25 Democratic State Legislators Have Switched to GOP

From washingtonexaminer.com - GOPAC chairman Frank Donatelli just sent out a press release crowing that 25 Democratic legislators have now switched parties and become Republican. "We are pleased with the decision of these men and women to leave the Democratic Party and join with us.  They are adding to the ranks of Americans who want to put result-oriented ideas into action to get us moving in the right direction. Each of these legislators’ insight, experience, and commitment to common-sense, conservative policies will make our Party stronger," Donatelli said. Note that when Lousiana's Representative Noble Ellington switched parties a short time ago it actually gave Republicans control of the state legislature for the first time since the Reconstruction. Here's the full list of legislators that have switched: More here

New Black Panther Party Leader and Farrakhan Colluded with Ahmadinejad to Overthrow America

 Malik Zulu Shabazz
From gatewaypundit.com On September 27, 2010, New Black Panther leader Malik Zulu Shabazz and Louis Farrakhan met with illegitimate Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to build an alliance, secure raw materials and overthrow America. In September is was reported that Louis Farrakhan met with Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in New York City at the Warwick Hotel’s banquet hall. Shocking Audio here


Clinton Councils the Con

From americanthinker.com -After a few afternoons with Slick Willy, Barack Obama managed to transform his image.  Call it learning from the master, as Obama morphed from Karl Marx-lite into Barry Goldwater/Padre Pio.  It appears that Obama's stunning conversion is directly related to political mentor Bill Clinton's advice.  Bill is extremely adept in the fine art of manipulative fakery: the ex-president could cry on command and was able to move to the right after the Republican Revolution of 1994, affording himself a second term in which to be publicly humiliated and impeached. Clinton must have counseled Obama that as long as taxes are cut, it is fine to repeal Don't Ask, Don't Tell and to sign a treaty that the Russian Defense Minister Anatoly Serdyukov said "expands [Russia's] forces, rather a lot, while the American side will have to cut its arms."  More here

Inspector General: IRS Audits Conducted Without Required Approval

From taxprof.com -IRS employees made decisions to survey tax returns with Abusive Tax Avoidance Transaction (ATAT) issues without proper approval. From a statistical sample of 311 surveyed tax returns, TIGTA determined that 246 required the Planning and Special Programs function to concur with the group manager’s decision to survey the tax return. However, group managers did not follow guidelines and surveyed 238 (97%) tax returns without approval from the Planning and Special Programs function. Additionally, in 88 instances, TIGTA could not determine why the tax returns were surveyed because justification was not included in the case files or did not support the decisions to survey the tax returns  More here

School Officials Destroy Girl's College Plans Over Knife Mix-up

From hotair.com -Suspended for the school year and charged with misdemeanor possession of a weapon on school grounds. And by “weapon,” I of course mean … a paring knife. Just one question: Is it true? Smithwick said personnel found the knife while searching the belongings of several students, possibly looking for drugs. She said the lunchbox really belonged to her father, Joe Smithwick, who packs a paring knife to slice his apple. He and his daughter have matching lunchboxes…Lee County Schools Superintendent Jeff Moss said in a statement on Wednesday that the 3-inch-long knife was found in the teen’s purse, not her lunchbox. The search was conducted on Oct. 20 after a faculty member at the school discovered a student on campus with marijuana…  More here

Progressive Satire: David Corn Makes 2011 Predictions

David Corn
Politics Daily - It's end-of-year time, and that means journalists and pundits, looking to survive the news dead-zone of the holiday season, toss out the easy-to-compile Top 10 lists. The Top 10 political events of the year. The Top 10 quotes of the year. The Top 10 campaign ads of the year. And so on. Well, anyone can use Google to assemble such a feature. I'm going to do a little more and offer you a list of the Top 10 political moments of the coming year. After all, in the world of punditing, it is never too early to predict what will be. As for 2012 . . . well, you'll just have to wait until this time next year. Read full column here:

Stossel: Stop Helping Us!

John Stossel
Townhall - Last year, Congress passed the Credit Card Accountability, Responsibility and Disclosure (CARD) Act. It was supposed to really end the alleged abuses perpetrated by the credit card companies. The law forbids some penalties and interest-rate increases on existing balances. It is one of President Obama's proudest achievements. "Enough's enough," he said. "It's time for strong, reliable protection for our consumers." Reform, he said, would not come at the expense of honest businesses. "Unless your business model depends on cutting corners or bilking your customers, you've got nothing to fear." Finally! Protection! A new bureaucracy will stop greedy credit card companies from unfairly penalizing you. And it won't threaten the credit business. Yippie! How has it worked out? Read full column here:

NY Public Employee Union Bosses Implicated in Deaths

NYPost - Selfish Sanitation Department bosses from the snow-slammed outer boroughs ordered their drivers to snarl the blizzard cleanup to protest budget cuts -- a disastrous move that turned streets into a minefield for emergency-services vehicles, The Post has learned. Miles of roads stretching from as north as Whitestone, Queens, to the south shore of Staten Island still remained treacherously unplowed last night because of the shameless job action, several sources and a city lawmaker said, which was over a raft of demotions, attrition and budget cuts. "They sent a message to the rest of the city that these particular labor issues are more important," said City Councilman Dan Halloran (R-Queens), who was visited yesterday by a group of guilt-ridden sanitation workers who confessed the shameless plot. Read full story here:

Two Wishes for Education in New Mexico

Jim Spence
We have a couple of simple suggestions for New Mexico's incoming Public Education Secretary Hanna Skandera. First, from the earliest stages of education about ½ of all students do not read on grade level. This is a deal killer for successful education. No widespread improvement in academic achievement will ever be possible in New Mexico or anywhere else until the reading aptitude of the vast majority of students is aligned with the textbooks they are issued each year. Simply put, as students move through the system, being able to read at grade level has to be the number one priority.
Hanna Skandera
Second, we get the sense that the difficulties presented by a projected $400 million state budget deficit, and a trillion dollar plus federal budget deficit escape the attention of most young New Mexican adults. This inattention to a simple fundamental reality of prosperity suggests a chronic shortcoming in our EDUCATION system. Grasping the fact that we live in competitive world should not be OPTIONAL. Governor-Elect Susana Martinez is now poised to take the oath of office and become Governor Martinez. When she does she will inherit a state where basic microeconomics and macroeconomics are not REQUIRED subjects in our school's curriculum. As a result, each year New Mexico sends tens of thousands of seniors off to college or the job market without even the most minimal understanding of basic finance, basic economics, and the fundamental principles of prosperity.
Ironically, virtually every citizen whether young or aging yearns for the fruits of prosperity. Yet all of us stand by and tolerate the structure of curriculum that does not require learning about the fundamental forces of economics. Perhaps our new education secretary will be the first to see to it that the vast majority of New Mexico's student population is reading on grade level, and learning the basics about the engine of prosperity.