Party on, screw the subjects.

Obama trip: 39th holiday, 222nd golf outing, $843,508 airfare, 3 beers

BY PAUL BEDARD | MARCH 28, 2015 | 1:24 PM

 

Party!

The Golfer In Chief is in Florida this weekend for his 222nd round as president.

President Obama left Andrews about 9:30 a.m. Saturday for the two hour flight from Joint Base Andrews to St. Lucie County International Airport and will stay in Palm City, Fla. Staying just one night, he is expected to leave Sunday afternoon.

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Some numbers:

— According to Air Force documents obtained by the watchdog group Judicial Watch, it costs $210,877 an hour to fly Air Force One, putting the round trip price tag at $843,508.

  • — A recent Secrets report calculated the first family’s holidays at 38, making this the 39th.

— That same report said Obama had played 220 rounds of golf as president. Since then, he played at Andrews on March 21, making this his 222nd.

— Minutes after Obama’s entourage boarded Air Force One, the beer started to flow. According to a press pool report: “You can tell this is a non work trip because someone forward of the press cabin ordered 3 beers at 9:26 a.m.”

Paul Bedard, the Washington Examiner’s “Washington Secrets” columnist, can be contacted at pbedard@washingtonexaminer.com.

You don’t suppose this has anything to do with his latest visa scandal, do you?

Senate Democratic Leader Reid announces retirement

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March 17, 2015: Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid of Nev. speaks to reporters on Capitol Hill. (AP)

Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid announced Friday he will retire at the end of his term, closing a long and controversial career in Congress that spanned four decades.

The five-term Nevada Democratic senator announced the decision in a YouTube video message.

Appearing with bruises on his face from a recent at-home exercising accident, Reid, 75, said the injury has caused him and his family to have a “little down-time,” giving him time to think.

“We’ve got to be more concerned about the country, the Senate, the state of Nevada than us. And as a result of that, I’m not going to run for reelection,” the senator said in the video.

Reid, ribbing his Republican counterpart, added: “My friend, Senator McConnell, don’t be too elated. I’m going to be here for twenty-two months.”

Reid has been a controversial figure, and during his tenure as majority leader was blamed by Republicans for much of the dysfunction in the chamber.

“On the verge of losing his own election and after losing the majority, Senator Harry Reid has decided to hang up his rusty spurs,” National Republican Senatorial Committee Director Ward Baker said in a statement welcoming the announcement.

Praise from fellow Democrats, meanwhile, was effusive.

“Harry is one of the best human beings I’ve ever met,” Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., said. “His character and fundamental decency are at the core of why he’s been such a successful and beloved leader.”

First elected to the Senate in 1986, Reid previously served in the House. He has endured tough re-election battles in 1998, 2004 and most recently 2010 — against Tea Party-backed candidate Sharron Angle.

Among other decisions, Reid will be remembered for allowing the so-called “nuclear option” in late 2013, where he unilaterally moved to change Senate rules to allow a simple majority vote to overcome filibusters for certain nominations. While procedural, the change was significant because it meant the Senate no longer needed the usual 60 votes to advance on controversial nominations.

Republicans quickly gloated that his seat would be a prime pickup opportunity in 2016. GOP figures ranging from Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval to Rep. Joe Heck and others could be interested.

Though Reid plans to serve out his term, his departure also touches off a leadership battle among Democrats. Schumer, Senate Minority Whip Dick Durbin, D-Ill., and others would likely be in contention.

Fox News’ Chad Pergram contributed to this report. 

Yet another pertler plea agreement.

Cloquet woman sentenced for shooting estranged husband

By Tom Olsen Today at 5:33 p.m.

 

A Cloquet woman finally has received her sentence for shooting her estranged husband — nearly two years after she pleaded guilty.
Marie Margaret Majerle, 38, was sentenced Thursday to 9¾ years in prison, a term she agreed to when she pleaded guilty to first-degree assault in June 2013.

Majerle admitted to shooting her then-estranged husband, Richard Majerle, as he sat in a sauna at his home in Cloquet on Jan. 6, 2013. Authorities alleged that she conspired with her ex-husband, John Edwin Bemis III, in an attempt to seriously injure or kill the 38-year-old man.

Under the terms of her plea agreement, Majerle was required to cooperate in the prosecution of Bemis — a deal prosecutors said she upheld. Nonetheless, a jury acquitted Bemis of all charges last month.

Due to the of the terms of the agreement, the court held off on Majerle’s sentencing until Bemis’ case was resolved. However, she immediately began serving time at a Shakopee, Minn., prison.

 

Sadly, our Congress will likely use this video to fund personal drivers for all members of Congress. Wouldn’t surprise me one little bit.

DC delegate’s bad parking job becomes viral sensation

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Call it the parking job seen ’round the web.

A video has gone viral of D.C. Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton executing an objectively poor parking job — even by Washington standards.

The incident, and video, were first reported by Roll Call. A tipster was apparently on the scene and watched as Norton angled her car into a diagonal spot near Capitol Hill, ending up practically perpendicular to the surrounding vehicles.

The tipster told Roll Call this was around the time of Afghan President Ashraf Ghani’s address to Congress on Wednesday.

An aide apparently was on the scene helping D.C.’s non-voting delegate. They could be seen returning to the car — seemingly to retrieve something — but then leaving without trying to re-park.

Roll Call reported that the tipster said Norton even “hit the car next to her and did not leave a note, though I couldn’t see any damage.”

But her office disputed this, saying they did leave a note.

On Thursday, the delegate released a statement acknowledging she could have done a better job: “I may need to go take some new parking lessons, or perhaps upgrade to a self-parking car.”

Sort of gives new meaning to the term “plus benefits”.

Meanwhile in Colombia: DEA agents attend ‘sex parties’

BY KELLY COHEN | MARCH 26, 2015 | 11:00 AM

 

Drug Enforcement Administration agents weren’t always hard at work in Colombia — rather, they were enjoying “sex parties.”

Ten DEA agents admitted to attending the “sex parties” with prostitutes hired by drug cartels in Columbia, according to a new Justice Department Inspector General report. Columbian policemen were even put on guard to provide “protection for the DEA agents’ weapons and property” during the parties, the report reveals.

The report was released Thursday after an investigation from 2009 to 2012 into allegations of sexual harassment and misconduct within the DEA, FBI, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the U.S. Marshals Service.

The “sex parties” — by far the worst allegations in the report — took place between 2005 and 2008, but the DEA’s Office of Professional Responsibility only became aware of them in 2010 after an anonymous complaint.

The parties took place at the DEA agents’ government-leased quarters, the report revealed.

In addition to soliciting prostitutes, three DEA agents were “provided money, expensive gifts, and weapons from drug cartel members,” the IG found.

The IG also found the DEA, ATF and Marshals’ Service failed to report any allegations of sexual misconduct and sexual harassment to their respective headquarters internal affairs offices.

“The gross misconduct of DEA agents follows a disturbing pattern of risky and improper behavior afflicting Homeland Security and the Department of Justice,” House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, said in a statement. “The IG has prepared a remarkable report and the Oversight Committee will pursue this vigorously.”

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Assclown flashbacks.

Do these morons really think there won’t be a record of their stupid statements?

 

Better late than never I guess. Don’t forget what the liar in chief traded for this turd. Will anyone be charged and hung for treason?

Bergdahl to be charged with desertion, official says

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Army Sgt. Bergdahl to be charged with desertion

Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who was taken captive by the Taliban after abandoning his post in Afghanistan and later freed in exchange for five Guantanamo detainees, will be charged with desertion, a senior U.S. official told Fox News.

The development comes nearly one year after his May 2014 release — which initially was a joyous occasion, with his family joining President Obama in celebrating the news in the Rose Garden. But that gave way to controversy in Washington as Bergdahl was accused of putting his fellow soldiers in danger by abandoning his post five years earlier. The trade of five hardened Taliban fighters for his freedom raised deep concerns on Capitol Hill that the administration struck an unbalanced deal.

The military plans to address the case at a press conference Wednesday afternoon at Fort Bragg in North Carolina.

 

U.S. President Barack Obama stands with Bob Bergdahl (R) and Jami Bergdahl (L) as he delivers a statement about the release of their son, prisoner of war U.S. Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl, in the Rose Garden at the White House in Washington May 31, 2014. Obama, flanked by the parents of Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl, a U.S. soldier who is being released after being held for nearly five years by the Taliban, said in the White House Rose Garden on Saturday that the United States has an “ironclad commitment” to bring home its prisoners of war. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst (UNITED STATES – Tags: POLITICS MILITARY) – RTR3RNRW

 

Fox News has learned he will be specifically charged with desertion and misbehavior toward the enemy. A senior U.S. official said he will face a court martial and likely trial.

Bergdahl walked away from his post in Afghanistan and was captured, then released by the Taliban in a prisoner exchange.

Gen. Mark Milley, head of U.S. Army Forces Command at Fort Bragg, has been reviewing the massive case files and had a broad range of legal options, including various degrees of desertion charges.

A major consideration was whether military officials would be able to prove that Bergdahl had no intention of returning to his unit — a key element in the more serious desertion charges.

Fox News’ Jennifer Griffin and Chad Pergram and The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

The only good part of this is the bad guy is dead.

3 dead, including state trooper, in trail of violence in eastern Wisconsin

By Mary Spicuzza, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel  Today at 8:39 a.m.

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Authorities are piecing together a chain of events Tuesday that left a Wisconsin state trooper, a motorist and a bank robber dead in a trail of violence from Marinette County to Fond du Lac.

The trooper killed was Trevor Casper, Manitowoc Mayor Justin Nickels tweeted late Tuesday and the Wisconsin Professional Police Association confirmed Wednesday morning on Facebook.

Casper, from Kiel, had just graduated from the State Patrol Academy in December.

“Yesterday marked the End of Watch for Wisconsin State Trooper Trevor Casper. Our hearts go out to his fellow officers, his friends, and especially his family,” reads a statement posted on the WPPA’s Facebook page. “May we never forget his sacrifice and that of his loved ones who shared and supported his devotion to our common security.”

Condolences for Casper poured into a Facebook page created in his memory.

At about 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, the trooper was following a vehicle in Fond du Lac that fit the description of one being driven by a bank robbery suspect. After making contact, there was an exchange of gunfire that left both dead, the state Department of Justice said.

“We at the DOJ join the Wisconsin law enforcement community and all the citizens of the state in mourning the loss of the Wisconsin State Trooper who died in the line of duty trying to keep our citizens safe,” Attorney General Brad Schimel said in written statement. “I ask for your prayers for this officer and his family.”

Earlier in the day, the suspect had robbed a bank in Wausaukee, fired a handgun and fled, Marinette County Sheriff Jerry Sauve told Action Media in Fond du Lac. Authorities later found the body of a man shot to death along a road east of Wausaukee, possibly victim of a carjacking. A vehicle from the robbery was found nearby.

Casper, who was from Kiel, was new to the State Patrol. He was one of 47 new officers who was sworn in and got his badge on Dec. 19, 2014.

You had to know this was coming…and it doesn’t even consider the battery toxicity.

PROF: Electric cars actually causing more pollution

MARCH 25, 2015

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A University of Toronto professor says owning an electric car in some Canadian provinces could actually be worse for the environment than conventional gas-powered automobiles.

In Alberta, Saskatchewan and Nova Scotia, electric cars generate more carbon pollution over their lifetimes than gas-powered cars, according to Chris Kennedy, a professor of civil engineering at the University of Toronto, in an interview with CBC’s The Current.

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Those provinces generate much of their electricity by burning coal, so consuming more electricity – such as by charging an electric car battery – significantly boosts carbon emissions.

“So… literally, if you’re living in Alberta, Saskatchewan or Nova Scotia, an electric car does not make you green?” wondered host Anna Maria Tremonti. “You’re better off filling up at the pump?”

“You’re better off filling up at the pump,” Kennedy said. “Or if you really want to go for something greener, you should be buying a conventional hybrid car.”

The professor published a commentary on the issue in the March issue of Nature Climate Change.

According to the CBC:

The carbon emissions from electricity generation are measured in tonnes of CO2 emitted per gigawatt hour of electricity produced. That ranges from:

* Close to 0 for hydroelectric, nuclear and renewable energy.
* 500 to 600 for natural gas power plants.
* 1,000 for coal-fired power plants.

Thus, Kennedy urges low-carbon sources of power.

“Electrification,” he said, “is the most pivotal strategy for reducing greenhouse gas emissions worldwide.”

But for the time being, electric cars may be doing more harm than good.

Gee whiz, can you imagine the liar in chief manipulating statistics to fit his personal agenda? Tell me it ain’t so…

FBI figures tweaked to show phony increase in mass shootings, report says

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Dec. 14, 2012: In this file photo provided by the Newtown Bee, a police officer leads two women and a child from Sandy Hook Elementary School. (AP/Newtown Bee)

Crime stats published by the FBI and relied upon by the media distort the gun violence and leave the public with the impression “mass shooting” incidents are a much bigger threat than they really are, according to a criminologist and Second Amendment scholar.

The bureau’s annual reports tabulating and classifying a wide range of crime throughout the nation have been historically free of politics, but John Lott, president of the Crime Prevention Research Center, said the latest statistics contain numbers that are misleading at best and deliberately fudged at worst. Lott believes the numbers may have been presented to overstate for political purposes the true risk of being a victim of random gun crimes.

“The FBI put out a clearly incorrect set of numbers on public shootings shortly before the November election last year,” said Lott, a frequent opinion writer for FoxNews.com and author of “More Guns, Less Crime.” “I have been reading FBI reports for 30 years and I have never seen anything like this.It is one thing for the Bureau of Justice Statistics or the National Institute of Justice to put out politically biased studies, but there has always been a Chinese wall separating the FBI raw data collection from political pressures.”

“Since 1976, there have been ups and downs in incidents but there has been no trend upward or downward in mass shootings.”- Prof. James Alan Fox, Northeastern University.

FBI figures released last September appear to show so-called “mass shooter” attacks and deaths have dramatically increased since 2000. The report asserted there were a total 160 such incidents in public places between 2000 and 2013, with attacks dramatically increased to 17 in 2013 from just one in 2000. The statistics also showed murders jumping to 86 from just seven over the span.

But Lott’s group said a major flaw is the fact that the data was gleaned from news reports, and noted recent accounts were more accessible, and thus over-represented. Recent cases of the far more common “active shooting incidents” were added to legitimate cases of mass shooting incidents, making the more recent years covered by the report appear to have a large increase in both mass shootings and deaths from them.

The media most often took the numbers at face value, allowing for the perception of an increase in mass shootings and deaths from them, Lott said. A counter report by the CPRC show that if the biases and errors were corrected, the Bureau’s data would show that the annual growth rate for homicides in mass shootings had been cut in half, Lott said.

He suspects manipulation, and not merely mistakes.

“The administration has obviously been willing to do a lot to push for gun control; with everything from ‘Operation Choke Point’ to ‘Fast and Furious,’ and this is just part of that push. Given the level of politicization in [the] Department of Justice, this is not particularly surprising.”

FBI officials did not return repeated requests for comment. But in an introduction from a copy of the report, the authors did appear to differentiate between “mass killings” and “active shooter incidents.”

“In 2013, the president signed into law the Investigative Assistance for Violent Crimes Act of 2012, which granted the attorney general the authority to assist in the investigation of ‘violent acts and shootings occurring in a place of public use’ and in the investigation of ‘mass killings and attempted mass killings at the request of an appropriate law enforcement official of a state or political subdivision,’” read the report. “To provide further clarity on these threats, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) in 2014 initiated a study of ‘active shooter’ incidents.”

In a September press release touting their findings, the Bureau stated:

“[W]e believe the information contained in this study can benefit anyone who could potentially be in an active shooter situation—like emergency personnel, employees of retail corporations and other businesses, educators and students, government and military personnel, members of the general public, etc.—by giving them a better understanding of how these incidents play out.”

James Alan Fox, a professor of criminology, law, and public policy at Northeastern University, agreed that the FBI numbers were being misinterpreted to overstate the incidents and risks of mass shootings. But he blamed the media, not the FBI.

“The media misinterpreted the report,” Fox said. “An active shooter incident is not the same as a mass shooting.”

Fox said using news reports to compile crime statistics is not a reliable method, and said his own research has found no upward trend in mass shootings.

“Since 1976, there have been ups and downs in incidents but there has been no trend upward or downward in mass shootings,” he said.