It Took 9 Years For a Special Flag Sold for $5 at a Flea Market To Make Its Way Home to a Marine Mom

It Took 9 Years For a Special Flag Sold for $5 at a Flea Market To Make Its Way Home to a Marine Mom

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A Texas couple made a remarkable find during a recent visit to a flea market. Lanie Mae and Wally Brown were looking through a stack of used flags, when one of them caught their eye. As reported by Yahoo News:

“I was shocked to see dedications from Marines all over this flag to a lance corporal named ‘Fred,’” Lanie Mae writes in a Facebook message.

 

“While scouring the many heartfelt messages to this young man, simultaneously we saw ‘RIP Fred’ and again, simultaneously we said, ‘we have to get this flag to his mama.’”

The shop owner usually gets up to $30 per used flag, but sold this flag to the Browns for $5 since it had writing all over it.

Lanie Mae Brown did some research online, and learned that ‘Fred’ was Fred Maciel, who was killed on January 26, 2005, in a helicopter crash in Fallujah. Then she tracked Fred’s mother down through Facebook.

His mother, Patsy Maciel, received the burial flag that draped his casket nine years ago. But it wasn’t until the Browns tracked her down…that she learned a second flag existed.

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The tribute flag bears the final expressions from Marines in his unit.

Patsy Maciel responded to the Browns reaching out to her about the flag:

“It sounds crazy, but that is a piece of my son coming back to me and I love them for that. I don’t have my son, but at least I have this.”

The Browns will be meeting with Patsy Maciel to give her the flag bearing her son’s name, so she can take this proud tribute to his sacrifice home.

Fox News Host Offers Some Sassy Advice to Obama: ‘Stick To Beer Summits And Birth Control’

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During a week in which the President found the time for whirlwind fundraisers at the homes of 1-percenters but not to deal with Hamas, plane crashes, or immigration, on Friday’s “The Five” Andrea Tantaros had a not-so-serious suggestion for the Commander-in-Chief.

According to The Daily Caller, here’s what she said, after co-host Greg Gutfeld finished excoriating the President:

Tantaros agreed that presidential weakness has led to chaos in Israel and, particularly, Russian President Vladimir Putin’s aggression in Ukraine and around the world, she’d rather Obama just stay out of it or risk making it worse.

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“I think Obama needs to stick to beer summits, birth control, press conferences,” she said. “I think he needs to do golf, pool. He needs to pay no attention to foreign policy and absolutely stay away.”

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“Help Michelle plan a junket,” Tantaros suggested seriously. “Refocus. Fundraise. Do whatever he wants to do. I don’t want him drawing a red line that he’s not willing to enforce — with a man like Putin, Assad, or anybody else — and have us stumbling into another war.”

With comedians using the lack of presidential leadership and Obama’s obvious affinity for fundraisers as a punchline, Tantaros makes a great point- sometimes, it is better to say nothing than to draw red lines you can’t or won’t back up.

4-Year-Old Boy Gets Banned From Doughnut Shop For Asking Innocent But Funny Question

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A four-year-old boy’s innocent curiosity so offended a doughnut shop owner that the boy has now been banned from the business.

When Justin Otero and his mother Rebecca Denham were standing in line at the Doughnut Inn, he saw a woman whom he thought might be pregnant. So, the boy asked her if she had “a baby in her belly.” The woman, who it turns out wasn’t pregnant, chose not to take public offense at Justin’s question.

However, the following day when the family returned to the shop, the shopkeeper did something completely unexpected. From Eyewitness News 3:

When Denham and her son walked in the shop Tuesday morning, they were allegedly told to leave.

“She said, ‘he’s not allowed in here,’ and I looked around, and said, ‘him?’ and she said ‘yeah, he’s rude’,” Denham said

It appears the business owner is not acknowledging the simple fact that a four-year-old boy likes to ask questions. Clearly, Justin wasn’t being rude, he was just being a four-year-old. Since the incident, Denham has said she will buy donuts elsewhere.

On a personal note: When I was four and my mom took me out in public, I used to ask people how much they weigh. And I never got banned from a business for my childhood curiosity.

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Taylor Swift’s Caring Response To A Young Fan’s Heartbreak Is Wise Beyond Her Years

One life experience that is nearly universal is feeling the pain of unrequited love. The pain is especially intense during the teenage years and provides material for many pop songs.

Instagram user Hannah found herself in the thick of such a relationship and took to social media to ask for advice from Taylor Swift, a pop star who is known for her songs on the subject.

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From MTV News:

Hannah’s comment read: “There’s a guy Taylor, a guy who’s sweet and charming and makes me laugh. A guy who said sorry for eating in front of me after finding out I had to skip breakfast. A guy who grew up across the street from me. A guy who plays guitar like me. A guy who was my first best friend. A guy who I met when I was seven and he was nine. A guy who this one time, when we were younger, said that I was ‘like’ his girlfriend because I was a girl and his friend. I wish. A guy who I have the biggest crush in the whole wide world on, and he’ll never like me back. (And he has a girlfriend who he adores and she’s pretty and has an amazing figure and is actually nice to me). A guy who will never like me back. @taylorswift can you give me some advice maybe. I love you. Hannah ❤️”

Celebrities must get tagged thousands of times a day on Twitter or Instagram, and most don’t reach back out to their fans. But Taylor Swift did, in the wise and compassionate way an older sister might.

“Hannah. Eyes, eyes, eyes. Woah. You have the prettiest, widest, most child like eyes. (Composes herself),” Swift wrote, then continued on. “Okay. About this guy. I think we grow up thinking the only love that counts as true love is the kind that lasts forever or is fully realized. When you have a broken heart, the first thing a stranger will ask is ‘how long were you two together?’

As if your pain can be determined by how long you were with someone. Or if you were with them at all. I don’t think that’s how it works. I think unrequited love is just as valid as any other kind. It’s just as crushing and just as thrilling. No matter what happens in this situation, I want you to remember that what you are doing is selfless and beautiful and kind.

You are loving someone purely because you love them, not because you think you’ll ever have your affections reciprocated. You are admiring something for its beauty, without needing to own it. Feel good about being the kind of person who loves selflessly. I think someday you’ll find someone who loves you in that exact same way.”

What beautiful advice for a person of any age. At a time when many celebrities are rightfully accused of being self-absorbed and shallow, it’s remarkable that Taylor took the time to reach out and console a young fan.

Rand Paul Goes on Hannity to Defend Foreign Policy Views on Israel and Ukraine

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Senator Rand Paul (R-Kentucky) appeared on “Hannity,” and guest host Eric Bolling asked him about the war in Gaza between Israel and the Palestinians, and about Russia’s aggression towards Ukraine. For a man who has been accused of being an “isolationist,” Rand Paul sounded very critical of the lack of global leadership demonstrated by President Obama.

Paul accused Obama of undermining Israel’s defense and spoke of his admiration of the Israeli Iron Dome missile defense system. Paul also blasted the Obama administration for its poor relationship with European leaders, especially German Chancellor Angela Merkel. Paul said it made it harder to get Europe on board with tougher sanctions against Russia.

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What This Police Chief Did To A Tea Party Leader Is As Childish As It Is Illegal

The feud between Campbell, Wisconsin, Police Chief Tim Kelemen and local Tea Party Leader Greg Luce began last fall, when Luce started organizing protests against Barack Obama on an interstate overpass.

Kelemen objected to the protests, claiming they disrupted traffic. So, he did what any responsible police chief would do: he persuaded the town board to pass an ordinance banning signs on the bridge.

Oh, and he also signed Luce up on homosexual dating, pornography and federal healthcare websites.

Via Police One:

Kelemen told investigators Luce urged tea party supporters across the U.S. to bombard his department with harassing phone calls and threats in retaliation for the ordinance.

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Kelemen told investigators he tried to get back at Luce this winter by using his name, address, phone number and email address to create accounts for Luce on homosexual dating, pornography and federal health care websites.

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He told investigators “he didn’t think what he was doing was a big deal.”

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Luce has filed a lawsuit in federal court, claiming the ordinance violates his freedom of speech rights, as well as filing charges against Kelemen for stealing his identity. Barney The chief has been placed on paid leave.

Barney Fife ain’t got nothin’ on this guy.

Tim McGraw Surprises Girl With Down Syndrome by Melting Her Heart Before Giving Her Incredible Gift

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When Sarah Fodor attended a concert, the last thing she thought was going to happen was that she would meet the musician she already loved so much.  But a moving gesture from country music superstar Tim McGraw to this girl with down syndrome has been moving people nationwide.

After a concert attendee proposed the idea of putting Fodor onstage with McGraw, Fodor probably thought it was just a fantasy. But it was wonderfully unexpected when McGraw invited her onstage. Then, the entire place was stirred when McGraw serenaded Fodor by singing “You Are So Beautiful.”

No doubt this memory will last a lifetime for many, and now she has an autographed guitar to remember it by. Way to go, McGraw!

We Knew It (Continued): Obamacare Architect Admits Public Option Was the Pathway to Single Payer

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Video surfaced this week of Jonathan Gruber, the Obamacare “architect,” stating that state exchanges were the only ones set up from the beginning to offer tax credits for their participants, undermining the administration’s position on legal challenges to Obamacare.

But that portion of Gruber’s 2012 speech didn’t contain the only admission that Obamacare supporters probably wish had been kept quiet. Turns out the public option was just a sneaky way to move the U.S. healthcare system to a single-payer model.

Here’s what Gruber also said in his speech to Noblis, as reported at Breitbart:

 “So I like the public option. The public option is actually the brainchild of another academic, a guy named Jacob Hacker who’s at Yale. And the public option, basically it was a clever idea. He said look, the left wants single-payer, the right wants competition–how about we have competition where the option is single-payer. It’s kind of a clever way to call both sides bluff. Basically, since it was such a good idea that’s why both sides didn’t like it. Okay, the right didn’t like it because they were afraid that the left was right and the single-payer would work.

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The left didn’t like it because they were afraid that the single-payer didn’t have enough teeth to really work. And basically, the public option, to be honest, was never going to happen. The public option was really something that was in there. It was a good idea as a debating point but it just was too radical. Remember, the reason this reform passed, as barely as it did, is because it was not trying to rip up things and start over. It was trying to work incrementally off the existing system. The public option was viewed as too radical.”

Gruber believes that at the time the system he preferred, public option, was viewed as too radical. But the “reformers” were patient enough to pass a good-enough law for now, before going for their true goal when the time is right.

If the court challenges to Obamacare are upheld and the exchange system fails, you can bet the Democrats will attempt to use that as a reason for creating a true single-payer system.

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Hillary’s Claim in A New Interview Confirms Obama Lied to the American People in the 2012 Debates

In a recent Hillary Clinton interview on CNN, she posited that she had warned the Obama administration over and over about the threat from Russia and Putin.

This, of course, is to deflect criticism for her “Russian Reset” policy that’s been so widely ridiculed after Putin showed his goals to be just as nefarious as conservatives suggested in 2012.

From CNN:

…I was among the most skeptical of Putin during the time that I was there, in part because I thought he had never given up on his vision of bringing Mother Russia back to the forefront. Not by looking at what Russia could do to be a modern nation, but by looking to the past, and especially trying to control their borders from Central Asia to the Baltics.

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So when he announced in the fall of 2011 that he would be changing positions with Medvedev, I knew that he would be more difficult to deal with. He had been always the power behind Medvedev, but he had given Medvedev a lot of independence to do exactly what you said and make the reset a success.

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…Putin attacked me personally because he is very worried about any kind of internal dissent. He wanted to clamp down on any opposition within Russia and he wanted to provide more influence and even intimidation on his borders.

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And I certainly made my views known in meetings, as well as in memos to the president. I think that what may have happened is that both the United States and Europe were really hoping for the best from Putin as a returned president. And I think we’ve been quickly, unfortunately, disabused of those hopes.

Is Hillary trying to throw Obama under the bus in order to save her own ailing campaign for 2016? When Obama mocked and ridiculed Mitt Romney for saying that Russia was our number one geopolitical foe, he would have been dismissing his own Secretary of State.

Either Hillary is lying now to save herself from an obvious failure to “reset relations” with the Russians, or Obama was lying back then to the American people that Russia was not a threat.

If we had a competent, objective press, they would demand an answer from Obama about this. But we don’t, and they won’t, because they typically only pressure politicians if they’re on the right.

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If You Think That a Woman (or Man) Owes You Sex, You Might Want to Take a Look at This Chart

Just in case you thought it was okay to ever physically take advantage of someone for sex – whether it’s date rape, statutory rape, or what Whoopi Goldberg once referred to as “rape-rape” – it’s not. It’s never okay, and no one of any single ideological persuasion thinks that it is.

This chart put together by former Policy Mic and current Washington Post writer Raquel Reichard sums it up well: No matter what your decision-making process, it all leads back to one place – “A woman doesn’t owe you anything.”

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As for whether or not that same logic extends to things other than sex, that’s up to the reader to decide…

MSNBC: You’re Like 1960s Racists Who Hate Black Schoolkids If You Think Illegals Should Be Deported

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One of the more celebrated MSNBC hosts says that those who want to deport immigrants in America illegally are just as bad as the racists in the 1960s who tried to keep their schools segregated from black children.

Now there are all sorts of problems with this analogy, but at the very least, even an MSNBC host who goes on air with tampons as earrings should know the difference between an illegal immigrant and a legal citizen. Those who discriminated purely on the basis of race can’t be compared to many of us who object to our country becoming the dumping grounds for the consequences of bad governance in other nations.

She probably does know the difference, but there’s too much politically at stake to be intellectually honest on this point.

This Woman Literally Put Her 88-Year-Old Grandma’s Burdens On Her Back & Carries Them With Grace

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Twenty-four-year-old Huang Lihua of China is setting a role model example of how we can show gratitude to our grandparents. When Lihua was a child, her parents had to move into the city to find work. So Lihua moved in with her grandmother Wan Zangsiu in the countryside.

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Lihua never forgot her grandmother’s kindness and she now takes care of her. Lihua said she remembers the time with 88-year-old Zangsiu as the happiest in her life. In addition, Lihua doesn’t just take care of her grandmother at home, she brings her to work with her daily.

During those times when Zangsiu is too exhausted, Lihua carries her on her back to the restaurant she owns. The journey is about a mile.

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Here, Lihua helps Zangsiu get the nutrition she needs.

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And despite being nearly ninety, her grandmother still helps Lihua with her business.

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Lihua explained why she does what she does:

“I have everything I want in my life now – a boyfriend who I love very much and a business that is doing well.”

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‘Therefore it was natural to me that I should think of my grandmother who gave me so much and started me off so well in life.”

What a beautiful and meaningful way to recognize the sacrifices that our elders make for us. Young people should think about Lihua’s story next time they have the chance to do something nice for their grandparents.

State Department Does What Should Have Been Done at Benghazi as Fighting Surrounds Libyan Embassy

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The U.S. Embassy in Tripoli, Libya, has been temporarily shut down and the diplomats evacuated when fighting between rival militias intensified near the embassy.

Secretary of State John Kerry said in a statement that the embassy would be “temporarily” shut down – not closed permanently – due to “free-wheeling militia violence.” Yep, “free-wheeling militia.” Apparently, that’s a euphemism for terrorists with AK-47s.

The diplomats were safely relocated to Tunisia, where they will continue working on Libya issues and will return to Tripoli as soon as the State Department determines the facilities are secure. The AP reported:

The Pentagon said in statement that F-16 fighter jets and other U.S. aircraft provided security. “The mission was conducted without incident, and the entire operation lasted approximately five hours,” the statement said.

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“Securing our facilities and ensuring the safety of our personnel are top department priorities, and we did not make this decision lightly,” [State Department spokeswoman Marie] Harf said. “Security has to come first. Regrettably, we had to take this step because the location of our embassy is in very close proximity to intense fighting and ongoing violence between armed Libyan factions.”

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The evacuation was accompanied by the release of a new State Department travel warning for Libya urging Americans not to go to the country and recommending that those already there leave immediately. “The Libyan government has not been able to adequately build its military and police forces and improve security,” it said. “Many military-grade weapons remain in the hands of private individuals, including antiaircraft weapons that may be used against civilian aviation.”

It’s too late for the four who were killed when the State Department failed to provide adequate security in Benghazi, but perhaps a lesson has been learned since these diplomats were able to get out safely.

This Patriotic Film Would Be Shown in All the Schools in His State if Florida Senator Gets His Way

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Florida Senator Alan Hays is about to propose a bill that would require all schools in his state to show conservative filmmaker Dinesh D’Souza’s movie - America. However, the film will not be mandatory for students whose parents don’t want them watching it.

From the Hollywood Reporter:

The plan is sure to draw fire from liberals not only because D’Souza is a prominent conservative but because he is also behind the movie, 2016: Obama’s America, which is a profoundly negative take on Democratic U.S. president Barack Obama.

 

Hays said the purpose of his proposal is to introduce more balance into Florida schools.

D’Souza’s film America focuses on teaching the history of the United States from a patriotic perspective. In addition, the film highlights America as one of the greatest ideas throughout the history of civilization.

Senator Hays said of his efforts:

“The most dreaded disease in America today is political correctness. We need to inform our students of our whole history, and teach them how to think, not what to think,” 

Whether Hays’s bill ends up passing is up for debate. But in a public education system run nearly exclusively by the Democrat Party, it would be refreshing to know students were being taught a different point of view. It appears Senator Hays just wants to even the playing the field by mandating America to be shown in schools.

We can only hope lawmakers keep an open mind when the bill is ready to go through Florida’s legislature. Because as Abraham Lincoln said of education, “Upon the subject of education, not presuming to dictate any plan or system respecting it, I can only say that I view it as the most important subject which we as a people can be engaged in.”

What Two Grieving Parents Find in Their Daughter’s Makeup Bag Shows the World a Way to Celebrate Her Life

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After their 21-year-old daughter Kristina was killed in a tragic accident last September, Sandra and David Chesterman were beyond distraught. Searching through her apartment, they found something unusual for a young woman to have in her makeup bag: a bucket list.

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Image via CBS News.

Kristina, an aspiring nurse, had been riding her bike near her home in Chico, California, on September 22, 2013, when her life was tragically snuffed out by an alleged drunk driver. Below is a memorial to her spirit.

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Image via CBS News.

The 19-year-old alleged drunk driver Riley Hoover is set to stand trial and could face 14 years in prison for “hit-and-run, DUI, and gross vehicular manslaughter.” This is the scene of the wreck where her life was taken.

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Image via The Daily Mail.

Her joyful enthusiasm for life was obvious in her smile.

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Image via The Blaze.

She was an adventurous type, as can be seen in this picture of her kayaking.

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Image via Daily Mail.

She had grown up from a little girl into someone with a vibrant and caring personality.

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Image via Daily Mail.

Her memory has inspired many around the world, “thousands” according to CBS News, who started checking off items on Kristina’s bucket list.

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Image via CBS News.

Some of the items on Kristina’s list:

  • Manage or own my own business
  • Get married
  • Have kids
  • Learn to fly a plane
  • Go to 4/7 Wonders of the the World
  • Fly first class on a plane
  • Visit the 50 states
  • Ride in a hot air balloon
  • Go parachuting
  • Go skydiving
  • Ride a camel
  • Travel to all the continents
  • Be remembered as the “smiley girl”
  • Break up a fight btwn [sic] 2 guys over me
  • Run through a poppy field
  • Tour Niagara Falls
  • Go to the Smithsonian
  • Drive Rt. 66

 

Kristina was as selfless and concerned for others in death as she was in life. After she was killed by a man who was charged with a DUI, her organ donations helped a little boy (left) and Sakariah Pappachan – a friend of the Chestermans.

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Image via Daily Mail.

Inspiringly, her heart literally went out to 64-year-old Susan Vieira. Below is Kristina’s mother Sandra talking with Vieira, with whom she said she felt “an instant connection.”

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Image via Daily Mail.

Susan Vieira has vowed to do as many things on Kristina’s bucket list as she can, while the 21-year-old’s heart still beats in her chest.

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Image from “Remembering Kristina Chesterman” Facebook page via Buzzfeed.

It is touching to see how Kristina has helped others be alive today despite her tragic loss, and inspire thousands more to live their lives to the fullest – simply by writing her dreams down onto a list.

Dem Rep. to Colleagues: ‘You Don’t Have a Right to Know Everything’ Going on in Government

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It appears that Democrat Eleanor Holmes Norton, the non-voting Congressional delegate for Washington, D.C., has a “slightly” different understanding of the separation of powers than do most of us.

Speaking during a Congressional hearing Friday on the White House decision to ignore a House subpoena of David Simas, Obama’s director of the Office of Political Strategy and Outreach, Norton admonished her Republican colleagues with the following statement:

“You don’t have a right to know everything in a separation-of-powers government, my friend.

 

That is the difference between a parliamentary government and a separation-of-powers government.”

Aside from the fact that this administration promised to be (and claims that it is) the “most transparent administration in history,” Norton is telling the Congressional Oversight Committee – whose very charge is overseeing the Executive Branch of the Federal Government – that it doesn’t have a right to do so.

At question is whether Simas violated the Hatch Act, which prohibits Executive Branch employees (except for the president, vice president and certain designated high-level officials) from engaging in partisan political activity. 

Whether or not Simas did in fact violate the Act (a federal watchdog said Friday that he did not), the idea that Congress doesn’t have the right to investigate the Executive Branch – based on its reasons versus those of a White House that says it doesn’t - is a troubling idea indeed.

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Clinton Spokesman’s Astonishing Demand: Books Critical of Bill & Hillary Should Not Be ‘Allowed’

Next month, The First Family Detail by Ronald Kessler – the third of three recent books critical of the Clintons – will hit the nation’s book stores. Needless to say, the Clintons and their supporters are not happy.

How unhappy are they, you ask? Unhappy enough to suggest that the books and their authors should be banned and ignored by the media.

While the Clintonistas (including those in the liberal media) have been critical of the previous two books – Clinton, Inc. by Daniel Halper and Blood Feud: The Clintons vs. The Obamas by Edward Klein – this is the first time Team Hillary has called for authors and books to be banned from media coverage.

Clinton spokesman Nick Merrill made the astonishing suggestion in an interview with Washington Examiner:

With Klein, Halper and Kessler, we now have a Hat Trick of despicable actors concocting trashy nonsense.

 

Their behavior should neither be allowed nor enabled, and legitimate media outlets who know with every fiber of their beings that it is completely made up should not get down in the gutter with them.”

So according to Merrill, if we don’t like the content of a book, it should not be “allowed.” And the media should institute a blackout of said book. This is America, Mr. Merrill; sorry, it doesn’t work that way.

Synopses of the books by Amazon:

The First Family Detail: Secret Services Agents Reveal the Lives of the Presidents – by Ronald Kessler

“…far bigger and more consequential stories that will make headlines about our nation’s leaders and the agency sworn to protect them. In particular, he focuses on first ladies … and their relationships with the presidents.”

Clinton, Inc.: The Audacious Rebuilding of a Political Machine – by Daniel Halper

“In the twelve years since the Clintons left the White House, they have gone from being virtually penniless to multi-millionaires, and are arguably the most popular politicians in America … but behind that rise is a never-before-told story of strategic cleverness, reckless gambles, and an unquenchable thirst for political power.”

Blood Feud: The Clintons vs. the Obamas – by Edward Klein 

“…delves into the rocky relationship between the Obamas and the Clintons … reveals just how deep the rivalry between the Obamas and the Clintons runs … a stunning exposé of the animosity, jealousy, and competition between America’s two most powerful political couples.”

Needless to say, this is not the kind of publicity Hillary wants as a lead-up to 2016. But saying these books should not be allowed and that the media should ignore them raises the question: What are the Clintons and their media acolytes trying to hide?

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NASA Says We Barely Avoided a Disaster That Would Have Knocked Us Into the 18th Century, And It Might Still Happen

Science-people at NASA have reported that the Earth narrowly escaped a solar storm that would have, in their words, knocked “modern civilization back to the 18th century.” And there’s a pretty sizable chance it will repeat and hit us in the next decade.

From the Raw Story:

The extreme space weather that tore through Earth’s orbit on July 23, 2012, was the most powerful in 150 years, according to a statement posted on the US space agency website Wednesday.

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“If the eruption had occurred only one week earlier, Earth would have been in the line of fire,” said Daniel Baker, professor of atmospheric and space physics at the University of Colorado.

Now imagine the infrastructure spending needed to recover from such a solar crisis. Some guys with fancy shmancy degrees did…

The National Academy of Sciences has said the economic impact of a storm like the one in 1859 could cost the modern economy more than two trillion dollars and cause damage that might take years to repair.

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Experts say solar storms can cause widespread power blackouts, disabling everything from radio to GPS communications to water supplies — most of which rely on electric pumps.

By comparison, the terrible terrorist attack on 9/11 cost $178 billion, according to an estimate of the toll on the economy and direct costs. And they calculated what the chance is that we won’t be as fortunate next time the sun flares up:

There is a 12 percent chance of a super solar storm the size of the Carrington event hitting Earth in the next 10 years, according to physicist Pete Riley, who published a paper in the journal Space Weather earlier this year on the topic.

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“Initially, I was quite surprised that the odds were so high, but the statistics appear to be correct,” said Riley.

Actually it just makes me want to drink more. Here I thought the sun was our friend, and now science tells me it’s trying to kill me and take away my iPhone. Thanks, science.

Ed.note: This article was edited after publication.

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If You’re a Minority, Cher Has a Warning For You And it Includes a Frownie Face

If you are ever in need of a really insane rant about politics, Cher’s Twitter account is your one-stop rant shop. Today’s bizarre visit to the nether regions of the pop singer’s cerebellum includes a warning for all of us minorities to steer clear of Rand Paul and his presidential run.

Please buckle your seat belts, take a deep breath, and don’t look directly into Cher’s eyes while I guide us all on this short trek into insanity:

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I think we  lost a few readers. I told you not to look directly at her.

Now, Rand Paul’s problems with the 1968 Civil Rights Act have to do with one of ten provisions that allows the federal government to infringe on business owners’ rights, and expands the role of the government.

Paul has stated over and over again that he’s very much against racism, and approves of nine of the ten provisions of the Civil Rights Act. But that kind of nuance is lost, if you get your politics from your favorite pop singer.

Nothing says insightful political analysis like a frownie face. =(

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When A Restaurant Burns Down, The Owner Makes A Huge Sacrifice To Show Staff How Special They Are

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In November 2013, Bruce Kroll’s business, a Culver’s restaurant, was ravaged by a fire. While some business owners might have encouraged their employees to start filling out job applications, Kroll took a different approach.

As the restaurant was being rebuilt, Kroll’s insurance covered enough to pay his workers for another 60 days. But when that ran out, Kroll did something that could definitely put him in the running for a “Best Boss Of The Year” award.

With no revenue coming from his decimated restaurant and Kroll wanting his employees to remain with the company, he made a personal sacrifice – by taking the payroll from his own pocket. Khon 2 News reports:

Kroll paid the remaining four months of paychecks, almost $144,00 out of his own pocket.

 

Kroll said he was able to continue to pay his 40 employees because he also owns a Culver’s in Dubuque, Iowa and he used the profits from that restaurant to help the Platteville employees. He said helping those 40 employees and keeping them in the Culver’s family was what mattered most.

The Culver’s restaurant is open once again. Kroll explained his reason for doing what he did, “To me not only was it the right thing to do, it made business sense to do it.”

Kroll made employees promise to do one thing while he was helping them out. He asked them to volunteer their time, and pay it forward in their community. And they did.

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Video: How A Green Group And A Local Government Tried To Force A Farmer Off Her Property

Martha Boneta is a farmer in Paris, Virginia which is in northern Virginia. She has a conservation easement on her property that in exchange for certain tax benefits from the state and Federal government, she agrees to abide by limits on development on her property.

The environmentalist organization Piedmont Environmental Council holds the easement for Boneta and inspects her property periodically for compliance and in fact such inspections are a normal part of the easement agreement.

If any violations are found, in most cases, the organization and the property owner try to resolve them by mutual agreement, however Boneta alleges that PEC used the inspection process as a way to harass her and force her off her property.

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From investigative reporter Kevin Mooney of The Daily Signal:

Robert Marmet knew he was supposed to inspect Martha Boneta’s farm, but he didn’t know exactly what for. He knew there were limits on what he could inspect, but he had no idea where they were.

 

So when Marmet, a senior energy policy analyst with the Piedmont Environmental Council, and his partner Mike Kane, a conservation officer with the group, turned up June 12 to inspect Boneta’s Liberty Farm in Paris, Va., they more or less inspected what they wanted to inspect.

 

They walked through the upstairs and downstairs portion of the barn that sits on the property. They inspected every room within—bathrooms, closets, storage rooms and offices. They looked over the farmer’s personal effects and even toured the basement area of the barn that housed some of the animals. They inspected “The Smithy,” an historical structure on the property that was once a blacksmith shop. They stood on chairs to peer into the loft area.

This video is illustrative of the confrontation between the PEC and Boneta:

Going through her private belongings wasn’t the only the PEC did in its alleged campaign of intimidation against Boneta. They’ve also filed lawsuits against her and allegedly a member of the Fauquier County Board of Supervisors, Peter Schwartz, who was also a former member of the PEC’s board of directors, pressured the country to strictly enforce zoning restrictions on her.

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In addition, a former IRS director sits on PEC’s board. Ms. Boneta has been under an IRS audit for her tax filings in 2010 and 2011. Even more disturbing, it appears that Schwartz knew about the IRS audit of Boneta before she was served her notice in July 2012.

Conservation easements can be sold and transferred to the government and other land trusts at a profit and are perpetual. If a property owner is in violation of easement, fines and other legal penalties can be assessed on the owner. If they pile up, they can very well force a owner off the property.

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All across the country, conservation easements have been used as a vehicle for land grabs by government agencies and green groups. The PEC, for its part, denies wrongdoing, but there are many questions that need to be answered such as the extent of the ties between Faquier County government and the PEC.

Whenever the government sets up authorities like the PEC that can be used to violate citizen’s rights, there is always the potential for corruption and abuse. That’s precisely what needs to be investigated in cases like Ms. Boneta’s.

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Multimillionaire Filmmaker Who Rails Against Capitalism Owns 9 More Homes Than America’s Homeless

Anti-capitalist filmmaker Michael Moore sees himself as a man of the people.

He’s going through a nasty divorce with his wife of 22 years, Kathy Glynn. It appears that the filmmaker, in his divorce filings, was trying to get his large hands on every penny and house he could at the expense of his wife.

Just what kind of money and assets did this “man of the people” and his wife share? $50 million dollars and 9 properties, including a lakefront mansion and a Manhattan condo that was once three apartments.

Moore is now trying to blame his wife for this opulent lifestyle. The Detroit News had some of the juicy details:

In legal pleadings, Moore blames his wife for the expansion of the 10,000-square-foot home on Torch Lake, which has a value of $2 million.

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He listed six media reports from 2011, which poked fun at the defender-of-the-poor for owning such a big house, as exhibits in the divorce case.

Because all of us “99 percenters” have lakefront mansions and Manhattan condos. Moore’s lakefront home on Torch Lake is actually large for even that wealthy region of Michigan according to his neighbors.

I’m not going to hold my breath and expect Moore to redistribute his assets to the poor, because it’s actually common for far-left loons to amass large fortunes while claiming to be “defenders of the poor.” The best example is Michael Moore’s buddy, the deceased and unlamented Venezuelan socialist dictator Hugo Chavez.

While there is nothing wrong with earning money, it is hypocritical to make films denouncing capitalism while living a luxurious lifestyle that is out of the reach of most of the people you pretend to care about. Not only is Moore content to live this lifestyle, he was trying to defend his assets from his wife, by claiming to have an income source that- again- most people couldn’t relate to:

“The assets aren’t complex,” read the filing. “Neither party has earned income, produced a movie or written a book in several years.”

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Moore’s last project was a 2011 memoir, “Here Comes Trouble: Stories from my Life.” Since then, the couple’s only income has been royalties and residuals, he said.

Not too many of us can afford to not work for three years and just live off the royalties and residuals of our films trashing capitalism. Again, good for Moore; he’s certainly talented – but he’s not exactly showing solidarity with the “99%.”

Instead of supporting the free market that gave Michael Moore this opportunity to live such an opulent lifestyle, he’s a socialist who supports a system that keeps people perpetually poor. In other words, he’s just another far-left hypocrite.

Flashback: Court’s Huge Blow to ACA Proven Right in 2012 Video Featuring ‘Brains Behind Obamacare’

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In separate court cases decided this week, the Obama administration’s position has been that there is no difference between the state and federal exchanges, and when the law says the subsidies go only to state exchanges it really means any exchange. Because, duh.

A federal appeals court didn’t buy such an argument, and struck a huge blow to Obamacare by rejecting that subsidies intended for state exchanges could also be used for the federal exchange (regardless of any “intentions“).

The Competitive Enterprise Institute reported this week that’s not been the administration’s point of view all along.

But in January 2012, Jonathan Gruber—an MIT economics professor whom the The New York Times has called “Mr. Mandate” for his pivotal role in helping the Obama administration and Congress draft the Affordable Care Act—told an audience at Noblis that:

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What’s important to remember politically about this is if you’re a state and you don’t set up an exchange, that means your citizens don’t get their tax credits—but your citizens still pay the taxes that support this bill. So you’re essentially saying [to] your citizens you’re going to pay all the taxes to help all the other states in the country.

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I hope that that’s a blatant enough political reality that states will get their act together and realize there are billions of dollars at stake here in setting up these exchanges. But, you know, once again the politics can get ugly around this.

Ah, so it was to be a dangling carrot type of thing, then? Create your exchange, states, and we will give your residents money. Obama and company envisioned that this would obviously be enough to get the states on board, and it wasn’t. They had no Plan B.

That’s the problem with many of the administration’s policies and red lines. When the people or countries on the opposite side of Obama’s self-authored drama don’t follow their part of the script, he doesn’t have a way to deal with it.

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Former Secret Service Agent Channels Clint Eastwood’s ‘Unforgiven’ as He Shreds ‘Sell-out’ Obama

Former Secret Service Agent Daniel Bongino is running for Congress in Maryland’s 6th Congressional District. Recently, Bongino channeled Clint Eastwood’s Unforgiven  exposing President Obama’s love of fundraising and how he makes American taxpayers pay for it.

Bognino wrote in a Facebook note:

To be sure, Obama is not the first president to spend time campaigning while in office. But he is currently on pace to be the all-time campaigner-in-chief, and his choice of timing – when America faces serious economic and national security challenges – could not be more ridiculous and dangerous.