Restoring Liberty http://joemiller.us Wed, 23 Apr 2014 17:57:07 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9 Why True American Conservatives Cannot Be Extremist and How Progressives are Ultimately Tyrants http://joemiller.us/2014/04/true-american-conservatives-extremist-progressives-ultimately-tyrants/ http://joemiller.us/2014/04/true-american-conservatives-extremist-progressives-ultimately-tyrants/#comments Wed, 23 Apr 2014 11:00:03 +0000 http://joemiller.us/?p=88046 The unspeakable crime of conservatives? Their heartless desire to live their own lives and to be left alone by the bullying U.S. government.

Why True American Conservatives Cannot Be Extremist and How Progressives are Ultimately Tyrants

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It seems only yesterday, before the soothing elixir of “hope and change” was spoonfed to us by present-President Barack Obama, that Republicans could disagree with Democrats without being branded “teabaggers,” KKK-members, anarchists, Nazis, bomb throwers, arsonists, political terrorists or extremists.

The unspeakable crime of conservatives? Their heartless desire to live their own lives and to be left alone by the bullying U.S. government.

What has been the conservative outcry since disco was still a thing? Follow the Constitution, be fiscally responsible, and restore limited government.

Not to impose their will on anyone; and if anything, simply to work, prosper, express themselves freely and be allowed to watch the new season of 24 in peace.

Unfortunately, this doesn’t jibe with the progressives’ plans for control over Americans’ lives – regarding everything from education to dish detergent. There is no natural barrier to the left’s powerlust: the “progressive” seeks no less than to control the social and physical environment of all mankind.

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U.S. Senate Candidate Joe Miller Draws Large Crowd for Campaign Kickoff (+video) http://joemiller.us/2014/04/u-s-senate-candidate-joe-miller-draws-large-crowd-campaign-kickoff/ http://joemiller.us/2014/04/u-s-senate-candidate-joe-miller-draws-large-crowd-campaign-kickoff/#comments Wed, 23 Apr 2014 10:59:55 +0000 http://joemiller.us/?p=87992 Redemption makes for a powerful story.

U.S. Senate Candidate Joe Miller Draws Large Crowd for Campaign Kickoff (+video)

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Redemption makes for a powerful story. So does being an underdog who claims to speak truth to power. Of the three candidates running to be the Republican nominee in the U.S. Senate race–Joe Miller, Mead Treadwell and Dan Sullivan–only Miller can claim both. Both Treadwell and Sullivan have much going for them, but they don’t have the power of those two stories.

This wasn’t lost on the fired up crowd of as many as 200 on Monday night at the Wasilla Lake Resort where they gathered for Miller’s official campaign kickoff. As most know, Miller ran in 2010, won the primary, and then suffered a devastating loss to Sen. Lisa Murkowski’s write-in bid. It was a brutal campaign, and Miller’s reputation took a beating.

But some things are different this time. Miller’s official campaign kickoff in 2010 was in the town square in Anchorage. About 12 people showed, said Mark Fish, who has been one of Miller’s main volunteers from the beginning. “I think I begged six of my libertarian friends to come,” Fish said.

And Miller appears to be softer and more relaxed this time around. On the stage on Monday, he was even able to poke fun of the fact that in 2010, a member of his “security” detail handcuffed Alaska Dispatch editor Tony Hopfinger at a campaign event. Referring to his young children who were sitting next to him who are taking martial arts, Miller said that this time “we decided to have in-house security.”

It was probably the loudest laugh line of the night from a crowd that wasn’t shy about laughing, as well as yelling out an occasional “Amen,” or “Say it like it is Joe.”

The event lasted more than 2 hours, and featured national radio talk show host Lars Larson. Tim Macy, vice chairman of the Gun Owners of America, flew up that morning from California for the event. Adele Morgan and Paul Wainamo sang songs about God and country. Speeches about liberty, guns and God were made. It was a classic Wasilla tea party, with some beer on tap.

Before Miller spoke, they showed the above three minute video about Miller and his life. It’s easy to forget that Miller actually has an impressive resume. He went to West Point and has a law degree from Yale. He was awarded the Bronze Star in Desert Storm. He has a masters in economics from UAF. And he was raised by poor parents in Kansas. He has eight kids, and is now a grandfather. And he now will have run twice for U.S. Senate and has developed a large following.

Another thing that’s changed since 2010: Miller has developed a stump speech that is actually digestible. He still talks with passion about repealing ObamaCare, abolishing the IRS, and federal overreach. But he doesn’t go on and on. And on Monday, he peppered his speech with the personal. He told a story about being a little boy with a disfigured lip from a fall. He alluded to being bullied because of it. He talked about working for his father’s bookstore and mowing lawns to get enough money to pay for an operation to fix it. He raised the money, took the bus to Wichita, and got his lip fixed.

He was only in 7th grade.

The money is going to be tight for Miller. Although all told he has about $300,000 cash on hand, he only raised $101,000 last quarter. Lt. Gov. Mead Treadwell has less cash on hand, but he has name recognition and long history in the state. The big money is on former DNR Commissioner Dan Sullivan, who raised $1.4 million last quarter alone and has about $2 million on hand.

But then again, Miller won the last primary with only $300,000 against Murkowski’s huge war chest.

Miller didn’t mention Sullivan in his speech, but it’s clear that he’s going to attack him as the establishment candidate who is supported by those partaking in “generational theft,” and by the “same forces” that fought him so hard in the last election.

I asked him what’s different since the last election and why he thinks he can win now when he didn’t then.

He pointed to the crowd. “Look at this,” he said. “This is different.”

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U.S. Senate Candidate Joe Miller Draws Large Crowd for Campaign Kickoff (+video)

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Third World America: Phony Statistics http://joemiller.us/2014/04/third-world-america-phony-statistics/ http://joemiller.us/2014/04/third-world-america-phony-statistics/#comments Wed, 23 Apr 2014 10:58:06 +0000 http://joemiller.us/?p=88036 What the corruption Crudele has uncovered is disheartening, as is the response of the bureaucrats who are covering their posteriors.

Third World America: Phony Statistics

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Face it, America is hurtling toward third world status, and the signs are all around us, from the growth of a violent underclass to the rise of an oligarchy to a government that lies without shame and re-doubles on those lies when challenged. One of the other symptoms is the emergence of phony government statistics. John Crudele of the New York Post has broken story after story on fraud in the Census Bureau’s statistics, which are used for many political and economic purposes, affecting the lives of all Americans. Based on sources throughout the Bureau, he is now charging widespread fraud, and some of his sources have agreed to speak with an Inspector General. These whistle blowers need protection against retaliation

I’ve suggested that these two new sources speak with the Commerce Department’s Office of Inspector General and the House Oversight Committee about their allegations. They agreed.

The OIG, Oversight Committee and several others are looking into the operation of Census since I broke the Buckmon story.

If investigators do want to speak with any of the Census sources who have now come forward, I am insisting that the workers be protected under federal whistle-blower laws.

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Third World America: Phony Statistics

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Join The Club: State Dept. Unable To Name Single Hillary Accomplishment http://joemiller.us/2014/04/join-club-state-dept-unable-name-single-hillary-accomplishment/ http://joemiller.us/2014/04/join-club-state-dept-unable-name-single-hillary-accomplishment/#comments Wed, 23 Apr 2014 10:57:00 +0000 http://joemiller.us/?p=88050 he QDDR in question is the one covering the last four years of Hillary’s tenure. Watch, as the official struggles to answer.

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First, it was members of the Democratic National Committee. Then it was Hillary herself. Now, the State Department can’t name a single accomplishment of Hillary Clinton as Secretary of State.

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Krauthammer Hails ‘Towering’ Affirmative Action Decision: ‘Exactly the Way You Want To Do It In a Democracy’ http://joemiller.us/2014/04/krauthammer-hails-towering-affirmative-action-decision-exactly-way-want-democracy/ http://joemiller.us/2014/04/krauthammer-hails-towering-affirmative-action-decision-exactly-way-want-democracy/#comments Wed, 23 Apr 2014 10:56:09 +0000 http://joemiller.us/?p=88032 Conservative columnist Charles Krauthammer praised the Supreme Court’s decision to uphold a Michigan law banning affirmative action in public universities, calling it “exactly the way you want to to do it in a democracy.”

Krauthammer Hails ‘Towering’ Affirmative Action Decision: ‘Exactly the Way You Want To Do It In a Democracy’

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Conservative columnist Charles Krauthammer praised the Supreme Court’s decision to uphold a Michigan law banning affirmative action in public universities, calling it “exactly the way you want to to do it in a democracy.”

Krauthammer appeared on a Fox News panel along with the Weekly Standard’s Steve Hayes and liberal commentator Juan Williams to discuss the decision.

“The left is trying to institutionalize affirmative action,” Krauthammer asserted, “to make it impossible for any legislature or any referendum ever to abolish it, ever in the history of the country. Essentially to say that it’s an intrinsic part of the Constitution, racial preferences are here forever.”

“An outrageous proposition that was rejected by the court,” he continued. “And it said, ‘We’re not going to rule that it’s intrinsically in the constitution, just as 11 years ago we didn’t want to rule that it’s not allowed.”

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Reid: ‘Something Will Happen’ To Stop Nevada Rancher Cliven Bundy http://joemiller.us/2014/04/reid-something-will-happen-stop-nevada-rancher-cliven-bundy/ http://joemiller.us/2014/04/reid-something-will-happen-stop-nevada-rancher-cliven-bundy/#comments Wed, 23 Apr 2014 10:55:12 +0000 http://joemiller.us/?p=88023 Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid says “something is going to happen” to get Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy to stop letting his cattle graze on federal land.

Reid: ‘Something Will Happen’ To Stop Nevada Rancher Cliven Bundy

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Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid says “something is going to happen” to get Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy to stop letting his cattle graze on federal land.

“It’s obvious that you can’t just walk away from this. And we can speculate all we want to speculate to what’s going to happen next,” Reid told KSNV-TV. “But I don’t think it’s going to be tomorrow that something is going to happen, but something will happen. We are a nation of laws, not of men and women.”

Reid called militias staying at Bundy’s Bunkerville ranch “domestic violent terrorist-wannabes.”

Sen. Dean Heller, R-Nev., disagreed with Reid, telling KSNV that these militia members are “patriots” and took issue with how the U.S. Bureau of Land Management handled the situation.

“I take more issues with the BLM coming in with a paramilitary army of individuals with snipers. I’m talking to people and groups that are there at the event. Your own government with sniper lenses on you. It made a lot of people very uncomfortable,” Heller told KSNV.

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Veterans Overwhelmingly Disapprove of Obama http://joemiller.us/2014/04/veterans-overwhelmingly-disapprove-obama/ http://joemiller.us/2014/04/veterans-overwhelmingly-disapprove-obama/#comments Wed, 23 Apr 2014 10:54:24 +0000 http://joemiller.us/?p=88009 Only two percent of veterans said America has made foreign affairs its top priority, which may be one reason for the low opinion of how the government is operating.

Veterans Overwhelmingly Disapprove of Obama

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Two-thirds of military veterans disapprove of President Obama’s leadership of America, according to a new survey by Concerned Veterans for America. That number is notably higher than last month’s 59 percent of Americans who said they were discontent with the Obama administration, in an AP-GfK poll.

Seventy-three percent of veterans agreed with former Joint Chiefs of Staff Admiral Mike Mullen, that the national debt (now hinged at $17.5 trillion, $7 trillion more than when Obama took office in January 2009) is “the greatest threat to our national security.”

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IRS Employees with Tax and Conduct Issues Still Got Awards, Watchdog Report Finds http://joemiller.us/2014/04/irs-employees-tax-conduct-issues-still-got-awards-watchdog-report-finds/ http://joemiller.us/2014/04/irs-employees-tax-conduct-issues-still-got-awards-watchdog-report-finds/#comments Wed, 23 Apr 2014 10:53:05 +0000 http://joemiller.us/?p=88041 IRS employees who had been disciplined for tax and conduct issues were nonetheless rewarded with monetary awards or time off.

IRS Employees with Tax and Conduct Issues Still Got Awards, Watchdog Report Finds

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IRS employees who had been disciplined for tax and conduct issues were nonetheless rewarded with monetary awards or time off, according to a watchdog report released Tuesday.

The report by the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration found that while for the most part the reward program for IRS workers complied with federal regulations, employees who had themselves failed to pay their federal taxes and had discipline problems were also rewarded.

“While not prohibited, providing awards to employees who have been disciplined for failing to pay federal taxes appears to create a conflict with the IRS’s charge of ensuring the integrity of the system of tax administration,” Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration J. Russell George said.

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George Will: Yes, Obamacare Can Be Repealed http://joemiller.us/2014/04/george-will-yes-obamacare-can-repealed/ http://joemiller.us/2014/04/george-will-yes-obamacare-can-repealed/#comments Wed, 23 Apr 2014 10:52:27 +0000 http://joemiller.us/?p=87997 Though President Obama declared last week that the debate on Obamacare is over, legendary conservative commentator George Will says otherwise.

George Will: Yes, Obamacare Can Be Repealed

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George Will: ‘The president says lots of debates are over because he is losing them’

By Jamie Weinstein.

Though President Obama declared last week that the debate on Obamacare is over, legendary conservative commentator George Will says otherwise.

The Daily Caller recently conducted an extensive interview with the Washington Post columnist on politics, culture and his new book, “A Nice Little Place on the North Side: Wrigley Field at One Hundred,” which TheDC will be featuring over the next several weeks.

“Of course [Obamacare] can be repealed,” Will explained in this segment of the interview. “Or it can be repealed piecemeal…

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Obamacare’s healthcare.gov flagged in Heartbleed review

By Associated Press.

People who have accounts on the enrollment website for President Obama’s signature health care law are being told to change their passwords following an administration-wide review of the government’s vulnerability to the confounding Heartbleed Internet security flaw.

Senior administration officials said there is no indication that the healthcare.gov site has been compromised and the action is being taken out of an abundance of caution. The government’s Heartbleed review is ongoing, the officials said, and users of other websites may also be told to change their passwords in the coming days, including those with accounts on the popular WhiteHouse.gov petitions page.

The Heartbleed programming flaw has caused major security concerns across the Internet and affected a widely used encryption technology that was designed to protect online accounts. Major Internet services have been working to insulate themselves against the problem and are also recommending that users change their website passwords.

Officials said the administration was prioritizing its analysis of websites with heavy traffic and the most sensitive user information. A message that will be posted on the health care website starting Saturday reads: “While there’s no indication that any personal information has ever been at risk, we have taken steps to address Heartbleed issues and reset consumers’ passwords out of an abundance of caution.”

The health care website became a prime target for critics of the Obamacare law last fall when the opening of the insurance enrollment period revealed widespread flaws in the online system. Critics have also raised concerns about potential security vulnerabilities on a site where users input large amounts of personal data.

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Jeb Bush Pushes Amnesty (+video) http://joemiller.us/2014/04/jeb-bush-pushes-amnesty-video/ http://joemiller.us/2014/04/jeb-bush-pushes-amnesty-video/#comments Wed, 23 Apr 2014 10:50:14 +0000 http://joemiller.us/?p=88018 At a prominent conference of education innovators, Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, who is considering a 2016 presidential run, called for more guest worker programs and a path to amnesty for all of the country's illegal immigrants.

Jeb Bush Pushes Amnesty (+video)

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At a prominent conference of education innovators, Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, who is considering a 2016 presidential run, called for more guest worker programs and a path to amnesty for all of the country’s illegal immigrants.

Speaking at what is known as the “Davos in the Desert” event in Scottsdale, Arizona, on Monday evening, Bush said the United States needed “robust guest worker programs” and an expansion of H1-B visas for the high-tech industry,” even though the notion that there is a shortage of American high-tech workers has been called a myth. He also called for a “tough but fair path to legalized status” for all of the country’s illegal immigrants and an end to immigration quotas for countries.

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Mandatory Common Core Tests in New York Just Happen to Be Full of Corporate Brand Names http://joemiller.us/2014/04/mandatory-common-core-tests-new-york-just-happen-full-corporate-brand-names/ http://joemiller.us/2014/04/mandatory-common-core-tests-new-york-just-happen-full-corporate-brand-names/#comments Wed, 23 Apr 2014 10:49:26 +0000 http://joemiller.us/?p=88004 Across the state of New York, this year’s Common Core English tests have reportedly featured a slew of brand-name products including iPod, Barbie, Mug Root Beer and Life Savers.

Mandatory Common Core Tests in New York Just Happen to Be Full of Corporate Brand Names

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Across the state of New York, this year’s Common Core English tests have reportedly featured a slew of brand-name products including iPod, Barbie, Mug Root Beer and Life Savers. For Nike, the tests even conveniently included the shoe company’s ubiquitous slogan: “Just Do It.”

The brands – and apparently even some of their familiar trademark symbols – appeared in tests questions for students ranging from third to eighth grades, reports The Post-Standard of Syracuse.

Over one million students were required to take the tests.

Parents, teachers and school administrators have speculated that the kid-friendly brand names are a new form of product placement.

Education materials behemoth Pearson, which has a $32 million five-year contract to develop New York’s Common Core-related tests, has barred teachers and school officials from disclosing the contents of the tests.

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Mandatory Common Core Tests in New York Just Happen to Be Full of Corporate Brand Names

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US Troops Arrive in Poland for Exercises Across Eastern Europe Amid Ukraine Crisis http://joemiller.us/2014/04/us-troops-arrive-poland-exercises-across-eastern-europe-amid-ukraine-crisis/ http://joemiller.us/2014/04/us-troops-arrive-poland-exercises-across-eastern-europe-amid-ukraine-crisis/#comments Wed, 23 Apr 2014 10:48:19 +0000 http://joemiller.us/?p=88014 U.S. Army paratroopers are arriving in Poland to begin a series of military exercises.

US Troops Arrive in Poland for Exercises Across Eastern Europe Amid Ukraine Crisis

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U.S. Army paratroopers are arriving in Poland to begin a series of military exercises in four countries across Eastern Europe to bolster allies in the wake of Russia’s annexation of Ukraine’s Crimean Peninsula last month.

Pentagon press secretary Rear Adm. John Kirby said Tuesday that the exercises will last about a month, and initially involve about 600 troops.

An Army company of about 150 soldiers from the 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team based in Vicenza, Italy, will start the exercises Wednesday in Poland. Additional Army companies will head to Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania and are expected to arrive by Monday for similar land-based exercises in those countries.

Under the current plan, U.S. troops would rotate in and out of the four countries for additional exercises on a recurring basis.

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US Troops Arrive in Poland for Exercises Across Eastern Europe Amid Ukraine Crisis

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Obama’s America http://joemiller.us/2014/04/obamas-america-50-60-years-olds-moving-parents-survive-economy/ http://joemiller.us/2014/04/obamas-america-50-60-years-olds-moving-parents-survive-economy/#comments Tue, 22 Apr 2014 11:00:23 +0000 http://joemiller.us/?p=87932 Welcome to Obama's America, a place where 50 and 60-year-olds are moving back in with their parents in order to survive terrible, ongoing economic conditions.

Obama’s America

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Welcome to Obama’s America, a place where 50 and 60-year-olds are moving back in with their parents in order to survive terrible, ongoing economic conditions. From the NYT:

Debbie Rohr lives with her husband and twin teenage sons in a well-tended three-bedroom home in Salinas.

The ranch-style house has a spacious kitchen that looks out on a yard filled with rosebushes. It’s a modest but comfortable house, the type that Rohr, 52, pictured for herself at this stage of life.

She just never imagined that it would be her childhood home, a return to a bedroom where she once hung posters of Olivia Newton-John and curled up with her beloved Mrs. Beasley doll.

Driven by economic necessity — Rohr has been chronically unemployed and her husband lost his job last year — she moved her family back home with her 77-year-old mother.

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Oklahoma Militia Members Join Fight Against Feds http://joemiller.us/2014/04/oklahoma-militia-members-join-fight-feds/ http://joemiller.us/2014/04/oklahoma-militia-members-join-fight-feds/#comments Tue, 22 Apr 2014 10:59:04 +0000 http://joemiller.us/?p=87951 Scott Shaw said, “Evidently in America we don’t actually own the property anymore if you ever did.” Shaw says Oklahoma Militia members are ready to take up arms against the federal government if needed.

Oklahoma Militia Members Join Fight Against Feds

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By Andrew Donley.

A land dispute in Nevada between rancher Cliven Bundy and the federal government began decades ago.

The Bureau of Land Management says Bundy was allowing his cattle to graze illegally which triggered a round-up of about 400 head of cattle last week…

Organizers with the Oklahoma Militia say they have members in Nevada who claim Bundy’s cattle were unlawfully herded by the bureau.

The Oklahoma Militia says it is made up of nearly 50,000 volunteers.

Members say they are taking Bundy’s side and fear this practice could spread to the Sooner State.

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BLM eyes 90,000 acres of Texas land

By Bob Price.

After the recent Bundy Ranch episode by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Texans are becoming more concerned about the BLM’s focus on 90,000 acres along a 116 mile stretch of the Texas/Oklahoma boundary. The BLM is reviewing the possible federal takeover and ownership of privately-held lands which have been deeded property for generations of Texas landowners.

Sid Miller, former Texas State Representative and Republican candidate for Texas Agriculture Commissioner, has since made the matter a campaign issue to Breitbart Texas.

“In Texas,” Miller says, “the BLM is attempting a repeat of an action taken over 30 years ago along the Red River when Tommy Henderson lost a federal lawsuit. The Bureau of Land Management took 140 acres of his property and didn’t pay him one cent.”

Miller referred to a 1986 case where the BLM attempted to seize some of Henderson’s land. Henderson sued the BLM and lost 140 acres that had been in his family for generations. Now the BLM is looking at using the prior case as a precedent to claim an additional 90,000 acres.

Congressman Mac Thornberry (R-TX) represents the ranchers in this region of north Texas. According to Thornberry’s legislative analysts, the issue of the ownership of this land dates back to the Louisiana Purchase of 1803. When the BLM made the claim on Henderson’s land, their position was that Texas never had the authority to deed the land to private parties and therefore it would fall under federal control.

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Study Shows Ethanol Produces Worse ‘Global Warming’ Pollution Than Gasoline http://joemiller.us/2014/04/study-shows-ethanol-produces-worse-global-warming-pollution-gasoline/ http://joemiller.us/2014/04/study-shows-ethanol-produces-worse-global-warming-pollution-gasoline/#comments Tue, 22 Apr 2014 10:58:19 +0000 http://joemiller.us/?p=87936 Well, this is going to be a heartbreaker for the hysterical global warming crowd.

Study Shows Ethanol Produces Worse ‘Global Warming’ Pollution Than Gasoline

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Well, this is going to be a heartbreaker for the hysterical global warming crowd. According to a new study, emissions from burning corn are worse for the environment and produce more CO2 or ‘global warming’ gases than the burning of traditional gasoline.

Biofuels made from the leftovers of harvested corn plants are worse than gasoline for global warming in the short term, a study shows, challenging the Obama administration’s conclusions that they are a much cleaner oil alternative and will help combat climate change.

A $500,000 study paid for by the federal government and released Sunday in the peer-reviewed journal Nature Climate Change concludes that biofuels made with corn residue release 7 percent more greenhouse gases in the early years compared with conventional gasoline…

Al Gore, call your office.

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Study Shows Ethanol Produces Worse ‘Global Warming’ Pollution Than Gasoline

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Obama Calls for Highest Sustained Taxation in U.S. History http://joemiller.us/2014/04/obama-calls-highest-sustained-taxation-u-s-history/ http://joemiller.us/2014/04/obama-calls-highest-sustained-taxation-u-s-history/#comments Tue, 22 Apr 2014 10:57:31 +0000 http://joemiller.us/?p=87914 In the budget proposal he presented to Congress last month, President Barack Obama called for what would be the highest level of sustained taxation ever imposed on the American people.

Obama Calls for Highest Sustained Taxation in U.S. History

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In the budget proposal he presented to Congress last month, President Barack Obama called for what would be the highest level of sustained taxation ever imposed on the American people, according to the analysis published last week by the Congressional Budget Office.

Under Obama’s proposal, taxes would rise from 17.6 percent of Gross Domestic Product in 2014 to 19.2 percent in 2024. During the ten years from 2015 to 2024, federal taxation would average 18.7 percent GDP.

America has never been subjected to a ten-year stretch of taxation at that level.

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In the twelve fiscal years preceding the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor (1930 through 1941), federal taxation averaged 5.3 percent of GDP.

In the five fiscal years encompassing U.S. involvement in World War II (1942 through 1946), federal taxation averaged 16.1 percent of GDP.

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US Weighs Curbing Deportations http://joemiller.us/2014/04/us-weighs-curbing-deportations/ http://joemiller.us/2014/04/us-weighs-curbing-deportations/#comments Tue, 22 Apr 2014 10:56:02 +0000 http://joemiller.us/?p=87957 Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson is weighing limiting deportations of immigrants living in the U.S. illegally who don't have serious criminal records.

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Photo Credit: AP / Evan Vucci

Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson is weighing limiting deportations of immigrants living in the U.S. illegally who don’t have serious criminal records, according to two people with knowledge of his deliberations.

The change, if adopted following an ongoing review ordered by President Barack Obama, could shield tens of thousands of immigrants now removed each year solely because they committed repeat immigration violations, such as re-entering the country illegally after having been deported, failing to comply with a deportation order or missing an immigration court date.

However, it would fall short of the sweeping changes sought by activists. They want Obama to expand a two-year-old program that grants work permits to certain immigrants brought here illegally as children to include other groups, such as the parents of any children born in the U.S.

John Sandweg, who served until February as acting director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, said he had promoted the policy change for immigrants without serious criminal records before his departure and that it was being weighed by Johnson. An immigration advocate who’s discussed the review with the administration also confirmed the change was under consideration. The advocate spoke on condition of anonymity because the proceedings are confidential.

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Photo Credit: Alex Leary / The Tampa Bay Times / AP

Immigration reform: If Obama moves on his own, how big a political risk?

By Linda Feldmann.

President Obama has long insisted he does not have the power to waive deportations of illegal immigrants on his own.

But under pressure from political allies, Mr. Obama may be headed for some changes of immigration policy via the Department of Homeland Security. DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson is considering limiting deportations of undocumented immigrants who do not have serious criminal records, the Associated Press reported Monday.

Obama set the stage for the reported recommendations last month, when he ordered Secretary Johnson to review how current immigration law is implemented, with an eye toward conducting enforcement “more humanely,” as the White House put it.

The change of policy, if adopted, “could shield tens of thousands of immigrants now removed each year solely because they committed repeat immigration violations, such as reentering the country illegally after having been deported, failing to comply with a deportation order, or missing an immigration court date,” the AP reported.

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Michelle Obama: ‘Splurging is the Key to Life’ http://joemiller.us/2014/04/michelle-obama-splurging-key-life/ http://joemiller.us/2014/04/michelle-obama-splurging-key-life/#comments Tue, 22 Apr 2014 10:55:12 +0000 http://joemiller.us/?p=87962 Michelle Obama said "splurging is the key to life" if you regularly eat right and stay active. Her biggest guilty pleasure: French fries.

Michelle Obama: ‘Splurging is the Key to Life’

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Photo Credit: AP / Susan Walsh

Michelle Obama said “splurging is the key to life” if you regularly eat right and stay active. Her biggest guilty pleasure: French fries.

“How would you appreciate vegetables if you never had chocolate?” she asked. “You couldn’t live without a little chocolate, a little French fries.”

The first lady took questions from children reporters Monday after appearing at the White House Easter Egg Roll. She told the children that if they eat right the majority of the time, then a splurge or snack is not going to hurt them.

“I still splurge when I can, but that’s why I try to exercise almost every day,” she said.

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Michelle Obama: ‘Splurging is the Key to Life’

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Dem Congressman on Obamacare: The Worst Is Yet to Come (+video) http://joemiller.us/2014/04/dem-congressman-obamacare-worst-yet-come-video/ http://joemiller.us/2014/04/dem-congressman-obamacare-worst-yet-come-video/#comments Tue, 22 Apr 2014 10:54:10 +0000 http://joemiller.us/?p=87973 The Situations is 'going to hit the fan'. Massachusetts representative Stephen Lynch isn’t just worried about the negative impact Obamacare will have on his party’s performance this fall.

Dem Congressman on Obamacare: The Worst Is Yet to Come (+video)

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Massachusetts representative Stephen Lynch isn’t just worried about the negative impact Obamacare will have on his party’s performance this fall — he also thinks its worst effects on our health-care system are still to come. Lynch, who voted against the Affordable Care Act in 2010, warned that the situation is “going to hit the fan” when the law’s delayed provisions go into effect down the road.

“There are parts of Obamacare, or the Affordable Care Act, that were postponed because they are unpalatable,” he told the Boston Herald. The “Cadillac tax” that goes into effect in a few years and taxes employer health plans over a certain value, he said, will be “the first time in this country’s history that we have actually taxed health care.”

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IRS Revokes Conservative Group’s Tax-Exempt Status Over Anti-Clinton Statements http://joemiller.us/2014/04/irs-revokes-conservative-groups-tax-exempt-status-anti-clinton-statements/ http://joemiller.us/2014/04/irs-revokes-conservative-groups-tax-exempt-status-anti-clinton-statements/#comments Tue, 22 Apr 2014 10:52:03 +0000 http://joemiller.us/?p=87985 The Internal Revenue Servicehas revoked the tax-exempt status of a conservative charity for making statements critical of Hillary Rodham Clinton and John Kerry.

IRS Revokes Conservative Group’s Tax-Exempt Status Over Anti-Clinton Statements

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The Internal Revenue Servicehas revoked the tax-exempt status of a conservative charity for making statements critical of Hillary Rodham Clinton and John Kerry, according to a USA Today report.

The Patrick Henry Center for Individual Liberty, based in Manassas, Va., “has shown a pattern of deliberate and consistent intervention in political campaigns” and made “repeated statements supporting or opposing various candidates by expressing its opinion of the respective candidate’s character and qualifications,” according to a written determination released Friday by the IRS.

The IRS said the center acted as an “action organization” by publishing alerts on its website for columns written by its president, former FBI agent Gary Aldrich, the Washington Free Beacon reported.

The IRS pointed out a column that appeared to be published by Townhall on April 2, 2004, in which Mr. Aldrich wrote, “if John Kerry promises otherwise ill-informed swing-voters lower gas prices at the pump, more than a few greedy, registered ignoramuses will follow him anywhere,” the Free Beacon reported.

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IRS Revokes Conservative Group’s Tax-Exempt Status Over Anti-Clinton Statements

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Former Supreme Court Justice: Amend 2nd Amendment http://joemiller.us/2014/04/former-supreme-court-justice-amend-2nd-amendment/ http://joemiller.us/2014/04/former-supreme-court-justice-amend-2nd-amendment/#comments Tue, 22 Apr 2014 10:51:29 +0000 http://joemiller.us/?p=87920 Stevens says America's Founding Fathers never intended the Second Amendment to be an individual right:

Former Supreme Court Justice: Amend 2nd Amendment

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Photo Credit: AP / J. Scott Applewhite

Former Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens, in his new book, recommends six rewrites to the U.S. Constitution. He would restrict gun ownership to militia members; ban the death penalty; and allow government to set “reasonable limits” on campaign financing, among other things.

But Stevens says he’s no radical:

“I think every one of my proposals is a moderate proposal,” Stevens told ABC’s George Stephanopoulos in an interview that aired Sunday on ABC’s “This Week.”

One of Steven’s proposals would add five words to the Second Amendment, which would then read: “…the right of the people to keep and bear arms, when serving in the militia, shall not be infringed.”

Stevens agreed that adding those five words would allow legislatures and Congress, rather than the courts, to “do what they think is in the best public interest.”

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Trump: Why I Donated to Ted Cruz (+video) http://joemiller.us/2014/04/trump-donated-ted-cruz-video/ http://joemiller.us/2014/04/trump-donated-ted-cruz-video/#comments Tue, 22 Apr 2014 10:50:34 +0000 http://joemiller.us/?p=87900 Donald Trump isn’t ready to make his presidential endorsement just yet.

Trump: Why I Donated to Ted Cruz (+video)

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Donald Trump isn’t ready to make his presidential endorsement just yet.

The real estate magnate clarified on Monday that a donation he made to Ted Cruz’s political action committee doesn’t mean that he’s supporting Cruz for president in 2016.

Appearing on “Fox and Friends,” Trump praised Cruz, saying, “He’s a nice guy. I get along with him…”

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U.S. Intelligence Chief Bars Unauthorized Contacts with Reporters On All Intel-Related Matters http://joemiller.us/2014/04/u-s-intelligence-chief-bars-unauthorized-contacts-reporters-intel-related-matters/ http://joemiller.us/2014/04/u-s-intelligence-chief-bars-unauthorized-contacts-reporters-intel-related-matters/#comments Tue, 22 Apr 2014 10:49:07 +0000 http://joemiller.us/?p=87978 Employees of U.S. intelligence agencies have been barred from discussing without authorization any intelligence-related matter - even if it isn’t classified - with journalists.

U.S. Intelligence Chief Bars Unauthorized Contacts with Reporters On All Intel-Related Matters

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Photo Credit: OLIVIER DOULIERY — MCT

Employees of U.S. intelligence agencies have been barred from discussing without authorization any intelligence-related matter – even if it isn’t classified – with journalists, under a new directive issued by Director of National Security James Clapper.

Intelligence agency employees who violate the policy could suffer career-ending losses of their security clearances or out-right termination, and those who disclose classified information could face criminal prosecution, according to the directive signed by Clapper on March 20.

Under the order, only the director or deputy head of an intelligence agency, public affairs officials and those authorized by a public affairs official may have contact with journalists on intelligence-related matters.

The order, which was made public on Monday by Steven Aftergood, who runs the Federation of American Scientists’ Project on Government Secrecy, is sweeping in its definition of intelligence-related matters.

“The directive is limited to contact with the media about intelligence related-information, including intelligence sources, methods, activities and judgments,” says the order, which doesn’t distinguish between classified and unclassified matters.

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U.S. Intelligence Chief Bars Unauthorized Contacts with Reporters On All Intel-Related Matters

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Alaska Marijuana Vote Pushed to November http://joemiller.us/2014/04/alaska-marijuana-vote-pushed-november/ http://joemiller.us/2014/04/alaska-marijuana-vote-pushed-november/#comments Tue, 22 Apr 2014 10:48:36 +0000 http://joemiller.us/?p=87894 Marijuana likely won’t be on the ballot until November in Alaska when voters head to the polls in the general election, because of the state’s Legislature extending its session.

Alaska Marijuana Vote Pushed to November

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Photo Credit: M.Scott Mahaskey / POLITICO

Marijuana likely won’t be on the ballot until November in Alaska when voters head to the polls in the general election, because of the state’s Legislature extending its session.

A citizens’ petition to allow recreational marijuana use similar to alcohol qualified to be on the ballot in the August primary, but it is expected to get pushed back to November, Alaska Public Media reported.

The change is caused by the Legislature’s extended session: Lawmakers were unable to reach an agreement on education spending by the midnight deadline and thus continued to meet. Alaska law requires constitutional initiatives to wait 120 days after a legislative session before making the ballot, and the Aug. 19 primary is 120 days from Monday.

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Independents More Likely to Back Anti-ObamaCare Candidates http://joemiller.us/2014/04/independents-likely-back-anti-obamacare-candidates/ http://joemiller.us/2014/04/independents-likely-back-anti-obamacare-candidates/#comments Tue, 22 Apr 2014 10:47:16 +0000 http://joemiller.us/?p=87941 Most voters say ObamaCare will play an important role in their vote in this year’s elections, and over half are more inclined to back the candidate who opposes the health care law.

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Photo Credit: Fox News

Most voters say ObamaCare will play an important role in their vote in this year’s elections, and over half are more inclined to back the candidate who opposes the health care law.

That’s according to a Fox News poll released Monday.

The new poll asks voters what they would do if the only difference between two congressional candidates is that one promises to fight for the health care law and the other promises to fight against it.

CLICK HERE TO READ THE POLL RESULTS

By a 53-39 percent margin, more voters say they would back the anti-ObamaCare candidate.

Independents, always a key voting bloc, would back that candidate by a 25 percentage-point margin (54-29 percent, with another 14 percent saying it depends).

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Independents More Likely to Back Anti-ObamaCare Candidates

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U.S. Says Has Indications Toxic Chemical Used in Syria this Month http://joemiller.us/2014/04/u-s-says-indications-toxic-chemical-used-syria-month/ http://joemiller.us/2014/04/u-s-says-indications-toxic-chemical-used-syria-month/#comments Tue, 22 Apr 2014 10:46:26 +0000 http://joemiller.us/?p=87927 The United States has indications that a toxic chemical, probably chlorine, was used in Syria this month and is examining whether the Syrian government was responsible.

U.S. Says Has Indications Toxic Chemical Used in Syria this Month

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Photo Credit: REUTERS / STRINGER

The United States has indications that a toxic chemical, probably chlorine, was used in Syria this month and is examining whether the Syrian government was responsible, the U.S. State Department said on Monday.

“We have indications of the use of a toxic industrial chemical” in the town of Kfar Zeita, State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said, referring to a rebel-held area.

“We are examining allegations that the government was responsible,” she told a regular news briefing. “Obviously there needs to be an investigation of what’s happened here.”

Syrian opposition activists reported that helicopters dropped chlorine gas on Kfar Zeita on April 11 and 12. The U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, Samantha Power, told ABC television’s “This Week” on April 13 that the attack was “unsubstantiated.”

Psaki said chlorine was not one of the priority one or two chemicals Syria declared to the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) under a Russian-U.S. agreement for the destruction of Syria’s chemical weapons stockpile.

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U.S. Says Has Indications Toxic Chemical Used in Syria this Month

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Gold Bars Found Inside Stomach of Indian Businessman http://joemiller.us/2014/04/gold-bars-found-inside-stomach-indian-businessman/ http://joemiller.us/2014/04/gold-bars-found-inside-stomach-indian-businessman/#comments Tue, 22 Apr 2014 10:45:14 +0000 http://joemiller.us/?p=87946 Hospital sources told the newspaper the man swallowed the gold bars as part of a plot to smuggle them into India.

Gold Bars Found Inside Stomach of Indian Businessman

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Photo Credit: John Louis / Creative Commons

Twelve gold bars were found inside the stomach of a businessman who tried to smuggle the precious metal into India from Singapore.

The Indian Express reports that the 63-year-old man visited a hospital in New Delhi earlier this month, saying he had swallowed the cap of a water bottle and wanted it removed. Doctors soon operated after he repeatedly vomited and complained of pain, and later found 12 gold bars, weighing nearly a pound and worth $23,000.

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Gold Bars Found Inside Stomach of Indian Businessman

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