Historic: POTUS Laughs and Fist-Bumps In Reaction To Gay Sex Joke

We can chalk this one up for another “historic first” for the Preezy of the United Steezy who never misses an opportunity to pander to a favored pressure group and show everyone how hip he is.  This is almost certainly the first time a United States president has laughed and fist-bumped in reaction to  a lewd, gay sex joke in public and apparently (although you can’t tell from the picture) in front of children.

Via The Daily Mail, because you won’t read this story in American papers.

If cutting line at a famous Austin BBQ joint lost Barack Obama a few approval rating points, the conversation he had with the cashier probably cost him even more. When Franklin Barbecue cashier Daniel Rugg Webb saw his chance to speak to the president Thursday, he exclaimed: ‘Equal rights for gay people!’ Obama then asked, ‘Are you gay.’ ‘Only when I’m having sex,’ answered the part-time comedian, which made the president laugh before he realized children were around. …

Harr-harr- oops – wait. We’re supposed to pretend we care about “the children.”

‘Not in front of the kids!’ admonished the president, before fist-bumping Webb and parting ways.

I’ve already posted one photo from this encounter, last week, but I hadn’t yet heard the “back-story.”

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Anyone else find it a little bizarre that the president of the United States would ask a cashier at a photo-op such a private question?

Netanyahu on Murder of Israeli Teenagers: “Hamas Will Pay” (Video)

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Heartbreaking news

The bodies of three boys, abducted three weeks ago – were found dead in the West Bank, in the city of Hebron, where two suspects in the case — Marwan Qawasmeh and Amer Abu Aisha lived.

Via The New York Post:

The families of Eyal Yifrah, 19, Gilad Shaar, 16, and Naftali Fraenkel, 16, have been given the grim news, according to Israeli broadcast reports.

Their remains were reportedly found in Halhul, in an open field just a 15-minute drive from where they went missing in Hebron. Jerusalem immediately blamed Hamas for the kidnapping, though the terror group has yet to claim credit.

Israeli officials have convened an emergency security cabinet meeting at 9.30 pm local time, amid new details in the ongoing search for the three teens with a statement from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu expected afterwards.

Israeli Defence Forces (IDF) sent in troops in the Hebron area and set up roadblocks around the city, following the new developments in the investigation.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in a statement: “Hamas is responsible, and Hamas will pay.”

“[The teenagers] were kidnapped and murdered in cold blood by wild beasts,” Netanyahu said.

 

 

Obama’s Response?

Obligatory condemnation and this:

“I also urge all parties to refrain from steps that could further destabilize the situation.”

Compare and contrast that weak twaddle with “Hamas will pay.”

But don’t even think of asking his royal highness to stop funding the  Palestinian government which has united with Hamas. 

Senator Ted Cruz issued the following press release: Hamas is a Terrorist Organization with Blood on its Hands:

The world should condemn Hamas for murder of three Jewish teenagers

WASHINGTON, DC—U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, today released the following statement regarding news that the three Jewish teenagers who had been kidnapped by Hamas have been found dead.

“The brutal murder Hamas carried out of three innocent Jewish teenagers is a terrorist-led atrocity that demands justice,” said Sen. Cruz. “While we lift Gilad Shaer, Naftali Frankel, and Eyal Yifrach and their loving families up in prayer, we must also act. Hamas is, unequivocally, a terrorist organization with blood on its hands that must be condemned on the world stage. There should be no path forward for Hamas to have any role in any future government formed by the Palestinian Authority, and no nation should accommodate, legitimize, or negotiate with this group that engages in the killing of innocent civilians. The Palestinian Authority should immediately renounce Hamas and actively work to expel Hamas from civil society. The United States should stand unequivocally with the Nation of Israel as it responds to this brutal terrorism and acts forcefully to protect its people.”

 

 

 

State Dept Spox Dismisses Accounts of Bergdahl’s Desertion: Bergdahl Knows Best What Happened That Night

This is embarrassing.

State Department deputy spokeswoman Marie Harf picked the short straw, Tuesday, taking Jen Psaki’s place in the briefing room.

Harf sounded defensive as she tangled with the same Fox News reporter who has been giving Psaki grief lately, telling him “we don’t know the facts of what happened to him (Sgt. Bergdahl) on that day.”

Obama Regime flacks are always the last ones to know the facts. But  don’t worry… There is going to be an investigation to find out what happened (five years after the fact.) The Army conducted an investigation into Bergdahl’s disappearance in 2009, but shocker — it’s classified. I guess that’s why we need a new investigation. Because no one can see the old investigation.

The Defense Dept spox told reporters they would have to try to get the 2009 investigation under the Freedom of Information Act. Which means it’s up to Judicial Watch, again, I guess.

In the meantime, don’t listen to all those guys who served with Bergdahl give their first hand accounts about what happened. According to Harf, they don’t know what they’re talking about. The State Dept is going to find out if Bowe Bergdahl deserted his post by asking —  Bowe Bergdahl if he deserted his post.

I kid you not.

Via Free Beacon:

When Fox News reporter Lucas Tomlinson asked, “Does the State Department consider Sergeant Bergdahl to be a deserter?” Harf replied, “The State Department — no, Lucas. Look, what we’ve said is we are going to learn the facts about what happened here.”

“He’s been in captivity, Lucas. I think he’s probably the person who knows best what happened on that night,” Harf said.

Tomlinson shot back, “Well, I think his squad mates have the best indication what happened that night.”

“I don’t think that that’s the case,” Harf responded.

Harf thus breezily dismissed the multiple accounts of Bergdahl’s desertion that have emerged over the past several days, suggesting to  Tomlinson that if he  “Googled it ”  he’d find “a ton of conflicting reports.”

But the accounts I’ve seen from Bergdahl’s platoon mates have all been strikingly similar. The only one that differs is the account by Bergdahl himself in the Haqqani propaganda video, in which he said he was captured when he lagged behind his patrol.

After the past few days of the truth gushing out of Bergdahl’s old platoon like a geyser, pretty much everyone but the most brain dead drones understand that that account was a lie.

The  Obama Regime’s target audience at this point are either very dumb ideologues who are st’ill willing to believe their lies, or folks who are disengaged from what’s going on and only hear a few soundbites.  The dummies out there are legion, and so are the lofos – and they know it. The rest of us, they’ve written off. They really don’t care if we know they’re lying as long as they can continue to fool a significant number of people – say 40% of the population.

That’s where we’re at, folks. We’ve got 2 and a half more years of this.

Linked by Ironic Surrealism,  thanks!

Claim: Humble Obama Doesn’t Give Himself Enough Credit For All His Foreign Policy Successes (Video)

In the old days, when the Regime tried to do a Jedi Mind trick like this on the American people – the media would let them.

This is not the Single Payer healthcare plan your looking for…

Obama would look straight into the camera, and repeat the lines at least 50,000 times,    “If you like your plan you can keep your plan…” or its variation – “If you like your doctor you can keep your doctor…”

It took Politifact until the point Obama’s promise could be proven without a doubt to be a lie, (because millions of people were losing their health care plans) to rate it a “pants on fire” lie.

But the communication sages within the administration are always scheming to find new ways to fool the American people. And they really have their work cut out for them, lately, because on top of all the scandals currently swirling around him – Obama’s being hammered for being a weak and indecisive president who leads from behind. And Obama’s palace guard are finding it much more difficult to play along.

Poor Jen Psaki –  I truly feel sorry for her, here….

She picked the short straw on Thursday and had to face the room full of hard-boiled reporters with this howler.

JEN PSAKI: I would argue the president doesn’t give himself enough credit for what he’s done around the world. And that’s how the secretary feels too. We would not be engaged in comprehensive negotiations with Iran, which is where the program is stalled, and is rolling back, if it were not for the role of the United States, along with the P-5 +1 partners certainly. In Ukraine, we’ve been engaged more or as much as any other country in the world in supporting the elections process, supporting the government, and supporting efforts moving forward. Yes, there’s more work that needs to be done, the point is we need to continue to stay at it.

REPORTER: Is this a potential mission accomplished statement?

PSAKI: Absolutely not.

MATT LEE: You would argue the president doesn’t give himself enough credit, how much credit would you give him?

PSAKI: I would give him more than he has given himself. So would the secretary.

LEE: Like 200 percent credit? For what? Iran negotiations?

PSAKI: I mean…

REPORTER: What specifically are you saying he doesn’t get enough credit for?

PSAKI: For engagement in issues like Iran, what we’ve done on Ukraine. Efforts to dive in and engage in the world.

REPORTER: Russia has still annexed Crimea. Iran, there are ongoing negotiations, but is that the success here that your talking?

PSAKI: We’re talking about engagement in the world and taking on tough issues that present themselves, and the United States continues to play a prominent role doing that.

Now, whatever would possess a State Dept spox to say something so patently absurd? Obama doesn’t give himself credit? He only spiked the football for killing Osama bin Laden about 40,000 times. He doesn’t know how to give a speech without propping himself up as the only adult in the room with all the experts on his side, while denigrating anyone who disagrees with him. The obvious   narcissism of the guy has been duly noted by most of us on the right since early 2008.

Did those words just tumble thoughtlessly out of her mouth? Or did the White House’s crack communications team  come up with yet another awesome Jedi Mind Trick?

Because as  Twitchy notes, Lurch dropped the same talking point on Gwen Ifill , Thursday night on PBS  Newshour.

Via PJ Tatler: 

Coming off a week where President Obama laid out an Afghanistan withdrawal timetable and put forth his foreign policy vision, Secretary of State John Kerry declared Thursday that this administration is “more engaged” with the world “than at any time in American history.”

“I don’t think the president, frankly, takes enough credit for the successes that are on the table right now,” Kerry told PBS. “I mean, if you look at what has happened in Ukraine, the president led an effort to try to keep Europe unified with the United States, to put difficult sanctions on the table. Europe wasn’t thrilled with that. But they came along. That was leadership. And the president succeeded in having an impact ultimately, together with the Europeans, on the choices that face President Putin.”

I have my suspicions as to who is pushing this talking point. She is known to be a “court flatterer” and  “a peerless enabler of Barack Obama’s inflated opinion of himself”

“I think Barack knew that he had God-given talents that were extraordinary. He knows exactly how smart he is. . . . He knows how perceptive he is. He knows what a good reader of people he is. And he knows that he has the ability — the extraordinary, uncanny ability — to take a thousand different perspectives, digest them and make sense out of them, and I think that he has never really been challenged intellectually. . . . So what I sensed in him was not just a restless spirit but somebody with such extraordinary talents that had to be really taxed in order for him to be happy. . . . He’s been bored to death his whole life. He’s just too talented to do what ordinary people do.”

Seriously. And he’s so extraordinarily modest –  he just doesn’t give himself enough credit for all the good he’s done around the world. By talking,  negotiating, and giving speeches he’s proved that he is a strong leader who is “engaged” and deserves a participation trophy.

Hat tip: AoSHQ

Video: A Boko Haram Victim Speaks at Hudson Inst. Panel on Nigeria

The Hudson Institute hosted a panel discussion, Tuesday,  about the attacks by Nigeria-based terrorist group Boko Haram and steps that can be taken by the international community to stop the violence.

One of the featured panelists was Deborah Peters, a teenage girl originally from the village of Chibok, where hundreds of her peers and friends were recently taken captive by the terrorist thugs.  Now, a student in the US, she is the second known survivor, and the first female survivor, of Boko Haram to visit Washington. She told the heart-breaking story about how the terrorists blew up her father’s church, and later came to her house and killed her father – a Christian Pastor, and her brother for not denying their Christian faith. She was then tied up and left overnight between the corpses of her father and brother. The young girl still suffers with nightmares about that ordeal.

Another panelist was Emmanuel Ogebe, an international human rights lawyer and expert in bilateral U.S.-Nigerian relations. Ogebe “recently returned from a three week fact-finding mission to Nigeria and refugee camps where he interviewed many Boko Haram victims. He talked about his findings and the failure of the Nigerian government to respond adequately to the violence.

Inexplicable to me - given the fact that the president of Nigeria, Goodluck Johnson, is himself a Christian, and a member of the People’s Democratic Party is a conservative political party in Nigeria

Via the The Hudson Institute:

Boko Haram—a Hausa phrase meaning “Western education is a sin”—is an Islamic terrorist group whose stated aim is the establishment, by force, of a strict, sharia-law theocracy in Nigeria. Christians and students, both Muslim and Christian alike, have been among Boko Haram’s principal civilian targets. In April, Boko Haram abducted and enslaved 276 schoolgirls taking exams in a facility in the northeastern Nigerian Christian enclave of Chibok. It threatens to sell the girls for $12.00 each.

Since 2011, Boko Haram attacks have killed over 1,000 Nigerian Christians, and bombed, torched, or otherwise destroyed scores of Christian churches, villages, and homes. Nigerian Adamu Habila, a first-hand witness to the terror and the sole male survivor of a massacre of his Christian neighborhood, spoke at a Hudson panel last November. The group has become famous for murderous assaults on an unusually wide range of perceived “enemies,” including other Muslims who dare to defy its edicts. In the middle of the night on September 29, 2013, Boko Haram gunmen slaughtered 44 sleeping students and teachers at the dormitories of an agricultural college in Nigeria’s northern Yobe State.

Nina Shea, the Hudson Institute’s Director of the Center for Religious Freedom, moderated the discussion. She noted how until November of 2013,  the US State Department had been arguing that “Boko Haram had nothing to do with religion.”

Ogebe said “we face a major wall of denial – not from the Soviets or the traditional establishment – but from the State Department.”

Deborah is someone Ogebe discovered on one of his fact fining missions to Nigeria and he pointed out that “she was denied a visa twice by the US government. The reason she was denied a visa, he said, was – “you can’t make this up – they said to her, you don’t have family ties. They essentially retraumatized a girl whose entire family was exterminated by terrorists.”

She was finally able to emigrate to the United States through the efforts of a foundation of 9/11 victims.

SEE ALSO:

CFP: Obama Administration Threatened Nigeria with Sanctions in 2013 for Fighting Boko Haram:

Hillary Clinton wasn’t the only Obama administration official who went to bat for Boko Haram over the past few years.

Boko Haram militants attacked a Nigerian military outpost in April 2013 outside Baga, killing one soldier. Following the three-day battle human rights activists, including the George Soros-funded and liberal aligned Human Rights Watch, which is not exactly known for its impartiality when it comes to reporting on Islamic issues, claimed the Nigerian military wantonly slaughtered 183 civilians and burned down over 2,000 homes and businesses.Soon after John Kerry took over as Secretary of State, the U.S. Ambassador to Nigeria, Terence P. McCulley, accused the Nigerian government of butchery during a confrontation with Boko Haram terrorists in Baga, a Nigerian town on the shores of Lake Chad, and in May 2013 threatened to withdraw U.S. military aid from the West African nation.

The Nigerian government denied the claims saying the death toll and destruction had been vastly overstated by its enemies, and in fact 30 Boko Haram terrorists, 6 civilians and one soldier, had died in the fighting. Reports from the Baga clinic, which treated193 people following the battle, but only 10 with serious injuries, seemed to back up the Nigerian government claim that no large-scale massacre had occurred.

Three Women – Three Abortion Stories

First up, we have “Hailey”, a college student who has always wanted to be a doctor.

Via Life News: 

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 And with the support of her parents and the encouragement of her college professors, she was on the fast track to going to medical school and fulfilling her lifelong dream.

But then a positive pregnancy test nearly dashed her dreams forever.

Afraid to tell her parents, friends, or even her boyfriend about her pregnancy, Hailey went to the one place where she knew she could find all the answers she needed without fear of judgment or discovery — the Internet. There she began an extensive search to find abortion clinics near the state university she attended.

Fortunately, Hailey discovered Online for Life instead — a pro-life nonprofit organization that uses innovative Internet technology to reach out online to abortion-determined women and help connect them with a local life-affirming pregnancy center where they can receive compassion and information to help them make a fully informed decision about the life of their unborn child.

Hailey called the number on the computer screen and made an appointment at a local life-affirming pregnancy center.

During her initial appointment, Hailey was compassionately educated on all aspects of her pregnancy and all of the options available to her. Yet, despite the love and kindness she was shown, Hailey could not yet commit to choosing life.

However, the uplifting words of the volunteers at the pregnancy continued to echo in Hailey’s mind long after the appointment. And after weeks of praying and hoping, the staff finally received an email from Hailey that contained the incredible news that she had decided to keep her baby!

Hailey then shared when she finally gathered the courage to tell her parents about her pregnancy, they took it much better than she anticipated, and although they were disappointed in this unexpected turn of events, the pregnancy appears to have brought them even closer together.

Hailey’s mother began calling and texting every day to check in on her daughter and unborn grandchild. Likewise, Hailey’s father surprised her with a show of love and support as he took steps to help her prepare for the baby.

Next up, Ann McElhinney (Producer, Gosnell Movie) reading an extract from the Grand Jury report on the crimes of the abortion doctor Kermit Gosnell.

And the grand finale:

Meet Emily Letts, a 25 year old counselor for the Cherry Hill Women’s Center. Emily decided she wanted “to share a positive message when she became pregnant and had an abortion in November. She said she did not feel guilt for getting the procedure because it was the right decision for her.”

Update:

Elizabeth Scalia mourns for both Emily and her baby.

My heart breaks for this young woman and her baby who are so clearly victims of a pervasive rhetoric full of untruths and the banality of real evil. She needs our prayers and our whole-hearted spiritual assistance. Evidenced before us is a mind seduced and under the power of nefarious propaganda that has told her to serve her own desires unto death — one that has encouraged her to soul-shredding idolatry while its promulgators serve only death and political campaign coffers. It is a mind owned by insipid platitudes, now at war with a heart that says, “bone of my bone, flesh of my flesh, my baby, my heart, myself.”

What this young woman now knows — what resonates so clearly in her assertion that if her house were afire, she would grab the sonogram of her extinguished baby, and run — is that when she consented to kill her baby, she killed a very real piece of herself.

More reactions from the pro-life community:

“Letts’s campaign to normalize the execution of a child lies to all of us,” said Live Action president Lila Rose in an email statement to Breitbart News.

 Rose continued:She claims to film an abortion, but that is the one thing we don’t see. We don’t see the powerful suction machine ripping the developing embryo from the safe harbor of Letts’s uterus. We don’t see the child’s delicate arm and leg buds ripped apart by the force of the suction tube, or the child’s body parts floating afterward in a pool of blood and amniotic fluid in a medical receptacle. All we see is Letts’s smile, not her victim. In a society that religiously ignores the victim, we will never achieve lasting peace.

“Letts’s triumphant smile after her child has been torn apart by a suction tube is a grotesque testament to a society that has come to embrace the slaughter of a child as ‘empowerment,’” Rose added.

Kristan Hawkins, president of Students for Life of America (SFLA), told Breitbart News that while Letts set out to make what she called a positive abortion experience story, it doesn’t take long to conclude that her abortion was not a positive decision for her or her child.

Hawkins said:

First consider the part of her story before filming begins – how did this young woman end up alone and pregnant? With no help from the child’s father or any of her family members, Ms. Letts goes in for her abortion being supported by the medical team she is paying to abort her child. Of course they are supporting her – their paycheck is determined by offering women the “support” they need to make this lucrative decision. It is also nice that the abortion team had on their “camera faces” and that this thankfully appeared to be filmed in a clean facility – but that is not what every woman gets who goes in for an abortion. Just think of Kermit Gosnell – do you think he held any of the women’s hands as he aborted their children on his blood stained table?

Hawkins notes the irony of Letts’ statement at the end of the video, “I feel in awe that I can make a baby – I can make a life!”

“Yeah, she helped make a baby and then she paid an abortionist to kill it,” said Hawkins. “The fact that this young woman is so disconnected from her words to her actions is shocking to those of us who know we just watched a preborn baby girl or boy die.”

Matt Walsh: This is my positive abortion story!

When the ‘procedure’ is completed, Emily says “cool!” and is wheeled out of the room, childfree and grinning from ear to ear.

“I’m done! YAY!”

She laughs and celebrates as if she’d just gotten a tattoo, or her belly button pierced.

The video then jumps forward a few days, and treats us to Emily’s reflections on how the slaughter of her child has positively impacted her life. In perhaps the most bizarre and unsettling part of the entire bizarre and unsettling video, she says this:

“I feel in awe of the fact that I can make a baby. I can make a life. I knew what I was doing was right because it was right for me, and no one else.”

The last sentence perfectly encapsulates the entire philosophy of American ‘progressivism.’ I know what I’m doing is right, because it’s right for me. One day, I believe that phrase will be the epithet on the tombstone of modern culture.

I know that it is right — because it’s right for me. So succinct, so emblematic, so tragic.

But the first two sentences seem to be the words of a psychopath. She delights in the destruction of life, because it lets her know that life is possible. This sounds like dialogue from an episode of Dexter, not a thing that a real non-institutionalized person would actually say.

Lest you think that dear Emily represents the fringe of the abortion movement, consider that many mainstream leftwing blogs have seized on this video and passionately defended it. But, if you’re paying attention, you already know that this woman is not on the fringe, because there is no fringe. All abortion advocacy is extremism. It is impossible to be moderately in favor of abortion, just as it is impossible to be moderately opposed to it. Seeking a middle ground on abortion is like searching for a middle ground on slavery or genocide. It doesn’t exist, and those who wish to find it will inevitably end up in favor, and those in favor of murderous atrocities are always extremely in favor of murderous atrocities. Your acceptance — however moderate – of a deep and depraved evil, will color your soul in blackness, and send you barreling into a darkness that will utterly distort your moral compass, leading you to bow at the altar of the Culture of Death, where abortion is the highest sacrament.

Jewish Center Shooter A Jew-Hating White Nationalist Who Frequently Ran For Office

nazi millerVia The Daily Mail: Nazi: Cross, also known by the surname Miller, was leader of White Patriot Party and is pictured at a training camp in western North Carolina in 1985

On Palm Sunday 2014 and the eve of the beginning of Passover,  a gunman opened fire outside the Jewish Community Center and a senior living facility in Overland Park Kansas, killing three people. Two of the victims  have been named - Dr. William Lewis Corporan, and his 14 year old nephew, Reat Griffin Underwood, both Christians, were there to audition for a show that was being held at the center’s theater.

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Via The Daily Mail:  Dr. William Lewis Corporan, left, and his grandson Reat Griffin Underwood, right

Heartbreaking….there’s more at the Daily Mail. He was a Boy Scout with adorable dimples who loved to sing.

 Reat’s mother awed the standing room only vigil crowd that gathered at St Thomas the Apostle, Sunday night, with her words of faith. 

You can hear an audible gasp when she tells the crowd who she is – and then later – sobbing.

Video via KansasCityStarVideo·

Authorities have not yet released the name of a woman who was killed minutes later in an attack at a Jewish retirement community a few blocks away.

The Kansas City Star reported:

People gathered to mourn the victims of the shooting at the Jewish Community Center and Village Shalom during a vigil Sunday night at St. Thomas The Apostle Episcopal Church in Overland Park. Many of those in attendance were students from Blue Valley High School where Reat Underwood, one of the victims, was a student.

Police arrested Frazier Glenn Cross, a 73-year-old southwest Missouri man with a long history of anti-Semitic and racist statements, Sunday afternoon. He was booked into the Johnson County jail at 8:48 p.m. on suspicion of premediated first-degree murder but was not immediately charged.

Cross smiled and made an anti-Semitic statement when he was arrested outside Valley Park Elementary near the Jewish Community Center.

Police said the shooter used a shotgun in the slayings at the Jewish Community Center. He also had a handgun when he was arrested.

“We are investigating it as a hate crime,” said Overland Park Police Chief, but investigators are not sure of the motive.

Public records show that Cross, who lives in Aurora, Mo., a small town in Lawrence County, southwest of Springfield also uses the name Frazier Glenn Miller.

It is very safe to assume the “hate crime” angle given Miller’s White Supremacist background and the fact that he (according to witnesses) yelled, “heil Hitler” as he was being arrested. His website is http://www.whty.org/

Frazier Glenn Miller is the founder of the White patriot’s Party which was formerly the Carolina Knights of the Ku Klux Klan and relocated to Aurora, MO in 2002 where he published racist newsletters.. He ran into trouble with the law in the ’80′s for threatening war against blacks, Jews, gays and the Federal government.

The former leader of the White Patriot Party, F. Glenn Miller Jr., was captured along with three other men, identified as Tony Wydra, Robert (Jack) Jackson and Douglas Sheets, said an agent of the Federal Bureau Investigation, Bob Davenport, and a United States Marshal, Lee Koury. 

Mr. Miller, 46 years old, was convicted in North Carolina last year of operating a paramilitary training camp and was freed on bond pending appeal. He was charged in a warrant last week with violating the conditions of his bond and was wanted as a fugitive. 

Last week the United States Attorney in Raleigh, N.C., Sam Currin, said that Mr. Miller had mailed 5,000 letters attacking Jews, blacks, homosexuals, Government officials and ”white race traitors.”


In 1984, Miller ran for Governor of NC as a Democrat, garnering 0% of the vote. In 1986, he ran for the US Senate in NC as a Republican, garnering 0% of the votes. Reportedly, when he ran for US Congress in 2006, both parties refused to accept his filing fee check – so he ran as an Independent in a write – in campaign.. He tried another write in campaign in 2010 for US Senate, again as an Independent.

Miller’s political ads were so outrageously racist, radio stations petitioned the FCC for an exemption from being required to air them.

…the FCC’s Media Bureau responded with informal, oral advice that “on the facts and pleadings submitted by all parties, including Mr. Miller, it would not be unreasonable for Missouri broadcasting stations to determine that Miller is not a bona fide write-in candidate and therefore, Missouri broadcasters may deny him access to their stations.”

Here’s one of his ads.

 

Law enforcement officials say they have no evidence that the Sunday’s shooting at the Jewish center is related to the KC area highway shootings – but it’s something I imagine they are looking into.

 

 

America Loses An Icon

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I grew up watching old Shirley Temple movies on TV, and so did my girls. When my oldest daughter was in first grade, she was given a Thanksgiving assignment to write a story about a Turkey using a real or fictional character. Of course she chose Shirley Temple Turkey, and made the story about her travails getting ready for the big Turkey Show at Thanksgiving. It was the cutest thing, ever.

A couple of years ago, I had an argument with a friend about Shirley Temple. I was talking about how she had been such an extraordinary talent – and there would never be another child star like her. She had it all: looks, talent, personality. She could sing, she could dance – but most of all she had enough charm and charisma to be the nation’s top star from 1935 to 1939. She was bigger than Clark Gable and Greta Garbo combined. She was the “it girl.”

She went on to star in a few more movies as a young adult, but eventually quit showbiz and became active in Republican politics (another reason to love her.) She represented the country well as the Ambassador to Ghana, and later Czechoslovakia.

But I was talking about her life in the past tense – sad that she was no longer with us…

“But she’s still alive,”  my friend said.

“No, she isn’t, I replied. “She died years ago. I remember – it made me sad…”

“No, I’m pretty sure she’s still alive,” he insisted, whipping out his iPhone to look it up.

Damn if he wasn’t right. And I was glad he was right. It was nice to know that the world still had Shirley Temple in it.

Alas, news came out today, that the great Hollywood icon breathed her last Monday night at her home in Woodside, Calif. She was 85.

Rest in peace, dear Shirley. Truly, there will never be another one like you.

Here she is singing and dancing in one of her earliest flicks, 1934′s “Baby Take a Bow.” She would have been just 5 or 6, here.

The IRS Has Been ‘Scrutinizing’ A Hollywood Conservative Group For Two Years

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Friends of Abe, a  conservative group in liberal Hollywood has been waiting for their 501(c)(3) tax exempt application to be approved for approximately two years, and like the tea party groups that were targeted by the IRS, they have also been presented with detailed questionnaires about their activities, and asked to provide the IRS with access to their security-protected website, which would allow them to see their highly protected membership list.

The New York Times has the exclusive story.

A collection of perhaps 1,500 right-leaning players in the entertainment industry, Friends of Abe keeps a low profile and fiercely protects its membership list, to avoid what it presumes would result in a sort of 21st-century blacklist, albeit on the other side of the partisan spectrum.

Now the Internal Revenue Service is reviewing the group’s activities in connection with its application for tax-exempt status. Last week, federal tax authorities presented the group with a 10-point request for detailed information about its meetings with politicians like Paul D. Ryan, Thaddeus McCotter and Herman Cain, among other matters, according to people briefed on the inquiry.

The people spoke on the condition of anonymity because of the organization’s confidentiality strictures, and to avoid complicating discussions with the I.R.S.

Those people said that the application had been under review for roughly two years, and had at one point included a demand — which was not met — for enhanced access to the group’s security-protected website, which would have revealed member names. Tax experts said that an organization’s membership list is information that would not typically be required. The I.R.S. already had access to the site’s basic levels, a request it considers routine for applications for 501(c)(3) nonprofit status.

Friends of Abe — the name refers to Abraham Lincoln — has strongly discouraged the naming of its members. That policy even prohibits the use of cameras at group events, to avoid the unwilling identification of all but a few associates — the actors Gary Sinise, Jon Voight and Kelsey Grammer, or the writer-producer Lionel Chetwynd, for instance — who have spoken openly about their conservative political views.

The Friends of Abe is seeking a 501(c)(3) tax status that would let donors claim a tax deduction, but prohibits partisan activity.

Jeremy Boreing, executive director of Friends of Abe, told the NYTs that “it’s been a long process,” and the “Friends of Abe has absolutely no political agenda.”

They are hoping to  receive tax-exempt status similar to that of the left-wing  People for the American Way Foundation.

People for the American Way, Mr. Lear’s group, stands as something of a liberal counterpart to Friends of Abe, though the organization is far larger, with an affiliate that spends millions of dollars a year on issue advocacy in Washington and beyond. But the entertainment industry has been crisscrossed by progressive groups like the Natural Resources Defense Council, which maintains a tax-exempt educational adjunct under the 501(c)(3) provision, and includes the producer Laurie David and the actor Leonardo DiCaprio among its trustees. Another, the American Foundation for Equal Rights, is a nonprofit that supports marriage rights for gay people and counts the producer Bruce Cohen and the writer Dustin Lance Black among its founders.

In the questionnaire, IRS officials  asked  about “membership criteria and social events, according to the people briefed on the matter, with pointed queries about meetings with a Los Angeles mayoral candidate, Kevin James, and Republican politicians like Mr. Ryan, Mr. Cain and Rick Santorum.”

Officials particularly wanted to know why a speech introducing Mr. Cain at a Friends of Abe event in November 2011 — when he was a presidential candidate — should not be regarded as potentially prohibited political campaign support.

While tax-exempt groups are permitted to invite candidates to speak at events, it is not uncommon for the I.R.S. to scrutinize such activities to determine whether they cross the line into partisan election activity. One issue is whether the organization invites all the qualified candidates.

Marcus S. Owens, a former director of the I.R.S.’s exempt organizations division said, “the I.R.S. would say that if you are inviting only conservative candidates, that’s a problem. But it’s never really been litigated.”

I wonder why?

In July of 2012, The People For The American Way held a gala  in honor its founder, Norman Lear and the Young Elected Officials Network (which consists of nearly 700 progressive officeholders between 18 and 35 years of age.) Nancy Pelosi gave a very political speech at the gala at a time when she was running for reelection in California.

“Together, we will fight for a new politics free from special interest money.  We will ‘DARE’ – to disclose, amend, reform, and elect reformers.  We must fight for disclosure, to pass the DISCLOSE Act and get unlimited, secret, special interest money out of our politics.  We must amend our Constitution to overturn the Citizens United decision that strengthens the hands of special interests at the expense of the people’s interest.  We must fight for reform to empower the grassroots with a greater role in our elections and with citizen funding for campaigns.  We must elect reform-minded leaders to fight for the American dream.  Our founders established a democracy – not a plutocracy.  We must make certain that the votes of the many determine the outcome of our elections, not the checkbooks of the few.  We must fight voter suppression and protect the right of every citizen to vote and every vote to be counted.  I believe the attempt to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress is really an attempt to weaken his strong voice in fighting voter suppression.”

Would the IRS view that as an example of “potentially prohibited political campaign support?” Did the People for the American Way send invitations to all qualified candidates – including conservatives to speak at the gala to balance out Pelosi and the progressive Young Elected Officials Network? If not, why is the IRS not interested in “scrutinizing” them?

Why is it only “a problem” when conservative groups engage in what can arguably be called partisan politics?

Slain Officer’s Widow: Obama’s Nomination of Cop-Killer Mumia’s Attorney “Like Spitting On All Our Officers”

Obama has sppointed some shockingly inept and/or radical individuals to positions of power, these past five years, but his pick be the nation’s top civil rights lawyer is his worst appointment, yet.  

Adegbilem spent the last decade serving as the Legal Defense and Education Fund of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP).

He is a staunch affirmative action supporter who is an opponent of criminal-background checks by employers, and a supporter of extreme racial-hiring quotas. But it’s his work trying to free the unrepentant cop-killer Mumia Abu-Jamal, that has the hundreds of thousands of law enforcement officers represented by the National Fraternal Order of Police appalled that the president would appoint him to a top spot in the Justice Department.

Yesterday, they sent  a hard-hitting letter to Obama,  expressing “extreme disappointment, displeasure and vehement opposition” to Adegbile’s nomination.

 Judicial Watch reported:

In a hard-hitting letter to President Obama, the group expresses “extreme disappointment, displeasure and vehement opposition” to Adegbile’s nomination. “As word of this nomination spreads through the law enforcement community, reactions range from anger to incredulity,” the letter says, reminding that there is no disputing that Officer Faulkner was murdered by the “thug” who Adegbile continues defending.

“This nomination can be interpreted in only one way: it is a thumb in the eye of our nation’s law enforcement officers,” the letter continues. “It demonstrates a total lack of regard or empathy for those who strive to keep you and everyone else in our nation safe in your homes and neighborhoods—sometimes giving their lives in the effort.” Adegbile will certainly exacerbate the growing division and distrust between law enforcement and minority communities, the FOP claims. The group ends by telling the commander-in-chief of its hope that candidates with records of “fairness and respect to all Americans” are considered for future leadership positions in the administration.

Fox New’s Megyn Kelly had on Maureen Faulker (Wife of slain police officer killed in line of duty) and J. Christian Adams (Former Department of Justice Official) to get their reactions.

Adams said that “to defend a cop killer –  by choice – should disqualify you from a position at the Justice Department”, and then he went on to discuss Adegbilem’s  radical racial background.

Faulkner was positively seething. At the end of the segment, she said that Obama nominating such a person to a top position at the Justice Department “is like spitting on all our officers and our federal agents throughout America.”

Kelly ended the segment by noting that the police have vowed to fight this nomination until can be fought no longer.

The NAACP LDF under Adegbile’s leadership, offered legal representation to Mumia Abu-Jamal, the murderer of Philadelphia police officer Danny Faulkner in several legal proceedings.

 Born Wesley Cook, the former Black Panther often referred to affectionately in radical circles as simply “Mumia,” enjoys celebrity status on the Left and is a frequent guest speaker at college commencement ceremonies.

 “The question of Abu-Jamal’s guilt is not a close call,” according to John Fund. “Two hospital workers testified that Abu-Jamal confessed to them: ‘I shot the motherf***er, and I hope the motherf***er dies.’ His brother, William, has never testified to his brother’s innocence even though he was at the scene of the crime. Abu-Jamal himself chose not to testify in his own defense.”

 As Faulkner tried to arrest Abu-Jamal’s brother during a traffic stop, Abu-Jamal shot the policeman once in the back and then stood over him and shot him four more times at close range, once directly in the face. Multiple eyewitnesses were present during the crime.

Krauthammer on Gates Book: An Indictment Of Obama That ‘Rises Above Everything Else He’s Done in His Presidency’ (Video)

In a new book reviewed by Bob Woodward, former Defense Secretary Robert Gates is harshly critical of Obama:

Reporter Bob Woodward reveals some forthcoming secrets from Gates’ new book, Duty, which will be published next Tuesday. Woodward describes the book as “an antagonistic portrait of a sitting president.”

One of the revelations Gates makes in the pages of Duty is a discussion between Obama and former rival Hillary Clinton regarding opposition to President George W. Bush’s surge policy in Iraq:

Hillary told the president that her opposition to the [2007] surge in Iraq had been political because she was facing him in the Iowa primary. . . . The president conceded vaguely that opposition to the Iraq surge had been political. To hear the two of them making these admissions, and in front of me, was as surprising as it was dismaying.

Gates writes that by early 2010 he had concluded the president “doesn’t believe in his own strategy, and doesn’t consider the war to be his. For him, it’s all about getting out.”

“Which is what is so galling”, says Ace.

Men are being killed at three times the rate as they died under Bush’s leadership, and Obama is not even trying to win.

Those men remain there out of political cowardice. Men are dying for Obama’s political cowardice.

On Special Report, Tuesday night, Charles Krauthammer called it “a shocking revelation.”

“I had assumed that he didn’t believe in the war from his own actions, he said. “But here from somebody sitting with the president, three months in! And I do think that this is an indictment of the president that rises above everything else he’s done in his presidency.”

Well, that’s a tough call – there’s so much to choose from. But sending men into harms way to die at three times the rate of his predecessor (because of his suicidal rules of engagement) for a cause he doesn’t even believe in - is about as bad as it gets.

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 Chris Cillizza, The Washington Post: How Bob Gates’s memoir could haunt Hillary in 2016:

I’m guessing the part where she admits her opposition to the surge was entirely political? (Conservatives already knew Democrats were playing politics with the war and were thoroughly disgusted by it. Now the whole world knows.)

Oomph.  Just to jog your memory, Clinton announced that she opposed the Iraq surge being pushed by President George W. Bush in the days leading up to the announcement of her presidential bid. She instead proposed a freeze in troop levels in the country and advocated for a troop increase in Afghanistan.

The Wall Street Journal: Top 10 Revelations From Robert Gates’s Memoir:

 

1. Contempt for Congress
Mr. Gates expresses open disdain for Congress and the way lawmakers treated him when he testified at hearings. “I saw most of Congress as uncivil, incompetent at fulfilling their basic constitutional responsibilities (such as timely appropriations), micromanagerial, parochial, hypocritical, egotistical, thin-skinned and prone to put self (and re-election) before country.” Mr. Gates said he fantasized about storming out of hearings and quitting. “There is no son of a bitch in the world who can talk to me like that,” he writes of his fantasy.

2. Contempt for Vice President Biden
Mr. Gates expresses particular dissatisfaction with Vice President Joe Biden. He describes Mr. Biden as a “man of integrity” who “has been wrong on nearly every major foreign policy and national security issue over the past four decades.” Specifically, Mr. Gates said he opposed Mr. Biden’s proposed limited strategy in Afghanistan to focus on counter-terrorism: “Whac-A-Mole hits on Taliban leaders weren’t a long term strategy,” he writes.

3. Suspicion of White House Control
Mr. Gates described the White House and its national security team as too controlling and says that he found himself at odds with Mr. Obama’s inner circle. At one meeting in the Oval Office in 2011, Mr. Gates said he considered resigning because of the White House micromanagement and strategy. “I never confronted Obama directly over what I (as well as Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, then-CIA Director Leon Panetta and others) saw as his determination that the White House tightly control every aspect of national security policy and even operations,” Mr. Gates writes. “His White House was by far the most centralized and controlling in national security of any I had seen since Richard Nixon and Henry Kissinger ruled the roost” in the 1970s.

Video: 32 Year Old Welfare Queen Makes Good Living On The Dole – Says Working is Stupid – Taxpayers Fools

Lucy, a 32 year old an Austin welfare recipient called into Austin’s Morning News to brag that she gets so  much welfare money and “benefits” she can stay home and smoke weed. She gets $550.00 for rent $425.00 for food stamps, $150.00 for electric, free cell phone, $100.00 for water, and even Christmas presents for her three kids. “Why should I work?” she asked.  She’s married, but her husband rarely works. “He doesn’t really see the need for it”, she said.

Via Zero Hedge:

“…To all you workers out there preaching morality about those of us who live on welfare… can you really blame us? I get to sit around all day, visit my friends, smoke weed.. and we are still gonna get paid, on time every month…”

She said “taxpayers are the fools.”

This will probably be the most depressing thing you hear all day.

Welcome to ObamAmerica.

 

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Watchdog.org: Obama not telling the truth about SNAP? Surely you can’t be serious:

Obama, who is touting the taxpayer-funded program as a fiscal engine that helps boost the economy, claims in a report released this week that SNAP participation and spending will fall significantly as America recovers from tough financial times.

If only that were true.

Since Obama signed into law the 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, which provided close to $45.2 billion in additional SNAP benefits over four years, the national unemployment rate has dropped from 8.3 percent to 7.3 percent, according to the U.S. Department of Labor.

From 2009 to 2012, the country’s gross domestic product increased from $13.9 trillion to $15.6 trillion and the national average wage index also jumped from $40,711 to $44,321.

Yet the number of people who take advantage of SNAP and the money allocated for the program continue to skyrocket every year.

In 2008, the year Obama was first elected president, close to $37.5 billion was spent on SNAP, with 28.2 million Americans and 12.7 million households participating.

Funding set aside for SNAP has more than doubled since Obama was elected president.

Funding for SNAP more than doubled to $78.4 billion in 2012, and this year is on pace to surpass that total.

Approximately 46.6 million people and 22.3 million households received SNAP assistance in 2012.

More Fraud and Deceit: Obama Replaced His Old Lie With The New 5% Lie (Video)

ObamaCare was passed on a massive web of lies by Dems who were in on the con – many of whom are now desperately back-peddling. Now that the “if you like your plan, you can keep it” deception is no longer operative, Obama has switched over to a new line – what Andrew McCarthy calls the   ‘5 Percent’ Con Job

Unable to deny that millions of Americans have lost the coverage he vowed they could keep, Obama and other Democrats are now peddling what we might call the “5 percent” con job. The president asserts that these victims, whom he feels so terribly about, nevertheless constitute a tiny, insignificant minority in the greater scheme of things (“scheme” is used advisedly). They are limited, he maintains, to consumers in the individual health-insurance market, as opposed to the vastly greater number of Americans who get insurance through their employers. According to Obama, these individual-market consumers whose policies are being canceled make up only 5 percent of all health-insurance consumers.

Even this 5 percent figure is a deception. As Avik Roy points out, the individual market actually accounts for 8 percent of health-insurance consumers. Obama can’t help himself: He even minimizes his minimizations. So, if Obama were telling the truth in rationalizing that his broken promises affect only consumers in the individual-insurance market, we’d still be talking about up to 25 million Americans. While the president shrugs these victims off, 25 million exceeds the number of Americans who do not have health insurance because of poverty or preexisting conditions (as opposed to those who could, but choose not to, purchase insurance). Of course, far from cavalierly shrugging off that smaller number of people, Obama and Democrats used them to justify nationalizing a sixth of the U.S. economy.

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Avik’s eagle eye also catches that, even as Obama was spinning on Thursday about how his broken promise affects only the teeny-weeny individual-insurance market, his administration was telling a much different story to state insurance commissioners. In a letter about Obama’s proposed “fix,” the head of the relevant consumer-information office referred to “all individuals and small businesses that received a cancellation or termination notice with respect to coverage” (emphasis added). This, Avik observes, “contradicts assertions from the administration that only people in the individual market — people who shop for coverage on their own — are affected by the wave of Obamacare-related cancellations.”

It gets worse. My friends at the American Freedom Law Center (on whose advisory board I sit) are representing Priests for Life, a group aggrieved by Obamacare’s denial of religious liberty — specifically, the ACA’s mandate that believers, despite their faith-based objections, provide their employees with coverage for the use of abortifacients and contraceptives. On October 17, the Obama Department of Health and Human Services, represented by the Obama Justice Department, submitted a brief to the federal district court in Washington, opposing Priests for Life’s summary judgment motion. On page 27 of its brief, the Justice Department makes the following remarkable assertion:

Get this:

The [ACA’s] grandfathering provision’s incremental transition does not undermine the government’s interests in a significant way. [Citing, among other sources, the Federal Register.] Even under the grandfathering provision, it is projected that more group health plans will transition to the requirements under the regulations as time goes on. Defendants have estimated that a majority of group health plans will have lost their grandfather status by the end of 2013.

HHS and the Justice Department cite the same section of the Federal Register referred to by John Hinderaker, as well as an annual survey on “Employer Health Benefits” compiled by the Kaiser Family Foundation in 2012.

So, while the president has been telling us that, under the vaunted grandfathering provision, all Americans who like their health-insurance plans will be able to keep them, “period,” his administration has been representing in federal court that most health plans would lose their “grandfather status” by the end of this year. Not just the “5 percent” of individual-market consumers, but close to all consumers — including well over 100 million American workers who get coverage through their jobs — have been expected by the president swiftly to “transition to the requirements under the [Obamacare] regulations.” That is, their health-insurance plans would be eliminated. They would be forced into Obamacare-compliant plans, with all the prohibitive price hikes and coercive mandates that “transition” portends.

McCarthy appeared on The Kelly File to talk about these latest revelations.

Don’t you dare call Obama a liar, though. Because that would be raaaaacist. At least according to the Dead-Enders at MSNBC who still think their progressive Utopia is just around the corner. They only need to cover up a few more lies, attack a few more dissenters using the Race Card or War on Women Card…. it’s within reach….

The question is – will the rest of the MSM carry Obama’s water on this?  Obama, Carney, and other Regime flacks have been repeating the 5% line ad nauseam. The right has been calling them out on the BS, all along. Will they? Or will they  be caught flat footed again when the second shoe drops?

“But-but-but – Obama said…..”

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David Limbaugh weighs in on McCarthy’s report:

Just in case the administration tries to worm out of these latest damning revelations, Andy presents another one that should put such disingenuous denials finally to rest. In a brief submitted to the federal district court in Washington by Obama’s Department of Health and Human Services in a case over the conscience clause (another matter poisoned by Obama’s abject deception), the administration conceded that “even under the grandfathering provision,” it is estimated that “a majority of group health plans will have lost their grandfather status by the end of 2013.” Point. Game. Set. Match.

In the meantime, on ABC’s “This Week” on Sunday, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., outright admitted that Obama’s “keep your plan” promises were false. She said: “We all knew. The whole point of the plan is to cover things people need, like preventive care, birth control, pregnancy.”

So, you see, the entire national Democratic Party apparatus has conspired to deceive Americans about a vital matter — their own health care — in order to advance its agenda.

You still think this is just about health care? Well, another Democratic leader, Rep. James Clyburn of South Carolina, admitted that with Obamacare, what Democrats are “trying to do is change a values system in our country.”

That pretty much sums up modern liberalism as embodied in the Democratic Party. Come hell or high water, Democrats will coerce us, via the power of the federal government, into thinking and believing as they do and living under their utopian Leviathan state.

Obamacare must be repealed — yesterday.

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Doug Ross: WHY, OF COURSE IT DOES: Obamacare Intended to Obliterate the Family Unit Once and For All:

Writing at the invaluable Tatler, Bryan Preston describes the devastating effect that Obamacare will have on the family unit, but ascribes it more to ignorance than malice.

Is this an accident or was it by design? Jonathan V. Last reports on yet another hidden gem in Obamacare.

A married couple can get Obamacare subsidies if their income is less than 400 percent above the poverty line. But because the federal poverty level for married couples is less than double the level for individuals, a couple that lives together without getting married can make more money than a married couple, yet still get Obamacare subsidies.

The Atlantic reports that in practice, this means that a married couple in New York making more than a combined $62,040 gets no subsidies from Obamacare. But two people who live together without getting married? They can make up to a combined $91,920 and still get subsidies from the government.

On one hand, this may be accidental because, let’s face it, no one read Obamacare before passing it, so who know’s what’s in there?

Oh, Bryan, you naive, misguided youth.

Linked by Doug Ross, thanks!

Obama and Jarrett Seizing Power of the Purse From Congress

Due to Obama’s hardline “no-negotiations” stance, Republicans have been forced to negotiate with themselves notes Seton Motley at PJ Media:

We are into Week Three of the 17% federal government slowdown.  (If 83% of the nearly $4-trillion-a-year Leviathan is still open, it isn’t a shutdown.)

There is so little (to no) damage done by this, President Barack Obama has been creating as much artificial pain as possible.  Often illegally – and routinely absurdly.  His ridiculous attempted closures of open-air monuments andopen oceans have cost the National Park Service $76 million a day – in addition to being capricious and obnoxious.

Before we even got to to the slowdown, House Republicans passed a bill funding every nook and cranny of the gi-normous government save for the incredibly effective and popular ObamaCare – the Democrats wouldn’t budge.

On both the slowdown and the debt ceiling, the President has throughout flatly stated “I will not negotiate.

If the guys and gals on the other side of the aisle won’t sit down at the other side of the negotiating table – that’s their failing, not yours.  Negotiation isn’t a one-way street.  Republicans – having no one else with whom to negotiate – have for weeks been one-way-street negotiating with themselves.

According to author, Ed Klein, senior adviser Valerie Jarrett orchestrated Obama’s strategies in the government shutdown.

The New York Post reported that Ms. Jarrett held several late-night sessions with Mr. Obama at his residence and from there came the strategy of “no negotiation,” Mr. Klein believes.

The latest on the debt ceiling negotiations via The National Journal show outmaneuvered Republicans with no cards left to play. Beaten and humiliated they are.

Speaker John Boehner is considering letting the House take the initial vote Wednesday on a Senate-prepared bill to lift the debt ceiling and restart funding for the shuttered federal government–apparently even if House conservatives object.

If they do object, it would mean Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and her House Democrats could become critical to its passage.

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According to the aide, Boehner and the House would act first on Wednesday on a bill put together overnight in the Senate, will extend the debt limit until Feb. 7, and include a continuing resolution until Jan. 15, according to a source familiar with the negotiations.

Needless to say, this is the unconditional surrender Chi(town)Coms Obama and Jarrett played hardball to achieve.   House Republicans are throwing in the towel.

Erick Erickson writes at Red State:

They’ll merge their ideas with Mitch McConnell’s ideas. The result will be a funded government, raised debt ceiling, and nothing done with Obamacare.

Throughout this fight, Harry Reid has outsmarted Mitch McConnell. Repeatedly, Reid used the Senate’s rules to toss aside numerous proposals from the House while McConnell looked on not knowing how to fight back.

Reid knows how to beat McConnell. If Reid fights hard, McConnell backs down and tries to blame others. McConnell’s lieutenants attack Ted Cruz so “the Leader” can deflect from his own legislative impotence. And he continually is one step behind Reid in his knowledge of how to use the Senate’s complicated rules to win a fight.

You will see no defunding of Obamacare because Republicans are giving up.

You will see no delaying of the individual mandate, even though the Obama Administration cannot fix the website. Republicans have given up this.

The deal would also include a Dec. 15 deadline for a budget conference report, as well as an anti-fraud provision designed to verify income for those who receive subsidies under the Affordable Care Act.

Actually – you will see a delaying of the individual mandate. But it will come later – and it will be Obama’s idea. He is a Chicago thug who is hellbent on riding over his political enemies. He doesn’t just want to beat them – he wants to humiliate them – the country be damned. But yeah – it will have to be delayed. Their damn website doesn’t work and nobody knows when it will be fixed. So Obama will be a hero and delay the individual mandate on his own terms.

Mark Levin argues that what Obama is doing is seizing the power of the purse from Congress and taking away their ability to control funding in the government.

In essence, this has been a coup by the Executive to limit the power of all other branches so that there are no checks and balances. Obama will set spending levels and veto any bills that fall short of his demands as he threatens to single handedly push the nation into a default.

Big Government: CONGRESSMAN: ‘CONSTITUTIONAL CRISIS’ IF GOP CAVES ON DEBT CEILING:

GOP lawmaker says that if his party’s leadership gives in to Obama, they will have forever altered the checks and balances of the U.S. federal government.

On the House floor on Monday, Rep. Tom McClintock (R-CA) argued that President Barack Obama’s activities during the government shutdown over Obamacare are a sign to him that Obama would act nefariously to attack the full faith and credit of the United States of America by taking the country into a default in a debt ceiling crisis if the president does not get everything he wants in negotiations.

“Given the ruthless and vindictive way the shutdown has been handled, I now believe that this president would willfully act to destroy the full faith and credit of the United States unless the Congress acquiesces to all of his demands, at least as long as he sees political advantage in doing so,” McClintock said in a speech on the floor of the House of Representatives. “If the Republicans acquiesce, immediate crisis will quickly vanish, credit markets will calm and public life will return to other matters. But a fundamental element of our Constitution will have been destroyed. The power of the purse will have shifted from the representatives of the people to the executive. The executive bureaucracies will be freed to churn out ever more outlandish regulations with no effective congressional review or check through the purse. A perilous era will have begun in which the president sets spending levels and vetoes any bill falling short of his demands. Whenever a deadline approaches, one house can simply refuse to negotiate with the other until Congress is faced with the Hobson’s choice of a shutdown or a default. The nation’s spending will again dangerously accelerate. The deficit will rapidly widen. And the economic prosperity of the nation will continue to slowly bleed away.”

Here’s McClintock’s full speech on the House floor, yesterday.

Text of McClintock’s speech is here.

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The Hayride: FANTASTIC: Rep. Tom McClintock On The Debt Limit And The Constitution :

This summarizes a good deal of what we’ve been saying here at the Hayride for a while now. Namely, that a sovereign default as a result of hitting the debt limit would not only be a choice by the Obama administration, but an unconstitutional choice and an impeachable offense. McClintock doesn’t use the word impeachment, but he sure does a good job of explaining what this country faces. Particularly his assessment of where the GOP went wrong in its assumptions by choosing to fight on Obamacare…

Cruz: Families Of Fallen Soldiers Notified On Twitter About Not Being Paid Their Death Benefits – DoD Declining To Follow Law Congress Passed

Today, the Pentagon confirmed it will not pay death benefits to the families of troops killed in combat during the partial government shutdown.

In his press conference, this afternoon, Obama actually admitted that he won’t approve any measures to partially restore suspended government payments for what amounts to political reasons…

“Unfortunately, as a result of the shutdown, we do not have the legal authority to make death gratuity payments at this time,” said Lt. Cmdr. Nate Christensen, a Defense Department spokesman. “However, we are keeping a close eye on those survivors who have lost loved ones serving in the Department of Defense.”

The House intends to vote Wednesday to restore funding for the payments. Speaker John Boehner has accused the Obama administration “of needlessly withholding the money.”

“Our veterans should be beyond partisan politics regardless of the shutdown”, Senator Cruz said on the Senate floor in response to the outrage.

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) today addressed the Senate floor urging the Senate to move forward with passing Continuing Resolutions to fund essential parts of the federal government. He specifically asked for unanimous consent to pass the House bill that will fund the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), but Sen. Harry Reid again objected. Following are excerpts of his remarks:

“The House of Representatives has passed eight separate bills funding vital priorities of the government. All eight of those bills now sit on the Majority Leader’s desk… It seems to me we’re going to have political differences, and those political differences are not going away any time soon, but we ought to be able to say, regardless of what happens in the battle over the shutdown, our veterans should be beyond politics.

“We should have bipartisan agreement. Let’s stand for our veterans. Right now, veterans’ disability payments are not funded… The only thing in the way of funding the V.A. today is the Senate voting to do so, is the objection that the Majority Leader has raised to funding the V.A.”

“If we could work together in a bipartisan manner to say we’re not going to hold the men and women of the military hostage, why can’t we work together in a bipartisan manner to say we’re not going to hold our veterans hostage?”

“Likewise, the House of Representatives has passed a bill funding our parks and national memorials. We have seen, day after day, World War II veterans coming to the World War II Memorial and facing barricades that the administration has put up, that the administration has expended money to keep them out.

“The House has passed a bill to fund our parks and our memorials. Let me suggest if the Senate would only vote, we could open every park and memorial in the country. The House has passed a bill to fund FEMA. If the Senate would only vote, FEMA could be funded. The House has passed a bill to fund the National Institutes of Health so that we could provide vital cancer research. The majority leader spoke quite passionately just moments ago about the need to fund the national institutes of health. I agree with the majority leader. And I would ask the majority leader to withdraw the objection he has raised to funding the NIH.”

“Some have disparaged the House’s approach as a ‘piecemeal approach.’ Mr. President, let me note that is the traditional means of appropriating and legislating that for centuries this body has done.

Right now, the House of Representatives is working constructively to fund vital priorities, and unfortunately President Obama, the Majority Leader and Senate Democrats are refusing to negotiate, refusing to compromise. That’s not a reasonable approach. It’s not a path that will lead to resolving this. And so I hope we come together, resolve this, fund our vital priorities, and at the same time respond to the millions of people who are hurting because of Obamacare, who are losing their jobs, who are pushed into part-time work, who are facing skyrocketing insurance premiums and who are losing their health insurance. We need to answer the call of our constituents.”

The Regime is withholding from the families of 25-year-old 1st Lt. Jennifer M. Moreno; 24-year-old Pfc. Cody J. Patterson; 24-year-old Special Agent Joseph M. Peters; 25-year-old Sgt. Patrick C. Hawkins; and 19-year-old Lance Cpl. Jeremiah M. Collins, Jr.  the $100,000 payment that they would have otherwise received within three days of the death.

Cruz said, “the way this announcement was made was highly troubling… The DOD notified our Military families via Twitter that those service members who die in battle will not be paid their tax free death gratuities due to the partial federal government shut down. This is yet another pattern we have seen distressingly from the Obama administration of politicizing the shutdown and playing partisan games to maximize the pain that is inflicted on Americans it is part and partial of the pattern we’ve seen barricading the WWII memorial, barricading the parking lot at Mt Vernon George Washington’s home even though it’s privately operated, barricading the roads leading to Mt Rushmore even though they’re state roads and not federal roads.

And the actions by the DoD are also contrary to the statute this body just passed. The Military Death Gratuity is by statute a pay and personnel benefit, and accordingly it is clearly funded by public law  113-39 the pay our Military Act that was passed in a bipartisan manner this week. We’ve already acted  to prevent this and unfortunately, the DoD is declining to follow that law that we passed.”

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