Baltimore City Councilman Explains Lack of Police Response, Last Night: “We Asked Them To Back Off”

On day two of the Baltimore riots, the inept city government was still giving the rioter, looters and pillagers “the space to destroy.”

Via Colin Flaherty, who says this is his favorite moment from the riots, last night:

And here via AoSHQ, is the unlucky owner of the liqueur store that was in the unfortunate “destroy” space.

Reporters asked the governor of Maryland why he was so slow to send in the National Guard.

Maryland’s Governor Hogan said it was Mayor “Space to Destroy”  Stephanie Rawlings-Blake’s call – and she didn’t call. 

Some questioned why it took so long for the Guard to be activated, to which Hogan responded that Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake was slow to make the request. He said he executed the request 30 seconds after it was made. Rawlings-Blake had initially said she wanted to give to protestors the “space to destroy” their environment….

“When the mayor called me, which quite frankly we were glad that she finally did, instantly we signed the executive order. We already had our entire team prepared,” he said. “We were trying to get in touch with the mayor for quite some time, she finally made that call and we immediately took action.”

Last Fall,  the Democrat Governor of Missouri was accused of holding back the National Guard (at Holder and Obama’s request) when the city of Ferguson was in flames. Now we have Democrat politicians in Baltimore doing the same stupid thing – and you have to wonder – are they getting orders from above – or is this kind of toxic stupidity endemic throughout the party? Or both?

Yeah. As I noted at PJ Tatler. This is the kind of incompetence and insanity you can count of when progressives are put into positions of power.

Whether it’s a big-city mayor giving common street thugs posing as protesters “space” to destroy a city, or the leader of the free world giving radical Islamists “space” to destroy entire countries —  what you get is chaos, terror, bloodshed and tears.


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Twitchy: Maryland GOP Gov. Larry Hogan takes charge in Baltimore: ‘Criminal activity will not be tolerated’ [photos]

Sessions: Obama’s Planned Amnesty “A Thunderous, Dramatic Abuse Of Presidential Power” (Video)

Immigration hawk Senator  Jeff Sessions (R-AL) took to the Senate floor today to chastise the president over his plans to unilaterally grant amnesty to 5 to 6 million illegal immigrants.

“He can not do that, colleagues… American people,” Sessions chided. “They’re unlawfully here! He has no power to reverse the laws passed by the Congress of the United States, and declare someone lawful,who is unlawful. It’s a thunderous, dramatic abuse of presidential power!”

On August 1, The House of Representatives passed a bill to block Obama’s executive amnesty overreach, but so far, not a single Dem Senator has supported the legislation.

 SESSIONS has called on  EVERY CITIZEN TO DEMAND TO KNOW WHERE THEIR SENATOR STANDS ON THE PRESIDENT’S PLANNED EXECUTIVE AMNESTY:

My message to the American people today is this: you can stop this. We can stop this. We will not let this stand. And that fight begins with a vote on the House-passed bill to block this new executive action. The Senate cannot be allowed to surrender to the President’s lawlessness. I am calling today on every Senator to support this bill, and to demand Majority Leader Reid call it up for a vote…

And to every member of the public, red state or blue state or purple state, call your Senator and ask them where they stand. Ask them if they support the House bill to block executive amnesty and if they will demand it receive a vote. You are a citizen of this country and you are entitled to a clear answer to this question.”

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, Sens. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) and Mike Lee (R-UT) along with U.S. Representatives Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), Louie Gohmert (R-TX), Lamar Smith (R-TX), Roger Williams (R-TX), Ted Yoho (R-FL), John Carter (R-TX), Mo Brooks (R-AL), and Pete Olson (R-TX) held  a press conference encouraging action on measures to solve the crisis at our southern border and prevent President Obama from expanding amnesty.

Senator Cruz said, “The House of Representatives stayed here and did its work, and the only reason that DACA legislation hasn’t passed into law is because Harry Reid and Senate Democrats’ refused to vote on it. This means that when the President tries to unilaterally grant amnesty, and he has promised to do so, every single Senate Democrat who stood with Harry Reid bears the responsibility for the President’s illegal amnesty,” Sen Cruz said. “The decision to delay amnesty until after the election is an attempt to avoid accountability. I think the American people are a lot smarter than the President seems to give them credit for. Amnesty ensures that tens of thousands and hundreds of thousands of little boys and little girls will continue to be victimized, to be physically abused, to be sexually abused. Amnesty is not compassionate, it is not humane. It is exacerbating a crisis at the border. It is lawless and it is wrong.”

 Prior to the August recess, Sen. Cruz worked with his Republican colleagues on legislation that would solve the crisis at our Southern border. He introduced the Protect Children and Families Through the Rule of Law Act, portions of which will prevent President Obama from expanding amnesty to millions of more immigrants who come to the U.S. illegally, as he has suggested he plans to do after the 2014 midterm elections. Representative Marsha Blackburn sponsored similar legislation that passed the House, which Senate Democrats refused to consider.

 

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Big Government: TED CRUZ HEADS FOR IMMIGRATION SHOWDOWN WITH HARRY REID: 

Ted Cruz (R-TX) said congressional Republicans in the House and the Senate should use “any and all means necessary” to stop President Barack Obama from granting an executive amnesty to millions of illegal aliens, which he said may include language to block the president from doing so in a stop-gap spending bill that could come to the House floor as soon as Thursday.

“I think we should use any and all means necessary to prevent the president from illegally granting amnesty,” Cruz said when asked at a Tuesday press conference if he’d support including a measure that the House of Representatives passed—a bill from Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), a companion to his Senate version of the bill—right before August recess. “That, certainly, I think would be appropriate to include [in] the CR, but I think we should use every tool at our disposal.”

“Let’s wait and see what’s in the CR,” Cruz added when asked if he’d oppose the CR if it didn’t include his anti-DACA bill. “I have a habit of actually seeing what’s in legislation before I make a decision of whether or not to support it or not support it.”

Obama previously mouthing words he clearly didn’t mean:

As compiled by FOX News:

 President Obama: November 25, 2013

“If, in fact, I could solve all these problems without passing them through Congress, I would do so. But we’re also a nation of laws.”

 President Obama: March 28, 2011

“With respect to the notion that I can just suspend deportations through executive order, that’s just not the case. There are enough laws on the books by Congress that are very clear in terms of how we have to enforce our immigration system that for me to simply through executive order ignore those congressional mandates would not conform with my appropriate role as President.”

 President Obama: September 28, 2011

“I just have to continue to say this notion that somehow I can just change the laws unilaterally is just not true. We are doing everything we can administratively. But the fact of the matter is there are laws on the books that I have to enforce. And I think there’s been a great disservice done to the cause of getting the DREAM Act passed and getting comprehensive immigration passed by perpetrating the notion that somehow, by myself, I can go and do these things. It’s just not true. But we live in a democracy. You have to pass bills through the legislature, and then I can sign it.”

Obama In MN: Pay No Attention To Those ‘Phony Scandals’ – They’re ‘Not On The Level’ (Video)

*The bear is loose and back on the permanent campaign trail to show “the folks” how hard he’s fighting for middle class families™

Speaking to a crowd in Minnesota, Thursday, Obama lamely decried “fabricated issues and phony scandals.”

“It’s all geared towards the next election or ginning up a base,” Obama muttered derisively. “Um…..it’s not on the level.”

It was a pathetic and unconvincing performance.  What  next? *”I am not a crook?”

A new Fox News Poll shows that  76% of Voters Think the IRS Emails Were Deliberately Destroyed. In other words, they think it’s his administration that’s not being “on the level.”

Via Freedom’s Lighthouse: 

Obama brought up a Minnesota  mother whose letter to the White House he used in his ongoing push to raise the minimum wage, but failed to explain how raising the minimum wage would help the accountant struggling in a stagnant, overly regulated economy.

No matter — this is why he ran, you guys – so he could help folks like this mom who reminds him of his own mom – and his g-ma, too – and he and Michelle 20 years ago. Obama reeked of insincerity as he tried to convince  his credulous audience that he could relate to middle America.

The truth? The truth is not so nice. Obama is a student of Saul Alinsky who understands that America’s white middle class is where the power lies. He not trying to help the middle class. He’s trying to destroy it. Which should be obvious, by now.

Mr. Obama has very clearly embodied Alinsky’s epiphany about the middle class. He has been pushing all the buttons of fear, division and partisanship on the one hand, and government benefits and promises of jobs on the other. The very last thing Obama wants, however, is a rising economy and people working. A good economy and jobs deflates the revolutionary possibilities. Every regulation, tax and Obama decree is geared to destroying the middle class. When people are living hand-to-mouth or living on benefits and having to jump through myriad regulatory hoops, they are unable to unite and fight the coming authoritarianism.

That is why it is so galling  to watch this guy cozy up to the middle class every election season. The very people he wants to murder, open the door and hand him the gun. It’s really quite nauseating.

* Obama keeps pushing this meme he apparently thinks has a high cool quotient: “The bear is loose!” he’s been saying for the past couple of weeks as he leaves the White House. And his fan bois in the press swoon in appreciation. “Obama said “the bear is loose, omg, isn’t that witty?!”

* It’s not my intention to defame President Nixon by comparing him to Obama. I’m just noting that Barry’s sounding comically defensive, these days.

 

With the Media’s help, Obama Continues To Perpetrate Fraud On The American People

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Andrew McCarthy explains the Regime’s game at NRO: The Scheme behind the Obamacare Fraud:

In 2003, when he was an ambitious Illinois state senator from a hyper-statist district, Obama declared:

I happen to be a proponent of a single-payer universal health-care program. I see no reason why the United States of America, the wealthiest country in the history of the world, spending 14 percent of its gross national product on health care, cannot provide basic health insurance to everybody. . . . Everybody in, nobody out. A single-payer health care plan, a universal health care plan. That’s what I’d like to see. But as all of you know, we may not get there immediately.

That is the Obamacare scheme.

It is a Fabian plan to move an unwilling nation, rooted in free enterprise, into Washington-controlled, fully socialized medicine. As its tentacles spread over time, the scheme (a) pushes all Americans into government markets (a metastasizing blend of Medicare, Medicaid, and “exchanges” run by state and federal agencies); (b) dictates the content of the “private” insurance product; (c) sets the price; (d) micromanages the patient access, business practices, and fees of doctors; and (e) rations medical care. Concurrently, the scheme purposely sows a financing crisis into the system, designed to explode after Leviathan has so enveloped health care, and so decimated the private medical sector, that a British- or Canadian-style “free” system — formerly unthinkable for the United States — becomes the inexorable solution.

Once you grasp that this is the scheme, the imperative to lull the public with lies makes sense. Like all swindles, Obamacare cannot work if its targeted victims figure out the endgame before it is a fait accompli.

The president is a community organizer in the Saul Alinsky tradition. He is trained to adopt the language and co-opt the sensibilities of the masses in order to become politically viable; then, once raw power is acquired, the Alinskyite uses every component of it to thwart opposition in patient but remorseless pursuit of the given “social justice” goal. Consequently, in pursuit of health-care statism, Obama moderated his rhetoric over the years, but not his ideological goals. He stressed pragmatism: a gradual campaign that kept the ultimate prize in sight. “I don’t think we’re going to be able to eliminate employer coverage immediately,” he told his hard-Left base at a 2007 SEIU health-care forum. “There’s going to be potentially some transition process. I can envision a decade out or 15 years or 20 years out.”

There’s that word: transition. It’s the route “change” takes to reach its final destination: “fundamental transformation.” If you’re paying attention, you’ll hear the word transition a lot in Obama’s health-care speeches.

Read it all – Bottom line – unless Republicans get their act together, (to paraphrase McCarthy): if you like your private medical system, you won’t be keeping your private medical system, period.

ObamaCare was always about “transitioning” an unwilling nation into Socialized medicine and it took a lot of fraud and deceit to do that.

Oh, and the fraud and deceit continues with the MSM’s help, to this day. Oh sure, some are sheepishly admitting that, gosh – maybe the media should have vetted some of Obama’s promises a little better, huh? Gosh, who would ever have  guessed that the idea we could  cover more people for less money, and everyone would be able to keep their plans and doctors was utter BS? (Except everyone who could do basic math?)

But now that those lies are no longer operative, we have a new set of lies.

Yesterday, CNBC    was caught peddling this on Twitter: Study: ‘Tiny fraction’ will lose health coverage, pay more.

AoSHQ’s Andy called them out: @CNBC seriously, you should retract this. It’s a paid-for partisan “study” and we’ll mutilate you tomorrow for fluffing it.

I caught wind of this “study”, last week when many media outlets covered the story like it was a legitimate deal.

Families USA is a left Wing health-care lobbying organization that partnered with the White House to run a PR campaign for Obama’s fraudulent health care scheme.. Sister Simone Campbell of the dreadful  “nuns on the bus tour” sits on the board. (These days, Sister Simone Campbell can be found sitting on panels focusing on “poverty, prosperity and economic justice.”)

Well thanks to Sister Simone, there will be far less of the second one due to the “economic justice” of O-Care. Even after being repeatedly promised that they could keep their plans,  millions of people lost their health care plans so the “truly needy” could have theirs. And Sister Simone’s group Families USA will continue to lie about the numbers because lies and deceit in furtherance of “social justice” is not a sin, right Sister? God will understand….

 Families USA recently got $1 million from a liberal foundation to prop ObamaFail up.

Families USA has received a $1 million grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, which it will use to collect and distribute to the media personal stories of those who have benefited from the new health insurance exchange rolled out by the Obama Administration October 1. The announcement is good news for the President, who has been widely criticized for the horrible launch of the online marketplace healthcare.gov.

The old lie was, “if you like you plan you can keep your plan.” Now it has been replaced with, “ok fine,  but only a teeny tiny fraction will lose their plan and pay more.” But what’s going to happen when the Employer Mandate drops, next year, Sister Simone? Is 50 to 100 million people considered “a tiny fraction.”

What about the many, many Americans out there who don’t want Medicaid or government subsidies? What if they were happy with what they had and don’t want to be part of some massive government program? Too bad for  them, huh Sister? You have to crack a few eggs to make that Social Justice Omelette.

Another lie being peddled by the Regime and its media allies:  “the law is helping to bring down overall health spending.”

Via Yuval Levin at The Corner, Charles Blahous of the Mercatus Center and the Hoover Institution  takes on that claim:

Public confidence in the ACA took a beating when it was revealed that millions would lose health coverage that they had been told they could keep. Now the public is being told that the ACA is responsible for government actuaries’ improved health spending projections, when an examination of those projections clearly shows that not to be so. If the supporters of the ACA want to win back public support and confidence, they will need to find a stronger case for the virtues of the law.

Back to CNBC and other “news” outlets uncritically peddling the new lies: Newsflash: We’re on to you. No one believes the Regime’s BS anymore. The American people are not going to allow themselves to be herded like helpless sheep into a  Single Payer, universal, socialized  health care system.

To reporters who continue to help the Regime disseminate lies: Good luck keeping your integrity and self respect as more and more Americans are awakened to the  massive, ongoing fraud and deceit of Obama’s health care plan.

More:

Ace hammers the New York Times for only now discovering that redistribution is central to ObamaCare:

And now the press says, “Sorry, brah. M’ bad.”

Mr. Obama survived that episode and other instances when Republicans deployed old recordings of him using the word “redistribution” as evidence that he was a closet socialist. But Mr. Obama had learned a lesson.

The Times does not say this, but that lesson was “lie about everything.”

***

As with Obama himself, there are only two possible explanations:

1, the press is ignorant and incompetent and simply not up to the job of doing anything more difficult than straight stenography. And what does this say about their alleged status as the cognitive elite?

or,

2, the press is institutionally, conspiratorially dishonest, and chose not only to notreport this for four long years, but even more, chose to actively join in a lie. Because they are fundamentally political actors, and they behave as if they are an extension of Obama’s communications shop, pushing false Narratives and pushing back against honest, accurate criticism.

And what does that say about their status as the nation’s fact-finders?

At some point, we will get them to confront this, and give us a straight answer as to why they lied to the country, more frequently than Obama himself , about Obama and his pet redistributive Trojan Horse.

Senior HHS Official To Brief House Dems On ObamaCrash

Issa obamaVia Congressman Darrell Issa’s Facebook.

Just Democrats mind you. No Republicans allowed – because —  no doubt fear of,  “political blowbacK” and “emboldening Republican critics.” You know – the whole reason the Regime refused to delay implementation of their horribly botched ObamaCrash site in the first place.

Via Washington Times: 

Mike Hash, who directs the Office of Health reform at the Department of Health and Human Services, will brief House Democrats Wednesday about implementation of the Affordable Care Act.

The closed-door session, which will start at 8:50 a.m., marks the first time the administration will have briefed members of Congress on the online enrollment system since its troubled rollout on Oct. 1.

This is how paranoid, despotic leaders of banana republics operate, and House Speaker Boehner isn’t amused.

The office of House Speaker John Boehner is calling for the Obama administration to brief House Republicans on the problems with the ObamaCare website, following a report that House Democrats will get a closed-door briefing on Wednesday.

Boehner spokesman Brendan Buck said in a statement to Fox News the speaker’s office has requested the meeting with the president but has not yet received a reply, saying “all members – as well as the American people – deserve answers for this debacle.”

“This snub is all the more offensive after Secretary Sebelius declined to testify at a House hearing this week,” Buck said. “It’s time for the Obama administration to honor its promises of transparency and face some accountability.”

And Tuesday, Congressman Paul Ryan sent Kathleen Sebelius an angry letter blasting her for her lack of transparency. Politico obtained a copy of the letter ahead of its scheduled Wednesday release.

House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) says Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius has stonewalled his committee and the public on Obamacare.

Ryan says the secretary has refused repeated requests for information on implementation of the health law and invitations to testify in front of his committee.

“Your continued silence on these important inquiries after refusing to testify raises serious questions about the administration’s commitment to transparency and accountability” Ryan wrote in the  letter.

Ryan plans to release a series of letters, going back to Aug. 15, that he says shows a pattern of refusal to testify in front of the House Budget Committee on the health law. Ryan, who strongly opposes Obamacare and says Sebelius should resign over the HealthCare.gov problems, says he wants to know the costs of the recently announced “tech surge” to repair the site. He’s also interested in the cost and management of the federal tax subsidies.

More evidence that this thing was nowhere near ready to launch….

At the Independent Sentinel Sara Noble writes, Doctors Weren’t Even Asked to Join the Exchanges!

The Obamacare planners haven’t included doctors in the planning of the exchanges. Doctors have no idea what is going on, at least not in New York.

The government has put all their efforts into the website (that’s scary) and they forgot to talk to doctors.

If you go to 02:00 on the video below you will hear some shocking information – doctors were not told anything about the exchanges nor have they been approached about being on the exchanges.

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WHD:  Please Meet One of Obama’s “Extremists”:

President Obama and his henchmen have savagely attacked the Tea Party, with the president himself branding his opponents as “extremists” and his surrogates comparing them to terrorists, for starters.

Well thank God this president’s “open minded” worldview stops at the Tea Party’s door.

If any Obama officials or their allies are reading, let me introduce to one these terrorists, a woman named Georgina. As you will be able to discern, she’s a dangerous radical, drunk with hatred, desperate to destroy the nation’s credit rating, and dying to stick it to Obama.

I think this should confirm your suspicions that you are nobly combating a dangerous element. If you have some jackboots and truncheons at the ready, please don them, because Georgina must be stopped.

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Weasel Zippers: Lack Of Security Lets You See What Prices On Healthcare.gov Are BEFORE Subsidies:

Healthcare.gov features a tool to search through health insurance providers in your area to see how much Obamacare can save you. The catch? The catch is, those prices are all AFTER maximum subsidies are calculated into the price by the website.

This is apparently the lack of insecurity you can expect from the folks at HHS and healthcare.gov.  A level of incompetence and lack of common sense programming I didn’t even think were possible for government until today.

Weasel Zippers: Lack of Security At Healthcare.gov Exposes Private Info Of Healthcare Navigators:

UPDATE TO THIS STORY

The same glitch which previously exposed the prices of Obamacare plans without subsidies now also exposes the names, business addresses and business phone numbers of all Healthcare navigators nationwide.

Twitchy: ‘LOL!’ Hey, guys: Look at all the great options healthcare dot gov gave journo! [pics]

White House Official: Obama Would Rather Default Than Sit Down And Negotiate With Republicans

Well, we’re entering some dangerous territory here, alright. Obama is using his and his supporters’ contempt for the Republican party to allow him to send the economy into a tailspin. He wants this – not only because he thinks he can blame the Republicans….he just wants this.

Via The Hill:

Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) said Monday that President Obama is putting the economy at risk by refusing to negotiate with Republicans over spending and the debt ceiling.

“The president’s refusal to negotiate is hurting our economy and putting our country at risk,” Boehner said on the House floor.

Boehner expressed disbelief at reports that Obama would rather see a debt default than talk to Republicans.

“This morning, a senior White House official this morning said that the president would rather default than to sit down and negotiate,” he said. “Really?”

“The American people expect when their leaders have differences, and we’re in a time of crisis, that we’ll sit down and at least have a conversation,” he added. “Really, Mr. President, it’s time to have that conversation before our economy is put further at risk.”Boehner rarely speaks on the House floor, but this was his third appearance in the last week. It also follows a Sunday appearance on ABC’s “This Week” in which he insisted he would not agree to bring a “clean” debt ceiling hike to the floor, and argued it would not pass.

UPDATE:

Here is Boehner’s speech on the House floor: POTUS Would Rather Default Than Negotiate:

The GOP conference released this video to illustrate the unreasonable position of the White House.

Today, Jay Carney lashed out at ABC’s Jonathan Karl for asking a question about the debt ceiling:

Linked by Doug Ross, thanks!