EPA Chief Can’t Say If Climate Models Are Accurate Or Not

First, from the Washington Times:

EPA chief: ‘Climate change is not a religion’

By Ben Wolfgang | March 4, 2015

President Obama is guided solely by science when it comes to fighting global warming, Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy told a Senate panel Wednesday, rejecting claims the administration is doing the bidding of left-wing environmental groups and urging Congress to approve a 6 percent budget increase to help fund the agency’s ambitious climate change agenda.

In heated exchanges with Republicans on the Senate Environmental and Public Works Committee — who have helped lead the charge against Mr. Obama’s climate change policies — Ms. McCarthy defended her agency’s request for a $8.6 billion discretionary budget for fiscal year 2016. Some of the funding increase, laid out in the president’s broader budget proposal, would be dedicated to the White House’s Clean Power Plan, a highly controversial initiative to limit carbon emissions from the nation’s power plants.



Obama Illegally Expanded 100K Work Permits For Illegals

From Breitbart:

Obama Amnesty: 100,000 Expanded Work Permits Issued Before Court Halted Program

By Caroline May | March 4, 2015

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) approved 100,000 applications under President Obama’s executive amnesty expansion before the official kick off date of February 18, the Obama administration reveals.

In a court filing to the federal court in Texas that recently placed a temporarily halt on President Obama’s November 20, 2014, executive amnesty — specifically the expansion of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA) — the Justice Department reveals that the administration actually jumped the gun on an an aspect of the DACA expansion.

The Texas judge issued the temporary halt on DAPA and the DACA expansion on February 16.


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Alan Grayson Introduces Bill To Outlaw ‘Gov’t Shutdowns’

From an unquestioning Washington Post:

Tired of shutdown battles? This bill would end them for good.

By Josh Hicks | March 5, 2015

Tired of fretting about government shutdowns? Budget lapses would be a thing of the past under a new proposal from a House Democrat who wants to put an end to them for good. 

Rep. Alan Grayson (D-Fla.) said this week that he is seeking co-sponsors for a “Shut Down the Shutdowns Act” that would automatically extend existing appropriations levels for another fiscal year whenever Congress fails to fund agencies before their money expires.

“It changes the default from shutdown to the same budget,” Grayson said during an interview with The Post on Tuesday. “I don’t think the founders ever intended us to face one shutdown after another.”

In other words, the federal budget will never be able to be cut.


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Netflix Didn’t Want Internet Regulated By Government

From a seemingly unfazed Variety:

Netflix Exec Says It Didn’t Actually Want FCC to Regulate Broadband So Heavily

Todd Spangler | March 4, 2015 

Netflix CFO David Wells, in comments at an industry conference, said the company’s preference was that broadband Internet service should not be regulated by the U.S. government as a telecommunications utility — appearing to backtrack on Netflix’s previous stance on the issue, although the company later said that its position remained unchanged.

"Appearing to backtrack"? This is an Olympic Gold Medal winning flip-flop.

Last year, Netflix urged the FCC to reclassify broadband as a telecom service, under Title II of the Communications Act. In a July 2014 filing, Netflix said that “Title II provides [the FCC with] a solid basis to adopt prohibitions on blocking and unreasonable discrimination by ISPs.


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Prosecutors Mull Charges In Brown Family T-Shirt Attack

From The Smoking Gun:

Prosecutors Mull Charges In Brown Family Attack

March 4, 2015

Prosecutors are now considering criminal charges against members of Michael Brown’s family in connection with a violent confrontation over the sale of merchandise commemorating the late teenager, who was shot to death last year by a police officer.

Don’t make us laugh. Eric Holder would never allow this to happen to ‘his people.’ Besides, it would lead to another round of rioting and looting.

The St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney recently received the results of a months-long investigation by Ferguson Police Department detectives who probed the October 18 beating and robbery of t-shirt vendors, one of whom was hospitalized following the assault…

The decision on whether to pursue charges in connection with the ransacking of the “Justice for Mike Brown” merchandise operation (seen above) is particularly sensitive since Lesley McSpadden, Brown’s mother, is named in a police report as one of the “attackers” who participated in the assault, which cops classified as a felony armed robbery…

The ‘gentle giant’ didn’t fall very far from the tree.



Six Witnesses Feared Contradicting ‘Hands Up’ Narrative

From Breitbart:

Witnesses to Michael Brown Shooting Feared Contradicting ‘Hands Up, Don’t Shoot’ Narrative

By John Sexton | March 4, 2015

According to an 86-page report issued by the Department of Justice, six of the most credible witnesses to the shooting of Michael Brown were afraid to give testimony in support of Ferguson, MO, police officer Darren Wilson, because they knew it would undercut the “Hands up, don’t shoot” narrative being advanced by their neighbors and, eventually, by the media.

Several expressed concern for their safety should they choose to contradict that narrative publicly. As one witness noted, there were signs in the neighborhood reading “snitches get stitches.” The fear experienced by witnesses to the incident is a constant refrain in the DOJ report…

Wouldn’t this make a great Hollywood movie?



It’s Official, ‘Hands Up, Don’t Shoot!’ Simply Didn’t Happen

From the Daily Caller:

It’s Official: DOJ Will Not Charge Darren Wilson In Federal Probe

By Chuck Ross | March 4, 2015

The Department of Justice will not charge former Ferguson, Mo. police officer Darren Wilson with federal civil rights violations in the racially-charged shooting death of Michael Brown.

“There is no evidence upon which prosecutors can rely to disprove Wilson’s stated subjective belief that he feared for his safety,” the Department stated in a report released Wednesday after officials met with Brown’s family [sic]…

In the report, the DOJ rejected some witness statements that suggested Brown was in a state of surrender when Wilson opened fire… “Although some witnesses state that Brown held his hands up at shoulder level with his palms facing outward for a brief moment, these same witnesses describe Brown then dropping his hands and ‘charging’ at Wilson,” DOJ’s report reads…

“Those witness accounts stating that Brown never moved back toward Wilson could not be relied upon in a prosecution because their accounts cannot be reconciled with the DNA bloodstain evidence and other credible witness accounts,” DOJ’s report also found.



Hillary 2007: Secret Email Accounts Shred The Constitution

From the Daily Caller:

In 2007, Hillary Said Secret Emails ‘Shredded’ The Constitution

Blake Neff | March 4, 2015

Hillary Clinton supporters are currently scrambling to minimize the significance of her using a private Gmail address to conduct all of her business as Secretary of State, but in 2007, Clinton herself took a decidedly different tack, saying that secret email accounts “shredded” the very Constitution of the United States. Clinton, then running for president, was speaking at the Take Back America conference held by the Campaign for America’s Future, and took the Bush administration to task for alleged violations of constitutional governance.

“Our Constitution is being shredded. We know about the secret wiretaps, the secret military tribunals, the secret White House email accounts,” Clinton said.


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Carney 2011: All Admin Work Conducted On Govt Accounts

A trip down memory lane, courtesy of ABC News:

What the White House Said in 2011 That May Not Look Good for Her

By JONATHAN KARL | March 3, 2015

Amid questions over whether Clinton’s email practices potentially violated federal archival requirements, Clinton’s spokesman, Nick Merrill, said, "both the letter and spirit of the rules permitted State Department officials to use non-governmental email."

But in June 2011, when Hillary Clinton was still secretary of state, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said, point blank, "all of our work is conducted on work email accounts; that’s part of the Presidential Records Act."

Here’s the full exchange:

REPORTER: What is the U.S. government’s policy towards personnel having private Gmail accounts?
CARNEY: Well, the U.S. government policy — certainly, the administration policy that is effective here is that we — all of our work is conducted on work email accounts; that’s part of the Presidential Records Act.


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Hillary Wants The Public To See Her (Handpicked) Emails

From an unquestioning Associated Press:

Hillary Clinton calls for release of her e-mails

By Jack Gillum and Ted Bridis | March 05, 2015

WASHINGTON — A House committee investigating the Benghazi, Libya, attacks issued subpoenas Wednesday for the e-mails of Hillary Rodham Clinton, who used a private account exclusively for official business when she was secretary of state — and also used a computer e-mail server now traced back to her family’s New York home.

Think about this for a second. A Congressional committee had to subpoena a lawyer and former Senator and Secretary of State, and someone who wants to be President of the United States, for emails that should have been in the government’s possession from the get-go. If Hillary were a Republican her political career would be over.



Iran Pursuing Nuke Program ‘For Science, National Pride’

From NBC News:

Iran Foreign Minister: We Believe We Are ‘Very Close’ to Nuke Deal

By Jon Schuppe | March 5, 2015

GENEVA — Iran has no intention of building a nuclear weapon, and the sooner the world recognizes that, the sooner there will be a deal aimed at curbing its nuclear capabilities in exchange for the lifting of crippling economic sanctions, Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif told NBC News.

"Iran is not about building nuclear weapons," Zarif said in an exclusive interview with Ann Curry Wednesday. "We don’t want to build nuclear weapons, we don’t believe nuclear weapons bring security to anybody, certainly not to us."

Zarif said his country’s nuclear ambitions were solely in the pursuit of "scientific advancement" and boosting national pride.


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UK Gave Jihad John And Family $611K In Welfare Benefits

From the UK’s Daily Mail:

Jihadi John family’s 20 years on benefits: How it’s cost taxpayers up to £400k to house fanatic and his relatives in upmarket areas

By James Slack, Paul Bentley, Sam Marsden | 4 March 2015

Jihadi John and his asylum-seeking family have milked the British benefits system for 20 years, the Mail can reveal today. Housing the Islamic State executioner and his relatives in affluent parts of London has cost taxpayers up to £400,000 [$610,588]. Emwazi’s father Jasem, who has six children, is back in his native Kuwait – the country he claimed he fled fearing for his life. Westminster City Council is still paying the rent on the family’s £600,000 [$$915,88] flat even though the rules say housing benefit should normally be stopped after 13 weeks…

The Mail investigation can also reveal that:
* The family fled Kuwait after the first Gulf War, claiming persecution because they were seen to favour the Iraqi invasion in 1990;
* They claimed asylum in the UK and won refugee status in 1996;

* Five years later they were made British citizens and then started travelling back to Kuwait;
* The family have claimed hundreds of thousands of pounds in benefits in Britain since their arrival in the country and lived in homes costing £450 a week;
* Emwazi’s father is now back working in Kuwait while the family continues to receive state assistance for the home in Queen’s Park.



ISIS Takes Over Libyan Oilfields, Sets Fire To Iraq Oilfield

First, via Time magazine:

ISIS Fighters Take Over Major Libyan Oilfields

Oilfield guards retreated after running out of ammunition

By Jared Malsin | March 4, 2015

Cairo — Fighters of the Islamic State in Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS) took over at least two oilfields in Libya and attacked another on Tuesday, according to oil and government sources. Mashallah al-Zewi, the oil minister in the Tripoli-based government said ISIS attacked the Dhahra oilfield, before retreating.

He told AP on Wednesday that the militants swept down from the central city of Sirte and attacked Dhahra oil field to the south, trading fire with guards and blowing up residential and administrative buildings before eventually retreating.

Colonel Ali al-Hassi, a spokesman for Libyan oil industry security told the BBC said the same fighters first took the oilfields at Bahi and Mabruk.


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Norks Cheer Knife Attack On US Ambassador (80 Stitches)

From a deeply empathetic (to the attacker) Associated Press:

Attack on US envoy part of S.Korea’s violent protest history

By FOSTER KLUG and KIM TONG-HYUNG | March 5, 2015

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — A knife attack Thursday that injured the U.S. ambassador to South Korea is only the latest act of political violence in a deeply divided country where some protesters portray their causes as matters of life and death.

Thanks, Hillary! We thought you promised to improve the security for our foreign ambassadors.

The slashing of Ambassador Mark Lippert’s face and arm was an extreme example, but America infuriates some leftist South Koreans because of its role in Korea’s turbulent modern history.

And we have to understand that. In fact, we have to figure out why the North Koreans don’t like us.


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Group Wants To Replace Jackson With Woman On $20 Bill

From an approving Washington Post:

This group wants to banish Andrew Jackson from the $20 bill

By Abby Ohlheiser | March 3, 2015

Andrew Jackson’s portrait has held its place on the $20 bill since Jackson replaced Grover Cleveland in 1928. For the organizers of Women on $20s, that’s quite long enough. "A woman’s place is on the money," the Women on $20s campaign says.

You would think they would insist on putting a woman on a new 70 cent coin. Since they harp so much on the myth that women are only being paid 70 percent of what men earn.

The new group has come up with a list of 15 women it would like to see on the $20 bill instead, including Rosa Parks, Eleanor Roosevelt and Harriet Tubman.



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