Monday Catch-Up: The People vs. Barack Obama

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J. Andrew Peak, The Black Sphere: The Prosecution of Barack Obama:

In our system, the media is to function as the protectorate of the people. It is what the founders intended. They, as the fourth estate (and unofficial branch of government) are the backstop to tyranny.

When the cornerstones of all other public institutions tremble under the weight of injustice (as they do now); the matter should be tried in the court of public opinion. And it should be done on television to provide a forum conducive to a public hearing. Thus far, many outlets have continually failed in this charge. It is their job to fill the void.

Chief among the duties of the media is to educate and inform a free people. So how best to accomplish this, while at the same time attempting rescue of institutions that are politically compromised and derelict in their duty?

In the age of reality television, what better than a trial of a president?

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The People vs. Barack Obama should be held in two phases.

The first phase could be a televised, one hour, grand jury indictment for each matter: Obamacare fraud during passage, its ongoing rewriting and the disparate application thereof; Benghazi; Fast and Furious; IRS scandal; NSA scandal; corruption, etc., etc., etc. If a true bill was returned by the grand jury so impaneled, that single matter would be referred to trial and docketed for a later date. If not, the case on those individual counts would be dismissed.

At trial both sides could be given a finite and equal time, wherein they could enter facts into evidence, give short openings and brief summations and provide oral arguments. Perhaps each affirmative count returned by the grand jury could itself be a two hour television special, broadcast on the weekend, with a brief discovery of public knowledge beforehand and a vetting of facts “in chambers” prior to trial.

Each “trial” could be conducted in a combination of both “mock” and “moot” fashion where an impartial panel of jurors was seated, facts heard, issues presented, the jury appropriately charged and a single poll of the jury taken. A simple majority carries the issue.

An outlet such as FOX News would be ideal because they have the will, gumption and intellectual honesty to attempt such an endeavor. Furthermore, they have the legal talent necessary to conduct such a venture.

For instance, Judge Andrew Napolitano could preside as judge. Peter Johnson Jr. and Kimberly Guilfoyle could act for the people as prosecutors; Geraldo Rivera and Lanny Davis for the defense. Perhaps other famous defense attorneys such as Alan Dershowitz, Jonathan Turley, Nicholas Rosenkranz or Barry Scheck would toss their hats into the ring. Given that most attorneys aren’t shy of cameras, there wouldn’t be a shortage.

Admittedly, these trials would have no force of law. Nor would they be legally binding. But they would serve two very important functions.

First they would act as an explanation to, and education of, the people. They would serve to inform the populace as to the issues in question and wherein the abusive dangers lie.

Second, any “true bills”, “findings” or “convictions”, made by those impaneled, when splashed across the headlines, would serve to pressure the administration and their agents in Congress to answer, explain, dismiss and rationalize such judgments made by the people.

Allen West: Retired generals critical of Obama say “peaceful civil uprising not out of the question”

According to WND, General Vallely has already called for the resignations of President Obama, Vice President Biden, and senior Congressional leadership. In calling for the forced resignations of Obama and the leadership of Congress, Vallely outlined suggestions for nationwide rallies and said a peaceful “civil uprising is still not out of question.”

“Our federal government continues down the path of destroying America,” Vallely said. “Americans must now stand up and put America back on the right track.”

Along with several other prominent senior military officers and former CIA officers, I serve on a group called the Citizens Commission on Benghazi, sponsored by Accuracy in Media (AIM) founder Roger Aronoff. I believe we shall see more grassroots citizen activism to stand against the growing political elitism in America.

The Conversation: Cruz Report: Obamacare Implementation Abusive, Lawless:

Sen. Ted Cruz, the ranking member of the Subcommittee on the Constitution, released a report, Monday morning, accusing the Obama Administration of unilaterally rewriting parts of the Affordable Care Act, citing the law’s multiple statutory and constitutional problems currently under review by the courts.

Doug Ross: Former Federal Prosecutor Makes Ironclad Case for Impeachment:

Former federal prosecutor Andrew C. McCarthy was in rare form on Saturday and his NRO op-ed is worth reading in its entirety.

…The Constitution assumes that the different branches of government will protect their institutional turf. That is, the Framers calculated that, faced with a Democratic president who usurps legislative prerogatives, a Democratic congressman would see himself, first and foremost, as a congressman. Valuing the duties of his office over party loyalty, he would join with other legislators to rein in executive excess.

Today’s Democrats, however, are less members of a party than of the movement Left. Their objective, like Obama’s, is fundamental transformation of a society rooted in individual liberty and private property to one modeled on top-down, redistributionist statism. Since statism advances by concentrating governmental power, Democrats — regardless of what governmental branch they happen to inhabit — rally to whatever branch holds the greatest transformative potential. Right now, that is the presidency. Thus, congressional Democrats do not insist that the president must comply with congressional statutes. Laws, after all, must be consistent with the Constitution to be valid, and are thus apt to reflect the very constitutional values the Left is trying to supplant. Democrats want the president to use the enormous raw power vested in his office by Article II to achieve statist transformation. If he does so, they will support him. They’ll get back to obsessing over the “rule of law” if, by some misfortune, the Republicans someday win another presidential election.

Daniel Horowitz, Red State: GOP Must Shut Down Senate:

Several weeks after Harry Reid changed hundreds of years’ of Senate rules by abolishing the filibuster for all judicial and executive appointments, Republicans have all but forgotten about it.  They could have threatened to block every piece of legislation until the rules are restored, but instead they are fully cooperating with a budget bill to fund Obamacare and increase spending, along with a farm bill to grow government intervention in the agriculture sector.  They might even help Democrats pass a bill that can be used as a vehicle for more gun restrictions.

Needless to say, without any fear of reprisal, Democrats plan to jam through a number of Obama nominees before the end of the year on a party-line vote.

Democrats will attempt to pack the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals, the second most important court in the country, with Obama’s radical nominees.  On Monday evening, the Senate will vote on Patricia Millett.  They might try to push through two other D.C. Circuit nominees, Robert Wilkins and Cornelia Pillard, later in the week.  Republicans had been blocking all D.C Circuit nominees because the court is currently split between Republican and Democrat appointees, and unlike other courts, this one actually has a very light caseload burden.  The addition of three more liberals would be devastating for conservatives because this court has original jurisdiction over many of the constitutional issues arising from political fights in Washington – both in Congress and with Executive overreach.

Following Reid’s coup in the Senate, Republicans from both chambers should have immediately a press conference to announce that all “end-of-year legislation, such as the budget deal, farm bill, and extension of Medicare doc fix” was off the table until Reid retracted. But this is why we call them “the Stupid Party” constantly outflanked by the ruthless party who knows how to walk in lock step to further a Statist agenda rather than be on constant defense, grabbing whatever pathetic scraps the opposing party throw at them.

Arlen Williams, The American Thinker: IRS Goes After Obamacare Whistleblowers: An Interview with C. Steven Tucker:

By now, the news has spread online of the IRS audit notices sent to two Obamacare whistleblowers. On November 25th, cancer victim Bill Elliott and C. Steven Tucker were informed of the ordeal each was to face.  Elliott has been waging a pitched battle with cancer. Tucker is the insurance agent and healthcare freedom activist who informed him that the canceling of his insurance, wrought by the Obama administration for the sake pushing citizens into Obamacare, was illegal.
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When we had some Q and A a few days ago, you were about to be visited by a representative of the IRS, on Friday, December 6th. Who asked for that meeting? Did the IRS say what they wanted to meet about, before it occurred?

Yes, Treasury Inspector General Robert Williams made an unannounced visit to my old office in Palatine on December 4th, 2013. I was not there so he called my cell phone at 4 p.m. that same day. I answered and he stated that ‘I stopped by your office and you were not there, we noted your story in the news and we would like to discuss the issue you are having as soon as possible’. I said ‘that sounds good, we can meet in my home at 11 a.m. on Friday – December 6th 2013.’

When I hung up the phone. I immediately called my attorney. He then connected me on a three way phone call to William J. Sneckenberg, Esq. – Senior Litigation Attorney and Appellate Specialist at the Sneckenberg, Thompson, and Brody law firm in Chicago. After hearing the story, Mr. Sneckenberg said it was ‘highly irregular’ for the IRS to be sending a letter of demand for a tax return that was filed more than a decade ago. Normally, the look back period is anywhere from 3 to 5 years. He then said he wanted to be in my home to represent me when Treasury Inspector General Williams arrived.

On Friday morning Mr. Sneckenberg arrived and reviewed the letters of demand from the IRS and then contacted his CPA. His CPA also agreed that this is highly irregular. Then Treasury Inspector General Williams arrived with an associate. He showed me his business card and his badge and then sat down to begin his inquisition of sorts during which he and his associate took copious notes. To my surprise his questions were not designed to find out why I was sent the letters of demand but more to find out more about me and even more surprisingly my new friend Bill Elliott.

He asked for Bill Elliott’s phone number twice. I did not give him Mr. Elliott’s phone number. He then asked for a timeline of events. He asked ‘How did you first meet Bill? What law did you use to help him get his policy restored? What television program did he appear on?’ etc. He then asked for my full name and my social security number since the IRS letters of demand were sent to my corporation and not to my personal name. And, then at the end of his line of questioning he made sure to tell me that ‘you need to resolve these issues with the IRS, if not, as you may be aware, you may be visited again by other IRS representatives in your home and we do reserve the right to garnish your wages and lien your assets.’ Mr. Sneckenberg and I then wished them a Happy Holiday and showed them both the door.

After they left and whilst the exhaust from their government vehicle was still lingering in my driveway I received a knock on the door from my post man who had in his hands a certified letter from the IRS. That letter stated ‘Intent to seize your property or rights to property. Amount due immediately $2,106.05.’ If you do not call us immediately or pay the amount due by December 19, 2013, we will seize (“levy”) your property or rights to property and apply it to the $2,106.05 you owe.’

This supposed amount they are demanding payment for is for the year 2010, where they state I did not file my W2s. My tax documents are prepared by a licensed CPA and are done correctly each year. If I had not filed my W2s I would not have been able to complete my 2010 corporate and personal tax returns which are sitting right next to me as I write you these responses. My CPA and my attorney are completely baffled by both the 2010 demand and the 2003 demand for $3,592.19.

Read the entire interview, here. This Regime is out of control.

Watchdog.org: Feds not required to report security breaches of Obamacare exchange website:

Americans who buy health insurance through the federal Obamacare exchange website could have their personal information stolen by hackers and never even know it.

Most of the state-run health exchange websites will be covered by state laws that require notification when government databases are breached by hackers. But there is no law requiring notification when databases run by the federal government are breached, and even though the Department of Health and Human Services was asked to include a notification provision in the rules being drawn up for the new federal exchange, it declined to do so.

Other protections for individuals’ privacy, like the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, or HIPAA, do not apply to the government-run exchange, only to health providers and insurance companies operating within the exchange.

The Washington Examiner: Doctors boycotting California’s Obamacare exchange:

An estimated seven out of every 10 physicians in deep-blue California are rebelling against the state’s Obamacare health insurance exchangeand won’t participate, the head of the state’s largest medical association said.

“It doesn’t surprise me that there’s a high rate of nonparticipation,” said Dr. Richard Thorp, president of the California Medical Association.

Thorp has been a primary care doctor for 38 years in a small town 90 miles north of Sacramento. The CMA represents 38,000 of the roughly 104,000 doctors in California.

“We need some recognition that we’re doing a service to the community. But we can’t do it for free. And we can’t do it at a loss. No other business would do that,” he said.

California offers one of the lowest government reimbursement rates in the country — 30 percent lower than federal Medicare payments. And reimbursement rates for some procedures are even lower.

Weasel Zippers: Obamabots Flood Facebook With Pro-Obamacare Spam…

Via Daily Caller:

Pro-Obamacare messages are being plastered on Americans’ Facebook pages by President Barack Obama’s most faithful supporters, many of whom need a morale boost, according to a new email blast from the president’s front-group.

“Next time you hear from the Obamacare naysayers in your life, here’s something you can send them… 29,000 Americans successfully signed up in just the first two days of the week,” says the Dec. 7 announcement from Obama’s “Truth Team”

The email is signed by Erin Hannigan, the health care campaign manager for the president’s Organizing for Action nonprofit.

“You don’t need to put up with anyone trying to drag health care reform through the mud. We all have a lot of reasons to be proud of this law, and every day, there are more stories to share that push back against the people cynically rooting for it to fail,” says the message, which includes prominent buttons that allow recipients to flash Obama’s message out to their Facebook pages or their Twitter followers.

Brilliant. “Messaging” will fix ObamaCare.

The Washington Examiner: AmeriCorps parent agency dawdled while nonprofits bilked feds:

An obscure federal agency that annually awards nearly $1 billion to tinynonprofits doles out cash to fly-by-night organizations with little oversight and has been repeatedly bilked.

Not only that, but the inspector general at the Corporation for National and Community Service reports that the agency only slaps the wrists of the few thieves it catches.

The little-known agency administers AmeriCorps and other programs that pay “volunteers” to be active in their communities.

More than one-third of audits of the community-based nonprofits that received federal funds “contain significant negative findings,” according to the CNCS IG’s report.

But in recent years, CNCS has been handing out cash with fewer strings attached and little oversight.

“In 2009, the Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act for the first time authorized the corporation to award grants in fixed amounts, based on the hours worked by members to be enrolled in national service positions, without a matching requirement,” the IG report said.

“Unlike the corporation’s traditional grants, which reimburse a grantee for program costs, a fixed grant awards a specified amount … The fixed amount grant program has placed $240 million at financial risk,” the IG report said.

One of its largest grantees, the Digital Opportunities Trust, repeatedly received grants from CNCS, even though it was missing all of its goals and heading towards bankruptcy.

“Instead of taking immediate collection steps, the corporation deferred the problem and optimistically extended funding,” the IG reported.

Michael Yon: Afghanistan: Talking Points US Troops:

Many of our Soldiers in Afghanistan are required to carry this paper in a pocket at all times.  Troops are expected to memorize the talking points and cough them up to any journalists coming through.

We decided to help headquarters spread their message.

Many complaints about poor morale are coming from Afghanistan.  Most troops are kept on base, where they undergo mindless inspections and even small ‘parades’, and of course rocket and mortar strikes.

It has been estimated that in 2014, the cost to taxpayers to keep one troop in Afghanistan for one year will be more than $2 million.  And we have our $2 million dollar troops there doing inspections and memorizing propaganda for the press, while Washington bickers with Karzai and the enemy grows stronger.

George Orwell would be proud of this propaganda jewel:

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But wait, isn’t nighttime the time that our special operations forces work the hardest?  Yes, it is.  Does that make Rangers cowards for working at night using fancy see in the dark gear?  Nothing tastes worse than lies.

Gateway Pundit: BRUTAL KNOCK-OUT ATTACK Caught on Security Camera:

More of what is clearly not a trend and certainly has no racial component according to liberal news outlets:

See Gateway Pundit for interview of the victim from his hospital bed.

Via Zip  a Knockout game gone very bad for the assailant: Video: Woman Beats The Snot Out of Knockout Game Attacker…

The boyfriend also lands a sweet kick to the face.

Via CNS News:

Well, this participant of the knockout game probably will reconsider future engagements after being beatdown by the woman he punched and her boyfriend.

Welcome to Obama’s “post racial” America.

Viral Circus: 30 Naughtiest Dogs: You’ll Crack Up When You Find Out What They Did:

Like people, dogs can get up to no good. They dig stuff, eat things, and generally like to “change the appearance” of things. Plus they’re farts stink! But maybe they’re just very creative and don’t like the state of how things are? They are pioneers? Wanting to teach us something? Who really knows. Whatever the reason is, they should just do what they do best – being dogs. That’s why we love them. So here are 30 of the funniest things a dog has ever done. Enjoy!

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Check out this outrageously awesome three year old basketball playing phenom.

Movie stars? Check.
Buckets from seven-stories? Check.
Making shots with both hands (at the same time!)? Check.

Titus returns in what may be the greatest compilation of trick shots put together by miniature man.

My latest at The Conversation:

POTUS Subverted DOJ Investigation During Chris Matthews Interview

Recent polling shows that an anti-ObamaCare wave next year could flip as many as 12 vulnerable Democrat Senate seats. If current trends continue, the next election could make the 2010 shellacking look like a Sunday picnic.

Monday Catch-Up: Losing Our Republic

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Charles Krauthammer: An outbreak of lawlessness:

His (Obama’s) violation of the proper limits of executive power has become breathtaking. It’s not just making recess appointments when the Senate is in session. It’s not just unilaterally imposing a law Congress had refused to pass — the Dream Act — by brazenly suspending large sectionsof the immigration laws.

We’ve now reached a point where a flailing president, desperate to deflect the opprobrium heaped upon him for the false promise that you could keep your health plan if you wanted to, calls a hasty news conference urging both insurers and the states to reinstate millions of such plans.

Except that he is asking them to break the law. His own law. Under Obamacare, no insurer may issue a policy after 2013 that does not meet the law’s minimum coverage requirements. These plans were canceled because they do not.

The law remains unchanged. The regulations governing that law remain unchanged. Nothing is changed except for a president proposing to unilaterally change his own law from the White House press room.

That’s banana republic stuff, except that there the dictator proclaims from the presidential balcony.

Remember how for months Democrats denounced Republicans for daring to vote to defund or postpone Obamacare? Saboteurs! Terrorists! How dare you alter “the law of the land.”

This was nonsense from the beginning. Every law is subject to revision and abolition if the people think it turned out to be a bad idea. Even constitutional amendments can be repealed — and have been (see Prohibition).

After indignant denunciation of Republicans for trying to amend “the law of the land” constitutionally (i.e. in Congress assembled), Democrats turn utterly silent when the president lawlessly tries to do so by executive fiat.

Forbes: Obama’s Disdain For The Constitution Means We Risk Losing Our Republic:

Mr. Obama is moving our government away from its traditional system of checks and balances and toward the one-man-rule that dominates third world countries. He has said that he wants a faircountry—implying that, as it stands, the United States is not a fair country—an unprecedented calumny committed against a country by its own leader.

What country does he think is more fair than the United States? He has three long years left in which to turn us into a fair country. Where does he intend to take us?

Mr. Obama got his conception of a fair country from his teachers. A fair country is anunfree country because it is regimented to prevent anyone from rising too high. Their ideal is egalitarianism, the notion that no one should be any better, higher, or richer than anyone else. Combined with a dollop of totalitarianism, egalitarianism has replaced communism as the dominant ideal in our most prestigious universities. Mr. Obama and his colleagues are the product of those universities, and they have their marching orders.

The most important point is that Mr. Obama does not consider himself bound by the Constitution. He could not have made that more clear. He has drawn a line in the concrete and we cannot ignore it.

Those who currently hold political office, and who want to keep our system of government, need to act now. Surely, rejection of the Constitution is grounds for impeachment and charges should be filed. In addition, there are many other actions that Congressmen can and should take—actions that will tell Mr. Obama that we have seen where he is going and we will not let our country go without a fight.

At the close of the Constitutional Convention of 1787, Benjamin Franklin was asked what form of government had been created. “A republic,” he replied, “if you can keep it.”

We are losing it. If Mr. Obama’s reach for unprecedented power is not stopped, that will be the end. Everyone who values his life and liberty should find some way to say “No!” “Not now!” “Not yet!” “Not ever!”

Washington Examiner: Head of scandal-plagued FMCS to resign following Washington Examiner series:

Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service Director George Cohen is resigning only days after learning he is a target of a congressional inquiry spurred by a Washington Examiner series.

The Examiner series reported that FMCS employees spent hundreds of thousands of dollars on luxuries and that top officials retaliated against employees who questioned the spending.

“I have notified President Obama that I intend to resign as Director, effective December 31, 2013,” Cohen told employees in a memo obtained by the Examiner.

“I am happy to report that I leave the agency in very good shape with the admiration and respect coming from private parties, federal government agencies, and public sector organizations and their respective union representatives.

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At a salary of $165,000, he oversaw the 230-person agency with a budget of $50 million that provides non-binding, voluntary arbitration between private companies’ and governments’ managers and unions.

“Let me give you the honest truth: A lot of FMCS employees don’t do a hell of a lot, including myself. Personally, the reason that I’ve stayed is that I just don’t feel like working that hard, plus the location on K Street is great, plus we all have these oversized offices with windows, plus management doesn’t seem to care if we stay out at lunch a long time. Can you blame me?” said an FMCS employee who asked for anonymity.

“The agency really needs to be incorporated back into the Department of Labor, the way it was back in the early days, or totally eliminated,” the employee said.

The Daily Caller: Where There’s A Will, There’s A Wage REVEALED: Obamacare’s backdoor minimum wage hike:

Will President Barack Obama be discouraged if his plan to raise the minimum wage to $10.10 per hour doesn’t pass the House? Probably not — Obamacare is already effectively raising the minimum wage to $10.30.

Obamacare’s employer mandate, which requires businesses to provide health coverage to full-time workers, raises the cost of employing a single person by $2.24 per hour. Job cuts and small business-downsizing can be expected, according to a significant new report by the Heritage Foundation’s James Sherk and Patrick Tyrrell.

This effective minimum wage hike is strictly enforced under Obamacare. Small businesses of at least 50 employees will have to pay hefty fines for each worker not insured — fines that essentially add up to the cost of providing all workers insurance.

The People’s Cube: Old Soviet jokes become the new American reality:

All of a sudden I find myself playing the role of a comrade from the future, helping my new compatriots to navigate the quagmire ahead of us.

Deprived of free political speech, Soviets had developed a culture of underground political jokes. I used to remember thousands of them.

Here’s one of my favorites, dealing with the discrepancy between the official narrative and the everyday reality:

The six contradictions of socialism in the USSR

  • There is no unemployment – yet no one is working.
  • No one is working – yet the factory quotas are fulfilled.
  • The factory quotas are fulfilled – yet the stores have nothing to sell.
  • The stores have nothing to sell – yet people’s homes are full of stuff.
  • People’s homes are full of stuff – yet no one is happy.
  • No one is happy – yet the voting is always unanimous.

Already in America I discovered that most of my old Soviet jokes didn’t work in translation. It wasn’t so much the language difference as the fact that Americans had no first-hand knowledge of a totalitarian government, ideological uniformity, and shameless propaganda.
But that is changing. The more America “progresses” back to the Soviet model, the more translatable the old Soviet jokes become.

Let’s see how an old Soviet joke can be rewritten into a new American joke.

The six contradictions of socialism in the United States of America

  • America is capitalist and greedy – yet half of the population is subsidized.
  • Half of the population is subsidized – yet they think they are victims.
  • They think they are victims – yet their representatives run the government.
  • Their representatives run the government – yet the poor keep getting poorer.
  • The poor keep getting poorer – yet they have things that people in other countries only dream about.
  • They have things that people in other countries only dream about – yet they want America to be more like those other countries.

There’s more where it came from – or where we’re going, whichever the case may be.

An American joke shared by Kelly Ivanovna/келя ивановна in the comments:

Obama learned one day that a man had been arrested in the streets for yelling, “Obama is a moron! Obama is a moron!”

“Why is this?” he asked the arresting officer. “We have free speech in this country. Folks shouldn’t be arrested for criticizing the President.” The officer answered, he wasn’t arrested for that, sir. He was arrested for leaking classified information!”

White House Dossier: No, It’s Not Fixed:

The White House Obamacare deception campaign continues, with a false claim by administration officials that they have succeeded in their goal of fixing the website by December 1.

Remember the claim: things would run smoothly for a “vast majority of uses.” I don’t care what number you put on it, “the vast majority” sounds like only isolated problems here or there. And that’s not what’s going on.

First of all, despite all the gibberish from the administration, we really have no idea how many people can enroll. We do know that many people cannot because the portion of the system that sends consumer information to the insurance companies doesn’t work well at all.

It’s like if Amazon bragged you could order off its website, only you have no idea if your new blender is going to get put in the delivery truck.

Big Journalism: MSNBC FOLLOWS OBAMA ORDERS TO SPREAD THANKSGIVING PROPAGANDA:

On Wednesday, Ed Schultz, Al Sharpton, and Chris Hayes all dedicated their entire shows to telling Americans how to talk with conservative relatives during Thanksgiving. Schultz had on comedian John Fugelsang, who blabbed about “your, uh, Obamacare-hating uncle…your NRA uncle…your gay for Reagan uncle…your uncle who uses Benghazi as a verb.” Sharpton then gave his own talking pointsfor the “aunt or uncle who watches Fox News all day.” Chris Hayes also chipped in.

iOwntheworld: ObamaCare Talk at Thanksgiving:

 

Twitchy: ‘Smugness nirvana attained’: @BarackObama’s Rosa Parks anniversary tribute photo features you-know-who:

The @BarackObama Twitter account, which is operated by Organizing for Action, recognized the Rosa Parks anniversary by tweeting a photo, and you’ll never guess who it features. Or maybe you already have:

Here’s a photo with the person who was missing in the above “tribute”.

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Ann Coulter: Is it to soon to say, ‘I told you so’?

Back in September, the New York Times promoted Bill de Blasio’s mayoral candidacy with an editorial titled, “Don’t Fear the Squeegee Man.” The editorial informed readers that crime wouldn’t get worse under de Blasio because “policing is far better than it used to be, thanks to innovations by Mayor David Dinkins.” (Emphasis added — the Times was not being sarcastic.)

Under the policing “innovations” of Mayor Dinkins, the annual murder rate in New York City rose to an all-time high of 2,245 in Dinkins’ first year in office. After four years of hard work, the murder rate had dropped by about 10 percent, to a merely astronomical 1,995 per year.

In Mayor Rudolph Giuliani’s very first year in office, the murder rate fell 20 percent. The Times acknowledged the dramatic drop in crime with an article titled, “New York City Crime Falls But Just Why Is a Mystery.” By Giuliani’s last year in office, there were only 714 murders in the entire city, a drop of 64 percent from Dinkins’ personal best. By continuing Giuliani’s aggressive crime policies, Mayor Michael Bloomberg got the murder rate for 2012 down to 419 in a city of 8 million people.

Arutz Sheva: US Calls Netanyahu ‘Desperate and Weak’:

Senior officials in the White House have said that Israel Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu “is desperate and weak,” in reaction to Netanyahu’s remonstrationsagainst the deal struck with Iran over its nuclear weapons program.

Israeli television Channel 10 quoted the officials as saying “His pronouncements show a lack of self-confidence,” in an unusually harsh personal attack on Netanyahu. “We are not perturbed by his vocal opposition.”

Aaron Klein: AUDIO: A potential game-changer on Benghazi cover-up

Why I Am Catholic: A Blogger Responds: We Were Not “Outmarketed” on Gay Marriage, We Were “Outevangelized”

Gerald Nadal doesn’t pull any punches with his response to an interview given by Cardinal Timothy Dolan on Fox News recently. Take a look.

Fox News reports that Cardinal Dolan, in an interview with David Gregory of Meet the Press, claims that the Church was “outmarketed” on the issue of gay marriage. From the report:

Asked why the church is losing the argument on gay marriage, Dolan responded, “Well, I think maybe we’ve been outmarketed sometimes. We’ve been caricatured as being anti-gay.”

He said the church supports “traditional marriage and is not “anti-anybody,” adding, “When you have forces like Hollywood, when you have forces like politicians, when you have forces like some opinion-molders that are behind it, it’s a tough battle.”

Without knowing it, Cardinal Dolan has identified the core of the problem. Our leadership, with few exceptions, have adopted the superficiality of branding and marketing as a cheap substitute for the grittiness and tenacity of evangelization. Worse still, while we have abandoned evangelization and hewing to the hard line of the Gospel, it is the other side who have been engaged in the grit and tenacity of evangelization.

Johnny Dollar: ‘How Is That Ever Going to Work?’

The Shark Tank: In Response To Obamacare Disaster, 11 Conservative Doctors Are Running For Congress:

The disastrous Obamacare rollout has prompted eleven doctors to run for the Senate. These doctors, all of whom are Republicans, hope that their expertise as doctors will help to convince voters that Obamacare is not good for the nation. Paul Broun is a family physician running for the open Senate seat in Georgia. He said, “Doctors are in a very unique position to look at the financing of healthcare. We go into medicine for one reason, and one reason only: Because we care about people, we want the people who we serve to have a productive, happy, healthy life.” It is likely that the majority of these eleven individuals will win in their respective states. In 2012, doctors were rated as the third most trustworthy professionals in the country.

Seton Motley, Human Events: 

 

Our cell phones are chewing up more and more spectrum – so the cell phone companies need more and more of it to keep us productive and happy.  Thus there will be in our future a government-run two-pronged spectrum incentive auction – to get more of it to market.

Prong One: The nation’s broadcasters can if they wish sell to the government some or all of their spectrum.  Prong Two: The government will then hold an auction to sell said spectrum to the nation’s wireless phone providers.

T’would be far better if the government hadn’t inserted itself as a middle man – and the broadcasters could simply organize with the wireless phone providers a secondary-market auction.  But why do things simply and efficiently?  This is Washington, after all.

The government wants its money cut – which it could have had without being the go-between.  What the government couldn’t do as an innocent bystander is mess around with how the auction is conducted.  Herein lies the potential problem.

Some Media Marxist groups are demanding that the government prevent AT&T and Verizon from openly bidding on any spectrum they wish.  Why?  Because these Leftists have deemed these two to be too successful – and they want the government to spread the wealth around.

Sooper Mexican: Read The Ridiculous And Pathetic Attack On My Mexculinity From A Liberal Hispanic Website:

So I was told that a liberal Hispanic website was going to attack me for being anonymous and claiming that I’m not really Mexican! LOL! This is clearly a sad ploy to try to get pageviews on their failing website. So don’t go there. Instead read it in its entirety here:

There used to be a time when a lot of the Rebeldes actually thought the anonymous Soopermexican was kind of cool. Hell, there was even a time when our group kind of respected the “SOOPer. MEXY. CONservative.” He/She was fun to engage on Twitter, even though we rarely agreed on issues, but when we did share similar views (Chimichanga-Gate, anyone?), it was actually kind of fun. You knew where you stood and we actually believed that Soop also thought that amplifying Latino ignorance was a noble thing to do.

Those fun times have changed and to be honest, we blocked Soop a while ago after we noticed that his/her views were getting more and more out there and that he/she basically spends a lot of time on Twitter just crapping and trolling on people. His/Her shtick was getting trite and the whole anonymous things was cowardly. You would think that such a self-proclaimed Internet celebrity would want to reveal his/her identity. Maybe add to your his/her credibility, but as we soon discovered, the Soop has become a caricature of his/her former brilliance, his/her role limited to being the symbolic “Mexican friend” so many so-called conservatives want to have around. Meh.

Finish reading at Sooper Mexican. (Psssst: yes, take it from Nice Deb: Soop is an authentic, macho, Mexi-American.)

Friday Free-For-All: A Sucker’s Deal With Iran

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Charles Krauthammer has been keeping a watchful eye on John Kerry’s “negotiations” with Iran, calling what has come out of it, a “sucker’s deal.”. 

A president desperate to change the subject and a secretary of state desperate to make a name for himself are reportedly on the verge of an “interim” nuclear agreement with Iran. France called it a “sucker’s deal.” France was being charitable.

The only reason Iran has come to the table after a decade of contemptuous stonewalling is that economic sanctions have cut so deeply — Iran’s currency has collapsed, inflation is rampant — that the regime fears a threat to its very survival.

Nothing else could move it to negotiate. Regime survival is the only thing the mullahs value above nuclear weapons. And yet precisely at the point of maximum leverage, President Obama is offering relief in a deal that is absurdly asymmetric: The West would weaken sanctions in exchange for cosmetic changes that do absolutely nothing to weaken Iran’s nuclear infrastructure.

Don’t worry, we are assured. This is only an interim six-month agreement to “build confidence” until we reach a final one. But this makes no sense. If at this point of maximum economic pressure we can’t get Iran to accept a final deal that shuts down its nuclear program, how in God’s name do we expect to get such a deal when we have radically reduced that pressure?

A bizarre negotiating tactic. And the content of the deal is even worse. It’s a rescue package for the mullahs.

Via Gateway Pundit, according to Israel National News, the Obama White House is accusing ISRAEL of stirring up war with Iran:

A top White House official has declared that Israel’s proposal that Iran totally dismantle its nuclear capacity in exchange for sanctions relief would likely lead to war.

According to JTA, the unnamed official made the comments in a conference call on Wednesday with think tanks and advocacy groups sympathetic to the Obama administration’s Iran strategy.

A think tank participant on the call said that Israel’s posture, demanding a total halt to enrichment and the dismantling of all of Iran’s centrifuges, was a path to war.

Agreeing that such reasoning was “sound,” the White House official said that given a choice between “total capitulation” and advancing toward a nuclear weapon, Iran would choose the weapon.

Ben Stein at The American Spectator asks, is this really happening?

I really cannot believe what I am seeing in the news about the U.S. and Iran. In 2013, less than 70 years after the end of the Hitler regime in Europe that killed half of all of the Jews in the world, roughly half of the Jews in the world are threatened with annihilation again—and the U.S. administration is not only going along with it, but cheering on the possibility.

Hitler did not have nuclear weapons, thank God, and there was no tiny little country like Israel where 7 million of the race he hated with such a crazed vengeance lived. So he had to send police and militia and the Gestapo and the SS and local anti-Semites to round up the Jews, move them to nearby fields for shooting or beating, or in trains to death factories like Auschwitz where thousands of Jews a day were gassed in the most horrible circumstances imaginable.

The Iranians in the recent past have pledged to destroy the Jewish people in the Middle East. Some of their leaders have boasted that if Iran gets nuclear weapons, Iran will have “a holocaust in an afternoon” by rocketing a few nuclear weapons into Israel. Naturally, the Israelis are desperately worried.

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Glenn Foden cartoon via Townhall

WSJ: Senate Rules for Radicals:

Today’s Democrats have grown up in the Saul Alinsky tradition, and on Thursday they proved it with a partisan vote to break the Senate filibuster rule for confirming judges and executive-branch nominees. The new rules will empower the party’s liberals for as long as they control the White House and Senate, but they will also set a precedent for conservatives to exploit in the future.

Majority Leader Harry Reid broke a GOP filibuster of a judicial nominee on a 52-48 vote. He was prodded by the Democratic Senate classes of 2006-2012, younger liberals in a hurry like Al Franken (Minnesota), Jeff Merkley (Oregon) and Jeanne Shaheen (New Hampshire). These are the same liberals who enjoyed a rare 60-vote supermajority in 2009-2010 when they rammed through ObamaCare without a single Republican vote. They view the minority as an inconvenience to be rolled.

It’s true that Senators of both parties have misused the advice and consent power to make it harder for the executive branch to govern. But the great irony is that Democrats voted to end the practice of judicial filibusters that they pioneered when George W. Bush was President. As the minority from 2003-2005, Democrats demanded 60 votes to confirm executive-branch nominees like John Bolton for U.N. Ambassador.

For the first time they also insisted on 60 votes for judicial nominees Miguel Estrada, Janice Rogers Brown, Priscilla Owen, Carolyn Kuhl, Henry Saad, William Pryor, David McKeague, Richard Griffin, Charles Pickering and William Gerry Myers.

Conn Carroll, Townhall: Why Republicans Won’t Offer An Obamacare Alternative In 2014:

…you shouldn’t expect Republicans to coalesce around any alternative anytime soon. Here’s why:

1. Democrats Are Dying For A Villain To Run Against. President Obama is at his most effective when he has an opponent to demonize. Right now, he doesn’t really have one, other than the insurance companies, and he needs them as allies or Obamacare will completely collapse.

That is why, as The Washington Post‘s Greg Sargent reported Wednesday, “the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee is set to launch a new campaign designed to refocus the debate on the Republican position on health care, which Dems will widely label as ‘Cruz Care.’”

It doesn’t matter what the actual policies in any Republican plan are, Democrats will label whatever Republicans come up with as “Cruz Care.” Democrats will then tie Cruz, who is highly unpopular among independents across the country, to every Republican candidate. Why would Republicans want to help Democrats do this?

Sadly, Republicans know that they are running against not only their Democrat opponents, but the Democrat media complex, as well. So they keep their cards close to their chests.

WSJ: Nicole Hopkins: ObamaCare Forced Mom Into Medicaid:

Since she couldn’t afford the new plan offered by her insurer, she told me she was eager to explore her new choices under theAffordable Care Act. Washington Healthplanfinder is one of the better health-exchange sites, and she was actually able to log on. She entered her personal and financial data. With efficiency uncommon to the ObamaCare process, the site quickly presented her with a health-care option.

That is not a typo: There was just one option—at the very affordable monthly rate of zero. The exchange had determined that my mother was not eligible to choose to pay for a plan, and so she was slated immediately for Medicaid. She couldn’t believe it was true and held off completing the application.

“How has it come to this?” she asked in one of our several talks over the past few weeks about what was happening. When she was a working mother and I was young, she easily carried health insurance for our whole family. “How have I fallen this far?”

Not everyone wants Obama’s handouts.

Weasel Zippers: Texas Family With Two Kids Fighting Cancer Have Their Insurance Canceled Because of Obamacare…

I can’t even begin to imagine what this family is going through.

GAINESVILLE, TEXAS — A Gainesville family is fighting for their childrens’ lives.

Ronald and Krista Alford’s two children, Hunter and Mikayla, were born with extremely rare types of cancer.

Now, sven years into fighting that battle, they’ve been hit with a new one: their children’s insurance has been cancelled, affecting Hunter’s chemotherapy.

News 12′s Allison Harris brings us their story of struggle and strength.

Ron Fournier:, National Journal: Obama’s Image Machine: Monopolistic Propaganda Funded by You:

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New York Times photographer Doug Mills strode into Jay Carney’s office Oct. 29 with a pile of pictures taken exclusively by President Obama’s official photographer at events the White House press corps was forbidden to cover. “This one,” Mills said, sliding one picture after another off his stack and onto the press secretary’s desk. “This one, too – and this one and this one and … .”

The red-faced photographer, joined by colleagues on the White House Correspondents’ Association board, finished his 10-minute presentation with a flourish that made Carney, a former Moscow correspondent for Time, wince.

“You guys,” Mills said, “are just like Tass.”

Comparing the White House to the Russian news agency is a hyperbole, of course, but less so with each new administration. Obama’s image-makers are taking advantage of new technologies that democratized the media, subverting independent news organizations that hold the president accountable. A generation ago, a few mainstream media organizations held a monopoly on public information about the White House. Today, the White House itself is behaving monopolistic.

The fast-moving trend is hampering reporters and videographers who cover the White House, but Mills’ profession has probably been hardest hit. “As surely as if they were placing a hand over a journalist’s camera lens, officials in this administration are blocking the public from having an independent view of important functions of the Executive Branch of government,” reads a letter delivered today to Carney by the WHCA and several member news organizations including The Associated Press and The New York Times.

The letter includes examples of important news events that were not covered by media photographers, and yet pictures were taken by the White House image team and widely distributed via social media. This happens almost daily.

Unlike media photographers, official White House photographers are paid by taxpayers and report to the president. Their job is to make Obama look good. They are propagandists – in the purest sense of the word.

The letter reminds Carney that Obama promised to run the most transparent administration in history. It argues that the restrictions “raise constitutional concerns” and amount to “arbitrary restraint and unwarranted interference on legitimate newsgathering activities.”

Journalists understand that the president’s family and national security events must be off-limits at times. Journalists also don’t object to the White House using social media; those are platforms as legitimate as televisions and print. The problem is that the Obama White House is simultaneously restricting access of independent media while flooding the public with state-run media.

Again, this is propaganda – utterly lacking a skeptical eye. The irony is that Obama is using technology that democratized and flattened the media to centralize and strengthen the powers an institution, The Presidency.

AoSHQ: Mark Halperin: Gee, I Guess You’re Right, I Guess Maybe The Media Didn’t Really Vet Obamacare to the Extent It Vetted, Say, Joe the Plumber:

Really?

I brought this up in the podcast– I think Eekdahl agreed with me. The media is attempting to claim they were snookered by Obamacare, same as us.

Well, not us. We got it. But the media is now claiming that they were snookered along with the rest of the Low Information Voters.

Sort of like they’re turning to us now, after having echoed Obama’s lies about Obamacare for five years, and saying, “Can you believe the bullshit this guy is tellin’ us…?”

Um, guys? You told us the same bullshit.

You know how Obama poses as a spectator to his own Administration? As someone who has no responsibility to actually do a good job, but only to criticize the government when it fails to do a good job?

Watch Politico attempt the same maneuver here– apparently forgetting that as a news operation focused only on DC and the laws promulgated there, they had a responsibility to report the actual facts about Obamacare:

[Headline:] Obamacare tradeoffs: Now they tell us …

They’re telling you this now? Were you incapable of reading the law or the Federal Register? Did you feel no obligation to check the veracity of Obama’s claims? Did you feel that Senator Enzi’s detailed chapter-and-verse explanation of how Obamacare would boot off millions from their insurance companies was Obviously A Lie, just because he’s a conservative?

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Eric Allie cartoon via Townhall

Weasel Zippers: WaPo: Tea Party Predecessors Killed JFK…

The Washington Post has sunk to a new low with this piece.

Tea party has roots in the Dallas of 1963 — WaPo

The president is a socialist. He is neutering the United States on the world stage. He is spending us into bankruptcy. He is hellbent on expanding national health care, which will surely lead to government death panels.

He is advancing big-government agendas everywhere from Main Street to Wall Street. And do we really know the truth about his personal history and religion?

Jack Cashill, The American Spectator, How Trayvon’s Knockout Game Went Bad:

Martin had four minutes to run less than a hundred yards to his townhouse. When he saw Zimmerman exit his truck, he set upon another strategy. There is no reason to believe that Jeantel tried to discourage him. In fact, she could never quite remember how it was that the final confrontation went down. Although the State chose to believe Jeantel, on this point, on all points, Zimmerman’s testimony was much more credible.

“As I headed back to my vehicle the suspect emerged from the darkness and said, ‘You got a problem?’” wrote Zimmerman on the night of the shooting. When Zimmerman answered “No,” the suspect said, “You do now,” and sucker punched him in the face. What Martin did not suspect is that this creepy ass cracker was armed. It cost him his life.

By the time of this incident, the knockout game was a well established phenomenon among young black males, especially troubled ones like Martin, the product of a broken home and a broken culture. Martin’s assault on Zimmerman fit an obvious pattern.

Calling all lap-dogs – it’s a Defcon level 3 emergency in the White House…..Obama’s approval rating has dipped below 40% – The American people no longer trust him – emergency contingency deceptions needed to mitigate damage to Obama’s credibility….

Twitchy: Obamacare ‘Bat Signal’? Guess which journos were spotted heading to ‘apparent meeting’ with Obama

Twitchy: ‘Good lapdog. Here’s a Snausage’: Howard Fineman brags about off-the-record Obama meeting

Twitchy: Boom! Fox News’ Adam Housley drops a truth bomb on Obama’s lapdog ‘journalists’

We used to call these sycophants “juice-boxers”, now we just call them “dead-enders.”

Bob Owens, Bearing Arms: Yes, an Obama DOJ memo says ban will not work without gun registration, confiscation:

Fears of gun registration and confiscation have run rampant since Barack Obama assumed the Presidency and appointed Eric Holder as Attorney General, and now we can confirm that those fears were well founded.

Red Flag News posted the following in February:

The National Rifle Association has obtained a Department of Justice memo calling for national gun registration and confiscation. The nine page “cursory summary” on current gun control initiatives was not officially released by the Obama administration.

The DOJ memo (downloadable here as a PDF) states the administration “believes that a gun ban will not work without mandatory gun confiscation,” according to the NRA, and thinks universal background checks “won’t work without requiring national gun registration.” Obama has yet to publicly support national registration or firearms confiscation, although the memo reveals his administration is moving in that direction.

My latest at the Conversation: 

ObamaCrash Incompetence Blamed On Obama White House’s ‘No Drama Culture’

Following Familiar Pattern, Obama Leaves ‘Under God’ Out of Gettysburg Address (Video)

The Term ‘ObamaCare’ No Longer Embraced By Democrats

Obama a Couple of Months Ago: Once It’s Up and Running, Republicans Will Not Call It ObamaCare

Issa Looking Into Census Data Fabrication Allegations

‘Nefarious’: Rep. Jason Chaffetz Reacts To Census Bureau Data Fabrication Allegations (Video)

Nancy Pelosi: ‘Democrats Couldn’t Be More Thrilled’ About Affordable Care Act

ObamaCare Becomes the Affordable Care Act (The Video)

Cruz: Today’s Vote Will Allow Shameless Democrats To Pack The DC Circuit

Video: Senator on Nuclear Option: ‘It Will Ruin Our Country’

Support For Landrieu Tanking In Louisiana Due To ObamaCare

New HHS Delay Desperate and Futile

Monday Morning Catch Up: DC Insurance Commissioner Fired After Criticizing Obama’s Fix (None Dare Call It What It Is)

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Fox News: DC insurance commissioner fired after criticizing president’s proposed ObamaCare fix:

The District of Columbia’s insurance commissioner says he was fired after questioning President Obama’s plan to fix ObamaCare and saying the city might not follow his suggestions.

Commissioner William White told The Washington Post on Saturday that he was called into Mayor Vincent Gray’s office the prior day and told the Democratic mayor “wants to go in a different direction.”

The president said Thursday that the millions of insurance plans scheduled to be canceled next year to comply with ObamaCare regulations could be extended for a year, after he told Americans prior to the law’s passage that they could keep their existing plans.

However, White and other insurance commissioners across the country have questioned the president’s proposed solution because it could create a mess in the marketplace.

Some of the top reasons for the commissioners’ objections are: policy prices are already locked in to comply with changes in ObamaCare; an extension could conflict with state-level laws to comply with the law and younger Americans needed to join the federal exchange to keep down costs will wait to enroll.

White told the newspaper that the deputy mayor who asked him to leave didn’t say the request was about his remarks.

John Goodman, Townhall: None Dare Call It Fascism:

Here is something that is odd.

For the past six years President Obama and the Democrats in Congress have waged a relentless attack on the health insurance industry. In the most recent iteration, the president assures us he is not responsible for the wave of health insurance policy cancellations. The insurance companies are.

Okay, so where is the other side..

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In the early 1980s (while there was still a Berlin Wall), I went through Check Point Charlie from West Berlin to East Berlin. On either side of the wall, there were the same people with the same culture, same genes, etc. The only difference was a difference of political systems, and because of that difference East Berlin was of course poorer.

After about an hour of touring, though, I sensed that there was some other difference and it took me a while to pin point it. In East Berlin, no one smiled. No one laughed. No one joked. People looked at us and at each other with hesitation and even apprehension. Were we really tourists? Or might we be posing as tourists to report on their behavior?

If I could summarize everything in one word, it would be “fear.” The East Germans were afraid. You could see it in their eyes. And that was something you never saw in the West.

So why am I telling you about a 30-year-old experience? Because I sense that same feeling again ? right here, in the United States of America.

Andrew McCarthy: The Lawlessness of The Fix:

Barack Obama could not have been more unequivocal. The telecommunications companies had to be punished for violating the letter of federal law. He didn’t want to hear about how President Bush told them it was okay.

One laughs now remembering how Obama’s base, the anti-anti-terrorist Left and its lawyer legions, used to call Bush the “imperial president” and thunder for his impeachment. Bush couldn’t hold a candle to our incumbent Caligula. He had no idea, for example, that presidents can just “waive” inconvenient parts of congressional statutes, like FISA.

FISA governs foreign intelligence surveillance. It requires the executive branch to get a judicial warrant before it can eavesdrop on alien terrorists and other foreign agents who threaten national security. Nevertheless, after al-Qaeda killed nearly 3,000 Americans on 9/11, Bush directed the NSA to wiretap suspected jihadists without obtaining court permission. He pressed the telecoms to help the NSA carry out the program — stressing the imperative of protecting American lives during a crisis, assuring these private companies that they would face no legal jeopardy for complying with his request.

Oh no you don’t, Obama and his base shrieked.

After the top-secret program was revealed, a paralyzing debate threatened to shut down American intelligence collection — at a time when we had troops in harm’s way in two war theaters and jihadists continued plotting mass-murder attacks against our homeland. By late 2007, recognizing the desperate need to reopen foreign-intelligence operations, Congress was poised to pass a FISA overhaul that would clarify the NSA’s surveillance authority. But passage was delayed for months because the hard Left refused to budge.

The Left’s goal was to bleed the telecoms dry with lawsuits over Bush’s warrantless surveillance program. Thus they pressured Democrats to block the passage of any FISA bill that would give telecoms the legal protection — in Obama parlance, the “waiver” — Bush had promised them. And the hard Left had a card to play: the contest for the Democratic presidential nomination.

Then-senator Barack Obama, himself a hard Leftist and an opportunist (yes, that’s redundant), realized that captivating the party’s Marxist wing — the anti-business, blame-America-first activists — was vital to capturing the nomination. So he duly dispatched his top campaign spokesman to proclaim to the progressive media, “To be clear: Barack will support a filibuster of any bill that includes retroactive immunity for telecommunications companies.”

Of course, you must keep in mind that this is Barack Obama we’re talking about — a.k.a. Barack “If You Like Your Health Insurance Plan You Can Keep Your Insurance Plan, $2,500 Premium Reductions, Obamacare Is Not a Tax, The Video Caused Benghazi, Raising the Debt Ceiling Is Unpatriotic, I Didn’t Know About Fast and Furious Until I Read About It in the Newspapers” Obama. So naturally, after he snagged the nomination and it came time to appeal to the sane part of the country in the general election, he did his usual 180 and supported the FISA overhaul with retroactive immunity for the telecoms.

The purpose here is not to prove, yet again, that Obama is a fraud, which would be like proving that Detroit may be a tad mismanaged. The purpose is also not to establish, yet again, Obama’s hypocrisy in condemning Bush’s flouting of a single statute when, once he assumed power, Obama so systematically violated laws that you’d think the oath says, “Take care that the laws be faithlessly executed.” The purpose is not even to reprise Thursday’s remarkable press conference, at which Obama — in the very moment of his humiliation over serial lying — brazenly repeated some of his most notorious and resoundingly disproved whoppers: the claim that his oft-repeated promise about Americans being able to keep their health-insurance plans somehow “ended up being inaccurate” when it was willfully false; the claim that this lie affects only the 5 percent of Americans in the individual market when he has known for years (as John Hinderaker shows) that Obamacare would force the cancellation of tens of millions of employer-provided plans; and so on.

No, the purpose is to highlight how insouciantly lawless and transparently political the president’s latest Obamacare “fix” is. I refer, of course, to Obama’s magnanimous proclamation that he now deigns to permit insurers to issue policies made illegal by the Obamacare statute — at least until the Democrats can get through the 2014 elections. This was frivolous to the point of malfeasance.

Rich Lowry: The Obamacare Lie That Can’t Be Fixed:

Who knew that the day would come when Bill Clinton would be in a position to lecture President Barack Obama about honoring his word?

In an interview with Ozy.com, the former president addressed those millions of Americans getting cancellation notices from their insurance companies, even though Obama had infamously promised that they could keep their plans. “I personally believe,” Clinton said, “even if it takes a change in the law, the president should honor the commitment the federal government made to these people and let them keep what they got.”

Clinton has a black belt in verbal escape hatches and has never been one to let a strict adherence to truthfulness become an obstacle, so his statement hit with extra force. The words were barely out of his mouth before the speculation over his motives began. For the sake of argument, let’s be overly credulous and literal and assume that he simply thinks it’s wrong for a president to lie to people about whether they can keep their health insurance.

 The problem with Clinton’s advice is that Obama can’t possibly take it.

Obama’s promise on insurance wasn’t just injudicious, it was completely impossible. It wasn’t an incidental falsehood but ran counter to the central premise of his own health care law. People losing their current insurance isn’t an unintended consequence of the law; it is an intended consequence without which much of the law doesn’t work.

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Byron York, Washington Examiner: 27 Democratic senators who promised you could keep your health coverage:

How many Democrats made the promise? There’s no comprehensive list of all of them, but Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s office has compiled a list of 27 Democratic senators who pledged that Americans could keep their coverage under Obamacare. The list includes the entire Democratic leadership in the Senate as well as Democrats facing tough re-election races in 2014, like Mary Landrieu, Mark Begich, and Kay Hagan. Here is that list, compiled by McConnell’s office:

SEN. HARRY REID (D-Nev.): “In fact, one of our core principles is that if you like the health care you have, you can keep it.” (Sen. Reid, Congressional Record, S.8642, 8/3/09)

SEN. RICHARD DURBIN: “We believe — and we stand by this — if you like your current health insurance plan, you will be able to keep it, plain and simple, straightforward.” (Sen. Durbin, Congressional Record, S.6401, 6/10/09)

SEN. CHUCK SCHUMER (D-NY): “If you like your insurance, you keep it.” (U.S. Senate, Finance Committee, Bill Mark-Up, 9/29/09)

SEN. PATTY MURRAY (D-Wash.): “Again, if you like what you have, you will be able to keep it. Let me say this again: If you like what you have, when our legislation is passed and signed by the President, you will be able to keep it.” (Sen. Murray, Congressional Record, S.6400, 6/10/09)

SEN. MAX BAUCUS (D-Mont.): “That is why one of the central promises of health care reform has been and is: If you like what you have, you can keep it. That is critically important. If a person has a plan, and he or she likes it, he or she can keep it.” (Sen. Baucus, Congressional Record, S.7676, 9/29/10)

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11/16/13 – Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) Delivers Weekly GOP Address on Obamacare’s Failures, via Angry White Dude:

“President Obama’s so-called apology, was as phony as his fraudulent marketing of Obamacare. He seemed to be saying he was sorry Americans actually believed him, but took no responsibility for their plight. It was like telling someone you’re sorry their dog died, but refusing to acknowledge you ran over the dog.

“Sorry Mr. President, it didn’t work. Millions of Americans are coming to realize that those are your tire tracks on their cancelled policies. It is also obvious that you didn’t inadvertently misspeak when you promised Americans they can keep their doctors and health plans – and do it all at a lower cost.

“Those assurances weren’t slight exaggerations or innocent shadings of the truth. They were statements that were fully vetted, coldly calculated, and carefully crafted to deceptively sell your health care plan to a trusting public. It was a political fraud echoed relentlessly by House and Senate Democrats who should be held accountable for the disastrous consequences of their grand deception.

“Consumer fraud this massive in the private sector could – and should – bear serious legal ramifications. For President Obama, however, it helped secure enough votes to pass Obamacare, and win reelection.

Katie Pavlich, Townhall: Democrat Kirsten Gillibrand: Yeah, We Knew Obama Was Lying About People Keeping Their Plans:

Ooops….someone strayed off the narrative reservation a wee bit, here…

During an appearance on ABC’s This Week Sunday, New York Democratic Senator Kirsten Gillibrand admitted in passing that it was known President Obama was lying as he repeatedly stated people could keep health insurance plans they liked under Obamacare.

“He should’ve just been specific. No we all knew,” GIllinbrand said. “The whole point of the plan is to cover things people need, like preventive care, birth control, pregnancy. How many women, the minute they get pregnant, might risk their coverage. How many women paid more because of their gender, because they might get pregnant. Those are the reforms.”

They all knew the truth, but none of them spoke up. Remember that on election day.

Ron Fournier, National Journal: President Obama and His Gang That (Still) Isn’t Shooting Straight: Incompetence, deception, and lack of accountability still hound White House and health reform.

Incompetence, deception, and lack of accountability doomed the Obamacare rollout. That’s old news.  What’s new? The nagging durability of the White House’s incompetence, deception, and lack of accountability.

1. The Washington Postreported on Sunday that the Obama administration will consider the new online marketplace a success if 80 percent of users can buy health insurance. That is absurd. First, it’s another broken promise. The president and his advisers responded to the disastrous rollout last month by vowing to deliver an Amazon.com-quality website by the end of November. (If history remembers President Obama for one thing, other than his barrier-breaking 2008 election, it might be the outsized and unmet expectations that paved the path of his presidency.) Second, in what other line of work is 20 percent failure considered a success? If one out of every five meals served by a restaurant is inedible, the joint goes out of business.

2. The same story by Amy Goldstein and Juliet Eilperin revealed that the Health and Human Services Department hired technology contractors without requiring specific performance criteria. It is customary in the private sector to include benchmarks in technology contracts. Not so with the seat-of-their-smarty-pants Obama administration. “The meaning of success was defined for the first time during the panicky days of October, when White House officials belatedly recognized that the federal exchange had serious software and hardware defects,” ThePost reported.

Walter Russell Mead, The American Interest, The Most Shocking Obamacare Revelation:

The biggest shock and the most damning revelation came in the President’s hasty and awkward press conference when President Obama responded to a reporter’s question about his knowledge of the website’s problems:

OK. On the website, I was not informed directly that the website would not be working as — the way it was supposed to. Ha[d] I been informed, I wouldn’t be going out saying, boy, this is going to be great. You know, I’m accused of a lot of things, but I don’t think I’m stupid enough to go around saying, this is going to be like shopping on Amazon or Travelocity, a week before the website opens, if I thought that it wasn’t going to work.

This was eyepopping. Obamacare is the single most important initiative of his presidency. The website rollout was, as the President himself has repeatedly stated, the most important element of the law’s debut. Domestically speaking there was no higher priority for the President and his staff than getting this right. And the President is telling the world that a week before the disaster he had no idea how that website was doing.

Reflect on that for a moment. The President of the United States is sitting in the Oval Office day after day. The West Wing is stuffed with high power aides. His political appointees sit atop federal bureaucracies, monitoring the work of the career staff around them. The President has told his core team, over and over, that the health care law and the website rollout are his number one domestic priorities.

And with all this, neither he nor, apparently, anyone in his close circle of aides and advisors knew that the website was a disaster. Vapid, blind, idly flapping their lips; they pushed paper, attended meetings and edited memos as the roof came crashing down. It is one thing to fail; it is much, much worse not to see failure coming. There is no way to construe this as anything but a world class flop.

Some of us aren’t all that shocked….

Johnny Dollar: The Political Insiders on Obama, Clinton, and More!

The Political Insiders tackle issues of the President’s credibility, Hillary’s prospects, and more:

The GOP needs to heed John Leboutillier’s advice and unite behind their own plan. There is a plan in the House: The American Health Care Reform Act. Why they’re not talking about their own ideas as an alternative to ObamaCare is anyone’s guess.

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Doug Ross: CRUZ: Watch Out America, 5 Million Canceled Policies Are Just the Beginning of Obamacare’s Damage:

The Obamacare rollout debacle has left many political losers in its wake but just a handful of winners. The losers are obvious: every Democrat politician and the entire establishment media complex look like, for lack of a better phrase, lying wankers.

Senators Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Mike Lee (R-UT) look like heroes, having warned repeatedly of the impending disaster and doing everything in their power to stop the onslaught of canceled policies. Had the RINO old guard, led by the feckless John McCain and Mitch McConnell, actually backed up their conservative betters, the American people might be having a very different kind of conversation today.

Earlier this week Cruz explained that Obamacare’s worst damage is yet to come:

The thing about Obamacare, the five million who lost their health care right now, is just the beginning of this that. The next shoes that are going to be dropping, one of the next shoes that’s going to be dropping is you’re going to see more and more people realizing they can’t keep their doctor. Texas Oncology, one the very best cancer centers in Texas has just announced it’s not going to participate in Obamacare.

Bryan Preston PJ Media: Obama Either Knew that Healthcare.gov Wouldn’t Work or He Is Keeping Incompetent Liars On His Payroll:

This exchange took place during today’s White House press briefing:

JONATHAN KARL, ABC NEWS: Can I just ask you, the president said yesterday, ‘I was not informed directly that the web site would not be working the way it was supposed to.’ I mean, we’ve heard the latest is the project manager on healthcare.gov warned, was worried this thing could crash at takeoff. I’m just wondering, did the president at any point ask the question has this thing been tested? Are we ready to go? What was the answer to that.

JAY CARNEY: The president was regularly briefed on the implementation of the Affordable Care Act in the run-up to the launch. What he and others have said is that we — at no time did we anticipate that the problems that we ended up seeing on October 1st would occur. And if we had –

KARL: People working on this knew there were problems, were worried this could happen and I’m just asking did the president ask the question?

CARNEY: Absolutely. The president constantly asked where we were and what the progress on –

KARL: So who misled him? If they knew these problems and didn’t disclose it to him –

CARNEY: Again, there’s a jump in your logic there. The fact is, as we acknowledged and have said since October 1st and even before that, we anticipated glitches, we were told there might be some problems, and as is the case when any site –

Video and more over at RealClearPolitics.

Seton Motley, PJ Media: Countless Government Operator Errors – And Obama Wants to Give Us More:

We are currently hobbled by a whole host of federal government debacles.  An endless litany of Government Operator Errors (GOEs).

Many are chronic.  Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid are staring down $84 TRILLION in unfunded liabilities – simply staggering, nationally debilitating GOEs.  And there is oh-so-much-more.

Washington Spends $25 Billion Annually Maintaining Unused or Vacant Federal Properties

Amtrak Has Consumed $40 Billion in Subsidies Over Last Four Decades

And on.  And on.  And on.  And….

Many more GOEs are of the current Administration’s making.  There is of course ObamaCare – a slow motion train wreck that continues its shamble off the tracks into oblivion.  But that is not even close to all.

There is Benghazi, Libya.  Fast and Furious.  The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) abuse of conservative and Tea Party groups.  The National Security Administration (NSA) spying on just about everyone on the planet.

And oh so many more….

The Administration’s asserted defense on all of these?  Incompetence.  They themselves say that this endless parade of horribles is solely the result of Government Operator Error

Big Government: REPORT: VALERIE JARRETT LED SECRET NEGOTIATIONS WITH IRAN FOR PAST YEAR:

The Times Of Israel is reporting that a team of negotiators led by White House adviser Valerie Jarrett has been conducting secret talks with Iran about it’s nuclear weapons program for the past year.

The report states the deal submitted in Geneva earlier this month was a direct result of these secret year-long negotiations between teams headed by Jarrett and Iran’s Ali Akbar Salehi.  That deal was ultimately rejected when France and Israel raised strong objections, and talks are expected to resume this Wednesday.

The White House was very quick to issue a categorical denial of the report.

Purple Avenger, AoSHQ: Obama Surgeon General nominee – Podesta/Soros:

Remember the pro-ObamaCare doctors (in white labcoats) who assembled on the White House lawn for a photo op in 2009? They were political activist docs from the left-wing CAP group, Doctors for America….

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Obama has nominated a new Surgeon General

…will nominate the head of a doctors group……Vivek Hallegere Murthy, president of Doctors for America, will succeed Rear Admiral Boris Lushniak, who has been acting as the surgeon general since July…

Doctors for America is a group of 15,000 physicians and medical students that has rallied behind Obamacare…

Who is behind “Doctors for America”?
(Spoiler alert: Center for American Progress)

Rick Moran, PJ Media: Did You Know There Are 12 Reasons Why Obama Is One of the Best Presidents Evah?

Gee — only 12? You would think an Obamabot like Matthew Lynch (“Ed.D.”), a clueless git writing at Huffpo, could have come up with at least a half dozen more reasons why President Obama is one of the best presidents in the history of…history.

I will give you a sampling of each reason — no sense spoiling your appetite.

I will probably mention this more than once. This is a guy with a doctorate degree. Why does he think like a sophomore in high school?

2. He is for civil rights. He has consistently spoken on behalf of the disenfranchised, the underdog and the most controversial members of society — despite the fact that it was politically unpopular to do so at the time.

It has not been “politically unpopular” to speak about civil rights for about 30 years. But don’t stop him. He’s on a roll.

3. He is for one race — the human race. In just a few short years, Obama’s professional achievements and continued demonstration of equality and integrity have done wonders for race relations.

I almost stopped reading at this point. But I was compelled to continue — much for the same reason I watch NASCAR: I am intensely curious about what cars are going to spin out in turn 3.

Lee Stranahan’s been doing some ground-breaking work on Benghazi:

The #Benghazi Cover-up Part One : Introduction For Twitter

The #Benghazi Cover-up Part Two : What We Know Now

The #Benghazi Cover-up Part Three : The Timeline 9/11 – 9/12, 2012

The Mental Recession: Video: Teacher’s Union President Says Common Core is Child Abuse:

At a Common Core forum held Tuesday at Ward Melville High School, Beth Dimino ripped New York State Education Commissioner John King, calling for his “resignation and firing” and describing the Common Core curriculum as a form of “child abuse.”  Dimino is a 16-year science teacher in the Comsewogue School District, and serves as President of the Port Jefferson Station Teachers Association (PJSTA).

Her speech, a short two-minute blast on the curriculum and its supporters received several outbursts of applause, as well as a standing ovation when she walked away from the podium.

Before It’s News: WTH Is This Monster Found In Vietnam?

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Recently, Karapaia, a Japanese news site focusing on the strange and weird, posted a video of what seems to be a giant monster being dug out of the ground in Vietnam. In the video, the long, fat, gray slug-like creature is surrounded by a crowd of curious onlookers watching with rapt attention as the horrifying behemoth is hoisted onto a trailer.

But what in the world could it be? A giant worm? An alien aggressor? A genetic experiment gone horribly wrong?

A beached whale?

Watcher Of Weasels: Forum: How does your family traditionally celebrate Thanksgiving?

Every week on Monday morning , the Council and our invited guests weigh in at the Watcher’s Forum, short takes on a major issue of the day or just a look at culture and daily life. This week’s question:How does your family traditionally celebrate Thanksgiving?

The Independent SentinelWe celebrate by having a meal with family and giving thanks.

I invite as many family and friends as possible for a Turkey dinner. No one shops or ever will. It is one of the nicest holidays.

We always thank God for all the blessings we have.

Liberty’s Spirit :Holiday Time Sucks…Yes I am a Grinch…Too Bad…Holiday season with autistic children….http://asd2mom.blogspot.com/2010/10/holiday-time-sucksyes-i-am-grinchtoo.html

Chicks on the Right: Watch Oprah Get Called Out. Because It’s Awesome:

Liberals simply cannot get it through their thick skulls that people lack respect for Obama because OBAMA SUCKS AS PRESIDENT.  It’s not any more complicated than that.  It has nothing to do with his race.  It has to do with the fact that he is the worst president ever.  Period.

And Wayne Dupree tells it like it is:

INCREDIBLE FOOTAGE: IL Man Recites ‘Lord’s Prayer’ As Tornado Destroys Neighborhood:

Linked by Doug Ross, thanks!

Monday Morning Catch-Up: ObamaCare Losers

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The AP continues to hammer the Regime: STICKER SHOCK OFTEN FOLLOWS INSURANCE CANCELLATION:

- Dean Griffin liked the health insurance he purchased for himself and his wife three years ago and thought he’d be able to keep the plan even after the federal Affordable Care Act took effect.

But the 64-year-old recently received a letter notifying him the plan was being canceled because it didn’t cover certain benefits required under the law.

The Griffins, who live near Philadelphia on the Delaware border, pay $770 monthly for their soon-to-be-terminated health care plan with a $2,500 deductible. The cheapest plan they found on their state insurance exchange was a so-called bronze plan charging a $1,275 monthly premium with deductibles totaling $12,700. It covers only providers in Pennsylvania, so the couple wouldn’t be able to see the doctors in Delaware whom they’ve used for more than a decade.

Gateway Pundit: Stage-4 Cancer Victim: I’m an Obamacare Loser:

Edie Littlefield Sunby shared this heart-breaking story today at the Wall Street Journal. Thanks to Obamacare Edie will lose her healthcare and her doctors.
Thank you, Democrats.
The Wall Street Journal reported:

Everyone now is clamoring about Affordable Care Act winners and losers. I am one of the losers.

My grievance is not political; all my energies are directed to enjoying life and staying alive, and I have no time for politics. For almost seven years I have fought and survived stage-4 gallbladder cancer, with a five-year survival rate of less than 2% after diagnosis. I am a determined fighter and extremely lucky. But this luck may have just run out: My affordable, lifesaving medical insurance policy has been canceled effective Dec. 31.

My choice is to get coverage through the government health exchange and lose access to my cancer doctors, or pay much more for insurance outside the exchange (the quotes average 40% to 50% more) for the privilege of starting over with an unfamiliar insurance company and impaired benefits.

Elizabeth Sheld, The Conversation: Report: At Least 3.5 Million People Have Received Health Insurance Cancellation Notices:

At least 3.5 million Americans have received notice that thier health insurance policies have been cancelled. Associated Press reported the finding, and caveated the number by adding that data is unavailable in half the states.

The administration is claiming that these people aren’t “cancelled” but rather ” ‘transitioned’ or ‘migrated’ to better plans because their current coverage doesn’t meet minimum standards.”  There was no word if these people with cancelled policies were unhappy with their existing health insurance situation.

John Boehner: #Trainwreck: “Sticker Shock” For Americans “Bracing to Pay More” Under ObamaCare:

“Everyone now is clamoring about Affordable Care Act winners and losers. I am one of the losers.” (Wall Street Journal)

“Americans who face higher insurance costs under President Obama’s health-care law are angrily complaining about ‘sticker shock’…” (Washington Post)

“One of the fundamental flaws of the Affordable Care Act is that, despite its name, it makes health insurance more expensive. … In the average state, Obamacare will increase underlying premiums by 41 percent.” (Forbes)

“Hundreds of thousands of Californians who purchase their own health insurance are bracing to pay more for their plans, as the cost of the federal health care overhaul lands harder on middle-class customers.” (Sacramento Bee)

“…she could end up paying at least $5,000 more a year than she does now. ‘That’s just not fair,’ said Persico, who represents indigent criminal defendants. ‘This is ridiculous.’” (Washington Post)

“Small businesses: Costs up for care coverage” (Lancaster Eagle Gazette)

“Expert: At least 129 million will ‘not be able to keep’ health care plan if Obamacare fully implemented” (Daily Caller)

“‘I didn’t pay any attention to that because the president kept telling you, this won’t affect you if you like what you have,’ Buckley said last week.” (Arkansas News)

WATCH: “Gibbs: ‘Certainly’ Wrong of President to Promise People Could Keep Their Health Care Plans” (Weekly Standard)

“Insularity, incompetence and deception doomed the launch of the Affordable Care Act…” (National Journal)

WATCH: “Internal administration memos reveal that phone and paper applications for Obamacare are just as glitch-ridden as the website, Good Morning America reported Monday.” (Washington Free Beacon)

Meanwhile the left is working feverishly (and pathetically)  to “debunk” Obamacare horror stories basically trying to convince the drones that what is happening to millions of Americans in order to subsidize their plans –  isn’t.  

Matt Walsh: The positive side of Obamacare that Fox News doesn’t want you to see:

I’ve written about Obamacare a few times. Selfishly, shortsightedly — like the partisan propagandist that I am — all I’ve done is concentrate on the NEGATIVE stories and the BAD things about Obamacare. Duped, I suppose, by Fox News and the Koch Brothers, I only thought about the millions of people who are facing skyrocketing premiums, canceled insurance plans, and loss of employment as a direct result of Obama’s health care legislation. I even went so far as to give these people a platform to tell their stories (The Definitive Guide to How Obamacare is Destroying American Lives).

Hundreds and hundreds and hundreds of people emailed to tell me how they are suffering because of Obamacare. But, as many liberals have reminded me, these folks were all lying. Or they’re mistaken. They’re reading letters from their insurance companies that say things like, “we’re canceling your plan because it doesn’t fit ACA regulations” — but they’re mistaken. Just because their insurance company is explicitly informing them that they are losing their coverage because of Obamacare, that doesn’t mean they’re necessarily losing their coverage because of Obamacare. They could be misinterpreting. Or they’re delusional. Something. They must be something. Anything. Anything to explain why it appears that Obama lied. Anything other than pondering the possibility that it looks like he lied because he did, in fact, lie.

Oh! I know. I know what’s going on here: these people are agents under the employ of Sean Hannity, sent to make up stories about how their children are now uninsured due to a law that was sold as a means to make sure no child would go uninsured. They’re usurpers. Spies. Traitors. GUARDS, SEIZE THEM!

I see it now. Thank you for showing me the light, dear left wingers. I apologize. How could I have been pulled in by these fraudsters? Besides, even if their stories ARE true, what about the POSITIVE impact of Obamacare? Many folks have reached out, not with positive stories themselves per se, but insisting that there MUST be positive stories out there somewhere.

They’re right. I mean, sure, millions of Americans are being put in a bind because of this thing, but their misfortune has proven profitable for a small number of citizens and a large number of insurance executives. When will THEY get THEIR day in the Sun? When will SOMEONE talk about the GOOD things Obamacare is doing? It’s like when there’s a hurricane or a tornado or something. All of a sudden everyone is going on and on about the “victims” of the “catastrophe,” yet nobody ever discusses the GOOD aspects of natural disasters. Sure, families are driven out of their homes, but think about the positive side of that. Think about how well it works out for squatters and looters. If the news wanted to be balanced and fair, they’d report on the carnage this way: “Here we have the Smith family. Their home was rendered unlivable by the storm. But over HERE we’ve got a man named Jake. The mandatory evacuation gave him the perfect opportunity to steal the Smith’s TV. While some are kind of bummed in the aftermath of the hurricane, guys like Jake are really pretty pumped about the whole thing.”

See? That’s called “showing both sides of the story.”

So, you got your hours cut, your plan canceled, and the cost of life saving medication for your diabetic son suddenly skyrocketed? And you’re complaining about this? You unbelievable narcissist! Did you ever consider how your pain and suffering could be really helpful to some strangers across town?

I’ve had enough of this biased nonsense. It’s time that SOMEONE (besides the President of the United States, dozens of government agencies, Democrats, ABC, NBC, CBC, CNN, MSNBC, and Hollywood) put a spotlight on the benefits of Obamacare. To atone for my past malfeasance, I’ll get the ball rolling.

Here are The Three Best Things About Obamacare:

Keep reading here.

One man identified the phony ObamaCare horror stories a month before they started occurring.

Ace of Spades HQ: Paul Krugman, on September 8th: The “Wonk Gap” — the Difference Between Liberal Intellect and Conservative Stupidity — Blinds the GOP from Realizing There Will Be No “Sticker Shock” At All

On Saturday, Senator John Barrasso of Wyoming delivered the weekly Republican address. He ignored Syria, presumably because his party is deeply conflicted on the issue. (For the record, so am I.) Instead, he demanded repeal of the Affordable Care Act. “The health care law,” he declared, “has proven to be unpopular, unworkable and unaffordable,” and he predicted “sticker shock” in the months ahead.

What an idiot, huh?

So, another week, another denunciation of Obamacare. Who cares? But Mr. Barrasso’s remarks were actually interesting, although not in the way he intended. You see, all the recent news on health costs has been good. So Mr. Barrasso is predicting sticker shock precisely when serious fears of such a shock are fading fast. Why would he do that?

Well, one likely answer is that he hasn’t heard any of the good news. Think about it: Who would tell him?

My guess, in other words, was that Mr. Barrasso was inadvertently illustrating the widening “wonk gap” — the G.O.P.’s near-complete lack of expertise on anything substantive.

Moe Lane: The Hill: @BarackObama’s administration is as transparent as lead*

Just how bad is the Obama administration’s Cone of Silence? It’s not so much about this

A slew of media organizations have petitioned the government to release ObamaCare data that the White House has refused to make public.

CNN, ABC, MSNBC and others have filed Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) seeking information on the beleaguered healthcare.gov website. They have also asked for government documents revealing how many people have enrolled in the new healthcare exchanges.

USA Today: Navy secrets bought with prostitutes, bribes:

The gregarious Malaysian businessman nicknamed “Fat Leonard” is well known by U.S. Navy commanders in the Pacific. But prosecutors in court papers say Leonard Francis worked his connections to obtain military secrets by arranging prostitutes, Lady Gaga tickets and other bribes for a U.S. commander, in a scandal reverberating across the Navy.

The accusations unfolding in a federal court case signal serious national security breaches and corruption, with the threat that more people, including those of higher ranks, could be swept up as the investigation continues. A hearing Nov. 8 could set a trial date.

Navy commander Michael Vannak Khem Misiewicz passed confidential information on ship routes to Francis’ Singapore-based company, Glenn Defense Marine Asia Ltd., or GDMA, according to the court documents.

Misiewicz and Francis moved Navy vessels like chess pieces, diverting aircraft carriers, destroyers and other ships to Asian ports with lax oversight where Francis could inflate costs, according to the criminal complaint. The firm overcharged the Navy millions for fuel, food and other services it provided, and invented tariffs by using phony port authorities, the prosecution alleges.

“What difference at this point does it make?”

This morning’s point counterpoint brought to you by Dan Riehl and Jeff Dunetz. 

Taking the anti-NRSC side is Dan Riehl: Did the NRSC’s Josh Holmes Just Cost Mitch McConnell His Primary?

In 9 plus years of blogging, never have I seen a story this telling of a Republican Party that doesn’t understand its base, or New Media. Worse, it’s indicative of a corrupt inside the Beltway party that has abandoned, or decided to ignore nearly everything I believe in as an American and a conservative. This is a disaster for several reasons I’ll try to briefly and clearly explain my thinking below.

GLOVES OFF: GOP ESTABLISHMENT GOES AFTER TEA PARTY

The National Republican Senate Committee, the GOP campaign arm responsible for Senate elections, has decided to use its political power to block consulting firm Jamestown Associates from receiving political work from GOP candidates or incumbents.

First and foremost, this has nothing to do with Jamestown Associates, or the Senate Conservative Fund. It’s foolish for McConnell and company to pretend there aren’t dozens of firms capable of pursuing any business one, or another firm might forego.

Furthermore, since when did the GOP decide it was against the free market AND the First Amendment? The insular nature of thinking that led McConnell, Josh Holmes and the NRSC into this debacle should frighten all Americans. It’s Neo-leftist, all but Stalin-esque and especially grotesque coming from a party that purports to stand for liberty. This is not the GOP I came to support when I abandoned the Democrat Party to vote for Ronald Reagan. If this kind of nonsense keeps up, soon, I won’t be supporting  the GOP at all.

The grassroots base the GOP needs to turn out for them to win elections neither knows, nor cares about a Jamestown whatever, or some ‘fund.’ But that some thirty-something upstart who appears to have never held a real job outside of the DC political bubble thinks runningto the New York Times is a smart way to send someone a message given the nature of this message and the current state of GOP politics is truly one of the dumbest moves I’ve seen out of DC in sometime. All it did was confirm the absolute worst fears of an already all-too-weary GOP base.

Keep reading here.

Jeff Dunetz, Yid With Lid: Nonsense! It’s Not Thuggery or Anti-Tea Party, It’s Good Business:

In March of 1988 Northwest Airlines announced that it would ban smoking on all flights within North America, effective April 23, 1988. Northwest was the first airlines to make the announcement and bragged about its no smoking policy in its new TV commercials. One week later, RJR Kraft the conglomerate which owned Kraft and RJ Reynolds cigarettes, moved its $70-$80 million dollar account from Saatchi & Saatchi DFS Compton, the agency which created the Northwest account. Their rationale was that their advertising consultant could not do a good job working both for and against them.

This past Friday the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) this week informed a Jamestown Associates, a prominent Republican advertising firm, that it would not receive any contracts with the campaign committee because of its work with the Senate Conservatives Fund, a group that at times targets incumbent Senate Republicans. It was also reported that a senior official at the committee called individual Republican Senate campaigns and other party organizations this week and urged them not to hire the firm, Jamestown Associates. Their rationale was that an advertising consultant could not do a good job working both for and against them.

A relationship between advertiser and agency is a unique one.  For the agency to do it’s job well the advertiser must share with their consultant the most intimate of details—polling, strategy, when, where and how it intends to surprise it’s competition etc.

Both RJR Kraft and the NRSC made the correct decision. Not to support and/or share their strategy with a company working against those strategies.

Read the rest, here.

Speaking for myself…I am neither a “party purist” nor am I a RINO. I am a deeply conservative but pragmatic Republican who wants to win. 

I understand that there are districts in this country where a Republican as conservative as I am  can. not. win – so we need to apply the Buckley rule -  support the most conservative candidate who is electable. Sometimes that candidate is going to be someone who is much less conservative than I am. Unless there is a massive change in the political ideology in the bluer sections of the country, that’s just the way it has to be. All of this “establishment” vs “tea-party” infighting is childish and destructive because it plays right into the Democrat media complex’s narrative that the party is imploding. The tea party needs to understand that not every candidate is going to be their ideal limited government, culturally conservative candidate, and the establishment needs to try a little harder to  get along with the more conservative factions of their party who are trying to pull it in the right direction.

Moe Lane: Ken Cuccinelli helpfully reminds Virginia that Barack Obama & Terry McAuliffe are allies. #obamacare.

This is, of course, a parody of Barack Obama’s actual remarks about Terry McAuliffe. You can tell because surely Barack Obama would not be stupid enough to praise Obamacare – and McAuliffe’s intention to actually drag the state further into its clutches – two days before the Virginia gubernatorial election. There are limits to idiocy.

There have to be.

Anyway, a taste:

I’m here today because Terry has always had my back — alright maybe not in 2008 — but ever since then. He’s been a vocal supporter for our legislative priorities, especially the Affordable Care Act. Terry even wanted the public option and was just as disappointed as I was when that didn’t work out.

Johnny Jet: Flight turns unforgettable when passengers learn of fallen soldier:

Delta Flight 2255 from Atlanta to Los Angeles seemed to be an ordinary flight with the exception of Candy, who was the most loving flight attendant I’ve ever encountered. Besides using her Southern charm to quickly defuse every situation, she began her welcome announcement by thanking the handful of uniformed soldiers on-board for serving our country. Her poignant message was followed by applause, and it put into perspective that none of us would be able to do what we do without these brave men and women.

But this transcontinental flight turned out to be everything but ordinary. We later learned, when the captain got on the PA system about 45 minutes prior to landing, that we were transporting a fallen soldier. The plane went quiet as he explained that there was a military escort on-board and asked that everyone remain seated for a couple of minutes so the soldiers could get off first. He also warned us not to be alarmed if we see fire trucks since Los Angeles greets their fallen military with a water canon salute. See my video below.

A few minutes after touchdown, we did indeed have a water canon salute, which I’d previously only experienced on happy occasions like inaugural flights. This time, the water glistening on the windowpanes looked like tears.


Thomas More Law Center: Three-Star General: Muslim Brotherhood Has Infiltrated Department of Defense:

ANN ARBOR, MI – U.S. Army Lieutenant General (Ret.) William “Jerry” Boykin, in a recent World Net Daily radio interview, confirmed that people with high security clearances connected to the Muslim Brotherhood hold important positions in every major federal agency including the Pentagon and the Department of Defense.

The Muslim Brotherhood is a radical Islamist organization that has vowed the destruction of America from within.

Click here to hear radio clip.

General Boykin has the credentials to back up his conclusions.  He was one of the original members of the U.S. Army’s Delta Force which he ultimately led in combat operations.  He also served a tour in the CIA during which time he participated in clandestine operations throughout the world.   He served his last four years in the Army as Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence.

Seton Motley, Red State: More Crony Socialism from the Obama Administration?

No Administration in our nation’s history has cut more government deals with campaign contributors than the Barack Obama Administration.  They have increased federal spending by nearly $900 billion, to $3.9 trillion – and the President has sought to get as much of it as possible to his cronies.

 Obama Donor’s Firm Hired to Fix Health Care Web Mess It Created

 Obama Crony Wins Contract to Give Phones to Jobless

 Obama’s United Auto Workers Bailout

 80% of DOE Green Energy Loans Went to Obama Backers

And he’s not just rewarding his friends – he’s punishing his enemies.

 Obama’s Fingerprints All Over IRS Tea Party Scandal

 IRS Tea Party Intimidation an Echo of Raid on Gibson Guitar

 Stats Demonstrate That Chrysler Dealers Likely Shuttered on a Partisan Basis

 President Obama On His NLRB’s Boeing Lawsuit

 (Pelosi: South Carolina Boeing Plant Should Unionize or Shut Down)

This isn’t picking winners and losers – this is picking losers at the expense of winners.

Bryan Preston, PJ Media: Victims or Perpetrators? How Democrats Are Waging Guerilla War Against Popular Voter ID Laws:

On the national scene, President Obama and the Democrats defend the unpopular Obamacare law as settled law of the land, therefore do not question it. At the same time, though, the Democrats relentlessly attack voter ID laws that have been enacted in several states over the past few years. The Obama administration is even waging courtroom war against those laws, suing states including Texas that have passed voter ID to get the laws gutted. Texas is key to Democrats’ hopes to build a permanent presidency and congressional majority, so whatever happens in Texas won’t stay in Texas. Voter ID seems to fill Democrats with dread that they cannot win the state.

For the sake of perspective, it’s worth noting that while Obamacare has never had majority support, voter ID laws routinely grab about 70% support, across all ethnicities, including in Texas. These are popular laws that most Americans recognize are needed to keep our elections secure. In a border state like Texas, border jumping, identity theft, and absentee vote brokering all combine to make voter ID necessary to ensure that legitimate votes count, and illegal votes do not.

Newsbusters: Greta Van Susteren on Obama ‘Misspoke’: ‘New York Times Makes Itself Look Pathetic’

As NewsBusters reported earlier, the New York Times embarrassed itself Sunday with an editorial astonishingly claiming President Obama “misspoke” when he told Americans they could keep their health insurance plans if they liked them.

Fox News host Greta Van Susteren couldn’t wait until Monday’s On the Record to comment and instead took to her blog to rip the Times as only she can:

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The point of this blog post is to point out how pathetic the NY Times Editorial Board looks trying to describe this as ‘misspeaking.’ Does the Board think the American people are that stupid? Misspeaking?

As a criminal defense lawyer, and consistent with my client’s Constitutional rights, I have had to argue some pretty absurd things (eg the government’s failure to prove my client’s guilt beyond a reasonable doubt after he voluntarily confessed to police) but the NY Times tops anything I have had to argue with its editorial…

Twitchy: ‘Boom!’ Dana Loesch shreds NYT’s Obama ‘misspoke’ lie with simple question:

Yep, that’s a win right there. You see, the New York Times upped the hackery Sunday when its editorial board absurdly claimed that President Obama didn’t really lie when he said “you can keep your plan.” Guys, he totally just “misspoke!” Over and over. Period.

As Twitchy reported, the mockery was swift and sure. And “just bloggers” and citizens helped out the “real journalists” over at the paper of hack-tastic record with a brutal compilation video of all of President Liar Pants’ “misspeaking.“

Friday Free For All: “The Biggest Lie Ever Told By A Sitting President”

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Charles Krauthammer: Obamacare laid bare:

Every disaster has its moment of clarity. Physicist Richard Feynman dunks an O-ring into ice water and everyone understands instantly why the shuttle Challenger exploded. This week, the Obamacare O-ring froze for all the world to see: Hundreds of thousands of cancellation letters went out to people who had been assured a dozen times by the president that “If you like your health-care plan, you’ll be able to keep your health-care plan. Period.”

The cancellations lay bare three pillars of Obamacare: (a) mendacity, (b) paternalism and (c) subterfuge.

(a) Those letters are irrefutable evidence that President Obama’s repeated you-keep-your-coverage claim was false. Why were they sent out? Because Obamacare renders illegal (with exceedingly narrow “grandfathered” exceptions) the continuation of any insurance plan deemed by Washington regulators not to meet their arbitrary standards for adequacy. Example: No maternity care? You are terminated.

So a law designed to cover the uninsured is now throwing far more people off their insurance than it can possibly be signing up on the nonfunctioning insurance exchanges. Indeed, most of the 19 million people with individual insurance will have to find new and likely more expensive coverage. And that doesn’t even include the additional millions who are sure to lose their employer-provided coverage. That’s a lot of people. That’s a pretty big lie.

Gateway Pundit: Limbaugh Calls Obama’s Lie About “Keeping Your Insurance” Perhaps “The Biggest Lie Ever Told by a Sitting President.”

Obama officials in 2010 knew that up to 93 million Americans would be unable to keep their health insurance plans under Obamacare. That means roughly one of three Americans will lose their insurance thanks to Obamacare.

Today Rush Limbaugh told his audience,
“Obama’s lie about keeping your insurance may be the biggest lie ever told by a sitting president.”

Fox Nation: Rush: Nixon Resigned Over A Lie Nowhere Near As Big As ObamaCare:

It is “total 100% fraud.”

WASHINGTON — A tech firm linked to a campaign-donor crony of President Obama not only got the job to help build the federal health-insurance Web site — but also is getting paid to fix it.

Anthony Welters, a top campaign bundler for Obama and frequent White House guest, is the executive vice president of UnitedHealth Group, which owns the software company now at the center of the ObamaCare Web-site fiasco.

UnitedHealth Group subsidiary Quality Software Services Inc. (QSSI), which built the data hub for the ObamaCare system, has been named the new general contractor in charge of repairing the glitch-plagued HealthCare.gov.

Welters and his wife, Beatrice, have shoveled piles of cash into Obama’s campaign coffers and ­apparently reaped the rewards.

Welters and wife Beatrice are also frequent guests at the White House.
Looks like after 5 years, AP has finally had it with Obama’s B.S. –
Julie Roginsky was on Hannity’s radio show earlier today with Dan Bongino to discuss the president’s health care lies. After spinning hard to keep from saying the president lied, she attacked Bongino saying he didn’t want others to have the same great insurance he had when he worked as a secret service agent. Bongino fired right back telling her to ‘cut the crap’ and said how tired he is of ‘big government liberal hacks’ telling him he doesn’t want people to have insurance.
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The White House almost never allows real photojournalists to photograph President Obama performing his duties in the Oval Office.  Instead, the White House routinely issues staged press photos (like the one above) for news outlets to reprint and broadcast.

The AP is now calling on news editors to stop using the staged photos, calling the practice “propaganda.”

from DC:

Editors of The Associated Press condemned the White House’s refusal to give photojournalists real access to President Obama, who prefers to circulate press release-style pictures taken by his own paid photographers.

These official photographs are little more than propaganda, according to AP director of photography Santiago Lyon.

The AP has only been permitted to photograph the president alone in the Oval Office on two occasions–both in his first term–and has never been allowed to photograph the president with his staff in the office. The AP generally receives access when foreign leaders are visiting, but at other times the White House relies on its own photographers to take pictures and distribute them to the press.

Investors Business Daily: Obama’s Military Coup Purges 197 Officers In Five Years:

What the president calls “my military” is being cleansed of any officer suspected of disloyalty to or disagreement with the administration on matters of policy or force structure, leaving the compliant and fearful.We recognize President Obama is the commander-in-chief and that throughout history presidents from Lincoln to Truman have seen fit to remove military commanders they view as inadequate or insubordinate. Turnover in the military ranks is normal, and in these times of sequestration and budget cuts the numbers are expected to tick up as force levels shrink and missions change.

Yet what has happened to our officer corps since President Obama took office is viewed in many quarters as unprecedented, baffling and even harmful to our national security posture. We have commented on some of the higher profile cases, such as Gen. Carter Ham. He was relieved as head of U.S. Africa Command after only a year and a half because he disagreed with orders not to mount a rescue mission in response to the Sept. 11, 2012, attack in Benghazi.

Rear Adm. Chuck Gaouette, commander of the John C. Stennis Carrier Strike Group, was relieved in October 2012 for disobeying orders when he sent his group on Sept. 11 to “assist and provide intelligence for” military forces ordered into action by Gen. Ham.

Other removals include the sacking of two nuclear commanders in a single week — Maj. Gen. Michael Carey, head of the 20th Air Force, responsible for the three wings that maintain control of the 450 intercontinental ballistic missiles, and Vice Adm. Tim Giardina, the No. 2 officer at U.S. Strategic Command.

Gateway Pundit: Obama Continues to Purge Military of Top Generals:

Retired generals and current commanders who have spoken to TheBlaze believe that political ideology is the primary impetus behind the effort.
World Net Daily reported:

Retired Army Maj. Gen. Patrick Brady, recipient of the U.S. military’s highest decoration, the Medal of Honor, as well as other top retired officers, say President Obama’s agenda is decimating the morale of the U.S. ranks to the point members no longer feel prepared to fight or have the desire to win.

“There is no doubt he (Obama) is intent on emasculating the military and will fire anyone who disagrees with him” over such issues as “homosexuals, women in foxholes, the Obama sequester,” Brady told WND.

“They are purging everyone, and if you want to keep your job, just keep your mouth shut,” one source told WND.

Not only are military service members being demoralized and the ranks’ overall readiness being reduced by the Obama administration’s purge of key leaders, colonels – those lined up in rank to replace outgoing generals – are quietly taking their careers in other directions.

Todd Starnes, Fox News: Pentagon training manual: white males have unfair advantages:

A controversial 600-plus page manual used by the military to train its Equal Opportunity officers teaches that “healthy, white, heterosexual, Christian” men hold an unfair advantage over other races, and warns in great detail about a so-called “White Male Club.”

“Simply put, a healthy, white, heterosexual, Christian male receives many unearned advantages of social privilege, whereas a black, homosexual, atheist female in poor health receives many unearned disadvantages of social privilege,” reads a statement in the manual created by the Defense Equal Opportunity Management Institute (DEOMI).

The manual, which was obtained by Fox News, also instructs troops to “support the leadership of people of color. Do this consistently, but not uncritically,” the manual states.

Who would ever have expected such a thing in ObamAmerica?

The Equal Opportunity Advisor Student Guide is the textbook used during a three month DEOMI course taught at Patrick Air Force Base in Florida. Individuals who attend the training lead Equal Opportunity briefings on military installations around the nation.

The 637-page manual covers a wide range of issues from racism and religious diversity to cultural awareness, extremism and white privilege.

I obtained a copy of the manual from an Equal Opportunity officer who was disturbed by the course content and furious over the DEOMI’s reliance on the Southern Poverty Law Center for information on “extremist” groups.

“I’m participating in teaching things that are not true,” the instructor told me. He asked not to be identified because he feared reprisals.

“I should not be in a position to do that,” he said. “It violates Constitutional principles, but it also violates my conscience. And I’m not going to do it – not going to do it.”

Update to this story.

Via Daily Caller:

President Barack Obama has given the nation a new “Council on Climate Preparedness and Resilience” that expands government bureaucrats’ role in how Americans use their lands, energy, waters and property.

Obama announced the executive order Friday, the day after Halloween.

The order is titled “Preparing the United States for the Impacts of Climate Change.” [...]

The council is officially intended “to prepare the Nation for the impacts of climate change by undertaking actions to enhance climate preparedness and resilience.”

Has anyone had the heart to tell him that Global Warming is a hoax built on junk science, yet?

The influential D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals on Friday sided with an Ohio business that challenged Obamacare’s birth control mandate. The business owners—two brothers who own and operate Freshway Foods and Freshway Logistics in Sidney, Ohio—argued that providing such coverage would violate their Catholic beliefs. The appeals court panel ruled in their favor (via LifeNews.com):

“The burden on religious exercise does not occur at the point of contraceptive purchase; instead, it occurs when a company’s owners fill the basket of goods and services that constitute a healthcare plan,” Judge Janice Rogers Brown wrote on behalf of the court.

“They can either abide by the sacred tenets of their faith, pay a penalty of over $14 million, and cripple the companies they have spent a lifetime building, or they become complicit in a grave moral wrong,” Brown wrote.

It is one of the most important battles raging in Washington, a fight that will have far-reaching consequences for everything from health care and the regulatory state to gun rights and the war on terrorism. Yet most Americans have heard nothing about it.

I’m talking about Democratic efforts to pack the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit.

America has 13 different federal appellate courts, but the D.C. Circuit stands out as the most powerful, especially on regulatory and constitutional matters. No other appellate court wields so much influence over hot-button national issues.

The D.C. Circuit currently has eight active judges and six senior judges (who are semi-retired). Based on its caseload, the court does not need more judges at the present time. For example: Between 2005 and 2013, its total number of written decisions per active judge declined by 27 percent, and the number of appeals filed with the court fell by 18 percent. The D.C. Circuit has already taken four months off this year. Meanwhile, other federal appellate courts genuinely are overburdened and do need more judges.

And yet, instead of trying to fill judicial vacancies where the need is most urgent, President Obama and Senate Democrats are attempting to transform the D.C. Circuit into a rubber stamp for liberalism and big government.

Here is the quote cited by Issa and Royce, via Oversight.house.gov:

“About 30 minutes into the attack, a quick reaction force from the CIA Annex ignored orders to wait and raced to the compound, at times running and shooting their way through the streets just to get there.” {emphasis ours}

The logical, next question is simple. Assuming Logan’s sources are credible, who ordered the men from the Annex to wait? Here is a short clip that includes the quote above but also State Department whistleblower Gregory Hicks, who attempted several times to get additional security before the attack occurred.

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With that fresh in your mind, we take you to page 23 of the Accountability Review Board’s UNCLASSIFIED Report:

“The departure of the Annex team was not delayed by orders from superiors; the team leader decided on his own to depart the Annex compound once it was apparent, despite a brief delay to permit their continuing efforts…” {emphasis ours}

So, who is lying, Lara Logan or the ARB Chairmen, Thomas Pickering and Adm. Mike Mullen? One must be because these assertions are at direct odds with one another.

The Daily Caller:  FCC to police news media, question reporters in wide-ranging content survey:

The Federal Communications Commission is planning a broad probe of political speech across media platforms, an unprecedented move that raises serious First Amendment concerns.

The FCC’s proposed “Multi-Market Study of Critical Information Needs,” which is set to begin a field test in a single market with an eye toward a comprehensive study in 2014, would collect a remarkably wide range of information on demographics, point of view, news topic selection, management style and other factors in news organizations both in and out of the FCC’s traditional purview.

The airwaves regulator would also subject news producers in all media to invasive questioning about their work and content.

Ranking SEAL commanders recently banned the Navy Jack from SEAL uniforms.
The Daily Caller reported:

The Navy Jack is the ‘don’t tread on me’ flag, one that has earned a revered place in America’s naval history and a beloved place in sailor’s hearts, through its use for over two centuries. This symbol of America’s naval ferocity has spanned our country’s entire existence, flying from the masts of the Continental Navy during the war of independence, to today’s War on Terror. In fact, an amendment to the Navy code called SECNAV Instruction 10520.6 clearly states that as of 31 May 2002 all ships are to fly the flag throughout the duration of the War on Terror.

Monday Catch-Up: Obama’s “Signature Achievement” Finally Has Bipartisan Agreement: Everyone Hates It!

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In case you missed it:

60 Minutes decided to commit an act of journalism one year + after Benghazi, confirming what conservative have been saying all along. This wasn’t about some stupid video – it was “a planned, sophisticated attack” by al Qaeda, precipitated by clear warnings that were ignored by Hillary Clinton’s State Dept. And the key question (asked by conservatives since the beginning) of why no one was ever sent to help,  remains unanswered.

The Regime’s epic failures in Benghazi required a cover story, and they decided to run with the phony anti-Mohammed video narrative that news outlets like CBS accepted at the time.

Via Legal Insurrection, Hillary and Obama blamed a video and stood by the caskets perpetuating that lie.

Watch these videos, and consider the cold hearts that blamed a video for political purposes when they knew it was not true:

I know I wasn’t the only American whose B.S. Meter pegged to the flashing red “Total Bullsh*t” zone when I heard that, but the MSM not only reported it uncritically – they attacked Mitt Romney for questioning it. One year later though, the MSM admits the Regime was lying. One wonders if they’re just trying to get Benghazi out of the way, now, so in 2016 it will be old “what difference does it make?!” news.

CBS is on a roll, committing still more acts of journalism on the inherent problems of ObamaCare that go beyond its fubar website:

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Hot Air: CBS: Millions of cancellations and skyrocketing costs the big problem of ObamaCare:

Advocates of ObamaCare have predicted that when the White House manages to fix the problems with the Healthcare.gov exchange, opponents will have expended all their firepower and will be left twisting in the wind. As CBS reported again this morning, that’s hardly the case — and the website is hardly the main problem with the program. In fact, the media attention on the website actually masks the biggest problems with ObamaCare, which are skyrocketing premiums and millions of people getting kicked out of the plans they chose:

For many, their introduction to the Affordable Care Act has been negative: a broken website, and now cancellation notices from insurance companies followed by sticker shock over higher prices for the new plans. It’s directly at odds with repeated assurances from the president, who has said “if you like your insurance plan, you will keep it. No one will be able to take that away from you.”

But people across the country are finding out they’re losing their existing insurance plans under Obamacare because requirements in the law, such as prenatal and prescription drug coverage, mean their old plans aren’t comprehensive enough.

In California, Kaiser Permanente terminated policies for 160,000 people. In Florida, at least 300,000 people are losing coverage.

Ace of Spades HQ: June 29, 2012 “Politifact” Ruling on Obama’s Promise That If You Like Your Insurance, You Get to Keep Your Insurance: True:

Actually, Politifact said it was half-true — but it was only partly false due to the insurance companies’ ability to terminate you at will, not due to anything in ObamaCare requiring them to terminate your policies.

Marc Thiessen, The Washington Post: Delaying the individual mandate won’t fix Obamacare:

What a difference a few weeks makes. Remember when Democrats voted to keep the government shut down rather than accept a delay in the individual mandate? Now that the Obamacare implosion is dominating the news, they are falling over each to see who gets credit for a delay.

Sen. Joe Manchin III (D-W.Va.) is pushing legislation to delay the mandate for one year. And last week, 10 Senate Democrats — Jeanne Shaheen (N.H.), Mark Begich (Alaska), Mark Pryor (Ark.), Mary Landrieu (La.), Kay Hagan (N.C.), Dianne Feinstein (Calif.), Mark Udall (Colo.), Tom Udall (N.M.), Michael Bennet (Colo.) and Martin Heinrich (N.M.) — wrote to the Obama administration declaring that individuals “should not be penalized for lack of coverage” if they are unable to purchase health insurance because of technical problems.

With more Democrats joining the mandate-delay caucus, President Obama may have no choice but to go along. But such a delay would do nothing to right the Obamacare train wreck. That’s because hundreds of thousands of Americans are getting letters from their insurers informing them that their policies are being canceled because of Obamacare — and the numbers could soon be in the millions. If you are one of those Americans losing your health insurance on Jan. 1, the last thing you are worried about is some $95 fine. You are furious that you and your family no longer have health insurance because of Obamacare.

Seton Motley, Human Events: Brit gov health care website: Nine years, $15 billion and counting- site scrapped:

ObamaCare is a disaster.  It is doing incredible damage to our nation – well beyond just the health insurance sector.  Just about everything President Barack Obama and his fellow zealot ideologue cheerleaders promised it would deliver was an exact-opposite lie.

The President promised a family of four a $2,500 premium reduction:

ObamaCare Will Increase Avg. Individual-Market Insurance Premiums By 99% For Men, 62% For Women

The President promised if you like your (insurance) plan, you can keep your plan:

Millions of Americans Are Losing Their Health Plans Because of Obamacare

500,000 Californians Lose Health Policies

300,000 Lose Health Plans in Florida

Health Policy Expert Bob Laszewski: Roughly 16 Million Americans Will Lose Their Current Plans Because of ObamaCare

Estimated Loss of Health Coverage Under ObamaCare

The New York Post: ObamaCare website might have to be rebuilt:

The chairman of the House Intelligence Committee said ObamaCare’s Web site, already a tangled mess, might need to be rebuilt from scratch to to protect against cyber-thieves because he fears it’s not a safe place right now for health-care consumers to deposit their personal information.

“ I know that they’ve called in another private entity to try to help with the security of it. The problem is, they may have to redesign the entire system,” Rep. Mike Rogers said on Sunday on CNN’s “State of the Union” political talk show. “The way the system is designed, it is not secure.”

Returning to questions he raised last week at a chaotic oversight hearing on ObamaCare, Rogers said healthcare.gov could be vulnerable to cyber-mischief because of a potentially leaky data-sharing arrangement between the seven federal agencies that manage different parts of ObamaCare.

Ace of Spades: Democratic Consultant with “Strong” Ties to the White House: The “Dem Party is F***ed”:

Via Hot Air, Ron Fournier discloses an email from a consultant.

“Dem Party is F****d.” That was the subject line of an email sent to me Sunday by a senior Democratic consultant with strong ties to the White House and Capitol Hill. The body of the email contained a link to this Los Angeles Times story about Obamacare “sticker shock:” “These middle-class consumers are staring at hefty increases on their insurance bills as the overhaul remakes the healthcare market. Their rates are rising in large part to help offset the higher costs of covering sicker, poorer people who have been shut out of the system for years.”

Darrell Issa to Subpoena HealthCare.gov Records: Obama ‘Missed Management 101′:

Senator John Cornyn: Obamacare: PhD Required?
The bad news continues to pile up for President Obama’s healthcare reform, the Affordable Care Act. In addition to a faulty website, reports of rising premiums, and insurance companies cutting patients from their rolls, Obamacare faces a huge public opinion problem. People aren’t exactly running to sign up. The entire system, which is based on large participation by the public, is in danger of collapse.
To combat public confusion and low rates of participation, the administration has undertaken an expensive advertising campaign. The administration has sought the services of the NFL and other public figures to rally support for the widely unpopular program. Additionally, academics on the left are doing their part to cover for Obamacare’s failures.
At the University of Texas- Austin’s LBJ School of Public Affairs, a graduate-level course is being offered in the spring of 2014 in order to guide students through the complicated process of enrolling in Obamacare. If Obamacare is so complicated that you need to be a PhD to navigate it, how will the majority of Texans benefit?

Watcher of Weasels: Forum: What Do You Predict The Ultimate Fate Of ObamaCare Will Be?

What Do You Predict The Ultimate Fate Of ObamaCare Will Be?

The Independent Sentinel:Obamacare will devolve into a single payer system. That is what the Medicaid expansion was about. Forcing millions into the government-run program is the beginning. That is why we saw the negative reaction from Democrats when the Supreme Court of the United States gave states the option to opt-out of the expansion.

People are flocking to Medicaid in droves. Obamacare will be Medicaid for all, and unfortunately, it’s a poor system that pays doctors and hospitals too little.

Medicare lost $716 billion in future payments to doctors and hospitals. The money was transferred to the Medicaid expansion.

The Medicare rationing has already begun.

There are now rewards for hospitals that do not help seniors and there are penalties for those that do according to IBD: Hospitals that spend the least on seniors get bonus points, and higher-spending hospitals get demerits. Hospitals will even be penalized for care consumed up to 30 days after patients are discharged, for example, for outpatient physical therapy following a hip or knee replacement. There will be far fewer joint replacements, cataract surgeries, bypass surgeries on the elderly.

Several of the doctors I know told me it is too late. Our healthcare system is ruined.

The local hospitals on Long Island are facing closure because of the burdens being placed on them. Catholic hospitals that accommodate 1 out of 6 patients in America are facing closure due to the penalties that will be imposed on them for refusing to provide abortifacients and related services. Charitable hospitals are facing their demise.

It will be all government, a government that does not allow judicial recourse.

John Fund, The Corner: Obama’s Valerie Jarrett: Often Whispered about, But Never Challenged:

Jarrett, an old Chicago friend of both Barack and Michelle Obama, appears to exercise such extraordinary influence she is sometimes quietly referred to as “Rasputin” on Capitol Hill, a reference to the mystical monk who held sway over Russia’s Czar Nicholas as he increasingly lost touch with reality during World War I.

Darrell Delamaide, a columnist for Dow Jones’s MarketWatch, says that “what has baffled many observers is how Jarrett, a former cog in the Chicago political machine and a real-estate executive, can exert such influence on policy despite her lack of qualifications in national security, foreign policy, economics, legislation or any of the other myriad specialties the president needs in an adviser.”

Canada Free Press: Meet Valerie Jarrett daughter Laura’s computer scandal tinged father-in-law:


Before landing at the Pink Palace as a ready-made Liberal MPP, Balkissoon was a City of Toronto councillor involved in a computer leasing scandal.

Wow, what a coincidence!

Just as key Barack Obama adviser Valerie Jarrett’s fingerprints are all over the Obama administration, the Obama administration’s fingerprints are all over the Province of Ontario.  And last time we checked, Ontario was still a duly recognized province in Canada.

If Obama’s presence by proxy in Ontario doesn’t give Canadians who believe in sovereignty the creeps, nothing will.

“The Balkissoon-Jarrett marriage is one of several links between Premier Dalton McGuinty’s Liberals and Obama.  From 2000 until 2002, David Axelrod, another key adviser to the president, was a paid McGuinty strategist. (Toronto Star, June 20, 2012).

“As well, Toronto Liberal Jean-Michel Picher, who helped the premier in the run-up to last year’s provincial election, was an early Obama insider who worked on the then-Illinois senator’s historic presidential primary campaign in 2007 and 2008.”

And that’s just the Obama links in the Liberal Ontario government.

The Daily Caller: The U.S. Army will stop labeling Christians as ‘extremists’ threatening America:

Here’s some good news: the Secretary of the Army, John McHugh, sent an Army-wide memorandum ordering a halt to all briefings classifying Christian groups as domestic hate groups.

The Oct. 18. order came a few days after Fox News reported that a large number of active duty and reserve troops were instructed that a Christian group called the American Family Association is an extremist hate group which poses a threat to America.

McHugh was reacting to the Fox report as well as pressure from Congress.

“This most recent mislabeling of a Christian organization reflects what appears to be a troubling trend of religious intolerance in the military,” wrote Rep. Doug Lamborn in a letter signed by four other members of Congress.

McHugh’s memo laid out a plan to standardize future instruction to troops concerning hate groups.

“Media accounts have highlighted instances of Army instructors supplementing programs of instruction and including information or material that is inaccurate, objectionable, and otherwise inconsistent with current Army policy,” McHugh’s memo stated. “For example, in two recent high-profile cases, Army instructors found information on the website of a particular special interest group that identified certain groups as ‘extremist’ in nature, and presented that information as part of their instruction.”

McHugh noted that “the groups identified in the instruction were not ‘extremist’ organizations” as that term is actually defined by the Army.

Good news, but a sad sign of the times that this was even necessary.

Paging Eric Holder, Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson, Ben Jealous and Barack Obama…..Gateway Pundit: Four Black Teens Arrested in Fatal Mugging of WWII Veteran (Video):
Lawrence E. ‘Shine’ Thornton of Greenville, Mississippi was a World War II veteran and and a famous personality in the Delta region for his hot tamales.

But last week the 87 year-old veteran was mugged and murdered in his driveway.
Four black teens were later charged with capital murder in the fatal mugging.
The Sun Herald reported:

Four people have been charged with capital murder in the fatal mugging of 87-year-old Lawrence E. ‘Shine’ Thornton of Greenville.

This comes less than two weeks after this story: Brooklyn group of black youths blocks white couple’s car, bloody victims in racial attack:

Authorities say Ronald and Alana Russo were pummeled by attackers — ranging in age from 12 to 18 — who showered them with racial slurs. One Brooklyn teen says he was falsely arrested because he was wearing the same outfit as one of the assailants.

Christian News: Christian Woman Pays for Man’s Groceries After He Steals Wallet:

GUTHRIE, Okla. – A Christian woman from Oklahoma recently stunned a man who stole her wallet after she offered to pay for his groceries.

The situation happened earlier this month when Jessica Eaves, who serves as an outreach leader at First Christian Church of Guthrie, realized that her wallet was suddenly missing.

She had been shopping in her local grocery store and remembered seeing a man come up behind her. The next thing she knew, her wallet was missing from her purse.

However, instead of immediately calling the police, Eaves decided to do something bold: she tracked him down. But as she did so, an admonition from the Bible came to mind. “So I walked toward him and kind of weaved through the carts,” she told local television station KWTV. “And as I did, this Scripture from Luke kind of jumped out at me that said if someone hits you on the cheek, turn the other cheek. If someone steals your cloak, give them your shirt. So I thought, ‘Well, I’ll just be nice.’”

“I said to him, ‘I think you have something of mine. I’m gonna give you a choice,’” she told reporters. “You can either give me my wallet and I’ll forgive you right now, and I’ll even take you to the front and pay for your groceries.”

Ummm…nothing to see here….Reuters: U.S. Secret Service agent found dead, apparent suicide: source:

A U.S. Secret Service agent assigned to President Barack Obama’s protective detail was found dead on Saturday in an apparent suicide, a law enforcement source said on Thursday.

Special agent Rafael Prieto was under investigation for having an unreported romantic relationship with a foreign national, the source said.

The agent’s death is being investigated by the District of Columbia police, said Max Milien, a spokesman for the Secret Service.

“Rafael Prieto has a distinguished 20-year career with the Secret Service that was marked by accomplishment, dedication, friendships and the Secret Service is mourning a valued colleague,” said Milien.

The Other McCain: Roger Shuler: Another Kook Succumbs to ‘Investigative Blogger Syndrome’:

Let’s pause to ask: Is there a moral equivalence between the reporting that I and others have done about Brett Kimberlin and the kind of Investigative Blogger Syndrome act that has landed Roger Shuler in the Shelby County Jail as Inmate No. 288928?

It’s a fair question, and there have been many times in the past 17 months that I’ve stopped, stepped back and asked myself whether I’ve gone down the rabbit hole into Wonderland. But the list of people who’ve endured the same pattern of harassment is long enough that, even if I were not a defendant in the federal RICO suit Kimberlin v. the Universe, et al., the story would still be newsworthy.

Crazy as hell, yes, but still newsworthy:

Like Kimberlin’s past acts of anti-free-speech thuggery, his tactics serve to remind people of the very facts he seeks to bury.
With the filing of this lawsuit, more people will learn that Brett Kimberlin was convicted for setting off numerous bombs, one of which blew off a man’s leg. More people will learn of his dishonest machinations to avoid paying a wrongful death judgment to the widow of the man whose leg Kimberlin blew off — a Vietnam veteran who survived the war, but could not survive the pain of the wounds Kimberlin inflicted. More people will learn that, when he set off those bombs in Speedway, police suspected him of complicity in the murder of a grandmother of a young preteen girl, with whom Kimberlin had had a relationship that many people (including the grandmother) considered inappropriate. . . .
Kimberlin’s actions are not rational — but then, “rational” is not a word you would typically use to describe a violent criminal sentenced to 50 years in prison for maiming a man with a bomb. . . .

And here’s the key difference: I didn’t pick a pre-demonized scapegoat. I didn’t claim that the story I’m covering proves corruption by Eric Holder or President Obama or some other conspiratorial combination of Democrats. Trust me when I say that there are plenty of people who can’t figure out why Kimberlin’s associate Neal Rauhauser hasn’t been arrested yet. And well do I recall some people last year telling me, “Stacy, you’ve got to show how this is connected to Obama.”

Market Ticker: There Is Only ONE Peaceful Path Left To Avoid Destruction:

Folks, if you have read me recently you know that I’ve said that you are the problem and that the reason this is true is that you won’t go on strike, you won’t picket DC and refuse to leave until the government stops stealing from you and debasing the currency, you won’t reduce your spending and income to only that which provides necessities, and most of you go on to justify your behavior with “my kids (and/or family) deserve what I can provide.”

You’re fools and I’m going to prove it.

Further, I’m going to prove — by arithmetic — that if you follow the above path you will destroy yourself along with your children and grandchildren.

Here’s why.

There were 108,592,000 people in the United States in the fourth quarter of 2011 who were recipients of one or more means-tested government benefit programs, the Census Bureau said in data released this week. Meanwhile, according to the Census Bureau, there were 101,716,000 people who worked full-time year round in 2011. That included both private-sector and government workers.

None of the people getting means-tested government benefits will ever vote to reduce them, nor vote for any politician that will reduce them.

But it’s factually much worse than it first appears because federal government workers will not vote to fire themselves either, just as the 17th Amendment (ed: The worst thing to ever happen to this country) is inviolate because The Senate will never vote to fire itself.

So we must in fact subtract 21,880,000 from the full-time worker count. In other words, you’re outvoted by 36%.

Watchdog.org: House tries blocking ‘illegal’ IRS checks; Harry Reid says system working ‘fine’:

The House of Representatives repeatedly has passed an IRS bill that could save U.S. taxpayers up to $24.4 billion over the next 10 years — but Harry Reid’s Democratic Senate will not hear it.

The Refundable Child Tax Credit Eligibility Verification Reform Act, or H.R. 556, would require tax filers to provide Social Security numbers to claim child tax credits.

Currently, the IRS allows undocumented residents to collect the $1,000 credits for dependents not even living in the country. Watchdog reported that illegal immigrants received $4.2 billion from the tax agency in just one year.

“My bill (targets) billions of dollars in waste, fraud and abuse. Instead of hitting up taxpayers for even more taxes, Washington needs to go after these billions of dollars,” said U.S. Rep. Sam Johnson, R-Texas.

Though the GOP-controlled House has passed Johnson’s measure three times, Senate Majority Leader Reid, D-Nev., refuses to allow the bill to come up for a vote in his chamber.

The Other McCain: How @Elliott_Echols Won Twitter:

Ali Akbar called me Friday afternoon to tell me that the New York Times had mocked a young Republican operative:

Seven months after a report described the Republican Party’s image as “old and detached from pop culture,” it has hired Elliott Echols, 23, to serve as its first national youth director. . . .
Raffi Williams, the R.N.C. spokesman for youth media, said Mr. Echols was chosen because of his organizing and recruitment experience with College Republican groups. . . .
But hours after his announcement, the man who would be in charge of growing Republican support among the voting bloc most active on social media had fewer than 600 followers on Twitter. . . .

Ali decided to fix that problem. He went to work promoting Echols on Twitter, while also sending around e-mails urging others to join the crusade and demonstrate to the New York Times the effectiveness of conservative grassroots New Media activism on “Follow Friday.”

My latest posts at The Conversation:

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The Insufferable Martin Bashir

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The Regime’s Efforts To Silence Whistleblowers And Intimidate Reporters Have Been Historic

DC Rumor: Obama Will Delay Individual Mandate By Thanksgiving

Friday Free For All: Germany and Brazil To Push UN Resolution Against U.S. Spying

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Eric Allie carton via Townhall

The Guardian:  NSA monitored calls of 35 world leaders after US official handed over contacts:

The National Security Agency monitored the phone conversations of 35 world leaders after being given the numbers by an official in another US government department, according to a classified document provided by whistleblower Edward Snowden.

The confidential memo reveals that the NSA encourages senior officials in its “customer” departments, such the White House, State and the Pentagon, to share their “Rolodexes” so the agency can add the phone numbers of leading foreign politicians to their surveillance systems.

The document notes that one unnamed US official handed over 200 numbers, including those of the 35 world leaders, none of whom is named. These were immediately “tasked” for monitoring by the NSA.

The revelation is set to add to mounting diplomatic tensions between the US and its allies, after the German chancellor Angela Merkel on Wednesday accused the US of tapping her mobile phone.

After Merkel’s allegations became public, White House press secretary Jay Carney issued a statement that said the US “is not monitoring and will not monitor” the German chancellor’s communications. But that failed to quell the row, as officials in Berlin quickly pointed out that the US did not deny monitoring the phone in the past.

The NSA memo obtained by the Guardian suggests that such surveillance was not isolated, as the agency routinely monitors the phone numbers of world leaders – and even asks for the assistance of other US officials to do so.

More sophisticated pols than me think it’s advantageous for us to have this strategic edge over even our allies… But I don’t know how spying on our friends can be morally justified, or ethical or even helpful….. I can see the benefits to our national security when we spy on our enemies. I’m okay with that…I just don’t see how this benefits us. (Plus it’s wrong.)

The Atlantic Wire: Germany and Brazil Will Take NSA Spying Frustrations to the UN:

Germany and Brazil have decided to work together to push a UN resolution aimed at restraining the U.S.’s international surveillance of, among other things, world leaders. While the draft resolution, first reported byForeign Policy, doesn’t directly address the NSA revelations, it’s clearly aimed at U.S. intelligence’s recently revealed spying efforts.

The resolution wouldn’t actually be able to curb the NSA’s surveillance. Instead, it would call for an expansion of international privacy rights under the International Covenant Civil and Political Rights. That agreement was drafted well before the internet, and Germany and Brazil would like to apply its protections specifically to online communication. The two countries met with other European and Latin American officials on Thursday to discuss a draft, which they hope the UN human rights committee will consider later this year. While the draft resolution idea highlights international displeasure with the U.S’s broad data collection, it seems to worry some U.S. officials less than another potential fallout from inconvenient disclosures of the US’s bulk data collection in foreign, including friendly, countries. 

Someone jog my memory….wasn’t Obama elected so he could raise our standing in the world after the awful Bush years in which “the world hated us.”

Daily Caller Exclusive: Feds confiscate investigative reporter’s confidential files during raid

Obama’s war on Whistle-blowers is ramping up.

At about 4:30 a.m. on Aug. 6, Hudson said officers dressed in full body armor presented a search warrant to enter the home she shares on the bay with her husband. She estimates that at least seven officers took part in the raid.

After the search began, Hudson said she was asked by an investigator with the Coast Guard Investigative Service if she was the same Audrey Hudson who had written a series of critical stories about air marshals for The Washington Times over the last decade. The Coast Guard operates under the Department of Homeland Security.

Hudson said that investigator, Miguel Bosch, identified himself as a former air marshal official.

But it wasn’t until a month later, on Sept. 10, that Hudson was informed by Bosch that five files including her handwritten and typed notes from interviews with numerous confidential sources and other documents had been taken during the raid.

“In particular, the files included notes that were used to expose how the Federal Air Marshal Service had lied to Congress about the number of airline flights there were actually protecting against another terrorist attack,” Hudson wrote in a summary about the raid provided to TheDC.

Recalling the experience during an interview this week, Hudson said: “When they called and told me about it, I just about had a heart attack.”

She said she asked Bosch why they took the files. He responded that they needed to run them by TSA to make sure it was “legitimate” for her to have them.

“‘Legitimate’ for me to have my own notes?” she said incredulously on Wednesday.

Asked how many sources she thinks may have been exposed, Hudson said: “A lot. More than one. There were a lot of names in those files.”

Andrew Kaczynski, Buzzfeed: The Search For The Mysterious Obamacare Website Girl:

On Oct. 1, Obamacare insurance exchanges went online in all 50 states. The website,HealthCare.gov, was launched despite reported warnings by those overseeing the project that the system was not ready for millions of users to access. The system immediately began to crash. Basic navigation of the website took hours, let alone actually signing up for health insurance.

Frustrated Americans were greeted by one face as they waited.

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The hottest mask for Halloween 2013?

 

The Daily Caller: GOP lawmakers: Internal doc reveals Obama administration seeks to lift 20 year Libyan ban:

Republicans on the House Judiciary Committee have obtained an internal Department of Homeland Security draft final regulation that would lift a 20 year ban on Libyans coming to the US to work in sensitive fields.

The document — highlighted Thursday by House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte of Virginia and Utah Rep. Jason Chaffetz — shows that DHS is working to amend its regulations to eliminate the restrictions on Libyan nationals and foreign nationals acting on behalf of Libyan entities from coming to the United States to work in aviation maintenance, flight operations, or to study nuclear-related fields.

“It is shocking that the Obama Administration is turning a blind eye to real terrorist threats that exist in Libya today,” Goodlatte said in a statement. “Just over a year ago, four Americans were killed in the pre-planned terrorist attacks on the American Consulate in Benghazi.”

Nothing this Regime does shocks me, anymore.

Twitchy: Deranged liberals blame Obamacare website failures on nefarious Kochspiracy:

Of course…those evil bastids.

Fresh from the festering fever-swamps of the liberal intellectual wastelands comes the conspiracy so well-hidden there’s absolutely no evidence for it. Tie on your tinfoil hats, comrades, we’re through the looking glass on the evil Kochspiracy

…Check out the tweets.

Newsbusters: Stewart Edits Krauthammer Telling Him ‘You Need My Book Because You Don’t Watch Enough Fox News’

CHARLES KRAUTHAMMER: Look, you don’t expect a politician to spend half his speech praising the other side. So it’s a matter of time constraints. I have a lot of time.

JON STEWART, HOST: [Laughs]

KRAUTHAMMER: I got the book done, I had 30 years. It’s all, again, it’s in one book. Easy to carry on airplanes

STEWART: I don’t think this is the audience that needs to read it. Give this to Paul Ryan and Ted Cruz. Don’t give it to them [pointing at audience], they know. We’re going to go, will you stick, stick around for a little bit. We’ll continue talking about it.

Unfortunately, Comedy Central viewers missed a great response from Krauthammer that was in the extended online version of this interview but was conspicuously edited out of the cable version (edits in bold):

KRAUTHAMMER: Ryan and Cruz hear me every night.

STEWART: Is that true?

KRAUTHAMMER: They don’t need the book. You need…

STEWART: So they just sit around watching Fox News?

KRAUTHAMMER: You need the book because you don’t watch enough Fox News.

STEWART: Oh God, you’re not, talk about wanting to commit suicide: yes I do. “Things That Matter” is on bookshelves now. Charles Krauthammer. We’ll be back with some more right after this.

Marta Cecilia Aviles Asman, WSJ: Bill de Blasio Should Ask Me About the Sandinistas:

Shortly after Bill de Blasio won the Democratic nomination for New York City mayor in September, his long-ago flirtation with radical governments in Cuba and Nicaragua flared as a campaign issue. But he is far ahead in the polls, and New Yorkers seem to have decided that the matter is not relevant to the job he is now seeking. To me and my family, though, the would-be mayor’s activism hits home. That’s because when Mr. de Blasio was visiting Nicaragua to show his support for the Sandinista government in 1988, my son and I were moving to New York, fleeing that government.

Twenty-five years is a long time, and people change. But on this subject, Mr. de Blasio has made clear that he has not.

Last month, a Cuban-American radio host asked Mr. de Blasio to explain his 1991 honeymoon to Cuba. While acknowledging that there are a “huge number of problems” with the country’s communist government, Mr. de Blasio praised Cuba’s health-care system, saying: “I also think it’s well known that there’s been some good things that happened in that government.”

He has been even more effusive about the Sandinistas, the violent revolutionaries in Nicaragua who overthrew the Somoza regime in 1979 and installed a socialist government that ruled until 1990. Mr. de Blasio told the New York Times recently that the Sandinistas showed a “youthful energy and idealism mixed with a human ability and practicality that was really inspirational.” In the same article, one unrepentant Sandinista activist complained about some Sandinista supporters who later dropped their support for the cause. “Bill wasn’t like that,” she said.

Read it all. Is NYC serious about electing this commie?

Gateway Pundit:  Wonderful! Sean Hannity Gives Fired Obamacare Operator Gift of One Year’s Salary (Video):

Earlier this week conservative radio host Sean Hannity called the Obamacare hotline and spoke to an operator.
The operator, Earline Davis, was honest and told Hannity nobody liked the website.
The next day she was fired.

Tonight Sean Hannity had Earline Davis on his television program.
He offered her a check to cover her salary for a year.
He also set up a hotline to help Earline find another job.
What a wonderful segment.

Ann Coulter: Hang One, To Encourage the Others:

One of the most effective ways of discouraging people is to make them think there’s absolutely nothing they can do about something, anyway. Thus, liberals have tried to insinuate that Obamacare is impossible to remove, hoping conservatives will despair.

But with only one-half of one branch of government, Sens. Ted Cruz and Mike Lee and the House Republicans have made it absolutely clear that Republicans are not giving up on repealing Obamacare. Inasmuch as “bubonic plague” is polling higher than “Obamacare,” I’d say this is a brilliant marketing strategy for the GOP.

Unlike every other idiotic government program ever foisted on us by the Democrats, this time Republicans are not rolling over on this illegitimately passed, disastrous legislation. Give Republicans a veto-proof majority in the Senate, America, and they will rid us of this plague. (Without even charging a co-pay!)

Not only that, but Republicans have exposed Democrats as hypocrites who are forcing the rest of the country to live under Obamacare, while shutting down the government rather than live under it themselves.

Twitchy: ‘Not quite the way they sold it’: Kirsten Powers’ insurance premium skyrockets 

One News Now: ACLJ: Obama, Dems, media complicit in IRS targeting scandal:

The American Center for Law and Justice announced on Friday it has filed a second amended lawsuit in federal court in Washington, DC, adding additional defendants. David French, senior counsel for the ACLJ, says additional evidence reveals a politically motivated attack on conservative and tea party groups by the IRS because of their political beliefs.

“It really is astonishing when you put together the complete timeline how much IRS action followed directly after some very ugly, very targeted statements by the president of the United States,” the attorney tells OneNewsNow.

Darrell Issa: It cost more than Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn:

Facebook’s first six years of operation: $500 million

Twitter’s first four years of operation: $360 million

LinkedIn’s total operating expenses: $200 million

The new ObamaCare website, HealthCare.us, cost over $500 million over the span of 3 years, and unlike Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn, the site isn’t functional nor useful.

As if the cost wasn’t bad enough, the online rollout of ObamaCare has been nothing short of disastrous.

Error messages, crashing pages, and slow loading times has rendered the site nearly useless for most Americans, and “Dave Kennedy, the CEO of information-security company Trusted Sec, estimates that about 20% of Healthcare.gov needs to be rewritten…Kennedy believes fixing the site would probably take six months to a year.“ (CNN Money)

 

The Daily Caller: Obama flees Obamacare disaster for New York fundraiser:

As his signature piece of legislation rapidly collapses in a painful, costly and humiliating heap, President Barack Obama heads to New York Friday in search of more 2014 campaign funds, leaving his deputies behind to manage the Obamacare debacle.

The president will fly to his two New York fundraisers on Air Force One gratis because he’s also got a quick non-partisan stop at a local high school.

At the school, named Pathways in Technology Early College High School, “the President will tour a classroom and discuss the importance of ensuring that the next generation of middle class American workers and entrepreneurs have the skills they need to compete and win in a global economy,” said his schedule, released late Thursday.

Friday Free-For All: Convoy of Truckers, Vietnam Vets Head For DC – Shutdown Theater Flops – The Threat We Face

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Convoy of trucks headed south toward DC in Pennsylvania

Mediaite: Trucker Tells Megyn Kelly D.C. Trucker Protest is America’s ‘Egypt Moment’:

10/10/13 – On Thursday night, Megyn Kelly spoke to two people outraged over the government shutdown: a trucker organizing a protest, and a man who actually spent his time mowing the grass outside the Lincoln Memorial. Ernest Lee is one of the many truckers backing the Ride for the Constitution protest to “get the attention of our unrepresenting representatives” by “causing the world’s biggest traffic jam” in DC. Lee said, “This is an Egypt moment for the entire country to say ‘We have had enough.’”

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Via Truckers for the Constitution FB page.

The link, Ride for the Constitution.org seems to be down. 

The Daily Mail featured Chris Cox in a sympathetic piece: ‘Our veterans deserve a clean lawn’: Shutdown-busting gardener tells how he was ordered off Lincoln Memorial by ‘bully robocops’

A kind-hearted South Carolina volunteer who has mowed lawns, cleared a fallen tree and emptied ‘hundreds of trash cans’ up and down the National Mall since the federal government partially shut down told MailOnline that an aggressive, ‘bully’ of a U.S. Park Police officer who ‘looked like Robocop’ today ordered him to leave the Lincoln Memorial.

Chris Cox, the one-man landscaping crew, calls himself the Memorial Militia. He said he has been on a mission to spruce up the lawns, trees and trash bins near America’s grandest memorials before the weekend, because a ‘Million Vet March’ event is expected to bring scores of retired servicemen and women to the nation’s capital.

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Via the Truckers Ride for the Constitution FB page.

“TRAFFIC BEHIND THE TRUCKERS BACKED UP FOR MILES!!!”

Overpasses For Obama’s Impeachment: Constitution Convoy Rally Denver:

Men, women, and children gather on a Denver I25 Overpass 10/9/13 in support of the truckers on their way to DC. Obama has told truck drivers and Americans alike, “It’s MY WAY or the HIGHWAY!” Well the people on this bridge and the truckers heading to DC choose THE HIGHWAY! Support their strike, buy nothing Oct. 11-13. Follow them at RideForTheConstitution.org

TPN: Million Vet March on D.C. also in many States:

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The main Million Vet March will be in Washington this Sunday at 9 am, Oct. 13th. But I want readers here to know that if they can’t get to D.C., there will be various rallies of veterans and their supporters in many states. You can find these events at https://1mvetmarch.wordpress.com/rally-points/

Views From Liberty Hollow: Defiance to Tyranny:

It appears that military veterans have had enough of the present administration, and intend to visit the WW2 memorial on the national Mall at 9:00 AM this coming Sunday October 13th.

See links here and here.I have never been to the World War 2 memorial, but I have decided that this Sunday will be the day, and I intend to see that memorial along with anybody else that wants to see it. Especially any veteran and most especially any WW2 veteran, regardless of what any shit-eating toady or jackbooted thug thinks about it, and regardless of what tyrannical diktat is excreted by those illegitimately exercising authority.  If you are within driving distance of the District of Criminals, AKA Mordor-on-the-Potomac, I encourage you to come and educate a few clueless polishitians about what trying to govern without consent or legitimacy means.

Gateway Pundit: Jay Carney: Tea Party Wants Obama to Resign to End Shutdown (Video)

Yup….

President Obama’s meeting with certain House Republicans, Carney said, would not be a negotiation: “he’s not going to pay ransom to the Tea Party so that the government opens or the government doesn’t default.”

The Guardian Media Blog: Seymour Hersh on Obama, NSA and the ‘pathetic’ American media:

This is a fascinating interview that a lot of people missed because of all of the shutdown drama. Hersh is an “investigative journalist who has been the nemesis of US presidents since the 1960s and who was once described by the Republican party as ‘the closest thing American journalism has to a terrorist’”.

He is angry about the timidity of journalists in America, their failure to challenge the White House and be an unpopular messenger of truth.

Don’t even get him started on the New York Times which, he says, spends “so much more time carrying water for Obama than I ever thought they would” – or the death of Osama bin Laden. “Nothing’s been done about that story, it’s one big lie, not one word of it is true,” he says of the dramatic US Navy Seals raid in 2011 [see footnote].

Hersh is writing a book about national security and has devoted a chapter to the bin Laden killing. He says a recent report put out by an “independent” Pakistani commission about life in the Abottabad compound in which Bin Laden was holed up would not stand up to scrutiny. “The Pakistanis put out a report, don’t get me going on it. Let’s put it this way, it was done with considerable American input. It’s a bullshit report,” he says hinting of revelations to come in his book.

The Obama administration lies systematically, he claims, yet none of the leviathans of American media, the TV networks or big print titles, challenge him.

“It’s pathetic, they are more than obsequious, they are afraid to pick on this guy [Obama],” he declares in an interview with the Guardian.

“It used to be when you were in a situation when something very dramatic happened, the president and the minions around the president had control of the narrative, you would pretty much know they would do the best they could to tell the story straight. Now that doesn’t happen any more. Now they take advantage of something like that and they work out how to re-elect the president.

The Footnote:

Hersh has pointed out that he was in no way suggesting that Osama bin Laden was not killed in Pakistan, as reported, upon the president’s authority: he was saying that it was in the aftermath that the lying began. Finally, the interview took place in the month of July, 2013.

Can’t wait for the book to come out….

David Horowitz, FrontPageMag: The Threat We Face:

People on the left may be delusional but they are not stupid. They know what they can say and get away with, and what they can’t. Barack Obama is a born and bred member of the left and not coincidentally is the most brazen and compulsive liar ever to occupy the American White House. What other politician could have successfully explained away the fact that two of his closest political confidantes over a twenty-year period were an anti-American racist, Jeremiah Wright and an anti-American terrorist William Ayers?

There is a marked difference between the radicals of the Sixties and the radical movement Obama is part of. In the Sixties, as radicals we said what we thought and blurted out what we wanted. We wanted a revolution, and we wanted it now. It was actually very decent of us to warn others as to what we intended. But because we blurted out our goal, we didn’t get very far. Americans were onto us. Those who remained on the left when the Sixties were over, learned from their experience. They learned to lie. The strategy of the lie is progressives’ new gospel. It is what the progressive bible — Saul Alinsky’s Rules for Radicals — is all about. Alinsky is the acknowledged political mentor to Obama and Hillary, to the service and teacher unions, and to the progressive rank and file. Alinsky understood the mistake Sixties’ radicals had made. His message to this generation is easily summed up: Don’t telegraph your goals; infiltrate their institutions and subvert them; moral principles are disposable fictions; the end justifies the means; and never forget that your political goal is always power.

An SDS radical wrote in the Sixties: “The issue is never the issue. The issue is always the revolution.” The Alinsky version is this: The issue is never the issue; the issue is always power: How to wring power out of the democratic process, how turn the process into an instrument of progressive control. How to use it to fundamentally transform the United States of America — which is exactly what Barack Obama warned he would do on the eve of his election.

The chosen legislative instrument to begin this transformation was Obamacare. It was presented as an act of charity, a plan to cover the uninsured. That was the “issue” as they presented it. But the actual goal of Obamacare’s socialist sponsors was a “single payer system” – government healthcare — which would put the state in control of the lives of every American, man, woman and child. That is the reason that none of the promises made about Obamacare was true, beginning with his campaign lie that Obamacare government health care was not a program he would support. Obamacare will not cover 30 million uninsured Americans, as Obama and the Democrats said it would; Obamacare will not lower costs, as they promised it would; Obamacare will deprive many Americans of their doctors and healthcare plans, as they assured everyone it would not; Obamacare is a new tax, as they swore it wouldn’t be. All these promises Obama and the Democrats made were false because they were only a camouflage for their real goal actual goal, which was universal control.

Hugh Hewitt: The Article II President Doesn’t Dictate To The Article I House Who Goes Where:

RealClearPolitics has an article headlined “White House Bristles As Boehner Trims GOP Invite List.”

The president wanted a nice setting in which to chide or worse the GOP conference.  He has puled that trick before, and the Speaker isn’t falling for it again.  Good.

Let’s hope the Speaker doesn’t fall for the “short term” debt ceiling hike or CR either –the one my pals at the Washington Examiner, David Drucker and Byron York, are reporting would be 6 to 8 weeks long.  That would be a disaster for the GOP –a momentum ending, deflating knock-down of the resolve of the House GOP to stand behind the Speaker and force some compromise on the “I won’t negotitate president.”

Treasury Secretary Jack Lew spent the Sunday shows imitating Susan Rice and furiously peddling nonsense talking points, only this year it was “October 17th is doomsday” and last year it was “a video caused Benghazi.”  The false immediacy of the October 17th deadline should be punctured and another lesson taught the public about the president’s men (and women) and their credibility.

The Daily Caller: Obama equivocates on Boehner debt-ceiling pact:

White House spokesman Jay Carney dismissed the GOP’s latest proposal to end the budget impasse, but he didn’t completely reject the olive branch.

The proposal suggested by House Speaker John Boehner would raise the government’s credit-card limit to allow continued deficit spending for an additional six weeks.

But the proposal would not include a 2014 budget, which is stalled because Obama and his Senate allies want extra taxes and spending, and also oppose any GOP budget that includes popular reforms of the Obamacare takeover of the nation’s health-care sector.

The Blaze: WHITE HOUSE AND GOP FAIL TO REACH AGREEMENT ON DEBT LIMIT PLAN (UPDATED)

UPDATE: A statement issued by the White House Thursday evening seems contradict the New York Times’ initial report that Obama rejected the GOP’s short-term debt limit plan. The White House says “no specific determination was made” during the meeting.

Either way, the two sides still have been unable to reach an agreement.

Read the entire statement below:

“The President had a good meeting with members of the House Republican Leadership this evening; the meeting lasted approximately an hour and a half.  The President, along with the Vice President, Treasury Secretary Lew, Denis McDonough and Rob Nabors listened to the Republicans present their proposal.  After a discussion about potential paths forward, no specific determination was made.  The President looks forward to making continued progress with members on both sides of the aisle.  The President’s goal remains to ensure we pay the bills we’ve incurred, reopen the government and get back to the business of growing the economy, creating jobs and strengthening the middle class.”

National Review: Krauthammer’s Take: Talks Could Be a Trap for GOP:

“Boehner has his offer, he goes in to see the president. You would expect that you would then have [a] six week extension and discuss all of these issues,” Krauthammer said onSpecial Report. “What seems to have happened is there are now demands from the president on the reopening of the government, which was not what they had said earlier in the week.”

SHTF: Obamus Caesar: “No Limits On the Power of the President if He Calls for a National Catastrophe”:

The important thing to understand is that President Barack Obama relishes the power. This is evidenced by his desperate need to monitor and command drone strikes from the White House himself. He likes the thrill of being the decision maker and holding the lives of others in his hands.

He has already passed scores of executive orders, including restrictions on firearms accessories and ammunition, as well as provisions that would allow the U.S. government to take over all domestic resources, including the labor force, should a national catastrophe be declared.

Make no mistake. They want total control.

And they will let no crisis go to waste. For them, the debt ceiling negotiations reaching  a stalemate may well be the outcome they are looking for, because it will justify the administration’s invocation of Executive Order and rule by decree.

The debt ceiling debate will likely have a resolution, just as it has twice in as many years under the Obama administration, but if it doesn’t you can fully expect the Executive Branch to take whatever action they deem necessary to “protect” the American people.

Fox News Channel’s Ed Henry pressed White House Press Secretary Jay Carney over the suspension of military death benefits in response to the government shutdown.

Carney hedged when Henry pressed about when the president was informed that benefits weren’t being paid to the families of fallen soldiers, saying simply, “When the president found out, he was disturbed.”

Carney added that Obama asked lawyers and the OMB to take action.

Carney later accused Henry of “trying to make a partisan issue out of it,” to which Henry responded, “Nice try, except you won’t tell us a simple fact of when the president learned.”

Now that we’re a little more than a week on from the government shutdown’s start, Americans are a beginning to feel the effects of not having a bureaucratic nightmare breathing down their necks as they make all of their major life decisions. Can the governent breathe down our necks while the website that powers the government’s own health care plan is still non-functional? Unfortunately, it can.

In order to visit a national park or memorial, you have to declare a First Amendment purpose.  If you have a complaint about a violation of your civil liberties, there’s no hotline to call. And if you picked this week to open your craft brewery, you’re going to have to wait just a little bit longer. But with 86% of the government still functioning, you can tell that these agencies were selected for closure to maximize your pain. But what about the things the government does that you’re not missing? What activities that have been designated “non-essential” really aren’t essential? Well, a lot. But here are ten things the government is currently not doing that you probably didn’t need them to do in the first place:

 Check out these anarchists wandering around this grassy field in front of the Washington Monument.

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Could this be the end of Monument Syndrome? Across the country, ordinary Americans are rising up in revolt against the old Washington tactic of closing public parks and memorials during selective government “shutdowns” to score political points. Tax-paying tourists are tossing off theorange traffic cones and “Barrycades.” Enough is enough.

The movement started with waves of World War II veterans who flew to D.C. last week as part of the Honor Flight Network. (The nonprofit group brings our surviving heroes to visit the memorials that honor their service and sacrifice.) The vets and volunteers breached the fences last week, exposing the tone-deaf tactics of President Obama’s Spite House. Honor Flight visits continue this week, and more vets vowed to defy the cynical closures.

They are not alone. At Gettysburg National Military Park, tourists broke through barriers and posed for pictures on the battlefields with notes reading, “Catch us if you can.” One visitor reported that motorists formed impromptu caravans as rangers chased them. “Strength in numbers,” they tweeted.

At Mount Rushmore and in the Badlands of South Dakota, families barreled over hazard cones. Their photos went viral on Facebook. In Wisconsin, GOP Gov. Scott Walker defied the National Park Service and opened state parks that Obama-crats wanted closed because they receive some federal dollars. At the Mingo National Wildlife Refuge in southeast Missouri, a group of 20 protesters defied threats of arrest to enter the park.

Washington Post columnist Charles Krauthammer believes that during the partial government shutdown, the bureaucracy in Washington demonstrated its willingness to punish citizens when it does not get its way.

“I think there are two issues here,” Krauthammer said on Wednesday’s “Special Report” on the Fox News Channel. “One, was it a political act? I tend to think that some of these interpretations, clearly, people seem to be always erring on the side of being rough and tough and irrational like the cordoning off of the World War II Memorial, which is open-air, and where it takes more park rangers to cordon it off than it would to accompany the aging veterans on to the site. I think there’s an element — and we saw it in the sequestration. This isn’t the first time.”

A huge bureaucracy will bully the public into funding it, Krauthammer said.

 The administration is using anything it doesn’t like as a way to punish the American people,” he continued. “But there’s a larger issue here. And that is, as the state becomes larger and larger, the bureaucracy becomes stronger and more arrogant and independent. It believes in it so, and after all, it regulates. That’s what it does. And it becomes punitive, in the sense it says, ‘Listen, you want to hold up the government. We’re going to show you who’s in charge. We’re going to shut down all the monuments, you know. And if we don’t get a blank check, we’re going to do xy and z.”

West Wing Reports :

President has signed bill restoring “death gratuities” and related survivor benefits for families of deceased military service members

Terry Jeffrey, Town Hall:  Obama Administration Prohibits Kennedy Family from Practicing Catholicism:

The Obama administration has prohibited the Kennedy family from practicing its Catholicism, and the Kennedys now intend to ask the Supreme Court to restore their First Amendment right to the free exercise of religion. Their case could become one of the most consequential in our nation’s history. The issue: Will the most fundamental liberty of all — freedom of conscience — survive in post-Obama America?

John Kennedy serves as president of Autocam and Autocam Medical, Michigan-based companies that produce automobile components and medical devices. He and his family own the companies, which employ 661 people in the United States.

The Kennedys strive to live all parts of their lives — including their business lives — in keeping with their Catholic faith.

IBD: Obama To Catholic Troops During Shutdown: No Mass!

The Shutdown: Federal closure threatens to bar priests not on active duty from conducting services on military installations or from ministering on base, and they risk being arrested if they attempt to do so.

The latest Obama shutdown shame is the news that, until it’s over, none of the families of those killed in Afghanistan can expect to receive the $100,000 death gratuity promised to reach them within 24 to 36 hours.

Grieving families also cannot expect the military to cover all the usual costs of family travel to meet their loved ones at Dover Air Force Base where they return home for burial in American-flag-draped coffins.

Catholic soldiers killed in battle might not even have a priest available to give the last rites of their church as even the religious freedoms they fought to protect are sacrificed by a petulant president who has the power to set priorities with the stroke of an executive order pen but refuses to do so.

As the Daily Caller reports, the Rev. Ray Leonard, a Catholic priest who serves a Georgia military base, was not allowed to celebrate Mass at the Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay this weekend. “Shutdown: No Catholic service till further notice,” a sign posted on the chapel door said.

Kansas Rep. Tim Huelskamp, a Republican, released the details of Leonard’s experience after meeting with the priest on Tuesday.

Meanwhile, Obama does another solid for his MB buddies…

The Muslim Brotherhood, despite being closely linked to terrorist groups, was never denied any heavy weapons. Kerry rejected any thoughtof refusing Morsi, who prayed for the destruction of Israel, his F-16s.

But the Egyptian military is getting more aid cuts, because it won’t restore the Church-burning MuslimBrotherhood to power.

The crackdown on the Brotherhood showed no signs of abating on Wednesday, as prosecutors said Mr. Morsi, Egypt’s first-ever freely elected president, would face trial on Nov. 4 for inciting his followers to kill protesters against his rule late last year.

The announcement of the aid censure marks a new low point in the already frosty relationship between the U.S. and Egypt, once one of America’s closest security partners in the Middle East.

We’ve long suspected that the NSA, the world’s premiere spy agency, was pretty good at breaking into computers. But now, thanks to an article by security expert Bruce Schneier—who is working with the Guardian to go through the Snowden documents—we have a much more detailed view of how the NSA uses exploits in order to infect the computers of targeted users. The template for attacking people with malware used by the NSA is in widespread use by criminals and fraudsters, as well as foreign intelligence agencies, so it’s important to understand and defend against this threat to avoid being a victim to the plethora of attackers out there.

 

It is very likely every mother’s worst nightmare. To wake up in the middle of the night, having heard a noise just outside the safety of the walls of your home and knowing that you are likely all of the protection you and your children have. A call to the police may work, but how long might it take for them to respond? Five minutes, ten? Even less may be just too long.

That is the nightmare that Toledo, Ohio mom, Betty Collins has had to live through not once… but twice in the last four months.

Four months ago it was a home invader who met Ms. Collins as he tried to kick in the front door of her home. At about five in the morning, 31-year old Kyle Caldwell began kicking at the front door of Ms. Collins home in an attempt to break in. Betty, who was already awake and wary thanks to a call from her boyfriend about a suspicious man down the block, was waiting with her .357 Magnum at the ready. After a few unsuccessful kicks, Betty yelled for the attacker to leave because she had a gun and it was loaded. He didn’t heed her advice. Finally, Ms. Collins opened the door herself and the intruder found himself inches from the barrel of the loaded .357.

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

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

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

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

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

Read the entire thing at the link.

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

Dear President Obama,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Vet group takes down blockade:

See Doug Ross for a gallery of ShutDown images.

The Rockin’ Conservative: Occupy Mingo:

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

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

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

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

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

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

They almost crossed that line in Blount County.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Via Beltway Confidential:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Citizen journalists, rejoice.

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

But just how greedy were people?

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

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

Until now. 

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

Download the document. Look for yourself.

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

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

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

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

NRSC: The Coalition of the Wild Eyed:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Very unsettling. Shouldn’t have happened.

NY Magazine: In Conversation: Antonin Scalia:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Had you already arrived at originalism as a philosophy?

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

Million Vet March And Truckers Ride On Washington October 13

This could be big. This could end up being very, very big because two protests have been planned for the same weekend in Washington DC. On October 13, the  Million Vet march will coincide with day 3 of the truckers ride  in our nation’s Capital.

There has been righteous indignation and rage simmering just below the surface since the Community Organizer from Chicago began usurping his power, but this past week, his thugocracy went too far. When Obama’s shutdown theater was implemented  to make Americans – including 80 to 90 year old WWII vets – feel as much pain as possible – that simmering rage reached a full boil.

While most of the nation’s attention has been on the “barrycaded” WWII Memorial, other war memorials in DC have been shut down as well. Yesterday, Park Police removed Vietnam vets and tourists from the Memorial Wall.

Via Gateway Pundit:  “Unbelievable! Barack Obama brought out the German Shepherds today to threaten US veterans at the Vietnam Memorial.”

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Via William Jacobson, NBC’s affiliate in Washington, D.C. reports that police ordered tourists and Vietnam war veterans who were visiting the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall to leave the memorial at one point on Friday.

After one group of veterans went around the barricade, “the park ranger told them the wall was closed,”NBC’s Mark Seagraves reported. “Later another group of vets showed up and moved the barricades. At that point, the memorial filled with vets and tourists. That’s when police came and moved everyone out.”

Moreover, the Regime has seen fit to threaten priests with arrest if they minister on military bases during the shutdown.

There is a chronic shortage of active duty Catholic chaplains. While roughly 25% of the military is Catholic, Catholic priests make up only about 8% of the chaplain corps. That means approximately 275,000 men and women in uniform, and their families, are served by only 234 active-duty priests.

The temporary solution to this shortage is to provide GS and contract priests.   These men are employed by the government to ensure that a priest is available when an active duty Catholic Chaplain is not present.

With the government shutdown, many GS and contract priests who minister to Catholics on military bases worldwide are not permitted to work – not even to volunteer.  During the shutdown, it is illegal for them to minister on base and they risk being arrested if they attempt to do so.

Breitbart’s John Nolte is keeping a list of parks, monuments and more UNNECESSARILY SHUT DOWN BY OBAMA TO INFLICT PUBLIC PAIN.

America has had enough of this out and out thuggery.

A “Million Vet March On The Memorials” is being organized for October 13, 2013, at the war memorials in Washington D.C.

The group is calling all patriots to attend, via their facebook page:

We are all military brats, current and former military spouses and some veterans. We cannot express how utterly disappointed we were that our Greatest Generation were being used as political pawns in the ongoing government shutdown and budget crisis. This should never be the case.

We do not care what political leanings you may be; be it liberal, conservative, Democrat, Republican, Libertarian, Independent or whatever. The actions of the U.S. government this week with regard to barricading and shutting down the World War II Memorial to veterans, that may or may not be on their last trip to Washington DC, is a despicable act of cowardice.

Veterans this week were unwillingly pitted as pawns in this crisis. We feel that this should never be the case. This is why we will go to Congress after the budget crisis and ask for a bill to be introduced that would prevent any member of the government from closing our memorials down to any American, except for maintenance purposes. In the meantime, we will have our March in Washington DC on October 13th! Our veterans deserve that!

Many in our group have decided that enough is enough. We are Americans. We are proud of our heritage and our service. As all of us were military brats and spouses, we have served in some form or another our entire lives. This is our way of life. We will not stand by and let the U.S. government dishonor the legacy of sacrifice of the generations before us. It is time to make a stand! We hope that you will join us in our peaceful protest against anti-American policies.

Via Maggie’s Notebook: TRuckers Ride Oct 11, 12, 13: No Freight Hauling, 3-Day Traffic Jam, Flags Flying – How You Can Help Locally, Where to Meet-Up:

As thousands of federal employees wonder where their next paycheck is coming from amid a government shutdown, around 3,000 truckers plan to descend on Washington, D.C., in an effort to shut it down further by not hauling freight for a whole weekend.

“The shutdown is actually a traffic jam,” former country music star and event organizer Zeeda Andrews told U.S. News. “This is a three-day traffic jam.”

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1. Trucker Earl Conlon is calling on all truckers in their State Capitals to Rally to the Capital to show support. We understand not everybody can afford the fuel to make the DC RIDE but this is a United effort.

Drivers that are working at least fly a flag and RIDE in Convoy formation while on the interstate. There will be Local TV from coast to coast filming this solidarity RIDE and event. It is up to the Truckers Of America to wake up the people as to the harsh regulations and UN-Constitutionals laws against our commerce and its people. We are brothers and sisters of the ROAD!

All truckers in this RIDE are directed to Earl Conlon, he is in charge, email:  huggyboo2u@hotmail.com.

2. Washington DC Capital on Constitution St. Show up Friday morning before the convoy gets there with signs concerning our constitution or in support of the RIDE, bring ole glory flags and show your patriotism. If some want to bring the 10 commandments to remind others of God’s Laws feel free to do so.

3. All Truckers, motorcycles, cars, pickup trucks tractors, RV’s that want to participate in this RIDE meet at the All American Truck Plaza off I-95 exit 98 across from amusement park. Most will show up the 10th. The event will start at 7:00 am October 11th.

4. Please dress your RIDE up with Constitutional related signs and or ole glory flags. Some people want to quote the 10 commandment and WE welcome Do what ever the spirit moves you to do.

5. People with Ham radios and Hand Held CB’s will be needed for communication. Harrisburg Pennsylvania  Truckers for their State will meet at The Wilco Truck Stop off I-81 exit 78.

6. All Bikers are directed to Belinda Bee.

7. If you would like to participate in the Overpasses to cheer on our Constitutional Riders or wave your Impeach Obama signs or any other signs please join your State group to get the information where they will be. The group will say closed but join because most will say that, after joining the page will open to you. http://overpassesforamerica.com/?page_id=39

8. If you would like to rally to your nearest Rest Area Brett Backman with The Modern American Revolution said he would work the Rest Areas and the Overpasses in this event. If you want to start a Rally in your area at a Rest Area please let us know and we will post it. On Facebook: Modern Revolution

9. Fred’s Restaurant in Wheelersburg, Ohio will be supporting the Truckers Ride for the Constitution. Truckers traveling to D.C. Oct. 11,12,and 13 th can stop by and receive a Free Personal Pan Pizza, chips and a 20 oz. drink. Plz share so we can get the word out. God Bless America! https://www.facebook.com/pages/Freds-Restaurant/186745074245

10. Stephanie King: feeding station, I-75 in Kentucky on Jelico Mountain.

It’s time for Americans to PROTEST LIKE EGYPTIANs.

UPDATE: 

US News: ‘Truckers for the Constitution’ Plan to Slow D.C. Beltway, Arrest Congressmen:

Trucker-specific grievances behind the protest include Environmental Protection Agency fuel efficiency standards and the high cost of diesel fuel. State and local anti-idling laws as well as insurance companies purportedly requiring technological updates are among the irritations, as is the perceived deterioration of Fourth Amendment rights protecting truckers’ cabs.

Whether or not the truckers pack a punch to D.C. area traffic depends on the number and intensity level of participants. A similar three-day protest in 2007, against illegal immigration and competition from Mexican truckers, did not spoil commutes as feared, the Washington Examiner reported. A Facebook page advertising the upcoming ride has close to 50,000 likes.

The funny thing about this article – it’s in an MSM rag – and virtually all the comments are supportive of the truckers and derisive of “Ovomit” as some call him. Where’s the left? Where’s the DOJ “blog squad” –  the Obama advocates who are paid to troll blogs? Did the government shutdown cut-off these nonessential government employees?

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Friday Free-For All: Shutdown Theater Getting Poor Reviews


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Iconic and chilling photo of Obama Shutdown optics

Man, what is Obama even thinking with all the stupid Barrycades? Nobody’s buying it and his approval numbers are already tanking just like they did following all the hysteria and scare tactics following the Sequester.

I’ve been posting a lot on this at The Conversation, this week. Here’s my latest:

Shut-Down Theater: NPS ‘Barrycades’ Scenic Overlooks As Well As Memorials:

The scenic overlook pictured above is on the George Washington Memorial Parkway in Washington, D.C.  and it’s considered one of the most scenic routes around the nation’s capital. But due to the government shut-down, it’s being “barrycaded” along with other scenic overlooks.

House Republicans Probe Parks and Monument ‘Shutdown Theater’ Closures:

Republicans on both the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee and the House Natural Resources Committee  are looking into the the Obama administration’s decision to shut down national parks and monuments unnecessarily, closures that are becoming known as “Shutdown Theater”.

Issa: Obama ‘Non-essential Personnel’ Because He Won’t Negotiate

House Oversight and Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa answered with characteristic bluntness when asked by a reporter whether it was appropriate for Obama to head to Asia if the government remained shutdown.

Shut-Down Theater: NPS Reinforces WWII Memorial Barrycades

On Tuesday, the usually unguarded World War II memorial in Washington, D.C. was “barrycaded” with seven National Parks Service employees standing guard.  But since then, WWII veterans have easily breached the barriers with assistance from members of Congress.

Boehner Reacts To Obama Official’s ‘We’re Winning’ Comment: ‘This Isn’t Some Damn Game!’ (Video)

“This isn’t some damn game!” House Speaker John Boehner thundered  as he held up and then slammed down a copy of Friday’s Wall Street Journal.

Dems On Defense: Carney Disavows, Reid Apologizes – Are They Sure They’re Winning?

Are Democrats sure they’re winning?  Winners don’t usually have to disavow their own team members’ comments, or apologize for their own…..

Today in an exchange on Twitter with the Politico’s Ben White, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said, “POTUS wants the shutdown to end NOW. Speaker can do that NOW by putting a clean CR to a vote.”

When White asked Carney if he was disavowing the quote in the WSJ that the WH does not care how long shutdown lasts, Carney carefully responded that “we utterly disavow idea WH doesn’t care when it ends. House should act now, no strings attached.”

Note he disavowed the “idea” – not the actual quote. The White House is officially in damage control mode.

Meanwhile, via the Washington Times we have Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid delivering “a striking mea culpa” on the Senate floor as he opened the chamber, Friday, “apologizing for his nasty tone”.

Park Service Ranger: ‘We’ve Been Told to Make Life As Difficult For People As We Can’

This is how the Regime rolls. According to an anonymous Park Ranger, he and his fellow workers have been told to make life as difficult as possible for people.

Wesley Pruden of The Washington Times reported:

The Park Service appears to be closing streets on mere whim and caprice. The rangers even closed the parking lot at Mount Vernon, where the plantation home of George Washington is a favorite tourist destination. That was after they barred the new World War II Memorial on the Mall to veterans of World War II. But the government does not own Mount Vernon; it is privately owned by the Mount Vernon Ladies’ Association. The ladies bought it years ago to preserve it as a national memorial. The feds closed access to the parking lots this week, even though the lots are jointly owned with the Mount Vernon ladies. The rangers are from the government, and they’re only here to help.

“It’s a cheap way to deal with the situation,” an angry Park Service ranger in Washington says of the harassment. “We’ve been told to make life as difficult for people as we can. It’s disgusting.”

And Ace has been “bringing” the Chad Henderson story over at AoSHQ:

Chad Henderson, ObamaCare Success Story (and, Coincidentally Enough, Diehard OFA Volunteer), Hasn’t Signed Up For ObamaCare at All, Says Dad

 His dad says that he definitely didn’t enroll, or wasn’t enrolled by Chad, and that he doesn’t think Chad enrolled himself, either.

John Sexton reports that the media is very much downplaying how intensely partisan Chad Henderson is (and therefore, how unrepresentative he is of young people generally), which is part and parcel of their determination to portray every leftist activist as jus’ an ordinary American citizen.

Chad Henderson: Sure I Lied, But I Wasn’t Really Lying:

Let’s start at the bottom.

Tommy Christopher:

Shock and Awful: Conservatives Already Lying About Obamacare Enrollee Chad HendersonChad Henderson, the 21 year-old Flintstonian who has become the media’s go-to early example of an Obamacare exchange enrollee, has already become a talking point for conservatives, and the subject of conservative lies. Most glaringly, The Cato Institute‘s director of health policy studies Michael Cannon introduces Henderson with the lie that “Obamacare Increases Man’s Premiums 300%,” then backs it up with another lie that actually turns out to reveal that Republicans screwed poor Chad.

That headline is a self-evident lie, revealed in the Washington Post article that Cannon artfully cherry-picks. WaPo’s Sarah Kliff reveals that Chad Henderson hasn’t had health insurance for over 14 years, which means he had no health insurance premium to quadruple. That makes Cannon’s headline a complete and total lie, and Cannon never gets around to revealing Chad’s pre-Obamacare status one way or the other.

Ah, yeah whatever. The Cato Institute did not say Chad had coverage — it used the (this is a big word, Tommy, but write it down in your notebook) subjunctive mood or conditional mood to discuss what Chad would have paid pre-Obamacare.

“Something You Should Know About Me…”

Via genuine AoS Commenters Deety and Tasker, a great catch.

Chad Henderson actually disclosed that he was a partisan paid to post “advocacy” things on social media.

Click on the tweet and blow the picture up.

So who’s the bad guy here? Chad Henderson was not coy about his passionate support of Barack Obama, or his volunteer (???) position with OFA.

And here, he says “Something you should know about me…” and then discloses he’s paid to post advocacy stuff.

I’m often labeled “the guy who always talks about politics” and it normally has negative effects lol so I’m here to clear things up: If you were to hang out with me one night and you’ll see (sic) I’m not that obsessed with politics at all. Yes, I do post political stuff on here and other social networking sites. But it’s for a good reason. For one, I think it’s good if people get some insight into the world they live in. Secondly, I work for an organization that pays me quarterly to posts (sic) the political stuff as “advocacy” (so it’s kind of my job).
All emphases added. And the (sic)’s, of course.

WTF, MEDIA? Your big ObamaCare Poster Boy, who screamed to the world on social media he had “enrolled” in ObamaCare, actually admits he’s paid to post “political stuff” on social media as “advocacy” and it’s his fault you got punked?

Twitter users piled on via TwitchyObamacare poster boy mocked after story takes on Milli Vanilli vibe:

Yesterday, Twitchy reported that Chad Henderson, the media darling poster boy for Obamacare who the administration is using as living proof of how easy it is to sign up, is in fact an OFA volunteer.

The media rushed to report Henderson’s story, but many conveniently left out Henderson’s history as a Democratic activist, but the story got even more interesting. Henderson’s father is reported as saying that, to his knowledge, his son has yet to enroll in an Obamacare plan.

Twitchy: Flashback: Busted liar Chad Henderson enjoyed accusing conservatives of lying:

As Twitchy reported, the Obamacare poster boy’s been busted for falsely claiming that he successfully purchased health insurance for him and his father early this week. Now that he’s been put on the defensive, he’s trying to change his story. You might think he couldn’t look much worse than he already does … and you’d be wrong.

Henderson, you see, has a history of lazily accusing others of lying:

 

The Foundry: Another Obamacare Exception for Congress: Taxpayers Could Pay for Abortion Coverage:

According to the Obama Administration’s latest eleventh-hour purported rulemaking, Members of Congress and their staff will be able to enroll in taxpayer-subsidized health plans that include coverage of elective abortions.

The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) released a final rule this week that will allow Members of Congress and their staff to choose health care plans on Obamacare’s state health insurance exchanges while receiving generous federal premium support. It is clear that the OPM does not even have statutory authority to provide premium support for exchange plans. Further, the final rule disregards longstanding, bipartisan federal prohibitions on the use of taxpayer funds to pay for elective abortions.

For decades, Members of Congress and their staff have enrolled in health plans through the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program (FEHBP), receiving significant federal taxpayer contributions toward premium payments. In almost every year since 1983, Congress has attached an amendment, authored by Representative Chris Smith (R–NJ), to the Financial Services appropriations bill, which funds the FEHBP, prohibiting the expenditure of those federal dollars to pay for elective abortions or health plans that provide coverage of abortions.

Weasel Zippers: Military Chaplains Threatened With Arrest If They Celebrate Mass On Bases During Shutdown…

Via Daily Caller:

In a stunning development, some military priests are facing arrest if they celebrate mass or practice their faith on military bases during the federal government shutdown.

“With the government shutdown, many [government service] and contract priests who minister to Catholics on military bases worldwide are not permitted to work – not even to volunteer,” wrote John Schlageter, the general counsel for the Archdiocese for the Military Services USA, in an op-ed this week. “During the shutdown, it is illegal for them to minister on base and they risk being arrested if they attempt to do so.”

We’ve officially entered Stalinist territory, now.

Monday Catch-Up: #BlameHarryReid

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John Boehner channels Cruz: It’s Time for the Senate to Listen to the American People:

On the House floor this morning, Speaker Boehner challenged Democratic leaders in the Senate to listen to the American people — who don’t want a government shutdown and don’t want ObamaCare — and pass the House’s plan to delay the president’s health care law and repeal the medical device tax.

Ted Cruz: Reid Tables Bill to Fund Government, Refuses to Come to Table with Republicans:

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) released the following statement regarding Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s decision to block consideration of the House-passed Continuing Resolution to avoid a government shutdown.

“Democratic Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid had the opportunity this afternoon to avert a government shutdown. Instead, he chose to kill the House’s bill to keep government open, a deliberate act to move towards a government shutdown. This is no surprise. After the House acted Saturday night, Sen. Reid refused to call the Senate back to service, instead leaving senators at home on vacation while a shutdown loomed. And he has apparently advised the President not to meet with House and Senate leaders of both parties. Harry Reid wants a shutdown, because, sadly, Democrats are putting politics above the needs of the American people. The New York Times explained why: because, as the Democrats believe “now is the time to break the power of Tea Party Republicans.”

“This is exactly the kind of DC-based thinking that makes Americans disdain Washington, DC. Democrats need to listen to the people and start working for the millions of Americans who are losing their jobs, wages, and healthcare benefits because of Obamacare. This is not a debate over a government shutdown; it’s a debate about how Obamacare is plaguing our economy. I will continue working to make sure the government stays open and Americans receive the same benefits as giant corporations and Congress under Obamacare. Until then, I hope the American people will continue to speak out against this disastrous, train wreck of a law and make DC listen.”

NRSC: Who’s in Charge?

Amidst all the talk about ObamaCare and dysfunction in Washington, it turns out that President Obama – who has been M.I.A. and refused to even discuss a compromise – actually wanted to meet with Congressional Leaders to prevent a government shutdown, but Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid talked him out of it.

According to Politico: “When the president considered sitting down with the four congressional leaders in the White House ahead of the deadline to avert a government shutdown, Reid privately urged Obama to call off the meeting, according to several people familiar with the situation.”

Think about that. President Obama wanted to do what Presidents do – bring leaders together to forge a compromise – and Harry Reid talked him out of it. Why? The only reason one can assume is that Harry Reid believes that shutting down the government is politically advantageous for Democrats.

Legal Insurrection: #BlameHarryReid:

 For a government shutdown if it happens.

The U.S. Senate is dysfunctional because of Harry Reid.

No budget.

No votes on most House legislation.

No nothing except his way or the highway.

We’re seeing it again in the Continuing Resolution and Debt Ceiling battles.  Because Reid has shut down and shut out Republican voices, the only way to raise budget issues is using Continuing Resolution and Debt Ceiling deadlines — a necessity in Harry Reid’s Senate not the choice Republicans wanted.

Get onto Twitter and retweet: #BlameHarryReid

Guy Benson, HotAir GreenRoom: “I don’t remember saying that everyone in the country would have a lower premium”:

Well, that’s what recording devices are for, Nancy.  We covered the former Speaker’s attempt to slither away from her own Obamacare sales pitch back in June; now the current Speaker is highlighting his predecessor’s shameless revisionism:

John Nolte, Big Journalism: LIVE BLOG: MEDIA COVERAGE OF GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN:

Last week, as the prospect of a federal government shutdown loomed as reality, the President of the United States told the media that he would “not negotiate” with “house burners.” And with that, the American mainstream media threw away their longstanding belief in “civil bipartisan compromise” in order to stand with Obama.

Since then, the GOP have passed two bills to avert a shutdown, both Senate Democrats and Obama have refused to offer a compromise, and now the media are attempting to make the GOP look like the crazies and the Democrats and Obama look like statesman.

Newest updates at the top, all times Eastern. Send tip to @NolteNC or jnolte@breitbart.com

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The above graphic was created by Jon Gabriel, aka @exjon for Buzzfeed:

To help sell the “Affordable” Care Act to a skeptical public, the official White House Twitter account is rolling out the Internet’s most popular stars: cute animals.

Promoting an anonymous Tumblr called Adorable Care Act, the administration is using kitties, puppies and pandas to promote Obamacare. Your tax dollars at work!

Thankfully, we were able to find seven images that didn’t make the cut…

Erick Erickson, RedState: Oppose the Medical Device Tax Repeal:

Republicans are attempting two tricks to convince conservatives the GOP is still with them.

The first is the Vitter Amendment, named for Senator David Vitter, which would require Congress to adhere to Obamacare like the rest of us. I consider it a shiny object and you should not be cheering the GOP is they get it. Congress will always game the system to benefit itself. Pass the Vitter amendment and within a year you’ll see Congress have a full medical station in its basement where congressmen and their staffs can go. Likewise, the Vitter Amendment fixes something that is only temporary, if the Office of Personnel Management is to be believed.

Just wait. The Vitter Amendment will be hailed by seal clapping conservatives as a major win and, while distracted by flippers in the air, Congress will find a way around it. Aristocrats are always able to exempt themselves. If it isn’t a doctor in the basement, it’ll be a pay raise for congressmen and their staffs to offset the burden of Obamacare.

Via my Twitter feed on Saturday:

Felt sorry for these guys…

Liberty News: NC Rep Takes House Floor to Proclaim “We Did Not Elect a Dictator”:

Doug Powers, Michelle Malkin: Heh: Word ‘free’ quietly disappears from Obamacare website

In the retail industry this kind of thing is called “bait and switch”:

Before mid-September, a section on Healthcare.gov had this“Where can I get free or low-cost care in my community?”

After mid-September, that became this without mention of the change:“Where can I get low-cost care in my community?”

Screen caps here.

Fox Poll: If the US government shuts down, who’s at fault?

So far:

15%House

21%Senate

34%President Obama

30%All of the above

( 4426 votes )

Via WHD: Fox News’ Ed Henry: Why Is Obama Willing To Negotiate With Iran, But Not Republicans?:

After responding in customary attack mode that Henry was engaged in the “reassertion of GOP talking points,” Carney seemed to hint that there may be talks but that he currently has “nothing new to report on the president’s schedule.”

Graceless hack.

Glenn Reynolds, USA Today: IRS scandal means bad news for Obama: Column:

So last week, while most of the country was talking about football or fears of a government shutdown, Rasmussen released a poll that should worry everyone — but especially incumbent Democrats in Congress. According to Rasmussen’s survey, most Americans think the IRS broke the law by targeting Tea Party groups for harassment, but few expect it to be punished. Fifty-three percent think the IRS broke the law by targeting the Tea Party and other conservative groups like the voter-integrity outfit True The Vote; only 24% disagreed. But only 17%think it is even somewhat likely that anyone will be charged, while 74% think that criminal charges are unlikely.

COLUMN: Assault by civil forfeiture

So a majority of Americans think that government officials who exercise an important trust broke the law, but only a very small number think anything will be done to punish them.

Seton Motley, Human Events: SOMETIMES YOU HAVE TO LET GOVERNMENT GO:

There is an awful lot of government going on in Washington. Which is what happens when you spend $3.8 trillion – as DC is doing this year.  Up from $2.9 trillion just five years ago. We’ve increased the size of the Leviathan by just short of 25% under President Barack Obama.

In 2013 came the budget sequestration – $85 billion in spending cuts.  So we increased by $900 billion – then rolled it back $85 billion.  We’re still up 90+% over 2008 – not exactly Draconian or austere.

That every penny in this nearly $4 trillion annual pile is vitally important, being spent wisely and well – and in fact isn’t nearly enough – is one of the colossally dubious arguments of all time.  Yet many make it.

President Calvin Coolidge’s last budget was smaller than his first – and was a MUCH smaller portion of the nation’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP).

Robert Parry, Consortium News: Syrian Rebels Embrace al-Qaeda:

Official Washington was caught off-guard this week when the radicalization of the Syrian rebels went from being an obscured reality to an undeniable truth. Syria’s most powerful rebel forces renounced the “moderate” exiles, who have been nurtured by the West, and embraced an Islamic extremist organization affiliated with al-Qaeda.

This development now confronts the West with a set of even grimmer choices: help the radical jihadists win the war and turn Syria into a Taliban-style homeland for terrorism in the center of the Middle East; accept an indefinite continuation of the bloody civil war hoping that no one wins as the bodies pile up; or work with the Assad regime and the weakened “moderates” to bring about some kind of political reform that might placate the estranged Sunni majority while isolating the extreme Islamists.

President Barack Obama delivers remarks during his address to the United Nations General Assembly in New York, Sept. 23, 2013. (Official White House Photo by Amanda Lucidon)If the last option seems to you to be the least worst, you would find yourself in a distinct minority inside Official Washington, where politicians and pundits still prefer to swagger about, issuing ultimatums demanding the unconditional removal of President Bashar al-Assad, whose regime has committed many atrocities in a civil war where brutality is common on both sides.

Washington Times:  Syria: Al-Qaeda-linked ‘terrorists’ eat human hearts:

These are the people we’re arming…

Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Moallem claimed Monday that his government is fighting a war against al-Qaida-linked militants who eat human hearts and dismember people while they are still alive, then send their limbs to family members.

Mr. al-Moallem, addressing world leaders at the U.N. General Assembly in New York, also charged that the United States, Britain and France had blocked the naming of the real perpetrators of chemical weapons attacks in Syria, which he blamed on the opposition.

He claimed “terrorists” fighting the regime in the civil war are being supplied with chemical weapons, but he did not name specific nations accused of supplying them.

President Obama told the same forum last week that it was the President Bashar Assad’s regime that was behind a chemical weapons attack in August that killed hundreds in the Damascus suburbs and brought threats of a retaliatory U.S. strike.

Washington Times: Al Nusra Front, an al Qaeda branch, and the Free Syrian Army jointly seize border crossing:

The Al Nusra Front for the People of the Levant, one of two al Qaeda branches fighting in Syria, recently teamed up with the Yarmouk Brigade of the Free Syrian Army to capture the Ramtha military post on the border with Jordan after four days of fighting, according to several reports.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said 26 government soldiers and a number of rebels were killed in Saturday’s battle for border crossing on the outskirts of the southern city of Deraa.

The Yarmouk Brigade, the Al Nusra Front and the Aknaf Bait al Maqdis (Defenders of Jerusalem), another al Qaeda-linked group that operates in Daraa, began the final push to take control of the border crossing last week, the Long War Journal reported.

A rebel military commander told Al Hayat that the Al Nusra Front and the Aknaf Bait al Maqdis “played an essential role in the storming of the crossing through coordinated efforts with the south Syria command center that is controlled by factions affiliated with the FSA.”

 Shoebat Foundation: Westgate Mall attack and an Islamic Reality:

David Wood of Answering Muslims has posted a very informative video in which he analyzes the Nairobi Westgate Mall terror attack relative to what the Qur’an says. Western leaders like British Prime Minister David Cameron continue to deny reality and Wood nails him on it. The truth is simple to understand – unless you’re a politician. Al-Shabaab was acting in accordance to the dictates of their religion.

Colin Flaherty, FrontPageMagazine: Two Weeks in September:

Large scale black mob violence is now a regular feature of life in many American cities. Not just places like New York, Philadelphia, Chicago, Detroit, St. Louis, Baltimore, Boston and Washington, D.C. But smaller cities as well. Place like Irondequoit, New York. Grandview, Missouri. Peoria. Springfield.

Big or small, they share this: Local media is loathe to report it.

On September 14th in Kansas City, hundreds of black people created mayhem and violence at the Country Club Plaza, part of an upscale shopping district. Mounted police and members of the SWAT team used pepper spray to subdue and disburse the crowd.

Tweeting from the scene, local NBC reporter Garrett Haake said, “Police andteens tell me after a movie got out, a large group came here to avoid the curfew and a fight broke out. Police arrived and sprayed.”

Assaults, robberies, vandalism, broken jaws, property destruction and other mayhem are a “perennial problem” at the Plaza, says one Kansas City TV station.

The Missouri Torch: Unless The Right Acts Now, Missouri Will Turn Blue By 2016 – Here’s How And Why It Will Happen:

President George W. Bush won Colorado by 9 percentage points in 2000.

Two years later, the Republican candidate for Colorado governor, Bill Owens, crushed his opponent 63 to 34.

Two years after that:

Despite a large Republican advantage in registered voters and the popularity of President Bush, who carried the state easily for the second time, Colorado Democrats picked up a U.S. Senate seat and House seat that had been considered safe for the GOP. They reversed Republican majorities in the state House and Senate to take control of the legislature.

And two years after that:

Democrat Bill Ritter trounced Republican U.S. Rep. Bob Beauprez on Tuesday in the race to become the 41st Colorado governor – completing a stunning year-long transformation from the party’s unwanted candidate to its leading figure.

In six years, Colorado Republicans lost the state House and  Senate, a U.S. Senate seat and the Governor’s mansion.

You may be thinking, “Well, it’s only a matter of time before this comes to Missouri.”

If so, you’re wrong.

It’s already here.

What Happened in Colorado

What happened in Colorado could fill a book. I know, because I’ve read the book on what happened in Colorado.

Keep reading at the link.

Hans A. von Spakovsky, Heritage: What Happens During a Government “Shutdown”?

If President Barack Obama “shuts down” the government by vetoing a continuing resolution (CR) that funds all government operations with the exception of Obamacare, or the Senate fails to pass such a CR, crucial services will continue without interruption. That includes all services essential for national security and public safety—such as the military and law enforcement—as well as mandatory government payments such as Social Security and veterans’ benefits.

The key fact, as the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) itself has said, is that when there is a short-term lapse in appropriations, “the federal Government will not be truly ‘shut down’…because Congress has itself provided that some activities of Government should continue.” In fact, any claims that not passing a CR will result in a “shutting down” of the government “is an entirely inaccurate description” according to the DOJ.[1]

Such a lapse in funding would be neither catastrophic nor unprecedented, but it would pare down government services to those most essential for “the safety of human life or the protection of property.” That would not include the hundreds of billions of dollars in the federal budget that are constantly squandered and wasted on frivolous, unnecessary, and unneeded programs.

 

Post Holiday Weekend Link-Around: Will Congress Authorize ‘Operation Don’t Make Obama Look Bad’?

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Whether you were at the beach, at the lake, boating or barbecuing, I hope everyone had a great Labor Day weekend. Mine was jammed packed with activities, so blogging was light.

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Henry Payne cartoon via Townhall.

Here are the stories I tabbed over the weekend, along with some new ones that jumped out at me, this morning.

Weasel Zippers: Egyptian Liberal Newspaper Claims Obama Is A Muslim Brotherhood Member, Says MB Leader Threatened To Release “Papers” Proving His Membership…

Via Shadi Hamid, who is the Director of Research at the Brookings Institute’s Doha Center:

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Walid Shoebat is dubious – Hamid apparently has connections to or at least sympathies toward the Muslim Brotherhood…

…the question that needs to be answered is: Why would someone like Hamid – an apparent Muslim Brotherhood sympathizer – choose to help push a narrative that Barack Obama is a member of the Muslim Brotherhood?

Is he trying to get out in front of Saad’s claims or is there another motive?

It is indeed interesting that just days after Khairat Al-Shater’s son – who allegedly claimed his father had information on Obama that would land the U.S. President in jail – is arrested, an apparent friendly to the Obama administration is tweeting out this article.

Then again, moves like this don’t help quell the rumors….

Atlas Shrugs: OBAMA ADDRESSES AMERICAN MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD CONVENTION:

Obama hits bottom and keeps digging. His unequivocal support of the vicious Muslim Brotherhood has undermined national security and been an overwhelming destructive force for freedom across the world.

Discover the Networks: “The Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) was established in July 1981 by U.S-based members of the Muslim Brotherhood with a background as leaders of the Muslim Students Association (MSA). As author and terrorism expert Steven Emerson puts it, ISNA “grew out of the Muslim Students Association, which also was founded by Brotherhood members.” Indeed, Muslim Brothers would dominate ISNA’s leadership throughout the Society’s early years. Striving “to advance the cause of Islam and serve Muslims in North America so as to enable them to adopt Islam as a complete way of life,”ISNA was highly dependent upon Saudi funding during its early years.”

“Obama Addresses American Islamist Convention” By the Counter Jihad Report, September, 2, 2013

President Obama addressed the 50th annual convention of the Islamic Society of North America via videotape, praising the U.S. Muslim Brotherhood entity for its partnership with his administration. A Clarion Project report showed that the convention’s roster of speakers includes many extremists.

“Over the last half-century, you’ve upheld the proud legacy of American-Muslims’ contributions to our national fabric and this gathering is a testament to that tradition,” Obama says to ISNA.

The gathering is anything but a testament to American tradition. The speaker with the most sessions (eight), Zaid Shakir, preached earlier this year that the U.S. Constitution is flawed because it grants equality to Muslims and non-Muslims.

Siraj Wahhaj, who is teaching five sessions, has a history of anti-American preaching and now advises Muslims to avoid discussion ofSharia because “we are not there yet.”

Jihad Watch: Israel says it test-fired missile in Mediterranean as part of joint military exercises with U.S.

DEVELOPING: Israel says it tested fired missile in Mediterranean as part of joint military exercises with U.S., according to Reuters.

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Via I AM THE TEA PARTY! on FB

Legal Insurrection: Syrian Electronic Army Defaces US Marines Recruitment Website:

The Syrian Electronic Army is claiming credit for defacing the recruitment website of the US Marines.

Marines.com, which is operated separately from the official Marines website, was changed in the early morning hours on Monday to display a message from the hacker(s).  The message told US soldiers that Obama is “a traitor who wants to put your lives in danger to rescue Al Qaeda insurgents,” and encouraged Marines to defy orders and concentrate on defending their homeland instead.  It also suggested that the army of the Syrian government should be considered an ally to Marines, rather than an enemy.

The defacement also included several photos purporting to be those of US military personnel, holding messages opposing military intervention in Syria (it should be noted the authenticity of these photos has not been verified anywhere that I could locate at the time of this writing).  The same photos have been circulating around corners of the internet for days on social media and sites like Reddit.  The Syrian Electronic Army has also been tweeting those photos for the last several days as well.

AoSHQ: Shock: Democrats’ Deeply-Felt and Principled Opposition to War in All Its Forms Ended, Coincidentally Enough, Upon the Election of one Barack Hussein Obama, Nobel Peace Laureate:

You know when we used to claim that the Democrats were playing games with foreign policy and national security to advance their petty animal partisan interests?

Weasel Zippers: Report: Obama Planning “More Substantial” Attack On Syria…

Via Telegraph:

A former US army chief has claimed that Barack Obama is eyeing intervention in Syria that would go beyond a mere deterrent against chemical weapons to damage the military capacity of the Assad regime.

General Jack Keane, a former vice chief of staff of the US Army, told BBC Radio 4 that he had spoken to senior Republican senators who had been briefed by the US president on Monday, and had been assured that Mr Obama planned to do significant damage to the forces of Bashar al-Assad.

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Via Matt Bracken on FB

Michael Ledeen, AIM: What The Hell Is Going On?:

So far as we know, most everyone in the government was expecting the bombing would start on Saturday afternoon, Washington, D.C., time.  Government officials, above all those with expertise in military operations, were told to cancel their Labor Day vacations and show up for overtime work.  No golf for them!  Then President Obama–in the face of most all the advice from his “national security team” (I even heard a national radio network broadcaster call it “the war cabinet”)–changed his mind.  Suddenly.  Unexpectedly.  Surprisingly.

How?  Why?

The story about the sudden change of mind has been carefully fed to the scribblers.  It’s been written and rewritten many times.  But it doesn’t make sense, unless you believe in sudden epiphanies, or bolts from the blue, or ongoing revelation, and there’s no evidence that the president believes such things.

So I ask again:  How?  Why?  We don’t have an answer, which suggests to me that we’re missing some key element in the story.

Presidential decisions are sometimes driven by real events in the real world, and sometimes by private conversations among a very small group of intimates.  During the Carter years, for example, it was said that you never knew what he was going to do until the last conversation prior to handing down his verdict.  If you were an intimate, you wanted to be the last person on his dance card before the band started to play.  Other presidents have had different methods, but personal interplay is always important.

Note that this sort of “process” greatly favors people with offices in the White House.  They only have to walk down the hall, whereas the cabinet secretaries have to drive across town, or even across the river.  That takes time.  Access=influence, so the guys and gals down the hall, including the gal who shares the living quarters, have more of it than those across town or on the other side of the Potomac.

Ergo, it may well be that somebody got to the president late Friday and said something that got him to reverse course.  Those who believe that Valerie Jarrett is the eminence grise of the Obama years will wonder if she prevailed over the War Cabinet, as when she–once?  several times?  accounts vary…–lobbied against the Kill bin Laden operation.  Those who think Chief of Staff Denis McDonough is the key actor will point to the long walk he took with his boss on Saturday morning as the key event.  Those who think Michelle does foreign policy (and those who don’t think first ladies are key players on ALL policy matters should report for reeducation) will look there for the answer.

Guy Benson, Townhall: The Politics of Syria: Does Obama Have the Votes?:

Unlike most political gridlock within the Beltway, this scenario is fraught with conflicted interests and strange bedfellows.  Consider the political dilemmas: Republicans, and some Democrats, have been critical of the president for ignoring his own “red line” ultimatum to the Assad regime, arguing that American credibility and prestige is on the line.  Most GOP members have also demanded that any strike be pre-cleared by Congress (though some have contended that the president has wide authority to act as he sees fit).  At long last, Obama has decided to do something to enforce the threshold he himself established.  Can Republicans now turn around and oppose him after lambasting his fecklessness?  Will they vote down an authorization of force resolution upon which they’ve insisted?  And one end of the Republican spectrum is Sen. Rand Paul, who is forcefully opposing any US intervention in Syria.  At the other are Rep. Peter King and Sen. John McCain, who huddled at the White House yesterday.  With whom will the rank-and-file align?  Will GOP leadership take a position on the question?  On the Democratic side of the aisle, the picture is just as murky.  I suspect leadership will follow the White House’s lead and apply enormous pressure to support the president.  Some partisans will line up behind the leader of their party; others have antiwar constituents and consciences to grapple with.  Whether or not members believe a “targeted” Syria strike is wise, Pelosi and Reid will likely argue, the president will look extraordinarily isolated and weak if he loses the vote.  He’s already beenhumiliatingly rebuffed by the Brits, and the Russians are actively supporting Assad.  The French are sort of on board, but equivocating.  If Obama loses a Congressional vote against that backdrop, his political clout will suffer yet another setback after a longtough summer — a conspicuous failure that could have a cascading effect across his already-endangered second term agenda.

John Hawkins, RightWingNews: 5 Reasons Not To Bomb Syria:

Barack Obama knows that America’s military is a big stick, but unfortunately Roosevelt’s advice about speaking softly doesn’t seem to have stuck. Because Barack Obama recklessly shot off his mouth about a “red line” in Syria, he’s demanding that our nation insert itself into a civil war between terrorist groups, both of which have chemical weapons, to protect his ego. Happily, the American people recognize what a foolish move this would be. AReuters/Ipsos poll shows that only 9% of Americans currently support bombing Syria. This is why Barack Obama has punted his Syrian War to Congress. He’s hoping that it’ll be foolish enough to vote in favor of war to give him the political cover he needs to bomb. Not only should Congress vote against the war in Syria, if Obama bombs that country anyway, Congress should immediately cut off funds for the war and move to impeach him. Why?

Finish reading at the link.

Big Government: PUSHING FOR SYRIA ACTION, OBAMA STARES DOWN PUTIN…ON GAYS:

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In a display of utter political incoherence, President Obama plans to meet with lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender advocates in Russia while visiting the Kremlin, even as he attempts to lobby Russian President Vladimir Putin for support on an international military action against Syria. Russian opposition to American intervention in Syria has been a major factor in Obama’s decision to seek approval from Congress for military action in Syria. On Saturday, Obama blasted the UN Security Council, a veiled reference to Russia, by calling it “completely paralyzed and unwilling to hold [Syrian President Bashar] Assad accountable.”

Rush Limbaugh: What If Bashar Didn’t Do It?

Yossef Bodansky: Did the White House Help Plan the Syrian Chemical Attack?

here is a growing volume of new evidence from numerous sources in the Middle East — mostly affiliated with the Syrian opposition and its sponsors and supporters — which makes a very strong case, based on solid circumstantial evidence, that the August 21, 2013, chemical strike in the Damascus suburbs was indeed a pre-meditated provocation by the Syrian opposition.

The extent of US foreknowledge of this provocation needs further investigation because available data puts the “horror” of the Barack Obama White House in a different and disturbing light.

On August 13-14, 2013, Western-sponsored opposition forces in Turkey started advance preparations for a major and irregular military surge. Initial meetings between senior opposition military commanders and representatives of Qatari, Turkish, and US Intelligence [“Mukhabarat Amriki”] took place at the converted Turkish military garrison in Antakya, Hatay Province, used as the command center and headquarters of the Free Syrian Army (FSA) and their foreign sponsors. Very senior opposition commanders who had arrived from Istanbul briefed the regional commanders of an imminent escalation in the fighting due to “a war-changing development” which would, in turn, lead to a US-led bombing of Syria.

The opposition forces had to quickly prepare their forces for exploiting the US-led bombing in order to march on Damascus and topple the Bashar al-Assad Government, the senior commanders explained. The Qatari and Turkish intelligence officials assured the Syrian regional commanders that they would be provided with plenty of weapons for the coming offensive.

Washington Times: SEKULOW: Where Obama’s ‘red line’ ends:

Amid the political turmoil in Egypt, an egregious targeted campaign of violence against Christians is being left out of the headlines.

Muslim Brotherhood supporters have reportedly paraded nuns through the streets like prisoners of war. Countless churches are being destroyed. Some that have stood for over a millennium have been forced to close their doors for the first time.

Though our political leaders attribute this targeted persecution as the unfortunate collateral damage of national conflict, these disturbing events are in reality part of a broader trend of systemic violence being perpetrated by radical Islamists across the Middle East — specifically targeting Christians.

More than 60 churches have been burned, and dozens of Christians have been attacked and killed since the military’s ouster of the Muslim Brotherhood’s Mohammed Morsi. While Christians have long been a minority in Egypt, the persecution of Egypt’s Christian population — the largest in the Middle East — dramatically escalated under the Muslim Brotherhood’s rule and has spawned unthinkable destruction in the wake of the Brotherhood’s ouster.

The notion that this devastation is merely the result of political crossfire or the unintended consequence of civil strife is willful ignorance. Making up 10 percent of Egypt’s population, Christians are not an outside coalition of religious extremists; rather, they represent an established community of more than 8 million individuals that have managed to live peacefully with their Muslim neighbors for centuries.

Though President Obama has highlighted the plight of “religious minorities” in Egypt, calling for “respect” from all sides, he has yet to acknowledge that the principal targets of this violence are, in fact, Christians, refusing to even use the word “Christian” in his limited remarks. Worse yet, the president has refused to address the radical Islamic forces behind the targeted violence.

The White House was directly asked about this disturbing situation at a recent news conference: “With people being killed, Christians in particular being targeted, churches being destroyed, what’s the president’s red line in Egypt?” Unbelievably, the White House spokesman joked, “Well, I didn’t bring my red pen out with me today.”

RealClearMarkets: Federal Judge Rules Food Stamp Recipients Can Unionize:

In a surprise ruling, a three judge panel of the Ninth Circus Court of Appeals issued a unanimous opinion supporting the right of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) recipients to unionize in order to assure equitable access to benefits, along with an uninterrupted flow of payments should the federal government be forced to temporarily shut down due to congressional budget stalemates.

“For too long so-called Food Stamp beneficiaries have been denied access to union representation seeking to protect their rights,” said Justice Gavin Moore Freestuff. In a sharply worded rebuke to attorneys representing the National Taxpayers Union, which sought to block a ruling by the newly reconstituted National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), Justice Freestuff cited recent court precedents establishing the right of home health care workers, nannies, babysitters, and dog walkers to pay compulsory dues which unions could then use to influence elections.

Yes – it’s satire. Justice “Freestuff”  would be our first clue. Sadly – not much of a stretch in 2013 ObamAmerica.

Townhall: Bloodbath: 40,000 Union Members Leave AFL-CIO Over Obamacare:

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka received some tough news on Labor Day: his union just lost 40,000 members over his support for Obamacare. The International Longshore and Warehouse Union officially decided to cut ties over the legislation, but it isn’t for the reasons you may think.

“It is with regret but resolve that we have come to the point where the International Longshore and Warehouse Union must cut formal ties with the AFL-CIO,” ILWU International President Robert McEllrath wrote in a letter to Trumka.

Colin Flaherty, WND: BLACK MOB MURDERS MAN IN SURPRISING PLACE:

Richard Daughenbaugh, a father of six and construction worker, did not know his killers, say police. But at 1 a.m., he found himself exchanging words with members of a mob that numbered in the dozens.

The Des Moines Register picks up the narrative with a sterile account that understates the violence and ignores the race of the attackers:

“The suspects allegedly beat Daughenbaugh using no weapons other than their own bodies while others in the group tried to stop anyone from helping, police said,” the paper reported. “A woman fishing nearby tried to step in and stop the assault and was struck, police said. Her companion was attacked as he jumped in to defend her. And when the woman tried to call 911, two women from the group allegedly grabbed her phone and threw it. She eventually retrieved it and called 911.”

Translation: Several people beat Daughenbaugh. Several people beat the fishermen who tried to help. And several people beat the witnesses who tried to dial 911. And lots of others watched and cheered.

Richard Daughenbaugh died soon after.

The Register picks it up again, quoting a police spokesman: “The phrase ‘mob mentality’ is probably accurate here. Once the assault began, acquaintances of the suspect jumped in.”

Feelgood story of the week:

Guns ‘n Freedom: Gun Control Rally Turns into Gun Rights Rally as Pro Gun Supporters Replace the Speaker:

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In Columbus, Ohio a few members of the Mayors Against Illegals Guns group tried to rally support for universal background checks.  But with dismal numbers they were soon drowned out by the numbers of pro gun supporters that showed up. “As a gun owner, I’m a responsible person and I think it’s responsible to ask to have all gun owners have a background check,” said Blanche Luczyk.  “It’s just common sense.  Any responsible person who is willing to take the ownership of a gun should be willing to have that background check.” Luczyk was one of a half dozen members of the group Mayors Against Illegal Guns who hosted the rally in the Arena District on Friday, according to 10tv.com.

Townhall: Bloodbath: 40,000 Union Members Leave AFL-CIO Over Obamacare:

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka received some tough news on Labor Day: his union just lost 40,000 members over his support for Obamacare. The International Longshore and Warehouse Union officially decided to cut ties over the legislation, but it isn’t for the reasons you may think.

“It is with regret but resolve that we have come to the point where the International Longshore and Warehouse Union must cut formal ties with the AFL-CIO,” ILWU International President Robert McEllrath wrote in a letter to Trumka.

IBD: Obama, Holder Stand In Louisiana Schoolhouse Door:

Pro-Choice: The Justice Department has asked a federal court to stop 34 school districts in Louisiana from handing out private-school vouchers so kids can escape failing public schools, just like the president’s daughters.

He didn’t say it on the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream Speech,” but President Obama, along with Attorney General Eric Holder, also has a dream — one of leaving every black child in the Pelican State behind, trapped in schools that cannot educate them.

Almost simultaneously with the president’s speech, Holder’s Department of Justice filed suit in federal court to stop Louisiana’s statewide voucher program.

Passed in 2012, the program guarantees a voucher to students from families with incomes below 250% of poverty and who attend schools graded “C” or below.

Liberals are all for choice when it comes to having children, but not when it comes to educating them. The irony of Obama’s speech is that he pretended to honor a man who fought to have black children attend schools they were barred from as his administration fought to keep them in schools they can’t escape from, a form of educational apartheid that’s both separate and unequal.

USA Today:  Radiation levels spike at Fukushima nuclear plant:

Radiation levels in a leak at Japan’s crippled Fukushima nuclear plant are 18 times higher than previously thought, the plant’s operators reported Sunday.

Radiation around the site is at 1,800 millisieverts per hour — strong enough to kill a person within four hours of exposure, the BBC reports. In addition, theTokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO) says it has discovered a leak on another pipe emitting radiation levels of 230 millisieverts an hour.

Upworthy: Who Doesn’t Like To Watch Half-Naked Girls Dancing? These Guys, After They See Why It’s Happening:

This problem is much bigger than Amsterdam. The number of humans affected by this is estimated to be in the millions, and these women wanted to make a statement about it to those who walk by them every day.

NYTs: Drug Agents Use Vast Phone Trove, Eclipsing N.S.A.’s:

The Hemisphere Project, a partnership between federal and local drug officials and AT&T that has not previously been reported, involves an extremely close association between the government and the telecommunications giant.

The government pays AT&T to place its employees in drug-fighting units around the country. Those employees sit alongside Drug Enforcement Administration agents and local detectives and supply them with the phone data from as far back as 1987.

The project comes to light at a time of vigorous public debate over the proper limits on government surveillance and on the relationship between government agencies and communications companies. It offers the most significant look to date at the use of such large-scale data for law enforcement, rather than for national security.

The scale and longevity of the data storage appears to be unmatched by other government programs, including the N.S.A.’s gathering of phone call logs under the Patriot Act. The N.S.A. stores the data for nearly all calls in the United States, including phone numbers and time and duration of calls, for five years.

A sad sign of the times: 

Weasel Zippers: Oregon: Christian Bakers Who Refused Cake Order For Gay Wedding Forced To Close Shop After Libs Harass And Threaten Them…

Via Washington Times:

A husband-and-wife bakery shop team in Oregon were forced to close their shop doors and move to cheaper digs — their home — after gay-rights activists hounded them and drove away contract business because they refused for Christian reasons to bake for a same-sex wedding.

Aaron and Melissa Klein own and operate Sweet Cakes by Melissa. In the past few months, they’ve faced heated scrutiny — some in the form of physical threats — from those in the gay-rights crowd who decried their May refusal to bake for a lesbian couple who wanted to marry.

Gateway Pundit: ICE Union Head Wants Congressional Investigations Into Obama’s ICE Policies—Obama Acts “Like A Dictator”, “Overstepping His Authority” 

Representative Louie Gohmert substituted for Hannity on last Friday’s radio show (Aug. 30, 2013). In the second hour, there was a discussion with ICE Council President Chris Crane on Obama’s inability to do the job that is constitutionally authorized to the Executive branch—securing the sovereignty of this nation by securing U.S. borders.

Chris Crane has been troubled by Obama’s actions that resemble a dictator—ignoring constitutional law while making his own laws through policy. Chris Crane is not alone—many Americans share the same concerns and wonder what it will take for Congress to act.

AoSHQ: Texas Man Beats His 5-Year-Old Daughter’s Rapist to Death with Bare Fists; Texas Grand Jury Declines to Indict Him, Awards Him Some Medals, Gives Him a Car and Bag of Golf Clubs and a Porcelain Dalmation:

Well actually they just acquitted him but if the law permitted for Exciting Prizes they might have done that too.

The Texas Grand Jury relied upon an nineteenth century provision of common law, which states (and here I translate from the original Texan), He Got What He Got Because He Needed To Get It.

George Zimmerman, Hero (Video)

After being acquitted of murder, George Zimmerman was probably asking himself, ‘now that I have my life back, how do I get my reputation back?’ A week later, an opportunity arose, and the famed neighborhood watchman leaped into action.

On Wednesday, July 17 at about 5:45 PM  Sanford Police responded to a single car accident in the area of I- 4 and State Road 46 in Sanford. A blue Ford Explorer SUV  traveled off the road and rolled over. There were four occupants inside the vehicle, two parents and two children.

The deputy reported, when he arrived on the scene that one of the two men there was George Zimmerman. According to Sanford Police Zimmerman had a fire extinguisher and helped assist the family to get them out of the vehicle.

Kerry Picket of Breitbart News reports that according to an eyewitness, people on the scene  recognized Zimmerman and thanked him for his help before he left.

The left’s attempt to demonize Zimmerman just took a major hit, folks.

(His favorability rating was already higher than Al Sharpton’s.)

John Hayward wrote at the Conversation, that Obama had delivered the  Zimmerman Coda with his “Trayvon speech”, last week, signaling to his “media bots” to focus now on Stand Your Ground laws.

But Obama’s attempt to wrangle political leverage out of the Zimmerman verdict is falling flat:  There’s No Appetite For Repealing Stand Your Ground Laws.

This latest news about George Zimmerman, I think is the “Zimmerman Coda.”

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