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Just Because the Mainstream Press Isn’t Telling You About It, Doesn’t Mean You Shouldn’t Know About It: News You Can Use for August 15!

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Anyone as tired as I am at all the hypocrisy that is taking place all around us, at all levels of our government, every single day? Will there ever be an honest politician, who says what he or she means and actually does what he or she says? When pigs fly I suppose…

Stories of the Day

Hypocritical union leader and possible Democrat candidate for mayor of Chicago who rants against wealthy people is wealthy herself, but that’s okay…. She says she worked hard for hers. And all of the rest of us with stuff didn’t’’? 3 homes, $200,000-plus pay for possible mayoral candidate Lewis

According to Scarborough’s friends inside the White House, President Obama has officially checked out. Then why doesn’t he step down instead of letting the the country and the world burn around us? Emphasis mine. “Hugh Hewitt: Vice President Cheney, do they not get that the President should not be at Martha’s Vineyard right now? Joe Scarborough: Well, you know, we had Dana Milbank on who, again, not the most right wing columnist for the Washington Post, but Dana said it’s one thing for presidents going on vacation. We’re all big supporters of presidents going on vacation. It’s another thing to be in Martha’s Vineyard while you’ve got tanks rolling in Middle America, and all the Middle East melts down. This is a president that does go out of his way to show that he’s not paying attention to what anybody says. He’s going to do exactly what he wants to do, and he’s going to be stubborn about it. He is politically, he is either politically tone deaf or he just doesn’t give a damn. And I tend to believe based on everything I’ve heard from people who work inside the White House, and we’ve got a lot of friends there, and based on my friends who are senior Democratic senators, this president has checked out.” Joe Scarborough On Valerie Jarrett And The Culture Of Yes Men In The White House

“The Obama foreign policy is both inarticulate and disengaged. Disengagement is explicitly part of the approach, which became very clear in Iraq in the rise of ISIS, but also in Syria and Ukraine. In all three hot spots, the Obama administration had to get dragged into responses, although in Ukraine and now against ISIS Obama has ended up ahead of the curve in relation to America’s Western allies. Obama tosses out red lines without preparing for the consequences when they get violated, and shrugs off threats like ISIS with sophomoric sports analogies. His policy is to react only when forced by circumstances to do so.” CNN wonders: Is Obama foreign policy “inarticulate or disengaged”?

Messages. “The Secret Service said it is “aware” of a photo that appeared to show an image of an ISIS flag in front of the White House. If authentic, the photo showed a hand holding up an image of a flag for ISIS (also known as ISIL or Islamic State), displayed on a smartphone, on Pennsylvania Avenue in front of the White House fence. That area, closed off to street traffic, is frequented by thousands of tourists every day.” Secret Service ‘Aware’ of Apparent ISIS Flag Photo in Front of the White House

Freedom of speech? ISIS flag spotted flying in front of houses both in New York and New Jersey. Should you have the right to fly an ISIS flag?

Experts are sounding the alarm while President Obama parties on. “Ali Khedery is the chairman and chief executive of the Dubai-based Dragoman Partners. He negotiated Exxon Mobile’s entry into Kurdistan as an executive with that company. Before that, he worked with the U.S. State and Defense departments, and was the longest serving American official in Iraq from 2003 to 2009. Khedery served as the special assistant to five U.S. ambassadors and a senior advisor to three commanders of U.S. Central Command. Ali Khedery knows the Middle East, and Iraq in particular. It is important to know Khedery’s background because when he sounds the alarm, and he is sounding the alarm with all the fury of a man witnessing an irreversible tragedy unfolding, the world would be well-advised to listen to him. In an open letter to President Barack Obama in Politico Magazine, Khedery chided the president for his commitment to a policy of “benign neglect” toward the Middle East. He advised the president to give up on his current team of advisors, who have not served him well leading up to and during this present region-wide crisis, and surround himself with new voices.” They’re coming’ and ‘another 9/11 is imminent’

President Obama is such a hypocrite. “ABC reporter Jon Karl grilled deputy White House spokesman Eric Schultz about a new report showing how many executives who pursue corporate mergers overseas to avoid onerous U.S. tax laws — a move Obama has called “unpatriotic” — have donated millions to the Democratic Party and President Obama’s former campaigns. On Wednesday, Bloomberg reported that top Obama and Democratic donors — including an investment banker who hosted a fundraiser for the president, a co-chairman of the 2012 Democratic National Convention and a bundler who raised $200,000 for Obama’s reelection campaign — are all guilty of pursuing “corporate inversions,” which Obama has called unpatriotic and is seeking to limit through executive actions. “Is the president going to be asking Democrats to return money contributed, or seek to return money contribution, by some these corporate inversions?” Karl asked Schultz at a Martha’s Vineyard press conference. “No,” Schultz said simply. “Why not?” Karl pushed back. “I mean, this is — these guys are profiting off the very practices the president’s condemned and wants to see stopped.” Schultz tried to dodge, noting only that “we are not privy to the details and have no role in any company’s plans. What we are focused on is stopping the problem.” ABC’s Karl: Will ‘Hypocritical’ Obama Ask Dems To Return Donations From ‘Unpatriotic’ Companies Moving Overseas?

Please click on over and watch this man’s rant. He gets it. Stop being a victim and take charge of your life. Man Frustrated by Ferguson Riots Goes on Legendary Rant: ‘It’s Time For Us to Change’

If so many say government is the problem, why do so many on the Left continue to vote for the Democrat party whose only goal is to grow the government? “One more sign that liberals are going to get spanked in November. A new Gallup poll shows that more Americans think government is the biggest problem in the country than any other issue.” Americans say government is the biggest problem

“If the President wants to go out in public, fine. If he can’t do it without assaulting the rights of citizens, then he should stay home. But hey, most of these folks probably voted for him. So: Enjoy!” YOU KNOW, THEY DON’T ACTUALLY HAVE ANY LEGAL AUTHORITY TO DO THAT: Golfers frisked as Obama arrives at Martha’s Vineyard club.

Protecting President Obama, one untold story at a time. “Six former platoon mates of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl have hit roadblocks in shopping proposals for their book, because some publishers are reportedly afraid it will discredit President Obama. After five years in the Taliban’s capture, Sgt. Bergdahl was released in May as part of a U.S. prison exchange for five Guantanamo detainees. Some of the soldier’s platoon mates have come forward alleging that Sgt. Bergdahl intentionally deserted his post in Afghanistan on June 30, 2009, putting other soldiers in danger. A draft of their book proposal depicts Sgt. Bergdahl as a “premeditated” deserter who possibly aided the Taliban, but agents for the soldiers say the controversy over the prisoner swap has complicated the book’s chances at publication, Yahoo News reported. “I’m not sure we can publish this book without the Right using it to their ends,” Sarah Durand, a senior editor at Atria Books, a division of Simon & Schuster, wrote in an email to one of the soldiers’ agents, Yahoo News reported.”  Platoon mates critical of Bergdahl can’t get a book deal

Stuff you only read about in books and see in movies could happen here. Is our government taking steps to prevent such an occurrence? “It would come with almost no warning. Without any immediate signs as to why, the lights go out, cars stop dead, telephones cease to function, everything with a microchip in it fails, and most of it all never works again. In the wake of an electromagnetic pulse (EMP) attack on the United States, part or all of the country is thrust back into the 1860s but with 10 times the population. The threat is real, it is pressing, and the United States is doing little to address it. It strikes many Americans as a fanciful prospect, almost cheesy apocalypse porn, to suggest that something as simple as the destruction of the nation’s power grid could thrust the United States into the dark ages. But those who have investigated this prospect are not rolling their eyes to the threat as are so many of the country’s sophisticates. In The Wall Street Journal opinion pages on Wednesday, former CIA director James Woolsey and CIA veteran and congressional EMP Commission member Peter Vincent Pry warn of the threat posed by an EMP attack on the United States.” When the lights go out forever…

Amnesty

The president will do whatever he wants because he doesn’t care what happens to our country. “But when a president proposes to issue a ukase amnestying millions of illegal aliens — reportedly between a third and a half of the entire illegal population — without permission from Congress, it does indeed represent a leap into the antidemocratic dark.” Indiscrete Discretion: Obama proxies suggest there’s ample precedent for his planned massive executive amnesty. There isn’t.

“Senator Jeff Sessions (R., Ala.) called for Americans to pressure their senators about voting against President Obama’s expected executive orders on immigration, which he described as a “chilling” plot with activists to undermine national laws. “Recent developments suggest the president’s planned executive amnesty could be increasingly imminent and broad in scope. House Democrat Leader Pelosi — clearly one of the White House’s closest allies — has just urged the president to issue ‘the broadest possible’ executive actions,” Sessions said in a statement on Wednesday. “Open-borders groups have grown bolder and louder in their unlawful demands, launching a campaign for the president to ‘go big,’ and demanding that he ‘stand up’ to Congress and ‘expand DACA,’” he added, citing an Associated Press report that administration officials were meeting with immigration activists and the Chamber of Commerce. “It is chilling to consider now that these groups, frustrated in their aims by our Constitutional system of government, are plotting with the Obama administration to collect their spoils through executive fiat,” he said.” Sessions Warns of ‘Chilling’ Obama Immigration Plotting

Big Government

As I’ve written before, the Left wants marijuana to become legal, but wants to clamp down on anything relating to cigarettes. Does anyone else see the hypocrisy in this? “How will the FDA “cripple the future of” e-cigarettes, specifically? Administrative burdens. The FDA estimates that conducting the necessary scientific investigations and preparing a premarket application would, on average, take more than 5,000 hours and cost more than $300,000. Only the large tobacco producers would be willing and able to incur these costs. As the FDA analysis states, the costs of submitting premarket applications for e-cigarettes “would be high enough to expect additional product exit, consolidation, and reduction in variety compared with the baseline.” The agency admits that nearly all e-cigarette products would be driven out of the market, simply by administrative burdens, not by any substantive health issues. The lack of product variety would thwart efforts to persuade smokers to switch to e-cigarettes, particularly because the surviving products are likely to be the “cigalikes” produced by the large tobacco companies, which are the least effective in luring smokers completely away from cigarettes.” The nanny state may crush the e-cigarette industry — knowingly

Elections

The Left believes they are losing so they are applying all the scare tactics that they can to get people to donate. But is there enough money in the world to stop the losses that we hope are heading the Democrat party’s way this November? “Of course, the point of being a prophet of doom is to be heeded and thereby avert the doom. Republicans shouldn’t be overconfident, especially when it comes to money, where the Democrats are out-raising us as always. But for the moment, it is fun to enjoy the Democrats’ moment of panic.” HOW DEMOCRATS SOUND WHEN THEY ARE LOSING BADLY

Using email harassment as a tactic to obtain donations. “That was my last political contribution until this week, when, hoping to get a better look at Democrats’ small-donor technique, I finally clicked the $5 contribution box on President Obama’s email. You’d think that would have made them happy. But no — they immediately wanted more. First they tried to get me to increase my contribution. I declined. Then they asked that I make my contribution an automatic monthly donation. I declined. And then, when it looked like $5 was all they would get, they asked for a “tip” for the pro-Democratic fundraising group ActBlue. “We’re building an army of small dollar donors to defeat the Koch brothers and their fat checkbooks,” they said. “Your tip of 10 percent or more will help us build the next generation of our tools so the Kochs don’t have the final say.” I still said no, but at the end of all the hectoring, I hit “contribute” to send the $5. “One might think, given the begging involved, that just a little expression of thanks would have been in order. Instead, I received a message saying my contribution had been “flagged … as requiring additional oversight.” An ActBlue staffer would review it to “ensure that it is accurate and meets our high safety standards.” That seemed odd, given reports of low safety standards and alleged fraud in the Obama campaign’s handling of small donors in 2008 and 2012. A few minutes later, I learned my contribution had been accepted. Then came a “priorities survey,” in which Democrats wanted to know whether I thought the most compelling reason to remove Republicans from power was 1) They shut down the government; 2) They gave tax breaks to the Koch brothers; or 3) They voted to defund Planned Parenthood. I didn’t answer. At the very least, I thought my $5 would buy a tiny respite from the crush of email. It did not. About an hour later came a note from Pelosi with the subject line “Must Read (DON’T DELETE).” “President Obama wouldn’t have emailed you earlier if we didn’t need your help,” Pelosi wrote, apparently trying to suggest that Daddy would be angry with me if I didn’t give more. Can this continue until November? Yes, it can. But if Democrats already sound this frantic in August, it’s going to be a very long fall.” Gloomy, frantic Dems plead: More money, please

President Obama would be even more unpopular than President Bush was at this time in his presidency, if the media would do their jobs. “Republicans may have counted on anger about ObamaCare or some of the administration’s other scandals to lift them to a nationwide victory. That hasn’t quite materialized but general dissatisfaction with the president looks to be sufficient to drag Democrats down in red states and keep even McConnell safe. With the world in chaos and the president showing no leadership abroad and only a desire to whip up partisan anger at home, there is little reason to believe that Democrats can reverse historic trends that show the incumbent party losing big in a second term midterm. While Grimes will be blamed if she fails to take down one of the least liked (though most effective) members of the Senate, rather than focusing on her shortcomings and lack of preparation for the big stage, Democrats would do better to realize that Obama has gone from being their greatest asset to their biggest problem.” Obama is Killing Dems’ Senate Hopes

The IRS

Judge losing his patience with the Obama administration’s obstruction of justice. “’ORDERED.’ “Must.” “Speak under oath.” These are not really requests, and the time frame isn’t an expression of curiosity, either. Giving the IRS a single week to meet these demands after months of wrangling over Judicial Watch’s challenge implies that (a) Sullivan’s pretty convinced the IRS has these answers, which then suggests that  (b) Sullivan’s getting angry over the IRS’ intransigence and opacity in dealing with the court. Either Judge Sullivan has run out of patience, or he wants the IRS to think he has.” Judge orders IRS to come up with better explanation of missing Lerner e-mails

The Left

Have you heard about this? “Bay Area parents have given given a sound thrashing to a sexual education textbook that featured information on handcuffs, sex toys, bondage, and other topics best left in the hands of an experienced dominatrix. As National Review Online’s Molly Wharton reported last week, the Fremont Unified School District planned to introduce the textbook entitled Your Health Today, without so much as a mutually agreed-upon safe word from parents, at the beginning of the school year:

Teachers unanimously chose the explicit book in June to replace an earlier one that was ten years old. “Our high-school students today need all the tools they can have to arm themselves to make the best-informed decision,” the school district’s Board President, Lara Calvert-York, said.

Authors of the textbook told Today that the book is meant for college freshmen. They added, though, that they believe the material is appropriate for younger readers.

Parents, and even students, say the book goes too far.

“It’s a bit much for me, I’m not comfortable with my child — I mean, wow, that’s, the graphics are extreme — oh my gosh,” one parent told CBS as she was shown some of the images in the book. “They are very pornographic. The pictures are very explicit.” [Snip]

The land of the nuts and the fruits has lately seen several instances in which parents escaped the chains of public school bureaucracies. In June a Los Angeles judgethrew out teacher tenure rules, and a lawsuit is threatening compulsory dues for teacher unions. But the teachers still often end up on top: In July Los Angeles Unified School District passed a hefty minimum wage increase.” Rough Justice For High School Bondage Textbook

The Media

I will forever love Hugh Hewitt for calling a spade a spade. More of us have to start doing this within all aspects of our lives, including at the political grassroots level. “’But Soledad O’Brien, How Can You Take Money From A Patron of Islamists?’ Jeff Dunetz of Truth Revolt sums up Hugh Hewitt’s eye-opening interview with the former MSNBC and CNN newsreader who is now sharing time producing and appearing on shows that air on the National Geographic channel, CNN, its sister network HBO — and Qatar-owned Al Jazeera:

Appearing on The Hugh Hewitt Radio Show to promote her upcoming special on CNN, Soledad O’Brien was asked how she could do freelance work for Al Jazeera, which is owned by Qatar, patron of terrorist organizations such as Hamas and ISIS. O’Brien obfuscated, first suggesting the U.S. was funding terrorism: “I think you could look at similar issues of what is funded in the United States,” followed by, “it’s not as straightforward as that.”​

According to O’Brien, since Al Jazeera’s journalism is solid, it doesn’t matter that the country which owns the network is a financier of terrorism.” So Here’s An Honest Question: How Can You Take Money From Them?’

Obamacare

It wasn’t supposed to be this way! President Obama told us his “big government” would do things SO MUCH BETTER. “I’d suggest that the final cost to taxpayers of HealthCare.gov’s tumultuous launch may actually be even higher than most reports suggest. That’s because, in the rush to enroll and absent a functional website, the federal government had to rely more heavily on non-tech contractors, too. For example, Serco, which processed paper applications for health coverage, had a multi-year contract worth up to $1.249 billion. It remains debatable how much of that large sum belongs in back-of-the-envelope cost calculations for the HealthCare.gov launch debacle. (Of course, it’d be interesting to know what Marilyn Tavenner thought about these rising supplemental costs. Alas.) Unfortunately, the Obama administration’s takeaway from HealthCare.gov’s disastrous launch is that the government should get more involved in tech, not less, and spend more money on creating a “digital experience” for citizens, as the Wall Street Journal editorial page writes today.” The High Costs of the HealthCare.gov Debacle

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Just Because the Mainstream Press Isn’t Telling You About It, Doesn’t Mean You Shouldn’t Know About It: News You Can Use for August 13!

Any one as tired as I am of all the lies our media, our politicians and candidates who want to become future politicians tell us?

Any one as tired as I am of all the lies our media, our politicians and candidates who want to become future politicians tell us? Can each and every one one of us start to hold these people accountable? Please? Enough is enough!

Stories of the Day

Research confirms what those of us who align with the Tea Party already know. “A startling new political science study concludes that corporate interests and mega wealthy individuals control U.S. policy to such a degree that “the preferences of the average American appear to have only a minuscule, near-zero, statistically non-significant impact upon public policy.” [Snip] Noted American University Historian Allan J. Lichtman, who highlighted the piece in a Tuesday article published in The Hill, calls Gilens and Page’s research “shattering” and says their scholarship “should be a loud wake-up call to the vast majority of Americans who are bypassed by their government.” [Snip]  The study’s findings align with recent trends, where corporate elites have aggressively pursued pro-amnesty policies despite the fact that, according to the most recent Reuters poll, 70% of Americans believe illegal immigrants “threaten traditional U.S. beliefs and customs,” and 63% believe “immigrants place a burden on the economy.” The solution, say the scholars, is a reinvigorated and engaged electorate. “If policymaking is dominated by powerful business organizations and a small number of affluent Americans, then America’s claims to being a democratic society are seriously threatened,” conclude Gilens and Page.” STUDY: YOU HAVE ‘NEAR-ZERO’ IMPACT ON U.S. POLICY

This certainly isn’t comforting. Emphasis mine.  “The Obama administration has lifted longtime restrictions on Libyans attending flight schools in the United States and training here in nuclear science, according to a final amendment of the ban recently approved by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). Less than two years after the deadly terrorist attacks in Benghazi, Libya that killed four Americans, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is poised to sign off on an amendment reversing the ban, which was enacted following a wave or terrorist attacks in 1980s and prevents Libyans from studying these sensitive trades in the United States.” Obama Lifts Ban on Libyans Attending U.S. Flight Schools, Training In Nuke Science

The press not that into reporting stories that involve wrong doing by Democrats, as usual.  Emphasis mine.  “With control of the Senate hanging in the balance this fall, any story about any incumbent’s troubles is news — if he’s a Republican. This is no different from 2010 and 2012, when the press couldn’t get enough of Mourdock (Indiana), Akin (Missouri), and O’Donnell (Delaware). The stories were endless. On August 7, after a lengthy scandal involving, first, plagiarism and then the bizarre excuse of post-traumatic stress disorder as the cause, Senator John Walsh of Montana resigned in disgrace, possibly adding an all-important victory to the GOP this fall. Network coverage? Nada. I could continue but I won’t. We conclude only as we can conclude: This is deliberate. The national news media are doing the bidding of the Democratic party.” Hide ‘D,’ Showcase ‘R:’ It’s the media’s unwritten rule for covering political scandals.

What the heck happened? We were told that if we elected Obama for president, the oceans would recede and the the planet start to heal… “In other words, the gloom goes beyond wealth, gender, race, region, age and ideology. This fractious nation is united by one thing: lost faith in the United States.” Americans’ optimism is dying

Do you believe in miracles of God? Here’s more proof! “Here’s the thing: If Hamas would have succeeded, it would have been the worst terrorist attack in Israel’s history. And whether you believe in God or not, this sure felt like a “miracle” to the hundreds of people who would have been killed, if it weren’t for a perfectly timed gust of wind…” A Rocket Was About to Cause the Worst Terror Attack in Israel’s History, But a ‘Miracle’ Happened

Have pigs learned to fly? “A who’s who of news organizations, as well as the American Civil Liberties Union, have sided with the conservative National Review and the free market Competitive Enterprise Institute in a libel lawsuit brought against them by climate scientist Michael Mann. Mann contends that the magazine and the think tank both libeled him by publishing articles alleging that he has intentionally manipulated climate data. Both defendants are seeking to have the case dismissed under a statute that prevents nuisance lawsuits intended to silence critics. The matter is currently before the D.C. Superior Court.” ACLU, news organizations back National Review, think tank in climate libel case

As I am learning, never trust anything a politician or a candidate for political office says. In politics it’s all lying, all the time. “It was an applause line during almost every campaign address made by President Obama in 2012: “I promised to end the war in Iraq, and I did.” Now, he’s backing off. [Snip] What was a popular line in 2012 is now something Obama would have people believe he couldn’t control.” Bombs Over Erbil: Obama Took Credit for Iraq Troop Withdrawal Before Ducking Responsibility

My comment is the same as the one I made above. “We all remember. How could we not? He’d been saying it every farking day for three years —until this summer, when suddenly it became something he’d done reluctantly, forced on the U.S. by an obstinate Iraqi parliament and a short-sighted, foolhardy Nouri al-Maliki. Any theories as to what changed? What could have happened in Iraq to make The One, who got reelected by reminding voters that he brought the boys home, wish that maybe he still had a few boys left in the field over there? A dandy little edit here by the Free Beacon, via Ace. I know I’ve linked it before but the piece you want to read as accompaniment is Iraq hawk turned dove Peter Beinart lamenting all the ways Obama screwed up post-Bush American policy in the country. O wants you to believe at the end of the video here that he pushed hard to keep a residual American force inside Iraq for counterterrorism (i.e. counter-ISIS) operations but it’s simply not true. He didn’t push hard for it; when Maliki initially resisted his demand that U.S. troops be granted immunity from prosecution in Iraqi courts, O took that as his cue to pull everyone out. And that wasn’t the only time he indulged Maliki’s dumbest impulses. The story of the U.S. vis-a-vis Iraq after 2009, writes Beinart, is a story of disinterest and disengagement.” Video: Remember when Obama took credit for pulling U.S. troops out of Iraq instead of blaming Maliki for it?

We’re becoming sitting ducks. “In other words, ISIS is more capable in every way than the terrorists that hit America so hard on 9/11. Pinprick strikes weren’t enough to stop a much weaker Osama bin Laden. They will not be enough to stop a much stronger Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.” The ISIS Threat to the United States, in Six Sentences

The Left sees no evil. It’s just all wrong-headedness that can be negotiated with. “We may not understand evil, but we’ve learned that negotiating with it is impossible. The very nature of evil precludes negotiations, and it can only be met with great strength rather than weakness. Elizabeth Warren doesn’[Snip] But Warren’s words seem positively nonsensical. Perhaps the most curious thing about the quote is that she says there has to be a negotiated settlement in Iraq, whether it’s the US or the Iraqi government participating in the negotiations. But why this must be the case is left unexplained. Does she really think that the ISIS lion is going to lie down with the lamb? Far from being obligatory, is it even within the realm of possibility? A group like ISIS can only be destroyed or it will destroy the good in its path. It cannot be reasoned with.t even understand that much. Or perhaps she understands it and is just pretending not to, because she knows that’s an atittude (sic) that pleases her base.” ISIS and Understanding Evil

“Cheney added that President Obama’s past statements that ISIS was “JV” showed that the president is “probably not reading his intelligence, or we’ve got a bigger problem in terms of the quality of the intelligence he is receiving.” He also stated, ‘to suggest that these guys [ISIS] are just involved in local conflicts, I can’t believe he’s listening to the briefings that I would expect he’s received from the intelligence community, and come out with a statement like that.  It shows the depths of his, I guess, his lack of knowledge.’” CHENEY: OBAMA PROBABLY NOT READING HIS INTELLIGENCE REPORTS

Obama and the Left never wanted to work with the Republicans.If you want just 100 percent and the notion is that the winner really does take all—all the spoils—sooner or later that government is going to break down.” – President Obama to New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman, August 8, 2014. “Elections have consequences, and at the end of the day, I won.” – President Obama to House Republican Whip Eric Cantor, January 23, 2009. If only the current-day President Obama could travel back in time and warn his newly elected self about the dangers of pursuing a governing agenda that excludes and alienates the opposition. [Snip] Liberal critics say that Obama didn’t really have a negotiating partner—the same complaint conservatives make in reverse—and that compromising with Republicans in 2009 and 2010 on the budget and health care wouldn’t have translated into any significant Republican support. Perhaps that’s true, but we’ll never know because he didn’t try it. It turns out Americans didn’t elect Obama in 2008 because they were desperate for universal health care. They elected him because of his aspirational appeal, which included a promise to be “post-partisan,” to be pragmatic, and to deliver on his promise to “fix” our broken political system. But the very first decision he made— in hindsight, perhaps the most consequential of his presidency—only served to bust our political system further.  It’s been more or less downhill ever since.” Too Bad Obama Didn’t Follow His Own Advice

Mr. Secretary, please tell us something we don’t already know! “Fresh off a trip to India and Australia, Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel addressed a group of Marines in San Diego, California Tuesday, and may have delivered a line that will show up in Republican campaign ads this election cycle. After updating the troops on some issues in the Pacific region and the Middle East, Hagel took questions from some of the Marines and gave a stark assessment of the global security situation: ‘The world is exploding all over.’” Defense Secretary: ‘The World is Exploding All Over’

Clueless Chuck and his boss are leading us down a road that is going to get really ugly, very quickly. “We may have a handful of advisers in plenty of countries, but we’ve retreated from Iraq, we’ve retreated from Libya, we’re retreating from Afghanistan, and we refused to become engaged in Syria even in the “unbelievably small” way that Obama originally contemplated. Even Hillary Clinton, who touted the pivot to the Pacific, acknowledges the problem. In a world that’s “exploding,” how can one defend severe cuts to defense spending? This, I take it, was the thrust of the Marine’s question to Chuck Hagel. Unless one believes that the U.S. will not experience fallout from the explosions, the cuts are indefensible. And if we are exempt from fallout, why pivot to Asia? Why not pivot home? Clueless Chuck Hagel isn’t the only one who has no answer. “THE WORLD IS EXPLODING” BUT CHUCK HAGEL IS ON THE CASE

“President Obama claims that he’s determined not to do “stupid [stuff].” It would be nice if, in addition, he abjured “half-assed [stuff].” Combating ISIS with a few pinprick airstrikes and a small number of advisers is half-assed. Fox News reported this morning that U.S. military commanders have compared our limited action against ISIS to ‘whac-a-mole.’” HAGEL SENDS 130 ADVISERS TO DEAL WITH “THE MOST BRUTAL, BARBARIC FORCES WE’VE EVER SEEN”

The president’s silence speaks volumes. “It’s starting to seem as if the Obama White House operates on a time delay. In the case of Iraq’s religious minorities, the results have been deadly. On June 10, the barbaric extremists called the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) captured the city of Mosul. By mid-July, they issued an edict to the Christians who remained to “convert, leave or be killed.”The White House said nothing. Beginning on July 22, Rep. Frank Wolf, R-Va., took to the House floor six times to plead for attention from the Obama administration as a genocide threatened Iraq. Not a word from the president.” Kirsten Powers: Obama’s inattention to Iraqi Christians

Amnesty

Are we fighting a losing battle? “Sessions, in a statement exclusively provided to Breitbart News, berated House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, calling on Reid to allow a vote on the House-passed measure that would block President Obama’s attempts to continue or expand the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) executive amnesty to millions more illegal aliens. “Recent developments suggest the President’s planned executive amnesty could be increasingly imminent and broad in scope,” Sessions said, citing how Pelosi has called on the President to give the “broadest possible” executive amnesty to perhaps as many as ten million illegal aliens.” EXCLUSIVE–SESSIONS: MELT DOWN SENATE’S PHONE LINES, FORCE REID TO ALLOW VOTE ON EXECUTIVE AMNESTY

I don’t think it matters what the people want. Our “betters” are going to do what they want to do, no matter what we say. “America is developing an anti-immigration consensus. That wasn’t supposed to happen in the nation of immigrants. Media outlets are shaking their heads over the poll numbers and correctly tying them to the border crisis. What they aren’t saying though is that the border crisis was calculatedly set off by Obama’s illegal alien DREAM amnesty. And as with ObamaCare, the radical agenda backfired. The border crisis was supposed to start the amnesty machine. It was the sort of confrontational activism popular with Chicago community organizers who know that if you can’t get what you want, you dump a bunch of people on the doorstep of whatever agency you want to blackmail which creates an instant social services mess so that the politicians will have no choice but to “solve the problem” on your terms.” The Amnesty Radicals’ Big Mistake

“Luis Gutierrez has taken to threatening Republicans with the prospect of two million new Latino voters racing to the polls in November, but the reality is different. It’s older white voters who turn out en masse for midterms; Latino turnout tends to drop off, which is why Brendan Nyhan of The Upshot calls O’s impending decision to issue his mass amnesty before November instead of after “inexplicable.” It’s really not inexplicable — he seems convinced that his base will stay home if he doesn’t do something flashy on immigration, the risk of a backlash notwithstanding. But the higher activists’ expectations get, the more of a bind it puts O in. Conceivably, he could legalize a million illegals and infuriate both the right (which opposes executive amnesty on principle) and the left (which wants the broadest executive amnesty possible). Good luck, champ.” Go big: Immigration activists beg Obama to legalize eight million illegals or more

We really ARE in the best of hands. “According to Breitbart, “a leaked intelligence analysis from the Customs and Border Protection (CBP) reveals the exact numbers of illegal immigrants entering and attempting to enter the U.S. from more than 75 different countries.” It reports that 28 “individuals from Pakistan were caught attempting to sneak into the U.S. this year alone, with another 211 individuals either turning themselves in or being caught at official ports of entry.” Texas Gov. Rick Perry says that the number of apprehended illegal aliens who come from countries with “substantial terrorist ties” is at a record high, countries such as Yemen, Somalia and Saudi Arabia. On top of this, individuals from nations currently suffering from the world’s largest Ebola outbreak have been caught attempting to sneak into the U.S. Deroy Murdock’s article titled “The Southern Border: Our Welcome Mat for Terrorists,” for National Review Online (April 25, 2013), reports that “Somalia’s Ahmed Muhammed Dhakane told authorities in 2011 that he earned up to $75,000 per day smuggling East Africans into America. His clients included three al-Shabaab terrorists. As the House report states: ‘Dhakane cautioned that each of these individuals is ready to die for their cause and would fight against the United States if the jihad moved from overseas to the U.S. mainland.’” Many Syrians and Iranians have been caught making illegal entry. Both Syria and Iran are supporters of Hezbollah, have chemical weapons and materials for dirty bombs, and hate “the Great Satan.” Get Ready for Denials

Big Government

Don’t for a minute tell me that the Democrats love free enterprise. “The Dodd-Frank Act requires large financial institutions deemed systemically important to submit an orderly resolution plan each year. These plans — called “living wills” — run thousands of pages. They describe the company and its risk exposures, as well as the company’s strategy for reorganizing itself in bankruptcy without causing financial instability or using taxpayer dollars. If banks fail to persuade regulators that they have a realistic and safe plan for winding down, the government can use Dodd-Frank’s Orderly Resolution Authority to resolve them outside the court system if they get into trouble. In other words, banks have enormous incentive to make sure their living wills are convincing. [Snip] To address these problems, the living will process must be made more transparent and boundaries placed on regulators’ discretionary powers. One way forward is to require regulators to provide clear standards for an acceptable living will, and to codify these standards into regulations that apply to all designated holding companies. Through the guise of living wills, the government currently has the authority to determine company structure, business lines and investments at the most fundamental levels of large financial services firms. Regulators’ recommendations are binding and not subject to public comment, nor are they applied equally across all institutions. This bears little, if any, resemblance to free enterprise.” Why the ‘Living Will’ Process Sets Banks Up for Failure

The Left will be for it until it curtails their freedom of the press. “Any freedom-loving person would be outraged at the attempt by the Federal Communications Commission to inject itself into monitoring the practices of print and broadcast media organizations, but the outrage came almost exclusively from conservatives, which is highly instructive. But liberals and conservatives are on such different planets that they don’t even agree that this development – to which only conservatives objected – is instructive, which is also instructive. The Washington Post was hoist with its own petard in reacting with a subtly pointed headline, “Proposed FCC study of news organizations sparks conservative outcry,” and exposing its own biases rather than those of conservatives. Simply put, everyone should object to this proposed action, and the fact that only conservatives did shows they are the only ones acting as freedom’s guardians. That liberals didn’t object is bad but is made much worse by their opinion that conservatives’ objection is itself objectionable.” FCC’S CHILLING TOTALITARIAN PROPOSAL: David Limbaugh is shocked liberals didn’t object to newsroom-snooping idea

The economy be damned. “Gov. Steve Beshear of Kentucky, the nation’s third largest coal producer, said he believes the proposed rule “would decimate Kentucky’s economy.” He expressed concern that the proposal “does not provide adequate flexibility or attainable goals.” Beshear added that President Obama’s desire “to protect our climate is one that I share, but that desire must be attained while also providing economic security to our families and businesses.” Joining Kentucky, West Virginia and Wyoming in the lawsuit are Alabama, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Nebraska, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Dakota and South Carolina. Murray Energy Corp., of St. Clairsville, Ohio, the nation’s largest privately held coal mining company, already has sought to waylay the rule.” States Sue to Block EPA Carbon Regulations: “We will use many different tactics to fight this rule,” vows governor of the largest coal-producing state.

I don’t get the Left’s LOVE of pot, but hatred of cigarettes, even the electronic version. “Recently, the New York Times ran several high-profile essays justifying the liberalization of marijuana laws. Editorialists addressed the health effects, the need for product standards, and the importance of banning sales to minors. Another major recommendation was to keep marijuana production and marketing from becoming corporatized as “Big Pot.”  Agree or disagree with marijuana legalization, it’s refreshing to see sober efforts to balance freedom to use marijuana, an intoxicant, against the harms that can result from expanded legal access to it. We only wish that such consideration was being extended to electronic cigarettes: a nicotine delivery device that has the potential to change the face of smoking and help alleviate one of the nation’s biggest public health problems. Instead, the FDA is considering a regulation that would block e-cigarettes from fulfilling that potential.  Electronic cigarettes and their relatives (called “vaping pens” or “mods”) are battery-powered devices that heat liquid nicotine and emit mostly water vapor. Because no tobacco is combusted, no carcinogenic tar is inhaled or released into the shared environment. That makes e-cigarettes far safer than traditional cigarettes.” A Flawed E-Cigarette Regulation

Common Core

Dumbing down our students in exchange for Left wing propaganda. “Ms. Ratner concluded that Common Core is making simple math concepts “artificially intricate and complex with the pretense of being deeper, while the actual content taught was primitive.” The bottom line is that Common Core is inferior to the current good California standards, and the $15.8 billion spent nationally to develop and adopt Common Core was a gigantic waste. College ready? That’s another deceit. Math experts are saying that Common Core standards are not preparing students for colleges to which most parents aspire to send their children. The Common Core History Standards have just become available. Real scholars say they are a “stealthy” plan to teach kids a leftwing curriculum. Scholar Stanley Kurtz says that the new plan for teaching American History is spelled out in the SAT college entrance and Advanced Placement exams. They pitch out “traditional emphasis on America’s founders and the principles of constitutional government” in favor of a leftist “emphasis on race, gender, class, ethnicity.” According to Kurtz, “James Madison, Thomas Jefferson, and the other founders are largely left out of the new test unless they are “presented as examples of conflict and identity by class, gender, race, ethnicity, etc.” The text of the new AP U.S. History exam has been closely guarded, revealed only to a few certified AP U.S. History teachers who are sworn to secrecy.” Common Core’s Growing Unpopularity

Ebola

What can we expect that our government will do should Ebola, or any other serious, contagious disease come to our shores? “Related: The CDC’s controversial quarantine powers. “In some cases, this includes the power to isolate people, and hold a healthy person against his will. The CDC’s quarantine authority has been strengthened in recent years. But we haven’t had sufficient debate about how to balance individual rights against public health in these circumstances. And when quarantine is even effective. We should revisit these issues before we find ourselves invoking these tools. . . .” WHAT WOULD HAPPEN if someone got Ebola in America.

Elections

This is  why I refuse to go to movies anymore. “Can Hollywood rescue Democrats from Harry Reid and Barack Obama? It seems doubtful, but if not, Reid and Obama shouldn’t worry too much. Hollywood will eventually produce a movie extolling their brilliance and honesty in retrospect, even after their terrible demagoguery and incompetence becomes crystal clear to everyone. Just ask Dan Rather.”  Hollywood turns out big to rescue Reid, Senate Dems

They can’t bare to think about being out of power. “Senate Democratic candidates have kept up a torrential fundraising pace, giving several in top races a crucial advantage as they fight to hold the upper chamber this fall. But the GOP’s dominance in super-PAC spending forced some incumbents to spend heavily, narrowing their cash edge over their Republican challengers.” Dems raise big to save the Senate

Keep meddling Harry, because you’re only helping our side! “Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is having a summer like his baseball idol, Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper. His p’olitical operation isn’t living up to the hype, he’s striking out as he’s tried to intervene in pivotal Senate contests, and there’s a growing chance he’ll be sent to the minority at the end of the year. (Harper, for all his struggles, looks like he’s avoided that worst-case outcome.)For all the internal Republican Party divisions, the GOP’s party committees and allied outside groups have overcome their biggest challenge entering the year. They’ve successfully navigated incumbents and favored Senate candidates through difficult primaries, avoiding the specter of terminally weak candidates emerging in battleground races. The same can’t be said for Democrats, who frittered away opportunities in South Dakota and Montana because of internal conflicts and botched maneuvering. Meanwhile, Democratic attempts to intervene in Republican Senate primaries haven’t worked, depriving several Democrats of the chance to run against weak challengers. Reid’s fingerprints are over all those moves, with his majority on the line.” If Democrats Lose the Senate, Harry Reid Deserves the Blame: The Senate majority leader’s aggressive tactics have backfired, threatening his hold on leadership.

Conservatives on Facebook, beware. Emphasis mine. “Politically active liberal Mark Zuckerberg’s Facebook is now blocking Republican candidates from his social media website Facebook in the GOP’s bid to retake control of the U.S. Senate in November.  Facebook deleted late Monday night an “Event” this author created to ask for donations to Kevin Wade, running for U.S. Senate as a Republican in Delaware from his 4,937 Facebook friends.” The Facebook Factor in the GOP’s Battle to Take the Senate

Voting while plugging our noses is better than not voting, in my opinion… “’There are a lot of bad Republicans. There are no good Democrats. The country is in the balance.’” Ann Coulter: We have no choice but to vote for these Republicans, including the crap-ass ones

Hillary Clinton

All this talking out of both sides of her mouth is quite nauseating. “She didn’t mean to attack him, you know. That razor-sharp line about how “Don’t do stupid stuff” isn’t an organizing principle was aimed at some other administration that takes “Don’t do stupid stuff” as its organizing principle.

“Secretary Clinton was proud to serve with President Obama, she was proud to be his partner in the project of restoring American leadership and advancing America’s interests and values in a fast changing world,” said the statement, shared with POLITICO.

‘She continues to share his deep commitment to a smart and principled foreign policy that uses all the tools at our disposal to achieve our goals. Earlier today, the secretary called President Obama to make sure he knows that nothing she said was an attempt to attack him, his policies, or his leadership.Trouble in paradise: Hillary calls Obama to heal rift over Atlantic interview

In politics, it is shameless lying, all the time. “That Mrs. Clinton would up and disavow President Obama’s policy of ceding the entire world to evil forces — a policy she embraced and enforced for four years as his top diplomat — is a little hard to accept now as genuine. It is by far the most naked and self-serving political repositioning in American politics since, well, since the last time Hillary Rodham Clinton performed a bald and shameless U-turn on Middle East war policy.” Hillary Clinton — a woman of no convictions

You should’ve kept your enemies closer, President Obama. “Memo to President Obama: You should have made Hillary your vice president back in 2008. She was the obvious choice. But you believed you were strong enough without her, and worried that Bill would be impossible to control. Big mistake. If Hillary were veep, she’d be inside the tent even now, biting her lip. Instead, she took her leave, wrote her book and is now taking aim — at you.” Hammering Obama: Hillary has only begun

The Left

The Left wants everything for free. “Should women be given free tampons? That’s what columnist Jessica Valenti argues for in her latest article for Britain’s Guardian newspaper. Valenti claims that because women make up half the world’s population and need feminine hygiene products (unlike her headline, the article is not specific to tampons) for a good chunk of their lives, they should be free. “But this is less an issue of costliness than it is of principle: menstrual care is health care, and should be treated as such,” Valenti wrote. I would counter that food is something that 100 percent of the population needs, multiple times a day, every day of their lives. Shouldn’t that be treated as health care?” Should tampons be free?

Under Leftist Mayor de Blasio, the squeegee men are back, and crime is rising. “How comforting to be blessed with a short memory.  You can awaken each morning in the belief that the halcyon conditions that greet you as you go about your day have always existed, and that no effort or even thought need be expended to secure their continuance.  Consider the city of New York, whose citizens (or at least a majority of its voters) seem to live under the shared delusion that the low crime currently seen across the five boroughs is simply the way things are, have always been, and always will be.  How else to explain the election of Bill de Blasio? [Snip] But the squeegee men may be the least of New York’s crime problems.  According to NYPD statistics, shootings in the city are up 10.3 percent for the year (PDF), and in the 28-day period that ended July 27, they were up 21 percent over the same time period last year.  In the police precincts under the Brooklyn North command, shootings were up 52 percent for the same four-week period.  And while the bad numbers are going up, the good ones are going down: the New York Post reported in June that gun seizures by NYPD officers were down by 10.2 percent for the year.” Manhattan at the Crossroads: Will Manhattan return to the crime-ridden Bad Old Days of the Death Wish era? That’s entirely up to Mayor Bill de Blasio.

The Left: making everyone equally poor, miserable and stupid, one school at a time. “’If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it’ is a motto that Mayor de Blasio and many other activist politicians pay no attention to. He is also out to curtail charter schools, which include schools that have achieved outstanding education results for poor minority students, who cannot get even adequate results in all too many of the other public schools. What is wrong with charter schools and with elite high schools like Stuyvesant, Bronx Science, and Brooklyn Tech? Despite their educational achievements, they have political problems. The biggest political problem is that the teachers’ unions don’t like them — and the teachers’ unions are the 800-pound gorilla among the special interests in Bill de Blasio’s Democratic party. The next-biggest political problem is that people who don’t pass the tests for the elite public high schools don’t want to have to pass tests to get in.” De Blasio’s War on Achievement: New York City’s mayor is on a crusade to solve an educational problem that doesn’t exist.

Lobbyists and Obama

The mainstream press is waking up very slowly. “Finally, mainstream journalists are onto Barack Obama’s game. Their breaking-news shocker? Turns out all that “hope and change” stuff was just hot air. A new report from the D.C.-based press shows that — gasp — the White House is infested with Beltway lobbyists. Good morning, sleepyheads! According to Politico’s analysis published on Monday, the “Obama administration has hired about 70 previously registered corporate, trade association and for-hire lobbyists. And many of these former lobbyists work at the highest levels of government.” The K Street President: When Obama hires lobbyists, forget about the culture of corruption. It’s a celebration of diversity.

Another promise thrown under the bus. “The Hope and Change of 2008 has fully and completely descended into hypocrisy and despair, but Politico remains, as ever, forgiving of the president. “Barack Obama promised to take on Washington’s revolving door culture,” a report on Obama’s about-face on lobbyists began. “Washington won.” Such lengths to go merely to avoid admitting that Obama took you for a ride. Washington didn’t win. Obama capitulated in a fight he was never going to wage vigorously in the first place.” Hope and Change’: Lobbyists return to the White House in droves

Mainstream Media

How many Obama promises can fit under one bus? Emphasis mine. “While Congress is on recess and President Obama vacations in Martha’s Vineyard, a coalition of free press groups is escalating an already-aggressive campaign against the Obama administration for allegedly freezing out the press and cracking down on reporters. The flood of critical letters and petitions and statements from First Amendment groups marks a new level of tension in a relationship that for years has been deteriorating. Though Obama, as a candidate in 2008, was widely seen to enjoy favorable media treatment, his administration now is fielding accusations that it’s one of the least transparent in history.Rift grows between Obama, media as press groups blast administration ‘spin’

The truth be damned. “Via the Daily Caller, you would think an eyewitness account of the disappearance of the last American POW in Afghanistan would be easy money for a publisher. But sometimes there are higher considerations.

While the U.S. Army weighs whether to bring charges against Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who was freed earlier this year after spending nearly five years as a Taliban captive in Afghanistan, six of his former platoon mates are shopping proposals for a book and movie that would render their own harsh verdicts…

“I’m not sure we can publish this book without the Right using it to their ends,” Sarah Durand, a senior editor at Atria Books, a division of Simon & Schuster, wrote in an email to one of the soldiers’ agents.” Report: Simon & Schuster imprint rejected book about Bergdahl because it might hurt Obama

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Just Because the Mainstream Press Isn’t Telling You About It, Doesn’t Mean You Shouldn’t Know About It: News You Can Use for August 12!

As we battle the Left's take over of our country, let's be Happy Warriors!

As we battle the Left’s take over of our country, let’s do as the great Republican president Abraham Lincoln suggested and be Happy Warriors!

Stories of the Day

I don’t think our president is much into his job anymore… “Losing a round or two of golf just to show the world and an American people who have already begun to dismiss Obama as the lamest of lame ducks that he is on the job would not have been a tragedy for the president or his family. Moreover, given the cushy nature of presidential retirement, it’s not unfair to tell commanders-in-chief that they should postpone most of their time off to the period when they leave the White House and begin their permanent post-White House vacation. While the responsibilities they must shoulder are crushing, the perks of presidential life are such that no one need waste much sympathy on Obama giving up a bit of his free time to look like he cares about Iraq and the other international crises that is unable or unwilling to do much about.” It’s the Obama Optics, Not the Golf

“He did authorize military action before hitting the links, but then so did Bush and that didn’t spare him from lefty mockery for years afterward — and Bush quit the game in 2003 because he felt it sent “the wrong signal” when bombs were falling. But maybe that explains it. Maybe it’s okay for O to play because this is still “Bush’s war.” Or is it?

In a post over the weekend, Joel Gehrke covered President Obama’s astonishing claim that it was not his decision to pull American troops out of Iraq, notwithstanding that he was commander-in-chief when they were withdrawn. John McCormack (with an assist from Max Boot) had an excellent post rehearsing the relevant history, which boils down to a familiar pattern: President Bush’s fingerprints are on the decision, and on any matter in which there is some contributory Bush role, Obama blames Bush, no matter how minimal Bush’s contribution was, as if Obama were a mere spectator incapable of anything other than self-absorbed indignation…

But on the matter of Obama disclaiming responsibility for his own pull-out of American forces, it is worth recalling some more history. As a candidate in mid-2008, Obama pushed aggressively for a swift U.S. pullout and publicly undermined Bush – who was trying to keep troops there with no strict timetable for withdrawal – by colluding with the loathsome Maliki toward that end. With candidate Obama about to visit Iraq and already heavily favored to win the presidency, Maliki openly endorsed Obama’s call for a complete American pullout within 16 months of Obama’s taking office.” ABC: Semi-retired president “entirely unconcerned” by optics of playing golf while Iraq melts down

“And this brings me to Obama — who, late last year, described ISIS, or whatever those butchers are calling themselves now, as a “JV team.” “The analogy we use around here sometimes, and I think is accurate, is, if a JV team puts on Lakers uniforms, that doesn’t make them Kobe Bryant.” The whole point of my blogpost is this: If George W. Bush had said something so glib and now galling as that, it would be pretty much the most famous or infamous phrase in America. It would be hung around his neck until the end of time. “JV team! JV team! Heckuva JV team!” I am willing to cut O some slack: We say what we think is true at a particular time, and sometimes it turns out to be untrue. We have to eat our words. If we were all held accountable for all of our words, who would ’scape whipping? What burns me is the selectivity, the bias, the partisanship of our ‘mainstream culture.’” The ‘JV Team’

“Without the U.S. as an honest broker, it has been downhill ever since. Lieutenant General Michael Barbero, the former deputy commander in Iraq, told Filkins, “Everything that has happened there was not just predictable — we predicted it.” Iraq is perhaps the purest expression of the Obama doctrine. We removed ourselves entirely from the country on the assumption that we could diminish our influence without baleful consequence and that there were effective substitutes for military power. Now that the most powerful terrorist group of modern times controls large parts of Iraq and neighboring Syria, we are back at war, although without the requisite seriousness or comprehensive strategy. What is happening in Iraq is exactly what we fought to prevent with the surge in 2007 and 2008. It is heartbreaking commentary on President Obama’s recklessness that we are now in an arguably worse position, with fewer options to reverse it. He never ended the Iraq War, as he so proudly said. He only abandoned it.” The Abandoned War: After boasting for three years that he “ended” the Iraq War, Obama says it was Bush’s fault.

“Barack Obama deliberately set out to lose the war in Iraq, and he did. He defied the advice of his joint chiefs of staff to secure America’s formidable military presence and keep 20,000 troops in country, and left Iraq to its own devices and the tender mercies of Iran. In doing so, he betrayed every American and Iraqi who gave his life to create a free Iraq and keep it out of the clutches of the terrorists. [Snip] When will Republicans gather the courage to start speaking truth to power?” Obama’s Treachery and Republican Silence: When will they stop pretending this is a normal presidency?

“The truth is probably more like this: “I found it expedient to play along with Obama while his reputation was riding high, and now that it’s not—and I want to be his successor—I find the better part of valor is to differentiate myself from him and pretend I had little to do with it. And I trust voters will buy it, because they have the attention span and reasoning power of fleas.” Actually, I think it most likely true that Hillary did disagree with Obama’s policy in several respects. That makes it even more despicably hypocritical that she played along with it as his eager handmaiden.” Hillary Clinton: throwing Obama under the bus

Amnesty

More Obama lawlessness uncovered. “The Obama administration broke the law when it released thousands of illegal immigrants, more than 600 of whom had criminal records, last February as a result of poor planning and micromanagement from Washington, according to an internal audit released Tuesday that says things have not improved in the 18 months since.” DHS broke law in releasing hundreds of criminal aliens: Audit

If what this poll suggests is true regarding what Hispanics believe are the greatest problems in our country, why does the Republican establishment continue to cram this amnesty crap down our throats? “Republican National Committee Chair Reince Priebus, House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH), top donors and former Bush administration officials have been pushing for comprehensive amnesty legislation, arguing, without proof, that it would help the party make inroads with Hispanics. But a recent Univision poll of Latinos found that amnesty legislation was nowhere near the top priority among Hispanics. As Breitbart News reported, “when registered Latino voters were asked to name their most important issues, the results, in order, were: education (21%), jobs (16%), government spending and the deficit (15%), social security (13%), “how what they do will affect my wallet” (10%), health care (9%), immigration (8%), and crime and personal safety (5%).” Latinos’ top complaint with Republicans was not that the party was against massive amnesty. It was that Republicans “care mostly about corporations and big business” (17%). Other concerns, in order, were that Republicans: care only for themselves (17%), favor the rich (14%), are against immigration reform (10%), don’t stand up strongly for their beliefs (7%), “don’t understand people like me” (6%), and favoring white people not minorities (5%). Hispanics, like blue-collar American workers, hate the Republican party when it stands for “corporations and big business” instead of free markets. And there is not an issue that unites the bipartisan permanent political class more than massive amnesty, which would provide Democrats with new voters and big-business elites with cheaper labor. High-tech executives like Mark Zuckerberg, employing mercenary staffers from both sides of the permanent political class aisle, have worked with the Chamber of Commerce to pour in millions of dollars to push amnesty.” GOP ESTABLISHMENT: IGNORE VOTERS, GO ON OFFENSE TO PASS AMNESTY

The Left had better be careful about what it wishes for. Because we can play that game too. “Even left-wing commentator Jonathan Chait at the liberal New York magazine warned his fellow liberals of the unintended consequences of President Barack Obama’s potential executive amnesty. After an article’s worth of his typical partisanship, Chait begrudgingly cautions liberals to be careful what they wish for. “To think that the cycle will end here, and that a future president won’t claim more expansive and disturbing powers to selectively enforce the law, requires an optimism not borne out by history,” he wrote. ‘In the short run, we will rejoice in the sudden deliverance of massive humanitarian relief to people who have done nothing more than try to create a better life for their families. In the long run, we may look back on it with regret.’” LEFT-WING ‘NEW YORK’ MAG: WE MAY LOOK BACK ON OBAMA’S EXECUTIVE AMNESTY ‘WITH REGRET’

Books

Here’s a book we should all buy. “We are building a training program – Take No Prisoners Campaigns — to go along with the book and will be training young activists and conservative political operatives in how to implement its principles. We will have a staff of professional political operatives to conduct the training and spread the message. I have attached one of the training sheets that Horowitz has already drawn up. We will be developing 30-second TV campaign spots and political messaging programs to go along with the training. Our principal organizer is Lonny Leitner a seasoned political operative who ran Cathy McMorris’ successful congressional campaign. McMorris is now the top-ranked woman in the Republican caucus. In Take No Prisoners Horowitz tells us that we deal with the opposition’s attacks not by the hand wringing defensiveness that so often characterizes conservative politics but by telling the truth and making it hurt.  Since Barack Obama took office, the poor are worse off, minorities are worse off, the country is more racially divided, and in worse economic condition and the world is a more dangerous place for all Americans. Take No Prisoners is the call to arms we have all been waiting for and might be the most important book Horowitz has ever written. If conservatives can be made to listen to what Horowitz says and adopt his strategies of political warfare we might be able to bring America back from the brink. But we need your help to do it.” It’s Midnight in America

Elections

If conservatives can’t start attracting folks in the cities, we’ll be forever screwed. “As such, the ramifications go beyond the local. Public imagination when it comes to political geography is skewed. People think in terms of red and blue states, but the real distinction is between town and country. With just a handful of exceptions, every city of more than 500,000 inhabitants votes Democrat; in all of the 10 largest cities in America white people are a minority. More than two-thirds of Obama’s lead against Mitt Romney in 2012 came from the three largest US cities – New York, LA and Chicago, and their surrounding areas. It’s not difficult to see why. People come to cities to escape isolation and find opportunity. So cities become home to a disproportionately large number of gay and lesbian people, immigrants and religious minorities. To function they demand social tolerance and public investment for everything from transport to parks. Cities are where the overwhelming majority of the Democratic base lives. The increasingly pronounced inequalities of race and class, the impact of neo-liberal school reforms and general disinvestment in social capital have hit all but the very wealthy hard. Anyone seeking the presidential nomination would be a fool to ignore this.” Tales of the cities: the progressive vision of urban America: A union leader is being hailed as a possible mayor in Chicago while elsewhere mayors are pursuing policies Obama has been unable to enact on the national stage

Some are starting to get it? “While young black male voters became more conservative since 2008, shifting away from Obama by 14 points, young black females went in the opposite direction. Only 1 percent of black women under age 30 voted for Romney, versus 98 percent for Obama—a three-point gain for the president, Pew reported. Still, the 2012 election marked a reversal for younger blacks, who as a whole leaned more to the right than any other black age group, as seen in the chart below. In 2012, 8 percent of all blacks under 30 favored Romney. Just half that amount voted for John McCain in 2008, a year in which black seniors supported him the most with 6 percent.” The GOP Can Attract Young Black Voters—And Already Has: One in five black men under age 30 voted for Romney; youngest ‘millennials’ lean even more conservative.

“And for the first time this election cycle, more people said they’d vote for a Republican than a Democrat for Congress, by 43 percent to 38 percent. “The Democrats are sputtering,” said Lee Miringoff, the director of the Marist Institute for Public Opinion in New York, which conducted the national survey.” Obama’s standing among voters is hurting Democrats, poll finds

“Barack Obama’s poll numbers are plummeting — for many good reasons — as the midterm elections approach. Republicans naturally are trying to nationalize the election, since the GOP can legitimately claim every Democrat has empowered Barack Obama to fundamentally transform — that is, damage — America. Since Barack Obama is increasingly considered a failure — his former secretaries of Defense and State are both openly criticizing, if not mocking, him (with more to follow as officials seek to rewrite history) — he and his fellow Democrats are desperate to cling to whatever power and seats they can. As Mike Lillis writes in The Hill, Democrats are throwing the kitchen sink at Republicans ahead of the midterms. But they are doing more than throwing issue after issue at Republicans. They are – and have been for quite a while — engaging in disgraceful conduct that should earn the contempt of all Americans — a contempt that must be shown in the voting booths this November.” Scorched Earth Politicians

“They’ve been wrong about a lot of things, and we’ve paid — and will pay — for that. But the sheer “I won” in-your-face immaturity of the Obamaites — remember the “Hey, Hey, Goodbye” chant to Bush at the inauguration — ensured that people would be angrier than normal. And they did that on purpose because a sharply divided nation suited them politically. Now Ron Fournier wonders if Americans would rally behind Obama after another 9/11 the way we rallied behind Bush, and I think the answer is no — because Obama has spent his entire time in office flicking boogers at half the country. As I’ve said before, the reason why presidents traditionally act “presidential” isn’t because they’re stiffly formal, it’s because acting presidential, rather than purely political, lets you appeal to the whole country in ways that a pure partisan can’t. Obama doesn’t care, and we may very well pay for that, too. But elections have consequences, and when you elect a guy like Obama, the consequences are bad ones.” MEGAN MCARDLE: When Obama Beat Hillary, We All Lost.

Obamacare

“President Obama’s celebration of 8 million Obamacare enrollees was premature, according to this article in Investors Business Daily. Major insurers are reporting large drop offs in Obamacare paying customers, that could mean the number of Americans insured by Obamacare dropping below 6 million by year’s end.” More bad news on Obamacare enrollments for the administration

Abolish the IRS. “At this point, the new forms look “very daunting” for taxpayers, said Mark Ciaramitaro, vice president of health care services at H&R Block. “Overall, we expect the complexity level is just going to go up for a significant group of moderate- to low-income people, whether they got insurance through the marketplace or they didn’t.” Before they can file a tax return, individuals will have to get documents from their state- or federal-run exchange about the plan they bought and any subsidies they received. Or, if they’re covered through an employer, they’ll have to provide proof of that. If they qualify for an exemption from having coverage, they’ll have to send that to the IRS, too.” Consumers’ next Obamacare challenge: Tax forms

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Just Because the Mainstream Press Isn’t Telling You About It, Doesn’t Mean You Shouldn’t Know About It: News You Can Use for August 7!

What will you do to stop the Left?

Stories of the Day

A very interesting read. “War, Famine and Pestilence all obey the laws of physics. The media, government and the academy have heretofore cared about the laws of political correctness and the tyranny of appearances.  Now we get to see who wins. In recent years it has become fashionable to claim the Narrative trumps reality. Yet you can’t bribe viruses, can’t “hide” infectious victims, can’t appease dictators and you can’t print money. As I’ve written many times before, nobody beats arithmetic. [Snip] The narrative of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse is often given a mystical interpretation. But it can be viewed as a straightforward secular warning against folly. According to Billy Graham, the First Horseman is the great liar, the false prophet, the anti-Christ.  But even if you’re not a Billy Graham fan, and even if you hate him, it’s easy to see how a venal government, a debased culture, a system of self-deception can lead to famine, pestilence and war. Corrupting the information store will get you every time. It may be happening already. As I noted elsewhere, for the first time since the Second World War, globalization is contracting.  Air routes are being trimmed to detour around the threat of surface to air missiles posed by the Islamic world and on the Russian border. Diseases know the difference between real and paper countries. Liberia has announced the closure of its borders, and disease knows it has no borders. [Snip] That’s the point when people impeach their leaders not on the basis of party affiliation but on the basis of whether they want to physically survive  an epidemic or not; when competence finally matters. Perhaps we’re already there. Charles Krauthammer observed that things have reached the point when ’no one cares what Obama says’, adding he’s “almost animatronic”, like those plastic dinosaurs in a theme park, acting out his theme park presidency.” The First Horseman

This is what we’re up against. “A prominent CNN commentator, the top two political reporters for The Huffington Post, a Reuters reporter, the editor of The Nation magazine, a producer for Al Jazeera America television, a U.S. News & World Report columnist, and approximately two dozen Huffington Post contributors are among the more than 1,000 members of Gamechanger Salon. Founded by leftwing activist Billy Wimsatt, the group is a secretive digital gathering of writers, opinion leaders, activists and political hands who share information, ideas and strategy via a closed Google group.” 1,000-member secretive progressive journalist group uncovered

The information age proving the incompetency of big government: faster please! “These bureaucracies did a good job of delivering passports and maintaining files in the industrial age. But they can’t keep up in the information age. Moore’s Law says that computer capacity doubles in two years or less. Government procurement cycles are a lot longer than that. Governors and legislators had reason to fear that state health exchange IT wouldn’t work well (as it hasn’t in about half the states that tried), and they would get blamed. And blamed for being associated with an unpopular law. All of which suggests a broader lesson. Government was reasonably good at replicating the bureaucratic processes of large corporations in the industrial age. But it’s not very good — it’s often downright incompetent — at replicating the IT processes of firms such as Walmart and Amazon.” Big Government Worked Better in the Industrial Age; Not So Much in Digital Era

What are you hiding, Mr. President? Dozens of government watchdogs are sounding the alarm that the Obama administration is stonewalling them, in what is being described as an unprecedented challenge to the agencies they’re supposed to oversee. Forty-seven of the government’s 73 independent watchdogs known as inspectors general voiced their complaints in a letter to congressional leaders this week. They accused several major agencies — the Justice Department, the Peace Corps and the chemical safety board — of imposing “serious limitations on access to records.” ‘Serious limitations’: Gov’t watchdogs unite in letter slamming Obama administration transparency

Amnesty

I think the Washington Post is blaming the wrong branch of government. It’s Obama who refuses to work with congress. “In a Wednesday editorial, the Post acknowledged that Obama’s “frustration is understandable” and urged voters to vote out lawmakers who are opposed to a comprehensive amnesty bill. But it declared that Obama does not have the license to grant work permits and amnesty via executive fiat–in contravention of federal law–to millions of illegal immigrants. “Obstinate, hopelessly partisan, and incapable of problem-solving, Congress is a mess,’ the Post declared. “But that doesn’t grant the president license to tear up the Constitution.’” WASHINGTON POST: OBAMA DOESN’T HAVE RIGHT ‘TO TEAR UP CONSTITUTION’ FOR EXEC AMNESTY

Emphasis mine. “On the issues of immigration reform and America-bolting  corporate “inversions,” I sympathize with President Obama’s desire to vastly expand the executive branch’s authority. Bypassing Congress may be legal. The reforms he wants may be a good idea. But when I look beyond the next election and set aside my issue biases, I reluctantly conclude that it would be very wrong. Depending on how far Obama extends presidential authority—and he suggested Wednesday that he’s willing to stretch it like soft taffy—this could be a political nuclear bomb. The man whose foundational promise was unity (“I don’t want to pit red America against blue America”) could seal his fate as the most polarizing president in history.” The Case Against Obama’s Nuclear Option: Even if reform is needed and legal, endowing the presidency with new, unilateral powers is a dangerous precedent.

Interesting that, according to this poll, liberal New England seems to oppose illegal immigration the most. “A new Reuters/Ipsos poll shows a strong majority of Americans say “undocumented immigrants threaten their way of life and even the economy,”

Seventy percent said they believe these illegal immigrants threaten U.S. customs and beliefs. Eighty-six percent of Republicans hold that belief.

Nearly two-thirds said illegal immigrants are a burden on the nation’s economy, the poll found.

The survey found 45 percent said the number of immigrants entering the country legally should be reduced while 17 percent said more should be allowed to come. Thirty-eight percent said the current flow of legal immigration should remain the same.

More people in New England oppose illegal immigration compared to the rest of the country, the poll said. Nearly 80 percent of people in that region said undocumented immigrants threaten U.S. beliefs and customs.” New poll shows the public agrees with GOP about immigration

You might want to reconsider Mr. President. “As President Barack Obama considers sidestepping Congress to loosen U.S. immigration policy, a Reuters/Ipsos poll shows Americans are deeply worried that illegal immigration is threatening the nation’s culture and economy. Seventy percent of Americans – including 86 percent of Republicans – believe undocumented immigrants threaten traditional U.S. beliefs and customs, according to the poll. The findings suggest immigration could join Obamacare – the healthcare insurance overhaul – and the economy as hot button issues that encourage more Republicans to vote in November’s congressional election.” Americans worry that illegal migrants threaten way of life, economy

As I keep saying, we really are in the best of hands with the Obama crew in charge. “As National Review Online reports, Cabrera says he’s never seen it this bad among the border force.

“Even if he is a confirmed gang member, a confirmed criminal, even by self-admission, we for some reason don’t send them back to their home country – we release them into our country,” Cabrera said.

As a result, Cabrera said “morale is at an all-time low right now” because agents are “not allowed to do the job that they were hired to do.” [Snip]

Meanwhile,The Washington Free Beacon reports that TSA and Immigration and Customs Enforcement employees who work desk jobs at a D.C. office will soon be enjoying memberships at one of Washington’s most luxurious gyms. It offers a spa, salon, and a rooftop pool and lounge, among many other amenities. via Free Beacon: DHS has reportedly spent $450,000 on 2-year memberships for 236 employees. And why are these workers being rewarded? To help their morale and ‘improve working conditions.’” While Border Agents’ Morale Is At An ‘All Time Low,’ DHS Spends $450K For Luxurious DC Gym Memberships

So typical of this corrupt administration hell-bent on not telling the people the truth. “A copy of a leaked email by an angry Border Patrol Agent obtained by The Gateway Pundit vents outrage at the Obama administration over the murder of Border Patrol Agent Javier Vega.  Vega was reportedly murdered by two illegal aliens from Mexico this past Sunday in Santa Monica, Texas, a small town in a county once removed from the Mexico border on the Gulf Coast. [Snip] Johnson’s bureaucratic statement avoided the embarrassing-to-the-Obama-administration reality that another Border Patrol Agent was killed on its watch as a direct failure to secure the border with Mexico.[Snip] The email begins:

“Killed while “Off- duty”? This is all you have to say to US about the murder of a Border Patrol Agent by previously deported illegal aliens?!?!?! Thanks to the failed immigration policies of this administration something like this occurs and you don’t want to even acknowledge the actual events in your email to employees of DHS? Off duty makes it sound like a car accident, a heart attack, maybe something else……but really????????? Disrespectful at the least and downright shameful in my opinion! This is what we should expect from the head of our agency? The INA exists for a reason……ADHERE TO IT.” GP EXCLUSIVE! LEAKED EMAIL: Border Patrol Agent Blasts Obama Admin Over Murder of Fellow Agent by Illegal Aliens

Intended, or unintended consequences? You decide… “’Any grant of legal status will serve as a magnet to prospective illegal immigrants and further depress employment opportunities and wages for African Americans. Given that the labor force participation rate is at an historic low, the unemployment rate is 6.2 percent, and there has been a precipitous decline in household wealth, the timing for such a grant of legal status could not be worse,’ he wrote in the letter, provided to Secrets.” Charge: Obama plan to legalize millions of immigrants ‘disastrous’ to blacks

Common Core

Why do they want our children to fail? “’It became clear that the new standards represent lower expectations and that students taught in the way that these standards require would have little chance of being admitted to even an average college and would certainly struggle if they did get in,’ Ratner continues. [Snip] Ratner asserts the Common Core’s so-called “deeper” and “more rigorous” standards will actually simply replace mathematics “with some kind of illustrative counting saturated with pictures, diagrams and elaborate word problems.” With all these flaws, however, she says she is most astounded by the pro-Common Core claim that the standards are “internationally benchmarked.” “They are not,” she writes. “The Common Core fails any comparison with the standards of high-achieving countries, just as they fail compared to the old California standards.” The Common Core standards “are lower in the total scope of learned material, in the depth and rigor of the treatment of mathematical subjects, and in the delayed and often inconsistent and incoherent introductions of mathematical concepts and skills,” Ratner writes.” BERKELEY MATH PROFESSOR RATNER: COMMON CORE ‘WILL MOVE U.S. CLOSER TO BOTTOM IN INTERNATIONAL RANKING’

Economy

What the hell is wrong with these women who prefer the Democrats over Republicans? “A new Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll reveals that an all-time record of 76% of Americans do not believe their children’s lives will be better than their own. Almost as many respondents, 71%, believe the U.S. is headed in the wrong direction, as compared to 63% only one month ago; 60% believe that direction is plunging downward.” But this:When asked which party they preferred to control Congress, a narrow majority preferred the GOP. Women preferred the Democrats by a 51% to 37% margin; men preferred the GOP.WSJ POLL: 76% OF AMERICANS THINK THEIR CHILDREN’S LIVES WILL BE WORSE

Hugh Hewitt

Talk radio show host, Hugh Hewitt, has been on vacation for a couple of weeks, but he’s back… “’I am off to Arizona today to do a campaign event for Doug Ducey this evening.  Ducey is Arizona’s Treasurer, and the front-runner for its GOP gubernatorial nomination, having collected endorsements from –in the order of their appearance– Scott Walker, Mike Lee, Mike Pence and Ted Cruz.  Hard to imagine two more coveted endorsements from GOP statehouses or from a pair of GOP senators.  Ducey’s main opponent is a free spending internet multi-millionaire who really ought to have bought a sports franchise not attempted to buy the Arizona statehouse which, with 2016 looming, needs to be in serious, reliable conservative hands like those of Doug Ducey. The headline from yesterday’s NBC/Wall Street Journal poll  says it all: “America’s Fed Up: Obama Approval Rating Hits All-Time Low.”  It will go lower still as portions of the president’s base who are staunch supporters of Israel register their discontent over the president’s senior advisor, Valerie Jarrett, slam at Israel this weekend and as the Obamacare premium hikes and continued dislocations roll out across this land this summer.  RealClearPolitics.com averages suggest a pick-up of seven seats in the Senate for the GOP in the midterms, but I think this understates the swelling dismay with a president adrift and disconnected, whose every sound-byte is a caricature of presidential leadership and whose every appearance on a golf course reinforces the image of a privileged, disinterested elitist. If the GOP lays out a blunt, specific program for 2015-2016 their ceiling is a lot higher than seven in the Senate and a handful of gains in the House.” Another Good Night For The GOP; Off To AZ For Doug Ducey

The Left

In my opinion, the Left is oppressive. “Anyone who believes that Liberals are indeed progressives should look at how their policies have affected Americans. Fifty years of so-called “progressive” policies have created women like Julia who depend on the government from cradle to grave. Their policies have enslaved poor black Americans and other minorities so that they will forever be dependent on government handouts. The public school system has dumbed down our kids so that more who cannot read or do arithmetic are graduating form high school. How is that for progress?” ‘Progressives’ Is The Wrong Name For Liberal Democrats

Obamacare

Making Obamacare whatever they want it to be, the law be damned. “The Obama administration has provided 14 ways people can avoid the fine based on hardships, including suffering domestic violence, experiencing substantial property damage from a fire or flood, and having a canceled insurance plan. Those come on top of exemptions carved out under the 2010 law for groups including illegal immigrants, members of Native American tribes and certain religious sects. [Snip] The exemptions are worrying insurers. The penalties were intended as a cudgel to increase the number of people signing up, thereby maximizing the pool of insured. Insurers are concerned that the exemptions could make it easier for younger, healthier people to forgo coverage, leaving the pools overly filled with old people or those with health problems. That, in turn, could cause premiums to rise.” Fewer Uninsured Face Fines as Health Law’s Exemptions Swell: Almost 90% of Uninsured Won’t Pay Penalty Under the Affordable Care Act in 2016

But wait… I thought Obama wanted to help the middle class. “In the hospitals, we see the consequences.  While the poor and the illegal immigrants get absolutely free care, the middle-class patients are collapsing financially under the strain of their deductibles and their lost income from their time off work, not to mention the additional stress of their illness.  In our clinics, sick patients are choosing to forego testing, medicines, and surgery that they need solely because of cost.  Instead they are living with their illnesses, often with cheap antibiotics as a means of delaying the inevitable. To make matters worse, the patients getting their health care for free will ask for taxi vouchers, food stipends, and the like right in front of these other people, never thinking that what they are requesting is an affront to the sensibilities of the people paying their bills with our tax dollars.  Seeing the middle class visibly suffer like this when the president told them during the elections that they would see their costs “go down $2,500 per family” is a heinous outcome of a preposterous government overreach.” More Bad News for the Middle Class and Their Health Care

President Obama

If you want a short run down of all that has gone wrong under Obama, this is a good summary. “The only person grateful for this should be Jimmy Carter, who can now relinquish the title of worst president in modern history.  I thought I would never live to see anyone worse than Carter in the White House during my lifetime.  I was wrong.” Obama is Betraying the Republic’s Trust

If you watched it last night, you would have been shocked at how out of it Obama seems to be. “President Obama gave a press conference this evening. He started a little over an hour late without explanation. Reporters stuck to asking questions that they evidently knew Obama would be comfortable answering. None of them asked him about any of his administration scandals. ABC’s Jon Karl, usually a tough questioner of Obama and his spokesmen, asked a rambling question that played right into the Democrats’ “economic patriotism” canard. Despite the fact that the president showed a passionless, bloodless, disinterested face to the world, he still managed to do some damage. [Snip] When asked about the Israel-Hamas conflict, Obama said that Hamas using civilians as human shields is “extraordinarily irresponsible.” Actually, it’s a war crime. It’s terrorism. Obama reduced deadly crimes against humanity for the sake of perpetrating genocide to equal something a badly raised teenager does on a drunken weekend. If we’re to take his comments on torture last week into account, Hamas are just “folks” who are “extraordinarily irresponsible,” not genocidal fanatics and war criminals. [Snip] It was a poor performance made all the poorer by the media’s lack of any detectable backbone.” ‘Extraordinarily Irresponsible’ — Obama Gives Pointless, Yet Damaging, Press Conference

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News You Can Use for August 1

Someone needs to remind our politicians. We're sick of the political games their playing at the expense of the American people.

Someone needs to remind our politicians. The American people have had it with their political games.

Stories of the Day

He really went there. Emphasis mine. “That was the most astonishing moment of today’s galling Obama press conference. President Obama had earlier lectured journalists how to do their jobs, ripped Republicans for doing their jobs, and chided everyone within earshot for not wishing him a happy birthday yet. After that descent into pre-teen self-absorption, the president was asked about whether CIA chief John Brennan had lied to Congress under oath when he said that the agency had never spied on senators and staff who were investigating the CIA’s enhanced interrogations of a very few al Qaeda terrorists. Obama glided past the actual question, other than voicing his full support for Brennan — who either lied to Congress, or doesn’t know what his own agency is doing and does not check his facts before testifying — and refused to wade into that scandal. His preference, as always, was to wade into an old Bush-era scandal rather than deal with a scandal involving his appointees in his administration. And despite the fact that Congress has not formally accused anyone in the CIA of torturing anyone, Obama did. “We tortured some folks,” he said of the waterboarding that was used on a very few captured al Qaeda suspects. That’s a lot to pack into four words. “Torture” opens up the possibility that CIA officers who were involved in those interrogations will be prosecuted now.Obama on CIA Scandal: ‘We tortured some folks.’

For our politicians, what’s good for the country takes a back seat to politics. “The president shouldn’t be using a fateful and divisive word like “impeachment” to raise money and rouse his base. He shouldn’t be at campaign-type rallies where he speaks only to the base, he should be speaking to the country. He shouldn’t be out there dropping his g’s, slouching around a podium, complaining about his ill treatment, describing his opponents with disdain: “Stop just hatin’ all the time.” The House minority leader shouldn’t be using the border crisis as a campaign prop, implying that Republicans would back Democratic proposals if only they were decent and kindly: “It’s not just about having a heart. It’s about having a soul.” And, revealed this week, important government administrators like Lois Lerner shouldn’t be able to operate within an agency culture so sick with partisanship that she felt free to refer to Republicans, using her government email account, as “crazies” and “—holes.” All this reflects a political culture of brute and mindless disdain, the kind of culture that makes divisions worse.” Out of Many, Two? They may not mean to do it, but America’s political leaders are deepening the nation’s divisions.

Ugh. Will this ever end? “The supposed 72-hour ceasefire agreed to by Hamas has been breached in a major way by Hamas. As I pick up the news on Twitter, Hamas continues to fire its rockets. A Hamas suicide bomber emerged from a Rafah tunnel and blew himself up on IDF soldiers. Two IDF soldiers were killed in the attack. And IDF officer Hadar Goldin of the Givati Brigade was kidnapped this morning. His fellow soldiers are hunting house to house for him. Kidnapping a soldier — that’s probably a red line for Israel, a red line of the pre-Obama variety — but we shall see.” ANNALS OF THE CEASEFIRE

You ABSOLUTELY MUST click on over and read the entire article. OMG. Exclusive: Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee’s Staff Threatens Taxpayer For Asking About Her Impeachment Claims

I doubt this will be reported in the mainstream media. “’Once again, Judicial Watch has beat Congress to the punch in getting key information about another Obama scandal – this time, the Fast and Furious outrage,” Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton said in a statement. “A federal court has ordered the Obama administration to produce information that could, for the first time, provide specific details who in the administration is responsible for Fast and Furious lies to Congress and the American people. This is a battle that put Eric Holder in contempt of Congress, saw Nixonian assertions of executive privilege by Barack Obama, and a hapless Congress in face of all this lawlessness. Finally, we may get some accountability for Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry and the countless others murdered as a result of the insanely reckless Obama administration program.’ This is a huge step forward.” Judge Orders DOJ to Release Fast and Furious Documents Withheld From Congress Under Obama Executive Privilege Claim

Amnesty

I have no words… “EL PASO, Texas – A newly released Department of Homeland Security report detailing oversight of unaccompanied alien children reveals federal employees have been exposed to multiple communicable diseases as a result of interaction with illegal immigrants. KFOX14 obtained the July 30 report from the Office of the Inspector General, which states  that Border Patrol personnel at the Clint Station in El Paso County and Santa Teresa Station in Dona Ana County reported they were potentially exposed to tuberculosis. The report also states : ‘DHS employees reported exposure to communicable diseases and becoming sick on duty. For example, during a recent site visit to the Del Rio USBP Station and Del Rio Port of Entry, CBP personnel reported contracting scabies, lice, and chicken pox. Two CBP officers reported that their children were diagnosed with chicken pox within days of the CBP officer’s contact with an unaccompanied minor who had chicken pox.’” Border agents, family members infected with diseases through illegal immigrant contact

Someone please stop the madness. “In the long run, a failure to pass comprehensive immigration reform will hurt the Republican Party with Hispanics and make their path to an Electoral College majority in 2016 even more steep than it already is. But in terms of the midterms, this is an issue that does enormous damage to the Democrats in many of this year’s battleground states. Support for a more lenient approach to the influx of illegal aliens may exist but the debacle at the border lends strength to the argument that security must precede any path to legal status for those who cross it without permission. If Democrats in red states think they can run by defending a failure to secure the border or to deport illegals, when that is something that has been encouraged by the president’s misjudgments and statements, they are mistaken. As foolish as Boehner looked yesterday, Democrats must face up to the fact that the only national theme to this year’s elections will likely be the lack of confidence in the president. After all, no matter how incompetent the GOP House looks, the president is still the president. It will take more than a ridiculous day on Capitol Hill to erase that fact from the voters’ memory.” Border Mess Won’t Help Democrats

Big Government

File this under “Not to be Reported by the Mainstream Media.” How can this be happening in America? “When it comes to environmental regulation compliance, the Department of Homeland Security isn’t playing — as evidenced by a recent federal raid of a South Carolinian’s home to confiscate a Land Rover that violated EPA emission rules. Jennifer Brinkley said she saw a line of law enforcement vehicles approaching her home and wondered what was wrong, the local WBTV reported. Homeland Security agents then went to her 1985 Land Rover Defender and lifted the hood. “They popped up the hood and looked at the Vehicle Identification Number and compared it with a piece of paper and then took the car with them,” she said, WBTV reported. She told Fox News that she was told the agents seized the vehicle because they thought it violated the Clean Air Act — though at the time, they weren’t completely sure. She also said her vehicle was just one of 40 that feds seized in various locations that same day for the same reason. Ms. Brinkley told Fox News that she has no idea where the vehicle is now and that feds won’t tell her.” Feds raid S.C. home to seize Land Rover in EPA emission-control crackdown

More on the above story. “The Department of Homeland Security website states that the organization, has a vital mission: to secure the nation from the many threats we face. This requires the dedication of more than 240,000 employees in jobs that range from aviation and border security to emergency response, from cybersecurity analyst to chemical facility inspector. Our duties are wide-ranging, but our goal is clear – keeping America safe.” Incidents like Brinkley’s show that DHS’s “wide-ranging” duties include “keeping America safe” from cars that don’t meet EPA emission standards. Even after the vehicles have entered the country and have been sold to private citizens.” Homeland Security Seizing Cars That Violate EPA Standards

The Clintons

Just like the Jackson Five song says, with the Clintons, you “never can say good-bye.” “Weekly Standard online editor Daniel Halper joined the cast of MSNBC’s Morning Joe to discuss his new book, Clinton, Inc., and why the Clintons are like the mafia. “There’s this notion that you’re once in and you’re never out. You’re sort of always a part of Clinton world even when you leave. But at the same time, the only people that are really there and really on top of it are the family. It’s the centrality of the family–Bill, Hillary, and now Chelsea–that makes the metaphor apt.” [Snip] Conason confirmed he had found the same dynamic in his own reporting on the Clintons: “I was interviewing somebody for my book, somebody who was the chief of staff for President Clinton and the Foundation, and at some point I said to her, ‘What was it like when you said good-bye to him?’ And she looked at me like I was an idiot. She said, ‘Joe, don’t you know that with them, there is no good-bye?’” Halper noted that, although similar things could be said about other powerful families, “That’s kind of the point of the book, to explain politics and how politics works. But it uses people who are the best at it: Bill and Hillary Clinton. They are the best. Their story is applicable in other ways to other stories.” In true mafia fashion, the Clinton machine has been pressuring the media to ignore Halper’s book, with the Clintons’ spokesperson saying the actions of authors like Halper “should neither be allowed nor enabled.” Daniel Halper Explains How the Clintons Are Like the Mafia

Defense Readiness

I really do miss Reagan and G. W. “In their effort to end two wars while also cutting the budget, the President and his Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel have begun the process of shrinking the military to pre-WWII levels. Cutting down the size of the military has resulted in thousands of soldiers getting separated from the military, including the infamous occurrence of commanders in Afghanistan learning that once their deployment is over, their service will “no longer be needed.” And now, an independent panel appointed by the Pentagon and approved by Congress has called the President’s action “a serious misstep” that will result in a military that is “too weak for today’s global threats,” The Washington Times reports.” Independent Panel Says Obama’s Military Downsizing Is Dangerous, Puts The US & Our Soldiers At Risk

“Not only have they caused significant investment shortfalls in U.S. military readiness and both present and future capabilities, they have prompted our current and potential allies and adversaries to question our commitment and resolve,” the report said. “Unless reversed, these shortfalls will lead to a high-risk force in the near future. That in turn will lead to an America that is not only less secure but also far less prosperous. In this sense, these cuts are ultimately self-defeating.” It calls the defense cuts “dangerous” as “global threats and challenges are rising.” The experts point to China’s and Russia’s new territorial claims, nuclear proliferation by Iran and North Korea and al Qaeda’s rapid rise in Iraq.” Obama military downsizing leaves U.S. too weak to counter global threats, panel finds

“The panel judges that “the reductions since then have been imposed with no analysis of their impact on short or long-term readiness” and believes “it highly likely, given the events of the last three years, that the Gates proposed fiscal 2012 baseline budget will not be adequate to prepare the Defense Department for the challenges ahead. But it is the minimum required to reverse course and set the military on a more stable footing.” Such a minimally acceptable budget would imply an increase of about $100 billion a year over the next decade above the current defense budget baseline. Put otherwise, we need something like a 20 percent increase in defense spending. This is not because the panel is enamored of performing heroic tasks abroad. It’s simply because “today the Department is facing major readiness shortfalls that will, absent a decisive reversal of course, create the possibility of a hollow force that loses its best people, underfunds procurement, and shortchanges innovation. The fact that each service is experiencing degradations in so many areas at once is especially troubling at a time of growing security challenges.” The National Defense Panel’s report is in no way alarmist. But it is surely alarming. Have we sunk to such a depth that, having received this report, we will choose to close our ears, avert our eyes, and shirk our duty?” Be Alarmed . . . Be Very Alarmed

Economy

The economy may be recovering for some, but it is getting worse for others…  Emphasis mine. “The economy added 209,000 jobs last month, down from June’s 298,000 (revised upwards in the latest report). Unemployment ticked up to 6.2 percent from 6.1 last month. Job growth has been above 200,000 a month for the last six months, the first time that has happened since 1997. The participation rate went up, but only a single notch, from 62.8 percent to 62.9. But black unemployment rose from 10.7 percent to 11.4, while black youth unemployment went from 33.4 percent to 34.9. Both these numbers tend to be volatile, but they are still dismal. The number of people working part time for lack of full-time jobs was unchanged at 7.5 million; 3.2 million people have been unemployed for six months or longer, almost one-third of all unemployed. In all, another so-so jobs report, typical of the Obama recovery.” The Jobs Report

Shocking actually… Maybe this explains the sky rocketing number of Americans on the disability rolls. “11.4 million Americans age 16 and over have left the workforce since President Obama took office in January 2009, according to data released today from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).
In July 2014, there were 92,001,000 Americans, 16 and over, who were classified as “not in the labor force,” meaning they not only did not have a job, but they didn’t actively seek one in the last four weeks.
This number has increased by 11,472,000 since January 2009, when the number of Americans not in the labor force was 80,529,000.
The number of Americans not in the labor force dropped slightly in July, down 119,000 from the 92,120,000 Americans not in the labor force in June. “ 11,472,000 Americans Have Left Workforce Since Obama Took Office

Elections

Unfortunately for conservatives, the media tends to forget to report on the missteps of Democrat candidates. “It wasn’t supposed to work this way. The Democrats looked long and hard for viable challengers to Senate Republicans, and hoped to turn at least one major Republican challenger into the Todd Akin of 2014 as a means to paint the entire party as crazy, radical, incompetent, or all three. Instead, their own handpicked candidates have made one error after another, boosting Republican chances of taking control of the Senate and turning 2014′s midterms into a wave.” Democrats fumbling their way to turnout debacle?

While things are looking good in many parts of the country, unfortunately for those of us living in Arizona,  Arizona’s Sinema, Kirkpatrick and Barber still looking solid to win their races. GOP GAINING GROUND IN HOUSE RACES

Foreign Policy

“It is sobering to think about the repercussions and lessons of the current crisis in Ukraine while Gaza burns, Ebola eats through Africa, North Korea threatens nuclear war, and Pakistan and India sit staring one another down, fingers poised to wind the doomsday clock, red buttons and key locks primed for mutually assured destruction. There are many reasons to fear the future, to see another global total war bring the world to its knees, and as the world reflects upon the centennial of that first Great War, let it remember that it turned from single shot to avalanche through alliances gripping a shrinking world. In NATO and the unrest of Europe’s east the stage is set once more. [Snip] These days the road to hell, or world war in a nuclear age, seems smoothly paved indeed. The temptation to complacency and appeasement may prove stronger than integrity and treaty, but should that prove the case then have we only traded one forerunner for a second? Only God and time will tell. Let us pray for peace.” COLD WAR II? WORLD WAR III?

The Left

Group think. Emphasis mine. “Another day, another liberal wonkblogger contradicting the government’s position in the Halbig case. First we had Jonathan Gruber demonstrating that the plaintiff’s case in Halbig was quite plausible. Then we hadJonathan Gruber demonstrating that the plaintiff’s case in Halbig was quite plausible…again. Then we had Greg Sargent unwittingly demonstratingthat the plaintiff’s case in Halbig wasn’t only plausible, but quite likely. Today, thanks to Phil Kerpen of American Commitment, we have Jonathan Cohn, one of the Left’s foremost experts on Obamacare, contradicting himself and demonstrating that the plaintiff’s case in Halbig was plausible. [Snip] At some point, rather than constantly assuming that they know everything there is to know about everything worth knowing, it would be nice if just a few members of the esteemed Juicebox crowd acknowledged that maybe their close-mindedness was affecting their collective ability to accurately capture and report on American politics. It would be nice if they took the time to interview people like Michael Cannon, rather than just cranking up the volume in their own echo chamber. That type of honest behavior would definitely be nice. But I can’t possibly imagine it.Halbig Shows How Leftist Wonks Just Aren’t Very Good At Their Jobs

Media Bias

I bet you haven’t heard about this story yet. “The gloves have come off in New York, where Andrew Cuomo’s easy cruise to re-election as governor of New York has hit a major detour. Last week, the New York Times exposed Cuomo’s attempts to interfere with an anti-corruption commission he had established in August 2013, and then abruptly shut down in March. US Attorney Preet Bharara had cooperated with the Moreland Commission rather than press new investigations out of his own office, but got suspicious about Cuomo’s actions and took over the panel’s files. This led to the discovery that Cuomo’s office had demanded the retraction of subpoenas and the end to probes of people in Cuomo’s administration. After the NYT exposé, several figures in Cuomo’s circle have publicly come out to criticize the Bharara probe, and yesterday the US Attorney’s office issued its response — a warning that Cuomo and his aides had better refrain from tampering with witnesses and obstruction of justice.” US Attorney to Cuomo: Witness tampering and obstruction are still illegal, you know

The media says “Shhhh, there’s nothing to see here.” They can’t be reporting on Democrat scandals don’t you know. Emphasis mine. “Today, the investigation of questionable conduct in undermining the work of a New York state ethics commission stopped being a tiff between Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York Times. When the office of the U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York issues a letter saying that it believes commissioners are being influenced to give false statements, Cuomo’s problem has become a matter of legal peril rather than bad public relations. But don’t expect this story to dominate the news cycle the way New Jersey Governor Chris Christie’s Bridgegate problems did a few months ago. Ironically, the blowup in the Cuomo investigation comes just a day after Politico ran a feature asking whether Christie had recovered sufficiently from the Bridgegate mess to return to his former status as a formidable Republican presidential contender. The jury is out on that question but Cuomo’s legal problems and the relative lack of interest in the story by the cable news channels that were all-Bridgegate all-the-time at the start of 2014 raises some interesting questions about media bias. [Snip] But instead of panels endlessly examining the evidence and pondering the political implications, most of the media yawns. At its peak, Bridgegate got more coverage than other more serious scandals such as the IRS’s discriminatory treatment of conservative groups, government spying, Benghazi, or even wrongdoing at the VA. So it is hardly surprising that Cuomo’s woes aren’t generating the same wall-to-wall attention. Could the reason for that be that Christie was a Republican and these other scandals involve Democrats and the Obama administration? Anyone who can’t connect those dots hasn’t been paying attention to the way the media works.” Cuomo and the Bridgegate Precedent

Obamacare

“Yes, Obamacare will give voters plenty to ponder at the polls.” “Beyond insurance companies leaving entire states, policy cancellations reportedly are continuing or are around the corner. Colorado officials on June 16 announced new cancellations that will cost 3,611people their coverage. This brings the Centennial State’​s total cancellations under Obamacare to 339,561.Chamber Insurance and Benefits in Las Vegas estimates that some 90,000 policies in Nevada are at risk of cancellation or non-renewal. A survey by Morning Consult showed that 63 percent of American workers worry that their bosses will cancel their coverage and dump them into Obamacare. Meanwhile, Obamacare is proving to be anything but affordable. [Snip] Obamacare also is a museum of mismanagement. The inspector general of the Department of Health and Human Services learned that the federal Obamacare exchanges cannot resolve 89 percent of the inconsistencies between information on applications and corresponding data from verifiable sources. Not surprisingly, the Government Accountability Office filled out twelve Obamacare applications with false names, phony addresses, and bogus records. Eleven of these were approved — complete with approximately $30,000 in subsidies. [Snip] Even worse, unless Congress acts to the contrary, taxpayers are expected to underwrite a roughly $1 billion Obamacare bailout to help health insurers reduce their 2014 losses under the program. This is almost an erotic fantasy for Big Government liberals: Subsidized patients buy coverage from crony corporations that muddle through a massive, bureaucratic entitlement that will cost taxpayers $2.6 trillion over ten years.” Off the Radar, Obamacare Festers Away: The president’s signature law is still a disaster—and it only gets worse.

War on Women

Since the “War on Women” is dead, doesn’t it prove that there was no war on women to begin with? But get ready for us being labeled as “out of touch with women’s lives” or “too extreme.” “Democrats want to talk about “personhood” and reproductive freedom. They want to tell voters about a stubborn pay gap and women hurt by a low minimum wage. But what they don’t want to do is talk about a “war on women.” Indeed, the party that so effectively deployed the “war” rhetoric to help defeat Mitt Romney in 2012 has now sworn off its catch phrase, dropping it almost completely from a campaign strategy that, in so many other ways, is still very much about women’s issues. “[Saying] ‘Republicans are waging a war on women’ actually doesn’t test very well,” said Democratic pollster Celinda Lake. “Women find it divisive, political—they don’t like it.” So Democratic candidates, who need to expand their margins among female voters and bring unmarried women to the polls in November, are shifting the language they use to pitch these issues to voters. Instead of the “war,” Lake said, testing has shown more effective language casts Republicans’ positions as “too extreme” or the GOP as ‘out of touch with women’s lives.’” Why Democrats Are Ditching the ‘War on Women:’ The party that deployed “war” rhetoric to help defeat Mitt Romney is looking for less divisive ways to reach female voters this cycle.

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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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News You Can Use for July 30

What our country needs a whole heck of a lot of right now. Pray that we receive it.

What our country’s people, especially our politicians, need a whole heck of a lot of right now. Pray that we all receive it.

Stories of the Day

Because they voted for Obama in droves, I have very little sympathy (you reap what you sow and all that).The New York Times‘ Annie Lowrey reports today, ‘Pearl Brady has a stable job with good benefits and holds two degrees, a bachelor’s and a master’s. But despite her best efforts, she has no savings, and worries that it will be years before she manages to start putting away money for a house, children and eventually retirement. … Ms. Brady has plenty of company. A new study from the Urban Institute finds that Ms. Brady and her peers up to roughly age 40 have accrued less wealth than their parents did at the same age, even as the average wealth of Americans has doubled over the last quarter-century.’” The Obama Fed’s war on the young and assetless

“Is the Obama administration losing touch with reality?” “It took a stroke to effectively end the Wilson presidency; it simply took Obama discovering that the world and the Beltway are mean places full of mean people who keep saying no to him — to  him! — the ‘Bam Who Would be King for Wright’s sake! — for him to take his golf ball and go home.” Yes, Next Question

The public will never be convinced because they have no clue what’s going on. “Contrary to some less than informed opinion, “high crimes and misdemeanors” — the legal standard for impeachment — refers not to indictable criminal offenses but to profound breaches of the public trust by high-ranking officials. Once the standard is understood, it becomes easy to see that the president and his underlings have committed numerous, readily provable impeachable offenses. Yet, even if a president commits a hundred high crimes and misdemeanors, impeachment is a non-starter unless the public is convinced that the president should be removed from power. The real question is political: Are his lawlessness and unfitness so thoroughgoing that we can no longer trust him with the awesome power of the chief executive?” Against Premature Impeachment: The point is to revive it as a credible threat — and restrain presidential lawlessness.

Low-information voters are going to bring our country down. “Obama the Harvard Law grad knows how significant the underlying separation-of-powers issues are and how weak his case is on the merits. So Obama the politician is going to reassure low-information voters who lack basic civics that the whole thing is basically a goof. That’s where the use of vernacular comes in — he’s as befuddled by this constitutional folderol as you are, America. It’s just “hatin’.” Needless to say, had George Bush responded to liberal worries about presidential signing statements by jovially accusing them of “hatin’,” the media would have dumped in its pants. MSNBC hosts would be demanding his resignation for treating matters of grave constitutional concern so dismissively and lefty bloggers would be wondering if Bush wasn’t showing symptoms of being a “dry drunk” in laughing off something this serious. As it is, hackery will prevail.” Constitutional law professor on separation of powers: “Stop hatin’ all the time”

From the comments: “Nothing to see here, move along…” “With at least 672 dead in a series of West African country, the current outbreak is the longest running and most extensive since the disease was discovered in 1976.” American health officials don’t want you to worry about the worst Ebola outbreak ever

Don’t worry, be happy. National Security Advisor, Susan Rice, says she’s on the case. “I am concerned that there is not a sufficient plan in place either in Africa or in the event that it spreads into the U.S. We live in a global world. We need a clear plan and strong leadership now; we can’t wait until a case shows up in the U.S.” What Is the White House Doing to Guard U.S. from Ebola Virus?

Amnesty

Could it be that Americans are on the same page, for once?  “Nearly 70% of Americans disapprove of President Barack Obama’s handling of illegal immigration, and a plurality oppose any emergency funding to address the border crisis, according to a new national poll.” POLL: 68% DISAPPROVE OF OBAMA ON ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION; PLURALITY OPPOSE BORDER BILL

Trouble in River City for Obama if this trend continues. “Makes me wonder if this is the first inkling of a backlash. Obama doesn’t care if righties are furious over executive amnesty; they’ll be out in force at the polls in November regardless. He does care, a lot, if blue-collar Democrats react badly. And until now, Democratic leaders haven’t so much as paid lip service to the idea that there may be costs to summarily legalizing five or six million people. (Their immigration soundbites nowadays are reserved for gumming up the deportation process for border kids.) They’re not going to change their talking points just because Big Ed’s sweating, but if he’s sweating, maybe other Democratic voters are too.” Video: A huge executive amnesty for illegals would be a big mistake, says … Ed Schultz?

The EPA

Collusion. “Environmental organizations are often portrayed as homegrown groups fighting back against the tide of corporate boogeymen like Big Business or Big Oil. But this is not the case, according to a new congressional report. A report by Republicans on the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee says environmentalists are being backed by “an elite group of left-wing millionaires and billionaires.” This “Billionaire’s Club” funnels money to environmental groups who then lobby on behalf of the Environmental Protection Agency to help promote its agenda, in return, getting access to generous tax write-offs and federal funding.” Report: US, Foreign Elites Pay Greens To Push EPA Policies

Foreign Policy

The truth of Obama’s failures catching up to him every where he turns.  “You would think it would be important enough to look into earlier. But the president has not, until Putin humiliated him one too many times on the world stage, been interested in seeing Putin for what he is. In today’s press conference, Obama was asked if this is a new Cold War. His response: “This is not a new Cold War.” Instead, it is “a very specific issue related to Russia’s unwillingness to recognize that Ukraine can chart its own path. [Snip] New Cold War or not, there’s obviously a serious and deteriorating and adversarial relationship between the U.S. and Russia, and the public could be forgiven for wondering why the president appears to have been the last to know.” Russia’s Treaty Violation Is Old News; Only Obama’s Interest Is New

Hillary’s chickens coming home to roost.Joseph Miller — the pen name for a high ranking Defense Department official — provides answers. According to Miller, writing in the Daily Caller, Clinton led the charge to intervene in Libya, but lacked any strategic plan beyond making sure that no bloodbath occurred for which she could be blamed.” HILLARY CLINTON AND THE DECISION TO INTERVENE IN LIBYA

You’ll never read about the damage that has been done by secretary of state John Kerry in the mainstream media. “’Kerry pushed for a two-state solution between Israel and the Palestinian Authority and that left a lot of bad blood in Israel because they felt that he didn’t represent their efforts sufficiently,” Rogin said on CNN. “This is pretty much the nail in the coffin of John Kerry’s relationship with the Israeli government. That’s not to say that the U.S. still doesn’t have an important role to play, and John Kerry continues to work on this … but the damage to the relationship is done and it will have some lasting effects.’” Rogin: Rejection of Ceasefire ‘Nail in the Coffin of John Kerry’s Relationship With the Israeli Government’

The IRS

Why so much hate Lois? “A newly discovered email exchange from Lois Lerner’s official IRS email account “directly demonstrates Ms. Lerner’s deep animus towards conservatives, which she refers to as ‘—holes,'” House Ways and Means Committee Chair Dave Camp wrote in a letterto Attorney General Eric Holder on Wednesday. In that Nov. 9, 2012 email, Lerner further suggests that conservatives will ruin the country: “So we don’t  need to worry about alien teRrorists (sic). It’s our own crazies that will take us down,” she wrote.” New Emails: Lois Lerner Referred to Conservatives as ‘***holes’ and ‘TeRrorists’

“There’s an important lesson to be learned here, my friends. When you’re arranging for your hard drive to be “scratched,” make sure it’s scratched deeply enough that stuff like this can’t be recovered. [Snip] No wonder she wanted to take a closer look at tea-party nonprofits. They’re run by terrorists ‘n stuff. [Snip] She really is the perfect symbol for federal bureaucracy. Exit quotation from Becket Adams, paraphrasing the Lois Lerner view of reality: ‘Wow, these right-wing lunatics sure are paranoid, huh? Anyway, how close are we to turning the IRS into a weapon?’” A**holes”: Turns out Lois Lerner’s not a fan of conservative talk radio or its listeners

The Left

Watering down educational standards cannot lead to anything good. “Egalitarians want to substitute a “holistic” admission review — grades, multiple measures of “academic potential,” interviews, portfolio assessments (i.e., scrapbooks), proven leadership skill and community service. Other possibilities criteria include “background and experience,” and the “demographic profile of their neighborhoods.”  Run the problem through the academic equivalent of sausage-making and rest assured, the numbers would “magically” satisfy every radical egalitarian.” The Radical Egalitarian Assault on the Big Apple

Our Military

Shrinking the government in all the wrong places. “And what should the policy be of the United States when the world is becoming more dangerous? The tried and true answer is to keep our powder dry and prepare for trouble. But that’s not what we’re doing at the moment. Instead we are in the process of a willy-nilly downsizing of our military capabilities driven by the inability of lawmakers and the White House to turn off the sequestration process which will result, along with other budget cuts, in a roughly 30 percent cut in the size of our military—and an even larger cut in military capability since an increasing share of the budget is devoted to health care, pensions, and other personnel costs. It is a sign of the times that the army is sending “pink slips” to 1,100 captains, some while they are actually deployed in combat zones. These are men and women who have devoted the last decade of their lives to defending America from the threats we face. Many have deployed multiple times to combat zones. These are front-line leaders; many of them former platoon leaders, now in many cases company commanders.” Laying Off the Army in a Dangerous World

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News You Can Use for July 29

Are you doing all that you can?

Are you doing all that you can to save her?

I needed to take a bit of a break from political blogging, but starting today, I am back at it. I hope that you all have been well!

Stories of the Day

Does the Republican party have what it takes to rebuild, and win? “The recognition by a majority of Americans that two terms of Obama was a dreadful mistake is a good start for Republicans. But in and of itself it won’t help any Republican beat Hillary Clinton in 2016 unless the party does the hard work of rebuilding that all parties must do after they’ve been out of power.” Romney Beats Obama and 2016

Our incompetent president. “The numbers on the competence question are even more troubling when you see it through the prism of the 2014 midterm electorate — an electorate that is likely to be whiter and older than the one that re-elected Obama in 2012. Among white voters, 70 percent said that “can manage the government effectively” is not a trait they would ascribe to Obama.  Among voters 50 and older, 62 percent say that Obama can’t manage the government effectively.  Eighty nine percent of Republicans say Obama isn’t a competent manager while 76 percent of Democrats say he is.  Two thirds of independents say that Obama ins’t an effective manager of the government. What those numbers mean is that if Obama is a major topic of conversation in the most competitive Senate and House races this November, that’s a very bad thing for his party.” President Obama’s competence problem is worse than it looks

We live in scary times. “An Ebola victim who was allowed to board an international flight was an American citizen on his way home to the United States, it has emerged. Patrick Sawyer worked for the Liberian government and was visiting his sister there when he developed symptoms while on a plane to Nigeria. He was quarantined on arrival in Lagos and died on Friday. His wife, Decontee, 34, who like Mr Sawyer is originally from Liberia, currently at the heart of the terrifying Ebola outbreak, said he had been due to travel on to America where he could have become Patient Zero in a US epidemic. The 40-year-old father-of-three is believed to have contracted the disease from his sister, whom he was caring for without knowing she had Ebola.” Ebola outbreak: Victim who sparked fears of global epidemic was on way home to US: Patrick Sawyer could have brought Ebola to US but died in Nigeria while en route to family in Minnesota Hat tip: lucianne.com

Amnesty

The American people be damned. “Amnesty is coming — big time. Americans need to brace themselves for a huge new wave of Obama-led lawlessness because the president is planning what a top schemer in the White House calls a “very significant” executive action on immigration after the summer.” Bracing for Amnesty

Seeking power over doing what’s right for our country. “For Democrats such as Grijalva and Rep. Luis Gutierrez, D-Ill., amnesty and the political benefits stemming from it are inevitable. They are quite willing to use children to exploit the inherent compassion of the American people if it means ensuring the political future of the Democratic Party through the gratitude of millions of illegal aliens allowed to come here and stay.” Democrats Admit Amnesty Is For Political Purposes Hat tip: Instapundit

Remember: We have two and a half years left with Obama as our president. “Perhaps he should just import some new voters who will think of him more favorably: Obama Mulls Massive Move on Immigration. After all, while the median American household’s net worth has fallen 36%, these people will be experiencing a drastic increase.” THE WASHINGTON POST, SOMEWHAT HOPEFULLY: Has President Obama bottomed out yet?

Emphasis mine. “Now we have a president who has the novel idea of completely ignoring the public during his lame duck years. Most presidents are hampered in their power during lame duck time, and they don’t want to do anything to hurt their party’s standing with the public and therefore their party’s election changes. Obama, again, has the novel idea to ignore the public and hurt his party in the short run for enormous gains in the longer run: a demographic that will be reliably Democratic and will insure the party’s hegemony (not to mention his “legacy” as a transformative president) . At least, that’s the calculation.Amnesty: the audaciousness of Obama

“I think we’re at the point where Obama is actively doing things he knows he has no power to do — because he wants Republicans to mount an effort to impeach him. That would be a political winner, since Americans are generally rationally ignorant of constitutional processes, and impeachment polls badly as a result. They don’t really care whether Obama exceeds his lawful authority if they like what he’s doing, and they see impeachment, not as a necessary Constitutional corrective, but as an irritation brought about by those stupid politicians who can’t get along. And Big Media tells us that when the two sides don’t get along, it’s usually the Republicans’ fault, and who are we to argue? We get the government we deserve. The idea that the Constitution restrains the branches is pretty much dead; its provisions don’t matter when the public is unwilling to back the side whose territory is being infringed.” Obama Plans to Violate Constitution With Massive Issuance of Work Permits Hat Tip: neoneocon.com

“The problem, though, is finally one of constitutional order. Is Congress — and, through it, the electorate — responsible for the laws governing America’s borders? Or does one man get to decide who may enter and work in the United States? The assumption by the president of the ability to unilaterally welcome or reject migrants is a rank violation of the separation of powers. The president would no longer be enforcing existing law; he would be writing it anew at will on a scale heretofore unimagined.” Out of Order

“They manifestly don’t care about the division and debasement, but rather see it as a feature — division and debasement of the political system make it easier to rule, if you don’t care much about the well-being of the country you’re ruling.” ARE THE DEMS PUSHING AN IMPEACHMENT NARRATIVE NOW, so that when Obama does something really awful they can say it’s just politics, the Republicans were talking impeachment all along?

Big Government

Coming to a city near you, if the Left has its way. “Here in the Twin Cities, a handful of unelected bureaucrats are gearing up to impose their vision of the ideal society on the nearly three million residents of the Minneapolis-St. Paul metro region. According to the urban planners on the city’s Metropolitan Council, far too many people live in single family homes, have neighbors with similar incomes and skin color, and contribute to climate change by driving to work. They intend to change all that with a 30-year master plan called “Thrive MSP 2040.” [Snip] Once implementation begins, however, Twin Cities residents will likely realize that Thrive MSP 2040’s centralized decision-making and Orwellian appeals to “equity” and “sustainability” are a serious threat to their democratic traditions of individual liberty and self-government. Let’s hope that realization comes sooner rather than later.” Turning the Twin Cities Into Sim City: The Metropolitan Council’s plans include making sure there is a proper mix of races and incomes in each suburb.

Read the WHOLE thing. “I recently had a conversation with an intensely conservative businessman whose first foray into politics was fighting for a tax hike on his business and others like it. The little town where he lived as a young man had no paved roads, waterworks, or sewage facilities, and the men who had the most invested in the town knew that it needed these to grow, which of course it did. That’s part of what Barack Obama and Elizabeth Warren are referring to with their “you didn’t build that” rhetoric, though they draw the wrong conclusions. They are also sometimes wrong in the specifics, too: The gentleman I was speaking with organized a few other businessmen to install streetlights at their own expense, with the understanding that the town fathers would pay them back when they could afford it. If you’re looking for an example of how small government is good government, a handshake deal to put in streetlights is a pretty good one. That is government at a scale that people can control, manage — and keep an eye on.” Downscale: Big government is bad for the little guy.

The IRS

What ought to be done, but won’t, because the Republicans have no balls. “Republicans can and ought to tie this sort of judicial correction of government abuses directly to Obama’s Nixonian presidency, which is facing precisely the same sort of moral grotesqueries that unraveled Nixon forty years ago.  Congressional Republicans can and ought to demand, before November, that Congress at least censure Obama, Holder, et al. – noting that they are asking less from Democrats in Congress in 2014 than Democrats asked from Republicans in Congress in 1974.” How Litigating Lost E-mails Works

It is only a scandal if the American public knows about it, and they don’t because the media is keeping it a secret. “If you want a good illustration of how Attorney General Eric Holder has politicized the Justice Department and its prosecutorial decision-making, all you have to do is look at what Justice has not done in just one part of the IRS scandal. Despite its agreement to settle a lawsuit filed by the National Organization for Marriage against the IRS for the illegal disclosure of confidential tax information, it has not prosecuted any of the individuals or organizations who illegally disclosed and published that information.” THE IRS SCANDAL AND THE POLITICIZATION OF JUSTICE Hat tip: Instapundit.com

The Middle East

We live in a very scary, and upside down world. “Once again neighboring enemies are warring in diametrically opposite ways. Hamas sees the death of its civilians as an advantage; Israel sees the death of its civilians as a disaster. Defensive missiles explode to save civilians in Israel; in Gaza, civilians are placed at risk of death to protect offensive missiles. Hamas wins by losing lots of its people; Israel loses by losing a few of its own. Hamas digs tunnels in premodern fashion; Israel uses postmodern high technology to detect them. Hamas’s missiles usually prove ineffective; Israel’s bombs and missiles almost always hit their targets. Quiet Israeli officers lead from the front; loud Hamas leaders flee to the rear. Incompetency wins sympathy; expertise, disdain.” Winning a Lose/Lose War: How to lose battles and gain sympathizers.

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News You Can Use for July 9

Clint Eastwood was right, and the world is paying the price.

Clint Eastwood was right, and the world is paying the price.

Stories of the Day

I think and worry about this all the time, especially as I see all of the California license plates in the Phoenix area. “I fear that as California goes, so goes the nation. You think I’m being too alarmist there? The way it works is this: as California itself becomes bluer and bluer, more people who are dissatisfied leave the state. But strangely enough they bring their politics with them; people who find California’s business climate too liberal and migrate for that reason still tend to be liberal compared to the population in their new states. They don’t seem to connect liberalism with the decline of California, and they vote reliably Democratic in the more conservative states to which they migrate, turning those states ever bluer over time.” Calling all conservative Californians (no, that’s not an oxymoron)

They keep telling us that there’s no inflation, but those of us who do the grocery shopping know that this is a lie. “The opportunity is there to change the conversation. In so many of the areas where we’re seeing price inflation, government policy is contributing to the trendline, raising the costs not just of food, but of education, health care, energy, and housing, and putting pressure which multiplies for those with kids. All it takes is a willingness to go after those policies, and for a few smart politicians to start rejecting the priorities of the boardroom table in favor of the kitchen table.” Food Prices Are Soaring And Washington Doesn’t Care

Amnesty

This is a MUST read.  “This guy, Tom Donohue, is at the root of the matter. Tom Donohue is the President of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the CoC. The CoC wants amnesty legislation, the CoC is also the primary source of campaign funding for the following Republicans: Mitch McConnell (R-KY),  Rob Portman (R-OH), Bob Corker (R-TN),  Roger Wicker (R-MS),  John Barrasso (R-WY), Roy Blunt (R-MO), John Cornyn (R-TX), Dean Heller (R-NV),  Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), John Thune (R-SD), Lamar Alexander (R-TN), Saxby Chambliss (R-GA),  Dan Coats (R-IN), Mike Crapo (R-ID), Mike Enzi (R-WY), Chuck Grassley (R-IA), Orrin Hatch (R-UT), Mark Kirk (R-IL), Jerry Moran (R-KS),  Mike Johanns (R-NE), Kelly Ayotte (R-NH), John Boozman (R-AR), Richard Burr (R-NC),  Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Jim Inhofe (R-OK), Johnny Isakson (R-GA), John McCain (R-AZ), Jim Risch (R-ID), Pat Roberts (R-KS), Richard Shelby (R-AL),  Deb Fischer (R-NE) and John Hoeven (R-ND). For those keeping score that’s 32, yes thirty two, of the current GOP Senators.” Why Don’t Republicans Respond To Border Crisis? – People Want To Know Why The “GOP” Does Nothing To Stop The Illegal Alien Madness… We’ll Explain

Emphasis mine. “Unhappily, the combination of interests linked to immigration lawlessness — the progressives’ dependency agenda and the Chamber of Commerce’s self-interest — make this a very difficult battle to win. On the matter of illegal immigration, as on so many similar issues, we are effectively governed by criminals. But if we had half as much appreciation for the importance of national borders as do those who are illegally crossing them did, we would make this one of the top items on our national agenda. We may have compassion for the citizens of Mexico, but our duty is to the citizens of these United States. On Friday we had fireworks; on Monday, we require action.” Born on the Fifth of July: On the matter of illegal immigration, we are effectively governed by criminals.

The Left plays the blame game, while the border lies broken. “The massive crisis of tens of thousands of illegal children and hundreds of thousands of illegal adults flooding over our borders is, no surprise, not President Obama’s fault. It may have been entirely preventable, and certainly was highly predictable. But as usual, six years after he took office, the blame belongs elsewhere. It’s the Republicans, blocking immigration reform, the Obama administration wants you to believe. They’re even trying to hang it on Obama’s favorite blame target, George W. Bush, saying deportations are being slowed by a bipartisan 2008 law aimed at human trafficking — a claim none other than Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein says doesn’t hold water, while other critics note it’s a little thin, blaming a crisis now on a law that’s been around for six years. [Snip] Democrats — here and elsewhere — have been pushing for years to let people without Social Security numbers have driver’s licenses and welfare benefits. They’ve pushed for in-state university tuition for people who don’t belong here. Obama himself acted to dramatically reduce deportations — specifically of children — and has broadly signaled he wants to legalize the estimated 12 million illegals. Who can blame the hundreds of thousands flooding across our borders for thinking they are welcome? The Democrats told them so. Never mind that 92 million Americans are unemployed or no longer looking for jobs.” Adriana Cohen: Immigration mess grows as Obama plays blame game

The real reasons why they continue to come… “Four years ago, the Obama Justice Department sued the state of Arizona for daring to enforce federal immigration law, and sanctuary cities across the country remained unscathed. Two years ago, Obama declared that all illegal immigrants between the ages of 16 and 30 who had not committed criminal felonies — the so-called Dreamers — would remain in the country. This week, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that Arizona would have to hand out driver’s licenses to the Dreamers, and the city of Los Angeles announced it would no longer cooperate with Immigration and Customs Enforcement in holding requested illegals for 48 hours after their jail terms expired. Those desperate to come to America would be fools not to jump at the chance. And their dangerous decisions to send their own children across thousands of miles of desert in the company of likely drug cartel associates underscores their certainty: They’re willing to risk the lives of their children, knowing that so long as the children get to the border, Obama will legitimize them, and then, by extension, their entire families. This, of course, is precisely what Obama wanted them to think. Now he has his crisis. And he’ll exploit it for everything it’s worth, no matter how much blood is spilled in the deserts of Mexico or the streets of Murrieta.” Never Let a Self-Produced Horror Show Go to Waste

What’s coming, and if you don’t believe me, just look to what’s happened to my beloved state of California since the initial amnesty… “America’s gun violence problem is urban. It’s localized in Democratic enclaves. And it overlaps neatly with its corrupt political machines. It has nothing to do with the NRA and a great deal to do with the party of social engineering, the welfare state and gun bans. And illegal immigration. [Snip] If we want to repeat the same cycle again, Super-Amnesty, an amnesty several times bigger than the one in 1986, will make it happen. Entire cities will fall into gang violence. Their economies will collapse and that will have a ripple effect on their suburbs and on entire states. America will be a more dangerous and poorer place. And the politicians will talk some more about banning guns and about building more teen centers for the youth to hang out in between shootings.” Super-Amnesty Will Turn Every City into Detroit

Big Government

What will happen when only the public sector remains?  “Life is hard. It’s harder still when an entire class of people with their hands out stands between you and success. Unfortunately, that’s increasingly the problem, all around the world. A recent New York Times piece tells the story of a Greek woman’s efforts to survive that country’s financial collapse. After losing her job, she tried to start a pastry business, only to find the regulatory environment impossible. Among other things, they wanted her to pay the business’s first two years of taxes up front, before it had taken in a cent. When the business failed, her lesson was this: ‘I, like thousands of others trying to start businesses, learned that I would be at the mercy of public employees who interpreted the laws so they could profit themselves.’” Bled dry by the New Class: Bureaucrats push pencils at the expense of real workers

“Guess we have to afford Obama’s lavish lifestyle somehow.” “While in the midst of a full-blown IRS scandal, what geniuses thought it might be a good idea to give another unaccountable federal agency the power to take your money? Why Barack Obama and his merry band of idiots at the EPA, that’s who. At what point will America have had enough?

The Environmental Protection Agency has quietly floated a rule claiming authority to bypass the courts and unilaterally garnish paychecks of those accused of violating its rules, a power currently used by agencies such as the Internal Revenue Service.

The EPA has been flexing its regulatory muscle under President Obama, collecting more fines each year and hitting individuals with costly penalties for violating environmental rules, including recently slapping a $75,000 fine on Wyoming homeowner Andy Johnson for building a pond on his rural property.” America Held Hostage: Obama’s EPA Goons Now Claim They Can Garnish Your Wages

The Culture

“Sure, Hollywood is generally very liberal, but America isn’t. Judging by their campaign donations, Hollywood liberals are very supportive of abortion rights. But there’s a reason why sitcoms since Maude haven’t had a lot of storylines about abortion. Indeed, nearly every pregnant TV character treats her unborn child as if it’s already a human being. The Left may be anti-military, but such movies tend to do poorly, which is why we see more pro-military films. Similarly, it’s a safe bet that Hollywood liberals loathe guns. But you wouldn’t know that by what they produce. Not many action stars save the day by quoting a poem. Most Hollywood liberals probably oppose the death penalty, yet they make lots of movies where the bad guy meets a grisly death to the cheers of the audience. The Left rolls its eyes at “family values,” but family values are at the heart of most successful sitcoms and dramas.” Our Conservative Popular Culture: Does the Left really have a monopoly on storytelling today?

Foreign Policy

An explanation as to why there’s so much chaos in the Middle East. “The Obama administration conducted an assessment of the Muslim Brotherhood in 2010 and 2011, beginning even before the events known as the “Arab Spring” erupted in Tunisia and in Egypt. The President personally issued Presidential Study Directive 11 (PSD-11) in 2010, ordering an assessment of the Muslim Brotherhood and other “political Islamist” movements, including the ruling AKP in Turkey, ultimately concluding that the United States should shift from its longstanding policy of supporting “stability” in the Middle East and North Africa (that is, support for “stable regimes” even if they were authoritarian), to a policy of backing “moderate” Islamic political movements (italics added for emphasis throughout).’ And we have certainly witnessed this shift.  Chaos and the Islamic ascendancy in the Middle East and North Africa never flourished as under the Obama administration—and precisely because the administration shifted from supporting stability under secular-minded autocrats.” Obama’s Secret Directive Supporting Global Islamism

Hillary Clinton

Questions the news media won’t ask. “What is her salary from the foundation? How much of her expenses are covered by family foundation money? How many members of her family make salaries from that foundation? To what extent is the foundation an income tax dodge? And didn’t Hillary Clinton recently portray herself as not truly rich because she and Bill pay income tax on their money?” Behind that “Hillary Clinton Says She’s Donated All University Speaking Fees” headline.

The Media

In a nutshell, this is what’s wrong with our fourth estate today. “Last week, conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt interviewed Zach Carter, who is The Huffington Post‘s senior political economy reporter. The interview’s purpose was to discuss Carter’s negative response to Hewitt’s previous interview of former Vice President Dick Cheney. The interview was lively and interesting but it did not go well for Carter, who was forced to admit his ignorance of the historical context of the situation in Iraq. Looked at one way, the interview might almost seem like pointless point-scoring. In response to Hewitt’s questions, Carter admitted he didn’t know who Alger Hiss was and that he hadn’t read The Looming Tower. Those two questions are standard questions for Hewitt’s interviews. But then Carter said he hadn’t read various other books, such as Bernard Lewis’ Crisis of Islam, Robin Wright’s Dreams and Shadows, or Thomas P. M. Barnett’s The Pentagon’s New Map. He said he hadn’t read Dexter Filkins’ The Forever War but that he’d “read a lot of the stuff that he’s written for The New Yorker.” Filkins joined The New Yorker in 2011. He said he does not read politician’s memoirs, including Cheney’s or George W. Bush’s. That he was unaware that Bill Clinton had bombed Iraq in 1998 or that Gadhafi had reportedly disarmed in 2003. He admitted he doesn’t know who A. Q. Khan, the father of the Pakistan bomb and godfather of Iranian and North Korean nuclear programs, is. It’s such a display of ignorance that it seems almost unfair. But looked at another way, it’s simply a good interview where Hewitt seeks to establish Carter’s background and breadth of knowledge in order to help listeners know on what basis he critiqued Cheney. My favorite line was when Carter was asked if he’d heard of George Weigel and he replied, “I’ve heard of Dave Weigel.” I don’t mean to pick on Carter, who was a good sport. If anything, I give him credit for sticking through the entire interview. But it speaks to a larger problem we face with our media, which is that they frequently are not well read and, more importantly, they do not realize it.” Media Ignorance Is Becoming A Serious Problem

“The leftist media is starting to feel the negative effects of its insincerity and bias. Instead of self-discipline and sticking to their duty to the public, they have allowed themselves to be seduced into competing with the goals and role of the government. Instead of objectively examining the causes of their shrinking viewership, they continue to impose their agenda to educate the public about what their of hope and change should be. Instead of reflecting what is going on in society so that the public can make informed decisions, they continue with their obsession of steering the public into their leftist agenda.” Are CNN and MSNBC Now Our Government?

The Republican Party

I think it’s called “Compassionate Conservatism.” “Amid heated talk on the right of deporting children back to strife-ridden failed states, the third world diseases they carry, and the fear of their ability to access protective and preventative medical services on taxpayer dollars, the conservative movement risks expanding the empathy gap among Hispanic and urban voters. [Glenn] Beck aims to close it.

“We’re going to fill some tractor-trailers with food, with water,” Beck said. “The churches have asked us if we could bring teddy bears and soccer balls, so we’ve loaded up a whole tractor-trailer of nothing but teddy bears and soccer balls. And then I’m going to go serve breakfast and lunch, and I’m going to help unload these trucks, hot meals for 3,000. That’s what we’re doing.”

Charity and kindness, asking nothing in return, can go a long way. The left’s solution to the immigration crisis is, as ever, the promise of government programs and a free ticket into a bureaucratic morass — none of which they can deliver for this cascade of Central American refugees. Conservatives can offer something better, something real, and Beck plans on doing just that. It is a small step, but a welcome one. The conservative movement needs a bigger tent, and addressing the perception that conservatives are hard-hearted will be a step in that direction. The good news is that this condition is merely perceived, not real, and it only takes a few gestures like the one Beck has embraced in order to bury it.” Glenn Beck, the border crisis, and the Republican Party’s empathy gap

The War on Women

I am sick of it too, but I fear that the single women that the Left is targeting for the propaganda are going to buy it hook, line and sinker.  “A lot of women, me included, are sick of the ‘war on women,’” the former Hewlett-Packard CEO and California Republican candidate for U.S. Senate said. “And we saw it in spades on Monday after the Hobby Lobby case. The women of Hobby Lobby had access to contraception through their company insurance plan before Obamacare; they have access to contraception — 16 forms of it — after the ruling. But somehow, you know, this is the long arm of business and the Republican party reaching into the body of women. It’s ridiculous.” Carly Fiorina: ‘The War On Women Is Shameless, Baseless Propaganda’

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News You Can Use for July 1

Let's all find our voices, and stand up to the tyranny of our current government.

Let’s all find our voices, and stand up to the tyranny of our current government.

Stories of the Day

Emphasis mine. “I imagine the horrified shrieks that rose from the streets outside the Supreme Court on Monday as the decision in the Hobby Lobby case began to filter out into the crowd of liberal observers was reminiscent of those poor souls who watched helplessly as the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire claimed the lives of 146 young, female garment workers. In fact, the similarities are eerie. It seems that liberal commentators have convinced themselves that, just as was the case in 1911, the courts and the country have deemed women to be of lesser value than their male counterparts. The distinction between these two eras, of course, is that while that argument could be supported in 1911, it exists only in the heads of progressives in 2014.” The left loses their minds over Hobby Lobby decision

Emphasis mine. “In the Left’s fantasy world, the militant Christians at Hobby Lobby police single female employees to assure that they have not engaged in sinful, pre-marital sex. As for married women, Hobby Lobby deprives them of birth control so that each can deliver a new baby every nine months, for God’s glory, just like in the Old Testament. Liberals are living in a cartoon of their own making. Again, Hobby Lobby’s health plan pays for birth-control pills, vaginal rings, contraceptive patches, and other items to help female employees plan their pregnancies. The Left’s arguments to the contrary are — surprise, surprise — lies.” Hobby Lobby Actually Lavishes Contraception Coverage on Its Employees

Saying and doing whatever they need to, at any given time, to stay in favor with the folks that keep them in power. “First “don’t ask, don’t tell,” then DOMA, now RFRA: Precisely how many statutes signed by Bill Clinton are the Clintons currently horrified by?” Bad news: Hillary deeply disturbed that Supreme Court upheld statute signed into law by her husband

“Beyond feminist identity politics, Hillary’s appeal derives from nostalgia of her husband’s two terms and the good feelings they engender to moderates and the left. (The ’90s: The Last Great Decade? is the title of an upcoming miniseries on the National Geographic cable TV channel. Coincidental timing? I would tend to doubt it.) But economically, those good times relied entirely on Bill’s eventual rejection of the far left corporatism (read: liberal fascism) that Hillary, Al Gore, Obama and Elizabeth Warren all wallow in. Not to mention the arrival of a Republican Congress that allowed Bill to govern as the moderate he ran as in 1992, after his own Obama-esque collectivist floundering in his first two years in office culminating in the Hillarycare flameout. What’s the sense of supporting Clinton when she’s rejected everything her husband’s administration stood for? Other than pure identity politics. And if identity politics is all that you’re left with, why not go with someone who practices that dark art much more skillfully than Hillary? (And like Obama in 2007 and 2008, has far left historical baggage dragging her down.)” A Hillary Divided Against Itself Cannot Stand!

If you missed it, you should watch it. Click on over. “She charged on, barely letting O’Reilly get a word in, focusing on former United States Secretary of Health And Human Services Kathleen Sebelius: American women “were buying their own [birth control]; for the past 20 years and beyond, they’ve been buying their own. And then what happened was we passed Obamacare. And then Kathleen Sebelius had some of her HHS minions go down in the basement and write a regulation that said as part of Obamacare, you have to cover 20 out of 20 birth-control drugs — 20 out of 20. And then women like Sandra Fluke started saying, ‘I’m entitled. Oh my God, I didn’t realize how victimized I was all those years when I was paying for it on my own.’” Megyn Kelly Takes On Sandra Fluke [VIDEO]

The feel good story of the year. “Five years ago, Harris was an unpretentious Illinois homemaker with no background in political activism when the SEIU knocked on her front door in an attempt to get her to join the union. She participates in a state-funded home caregiver program for the mentally disabled that Gov. Pat Quinn, a Democrat, had recently declared eligible for collective bargaining. She said no, but the state and SEIU refused to take that for an answer. Both assumed that she could be prodded into joining. What could one woman who needed the program to be able to take care of her developmentally disabled son do, anyway? Plenty, it turns out. Harris saw the effort as an intrusion and fought it every step of the way. First, she organized the union’s defeat in a 2009 mail-in election. Then she challenged the declaration all the way to the Supreme Court.” How a suburban homemaker humbled Illinois and Big Labor

Amnesty

The percentage should be higher, but we’ll take what we can get. “The public largely blames President Obama for the flood of children who have poured over the border in recent weeks, creating a growing humanitarian crisis, according to the latest IBD/TIPP Poll released Monday.” 59% of Public Blame Obama for Children and Toddlers Crossing Border Into US

Big Government

This story should be above the fold, headline news. But it won’t because Obama is a Democrat. “Though President Obama vowed to run the most transparent administration in history, his White House has quietly empowered itself to censor or delay the release of information in ways that not even Richard Nixon envisioned during the Watergate scandal, according to federal workers on the front lines of processing open records requests. The workers, who spoke to The Washington Times only on the condition of anonymity for fear of reprisal, said that an April 15, 2009, memo from White House Counsel Gregory Craig to all federal agencies has slowed, and in some cases nixed, the public release of government documents that would have been released under prior administrations. It also has given the White House the ability to track in real time who is asking for derogatory information about the Obama administration, the workers said.” Worse than Nixon? Obama White House accused of hiding public information: Memo conflicts with Obama transparency promise

Global Warming

Speaking truth to power—can we get find more like him, please?! “’You can’t get any clearer proof of NOAA adjusting past temperatures,” Watts wrote. “This isn’t just some issue with gridding, or anomalies, or method, it is about NOAA not being able to present historical climate information of the United States accurately.” “In one report they give one number, and in another they give a different one with no explanation to the public as to why,” Watts continued. “This is not acceptable. It is not being honest with the public. It is not scientific. It violates the Data Quality Act.”  [Snip] “This constant change from year to year of what is or is not the hottest month on record for the USA is not only unprofessional and embarrassing for NOAA, it’s bullshit of the highest order,” Watts wrote. “It can easily be solved by NOAA stopping the unsupportable practice of adjusting temperatures of the past so that the present looks different in context with the adjusted past and stop making data for weather stations that have long since closed.’” NOAA Reinstates July 1936 As The Hottest Month On Record

Israel

Please pray for the families who lost their teenage sons. “The Israeli Air Force carried out what it called “precision strikes” on 34 “terror targets” in the Gaza Strip overnight, and a Palestinian from the group Hamas was shot dead when he threw a grenade at forces carrying out an arrest raid, as tensions soared after the discovery of the bodies of three Israeli teenagers who were kidnapped in the West Bank earlier in June. The man killed Tuesday was the first casualty since the bodies were found. The Israeli Defense Forces said the strikes were in response to rockets being launched earlier into Israel from Gaza.The waves of rockets from Gaza and IDF retaliations have picked up since the teens were kidnapped and the Israeli crackdown began.” Israel Strikes 34 ‘Terror Targets’ in Gaza After Bodies of Israeli Teens Found

Sick. Very sick. “The mother of one of the suspected killers says she’s proud of her murderer son. Israel National News reported:

 

The mother of one of the Hamas kidnappers who the IDF has identified as being behind the June 12 abduction of three Israeli teens has spoken out, both denying his involvement yet saying if he is behind the abduction “I’ll be proud of him till my final day.” Mother of Hamas Kidnapper: “I’ll Be Proud of Him Till My Final Day”

As a mother, I don’t understand. “As for the Palestinians and their inveterate sympathizers in the West, perhaps they should note that a culture that too often openly celebrates martyrdom and murder is not fit for statehood, and that making excuses for that culture only makes it more unfit. Postwar Germany put itself through a process of moral rehabilitation that began with a recognition of what it had done. Palestinians who want a state should do the same, starting with the mothers.” Where are the Palestinian Mothers?

This is what a cultural of hate does to people. “Muslims today attacked the ambulance carrying the bodies of three kidnapped and murdered Israeli teens.
Algemeiner reported:

Palestinian Arabs attacked an Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) ambulance humvee on Monday that was transporting the recently discovered bodies of three murdered Israeli boys who were kidnapped on June 12, an Israeli source told The Algemeiner.” BARBARIANS: Palestinians Attack IDF Ambulance Carrying Bodies of Dead Kidnapped Israeli Teens

The Left

I refuse to call anyone who votes Democrat a liberal. In my book, they’re all Leftists. “Making a clear distinction between liberals and progressives will help break down a Manichaean view of politics that afflicts the nation. Too many of us see those on the other side as not just misguided but evil. The solution is not a generalized “Can’t we all just get along” non-judgmentalism. Some political differences are too great for that. But liberalism as I want to use the term encompasses a set of views that can be held by people who care as much about America’s exceptional heritage as I do. Conservatives’ philosophical separation from that kind of liberalism is not much wider than the philosophical separation among the various elements of the right. If people from different political planes on the right can talk to each other, as they do all the time, so should they be able to talk to people on the liberal left, if we start making a distinction between liberalism and progressivism. To make that distinction is not semantic, but a way of realistically segmenting the alterations to the political landscape that the past half-century has brought us.” The Trouble Isn’t Liberals. It’s Progressives: Not everyone on the left wants to quash dissent or indulge President Obama’s abuses of executive power.

Mainstream Media

This is one of the reasons why I love Hugh Hewitt. “Until colliding with Mr. Carter I had never thought to ask if a young journalist who presumed to comment on the war on terror if he or she had ever heard of A.Q. Kahn.  I assumed…we”l, there’s the rub.  I always assume that young journalists would not dare opine on the war without a basic knowledge of the existential threat at its core, and the origins of that threat. Perhaps a college newspaper editorialist would do so, but not a “senior political economy reporter” for a major political outlet like HuffPo. I was wrong. And that’s why I ask the questions I do.  To expose the utter ignorance at the core of so much of the left.  Not their rottenness.  I often say their is a difference between “rotten” and “wrong,” and I believe that.  Some on the left are wild-eyed fanatics and awful people. But most of the lefties I engage with seem perfectly pleasant if also wildly ill-informed and, yes, lazy. It is hard work to read widely and broadly, and on both sides of the political aisle.  Time consuming.  Not very fun actually. But necessary.  If you intend to be taken seriously.  More importantly, if you intend the country to endure.  Most journalists go into the business because they are idealists of one sort or another and they love the whole “first draft of history” stuff.  What journalists collectively do is crucial, because lousy reporting leads to lousy voting, the consequences we see now on full display across the globe.” Why Embarrass Journalists?

The Republican Party

They HAD BETTER wake up. “Slowly but surely, Washington is waking up to the idea that the current surge in populism is not some flash in the pan, but a real and sustained trend in politics on the right and left. Distrust and frustration with an economic and political system that rewards, defends, and bails out the wealthy, powerful, and well-connected while leaving the middle and working class to get squeezed by stagnant wages and the higher costs of the basic staples of life, has made things which were once considered humdrum politics as usual suddenly controversial.” How The Populist Assault On Cronyism Draws New Battle Lines

Our side can still reach them. “Nonetheless, bad as it may appear, the Left has succeeded largely because they have done a better job at outreach and marketing of lesser ideas. Latinos have not rejected conservative principles, but have endured a distortion of conservative ideas – a hatchet job perpetrated by the liberal left. Worse yet, they have endured an absence of a conversation about the virtues and true intentions of conservative, market-based ideas – a dereliction of duty perpetrated by the conservative right.” Latino electorate at a crossroads

What the hell? “It’s going to be a little more difficult to ferret out which members of Congress are lavished with all-expenses-paid trips around the world after the House has quietly stripped away the requirement that such privately sponsored travel be included on lawmakers’ annual financial-disclosure forms. The move, made behind closed doors and without a public announcement by the House Ethics Committee, reverses more than three decades of precedent. Gifts of free travel to lawmakers have appeared on the yearly financial form dating back its creation in the late 1970s, after the Watergate scandal. National Journaluncovered the deleted disclosure requirement when analyzing the most recent batch of yearly filings. “This is such an obvious effort to avoid accountability,” said Melanie Sloan, executive director of the watchdog group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington. ‘There’s no legitimate reason. There’s no good reason for it.’” Congress Quietly Deletes a Key Disclosure of Free Trips Lawmakers Take: House Ethics reverses decades of precedent as lobbyist-sponsored lawmaker travel expands.

President Obama

“Maybe a couple games of golf would cheer him up – he’s nearing 180 rounds; could he get to 200 by the end of July.” “Plenty of Presidents who weren’t constitutional law professors managed to get through 8 years in the White House without violating the Constitution as many times as Obama has done in the past 10 days. And not only is he doing it repeatedly, but flagrantly.” Liberal Professor Gives 4 Reasons Obama Admin ‘Probably Doesn’t Want to Get Out of Bed This Week’

Real Messiahs don’t fail, and pass blame. “In Obama’s most recent — and embarrassing — public whine, he lashed out at the once-obsequious press. In his now customary first-person I/me/my/mine lament (e.g., “They don’t do anything, except block me and call me names. . . . If they were more interested in growing the economy for you and the issues that you are talking about instead of trying to mess with me, we would be doing a lot better. . . . The critics, the cynics in Washington, they’ve written me off more times than I can count.”), he lambasted the partisan culture of Washington. He lashed out at the Tea Party, the House Republicans, his opponents in general, and all those who would unreasonably oppose his blanket amnesties, his climate-change taxes and regulations, the shutdown of the Keystone-pipeline project, Obamacare, and $9 trillion in new debt.” Don’t Mess with Messiahs

“With the Obama presidency lying in ashes, and with liberalism itself terribly damaged, an opportunity exists. Who on the right will seize it?” “Today respect for government’s authority has never been lower, and the American people cannot be happy with this state of affairs or with themselves. In the wake of the Obama era, where expectations were raised to such dizzying heights, only to collapse into ruins, the public will be understandably wary about the next person promising to heal the planet and repair the world, who claims the power to halt the rise of the ocean tides, who says that this time will be different than all the rest and declares that “we are the ones we’ve been waiting for.” (To remind yourself of the stratospheric expectations set by Mr. Obama, I’d urge you to watch this short clip of Obama in 2008.)” The Obama Era and the Collapse of Trust in Our Governing Institutions

He IS a real piece of work. And there appears that there is no way to stop him, at the moment anyway. “This Barack Obama is a real piece of work. As the nation’s alleged leader, he manufactures crises, like a good Alinsky Acolyte would. As the commander-in-chief of the United States, he ignores problems, allowing them to fester until they become serial crises that he then employs to distract a lazy media and public attention from all the other crises. It’s become the M.O. of B.O.. And, folks, it doesn’t look to get any better in the 933 endless days left until he and his mother-in-law move out of their free government housing.” How Obama plays us time and time again

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