Iranians Carry ‘Death To Israel’ Signs As Rouhani Tells Crowd He Supports Dialogue

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Heinz Kerry and Obama believe him

Via JPost

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said the Islamic Republic had the might to deter any attacks as its military displayed a range of drones and missiles at an annual parade in Tehran, state television reported on Friday.

Chanting “God is Greatest”, troops paraded missiles carriers, some bearing banners saying “Death to America” and “Death to Israel”, armored personnel carriers and unmanned surveillance aircraft as well as small submarines with men wearing aqua-lungs alongside.

Unlike hardline predecessor Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Rouhani did not use his speech to lash out at the United States and Israel, which Tehran refuses to recognize.

“We told the world during the (nuclear) talks and we repeat that we don’t support any aggression … We support dialogue,” Rouhani said in the live broadcast.

“We don’t attack any country and don’t want war but we will firmly confront any aggression against Iran,” he said, as helicopters and fighter jets flew overhead and parachutists landed in the parade area in the south of the capital near the shrine of revolutionary leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini.

Rouhani, whose election in June paved the way for a major thaw in ties with the West, was referring to the talks with six major powers to hammer out a permanent agreement aimed at resolving the decade-old nuclear standoff.

Under a November preliminary agreement between Iran and the world powers, that took effect on Jan. 20, Iran is to scale back its nuclear activities in exchange for initial relief from international trade and financial sanctions.

The next meeting between Iran, the United States, France, Russia, Germany, China and Britain is set for May 13 in Vienna, where they will start drafting the final agreement.

Kidnapped Boy, 9, Gets Kidnapper To Let Him Go By Singing Gospel Hymn

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Check the link for video of the adorable little boy with great presence of mind.

ATLANTA — A young boy’s love of gospel music may have saved his life.

Earlier this month, police say a man kidnapped then nine-year-old Willie Myrick from his southwest Atlanta driveway. He allegedly drove the boy around for some time before dropping him off unharmed in East Point.

But Willie’s actions during those terrifying three hours are inspiring people around the country. Willie says he sang the gospel song “Every Praise” until the man let him go.

Thursday evening, community leaders held a meeting in Willie’s honor, celebrating his happy ending, but also telling other parents and children what to do if this happens to them.

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Barack Obama Welcomes Spring Weather With A Picture of . . . Barack Obama…

The Narcissist-in-Chief strikes again.

Lib Radio Host: Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity And Glenn Beck “Egged On” White Supremacist Who Attacked Jewish Community Center…

I wonder if Mike Malloy knows the guy ran as a Democrat on several different occasions?

HT: Right Pundit

Western Lawmakers Strategize To Take Control Of Federal Lands Within Their Borders

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That’ll put a kink in Harry Reid’s colon…

Via Fox News:

Officials from nine Western states met in Salt Lake City on Friday to discuss taking control of federal lands within their borders on the heels of a standoff between Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy and the Bureau of Land Management.

The lawmakers and county commissioners discussed ways to wresting oil-, timber- and mineral-rich lands away from the feds. Utah House Speaker Becky Lockhart said it was in the works before this month’s standoff.

The BLM rounded up hundreds of Bundy’s cattle, saying he hasn’t paid more than $1 million in grazing fees he owes for trespassing on federal lands since the 1990s. But Bundy does not recognize federal authority on the land, which his family has used since the 1870s.

The BLM released the cattle after a showdown last weekend with angry armed protesters whom Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid referred to as “domestic terrorists.”

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Cliven Bundy and Golden Butte are just one part of a huge federal land grab for such things as solar and tortoises. The solar land grab isn’t just Nevada but covers vast parcels over six states. How many more “Cliven Bundys” is the government planning on making with that?

De-Escalation Off: US Deploys Troops To Poland

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Did General Breedlove force the Administration to take action?

Via Zero Hedge

So what part of “All sides must refrain from any violence, intimidation or provocative actions,” did the US not understand when they decided that deploying troops to Poland was in keeping with the four-party deal? As WaPo reports, Poland and the United States will announce next week the deployment of U.S. ground forces to Poland as part of an expansion of NATO presence in Central and Eastern Europe in response to events in Ukraine.

Polish minister: U.S. troops are being deployed to Poland. http://t.co/42sifm1GsK

— Washington Post (@washingtonpost) April 18, 2014

Via The Washington Post

Poland and the United States will announce next week the deployment of U.S. ground forces to Poland as part of an expansion of NATO presence in Central and Eastern Europe in response to events in Ukraine.

That was the word from Poland’s defense minister, Tomasz Siemoniak, who visited The Post Friday after meeting with Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel at the Pentagon on Thursday.

Siemoniak said the decision has been made on a political level and that military planners are working out details.

There will also be intensified cooperation in air defense, special forces, cyberdefense and other areas. Poland will play a leading regional role, “under U.S. patronage,” he said.

So is that an escalation? or a de-escalation? or is it different when the US moves troops towards another nation’s borders?

As a reminder, we noted in December, Russia’s placement of tactical nuclear-capable weapons near the Polish border which at the time sent a very clear message of escalation (despite the, at the time, lack of New Cold War headlines). We wrote at the time,

Russia quietly has come through on its threat issued in April 2012, when it warned it would deploy Iskander missiles that could target US missile defense systems in Poland. From RIA at the time:

Moscow reiterated on Tuesday it may deploy Iskander theater ballistic missiles in the Baltic exclave of Kaliningrad that will be capable of effectively engaging elements of the U.S. missile defense system in Poland.

NATO members agreed to create a missile shield over Europe to protect it against ballistic missiles launched by so-called rogue states, for example Iran and North Korea, at a summit in Lisbon, Portugal, in 2010.

The missile defense system in Poland does not jeopardize Russia’s nuclear forces, Army General Nikolai Makarov, chief of the General Staff of the Russian Armed Forces, said.

“However, if it is modernized…it could affect our nuclear capability and in that case a political decision may be made to deploy Iskander systems in the Kaliningrad region,” he said in an interview with RT television.

“But that will be a political decision,” he stressed. “So far there is no such need.”

Looks like a little over a year later, the “political decision” was taken as the need is there. But why does Russia need to send a very clear message of escalation at a time when the Cold War is long over, when globalization and free trade, promote game theoretic world peace (or “piece” as the Obama administration wouldsay), oh, and when Russia quietly has decided to reestablish the former USSR starting with the Ukraine.

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Video: 3 X 500 Pound JDAMs Hammer A Taliban Positon…

In the mountains of Bari Alai, Afghanistan:

Border Patrol Catches More Than 80 Illegal Aliens Hiding In Huts In McAllen, TX

Will we see a follow up on how many are deported?

Via The Monitor

Two-by-two, hands on the shoulders of the person before them, the immigrants marched through the field late Thursday afternoon to an awaiting Department of Homeland Security bus.

At least 80 people suspected of being in the country illegally encountered an unexpected stop — if not the beginning of their return south — on their journeys elsewhere into the United States.

U.S. Border Patrol agents uncovered a makeshift camp of tents and huts thatched from mesquite branches in the brush not far from an abandoned tennis club that workers were dismantling northwest of Sprague and North 10th Street in McAllen.

There, the immigrants — mostly from Central America — said they’d been holed up at least a week, receiving little food and a gallon of water somehow rationed among 35 people, according to agents and immigrants interviewed.

“We ate one burrito per day,” said Alfredo Espinoza Rivera, who said he left his hometown in El Salvador about six weeks ago. He said he paid $7,000 to a coyote to cross him into Texas and had lost about 40 pounds on his journey.

The 37-year-old man said he’d hoped to meet his father, a U.S. citizen, in Los Angeles.

Instead, he sat alongside 52 others as agents looked on, bringing bottles of water to share as they waited to be taken in for processing.

“I’m scared to go back to my country,” he said in Spanish. “There’s a lot of crime and it’s hard to live there.

“There’s no work.”

For Salvadorans like Espinoza, fear of the trip back coupled with economic hardship is a story echoed by the ballooning numbers of Central Americans who enter the U.S. through South Texas.

Border Patrol has apprehended more than 90,700 people in the Rio Grande Valley sector in the past six months, according to a recent report in The New York Times, up 69 percent from the year before. Most have arrived from Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador.

A United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime report released this month said Honduras had the world’s highest homicide rate in 2012, with El Salvador having the fourth-most and Guatemala ranking fifth.

That has prompted many migrants from those countries to request asylum upon their arrival and arrest by immigration agents in the United States, with more than 36,000 asylum claims from Central Americans across the country in 2013 — double the amount from the year before, the Times reported.

“Nationwide, you’re hearing more and more of the requests for asylums,” said Chris Cabrera, vice president of the local chapter of the National Border Patrol Council, a union that represents agents. “They’re afraid to go back to their country, so they get the catch and release,” into the United States while they await a decision on their asylum request.

The Valley’s influx of so-called OTM’s — “other than Mexicans” — ties up agents’ time processing them into area detention facilities, Cabrera said. Requests for asylum out of fear of returning to an immigrant’s native country require more investigation from authorities to attempt to verify the claim.

“The manpower involved with that, the hours involved with that,” Cabrera said. “It’s such a lengthy process which leads to more gaps in the border, which leads to what we had today.”

Border Patrol has recently deployed 500 new agents to the Valley to respond with the spiking influx of immigrants.

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Supreme Court Considering Whether To Hear Case Of NJ Requiring “Justifiable Need” To Carry Gun

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NJ will not allow you to carry unless you show a “justifiable need” for a gun. The man in this case carried large sums of money and was previously subject to robbery attempts. But he was denied a permit, that was not considered “justifiable need”.

Via Washington Times:

The Supreme Court on Friday will consider whether to wade into the escalating legal brawl over whether people have a constitutional right to carry a firearm outside of the home, as gun rights advocates push the high court to settle how far the Second Amendment goes in protecting the right to bear arms.

Justices will meet in private conference to weigh whether to hear a challenge to New Jersey’s mandate that citizens must show a “justifiable need” to carry a gun in public for protection.

Gun rights groups like the National Rifle Association, which has filed an amicus brief in the case, want the high court to strike down the law and go a step further by clarifying how far the Second Amendment goes in establishing an individual’s right to carry a firearm outside the home.

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In addition to the unconstitutionality of requiring a “justifiable need” to carry a gun, New Jersey officials have actually carried it a step further in this case than their own law would suggest. According to News 12, the officials actually said Mr. Drake, the plaintiff, didn’t have a justifiable need because he had other options, such as hiring an armored car to pick up the money at the ATMs, rather than go himself.

So “justifiable need” suddenly becomes “if that is your only option”, as decided by the State.

The decision as to who qualifies is thus wholly within the determination of the State.

If that is not patently unconstitutional, what is?

Brunei Says Non-Muslims Can’t Drink Alcohol Even While Abroad Under New Sharia Penal Code…

Via Borneo Bulletin:

ALCOHOL consumption in the public by non-Muslim citizens and/or permanent residents during their time abroad would be punishable under the Extra-Territorial Jurisdiction of the Syariah Penal Code Order 2013, which will be implemented in Brunei on April 22. This was made clear by the panel of speakers at the Syariah Briefing conducted especially for the International Students Association in Universiti Brunei Darussalam (UBD) yesterday.

However, it was said that for crimes that fall under the Extra-Territorial Jurisdiction in Chapter 184 of the Syariah Penal Code of 2013, “It is not the local authorities’ responsibility to go to every other country in the hope of keeping tabs of these misconducts committed by citizens and permanent residents of Brunei”, essentially clarifying that those who have committed such crimes will be charged should a complaint be made against them by the nation’s citizens or permanent residents for their public alcohol consumption in countries outside of Brunei.

In relation to that, it was clarified at the briefing that private alcohol consumption among non-Muslims is not a crime, be it in or out of the country.

Jennifer Gratz Challenges Black Student To Debate Over U-M Admissions

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Catch 22. One student is denied admission because she doesn’t meet admission “standards” and wants to be admitted based on her skin color, another student meets admission standards but is denied admission based on her skin color.

Via Detroit FREEP

Brooke Kimbrough and Jennifer Gratz share this much in common: They both have been rejected for entrance to the University of Michigan and they both, at different times, have challenged the university’s admissions policies.

From there, the similarities turn into big differences.

Kimbrough, who is black and a senior at University Preparatory Academy in Detroit, says U-M admission policies should be flexible in admitting more minority students even if they don’t quite measure up to the school’s high standards on test scores and grade point averages.

Backed by the civil rights advocacy group By Any Means Necessary (BAMN), the teen went public this week with her fight to be admitted to U-M with a news conference and rally on the Ann Arbor campus.

Gratz, who is white and graduated from Southgate Anderson High School, blames the use of affirmative-action policies for her rejection in 1995 for admission to U-M. She was put on a wait list while minority students with lower GPAs and test scores were admitted.

Since then, Gratz has become the public face of the battle against affirmative action in college admissions in Michigan — first winning a landmark U.S. Supreme Court ruling in 2003 that threw out the use of racial quotas at U-M and then pushing a 2006 statewide ballot initiative that banned the use of affirmative action in college admissions.

In many ways, the two women personify the opposing arguments in the debate over the use of affirmative action to boost minority enrollment at the state’s leading university.

Kimbrough is trying to get her denial of admission reversed and to draw attention to the decline in the number of black students at the university. She and her supporters think the current minority enrollment numbers — just over 4% of the current student body is black — are way low.

Gratz thinks admissions should be color-blind and the best candidates should get in, no matter what race they are.

They have never met, but that could soon change. On Thursday, Gratz issued a challenge to Kimbrough to publicly debate the use of affirmative action.

“Ms. Kimbrough has publicly demanded that the university should discriminate against other applicants in order to accommodate her demand for preferential treatment based on her skin color,” Gratz said in a news release. “Her very public position contrasts with that of voters who adopted a ban on racial policies in 2006. I hope Ms. Kimbrough is willing to let Michiganders consider her position on this issue in a debate.”

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NYC Carriage Horses Aren’t Done Yet

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De Blasio has met static almost as soon as he assumed the position.

Imagine that, some in New York fighting leftist craziness, the world is turning on its head..

Via NY Post:

The day before Bill de Blasio was sworn in, he vowed that killing off the horse carriages would be among his first acts as mayor. “We are going to get rid of the horse carriages, period,” he said. “It’s over.”

Nearly four months later, not only is it not over, there will soon be counter-legislation in Albany. Westchester Assemblyman Gary Pretlow says he will introduce bills to maintain the number of horse-carriage licenses the city issues as well as declare what experts already tell us: It is not inhumane for a horse to pull a carriage.

The mere existence of such legislation tells us as much about the mayor’s competence as it does about horse carriages. Because if it passes, it will be the second time — the first was the state intervention on charters — de Blasio’s preference for ideological crusades over common sense had invited a thumping from Albany.

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Saudi Arabia Bans Women From Attending WWE Event…

I’m assuming the WWE Divas won’t be allowed to wrestle either.

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Pro wrestlers with the WWE, including John Cena and former champion Randy Orton, are in Saudi Arabia for three days of matches in the capital, Riyadh.

World Wrestling Entertainment Inc. says it is the first time its franchise has held matches in the ultraconservative Muslim kingdom, home to Islam’s holiest sites.

WWE is wildly popular across the Middle East. WWE has an Arabic website and debuted live in the region in Egypt in 2012. Matches also have been held in Qatar and the United Arab Emirates since.

Ticketmaster says on its website the matches in Saudi Arabia are “for males only.”

Fake Army Ranger Befriended Ex-SEAL Marcus Luttrell

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Being a fake veteran is not a crime. Impersonating a politician is and will result in a police raid.

Via Stars and Stripes

Daniel Lee Marshall Jr. didn’t just masquerade as an Army Ranger by wearing ribbons or rank he didn’t earn, or by driving around in a pickup truck with a Purple Heart license plate he did not deserve.

He embedded himself within the inner circle of ex-Navy SEAL Marcus Luttrell, the storied war hero from Texas portrayed in the book and movie “Lone Survivor.”

Now, Marshall wears the orange uniform of an inmate, charged in federal court in Houston with being a felon in possession of a firearm.

When Marshall, 45, was arrested Wednesday by agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, they allegedly found more weapons in his home, as well as an Army uniform with a Ranger patch on the shoulder.

In 2012, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down the Stolen Valor Act, a 2005 law that made it illegal for people to wear military medals they had not earned or to lie about having been awarded such medals. Still authorities on Thursday publicly revealed for the first time Marshall’s past and connections to Luttrell to show he could not be trusted enough to be released on bail.

“He represents himself as a Special Forces operator,” Assistant U.S. Attorney John Jocher said. He held up photos taken from the Internet which showed Marshall in uniform, as well as other images.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Nancy Johnson ordered he remain in custody and shared her thoughts on the fake veteran scheme.

“It is despicable but not a crime,” she said from the bench.

Marshall first got close to Luttrell’s family back in 2005 when the sailor was temporarily missing as the only survivor among a group of SEALs in Afghanistan who were overwhelmed by a far larger number of Taliban fighters.

Marshall’s friendship with Luttrell soured in 2010 when Marshall was accused of taking a pistol from Luttrell’s Texas ranch.

At about the same time, a group of real Rangers, who knew Luttrell and were at a Houston-area gala marking the anniversary of Luttrell’s ordeal smoked out Marshall as a fake, and his felonious past came to light.

ATF Agent Christopher Wilhite testified Thursday about his dealings with Marshall in which he had at least twice obtained several military-style guns despite laws that prohibit him from buying them.

Marshall has had several run-ins with the law, including arrests for forgery and credit card fraud.

Federal public defender Natalia Cornelio sought to show that Marshall has never harmed anyone, that it has been more than a decade since he had previously been convicted of a crime.

A man who briefly huddled with Cornelio outside the courtroom, and who said he has known Marshall for 25 years, said he was a good guy who got caught up in trying to help Luttrell’s family.

“He made some mistakes, but he is still a good man,” said the friend, who did not want to be named. “He goes way out of the way to help people.”

He said that Marshall did serve in the military, but he was not sure when, where or in what capacity.

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Obama Deliberately Emboldening Our Enemies

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Should be required reading by every member of Congress, and a call to them to do their duty.

Via Fox News:

All Americans should be aware of some very disturbing events that speak to the state of terrorism, the strength of al Qaeda and our nation’s security. In light of the danger unfolding around us, we also need to question whether or not President Obama’s administration is serious about confronting what is clearly a gathering storm, or whether, in fact, his policies are encouraging those who wish to harm us.

One of the more shocking events illustrating the growing strength of al Qaeda is the release of a video this week showing what CNN reports as “the largest and most dangerous gathering of al Qaeda in years.” It’s what experts think is a recent gathering of the terrorist group’s leadership and more than 100 fighters in Yemen.

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Parents And Kids Don’t Want Michelle Obama Speaking At Their High School Commencement

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The families get what some don’t: anytime Obamas are present, it is all about them and no one else.

Via NY Post:

TOPEKA, Kan. — If expanding the guest list to include Michelle Obama at graduation for high school students in the Kansas capital city means fewer seats for friends and family, some students and their parents would prefer the first lady not attend.

A furor over what the Topeka school district considers an honor has erupted after plans were announced for Obama to address a combined graduation ceremony for five area high schools next month an 8,000-seat arena. For some, it was the prospect of a tight limit on the number of seats allotted to each graduate. For others, it was the notion that Obama’s speech, tied to the 60th anniversary of the US Supreme Court’s decision in Brown v. Board of Education outlawing segregation in schools, would overshadow the student’s big day.

“I’m a single mother who has raised him for 18 years by myself,” said Tina Hernandez, parent of Topeka High School senior Dauby Knight. “I’ve told him education is the only way out. This is one of the biggest days of their lives. They’ve taken the glory and shine from the children and put on Mrs. Obama. She doesn’t know our kids.”

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HT: Joe The Fatman

Charlie Daniels: Harry Reid Should Be In Jail For ‘Impersonating An American’

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An amazing lifelike replica of a slug would be accurate.

Via Examiner:

On Thursday, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid called supporters of the Bundy ranch “domestic terrorists” and questioned their patriotism. Country music star Charlie Daniels responded the same day with a tweet saying Reid should be in jail for “impersonating an American.”

“Harry Reid you should be put in jail for impersonating an American,” he tweeted.

“Ouch!” the Twitchy staff wrote. A number of people agreed.

“AMEN Charlie!! I second that motion,” one person said.

“Please keep the light shined on this cockroach @SenatorReid & his punk kids too @CharlieDaniels -you’ve got a powerful torch to do it,” another person added.

Others suggested Obama also be thrown in jail. One Twitter user said that Reid would have been hung for his actions in the days of the wild west.

As we reported earlier today, Reid told the Las Vegas Review-Journal those who supported Bundy are “domestic terrorists” armed with fully automatic rifles. Additionally, he accused Bundy of not paying taxes and not recognizing the United States.

The Nevada Democrat also said he spoke with Attorney General Eric Holder, FBI leaders and Clark County Sheriff Doug Gillespie about the situation with the Bundy ranch. While speaking with reporters, he indicated that a task force is being set up, and hinted of further action.

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Sallie Mae Overcharging Active-Duty Soldiers For Student Loans

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Just the folks who protect our liberty getting the shaft. Nothing to see here…

Via Newsmax:

Investigators have uncovered evidence that Sallie Mae overcharged active-duty soldiers on student loans, according to insiders familiar with probes into the student loan company.

The Huffington Post reported that the revelations may threaten Sallie Mae’s lucrative contract with the Department of Education.

“The allegation also may further embarrass the Education Department, already under fire for lax oversight of student loan companies that are paid by taxpayers, yet are alleged to have repeatedly violated federal rules,” the report said.

Probes into the massive firm, which services federal student loans for 5.8 million borrowers, are being conducted by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), and the Justice Department.

In February, a group of state attorneys general announced that they, too, are investigating Sallie Mae.

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Illinois Taxpayers Owe $56B In Unfunded Retiree Health Care Costs

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Look for the Union label.

Via My FOX Chicago

A new study forecasts that health insurance for retired state employees will cost billions of dollars more than previously thought. That makes efforts to control those costs more urgent than ever.

In most states, retired government employees pay about half the cost of their health insurance. In Illinois, though, those retirees pay less than 20% of the cost of a very rich health plan with very small co-pays. A new study — completed before Gov. Quinn’s recent cost control efforts — finds taxpayers face a staggering $56.4 billion in unfunded retiree health care costs, up from $54.2 billion estimated in 2011. One reason: state workers may retire at age 55 with full benefits.

“If you’re looking at a retiree in their 50s, the state pays more than $14,000 a year for this unheard of benefit. The retiree is paying less than $1,000,” The Illinois Police Institute’s Kristina Rasmussen explains.

For the first time ever, many retired government workers last year began to pay health insurance premiums: ranging from 1% to 2% of their annual state pension. Together with other reforms, it has reduced taxpayer costs by more than $100 million a year. But facing $80 billion in unfunded pension costs, and $56.4 billion in unfunded retiree health insurance, taxpayers here are on the hook for more than $136 billion in unfunded retirement benefits.

Analysts at the Illinois Policy Institute said reforms adopted by Democrats in Springfield don’t go far enough.

“And now looking forward we need to make some tough choices,” says Rasmussen. “It’s not fair to ask union members in the private sector to continue working — the plumbers and the steamfitters — until they’re 67 so someone else can retire in their 50s with gold-plated health insurance.”

Poll Finds Vets Aren’t Big Fans of Hope And Change: Large Majority Disapprove of Obamacare, Say Country On Wrong Track…

That’s because vets are white supremacists, at least according to the NY Times.

Via Rich Lowry:

Sixty-six percent of veterans disapprove of President Obama’s handling of his job, according to a new poll conducted for Concerned Veterans for America, a veterans’ advocacy organization. The survey finds a sour mood among vets over the direction of the country generally — 68 percent think it is on the wrong track — and Obamacare specifically. More than 60 percent disapprove of the health-care law, and almost half believe it will be worse than VA health care. Seventy-three percent consider the national debt the greatest threat to the country’s national security.

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