Just in case you needed another reason to hate the IRS, it turns out the embattled government agency has used your tax dollars to make a "Star Trek" parody video.
According to a damning new report from the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration, "the IRS spent $50,187 on videos for the Anaheim conference in 2010, including a Star Trek parody that featured IRS executives portraying characters from the television show in a tax-themed skit."
In other words, the IRS spent Americans' hard-earned tax dollars to dress its employees up like Spock and Captain Kirk and broadcast the resulting video to the world. more >>
Across the nation, Americans are starting to see what ObamaCare really means - and it's not pretty.
Californians who buy insurance on the new "Covered California" exchange better not expect care at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, the prestigous LA academic hospital: Their plans won't cover such top-drawer care. Indeed, many in the Golden State will have to give up doctors and hospitals they now use, if they want subsidized coverage.
That's one of many truths omitted amid the fanfare last week as Covered California unveiled the plans it will offer starting Oct. 1. The unveiling of what will be the country's largest exchange naturally attracted nationwide interest, with ObamaCare boosters declaring victory. more >>
Why socialism doesn't work, and the consequences once you've run out of other people's money.
Item: Police in Venezuela seized 2,500 rolls of toilet paper in an overnight raid of a clandestine warehouse. In addition, officers seized 400 diapers and 7,000 liters of fruit juice.
Item: The Elysee Palace sold off a tenth of its wine collection in a Presidential garage sale. The French government says it's no big deal, and they're trying to set the example. more >>
Clark University in Worchester, Mass., received a $152,000 grant awarded by the Department of Health and Human Services to interview 50 lesbian couples before and after they became adoptive parents. The grant was awarded to the Trustees of Clark University to fund a research project, titled "Transition to Adoptive Parenthood," to study the potential strengths and challenges faced by lesbian parents three months after they adopted their children.
The university received funding as part of the 2009 "American Recovery and Reinvestment Act" that was to allocate $833 billion to create jobs. But in many cases, stimulus dollars were awarded to fund research projects that haven't created a single new job.
Specifically, the goal of this research project is to "investigate the unique strengths and potential challenges of lesbian couples across the transition to adoptive parenthood; and the couples' adjustment to the parental role. There is evidence that lesbian couples possess certain strengths (e.g., a tendency to share domestic labor), but also face challenges (e.g., social stigma)." more >>
Recent reports reveal the costly socio-economic and human reality of four decades of gendercide in China. Gendercide is sex-selective abortion, which has resulted in the murder of girls (born or unborn) at disproportionately higher rates than boys. Gendercide is a direct result of China's One Child Policy.
If the consequences of China's policies are not seriously heeded, tragedies of unknown proportions will occur in America—as they are already occurring around the world.
In 1964, the first national Family Planning Office was established to oversee China's fertility reduction program, which included implementing a One Child Policy (one child per couple). To enforce the policy, the government instituted mandatory birth control and abortion (often referred to as "remedial measures"). more >>
A new report, called "Rich States, Poor States," issued by the American Legislative Exchange Council on state economies, shows states mostly governed by Republicans outperform states mostly governed by Democrats.
Those ranked in the top ten in economic performance from 2001 to 2011 were, in order from first place to tenth place: Texas, Nevada, Utah, Wyoming, North Dakota, Idaho, Arizona, Alaska and Montana. Those in the bottom ten, in order from 40th to 50th place are: Mississippi, Wisconsin, Missouri, California, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Illinois, New Jersey, Ohio and Michigan.
The only states in the top 10 that mostly vote for Democrats are Nevada and Washington, and the only states in the bottom 10 that are not mostly Democratic are Ohio and Missouri, which are swings states, switching between Republican and Democratic administrations. more >>