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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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NSA Nominee To Senate: ‘Trust Me’

Tuesday, March 11th, 2014 - by Stephen Kruiser

Forecast: Heavy Snowden clouds.

President Barack Obama’s pick to lead the National Security Agency pledged on Tuesday to look for ways to build confidence in the beleaguered spy agency and, in a possible shift, stopped short of calling former contractor Edward Snowden a traitor.

Vice Admiral Michael Rogers, now the Navy’s top cyber warrior, was cautious during often terse exchanges at a Senate hearing on his confirmation to also lead the U.S. Cyber Command that saw critics and supporters prod him about the NSA’s bulk collection of phone records, a program exposed by Snowden.

Rogers spoke about the need for NSA transparency and accountability.

Spy agencies are always eager to pay lip service to pleasing the public when they’ve been caught with their little spy hands in the privacy cookie jar. And exactly what does greater transparency from a spy agency look like? There’s a fine line between one that does whatever it needs to in order to keep the bad guys at bay and an Orwellian nightmare that is archiving video footage of every shower you take.

No, that’s not a loofah but thanks for keeping that dude from blowing up my office.

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Predictably, Healthy People Not Being Duped Into Enrolling For Obamacare

Tuesday, March 11th, 2014 - by Stephen Kruiser

Mandate this.

Now concern seems to be focused on whether the various health plans will have enough healthy people in their mix of customers to keep premiums stable. And that has everyone looking at the percentage of younger enrollees, particularly those between ages 18 and 34. On average, young people have lower health care costs than older people.

February’s numbers looked OK, but not great when gauged that way. Of those signing up for insurance last month, 27 percent were in that coveted young adult demographic. That was up 3 percentage points from the first three months of open enrollment, but the same as January.

As a result, the percentage of young adults who have enrolled in insurance through the exchanges since they opened Oct. 1 remains at 25 percent.

Women are more numerous in the exchanges than men — 55 percent and 45 percent respectively. Some analysts have suggested that could pose a problem, since women tend to use more health care services.

The Idiot King is working overtime to get the younger demographic enrollment numbers up. As the end of March nears, I wouldn’t be surprised to see him doing keg stands at frat houses and referring to himself as “the skinny Kardashian”.

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Oh-Oh: O-Care Will Need To Almost Double Its Daily Sign Up Rate To Hit Goal

Tuesday, March 11th, 2014 - by Stephen Kruiser

Math hurts.

The administration says President Barack Obama’s health care law made steady progress in February, with more than 940,000 people signing up for coverage.

Even so, it’s starting to look like the White House could well miss the unofficial goal of signing up 6 million people by the end of open enrollment March 31.

Check the math:

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced Tuesday that February’s sign-ups brought the total enrolled to 4.2 million people.

But that means to meet the final goal, another 1.8 million people would have to enroll in March, an average of 60,000 a day.

That’s way above the daily averages for January and February, which range between 33,000 and 34,000.

This represents yet another monumental failure for The Idiot King’s “signature” achievement. That fact will present no problem whatsoever to the Hopeychangey cultists, however. They have planted the Obamacare goalposts very shallowly so they can be moved as needed.

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Ted Cruz Is Right About Bob Dole

Tuesday, March 11th, 2014 - by Stephen Kruiser

More whining.

Sam Brownback is the Brigadoon of Republican politics, popping out of the clouds every four years and into the collective awareness of those outside of his home state to run a failed presidential primary campaign. He needs to jump on the Cruz free publicity train merely to avoid being called “Sam Who”.

Rand Paul needs to distinguish himself from Cruz in personal ways because they aren’t that different when it comes to policy discussions. So his comments are understandable as well.

But make no mistake about the salient point here: Bob Dole was a horrible presidential candidate.

John McCain was a horrible presidential candidate.

Mitt Romney was a horrible presidential candidate.

And all for the reason that Cruz stated in his speech.

Why are conservatives, the people who supposedly value achievement and eschew participation trophies, so willing to give our bad candidates a free pass?

The GOP has long had an unspoken presidential candidate policy that almost automatically awards the nod to whomever has been hanging around the primary process the longest. This has produced some less-than-inspiring choices over the years.

Saying so doesn’t mean that they are bad men. It doesn’t disregard or diminish previous accomplishments. It simply points out the obvious.

Dole was a “safe”, milquetoast choice who was so uninspiring as a candidate that even Jack Kemp, one of the most dynamic thinkers and personalities in the GOP at the time, couldn’t energize the ticket.

Cruz is acutely aware of the fact that the GOP’s “lather, rinse, repeat” approach to presidential politics hasn’t been an overwhelming success in a while. Republicans have won the popular vote in a presidential election once in twenty-five years.

Once.

You can wrap yourself in an Electoral College blanket if it helps you sleep at night but those numbers aren’t comforting in the real, “What have you done for me lately?” world of politics.

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Open Thread Video: Sportsmanship Isn’t Dead

Monday, March 10th, 2014 - by Stephen Kruiser

It’s always nice to end the day with something fun and/or hopeful.

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Two Clear Examples of How Little Concern Liberals Actually Have for People

Monday, March 10th, 2014 - by Stephen Kruiser

First, an EVIL KOCH BROTHER dared to give a hospital the largest donation it ever received. Naturally, the party of tolerance cannot let that stand.

Union leaders, NAACP representatives, and even a Democrat city council member were on hand for a protest at a New York City hospital. What was the object of their scorn? A $100 million donation made to the hospital.

That’s right, a $100 million donation to a local hospital drew the ire of liberals in the city.

Why? Because it came from one half of a pair of billionaire brothers who happen to support conservative and libertarian policies.

And here is a compassionate liberal’s heartfelt opposition to a pending gun bill in Indiana:

cindy

Sweet, tender, for the children Cindy seems to have had her account temporarily suspended by Twitter. I read her timeline earlier today and it was full of classic hive-mind talking points. That’s right, Cindy isn’t really an anomaly over there.

They are hateful, spiteful people who care not one whit for anyone they say they do. They care only about power. And we shouldn’t let them have any.

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Defector Says Lockerbie Bombing Was the Work of Iran, Not Libya

Monday, March 10th, 2014 - by Stephen Kruiser

Khomeini strikes again?

The Lockerbie bombing was ordered by Iran and carried out by a Syrian-based terrorist group, a former Iranian intelligence officer has admitted.

Abolghassem Mesbahi, a defector to Germany, said Pan Am flight 103 was downed in 1988 in retaliation for a US Navy strike on an Iranian commercial jet six months earlier, in which 290 people died.

He claims the Ayatollah Khomeini, who was Iran’s Supreme Leader, ordered the bombing “to copy exactly what happened to the Iranian Airbus”.

Previously unseen evidence gathered for the aborted appeal hearing of Abdelbaset al-Megrahi, the former Libyan
intelligence officer convicted of the bombing, supports Mr Mesbahi’s claim and suggests that the bombers belonged to the extremist group the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine – General Command (PFLP-GC).

Documents obtained by Al Jazeera television for a documentary called Lockerbie: What Really Happened? name key individuals said to be involved in the bombing, including the alleged bomb-maker, the alleged mastermind and the man who may have put the bomb on the doomed Boeing 747.

This is all supposed to have been covered up by the United States and Great Britain because they didn’t want to agitate Syria at the time. There is support for the Iranian theory by some families of the victims, which lends some credibility to all of this. At the very least, they deserve to know exactly what happened, especially after almost twenty six years.

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Dear Lying, Progressive Media: There Is No Such Thing as a ‘Climate Denier’

Monday, March 10th, 2014 - by Stephen Kruiser

It is a semantic trick that liberal puppet masters have been employing ever since the Climate Church had to stop saying “global warming”. Anyone who doesn’t buy the uber-hysterical view that light bulbs and toasters are mere days away from whooshing drowning polar bears through the streets of Manhattan is accused of heresy and branded a “climate denier”.

That’s right, none of us believe in climate.

This is an easy thing to pull off when the demographic that you are attempting to control gobbles up whatever crumbs are tossed to them by the information arm of your totalitarian venture.

The discussion, of course, is not about whether climate changes. In fact, we “deniers” are the only ones who seem to be acknowledging that it always has. We question what the influences are. We question why people who claim to be fans of science keep pretending that this subject is settled, even when there is ample evidence that the contrary is so.

Mostly we question how so many remarkably stupid people continue to fancy themselves intelligent.

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California Democrats Move To The Far Left Of Reality

Monday, March 10th, 2014 - by Stephen Kruiser

The people of the fringe

California Democrats adopted a platform on Sunday calling for an inflation-adjusted minimum wage and an end to solitary confinement in prisons as part of a strongly progressive agenda in a state where the party has gained dominance by moving to the political center.

The platform also called for free preschool for all 4-year-olds and legalization of medical marijuana, measures that have drawn skepticism from Governor Jerry Brown, who remains widely popular as he prepares to run for an unprecedented fourth term after yanking his party toward the middle.

Look at the world around you and consider the mindset of people who think priorities should be the minimum wage, free preschool and pot. California continues to provide a crystal ball peek into the future of the nation as the people responsible for the government spending and bringing the state’s economy to the brink of disaster continue to fiddle while the flames of Rome singe their eyebrows.

Democrats have had a lock on California politics for quite some time now. They can whine all they want about income inequality but their actions prove that it is merely a political talking point rather than an actual concern.

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Signs From CPAC That GOP May Not Be Completely Tone-Deaf

Friday, March 7th, 2014 - by Stephen Kruiser

Baby steps.

As more and more cracks begin to show in the Common Core initiative, Americans are pushing back, insisting that parents—not bureaucrats in Washington—should “be in charge” of their children’s education. This assertion, delivered by the Friedman Foundation’s Robert Enlow at the 41st annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), was met with rousing applause, signaling attendees’ determination to keep the federal government from intruding further into another facet of American life.

Enlow, along with veteran conservative author-activist Phyllis Schlafly and the Pioneer Institute’s Jim Stergios, spoke Thursday on a CPAC panel that addressed Common Core and the broader need for school choice in America. Moderated by The Heritage Foundation’s Will Skillman Fellow in Education, Lindsey Burke, the panel proved to be one of the day’s most exciting events.

I have been harping on this for a while, and was encouraged to hear that Ted Cruz, Paul Ryan and Tim Scott all brought up school choice on Thursday as well.

The GOP has had a bad habit for years now of getting distracted by defending whatever nothingburger garbage the Democrats and the media throw at them to keep them away from real issues. School choice is one that hits the progressive left hard, which is why the new commie in charge of New York City has already gone to war with charter schools.

Maybe, just maybe, the higher-ups in the party are hitting the Ritalin and focusing for once.

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Desmond Tutu, Climate Expert

Friday, March 7th, 2014 - by Stephen Kruiser

Noxious gasbag.

South Africa’s peace icon Desmond Tutu on Friday urged the United States to reject Canada’s Keystone XL pipeline, saying the “carbon bomb” would upend the US role fighting climate change.

“The verdict on whether to approve or reject the Keystone XL pipeline could, in just one stroke, confirm or condemn America’s prospects for climate leadership,” said the letter, released by the advocacy group Avaaz.

“This is a US policy decision that will have truly global significance. Keystone has been called the ‘fuse to the biggest carbon bomb on the planet,’” said the letter, timed for the final day of a public comment period on the pipeline.

In a time of turmoil all over the globe, a clergyman most noted for winning the Nobel Peace prize is babbling about the world’s greatest superpower needing to worry about “climate leadership.”

Whatever that is.

Such is the state we find ourselves in as the almost complete detachment from reality ushered in by the Obama era takes hold internationally. Academic feel-good fallacies take precedence over real-world concerns in what begins to seem more and more like a dystopian novel every day. While people are actually in great peril in any number of turmoil-ridden areas, a respected world figure calls a jobs-creating project that almost no one opposes anymore a “carbon bomb,” as if that’s what we need to worry about.

The selective panic that liberals engage in is the most pressing danger facing humanity. Concrete problems are festering and exploding almost daily while they chase after battles with phantoms that they’ve made real inside their diseased hive mind. While they are patting themselves on the back for banning plastic grocery bags, Vladimir Putin is getting his Soviet 2.0 plan rolling.

We might want to look into curbing this.

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Staples Hits The ‘Not So Easy’ Button, Plans To Close 225 Stores

Thursday, March 6th, 2014 - by Stephen Kruiser

Sign of the times?

Staples Inc, the largest U.S. office supplies retailer, forecast a fall in current-quarter sales as it loses customers to mass market chains and e-retailers, and the company said it would close up to 225 stores in North America by 2015.

Staples’ shares fell 9 percent before the bell, after the company also posted lower-than-expected fourth-quarter results and forecast current-quarter profit below analysts’ estimates.

The company operates 1,515 stores in the United States and 331 stores in Canada.

Staples said it had initiated a multi-year cost reduction plan that was expected to generate annualized pretax cost savings of about $500 million by 2015.

Rival Office Depot Inc (ODP.N) said last week that it expected sales to continue falling in 2014, after reporting a surprise quarterly loss.

Staples and Office Depot have been struggling to keep shoppers from turning to mass merchants such as Wal-Mart Stores Inc (WMT.N) and online retailers like Amazon.com Inc (AMZN.O).

Staples has been shifting its focus to new categories such as tablets, breakroom supplies and copy and print services from traditional office supplies such as paper and toner.

It has also increased the number of items it sells online.

Shouldn’t we be a little past the point of blaming Wal-Mart and Amazon every time a retailer struggles? It’s not as if we are in the first year or so of this crazy Internet phenomenon or Wal-Mart’s business model is sneaking up on anyone.

There is probably plenty of discussion to be had about the lack of adaptability and forethought exhibited by Staples upper management. Mentioning that you’re increasing the number of items you sell online in 2014 almost sounds like a quaint quote from the past, after all.

Maybe we should take a look at the fact that, despite whichever numbers might uptick for a month or two, this economy has been mired quicksand for a long, long time. There is also the overwhelmingly negative impact that Obamacare is having, and will continue to have, on small and medium sized business, or the kinds of customers who made companies like Staples huge in the first place.

As a self-employed, small business person who has shopped at places like Staples and Office Depot for years, as well as a frequent Amazon shopper, I can honestly say that all of the money I used to spend at Staples isn’t going to Amazon. It’s not going anywhere.

Because it doesn’t exist anymore.

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NPR Submits Its Entry For ‘Obvious Headline Of The Year’

Tuesday, February 25th, 2014 - by Stephen Kruiser

Obama And Boehner Relationship Anything But Solid

If more were actually getting done in Washington, there probably would be much less attention focused on how few times President Obama and Speaker John Boehner have met face-to-face, and on their “relationship.”

But Congress is testing new lows in terms of legislative productivity, which leaves plenty of time for journalists to muse about the president-speaker relationship, such as it is, on the day of one of their rare meetings.

On Tuesday, the president and Boehner met one-on-one for the first time since December 2012. They’ve been part of group meetings and have talked by phone. But it was the first time in more than a year that they sat and talked with each other individually.

There are probably many of us who are perfectly fine with Congress doing as little as possible, given its penchant for spending whatever money we’re earning. Those who enjoy hemorrhaging cash to a group of alleged adults who have the self-restraint of criminals with stolen credit cards are probably the only people who want more activity on the Hill.

And I am not so sure that The Idiot King and Johnny Tan aren’t both working on ways to defeat the Republicans in November, however different their approaches might be (I had to get that dig in).

The reality is that Obama is imperious and aloof to the people who like him, it is probably impossible to develop a functional relationship with the guy if you’re one of his political enemies.

Still, the guys seem to make it work sometimes:
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The Democrats Are Apparently Terrified of Scott Walker

Tuesday, February 25th, 2014 - by Stephen Kruiser

Good to know.

Last week, over 27,000 pages of private e-mails from one of Wisconsin governor Scott Walker’s convicted ex-staffers were released. As soon as the document dump hit the Web, Democrats began climbing over themselves to prove that the e-mails showed that during his time as Milwaukee county executive in 2010, Walker was part of a grand criminal conspiracy — despite the fact that prosecutors had the e-mails for nearly three years and found Walker had engaged in no criminal wrongdoing.

This is a lot like what happened with Sarah Palin a while back. Democrats think that a large number of emails are bound to reveal some criminal activity. Once they have access, they begin frothing and assuming they will unearth something criminal. This is probably because the same would be true if you were perusing thousands of the average Democrat’s emails.

What have they dug up on the good governor so far? Here’s one GAME CHANGER:

Perhaps the crown jewel of Walker attacks occurred on Monday, when Amanda Terkel at the Huffington Post tried to argue that Walker has a history of breaking campaign rules because he — wait for it — violated a rule while running for Marquette University student body president in 1988, when he was 20 years old.

Walker probably causes more sweating among Democrat elites as far as 2016 is concerned than any other potential candidate among the popular GOP governors (I have a separate theory about Christie that I won’t go into here). All Walker does is make Democrats look bad. And beat their organized muscle, Big Labor. He is one of those politicians who accomplishes being remarkable by being unremarkable, which is odd in the hyper-media era. He just shows up at work and gets results for all of the people he governs, not only the ones who voted for him.

Who ever heard of such craziness?

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Look at How Much WhatsApp Employees Are Going to Make from the Facebook Sale

Thursday, February 20th, 2014 - by Stephen Kruiser

Teach your kids to code.

How much will WhatsApp’s employees make in the deal?

We don’t know how that $3 billion will be divided.

We do know the $12 billion in stock and $4 billion in cash will be divided among Whatsapp owners.

Whatsapp employees own a piece of the company.

How much?

Forbes’ Parmy Olson reports: “Early employees are said to have comparatively large equity shares of close to 1%.”

Ready to have your mind blown?

1% of $16 billion is …

… $160 million.

This is the kind of thing that happens in America to people who aren’t constantly told that they’re stuck in one place. It is not, however, the kind of thing that happens to people who trained to only demand a few more dollars in what was always meant to be an entry level job by people who want to keep them politically beholden.

Doug Ross had this nice illustration of the juxtaposition of reality and tired lefty rhetoric.

God bless America.

And remember the thing about teaching your kids to code.

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Media Matters Finally Finds a ‘Local’ Story It Thinks Should Be Covered

Thursday, February 20th, 2014 - by Stephen Kruiser

The headline:

REPORT: Network News Ignoring Toxic Coal Ash Spill In North Carolina

Remember, these are the same idiots who blasted conservatives over the Gosnell coverage for:

demanding the disturbing local trial be treated as big national news

That boomerang hurts when it comes back and hits you in the head, doesn’t it, little Soros monkeys?

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While Kiev and Venezuela Burn, Obama Gets Around to…China

Thursday, February 20th, 2014 - by Stephen Kruiser

Laser-like focus.

President Barack Obama will meet exiled Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama at the White House on Friday in a show of concern about China’s human rights practices.

Obama’s midmorning session with the Dalai Lama may well draw a reprimand from China, which views him as a violent separatist because he seeks more autonomy for Tibet.

In what appeared to be a small concession to the Chinese, Obama will see the Dalai Lama in the White House Map Room, a historically important room but of less significance than the Oval Office, the president’s inner sanctum.

But the fact the meeting is taking place at all reflects U.S. concerns about a wide range of Chinese activities from human rights practices to territorial tensions in the East China Sea. Obama’s U.S. strategic pivot, or rebalancing, toward Asia is seen as a reaction to the growing clout of China.

This may be nitpicky but I’m sort of here for that. As the modern media wonks like to put it, the optics aren’t the greatest here. China’s human rights abuses have been a problem seemingly forever. Yes, it’s good that he’s getting around to at least some weak theater regarding them.

Sure, there were some comments and I get that the president has a schedule that is set way in advance but, for Heaven’s sake, the response to the Ukrainian and Venezuelan uprisings has been so tepid overall that Bob Menendez actually had to be the voice of reason.

An occasional adult presence would be nice.

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NEA President: Common Core Standards ‘Completely Botched’

Thursday, February 20th, 2014 - by Stephen Kruiser

When you’ve lost the NEA

I am sure it won’t come as a surprise to hear that in far too many states, implementation has been completely botched. Seven of ten teachers believe that implementation of the standards is going poorly in their schools. Worse yet, teachers report that there has been little to no attempt to allow educators to share what’s needed to get [Common Core State Standards] implementation right. In fact, two thirds of all teachers report that they have not even been asked how to implement these new standards in their classrooms.

That’s from a letter that President Dennis Van Roekel sent to the members of that National Education Association, the nation’s largest teachers labor group.

As Lindsey Burke from Heritage notes:

This is what happens with one-size-fits-all bureaucratic initiatives.

In addition to the implementation of the standards being inefficiently handled, there is also the question of exactly what those standards are supposed to achieve.

Partisan ideology and ham-handed federal “efficiency”, coming soon to a first grade class near you!

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Dick Durbin Is Sweating November for all the Wrong Reasons

Wednesday, February 19th, 2014 - by Stephen Kruiser

Too cute.

Illinois U.S. Senator Dick Durbin says Republicans could be on the path to gaining the majority in the Senate in November, and he accuses the Koch brothers for heating up Senate races in key states.

“We’re faced with a grim reality that more money is being spent earlier in some of these hot races than we’ve ever seen,”

It’s precious that a senator from a state that hemorrhages Big Labor cash to Democrats complains about the amount of money being spent at any time. His Koch brothers statement seems to indicate that the MSM is giving talking points to Democrat politicians now and not vice-versa, as has historically been the case.

That should be the running “SQUIRREL!” to distract from the real reason Senate Democrats are vulnerable this year. It’s all about Obamacare, of course, but they’re going to run with this Koch nonsense. When they aren’t babbling about raising the minimum wage, that is.

I might consider donating to Republicans in these races if they agree to only talk about Obamacare.

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Government to Back Loans for Nuclear Power

Wednesday, February 19th, 2014 - by Stephen Kruiser

No, really.

Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz announced a multibillion-dollar loan guarantee Wednesday for building nuclear reactors in Georgia, underscoring the White House’s plan for an “all of the above” energy strategy.

The two reactors will be the first built in this country in nearly three decades.

President Obama “sees nuclear energy as a part of his carbon-free portfolio” that also includes renewable energy sources, Moniz said during a speech at the National Press Club in Washington. “We are working across the board to push the technology forward into the marketplace for all of our energy sources.”

Moniz said he would finalize the loans on Thursday during a trip to Georgia.

The announcement brought quick criticism from some environmentalists.

While it is comforting to see U.S. energy policy being dragged into the late 20th century, this is the kind of thing that makes me wonder what kind of back room awfulness may have gone on to bring this about. Yes, there has been some lip service and this was promised back in 2010 but we know where this administration’s heart is when it comes to renewable energy. Thus far, that hasn’t been anything proven and profitable.

For now, let’s hope this isn’t a passing fancy.

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Live Video Feed From Kiev

Tuesday, February 18th, 2014 - by Stephen Kruiser

This was happening while The Idiot King was talking about truck gas mileage in 2025, by the way.

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Idiotic ‘Ethnic Studies’ Requirement Being Debated At Cal State L.A.

Tuesday, February 18th, 2014 - by Stephen Kruiser

Multiculturalism run amok.

A debate at Cal State L.A. over an ethnic studies requirement turned heated Tuesday as several students tried to shout down faculty members who responded by chanting “Let her speak, let her speak.”

Dozens of students crowded into a meeting of the Academic Senate, which was considering a motion that at least one of two required general education diversity classes be in Asian/Asian American studies, Chicano studies, Latin American studies or Pan-African studies, or in related courses in some other departments.

The 55-member senate had rejected a similar requirement last month but had been considering a new motion amid pleas by many students that mandated curriculum should include perspectives from all cultures.

Many ethnic studies instructors who support the requirement argue they have particular expertise in theories and instruction that can’t be replicated in other departments.

Opponents argued that although they valued the study of race and ethnicity, such studies should be integrated throughout the curriculum, allowing students a greater choice in classes.

The one scintilla of sanity in there is the news that some instructors would like students to have more choice. Look, if a student wants to take ethnic studies classes, let him/her. There is no sound educational reason for making them a requirement, however. It’s all just so much PC garbage.

Thankfully, the Los Angeles city council took time out from finding new ways to financially ruin the city and address this most important of issues.

Student and faculty supporters got a boost earlier in the day when the Los Angeles City Council approved by a vote of 14 to 0 a resolution supporting the ethnic studies requirement.

Councilman Gilbert Cedillo, who presented the resolution, said in an interview that greater education on race and ethnicity might help to ease conflict on wider issues facing the city.

“We live in one of the most diverse cities in the world, and people have to have sensitivity to each other and value each other; and ethnic studies contributes to that,” Cedillo said.

It’s true, this is an extremely diverse city. That point alone makes the requirement seem nonsensical. Cal State L.A. isn’t exactly known for its international student body; much of it is homegrown. If one grows up in this city and still lacks “sensitivity”, an Asian-American studies class isn’t going to bring about an epiphany.

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The Human Spirit Vs Communism

Tuesday, February 18th, 2014 - by Stephen Kruiser

Great story, especially with all of the violence in Kiev and Venezuela right now.

I was raised in Romania in the 1980s, under a Communist regime that, among countless repressions, reduced television to two hours a day of dull propaganda, traditional music, patriotic poems and censored films. One day when I was 6, my parents found a way to borrow a VCR. They invited their friends, and all night they watched grainy VHS tapes of Hollywood B-movies. I remember the films, but more so I remember how I felt when I stepped into the living room — like walking into a secret, magical and free world.

All the dialogue on these movies was dubbed into Romanian in a husky, high-pitched woman’s voice. Throughout my childhood, these films provided a glimpse into the forbidden West, resplendent with blue jeans, Coke and skyscrapers. As Hollywood movies became ubiquitous through the black market, this voice became one of the most recognizable in Romania. Yet no one knew who she was.

After the 1989 revolution I learned the true story, which I present here in this Op-Doc video. In 1985, Irina Margareta Nistor, a young translator at the national television station, met a mysterious entrepreneur. He was smuggling, copying and distributing movies on VHS tapes. This was the beginning of a working relationship that lasted more than a decade. In all, Ms. Nistor says she dubbed more than 3,000 different films. Thanks to her, Chuck Norris, Jean-Claude Van Damme and Bruce Lee became popular heroes in Romania.

In a time when the Romanian state controlled every aspect of its citizens’ lives — including food, heat, transportation and information — people found a way to escape and resist the state’s far-reaching hand, through the power of movies.

There’s a more in-depth video at the link. All of it a good reminder of just how much we take for granted here.

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Creepy: Homeland Security Wants To Track Your License Plate

Tuesday, February 18th, 2014 - by Stephen Kruiser

Big Brother wants to put on some weight.

The Department of Homeland Security wants a private company to provide a national license-plate tracking system that would give the agency access to vast amounts of information from commercial and law enforcement tag readers, according to a government proposal that does not specify what privacy safeguards would be put in place.

The national license-plate recognition database, which would draw data from readers that scan the tags of every vehicle crossing their paths, would help catch fugitive illegal immigrants, according to a DHS solicitation. But the database could easily contain more than 1 billion records and could be shared with other law enforcement agencies, raising concerns that the movements of ordinary citizens who are under no criminal suspicion could be scrutinized.

Ya THINK?

In this ever spiraling out of control world we live in we almost have to spend as much time keeping an eye on the good guys as we do the bad guys. Of the many liberty-choking ideas that have come about since the creation of this bureaucratic behemoth, this is easily in the Top Three worst. It is also the kind of thing the GOP could score points with a wide variety of people with if they vocally oppose this horrific idea.

Then again, it was big government Republicans who gave us DHS in the first place so…breath holding is not advised at this time.

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OPEN THREAD: 10 Year Old Norwegian Kid Takes Parents’ Car, Gives Brilliant Excuse To Cops When Caught

Friday, February 14th, 2014 - by Stephen Kruiser

I’m a dwarf. I forgot my license.”

Yeah, the kid needs a talking to but I want to hire him for something when he gets out of school.

Have a great weekend everyone!

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Make It Stop: 29% Of American Adults Under 35 Live With Parents

Friday, February 14th, 2014 - by Stephen Kruiser

(h/t Protein Wisdom)

The hits just keep on coming.

A new survey shows that 29% of U.S. adults under age 35 are living at home with their parents, while 51% of those between 18 and 23 are living at home.

In addition, 14% of Americans between the ages 24 and 34 — a time when most people are establishing their independence — are also still living at home with mom and dad.

The Gallup survey found that some of the most likely reasons for a person under 35 to still reside with his parents are being single, unemployed or underemployed, and not having graduated from college.

One of the questions I don’t hear asked about this situation is what the long term consequences on the parents will be? These can’t all be financially comfortable people. Many are most likely single parents. If this is just indicative of recent difficult economic times, it’s one thing. However, with no real end to this nightmare in sight (unless you’re still an Obama cheerleader and in The Land Of Make Believe) this can’t be a very tenable situation for many of these parents. And now we’re not even talking about the under 26 crowd but…UNDER 35?!?!?

There are many things happening here in the Hope and Change era that are becoming normal but shouldn’t be. This didn’t bother me as much at first but these occurrences seem to be taking on an avalanche quality now.

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Good Night America: 1 In 4 Don’t Know Earth Orbits The Sun

Friday, February 14th, 2014 - by Stephen Kruiser

If you’re the sighing type

Americans are enthusiastic about the promise of science but lack basic knowledge of it, with one in four unaware that the Earth revolves around the Sun, said a poll out Friday.

The survey included more than 2,200 people in the United States and was conducted by the National Science Foundation.

Nine questions about physical and biological science were on the quiz, and the average score — 6.5 correct — was barely a passing grade.

Just 74 percent of respondents knew that the Earth revolved around the Sun, according to the results released at the American Association for the Advancement of Science meeting in Chicago.

It might not be a sign of the apocalypse…OK, it probably is.

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Oops: Mark Pryor Holds Presser With Podium Sign Linking To Opponent Tom Cotton’s Website

Friday, February 14th, 2014 - by Stephen Kruiser

The Internet is hard.

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Punk Rock Icon Exene Cervenka: California Now ‘a Liberal Oppressive Police State’ of ‘Regulations and Taxes And Fees’

Friday, February 14th, 2014 - by Stephen Kruiser

From Reason:

The other reason I’m moving, if the creek don’t rise, is that when I moved to California in 1976, Jerry Brown was governor. It was barefoot hippie girls, Hell’s Angels on the Sunset Strip, East L.A. lowriders, the ocean and nature. It was this fabulous incredible place about freedom. Now when I think about California, I think of a liberal oppressive police state and regulations and taxes and fees. I’d rather go someplace and have my own little place out on the edge of town. I’m a country girl at heart. It makes me happy when I see people in Texas open-carrying. It makes me feel safe. I’m not even a gun owner, but I’d like to see a gun rack in every pickup truck, like my boyfriend had when I was fifteen years old in Florida. An armed society is a polite society.

Cervenka’s old X guitarist Billy Zoom has been vocal about his conservatism for some time now (I once did an episode of Red Eye with him); maybe he has been rubbing off on her.

She quite simply and eloquently makes the point about how progressive policy is antithetical to the freedom-loving spirit that most creatives purport to be the ideal.

Hyper-regulated and hyper-taxed people aren’t really free. It is a rather succinct message that is easy to back up.

We should get on that soon.

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Retail Reporter Shocked to Learn That Wal-Mart Is Significantly Cheaper Than Large Drug Store Chains

Thursday, February 13th, 2014 - by Stephen Kruiser

How much is a large can of “DUH”?

Walgreens and CVS charge roughly 40% more than Wal-Mart for the same basket of goods, according to a new report.
Sterne Agee analysts purchased 33 identical items at five retailers to compare prices for the report. Retailers included Wal-Mart, Dollar General, Family Dollar, CVS and Walgreens.

Given the low-price guarantees of the discount retailers included in the study, the analysts expected to find higher prices at the drug store chains.

But they weren’t expecting their mark-ups to be so extreme.

The baskets cost $95.42 at Wal-Mart. They were $40.96 more expensive at Walgreens and $36.83 more expensive at CVS.

This is what happens to “journalists” who gain the majority of their experience deep inside the DC/Manhattan media bubble-they’re taken aback realities for regular Americans that don’t fit their preconceived notions. Grab any twelve year old off the street in Middle America and ask him which store is a lot cheaper and nine out of ten of them will answer “Wal-Mart”.

The other one will kick you in the groin and run, because that’s what he was taught to do if a stranger grabbed him off the street.

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Everything Wrong With The Liberal View Of Public Education In One Sentence

Thursday, February 13th, 2014 - by Stephen Kruiser

We have come for your children.

Bill de Blasio’s education commie let this one slip when asked why they’re keeping schools open during the heavy winter storms. The last sentence of the paragraph is the money line (emphasis mine):

“If people can go to work, then kids can go to school,” she said. “Many of our kids don’t get a hot lunch and, in many cases breakfast, unless they go to school. So it’s still a parent’s decision whether they send their kids to school or not. My decision is where the kids are safest and the most taken care of, and the answer to that is in schools.”

There you have it. In the mind of a nanny state progressive, your kids are safer and better taken care of when they are in school. She didn’t qualify this statement much, and that’s because her ilk believe this to be the case for all children.

(I cover this both humorously and seriously in my ebook “Don’t Let The Hippies Shower”. It’s only $3.99 at Amazon and you don’t have to have a Kindle to read it. Just download one of the Kindle readers that are free for various platforms. Book plug over. Hey, it’s only the second one I’ve done here!)

This is why de Blasio and his wife won’t shut the hell up about taxing the hell out of hard working people to pay for pre-K for everyone. They want to remove you from the equation as much as possible when it comes to your kids because they need the time for indoctrination.

The progressives have been creeping up on many fronts for decades now. They are almost in a position for full-on assaults on all of them and we cannot underestimate what they are capable of.

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‘Pa Walton’ Ralph Waite Dies At 85

Thursday, February 13th, 2014 - by Stephen Kruiser

Rough week for the classics.

Ralph Waite, a hard-working actor best known for his role as the father on CBS’ hit drama “The Waltons” during the 1970s but more recently seen in recurring roles on “NCIS” and “Days of Our Lives,” has died. He was 85.

Waite was nominated for two Emmys, one for his role as John Walton Sr. on “The Waltons” in 1978 and another for his role in the miniseries “Roots” the previous year.

The actor appeared on “The Waltons” during its entire run from 1972-81 as well as in a number of “Waltons” telepics that followed. He also directed 16 episodes of the series.

Waite also appeared in a number of feature films, including classics “Cool Hand Luke” in 1967 and “Five Easy Pieces” in 1970, as well as several in the early 1970s including “Chato’s Land,” “The Magnificent Seven Ride!” and “The Stone Killer” before settling in with “The Waltons.” More recently he appeared in Kevin Costner-Whitney Houston vehicle “The Bodyguard” in 1992, Sylvester Stallone vehicle “Cliffhanger” in 1993, “Sioux City” in 1994 and John Sayles’ “Sunshine State” in 2002 and “Silver City” in 2004.

I really didn’t watch a lot of television when I was a kid but this was one of the few shows I would see regularly. There’s an almost 1950s sort of innocence to it even though it was a hit two decades after that.

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MSNBC Now Extending Its Christie Bridge Coverage By Defending Its Christie Bridge Coverage

Thursday, February 13th, 2014 - by Stephen Kruiser

Yes, this is happening on Earth.

Rachel Maddow kicked off her show Wednesday evening with what seemed like a repudiation to what was said on her own network several hours earlier.

“It has been a big day today in the biggest political story in the country this year, and we’re going to be reporting that out tonight,” Maddow told viewers, previewing her program’s coverage of the George Washington Bridge scandal.

Maddow’s description of the scandal that’s been swirling around New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) contrasted sharply with how the day began on MSNBC.

On Wednesday’s edition of “Morning Joe,” former George W. Bush aide Nicolle Wallace criticized MSNBC for “covering every teeny, minuscule, breaking non-news event” related to the politically motivated lane closures on the bridge. When NBC chief White House correspondent Chuck Todd refused to praise Christie’s performance at an event in Chicago, Wallace went off.

“Rachel’s not on ’till 9,” Wallace said mockingly to Todd.

Maddow devoted part of her broadcast Wednesday to defending MSNBC’s coverage of the scandal against criticism from New Jersey Republicans, whose attacks levied at the cable news channel sounded pretty similar to Wallace’s own critique.

“To all of the hundreds of thousands of people who were hurt here on purpose, the New Jersey Republican Party would like you to know that the real outrage here is that this tv network is reporting on what happened and trying to figure out the answers that the Christie administration still won’t provide,” Maddow said.

HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS! Well, MILLIONS are getting screwed by the rollout of Obamacare, and that number is growing every day. Seriously, MSNBC hosts are contorting themselves so much to avoid talking about the nightmare that is Obamacare they’ll need a chiropractor in attendance at all times. And they will probably have to pay out of pocket for him after losing insurance coverage.

In other news, this marks the first time in almost a decade that Nicolle Wallace hasn’t been completely useless.

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Private Equity Firm Invests Heavily in Paula Deen Comeback

Wednesday, February 12th, 2014 - by Stephen Kruiser

Good for her.

Paula Deen has been given the chance at a comeback after a private investment firm has awarded her up to $100million that will include a contract to sell her goods in Skymall magazines.

The disgraced celebrity chef announced that she has moved all of her business project under the purview of one parent company, and that company has just found a major investor.

The new company, called Paula Deen Ventures, announced Wednesday that private-equity firm Najafi Companies is investing
$75million to $100million to help Deen make a comeback.

Deen’s punishment far exceeded her decades-old “crime” and she did seem genuinely remorseful. This is probably a wise investment, as her fans who thought she was railroaded by the Food Network will more than likely line up to purchase her products.

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All You-Know-What Is Breaking Loose In Venezuela

Wednesday, February 12th, 2014 - by Stephen Kruiser

Sean Penn could not be reached for comment.

At least two people have been shot dead during a student demonstration in the Venezuelan capital, Caracas.

A pro-government activist and at least one student were killed in a shootout, officials said.

At least 23 people are said to have been injured in demonstrations across the country.

President Nicolas Maduro is facing rising criticism for the country’s economic woes and high levels of violence.

Someone might want to get on the phone to The Idiot King and explain to him that this is usually how these heavy-handed redistributionist fantasies end. Oil rich, but toilet paper poor, the state controlled media runs ad denouncing capitalism.

Sort of like MSNBC.

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