Written by Daniel Halper
President Barack Obama quietly issued 12 pardons and 8 commutations late Wednesday afternoon, which happened to be one of the busiest news days of the year.
Here are the dozen folks pardoned:
The President granted pardons to the following twelve individuals:
- Roy Norman Auvil – Bartonville, IL
Offense: Possession of an unregistered distilling apparatus; working a distillery on which the required sign is not placed (District of South Carolina)
Sentence: Five years’ probation (Nov. 16, 1964)
- Bernard Bryan Bulcourf – McIntosh, FL
Offense: Counterfeiting Federal Reserve notes (Southern District of Florida)
Sentence: 90 days’ confinement in a community treatment center, followed by three years’ probation (Nov. 18, 1988)
- Steve Charlie Calamars – San Antonio, TX
Offense: Possession of phenyl-2-propanone with intent to manufacture a quantity of methamphetamine (Western District of Texas)
Sentence: 57 months’ imprisonment; three years’ supervised release (May 31, 1989; as amended Apr.
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Written by Melissa Quinn
In his final move as majority leader, U.S. Senator Harry Reid (D-NV) ushered through a series of tax breaks that directly benefit residents of his home state of Nevada.
Called tax extenders, the package retroactively renews expired tax breaks, including a state sales tax deduction and the Mortgage Forgiveness Debt Relief Act.
The U.S. Senate passed the tax bill 76-16 earlier this week—the last legislation it would vote on before the end of the 113th Congress and Reid’s tenure as majority leader.
The inclusion of two provisions were beneficial to both Reid’s home state and Florida, states without a state income tax and where residents were hit hard by the housing market crash.
The state sales tax deduction allows Nevada residents to deduct state and local taxes.… Continue Reading
By Matt Barber
“When the sacred months are over slay the idolaters wherever you find them. Arrest them, besiege them, and lie in ambush everywhere for them.” ~The Quran, Surah 9:5
Islam is anything if not ironic.
“A teenaged bomber on Thursday targeted a Kabul auditorium packed with people watching a drama condemning suicide attacks,” reports Reuters. “Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said the bomber targeted the event because it was staged ‘to insult Islamic values and spread propaganda about our jihad operations, especially on suicide attacks.’”
And so, in defense of “Islamic values” and to dispel “propaganda” about “suicide attacks,” Muhammad Jr. blows himself into pork-sausage, killing one and wounding 16.
Merriam Webster defines “phobia” as, “an exaggerated usually inexplicable and illogical fear of a particular object, class of objects, or situation.”
“Progressives” are crafty little buggers.… Continue Reading
Written by Don Irvine
It’s been a rough year for Hillary Clinton on the sales front. First it was her book “Hard Choices” that failed to sell despite a massive P.R. campaign, and now, as Adweek reports, the June 16 issue of People Magazine, featuring Clinton on the cover, was the worst selling issue of the year.
The Clinton cover sold just 503,890 copies, which is well below the magazine’s average of 700,000-plus. The best-selling issue was a tribute to the late Robin Williams on August 25, which sold over one million copies.
This article was originally posted at the Accuracy In Media website.
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Written By Kelsey Harkness
Jeb Bush has long advocated for all 50 states to adopt Common Core national standards.
Now that the former Florida governor has all but confirmed his plans to run for president in 2016, the issue threatens to overshadow his likely campaign.
Bush’s name, matched with consistently high polling numbers among potential 2016 Republican candidates, makes landing a seat in the Oval Office feasible. But in order to reach the general election—to perhaps take on Hillary Clinton—Bush must first overcome concerns about Common Core with conservative primary voters.
Bush’s longstanding support for Common Core is no secret: Over a year ago, Frederick M. Hess, an education expert at the American Enterprise Institute, predicted that if he decided to run for president, “Common Core could be his Romneycare.”
What is Common Core?… Continue Reading
Written by Cliff Kincaid
Steve Malzberg of Newsmax TV calls people like CNN’s Margaret Hoover “phony Republicans” or RINOS (Republicans in Name Only). I prefer the term “fake conservatives.” Whatever we call them, the effect is still the same. By spouting liberal nonsense, they misrepresent the views of most Republicans or conservatives. Hoover joined her fellow CNN panelists in a “Hands up, don’t shoot” display based on the fiction that thug Michael Brown was surrendering to the police when he was shot.
Unfortunately, we have to add another name to the list of fake conservatives—George Will, who has been drifting leftward for years.
Over at National Review, once considered a flagship conservative publication, Will has a column on the Marxist dialectic in which he complains about too many people in jail or prison.… Continue Reading
The state’s entrenched culture of cronyism is blindingly clear,
especially to those who report on it for a living.
Written by Brian Costin
As if Illinois’ illegal corruption problem wasn’t bad enough, a new Harvard University study ranks the state among the worst for “legal corruption” as well.
The study defines legal corruption as “the political gains in the form of campaign contributions or endorsements by a government official, in exchange for providing specific benefits to private individuals or groups, be it by explicit or implicit understanding.”
Illinois is one of only seven states ranking in the top quartile in both corruption categories – illegal and legal. There are seven states ranking in the least corrupt quartile for both categories, including neighboring Michigan.
The study required reporters to score the three branches of their state government on a 1-to-5 scale, with 1 meaning corruption is “not common at all” and 5 meaning corruption is “extremely common.” Here’s how Illinois reporters scored the three branches of Illinois’ state government:
Illinois’ illegal-corruption scores by branch
Executive: 3 – moderately common
Legislative: 4 – very common
Judicial: 2 – slightly common
Illinois legal-corruption scores by branch
Executive: 4 – very common
Legislative: 5 – extremely common
Judicial: 3 – moderately common
Interestingly, Illinois reporters believe the state has a worse legal-corruption problem than an illegal-corruption problem.… Continue Reading
Written by Michael Medved
If white racism counts as the primary cause for the painful problems of people of color then why do white people themselves lag behind some other racial groups in every measure of success and health?
Census figures show that “non-Hispanic whites” still comprise a big majority of the American population – some 63% according to the latest numbers. But there’s no statistical indication that this numerical advantage has resulted in a corresponding edge in achievement or well-being.
Take, for instance, the most fundamental measure of them all: life expectancy at birth. Census numbers from 2010 show that whites can expect to live 78.9 years. But Latinos enjoy much longer lives – with a life expectancy of 82.8. Asian Americans live longest of all – an impressive 86.5 years.… Continue Reading
Written by Chris Woodward
A health policy analyst predicts that Americans will find an ObamaCare adviser’s apology lacking.
M.I.T. professor Jonathan Gruber appeared Tuesday before a U.S. House committee, saying he was sorry for videotaped comments he made about the “stupidity of American voters” and lack of transparency in ObamaCare.
“At this point, that’s the only good tactic for him to take is to humble himself and sort of apologize,” says Hadley Heath Manning
, director of Health Policy at the Independent Women’s Forum
Manning notes that some who questioned Gruber pointed out that he did not make a one-time comment but rather made a series of comments at a series of events over time. She observes that Gruber, on multiple occasions, talked about the “stupidity” of the American voter while discussing ObamaCare and the politics of healthcare reform.… Continue Reading
Written by Bernie Becker
U.S. Senator-elect Bill Cassidy (R-LA) said Sunday that his election was the “exclamation mark” on this year’s Republican successes.
Cassidy, who unseated U.S. Senator Mary Landrieu (D-LA) in a runoff election on Saturday, said the GOP takeover of the U.S. Senate illustrated how dissatisfied voters were with President Barack Obama, especially in the Deep South.
“If there’s one party for the working people right now, it’s the Republican Party,” Cassidy said on “Fox News Sunday,” pointing to GOP efforts to expand drilling of natural resources and Democrats’ attempts to limit emissions.
“We are a working-family region,” Cassidy added.
Cassidy, himself a doctor, said rolling back Obama’s healthcare law would be one of his top priorities in the Senate.
But he appeared to put mostly hope that the Supreme Court, which will hear a case concerning ObamaCare subsidies, would do most of the work in eliminating the law.… Continue Reading