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Number of Texas Women Seeking Concealed Carry Licenses Doubles

Friday, November 21st, 2014 - by Bryan Preston

Suffice it to say that anti-gun Wendy Davis does not and never did speak for most Texas women.

Elena liked it so much she recently decided to get her Concealed Handgun License. She is not alone. As of July 31, 2014 there were 198,000 Texas women with an active license to carry.

“The reason to get a firearm should be one of empowerment and not fear,” said Julianna Crowder, who started teaching CHL courses with her husband eight years ago.

She also founded a Central Texas women’s shooting league called A Girl and A Gun. They meet regularly at a new indoor range in Cedar Park called Shady Oaks. It’s where Bettye Lane Chambliss comes to shoot.

Shady Oaks…I haven’t been there so I’m adding that one to my list.

“One day I was out working in the yard and when I came back in there was a man standing in my house,” said Chambliss. “I was pretty much blocked in. There was no way to get to the door.”

Her dogs scared off the stranger, and after that she decided to get a gun and learn how to shoot.

“I went, it’s time, it’s time to get something,” said Chambliss.

Indeed.

As women’s gun clubs grow, so do the number of Texas women getting their license to carry. In 2010, the Texas Department of Public Safety issued 22,000 CHL’s to women. In 2013, the state issued nearly 67,000.

And yet we don’t have blood running in the streets and gunfights on every street corner. Hm, maybe the liberals got that one wrong too.

I’ve increased the number of firearms in my collection over the past couple of years, and I’ll tell you why: Our border is overrun, the federal government won’t stop it, and while my local police are very good and crime rates here are low, the police are minutes away when nanoseconds count. Citizens have the right and the obligation to protect our families and our property.

Plus, skeet, hunting and range time are enjoyable.

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Obama Brings Astrid Silva ‘Out of the Shadows’…Really?

Friday, November 21st, 2014 - by Michelle Horstman

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The ridiculous portrayal of millions of illegal immigrants cowering in the shadows of society is difficult to swallow when they have appeared for years on news broadcasts, at border stunts, “gesturing” to the cameras and more. Somehow, they do not appear to be living in fear to me.

The latest star of this shadow culture is Astrid Silva, whom Obama will highlight in Las Vegas today. Astrid had a sweet story shared by Harry Reid back in the summer of 2013:

“It was time to come out of the shadows and share her story,” Reid said. “So she spoke up. She told her story. And she gave me the first of many heartfelt letters, cards and notes.

Truth is, Astrid had known Harry Reid for some time before this “coming out of the shadows” moment. In this 2012 piece from The Blue Nevadan, her 2009 meeting with him was glowingly described. In fact, she went on to help him beat Sharron Angle in that 2010 campaign:

Organizers then took her to meet the senator. Terrified, she told him, “I am a DREAMer.” She was afraid of getting arrested or harm coming to her family. To her, political parties had always been “the government” and she had just told the third most powerful man in the United States that she was undocumented. He reassured her and told her she would be able to finish school. She began volunteering for him and the Democratic Party the very next day.

She and a number of DREAMers/DREAM Act supporters worked hard to help Reid defeat Sharron Angle in 2010. In 2011, they worked for Chris Giunchigliani for Las Vegas Mayor because her opponent, Carolyn Goodman, is opposed to the DREAM Act. In 2012, they worked to get both the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell law repealed and the DREAM Act passed. Although the DREAM Act failed, she was elated at the successful repeal of DADT. 

In May 2011, Astrid graduated with her Associate’s Degree in political science. Two months later, she co-founded DREAM Big Vegas with some of the volunteers she had been working with the past year. Today, she is an organizer for PLAN Action and President of the Clark County Young Democrats.

Highlighted in this article from the AFL/CIO, she was an organizer in 2012 for a fun Facebook group called Citizen4Me, where American citizens could link up with “DREAMers”, marry them and make them legal. Of course, it was illegal and surely all meant in fun. It sure was public, though, for so many hiding in the shadows.

 

Citizen4Me Facebook Group Is Meant to Be Satire

Astrid Silva, a DREAMer from Nevada, told VOXXI she and several other DREAMers created the Facebook group in response to Kyl’s comments. She said the group is meant to be “very sarcastic and very funny.”

“A lot of us think Sen. Kyl’s comments are really out of touch with reality, and people are starting to see how silly his idea really is,” she told VOXXI.

Silva noted that getting married for the sole purpose of obtaining citizenship is a federal felony. She also said not everyone qualifies for that route to citizenship. Same-sex couples, for example, can’t help their partner obtain citizenship through marriage. Also, those who entered the country illegally often cannot obtain citizenship even if they marry a U.S. citizen.

 

Astrid won an award from the American Immigration Council back in April, praised by the Progressive Leadership Alliance of Nevada (PLAN) where she  is on staff . (Amazing how many illegal immigrants are employed in very public ways.) The award ceremony also honored Elisio Medina from SEIU; no surprise there.

 

The American Immigration Council’s Immigrant Youth Achievement Award winner is Astrid Silva, an organizer for the Progressive Leadership Alliance of Nevada.

The American Immigration Council also will honor Eliseo Medina of Service Employees Union International, GALA Theatre founders Rebecca and Hugo Medrano and immigration reform leader Jeanne Butterfield.

 

PLAN has many member groups who are the usual progressive backers of everything this administration does, including Planned Parenthood, SEIU, ACLU and the Sierra Club.

Clearly, community organizer Astrid and her employer, PLAN, are just the same old network behind everything this administration does. To portray her today in Las Vegas as some fearful yet heroic immigrant, finally able to “come out of the shadows” could not be more disingenuous. It appears she has been in a bright spotlight for some time.

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Obama Wanted to ‘Work Together’ With Republicans So Much That He Spent Nine Months Planning to Work Around Them

Friday, November 21st, 2014 - by Bryan Preston

After the voters rejected President Obama and his policies and his party on November 4, the president spoke to the nation and declared that he had gotten the election’s message. That message was: The American people want Democrats and Republicans in Washington to work together.

He didn’t mean that. It was just a line he used to buy time.

Feral federal government, meet corrupt and pliant media. Politico reports today that President Obama had been planning last night’s extraconstitutional maneuver for nine months.

That gets us all the way back to February, and tells us just how long ago the administration realized that the Democrats were going to lose the Senate.

Nine months ago, the new Homeland Security secretary, Jeh Johnson, received a request from the White House. President Obama wanted him to personally take on perhaps the administration’s toughest political assignment: looking for creative ways to fix America’s immigration system without congressional action—or executive overreach.

Just four months into the job, Johnson had been prepared to take on tough security issues: Bombs on planes. Deadly diseases. Radical Islamists carrying U.S. passports. As the Pentagon’s chief counsel, Johnson had routinely dealt with contentious national security matters, finding himself in the midst of sensitive political fights like whether and how to close Guantanamo Bay, allowing gays in the military, and the rapid expansion of America’s killer drone program.

He wasn’t prepared for a crisis of purely political making.

Politico doesn’t spell it out, but President Obama distracted the chief of Homeland Security away from security and toward a plan that will increase national insecurity.

Johnson was working on this plan all summer, which means he was working on harming border security and providing incentives for more people to come into the nation and stay illegally, when the border was being overrun by thousands of illegal aliens.

Politico does point out that many in the president’s own party did not want him to do this. But he did it anyway.

At several key points, Obama wavered under pressure from members of his own party, worried about an electoral collapse that happened anyway when the votes were counted in the midterm elections earlier this month. Throughout, Johnson worked, largely in secret on the grand plan that finally became public this week, convening a small group of former Capitol Hill aides with expertise on immigration to work with Homeland Security officials to draft a policy that all expected would provoke not only fierce opposition from conservatives but from liberals who thought Obama should go further. It was a consuming task: in all, sources said, the immigration issue ate up fully half of the Homeland Security secretary’s time in recent months, with Johnson —a high-powered corporate attorney in his previous life — writing the final presidential memorandum himself.

Again, Politico doesn’t make the next logical connection, perhaps because like some of their colleagues they traded integrity for access — Homeland Security was consumed with working on Obama’s secret plan even while the border was in an active state of chaos.

That’s worth repeating: While the border was being overrun and in an active state of chaos, President Obama distracted the head of Homeland Security away from his job, and toward crafting a purely political plan to circumvent Congress.

Politico does blame the voters. So there’s that.

[Rep. Diaz-Balart] had planned to sit down with House leaders on June 12, ask for a week to firm up the numbers and secure their commitment to bring the bill to the floor — from which he hoped it would pass with a bipartisan majority. Behind the scenes, he kept the White House informed of his actions. Obama held out hope that Diaz-Balart might succeed where so many others had failed, agreeing to delay the release of a narrow batch of executive actions on immigration to avoid antagonizing conservatives at a delicate moment in Diaz-Balart’s negotiations.

But then, just two days before the meeting, Eric Cantor, the House majority leader who had gingerly supported certain immigration reforms, lost the Republican primary for his Virginia House seat to an insurgent candidate who hammered him for his supposed softness on immigration. “Eric Cantor saying he opposes amnesty is like Barack Obama saying he opposes Obamacare,” thundered Dave Brat, an obscure college professor who challenged the powerful majority leader. Beating Cantor, Brat claimed, “is the last chance” to prevent undocumented immigrants from pouring into the country.

“We were so close,” Diaz-Balart says now. “We were closer than the House has ever been.”

Virginia voters, this is your fault!

Despite [Homeland Security Secretary Johnson's] scant knowledge of the complex web of immigration laws when Obama first handed him the assignment, he took personal ownership of preparing the president’s policy. He held dozens of meetings with outside legal experts, lawmakers and interest groups, including NumbersUSA and Center for Immigration Studies, fierce opponents of legalizing undocumented immigrants.

While the border was in an active state of chaos.

Obama and Johnson, as well as their staffs, traded draft memos and ideas for months. By one count, they produced more than 60 iterations of the proposals. Johnson’s aides would draft something, then shoot it over to Eggleston and Munoz to examine and return with revisions.

While the border was in an active state of chaos.

Secretary Johnson should be called to testify under oath before the new Congress regarding the level of distraction this secret planning created. President Obama knowingly politicized national security. Secretary Johnson lacked the integrity to resist, and to resign if necessary. The American people should hear directly from him next year.

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Did Hillary Blunder By Approving Of Obama’s Immigration Action?

Friday, November 21st, 2014 - by Stephen Kruiser

Her Inevitable Madameship wasted no time in weighing in on President Obama’s executive temper tantrum last night, but did she need to?

Ace pointed out on Twitter yesterday that she was getting a free pass from the media on the subject:

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Given that this story is likely to grow more contentious next year, was this a strategic misstep by Team Hillary? She hasn’t exactly been embracing the president in the last several months, especially when it comes to foreign policy. Could it be that she is a bit more simpatico with Team Lightbringer when it comes to the domestic front?

The MSM knows that they have a lot of work to do when it comes to maintaining the Hillary Myth. As we’ve noted here several times, she is an awful candidate, almost the polar opposite of her…um…husband when it comes to charm. This is why she gets asked more questions about being a grandmother than about Iran in any carefully controlled media encounters she has right now. It is also why the press was giving her a chance to shut up without most people noticing on the president’s immigration speech.

It had seemed until now that her advisers were deliberately shielding her from what they know will be an ever-worsening toxicity surrounding President Obama’s lame duck years. While it is definitely safe for her to pander to an ethnic voting bloc-it’s all Democrats do, afterall-is it wise to hitch her wagon to an executive action horse that is running amok?

This may seem subtle, but it is something that could (and should) be exploited by both her Republican and Democrat challengers for 2016. Will her governing style be pragmatic and effective like Bill Clinton’s was, or will it be more dictatorial in the fashion of the current occupant of the Oval Office?

It would appear that she may have just tipped her hand.

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With 3 Words Obama Admits His Just-Announced Immigration Actions Are Illegal

Friday, November 21st, 2014 - by Scott Ott

If you have children, you understand the rhetorical value of misdirection.

When I was a boy, two of my brothers and I were in the kitchen downstairs with Nan, when we heard a loud crash upstairs.

Nan hollered up the staircase at our other brother, “What are you doing up there?”

His answer was immediate, in just two words: “Coming down.”

And so he did.

We all agreed it was a masterful answer, in that it was both true, and it deflected any real truth-telling. We never did find out what caused the crash.

President Obama is less skilled than my little brother. After all, Obama’s deflection during last night’s immigration speech took three words — 50 percent more.

Here are those three words: “Pass a bill.”

Here’s the context

Obama: “And to those members of Congress who question my authority to make our immigration system work better or question the wisdom of me acting where Congress has failed, I have one answer: Pass a bill. I want to work with both parties to pass a more permanent legislative solution. And the day I sign that bill into law, the actions I take will no longer be necessary.

Obama immigration speechSo, the answer to the question about the legality of his actions is this: Hey, Republicans, it’s your fault that I’m doing these illegal things.

The rest of his speech comprised vague allegations of racism and hate against anyone who opposes him, along with heart-rending images (“ripping children from their parent’s arms”), straw-man arguments about mass deportations, and some tough-on-crime rhetoric about gangs and thugs.

All of this is precisely irrelevant.

The problem with Obama’s actions has nothing to do with the immigrants, their struggles and their aspirations, nor with America’s failure to effectively address its illegal immigration challenge. It has everything to do with a president setting a precedent that U.S. law can be set aside by the executive at will. He’s not “acting where Congress has failed,” he’s usurping the constitutional role of Congress to establish a “uniform rule of Naturalization.” [U.S. Constitution: Article I , Section 8, Clause 4]

He’s also not striving “to make our immigration system work better.” If that were true, he’d merely step up efforts to enforce existing law, streamline the process for the many decent, law-abiding folks eager to take the oath of citizenship, and stop beckoning illegals northward with an implied promise of amnesty.

Let me be clear (as he would say), I’m not arguing with the president.

He and I already agree that he lacks the authority to do this.

You see, if Obama had legal counsel outlining why his immigration actions were appropriate and constitutional, he would have recited chapter and verse. Instead, he raised the only real objection, and then simply set it aside without refuting it. Further, he actually blamed his opponents for forcing him to take illegal action.

Since we have his confession, before a great cloud of witnesses, here are two, very direct, words for Rep. John Boehner and Sen. Mitch McConnell: “Repeal Obamigration.”

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CA Prepares for New Illegal Immigrant Driver’s Licenses Available Jan 1, 2015

Friday, November 21st, 2014 - by Liz Sheld

Come January, California will have a new category of driver’s licenses for illegal immigrants.  The licenses will read “Federal Limits Apply.”

The California DMV will add staff and hours to accommodate high demand for the licenses: estimates are that 1.4M new licenses will be issued.  Public affairs officers for the agency say they plan to hire between 800 and 1000 new staff members across the state to process applications.

Illegal immigrants with the license might get stopped by the police but they will not get deported nor will their cars get impounded.

“The driver’s license, the way it is and the way it’ll be shown and produced for undocumented folks, will really have a lot of safeguards, and so we’re working very closely with law enforcement on that issue so that there isn’t that fear,” said Linda Lopez, chief of the L.A. mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs.

Some illegal immigrants are still afraid of getting the licenses. “I think a lot of people are going to be scared of that, because then now there’s a form to find you,” said South L.A. resident David Vargas. “How can they be sure that they’re not going to use that to deport them later on?”

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Boehner Comes Out Swinging After Obama’s Immigration Move

Friday, November 21st, 2014 - by Stephen Kruiser

A makeover?

“All year long I have warned the president that by … threatening action repeatedly on immigration, he was making it impossible to build the trust necessary to work together,” Boehner told reporters. “With this action, the president has chosen to deliberately sabotage any chance of … bipartisan reform that he claims to seek.”

Boehner didn’t need a to offer specific counter-proposal at this time. Legislation is, after all, more complicated than executive action. What he needed to do was point out that the president is subverting the process and getting things off to a bad start with the new Congress, which he did.

As the president goes forward with more petulant executive overreach, it will be interesting to see if Democrats are emboldened or annoyed by it.

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When a Republican Was President, Hillary Clinton Wanted to Limit Presidential Power. Now She Doesn’t.

Friday, November 21st, 2014 - by Bryan Preston

Hillary Clinton came out in favor of President Obama’s unilateral amnesty last night.

This is perhaps the least surprising event of the week.

As a political matter, what else was the concealer of the Rose Law Firm records and the swatter of “bimbo eruptions” going to do? The Democrat base wanted Obama’s amnesty. Hillary Clinton needs the Democrat base to realize her dreams of power in a couple of years. So like Barack Obama, she will pretend not to have made the following statements on curbing presidential power — conveniently made when neither she nor her husband nor any other Democrat actually occupied the presidency.

Clinton et al only believe in curbing presidential power when the nation has a Republican president. The sooner Republicans absorb that truth, the better.

Hillary Clinton, 2006: Say, let’s save our republic by limiting presidential power.

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Hillary Clinton, 2007: Let’s rein in the presidency.

Senator Hillary Clinton said yesterday that if she is elected president, she intends to roll back President Bush’s expansion of executive authority, including his use of presidential signing statements to put his own interpretation on bills passed by Congress or to claim authority to disobey them entirely. “I think you have to restore the checks and balances and the separation of powers, which means reining in the presidency,” Clinton told the Boston Globe’s editorial board.

Hillary Clinton, 2007: Bush is a power-grabby president.

QUESTION: “And what specific powers might you relinquish as president, or renegotiate with Congress – for example the power to declare a US citizen an enemy combatant?”

CLINTON: “Well, I think it is clear that the power grab undertaken by the Bush-Cheney administration has gone much further than any other president and has been sustained for longer.

Hillary Clinton, 2008: Hey, we have an “imperial presidency” and that’s bad.

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Hillary Clinton, 2008: Bush has “rewritten our laws” through signing statements. We have to have a president who “follows the laws.”

CLINTON: “This administration’s unbridled ambition to transform the executive into an imperial presidency in an attempt to strengthen the office has weakened our nation. It has corrupted and corroded our moral authority and brought our prestige and reputation to its lowest ebb.

Hillary Clinton, 2008: That whole “separation of powers” thing is pretty good and we should stick with it.

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Obama’s Former Spokesman: Yep, This Is a Big Ol’ Flip Flop

Friday, November 21st, 2014 - by Bryan Preston

Freed from the constraints of having to torture the English language to justify Barack Obama’s actions, Jay Carney wound up telling some truth last night.

The president’s former spokesman appeared on CNN, and host Anderson Cooper did something that’s really unfair. He played clips of Obama’s previous statements denouncing what Obama did last night regarding immigration, and asked Carney to respond directly to them.

That didn’t leave Carney much wiggle room, and he admitted that Obama has committed a flip flop on immigration.

COOPER: “I just want to play again the president’s past comments on this because there is a stark distinction between what he said tonight and what he had said in the past. Let’s just look at some of his commentary.”
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OBAMA: “With respect to the notion that I can just suspend deportations through executive order, that’s just not the case.

…I can’t do it by myself. We are going to have to change the laws in Congress.

…The notion that somehow by myself I can go and do these things, it any just not true.

…What I have said is that there is a path to get this done. That’s through Congress.

…I’m the president of the United States. I’m not the emperor of the United States. My job is to execute laws that are passed.”
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COOPER: “So, I mean, other than his frustration, what has changed — constitution scholar. What changed to allow him to do this?”
CARNEY: “Here’s what I say. I think, If he could have the word back, the first clip where he talked about suspending deportations. That is literally what he is doing today. In, later — instances including when I was there he would speak carefully about what he could not do as president.”

Barack Obama has proven over and over again that he simply does not care and will not be bound by any of his previous statements. He does not care about lying, and cares even less when he is caught. Obama lied through his teeth when he promised that “If you like your healthcare/doctor, you can keep your healthcare/doctor.” He knew it was a lie at the time, and that his law would hurt the people he was lying to. But he lied anyway.

As the new Republican-controlled Congress and state governments grapple with Obama’s actions and consider what remedies they may deploy, it’s time to absorb one critical lesson. That lesson is: Never give the Democrats a nanometer, never mind an inch. The 1986 amnesty that President Reagan signed was controversial at the time, but it followed a true national debate on the matter and it depended on the Democrats following through on their obligation to increase border security. They reneged on that promise almost immediately. That fact is not finding its way into media reporting now. It ought to, because it explains much of the skepticism that many Americans have toward any alleged immigration reform now. Once bitten, twice shy, as the saying goes. In Obama’s case, it’s more than 30 times bitten, thanks to his unilateral re-writes of Obamacare for obviously political reasons.

But the 1986 amnesty law itself and the subsequent efforts to clean it up are being used, dishonestly and with malice in mind, to justify Obama’s action now. Republicans worked with Democrats on that law 28 years ago. The Democrats’ response ever since, and especially now, is to pocket what they gained, break their own promises, and give Republicans, American workers, and the rule of law a giant middle finger.

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Sources: Officer Darren Wilson in Negotiations to Resign from Ferguson PD

Friday, November 21st, 2014 - by Liz Sheld

According to “people close to the talks” Officer Darren Wilson is in the “final stages” of talks to resign from the Ferguson Police Department. Wilson, who is white, shot and killed Michael Brown, an unarmed black man in August.

The resignation talks are contingent upon whether the grand jury indicts him, according to CNN sources. Wilson, who maintains he has done nothing wrong, has said that his resignation would be away to ease the pressure and protect other officers.

An announcement could come as soon as  the grand jury completes its deliberations. Talks might still collapse, CNN sources say, Wilson might change his mind.

The grand jury is meeting today and a public announcement could come as early as Sunday, as law enforcement promised 48 hour warning before the decision is announced. Wilson has six years experience on the force and is currently on paid leave from the force.

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Hillary Clinton on Board with Obama, Praises Him for ‘Taking Action’ on Immigration

Friday, November 21st, 2014 - by Liz Sheld

Probable 2016 presidential candidate Hillary Clinton praised President Obama for moving forward and taking action on the immigration issue.

Hillary made her support known on Twitter last night, tweeting:

Clinton had been silent leading up the the controversial move by the president, but The Hill reports that “her allies were privately signaling that the former secretary of State would support Obama’s decision to take action after immigration reform failed to pass Congress.”

To some extent Clinton stands to gain by Obama’s unilateral action, insofar as it might rally Hispanic voters. However, it isn’t clear yet how Obama’s action will rally people opposed to his power play and people who are opposed to his extra-constitutional immigration plans.

 

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MSNBC’s Jonathan Alter Borrows Chris Matthews’ Tingle After Lightbringer Immigration Speech

Thursday, November 20th, 2014 - by Stephen Kruiser

He rushes in to assure us that his employer remains the Ebola ward of the media world: isolated for fear they might contaminate those of us who are mentally healthy.

 

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(VIDEO) Speech: Border Crossings at Low Levels But System Is Broken

Thursday, November 20th, 2014 - by Stephen Kruiser

So…which is it, Big Guy?

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Lamar Smith: Obama ‘Declaring War on the American People’

Thursday, November 20th, 2014 - by Bridget Johnson

The former chairman of the House Judiciary Committee said President Obama’s immigration executive order announced tonight is a “declaration of war” against America.

Rep. Lamar Smith (R-Texas), the current chairman of the House Space, Science and Technology Committee, is an attorney by trade.

“The president knows that his executive amnesty is not what the American people want, and it is not what Congress wants. That is why he delayed making this announcement until after this November’s election,” Smith said in a statement.

“President Obama has put the interests of an extreme wing of his party above the interests of American workers,” the chairman continued. “Some have said that the actions he is taking this week equal a declaration of war on Republicans.”

“I believe he is actually declaring war on the American people and our democracy.”

Smith added that “as elected representatives of the American people, my colleagues and I intend to listen to our constituents in the coming weeks.”

“We must restore the rule of law and the people’s faith in their democratic republic once more,” he said.

Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.), a former prosecutor who now leads the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Immigration and Border Security, said Obama “may seek a fight with Republicans in Congress, but in reality he is fighting with founders of this republic and the carefully crafted separation of powers.”

“The thread that holds the tapestry of our country together is respect for and adherence to the rule of law. The law is our greatest unifier and our greatest equalizer. Attempts to undermine the law via executive fiat, regardless of motivation, are dangerous,” Gowdy said.

“Whether previous administrations acted outside of constitutional boundaries is not license to do the same. The president himself recognized his inability to do what he just did— 22 separate times,” he continued. “This action is not only detrimental to any chance in the new Congress for a sustainable, long-term solution on immigration, but also to the bedrock of our system of government— respect for the rule of law.”

Gowdy added that “when the executive branch acts outside of constitutional boundaries, the legislative branch must use all powers afforded it to respond and restore the constitutional equilibrium.”

“This is not a Republican or Democrat issue,” he said. “Rather, it should hasten the resolve of all Americans to make certain her elected officials honor the foundational document they swore to protect and defend.”

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Utah Considers Bringing Back The Firing Squad

Thursday, November 20th, 2014 - by Stephen Kruiser

Via Time

Utah has a unique history with firing squad executions. The state used gunmen to execute Gary Gilmore in 1977, the first inmate put to death after the Supreme Court lifted a five-year moratorium on capital punishment. For years, it’s been one of just two states to allow the method as an option for inmates. And now, state legislators are looking to make it the default practice if lethal injection drugs are unavailable.

On Wednesday, the Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice Interim Committee voted 9-2 in approving legislation that would bring back firing squads in executions. The bill, which will likely head to the full legislature early next year, would mandate a court hearing prior to an execution, in which a judge would determine whether the state had sufficient drugs to carry out lethal injection. If the judge ruled that drugs were lacking, a firing squad would be mandated; according to the Salt Lake Tribune, State Rep. Paul Ray says the state currently doesn’t have them.

Who knew there was a lethal injection drug shortage? I blame Obamacare.

If there are any more glitches with lethal injection executions should that continue to be the default method. Firing squads may be messy, but their brutally quick efficiency is well documented.

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Governors At RGA Gathering: Immigration Wasn’t Much Of An Issue In Gubernatorial Races

Thursday, November 20th, 2014 - by Stephen Kruiser

The headline:

At GOP Governors Meeting, Immigration Casts A Wide Shadow!

Well, that’s mostly because Chuck Todd kept asking questions about it and NPR is reporting on Chuck Todd’s questions. Also, they polled some Hispanic voters (but not all voters).

Louisiana’s Bobby Jindal and Wisconsin’s Scott Walker bristled at Todd’s repeated questions on immigration. “Scott’s tried. I’ve tried,” Jindal said. “I’d like to talk about energy. I’d like to talk about education.”

Walker maintains that while immigration may be important, it was not an issue that came up in his campaign or in many other states. Walker said of immigration, “If you went out on the campaign trail with us, none of us heard this issue in our races. And I dare say it probably wasn’t one of the top issues in most United States Senate or House races out there.”

If immigration didn’t rank as a top issue in most governors’ races, it does with a group that’s growing in importance in the U.S. — Hispanics. A recent Gallup poll shows immigration ranks as the second most important issue among Hispanics after the economy.

While this isn’t as ludicrous as the repeated questions about banning contraceptives that MSM hacks asked during the 2012 GOP primaries, it’s the same principle. Republican governors have a lot to crow about but Chuckie was determined to keep them focused on The Idiot King’s priorities. These governors know that what their constituents find important is quite often very different from what the press says said constituents find important.

That’s why they won.

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Dems Donnelly, Manchin, Heitkamp Disagree with Obama Immigration Move

Thursday, November 20th, 2014 - by Bridget Johnson

In advance of tonight’s immigration speech, a pair of Democratic senators who are staying for the 114th Congress came out against the executive action being used by President Obama.

Sen. Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.) said in a statement that “it is clear the immigration system in this country is broken, and only Congress has the ability to change the law to fix it.”

“The Senate passed bipartisan immigration reform last summer with my support, though we are still waiting on the House to debate this issue,” Donnelly said. “I am as frustrated as anyone that Congress is not doing its job, but the president shouldn’t make such significant policy changes on his own.”

A few hours later, Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) issued his own statement: “I disagree with the president’s decision to use executive action to make changes to our immigration system, and I disagree with the House’s decision to not even take a vote on the bipartisan Senate legislation that overwhelmingly passed in June 2013.”

“The American people made it clear on election night that they want government to work better for them and to solve real problems that impact their lives. We have the chance to show them that we heard their message and are willing to act,” Manchin said. “We will only achieve sustainable, comprehensive immigration reform if all sides work together.”

“For that to happen, Congress must work with the president to debate the issues and vote to secure our borders, create a tough legalization process, and ensure employers don’t hire illegal immigrants. We successfully passed a bipartisan bill on the Senate side, and all we’re asking is that the House takes a vote as well.”

As quoted by Politico, Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D-N.D.) stressed “it’s Congress’ job to pass legislation and deal with issues of this magnitude.”

“I’m disappointed the president decided to use executive action at this time on this issue, as it could poison any hope of compromise or bipartisanship in the new Senate before it has even started,” Heitkamp said.

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Shocker! Obamacare’s Numbers Fudged? Say it Ain’t So

Thursday, November 20th, 2014 - by Rick Moran

Aside from the million or so insureds who never made a payment on their premium, or dropped their coverage somewhere between the end of open enrollment in March and the end of summer, the press and Obamacare supporters had comfortably settled on the number of 7 million Americans who signed up for Obamacare insurance policies.

In the immortal words of Independence Day’s Secretary of Defense Albert Nimzicki, “That’s not entirely accurate.”

The Obama administration said it erroneously calculated the number of people with health coverage under the Affordable Care Act, incorrectly adding 380,000 dental subscribers to raise the total above 7 million.

The accurate number with full health-care plans is 6.7 million as of Oct. 15, a spokesman for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services confirmed today, saying the U.S. won’t include dental plans in future reports.

“The mistake we made is unacceptable,” Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell said on her verified Twitter account. “I will be communicating that clearly throughout the department.”

The error was brought to light by Republican investigators for the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, using data they obtained from the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

“A mistake was made in calculating the number of individuals with effectuated Marketplace enrollments,” said Kevin Griffis, a spokesman for the U.S. Health and Human Services Department. “Individuals who had both Marketplace medical and dental coverage were erroneously counted in our recent announcements,” he said in an e-mail.

The new count puts enrollment short of a 2013 estimate by the Congressional Budget Office, adopted last year as a goal by the Obama administration, that 7 million people would be enrolled this year. Federal officials said in September they had 7.3 million people enrolled in coverage through new government-run insurance exchanges. They didn’t distinguish between medical and dental plans, breaking from previous practice without notice.

he administration had supplied information about dental plans separately in earlier disclosures. In May, the government reported that 8 million were signed up for health plans and 1.1 million were in dental coverage.

Then in September, the numbers became less transparent. The Medicare agency’s administrator, Marilyn Tavenner, released a new enrollment figure, obtained from insurance companies participating in the exchanges: 7.3 million people were “enrolled in the health insurance marketplace coverage,” she said at a hearing by the Republican-led Oversight committee.
Quietly Added

Tavenner didn’t elaborate or break out dental plans. Reporters asked a spokesman for her agency, Aaron Albright, for more detail on the number after the hearing: He said he had no additional information about it.

“After touting 8 million initial sign-ups for medical plans, four months later they engaged in a concerted effort to obscure a heavy drop-out rate of perhaps a million or more enrollees by quietly adding in dental plan sign-ups to exchange numbers,” Republican Darrell Issa of California, chairman of the Oversight committee, said in an e-mail from a spokeswoman.

Not exactly a Friday document dump, but equally dishonest considering that the president will deliver his amnesty speech tonight and the Ferguson grand jury is likely to announce its decision tomorrow. What a surprise, More Obamacare bad news will get buried in the news cycle.

I really wish someone would explain to me why if Obamacare is such a great and good thing, have they done nothing but lie, obscure, and obfuscate the truth about it since day one? They lied about the cost. They lied about the taxes. They lied about the subsidies. They lied about abortion. They lied about being able to keep your plan if you liked it. They lied about being able to keep your doctor. And now it’s confirmed they lied about the numbers.

Then there are the parts of Obamacare that are so bad, the president felt it necessary to delay them until after the mid term elections in order to blunt their political effect. They delayed open enrollment for a month — from October to November, 2014 — just in case they had more website problems. They delayed the cancellation of Obamacare plans that did not meet the law’s requirements. They delayed revealing rate increases until after the election. They delayed the employer mandate. They delayed the small business exchanges. And the delay in finishing the backend of the website may be permanent considering the fact that they have yet to figure out how to make it work.

All told, there were 24 unilateral actions by President Obama to delay implementing the law. There have been so many changes that the Congressional Budget Office has given up trying to figure out how much the law costs.

In China, when bureaucrats and leaders screw up this badly, they are tried and sometimes executed. I’m not saying we should adopt such a draconian policy, but surely there must be some consequences for exhibiting such incompetence.

The tens of billions already spent on this law and the billions spent on dysfunctional state exchanges may represent the largest waste of taxpayer’s money on a single government program in American history.

For a president who wanted to “make history,” he has succeeded in this case beyond his wildest imaginings.

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Irritated Pro-Amnesty Group Leaks Details of Obama’s Amnesty Hours Ahead of His Speech

Thursday, November 20th, 2014 - by Bryan Preston

President Obama invited Democrats and several representatives of pro-amnesty groups to the White House to hear details of his edict.

One of those groups, citing Obama’s deportation record, decided to break the embargo and release the White House’s talking paper on the president’s plan ahead of time.

The group, the National Immigration Youth Alliance, says: “Early leak of a White House Press Release on Obama’s announcement for Executive Action.”

“Ideally we would have respected an embargo, but after 2 million deportations the President has lost a tad bit of respect from our organization. We don’t care to play on their terms…

“No anticipated language on individuals who have been deported, or who were forced to leave due to attrition style policies.”

In other words, they want some deported aliens allowed back in, and are upset that the president’s unilateral plan does not go far enough.

You may read the entire leaked press release here.

The 8-page document spells out five key facts about the plan. They include:

1. You must meet strict requirements to qualify for relief from deportation

2. You Cannot Apply (for relief) for Several Months

3. Recent Border Crossers will be a Priority for Deporation

4. If you commit fraud you will not qualify

5. Beware of Immigration Scams

Point 2 is likely to spark interest both in Congress and states contemplating suing the administration to stop the president in his tracks. If people cannot apply immediately, courts will have more time to rule on the plan one way or the other.

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Bombshell: Email Proves that White House, DOJ Targeted Reporter Sharyl Attkisson

Thursday, November 20th, 2014 - by Bryan Preston

Judicial Watch reports that the Obama administration has turned over about 42,000 pages of documents related to the Fast and Furious scandal. The administration was forced to turn the documents over to Judicial Watch in a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit. Judicial Watch is posting them on its web site. The administration turned them over on November 18, 2014.

One of the documents provides smoking gun proof that the Obama White House and the Eric Holder Justice Department colluded to get CBS News to block reporter Sharyl Attkisson. Attkisson was one of the few mainstream media reporters who paid any attention to the deadly gun-running scandal.

In an email dated October 4, 2011, Attorney General Holder’s top press aide, Tracy Schmaler, called Attkisson “out of control.” Schmaler told White House Deputy Press Secretary Eric Schultz that he intended to call CBS news anchor Bob Schieffer to get the network to stop Attkisson.

Schultz replied, “Good. Her piece was really bad for the AG.”

Schultz also told Schmaler that he was working with reporter Susan Davis, then at the National Journal, to target Rep. Darrel Issa (R-CA). Issa led the House investigation into Fast and Furious. Davis now works at USA Today. In the email chain, Schultz tells Schmaler that he would provide Davis with “leaks.”

Davis wrote a critical piece on Issa a few weeks later.

Attkisson was later subjected to hacking of her computer by people who remain unknown, but who likely belong to a government agency. She and CBS parted ways earlier in 2014, and Attkisson has since said that the network blocked her reports from airing.

Update: More about Schmaler here, here, here and here.

Flashback: In April 2014, Attkisson appeared on Fox with Bill O’Reilly. According to Attkisson, CBS “felt the story was over” long before she had gotten to the bottom of it, so the network stopped her. She tells O’Reilly that CBS ran “hot and cold” on her stories about Fast and Furious and Benghazi, and would switch from being supportive to acting like they did not want her to bring her stories on those topics anymore.

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The Courts May Be the Best Route to Stop Obama’s Amnesty

Thursday, November 20th, 2014 - by Bryan Preston

As President Obama undoubtedly hoped, the mere threat of unleashing unilateral amnesty is now dividing Republicans over strategy. Says the Daily Mail:

A disagreement between Republican lawmakers over a proposed strategy to block President Barack Obama’s coming immigration mandate took a nasty turn on Thursday as a battle between two powerful factions of the GOP spilled into the press.

On one side of the ring are conservative lawmakers, including Rep. Matt Salmon of Arizona and Sen. Jeff Sessions of Alabama, who want to insert language into future spending legislation that bars immigration agencies from using their funding to issue the roughly 5 million new work permits the president is expected to authorize tomorrow.

At the other end are moderates, like House Appropriations Committee Chairman Hal Rogers, who don’t want to disrupt the budget process or risk another government shutdown.

If Congress does not pass a new bill disbursing federal funds before Dec. 12, the government will undergo a partial shut down, with other essential services and staff remaining in place until a new resolution is adopted.

And a shutdown is that thing that we’re supposed to fear like the monster on the airplane wing in that Twilight Zone episode…even though voters gave Republicans even more power after the last shutdown — during which the Obama administration overreached in such ugly ways that they locked veterans out of their own monuments.

I’m not saying that I favor a shutdown, just…look, the Republicans have more power now, when the last shutdown was supposed to destroy the party and salt the earth under its feet. That didn’t happen. Apocalypse did not descend on the earth. A partial shutdown to block this thing that the American people don’t support need not be the end of the world.

Yes, Sean Davis writes, Congress could de-fund and therefore de-fang Obama’s amnesty. He makes a good case.

The GOP could, through effective and unified messaging, hammer home the point that when Democrats claim that the Republicans have “left Obama no choice,” the Democrats are really saying that the American voters have left them no choice — but to reach for power that the voters have taken away from them. Effective and unified messaging could point out that Obama’s move, supported by most Democrats and many in the corrupt media, is basically a childish tantrum and a punishment that the out-of-favor party is inflicting on the nation for refusing to bend to that party’s will. America, you voted Republican? We Democrats will show you!

The problem with that is, the business interests that would mostly fund such messaging would not agree with it. They want the amnesty, maybe not in the manner it’s happening, but they want it all the same. So they’re unlikely to fund a major messaging effort to block it.

My impression going into this is that the courts move too slowly and would therefore be a poor means of blocking this. But Mickey Kaus reminds us that the courts can move quickly when they want to.

Here you have a president going directly against the law and his own word to seize power that is clearly given to Congress in the Constitution. There is no emergency situation dictating the president’s move or its timing. The courts do have a history of intervening, quickly, in other similar circumstances in American history.

And don’t assume it will take forever (as Rand Paul seems to think). On April 8, 1952, during the Korean War, President Truman seized crucial steel facilities. The steel companies immediately sought and got an injunction. On June 2, 1952, less than two months after Truman acted, the Supreme Court swatted him down.

Courts can move quickly when they want to. This smells like one of those cases.

Indeed it does. There is no emergency, but the president will create pressure once he speaks tonight. Millions of people will begin applying for work permits, Obamacare (I know, the Democrats say that the newly minted guests won’t be eligible — they’re lying), etc.

The courts could provide a stay which would halt granting even a single amnesty until the case can be heard in full. That would give time for full arguments to be made, right up to and in the Supreme Court. This court has a mixed record when it comes to Obama, having stopped his illegal recess appointments but having bought Obamacare. So there’s no guarantee that the court would stick to the Constitution. But at least it’s a chance.

We’re not even forced to depend on the Beltway Republicans to get to court. Texas and other states may file suit as early as tomorrow. Gov.-elect Greg Abbott has already said as much, and he filed dozens of suits against the Obama administration over the years when he was attorney general.

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Pelosi: GOP Has Left Obama No Choice

Thursday, November 20th, 2014 - by Liz Sheld

According to House Minority Speaker Nancy Pelosi, the GOP has left President Obama no choice but to unilaterally mandate some sort of immigration reform.  During a press briefing on Capitol Hill, Pelosi remarked:

“We want a bill. It’s over 500 days since the Senate passed a bill, and still no action by the House Republicans on anything — some small bill, some bigger bills, whatever. Nothing. Nothing. And, really, this is a dereliction of duty not to address the broken immigration system. We cannot have the public be misled by the fact that the president is acting as presidents do, because we are not acting as legislators do, to pass laws.”

Pelosi desperately tried to justify Obama’s action. “They[GOP] ran them [the principles] up the flagpole,” she said, “[and] their members chopped down the flagpole.” Pelosi also insisted the president has authority to generate laws: “The president has great authority in the law to take these actions and great precedent of so many presidents from Eisenhower on.”

Some Democrats have insisted Obama has the authority to make this kind of executive decision, citing actions of Ford, Reagan, Clinton and the first president Bush.

But others aren’t excited about Obama’s plans. “I wish he wouldn’t do it,” Democratic Senator Joe Manchin of West Virginia said. “I think we ought to work through this process, and with the new elections and the results of the elections, we ought to try in January to see if we can find a pathway to get something accomplished.”

Senator Claire McCaskill of Missouri said she supported comprehensive immigration reform but was concerned by Obama’s plan. “I have to be honest, how this is coming about makes me uncomfortable, I think it probably makes most Missourians uncomfortable.”

“I would prefer the Congress acted, yes,” Jon Tester (D-MT) said. “I think it would be great to have the House take up the Senate-passed bill. … That would be a solution to the problem.”

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When We Talk About the ‘Corrupt Media,’ This Is What We Mean

Thursday, November 20th, 2014 - by Bryan Preston

Sen. Mary Landrieu pitched a Hail Mary up this week, when she tried to get the Harry Reid-controlled Senate to pass Keystone XL Pipeline approval.

A majority of the American people support building the pipeline. The Reid-controlled Senate had blocked a vote on that for years, mainly to save Obama from having to veto it, but let Landrieu have one in the lame-duck session in a last-ditch attempt to save her seat.

It failed, and with it, Landrieu’s alleged “clout” evaporated. Too bad, so sad.

Before it failed, the New York Times, alleged paper of record, was ready to roll with two different versions of the record that it saw fit to publish.

One version would go live if the vote succeeded, and that version praised Landrieu.

Another version would go live if the vote failed, and that version also praised Landrieu.

Either way, win or lose, the alleged paper of record was going to give Landrieu some good press.

Any media wondering why Americans’ trust of them is at an all-time low need look no further than this. But if they want to, they could look at the Grubergate blackout on the networks. Or they could look at the Texas media, which is so out of touch with Texas voters that they don’t even realize how out of touch they really are, and publicly mock their own state. But I digress.

In the world outside the media bubble, Landrieu is falling behind Rep. Bill Cassidy (R) — whose Keystone bill passed the House but she failed to get through the Senate, incidentally — by double digits. Unless there is some catastrophic change in the race at this point, Mary Landrieu will be ejected from the Senate in December and forced to make a meager multi-million dollar living as a Beltway lobbyist. Or perhaps a left-wing think tank will come to her aid.

But we can rest assured that whether Landrieu wins or loses, the New York Times is already drafting stories to praise her.

h/t Ace

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Obama Has Fundamentally Transformed Americans’ Views on Healthcare…

Thursday, November 20th, 2014 - by Bryan Preston

…by convincing a majority of Americans that it’s not the federal government’s duty to provide healthcare. Gallup finds that opinion has flipped since Obama’s first election to the presidency.

PRINCETON, N.J. — For the third consecutive year, a majority of Americans (52%) agree with the position that it is not the federal government’s responsibility to ensure that all Americans have healthcare coverage. Prior to the start of Barack Obama’s presidency in 2009, a majority of Americans consistently took the opposite view.

The most recent data were collected in Gallup’s annual Health and Healthcare poll, conducted Nov. 6-9. Gallup first asked this question in 2000, when 59% of Americans said it was the federal government’s responsibility to make sure all Americans have healthcare. This sentiment peaked at 69% in 2006. Americans’ attitudes began to shift in the 2008 poll, conducted just after Obama was elected, and became evenly divided after Obama took office in 2009. During this time, Republicans and independents became more likely to say universal healthcare was not the government’s responsibility, most probably in reaction to Obama’s campaign promise that he was going to attempt to do just that. This non-government-involvement view became more pronounced in 2012 and has been the majority opinion in the U.S. over the past three years.

The Obama administration’s pattern of dishonesty has surely helped spur the switch. For the latest on that, Bloomberg reports that the administration fudged the most recent Obamacare enrollment numbers.

The Obama administration included as many as 400,000 dental plans in a number it reported for enrollments under the Affordable Care Act, an unpublicized detail that helped surpass a goal for 7 million sign-ups.

Without the dental plans, the federal government would have had 6.97 million people with medical insurance under the law known as Obamacare, investigators for the House Oversight and Government Reform committee calculated, using data they obtained from the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

Federal officials said in September they had 7.3 million people enrolled in coverage through new government-run insurance exchanges. They didn’t distinguish between medical and dental plans, breaking from previous practice without notice.

It’s just lies and deceptions all the way down, from the “most transparent administration in American history.”

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New Caption Contest: Is Our King Playing with a Full Deck?

Thursday, November 20th, 2014 - by Myra Adams

Credit: Drudge Report

At this writing, Drudge Report has our contest photo front and center with the boldfaced headline:

“THAT’S AN ORDER!”

Drudge links to Reuters with the headline:

Obama to act unilaterally on immigration, irking Republicans.”

Then, here at PJ Tatler, be sure to read  Bryan Preston’s piece with all the background behind our beloved king, emperor, dictator, fuhrer, president’s amnesty plan announcement with the potential to “launch another Civil War.” (This quote is from another Drudge link to World News Daily.  We are all about sensationalism here at our PJ Media caption contests!)

Speaking of Obama causing a Civil War, be sure to read J. Christian Adams’ “Obama, Our Modern John C. Calhoun.” 

But for now, your mission is to caption the photo and write “thought bubbles” for those sickly thin and weak-looking pet eagles that obviously belong to Pajama Boy. (Our king is too weak to lift REAL AMERICAN EAGLES.)

So while you are having some fun with all that, click to the next page for the winners of our last contest, “Koala Bear Clings to Obama Like Republicans Cling to Their Guns and Religion.”  (My favorite caption contest title of all time.)

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Second Thoughts on Emperor Obama, Democrats?

Thursday, November 20th, 2014 - by Bryan Preston

As predicted here yesterday, some vulnerable Democrats recognize that President Obama’s unilateral amnesty is likely to cost them their jobs. But they’re not quite ready yet to block him where it counts.

“I wish he wouldn’t do it,” Democratic Senator Joe Manchin of West Virginia said. “I think we ought to work through this process, and with the new elections and the results of the elections, we ought to try in January to see if we can find a pathway to get something accomplished.”

Senator Claire McCaskill of Missouri said she supported comprehensive immigration reform but was concerned by Obama’s plan. “I have to be honest, how this is coming about makes me uncomfortable; I think it probably makes most Missourians uncomfortable.”

“I would prefer the Congress acted, yes,” Tester said. “I think it would be great to have the House take up the Senate-passed bill … That would be a solution to the problem.”

That’s not going to happen, and it’s one reason Obama is choosing to act now. The mid-terms finally killed off that Senate bill, which never did pass the House. Had it passed and the president signed it, Obama would have just scuttled the security provisions and granted legalization anyway. We would be more or less where we are now, just via a different route — and the GOP base would have been dispirited by its elected leaders’ betrayal.

If the new Senate were to take up immigration without the president having already poisoned the well first, any bill it passes is likely to look more like the House effort that the Obama White House interfered with and killed, for the simple reason that the Senate is now under Republican control and the likes of Chuck Schumer have been relegated to the bench. The Senate bill, which the Democrats and some in the corrupt media treat as sacrosanct despite the fact that it never passed the House, is the best deal that Obama and the Democrats know is the best they could get. But it has slipped away. The Congress will now be pre-occupied with finding ways to gut Obama’s power grab rather than work on any kind of “reform.” Which is perfectly fine with Barack Obama.

The House’s Obamacare repeals never passed the Democrat-controlled Senate. Why don’t they get the same reverence in the media as that Senate immigration bill that never passed the House?

We all know the answer to that.

Democrats such as the ones quoted above need to figure something out, and the sooner the better. That is, that Barack Obama couldn’t care less about them or whether remain in office or not. He couldn’t care less about the Democratic Party. He has presided over its gutting and is expanding his own power at their expense.

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Rep. Raul Labrador: Obama Interfered When the House Neared Passing an Immigration Bill

Thursday, November 20th, 2014 - by Bryan Preston

Rep. Raul Labrador (R-ID) appeared on MSNBC today and shot down the Obama White House’s effort to paint the House as an intransigent block to immigration reform.

Labrador told host Jose Diaz-Balart that the Republican-controlled House was working on a bill and was close to passage. But the closer the bill got to being passed, the more the Obama White House interfered to stop it.

According to Rep. Labrador, “[The House bill] was something that would be acceptable to the House, would include all of the areas of immigration we needed to do. It was going to include border security, interior security, and the more the White House heard about what the House was doing, the more they interfered. His chief of staff, the president’s chief of staff at the time, decided to call House Democrats and tell them that they needed to stop negotiating with House Republicans because they wanted the only vehicle for immigration reform, they want it to be the Senate bill. The president is in essence telling the American people it is only the Senate bill that is the only vehicle for immigration reform and that nothing else is acceptable.”

Other than executive action, which President Obama repeatedly rejected as illegal but now intends to impose.

Labrador went on to note that the major difference between the Senate bill and the one that the House was working on was the latter’s prioritization of security ahead of any legalization for those already in the country illegally.

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(VIDEO) Joaquin Castro: Obama Taking Action On Immigration Because Michele Bachmann Or Something

Thursday, November 20th, 2014 - by Stephen Kruiser

Sure, let’s go with that, Champ.

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Mobile Billboard Campaign Urging Iran Sanctions Targets Congress

Thursday, November 20th, 2014 - by Bridget Johnson

A mobile billboard will began circling the seats of power in D.C. today to urge lawmakers to impose tougher sanctions on Iran.

The StandWithUs campaign is scheduled to run on two trucks though Nov. 24, the Obama administration’s deadline for a nuclear deal with Iran.

The roving messages to lawmakers, which are also designed to raise public awareness, will begin rolling each morning and take loops around the White House and Congress.

“This campaign raises awareness of the dangers of a nuclear Iran, gives the public action to take to help prevent it, and lets Congress know that the American public supports them legislating stricter sanctions,” said Roz Rothstein, CEO of StandWithUs. “Given the Middle East’s current instability, the rise of jihadist groups like ISIS, it is even more imperative that the American public and Congress do all they can to stop Iran from going nuclear.”

The billboards bear mushrooms clouds and phone numbers, with one saying, “Stop Iran from Going Nuclear: You can help. Call the White House, State Department, Foreign Relations Committee.” The one directed at Congress says, “Stop Iran from Going Nuclear: Impose Stronger Sanctions.”

The group said it fears the administration “may either make a weak agreement or extend the negotiations.”

“Since Iran insists that any agreement or extension include an easing or lifting of sanctions, the administration may use an executive order to accommodate its demands. Sanctions should not be eased, especially given the fact that the Iranian regime is deliberately obstructing international inspectors from learning about its installations and capabilities. If Iran secures an extension or the West negotiates a weak deal, Iran buys more time to pursue its nuclear ambitions,” the group said in a statement.

StandWithUs supports the Menendez-Kirk sanctions bill, which Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) kept from a vote at the insistence of the White House.

Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) and Sen. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.), whose legislation also includes strict guidance for the compliance necessary to ease sanctions, said in a joint statement last week that “a good deal will dismantle, not just stall, Iran’s illicit nuclear program and prevent Iran from ever becoming a threshold nuclear weapons state.”

“This will require stringent limits on nuclear-related research, development and procurement, coming clean on all possible military dimensions (PMD) issues and a robust inspection and verification regime for decades to prevent Iran from breaking-out or covertly sneaking-out,” Menendez and Kirk said.

“Gradual sanctions relaxation would only occur if Iran strictly complied with all parts of the agreement. If a potential deal does not achieve these goals, we will work with our colleagues in Congress to act decisively, as we have in the past.”

They have the veto-proof votes, in this Congress or the next.

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McConnell: ‘Congress Will Act’ if Obama Goes Through with Immigration Order

Thursday, November 20th, 2014 - by Bridget Johnson

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) vowed on the floor of the upper chamber this morning that “if President Obama acts in defiance of the people and imposes his will on the country, Congress will act.”

“We’re considering a variety of options. But make no mistake. When the newly elected representatives of the people take their seats, they will act,” he said in reference to the GOP majority in the 114th Congress.

“Look, as the president has said, democracy is hard. Imposing his will unilaterally may seem tempting. It may serve him politically in the short term. But he knows that it will make an already-broken system even more broken. And he knows that this is not how democracy is supposed to work. Because he told us so himself.”

McConnell resurrected another past quote of Obama’s: “I know some… wish that I could just bypass Congress and change the law myself. But that’s not how democracy works.”

“Indeed, it isn’t,” McConnell said. “All of which makes the president’s planned executive action on immigration even more jarring.”

“If the president truly follows through on this attempt to impose his will unilaterally, he will have issued a rebuke to his own stated view of democracy. And he will have contradicted his past statements on this very issue.”

The senator argued that “we’ve already seen the consequences of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, his most recent action in this area. It was a factor in encouraging young people to risk their lives on a perilous journey some would never complete.”

“The effects of this action could be just as tragic… It isn’t about compassion. It seems to be about what a political party thinks would make for good politics. It seems to be about what a President thinks would be good for his legacy.”

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Snow-Besieged Buffalo Could Get 3 More Feet Today

Thursday, November 20th, 2014 - by Stephen Kruiser

From CNN

Shivering under up to 6 feet of snow in its hardest-hit sections, Buffalo, New York, could see another 3 feet Thursday.

If the forecast holds, that’s more than a year’s worth of snow in just three days. In a typical year, Buffalo’s snowfall totals about 7 feet, according to the National Weather Service.

The extreme conditions have led to tragedy in and around Buffalo. Eight people have died, including four who suffered cardiac issues while they shoveled snow and one who died in a car accident, Erie County officials reported. A man in his 60s had a heart attack while he tried to move a snow plow or a snow blower, Erie County deputy executive Richard Tobe said Thursday.

While Buffalo may be getting hit the hardest, this pre-Thanksgiving early winter delivery from Mother Nature continues in many parts of the country.

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Alternate Reality News: WaPo Fears A Religious War Might Break Out In Middle East

Thursday, November 20th, 2014 - by Stephen Kruiser

Maybe they don’t read newspapers.

Israelis and Palestinians expressed fear Wednesday that their decades-old conflict was moving beyond the traditional nationalist struggle between two peoples fighting for their homelands and spiraling into a raw and far-reaching religious confrontation between Jews and Muslims.

The threat — perhaps more accurately the dread — of an incipient but deadly “religious war” was expressed by Muslim clerics, Christian leaders and Jewish Israelis one day after a pair of Palestinian assailants, wielding meat cleavers and a gun, killed five Israelis, including a prominent American Israeli rabbi, in a Jerusalem synagogue.

The level of disconnect here is stunning. One does, however, have to give those participating in the “nationalist struggle” lie some grudging credit for the complete commitment to it.

The Palestinians don’t want Jews to move, they want them dead. Always have. The rational world knows that the origins of this conflict are religious, as is the fuel for keeping the fire going. Western terrorism enablers get some cover in Israel because they can frame it as dispute over territory, offering up the ridiculous “occupation” narratives. In the parts of the Middle East where there aren’t as many Jews, Christians are being slaughtered. As there are no easy tales of border wars to make up in those cases, the media largely ignores these atrocities.

The world is an increasingly dangerous place because clueless moral equivalence mongers in the West won’t acknowledge the lone, very obvious motivation for terrorism that plagues the 21st Century. The monumental effort involved in continually ignoring the common thread must exhaust them.

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Obama’s Revolution Day

Thursday, November 20th, 2014 - by Bryan Preston

“I swore an oath to uphold the laws on the books. . . . Now, I know some people want me to bypass Congress and change the laws on my own. Believe me, the idea of doing things on my own is very tempting. I promise you. Not just on immigration reform. But that’s not how our system works. That’s not how our democracy functions. That’s not how our Constitution is written.”

–President Barack Obama, 7/25/11

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Nearly half of Americans disapprove of President Barack Obama’s expected plan to take executive action that would potentially allow millions of undocumented immigrants to stay legally in the United States, according to a new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll.

Forty-eight percent oppose Obama taking executive action on immigration — which could come as soon as later this week — while 38 percent support it; another 14 percent have no opinion or are unsure.

–NBC/WSJ

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After his party’s historic losses, [Obama] refused to even acknowledge the thrashing. Instead, he said the real lesson from that day was that Americans want everyone in Washington to “work together.”

Yet behind the scenes, the president was busy directing his team of lawyers to find real or perceived loopholes in the law — even the Constitution — in order to wave his royal scepter and instantaneously turn as many as 12 million illegal aliens into America citizens. Already he had quietly ordered the federal government to stop deporting aliens and unilaterally allowed some 60,000 “unaccompanied minors” to enter the U.S.

So he never had any intention of “working together” with Republicans, who in six weeks will control both chambers of Congress. Instead, he set off to circumvent Congress by granting amnesty to millions. Throughout, he knew that he would be, as GOP leaders said, “poisoning the well” and “waving a red flag in front of a bull.”

–Joseph Curl, Washington Times

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University of Virginia law professor David Martin is a Democrat and a supporter of comprehensive immigration reform who served as principal deputy general counsel of the Department of Homeland Security during the Obama administration’s first two years.

“For Democrats, it’s a dangerous precedent,” he told me. “You’re opening the possibility for a Republican president to say, I’m not going to go forward with enforcement in a number of areas.”

–Ruth Marcus, Washington Post

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Protest in Front of Ferguson Police Headquarters Leads to Arrests

Thursday, November 20th, 2014 - by Liz Sheld

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch is reporting that arrests were made late Wednesday night, as protestors gathered in front of Ferguson police headquarters. “Several dozen demonstrators chanted and at times closed South Florissant Road in front of the police department to traffic.” The reason for the arrests was not clear.

KMOV reported that at least six people were arrested in front of the police headquarters. Law enforcement say those arrested were from out of town and one was from the Webster Groves.

The grand jury is expected to deliver a decision any day now about whether white Officer Darren Wilson will face charges for shooting black, unarmed Michael Brown.

Local gun dealers are reporting a surge in first-time gun purchases in anticipation of what sort of chaos could break out once the decision is announced. “We’re selling everything that’s not nailed down,” owner of Metro Shooting Supplies Steven King said. “Police aren’t going to be able to protect every single individual. If you don’t prepare yourself and get ready for the worst, you have no one to blame but yourself.” Conceal and carry classes  and private training classes are booked into 2015.

 

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Mom Ignores Authorities, Personally Rescues Daughter from ISIS

Thursday, November 20th, 2014 - by Susan L.M. Goldberg

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Call it woman power, call it feminism, and you’d be right. Turns out that old story about the mother who is able to lift a car to save her trapped baby has a new application. Now we can tell the story of the Dutch mother, who goes only by the name “Monique,” who blew past the authorities and went straight into the heart of hell to rescue her daughter Aicha from the grip of Islamic terror.

The New York Post reports:

“Sometimes you gotta do what you gotta do,” the brave mother said. “This is what I think is right.”

At 18, Aicha converted to Islam and married a notorious Dutch jihadi named Omar Yilmaz, the Telegraph reports.

The young woman had fallen in love with the Islamic State militant and his lifestyle after seeing him interviewed on television. But as time passed, Aicha felt she had made a huge mistake.

“She wanted to go home, but could not leave Raqqa without help,” Monique said.

Authorities in the Netherlands urged the mom to stay home because it was too risky to try and get her back personally.

But once Aicha reached out to her mother last month for help, Monique decided to take off for Syria.

Donning a black burka to blend in, she made her way through Turkey and into the ISIS stronghold, where she met her daughter after coordinating a rendezvous through Facebook.

The pair crossed back over the Syrian border into Turkey, but since Aicha did not have a passport, she was promptly arrested along with her mother, according to the Telegraph.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Turkey is now mediating their return home and expects that the two will be back in the Netherlands within the week.

Okay Hollywood, where’s the movie deal? Better yet, let a counterculture conservative get their hands on the story and “let their right brain run free.” While Emma Watson trolls UN podiums and Beyonce flails around in front of flashy signs, Monique the Mom single-handedly changed the face of Western feminism in the way only a parent could. Not only did she dismiss every argument against motherhood with a wave of her hand, she bravely confronted what contemporary feminists seemingly cannot: The fact that radical Islam abuses women.

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