CIA director: There’s no need to release the 28 classified pages of the 9/11 report

Director Brennan says that it would be “unhelpful” to release the 28 pages of the September 11th report which some say implicate or at least connect official Saudidom.

My question is,”To whom would such declassification be unhelpful?” I’d say it might be quite helpful to historians and the American people who would like to get a complete picture of what happened on that day. On the other hand it might be unhelpful to people who would prefer to keep history muddled.

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Puerto Ricans Are Fleeing The Island En Masse As Debt Crisis Worsens

One can not blame these people. Call them internal economic refugees. It’s not unlike other parts of the United States where big local government and unsustainable patronage structures have collapsed. Puerto Rico is kind of like Detroit with palm trees in many respects.

The solution for Puerto Rico is similar to the solution for Detroit too. Basically they need to come to terms with default. The massive government employee system has to implode and a new economy, a free market,

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It’s time to end Nerd Prom (The White House Correspondents’ Dinner)

The dinner in a nutshell.

I hate the term “nerd prom” anyway. It’s such baloney. It’s self aggrandizement veiled in false modesty. The people who attend the dinner aren’t “nerds.” They don’t think of themselves as “nerds.” They are social climbing politicos. Throw in the Hollywood people and the whole thing is practically insufferable. Bill Press agrees.

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The House of Representatives Just Fashioned A Heavily Overspending, Pork-Filled Defense Bill

No one in Washington really seems to care about reining in the size of government. (There is a tiny minority.) The Dems want welfare and corporate welfare. The Republicans want corporate welfare and “defense” spending. There is no real effort to save money for the taxpayers. And the thing is many supposed small government “conservatives” give “defense” a pass on spending. Much of the military is chock full of boondoggles. Anyone who has been around the military (and I am a Navy brat) knows this.

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Buffett says if the government did THIS the Dow could hit 100K

Savers, you can forget about opting out of the stock market. If you want any kind of return you will get in the market and you will like it. So what if artificially repressed rates are crushing you? So what? Do you think you matter? Most of you savers will be dead soon anyway. You and your bank CDs. How quaint. Now pony up and buy some more stock grandma. Oh I’m sorry? You think there’s too much risk in the market?

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George F. Will: What Happens In Puerto Rico Won’t Stay There

(From The Investors Business Daily)

Puerto Rico, an awkward legacy of America’s 1898 testosterone spill, the Spanish-American War, is about to teach two things that few Americans know: If conditions get bad enough there, its residents, who are American citizens, can come here. And if Congress does not deal carefully with the mess made by the government in San Juan, Congress will find itself rescuing governments in Springfield, Ill., and other state capitals…

…But some Democrats — perhaps anticipating a day of reckoning for their one-party state of Illinois,

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($86 million) DEA drug fighting plane doesn’t fly

This is the sort of thing which really gets me. That 86 million was spent but the taxpayers got nothing for it. People got paid. Contractors went to work. Checks were issued. But nothing tangible. And the thing is this sort of thing probably (well, we know) happens all over the place. These projects just get lost in the giant government mix. No biggie. It’s just the taxpayer’s money. (Not that anyone in government seems to think like that anyway.)

(From The Washington Post)

The plan was for DOD to modify a DEA plane to be used in counter-narcotics operations in a combat zone.

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Four Los Angeles retirees collected $1 million-plus pension payouts last year

Look, nobody doesn’t like fire fighters. My neighbors years ago were both fire fighters and they are very nice people. If God forbid one needs help one is always happy to see the engine roll up the street that is for sure.

But a million dollar pension payout? For one year? Let’s get real here. (Where I live we have volunteer fire fighters and they are top notch.)

(From Transparent California)

Four Los Angeles police and fire retirees collected over $1 million apiece in pension payouts last year,

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