Idaho Firm that Beat EPA in Court Now Targeted by the Army Corps of Engineers? By Bryan Preston

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Nearly two years ago, the U.S. Supreme Court smacked down the Environmental Protection Agency in a landmark property rights case. The court ruled that the EPA was overstepping its bounds in going after the Sackett family of Idaho. In 2007 the Sacketts wanted to build their dream home on their own land, but the EPA swept in and tried to stop them, arguing that their land was a “wetland.” It wasn’t a wetland, the Sacketts tried to go to court to win their property rights back, but the EPA ruled that they had no right even to defend themselves in court. The EPA staked out the position that the Sacketts could only deal with the EPA, which had already ruled against them.

The Supreme Court ultimately disagreed with the EPA, and the Sacketts won.

Well, over the course of their suit, the Sacketts worked with an Idaho environmental consulting firm, Kagel Environmental LLC. Kagel provided evidence that the land in question was not a wetland. The DTN Progressive Farmer reports that Kagel Environmental has been subjected to targeting by federal authorities since they worked on the Sackett case.

MSNBC’S ANDREA MITCHELL THINKS IRAN WAS A U.S. ALLY UNTIL BAD OLD BUSH CAME ALONG- BRYAN PRESTON

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So, this happened today.

Washington Post reporter Chris Cillizza said that the “Axis of Evil” address was among the most important State of the Union addresses delivered in recent memory. “That speech, arguably, turned this country in a direction on foreign policy,” Mitchell concurred. “Those words, Axis of Evil, I was standing there in Congress and called the control room, I said ‘This is a big deal.’”

“State Department, with all due respect, Colin Powell did not focus enough on those words and get them taken out of the State of the Union,” she continued. “Up until that moment, Iran was cooperating with the United States on the border of Afghanistan, it was post 9/11, Iran was more or less an American ally.”

“But being included in the Axis of Evil, it turned the Iranian government in a completely different direction,” she concluded. “And it was a turning point in American politics and foreign policy.”

Try “less,” Andrea Mitchell. The Washington Post’s Chris Cillizza proceeds to agree with Mitchell, that Iran was “more or less an American ally” until the “axis of evil” speech.

It’s just not true. Iran had been an enemy of the United States since the Islamic Revolution in 1979. What part of “Death to America!” and “Death to the Great Satan!” do Mitchell and Cillizza not understand?

Update: Roll the video tape.

These people are the leading lights of political journalism? Seriously, MSNBC and Washington Post, you can’t do better?

11-Year-Old Girl’s Cupcake Business Shut Down by Madison County Officials-Joe Holleman

http://www.stltoday.com/lifestyles/columns/joe-holleman/year-old-girl-s-cupcake-business-shut-down-by-madison/article_bc209e8a-bb8f-5b6f-b6cc-09852ad2e458.html After-school jobs are tougher to keep, apparently, than they used to be. On Sunday, a Belleville News-Democrat story featured 11-year-old Chloe Stirling of Troy, Ill., a sixth-grader at Triad Middle School who makes about $200 a month selling cupcakes. On Monday, the long arm of the law — in this case, the Madison County […]

GABRIEL GARNICA: AMERICAN PRESIDENTIAL GREATNESS

http://www.familysecuritymatters.org/publications/detail/american-presidential-greatness One cannot look at the faces on Mount Rushmore without thinking about what makes a great president.  Certainly, a review of the list of those who have held that office reminds us that one does not have to be a genius, a saint, a motivational speaker, a model, a hero, or even law-abiding to […]

White House Income Equality Agenda Makes War On Progress

http://www.forbes.com/sites/billfrezza/2014/01/28/white-house-income-equality-agenda-makes-war-on-progress White House Income Equality Agenda Makes War On Progress In tonight’s State of the Union Address, Mr. Obama will attempt to shake off the most disastrous year of his presidency by doubling down on his fight to equalize our incomes. Apparently, his advisors convinced him he can breathe fresh life into tax and welfare […]

JOHN HINDERAKER: AN EMPTY SUIT, EMPTY SPEECH- SEE THE VIDEO

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President Obama will deliver his sixth State of the Union speech tomorrow night. The media will cover it as though it matters, even though hardly anyone is listening and most Americans have little or no confidence in the president. Obama’s fundamental problem, as he discourses on the state of the union, is that the union’s state is palpably worse, after five years, than it was when he took office. So it is hard to take him seriously when he tries to tell us how to make things better.

American Action Network made this video, titled “#EmptySuit.” It is short but packs a punch:

JACK ENGELHARD: FRANKLY MY DEAR…SCARLETT JOHNSON DOESN’T GIVE A DAMN

http://www.israelnationalnews.com/Articles/Article.aspx/14451#.Uujc2bROmUl Why the uproar over Scarlett Johansson? Is it that a prominent Jewish American woman openly supports Israel? This is shocking? Actually it is. Or is that an A-List Hollywood personality – named the “sexiest woman alive” — has found her inner chutzpah and gone rogue against Hollywood’s 99 percent liberal establishment? Note that in […]

Who Are the Heads of Churches in Jerusalem? by Malcolm Lowe January 29, 2014 at 5:00 am

  http://www.gatestoneinstitute.org/4142/jerusalem-churches There is no individual or group that is empowered to act as “the voice of Palestinian Christians.” It is not “the Palestinian Christians” but just one or two individuals who pen those public statements, even if these appear under a title that can vary from the respectable (“Heads of Churches”) to the preposterous […]

MY SAY: THE STRETCH OF AMERICAN TOLERANCE

There is a lot in the media and the blogosphere about radicals in the Obama administration. Fair enough. What about John Kerry? Why is Mayor De Blasio’s radical past known by just about everyone, but so little is made of Kerry’s unforgivable past? And, the latter enjoys an appointment which is far more powerful than a one term stint in Gracie Mansion.

On April 22, 1971, John Kerry testified to a Senate committee chaired by Senator j.w. Fulbright, with Senators Symington, Pell, Aiken, Case and Javits present, that “…war crimes committed in Southeast Asia [were] not isolated incidents but crimes committed on a day-to-day basis with the full awareness of officers at all levels of command,” he said that the average American soldier who fought in Vietnam was a war criminal. He went on to quote the “testimony” of others” “They told the stories at times they had personally raped, cut off ears, cut off heads, taped wires from portable telephones to human genitals and turned up the power, cut off limbs,blown up bodies, randomly shot at civilians, razed villages in fashion reminiscent of Genghis Khan, shot cattle and dogs for fun, poisoned food stocks, and generally ravaged the countryside of South Vietnam in addition to3 the normal ravage of war, and the normal and very particular ravaging which is done by the applied bombing power of this country.”

That was a blood libel against America and its Armed Forces. Nonetheless, the cad was elected to the Senate and at the Democratic Convention in 2004, this slanderer of America, became the candidate for the White House and unless one knew of his libels and dubious and challenged claims about his medals ( the Silver Star, Bronze Star, and three Purple Hearts) one would have thought that a latter day Audie Murphy was the candidate.

When he succeeded Hillary Clinton as Secretary of State, the media which goes ballistic if a conservative legislator calls a woman a “girl” gave him a pass. Now he is absolutely free to consort with international tyrants and gratify them by bullying Israel.

PAUL DRIESSEN: AMERICA IN LOCKDOWN

http://www.familysecuritymatters.org/publications/detail/america-in-lockdown?f=puball “Dedicated public servants” lock up lands and resources, lock down job and economic recovery  President Obama insists he is determined to create jobs in America. He recently announced the creation of “promise zones” for five communities around the nation and a “manufacturing institute” aimed at fostering more high-paying jobs in energy efficiency. He’s says […]