Just Because the Mainstream Media Isn’t Telling You About It, Doesn’t Mean You Shouldn’t Know About It: News You Should Know for January 17

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Stories of the Day

Shhh. Don’t tell anyone. She’s a Democrat. Emphasis mine. “Ever wonder how lowly paid lawmakers leave office filthy rich?

Sen. Dianne Feinstein is showing how it’s done.

The US Postal Service plans to sell 56 buildings — so it can lease space more expensively — and the real estate company of the California senator’s husband, Richard Blum, is set to pocket about $1 billion in commissions.

Blum’s company, CBRE, was selected in March 2011 as the sole real estate agent on sales expected to fetch $19 billion. Most voters didn’t notice that Blum is a member of CBRE’s board and served as chairman from 2001 to 2014.” Senator’s husband stands to profit big from government deal

Obama and Kerry have made us a laughing stock. I highly recommend that you click on over and read the whole thing. It’s too good not to read in its entirety. “It is no small irony that an administration that came into office determined to work with the international community, and our allies rather than to be Bush-like unilateral cowboys, is now reduced to this sort of nonsense. What the French or any ally wants is not a touchy-feely Oldies song but a sense that the U.S. believes it is still part of the war against international terror. To the contrary, Obama’s instincts are such that allies have come to expect his contempt or disinterest in their problems.

Kerry’s cringe-inducing turn hosting his friend Taylor isn’t the dumbest thing he has done at the State Department by a long shot. Having faith in Mahmoud Abbas as a champion of peace and signing a weak nuclear deal with Iran are hard to top. But is an iconic moment that will symbolize Obama and Kerry’s ham-handed approach to allies. A song, even a folk rock classic that allows Kerry to reminisce about his youth spent falsely testifying against his fellow Vietnam vets, can’t substitute for a strong stand against Islamists or even the ability to say the word. Prior to this, it was possible to argue that U.S. foreign policy had become a joke. But after Taylor had finished warbling, even the president and his inner White House circle must be wondering what sort of a fool they’ve unleashed on the world.” Allies Know They Haven’t “Got a Friend” in Obama’s America

Of course they do. “On Friday, while all three network morning shows covered Secretary of State John Kerry arriving in Paris to offer U.S. condolences following the recent terrorist attacks, none of the broadcasts mentioned one of the most embarrassing moments in American diplomatic history that occurred during the visit – Kerry bringing musician James Taylor to a press conference to sing “You’ve Got A Friend” to the French people.” Networks Ignore John Kerry’s Embarrassing James Taylor Stunt in Paris

Unreal. “Barack Obama on Friday conducted an almost hour-long news conference with journalists, but faced no questions on his administration’s much-maligned decision not to send a representative to last Sunday’s massive anti-terror rally in France. ABC journalist Jon Karl wondered if the President had any thoughts on Mitt Romney possibly running for president again.

After a nearly 20 minute preamble, Obama and British Prime Minister David Cameron finally got to reporters. After offering up a tough question, Karl lobbed this softball: “If I may, Mr. President, I really like would hear your reaction to the news that Mitt Romney is thinking about running for president again.” Obama brushed that aside with a simple retort: “…I have no comment.” At Obama Press Conference, No Questions On Skipping Anti-Terror Rally

From yesterday’s press event with UK’s Prime Minister David Cameron and President Obama. Emphasis mine. “Reading Obama’s remarks is far easier than watching him make them. Obama’s prepared statement at the outset of the press conference is detached, condescending, evasive, self-referential, and altogether embarrassing.

There is much more of interest in Obama’s remarks, and Cameron’s, especially on Iran (long story short: sickening), but also the threat posed by “foreign fighters” emerging from Syria. For present purposes, I want to note only the new set of verbal gymnastics performed by Obama to avoid any reference to Islamist terrorism while Cameron was specifically decrying it and its associated “poisonous, fanatical death cult.” Obama limited himself to expressions of concern about “the phenomenon of violent extremism.”

With Cameron at his side, everyone could understand what Obama meant. Given the side-by-side contrast with Cameron, however, the verbal gymnastics performed by Obama had a slightly higher degree of difficulty than usual.” IF YOU HAD A FRIEND

No wonder they’re playing video games. “Reasonable risks are essential for children’s healthy development,” says Joe Frost, an influential safety crusader.” The Overprotected Kid: A preoccupation with safety has stripped childhood of independence, risk taking, and discovery—without making it safer. A new kind of playground points to a better solution.

This is what happens when you let the wusses (i.e. progressives) run things. “A pensioner who says local children made his life ‘hell’ put anti-vandal paint on his garden fence to stop them climbing on it and throwing stones at his windows.

Robert Brown also reported the youngsters to police and was delighted when officers came round to speak to him.

He assumed it was to take details of his plight – and was shocked to learn he was being prosecuted for criminal damage because the children had got the paint over their clothes.

Their mother alleged that almost £4,000 worth of furniture and carpets had been ruined by the youngsters treading the paint, which does not dry and leaves surfaces slippery, into her house.” Pensioner whose life was ‘made hell’ by local children is charged… because his anti-vandal paint ruined yobs’ clothes

Voting for these is one thing. Making actually carrying through with them is quite another. “With your inspiration, this new Congress is hard at work. Here are four things the House has already voted to do:

Lift the burden on small businesses so they can hire more of our veterans without penalties;

Repeal ObamaCare’s absurd 30-hour work-week definition so we can get people working again full-time;

Build the Keystone XL pipeline, with its more than 42,000 American jobs and safe energy for our children’s future, friends and allies;

Force bureaucratic agencies to regulate with more honesty, thrift and transparency.

These measures are only the beginning.

Now President Obama doesn’t agree with our direction, the one that you, the voters, asked us to take, and he has threatened to block your progress. But we challenge him to listen to the people instead of standing in the way of your future.” GOP: Restoring Americans’ 40-hour work week

2016 Presidential Election

Her silence won’t matter because most people aren’t paying attention. “In the days since the Charlie Hebdo massacre, the response from American politicians has ranged from pathetic to parodic. Through his press secretary, President Obama expressed regret on Monday that neither he nor any other high-ranking American official joined 44 world leaders who marched alongside millions in Paris last weekend. Then on Friday, in an effort to make amends, Secretary of State John Kerry brought James Taylor to Paris to sing “You’ve Got a Friend.”

The response from Hillary Clinton, the former secretary of state and likely 2016 Democratic presidential nominee, hasn’t been any better. Clinton has remained silent about the Charle Hebdo massacre since it occurred on January 7.” Hillary Clinton’s Charlie Hebdo Problem

Pictures from a very, very long time ago. Hillary Clinton: A Life in Pictures (Vol. 1)

Cuba

Anyone surprised? “In a move that has angered lawmakers and activists in the United States, the Cuban government has rearrested two political prisoners from the list of 53 whose release had been negotiated by the U.S.
According to independent media sources in Cuba, Ronaldo Reyes Rabanal and Luís Enrique Labrador – along with other activists – were arrested while attending a meeting of the opposition group, Movement for a New Republic. Lazara María Borrego Guzmán, a member of the Ladies in White opposition movement, was also allegedly arrested during the meeting and Cuban officials allegedly broke her arm.” Two of the 53 dissidents released by Cuba rearrested

Illegal Immigration

Key word: “Boasting.” “The Department of Health and Human Services is touting its handling of last summer’s massive influx of unaccompanied alien children in an end-of-year report, despite the fact that its own failures worsened the situation.

Nearly 58,000 unaccompanied alien children arrived before the end of fiscal year 2014, almost as many as arrived in the past five years combined, according to the report from HHS’s Office of Refugee Resettlement.” The Obama Administration Is Now Boasting About How Many Illegal Alient Immigrant Children It Resettled This Summer

Islamist Extremism

Good for Bill. “Remember when Berkeley students protested a commencement speech by Bill Maher because he said that Islam is the only religion that’s like the Mafia and will “fucking kill you” if you say or write the wrong thing? Well, considering the Charlie Hebdo shooting last week, Maher had something to say to those Berkeley students: how is it that I’m the problem? (snip)

He explained that liberals are perfectly fine using bullying when, for instance, they denounce his views as bigoted or call for Rush Limbaugh to go off the airwaves. Maher said that if you really want Limbaugh off the air, you’re not a true liberal, you’re just a “baby” who doesn’t like hearing different opinions.

And to Muslims who might be offended by people insulting Islam, Maher explained that’s exactly how he feels about weed. But when someone criticizes weed, he doesn’t threaten violence or bully them into silence, he just goes, “Good, more for me.” Maher Rips Liberals for ‘Extreme Bullying’ on Islam: You’re Part of the Problem

And she’s a Democrat. “Representative and Iraq War veteran Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI) argued that the Obama administration “refuses to recognize who our enemy is” on Friday’s “Situation Room” on CNN.

“It sickens me, Wolf, like so many other people who I served with and service members, who served both in Iraq and in other places, unfortunately we lost friends there who paid that ultimate price, and what is so frustrating now as we look at the situation there, our administration refuses to recognize who our enemy is. And unless and until that happens, then it’s impossible to come up with a strategy to defeat that enemy. We have to recognize that this is about radical Islam, this is as much a military war as it is an ideological war, and we’ve got to understand what that ideology is and challenge it, understand it so that we can defeat it and protect our citizens, protect the American people.” DEM REP GABBARD: OBAMA ADMIN ‘REFUSES TO RECOGNIZE WHO OUR ENEMY IS’

Using grievance for political purposes. “Simply put, victimology is the language and currency of our politics. Fighting for victims is a calling and minting new victims and grievances is a trillion-dollar industry. Heroism, fidelity, courage, duty, temperance: Their stock value may be volatile but the long-term trends have been bad for a while. But guilt and resentment are the gold and silver of our realm, a perfect hedge against the civilizational recession.” Victims Über Alles: The Left’s Islamophobia obsession shows the extent to which victimology dominates our politics.

Yes, it is. And thank you sir, for being brave enough to state the truth that President Obama and his Leftist fellow travelers refuse to say. “‘Let’s be honest here. Islam has a problem.”

Those are key sentences in an incredibly hard-hitting speech that Louisiana governor Bobby Jindal will give in London on Monday. It is the toughest speech I have read on the whole issue of Islamic radicalism and its destructive, murdering, barbarous ways which are upsetting the entire world.

Early in the speech Jindal says he’s not going to be politically correct. And he uses the term “radical Islamists” without hesitation, placing much of the blame for the Paris murders and all radical Islamist terrorism on a refusal of Muslim leaders to denounce these acts.” Jindal’s Brilliant Take on Radical Islam: The problem and solution reside with the people of the Islamic religion themselves.

Who says we’re not going to like this? “You’re not going to like this.

Our commander-in-chief is recklessly releasing jihadists from Guantanamo Bay. The president’s Bush-deranged base is buoyed by the all-out effort to fulfill his vow to shut down the detention camp. But the vast majority of Americans remain opposed, and increasingly alarmed. The pace of releases has surged since November’s midterm elections, with over two-dozen detainees sprung — aiding the enemy even as the terror threat intensifies.

But if you want it stopped, the president has to be impeached.” There Is Only One Way to Stop Obama from Setting Jihadists Free: Short of impeachment, there is really nothing Congress can do.

Scary… “This week, Pentagon officials began calling up retired generals to let them know that their home addresses, private e-mails and other personal information had appeared in a document that was publicized globally by a group claiming to support Islamic State.

The phone calls began after the Twitter and YouTube accounts of the U.S. military’s Central Command were briefly taken over by hackers who claimed to be part of IS. The Pentagon downplayed the hack, calling it “cyber-vandalism,” and stressed that the vandals did not penetrate any of the military’s classified information networks.

And while it’s true that the brief defacement of the Pentagon’s social media accounts was no great accomplishment in terms of cyber-warfare, the hack is actually a different kind of terrorist attack altogether: doxing.

The practice of doxing, or publishing people’s personal information online, is usually used to unmask hackers on Web forums or annoy figures in the news. It’s a way to deprive an online outlaw of his anonymity or a public figure of his or her privacy. In this case, the posting of the personal data of retired military officers is part of a different kind of strategy, to sow terror among men and women in uniform.” Islamic State’s Psychological War on U.S. Troops

This is who we’re letting teach our children at university. “Several of Dr. Safi’s Facebook posts have revealed him as an anti-Israel radical and an apologist for the Palestinian Hamas terror group. He has in the recent past described Israel as a terror state and has also pleaded with his followers to support the anti-Israel and anti-Semitic BDS (Boycott, Divest, and Sanctions) movement.” MEET THE RADICAL PROFESSOR AT THE CENTER OF THE CONTROVERSY FOR ISLAMIC PRAYERS AT DUKE UNIVERSITY

The IRS

Emphasis mine. “Imagine what would happen if a retail store or company like Best Buy or Home Depot announced it has plans to slash customer service, that it will make people stand in lines for at least a half hour, and that any customer due a refund will have to wait several weeks.

Oh, and it may not be able to prevent identity theft.

That company would probably soon find itself in chapter 11 bankruptcy as shoppers fled to other banks or stores or restaurants where they can get first class service.  That’s what America is about and every businessman and woman knows the customer always comes first.

What is amazing is that Washington demands full accountability and accuracy from tax filers, but the tax collection department is the least accountable agency of government.

But the Internal Revenue Service now says that taxpayers had better get used to shabby service from the tax collection agency. And the IRS is hardly an agency known for warm and friendly service to begin with.” 2015: It’s time to fire the IRS

Jews in Europe

Are we really going to let history repeat itself? “I’m not super-religious, but France has changed. We keep to ourselves a bit, we spend time with Jewish friends, and people are scared. We don’t feel safe like before.” He says a lot of his Jewish friends are considering emigrating now. (snip)

“I like Valls, I believe what he says. He took on Dieudonné [the controversial comedian], but what will happen after the march?” Freoa said, referring to the four million people who took to the streets in France on Sunday in solidarity with the 17 victims of the three jihadis.

“I don’t believe anything will happen. Look at the schools that refused to observe the minute of silence. There’s only one person taking advantage of it, and that’s Marine le Pen (the extreme-right Front National leader). She’s not for us,” he said. “In a few days it will be like nothing happened. In two months we’ll be called filthy Jews again.” French Jewish exodus: ‘In two months we’ll be called filthy Jews again’: After the attack on the kosher supermarket, Félix Freoa and his family have brought forward their departure from Paris

“Unprecedented.” “The surge of French Jews emigrating to Israel is unprecedented in the post-World War II era. Last year, for the first time, France exceeded the United States for Jews making aliyah — the Hebrew term for “going up” to Israel, a core element of the Zionist movement.

Pretending economic factors have driven this pattern denies decades of history, when European economic downturns did not produce such an outflow. Last year, Jews from France emigrated to Israel in numbers that exceeded the peak of 5,292 set in 1969, in the wake of Israel’s victory in the Six-Day War.” Exodus Chart: Shocking Graph Shows French Jews Fleeing to Israel in Historic Numbers

K-12

Obama’s Hope and Change not working, or is it? “For the first time in at least 50 years, a majority of U.S. public school students come from low-income families, according to a new analysis of 2013 federal data, a statistic that has profound implications for the nation.

The Southern Education Foundation reports that 51 percent of students in pre-kindergarten through 12th grade in the 2012-2013 school year were eligible for the federal program that provides free and reduced-price lunches. The lunch program is a rough proxy for poverty, but the explosion in the number of needy children in the nation’s public classrooms is a recent phenomenon that has been gaining attention among educators, public officials and researchers.” Majority of U.S. public school students are in poverty

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