Thirteen inmates from Texas had their sentences shortened Tuesday by President Barack Obama as part of 111 commutations handed down by the president.
All of the cases involved in the commutations involve people convicted of dealing drugs. …
Obama issued commutations for 214 federal inmates earlier this month. The newest batch brings the total to 325 commutations issued in August. That’s a total the White House describes as the most ever by a president in a single month.
During his eight years in office, Obama has issued commutations to 673 inmates.
Now it is up to people like Terry McAuliffe to get them voting.
On tips from Lyle.
Looks like solar power can be almost efficient after all — so long as you use natural gas to create it:
Consumers are getting burned by a taxpayer-subsidized solar power plant in California’s Mojave Desert.
An immensely wealthy consortium owns the plant. Government regulators approved a contract forcing consumers to pay four to five times the going rate for electricity produced by the plant.
Is that because the Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System produces politically sacred “green energy”? Not really; actually the plant also uses natural gas, since solar energy is inefficient, even in the desert. The real reason is that the owners are big enough to have pull in Washington:
Ivanpah has an impressive pedigree: It is owned by NRG Energy, BrightSource Energy, and Google Inc. BrightSource itself is owned by a consortium including Google, General Electric Corp., Chevron Corp., BP Alternative Energy, and Morgan Stanley.
Together, these companies command market capitalization in excess of $1 trillion. One would think that with such enormous capital and financial sophistication, Ivanpah’s owners could have undertaken this project without government support.
But then, maybe they spend their money buying government support. That’s how “capitalism” tends to work under governments that have metastasized out of control.
The owners of the Ivanpah solar power facility received a federal loan guarantee of $1.6 billion, a tax credit in excess of $500 million, and contracts to sell power at four to five times the market rate of electricity. All predicated on the production of solar power.
Ivanpah generates electricity by using steam to drive turbines. Solar energy concentrated with mirrors accomplishes this when the sun is shining, but deserts are dark and cool at night. So they keep the water steaming with something plentiful, cheap, and reliable — but politically incorrect: natural gas, which actually produces about 30% of the supposedly green energy.
Even falling back on gas, the plant is so inefficient that it survives only by bureaucratic favor. But at least California is on pace to meet its insane green energy mandates.
Why not just build a natural gas plant, saving customers and taxpayers mountains of money? Because the scam known as green energy is only 80% pure corruption. The other 20% is flakey enviromoonbattery, which largely keeps the public from objecting. Presumably, a combination of moonbattery and campaign donations keeps Big Government from objecting.
On a tip from Steve A.
Walayat Khan, 36, of Reisterstown
Barbara Ann Duke, 50, of Owings Mills
Shaheen Tasewar Hussain, 60, of Ellicott City
Kelym Novas Perez, 34, of Baltimore
Jose Remedio Gonzalez Reyes, 50, of Baltimore
Mulazam Hussain, 54, of Windsor Mill
Mahmood Hussain Shah, 57, of Catonsville
Muhammad Rafiq, 58, of Reisterstown
Mohammad Shafiq, 50, of Gwynn Oak, Maryland; and his daughter,
Alia Shaheen, 24, of Baltimore
Mohammad Irfan, 59, of Nottingham
Muhammad Sarmad, 40, of Nottingham
Rizwan Pervez, 38, of Essex
Kassem Mohammad Hafeed, a/k/a Kassam Mohammad Hafeed, 51, of Baltimore
Barbara Ann Duke, what a strange name. Sounds American.
The federal government will be horrified to learn that it has not been passing out our money fast enough to satiate the Islamic colonists it imports against our will, forcing those engaged in hijrah who own stores to game the system by allowing their customers to exchange EBT benefits for cash, splitting the free money provided by taxpayers.
How much of this money stays in the country is anyone’s guess. The Islamic State’s terror war could always use more funding.
Considering that Obama recently declared that he wants to “ramp up” the massive importation of colonists through the ISIS-infested terrorist incubator Syria, the feds ought to open the welfare purse a little wider. We wouldn’t want jihadists like free-lunch–fattened Adnan Fazeli to be distracted by some tedious job when it would be more self-fulfilling for them to spend their time serving the Islamic State.
On tips from R F and Torcer.
These days the college campus experience should be plenty progressive enough for most. But some thirst for an even greater concentration of moonbattery. The University of North Dakota obliges with “a specialized housing community dedicated entirely to social justice”:
The Social Justice Living-Learning Community is “designed for students who are involved in promoting a more inclusive and just society,” and promises to provide such students with opportunities for “creating and leading positive social change.”
For now, the LLC website has no specific schedule of events, but it appears that social justice may involve indulging in abnormal sex acts:
Cheryl Terrance, faculty advisor of the UND Ten Percent Society (TPS), a student support group for the “GLBTQQIA community,” told Campus Reform that the LLC was developed by the school’s housing office, but predicted that social justice-oriented student groups such as TPS would likely be involved in programming efforts.
Even the names of these organizations are lies. Presumably “Ten Percent Society” is meant to imply that 10% of us identify as perverts. The actual number is far lower (1.6% of adults are homosexual per government data). But social justice warriors are working on that.
GLBTQQIA stands for “gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgendered, questioning, queer, allied, and asexual.” Why someone who is asexual would want to hang out with people whose entire self-images hinge on engaging in deviant sexual behavior is unclear.
Hat tip: Canon212.
Evidence accrues that Shrillary belongs in a federal penitentiary:
The State Department says about 30 emails that may be related to the 2012 attack on U.S. compounds in Benghazi, Libya, are among the thousands of Hillary Clinton emails recovered during the FBI’s recently closed investigation into her use of a private server.
That’s not the Freedom Caucus. That’s the Democrats’ own State Department admitting this.
Government lawyers told U.S. District Court Judge Amit P. Mehta Tuesday that an undetermined number of the emails among the 30 were not included in the 55,000 pages previously provided by Clinton.
But… but… she gave her word that she turned over everything government-related!
Gasps The Right Scoop,
I’m sure the government will hold the Democratic Party nominee for president to account for deleting classified emails that dealt specifically with a terrorist attack against Americans in Libya, Americans that even worked for the government, four of which died in the attack.
Oh wait, the FBI has already said Hillary shouldn’t be charged for anything.
WHAT A FARCE!
The Benghazi emails were subpoenaed by Congress on March 4, 2015. It appears she had deleted them the previous December. However, the State Department had asked her to turn over her work-related correspondence on October 28, 2014.
At the very least this strongly suggests that she willfully mishandled classified information, and that she perjured herself to cover it. Even a half-serious attempt at justice would likely place her behind bars. Yet she will be our next president.
On a tip from Torcer.
What could go wrong?
Even before the FBI identified new cyber attacks on two separate state election boards, the Department of Homeland Security began considering declaring the election a “critical infrastructure,” giving it the same control over security it has over Wall Street and the electric power grid.
The latest admissions of attacks could speed up that effort possibly including the upcoming presidential election, according to officials.
“We should carefully consider whether our election system, our election process, is critical infrastructure like the financial sector, like the power grid,” Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said.
This is even more ominous:
Johnson also said that the big issue at hand is that there isn’t a central election system since the states run elections. “There’s no one federal election system. There are some 9,000 jurisdictions involved in the election process,” Johnson said.
Increasing centralization, like increasing taxation and regulation, is a solution that authoritarian progressives regard as a magical elixir, applicable to any and all problems, real or imagined.
If Obama donor Johnson’s DHS secures electoral integrity the way it has been securing the border, American democracy could be in for a rough ride.
On tips from Rob E, Scott D, Sean C, and Stormfax.
Passed along by TED.
Intellectually, Donald Trump is microscopically small, but he will have a big impact on conservative politics for years to come, due to the large number of unprincipled conservatives who sold out to his progressive populist cult of personality. Many of the biggest names on the Right have disgraced themselves to the point that it is hard to imagine they will have any future after the blowout we all know is coming in November (Trump is losing in every swing state).
Sean Hannity and Mike Gallagher may skate by with the excuse that they didn’t know any better, but it is very clear that brighter bulbs like Hugh Hewitt and Dennis Prager know exactly what they sold their souls to crawl into bed with.
The worst of the lot is Rush Limbaugh, who openly acknowledged long ago that Ted Cruz was the conservative candidate, yet who has been defending Trump and attacking his critics from early on, for fear of alienating part of his audience. Once Trump had secured the nomination, El Rushbo threw his pro-Trump spin into overdrive, well beyond the point of insulting the intelligence of his audience.
Members of that audience who are not drunk on orange Kool-Aid are fed up, as this call attests:
No one is as influential as Rush pretends to be, but he did have enough stature that he could have derailed the Trump Train back when it would have caused minimal damage to the GOP, the conservative cause, and the country in general. An electable nominee could have been chosen to stop Shrillary. Instead he treated Trump like a legitimate candidate and encouraged listeners to believe his promises, knowing all along that The Donald is a frivolous fraud, as he admits in the audio above.
Having a contract to renew, Rush put his short-term career considerations ahead of all other concerns. Consequently, his influence in the future will be minimal.
An excellent piece laying out the case against ever again taking Maha Rushie even half seriously includes this interesting observation:
The poetic justice in all this is that some of the movement conservative intellectuals who surely feel angry at the consequences of the host’s inexcusable betrayal never took Limbaugh totally seriously, but never shared that publicly either. They empowered Rush Limbaugh just as Limbaugh empowered Donald Trump.
When Trump crashes and burns in November, he will not go down alone. That isn’t entirely a bad thing.
On tips from Torce, TrojanMan, and Varla.
Senator John McCain (R-AZ) is in a primary today against Tea Partier Kelli Ward. Let’s have a look at an ad from the last time he ran, via Politistick:
McCain had been pro-amnesty to the hilt, but then realized 6 years had gone by since the last election and he needed the voters again. So he radically reversed course right before the primaries, promised that he had learned his lesson, and ran ads like the one above.
Then, as soon as he was safely back in office, he did another 180°, immediately switching back to his habitual pro-amnesty position as he conspired with far left fellow Gang of Eight members Chuck Schumer and Dick Durbin to render our national sovereignty a farce. Far from having learned any lessons, McCain behaved like a RINO gone wild, and even worked to purge Arizona conservatives from office. He became Obama’s eager enabler in the Senate, and sneeringly dismissed the conservatives who elected him as “tea party hobbits.”
McCain figured he would get away with it, because voters wouldn’t remember that he lied to us and insulted us. He’s probably right. We’ll know after today.
A few might shy away from Kelli Ward due to her misguided support for Donald Trump (who endorses McCain, despite having denigrated McCain’s heroic military service). But McCain endorses the draft dodger too.
Tip from Varla. Hat tip: New Americana.
History has taught us again and again that socialism leads to poverty, enslavement, and genocide, but could it be even worse than we thought? It has forced Venezuela to take the first steps toward human extinction:
With traditional contraceptives like condoms and birth control pills virtually impossible to get in Venezuela, scores of women in the economically-crumbling, socialist nation are opting to get sterilized to avoid the costs of pregnancy and raising a child.
While there are no national statistics available on the number of women getting sterilization, a look at the operations of one health clinic in the state of Miranda, just southeast of Caracas, shows how popular the hard-to-reverse procedure has become as Venezuelans struggle amid soaring inflation, high crime and political unrest.
The clinic offers 40 slots during its so-called “sterilization day” offered regularly at a number of clinics in wealthier sections of the city, but as recently as last year, it did not come close to filling them. Now, however, all the slots are filled, and there is a waiting list of around 500 women hoping to get the procedure.
Not only food but hospital care, medicine, and diapers are becoming unattainable thanks to the revolutionary experiment in Bernie Sanders style government. Infant mortality is sky high.
People used to say that socialism is the future. If so, there is no future.
On a tip from Torcer.
Once Rick Perry appeared to be a strong presidential candidate, having served as Governor of Texas during a period of economic strength that contrasted sharply with the rest of the country. But he has done three things since to render himself ridiculous.
First, he proclaimed of those who don’t want to be forced to subsidize tuition for illegal aliens, “I don’t think you have a heart.”
Third… I can’t remember the third thing.
Oh yeah — he agreed to this:
Former Texas governor and presidential candidate Rick Perry (R) will appear on the next season of the reality competition show “Dancing With the Stars,” Entertainment Tonight reported Monday.
Perry will join the 23rd season of the ABC show, along with rapper Vanilla Ice.
Hard as it is to believe, significant political figures once conducted themselves with dignity.
But then, given that he has not played a prominent role in the Trump fiasco, which will be over soon anyway, maybe Perry isn’t a significant figure anymore. Nothing plasters the word “OVER” across the ruins of a career like an appearance on Dancing With the Has-Beens.
On a tip from Byron.
We may have a lead on what happened to some of the babies’ brains Planned Parenthood has been peddling:
Dr. Paul Roth, chancellor of the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center and dean of the School of Medicine, was questioned by Marcie May after a UNM meeting where the disposition of human fetal remains was apparently discussed.
“Can I ask you to repeat what you said before about the workshop with UNM fetal remains with high school students?” May is heard asking during the brief video clip released by the New Mexico Alliance for Life (NMAL) on Youtube.com.
“Yes, we had a faculty member who obtained some tissue, and during one of these summer workshops, uh, dissected I think one or two fetal brains,” Dr. Roth replied.
Roth refused to mention the source of the fetal brains or exactly how they were procured.
Babies are killed in the womb, and high school kids carve up their brains at summer science camp. Once this would have caused the nation to convulse in horror. But at a time when both major party presidential candidates heap praise on Planned Parenthood even in the aftermath of revelations that it traffics in body parts harvested from the children it kills, no noticeable response can be expected.
Where does the slippery slope take us from here?
On a tip from Blackjack11.
No wonder he plays so much golf. Being President isn’t a big enough job to keep Obama busy. So it looks like he will start doing the Senate’s work too, by ratifying treaties:
The White House on Monday defended President Obama’s decision to enter into the Paris climate accord without Senate ratification but stopped short of confirming a Chinese report that he will do so this week during his trip to China.
Still, it would surprise no one if Mr. Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping were to announce the ratification of the sweeping climate change agreement before the Sunday opening of the Group of 20 summit in Hangzhou, Zhejiang.
White House senior adviser Brian Deese said the president has the legal authority to ratify the accord without the two-thirds Senate vote required for treaties. He said the pact negotiated by 195 countries in December is merely an “executive agreement.”
If Obama didn’t need Senate ratification for the treaty that fast-tracks Iran’s nuclear weapons program, why should he need one to hamstring the economy by tightening centralized economic control in the name of the global warming hoax?
Deese confirmed that he traveled to China last week to meet with officials on the Paris Agreement, which calls for nations to adopt emissions limits with the aim of holding increases in global temperatures “well below” 2 degrees Celsius from pre-industrial levels.
You would think there is a planetary thermostat in the basement of the United Nations, and we just need to come to an agreement on the optimum temperature to set it at. Yet not even the world’s worst tyrants have achieved that level of totalitarian control — not that Obama isn’t trying his hardest:
Critics fear that the executive branch will use the Paris Agreement, while not legally binding, to enact sweeping climate policies without Congress.
That’s the plan, all right.
The Founding Fathers intended Congress to be the most powerful branch, since it is the most directly answerable to the people (the House) and the states (the Senate, until progressives ruined that provision with the 17th Amendment). But now the Legislative Branch is so weak, it is almost superfluous.
On tips from Stormfax.
Restaurant workers in the District of Corruption have been treated to an entry level course in fundamental economics:
The minimum wage hike in Washington, D.C, is already devastating employment in the region and is linked to the largest loss of restaurant jobs in the last 15 years.
Officials raised the minimum wage in July of 2015 to $10.50 per hour, up from $8.25 since 2014. The Employment Policies Institute revealed in a May report that 48 percent of District businesses had already reduced staff or cut hours to deal with the increases since 2014. In the first six months of 2016, the restaurant industry in D.C. lost roughly 1,400 jobs, a historic drop for a six-month period, according to the American Enterprise Institute (AEI).
It could be that the city’s loss is suburbia’s gain:
The restaurant industry in the suburbs outside D.C. grew by 2,900 jobs over the same period.
Despite the easily predictable destructive effect of raising the minimum wage,
The minimum wage rose again in the District July 1 to $11.50 per hour, and will continue to rise over the next four years to $15 per hour by 2020.
By then, mobs of underachievers will be demanding $20/hour for unskilled work that is worth less than half that, and that in many cases can be done more efficiently by machine. The collectivist demagogues in charge will be happy to comply, knowing that the more people who get laid off, and the more who are never able to get onto the first rung on the economic ladder, the more votes there will be for the party of coercive wealth redistribution — at least until we get to the point where there is no more wealth to redistribute.
On a tip from Torcer.