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

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

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

Posted at 1:45 pm on July 30th, 2014 by

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Posted at 1:29 pm on July 30th, 2014 by

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

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

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

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

Take a look.

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

Posted at 12:55 pm on July 30th, 2014 by

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Not a single one.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

What are these benefactors getting for their sizable investments?

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

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

Posted at 11:38 am on July 30th, 2014 by

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

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

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

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Whatcha thinkin’ about, Mika?

h/t Ace

 

Posted at 11:02 am on July 30th, 2014 by

Bomb-Laden Tunnel Found in Gaza UN Health Clinic

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

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

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

Earlier reports indicated that a number of soldiers were injured.

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

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

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

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

Posted at 10:27 am on July 30th, 2014 by

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

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

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

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

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

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Posted at 10:12 am on July 30th, 2014 by

Republicans Whine, “Chicks, Man.”

It should come as no surprise that the Generals who created the War on Women (and play it the way teenage nerds rock a good game of Dungeons and Dragons) are courting single women in advance of the upcoming election season. In response, Peter Wehner offered up some otherwise yawn-inducing advice on how Republicans can attract women, albeit for one substantial suggestion:

…giving more prominent public roles to responsible women in the party (for example, Kelly Ayotte and Cathy McMorris Rodgers).

The two names were also mentioned in the Real Clear Politics commentary on the Republican struggle with women:

Two governors, in particular — New Mexico’s Susana Martinez and South Carolina’s Nikki Haley — are frequently mentioned as vice-presidential material. Additionally, New Hampshire Sen. Kelly Ayotte and Washington Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers — who delivered the Republican response to the president’s 2014 State of the Union address — have also been singled out as solid national prospects.

But none of these women has begun to build the kind of fundraising network and political operation required to mount a serious bid for the Oval Office.

Why not?

“I think there’s a high likelihood that issues women care about are going to be perceived as under-addressed by the Republican Party, but I don’t think we actually need female candidates to address issues that women care about,” said Hoover Institute fellow Kori Schake, who was a senior policy adviser on the McCain/Palin campaign. “We as a party don’t do a very good job of talking about the issues that are predominant for most women, and we don’t talk about it in a language that’s inviting.”

Far be it for a woman to correct your lousy verbiage. If anyone needed a chick for a wing man right now, it’s the Republican Party. But, as my PJ colleague Scott Ott was quick to point out, it’s not like the realm of politics has a real societal impact, anyway. Not like entertainment, a medium where Republican women like Sarah Palin, Ann Coulter and Michelle Malkin flourish as goddesses of the big and small screens. Ineffectual as the medium may be where enacting policy and law are concerned, “entertainment holds more promise for inclining the hearts of a people toward liberty.” That’s why Obama’s been able to enact fundamental changes to our healthcare and financial systems in less than 8 years, despite the fact that Rush Limbaugh’s been broadcasting for 26.

Perhaps Kelly, Cathy, Susana, and Nikki ought to take the tip, follow Palin’s lead, and give up trying to succeed on the wrong side of the camera. Or, perhaps not.

Posted at 10:09 am on July 30th, 2014 by

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

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

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

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

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

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

Posted at 9:47 am on July 30th, 2014 by

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

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

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

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

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

h/t Bill Murphy

Posted at 9:34 am on July 30th, 2014 by

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Posted at 8:58 am on July 30th, 2014 by

Three Reasons Why Israel Should Destroy Hamas Now

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

Why is that?

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

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

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

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

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

Posted at 8:01 am on July 30th, 2014 by

Social Security Trustee: Unfunded Obligations At $24 Trillion

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At Tuesday’s Ways and Means Subcommittee on Social Security hearing, Dr. Charles Blahous of the Social Security and Medicare Boards of Trustees testified that Americans owe $24 trillion in unfunded liabilities to those already in the Social Security system.

Congressman Jim Renacci (R-OH), a CPA, asked Blahous what the impact would be on the Social Security trust fund if all unfunded liabilities needed to paid out. Blahous said that they usually highlight the 75-year “open group obligation” which is currently $10.6 trillion, but said the “actual amount of unfunded obligations within the Social Security system is actually substantially higher than that. ” According to Blahous, the reason is that the shortfall does not play out gradually over time. “It’s actually something that is on the books now. There is an excess of benefit obligations over contributions for people who are already in the system. And that’s actually about $24 trillion. And that’s about 4.4% of future wages going forward,” Blahous said.

Actually, it’s even worse to that, according to the Social Security Trustees’ 2014 Annual Report to Congress. Tucked way in the back in Table VI.F1 in the appendix we find, “The excess of the present value of cost for past and current participants over the present value of dedicated tax income for past and current participants produces an unfunded obligation for past and current participants of $26.1 trillion.” (But what’s a of couple trillion here or there?)

Asked by Renacci if Social Security taxes this year will be adequate to fund current benefit obligations, Blahous explained that there will be a shortfall of around $80 billion this year alone.

Renacci wanted to know where the money will come from to make up the difference.

“Well, when the payroll taxes fall short of benefit obligations, the difference has to be made with payments from the general fund. Right now they’d be in the form of interest payments from the general fund to the trust fund and a large share of those interest payments would go out the door immediately to pay beneficiaries,” said Blahous. He added that $80 billion would be added to the federal deficit this year as a result of the shortfall.

Renacci thought the unfunded liabilities should have received more attention in the Trustees’ report. “So we have $17 trillion in debt, we have potentially $10-20 trillion in unfunded liabilities, we could have over $50 trillion total liabilities — just in those two areas — and we have $80 billion each year, at least this year, that is going to exceed what comes in,” Renacci said.  ”I would somewhat believe we have a current problem that we need to fix and it’s something that we can’t kick down the road, as I continue to hear.”

Congressman Renacci’s office released highlights of the Trustees’ report:

  • The combined trust fund reserves are still growing and will continue to do so through 2019. Beginning with 2020, the cost of the program is projected to exceed income.
  • The projected point at which the combined trust fund reserves will become depleted, if Congress does not act before then, comes in 2033 – the same as projected last year. At that time, there will be sufficient income coming in to pay 77 percent of scheduled benefits.
  • The projected actuarial deficit over the 75-year long-range period is 2.88 percent of taxable payroll — 0.16 percentage point larger than in last year’s report.

“As a CPA and former businessman, I came to Washington to bring a business perspective to an institution that sorely lacks it. We know that we spend more than we should, but the American people do not fully know the extent of our country’s dire financial situation. This is partly due to the fact that the Treasury leaves some of the largest liabilities, including Social Security, off of its balance sheet,” said Renacci, adding that he recently introduced the bipartisan Federal Financial Statement Transparency Act.

The bill would establish a Federal Accounting Standards Advisory Board to develop Federal financial accounting concepts and standards. Renacci said the bill would lead to “a more honest depiction of our nation’s finances to ultimately allow Congress to better address our growing $17 trillion debt.” He said a clean balance sheet will serve as a benchmark for beginning to preserve Social Security programs for current seniors and for future generations.

 

 

 

Posted at 2:52 am on July 30th, 2014 by

U.S. Senator: ‘The Planet Is Running a Fever’

Poised to fulfill President Barack Obama’s 2008 campaign promise to ensure electricity rates “necessarily skyrocket,” the Environmental Protection Agency has proposed a rule which would limit power planets to 1,000 pounds of carbon emissions per megawatt-hour. Fox News reports:

As a part of its controversial proposed rule to limit carbon emissions from existing power plants, the EPA held simultaneous public comment sessions in Washington, Atlanta and Denver Tuesday. The comments, designed to help shape the formulation of the final rule, may have complicated that task, given the often diametrically opposed opinions expressed.

At the Washington event, one of the speakers, Sen. Ed Markey, D-Mass., told the panel, “The planet is running a fever and there are no emergency rooms.”

His admonition to address the urgent climate crisis contrasted with satellite data that shows no global surface warming for 17 years and 10 months. That, in turn, is at odds with NASA’s findings that 2013 tied as the seventh warmest year since 1880.

Lost amid efforts to make sense of seemingly contradictory information is an essential moral consideration. Should your government have the power to keep you from heating your home? Should your government have the power to keep you from feeding your children? We should ask, because this proposed EPA rule would effectively kill domestic energy production from coal, which would increase energy prices. And when energy prices go up, all prices go up. It turns out modern living is made possible by energy.

In a way, offering public comment to the EPA as they consider arbitrarily increasing the cost of living and lowering our quality of life lends legitimacy to the claim they have made over our lives. Perhaps the only proper public comment would be, “How dare you.”

It’s easy from a position like United States senator to value the planet’s imagined “fever” over cheap abundant energy. But when you’re living a hairsbreadth from devastation, barely feeding your family or struggling to heat your home, the value of cheap abundant energy trumps pseudo-science any day of the week. The same people so eager to flaunt the poor when it proves politically convenient ignore the same when the topic turns to climate change.

(Today’s Fightin Words podcast is on this topic available here. 16:05 minutes long; 15.51 MB file size. Right click here to download this show to your hard drive. Subscribe through iTunes or RSS feed.)

Posted at 11:17 pm on July 29th, 2014 by

Ouch: Perpetually Floundering CNN Overtakes MSNBC in Ratings

Yes, CNN.

The cable news ratings seesaw for No. 2 has been in MSNBC’s favor for some time, but not in July. CNN reclaimed runner-up status to Fox News Channel for the month by most key measures.

What’s most disconcerting for MSNBC might be its total day average among the news demo of adults 25-54. Dropping 33 percent from July 2013, it actually ranked below HLN by 16,000 viewers for No. 4

To be sure, it wasn’t a particularly outstanding month for most of the networks. In primetime and total day, CNN, MSNBC and HLN all were off double digits in the targeted demographic compared to a year ago. FNC, which easily retains the top slot, had the benefit of being up a tick (2 percent) in primetime for an average 299,000 adults 25-54.

The only thing MSNBC has had to crow about in recent years is that it was ahead of CNN, a network that was busy hitting historic ratings lows during that period. MSNBC‘s brand of crazy doesn’t seem to sell as well when President Obama isn’t on the ballot or is in an extended free fall of his own.

What progressives in the MSM don’t understand is that they are the fringe of the fringe. They tend to remain unaware of this by staying in the Manhattan/D.C. media bubble, a place that bears almost no resemblance to the real world. The network has benefited from being part of a parent news organization that is run by hard-left ideologues and has been willing to subsidize it regardless of ratings.

As long as it was Number Two.

Posted at 4:44 pm on July 29th, 2014 by

Committee Passes Resolution Condemning Obama for Taliban 5 Swap

The House Armed Services Committee today advanced a bill to condemn President Obama for releasing five Taliban leaders in exchange for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl.

Obama didn’t notify Congress before the early June swap, which brought to an end five years of captivity for Bergdahl. The administration claims they had to make an emergency decision because of concerns about Bergdahl’s health.

Bergdahl has completed his reintegration process and is now back on active duty in Texas while the Pentagon investigates the circumstances surrounding his capture.

The bill from Rep. Scott Rigell (R-Va.), along with Reps. Reid Ribble (R-Wis.), John Barrow (D-Ga.), and Nick Rahall (D-W.Va.), has 90 co-sponsors.

At the markup, committee chairman Buck McKeon (R-Calif.) stressed that “Section 1035 of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014 requires the secretary of Defense to notify the appropriate committees of Congress not later than 30 days before the transfer or release of any individual detained at GTMO. There are no waivers to this clause. No exceptions. Period.”

“There is a reason for this statute.  It was written and approved by a bipartisan majority in Congress because of genuine concerns that dangerous terrorists were being released in a manner that allowed them to return to the battlefield,” McKeon said. “The provision requires the Secretary of Defense to convey detailed national security information to Congress so that Members may have a more complete understanding of the risks of sending GTMO detainees elsewhere, and what is proposed to mitigate those risks.”

After the bill markup was complete, the chairman said the committee “took one of many steps to hold the administration accountable for breaking the law and putting Americans at risk with their ill-considered transfer of senior Taliban terrorists.”

“The Armed Services Committee will also continue to insist on accountability as our official investigation into the transfer moves forward. There is still much about the president’s decision on transferring these terrorists, and the administration deliberations on informing Congress, that we must better understand,” he said. “Some might draw a partisan conclusion from today’s markup, but that is a false narrative.”

Rigell said he considered this “to be a serious matter and I am sobered by the topic.”

“In transferring the five senior members of the Taliban to the government of Qatar the president broke the law,” said the lead sponsor. “Specifically he has failed to uphold Article II Section 3 of the Constitution which states that the President must ‘take care that the laws be faithfully executed’ and in doing so he has placed an unnecessary burden on the relationship between Congress and the administration.”

Posted at 3:46 pm on July 29th, 2014 by

Site of New FBI Headquarters Narrowed to Three Possibilities in D.C. ‘Burbs

The Federal Bureau of Investigation, which has been located in its Pennsylvania Avenue headquarters since 1975, will be getting a new “consolidated” HQ out in the ‘burbs.

The General Services Administration, along with the FBI, narrowed the options down to three sites that will now undergo environmental review:

Greenbelt – A portion of the site known as the Greenbelt Metro Station located near the intersection of Interstates 95/495 and Exit 24 (Greenbelt Station) in Prince George’s County, Maryland.

Landover - The site known as the former Landover Mall located near the intersection of Interstates 95/495 and MD 202 in Prince George’s County, Maryland.

Springfield – The site known as the GSA Franconia Warehouse Complex located near the intersection of Interstate 95 and Franconia Road in Fairfax County, Virginia.

Developers will also sought during the review process.

Lawmakers in Maryland and Virginia already have begun duking it out.

“We applaud the inclusion of Greenbelt and Landover on the short-list of candidates for the new FBI headquarters because there is no better fit for the FBI than Prince George’s County,” said the Maryland delegation led by Sens. Barbara Mikulski (D) and Ben Cardin (D) along with Reps. Steny Hoyer (D) and Donna Edwards (D) in a joint statement. “Every day, the men and women of the FBI fight to keep 300 million Americans safe from crime, organized crime, cyberattacks and terrorism. But they are operating out of a headquarters that is in disrepair. They need a new, modern headquarters to suit the FBI’s modern mission.”

“The criteria for a new FBI headquarters are simple. First, it must fully consolidate staff in one campus. Second, it must meet all of the FBI’s security and functionality requirements. Third, it must be a good deal for taxpayers,” they continued. “Prince George’s County meets all of these criteria and exceeds them by offering close proximity to Washington, easy access to mass transit, world-class research and education institutions, cyber security and defense facilities, and other assets valuable to the FBI’s ongoing missions. This project would bring thousands of jobs to the County, boost our local economy and generate additional revenues for our community. As the GSA continues to move forward with the process of selecting a site, we will be working closely together to advocate for bringing this project, and the new economic opportunities that will accompany it, to Prince George’s County.”

Virginia Sens. Mark Warner (D) and Tim Kaine (D) along with Reps. Rob Wittman (R), Jim Moran (D), Frank Wolf (R) and Gerry Connolly (D) said in their own statement that the Springfield site “is a cost effective selection that’s accessible by many different transportation options, and Northern Virginia is home to a majority of FBI personnel, the FBI’s major training facility at Quantico, and many key defense and intelligence agencies.”

“This is not about what is best for Virginia or best for Maryland,” said the Virginia crew. “It should be about what is best for the FBI and its mission. We believe that the Springfield site best offers the FBI what it needs.”

Posted at 2:38 pm on July 29th, 2014 by

Obama’s New Russia Sanctions Again Bypass Arms Giant with Pentagon Contracts

President Obama today announced additional sanctions on the energy, arms and finance sectors of the Russian economy — yet again excluding state-owned arms giant Rosoboronexport, which has raked in more than $1 billion in no-bid Pentagon contracts since 2011.

“We’re blocking the exports of specific goods and technologies to the Russian energy sector. We’re expanding our sanctions to more Russian banks and defense companies. And we’re formally suspending credit that encourages exports to Russia and financing for economic development projects in Russia,” Obama said in afternoon remarks.

“At the same time, the European Union is joining us in imposing major sanctionns on Russia, its most significant and wide-ranging sanctions to date.”

The president claimed “the sanctions that we’ve already imposed have made a weak Russian economy even weaker.”

“Foreign investors already are increasingly staying away. Even before our actions today, nearly $100 billion in capital was expected to flee Russia. Russia’s energy, financial and defense sectors are feeling the pain. Projections for Russian economic growth are down to near zero,” Obama continued. “The major sanctions we’re announcing today will continue to ratchet up the pressure on Russia, including the cronies and companies that are supporting Russia’s illegal actions in Ukraine.”

“In other words, today Russia is once again isolating itself from the international community, setting back decades of genuine progress. And it doesn’t have to come to this. It didn’t have to come to this. It does not have to be this way. This is a choice that Russia, and President Putin in particular, has made.”

The Pentagon is expecting the last of the 88 Mi-17 helicopters purchased from Russia for Afghanistan’s air force to be delivered by this fall, a purchase made on the assessment that the Afghans would be better able to operate and maintain the Russian technology.

Today a bipartisan group of lawmakers — Reps. Jim Moran (D-Va.), Rosa De Lauro (D-Conn.), and Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.) — introduced legislation to reimpose sanctions on Rosoboronexport, which were levied against the arms firm in the George W. Bush administration but lifted by Obama.

The bill would prohibit the direct or indirect use of government funds to enter into contracts or agreements with the Russian company, and prohibit U.S. persons and corporate entities from directly transferring funds, goods, or technology to Rosoboronexport or providing financing for its operations.

“Despite the international community’s overwhelming condemnation, the Russian government continues to support the separatists in Eastern Ukraine responsible for the murder of 298 civilians aboard Malaysian Airlines flight 17. Rosoboronexport is intimately involved in Russia’s illegal actions in Crimea and Ukraine, not to mention the company’s role as the Assad regime’s chief weapons suppliers,” said Moran. “Americans simply should not be doing business with Putin’s arms dealer.”

“Russia has had every opportunity to be a responsible member of the international community, but, under Vladimir Putin, instead has chosen to act as a bully and a thug,” Kinzinger  said. “Placing sanctions on Rosoboronexport will have real effects on Russia’s economy and begin to put pressure on the ruling class responsible for recent aggressions. It is time for the U.S. and our European allies to make the cost of Putin’s actions exceed any benefits he hopes to achieve through regional destabilization.”

Obama was asked at the conclusion of today’s statement whether the U.S. had entered a new Cold War with Russia.

“No, it’s not a new cold war,” he said. “What it is, is a very specific issue related to Russia’s unwillingness to recognize that Ukraine can chart its own path. And I think that if you listen to President Poroshenko, if you listen to the Ukrainian people, they’ve consistently said they seek good relations with Russia.”

Posted at 2:01 pm on July 29th, 2014 by

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

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

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

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

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

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

Posted at 1:52 pm on July 29th, 2014 by

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Posted at 1:35 pm on July 29th, 2014 by

How the Deadly Ebola Virus Almost Got to the United States

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Posted at 12:01 pm on July 29th, 2014 by

Obama Goads Boehner to Take Impeachment Entirely Off the Table

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Posted at 11:43 am on July 29th, 2014 by

The Associated (with Terrorists) Press Lives Up to the Name

Take a look at what the Associate Press’ official Twitter feed offers up today. It speaks for itself.

That’s quite a load of BiaS to pack into one brief tweet.

The story to which the tweet links is far less inflammatory. It details how Congress has voted to increase support for Israel’s Iron Dome missile defense system — a system that is saving lives every time Hamas fires rockets at Israeli civilians. Support for Iron Dome is bipartisan, so far.

The AP needs to take a hard look at who is manning its social media.

Posted at 10:00 am on July 29th, 2014 by

Russia Test Missiles, Violates Treaty with the US

During the presidential debates, Mitt Romney said that Russia is America’s top geopolitical foe. President Barack Obama openly mocked that statement, scolding Romney that “The 1980s called. It wants its foreign policy back.”

Well, the 1980s called. It wants its foreign policy back. New Russia is behaving like a neo-Soviet empire.

Despite the Obama administration’s much heralded “reset” with Russia in 2009, Vladimir Putin has instigated or increased headache after headache for the United States around the world. Now Russia is violating a longstanding missile test treaty, reports the New York Times.

WASHINGTON — The United States has concluded that Russia violated a landmark arms control treaty by testing a prohibited ground-launched cruise missile, according to senior American officials, a finding that was conveyed by President Obama to President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia in a letter on Monday.

It is the most serious allegation of an arms control treaty violation that the Obama administration has leveled against Russia and adds another dispute to a relationship already burdened by tensions over the Kremlin’s support for separatists in Ukraine and its decision to grant asylum to Edward J. Snowden, the former National Security Agency contractor.

At the heart of the issue is the 1987 treaty that bans American and Russian ground-launched ballistic or cruise missiles capable of flying 300 to 3,400 miles. That accord, which was signed by President Ronald Reagan and Mikhail S. Gorbachev, the Soviet leader, helped seal the end of the Cold War and has been regarded as a cornerstone of American-Russian arms control efforts.

Russia first began testing the cruise missiles as early as 2008, according to American officials, and the Obama administration concluded by the end of 2011 that they were a compliance concern. In May 2013, Rose Gottemoeller, the State Department’s senior arms control official, first raised the possibility of a violation with Russian officials.

Russia’s violations therefore proceeded past both the 2009 “reset” and President Obama’s unilateral decision to scrap deployment of missile defense in Poland and the Czech Republic. Obama and then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton sought nothing in exchange for that move at the time, and they got nothing for it.

Obama’s response to Russia’s violation of the treaty is similarly feckless.

In his letter to Mr. Putin, delivered by the American Embassy, Mr. Obama underscored his interest in a high-level dialogue with Moscow with the aim of preserving the 1987 treaty and discussing steps the Kremlin might take to come back into compliance. Secretary of State John Kerry delivered a similar message in a Sunday phone call to Sergey V. Lavrov, the Russian foreign minister.

Letters and phone calls. That’ll teach ‘em!

I would say that Obama is looking more and more like Neville Chamberlain every day, but most millennials won’t even get the reference because our schools barely teach history, and it would be an insult to Chamberlain. Chamberlain was misguided when he declared “peace in our time” with Hitler, but he meant well. Obama knows what he is doing, and he does not mean well.

Posted at 9:41 am on July 29th, 2014 by

New Caption Contest: Obama Says Muslims Built ‘The Very Fabric of Our Nation’

Photo Credit: AP

Photo Credit: AP

The Drudge Report linked to this Breitbart piece which is the source of our contest photo.

At a White House dinner on July 28 celebrating the end of Eid-al-Fitr marking the end of Ramadan, President Obama released the following statement with the bold added by me for emphasis:

Statement by the President on the Occasion of Eid-al-Fitr

As Muslims throughout the United States and around the world celebrate Eid-al-Fitr, Michelle and I extend our warmest wishes to them and their families.  This last month has been a time of fasting, reflection, spiritual renewal, and service to the less fortunate.  While Eid marks the completion of Ramadan, it also celebrates the common values that unite us in our humanity and reinforces the obligations that people of all faiths have to each other, especially those impacted by poverty, conflict, and disease.

In the United States, Eid also reminds us of the many achievements and contributions of Muslim Americans to building the very fabric of our nation and strengthening the core of our democracy.  That is why we stand with people of all faiths, here at home and around the world, to protect and advance their rights to prosper, and we welcome their commitment to giving back to their communities.

On behalf of the Administration, we wish Muslims in the United States and around the world a blessed and joyous celebration.  Eid Mubarak

After you digest all that and realize the statement above was ACTUALLY MADE BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES, here are your marching orders. Besides writing a snappy caption to the photo itself, readers can provide answers to the following questions:

What is Abe Lincoln thinking as he watches over the dinner?

What is on the mind of the young man standing to the right of President Obama?

What would the Founding Fathers think of this White House statement?

Now, as with all contests, we must be nice and stay classy or the IRS will pay you a friendly visit. (Sorry, folks, crashing hard drives is no excuse for not cooperating.)

Finally, all contest participants must take a stab at answering the most pressing question of the day:

Is that a flying monkey from The Wizard of Oz on Obama’s podium?

 

Posted at 9:21 am on July 29th, 2014 by