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« Reply #550 on: June 17, 2015, 10:33:44 PM »

http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/volokh-conspiracy/wp/2015/06/16/uc-teaching-faculty-members-not-to-criticize-race-based-affirmative-action-call-america-melting-pot-and-more/?postshare=5271434548154861
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« Reply #551 on: June 17, 2015, 10:46:16 PM »


How many decades would we have to go back to find the left advocating for free speech ?
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« Reply #552 on: June 17, 2015, 11:32:06 PM »

45-50 years i.e. when I was a young man.
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« Reply #553 on: June 30, 2015, 10:58:14 AM »

http://blogs.telegraph.co.uk/news/danielhannan/100286702/the-greatest-cultural-victory-of-the-left-was-to-disregard-the-nazi-soviet-pact/
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« Reply #554 on: July 03, 2015, 11:16:24 AM »

http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2015/07/02/owners-of-oregon-bakery-that-refused-to-bake-wedding-cake-for-same-sex-couple-fined-135000/?utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_term=Firewire_Morning_Test&utm_campaign=Firewire%20Morning%20Edition%20Recurring%20v2%202015-07-03 
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« Reply #555 on: July 17, 2015, 05:42:35 AM »

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Marilyn Tavenner, then-Administrator of CMS, at a House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing in 2014. Photo: Getty Images
July 16, 2015 7:34 p.m. ET
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One result of the Obama era is that big government and big business are often conjoined twins. For the latest proof, the health insurance industry has hired its ex-chief regulator and patron as its new chief lobbyist.

This week America’s Health Insurance Plans announced that Marilyn Tavenner will be the trade group’s new CEO. Her previous gig was running CMS, the agency in charge of Medicare, Medicaid and the ObamaCare exchanges. As acting and then confirmed CMS administrator since 2011, Ms. Tavenner presided over a bureaucracy with a budget larger than the Pentagon’s and drafted the ObamaCare rules that dictate insurance business models.

So other than President Obama, there is no better candidate than Ms. Tavenner to lead the insurance lobby in the era of ObamaCare. The law was a vast transfer of wealth and power to the political class from markets, and the big insurance conglomerates were the brokers of this bargain in return for more subsidized customers. Ms. Tavenner will now steer her members through her own regulatory creations as rules beget more rules.

More to the point, the CMS entitlements are now the major profit centers of an ever less competitive and innovative insurance industry. If the taxpayer is your benefactor, then bringing on a well-connected political operator is the logical choice. In another non-coincidence, Mr. Obama has nominated as Ms. Tavenner’s CMS replacement a former UnitedHealth Group executive named Andy Slavitt.

In her five years at CMS, Ms. Tavenner formed strong relationships with Congressfolk of both parties with her backstage candor. Then again, she was involved in the implementation planning for ObamaCare from the start and directed the control room when Healthcare.gov exploded on the launchpad, wasting hundreds of millions of dollars. The next time some politician burbles about “public service,” remember that a tour in government is often a form of deferred compensation, with no accountability for results or competence.

We haven’t heard any Democrat denounce Ms. Tavenner’s career switch, though it wasn’t so long ago that to pass ObamaCare they pretended insurers were abusive marauders and continue to blame the industry for the law’s surging costs. Perhaps they understand that whether Ms. Tavenner is a lobbyist or the head of CMS, her job description is the same.
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« Reply #556 on: July 17, 2015, 05:59:33 AM »

second post

http://www.capoliticalreview.com/capoliticalnewsandviews/disneyland-crony-capitalism-creates-poverty-promotes-theft-of-tax/
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« Reply #557 on: September 08, 2015, 11:21:03 AM »

Green Gurus Caught in Dirty Ponzi Scheme

We're not sure what's less surprising: That a renewable energy endeavor turned out to be a Ponzi scheme, or that it has ties to the Clintons. The Associated Press reports, "Three people were charged Thursday with running a $54 million Ponzi scheme built on promises of a green energy technology that would turn trash into fuel and 'carbon-negative' housing developments, neither of which were ever fully developed, federal prosecutors said. ... Prosecutors said the trio lied to investors that their 'biochar' technology and 'carbon-negative' housing in Tennessee made millions, but they had almost no earnings and used the money to repay earlier investors and for themselves." According to U.S. Attorney Zane Memeger, "The scheme alleged in this indictment offered investors the best of both worlds — investing in sustainable and clean energy products while also making a profit. Unfortunately for the investors, it was all a hoax and they lost precious savings. These defendants preyed on the emotions of their victims and sold them a scam." Sounds like the entire Obama climate change charade. The criminal charges come years after a separate civil lawsuit. "The scam allegedly ran from 2005 until 2009, even after the Securities and Exchange Commission filed a civil lawsuit against Wragg and Knorr's Mantria Corp. They were ordered in 2012 to pay $37 million each," the AP adds. The kicker? "Two months before the SEC civil lawsuit, the company was publicly recognized for its stated commitment to 'help mitigate global warming' by former President Bill Clinton's Clinton Global Initiative. The company was cited for its plans to develop the biochar technology that it said would sequester carbon dioxide and reduce emissions in developing countries. Wragg appeared on stage with Clinton at the event in September 2009." Envirofascists slam Big Oil for ostensibly putting profits before principle, yet that's exactly what happened in this case. And wouldn't you know it? The defendants are in good company with the Clintons.
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« Reply #558 on: October 09, 2015, 08:50:35 AM »

http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/vox-hillary-clinton-ian-tuttle

Vox editor: Hillary is a corrupt dictator in waiting, and I like it!
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« Reply #559 on: October 09, 2015, 07:52:48 PM »


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Elizabeth Warren recently drove out a think-tank scholar for having the nerve to report that a new federal regulation could cost billions, but the progressive censor movement is broad and growing. Advocates of climate regulation are urging the Obama Administration to investigate people who don’t share their views.

Last month George Mason Professor Jagadish Shukla and 19 others signed a letter to President Obama, Attorney General Loretta Lynch and White House science adviser John Holdren urging punishment for climate dissenters. “One additional tool—recently proposed by Senator Sheldon Whitehouse—is a RICO (Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act) investigation of corporations and other organizations that have knowingly deceived the American people about the risks of climate change, as a means to forestall America’s response to climate change,” they wrote.

In other words, they want the feds to use a law created to prosecute the mafia against lawful businesses and scientists. In a May op-ed in the Washington Post, Mr. Whitehouse specifically cited Willie Soon of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, who has published politically inconvenient research on changes in solar radiation.

The RICO threat is intended to shut down debate because it can inflict treble damages upon a defendant. Enacted to stop organized crime and specifically to prosecute individuals tied to loansharking and murder-for-hire, it was long seen as so powerful a tool that the government warned prosecutors to limit its use.

“The demand by Senator Whitehouse and the 20 climate scientists for legal persecution of people whose research on science and policy they disagree with represents a new low in the politicization of science,” says Georgia Tech’s Judith Curry on the Fox News website. She should know, as one of seven academics investigated last winter by Rep. Raul Grijalva (D., Ariz.) for their climate research.

By the way, Mr. Shukla appears to have no problem taking money from the government to support his climate theories. Though it has since been taken down, the letter from the Shukla gang demanding a RICO assault was published on the website of the Institute of Global Environment and Society (IGES), a tax-exempt entity run by Mr. Shukla that the website says has also employed his wife and daughter. The House Science Committee says the outfit has received more than $25 million in federal grants since 2008. House Science Chairman Lamar Smith says the family’s earnings from IGES are “in addition to an annual salary of approximately $314,000 paid to Dr. Shukla by George Mason University.”

When we contacted George Mason to sort out these financial arrangements, the school suggested we contact Mr. Shukla directly. He hasn’t responded to our inquiries.

Meanwhile, Sen. Warren also doesn’t seem to want to live by the rules she enforces on others. Recall that she drove Robert Litan out of the Brookings Institution last week in part because his research on new financial regulations was funded by the asset manager Capital Group—which he clearly disclosed. The website OpenSecrets.org says Ms. Warren has accepted more than $600,000 from the securities and investment industry, including more than $6,000 from Capital Group executives.

Perhaps she’d say it’s fine for her to use her Senate Banking Committee perch to rake in contributions from financial firms because she often disagrees with them. Then again, lawyers and law firms that benefit from her policy interventions have given her more than $2 million. She’s also collected more than $1.3 million from the education industry, which benefits from her campaign to expand education subsidies.

We called Sen. Warren’s office to ask why the Senator isn’t living by the Warren standard. A press aide replied that among other alleged offenses, Mr. Litan had accepted “editorial input” from the sponsors of his research. Yes it’s true, as Mr. Litan has said forthrightly all along, he did accept comments from the sponsor. He has also maintained that the analysis and conclusions were his own and those of co-author Hal Singer.

If accepting “editorial input” is grounds for dismissal, academics or journalists wouldn’t be the only ones preparing resignation letters. Is Sen. Warren now going to tell us that a campaign donor has never made a suggestion to her about government policy?

The strategy of the progressive left is no longer to win public debates, but to forcibly silence their opponents. And to enforce a double standard in the bargain.
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« Reply #560 on: October 12, 2015, 09:53:01 AM »

Day 886 of the IRS Scandal.  Anyone following it?

http://taxprof.typepad.com/taxprof_blog/2015/10/the-irs-scandal-day-883.html
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« Reply #561 on: October 12, 2015, 09:56:06 AM »


Not the mainstream media, that's for damn sure.
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« Reply #562 on: October 17, 2015, 10:02:04 AM »

https://mises.org/library/sanders-and-his-followers-are-not-outliers

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« Reply #563 on: October 18, 2015, 09:03:48 AM »

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2012-12-06/depression-deepens-greek-middle-class-despair-with-crime-rising

Is the science settled?
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« Reply #564 on: November 04, 2015, 12:54:13 PM »

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HzA7QomW4kY
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« Reply #565 on: November 04, 2015, 11:47:02 PM »

http://www.econlib.org/library/Enc/Fascism.html
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« Reply #566 on: December 15, 2015, 01:37:43 PM »

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2015/10/5/1427845/-Effective-Gun-Control-A-National-Semi-Auto-Ban

Fantasy.
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« Reply #567 on: December 29, 2015, 12:46:13 AM »

http://www.breitbart.com/tech/2015/12/27/nyc-will-fine-you-250000-for-misgendering-a-transsexual/
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« Reply #568 on: December 29, 2015, 07:47:18 AM »


Zero tolerance for thoughtcrime.
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« Reply #569 on: January 05, 2016, 08:47:51 AM »

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yga7TlsA-1A
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« Reply #570 on: January 07, 2016, 02:25:59 PM »

http://www.thediplomad.com/2016/01/progressivism-crowd-funding-terrorism.html#pq=iIhzF9

Allies.
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« Reply #571 on: January 10, 2016, 03:04:50 PM »

http://nation.foxnews.com/2016/01/10/report-obama-wants-become-un-secretary-general-netanyahu-doing-everything-he-can-stop-him
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« Reply #572 on: March 03, 2016, 04:27:47 AM »

Some interesting points mixed in with the drivel here:

http://www.truthdig.com/report/item/the_revenge_of_the_lower_classes_and_the_rise_of_american_fascism_20160302
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« Reply #573 on: March 03, 2016, 09:58:26 AM »

Good article in that it is food for thought.

I can see some similarities to the rise of real "fascism" in Germany and Italy in the early 1900's.  I agree that there are many in this country who feel sold out by the "elites" for lack of better term.   This includes myself.   And the *populist* angle to the comparison.

I would suggest that Trump's popularity is more about anger than hate.  Anger at those who are taking advantage of America.  The illegals and foreign nations who repeatedly best us in trade deals etc.

OF course the left will label this anger to drum up voter support to continue their agenda.  And Trump keeps making the mistake of singling out Mexicans.   No one here hates Mexicans or other illegals.  But we sure do resent their coming here against our laws.  I keep saying it doesn't matter where they are from if they are illegal then we should enforce the laws.

And I don't hear Trump calling for a call to arms or building up our military.  If anything he wants to stay out of foreign wars.  The neocons are the ones up in arms about that which proves my point on that.

I like the mental exercise. 
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« Reply #574 on: March 03, 2016, 10:46:07 AM »

Ok here we go.  The lib's strategy against Trump is now clear.  He is the new Hitler:

http://www.vox.com/2015/2/11/8016017/ny-times-hitler
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« Reply #575 on: March 03, 2016, 08:19:42 PM »

Ok here we go.  The lib's strategy against Trump is now clear.  He is the new Hitler:

http://www.vox.com/2015/2/11/8016017/ny-times-hitler

Every republican is Hitler. Just ask the left.
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« Reply #576 on: March 03, 2016, 11:30:47 PM »

Ok here we go.  The lib's strategy against Trump is now clear.  He is the new Hitler:

http://www.vox.com/2015/2/11/8016017/ny-times-hitler

Every republican is Hitler. Just ask the left.

Yes, a good liberal friend made a slip of the tongue about me supporting the fascist which I think meant to support any of the Republicans.  But isn't it exactly the other way around?
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« Reply #577 on: March 04, 2016, 01:11:05 AM »

Ok here we go.  The lib's strategy against Trump is now clear.  He is the new Hitler:

http://www.vox.com/2015/2/11/8016017/ny-times-hitler

Every republican is Hitler. Just ask the left.

Yes, a good liberal friend made a slip of the tongue about me supporting the fascist which I think meant to support any of the Republicans.  But isn't it exactly the other way around?

National Socialist German Worker's Party. If you want big government to take care of you, one way or the other.
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« Reply #578 on: March 04, 2016, 03:00:08 AM »

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« Reply #579 on: March 04, 2016, 09:57:29 AM »

That is the general election campaign question of 2016, once we get past bad hair and small penis size.

Everything Bernie and his parrot Hillary say including the false war against 'income inequality' translates into let's all be equally poor.

My question all along has been, who answers their socialist left turn best and who calls them out on it most effectively, Mr. it-will-be-yuge/great or the one saying that we can leave our children and each generation that follows with a better life and better opportunities.

The unfair part of top 1% income is when the success is rooted in government cronyism.  Since the most powerful force in our economy today is the government, almost all the top income tends to have ties there.
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« Reply #580 on: March 06, 2016, 08:28:26 AM »

Green Gurus Caught in Dirty Ponzi Scheme

We're not sure what's less surprising: That a renewable energy endeavor turned out to be a Ponzi scheme, or that it has ties to the Clintons. The Associated Press reports, "Three people were charged Thursday with running a $54 million Ponzi scheme built on promises of a green energy technology that would turn trash into fuel and 'carbon-negative' housing developments, neither of which were ever fully developed, federal prosecutors said. ... Prosecutors said the trio lied to investors that their 'biochar' technology and 'carbon-negative' housing in Tennessee made millions, but they had almost no earnings and used the money to repay earlier investors and for themselves." According to U.S. Attorney Zane Memeger, "The scheme alleged in this indictment offered investors the best of both worlds — investing in sustainable and clean energy products while also making a profit. Unfortunately for the investors, it was all a hoax and they lost precious savings. These defendants preyed on the emotions of their victims and sold them a scam." Sounds like the entire Obama climate change charade. The criminal charges come years after a separate civil lawsuit. "The scam allegedly ran from 2005 until 2009, even after the Securities and Exchange Commission filed a civil lawsuit against Wragg and Knorr's Mantria Corp. They were ordered in 2012 to pay $37 million each," the AP adds. The kicker? "Two months before the SEC civil lawsuit, the company was publicly recognized for its stated commitment to 'help mitigate global warming' by former President Bill Clinton's Clinton Global Initiative. The company was cited for its plans to develop the biochar technology that it said would sequester carbon dioxide and reduce emissions in developing countries. Wragg appeared on stage with Clinton at the event in September 2009." Envirofascists slam Big Oil for ostensibly putting profits before principle, yet that's exactly what happened in this case. And wouldn't you know it? The defendants are in good company with the Clintons.


https://americanelephant.wordpress.com/2013/07/07/14000-abandoned-wind-turbines-litter-the-united-states/

14,000 ABANDONED WIND TURBINES LITTER THE UNITED STATES by The Elephant's Child
July 7, 2013, 7:19 am
Filed under: Democrat Corruption, Economy, Energy, Environment, Junk Science | Tags: A Green Religion, Abandoned Wind Farms, Another Bad Idea
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The towering symbols of a fading religion, over 14,000 wind turbines, abandoned, rusting, slowly decaying. When it is time to clean up after a failed idea, no green environmentalists are to be found. Wind was free, natural, harnessing Earth’s bounty for the benefit of all mankind, sounded like a good idea. Wind turbines, like solar panels, break down.  They produce less energy before they break down than the energy it took to make them.  The wind does not blow all the time, or even most of the time. When it is not blowing, they require full-time backup from conventional power plants.

Without government subsidy, they are unaffordable. With governments facing financial troubles, the subsidies are unaffordable. It was a nice dream, a very expensive dream, but it didn’t work.

California had the “big three” of wind farm locations — Altamont Pass, Tehachapi, and San Gorgonio, considered the world’s best wind sites. California’s wind farms, almost 80% of the world’s wind generation capacity ceased to generate even more quickly than Kamaoa Wind Farm in Hawaii. There are five other abandoned wind farms in Hawaii. When they are abandoned, getting the turbines removed is a major problem. They are highly unsightly, and they are huge, and that’s a lot of material to get rid of.

Unfortunately the same areas that are good for siting wind farms are a natural pass for migrating birds. Altamont’s turbines have been shut down four months out of every year for migrating birds after environmentalists filed suit. According to the Golden Gate Audubon Society 75-110 Golden Eagles, 380 Burrowing Owls, 300 Red-Tailed Hawks and 333 American Kestrels are killed by the turbines every year. An Alameda County Community Development Agency study points to 10,000 annual bird deaths from Altamont wind turbines. The Audubon Society makes up numbers like the EPA, but there’s a reason why they call them bird Cuisinarts.

Palm Springs has enacted an ordinance requiring their removal from San Gorgonio Pass, but unless something else changes abandoned turbines will remain a rotting eyesores, or the taxpayers who have already paid through the nose for overpriced energy and crony-capitalist tax scams will have to foot the bill for their removal.

President Obama’s offshore wind farms will be far more expensive than those sited in California’s ideal wind locations. Salt water is far more damaging than sun and rain, and offshore turbines don’t last as long. But nice tax scams for his crony-capitalist backers will work well as long as he can blame it all on saving the planet.
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« Reply #581 on: March 19, 2016, 12:43:40 PM »

https://www.facebook.com/FoxNews/videos/10154151510956336/
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« Reply #582 on: March 29, 2016, 05:54:20 PM »

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/in-theory/wp/2016/03/24/millennials-like-socialism-until-they-get-jobs/
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« Reply #583 on: March 30, 2016, 12:43:30 PM »

http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/433430/george-orwell-call-your-office-marquette-demands-ritual-apology-embattled-professor
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« Reply #584 on: April 02, 2016, 08:50:12 PM »

http://www.breitbart.com/london/2016/04/01/uk-police-say-they-will-pay-you-a-visit-unless-you-are-kind-on-twitter/?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social
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« Reply #585 on: April 02, 2016, 09:38:00 PM »


Could never happen here.

http://mrctv.org/blog/video-wh-censors-reference-islamist-terrorism-french-president


https://reason.com/blog/2016/03/29/cuban-internet-censorship-the-nation
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« Reply #586 on: April 05, 2016, 11:41:37 AM »

‘C’ Is for Corruption
The Clintons are the Brazilianization of American politics.
By Bret Stephens
April 4, 2016 7:18 p.m. ET
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Postcards from yesterday’s countries of the future:

Brazil: President Dilma Rousseff of the Workers’ Party faces impeachment on charges of cooking government books. Corruption investigations are ongoing in cases involving former President Lula da Silva and the presidents of both houses of Congress. Inflation is in double digits and the economy contracted by 3.8% last year.

In 2009, the Economist magazine praised Brazil for “smart social policy and boosting consumption at home,” predicting its economy would overtake Britain’s after 2014.

Turkey: Recep Tayyip Erdogan was in Washington last week, where the Turkish president’s security detail made diplomatic history by beating up protesters outside his speech at the Brookings Institution. A 2013 corruption scandal, implicating dozens of members of Mr. Erdogan’s ruling AKP party, including two of his children, fizzled after the government purged 350 police officers investigating the affair.

In 2009, Hillary Clinton described Turkey as “an emerging global power.” Financial Times columnist Philip Stephens (no relation) gushed that Turkey “sets a powerful democratic example to the rest of the Muslim world.”

China: A leak of 11.5 million documents from Panama-based law firm Mossack Fonseca—instantly dubbed “the Panama Papers”—implicate relatives of President Xi Jinping along with other top officials of sheltering fortunes in offshore tax havens. Mr. Xi is supposed to be leading an anticorruption campaign.

In 2009, New York Times columnist Tom Friedman wrote of the “great advantages” of China’s “one-party autocracy,” which he praised for being led by “a reasonably enlightened group of people.”

The Panama Papers have also exposed billions in assets belonging to close friends of Vladimir Putin, which isn’t surprising, along with revelations that the first lady of Iceland owned an offshore holding company, which sort of is. Other boldfaced names in this sludgy mix of shell companies include Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, Argentine President Mauricio Macri, the children of Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, and even the late father of British Prime Minister David Cameron.

Everyone mentioned here denies wrongdoing, including the Mossack Fonseca firm—founded by the son of a onetime Waffen-SS officer who sought his fortune in Panama after the war. And everyone is entitled to a fair presentation of the facts, if necessary in court.

But nobody can be surprised by any of this. And nobody should look away from the central lesson of the scandal, though they’re trying. To wit, the story here isn’t about tax evaders and offshore accounts, deplorable as they may be. It’s about public policies and incentives that make a career in politics an expedient route to personal enrichment.

The point is illustrated by Brazil, where state-owned oil giant Petrobras sits at the center of the multiplying corruption scandals. The former chairwoman of Petrobras was Ms. Rousseff, whose main qualification for the job—she’s also a former Marxist guerrilla—was her reputation as an aggressive party hack. She has not been accused of using her position for personal enrichment, but Lula is under investigation for accepting Petrobras kickbacks in the form of a luxury apartment and other goodies. He denies the charges.

Meanwhile, Petrobras last year estimated its corruption-related losses at $17 billion. At least 57 Brazilians are being investigated for using Mossack Fonseca to open 107 offshore companies. Throughout all this, the ruling party’s explicit economic agenda is to build “national champions” like Petrobras through the use of a state-owned “development bank” and other government subsidies.

What’s true of Brazil is true of China, and of Russia, and of every other regime where political power or influence dictates the direction and pace of investment. That’s why it was hard to take seriously a decade’s worth of boosterism about the so-called BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa) as the countries of the future. Kleptocracy is not a form of sustainable development.
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Which brings us to Hillary Clinton, the presumptive Democratic nominee and—if Republicans nominate either Donald Trump or Ted Cruz—likely the next president of the United States. Mrs. Clinton’s email arrangements are supposed to be the scandal that will fell her, but what ought to frighten Americans is the way the Clintons mix money and power in the black box of their eponymous foundation to award themselves more of each.

This is the Brazilianization of American politics, albeit with more legal finessing. But the stench is the same, and it’s why so many Americans, Democrats included, instinctively recoil at the thought of another Clinton presidency.

So far the Panama Papers seem to have netted few Americans, which may say something about the fundamental probity of the U.S. system. Nothing ordains that it should last forever. “C” is also for Clinton.
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« Reply #587 on: April 05, 2016, 12:30:31 PM »

I am not sure what makes Pat so convinced the progressives are just going to go away and that they have lost.  One could say there is a strong back current but I don't think the tide has turned at all:
http://www.wnd.com/2016/04/what-trump-has-wrought/
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« Reply #588 on: April 08, 2016, 08:48:08 PM »

http://dailysignal.com/2016/04/04/16-democrat-ags-begin-inquisition-against-climate-change-disbelievers/

16 Democrat AGs Begin Inquisition Against ‘Climate Change Disbelievers’
Hans von Spakovsky   / @HvonSpakovsky / Cole Wintheiser   / April 04, 2016 / 551 comments 23.k

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman speaks alongside former Vice President Al Gore. Neither Gore nor the “AGs United for Clean Power” has any concern over the First Amendment or the stifling of scientific debate. (Photo: Reuters/Mike Segar/Newscom)
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Beginning in 1478, the Spanish Inquisition systematically silenced any citizen who held views that did not align with the king’s. Using the powerful arm of the government, the grand inquisitor, Tomas de Torquemada, and his henchmen sought out all those who held religious, scientific, or moral views that conflicted with the monarch’s, punishing the “heretics” with jail sentences; property confiscation; fines; and in severe cases, torture and execution.

One of the lasting results of the Spanish Inquisition was a stifling of speech, thought, and scientific debate throughout Spain. By treating one set of scientific views as absolute, infallible, and above critique, Spain silenced many brilliant individuals and stopped the development of new ideas and technological innovations. Spain became a scientific backwater.

As an old adage says, those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it. So we now have a new inquisition underway in America in the 21st century—something that would have seemed unimaginable not too long ago.

Treating climate change as an absolute, unassailable fact, instead of what it is—an unproven, controversial scientific theory—a group of state attorneys general have announced that they will be targeting any companies that challenge the catastrophic climate change religion.

Speaking at a press conference on March 29, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said, “The bottom line is simple: Climate change is real.” He went on to say that if companies are committing fraud by “lying” about the dangers of climate change, they will “pursue them to the fullest extent of the law.”

The coalition of 17 inquisitors are calling themselves “AGs United for Clean Power.” The coalition consists of 15 state attorneys general (California, Connecticut, Illinois, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Mexico, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia, and Washington State), as well as the attorneys general of the District of Columbia and the Virgin Islands. Sixteen of the seventeen members are Democrats, while the attorney general for the Virgin Islands, Claude Walker, is an independent.

The inquisitors are threatening legal action and huge fines against anyone who declines to believe in an unproven scientific theory.

The inquisitors are threatening legal action and huge fines against anyone who declines to believe in an unproven scientific theory.

Schneiderman and Kamala Harris, representing New York and California, respectively, have already launched investigations into ExxonMobil for allegedly funding research that questioned climate change. Exxon emphatically denounced the accusations as false, pointing out that the investigation that “uncovered” this research was funded by advocacy foundations that publicly support climate change activism.

Standing next to Schneiderman throughout the press conference was the grand inquisitor himself, former Vice President Al Gore, who has stepped into the role of Tomas de Torquemada.

Gore, who narrated a climate change propaganda film in 2006 entitled “An Inconvenient Truth,” praised the coalition, stating that “what these attorneys general are doing is exceptionally important.” Neither Gore nor the “AGs United for Clean Power” has any concern over the First Amendment or the stifling of scientific debate.

When pressed on the effect such investigations and prosecutions will have on free speech, General Schneiderman claimed that climate change dissenters are committing “fraud” and are not protected by the First Amendment.

This comes on top of U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch admitting that the Justice Department is discussing the possibility of pursing civil actions against climate change deniers, and that she has already “referred it to the FBI to consider whether or not it meets the criteria for which” federal law enforcement could take action.

As we have said before, “[l]evel-headed, objective prosecutors should not be interested in investigating or prosecuting anyone over a scientific theory that is the subject of great debate.” And yet that is exactly what the AGs United for “Political” Power are going to do.

Fortunately, there are other state attorneys general who understand the importance of the rule of law as opposed to what they say is an “ambition to use the law to silence voices with which we disagree.” Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt and Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange said they would not be joining this coalition:

Reasonable minds can disagree about the science behind global warming, and disagree they do. This scientific and political debate is healthy and should be encouraged. It should not be silenced with threats of criminal prosecution by those who believe that their position is the only correct one and that all dissenting voices must therefore be intimidated and coerced into silence. It is inappropriate for State Attorneys General to use the power of their office to attempt to silence core political speech on one of the major policy debates of our time.

Although the Spanish Inquisition ended almost 200 years ago, the American Climate Change Inquisition appears to be just getting started. By threatening legal action and huge fines against anyone who declines to believe their climate theories, the attorneys general in this coalition are trying to end the debate over climate change, declaring any dissent to be blasphemy regardless of what many scientists believe.

This strikes a serious blow against the free flow of ideas and the vigorous debate over scientific issues that is a hallmark of an advanced, technological society like ours.
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« Reply #589 on: April 25, 2016, 11:17:21 PM »

http://www.thegwpf.com/matt-ridley-climate-change-lobby-wants-to-kill-free-speech/

BTW author Matt Ridley is a fine scientist of evolutionary biology.  I am a big fan of his "The Red Queen" and "Nature via Nurture".
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« Reply #590 on: April 26, 2016, 12:53:02 PM »

This pretty much sums up Obama and the left:

http://www.breitbart.com/big-journalism/2016/04/26/anti-white-racism-hate-dares-not-speak-name-2/
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« Reply #591 on: April 26, 2016, 01:00:36 PM »

Please post in the Race thread on the SCH forum too.
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« Reply #592 on: April 27, 2016, 10:17:15 AM »

Oh my God.  Please God.  Wake me up from this nightmare:
http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2016/04/27/doj-coins-new-term-for-convicted-criminals-justice-involved-individuals/
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« Reply #593 on: April 27, 2016, 11:07:29 AM »


Liberals owning the language if we let them, and making excuses for being soft on crime, 44 more shot in Chicago this weekend.  If I were making the rules, the rapist would have a Caitlin Jenner like procedure imposed and the term 'justice involved individual' would have meaning.
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« Reply #594 on: April 30, 2016, 11:00:33 AM »

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BY1H1rZL53I



 shocked
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« Reply #595 on: April 30, 2016, 12:28:03 PM »


GM,

I don't understand this Milo guy I keep seeing on Breitbart news.  Do you understand what all the fuss is about?  Even after looking him up on wikipedia I don't get it.
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« Reply #596 on: April 30, 2016, 12:33:06 PM »


GM,

I don't understand this Milo guy I keep seeing on Breitbart news.  Do you understand what all the fuss is about?  Even after looking him up on wikipedia I don't get it.

He's willing to take on the SJW red guards.
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