Krauthammer: “Is This the Best Mind That Obama Could Find to Run the Largest Entity on the Face of the Earth?” (Video)

The Special Report panel took turns berating former Senator, Chuck Hagel in the wake of his contentious Confirmation hearing before the Senate Armed Services Committee, Thursday.

First Steven Hayes took some swipes, reading off his list of the most egregious moments from the hearing. Then the Washington Post’s Charles Lane said something, (edited out of the video.)

Then Dr. K dripped the hammer; “His problem isn’t a paper trail. His problem is a demonstrated, incredibly remarkable lack of competence,” Charles started. He continued to blast the poor guy for his “astonishing lack of competence”, honesty, and borderline anti-Semitism. He concluded by asking, “is this the best mind that Obama could find to run the largest entity on the face of the earth?

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Yid With Lid: Holy Cow—Hagel Was EMBARRASSING!

Regular readers of this site know that I have not been in favor of former Senator Chuck Hagel’s nomination—but even his biggest detractors did not expect the performance he gave today during his senate confirmation hearings.   It wasn’t that he said things that people disagreed with, or got caught with some sort of scandal–he looked totally unprepared and out-classed. He was pathetic.

The guy knew what he would face…his own statements and record, many of them were posted here. Chuck Hagel had weeks to figure out responses–and OH MY GOD, he didn’t even understand what containment means.

PJ Media: Hagel Confirmation Hearing: The Mother of All Bombs:

When Secretary of State Hillary Clinton stepped before two congressional committees on Benghazi this month, she was ready for every question fielded at her and, save for the infamous “what does it matter” moment, didn’t crumple under the pressure.

Today, President Obama was likely wishing some of that preparedness would have rubbed off on his Defense secretary nominee.

Chuck Hagel’s confirmation hearing before his former Senate colleagues was, in a nutshell, a minefield despite the simple, predictable questions lobbed his way. In short, he appeared exceptionally uncomfortable and unsure for a man who would command the most powerful military on Earth.
This of course makes him uniquely qualified to help our now “flexible” Commander in Chief  manage America’s decline:
Hagel himself doesn’t matter. He won’t make foreign policy. Obama will run it out of the White House even more tightly than he did in the first term. Hagel’s importance is the message his nomination sends about where Obama wants to go. The lessons are being duly drawn. Iran’s official media have already cheered the choice of what they call this “anti-Israel” nominee. And they fully understand what his nomination signals regarding administration resolve about stopping them from going nuclear.The rest of the world can see coming the Pentagon downsizing — and the inevitable, commensurate decline of U.S. power. Pacific Rim countries will have to rethink reliance on the counterbalance of the U.S. Navy and consider acquiescence to Chinese regional hegemony. Arab countries will understand that the current rapid decline of post-Kissinger U.S. dominance in the region is not cyclical but intended to become permanent.Hagel is a man of no independent stature. He’s no George Marshall or Henry Kissinger. A fringe senator who left no trace behind, Hagel matters only because of what his nomination says about Obama.However the Senate votes on confirmation, the signal has already been sent. Before Election Day, Obama could only whisper it to his friend Dmitry. Now, with Hagel, he’s told the world.

Francis W. Porretto, Liberty’s Torch: A Flip Of The Bird, Obama Style:

Obama might have played a long shot here. Even the Senate’s Democrats will hesitate before awarding him their votes. However, the probability or improbability of Hagel’s confirmation pales before the political importance of his nomination.

Politically, the Hagel nomination does three things:

  • It reassures an important component of Obama’s support base that yes, he really does hold America responsible for what’s wrong with the Middle East and the world generally;
  • It exerts an intense, unpleasant pressure on the Republican caucus in the Senate, whose members are mostly old-line GOP Establishment loath to criticize a fellow Republican even when he richly deserves it;
  • While adhering cosmetically to the tradition of having one Cabinet member from the opposition party, it simultaneously expresses Obama’s contempt for his political adversaries in the clearest possible terms, thereby maddening his opponents and reassuring his more venomous supporters of his intent to destroy all opposition to his rule.

Indeed, that last bit might be the most important part of all in our all-politics-all-the-time milieu.


Obama is no Lincoln. He has no intention of trying to convert his enemies into friends. His overriding aim is to destroy all resistance to his will. Every move he makes, every word he utters must be studied in that light, for they make no sense in any other.

As a divide-to-conquer move, the Hagel nomination is superb. It pits younger, Tea-Party-style Republicans against the older GOP Establishment, widening the gulf and enhancing the prospects for future strife between them. It could only have been more effective if Hagel possessed John McCain’s war-hero status.

Fran, I’m not sure the older GOP establishment was too impressed with Hagel, yesterday. He gave them every excuse to vote against him. It’s a long shot, because when push comes to shove, Obamacrats do what the Master orders, but this nominee was so egregious Repubs may be able to peel away enough of them to filibuster him.

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Video: Senator Ted Cruz Slams Hagel For Agreeing With Statement “The US is the World’s Bully”

Via The Washington Free Beacon, this tense exchange between Ted Cruz and Chuck Hagel may turn out to be the death blow to his nomination

He scorched Hagel for agreeing with an assessment that the United States is the “world’s bully”.

“You explicitly agreed with the characterization that the United States is the world’s bully, and…. I think the United States has spilled more blood, more treasure standing for freedom, liberating people across the world — and to go on al Jazeera, a foreign network, broadcasting propaganda to nations that are hostile to us and to explicitly agree with the characterization that the United States is the world’s bully –I would suggest is not the conduct one would expect of a Secretary of Defense.”

Here’s Cruz’s entire Q & A from the hearing:

SEE ALSO:

Hagel’s 7 Worst Moments in Round One

Ted Cruz Plays Slap the Dummy

Hagel Takes Fire From Senate Republicans at Confirmation Hearing

The Senate is now at recess following an often contentious confirmation  hearing that did not go as smoothly for the former Neb. Senator as  he perhaps would have liked.

Senator Lindsey Graham savaged Hagel over an outrageous statement he made about the pro-Israel lobby in 2008: “the Jewish lobby intimidates a lot of people” into doing some “dumb things.”

More from the hearing from across the conservative blogosphere.

The Washington Examiner: Hagel: War in Iraq was ‘most fundamentally bad, dangerous decision since Vietnam’:

Sen. John McCain R-Ariz. blasted former Sen. Chuck Hagel R-Neb. this morning for his positions against the war in Iraq – including the surge that brought stability into the region.

Hagel refused to say whether his position on the surge was a mistake and tried to explain his comments.

“I want to know if you were right or wrong,” McCain fired back. “Its a direct question, I demand a direct answer.”

The Washington Free Beacon: Hagel: ‘I’ve Never Been Accused of Political Expediency’

Defense secretary nominee Chuck Hagel claimed he “has never been accused of political expediency” during his Thursday hearing before the Senate Armed Services committee, in response to his comments on the “Jewish lobby.”

AoSHQ: Chuck Hagel, Bumbling Lightweight (Who Might Also Hate Jews):

Brit Hume made a simple but deadly observation about Hagel’s performance — “he’s just not very bright.”

And he’s not. While the media is intensely interested in the intellectual capacity of any Republican (unless that Republican is obviously intelligent, in which case they don’t mention IQ at all), they never discuss the intelligence of the dimmer-bulb Democrats or Republicans like Hagel, who can be counted as allies.

Hagel’s dumb. He’s just not smart enough to be Secretary of Defense. Our troops deserve a bright man who understands complex systems and has the intellectual curiosity to discover what he doesn’t know. Not a bumbling dummy whose deepest thoughts are about the “Jewish lobby.”

The Corner: Re: Hagel: Iran’s Government ‘Elected’ and ‘Legitimate’:

To Andrew’s point about Hagel’s comments on the Iranian government, Senator Hagel confidently says today that Iran’s government is “an elected, legitimate government.”

The Corner: White House: No Comment on Legitimacy of Iranian Regime:

Following up on Chuck Hagel’s assertion earlier today in the course of his confirmation hearing that the Iranian regime is “legitimate” and “elected,” CNN’s Jessica Yellin asked White House press secretary Jay Carney whether the president agrees.

Carney dodged the question this way: “I think our views on the last presidential election were clearly expressed, the president’s views on that matter and our views on the behavior of the regime in Tehran are expressed again and again and again.”

Jennifer Rubin, The Right Turn: The Hagel Hearing:

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) went on a tear, demanding Hagel answer the question as to whether his opposition to the surge was wrong. Hagel squirmed and evaded and refused to answer. McCain said he would take the refusal to answer in considering his vote. It was a powerful moment, giving reason for virtually every Republican senator to oppose the nomination. McCain also got Hagel to concede that he opposed the surge in Afghanistan. Hagel’s ego was noteworthy and will create problems for him if he likewise refuses to say he was wrong on opposition to unilateral sanctions, the Global Zero report, etc.

The Washington Free Beacon: ‘This Hagel hearing is a disaster’: Liberals take to Twitter to slam Hagel:

Distraught by his poor performance in front of the Senate Armed Services Committee, liberals viciously turned on secretary of defense nominee Chuck Hagel on social media.

 

Issa Requesting More Info on Benghazi Attack

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Although the State Department Accountability Review Board sent its findings and recommendations to Congress back in December, Rep. Darrell Issa and three other House committee chairmen are not satisfied. They’re requesting more information from the State Department about the Sept. 11, 2012, terrorist attack at the U.S.  diplomatic mission in Benghazi.

Issa said,  “Unfortunately, the (review board) did not address some important questions about the attacks in Benghazi, which we believe may contain crucial lessons learned for other U.S. facilities abroad to follow.”

UT San Diego reported:

Issa, Edward Royce and Jason Chaffetz co-wrote a letter Tuesday to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton that asks for the State Department to provide emails, cables and memorandums sent or received by her and several others that pertain to security in Benghazi, a complete list of every individual interviewed by a special review board and video footage of the attack by Feb. 11.

Issa, R-Vista, is the chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. Royce, R-Brea, chairs the House Foreign Affairs Committee. Chaffetz, R-Utah, chairs the Oversight and Government Reform’s Subcommittee on National Security.

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The letter states the board failed to interview several senior officials at the State Department, including Clinton, and calls it a critical omission of the facts leading up to the attack. The letter also questions why a security support team was withdrawn from Libya.

Good to know that even after Hillary Clinton’s “brilliant” testimony  before the House and Senate, last week, some Republicans are still not ready to drop this.

Source Claims to Have Witnessed Obama’s “Awkward Attempts” at Skeet Shooting – “He Couldn’t Have Been More Uncomfortable”

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Image via Free Republic

Oh, come on! What could be more awkward looking than Obama pitching a baseball.… or bowling?

Fox News reports that while Obama may have exaggerated a teensy little bit when he said that he goes skeet shooting all the time, he has gone at least once. Maybe twice. And even though he has “profound respect” for the traditions of hunting in this country, and “has a strong record of support for our 2nd Amendment rights” *cough* … he couldn’t get out of there fast enough.

Via Weasel Zippers:

News of President Obama’s apparently long-secret fondness for skeet shooting came as a surprise to those who say they have witnessed the president’s “awkward” attempts at pinging the (clay) pigeons.

This has only happened with the president at Camp David, at most, a couple of times, according to a source who says he has been to the retreat on a half-dozen visits with Obama.

“The only time he shot skeet was for President’s Cup,” said the source, referring to a shooting competition tradition involving the presidential Marine guards. “I was there. He stayed for about five minutes, and couldn’t leave fast enough.”

Skeet shooting “is very hard,” said the source. “Especially for someone not used to guns … He couldn’t have been more uncomfortable.”

Don’t hold your breath waiting to see if he accepts Rep. Marsha Blackburn’s (R-Tenn.) offer of a skeet shooting contest.

Carney Refused To Answer If Obama Will Take Up GOP Congresswoman’s Offer To Skeet Shooting Match…

UPDATE:

Can I do skeet shooting with this?

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Hump Day Link-Around: The Conversation Has Started!

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The new Breitbart site I told you about, The Conversation, just launched this morning! Ace, Iowahawk and John Hayward have been particularly active – which is a good thing because they’re some of the best writers we have on the right. Go check it out!

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Weasel Zippers: BREAKING: Israeli Warplanes Bomb Military Site Near Damascus – Update: Strike Targeted Military Research Center…

Just coming across the wires now, more to follow.

BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian state news agency says Israeli warplanes bombed military site near Damascus.

Update: Pretty safe bet to say Israel was targeting Syria’s chemical weapons program..

Go Israel!

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Gateway Pundit: DOMINICAN HOOKERS SPEAK OUT – FBI Emails Released – Offices Raided in Sen. Menendez Underage Prostitute Scandal (Video)

The FBI raided the offices of an eye doctor suspected of providing free trips and even underage Dominican Republic prostitutes to U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez.
Also, the Dominican hookers are speaking to reporters.

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Michelle Malkin: Amnesty gang to law-abiders: You’re chumps!:

President Obama and the bipartisan Gang of Eight in Washington who want to create a “pathway to citizenship” for millions of illegal aliens have sent a message loud and clear to those who follow the rules: You’re chumps!

Have you patiently waited for months and years for the State Department and Department of Homeland Security to slog through your application? You’re chumps!

Have you paid thousands of dollars in travel, legal and medical fees to abide by the thicket of entry, employment, health and processing regulations? You’re chumps!

Have you studied for your naturalization test, taken the oath of allegiance to heart, embraced our time-tested principle of the rule of law, and demonstrated that you will be a financially independent, productive citizen? You’re chumps!

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Peter Ferrara, The American Spectator: Enough of This Glumness:

First up — the Sequester. If the Republicans do nothing, $1.2 trillion over the next 10 years in spending cuts from the baseline (what we were going to spend on our current course), go into effect. That includes $600 billion in defense spending Republicans and conservatives don’t want to cut, and $600 billion in domestic spending cuts Republicans and conservatives do want.

The Republicans can handle that – doing nothing. They should let the sequester spending cuts go into effect, and come back passing the full defense appropriations needed in the House, daring President Obama and the Democrats to fail to provide adequately for the nation’s defenses.

And Praise the Lord, that seems to be precisely what the Republicans are going to do, let the sequester spending cuts go into effect.

Republicans also have the upper hand under the Continuing Resolutions (CR) that are now provide for federal spending. The current CR runs out on March 31, which means there will be a government shutdown then unless a new CR authorizes further spending. This gives the Republicans the leverage to impose a federal spending freeze on federal discretionary spending.

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Rusty Weiss, Freedomworks: Journalists Instructed to Report on Benefits of Obamacare: “There’s Only Upside”:

Earlier this month, we covered a suspect symposium being sponsored by a pro-Obamacare organization, designed to provide journalists with “specialized education in health care reporting”.

The anticipation of media bias was palpable.  Previous revelations of this relationship prompted one reporter to write, “this sounds like a program to teach reporters to write supportive stories about the health care reform law.”

The latest symposium held on the 17th and 18th of January, was sponsored by the Commonwealth Fund and hosted by the Society of American Business Editors and Writers (SABEW).  It was held at Reuters headquarters in New York City, and had a featured student body of 17 mainstream reporters – including the Dallas Morning News, Reuters, and Money Magazine.

Now that it has since come to pass, concerns of blatant media bias should be even more heightened in the aftermath.

The SABEW has posted a recap of events at their ‘Business of Health Care Symposium’ on their web site, and the emphasis is clearly directed at the positive aspects of Obamacare.

For example, in a section titled ‘Spreading the Word to America’, speaker Rachel Klein explains to the reporters that “a key challenge” in messaging lies in “informing consumers of how the ACA (Affordable Care Act) will benefit them”.

Klein adds that, “The majority of uninsured Americans don’t know the health reform law will help them.”

Hot Air: Pushback: Gingrich, Vitter, National Review, Malkin, Coulter, Erickson oppose Rubio’s immigration plan:

The key subplot to Rubio’s immigration push, of course, is how much of a headache it’ll be for him with conservatives in the 2016 primaries. The talk-radio charm offensive is mainly designed to get grassroots opinion-shapers like Rush to at least wait and see what the bill looks like before lobbying against it, but more broadly it’s designed to move the Overton window on what positions are acceptable for a good conservative to hold. Rubio can afford to have immigration reform fail; he can’t afford to be RINO-ized over it. Like I said yesterday, whether or not a bill ends up passing, he’s already achieved something significant by getting Rush et al. to acknowledge that “recognizing reality” in terms of a grand bargain on immigration is something “admirable and noteworthy.” No matter what happens now, unless he ends up voting for a watered-down Democratic bill with token enforcement (which he won’t), he’s got that as a soundbite for his primary ads in 2016.

AoSHQ: Soledad O’Brien Just Heard Over Her Earpiece that Wikipedia Defines “Termination” as “a cessation, a stoppage; with respect to employment, a firing”:

There is a mystery here:

How the hell did Soledad O’Brien manage to alienate millions and millions of people who never even heard of her?

Patrick O’Hannigan, The American Spectator: Cloud of Witnesses:

I heard the man in the black balaclava before I met him. “I love this crowd!” he boomed, shortening his stride so as not to run into the people in front of us. He looked at the throng and smiled so broadly that snow found no purchase on his mustache. “It’s great to be pro-life, isn’t it? I’d hate to be on the other side of this issue. I mean, how can you support abortion unless you go out of your way not to think about it?”

I couldn’t tell from his tone if the question was rhetorical, but I agreed with him. We appraised each other in an instant. He was big, and apart from the “40 years too many” sticker on his chest, his outfit and close-fitting cap looked almost medieval. He would have been the man who pointed you to the armory if you asked for directions in an unfamiliar castle.

We were North and South, bearded and clean-shaven, monochrome and motley, veteran marcher and wide-eyed rookie, one of us expansive and the other reserved, but kindred spirits anyhow, and we knew it. Intrigued by his comment about the power of denial, I said, “Some of the people on the other side say they’re into science and we’re not.” The man laughed. “They say ‘science,’ but if you show them an ultrasound, they run away!”

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Thomas Sowell, IBD: Clinton’s Angry Outburst On Benghazi Was Meant To Deceive—Not Enlighten:

The key question that remains unanswered to this day is:

What speck of evidence is there that the attack in Benghazi was due to the much-discussed video or that there was ever any protest demonstration outside the ambassador’s quarters?

If there is no evidence whatever, then the whole attempt to say that a protest over a video escalated into an attack was a deliberate hoax by people who knew better.

The Other McCain: Obamanomics Fails — Unexpectedly!

Remember how, right before the election, we had about three weeks of media hype about declining unemployment and hopeful signs of economic recovery? Yeah. They lied through their teeth:

Real gross domestic product — the output of goods and services produced by labor and property located in the United States — decreased at an annual rate of 0.1 percent in the fourth quarter of 2012 (that is, from the third quarter to the fourth quarter), according to the “advance” estimate released by the Bureau of Economic Analysis.

Ed Morrissey at Hot Air:

Most economists predicted that the economy slowed in Q4, but I don’t know that anyone expected a negative number. Business Insider notes that the expectations were around 1.1% for Q4, which would have been a big drop in itself from Q3?s 3.1%.

CAPITOL HILL – During a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing Wednesday on Capitol Hill about how to prevent gun violence, Senior Fellow of the Independent Women’s Forum Gayle Trotter was loudly heckled by anti-gun advocates in the crowd after she suggested women need firearms to protect young children in their homes.

“An assault weapon in the hands of a young woman defending her babies at her home becomes a defense weapon,” Trotter said as jeers erupted. “Guns are the great equalizer during a violent confrontation.”

I will have more about this in a separate post – if there’s video of the heckling…

Update:

I found the video, but the heckling wasn’t picked up enough on the video for a stand alone post. You can hear a faint outcry at the end of Totter’s statement, when she says I speak for millions of women…”

Gateway Pundit: Sick. White House Blames Republicans & Defense Sequester for Shrinking Economy …(Sequester Was Team O’s Idea)

The Obama White House reacted to the horrible news today that the economy is shrinking by blaming the decline on Hurricane Sandy and the defense spending cuts. White House Spokesman Jay Carney had the gall to blame Republicans for the GDP number and defense cuts.
The Hill reported:

“Our economy is facing a major headwinds, and that’s Republicans in Congress,” Carney said.

Of course, the sequester idea came from inside the Obama White House.

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Late yesterday I became aware of a statement either extraordinary or obvious, depending upon your point of view.

More than 1,000 active duty and retired Green Berets had signed a letter in support of the Second Amendment.

The letter itself is measured, matter-of-fact, and echoes many of the themes we’ve covered here before.

They find the lies of “assault weapons” to be disingenuous. They find the threat of banning standard capacity magazines to be a maneuver towards banning entire classes of firearms. They note that the very firearms Congress and the President are trying to outlaw are those that are most protected under the Founder’s original intent as affirmed in Miller, Printz, and Heller by the U.S. Supreme Court. They point out that the 1994 ban had no effect on crime. The bring up the McMinn County War as a example of how citizens have had to go to war against corrupt Democrats as recently as 1946 to depose tyrants. They point out that gun control always precedes tyranny.

They pull no punches, and make a very eloquent, rational defense of the Second Amendment and the Constitution in general, and suggest an eight-step course of action.

Keep reading…

MSNBC Busted AGAIN For Deceptively Editing Video To Make Conservatives Look Bad (Video)

What slimeballs. The projecting hypocrites at Obama’s media arm constantly do what they accuse others of doing.

Jim Treacher of the DC Trawler explained what happened:

Here’s footage that MSNBC has just released of Neil Heslin, whose son was murdered in Newtown, speaking at a public meeting on gun control. It’s presented with the headline, “Emotional father of Sandy Hook victim heckled by gun nuts”:

You can watch the MSNBC  video at the Caller. YouTube has many other examples of ObamaMedia wannabes posting  similarly  edited videos.  Here’s one of the sloppier ones.

Telegraph TV got into the act, as well.

Neil Heslin, whose six-year-old son Jesse was killed in the Sandy Hook massacre is heckled by gun activists as he begs for tighter firearms restrictions.

The unedited clip tells a completely different story – one that is actually of no use to the gun grabbing community.

Video via Say Anything

He wasn’t heckled AT ALL, as Treacher and everyone else on the planet who has seen the complete video, can see:

He asked the question and demanded an answer. There was complete silence. And only then, when he said that not one person could answer it — rather than remaining quiet out of respect for his feelings — did a few people answer it. You might not like their answer if you don’t like the Second Amendment, but that answer wasn’t unprompted. They were not heckling him.

How stupid do they think people are? Stupid enough to reelect Obama.

I guess I can see why they try this crap.

Previous MSNBC Hack Jobs:

MSNBC’s “Supermarket Scanner Moment”

How desperate are the ObaMedia to get their fubar candidate reelected?

How about this. They resurrect a tired old meme about rich Republican candidates being “out of touch” with the average American because the modern supermarket electronic technology befuddle and “amaze” them. Andrea Mitchell wants us all to remember poppy Bush’s “supermarket scanners moment”…Now all these years later, we find that Mitt too, is “confused and frightened” by modern technology because these “out of touch” Republicans are just like SNL’s Caveman Lawyer or something.

But MSNBC “selectively edited” the tape to make it look like Romney was bringing up Wawa’s touchtone ordering system for no other reason than to express surprise.

NBC Deliberately Skewed Travyvon Martin Story with Selective Editing

Reacting angrily to selective editing by NBC that suggested racial animus by George Zimmerman, NewsBusters publisher Brent Bozell complained to Fox News’s Sean Hannity last night that NBC News was engaged in an “all-out falsehood.” The story in question was a March 27 Ron Allen report on NBC’s ‘Today’ in which 911 audio was edited to make it sound like George Zimmerman said “he looks black” immediately after saying “this guy looks like he’s up to no good.”

In the actual 911 audio, Zimmerman only described Martin’s race after the dispatcher asked, “And this guy: is he white, black, or Hispanic?” “To edit that out is so distorting,” Hannity complained. “Sean, it’s not distorting, it’s advancing a falsehood, it’s worse,” Bozell corrected the Fox News anchor. [see video below page break]

MSNBC: ObamaCare Protesters ‘Racist,’ Including Black Gun-Owner

On Tuesday, MSNBC’s Contessa Brewer fretted over health care reform protesters legally carrying guns: “A man at a pro-health care reform rally…wore a semiautomatic assault rifle on his shoulder and a pistol on his hip….there are questions about whether this has racial overtones….white people showing up with guns.” Brewer failed to mention the man she described was black.

Following Brewer’s report, which occurred on the Morning Meeting program, host Dylan Ratigan and MSNBC pop culture analyst Toure discussed the supposed racism involved in the protests. Toure argued: “…there is tremendous anger in this country about government, the way government seems to be taking over the country, anger about a black person being president….we see these hate groups rising up and this is definitely part of that.” Ratigan agreed: “…then they get the variable of a black president on top of all these other things and that’s the move – the cherry on top, if you will, to the accumulated frustration for folks.”

Not only did Brewer, Ratigan, and Toure fail to point out the fact that the gun-toting protester that sparked the discussion was black, but the video footage shown of that protester was so edited, that it was impossible to see that he was black. The man appeared at a health care rally outside of President Obama’s speech to the Veterans of Foreign Wars in Phoenix, Arizona.

GOP Presidential candidate Rick Perry calls President Obama a black cloud over our economy. MSNBC’s Ed Schultz edits the clip to make it look like Perry is calling Obama a “black cloud.”
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Folks, I just finished reading some of the Twitchy posts, and I highly recommend you do too, so you completely understand just what it is we’re dealing with.
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It’s confounding how many libs are peddling obvious lies. The video was debunked this morning, yet some news outlets are continuing with the BS. Piers Morgan will interview the Sandyhook dad on his show, tonight. Time will tell if he plays along with the left-wing narrative, or do the honorable thing and tell the truth.
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See, these progs come in two types – 1. the ringleading committed lefty hacks like Eric Boehlert and Piers Morgan who dupe people for a living and are proud of it because the ends justify the means. Every lie they tell takes us one step closer to their Socialist Utopia in their minds.  And 2. the mindless drones who follow them. They have been conditioned to think what their betters tell them to think, not to think things out on their own. The truth to them is like garlic to a vampire. It’s not easy accepting that you’re entire worldview is based on left-wing agitprop.
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Twitchy is doing God’s work tracking the organized left’s antics and exposing their lies and hypocrisy on Twitter. Little by little, we’re chipping away at their effectiveness by shining the light of truth on their putrid BS.
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Rubio to Rush: “Without Real Enforcement Triggers We Are Not Going to Have a Bill”….(Audio)

Sen. Marco Rubio R-Fla. was given the opportunity to share  his ideas on immigration reform on the Rush Limbaugh, Tuesday afternoon.

Via Charlie Spiering of The Washington Examiner:

Rubio explained that he was involved in the conversation about immigration reform because it was important to spread the message of conservatism to Hispanic Americans.

“I am confident, that given a fair chance, I can convince most Americans – including Americans of Hispanic decent that limited government and free enterprise is better for them and better for their upward mobility than big government is,” Rubio said, reminding Limbaugh that most Hispanics were choosing the American dream over foreign dictators.

On enforcement triggers, Rubio stated that “the President has a choice to make”, today, and “that issue is a bright line for most of us that are involved in this effort.” He said that there are four Democrat Senators on board with the enforcement triggers, and  without those triggers they are not going to have a bill….

You can listen to the full interview at The Right Scoop.

 

 

OH Natl. Guard Reacts to 2nd Amendment “Domestic Terrorists” in Mock Disaster Drill

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Last Thursday, the Ohio National Guard 52nd Civil Support Unit was deployed to Portsmouth to run a mock disaster drill. The exercise, overseen by the Ohio Emergency Management Agency was to practice their response to the potential release of a chemical, biological or radiological weapon. Terror drills like this one are somewhat commonplace since 9/11/2001, but there is one telling and scary difference.
Via The Examiner:

WSAZ reported: “The make-believe scenario is timely. Two school employees who are disgruntled over the government’s interpretation of the Second Amendment, plot to use chemical, biological and radiological agents against members of the local community.”

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Portsmouth Fire Chief Bill Raison told the Portsmouth Daily Times:

“I think sometimes we tend to think of terrorism as just international terrorism. What’s the likelihood that’s coming to Portsmouth, Ohio? Most people think it’s not very likely. But we forget that there’s a lot of domestic terrorism. There’s organizations and things that go on within the United States that can be every bit as devastating as the international terrorism is.”

Really?

Where would someone get such an idea?

Perhaps, from Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Janet Napolitano who has described gun owners and veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars as potential terrorists.

In April 2009, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) issued a report entitled “Rightwing Extremism: Current Economic and Political Climate Fueling Resurgence in Radicalization and Recruitment.”

The report claimed that “rightwing extremism” is not limited to religious and racial hate groups but extends to “those that are mainly anti-government, rejecting federal authority in favor of state or local authority, or rejecting government authority entirely.”

“It may include groups and individuals that are dedicated to a single issue, such as opposition to abortion or immigration,” said the report.

That’s right…according to the Obama administration anyone who believes that babies should be protected are just as dangerous as al Queda.

Read the entire DHS report…

They would also get the idea from the “Small Wars Journal”, a respected site, that last year issued a report entitled,Full Spectrum Operations in the Homeland: A Vision of the Future;

It was written by retired Army Col. Kevin Benson of the Army’s University of Foreign Military and Cultural Studies at Fort Leavenworth, Kan., and Jennifer Weber, a Civil War expert at the University of Kansas. It posits an “extremist militia motivated by the goals of the ‘tea party’ movement” seizing control of Darlington, S.C., in 2016, “occupying City Hall, disbanding the city council and placing the mayor under house arrest.” The rebels set up checkpoints on Interstate 95 and Interstate 20 looking for illegal aliens. It’s a cartoonish and needlessly provocative scenario.

The article is a choppy patchwork of doctrinal jargon and liberal nightmare. The authors make a quasi-legal case for military action and then apply the Army’s Operating Concept 2016-2028 to the situation. They write bloodlessly that “once it is put into play, Americans will expect the military to execute without pause and as professionally as if it were acting overseas.” They claim that “the Army cannot disappoint the American people, especially in such a moment,” not pausing to consider that using such efficient, deadly force against U.S. citizens would create a monumental political backlash and severely erode government legitimacy.

And a West Point think tank, which recently issued a paper warning America about “far right” groups such as the “anti-federalist” movement, which supports “civil activism, individual freedoms and self-government.”

The report issued this week by the Combating Terrorism Center at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y., is titled “Challengers from the Sidelines: Understanding America’s Violent Far-Right.”

The center — part of the institution where men and women are molded into Army officers — posted the report Tuesday. It lumps limited government activists with three movements it identifies as “a racist/white supremacy movement, an anti-federalist movement and a fundamentalist movement.”

The West Point center typically focuses reports on al Qaeda and other Islamic extremists attempting to gain power in Asia, the Middle East and Africa through violence.

But its latest study turns inward and paints a broad brush of people it considers “far right.”

Combine this with an unsubstantiated but alarming report that Obama is using a new “litmus test” for his military leaders, and we’ve got trouble.

“The new litmus test of leadership in the military is if they will fire on US citizens or not.”

SEE ALSO:

Fausta: BlackHawks over Brickell UPDATED: What the heck is going on?

Michael Berry: Raw Footage: Massive Military ‘Training Drill’ In Houston Frightens Residents

Linked by Doug Ross, thanks!

Krauthammer: Bipartisan Proposal is Instant Legalization for 11 Million Illegal Immigrants (Video)

Charles Krauthammer weighed in on the bipartisan immigration proposal that’s making waves in the Senate. Krauthammer has long been a supporter of legalization after enforcement of the border. “Americans would accept that,” he said, “and that’s what the proposal appears to do.”

“It says once you get enforcement, you’re going to have to go through a path to get a green card, then citizenship, but that’s highly misleading, because under this proposal, the day this bill is signed, you get instant legalization for 11 million illegal immigrants. It’s called provisional – that’s nonsense. No one is ever going to revoke this legalization.”

Video via Townhall Tipsheet.

Senator Marco Rubio, who’s causing major heartburn in even his most loyal supporters for pushing the proposal,  appeared on the ‘Hannity’ show, last night to discuss the bill.  Rubio agreed with Hannity that the borders need to be secured before any of the steps for a pathway to citizenship would be enacted.

Obama is coming to the rescue of nervous Republicans as it’s being reported that he’ll reject the terms of the Senate compromise and move it further to the left, giving Republicans wiggle room to oppose it. Apparently, he thinks this move is a winner for Obamacrats since everything he does is politically motivated.

But if immigration reform goes down in flames, he’ll be the one to blame.

SEE ALSO:

Drew at AoSHQ: Yes, It Is Amnesty:

Take a look at how Marco Rubio, one of the key figures in the most recent amnesty push, phrases the argument.

We have de facto amnesty right now

No we don’t.

If we did, why are we going through this whole process in the first place? If we had de facto amnesty, we wouldn’t hear about how hard it is for illegal immigrants to live in the shadows. If we had de facto amnesty, we wouldn’t be deporting anyone. If we had de facto amnesty, there wouldn’t be a thriving black market for illicit work documents and identity theft.

Video: Rep. Marsha Blackburn Challenges Obama to a Skeet Shooting Match

On CNN’s “Erin Burnett Out Front”, Monday, Rep. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tennessee expressed doubt about Obama’s recent claim that he “does skeet shooting all the time”.

Via Weasel Zippers:

“If he is a skeet shooter, why have we not heard of this? Why have we not seen photos? Why hasn’t he referenced this at any point in time?” Blackburn asked.

“I tell you what I do think,” she later added. “I think he should invite me to Camp David, and I’ll go skeet shooting with him and I bet I’ll beat him.”

 It probably pained Mark Knoller to admit that he hasn’t seen any evidence of Obama shooting skeets. But there’s only so far an ObamaMedia sycophant should be expected to go.

Roland Martin immediately tried to nip the skepticism in the bud by comparing it to doubts people have about whether  Obama is an American or a Christian.  Martin says he doesn’t need proof that Obama is what he alleges he is and he doesn’t care. Spoken like a true media lapdog. “We’ll just go with whatever you tell us, Master….”

David Frum managed to miss the salient point of his assertion that violent crime has dropped monumentally in the past twenty years. “They (Americans) don’t need firearms”, he alleged, “because they are safer than ever before.”

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Of course, the monumental drop in violent crime is due to the passage of conceal carry laws across the nation.

More Guns, Less Crime is a book by John Lott that says violent crime rates go down when states pass “shall issueconcealed carry laws. He presents the results of his statistical analysis of crime data for every county in the United States during 29 years from 1977 to 2005.

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Twitchy: Photo stonewalling! Carney on Obama’s ‘all the time’ secret skeet shooting: ‘I don’t know how often’:

Zing! As Twitchy readers know, President Obama reportedly does some super secret skeet shooting. All the time, no less! Twitter users were looking for more answers, while also providing helpful tips to the Skeet Shooter in Chief.

The American Thinker: Dial 911 and Die:

Titled “Percent distribution of incidents where police came to the victim, by police response time and type of crime”:

Crimes of Violence:

  • Within 5 minutes 31.0%
  • Within 6 – 10 minutes 24.5%
  • Within 11 minutes – 1 hour 32.4%
  • Within 1 day – 6.5%
  • Longer than 1 day – 1.9%
  • Time of response not known – 3.6%
  • Not ascertained – 0.2% [2]

From American Police Beat website: the average of seven same-sized city police response to a High-Priority 911 call is a staggering 11 minutes, 11 seconds. [3]

Before I go further, note neither our national media nor our national crime fighter data takes into account if you are – (1) middle of a heavily populated metropolitan area, (2) in the perimeter urban areas, (3) in suburban areas or (4) you’re out there in rural areas.

Makes a difference. Makes a big blankety blank difference.

Liberals are all gung-ho about removing scary “assault weapons” from the hands of law-abiding citizens – they say that we shouldn’t have the “right” to purchase anything that has the potential to kill dozens of people at a time…..

…..and yet, they claim that we can’t take away their “right” to a lethal weapon that legally kills over 3,000 potential people a day in this country:

On Monday, in a morning meeting at the White House, President Obama spoke with law enforcement officials from across the country on the issue of gun-related violence.

While the gathering had the look of a free form and open discussion, it was quite clear that Obama was sending a message to those in attendance: I need you to support my push for gun control reform.

Of course, it was never directly stated.  It was only implied.

“The only way that we’re going to be able to do everything that needs to be done is with the cooperation of Congress,” Obama told the police chiefs in attendance, at least four of whom work in communities victimized by mass shootings: Newtown Police Chief Michael Kehoe, Oak Creek Police Chief John Edwards, Aurora Police Chief Daniel Oates, and Tucson Police Chief Robert Villasenor.

Twitchy: Oops! The New Republic tweets parody site ‘proof’ of Obama shooting skeet, quickly deletes:

If it’s too good to be true, The New Republic is on it!

President Barack “Bitter Clinger” Obama claimed he totally goes skeet shooting “all the time” at Camp David, but White House press secretary Jay Carney couldn’t say for sure whether photographic evidence exists. Luckily, we have the resourceful “real journalists” at The New Republic to boldly scour White House parody sites for “proof.”

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Announcing Breitbart’s “The Conversation”

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I’ve been keeping something from my dear readers for weeks, and was about to burst. Finally, the secret can be told!

On Wednesday of this week, Breitbart News will be launching a new feature/vertical on our website called “The Conversation.” Look for it in the navigation bar.

The Conversation will be a place where our readers can watch an ongoing dialogue amongst a select group of thought leaders that includes Ace of Spades, Iowahawk, David Webb, Shark Tank, DocZero, Nice Deb, Jerome Hudson, Lisa De Pasquale, William A. Jacobson of Legal Insurrection, and Adam Baldwin, along with John Nolte, Ben Shapiro, Larry O’Connor, Sonnie Johnson, Liberty Chick, Jon David Kahn, as well as other writers and contributors from Breitbart News.

Also, look for regular guest contributors stopping by—there are sure to be some nice surprises, and we fully expect the roster to expand and evolve—incorporating more friends and more leading voices from inside and outside the company.

When we first sat down to redesign the website, The Conversation was always a central part of Andrew Breitbart’s vision. He loved dialogue and the free flow of ideas. He loved conversation and was a always a fierce proponent of more voices, not fewer—so don’t be surprised to read some alternative political views. Andrew also envisioned a place where bloggers and citizen journalists who might not have another way of conversing, interacting, and reacting publicly with each other, could do so in one central location.

Yes, you read right. Nice Deb has joined the Breitbart team. I can’t tell you how proud and honored I feel to be part of the late great Andrew Breitbart’s vision – and in such great company. Some of us have been talking to each other on the site for the past week – although it’s not yet public.  I can promise you one thing –  The Conversation will never be dull.

I will continue to blog here, at Nice Deb, as always. The idea behind The Conversation, is to keep the posts short and casual – longer than a tweet, but shorter than a full length post, so I don’t see it eating up too much of my time.

450 KC School Choice Supporters Come Out For NSCW Whistle Stop Tour (Video)

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The NSCW Whistle Stop Tour  attracted a  crowd around 450 at Union Station in Kansas City, Monday afternoon.

Joe Trippi, a Democratic strategist and Fox News Analyst is a proponent of school choice. He said the issue is not about ideology, it’s about our kids, and everybody’s solutions should be on the table.

“Any way we can improve education –  from public school to home school and everything in between should be celebrated, and tested, and brought to the table, regardless of party.”

The tour will travel to Chicago, tomorrow, where NSCW OutReach Coordinator, David Spielman tells me, a sizable crowd (in the thousands) is expected.

Check the NSCW map to see when they will be stopping near you.

Monday Catch-Up: More Media Malpractice on Benghazi

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Big Journalism is all over that sham of an interview Obama and Hillary gave to Steve Kroft of 60 Minutes, Sunday. If you spared yourselves the frustration of watching it,  John Nolte and Larry O’Conner can fill you in. It was as precisely as pathetic as you thought it would be.

Apparently the media’s desire to serve The State (at least for as long as Barack Obama heads The State) is so strong that the State now trumps The Scoop. Sunday, both ABC News and CBS News had slow-and-over-the-plate opportunities that would make any objective journalist salivate. Instead, though, both organizations chose to bend over backwards to ensure no political harm was done to the Democratic party, and most especially, to the Obama White House.

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Early last week, outgoing Secretary of State Hillary Clinton went before both chambers of congress to testify about the four Americans murdered by terrorists in Libya. Democrats swooned as feckless, unprepared Republicans had their heads handed to them by Madam Secretary. When it was all over and Hillary stood in triumph on a stack of bloodied, bruised and bewildered Republicans, the unanswered questions remained legion and Hillary literally asked “What difference does it make” if the White House lied to the American people for two weeks.

Let’s play the game again: Imagine you’re the first journalist to get a crack at Hillary after this appearance. What journalist wouldn’t be salivating at the opportunity to have the last word on Libya?  Any journalist paying attention would now know all the Administration talking points and all the rhetorical tricks. Who wouldn’t want to swoop in and finally be the journalist to pin the Administration down?

Well, that would CBS News’s Steve Kroft, Obama’s go-to guy, who had all kinds of time with both Hillary and Obama Sunday night. But instead of  being a journalist, Kroft chose to be Oprah. This wasn’t an interview, it was a thirty-minute “Hillary 2016″ commercial.

Larry O’Conner: Dereliction: 60 Minutes Ignores Benghazi For Obama/Clinton Love-Fest:

Only a few days after CBS News’ intrepid investigative reporter Sharyl Attkisson detailed a comprehensive list of questions the White House has refused to answer regarding the terrorist attack on the US consulate in Benghazi, the network had the opportunity to finally get some of those answers from Secretary of State Clinton and President Obama as they both sat with Steve Kroft for an exclusive interview on 60 Minutes.

We imagine Ms. Attkisson might have thrown a handful of popcorn at her television as she watched the segment Sunday night when her colleague gently broached the Benghazi subject: (Keep reading at the link.)

O’Conner’s right: “If CBS News really wanted to make news, they should have turned the interview over to Attkisson, or White House correspondent Major Garret.” But of course, we’re not allowed to see the media’s God’s bleed.

Larry O’Conner: Obama Cracks Joke When Asked About Four Dead Americans In Benghazi:

When Steve Kroft of CBS News finally got around to asking President Obama and Secretary of State Clinton about the terrorist attacks in Benghazi resulting in the death of four brave Americans, President Obama decided it would be a good time to go for laughs.  (Video at link.)

And I don’t expect much to come out of this:

John Nolte: Greta Van Susteren to Interview Hillary Tuesday Night:

What a media era we live in where Fox News’ Greta Van Susteren will have to pull her punches with outgoing Secretary of State Hillary Clinton if she’s to avoid being pilloried by everyone else in media. My guess, though, is that Greta will go for it and that we’ll learn more from her interview Tuesday night than we will from all the other networks combined.

We’ll see, but I’ve always suspected that Greta was a PUMA – one of the Clinton supporters from 2008 who had no use for Obama, but greatly admired Hillary. Van Susteren vigorously came to her defense on GretaWire back in December when some of her colleagues at Fox News were a “tad bit sarcastic on the air” about her health.

And over at Hot Air, we hear from one of the Regime’s most surprising critics: Powers: That Obama-Clinton interview looked just like “state-run media propaganda”:

Kirsten Powers, et al, were decidedly not impressed with the whole softball-lobbing spectacle on Fox News this morning, and also wondered — what does this level of all-too-friendly endorsement mean for Obama’s loyal vice president?

It was really something you would expect from like, the state-run media. It was that kind of level of propaganda as far as I’m concerned. … I can understand maybe in agreeing to the interview, letting them have maybe one softball question in the beginning and then move on to more important things. This was a joke. Just not challenging basic things like the president claiming that Hillary’s been a great secretary of state in part because they have dismantled Al Qaeda. Now, I’m sorry, is anyone paying attention to what’s going on in North Africa? Why is the president not asked about Algeria, Mali, Libya? These are front and center in the news right now.

Twitchy: Boo-hoo: Eric Boehlert, Left can’t handle Kirsten Powers’ Obama truths:

Boy, Eric Boehlert, you sure are tiresome. Fox News analyst (and Democrat) Kirsten Powers blasted Obama and his Fox-bashing today, while also likening the Steve Kroft lovefest interview to “state-run media.” Truth to power (or Powers), baby!

The real kind of truth to power … paging pitiful Van Jones! Perpetual whiner Eric Boehlert of Media Matters threw a little fit of snit, aimed at Powers and Fox News.

And take a trip down memory lane with Jack Cashill, The American Thinker: Hillary’s First Big Lie:

The congressional hearings on Benghazi last week led me to question just when it was that public integrity ceased to matter. After some research, I came to an unexpectedly specific answer — January 26, 1992, the day America first met Hillary Clinton.

Earlier that month, Arkansas state employee Gennifer Flowers confessed to a tabloid that she and Bill Clinton had engaged in a 12-year affair. In a desperate attempt to save Bill’s candidacy for president, the Clintons agreed to be interviewed by Steve Kroft on CBS’s 60 Minutes.

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…Among the people the Clintons reached out to that year — in this case, through a proxy — was Sally Perdue, a former Miss Arkansas and Clinton paramour. “[The proxy] said that there were people in high places who were anxious about me and they wanted me to know that keeping my mouth shut would be worthwhile,” Perdue would later relate. “Worthwhile” meant a GS-11 or higher job with the federal government. If she turned down the offer and talked to the media, “He couldn’t guarantee what would happen to my pretty little legs.”

Perdue was the least of the Clintons’ problems in 1992. More potentially troublesome were the women that Clinton had criminally assaulted or humiliated — Juanita Broaddrick, Elizabeth Ward Gracen, and Paula Jones among others. Jones, though not raped like Broaddrick or attacked like Gracen, would prove Bill Clinton’s undoing.

Later in the 60 Minutes interview, Bill swore, “I have absolutely leveled with the American people.” Of course, he did no such thing, and Kroft knew it. Skeptically, Kroft asked Bill if he thought the interview would help quiet the furor. Clinton answered, “That’s up to the American people and to some extent up to the press. This will test the character of the press. It is not only my character that has been tested.”

By Clinton standards, the media would pass the test, ace it even, and at their prompting, so would the public. Clinton had given the media just enough cover to “move on.” This was their turning point. After twelve years of Reagan and Bush, they embraced their inner liberal and abandoned their role as watchdogs. America has always had scoundrels, but never before had the media collectively championed them.

Yeah – It didn’t start with Obama. I found election day 1992 more crushing than 2008 or 2012, because that’s when I realized how deeply in bed with the left the MSM had become – changing the face of US politics forever.

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There are (count them) three posts from Michelle Malkin, today on amnesty:

Suicidal GOP senators join open-borders Dems for Shamnesty Redux:

Here’s the gist of the new Gang-rene of Eight’s plan:

According to a five-page document provided to POLITICO, the sweeping proposal — agreed to in principle by eight senators — would seek to overhaul the legal immigration system as well as create a pathway to citizenship for the nation’s roughly 11 million illegal immigrants. But establishing that pathway would depend on whether the U.S. first implements stricter border enforcement measures and new rules ensuring immigrants have left the country in compliance with their visas. Young people brought to the country as children illegally and seasonal agriculture industry workers would be given a faster path to citizenship.

If the Kabuki promise of “securing the border first” sounds familiar, it’s because it’s the same empty, bullcrap promise that shamnesty peddlers have pitched since the Reagan years.

While GOP leaders push amnesty, Dems rope more immigrants into welfare state:

Remember: Back in August, several GOP senators wrote DHS Secretary Napolitano and Secretary of State Clinton requesting answers to questions related to the departments’ apparent waiving of the legal requirement that immigrants not be a ‘public charge’ (i.e. likely to be welfare-reliant).

Reminder: Obama’s USDA is actively recruiting Mexicans for food-stamp enrollment in direct violation of federal immigration statutes.

Amnesty plus Obamacare = fiscal nightmare:

Today, pols on both sides of the aisle have made illegal alien amnesty their Job Number One of 2013 — and with it, the ever-expanding welfare state. As I pointed out earlier this morning, the Obama administration continues to defy federal immigration statutes barring benefits for immigrants and is aggressively pushing food stamps among the non-citizen population.

Then there’s the daunting impact of amnesty on the already-disastrous Obamacare regime.

Via The Hill:

Comprehensive immigration reform could make millions of people suddenly eligible for assistance under President Obama’s healthcare law, assuming a final deal paves the way for undocumented immigrants to receive papers.

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See if this doesn’t set your BS meters to spinning: The Daily Caller: Obama suggests he goes skeet shooting ‘all the time’:

In an interview with The New Republic, President Barack Obama suggested he regularly goes skeet shooting with guests at Camp David.

“[U]p at Camp David, we do skeet shooting all the time,” Obama said. “Not the girls, but oftentimes guests of mine go up there. And I have a profound respect for the traditions of hunting that trace back in this country for generations. And I think those who dismiss that out of hand make a big mistake. Part of being able to move this forward is understanding the reality of guns in urban areas are very different from the realities of guns in rural areas.”

“And if you grew up and your dad gave you a hunting rifle when you were ten, and you went out and spent the day with him and your uncles, and that became part of your family’s traditions, you can see why you’d be pretty protective of that,” Obama added. “So it’s trying to bridge those gaps that I think is going to be part of the biggest task over the next several months. And that means that advocates of gun control have to do a little more listening than they do sometimes.”

So generous of him to allow Americans to keep their family heirlooms. What that has to do with the 2nd Amendment, I don’t know, but all this “profound respect” Obama claims to have  for America’s gun culture certainly doesn’t square with what he told economist and pro-gun advocate, John Lott when they chatted briefly about guns at the University of Chicago years ago: “I don’t believe people should be able to own guns,” he allegedly said.That Obama does square with a certain Chicago pol, who when running for State office in 1995, filled out a questionnaire showing support for state laws to ban the manufacture, sale and possession of handguns, along with other various and sundry hard left positions.

Of course, when the questionnaire emerged in 2007, it was very inconvenient to Obama the presidential contender, so even though his own handwriting was on it, a staffer got blamed for filling it out. “I never saw or approved the questionnaire”, Obama told Politico.

I say, “pics, or it didn’t happen.”

Ace: Obama: Nah, I’m Not Going to Release All Those Photos of Me and My Staff Skeet-Shooting:

Well, Obama says he’s Just Like You but he’s not willing to release any photographs demonstrating his status as Just Like You.

I guess I’ll just have to take his word for it. The man has never lied to me before, except for always.

Hahahaha!

Allahpundit notes, “some panders are so shameless and comically implausible that they must be commemorated in a post.”

The dirty little secret being obscured by O’s ode to the joys of hunting skeet is that the White House is slowly easing off a bit on the big gun-control push. OFA chose Friday afternoon, when most people are tuning out of politics for the weekend, to send an e-mail urging supporters to start calling congressional offices and pressuring them on guns. This morning, Democratic sources are grumbling to BuzzFeed that gun control may end up being to Obama’s second term what Social Security privatization was to Bush’s.

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The Weekly Standard: Obama Continues to Violate His Own ‘Stimulus’ Law by Not Releasing Quarterly Reports:

Have you heard much about President Obama’s $787,000,000,000 economic “stimulus” (now estimated to cost $831,000,000,000) lately?  In its last report, published in 2011, the president’s own Council of Economic Advisors released an estimate showing that, for every $317,000 in “stimulus” spending that had by then gone out the door, only one job had been created or saved.  Even in Washington, that’s not considered good bang for the buck.

 Moreover, that was the fifth consecutive “stimulus” report that showed this number getting progressively worse.

Alas, that was the last report we’ve seen.  Never mind that Section 1513 of the “stimulus” legislation, which Obama spearheaded and signed into law, requires the executive branch to submit a new report every three months

Hello House Republicans?

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Freedom’s Lighthouse: Judge Andrew Napolitano: Sen. Marco Rubio “has the Political Courage to Put His Finger Right Directly on the Problem We Confront” with Barack Obama – Video 1/21/13:

Here is Judge Andrew Napolitano saying that Sen. Marco Rubio has courage in pointing out the heart of the problem with Barack Obama: He simply does not believe in parts of the U.S. Constitution.

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The Blaze: If ‘Assault Weapons’ Are Bad…Why Does DHS Want to Buy 7,000 of Them for ‘Personal Defense’?

The Department of Homeland Security is seeking to acquire 7,000 5.56x45mm NATO “personal defense weapons” (PDW) — also known as “assault weapons” when owned by civilians. The solicitation, originally posted on June 7, 2012, comes to light as the Obama administration is calling for a ban on semi-automatic rifles and high capacity magazines.

Citing a General Service Administration (GSA) request for proposal (RFP), Steve McGough of RadioViceOnline.com reports that DHS is asking for the 7,000 “select-fire” firearms because they are “suitable for personal defense use in close quarters.” The term select-fire means the weapon can be both semi-automatic and automatic. Civilians are prohibited from obtaining these kinds of weapons.

The RFP describes the firearm as “Personal Defense Weapon (PDW) – 5.56x45mm NATO, select-fire firearm suitable for personal defense use in close quarters and/or when maximum concealment is required.” Additionally, DHS is asking for 30 round magazines that “have a capacity to hold thirty (30) 5.56x45mm NATO rounds.”

Republican New York state Sen. Greg Ball also issued a press release this week bringing attention to the weapons purchase request.

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Seton Motley, Big Government: Tax Increases vs. Real Tax Reform:

Meanwhile, the President is just getting warmed up.  Now he wants to further lighten our wallets by closing tax code loopholes, an idea he rejected just two months ago when Republican Speaker John Boehner proposed it.

That was then.  Now that the President has his rate increases, he’s back for more even money via the route he just recently dismissed.  He’s the Leviathan’s perpetual Oliver Twist.  This is his warped definition of “tax reform” – raised rates, closed loopholes and entirely new taxes (beware the Value Added Tax [VAT]).

But we need not cede to the Left the term or the idea of “tax reform.”  Congressional Republicans need to immediately put forward proactive, economy-positive ideas.  Real reform is simple – and simple to message.  What we should do is:

  1. End all paycheck withholding, and
  2. Move Election Day to April 16.

Or at least withhold taxes from every other paycheck – so that people would see payday-to-payday just how large the government bite is.

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Robert Costa, NRO: Prudent Paul Ryan:

According to Boehner’s advisers, the speaker appreciates Ryan’s willingness to be a conduit between the leadership and the House GOP’s many blocs. Conservatives, for their part, appreciate Ryan’s willingness to push for conservative policy when he’s meeting with Boehner.

“I’ve known the speaker for a long time. We’re both midwestern guys, and I went to college in his district,” Ryan says. “We’ve always gotten along. But we’re also of different generations. We have different styles. But we do understand each other quite well, and we listen to each other.”

Ryan says his close relationship with Boehner is, more than anything, about his desire for Republican unity in a period of Democratic control. “Forget the palace intrigue,” Ryan says, when I press him for more details about their friendship. “I’m looking to build a unified conference and a coherent strategy, even if they inevitably require varying tactics.

John Hawkins, RWN: An Interview With James O’Keefe:

For people who maybe aren’t as familiar with your work as I am, set your humility aside very briefly and give us a short rundown of some of your biggest undercover operations and the results.

Well, Dave Weigel at Slate did say we were the most effective journalists in 2012 and they’re not a conservative publication. Salon.com in the past has said, “watch out,” that these people know what they’re doing and they’re able to visually communicate fraud and due diligence issues in a very entertaining, viral way.

So we are loved by people who appreciate our work and we’re revered by the people who hate us. Our 2012 work was mostly on voter fraud. We’ve also exposed a lot of corruption at major taxpayer-funded institutions like NPR, ACORN and things like that. Some of these stories have actually landed on the desks of the Attorney General or Congress and have caused a lot of major change.

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FrontPageMagazine: Egypt Melting Down. State of Emergency Declared and Rape Gangs Go On Rampage:

Things are getting very ugly in Egypt. It’s not so much a new violence as it is the lingering chaos unleashed by Tahrir Square and exploited by various factions. Western governments and domestic voters backed Morsi in the hopes that he would provide stability, but after the authorities temporarily lost control of Port Said and Morsi unilaterally declared a State of Emergency in three cities, in violation of his own constitution, stability is nowhere to be found.

With 44 dead, as of now, the Egyptian pound imploding and Morsi looking increasingly unable and unwilling to fix the economic problems that caused the Jan 25 Revolution, Egypt may be headed for another revolution.

Gateway Pundit: Obama Administration Repositioning Homeland Security Ammunition Containers:

Reader Don sent this in recently:

Jim – I passed a convoy of olive drab unmarked 40 foot tractor trailers each with four 10 yard ammo bunker boxes chained to them and unmarked armored Hum-Vee’s heading north on I-95 in Brevard County, Florida this past Thursday morning. The “govt” is positioning these ammo storage boxes, I have been told, in strategic places in population centers around the country. They are usually painted olive drab and are unmarked except for indistinguishable numbers/letters probably for inventory, routing, etc.

Obma’s Homeland Security Department has purchased 1.4 billion rounds of ammunition – that is not a typo — during the last six months.

I’d make a joke about his typo if this wasn’t so dead serious.

NSCW Whistle Stop Tour in Topeka and Kansas City, TODAY

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National School Choice Week Whistle Stop Tour kicked off Friday, in LA where 750 people came out to support school choice. Saturday, the tour stopped in Albuquerque, and now it’s heading for Topeka and Kansas City where they’ll be celebrating the successes of public charter schools, online and digital learning, homeschooling and public school choice in the Show Me State.

Here’s video of a NSCW Whistle Stop Tour “Wave Along” in Trinidad, CO, last night:

 

There will be a Whistle Stop luncheon in Topeka, TODAY,  January 28, 2013 at 11:30am – 1pm at Great Overland Station:

As the National School Choice Week Special makes its way through the midwest, join us as we discuss the historical impact of the landmark Brown v. Board of Education decision and its lasting impact on educational equality.

In addition to School Choice Week President Andrew Campanella, speakers will also include Lisa Snell, Reason Foundation Director of Education and Child Welfare, and Lisa Graham Keegan, a nationally recognized education reform pioneer who served as Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction. The event will also feature remarks from parents and students positively benefiting from school choice programs.

The NSCW Whistle Stop Tour  will be at Union Station in Kansas City, TODAY, January 28, 2013 from 4:30pm – 6:30pm:

Join us in the beautiful Great Hall at Union Station for a huge bash to celebrate National School Choice Week 2013. We’ll be celebrating the successes of public charter schools, online and digital learning, homeschooling and public school choice in the Show Me State. The party is free to attend, and includes appetizers and sodas. There will be a cash bar. Please RSVP to attend. Dress is casual.

We’re excited to welcome several special guests, including the following:

Emcee: James Shuls, Show Me Institute
Andrew Campanella, National School Choice Week
Virginia Walden-Ford- School Choice Activist
Lisa Keegan – Former AZ Superintendent
Joe Trippi – Fox News Analyst and Democratic Strategist
Vonnelle P. Middleton, Superintendent/C.E.O. Hope Academy Charter School
Douglas Thaman, Executive Director, Missouri Charter Public School Association
Emani Brown- Hogan Prep student
Dennis Cooper- Hogan Prep student
Student performance: Della Lamb Elementary Choir
Heidi Lynch and student Alex Lynch (Lawrence Virtual School)

The goal of this tour  is to “demonstrate overwhelming support, and demand, for school choice…while shining a positive spotlight on the hundreds of organizations, thousands of schools, and millions of Americans working every day to increase access to great schools in our country.”

If you live in the area of any of these stops – please come out to show your support!

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John Gabriel, Freedomworks: National School Choice Week Kicks Off:

National School Choice Week 2013 kicked off Friday night at a packed house in Phoenix, Arizona. The annual event, which this year runs from Jan. 27 to Feb. 2, highlights a diverse selection of educational options for all kids. It made sense to launch this year’s effort in Arizona, a pioneer in school choice initiatives.

With more than 7,000 attendees and thousands more watching online, this was the biggest kickoff ever for National School Choice Week. The occasion is just the first of more than 3,500 independently planned special events that will be held across all 50 states.

Much of the crowd was made up of Arizona students who have benefited from the state’s dynamic school choice environment. With the first education reform laws passed in 1994, the Grand Canyon State has lead the nation in empowering parents to choose what’s best for their children’s academic success.

The students enjoyed a 45-minute set by the Jonas Brothers, but also heard from several speakers, including education reform pioneer Lisa Graham Keegan, co-founder of EduPrize Schools JoAnna Curtis, Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton, and several award-winning students.

Video from that kick-off event:

 

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