks: North Korea Won’t Renew Talks with ‘Gangster-Like’ United States

Tuesday, February 3rd, 2015 - by Stephen Kruiser

And we were just starting to get along so well.

North Korea is dismissing the possibility of renewing talks with the United States, which it said is trying to overthrow the communist government in Pyongyang.

In a statement Wednesday, the National Defense Commission, North Korea’s top military body, also threatened retaliatory nuclear and cyberattacks on the U.S.

“Now that the gangster-like U.S. imperialists’ military strategy towards the DPRK is inching close to the stage of igniting a war of aggression, the just counteraction of the army and people of the DPRK will be focused on inflicting the bitterest disasters upon the United States of America,” the statement read.

Such inflammatory comments are common in the lead-up to Washington’s annual joint military drills with South Korea, which are set to begin in March. Pyongyang says it views the drills as preparation to invade.

The world is just a super fun place now that the craziest non-Castro dictator has nukes, isn’t it? Imagine how it will be after the ayatollahs get them too.

Seriously though, with the American fighting forces being reduced and slightly recommitted to fighting the terrorists we left alone just long enough to get stronger in the Middle East, what would happen if the Pyongyang Pudgy wanted to start acting up?

Each passing day makes me wish Newt could have gotten his Moon bases built.

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CA Day Care Shut Down After Baby Too Young for Vaccination Contracts Measles

Tuesday, February 3rd, 2015 - by Stephen Kruiser

The hits just keep on coming.

A Southern California day care has shut down because an infant there — who’s too young to get vaccinated — contracted measles, another case in the re-emergence of the disease on the West Coast.

The Samohi Infant Toddler Center inside Santa Monica High School, a facility for 24 young children of students and staff members, closed Monday after it was learned that a baby under 12 months old being care for there had measles. It’s not clear when, where or how the child got the disease.

Nor is there any timetable for when the center will reopen, but it’s possible that children who have been immunized against the highly contagious virus could soon go back.

In addition to the baby with measles, 13 other infants who went to the day care center are being quarantined for 21 days as a safeguard.

I have seen a number of social media and blog posts in recent weeks of the “If your kids are vaccinated what are you worried about?” variety. All of these obviously disregard the fact that newborns aren’t vaccinated and many are in day care and/or public.

This may not be at epidemic proportions but it is unconscionable that people are having their lives, their work, and their kids’ lives disrupted because irresponsible parents are making medical decisions based on hippie fake science.

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Cruz: Use Lynch Nomination to Play Hardball with President on Immigration

Tuesday, February 3rd, 2015 - by Stephen Kruiser

We have a plan!

Texas Sen. Ted Cruz is demanding that Republicans block the nomination of Loretta Lynch as attorney general until President Barack Obama relents on his immigration policies.

The likely presidential candidate said in an interview Tuesday that Republicans should use “every procedural tool” to block Obama’s move to defer deportations for roughly 5 million undocumented immigrants — calling on the GOP-led Senate Judiciary Committee to block her nomination and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) to deny her a confirmation vote on the floor.

“For several months now, I have called on the Senate majority leader to halt confirmations of every nominee executive and judicial, other than vital national security positions, unless or until the president rescinds his unconstitutional amnesty,” Cruz told POLITICO in the Capitol. “We have an opportunity in front of us right now with Loretta Lynch – a nominee for attorney general — who has fully embraced and flat-out promised to implement the unconstitutional amnesty.”

Given the overwhelming loathing for the kind of immigration reform the president wants, this seems like a plausible suggestion. True, Cruz likes to push the envelope a little just to force conversations that make Republican leadership uncomfortable, but there are always kernels of political wisdom in each.

One of the supposed advantages to being in the majority is having control of procedural options that can be used to influence an agenda. In his first speech after the election last year, Mitch McConnell took one off the table. He seemed more interested in sending a message to Ted Cruz than to the Democrats.

Thankfully, Ted Cruz wasn’t listening.

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The Science Is Settled: Super Bowl XLIX Ads Were Horrible

Monday, February 2nd, 2015 - by Stephen Kruiser

So it wasn’t just me

It was one of the most memorable Super Bowls of all time but, in terms of the commercials, it was more like a blowout that was over by halftime. “There were some of the worst Super Bowl ads I’ve ever seen – that really missed badly,” said David Steinberg, CEO of Zeta Interactive, a New York-based digital marketing firm.

“It was a somber, very emotional year. There were no epic standouts,” said David Shoffner, senior public relations strategist of Pavone, a Pennsylvania ad agency. An ad that was a particular downer to many people was a Nationwide Insurance spot advising parents to protect their children – or they’ll die. “There’s a time and place for those kind of ads, but the Super Bowl isn’t one of them,” Shoffner explained.

As a hardcore football fan, I’ve long loathed the focus on commercials and half time shows surrounding the Super Bowl, so I’m glad that the people who tend to “only watch for the commercials” had an awful night.

Sports are supposed to be escapist entertainment. We don’t need to be taught life lessons during a football game. The notion that some kind of depth can be conveyed via television advertising during a sporting event is rather pathetic, actually.

The Nationwide ad was extraordinarily awful and was met with almost universal derision. Instead of admitting that it whiffed with its attempt, the company doubled down and issued a statement saying that it was attempting to start a dialogue about home accidents and child deaths.

Um, no, you were trying to scare people into buying insurance.

It did inspire a new slogan for the company which spread throughout social media: “Nationwide Your Kid Has Died”.

Nationwide also started a Twitter hashtag game that I’m sure isn’t the kind of publicity it wanted. If you have a minute, check out #NationwideAMovie.

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American Sniper Eclipses Saving Private Ryan to Become #1 Domestic Grossing War Film Of All Time

Friday, January 30th, 2015 - by Stephen Kruiser

That was fast.

“American Sniper” has overtaken “Saving Private Ryan” as the top domestic grossing war movie of all time. The Clint Eastwood drama starring Bradley Cooper has so far earned $217.1 million at the U.S. box office, surpassing Spielberg’s film, which earned $216.5 million in 1998.

The Eastwood drama added 180 theaters in its third week of release, with “Sniper” now playing in 3,885 theaters. It overtook “Saving Private Ryan” on Thursday, and is on track to earn another $35 million to finish No. 1 at the box office for the third week in a row.

This should cause some in-between-sandwiches weeping and gnashing of teeth at Michael Moore’s house.

After complaining for a couple of weeks that “Sniper” glorifies war and seeing it become even more popular, the leftmedia hit the bandwagon has spent the last few days trying to claim that it is in fact an anti-war movie.

Sadly, the whining from the people who were never going to like the film will probably have an effect on its Academy Awards chances.

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A Five Story Building From A 3-D Printer? That Just Happened

Friday, January 30th, 2015 - by Stephen Kruiser

Welcome to incredible.

Not satisfied with its recent feat of 3D-printing 10 small houses in a day, Chinese construction firm WinSun Decoration Design Engineering has just topped itself by 3D-printing a five-story apartment building and a 11,840-square-foot Neoclassical mansion. Just like the batch of single-story buildings unveiled last year, these new structures are also made of recycled construction waste, assembled by one massive 3D printer.

As WinSun CEO Ma Yi He explained in a press conference earlier this month, this technology can save between 30 and 60 percent of building materials, shorten production times by 50 to 70 percent, and cut down labor costs by 50 to 80 percent. And it appears there’s already a lot of interest. CityLab reports that the Egyptian government has ordered 20,000 of WinSun’s single-story houses and a Taiwanese real estate has pre-ordered ten of these newly unveiled mansions.

This is pretty incredible stuff (that’s high-level technology speak). 3-D printing has gone from an interesting curiosity to “Whoa, the future just got here!” in a few short years. Those cost reduction numbers are so staggering they could make housing here in Southern California affordable.

Until Jerry Brown taxes 3-D printers to pay for a bullet train, of course. 4e32199880d1572c401fd93b5a7d688f

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Army Deletes ‘Chinks’ in Armor Tweet Because PC Crowd Too Stupid to Understand English

Friday, January 30th, 2015 - by Stephen Kruiser

Stop the madness.

The Army has deleted a tweet posted Thursday afternoon referring to “chinks” in the armor of its Special Operations capabilities after receiving numerous accusations of racism.

The tweet read: “Chinks in special ops’ digital and physical armor poses challenges, experts say.”

The political correctness speech fascists are second only to terrorists in their zeal to destroy America. In fact, they do more to help the terrorists’ cause here than the terrorists do themselves. The arbitrary assignation of evil/hate/whatever to words or phrases is a growing cancer in American society that is designed solely to assault free speech. After the Charlie Hebdo massacre there was a lot of lip service paid to freedom of expression, but the majority of the people linking arms in solidarity are also the ones who created this dangerous hyper-sensitivity.

That public display put them in a position to be held accountable on this matter, and real proponents of free speech should exploit this chink in their armor. special-operations

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Fourth Quarter GDP Report A ‘Disappointment’

Friday, January 30th, 2015 - by Stephen Kruiser

This number is awful in light of what economists expected but pretty much par for the course in recent years. The good news always brings hope for some sustainable growth but is followed by “unexpected” bad news. The lapdog media faithfully dig for nuggets of hope, though.

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Has ‘Hillary Fatigue’ Already Set In? MSNBC’s Donny Deutsch Thinks So (VIDEO)

Friday, January 30th, 2015 - by Stephen Kruiser

A couple of weeks ago Jay Leno told Bill Maher that he didn’t see Hillary’s “fire” anymore. Throw in this from the MSNBC faithful today and it could very mean that the Democrats are more weary of the inevitability talk than anyone else.

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Daily Beast: ‘Sources’ Say Romney Is In (UPDATE: Thankfully, They Were Wrong)

Friday, January 30th, 2015 - by Stephen Kruiser

UPDATE: Whew!

Let’s hope not.

Mitt Romney will call senior donors at 11am EST Friday to give them “an update” on his campaign plans. Sources have told the Daily Beast that the former Massachusetts governor will announce his intention to explore another run for the White House.

Much ado is being made about the two phone calls that Mitt Romney has scheduled with supporters today. His casual consideration of another run seems to be kicking into high speed in the past week. In a battle of two establishment favorites, the old GOP money is going to want to pick a favorite early so the Mittster can’t really sit around much longer.

There are also only so many recycled GOP strategy losers to give another shot at screwing up an election.

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Warren Supporters Fund Anti-Hillary Poll

Friday, January 30th, 2015 - by Stephen Kruiser

Lotta love in the room

A group of major liberal donors who want Elizabeth Warren to run for president have paid for a poll intended to show that Hillary Clinton does not excite the Democratic base and would be vulnerable in a 2016 general election.

The automated poll of nearly 900 registered voters, conducted last week by Public Policy Polling, found that 48 percent of respondents had an unfavorable opinion of Clinton, compared to 43 percent who viewed the former secretary of State favorably.

While Clinton — the prospective favorite for the Democratic presidential nomination should she enter the race — holds leads over every major GOP candidate tested in the poll, she doesn’t break 50 percent against any, and some are well within striking distance. Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker comes closest, with Clinton leading him by a margin of 45 percent to 42 percent (with 14 percent not sure who they’d vote for) – within the survey’s margin of error of plus or minus 3.3 percent.

The only people who desperately want the public to believe Hillary Clinton’s nomination is a foregone conclusion are some in the MSM and GOP establishment hacks who want to scare the Republican electorate into getting behind a horrible moderate candidate early. The media people will at least turn on Her Madameship the second a fresher face shows itself, the Republican old guard is probably doing more to help Clinton’s image than she is herself.

Elizabeth Warren may not want to run at this point but there are plenty of well placed Democrats-many of them former Obama staffers-who want nothing more. They will keep working to convince her to run and the tides could start to turn against Hillary once her handlers can’t hide her from the public anymore.

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Some Doctors Refusing to See Anti-Vaccine Patients

Thursday, January 29th, 2015 - by Stephen Kruiser

Good.

With California gripped by a measles outbreak, Dr. Charles Goodman posted a clear notice in his waiting room and on Facebook: His practice will no longer see children whose parents won’t get them vaccinated.

“Parents who choose not to give measles shots, they’re not just putting their kids at risk, but they’re also putting other kids at risk — especially kids in my waiting room,” the Los Angeles pediatrician said.

It’s a sentiment echoed by a small number of doctors who in recent years have “fired” patients who continue to believe debunked research linking vaccines to autism. They hope the strategy will lead parents to change their minds; if that fails, they hope it will at least reduce the risk to other children in the office.

There aren’t many doctors doing this, but it’s a good start. These loons who are making medical decisions for their children based on the opinions of some empty-headed celebrity hippies need to be marginalized and shamed, if shaming them is even possible. If someone wants to make decisions for their kids that will put other kids at risk, then keep them away from other kids.

The anti-vaxxers are reminiscent of the climate change cultists — they ferociously cling to speculation, debunked theories and junk science for reasons known only to the alien voices in their heads.

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Lindsey Graham Keeps Threatening To Run For President

Thursday, January 29th, 2015 - by Stephen Kruiser

Your guess is as good as mine.

South Carolina Republican Senator Lindsey Graham on Thursday formed a political organization to explore a potential run for his party’s presidential nomination, the latest high-profile politician to test the 2016 waters.

Graham would attempt to use his South Carolina home base to his advantage for any potential run, since the Southern state is typically the third to hold a nominating contest in presidential election years, after Iowa and New Hampshire.

“What I’m looking at is, is there a pathway forward on the ground in Iowa and New Hampshire for a guy like me? I don’t know until I look,” Graham told reporters on Capitol Hill.

Someone is feeding the squish horrible information. The only Republican outside of South Carolina who likes Graham is John McCain, and he isn’t exactly flush with presidential campaign mojo. In fact, the greatest thing that could happen to the GOP would be those two taking a permanent vacation together.

Of all the long-shot potential Republican candidates, Graham makes the least sense. He’s loathed by the base and really doesn’t excite many centrists. Perhaps his inner circle at home feels this is his participation trophy moment. The sooner it passes the better for all of us.

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House GOP February Agenda: Tax Breaks And Protection From Common Core

Thursday, January 29th, 2015 - by Stephen Kruiser

Pinch me.

House Republicans will vote on repealing Obamacare next week, but this time the legislation will include “instructions” for committees to craft an GOP alternative.

In a memo sent to Republicans on Thursday, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) laid out the agenda for the entire month of February, which will also include making permanent tax breaks for charitable giving and preventing the White House from “coercing states to adopt Common Core standards.”

Admittedly, I had set my expectations for this Congress low, so it is pretty easy for them to make me happy now. I am pleasantly surprised thus far, even with the hiccups.

They are also going to vote on a bill that would prevent any future attempts to raid 529 accounts. Just because this president figured out in a hurry that was a bad idea doesn’t mean some “revenue” seeking progressive won’t go after them in the future.

The most interesting tidbit on the agenda appears at the end of this article:

Next week, the GOP will also vote on a bill that attempts to “hold agencies accountable for the true cost of federal mandates” by imposing “stricter requirements for how and when federal agencies must disclose the cost of federal mandates and equips both Congress and the public with tools to determine the true costs of regulations.”

Putting the bureaucracy in charge of revealing how much bureaucracy costs may not be the most perfect solution, but this is a start. Nearly every (I’m being generous here) federal program and mandate is presented to the public with extremely low cost projections (see: Medicare) to make the sale go smoothly. It’s not unlike being told a new car is going to cost $10,000 and finding out that number was adjusted to $45,000 as soon as you signed the contract.

Any move towards increased transparency has got to help.

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(VIDEO) Gowdy on Benghazi Hearings: ‘We’re Going to Ratchet It Up’

Tuesday, January 27th, 2015 - by Stephen Kruiser

He also says that he would rather have hearings about substance rather than process. One thing is certain, he’s not going to back down just because the Democrats and their media mouthpieces keep saying he should.

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Boehner: House ‘Finalizing a Plan’ to Sue Administration Over Immigration

Tuesday, January 27th, 2015 - by Stephen Kruiser

It’s a start.

House Speaker John Boehner’s leadership team is preparing a resolution that could authorize further legal action against the Obama administration over its moves on immigration, he told his colleagues Tuesday morning.

The resolution, which Boehner discussed in a closed Republican meeting Tuesday, could authorize the House to take several different forms of legal action against the administration, but no final course of action has been decided. For example, the resolution could authorize the House to join a lawsuit that states have filed against President Barack Obama over the executive action.

“We are finalizing a plan to authorize litigation on this issue — one we believe gives us the best chance of success,” Boehner said in the meeting.

Honestly, this is a pleasant surprise. For a few years Boehner has been echoing the president about a “need for immigration reform” and he was really only kept in check last year by Mitch McConnell and the prospect of retaking the Senate. The president’s post-election love for executive overreach seems to have been a blessing in disguise, as Boehner seems resolute about battling the tactic.

If the result of the president’s arrogant constitutional end-around plays is a slightly more conservative speaker, here’s hoping the White House remains tone deaf for the next couple of years.

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California Franchise Tax Board Cleared for Suspicious Package…Full of Dog Droppings

Tuesday, January 27th, 2015 - by Stephen Kruiser

I swear it wasn’t me.

A package opened in the tax-collecting agency’s mailroom in Sacramento on Monday caused an evacuation until firefighters determined the substance was – technically — harmless: dog feces.

The dog waste was inside a leaky container within the package, said Capt. Michelle Eidam of the Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District. Workers called authorities once they saw the liquid had leaked, noticed the odd smell and saw it had no message and no specific addressee. It was sent through standard mail.

Oh, I won’t lie and say I haven’t had the urge to do something along these lines but, hey, the fact that it has to be sent anonymously kind of takes the fun out of it.

I also don’t have a dog right now.

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