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For those longing for the days of Solyndra, DOE spending $4 billion to make it happen again

Written by Doug Powers It was inevitable — like the swallows returning to San Juan Capistrano, except in this story the swallows use government loans to turn the Mission into a solar company that goes bankrupt, fly back to Goya in first-class and leave taxpayers on the hook for the loss. From Reuters: The U.S. […]

Pelosi Washes Feet of Immigrants – Pushes Amnesty on Holy Thursday

Speaker Nancy Pelosi washed the feet of two children and pushed amnesty in her speech on Holy Thursday. The Margaret Sanger award winner said the ceremony was “to honor the dignity and work of immigrants.” SFGate reported: To “honor the … Continue reading ?

IN THE MAIL: Twilight of Abundance: Why Life in the 21st Century Will Be Nasty, Brutish, and Short. …

IN THE MAIL: Twilight of Abundance: Why Life in the 21st Century Will Be Nasty, Brutish, and Short. Also, today only at Amazon: Up to 52% Off Select Fellowes Home and Office Air Purifiers. Breathe clean.

Boehner: Amnesty 2014 Or Bust

I'll just leave this here without further comment. Speaker John Boehner and other senior House Republicans are telling donors and industry groups that they aim to pass immigration legislation this year, despite the reluctance of many Republicans to tackle the...

Academics, culture help mom choose private school

Part 94 of 94 in the series Educating America GOOD CHOICE: Marshall Sterling Shanks has flourished at his private school. By Mary C. Tillotson | Watchdog.org Marilyn Johnson couldn’t afford to put her son, Marshall, in a private school. She also said she couldn’t afford not to. “I had researched the inner-city school system, and...

Alleged scammers burn Miami-Dade fire department from within

BURNT: Miami-Dade fire department employees busted for fraud. By William Patrick | Florida Watchdog TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — South Florida is no stranger to insurance fraud. But a recently exposed scam involving public workers is sure to leave taxpayers seething and give Miami-Dade’s bravest a black eye. Anthony Dorta, a fire inspector with the county’s Fire...

Johnny Depp, "uploaded onto the Internet... expands like the universe, growing larger and mutating..."

".... into a being who is godlike and yet far from divine," in the "predictable and ridiculous" movie "Transcendence."Movies about computers... are they ever any good?

Interesting: States That Increased Local Spending Have Not Reduced Property Taxes

Since before the 2007 Legislative session, North Dakota has been embroiled in a statewide debate about property taxes. Judging by the amount of criticism from the public about property taxes, and the fact that the state’s politicians seek to address it again and again with various schemes, I don’t think there’s any question that a...

Depite trouble, conservation revenue backers paying petitioners again

By Rob Port | Watchdog.org North Dakota Bureau PAID PETITIONING: North Dakotans for Clean Water Wildlife and Parks, a coalition of interests backing a ballot measure to divert oil tax revenues to conservation projects, is using paid petition circulators again even after getting burned by signature fraud in the 2012 election cycle. BISMARCK, N.D. —...

Dodging taxes? You might be helping keep U.S. economy afloat

CAN’T SEE IT: The IRS can’t get its grubby hands on the fruits of the shadow economy. Maybe that’s why it’s become a larger and larger share of the American economic pie in recent years. By Eric Boehm | Watchdog.org Millions of Americans dutifully trudge to the local Post Office each year to mail their...

GOP duels over Dems crashing Fauquier party

FEUDING REPUBLICANS: A recent party election is being contested by a group of candidates claiming the vote was hijacked by Democrats. By Kenric Ward | Watchdog.org Virginia Bureau WARRENTON, Va. – Republicans in heavily GOP Fauquier County are feuding over the outcome of a local party election. A group led by former committeeman Cameron Jones...

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Maryland Puts Up Roadblocks to Online Ed. Maryland has decided t…

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Maryland Puts Up Roadblocks to Online Ed. Maryland has decided to stand athwart the internet, yelling “Stop!” The Maryland Higher Education Commission recently sent letters to numerous institutions across...Show More Summary

Heavy-handed police bring ‘Minority Report’ to life

By Eric Boehm | Watchdog.org From coast-to-coast, police departments are starting to crack down on individuals considered “likely” to commit a crime, even if they have yet to do so. PRE-CRIME: With police targeting those who intend to commit crimes, is “pre-crime” going to be the next thing to make the leap from science-fiction to...

Nanny-state city of the week: Minneapolis wants to ban take-out trays

Part 2 of 2 in the series Nanny State of the Week By Eric Boehm | Watchdog.org MINNEAPOLIS — They came for your plastic bags, and now they’re coming for your take-out trays. Minneapolis City Councilman Andrew Johnson says the largest city in Minnesota should join an ever-growing list of cities to ban foam containers,...

PA week in review: Tax breaks discussed on Tax Day

By PA Independent Staff This week brought Tax Day proposition to give tax breaks to small businesses, more pension woes for a Pennsylvania city and the story of a family hoping to win the lottery when it comes to their daughter’s education. Here’s a look back at the week’s coverage: Tax breaks for small business...

It's Not Over Until The Liberal Republicans Win

I guess Ben has forsaken you so allow me to step in. 2. Liberal Republicans like former W. Bush aid Michael Gerson, just can't stop beating up on Goldwater. The problem comes in viewing Goldwater as an example rather than...

Safeguarding rights to privacy behind proposed MN commission

By Tom Steward | Watchdog Minnesota Bureau ST. PAUL, Minn. — To see why a commission to safeguard Minnesotans’ rights to privacy and access to public data may be a slam dunk at the Capitol, check out the complex questions posed to state officials at Open Secrets MN. “Do you believe that a broad pattern...

TN state senator: Law enforcement must further investigate Heitman death

By Chris Butler | Tennessee Watchdog KNOXVILLE — A state senator from east Tennessee said law enforcement agencies should do more to investigate the death of Alex Heitman, an Oak Ridge School District official who reported people using taxpayer money to buy meth. State Sen. Randy McNally, R-Oak Ridge, said Wednesday he has contacted the...

Avalanche Kills 12 Nepalese Sherpas on Mount Everest in Deadliest Disaster (Video)

A dozen Sherpas were killed and three are still missing in Mount Everest’s deadliest disaster ever. The Sherpa guides were carrying up equipment and supplies for climbers when the avalanche struck. USA Today reported: An avalanche has left 12 dead … Continue reading ?

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