Obama’s EPA Kills Coal/Jobs in America; Supreme Court Social Justice Warrior Nominee; IRS Rebuked on Tea Party Pogrom and More; Helena’s News Roundup

coal workers jobs goneDennis Prager – Judge Garland and the Left’s Disdain for Truth “The mainstream media- the liberal media- share all the views and characteristics of the left… But truth is not a leftist value. Everything the left believes in is more important than truth: social justice, economic equality, reducing carbon emissions, expanding the power of the state, battling sexism, homophobia, Islamophobia, racism, and above all destroying its conservative opposition.The media’s coverage of Obama’s nomination of Judge Garland to the Supreme Court should serve as one of the most blatant examples of.. their willingness to play with truth..the day after Garland’s nomination, every major mainstream news outlet depicted the judge as a centrist…He is “left of Justice Kagan, way to the left of Breyer and minimally to the right of Sotomayor and Ginsburg.”

IRS rebuked for tea party targeting, ordered to release secret list About Time! “A federal appeals court spanked the IRS, saying it has taken laws designed to protect taxpayers from the government and turned them on their head, using them to try to protect the tax agency from the very tea party groups it targeted.The judges ordered the IRS to quickly turn over the full list of groups it targeted so that a class-action lawsuit, filed by the NorCal Tea Party Patriots, can proceed. The judges also accused the Justice Dept lawyers, who are representing the IRS in the case, of acting in bad faith — compounding the initial targeting — by fighting the disclosure…An IG found several hundred groups were asked inappropriate questions about their members’ activities, their fundraising and their political leanings.”

Republicans criticize partisan divide at FCC Par for Obama’s course!! “2 Republicans on the FEC told a congressional panel the partisan divide at the nation’s telecommunications reg body is growing. FCC Commissioner Pai (R) said at a House hearing that the number of votes splitting along party lines at the 5-member FCC is growing under FCC Chairman Wheeler – and is twice as high as under 4 prior chairmen… Wheeler has a busy agenda in the final year of the Obama administration and has drawn the ire of some industry groups and Republicans in Congress.He has proposed allowing consumers access to pay TV without renting an expensive set-top cable box. He also has proposed privacy rules that would require Internet service providers to get consent for using consumer data and has unveiled a plan to expand a subsidy for low-income Americans that covers mobile phones to include broadband Internet access.”

State Dept issues Europe-wide travel alert warning of more attacks How about securing our borders!!”The State Dept has issued a Europe-wide travel alert warning of more attacks on transport networks and at tourist sites following the deadly triple-bombing in Belgium.Americans are being warned that ‘terrorist groups continue to plan near-term attacks throughout Europe’ and told to ‘exercise vigilance when in public places or using mass transportation’. Meanwhile security has been beefed up across America..Officials were also considering extra checks on inbound flights from Belgium, currently one of 38 countries whose citizens generally do not require a visa to enter…Gov. Cuomo ordered the increases in security across NY. He also sent 400 more National Guardsmen to be stationed in the Big Apple.”

EDITORIAL: Successes of U.S. policy toward Cuba “Obama’s open hand to the Castro brothers has been met with a clenched fist. Cubans protesting the most repressive regime in the history of the Western Hemisphere have been beaten and abused in answer to the visit of the president, and on camera. Several thousand Cubans were thrown in jail on the eve of Obama’s arrival, and Castro added a pointed snub of protocol when he would not meet Obama at the airport.The renewal of relations with Cuba throws in sharp relief what might have been but for the timidity of American policy to the island nation after Fidel Castro’s success in establishing a Communist satrap in the region. JFK declined to follow through with the expected air support of the aborted campaign to liberate Cuba in early 1961, a campaign planned in the final days of the Eisenhower admin.”

Supreme Court Throws Out Ruling Upholding Stun Gun Carry Ban “The Supreme Court vacated a lower court’s ruling that upheld a MA ban on the carry of stun guns in a unanimous ruling.The justices ordered the Supreme Courtt of MA to rehear Caetano v. Massachusetts, reasserting 2 key gun rights rulings. The MA court had ruled against Caetano after she was convicted of carrying a stun gun to protect herself from an abusive ex-boyfriend. The court reasoned that stun guns “were not in common use at the time of the 2nd Amendment’s enactment” and, therefore, not protected by the amendment.The Supreme Court rebuked the lower court for straying from the precedent set by the high court in both DC v. Heller and McDonald v. Chicago. In Heller, the court established that 2nd Amendment protections extend to arms that did not exist at the time of the founding. In McDonald, the court extended that standard to the state level.”


Border agents: DHS has ‘no intention’ of deporting illegals What happened to the rule of law?”A top Homeland Security official told Border Patrol agents the Obama administration has “no intention of deporting” many of the illegal immigrants caught trying to sneak into the country, ordering instead that they be released so they don’t clog up the courts, a leading advocate for agents testified to Congress. Judd, president of the Nat’l Border Patrol Council, said the orders are a new “catch and release” policy, which he said “amounts to amnesty” because it means many illegal immigrants are never asked to leave the country.It also suggests the Border Patrol is being ordered to break Obama’s own enforcement priorities, which say new illegal immigrants — defined as those who came after Dec. 31, 2013 — are priorities for deportation, and are supposed to be arrested and processed.”

ObamaCare Turns 6 — $55 Billion In Waste, So Far Only government wastes this much money!! “ObamaCare was supposed to make health care more efficient and less expensive. Yet it has flushed tens of billions of dollars down the drain before providing anyone affordable coverage.The Obama administration plans several events this week to mark the 6th anniversary with lots of happy talk about gains in coverage and low inflation…So far, 12 of 23 non-profit insurance co-ops established by ObamaCare have failed.. Overall, ObamaCare shoveled $2.4 billion into these ill-conceived co-ops..ObamaCare awarded a total of more than $5 billion in grants for states to set up state-run exchanges. About $729 million went to dozens of states that decided against building an exchange; $778 million went to exchanges that have since failed which means $1.5 billion was simply flushed down the drain.”

Spice drug use in Tampa and other cities is spiraling out of control Happening in our own backyard of Tampa and Clearwater!! “Authorities in several FL cities have seen an increase in emergency calls related to people being slumped over in a stupefied state, as they have overdosed on the dangerous drug known as spice, or synthetic marijuana. Police in Tampa say that more people than ever before are overdosing on the drug, as investigators in Clearwater say they’ve received dozens of calls for people who have had to be rushed to the hospital because of suspected spice use. WTVT reported that Tampa medical and law enforcement professionals warned last week about the dangerous uptick in overdoses that is possibly linked to a bad batch of spice that’s being sold.”

Florida Congressmen Want Feds to Curb Lionfish “3 congressmen teamed up to bring out a measure looking to stop lionfish from taking over FL waters. The bill will set up grants for universities to find ways to combat lionfish.. “For decades, coastal communities along the Atl Ocean and Gulf of Mex have faced a growing ecological and economic threat from lionfish, an invasive species of marine animal,” Curbelo said. “Lionfish have no natural predators in our region and a single female lionfish can lay up to 2 million eggs per year. They’ve been known to consume up to 40 sportfish per day which has had devastating effects on the recreational fishing industry in South FL. Lionfish also consume herbivores, which clean algae from our coral reefs. Without these herbivores, algae continues to grow, resulting in detrimental consequences to the health of our coral reefs.”

How ‘ghost corporations’ are funding the 2016 election Illegal?”2 days before Christmas, a trust called DE First Holdings was quietly formed in DE, where corps are required to reveal little about their workings. A day later, the entity dropped $1 million into a super PAC with ties to Jersey City, NJ, Mayor Fulop, a Democrat considering a gubernatorial bid.The trust, whose owner remains unknown, is part of a growing cadre of mystery outfits financing big-money super PACs. Many were formed just days or weeks before making 6-7-figure contributions- an arrangement that election law experts say violates a long-standing fed ban on straw donors.But the individuals behind the “ghost corporations” appear to face little risk of reprisal from a deeply polarized FEC, which recently deadlocked on whether to even investigate such cases.”

Florida Leads Nation in Private Sector Job Growth “FL led the country in job growth nationwide for January, according to a press release from Gov. Scott’s office.FL’s private-sector job rate growth of 3.7% was higher than the national private-sector job rate growth of 2.2% for the month of Jan. “We have cut taxes by $1 billion over the past two years and added more than one million jobs in only five years,”Scott explained. “We’ve turned FL’s economy around and we led the nation in job growth in Jan. This means even more families can find great jobs in our state. I’m committed to creating an environment where businesses succeed so FL can be the best place in the world to get a job.”This isn’t the first month FL has placed in the top 10 states for private sector job growth — FL has made the list of the top 10 states for job growth nationwide for the past 13 months.”

Venezuelan government to issue ‘Chavista cards’ to identify, reward loyal followers This looks similar to  America buying votes!! “As the opposition makes arrangements to call a referendum on President Maduro, the Venezuelan gov has launched a preemptive strike that looks to reinforce the ailing Chavismo by rewarding loyalty.Focused on securing power, the socialist ruling party will start issuing so-called “Bolivarian cards” – with not yet disclosed privileges – to its followers, as well as “socialist cards” loaded with a monthly allowance of approximately $70; that’s 10X the minimum wage. The third tier of the survival strategy is a full-blown campaign with the motto that can be translated to “Nobody surrenders here”
The Bolivarian cards will be handed out to self-proclaimed Chavistas during a national house-to-house survey to take place in early April, Maduro announced last weekend.”

Iran to build a statue of captured US sailors America will soon be the laughing stock of the world!! “Iran’s Revolutionary Guard is planning to build a statue of the US sailors who were captured in Iranian waters earlier this year, a senior officer said.The provocative proposal is likely to cause outrage in the US and be seized on by Republicans opposed to Obama’s nuclear agreement with Iran. Commander Ali Fadavi, the head of the Guard’s naval forces, said the monument of the surrendering Americans would be a “tourist attraction”.“There are very many photographs of the major incident of arresting US Marines in the Persian Gulf in the media and we intend to build a symbol out of them inside one of our naval monuments,” he told Iran’s Defense Press news agency.”

World’s second-biggest coal miner may be about to go bankrupt The Democrats will most certainly cheer when the coal companies go broke and the people lose their jobs!! This is what they wanted! “Peabody Energy, one of the world’s biggest producers of coal, has warned that it is at risk of going bankrupt in the very near future, thanks to a lack of “sufficient liquidity to sustain operations and to continue as a going concern” caused largely by the continuing downturn in the coal mining industry.In a regulatory filing on Wednesday, the US-based producer said: “There can be no assurance that our plan to improve our operating performance and financial position will be successful.” Peabody has undertaken a huge program of cost-cutting in recent years to stave off a massive crash in the price of the commodity.”