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FRC Gunman Admits He Used SPLC Website as His Guide

Whoever said that liberals aren’t terrorists, clearly was a naive idiot.

Here is FBI footage of the interrogation of Floyd Corkins, who is best known for trying to gun down the offices of the Family Research Council, a social conservative group based in Washington, D.C.  In it, he admits it was the website and listings of the group by the Southern Poverty Law Center as a “hate group” which led to his decision to target them.

So far, the SPLC has never acknowledged this, or apologized for putting the FRC on its list (typically the home of Neo-Nazi groups) simply for it being a group that opposes much of the liberal gay agenda.

Something tells me, they still won’t.  Because pointing fingers is all the SPLC can do, except of course, at itself.

UPDATE: Prosecutors charged Corkins earlier this week.  He may get up to 45 years in prison, if the judge and jury agree with sentencing guidelines.

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Congressional Democrats Trying to Give Themselves, Staffs ObamaCare Exemption

Breaking from Politico:

Congressional leaders in both parties are engaged in high-level, confidential talks about exempting lawmakers and Capitol Hill aides from the insurance exchanges they are mandated to join as part of President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul, sources in both parties said.

The talks — which involve Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio), the Obama administration and other top lawmakers — are extraordinarily sensitive, with both sides acutely aware of the potential for political fallout from giving carve-outs from the hugely controversial law to 535 lawmakers and thousands of their aides. Discussions have stretched out for months, sources said.

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Democrats, in particular, would take a public hammering as the traditional boosters of Obamacare. Republicans would undoubtedly attempt to shred them over any attempt to escape coverage by it, unless Boehner and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) give Democrats cover by backing it.

There is concern in some quarters that the provision requiring lawmakers and staffers to join the exchanges, if it isn’t revised, could lead to a “brain drain” on Capitol Hill, as several sources close to the talks put it.

The problem stems from whether members and aides set to enter the exchanges would have their health insurance premiums subsidized by their employer — in this case, the federal government. If not, aides and lawmakers in both parties fear that staffers — especially low-paid junior aides — could be hit with thousands of dollars in new health care costs, prompting them to seek jobs elsewhere. Older, more senior staffers could also retire or jump to the private sector rather than face a big financial penalty.

Plus, lawmakers — especially those with long careers in public service and smaller bank accounts — are also concerned about the hit to their own wallets.

The rest of us?

Why make the plebes pay of course!

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Image of the Night

Oh, it will be fixed by the time batting practice is wrapped up, but it’s still funny to look at.

This is tonight’s line-up card for the Brewers v. Padres game (Set to have 1st pitch at 9:07 PM CT or so) which the team posted on Facebook earlier tonight.  As you can see, the Crew will be going on the field with two catchers and no first baseman.

(They’re just that good.)

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Feds Spend Nearly $900,000 to Protect Nothing

Once upon a time, it was said the Pentagon paid $435 for a hammer.  At least they got a hammer out of it.

Federal statutes state that even if a government program has ended and no longer being funded, it must maintain a bank account until that bank account is terminated.

No one in D.C. is doing the paperwork to officially terminate the accounts.  Without the accounts being terminated, there’s still an annual maintenance fee which must be paid.

It is one of the oddest spending habits in Washington: This year, the government will spend at least $890,000 on service fees for bank accounts that have nothing in them. At last count, Uncle Sam has 13,712 such accounts, each with a balance of zero.

These are supposed to be closed. But nobody has done the paperwork yet.

So even now — as the sequester budget cuts have begun idling workers and frustrating travelers — the government is still required to pay $65, per year, per account, to keep these empty accounts on the books.

In this time of austerity, the accounts are a reminder of something that makes austerity hard: expensive habits, built into the bureaucracy in times of plenty. The Obama administration has spent the past year trying to close these accounts with some success.

But only some.

Yeah…the Obama administration is too busy playing games at the FAA and ignoring requests to prioritize spending during the Sequester.  Little things like “saving the taxpayers money” get lost in the turf war.

If this were happening to anyone in the real world — getting charged monthly for an empty bank account — they would have closed it years ago.  Only in government…

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The British Kim Kardashian Gets to Keep Her Lambo

Oh, to have the problems of a Formula-1 heiress whose father is very tight with the more…um…colorful (?) portions of the Gordon Brown government over in the United Kingdom.

Lord only knows how these people cope after all.

Tamara Ecclestone today won a High Court battle to stop her prized £380,000 Lamborghini being shipped out of the country.

The rare Aventador is at the centre of an ownership dispute with her former boyfriend ex-stockbroker Omar Khyami. He claims she gave him the car as a birthday present but she denies this and wants it back.

Mr Justice Warren, who was told the car had recently been sold to a Turkish buyer, said there was a “real risk” that it could be taken out of the country.

He ordered the Aventador to be taken to a secure garage for safe keeping until the ownership dispute was decided.

Tamara, 28, heiress to F1 boss Bernie Ecclestone’s £2.8 billion fortune, smiled as the result was announced and gripped the hand of her fiancé, former City broker Jay Rutland, 31.

Her counsel Andreas Gledhill told the judge she paid Elite Performance Cars £380,000 for the car and took delivery last April. At the time she was still in a relationship with Mr Khyami, 38, who without her knowledge borrowed £250,000 from Elite against the car at an interest rate of 70 per cent.

After they split up in July she kept the car and, at the beginning of April, it was taken to a garage for servicing.

But bailiffs from Central London county court seized the vehicle believing it to belong to someone with an outstanding judgment debt against them.

Mr Khyami managed to get the car back by going to court, before giving it to Elite in settlement of his debt. Elite sold it to Ansol Trading Ltd for £118,000 cash and a £132,000 Mercedes in part exchange.

Ansol then sold it to the unnamed Turkish buyer after receiving a £65,000 deposit.

It’s been said in the British tabloids (which put ours to shame) that what lead to the break up was a sex tape of Khyami being sent to Ecclestone’s father.

The tape was said to not include his little girl…

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North Carolina Senate Okays Drug Testing for Welfare Recipients

I’m all for this, but expect to see the ACLU attorneys up in a rage over this requirement.

Some North Carolina legislators want to require applicants for North Carolina’s cash and worker training welfare program to undergo drug tests to qualify and pay for it themselves.

The Senate agreed 35-15 Monday night to a bill that would demand testing for applicants and recipients for the state’s Work First program.

Those who pass the screening would be reimbursed in future assistance payments. Those who fail could reapply in a year after completing a treatment program at their own expense and passing a test.

Bill co-sponsor Sen. Ralph Hise of Mitchell County says illegal drugs are a scourge and it’s not right to give public cash payments to those who abuse drugs.

Democrats call the bill unconstitutional and say applicants already are being assessed.

The bill still has to pass the North Carolina House of Representatives and then be signed by Gov. Pat McCrory (R).

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How to Celebrate Earth Day…

…by the late George Carlin.

 

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