Shameful Media Bias: ‘New York Times’ Crops George W. Bush Out of Selma Celebration Photo

March 8, 2015 | Filed Under Anti-Americanism, Barack Obama, Civil Rights Act, Communism, Democrats/Leftists, Ethics, George W. Bush, Government, Government Corruption, History, Journalism, Liberals, Media, Media Bias, Newspapers, President, Progressives, Republicans, Socialism, The New York Times, Transparency, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

The New York Times apparently loves history… except when it doesn’t comport to its liberal ideals. And so, in a Soviet-like act of revisionism, the so-called paper of record decided to crop an image of Sunday’s march in order to eliminate former President George W. Bush so its fans won’t realize that Bush attended the 50th Anniversary celebration of the Selma Civil Rights march.

Here is a screen cap of the Tweet The Times posted on Sunday:

Notice that on the left of the Times image the woman with the teal jacket is the last one shown.

Now check out the same march and nearly the same view as photographed and Tweeted by Alabama’s WSB TV:

You’ll notice that the former First Lady, Laura Bush, and President George W. Bush appear one person farther to the left of the woman in the teal jacket.

Here is a bigger shot for more clarity:
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Former British Spy Chief Says Security Policies Jeopardize Free Speech

February 1, 2015 | Filed Under Britain, Democracy, Democrats/Leftists, Ethics, Europe, Government Corruption, Islam, Islamofascism, Jihad, Koran, Liberals, Middle East, Nanny State, Religion, Security/Safety, Sharia, Terrorism, Transparency, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

The former head of one of Britain’s two main security services has admitted that some of her nation’s security polices are jeopardizing free speech in Britain.

Baroness Eliza Manningham-Buller, former head of Britain’s spy agency MI5 has come out to say that she does not support new anti-terror measures which will force universities to restrict the speech and actions of radical Muslims on campus.

Lady Manningham-Buller, director general of the Security Service until her retirement eight years ago, said the government’s proposals could “jeopardise” the Government’s anti-terror programme, known as Prevent.

The former spy chief said: “This is potentially in conflict with the university’s existing obligations to protect free speech, something we are all concerned about.

“My instincts are very often in support of the Government on these sort of subjects, knowing that countering terrorism is not straightforward.

“However, the doubts that I expressed … about putting Prevent, whatever its importance, on a statutory footing, in particular with regard to universities, have not been assuaged by anything that I have heard.”

Under Mrs May’s plans universities will have a statutory duty to prevent extremism taking place on their property.

It is a fine line between security and free speech, for sure, one that western nations need to come to grips with to stay in keeping with having a free and open society.
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Another Government Making it Harder for Citizens to Get Public Records

November 19, 2014 | Filed Under Anti-Americanism, Censorship, Democrats/Leftists, Ethics, GOP, Government, Government Corruption, Government, Ill. County, Illinois, Illinois State Government, Liberals, Nanny State, Progressives, Regulation, Republicans, Senate, Taxes, Transparency, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

Transparency, shmansparency. Once again we see a government doing its level best to keep you, the people, from being able to find out what it is that government is doing to you. This time it is in failing Illinois where lawmakers are trying to make it much, much harder to fulfill a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request.

Yes, your representatives in the Illinois legislature–Republican and Democrat alike–don’t want you to be able to find out what they are doing in Springfield. Imagine that.

The bill (HB 3796) would make it extremely costly to file for an FOI request allowing the government to charge up to $100 per request and would also give the government even more time to fulfill requests for information.
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Illinois a ‘Sinkhole State': Rates Second Worst for Liability Per Taxpayer

September 2, 2014 | Filed Under Alaska, Anti-Americanism, Barack Obama, Budget, Business, Capitalism, Chicago, Connecticut, Democrats/Leftists, Economy/Finances, Entitlements, Ethics, Government, Government Corruption, Hawaii, Illinois, Illinois State Government, Jobs, Liberals, Massachusetts, Montana, Nanny State, Pat Quinn, Pensions, Policy, President, Progressives, Regulation, South Dakota, Taxes, Transparency, Truth in Accounting, Unions, Utah, Warner Todd Huston, Wyoming | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

Obama’s Illinois perennially ranks at the very bottom of every statistic that marks a successful state and a new report on America’s “sinkhole states” finds that Illinois again ranks at the very bottom this time for how much state debt each citizen is saddled with.

The statistics gathered by the excellent Chicago-based budget watchdog group Truth In Accounting calculated how much state debt–obligations like pensions, healthcare plans for retirees, etc–each citizen would have to pay to retire the debt in a lump sum.

The group has dubbed the worst states as “America’s Sinkhole States.”

Truth In Accounting found that Connecticut is the worst state in the union with each citizens owing 48 thousand dollars per citizen to retire the debt. But coming in a close second is the state of Illinois with a whopping 43 thousand dollars per citizen in debt.
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Obama Admits Government is a Failure? VA Allows Vets to Get Private Care!

May 28, 2014 | Filed Under Air Force, Anti-Americanism, Army, Barack Obama, Business, Capitalism, Coast Guard, Congress, Constitution, Crime, Democrats/Leftists, Ethics, Government, Government Corruption, Health, Liberals, Marines, Military, National Guard, Navy, Obamacare, President, Progressives, Regulation, Taxes, Transparency, Veterans, Veterans Administration, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

After several weeks of scandalous failure to provide timely healthcare to our military veterans, some dying waiting for care that would never come, the Veteran’s Administration has now decided to allow veterans to pursue more private healthcare options to improve their treatment. But isn’t government turning to the private sector in stark contrast to the theme of the age of Obama, one that holds that private business “didn’t build that” and that we need to further empower government?

On May 24, the Associated Press reported that VA chief Eric Shinseki has announced a new plan for VA hospitals and healthcare providers to work more with private doctors. Shinseki told the press that the VA is “increasing the care we acquire in the community through non-VA care.”

Shinseki makes this concession as 26 VA facilities thus far have come under investigation for forcing sick veterans to wait for months to receive medical care. Up to 40 or more veterans died waiting for care on these lists.
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The Democrats and Senator Reid area Koch Whores

March 14, 2014 | Filed Under Anti-Americanism, Barack Obama, Budget, Business, Campaign Finance, Capitalism, Congress, Democrats/Leftists, Ethics, GOP, Government, Government Corruption, Harry Reid, Liberals, President, Progressives, Senate, Taxes, Transparency, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

Senator Harry Reid is indulging an absurd habit these days. He’s become a Koch head, a Koch addict, a Koch whore. He just can’t get enough of libertarian campaign donors Charles and David Koch and Reid’s lost his tiny little mind over them blaming them for everything that he thinks is wrong with the country. Naturally, Reid is a liar.

Charles and David Koch of Koch Industries have donated hundreds of millions to center right candidates and causes over the last 30 years, something, Reid says, means they are “buying” politics in the country.

Before we even talk further about the Koch brothers, we should note that left-winger George Soros has spent far, far more of his personal fortune to push American politics leftward than the Kochs have spent pushing it rightward. And where is Reid to complain that extremist, left-wing billionaire Tom Steyer is spending hundreds of millions of his money to push the myth of global warming down our throats? Where is Reid to complain of the billions that has s\pent on politics? Worse, where is Reid to whine that unions are buying politics–and unions have spent trillions more over the last 50 years than either Soros OR the Kochs. Of course, the lying hypocrite Senator from Nevada doesn’t care about Soros, the unions, or your Steyers because they all spend their billions on Democrats and their Euroesque causes.
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Obama Threatens to Issue More Illicit Executive Orders

January 15, 2014 | Filed Under Anti-Americanism, Barack Obama, Budget, Congress, Constitution, Democrats/Leftists, Economy/Finances, Ethics, Government, Government Corruption, Law, Liberals, Nanny State, Policy, President, Progressives, Taxes, The Law, Transparency, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

The destruction of the USA is not coming nearly fast enough to suit Barack Obama. So, once again, he is threatening to use his power to issue a constant stream of Executive Orders to force his will on America because Congress just isn’t moving fast enough for him.
Obama held a Tuesday, January 14 press conference where he renewed his oft repeated threat that if Congress doesn’t bend to his will, then he will go around our elected officials and rule by fiat. Emperor Obama reigns.

It should be noted that the founders purposefully set up our system to move slowly. The founders were afraid that if change could come too quickly, all too often that change would be a knee jerk reaction to crisis and hasty changes are rarely good in the long run. But Obama does not care about our system nor does he want to wait for the people we elected to act. He wants to move on his extremist, left-wing agenda immediately.

So, he wants to use his power to make EO’s to get around our system.
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Could Obamacare Just be a Giant Democrat Voter Registration Scheme?

November 4, 2013 | Filed Under Anti-Americanism, Barack Obama, Congress, Constitution, Crime, Democrats/Leftists, Elections, Ethics, Government, Health, Liberals, Obamacare, President, Progressives, Regulation, Transparency, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

Obamacare may just be the biggest, boldest scheme by Democrats to register millions of new Democrat voters, analysts say.

There is one thing many Americans don’t know about Obamacare. Within the procedure of implementation of the Affordable Care Act, otherwise known as Obamacare, billions of tax dollars are being given to left-wing groups to “help” people learn how to sign up for Obamacare. But, worse, those same groups are permitted to register people to vote Democrat.

These left-wing groups–called Obamacare “navigators”–are comprised of left over remnants of the now partially defunct group ACORN, other left-wing community groups, and union operatives, Democrat hacks all.

As part of their duties of “helping” people sign up for Obamacare, these “navigators” are also authorized to register people to vote over the phone and via the Internet. We’ll give you one guess as to which party they will push people to sign up for. Yeah. Democrat.

As former New York Lt. Gov. Betsy McCaughey pointed out in a recent commentary, these left-wing activists turned Obamacare “navigators” are not restricted from pressuring people to register as Democrats. She said that these so-called navigators “can say and do things that government employees can’t, such as urging people to register as Democrats.”
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Paul Krugman: ‘We Are Kind of an Authoritarian Surveillance State’

June 11, 2013 | Filed Under Barack Obama, CIA, Constitution, Democrats/Leftists, DOJ, Ethics, FBI, Government, Homeland Security, Journalism, Liberals, Media, Media Bias, NSA, President, Progressives, Security/Safety, The New York Times, Transparency, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

Liberal economist and leading modern Keynesian, Paul Krugman of The New York Times, has been one of Barack Obama’s biggest cheerleaders, but suddenly he is a bit down on the Obama administration saying that he is afraid that the country is becoming an “authoritarian surveillance state.”

With a mounting list of scandals from government-sponsored intimidation of the President’s political enemies, to surveillance of reporters, to a growing list of communications companies allowing government intelligence agencies access to all of our personal phone calls, Internet searches, and text messages, this must be a confusing time for the President’s most ardent supporters. Krugman’s reaction here is an example of that turning of the head.

For Krugman, with latest news about the massive collection of data on everyday Americans he sees the United States of America drifting toward authoritarianism.

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Faux Transparency: How is the White House Visitors Log Like a Sideview Mirror?

June 1, 2013 | Filed Under Barack Obama, Democrats/Leftists, Ethics, Liberals, President, Progressives, Transparency, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

So, after news first came out that the White House visitors log showed that IRS chief Douglas Shulman visited the White House a whopping 157 times between 2009 and 2012, the left has come out enforce to poo-poo this report saying that the claim is false. Shulman only visited 11 times, they claim.

But wait… isn’t Shulman listed 157 times on the White House visitors log? I mean, did smart people somehow mistake 157 entries for only 11? How is this possible?

Well, no, there was no mistake. Shulman does appear in the log for 157 visits.

OK, you say, so what’s the deal?

After all, we are trusting that Obama is living up to his (mostly absurd) claim to be running the most transparent administration in history, right? Why, he’s voluntarily releasing these visitor records, isn’t he? This is good, right?

So, if his logs say 157 times… why can’t we trust that?
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Two Quick Examples of U.S. Government Lies in Labels

April 8, 2013 | Filed Under Anti-Americanism, Communism, Democrats/Leftists, Ethics, Government, Liberals, President, Progressives, Transparency, TSA, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

Political fancy talk is always fascinating. By this I mean, the essential lies that government tells by re-naming something to make it sound benign or even beneficial when it is really just another anti-American, liberty-killing government initiative, or giving it a harsh label in order to destroy whatever activity that government wants destroyed. Here I have two recent examples of these.

Now, by “re-naming” things to sound better, I mean things such as the so-called “Employee Free Choice Act.” This is a law that actually takes choice away from employees and does not give them any freedom but enslaves them to Obama’s pals in the unions. Or take the “Affordable Healthcare Act” (we know it as Obamacare) which will drive costs up through the roof for everyone. “Affordable” my ass. Or, I’m even talking about the ages old term “re-education camp,” a term that replaced “death camp” because it sounded better. You know, that sort of stuff.

Anyway, my first example will be from our much beloved Transportation Safety Administration (TSA), that agency that saves us daily from those evil water bottles and shampoo containers that are just to darn big to be “safe” on an airplane.
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Should Congressional Staffers Have Their Private Twitter Accounts Published?

April 6, 2013 | Filed Under Anti-Americanism, Budget, Congress, Constitution, Democrats/Leftists, Ethics, GOP, Government, House of Representatives, Journalism, Liberals, Media, Media Bias, Progressives, Republicans, Taxes, Transparency, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

A Congressional watchdog group called LegiStorm has announced a sweeping new project aimed at government transparency. But part of that project has staffers on Capitol Hill crying foul because it lists all their private Twitter accounts.

On April 3, LegiStorm announced its new StormFeed tool saying it is a, “real-time, full-text searchable access to every official press release and official tweet from Capitol Hill plus the tweets of thousands of congressional staffers.”

But many staffers began to complain when they began finding their own private info on the thing. Worse, many found out of date or simply wrong info on it. As one staffer told Politico, “I was pretty surprised to show that they even listed who I married, when I married him and where. Why in the world does that need to be in there?”

Politico also said this: “A Democratic staffer said the new feature brings an unwelcome level of scrutiny to a group of people who haven’t sought the spotlight.”

Democrat or no, isn’t this staffer correct, here?
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As Local Police Beg for Ammo, Dept. of Homeland Security Orders 1.6 Billion Rounds

March 26, 2013 | Filed Under 2nd Amendment, Barack Obama, Budget, Constitution, Democrats/Leftists, Ethics, Government, Guns, Liberals, Policy, President, Progressives, Security/Safety, Taxes, Transparency, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

As local police departments across the country are beginning to find ammunition difficult to find, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has ordered up to 1.6 billion rounds for its more than 100,000 armed agents.

Rep. Timothy Huelskamp (R-Kansas) has been attempting to get DHS to explain why it is ordering so many rounds, but the Congressman has reported that the department has thus far refused to answer some key questions submitted by members of Congress.

In a news report, Police Chief Cameron Arthur of Jenks, Oklahoma says that his department and others are starting to have trouble getting rounds for their officers. Some departments are even starting to barter with each other to fulfill needs because suppliers cannot fill orders.

“Ammunition and assault weapons in general have skyrocketed. In the past, $3,000 would get us several rifles or a great deal of ammunition. But we have seen prices go up 30, 40, 50 percent. In addition… the time to get it could be six months to a year, or in some cases even longer,” Arthur said.
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Obama Refuses to Submit New Regulations Plan Required By Law

September 13, 2012 | Filed Under Anti-Americanism, Barack Obama, Budget, Business, Capitalism, Congress, Constitution, Crime, Democrats/Leftists, Ethics, GOP, Jobs, Liberals, President, Progressives, Regulation, Taxes, Transparency, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

Early every spring an administration is required by law to submit its regulatory plans for the year. Obama, however, has refused to submit this report perhaps afraid of how badly it might impact his prospects for re-election.

The spring 2012 Regulatory Agenda is supposed to be submitted so that both Congress and the nation can get a handle on the regulatory changes the president intends to make. It is a requirement imposed by the Regulatory Flexibility Act as well as Clinton era Executive Order 12,866 — an order that President Obama reaffirmed last year.

This report is supposed to be submitted to Congress between October and April. Obama still hasn’t satisfied this lawful requirement.

Ohio GOP Senator Rob Portman has sent a letter to the White House scolding it for this dereliction of its reporting duties.
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J.P. Morgan Chase $2 Billion Loss Raises Fears of Government Actions

May 14, 2012 | Filed Under Anti-Americanism, Banks, Barack Obama, Business, Capitalism, Congress, Democrats/Leftists, Economy/Finances, Elections, Ethics, Financial Reform, Fox Business Network, Free Trade, GOP, Government, House of Representatives, Journalism, Liberals, Media, Media Bias, Money, President, Regulation, Republicans, The Law, Transparency, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

Last week the news of the $2 billion trading loss suffered by J.P.Morgan Chase hit the country like another nasty slap in the face to a nation already facing an economic downturn that is the worst one in a lifetime.

The $2 billion bandied about by the media is not likely the end of that loss, either. This was only the first round of losses due to these bad derivatives trades and more losses are likely yet to come.

For some insight on this mess I exchanged some emails with Sandra Smith of Fox Business Network.

Smith said that the bank “characterized the trades as legitimate hedges of risks elsewhere in the banking group that went awry,” but this understated explanation won’t likely suffice for those out for the heads of those working in our financial sector.
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From a Skeptic’s View: The Media and the Right

April 7, 2012 | Filed Under Democrats/Leftists, Liberals, Media, News, Paleo-Skeptic, PCism, Society/Culture, Transparency | Comments Off

-by Paleo-Skeptic

I’m something of a skeptic, and especially so where politics is concerned. I’m aware that both the Left and the Right misrepresent themselves to some degree, and political advertisements are exactly that— advertisements with political content— and their objective is the same as any other advertisement— they’re trying to get something out of you.

So, I really didn’t take it seriously when I heard complaints about how the mainstream media (MSM) is biased against Republicans.

I’m no partisan, and I’ve always been a split-ticket voter. I consider the person to be of greater importance than their party affiliation. Locally, the big election is for County Coroner, and I don’t see it as particularly important if a Democrat or a Republican does that job.

Historically, I was a lifelong Democrat, up until about 2007 or so. A lot of that had to do with my concern with local politics rather than at the national level; and frankly, I didn’t pay attention all that much. I was a fairly typical blue dog Democrat, and I fit the profile.

My first big break with the Democratic Party was when I was in a forum with a group of “progressives,” and they were advocating an end to equitable representation of racial minorities. This might sound odd to some of you, but they wanted to push their agenda on abortion, and racial minorities tend to be a bit more socially conservative. I found that to be nothing short of monstrous. But the experience clued me in that the Left means what they say only long enough to argue for a specific policy position, after which no one knows what position they may take. And my skepticism was on red alert.

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Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s Secret New York Trip, Transparency OFF The Agenda

March 8, 2012 | Filed Under Chicago, Democrats/Leftists, Ethics, GOP, Government, Illinois, Liberals, Taxes, Transparency, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

Well, looks like the RahmFather isn’t going to be one of those mayors that gets all excited by that silly old transparency stuff. Fox Business Network revealed that Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel was in New York on a secret visit on Tuesday and this is the second secret trip that Mayor Emanuel has made on Chicago tax payers’s dime.

Emanuel ended up in Manhattan at a high-end restaurant named Sistina where he was seen hobnobbing with a retinue of his old buddies in the banking industry along with his chief economic adviser.

FBN’s Charlie Gasparino wonders if Rahm was in the Big Apple to raise cash for team Obama. After all, Rahm is still an active fund raiser for his former White House boss so it’s a good bet that he was wringing wallets dry for Barack “One Billion Dollar Campaign Fund” Obama.

Emanuel’s office, though claims the Mayor was in New York in order to bring new business back home. Yeah. He’s meeting with old friends established heavily in New York to convince them to drop the financial center of the country in order to come to the state with the worst business climate of all fifty? (Not to mention most corrupt city and worst in nearly every other category, too.)
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California Ballot Boondoggle Sends Tax Dollars Out of State

November 20, 2011 | Filed Under Banks, Business, California, Capitalism, Democrats/Leftists, Economy/Finances, Ethics, Government, Jobs, Liberals, Taxes, Transparency, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

Despite all the talk of fixing it, California’s budget is still a mess. One of those “fixes” was implemented last summer when the state Legislature increased revenue projections by $4 billion to avoid balancing the budget. Of course, the problem with using such “phantom money” is that it often has a habit of disappearing when you need it most. And it has disappeared just when money for schools is needed. Now deep cuts are on the table. The people lose again.

Naturally the nonpartisan Legislative Analyst’s Office recently reported that the state will receive virtually none of the $4 billion in projected revenue, forcing the state to make some tough decisions in the coming weeks. On the table are major cuts to the education budget, including shortening the school year by a week, not to mention cuts to in-home healthcare programs, and programs for people with developmental disabilities.

Obviously Californian’s budget needs all the help it can get but it looks like it’s business as usual in Sacramento. For instance, an upcoming ballot measure sponsored by a career politician would baffle anyone that truly understands the mess California is in. The so-called California Cancer Research Act coming before voters in June, asks California voters to raise taxes by nearly $1 billion for a whole new perpetual bureaucracy. That is unacceptable to voters. Maddeningly this new program doesn’t even guarantee that the money will be spent in the state! Apparently former state Sen. Pro Tem Don Perata, the career politician pushing the measure, thinks Californians who already paying some of the highest taxes in the nation should reach deeper into their pockets just to potentially send that money across state lines to benefit others. And all the while the budget for the education for those same taxpayer’s kids is about to be slashed.

So, what is the “solution” proposed by Democrats in Sacramento? Raise taxes, of course.
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Ballot Measure Boondoggle – High Speed Rail Costs Balloon to $100 Billion

November 4, 2011 | Filed Under Budget, Business, California, Democrats/Leftists, Elections, Ethics, Government, Jobs, Liberals, Los Angeles, Regulation, Taxes, Transparency, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

By Steve Maggi

Nearly $100 billion. That’s what High Speed Rail is now going to cost California taxpayers – more than double the costs initially promised by the proponents of Prop 1A, which contained the initial taxpayer financing for the project.

2033. That’s when the HSR project is now expected to be completed – 13 years after it was initially supposed to be completed.

So, in the three short years since voters were sold this bill of goods, the costs have gone up $50+ billion and the time to complete the project has doubled. How could that be? Maybe the cost of labor has skyrocketed, despite unemployment being in double digits? Or maybe the cost of purchasing land for the tracks has dramatically increased, despite the real estate market being down? Or – just maybe – the special interests that pushed High Speed Rail didn’t give voters all the facts when they sold this program in 2008.
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$200 Million of Calif. Taxpayer’s Money Spent With No Accountability

October 31, 2011 | Filed Under Budget, California, Democrats/Leftists, Economy/Finances, Ethics, Government, Liberals, Los Angeles, Regulation, Taxes, Transparency | 2 Comments

-By Stephen Kruiser
Voter-Approved First 5 LA Program Spends $200 Million of Taxpayers Money without Oversight

As the Los Angeles Times reports, a recent independent audit of the First 5 LA Commission revealed massive problems with the agency, including lack of accountability, spending oversight or competitive bidding. First 5 LA is part of a statewide program created in 1998 by Prop 10, a measure which was supposed to use funds from a tobacco tax to promote health and education of young children. According to the audit, it’s not exactly fulfilling its mission. From the Times:

An audit by Harvey M. Rose of San Francisco found First 5 LA’s commission was unable to monitor money that was being spent “since monthly programmatic expenditures are not presented relative to a budget.” Auditors also concluded the agency was overstaffed while under-spending on programs for children.

So, First 5 LA is spending too much on public employees and not enough on kids. Not to mention doling out $200 million without a competitive bidding process and operating with such a lack of oversight that there’s no way to determine if the agency has signed agreements “for inappropriate purposes or with unqualified vendors or grantees”. Sounds like standard operating procedure in California, which has seen similar accountability and oversight problems with other initiative-created agencies as well.

And yet, former pro Tem and career politician Don Perata is pushing another measure – the so-called California Cancer Research Act – to create yet another unaccountable bureaucracy with six political appointees that can spend nearly a billion each year, including millions on staff salaries and pensions and overhead. With huge budget problems and public pension costs spiraling out of control, the last thing California needs is another big-spending bureaucracy with no oversight or accountability.

The measure is slated for the June 2012 ballot in California.

Obama: Transparency? Who Needs it?

October 27, 2011 | Filed Under Anti-Americanism, Barack Obama, Democrats/Leftists, Ethics, Government, Liberals, President, Transparency, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

In another breach of trust between President Obama and the American people, Obama has once again broken a promise to change the business-as-usual habits of Washington. As a candidate and early in his presidency Obama claimed he’d bring an unprecedented transparency to Washington. But now it looks as though he’s OKayed his agencies to lie about the records they hold.

Obama’s Justice Dept. floated a proposal that if records sought by Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Requests are exempt from the eyes of the American people, why, they should be able lie and pretend such records don’t even exist.

This has transparency watchdogs a bit miffed, to say the least. Both the ACLU and Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) issued a press release decrying the situation. Obama’s move threatens to “destroy integrity in government,” they say.
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We Need Rules for Cyberwarfare Before a President Steals That Power, Too

October 19, 2011 | Filed Under Computers, Congress, Conservatives, Democrats/Leftists, Ethics, GOP, Government, House of Representatives, Inernet, Liberals, Military, Patriot Act, President, Republicans, Rights, Security/Safety, Senate, State Department, Technology, Terrorism, Transparency, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

A recent New York Times article revealed that the Pentagon briefly considered engaging in cyberwarfare at the outset of the actions in Libya, but decided against it for a variety of reasons. This reminds us all that as a nation we really need to discuss the use of cyberwarfare. The first question asked must be: should a president be able to simply order such an attack on his own hook?

The Times noted that one of the concerns about the use of cyberwarfare is how it would be justified under the War Powers Resolution of 1973?

One unresolved concern was whether ordering a cyberattack on Libya might create domestic legal restrictions on war-making by the executive branch without Congressional permission. One question was whether the War Powers Resolution — which requires the executive to formally report to lawmakers when it has introduced forces into “hostilities” and sets a 60-day limit on such deployments if Congress does not authorize them to continue — would be required for an attack purely in cyberspace.

One would think that the answer to this would be somewhat obvious — though nothing seems obvious in Constitution-based discussions, sadly.

We know that the Founders vested in Congress the power to declare war not in the president. They wanted to avoid a repeat of the historical outrage of a King’s untrammeled powers to declare wars without the consent of the people and their duly elected representatives.
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How Obama Is Bypassing Democracy, Congress and YOU

October 10, 2011 | Filed Under Americans For Prosperity, Anti-Americanism, Barack Obama, Business, Capitalism, Congress, Constitution, Democrats/Leftists, Economy/Finances, EPA, Financial Reform, GOP, Government, House of Representatives, Jobs, Liberals, President, Regulation, Republicans, Rights, Senate, Socialism, Stimulus, Taxes, Transparency, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

Phil Kerpen has a warning for you, America. He wants to alert you to the fact that Barack Obama is using his powers to create regulations to undermine Congress, ignore voters, and “radically transform America.” But Kerpen also has some good news. There’s a way to stop this left-wing assault on our country. You can find out what that something is in his new book, Democracy Denied: How Obama is Ignoring You and Bypassing Congress to Radically Transform America — and How to Stop Him.

For this book — his first if I am not mistaken — Kerpen, the Vice President for Policy at Americans for Prosperity, has decided no less than to save the Republic. Of course, it’s an uphill battle to beat back the war that has been launched against America for sure.

Why is it an uphill battle? Because the way our country is being torn down is happening in the most subtle way possible. Worse, it is all being done with such ersatz legality, a legitimacy so seemingly ironclad, that most Americans are completely unaware of what is happening. And when they are aware of it they imagine there is nothing wrong with it all.
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Narcissist in Chief: Obama’s ‘Look At Me’ Photo

September 21, 2011 | Filed Under Anti-Americanism, Barack Obama, Democrats/Leftists, Government, Liberals, President, Transparency, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

Back on Sept. 20, President Obama stood with the folks from the Open Government Partnership to get a group photo taken. But, even in a photo of over a dozen folks, as far as Obama was concerned it was all about Obama.

There he is, calling attention to himself like a ten-year-old on the carousel trying to get the attention of mommy and daddy.

Worse, he’s covering up one of the participant’s face! How gauche.

Even MSNBCs Rich Shulman couldn’t take the self-centered, arrogance of our president. Under the photo, Shulman wrote, “I don’t know much about diplomatic protocols, but I would guess that waving during the group photo is something to avoid.”

That’s our narcissist in chief!
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State of Illinois Salaries Posted Online – The Books Are Open!‏

September 16, 2011 | Filed Under Adam Andrzejewski, For The Good Of Illinois, Government, Government, Ill. County, Illinois, Illinois State Government, Transparency, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

From For the Good of Illinois…

We opened the books. We posted the payroll and pensions of virtually every public employee from every level of Illinois government. Click here to visit the new website.

Open the books on your local taxing body. See how they are spending your property, sales, and income taxes. Then, please forward this email to your entire address book.

Our purpose was to help you answer a simple question, “How much does my government cost?” For the first time in history, you can quickly and privately find an answer.
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New Worry: RFID Tracking Chips in Firearms?

September 12, 2011 | Filed Under 2nd Amendment, Anti-Americanism, Business, Constitution, Democrats/Leftists, Ethics, Government, Guns, Italy, Liberals, Rights, Transparency, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

The Italians have caused an outrage among American firearms customers. A Italian company named Chiappa Firearms sent out a press release (in Italian) last week announcing that it will soon be putting inside each firearm it manufactures an RFID chip (Radio Frequency Identification) meant to track quality control, inventory, and shipping. American gun owners and consumers were whipped into a frenzy of suspicion and fear that government agents will be able to use these RFID chips to track their firearms. But what are the facts and will these RFID tags become common with all firearms manufacturers in the near future?

First of all there is a lot of fear about the capabilities of governments to use RFID chips for nefarious purposes. These are devices that can radio information to someone with a device as inexpensive as $250 and without any “approval” needed for the reading. These chips can relay all sorts of information from location, to detailed records of all sorts.

There are several different kinds of chips but most uses require non-powered chips that can only be read at short distances. In other words we are told that a satellite orbiting in space cannot read a non-powered RFID chip from that distance. Some chips can only be read for a few feet others a few meters.

Despite all the poo pooing that advocates of RFID chips release to ease people’s minds, this identification technology is far easier to misuse than any other ID technology ever invented. But that does not make RFID chips all bad, either.
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Court: Obama White House MUST Make Visitor Logs Public (Who Yelled About Bush’s ‘Secrets’)

August 19, 2011 | Filed Under Barack Obama, Democracy, Democrats/Leftists, Ethics, Government, Liberals, President, Regulation, Transparency, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

After running on the claim that he’d make presidential records more available and after criticizing George W. Bush and Vice President Cheney for “secret meetings” in the White House because visitor logs were kept from public view, the Obama administration continued the Bush era practice of keeping White House visitor logs secret. Now a court has ordered that Obama release those logs.

A federal judge in Washington D.C. ruled on August 17 that the White House visitor logs maintained by the Secret Service should be open to public access. U.S. District Judge Beryl A. Howell found that the visitor logs are Secret Service records and therefore do not fall under the president’s privilege. Therefore, the records are subject to Freedom of Information Act requests (FOIA).

Interestingly, Judge Howell was appointed to the bench by Obama but still ruled against his attempts to keep his White House visitors a secret. Good for her for actually adjudicating on the law and not on politics for a change.
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DuPage Republican Party: Secretive, Insular, Corrupt

July 29, 2011 | Filed Under Anti-Americanism, DuPage County, Elections, GOP, Government, Illinois, Republicans, Transparency, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

The nonsense going on in the DuPage County GOP is a perfect example of all that is wrong with the Illinois GOP. It all rather shows why the GOP is useless in the state of Illinois. The DuPage party organization took what could have been a great public relations opportunity and turned it into yet another secretive, back-room dealing that cut out voters and proved that even its own party rules make no difference to party powerbrokers. Worse, this isn’t the first time DuPage GOP has mishandled the same situation.

On July 18, a Monday, DuPage GOP Party Chairman Dan Cronin abruptly resigned from his post as chairman. It doesn’t seem to have been a long planned resignation — though Cronin had mentioned he would not run for reelection to the chairmanship — and it certainly was not one enacted with public note. In fact, no one outside of Cronin’s inner circle even knew it was coming until several hours beforehand when Dave Diersen reported the coming resignation the Sunday before Cronin stepped down.

After Cronin left his post that Monday evening, the nine GOP township chairmen in DuPage County unanimously voted to replace Cronin with Randy Ramey, the state representative for the 55th district as well as Wayne Township GOP Chair. Ramey is also the stepson of famed GOP politico Pate Philip, onetime powerful leader of the Illinois senate.
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New Open Government and Spending Transparency Reforms Introduced

June 18, 2011 | Filed Under Barack Obama, Budget, Congress, Democrats/Leftists, Ethics, GOP, Government, House of Representatives, Liberals, President, Republicans, Taxes, Transparency, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

While the Obama administration plays its games with “czars,” more “boards,” and “committees” to implement government accountability policies, Representative Darrell Issa (R, Calif.) has introduced some measures that would do a far better job to meet those goals.

President Obama has touted a “Government Accountability and Transparency Board” (GATB) as well as the Recovery Accountability and Transparency Board (RATB) meant to bring more accountability to federal actions. But what real power will these “boards” and “committees” have? What real good will they do? Worse, how can we expect boards appointed by the president to shine the light of transparency on the Executive branch?

So, what will these new presidential projects be doing? The GATB “shall work with the RATB to apply the approaches developed by the RATB across Government spending.” Absurdly, these new boards won’t even be making a report for six more months.
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Illinois GOP Betray Own Platform

June 1, 2011 | Filed Under Budget, Coal, DREAM Act, Economy/Finances, Education, Electric, Energy, Ethics, Gambling, GOP, Government, House of Representatives, Illinois, Illinois State Government, Immigration/Immigrants, Liberals, Nuclear Power, Republicans, Taxes, Transparency, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

With the latest three votes, the Illinois GOP has shown itself to be little else but Democrat lite and has shown that even planks in its own platform are meaningless when it comes to voting time.

The last Illinois Republican Party platform was produced and approved in 2008 (See .pdf here) and there hasn’t been another one since.

Lets start our scolding with the recent vote to wildly expand gambling in Illinois, a bill that 21 Republicans voted for, shall we?

SB744 passed this weekend with a 65-60 vote in the Illinois House. 21 Republicans voted “yea” on this despite what their own party platform say. That platform says…
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