1.8 Million Voters Are Dead (And Other Facts You Didn’t Know About Voter Fraud)

zombiesThe Daily Signal – With the midterm elections Tuesday, many may wonder if their vote will actually count. As an eligible citizen, you must be guaranteed the right to vote—and it must be guaranteed that your vote is not stolen or diluted by thieves and fraudsters. The infographic below highlights different types of voter fraud and startling, real instances where fraud has imperiled the integrity of elections. Fortunately, steps like voter ID laws can be taken to ensure the integrity of elections. You can read the full informational booklet, “Does Your Vote Count?” here and a companion site that documents over 200 instances of voter fraud here.

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Two Pa. Legislators Indicted for Voter ID Bribes in a Case the State AG Refused to Prosecute

worth itThe Daily Signal – A grand jury convened by Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams has indicted two Democratic state legislators for accepting bribes in exchange for voting against a voter ID bill, among other legislative actions.

The grand jury findings also represent a withering rejection of the unjustifiable behavior of Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane, who shut down the three-year investigation that caught state Democratic legislators on video and audio tapes taking bribes. Williams stepped in and successfully prosecuted the case.

As the grand jury reported, it had 26 recordings featuring Rep. Ronald G. Waters, who accepted nine cash payments from a confidential informant totaling $8,750. The grand jury had 24 recordings of Rep. Vanessa Lowery Brown accepting five cash payments totaling $4,000. Waters agreed to vote against Pennsylvania House Bill 934, a voter ID bill, in exchange for $2,000. Brown also agreed to vote against House Bill 934 for the same amount.

Brown was so eager to vote the way she had been paid by the informant that she offered to “get up and speak” on the floor of the Pennsylvania House in opposition to the bill. Both “representatives testified before this Grand Jury and admitted their criminal conduct.”

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Voter suppression? You can’t prove it by this year’s turnout

every_vote_countsJohn Locke Foundation – People trying to prove that election laws passed by the General Assembly last year amount to minority voter suppression are going to have a hard time with this one: African American voter turnout increased in this year’s general election compared to the latest midterm election in 2010.

According to data just released by the State Board of Elections, 540,307 African Americans voted in 2010 compared to 629,179 this year, a 16.45 percent increase. This year, African Americans made up 21.8 percent of the total turnout, compared to 20.1 percent four years ago.

Participation by younger voters (age 18-25) also increased. This year, 143,809 younger citizens went to the polls compared to 104,575 in 2010, a 37.52 percent increase. Critics of the new law had also said that college-age voters were also voter-suppression targets.

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MSNBC Shrill Is No Accident. It’s How Liberals Really Think.

The Daily Signal – It’s been more than 50 years since William F. Buckley first complained, “Though liberals do a great deal of talking about hearing other points of view, it sometimes shocks them to learn that there are other points of view.”

Since then, things have only gotten worse. At the dawn of the Obama era, for example, Mark Schmitt, former editor of The American Prospect, wrote that the “conservative power structure” is so “dangerous” because it operates “almost entirely on bad faith,” thriving on “protest, complaint, [and] fear.” Just before the recent midterm elections The Daily Beast’s Michael Tomasky called the GOP “as intellectually dishonest and bankrupt and just plain old willfully stupid as a political party can possibly be,” one whose only agenda “is to slash regulations and taxes and let energy companies and megabanks and multinational corporations do whatever it is they wish to do.”

In other words, it is impossible not only for any reasonable person to be conservative, but even to take such idiotic, malignant ideas seriously. And neither Schmitt nor Tomasky is a particularly shrill partisan, compared to the polemicists at Salon.com, MSNBC or the New York Times editorial page. With such allies, it’s no wonder that Barack Obama’s wish for a new political unity that would transcend and heal the divisions between red states and blue states has come to nothing.

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Appeals Court Finds Gun Ban for Committed Man Unconstitutional

411554046_1-300x199WSJ Law Blog – In the first legal ruling of its type, a federal appeals court in Cincinnati on Thursday deemed unconstitutional a federal law that kept a Michigan man who was briefly committed to a mental institution decades ago from owning a gun.

A three-judge panel of the Sixth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals unanimously ruled that the federal ban on gun ownership for anyone who has been “adjudicated as a mental defective or who has been committed to a mental institution” violated the Second Amendment rights of Clifford Charles Tyler, a 73-year-old Hillsdale County man.

“The government’s interest in keeping firearms out of the hands of the mentally ill is not sufficiently related to depriving the mentally healthy, who had a distant episode of commitment, of their constitutional rights,” wrote Judge Danny Boggs, an appointee of President Reagan, for the panel.

Luke McCarthy, Mr. Tyler’s lawyer, called the ruling “a forceful decision to protect Second Amendment rights,” and said he hoped it had “a significant impact on the jurisprudence in the area of gun-rights.”

A request for comment to the Justice Department was not immediately returned.

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In Minnesota, conservatives and progressives score victory over abusive forfeiture laws

I want you money etcWatchDog.org – In 2007, police officers working on an anti-gang strike force in the Twin Cities’ metro area pulled over a man driving a motorcycle, allegedly because he was speeding.

A subsequent search turned up a small amount of marijuana and $1,306 in cash. The police seized the drugs, the money and the man’s motorcycle, but no charges were filed and the man was never even arrested. The man was never alleged to have gang ties.
SEIZED: Police are allowed to seize property, including cash, that they believe may have been purchased with drug money or is illegal for other reasons. In Minnesota, they will have to get a criminal conviction first.

SEIZED: Police are allowed to seize property, including cash, that they believe may have been purchased with drug money or is illegal for other reasons. In Minnesota, they will have to get a criminal conviction first.

Around the same time, officers from the same anti-gang strike force stopped a car for alleged “suspicious activity,” and seized $2,400 in cash. No drugs were found, and no charges were ever filed against the people in the car.

Those brash, strong-arm tactics of the Metro Gang Strike Force eventually caught up with the officers, who were using Minnesota’s civil asset forfeiture laws to seize property – including cars, boats, RVs, jewelry, televisions, computer equipment and cash – from suspects, often without charging the individuals with a crime, and frequently in cases where there was insufficient evidence to get a conviction.

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BOOK REVIEW: Hughes Exposes the Truth About Environmental Scares

bookHeartland.org – Review of POPULAR DECEPTIONS :What they haven’t told us and how much it’s going to cost

Reviewed by Jay Lehr

Popular Deceptions: What they haven’t told us and how much it’s going to cost By Randall L. Hughes; CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, April 10, 2014, 278 pages; ISBN-10: 1497388635, ISBN-13: 978-1497388635: $12.75 on Amazon

For thirty years, energy engineer Randall Hughes has been frustrated by widespread misinformation on the subject of energy, chemical use, and other targets of environmentalists’ wrath. His frustration has resulted in a book that tackles major public deceptions, written for a layman. It can be enjoyed by anyone with a desire to forego technical jargon and get to the bottom of these issues.

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Obama seeks to prolong power

Barack-ObamaThe Hill – The last month has provided a glimpse of how President Obama plans to maintain his relevance in Washington while facing lame-duck status and a Republican House and Senate.

Wednesday’s surprise announcement that the U.S. was seeking to normalize relations with Cuba was the latest example of a new, muscular approach on executive action that has highlighted how Obama can enact change without Congress, while enlivening a dispirited liberal base.

It followed Obama’s quiet signing of a $1.1 trillion spending package negotiated with Republican congressional leaders that angered liberals — and that provoked a rare rift with House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.).

To get the government-funding bill past the finish line, Obama sent his White House chief of staff to Capitol Hill to calm restive Democrats, and made last minute calls to allies such as Rep. James Clyburn (D-S.C.), the third-ranking Democratic leader in the House, to secure its passage.

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Obama Hides Executive Abuses by Calling Decrees “Memoranda”

obama 4The New American – Despite promising repeatedly on the campaign trail to rein in George W. Bush’s executive-branch usurpations of power, Obama has been spewing a particular type of unconstitutional decree at a rate unprecedented in U.S. history. While the Obama administration has indeed unleashed a full-throated attack on the Constitution using “executive orders,” even more of his decrees have come in the form of so-called “presidential memoranda” — an almost identical type of executive action that he has used more than any previous U.S. president, according to a review published this week by USA Today.

Since taking office, Obama has issues 198 decrees via memoranda — that is 33 percent more than Bush, the runner up for the record, issued in eight years — along with 195 executive orders. Among other policy areas, Obama’s memoranda edicts have been used to set policy on gun control, immigration, labor, and much more. Just this week, Obama issued another memoranda decree purporting to declare Bristol Bay in Alaska off limits to oil and gas exploration — locking up vast quantities of American wealth and resources using his now-infamous and brazenly unconstitutional “pen and phone.”

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Federal judge: Obama immigration actions ‘unconstitutional’

obama 1Fox News -Judge rules Obama immigration actions ‘unconstitutional’

A federal judge has found parts of President Obama’s immigration executive actions unconstitutional, in an opinion delivered as part of a separate immigration case not directly tied to the policy changes.

The opinion filed Tuesday by U.S. District Court Judge Arthur Schwab, in Pennsylvania, still marks the first court opinion to tackle Obama’s immigration announcement. He said Obama’s immigration actions are invalid and effectively count as “legislation” from the Executive Branch.

“President Obama’s unilateral legislative action violates the separation of powers provided for in the United States Constitution as well as the Take Care Clause, and therefore, is unconstitutional,” the judge wrote.

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Utah Demands Feds Surrender Lands by Dec. 31

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The New American – With the federal government engaged in a de facto unconstitutional occupation of some two thirds of Utah’s territory, citizens of the state and their elected representatives have had just about enough. So, on December 31, the State of Utah is formally demanding that Washington, D.C., relinquish control over more than 30 million acres of valuable land currently controlled by various federal bureaucracies.

While apparatchiks for an all-powerful U.S. government and far-left activists are fuming over the plan, Utah lawmakers, citizens, and experts say the time has come for the state to manage — and profit from — its own resources. Constitutionally speaking, experts say the lands should have gone to state control generations ago, as the federal government promised when Utah became a state.

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House Conservatives Have the Power and Should Depose Speaker John Boehner

o b laughingRedState – The “cromnibus” bill is soon to become law. The majority of House and Senate Republicans conspired with President Obama to fund his executive amnesty. Where do conservatives go from here?

Yes, we need to pick up the flag and force Republicans in February to actually fight as they are now promising when funding for the Department of Homeland Security expires, but there is an even more important intervening event that must draw our undivided attention.

The vote on whether Rep. John Boehner (R-OH)N/A will be Speaker will occur in January, and 30 conservative House members can deny him re-election. It will be an actual public vote—not a behind-the-scenes, paper ballot vote. Although many would have you believe otherwise, Boehner has not yet been elected Speaker for the new term. House Republicans elected him as their nominee for Speaker in November, but the full House of Representatives needs to vote on his nomination in January.

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NIH Has Spent $100.2 Million on Mindfulness Meditation

nihThe Washington Free Beacon – “The advantage of this is that it actually doesn’t cost anything,” said Karen May, a vice president at Google, explaining how her company offers “mindfulness” classes to its employees.

Mindfulness is a New Age kind of meditation that focuses on the present moment “non-judgmentally,” tracing its origins to Buddhism. The growing phenomenon was the subject of a 60 Minutes segment on Sunday, for which May and other fans of the practice were interviewed.

“We’re just asking you to sit and know that you’re sitting,” explained Jon Kabat-Zinn, the founder of mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) and author of the book Wherever You Go, There You Are. “When you’re in the shower next time check and see if you’re in the shower,” he advised viewers.

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U.S. and Cuba Swap Prisoners; Obama Ends Isolation Policy

cuba1President Obama unveiled the most dramatic change in U.S. policy toward Cuba since the 1961 embargo.

The Daily Signal – The Cuban government today freed American contractor Alan Gross after five years of captivity, in a negotiated agreement that signals an overhaul in U.S. policy toward the island.

Gross, 65, boarded a U.S. government plane with his wife, Judy, and three members of Congress and arrived at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland just before noon.

Gross’ release was accompanied by a separate spy swap. CNN reported, “The three Cubans released as a part of the deal belonged the so-called Cuban Five, a quintet of Cuban intelligence officers convicted in 2001 for espionage.”

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Click here to read: Obama Does Not Have the Authority to Lift Embargo on Cuba.

Fremont: Lifting the embargo with Cuba is long past due. I have never agreed with it. We must remember that we do business and travel to many other communist countries. Many which have moved closer to the right from the left.

Palin Drops Bomb: “I Was Banned From Telling The Truth On Obama”

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Qpolitical.com – We have always been a huge fan of Sarah Palin. Surprisingly enough we actually enjoyed her far more after the elections than before.

While the desire for her to win was ever-present, after she lost the elections alongside Mitt Romney, a whole new world opened up for her. She was brought onto numerous talk shows and political/news interviews that did nothing but cause mounds of controversy. Interestingly enough, we are all starting to see now why that is…

In this clip, Fox News goes all in with Palin regarding some of the coverups in the past couple of years, the bombshell she drops might get her in some heat, but we love it!

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Congressman Meadows Named Oversight Subcommittee Chairman

mark meadows and tom gravesOn Tuesday, Congressman Mark Meadows (R-NC) was appointed Chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Subcommittee on Government Operations.

The Government Operations Subcommittee will have oversight jurisdiction over critical issues during the final two years of the Obama Presidency, including the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), the Department of Labor and public sector unions, and the Executive Office of the President. The subcommittee will also have primary jurisdiction over the majority of legislation moving through the Committee.

Rep. Meadows will serve under newly named House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-UT).

“I’m honored to serve in this new capacity and am committed to fighting for the answers that all Americans deserve,” Rep. Meadows said.

“The current Administration is among the least transparent in history and has stonewalled Congress at every turn. I look forward to working with Chairman Chaffetz and my colleagues on the Committee to end this Administration’s legacy of secretiveness,” Meadows added.

“Congressman Meadows has been a valued Member of the Oversight Committee. He understands the value of vigorous oversight and the importance of making sure the government runs effectively and efficiently. I look forward to working with him in his new role,” Chairman Jason Chaffetz said.

Gruber Reflects the Undemocratic Left

The Daily Signal – Key Obamacare architect Jonathan Gruber has been under a hot spotlight recently for disparaging comments he made about his fellow citizens.

In a series of videos taken at various conferences and lectures between 2010 and 2013, Gruber claimed that the effects of Obamacare had to be hidden from Americans because of “the stupidity of the American voter.” The Massachusetts Institute of Technology professor said that “lack of transparency is a huge political advantage” in writing such legislation and likened its critics to “my adolescent children.”

Gruber was echoing a common sentiment among the American Left: You are too stupid to run your own life.

Adding, well, injury to the insult, it’s been discovered that Gruber received almost $6 million in taxpayer dollars for his various services in designing and consulting on Obamacare.

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Eureka! Tea partiers know science

clipart-illustration-orange-man-graduate-or-student-with-bookPolitico – A finding in a study on the relationship between science literacy and political ideology surprised the Yale professor behind it: Tea party members know more science than non-tea partiers.

Yale law professor Dan Kahan posted on his blog this week that he analyzed the responses of more than 2,000 American adults recruited for another study and found that, on average, people who leaned liberal were more science literate than those who leaned conservative.

However, those who identified as part of the tea party movement were actually better versed in science than those who didn’t, Kahan found. The findings met the conventional threshold of statistical significance, the professor said.

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