IRS seeks help destroying another 3,200 hard drives

  - Loss of Lois Lerner emails amid tea party targeting probe unresolved – Days after IRS officials said in a sworn statement that former top agency employee Lois G. Lerner’s computer memory had been wiped clean, the agency put out word to contractors Monday that it needs help to destroy at least another 3,200 hard drives. The Internal Revenue Service solicitation for “media destruction” services reflects an otherwise routine job to protect sensitive taxpayer information, but it was made while the agency’s record destruction practices remain under a sharp congressional spotlight… READ ON…

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Obamacare Kiss of Death

Federal appeals court panel deals major blow to health law.

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Vince Coakley / Your Chance to Serve

Coming to Salisbury. All will launch from the NCGOP Victory Office at 118 S Main St Salisbury NC.


Coakley Call nights every Thursday. Drop in between 4:30 and 8pm:


Walking Rowan neighborhood this Saturday 9am – ??:

Send email to me (for username) and download ‘Advantage Mobile’ if you wish to use the NCGOP Data Center App prior to Sat.


Grand Opening of the GOP Victory office featuring Vince Coakley Friday 8/1 at 5pm:

Wear Coakley t-shirts (or bring $5-10 donation to get one) and follow the grand opening at a downtown street festival!


Sean McGowan

Campaign Coordinator


Coakley for Congress

301 E 9th St Suite 165

Charlotte NC 28202  

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Obamacare Kiss of Death

Federal appeals court panel deals major blow to health law.

Federal appeals court panel deals major blow to health law

By ,A federal appeals court panel in the District struck down a major part of the 2010 health-care law Tuesday, ruling that the tax subsidies that are central to the program may not be provided in at least half of the states.

The ruling, if upheld, could potentially be more damaging to the law than last month’s Supreme Court decision on contraceptives. The three-judge panel of the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals sided with plaintiffs who argued that the language of the law barred the government from giving subsidies to people in states that chose not to set up their own insurance marketplaces. Twenty-seven states, most with Republican leaders who oppose the law, decided against setting up marketplaces, and another nine states partially opted out.

The government could request an “en banc” hearing, putting the case before the entire appeals court, and the question ultimately may end up at the Supreme Court. But if subsidies for half the states are barred, it represents a potentially crippling blow to the health-care law, which relies on the subsidies to make insurance affordable for millions of low- and middle-income Americans.

The subsidies are in many cases sizeable, sharply reducing the cost of coverage. In Wyoming, for example, the average consumer who bought a mid-grade plan on the federal marketplace is receiving a subsidy of around $444 per month, cutting the monthly payments to $99, according to federal figures.

Starting this year, it is mandatory to carry health insurance or pay a fine.

About 5.4 million people signed up for health insurance on the federal marketplace through the spring, the government says. Of them, about 87 percent received subsidies.

The plaintiffs in the lawsuit — three private employers and four individual taxpayers — argued that Congress intended for the subsidies to go to people in states that set up their own insurance exchanges. They cited language in the law that said the subsidies would be available to those “enrolled through an Exchange established by the State.”

Lower courts, however, have sided with the government, which has argued that Congress’s intent was for subsidies to be available in all states — a meaning it said is obvious from the law’s context.


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Obama Groupie: ‘He Lied About Everything’

Originally posted on The Foxhole:

This is what happens when you vote pigment over content of character.

Remember this shit from Peggy Joseph, a slobbering Obama supporter?:

“It was the most memorable time of my life. It was a touching moment because I never thought this day would ever happen. I won’t have to worry about putting gas in my car. I won’t have to worry about paying my mortgage. You know, if I help him, he’s gonna help me.”

—Peggy Joseph, starry-eyed Obamabot

Hell, it’s not like he didn’t try. There’s a record 47 million on welfare and the poverty rate has skyrocketed.

Fast forward to 2014, and Peggy doesn’t seem as enamored with The One:

“He lied about everything,” she said.

*Gasp* No shit.

By the way, according to the article, “Joseph, the daughter of Haitian immigrants, is “a suburban soccer mom with four children, who earned her living as a hard-working…

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Young Democrats to Rebel Against the Democrat Establishment?

Could the next generation of Republicans already be here?

There’s probably never been a time when humanity wasn’t collectively in a torment and uproar about what its young folk were up to. (Gur to Urp, 10,000 B.C.: “Can you believe how short the girls are wearing their bearskins these days?”)

But in contrast with our image of decadent, self-centered, pleasure-craving youth, in many ways today’s youngsters are throwbacks — spurning drugs, crime and disorder, being sexually responsible and making sound choices about education. They might be the least disaffected, least rebellious kids since the Kennedy years. And that might have surprising political implications down the road.

A July 12 Economist piece reviewed some surprising data, finding that (contrary to popular belief) teen drinking and binge drinking have fallen sharply in recent years. The percentage of high-school seniors who have ever taken alcohol, for instance, fell from 80% to 71% from 2000 to 2010. In 1980, that figure was 93%. Asked whether they’d had a drink in the last 30 days, only 41% said yes in 2010. In 2000, it was 50% and in 1980, 72%. Similarly, the teen pregnancy rate is slightly more than half what it was in the mid-1990s, and teens are waiting longer to have sex than they did then.

Violent-crime arrests for people from 10 to 24 are half what they were in 1995 (for males) and down 40% for females. Juvenile incarceration is at its lowest rate since 1975. Teen smoking peaked around 1997 and is now, at an all-time low of 17%, less than half of what it was then. (Pot use is an exception to the trend: 23% of high-school seniors regularly get high. But weed is still less widely used than it was in the 1970s, or even in 1999, when 26.7% reported regular use.)

What’s behind all these surprising numbers? I can’t say, but it’s hard not to notice that a decline in destructive behavior associated with peer pressure has happened at the same moment that the US became a fully wired nation.

Now that broadband access is nearly universal — 78% of homes, and that’s not counting all the schools and library and Wi-Fi hotspot connections available to most kids with minimal effort — restless youth don’t have to go along with whatever the local knuckleheads are up to.

They can find their community of likeminded souls online, and an unintended consequence of their tinkering with YouTube videos or playing “Call of Duty” with a buddy in Mexico City, they’re staying in. As a frustrated barman in England, where pubs have been closing in huge numbers, put it to The Economist, “Kids these days just want to live in their f- – – ing own little worlds in their bedrooms watching Netflix and becoming obese.” That sounds right, but at least no one ever got pregnant from eating Cheetos.

How are young people turning out politically? They’re liberal Democrats . . . who sometimes sound an awful lot like conservative Republicans.

According to a Pew survey, the “next-generation left” has a huge, generational disagreement with older, traditional left-liberals. Among the older liberals, for instance, 83% identify “circumstances” as the cause of poverty. Nexties are almost evenly split on this, with 47% blaming circumstances and 42% blaming “lack of effort.”

Fifty-six percent of the older Democrats think Wall Street does more harm than good, whereas 56% of the younger ones think the reverse. When asked whether blacks are primarily responsible for their condition or victims of discrimination, 80% of the older liberals said discrimination. Sixty-eight percent of the nexties said blacks are mostly responsible for their status, with only 19% blaming discrimination.

Less surprisingly, next-generation liberals tilt hugely left on social issues, and this, they say, is the reason they vote Democrat, in many cases against their stated economic beliefs. A commenter on a New York Times piece on the Pew survey ticked off a list of economic beliefs that placed him to the right of center, then concluded, “The Democrats hold onto us only because of the Republic[an] obsession with religion, sexual repression and environmental denial.”

Another way to spin that idea is that the Democrats hold onto young voters because of the media’s successful bid to paint Republicans as obsessed with these things. (Or was 2001-2009 America a Puritan theocracy?)

Libertarians (most notable among them the ever-hopeful crew over at Reason magazine) are forever claiming that their moment is about to arrive. They’ve never been right before, but their case is starting to look more compelling.

The gay-marriage debate is winding down and may be over by 2016. Some Republicans are outflanking the Hobby Lobby decision, and making a huge step in a libertarian direction, by calling for over-the-counter birth control. What if the Republican party starts to promote candidates who simply can’t be painted as sexually repressive, oil-crazed religious freaks?

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Hitting the boiling point over the border.

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Elizabeth Warren’s 11 Commandments of Progressivism

Elizabeth Warren’s 11 Commandments of Progressivism.

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No Mystery Exists about What Went Down in Salisbury’s City Hall. A Multi-Tiered Investigation Upcoming

Originally posted on Rowan Free Press:

Steve Mensing, Editor

♦ What went down in city hall is no longer a mystery.  A small group of publically-spirited individuals are now gathering information provided by city employees, past and present, whistle blower documents, and other materials passed along from city hall.  The picture is quite clear.  There will be no moving on.

Without going into specifics, one individual “dropped the dime” on extraordinary raises for favored cronies and abused expense accounts.  No contract can protect anyone from wrongdoing.  Nor can a cover-up hide what a forensic audit will likely dredge up if it goes back a few years.  Before this is over, we expect a number of people to turn on each other with abandon.

There are too many employees past and present who witnessed what was happening and worked in a house of fear and intimidation.  They will talk when they are afforded protection.

William People summed it up:  “Somebody was asleep on…

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Gang Alert Advisory for Salisbury, N.C.

Originally posted on Rowan Free Press:

RFP Staff

♦ Yesterday we received a gang alert advisory from a local neighborhood group. They were advised by the Salisbury Police Department that gang activity was on the upswing and that neighbors need to be vigilant. The recent killing of Marquis Antonio Feamster, 23, shot to death in a backyard on the 300 block East Fisher Street is said to be directly connected to a series of gunshots on West McCubbins Street during the same time frame. Also a recent shooting on West Thomas Street left a bullet hole in a home. The gang crime is basically gang on gang however the police are concerned about stray bullets and being caught in crossfires.

Elsewhere we learned this is also “gang initiation” time in Salisbury, N.C. and rival gangs may be vying for top dog status.

People living in neighborhoods regularly affected by gang activity need to be alert and aware. It is…

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