UPDATE: Good News: Hours after Judicial Watch posted this story, the government cancelled the Request For Proposal (RFP). It looks like they were trying to pull a fast one, but got caught.
It’s almost as if Monday’s Federal Court injunction to stop Obama’s Executive Amnesty didn’t happen.
According to a Judicial Watchsource, DHS is rushing to award contracts to 200 – 600 companies to process illegal immigrants as soon as possible.
Though a federal court has blocked President Obama’s amnesty order the administration continues working behind the scenes to quickly award multi-million-dollar contracts to firms that can expeditiously process millions of illegal immigrants, a government source has alerted Judicial Watch.
The complex deal is being rushed through at a “full-throttle pace” extremely rare for such a huge venture that’s sure to radically change the current system, according to JW’s source, who has worked for decades as a contract expert at the highest levels of government. The Request For Proposal (RFP) was recently posted in the government’s official database for federal procurement opportunities and comes from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) agency charged with processing visa and naturalization petitions, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).
The RFP estimates that the population of potential requesters for the president’s deferred action will be “approximately four million people” and that USCIS anticipates the initial filing of “approximately five to six million forms” related to the amnesty order which also covers the illegal immigrant parents of U.S. citizens and lawful residents. The work is to begin in mid-March, the document reveals, and the contractor will operate out of a new center in Arlington, Virginia because there is no current facility with available space or staff to accommodate the “additional volume of work.” The center will be dedicated to processing deferred action for illegal immigrant parents of citizens, employment authorization and correspondence management.
A small reminder that Obama couldn’t get away with his authoritarian plays on immigration and health care if his party wasn’t backing him up. Turns out, in fact, that they’re willing to go even further than he is. Obama tends to limit himself to summarily rewriting federal statutes, like immigration laws and ObamaCare’s employer mandate. Democrats wonder: Why not rewrite some federal court rulings too?
Something to bear in mind as we wait for SCOTUS’s decision on ObamaCare subsidies in the Halbig case and the Fifth Circuit’s decision on that injunction blocking O’s executive amnesty. He’s already entered the YOPO phase of his presidency. Why not make his base happy by ignoring any adverse rulings and instigating a full-blown constitutional crisis?
While the president was on the left coast enjoying a weekend of golf and fundraising, ISIS (*Daesh) released another gruesome video on Sunday that graphically shows the beheadings of 21 Egyptian Christians in Libya. President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, after meeting with the country’s top military commanders, vowed that his country would respond to the deaths and called for a seven day mourning period.
Speaking on national television hours after the release of the video, Sisi said Cairo would choose the “necessary means and timing to avenge the criminal killings”.
Egypt’s state news agency MENA quoted the spokesman for the Coptic Church as confirming that 21 Egyptian Christians believed to be held by Islamic State were dead.
The footage showing the deaths of the Egyptians appeared on the Twitter feed of a website that supports Islamic State, which has seized parts of Iraq and Syria and has also beheaded Western hostages.
In the video, militants in black marched the captives, dressed in orange jump suits, to a beach the group said was near Tripoli. They were forced down onto their knees, then beheaded.
In the video, the terrorists also vowed to expand the Islamic caliphate to “conquer Rome” — perhaps a reference to the fact that ISIS/Daesh is now less than 500 miles from the southern tip of Italy.
Via Walid Showbat: “Even under the blade, some were making their last prayers and as the blade came to their neck they all cried in unison “Ya Rabbi Yasou’” (O My Lord Jesus) the caption by ISIS stated “these insisted to remain in unbelief”. In other words, they were given the option to convert or die and everyone of them refused, even unto death.”
A caption on the five-minute video read: “The people of the cross, followers of the hostile Egyptian church.”
One of the ISIS/Daesh mutants stood with a knife in his hand using language our president would appreciate: “Safety for you crusaders is something you can only wish for.”
It was only a week-and-a-half ago that Obama was telling Christians to not get on their “high horse” about ISIS/Daesh terrorism because “during the Crusades and the Inquisition, people committed terrible deeds in the name of Christ.” Detractors accused the president of advancing the terrorists’ own talking points by invoking the Crusades – if you can believe that.
Speaking of “crusaders,” US Army Veterans, and other Westerners have been flowing into the Middle East by the thousands to help Christians (and Kurds) fight the the terrorist scourge.
Saint Michael, the archangel of battle, is tattooed across the back of a U.S. army veteran who recently returned to Iraq and joined a Christian militia fighting Islamic State in what he sees as a biblical war between good and evil.
Brett, 28, carries the same thumb-worn pocket Bible he did whilst deployed to Iraq in 2006 – a picture of the Virgin Mary tucked inside its pages and his favourite verses highlighted.
“It’s very different,” he said, asked how the experiences compared. “Here I’m fighting for a people and for a faith, and the enemy is much bigger and more brutal.”
Thousands of foreigners have flocked to Iraq and Syria in the past two years, mostly to join Islamic State, but a handful of idealistic Westerners are enlisting as well, citing frustration their governments are not doing more to combat the ultra-radical Islamists or prevent the suffering of innocents.
The militia they joined is called Dwekh Nawsha – meaning self-sacrifice in the ancient Aramaic language spoken by Christ and still used by Assyrian Christians, who consider themselves the indigenous people of Iraq.
A map on the wall in the office of the Assyrian political party affiliated with Dwekh Nawsha marks the Christian towns in northern Iraq, fanning out around the city of Mosul.
The majority are now under control of Islamic State, which overran Mosul last summer and issued am ultimatum to Christians: pay a tax, convert to Islam, or die by the sword. Most fled.
Dwekh Nawsha operates alongside Kurdish peshmerga forces to protect Christian villages on the frontline in Nineveh province.
Via Walid Shoebat, Mustafa Bakri a TV commentator struggled to hold back tears as he announced the news of the beheadings, cutting the segment short.
“Just now they announced the butchering of 21 Egyptians comes to us now. I have seen their family and have seen their pitiful condition and how they live in such poverty … young men, like roses” says Bakri asking for an intermission after he realized he could not hold his tears.
Disturbing photos of cages filled with little children in orange jump suits are making the rounds.
Shoebatreports that ISIS is using the images to propagandize against the coalition bombings.
Translating from the original article, it states:
“Activists on social media on a Sunday morning had a number of children crammed inside a cage as a symbolic gesture with fire approaching them as a snapshot aiming to draw attention to the disastrous situation to remind the world about the blood and carnage and fires caused by bombs and rockets from the [coalition] bombing. Children were dressing in orange, which is the same cloak that the Jordanian pilot captive “Muaz Kasasbeh” wore when he was killed by ISIS when he was burned to death. Children were filming this scene in a place where the regime made a massacre which claimed the lives of about 50 people …”
It is the oldest trick of the devil. He tells his subjects to murder. But when retaliation comes and as a result folks are killed, he accuses the other side of murder.
Liberals fall for it every time.
Meanwhile, Obama has been in Palm Springs for a fun weekend getaway with “the boys.” It has, after all, been at least six weeks since the man has had a vacation. He is overdue. And so are Michelle and the girls, who are in Aspen for their annual ski vacation.
He played Saturday at the Sunnylands retreat in Rancho Mirage, where he has visited now four times since 2013. At your expense.
Obama golfed with three old friends – Bobby Titcomb and Greg Orme, who flew in from Hawaii, and Marty Nesbitt, who is from Chicago. Given the amount of time he spent on the links, it looks like he might have racked up 27 holes or so circling the nine-hole course. It was his third time golfing this year and the 216th of his presidency.
As he has before, Obama is staying at the home of his interior decorator, Michael Smith, and Smith’s partner, James Costos, who is the U.S. Ambassador to Spain.
Elite British forces in the SAS have been told not to allow the Islamic State to take them alive, according to the Daily Star. Special Forces have been ordered to “fight to the last man” with commanders telling them “save the last bullet for yourselves”.
The SAS have been operating in ISIS-controlled territory for some time, but the new rules were issued after the brutal murder of a Jordanian pilot. Lieutenant Muath al-Kasaesbeh was burned alive earlier this month, after his plane was downed.
A source said: “The SAS have been told that if they are captured they can expect to be tortured before being beheaded, disembowelled or burned alive. They know there is virtually no chance of being rescued.
*I’m transitioning from ISIS to Daesh.It’s the least common name for the mutants, but it’s one they hate the most – so I’m using it.
A new revelation about Obama’s executive amnesty has all of Washington wearing their “shock faces.” A giant loophole that no one could have ever foreseen, will allow illegals to vote in American elections.
President Obama’s temporary deportation amnesty will make it easier for illegal immigrants to improperly register and vote in elections, state elections officials testified to Congress on Thursday, saying that the driver’s licenses and Social Security numbers they will be granted create a major voting loophole.
While stressing that it remains illegal for noncitizens to vote, secretaries of state from Ohio and Kansas said they won’t have the tools to sniff out illegal immigrants who register anyway, ignoring stiff penalties to fill out the registration forms that are easily available at shopping malls, motor vehicle bureaus and in curbside registration drives.
Anyone registering to vote attests that he or she is a citizen, but Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted said mass registration drives often aren’t able to give due attention to that part, and so illegal immigrants will still get through.
Kansas Secretary of State Kris W. Kobach said even some motor vehicle bureau workers automatically ask customers if they want to register to vote, which some noncitizens in the past have cited as their reason for breaking the law to register.
“It’s a guarantee it will happen,” Mr. Kobach said.
Here is Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) questioning of Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted about voter fraud, yesterday:
In a House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform joint subcommittee hearing, Rep. Jim Jordan, OH-04, questions Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted about voter fraud, and how President Obama’s executive actions on immigration could further undermine voting integrity.
During a House Oversight Committee hearing Thursday, Secretaries of State Kris Kobach from Kansas and Jon Husted of Ohio warned that a loophole in President Obama’s executive action on illegal immigration could lead to millions of non-citizens obtaining the ability to vote in U.S. elections.
“I want to bring to your attention my concern that the President’s recent Immigration Accountability Executive Actions will make it more difficult for elections officials to determine if all voters meet the primary standard for voting – U.S. citizenship. I am not here to debate immigration policy or the President’s executive actions. However, I am here to emphatically say that we cannot follow both the federal law and the executive action and ensure the integrity of the elections process without further assistance from Congress and the Obama administration,” Husted said in prepared testimony. “For an estimated four to five million non-citizens, the President’s executive actions provide access to Social Security numbers and driver’s licenses. These are the same documents that federal law requires the states to recognize as valid forms of identification for voter registration. Under federal law, anyone with a valid Social Security number or driver’s license number can register to vote, provided they attest that they are a U.S. citizen. However, there is no way for us to validate this citizenship statement, since under the executive actions previously undocumented non-citizens will have access to the same documents as U.S. citizens. The issue becomes especially complicated in states like Ohio where millions of dollars are spent on third – party voter registration drives where no election official would be present to make clear the eligibility requirements for voting.”
Here’s Immigration hawk Senator Jeff Sessions fighting his own Republican colleagues on the Senate floor earlier this week.
*It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a progressive in good standing must denounce Christianity in the wake of every terror attack – no matter how vicious.
It should surprise no one that Barack Hussein Obama – a leftist’s leftist – would engage in this repellent ritual. That he would choose the National Prayer Breakfast as the venue for this decrepit moral equivalence – is only icing on the cake.
In the same week that Islamic Jihadists burned a Jordanian pilot alive in a cage, and then broadcast the atrocity on a big screen in their stronghold in Syria, Obama felt the need to point out that such atrocities carried out in the name of faith are “not unique to one group or one religion.” He felt compelled to put Christianity, which spread through peaceful evangelization – in the same league as Islam, which has only spread through compulsion and terror from its onset.
How dare he.
This “leader” is telegraphing to the entire world that he has no intention of stopping the genocidal carnage that is being perpetrated throughout the world in the name of Islam.
Instead, Obama – the Narcissist-in-Chief – called on Americans to “start with some…humility.”
He lectured us to “not be so full of yourself and so confident that you are right” and that “somehow we alone are in possession of the truth.”
Here’s the sad truth: For the next two years, we can look forward to watching Christians, Yazidis, Kurds and other religious minorities in the Middle East and North Africa get slaughtered in unimaginably horrific ways with very little pushback from the United States Military. Our “humility” will prevent us from butting in, I suppose.
Keep this in mind the next time an atrocity happens in the name of Islam, and Obama reacts in an emotionless monotone and then trots off to the golf course. Understand that this president is only upset to the degree that he has been inconvenienced by it.
This Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces believes that we are no better than they are.
Of course, there were other parts of his speech to despise, too.
Obama isn’t just any other citizen. He is the president of the United States, with vast law enforcement resources at his disposal, and his attacks on the speech of others, however offensive the speech is, can have a chilling effect on the right of free expression.
The remarks castigating those who attack Islam also are an indirect criticism of cartoonists at the French magazine Charlie Hebdo, who drew caricatures of Mohammed and were killed for it.
Wait, what? He said, “our religion”? Back in 2008, when he referred to “my Muslim faith,” it was dismissed as a slip of the tongue. But now, if this AP report is accurate in quoting him, this is two “slips of the tongue” in the same direction — along with six years of foreign and domestic policies that aid and enable the advance of jihad and Islamic supremacism.
Of course, what Obama is really doing here is not saying that he is a Muslim, but making a moral equivalence claim that all religions are equally capable of inciting their adherents to violence. That is a dogma that is nearly universally held these days, and is designed to stymie resistance to jihad and Islamic supremacism.
…it’s worth remembering that the Crusades arose in the late Eleventh Century only after four centuries of relentless Islamic efforts to conquer Europe, and the Christians of the Crusading era cannot be evaluated without that crucial context.
You probably didn’t think it was possible to be anymore disgusted and outraged at our corrupt and depraved government than you already are.
But I’m here to disabuse you of that notion because new information coming out of the latest Regime document dumps coupled the knowledge that the GOP is likely going to sit on their hands for the next couple of years rather than do anything about the lawlessness – should do the trick.
Said DOJ flack Matthew Miller to Holder in an email on October 3, 2011:
2. Find a way for you to get in front of a reporter or two about this. You don’t want to call a press conference on this because it will blow things out perspective, but if you have any events in the next few days (preferably tomorrow), you could find a way to take two or three questions on it afterwards. Or if that’s not easily doable, you could find a way to “run into” a couple of reporters on your way to something. Maybe Pete Williams, Carrie, Pete Yost — that
part can be managed. Most important is that you’re in front of a camera in a relaxed manner giving a response you have rehearsed…It would be ideal if those two things happened in the same day so you didn’t have two news cycles of responding — you want to do it all at once. There may be things you need to do to go on offense as well, but I think most important right now is that you answer the charge about covering this up. Then you can move to offense.
[Note: Pete Yost of AP wrote article on Bush-era gunwalking case that seemed to so impress Holder, he wrote ” WOW!” p. 539 AP presented the story as if it were “new” although I had published on the case, Wide Receiver, months earlier, with an exclusive interview with a confidential informant from the case.]
The more I think about the offense versus defense part, I do think you should go on offense, too. After explaining what happened, you could go back at them by saying something like: “But let’s be clear what this is all about. I’ve ordered an investigation into what happened. But there are people on the Hill who don’t care about what really happened. For them this has become about scoring political points and weakening an agency charged with cracking down on gun violence. There are a lot of powerful lobbyists and their allies on the hill who have wanted to cripple the ATF for a long time, and they’re using this as an opportunity to do so. I’m not going to let them. Its clear the ATF made mistakes here. We’ve cleaned house, and we’re going to fix the agency, but we’re not going to allow it to be put out of business by people carrying water for the gun lobby.” This part has to be really carefully crafted of and delivered, but I think it could be effective as a one-two punch. (One, explain what happened with your testimony; two, punch back.)
The IRS has already turned over thousands of Lerner emails to congressional investigators but has said the remainder are gone forever because Lerner’s hard-drive crashed in 2011. And in June, agency Commissioner John Koskinen told Congress that back-up tapes containing the missing emails have been destroyed.
“The IRS has continually dragged its feet, changed its story, and been less than forthcoming with information related to its egregious violation of Americans’ First Amendment rights,” said Ohio GOP Rep. Jim Jordan, a member of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, which has spearheaded congressional probes on the issue.
“These e-mails are long overdue, and underscore again why we need a special prosecutor to conduct an unhindered investigation. Hopefully these e-mails will help us get to the truth,” he continued.
Frederick Hill, a spokesman for Republicans on the Oversight committee, says that “it could take weeks to learn their content because they are encoded.”
President Obama has opened a new front in his hard line against the incoming Republican Congress by releasing more detainees from Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, against lawmakers’ objections.
The Pentagon announced Thursday that four al Qaeda fighters from Yemen, including a senior figure who facilitated travel to Afghanistan for Arab extremists, and a Tunisian extremist would be transferred to Slovakia and Georgia.
The transfers leave 143 detainees at Guantanamo, which Obama has vowed to close. Republican lawmakers, who have been pressing the administration to stop releasing detainees amid reports that some former prisoners had joined the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, were furious.
The Administration had set 7 million as its goal. It was very important, politically, that they be able to claim that had met it.
Alas, only 6.97 million people signed up for Obamacare.
So you know what time it is.
It’s time for an Obama “mistake” that just coincidentally enough happens to aid him politically — the Administration made a whoopsie-daisy and “accidentally” included almost 400,000 dental plan sign-ups in the health care figures, thus meeting its 7 million sign-up goals.
WASHINGTON (AP) – President Barack Obama’s moves on immigration would expand the labor force and increase worker productivity, according to a White House report Friday that estimates average wages would rise over a 10-year period.
The president’s critics and even some labor allies dispute that claim.
About that House Intel panel report that has liberals so amped up because it supposedly exonerates the Regime of any wrong-doing in the Bengazi scandal. (yes, it’s still a scandal – why do you think Intel Chairman is retiring so abruptly at the tender age of 51?)
Those of you familiar with the Benghazi Brief will note the alignment and expectation of the Rogers/Ruppersberger report. Their report is exactly as we anticipated it would be.
With a House Select Committee (Trey Gowdy) already in place, you might rightly ask yourself why did Mike Rogers and Dutch Ruppersberger even produce a report? As you read their House Intelligence Panel Report on Benghazi it is important to note a few key aspects:
• This is not a House Intelligence “Committee” report on Benghazi. This is only two committee members writing a report based on prior information.
• Both Rogers and Ruppersberger would have been briefed on the CIA operations in Benghazi during 2011/2012 as the covert operation began.
• President Obama signed a finding memo in 2011 permitting Operation Zero Footprint to begin. The congressional “gang of eight” held oversight responsibilities.
• Rogers, Ruppersberger along with Nancy Pelosi, John Boehner, Harry Reid, Mitch McConnell, Saxby Chambliss and Diane Feinstein would have been notified of the presidential authorization. In 2011 they were the congressionalGang of Eight. Their lack of oversight reflected a willful blindness to the operation.
The Rogers/Ruppersberger Report is specifically designed, by wording, to provide political cover to both parties – Republicans and Democrats within the Gang of Eight particularly included, and protected.
Saturday on C-SPAN’s Book TV, CIA Benghazi annex security team members Kris Paronto and Mark Geist answered questions about a report released Friday by the House Intelligence Committee on the 9/11 attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi in 2012. The two former CIA contractors pushed back forcefully against parts of the the committee’s conclusions about the night that Ambassador Chris Stevens, U.S. Foreign Service Information Management Officer Sean Smith, and CIA contractors Tyrone Woods and Glen Doherty were killed in Benghazi.
Fifty years after President Johnson started a $20 trillion taxpayer-funded war on poverty, the overall percentage of impoverished people in the U.S. has declined only slightly and the poor have lost ground under President Obama.
Aides said Mr. Obama doesn’t plan to commemorate the anniversary Wednesday of Johnson’s speech in 1964, which gave rise to Medicaid, Head Start and a broad range of other federal anti-poverty programs. The president’s only public event Tuesday was a plea for Congress to approve extended benefits for the long-term unemployed, another reminder of the persistent economic troubles during Mr. Obama’s five years in office.
“What I think the American people are really looking for in 2014 is just a little bit of stability,” Mr. Obama said.
Although the president often rails against income inequality in America, his policies have had little impact overall on poverty. A record 47 million Americans receive food stamps, about 13 million more than when he took office.
The poverty rate has stood at 15 percent for three consecutive years, the first time that has happened since the mid-1960s. The poverty rate in 1965 was 17.3 percent; it was 12.5 percent in 2007, before the Great Recession.
About 50 million Americans live below the poverty line, which the federal government defined in 2012 as an annual income of $23,492 for a family of four.
A leading pro-abortion and gay rights activist who visited the White House numerous times has been charged with sexually abusing a 15-year-old boy.
Terrance P. Bean, 66, is a major Democratic donor and helped found the Human Rights Campaign and the Gay and Lesbian Victory Fund.
According to The Oregonian, Bean was arrested at his Portland home on Wednesday and charged with two counts of third-degree sodomy and one count of third-degree sex abuse for an incident involving the underage male that occurred in 2013 in Eugene, Oregon.
Media savvy CNN political commentator and former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich latched on to the example of Jonathan Gruber to point out the dishonesty of Obama’s amnesty speech, last night.
Likening the speech to statements made by the now toxic “ObamaCare architect”, Gringrich charged that those in the “elite” class “really underestimate” the disdain Americans have for unprotected borders. He called it “a Gruber speech” in which the president was “simple not telling the truth.”
Gingrich also blasted the president for going against the incoming Congress after the country had “repudiated his policies in the election” a few weeks ago.