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Top 3 Things You Should Know About Your Government

Top 3 Things You Should Know About Your Government

The Offshore Marine Services Association is calling on the Obama Administration to end its de facto moratorium on oil drilling in the Gulf of Mexico. Watch this video to learn how the President and Interior Secretary Ken Salazar are defying the courts, sidelining Gulf oil workers and harming the American economy. Millions of Tea Party supporters have rallied over the past two years, many have brought with them signs like those above—referencing Atlas Shrugged. As you … Read entire article »

Filed under: American Constitution, Overstepping Legislation, Problems of Big Government, To Many Laws

Great news: ‘green’ lightbulbs release carcinogens, toxins

The federal government has a new policy for saving energy: don’t turn on the lights, or else. In another special post for Earth Day, we bring you this story from Newser. Those new eco-friendly compact fluorescent (CFL) bulbs may be good for the planet, but German scientists are warning that they pose a significant risk for human beings: In a new report, scientists in Germany warn that compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) emit carcinogenic chemicals and toxins—including phenol, naphthalene, and styrene—when turned on, resulting in what one scientists describes as “electrical smog.” Because of that, they should be used “very economically” and “should not be used in unventilated areas and definitely not in the proximity of the head,” he adds. British scientists say more research is needed while … Read entire article »

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Video: CNN anchor confesses his ‘eco-sins’

Is it really a sin to own an SUV or multiple televisions? Apparently so in the religion of tree-huggery, led by the church patriarch Rev. Al Gore. And so, standing on the altar of cable newsdom, CNN anchor T.J. Holmes confessed his “eco-sins” before the television audience Thursday: h/t Newsbusters Well, in today’s “XYZ,” I’d like confess my sins. I drive a Chevy Tahoe. It gets 15 miles to the gallon in the city. While some people have SUVs to haul their large families around, it’s just me driving by myself to work every day. I have a number of TVs in my high house and leave them on just about all day, every day. I often turn the water on in the shower, … Read entire article »

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Friday evening must-reads

15 foolish forecasts from Earth Day 1970 11 prices that will rise along with gas Detroit Library asks, “What budget crisis?” How does the CIA celebrate Earth Day? Leftist groups pay respects to murdered Fogel family Fogel family murderers (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); Mississippi NAACP official convicted of voter fraud The science behind stickers on college football helmets Q: How much does a cab ride from NYC to LA cost?  A: $5,000 Canadian ‘Human Rights Commission’ fines comedian $15,000 for insulting audience member Earth Day flashback: Charlton Heston reads a selection from “Jurassic Park” on the claim that climate change is man-made From all of us at The Blaze, best wishes for a blessed Easter! … Read entire article »

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Re: Atlas Shrugged

Re: Atlas Shrugged

As Mike Opelka points out, the early interest in Atlas Shrugged has been strong—particularly when you factor in the lack of a gigantic marketing campaign to support it. The only issue so far has been finding it in a theater near you, considering that it debuted in only 299 theaters. A big budget release is typically in 3,000+ theaters. Finding it gets a bit easier this weekend as Atlas Shrugged adds 56% to it’s theater count … Read entire article »

Filed under: Overstepping Legislation, Political Campaigning, Politics, Problems of Big Government, To Many Laws

Missing: angry liberals

When President Barack Obama and his congressional Democratic majority were proposing radical changes to the country’s financial and health care systems, the tea party made waves across the country with outspoken protests and fiery town hall meetings. Now, Slate’s Dave Weigel asks this quintessential question: “If the [GOP Rep. Paul] Ryan budget is so unpopular, where are the town-hall meltdowns?” These are good days to be a member of Congress. Your job is not popular, per se, and neither is the institution you work for. But at least you’re not getting yelled at. A controversial Republican budget just passed the House, you’re home in your district, and the anger that curdled town hall meetings for members of the last Congress is really nowhere to be seen. Take the case of Rep. Pat … Read entire article »

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The best fat-man-jumbotron-dancing video of maybe ever

It started innocently enough with this: But then quickly degenerated to this: To see how it all went down, watch below: (H/T: SportsGrid) … Read entire article »

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‘Let Me Finish My Answers’

Messin’ with Texas Read more Complete‘Let Me Finish My Answers’ … Read entire article »

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Project Gunrunner document drop: Issa blasts DOJ stonewalling, threatens contempt proceedings

Yesterday, I brought you up to speed on GOP Sen. Charles Grassley’s fight with DOJ over its Project Gunrunner stonewalling. Today, GOP Rep. Darrell Issa warns that DOJ’s intransigence could lead to contempt proceedings. He released a letter this morning to acting ATF chief Kenneth Melson. You can read the PDF version here. The key […] Read more CompleteProject Gunrunner document drop: Issa blasts DOJ stonewalling, threatens contempt proceedings … Read entire article »

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Donald Trump’s eminent-domain empire

Donald Trump’s eminent domain empire by Michelle Malkin Creators Syndicate Copyright 2011 Don’t be fooled by The Donald. Take it from one who knows: I’m a South Jersey gal who was raised on the outskirts of Atlantic City in the looming shadow of Trump’s towers. All through my childhood, casino developers and government bureaucrats joined […] Read more CompleteDonald Trump’s eminent-domain empire … Read entire article »

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Obama: Gas Prices are High Because Climate Change Deniers Refuse to Tackle Global Warming

**Written by Doug Powers Gas prices are around $4 a gallon — and in some areas pushing $5 a gallon — and Chicago is seeing their lowest springtime temperatures since the 1940s. This means it’s the perfect time to talk about what needs to be done to combat global warming before our brains thaw out […] Read more CompleteObama: Gas Prices are High Because Climate Change Deniers Refuse to Tackle Global Warming … Read entire article »

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Students not eager to redistribute GPA scores

They don’t think it’s a good idea because they earned their grades! … Read entire article »

Filed under: Political Campaigning, Politics

Little girl joins the Dark Side

The Gallego family’s trip to Disneyland led to their daughter’s rarely seen decision to join the Dark Side … Read entire article »

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Even the Worst Political Hacks Are People, Too

In the Jolt, some thoughts on the egregious mockery of Trig Palin over at Wonkette. What the crew at Wonkette are arguing is that children are fair game. They deserve it, if you’re angry enough at the parents. The author, Jack Stuef, could just have easily written about Sarah Palin. He could have argued about her policies or any one of a million topics. He chose her child. I hope when I reached my angriest, I’m not like this, and I hope you’re not like this either. I think it’s probably a good sign if you still see the other side as human beings, and you refrain from dismissing entire sections of the population as “parasites,” as Andrew Sullivan said of people who work on Wall Street this weekend. Here’s an example: … Read entire article »

Filed under: Political Campaigning

Don't Call It a Comeback, He's Been Here for Months

Gallup: “Barack Obama averaged 46.7% job approval in his ninth quarter in office, slightly above his seventh- and eighth-quarter averages but still the third lowest of his presidency… The quarter finished on a down note for Obama, as he registered his lowest weekly average (43% for April 11-17) and lowest daily three-day rolling average (41% for April 12-14 and April 13-15) in Gallup Daily tracking for his presidency… Comparatively, Obama’s ninth-quarter average ranks in the lower range for elected presidents, better than the averages for Ronald Reagan (38.8%) and Jimmy Carter (41.2%) and about the same as Bill Clinton’s (45.7%). Richard Nixon is the other elected president with a ninth-quarter average below 50%. The other presidents were all above 60%, including the elder George Bush, who averaged 82.7% approval in the … Read entire article »

Filed under: Political Campaigning

Democrats Lacking Top-Tier Challengers In Most Senate Races

It’s obviously early in the 2012 cycle, but the good news for Republican chances to retake the Senate is that they already have big-name, experienced candidates gearing up in just about every state that is expected to feature a competitive race. Democrats are gradually increasing their numbers, but some members of their party are already worrying about slow recruitment: Rep. Raul Grijalva, D-Ariz., wants members of his party to stop waiting for recovering Rep. Gabby Giffords and begin a Senate bid sometime in the next month. The biggest name isn’t always the best name; just ask Floridians about their Senate primary last year. But an early entry by a popular House member or lawmaker who has already won statewide helps put Republicans’ minds at ease; they can rest assured that barring … Read entire article »

Filed under: Political Campaigning

The Airtight Case for Vacating Walker's Ruling

That’s what I call Ed Whelan’s NRO article today, on the implications under standard recusal norms of Judge Vaughn Walker’s recent disclosure that he has been in a relationship with a man for the last ten years.  When I read Ed’s article, I thought, “I read a lot of news every day, and though I know I’ve been busy lately, how did I miss this news about Judge Walker?”  How is it not a major news story that the judge in the Prop 8 case can reasonably be thought to have his impartiality questioned?  How is it not news that this is the capstone of Judge Walker’s egregious behavior during the trial, and irremediably damages whatever integrity could have been claimed for his ruling last August?  Why did this not … Read entire article »

Filed under: From the Bench

Today’s Supreme Court Quiz

In Virginia Office for Protection and Advocacy v. Stewart, the Supreme Court ruled today, by a 6-2 vote (with Justice Kagan not participating) that the so-called Ex parte Young limit on a state’s sovereign immunity under the Eleventh Amendment allows a federal court to hear a lawsuit for prospective relief against state officials brought by another agency of the same state. Here’s the opening paragraph of the dissent: Today the Court holds that a state agency may sue officials acting on behalf of the State in federal court. This has never happened before. In order to reach this unsettling result, the Court extends the fiction of Ex parte Young—what we have called an “empty formalism”—well beyond the circumstances of that case. Because I cannot subscribe to such a substantial and novel expansion … Read entire article »

Filed under: From the Bench

Cooling on Warming

The environment has fallen on the back burner of public concern in recent years. While more folks feel they understand global warming “very well” or “fairly well” now (80 percent) as compared to a decade ago (69 percent in March 2001), that has not translated to greater concern in recent years. The cap-and-trade bill quietly disappeared (much like the U.N.’s climate refugees), and environmental groups are witnessing enthusiasm for Earth Day and Earth Hour events shrink faster than the planet’s glaciers. Public-opinion polls over the last decade reveal that environmental concern has waned. Worry over global warming dropped by double digits in the last decade, according to Gallup polling. In April 2000, 72 percent of Americans worried a “great deal” or a “fair amount” about global warming or the greenhouse effect. … Read entire article »

Filed under: Global Warming Hoax

Don't Forget: Earth Day Co-Founder was Killer Ira Einhorn

MSNBC: Ira Einhorn was on stage hosting the first Earth Day event at the Fairmount Park in Philadelphia on April 22, 1970. Seven years later, police raided his closet and found the “composted” body of his ex-girlfriend inside a trunk. A self-proclaimed environmental activist, Einhorn made a name for himself among ecological groups during the 1960s and ’70s by taking on the role of a tie-dye-wearing ecological guru and Philadelphia’s head hippie. With his long beard and gap-toothed smile, Einhorn — who nicknamed himself “Unicorn” because his German-Jewish last name translates to “one horn”  —advocated flower power, peace and free love to his fellow students at the University of Pennsylvania. He also claimed to have helped found Earth Day. But the charismatic spokesman who helped bring awareness to environmental issues and preached against … Read entire article »

Filed under: Global Warming Hoax