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Dependency is freedom

Feb 26, 2013 4:42 PM PT

In response to Drone Strikes Okay, Drug Testing Welfare Recipients, Not So Much:

Great point on the dichotomy of the drone strike vs. drug testing welfare recipients, Jerome.  I imagine an Obama apologist would say the severity of the terror threat justifies relaxing the "reasonable suspicion" threshhold (which is quite a bit different from what they would have said in, say, 2006) and terrorism is a more serious threat than welfare abuse (which, given the current state of the public fisc, is debatable over the long term - not to minimize the threat of terrorism.)

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Drone Strikes Okay, Drug Testing Welfare Recipients, Not So Much

Feb 26, 2013 3:35 PM PT

Hard times for Florida's Governor, Rick Scott. Last week Scott ticked off grassroots conservatives in the Sunshine State when it was learned that he would not block the Medicaid expansion built into ObamaCare. And now, as the Sun-Sentinal reports, "an Atlanta appeals court has upheld a decision to stop enforcement of a Florida law to drug test welfare recipients." 

ACLU - 1 Rick Scott - 0 

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The real reason Romney lost

Feb 26, 2013 12:12 PM PT

Romney lost because conservative voters failed to turn out.

Conservative voters failed to turn out for many reasons--poor technology being one of them--but also because they are tired of being betrayed by Republican candidates, and they sensed Romney was a betrayal-in-waiting.

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Environmentalists Threaten Tourism Boycott of Sandy-Ravaged NJ Shore Town

Feb 26, 2013 11:05 AM PT

Environmental groups say they plan a tourist season boycott of a NJ shore town this summer over its choice to use a tropical hardwood to replace the town's boardwalk, which was destroyed by Hurricane Sandy last October. 

Avon by the Sea, one of many shore towns across the state that was devastated by Hurricane Sandy, had already placed the order for ipe, a tropical hardwood preferable in salt-water environments, before environmentalists stepped in, according to the AP / Boston Herald:

"But Avon administrator Tim Gallagher says the town has already paid for the wood, which was cut and shipped to a warehouse in North Carolina and awaits transportation to Jersey."

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President Petulant aka Barack Hussein Obama

Feb 26, 2013 4:36 AM PT

I'm sick of repeating myself but ... as I stated in January 2009, Obama lacks the requisite experience to be POTUS. In 2012 I warned American that if given a second term we would see an unleashed, unrestricted political despot. 

When will President Petulant stop campaigning and try to govern? Let's look at a few examples.

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Sandra Fluke, military and transexual recruits

Feb 25, 2013 10:28 AM PT

Sandra Fluke, Georgetown Law graduate and activist stated on February 13, 2013 “We still don’t let trans-folk join the military, that needs to change.” 

Never hire Sandra to be your attorney. Someone tell her the military already accepts transexual recruits and one was in my fiancee's basic training company in 2011. The recruit openly a lesbian, with a male name was classified a woman by the Army. No one could verify male parts and she showered by herself while living in a female bay.


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