Unbelievable: Amanda Marcotte Accuses The Little Sisters Of The Poor Of Trying To ‘Weasel Out’ Of Contraception Mandate Exemption (Video)

Writing at the amateur webzine, Slate, radical feminista and noted abortion advocate, Amanda Marcotte weighed in on the Obama adminstration’s contraception fight against the Little Sisters of the Poor.

As Rich Lowrey explained at National Review, the Catholic nuns want no part in authorizing coverage of contraceptive or abortive drugs:

When the contraception mandate first caused an uproar, the administration contrived a so-called accommodation for religiously oriented groups (actual churches have always been exempt). But whoever crafted it had a sick sense of humor. The very same document by which a group registers its moral objection to contraceptives and abortifacients also authorizes the insurer to cover them for the group’s employees. What the accommodation gives with one hand, it takes away with the other.

The Little Sisters refuse to sign such a document. They happen to be in an unusual situation because they get their insurance from another religiously affiliated organization opposed to contraceptives and abortifacients, so it may be that these drugs don’t get covered no matter what. But the Little Sisters can’t be sure of this — the regulations are complicated and subject to change.

In making the point that by signing the  form, the nuns would be exempting themselves from having to cover their employees, (so what’s the problemo??!!), Marcotte accused the Little Sisters of the Poor – an order of nuns who have dedicated their lives to helping the poor, sick and elderly, of trying to “weasel out of it.”

That’s right: These groups are arguing that filling out a form is a violation of their religious freedom and that “religious freedom” means that you should have control over your employee’s health care decisions even when they happen outside of the insurance coverage you directly provide for them. Even the lawyer for one of the groups, the Little Sisters of the Poor Home for the Aged, admits that this lawsuit is about trying to weasel out of nothing more onerous than signing a piece of paper. “Without an emergency injunction,” Mark Rienzi told the Associated Press, “Mother Provincial Loraine Marie Maguire has to decide between two courses of action: (a) sign and submit a self-certification form, thereby violating her religious beliefs; or (b) refuse to sign the form and pay ruinous fines.”

Last Friday, Megyn Kelly cited the Slate column when she interviewed Mark Rienzi about the case. He said, the form is actually a permission slip.

Rienzi made the point that the Obama DOJ would not be fighting the nuns all the way to the Supeme Court and threatening them with huge fines if this were merely an innocent exemption form as the Obama administration and its acolytes suggest.

The nuns’ objection to this is not just about their objection to contraception, but on the Government’s lack of a Constitutional right to dictate what is and is not “religious”.They feel that signing anything would amount to conceding that the Government has a role, here.

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.

Ed Schultz Is Nuts (Video)

Yesterday on his MSNBC show, a delusional and manic Ed Schultz channeled former Democratic Governor Howard Dean, screeching a supportive “yeah!” after  showing a clip of Obama out on the  permanent campaign trail defending ObamaCare.

Via Newsbusters:

Schultz wondered aloud, “Am I asking too much as an Obama supporter to want that?” The liberal host then mocked Obama’s performance at a news conference as ” Well, we haven’t been very good. I’m not happy.” An increasingly manic Schultz began shrieking, “…The next time you go into the press room in Washington, you give it to them! You let them have it! This is good! This is great for America!”

Had to share this – it’s just too funny watching pro-Obama dead-enders melt down in comic fashion as their hero’s “signature achievement” crashes and burns.
Newsbusters reports that on Wednesday, Schultz actually justified the President lying to Americans about the health care law. What else are they going to do at this point? They denied the lies for years – when the lies could no longer be denied – they had to be justified, somehow. Hey, the American people don’t know what’s good for them. They can’t handle the truth. We must place our faith and trust in our Lord and Savior King Obama.

What was Obama even doing in Cleveland yesterday, you might be wondering. I was.
According to Cleveland.com, “Obama returned to feed off a friendly vibe while attempting to move his administration beyond the maelstrom of his signature health care program’s debut.”
In other words – ObamaCrash is making DC a huge bummer for him. He needed to return to a union strong Democrat stronghold to bask in the glow of his adoring drones. How pathetic is that?
I don’t know who I feel more scornful of – Obama or the dead-enders who still support him.

Whoa: Obama Threatens To Veto House ‘Keep Your Health Plan Act’

Just this morning Obama announced his  illegal  “fix” to Obamacare. Now he’s threatening to veto the House’s legal fix to Obamacare? This is crazed.

The Hill reports:

The White House issued a formal veto threat Thursday night of a bill offered by House Republicans that would allow insurance companies to continue offering health plans that existed before the beginning of the new year.

The legislation, sponsored by Rep. Fred Upton (R-Mich.), is coming up for a vote on Friday.

In a statement from the Office of Management and Budget, the administration argues the law is intended to “sabotage” ObamaCare.

“[The bill] rolls back the progress made by allowing insurers to continue to sell new plans that deploy practices such as not offering coverage for people with pre-existing conditions, charging women more than men, and continuing yearly caps on the amount of care that enrollees receive,” the statement said.

Millions of Americans have received cancellation notices from insurance companies saying that their current plan will no longer be available under ObamaCare. Originally, the law did not permit grandfathering of plans that had been purchased or substantially altered since the health bill was passed three years ago. Some insurance companies also opted to stop offering plans that did not satisfy the minimum coverage requirements mandated for new enrollees under the Affordable Care Act.

There has been a debate among conservatives about whether the Republican fix would do more harm than good.

I’ve listened to both sides of the argument and remained conflicted until now. Let’s face it – after the last five years or so, the idea of Republicans outmaneuvering Democrats in Washington seemed like a stretch. But by gosh, it looks like their bet that Obama would veto the bill and he and Dems would take all the political damage may have won the day. Millions of Americans are still ObamaCare’s big losers – but so are Barack Obama and his Democrat clown posse in Congress.

And keep in mind…Obama made explicit what his totally bogus, illegal “fix” was all about at his presser when he said, “the Affordable Care Act is not going to be the reason why insurers have to cancel your plans.” He’s trying to shift the blame from ObamaCare onto the insurance companies for the canceled plans. But no one is buying it. NO ONE. Everyone understands that it’s nearly impossible to restore all the canceled policies in the amount of time they have to do it.

The media are not giving him a free pass on this one. Obama’s BS is no longer flying.

Congress needs to focus on REPEAL and replace. It’s time to unveil the health care plan they have waiting in the wings: The American Health Care Reform Act.

SEE ALSO:

Twitchy: President threatens to veto Keep Your Health Plan Act

John Hayward, Conversation: Obama threatens to veto the measure he just called for

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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.

Extortion: How Obama’s “Squeegee Man” Eric Holder Punishes Obama’s Political Enemies (Video)

Author Peter Schweizer was on Hannity, Tuesday night to talk about  his explosive new book Extortion.

He talked about the mind-blowing corruption and political extortion that is rampant in DC,  these days on both sides of the aisle but noting  that it comes from the top. He compared the Regime to “the squeegee man that used to be in NYC – - they’d walk up to your car and say I want to clean your windshield – they’ve got a cloth in one hand and a brick in the other, and you’ve got to pay them or the brick’s coming through the windshield”….

He said that’s a huge problem at the DOJ. “Eric Holder is the basically the Squeegee guy holding the brick. There are companies that are being told that they are subject to DOJ investigation, criminal and civil, and then these companies are solicited for political donations to the Obama Campaign (in 2012) and now to political committees and there is statistical evidence in the book that literally, you cut your chance of going to jail in half if you make a contribution.”

He said, “the other thing they’re doing is after the 2010 midterm elections, when they had that stunning defeat in Congress, the Obama Department of Justice targeted the industries that financed the tea party candidates that got elected.”

Literally days after President Obama made that famous statement “we’re going to punish our political opponents,”[the Holder DOJ sent out an industry sweep letter to companies in the oil and gas sector which said you are subject to criminal investigation and you'd better share and cooperate....it was a clear intimidation tactic being used."

Remember what happened to Gallup when they released some polls that weren't pleasing to Obama, last year? All of a sudden, they were the subject of a DOJ investigation into their poll methodology..."Punish your enemies..." My God, Hannity's right, we're living in a Banana Republic. When are people going to wise up???

Schweizer continued to say that "the top Republican financiers in 2012 were all subject to DOJ criminal charges." Every one.   "It's shocking really unlike anything we've ever seen," he added.

"The top five positions at the DOJ beginning with Eric Holder were all campaign bundlers for the Obama Campaign.  These Obama fund raisers were raising money to put Obama into power, and now are making decisions about who they are going to prosecute and who they're not going to prosecute."  Schweizer  called it  " melding of the DOJ and the campaign apparatus of the Obama campaign."

And remember how electing this brilliant man of the left was going to elevate our standing in the world? Yeah, not so much...

Schweitzer said, "the world bank and World Economic Forum ...do a study every year on competitiveness of countries. Since 2009 in both of these major studies, we've gone from the middle of the pack among advanced industrialized countries in perceived corruption, to now in 2013 we are at the bottom of the pack. We are now seen as most prone to corruption of any industrialized country in the world. That's how far it slipped and how quickly it slipped."

"And the DOJ"  Schweizer claims, "is right in the middle of it."

Serious question: Why is Eric Holder still Attorney General?

Hat tip: Doug Ross

SEE ALSO,  Bastion of Liberty: The Egotist Part 2: “Laws Are For Using Against The Little People”

Previously:

Regime Slaps JP Morgan With $13 Billion Fine After CEO Criticizes Obama (Video)

The Obama Administration’s Ugly and Embarrassing Public Spat With Gallup

Why Is The Obama Administration Targeting Gibson Guitars?

How Obama Is Pitting Americans Against Each Other

More Thug Politics: Obama Administration Investigates Humana’s Free Speech

Obama Threatening T.V. Stations (Again)!

More Heavy Handed Assaults On Free Speech From Obama Brigades

How Obama Fights

Obama Threatening TV Stations For Airing Ayers Ad (UPDATE: AIP Responds)

 

Reid: Why Would We Want To Pass A Bill To Help Children With Cancer? (Video)

More stunningly bad optics for the Dems. When asked by Dana Bash at CNN why he isn’t willing to help even one child who has cancer, Reid responded “Why would we want to do that?”

BASH: But if you can help one child with cancer, why wouldn’t you do it?

REID: Why would we want to do that? I have 1100 people at Nellis Air Force Base sitting home. They have problems of their own.

Reid then attacked Bash’s intelligence, “For someone of your intelligence to suggest such a thing is irresponsible.”

Video via NRSC Blog:

What?!

We need more of this. We need more Obama, Reid, and Pelosi in front of the cameras showing us who they really are. They are our best weapon right now.

#RetireReid

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NRSC: Are All Memorials Closed To Veterans?

Via The Daily Caller: 

Appearing before the memorial, hours after World War II veterans passed through the Park Service’s barricade, RNC Chairman Reince Priebus announced that the committee has put aside enough money to hire 5 full-time security personnel for the next 30 days to keep the memorial open.

“Make no mistake, it was the Obama administration’s choice to barricade this memorial and it was their choice to lock out veterans across this country,” Preibus said.

Jim Geraghty, Campaign Spot: How the Park Service Is Enforcing the Shutdown on the Mall Today

Nobel Peace Prize Winning Citizen of the World President Willing to Go It Alone On Bombing Syria

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Wow, looks like our neocon warrior president couldn’t get anyone to join team al Qaeda with him.

President Obama is willing to move ahead with a limited military strike on Syria even while allies like Britain are debating whether to join the effort and without an endorsement from the United Nations Security Council, senior administration officials said Thursday.

He’s also willing to go it alone without Congressional authorization or the support (or even the knowledge) of the American public, too, so I guess we shouldn’t be surprised.

It keeps getting better…Syria, Iran threaten retaliation; Russia sends warships:

Syrian allies Iran and Russia are working together to prevent a Western military attack on Syria, the Iranian president said, as Russia said it is sending warships to the Mediterranean, where U.S. ships are already in position.

Don’t worry, though – Obama knows just what to do.

Dan Riehl, The Conversation: Cameron Humiliated: UK Parliament Votes No on Syria

In what Reuters calls a humiliating defeat, British Prime Minister David Cameron lost a parliamentary vote meant to have Britain join in any potential military strike on Syria.

The vote “appeared to all but rule out British involvement in such action,” according to reports.

In a humiliating and unexpected development, Cameron and his coalition government failed to pass a motion that would have authorised military action against Syria in principle by 285 to 272 votes.

See Also:

My posts at The Conversation, today have been mostly about Syria:

Cruz: The President must call a special session of Congress On Syria

Our Next President Is Going To Need A Bigger Reset Button

Boehner Tells Obama: Military Deserves to Have Confidence That A Thorough Strategy Is In Place

Obama Administration Transfers Two GITMO Detainees to Algeria

Video: Mystery priest appears to pray over crash victim, then vanishes

I posted this amazing story at The Conversation:

Do miracles still happen? Do angels walk among us?

The faithful aren’t “required” to believe in stories of personal revelation, but this incredible KSDK report could convince even the not-so-faithful that every once in awhile God can bust into our lives in a very real way.

A reminder that when it seems like all hope is lost, through the power of prayer, God can still work miracles:

Emergency workers and community members in eastern Missouri are not sure what to make of a mystery priest who showed up at a critical accident scene Sunday morning and whose prayer seemed to change life-threatening events for the positive.

Even odder, the black-garbed priest does not appear in any of the nearly 70 photos of the scene of the accident in which a 19-year-old girl almost died. No one knows the priest and he vanished without a word, said Raymond Reed, fire chief of New London, Mo. “I think it’s a miracle,” Reed said. “I would say whether it was an angel that was sent to us in the form of a priest or a priest that became our angel, I don’t know. Either way, I’m good with it.”

Keep reading here.

 

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Um…NSA Collecting Phone Records of Millions of Americans Daily UPDATE: Holder To Investigate Leaker

Would you believe this blockbuster story was broken in a British newspaper, The Guardian? Of course you would because the US media is too lame to break stories like this.

Attorney General Eric Holder’s Department of Justice cast a wide net in his search of AP phone logs, was the picture of intrusiveness in the James Rosen case, and now NSA is targeting millions of Americans for daily data collection?

Glenn Greenwald reports on secret court order, issued in April, which compelled one of the nation’s largest telecom providers to hand over daily call logs to the federal government. The information did not include actual content of conversations, but it included everything but:

The National Security Agency is currently collecting the telephone records of millions of US customers of Verizon, one of America’s largest telecoms providers, under a top secret court order issued in April.

The order, a copy of which has been obtained by the Guardian, requires Verizon on an “ongoing, daily basis” to give the NSA information on all telephone calls in its systems, both within the US and between the US and other countries.

The document shows for the first time that under the Obama administration the communication records of millions of US citizens are being collected indiscriminately and in bulk – regardless of whether they are suspected of any wrongdoing.

We will probably soon be finding out that such “daily data collections” are not limited to just Verison.

I can’t wait to see the responses of Obama and Holder, tomorrow after they read all about this bombshell in the newspaper.

The video report below about the massive NSA spy center in Utah, is from a year ago and there were already concerns that colossal facility would be used to spy on Americans. Security expert Mark Baker seemed pretty sure that the facility wouldn’t be used to target ordinary Americans. But, as we know from recent events, this particular government will do whatever it darn well feels like doing.

Fox did another report recently about the completed center, but I couldn’t find that on Youtube.

UPDATE: 

Holder is springing into action – will “very likely” be investigating who leaked the information to Glenn Greenwald at The Guardian.

On Thursday’s “Morning Joe,” New York City Deputy Mayor Howard Wolfson asked if Greenwald would be investigated and suggested the White House would face many questions about the Guardian story.

“They may not be prepared to answer that question,” Wolfson said. “But given what happened with Fox, given what happened with AP, that will be a very hot topic today.”

Williams, a well-sourced reporter who just interviewed Attorney General Eric Holderlast night about the leak investigations, jumped in with an answer.

“I was told last night: definitely there will be a leak investigation,” he said.

However, a senior administration official told The Huffington Post Thursday morning that it’s premature to suggest an investigation is certain to take place.

“There’s been no referral yet from the intelligence community,” the official said.

Meanwhile, at NRO, Andrew McCarthy is saying that this story is being overblown, but the concerns people have about this particular administration are certainly valid (elections have consequences):

Here is what they don’t tell you. Telephone record information (e.g., the numbers dialed and duration of calls) is not and has never been protected by the Fourth Amendment. The Supreme Court held as much in its 1979 Smith v. Maryland decision. Understand: the phone record information at issue here is very different from the content of telephone conversations. Because the latter involve higher privacy expectations, they are heavily regulated under not only the Fourth Amendment but both Title III of the federal penal code and the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA). Under these laws, the government is not permitted to access communications content absent court authorization based on probable cause either that a crime has been committed or that the surveillance target is an agent of a foreign power (such as a terrorist organization or a hostile government).

(Because the Post’s report relates to information the government is gathering pursuant to court order, I am not going to rehash the vigorous debate we had circa 2004-2006 over the NSA’s warrantless wiretapping and the president’s authority to seize information without judicial authorization. There is no reason to believe that is going on.)

Unlike the content of your communications, you have no expectation of privacy in your telephone activity records. If you think about it for a second, you know you don’t. If there were a mistake on your phone bill – for example, if you were charged for a long-distance call you didn’t make — you would expect to be able to call your phone company and have the problem addressed. That is because you understand that, when you make a call, this information is not secret: your phone company keeps records of whom you called and how long the call lasted. A phone record is, by nature, a record of information shared with third-parties. It is not like personal papers and other personal items you keep in your home – items the government may not search without a judicial warrant (except in certain circumstances not relevant to this discussion).

By gathering massive amounts of telephone traffic information, the government is able to establish phone call patterns, which is vital for mapping terrorist organizations. Without this, you cannot have preventive, intelligence-based counterterrorism – i.e., counterterrorism whose goals are to identify terror cells before they strike and to stop atrocities from happening. To be sure, Congress could deny the government this kind of information by statute. If lawmakers did that, however, we would be in a September 10 counterterrorism paradigm – i.e., rather than prioritize prevention, we would be contenting ourselves to investigate and prosecute only after attacks have occurred and Americans have been killed.

Can the kind of information gathering the government is doing – and has been doing in this fashion since 2006 – be abused? Could the Obama administration use its national-security authorities as a pretext for spying on Americans? Of course it could. All information collecting can be abused. It may sound trite to point out that elections have consequences, but it really matters who we elect to run the executive branch.

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Poor Baghdad Jim McDermott Wails “Stop It!” At Megyn Kelly’s Tough Questioning (Video)

I say tough questioning, but it really wasn’t tough questioning, at all – just tough compared to what he’s probably used to from the lib media. She was just asking questions and demanding answers that actually made sense.

See if you can follow Baghdad Jim’s logic, here… He blustered that he said five times during his statement at the hearing, yesterday, that the questions the IRS requested from the the conservative groups were “egregious, out of bounds,  and shouldn’t have been asked”, but then, in the same breath noted that by asking for tax exempt status, they opened themselves up to such questions. Say what?

When Megyn asked him about  Kevin Kookogey’s testimony about his group’s loss of a $30,000 donation because they hadn’t received the stamp of approval in officially becoming a 501(c)(4),  he said Kookogey wasn’t under oath and didn’t offer any proof. When she pressed him as to whether he rejected his claim, he got mad, and huffed, “STOP IT!!!”

Video via Twitchy: Bam! Megyn Kelly crushes IRS victim-blaming creep Rep. McDermott; He sneers, screams ‘stop it!’

Just another one of the bright stars of the Democrat party. I’m sure his constituents are proud.

Video: Jason Chaffetz Grills Former IRS Commissioner, Scoffs at Lame Answers

The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee held  a hearing, Wednesday on the IRS political targeting scandal.

“The IG report indicts IRS for a colossal management failure, but leaves many questions unanswered,” said Chairman Issa.

Congressman Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) started off by asking former IRS Commissioner, Doug Shulman to give himself a grade on how he performed as the head of the IRS, and Shulman declined.

Chaffetz asked Shulman when he first heard that the IRS was targeting conservative groups, and Shulman answered Feb or March of 2012.

Chaffetz reminded him that on June 3rd of 2011, the Chairman of the Ways and Means Cmte sent him a letter regarding the selective targeting of taxpayers. “How is it that the Chairman of the Ways and Means Committee writes to you, the head of  the IRS, a letter like this, and you can say you don’t know about it?” Chaffetz demanded.

“So….I that’s where I was going to go….” Shulman began.

“No you weren’t!” Chaffetz scoffed.

Video: Bob Woodward Compares BenghaziGate to Watergate

BOOM.

Via Gateway Pundit, transcript via Weekly Standard:

But if you read through all these e-mails, you see that everyone in the government is saying, ‘Oh, let’s not tell the public that terrorists were involved, people connected to al Qaeda. Let’s not tell the public that there were warnings.’ I hate to show, this is one of the documents with the editing that one of the people in the state department said, ‘Oh, let’s not let these things out.’ And I have to go back 40 years to Watergate when Nixon put out his edited transcripts to the conversations, and he personally went through them and said, ‘Oh, let’s not tell this, let’s not show this.’ I would not dismiss Benghazi. It’s a very serious issue.As people keep saying, four people were killed. You look at the hydraulic pressure that was in the system to not tell the truth, and, you know, we use this term and the government uses this term, talking points. Talking points, as we know, are like legal briefs. They’re an argument on one side. What we need to get rid of talking point and they need to put out statements or papers that are truth documents. Okay, this is all we know.”

Take that White House spinmeisters:

Meanwhile, hacktastic Jay Carney on CNN, last night, proclaimed that the emails proved that the White House was right all along, and that Republicans were perpetuating a “faux controversy.”

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Just hours into the Benghazi assault, Hicks reports, by phone to then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton herself, on the attack with absolutely no mention of any demonstration or video, later to become the essence of theSusan Rice talking points that left him “stunned” and “embarrassed.” “My jaw dropped,” he testified last week to Congress.

But Hicks is then ordered not to meet with an investigative congressional delegation — the first time in his 22-year career he had been so ordered. And when he speaks with them nonetheless, he gets a furious call from Clinton’s top aide for not having a State Department lawyer (and informant) present. His questions about the Rice TV statements are met with a stone-cold response, sending the message — don’t go there. He then finds himself demoted.

Get the facts and get them out? It wasn’t just Hicks. Within 24 hours, the CIA station chief in Libya cabled that it was a terrorist attack and not a spontaneous mob. On Day Two, the acting assistant secretary of state for the Near East wrote an e-mail saying the attack was carried out by an al-Qaeda affiliate, Ansar al-Sharia.

What were the American people fed? Four days and 12 drafts later, a fiction about a demonstration that never was, provoked by a video that no one saw (Hicks: “a non-event in Libya”), about a movie that was never made.

The original CIA draft included four paragraphs on the involvement of al-Qaeda-affiliated terrorists and on the dangerous security situation in Benghazi.These paragraphs were stricken after strenuous State Department objections mediated by the White House. All that was left was the fable of the spontaneous demonstration.

That’s not an accretion of truth. That’s a subtraction of truth.

Audio: Benghazi Drone Operator to Hannity: ‘We Were Not Allowed To Be Armed, That Night’

Sean Hannity took a call from a member of the military who claimed to be  the camera operator for the Predator drone mission over Benghazi on the night of September 12, 2012.  The caller, who identified himself as John from Iowa,  said he knew immediately that the Regime was lying about what happened, but due to non-disclosure agreements was prevented from saying anything.  He said when they started observing the consulate, it was already under attack and on fire. He remembered seeing a crowd of dozens if not hundreds of fighters outside the consulate and noted dryly, ” if this was a protest, it would have been a protest for all ages.”  They soon were  asked to monitor the CIA annex where they were to  make sure no one was trying to break into it, not that there was much he could do about it,  because of the Status of Forces agreement we have with the host country where he was located. “We were not allowed to be armed, that night”, he said.

He said, since the live video in Benghazi was being disseminated  to multiple agencies throughout the world, and the State Dept surely would have been alerted.

I’m transcribing this next part exactly as stated:

“We had a supportive unit that we were working for in that region that told us to go there. It was known prior to us even taking off from the location we took off from which I can’t name, that ‘hey, you’re going to be going to the consulate because there are reports that something might go down or is going down.’ So…it was already known in my mind - hours before.”

Hello Darrell Issa? Why has no one from your committee contacted this man, or requested these videos?

Linked by Doug Ross, and IHateTheMediathanks!

Southern Baptist Convention ‘Hostile’ According to the US Army

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If I didn’t know any better, I’d say the US Army is being run by the left-wing, anti- Christian hate group SPLC. They seem to be trying to stamp out any and all religious sentiment in its soldiers, as well as trying to discourage those with religious beliefs from even serving in the Army. Unless Congress steps up and does something to stop it, religious freedom in the military will be a thing of the past.

In its latest enemy action against Christianity, the United States Army blocked the website of the Southern Baptist Convention from government computers.

An Army officer assigned to a U.S. base says he tried to access SBC.net from his government computer but instead got a message that said the site was being blocked by “Team CONUS.” The message he received read:

“The site you have requested has been blocked by Team CONUS (C-TNOSC/RECERT-CONUS) due to hostile content.”

Team CONUS is the Department of Defense management and computer network overseer of the military’s Continental U.S. (CONUS) Theater Network Operations and Security Center (C-TNOSC) and Regional Computer Emergency Response Team (RCERT).

“So the Southern Baptist Convention is now considered hostile to the U.S. Army … It just corroborates the recent string of events highlighted by AFA,” the officer wrote in an email to American Family Association (AFA).

Earlier this month, a shocking story broke about an Army instructor in Pennsylvania who labeled Evangelical Christians, Catholics, Orthodox Jews and Mormons “religious extremists” alongside Hamas and al Qaeda during an Army Reserve Equal Opportunity training brief on extremism. An Army spokesman told Todd Starnes of Fox News that this was an “isolated incident not condoned by the Dept. of the Army.”

It was not an isolated incident.

A few days later, Todd Starnes reported at Townhall that an Army officer at Ft. Campbell, KY had recently sent an email to subordinates using similar descriptions to describe two mainstream Christian ministries that were put in the same category as Neo-Nazis, Racist Skinheads, White Nationalists and the Ku Klux Klan.

Rep. Randy Forbes, R-Va., told Fox News that soldiers have been seeing a steady attack on faith and religious freedom in the military. “We are getting a lot of calls from soldiers saying, ‘We’re afraid of going to church. We’re afraid to be seen praying. We’re afraid that would hurt our careers, our promotions.’”

Forbes questioned Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel about the religious liberty issue during a recent House Armed Services Committee meeting.

A couple of weeks ago, at least a dozen members of Congress signed a letter demanding the Secretary of the Army rescind and apologize for the patently absurd briefing that labeled Evangelical Christians, Orthodox Jews, Mormons and Catholics as religious extremist groups alongside Hamas, al Qaeda and the KKK.

Fox News obtained a draft of the letter:

“This is astonishing and offensive,” read a draft of the letter written by Rep. Doug Lamborn (R-CO). “We call on you to rescind this briefing and apologize for its content and set the record straight on the Army’s view on these faith groups by providing a balanced briefing on religious extremism.”

It’s almost like Obama  is trying to cultivate an Army of left-wing atheists.

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