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Obama’s executive amnesty helps draw thousands of Lois Lerner’s emails out of the shadows

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**Written by Doug Powers

By the time some of these 30,000 emails are run through the Insta-Redactor 5000, there might end up being just a few thousand remaining:

Up to 30,000 missing emails sent by former Internal Revenue Service official Lois Lerner have been recovered by the IRS inspector general, five months after they were deemed lost forever.

The U.S. Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) informed congressional staffers from several committees on Friday that the emails were found among hundreds of “disaster recovery tapes” that were used to back up the IRS email system.

“They just said it took them several weeks and some forensic effort to get these emails off these tapes,” a congressional aide told the Washington Examiner.

The IRS, in a statement provided to the Examiner, said the agency and IRS Commissioner John Koskinen is fully cooperating with the investigation.

There are supposedly 30,000 Lerner emails? If at least 500 of those don’t contain whining about how her job apparently consists of nothing but writing and responding to emails, I’ll doubt their authenticity.

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With a rebuttal to President Obama’s amnesty announcement, here’s President Obama

3 hours 34 min ago

**Written by Doug Powers

Did you see President Obama’s announcement of his executive amnesty order? If I understand it correctly, the only legal deportation in the foreseeable future will be anybody named “Jonathan Gruber.”

Obama gave a rousing defense of “bed makers & fruit pickers” (which if I’m not mistaken was a hit song for The Outlaws in the mid 1970′s).

Presenting a rebuttal to Barack Obama’s unilateral move is… Barack Obama (video via Washington Free Beacon):

Missing from Obama’s speech tonight was an apology that is owed to people who came to America and spent countless hours and dollars to go about the process of becoming a citizen legally.

And then there’s this kind of paradox that “Hope & Change” continues to hang its hat on:

"If you're a criminal, you will be deported." Obama seems to forget that entering the country illegally is in fact a federal crime.

— Katie Pavlich (@KatiePavlich) November 21, 2014

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Refresher course: When White House promises immigration “background checks,” they lie

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You will hear over and over again tonight from President Obama — and repeated ad nauseum by the gullible, open-borders media — that only illegal aliens who pass “background checks” will be eligible for the massive new administrative amnesty.

Two words: Bull. Crap.

For the past two decades, I’ve reported on the systematic sabotage and incorrigible incompetence of the federal government when it comes to immigration background checks. Instead of instituting a moratorium and fixing enforcement of the current system, both political parties have piled on and exacerbated the problem with endless new amnesties that overwhelm the homeland security infrastructure.

Obama’s DHS abandoned criminal background checks wholesale for DACA/”Dreamers” after promising they would be vetted.

Flashback 2013:

Judicial Watch announced today that documents obtained recently through a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request show that the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS) abandoned required background checks late last year, adopting, instead, costly “lean and lite” procedures in effort to keep up with the flood of amnesty applications spurred by President Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) directive, which grants illegal aliens a two-year deferment from deportation.

Acting on a tip from a whistleblower at a federal law enforcement agency, Judicial Watch filed a FOIA request with DHS, for “all communications, memoranda, emails, policy guidance, directives, initiatives, and any other correspondence respecting the scope and extent of background checks to be performed (or not) on aliens applying to the Obama administration’s DACA program.” The FOIA was filed on October 26, 2012. The Immigration and National Security Act (INA) mandates a “coordinated, uniform, and efficient,” system of background checks. Instead, the FOIA documents reveal a costly, haphazard process, with only cursory review for the backgrounds of illegal aliens seeking “deferred status.” Document highlights include:

In a series of agency memos beginning in September 14, 2012, field offices were told to expect the National Benefits Center (which collects all DACA applications) to conduct only “lean & lite” background checks on illegal alien applicants, and that, henceforth, “NBC will not perform full TECS checks or any evidence review on these cases before we ship to the field.” An October 14 memo reiterated that under the new “lean and lite” policy, “Hits will be sent to the field without resolution.” On October 25, the St. Paul Field Director conceded to staffers that the new “lean & lite” procedures were for an indefinite period of time, saying, “I just can’t tell you when things will revert back to the way they used to be.”

An email chain from September 5 and through November 14 indicates managerial pressure not to turn any illegal alien applicant away for lack of ID, including the explicit directive in an October 3 memo, “Biometric processing should not be refused solely because an applicant does not present an acceptable ID.” In an October 1 memo further restricting independent action by agency personnel, they were instructed, “Every two weeks field offices will report the number of DACA requestors who appear for biometrics collection at an ASC during the previous two week period, but were turned away without fingerprints or photographs being taken. Field offices will also need to provide the reason why the DACA requestor was turned away by the ASC ISO.”

…On November 9, 2012, just three days after Obama was reelected, in an “!!! IMPORTANT DACA MESSAGE!!! The agency was directed to: “Please put all DACA work on hold until further notice.” There are no later-dated documents in the production to indicate how or when USCIS resumed DACA background checks or application processing.

…“The Obama administration seems to be throwing public safety and national security out the door in implementing its illicit and unilateral amnesty program for illegal aliens. The costs and security lapses of this program show that this administration can’t be trusted to implement any of the new security measures in the amnesty bill in the Senate,” stated Judicial Watch president Tom Fitton. “These documents show a crisis in law enforcement and national security caused by President Obama’s unilateral decision to grant amnesty to hundreds of thousands illegal aliens.”

And here’s my 2008 refresher on the long pattern of throwing background checks out the window for bipartisan open-borders expedience. Washington never learns:

McClatchy reporter James Asher has a new piece out detailing how DHS is clearing massive application backlogs by skipping the background checks. Before we get into the meat of that story, let me refresh your memories about a few things.

During the shamnesty debacle, we were told to shut up about our national security concerns because McCain and company were going to guarantee that all illegal alien guest-workers would get thorough background checks. We were told to calm down about the proposal because there was nothing to worry about. But the background check process was a fraud.

And anyone with more than a passing knowledge of the adjudication process at DHS and the former INS agency has long known that security is routinely short-circuited. In 2006, I published memos exposing the incentive structure rewarding adjudication officers for rubber-stamping as many applications as possible. Immigration agents across the country receive bonuses when they meet quotas for approving applications. Those national security-undermining incentives and bonuses remain in place. Flashback (click for full-size memos):

Here’s a memo from the Houston USCIS office from May 2004. According to sources, adjudicators are still being rewarded for high “average completions per day.”

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In fact, bureaucrats have cooked up elaborate evaluation charts and ratings based on completion of different types of applications.

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The single number in the boxes that begins with an “I” is a type of application. The column of numbers shows how many of each application an adjudicator must process per hour to receive a rating of outstanding (O), excellent (E), and so on. Promotions, raises, and bonuses are based on these ratings at the National Benefits Center in Lee’s Summit, MO.

Now, ask your representatives in Washington how the hell they think the millions of applications for the Senate’s amnesty and guest-worker programs will be subject to more rigorous and careful scrutiny–when entrenched rubber-stamping of current and backlogged applications gets rewarded and always has been.

In 2003, an INS center in Laguna Niguel solved the massive backlog problem by putting tens of thousands of applications through a shredder.

And I reminded you last week of how the Clintons sped up the naturalization process to create millions of new Democrat voters by…circumventing background checks.

And so we come to James Asher’s new report. Everything old is new again:

In a major policy shift aimed at reducing a ballooning immigration backlog, the Department of Homeland Security is preparing to grant permanent residency to tens of thousands of applicants before the FBI completes a required background check.

Those eligible are immigrants whose fingerprints have cleared the FBI database of criminal convictions and arrests, but whose names have not yet cleared the FBI’s criminal or intelligence files after six months of waiting.

The immigrants who are granted permanent status, more commonly known as getting their green cards, will be expected eventually to clear the FBI’s name check. If they don’t, their legal status will be revoked and they’ll be deported.

Oh, no they won’t. Again: Learn from history.

DHS tries to maintain self-delusion:

DHS officials said the new process does not pose any new security risks because green card applicants have been allowed to remain in the country while they wait to be screened.

“We will do nothing that cuts corners or compromises national security,” said Chris Bentley, a spokesman for Citizenship and Immigration Services, the DHS agency that processes green cards and citizenship.

Mark Krikorian provides the reality check:

“It’s a decision driven by the bureaucratic imperative to move the line along rather than addressing national security concerns,” said Mark Krikorian, the executive director of the Center for Immigration Studies. “It defies the imagination that you can require a security check only to decide that you’re going to ignore it.”

Same old, same old.

The truth about Obama’s “temporary” Ebola amnesty

Fri, 11/21/2014 - 10:16

The truth about Obama’s “temporary” Ebola amnesty
by Michelle Malkin
Creators Syndicate
Copyright 2014

When it rains, it pours. Just before unveiling his colossal administrative amnesty for millions of “undocumented” aliens and foreign tech workers on Thursday, President Obama separately ordered up to 8,000 more executive pardons and special work passes for Liberians, Sierra Leoneans and Guineans illegally in this country.

Strange, isn’t it? The same administration that refused to enact travel bans from Ebola-plagued West African nations to protect Americans is now granting “temporary protected status” (TPS) to West Africans on American soil so they don’t have to go back.

It’s not really about public health, of course. It’s about political pandering and electoral engineering.

Here’s the dirty open secret: There’s nothing “temporary” about TPS benefits. Under both Democratic and Republican administrations, the program has become an endless, interminable residency plan for unlawful border-crossers, visa overstayers and deportation evaders from around the world.

TPS golden ticket holders live here, work here, travel freely and are immune from detention or deportation. They are eligible to apply for an “adjustment of status,” which puts them on the path to green cards and eventual citizenship.

In theory, TPS is a short-term humanitarian program built on good intentions. The secretary of homeland security “may designate a foreign country for TPS due to conditions in the country that temporarily prevent the country’s nationals from returning safely, or in certain circumstances, where the country is unable to handle the return of its nationals adequately.” Those conditions include hurricanes, environmental catastrophes, civil war, epidemics and other “extraordinary and temporary conditions.”

In October, the White House extended TPS status and employment permits for an estimated 90,000 illegal alien Hondurans and Nicaraguans “for an additional 18 months, effective Jan. 6, 2015, through July 5, 2016.” Who are these TPS winners? Well, they’ve been here since 1998 — when Hurricane Mitch hit their homeland. That was 16 years ago. Their “temporary” status has been renewed a dozen times since the Clinton administration first bestowed it.

Last October, the Obama administration extended TPS to an estimated 3,000 Syrian illegal aliens; the status will be up for renewal next March. At least 3,700 Liberians who have been here since 1991 on TPS won deferred deportations in September before securing renewed TPS status this week. And several hundred Somalis remain in the country with TPS first granted in 1991, along with some 700 Sudanese who first secured TPS benefits in 1997. TPS for both the Sudanese and Somalis was extended in September and lasts until May 2016.

An estimated 250,000 illegal aliens from El Salvador first won TPS golden tickets after an earthquake struck the country in January 2001. Their latest extension was granted last May and lasts until March 2015.

In addition, 60,000 illegal alien Haitians received TPS after earthquakes in their homeland in 2010. Their “temporary” status was renewed in March and extended “for an additional 18 months, effective July 23, 2014, through Jan. 22, 2016.”

As I’ve reported previously, TPS beneficiaries are supposed to provide proof that they arrived here on an eligible date, committed no more than two misdemeanors and no felonies, and maintained a continuous presence in the country. But the feds’ past experience with amnesties dating back to 1986 shows that the programs are dangerously rife with unchecked document fraud.

A homeland security source pointed out to me recently that the agency is still failing to check biometric records (or, even worse, ignoring them) before granting immigration benefits to aliens who had been put into removal proceedings but then gamed the system by using new, unvetted aliases. Moreover, after more than two decades, the federal government still doesn’t have an entry-exit database in place to track legal short-term visa holders.

The dictionary informs us of the origin of the term “amnesty.” It comes from the Greek word “amnestia,” which means “to forget.” And that is exactly what America is suffering from when it comes to learning amnesty history lessons. There is no such thing as a “temporary” pardon from immigration law-breaking.

Each new infusion of indiscriminate, unskilled foreign labor begets more of the same — all while backstabbing politicians bemoan stagnant wages, high unemployment and the beleaguered plight of American workers paying a steep price for D.C.’s bottomless “compassion” for the rest of the world.

Berkeley City Council votes to put ‘climate change’ warning labels on gas pumps

Wed, 11/19/2014 - 23:08

**Written by Doug Powers

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If you’re driving through Berkeley, California — traveling perhaps to an area heroin needle exchange, abortion clinic or free marijuana handout — the local government wants you to know that if you have to put more gas in your car to get there, you’re doing something really unhealthy:

Some of the country’s first gas-pump warning labels about climate change are coming to Berkeley, a city with a long history of green and clean policies.

The Berkeley City Council voted late Tuesday to draft a proposal by next spring that will put stickers on gas pumps citywide to warn consumers that burning fuel contributes to global warming.

San Francisco is drafting a similar ordinance that the city’s Board of Supervisors could vote into law by March. The proposals in the liberal Bay Area cities are thought to be the first of their kind in the U.S.

Supporters of Berkeley’s measure hope that simply putting the labels in front of consumers will motivate them to drive less. One environmental group compares the labels to health warnings on cigarette packages.

Why don’t they just ban gas stations? Maybe that’s what the two members of the council who voted “no” wanted to do.

Here’s a mock-up for the Berkeley City Council’s consideration:

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**Written by Doug Powers

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Good luck with that: St. Louis mayor agrees to protest group’s demands

Wed, 11/19/2014 - 09:59

**Written by Doug Powers

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Recently, the “Don’t Shoot Coalition” presented local authorities a list of 19 demands for how to react to unrest in the wake of a grand jury decision that is expected to be announced soon.

The mayor of St. Louis is on board with at least some of those demands:

St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay has requested 400 members of the National Guard to help in the city after the grand jury’s decision is announced in the Michael Brown case.

He has also agreed to some of the Don’t Shoot Coalition’s proposed rules of engagement.

In a letter to the St. Louis Board of Aldermen and the Public Safety Committee, the mayor said he considers “rules of engagement” a military term, and would prefer to call them “rules of conduct.”

He has agreed to let protesters occupy public spaces and even be “disruptive but not violent.”

“Like blocking the street or blocking a sidewalk for a specific period of time,” Slay told KMOX.

He also agreed not to shut down safe houses – where protesters meet to strategize.

“Disruptive but not violent” for a “specific period of time” is allowable? I wonder how the police feel about being handed that incredibly subjective rule book. We might soon find out how this “city-sanctioned controlled rioting” plan works out.

Mayor Slay has also requested 400 National Guard troops to be deployed throughout the city, possibly to make sure none of the local police infringe on any of the protesters’ rights contained in the agreement.

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Quandary of the day: When your car gets stolen while you’re leading a “F*#k the Police” rally, who do you call?

**Written by Doug Powers

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Jonathan Gruber: Obamacare so awesome it was necessary to lie to stupid voters to get it passed

Wed, 11/19/2014 - 09:35

**Written by Doug Powers

During the early days of Obamacare, MIT professor, economist and “Obamacare architect” Jonathan Gruber was helping out the Obama administration by promoting the ACA. In the process, Gruber lied like there was no tomorrow. However, there is now a different video that shows Gruber being brutally honest about the Obama administration’s (as well as the Democrats in general) used to get the law passed.

The video below is supposedly from October of last year and was found by American Commitment (partial transcript via Twitchy). Revel in the historic levels of transparency:

This bill was written in a tortured way to make sure CBO did not score the mandate as taxes. If CBO scored the mandate as taxes, the bill dies. So it was written to do that. In terms of risk-rated subsidies, if you get a law which said healthy people are gonna pay in — you made explicit that healthy people were gonna pay in and sick people get money — it would not have passed.

Just like, people… lack of transparency is a huge political advantage. And basically — you know, call it the stupidity of the American voter or whatever — but basically that was really, really critical to getting the thing to pass. And you know, it’s the second best argument. Look, I wish Mark was right, we could make it all transparent, but I’d rather have this law than not.

I’m torn between appreciating the brutal honesty while at the same time immediately repelled by the stench that would make even septic tank bacteria gag.

Gruber’s admission sums up liberal policies in a nutshell: They know what’s best for Americans so much that they have to lie to them to earn support for their caring efforts, because people are too stupid to know what’s best for themselves. Obama was elected and then re-elected based on this philosophy, so it isn’t difficult to understand why they believe in it so.

**Written by Doug Powers

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A White House mass pardon for identity thieves

Wed, 11/19/2014 - 09:23

A White House mass pardon for identity thieves
by Michelle Malkin
Creators Syndicate
Copyright 2014

President Obama is poised to show his “compassion” this week by granting work cards to an estimated five million illegal immigrants through an imperial executive order. As for the vast, untold number of law-abiding citizens whose identities have been stolen by foreign law-breakers, two words: Tough luck.

Social Security card fraudsters have made out like bandits thanks to the White House. Their victims are about to get kicked in the teeth again.

Two years ago, when Obama launched his first administrative amnesty known as “DACA” (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals), the White House gave aid and comfort to illegal alien applicants who were concerned that their previous felony identity theft and fraud crimes would preclude them from the new non-deportation benefits. The Department of Homeland (In)security made clear that illegal workers who wanted coveted employment documents would not have to disclose to the feds whether they used stolen Social Security numbers.

Center for Immigration Studies analyst Jon Feere reported at the time that ethnic lobbyists and open-borders businesses lobbied the Obama administration hard “to keep American victims of ID theft in the dark while shielding unscrupulous businesses from enforcement.” As an Obama official told The New York Times, DHS employees are “not interested in using this as a way to identify one-off cases where some individual may have violated some federal law in an employment relationship.”

Translation: See no identity theft. Hear no identity theft. Speak no identity theft.

A high-profile immigration attorney crowed: “Good news for deferred action applicants: If you used a false Social Security card, you need not reveal the number on your deferred action application forms. The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has clarified that when the forms ask for an applicant’s Social Security number, it refers to Social Security numbers issued to the applicant. If you used a friend’s number, a made-up number or a stolen number, you should answer N/A for ‘not applicable’ where it asks for the number.”

Since then, more than 500,000 DACA applications have been approved with abysmal oversight, little public disclosure and total absolution for identity rip-off artists. The latest planned administrative amnesty will dwarf that ongoing fiasco.

Victimless crimes? Tell that to those who have been harmed by the estimated 75 percent of working-age illegal aliens who have fraudulently used Social Security cards to obtain employment. Tell it to victims in border states with the highest percentages of illegal aliens, where job-related identity theft is rampant.

Tell it to hardworking Americans like Wisconsinite Robert Guenterberg, whose Social Security number was exploited by illegal aliens for years to buy homes and cars — while the IRS refused to tell the victims about the fraud to protect the thieves’ privacy rights.

Tell it to U.S. Air Force veteran Marcos Miranda, whose name and Social Security card were filched by an illegal alien to work at a pork slaughterhouse. He was even thrown in jail for unpaid traffic tickets racked up by his identity thief. “Even though I am Hispanic, I am against illegal immigration,” Miranda told the Associated Press. “Even though a lot of them come to work, there are always bad apples. (Identity theft) has really made my perspective … negative about immigration.”

And what about the children? As the Center for Immigration Studies points out: “Children are prime targets. In Arizona, it is estimated that over one million children are victims of identity theft. In Utah, 1,626 companies were found to be paying wages to the SSNs of children on public assistance under the age of 13. These individuals suffer very real and very serious consequences in their lives.”

They include Americans like Jay Di Napoli of Colorado Springs, who has fought for years to clear his name and financial records after his late father — an illegal alien who abandoned his American wife and children — “took my original Social Security card and birth certificate when I was 2 years old.” The criminal “began selling these documents to undocumented workers coming across our border with Mexico. In fact, he sold my Social Security number to illegals over 28 times before his death in 2009, and my number continues to be sold to this day. What’s more, my late father’s actions have caused extremely grave damage in virtually every facet of my life.”

The amnesty brigade loves to extol the virtues of those who are “doing the work no Americans will do.” But when it comes to punishing illegal workers who have raided the lives of innocent Americans to feloniously secure jobs, mortgages and medical care, mum’s the word.

Obama’s new “American Dream” is the stuff of hellish nightmares: Reward the law-breakers. Punish the law-abiders. And sell out our national identity in pursuit of cheap votes and cheap labor. R.I.P.

Good luck with that: Ferguson protester group wants police to allow water bottles to be thrown at them

Tue, 11/18/2014 - 22:35

**Written by Doug Powers

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This makes it sound as if the Ferguson protesters aren’t far away from having lawyers draw up a contract. Until their demands are put into legalese, the police will have to settle for an informal list of Rules of Engagement:

And with a grand jury expected to soon deliver its decision on whether to indict the officer, a group that represents protesters says it wants 48-hours notice before the decision is announced so it can help prevent the St. Louis suburb from once again boiling over with anger, violence and confusion.

A group of community members calling themselves the Don’t Shoot Coalition this week released 19 “Rules of Engagement” that touch on major points of contention between protesters and police since Brown’s August 9 killing.
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The organization also has written stipulations about how it wants police to present themselves, including a request that officers wear attire “minimally required for their safety” and that “specialized riot gear will be avoided except as a last resort.”

And if possible the protesters should be provided with several dozen carafes of Cabernet Sauvignon chilled to 64 degrees and to be transported in a Gulfstream 450. Oh wait, that last one was one of Hillary Clinton’s demands.

The group also wants protesters to be able to throw water bottles at police without retribution, among other things:

#Ferguson's mayor says he expects protests after a grand jury announces its decision. http://t.co/cqQfh73mKq pic.twitter.com/XvkX6ZWqAD

— CNN (@CNN) November 7, 2014

**Written by Doug Powers

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White House: Do something about ‘climate change’ or prepare for a fiery death — or worse

Tue, 11/18/2014 - 21:24

**Written by Doug Powers

The White House, which ahead of the midterm election accused the GOP of fear mongering, would like to give you this subtle reminder about “climate change”:

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That’s some serious Gore porn right there. With any luck the White House will re-hire Jonathan Gruber to let us know what the real motivations are (not that we don’t know). I can hear him already: “We’re counting on the stupidity of the American voter to believe that fire did not exist before industrialization.”

In the spirit of bipartisanship, I’ve taken the liberty of making some different versions the White House should feel free to use in the future if things get worse — and they will!

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Want to see something really scary?

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With record November cold and snow hammering much of the U.S., the White House’s “everybody freak about global warming” timing is impeccable as always.

**Written by Doug Powers

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Gird your coins (again): Solar company applies for $539m federal grant to pay off federal loan

Tue, 11/18/2014 - 14:35

**Written by Doug Powers

Google execs and employees have been among the most generous Obama supporters in the corporate world, so the odds of this application being fast-tracked to approval are looking good:

After already receiving a controversial $1.6 billion construction loan from U.S. taxpayers, the wealthy investors of a California solar power plant now want a $539 million federal grant to pay off their federal loan.
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The Ivanpah solar electric generating plant is owned by Google and renewable energy giant NRG, which are responsible for paying off their federal loan. If approved by the U.S. Treasury, the two corporations will not use their own money, but taxpayer cash to pay off 30 percent of the cost of their plant, but taxpayers will receive none of the millions in revenues the plant will generate over the next 30 years.

NRG wants the grant for the same reason people climb Mt. Everest: Because it’s there:

“They’re already paying less than the market rate,” said Morris, author of a lengthy report detailing alleged cronyism and corruption in the Obama administration’s green energy programs. “Now demanding or asking for a subsidy in the form of a grant directly paying off the loan is an egregious abuse.”

NRG doesn’t see it that way, telling Fox News the money is there for the taking. “NRG believes in a clean and sustainable energy future and therefore participates in available government programs to develop and expand the use of clean energy to accelerate America’s energy independence.” In 2013, the Obama administration handed out $18.5 billion in renewable energy grants, with $4.4 billion going to solar projects.

Come on, taxpayers, don’t be evil — pay off Google’s loan!

**Written by Doug Powers

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‘XL’ in Keystone XL stands for X-tra Lethal, says abortion advocate Barbara Boxer; Updated

Tue, 11/18/2014 - 14:16

**Written by Doug Powers

The Senate’s expected to vote at some point today on the construction of the Keystone pipeline, and Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Emagogue) is keeping the debate as free of self-awareness as possible:

Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) on Tuesday urged Democrats to vote against approving the Keystone XL pipeline, arguing the project would be “lethal” for the environment.

“What does XL stand for? To me it stands for extra lethal,” Boxer said on the Senate floor Tuesday. “This is a serious environmental hazard.”

In the past, Boxer has said that the pipeline would, among other things, present a great health risk to children. Somebody tell her the pipeline is going to be used to pump abortion supplies so she’ll get on board fast.

LIVE: Senate debates Keystone XL pipeline bill: http://t.co/yvxQLqE5ev@ABCPolitics pic.twitter.com/jUQt3o3vXQ

— ABC News Politics (@ABCPolitics) November 18, 2014

“Tar sands”? She spelled “left-wing politicians” wrong.

Update:

Boxer will be temporarily thrilled: The Senate fell one vote short of approving Keystone. It’ll pass in a couple of months anyway, but perpetuating the “climate change” sham even in the short term took priority over saving Mary Landrieu.

**Written by Doug Powers

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WaPo columnist helps kick off the weekend with some Obama comedy

Mon, 11/17/2014 - 00:35

**Written by Doug Powers

If you need a hearty weekend laugh, try and get through the first two sentences of David Ignatius’s column at the Washington Post without your Friday afternoon beverage of choice coming out your nose:

President Obama looked almost relieved after Tuesday’s election blowout. A man who has been perhaps the least political president in modern U.S. history doesn’t have to worry about elections anymore.

That’s funny. Of course there’s always a slim chance the pro-Obama auto-correct that comes pre-installed on many media laptops changed “most” to “least,” but that’s unlikely to have been necessary in this case.

Ignatius gave readers no time to recover from that before continuing the comedy riff at the top of the second paragraph:

Let’s take Obama at his word: Looking at foreign policy, what’s his agenda for the next two years? For a weakened president, what would amount to a good finish, and what changes should Obama make to achieve that outcome?

Or maybe let’s not.

A question for Ignatius if I may:

**Written by Doug Powers

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More chilling news for Al Gore

Sun, 11/16/2014 - 23:39

**Written by Doug Powers

In the spring of 2012, Al Gore passed along a dire warning:

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The previous year, Gore warned about declining Great Lakes levels in order to give the impression that before too long it would be possible to walk directly from Muskegon to Milwaukee without getting wet.

Those warnings were soon followed by record-setting ice cover on the Great Lakes last winter.

This coming winter is also looking like a letdown for Gore’s Great Lakes doom & gloom pimpery:

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Soon Gore & company might switch back to the mid-1970′s “another ice age is coming” approach. Eco scare tactics, not unlike the actual climate patterns they attempt to frighten people about, are cyclical.

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Jonathan Gruber cashed in even more than previously thought; Update: And Obama JUST found out about all this

Sun, 11/16/2014 - 11:23

**Written by Doug Powers

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I’ve written in a couple other posts that Jonathan Gruber — the man Nancy Pelosi refers to as “WHO?” — was paid in excess of $400,000 for giving up the dirty truth about how the Affordable Care Act really functions.

As it turns out, that $400k figure came just from Gruber’s federal contracts. Gruber is being paid much more by the states where he was sent in order to let them in on the ACA’s dirty little secrets so they were under the impression the law wouldn’t cost them as much as they feared:

For ObamaCare “architect” Jonathan Gruber, the health law he helped design has been the gift that keeps on giving.

Gruber has come under blistering criticism since videos resurfaced of him saying the law passed due to the “stupidity” of Americans who didn’t understand its complexity.

Now, a series of government contracts totaling more than $2 million for consulting services provided by the Harvard-trained economics professor are coming under scrutiny.

Eight states hired Gruber to help design their health exchanges after he banked nearly $400,000 in 2009 through contracts with the Department of Health and Human Services, records show.

Gruber and a handful of colleagues got state contracts totaling $1.6 million over seven years from Michigan ($481,000), Minnesota ($329,000), Vermont ($400,000) and Wisconsin ($400,000), The Washington Post reported. He also advised Colorado, Connecticut, Maine and West Virginia.

It’s not clear how much those states added to his bank account.

By the time the final tally comes in I wouldn’t be surprised if Gruber will have been paid a dollar or more for every American who got a policy cancellation notice because of the ACA. No wonder Gruber seemed so wired when he talked about “stupid” voters. You could see the “cha-ching” in his eyes.

Update:

Well I must say this is no surprise: Obama had no idea what the guy his administration contracted starting in 2009 had been telling people all around the country until just now. Anybody who believes that is Gruber’s target audience.

Just for the sake of wild argument, let’s assume Obama’s telling the truth. That would almost be worse, because it would mean that his administration paid this guy hundreds of thousands of dollars (and states much more on top of that) for a long time to go around and, according to Democrats now distancing themselves from him, tell lies about Obamacare. And nobody in the administration was keeping track of what he was telling the states and reporting it back to the White House?

Looks like we have another candidate for “Lie of the Year.”

**Written by Doug Powers

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