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The New Deal Was A Failure: Hoover and FDR Prolonged the Great Depression with Big Government

This Is Not a Joke: Government Issues Study of a Study About Studies

“The Pentagon was inundated with so many studies in 2010 that it commissioned a study to determine how much it cost to produce all those studies.

Now the Government Accountability Office has reviewed the Pentagon’s study and concluded in a report this week that it’s a flop.

The study of a study of studies began in 2010 when Defense Secretary Robert Gates complained that his department was “awash in taskings for reports and studies.” He wanted to know how much they cost.

Two years later, the Pentagon review is still continuing, which prompted Congress to ask the GAO to look over the Pentagon’s shoulder. What they found lacked military precision.

The GAO found only nine studies that had been scrutinized by the Pentagon review, but the military was unable to “readily retrieve documentation” for six of the reports.

The Department of Defense’s “approach is not fully consistent with relevant cost estimating best practices and cost accounting standards,” the GAO concluded. In fact, they often did not include items like manpower, the report found.”

Via ABC News

Empty Promises: Debt & Deficits

bigot Chris Matthews tells black pastor ‘I Hope You Evolve’

“Hardball anchor Chris Matthews, who routinely smears his political opponents as racist, on Monday lectured an African American minister who opposes gay marriage, “I hope you evolve.” The host patronizingly added, “I’m just teasing.” [See video below. MP3 audio here.] How would he (or MSNBC for that matter) react if a conservative said such a thing to a black leader?

Matthews interviewed Bishop Harry Jackson, who has spoken out against Barack Obama’s endorsement of gay marriage. Speaking of Jesus Christ, Matthews ridiculously linked accusations that Mitt Romney once bullied a teen, nearly 50 years ago: “Do you think [Christ] would have been chasing after the kid with long hair and cutting his hair or he would have been the one protecting the kid with long hair in high school?””

Via News Busters

Categories: Uncategorized

Air Force can Use “Incidental” Surveillance Data of American Citizens

“Steven Aftergood of the Federation of American Scientists recently discovered an Air Force intelligence brief that states it can use “incidental” surveillance data gathered on American citizens.

The briefing entitled “The Instruction” is dated April 23 of this year. While it states that the Air Force cannot legally conduct “non-consensual surveillance” on Americans, it can retain and analyze accidentally captured surveillance footage from drones for up to 90 days.

This means the Air Force has been given legal permission to study data gathered in military intelligence missions over U.S. soil to determine if the subjects of the data are “legitimate targets of domestic surveillance.” The instruction states, “Collected imagery may incidentally include U.S. persons or private property without consent.””

Via Off the Grid News

If You Live In California Things Just Got A Whole Lot Worse

“Why does the state of California seem to be so incredibly hopeless? These days California can’t seem to do anything right, and if you live in California things just got a whole lot worse. Governor Brown has announced that the state budget deficit for this year is going to be much larger than projected, that more government services are going to be cut and that voters are going to vote on another round of tax increases in November. Meanwhile, unemployment is sitting at 11 percent and extended federal unemployment benefits for workers in the state are ending. Because California is one of the worst places in the nation to conduct business, there has been a steady flow of companies leaving the state. Those companies have taken a whole lot of good jobs with them. Due to the lack of jobs and a steady stream of impoverished immigrants coming in from Mexico and other countries, poverty in the state has exploded and crime is rapidly increasing. California may be the land of “endless sunshine”, but for the California economy there are only dark clouds on the horizon. The state is coming apart at the seams and there is not much hope that things are going to turn around any time soon.”

Via The Economic Collapse Blog

Categories: Debt

HHS Sends $5.9 Million to Program Run by Obama Buddy

“The Department of Health and Human Services last week announced it had awarded a $5.9 million grant to a University of Chicago Medical Center program tied to Michelle Obama and run by Eric Whitaker, one of President Obama’s closest friends.

The Urban Health Initiative, which received the award, was originally based on a smaller program launched during the last decade by Michelle Obama, who was an executive at the University of Chicago Medical Center before she departed to become first lady. The UHI is headed up by Obama basketball and golf buddy Whitaker, who has known the president since Obama’s days in law school and who also vacations with the first family.”

Via White House Dossier

No Deal: Greek Moderate Left Party says “No Government Possible”; Chart Explains Why Deal Is Now Impossible

“Those conditions leave the Unity coalition two vote short of a majority. Unless a couple of elected representatives switch parties, a new vote will take place. It is highly likely Syriza will get enough votes from the left to form a government.”

Via MISH’S Global Economic Trend Analysis

Categories: Debt, Economy

Voters rate Reid, Pelosi the worst

“He leads the Senate for President Obama, but less than a quarter of American voters view Democratic leader Sen. Harry Reid favorably in a new poll that suggests a growing “throw the bums out” mood sweeping the nation.

Just 23 percent have a favorable view of Reid, the Senate majority leader, and a huge 57 percent have an unfavorable view. But it could be worse: Rasmussen polls reports that a towering 63 percent have an unfavorable view of House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and just 29 percent view her favorably.

And while their ratings are better than for the Democratic leaders, voters don’t appear happy with the GOP team either: House Speaker John Boehner has a 36 percent to 44 percent favorable-unfavorable rating and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s rating is 33 percent-44 percent”

Via Washington Examiner

Categories: Uncategorized

Feinstein: Get Ready for More Aggressive Molestation at the Airport

“An influential Democrat senator from California, who chairs the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, Diane Feinstein, wants more sexual molestation at America’s airports.
photoSenator Feinstein said “it’s very important that TSA keeps up its efforts” to sexually molest the public.

Appearing on Fox News over the weekend, Feinstein criticized Americans for complaining about hands down the pants groping by the government. She said “it’s very important that TSA keeps up its efforts” despite the fact the “public has not been terribly sympathetic” to an endless parade of fake terror threats — the most recent admittedly perpetuated by the CIA — that are used to violate their privacy in the most intimate way.

She also called for “candidly” killing more people in faraway places. “I am hopeful that we will be able to, candidly, kill this bomb maker and kill some of these other associates, because there is a dangerous process in play at the present time,” she said.”

Via Info Wars

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