Only fly over country and home of the bitter clingers require the BLM?
Via CNS News
The acreage the federal Bureau of Land Management currently owns in the state of Nevada is more than all the land in all of the states of New England combined, according to data published by the Congressional Research Service.
By contrast, the BLM does not own a single acre of land in any New England state.
New England, according to the Census Bureau, consists of six states: Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine. Together, these states encompass 40,400,640 acres.
Together these states contain 0 acres of BLM land.
Nevada contains a total of 70,264,320 acres. Of these, the federal government owns 56,961,778 acres, or 81.1 percent of the state. That leaves only 13,302,542, or 18.9 percent of the state for owners other than the federal government.
The federal government, in other words, owns more than four times as much land in Nevada as all other land owners combined.
Of the 56,961,778 acres of Nevada owned by the federal government, the BLM controls 47,805,923 acres. That is about 84 percent of the federally land in the state and 68 percent of all the land in the state.
The 47,805,923 acres that BLM owns in Nevada is 7,405,283 acres more—or 18.3 percent more–than all of New England.
Headed to the bone yard along with the A10. Possibly grant money can be handed out for the cloning of flying unicorns.
The U-2 spy plane outlasted the Cold War, outlived its successor and proved crucial a half-century ago when two superpowers were on the brink of nuclear war.
But defense cuts now threaten to knock the high-flying reconnaissance aircraft out of the sky.
The Air Force wants to gradually retire the fleet of 32 “Dragon Lady” planes, which can soar to an altitude of 70,000 feet, collect intelligence on North Korea and Russia and rapidly send the data to U.S. commanders. That’s a critical capability, given North Korea’s unpredictable leader, Kim Jong Un, and Russia’s emboldened president, Vladimir Putin.
The Air Force says the unmanned aerial vehicle Global Hawk can do the job, and in an era of smaller, deficit-driven budgets, the Pentagon cannot afford both the plane and the drone.
Skeptical lawmakers have challenged the Air Force’s proposal to ground the resilient U-2, the long-winged, all-weather manned aircraft with sensors and cameras. Called “Angel” at its inception because it could fly so high, the U-2 has been in operation since 1955 and provided the evidence of Soviet missiles in Cuba in 1962, helping to avert a nuclear war.
As Congress begins work next week in writing the defense policy bill, lawmakers will weigh the Air Force proposal and whether to take initial steps to save some of the planes. Any move would require a trade-off as lawmakers work within budget limits. Proponents of the plane recently got a strong endorsement from the top commander in South Korea.
Public lucky they weren’t menaced with the infamous pop tart shaped like a gun…
WAUSAU — Police have issued disorderly conduct citations to six high school seniors in Wausau for a toy Nerf gun battle.
Some residents of Wausau called police when they saw the young people pointing a gun at a car Tuesday night. But, it was only a toy Nerf gun that shoots foam bullets. Police Capt. Ben Bliven tells WAOW-TV a number of people were frightened by the plastic Nerf guns, so officers had to respond appropriately.
One parent who saw the Nerf gun battle, Scott Hansen, says police went too far in issuing disorderly conduct citations. Wausau West High School officials have also placed some students on athletic probation. School spokesman Jeff Lindell says the Nerf gun game comes up from time to time and keeps evolving.
The fight was a part of Nerf Wars, also called Senior Shoot Out, a popular game played every spring by seniors at Wausau East and Wausau West high schools in which teams of four try to eliminate other players by shooting them with soft Nerf pellets. Last week, school officials sent notices to parents at both high schools asking them to speak to their students about the possible consequences of playing the game if behavior got out of hand.
The potential problem, according to the letter, are rules associated with the game that include having students remove clothing to avoid being eliminated.
HT: Adam Olsen
Udall is running on women’s reproductive healthcare
American Commitment launched an ad campaign called “Colorado Steyer Infection” on Wednesday, attributing Colorado senator Mark Udall’s opposition to the Keystone XL pipeline to the generosity of billionaire Tom Steyer, who doesn’t seem to care much for the state’s environment.
Steyer has pushed Udall to oppose the Keystone pipeline, while also trying to implement a project that would have redirected water from Colorado’s San Luis Valley, hurting residents and the valley’s water supplies.
Coloradans support construction of the pipeline by healthy margins, the ad notes.
Via Judicial Watch:
As President Obama prepares to use his executive power to release thousands of felons (serving time under “racist” drug sentences) the Justice Department’s top official in charge of pardons quits rather than let criminals out of jail. [ed.- and the clemency move is not just for drug sentences, as we reported previously].
At least someone at the agency charged with enforcing the law and providing federal leadership in controlling crime, has some scruples. Of course, the official statement on the abrupt resignation of the Department of Justice (DOJ) Pardon Attorney, Ron Rodgers, is that he suddenly requested reassignment after heading the division for six years. One newswire story quotes a DOJ Deputy Attorney General saying that Rodgers’ departure is “in the tradition” of senior executive service attorneys who ask for reassignment.
The facts tell a different story. As head of the DOJ’s Pardons Office Rodgers clashed with the Obama administration over a controversial plan to release—or reduce the sentences of—convicted drug offenders. It’s part of the president’s effort to end racial discrimination in drug-related sentences. It started with the 2010 signing of a law (Fair Sentencing Act) that for the first time in decades relaxed drug-crime sentences he claims discriminate against minority offenders. The measure severely weakens a decades-old law enacted during the infamous crack cocaine epidemic that ravaged urban communities nationwide in the 1980s.
Notice how in his comments on this matter, Eric Holder talks about the “unfairness” of the sentences “under the old regime”. We use the term “regime”(instead of administration) to signify the sense of royal power they believe they have. And here, he absolutely claims the term, since he is now the new “regime”. No, Mr. Holder, the sentences were those imposed under law. Perhaps you just don’t recognize the difference between the law and the imperial presidency.
Mr. Rodgers was the target of a Justice Department Inspector General report in December 2012 that found that Rodgers fell “substantially short of the high standards to be expected of Department of Justice employees and of the duty he owed to the President of the United States”. The pardon attorney’s advice to the president to deny the grant of a felon, even though the prosecutor and judge supported it, “was colored by his concern … that the White House might grant Aaron clemency presently and his desire that this not happen,” the report concluded. Not wanting to grant clemency is apparently cause for reprimand, whereas breaking the law is cause for a bonus and high praise with this regime.
They’ve already selected a replacement for Rodgers. Here’s a little on that replacement, Deborah Leff, guaranteed fully on board with Obama regime initiatives.
Deborah Leff was Acting Senior Counselor for Access to Justice at the US Department of Justice, working for “outcomes that are fair and accessible to all, irrespective of wealth and status” She also was a producer for ABC.
The Dems can’t run on Obamacare and have created another squirrel movement
Via The DC
Terri Lynn Land, the Republican Senate candidate in Michigan, continued to push back Wednesday against her opponent’s claim that she is part of the GOP’s “war on women” — telling Fox News “the real war on women is the fact that we have Obamacare.”
Land spoke with Fox News’ Gretchen Carlson Wednesday afternoon, after an ad mocking her Democratic opponent’s claim that she’s working to keep women down went viral.
“This is ridiculous,” she declared. “I’ve always been a supporter of women. I worked with women in the jobs that I’ve had, as [Michigan] Secretary of State and county clerk.”
“And, you know, now you’ve got the folks in Washington trying to tell Michigan women what they want,” she continued. “It’s just absurd.”
Land rejected her opponent’s accusation that her “backward healthcare principles” mean she doesn’t care about American women.
“Well, the reality is, the real war on women is the fact that we have Obamacare,” she retorted. “It’s actually going to the point where women can’t have the doctors that they want, senior women can’t have the plans that they want — whether it’s Medicaid or Medicare, they’re cutting the costs there.”
“Where families are worried about the ability to have an affordable plan, where they’re losing their plans in Michigan — that’s the real war on women,” she asserted.
Via Fox News:
The official tasked with keeping watch over the Department of Homeland Security was instead watching out for senior officials he considered his “friends,” according to a Senate probe.
A subcommittee of the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs released a scathing report on Thursday that effectively confirmed many of the ethical allegations that have trailed Charles Edwards ever since he resigned his post in December as acting DHS inspector general. The report determined that he “jeopardized the independence” of his office by socializing with senior DHS officials and had reports “altered or delayed” to accommodate the department he was supposed to oversee.
In the wake of the report, DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson announced that Edwards, who after leaving the acting IG post took a different job at DHS, would be placed on administrative leave.
The report also included, though did not confirm, allegations that Edwards’ office sat on information about the 2012 Secret Service prostitution scandal that could “influence an election.”
To bad the Internet is forever…
HT David Batten
Who do you believe? Democrats Landrieu and Obama who lied about Obamacare or this Marine? I’ll take the Marine, who says he believes Obama lied to him…
Just the latest in attacks on foreigners in the area, and once again someone who was supposed to be on our side but wasn’t. 3 guesses what his motivation was…wait you don’t need three guesses…
Via Fox News:
The U.S. Embassy in Afghanistan confirmed Thursday that three American doctors — including a father and son — were killed by an Afghan security guard who opened fire at a Kabul hospital.
“With great sadness we confirm that three Americans were killed in the attack at CURE Hospital,” said a statement posted on the Embassy’s Twitter page. “No other information will be released at this time.”
The shooting was the latest in a string of deadly attacks on foreign civilians in the Afghan capital this year.
Two of the dead Americans were a father and son, Minister of Health Soraya Dalil said, adding that the third American was a Cure International doctor who had worked for seven years in Kabul.
One of the doctors has been identified as Dr. Jerry Umanos, who practiced pediatric medicine at Lawndale Christian Health Center in Chicago, officials from the center said.
Same as the definition of a hate crime
Via Black Sphere
If you think there’s a magical force field like in the movie Men In Black, protecting our Constitution from alien attack, sorry Slick, but we need to talk.
The Constitution doesn’t defend itself, and we don’t get to cruise along on the momentum of the people who fought before us. Liberalism, Collectivism, Marxism, Socialism, or whatever the kids these days are calling the cancerous tumor on society that is at its core Statism, does…not…sleep.
The only cavalry is you and me, standing up, shouting “‘Molon Labe, MoFo!”
The left wing is so emboldened, that they now are attack in broad daylight. This is not the ‘intellectual elite’, hawking Marxist pretzel-logic in Ivy League poli-sci courses. This is mainstream media and retail politics stealing your crap right from under your nose.
There are two bills currently moving though Congress right now, whose purpose is to criminalize “hate speech.”
Spoiler alert: it’s not the “kill cracker babies” uttered by the New Black Panther Party, nor is it Guy Cimbalo’s piece on “Conservative women I’d love to rape.”
No the “hate speech” Congress wants to kill is more the “marriage is between a man and woman” type.
Hate-speech is not when New York governor Andrew Cuomo declares the 2nd Amendment invalid, and openly discusses confiscating firearms. Nor is it hate-speech when a Seattle Socialist politician called for workers to “take over the Boeing factory.”
It’s not hate-speech, when Obama made it clear that he doesn’t care about the people and our silly laws: Congress makes the laws; he may enforce some of them.
It’s not in the mainstream media’s Liberal DNA to even recognize these stories, much less consider them hateful.
To recognize such utterances is to acknowledge the disease. If you don’t discuss the problem, it doesn’t exist. The infringement on your freedom of speech doesn’t exist, nor is there an attempt to take your guns. SHHHH…
Leftists like to quiet people (who disagree with them).
Quiet people don’t question why freedom of speech only applies to people who think the way they do. Quiet people don’t ask why gun control cities are the most dangerous cities in the world. Quiet people don’t ask how we’re supposed to ‘COEXIST’ with someone who thinks homosexuality is a death-penalty sin.
QUIET. So they can go on about the business of making us equal. Equally poor. Equally obedient. Equally defenseless. They can and do punish dissidents who step out of line.
Even still. Let’s get to steppin’. Or you can just go back to tiptoeing…quietly.
Magic doesn’t protect the Constitution and our rights. We do!
But..But…binders of women!
Via Daily Caller:
Multi-millionaire tech entrepreneur Gurbaksh Chahal was charged with 45 felony counts for a vicious incident where he allegedly punched and kicked his girlfriend 117 times and attempted to smother her.
After a judge ruled the video footage taken from Chahal’s bedroom inadmissible in court and Chahal’s girlfriend withdrew her testimony, he pled guilty to two charges — one of domestic violence battery and one of battery.
His punishment was a mere 25 hours of community service, three years of probation and a 52-hour education course on domestic violence, The Daily Mail reports.
Chahal is a prominent donor to Democratic causes and has visited the White House on two occasions since 2011 to meet with Obama.
They have a “right” to due process
A soldier being deployed to Afghanistan is sure to have a lot on his mind, but having squatters take over his home while he is away is probably not high on the list.
But that appears to be precisely what happened to one soldier in Florida.
Michael Sharkey was deployed to Afghanistan two years ago and asked a friend to keep an eye on his home in New Port Richey, Fla. while he was away, according to the local NBC affiliate WFLA.
The soldier, currently station in Hawaii, later learned that strangers moved into the house and now refuse to leave.
“I want the people out,” Sharkey said. “They’re criminals living in my house.”
WFLA reported that Julio Ortiz and his girlfriend are living in the home and they know Sharkey doesn’t want them there, but Ortiz said he had worked out a deal with the friend looking after the home to fix it up in exchange for living there free of charge.
“I don’t want problems,” Ortiz said. “We’re not doing anything wrong.”
The soldier’s friend, Lisa Pettus, disputes that there was an agreement. She told WFLA that Ortiz did some work on the home, but she did not know he had moved in until she drove by the house a couple of months later.
“I couldn’t believe it,” Pettus said. “And now they’re using my name to justify this. It’s wrong.”
Pasco County Sheriff’s Office Spokesperson Ken Doll told WFLA it will take a court order to evict the couple because they have established residency in the home.
“I don’t think I should have to pay hundreds of dollars and go through that aggravation,” Sharkey said. “I work hard, long hours, and these people never had permission to live in my home. They should be thrown out.”
The couple’s criminal history only adds to Sharkey’s worries.
Ortiz spent a combined twelve years in prison in New Jersey for robbery, car jacking and selling drugs on school property. He was released in 2011. Fatima Cardorso spent more than two years in prison on drug charges and was released in 2006.
Ortiz was arrested three times in Pasco County last year on minor charges. Cardoso has been arrested in Pasco County seven times on drug charges since 2011.
“They are criminals,” Sharkey said. “I am serving my country, and they have more rights to my home than I do.”
Aww, what a shame! Guy with the sign has it right.
Attorney General Eric Holder canceled a speech to a graduating class of police cadets in Oklahoma City on Thursday, after crowds of Oklahomans flocked to the ceremony to protest his appearance.
Protest organizers said Holder’s planned speech to the law enforcement graduates was “inappropriate,” and argued that the attorney general has failed to uphold the law himself.
“A lot of people just felt that it was very inappropriate for this man, with his track record, to speak to law enforcement officers that demand and expect to be backed up by the government working on behalf of the citizens, not against the citizens,” State Rep. Mike Turner (R.), who is running for U.S. congress, told the Washington Free Beacon.
Liz has the same credentials as Obama
Via The Telegraph
She has been described as “Hillary’s nightmare” — a banker-bashing, consumer-championing US senator who liberals believe could mount a serious challenge to Mrs Clinton for the Democrat nomination in the 2016 presidential election.
Officially, Elizabeth Warren, a 64-year-old former Harvard law professor and Massachusetts senator, has no ambitions for the White House.
“I’m not running for president,” she told ABC News yesterday.
But she was in the television studios to promote a new autobiography that, in the traditions of books such as Barack Obama’s The Audacity of Hope, sounded to many pundits very much like a campaign manifesto; and in Washington circles her denials that she would run only succeeded in deepening speculation that she might.
The publication of A Fighting Chance, which tells the story of Mrs Warren’s hard-scrabble upbringing in Oklahoma, comes out six weeks before Mrs Clinton’s own campaign book, Hard Choices, hits the bookstores in June.
Asked in the same interview if she thought that the former first lady would make a good president, Mrs Warren stopped short of unequivocal endorsement, replying obliquely: “I think Hillary Clinton is terrific.”
Mrs Warren, a figurehead of the liberal Left and popular on late-night television chat shows for her attacks on Wall Street and income inequality, has been spoken of as a possible presidential contender ever since her barn-storming speech at the Democrat convention in 2012.
Then, as in her new book, Mrs Warren lashed out at an economy that she says is “rigged” in favour of big business, a message that polls show is popular among America’s disgruntled middle classes who have seen little evidence of recovery in their own wages since the end of the 2007 financial crisis. “Big corporations hire armies of lobbyists to get billion-dollar loopholes into the tax system and persuade their friends in Congress to support laws that keep the playing field tilted in their favour,” Mrs Warren writes.
“Meanwhile, hard-working families are told that they’ll just have to live with smaller dreams for their children.”
Although Mrs Warren was among the 16 Democrat female senators who signed a secret letter last year urging Mrs
Clinton to run for president, her deeply populist message contrasts somewhat with the Clintons’ establishment profile and Wall Street ties. She has made much of her own tough upbringing as a carpet salesman’s daughter who attended government schools, was waiting at tables aged 13, got married at 19 and lived on the “ragged edge” of the American middle classes.
Mrs Warren cuts a solo figure in public life, with her family making very few appearances on the campaign trail when she ran for the Senate in 2012.
HT Theo Spark
I doubt Mooch realizes it’s her husband’s policies that are the reason he can’t find a job.
WASHINGTON (AP) – Michelle Obama’s annual question-and-answer session with the children of Executive Office employees took a serious turn Thursday when a 10-year-old girl in the front row told the first lady that her dad had been out of work for three years. Then the girl popped up to hand the first lady his resume.
The first lady seemed a little taken aback but then explained to the other children, who might not have heard the girl’s comment, that the matter was “a little private, but she’s doing something for her dad.” Mrs. Obama promised to deal with the matter later.
When the event ended, Mrs. Obama gave the girl, Charlotte Bell, a hug and then reached back to grab the resume off a table as she left the East Room. The first lady played host to the children at the White House on Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day.
Charlotte’s family had joked over the weekend about making a job pitch to the first lady, but her parents didn’t know she would give it a try, according to her mother, an executive branch employee who did not want to be identified.
Charlotte’s father, Ben Bell, has been looking for a policy job for more than two years and recently has been trying to get a job with the Obama administration. He worked on the Obama campaign in 2012.
Michelle Obama’s annual question-and-answer session with the children of Executive Office employees has taken a somber turn.
A young girl in the front row at Thursday’s event told the first lady that her dad had been out of work for three years. Then the girl popped up to hand Mrs. Obama her dad’s resume.
The first lady seemed taken aback. Then Mrs. Obama explained to the other children, who might not have heard the girl’s comment, that it was a private matter but the girl was “doing something for her dad.” Mrs. Obama promised to deal with the matter later.
Sharon Helman, remember that name. She not only let them die, she lied and created an elaborate hoax, covering up the wait times. She got a bonus for her efforts. Click on the link to see Fox video. Just shameful.
Via Fox News:
A Veterans Affairs official accused of keeping double books to hide the fact that dozens of veterans died awaiting care previously ran a Washington state VA facility that allegedly fudged suicide numbers, FoxNews.com has learned.
Sharon Helman, director of the Phoenix Veterans Affairs Health Care system, is accused with other management officials of keeping a fake waiting list that made it appear sick veterans were being treated in a timely manner — while hiding the real list that showed up to 1,600 sick veterans were waiting months to see a physician. Rep. Jeff Miller, R-Fla., chairman of the House Committee on Veterans Affairs, said investigators have evidence that two sets of records were kept by the facility to conceal the lengthy delays in care.
At least 40 veterans on the secret list allegedly died while waiting for appointments, prompting congressional committees to launch investigations into the circumstances surrounding the deaths.
Absolutely terrific report by CNN (who’d have thought?) on these absolutely shameful actions:
See more here.
Up to 1600 still waiting for care in Phoenix, and Phoenix VA still refuses to answer questions on the case. As CNN notes, this problem is not just in Phoenix, but country-wide, Phoenix is just more glaring because of the cover-up.
Because he’s the Imperial President, that’s why.
Via Weekly Standard:
It is becoming increasingly hard to tell whether Obamacare is the law of the land, or just the law of the parts of the land that don’t reside in (or aren’t in the good graces of) the executive branch. One wonders: Is it really too much to expect an administration that championed the passage of a 2,700-page overhaul of American medicine to live by the same law it was so eager to impose on others?
The Congressional Research Service (CRS) has just released a memo (posted here at the 2017 Project) listing deadlines that Obamacare imposed on the Obama administration—or, if you prefer, that the Obama administration imposed on itself through Obamacare—and reporting whether the administration has met them or not. To date, it appears that the administration has missed 25 deadlines that it was required, as a matter of law—as a matter of the president’s signature law—to meet.
For example, the CRS writes that Obamacare “[r]equires the Interagency Working Group on Health Care Quality, convened by the President and chaired by the HHS [Health and Human Services] Secretary, to submit to Congress, and publish on the Internet, a report on its progress and recommendations.” Even though that report was due on New Year’s Eve 2010—1,206 days before the April 21, 2014 date of the CRS memo—the CRS writes, “No report has been submitted to Congress.”
Heinz Kerry has already exceeded Hillary’s accomplishments as Secretary of State
Via All Africa
U.S. Ambassador Deborah Malac has officially handed over a new goat quarantine facility to Liberia’s Center for Agricultural Research Institute (CARI) outside Gbarnga, in Bong County.
The U.S. Government, through the U.S. Agency for International Development’s (USAID) Food and Enterprise Development Program (FED), rehabilitated the former livestock facility so that it can house up to 500 goats at a time. The facility is scheduled to receive the first shipment of goats through the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food for Progress goat program sometime during May 2014.
Goats are a core asset for rural village households and farms in Liberia. However, nearly 80 percent of all goat meat consumed in Liberia is imported from neighboring countries like Guinea, Sierra Leone, and Mali.
To reverse that trend, Ambassador Malac told an audience of CARI, FED and local officials (April 4) that USAID and USDA are collaborating with CARI to improve the genetic pool of goats in Liberia through importation of improved breeds of healthy goats. The programs are also working collectively with farmers to vaccinate their animals and train them on how to keep their stocks healthy and reduce the deaths of young goats.
The goat quarantine facility is critical to increasing Liberia’s national goat herd and represents how USAID/FED, USDA, and Liberia’s Ministry of Agriculture will work together to secure the future of goat farmers in Liberia.
FED is now in its third year of implementation in Liberia, and there has been a strong collaboration between the Governments of Liberia and the United States since its beginning, as well as with other key stakeholders, in developing agriculture and agribusinesses in Liberia. The U.S. Government has made, and will continue to make, major investments to support agriculture and agribusiness in Liberia through its close partnership with government institutions and agencies like the Ministry of Agriculture and CARI.
Through projects such as the goat quarantine facility and the establishment of a thriving goat sector in Liberia, the U.S. Government reaffirms its long-standing commitment to help Liberia reduce poverty and achieve food security in the future.
Ambassador Malac also visited a private goat farm outside Ganta, Nimba County, which has become a model for goat farmers in the region.