News You Can Use for July 31

What have you done to support our troops lately? For one, I think that until Andrew Tahmooressi, a Marine that made a wrong turn into Mexico, not a single American should set foot in Mexico. My family makes the trek to Cancun every year and this year we're not going.

What have you done to support our troops lately? For one, I think that until U.S. Marine Sergeant Andrew Tahmooressi is released from jail, not a single American should set foot in Mexico. My family makes the trek to Cancun every year and this year we’re not going. Please join us in boycotting Mexico!

Stories of the Day

Anyone who thinks that Democrats REALLY support our troops ought to have their heads examined.  “Yesterday on the show, Lt. Col. Allen West (Ret.) reacted, calling it “heinous” for the Afghan teen to be tried as a juvenile. West pointed to “a powder keg” developing in the military community when you consider the anger over the Marine jailed in Mexico, the VA scandal, “pink slip” letters for soldiers overseas, and the Bowe Bergdahl prisoner swap.”  Afghan Teen Murders 3 U.S. Marines, Gets 7.5-Year Sentence

The Obama administration foreign policy mantra: Short term gain for long term pain apparently. “The Obama administration often either denies any responsibility for the current global chaos or claims that it erupted spontaneously. Yet most of the mess was caused by, or made worse by, growing U.S. indifference and paralysis. Over the last five and a half years, America has had lots of clear choices, but the administration usually took the path of least short-term trouble, which has ensured long-term hardship. [Snip] In 2017, Obama may well leave office claiming to have reduced our military while avoiding conflict during his tenure. But will he also be able to assure us that China, Iran, and Russia are less threatening; that the Middle East, the Pacific, and the former Soviet republics are less explosive; that our own border is more secure — and that America is safer? To paraphrase Robert Frost: Two roads diverged in the world, and we always took the one of least resistance — and that has now made all the difference.”  The Cost of American Indifference: By continually taking the path of least short-term trouble, the U.S. ensures long-term hardship.

This is important stuff. Help spread the word! Emphasis mine. “In his vitally important book, Professor Hamburger demonstrates the regressive nature of the Progressive project. He explains and vindicates the original project of the Constitution in erecting barriers to the exercise of absolute power. As Barack Obama brings the crisis of the administrative state to full boil, I believe that Professor Hamburger has given us, not a book of the season, but a book for all seasons.” A NEW OLD REGIME

More on the above: “Hamburger is not some rabble-rouser with thoughts of fame or fortune in mind looking to make a name or attract an audience. Rather, he holds an endowed chair at Columbia Law School. He is a distinguished scholar specializing in legal history. He is the epitome of respectability. His book bears the imprint of an elite academic publisher and it draws on a deep well of original scholarship to address what he characterizes as a leading danger to the future of limited constitutional government.” “As Hamburger says repeatedly in this book, administrative law establishes a regime of the kind the United States Constitution was carefully designed to prevent. By his reckoning, we have returned to “the preconstitutional world” of the inglorious reign of James I: Royal edicts are in style, the Star Chamber is in session, and the king is working the outer limits of absolute royal power. It is a form of government that is, in Hamburger’s view, fundamentally unconstitutional, unlawful, and illegitimate. He has some impressive authority on his side. James Madison famously proclaimed “a political truth of the highest intrinsic value” in Federalist 47: “The accumulation of all powers, legislative, executive, and judiciary, in the same hands, whether of one, a few, or many, and whether hereditary, self-appointed, or elective, may justly be pronounced the very definition of tyranny.” Hamburger concurs, arguing that it may also justly be pronounced the very definition of agency government.” A New Old Regime: Obama’s exercise of prerogative power is not progressive — it’s a throwback to the British Monarchy.

It’s about time someone starts calling him out. “The head of the Catholic League issued a scathing criticism at President Obama, posting on his group’s website an essay that pointed to all the Christians being beheaded by Muslim terrorists and asking: Doesn’t that matter to you? “Christians are being beheaded all over the Middle East because they are Christians, and those carrying out this mass murder are doing so in the name of Islam,” Bill Donohue wrote on his group’s website, Newsmax reported. “Yet you continue to say and do absolutely nothing about these unspeakable crimes. Do Christians mean so little to you?”  Catholic League slams Obama: ‘Do Christian lives mean so little to you?’

The low information voters will eat this up. “Todd’s “pox on both houses” indignation is misplaced.  Democrats’ absurd impeachment frenzyis a transparent attempt to drive donations and whip up a lethargic and demoralized base.  On the former score, at least, they’ve been hugely successful — thanks to a shameless full-court pressand a credulous, reactionary base.  Every relevant elected Republican has made clear that impeachment is not on the table, which was decidedly not the case when Democrats were agitating to impeach George W. Bush during his second term in office.  By contrast, the Boehner lawsuit (click through for a myth-busting NRO primer) underscores a very serious separation of powers concern held by virtually all Republicans, and some intellectually honest lefties.” Chuck Todd: Democrats and Republicans should be embarrassed by this impeachment nonsense

“Here’s how twisted, even sadly comical, our politics have become under the once-promising, new-age Democrat president who was going to unite Americans in hope and change: Obama and his party now suggest Republicans impeach the man who has so often violates the law by rewriting them to suit himself. And — wait for it — Republicans, who lead the successful impeachment drive against the last Democrat to serve two White House terms, are wisely resisting the useless idea. As usual, this LSD-type political trip is based on money and fear. Voters have noticed Obama’s serial lying, his accumulating scandals, his foreign policy ineptness and the absence of that Recovery Summer of 2010. All indicators are they’re good with a divided federal government and are prepared to deliver another 2010-style “shellacking” that could very well return the Senate to a slight GOP control. Even the cards are stacked against Dems. Thirty-five Senate seats are up this time, 21 of them (58%) held by Obama’s party. Republicans need only hold what they have and pick up six.” The weird U.S. politics of 2014: Democrats dream of Obama’s impeachment

Another delusional Democrat. “Texas Democratic Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee argued Wednesday the Republican effort to sue President Obama is nothing but a veiled attempt to impeach him — something Democrats never did to President George W. Bush:

I ask my colleagues to oppose this resolution for it is in fact a veiled attempt at impeachment and it undermines the law that allows a president to do his job. A historical fact: President Bush pushed this nation into a war that had little to do with apprehending terrorists. We did not seek an impeachment of President Bush, because as an executive, he had his authority. President Obama has the authority.

Except former Rep. Dennis Kucinich did actually introduce a bill to impeach Bush in 2008 — and Jackson Lee actually was a co-sponsor to the legislation.” We Never Tried To Impeach Bush, Says Democratic Lawmaker Who Co-Sponsored Bush Impeachment Bill

Amnesty

Attempting to turn Texas blue, one illegal immigrant at a time.  REPORT: FEDS RELEASE FAR MORE ILLEGAL ALIENS IN TEXAS THAN ANY OTHER US STATE

Click on over to read why this bill SHOULD NOT BE ALLOWED TO PASS. “As predicted, the House leadership has sprung its “supertrap” on conservative dissenters, luring them to vote for a flawed border bill with the promise of a second vote on a law purporting to prevent President Obama from expanding his de facto “deferred action” (DACA) amnesty of young illegal immigrants (the so-called “DREAMers”).  The main bill is itself still deeply flawed:” No” on Boehner SuperTrap Bill

“Because the elected lack the courage to make the common-sense argument that a law forbidding unpermitted entry is in fact a “legal fence” that assumes physical fences where necessary, the electeds lose the argument with their base and with the undecided public that knows the score. Bill Kristol is right.  Kill the fake border security bill and go home until the House leadership gets serious about passing a real border security bill.  The president is already losing the election single-handedly by allowing the world to slide towards chaos.  It would make sense for the House GOP to pass a bill based on good policy –a fence– but it makes no sense to throw the president a rope via a self-inflicted political wound over a pretend border security bill that everyone knows is a fake bill.” “Border Security” Is NOT “Border Security” Without A Long, Strong, High, Double-Sided Fence

Yippee. “The federal government’s new facility to house illegal immigrant families surging across the border has been put on lockdown because of chicken pox, with no immigrants allowed to be transferred in or out, a congressman said this week. Hundreds of illegal immigrants being kept at the campus of the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center in Artesia, New Mexico, are being treated for and vaccinated against chicken pox after an outbreak, said Rep. Steve Pearce, the Republican congressman whose district includes Artesia.” Chicken pox outbreak puts illegal immigrant facility on lockdown

Big Government

Will this nightmare called “It’s An Obama World Now” ever end? “Another day, another radical move from the Obama administration. In a big win for the more opportunistic corners of the organized-labor movement, the National Labor Relations Board decided this week that, in a range of labor cases involving McDonald’s, it will consider the corporate parents of franchise businesses liable for the labor agreements reached between franchises and their employees. The NLRB has maintained otherwise for 30 years, refusing to consider corporations with franchises to be part of a “joint employer” arrangement. Why decide that corporations are employers of employees whom they don’t hire, don’t pay, and can’t fire? Because the decision likely makes it easier for employees at franchise businesses to unionize on a national level and to bring wholesale complaints against national corporations. This is a bad deal for franchise owners, of course, who run hundreds of thousands of American small businesses, and it will hurt, or fail to help, their workers.” Disenfranchising Franchises

I have a friend who heads up a school cafeteria and she confirms that this has been one great big, giant disaster. “’By leaving the program we will not be required to follow these onerous guidelines, pushed by and large by Michelle Obama, who last I checked has been elected by no one,’ Petfalski said, EAGnews reported at the time.” Michelle O’s menu ‘financial disaster,’ school district says

Major turf battle brewing. “War, it would seem, is imminent.” CIA confesses: Yeah, we hacked the Senate’s computers

Elections

I think all campaigns are about smoke and mirrors. “It’s a worrisome sign for Senate candidate Michelle Nunn, whose campaign was roiled this week by the revelation of a months-old internal campaign memo that offered frank advice on what it would take to win in Georgia, a conservative-friendly state. The memo, reported by National Review‘s Eliana Johnson, portrayed a candidate with few core values, relying on friendly photo-ops to reassure rural voters and willing to take positions that would raise her the most money. Nunn’s stance on Israel, for example, was “TBD,” but her advisers strongly recommended taking a supportive position, thanks to “tremendous financial opportunity” in the Jewish community.” The Secret Weapon to Win Over Voters: Authenticity: It’s becoming harder for red-state Democrats to say what they really think on hot-button issues.

More on the “smoke and mirrors” of campaigns. “What’s with all the Democratic Senate candidates being caught displaying a condescending, insulting contempt for voters? The latest embarrassing incident involves Georgia Senate candidate Michelle Nunn, who suffered the indignity of having her 144-page campaign plan leaked. By the way, whatever happened to political professionals applying the “Washington Post rule”?  That rule is simple: If it wouldn’t be flattering if it was published in The Post, don’t put it in writing. Anyway, her entire blueprint for faux authenticity has been published, and it contains all of the usual and contrived political maneuvering that voters find so disgusting. The plan involves trying to create a fake, gun-toting, rural-friendly image for the wannabe Georgian senator supplied by a Democratic PR firm based in San Francisco, and exposes her positions on issues as basic as her commitment to Israel as contrived to drive her fundraising efforts.” The Insiders: Democratic phonies are on the run

I don’t generally link to the New York Times, but this article was interesting. “But if the G.O.P. fully embraces the ideas its younger-generation leaders are pursuing, the Democrats could suddenly find themselves in a difficult spot. Liberals can theoretically outbid a limited-government populism, yes — but given the fiscal picture, they would need to raise taxes significantly to do so, alienating their own donors, the middle class or both. And the immediate liberal critique of Ryan’s new plan — that it’s too paternalistic, too focused on pushing welfare recipients to work — harkened back to debates that the Democratic Party used to lose. Meanwhile, Obama-era liberalism has grown dangerously comfortable with big business-big government partnerships. It’s a bad sign when even the tribune of left-wing populism, Elizabeth Warren, feels obliged to defend, against libertarian populist attacks, an icon of crony capitalism like the Export-Import Bank.” Up From Greenwich: The New Republican Populism

We need to put an end to this “GOP Shuffle.” “The RNC’s fundraising email asking volunteers and supporters why the abandoned the party clearly was a messaging nightmare and alienated grassroots supporters. But there also is an issue that many volunteers complain about: the shuffling around of campaign staffers who are subpar in their performance. In the business world, someone causing such a public relations nightmare would be fired. In Republican circles, you’d likely find that same person just relocated to the same job in another campaign or state party.” The GOP Needs To Hire The Best Talent, Not The Connected Talent

The EPA

I posted on this story yesterday, but here’s more on this very important topic. “The Republican members of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee have released a new report entitled The Chain of Environmental Command: How a Club of Billionaires and Their Foundations Control the Environmental Movement and Obama’s EPA (PDF link).  The report gives the lie to the frequent hysteria over the Koch brothers, as it shows the extent of deeply politicized left-wing philanthropy dwarfs in amount and reach anything the Kochs and their friends carry on—often skirting the edge of the law regulating charitable activity.  The money flowing into the environmental establishment is massive and centrally coordinated. One of the more striking findings of the report is not so much that billionaires like Steyer provide lavish funding, but how rich so many environmental organizations are. [Snip] The report goes on to detail the revolving door between activists and government agencies.  There’s lots more, especially about the growing effort by leftist foundations to strangle hydraulic fracturing that is key to natural gas production—the single best energy story of the last decade that has done more to reduce carbon emissions than all the windmills and solar panels the greens worship.  No good deed goes unpunished.”  BREAKING: THE (LEFTIST) BILLIONAIRE BOYS CLUB

Foreign Policy

Good question. “How have we ever gotten to a point where an American government believes it should not only be an impartial “honest broker” between an enemy of the United States and an ally of the United States, but that we should actually put our thumb on the scale on behalf of the enemy?” Mark Levin Interviews High-Level Hamas Defector

Government Programs

Click on over to read the highlights of what we all have to look forward to.The Medicare and Social Security Trustees Report came out this week, and the main story is mostly that the reported improvements to Medicare aren’t likely to materialize and Medicare and Social Security are still insolvent — in other words, without reforms, these programs simply will cease to work the way they’re supposed to in the relatively near future.” The Medicare and Social Security Trustees Report Is Out: Things Aren’t Looking Up

Hillary Clinton

Does America really want another phony as president? “At the age of 67, it is not likely that Hillary Clinton is going to become a gifted actor. She might well have gotten away with her phoniness in an earlier time frame. But now that Obama has poisoned the waters for phonies, she is experiencing her characteristic run of bad luck.” More bad luck for Hillary

File this under “Yes, she really did say that” (in case you missed this from a couple of days ago). “I’m not a military planner, but Hamas puts its missiles, its rockets in civilian areas,” Clinton said on Tuesday on Fusion. “Part of it is Gaza is pretty small and it’s densely populated. They put their command-and-control of Hamas military leaders in those civilian areas.”Clinton: Hamas Has to Put Weapons in Civilian Areas of Gaza Because It’s So Small

The IRS

Since they work for us, can we fire them now? “In fact these emails, small and trivial as they are in chattering content, are indicative of the politicization of government under the Obama administration, the morphing of supposedly impartial executive-branch agencies with all their powers into the enforcement arm of the Democratic Party and its agenda. Nasty in content, they effectively end the long-standing credibility of government agencies as institutions of probity run by impartial civil servants, in place since the 1883 civil service reforms that ended the spoils system.” Lois Lerner: A Partisan Hack, Not A Public Servant

Well, you can’t hide the truth forever. “MSNBC’s Morning Joe hosts made a startling admission when tackling the issue of the latest emails. While the panel’s Republicans were animated about these newest developments, the majority of the program’s liberals were silent. Only NBC News personality Willie Geist offered his thoughts on the newest revelations. “If the question is, ‘was there political, ideological bias inside the IRS?’ Geist asked, ‘It’s hard to argue ‘no.’” Media reacts to Lois Lerner’s new email: ‘Hard to argue’ no political bias there

Living life with her blinders on. Emphasis mine. “An IRS bigwig might well view a group’s members as []holes yet still choose not to harass the group. But if she believes the group is going to take America down, she will likely consider it her duty to get in its way. And, again, the numbers show that conservative groups were singled out for particular harassment.” ABOUT THOSE NEW LOIS LERNER EMAILS

The Left

The Left thinks winning means shutting those that oppose them down, instead of winning fair and square via debate. “Last week’s Netroots Nation gathering was billed as a “giant family reunion for the left.” The familial atmosphere generated by the progressive activists included one state network leader’s directive to “take down” conservative state policy networks nationwide.” Progressive state policy network leader: ‘Take down state policy networks’

The Media

“Boom.” “”The honest discussion would be that I never was opposed to Civil Rights Act,” an exasperated Paul interjected. “And when your network does 24-hour news telling the truth, then maybe we can get somewhere with the discussion.’” Rand Pall calls out MSNBC… on MSNBC

The Middle East

Where’s the media on this one???? “The coldblooded atrocities being committed by the fundamentalist militants fighting under the Islamic State’s banners in Iraq and Syria continue unabated. ISIS militants in the north and west of Iraq are destroying ancient Christian and Shiite religious shrines unchecked, have robbed Christian Iraqis and purged them from the areas they control, and are now carrying out a virtually genocidal massacre of Shia Muslim men. In a video that was deemed too graphic even for YouTube, ISIS militants revealed their brutality for the world when they posted footage featuring hundreds of Muslim men being summarily executed. “The video shows several dump trucks full of young men on their way to slaughter,”Jim Hoft wrote on Monday. The anguish of those young men who knew they are about to die is beyond recounting. With these horrors unfolding before our eyes, where are those who once styled themselves champions of the Responsibility to Protect doctrine that once served as the academic framework for humanitarian intervention?” Liberal interventionists silent on ISIS’s medieval brutality

Obamacare

With the Obama administration, we really are in the best of hands, so “Don’t worry, be happy” for heaven’s sake. “The contract for Healthcare.gov was open-ended too, ensuring little restraint on costs. The result: $840 million spent on the website, which includes $150 million in cost overruns on the initial version of Healthcare.gov that basically no one could access for the first month. The law itself will operate efficiently, though, I’m sure. Via Guy Benson, here the CEO of Aetna admitting that consumers in their new ObamaCare exchange risk pool are in fact a bit older and sicker than they expected, and also that they’re already seeing some attrition among consumers — but he can’t tell for sure whether it’s “young invincibles” who are peeling off or some of the sicker adults because … the back end of Healthcare.gov, which handles payment processing, still hasn’t been built yet. $840 million and counting.” GAO investigation: Why, yes, the Healthcare.gov disaster was the result of terrible government management

President Obama

I think the country is owed a lot more than an apology from the Obama voters. “A good friend of mine apologized to me today.  You see, he voted for Barack Hussein Obama in the 2008 election and he lives in a so-called “swing state.”  He told me that he had not voted for Obama in the 2012 election, but that he realized that by supporting him in 2008, he had help unleash a deadly virus onto the American scene.  He simply said he was sorry. [Snip] Once America fully comes to grip with the fact that Barack Hussein Obama and his henchmen (women) are liars, then maybe we can begin to unravel to mess of false promises and economic “snipe hunts” we have been fed. Maybe we can regain our stature on the international scene. As regards my good friend, apology accepted!  What else could I do?” When Obama voters apologize

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