Video: Rand Paul Files Suit Against Obama and the NSA


Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) is leading a class-action with lawsuit with hundreds of thousands of Americans against Obama and the NSA over its spying on the American people.

Sen. Paul will be discussing the lawsuit in an exclusive appearance on Fox News with host Eric Bolling at 10 PM ET on Friday. Breitbart News has learned that Paul will file the class action lawsuit soon in the D.C. District Court and that he will be filing it as an individual, not as a U.S. Senator. For a U.S. Senator to file a such a class action lawsuit against the President of the United States would be extremely rare.

This lawsuit allows the American people to join together in a grassroots manner against President Obama’s NSA with a sitting U.S. Senator at the helm. Two prior class action lawsuits were filed in June. Classes have not yet been certified in those cases.

Ken Cuccinelli is leading the legal team with the hopes of taking it to the Supreme Court.

During his appearance on Fox News, Eric Bolling asked Paul if he was worried that he was being monitored by the NSA and other agencies.

The Kentucky Senator replied, “The potential for abuse exists. Think about it in this context – we now have an administration that has used the IRS to go after people who are of conservative political bent or have certain religious beliefs. So they’ve already shown that they will use what is supposed to be impartial – the IRS – to do it… it leads me to wonder and worry whether or not they would use the NSA that way.”

Yes, Virginia – there is a Big Brother. And he may be watching you – especially if you’re a a member of a tea party or pro-life group.

Rand was careful to note, “I have no proof that they have, but I am concerned that it could be abused. But I’m also concerned that even if a president isn’t going to abuse a power, I’m concerned that the president thinks he has the power to collect all our records.”

al Qaeda Retakes Fallujah

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Turns out al Qaeda is not “on the run.” It’s not “on its heels.” It’s not “decimated.”  But you already knew that. But did you know the extent to which it was ascendant?

After many years of war, Iraq had become relatively stable until Obama decision to withdraw American troops. Now, while the president golfs and body-surfs in Hawaii, our hard-fought military victory in Iraq has been reversed. …The black flag of Al Qaeda is flying over Fallujah.  

The capture of Fallujah came amid an explosion of violence across the western desert province of Anbar in which local tribes, the Iraqi security forces and al-Qaeda militants have been fighting one another for days in a confusingly chaotic three- way war.

Elsewhere in the province, local tribal militias claimed they were gaining ground against the al-Qaeda militants who surged into urban areas from their desert strongholds earlier this week after clashes erupted between local residents and the Iraqi security forces.

Keith Koffler sees a world in chaos thanks to Obama’s weak, indecisive leadership.

Speaking of the blood of our service members, Afghanistan is preparing to release hundreds of prisoners from Bagram prison – which we’ve turned over to Karzai – many of whom have been involved in attacks against our troops. The Taliban will soon be back in control of that place anyway as the United States exits without having finished the job.

Syria, where we once could have made a meaningful difference, is in chaos, a magnet and a proving ground for al Qaeda rebels. Libya has become another dangerous haven for terrorists.

Egypt only stabilized, somewhat, when the military decided to ignore Obama and take matters into its own hands.

Obama did keep his campaign promise to end the war in Iraq and “bring the boys home.” Not letting them finish the job, not caring if our victories would be reversed, not caring if American blood was spilled in vain. All of this was predictable. In fact, it was predicted.

Friday Free-For-All: Stop the ObamaCare Bailout


Nate Beeler cartoon via Townhall

Yep, it’s tab-clearing time, again.

Charles Krauthammer has been ringing alarm bells on the ObamaCare bailout for weeks, now. I hope Congress is listening: Stop the Bailout — Now

First order of business for the returning Congress: The No Bailout for Insurance Companies Act of 2014.

Make it one line long: “Sections 1341 and 1342 of the Affordable Care Act are hereby repealed.”

End of bill. End of bailout. End of story.

Why do we need it? On December 18, the chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers was asked what was the administration’s Plan B if, because of adverse selection (enrolling too few young and healthies), the insurance companies face financial difficulty.

Jason Furman wouldn’t bite. “There’s a Plan A,” he replied. Enroll the young.

But of course there’s a Plan B. It’s a government bailout.

Administration officials can’t say it for political reasons. And they don’t have to say it because it’s already in the Affordable Care Act, buried deep.

First, Section 1341, the “reinsurance” fund collected from insurers and self-insuring employers at a nifty $63 a head. (Who do you think the cost is passed on to?) This yields about $20 billion over three years to cover losses.

Then there is Section 1342, the “risk corridor” provision that mandates a major taxpayer payout covering up to 80 percent of insurance-company losses.

Never heard of these? That’s the beauty of passing a bill of such monstrous length. You can insert a chicken-soup recipe and no one will notice.

Meanwhile, John H. Cochrane at the WSJ has some ideas on What to Do When ObamaCare Unravels:

Health insurance should be individual, portable across jobs, states and providers; lifelong and guaranteed-renewable, meaning you have the right to continue with no unexpected increase in premiums if you get sick. Insurance should protect wealth against large, unforeseen, necessary expenses, rather than be a wildly inefficient payment plan for routine expenses.

People want to buy this insurance, and companies want to sell it. It would be far cheaper, and would solve the pre-existing conditions problem. We do not have such health insurance only because it was regulated out of existence. Businesses cannot establish or contribute to portable individual policies, or employees would have to pay taxes. So businesses only offer group plans. Knowing they will abandon individual insurance when they get a job, and without cross-state portability, there is little reason for young people to invest in lifelong, portable health insurance. Mandated coverage, pressure against full risk rating, and a dysfunctional cash market did the rest.

Rather than a mandate for employer-based groups, we should transition to fully individual-based health insurance. Allow national individual insurance offered and sold to anyone, anywhere, without the tangled mess of state mandates and regulations. Allow employers to contribute to individual insurance at least on an even basis with group plans. Current group plans can convert to individual plans, at once or as people leave. Since all members in a group convert, there is no adverse selection of sicker people.

By the way, do you know what the editor of MSNBC calls people (like Krauthammer and Cochrane) who oppose ObamaCare? “Losers of the year” for being “ObamaCare Haters.”

This story cracked me up so much, I posted on it twice at the Conversation, yesterday:

Hating On ObamaCare Somewhere In The Pacific:

As disastrous as the ObamaCare rollout has been, and as unimpressive and frankly dubious  the numbers they’re touting are, in an alternate universe, the “biggest losers of the year” are the “ObamaCare haters.”

That’s right. On Monday’s edition of MSNBC’s The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell, the host asked panelists who the “biggest loser of the year” was, and Richard Wolffe, the executive editor of, suggested that the improvements at Healthcare.Gov solves ObamaCare’s problems, and called ACA critics “ObamaCare haters”,  comparing them to people still “fighting the Second World War on a lost island.”

Via Newsbusters:

I’m tempted to say these are the biggest “losers” (EMPHASIZING THE PLURAL) because this is the ObamaCare haters. You know, they really thought they had that moment. The health care site was just ready to fail completely, this was the last chance that they could stop this train wreck. (PAUSES) And then it got fixed. And then people started to get better health care.

Wolffe went on to say that the ObamaCare haters are “like those apocryphal people fighting the Second World War on a lost island somewhere in the Pacific. They’ll still be there, but health care will have moved on.”

Bret Baier Jabs Editor For Calling ‘ObamaCare Haters’ Losers of the Year:

In his “Fresh Pickings From The Political Grapevine” segment on Fox News’Special ReportBret Baier, covered Executive Editor Richard Wolffe’s ridonculous nomination for 2013’s “Losers of the year” as seen on MSNBC’s The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell, December 30.

 We have told you for months about the shoddy website rollout — mass plan cancellations — low enrollment — misinformation — and the many other issues plaguing ObamaCare.

 Put simply — it’s a story that just is not going away.

 Despite all of this – Executive Editor Richard Wolffe thinks “ObamaCare haters” were the biggest losers of 2013.

Campaign Spot: Fifty States of Obamacare Confusion, Stress, and Aggravation:

From the last Morning Jolt of the week:

Fifty States of Obamacare Confusion, Stress, and Aggravation

No matter where you live in the United States, Obamacare is causing headaches, stress, and aggravation for someone near you.

In New Hampshire, vending-machine manufacturers are gasping at the new law’s requirements that calorie information be displayed on roughly 5 million vending machines – not just on the packaging of the food inside, but on the vending machine itself:

Carol Brennan, who owns Brennan Food Vending Services in Londonderry, said she doesn’t yet know how she will handle the regulations, but she doesn’t like them. She has five employees servicing hundreds of machines and says she’ll be forced to limit the items offered so her employees don’t spend too much time updating the calorie counts.

“It is outrageous for us to have to do this on all our equipment,” she said.

Brennan also doubts that consumers will benefit from the calorie information.

“How many people have not read a label on a candy bar?” she said. “If you’re concerned about it, you’ve already read it for years.”

To the Obama administration and their fans, America’s businesses are giant, bottomless barrels of money, time, and energy whose purpose in life is to be directed and redirected at the whims of those wise folks in Washington, in order to achieve the visionary “social justice” goal of telling people that, say, a candy bar isn’t nutritious or healthy for them.

 Stephen Hayes, The Weekly Standard: Wrong Again:

To hear it from the New York Times editorial page, the many issues surrounding the attacks in Benghazi are now settled.

In a December 30 editorial, published under the headline “The Facts About Benghazi,” the newspaper proclaims an end to the 15 months of debate about the fatal attacks on the U.S. consulate on September 11, 2012. Citing an “exhaustive investigation by The Times” that it says “goes a long way toward resolving any nagging doubts about what precipitated the attack” and “debunks Republican allegations,” America’s Newspaper of Record declares that “in a rational world” the investigation “would settle the dispute over Benghazi.”

Well then.

It’s hardly surprising that the New York Times would find the New York Times the final word on an issue.

But for the rest of us, rational and irrational alike, this revisionist account is neither authoritative nor definitive. The central thesis of the piece is wrong, and the sweeping claim the author has made in defending it is demonstrably false.

Washington Examiner: MSNBC’s Chris Hayes complains of Drudge-fueled ‘snow-trolling’ on global warming:

MSNBC’s Chris Hayes is tired of conservatives snarking about global warming every time it gets cold.

During his show Thursday evening, Hayes complained of the “strange bizarre underworld of climate trolls” that came to life when Matt Drudge ironically linked an article on the Drudge Report about cold weather.

“Of course, no one ever said that climate change meant it wouldn’t ever be cold,” Hayes said defensively, calling the annual tradition “willful stupidity” of conservatives “who delight being on the wrong side of history.”

Hayes admitted, however, that Drudge had been successful in creating a culture of global warming skepticism.

“I mean, Drudge has been incredibly powerful, I think, in this,” Hayes said. “Drudge has a thing about climate hoaxism and he has been leading the charge.”

Hays that conservative media outlets like Fox News and pundits like Rush Limbaugh actually enjoyed making fun of global warming believers, which made it harder for liberal news outlets to cover the issue in a responsible way.

Ace mocks:Chris Hayes: Why These Heartless Right-Wingers Are Laughing At the Plight of Those Brave Climate Researchers Who Risked Their Lives to Save the World!

There’s an old rule in lawyering:

When the facts are on your side, pound the facts.

When the law is on your side, pound the law.

When neither are on your side, pound the table.

Meaning, of course: When your argument is weak you have to turn the proceedings into a carnival, introducing a ton of irrelevant, tendentious claims to confuse the jury.

When a dolt like Chris Hayes has the worst side of an argument, as he frequently does, he resorts to emotional histrionics.

 FrontPageMagazine: Obama Nominates Racist Supporter of Cop-Killer to Head DOJ Civil Rights:


Obama’s nominee process involves finding the worst person on earth for that job or any job. It’s a process that never fails. In this case, he came up with Debo Adegbilem cop-killer Mumia Abu Jamal’s lawyer and a supporter of discriminating against white students for reasons of race.

God help us.


In the House, there are probably enough votes to bring forward a bill to impeach Mr. Obama. Taking advantage of having gotten away with riding roughshod over the Constitution with his Donald Duck “birth certificate,” he has bypassed a largely supine Congress time and again, from Benghazi to Soetero”care” to the tyrannical legislative powers wielded by the sinister, out-of-control EPA in flagrant defiance of Article I, Section 1, of the Constitution.

Those in the GOP who still care about the separation of powers your Founding Fathers so carefully wrote into the Constitution are – at last – beginning to stir. Several of them have gone on record as saying they would like to bring forward a bill to impeach Mr. Obama.

The rabbits won’t do it, though. Even if they did, as Ted Cruz has bluntly pointed out, there are nowhere near enough votes in the Senate. For no one expects “Democrat” senators to do their duty, even when confronted with overwhelming evidence that Black Jesus, as Obama’s fawning White House coterie call him, has flouted the Constitution itself.

Here is my New Year’s program for those justifiably antsy Republican members of the House who want to strike a final blow for liberty and democracy.

Step 1: Stop being panty-waists. A senior member of the House, whose opinions I have learned to respect, once told me that the real reason why no congressman has yet moved to set up a congressional inquiry into the self-evidently bogus “birth certificate” that festers to this day on the White House website is that they are terrified that the left will work night and day to trash the reputation of anyone who dares to question Mr. Obama’s legitimacy.

I understand my friend’s fear. It is real, for the threat is real. The “Democrats” have learned from the unlamented KGB, whose primary weapon of desinformatsiya, or disinformation, was a million agents whose job was to ruin the reputation of every key opponent of worldwide Communism by making up vicious rumors and peddling them via a plethora of front organizations.

The left have done their best to trash my reputation because I have dared to question the climate scare with which they had hoped to bully the West into shutting itself down without a shot being fired. Just look at my CreepyMedia page. I know what it is like to be on the receiving end of artful lies told over and over again by a host of paid trolls and useful idiots.

But there is a way around the threat. Work together with enough others to make it harder for the attackers to spread their poison. The Congressmen who have seen through Mr Obama should band together in strength and bring forward a resolution that an inquiry into the “birth certificate” be established at once. I should like the honor of being the first witness.

My Latest at The Conversation: 

Obama Admin Urges Supreme Court To Reject Contraception Mandate Exemption For Catholic Nuns

Does Obama have any idea how bad this looks? Polls already show that most Americans oppose the HHS contraception mandate. Jan 3, 2014 9:56 AM PT

Four American military personnel  who were working at the United States Embassy in Tripoli, Libya, were detained today by the Libyan government.. Details are sketchy, but according to the New York Times, “the four were believed to have been reviewing potential evacuation routes for diplomats when they were detained.” Dec 27, 2013 8:07 PM PT

The Council Has Spoken!! This Weeks’ Watchers’ Council Results

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The Council has spoken, the votes have been cast, and we have the results  for this week’s Watcher’s Council match up..


This week’s winner, Liberty’s Spirit’s J”accuse the Ultimate Anti-Semite (Update): The “as a Jew” Meme Returns is her take on the phenomenon of Jewish anti-Semitism. Here’s a slice:

I have UPDATED the following post from 2011 in response to the rekindled “as a Jew” meme. Somehow, without fail, whenever some politico or pundit (in this case Obama/Kerry) decides Israel alone has to put her children’s lives at risk for peace, these “as a Jew” court-Jews seem to come out of the woodwork.


“J’Accuse” The Ultimate Anti-Semite

There are many definitions of antisemite. Just who are these people who denigrate anything Jewish. They use Nazi-like imagery to denounce Jewish society and Israel. They use false allusions to try to destroy the right of the Jewish nation to exist and the Jewish people to live free in their ancestral homeland. They extend their reach into the secular world and deny Jews the right to practice Judaism, be it circumcision, kosher slaughter or the right to wear religious garb for fear of being attacked. They take from the Jewish citizen the right to be counted among the nations of the world and be counted as a human being. Whether it takes its form as those that deny the holocaust, deny Jewish history and attachment to Eretz Yisroel or the senseless need to dehumanize, delegitimize and equate the Jewish people with their persecutors, this is antisemitism. The anti-Semite teaches their children that Jews are descended from apes and pigs. This is all part and parcel of modern antisemitism. It is also an accepted part of society and welcomed worldover. Sadly antisemitism is more open and accepted today as anytime since the advent of Nazi Germany.

Whether it comes from respected journalists, politicians, “peace activists,” Nobel prize winners or religious leaders, it is a daily barrage of hate aimed at anyone Jewish. Yet the ultimate anti-Semite is not the gentile that spouts the hatred and bile that has become commonplace once again in the world. The ultimate anti-Semite is the Jew who joins with the persecutors and tries to use the fact that they emerged into this world from a Jewish womb, as a right to destroy their own people. You can’t call them anti-Semite after all they are Jews, they shout…but they are Jews without a shred of attachment to the Jewish people, to history or to reality.

There is a wonderful book written years ago by the well-known author Erica Jong, called Serenissima. It was a masterful look at the Merchant of Venice through different eyes. In that book the author discusses the character of Jessica. Jessica is the daughter of Shylock. She betrays her father, her people and her heritage to win the love and approval of a man and his friends who will never accept her as an equal because no matter what she does in life, she was born a Jew. Erica Jong, wrote that in the end, it was not the courts, nor the Christian community that were the ultimate anti-Semite in the story, but that it was Jessica herself. Denigrating everything that she was born to be to win the approval of those that would never accept her because in the end, no matter what she did they would always think of her first and foremost as a Jew. Unfortunately there are many Jessicas today, both female and male in positions of power, influence and education.

In fact today’s ultimate antisemite can even claim to be religious Jews. Some are religious like the Naturei Karta, or Satmars, who are Hasidim, but I am not sure how helping kill your fellow Jews follows the Torah or the Talmud. However, at least it appears that the vast majority of these ultimate anti-Semite Jews, never enter a synagogue, are not married to a fellow Jew or have Jewish children or grandchildren. But what they do is to try to denigrate the Jewish religion, history, and attachments while trying to change it to suit their needs. That is not reality. Religion, its symbols, its history, its essence, has meaning. All aspects of religion have purpose. All aspects of history is reality and has created who we are today. To try to change the religion to make it meet your criteria for reality is hubris, narcissism and above all disrespect. To promote revisionist history to serve your politics of hate is evil. It is the act of the ultimate anti-Semite to change what God has put forth. It is the act of the ultimate anti-Semite to rewrite Jewish history to blame anti-Semitism on the Jews. It is the act of the ultimate anti-Semite to think that they know better than God. You either accept the religion or you don’t. Ultimately, it is the act of the ultimate anti-Semite to rewrite Jewish history and suffering to promote their hate filled politics.

In our non-Council category, the winner was Sherri Mandel with  I’m Glad My Son’s Murderers Have Not Been Found submitted by Joshuapundit.Mrs. Mandel’s heartfelt cri de couer is an indictment of everyone who advocates that Israel free terrorist murderers convicted in Israel courts ‘for peace’. It should be required reading for them.

OK,  here are this week’s full results. Both The Mellow Jihadi and The Right Planet were unable to vote this week, Neither was subject to the usual 2/3 vote penalty.

Council Winners

Non-Council Winners

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