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Defense Secretary Tells Marines They’ll Be Protected from ‘Few Troubled Losers Who Are on the Internet Too Much’

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Asked at a Camp Pendleton event today how servicemembers can be adequately protected, Defense Secretary Ashton Carter said the Pentagon has “taken some measures since Chattanooga” and is “going to take some additional ones.”

“Well, force protection is Job One for all of us. And that’s not just — not just abroad, but here at home. That’s the world in which we live. And there will be a few troubled losers who are on the Internet too much and so forth and decide to take up and — and attack Americans, including servicemembers. And we have to protect ourselves, and we need to protect you — the — without losing contact with the society from which we’re recruiting people,” Carter told the Marines.

At a memorial earlier this month for those killed in the shooting spree — Marine Sgt. Carson Holmquist, 25, Gunnery Sgt. Thomas Sullivan, 40, Lance Cpl. Squire “Skip” Wells, 21, Staff Sgt. David Wyatt, 35, and Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Randall Smith, 26 — Carter said the “meaning” of 24-year-old Mohammad Youssef Abdulazeez’s rampage was “yet unclear.” Abdulazeez raved about jihad on his blog and downloaded messages of late AQAP cleric Anwar al-Awlaki.

The Defense secretary said today he’s “waiting for the services to sort out” their security recommendations, “and the only reason it’s complicated is that our facilities are some are in strip malls, if you’re talking about recruiting centers. Some are in isolated areas. Some are in Times Square.”

“And so we need to think through what’s the appropriate force protection posture for each one of those. But force protection and protecting those who protect us has to be Job One, and will until we inflict the final defeat on this particular movement, and I’m sad to say this, but the — terrorism is going to be part of our future, unfortunately, as far into the future as I can see. Because you — and not necessarily this particular kind, this Islamist extremist kind that was behind al-Qaeda and that was — is behind ISIL,” Carter continued.

“But other forms of extremism, it just exists, and I can’t tell you that once we defeat ISIL, this is going to be all over. There are going to be disturbed people and there are going to be radical people, and who knows what radical ideas they’ll have in the future. And one of our jobs is to protect our society. And in order for our people to do that and your families to do that, we need to protect our military.”

Carter was then pressed by a gunnery sergeant on whether the Defense Department will consider concealed carry permits.

“We are looking at a wide variety of force protection techniques, tactics, and procedures for the variety of our facilities, and obviously having armed people as we do at many of our facilities, not all of our facilities now, is an option,” he said.

Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), who was also at the event, noted Carter’s “cautioned” answer and said “Chattanooga taught us one thing, which is our uniformed service personnel need to at least not be guaranteed to be without arms.”

Carter was also asked about the most significant challenges he sees ahead in his tenure.

“We have had over the last year the ugly phenomenon called ISIL that originated in Iraq and Afghan — and sorry, and Syria, and which we must defeat and we will defeat, but it’s going to take some time and some effort, and that’s the effort and time that we’re expending. But they have got to go,” he said.

“And that was something that essentially emerged just last summer from the ashes of al-Qaeda and radicalism in that part of the world. And it’s going to be something that we’re going to have to defeat and we will defeat, and of course the Marine Corps will be part of that, of inflicting that defeat.”

The other thing he’s really worried about is Vladimir Putin and Russia.

“It seems that that’s the direction he wants to take them, towards one of more confrontation,” Carter said. “And we’re simply going to have to check that. Both on our own — in our own security interest and because we have important allies and friends in that part of the world, and we have important treaty commitments in the case of NATO.”

Posted at 5:04 pm on August 27th, 2015 by

IAEA Says Iran Built Extension to Parchin Base

The International Atomic Energy Agency says that Iran has apparently built an extension on its controversial military base at Parchin. The base has been a much discussed issue recently as it is part of one of the side deals Iran made with the IAEA in the nuclear agreement.

The news raises more questions about just who is going to be inspecting the base and what kind of access the IAEA will have to do its job.

Reuters:

A resolution of the International Atomic Energy Agency’s Parchin file, which includes a demand for fresh IAEA access to the site, is a symbolically important issue that could help make or break Tehran’s July 14 nuclear deal with six world powers.

The confidential IAEA report, obtained by Reuters, said:

“Since (our) previous report (in May), at a particular location at the Parchin site, the agency has continued to observe, through satellite imagery, the presence of vehicles, equipment, and probable construction materials. In addition, a small extension to an existing building” appeared to have been built.

The changes were first observed last month, a senior diplomat familiar with the Iran file said.

The IAEA says any activities Iran has undertaken at Parchin since U.N. inspectors last visited in 2005 could jeopardize its ability to verify Western intelligence suggesting Tehran carried out tests there relevant to nuclear bomb detonations more than a decade ago. Iran has dismissed the intelligence as “fabricated”.

Under a “road map” accord Iran reached with the IAEA parallel to its groundbreaking settlement with the global powers, it is required to give the Vienna-based watchdog enough information about its past nuclear activity to allow it to write a report on the long vexed issue by year-end.

“Full and timely implementation of the relevant parts of the road-map is essential to clarify issues relating to this location at Parchin,” the new IAEA report said.

According to data given to the IAEA by some member states, Parchin might have housed hydrodynamic experiments to assess how specific materials react under high pressure, such as in a nuclear blast.

“We cannot know or speculate what’s in the (extended) building … It’s something we will technically clarify over the course of the year,” the senior diplomat said. The report said the extended building was not the one that some countries suspect has housed the controversial experiments.

“It’s funny that the IAEA claims there has been a small extension to a building … Iran doesn’t need to ask for the IAEA’s permission to do construction work on its sites,” Reza Najafi, Iran’s envoy to the agency, was quoted as saying by ISNA news agency.

Anyone who wasn’t convinced that Iran is thumbing its nose at the rest of the world as this agreement is implemented need only look at their reaction to the IAEA revelations. And the six powers are so committed to seeing this agreement implemented that Iran could send in a report on past nuclear activities written by 10 chimpanzees and it would be meekly accepted by the UN.

If the issues surrounding Parchin are not going to blow up the deal, nothing will. The Obama administration’s eagerness to get the UN to sign off on the deal before Congress now looks like a blunder of epic proportions. The momentum is irreversible and nobody — not the IAEA, the P5+1, or the U.S. Congress — is going to stop the party before it starts.

Posted at 3:28 pm on August 27th, 2015 by

NLRB Declares War on Franchises

The National Labor Relations Board issued a ruling that revised its “joint employer” standard, making the parent company of independently owned franchises responsible for many labor practices.

The case at issue involved a California Teamsters local who asked the NLRB to declare Browning-Ferris and a staffing agency “joint employers.” The staffing firm, Leadpoint Business Services out of Phoenix, had been supplying Browning-Ferris with temporary workers and the Teamsters wanted the board to recognize the bargaining rights of the subcontracted labor.

But as Reuters points out, the impact of the ruling will severely impact the franchise industry.

The board, in a 3-2 decision that will likely be appealed in U.S. court, said the existing standard, under which companies had to have “direct and immediate control” over employment matters such as hiring and firing to be considered employers, was outdated and did not reflect the realities of the 21st century workforce.

“We will no longer require that a joint employer not only possess the authority to control employees’ terms and conditions of employment, but also exercise that authority,” Board Chairman Mark Pearce wrote.

The decision means large companies that use a franchise model or staffing agencies will in many cases be required to bargain directly with unions and employees, potentially making it easier for them to win higher wages and better working conditions.

Business groups have said such a ruling, which came in the case of waste management company Browning-Ferris Industries Inc, would endanger companies that rely on franchising, contracting and supply chains, and kill jobs.

“Every business-to-business relationship is at risk,” said Michael Lotito, a lawyer at Littler Mendelson in San Francisco who works with industry groups.

The decision came as McDonald’s Corp (MCD.N) is facing a series of NLRB cases brought against dozens of its franchisees around the country. The fast food giant has argued that it is not a joint employer because it does not hire and fire franchise workers, and Thursday’s decision may make it more difficult for the company to make its case.

Unions and others who support the change say it is necessary to bring companies that indirectly control working conditions to the bargaining table and to curb the use of “permanent temps” who are paid less and do not get the same benefits as ordinary employees.

The ruling also means franchises and smaller companies that provide workers will be insulated from liability when labor violations are triggered by corporate policies, said Jeanne Mirer, a lawyer who authored a brief in the case on behalf of the Communication Workers of America and workers’ rights groups.

“Now the arrangement can be put back into balance in a way that gives fuller protections to workers and the leased company,” she said.

The dissenting NLRB members on Thursday said the board had exceeded its authority by redefining employment, and that the ruling would create uncertainty for businesses nationwide.

Just who and what is the NLRB screwing with? Franchises account for more than $2 trillion of America’s economy. There are more than 800,000 franchises nationwide with more than 18 million employees. All of that is threatened by the ruling of the labor board that seeks to destory independent franchise business owners. Why should McDonald’s or Burger King allow any independent actions by a franchisee if they are the ones who are going to be on the hook for any potential labor law violations?

There’s always a chance a federal court won’t see it the way that the NLRB sees it, but in the meantime, if you were thinking about opening a franchise operation, wouldn’t a ruling like this give you second thoughts? The uncertainty generated by this ruling will almost certainly have a negative impact on the franchise industry, thus placing another drag on an already sluggish economy.

Posted at 2:03 pm on August 27th, 2015 by

Much Needed Reminder About the Perils of ‘Routine’ Police Work

It’s dangerous out there.

A Louisiana police officer responding to a call of a man stabbing women was fatally shot Wednesday afternoon, authorities said.

One of the women who was stabbed also died, Deputy Sheriff Paul DiCapo of the St. Landry Parish Sheriff’s Office said.

Cops have been getting beat up in the press a lot in the past year, and not just by the people mad about Ferguson or Baltimore. Libertarians (and many conservatives) like to whine about the “militarization” of police forces.

One thing that most people don’t consider is that, even with all the variables life presents us on any given day, cops run a significantly greater risk of being killed on a normal work day than any of us who aren’t battlefield combatants. Critics of police ponder abstracts and wonder why cops involved in altercations can’t just hit “slow-mo” and spend a few quality moments thinking about what they are going to do. They’re the worst kind of armchair quarterback.

It’s dangerous out there and police personnel have every right to be skittish, even more so now that some of the most powerful people in the United States (looking at you, Mr. President) have no problem throwing them under the bus.

Posted at 12:35 pm on August 27th, 2015 by

Clinton on Anti-Abortion GOPs: ‘We Expect That from Some of the Terrorist Groups’

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Republicans are reacting furiously to Hillary Clinton linking terrorists and anti-abortion GOPs in a Cleveland speech today.

Clinton referenced Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, and Ohio Gov. John Kasich in saying that Republicans would ban abortion without exceptions. “Now extreme views about women, we expect that from some of the terrorist groups, we expect that from people who don’t want to live in the modern world, but it’s a little hard to take coming from Republicans who want to be the president of the United States,” she said. “Yet they espouse out of touch, out of date policies. They are dead wrong for 21st century America.”

“We are going forward; we are not going back,” she added.

Republican National Committee press secretary Allison Moore said in a statement: “For Hillary Clinton to equate her political opponents to terrorists is a new low for her flailing campaign. She should apologize immediately for her inflammatory rhetoric.”

Bush tweeted that Clinton “compares pro-life Americans to terrorists, but defends despicable PP treatment of unborn? Her priorities are totally wrong.”

Kasich’s campaign tweeted, “Coincidence that Hillary came out swinging at @JohnKasich after polls show he’s the only one who beats her in NH?”

Posted at 12:33 pm on August 27th, 2015 by

Report: John Boehner Calls Ted Cruz a ‘Jackass’ at Fundraiser

According to the Daily Caller, Speaker Boehner broke Reagan’s 11th Commandment big time at a GOP fundraiser in Colorado Wednesday evening:

At a Steamboat Springs event for GOP Rep. Scott Tipton, the Ohio Republican quipped that he likes how Cruz’s presidential campaign keeps “that jackass” out of Washington, and from telling Boehner how to do his job.

That remark rubbed some attendees the wrong way.

“I don’t think it’s terribly speaker-like, and I think it kind of goes against everything that Reagan ever said about disparaging Republicans,” said Ed MacArthur, the president of Native Excavating, who attended the fundraiser.

Given Speaker Boehner’s abysmal approval ratings, the question isn’t if his comment hurts Senator Cruz, but if it will possibly help him.

Cruz has clashed with party leadership since taking office in January of 2013. He has “intentionally stuck his finger in the eye of the Republican leadership in the House,” as the Washington Post’s Chris Cillizza put it, on a number of occasions:

The key point to remember in all of this is that Ted Cruz wants to be hated by congressional Republicans, or, at the very least, he doesn’t mind knowing that they hate him. Cruz has his eye not on climbing the leadership ladder in Congress but on running for president.

That’s a good plan, given the electorate’s current disgust with the status quo.

Posted at 12:30 pm on August 27th, 2015 by

Seattle Passes ‘Gun Violence’ Tax, NRA and Others Sue Seattle

Not just one, but three Second Amendment groups have filed suit against the city of Seattle for adopting a “gun violence tax” on ammunition and firearms, “designed to help offset the financial toll of gun violence”:

The complaint was filed Monday in King County Superior Court by the NRA, the Bellevue-based Second Amendment Foundation and the National Shooting Sports Foundation, along with two gun owners and two gun shops. It called the tax legally unenforceable because Washington state prohibits local governments from adopting laws related to firearms unless those local ordinances are specifically authorized by the state.

More likely than not, the people engaged in gun violence are not the people legally buying firearms and paying the gun violence tax. This is a punitive measure that sticks it to firearm owners for the behavior of thugs and criminals. And of course, it provides a new revenue stream for a city run by progressive gun-haters.

From the NRA lawsuit:

The ordinance serves only as a piece of propaganda, because the ordinance’s mandates are legally unenforceable … The state of Washington has the exclusive right to regulate the sale of firearms in Washington, and cities may not enact local laws or regulations related to the sale of firearms.

But Seattle city attorney Pete Holmes says the city does have the taxing authority, a view shared by City Council President Tim Burgess:

The NRA does this all across the country whenever they feel that anyone is trying to regulate firearms, and that’s not what we’re doing here … We’re using the city’s taxing authority, which is granted to us by the Washington Constitution and the Legislature.

We took a simple and commonsense measure to support gun safety research and prevention methods … It’s not in any way an attempt to regulate the sale, use or possession of firearms.

Just like raising the tax on cigarettes isn’t used to dissuade people from smoking? The cost of the tax would:

… add $25 to the price of each firearm sold in the city, plus 2 or 5 cents per round of ammunition, depending on the type. The revenue would be used for gun safety research and gun violence prevention programs.

Just like the taxes added to cigarettes are used only to fund smoking cessation programs?

The city council president denies this is a back-door gun control attempt:

“Our tax legislation that we passed does not in any way control the sale, purchase, possession, or use of firearms,” said City Council President Tim Burgess. “This is done under our taxing authority. And that’s a legal principle that has not yet been tested in Washington law.”

Right.

Posted at 10:14 am on August 27th, 2015 by

ISIS’ British ‘Cyber Caliphate’ Leader Reportedly Killed in Airstrike

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The head of ISIS’ “cyber caliphate” has been killed in an airstrike, a Syrian monitoring group said.

Raqqa Is Being Slaughtered Silently, a grassroots ISIS opposition group that has reporters within the Islamic State, broke the news about Brit Junaid Hussain. ISIS accounts on Twitter have had mixed acknowledgment and denial of the Birmingham man’s death.

He tweeted under the name Abu Hussein Al Britani, and was behind the sharing of home addresses of U.S. military personnel.

According to Raqqa Is Being Slaughtered Silently founding member Hamood Almossa, “Hussain was known to have high capability of changing his position and hide well, to escape the coalition air strikes.”

“He used to move very carefully with 4 cars, each going to a different place. He didn’t spend more than 6 hours in one place, and stayed underground,” Almossa wrote. “All this didn’t allow him to stay alive serving ISIS, because the coalition forces managed [Tuesday] to kill him after attacking a group of cars near Abu Al Haif gas station in the city of Raqqa.”

“According to our correspondent in the city ‘The air forces targeted a car near the gas station, which killed 3 people, one of them is a high profile’. They our source confirmed that the person who died is in fact Junaid Al Hussain, with two of his men, one of them is European.”

However, this doesn’t mean the Cyber Caliphate is dead. Hussain trained an electronic army to not only hack but to utilize social media and dark places on the web to recruit and communicate with jihadists around the globe.

The U.S. government is reportedly still working to confirm the report. State Department press secretary John Kirby told reporters yesterday he didn’t “have anything to speak to with respect to these rumors.”

Posted at 9:50 am on August 27th, 2015 by

Trump: Third-Party Run ‘Not Something I’d Want To Do’

An independent Donald Trump run in 2016 is the ultimate Republican nightmare scenario. The GOP is already at a demographic disadvantage without a major third-party candidate leeching voters away from the Republican nominee. A third-party run would guarantee a Democratic win in the general election.

The establishment has been trying to nail down an answer to this question from Trump for months. Can they start sleeping soundly at night again?

The Huffington Post reported Wednesday that Trump “told several top Republicans that he will swear off the possibility of an independent bid and commit to running his presidential campaign under the party’s banner.”

Conservative talk show host Hugh Hewitt asked Trump about the Huffington Post article on his show:

 I want to ask you first, though, because of a story this afternoon in the Huffington Post, you’ve said, you know, you wouldn’t run third party if the GOP treated you fairly. Are they treating you fairly so far?

DT: Well, I didn’t see any story in the Huffington Post. So I don’t know what story that is. What story is that?

HH: It quotes Michael Cohen saying that asked specifically if Trump would be making a formal announcement that he would pledge not to run third party, Cohen replied only Mr. Trump can sign that oath, and when he does, you can rest assured he will live by it. And Mr. Cohen indicated you had, you’d pretty much been happy with the way the GOP had been treating you.

DT: They have been treating me fairly, I think very fairly. And you know, maybe it’s, you see the kind of polls that are coming out. They’ve been so terrific and so high and so wonderful. The one that just came out in New Hampshire, a Public Policy has been, I guess it’s 35%, and way in the lead. And all of them, and so I’m very honored by that, and I will say that the RNC and the Republican Party, I think I’ve been treated very fairly over the last period of time, yes.

HH: So are you ruling out a third party run?

DT: Well, it’s not something I’d want to do, and at some point, I’ll you know, actually totally commit.

You know, I didn’t think it was appropriate to commit during the debate, because it was, you know, just, I was a little surprised by the fact that they even asked me at that debate, but that was okay. But at some point, look, I want to run. I’m leading in the polls by a lot. I want to run as a Republican. I want to get the nomination, and then I want to beat the Democrats, and I think that’s our best chance for a victory. I think we will win. And we have to energize, because you know, last time, sadly, Hugh, a lot of people did not get out and vote. And I still, to this day, don’t understand it. But a lot of the Republicans and a lot of conservatives just never got up to vote. They just weren’t energized, and I think this time, they’re going to be plenty energized.

HH: But I’ve told you before, I’ll just say it again. I think your numbers go up the day you take that pledge.

DT: Well, I’ve been told that by a lot of people. Steve Wynn is a good friend of mine, and he’s a great guy from Las Vegas. You know, he’s done a fantastic job.

HH: Of course.

DT: And he says the same thing. He says when you go and you actually do that, and make that firm, firm commitment, your numbers are going to bounce, and maybe bounce quite a bit. So you’re saying that also. So now I have two very smart people that tell me that.

HH: Well, okay, you can make that announcement anytime in this conversation you’d like.

DT: Okay.

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While Trump still leads the pack among the crowded Republican field according to the latest Quinnipiac poll, he also “tops the ‘no way’ list as 26 percent of Republican voters say they would definitely not support him.” He also has the worst scores among the GOP candidates on honesty: “Trump is not honest and trustworthy, voters say 54 – 38 percent.”

Trump can change his mind, as he so often does. But as for now, he may perhaps be leaning towards ruling it out.

Posted at 9:29 am on August 27th, 2015 by

Yes, Really: 141 Counties Have More Registered Voters Than People Alive

The Public Interest Legal Foundation, of which PJ Media’s J. Christian Adams is president, has done admirable work in convincing the country that voter fraud is a widespread problem and an embarrassment to the country. We need clean voter rolls and Voter ID now, and an end to this cavalier attitude towards securing our fundamental right.

This morning, they circulated the following release:

Scores of Counties Put on Notice About Corrupted Voter Rolls

(Alexandria, VA) – August 27  The Public Interest Legal Foundation (PILF) has put 141 counties on notice across the United States that they have more registered voters than people alive. PILF has sent 141 statutory notice letters to county election officials in 21 states. The letters are a prerequisite to bringing a lawsuit against those counties under Section 8 of the federal National Voter Registration Act (NVRA).

The letters inform the target counties that it appears they are violating the NVRA because they are not properly maintaining the voter rolls. The NVRA (also known as Motor Voter) requires state and local election officials to properly maintain voter rolls and ensure that only eligible voters are registered to vote. Having more registrants than eligible citizens alive indicates that election officials have failed to properly maintain voter rolls.

States with counties which received a notice letter are (# of counties): Michigan (24), Kentucky (18), Illinois (17), Indiana (11), Alabama (10), Colorado (10), Texas (9), Nebraska (7), New Mexico (5), South Dakota (5), Kansas (4), Mississippi (4), Louisiana (3), West Virginia (3), Georgia (2), Iowa (2), Montana (2), North Carolina (2), Arizona, Missouri, New York (1 each). Federally produced data show the letter recipients have more registrants than living eligible citizens alive. (A sample letter is can be found here.)

Lawyers for PILF have previously brought lawsuits against other counties that failed to clean up voter rolls after receiving a notice letter. The notice letters also seek access to public information about voter roll maintenance efforts. The United States Justice Department also can bring lawsuits to fix corrupted voter rolls but has failed to do so during the Obama administration.

“Corrupted voter rolls provide the perfect environment for voter fraud,” said J. Christian Adams, President and General Counsel of PILF. “Close elections tainted by voter fraud turned control of the United States Senate in 2009. Too much is at stake in 2016 to allow that to happen again.”

The Public Interest Legal Foundation will monitor responses by the 141 counties and remedial clean-up efforts. Federal law requires that a party sending a notice letter wait 90 days before filing a lawsuit.  The entire list of counties who received the notice letter can be found here.

The Public Interest Legal Foundation (PILF), (formerly Act Right Legal Foundation), is a 501(c)(3) public interest law firm dedicated to election integrity. PILF exists to assist states and others to aid the cause of election integrity and fight against lawlessness in American elections. Drawing on numerous experts in the field, PILF seeks to protect the right to vote and preserve the Constitutional framework of American elections. Media inquiries: media@publicinterestlegal.org. Click here for a copy of this release.

Posted at 8:38 am on August 27th, 2015 by

Jarrett on Gun-Control Push: ‘Everyone Should Be Able to Live in Our Country’

White House senior advisor Valerie Jarrett said the administration is renewing its call for gun control because while Wednesday’s journalist murders in Virginia “may not have been a mass shooting… it felt like a mass shooting.”

Killer Vester Flanagan, who murdered reporter Alison Parker and cameraman Adam Ward and wounded Chamber of Commerce official Vicki Gardner, passed a background check to buy two Glock handguns weeks ago.

Jarrett told MSNBC last night that the shooting was “just heartbreaking,” and “we’re just faced with another tragedy.”

“And we are once again asking ourselves, what more can we do? We know that the president took 23 different executive actions to try to make it safer for Americans. We know from our effort after Sandy Hook, that 90 percent of the Americans believe we need sensible gun legislation and we are continuing to call on Congress to act,” she said.

That poll to which the administration keeps referring is a Quinnipiac survey in January 2014 that asked the question, “Do you support or oppose requiring background checks for all gun buyers?” Ninety-two percent responded “yes,” including 86 percent of Republicans and 98 percent of Democrats.

The same poll asked another question, too: “Do you support or oppose stricter gun control laws in the United States?” Fifty percent supported, while 47 percent opposed.

“And as the president said earlier, we really need a grassroots effort around our country that says, look, we may not able to save every life. But if we save just one life, isn’t it worth it? And that we can both respect the Second Amendment at the same time we can make sure the guns don’t get into the wrong hands,” Jarrett said.

She added that President Obama’s inability to push more gun-control legislation is “something that weighs on him heavily.”

“He shares it very openly when his staff and he’s obviously talked about it quite publicly. And he’s convinced that when you have 90 percent of the American people who want to do something, there is really no excuse for Congress not acting.”

Jarrett added that “the voices of the American people have to be heard in this dialogue.”

“And today may not have been a mass shooting. But I can tell you to the families of the victims, it felt like a mass shooting. And so, every time we lose a life and it happens too often in our country, it should be another wake-up call. When do we say enough is enough?” she continued.

“…Everyone should be able to live in our country. And, you know, the fact of the matter is, the United States is unique. Why is it in our country that we have so many of these incidents compared to the rest of the world, the developed world for sure? And so, if there are steps that we can take as a country, why aren’t we taking them?”

Posted at 7:43 am on August 27th, 2015 by

New York Tabloids Pick Worst Possible Covers for Virginia Journalist Murders

The New York Daily News sparked online outrage over its cover showing stills from the footage taken by the killer of Virginia journalists Alison Parker and Adam Ward.

Vester Flanagan was wearing a body camera when he approached the two, who were doing an early-morning live shot at a retail center at Smith Mountain Lake near Roanoke with a local Chamber of Commerce official, Vicki Gardner.

After fleeing the crime scene, Flanagan tweeted that people should go see his video on Facebook. He posted footage there that began with him silently standing and watching the live shot before opening fire. Facebook deleted the video, but not before some people had duped the footage and distributed it on YouTube.

Needless to say, people are angry with the paper’s decision to put those images on their cover.

 

 

Not like the New York Post was any better, though.

Posted at 7:14 am on August 27th, 2015 by

For a ‘Silenced’ Journalist, Jorge Ramos Sure Is Getting a Lot of Air Time

I must confess. A couple of days ago, I had no idea who Jorge Ramos was. I imagine many others were likewise unfamiliar with the Univision newscaster before Donald Trump made him famous by kicking him out of a press conference.

Among several media appearances since the confrontation with Trump on Tuesday, Ramos was on The Kelly File Wednesday night. Fusion reports what he had to say:

“The only thing that I wanted to do was to ask a question,” Ramos told host Megyn Kelly. “He tried to silence me and in this country you cannot do that. I’m a citizen, I’m an immigrant, I’m a reporter. And I have the right in this country to ask any question I want, to whomever I want.”

Wow. Okay.

First of all, can we bask ever so briefly in the irony of being “silenced” on national television, then getting to rant about it ad nauseam on all the major networks? This guy has been anything but silenced. He should send Trump a thank you note for the exposure.

That aside, what’s with this notion that freedom of speech or freedom of the press somehow grants license to say whatever you want, wherever you want, with the expectation of a compliant audience? There’s nothing about citizenship, immigration status, or press credentials that entitles you to be acknowledged or listened to.

Posted at 6:00 am on August 27th, 2015 by

Trump OK with GOP Acting Like It’s the Majority Party for Debt Ceiling Fight

That certainly would be different.

Presidential candidate Donald Trump on Wednesday said he thought it was “worth the fight” for congressional Republicans to threaten not to raise the U.S. debt limit as a way to pressure the Obama administration to agree to spending cuts.

“I would say that it’s worth the fight,” Trump said on Bloomberg TV. “Honestly there is so much fat in Washington that if you had the right people in there you could cut it.”

The Republicans have had a majority in the House for over four years now but you would be hard pressed to remember how many times they’ve flexed their muscles and used the power of the purse, especially when it comes to your regularly scheduled debt ceiling “negotiations.” I put quotation marks around “negotiations” because what really happens is that John Boehner blinks before the Democrats have even begun staring at him.

Let us be clear again: Donald Trump would not be the front-runner answering questions like this had GOP leadership not been so remarkably weak on issues precisely like this.

Whenever it is time to have the debt ceiling dance again, the Democrat mouthpieces in the press begin barking the “holding the U.S. government hostage” line that Dems love to trot out. GOP leadership then quails at the thought of the press blaming them for something even if they aren’t really doing what the press says they’re doing. Then all the blinking begins.

Gee, it’s difficult to see why a guy who keeps telling the MSM to kiss off is doing so well right now.

Posted at 6:38 pm on August 26th, 2015 by

SC GOP Leaders Annoyed that Graham’s Presence in Race Prevents Them From Endorsing Others

Annoying little man.

South Carolina’s Republican power brokers are facing a Lindsey Graham dilemma.

Wide-open nominating contests don’t happen every day, and the state’s high-stakes primary offers them a chance to hitch their political fortunes to a rising star, the earlier the better if they’ve made up their minds.

Few believe their senior senator has a real shot at being that nominee, but his operation has worked hard to lock down support in the state, and few Republicans are eager to show their disloyalty by endorsing another candidate too soon.

Welcome to the world of United States Senators who hang around too long. By the time they’ve hit their third terms, their state parties have become their own little fiefdoms and the vassals better be quick with the fealty.

There are rumors that Graham entered the race just to keep Ted Cruz from winning the South Carolina primary. That is a fairly plausible theory given that Graham is as petty as his political life partner John McCain, and that Cruz sees the southern primaries as his key to winning the nomination.

Graham also brings nothing unique to this large field in terms of policy ideas or demographics, so the petty revenge theory becomes even more realistic.

The only real potential upside here is that the South Carolina Republicans who are missing the chance to become players with the eventual nominee may get so disgruntled that they won’t be so friendly to Graham the next time he’s up for re-election, opening the door to a primary challenge.

Kidding-that’s years from now and he will have purged all of them from the state GOP already, like senators do.

Posted at 6:18 pm on August 26th, 2015 by

Vester Flanagan July Road Rage Caught on Video

A YouTube video seems to capture race-war-craving Vester Flanagan confronting a driver after a road-rage incident over a month ago.  “B Foster” posted the video.  He says:

I posted this because i believe it may be Vester Lee Flanagan a.k.a. Bryce Williams, suspected of murdering Alison Parker and Adam Ward, and seriously injuring Vicki Gardner on 26 August, 2015 at Bridgewater Marina.

recorded on 6 July, 2015 Roanoke, VA.

I called this man out at a red light for driving like a maniac. He then followed me to my destination driving recklessly, and stopping traffic to continue the argument, the rest is on film.

In the video, a man who appears to be Flanagan is confronting a driver.  Flanagan seems to have followed the driver and is recording video with his cell phone.  “You followed me,” the driver tells Flanagan, as well as calling him a profane name.  Flanagan is driving a silver Mustang of the sort he owned according to police reports.  Flanagan throws some insults at Foster while Flanagan is illegally parked.  From statements in the video, and the location where Flanagan parked his Mustang, Flanagan appears to have followed Foster.

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Posted at 6:09 pm on August 26th, 2015 by

Democrats Who Didn’t Let the #WDBJ Crisis Go to Waste

The nation was shocked this morning when a crazed, disgruntled former WDBJ employee, spurred by racial animus, shot and killed a young reporter and her cameraman during a live broadcast in Moneta, Virginia.

Predictably, what most Americans saw as a horrific tragedy, Alinskyite Dems saw as an opportunity to score political points on gun control.

Here are a few Dems who jumped at the chance to politicize the tragedy today:

Hillary Clinton called for “action on gun control” before all the facts were known.

White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest called for “common sense gun control” whatever that is:

Gov. Terry McAuliffe stressed more gun control while admitting he has no idea how the gunman acquired the gun:

Said McAuliffe:

Twice I have brought legislation before the general assembly. Twice I have asked that we have background checks. Twice now they have rejected background checks.” He said there are “individuals in this country who should not be allowed to own a firearm and it’s just tragic that this kind of legislation cannot be passed and signed into law.

An unnamed reporter then asked, “Do you know that [the gunman] is not a permit holder? Do you know that he has a criminal background?”

McAuliffe responded by saying, “I don’t. At this stage I don’t.”

Rob Delaney. Don’t know who this is? Don’t feel bad — neither do I — but Twitchy thinks he’s somebody and found his attempt to play the blame-game disgusting:

Bart Hubbuch, the New York Post sports columnist, tells us who is really to blame:

Hubbach obviously doesn’t read the New York Daily News:

The NYPD is in an all-out battle with illegal guns — and all of us are losing.

More people are getting shot. More people are being killed. And fewer people are being stopped and frisked.

“We’re struggling with homicides and shootings,” NYPD Chief of Department James O’Neill said Monday. “As we expect when warm weather comes, we see an increase in certain crimes.”

O’Neill laid out the grim numbers during a press conference at 1 Police Plaza, revealing a 19.5% spike in homicides during the first five months of the year. There were 135 murders through Sunday compared to 113 at the same time last year.

Maybe if the left would stop never letting crises go to waste, we’d have fewer crises.

Posted at 2:25 pm on August 26th, 2015 by

White House, Clinton Make Gun-Control Push Hours After Virginia Journalist Murders

The Obama administration and Hillary Clinton sounded off on gun control hours after two journalists were killed by a disgruntled former colleague near Roanoke, Va.

At the daily briefing, press secretary Josh Earnest told reporters he “did not have the opportunity to speak to the president about the tragic shooting that occurred earlier today in Virginia.”

“Obviously, the thoughts and prayers of everybody here at the White House are with the families of those who were injured or killed in that terrible incident,” Earnest said. “The precise details of that incident continue to be under investigation. But as you’ve heard me say in the past, this is another example of gun violence that is becoming all too common in communities large and small all across the United States.”

“And while there is no piece of legislation that will end all violence in this country, there are some common-sense things that only Congress can do that we know would have a tangible impact in reducing gun violence in this country, and Congress could take those steps in a way that would not infringe on the constitutional rights of law- abiding Americans. And the president’s long advocated Congress taking those steps, and the president continues to believe that they should do so.”

On a campaign stop in Iowa, Clinton told reporters, “We have got to do something about gun violence in America, and I will take it on.”

“I believe we are smart enough, compassionate enough to balance Second Amendment rights” with gun control, she said, adding there are too many “needless, senseless deaths.”

“I feel this great heartache at what happened,” Clinton continued, saying the country can “not let yet another terrible instance go by” without addressing the “terrible killing that is stalking our country.”

“There is so much evidence that if guns were not so readily available… maybe we could prevent this kind of carnage.”

Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe, who chaired Clinton’s 2008 presidential campaign, said in a statement that “as we reflect with heavy hearts on this tragedy, it is appropriate to begin to ask questions about how we can prevent these senseless events in the future.”

“Keeping guns out of the hands of people who would use them to harm our family, friends and loved ones is not a political issue; it is a matter of ensuring that more people can come home safely at the end of the day,” McAuliffe said. “We cannot rest until we have done whatever it takes to rid our society of preventable gun violence that results in tragedies like the one we are enduring today.”

Earnest said the lack of passing more gun control remains President Obama’s “greatest frustration” in office.

“We could do that in a way that wouldn’t undermine the basic constitutional rights of law-abiding Americans. I think, you know, there’s little argument about that, I think,” the press secretary said.

“There continues to, however, be, a very vocal portion of the U.S. population — I think it’s a minority and I think the polls bear that out — however, that has a lot of sway in Congress when it comes to issues related to guns. And the president has found that disappointing and frustrating, principally because he believes it’s bad public policy. And for us to not take common-sense steps to address what I think we all acknowledge what I think we all acknowledge is a pretty significant problem,” Earnest continued.

“But I think the president has also been disappointed that our political system hasn’t responded in the way that he would like. There’s clear — there are clear majorities in both the Democratic and Republican parties, according to many polls, for these policies. There are even some polls that indicate that there are clear majorities of gun owners that support some of these common-sense steps. But yet, we haven’t seen Congress take this action.”

Democrats Who Didn’t Let the #WDBJ Crisis Go to Waste

Posted at 1:16 pm on August 26th, 2015 by

Virginia Shooter Wanted to Ignite a ‘Race War’

The man who killed two journalists on live television in Virginia sent a suicide note to ABC News claiming the killings were in response to the shootings at a Charleston, SC, church that killed 9 people in June.

Bryce Williams, AKA Vester Lee Flanagan, contacted ABC News several times over the last several weeks saying he wanted to pitch a story to them.  He never gave them an idea what the story was. Then today, Williams faxed what he called a “suicide note” in which he claimed the shooting of the reporters was a response to the Charleston killings and that he desired a race war.

ABC News:

This morning, a fax was in the machine (time stamped 8:26 a.m.) almost two hours after the shooting. A little after 10 a.m., he called again, and introduced himself as Bryce, but also said his legal name was Vester Lee Flanagan, and that he shot two people this morning. While on the phone, he said authorities are “after me,” and “all over the place.” He hung up. ABC News contacted the authorities immediately and provided them with the fax.

In the 23-page document faxed to ABC News, the writer says “MY NAME IS BRYCE WILLIAMS” and his legal name is Vester Lee Flanagan II.” He writes what triggered today’s carnage was his reaction to the racism of the Charleston church shooting:

“Why did I do it? I put down a deposit for a gun on 6/19/15. The Church shooting in Charleston happened on 6/17/15…”

“What sent me over the top was the church shooting. And my hollow point bullets have the victims’ initials on them.”

It is unclear whose initials he is referring to. He continues, “As for Dylann Roof? You (deleted)! You want a race war (deleted)? BRING IT THEN YOU WHITE …(deleted)!!!” He said Jehovah spoke to him, telling him to act.

Later in the manifesto, the writer quotes the Virginia Tech mass killer, Seung Hui Cho, calls him “his boy,” and expresses admiration for the Columbine High School killers. “Also, I was influenced by Seung–Hui Cho. That’s my boy right there. He got NEARLY double the amount that Eric Harrisand Dylann Klebold got…just sayin.’”

In an often rambling letter to the authorities, and family and friends, he writes of a long list of grievances. In one part of the document, Williams calls it a “Suicide Note for Friends and Family.”

  • He says has suffered racial discrimination, sexual harassment and bullying at work
  • He says he has been attacked by black men and white females
  • He talks about how he was attacked for being a gay, black man

“Yes, it will sound like I am angry…I am. And I have every right to be. But when I leave this Earth, the only emotion I want to feel is peace….”

Perhaps someone should point out the vicious, hateful rhetoric coming from some “activists” following the Charleston tragedy as a motivating factor for Williams’ act. But I won’t.

This man is obviously mentally ill, but is he responsible for his actions? Like the Aurora, Colorado, shooter James Holmes who was found fit to stand trial despite mental illness, Williams demonstrated no outward signs of an illness that would disqualify him from facing justice.

By taking his own life, Williams closed off any official investigation of his actions and will remain something of a mystery.

Posted at 1:09 pm on August 26th, 2015 by

Shock: Media Matters Accuses Breitbart of ‘Race Baiting’ #WDBJ

Here’s a shocker: Media Matters has accused Breitbart of “race baiting” coverage of the shooting of Alison Parker and two others by Vester Lee Flanagan.   A Media Matters press release:

Breitbart News reacted to reports that two Virginia journalists were shot to death on-air by a disgruntled former co-worker by publishing an article with the headline, “RACE MURDER IN VIRGINIA: BLACK REPORTER SUSPECTED OF EXECUTING WHITE COLLEAGUES - ON LIVE TELEVISION!

On August 26, two employees of Roanoke, Virginia CBS affiliate WDBJ were shot to death while reporting from Smith Mountain Lake, a public recreation area popular for boating and fishing. The gunman, who later shot himself but apparently survived, is reportedly a former employee of the affiliate.

Breitbart News reacted to the shooting with a race-baiting article authored by editor-at-large John Nolte. The piece was widely condemned by other members of the media, many of whom pointed out Breitbart News’ lengthy history of racially charged reporting and commentary.

Well that settles it, doesn’t it?  If other members of the media condemned it, then it must be valid.

Here’s what we know so far.  The killer tweeted out that the victim made “racist” comments.  So the killer himself, like other killers before him, made his killing about something touching on race.  Let’s see how this story unfolds, and the degree, if any, of racial hostility and racial grievance articulated by the killer.  Early reports are he may have faxed a 26-page manifesto to an ABC station.  Let’s see how it is covered, if indeed it is his.

Here’s another theory.  If the story plays out that Vester Flanagan has all the character and color-blindness of Dylann Roof, then the mainstream media will have a very uncomfortable story on their hands (yet again).  Media Matters is more comfortable covering stories about evil white supremacists shooting up a church in Charleston than they are the mirror image.

In fact, Media Matters runs interference to disrupt that mirror-image narrative, over and over again. Voter intimidation by white thugs: bad.  Voter intimidation by black thugs: no big deal.  Racially motivated murder by whites: above the fold in bold.  Racially motivated murder by blacks: no evidence, didn’t happen, and if Breitbart says it, it must be race-baiting.

If the mirror-image murder had happened, with a white shooter killing a black reporter and tweeting about his racial motivation, the Obama Justice Department would have flooded the zone, and topped it off with a press conference.  We’ve seen this pattern repeatedly.  We’re used to it by now.

No race is free from evil bad actors, despite the dishonest attacks by the Soros drones at Media Matters.

Afterthought: Flanagan went by the name Bryce Williams.  Any Gamecocks fan will recognize this as Williams Bryce flipped.  I wonder if his time at WSPA was when he used this on-air name.

 

 

 

Posted at 12:06 pm on August 26th, 2015 by

Colorado’s Social Order Intact 18 Months After Legal Marijuana

A year and a half after Colorado legalized recreational marijuana, society continues to function. That’s the observation presented by Reason TV in the above report. Christian Sederberg, an attorney who actively promoted the change in policy, reflects on the fallout — or lack thereof. “[Critics] set a very specific expectation in a lot of people’s minds that this was going to be this terrible thing, and it just hasn’t played out at all,” he told Reason’s Alexis Garcia.

Regarding complaints of a flourishing black market under the new legal arrangement, Sederberg argues that change occurs over time. “Here’s the deal. $700 million of sales last year did not go through the black market. They went through regulated stores, taxed and regulated. This year, we’re talking about close to a billion [in anticipated legal sales]. So anyone that’s saying the black market is flourishing… [it's] ‘flourishing’ having lost a billion dollars.”

It seems odd to point to a lingering black market as an argument for effectively expanding that same market. Black markets are creatures of the state. If you don’t want a black market, legalize commerce. Otherwise, so long as there are people willing to buy and others willing to sell, they will connect with each other one way or the other.

Posted at 12:00 pm on August 26th, 2015 by

Clinton Campaign Going After Sanders on Gun Rights

Campaigning for Hillary Clinton this week in New Hampshire, Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy went into inevitable territory as Bernie Sanders leads polls in the first-in-the-nation state: he attacked the Vermont senator’s gun-rights stance.

“It’s an anathema to my own,” Malloy said of Sanders’ platform during a meeting with Clinton organizers in Manchester, according to the Stamford Advocate. “I don’t understand it.”

“Her position among the Democrats is a lot more popular than his position,” Malloy said later. “There’s a difference.”

Sanders leads Clinton 42 percent to 35 percent in a new Public Policy Polling survey. And he’s leading in every category of Dems in New Hampshire: “somewhat liberal,” “very liberal” and moderate.

The senator leads Clinton among men and women, but seniors like 67-year-old Clinton over 73-year-old Sanders. With voters under age 65, Bernie leads 45 percent to 29 percent for Hillary.

Sanders voted against the Brady Bill when he was in the House, and his votes as senator have included joining with Republicans on the Veterans Second Amendment Protection Act, which would have guaranteed veterans due process rights in being deemed “mentally defective” by the VA and having their ability to own a gun stripped away.

He’s been questioned about his position on guns on the campaign trail, and hasn’t swayed. “If somebody has a gun and somebody steals that gun and shoots somebody, do you really think it makes sense to blame the manufacturer of that weapon?” he said at a July forum when asked about his vote to protect gun manufacturers from lawsuits. “If somebody assaults you with a baseball bat, you hit somebody over the head, you’re not going to sue the baseball bat manufacturer.”

Sanders told MSNBC that month that common ground should be sought on gun legislation, like “nobody should have a gun who has a criminal background, who’s involved in domestic abuse situations.”

“We have a huge loophole now with gun shows that should be eliminated. There may be other things that we have to do,” he said.

“But coming from a rural state, I think I can communicate with folks coming from urban states where guns mean different things than they do in Vermont where it’s used for hunting. That’s where we’ve got to go. We don’t have to argue with each other and yell at each other. We need a common sense solution.”

Posted at 11:45 am on August 26th, 2015 by

Walmart to Stop Selling ‘Assault Rifles’

Walmart has announced it will stop selling AR-15s and other “assault rifles” because there is lower consumer demand for them “rather than for political reasons.”

AR-15s aren’t really assault rifles, as a matter of fact. “Intermediate-caliber rifle, chambered for cartridges such as 7.62x39mm, with a selector switch that determines full or semi-automatic fire, such as the M16, and that is the standard infantry weapon of modern armies. The term is purposely and wrongly applied by anti-gun forces to AR-style rifles, which function as semi-automatics only.”

“The world’s largest retailer will replace rifles, which are sold at about one third of its U.S. stores, with shotguns and other hunting weapons. Quartz reported the news earlier.”

I hope they increase their ammunition stock, as it’s still hard to find certain rounds.

“There wasn’t a whole lot of demand for those products so we replaced them with products we have seen customers coming into purchase it,” Walmart spokesman Kory Lundberg told Fortune.

Walmart, the single largest seller of guns and ammunition, has been targeted by the gun grabbers and pressured to stop selling firearms.

The move by Walmart comes as firearms makers struggle with declining sales: Remington Outdoor Group last week reported that its sale of firearms fell 13.3% in the first half of the year, while Smith & Wesson’s overall sales saw a 12% drop. Sales often spike when gun enthusiasts believe there will be tighter gun laws put in place, then often slip when those concerns pass.

Lundberg said the retailer has been phasing out modern sporting rifles “for a while and within the next week or two, MSRs shouldn’t be in any more stores.”

Obama’s ‘Final Assault’ on Guns

 

Posted at 11:32 am on August 26th, 2015 by

U.S. Post Office Performance Continues to Decline

The Washington Post is reporting that the quality of service we’re seeing from the U.S. Postal Service is in decline. The number of letters arriving late “has jumped by almost 50 percent since the start of the year.”

And that’s “measured against the agency’s own newly relaxed standards.”

The Postal Service blames “down-sizing” for it’s crappy service.

Mail that’s supposed to take two days to arrive took longer — anywhere from 6 to 15 percent of the time during the first six months of 2015, investigators found, a decline in service of almost 7 percent from the same period last year. Letters that should take three to five days took longer anywhere from 18 to 44 percent of the time, a 38 percent decline in performance over the same time last year.

Of course, it’s the weather.

But postal officials have struggled this year to meet even these lower standards.  The delays have been compounded by two factors, the inspector general found: Severe storms last winter and changes to plant operations that started when the new standards took effect. Thousands of postal workers were reassigned and shifts were changed, resulting in a disorganized, inefficient workplace.

A government operation is “disorganized and inefficient”? Imagine that.  It seems like a good time to re-evaluate whether snail mail is a good taxpayer investment. But not everyone wants to have that discussion.

“Members of Congress are now hearing from angry constituents whose mail is taking longer to arrive. The House took a drastic step this spring, passing a measure that requires the Postal Service to return mail delivery standards to 2012 levels. It raised the possibility that some shuttered plants would have to reopen.”

But the Congressional Budget Office said the price to “turn back the clock” was “so high” that it would be unrealistic. Legislation to fix the service has been unsuccessful so far.

After foundering in three Congresses, legislation to stabilize postal finances is still a possibility, congressional aides say. One of the key issues a bill is likely to address is how to make sure that as the post office cuts costs, it doesn’t shortchange its customers, particularly those in rural areas.

Yes, cutting costs while continuing to provide quality customer service is  how the private sector works. If they can’t manage, then they close down.

Democrat Senator Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND) introduced a bill after her constituents complained about their late deliveries and problems with the Postal Service.  The senator is joined by three others, all of whom have rural constituencies, to deal with the problem.  It would require that mail reach it destination faster.

Posted at 11:08 am on August 26th, 2015 by

Cruz Becomes the Second GOP Candidate to Attack Megyn Kelly

Presidential candidate Ted Cruz criticized Fox News’ Megyn Kelly for asking a question about deporting illegal immigrants that “every mainstream media liberal journalist wants to ask.”

The Hill:

“If you have a husband and wife who are illegal immigrants, and they have two children here who are American citizens — would you deport all of them? Would you deport the American citizen children?” Kelly asked.

“Megyn, I get that that’s the question you want to ask,” Cruz said after repeatedly listing the steps Congress should take for addressing the issue. “That’s also the question every mainstream media liberal journalist wants to ask. They focus exclusively on 12 million people.”

Kelly then took issue with Cruz’s response, insisting that her question was fair.

“Is it an unfair question?” she asked the Texas lawmaker.

“It is a distraction from how we actually solve the problem,” Cruz responded. “You know, it’s also the question that [President] Barack Obama wants to focus on.”

“But why is it so hard? Why don’t you just say yes or no?” Kelly countered.

Cruz argued that the U.S. must secure its borders and overturn Obama’s executive order on immigration before addressing the issue of birthright citizenship and related deportations.

Cruz’s remarks come as Kelly is also feuding with GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump, the front-runner for the Republican presidential nomination next year.

Trump has repeatedly challenged Kelly’s credibility as a journalist following her questioning of him during the first GOP presidential debate earlier this month.

Cruz and Trump have repeatedly struck a friendly tone toward one another while campaigning for next year’s election.

Cruz has vowed he is avoiding Republican-on-Republican attacks because it is counterproductive to the conservative cause.

Kelly asked a question that many people want an answer to; i.e., specific policy proposals regarding how deportation is going to work. Sure it’s a hard question, but Cruz was obviously unprepared to answer it. So instead of making a fumbling and mumbling response, he attacked the messenger. No doubt good politics but it hardly recommends him as a candidate who can stand the gaff of a long campaign.

The idea that it’s a “liberal journalist” question to wonder how deportation is going to work in the real world is laughable. Are reporters not allowed to ask for any specifics regarding policy? Are they supposed to be fawning sycophants like news personalities at MSNBC and CNN?

Kelly is not going to put on a short skirt and wave pom-poms for the GOP base. She is doing her job, and judging by her ratings, she is doing it well enough for millions of people to tune in every night. She asked a perfectly fair question of someone who wants to be elected to the highest office in the land. Perhaps it’s time for Cruz and Trump to abandon the cheap applause lines attacking journalists and speak intelligently to the issues.

What a change that would be.

Posted at 11:07 am on August 26th, 2015 by