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    by Published on 07-30-2015 06:50 PM

    Text of resolution:

    H. RES. 385


    Declaring the office of Speaker of the House of Representatives vacant.

    Whereas the Speaker of the House of Representatives for the 114th Congress has endeavored to consolidate power and centralize decision making, bypassing the majority of the 435 Members of Congress and the people they represent;

    Whereas the Speaker has, through inaction, caused the power of Congress to atrophy, thereby making Congress subservient to the executive and judicial branches, diminishing the voice of the American people;

    Whereas the Speaker uses the power of the office to punish Members who vote according to their conscience instead of the will of the Speaker;

    Whereas the Speaker has intentionally provided for voice votes on consequential and controversial legislation to be taken without notice and with few Members present;

    Whereas the Speaker uses the legislative calendar to create crises for the American people, in order to compel Members to vote for legislation;

    Whereas the Speaker does not comply with the spirit of the rules of the House of Representatives, which provide that Members shall have three days to review legislation before voting;

    Whereas the Speaker continues to direct the Rules Committee to limit meaningful amendments, to limit debate on the House floor, and to subvert a straightforward legislative process; and

    Whereas the House of Representatives, to function effectively in the service of all citizens of this country, requires the service of a Speaker who will endeavor to follow an orderly and inclusive process without imposing his or her will upon any Member thereof: Now, therefore, be it

    Resolved, That the office of Speaker of the House of Representatives is hereby declared to be vacant.
    by Published on 07-30-2015 05:47 PM


    So there’s a concerted effort from Planned Parenthood and it’s allies to “discourage[] [media outlets] from airing the undercover videos”? The deuce, you say? That would certainly go a long way towards explaining why so many left-leaning media outlets refused to cover the second video, which captured a senior Planned Parenthood executive noting that she needed a good deal on aborted baby organs because, “I want a Lamborghini.”

    BuzzFeed, for example, still does not have a single story on its website noting Planned Parenthood’s aborted baby organs-for-Lambos scheme (coincidentally, SKDKnickerbocker recently hired former BuzzFeed reporter Kate Nocera to help handle PR work for its non-profit clients). Neither does Huffington Post. Neither does Vox. The story was trending on Facebook and Twitter, yet three sites that specialize in amplifying trending and viral content refused to print a single thing about the stories. Now we know why: Planned Parenthood likely told them not to.
    by Published on 07-30-2015 11:20 AM

    By Wesley Lowery and Mark Berman
    July 29 at 5:24 PM

    A University of Cincinnati police officer was indicted Wednesday on a charge of murder for fatally shooting an unarmed black man during a traffic stop earlier this month.

    “It was so unnecessary for this to occur,” Joe Deters, the Hamilton County prosecutor, said at a news conference Wednesday.

    Sam Dubose, 43, was shot and killed during a July 19 traffic stop by Officer Ray Tensing. The officer initially said he was dragged by Dubose’s car, leading to the shooting. Deters said that Dubose “was subdued,” adding that Tensing had his license plate number.

    “This office has probably reviewed upwards of hundreds of police shootings, and this is the first time that we’ve thought this is without question a murder,” he said.

    by Published on 07-30-2015 10:15 AM
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    Anti-market and pro-socialist rhetoric is surging in headlines (see also here, here, and here) and popping up more and more on social media feeds. Much of the time, these opponents of markets can’t tell the difference between state-sponsored organizations like the International Monetary Fund and actual markets. But, that doesn’t matter because the articles and memes are often populist and vaguely worded — intentionally framed in such a way to easily deflect uninformed attacks and honest descriptions of what they are actually saying. In the end, they can all be boiled down to one message: socialism works and is better than capitalism.

    While most of it comes from the Left, the Right is not innocent, since the Right appears to be primarily concerned with promoting ...
    by Published on 07-30-2015 09:10 AM

    Because I've seen the term bandied about too loosely when it comes to discussing Donald Trump, I decided to post this fairly well-done summary by Sheldon Richman.


    As an economic system, fascism is socialism with a capitalist veneer. The word derives from fasces, the Roman symbol of collectivism and power: a tied bundle of rods with a protruding ax. In its day (the 1920s and 1930s), fascism was seen as the happy medium between boom-and-bust-prone liberal capitalism, with its alleged class conflict, wasteful competition, and profit-oriented egoism, and revolutionary Marxism, with its violent and socially divisive persecution of the bourgeoisie. Fascism substituted the particularity of nationalism and racialism—“blood
    by Published on 07-30-2015 08:05 AM

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A Hillview man has been arrested after he shot down a drone flying over his property -- but he's not making any apologies for it.

    It happened Sunday night at a home on Earlywood Way, just south of the intersection between Smith Lane and Mud Lane in Bullitt County, according to an arrest report.

    Hillview Police say they were called to the home of 47-year-old William H. Merideth after someone complained about a firearm.

    When they arrived, police say Merideth told them he had shot down a drone that was flying over his house. The drone was hit in mid-air and crashed in a field near Merideth's home.

    Police say the owner of the drone claimed he was flying it to get pictures of a friend's house -- and that the cost
    by Published on 07-30-2015 07:00 AM
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    The Federal Reserve acknowledged Friday morning that it inadvertently published a confidential staff forecast prepared for a key meeting of its policy-setting committee in June. The documents include estimates for inflation, unemployment, economic growth … and the influential federal funds rate.

    Currently, the fed funds rate is between 0 and 0.25 percent, the same level it has been since the financial crisis hit in 2008. Top Fed officials, including Chair Janet Yellen, have telegraphed for months that they expect to finally raise it by the end of the year. In the confidential forecast, staff estimated the fed funds ...
    by Published on 07-29-2015 08:45 PM

    by Matt Wilstein
    July 28th, 2015

    Chris Christie really, really doesn’t like marijuana.

    During one of his “Telling It Like It Is” town hall events in New Hampshire on Tuesday, the New Jersey Governor and 2016 GOP presidential candidate once again let his unusually strong views on the topic be known, this time with a warning to people who live in states like Colorado and Washington where recreational use of the drug is currently legal.

    “If you’re getting high in Colorado today, enjoy it,” Christie said at the Salt Hill Pub in Newport, New Hampshire, as first reported by Bloomberg Politics. “As of January 2017, I will enforce the federal laws.”

    This is hardly the first time Christie has expressed his strong anti-marijuana views. ...
    by Published on 07-29-2015 07:40 PM
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    Dr. Charles Sophy, the Medical Director for Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services.

    Dr. Charles Sophy is the Medical Director for Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS). Los Angeles County DCFS reportedly has the largest amount of children taken away from their families and put into foster homes of any other agency in the United States.

    When California attorney Shawn McMillan uploaded a video of a deposition of Dr. Charles Sophy, the Medical Director for Los Angeles County DCFS, whom he deposed in a case he is currently litigating to his YouTube account, I took special interest to listen to the video and learn more about this medical director who is responsible for the lives of so many children in LA ...
    by Published on 07-29-2015 06:35 PM

    The IRS Is Still Targeting Conservatives!

    By Logan Albright

    In a stunning abuse of power, the IRS has been targeting the donors to conservative political organizations for audits, according to a report by the Washington Free Beacon. The documents released via a Freedom of Information Act request as part of an investigation by Judicial Watch show that the agency specifically singled out individuals who gave to groups with words and phrases like "tea party" in their name for audits.

    This is a continuation of the scandal that began in 2013, in which the agency targeted the groups themselves. At that time, Lois Lerner took most of the heat for the targeting, with officials claiming it was an isolated incident that didn't go any higher up. Clearly, that was not the case.

    The fact that this sort of thing goes on in our government is an outrageous assault on our most basic liberties. America was founded on the idea that we should be free to express our political opinions without the government punishing us for them. This was an important distinction to draw from previous autocracies, where dissent from the ruling class could land you an indefinite stay in cold, dark cell. It has not yet gotten that bad in America, but the idea of using government power to to intimidate, bully, and harass those of us who think that the government has grown too large and oppressive, apart from proving our point, should offend any American who values the freedom of expression guaranteed by our Constitution.

    This scandal has been brewing for two years now, and still nothing meaningful has been done. Lois Lerner no longer works at the IRS, true, but a low level official falling on her sword to protect her superiors is no longer an acceptable solution. We have to send a message that this sort of corruption will no longer be tolerated in the land of the free.
    by Published on 07-29-2015 05:30 PM

    28 Jul 2015

    Senator Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) is the Republican presidential candidate best positioned to defeat Hillary Clinton. By championing both economic and personal liberty, he inspires a conservative coalition more diverse than the group that elected Ronald Reagan.

    In recent years, Democrats have implemented unsustainable big government policies and then hidden behind Republicans over expanded social programs that America simply cannot afford. For their part, Republicans failed to stand firm and defend the conservative case for more freedom and less government intrusion in our healthcare and our households. What a waste.

    Too many conservatives have diluted core principles of self-reliance and local control in hopes of appealing to a broader audience. Simply put: conservatives have kowtowed to the left. That deference opened the door for the liberal promises of more free stuff that emerged victorious for President Obama in 2012.

    With the liberal battle cry of “lean on the government” and no strong counter argument from the right, in the last Presidential election over 90 million disinterested citizens failed to even submit a ballot.

    Americans have had it with poll-tested, over-analyzed platitudes about domestic spying, misuse of taxpayer dollars, and massive data security breaches. The problems we face as a nation cannot be addressed by politicians who sugar-coat poisoned policies and hope the public doesn’t catch on.

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    by Published on 07-29-2015 04:25 PM

    By David Weigel
    July 28 at 1:02 PM

    MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C. – “Anybody read about the Middle East?” asked Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) to a Shriner’s hall packed with war veterans. “They’ve been killing each other for a thousand years and they’ll probably be killing each other for another thousand years. That doesn’t mean we just retreat, and do nothing. That means we need to acknowledge what the Middle East is like before we get involved.”

    On Monday, Paul made a brief trip to this veteran-rich coast city to reiterate his subtly non-interventionist foreign policy. He did that at a forum hosted by Concerned Veterans of America, a group funded by the Koch network to mobilize conservatives on VA reform and related issues. Organizers said that it would be up to Paul ...
    by Published on 07-29-2015 03:20 PM

    By David Weigel
    July 28 at 4:01 PM

    At an anti-abortion rally on Capitol Hill, Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) called on the Democratic presidential frontrunner to refund any donations from Planned Parenthood.

    "Hillary Clinton's hands are stained by accepting this money," said Paul, who says he has been guaranteed a vote to ban any taxpayer funding for the family planning group. (It currently receives funding that is prohibited from being used for abortion.) "She needs to immediately return every red cent she has received from Planned Parenthood employees."

    In a statement, Paul cited research from the Washington Free Beacon to back up his five-digit Clinton cash figure. In an interview, Paul said that he was doing exactly what Republicans ...
    by Published on 07-29-2015 02:15 PM

    Rand's bill is going to force a vote on funding of planned parenthood. This is really good news. This should also get some positive news regarding Rand Paul in general.


    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate will vote before its August recess on an effort to block federal aid to Planned Parenthood, presidential hopeful Sen. Rand Paul said Tuesday.

    Paul, R-Ky., said that win or lose, simply having the vote will be “a huge victory for conservatives” opposed to abortion. Planned Parenthood has been under fire since some of its officials have appeared in videos, secretly recorded by an anti-abortion group, discussing procedures for obtaining fetal tissue for research. Continued...

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