Stop Action Photos: Newbie Asks Obama Her First Question

CNN reporter Jessica Yellin got her first chance to ask the President a question, today.

Jessica Yellin. Congratulations, your first question here.

Thank-you, Mr. President…

No pressure. You’re going to do great. (Laughter.)

Thank you. Your administration has laid out four different dates by which you’ve said that the debt ceiling must be raised or the U.S. would face potential dire consequences. Three of those dates have come and gone and we haven’t faced financial calamity. Some of your critics have argued that these are then scare tactics to force a deal. So why should the American people believe that the August 2nd deadline is the final deadline by which a deal must be raised? And would you also spell out for us what you believe will happen if the debt ceiling is not raised by that date?

Jessica, let’s  be clear….

See Ace of Spades HQ for more analysis of his presser: Obama: I’m Not Angry With You. I’m Just Disappointed.

and Obama’s Absolutely Unbelievable Press Conference

Video at Gateway Pundit.

Stop action photo idea borrowed from Doug Ross.

Video: Herman Cain Ad Takes Aim At Radical, Incompetent President

Good – Good – Good. Obama’s Marxist past isn’t yesterday’s news. It’s today’s news, and our candidates need to go after him on it:

Love the heartbeat. I’ve felt heartsick ever since the cad was elected.

Hat tip: Brian B.


Video: Obama Asked About Operation Fast and Furious At Presser – Says “My” Att. General Has Made Clear He would Not Have Ordered “Inappropriate” Steps By ATF

Why do I get an overwhelming case of the shivering douchechills every time I see this guy? Is it the constant self-referrals, the smarmy disingenuousness? the outright lies? The smugness? What? Something about him is just so damn cringey:

Here’s what I think.

He knew, and Holder knew, because the idea was to flood Mexico with arms from American gun stores so they could blame the ensuing havoc on our gun laws. That seems to be what was happening until the whistleblowers’ charges changed the narrative.

And now they’re saying “inappropriate steps” were taken, and they’re going to totally get to the bottom of it, now that they’re done stonewalling because some kind of fix is in.

No wonder I can’t stop shivering.

Hat tip: Brian B.


Fall Guy In Operation Fast and Furious Goes Down (One of the ATF Whistleblowers) UPDATE: ATF Chief, Melson Will Testify

Issa: Washington Post Report an “Outright Lie”

Judicial Watch President Sees Operation Fast And Furious As Anti-Gun political Ploy From Obama Administration

Whispers of A Dark Ulterior Motive In Operation Fast and Furious Getting Louder

Video: Issa’s Opening Statement at Today’s Operation Fast and Furious Hearing + More

Video: Eric Holder Faces Contempt Charges For Obstructing Justice In Operation Fast and Furious Probe

Issa Promises a “Slew of Subpeonas” on Operation Fast and Furious

Holder On The Hot-Seat For Project Gunrunner

Video: Issa Subpoenas ATF to Break Through Its Stonewalling on Project Gunrunner

“Operation Fast and Furious” Needs To Be A Bigger Story


Hump Day Link-Around

Eric Allie cartoon via Townhall.

Stop the presses, breaking news, this just in! Obama told another fib!!!  GET OUT! Obama told a lie? No friggin’ way. Not The Lightworker…Whoever heard of such a thing! Where can I learn more?

Hot Air:  Uh oh: White House caught lying about Petraeus’s withdrawal recommendations?

Why would the White House lie and claim that Obama’s withdrawal plan was within the range of options presented to him by Petraeus? I thought the next 18 months were going to be all about Obama going with his gut. Wingin’ it, if you will.

His gut told him that he needs to get reelected, and the easiest way to do that was to yank as many troops as possible out of the country no matter what it might mean for the war. That was the only “range of options” that mattered.

So he winged it.

In response to questioning from Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Allen testified that Obama’s decision on the pace and size of Afghanistan withdrawals was “a more aggressive option than that which was presented.”

Graham pressed him. “My question is: Was that a option?”

Allen: “It was not.”

Allen’s claim, which came under oath, contradicts the line the White House had been providing reporters over the past week—that Obama simply chose one option among several presented by General David Petraeus. In a conference call last Wednesday, June 22, a reporter asked senior Obama administration officials about those options. “Did General Petraeus specifically endorse this plan, or was it one of the options that General Petraeus gave to the president?”

The senior administration official twice claimed that the Obama decision was within the range of options the military presented to Obama.

Live Stream || Obama Press Conference – June 29, 2011

Every single expert out there who is not involved in politics agrees with Obama on how to reduce the debt. EVERY one, people. Every single one. Nobody agrees with the stupid Republicans.

The Blaze: Here’s Hugo! Images Show Chavez on His Feet With Castro After Surgery in Cuba

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuelan state television broadcast videos and photographs Tuesday night showing a convalescing President Hugo Chavez meeting with Fidel Castro two weeks after undergoing urgent surgery in Cuba.

An aide to Venezuela’s president said the encounter in Cuba took place earlier in the day.

“We see him recovering,” Information Minister Andres Izarra said on state television as the short video clips and photographs were shown of Chavez standing and talking outdoors with Castro.


Michigan congressman says he’s “something new” for presidential race (audio):

  During an interview with Radio Iowa, Thaddeus McCotter said Republicans don’t seem entirely satisfied with the field of candidates who are running.”Or are they looking for something that’s relatively new that they haven’t heard of before? So I think if you want to look at it in kind of an interesting way, you could be very thankful that you’re not a particularly well-known quantity at this point in time because the ones they do know they don’t particularly have an ardor for at this point in time,” McCotter said. “And again, I’m not saying if I get in they’ll love me either, but if you don’t ask, you’ll never know. At least that was the approach I took with my wife when we were dating.”

Check back, more to come, later.

Check out Zombie at PJ Media on Justice Justice:

No, I don’t have a stutter. What I want is justice for the word “justice” itself.

Because, you see, “justice” has been hijacked by the American left and is now their exclusive weapon. It is no longer a politically neutral word; whenever you see the word “justice” — especially preceded by another noun — it invariably is meant to convey some far-left position.

A History of Crimes Against Justice

The degradation of “justice” started with the phrase “social justice,” a concept which was originally only a religious term but which was later adopted (and re-defined) by the American left to have political connotations. Use of the word “justice” as a leftist buzzword was given a big boost in 1971 with the publication of A Theory of Justice by philosopher John Rawls, which focused on “justice” as the axle around which liberal thought rotated.

Let a Hundred Justices Bloom

In the mid-’70s, the end of the Vietnam War deprived the professional left of its main protest topic, so they cast around for something new to whine about. In the absence of any glaringly urgent crisis, such as a war, they settled on a scattershot array of issues which could be unified under the generalized label “social justice.” Any aspect of American society which was insufficiently leftist suddenly needed a good dose of “social justice” to rectify things.



Video: Allen West On The First Principles for National Security

Recently, Allen West spoke at a Center for Security Policy event in New York City, where he spoke on the national security threats America faces. This is long, and includes the question and answer period,   but worth listening to in full. Your eyes and ears are hungry for this.

There’s not a more knowledgeable person in Congress on the subject of national security, especially vis a vis threats from the Middle East, than Congressman West. And  I’m sure I don’t have to tell you — Allen West is a blunt man…he doesn’t cushion his words with PC garbage.

West: You can not have negotiations with a group of individuals that are the antithesis of everything you believe in.”


More great lines from West:

“You can turn around an economy…You can make the American people as prosperous as they want to be, but if stuff starts going boom, again, it makes not  a hill of beans.”

“There are a group of people out there who are stuck on stupid, and you’re not going to get through to them…there’s a 60-65% who get it, and the other 30-35% we just have to save from themselves.”

I second that call from the member of the audience who asked, “Allen West for President?

Hat tip: Ann Barnhardt