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Bryan Preston has been a leading conservative blogger and opinionator since founding his first blog in 2001. Bryan is a military veteran, worked for NASA, was a founding blogger and producer at Hot Air, was producer of the Laura Ingraham Show and, most recently before joining PJM, was Communications Director of the Republican Party of Texas.
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UN Human Rights Chief Condemns Israel, U.S. for Not Sharing Iron Dome with Hamas

Friday, August 1st, 2014 - by Bryan Preston

Iron Dome was built by Israel with partial funding from the US, to protect against rockets that Hamas is launching at Israeli civilians. Its entire purpose is defensive, against Hamas and Hizballah rockets.

Today, the UN’s Human Rights Commission’s chairman condemned Israel and the US for not sharing the Iron Dome technology with Hamas.

Haaretz reports that United Nations’ High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay, delivered this blistering statement on Iron Dome.

Pillay said that she was appalled at Washington consistently voting against resolutions on Israel in the Human Rights Council, General Assembly and Security Council.

“They have not only provided the heavy weaponry which is now being used by Israel in Gaza but they’ve also provided almost $1 billion in providing the ‘Iron Domes’ to protect the Israels from rocket attacks,” she said. “But no such protection has been provided to Gazans against the shelling.”

Sharing Iron Dome with Hamas would have given Hamas insight into how to defeat it, in addition to being entirely pointless for Israel, given Iron Dome’s design. Its capabilities involve intercepting small, unguided rockets that are aimed at civilian populations. Israel uses no such weapons, and neither does Egypt, Hamas’ other major enemy.

Perhaps Pillay would have Israel give Hamas its drones, and the US hand Hamas a fleet of B-2 stealth bombers as well? How about a Los Angeles class nuclear sub with cruise missiles while we’re at it?

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Obama on CIA Scandal: ‘We tortured some folks.’

Friday, August 1st, 2014 - by Bryan Preston

That was the most astonishing moment of today’s galling Obama press conference.

President Obama had earlier lectured journalists how to do their jobs, ripped Republicans for doing their jobs, and chided everyone within earshot for not wishing him a happy birthday yet.

After that descent into pre-teen self-absorption, the president was asked about whether CIA chief John Brennan had lied to Congress under oath when he said that the agency had never spied on senators and staff who were investigating the CIA’s enhanced interrogations of a very few al Qaeda terrorists.

Obama glided past the actual question, other than voicing his full support for Brennan — who either lied to Congress, or doesn’t know what his own agency is doing and does not check his facts before testifying — and refused to wade into that scandal.

His preference, as always, was to wade into an old Bush-era scandal rather than deal with a scandal involving his appointees in his administration. And despite the fact that Congress has not formally accused anyone in the CIA of torturing anyone, Obama did.

“We tortured some folks,” he said of the waterboarding that was used on a very few captured al Qaeda suspects.

That’s a lot to pack into four words.

“Torture” opens up the possibility that CIA officers who were involved in those interrogations will be prosecuted now.

“Folks” minimizes the truly horrible terrorists who were subjected to enhanced interrogation. They are Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and Abu Zubaydah. KSM planned 9-11, and had planned airborne terrorist attacks before that. Zubaydah was an al Qaeda senior commander who had extensive knowledge of ongoing al Qaeda plots after 9-11. They’re not “folks.” They’re the kind of enemy operatives who Obama regularly incinerates with drone missiles whenever he gets the chance.

“We tortured some folks” opens up a ghastly can of worms for the United States. It is a public relations victory for every enemy that America has. It tells CIA officers that their anti-terror actions, sanctioned in emergency today, will get them prosecuted tomorrow if a careless president comes along to condemn them. It may even bring up the specter of the Obama administration prosecuting high level Bush administration officials.

Obama will now ride off into his vacation. But the damage he has just done will be with us for a very long time.

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DEVELOPING STORY: Democrat Rep. Julia Brownley is Really, Really Into Fundraising Off Of Impeaching Obama

Friday, August 1st, 2014 - by Bryan Preston

Democrat Rep. Julia Brownley (CA) fired off a fundraising email on July 30. Subject line: DEVELOPING STORY: [Impeachment]. Here is that email.

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It’s signed “Thanks for standing strong, JuliaBrownley.com.”

The email implies that Brownley’s Republican opponent, Jeff Gorell, supports impeaching President Obama.

He doesn’t.

Brian Dennert, journalist for the Ventura County Star, started tweeting at Gorell about the email.

Gorell tweeted back.

Dennert responded:

Gorell replied:

Dennert, a liberal, was persuaded and turned his fire back on Brownley.

Brownley’s response?

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John Kerry, American Idiot?

Friday, August 1st, 2014 - by Bryan Preston

It was 3 a.m. in India. While most people there were asleep, the American secretary of State, John F. Kerry, was up all night announcing yet another cease-fire in the Israel-Hamas war.

Kerry’s tirelessness came to nothing. Hamas violated the 72-hour ceasefire in less than two hours, and kidnapped an Israeli soldier to boot, as anyone who knows anything Hamas should have expected. Breaking cease-fires and kidnapping (and killing) Jews is what Hamas does. Kerry’s response: More words.

 

As any sentient being knows by now, trusting Hamas is a fool’s game. The terrorist organization is one of the world’s leading taqiyya practitioners. They lie in the service of their Islam.

Perhaps Secretary Kerry doesn’t watch Hamas TV. Hamas says nice things to him, and preaches genocide to its own faithful.

Before Secretary Kerry flew off to Israel uninvited, before he wound up in India, he could have achieved far more for Israel and for the peace of the world by staying put and saying just a few clear words. Charles Krauthammer picks up the story.

Kerry seems not to understand that the Arab League backed the Egyptian ceasefire-in-place, which would have left Hamas weak and isolated, to ensure that Hamas didn’t emerge from this war strengthened and enhanced.

Why didn’t Kerry just stay home and declare unequivocal U.S. support for the Egyptian/Arab League plan? Instead, he flies off to Paris and sends Jerusalem a package of victories for Hamas: lifting the blockade from Egypt, opening the border with Israel, showering millions in foreign cash to pay the salaries of the 43,000 (!) government workers that the near-insolvent Hamas cannot.

Forget about Israeli interests. Forget about Arab interests. The American interest is to endorse and solidify this emerging axis of moderate pro-American partners (Israel, Egypt, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and other Gulf states, and the Palestinian Authority) intent on seeing Islamist radicalism blunted and ultimately defanged.

Indeed, but as Krauthammer notes, Kerry doesn’t see it. His slavishly devoted staff, like Marie Harf in the tweenish tweet above, don’t see it. Does anyone in the State Department see it?

Some of their joy over cease-fires that fail to cease any actual fire springs from the “everyone gets a trophy” culture. They keep playing up “engagement” in this and that as if merely talking equals getting something done. State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki keeps talking up “engagement” while Putin keeps waging war in Ukraine.

But John Kerry isn’t from that millennial culture. What explains his wretched handling of the current Israel-Hamas war? What explains his acting as Hamas’ lead advocate, and isolating the United States when he could achieve something good by isolating Hamas?

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Homeland Security Seizes Woman’s Land Rover, and Even They Don’t Know Why

Friday, August 1st, 2014 - by Bryan Preston

I saw this on Fox earlier today and was gobsmacked.

Six armed agents, federal plus local, seized this American citizen’s property by force and took it. They did not tell the owner where they took it. They have not given it back.

When she asked why they took it, even the agents who took it did not know why they were taking it. They thought that it might be because of some environmental regulation.

DHS seized 40 cars that day in similar raids.

Why is the Department of Homeland Security enforcing EPA regulations? And who empowered the EPA to go around taking Americans’ property away without any court action at all?

Due process, anyone?


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You Won’t Believe the Disgusting Smear that a Democrat Just Launched in the Immigration Battle

Friday, August 1st, 2014 - by Bryan Preston

Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-IL) is getting desperate.

This is coming from a member of the party of unrestricted abortion. The party that is funded by Klan Parenthood, the eugenics-advocating abortion industrial leader that has built its business by killing millions of minority babies for profit.

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Obama’s Minimum Wage Push Won’t Reach the Karnes City Illegal Alien Housing Facility

Friday, August 1st, 2014 - by Bryan Preston

We’re learning more about the facility in Karnes City, Texas that will house hundreds of the illegal aliens who have recently flooded the Texas-Mexico border.

It’s no longer a “detention center” and those held there are no longer “detainees.” They’re now “residents” and the guards are called “resident advisers.”

“I am pretty sure you will agree this is nothing like we have seen before,” said ICE field office director Enrique Lucero during Thursday’s media tour of the facility.

Indeed.

It has many amenities, including free clothes and free medical exams according to KXAN, and some jobs too.

Other amenities include recreational fields, a library, internet access, and a cafeteria which will serve three all-you-can-eat meals a day. Certified teachers will also be on site to provide year-round education and small jobs will also be available paying $3 a day for four hours of work.

That’s less than a dollar an hour, far from the $10.10 that Obama wants for the federal minimum wage. Talk about minimum wages…

Of course, as long as they’re in the facility, room and board isn’t a concern. And they’ll get free lawyers too.

Added up — free health checkup, free clothing, free flat screen TV, free meals, free housing, free charter schools better than your kid’s public school, and free lawyers.

Meanwhile, 100 miles north, Austin’s homeless — a group that includes some mentally ill, some charlatans, some veterans, and some who are just stranded for one reason or another, but are American citizens — bake in the August sun.

 

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Coulter to House GOP on Border Bill: Don’t Pass Anything

Friday, August 1st, 2014 - by Bryan Preston

Ann Coulter appeared on Fox and Friends today and commented on the ongoing debacle in the House over its border bill.

That bill, or anything that passes the House, stands nearly no chance of passing the Senate, and even less chance of President Obama signing it, unless it includes everything that he and the Democrats want. Yet the House is delaying its recess to pay something anyway.

Coulter says that’s not a good idea and the House shouldn’t bother.

Coulter calls the border crisis a “fake emergency, what is happening is Obama is violating the law as written.” Coulter points out that the 2008 Wilberforce law is intended to stop sex trafficking, and that hardly anyone currently crossing the border illegally is even claiming to be a victim of sex trafficking. That law also excludes anyone who crosses illegally who has family in the United States. Yet the Obama administration, says Coulter, is violating that law by transferring some of those illegal aliens to family living — often illegally — in the US.

So why shouldn’t the House pass something anyway, just to show that they’re doing something? Because it’s a trap, says Coulter.

“If they pass a fence bill it goes to conference,” Coulter said. “If it goes to conference, it could come out amnesty.”

Which is exactly what the Democrats, and some establishment Republicans, really want.

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Obama’s EPA Costs Him the Support of a Key Union

Friday, August 1st, 2014 - by Bryan Preston

The United Mine Workers of America union leans very Democrat and represents thousands of coal miners in the United States. The political trajectory of that union during the Obama years goes like this.

In 2008, the union enthusiastically endorsed then Senator Barack Obama for the presidency. That endorsement, coming from a big union in coal country, helped shore up Obama’s standing as he geared up to finish off Hillary Clinton’s Democratic primary challenge.

After four years of President Obama using the Environmental Protection Agency to wage war on coal, though, the United Mine Workers decided to sit out the 2012 election. It was the first time in decades that the union did not endorse a presidential candidate. It was clear in 2012 that Obama’s policies led directly to the union declining to endorse him a second time. Some coal miners appeared with Mitt Romney during the campaign, to slam the “war on coal.”

David Kameras, a UMWA spokesman based at the union’s headquarters in Virginia just outside of Washington, D.C., said UMWA has not officially completed its endorsement selection decisions for the 2012 election and expects to do so by about mid-September. In 2008, UMWA endorsed Obama in May of that year.

“Our members count on coal-fired power plants and burning of coal to keep jobs,” Caputo said. “We’re a very Democratic union and we try to listen to the rank and file. They’ve sent a clear message that they’re not supportive of the environmental rules that are being put in place.”

Fast forward to 2014. The United Mine Workers are now in a street protest battle with Obama’s environmentalists.

In Pittsburgh, PA Thursday, coal miners from the union gathered to protest even more EPA regulations. They ended up in a shouting match with environmentalist protesters.

On Liberty Avenue just after noon, shouts of “Move to China!” from union marchers in green camo shirts met responses of “No planet, no jobs!” from sign-waving environmentalists.


“There are many good people who have bought into these regulations,” said Edwin D. Hill, international president of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers. “Many of them have the best intentions. But if somebody is going to take our jobs and health care and pensions and harm our families, it doesn’t matter to me what their intentions are; we’re going to fight back.”

Fourteen UMWA organizers were arrested at the Pittsburgh confrontation, while protesting to protect their families and jobs from Obama’s policies.

The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers also endorsed Obama, both in 2008 and 2012. Now they’re protesting him, too.

Obama thanks them for their support by using the EPA to take their jobs away.

By the way, coal state West Virginia voted Democrat for decades. Now that it’s shifting to the GOP, though, the Obama EPA didn’t even bother to hold any hearings on the new regulations there. That’s of a piece with Obama neglecting the border when he visited Texas this summer. States that did not vote for him are not part of his union. When Obama isn’t neglecting red states, he either uses them as an ATM for the Democrats, or he uses federal policy to punish them.

But back to the miners union. Are we seeing Big Labor (the UMWA is affiliated with the AFL-CIO) re-think its ironclad bond with the Democratic Party? Or, at least, a fracturing of Big Labor’s support for Democrats? For all the talk of a “Republican civil war,” is the Democrat base coming to war with itself — a war between the environmentalists Luddites who oppose the Keystone Pipeline and who want to do away with coal entirely on the one hand in the name of the global warming myth, and jobs and energy security on the other hand?

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Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is a Sexist

Friday, August 1st, 2014 - by Bryan Preston

In an interview with Katie Couric, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg levels a remarkable charge against the conservatives on the court. She thinks that they think with their penises.

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, fresh off a bruising loss in the Hobby Lobby birth control case last month, told Yahoo Global News Anchor Katie Couric in an exclusive interview that she believes the male Supreme Court justices who voted against her have a “blind spot” when it comes to women.

“Do you believe that the five male justices truly understood the ramifications of their decision?” Couric asked Ginsburg of the 5-4 Hobby Lobby ruling, which cleared the way for employers to deny insurance coverage of contraceptives to female workers on religious grounds.

“I would have to say no,” the 81-year-old justice replied. Asked if the five justices revealed a “blind spot” in their decision, Ginsburg said yes.

There’s a blind spot here alright. But it’s not on the court’s Hobby Lobby majority.

Couric’s bias here is so obvious that it hardly merits a fisking. The question that Couric — allegedly a non-partisan journalist, but in fact a leftwing hack — asks about the “ramifications of [the majority's] decision” never allows religious freedom and private property rights to intrude. It never even allows that there are women in the Hobby Lobby-owning Green family. In fact it never even allows for the possibility of any woman, anywhere, agreeing with the Supreme Court’s decision. Even though millions of women do agree with it.

As guilty of bias as Couric is, Ginsburg’s guilt is worse. The justice fails to allow for any possibility that does not comport with the left’s most dishonest take on the Hobby Lobby case. Ginsburg cannot conceive that the 5 justices who ruled that the government does not have the right to force business owners to pay for abortion-causing drugs came to that conclusion not because they’re stupid men ruled by testosterone, but because they recognize limits on government power and because they recognize that Americans do not surrender the religious and private property rights just because they own a successful business. Ginsburg reveals here, again, that she is a menace to individual rights and freedoms and fundamentally disregards the plain text of the Constitution that she is charged with upholding. Ginsburg is unfit for the court, frankly, and should never have been confirmed to it.

Just imagine, though, if Justice Scalia had come out and said that Ginsburg voted the way she voted — on any case — because she has a female “blind spot.”  Can you imagine the firestorm that would ensue?

The left would demonize him even more than they already do. They would call for his resignation, impeachment, plus tar and feathers just for fun. There would be Code Pink activists wearing garish lady part costumes in every city.

Ginsburg gets away with lobbing a blatantly sexist smear at her fellow justices. Because she is a leftist woman, and because Katie Couric is one of the worst working journalists in America today.

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Hamas Violates 72-Hour Ceasefire After Just 90 Minutes

Friday, August 1st, 2014 - by Bryan Preston

Overnight there was another humanitarian cease-fire between Israel and Hamas, and Hamas broke it with about 70.5 hours still on the clock.

A Hamas attack on IDF soldiers in southern Gaza, which occurred an hour and a half after the start of a humanitarian truce, ended with the suspected kidnapping of a soldier, the IDF said Friday.

Second Lt. Hadar Goldin, a 23-year-old Givati officer from Kfar Saba, was named as the IDF soldier presumed to be abducted by Hamas. His family has been notified.

Two other soldiers were killed during the incident.Their families have been notified.

Terrorists emerged from a tunnel shaft, and a suicide bomber detonated himself in the vicinity of soldiers. Heavy exchanges of fire ensued, before one of the IDF soldiers was kidnapped, a senior army source said.

If previous cases are any guide, Hamas will either trade Goldin for dozens to hundreds of its own jailed terrorists, or Hamas will murder him.

Hamas used one of the tunnels that it built with child labor to perpetrate this attack. The Israelis say that they have discovered 35 such tunnels, and have destroyed about half of them.

Some of the tunnels reportedly have entrances inside UN facilities, so American taxpayers paid indirectly for Hamas to build these tunnels in two ways — by paying aid to the Palestinians that gets diverted by Hamas, and by paying for the UN’s upkeep.

h/t Gateway Pundit

 

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Confirmed: Illegal Alien Kids Will Be Going to Publicly Funded Charter School in Texas

Thursday, July 31st, 2014 - by Bryan Preston

KRGV reports that a refurbished detention center in Karnes City, TX, will be used to house hundreds of women and children who crossed into Texas illegally.

The center’s rooms, called “suites,” have only been used to house adult illegal aliens in the past, but with the recent surge of unaccompanied minors from Central America, it will now be used to house kids too.

KRGV’s story says that the illegal aliens will only be housed at the center for an average of 23 days, or that’s the federal government’s claim. The facility includes flatscreen TVs in each suite, plus ping pong tables and even an astroturf soccer field.

But in the story’s final paragraph, there is a suggestion that the stay will be longer than 23 days.

A charter school nearby will provide schooling and access to a library for the immigrant children.

Charter schools are publicly funded independent schools, and are intended to allow American students to escape failing public schools. Now this one will be used to give illegal alien kids access to the quality of schools that many American kids cannot obtain.

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The Russians Are Openly Mocking Obama on Twitter Now

Thursday, July 31st, 2014 - by Bryan Preston

Dmitry Rogozin is Russia’s Deputy Prime Minister.

Here he is on Twitter today, beating President Obama and his tweenies at the State Department at their own social media game.

This feels like one of those family fight things. I’m free to mock my brother, but don’t you dare or I’ll knock you out. We mock Obama around here all the time, because he deserves it. But that mockery ends at the water’s edge and means an entirely different thing when the Russians do it.

It’s fair to say that the Russians have just put a final promise of hashtag to that whole “Reset” thing.

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Report Says Attacks on Border Patrol Officers are Increasing

Thursday, July 31st, 2014 - by Bryan Preston

According to a report obtained by Fox News, attacks on US Border Patrol officers are on the increase even as over all illegal border traffic has decreased slightly.

The report, compiled by the Texas Department of Public Safety’s Border Security Operations Center, details “ local and federal authorities encountering smugglers carrying millions of dollars’ worth of marijuana, cocaine and methamphetamine, some of which was found in vehicles filled with biblical passages and religious items; federal agents being assaulted and shot at; gang members brazenly approaching people in their homes; and ranch workers witnessing men crossing into the U.S. wearing camouflage and carrying long guns and automatic weapons.”

In the week of July 16-23 alone, according to the report, U.S. authorities apprehended 6,028 illegal immigrants, 4,152 of whom were not from Mexico. Most came from Central America. But there also were people from Russia, Morocco, China, Cuba and India, among other nations.

Cabrera, the union rep for the Rio Grande Valley Sector, the most heavily trafficked portion of the border, was shown a copy of the report by FoxNews.com. He contends the increase in attacks against law enforcement and the compilation of such events–including the game warden assault that occurred in Cabrera’s sector — should have been shared with him and his colleagues. But only higher-up officials receive the weekly reports, he said.

A spokesman for the Texas Department of Public Safety declined to respond on the record; Border Patrol did not return FoxNews.com’s request for comment.

The 83-page report for July 16-23 reveals, among other things, that authorities seized $478,879 in U.S. currency, recovered more than seven tons of marijuana (street value: $6.35 million) and turned up more than a million dollars’ worth of cocaine and methamphetamine.

According to the report, a game warden trying to seize a raft was assaulted with a rock thrown at his head from the Mexican side of the Rio Grande. The assailant then used children to shield himself from any counter action.

Game wardens have also reported seeing people in black uniforms and armed with rifles on the Mexican side of the border, and automatic gunfire was heard from the Mexico side on four different nights from July 16-23.

“This happens all the time. We’re out on the border, often we are alone, and all you hear is gunfire,” a Border Patrol agent working an overnight shift along the Rio Grande said last week.

“We are sitting ducks, and it’s only getting worse. Every night, it gets worse.”

I’ve heard the nightly sound of gunfire over the course of about a week. But that was in Baghdad, not Texas.

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Illegal Immigration Is Now Obama’s Worst Issue

Thursday, July 31st, 2014 - by Bryan Preston

So says those radical right-wingers at the Washington Post.

Immigration has emerged as perhaps President Obama’s worst issue — definitely for today, and maybe of his entire presidency — when it comes to public perception.

new poll from AP-GfK shows more than two-thirds of Americans (68 percent) disapprove of Obama’s handling of the immigration issue in general. Just 31 percent approve — down from 38 percent two months ago.

Big surprise here. When you encourage and allow chaos on the border, Americans find you in disfavor.

Obama has the unique ability to irritate everyone. The middle and right are leery of everything that he does, because he keeps proving that he is untrustworthy. His leftwing open borders supporters are unhappy that he hasn’t broken the law even more.

Of course, the problem is that Barack Obama does not care a whit about majority opinion anymore. He won re-election and is treating his second term as the chance to do whatever he wants, in full knowledge that the divided Congress can’t do very much about it. Even a united Congress under the Republicans will find themselves largely unable to stop him.

Obama will do what he wants, and right now he wants to cement the Hispanic vote to himself and his party, and he wants to establish himself as a leftwing kingmaker for life.

Democrats consistently misread the Hispanic vote on the border. Yes, it’s a major issue among Hispanics. But it’s far from the only issue, and Hispanic communities along the border recognize that chaos there threatens them and their families. On that latter aim, I think Obama is making a mistake. If his presidency continues its downward slide, he will leave office on a wave of fierce unpopularity. He may have a strong organization to command in Organizing for Action and its offshoots like Battleground Texas, but will he command any support outside the hard left? Will he have any real achievements to point to, so argue to other Democrats that he still ought to be their ideological leader?

Maybe, but it’s just as likely that his unpopularity and his lack of relationships with anyone outside his own circle will leave him isolated, commanding an army of activists with which few Democrats will want to have any public association. He’ll be yesterday’s news, a perennial threat to future Democrat presidents and a thorn to Republicans.

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Three More Reasons Why Israel Should Destroy Hamas Now

Thursday, July 31st, 2014 - by Bryan Preston

1. Hamas has called for Hizballah to get involved, and ISIS is showing signs that it wants to get involved — but so far neither has actually happened yet.

Hamas is taking a pounding from the Israel Defense Forces. Its tunnels are being discovered and destroyed. Its rockets are being shot down by Iron Dome before they can do much harm to Israeli civilians. Hamas knows that it cannot stand up to the IDF directly, and that it cannot face the IDF alone. The trajectory that this war is on ends with Hamas decimated, if Israel is allowed to finish the job this time.

So Hamas is calling for Hizballah to attack Israel from the north. Hizballah has problems of its own, chiefly the Syria civil war and the threat to its patron Assad in Damascus. So far, Hizballah has lobbed in a few rockets but has not done anything meaningful. If it did, though, Israel would face a two-front war. It could win, but a second front makes it more difficult for Israel to finish off Hamas as a fighting force, and it increases the chances of civilian casualties which the terrorists and their media allies will exploit against Israel.

ISIS, the radical caliphate that the Obama administration has allowed to fester in Iraq, has announced that it wants to join the fight in Gaza. But Jordan stands in the way. But Jordan is weak and has unrest of its own to worry about.

It’s not out of the question that ISIS could infiltrate in sufficient numbers to launch attacks and even open up an eastern front against Israel. The prospect of a three-front war is real. Israel has faced far worse odds before and won, but it’s better that Israel go ahead and destroy Hamas without delay, than to go for a cease-fire that gives its enemies time to consolidate and coordinate.

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Top Dem: You Bet We’re Gonna Scam Our Gullible Base On Impeachment!

Thursday, July 31st, 2014 - by Bryan Preston

I would write that we’ve reached the low point of the Obama presidency, but with two years plus left to run, he and his party are bound to go even lower.

For now, here’s how low they go. They’re literally inventing a threat, and then running on that threat as if it’s real.

Rep. Steve Israel, the chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, said Wednesday that conservative calls to impeach President Barack Obama and the House GOP’s push to sue the President are motivating the Democratic base in advance of November’s midterm elections.

“You bet we’re going to run on a Congress that is just obsessed with lawsuits, suing the President, talking about impeaching him, instead of solutions for the middle class, talking about jobs and infrastructure. You bet that we’re going to ask people to support us based on that contrast,” Israel declared at a briefing of CNN political reporters and producers.

As Rep. Israel knows because he has an office there, the House has sent more than 300 bills to the Senate which that body’s Democrat leadership has ignored, canned, panned and cast out. Those bills run across pretty much every issue, from jobs to foreign policy to tax reform to border security. The Democrat-controlled Senate won’t even bring them up for a vote.

So it’s a lie to claim that the House is “obsessed” with going after Obama.

Israel says talk of impeachment and lawsuit against Obama is motivating the Democratic party’s base.

“The phone calls, the emails, people signing up, wanting volunteer on campaigns, has surged literally over the past several weeks. Now it always surges as you get closer to an election, but I’m telling you the August numbers are what the Octobers numbers should be,” Israel said.

And he added that “their accusations of presidential overreach have become a Republican overreach and that is motivating swing voters and persuadable voters.”

There’s absolutely no evidence that most of that is true. Swing voters surely aren’t moving the Democrats’ way over this, at least not yet. Republicans are still ahead on the generic ballot and by my count, stand to gain at least five Senate seats from the Democrats this fall. At least five. But if the Democrats tell the lie loud enough, there’s always the possibility that it may work.

But once you turn down the volume a bit, isn’t it obvious that the Democrats from top to bottom are admitting that after six years of Obama and two years in which their party controlled everything, they have absolutely nothing to run on? Isn’t it obvious that their impeachment obsession is just desperation? It’s a counter attack from a surrounded and besieged, demoralized party.

The whole Obama hopenchange prog project has come up snake eyes. The economy is still ailing, Obamacare is still an unpopular flop, the world is becoming more dangerous and Obama seems to be positively obsessed with making sure that the border isn’t defended, that Israel can’t defend itself, and that the Muslim Brotherhood can cling to life. The divider in chief keeps behaving as the divider in chief, and even in a moment of crisis/opportunity like the shootdown of MH17, Obama flops.

The hard left had all the power and the best spokesman they’re ever going to get. And what do they have to show for it?

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Sheila Jackson Lee Was For Impeachment Before She was Against It

Thursday, July 31st, 2014 - by Bryan Preston

Buzzfeed’s Katherine Miller catches Texas’ national treasure Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee in a nice whopper. During House debate over the lawsuit against President Obama Wednesday (a lawsuit, not impeachment, for what that’s worth), Lee took the mic and claimed that even as bad as that awful old George W. Bush was, she never tried to impeach him.

I ask my colleagues to oppose this resolution for it is in fact a veiled attempt at impeachment and it undermines the law that allows a president to do his job. A historical fact: President Bush pushed this nation into a war that had little to do with apprehending terrorists. We did not seek an impeachment of President Bush, because as an executive, he had his authority. President Obama has the authority.

But it turns out that Lee co-sponsored a bill to impeach Bush in 2008.

It’s tough to make the case that Lee is lying about this. She probably just doesn’t remember. We’re talking about the same person who confuses the Moon with Mars, and who believes that the Constitution is 400 years old, and who believes that there are still a North and South Vietnam living side by side in peace, love and harmony.

So Lee supported impeachment before she was against it, and co-sponsored legislation to impeach Bush in 2008. If you think about it for a second, Lee’s forgotten (by Lee) effort was pretty much useless anyway. Bush was already on his way out of office in 2008.

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Watch the DNC Chairman’s Hilarious Admission About Obama’s Poor Work Ethic

Wednesday, July 30th, 2014 - by Bryan Preston

Democrat Chairman Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz is right up there with Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee in the brainpower department. Watch what DWS admitted today about how Obama’s work ethic.

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DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz: “I’m going to go to the House floor and actually debate why we shouldn’t be voting for the first time in American history to sue the President of the United States for doing his job, and doing his job actually less often and at a rate that is lower than any other president since Grover Cleveland. Because the Republicans refuse to do anything.”

Obama does spend an awful lot of his time watching TV, attending parties and playing golf. So DWS is right!

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My Take on the Jesse Ventura Lawsuit Against Chris Kyle’s Widow

Wednesday, July 30th, 2014 - by Bryan Preston

I’ve been on slow boil about this.

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Jesse Ventura is a clown, was a terrible governor, and is a full-blown 9-11 Truther. He also sued the widow of America’s most successful military sniper.

Nothing can restore a reputation that Ventura himself ripped to shreds years ago.

Mrs. Kyle is considering appealing the jury’s non-unanimous verdict against her late husband.

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VIDEO: Hamas TV Tells Jews ‘We Will Totally Exterminate You’

Wednesday, July 30th, 2014 - by Bryan Preston

Hamas’ Al-Aqsa TV aired this video on July 25, 2014, according to the Middle East Media Research Institute. In the clip, an unidentified imam at Deir al-Balah Mosque preaches genocide against all Jews.

Transcript: “Our doctrine in fighting you (the Jews) is that we will totally exterminate you. We will not leave a single one of you alive, because you are alien usurpers of the land and eternal mercenaries. You are the mercenaries of all times. Research the history, my brothers. Wherever the Jews lived, they spread corruption. Oh Muslims, didn’t you notice that Allah said: ‘They spread in THE land…’ The definite article in ‘THE land’ means the entire land. ‘They spread in the land corruption, and Allah loves not the corrupters.’”

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Government Investigation Finds Massive Mismanagement Wasted Millions in Botched Healthcare.gov Rollout

Wednesday, July 30th, 2014 - by Bryan Preston

The Government Accounting Office, the investigative arm of Congress, is set to release a damning report on the rollout of Healthcare.gov.

The GAO report is due out on Thursday. According to the AP, the GAO investigation found that Healthcare.gov’s rollout was mismanaged from stem to stern.

Investigators found that the administration kept changing the contractors’ marching orders for the HealthCare.gov website, creating widespread confusion and leading to tens of millions of dollars in additional costs. Changes were ordered in seemingly willy-nilly fashion, including 40 times when government officials did not have the initial authority to incur additional costs.

The report faults the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services — which is part of the Department of Health and Human Services — for ineffective oversight. The Medicare agency, known as CMS, was designated to administer Obama’s health care law.

The GAO finds that CMS failed even to give the site’s contractors a coherent plan to build it.

To date, no one has been fired for the administration’s towering mismanagement of Healthcare.gov. Then HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius has departed the administration, but CMS chief Marilyn Tavenner remains in the job.

 

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VIDEO: Democrats Rise Up to Keep the Impeachment Dream Alive (Update: Obsession!)

Wednesday, July 30th, 2014 - by Bryan Preston

Count the politicians who talk about impeachment in this video. Only one of them, John Boehner, is a Republican. All of the rest are Democrats.

And this video doesn’t even have all of the Democrats who have been taking to the mics in Congress to talk about impeaching Barack Obama. Several didn’t make the cut.

The whole thing is a Democrat fantasy, fear and fundraising scam.

Take a look.

See Also: Democrats Are Way More Obsessed With Impeachment Than Republicans, at FiveThirtyEight.

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Say, the Clintons’ ‘Speaking Fees’ Sure Look Like Hefty Foreign Bribes

Wednesday, July 30th, 2014 - by Bryan Preston

So check this out. Hillary Clinton claims that when she and Bill left the White House, they were “dead broke.”

Well, what’s One Broke Girl to do with a youthful yet retired husband and lots of legal bills to pay?

Hillary Clinton became Secretary of State. Bill Clinton set up a foundation, which is tax-exempt. Through that foundation, Bill booked a pile of extremely lucrative speaking engagements all over the world. Hillary’s State Department approved all of them, according to documents FOIA’d into the light by Judicial Watch and the Washington Examiner.

How lucrative was this effort? Well, let’s just say that Hillary ain’t no ways tired, and she ain’t no ways broke either.

A joint investigation by the Washington Examiner and the nonprofit watchdog group Judicial Watch found that former President Clintongave 215 speeches and earned $48 million while his wife presided over U.S. foreign policy, raising questions about whether the Clintons fulfilled ethics agreements related to the Clinton Foundation during Hillary Clinton‘s tenure as secretary of state.

According to documents obtained by Judicial Watch and released Wednesday in an ongoing Freedom of Information Act case, State Department officials charged with reviewing Bill Clinton’s proposed speeches did not object to a single one.

Not a single one.

We’re not talking about speeches delivered to the Des Moines Toastmasters. They couldn’t afford to buy a former American president’s time at the rates the Clintons were charging.

State Department legal advisers, serving as “designated agency ethics officials,” approved Bill Clinton’s speeches in ChinaRussiaSaudi ArabiaEgypt, the United Arab EmiratesPanama,TurkeyTaiwanIndia, the Cayman Islands and other countries.

The memos approving Mr. Clinton’s speeches were routinely copied to Cheryl Mills, Hillary Clinton’s senior counsel and chief of staff.

That would be Hillary’s longtime loyalist and fixer, Cheryl Mills.

Did the Clintons use Hillary’s position atop the United States Department of State to line their own pockets, while accepting whopping amounts of cash from countries over which Hillary had serious policy power?

By a plain reading of the facts, that’s exactly what they did. They set the system up even before Hillary became Secretary of State.

Under State Department protocols, a “designated agency ethics official” is assigned to advise the secretary of state about “potential or actual conflicts of interest.”

In a December 2008 memorandum of understanding, the protocols were expanded to Bill Clinton, the Clinton Foundation and related initiatives — specifically, to reviewing Bill Clinton’s proposed speeches and consulting deals.

In an accompanying letter to the State Department legal adviser, Clinton lawyer David Kendall noted that Bill Clinton would disclose proposed consulting deals and, for speeches, provide “the identities of the host(s) (the entity that pay the speaker’s fee)” so that the State Department “in consultation with the White House as appropriate, may conduct a review for any real or apparent conflicts of interest with the duties of the Secretary of State.”

In all her years atop State, the department only found one such conflict, and that wasn’t in regard to any of Bill Clinton’s overseas speaking gigs. Hillary Clinton’s State Department got Bill Clinton greenlit every single time a foreign government wanted to pay him hundreds of thousands of dollars for an hour of his precious time.

Speeches weren’t the Clintons’ only means of hauling in foreign wealth while Hillary was America’s top diplomat. There’s more at the link above. Saudis alone have handed the Clintons somewhere between $18 million and $50 million, albeit not directly — to the tax-exempt Clinton Foundation.

What are these benefactors getting for their sizable investments?

One wonders, do the Clintons ever donate any of their earnings from “speaking fees” to any political candidates?

In the wrong light, that could look like laundering money from foreign sources.

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MSNBC Host After Interviewing Israeli Official: ‘Keep it right here on Morning Jew’

Wednesday, July 30th, 2014 - by Bryan Preston

MSNBC host Mika Brzezinski let a telling slip on Morning Joe today. That’s Morning Joe… as in Joe Scarborough.

Brzezinski had just interviewed Ron Dermer, Israel’s ambassador to the United States. That’s when this happened.

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Whatcha thinkin’ about, Mika?

h/t Ace

 

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Bomb-Laden Tunnel Found in Gaza UN Health Clinic

Wednesday, July 30th, 2014 - by Bryan Preston

Another war crime committed by Hamas, reports the Times of Israel.

An Israeli elite squad searching for tunnels near Khan Younis uncovers a booby-trapped opening in a small UNRWA health clinic.

The troops send in sniffing dogs and a small robot to minimize damage to the structure, but despite the precautionary measures, the explosives rigged to the tunnel are detonated, demolishing the building on top of the soldiers.

Earlier reports indicated that a number of soldiers were injured.

The same brief post notes that Hamas has used IEDs and destroyed “thousands” of buildings in Gaza. In a sweep of 28 buildings overnight, the IDF found that 19 of them were booby trapped with bombs.

On a brighter note, the IDF believes that it’s just days away from destroying all of Hamas’ tunnels.

Instead of allowing Israel to finish the job, though, the Obama regime is ramping up its rhetoric against them.

The UN and the current US government are both unlikely to let Israel win.

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Democrat Who Feared that Guam Would Capsize Elevates the Impeachment Talk As Only He Can

Wednesday, July 30th, 2014 - by Bryan Preston

Rep. Hank Johnson (D-GA) is one of nearly a dozen Democrats in Congress who have stepped up to the mic to talk about impeaching President Obama today. Zero Republicans have followed suit.

Johnson elevated the discussion as only he can, by quoting pop star Janet Jackson’s 1986 hit, “What Have You Done for Me Lately?”

Rep. Johnson distinguished himself a few years back when he expressed his fear that the island of Guam would tip over if there were too many people on it.

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Johnson also had to apologize for this House floor comment referencing “midgets.”

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Fundamental Transformation: Obama Says He Wants to Lower the Retirement Age. A Whole Lot.

Wednesday, July 30th, 2014 - by Bryan Preston

The current official retirement age in the United States is 65. Speaking in Kansas today, President Barack Obama said that if he had his way, Americans would retire a whole lot earlier than that.

Setting aside the “digity” typo (Yo!), an American who starts work at age 18 would retire at 38 or 48 — the age when most Americans hit their prime earning years.

An American who graduates college at 22 would retire at 42 or 52.

Given current lifespans in the US, even retiring at 52 would put millions of Americans on retirement for 30 or 40 years. Social Security cannot sustain that. Public and private pensions aren’t designed to sustain that.

The best that can said about Obama’s retirement comment is that it’s what you might expect from a man who treats the hardest job in the world as if it’s just an opportunity to spend a third of his time playing golf and going to parties.

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Lois Lerner Called Conservatives ‘A**holes’ in IRS Email

Wednesday, July 30th, 2014 - by Bryan Preston

How bad must IRS honcho Lois Lerner’s “lost” emails be? Here’s a set of her emails that wasn’t lost, but she probably wishes had been scrapped along with her “recycled” hard drive.

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Lerner not only calls conservatives a foul name in the email, she suggests that conservatives will destroy the country. She wrote the emails just three days after Barack Obama was elected to his second term.

Lerner wrote the emails on her government-issued BlackBerry device.

House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Rep. Dave Camp is asking Attorney General Eric Holder to look into Lerner’s email, which shows evidence of Hatch Act violations. The Hatch Act forbids federal workers from using their positions for politics. Surely Holder will get right on that request. </sarc>

h/t Bill Murphy

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McDonald’s Ruling Could Bring Big Labor Back from the Brink

Wednesday, July 30th, 2014 - by Bryan Preston

Obama’s National Labor Relations Board made a significant ruling against McDonald’s on Tuesday. That ruling may make it much easier for labor unions to sweep up part-time workers are franchise corporations, and upsets 30 years of corporate-franchise law, according to the New York Times.

The general counsel of the National Labor Relations Board ruled on Tuesday that McDonald’s could be held jointly liable for labor and wage violations by its franchise operators — a decision that, if upheld, would disrupt longtime practices in the fast-food industry and ease the way for unionizing nationwide.

Business groups called the decision outrageous. Some legal experts described it as a far-reaching move that could signal the labor board’s willingness to hold many other companies to the same standard of “joint employer,” making businesses that use subcontractors or temp agencies at least partly liable in cases of overtime, wage or union-organizing violations.

Big Labor instigated the case and is crowing that it is getting what it wants.

Wilma Liebman, a former chairwoman of the National Labor Relations Board under President Obama and now an occasional consultant to unions, said the decision could give fast-food workers and labor unions leverage to get the company to negotiate about steps that would make it easier to organize McDonald’s restaurants. Similarly, she said, the ruling could give the workers and unions more clout in pressing McDonald’s to have its franchisees raise wages.

The percentage of American workers who belong to unions has been in deep decline over the past few decades. States are trending away from forced union membership and toward right-to-work.

Big Labor has only maintained its viability in an unholy union with unionized government workers, whose dues pay off Democrats to keep government jobs lucrative and have contributed to making government worker pensions unsustainable. The union between Big Labor and Big Government costs taxpayers billions.

But if Big Labor can capture workers at franchise restaurants, many of which are small family-owned businesses that buy into larger corporate branding and products, it could find a new lease on life. It could also price products at those businesses out of range for lower-income Americans, and will surely cost hundreds of thousands of Americans their jobs, by forcing wage hikes that those businesses cannot sustain.

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Three Reasons Why Israel Should Destroy Hamas Now

Wednesday, July 30th, 2014 - by Bryan Preston

Hamas started the current war with Israel. That is not even in dispute among serious people. Islamic terrorists are currently waging killing sprees against civilians in Nigeria, Iraq and Israel, among other places, but only when Israel stands up to defend itself does the world cry out for a cease-fire.

Why is that?

Anti-Israel bias and anti-Semitism have to be at least part of the explanation.

Israel should ignore calls for a cease-fire and destroy Hamas as a political and fighting force now. In fact, this war may be its last chance to defeat Hamas and have any possibility of getting to a two-state solution that stands any chance, however remote, of achieving peace.

1. Hamas’ evil is never going to be more obvious. Hamas weaponizes women, children and animals. Hamas started the current war and they have rejected five cease-fires (and counting). Hamas has been caught hiding its missiles in UNRWA schools. This week, Hamas leadership have re-iterated that their goal is to destroy Israel entirely. Hamas will never live with a two-state solution.

The Israel Defense Forces are making good progress destroying Hamas’ tunnels and missile arsenal. A cease-fire at this point only gives Hamas the chance to re-arm, force children to dig more tunnels, and rebuild Palestinian morale that shows evidence of eroding during this war. If Israel does not destroy Hamas now, there is always the chance that Hamas obtains even more powerful weapons, either from Turkey or Iran or another source, and uses them against Israel.

The Islamist revival that is powering terrorism all over the world may eventually abate, and the majority of Muslims may yet follow Egypt’s lead and reject the likes of the Muslim Brotherhood, but at the moment, Iran is still a radical threat, Turkey is becoming more radical, and Europe is succumbing to its own domestic Islamist threat and to its old habit of anti-Semitism. The way to bet right now is that global opinion of Israel is going to get worse, not better, over the next few decades.

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Turkey’s Deputy PM Tells Women Not to Laugh Out Loud In Public

Tuesday, July 29th, 2014 - by Bryan Preston

It looks like we have a gen-u-wine war on women in Turkey (and pretty much every other Islamic country).

Women should not laugh out loud in public or speak of trivial matters on the phone, according to Turkish deputy prime minister, Bulent Arınc.

Mr Arınc urged men and women to remember the importance of chastity during an Eid al-Fitr meeting on Monday in Bursa, west Turkey, and to have an acute awareness of shame.

“A woman will know what is haram and not haram. She will not laugh out loud in public. She will not be inviting in her attitudes and will protect her chasteness,” Mr Arınc said.

Some Turkish women are responding on social media by posting pics of themselves, laughing out loud. Which in Islamist Turkey is a good way to get arrested.

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VIDEO — Illegal Aliens Can Flout American Law But Americans Can’t

Tuesday, July 29th, 2014 - by Bryan Preston

Go stand outside the White House in Washington and break a law. Any law. Have a protest without a permit. There’s a law against having a tripod of any kind on the sidewalk just outside the White House fence. Break that law. Set up a camera tripod on that sidewalk. See what happens to you.

As a videographer I’ve run into that law. Here’s what will happen to you. First, police will have a word with you and tell you about the law and ask you to remove your gear. If you remove your tripod from the sidewalk, the police will leave you alone with a “Have a nice day.”

But if you refuse to remove the tripod, the police will remove you. Because you broke the law.

On Monday, hundreds of illegal aliens protested outside the White House. The Secret Service was there and told the illegal aliens to keep off the sidewalk. But not one single illegal alien was arrested, despite the fact that they were clearly saying that they are illegal aliens — that their status outside the law is the whole point of their presence there. They broke the law. They got away with it. They’re still getting away with it.

Illegal aliens can flout the law right in front of the White House, without any fear of arrest (well, unless they set up a tripod on that sidewalk and refused to move it).

There’s something deeply wrong with a country that allows this.

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How the Deadly Ebola Virus Almost Got to the United States

Tuesday, July 29th, 2014 - by Bryan Preston

A terrifying story from the Telegraph. The worst Ebola outbreak in history almost came to the US.

An Ebola victim who was allowed to board an international flight was an American citizen on his way home to the United States, it has emerged.

Patrick Sawyer worked for the Liberian government and was visiting his sister there when he developed symptoms while on a plane to Nigeria. He was quarantined on arrival in Lagos and died on Friday.

His wife, Decontee, 34, who like Mr Sawyer is originally from Liberia, currently at the heart of the terrifying Ebola outbreak, said he had been due to travel on to America where he could have become Patient Zero in a US epidemic.

Sawyer apparently contracted Ebola from his sister, but between getting it and his death, he took two flights from Nigeria to Liberia with a stop in Togo.

The Nigerian authorities have closed the hospital he was treated at, First Consultants Hospital in Obalende, one of the busiest parts of the city with a population of around 21 million.

Manifests of the passengers and crew who travelled on the same flights as Mr Sawyer have yet to be released

His job involved promoting trade in West Africa and he was on his way to a conference in Lagos from where he planned to travel back to the US when he fell ill with vomiting and diarrhea.

Ebola’s incubation period is 21 days. Symptoms may not show up during most of that time. Ebola kills about 90% of people infected with it.

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Obama Goads Boehner to Take Impeachment Entirely Off the Table

Tuesday, July 29th, 2014 - by Bryan Preston

Impeachment is the constitutional remedy for public officials including presidents who break the law. For the remainder of Obama’s time in office, though, impeachment may as well have been written out of the Constitution.

House Speaker John Boehner has been maneuvered into taking impeachment out of the U.S. system of governance by Obama’s scamming campaign tactics, along with a hyperpartisan media, today.

Talk of impeachment was cooked up by a White House desperate for something to rally Democrats ahead of November’s elections, House Speaker John A. Boehner said Tuesday, flatly ruling out any action on the controversial suggestion.

“We have no plans to impeach the president. We have no future plans,” Mr. Beohner said. “Listen, it’s all a scam started by Democrats at the White House.”

Boehner is right; the Democrats are running a scam on the American people.

To be clear, there are no Republicans in leadership positions who are seriously considering impeaching President Obama. It’s not on the agenda. To be clear again, the percentage of Americans who now want to impeach Obama is about the same percentage of Americans who wanted to impeach President George W. Bush, and President Bill Clinton before him. There is always a minority out there who dislikes the current president so badly that they want him kicked out. Clinton was impeached, of course, but he beat the rap despite the fact that he did lie under oath and he did suborn the perjury of others. His actions later led to him being disbarred by the United States Supreme Court.

Obama’s crimes against the rule of law are arguably more serious than Clinton’s. Whether Obama deserves impeachment isn’t just a legal question, it’s also a political question. Obama has broken laws or essentially re-written laws without Congress several times, and on immigration he is threatening to do so again and may legalize as many as 5 million who are in the country illegally. He does not have the power to do what he is doing, as he publicly admitted himself more than once. Yet he intends to act anyway, in full knowledge and awareness both that his act is illegal, and that it will provoke and divide the nation. He wants to be provocative, and he wants to be seen as rewarding people who support him and shore up his support on the left while dividing and beating his opposition. If America still lived by the letter of the Constitution, and if we were not possessed of the racial and political divisions that beset us now, a case could be made for Obama’s impeachment.

But that’s not the world that we live in. We slipped off of the foundations of the Constitution a long time ago. The fact is, nearly half of the country still supports Obama and his policies including his lawlessness (to the extent that they even know about any of that), and the fact is, the politics of impeaching the nation’s first black president are so dire that they ought to force even Obama’s most ardent critics to think long and hard about the full implications of taking that step.

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