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Changes to Census Hide Obamacare Data

Apr 15, 2014 10:40 AM PT

You can put the U.S. Census Bureau on the shelf right next to the Justice Department (which, on top of everything else, is now accused of blocking corporate mergers for political reasons), the IRS, the Department of Health and Human Services, and all the other government agencies corrupted over the past five years.  

Beginning in 2009, the White House began directly managing Census operations, a move that caused a good deal of consternation.  Now we can see why, as the Census very conveniently announces that it will rewrite the questions pertaining to health insurance, making it effectively impossible to judge how much of a difference ObamaCare is making to the uninsured.

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The Christian Victims of Antisemitic Hatred

Apr 14, 2014 6:43 AM PT

In 1999, as I was preparing to leave my home town of Skokie, IL for six months of study in Israel, an antisemitic white supremacist fanatic went on a shooting spree in the area. He wounded several Jews, none of whom died. He did, however, kill a black man--Northwestern University basketball coach Ricky Byrdsong, who was out for a walk with his family. I knew Byrdsong personally: he had written me a letter as I was graduating high school.

I was deeply moved by the perhaps small detail that two of the three victims of the shootings at the Kansas City Jewish community institutions on Sunday, grandfather William Lewis Corporon and his grandson Reat Griffin Underwood, were both Christians. I have rarely been so upset by a news story, and in a world where bad news is part of the daily diet, that's saying something. The eulogy by daughter/mother Mindy Corporan is amazing.

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Federal government withdraws from Nevada ranch standoff

Apr 12, 2014 6:01 PM PT

I caught wind of the Bundy ranch standoff in Nevada last week, and watched as the standoff between the Bureau of Land Management's shock troops and an obstinate Mormon cowboy family escalated to ominous proportions.  At one point, a no-fly zone was declared over the disputed area.  The government had already set up "First Amendment zones," little corrals of orange rubber fencing where you had to stand if you wanted to exercise your First Amendment rights without getting a bit of rough treatment.  I was going to ask if someone standing in a First Amendment zone, on a ladder tall enough to elevate him into the no-fly zone, was still allowed to take pictures of what the feds were up to.  Where does the First Amendment Zone end, and the No-Fly Zone begin?

But I never got the chance to ask, because the BLM and its snipers withdrew on Saturday.  There was a growing amount of sympathy for the Bundy family, but how many people really expected them to win?

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Medicare's top biller: Senator Bob Menendez' BFF, Salomon Melgen

Apr 9, 2014 2:35 PM PT

Well, whaddya know?  It turns out that Medicare's top biller - to the tune of $20 million just in 2012 - is none other than Senator Bob Menendez' (D-NJ) bestie, Dr. Salomon Melgen.  

He's the guy who kept giving Menendez flights on his private jet to the Dominican Republic, where Menendez enjoyed a number of relaxing vacations in which absolutely nothing inappropriate occurred.  The Senator just kinda forgot to disclose these expensive private jet rides with his top donor, until that little oversight was pointed out to him, whereupon he quietly cut the good doctor a check for $58,500.

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Clerk Throws Corpse of 96-year-old Woman Who Committed Suicide Into Dumpster With the Help of a Mother and Son Delivering Newspapers After Mistaking it for Mannequin - Thought it was April Fools Prank...

Apr 3, 2014 8:04 PM PT

They say truth is stranger than fiction. Actually they didn't say it. Mark Twain said it. They may have said it later, but he said it first. The following story is undoubtedly an example of Twain's theory.  Hopefully, I didn't give too much away in the headline. 

Strange: According to St. Petersburg Police, a 96-year-old woman, reportedly suffering from depression, committed suicide by jumping from the window of her 16th floor apartment at the Petersborough Apartments for Seniors.  Police say the body was discovered around 4 a.m. on Wednesday by a 61-year-old desk clerk who was on a smoke break in the parking lot. Police say the deceased left a suicide note in her apartment. 

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GM's Insulation from Accident Liability Was a Government Mediated Position

Apr 2, 2014 12:06 PM PT

The Obama administration played a role in GM's insulation from product liability lawsuits. As it stands, GM is not liable for any injury or death which happened before the government bailout in 2009.

General Motors has recalled 1.6 million cars to fix faulty ignition switches. It has also acknowledged 13 deaths as a result of the faulty design which led cars to lose power if the key was bumped in just the right way. In addition as many as 200 other litigants are ready to file suits for injury related to the fault.

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Man Allows Hyena To Eat His Genitals After Told It Would Make Him Rich

Mar 31, 2014 10:16 PM PT

You know these people too.  I mean who doesn’t know a man who’s taken advice from a witch doctor who prescribed letting a hyena eat his genitals off as a way to increase personal wealth? But in case, for some reason, you don’t know somebody like this, it is my distinct pleasure to introduce you to Chamangeni Zulu, who took the advice of a witch doctor who prescribed letting a hyena eat his genitals off as a way to increase his personal wealth.

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Popular NewsBusters Blogger Noel Sheppard Succumbs to Cancer

Mar 29, 2014 11:16 AM PT

The conservative blogosphere is reeling in shock and heartache at the sudden an unexpected death of blogger extraordinaire, Noel Sheppard.

Brent Bozell made the sad announcement at NewsBusters on Saturday morning.

Our Noel Sheppard passed away yesterday (Friday) morning at about 5:00 AM. Say a prayer for the soul of a man we'll all miss professionally, and many, many of us will miss personally as well. Noel was not just a force of nature, he was a very good man.

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