Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Fakery

***What a surprise. More than 2 million of Hillary Clinton's Twitter followers are fake or never tweet - and she's already under fire for "buying" Facebook fans. This really shouldn't surprise anyone. There is nothing real about Bill or Hillary Clinton. Oh, and notice we had to go to the UK to get this story.

Although Hillary Clinton boasts a robust 3.6 million Twitter followers, not even a vast right-wing conspiracy would be able to interact with 2 million of them.
According to two popular online measuring tools, no more than 44 per cent of her Twitter fan base consists of real people who are active in using the social media platform.
And at least 15 per cent – more than 544,000 – are completely fake.

Pretty pathetic, actually.


***How much do you know about the Corker-Menendez bill? I hope they get it through. There has to be some checks put on this President.
 

The Constitution states that it’s Congress’s job to make the laws and the president’s to faithfully execute them. It does not permit a president to suspend a law or grant special dispensations from its requirements. But President Obama has done just these things on numerous occasions, and only the federal courts can preserve the constitutionally mandated separation of powers by definitively rebuffing his illegal actions.
Separation-of-powers lawsuits are generally straightforward: A private party, injured by some unconstitutional government action, sues for relief. Last month, the Supreme Court decided Noel Canning v. NLRB, a suit brought by a bottling company adversely affected by a National Labor Relations Board decision. The court unanimously concluded that the president’s appointments to the board, which had been made without Senate confirmation, violated the Constitution.

Follow the links for some good information. Use it on a liberal, and watch their head explode. They simply cannot abide being hit with solid facts. They will start spitting and blustering, calling you a racist, bigot, idiot, you name it - but they won't be able to come back at you with anything other than ad hominems. Don't ever expect them to know when they've been completely demolished in a debate, though. They think if they spew a few more expletives at you, they've won.

***Kill the death tax. Definitely. It is so unfair of the government to tax a person's estate, money that was already taxed when it was earned. 

With the federal budget debate underway in Washington, both political parties are certainly sparring over different fiscal visions for the country. There is, however, a chance for rare bi-partisan agreement: repealing the federal death tax.
This unpopular tax has long had an adverse impact on small, family business owners who want the next generation to continue the family legacy. Currently, the federal government seizes over 40 percent of an individual’s estate when they die. While the President wants to destroy so many of those legacies and raise taxes, Congress has the chance to go in a different direction.

 40%. That is insidious and grossly unfair. It needs to be completely repealed.

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funny animal (14)
 


A golfer who was bitten on the leg by a crocodile while playing at an Australian tourist resort said Tuesday he was partly at fault for hitting his ball in the water and disturbing the aggressive reptile while it sunbaked. John Lahiff, 75, had puncture wounds in his right calf after he was bitten by the 4-foot saltwater crocodile on Monday at the Palmer Sea Reef Golf Course in the tourist town of Port Douglas on Queensland state's Great Barrier Reef, police said.
Lahiff told Australian Broadcasting Corp. from his Cairns Hospital bed that he had seen crocs on the course before and should have been more wary of them.
He was attacked after retrieving a ball from a water trap on the 11th hole.
"I drove a cart around there to retrieve the ball and I didn't see the croc sunbaking just on the edge of the water," Lahiff said.

***Swarm robots poised to fly. This is kinda creepy.

 An updated version of a battle-tested nano-UAV stole the show at an annual trial of military gadgets at Fort Benning, Georgia, last month. Tech readers may be nearing peak-UAV, but this autonomous bug-like vehicle is worth paying attention to.

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***Henry Knox

Born Henry Knox in Boston, Massachusetts. The seventh of ten children. Coming from a poor family he worked at many horrible labor positions until eventually he persevered, going on to open a bookstore of his own in Boston.
It was while running this bookstore that he attracted the attention of his bride to be, Lucy Flucker. She was the daughter of the Royal Secretary of Massachusetts, and a wonderful “catch”. The two were married and when Knox fled Boston to join the Revolution forces, Lucy had his sword sewn into her cape.
While working with the local militia, Knox developed a rampart in Roxbury that attracted the attention of General Washington himself. The general was very impressed with the young Knox and would ask for his assessments on the plans to capture Fort Ticonderoga. Theirs would be a lifelong friendship and would eventually lead to Knox's appointment to Major General. As Secretary of War, Major General Henry Knox was instrumental in the successful siege at Yorktown.
In 1794 after a successful career serving the country, he resigned and turned his interest to that of a gentleman farmer. His wife Lucy had inherited a huge parcel of land in Maine and he threw himself headlong into the task of developing this into a thriving area known as the District of Maine.

More at the link.

***Nothing to see here - hey, there's no media bias, right?


BEHIND THE APRON -- “Clinton Team Holds Off-The-Record Journalist Dinner Ahead Of 2016 Announcement,” by HuffPost’s Michael Calderone: “Clinton's campaign team held an off-the-record dinner Thursday night in Washington, D.C., for roughly two dozen journalists and staff members at John Podesta's house ... The dinner signals that the Clinton team is trying to engage with top reporters in the days before the Democrat's expected announcement of a 2016 presidential run. ... The Clinton team ... also [held] a private event in New York on Friday night for journalists ...
“Podesta, the campaign chairman and a seasoned cook, made a pasta with walnut sauce for the dinner guests, which included reporters from The New York Times, The Washington Post, Politico, The Wall Street Journal, The Associated Press, Bloomberg, McClatchy, Reuters and ... networks. ...
“The guests also enjoyed a shrimp appetizer, homemade cookies, and a selection of wine and beer -- including, appropriately, Brooklyn Lager. ... [S]everal key Clinton staffers, including Campaign Manager Robby Mook, Chief of Staff Huma Abedin, Communications Director Jennifer Palmieri, Strategic Communications Adviser Karen Finney, Senior Adviser Mandy Grunwald and pollster Joel Benenson, were there.”

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***There is no kind of dishonesty into which otherwise good people more easily and frequently fall than that of defrauding the government. ~~ Benjamin Franklin

***Have a great day!

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