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  2. Trump EPA to Dump ‘WOTUS’; Frees 247 Million Acres of Farmland Tuesday, to the delight of rural America, that the Trump administration is moving to rescind the Obama era’s “Waters of the United States” (WOTUS) regulatory rule. WOTUS gave the federal government effective authority over water use on 247 million acres of American farmland. EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt, together with Secretary of the Army for Civil Works Douglas Lamont, signed a proposed regulatory rescission of WOTUS. As soon as the proposed rule change can be published in the Federal Register, under Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OW-2017-0203, the public will have a 30-day comment period to “review and revise” the definition of “waters of the United States.” The EPA took to Twitter at #WOTUS to call its action a significant step to return power to states and provide regulatory certainty to the nation’s farmers and businesses. The EPA added that its decision is consistent with the Executive Order signed by President Trump on February 28, aimed at “Restoring the Rule of Law, Federalism, and Economic Growth by Reviewing the ‘Waters of the United States’ Rule.”
  3. American Thinker The Trump administration EPA announced that they will rescind one of the biggest power grabs by a federal agency in US history. In 2015, the Obama EPA finalized a rule that would have brought almost all "navigable" waters in the US under federal government control. The "Waters of the US" rule targeted creeks, streams, and inland rivers even if they were on private property. The rule would have given the EPA jurisdiction not only over the water, but over much of the surrounding land as well. But one of the first acts of the Trump administration was to order a review of the rule with the intent of repealing it.
  4. The Second Battle of Gettysburg? Via Billy The original Battle of Gettysburg was fought back on July 1-3, 1863 both in and around the town of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania and was, for a number of reasons I won’t go into here (lest I end up writing a book) a Yankee/Marxist victory. After the battle Lee took his Army of Northern Virginia, battered and bruised, but not totally defeated by any means, back into Virginia, where they fought on for almost another two years. Meade, the Yankee general in command at the time, chose to not hastily pursue Lee. In fact it was awhile before he got his army going again. He seemed to be almost in shock over having won the battle, a position not shared by too many Yankee generals at the time.
  5. Townhall Were Confederate Generals Traitors? Walter E. Williams Posted: Jun 28, 2017 12:01 AM |My "Rewriting American History" column of a fortnight ago, about the dismantling of Confederate monuments, generated considerable mail. Some argued there should not be statues honoring traitors such as Robert E. Lee, Stonewall Jackson and Jefferson Davis, who fought against the Union. Victors of wars get to write the history, and the history they write often does not reflect the facts. Let's look at some of the facts and ask: Did the South have a right to secede from the Union? If it did, we can't label Confederate generals as traitors. Article 1 of the Treaty of Paris (1783), which ended the war between the Colonies and Great Britain, held "New Hampshire, Massachusetts Bay, Rhode Island and Providence Plantations, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia, to be free sovereign and Independent States." Representatives of these states came together in Philadelphia in 1787 to write a constitution and form a union.
  6. Amen, Amen
  7. My pleasure, TED!
  8. You're welcome, Rcat!
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  10. Hot Air Ed Morrissey June 28, 2017 Has North Korea run out of credit with China, or has Beijing finally run out of patience with Pyongyang? China’s state-run petroleum operation has cut off fuel sales to rogue nation, Reuters reports, ostensibly due to a lack of payment. However, it’s no secret that the Trump administration has put a lot of pressure on Beijing to get tougher with the Kim regime, and a fuel cutoff will hit Kim Jong-un where he’s most vulnerable: North Korea needs the fuel not just for its farmers and shipping, but also for its military. That presents a particularly difficult problem for Pyongyang’s leaders, who already operate in a crisis-shortage environment. Kim can’t afford to cut back on military supplies, not with all of the saber rattling taking place at the moment, which means he’ll have to starve the rest of the country of fuel resources, which will hamper food production and distribution even further. It will ratchet up internal tension, and it might get worse if military needs can’t be satisfied. (Snip) Aizhu’s sources say that this was a “commercial decision,” but nothing’s that simple in China. Beijing had already cut off coal imports from North Korea, depriving Kim of income that could have been used to pay for the fuel. It looks like a squeeze, one that may be picking up in intensity, and one that sends a direct message to North Korea’s military leaders, who will understand only too well what a fuel embargo will do to their readiness posture. It won’t take much more for the situation to reach critical mass on the Korean peninsula.
  11. HHS Secretary Tom Price’s Triage of the Senate Health Care Bill Audio (Snip) HH: So Secretary Price, give us an idea of the schedule ahead. Now obviously, there’s not going to be a vote this weekend. The July 4th recess is coming. I don’t know when the Senate comes back. But what’s your understanding of when Waterloo will be? I thought we were going to Waterloo on Thursday. We’re not. Waterloo’s been postponed. When’s it coming? TP: Well, I think it’s important for folks to appreciate that once the vote was postponed, or the scheduled vote was postponed yesterday, that people didn’t just retreat to their corners and not continue this conversation. Work is going on literally as we speak on what kinds of things are necessary in order to get the support that’s needed to get this over the finish line in the Senate. So I think within a number of days, not weeks, but a number of days, we will know whether or not we’re able to fashion a solution, and then make certain that that bill can be written and scored. It’ll have to be scored once again by the Congressional Budget Office, and we’ll have to once again battle with folks who are a little distant from reality, and then hopefully, the vote will occur the week after the 4th of July when the Senate comes back in. (Snip)
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  15. VDH sure laid it on the line this time.
  16. Yesterday
  17. @Valin! That Indian Hills Community Center is only about 10 minutes from my house...on a great twisty, turny, 12 mile drive...up to the canyon that leads to Evergreen, Colorado. Once considered buying an old log & stone home there...but have had many an afternoon driving our 280Z, Jaguar & 73 Mustang Mach One up through Indian Hills. Haven't taken the Audi Quattro up there yet...
  18. Well at least he's an honest liar.
  19. Washington Times Newly minted Supreme CourtJustice Neil M. Gorsuch came out of the starting blocks quickly in his first months, firmly planting himself on the court’s right along with Justices Clarence Thomasand Samuel A. Alito Jr. as defenders of religious freedom and skeptics of judicial meddling in the other two branches’ work. In a series of rulings Monday, the last day of the 2016-17 session, Justice Gorsuch blasted colleagues for an aggressive pro-gay-rights decision in a case about same-sex marriages and children’s birth certificates, and he joined a series of other opinions signaling that he wanted to make a bold defense of First Amendment religious rights and Second Amendment gun rights. In doing so, analysts said, he planted himself to the ideological right of Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. and seemed to align himself most frequently with Justice Thomas, the court’s most libertarian-leaning member. “The guy’s not afraid to write,” said Josh Blackman, an associate professor at South Texas College of Law. “He’s not afraid to assert himself.” Confirmed to the court in April, Justice Gorsuch participated in only a small fraction of the cases this year. But in a year that lacked big-name rulings, his ascendance was the biggest story of the court’s term. He is already cutting an outsized figure by asking his fair share of questions and taking stances that suggest he will carve out his own jurisprudence on the high court. ________ Gorsuch's Law.
  20. Washington Examiner Sen. Orrin Hatch, the top tax writer in the Senate, promised Tuesday that tax reform legislation would proceed in a transparent and deliberative manner, and pledged that no one would be able to complain that the legislation would be secretive or rushed. The Utah Republican spoke on the Senate floor just moments after leadership delayed a vote on healthcare legislation that was supposed to have been brought to the floor just days after being released and that was strongly opposed by Democrats partly for that reason. "No one should be able to credibly claim that they were unable to participate or that they did not have enough information on the bill," Hatch said about tax reform. Instead, he suggested, tax reform should proceed through a full process in committee and on the Senate floor. Any bill would go through the panel that he heads, the Senate Finance Committee. The idea that tax reform will be a "closed door exercise is absurd," he said. In recent weeks, Hatch has been meeting with counterparts in the Trump administration and in the House to negotiate a single Republican tax overhaul plan that could quickly advance through the two chambers and reach President Trump's desk. The participants have been tight-lipped about the direction of their conversations. At the same time, though, Hatch has revved up a committee process for tax reform, last week soliciting input from stakeholders. On Tuesday, he said that he had asked some Republican members of the committee to work on specific aspects of reform. ________ Hopefully this will work out better than the health care bill...
  21. Daily Caller Fusion GPS, the opposition research firm behind the infamous Trump dossier, is again refusing to disclose the identity of political clients who financed the anti-Trump dirt-digging project. In a letter to the Senate Judiciary Committee sent on Friday, lawyers for Fusion GPS said that disclosing the information about the firm’s opposition research project would undercut its First Amendment privileges and violate confidentiality agreements. As has been widely reported, an unidentified Republican donor hired Fusion GPS in late 2015 to research Trump. But after the real estate magnate won the Republican primary, the donor dropped from the project. But Fusion GPS soon found another client, this one a Democratic ally of Hillary Clinton’s. Fusion hired former British spy Christopher Steele to research Trump’s Russia connections. He produced a series of memos now known collectively as the dossier. The salacious document, much of which has been debunked, was leaked to numerous news outlets and published by BuzzFeed on Jan. 10. ________ Fusion meltdown.
  22. The Intercept THREE PROMINENT CNN journalists resigned Monday night after the network was forced to retract and apologize for a story linking Trump ally Anthony Scaramucci to a Russian investment fund under congressional investigation. That article — like so much Russia reporting from the U.S. media — was based on a single anonymous source, and now, the network cannot vouch for the accuracy of its central claims. In announcing the resignation of the three journalists — Thomas Frank, who wrote the story (not the same Thomas Frank who wrote “What’s the Matter with Kansas?”); Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Eric Lichtblau, recently hired away from the New York Times; and Lex Haris, head of a new investigative unit — CNN said that “standard editorial processes were not followed when the article was published.” The resignations follow CNN’s Friday night retraction of the story, in which it apologized to Scaramucci: Several factors compound CNN’s embarrassment here. To begin with, CNN’s story was first debunked by an article in Sputnik News, which explained that the investment fund documented several “factual inaccuracies” in the report (including that the fund is not even part of the Russian bank, Vnesheconombank, that is under investigation), and by Breitbart, which cited numerous other factual inaccuracies. And this episode follows an embarrassing correction CNN was forced to issue earlier this month when several of its highest-profile on-air personalities asserted — based on anonymous sources — that James Comey, in his congressional testimony, was going to deny Trump’s claim that the FBI director assured him he was not the target of any investigation. When Comey confirmed Trump’s story, CNN was forced to correct its story. “An earlier version of this story said that Comey would dispute Trump’s interpretation of their conversations. But based on his prepared remarks, Comey outlines three conversations with the president in which he told Trump he was not personally under investigation,” said the network. BUT CNN IS hardly alone when it comes to embarrassing retractions regarding Russia. Over and over, major U.S. media outlets have published claims about the Russia Threat that turned out to be completely false — always in the direction of exaggerating the threat and/or inventing incriminating links between Moscow and the Trump circle. In virtually all cases, those stories involved evidence-free assertions from anonymous sources that these media outlets uncritically treated as fact, only for it to be revealed that they were entirely false. ________ The liar's club.
  23. Washington Times Associated Press Tuesday, June 27, 2017 In a bruising setback, Senate Republican leaders are delaying a vote on their prized health care bill until after the July 4 recess, forced to retreat by a GOP rebellion that left them lacking enough votes to even begin debating the legislation, two sources said Tuesday. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., delivered the message to GOP senators at a private lunch attended by Vice President Mike Pence and White House chief of staff Reince Priebus. The decision was described by a Republican aide and another informed person who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly about the closed-door decision. House Speaker Paul Ryan says he has faith in Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s ability to round up the votes for the Republican health care bill despite growing opposition in the Senate. (June 27) All GOP senators were planning to travel to the White House later Tuesday to meet with President Donald Trump, one source said. (Snip) ___________________________________________________________________________________
  24. Heck.... Looking at people in certain areas around town.... I'm not sure that "X" doesn't better describe them.
  25. Geee There are those on The Left who I believe really want The Right to strike back. They had better pray/hope they don't get their wish.
  26. Seattle Discovers Gravity Is Not Socially Constructed Steven Hayward June 26 2017 Well not quite gravity, but close enough for post-modernist work. You know how liberals like to attach taxes on cigarettes so we’ll buy fewer of them, and on alcohol so we’ll drink less, etc? Funny, though, how the basic lesson of supply and demand and price sensitivity falls by the wayside when it comes to the minimum wage. We’ve commented on this invincible ignorance repeatedly (such as here, here, here, here, and here), but can’t resist doing so again. The Washington Post reports today on the results of the mandated minimum wage hikes in Seattle: A ‘very credible’ new study on Seattle’s $15 minimum wage has bad news for liberals By Max Ehrenfreunde (Snip) Congratulations Seattle—you’ve managed to lower wages by $1,500 a year for the people who can least afford it. But I’m sure you feel good about how you’re fighting again inequality. (Snip) ________________________________________________________________
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