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08/11/2016 - 17:52

Home care providerIn Minnesota, labor unions might qualify as a separate branch of government.  Governor Mark Dayton, for one, wouldn’t object. Three years ago the State of Minnesota enacted a law opening the door to unionizing private home care providers for the disabled.  The law soon seemed destined for oblivion.  In June 2014, the U.S. Supreme Court, in Harris v. Quinn, ruled that an Illinois law forcing home care workers to pay union dues violated their free speech rights.  That these employees received a portion of their incomes from state Medicaid funds, concluded the Court, should not subject them to a public-sector labor agreement.  Yet the Minnesota law’s supporters have kept up their efforts, winning an SEIU representation vote in August 2014 and losing an AFSCME vote in March of this year.  

08/10/2016 - 17:07

Elon Musk’s quarterly earnings reports for Tesla Motors always offer a little razzle, a little dazzle, soon-to-be-unfulfilled promises, and rationalized failures.

This go-round was no exception, and after yet another shortfall of financial and vehicle delivery expectations, perhaps the biggest surprise was the revelation that $1.3 billion in subsidies from Nevada taxpayers won’t be enough to get the hyped Gigafactory completed.

08/08/2016 - 12:26

The ambush murders of five Dallas police officers on July 7, followed ten days later by the murders of three Baton Rouge cops, outraged the nation.  To the social media network of provocateurs called Black Lives Matter (BLM), however, these massacres were equivalent to recent white police “murders” of blacks.  Though evidence negates such equivalence, many journalists are insisting that we see these events through the group's lens.  Rather than objectively pursue truth, they selectively use facts and manipulate language to propagate the view that blacks are being targeted for death and are justified in taking matters into their own hands.  Case in point:  Last December, as part of its annual Person of the Year issue, Time magazine praised BLM as having “weaponized protest.”

07/25/2016 - 13:45

Chuck Ross of the Daily Caller reports that the emails and other Democratic National Committee (DNC) documents made public by Wikileaks show evidence that the DNC sought to reward big political donors with appointments to federal boards and commissions. From the article:

The documents, which were circulated among top DNC officials in April, could raise legal questions for the party, says Ken Boehm, the chairman of the National Legal and Policy Center, a government watchdog group.

“The disclosed DNC emails sure look like the potential Clinton Administration has intertwined the appointments to federal government boards and commissions with the political and fund raising operations of the Democratic Party,” Boehm told The Daily Caller.

“That is unethical, if not illegal.”

 

07/20/2016 - 14:12

Alana Goodman in the Washington Free Beacon today reports that Bill Clinton gave some thirty speeches for fees totaling $7 million, but that the actual identities of the sponsors is a “mystery.” The speaking fees were apparently routed through speakers bureaus and other entities, which the Clintons reported on Hillary’s disclosure forms as the source, obscuring the actual payer of the fees. From the article:

Ken Boehm, chairman of the National Legal and Policy Center, a government watchdog group, said the way the Clintons have handled these paid speaking engagements “suggests secrecy and non-transparency.”

07/18/2016 - 15:26

In the wake of the murder of three police officers in Baton Rouge, we are today asking Eric Schmidt of Google, Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook, and Jack Dorsey of Twitter to end their personal and corporate support for Black Lives Matter (BLM). The letters read in part:

Billionaires don’t have to worry about their personal security, but working people and the poor do.

Your support for Black Lives Matter is helping to fray the social fabric in cities all over the country, cities in which you do not live. The American people — both liberal and conservative — are increasingly concerned about corporate executives who put their own interests above those of our country.

07/11/2016 - 22:56

The sniper-style murders of five Dallas police officers last Thursday night should provoke universal outrage.  Yet many observers are justifying them.  While not defending the killings, they are assuming moral equivalence between the massacre and earlier deaths of criminal suspects in police custody.  They claim the murderer, a black ex-Army reservist, Micah X. Johnson, killed by police during a standoff, was a “lone wolf,” not one of the peaceful protestors.  This is nonsense.  The tactics differ; the goals are the same.  Dallas Police Chief David Brown, also black, admits Johnson was driven by a hatred of whites.  And that's what drives Black Lives Matter, the social network behind protests in Dallas and other cities.

07/11/2016 - 07:46

Frito Lay Electric TruckA British investment company has thrown in the towel on an electric delivery truck manufacturer that it once wholly owned, saw fail, then spun off in the United States at the height of President Obama’s green energy stimulus subsidy mania.

07/05/2016 - 15:26

FBI Director James Comey today announced that he would recommend that Hillary Clinton not be prosecuted for conducting State Department business on a private email system.

He started by referencing the possibility of a “violation of a federal statute making it a felony to mishandle classified information either intentionally or in a grossly negligent way…”

Comey then provided an extremely generous interpretation of Hillary’s actions but one that still clearly placed her in violation of the law:

06/23/2016 - 15:53

Come July 1 is D-Day.  On that date, Puerto Rico is set to default on nearly $2 billion in bonds, about $800 million of which is of the general obligation type.  In response, Congress is wrapping up legislation that would allow the island to declare Chapter 9 bankruptcy on $18 billion of over $70 billion in outstanding debt.  On June 9, the House passed the Puerto Rico Oversight, Management and Economic Stability Act, by 297-127.  Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., also vows action.  A seven-member board will exercise oversight.  Supporters say the bill is a mere restructuring, not a bailout.  Don’t believe them.  Not only is it a bailout, it is a bailout unavailable to all 50 states.  Bondholders will pay.  To its credit, the Supreme Court ruled 5-2 last Monday, June 13, that a Puerto Rican law inspiring the House bill violated the U.S. bankruptcy code.

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