Dead Cats: Fife&Drums, 06/05/13, (8)66: James Brody

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 CONTENTS: IRS – TEA drumrolls; Bridenstine’s salvo; Trebach – forgotten scandal; Barnes – BO’s decline; Pethokoukis – no entrepreneurs; Babbin – China hacks: Our DNA; UN arms regulation; Guzzardi – GOP sell-outs; Dems farm bills; Christie squirms; Kimball – IRS scandal;  EPA scandal; Gang of eight lapsed; Rubio – immigration votes; Sowell –  abstract immigrants; Garvin – war drums for Syria; Rubin – Islamistgate; Hecklers in TN; Truitt – Charter funding; Philly Traffic court; Pot war; MO threatens to leave; EPA emails;  Announcements

“I am not here as a serf or vassal. I am not begging my lords for mercy. I’m a born free American woman, wife, mother and citizen. And I’m telling my government that you’ve forgotten your place. It’s not your responsibility to look out for my well-being, and to monitor my speech. It’s not your right to assert an agenda. Your post, the post that you occupy, exists to preserve American liberty. You’ve sworn to perform that duty. And you have faltered.” Becky Gerritson

The American Spectator is under the watchful eye of the Obama Administration! Since January 1, 2013, federal government has been on the website 81,164 times, with the IRS, Department of Justice, and the Department of Homeland Security leading the way.

“It’s true The American Spectator has seen the likes of Barack Obama before. Arrogant, unfailingly sure of his own righteousness, and willing to do anything to hold on to the reins of power—even going so far as to encourage and oversee the harassment of his administration’s critics, as we’ve seen in the recent revelations about the IRS targeting conservative groups. The American Spectator has been on the receiving end of this type of harassment before, with a year-long investigation from Clinton’s Justice Department.

“The lesson was this: When you face a bully, you can’t back down. . .”

June 5th

1851: Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe began appearing in serial form in the National Era, an abolitionist periodical.

1933: The United States went off the gold standard.

1940: In Akron, Ohio, the B. F. Goodrich Company exhibited synthetic rubber tires.

1947: Secretary of State George C. Marshall outlined a plan to help rebuild post–World War II Europe, a program now known as the Marshall Plan.

1956: A hip-shaking Elvis Presley sang his latest single, “Hound Dog,” on The Milton Berle Show.

1968: Sen. Robert F. Kennedy was assassinated in Los Angeles by Sirhan Sirhan, an Arab nationalist. (Bennett & Cribb, 2010)

More than the IRS . . .

We have a cancer composed of not only the IRS but also the EPA, Treasury, Health, Homeland Security, and the computer data accumulated by all of them. These locust swarms became more likely when Congress gave the authority of “law” to agency regulations. And Obama keeps them synchronized with his campaign talks but avoids private meeting or written directives .  .  . a paperhanger did something similar  and created his own “civilian force”. . . I sat on a bluff near Gillette’s Castle and listened to pipes and drums echoing up from the Connecticut River .  .  .  the music came from six high-school kids marching near the ferry landing . . . I still hear it . . .

See article at Mr. Levin’s Landmark Legal Foundation:

“Landmark today asked the U.S. Supreme Court to reject the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) effort to shut down the leading challenge to claim that it has the statutory power to  regulate carbon dioxide and other ‘greenhouse gases’ from millions of sources around the country. “

Becky Gerritson – “You’ve forgotten your place” The Right Scoop Video

“Becky Gerritson gave an amazing testimony this morning, at times with a lump in her throat, and she told the hearing of how her Tea Party group was targeted by the IRS. But even more than that she conveyed a heartfelt sentiment that she is worried that the country she grew up in is slipping away and wants to ensure that doesn’t happen. She also made clear to Congress and the government that they’ve “forgotten their place.”

Dianne Belsom – “I am outraged by the accusation we are subsidized by the taxpayerThe Right Scoop Video

“This is an important point because Democrats like to pretend that if you have tax-exempt status that you are being subsidized by the taxpayer. But Laurens County Tea Party group founder Dianne Belsom, who says she’s outraged by the accusation, corrects the record and points out that donations her C4 group receives are not tax deductible and have already been taxed when they were earned. The point, she says, of C4 is to ensure those donations don’t get taxed again at the end of the year.”

Karen Kenny –“This is about the jackboot of tyranny” The Right Scoop Video

“This dialogue is about the jackboot of tyranny on the field of our founding documents. To whisper the letters I.R.S. strikes a shrill note on Main Street USA. But when this behemoth tramples upon America’s grassroots, few hear the snapping sounds.”

Jason Howerton, The Blaze: “Republican Congressman’s Scathing 1-Minute Obama Critique on House Floor”

Thx Ted . . . Valerie Jarrett? .  .  .

“Speaking on the House floor Monday, Rep. Jim Bridenstine (R-Okla.) delivered a brief-yet-scathing review of President Barack Obama and his administration.

“In just over a minute, Bridenstine rattled off the lengthy list of scandals and missteps that have occurred under President Obama. The GOP lawmaker said the fact that his administration is spinning out of control proves Obama is ‘not fit to lead’ as commander in chief.

“We present his remarks in full:

“The president’s Justice Department sold weapons to narco-terrorists south of our border, who killed one of our finest.

“The president’s State Department lied about Benghazi with false information provided by the White House.

“The president’s attorney general authorized spying on a Fox News reporter and his family for reporting on a North Korean nuclear test.

“The president’s Justice Department confiscated phone records of the Associated Press because they reported on a thwarted terrorist attack.

“The president’s Treasury Department uses the IRS to target political opposition.

“The president’s Health and Human Services secretary pressures insurance companies she is supposed to regulate to promote ‘Obamacare,’ which is the same law she uses to force citizens to pay for abortion inducing drugs against their religious liberties.”

“He then went on to say that the president’s ‘dishonesty, incompetence, vengefulness and lack of moral compass lead many to suggest that he is not fit to lead.’”

“‘The only problem is that his vice president is equally unfit and even more embarrassing,’ Bridenstine concluded.”

Arnold Trebach, American Spectator: “The Forgotten Scandal

Thx Ted . . .

“Our Attorney General and his boss in the Oval Office have started a combined remorse and charm offensive, which is certainly welcome in light of their numerous scandalous transgressions in recent months. Actually of course those transgressions go back for years. Messrs. Obama and Holder have recently declared that they want to rethink how they can improve their approach to dealing with investigations of reporters who are seeking information from officials. That might help resolve only one of the scandals in which this villainous administration is now involved. Still in the forefront of the public mind are the Benghazi horrors and the IRS depredations.

“However, in my mind, the remorse and charm of our leaders ought to be focused on the horrors that they have purposely visited upon one of our decent minority citizens, George Zimmerman.  .  .”

Fred Barnes, WSJ: “The Decline of the Obama Presidency”

“.  .  .  Mr. Obama’s re-election stirred grand expectations. The vote heralded a new liberal era, or so it was claimed. His victory was said to reflect ideological, cultural and demographic trends that could keep Democrats in the majority for years to come. His second four years in the White House would be just the beginning.

“Now, six months later, the Obama administration is in an unexpected and sharp state of decline. Mr. Obama has little influence on Congress. His presidency has no theme. He pivots nervously from issue to issue. What there is of an Obama agenda consists, at the moment, of leftovers from his first term or proposals that he failed to emphasize in his re-election campaign and thus have practically no chance of passage.

“Congressional Republicans neither trust nor fear the president. And Democrats on Capitol Hill, to whom Mr. Obama has never been close, have grown leery of him. In the Senate, Democrats complain privately about his interference with the biggest domestic policy matter of 2013, immigration reform. His effect, the senators believe, can only be to weaken the fragile bipartisan coalition for reform and make passage of major legislation more perilous.

“The Obama breakdown was not caused by the trio of scandals—IRS, Justice Department, Benghazi—now confronting the president. The decline preceded them. It’s the result of what Mr. Obama did in his first term, during the campaign and in the two months following his re-election. .  .”

James Pethokoukis, AEI: “Where are the entrepreneurs? More evidence the very heart of the US economy is failing”

“America makes a grievous error if it dismisses the weak economic expansion — this month marks the fourth anniversary of the end of the Great Recession – as nothing more than the expected aftermath of a deep downturn and financial crisis. Sluggish GDP growth and yet another “jobless” recovery point to a secular problem rather than merely cyclical forces at work.

The US entrepreneurial spirit may be faltering. Check out these data points from The Wall Street Journal: a) In 1982, new companies made up roughly half of all US businesses, according to census data. By 2011, they accounted for just over a third; b) from 1982 through 2011, the share of the labor force working at new companies fell to 11% from more than 20%; c) Total venture capital invested in the US fell nearly 10% last year and is still below its prerecession peak, according to PricewaterhouseCoopers.

Jed Babbin, Washington Examiner: “Obama’s empty warnings to China won’t stop hacking”

“A news report earlier this week said that Chinese cyberspies had stolen the designs for many of the United States’ most advanced weapon systems. In response, the article said, the Obama administration had “…escalated its warnings to the Chinese government to stop what Washington sees as rampant cybertheft.”

“Those warnings have very clearly fallen on deaf ears. According to my sources (and open-sourced materials) Chinese cyber-espionage is attempted literally thousands of times a day against virtually all US government agencies and defense contractors.

“Despite the Obama White House’s warnings, there is no evidence that the Chinese are in any way reducing their effort. The Chinese have, consistently and bluntly, denied that they were conducting any cyber-espionage against the United States.

“We don’t know how many of these attacks – and that is what they are – succeed. But we do know that the list of stolen weapon systems’ designs is very long. Though many of those that have been stolen may not have been disclosed, we know the list includes the F-35 and F/A-18 fighters, the Navy’s Aegis and the Army’s Patriot PAC-3 and THAAD (Theater High Altitude Area Defense) missile defense systems, and the Navy’s Littoral Combat Ship.

“We also know that many if not all of these weapon systems’ designs are classified at levels up to and including top secret. .  .”

Noah Feldman, Bloomberg: “Court’s DNA Ruling Brings U.S. a Step Closer to ’Gattaca’”

“The day that DNA cheek swabs officially became the new fingerprints deserves to be marked and remembered — and not just because of the inevitable march of technology.

“No, the Supreme Court’s 5-4 holding today in Maryland v. King, that anyone arrested for a “serious crime” can have his or her DNA taken without any suspicion, is a landmark because it represents a major step toward a “Gattaca” world. This means that evidence of a crime can be collected without any particular suspicion, avoiding the pesky requirement of a warrant that the Founding Fathers thought would give us liberty and privacy.

“Justice Anthony Kennedy’s majority opinion treats the standard collection of DNA samples from arrestees in Maryland as the logical outgrowth of the state’s interest in identifying the people it has arrested. This is a bit of a surprise from Kennedy, who can generally be counted on to embrace liberty. Yet in this case, he wrote, the state’s interest in keeping track of everyone it has arrested can be satisfied more accurately by DNA than by fingerprinting. And the swab of the cheek is, he said, little more invasive than a fingerprint. .  .”

Fox: “Kerry says US will sign UN treaty on arms regulation despite lawmaker opposition”

“Secretary of State John Kerry said Monday that the Obama administration would sign a controversial U.N. treaty on arms regulation, despite bipartisan resistance in Congress from members concerned it could lead to new gun control measures in the U.S.

Kerry, releasing a written statement as the U.N. treaty opened for signature Monday, said the U.S. “welcomes” the next phase for the treaty, which the U.N. General Assembly approved on April 2.

“We look forward to signing it as soon as the process of conforming the official translations is completed satisfactorily,” he said. Kerry called the treaty “an important contribution to efforts to stem the illicit trade in conventional weapons, which fuels conflict, empowers violent extremists, and contributes to violations of human rights.”

Bob Guzzardi: “Pawlenty sells out to K-Street – Republicans sell out the Forgotten Taxpayer—again”

Kevin Bogardus and Peter Schroeder, The Hill:  “Tim Pawlenty brings new look to Wall Street lobbying group”
“Let’s be honest, Wall Street and the financial services industry [are] about as popular as cockroaches with a broad swath of the American electorate,” said Ford O’Connell, a Republican political strategist. “Pawlenty exudes trust and stability.”

“‘You can’t have someone who’s a bomb thrower,’ O’Connell added. ‘They have to stick to the script. .  .’”

Bob Guzzardi: Dems and a Vote for the Farm Bill

Alexander Bolton, The Hill: “Senate Democrats see farm bill, rural voters as key to 2014 election”
“. .  .
The quest to keep their Senate majority became more complicated Monday with the death of Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.). New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) is expected to appoint a Republican, which means Democrats will likely have to battle a GOP incumbent to regain the seat.  [Christie has already scheduled a special election so that “the people” can decide.]
“Agriculture is a major industry in Montana, South Dakota, Arkansas and North Carolina, four states that are huge GOP targets next year. Montana and South Dakota are open seats following the announced retirements of Sens. Max Baucus (D-Mont.) and Tim Johnson (D-S.D.). Meanwhile, Sens. Mark Pryor (D-Ark.) and Kay Hagan (D-N.C.) are two of the chamber’s most vulnerable incumbents.

“Other rural states where Democrats face competitive races are Alaska, Louisiana, New Hampshire and West Virginia.

“Pryor and Hagan have listed the farm bill among their highest priorities and have urged colleagues to act on it. . .”

Halbfinger et al., NYT: “Death of Senator Places Christie in Difficult Spot”

“The death of Frank R. Lautenberg on Monday has left Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey with the kind of opportunity that politicians usually covet: the chance to give away a seat in the United States Senate. But the decision is fraught with pitfalls, none bigger than having to choose between improving his party’s fortunes in Washington and furthering his own political ambitions at home.

“Mr. Christie, a Republican, is up for re-election in November and hoping to secure a huge victory margin, which he could then use to accelerate his drive to present himself as a presidential candidate with broad appeal even in a blue state.

“But adding a special election for the Senate seat to the ballot could put Mayor Cory A. Booker of Newark at the top of the Democratic ticket, potentially energizing more Democrats, who already outnumber Republicans in New Jersey by 700,000 registered voters, to come to the polls. . . “

The IRS . . .

Roger Kimball, PJM: “The IRS Scandal: It Just Gets Worse and Worse

“.  .  . wheels within wheels here. Consider the Barack H. Obama Foundation, a 501(c)(3) entity founded in 2011 and presided over by Malik Obama.  Never heard of it?  I hadn’t either until a friend pointed out the curious connection between Lois “Fifth Amendment” Lerner, one of the IRS officials at the center of the widening scandal engulfing that federal agency, and the Barack H. Obama Foundation.  It turns out that these last several years the IRS has not only been harassing groups whose descriptions include phrases like “tea party” and “patriot.” It has also been bending over backwards to give preferential service to certain groups with a different political complexion. Groups, that is, like the Barack H. Obama Foundation. As The Daily Caller reports, Ms. Lerner

signed paperwork granting tax-exempt status to the Barack H. Obama Foundation, a shady charity headed by the president’s half-brother that operated illegally for years.

According to the organization’s filings, Lerner approved the foundation’s tax status within a month of filing, an unprecedented timeline that stands in stark contrast to conservative organizations that have been waiting for more than three years, in some cases, for approval.

Lerner also appears to have broken with the norms of tax-exemption approval by granting retroactive tax-exempt status to Malik Obama’s organization.

Yikes! No wonder she wants to take the Fifth. Where do you suppose this rottenness ends?  Yesterday, Israpundit pointed out in a video that Malik’s “checkered past” extends to the present.  Among other things, he is the executive secretary of the Islamic Da’wa Organisation, an entity that was created by the Sudanese government, which is considered by the U.S. State Department as a terrorist state. So why was Ms. Lerner so eager to facilitate the fund-raising operations of a foundation presided over by a man with such dubious connections?

Eric Shawn, Fox: “EPA accused of singling out conservative groups, amid IRS scandal”

“It’s not just the IRS.

“A second federal agency is facing a probe and accusations of political bias over its alleged targeting of conservative groups.

“The allegations concern the Environmental Protection Agency, which is being accused of trying to charge conservative groups fees while largely exempting liberal groups. The fees applied to Freedom of Information Act requests — allegedly, the EPA waived them for liberal groups far more often than it did for conservative ones.

“The allegations are under investigation by the House Energy and Commerce Committee and the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, which is also holding hearings on the Internal Revenue Service targeting of conservative groups. . . “


Conn Carroll, Washington Examiner: “Conservative senators sign letter detailing Gang of Eight failures”

“Sens. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., Mike Lee, R-Utah, and Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, all members of the Senate Judiciary Committee, sent a letter to their colleagues Tuesday detailing how S. 744, a.k.a. the Gang of Eight immigration bill, fails to secure the border, enforce the law, and improve legal immigration.

“In 1986, the American people were promised that, in exchange for granting legal status to illegal immigrants, the border would be secured and the law enforced,” the letter reads. “Washington broke these promises,” the letter continues, “Unfortunately, the so-called ‘Gang of Eight’ immigration bill, S.744, repeats these past mistakes.”

The letter then goes on to identify nine reasons why the letter’s signatories oppose the bill, as well as 28 amendments that could have made the bill stronger. . .”

Seung Min Kim, Politico: “Marco Rubio: Immigration bill short of 60 votes”

“Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) doesn’t believe the Gang of Eight immigration bill – which he authored — has enough votes to break a possible filibuster on the Senate floor.

“When asked on ‘Fox and Friends’ Tuesday whether the bill has 60 ‘yes’ votes, Rubio replied: ‘No, and I think even the Democrats would concede that.’

“‘There’s a few reasons for it, but one of the things we’ve learned over the last few weeks through the open process that happened through the committee process and all the public input that we’ve gotten is how little confidence people have that the federal government will enforce the law,’ Rubio continued. . .”

Thomas Sowell, RCP: “Abstract Immigrants”

But most of them, impulsive free-riders, also vote Democrat . . . no questions allowed!

“One of the many sad signs of our times is the way current immigration issues are discussed. A hundred years ago, the immigration controversies of that era were discussed in the context of innumerable facts about particular immigrant groups. Many of those facts were published in a huge, multi-volume 1911 study by a commission headed by Senator William P. Dillingham.

“That and other studies of the time presented hard data on such things as which groups’ children were doing well in school and which were not; which groups had high crime rates or high rates of alcoholism, and which groups were over-represented among people living on the dole.

“Such data and such differences still exist today. Immigrants from some countries are seldom on welfare but immigrants from other countries often are. Immigrants from some countries are typically people with high levels of education and skills, while immigrants from other countries seldom have much schooling or skills.

“Nevertheless, many of our current discussions of immigration issues talk about immigrants in general, as if they were abstract people in an abstract world. But the concrete differences between immigrants from different countries affect whether their coming here is good or bad for the American people.

“The very thought of formulating immigration laws from the standpoint of what is best for the American people seems to have been forgotten .  .  .”


Glenn Garvin, Miami Herald: “War Party beats drums for action in Syria”

“Is a dangerous partisan divide really destroying the American government? It’s pretty hard to discern that from the policy debate on Syria, where our two-party system divides like this: Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky on one side, and everybody else on the other.

“Paul argues that there are no clear good guys in Syria; that the recent U.S. track record in the Middle East — from Afghanistan to Iraq to Libya — suggests that nobody in the American government has a credible understanding of the region’s political nuances; and that any U.S. intervention is likely to create more problems than it will solve.

“On the other side of the argument are such supposed ideological opposites as Sens. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Robert Menendez (D-N.J.), Bob Casey (D-Penn.) and John McCain (R-Ariz), all of whom want the United States to sweep into Syria with guns blazing. McCain, who has never encountered a foreign-policy problem that couldn’t, in his opinion, be solved by dropping a bomb on it, even labeled Paul a “wacko bird” for his dangerous unbelligerance.

“The relentless yammering of the Syria hawks is pushing President Obama steadily toward another Middle Eastern military intervention. . .”

ISLAM . . .

Barry Rubin, PJM: “Make Room for Islamistgate: The Obama Administration’s Newest, (Biggest?) Scandal

“Currently the Obama administration is facing three big scandals — the IRS targeting, the bugging of AP and Fox, and Benghazi. Now we have scandal Number Four, just as large in scope.

“For the last four years, the Obama administration has conducted a major “outreach” program to Islamic groups in the United States and in the Middle East. In a comprehensive article, investigative journalist and PJ Media contributor Patrick Poole now presents the full scoop and scope of what’s been going on. His article — “Blind to Terror: The U.S. Government’s Disastrous Muslim Outreach Efforts and the Impact on U.S. Policy” — appearing in the new Summer issue of the MERIA Journal is a game-changer.

“You may think that you know about this subject, but the scandal extends far beyond what you have heard.

“The majority of these groups and individuals promoted by the Obama administration have been radical Islamists, particularly Muslim Brotherhood cadre, and more than occasionally were people involved in terrorist activity.

“Actual moderate Muslims have been neglected and isolated by this project, which has helped the radicals, Islamists, and pro-terrorists gain hegemony in the Muslim community in America.

“Again, you may think that you know this story — but it is far more extensive than has ever before been revealed. Often, the White House and FBI have granted access and worked with those who were simultaneously being investigated on serious charges of terrorism.

“The whole ‘outreach’ program has been a farce, and it would be charitable to describe it as incompetence on the part of the Obama administration .  .  . “


Jason Howerton, The Blaze: “‘Embarrassing’ –  Hecklers Ruined Highly Anticipated ‘Muslim Education’ Meeting in Tennessee, Comedian Tells TheBlaze”

“Among the speakers at the event were U.S. Attorney Bill Killian and Kenneth Moore, special agent in charge of the FBI’s Knoxville Division.

Two weeks ago, Killian told the Tullahoma News that it is possible that saying inflammatory things about Muslims on social media sites could violate federal civil rights laws.

“We need to educate people about Muslims and their civil rights, and as long as we’re here, they’re going to be protected,” he said. “This is also to inform the public about what federal laws are in effect and what the consequences are.”

Conservative comedian Jeff Allen attended the meeting to get the U.S. attorney’s stance on free speech after the comments he made in the local Tennessee paper. However, he said the meeting was mostly unproductive because of a group of 6-10 “yahoos” that kept shouting out and disrupting the meeting.

“It was kind of embarrassing,” Allen told TheBlaze. “It only took a very small group of yahoos to ruin the night.”

PA . . .

Dan Truitt, CAP: “Charter Funding ‘Reform’ Bill is Logically Bankrupt”

“I don’t think anyone who has been paying attention to education funding in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania would argue that we have good education funding formulas.  In fact, some might argue that we have no funding formula at all.  The amount of money spent per pupil varies widely from school district to school district across the state.  The percentage of that funding that comes from the state also varies widely across the state.  “Hold Harmless” provisions in state law cause an excess of funding to go to shrinking school districts at the expense of growing school districts and the formulas for calculating charter school payments are riddled with flaws.  Two students living on the same street, with parents paying the same amount in property taxes, can enjoy the benefits of two different levels of tax-payer support, simply because one student “chose” to attend a charter school which arbitrarily receives less funding than a traditional public school.  Families who can afford private schools and choose that option really get the shaft.  .  .”

 Gary Joseph Wilson, PA Independent: “House votes to eliminate Philadelphia Traffic Court”

“It’s been called the most corrupt court in Pennsylvania. And now it soon could be no more.

“After some passionate dissent from Philadelphia-area Democrats, the state House voted 117- 81 on Senate Bill 333, which begins the process of amending the Pennsylvania Constitution so that it no longer requires the court’s existence.  A vote on a bill that eliminates the Court is expected later this week.

“The drive to amend the state constitution came after a wave of scandals in the Philadelphia Traffic Court.

In January, nine current and former judges of the Philadelphia Traffic Court were indicted for their alleged roles in a ticket-fixing scheme. The judges are accused of unfairly favoring politically connected friends, business associates, and family and dismissing tickets in exchange for personal favors.

Eric Boehm, PA Independent: “Report says Pennsylvania’s war on marijuana is racist, but at least it’s expensive too”

“HARRISBURG – A provocative new report from the American Civil Liberties Union indicates that blacks in Pennsylvania are five times more likely to be arrested for the possession or use of marijuana than whites.

“In two counties in the state – Lycoming County in the north and Lawrence County in the west – blacks are more than 10 times more likely to be arrested for using the drug.

And in 2010, the state spent more than $100 million enforcing marijuana possession laws.

“The national report “The War on Marijuana in Black and White” looks at the wide racial gap in arrest data from all 50 states and the “billions and billions” of taxpayer dollars that the ACLU says state and federal governments are wasting on such racially biased arrests. .  . “

End  Notes . . .

“Things are really bad .  .  .  no one’s joking about Biden.”

David Martosko, UK Mail: “.  .  . First Lady threatens to leave fundraiser .  .  .”

  • First lady loses her cool and said: ‘Listen to me or you can take the mic, but I’m leaving. You all decide’
  • Protester was angry about President’s failure to order federal contractors to stop discriminating against gays and lesbians in hiring
  • The official pool reporter caught the fracas, but the White House later released a transcript that omitted the entire exchange
  •  ‘I simply couldn’t stay silent any longer,’ the heckler said later
  • The president supports an ‘Employment Non-Discrimination Act,’ but promised when campaigning in 2008 to sign an executive order instead

Stephen Dinan, Washington Times: “Newly released emails show EPA director’s extensive use of fictional alter ego”

Lisa Perez Jackson now plays for Apple  .  .  .

“Former chief’s alias lauded for good job.

Richard Windsor never existed at the EPA, but the agency awarded the fictional staffer’s email account certificates proving he had mastered all of the agency’s technology                         training — including declaring him a “scholar of ethical behavior,” according to documents disclosed late last week. was the controversial email alias used by former Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa Jackson, who resigned earlier this year amid questions about whether epa-using-instant-messages-avoid-s/?page=all”>her agency was complying with open-records laws.  .  .”

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