$335 Mil Afghan Power Plant Funded by U.S. Ruined Due to Lack of Use

JUDICIAL WATCH

A $335 million Afghan power plant funded by American taxpayers is “severely underutilized” and the intermittent use of the costly facility has resulted in damage and premature failure, according to a federal audit.

It marks the latest of many scandals involving the U.S. government’s multi-billion dollar Afghanistan “reconstruction” effort, which has been rife with waste, fraud and abuse. A chunk of the money has gone to building roads, hospitals, schools and dams. This particular case involves the Tarakhil Power Plant in Kabul, which was supposed to help rebuild the war-torn Islamic republic and make life better for its citizens.

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Taxation Without Representation Is Now Our Way of Life

Independent Sentinel

We fought a Revolution over taxation without representation but our Founding Fathers would be stunned if they saw us today. We no longer have control over our system of taxation. Without any accountability, politicians add on taxes under the guise of fees or modifications to existing law, and they use it all to buy votes.

Uncle Sam is America’s biggest bill and states make it worse, cheatsheet wrote.

The nation as a whole doesn’t earn enough money to pay its total tax bill for the year until mid-April.

The highest state tax rates will not come as a surprise but the amount they rip off from residents might.

In New York, the rate is 12.6%, New Jersey is 12.3%, Connecticut – 11.9%, California -11.4% and Wisconsin – 11%.

New York, a big welfare state, is the worst. The difference from the national average is 39%, and the cost of living is a whopping 51 out of the 50 states and the District of Columbia.

Governor Andrew Cuomo won’t allow fracking in New York but he never met a welfare program he doesn’t love.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo makes a point during a meeting on tax cut proposals in the Red Room at the Capitol on Monday, Jan. 6, 2014, in Albany, N.Y. Cuomo has proposed cutting the state’s corporate income tax from 7.1 percent to 6.5 percent and eliminating it altogether for upstate manufacturers. He also has proposed paying more state aid as an incentive to any of New York’s 10,500 local governments that impose hard 2 percent spending caps and cut their costs by consolidating services with other towns, villages, cities and counties. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)

You can read an analysis on the highest and lowest states on cheatsheet.

This won’t help at least three of the Republican candidates for president.

The lowest tax states are Wyoming – 6.9%, Alaska – 7%, South Dakota – 7.1%, Texas – 7.5%, and Louisiana – 7.6%.

These states make a lot of money from natural resources. Alaska, Nevada, and Texas don’t tax wages; Nevada doesn’t have a corporate tax, they make money off tourists; Maine and Vermont makes money off vacation homes. It can be done with some creativity and common sense.

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Amid Security Failures DHS Spends $20.3 Mil on Conferences

 

JUDICIAL WATCH

While it let Islamic terrorists enter the country, wasted huge sums on faulty equipment and failed miserably to remove criminal illegal aliens, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) was busy blowing $20.3 million to host 1,883 conferences last year.

It’s the inconceivable tale of the colossal agency-with practically unlimited funds-created after 9/11 to prevent another terrorist attack. The agency’s various components include Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), the scandal-plagued Secret Service and the famously inept Transportation Security Administration (TSA), to name a few. In 2015, DHS asked Congress for an astounding $38.2 billion to continue its “commitment to the security of our homeland and the American public,” according to DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson.

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Government Agencies Proclaim Bogus Temperature Record

Moonbattery

If global warming ideology is based in reality, and leftists are the ones who believe in science, why is it that again and again the government dissembles about temperature data to prop up this moribund hoax?

NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) announced this week that according to their calculations, July 2015 was the hottest month since instrumental records began in 1880. …

But government spokespeople rarely mention the inconvenient fact that these records are being set by less than the uncertainty in the statistics. NOAA claims an uncertainty of 14 one-hundredths of a degree in its temperature averages, or near twice the amount by which they say the record was set. NASA says that their data is typically accurate to one tenth of a degree, five times the amount by which their new record was set.

So, the new temperature records are meaningless. Neither agency knows whether a record was set.

Such misrepresentations are now commonplace in NOAA and NASA announcements. They are regularly proclaiming monthly and yearly records set by less than the uncertainties in the measurements. Scientists within the agencies know that this is dishonest.

They also know that Big Government doesn’t hand out money for nothing. From some it buys votes; from others it buys a “scientific” rationale for its power grabs. This goes for the recipients of government grants as well as the employees of government agencies.

In any case temperature records are nonsense because the temperature is not reliably recorded, and there is data for only a small percentage of the earth’s surface.

Much of the coverage is so sparse that NASA is forced to make the ridiculous claim that regions are adequately covered if there is a temperature-sensing station within nearly 750 miles. This is the distance between Ottawa, Canada, and Myrtle Beach, S.C. cities with very different climates. Yet, according to NASA, only one temperature sensing station is necessary for the two cities and the vast area between them to be adequately represented in their network.

No matter; data is so heavily massaged anyway that it hardly matters what numbers they start with.

Credibility has been sacrificed just to convince us that it is getting warmer. That insufficient government regulation is causing the warming is a separate issue, as is the doubtful assertion that warming is bad.

If something smells enough like a dead rat, it is probably a dead rat. At this point the global warming hoax smells so bad that no numbers our government produces should be taken seriously by anyone.

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Are people really that gullible?

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Hillary’s email caper: She had inside help

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Flopping Aces

If the following is accurate, someone besides Hillary is in really deep sh*t. Former State Department officials have called Hillary Clinton email assertions “total BS.”

Former State Department security officials don’t buy Hillary Clinton’s latest alibi that she couldn’t tell that government e-mails — which she improperly, if not illegally, kept for several years on an unsecured home server — contained top-secret information because they lacked official markings and weren’t classified until later.

Such messages contain sensitive “keywords” distinguishing them from unclassified information, even if the material didn’t bear a classified heading as she claims.

The secretary would have known better, the department ­officials say, because she was trained to understand the difference when she was “read in” on procedures to ID and handle classified information by diplomatic-security officials in 2009.

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Obama’s biography: Partial assembly required

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Family Security Matters

LAWRENCE SELLIN, PHD

 

Bottom line up front: The political establishment and the media are hiding the greatest fraud and Constitutional crisis in American history to protect a hopelessly corrupt status quo.

They continue the charade while desperately trying to run out the clock on Obama because they know if the full truth about him was ever told, the American people would rise up with uncontainable anger against the permanent political class and their collaborators in the media. The vast majority of the members of our lawless one-party, political-media state would lose their jobs and many would go to prison.

Such a description would go a long way towards explaining why Obama, who never lets facts or logic get in the way of his political agenda, is undeterred by any legal constraints and why the Republican leadership is so submissive and cooperative. There may be subtle policy differences among them, but one thing is palpably clear to the political-media establishment – if he goes down, they all go down.

There is, in fact, no credible evidence that Obama was actually born anywhere.

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Political Correctness Gone Crazy

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I’ve wondered for the longest time why Americans remain silent to the massive “fundamental transformation” of our country by a minority of well-organized progressives who use any means necessary to attain their communistic ends, including the phony notion of “white privilege” in the most tolerant nation on the planet.

While history is being altered, rewritten in the revisionist view of Saul Alinksy’s activists on the payroll of the current regime, various communist non-profits, and by low information voters who think that a Hershey’s candy bar is more valuable than a $150 pure silver bar and by the non-stop race-baiters, the U.S. A. has become the laughing stock of the rest of the world. Instead of respect, we get derision and mockery on Al Jazeera by our own millennials who work for various anti-American think-tanks and lobbying firms.

The military is being cut down more and more, “we can’t afford to pay them,” we are following into the footsteps of European countries that are powerless to defend themselves in the case of an attack. Who is going to take America’s place with its brave soldiers who came to the rescue and liberated Europe from the Nazi oppressors? Where is the American backbone I have heard so much about?

The fact that Memphis officials have voted to disinter the grave of a Confederate general and his wife, in an illogical attempt to purge every shred of our past and of our history, is mind-boggling. When are the hungry racists going to stop? Their ancestors are long gone. America is in a different place now.

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