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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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Awesome! Online Dopes Think Steven Spielberg Killed an Animal That Has Been Extinct for Millions of Years

Friday, July 11th, 2014 - by Bryan Preston

Some guy punked the whole Internet with one photo from the set of Jurassic Park. Which was a movie, in case anyone didn’t know that. It was a groundbreaking display of incredible special effects. In 1993.

Hollywood movie director Steven Spielberg is the talk of the internet after a photo of him posing with a ‘dead’ dinosaur went viral. 

The picture, taken on the set of his 1993 blockbuster Jurassic Park, was posted online last Sunday by Facebook meme-maker and wit Jay Branscomb.

In an apparent reference to the furor surrounding Kendall Jones, the 19-year-old Texas cheerleader who has gained notoriety for posing with exotic animal she has killed, Branscomb added a jokey caption claiming the photo showed a ‘despicable’ hunter.

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People quickly proved that Abraham Lincoln knew his human nature, posting reactions denouncing Spielberg as an “inhumane p**** animal killer” and swearing that they’ll never watch his movies again.

Spielberg really should be careful. The idiot demographic must number in the billions.

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San Francisco Giants Ponder Banning ‘Culturally Insensitive’ Attire at Its Stadium

Friday, July 11th, 2014 - by Bryan Preston

If the Giants do this, the question will be, which cultures will win or lose? It won’t be very hard to predict.

SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS)— The San Francisco Giants organization is in the final steps of adopting a policy to ban fans from wearing “culturally-insensitive” attire at AT&T Park.

Giants’ Sr. Vice President Staci Slaughter said the Giants are very proud of their diverse fan base, but want fans to respect one another.

A lone incident involving a protected group sparked this radical change.

A couple of weeks ago, at AT&T Park’s Native American Heritage Night, two groups of fans had a disagreement over the issue of what should and shouldn’t be worn.

SF Examiner reported two Native American fans asked a third fan, who appeared to be Caucasian, to remove a headdress he was wearing.

Slaughter said the consideration to revise their dress-code policy partly stems from that incident.

It’s funny actually. The Giants got what they wanted — people celebrating a specific culture. Like this, from the same event in 2012.

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And this.

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And this.

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You get the idea. People in the stands who were wearing the same things that people on the field were wearing in the official program caused a stink.

That turned into a disagreement and now no one gets to play.

But which cultures will win and lose?

It’s San Francisco, remember.

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Democrat Tells Religious Americans: You Must Choose Between Your Faith or Your Business

Friday, July 11th, 2014 - by Bryan Preston

Progressive Democrat Sen. Chuck Schumer (NY) admitted Thursday that he doesn’t even know what Hobby Lobby sells. He tacitly admits that he doesn’t care that it is a family-owned business.

Nevertheless, in announcing that the Democrats will pursue legislation to overthrow the Supreme Court’s decision of last week, Schumer explicitly ordered Americans to choose between our livelihoods and our religious beliefs.

“Think of the difference,” Schumer says. “You’re born with a religion or you adopt a religion. You have to obey the precepts of that religion, and the government gives you a wide penumbra. You don’t have to form a corporation.”

Our rights, according to America’s founding documents, don’t come from government, are inalienable, and come from God.

“We wouldn’t tell the owners of Hobby Lobby,” he continued, “to convert to a different religion or disobey their religion. But we don’t say that they have to open up a company. And go sell toys, or hobby kits. We don’t have any of them in New York, so I don’t know exactly what they sell.”

His audience chuckled at that.

“But the court took the protection (for individuals, per Schumer’s reckoning) and misapplied it.”

Schumer gets the Obamacare abortifacient mandate wrong, intentionally. It does tell people who object to abortifacients to disobey their religion. It tells the Little Sisters of the Poor to disobey their religion. It tells Catholic business owners to disobey their religion.

In Schumer’s way of thinking, the solution for religious people is obvious: If you don’t want to disobey your religion, refrain from starting a business in America. At all. Ever.

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The Roof is On Fire

Friday, July 11th, 2014 - by Bryan Preston

Chinese hackers are after the personal data of every US federal worker, according to the New York Times:

Chinese hackers in March broke into the computer networks of the United States government agency that houses the personal information of all federal employees, according to senior American officials. They appeared to be targeting the files on tens of thousands of employees who have applied for top-secret security clearances.

The hackers gained access to some of the databases of the Office of Personnel Management before the federal authorities detected the threat and blocked them from the network, according to the officials. It is not yet clear how far the hackers penetrated the agency’s systems, in which applicants for security clearances list their foreign contacts, previous jobs and personal information like past drug use.

One senior American official said that the attack was traced to China, though it was not clear if the hackers were part of the government.

But that’s the way to bet.

Texas Gov. Rick Perry met with President Obama to discuss the border crisis yesterday. The meeting didn’t go too well. Perry was on Hannity last night and demonstrated that he knows his way around border security.

Perry isn’t the president. As governor, there is only so much that he can do to secure the border. He’s doing what he can. The border is a federal responsibility.

Instead of helping, Obama is launching extortionate attacks and joking that he’s the only person in Washington who is doing any work. While he attends fundraisers, give speeches, drinks beer and plays pool.

Peggy Noonan wonders just how cold Obama has to be to use thousands of stranded children as political props and pressure points.

Very cold, is the answer. Ice in his veins. A sociopath in the White House.

It’s clear now, has been for some time actually, that disasters mean nothing to Obama.

The border has been erased. His own Democrats are feeling the heat. Even Wendy Davis wants him to visit the border now. He doesn’t care.

Our allies in Iraq and Israel are under siege, at war with terrorists. In Iraq, the terrorists have seized old chemical weapons and uranium, not weapons grade but maybe dirty weapons grade. In Israel, Hamas is launching hundreds of rockets at civilians.

Obama couldn’t bestir himself to stop playing pool for days. He finally phoned the Israeli PM yesterday, and offered to broker a cease-fire. He has offered no clear statement that Israel has the right and obligation to defend itself. Obama is doing and saying what he can to ensure that Israel can’t count on its former ally, and that it won’t get any clear backing internationally.

Back in Washington, a constitutional crisis is looming as the House fights both the White House and the Senate over Obama’s illegal law-writing, and the IRS weaponization of government.

Going by his words, actions and body language, these crises are exactly that Barack Obama wants.

The roof is on fire, and he’s standing around like an arsonist, watching the firefighters with a half smile, even acting like he’s lending a hand to help, while he sneaks the matchbox back in his pocket.

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House Drafting Statement to Arrest Lois Lerner for Contempt (Resolution Text Added)

Thursday, July 10th, 2014 - by Bryan Preston

As Ron Burgundy might say, that escalated quickly.

Lerner has come under renewed scrutiny this week on two fronts. Emails show that she was aware of a key email that later went “missing.” More importantly, other released emails show that she sought to hide information from Congress as it was investigating the IRS targeting of Tea Party groups.

The House has the power to arrest and jail on charges of contempt.

Update: Rep. Stockman has published the text of the resolution on his website.

RESOLUTION

Providing for the arrest of Lois G. Lerner to answer the charge of contempt of Congress

Whereas Lois G. Lerner, former Director, Exempt Organizations, Internal Revenue Service, has been found to be in contempt of Congress for willfully and intentionally refusing to comply with a congressional subpoena duly issued by the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, thereby obstructing the Congress in the lawful exercise of its constitutionally mandated legislative powers; and,

Whereas such behavior is an insult to the dignity of the House of Representatives, an attack upon the integrity of its proceedings, works violence upon the rights of the House collectively, and therefore implicates the long-recognized inherent power of the House to punish and commit for contempt, privileged under the Constitution; and,

Whereas recent history with similarly contumacious and insolent witnesses such as Eric Himpton Holder, Junior, strongly suggests that the present statutory judicial rubric set up to punish and reform such insubordinate and obstructionist witnesses would be ineffective in this case, as it is likely that the US Attorney for the District of Columbia would refuse to perform his lawful duty to bring the offending contemnor Lerner before a Grand Jury and prosecute the same for her misconduct pursuant to section 104 of the Revised Statutes of the United States (2 U.S.C. 194) and section 102 of the Revised Statutes of the United States (2 U.S.C. 192); and,

Whereas the executive and judicial branches’ prolonged and dawdling failure to prosecute Attorney General Holder’s insolent contempt of the 112th Congress strongly suggests that a like proceeding against contemnor Lerner would be similarly futile, and the threat of such prosecution has clearly been insufficient to encourage contemnor Lerner to be honest and candid with the Congress regarding the heinous actions of the Internal Revenue Service;

Now, therefore, be it

Resolved, That the Speaker issue his warrant, directed to the Sergeant-at-Arms, or his deputy, commanding him to arrest and take into custody forthwith, wherever to be found, the body of Lois G. Lerner, and bring her to the bar of the House without delay to answer to the charge of contempt of its authority, breach of its privileges, and gross and wanton insult to the integrity of its proceedings, and in the meantime keep the body of Lerner in his custody in the common jail of the District of Columbia, subject to the further order of the House. While in custody, Lerner shall enjoy no special privileges beyond those extended to her fellow inmates, shall not access any computer or telephone, and shall not be visited by anyone other than her counsel, clergy, physician, or family.

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Will Obama Watch a Screening of Pro-Illegal Immigration Exploitation Movie While He Visits Austin?

Thursday, July 10th, 2014 - by Bryan Preston

President Obama visits Austin, Texas today for a Democratic Party fundraiser with some of entertainment’s top names.

The president will not visit the Texas-Mexico border, despite the fact that it is currently in a state of crisis. An estimated 57,000 unaccompanied children have been caught at the border since October 1, 2013, a number that has overwhelmed the Border Patrol’s ability to process and care for them. That number could reach 100,000 by the end of the fiscal year.

The children are being shipped to camps at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, which is just a little over an hour’s drive from Austin, and to many other camps around the country.

Obama’s fundraiser stop has brought Austin’s already tight traffic to a grinding halt. Interstate 35, the main north-south artery through Austin, was shut down as the president’s motorcade made its way from Bergstrom International Airport into Austin proper. Residents couldn’t get to work or anywhere else.

Texas Democratic candidates and officials have elected not to allow themselves to be photographed with the unpopular president, even in deep blue Austin.

Movie director Robert Rodriguez hosts the president’s Austin fundraiser.

Rodriguez stirred massive controversy in 2010 when he directed the hyper-violent pro-illegal immigration movie, Machete.

Machete depicts the grindhouse tale of a Mexican Federale who gets caught up in a plot to assassinate a cartoonish, pro-border security Texas senator. Danny Trejo plays the role of the Federale. Robert DeNiro portrays the hick senator. Jessica Alba also stars as a US Border Patrol agent who switches sides and becomes a violent pro-illegal immigration advocate. Machete features a glittering cast of stars, including Don Johnson, Steven Seagal, Michelle Rodriguez, Cheech Marin and Lindsay Lohan. Machete calls illegal aliens “illegal Americans” and sends an unmistakable pro-illegal immigration message.

Rodriguez originally used incentives from the Texas Film Commission to fund the production of Machete, but once its contents became widely known, the Commission rescinded those credits and incentives. He proceeded to produce the film in Texas anyway. It cost over $10,500,000 to make, and grossed $26,593,646 according to Box Office Mojo. Its sequel, 2013′s Machete Kills, did even worse, despite its amazing cast that includes Trejo, Alba, Michelle Rodriguez, Charlie Sheen, Mel Gibson, Sofia Vergara (who wears a metal bra machine gun), Lady Gaga, Antonio Banderas, Cuba Gooding Jr., Amber Heard, Bruce Campbell and other Hollywood stars.

Since the president refuses to visit the border, and clearly leans on the side of encouraging rather than stopping illegal immigration, and he enjoys his entertainment to the point of bragging that he gets advanced episodes Game of Thrones before they even air on HBO, perhaps Rodriguez will screen the film for him at today’s fundraiser. There’s nothing like watching a film when you have the director right there next to you to add his background commentary.

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Maybe they’ll make it a double feature.

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Machete don’t tweet, but Barack Obama does, so maybe he’ll live tweet the film fantastic for us.

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New Judicial Watch Docs Show that Treasury’s IG Sought Key ‘Missing’ IRS Email

Thursday, July 10th, 2014 - by Bryan Preston

Judicial Watch has released new emails that show that in early 2013, IRS official Lois Lerner was at the center of a scramble to find a key “missing” email from 2010.

The missing email was said to be a request for IRS tax-exempt officials to route all Tea Party group applications to a special group for extra review. Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) official Troy Patterson sought the email during the office’s investigation of the IRS abuse of Tea Party groups. Lerner’s group apparently ignored his request, despite the fact that they had acknowledged the email’s existence.

While Lerner’s group failed to provide the email in question to TIGTA, they discussed it among themselves. Judicial Watch’s investigation turned up that discussion.

Beginning in late March (2013), the hunt for the missing email directing the targeting of Tea Party applications resulted in a frenzied internal IRS email exchange, including the following:

Troy said he did reach out to the name you gave him to see if they could find the email, but got no response. Can you give me whatever info I gave you so I can kick some butt wherever it needs kicking! 

  • March 25, 2013 – 2:38 PM – Lois Lerner to Nikole Flax (then-Chief of Staff to then-Acting IRS Commissioner Steven T. Miller): 

He [apparently Troy Paterson] said they contacted the person, but no one ever responded. I will get the contact we gave him from Holly. I personally reached out to them to tell them TIGTA was coming and asked for the right person to help. Once I get the name, perhaps someone can ask them to respond to TIGTA? We shoot ourselves in our own foot! 

 In our response, based on what we were able to find out from staff, we told them that in 2010, someone in Determs [Determinations] sent out an informal email to all Determs folks asking them to forward all “Tea Party” applications to another specialist. TIGTA asked for a copy of the email. We asked everyone in Determs to check their email to find it – no one could find a copy … In any event, apparently, no one responded to Troy’s request. 

I’ll send the draft – don’t freak out because we had a good talk and I believe there will be another draft to comment on – we had a higher up guy this time. As to information we can’t provide – I’d rather they do the IT route –the investigatory route means they’d go out and question staff, who are already freaked.

After claiming that she was trying to track down a copy of the missing email, Lerner later denied it existed. In an April 2, 2013, email to Paterson and Assistant Inspector General Gregory Kutz, previously released by Judicial Watch, Lerner wrote:

So, following our conversation last week, we again searched our records and spoke to EO Rulings & Agreements employees about the May 2010 e-mail regarding the pre-BOLO [Be On the Look Out] criteria, and the issue of who approved the criteria. We now believe that there was not a May 2010 e-mail sent to all Determinations personnel directing them to coordinate these cases with group 7825.

If the May 2010 email sought by the Treasury Inspector General exists, as Lerner acknowledged in her March 25, 2010, email to Flax, it could now be among those the IRS claims were lost when Lerner’s hard drive was destroyed.

The newly released emails show that IRS headquarters in Washington was aware of the targeting. Lerner claimed that it had been conducted by “rogue” agents in the Cincinnati office.

Judicial Watch’s Tom Fitton says “This extraordinary series of emails further confirms, contrary to statements by President Obama, that the Tea Party suppression effort was run out the IRS headquarters in Washington, DC. And it raises more disturbing questions about smoking gun IRS evidence disappearing and a cover-up that goes back to at least 2013. At this point, our FOIA lawsuit seems the best vehicle to get to the bottom of this IRS scandal.”

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PHOTOS: Obama Laughs His Way Through Meeting with Gov. Perry

Thursday, July 10th, 2014 - by Bryan Preston

Reuters published these two photos from President Obama’s meeting with Texas Gov. Rick Perry Wednesday. The president and the governor met in Dallas to discuss the humanitarian crisis on the Texas-Mexico border. The federal government estimates that 57,000 unaccompanied children have been taken in after illegally crossing into the United States.

In the two photos, Gov. Perry and his team appear to be taking the moment seriously. President Obama is grinning and laughing.

Obama himself has described the situation on the border as a “humanitarian crisis.”

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President Obama refuses to visit the border while he is in Texas this week, despite the fact that while he is in Austin for a fundraiser he will be a short flight from the Rio Grande Valley. The vast majority of the illegal crossings are occurring in that region.

President Obama has requested $3.7 billion in emergency funding to handle the crisis, with most of that going to process and care for the children, not secure the border.

h/t PJ Gladnick

Update: DUers and Kos readers react about how you’d expect them to react.

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Gov. Perry Asks Obama To Do One Thing About the Border Crisis, Which Would Help, But Which Obama Is Certain Not To Do

Wednesday, July 9th, 2014 - by Bryan Preston

After meeting with President Obama on the border crisis in Dallas today, Texas Gov. Rick Perry issued the following statement. In it, he lists several measures that the president should take to secure the border. Here is the governor’s full statement.

DALLAS – Gov. Rick Perry today met with President Barack Obama to discuss the ongoing humanitarian and national security crises occurring along the Texas-Mexico border. In the meeting, Gov. Perry urged the president to undertake the necessary steps to secure the border and ease the crises.

“Five hundred miles south of here in the Rio Grande Valley there is a humanitarian crisis unfolding that has been created by bad public policy, in particular the failure to secure the border,” Gov. Perry said. “Securing the border is attainable, and the president needs to commit the resources necessary to get this done.”

Among the requests Gov. Perry made to President Obama to secure the border:

  • Visit the Texas-Mexico border to witness firsthand the impact of the border crisis;
  • Deploy an additional 1,000 National Guard troops to the Texas-Mexico border to immediately enhance border security operations;
  • Direct the Federal Aviation Administration to allow the National Guard to utilize Predator drones along the Texas-Mexico border for identifying and tracking human and drug trafficking;
  • Medically screen all illegal immigrants to ensure their health and the health of our citizens;
  • Direct the Centers for Disease Control or another appropriate federal agency outside the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to conduct, in conjunction with the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS), inspections of facilities in which illegal immigrants, including UACs, are being housed to ensure accepted international and national emergency sheltering standards are met;
  • Modify or rescind policies that serve as a magnet to encourage illegal immigration, including:
  • DHS Catch and Release policies by which DHS issues an illegal immigrant an NTA before an immigration judge and releases them. The U.S. Department of Justice reports that 33 percent of those released on their own recognizance failed to appear in FY 2013.
  • Deportation policies and procedures that prohibit UACs from countries other than Mexico and Canada from being immediately repatriated back to their country of origin. After DHS processes these UACs, they are issued an NTA and delivered to a sponsor or relative in the United States, regardless of the relative’s immigration status.

President Obama has already rejected the first point, and refuses to visit the border to see the situation for himself. The White House came up with a new excuse today — that the president’s presence might get in the way of security on the border.

The Texas-Mexico border is more than 1200 miles long.

The sixth point and its two subordinate points are at the root of the problem. The UAC’s flooding the border expect to get to stay, because the talk of “comprehensive immigration reform” always causes a spike in illegal crossings; because of how the 2008 William Wilberforce Act is being implemented; and because of President Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. The latter is an executive order. Obama imposed it without Congress, yet today he says that he cannot act without Congress.

Those are among the policies Gov. Perry is referring to. President Obama has no intention of changing them, at least not DACA. He did not even mention that one during his own statement on the border this afternoon. Instead of acknowledging that his own policies have played any role in the crisis, he instead blamed Republicans and demanded that they do exactly what he says, or he will take no action on his own to fix the problem.

Some people might see that as extortion.

DACA is his policy, created via executive order. He could rescind it any time he wants. He won’t.

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Estimate of UAC Border Crossings Jumps

Wednesday, July 9th, 2014 - by Bryan Preston

The Chicago Tribune reports that the situation on the border is even worse than has been previously revealed. The federal government has estimated that 52,000 unaccompanied children — UAC — have illegally crossed the border since October 1 last year. That was off by several thousand.

Senior Obama administration officials told Congress on Wednesday that they were struggling to keep up with the growing influx of young migrants from Central America who are illegally crossing the Southwestern border.

The number of unaccompanied children picked up at the border since Oct. 1 is now 57,000, according to R. Gil Kerlikowske, head of Customs and Border Protection.

The figure is 5,000 more than in mid-June and more than double the number last year at this time. Most of the juveniles are from Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala.

We still have a few months in the fiscal year. The number could reach 100,000.

The Obama administration wants $3.7 billion for the crisis, but more than half of that would be used to process and care for the illegal aliens who are already here, not increase security.

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Former Secret Service Agent Blasts Obama’s Playboy Attitude

Wednesday, July 9th, 2014 - by Bryan Preston

Dan Bongino is a veteran of the United States Secret Service. He is currently running for Congress in Maryland.

On his Facebook page today, Bongino sharply criticizes President Barack Obama for showing a poor work ethic.

Bongino begins with a story about an incident that happened when he was still in the Secret Service.

About 14 years ago I was assigned to a protection operation in Toronto in support of a visit by Vice-President Cheney. We didn’t have a lot of down-time between the travel/walk-thru day and the visit and, as a result, I was extremely exhausted when the Vice-President arrived the next day.

Approximately 8 hours in to my 16-hour-plus day, a Royal Canadian Mounted Police Officer I was working with, seeing that I was tired, offered me a chair to sit in. I thanked him but turned down the chair and stood for the rest of the shift.

I didn’t turn down the chair because I didn’t want it, I turned down the chair because it looked bad. I was a Secret Service Agent and I wasn’t going to give off the impression of weakness to our cordial RCMP counterparts. I was proud of our agency and, although I have long since departed the Secret Service, I still am.

He says Obama, as President of the United States, ought to have enough pride to project a more work-oriented image, instead of allowing himself to be photographed playing pool and playing so much golf.

Golfing every weekend, taking multiple, extended vacations, attending fundraisers the day following our Ambassador’s murder in Benghazi, and fooling around in bars in Colorado taking pictures, such as the one attached, while our border is collapsing, Iraq is falling, our IRS is targeting innocent citizens, and our vets are dying on VA waiting lists, is an embarrassment to our county and to the citizens looking for answers to the tidal wave of crises going on right now.

Bongino finishes with a call for the president to lead.

It’s long past the time to lead and the President has nearly impeached himself. We do not have 2 more years to wait for him to take this job seriously. The people of the United Stated deserve better. Get serious, get out of the bar, and get down to the border.

Bongino accompanied the post with this photo. It’s an old pic from a previous Obama visit to Colorado. Times haven’t changed, Obama isn’t any more serious now. Instead of this, he’s playing pool.

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One of the commenters notes that if the woman in the photo with the president was in kindergarten and made her hand look like a gun, as she is, and pointed it at someone, as she is, she would be suspended from school. Lucky for her…

Lucky for her the presidency is now largely the office of the Celebrity in Chief, and no one understands that better than Barack Obama and his close political advisers. That’s why he’s in the bar, that’s why he’s playing pool, that’s why he goes to Chipotle, that’s why he plays golf, that’s why he does so much of what he does.

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Cruz: Obama Neglects Border to Visit ‘Democrat Fat Cats’

Wednesday, July 9th, 2014 - by Bryan Preston

Texas Sen. Ted Cruz delivered a tough speech in the Senate today, taking President Obama to task both for the chaos on the border and for the president’s inattention to it.

Citing the president’s refusal to visit the border while he visits Dallas and Austin or fundraisers this week, Cruz said that the president is “visiting Democratic fat cats to collect checks” instead.

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Prediction: Cruz haters, which includes many members of the allegedly fair press, will use Cruz’s remarks to turn the focus onto him rather than the truth of what he is saying.

The fact is, President Obama has visited both Colorado and Texas this week for the purpose of fundraising for the DNC. Democratic candidates in both states don’t want to be seen with him. He is hosting a high-dollar fundraiser with entertainment elites while he is in Texas. They will pay massive prices to see Obama, and they will write big checks to the Democratic Party. Meanwhile, the border mess is expected to keep getting worse.

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Kirsten Powers is ‘So Tired’ of Bill O’Reilly ‘Mocking Liberals for Caring About People’

Wednesday, July 9th, 2014 - by Bryan Preston

Things got testy between Fox’s Bill O’Reilly and Democrat Kirsten Powers last night. They were discussing the border crisis.

O’Reilly threw out some facts about the crisis, namely that most of those illegal aliens who are currently flooding across the border are not from Mexico. They’re from Central America.

Powers responded by denouncing facts and weaponizing religion.

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Powers started off talking about the aliens doing “jobs,” when the majority of them are children. What jobs does Powers think they will be doing? She questions their need for education. If they’re still here in September, and most of them will be, then local schools are required to take them in. Is Powers unaware of this? If she is, she doesn’t really belong on national TV commenting on it.

Powers then suggests that previous waves of immigrants would have gone on welfare if it had been available. Possibly true, but isn’t that a problem? Powers doesn’t seem to think that people coming to American not to contribute but to live on welfare is a problem. She thinks her own relatives would have done it.

She grew up in Alaska. Her own relatives are probably hardy folk who wouldn’t have gone on welfare. Welfare types don’t usually move to Alaska.

If welfare had been around during previous immigration waves, might it have stunted the assimilation of those future hard-working Americans who have become part of the fabric of this country? Thankfully we don’t know.

Powers admits that she wants an “open border” because “it would be good for this country,” before accusing O’Reilly of “misrepresenting” her views. How an open border in an age of transnational terrorism would be “good” for America, Powers doesn’t explain. It would be nice to hear the rationale behind that. We’ve all heard the libertarian case for open borders, which is chiefly economic. Let’s hear the leftwing case. One suspects that there is a public case, which will say something about jobs and businesses, and that there is a private case, which is all about votes for Democrats. That’s really the game for Democrats when it comes to the border. They want immigrants to displace conservative votes, especially in Texas. Creating more Democrat votes trumps everything else, including religion. Religion, for Powers, is a means to an end here.

Powers then plays the religion card, ranting that she thought it was a “Christian thing” to “care.” The implication there, of course, is that only liberals care. That’s false and Powers is grown up enough to know that.

It is a Christian thing to care, and the same Christians Obama’s allies are smearing over the contraceptive war are taking in some of the illegal aliens that Obama’s policies have inhumanely attracted here.. It’s also a Christian thing to respect the law, just as it’s a Christian thing to respect life. Democrats don’t do either of those things. Powers doesn’t seem to have a problem with that.

It’s a Christian thing not to lie and impugn the motives of others. Powers worked for the Clinton administration and, against O’Reilly, questioned his “sudden fascination with Central Americans.” That’s a slimy play of the race card, when the simple fact is that the vast majority of people who are currently crossing the border are from Central America. If it’s racist to bring that fact up, then there’s nothing to talk about, at least not with Kirsten Powers.

Democrats do this — smear people rather than stick to facts. Powers does this.

Powers has done this before, when she suggested that the New Black Panthers case was all about Republicans’ fear of “big black men.” Not the weapons they held in their hands, or the fact that they were standing around outside voting places. Just racial fear.

Next week, Powers will play the other side of her cynical game, and say things that outrage the left. It’s a lucrative game, that, if nothing else, keeps people guessing.

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Texas Democrat: Obama’s Border Neglect ‘Bizarre’ and ‘Aloof’

Wednesday, July 9th, 2014 - by Bryan Preston

Rep. Henry Cuellar went on MSNBC today to reiterate his call for President Obama to visit the border while he visits Dallas and Austin this week. The Texas Democrat has been outspoken in his criticism of the president’s neglect of the unfolding crisis on the Texas-Mexico border, even as the White House has called him to tell him to tone it down.

Cuellar also brings up the Veterans Administration scandal. On MSNBC. Where the president’s dwindling base might actually see it. Even Andrea Mitchell seems to be floored by Obama’s behavior, in allowing himself to be photographed playing pool rather than visit the border.

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Obama might end up bending on the border visit, and if he does, that will raise Cuellar’s stock quite a bit.

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Obama: Only Some Republicans Are ‘Terrible People’

Wednesday, July 9th, 2014 - by Bryan Preston

From President Obama’s remarks in Denver today. The “there are no blue states or red states, only the United States” is clearly dead now.

 

He also speaks of the massive federal government in the first person. As if he is the government. Which is pretty much the way he behaves.

 

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Here’s What Obama Is Doing Instead of Visiting the Crisis-Stricken Border

Wednesday, July 9th, 2014 - by Bryan Preston

Branding. This president is all about the branding.

While the president goofs off, his official White House Twitter feed claims that he’s a hard-working stiff.

 

Between this and his conscious decision to avoid the disaster on the border, for which he is at least partly responsible, he’s basically daring Republicans to join Sarah Palin’s call to impeach him. “So sue me!” was yesterday’s taunt.

That would be a foolish thing to do. They should run against his policies and portray him as what he is — a slacker who doesn’t care about the damage that he is doing to the country. Run against Harry Reid, who has put the Senate in Obama’s back pocket. Running on impeaching him will blow up in the GOP’s faces.

Update: Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-TX) is not amused by the president’s pool outing.

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Wendy Davis has a Huge Problem. His Name is Barack Obama.

Wednesday, July 9th, 2014 - by Bryan Preston

President Obama is in Texas this week, for fundraisers in Dallas and Austin. One of those is a fund-raiser with Robert Rodriguez, director of the pro-illegal alien revenge flick Machete. That movie postulates that there are no non-Americans south of the border at all. They’re all just “illegal Americans.”

While he is in Texas, Obama refuses to visit the border. On Tuesday, his spokesman Josh Earnest explained the decision by telling the media that because several administration officials have visited the border, Obama doesn’t need to.

But when she was atop the Department of Homeland Security, Janet Napolitano told Obama and the rest of the country that the border is “safer than ever.” That has turned out not to be true. Not even close. Kids can get across the border, which means that drug smugglers and terrorists can too.

How can Obama be sure that his current officials are any better informed than his former one?

Obama has never been popular in Texas. Mitt Romney beat him here like a drum.

Thanks to the crisis that is unfolding on the border and around the state right now, Obama is becoming even less popular. A Rio Grande Valley Democrat is even suggesting that the border crisis is “Obama’s Katrina moment.”

Rep. Henry Cuellar, D-Texas, is worried President Obama’s decision to not visit the U.S-Mexico border while he’s in Texas this week will become his  “Katrina moment.”

“I’m sure that President Bush thought the same thing, that he could just look at everything from up in the sky, and then he owned it after a long time,” Cuellar said Monday in a Fox News interview with Neil Cavuto. “So I hope this doesn’t become the Katrina moment for President Obama, saying that he doesn’t need to come to the border. He should come down.”

Take a look at Rep. Cuellar’s district.

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It slices right into the heart of the Rio Grande Valley, the Democrats’ stronghold in Texas.

Cuellar says he got an angry call from the White House after Tuesday’s remarks. But that won’t stop him from speaking out against the president’s decision not to visit the border.

If Cuellar is as worried as he seems, then the president’s disaster at the border stands to hurt Democrats there, which means they have no shot at all of winning anything statewide. None.

Wendy Davis has already had her own problems in the RGV. She has struggled to raise money there, and tried pandering to the region’s heavily Catholic vote by claiming, against all the known facts, that the late-term abortion supporter is somehow “pro-life.”

Davis has recently met with President Obama but refused to allow the media in, which means that she refuses to be seen or photographed with him.

But she cannot avoid him. Communities in the RGV are having to foot some of the bill for the massive influx of illegal aliens. The porous border presents the valley’s families and communities with serious security threats. That region is already struggling with a Democrat corruption problem in Hidalgo County. The Texas Democratic Party is a wholly owned ideological subsidiary of the Democratic National Committee, which under Obama has become beholden to the far left. Those politics just don’t fly in most of Texas. Obama’s decision not to visit the border signals to the Rio Grande Valley that he flat out does not care what is happening there.

Rep. Henry Cuellar seems to get that. He is speaking out to defend the communities in his district from President Obama’s irresponsible handling of the border crisis.

Wendy Davis lacks either the judgement or the courage, or both, to follow Cuellar’s lead. Davis will continue to run from having her picture taken with the president, but she just can’t get away from his policies. She isn’t even trying to. Her campaign has gone full Koch brothers, when Texans care about our security and our economy. Wendy Davis has offered voters nothing serious on either issue. She wants blue state economic policies, which are proven job killers, and she has come very late to the border issue. She has yet to say a word against Obama’s decisions.

As a Democrat in a conservative state with a strong Republican nominee running for governor, Wendy Davis was always destined to struggle. The decision to embrace the hard left and not criticize Obama’s border policies at all leaves Wendy Davis with no shot — none — to win in November. She’s finished.

More: Here’s what the president would rather do, than visit the border.

If there are any adults left in the Democratic Party, they’ll get with the president and tell him to knock this stuff off. Rep. Cuellar might do that. It’s clear that Wendy Davis will not.

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League of Conservation Voters Decries Influence of Out-of-State Billionaires While Taking Money from Out-of-State Billionaires

Wednesday, July 9th, 2014 - by Bryan Preston

The allegedly non-partisan League of Conservation Voters is fully on board with the latest Democratic Party talking points. Following the lead of Sen. Harry Reid’s obsession with the Koch brothers, the LCV is blasting away at the Koch brothers, according to The Hill:

The League of Conservation Voters (LCV) launched a new TV spot Tuesday targeting GOP Senate candidate Scott Brown for his ties to conservative donors Charles and David Koch.

The 30-second ad buy called “Billionaires” asks why the “out-of-state oil billionaires” are in New Hampshire.

“It’s no surprise that the out-of-state oil billionaire Koch Brothers are behind a multimillion dollar ad campaign to defeat Jeanne Shaheen and send one of Big Oil’s best friends back to the Senate. They know Scott Brown will continue where he left off by protecting oil industry profits at the expense of taxpayers and public health,” said Daniel J. Weiss, senior vice president for campaigns at the LCV.

That’s a funny charge, coming from the League of Conservation Voters.

Hedge fund billionaire Tom Steyer is widely known to be using his billions to demand that the Democratic Party does exactly what he wants, or he will pull his $100 million funding. Steyer uses his money to play in elections all over the country. Steyer claims that he is only interested in preserving the environment. Actually, he’s just a rent-seeker who “depends on government connections to produce subsidies and mandates that make his ‘green’ energy investments profitable,” according to Powerline.

He fits the very definition of an “out-of-state billionaire,” yet the LCV isn’t slamming him or any Democrat who takes money from him. Because the LCV agrees with him.

The LCV also agrees with the Rockefellers, whose fortune was built on oil. The LCV is based in Washington, DC. The Rockefellers are based all over, chiefly in New York. Laurence and Wendy Rockefeller of New York give substantially to the League every year, according to Open Secrets. According to the New York Times, “Mr. Rockefeller is a great-grandson of John D. Rockefeller, a founder of the Standard Oil Company; the late Senator Nelson W. Aldrich of Rhode Island, and the late Frederick Billings, president of the Northern Pacific Railroad.”

Just one of the guys!

The League of Conservation Voters doesn’t have a problem taking money from “out-of-state billionaires,” does it?

Would it kill them to make an honest, principled argument rather than resorting to hypocritical “out-of-state billionaires” nonsense?

 

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EPA Wants the Power to Garnish Your Wages

Wednesday, July 9th, 2014 - by Bryan Preston

This should not be allowed to happen. Ever. The Washington Times reports:

The Environmental Protection Agency 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 Internal Revenue Service.

The EPA has been flexing its regulatory muscle under President Obama, collecting more fines each year and hitting individuals with costly penalties for violating environmental rules, including recently slapping a $75,000 fine on Wyoming homeowner Andy Johnson for building a pond on his rural property.

This would do away with due process, at a time when the EPA is becoming the regulatory state by which the hard left assaults Americans’ property rights and the economy.

The EPA is also mired in a scandal and has lost some significant cases in court.

It does not have the power that it is grabbing. President Obama could step up and make a good name for himself by announcing that he will stop this rule change, but it’s probably happening at his behest. The regulatory state has been his weapon of choice to impose policies that have not been approved by Congress.

It’s up to Congress to stop it, and a Republican senator is stepping up.

“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, Wyoming Republican, said when he learned of the EPA’s wage garnishment scheme.

Others questioned why the EPA decided to strengthen its collection muscle at this time.

Critics said the threat of garnishing wages would be a powerful incentive for people to agree to expensive settlements rather than fight EPA charges.

The EPA rolled the plan out sneakily last week, and now it’s not answering any questions about it. Those two facts alone show that the agency can’t be trusted. Here’s one more.

Putting the collection powers on a fast track, the agency announced it in the Federal Register as a “direct final rule” that would take effect automatically Sept. 2, unless the EPA receives adverse public comments by Aug. 1.

The EPA said it deemed the action as not a “significant regulatory action” and therefore not subject to review.

Here’s a negative comment: Under no circumstances should the EPA be allowed to do this. None. Ever.

h/t JWF

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AP Stealth Edits Iraq WMD Story

Wednesday, July 9th, 2014 - by Bryan Preston

Take a look at the time stamps on this Tatler post here, and this AP story here.

The Tatler post is based on the AP story, yet its timestamp is 3:21 pm Pacific Time, July 8. The AP story’s timestamp is 8:22 pm Eastern Time, July 8. Adjusting for the time zones, the Tatler story went live two hours before the AP story.

That’s not what actually happened. What actually happened is that the AP stealth edited the story. That timestamp is the only indication the AP has given that it edited its story after the fact.

And what an edit…

Here is the original lead, which I quoted at Tatler:

Iraq has informed the United Nations that the Islamic State extremist group has taken control of a vast former chemical weapons facility northwest of Baghdad where 2,500 chemical rockets filled with the deadly nerve agent sarin or their remnants were stored along with other chemical warfare agents.

Iraq’s U.N. Ambassador Mohamed Ali Alhakim said in a letter to U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon circulated Tuesday that “terrorist” groups entered the Muthanna site June 11 and seized weapons and equipment from the protection force guarding the facility.

Here’s the edited version:

The Islamic State extremist group has taken control of a vast former chemical weapons facility northwest of Baghdad, where remnants of 2,500 degraded chemical rockets filled decades ago with the deadly nerve agent sarin are stored along with other chemical warfare agents, Iraq said in a letter circulated Tuesday at the United Nations.

The U.S. government played down the threat from the takeover, saying there are no intact chemical weapons and it would be very difficult, if not impossible, to use the material for military purposes.

Iraq’s U.N. Ambassador Mohamed Ali Alhakim told U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in a letter that “armed terrorist groups” entered the Muthanna site on June 11, detained officers and soldiers from the protection force guarding the facilities and seized their weapons. The following morning, the project manager spotted the looting of some equipment via the camera surveillance system before the “terrorists” disabled it, he said.

The new version of the story is more than twice as long as the original. It adds several paragraphs written to play down the threat that ISIS’ seizure of the Saddam-era weapons facility poses. It’s clear from the above, and other edits that follow, that the AP published, then discussed the issue with the Obama administration and the United Nations, and then made very significant edits to its original story.

That’s fine, if the new facts clarify the truth and the AP acknowledges and explains its edits. The AP doesn’t acknowledge the edits. There is no note stating that its story was edited after publication. There’s no notification at all. Just the new timestamp.

 

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Border Patrol Cracks Down on Whistle Blower

Tuesday, July 8th, 2014 - by Bryan Preston

NRO reports that the Obama administration’s habit of cracking down on whistle blowers continues.

The Veterans Administration cracked down on officials who brought its heinous scandal to light.

Now the Border Patrol is trying to silence an agent who is going public about what is happening on the border.

The U.S. Customs and Border Protection agency has served one of its agents with a letter saying “you must immediately cease and desist” from issuing statements and press releases to the media with information that is “Law Enforcement sensitive,” according to the document, obtained byNational Review Online.

Kathleen Scudder, assistant chief patrol agent of the San Diego Sector, sent the letter to agent Ron Zermeno, health and safety director of National Border Patrol Council Local 1613, notifying him of an investigation into his conduct and to “remind” him that no agent should make statements or issue press releases “without proper authorization.”

“As a union officer, I feel it’s my job to expose when management is putting people at risk,” he says. “They violated their oath as Border Patrol agents.” Before receiving the cease-and-desist letter, Zermeno wrote Paul Beeson, the San Diego Sector’s chief patrol agent, to explain that two agents at the Brown Field Border Patrol Station contracted scabies after processing illegal immigrants transported from Texas last week, according to a letter obtained by NRO. Zermeno has spoken to local news outlets about the scabies outbreak too.

Scudder writes in the cease-and-desist letter that she’s formed no opinion about the allegations against the agent thus far, but Zermeno says he expects to have his employment terminated. “I’m willing to lose my job over this because I know I’m doing the right thing,” Zermeno says.

The Obama administration has put a veil of secrecy over what is happening at the camps where thousands of illegal aliens are behind processed and held.

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AP: ISIS Has Seized Thousands of Rockets with Chemical Warheads

Tuesday, July 8th, 2014 - by Bryan Preston

It’s a confirmation of reports in June that ISIS had taken control of a site where some of Saddam’s WMD arsenal remained.

Iraq has informed the United Nations that the Islamic State extremist group has taken control of a vast former chemical weapons facility northwest of Baghdad where 2,500 chemical rockets filled with the deadly nerve agent sarin or their remnants were stored along with other chemical warfare agents.

Iraq’s U.N. Ambassador Mohamed Ali Alhakim said in a letter to U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon circulated Tuesday that “terrorist” groups entered the Muthanna site June 11 and seized weapons and equipment from the protection force guarding the facility.

AP likes its scare quotes. ISIS is a terrorist group that is in the early stages of forming a nation. It’s calling that nation a “caliph” to establish itself as the hub of the Islamic world. Now ISIS is holding some of the WMDs that the likes of AP convinced the world did not even exist.

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What’s the Downside if Obama Visits the Border? White House Can’t or Won’t Say.

Tuesday, July 8th, 2014 - by Bryan Preston

NBC’s Kelly O’Donnell peppered White House spokesman Josh Earnest during Tuesday’s press briefing with questions about the border. Specifically, O’Donnell wanted to know why President Obama refuses to visit the crisis-stricken border when he visits Texas this week for fundraisers.

Earnest repeatedly calls the crisis an “emergent humanitarian situation” and an “emerging humanitarian situation.” The latter phrases, he uses so often and in such a programmed way that he ends up stumbling over them.

“Emergent” implies that it took the administration by surprise. It didn’t.

“Humanitarian” downplays the very real security threat that the porous border poses.

That’s why the administration is using those words to describe what’s happening on the border.

O’Donnell persists: What’s the downside of Obama visiting the border?

Earnest refuses to answer. At one point he plays dumb.

O’DONNELL: “Members of both parties are asking the president to visit those who reside in the border area, and clearly Governor Perry, I’m sure, will extend an invitation for him to go again. Is there a downside to the president being there personally?”

EARNEST: “Downside for being where personally?”

One possible downside is that President Obama just can’t help himself. The last time he visited the border was just over three years ago. Cartel violence was on the rise, and bullets were literally flying into El Paso from Ciudad Juarez. Against that backdrop, President Obama stood up near the border and mocked everyone who wants more security.

Three years later the security situation is worse. But Obama has two modes lately — taunt and insult. Neither will do him any good if he uses them on the border during the current situation, which he has described as a “humanitarian crisis.”

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Video: Chicagoland Regulations Drive Jobs Away

Tuesday, July 8th, 2014 - by Bryan Preston

Illinois Policy produced this video about Sara Travis. She wanted to build a coffee shop in Chicago. Chicago’s stifling regulatory environment drove her not just out of the city, but out of the entire state of Illinois.

Today she is in Austin, Texas, running Brew Hub and touting how much better Texas is for business than Illinois.

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Stick around to see Travis note Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s failed attempt to come to Austin to poach jobs back for his war-torn Chicago.

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Veteran Shoots Back at Chicago Thug

Tuesday, July 8th, 2014 - by Bryan Preston

On Friday, July 4th, a veteran of the US military found himself under fire in Chicago. He has a concealed carry permit. That plus his decision to carry his firearm made all the difference in the world.

The veteran and three of his friends were leaving a party on the city’s south side. When the group reached their vehicle, a container with liquor was sitting on top of it. A woman from the group asked another group gathered next door who the liquor belonged to and removed it.

The move angered 22 year-old Denzel Mickiel, who approached the veteran and his friends shouting obscenities. The man then went into his residence and returned with a gun.

As Mickiel opened fire on the group, the veteran took cover near the vehicle’s front fender, according to assistant state attorney Mary Hain, the Chicago Tribune reports.

The veteran fired two shots, hitting Mickiel both times.

Two of Mickiel’s friends also began shooting at the group, which was able to flee the scene in their vehicle.

Mickiel was transported to the hospital and is in critical condition. A woman in the veteran’s group was hit twice – once in the arm and once in the back – but was stabilized and taken to the hospital.

Mickiel is charged with attempted murder and will be held on $950,000 bond.

Had Friday’s shooting occurred a little more than a year ago, the veteran would not have been legally permitted to conceal carry his firearm.

And he and his friends would probably be dead.

Illinois was the 50th state to pass a concealed carry law, after a court case forced it to.

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Tech News: 8-Bit Bacon, a 3D Printed Cast, a New Hubble Find, and That’s One Huge Frickin’ Bird!

Tuesday, July 8th, 2014 - by Bryan Preston

J.K. Rowling almost broke the Internet. She published a Harry Potter short story and civilization nearly ended.

A Turkish student has come up with a 3D printed cast that supposedly heals bones as much as 80% faster than conventional casts.

It’s pretty cool-looking.

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Denny’s and Atari have teamed up to launch what may be the best retro app ever.

Denny’s has teamed up with Atari to release three of its classic games — Centipede, Asteroids and Breakout — on Denny’s mobile app, but with a branded twist. Asteroids, for instance, will be called Hashteroids, in a nod to Denny’s hash browns. In Asteroids, the object of the game is to destroy asteroids — which are replaced by hash browns destroyed by shooting ketchup from a spaceship-shaped bottle. Centipede is renamed Centipup, an homage to Denny’s pancakes, and Breakout is renamed Take-Out.

The campaign is for “Greatest Hits Remixed,” a new limited-time menu featuring some of Denny’s classics such as Moons Over My Hammy and the Grand Slam, though they are altered slightly. The Grand Slam meal will be “remixed” to the Red, White and Blue Slam, which includes pancakes with blueberries and a strawberry topping.

Whatever. All three of the games are very faithful recreations of the originals. The app has 8-bit bacon in the Takeout game. Bacon makes everything better.

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Scientists have discovered what may have been the largest flying bird ever. It had the wingspan of a small airplane.

With an estimated 20- to 24-foot wingspan, the extinct P. sandersi was twice the size of today’s biggest flying bird, the royal albatross, according to the National Evolutionary Synthesis Center in North Carolina.

Researchers believe the P. sandersi lived about 25 million to 28 million years ago.

The Hubble Space Telescope (disclosure: I used to work there) has been used to find a couple of new Kuiper Belt objects.

Scientists looking for targets beyond Pluto for NASA’s New Horizon’s spacecraft to visit will get more time on the Hubble Space Telescope, managers decided after a two-week pilot study revealed at least two candidate objects.

The New Horizons team had spent three fruitless years using ground-based telescopes to find a Kuiper Belt Object that will be within range of New Horizons after its July 14, 2015, flyby of Pluto. Last month, scientists got two weeks of observing time on Hubble for initial scans.

The deal was that if they found at least two candidates, they could have another 160 orbits worth of telescope time to ferret out a second suitable target for New Horizons.

Analysis of an initial 200 Hubble images, taken between June 16 and June 26, showed that at least two Kuiper Belt Objects might be within range of New Horizons.

The Kuiper Belt is basically the frozen outer fringe of the Solar System. It’s where building blocks from the formation of the Solar System are thought to be, more or less like the pile of crap that building contractors amass when they build a house.

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Obama will ‘Reach Out’ to Perry, Nearly Doubles Request for Border Crisis Funding

Tuesday, July 8th, 2014 - by Bryan Preston

The snub is off. CBS reports that though President Obama still refuses to visit the Texas-Mexico border during his fundraising trip to the state, he will “reach out” to Gov. Rick Perry. Perry had requested a meeting with the president. The president offered a handshake at the airport instead, and Perry turned that down. Now we’re at “reach out” status.

The Obama administration has also nearly doubled its request for emergency border funding. It had sought $2 billion to deal with the flood of illegal aliens. Now it wants nearly $4 billion.

The funds include $1.1 billion for Immigration and Customs Enforcement, $433 million to Customs and Border Protection, $64 million for the Department of Justice, $300 million to the State Department and $1.8 billion to the Department of Health and Human Services.

The administration previously indicated that it would request about $2 billion but would wait to release the details until Congress returned from a week-long break.

The White House says the money is necessary to cover costs like increased man-hours for border patrol agents and aerial surveillance teams, legal services for children in immigration proceedings, the hiring of 40 additional teams of immigration judges, and care for unaccompanied children while they are in the country. Almost $300 million would go towards efforts to “repatriate and reintegrate migrants to Central America” and address the underlying economic and security causes of the spike in child migrants.

Some local governments are running up tabs to pay for the influx of illegal aliens. San Juan, TX, says the flood is draining its police department’s budget as it answers calls related to the border crisis. Residents of Brownsville say that brazen smugglers are threatening them constantly.

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RNC Selects Cleveland for 2016 Convention

Tuesday, July 8th, 2014 - by Bryan Preston

The Republican National Committee has selected Cleveland for its 2016 party convention.

The RNC chose Cleveland over Dallas, the other finalist city, and released statements on the decision.

Following today’s announcement, Site Selection Chairwoman Enid Mickelsen and RNC Chairman Reince Priebus issued the following statements:

Site Selection Chairwoman Enid Mickelsen:

“It’s my honor to announce Cleveland as the Site Selection Committee’s recommendation to host the 2016 Republican National Convention,” said Mickelsen.  “Cleveland is a phenomenal city, and I can’t think of a better place to showcase our party and our nominee in 2016. This committee was tasked with difficult decisions and was presented with several strong options to host our convention. I’m confident Cleveland is the right pick for our next national convention. Cleveland has demonstrated they have the commitment, energy, and terrific facilities to help us deliver a history-making Republican convention.

“I extend my deepest gratitude to Dallas.  Dallas is a world class city with wonderful venues and fantastic people and I’m certain they’ll make a great host for our party in the future.  The Dallas team were excellent ambassadors for their city and showed both the committee and the RNC all the wonderful things the city has to offer.”

RNC Chairman Reince Priebus:

“A Cleveland convention offers our party a great steppingstone to the White House in 2016, and I’m encouraged by the committee’s recommendation.  The team from Cleveland has gone above and beyond the call of duty and I think they’re representative of a city eager to show the country all the fantastic things they have to offer.

“The RNC set a new standard for conventions during this process. Not only will the convention be held earlier in 2016, but there are also substantial guarantees in place for funding that put us well ahead of previous conventions and will give our nominee the best opportunity to succeed.”

“I also want to thank Dallas. The hospitality shown by their city, their team and the Republican community in Dallas has been tremendous.”

Cleveland makes electoral sense, as it puts the Republican convention in Ohio, a swing state, during the presidential election to replace Barack Obama.

We might hear Drew Carey’s old theme song more than a few times over the next couple of years.

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Democrat Says that If Corporations Are People, They Should ‘Suit Up’ to Fight Wars

Tuesday, July 8th, 2014 - by Bryan Preston

Alaska Democrat Sen. Mark Begich gave an interview to the Juneau Empire newspaper. The paper set him up with a question about corporate rights, in the wake of the Hobby Lobby decision.

In that Supreme Court decision, a 5-4 majority ruled that closely held corporations have some religious freedoms. Closely held corporations tend to be family owned, or owned by a small group of people. They are not publicly traded. The ruling essentially protects the rights of individuals who happen to own businesses from having to comply with some government mandates that violate their religious freedoms.

Sen. Begich doesn’t see it that way. He told the Empire, “At the rate we’re going, we’ll probably have corporations suit up and go fight wars. They consider corporations people, so my view is if you’re going to consider them people, suit up. Go overseas and fight these wars.”

Begich added that he believes that the Founders “never, you know, to believe corporations would be people would be unheard of. The Founding Fathers looked at individual rights to be people, not some entity created with laws that back then they had no clue would be in the future and how corporations are set up as they are today.”

The word corporation is Latin for “body of people.” Corporations existed long before the time of the American Founding Fathers. The colonial-era Dutch East India Company was a corporation. The definition of a corporation goes back to the 1500′s, and is:

“a group of people authorized by law to act as a legal personality and having its own powers, duties, and liabilities.”

So, the Founders were well aware of what corporations are. Several of the Founders were business owners themselves.

Sen. Begich is one of the most vulnerable Democrats in the Senate. Polls have him dead even with the Republican primary front-runner, military veteran Dan Sullivan.

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New Video Shows Kim Jung Un Walking with a Limp

Tuesday, July 8th, 2014 - by Bryan Preston

Why is Kim Jung Un the Dictator with a Limp?

New video has emerged of the North Korean Communist leader walking across a stage during a ceremony for the 20th anniversary of his grandfather’s death. As Kim strolls across the stage, he exhibits a distinct limp favoring his right foot.

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The source of Kim’s limp isn’t clear, but it is clear that he has been fatting up over the past couple of years. Here he is looking at a meat shop two years ago. He was much thinner then and seems to walk normally.

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Kim Jung Un is regarded as semi-divine in North Korean state mythology. The limp suggests that the false god either injured himself or suffers from gout.

h/t Mashable

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9th Circus Federal Court Forces Arizona to Give Driver’s Licenses to Illegal Aliens

Tuesday, July 8th, 2014 - by Bryan Preston

I’m old enough to remember when granting driver’s licenses to illegal aliens was a controversial issue.

In 2003, California Gov. Gray Davis signed a bill that did that, and he got recalled from office.

In 2007, Hillary Clinton floundered around on the subject when then NY Gov. Eliot Spitzer said that he would grant driver’s licenses to illegal aliens.

We’re not talking about red states here. That’s California and New York.

Now, a federal court is forcing Arizona to give driver’s licenses to some illegal aliens.

A federal appeals court ruled Monday that young adult illegal immigrants whom President Obama has given tentative permission to be in the country — so-called “dreamers” — are also entitled to driver’s licenses and ordered Arizona to issue them.

The ruling comes while the government is debating policy about a new wave of illegal immigrant children who are surging across the border in Texas, overwhelming federal authorities’ ability to handle them.

A three-judge panel on the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the Dreamers — so-named because of pending federal legislation known as the Dream Act — are in the same situation as other illegal immigrants who have applied for legal status and to whom Arizona law grants driver’s licenses while they await a final ruling in their cases.

The judges said to treat the Dreamers differently violates the Equal Protection Clause of the Constitution.

They’re not U.S. citizens so the Equal Protection clause really doesn’t apply, but whatever. The Dream Act may never pass thanks to Obama’s lawless behavior, but whatever. Our courts have become legislatures, our president writes laws, and the states have their powers chipped away by the day.

Not for the first time over the past few years, the federal government is acting like a hostile occupying power.

Obama’s lawless Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals is behind all this. That’s the same policy that is behind attracting the massive surge of illegal aliens who are flooding across the border.

Gov. Brewer says she will fight the 9th Circuit’s decision.

 

 

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ISIS Caliph Emerges, Threatens Another Holocaust

Monday, July 7th, 2014 - by Bryan Preston

Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi used to live in the shadows. But as his ISIS terrorist army is taking over Iraq and President Obama isn’t doing anything about it, al-Baghdadi has come out of hiding to declare himself the caliph.

The State Department said today it has “no reason to doubt” that the shadowy leader of a powerful Iraqi terror group revealed himself before a crowded mosque over the weekend, providing the first clear picture of the violent extremist who now believes himself to be the prince of all Muslims.

For years the public only saw Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader of the Islamic State (IS) formerly known as ISIS or ISIL, in a couple grainy pictures, like the one posted on the U.S. Rewards for Justice program wanted poster offering $10 million for information leading to his capture. But Friday a man looking very much like al-Baghdadi stepped into the spotlight, giving a fiery sermon at a mosque in the Iraqi city of Mosul in which he called for all Muslims to follow him.

“I was cursed with this great endeavor,” a 21-minute video of the event shows the man saying in Arabic. “Obey me in my obedience to God, disobey me if I disobey God.”

Al-Baghdadi’s ISIS group is threatening to unleash a new Holocaust.

A Twitter post Thursday by supporters of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), now calling itself the Islamic State (IS), has promised a Holocaust against the Jews.

“The Real Zionist Holocaust is Predicted in the Hadiths! The Hour [resurrection] will not take place until the Muslims fight the Jews and the Muslims kill them, and the tree will say: “Oh, Muslim, servant of God, there is a Jew behind me, kill him! THE PROMISED Holocaust,” the terrorist group’s Islamic State Media a graphic posted on its @ISIS_Conquests’s Twitter account said.

This hadith has proven popular with Islamic extremists of all stripes, ranging from IS toHamas – and even on television in the Middle East.

Daniel Pipes, an expert on jihadism, said the hadith likely was a recruitment tool.

“​Yes, ​calling for a holocaust against Jews refers to a violently anti-Semitic strain among jihadis and will surely appeal to some of them,” Pipes said in an email to the Investigative Project on Terrorism.

Want some comfort in this dangerous world? Here’s the US Central Intelligence Agency, showing the world that they’re on this ISIS threat.

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Obama Skips Border Visit to Fundraise with Violent Revenge Fantasy Film Director

Monday, July 7th, 2014 - by Bryan Preston

President Barack Obama visits Texas later this week. As will also be the case when he visits Colorado this week, local Democrats will run from being photographed with him. Wendy Davis avoided being seen with the president the last time he visited the state.

The president is taking some heat for his decision not to visit the Texas-Mexico border while he is in Texas. That border is in chaos, thanks in no small part to Obama’s lax policies. A leaked DHS memo makes it clear that the Obama administration has slowed down deportations, and that policy is driving much of the surge in illegal crossings. More than 50,000 unaccompanied children have reportedly crossed into Texas over the past few months, and are currently being held in camps around the state and increasingly around the country. One Border Patrol agent has reportedly come down with scabies as a direct result of the illegal influx.

Rather than visit the border, the president is attending fundraisers with his wealthy backers, and one of those who will attend is raising eyebrows. The president is set to raise money for the Democratic Party with film director Robert Rodriguez.

Rodriguez is probably best known for the Spy Kids film series, but he has also directed a number of hyper-violent “grindhouse” exploitation films. President Obama routinely uses mass shootings to criticize Americans’ Second Amendment rights, but does not take on Hollywood for its violent movies that show guns and, in Rodriguez’s case, showcase violence as a means to exact revenge.

Robert Rodriguez directed one of 2010′s most controversial films, Machete. Here’s IMDB’s synopsis of its plot.

After being set-up and betrayed by the man who hired him to assassinate a Texas Senator, an ex-Federale launches a brutal rampage of revenge against his former boss.

The cartoonish Texas senator, played by Robert DeNiro, was targeted because he delivered speeches calling for more border security. In the same film, a Border Patrol agent played by Jessica Alba switches sides and becomes a violent immigration radical who screams “We didn’t cross the border! The border crossed us!”

Sure, if you lived in the American southwest and you’ve been alive for about 150 years, you could make the case that the border crossed you.

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NOW Puts Nuns On Its ‘Dirty 100′ List

Monday, July 7th, 2014 - by Bryan Preston

Because prog women hate them dirty nuns…

The National Organization of Women (NOW) has compiled a list of what they’re calling the “Dirty 100” — organizations who have filed suit against the HHS Contraception Mandate. One of the “Dirty 100″ organizations that NOW claims is simply “using religion” to discriminate against women, is, in fact, a group of Catholic religious sisters called the Little Sisters of the Poor.

The Little Sisters of the Poor take vows to tend to the needs of the elderly poor. They are opposed to providing contraception to their employees as contraception violates the teachings of the Roman Catholic Church. The Little Sisters of the Poor are not considered to be a “religious employer” and exempt from the mandate as they employ and care for people of all faith backgrounds.

That’s Townhall reporting, which notes that NOW takes itself so seriously that it’s using its “Dirty 100″ list to nag the entire Catholic Church.

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Report: Now We Have Active Tuberculosis in the Immigrant Camps

Monday, July 7th, 2014 - by Bryan Preston

Fox’s Todd Starnes pierces the veil of secrecy that the Obama government has placed over the camps where illegal alien kids are being held in Texas.

Several of my sources tell me that tuberculosis has become a dangerous issue at both the border and the camps.

“The amount of tuberculosis is astonishing,” one health care provider told me. “The nurses are telling us the kids are really sick. The tuberculosis is definitely there.”

Texas Department of State Health Services Commissioner David Lakey, M.D. says state health officials have seen only three cases of tuberculosis, the Associated Press reports. One of my sources with close ties to the Texas HHS tells me all three cases were reported in Austin.

However, nurses at Lackland in San Antonio, said they know of at least four teenagers in their camp who have tuberculosis.

“The nurses are telling us the kids are really sick,” the source told me. “The tuberculosis is definitely there.”

My source said there are children showing classic tuberculosis symptoms — spitting up blood, a constant cough and chest pain.

Add that to the scabies, swine flu and other diseases that have turned up in the camps.

Here’s a good question about all this, from Ace: Why doesn’t Obama just ignore the law that he is blaming for having to get all the unaccompanied kids processed through courts?

While stewing on that question, take a look at what the Obama government is reportedly whipping up to fight Americans who protest against putting these camps in their communities.

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