Birds catching fire! (For the greater good?)Posted August 19, 2014 at 3:12 pm by Stu Burguiere
Unintended consequences. That’s the hallmark of so many of the left’s “pro-environmental” polices.
Tuesday on Pat & Stu we listed the many green fails from the past and a new one: Birds are combusting in mid-flight. Why? Hear about it at the 25:15 mark:
Unbelievable trick shots from six sports all in one NFL stadiumPosted August 19, 2014 at 2:39 pm by Liz Klimas
The guys whose job it is to make viral trick shot videos (a.k.a. living the dream) recently took to the New England Patriots’ stadium where they showed off their skills in not just one type of sport but six.
The YouTube group Dude Perfect turned Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts, into their trick-shot playground in their latest video posted Monday.
“1 NFL stadium + 6 different sports = Tons of fun,” the group wrote on YouTube.
In the post, which has more than 300,000 views from those who are jealous they don’t have the same talent, Dude Perfect lands a football through a basketball hoop from the stadium’s upper deck, knocks a target from between his friend’s legs with a golf ball (no injuries here) and a drop shot from above while the ball was sent spinning off his finger.
Watch all that and more in Dude Perfect’s full video (Content warning: some strong language):
If you’re wondering just how much practice goes into making these trick shots, last year when we spoke with Dude Perfect’s Tyler Toney he told us “every shot is different.”
“Some are made on the first try and some take longer than that,” Toney said.
UPDATE: The VA’s (nearly!) unreachable press shop: $7.7 million a year, very hard to reachPosted August 19, 2014 at 2:21 pm by Pete Kasperowicz
The Department of Veterans Affairs boasts an Office of Public Affairs that has 54 full-time equivalent employees and a $7.7 million budget, but makes it very difficult reach any of these people by phone or email on the VA’s website.
It’s almost as if the VA doesn’t want to take calls from reporters.
Three seconds into this video of a police chase, and you’ll see why the people in the car lose itPosted August 19, 2014 at 2:19 pm by Jonathon M. Seidl
Smalltown, USA — where the problems of the world seem just a little simpler and daily life takes on new meaning. Never was that more true than this weekend in Kewanee, Illinois. That’s where Cheryl Pudil captured a police chase in the middle of Main St. But it wasn’t what you might expect, and when you turn up the volume you’ll hear laughter instead of gasps.
That’s because the culprit was large, both white and black, and likely bigger than any suspect the department had tried to apprehend. Here’s what was captured on video — three seconds into it becomes clear what has the passengers cracking up:
Yep, that’s a cow.
“Only in Kewanee [can] you see cops chasing a cow,” Pudil writes in the accompanying post.
According to the local outlet the Star Courier, the cow got loose and the police decided to simply escort it out of town instead of try to corral it on Sunday. When they called a veterinarian to possibly tranquilize it, the vet said it didn’t have that capability. It’s unclear what eventually happened to the bovine.
But one thing is clear, it made for some good laughs
The eight planks of Paul Ryan’s (prospective) presidential platformPosted August 19, 2014 at 11:33 am by Benjamin Weingarten
2012 Republican Vice Presidential nominee and Chairman of the House Budget Committee Paul Ryan has a new book out titled “The Way Forward,” in which he weaves his personal story into a treatise on political philosophy and policy prescriptions that may very well serve as a trial balloon for a 2016 presidential run.
Below we summarize the eight planks of Paul Ryan’s prospective presidential platform in his own words, which represent “an application of the conservative idea of government’s role made real through concrete public policy,” intended to make “government simpler, smaller, and smarter so that it can effectively fulfill its proper role again and help Americans recover the promise of our country.”
1. Entitlement and Health-Care Reform
“I would repeal Obamacare and replace it with market-based, patient-centered reforms. For able-bodied Americans under the age of sixty-five, we would replace the inefficient tax treatment of employer-provided health care with a portable, refundable tax credit that Americans could use to purchase coverage and get care.
…each person should have a tax credit that is theirs to take with them regardless of their employment status. You can then take your plan with you from job to job–and hang on to your insurance even when a job might be hard to find…For workers who get their coverage through their employers, their tax credit would go to their Health Savings Account to help pay for any out-of-pocket costs, like premiums and deductibles–or they could buy separate insurance, if they wish. And everyone else would now have a tax credit they could use to purchase insurance in the private market, where insurers would compete for their business.
Soon, health care would start to look like a real market with transparent prices, easy access to information about quality, and more choices. Americans will be empowered to choose the insurance plan that offers them the best quality for the lowest cost. When millions of Americans are making their own health decisions, it’s going to drive the cost of health care down. Instead of top-down price controls imposed by bureaucrats, we’re offering bottom-up competition driven by millions of customers.
…What’s more, the alternative I’m proposing doesn’t come with any of the unpleasant feature of Obamacare. There are no mandates, fees, or penalties. And you can use your tax credit to choose the plan that works best for you rather than one that satisfies a government bureaucrat in Washington.”
Medicare Premium Support
“…my plan reforms Medicare using an approach known as premium support. Future retirees would receive financial support for the plan of their choice, with more support available for the poor and the sick. This is similar to how federal employees now get their health-care coverage. Under my reforms, seniors could choose to stay with a traditional fee-for-service plan, similar to Medicare today, or they could select from a list of comprehensive private policies that deliver all of their traditional Medicare benefits in one plan.
My approach doesn’t raid $700 billion from Medicare to get up and going. In fact, it keeps those savings for Medicare. And with additional support for those with preexisting conditions, people can get affordable coverage regardless of their health status.”
Medicaid Grants to States
“Just as we need to turn the power to make choices back to workers and seniors in health care and Medicare, we also need to give states more freedom and flexibility to decide how to best deliver benefits through Medicaid…We should send federal Medicaid dollars back to the states through per capita grants. This approach gives each state the flexibility to tailor its Medicaid program and implement it in ways that better address its citizens’ unique needs. Today, the care that Medicaid patients receive is often substandard, in part because it’s subject to the demands of federal bureaucrats. Under these reforms, states will be able to give their citizens better options, improved outcomes, and greater access to quality care.”
Social Security Tinkering Plus Retirement Accounts
“…a sensible reform would slightly pare back the growth in future benefits for higher-income people and slowly increase the retirement age to reflect longevity over time. This should be done without affecting the benefits of anyone in or near retirement…I would propose the creation of optional personal retirement accounts. That way, younger workers can invest in their own account, which will be managed by Social Security for their retirement and can deliver a much better rate of return.
…Your account would have safeguards so that the level of risk you can assume is dialed back as you get closer to retirement age. That not only ensures that your money will be there for you in retirement; it also means you actually own your retirement fund and can pass it on to your family.”
2. Tax Reform
“[N]o business or family would pay more than 25 percent of their income to the federal government”
“A simplified tax code would narrow the number of rates for individuals and families from seven brackets down to two. Low- and middle-income families would pay a marginal rate of 10 percent, with a tax rate of 25 percent for anyone earning more…Any existing [tax] preferences should prioritize working families struggling to make ends meet.
I would also get rid of the alternative minimum tax…
We must also reduce our corporate tax rate..My colleague Dave Camp, the chairman of the House Ways and means Committee wants to reduce the corporate tax rate to 25 percent, a figure that would make us much more competitive internationally. He also proposed exempting 95 percent of the profits made by the foreign subsidiaries of U.S. companies from taxation. That would encourage companies to bring their profits back to our shores and reinvest them here.
Taken together, these reforms would mean that no business or family would pay more than 25 percent of their income to the federal government. And by lowering rates and closing loopholes, tax reform can make the system fairer for all without increasing the deficit. In fact, this kind of reform would grow the economy and help shrink the deficit.”
3. Ending Cronyism and Corporate Welfare (more…)
Border agents arrest Central American sex offenders with criminal records in the U.S.Posted August 19, 2014 at 10:20 am by Pete Kasperowicz
U.S. Customs and Border Protection said Monday that border agents near Eagle Pass, Texas arrested two illegal immigrants from Central America who were later discovered to be sex offenders with U.S. criminal records.
While the two men were caught, the arrests will likely be seen by some Republicans a sign that it is too easy for people with criminal records to move back and forth between the U.S. and Mexico. Many Republicans have argued that the failure to secure the border is making it too easy for illegal immigrants to enter the country and commit crimes against U.S. citizens. (more…)
GOP lawmaker says detained immigrants living better than deployed members of the militaryPosted August 19, 2014 at 9:08 am by Pete Kasperowicz
Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) told an audience in Iowa late last week that many of the illegal immigrants being detained at the southern U.S. border are enjoying better living conditions than U.S. soldiers who are deployed overseas.
“I’ve never seen poorer conditions than those of our military,” King said according to the New Hampton Chickasaw County Tribune. “When our military is deployed they are in tent city for a year or more. I didn’t see any of our illegal aliens living in tents.”
NASCAR driver speaks out about Tony Stewart incident and Stewart’s career as a racerPosted August 18, 2014 at 3:10 pm by Steve Krakauer
It’s been more than a week since the tragic racing incident that left a driver dead after being struck by a race car driven by Tony Stewart. Since then, Stewart has not raced — and now fellow drivers are speaking out.
NASCAR driver Michael Waltrip joined TheBlaze Radio show Cain and Cupp on Saturday to talk about the incident, and Stewart. “My heart tells me Tony just didn’t see the young man,” Waltrip told co-host SE Cupp. “It’s just a sad situation.”
Co-host Will Cain brought up Stewart’s reputation and temper. Waltrip understood, but said this was different.
“He’s a fair racer — he’s a guy that’s going to race you hard, but he’s going to race you fair,” said Waltrip. “To say that he did anything intentional, I don’t see how people come up with that. Because what would he have been reacting to? He didn’t wreck. He didn’t even know he was in a wreck, in my opinion.”
What do you think? Listen here (the conversation starts up at approximately the 1:34:00 mark):
Other topics on the show include the crisis in Ferguson (and media reaction to it), libertarians and militarization of police, and Cupp’s interactions with her new neighbors.:
You can listen to all the Cain and Cupp TheBlaze Radio shows here.
Sessions: Obama, tech firms ‘actively working against’ American workers on immigrationPosted August 18, 2014 at 2:38 pm by Pete Kasperowicz
Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) on Monday accused President Obama of conspiring with several high tech companies to make it easier for non-U.S. citizens to find jobs in America, at the expense of millions of Americans who are still looking for work.
“This administration is actively working against the interests of the American worker,” Sessions said. “And Senate Democrats, instead of defending Congress and their constituents, are handing their vote over to Leader Reid and President Obama.”
Report: Billions lost in Medicare wheelchair scamPosted August 18, 2014 at 1:51 pm by Pete Kasperowicz
The government has spent $8.2 billion to buy wheelchairs and scooters for 2.7 million people over the last 15 years, and has no idea how many of those people actually needed them.
According to a Washington Post report, scammers spent years taking advantage of a loophole within Medicare that paid out insurance claims without first seeing if it made any sense to deliver the product or service. (more…)
Stubborn driver proves he’d rather completely drown his Jeep than admit defeat to flood watersPosted August 18, 2014 at 1:35 pm by Liz Klimas
Jeep drivers are often very proud of their vehicles’ ability do what most cars can’t. But one such driver might have overestimated what his SUV could take on — or at least how deep the flood waters actually were.
The Jeep clearly tries to stick to higher ground by lodging itself a few feet above on the sidewalk, but in the end, it wasn’t much help. At no point does the driver decide to go back either.
Instead of looking macho and making it through the flooded road, the driver was laughed at by those who filmed his folly. Eventually, the driver was forced to hop out of the passenger side window with the Jeep fully under water.
It’s not clear where or when exactly this incident occurred, but it’s getting some play on the Internet now.
This video is all the proof you need that giant NYC rats are not actually afraid of humansPosted August 18, 2014 at 12:25 pm by Josiah Ryan
Late Friday evening, TheBlaze late-night editor Oliver Darcy and I were headed downtown after celebrating his birthday at an establishment near the newsroom when we encountered an enormous New York City rat loitering on the platform, possibly awaiting the D train.
Being a responsible journalist, I swiftly whipped out my always-present camera to immortalize the creature for you and for posterity.
What happened next permanently shook my faith in the détente I once thought existed between man and beast in New York City.
Warning: This video could give you nightmares
Fear not, caring Blaze readers. Your breaking news editor survived the onslaught with no bodily harm. The only damage was to my dignity. The rat passed nearby, possibly between my legs, but faded at the moment of crisis. If I have rabies, I don’t know it yet.
But be warned. The social contract between man and rodent has dissolved. This moment shall live in infamy.
Here’s the raw and terrifying footage
Kids cost a quarter of million bucks to raise, and that’s before collegePosted August 18, 2014 at 10:43 am by Pete Kasperowicz
The U.S. Department of Agriculture released a report Monday that says it will cost middle-income parents $245,340 to raise children born in 2013, not including costs associated with higher education.
That’s a 1.8 percent increase compared to the costs faced by middle-income parents raising a child born in 2012. (more…)
Here’s Geraldo Rivera’s latest shirtless selfiePosted August 18, 2014 at 9:46 am by Jonathon M. Seidl
Geraldo Rivera is at it again:
grandpa (71) finishes workout, keeps pants on pic.twitter.com/JXKlAO5IdA
— Geraldo Rivera (@GeraldoRivera) August 17, 2014
He did something similar last July. But like he reference in the new one, he wasn’t wearing pants then — just a towel.
FBI searching for witnesses to Ferguson police shootingPosted August 18, 2014 at 9:44 am by Pete Kasperowicz
The Federal Bureau of Investigation said Monday it is looking for witnesses to the police shooting of an 18-year old black student who was fatally shot in Ferguson, Missouri, as part of its ongoing investigation into an event that has led to a week of racial tension and protests.
The Justice Department has said it would conduct its own parallel investigation of the shooting, which was welcomed by many who said the mostly white Ferguson Police Department cannot be trusted to run the investigation on its own.
Who turned terrorists into a jihadi army? This former major general claims to have the answer.Posted August 18, 2014 at 7:29 am by Chris Salcedo
Since the rise of ISIS, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, began making headlines, I’ve been extremely critical of the administration for allowing this threat to develop unchallenged in the wake of Resident Obama’s irresponsible withdrawal from Iraq.
It became clear immediately that ISIS wasn’t your garden variety extremist terrorist group. They have acquired weapons, mostly U.S. weapons left behind to help Iraq defend itself. ISIS has stolen millions of dollars, making it the most well financed bunch of butchers in the world. They even provide detailed reports to their supporters showing their successes, much the way a corporation would report to shareholders. Both secretaries of state and defense have called ISIS a threat to the United States of America.
I have been asking the question for weeks: Who was responsible for taking terrorists and turning them into an army? It certainly wasn’t the former GITMO detainee who was released by Obama, Abu-Bakr Al-Baghdadi.
This weekend I interviewed Major General Paul Vallely. Vallely served in Vietnam and retired in 1993 as Deputy Commanding General, Pacific Command. Through his sources, Vallely says he’s learned the man who is responsible goes by the name Izzat Ibrahim al-Douri.
Ibrahim al-Douri was Saddam Husein’s right hand man, designated the King of Clubs in the infamous “deck of cards” released by the U.S. armed forces in 2003. The deck was to help coalition forces track down, capture or kill former Saddam loyalists. Izzat Ibhraim al-Douri is still on the run.
Other hot topics on the show: The passing of Robin Williams, my take on the Ferguson, Missouri, crisis and a dose of realism instead of the Democrat’s rosy fantasy on the economy.
Cue to 57:45 to hear the amazing interview with General Vallely:
‘Real women want real men!’ — Conservative females reveal ‘What Women (Really) Want’Posted August 16, 2014 at 3:09 pm by Mike Opelka
Strong, conservative women were in the spotlight on the latest edition of TheBlaze Radio’s “Pure Opelka.”
Host Mike Opelka welcomed three conservative firebrands Ann-Marie Murrell, Dr. Gina Loudon and Morgan Brittany to discuss their new book, “What Women Really Want.” The authors are also the three women who lead the conservative activist group known as the PolitiChicks.
The book hits stores in two weeks, but the ladies sent a copy to TheBlaze, so we invited them to call into the radio show and share some insights into what conservative women want from men. The engaging conversation extended across two segments of the show.
The women shared thoughts on the Left’s efforts to tag conservatives as waging a “war on women.” (Spoiler alert: They could not find any real evidence of this alleged war.) According to their research, it is liberal, “radical feminism” that is not only “forcing women into choices they don’t want,” but hurting men in America, as well.
The animated conversation also delved into what the ladies believe men need to know about the women in their lives.
In the second segment, Mike asked each of his guests to give him just “one thing women really want men to know.”
- Murrell said that men should know that it’s OK for men to compliment a woman on her looks, and act chivalrous.
- Loudon seconded Murrell’s thoughts and added, “The founders of this country weren’t squishy-sized, mealy-mouthed, skinny jeans-wearing hipsters you see around today…they were real men.” Loudon punctuated her mini-rant with the declaration, “Real women want real men!”
- Morgan Brittany focused her thoughts in a very specific statement, ”Women want to be respected and honored.”
The interview with the ladies of the PolitiChicks begins at the 9:00 point of the program.
Opelka also spoke with Pamela Geller about a special, pro-Israel event happening Sunday afternoon in New York City.
Geller is one of the speakers appearing at the American Freedom Defense Initiative‘s “Celebration of Life” rally to show support for Israel and any minority being persecuted under radical Islam.
The interview with Pamela Geller starts at 27:00 into the above audio clip from “Pure Opelka.”
Follow Mike Opelka (@Stuntbrain) on Twitter.
A black minister’s epic rant aimed at Ferguson riotersPosted August 15, 2014 at 4:32 pm by Stu Burguiere
Today’s Pat & Stu Show featured a black minister’s epic rant that was aimed directly at the protesters and rioters in Ferguson, Missouri. Check it out at the 18:10 mark:
USDA: School bake sales still legal in AmericaPosted August 15, 2014 at 4:32 pm by Pete Kasperowicz
The U.S. Department of Agriculture on Friday clarified that despite some recent press reports, it has not imposed any restrictions on school bake sales.
USDA said that some reports have indicated that the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 has essentially outlawed bake sales and raise money for schools by selling baked goods and other sweets.
Dem senator asks yet another company not to leave IllinoisPosted August 15, 2014 at 3:06 pm by Pete Kasperowicz
Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) this week pleaded with yet another company not to move its headquarters out of Illinois and overseas, as part of its strategy to reduce its tax burden.
Democrats have made an effort this year to stop these so-called corporate “inversions,” which allow companies to relocate their corporate offices out of the country to avoid U.S. taxes.
Senators ask Obama to supply Ukraine with anti-tank weaponsPosted August 15, 2014 at 12:42 pm by Pete Kasperowicz
Sens. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.) are asking the Obama administration to supply Ukraine with anti-tank weapons that could be used for defensive purposes against Russian separatists.
“President [Vladimir] Putin, undeterred by international condemnation, has provided heavy weapons to separatists, including tracked and armored vehicles and the advanced missile and radar systems that took down MH-17,” the two senators wrote to President Barack Obama. (more…)
Dems demand Holder investigate another death at the hands of white copsPosted August 15, 2014 at 11:06 am by Pete Kasperowicz
A half dozen New York Democrats are calling on Attorney General Eric Holder to investigate another incident involving the death of a black man at the hands of a white police officer.
Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-N.Y.) and his colleagues say they don’t think New York police can fairly investigate the death of 43-year old Eric Garner back in July. Garner was put into a choke hold by NYPD Office Dan Pantaleo that forced him to gasp “I can’t breathe!”
How America’s elite universities paved the way for progressivism 70 years agoPosted August 15, 2014 at 10:52 am by Benjamin Weingarten
Blaze readers are likely familiar with the so-called “Long March” of progressivism through America’s institutions, whereby leftists undertook a concerted effort to embed themselves in the media and academia over many decades in order to change American culture and peacefully subvert and overthrow its system of governance.
While books such as Paul Kengor’s “Dupes: How America’s Adversaries Have Manipulated Progressives for a Century,” have eloquently argued this thesis — with Kengor comprehensively documenting links from figures like the New York Times’ chief Stalin apologist Walter Duranty, to educators like John Dewey, to more modern dupes, useful idiots and true believers — one particularly striking portrait of the left’s strategy comes from William F. Buckley’s 1951 classic, “God and Man at Yale: The Superstitions of ‘Academic Freedom’.”
Here is what the prolific National Review founder, who attended Yale from 1946-1950 following his service in the army, wrote about the damage done to his fellow Yale students by the school’s economics department alone, some six decades ago:
…if the recent Yale graduate, who exposed himself to Yale economics during his undergraduate years, exhibits enterprise, self-reliance, and independence, it is only because he has turned his back upon his teachers and texts. It is because he has not hearkened to those who assiduously disparage the individual, glorify the government, enshrine security, and discourage self-reliance.
I believe the net influence of Yale economics to be thoroughly collectivistic.
…no one should be so naïve as to expect that I could conjure up a list of professors and textbooks who advocate the overthrow, violently or otherwise, of all vestiges of capitalism in favor of an ironclad, comprehensive socialist state. There is very little of this at Yale; but this approach is not needed to accomplish, ultimately, the same transformation. Marx himself, in the course of his lifetime, envisaged two broad lines of action that could be adopted to destroy the bourgeoisie: one was violent revolution; the other, a slow increase of state power, through extended social services, taxation, and regulation, to a point where a smooth transition could be effected from an individualist to a collectivist society. The Communists have come to scorn the latter method, but it is nevertheless evident that the prescience of their most systematic and inspiring philosopher has not been thereby vitiated. It is a revolution of the second type, one that advocates a slow but relentless transfer of power from the individual to the state, that has roots in the Department of Economics at Yale, and unquestionably in similar departments in many colleges throughout the country.
Title: God and Man at Yale: The Superstitions of 'Academic Freedom'
Author: William F. Buckley
Should you have been under the illusion that Thomas Piketty’s bestselling “Capital in the Twenty-First Century” (which we have covered here, here and here) was a new phenomenon, Buckley delves into some of the core economics textbooks to which he and his fellow Yale students were exposed, and in particular the perspective espoused by their authors on inequality (more…)
Dem bill: No high-caliber weapons, armored cars, stun grenades for policePosted August 15, 2014 at 9:25 am by Pete Kasperowicz
Rep. Hank Johnson (D-Ga.) said Thursday he would soon introduce legislation that would ban the Defense Department from transferring military items like high-caliber automatic weapons, armored cars and other military-grade weapons to police agencies.
The bill would also require Defense to tell Congress about the items it is about to transfer, before shipping any items to state and local agencies.
Obama’s poem to HillaryPosted August 14, 2014 at 4:41 pm by Chris Peterson
By now, everyone knows that the Obama’s and Clinton’s have “made up” and enjoyed time together during the president’s vacation on Martha’s Vineyard. But unless you were listening to The Buck Sexton Show today on TheBlaze Radio Network, you probably haven’t heard that the president actually wrote a poem to Hillary. Buck was able to obtain the “exclusive” audio, as well as Bill Clinton’s response. You’ve got to hear it for yourself.
Skip to 53:20 for the poem and 1:10:51 for Bill’s “response”:
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