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Who is Lois Lerner Kidding?

By on 6.16.14 | 3:13PM

Last week, reports surfaced that the infamous Lois Lerner had “lost” several years—yes, you read that correctly, years—of IRS emails between 2009 and 2011. Lerner and her cronies at the IRS claim that a computer crash caused the emails to be deleted. There are multiple problems with this story.

First, the technological component is blatantly false. As John Fund at National Review noted:

Norman Cillo, a former program manager at Microsoft, told The Blaze: “I don’t know of any e-mail administrator [who] doesn’t have at least three ways of getting that mail back. It’s either on the disks or it’s on a TAPE backup someplace on an archive server.” Bruce Webster, an IT expert with 30 years of experience consulting with dozens of private companies, seconds this opinion: “It would take a catastrophic mechanical failure for Lerner’s drive to suffer actual physical damage, but in any case, the FBI should be able to recover something. And the FBI and the Justice Department know it.”

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Nancy Pelosi Thinks She Knows More Than the Catholic Church

By on 6.16.14 | 2:53PM

The state of California, the city of San Francisco, and the Twelfth Congressional District of California are very upset with Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone.

In spreading the tradition of the Catholic Church, the San Francisco archbishop is speaking at the National Organization for Marriage’s June 19 march. The teachings of that march, according to Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi, are “venom masquerading as virtue.”

Apparently, Pelosi learned the fundamentals of virtue during her twenty-six years in Congress.  

Indeed, the congresswoman asked in a letter to the archbishop, “If someone is gay and is searching for the Lord and has good will, then who am I to judge him?”

Last week, Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom and San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee penned their own joint letter promoting “reconciliation rather than division and hatred.”

Why are these politicians, who parade themselves as loving moralists, practicing self-aggrandizement masquerading as tolerance?  

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Morning Round-Up 6-16

By on 6.16.14 | 9:00AM

Feature of the Day: The Lack of Major Wars May Be Hurting Economic Growth

Morning Headlines

Domestic                                                          

Associated Press

  1. Common Core Upsets Homeschooling Parents
  2. Feds Aren’t Inspecting 4 in 10 Higher-Risk Wells
  3. Sunni Militants Capture Northern Iraqi Town

Politico

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Spurs Win 5th NBA Title in 15 Years

By on 6.15.14 | 11:47PM

Congratulations to the San Antonio Spurs for winning their 5th NBA Championship. They beat the Miami Heat 104-87 on Sunday night to win the series in five games. The Spurs avenged their loss to the Heat in the NBA Finals a year ago.

Head coach Gregg Popovich and Tim Duncan have been in San Antonio for all five titles. Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili have earned their fourth NBA championships. The Spurs won their first NBA title in 1999 and won three more in 2003, 2005, and 2007. 
 
This year was probably their last chance as the 38-year old Duncan becomes a free agent while Popovich is 65 and may be contemplating retirement. In an era of flash and trash talk, the Spurs have been champions by simply going about their business and outplaying everyone else. The Spurs might very well be the most unheralded championship team in all of professional sports.
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Casey Kasem, R.I.P.

By on 6.15.14 | 10:48PM

Casey Kasem passed away on Sunday following a battle with Parkinson’s Disease and dementia. He was 82.  

I don’t wish to dwell on the battle which took place between his wife and children during the final weeks of his life. Like millions of people, I remember Kasem as the voice of Shaggy on Scooby-Doo and the host of the syndicated TV show America's Top 10 and the syndicated radio program America's Top 40. I spent many a Sunday during the mid-1980s listening to Kasem countdown the hits on America's Top 40 as well as his long distance dedications
 
Although Kasem was an immense success I still can't help but think of "W.O.L.D." by Harry Chapin when I think of his passing. Just consider it my long distance dedication is for Casey Kasem.
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Rollins Passes Schmidt to Top Phillies Hit List

By on 6.15.14 | 11:20AM

Congratulations to Jimmy Rollins for passing Mike Schmidt on the Philadelphia Phillies all-time hit list. On Saturday, Rollins collected his 2,235th hit when he stroked a single in the Phillies 7-4 victory over the Chicago Cubs. Anytime you pass Mike Schmidt you’ve done something good.

The question now is how long will Rollins remain  in Philadelphia. Although the Phillies are only 5 1/2 games out of the first in the NL East, Philadelphia is expected to be sellers rather than buyers during the trade deadline unless they somehow leapfrog the Braves, Nationals, and Marlins. Will Rollins, Utley, Howard, and Ruiz end up in different uniforms at the end of July?

Even if Rollins finishes 2014 elsewhere, he is one of the best to ever wear a Phillies uniform.

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Chuck Noll, R.I.P.

By on 6.15.14 | 11:16AM

Former Pittsburgh Steelers Head Coach Chuck Noll passed away on Friday of natural causes. He was 82. 

Noll invented the Steel Curtain defense and led the team to four Super Bowl championships in the 1970s, the most by any head coach. What I find remarkable is that when people mentioned the greatest coaches in NFL history they will mention Vince Lombardi, Don Shula and Tom Landry while others invoke Bill Parcells and Bill Belichick. But seldom do I hear Noll's name in the mix. He really should be and arguably at the top of that list. 
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Trump Sign Angers Chicago Obama Supporters

By on 6.14.14 | 1:40PM

You just have to love this flurry of indignant stories (as here, to cite just two) coming out of Chicago.

It seems that some prominent denizens of that fine city are outraged — outraged! — at the fact that Donald Trump’s brand new Trump Tower that graces the banks of the Chicago River has a huge sign going up on the side of building that says…wait for it… “TRUMP.”

Oh the humanity! Mayor Rahm Emanuel is enraged. He called the sign — really, no kidding — “tasteless.” And the Chicago Tribune’s architecture critic, one Blair Kamin, is beside himself, calling it a “self-indulgent branding exercise.” And more.

Hmmmmm.

One has to wonder if any of these Trump critics actually live in Chicago. Why would I wonder that? Well, I’ve been to Chicago. A terrific city, with many things to see. Like what?

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The Kings of Hockey

By on 6.14.14 | 2:25AM

Congratulations to the Los Angeles Kings who have won their second Stanley Cup in three years. They defeated the New York Rangers 3-2 on a goal by Alec Martinez in double OT.  

Hopefully next year a Canadian team wins the Cup (aside from the Bruins, of course). No team north of the border has won the Stanley Cup since the Montreal Canadiens did so in 1993, when they beat none other than the Los Angeles Kings.
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LGBT Pride Month

By on 6.13.14 | 10:32PM

Those of us of a certain age can remember the shame Americans felt over the national humiliation on the fall of Saigon in 1975. We’re not seeing much evidence of that, on the anticipated fall of Baghdad, which doesn’t even seem to be interfering with Obama’s golf game. What’s the difference between then and now? I suspect that any sense of national shame is counterbalanced by the pride people take in the great strides we’ve made on gay marriage and LGBT rights.

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