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Pentagon Says ‘Thanks, But No Thanks’ to Armed Citizen Patrols Outside Military Recruitment Offices

Friday, July 24th, 2015 - by Bridget Johnson

The Pentagon said in a statement Friday that it doesn’t want armed civilians standing guard outside of military recruiting centers anymore.

The patrols popped up after Mohammod Abdulazeez shot up a strip-mall military recruitment office along with a Navy Reserves station in Chattanooga.

Defense Secretary Ashton Carter said he asked service leaders a week ago to review weapons policy in the wake of the Chattanooga attacks, but some in Congress said he needs to act faster to ensure men and women in uniform can protect themselves.

“We take the safety of our service members, our DoD civilians, and the families who support them very seriously, and Secretary of Defense Ash Carter is currently reviewing recommendations from the services for making our installations and facilities safer – including our recruiting stations,” Pentagon press secretary Peter Cook said in a statement Friday.

“While we greatly appreciate the outpouring of support for our recruiters from the American public, we ask that individuals not stand guard at recruiting offices as it could adversely impact our mission, and potentially create unintended security risks,” Cook said. “We continue to partner with and rely on first responders for the safety of the communities where our service members live and work.”

Sen. Jerry Moran (R-Kansas) introduced the Safeguarding Service Members’ Second Amendment Rights Act this week to repeal bans on military personnel carrying firearms on military installations and Department of Defense sites. It would also block the president or secretary of Defense from prohibiting firearms down the road.

“The Second Amendment guarantees the ‘right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed,’ yet our men and women in uniform are banned from exercising this constitutional right when fulfilling their duties on American soil,” Moran said.

“This infringement on the constitutional rights of our service members has caused American military installations and DoD sites to become increasingly vulnerable to those who wish to do harm,” he stressed. “My legislation would repeal the laws, directives and regulations disarming military personnel, and empower our brave service men and women to defend themselves and others from violent attacks and acts of domestic terrorism.”

Carter said early this week that he “asked our services to look at further steps that they might advise be taken, and to get back to me in the next few days with their recommendations.” “Obviously force protection everywhere around the world, abroad and now at home, is a big priority for us at the department, and will continue to be.”

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Despicable Tweet: Planned Parenthood Uses Minions to Support Selling Baby Parts

Friday, July 24th, 2015 - by Paula Bolyard

Planned Parenthood Action sent out a vile tweet earlier today asking the group’s supporters to “stand strong” against the “Minions” that are trying to defund their abortion factories. The tweet, featuring a gif of the Minions cartoon characters, didn’t mention that what they’re asking people to defend is an organization that rakes in billions of taxpayer dollars while killing babies in the most inhumane ways imaginable, strategically crushing their tiny heads so that livers and other “valuable” parts can be harvested and sold for profit.

 

Not surprisingly, there was some scathing pushback on Twitter:

 

 

Dan Phillips has some great questions for Planned Parenthood including:

  1. Have pro-aborts shifted the threshold of abortability from viability to marketability?
  2. If what Planned Parenthood is selling is sold as human parts, then what was it that they killed?

(Read the rest of his questions for Planned Parenthood here.)

Planned Parenthood’s Dr. Deborah Nucatola practically admitted in those videos that the pro-abortion proponents have been lying to women all these years when they’ve insisted that they’ve just been vacuuming blobs of cells out of women’s uteruses. News flash: Those weren’t blobs of tissues they were haggling over while munching on arugula salad, they were actual baby livers. After 40 years of lies and misinformation, finally, the smoke is beginning to clear and these people are being exposed for the evil butchers they really are.

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Ted Cruz on the Senate Floor Accuses Mitch McConnell of Lying (Video)

Friday, July 24th, 2015 - by Debra Heine

On the Senate floor this morning, Sen. Ted Cruz accused Mitch McConnell, the majority leader of his own party, of lying to him and other Republican senators about TPA and the vote to reauthorize the Export-Import Bank. Cruz’s broadside against McConnell today is considered by some to be an extraordinary deviation from the norms of Senate behavior.

“Today is a sad day for this institution,” Cruz began. “The Senate operates based on trust. Whether we are Democrats or Republicans, we have to be able to trust that when a Senator says something, he or she – even if we disagree on substance – that we don’t lie to each other. What we just witnessed this morning is profoundly disappointing.”

He went on to describe the preceding discussions with the Senate leader that led to his disappointment. According to Cruz, McConnell, R-Ky., had made assurances that there was no deal to allow a vote to renew the federal Export-Import Bank, the federal agency that conservatives would like to end.

Cruz said he had asked McConnell at a lunch with 54 other senators, “what was the deal that was just cut on TPA and was there a deal on the Import Export bank?”

Cruz claims that the majority leader was “visibly angry” that he would ask such a question, saying, “there is no deal, there is no deal, there is no deal. Like St. Peter he repeated it three times.”

Cruz delivered his remarks moments after McConnell had lined up a vote to reauthorize the Export-Import Bank.

“It saddens me to say this. I sat in my office, I told my staff the majority leader looked me in the eye and looked 54 Republicans in the eye. I cannot believe he would tell a flat-out lie, and I voted based on those assurances that he made to each and every one of us,” Cruz said.

“What we just saw today was an absolute demonstration that not only what he told every Republican senator, but what he told the press over and over and over again, was a simple lie.”

The majority leader was not on the Senate floor when Cruz issued his attack, and ignored reporters who tried to ask him about it in the Capitol’s hallways. A spokesman said McConnell would have no response.”

Cruz went on to make the charge that the Senate under Republican leadership is no different from when Democrats ran the show, comparing McConnell’s tactics to Reid’s.

“Now the Republican leader is behaving like the senior senator from Nevada,” Cruz complained. He also derided an announcement from McConnell that the Senate will vote Sunday to repeal Obama’s health care law, calling it “an empty show vote” and “exercise in meaningless political theater” because the legislation will inevitably fail to get the 60 votes needed to advance.

“We keep winning elections and then we keep getting leaders who don’t do anything they promised,” Cruz said.

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According to the AP, the Senate’s historian, Betty K. Koed, said it’s not necessarily a breach of Senate rules to call another senator a liar, “but pointed to rules cautioning against talking ill of other members or imputing unbecoming conduct or motives.”

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VIDEO: Cruz Accuses McConnell of Lying in Floor Speech

Friday, July 24th, 2015 - by Bridget Johnson
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Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) went off on Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) on the Senate floor this morning, claiming that McConnell told him there would be no vote allowed on renewal of the Export-Import Bank.

“It saddens me to say this. I sat in my office, I told my staff the majority leader looked me in the eye and looked 54 Republicans in the eye. I cannot believe he would tell a flat-out lie, and I voted based on those assurances that he made to each and every one of us,” Cruz said.

“What we just saw today was an absolute demonstration that not only what he told every Republican senator, but what he told the press over and over and over again, was a simple lie.”

McConnell was not on the Senate floor at the time, and his office said he wouldn’t be commenting on Cruz’s allegation.

“Supporters of the Ex-Im Bank are demanding a vote to reauthorize it, and they’ve made clear they’re ready to stop all other amendments if denied that opportunity. They’ve already proven they have the votes to back up the threat too,” he said earlier on the floor. “This presents a challenge for the Senate — and to opponents of the Ex-Im bank, like myself, in particular. But I believe we can still move forward, and I believe the more equitable and more balanced proposal I just offered will allow us to do so.”

McConnell said the deal “provides for votes on two long-sought, non-germane amendments.”

“First, it allows a vote on an amendment to reauthorize the Ex-Im Bank — something nearly every Democrat wants. Second, it allows a vote on an amendment that would repeal Obamacare — something nearly every Republican wants, and something we will continue to fight for,” he said. “Ex-Im shouldn’t be the only vote we take on this bill — and under the compromise I just filed, it won’t be. That’s a much fairer way forward.”

“I urge my colleagues to join me in voting against Ex-Im, and I urge every senator to take this important opportunity to join me in voting to finally give the American people the fresh start they deserve on health care. I know we’ll engage in a robust debate on these issues. We should. And then, we’ll take a vote.”

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FBI Director Wants All Agents to Visit Holocaust Museum to Learn About ‘Abuse of Power’

Friday, July 24th, 2015 - by Bridget Johnson
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FBI Director James Comey says he encourages all agents and analysts to visit the Holocaust Museum in Washington because “we want them to see, in a gut-wrenching, nauseating way, what the abuse of power on an almost unimaginable scale looks and feels like, because we’re about to give them extraordinary power.”

“And then there’s a second reason that is I want them to see what we are capable of,” Comey told CNN’s Wolf Blizter at the Aspen Security Forum. “I want them to understand what human beings are capable of, that we are — one of our greatest strengths is our ability to convince ourselves of the righteousness of our own cause. And one of our greatest weaknesses is our capacity to surrender our moral authority to the group, so it can be hijacked by the least common denominator.”

“I want them to stare at that and understand the weaknesses that we all share, because they are about to have tremendous power and I want them to have sense of that in a way that will last them their whole career.”

Much of the conversation at the forum was about ISIS, which Comey now considers a bigger threat to the homeland than al-Qaeda.

“They have adopted a model that takes advantage of social media in a way to crowd-source terrorism. They have invested about the last year in pushing a message of poison, primarily through Twitter, but other parts of social media, that is a siren song with two dimensions,” Comey said.

“They are preaching through social media to troubled souls, urging them to join their so-called caliphate in Syria and Iraq, or if you can’t join, kill where you are. And Twitter is a valuable enterprise, because it works to sell shoes or to sell ideas. It works to sell this message to troubled souls.”

The director added that ISIS makes their terrorists more available to speak to potential recruits and are “trying to reach are people that al-Qaeda would never use as an operative.”

Comey said “dozens” of Americans are now fighting for ISIS, but they’re a “hard phenomenon” to track “because they range in age from 18 to 62.”

He said the FBI is “not in a position to say” yet if Chattanooga shooter Mohammed Yousef Abdulazeez was ISIS or AQAP.

“We’re still combing through his entire life, including his electronic media, to understand, so, who was he communicating with and about what?” Comey said. Part of that is “to understand so what happened in Jordan, who influenced him, who did he meet, what did he consume, that sort of thing.”

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O’Malley: ‘Citizenship Is a Human Right’

Friday, July 24th, 2015 - by Bridget Johnson

Responding to a Texas case in which state officials are asking that a federal court toss a birthright citizenship lawsuit, Democratic presidential candidate Martin O’Malley declared today that “citizenship is a human right.”

Background on the case from the Associated Press:

Lawyers representing 19 immigrant parents and their 23 children filed suit against the Texas Department of State Health Services after officials refused to issue birth certificates for their U.S.-born children, citing invalid forms of identification. The parents came from Mexico and Central America and living in Texas’ Rio Grande Valley, along the U.S.-Mexico border.

…The Texas Department of State Health Services said in a federal court filing in Austin on Wednesday that the lawsuit should be dismissed because the court lacks jurisdiction over claims against the state agency. Lawyers for the agency also argued that Texas has sovereign immunity and cannot be sued and that its policy does not interfere with any federal regulation. Texas, they said, has the “power to control the circumstances under which it will provide copies of birth certificates.”

The health service agency’s Vital Statics Unit, which is responsible for issuing birth certificates, previously accepted consular identification cards and other documents issued by foreign governments, according to the lawsuit. But officials have increasingly come to refuse these, making it harder for parents living in the U.S. illegally status to obtain birth certificates for their children, it said. The agency says it never accepted these documents as valid, and there has been no change to the state’s identification requirements.

O’Malley said “denying birth certificates to US citizens is not only outrageous, it’s unconstitutional.”

“The 14th amendment of the US Constitution could not be clearer. It states that ‘all persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the state wherein they reside,’” he said. “The Texas Department of State Health services should cease this discriminatory and unconstitutional practice immediately. Citizenship is a human right.”

The former Maryland governor last week released a plan to reform the country’s “inhumane” immigration system, declaring that “the enduring symbol of our nation is the Statue of Liberty, not a barbed wire fence.”

He would expand President Obama’s deferred action program and “conduct sustained nationalization outreach” while an Obamacare block for those temporarily legalized under deferred action.

Under O’Malley’s plan, “the only individuals who should be detained are those who pose a clear threat to public safety or national security” and he will “close or upgrade costly, inhumane, and violent detention centers.”

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Asia Bibi May Go Free After Her Stay of Execution

Friday, July 24th, 2015 - by Chris Queen

Asia Bibi, a  Christian woman sentenced to death in Pakistan for blasphemy against Islam, has had her execution stayed by the Supreme Court of Pakistan, and the court may even reverse the charges against her.

Officer for the British Pakistani Christian Association (BPCA), Naveed Aziz, said in an update from the courtroom in Islamabad:

“The Supreme Court of Pakistan has stayed execution of Asia Bibi on blasphemy charges. The full bench of Supreme Court ordered in today’s hearing issued orders to stop implementation of death sentence till next order. I am pleased at this decision. It is obvious that international pressure led to this amazing decision and I thank all people who have called for her freedom. Sister Asia will have to spend more time in jail, but her freedom is now a real possibility and only a matter of time.”

Found guilty of blasphemy in November 2010, Bibi has been imprisoned for five years and is currently on death row. She continues to deny accusations that she insulted the Prophet Muhammad – charges levelled at her by former colleagues.

Human rights groups have pointed out repeatedly that Pakistan’s blasphemy laws are vague enough that extremists can often misinterpret them easily. Christians in Pakistan are hoping that international pressure will allow Bibi to walk free.

Pakistan has long struggled with discrimination against religious minorities, and a report released in December last year said an “oppressive environment” was making it “increasingly difficult for many religious communities to live securely and free from danger in places where they have often spent the majority of their lives.”

The Minority Rights Group and International and Sustainable Development Policy Institute said that “violent attacks against religious minorities occur against a backdrop of legal and social discrimination in almost every aspect of their lives, including political participation, marriage and freedom of belief,” and called for increased protections for all citizens.

The US Commission on International Religious Freedom in May urged the Obama Administration to designate Pakistan a “country of particular concern”.

“The government failed to protect citizens, minority and majority alike, from sectarian and religiously-motivated violence, and Pakistani authorities have not consistently brought perpetrators to justice or taken action against societal actors who incite violence,” the Commission said in its annual report.

Christians throughout the world are praying that Asia Bibi will one day be as physically free as she is spiritually free.

Featured image courtesy of Shutterstock / patrice6000

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Maybe There Won’t Always Be an England

Friday, July 24th, 2015 - by Michael Walsh

Not that that’s a bad thing, but…

Britain’s fighter aircraft fleet is set to shrink to its smallest in the RAF’s history as ageing jets retire by the end of the decade, a new analysis warns. Numbers will be squeezed to only around 127 front line combat jets at best under current plans to retire Britain’s Tornado GR4s and early model Typhoons in 2019, before new F-35 stealth fighters arrive.

Defence chiefs have already warned that the RAF’s fast jet fleet is stretched to the limit and the new analysis from IHS Jane’s warns it is “perverse” to cut numbers further. The RAF’s 87 remaining Tornados and 53 tranche 1 Typhoons are scheduled to retire in 2019. By then, only 15 to 20 of the new F-35B jump jets will have arrived according to the analysis. The resulting fleet will be “the lowest number that the RAF will have fielded since its creation in 1918”.

The RAF’s reduced fighter fleet will be made up of technically advanced planes but “no aircraft, no matter how capable, can be in more than one place at any time”, said Gareth Jennings, aviation desk editor at Jane’s. RAF chiefs have already told David Cameron they are struggling to provide enough fast jets to protect UK airspace, patrol the Falklands, bolster Nato flights in Eastern Europe and fly strike missions over Iraq.The analysis says that with those threats unlikely to be resolved anytime soon, “the further loss of UK air power at such a precarious time as this seems somewhat perverse”.

You can say that again. But the current European and American consensus seems to be that the maintenance and expansion of the Welfare State is far more important than the preservation of the State itself. And in any case, what good are RAF fighter jets against an enemy that arrives every day at Heathrow, having flown commercial?

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Italians Finally Rise Up Against ‘Migrants’

Friday, July 24th, 2015 - by Michael Walsh

Long-suffering Italians, whose country is bearing the brunt of the “migrant” crisis, have had it:

Migrants arriving at a new shelter outside Rome needed riot police to protect them from far-right activists and furious residents. In the north, locals vandalized a home to keep asylum seekers from moving in. Traditionally a nation of emigrants, Italy is now struggling to absorb a ceaseless influx of immigrants from Africa and the Middle East. Prime Minister Matteo Renzi is under pressure to stem the flow and his government is fighting to calm tensions.

Migrant arrivals have already exceeded 85,000 this year, following 170,000 in all of 2014. While many of the newcomers look to move swiftly to wealthier northern Europe, some 85,000 are housed in Italian shelters – up from 60,000 last year… Not a day goes by without reports on the Italian news of rescues, shipwrecks, drownings or crimes by immigrants. EU solidarity has been limited – this week the European Union failed to agree to divvy up 40,000 asylum seekers in Greece in Italy among its members.

Highlighting the friction, residents in the northern town of Quinto di Treviso last week raided neighboring apartments where about 100 migrants were housed, throwing furniture and mattresses into the street and setting them on fire.

Well, when you refuse to conceive the next generation of Italians (Italy’s birthrate is mortally low), the space is going to get occupied by somebody else.

 

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Why Trump Is Leading the GOP Pack

Friday, July 24th, 2015 - by Michael Walsh

Matthew Continetti at the Free Beacon gets it exactly right about the appeal of The Donald:

A brash showboat and celebrity, self-promoter and controversialist, silly and mocking, a caricature of a caricature, Donald Trump is no one’s idea of a serious presidential candidate. Which is exactly why the radical middle finds him refreshing. Not an iota of him is politically correct, he plays by no rules of comity or civility, he genuflects to no party or institution, he is unafraid of and antagonistic toward the media, and he challenges the conventional wisdom of both parties, which holds that there is no real cost to illegal immigration and to trade with China.

Trump’s foreign policy, such as it is, is like Perot’s directed not toward Eurasia but our southern border. Unlike Perot, whose campaign emphasized the twin deficits of budget and trade, Trump has taken on illegal immigration from Mexico, fighting with both the identity politics left and the cheap labor right, with both Hillary Clinton and Jeb Bush. Like Perot too he has seized the public imagination, masterfully exploiting the media’s craving for ratings and for negative portrayals of Republicans, turning CNN into TNN, the Trump News Network, the finest and most exclusive cable channel on air.

Trump would enjoy press coverage no matter what he ran on. But the fact that he has chosen, perhaps unwittingly, illegal immigration to be his cause makes the coverage all the more polarizing, visceral, contentious, spiteful. He dared say what no one of his wealth and prominence ever says—that illegal immigration is not limited to DREAMERs and laborers and aspirational Americans, that it is not always, as Jeb Bush put it, an “act of love,” that also traversing our southern border are criminals, rapists and narcotics traffickers and human smugglers, displaced souls from illiberal cultures who carry with them not only dreams but nightmares, bad habits, and other costly baggage. That his poor phrasing was sickeningly confirmed in early July, when an illegal immigrant who had been deported several times shot Kathryn Steinle dead in broad daylight on a San Francisco pier, only strengthened Trump’s connection to the radical middle. So did the drug lord El Chapo’s escape from prison soon after Mexico received an extradition request from the United States.

Donald Trump will never be president of the United States; conservatives understand  that. Nor is he a conservative; conservatives understand that as well. But he is a battering ram, whose crockery smashing can have a salubrious outcome if only conservatives understood that, too.

What Do Donald Trump and Barack Obama Have in Common?

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It’s the Lawyers’ World and We Just Die In It

Friday, July 24th, 2015 - by Michael Walsh

This is what comes of being a nation of lawyers, not men:

“60 Minutes” correspondent Bob Simon was responsible for his own death, the limousine company being sued for the crash that killed him insists in galling new court papers. Simon, 73, understood “all risks and dangers” and “assumed the risk” when he climbed into the back seat of a Lincoln Town Car last February, Skyline Credit Ride says in the Manhattan Supreme Court filing.

Once inside, the legendary newsman “failed to use or misused available seat belts, and thereby contributed to the alleged injuries,” the company claims — an allegation Simon’s side flatly disputes. His behavior constituted “culpable conduct of the plaintiff,” according to the court papers, which claim — without elaborating — that Simon’s injuries were made worse by his “failure to mitigate such injury.”

Given the nature of the society we live in today, but outrageous and entirely believable. From the White House to the outhouse wherein dwell the nation’s lawyers, the Blame Game is the only game in town.

Yet the filing ignores the issue of the black-car driver’s ability — or lack thereof. The driver, Abdul Reshad Fedahi, 44, had nine license suspensions and two speeding convictions on his record — and was driving with one hand because his right arm had been rendered useless due to a suicide attempt.

I hope Simon’s widow takes these guys to the cleaners.

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Lone-Wolf Crazy White Guy Shoots Up Louisiana Theater

Friday, July 24th, 2015 - by Liz Sheld

There’s a title you won’t see anywhere but here.

Yesterday evening, we had a shooting at a movie theater in Lafayette, Louisiana. The shooter has not been identified by name yet, but he was quickly identified as an older white guy.

I want to get out in front of this story, much like our leftist adversaries do, and call him a “lone wolf.”  In no way does this guy represent all white people, all gun owners and all whatever else we find out about him.

Therefore, we should reject any attempt at lumping him in or punishing him or singling out any group he may belong to like, say, gun owners, by trying to jam sweeping legislation down peaceful, law-abiding gun owners’ throats that would restrict their rights or open them up to hatred and public revile.

One thing we do know is that this movie theater was a gun-free zone.  I wonder why this maniac did not obey the gun-free sign. We have no idea yet how he obtained a firearm, if it was legally obtained, if he was insane, or what kind of criminal record he had.

So, it’s time to extend the media’s courtesy of making sure everyone but law-abiding gun owners are tagged with the description of “lone wolf” to actual gun owners too.

Here’s what we do know:  A 58-year-old white man (and I know he was a white man because I was watching CNN at 4 a.m. this morning and they repeated that about 100 times: “HE WAS A WHITE GUY”) used a handgun to fire shots in a movie theater and took his own life. Two other people are dead and nine others are wounded.  The unidentified man opened fire about 20 minutes in to the movie Trainwreck and was described as “just like everybody else” in the movie theater.

Lafayette Police Chief Jim Craft said: “The information we have at this time indicates that he was by himself, he sat by himself and the first two people he shot were sitting right in front of him. … When he stood up and started firing, people started rushing out. It looks like he spotted the officers coming in and he turned around, went against the crowd and fired a single gunshot.”

Authorities also pointed out he had a criminal history, although no details of that history have been released.  That criminal history was described as being “nothing recent.”

It’s a sad day when a maniac goes on a killing spree, and I pray for the families of all involved.

A Theater Shooting in Louisiana and THIS is What a BuzzFeed Editor Tweets? Just Bizarre.

 

 

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Oh-oh: Criminal Inquiry Requested to Investigate Hillary!’s Email Woes. UPDATED

Friday, July 24th, 2015 - by Michael Walsh

The New York Times fires yet another warning shot over the sinking ship USS Hillary!‘s bow. Apparently, the flat-footed “front-runner” is just not getting the message yet:

Two inspectors general have asked the Justice Department to open a criminal investigation into whether sensitive government information was mishandled in connection with the personal email account Hillary Rodham Clinton used as secretary of state, senior government officials said Thursday. The request follows an assessment in a June 29 memo by the inspectors general for the State Department and the intelligence agencies that Mrs. Clinton’s private account contained “hundreds of potentially classified emails.” The memo was written to Patrick F. Kennedy, the under secretary of state for management.

It is not clear if any of the information in the emails was marked as classified by the State Department when Mrs. Clinton sent or received them. But since her use of a private email account for official State Department business was revealed in March, she has repeatedly said that she had no classified information on the account.

Well, if Herself said so, then what’s the problem? Meanwhile, the Times evinces a bit of frustration that the former first lady’s stately waddle toward the Democrat nomination is still underway:

The initial revelation has been an issue in the early stages of her presidential campaign.

The Justice Department has not decided if it will open an investigation, senior officials said. A spokesman for Mrs. Clinton’s campaign declined to comment. At issue are thousands of pages of State Department emails from Mrs. Clinton’s private account. Mrs. Clinton has said she used the account because it was more convenient, but it also shielded her correspondence from congressional and Freedom of Information Act requests. She faced sharp criticism after her use of the account became public, and subsequently said she would ask the State Department to release her emails.

The department is now reviewing some 55,000 pages of emails. A first batch of 3,000 pages was made public on June 30. In the course of the email review, State Department officials determined that some information in the messages should be retroactively classified.

The Times understands something about Hillary the rest of the media, which generally has the attention span of a dog, does not: there is no end to the amount of mischief she can get up to, and get away with, if she lies through her teeth, appears to “cooperate” and then drowns the investigators in an ocean of legalisms and “process.”

UPDATE: Via my PJ colleague Rick Moran by way of Politico, the Times apparently modified both the headline and the lede on this story after a complaint from the Hillary! camp. 

The New York Times made small but significant changes to an exclusive report about a potential criminal investigation into Hillary Clinton’s State Department email account late Thursday night, but provided no notification of or explanation for of the changes. The paper initially reported that two inspectors general have asked the Justice Department to open a criminal investigation “into whether Hillary Rodham Clinton mishandled sensitive government information on a private email account she used as secretary of state.”

That clause, which cast Clinton as the target of the potential criminal probe, was later changed: the inspectors general now were asking for an inquiry “into whether sensitive government information was mishandled in connection with the personal email account Hillary Rodham Clinton used as secretary of state.” The Times also changed the headline of the story, from “Criminal Inquiry Sought in Hillary Clinton’s Use of Email” to “Criminal Inquiry Is Sought in Clinton Email Account,” reflecting a similar recasting of Clinton’s possible role. The article’s URL was also changed to reflect the new headline.

One of the reporters of the story, Michael Schmidt, explained early Friday that the Clinton campaign had complained about the story to the Times. “It was a response to complaints we received from the Clinton camp that we thought were reasonable, and we made them,” Schmidt said.

The passive voice is always safer when dealing with the “You can’t prove it!” Clintons, even for the New York Times.

 

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McCain Accidentally Speaks the Truth About Iraq Army’s Anti-ISIS Campaign: ‘They Can’t Do It Themselves’

Friday, July 24th, 2015 - by Patrick Poole

Senator John McCain (R-AZ), at a hearing of the Senate Armed Services Committee on Thursday, interrupted colleagues and had a testy exchange with Marine Lt. Gen. Robert Neller, who has been nominated by President Obama as the next commandant of the Marine Corps.

But during the exchange between the committee chairman McCain and Neller, McCain accidentally let some truth slip out:

McCain also went after Neller on Iraq, interrupting Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., who was grilling Neller with a series of rapid-fire questions on Iraq, Syria, Iran and whether ISIS was targeting Americans in the U.S. “I’m not aware that they’ve specifically targeted American individuals,” Neller said.

“General, you’re not answering the senator’s questions,” said McCain, who went on to engage Neller on Iraq and the use of U.S. Joint Terminal Attack Controllers (JTACs) on the front lines in Iraq to guide airstrikes.

McCain accused Neller of trying to give a “scholastic answer” on JTACs and said “you know full well as I do – forward controllers make the difference. This line about they’re the ones (the Iraqis) that have to do it for themselves – general, they can’t do it themselves. We know that. That’s why they’re losing.”

That frank assessment is in stark contrast to McCain’s past catastrophic policies in Libya and Syria. But he pressed Neller further:

McCain asked: “Maybe you can tell me what we’re doing that will win against ISIS. Can you tell me that?”

“Senator, what we’re doing, I believe, is providing advisor teams and support,” Neller began to say.

McCain cut him off: “And that’s succeeding?”

“It stemmed the tide against ISIS, but it is not removing them from Iraq,” Neller said.

“So you believe that ISIS is losing?”

“No sir, I do not.”

“Do you believe they’re winning?

“No, sir,” said Neller. “I don’t believe they’re winning either, I believe they’re at a stalemate.”

To his credit, McCain was able to get the nominee to contradict outgoing Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey, who said just last Saturday that the Iraqi offensive against the Islamic State was “gaining momentum.”

In fact, Defense Secretary Ashton Carter made a surprise visit to Baghdad yesterday to check on the progress of the Iraqi Army’s offensive against the Islamic State in Ramadi in Anbar Province.

This is just two months after Secretary Carter said that the Iraqis lack “the will to fight”:

Defense Secretary Ashton B. Carter warned that Iraqi troops will not be able to defeat the Islamic State until they develop a “will to fight,” reflecting the deep level of concern and frustration inside some quarters of the Obama administration in the wake of the Iraqi military’s collapse in Ramadi last week.

His comments, in an interview that aired Sunday, came after fighters with the Islamic State, which had appeared to be retreating in parts of Iraq, swept through the western Iraqi city of Ramadi and were gaining ground in Syria.

President Obama has described the losses as a “tactical setback” and said that the administration’s overall strategy in Iraq and Syria would not change. Carter’s comments, though, suggested deeper problems with Iraqi forces.

While the Washington Post spun Carter’s trip to Iraq yesterday as a check on the preparations for the Ramadi offensive, in fact, the push has already begun. And it’s reportedly not going as expected:

A U.S.-backed military offensive against Islamic State fighters faltered in its first week as several hundred militants entrenched in the provincial capital of Ramadi withstood punishing airstrikes and held off a far-larger force of Iraqi ground troops, senior U.S. and coalition commanders said Saturday…

The push by pro-government forces to retake Ramadi, which fell to the militants in May, includes about 10,000 members of the Iraqi army, federal police and Shiite militias, and Sunni tribal fighters.

But they have struggled to gain ground against heavy resistance, including hundreds of booby traps and other defenses built by a small but capable force of 250 to 350 Islamic State fighters believed to be holed up in the city, about 60 miles west of Baghdad.

There is good cause for McCain’s skepticism about the Iraqis’ ability and determination to push back the Islamic State.

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AG Loretta Lynch Expresses Interest in Planned Parenthood Videos Following Dem Letter

Thursday, July 23rd, 2015 - by Debra Heine

At a press conference Wednesday, Attorney General Loretta Lynch vowed to “review all the information” regarding the undercover sting videos of Planned Parenthood officials released by a pro-life group this week. This comes on the heels of a letter from four Democrat House members to Lynch and California Attorney General Kamala Harris requesting that they open an investigation into the Center for Medical Progress, the group that conducted the sting.

Via The Hill:

Attorney General Loretta Lynch said Wednesday her department is going to review all information surrounding the controversial videos of Planned Parenthood officials taken by an anti-abortion group.

“I’m aware of those matters generally from the media, and from some inquiries that have been made to the Department of Justice, and again at this point we’re going to review all the information and determine what steps, if any, to take at the appropriate time,” Lynch said when asked about the videos at a press conference…

A number of Republican senators also sent a letter to the DOJ requesting an investigation. Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) and ten others say Planned Parenthood may have violated laws that ban profiting off the sale of fetal organs.

It’s hard to imagine an Obama appointee engaging in any activity that would make things awkward for the left’s holiest sacrament, however. It seems much more likely that her focus will be on the troublesome Center for Medical Progress.

As Hot Air’s Allahpundit noted, “It’d be a perfect ending to this nightmare, which involves haggling over organs removed from babies’ crushed chest cavities, if the law came down hard on the side that exposed it rather than the one that’s responsible.”

Meanwhile, California Attorney General Harris took to Twitter Thursday to express her disapproval of any congressional attempts to defund Planned Parenthood, which she finds “deeply troubling.”

Also deeply troubled was White House Press Secretary John Earnest, who pointed out that “selective editing” was used to “distort” the words of the Planned Parenthood officials.

The “selective editing” defense is an especially weak one considering the full, unedited videos have been available online since they were first released.

If Earnest found anything else about the videos troubling, he didn’t mention it.

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A Theater Shooting in Louisiana and THIS is What a BuzzFeed Editor Tweets? Just Bizarre.

Thursday, July 23rd, 2015 - by Paula Bolyard

From ABC News:

Three people are dead, including the gunman, in a shooting at a movie theater in Lafayette, Louisiana Thursday night, police said.

There were also seven people injured at the Grand 16 Theater on Johnston Street.

Conditions of those injured range from non-life-threatening to critical, Lafayette Police Chief Jim Craft said at a news conference.

Here’s what BuzzFeed News editor Rachel Zarrell tweeted out before the bodies had even been removed from the crime scene:

 

 

Liberals Can. Not. Help. Themselves.

Everything is a means to their political ends and nothing is sacred. These are the same people who booed God at the Democratic National Convention and booed Martin O’Malley for saying “All lives matter” at the Netroots Nation convention last week. They’re also the same people who defend a woman who munched on salad while talking about crushing baby heads.

We shouldn’t be surprised that they put politics ahead of praying for the victims because government is their god.

Caleb Howe responded:

 

 

Ellen Carmichael, who has loved ones in Lafayette still unaccounted for, was not having any of it:

 

 

Louisiana governor Bobby Jindal asked for prayer for the victims and their families. During a press conference with police he said, “We can shower these families with love, thoughts, and prayer.” He added, “The best thing anybody can do right now is think about them, pray for them, and shower them with love.”

 

 

My thoughts and prayers are also with the families who have lost loved ones and for those fighting for their lives in hospitals right now.

More:

Lone-Wolf Crazy White Guy Shoots Up Louisiana Theater

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Loopholepalooza: Menendez Rips Holes in Iran Deal’s ‘Snapback,’ Ballistic Missile Language and Iran Collecting Own Samples

Thursday, July 23rd, 2015 - by Bridget Johnson
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Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.), having gone over the Iran nuclear deal with a fine-toothed comb, called out the Obama administration at today’s Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing for squishy language about the Islamic Republic’s ballistic missile development.

He also unraveled the administration’s assertion that sanctions will “snap back” with an Iran violation — highlighting that there may be nothing left existing to “snap back” on.

“Under the sanctions heading of the agreement, paragraph 26 says, and I quote, ‘the United States administration, acting consistent with the respective roles of the president and the Congress, will refrain from reintroducing or reimposing sanctions specified in annex 2,’ which is basically the sanctions that this committees and the Congress passed, that has ceased applying under the JPOA,” Menendez said. “So Secretary Lew, I read that to mean that we cannot reintroduce or reimpose the existing sanctions that Congress passed into law.”

The Treasury secretary danced around the question, replying “we have been very clear that we retain our right and we will, if we need to, reimpose sanctions.”

“I’m talking about existing nuclear sanctions, which expire next year, if snapback provisions of the sanctions are to be an effective deterrent as the administration has suggested of Iranians breaking the agreement, will the administration agree to support the reauthorization of the existing sanctions that passed the Senate 99-0, and which expire next year? Yes or no?” Menendez asked.

“So let me be clear that the sanctions that are being lifted, if Iran complies, if they comply, we said we would not reimpose nuclear sanctions if they live with the nuclear agreement,” Lew replied.

“I know. But my point is this. If you’re going to snap back, you got to snap back to something… If, in fact, the sanctions which exist that you all heralded and said brought Iran to the table expire next year, 2016, and we don’t reauthorize it, there is nothing at least in that context to snap back to,” the senator stressed. “So why won’t you simply say that the administration supports, under all the same provisions, including the president’s waivers, the reauthorization of those sanctions so that the Iranians know if they violate that the snapback will also include snapback to what the Congress passed?”

Lew said “if Iran complies, we will lift sanctions and it’s premature to talk about extending a law” — even one that expires next year.

Menendez then turned his focus to Secretary of State John Kerry and “the lifting of the arms embargo that creeped its way into this deal.”

“As I read the Security Council resolution on page 119, the ban on Iranian ballistic missiles has, in fact, been lifted. The new Security Council resolution is quite clear. Iran is not prohibited from carrying out ballistic missile work. The resolution merely says, quote, ‘Iran is called upon not to undertake such activity,’” he said. “Now previously, in Security Council Resolution 1929, the council used mandatory language where it said, quote, ‘It decides that Iran shall not undertake any activity related to ballistic missiles capable of delivering nuclear weapons.’”

“Why would we accept inferior language that changes the mandatory ‘shall’ to a permissive ‘call upon’? We often call upon a lot of countries to do or stop certain actions in the U.N., but it doesn’t have the force of shall not which has consequences if you do. Can you answer simply, is Iran banned from ballistic missile work for the next eight years?”

Chairman Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) dryly interjected, “No.”

“Do you want to answer it, senator?” Kerry snapped.

“Yes, I will,” Corker shot back.

Kerry argued that Menendez wasn’t reading the resolution correctly and it includes “the same language as is in the embargo now — we transferred it to this and that’s what it is.”

“Not the same language as Security Council resolution 1929,” Menendez replied. “I don’t know why you wouldn’t just keep the same language, which is that you ‘shall not.’”

The senator grilled Kerry on whether Iran will be taking its own samples to submit for compliance testing — “the equivalent of the fox guarding the chicken coop.”

“It’s part of a confidential agreement between the IAEA and Iran as to how they do that,” Kerry said. “The IAEA has said they are satisfied they will be able to do this in a way that does not compromise their needs and that adequately gets the answers they need… I’m not confirming how it’s happening, I’m simply saying to you that we’re confident the IAEA has the ability to be able to get the answers they need.”

Sen. Jim Risch (R-Idaho) earlier brought up the testing, noting that they agreed not to personally collect test samples at the secretive Parchin military complex.

“They’re going to be able to test by themselves. Even the NFL wouldn’t go along with this,” Risch said. “How in the world can you have a nation like Iran doing their own testing?”

Menendez also stopped Kerry before the secretary reiterated that all options are on the table, “because I think if you talk to our intelligence people, they will tell you that Iran does not believe there’s a credible military threat.”

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Salman Rushdie Says PC Would Prevent Fellow Authors From Defending Him Against Islamic Death Threats Today

Thursday, July 23rd, 2015 - by Stephen Kruiser

It’s a scared, scared world.

Sir Salman Rushdie has claimed that the people who defended his most controversial work would not have done so today because of creeping political correctness.

Leading literary figures rallied to Rushdie’s defence after The Satanic Verses incurred the wrath of Iran’s Ayatollah Khomeini, who issued a fatwa for blasphemy against the author in 1989, which forced him into hiding.

Rushdie said he was dismayed by the protests that followed a decision by the American branch of the PEN writers’ association to award a prize for courage to Charlie Hebdo after many of its staff were murdered by two Islamists.

Barely three months after the attacks, more than 200 writers, including Michael Ondaatje, Peter Carey and Junot Díaz, signed a letter complaining that PEN was rewarding the satirical magazine for publishing “material that intensifies the anti-Islamic, anti-Maghreb, anti-Arab sentiments already prevalent in the Western world”.

“It seems we have learnt the wrong lessons [from the reaction to The Satanic Verses],” Rushdie told the French magazine L’Express.

“Instead of realising that we need to oppose these attacks on freedom of expression, we thought that we need to placate them with compromise and renunciation.”

Oddly enough, the tortured rationalizations for not denouncing every act (or threat) of Islamic violence all undermine the main contention of those doing the rationalizing, the idea that it’s just a few lone-wolf fringe whackos out there giving Islam a bad name. Working in tandem with this lunacy is the Ron Paul idea that we bring the crazy jihadist violence on ourselves.

It has been less than thirty years since the thoroughly unhinged Ayatollah Khomeini issued the fatwa against Rushdie for writing a book that hurt his feelings, yet people who were already adults then and should remember it have managed to either purge it from their minds or convince themselves it was simply a circumstance of a bygone age.

OK, they could be incredibly stupid too.

Whatever the case is, one thing is certain: those who pretend that the violent people aren’t violent are just as dangerous as the violent people. If you open the locked door for a murderer and he kills someone in the room, you’re part of the murder. It matters not that you convinced yourself that the murderer was different.

The MSM and entertainment media are complicit in this march to fatal political correctness, but people ultimately have to be clear thinking and responsible.

So…we’re doomed.

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Grandma’s Afraid of the Internet, Supports Taxing It

Thursday, July 23rd, 2015 - by Stephen Kruiser

Via Reuters:

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton said on Thursday she supported allowing cities and states to tax online purchases, but she would not mandate it.

Clinton, who took questions from mayors at an event in South Carolina, said she thought it was worth experimenting with Internet sales taxes and that she would not stand in the way of jurisdictions that wanted to try it.

Finally, an issue that a prominent Democrat supports states handling without federal intervention. Grandma Mrs. Bill has already shown her fear of 21st Century stuff, now she wants to tax the thing that made her husband’s economy boom without any input from him whatsoever.

Next up: Hillary’s policy speech about kids and their loud rock and roll music.

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U.S.-Funded Free Syrian Army Unit Shows Off Its Kidnapping Skills in New Training Video

Thursday, July 23rd, 2015 - by Patrick Poole

A training video released today by Liwa Fursan al-Haqq (Knights of Justice Brigade) of the “vetted moderate” Free Syrian Army (FSA) opens with the group’s special forces practicing their abduction and kidnapping skills. And yet FSA units, funded, supported and armed by the U.S., have been repeatedly implicated in the abduction and kidnapping of U.S. citizens in Syria.

Here you can see them putting their U.S.-funded training to practice:

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Also shown are critical military skills, such as standing on the back of a motorcycle while shooting two U.S.-funded AK-47s one-handed:

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vlcsnap-2015-07-23-18h24m37s471Delta Force and the Navy SEALs have nothing on Liwa Fursan al-Haqq. Yet all three elite units are funded by U.S. taxpayer dollars!

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What makes the video of U.S.-funded FSA units being trained in kidnapping and abduction so important to note is that FSA units have repeatedly been implicated in the abduction of American citizens who were later traded to Jabhat al-Nusra, Al-Qaeda’s official affiliate in Syria, as well as the Islamic State.

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Pelosi: Sanctuary City ‘Really Has Nothing to Do’ with Kate Steinle’s Murder

Thursday, July 23rd, 2015 - by Bridget Johnson

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said today that San Francisco’s sanctuary city policy had nothing to do with the murder of Kate Steinle.

Steinle’s father, Jim, has been in D.C. this week testifying in favor of sanctuary city reforms. The man arrested in his daughter’s death, Juan Francisco Lopez-Sanchez, had been deported five times and had an outstanding felony warrant for marijuana possession but was released by authorities in March. He has admitted to the July 1 San Francisco pier shooting of 32-year-old Steinle.

In a jailhouse interview after the shooting, the suspect said he came to San Francisco because he knew it was a sanctuary city. He claimed he found the gun and accidentally hit Steinle while shooting at sea lions.

“The fact that San Francisco is a sanctuary city — and there are many sanctuary cities throughout — many people live in sanctuary cities across the country — that really has nothing to do with what happened in San Francisco,” Pelosi told reporters today.

“The — should we take a look, always review what the standard is for — for example, in this case, having nothing to do with sanctuary cities, but why did the Bureau of Prisoners not hand this — Bureau of Prisons not hand this person over to ICE, as they had done in the past? A course of events unraveled in which — which were unfortunate, and poor judgment was used by the sheriff and the city to not turn him over to ICE — the person, the suspect — over to ICE.”

Pelosi said officials should be looking at “how we should increase communication.”

“Should there be a way to increase communication among different authorities? Yes. Should there be a review of what constitutes a deportable offense? In other words, it says now violent felons. Well, there are lots of misdemeanors that are very violent that just really wouldn’t fall under that category and there are lots of felonies that aren’t violent but that are breaking the law in a serious way,” she said.

She adding they should be reviewing “not for the purpose of sanctuary city, but just for the purpose of our policy in general, what is serious.”

“What would solve most of it, not guarantee of all of it, is to pass comprehensive immigration reform. What we also have to look at is how did this person come into possession of a gun in a state where his having a gun as a convicted felon would raise serious questions.”

Pelosi called it “a tragic, tragic situation.”

“Our hearts are broken over it. So much heartbreak, so sad what happened in Chattanooga. It’s just — how do you explain that? Again, a person got a gun online, got a gun online. Another reason for us to have a serious background check,” she said.

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Executive Overreach Is Contagious: Alaska Governor Bypasses Legislature for Obamacare Medicaid Expansion

Thursday, July 23rd, 2015 - by Stephen Kruiser

Process, schmocess…

Last week, Alaska Governor Bill Walker announced that he will bypass the legislative process and implement Obamacare’s Medicaid expansion by executive fiat.

Walker’s announcement should be no surprise to Obamacare proponents – after all, President Obama has maltreated his executive authority dozens of times to amend his signature law. But expansion may come as a shock to Alaska’s legislative leadership, who last month brokered an informal arrangement with the governor to put Medicaid expansion on hold until 2016.

The press conference Walker held last week was heavy on promises, but light on specifics. To hear the Walker administration tell it, Obamacare’s Medicaid expansion would be an economic elixir for a state budget hit hard by declining oil prices. It would help failing hospitals become whole again, a sentiment echoed by the long line of high-paid Alaska hospital CEOs brought in to praise the decision.

Before figuring out his best way to win an election was as an independent, Walker was a Republican, which simply makes him another in a long line of state executives who should know better (John Kasich, anyone?). It is always sad to see a governor elected by citizens who are hoping for some fiscally responsible leadership become addicted to federal goodies that he hopes will keep him in office for a while.

Even sadder is seeing politicians who fancy themselves independent or Republican using Democrat talking points to convince the public that fleecing taxpayers is somehow better if the money comes from Washington.

As the authors of this piece point out, those talking points also happen to be rather empty and wrong.

Gov. Walker’s Obamacare Medicaid expansion will create a massive new tax cliff, where earning a single extra dollar means that Medicaid expansion enrollees could face hundreds or even thousands of dollars of extra costs if they try and move off the program.

That new welfare cliff is sure to depress employment. Peer-reviewed research of previous Medicaid expansions to able-bodied adults shows that expanding Medicaid will diminish work, dampen earnings, reduce labor-force participation and hurt the economy. Those conclusions are supported by the independent Congressional Budget Office, which confirms that Obamacare will cause millions of working-age adults to drop out of the labor force or reduce their hours, ultimately reducing economic output.

In Alaska, nearly 4,000 able-bodied adults could drop out of the labor force entirely, with many more reducing hours to avoid the welfare cliff.

This entire article is worth the read, but I’ll finish with a thought on executive overreach: it only works when legislators abdicate power and responsibility. As the authors point out, it is imperative that the Alaska legislature block this power-hungry unilateral move.

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HuffPo ‘Data Justice’ Director: ‘Will Uber Help Kill The Planet?’

Thursday, July 23rd, 2015 - by Stephen Kruiser

Beyond parody.

The fight over Uber can be reduced by the media in a place like New York City as a fight between hide-bound yellow cabs and high-tech Uber “innovators”–but that’s a frame that ignores the more than 95% of the population that don’t use any kind of cab at all. And when you take a step back, the fight over Uber and its future likely use of driverless cars has enormous implications for whether our nation and the world can stop climate change from killing the planet.

This eventually gets to a pathetically predictable place, but let’s pause for a moment to have fun with whatever a “data justice” director is. Are there data victim groups that need protection? Is Big Data keeping people down? Is your data self-identifying in ways that aren’t legally protected?

Will these people make up anything to make themselves sound important to the other paste-eaters?

Back to the post. I’m sure you’ll all be shocked to find out that this writer used a thousand or so words to just puff up a yawner of a leftist talking point:

That a taxi-hailing app is an important “disruptive innovation” is a distraction from the serious failure of the U.S. to invest significant dollars in transportation infrastructure

Modern progressivism keeps its adherents riveted to the narrative by hypnotizing them with two simple, all-encompassing mantras: spend more on education and spend more on infrastructure. These are the perfect arguments for non-thinking puppets to make, largely because both are evergreen (there’s never enough spending, according to them) and involve polysyllabic catch words that make the puppets feel as if they have functioning intellects.

That’s how you get to the a place where you find the city bus more innovative than Silicon Valley.

I’m off to see if my data is oppressing anyone. If it’s not, I’ll need answers.

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Republican Donors to Walker, Rubio and Bush: Boycott the Debate if Trump Participates

Thursday, July 23rd, 2015 - by Michael van der Galien

The Republican Party’s donors have a brand new idea: let’s boycott those we disagree with! Will they never learn?

I’m no fan of Donald Trump. Not because I think he’s a loudmouth (which he is), or because he’s extremely rude (ditto), but because he ain’t no conservative. Conservative hero Andrew Breitbart (one of my mentors and friends who, sadly, passed away at a very young age, leaving a beautiful family behind), said so years ago, and what he said back then is still true today. Trump is anti-illegal immigration… and that’s just about everything that’s “conservative” about him.

Having said that, the guy naturally has the right to try to win the Republican nomination. It’s up to the base to see through his act and support an actual and reliable conservative. I’m convinced that, in time, they’ll do just that. Yes, some sympathize with him, but they’ll support other candidates when they find out who Trump really is.

This means that those other candidates and the Republican Party’s leadership have to be smart about the way they deal with Trump. The best strategy is to … take him seriously. Yes, even when he’s bullying everybody else and saying outrageous things about them.

You see, Trump’s current popularity isn’t about him, but about conservative anger. Conservative voters are pissed beyond measure: they feel ignored by their party, they believe amnesty for illegal aliens is all but a done deal, and they’re angrier than heck about it. Who can blame them? I know I don’t.

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Pelosi: Investigate the Investigators Who Caught Planned Parenthood Talking Human-Parts Prices

Thursday, July 23rd, 2015 - by Bridget Johnson

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said today that instead of an investigation into Planned Parenthood, there should be an investigation into the group that shot undercover video of officials talking about selling aborted body parts.

The Center for Medical Progress has so far released two videos with their camera operators posing as a biomedical research company.

Those videos have sparked investigations of Planned Parenthood in the House Energy and Commerce Committee and the House Judiciary Committee.

“Everybody’s calling for an investigation of Planned Parenthood, let’s have an investigation of those people who were trying to ensnare Planned Parenthood in a controversy that doesn’t exist and just look at the disparity which some of our members have very completely between the actual filming and the edited versions that these other people have put out,” Pelosi said at her weekly press conference today.

Her call comes a day after four House Democrats — Reps. Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.), Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.), Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.), and Yvette Clarke (D-N.Y.) — sent a letter to Attorney General Loretta Lynch and California Attorney General Kamala Harris asking for an investigation into the Center for Medical Progress.

“It is unclear from these reports what forms of fake identification they created, whether any false statements were made on applications for this fake identification, whether this fake identification purported to be issued by or was processed through any state or federal agency, or whether any fraudulent information was transmitted electronically or through the mail relating to this fake identification,” they wrote, adding that the attorneys general should probe “the extent to which this group may have submitted false statements to governmental entities, whether the group transmitted fraudulent information through the mail or electronic communications, or whether this fake company filed tax returns or other documents with the Internal Revenue Service or other federal agencies.”

“I believe the Center for Medical Progress may have broken the law in developing and executing this unbelievably elaborate and troubling scheme, and all Americans should have concerns about that,” Schakowsky said.

Nadler called the videos “nothing more than a witch hunt – an elaborate, possibly illegal, scheme to attack Planned Parenthood, undermine their life-saving work and deny the Constitutional and moral rights of women across the country.”

Pelosi said today that Republicans have “been out to get Planned Parenthood for as long as I can remember.”

“Planned Parenthood has as its top priority women’s health. That’s what they have always been about. One part of it is — and women’s health does include reproductive health. But it’s about breast cancer, cervical cancer, testing and services to women. It’s a very, very important part of the lives of many women in America,” she said.

“Planned Parenthood has said that they have done nothing illegal, they did not ever charge, which would be illegal, for fetal tissue that they’ve only used — only have defrayed the cost of mailing to — that to someone, which is — which is not breaking the law.”

Pelosi said she supported the House Dems who want the investigation. “Women’s health is what is at stake,” she said.

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(VIDEO) Hillary Tries Comedy, Says She’s Not Asking For Votes Just Because She’s A Woman

Thursday, July 23rd, 2015 - by Stephen Kruiser

She says she wants people to vote for her based on “merits”, as if any modern Democrat has a functional understanding of the word.

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Where’s the Iran-IAEA Deal? Congress Wants It, Administration Says They Don’t Have It

Thursday, July 23rd, 2015 - by Bridget Johnson

A new firestorm over the Iran nuclear deal was whipped up today when lawmakers noted they haven’t received any documents about agreements between Iran and the International Atomic Energy Agency — something even Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz said the United States doesn’t have in writing.

“One of the items we don’t have is regarding the agreement between Iran and the IAEA, and my sense is, we’re never going to get that letter,” Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) said at the top of a hearing with Kerry, noting that he and Ranking Member Ben Cardin (D-Md.) had asked in writing for the materials.

National Security Advisor Susan Rice had separately acknowledged the IAEA side deals with Iran, which aren’t available for the public to view.

“We’re satisfied with them and we will share the contents of those briefings in full in a classified session with the Congress,” she told reporters. “So there’s nothing in that regard that we know that they won’t know.”

White House press secretary Josh Earnest later insisted that the IAEA agreement “does not represent some sort of side deal.”

“So I know there has been a suggestion by some Republicans that there are some agreement that was cut off to the side. The fact is, this is a critical part of the agreement, and in fact, this deal can not go forward until that information and that access has been provided to the nuclear experts at the IAEA,” Earnest said.

“…I don’t know that there will necessarily be a formal hearing on this, although I suppose there could, but again, it would be in a classified setting.”

He added that “the eventual IAEA report about the possible military dimensions of Iran’s nuclear program will be published and made public.”

That’s expected Oct. 15 — past the 60-day review period for Congress to approve or shoot down the nuclear deal.

Earnest was asked if the administration has full confidence in the IAEA.

“The international community has turned to the IAEA, which is an independent international organization of nuclear experts, who are responsible for conducting these kinds of inspections,” he said. “They’ve done that in a variety of countries, and obviously they’ve got an important role here to play in examining a possible military dimensions of Iran’s nuclear program.”

However, it was pointed out that for some sites Iran will be providing its own samples to investigators — including the military complex at Parchin.

“I mean, it’s not as if the IAEA can enter Parchin through force, but contingent on this agreement — and this is why this is important. There was a lot of time spent in here about whether or not the international community would insist that Iran address the potential military dimensions of their nuclear program in the context of this deal,” Earnest said.

“And there was a lot of suspicion. A lot of Republicans stood up and said that this had to be part of any agreement. That’s exactly what we’ve delivered in the instance.”

Reminded about things the IAEA has missed in the past, Earnest claimed “the IAEA investigators didn’t have the kind of access to those countries’ nuclear programs that they will to Iran’s.”

“We do know what the agreement is between Iran and the IAEA. It’s not something that I can discuss in this setting, but it is something that can be discussed in classified setting between senior members of the administration and members of Congress,” he said.

But why doesn’t the Obama administration have a copy of the IAEA agreement on the chain of custody for the fissile material that will be moved out of Iran’s program?

“There’s one thing between having a copy of the document and knowing exactly what’s in it,” Earnest said.

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Al Franken Harassing Apple Over Music Streaming

Thursday, July 23rd, 2015 - by Walter Hudson

Al Franken, junior senator from Minnesota and former Saturday Night Live performer, has authored a letter to U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch and Federal Trade Commission Chairwoman Edith Ramirez calling for an investigation into Apple’s business practices. Reuters reports:

The complaints focus on the fact that Apple plays two roles in music streaming. First, it provides the App Store platform for competing streaming services including Jango, Spotify, Rhapsody and others, while taking a 30 percent cut of all in-app purchases for digital goods. Secondly, it has its own streaming service.

Franken noted a complaint often made by streaming companies: that they are barred from putting in their app advertisement that customers can pay less if they download the app from a website instead of the Apple platform. They are also barred from advertising discounts.

“These types of restrictions seem to offer no competitive benefit and may actually undermine the competitive process, to the detriment of consumers, who may end up paying substantially more than the current market price point,” Franken wrote in his letter.

Anti-trust law has always been wielded arbitrarily and politically. In this case, Apple’s competitors have solicited the aid of the state in forcing Apple to allow access to their App Store platform under terms Apple would not voluntarily agree to. It’s naked thuggery and corporate cronyism dressed as consumer advocacy.

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MSNBC Reportedly Cancelling Ed Schultz

Thursday, July 23rd, 2015 - by Stephen Kruiser

Predictable bedfellows.

Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders today released a statement about Ed Schultz‘s show being yanked from MSNBC.

Mediaite exclusively reported last night that The Cycle, Now with Alex Wagner, and The Ed Show are all getting the axe to make way for more straight-news programming.

MSNBC has not publicly confirmed it yet, but Sanders –– who has been on Schultz’s show many times and who clearly has a big fan in the MSNBC host –– already has a statement out criticizing NBCUniversal’s parent company, Comcast.

Here it is in full:

We live in a time when much of the corporate media regards politics as a baseball game or a soap opera. Ed Schultz has treated the American people with respect by focusing on the most important issues impacting their lives. He has talked about income and wealth inequality, high unemployment, low wages, our disastrous trade politics and racism in America.

I am very disappointed that Comcast chose to remove Ed Schultz from its lineup. We need more people who talk about the real issues facing our country, not fewer.

At a time when a handful of large, multi-national corporations own our major media outlets, I hope they will allow voices to be heard from those who dissent from the corporate agenda.

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Schultz was never quite able to create a niche as the slightly less obnoxious Keith Olbermann at MSNBC. He is an off-the-rails socialist who loves him some Bernie Sanders though. Big Ed’s refusal to cheer lead for Hillary may have as much to do with his dismissal as his ratings. Nobody at the network is pulling in monster numbers, after all.

As for Schultz’s respect for the American people, Comrade Bernie must not have been thinking about Republicans when he said that.

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Connecticut Dems Drop Jefferson, Jackson Names from Fundraising Dinner

Thursday, July 23rd, 2015 - by Rick Moran

News that the Connecticut Democratic Party has dropped the names “Jefferson” and “Jackson” from their annual fundraising dinner is being greeted by incredulity from many historians.

The decision immediately drew criticism from some historians as a politically correct overstep, including Robert Turner, a law professor at the University of Virginia, which was founded by Jefferson.

“It is a sad and short-sighted decision based upon tragic ignorance,” said Turner, who has written extensively about Jefferson’s legacy.

This December will mark the 150th anniversary of the enactment of the 13th Amendment of the Constitution, which abolished slavery.

“The authors of that amendment purposely chose language drafted by Jefferson in an unsuccessful effort to outlaw slavery in the Northwest Territories as a means of honoring Jefferson’s struggle against slavery,” Turner said.

“If (Democrats) understood Jefferson’s lifelong opposition to slavery, they would have reached a different conclusion.”

The NAACP is pleased to make Democrats in Connecticut grovel:

Scot X. Esdaile, the head of Connecticut’s NAACP, said it was high time for Democrats to rebrand the event.

“I would applaud the current leaders in Connecticut in making the symbolic first step and striving to right the wrongs of the past,” Esdaile said.

“You can’t right all the wrongs, but I think it’s a symbolic gesture of our support for their party.”

Apparently, Missouri Democrats dropped Jefferson-Jackson last week:

The Connecticut Democratic Party on Wednesday voted to change the name of its Jefferson Jackson Bailey dinner (the Bailey name honors a Connecticut Democrat) after the local NAACP raised concerns about the name, the Connecticut Post reported. Last week, Missouri Democrats voted to change the name of their Jefferson-Jackson dinner to the Harry S. Truman dinner in a nod to the only U.S. president to hail from that state, according to St. Louis Public Radio.

The changes come as Louisiana Democrats prepare to hold their Jefferson-Jackson dinner in New Orleans on July 25, which is being headlined by Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders and U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar. There’s no indication that Democrats have moved to change the name of that dinner — it’s still referred to as either “J-J” or “Jefferson-Jackson” on event websites and the Louisiana Democrats’ website.

But given the movements nationwide and locally to take down Confederate symbols and statues of Confederate Civil War figures, it’s hard to imagine the dinner’s name won’t be a topic of discussion among Democrats this weekend. The party’s leaders did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

I am suffering from outrage fatigue. America’s past — warts and all — is under unprecedented assault and it’s getting harder and harder to get worked up when people act like mini-Stalins and try to whitewash our history.

It’s ironic that the kind of freedom that both Jefferson and Jackson worked for all their lives — putting the individual before the state — is being deliberately undermined by a party that celebrated their names.

Yes, Democrats should take the names Jefferson and Jackson off anything that honors the party. But not because they were slaveholders or killed Native Americans. They should do so because they are unworthy of their legacy of liberty. Those who would subsume the rights of individuals for the “greater good” of the collective aren’t fit to polish the commode of either man.

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Kerry ‘Fleeced’ and ‘Bamboozled,’ Senators Tell Him; Boxer Calls Them ‘Insulting’

Thursday, July 23rd, 2015 - by Bridget Johnson
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Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) rushed to the aid of Secretary of State John Kerry this morning, claiming that Senate Republicans were impugning his character by noting he got “bamboozled” and “fleeced” in the Iran nuclear deal.

“Not unlike a hotel guest that leaves only with a hotel bathrobe on his back, I believe you’ve been fleeced,” Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) told Kerry today at the top of a hearing to review the deal.

“In the process of being fleeced, what you’ve really done here is you have turned Iran from being a pariah to now Congress, Congress being a pariah,” Corker added.

“With all due respect, you guys have been bamboozled, and the American people are going to pay for that,” Sen. Jim Risch (R-Idaho) later added.

Boxer began her comments by stressing that she does think Congress faces a choice between accepting the deal and going to war with Iran — “at the end of the day, that’s really the option, which everyone tiptoes around.”

“I support the right of my colleagues to say anything they want, but you’ve sat there and you’ve heard two of my colleagues go after you with words that I am going to repeat. You were fleeced, one said. The other said you have been bamboozled,” she said.

“So putting aside the fact that I think that’s disrespectful and insulting, it — that’s their right to do. There are other ways to express your disagreement, but that goes to the — your core as a human being and your intelligence, and I think you are highly intelligent.”

Boxer then added, “My colleagues think that you were fleeced, that you were bamboozled, that means everybody was fleeced and bamboozled, everybody, almost everybody in the world.”

Corker later clarified that not just Kerry had been fleeced, but everyone working on the deal.

“Mr. Secretary, just to ensure that I have appropriately addressed the situation, I want to refrain and say we have been fleeced and not make that a thing that’s directed at an individual,” he said.

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Original Member of Bin Laden’s Band Killed in Strike

Thursday, July 23rd, 2015 - by James Jay Carafano
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The U.S. military claims to have killed Muhsin al-Fadhli in Syria.  A one-time associate of Osama bin Laden, he is reported to have headed a network called the Khorasan Group, responsible for planning al Qaeda’s terrorist attacks on the West.

Well, at least we think he is dead. This is the second time the U.S. has claimed to have killed Muhsin al-Fadhli. Also, no word if the White House plans to award anyone the $7 million cash bounty Washington put on his head.

In a public event yesterday, Texas Congressman Mike McCaul, who chairs the House Homeland Security Committee, hailed the fact that the military took out a notorious wanted terrorist.

There is, however, a real question over whether the strike is in any way any kind of turning point in the war on terror.

The FBI director just acknowledged that ISIS is a bigger threat to the U.S. than al Qaeda. And, ISIS is getting bigger.

Now, there is an argument that the ISIS threat to the U.S. is “totally overblown.“ On the other hand,  the increasing number of ISIS-inspired terror plots aimed at America is something to worry about.

In either case, there is not much of a case to be made that getting al Qaeda’s bad boy is a significant turning point in the war the terrorists are waging on us. Somebody will just replace him.

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Police and Military Are Investigating a Threatening Note Left on a Service Member’s Vehicle

Thursday, July 23rd, 2015 - by Chris Queen

In the wake of last week’s act of terrorism in Chattanooga, police and military officials are looking into a threatening note left anonymously on the vehicle of a service member at a shopping center near Dobbins Air Reserve Base in Cobb County, just northwest of Atlanta.

Cobb County Police and the US military are investigating a report of “terroristic threats” after a letter was left on a vehicle at an office off of Powers Ferry Road.

It is believed to be the same letter posted to a Facebook page which, according to Cobb Police, included threats of harm, and referenced the person’s affiliation to his military service.

Cobb Police Officer Alicia Chilton said it is possible the victim was targeted due to having a license place which identified the person as being a service member.

A news organization founded by Marines posted the note on the Facebook page along with a warning to people at Dobbins Air Reserve Base, asking them to remain alert. The letter was addressed to an “American Soldier,” and along with threatening attacks, promised “no mercy.”

The note, which was printed and in all lowercase font with no punctuation, reads:

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dear american soldier,

death to you coward women child killer and all of the american military

mohammad will show no mercy on you

attacks will come full force

death is to come to you

This part of metro Atlanta is particularly sensitive to threats against members of the military since one of the Chattanooga shooting victims hailed from Cobb County. Marine Skip Wells will be laid to rest this weekend in his hometown of Woodstock, not far from Dobbins ARB.

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Trump Today: ‘I Am Running as a Republican But —’

Thursday, July 23rd, 2015 - by Debra Heine

Yesterday, the threat of a Trump 3rd party candidacy seemed to be behind us. According to the Blaze’s Dana Loesch, The Donald told her that he would “only ever run as a Republican.”

Today, according to Loesch on Twitter, the Trump camp adjusted that assertion with a huge buttinsky:

Confirmed official from Trump camp on 3rd party: “I am running as a Republican but if I am not treated right then I may run third-party.”

— Dana Loesch (@DLoesch) July 23, 2015

So — the GOP had better proceed wisely if they want to prevent Trump from becoming a third-party candidate next year.

 

 

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White House Threatens to Veto Funding Block for Sanctuary Cities

Thursday, July 23rd, 2015 - by Bridget Johnson

The White House issued a veto threat this morning on House legislation that blocks State Criminal Alien Assistance Program funding for jurisdictions acting as “sanctuary cities” for illegal immigrants.

The Enforce the Law for Sanctuary Cities Act, initially introduced four years ago by Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-Calif.), comes to the House floor for debate today.

“The Administration strongly opposes H.R. 3009,” the Office of Management and Budget said this morning. “This bill fails to offer comprehensive reforms needed to fix the Nation’s broken immigration laws, undermines current Administration efforts to remove the most dangerous convicted criminals and to work collaboratively with State and local law enforcement agencies, and threatens the civil rights of all Americans by authorizing State and local officials to collect information regarding any private citizen’s immigration status, at any time, for any reason, and without justification.”

“…The Administration also believes the most effective way to enhance public safety is through sensible and effective policies that focus enforcement resources on the most significant public safety threats. The Administration has put in place new enforcement priorities that do just that, focusing limited resources on the worst offenders – national security threats, convicted criminals, gang members, and recent border crossers. The effectiveness of these new priorities depends on collaboration between Federal, State, and local law enforcement.”

The White House argued that Congress should give the Department of Homeland Security’s Priority Enforcement Program “a chance to work, instead of displacing that collaborative approach—which prioritizes the worst offenders—with the coercive approach of this bill, which makes no such differentiation.”

“Finally, the bill would condition Federal money on State and local governments allowing their law enforcement officials to gather citizenship and immigration status information from any person at any time for any reason,” the veto threat continued. “The Administration believes that such blanket authority would threaten the civil rights of all Americans, lead to mistrust between communities and State and local law enforcement agencies, and impede efforts to safely, fairly, and effectively enforce the Nation’s immigration laws.”

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