As Libya Implodes, “Smart Diplomacy” Becoming a Punch Line
Walter Russell Mead
The United States is pulling embassy staff out of Tripoli, and has issued a travel advisory that nicely outlines what a nightmare Libya has become. If Obama were a Republican, the press coverage of this stinking corpse of a policy flub would be quite different. The reckless and thoughtless Libya intervention just keeps looking worse.
Barack Obama Has Already Checked Out of His Job
Matt K. Lewis
President Obama has emotionally checked out of his job a couple of years early, it seems. How can one tell? Candidates for president who brazenly assume they are the inevitable victor are sometimes accused of “measuring the drapes” for the White House. Obama, conversely, seems to be prematurely packing his bags in hopes for an early departure.
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Week ending 27 July 2014
|Report: Israeli Officials ‘Horrified’ at Kerry Ceasefire Proposal,
‘Complete Cave-In’ to Hamas
Fearing an open breach in US-Israel relations, Channel 2 [TV] reported that Israel’s outraged ministers decided to leak the terms of the Kerry proposal rather than formally respond to them. Israeli officials were enraged not just about the totally unexpected terms contained in the Kerry proposal but deeply offended by what they thought were the underhanded tactics he used to push it.
|Many question Kerry's grasp of Gaza situation|
|FEC Chairman Warns of Chilling Regulations,
Book Ban On Conservative Publishers
"By failing to affirm this publisher's constitutional right, statutory right, to disseminate a political book free from FEC conditions and regulations, we have effectively asserted regulatory jurisdiction over a book publisher," warned Chairman Goodman... "That failure reveals a festering legal uncertainty and chill for the free press rights of books and book publishers to publish and disseminate political books free from government regulation," he added.
|Liberals Hate Civil Rights –|
Especially When Conservatives Exercise Them
Liberals never met a civil right they didn't dislike. As with everything about liberal ideology, liberals' great concern for civil rights is a scam, a lie, a fraud designed to sucker in the weak-minded and disguise their goosesteppy inclinations... Sure, liberals pose as advocates of civil liberties, but only when they don't have the power to squash them.
|Mark Levin Sues EPA for Destroying Emails on Regulation Delays|
The Landmark Legal Foundation asked federal District Judge Royce Lamberth to sanction the EPA for the destruction of emails and text messages concerning the delay of large new environmental regulations until after the 2012 election. As reported by the Washington Post, the Obama administration delayed many potentially unpopular regulations until after the contentious 2012 presidential election.
|Hamas’ Evil Lurks Beneath the Surface
The discovery of Hamas’ vast tunnel system, which would have allowed thousands of terrorists to cross under the border and emerge inside the Jewish state to carry out surprise attacks, was a wake-up call that is certain to lead to a harder national line against the Palestinians.
World Leaders Lambast Obama’s
‘Failures’ in the Middle East
[E]very Muslim nation the U.S. has interfered in – whether to promote “democracy,” as in the much ballyhooed “Arab Spring,” or to defeat “terrorism” and/or eliminate “WMD” – has seen the empowerment of Islamists, followed by chaos, conflict, and constant atrocities.
Israel Surprised by Number, Sophistication of Gaza Tunnels
“An IDF force uncovered a terror access shaft in Gaza in which were weapons, maps and IDF uniforms, all intended for the execution of terror attacks against Israel,” said an IDF statement. “In addition, an IDF force attacked several militants emerging from a tunnel opening in the southern Gaza Strip. Since the beginning of the ground operation more than 60 access shafts leading to some 28 tunnels have been uncovered.”
|Call from Iraqi Christians: “Obama, Obama, Where are You?”
Iraqi Christians held demonstrations in a number of cities on Saturday, including Washington, Paris, The Hague, Cologne, and London, in order to bring attention to the current assault on Christians by the Islamic State (IS)-- formerly the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) jihadists. One week ago, Christians were forced out of Mosul, Iraq’s second largest city, and many Christian monasteries, shrines and churches have since been destroyed.
|Islamic State Beheads Up To 50 Syrian Soldiers,
Displays Severed Heads On Poles
Islamist militants have reportedly beheaded dozens of soldiers at a Syrian army base and mounted their heads on poles. Extremists from the group Islamic State, previously known as ISIS, seized the base in the northern province of Raqqa, leaving more than 85 soldiers dead and 200 more unaccounted for.
|Shock Report – Rick Perry: Illegals Behind
3,000 Homicides & 8,000 Sexual Assaults in TX Since '08
Texas Governor Rick Perry went on Hannity tonight to discuss the illegal immigrant crisis at the US southern border. Perry shared these shocking numbers on the current crisis. "Sean, there have been over the course of the last five years, since the fall of '08, over 203,000 individuals who have come into Texas illegally who have been booked into our county jails. Those individuals have accounted for over 3,000 homicides and over 8,000 sexual assaults.
The Brutal Obama Policy Thatīs Really Driving the Border Crisis
A pernicious, little-known Obama administration policy – one that that incentivizes adult illegal immigrants to use children as human shields to escape arrest and deportation at the border – largely has escaped the media's notice… In practice, what that means on the border – and in the interior – is that if you have a child with you, any child, you won't be sent home.
|The Armpit of Academia
Professor Breanne Fahs is a revolutionary. She teaches Women's and Gender Studies at Arizona State University. Recently, she decided to give extra credit to her female students for "defying social norms" by refusing to shave their armpits… It's another feminist intellectual breakthrough. Higher education will never be the same.
|FOIA Requests Show Over 500 Grievous Injuries or Deaths at|
VA Hospitals in 2013
Data obtained ... shows 575 "institutional disclosures of adverse events" – the bureaucratic phrase for reporting a serious mistake – at VA hospitals in fiscal year 2013. "Like other hospital systems, VA isn't immune from human error – even fatal human error," Rep. Jeff Miller (R., Fla.) said. "But what the department does seem to be immune from is meaningful accountability.
Obama Administration Was Warned About VA Scheduling Issues
After 2008 Election
Acting Veteran Affairs Secretary Sloan Gibson assured Congress last week that the VA is working hard to replace its "antiquated" scheduling system, but the Obama administration first received clear notice more than five years ago about the need for an overhaul to reduce patient wait times. The Washington Times obtained the  report through the Freedom of Information Act.
| SHOCK: Jewish students shown
‘photos of ovens and told to get in’
by classmates in Chicago
A school principal has been reassigned after a series of shocking bullying incidents that targeted Jewish students. DNAinfo Chicago reports Ogden International School of Chicago principal Joshua VanderJagt asked to be reassigned because “challenges” arose after two students – one 14 years old and one 8 years old – suffered repeated threats by classmates.
|Lawmaker Pushes for D’Souza’s America to Show In Schools,
Like Gore’s An Inconvenient Truth’
Republican state Sen. Alan Hays said he plans to introduce legislation that would mandate the docudrama be shown in Florida high schools and middle schools, allowing students to opt out if parents sign a waiver. “I saw the movie and walked out of the theater and said, ‘Wow, our students need to see this,’” Hays told The Reporter.
|California Wakeup Call: Omnitracs Moving Headquarters,
450 Jobs, to Downtown Dallas
Fleet management software company Omnitracs LLC will relocate its headquarters to Dallas from San Diego, creating 450 jobs and $10 million in capital investment, Gov. Rick Perry's office announced Friday. Omnitracs is the latest in a wave of California relocations to North Texas announced this spring and summer.
|Unions Weep: After Becoming RTW State,
Michigan Incomes Rise
Hey, do you remember when Michigan shocked the nation and became a right to work state in 2012? That was supposed to usher in the end of the world, at least in the view of union leaders and their Democrat water carriers. As Thomas Lifson reminds us at The American Thinker, the predictions were nigh on to apocalyptic.
|CDC Study Shatters LGBT Mythology
Far Fewer Numbers Than Activists Claim
Less than 3 percent of the U.S. population identify themselves as gay, lesbian or bisexual, the CDC reported Tuesday in the first large-scale government survey measuring Americans' sexual orientation. The [survey], which is the government's premier tool for annually assessing Americans' health and behaviors, found that 1.6 percent of adults self-identify as gay or lesbian, and 0.7 percent consider themselves bisexual.
|Federal Appeals Court Panel Deals Major Blow To Health Law
A federal appeals court panel in the District struck down a major part of the 2010 health-care law Tuesday, ruling that the tax subsidies that are central to the program may not be provided in at least half of the states. The ruling, if upheld, could potentially be more damaging to the law than last month's Supreme Court decision on contraceptives.
King Barack Rewrites Obamacare… Again
His 24th Unilateral Change to PPACA.
Obamacare's supporters have long insisted that it is the "law of the land," implicitly suggesting that it is immutable and permanent. Evidently, it hasn't occurred to these people to mention that to their dear leader. His Majesty, Barack I, obviously thinks of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act as a collection of royal decrees, any one of which may be altered at his pleasure.
Obamacare Architect Jonathan Gruber Emphasized in 2012
That Subsidies Were Limited to State-Run Exchanges
Earlier this week, a three-judge panel in the D.C. Circuit Court ruled that, contrary to the Obama administration's implementation and an Internal Revenue Service rule, Obamacare's subsidies for private health insurance were limited to state-run health exchanges. The reasoning for this ruling was simple: That's what the law says.
Democrats Still Haven’t Learned Obamacare Lesson
David Nather and Jennifer Haberkorn
Memo to Democrats: This is what happens when you pass a law where you can't fix simple drafting errors. Within hours of each other, two federal courts reached exactly opposite conclusions Tuesday about whether the vague wording of Obamacare allows people to get subsidies through the federal health insurance exchange.
GAO Launched an Obamacare Sting Operation and Found
Almost All Fake Insurance Applications Were Approved
An undercover operation found that the majority of fake Obamacare applications submitted were approved by the health law's enrollment system. Fake applicants were able to get subsidized insurance coverage in 11 of 18 attempts, according to a report from the nonpartisan Government Accountability Office. The agency conducted the sting operation to test the strength of the Affordable Care Act's eligibility-verification system.
|Another Carbon Tax Domino Falls as South Korea
Goes Cold on Emissions Trading Scheme
In a sign that rejection of climate alarm is gathering momentum, South Korea has thrown doubt on its carbon plans. Significantly, the announcement was made the day after Australia abolished the carbon tax.
| Feds Cracking Down on School Bake Sales
States Maneuvering to Bypass Standards
Barely a month after federal regulations for school cafeterias kicked in, states are already pushing back. Specifically, they're fighting nutrition standards that would considerably alter one of the most sacred rituals of the American public school system: bake sales.
|Britain Will Leave the EU Unless Brussels Gives Us Major Concessions,
Warns New Foreign Secretary
Britain will vote to leave Europe unless Brussels hands David Cameron major concessions, the Foreign Secretary warned yesterday. Philip Hammond said it was 'pretty clear' that voters will reject EU membership in a planned referendum in 2017 without changes being made.
Week ending 20 July 2014
|Lie at Heart of
"Immigration Reform" Exposed
"Trust" is for Con Men: The reaction to the border chaos in Texas has accomplished one thing: It has exploded the lie at the heart of current "comprehensive" immigration reform plans. The basic structure of those plans is a swap of a) near-immediate legalization for b) increased border security in the future.
|Get Ready for the New
England Power Shortage;
Democrats Fail to Learn from Calif. History
In 1980, under the first administration of Governor Jerry Brown, California decided it wasn't going to build any more power plants but would follow Amory Lovins' "soft path," opting instead for conservation and renewable energy. By 2000, with the new digital economy sucking up electricity, a drought in the Pacific Northwest cut hydropower output and the state found itself facing the Great California Electrical Shortage.
|Canada's Stephen Harper Accuses
Hamas of Using Human Shields, Urges World Leaders to Side with Israel
Terrorists are deliberately placing people in the path of an Israeli offensive aimed at stopping rocket attacks from Gaza, says Prime Minister Stephen Harper. "The indiscriminate rocket attacks from Gaza on Israel are terrorist acts, for which there is no justification," Harper said in a statement issued Sunday.
|Harper firm, Obama limp|
|Hamas Terrorists Use Ambulances as
Mobile 'Bomb Shelters'
Hamas is an expert at embedding itself in the midst of the Palestinian civilian population and using it as human shields, to seek immunity from the army. In recent days, IDF sources reported spotting Hamas gunmen boarding ambulances in Gaza filled with children.
|Obamacare Misses Its Target on the
Uninsured by Half
Jeffrey H. Anderson
In March 2010, Obamacare was about to be voted upon by the House of Representatives, and the Democrats were in the process of deciding whether to ignore public opinion at their peril. At that time, the CBO projected that Obamacare would cost $938 billion over a decade and would reduce the number of uninsured people by 19 million as of 2014 (1 million prior to 2014 and 18 million in 2014 alone).
53,000 New Yorkers Dropped from Health Insurance
Did 53,000 New Yorkers just become the latest in a long line of Obamacare victims? BlueCross BlueShield of Western New York has announced that they will be withdrawing from the Medicaid managed care program, meaning 53,000 Medicaid recipients will be forced to look for new insurance plans.
In Another Executive Rewrite the Administration Just Took
Obamacare Away from the U.S. Territories
The ACA's design dealt a pretty big problem to the territories. It required insurers there to comply with the law's major market reforms ... without requiring residents to get coverage or providing subsidies to help them afford coverage. The territories... have been warning for years that would destroy their insurance markets.
|Former Border Patrol Deputy Chief:
'All of the Good That Was Done after 9/11 Up to Now Has Been Reversed
Ronald Colburn, who spent more than 30 years working for U.S. Customs and Border Protection, says the resulting national-security risk has to do with the "clutter" of people at the border. He says all of the gains made since 9/11 came as a result of reducing the number of people crossing the border.
WaPo: Obama Aides Were Warned of Brewing Border Crisis
Over a Year Ago
The DHS researchers’ observations were among the warning signs conveyed to the Obama administration over the past two years as a surge of Central American minors has crossed into south Texas illegally. More than 57,000 have entered the United States this year, swamping federal resources and catching the government unprepared.
Luis Gutierrez to La Raza:
Obama Assured Steps to 'Stop the Deportation of Our People'
On Saturday, Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-IL) said President Barack Obama's Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program was a "down payment" to the Hispanic community before more grants of amnesty for illegal immigrants.
Doctor: Border Crisis Is 'Absolutely a Health Threat' to Nation
The U.S. is facing a major health threat due to the explosion of disease at detention centers holding thousands of illegal-immigrant children on the southern border, says Dr. Elaina George, who specializes in ear, nose and throat afflictions. "It's like a perfect pressure cooker … a culture medium if you really want to think about it in that manner – a 1700 mile track by foot, by train or however else they're coming up.
Federal Workers Now Concerned After Being Exposed to
Medical 'Breakdown' at the Border
Inside the government, officials are sounding alarms, fearing that they and their teams who come in contact with the sick children face potential exposure to infectious diseases from chicken pox to influenza, including rare cases of H1N1, more commonly called swine flu.
|Thin-skinned Kerry Throws a Tantrum
‘Let me answer! Let me answer!’
Kerry, pulling off a feat last accomplished by then-U.N. ambassador Susan Rice when she hit all five Sunday talk shows to mislead the country about an anti-Islamic video causing the attack in Benghazi, told Wallace at one point on “Fox News Sunday,” “You like to ask questions, but you don’t like to get answers!”
|Lindsey Graham Gives Obama A Title:
‘The King Of Indecision’
“As to Secretary Kerry, he gave the most ridiculous and delusional summary of American foreign policy that you could imagine,” the senator accused. “It scares me that he believes the world is in such good shape.” Graham called America “the glue that holds the free world together” and claimed “leading from behind is not working.”
|Elizabeth Warren's 11 Commandments
In her speech, Warren outlined more clearly than other Democrats the social issues that galvanize progressives. Her performance was reminiscent of a certain other young senator in 2008. "What are our values?" Warren asked the audience, some of whom held up "Run Liz Run" signs. "What does it mean to be a progressive?"
|Meet the Congressional Progressive Caucus|
|The Real Problem with Climate
Experts who Arenīt Experts
Have a look at this recent BBC interview with Al Gore. Then, once youīve cleaned up the sick, consider what it tells us about the current debate on climate change. Iīd suggest two things. 1. The mainstream media still isnīt doing its due diligence in exposing the scam. 2. (And this is a consequence of 1.) Charlatans like Al Gore are getting away with murder.
|In Historic Blow to Climate
Hysteria, Australia Kills Carbon Tax
A destructive tax which cost jobs, hurt the economy.
With final approval of the Senate on July 17, Australia officially became the first developed nation to repeal its deeply controversial tax on emissions of carbon dioxide, dealing a major setback to proponents of increasingly discredited man-made "global warming" theories.
Thomas Edison Never Had This Problem
Security Firm Hacks Into LED Lighting System
Now, with a fresh report from a UK security firm saying a team of six hackers was able to take over an a LIFX Wi-Fi LED network, perhaps we will begin to see security taken more seriously. Katherine Tweed of GreenTechMedia reported yesterday on the discovery and some of its implications.
Attacks on Carbon Dioxide Are Political Air Pollution
It's high time to recognize that carbon dioxide has been unfairly treated. Not only have the good deeds of this wonderful molecule so essential to nourish rain forests, begonias, and plants that feed God's creatures been ignored, it has even come to be demonized as an endangering pollutant and climate-ravaging menace.
Greenpeace Showcases Its Anti-Human Side
Greenpeace actions are akin to denying chemotherapy to cancer patients or antibiotics to pneumonia sufferers. Their anti-technology campaigns are eco-manslaughter and should no longer be tolerated. Personally, I cannot imagine life without modern technologies. I can't imagine living in electricity-free, disease-ridden, malnourished, polluted poor nation squalor.
|"The Mics Were Hot":
VA's Shocking Attempt To Spy On Scandal Investigators
House Veterans Affairs Committee Chairman Jeff Miller told DC-based WMAL Radio on Tuesday about his congressional staffers recently being spied on when they looked into various VA complaints at a regional Veterans Benefits Administration office. His staff was told on "three different occasions" to go to a specific room to do their work but one VA employee said it wasn't necessary.
Week ending 13 July 2014
|Disorder at the Border
The United States Has Lost a Basic Aspect of Sovereignty
Scott W. Johnson
Conditions have not suddenly changed in the minors’ home countries. So far as we can tell, the cartels and their customers have a sophisticated understanding of American immigration law and how the White House enforces it . As a Cleveland immigration attorney said, “The cartels have figured out where the hole is.”
"New" Democratic Party
Obama's "Fundamental Transformation of America"
Paraphrasing the esteemed classical liberal economist, Friedrich von Hayek, Future Freedom Foundation President Jacob Hornberger wrote, "There is no difference in principle, between the economic philosophy of Nazism, socialism, communism, and fascism and that of the American welfare state and regulated economy." British historian, Dr. John Joseph Ray, noted further, "The BIG Lie of the late 20th century was that Nazism was Rightist. It was in fact typical of the Leftism of its day. It was only to the Right of Stalin's Communism."
|Under the Radar Power Grab:
EPA Wants To Garnish Wages of Polluters
The EPA has quietly floated a rule claiming authority to bypass the courts and unilaterally garnish paychecks of those accused of violating its rules, a power currently used by agencies such as the IRS... "The EPA has a history of overreaching its authority. It seems like once again the EPA is trying to take power it doesn't have away from American citizens," Sen. John Barrasso.
|Second Federal Judge Tells IRS to
Explain Lost Lerner Emails
U.S. District Court Judge Reggie Walton told Obama administration lawyers on Friday he wants to see an affidavit explaining what happened with Lerner's hard drive. At a hearing examining a lawsuit against the IRS by conservative group True the Vote, Walton said he wants to know what happened to Lerner's hard drive, which allegedly was recycled. He asked for an affidavit from those involved in handling the crashed drive.
|Assad Regime Misses Key Deadline To
Hand Over Chemical Weapons
The Syrian government missed a key deadline Wednesday to turn over its chemical weapons stockpile, renewing concerns that the Assad regime is dragging its feet while the civil war rages on. "Assad just keeps giving excuses for breaking promises and compliance requirements, while using the delay to increase his brutality against the Syrian people," Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., said in a statement.
|Honduran President Vows to Keep
Dumping Illegal Alien Children on
U.S. Border Until His Friend President Obama Says to Stop
Things are beginning to add up now. In May 2013 President Obama attended a gathering of leaders from the Central American Integration System, (CAIS). “As long as (U.S.) immigration reform is not approved, the exodus of children to the United States will continue,” Jorge Ramon Hernandez, the senior representative of Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernandez, said at the talks.
|Obama Doesn't Know Where the Border
Patrol is Stationed;
Number of Children Physically Removed Declines Every Year
Texas Gov. Rick Perry last night told Fox News' Sean Hannity that during his discussion with Obama Wednesday, he concluded that the president doesn't even know where his own border patrol agents are situated, suggesting a gross lack of familiarity with the whole process.
U.S. Classrooms Prepare for Flood as Migrants Become Pupils
While politicians spend the summer fighting over how to turn back the tide, school leaders across the country are struggling to absorb a new student population the size of Newark, New Jersey.
DHS Report: Only 0.1% of Central American Miniors Deported In 2013
A report leaked to Breitbart News from the Department of Homeland Security states that 99.9% of children from Central America who crossed into the US illegally in 2013 were not deported and are still here. The report also says that the lack of deportations is probably a much more significant factor in driving Central American children to come to the US than violence or poverty.
Lice So Bad ‘they can be seen crawling down’ Their Faces!
“It’s one giant emergency room. They tell me tuberculosis has become a very dangerous issue there. Nurses say the number of children representing symptoms of tuberculosis is ‘simply staggering.’ Spitting up blood, chest pains, constant coughing. There are at least three confirmed cases for the illegals in Austin, Texas…
Previously-Deported Illegal Alien with Tuberculosis Ignored by Feds
Dr. Elizabeth Lee Vliet – a preventive medicine physician and former Director of the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons (AAPS) – has practices in Arizona and Texas. Vliet claimed that one of her patients, whose name cannot be disclosed for confidentiality reasons, called her with fears that the TB-positive immigrant was putting other lives at risk.
Violent MS-13 Gang Members Leave Graffiti on Bathroom Walls
of Nogales Border Patrol Processing Center
An internal Border Patrol executive summary obtained by Townhall confirms that at least 16 unaccompanied illegal minors, are members of the brutal El Salvadorian street gang Mara Salvatrucha – or MS-13. "But remember, this is a 'humanitarian crisis.' They are just kids," a source working in the Nogales processing center said in frustrated and sarcastic tone.
Feds: Pastors and Churches Banned from Border Detention Facilities
"Border Patrol told us pastors and churches are not allowed to visit," said Kyle Coffin, the pastor of CrossRoads Church in Tucson, Arizona. "It's pretty heartbreaking that they don't let anybody in there – even credentialed pastors." A public affairs officer for the Border Patrol confirmed that ministers and church groups have been banned from the Nogales Placement Center.
|Chicago Inner City Blacks GO OFF on
Obama Over Illegal Immigration
One Chicago resident said, “With the president setting aside all these funds for immigrants and forsaken African-American community and African-American families, I think that’s a disgrace. And Barack is from the heart of 55th in the City of Chicago… He will probably go down as the worst president ever elected. Bill Clinton was the African-American president.“
|Harry Reid Slammed by Hometown
Paper for ‘Race-Baiting’
“The moment any scandal, policy failure or political defeat crashes down on him – and there have been plenty the past few years – the Senate majority leader unleashes outrageous rhetoric,” the editorial continues, adding that Reid “has become especially fond of slinging race cards just to crank up the outrage.”
|Eric Holder Continues to See
Anti-Black Component to
Those Opposing Himself and President Obama
“There's a certain level of vehemence, it seems to me, that's directed at me [and] directed at the president,” Holder told ABC. “You know, people talking about taking their country back... There's a certain racial component to this for some people. I don’t think this is the thing that is a main driver, but for some there's a racial animus."
|The Latino Child Eric Holder Booted
It was (then) Deputy Attorney General Eric Holder who concocted the “legal” cover for the INS to mace, kick, stomp, and gun-butt their way into the home of Elian Gonzalez’s legal custodians (legal U.S. citizens and residents all) on the morning of April 22, 2000, wrench a bawling 6-year-old child from his family at machine-gun point, and bundle him off to Castro’s terror-sponsoring fiefdom, leaving 102 people (legal U.S. citizens and residents all) injured, some seriously.
to Be an American?
Patriotism and Contemporary Politics
In his farewell address to the nation in 1989, Ronald Reagan said, "An informed patriotism is what we want." But under Obama's oppressive (a.k.a., progressive) regime, a generation of "useful idiots" is on the rise, and under the tutelage of their Community Organizer in Chief, they are becoming progressively more ignorant of the their most rudimentary civic duties and responsibilities.
|Surprised? Most American Muslims
Approve of Obama
Seventy-two percent of U.S. Muslims approved of the job President Barack Obama was doing as president during the first six months of 2014, higher than any other U.S. religious group Gallup tracks. Mormons were least approving, at 18%.
|Greenpeace Co-Founder Dr. Patrick
Moore: 'I fear a global cooling'
Moore noted that "the U.S. is currently been cooling" and noted that there has been "no global warming for nearly 18 years." He also mocked the notion that "everything is due to global warming." Moore pointed out that carbon dioxide is a trace essential gas in the atmosphere and is not the control knob of the Earth's climate. "CO2 is the most important nutrient for all life on earth," he noted.
Global Warming Computer Models Confounded as
Antarctic Sea Ice Hits New Record High
America's National Snow And Ice Data Center, which is funded by NASA, revealed that ice around the southern continent covers about 16 million sq km, more than 2.1 million more than is usual for the time of year. It is by far the highest level since satellite observations on which the figures depend began in 1979. In statistical terms, the extent of the ice cover is hugely significant.
Government Data Show U.S. in Decade-Long Cooling
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's most accurate, up-to-date temperature data confirm the United States has been cooling for at least the past decade. The NOAA temperature data are driving a stake through the heart of alarmists claiming accelerating global warming.
Why Does Obama Want to Reduce CO2 Emissions?
Even if we assume that the climateers' bogus models reflect scientific reality rather than left-wing politics – an assumption that is plainly contrary to fact – does any plausible reduction in American CO2 emissions make any difference? The answer is: no, it doesn't.
|Michelle Obama Employs Only 2 Men;
Pays Them Almost 50% More Than Women On Staff
At the same time the Obama administration once again renewed its Equal Pay push, the White House released salary figures for WH staff. Upon analysis, the Washington Post, among others, concluded that the gender pay gap (as defined by the White House) that has existed since President Obama was elected is as wide as it was in 2009, a thirteen percent difference:
|Even Liberals Want Obamacare
Employer Mandate Repealed
Liberals ranging from President Barack Obama's own former press secretary Robert Gibbs to the liberal Urban Institute and Commonwealth Fund say ditching the employer mandate makes sense and would reduce "distortions" in the labor market. Furthermore, Obamacare's employer mandate compliance requirements layer costly and onerous compliance hurdles on job creators.
Thousands Still Face Coverage Delays Months After
ObamaCare Enrollment Deadline
Months after the deadline to enroll in a health insurance plan through ObamaCare has come and gone, thousands of Americans have found themselves without coverage due to backlogs or glitches in various enrollment systems, according to a published report.
HealthCare.gov Stuns Target Audience of the Young, Highly Educated
University of Pennsylvania researchers followed 33 subjects for three months as they struggled to get coverage from the federal website. The young professionals were both the best-prepared demographic to get coverage online – highly educated and familiar with the Internet – and the most desirable group as well – young, healthy and inexpensive for insurers.
Death By Paperwork
Betsy McCaughey, Ph.D.
Obamacare regulations compel doctors and their office staff, restaurateurs, business owners, local government officials and others to spend hours filling out paperwork without getting paid for it. It's a colossal theft. As of 2014, Obamacare regulations impose 159 million hours of paperwork a year on the public, an increase of 48 million over last year. And there's more to come.
|School Nutrition Group Turns on
Now Fighting Federal Lunch Regulations
The federal government's attempt to force public school students to eat "healthier" lunches is falling apart at the seams. Most recently, the School Nutrition Association – which initially championed the new federal lunch standards – is now lobbying Congress to dial back the "overly prescriptive" and expensive changes, the New York Times News Service reports.
Week ending 6 July 2014
|Why Democrats Insist On
Lying About How 'poor' They Are
Hillary Clinton claimed that, at the moment she and her husband were signing up for $18 million in book deals, they were "dead broke." Harry Reid (who lives in the Ritz-Carlton Hotel) said liberals are getting bullied by Republican billionaires but the Democratic Party "doesn't have many billionaires" behind it.
|Hobby Lobby Actually
Contraception Coverage on Its Employees
"Today's Supreme Court decision unfortunately jeopardizes basic healthcare coverage and access to contraception for a countless number of women," said Democratic senator Jeanne Shaheen. Consequently, Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid said that his party now must "fight to preserve women's access to contraceptive coverage." This is not just garbage. It's an entire landfill on stilts.
|Sources: Feds to Bring in Riot
Illegal Immigration Protesters in Murrieta, Calif.
Jeremy Oliver said, "The feds are pissed that they haven't been able to use this facility. Officers out there warned people that federal agents will be in Murrieta on Monday – they are going to get the next bus through no matter what. Riot gear and shields will be used to push the crowd back." John Henry, a Murrieta resident since 1991, was told the same thing by local officers.
|Top General Says Mexico Border
‘Existential’ Threat to U.S.
Marine Corps Gen. John Kelly, commander of U.S. Southern Command, has asked Congress this year for more money, drones and ships for his mission – a request unlikely to be met. Since October, an influx of nearly 100,000 migrants has made the dangerous journey north from Latin America to the United States border.
Homeland Sec. Johnson Gives No Clear Answers On Whether
Illegal Immigrant Children Will Be Deported
His responses on NBC’s Meet the Press and those of other Obama administration officials about what exactly they will do about the estimated 50,000 children who have entered the U.S. illegally in recent months are being characterized as ambiguous, as officials try to secure the U.S.-Mexico border.
Medical Staff Warned: Keep Your Mouths Shut
About Contagion Threat at Border or Face Arrest
A government-contracted security force threatened to arrest doctors and nurses if they divulged any information about the contagion threat at a refugee camp housing illegal alien children... In spite of the threat, several former camp workers broke their confidentiality agreements and shared exclusive details with me about the dangerous conditions at the camp.
Congressman Bridenstine Denied Access to
Illegals Being Housed at Ft. Sill, Oklahoma
Congressman Bridenstine said, "There is no excuse for denying a Federal Representative from Oklahoma access to a federal facility in Oklahoma where unaccompanied children are being held. Any Member of Congress should have the legal authority to visit a federal youth detention facility without waiting three weeks."
At Least Two 'Border Kids' Have Swine Flu
'Immigrants bring disease' is an old prejudice, but it turns out some of the thousands of children streaming across the border have brought H1N1 with them. Here's something you don't hear a journalist say very often: I blew it. I was wrong.
US Spending $252 Tax Dollars a Day Per Child to
Care for Young Illegal Immigrants
Figures from Customs and Border Protection show 52,193 unaccompanied children age 17 and below – the vast majority from Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras – have been apprehended at the southwestern border from last Oct. 1 through June 15. The cost for caring for the children is about $252 a day.
|Rick Perry to Obama: Come to the
The President will be in Texas for Fundraiser
Texas Gov. Rick Perry said Wednesday that President Barack Obama must visit the Texas southern border to see the immigration crisis for himself. "If he doesn't come to the border, I think it's a real reflection of his lack of concern of what's really going on there," Perry said on FOX News' "FOX and Friends," noting that Obama is planning to be in Texas next week for fundraisers.
|Lois Lerner Targeted Chuck Grassley
He Blocked Obama's DOJ Tax Nominee
Sen. Grassley made it more difficult for the IRS and DOJ to work together to target conservative groups by blocking Obama's political appointee Mary L. Smith from taking over the DOJ Tax Division, which prosecutes criminal cases for the IRS.
|At the Core of the IRS Saga: Tax
Collectors as Political Hitmen
It's all good fun to mock the Internal Revenue Service's plausibility-challenged explanations for just how potentially embarrassing (to the IRS) emails were lost and why they can't be recovered, but let's not forget what's at the core of the story: the tax collection agency's long and storied history as a political hitman.
|85 Percent of ObamaCare
'inconsistencies' Can't Be Fixed
Federal officials can't resolve 85 percent of 2.9 million "inconsistencies" on applications for ObamaCare even after nine months of trying, according to new data provided by the administration. Most of the problems involve certifying citizenship and income, key components of the national health plan. But some of the problems are downright nutty.
|State of Colorado's $58 Million
Computer Upgrade 'a train wreck'
"A disaster in the making." That's just one way Secretary of State Scott Gessler describes Colorado's new $58 million computerized accounting system. State agencies have been told to start using it Tuesday, July 1. However, internal documents obtained by FOX31 Denver show the system isn't even close to ready and won't work as planned.
|Indictment of Suspect In Benghazi
Attack Debunks the Obama Tale
The Justice Department's indictment spells out a calculated conspiracy by Ahmed Abu Khatallah and associates to attack the U.S. diplomatic mission and CIA annex, which killed four Americans. The indictment might be viewed as a death knell for a theory that the attack resulted from a spontaneous protest against a U.S.-produced video.
|The Caliphate Restored
The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) has declared itself a caliphate, renamed The Islamic State, and named its leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the caliph, and demanded that all Muslims worldwide pledge allegiance to him. Al-Baghdadi has called upon all Muslims to relocate to his caliphate to wage war against non-Muslims.
| Hooray! The A-10 'Warthog' Keeps
The US House on 19 June voted to block the US Air Force's plan to retire its Fairchild Republic A-10 Thunderbolt close air support aircraft fleet as part of its appropriations bill. The chamber approved an amendment to the fiscal year 2015 defense spending legislation that would prohibit the Department of Defense from using money to retire any A-10 aircraft.
|Thad Cochran Campaign Manager,
Busted in Illegal Vote Buying Operation
A black Mississippi pastor has emerged to claim Sen. Thad Cochran's (R-MS) campaign paid "thousands" of Democrats $15 each to vote in the June 24 GOP runoff – and that he was part of the scheme. Rev. Stevie Fielder, an associate pastor at First Union Missionary Baptist Church in Meridian, Mississippi, says Cochran's campaign "told me to offer blacks $15 each and to vote for Thad."
|Despicable! VA Employees Switched
from Processing VA Applications
to Obamacare Applications
A Veterans Affairs whistleblower from Atlanta will testify before Congress next Tuesday about widespread destruction of applications, retaliation against whistleblowers, and people being shifted from processing VA applications last summer to working on Obamacare enrollment.
|Office of Personnel Management:
18,709 VA Employees Make $180,000 or More
When filtering the database for government agencies whose employees make $180,000 or more, the highest salary category listed, the VA tops the list with 18,709 employees. The number of workers making $180,000 or more at the VA far surpasses the 17 other department agencies listed.
|MSM Hides the Fact That Hobby Lobby
Provides Coverage for
16 Types of Contraception
The Green family has no moral objection to the use of 16 of 20 preventive contraceptives required in the mandate, and Hobby Lobby will continue its longstanding practice of covering these preventive contraceptives for its employees. However, the Green family cannot provide or pay for four potentially life-threatening drugs and devices.
|America’s Freedom of Religion
Outweighs a $35 Savings
Betsy McCaughey, Ph.D.
The United States Supreme Court ruled 5-4 in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores Inc. that if you like your God, you can keep your God, even if you run a business. The Obama administration tried to require that health plans provided at work cover contraception and morning-after pills, no matter what an employer’s religious convictions.
|Supreme Court Backs Hobby Lobby In
Contraceptive Mandate Challenge
The 5-4 decision, in favor of arts and crafts chain Hobby Lobby and one other company, marks the first time the court has ruled that for-profit businesses can cite religious views under federal law. It also is a blow to a provision of the Affordable Care Act which President Obama's supporters touted heavily during the 2012 presidential campaign.
|Public Sector Unions Can't Make
Nonmembers Pay Fees
The ruling is a setback for labor unions that have bolstered their ranks – and bank accounts – in Illinois and other states by signing up hundreds of thousands of in-home care workers. It could lead to an exodus of members who will have little incentive to pay dues if nonmembers don't have to share the burden of union costs.
|U.S. Patent Office Didn't Receive a
Single Public Complaint
Before Stripping Redskins Trademark
The recent decision by an obscure administrative law board to cancel the Washington Redskins' trademark registrations came despite the fact the agency hadn't received a single letter from a member of the public complaining about the team's name, records show.
|Left 'comes out screaming' against
The political left is coming out "screaming," with "guns blazing," in an attempt to dampen the audience for the highly anticipated film America: Imagine a World Without Her, its maker told WND just before its Hollywood premiere. Dinesh D'Souza recalled that the left's strategy with his first political documentary, 2016: Obama's America, was to ignore it.
|Obamanomics: Record Number of
Americans – 92 Million –
Not in Labor Force in June
The number of Americans 16 and older who did not participate in the labor force climbed to a record high of 92,120,000 in June, according to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. In June, according to BLS, the labor force participation rate for Americans was 62.8 percent, matching a 36-year low.
|Apollo Astronaut: Climate Alarmism
'Biggest Fraud in the Field of Science'
"Since about 2000, I looked farther and farther into it," Col. Cunningham (USMC, Ret.) tells MRCTV in an exclusive interview. "I found that not one of the claims that the alarmists were making out there had any bearings, whatsoever. And, so, it was kind of a no-brainer to come to the [fraud] conclusion."
|Planned Parenthood Hands out Award
for 'Exceeding Abortion Visits'
Planned Parenthood claims its business is "women's healthcare," but its recent award certificate to a Colorado abortion clinic for "exceeding abortion visits [in the] first half of FY12 compared to the first half of FY13," affirms that its most valued business is abortion.
|Obamas Have Spent Over
$44,351,777.12 in Taxpayer Cash on Travel
The Obamas have spent over 44 million dollars in taxpayer money on travel and vacations. Some are even calling him the “most well-trvaeled, expensive” president in our nation’s history. As Americans head off for the long holiday weekend, let’s take a look back at some of the president’s holiday spending.
|Chelsea Clinton's Wealth Can't Buy
Chelsea Clinton, the former and potential future first daughter, has stiff competition for the title of Most Tactless Human. Greedy reality-TV creature Kim Kardashian is a contender. Chelsea's mom, the once-"dead broke" Hillary Rodham Clinton, might rank even higher on the scale of bad taste. Chelsea, 34, has jabbered like an overeducated trailer-park habitué about her family's No. 1 obsession – money.
|Breaking: 60 Women & Girls
Escape from Boko Haram
AFP reports that more than 60 women and girls abducted last month by Islamist militant sect Boko Haram have escaped. Abbas Gava, a local vigilante told to AFP, “I received an alert from my colleagues … that about 63 of the abducted women and girls had made it back home”.
Week ending 29 June 2014
|The Man Who Broke the
The Middle East that Obama inherited in 2009 was largely at peace, for the surge in Iraq had beaten down the al Qaeda-linked groups. U.S. relations with traditional allies in the Gulf, Jordan, Israel and Egypt were very good. Iran was contained, its Revolutionary Guard forces at home. Today...
|Obama's World Disorder
Victor Davis Hanson
Amid all the talk of the isolationism that supposedly characterizes the Obama administration's foreign policy, we forget that since World War II, the global order has largely been determined by U.S. engagement. The historically rare state of prosperity and peace that defined the postwar world were due to past U.S. vigilance and sacrifice.
|Federal Judge May Be Key to
Settling IRS Scandal
Judicial Watch found a federal judge who has the integrity and fortitude to seek Justice – and this isn’t his first whack at the Department of Justice either. Enter Emmet G. Sullivan, United States District Judge for the District of Columbia. Mark July 10 in RED on your calendars.
|Supreme Court Rules Unanimously
Against Obama for
12th and 13th Time Since 2012
The tenure of both President Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder has been marked by a dangerous push to legitimize a vast expansion of the power of the federal government that endangers the liberty and freedom of Americans. They have taken such extreme position on key issues that the Court has uncharacteristically slapped them down time and time again.
|IRS: Shame and Loathing on the
Roger L. Simon
The heroes of Watergate are no more, if they ever were. (That was always basically a chimera.) The myth of the crusading investigative reporter is not only dead, it's decomposed. In the disintegration of the Obama administration, the end of the mainstream media is not collateral damage, it is the core damage.
More Than a Smidgen: IRS Admits Wrongdoing,
Agrees to Pay $50,000 in Leaking of Marriage Group's Tax Return
Two years after activists for same-sex marriage obtained the confidential tax return and donor list of a national group opposed to redefining marriage, the Internal Revenue Service has admitted wrongdoing and agreed to settle the resulting lawsuit.
IT Trade Association
Questions Whether Lernerīs Emails Were Destroyed
When the hard drive in question was destroyed, the IRS should have called in an accredited IT Asset Destruction professional or firm to complete that process, which requires extensive documentation, official signoffs, approvals, and signatures of completion. If this was done, there would be records. If this was not done, this is the smoking gun that proves the drive or drives were destroyed improperly – or not at all."
An Arrogant and Lawless IRS
Why does this matter deserve heightened scrutiny from the rest of us? Representative government involves a type of trade. As citizens, we cede power to public officials for important purposes that require centralized power... In exchange, we expect public institutions to be evenhanded and disinterested. When the stewards of power act unfairly, it undermines trust in the whole system.
Deunionize the IRS
There are some critics who, faced with the overwhelming evidence of partisan corruption at the IRS, advocate abolishing the agency. That is a happy thought, but probably utopian. A possibly more achievable goal would be to deunionize the IRS, a first step in a process that should aim at deunionizing all federal agencies.
|What is the Democracy Alliance?
The most powerful political operation you have never heard of.
The Washington Free Beacon has obtained documents that shed light on the rapid growth of the Democracy Alliance's influence over the Democratic Party, including a list of dozens of members whose identities have never before been made public.
|Student Leaders Ask Hillary To
'Outrageous' $225,000 School Speaking Fee
Two top student government leaders at the University of Las Vegas are requesting Hillary Clinton return the "outrageous" $225,000 speaking fee she reportedly will receive for an upcoming speech at the school in October.
Law Prof Who Specializes in Poverty Makes $205,400 –
Teaching One Class Per Semester
The University of North Carolina School of Law pays Professor Gene Nichol $205,400 annually for his one class per semester workload. On top of his teaching salary, he receives a $7,500 stipend as director of the law school’s Center on Poverty, Work and Opportunity.
|Oprah Winfrey Calls Michelle Obama
The lovey-dovey public relationship between Oprah Winfrey and the President and Michelle Obama is a mirage, according to a new book that says first lady badgers the TV giant for favors and makes the fellow Chicagoan feel "jumpy."
|High Costs, Frustration and Legal
Plague Obamacare Patients in California
Limiting the number of medical providers was part of an effort by insurers to hold down premiums. But confusion over the new plans has led to unforeseen medical bills for some patients and prompted a state investigation. More complaints are surfacing as patients start to use their new coverage bought through Covered California, the state's health insurance exchange.
3,137-County Analysis:Obamacare Increased 2014
Individual-Market Premiums by Average of 49%
There are hundreds of aspects of Obamacare that people argue over. But there's one question that matters above all others: does the Affordable Care Act live up to its name? Does it make health insurance less expensive? (Includes interactive map)
Feds Spent $4.8 Billion on Obamacare Exchanges So Far;
As Written Law Gets Blank Check from Taxpayers
The funding was provided by a section of the Affordable Care Act that allowed for "indefinite" funding at the discretion of the Secretary of Health and Human Services. "The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is incurring significant administrative costs to support [federally-facilitated exchanges] FFE operations," the report, which was released earlier this month, said.
|Chinese Teens Trafficked Into US
Through Central America
The signs at the Texas border offer a glimpse of the enormity of the problem of unaccompanied minors trying to sneak into the US. The instructions are printed in English and Spanish, of course – but also, surprisingly, they’re instructions for help are also in Chinese.
|Swine Flu Found in Illegal
"Everybody's who been in contact with them now is suspect that they have gotten it," Chris Cabrera said in an interview. As many as 120 people have been isolated at the two centers after being exposed to the minors, he said. Medical professionals at the detention centers screen illegals for lice, scabies, and chicken pox – but not everyone receives medical clearance, he said.
|They Took Our Jobs!
Study Finds ALL New Jobs Went to Immigrants
The CIS report found that over the last 14 years, people who were born in the United States held 114.8 million jobs in 2000, and held 114.7 million jobs in 2014, a drop of 127,000. But it's an entirely different picture for immigrants – 5.7 million more jobs were held by immigrants in the U.S. in 2014 compared to 2000.
The Supreme Court Swallows Faked Global Warming Data
Washington Times Editorial
Opinion polls show the public figured out that global warming was all hype years ago, but the judges still haven’t heard the news. The high court justices missed an opportunity to reverse the EPA premise that all humans are “polluters” because they exhale. It’s not supposed to be easy to dupe a judge, but the global warming scientists have done it.
|New EPA Regs Issued Under Obama Are
38 Times as Long as Bible – 25,000 Pages
"The broader question of whether the Obama Administration's EPA is "overreaching" in its regulatory effects has not gone away. Critics both in Congress and outside of it regularly accuse the agency of overkill," states a Congressional Research Service report, EPA Regulations: Too Much, Too Little, or On Track?
|Antarctic Sea Ice Growing (since
Despite Global Warming Warnings
The sea ice coverage around Antarctica over the weekend marked a record high, with the ice surrounding the continent measuring at 2.07 million square kilometers, according to an environmentalist and author who says the ice there has actually been increasing since 1979 despite continued warnings of global warming.
|Sergeant Who Fought Off 200 Taliban
Despite Being Unable to WALK to be Awarded Medal of Honor
Staff Sergeant Ryan Pitts from Nashua, New Hampshire, spent an agonizing 90 minutes fighting off enemy fighters despite shrapnel injuries to both legs and an arm that left the young soldier critically wounded and resigned to certain death.
|John Kerry: 'I'm Working Hard to
... Have Lesbian, Bisexual,
and Transgender Ambassadors'
With much of the Obama administration's foreign policy in tatters, John Kerry is clear on at least one goal he hopes to achieve by the end of his time as secretary of state: having lesbian, bisexual, and transgender ambassadors representing the U.S. In remarks to a GLIFAA Pride event the secretary ran through a litany of accomplishments by the Obama administration that benefit the "LGBT/gay community."
|ISIS Declares New Islamic Caliphate
The spokesman for the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, Abu Mohammed al-Adnani, made the announcement in an audio statement posted online. Islamic extremists have long dreamed of recreating the Islamic state, or caliphate, that ruled over the Middle East in various forms for hundreds of years.
|'Nazi-style' Identification of
non-Muslims Urged by British Imam
'Infidels must wear red collars and shave heads'
A radical hate preacher linked to the ‘brainwashing’ of three Welsh young jihadis fighting in Iraq and Syria has outlined his chilling vision of a Nazi-style, Islamic state in Britain on video, describing how non-Muslims will be forced to shave their heads and wear a red sash, in a land where the ringing of church bells is banned.
|Military Bans Bibles but Forces
Soldiers to Adhere to Ramadan Rules
The US Air Force kicked Christian Gideon’s volunteers off base in March.
The Bibles were too offensive and violated the separation of church and state rule. But US military personnel are expected to adhere Islamic practices during Ramadan. Stars and Stripes reported:
|Burned Babies and the
Militarization of American Policing
SWAT teams, originally intended for special situations involving hostages, active shooters, or riots, today are routinely used to execute drug searches...These operations are inherently dangerous, especially since armed men breaking into a house while the occupants are sleeping can easily be mistaken for burglars, with deadly consequences for cops, occupants, or both.
|CNN's Robbins: Blame Mass Shootings
Failed Mental Health System, Not NRA
CNN Commentator Mel Robbins said the next time there is a mass shooting "don't jump to blame the NRA and lax gun laws." Rather, "look at the shooter and the mental health services he did or didn't get." According to Robbins, the knee-jerk reaction for more gun control following a high profile gun crime is as misdirected as it is ineffective.
|Tribal Leader Rubbed Elbows with
Responsible for Indian Head Redskins' Logo
Walter "Blackie" Wetzel learned early on that in order to achieve the success he wanted for his people, he would need to use every bit of political power he had – at home and in Washington, D.C. In the 1950s and '60s, Wetzel, at the height of his political career, was the chairman of the Blackfeet Nation and president of the National Congress of American Indians.
Don Wetzel: Don't Call Redskins Logo Offensive
Walter “Blackie” Wetzel was Don Wetzel Sr.’s father. "My father," said Don, "was a great man." In the early 1970s, Blackie approached ownership of the Redskins and proposed designing a helmet logo. "He did it the right way," said Don. "It wasn't some thrown together, fly-by-night deal. It's something that represents the Red Nation in a positive way."
PC-Obsessed WaPo Outraged Military Uses
Indian Names for Its Attack Helicopters
"Why do we name our battles and weapons after people we have vanquished? For the same reason the Washington team is the Redskins and my hometown Red Sox go to Cleveland to play the Indians and to Atlanta to play the Braves: because the myth of the worthy native adversary is more palatable than the reality – the conquered tribes of this land were not rivals but victims, cheated and impossibly outgunned." —Wash Post
|Prosecutors Back Off Scott Walker:
Not Target, No Evidence of Crime
After a week of complete media malpractice, in which scurrilous accusations that Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker participated in a "criminal scheme" were plastered all over the headlines, a lead prosecutor has completely backed off.
|Charlie Rangel Wrangled In
Potential Ethics Probe?
Potential ethics violations involving Rep. Charlie Rangel (D-N.Y.) threaten to steal his spotlight after a hard-fought primary win earlier in the week. Rangel failed to report an all-expense paid trip to China last August with nine other lawmakers from the Congressional Black Caucus, the National Journal reported.
Week ending 22 June 2014
|Rarely Has a U.S.
President Been So Wrong About
So Much at the Expense of So Many
Dick Cheney and Liz Cheney
Too many times to count, Mr. Obama has told us he is "ending" the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan – as though wishing made it so. His rhetoric has now come crashing into reality. Watching the black-clad ISIS jihadists take territory once secured by American blood is final proof, if any were needed, that America's enemies are not "decimated."
|Fighting Executive Fiat
The Food and Drug Administration requires that companies seeking approvals of medical product meet high standards for the quality, integrity, and transparency of data... What if the same standards applied to government agencies regarding the scientists and institutions they hired or utilized? Their taxpayer-supported work affects virtually every American.
|President Obama Ignored General's
Keep American Military Forces In Iraq
Retired Army Gen. John M. Keane, who advised commanders in Iraq and helped devise the 2007 troop surge, remembers how the U.S. achieved victory by working hand in hand with Iraq's military to conduct pinpoint strikes. The effort was so effective that the enemy, al Qaeda in Iraq, stopped sending killers into Iraq because they would be exterminated quickly.
|Obama Quietly Frees 12 Detainees
from Afghan Prison
The transfers, which are not publicly disclosed, underscore the challenges the Obama administration faces in shutting down Parwan and the larger U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, which has been widely criticized by human rights groups since being populated in the wake of the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks.
Middle East Dilemma
Victor Davis Hanson
The Middle East is the Middle East not because America intervenes or does not intervene, or reaches out or stays out, or imports oil or cuts back its purchases. Instead, Middle Eastern violence and instability are homegrown. They result from a complex brew of tribalism, religious fundamentalism and intolerance, sexual apartheid, anti-Semitism, authoritarianism, and statism.
|Kicked from Behind
Leading from Behind's Predictable Result
R. Emmett Tyrrell, Jr.
Aha, Mr. Obama, how do you now like "leading from behind"? When you first enunciated this hocus-pocus in 2011, Charles Krauthammer called it neither a theory nor a doctrine. He called it "dithering," a style devoid of ideas. Instead of the implementation of a doctrine we have seen indecision, hesitancy, delay.
|— IRS Intrigue Spreading
Like Kudzu —
IRS Cancelled Contract with Email-Storage Firm
Weeks After Lerner’s Computer Crash
The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) canceled its longtime relationship with an email-storage contractor just weeks after ex-IRS official Lois Lerner’s computer crashed and shortly before other IRS officials’ computers allegedly crashed.
More Smoke at the IRS — and Not Only from the Hard Drives
Chicago Tribune Editorial
[W]e've urged Attorney General Eric Holder to appoint a special prosecutor — a phrase that, like "customer support" or "designated hitter," provokes Pavlovian suspicions. We've been skeptical of some special prosecutors and their tendency toward mission creep. But we've also seen situations where only a special prosecutor has the independence and credibility to resolve a case that drips with politics...
Obamaīs IRS Sent the FBI 1.1 Million Pages of Taxpayer Documents
In the Fall of 2010, as part of its effort to stem the conservative uprising that was occurring at that time, the Internal Revenue Service, under the direction of Lois Lerner and Sarah Ingram, sent the FBI 21 disks containing 1.1 million pages of taxpayer filings. The IRS's purpose was to give the FBI ammunition with which to investigate and prosecute conservatives.
|House Chairman: VA Instructed
Employees to Stonewall Investigation
Officials in the Obama administration's Department of Veterans Affairs appear to have illegally instructed VA employees to stonewall a congressional investigation into the department's scandals, according to House Committee on Veterans Affairs chairman Rep. Jeff Miller. "There is a troubling pattern of incidents in which VA officials appear to have been instructed to stonewall, or have possibly tried to mislead Congress," Miller wrote.
Las Vegas Review-Journal editorial
The more a government seeks refuge in secrecy, the less credibility it has with the people it serves. The longer a government refuses to answer basic questions about public business, the more suspicious taxpayers become. The U.S. Bureau of Land Management was angering ranchers and outdoor enthusiasts long before April’s Bundy ranch blowup in Bunkerville.
|The Scandal of Fiddled Global
The U.S. Has Actually Been Cooling Since the Thirties
When future generations try to understand how the world got carried away around the end of the 20th century by the panic over global warming, few things will amaze them more than the part played in stoking up the scare by the fiddling of official temperature data.
|EPA Claims Don't Add Up
EPA's proposal is not what it seems
When the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently announced its rule to cut carbon emissions 30 percent by 2030, they did so based on several unsubstantiated claims and questionable facts. The impact of the administration's politically motivated mandate is too consequential to our economy to ignore the many inconsistencies and errors.
|Renewable Energy – It's Complicated
Kansas State Senator Forrest Knox
The wind industry in Kansas, its existence and survival, is purely political in nature. It exists only because of government mandate and significant government subsidy. Isn't it time to move from the political to the analytical? It's not simple; It's not free; It's expensive; It's complicated.
|Wind is Free. Wind Energy is not.|
|CO2 Good; Climate Change Bunk;
Greens are Raging Extremists, says Greenpeace Co-Founder
"Climate change" is a theory for which there is "no scientific proof at all" says the co-founder of Greenpeace. And the green movement has become a "combination of extreme political ideology and religious fundamentalism rolled into one."
Big Solar Plant in Truth is Largest Gas-Fired Plant
CO2 Emissions Equal to 16,500 Passenger Cars
"It has been lauded as the world's largest solar power plant, but the Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System could also be called the world's largest gas-fired power plant. The newly operational Ivanpah solar thermal electric power megaplant in California's Mojave Desert was controversial before it was ever built for bird kills, desert tortoise impacts, and a 161% higher cost than coal-fired power plants.
Blinded by Green Energy
The Ivanpah solar energy plant in San Bernardino County is the world's largest solar thermal plant and has 173,500 large mirrors that reflect sunlight onto boilers in three 459-foot towers. A feat of modern engineering – to green energy advocates, but a flying hazard to pilots.
|On Immigrant Surge, White House
Story Falls Apart
Border Patrol agents in the most heavily-trafficked area of the surge, the Rio Grande Valley sector of Texas, recently questioned 230 illegal immigrants about why they came. The results showed overwhelmingly that the immigrants, including those classified as UACs, or unaccompanied children, were motivated by the belief that they would be allowed to stay in the United States – and not by conditions in their homelands.
|Health Experts: Diseases at Border
Outbreaks include TB, measles, scabies, lice, dengue fever, leprosy
Cramped conditions and the spread of difficult-to-treat diseases has doctors worried in the wake of a massive influx of children coming across the Mexican-U.S. border, many of them from Central and South America.
|Fed Taxpayer Help: Miami-Dade
for Schooling Influx of Illegal Children
The issue was addressed at a Miami-Dade County School Board meeting on Wednesday, knowing those kids would end up in the school system. "We have received about 300 students from Honduras over the past few months so recognizing the challenge, that crisis, we're asking federal got to intervene," said Miami-Dade Superintendent Alberto Carvalho.
|Jesus, Republicans and NRA Banned
On School Website
One of the lessons that Andrew Lampart learned from being on his school's debate team was to gather facts for both sides of an argument. So last month when his law class was instructed to prepare for a debate on gun control, Andrew went online using the school's Internet service. When Andrew tried to log onto the National Rifle Association's website, he realized there was a problem – a big problem.
|Mitt Romney Calls Hillary Clinton's
Foreign Policy 'Clueless'
Romney said her recent comments regarding the Obama administration's release of five Taliban leaders from Guantanamo Bay in exchange for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, were "clueless." "She said the commandos don't represent a threat to the United States," he told David Gregory, the host of NBC's "Meet the Press." "Of course they do ... are you kidding?"
|'We Want Out': Bobby Jindal Pulls
Louisiana from Common Core
On the heels of similar moves by Indiana, Oklahoma, and South Carolina, Jindal acted to make the Bayou State the fourth state to exit the national education standards known as Common Core. Bypassing the legislature and issuing a series of executive orders, the Republican governor pulled Louisiana from Common Core and all federally subsidized standardized tests.
|Humiliated in Court, WI Democrats
Take Their Anti-conservative
John Doe Probe to the Media
Looking at the same documents, two judges have already ruled that John Doe prosecutors have absolutely no evidence of wrongdoing. Judge Rudolph Randa, who last month shut down the investigation through a preliminary injunction, described the prosecutors' claims against [Gov. Scott] Walker as "simply wrong."
Poll: Romney is Early Favorite in N.H. 2016 Primary
The surprise early frontrunner in New Hampshire's next GOP presidential primary is the loser of the last White House race – former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, who wipes the 2016 field by a more than 2-1 margin, a new Suffolk University-Boston Herald poll reveals.
|Apartment Complex Says Remove U.S.
Flag it's a
'threat to Muslim community'
An apartment complex in Webster, Texas, has reportedly told a man that an American flag flying from his balcony presents a "threat to the Muslim community" and needs to be taken down. But, Houston's KHOU reported Wednesday, Duy Tran is not giving up without a fight and intends to continue displaying the flag.