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WATCH: Cruz Humiliates Sierra Club Prez on Senate Floor

Sierra Club President Aaron Mair came to the Senate woefully unprepared to handle even the most basic of questions at a climate change hearing, Tuesday, and Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) skillfully exploited that sad situation to the fullest.

During the Senate Judiciary subcommittee hearing on the topic of federal regulations and their impact on minority communities, Cruz questioned Sierra Club President Aaron Mair Tuesday, about the Sierra Club’s contention that the science on climate change and its effect on minorities “should not be up for debate.”

It didn’t take Cruz long to discover that Mair had come to the hearing ill-equipped to have any kind of debate.

“I’m curious, Cruz began, “is it a frequent practice [of the Sierra Club] to declare areas of science, not up for debate, not up for consideration of what the evidence and data show?”

“If you are relying on the evidence and data, the science, the preponderance of evidence — are there,” Mair answered in the first of his many non-sequiturs during the hearing.

“But that’s a different thing than saying we should not debate a question,” Cruz answered. “The Sierra Club has declared this issue resolved, and there should be no debate?”

“Based on the preponderance of the evidence the science is settled, but anything is up for debate, Senator. He can debate anything.”

Cruz pointed out that the phrase “preponderance of the evidence” means at least 51%, strongly suggesting that with 49% disagreeing with a position, you might want to have a debate.

He asked Mair if it is correct that the satellite data over the last 18 years show that the world has seen no significant warming.

Mair really had no answer for that. He just said, “sir, I would rely on the Union of Concerned Scientists, and I would rely on evidence from NOLA officials. The data are there.”

Cruz decided to press him on this. “Is it correct, that the satellite data over the past 18 years demonstrate no significant warming?”

Mair answered simply, “no.”

When Cruz followed up with, “how is it incorrect?” Mair had to consult with his staff behind him to answer that question.

“Based on our experts, it’s been refuted long ago, and it’s not up for a scientific debate,” Mair finally answered.

Cruz found it “highly interesting” that the President of the Sierra Club had to rely on his staff to answer a basic question about global warming.

“The nice thing about satellite data is these are objective numbers,” Cruz added.

When asked by Cruz if he was familiar with the phrase, “the pause,” Mair again had to consult his team behind him to come up with a response, resulting in another long, uncomfortable silence.

Mair went on to argue that “our planet is cooking and heating up and warming.”

Cruz asked Mair whether he would retract his statement if the data were given to him that refuted it.

“Is it the Sierra Club’s position as you just testified, that the Earth is cooking up and heating and warming right now? Is that the Sierra Club’s position?” Cruz asked.

“Global temperatures are on the rise sir,” Mair replied.

“And I assume that the Sierra Club would issue a public retraction if confronted with the facts?” Cruz asked. “That the data are precisely as I described. That over the last 18 years there has been no significant warming. And indeed that is why global alarmists invented the term ‘the pause’ to explain what they call the pause in global warming because the data demonstrate what you just said that the Earth is cooking and warming is not backed up by the data.”

That is when Mair threw out the 97% card, the only card he had left in his sparse deck, thus he used it repeatedly and without reservation. Over and over again, the Sierra Club president cited the bogus study that purports that 97% of the earth’s scientist believe in anthropogenic global warming.

“We are concurring with 97 percent of the scientists that say the exact opposite, sir,” Mair replied.

“So if the data are contrary to your testimony, would the Sierra Club issue a retraction?” the Texas senator asked.

“Sir, we concur with the 97 percent scientific consensus with regards to global warming,” Mair answered.

“I’d like to repeat the question and get an answer,” Cruz shot back. “If the data are contrary to your testimony, would the Sierra Club issue a retraction?”

Mair still would not answer the question, and repeated the 97% mantra.

“We concur with 97 percent of the scientists that believe the anthropogenic impact of mankind with regards to global warming are true,” the Sierra Club president answered.

“So does that mean you are not willing to answer the question?” Cruz asked.

“We concur with the preponderance of the evidence — you’re asking me if we’ll take 3 percent over the 97 percent? Of course not,” Mair said.

Mair had apparently come to this battle of wits armed with nothing but a bogus study to cite.

Cruz finally offered his thoughts on Muir’s testimony.

“You know, Mr. Mair, I find it striking that for a policy organization that purports to focus exclusively on environmental issues, that you are not willing to tell this committee that you would issue a retraction if your testimony is objectively false under scientific data,” Cruz said. “That undermines the credibility of any organization.”

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Posted at 9:46 am on October 7th, 2015 by

Clinton Supporter Named Kevin McCarthy Complains of Getting Majority Leader’s Hate Tweets

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Hillary Clinton’s campaign today released a video from a supporter who shares a name with the House majority leader and says he’s getting spammed with angry tweets.

Clinton released a TV ad on Tuesday jabbing at Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) for his remarks last week on Hannity: “Everybody thought Hillary Clinton was unbeatable right? But we put together a Benghazi special committee. A select committee. What are her numbers today?”

“The Republicans have spent millions attacking Hillary because she’s fighting for everything they oppose from affordable healthcare to equal pay. She’ll never stop fighting for you and the Republicans know it,” states the ad after showing the McCarthy clip.

Their new video today features a guy who uses the Twitter handle @KevinMcCarthy. The congressional McCarthy uses the handle @GOPLeader.

Naturally, the Clinton camp was ecstatic to discover that the guy getting spammed with McCarthy hate tweets was a Hillary supporter from Iowa.

“I get why you’re mad. I do. The guy who’s probably going to be Speaker of the House just said that the committee that’s supposed to be investigating Benghazi is now going through the emails she turned over…with an eye toward hurting her poll numbers,” says the Clinton-backing McCarthy. “Instead of focusing on the American tragedy that said they’d focus on, they’re spending our taxpayer dollars to play electoral politics.”

“I get it. It’s gross. But it’s not my fault. It’s the House Republicans’. So please, stop your tweeting. My twitter account can’t handle it! Oh, and Go Hillary.”

Posted at 9:42 am on October 7th, 2015 by

White House: Putin Not ‘Playing Chess, He’s Playing Checkers’


Putin playing checkers (Photo: Kremlin)

The White House insisted Tuesday that Russian President Vladimir Putin is playing a much weaker game than he appears.

Press secretary Josh Earnest noted that “President Putin has obviously cast his lot with Bashar al-Assad.”

“We believe that’s a losing bet, and unfortunately, the Russians have made a decision to carry out the kind of military action that makes clear that they’re prepared to double down on that bet,” he said.

But it was pointed out to Earnest that there’s no action going on to reinforce the White House’s stated point of view on the faultiness of Russia’s actions.

Defense Secretary Ashton Carter said yesterday that he’s still waiting for a response from Russia.

“Well, on the military-to-military talks, I would not rule out that there are follow-ups relatively soon to those initial conversations that took place last week,” Earnest said.

He took issue with a reporter’s question on whether Russia is stalling talks as a matter of “playing for time and tilting the chessboard towards their guy.”

“I don’t think President Putin is playing chess, he’s playing checkers, and I say that because he’s making a series of tactical decisions that are leading to a starkly negative strategic conclusion, which is that by making the tactical decision to ramp up their support for the Assad regime, Russia is being sucked into a sectarian civil war, essentially a quagmire, that poses a whole set of risks to Russia’s interests not just in the region, but back at home,” Earnest replied.

“And whether that is being further isolated in the international community, pushing off a political solution that even the Russians themselves acknowledge is necessary, and certainly making Russia the target of Sunni Muslims in Syria and in Russia that are quite angry that the Russians have backed up the murderous regime of Bashar al-Assad.”

The Kremlin said today that Putin met with Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu to discuss “the Russian Aerospace Forces’ operation in Syria,” and released a photo of the two huddling.

“The Russian Aerospace Forces are currently carrying out missions to support Syrian government troops in combatting terrorists and are launching airstrikes against the Islamic State’s positions in Syria,” the Kremlin said.

Posted at 7:34 am on October 7th, 2015 by

Obama Combining Visit to Oregon Shooting Victims with Fundraising Swing

President Obama is visiting Roseburg, Ore., on Friday to meet with the families of the Umpqua Community College shooting victims.

That news was leaked to White House reporters at the beginning of the week.

Today, the administration revealed that this visit will be combined with Democratic Party fundraisers in the Pacific Northwest.

Obama is scheduled to appear at both a closed-press DNC event and a Seattle event with Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.), a luncheon at the Westin Hotel with the Washington State Democratic Party.

That same day, Obama flies to San Francisco for another DNC event.

Obama’s fundraising swing continues in California on Saturday with more DNC and Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee events in Los Angeles.

White House press secretary Josh Earnest confirmed at yesterday’s briefing that Obama’s Friday morning visit to Oregon fits in with “a previously scheduled trip to the West Coast.”

“So it does not require a significant change in his travel plans for him to travel to Oregon and spend some time with the families of those who were either injured or killed in the tragic shooting that occurred there last week,” Earnest said.

“I would not anticipate much of a public appearance from the president. His — the stated purpose of his trip is to — is to spend some time with the families there that have been affected by this outrageous act of violence.”

After Obama directed his policy team to try to come up with gun-control executive actions, Earnest said there’s no timeframe “for, you know, if or when any additional executive actions might be taken,” but “obviously the president’s team is hard at work on them, and has been for some time, considering what other options may be available to the president to try to keep guns out of the hands of criminals.”

“There are some common-sense things that Congress could do to keep guns out of the hands of criminals and others who shouldn’t have them, that — in a — in a way that doesn’t undermine the constitutional rights of law-abiding Americans,” he added.

Posted at 7:00 am on October 7th, 2015 by

Apple Approves App that Warns of Washington D.C. Speed Cameras

Apple has reversed itself and approved an app that warns users of speed cameras in Washington D.C. Initially the app was rejected because as the Washington Post writes, “it was not legal in all of the locations where it would be  available and could be used to help users break the law.”

The app uses data from public databases so there really isn’t anything illegal about it.


This isn’t the first application that empowers users against police surveillance. The Waze app, which I have written about several times, came under fire from police because it allows users to report police and highway patrolman who are looking to catch people speeding. Or as I like to call it: a revenue generator. The police opposed the Waze app, asking google to remove the police-reporting feature because they said it endangers police officers who might be targeted by disgruntled citizens for harm. So far, Waze has not complied with the request, this is a first amendment issue.  Waze also lets users report speed camera locations.

What are we to make of this trend of tools to help people protect themselves from police entrapment? Is the government going too far in surveilling citizens on minor issues like traffic infractions? Is the cost to install and maintain things like speed cameras or hire police to lie-in-wait for speeding cars justified, or does it get passed along to tax payers and encourage even more “citations” to foot the bill?






Posted at 6:40 am on October 7th, 2015 by

Europe Finally Gets Serious About Illegal ‘Migrants’

Some sensible heads at last starting to prevail. Those would belong to people who can tell the difference between authentic “refugees” (if any) and economic migrants fleeing their hellhole “countries” and heading for the welfare states of western Europe:

Hundreds of thousands of failed asylum seekers will be deported from Europe within weeks under secrets plans to tackle the migrant crisis. The European Union will threaten African countries such as Niger and Eritrea that it will withdraw aid, trade and visa arrangements unless they agree to take back economic migrants. Plans would also be put in place to detain thousands of migrants to stop them fleeing to avoid deportation.

More than 400,000 asylum seekers who have entered the EU in the first six months of this year are expected to have their claims rejected. 

The document, seen by MailOnline, says: ‘The EU and its Member States must do more in terms of return. Increased return rates should act as a deterrent to irregular migration.’ EU home office ministers, including Theresa May, will discuss the draft plans at a summit in Luxembourg this week.

Despite Britain not being part of the Schengen zone and therefore not bound by the plan, the British Home Secretary is expected to support the proposals if they lead to the Calais migrant camps being cleared, it was reported by The Times. Under the ‘action plan on return’ the EU’s border agency Frontex will set up a new unit to assist with deportations.

Countries which do not enforce the rules would face legal action and fines from the European Commission. The document states: ‘Member states must systematically issue return decisions, take all necessary steps to enforce them and provide adequate resources, necessary for identifying and returning illegally staying third-country nationals. All measures must be taken to ensure irregular migrants’ effective return, including use of detention as a legitimate measure of last resort.’

Mrs May yesterday called for new deportation measures for the UK, saying mass immigration was making it impossible to build a cohesive society and was against Britain’s national interest.

Good to see someone finally standing up for national interest, and the integrity and legitimacy of national borders. Too bad we don’t have more Theresa Mays in the United States.

Posted at 6:13 am on October 7th, 2015 by

Amnesty Is Already Here

The presidential campaign of Donald Trump has reinvigorated debate over federal immigration policy at a time when the current administration has unilaterally implemented a de facto amnesty for millions illegally residing in the United States. A new report from the Associated Press highlights how that stealth amnesty has been implemented:

The Obama administration deported fewer immigrants over the past 12 months than at any time since 2006, according to internal figures obtained by The Associated Press as Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton called Obama’s deportation policies too harsh.

Deportations of criminal immigrants have fallen to the lowest levels since President Barack Obama took office in 2009, despite his pledge to focus on finding and deporting criminals living in the country illegally. The share of criminal immigrants deported in relation to overall immigrants deported rose slightly, from 56 percent to 59 percent.

The overall total of 231,000 deportations generally does not include Mexicans who were caught at the border and quickly returned home by the U.S. Border Patrol. The figure does include roughly 136,700 convicted criminals deported in the last 12 months.

Total deportations dropped 42 percent since 2012.

The article euphemistically references “administrative changes” made by Obama after failing to get immigration reform passed through Congress. That’s how things are done nowadays, the rule of law be damned.

Posted at 6:00 am on October 7th, 2015 by

As MSNBC Hits Skids, The Nation Whines: ‘I Want My Progressive TV!’

Oh, the humanity! Oh, the butthurt:

… Andy Lack, the NBC News and MSNBC chairman who, since taking over in March, has wiped out all of MSNBC’s daytime liberal opinion shows. The idea, the network says, is to rebrand dayside as an extension of NBC News. As for prime time, Rachel Maddow and Chris Matthews will keep their shows, but the future of Chris Hayes’s All In and Lawrence O’Donnell’s Last Word are up in the air.

MSNBC will also reportedly expand Morning Joe, a show with low ratings but an influential Beltway audience, from three to four hours a day. The extra hour would give center-right and center-left opinion shows roughly equal airtime on the network that’s considered the left’s best answer to the mighty Fox News.

So if Joe Scarborough, who regularly browbeats any libber ooze out of his co-hosts and guests, is thrilled with the changes at MSNBC, where does that leave progressives? Should we mourn that, along with Jon Stewart’s exit, one of the few venues for daily progressive politics on TV is, at best, shrinking? Or should we shrug—since how much of a force for lefty ideas can any corporate-owned commercial entity truly be?

Boo, and may I add, freakin’ Hoo. To get a dose of “progressive” news media, the forlorn Nation readers — all ten of them — need only visit the nearest newsstand or simply change the channel to anything but Fox News. Although, the times they are a-changin’…

One thing is clear: MSNBC’s parade of liberal anchors over the past several years—all pretty much following the same host-desk-panel formula—tanked in the ratings game. In the first quarter of this year, MSNBC’s numbers in the desirable 25-to-54 sales demographic hit an all-time low, dropping 39 percent compared to the same period in 2014. In February, Lack axed the low-rated Joy Reid and Ronan Farrow shows. In July, it was Now With Alex Wagner, The Cycle, and Ed Schultz’s The Ed Show. Reid, Farrow, Wagner, and The Cycle’s Ari Melber landed other gigs at the network; Ed Schultz, the only consistent voice for labor on all of television, did not. Al Sharpton’s Monday-to-Friday show has been squeezed to just one hour: 8 am on Sundays.

But take heart — all is not lost!

Not only are the suits keeping Maddow, who pulls MSNBC’s highest numbers (she often beats Anderson Cooper on CNN, although Fox’s Megyn Kelly crushes them both), but they won’t rule out bringing back Olbermann. “I’ve heard plenty of people I know to be credible who say that Andy would be open to it, given the right conditions,” a different MSNBC insider told me. Of course, since the “right conditions” might never materialize, any talk of Olbermann’s return could be a feint. But the point is that MSNBC wants big names with ratings punch, and being a lib is not necessarily a problem.

The story, in standard Nation fashion, bangs on and on, whistling past the graveyard of Progressive hopes, dreams and aspirations. Savor every word.

Watch MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell Roll Her Eyes at Netanyahu 

Posted at 5:52 am on October 7th, 2015 by

Savannah Mother Charged With Killing Two of Her Children

Residents in the historic coastal Georgia city of Savannah are reeling after a young mother told police that she killed two of her children in their Midtown home.

Jokeera Morgan called authorities and told them that she murdered her 8-month old and 18 month-0ld daughters. Paramedics took the young girls to Memorial University Medical Center, where they were pronounced dead. Her other two children were not at home at the time.

Savannah-Chatham police spokesperson Eunicia Baker told the media that the police and the Division of Family and Children Services are looking into the deaths. Baker could not comment on whether Morgan had an attorney.

Neighbors reacted to the girls’ deaths with a mixture of shock and sorrow. A group of local residents held a vigil near the home on Tuesday night. One of them was Shawntray Grant, who led the mourners in a song.

“Ever since (earlier today) my heart has been filled with tears,” Grant said. “We definitely had to make an approach to come out here today. Because it wasn’t a shooting, we didn’t come out with signs or anything. The reason we do and a lot of different organizations come together is because I feel like it’s going to take unity to change this community. If we all fight together, it’ll come together more quickly.”

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Posted at 5:34 am on October 7th, 2015 by

Eastern N.Y. Prison 1, Harvard 0

Harvard men once became captains of industry and cultural leaders, who fought bravely for their country right up to the point in the 1960s at which they decided to become lawyers and fight against their country. So it’s no surprise that the inmates of the Eastern New York Correctional Facility just beat them in a debate:

A group of New York inmates has toppled Harvard’s prestigious debate team. It took place at the Eastern New York Correctional Facility, a maximum-security prison in Napanoch. The Ivy League undergrads were invited last month to debate the inmates who take in-prison courses taught by Bard College faculty.

Harvard’s team won the national title this year and the world championship in 2014.But the inmates are building a reputation, too. The club has notched victories against teams from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and the University of Vermont. Against Harvard, the inmates were tasked with defending the position that public schools should be allowed to turn away students whose parents came to the U.S. illegally. Harvard’s team responded, but a panel of neutral judges declared the inmates victorious.

Truly, a subject fit for the pen of Evelyn Waugh. Bonus: the assist from Bard College. You really can’t make this stuff up.

Posted at 5:15 am on October 7th, 2015 by

From Beyond the Grave, Lucille Ball Scaring Kids for Halloween

Lucille Ball Hometown Statue

Happy Halloween!

You remember Scary Lucy, don’t you? The weird statue of the world’s most famous red-headed ditz, erected in her home town of Jamestown, N.Y., that, to put it charitably, didn’t look a thing like her? Well, someone has finally found some inspiration in it.

It’s a role “Scary Lucy” was born to play: Frightening people at Halloween. A bronze statue of Lucille Ball that drew worldwide scorn earlier this year for its unflattering depiction of the “I Love Lucy” star has provided inspiration for an annual haunted house event in a mall near her western New York town.

Event planner Scott Mekus (MEE’-kuhs) says an actor portraying the statue will be part of the Chautauqua Mall’s “Haunting at the Mall” during weekends through Halloween.

An even better use for the statue itself would be as scrap metal, so that a proper tribute could be made.

The life-size statue was unveiled in 2009 in a park in the village of Celoron, on Chautauqua Lake. In April, a statue replacement campaign launched on Facebook gained renewed interest in the wake of local media stories on the statue, which was called Scary Lucy for its grimace-like facial features.

Posted at 4:59 am on October 7th, 2015 by

‘Zero Correlation’ Between Gun Laws and Crime

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Next time your lefty friends start nattering on about “gun violence” (as in the meme above, which went viral the other day), point them to this analysis by Eugene Volokh in the Washington Post:

There’s been much talk recently — including from President Obama — about there being a substantial correlation between state-level gun death rates and state gun laws. Now correlation obviously doesn’t equal causation; there may be lots of other factors that are the true causes of both of the things that are being measured. But if we do look for now at correlation, it seems to me that the key question should focus on state total homicide rates, or perhaps (for reasons I describe below) total intentional homicide plus accidental gun death rates. And it turns out that there is essentially zero correlation between these numbers and state gun laws.

Volokh makes so many good points in this piece that you really must read the whole thing. Among them, the “common-sense” fact that when “gun murders” go down, the murder rate itself does not; homicide simply gets displaced. Another good point — since the Left routinely lumps suicides (the majority of gun deaths) in with homicides — is the moral distinction between taking your own life and taking another’s:

Suicides are quite different from homicides. Morally speaking, restraining people’s liberty, and in particular their ability to defend themselves, to prevent murder of unwilling victims deaths is quite different from restraining that liberty to prevent others from willingly killing themselves. It is no accident, I think, that the calls for gun restriction are usually specifically tied to murders — whether mass killings or the aggregate of individual killings — and not to suicides.

Suicide is also likely to be driven by many factors related to culture and the person’s living situation, factors very different from those involved in homicide. The age-adjusted suicide rate among blacks in the U.S., for instance, is less than 40% of the suicide rate among whites, while the homicide rate is much higher for blacks than for whites — and that’s just one of many examples.

The correlation between the homicide rate and Brady score in all 51 jurisdictions is +.032 (on a scale of -1 to +1), which means that states with more gun restrictions on average have very slightly higher homicide rates, though the tendency is so small as to be essentially zero. (If you omit the fatal gun accident rates, then the correlation would be +.065, which would make the more gun-restricting states look slightly worse; but again, the correlation would be small enough to be essentially zero, given all the other possible sources of variation.)

Remember — when the Left starts nattering on about “gun control,” the emphasis should be on the second word, not the first.


Posted at 4:40 am on October 7th, 2015 by

Palestinians Gone Wild: One Stabbing Attack After Another

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Earlier this morning a Palestinian woman stabbed an Israeli civilian in the back. Luckily, the victim was armed. He was able to save his own life by shooting his attacker.

The terrorist attack was carried out at Jerusalem’s Lions’ Gate in the Old City. Although some details remain unclear, police say the victim of the stabbing was a 36-year-old man. The perpetrator, an 18-year–old Palestinian woman, lightly wounded the man. Thankfully, the intended victim was armed. He turned around and shot the terrorist trying to kill him.

United Hatzalah paramedic Haim Attias was one of the first people on the scene of the terrorist attack. He explains:

When I arrived to the scene, I saw a man that was stabbed on his upper body at the same site where a previous terrorist attack occurred during Succot.

Although you wouldn’t know it if your news consumption is limited to CNN, the New York Times, the Washington Post and even Fox News, anti-Israeli violence is on the rise. Increasingly more Palestinians are carrying out attacks against random victims, whose only “sins” are their religion (Judaism) and nationality (Israeli). On Saturday, Rabbi Nehemia Lavie and Aharon Benita were stabbed to death by another radical Islamic terrorist. The rabbi’s two-year-old son (2!) was wounded.

That terrorist too was shot: police gunned him down after he opened fire at a crowd of tourists.

In the not-too-distant past these attacks would have been major news at most news outlets. Strangely, that’s no longer the case. If you didn’t know any better, you’d almost think that the mainstream media are determined to bury these attacks out of fear that reporting on them will cause Americans to sympathize with Israeli’s plight. Apparently, that’s such a nightmare scenario to these liberal hacks posing as journalists that they’re not even willing to touch it.

And things are escalating rather quickly in Israel and the Palestinian territories. The 19-year-old Palestinian who carried out Saturday’s murder, Mohannad Shafik Halabi, is a member of Islamic Jihad: a terrorist organization that quickly claimed responsibility for the attack and declared that it marked the start of “the third intifada.”

In other words, Israelis are less safe than, while Western media look the other way, pretending nothing is happening.

Posted at 4:20 am on October 7th, 2015 by

Ten Commandments Removed from Capitol Under Cover of Darkness

This week the Ten Commandments were removed under cover of darkness–not to Philistia, but to a conservative think tank in Oklahoma.

The state paid $4,700 (call it a temple tax) to a private contractor for the removal of the monument from the Capitol grounds. (A tad ironically, the monument in question is a replacement; like Moses’ original tablets, the original monument was haphazardly destroyed.)

The removal follows an Oklahoma Supreme Court June decision “that the display violates a state constitutional prohibition on the use of public property to support ‘any sect, church, denomination or system of religion,’” AP reports.

This case concerning the Decalogue on public property has a peculiar twist, in that the plaintiff in Prescott v. Oklahoma Capitol Preservation Commission was a Baptist minister. In July 2015, Bruce Prescott wrote in The Oklahoma Observer:

I, an ordained minister, opposed placing this monument on public property and filed suit with the ACLU because I believe it is bad for religion. The Ten Commandments is a covenant between God and people of faith. The text mentions God six times and refers to “the Lord” seven times. It is obviously religious in nature.

Erecting the monument under sham secular pretenses serves only to trivialize the holiness of sincere religious covenants and undermines religion by negating the significance of the most sacred symbols of religious language.

Prescott characterized the Legislature’s 2009 push to erect the granite monument as a display of “pretentious piety and politics,” a tangible exchange of rings, as it were, symbolizing the “marriage of right-wing religion and local government.”

Yet Prescott himself hardly seems free of pretenses. Maybe he genuinely believes that suing Oklahoma over its placement of the Ten Commandments was the best defense against trivializing religion. But for most Christian pastors–including those who would prefer to keep the Commandments (pardon the pun) off public property–remove the Decalogue doesn’t top their list of ways to preserve the “holiness of sincere religious covenants.”

More dubious, and even alarming, is the pastor’s alacrity to yoke himself to the ACLU. The organization is a frequent opponent of religious freedom in the United States and consistently lines up against mainstream Christians on issues many deem integral to biblical compliance. It opposes RFRAs, ”works every day” to further the practice of abortion, and “brings more LGBT cases and advocacy initiatives than any other national organization.”

Conservative leaders, meanwhile, reportedly have promised to seek a counter-removal–that is, of the Oklahoma Constitution’s Article 2, Section 5, which reads:

No public money or property shall ever be appropriated, applied, donated, or used, directly or indirectly, for the use, benefit, or support of any sect, church, denomination, or system of religion, or for the use, benefit, or support of any priest, preacher, minister, or other religious teacher or dignitary, or sectarian institution as such.

One wonders, though, whether removing the language will satisfy these leaders’ desire to see the Ten Commandments, a key part of the Western heritage, memorialized on Capitol grounds. The reinstatement of the Ten Commandments monument will surely be followed by another wave of petitions from other religious groups, sincere and satirical:

Its placement at the Capitol prompted requests from several groups to have their own monuments installed, including a satanic church in New York that wanted to erect a 7-foot-tall statue that depicts Satan as Baphomet, a goat-headed figure with horns, wings and a long beard. A Hindu leader in Nevada, an animal rights group and the satirical Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster also made requests. (AP)

It may take additional legislation, rather than merely striking the state’s constitutional language, to define the scope of religious symbols permitted for display at the Capitol yet without discriminating on the basis of religion. The point of a monument, after all, is to invigorate and inspire cultural memory of ideas that have contributed significantly more than others to society’s character, laws, and culture. If the scope is not narrowed, any Ten Commandments monument reinstalled will soon after become just one of dozens of symbols erected by petitioners, diluting its distinction and rendering its placement at the Capitol pointless.

In other words, it would be like having no monument there at all.

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Posted at 12:25 am on October 7th, 2015 by

Happy Halloween! Feds to Release 6000 Prisoners at End of Month

Via CNN:

In a move to reduce prison overcrowding and provide relief to inmates given harsh sentences in drug cases, the federal Bureau of Prisons will grant early release to about 6,000 inmates beginning later this month, officials confirmed to CNN.

The mass release is the largest in the Bureau of Prisons history and the first wave of what could be tens of thousands of early releases, officials said.

The mass release was triggered by the U.S. Sentencing Commission, which lowered maximum sentences for drug offenders last year and made the change retroactive.

Even with the Sentencing Commission’s reductions, drug offenders will have served substantial prison sentences, said Sally Quillian Yates, a deputy attorney general with the Justice Department.

If there is one thing we have learned after almost seven years of the Obama administration being in charge, it’s that people on the wrong side of the law tend to get the fairest treatment. The same administration that uses various government agencies to target people who have the audacity to disagree with them politically has a warm, gooey soft spot for law breakers.

Some of these sentence reductions may very well be justified. It just seems a bit off how much priority The Idiot King has given this in his waning days in the Oval Office.

It’s not like nothing else is going on in the world.

Posted at 8:30 pm on October 6th, 2015 by

Panicky Team Hillary Begins Oppo Research on Biden

Somebody is hearing footsteps.

Researchers working on behalf of Hillary Clinton are searching for dirt on vice president Joe Biden in case he decides to enter the race to become the Democratic nominee for president.

A team of “opposition researchers” was reportedly set up last month to comb through Mr Biden’s long record in office and come up with unsavoury revelations.

The operation is being conducted by pro-Hillary group Correct the Records, accoring to New York Magazine.

With rumors that even her own people think New Hampshire is lost to Comrade Bernie, and the White House publicly saying they’re totally down with Crazy Joe the Wonder Veep running for president, it probably wasn’t a pleasant day to be close to the Duchess of Sour.

Biden first went to the Senate when our military still used muskets and has been one heartbeat away from the presidency for seven years. Throw in the fact that he has already run for the top job and it’s likely that all the dirt there is to dig up on him has done been dug.

The vice president has also been very careful about this, and probably wouldn’t even get into the race unless he was reasonably assured that a lot of Hillary supporters were going to come his way. It’s not as if they’re fighting for different constituencies in the Democratic Party after all.

This is about the time in the 2008 cycle when Hillary’s “inevitability” started to crack.

And there was only one guy in that race who could beat her.

Posted at 7:01 pm on October 6th, 2015 by

Some Longtime Clinton Hands in New Hampshire Think the State Is a Lost Cause

We’re used to the drama that constantly swirls around the Clintons. They can’t open the door to walk outside without controversy.

But when, what Politico describes as “veterans of the family’s old campaigns and people close to Clinton’s fundraising,” criticize the national office for poor strategy and suggest giving up on winning an early primary state, drama is superseded by the panic of a campaign in complete disarray.

Despite confidence emanating from the campaign’s paid leadership team that Clinton is well positioned with more than four months to go before the primary, this circle of informal advisers is whispering about more aggressively looking beyond New Hampshire after a summer that saw her polling advantage evaporate. These confidantes are not only granting the possibility that Sanders could win here: they see it as a near-certainty, and in some cases wonder about the usefulness of flooding the state with precious resources.

Instead, they’re arguing that Clinton’s campaign would be just fine focusing on the states that follow in early 2016.

“I look at New Hampshire and I say, ‘um, yeah, whatever.’ I like the people in Iowa. I like the people in New Hampshire. But you know what? They are distinctly different than most places in the country are. They are very white, they are very parochial. And they are not emblematic of the country,” explained one Washington-based Clinton friend who remains in touch with the candidate, adding that she would be comfortable relying on the campaign’s organization in the 48 other states.

“It’s about preserving the antique nomination process. I don’t know if I care so much. I’d like to win. But I don’t think it’s crucial, nor do I think it’s necessary, to win either of those two states.”

The widening rift between Clinton’s team and the pocket of informal but influential advisers and old friends is quiet, but real. And it’s exactly this kind of off-strategy, off-message suggestion that drives the official Brooklyn-based campaign mad.

That’s because Clinton’s political team readily acknowledges her weakness in New Hampshire — she was down 14 points to Sanders by the end of September in the Huffington Post Pollster average. And the team is also well aware of the circumstances that the doubters see as evidence of a lost cause — Sanders’ next-door neighbor status, voters’ perceived inability to break into Clinton’s Secret-Service mandated bubble, and her own role as the establishment’s front-runner.

But to Clinton staffers in both Brooklyn and Manchester, the idea of shifting away from New Hampshire — the state that resuscitated Clinton’s 2008 campaign and her husband’s 1992 effort — is beyond ridiculous, and potentially campaign-killing. The state couldn’t be further from hopeless, they say.

Someone is panicking and it isn’t the national headquarters of the Clinton campaign. The wild card here is the Biden factor and how much support he will pull from Clinton and Sanders.

Conventional wisdom says Hillary would lose more support if Biden took the plunge because Sanders voters are true believers and few would bolt to Biden if he entered the race. But an unknown percentage of Sanders voters are anti-Hillary and would never vote for her for president.  And, there are other Sanders supporters who are currently thinking more with their heart than their head. A realization that Sanders could never win the general election might convince other supporters of the Vermont senator to bolt to Biden or Clinton.

Also, we’re still 4 months out from the primary in a state that has rallied to both Clintons to save their campaigns — first in 1992 with Bill and then in 2008 with Hillary. The Clintons have deep ties to very influential people in the state. Anyone who suggests that Hillary Clinton is as good as done for in the state isn’t thinking rationally.

Those suggesting surrender in New Hampshire are apparently not paid staffers, and their influence may be limited. But they’ve been through the wars with the Clintons, and Hillary would do well to avail herself of their counsel. Not giving up, but radically altering her strategy to try and salvage something from what is shaping up to be a disaster.

Posted at 4:07 pm on October 6th, 2015 by

Archaeologists Claim To Have Found The Ancient Cities Of Sodom and Gomorrah

In recent years we’ve seen archaeological discoveries that go hand in hand with the accounts of the Old and New Testaments. Christian and Jewish believers alike have heralded these finds as exciting proof of the veracity of the Bible. Now a team from New Mexico has reportedly uncovered the ruins of the cities most notorious for their sins – Sodom and Gomorrah.

Professor Steve Collins and his team from Trinity Southwestern University recently announced that a ten-year project has unearthed the site of the infamous cities.

“The archaeological team unearthed a goldmine of ancient monumental structures and artifacts that are revealing a massive Bronze Age city-state that dominated the region of Jordan’s southern Jordan Valley, even during a time when many other great cities of the ‘Holy Land’ region were either abandoned or in serious decline,” Collins said.

According to the Old Testament account in Genesis 19, God told Abraham, the father of the Jewish nation, that He was fed up with the flagrant sins of the two cities and that He would destroy them by raining fiery sulphur upon the towns. Abraham pleads with God to spare the cities if Abraham can find just ten righteous people in the town.

When Abraham cannot find any righteous people, and the men of Sodom attempt to have sexual relations with the angels who visit Abraham’s nephew lot, God destroys the towns.

Then the Lord rained down fire and burning sulfur from the sky on Sodom and Gomorrah. He utterly destroyed them, along with the other cities and villages of the plain, wiping out all the people and every bit of vegetation. (Genesis 19:24-25, NLT)

Collins noted that the location of the ruins matches up as the ancient cities that have become synonymous with sin and moral decline.

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Posted at 3:33 pm on October 6th, 2015 by

AP Reporter Exposes Obama Admin Hypocrisy Regarding Israel in Wake of Afghan Bombing

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With the recent U.S. bombing of a Doctors Without Borders hospital in mind, AP reporter Matt Lee confronted and confounded State Department deputy spokesman Mark Toner over the Obama administration’s reaction to Israel’s accidental bombing of a school in the city of Rafah in the south of Gaza in August of 2014.

After the Israeli missile strike hit a school, killing ten people, the State Department put out a scathing statement condemning Israel for its “disgraceful shelling,” and demanded an investigation:

The United States is appalled by today’s disgraceful shelling outside an UNRWA school in Rafah sheltering some 3,000 displaced persons, in which at least ten more Palestinian civilians were tragically killed. The coordinates of the school, like all UN facilities in Gaza, have been repeatedly communicated to the Israeli Defense Forces. We once again stress that Israel must do more to meet its own standards and avoid civilian casualties. UN facilities, especially those sheltering civilians, must be protected, and must not be used as bases from which to launch attacks.

The Lid’s Jeff Dunetz added some context to what happened that day.

In August 2014 the IDF was faced with a barrage of mortar fire from the Gaza city of Rafah sent from an area surrounding a UNRWA school. A precision-guided missile, launched from the air by the IDF, struck the road outside the school, five to six meters from the school gate. Ten people who were on the school grounds near the gate were killed.  The US State Department rushed to condemn Israel (they didn’t condemn Hamas for using the school as a human shield or UNRWA for allowing their school to be used).

The State Department said at the time that “the suspicion that militants are operating nearby does not justify strikes that put at risk the lives of so many innocent civilians.”

This past weekend, in what the military is calling an accident, American planes in Kunduz, Afghanistan hit a Doctors Without Borders hospital, killing 22 people, apparently days after the facility had provided the U.S. military with the hospital’s precise coordinates.

Lee specifically wanted to know if U.S. policy has changed, given this disastrous bombing strike in Afghanistan.

As Dunetz notes, the State Department spokesman was at a loss for words.

He obviously couldn’t say that the condemnation of Israel wasn’t official policy — it was simply the Obama administration taking advantage of an opportunity to criticize Israel. (Never let a crisis go to waste.)

Lee brilliantly exposed the hypocrisy:

“What I’m most curious about,” he said after listening to Toner waffle for about three minutes, “is that this statement said the suspicion that militants are operating nearby does not justify strikes, which — and the military has said that it was called in because the Afghans asked for it. But MSF says that they had been given the coordinates much in the same way the IDF had been given the coordinates of the school in Rafah. So the question is – and I realize this is under investigation. But the question is if – the question is: If the suspicion that militants are operating nearby does not justify strikes on a humanitarian facility for which the coordinates had been given, that it seems to have changed.”

Toner stammered, “It’s just — look, Matt. I think it’s safe to say that this attack, this bombing, was not intentional. I can’t get into what may or may not have happened on the ground, whether the coordinates were known, whether they were acknowledged. It’s just too much speculation at this point.”


Netanyahu: ‘No Restrictions’ on Israeli Security Forces to Crush Terrorists After Hamas Kills Couple

Posted at 2:10 pm on October 6th, 2015 by

WaPo: Trump Has Only Spent $2 Million on Campaign So Far

As the kids say, whoa, if true.

MSNBC reported Tuesday morning that aides to Donald Trump estimate that the real estate mogul has spent roughly $2 million on his 2016 presidential campaign to date. That’s consistent with a Wall Street Journal report from over the summer that Trump had loaned his campaign $1.8 million and raised another $100,000 for the effort.

That’s stunning. And brilliant.

This is the rarest of occasions: Chris Cillizza is right about something. Trump’s manipulation of media and social media has been brilliant. The fact that he’s constantly on television without having to pay for television time is something that is rather unprecedented for a non-incumbent.

No matter how this campaign turns out, Trump’s use of social media will probably one day be talked about in political science classes. He is using the various platforms in the way they were meant to be used: personally. Rather than tweeting a campaign talking point in a third-person voice from an account that bears the candidate’s name (as most do), he’s talking to people. No matter how unhinged he may be, speaking directly to the voters as himself on social media resonates infinitely more than “Candidate X wants to, RT if you agree.”

The media landscape has changed drastically since the Bush/Rove days and the GOP has been less than nimble in adapting. If establishment types and other candidates can turn off their Trump hate for a moment, maybe they can learn something, like how to run a more financially efficient campaign.

Republicans are still into fiscal responsibility, right?


Posted at 1:30 pm on October 6th, 2015 by

Bully Pulpit: Kasich Says He’ll Send Bibles to Enemies of Medicaid Expansion

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There he goes again. Ohio governor and Republican presidential candidate John Kasich is thumping his Bible at detractors of his decision to take advantage of Obamacare by expanding Medicaid, adding 600,000 (mostly) able-bodied, childless adults to the welfare rolls. Speaking at the  U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Kasich said: 

I mean, look at Medicaid expansion. You know how many people are yelling at me? I’ve gone to events where people yell at me. You know what? You know what I tell ‘em? I mean, God bless ‘em, I’m telling them a little bit better at this. I said, you know, there’s a book, it’s got a new part and an old part. They put it together. It’s a remarkable book. If you don’t have one, uh, I’ll buy you one. It talks about how we treat the poor. I mean, sometimes you just have to lead.

Kasich went on to say “It’s like fighting ISIS, okay?” Leaders don’t let the yelling and the screaming determine their decisions, he said.

Right. His fight against conservatives in Ohio is just like fighting ISIS.

I’m just going to be blunt here — the man is a serial scripture twister who picks and chooses Bible verses to promote his liberal political agenda. Kasich seethes with condescension at conservatives — Christian conservatives — who disagree with him while claiming the biblical high ground, but he has no idea what he’s talking about. (Or worse, he does know better and he’s intentionally misusing God’s word to further his agenda.) Kasich has on other occasions defended Medicaid expansion by warning that his opponents would be in trouble in the afterlife:

I respect the fact that you believe in small government. I do too. I also happen to know that you’re a person of faith. Now, when you die and get to the, get to the, uh, to the meeting with St. Peter, he’s probably not gonna ask you much about what you did about keeping government small, but he’s going to ask you what you did for the poor. Better have a good answer.

I don’t know which “bible” this guy is reading (and offering to send to his detractors) but there’s nothing in the Christian Bible that defines charity as the forcible confiscation of money from one individual for redistribution to another. Christians are told to give generously, but it’s to be voluntary: “Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, for God loves a cheerful giver” (2 Corinthians 9:7). While Christians are individually commanded to be charitable and help the poor (Romans 15:25-262 Corinthians 8-9Galatians 2:101 John 3:17), the Bible–even the “new part”–says nothing about this being a responsibility of the civil government. Neither are there any commands for Christians to to try to wield the levers of government power in order to collect money to care for the poor.

As an aside, it should be noted that Kasich’s “compassion” does not extend to the unborn. He has stubbornly refused to defund Planned Parenthood and has refused to lift a finger in support of the Heartbeat Bill that would protect unborn children whose heartbeats can be detected with ultrasound. (I’ve got a few Bible verses on that if Gov. Kasich is interested.)

Kristina Ribali from the Foundation for Government Accountability told PJ Media, “The Bible says the poor will always be among us. But if you really care about the poor, you promote policies that help them escape from the government welfare trap.  You promote policies that restore the working class and help people move up the economic ladder.” She said that Medicaid’s perverse incentives trap people in poverty, reducing earnings and incentives to work. “That’s not compassion.” 

She’s right. Here’s what Kasich’s Obamacare Medicaid expansion has done to Ohio:


Ohio’s dependence on Medicaid is the worst in the Midwest, according to

Ohio had 2.33 million people on its Medicaid rolls in December 2013, the month before Kasich’s Obamacare expansion took effect. Within 18 months, 3 million Ohioans were on Medicaid. In July, enrollment in Kasich’s Obamacare expansion was 609,030 — 66 percent greater than Kasich expected. Kasich’s Obamacare expansion cost federal taxpayers $4 billion in its first 18 months, instead of the $2.5 billion projected.

And it gets worse:

Medicaid expansion will cost taxpayers $9.3 billion during the 2016-17 fiscal years, according to an Ohio Legislative Service Commission forecast. LSC expects enrollment to average 622,516 this year and 692,500 next year.

Leon Wolf responded to this soundbite at RedState today:

This kind of thing is why I would easily vote for Trump (and probably some Democrats) over Kasich. It isn’t just that he’s liberal’ it’s that he gives credence to liberal tropes by adopting them publicly while pretending to be inside our tent. Kasich as the nominee would be more damaging to the conservative brand than any nominee in my lifetime. I can’t wait until the day that our field is rid of his poisonous influence.

A lot of my fellow Ohioans who have lived under Kasich’s rule here would agree. And many (myself included) would take it a step further and say that Kasich is the Republican version of Obama — he’s a narcissist and bully who has no compunction about achieving his political goals by any means possible. Strong-arm tactics, backroom deals, trampling the state constitution, abusing the Bible to score political points with the left — it seems that nothing if off limits for Kasich. I’ve been willing to vote for the “lesser of two evils” in past elections, but Ohio’s governor is a bridge too far for me. I’ll stay home before I vote for John Kasich this time around.

UPDATE: I should add that I wouldn’t be opposed to Gov. Kasich (at his personal expense) sending Bibles to all of his political opponents. Our nation could certainly benefit from the biblical wisdom contained within. 

Posted at 1:14 pm on October 6th, 2015 by

Defense Sec: Russia Incursions Into Turkey ‘May Be Further Sign of Their Strategic Confusion’

Defense Secretary Ashton Carter told troops at Morón Air Base in Spain today that Russia isn’t exactly paying attention to what the Pentagon says regarding Syria strikes, but he assured airmen that “reality is going to be the first check on the Russians.”

“I’ve said it again and again and again, but I’ll just say it again, that this — this is a very wrongheaded and backward approach that’s sure to backfire and is not consistent at all with what the 60-member coalition is doing. And it’s just going to fuel the Syrian civil war. And so is a serious strategic mistake on the part of the Russians,” Carter said at the outset of the Q&A.

He noted Russia’s violation of Turkish airspace — twice as of today, according to NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenburg, who told reporters at a press conference that it “doesn’t look as an accident, this is a serious violation of the airspace and actually there were two violations during the weekend.”

Carter said “we’ve condemned that; NATO has condemned that.”

“This is, by the way, NATO airspace, Turkish airspace. And so it’s seriously irresponsible and unprofessional,” he added. “And in connection with unprofessional behavior, I’ll just remind you that we met at the defense — the defense working level with the Russians about professional conduct in the airspace above Syria and they’ve yet to respond to us.”

Carter said last week that he was moving forward with the plan to which he and Russian Minister of Defense Sergey Shoygu agreed before bombing started, to “send a DOD team to meet with Russian defense counterparts, at a location that we agreed upon, to ensure that we avoid any inadvertent incidents over Syrian air space.”

Today, the Defense secretary stressed, “We’re going to continue to do what we’re doing. We are on the right path. We’re going to continue to work with our allies.”

“We’ll continue to tell the Russians they have to conduct themselves professionally, but they’re making a serious strategic mistake and we will — this is, you know, going to cause us further to strengthen our posture with respect to Russia and further, you know, evidence that they’re not thinking things through very well strategically. And that is the reason why, you know, to go back to Ukraine and so forth, NATO has strengthened its posture with respect to Russia,” Carter continued.

“But in the particular matter of Syria, they’re off on the wrong track. I think they’ll continue to come under attack as a consequence of it. But we’re on the right path there and they’re on the wrong path.”

Of Russian incursions into Turkey, Carter said, “I can’t confirm that it’s deliberate, but I simply have to assume that at a certain point, it’s more than unprofessional.”

Pressed again on unresponsive Russia, the Defense secretary replied, “We are waiting for the Russians. They owe us a response. We met with them last week, as you well know. And we await a response from them, and we expect a response from them.”

“They should come in and do it right now. You know, remember this was the — these meetings were their initiative in the first place. They’re focused on professional conduct and it’s only professional that you follow through on the request they made. And they’ve not done that yet. And that may be a further sign of their strategic confusion, I don’t know.”

Posted at 12:23 pm on October 6th, 2015 by

‘Afghanistan Is Again at a Decisive Point’: General Says Obama Needs New Plan

The general in command of U.S. forces in Afghanistan told senators today that the fall of Kunduz was “absolutely” a victory for the Taliban and President Obama needs to reconsider troops levels there in the face of ISIS’ rise.

Gen. John Campbell told the Senate Armed Services Committee that the coalition was “surprised” when the Taliban were able to take over Kunduz, the fifth largest city in Afghanistan, late last month.

“A lot of reasons why the Afghans are taking a hard look…part of the reason, they didn’t have key leaders in place,” he said. “The city for the most part had police, the Afghan army was on the outskirts. They did not reinforce. Bottom line, the Taliban were able to come in and attack from within the city, and quite frankly surprised the police forces that enabled the Taliban to gain a great victory.”

While the Taliban publicly hailed the seizure as a gain for the long haul, Campbell said, “I don’t think the Taliban had intent to stay in Kunduz for very long.”

“As soon as the Afghan forces were able to bring additional forces in, logistically resupply that, the Taliban for the most part melted away, left the city. There are small isolated pockets that they continue to fight.”

After 2016, Obama plans to take the U.S. presence in Afghanistan down to an embassy security force of 1,000. Currently, the U.S. troop level is 9,800.

Campbell said ISIS setting up shop in the country “has further complicated the theater landscape and potentially expanded the conflict.”

“Afghanistan is again at a decisive point. The president is well aware of the tenuous security situation and I also appreciate that he has other global issues to weigh as he considers my recommendations,” he said, stressing he was “unable to discuss further details on the options as I have provided to the president.”

“In the past, when flexibility has been requested of him, he took it under serious consideration and made his decision. He provided flexibility this year. The same decision process is being worked through now for 2016 and beyond… If a security vacuum arose, other extremist networks, such as Daesh, would also rapidly expand and so unrest through Central and South Asia and potentially target our homeland.”

Campbell said the ISIS fighters there are partly “disenfranchised Taliban that maybe see Daesh as a way to gain more media, more resources, so they kind of changed T-shirts, raised a different flag.”

“A lot of” Pakistani Taliban are also joining ISIS in Afghanistan, he added.

The general also discussed the weekend bombing of a Doctors Without Borders hospital in Kunduz.

“We have U.S. Special Forces on the ground. They’re doing train-advise assists with our Afghan partners. Our Afghan partners called for fire. The U.S. aircraft delivered those munitions,” Campbell affirmed.

Asked by Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) if he’d agree with Doctors Without Borders’ call for an international investigation of the incident helmed by an “independent” body such as the United Nations, the general that he has “trust and confidence in the folks that will do the investigation for NATO, the folks that will do the investigation for DOD and the Afghan partners.”

“We are reaching out again to Doctors without Borders and the personnel on site. Making sure that we get all sides of the story. I did talk to the investigating officer this morning. He has done that. He talked to a few. He is continuing to try to get out to locations where he can talk to doctors, nurses, survivors of that and make sure he gets all that story. And we will certainly share all of that,” Campbell said.

The general also confirmed that Afghan women have been embedded in the Afghan special operating units equivalent to the Army Rangers driving the Taliban out of Kunduz. “I do believe that having the ability to have Afghan females embedded in the special operating units provide them a unique capability” to communicate with women at the site of mission objectives, he said. “…They have some of these females also inside of their commando units so this is quite good.”

Posted at 11:52 am on October 6th, 2015 by

Man Kicked Out of Rubio Event After Asking Bizarre Questions and Accusing Him of Adultery

A man was kicked out of a Rubio campaign event in New York City Tuesday after he asked Sen. Marco Rubio a series of bizarre questions involving “multibillion wire fraud” and adultery.

Rubio looked perplexed as the man asked:

How is the Nicole Lapin, Warren Buffett multibillion dollar wire fraud going? I heard there was a big loss in London.

“Let’s just stay on topic, if you don’t mind,” the moderator answered. But the man was just getting started. Reading from his notes, he asked:

How can Nicole Lapin sit there on the wire all day through a company like Time Warner Inc., contributing absolutely nothing to the economy?

The moderator tried unsuccessfully to stop him from talking, but the man persisted:

How do you plan to fix accountability in courts? How do you plan to deal with fraud? The answer is you can’t. You cheated on your wife in Florida.

At this point, the moderator got up to confront the questioner, but the man had one more point to make before he was escorted out:

I think you should drop out of the race. Your polling numbers are too low to win.

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Carly Fiorina: ‘A Lot of Liberals Find Me Kind of Scary Right Now’

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Because GOP contender Carly Fiorina has been steadily rising in the polls, liberal media outlets are on the attack. On Monday, the former businesswoman was forced to respond to allegations that she mismanaged campaign money and failed to pay vendors after her unsuccessful 2010 California Senate campaign.

The Washington Post quoted sources Monday who claimed Fiorina’s 2010 U.S. Senate campaign still owed hundreds of thousands in unpaid bills to vendors and staffers.

The Fiorina campaign jumped into high gear yesterday to correct the record.

Via Townhall:

The Fiorina camp has reached out to clarify a key point: Carly’s full 2010 campaign debt “was paid off nearly a year ago,” Sarah Isgur Flores writes in an email to Townhall.” The FEC terminated the [campaign] committee, so it’s all done.” In other words, the crux of WaPo’s story is that it took Fiorina years to tie up these loose ends; slow, subject to criticism, but hardly unprecedented. That’s why Team Carly is highlighting the parallel Hillary example: Her campaign owed tens of millions of dollars after she lost the 2008 Democratic primary, and the ledger wasn’t totally settled for more than four years.

Fiorina appeared on “The Kelly File“ Monday evening to respond to allegations that she gypped vendors and staffers from her 2010 campaign.

Kelly showed Fiorina a clip from Monday night’s broadcast of MSNBC’s ”All In with Chris Hayes,” which seemed to focus entirely on the issue.

“There are a lot of liberals who find me kind of scary right now, because I am doing really well in the polls and  –  horror of horrors  –  I am a conservative woman,” Fiorina said, clearly referring to comments made by MSNBC’s Mika Brzezinski. “She’s terrifying to Democrats,” Brzezinski said. “I don’t know if the Republicans get her yet. I don’t think men get her, honestly. She’s terrifying… in a good way.”

Fiorina went on to explain that the debts were paid, and pointed out that the media never made a big story out of Hillary Clinton’s campaign debt, which was 40 times the size of Fiorina’s.

“We know that most of the media is very liberal, and we know that liberal women have trouble accepting that there are many, many women who don’t agree with them,” Fiorina said. “I think that I am distinctly horrifying to liberals [since] I am a conservative who right now head-to-head beats Hillary Clinton soundly.”


Is This Fiorina Ad the Best of the Campaign Season so Far?

Posted at 9:37 am on October 6th, 2015 by