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$22 Million – The Cost of Policing Loony Protesters

Protests against the Dakota Access Pipeline continue, but you’d never know about the cost for policing those protests after watching some news coverage.

According to January 9 figures from the Morton County (North Dakota) Sheriff’s Department, state and local response to pipeline protests has cost $22.3 million thus far. But Media Research Center and its Newsbusters division says the broadcast evening news shows paid no attention to that on January 10. read more

Our Government Can’t Tell Us We’re Broke

from IBD:

Question: What do you call it when a major organization’s financial statements are so deceptive and badly kept that even its auditor refuses to render an opinion? Answer: The federal government.

That’s right, the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO), the federal government’s accountant, refused to hand down an opinion of the federal government’s financial statements for 2016 “due to deficiencies that have plagued prior financial statements — persistent financial management problems at the Department of Defense (DOD), the government’s inability to account for and reconcile certain transactions, an ineffective process for preparing the consolidated financial statements, and significant uncertainties.”

No question that, just like Enron, if this happened in the private sector, the executives in charge would either be fired or tried for fraud, and the shareholders would suffer major losses. But U.S. taxpayers pay little attention to the problem since they don’t know how bad it really is. And the sad thing is, no one does. read more

Two Senators Have a Problem with Tillerson, but not Hillary Clinton or John Kerry

by: the Common Constitutionalist

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So far Donald Trump’s picks for various Cabinet positions have not gone swimmingly. Both Attorney General nominee Jeff Sessions and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson have been grilled thus far.

Now, we would expect democrats to make a fuss, despite their inability to really affect the outcome of any of the confirmations. Heck, New Jersey Senator Cory Booker, democrat hack and race hustler, even made history by attempting to dress down fellow Senator Sessions. But of course this was all a show for the TV cameras, as Booker is actually auditioning to be the next Obama, knowing that Obama gained national exposure for his keynote address at the 2004 Democrat National Convention. Obama was a nobody prior to that. After his performance, Booker is still a nobody.

What isn’t typical are two Republicans Senators openly stating that they are not only concerned with Tillerson and his ties with Russia, but can’t say whether they will vote for Trump’s Secretary of State selection.

On Wednesday, Rubio said he’s “prepared to what’s right,” regarding his confirmation vote. This sounds to me, at least for now, that “what’s right” is a no vote on Tillerson. read more

Democrats to Republicans – What’s Your Hurry?

by: the Common Constitutionalist

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Here in what is rapidly becoming the socialist State of New Hampshire, our two radical leftist Senators are complaining about the confirmation process of president elect Donald Trump’s Cabinet nominees.

We hear the typical rhetoric about the extreme nature of Trump’s selections – the racist, the climate change deniers, the Putin sycophants. Naturally these are the claimed arguments against the likes of many, but the two senators are also whining about the speed at which these confirmations are happening.

NH1.com reported  that, “on the eve of a confirmation hearing frenzy in the nation’s capital, New Hampshire’s senior U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen warned that ‘the Republican leadership is talking about asking us to act on nominees who have not been through the vetting process.’”

“And in a joint-interview with NH1 News, the Granite State’s newest senator and fellow Democrat [hack] Maggie Hassan said that ‘we don’t have basic information’ on President-elect Donald Trump’s cabinet nominees, adding that it ‘is absolutely essential that we have time to thoroughly vet these nominees.’”

Really – you don’t have time to thoroughly vet even the first two nominees, Senator Jeff Sessions and Marine General John F. Kelly. read more

My WND Weekly Exclusive

Republicans’ repeal-but-not-really betrayal

I do a weekly podcast in which I normally discuss two or three topics that interest me (and hopefully the listener). However, this past Sunday, being so infuriated, I ended up devoting the entire time to one subject – the repeal of Obamacare. You may listen to it here.

Many Americans elected Donald Trump for one reason. They think he will fight for them. They see him as a symbol of hope – to break the cycle of Washington insider politics-as-usual. They/we are tired of broken promises that predictably occur after every election. They/we want Trump to break this cycle.

Trump or no, it appears the cycle continues, like the Italian rail system, right on schedule.

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Boo Hoo – Obama Hacks Can’t Find Work

from The Blaze:

As outgoing President Barack Obama plans to head off on vacation when he vacates the White House next week, his staffers and appointees are struggling to find work in Washington, D.C.

Following President-elect Donald Trump’s victory and Republicans’ major electoral gains in November, outgoing Obama employees and loyalists to failed Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton have found their job prospects in the District foundering, according to Politico. read more

Podcast – Are Republicans Already Caving on Obamacare

Republicans have made a lot of noise over the years regarding the repeal of Obamacare. Tough talk has been heard echoing through the halls of the Capital.

Now, thanks to us, the Republicans will have control of the Presidency and both Houses – just what they said they wanted. To show their appreciation for our loyalty and votes, the Republicans are giving the appearance of caving on repealing Obamacare.

If stories from the press, both left and right, are to be believed, the Republicans in Congress will not be doing what Ted Cruz wished they do when he exclaimed during the primaries – that he would repeal “every word of Obamacare.”

If the stories are true, House Republicans will not be repealing “every word of Obamacare.” Not even close. Is this to be a repeat of 2004-2006, when Republicans squandered their majority?

I discuss what appears to be happening and what should happen, if the Republicans have the courage to act on their tough talk. Or has it just been tough talk all along?

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Obama Continues His Military Social Experiment

from The American Thinker:

Over the last 8 years, in addition to fighting Obama’s numerous wars, the US army has served as a gigantic social sciences lab under this president.

Gays can serve openly, as can transgender people. The government will even pay for some gender reassignment surgeries for trans soldiers. Women are now eligible for some combat roles, including special forces.

It seems that President Obama has cared more about imposing his cultural agenda on the military rather than winning wars.

Now, in the waning days of the administration, the army has decided to take the idea of a “uniform” and turn it on its head. If approved at the brigade level, Muslim and Sikh soldiers can now wear the hijab, as well as grow beards for religious reasons. read more

Will Republicans Have the Courage to use the Reid Rule

by: the Common Constitutionalist

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Remember in 2013, when the New York Times wrote this? “The Senate changed its most infuriating rule and effectively ended the filibuster on executive and judicial appointments. From now on, if any senator tries to filibuster a presidential nominee, that filibuster can be stopped with a simple majority, not the 60-vote requirement of the past.”

They didn’t merely write it. They celebrated the news. “That means a return to the democratic process of giving nominees an up-or-down vote, allowing them to be either confirmed or rejected by a simple majority,” the Times added.

The NYT described the act as one of desperation by then Majority leader “Dingy” Harry Reid. The “nuclear option” as it has been dubbed, was the only way to “return to the democratic process.” Good guy Reid, “was pushed to act by the Republicans’ refusal to allow any appointments to the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.”

ThinkProgress was a bit more harsh as they wrote in 2013 that, “The filibuster allows Republicans to sabotage government and then campaign on the fact that government isn’t working. This is a recipe for more sabotage.” read more

Filibuster is Good – No It’s Not – Yes it Is – No It’s Not

from RedState:

New York Times Prints Op-Ed Supporting Filibuster (Unexpectedly!)

The New York Times, facing a Republican Senate and President, today prints a shock op-ed piece arguing that the filibuster is a venerable tool that should not be discarded. (Yes, I’m joking about it being shocking.) The piece is titled Why Republicans Shouldn’t Weaken the Filibuster:

The Senate has historically been the one place in our government where legislative minorities are protected, with rules to check overzealous majorities.

The twin pillars of the body’s uniqueness are unlimited debate and unfettered amendments. The minority can almost always have some influence on legislative outcomes. This has often made the Senate the cradle of compromise. read more