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Let’s face it. Liberal Dem politicians, the civil rights industry and liberal MSM don’t want a national conversation on race. Heck, that’s the last thing they want. They want to continue the grievance industry so blacks will stay on the Democratic plantation as reliable voters.

Here Sherri Shepherd on The View – which I don’t watch because it’s so stupid – says Bill O’Reilly can’t talk about young black men because he’s never been a young black man. Oh, are you a young black man, Sherri? How can you talk about the Romneys or George Bush or Bill O’Reilly or other white people if you’ve never been a white woman or white man? You talk too much, Sherri, cause you talk stupid. That’s what I think.  And I say that as a white woman so you can’t argue with that because you’re not a white woman. Your rules. http://newsbusters.org/blogs/matt-hadro/2013/07/30/sherri-shepherd-doesnt-want-bill-oreilly-have-license-criticize-black-co

Yeh, black multimillionaire media darlings Russell Simmons and Jay Z agree with Obama and Holder  that America’s still a horribly racist country; clearly they don’t understand irony. Over at MSNBC, they’re approaching meltdown since they’re mostly “Blame America First” mavens who believe any wrong our nation ever did proves that we clearly aren’t the best country and don’t deserve patriotism displays of any scale or kind.

The Root, a website devoted to black issues and begun by Cambridge race-baiter and Obama friend Henry Louis Gates Jr, offered up an article by someone named Jenee Desmond-Harris on having a conversation. Conservative blogger Patterico attempted to have a conversation, only to be told that black people should be the ones talking and white people should just shut up and listen. Someone else who doesn’t appreciate irony. http://patterico.com/2013/07/29/if-i-had-seen-this-i-doubt-i-would-have-attempted-the-conversation/

The problem is there’s not a downside for race-baiting in the MSM, since they so often agree with them. The “journalist” who joked during the election about the Romneys being happy at drowning black people [?] while the Washington political director for Yahoo was fired but promptly got hired at liberal Politico and now will produce the new CNN Crossfire program. http://dailycaller.com/2013/07/29/reporter-who-said-romneys-happy-with-black-people-drowning-named-producer-of-crossfire/

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It took 12 years of different phases and $40 Million but the remodeled Pittsburgh Point State Park inside the city of Pittsburgh was dedicated last month, and it’s drawing rave reviews.

http://www.post-gazette.com/stories/local/neighborhoods-city/pittsburgh-making-a-splash-with-refreshed-point-state-park-fountain-690698/

“One of the things unique to Pittsburgh is the fountain and the geography  with the hills surrounding the rivers. It just shows the vibrancy of the  city.”

          The fountain itself, which first gushed in 1974, has gone through major  changes, including raising it a few inches to minimize damage during flooding at  the Point. In addition to new pumping equipment, it features a bronze-colored  spout where the water will shoot from and a flat waterfall area near the center  that forms a pool near the edge

The latest construction began in 2006, after more than five years of planning,  with a goal of shifting the focus of the 36-acre site from the section close to  the rivers to the area directly across from the Wyndham Grand Pittsburgh. The  park was built on the original pre-Revolutionary War site of Fort Duquesne and  Fort Pitt.

The pic below was taken from a Marathon Petroleum M/V at night. It looks lovely, doesn’t it?

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Natural Mistake

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A lot funny coincidences, don’t you think?

In his economic speech last week, Obama specifically praised corporate giant Costco as a good company. Whaddya know, turns out Costco and its president Jim Senegal are huge Obama supporters. http://washingtonexaminer.com/costco-backs-obama-obama-touts-costco/article/2533540

Sinegal contributed the maximum $35,800 to the Obama Victory Fund last year and also held a $35,800-a-plate fundraiser for Obama. In the 2008 election, Sinegal gave $43,500 to the DNC (here and here), which is, in effect, a contribution to Obama. On top of that, the Costco founder gave the maximum $2,300 to Obama’s campaign. So that’s more than $80,000 personally to Obama. Add in $100,000 to Obama’s SuperPAC, Priorities USA, plus the $2 million the July 2012 fundraiser reportedly brought Obama, and you’ve got a healthy amount of support.

Obama’s gotten even more, though, from Sinegal and his company.

Sinegal lobbied for Obamacare in 2009. His company has supported a higher minimum wage. Both of these regulations impose proportionally greater costs on the company’s smaller competitors — and almost every competitor is smaller, because Costco is the nation’s No. 2 retailer behind only Wal-Mart. Sinegal also spoke in Obama’s favor at the 2012 convention.

Sigh. Here Costco is building a new store in Lexington, and I had looked forward to shopping there.

At the USDA, Obama is adding yogurt – no, no, the more expensive Greek yogurt – to kids’ school lunches. Not many kids eat yogurt even when it’s sweetened up but here’s the real kicker.  What a shock, it turns out that Chobani Inc and it’s CEO are helping Obama push immigration reform and Chobani produces… tada… Greek yogurt. .

Moreover, Chobani is manufactured in New York and Idaho, 2 of the 4 states that will use Greek yogurt in school lunches. Obama is full of coincidences! Makes you want to buy Dannon or Yoplait, doesn’t it? Steve Gilbert at Sweetness and Light connected news stories from The Hill and Bloomberg

http://sweetness-light.com/archive/obama-gives-yogurt-kickback-for-amnesty-help#.Uff43FfD9jp

          “Eight CEOs and business owners will meet with the president to discuss the importance of fixing our broken immigration system — and making sure that every worker in America is playing by the same set of rules and paying taxes like everyone else,” the White House said in a statement.

Along with Case, currently chairman and chief executive of venture-capital firm Revolution LLC, the others scheduled to attend the White House gathering are Jason Berry, owner of Blueberry Farms of Georgia and Berry Farms; Farooq Kathwari, chairman, president and chief executive of Ethan Allen Interiors Inc.; Sunil Puri, founder, First Rockford Group Inc., a real estate firm; Dilawar Syed, chief executive of Yonja Media Group; Hamdi Ulukaya, chief executive, founder and president of Chobani Inc., producer of Chobani Greek yogurt; Bricia Lopez, co-owner of the Guelaguetza Restaurante in Los Angeles, and San Francisco area entrepreneur Alex Torrenegra…

BTW, I thought venture capitalists were bad, based on demonization of Romney’s successful venture capitalist companies last year. Oh that’s right; the election’s over.

Meanwhile, the anti-science Obama continues his insane war on coal. Does insane sound too strong? Not when you live in an area that sees the result of a vendetta based on hyperbole and lies from greenies wanting to make money from so-called renewables. http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2013/07/18/billions-spent-in-obama-climate-plan-may-be-virtually-useless-study-suggests/#ixzz2ZWBpkp3S

That’s not deterring Obama from his agenda for one second. How  much of it is following the liberal party line and how much is rewarding his green cronies I don’t know but there is a definite link. Earlier reports show 80% of DOE green subsidies have gone to Obama supporters. A natural result of simpatico or quid pro quo? The secrecy behind so much of the subsidies and policies plus the stupidity of shutting down reliable cheap energy for the sake of unproven expensive alternatives during a terrible recession and slow recovery suggests the latter. Renewables are a niche industry that doesn’t merit the monies and rights of  major energy. Here’s an example of the WaronCoal out West:

http://pjmedia.com/tatler/2013/07/24/obama-admin-colludes-with-sierra-club-to-make-arizona-energy-prices-skyrocket-against-does-own-science/

The fact is, the Obama administration is colluding with environmental lobby Sierra Club on a closed-door deal that will drive energy prices in Arizona skyward for the sake, supposedly, of improving visibility at the Grand Canyon. The proposed new EPA rule on the Navajo Generating Station would double or triple water rates, cause electric rates to skyrocket and partially shut down a vital energy plant – despite a federal study that says the rule won’t do anything to help the environment. Jim Thompson, writing in Coal & Energy Price Report, says the EPA-Sierra secret deal is “imminent.” Thompson also names names:

Discussions of this “deal” have been taking place behind closed doors with the federal government, Sierra Club, Environmental Defense, Salt River Project, the Central Arizona Water Conservation District, and select tribes since March – without allowing all Arizonans to participate

Finally, here’s another cozy DC relationship.

San Francisco-based ECOtality announced in a July 9 filing with the  Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) that it has appointed Brandon Hurlbut,  former chief of staff for recently departed Energy Secretary Steven Chu, to its  board. 

          Hurlbut led DOE’s transition from Chu to current Energy Secretary Ernest  Moniz. He also served as the White House’s deputy director of cabinet affairs  and worked for President Barack Obama’s 2008 campaign.

[…]

ECOtality secured a $99.8 million award in 2009 to install nearly 15,000  electric vehicle chargers throughout the country. The contract was integral to  the president’s stated goal of getting a million electric vehicles on the road  by 2015. 

Read more:  http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2013/07/30/revolving-door-electric-vehicle-firm-hires-doe-official-after-receiving/#ixzz2aYL1MsYH

Another Obama coincidence! Obama sure is a lucky guy. I think it’s time Congress considered Glenn Reynolds’ [http://pjmedia.com/instapundit]oft-stated suggestion that departing high-level government employees who enter employment in an industry under their regulation should pay taxes at a 50% rate for 2 years in gratitude to the American public who subsidized their valuable experience.

I’m also thinking the best comparison of Obama to other presidents might be President Grant, widely considered one of the most corrupt in our history, although this is a disservice to Grant, who was thought ignorant but honest.

 

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http://hotair.com/archives/2013/07/29/farewell-to-a-hero-col-bud-day/

Unbelievable history.

An Iowa boy, a veteran of World War II and Vietnam, a combat pilot famous for his defiance in the face of five years of torture in the Hanoi Hilton, a veterans advocate, a political figure in his later years, and an American hero, Air Force Col. George Everett “Bud” Day passed away Saturday in Florida.

Here’s part of his Congressional Medal of Honor citation, the highest military award given.

On 26 August 1967, Col. Day was forced to eject from his aircraft over North Vietnam when it was hit by ground fire. His right arm was broken in 3 places, and his left knee was badly sprained. He was immediately captured by hostile forces and taken to a prison camp where he was interrogated and severely tortured. After causing the guards to relax their vigilance, Col. Day escaped into the jungle and began the trek toward South Vietnam. Despite injuries inflicted by fragments of a bomb or rocket, he continued southward surviving only on a few berries and uncooked frogs. He successfully evaded enemy patrols and reached the Ben Hai River, where he encountered U.S. artillery barrages. With the aid of a bamboo log float, Col. Day swam across the river and entered the demilitarized zone. Due to delirium, he lost his sense of direction and wandered aimlessly for several days. After several unsuccessful attempts to signal U.S. aircraft, he was ambushed and recaptured by the Viet Cong, sustaining gunshot wounds to his left hand and thigh. He was returned to the prison from which he had escaped and later was moved to Hanoi after giving his captors false information to questions put before him. Physically, Col. Day was totally debilitated and unable to perform even the simplest task for himself. Despite his many injuries, he continued to offer maximum resistance. His personal bravery in the face of deadly enemy pressure was significant in saving the lives of fellow aviators who were still flying against the enemy. Col. Day’s conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty are in keeping with the highest traditions of the U.S. Air Force and reflect great credit upon himself and the U.S. Armed Forces.

After Vietnam, he got a law degree and became famous as one of the Swiftboat Vets who protested John Kerry run for president. Frankly, I think Col Day was well-qualified to judge John “US Military Baby Killers, Throw Away Medals, Antiwar Hypocrite” Kerry, who like most Democratic politicians is for military action when it’s politically expedient and against military action when it’s politically expedient.

Meanwhile Jane Fonda is publicizing her new movie The Butler by wearing her old Hanoi Jane T-shirt. She’s too clever by half. Well, that’s one more movie I won’t go see. I don’t necessarily boycott movies of people I disagree with but Hollywood loves to feature actors who show hate toward conservative Americans or actors with that “Blame America First” mentality. Hollywood insists on putting liberal politics into its movies, I insist on avoiding them. Go broke, Hollywood, for all I care. http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2013/07/outrageous-jane-fonda-wears-hanoi-jane-t-shirt-to-plug-nancy-reagan-movie-photo/

Here she is wearing the t-shirt at her latest interview promo; there’s also video of her wearing it at the link. [Update: the pic disappeared but here it is. I think.]

jane-fonda-tshirt-hanoi-jane

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Who are the IRS and the Obama administration, through the DOJ and Treasury, to refuse release of the other 99% of documents relevant to the Tea Party investigations?

Excuse me, DOJ and Treasury, but these documents belong to the American people. We have a right to see the other 99% and let the truth fall where it may.

When did it become the primary function of the Department of Justice and the Treasury Department to cover up for the Obama administration? If there’s no collusion between Obama or his top minions and the targeting of his political opponents, we need to know. If there is collusion between Obama or his top minions and the targeting of his political opponents, we need to know.

Stop insulting us with the “phony scandals” defense.  IRS officials already apologized for targeting Tea Parties. http://taxprof.typepad.com/taxprof_blog/2013/05/irs-admits.html

Stop saying there’s nothing to the IRS scandal, when the new Treasury head  Jack Lew can’t be bothered to tell us if he called up the top Obama minion so far named – IRS Chief Counsel William Wilkins – and ask him if hey, did you really have anything to do with this? What an insult to Americans, that these civil servants can stonewall this way and get cover from the MSM and top Dems. http://www.examiner.com/article/irs-scandal-treasury-secretary-dodges-questions-on-fox-news

As for the other scandals, you can’t argue with 4 dead Americans, including a US Ambassador, deserted in the line of duty by the Obama administration. There’s nothing phony about Benghazi. Whatever your view on the NSA spying, there’s nothing phony about the reality either.

Release the 99% IRS Documents!

http://rare.us/story/is-the-irs-obstructing-justice/

The Internal Revenue Service has produced “less than one percent of the total documents requested in the Congressional inquiry into the IRS targeting of conservative groups,” the Ways and Means Committee announced in a statement Thursday morning, indicating that the agency’s actions are beginning “to look a lot like obstruction.”

          “The IRS demands that hardworking Americans comply with its rules and regulations subject to strict deadlines, but it appears that same agency cannot comply with a straightforward Congressional request,” Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp said in a statement.  “The IRS has not even produced one percent of responsive documents – that is inexcusable.

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