Cleta Mitchell: ‘The IRS Became The Enforcement Arm of the Democratic Party’ (Video)

Megyn Kelly had Washington Attorney Cleta Mitchell on the Kelly File, Monday night to talk about the new IRS emails released by the House Oversight Committee that show Democratic Ranking Member Elijah Cummings’ staff communicating with the IRS on several occasions between 2012 and 2013 about Catherine Engelbrecht’s voter integrity group, True the Vote.

Kelly noted with a degree of disgust that Cummings was on Face the Nation with Bob Schieffer, Sunday, where he fielded zero questions about the IRS scandal. Instead they talked about – get this -  equal pay for women! (See, over at CBS – they like to cover the tough issues … just ask Sharyl Attkisson.)

Kelly and Mitchell proceeded to review the latest evidence that Cummings colluded with the IRS to target True the Vote, and lied about it. The evidence is, frankly, overwhelming that Cummings inappropriately coordinated with the IRS to target True the Vote, even though he had no business investigating the group. 

No wonder the Democrat media complex wants to ignore the story and talk about binders full of women.

Mitchell summed up the underlying problem of the entire scandal, saying “Lois Lerner and the top brass at the IRS came to see its role as somehow the enforcement arm of the Democratic party and Democratic members of Congress, and the White House. And they began to carry out these activities – to pursue conservative groups because these politicians were demanding it. And yet all of these people – Lois Lerner – all of them – they have civil service protection. And the only difference between what happened at Watergate, when Richard Nixon asked the IRS to go after his political enemies, was when Richard Nixon asked – the IRS refused. When these Democratic politicians asked the IRS to go after these groups because they’re challenging us and we don’t like what they’re saying about us, the IRS took it upon themselves to do their bidding and to try to silence these groups.”

Because we are dealing with a criminal conspiracy masquerading as a political party.

FL TV Station Exposes Voter Fraud While DOJ Sues State to Stop Purging Rolls + Obama Looking to “Reduce” Deportations (Video)

It’s an election year, so Democrats are scurrying around looking for ways to encourage voter fraud, which they like to tell the weak minded – doesn’t happen.

Judicial Watch reports that while he Obama Justice Department is mounting a legal challenge against Florida for purging ineligible voters from its rolls, a local television news station has aired an eye-opening segment that proves that illegal immigrants regularly vote in the Sunshine state – a third degree felony with which few if any are ever charged.

Can someone give me one good reason why the Regime would oppose clean voter roles other than the fact that they would help prevent voter fraud?

The following investigative piece was recently aired by an NBC affiliate in southwest Florida that actually tracked down and interviewed non U.S. citizens who are registered to vote and have cast ballots in numerous elections. This is something any local news team in America could do if they were actually motivated to do something about voter fraud instead of covering up for it:

The segment focused on Lee County, which has a population of about 620,000 and Collier County with a population of around 322,000. The reporter spent about two months digging around the voter rolls in the two counties and the discoveries are dumbfounding.

In that short time, more than 100 people registered to vote in those two areas were proven to be ineligible by the reporter. A Cape Coral woman, eligible to vote in elections, was tracked down through jury excusal forms that verify she’s not a U.S. citizen. A Naples woman, who is not a U.S. citizen either, voted six times in 11 years without being detected by authorities. A Jamaican man is also registered to vote though he’s not eligible. The reporter obtained his 2007 voter registration form, which shows the Jamaican man claims to be a U.S. citizen. Problem is, no one bothers checking to see if applicants are being truthful.

In an effort to remedy the situation, Florida Governor Rick Scott launched a program a few years ago to purge ineligible voters from registration rolls. The Department of Justice (DOJ) was quick to sue the state to stop the purging because the agency claims it discriminates against minorities. The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) has colluded with the DOJ in Florida and the head of the group’s local chapter says purging voter rolls disproportionately affects the state’s most vulnerable groups, namely minorities.

Meanwhile, if you can believe this,  Obama is looking to further reduce the already  small percentage of illegal immigrants who are sent home each year.

Obama “has charged his Secretary of Homeland Security… to reduce where they can the levels of deportation,” Janet Murguia, president of the major Latino ethnic lobby group, the National Council of la Raza.

“Our hope and expectation is with that [policy change] would come some reduction in the level of deportations,” she told reporters gathered outside the White House Friday evening.

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Those proposals would make it much harder for border or interior immigration agents to block or deport millions of previously deported illegals, if they try to return.

If her recommendations are accepted by Obama, annual deportations would drop by up to 50 percent, she suggested.

The Los Angeles Times reported that officials were considering a halt to deportations, unless an illegal immigrant commits a felony. Officials are also considering whether to end a program which helps federal immigration officials to pick up illegals arrested by state and local police forces.

Politico reported that the review of legal options began months ago, while Obama was urging House Speaker John Boehner to push an immigration-increase through the House.

Obama’s move to help illegal immigrants — many of whom are also living in households with legal immigrants — comes as he’s trying to boost November turnout among Latinos.

In 2012, Obama boosted turnout among naturalized immigrants by awarding work-permits to at least 500,000 younger illegal immigrants, even though Congress had repeatedly voted down similar proposals.

Obama may be using a similar turnout strategy in 2014, by simultaneously boosting hopes among Latinos for an amnesty, and resentment towards GOP legislators who oppose the unpopular amnesty.

As you know, the Regime has claimed for years that Obama deports more illegal immigrants than any other president. As usual they’re lying.

The truth is – ICE  has not been deporting illegal immigrants at a record pace. As Chris Crane, ICE Officer and President of the National ICE Council explained  at a press conference on Capitol Hill, last April; “at an alarming rate, deportation numbers have plummeted since 2008 – clear evidence that interior enforcement has in large part been shut down during the last four years. In an attempt to conceal ICE’s plummeting arrest and deportation statistics, massive numbers of border patrol apprehensions are being transferred to ICE to boost ICE’s statistical data.”

The truth is – virtually no one is being deported as it is. The Regime is merely getting ready to codify into law what they’ve already been doing for the past five years.

Because that’s how this Regime rolls.

Jay Sekulow: The New Emails May Result in Contempt Proceedings For Lerner (Video)

New emails were released today by the House Oversight and Reform Committee, as Chairman Issa builds his case for contempt against IRS’s Louis Lerner,

In e-mails released today by a congressional committee, Lerner wondered why Congress wasn’t getting more criticism, hoped that the Federal Election Commission would “save the day” and wrote that political nonprofit groups “itching for a constitutional challenge” might file a court case that leads the IRS to accelerate the release of specific information about groups denied tax-exempt status.

The e-mails are part of a 141-page report from the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. The panel is building a case designed to lead to a vote to hold Lerner in contempt of Congress for refusing to answer the panel’s questions and for providing false and misleading information in prior questioning.

“She led efforts to scrutinize conservative groups while working to maintain a veneer of objective enforcement,” the report said of Lerner. “Her unwillingness to testify deprives Congress the opportunity to have her explain her conduct, hear her response to personal criticisms levied by her IRS coworkers, and provide vital context regarding the actions of other IRS officials.”

Jay Sekulow discussed the latest on Fox News, Tuesday, “I think the most troubling aspect of the emails is that Lois Lerner was clearly cognizant of the fact that this increased scrutiny would result in litigation – which ultimately it has – and when you look at that and what she wrote, she slow tracked these approval processes and reviews because of this concern about litigation and it may challenge their ability to control political speech – which of course is not within the IRS’s purview in the first place.” He added, “it kinda gives you an insight into what she was thinking, what the leadership at the IRS was thinking, as they went through this process of intentionally tracking these non profit applications and slowing them down because of the politics involved…”

He went on to say, “the Supreme Court in all the cases I’ve handled have always been unanimous when it came to viewpoint discrimination – the court just does not tolerate it.”

As for what to do next, Sekulow said, “you can try a Special Prosecutor, but I think we gotta move forward with the Contempt proceedings. She is one of the key, central figures in this – she’s not the only one – but she clearly had an agenda and that agenda was silencing these groups, and she was pretty effective in doing that – she’s just being called on the carpet now because she’s been caught.”

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Law Prof To Congress: “If You Want to Stay Relevant, Don’t Stand Idly By And Let The President Take Your Power Away.”

The House Judiciary Committee held a hearing, this morning to address Obama’s escalating abuses of power.

Entitled, ENFORCING THE PRESIDENT’S CONSTITUTIONAL DUTY TO FAITHFULLY EXECUTE THE LAWS the hearing’s witness panel included, Mr. Jonathan Turley of George Washington University Law School, Ms. Elizabeth Price Foley of Florida International University College of Law, and Mr. Christopher Schroeder of Duke University Law School.

Bob Goodlatte, Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, asked the panel what to most would appear a rhetorical question, “Is unilateral decision making good for our Republican system of government?

Turley, who has been one of the most outspoken critics of Obama’s executive overreach, said, “the greatest danger that we have, really cannot be overstated, when he have the concentration of power in one branch. That is precisely the sort of power the framers were seeking  to avoid.”

“What people often miss, he continued  “is that the separation of powers was not about protecting Congress – -separation of powers was designed for the protection of liberty. It was to prevent the concentration of power in any of the branches that would threaten the individual citizen.”

Goodlatte asked Professor Foley what she thought the longterm institutional consequences would be if the current practice of “benevolent suspensions of the law” isn’t stopped.

She answered that people are going to continue to be cynical about government and the Constitution, and ultimately eroding respect for the rule of law.

She also brought up the point that it makes it less likely for Congress to tackle big issues like immigration reform,  “why would you go through the trouble of reaching a very delicate political compromise on an issue like that if you think that the president is going to just benevolently suspend those portions of the law he doesn’t like after you reach that compromise.” She concluded, “if you want to stay relevant as an institution, I would suggest that you not stand idly by and let the president take your power away.”

Goodlatte then asked about the principle of prosecutorial discretion which Obama’s “deferred actions” are based on. “Does prosecutorial discretion have such elasticity that a whole class of people could be recipients of deferred actions based simply on them being in the category…?

Foley said, “yeah, this is sort of a dangerous and scary moment – uh, that’s not discretion – that’s raw, lawmaking power.”

 

Video: Mitch McConnell Torches Obama In New Campaign Ad

Senator McConnell really brought down the thunder in this campaign ad criticizing Obama – the Divider in Chief. The noted First Amendment hawk released the video ahead of the SOTU to slam the president for being a divider not a uniter. It was  produced by filmmaker Lucas Baiano, and criticizes Obama on unemployment, health care, the IRS scandal and coal.

I like it even more than the also excellent “Abuse of Power”  video the Cruz campaign put out Tuesday. Maybe because the Minority Leader hit on a theme that really strikes a chord with me. As I’ve said on a number of occasions – We’ve never had a such a divisive president before, nor one so obviously full of contempt for half of America – the portion that doesn’t vote for big government. It’s horrifying, really.

Via The Daily Caller:

“The president’s job is to unite the country, not divide,” McConnell says in the video. “His job is to bridge differences, not not aggravate them. To encourage success, not condemn it.”

“The president seems to have forgotten that he was elected to lead all Americans,” McConnell says.

Video: Obama Admin Accused Of Filing Standard and Poor’s Lawsuit In Retaliation For 2011 US Credit Downgrade

When Holder’s politically weaponized Justice Department filed a $5 billion dollar fraud lawsuit against S&P a year ago, who didn’t think it was political retaliation for crossing Obama?  Now, according to claims made in their multi-billion dollar lawsuit, S&P  have removed all doubt.

Via Fox News Insider:

The financial services firm, Standard & Poor’s, threw down a stunning challenge in court claiming that former U.S. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner threatened the chairman of S&P’s parent company in a phone call that warned of consequences after the downgrade came.

It came just days after S&P angered the White House by downgrading the U.S. credit rating in the middle of the 2011 debt ceiling debate.

Harold McGraw III said, according to the sworn legal declaration, “[Geithner] said that, ‘you have done an enormous disservice to yourselves and to your country.’”

He went to attribute the following threats from Geithner, “S&P’s conduct would be ‘looked at very carefully’ he said. Such behavior could not occur, he said, without a response from the government.”

The Justice Department filed a $5 billion dollar fraud lawsuit about a year ago, accusing S&P of lying about the credit worthiness of complicated financial instruments in the run out to the 2008 financial crisis.

Megyn Kelly opened her show, last night, with the bombshell allegations. She had on Chief Counsel from the ACLJ, Jay Sekulow, and Chris Stirewalt of the Washington Examiner to talk about it.

Stirewalt noted that the man making the allegation, Harold McGraw III “ain’t Glenn Beck….. he’s not a conservative activist, not somebody who is known for his criticism of any political figures – or anyone at all. What he’s known for is being a white shoe, elite, New York, big business, Chamber of Commerce, gives money to Democrats and Republicans kind of guy. He’s not someone who you would ever expect to hear criticizing anyone in power from either party.”

Video: Trey Gowdy Congratulates The NY Times – ‘It Only Took Them 15 Months To Figure Out How To Spell Benghazi’

I was hoping that Congressman Trey Gowdy would be asked to weigh in on the NY Times’ now widely panned Benghazi report. The South Carolina spitfire was a guest on Fox’s On the Record with fill-in host, Dana Perino, and he did not disappoint.

Asked to comment on the report, Gowdy professed, “I want to congratulate the New York Times.  It only took them 15 months to figure out how to spell Benghazi – so maybe in the next 15 months, their reporting will catch up with the truth.”

Continuing, he said, “I’ll tell you two things they got wrong. Number one – the video was translated into Arabic in early September of 2012….What in the world explains the violence in Benghazi prior to the video being translated and released? Our consulate was attacked way before the video was released. The British Ambassador was almost assassinated way before the video was released…the international Red Cross was attacked twice in Benghazi – well before this video was ever released. So if the video was really the impetus for the violence, what in the world explains the violence prior to the release of the video?

In respect to al Qaeda, he noted that “whether it was al Qaeda or a subsidiary, or a holding company, or a limited partnership – to quote Hillary Clinton - what difference does it make?! Who cares whether it was al Qaeda proper or a subsidiary? Four Americans are dead, and it wasn’t a spontaneous reaction to a video - it was planned.”

Gowdy also asked the question many House Republicans have been wondering in light of the deteriorating security situation in Benghazi prior to the attack, “why were we even there? Why was Chris Stevens in Benghazi, that night?”

He told Perino that he’s read the NY Times report six times. “I want you to read it six times and tell me if you can tell who the Secretary of State was when Benghazi happened. Because her name wasn’t mentioned a single. solitary. time. in this exhaustive NY Times piece – not once.”

When Perino noted that lots of people are assuming that the article was meant to “clear the decks” for Hillary so she won’t have to deal with Benghazi as a campaign issue, Gowdy reacted with mock consternation, “oh heavens no – that couldn’t possibly have been their motivation – could it be?!”

Bonus video:

On Monday night’s Special Report, Charles Krauthammer said  the NY Times Benghazi report was undeniably about protecting Dems, and Hillary – “obviously a political move.”

Young Invincibles Insulted By ObamaCare Ads (Video)

You’ve already seen the “brosurance” and “hosurance” ads featured at doyougotinsurance.com, the Colorado non profit devoted to promoting and directing users to Colorado’s official ObamaCare Exchange website. Conservatives have not been shy about criticizing what we see as sexist, insulting and genuinely offensive ads.

But what about the people the ads are trying to reach? What do the “millennials,” “young invincibles,” aka the ObamaCare “marks” think about them?

Greta Van Susteren had some 20-somethings on to talk about the latest Obamacare ads targeting young people. None of them were impressed.

James Shindler, a corporate lawyer in Washington noted, “first and foremost, there’s something strange going on. Typically, in a democracy, it’s the people that tell the government what we want. But here, we have the government trying to coerce us into buying something that  THEY want. And it didn’t convince me. It didn’t address why I would want to buy the healthcare in the first place.”

Dan Joseph of the MRC went to American University, last month, to ask students what they thought of the ads. Most of the women found them “insulting” and creepy.”

“There’s too much of a focus on the sexual aspect of it,” one woman said. Another one said that the ad looked like it was created by ObamaCare opponents in order to denigrate ObamaCare.

Jay Carney was asked by Jonathan Karl if they really think young people are going to buy health insurance because “Barack O’Breezy tells them to do it. Carney said that “there are efforts under way to reach consumers where they live, if you will.”

Apparently the Obama Regime thinks that young invincibles “live” in their pants.

Egypt Accuses Obama and His Bro Malik Of Crimes Against Humanity (Video)

Well this is  awkward. Obama has his hands full right now. All he does is work, work, work for the American people (especially the middle class!) – and now he has to deal with these embarrassing terrorism charges!

Media sources in Egypt are reporting that Egyptian lawyers have filed criminal terrorism charges against the president in addition to the criminal terrorism charges that have already been filed against his half brother Malik.

Raymond Ibrahim reported at CBN News:

According to Egyptian newspaper El Watan, a group of Egyptian lawyers has submitted a complaint charging U.S. president Barrack Hussein Obama with crimes against humanity at the International Criminal Court.

The complaint charges Obama of being an accessory to the Muslim Brotherhood, which incited widespread violence in Egypt both before and after the June 30 Revolution.

Along with Obama, the complaint reproduced by El Watan mentions several Brotherhood members by name, beginning with the leader of the organization Muhammad Badie, and other top ranking leaders such as Mohamed al-Beltagy, Essam al-Erian, and Safwat Hegazi, adding that “Obama cooperated, incited, and assisted the armed elements of the Muslim Brotherhood in the commission of crimes against humanity in the period from 3/7/2013-8/18/2013, in the Arab Republic of Egypt.”

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As for the Obama administration’s support for the Brotherhood, if most Americans are clueless or indifferent about it, average Egyptians have long known and resented it—hence the many large placards and signs held during the June 30 Revolution calling on Obama to stop supporting terrorism and calling on Americans to wake up.

One need only follow the words and deeds of Anne Patterson, John McCain, Lindsay Graham, Hillary Clinton, et. al. to know that the U.S president is a firm supporter of the crimes-against-humanity-committing Muslim Brotherhood.

Of course, whatever the merits of El Watan’s report—here is another English-language article talking about apparently a different complaint of crimes against humanity leveled against Obama by Coptic activists—all these complaints seem futile, as the U.S. is not a signatory to the International Criminal Court.

However, all technicalities aside, the facts are clear: by any definition, the Muslim Brotherhood and its supporters have committed numerous crimes against humanity in Egypt, especially in the context of the Christian Copts; and by its ongoing support for the Brotherhood, the Obama administration is complicit. Remember this next time the Obama administration cites concerns about “human rights” violations as reason to involve the U.S. in war—as it recently tried to do in Syria, again, to support more Islamic terrorists who are committing even worse crimes against humanity.

In this  CBN News video, Raymond Ibrahim reported details about the alleged Muslim Brotherhood atrocities in which Obama is deemed complicit.

Several prominent media sources in Egypt are now reporting that Egyptian lawyers have filed criminal terrorism charges in the International Criminal Court against President Obama in addition to the criminal terrorism charges previously filed in Egyptian courts against the president’s half-brother Malik Obama.

Malik Obama is quickly becoming a person of interest in Egypt for his alleged management of funds for a terrorist organization based in neighboring Sudan. A group of Egyptian lawyers, meanwhile have charged President Obama with crimes against humanity for his support of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt.
Read more at http://www.wnd.com/2013/11/criminal-terror-charges-filed-against-obama/#WSDusBIPzWYf5DzD.99

Several prominent media sources in Egypt are now reporting that Egyptian lawyers have filed criminal terrorism charges in the International Criminal Court against President Obama in addition to the criminal terrorism charges previously filed in Egyptian courts against the president’s half-brother Malik Obama.

Malik Obama is quickly becoming a person of interest in Egypt for his alleged management of funds for a terrorist organization based in neighboring Sudan. A group of Egyptian lawyers, meanwhile have charged President Obama with crimes against humanity for his support of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt.
Read more at http://www.wnd.com/2013/11/criminal-terror-charges-filed-against-obama/#WSDusBIPzWYf5DzD.99

Several prominent media sources in Egypt are now reporting that Egyptian lawyers have filed criminal terrorism charges in the International Criminal Court against President Obama in addition to the criminal terrorism charges previously filed in Egyptian courts against the president’s half-brother Malik Obama.

Malik Obama is quickly becoming a person of interest in Egypt for his alleged management of funds for a terrorist organization based in neighboring Sudan. A group of Egyptian lawyers, meanwhile have charged President Obama with crimes against humanity for his support of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt.
Read more at http://www.wnd.com/2013/11/criminal-terror-charges-filed-against-obama/#WSDusBIPzWYf5DzD.99

Several prominent media sources in Egypt are now reporting that Egyptian lawyers have filed criminal terrorism charges in the International Criminal Court against President Obama in addition to the criminal terrorism charges previously filed in Egyptian courts against the president’s half-brother Malik Obama.

Malik Obama is quickly becoming a person of interest in Egypt for his alleged management of funds for a terrorist organization based in neighboring Sudan. A group of Egyptian lawyers, meanwhile have charged President Obama with crimes against humanity for his support of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt.
Read more at http://www.wnd.com/2013/11/criminal-terror-charges-filed-against-obama/#WSDusBIPzWYf5DzD.99

Several prominent media sources in Egypt are now reporting that Egyptian lawyers have filed criminal terrorism charges in the International Criminal Court against President Obama in addition to the criminal terrorism charges previously filed in Egyptian courts against the president’s half-brother Malik Obama.
Read more at http://www.wnd.com/2013/11/criminal-terror-charges-filed-against-obama/#WSDusBIPzWYf5DzD.99

Meanwhile, Obama’s half-bro Malik is in hiding… Walid Shoebat reports that when Kenyan authorities attempted to serve him, he could not be located.

Well I’m glad we’re not living in what could effectively be called a Banana Republic headed by a corrupt, lying, outlaw despot or anything. Geez. That would be bad.

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The Algemeiner: Why is Obama Allowing Iran to Build Nuclear Weapons?

Rest assured that Iran’s appetite for concessions and humiliation from the U.S. “The Big Satan,” may bring up some new demands. As with prior “negotiations” with Iran, the U.S. and the others agreed to meet again. We will witness more stalling from Tehran to allow it to fulfill its nuclear agenda. By then, the U.S. withdrawal from the Middle East will be complete and its pledge to have Israel’s back will be ignored.

In the meantime, the news about the American “reverse sanctions program” has led the Saudis to let it be known that they are ready to collect the nuclear bombs they’ve ordered from Pakistan.

In addition to abandoning Washington’s traditional policy of preventing Iran from developing nuclear weapons, the Obama Administration’s actions are all but going to set the region on fire. Years of Iranian lies are dismissed in complete disregard to the predictable outcome. One wonders why Obama forges ahead with his plans to give Iran the time to develop nuclear weapons.

Yes…one wonders.

Atlas Shrugs: Syria: At Least 9 Children killed after Obama-backed jihadis’ mortars hit Christian school, bus In Damascus

Obama is backing these savages. The NY Times reported back in April that there were no secular forces to speak of. It’s all jihad — al Qaeda and the Muslim Brotherhood. And yet President Obama had signed a secret order in April — months earlier than previously reported — authorizing a C.I.A. plan to begin arming the Syrian rebels.

And he wants a military strike on behalf of these monsters.

Syria: At Least 9 Children Killed After Islamist Rebel Mortars Hit Christian School, Bus In Damascus (thanks to Midnight Watcher)

Bangkok Post – “Nine children were killed and 27 people wounded when mortar rounds hit a school and a school bus in the Syrian capital Damascus on Monday, state television reported.

#BenghaziGate Obama Responds To Charles Wood’s Letter: ‘I Would’ve Acted the Same If It Were My Family’ (Video)

Without the detailed “tick-tock” of his activities on September 11, 2012 – which the White House refuses to release, the best we can guess about the president’s activities that night is that he issued the stand down orders after learning of the attack and went to bed while men were still fighting for their lives on the CIA annex rooftop.

Charles Woods, the father of Tyrone Woods, the Navy Seal who was killed in Benghazi, Libya while trying to rescue others during a terrorist attack, joined Mike Huckabee on Saturday night, to talk about the letter he got from the president. Obama was responding to the letter Woods had sent him, last month asking why his son was given the order to stand down. From what Woods had to say, it sounds like the letter contained the same tired, PR talking points the Regime has been using for over a year. And Woods told Huckabee that the president didn’t bother to answer his two biggest questions.

Having been told by sources that there were three orders to stand down, that night, Woods told Huckabee, “That probably would’ve saved the life of our ambassador if there had not been that delay three times.” In his letter, Obama cited the familiar talking points; “on that tragic day, I directed my national security team to do everything possible to respond to the attacks against our people and facilities in Benghazi. The United States Government considered a range of options and deployed additional military capabilities, but as our military leaders have said, the military forces needed to carry out the type of operation you describe were not close enough to have made a difference.”

Woods disputed that statement, adding that the president couldn’t have known how long the battle would last. “The military leaders did not tell the Joint Chiefs of Staff that there were not assets immediately available,” he said.

Congressman Jason Chaffetz, who traveled to Benghazi after the attack, echoed Woods sentiment. He said, “I remain skeptical of the lack of military response during the Benghazi attack. […] Although some forces were repositioned, none were directed towards the sound of the guns.”

The president even told Woods, “Please know that my actions would have been the same if the attack had been against my own family.”

There was an audible groan in Huckabee’s studio audience when Woods said that.

“I could not and would not have gone to sleep until I knew that every effort was made to rescue – no effort was made,” Woods said. “For three hours after it even happened, Ty’s body was on that tarmac. An American plane wasn’t even sent […] to pick up his body.”

Via The Wall St. Journal, Speaker Boehner is seeking emails on Benghazi while Republican lawmakers step up the pressure on the Regime to explain their lies and missteps. New hearings have been scheduled.

Congressional Republicans, again stepping up their focus on last year’s terrorist attack in Benghazi, Libya, are planning additional hearings and have discussed issuing subpoenas to compel testimony.

House Speaker John Boehner (R., Ohio) demanded the release Thursday of emails he said would show the administration had political motives for overlooking early reports that last year’s attack on U.S. posts in Libya was terrorism-related.

“The goal here is to get to the truth,” Mr. Boehner said. “The reason this is still under way is because the White House has done everything possible to block access to the information that would outline the truth. And the question you have to ask is why?”

Five committees in the GOP-led House are investigating the Sept. 11, 2012, attack that killed the U.S. ambassador to Libya, Christopher Stevens, and three other Americans. The former No. 2 official in Tripoli, Gregory Hicks, dramatically recounted the night of the attack in a House hearing Wednesday.

Democrats say that Republicans are pushing partisan investigations in an effort to discredit former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, seen as a leading 2016 presidential contender.

Meanwhile, Media Matter’s founder and Hillary Clinton toady, David Brock, has penned a 90 page e-book called The Benghazi Hoax  “intended as a counterweight of sorts to criticisms of the former Secretary of State and President Barack Obama over the 2012 attacks in Libya.”

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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…

Monday Catch-Up: When The Bleeding Heart Becomes The Iron Fist

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Dave Carter, Ricochet: When The Bleeding Heart Becomes The Iron Fist:

Please note that when the people’s representatives actually represent their constituents, the majority of whom want nothing to do with the  wretched and wretchedly mis-named Affordable Care Act, it is the people who must be punished.  Can you believe that men who conquered Nazi Germany’s barricades on the beach at Normandy 69 years ago actually faced barricades from their own damned government?   Can you believe that Vietnam vets, many of whom were rebuked for their service, were removed from their memorial by the police? Do the men and women who are ordered to move against law abiding veterans have no soul?

The federal government has shut down some 17 times previously, and at no time were these memorials closed.  Is our Sovereign so besotted with power, has his impudent leftism so robbed him of reason that he fails to understand what is so obvious:  That in barricading Americans from memorials and icons that stand as testimony to an exceptional culture founded precisely on liberty from oppressive government, he perfectly validates the arguments of the right?

As one member on Ricochet commented, this is no longer about Ted Cruz.  It’s no longer about the animadversions of establishment Republicans who have only to see their political shadow before becoming alarmed and settling in for six more months of concessions to the statist.  This is about an arrangement the President and his party mean to consummate with the American people; an illusory promise to take care of us in exchange for our abject obedience and subservience.   But as the examples cited above show, it is only the subservience that is achieved.

Read the entire thing at the link.

The Matt Walsh Blog: An open letter to President Obama:

Dear President Obama,

You strike me as the sort of man who spends a lot of time staring at his own reflection. I wonder, what do you see when you gaze so admiringly at yourself? What image do you find in that mirror of yours? Let me guess: a graceful Greek god with a golden crown, draped in luxurious robes, perched on a giant, magnificent throne atop a mountain in the sky? You see a throng of angels singing your praises and masses of subservient peasants prostrated before you, trembling with fear and awe? You see a man who is more than a man, and a president who transcends the presidency; you see a historic figure of immortal importance?

Yeah, that’s what I thought, and I can’t blame you, Mr. President. By all accounts, you’ve always been an arrogant, haughty narcissist — and that was before you became president. Your supporters and your enemies may argue over whether you descended from heaven on the back of a Pegasus, or were birthed from the bowels of Hell to bring about a Biblical apocalypse, but they both agree on one thing: you are a figure of great significance and immense power. You are either the anti-Christ or the Second Coming, with no room for anything in-between. Surely, this talk might cause even a humble man to slip into a state of vanity and pride, so I can only imagine what it must do to a man such as yourself, already so aloof and so conceited.

That’s why I’m writing this letter. My impression of you is quite different, and it has only been solidified by your performance during this shutdown/Obamacare debate. I find you to be a very small man, Mr. President. Far from larger than life, you are petty, frivolous, pathetic; sneering and pompous but also trifling and narrow. I don’t mean to dismiss or underestimate the damage you have done to this nation — it has certainly been profound and lasting — but I want you to know that your legacy will not be one of grandeur and brilliance; it will be the legacy of a shameless, desperate bully. Both your opponents and your proponents hoist you up as a world leader with a grand vision, whether benevolent or malevolent. I, on the other hand, believe you have the vision of a temperamental two year old. You simply want to feel like you’re in control; you want to “win,” you want everybody in the room to pay attention to you, and you’ll stomp your feet and whine until you get your way. You govern like a coddled toddler; it’s inappropriate to pejoratively refer to you as a “dictator,” but only because it lends you a certain unwarranted credibility. I think you wish to be a dictator, but instead you’re just a bumbling bureaucrat; easily replaced and even more easily forgotten. You have the ethics of Genghis Khan, but the leadership skills of Michael Scott. This is why we are forced to witness the spectacle of, for instance, our president brazenly threatening to invade another nation for no reason, only to clumsily abandon the idea after being publicly spanked by Putin.

Neil Munro, The Daily caller: Americans RISE UP against Obama’s park closures:

Many Americans crossed the barriers that were set this weekend by President Barack Obama’s deputies to block public access to the Potomac River from Virginia’s George Washington Memorial Parkway.

In many quiet acts of civil disobedience, Americans removed car barriers and cut police tape, or walked across barriers after parking on grass verges or in adjacent suburbs.

Once past the federal barriers, they were able to enjoy the bike paths, parkland and overlooks — on what singer Woody Guthrie described as “your land” — during the sunny, 80-degree weekend.

Still, the Obama administration blocked easy access to the river for many Americans, except for boat club members or property owners in the 22308 zip code, where riverside homes sell for at least $1.5 million.

The federal barriers were set along 20 miles of the parkway, starting at a government-built parking lot at President George Washington’s Mount Vernon home and continuing northwards to scenic overlooks in McLean, Va.

“I’ll take my chances,” said one man as he unloaded his two children on a grassy verge beside Roosevelt Island, just across from Washington’s Georgetown district.

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OCTOBER 6, 2013 — Cars driving past barricades on the Washington Memorial Parkway (Neil Munro/TheDC)

Vet group takes down blockade:

See Doug Ross for a gallery of ShutDown images.

The Rockin’ Conservative: Occupy Mingo:

A group of 20 Missouri Patriots attended an Occupy Mingo event today at 1:30pm at the Mingo National Wildlife Refuge near Puxico, MO.  I was proud to be among them.  The event was quickly put together by various folks from several groups — including Cape County Tea Party and SEMO10 — although it was not officially sponsored.
Senator Ted Cruz: This is Harry Reid and President Obama’s Shutdown:
On Friday, Senator Cruz went to the World War II Memorial to welcome Texas veterans and talked to Greta Van Susteren.

One of the areas shut down is the popular Cades Cove – an old community that was donated by local residents to the federal government some 75 years ago, the mayor said.

“Hundreds of families gave up that land, packed up their stuff and moved out to give the country that park,” he said. ‘Now, they’re watching the government shut the gate on it.”

Even more insulting is the National Park Service won’t allow family members to visit old grave sites.

“Some of them have family members buried there,” the mayor said. “And they go and visit every week at the churches still in the cove. They are not able to do that.”

It’s gotten to the point where Mayor Mitchell said Americans are ready to start fighting back.
“It’s almost like they are pushing to see how far they can push before the American people say enough is enough,” he said.

They almost crossed that line in Blount County.

The mayor sent a letter to the Department of Interior and copied the area’s congressional delegation. The letter detailed a plan that would allow the local government to take control of the park until the federal shutdown ended.

“We were willing to open that park up at no cost to the federal government,” he said. “We worked out a plan. That park could be running today just as efficiently as if the federal government had it up and running.”

He never heard back from the feds or his state’s congressional delegation.

Ohio Watchdog.org: Ohio vets ready to storm World War II Memorial:

World War II veterans from Ohio are the next wave of war-worn warriors vowing to defy orders and storm barricades at a memorial built in their honor in Washington, D.C.

An outpouring of support from across the country — and the willingness of guests and volunteers to risk arrest — helped Honor Flight of Northwest Ohio proceed with its scheduled trip Wednesday to the World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C.

“We’d been watching the issue for several weeks,” said Lee Armstrong, the group’s president. “We planned the flight back in May, but knowing they were talking about a government shutdown on Oct. 1, we kept watching and told our volunteers to be ready.”

Honor Flight is a national nonprofit that gives veterans free transportation so they can see war memorials. More than 3,500 veterans from across the country are scheduled to visit the memorials this month.

Watching and waiting gave them time to see what happened when Honor Flight groups from Mississippi and Iowa refused to let barricades at the monument stop them from visiting and paying tribute Tuesday.

On Wednesday, more veterans moved the barricades to gain access and the National Park Service issued an announcement that, despite the government shutdown, the memorial would remain open to veterans under the First Amendment.

Armstrong was told Tuesday by a woman at the National Park Service who refused to give her name that if his Honor Flight group crossed the barricades that had been set up, they were going to be arrested.

The House passed a bill on Saturday to let military chaplains hold services during the shutdown, as Catholic priests under government contract were not allowed to offer communion and other religious services on military bases. Priests could even get arrested for volunteering.

The House voted 400-1 to reinstate furloughed chaplains on a volunteer basis on Saturday afternoon. The one House member who was against the resolution is Rep. William Enyart, a Democrat from Illinois, according to NPR.

The bill was sponsored by Rep. Doug Collins, a Republican from Georgia and a U.S. Air Force Reserve chaplain.

House Republicans were outraged by the fact that chaplains could be barred from offering services due to the shutdown. “Is it really the policy of this administration to make church services illegal? To threaten Catholic priests with jail?” asked Rep. Tim Huelskamp, a Republican from Kansas, during a debate on the measure.

“The constitutional rights of those who put their lives on the line for this nation do not end with a government slowdown,” Kansas Rep. Mike Pompeo said in a statement Friday. “It is completely irresponsible for the president to turn his back on every American’s First Amendment rights by furloughing military contract clergy.”

Pompeo added that President Barack Obama’s strategy during the slowdown, just as during the sequestration, “is to create as much pain as possible.” “However, this action crosses a constitutional line of obstructing every U.S. service member’s ability to practice his or her religion.”

Tony Lee, Big Government:  HOUSE PASSES TWO MORE BILLS TO FUND PARTS OF GOV’T:

The House on Friday passed two more narrow appropriations bills to fund parts of the government during the government shutdown. The Senate, which Democrats lead, has rejected five previous bills that were similar.

According to The Hill, the House “passed resolutions to fund the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC).”

Though most Democrats oppose funding the government with piecemeal bills, 23 Democrats joined with House Republicans to fund FEMA and 22 Democrats voted with Republicans to fund the programs. Senate Democrats have rejected the piecemeal bills in order to put pressure on the House to adopt a so-called “clean” short-term resolution with no attachments.

Legal Insurrection: NBC Nightly News features children turned away from NIH, ignores Dem funding opposition:

After Republicans in the House of Representatives passed a funding bill for the National Institutes of Health, NBC Nightly News has run two feature stories about children and other patients who could not enroll in a cancer clinical trial at NIH because of the “shutdown.”

In neither story was the Republican funding bill or Democratic rejection of funding mentioned.

Twitchy: Spite House Shutdown Scam: Amber Alert site only redirected to appear down?

As Twitchy reported, the Spite House hit a new low by making the Amber Alert website go darkwhile FLOTUS’ “Let’s Move” site remains active. The Amber Alert system is allegedly still in place, but the information website has been deemed “non-essential.” Because shutdown and stuff.

But, some Twitter users questioned the “unavailable” page Sunday night.

The Strata-sphere: Where Is The GOP PR Machine?

Where oh where is the GOP media machine? Now that Obama and the NPS has given them so much damn ammunition to win the PR battle why is it all we hear and see is crickets?

When Obama Barrycaded Tot Lots to protect them from toddlers – where were the camera, ads and sound overs? Note: this was reported (but buried in the middle of the story) by the Washington Post so it has a great source!

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When Obama Barrycaded the WWII Memorial, where is the 30 second ad of disgust? There is some amazing home-grown political art out there to tap! Why the silence?

Folks on Twitter yesterday were scratching their heads at the fact that Republicans on the Sunday talk shows weren’t hammering this. Another opportunity lost for the GOP.

Gateway Pundit: It Begins… Leftists Vandalize GOP Rep’s Office – Hang Tea Bags:

This is what happens when you can’t win an argument intellectually.
Burleston Star reported:

U.S. Rep. Roger Williams, R-Austin, reported anti-Tea Party and anti-Republican protestors vandalized the entry to his district office in Cleburne this week.

Tea bags were hung from the door, along with signs, which Williams’ staff claim are the property of Moveon.org. The signs deliver a variety of messages. Among those are, “It’s time for your recall,” “You’re fired,” and “It’s time to vote you out.”

Williams is serving the first year of his first two-year term in Texas’ 25th District.

Other signs call Williams an “anti-American racist” and “D___bag Republican.”

Moe Lane: Sticker Shock: Californians suddenly discover why all the Republican shouting over #Obamacare:

Meet Tom Waschura, Californian, father of two – oh, and right: Obama supporter.  Just got a letter from his healthcare provider telling him that his private health insurance just went up by ten grand a year:

“I was laughing at Boehner — until the mail came today,” Waschura said, referring to House Speaker John Boehner, who is leading the Republican charge to defund Obamacare.

“I really don’t like the Republican tactics, but at least now I can understand why they are so pissed about this. When you take $10,000 out of my family’s pocket each year, that’s otherwise disposable income or retirement savings that will not be going into our local economy.”

Let me tell you a secret: we don’t need people like Mr. Waschura to love us.  We just need people like him to vote their class interests, to quote the Marxists who unaccountably confidently expect this rotating disaster of a health care rationing system to fuel public outcry for socialized medicine.  They don’t have to vote Republican forever, you know.  We’ll be happy if they vote Republican just enough to allow the party to kill this thing.

Weasel Zippers: SHOCKER! Despite Being Taken Offline Over Weekend For Repairs, Obamacare Exchange Still A Glitch-Filled Mess…

Just because they can’t get a website right despite having years to work on it doesn’t mean they can’t run the U.S. health care system, right?

Via Beltway Confidential:

Department of Health and Human Services officials announced late Friday that during “off peak” times over the weekend it would would be taking down the federal website meant to enroll Americans in President Obama’s health care program to perform site maintenance.

“We expect that Monday, less than a week after the Marketplace opening, there will be significant improvements in the online consumer experience,” HHS spokeswoman Joanne Peters promised in the release.

But when I attempted to visit Healthcare.gov this morning, I experienced the same problems I did before the maintenance.

Ginni Thomas, The Daily Caller: Issa: ‘There’s a reason to fear’ Obama agencies:

RepublicanCalifornia Rep. Darrell Issa, the GOP’s top government watchdog, warns that we have entered a time to “love my country, fear my government.”

“Right now, there’s a reason to fear the IRS and other agencies, including the EPA, who are loaded with people who feel empowered to bend the rules against those they disagree with,” the California Republican explained.

Issa has been investigating the Internal Revenue Service since Lois Lerner’s May 2013 admission that the agency treated conservative groups differently, and his Sept. 17 committee report details the committee’s progress and findings to date.

Lee Stranahan: The #Pigford A-Bomb: Massive Document Reveals Pigford II Filers:

Citizen journalists, rejoice.

For three years, I’ve been investigating fraud in the Pigford black farmers settlement. In my long work on the story with Andrew Breitbart and others, I’ve exposed how easy it was to collect a $50,000 check if you filled out the paperwork right. But there were things we never knew the specifics on.

But just how greedy were people?

How many claims were so outrageous that they screamed for some kind of fraud investigation? 

The public had no way of knowing and they gave billions of tax dollars to Pigford Claimants. We knew the outlines. We knew the big picture. We didn’t have the fine, minute details.

Until now. 

This link is to a legal document that contains the list of 10s of thousands of ‘late filers’; the Pigford II plaintiffs that President Barack Obama sponsored. 

Download the document. Look for yourself.

Daniel Greenfield, FrontPageMagazine: Obama Sends “Elite FBI Unit” to Read Al Qaeda Terrorist his “Rights”:

“Hello Bob, I’m going to need some of your best men, women and trans-confused things on this.

“We’ve got a top Al-Qaeda terrorist in custody and we need some top notch fellows to read him his rights beforehe spills his guts. That’s right. We sent in men to risk their lives capturing him, but we don’t want him to talk. We want to make sure he never talks again by giving him a bunch of lawyers and putting him on trial.

“It’s a dangerous mission. He’s a known spitter. And biter. But I know your boys, girls, trans-things can handle it.”

NRSC: The Coalition of the Wild Eyed:

While Democratic leaders in Congress continue to obstruct budget negotiations and force a government shutdown, their party’s rhetoric has grown increasingly intransigent and angry. This video holds a mirror up to the rhetoric from today’s Democratic Party – the Coalition of the Wild-Eyed.

Watcher of Weasels: Forum: Do You Have Friends Or Family  With Opposite Political Views, And Are You Able To Ever Discuss Politics With Them?

JoshuaPundit: I  have no problem discussing issues with anyone, although I rarely do in every day life unless it’s someone I know can handle it. And that’s rare to non-existent these days.

Having both friends and family with very opposite views to mine, I’ve yet to find any of them capable of having a decent give and take discussion of the issues. Either they’re not well informed at all, or they’re simply  incapable of talking to anyone whom disagrees with them  without resorting to invective or simply repeating the same Leftist catechism. I use that term advisedly because for many of them  Leftism is a religion, and for me to criticize their religion makes me not merely wrong, but evil in their eyes.

So we have a tacit agreement that we simply don’t talk politics.

I have a theory anyway that many people on the Left don’t do debate well,but function best in an echo chamber or an arena where what they say isn’t easily questioned, like a college classroom or a media platform surrounded by the Faithful. That’s why Air America was such a miserable failure. The normal tactic is the old Alinksky trick of personalizing the target and demonizing them…but it can be dealt with by simply staying on point, not swallowing the bait, and simply turning the Alinsky trick right back on them with a smile…as Ted Cruz superbly demonstrates here with CNN’s ‘journalist’ Candy Crowley.

Esther Goldberg, The American Spectator: Why Is This Not a National Tragedy?

An unarmed 34-year-old woman suffering from postpartum depression is surrounded by the authorities while sitting in her car, and gunned down in cold blood. She is blocked in. She cannot move. And yet she is killed by heavily armed security officers. Her one-year old child witnesses this from the back seat. Why is this not a national tragedy?

Miriam Carey was a young African-American woman who wanted to better herself. She went to college and graduated with a BA degree in health and nutrition science. She became a dental hygienist. One of her neighbors noted that it was obvious she was educated. She gave birth to her daughter a year ago and began to suffer from postpartum depression. She displayed some irrational behavior and was put on medication.

Thus far it’s not an uncommon story. About 50% of women who give birth suffer from postpartum depression. A friend of mine was on medication for more than 8 years after her daughter was born. This might conceivably happen to my daughter. Or to one of Obama’s daughters, come to think of it.

Then, on October 3, Miriam crashed her car into a security barrier near the White House. She was surrounded by security men shouting at her and pointing high-power guns. Was it so irrational to try to escape, to protect her daughter from men pointing pistols at her? A chase ensued, and she then crashed her car into a median somewhere in the vicinity of the Congress. She was blocked by security forces from several agencies. She could not move. She was unarmed, and alone save for her daughter. In her car, unprotected. And then she was killed.

Very unsettling. Shouldn’t have happened.

NY Magazine: In Conversation: Antonin Scalia:

On September 26—a day that just happened to be the 27th anniversary of his swearing-in as associate justice—Antonin Scalia entered the Supreme Court’s enormous East Conference Room so casually that one might easily have missed him. He is smaller than his king-size persona suggests, and his manner more puckish than formal. Washingtonians may know Scalia as charming and disarming, but most outsiders tend to regard him as either a demigod on stilts or a menace to democracy, depending on which side of the aisle they sit. A singularity on the Court and an icon on the right, Scalia is perhaps more responsible than any American alive for the mainstreaming of conservative ideas about ­jurisprudence—in particular the principles of originalism ­(interpreting the Constitution as the framers intended it rather than as an evolving document) and textualism (that statutes must be ­interpreted based on their words alone). And he has got to be the only justice to ever use the phrase “argle-bargle” in a dissent.

You came to Washington as a lawyer during the Nixon administration, just before Watergate. What on Earth was that like?

It was a sad time. It was very depressing. Every day, the Washington Post would come out with something new—it trickled out bit by bit. Originally, you thought, It couldn’t be, but it obviously was. As a young man, you’re dazzled by the power of the White House and all that. But power tends to corrupt.

Then you served in the Ford administration. That must have been an awfully lonely time to be a young conservative.

It was a terrible time, not for the Republican Party, but for the presidency. It was such a wounded and enfeebled presidency, and Congress was just eating us alive. I mean, we had a president who had never been elected to anything except … what? A district in Michigan? Everything was in chaos.

It was a time when people were talking about “the imperial presidency.” I knew very well that the 900-pound gorilla in Washington is not the presidency. It’s Congress. If Congress can get its act together, it can roll over the president. That’s what the framers thought. They said you have to enlist your jealousy against the legislature in a ­democracy—that will be the source of tyranny.

But weren’t you just saying that you learned from Watergate that presidents aren’t incorruptible?

What, and Congress is? I mean, they’re all human beings. Power tends to corrupt. But the power in Washington resides in Congress, if it wants to use it. It can do anything—it can stop the Vietnam War, it can make its will felt, if it can ever get its act together to do anything.

Had you already arrived at originalism as a philosophy?

I don’t know when I came to that view. I’ve always had it, as far as I know. Words have meaning. And their meaning doesn’t change. I mean, the notion that the Constitution should simply, by decree of the Court, mean something that it didn’t mean when the people voted for it—frankly, you should ask the other side the question! How did they ever get there?

Obama’s War On God Continues: FL Christian Ministry Must Choose Between Jesus and USDA Aid

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Is it my imagination, or is the Obama Regime going out of its way to impose policies here and abroad that hurt Christians?

Via Andrew Marcus at Gateway Pundit, a Christian ministry in Florida has been ordered by the Feds to remove all of their religious symbols if they want any federal assistance in feeding the poor.

A Florida ministry that feeds the poor said a state agriculture department official told them they would not be allowed to receive USDA food unless they removed portraits of Christ, the Ten Commandments, a banner that read “Jesus is Lord” and stopping giving Bibles to the needy.

Not only was the Christian ministry told it must strip its office of all Christian symbols, they were told they could no long practice their faith.

Daly and her staff sat in stunned disbelief as the government agents also informed them that the Christian Service Center could no longer pray or provide Bibles to those in need. The government contract also forbade any references to the ministry’s chapel.

No word yet, on whether they were forced to reveal the content of their prayers.

According to Todd Starnes of Fox News, the Christian ministry had been providing food to the hungry in Lake City, Fla. for the past 31 years without any problems until now.

This is part of an clear and chilling pattern of anti-Christian animus on the part of this Regime.

Previously:

Video: Tearful Christian Woman Terrorized Out Of Her Syrian Village Begs Obama To Stop Arming The Rebel Jihadists

Obama’s Silence Equals Consent As His Muslim Brotherhood Allies Torch Dozens of Coptic Christian Churches

In Obama’s America “Army Values” Don’t Tolerate Christian Views on Marriage (Updated)

Video: WH Refuses To Denounce Obama Pastor’s Rev. Wright Style Easter Rant

SHOCK: ARMY INSTRUCTOR LABELS CATHOLICS, EVANGELICALS, MORMONS AND JEWS ‘RELIGIOUS EXTREMISTS’

Maybe it’s Time to Call The Southern Poverty Law Center a Hate Group

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

Shock Claim: New Obama Litmus Test For Military Leaders: They Must Be Willing to Fire On US Citizens – UPDATE: Jim Garrow a Flake? UPDATE II: Garrow Interviewed

Obama’s Anti-Mormon Campaign Targeting Christian Voters

Why Does Obama Have A Known *Pervert Gay Activist (I changed my mind again)PERVERT For His “Safe Schools” Czar?

The Many Faces Of Obama

Linked by Doug Ross, thanks!

Cruz: It’s a ‘Sad State of Affairs When the United States is Arm in Arm With Oppressive Islamist Governments’ (Video)

Appearing on Hannity last night, Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) fielded questions on Syria and defunding ObamaCare.

He agreed that Assad’s (alleged) use of chemical weapons is an outrage, but went on to note that with all its bluster, the Regime has neglected to mention the touchstone of what our policy on Syria should be – ” the vital national security interests of  this country.”

He said, “under no circumstances should we be arming rebels who are affiliated with al Qaida and this administration has already suggested that they want to arm the rebels with no reliable means of differentiating al Qaida from non al Qaida”. He noted later on in the interview that of the nine major rebel groups, seven of them may have “significant ties” to al Qaida.

He also declared that our concern should be the chemical weapons and preventing them from falling into the hands of terrorist groups. (which may be too late according to Walid Shoebat who posts evidence the Syrian Rebels used Chemical Weapons (not Assad.)

As for the perception in Egypt that the Regime’s rabidly pro-Muslim Brotherhood, Cruz said, “what a sad state of affairs when the United States is arm in arm with oppressive Islamist governments.”

Hannity made the cogent point that “we’ve gotten to the point where our allies don’t trust us and our enemies don’t fear us”, to which Cruz responded, the one principle that has proved true from time immemorial is that bullies and tyrants don’t respect weakness.”

From there Hannity went to the fight to defund ObamaCare.

It’s an uphill battle to be sure.

How do we win? Cruz says, first we get 41 Republicans in the Senate and 218 Republicans in the House to stand together on defunding ObamaCare – and the way to do that, he said is to get millions of people to sign his petition to defund ObamaCare. As it stands, it’s at 666,381. It’s got a ways to go to be the “tsunami” Cruz is hoping for.

Have you signed the “Don’t Fund it” petition yet? What are you waiting for?

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CBN News: Muslim Brotherhood Influence Reaches White House:

WASHINGTON — The Muslim Brotherhood appears on the ropes in Egypt following a military crackdown on the radical movement. Here in the United States, however, one American-Islamic group linked to the Brotherhood continues to thrive.

The Islamic Society of North America, or ISNA, will hold its 50th annual convention over Labor Day weekend this year.

And ISNA even has the ear of the White House.

A Grand Jihad

Before President Barack Obama departed for Israel earlier this year, he took time to consult with Mohamed Magid.

Magid has reportedly become a trusted administration advisor on issues ranging from immigration to counterterrorism policy.

White House officials have praised Magid’s organization, ISNA, as a pillar of the American-Muslim community.

But according to analyst Ryan Mauro of the Clarion Project, an organization dedicated to exposing radical Islam, ISNA’s agenda is anything but mainstream.

“We know from the Muslim Brotherhood’s own documents that [ISNA] is a Muslim Brotherhood front — they say that explicitly in one of their 1991 secret memos,” Mauro told CBN News.

Mauro said that internal Muslim Brotherhood documents, captured by the FBI, name ISNA as one of 29 American-Muslim organizations with ties to the Muslim Brotherhood.

The Brotherhood gave birth to both al Qaeda and Hamas.

Weasel Zippers:  Poll: 69 Percent of Egyptians Want Muslim Brotherhood Banned From Politics…

Via Egypt Independent:

A poll conducted by the Egyptian Center for Public Opinion Research, or Baseera, published on Tuesday, showed that 69 percent of Egyptians reject the Muslim Brotherhood’s future engagement in Egyptian politics.

That figure compared with just six percent who said the Muslim Brotherhood should play a part in politics in the future.

The poll was conducted to measure public opinion after the 30 June protests and the overthrow of President Mohamed Morsy, following the dispersal of two pro-Morsy sit-ins at Rabaa al-Adaweya and Giza’s al-Nahda Square.

According to the poll, 69 percent of Egyptians reject the continued involvement of the Muslim Brotherhood in politics.

Twitchy: ‘Are you kidding me?’ Brit Hume not a fan of UN weapons inspection policy:

UN weapons inspectors mission is only to find out IF chemical weapons used but NOT who used them. Are you kidding me?

DC Clothesline: Why is Barack Obama preparing a military response to the Syrian chemical attack when the United States never responded militarily to the Benghazi terrorist attack?

While our government is claiming it was Assad who used the chemical weapons this is the same Obama regime who falsely claimed for weeks on end that a youtube video was responsible for the terrorist attack in Benghazi which left Chris Stevens, Glen Doherty, Sean Smith, and Tyrone Woods dead when everyone knew this was not the case, so forgive me if I feel as if the Obama regime has no credibility.

And speaking of Benghazi.

At this point we do not know what Barack Obama’s response will be to the Syrian situation but we do know this, it will be more than the response given to the terrorist attack in Benghazi. In that case the United States responded to the violence by condemning a video and apologizing for the disgusting video.

Why does Barack Obama feel it is the obligation of the United States to interfere militarily in a civil war because chemical weapons were used against the civilians in Syria when he didn’t feel obligated to respond militarily either during–when he might have been able to save American lives–or after the terrorist attack which killed Unites States citizens?

 

Erick Erickson, Red State:  The Meatloaf Caucus #DefundIt:

Congressman Rob Woodall (R-GA HAFA Score 78) was a great sport this past Friday. He joined me for my radio show in Atlanta, which is on WSB, the nation’s most listened to talk radio station.

During the course of our conversation, Congressman Woodall said the fight against Obamacare is “the biggest issue of our generation.” He also said of the Republicans in Congress “there is nothing we won’t do in order to see this President’s health care bill repealed.

Got that? It is “the biggest issue of our generation” and “there is nothing we won’t do in order to see this President’s health care bill repealed.” Got it?

But he and the Republican leadership won’t support defunding it with a continuing resolution.

They are the Meatloaf Caucus. It’s like the old Meatloaf lyrics that he will do anything for love, but he won’t do that.

The Meatloaf Caucus will do anything to defeat Obamacare, but they won’t defund it.

Political Insiders: “If GOP Shuts Down Government, They’ll Have Gone From The Stupid Party To The Suicidal Party” (Video)

Washington insiders Doug Schoen, John LeBoutillier, and Pat Caddell, talk inside baseball every Sunday om Fox News’ “Political Insiders” with Gregg Jarrett

This week, the Insiders tackled the Ted Cruz/Mike Lee plan to defund Obamacare. All three of the insiders agreed that if the Republican party adopts Ted Cruz’s plan, they will have gone from the “Stupid Party” to the “Suicide Party”. It’s every Democrat’s “dream” for a shutdown of the government so they can blame Republicans, according to Jarrett. Schoen said, “the Republicans are on target to hold the House and potentially win the Senate.” He continued that “the only potential game changer that the Democrats have to win the House is a shutdown.” The insiders think that a shut down of the government would be successfully blamed on Republicans putting 2014 in danger.  (Here’s Ann Coulter offering an opposing view.)

The Insiders also took an incredibly dim view of impeachment, Pat Caddell calling it not only self destructive, but “mental self abuse by people on the right….” His argument seemed to be that  Republicans should just keep investigating Obama’s scandals, “and see where it goes.” ( And here’s Andre McCarthy with an opposing view on impeachment.)

They continued to pound Boehner for not appointing a select committee on Benghazi, which 2/3 of House Republicans now support. They got that one right.

Moving on to Syria…. Hey, did you know that the gas attack in Syria happened on the one year anniversary of Obama’s “Red Line” ultimatum, “which he then didn’t enforce”.  This president is so weak, Caddell notes, “It tells you a lot about the contempt – whether it’s Assad, the Russians – it’s why the entire region is blowing up.” He went on, “it’s not that he’s a pacifist so much as he is a person who’s not an American exceptionalist – but the worst part is, he doesn’t believe in America, he believes in leading from behind. His one initiative, which was to embrace the Muslim Brotherhood has turned that region into a – a – sinkhole disaster.

Commenting further on Obama’s phony “red line”, Caddell said, “You have to say what you mean and mean what you say, and this president doesn’t because he is so far over his head, and he’s surrounded by people who frankly are incompetent. What’s happening in Egypt and in Syria is a disaster.”

Linked by Maggie’s Farm, and Bastion of Liberty, thanks!

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