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February 17, 2009 - David Letterman - Top Ten Things Hillary Clinton Wants To Accomplish On Her Trip Overseas

10 Exchange U.S. dollars for currency that's worth something

9 Win respect defeating Japan's top-ranked sumo wrestler

8 Shift world's perception of America from "hated" to "extremely disliked"

7 Personally thank all of her illegal campaign donors

6 Three words: stylish Indonesian pantsuits

5 Visit burial site of revered Chinese military leader, General Tso

4 Get drunk with that Japanese finance minister guy

3 Convince China to switch from lead-tainted products to mercury-tainted products

2 Catch Chinese screening of Benjamin Button entitled "The Strange Adventures of Freaky Grandpa Baby"

1 Pick up carton of duty-free smokes for Obama

February 16, 2009 - David Letterman - Top Ten Things Abraham lincoln Would Say If He Were Alive Today

10 "Sup?"

9 "I see Madonna's still a slut"

8 "Who's that handsome sumbitch on the five?"

7 "Is that free Grand Slam deal still going on at Denny's?"

6 "I just changed my Facebook status update to, Tthe 'ol rail splitter is chillaxing'"

5 "How do I get on 'Dancing with the Stars'?"

4 "Okay, Obama, you're from Illinois, too. We get it!"

3 "Hey Phelps, don't Bogart the weed!"

2 "What's the deal with Joaquin Phoenix?"

1 "A Broadway play? Uhhh, no thanks. I'm good."

January 28, 2009 - David Letterman - Top Ten Things Overheard at the Meeting Between Barack Obama and the Republicans

10 "I miss the Clinton administration when we'd meet at Hooters"

9 "Can we wrap this up? I've got tickets to the 4:30 'Paul Blart: Mall Cop"

8 "Smoke break!"

7 "You fellas really need to take it easy on the Old Spice"

6 "Mr. President: don't misunderestimate the Republicans"

5 "Another smoke break!"

4 "What was the deal with Aretha Franklin's hat?"

3 "About that tax the rich stuff -- you were joking, right?"

2 "Sir, it's refreshing to have a Chief Executive who speaks in complete sentences"

1 "Senator Craig's offering his stimulus package in the men's room"

January 27, 2009 - David Letterman - Top Ten Ways Rod Blagojevich Can Improve His Image

10 Star in new television series, "America's Funniest Haircuts"

9 Quit politics and become a fat, lovable mall cop

8 Start pronouncing last name with Jerry Lewis-like "BLAGOOOYYYJEVICH"

7 Offer a senate seat with no money down, zero percent interest

6 Team up with John Malkovich and Erin Brockovich for hot Malkovich-Brockovich-Blagojevich sex tape

5 Change his name to Barod Obamavich

4 Safely land an Airbus on the Hudson River

3 I don't know...how about showing up for his impeachment trial?

2 Wear sexy dresses, high heels and say, "You Betcha!"

1 Uhhh...resign?

January 16, 2000 - David Letterman - Top Ten Signs Obama's Getting Nervious

10 New slogan: "Yes we can... or maybe not, it's hard to say"

9 In moment of confusion, requested a $300 billion bailout from the bailout industry

8 He's up to not smoking three packs a day

7 Friends say he's looking frail, shaky and...no, that's McCain

6 He's so stressed, doctors say he's developing a Sanjay in his Gupta

5 Been walking around muttering, "What the hell have I gotten myself into?"

4 Offered Governor of Illinois, Rod Blagojevich, $100,000 to buy his old Senate seat back

3 Standing on White House roof screaming, "Save us, Superman!"

2 Sweating like Bill Clinton when Hillary comes home early

1 He demanded a recount

January 8, 2000 - David Letterman - Top Ten Barack Obama Plans To Fix The Economy

10 Encourage tourists to throw spare change in the Grand Canyon

9 End our dependence on foreign owls

8 Sell New Mexico to Mexico

7 Put a little of that bailout money on the Ravens plus 3 at Tennessee. Come on! It's a mortal lock!

6 Rent out the moon for weddings and Bar Mitzvahs

5 Lotto our way out of this son-of-a-bitch

4 Appear on "Deal or No Deal" and hope to choose the right briefcase

3 Bail out the adult film industry -- not sure how it helps, but it can't hurt

2 Release O.J. from prison, have him steal America's money from China

1 Stop talkin' and start Obama-natin'!

January 7, 2000 - David Letterman - Top Ten Things Overheard At The Presidents' Lunch

10 "Sorry, you're not on the list, Mr. Gore"

9 "If Hillary calls, I've been here since Monday"

8 "Laura! More Mountain Dew!"

7 "You guys wanna see, 'Paul Blart: Mall Cop'?"

6 "Call the nurse -- George swallowed a napkin ring!"

5 "Hey Barack, wanna go with us to Cabo in March? Oh that's right, you have to work!"

4 "Kissey kissey"

3 "Obama? I think he's downstairs smoking a butt"

2 "Did you ever see a monkey sneezing?"

1 "I hope Clinton's unbuckling his belt because he's full"

Hillary, Hillary, Hillary – Hillary Clinton Scandals, Hillary Clinton 2016 – Plus: Bill Clinton Calls Obama A Fool

Update III: Who knew our Hillary Clinton article would be so timely? The article is especially insightful for those that recall our ides of March article titled Clinton, Bush, Clinton, Bush, Clinton, Bush, Clinton, Bush, Obama, Hillary Clinton 2016, Bush, Clinton, Bush, Clinton, Bush, Clinton, Bush…

In that article and others we stated that Barack Obama and his thugs will do everything to prevent Hillary Clinton from getting the nomination in 2016. There is no way Obama wants to make himself a tiny footnote in between the Clinton versus Bush national drama. The Obama Chicago thug machine has not found a candidate yet to oppose Hillary, but they will. They will.

Yesterday and into today DrudgeReport headlined “It Begins”. The link was to an article about Jeb Bush getting ready to run for president in 2016:

“In an exclusive sit-down interview with The Brody File, Jeb Bush says that, “Hillary Clinton is a formidable force on the left.”

We sat down with Jeb Bush Friday morning at the Faith and Freedom Coalition event in DC. If Jeb Bush decides to run for president, he will most likely be considered the frontrunner for the GOP nomination.”

“What the crap” you say? Jeb Bush running for president? Nah! Sure George W. Bush, thanks to the incompetent, treacherous, golfing Boob Barack Obama, has higher popularity ratings that Obama… but, but, but, Jeb Bush for President? That’s insane, right? Well if you think that’s insane try this on for size (and try not to think about that second paragraph above):

“Is There Another Elected Obama In Our Future?

Have you noticed first lady Michelle Obama popping up a lot in the media lately? Like announcing the best picture winner at the Oscars? Or promoting healthier eating habits? And she recently touched on economic issues at a Democratic fundraiser for Virginia gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe.

Is the groundwork being laid for another elected Obama in our future?[snip]

She continued, “See, because when I was growing up, a family of four living on a single blue-collar salary could build a solid life without debt and without relying on any form of public assistance… But today, for so many families, that’s no longer possible. Folks are working harder than ever before and doing everything right, and it’s still not enough.”

Sounds like the first draft of a future campaign speech. [snip]

The White House powers-that-be have a plan, and they will implement that plan on their schedule. First, her handlers wanted to create an image, an endearing and noncontroversial one. They do not want to repeat the Hillary Clinton experience, in which the then-first lady alienated half of the country with her thinly veiled ambition and attitude. [snip]

Clinton’s political road to bigger things might have been a little less bumpy if she had been guided by some of the remarkable handlers that paved the way for Barack Obama. Michelle will be the number one heir of that machine. In fact, that may be one of the primary — though surely not the only — reasons the machine continues.

Organizing for America, now Organizing for Action — the president’s personal 501(c)(4) organization that is virtually all political but never seems to be troubled by the fine bureaucrats at the IRS’s nonprofit unit — carries on, raising money to push the president’s message. [snip]

While Michelle is her own woman with her own accomplishments, she would likely embrace virtually all of her husband’s economic policies — and could be even further to the left.

If (when?) Michelle Obama decides to run for office, she will have the Obama machine fully engaged to ensure she wins — the Chicago way if need be.”

Read the entire article if you want to empty your stomach.

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Update II: MoonOnPluto in our comments section reports on what is happening in Turkey from his home there. Syria, the NSA scandals, the IRS scandals, Benghazi, and other scandals continue to dominate the news. For us the most important story of the day in the long run is this report from Bloomberg: Spy agencies sharing data with “thousands” of firms:

“This raises a number of interesting questions and concerns. First, are cooperating firms gaining competitive advantages against non-cooperating (and/or unaware) firms in the same market? That kind of distortion would corrupt markets in favor of snitching as a survival tactic, would it not? Second, are there political organizations that have this kind of friendly relationship with intelligence services that give them a competitive advantage? Two months ago, one might have laughed off such a suggestion, but after what took place at the IRS, it’s a little more difficult to dismiss.

The part about the Microsoft bug reporting is especially interesting in light of the Attkisson story today, too.”

We emphasize the sentence that raises the possibility of “political organizations” getting assistance from intelligence services. “Political organizations” is a polite way to say Barack Obama’s CREEP – the committee to re-elect the president. That was Nixon’s name for his campaign organization, Obama’s was called OFA, although we use OAF. Did the Obama OAFs get data mining information from the NSA or other intelligence organizations. We’ve been discussing that possibility in the comments section this this NSA scandal exploded this past week (yeah, it’s been only a week). We’re not a minority in our thinking: 57% Fear Government Will Use NSA Data to Harass Political Opponents

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Update: No sooner do we publish than we get new developments which show Bill Clinton’s slap of Obama’s puss is even harder than we thought. Here we go: White House formally announces that Assad has used chemical weapons. The notion that Bill Clinton colluded with Barack Obama on this is risible.

As we write below, Bill Clinton mocked Obama in the most personal of terms on Syria. If anything Bill knew when to strike. Obama cannot be happy about this. Obama appears weak, a fool, a wuss, and lame (especially when compared to Bill Clinton). In addition to the humiliation inflicted upon him by Bill Clinton, what does Obama do now that everyone is agreed that Syrian President Assad has crossed Obama’s “red line”. Does Obama resort to “I double dare you!”? Then, “I triple dare you!”? Then “I quadruple cross my heart dare you!”?

What does Bambi do now? Go against the American public which does not want intervention? Go against his base which is already uneasy with his George W. Bush III warmonger persona? Are “wag the dog” type do-something/anything to get away from the scandals sure to follow? What will Syrian Tony Rezko do?

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Bill Clinton is laughably inarticulate. The man cannot stitch together two words that make sense. Bill Clinton does not know how to employ the English language to make a point, let alone an complete argument. Bill Clinton’s rhetorical skills are nonexistent. Furthermore, Bill Clinton is incapable of skewering opponents verbally.

You have to believe all the above to miss or choose to ignore Bill Clinton’s latest resounding slap on Barack Obama’s puss.

Regular readers will recall our last guided tour through Borgia Italy (a.k.a. America 2013) concerned the published reports of a “secret deal” in which Bill Clinton would put aside his disgust with Barack Obama then spectacularly endorse and campaign for Barack Obama. In turn Barack the treacherous Boob would endorse Hillary Clinton 2016.

According to the book that purports this “secret deal” really did happen Bill Clinton kept his part of the deal but soon after the election treacherous Barack Obama let it be known that he wanted to remain “neutral”. “Bill Clinton went ballistic and threatened retaliation” the book states.

In order to placate Bill, treacherous Barack Obama went on 60 Minutes with Hillary Clinton and embarrassed himself, Hillary and the once prestigious show itself. If Obama thinks that one TV appearance pays a debt and he can back out on his purported “secret deal” promise…. Well this is how the book phrases it:

“He may yet try to back out of his promise to Hillary Clinton. But as Obama’s presidency sinks deeper into scandal and inaction, the question is — will Clinton even still want his endorsement?“

As far as we are concerned: “In 2016 the greatest threat to Hillary Clinton is once again Barack Obama – and his legacy of weakness and profligacy. Tie Hillary Clinton to Barack Obama and she loses.” It’s possible that after their long secret war against Barack Obama which we have periodically documented Hillary and Bill Clinton have finally learned Obama cannot be trusted.

The book states “Bill Clinton went ballistic and threatened retaliation.” Did we witness the beginnings of retaliation even as Big Media misses the obvious? Here’s what happened according to the entirely unreliable Maggie Haberman of Politico:

“At another point during a closed-press event Tuesday, Clinton implied that Obama or any president risks looking like “a total fool” if they listen too closely to opinion polls and act too cautiously. He used his own decisions on Kosovo and Bosnia as a point of reference. [snip]

Clinton repeatedly said it would be “lame” to blame a lack of intervention on opposition in polls or among members of Congress.

If Clinton had ever blamed a lack of action because “there was a poll in the morning paper that said 80 percent of you were against it … you’d look like a total wuss,” he said. “And you would be. I don’t mean that a leader should go out of his way or her way to do the unpopular thing, I simply mean when people are telling you ‘no’ in these situations, very often what they’re doing is flashing a giant yellow light and saying, ‘For God’s sakes, be careful, tell us what you’re doing, think this through, be careful.”

Clinton continued, “But still they hire their president to look around the corner and down the street, and you just think – if you refuse to act and you cause a calamity, the one thing you cannot say when all the eggs have been broken, is that, ‘Oh my God, two years ago there was a poll that said 80 percent of you were against it.’ Right? You’d look like a total fool. So you really have to in the end trust the American people, tell them what you’re doing, and hope to God you can sell it” and that it turns out okay in the end.”

Don’t be distracted by the policy Bill Clinton is discussing. Ask yourself instead if there was a different set of phrases, less insulting terms, Bill could have used to describe current Barack Obama policy? Notice how Bill Clinton is referencing a “president”, a “leader” in his acid comments. Who could that possibly be? Ask yourself if the terms Bill Clinton wielded are personal attacks in nature? The answer is yes. Bill Clinton is sufficiently skilled in the English language to discuss a policy and not use words such as “lame” (this one must particularly hurt Barack because it was paired with “blame”. Bill telling Obama it is “lame to blame” strips Obama of his favorite tactic), “wuss” and “fool“.

As to the policy Bill Clinton is discussing this appears to be a bit of legerdemain. We’re not sure what Bill Clinton is proposing. For that matter we are not sure what Hillary Clinton is proposing. The DailyBeast sees a Hillary policy on Syria:

“Last summer, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, CIA Director David Petraeus, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, and Joint Chiefs Chairman Martin Dempsey all supported arming vetted, moderate elements of the Syrian opposition but were rebuffed by the White House. Hillary Clinton told the New York Times in February she had been an advocate for more forceful action in Syria, a move seen by many as an attempt to distance herself from Obama’s Syria policy just before she left office and in advance of her 2016 presidential run.

That last bit is pretty smart. In Borgia Italy do not look at policy, look at direction and purpose of the players. After Obama’s vapid campaigns of personal attacks, fear and smear and, as Seinfeld would say, about nothing, policy takes a seat outside the carriage. Look instead to the players hiding behind tapestries, the knives sheathed ‘neath velvets and brocades. Occasionally the knives do come out, but there has to be purpose and opportunity. Bill Clinton has a shiv to stick, with a target to strike.

Are there any “moderate” elements left in the Syrian insurrection against Assad? We doubt it. It certainly is too late now to find them. Bill and Hillary might be proposing the policy we had during the Iran-Iraq War of arming the side that’s losing to keep anyone from winning and thereby keeping everyone off balance. For purposes of our discussion the policy argument is near irrelevant. What matters is the choice words Bill said, and why he said them.

Is this just “retaliation” or is Bill in the “zig” mode after the “zag”? Republicans/conservatives, Obama Dimocrats (Obamacrats) and for that matter many Democrats do that understand that Bill Clinton always zigs and zags his way to a goal. Remember “era of big government” is over even as he proposed small programs upon small programs popular with middle class Americans? It was zig and zag Bill style. Now Bill is zigging. Why is Bill zigging now? Always kick a Boob when he is down. And Boob Obama is down.

On his signature accomplishment, ObamaCare, panic has set in. Congressional leaders fear staff and officials are in Flight from Congress over ObamaCare’s massive cost hikes.

According to the latest Gallup, Fox News polls: Public opposes broad NSA collection of records. The results from these polls spell trouble for Obama. The Fox News poll has Obama approval at 44% (Eric Holder is at 29%). Is Obama “honest and trustworthy” has a 48% split down from the 73% he garnered in 2009. On the economy few are happy. Most think we are in either a recession or a downturn. Most think Obama is as “transparent” as George W. Bush was. 64% believe the government is “too big”.

The poll results indicate most Americans (63%) believe the Department of Justice seizure of reporter phone records is “for political reasons” and that Eric Holder should resign (52%). The NSA scandal is viewed by 62% as “An unacceptable and alarming invasion of privacy rights”. 58% have lost confidence in the IRS. 68% believe the White House either knew or initiated the IRS was targeting conservative groups. 66% believe the attacks on conservatives by the IRS were high level officials punishing political opponents. 76% believe ObamaCare has to be yanked from the IRS. 55% oppose ObamaCare.

66% of Americans are following the Benghazi scandal closely. 59% think Obama could have done more to protect the Benghazi consulate. 55% think Hillary Clinton could have done more. 56% think Obama did not do more because of his reelection campaign.

As to investigations: On the “IRS targeting of hundreds of conservative and Tea Party groups for special scrutiny” 78% think Congress should continue to investigate. DOJ “monitoring of certain journalists as part of its leak investigations? 76% want more investigations. “The Obama administration’s handling of the terrorist attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya that resulted in the deaths of four Americans?” 73% want more investigations.

Recently we asked, “what is your favorite scandal”? This poll has it IRS 28%, DOJ 28%, Benghazi 23%.

Bill Clinton sees the trouble Obama is in. Hillary Clinton has her glasses on and sees the same thing. Even the not-too-bright Walter Shapiro sees the mess Obama in and has advice for an imaginary 2016 candidate not named Hillary or Joe. The advice is “How to Break with President Obama“.

But there are other idiot voices in Big Media doing all they can to save Barack Obama from his treacheries and incompetence. Joan Walsh wants Hillary Clinton to immolate herself like Joan of Arc in order to save the treacherous boob dauphin:

“Hillary must own 2014

Twitter’s a nice start. But if she wants to get serious about 2016, she needs to get involved in the 2014 midterms [snip]

It’s understandable: liberals are demoralized by the media hyping phony White House scandals, most notably Benghazi and the IRS mess, and they’re divided over revelations about the ever-growing national security state under President Obama. The media, meanwhile, seems to sense that Scandalgate is almost played out, while the genuine controversy over the NSA revelations is never going to gain traction with the audience, which polls show support security state overreach. So hey…Hillary!

But acting like we’re all going to be delivered into a parallel Democratic administration where everything is one long Tumblr tribute to said Democrat’s coolness is in some ways a return to the wishful thinking that troubled the otherwise brilliant Obama 2008 campaign. If the glass-ceiling cracker is going to shatter it this time, she needs to gear up with more than Twitter and shout-outs to the folks behind “Texts with Hillary”: She has to make the 2014 midterms a referendum on GOP obstruction, and campaign like her presidency depended on it. Because it does.

Joan Walsh proclaims herself a Hillary supporter but really only wants to throw Hillary overboard to serve as Barack Obama’s life preserver. It is Barack Obama that is going to have to “make the 2014 midterms a referendum on GOP obstruction” of his abominations and it is Barack Obama that must “campaign like her his presidency depended on it.” Hillary Clinton should do exactly the opposite of the suicide strategy advised by MSNBC’s Joan Walsh:

“I started thinking about Clinton’s role in 2014 a couple of weeks ago, discussing her increasingly likely 2016 run on “Hardball.” Chris Matthews asked how bold a campaign she needed to run, and whether somehow, she had to run against or otherwise separate herself from Obama. If not, who or what was she running against?

It was pretty obvious to me: She cannot and should not separate herself from the president, and she’s running against the increasingly unhinged Republican Party that impeached her husband because they couldn’t beat him at the polls, and then tied her boss in knots of scandal and obstructionism when they couldn’t beat him, either.

Clinton can’t run against Obama because she worked for him — but also because she needs to consolidate the Obama coalition and make it a Clinton coalition. There are still embers of bitterness over the 2008 primary, and any effort to distance herself from the president, real or imagined, could fan them. Besides, Al Gore made a mistake by running away from Clinton record; Clinton’s 2016 message should be that she will consolidate the gains of the Obama presidency, from health care reform to banking regulation to women’s rights, and extend them. She will complete the president’s work by vanquishing his intransigent, unreasonable, race-baiting foes. And she is uniquely positioned to do it.”

It’s stunning to think that Chris Matthews O’Tingles has a better grasp on reality than Joan Walsh on the question of Hillary running from Obama as fast as she can and as far as she can. Joan Walsh has been shoveling that shi.. stuff about Hillary tying herself to Obama for a while now.

It is comical to read Joan Walsh as she states “There are still embers of bitterness over the 2008 primary.” But Walsh presumes the “bitterness” comes solely from Obama supporters and therefore Hillary cannot be suspect of “distancing herself” from Obama. Well we have news for Joan Walsh: once Hillary Clinton gets the nomination the blood of Obama supporters will flow, like excrement from Chris Matthews, through the halls of party headquarters.

No thanks Joan Walsh. Hillary Clinton has her own coalition. Hillary Clinton does not need Obama supporters to win the presidency. Hillary’s best bet is to gull the fools that voted for Obama during the nomination then chop heads once she has control of the party. Walsh like her fellow DailyKooks wants Hillary to destroy herself to save Obama:

“But Clinton can’t just begin to make this case in 2015 or 2016; she needs to be part of a Democratic team making the 2014 midterms a referendum on the uncompleted business of the Obama presidency – and on the GOP’s outrageous abuse of its minority status to block everything from popular legislation to agency nominations to thwart this Democratic president, the last one, and likely the next. If voting patterns follow the modern electoral norm, 2014 turnout will resemble 2010 turnout, not the Democratic waves of 2008 and 2012, and result in more power for the obstructionist GOP in the House and Senate.

Clinton has enormous political capital with the Democratic base, and beyond it. She needs to spend some of it turning out voters in 2014, or the presidency might not be a prize worth winning, except as another title in your Twitter bio.”

Joan Walsh must think that ObamaCare is popular. Joan Walsh must think that Obama is proposing “popular legislation”. Joan Walsh needs to get her head out of Obama’s rear end and see the light. Reading the latest polls might be a good idea for Joan.

The truth is that Joan Walsh knows what she suggests is crap. Walsh wants Hillary Clinton to campaign to save Obama’s presidency in 2014 because Walsh knows Obama is not popular and that Obama can campaign all he wants, like he did in 2010, but that he will lose.

Why should Hillary Clinton destroy herself to help Obama? Hillary has her own problems to take care of.

The current big Hillary problem is the one she has the least to worry about:

“A State Department whistleblower has accused high-ranking staff of a massive coverup — including keeping a lid on findings that members of then-Secretary Hillary Clinton’s security detail and the Belgian ambassador solicited prostitutes.

A chief investigator for the agency’s inspector general wrote a memo outlining eight cases that were derailed by senior officials, including one instance of interference by Clinton’s chief of staff, Cheryl Mills.

Any mention of the cases was removed from an IG report about problems within the Bureau of Diplomatic Security (DS), which provides protection and investigates crimes involving any State Department workers overseas.”

The allegations are lurid. They involve sex, prostitutes, child sex:

“US Ambassador to Belgium Howard Gutman, with his wife in Brussels, was investigated over claims he solicited prostitutes.

“It’s a coverup,” declared Cary Schulman, a lawyer representing the whistleblower, former State Department IG senior investigator Aurelia Fedenisn.“The whole agency is impaired.

Undue influence . . . is coming from political appointees. It’s coming from above the criminal- investigation unit,” added Schulman, whose client provided the document with the revelations.

Some of the revelations were first reported by CBS News.

Among the bombshell findings:

* A DS agent was called off a case against US Ambassador to Belgium Howard Gutman over claims that he solicited prostitutes, including minors.

“The agent began his investigation and had determined that the ambassador routinely ditched his protective security detail in order to solicit sexual favors from both prostitutes and minor children,” says the memo.

“The ambassador’s protective detail and the embassy’s surveillance detection team . . . were well aware of the behavior.”

Undersecretary of State for Management Patrick Kennedy ordered the investigation ceased, and the ambassador remains in place, according to the memo.

Gutman was a big Democratic donor before taking the post, having raised $500,000 for President Obama’s 2008 campaign and helping finance his inaugural.

* At least seven agents in Clinton’s security detail hired prostitutes while traveling with her in various countries, including Russia and Colombia.

Investigators called the use of prostitutes by Clinton’s security agents “endemic.”

Some of the agents cavorted with the prostitutes in the same hotel that Hillary Clinton stayed at. These agents were slapped on the wrist and nothing more. The investigation further revealed that the Special Investigations Division (SID) shut down the, um, probes.

This is why we think to a great extent Hillary Clinton is OK on this scandal:

“The incident in Colombia occurred prior to the scandal involving President Obama’s Secret Service detail in Cartagena, Colombia, but the State Department’s misconduct did not come to light until now.

The memo references a “rumor” that after the Secret Service hooker scandal broke, Clinton asked the agent-in-charge of her security detail whether any “similar activities” had happened. “The response was: ‘No,’ ” according to the memo.

In the coverups and shut down, um, probes, the subjects of the investigation are “Obama people”. One is Brett McGurk, an aborted Obama nominee who had to withdraw his name from nomination due to extramarital affairs with a reporter and other reasons. The other is the disgusting Howard Gutman who attacked Sarah Palin in 2008 regarding her “parenting skills.” Gutman is an Obama bundler who raised $500,000 for Obama in 2008.

Hillary will be able to make the strong case that she inquired and was either lied to or misled. Hillary can cite the very memorandum the New York Post and CBS News rely on for their reports. But this does not mean that Hillary is in the clear.

As much as it will be a temptation for Hillary supporters to shout “look, a squirrel” and allege that this State Department scandal, and it is a scandal, is a squirrel set free by Barack Obama in order to distract from his troubles it is a squirrel that won’t hunt. Hillary needs to deal with this.

First, Hillary has to check with herself to see if she is too loyal to those that work for her. We’re not saying Cheryl Mills should be thrown under the bus but at some point Hillary has to clear up exactly what happened here.

The biggest danger for Hillary Clinton however is the case that can be made that she did not run the State Department well. In light of all the Obama scandals that will not go away – this allegation is a mortal threat to her.

Hillary Clinton did not have the authority to give a “stand down” order in regards to Benghazi. Hillary Clinton did not have the authority to arrest a video producer in California. We still do not know what happened in Benghazi. Someone(s) in the White House knows what happened in Benghazi and who did what to whom.

Benghazi is an Obama scandal and Hillary should assist Congress as much as possible. A few leaks from HillaryLand should be sprinkled over the next few months, and especially in September when Congress comes back from recess. We also would not mind if hearings on Benghazi took place during next year’s election campaigns.

The most important lesson for everyone is that we are in Borgia Italy not 21st century America. That means, Hillary, that you should watch your back. There are knives behind those tapestries.

265 comments to Hillary, Hillary, Hillary – Hillary Clinton Scandals, Hillary Clinton 2016 – Plus: Bill Clinton Calls Obama A Fool

  • admin

    Gotta give this guy credit for throwing a Hail Mary pass. He won’t be the first to try to get into our records. Just the beginning of the chaos that will ensue:

    http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2013/06/13/Bank-robber-NSA-records

    Terrance Brown, 40, is on trial in South Florida for allegedly conspiring with four other men to hijack armored trucks delivering cash to banks in 2010. All have pleaded not guilty. But now Brown has come up with a unique defense: he wants the National Security Agency to turn over his phone records to the court to demonstrate his innocence.

  • Leanora

    Another Imperial Vacation – this one will be quite expensive!
    *****

    The Obama Family Trip to Africa to Cost $60 to $100 Million

    President Obama and his family will be going to Africa later this month. But the trip won’t be cheap; it’s expected to cost American taxpayers $60 to $100 million, according to the Washington Post.

    “When President Obama makes his first extended trip to sub-Saharan Africa later this month, the federal agencies charged with keeping him safe won’t be taking any chances. Hundreds of U.S. Secret Service agents will be dispatched to secure facilities in Senegal, South Africa and Tanzania. A Navy aircraft carrier or amphibious ship, with a fully staffed medical trauma center, will be stationed offshore in case of emergency,” reports the Post.

    http://www.weeklystandard.com/blogs/obamas-family-trip-africa-cost-60-100-million_735195.html

  • S

    http://thelead.blogs.cnn.com/2013/06/13/all-in-the-family-at-clinton-global-initiative/

    All in the family at Clinton Global Initiative
    Chicago (CNN) – Hillary Clinton burst back onto the political scene Thursday, delivering an expansive speech that kicked off the two-day Clinton Global Initiative meeting in Chicago.

    In her remarks, the former secretary of state formally announced the group her husband founded more than a decade ago would be renamed to include both herself and daughter Chelsea, making it the official family business. And she described in relative detail the three areas she’ll focus on at the organization: early childhood development, expanding opportunities for women and girls, and improving economic development around the world.

    The enthusiastic crowd reacted the loudest when the former presidential candidate – and potential 2016 White House hopeful – declared one of her goals was to help women around the world become more engaged in the political process.

    “When women participate in politics, the effects ripple out across society,” Clinton said to applause and cheers.

    FULL POST

  • S

    BREAKING…CNN – US to provide military support to syrian rebels

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/jun/13/syria-chemical-weapons-us-confirm

  • freespirit

    Admin

    “No thanks Joan Walsh. Hillary Clinton has her own coalition. Hillary Clinton does not need Obama supporters to win the presidency. Hillary’s best bet is to gull the fools that voted for Obama during the nomination then chop heads once she has control of the party. Walsh like her fellow DailyKooks wants Hillary to destroy herself to save Obama:”

    Amen to this, Admin. Hillary does not owe Obama’s Dem party one thing. The liberal Dems thought Obama was all that and a bag of chips. Let him try to carry 2014 for the Dimocrats.

    Now that the news is out about the upcoming Obama family vacation to Africa, estimated to cost us in excess of 100 million dollars, public confidence in Obama and the Dem party, in general, should decline even further. WTF is he thinking?

  • admin

    Update: No sooner do we publish than we get new developments which show Bill Clinton’s slap of Obama’s puss is even harder than we thought. Here we go: White House formally announces that Assad has used chemical weapons. The notion that Bill Clinton colluded with Barack Obama on this is risible.

    As we write below, Bill Clinton mocked Obama in the most personal of terms on Syria. If anything Bill knew when to strike. Obama cannot be happy about this. Obama appears weak, a fool, a wuss, and lame (especially when compared to Bill Clinton). In addition to the humiliation inflicted upon him by Bill Clinton, what does Obama do now that everyone is agreed that Syrian President Assad has crossed Obama’s “red line”. Does Obama resort to “I double dare you!”? Then, “I triple dare you!”? Then “I quadruple cross my heart dare you!”?

    What does Bambi do now? Go against the American public which does not want intervention? Go against his base which is already uneasy with his George W. Bush III warmonger persona? Are “wag the dog” type do-something/anything to get away from the scandals sure to follow? What will Syrian Tony Rezko do?

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  • Another great post Admin. Bravo!!! 🙂

  • In all the hubbub of scandals that have been erupting in Obama’s Washington these days a sentence made by Congressmen Elijah Cummings (D-Maryland), one of Obama’s key supporters, has potential to play a key role in keeping the House in Republican hands. No one paid much attention to the words spoken but Republicans should make hay of it as midterms approach.

    Read more: http://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2013/06/one_sentence_that_could_keep_the_house_in_gop_hands.html#ixzz2W8VtpdKL

  • Lots of Hay to be made. 😆

  • S

    http://www.democracynow.org/2013/6/13/chris_pyle_whistleblower_on_cia_domestic

    As NSA director General Keith Alexander blasts the leaks that exposed widespread surveillance of Americans, we’re joined by Chris Pyle, a former military instructor who exposed the CIA and Army’s monitoring of millions of Americans in the 1970s. Pyle discovered the Army and CIA were spying on millions of Americans engaged in lawful political activity while he was in the Army working as an instructor. His revelations prompted Senate hearings, including Senator Frank Church’s Select Committee on Intelligence, ultimately leading to a series of laws aimed at curbing government abuses. Now teaching constitutional law and civil liberties at Mount Holyoke College, Pyle says the NSA is known for attacking its critics instead of addressing the problems they expose.

    Transcript

    snip…

    JUAN GONZÁLEZ: Well, you seem—in a recent article, you seem to raise what you think are the real issues in these Snowden leaks. You mention, one, the inability of Congress to actually do legitimate oversight over intelligence. You say that the secrecy system is out of control. And you also say that the system is also profoundly corrupt because of all this use of private contractors who make huge amounts of money that no one can actually hold them accountable for. Could you talk about those issues?

    CHRISTOPHER PYLE: Yes. The forerunner of the PRISM system that Snowden disclosed was called Trailblazer. It wasted $1 billion on private contracts. It replaced a much less expensive system called ThinThread, which had more privacy protections and had been developed inside the government. Now, the reason that private contractors get this business is because members of Congress intercede with them with government agencies. And we now have a situation where members of the Intelligence Committee and other committees of Congress intercede with the bureaucracy to get sweetheart contracts for companies that waste taxpayers’ money and also violate the Constitution and the privacy of citizens. This is a very serious situation, because it means that it’s much more difficult to get effective oversight from Congress.

    snip

    GEN. KEITH ALEXANDER: I thought the great part about this program was that we brought Congress, the administration and the courts all together. We did that. That’s what our government stands for, under the same Constitution. We follow that Constitution. We swear an oath to it. So I am concerned, and I think we have to balance that. I will not—I would rather take a public beating and people think I’m hiding something than to jeopardize the security of this country.
    AMY GOODMAN: Professor Pyle, could you respond?

    CHRISTOPHER PYLE: Well, we all want to protect the security of the country. We all want to protect the Constitution. But when government agencies are totally unaccountable, we can’t do that. Members of Congress do not go to those briefings, even if they’re offered, because once you go to the briefing, then you can’t talk about what you’ve been told, because it’s classified. So the briefing system is designed to silence Congress, not to promote effective oversight.

    Members of Congress don’t want to spend time on oversight. They’re too busy raising money. New members of the House of Representatives this winter were told by the Democratic Campaign Committee that they should spend between four and six hours a day dialing for dollars. They have no time to do the public’s business. They’re too busy begging for money. President Obama himself attended 220 fundraisers last year. Where does he get the time to be president when he’s spending so much time asking wealthy people for money to support his campaign?

    snip

    CHRISTOPHER PYLE: Well, it’s true. NSA doesn’t want to hire people like you and me. We don’t know enough about the Internet. That said, it’s important to note that the vice chairman of Booz Allen happens to be Mike McConnell, who was former director of NSA and of national intelligence. There is a revolving door between high government positions and private corporations, and this revolving door allows these people to make a great deal more money upon leaving the government, and then being rented back to the government in a contractor capacity. And that’s part of the corruption of the system.

  • Leanora
    June 13, 2013 at 6:12 pm

    Another Imperial Vacation – this one will be quite expensive!

    __________________________________

    Even the Queen does not cost this much!!! 🙄

  • admin

    Every day our readers must feel they are rereading articles we wrote years ago. Today it is Ralph Nader repeating us five years too late:

    http://newsbusters.org/blogs/noel-sheppard/2013/06/13/ralph-nader-has-there-been-bigger-con-man-white-house-barack-obama#ixzz2W6rkEJFy

    Ralph Nader: ‘Has There Been a Bigger Con Man in the White House Than Barack Obama?
    Ralph Nader last week had some harsh words for the current President of the United States.

    Appearing on Democracy Now!, Nader asked host Amy Goodman, “Has there been a bigger con man in the White House than Barack Obama?”

  • mcnorman

    @ foxyladi and leonora

    They did cut back a bit on the trip. There will be no safari. They don’t have to take the snipers who were to be used in case any cheetahs or wild lions came after them.

    Somehow, I don’t think that any of the lions or cheetahs would have much of an appetite for the posers.

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2341276/White-House-cancels-Obamas-African-safari-plans-revealed-include-SWAT-team-SNIPERS-high-powered-rifles.html

  • Shadowfax

    Admin, it probably took 5 years for Nader to realize Barry never keeps his promises. My guess is he would have voted for him.

    Foxy – Another Tray for a day…thanks.

  • moononpluto

    Still here…

    Amazing how people are being helped….The Divan Hotel in Taksim have an triage doctors and infirmary running there and protesters can spend the night for free in the building, wow…

    People from all walks sticking fingers up at the Govt.

  • moononpluto

    police “warn” journalists that “they may also get hurt” in ankara…intimidation tactics to try and stop coverage getting out.

  • Shadowfax

    BO and MO cancel safari because the cost was leaked to the public.

    They could take Joe with his water canon for protection and MO’s scowl would cause any large cat to fall from the trees.

    At least they wouldn’t have to pay military servants to strip coconuts from the palms.

    I think an appropriate vacation would be for BO to take a flight to Mars, loaded with a body man and his gulf clubs…he would be back in time to run as the next Pope.

  • Leanora

    There is absolutely no reason to go to war in Syria! None! It is a no win situation. If we succeed, we are allowing another country to be taken over by Al Qaeda. At the same time we’ll be risking war with Russia and China. This is to satisfy Barry Hussein Obama’s friends in Saudi Arabia and the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt.

  • wbboei

    Admin: I read the situation exactly as you do, with one important caveat.

    I believe Hillary has been selected by the elites to be the nominee, just as Obama was eight years ago.

    I do not see the scandals preventing that from occurring.

    She needs to distance herself from Obama however. She has done too much for him already.

    I think Obama supporters like Walsh, Brazille and others posing as Hillary supporters, hoping that she will take them in.

    She must refuse those entreaties at all cost because their true motives are a matter of record.

    I do not think the Republicans will be a problem.

    Thanks to Karl Rove, they have made a fundamental miscalculation on the Immigration Bill

    They have convinced themselves that they can maintain their base and attract hispanics with Amnesty.

    And their annointed one, Rubio, is now seen as a snake oil salesman is widely viewed as a snake oil salesman.

    They will be unable to turn out the vote in 2016–I would bet my life on that–but it has not even dawned on them.

    Hillary will be our next president. I am sure of it.

    As the Obama term comes to a close, people like Walsh, Brazil and others will pretend to be Hil

  • Leanora

    These are the ‘rebels’ that our military will be sent over to help!!!!
    ***

    Syrian rebels pledge loyalty to al-Qaeda

    BEIRUT ­ A Syrian rebel group’s pledge of allegiance to al-Qaeda’s replacement for Osama bin Laden suggests that the terrorist group’s influence is not waning and that it may take a greater role in the Western-backed fight to topple Syrian President Bashar Assad.

    The pledge of allegiance by Syrian Jabhat al Nusra Front chief Abou Mohamad al-Joulani to al-Qaeda leader Sheik Ayman al-Zawahri was coupled with an announcement by the al-Qaeda affiliate in Iraq, the Islamic State of Iraq, that it would work with al Nusra as well.

    http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2013/04/11/syria-al-qaeda-connection/2075323/

  • wbboei

    This guy Schulman is really pathetic.

    It surprises me that more people have not noticed this.

    Perhaps that is because he is a Harvard man.

    Just watch him repeat his rehearsed story, evade questions, and run away from the personal responsibilities of his office.

    Try that in your next IRS audit, and see how that works.

    Trey for his part does a splendid job of cross examining him.

    Schulman has no humility.

    This is what Cicero called “the arrogance of officialdom”.

    Personally, I have choicer words for it.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=KIpHuAh0sOI

  • Leanora

    Obama Admin Considers Resettling Thousands of Syrian Refugees in U.S.

    The Obama administration is considering resettling thousands of refugees who left Syria during the country’s ongoing civil war to multiple towns and cities across the United States, the L.A. Times reports.
    A resettlement plan under discussion in Washington and other capitals is aimed at relieving pressure on Middle Eastern countries straining to support 1.6 million refugees, as well as assisting hard-hit Syrian families.

    The State Department is “ready to consider the idea,” an official from the department said, if the administration receives a formal request from the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Refugees, which is the usual procedure.

    The United States usually accepts about half the refugees that the U.N. agency proposes for resettlement. California has historically taken the largest share, but Illinois, Florida, Pennsylvania, Maryland and Virginia are also popular destinations.

    http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Peace/2013/06/11/Obama-Admin-Considers-Resettling-Thousands-of-Syrian-Refugees-in-U-S

  • Shadowfax

    wbboei
    June 13, 2013 at 9:02 pm

    ================
    Somebody stop me, I am falling more in love with Trey then his wife would allow. 😉

    I love it when Trey puts down the polite talk, after getting a pile of bs and finally goes for the throat! Go Trey, go!!!

  • Southern Born

    I’ve just spent the last period of time watching many of those videoes of Trey Gowdy.
    He is tough plus he has that southern gentleman thing going as well. Oh, my goodness.
    Who can resist that?

  • admin

    Our non-fan Peggy Noonan appears to agree with us as to the NSA scandal:

    http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887324188604578543721259199626.html?mod=WSJ_Opinion_LEADTop

    Noonan: Privacy Isn’t All We’re Losing

    The surveillance state threatens Americans’ love of country.

    The U.S. surveillance state as outlined and explained by Edward Snowden is not worth the price. Its size, scope and intrusiveness, its ability to target and monitor American citizens, its essential unaccountability—all these things are extreme.

    The purpose of the surveillance is enhanced security, a necessary goal to say the least. The price is a now formal and agreed-upon acceptance of the end of the last vestiges of Americans’ sense of individual distance and privacy from the government. The price too is a knowledge, based on human experience and held by all but fools and children, that the gleanings of the surveillance state will eventually be used by the mischievous, the malicious and the ignorant in ways the creators of the system did not intend. For all we know that’s already happened. But of course we don’t know: It’s secret. Only the intelligence officials know, and they say everything’s A-OK.

    The end of human confidence in a zone of individual privacy from the government, plus the very real presence of a system that can harm, harass or invade the everyday liberties of Americans. This is a recipe for democratic disaster.

    If—again, if—what Snowden says is substantially true, the surveillance state will in time encourage an air of subtle oppression, and encourage too a sense of paranoia that may in time—not next week, but in time, as the years unfold—loosen and disrupt the ties the people of America feel to our country. “They spy on you here and will abuse the information they get from spying on you here. I don’t like ‘here.'” [snip]

    I feel that almost everyone who talks about America for a living—politicians and journalists and even historians—is missing a huge and essential story: that too many things are happening that are making a lot of Americans feel a new distance from, a frayed affiliation with, the country they have loved for half a century and more, the country they loved without every having to think about it, so natural was it. This isn’t the kind of thing that can be quantified in polls—it’s barely the kind of thing people admit to themselves. But talk to older Americans—they feel they barely know this country anymore. In governance its crucial to stay within parameters, it’s important not to strain ties, push too far, be extreme. And if you think this does not carry implications for down the road, for our healthy continuance as a nation, you are mistaken. Love keeps great nations going.

    Some of the reaction to the NSA story is said to be generational. The young are said not to fear losing privacy, because they never knew it. The middle-aged, who grew up in peace and have families, want safety first, whatever it takes, even excess. Lately for wisdom I’ve been looking to the old. Go to somebody who’s 75 and ask, “So if it turns out the U.S. government is really spying on American citizens and tracking everything they do, is that OK with you?” They’ll likely say no, that’s not what we do in America.

    The other day on Fox News Channel I saw 79-year-old Eugene Cernan, the Apollo astronaut. Mr. Cernan’s indignation about the state of things was so sincere, so there. China had just blasted into space, bringing its pride and sense of nationhood with it. America doesn’t do that anymore, said Mr. Cernan, we’re not achieving big things. Now we go nowhere.

    The interviewer, Neil Cavuto, threw in a question about the spying.

    Yes, we’re under attack, said Mr. Cernan, but “we can handle it,” we can go after “the bad guys” without hurting “the good guys,” you can’t give up your own liberty and your own freedom.

    Exactly how a lot of us feel about it, rocket man.

  • wbboei

    IF THE GOP IS THIS STUPID, IT DESERVES TO DIE
    June 12, 2013

    Democrats terrify Hispanics into thinking they’ll be lynched if they vote for Republicans, and then turn around and taunt Republicans for not winning a majority of the Hispanic vote.

    This line of attack has real resonance with our stupidest Republicans. (Proposed Republican primary targets: Sens. Kelly Ayotte, Jeff Flake, Lindsey Graham and Marco Rubio.) Which explains why Republicans are devoting all their energy to slightly increasing their share of the Hispanic vote while alienating everyone else in America.

    It must be fun for liberals to manipulate Republicans into focusing on hopeless causes. Why don’t Democrats waste their time trying to win the votes of gun owners?

    As journalist Steve Sailer recently pointed out, the Hispanic vote terrifying Republicans isn’t that big. It actually declined in 2012. The Census Bureau finally released the real voter turnout numbers from the last election, and the Hispanic vote came in at only 8.4 percent of the electorate — not the 10 percent claimed by the pro-amnesty crowd.

    The sleeping giant of the last election wasn’t Hispanics; it was elderly black women, terrified of media claims that Republicans were trying to suppress the black vote and determined to keep the first African-American president in the White House.

    Contrary to everyone’s expectations, 10 percent more blacks voted in 2012 compared to 2008, even beating white voters, the usual turnout champions. Eligible black voters turned out at rate of 66.2 percent, compared to 64.1 percent of eligible white voters. Only 48 percent of all eligible Hispanic voters went to the polls.

    No one saw this coming, which is probably why Gallup had Romney up by 5 points before Hurricane Sandy hit, and up by 1 point in its last pre-election poll after the hurricane.

    Only two groups voted in larger numbers in 2012 compared to 2008: blacks aged 45-64, and blacks over the age of 65 — mostly elderly black women.

    In raw numbers, nearly twice as many blacks voted as Hispanics, and nine times as many whites voted as Hispanics. (Ninety-eight million whites, 18 million blacks and 11 million Hispanics.)

    So, naturally, the Republican Party’s entire battle plan going forward is to win slightly more votes from 8.4 percent of the electorate by giving them something they don’t want.

    As Byron York has shown, even if Mitt Romney had won 70 percent of the Hispanic vote, he still would have lost. No Republican presidential candidate in at least 50 years has won even half of the Hispanic vote.

    In the presidential election immediately after Reagan signed an amnesty bill in 1986, the Republican share of the Hispanic vote actually declined from 37 percent to 30 percent — and that was in a landslide election for the GOP. Combined, the two Bush presidents averaged 32.5 percent of the Hispanic vote — and they have Hispanics in their family Christmas cards.

    John McCain, the nation’s leading amnesty proponent, won only 31 percent of the Hispanic vote, not much more than anti-amnesty Romney’s 27 percent.
    Amnesty is a gift to employers, not employees.

    The (pro-amnesty) Pew Research Hispanic Center has produced poll after poll showing that Hispanics don’t care about amnesty. In a poll last fall, Hispanic voters said they cared more about education, jobs and health care than immigration. They even care more about the federal budget deficit than immigration! (To put that in perspective, the next item on their list of concerns was “scratchy towels.”)

    Also, note that Pew asked about “immigration,” not “amnesty.” Those Hispanics who said they cared about immigration might care about it the way I care about it — by supporting a fence and E-Verify.

    Who convinced Republicans that Hispanic wages aren’t low enough and what they really need is an influx of low-wage workers competing for their jobs?

    Maybe the greedy businessmen now running the Republican Party should talk with their Hispanic maids sometime. Ask Juanita if she’d like to have seven new immigrants competing with her for the opportunity to clean other people’s houses, so that her wages can be dropped from $20 an hour to $10 an hour.

    A wise Latina, A.J. Delgado, recently explained on Mediaite.com why amnesty won’t win Republicans the Hispanic vote — even if they get credit for it. Her very first argument was: “Latinos will resent the added competition for jobs.”

    But rich businessmen don’t care. Big Republican donors — and their campaign consultants — just want to make money. They don’t care about Hispanics, and they certainly don’t care what happens to the country. If the country is hurt, I don’t care, as long as I am doing better! This is the very definition of treason.

    Hispanic voters are a small portion of the electorate. They don’t want amnesty, and they’re hopeless Democrats. So Republicans have decided the path to victory is to flood the country with lots more of them!

    It’s as if Republicans convinced Democrats to fixate on banning birth control to win more pro-life voters. This would be great for Republicans because Democrats will never win a majority of pro-life voters, and about as many pro-lifers care about birth control as Hispanics care about amnesty.

    But that still wouldn’t be as idiotic as what Republicans are doing because, according to Gallup, pro-lifers are nearly half of the electorate. Hispanics are only 8.4 percent of the electorate.

    And it still wouldn’t be as stupid as the GOP pushing amnesty, because banning birth control wouldn’t create millions more voters who consistently vote against the Democrats.

    Listening to Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus burble a few weeks ago on “Fox News Sunday” about how amnesty is going to push the Republicans to new electoral heights, one is reminded of Democratic pollster Pat Caddell’s reason for refusing to become a Republican: No matter how enraged he gets at Democratic corruption, he says he can’t bear to join such a stupid party as the GOP.

  • wbboei

    Where is America going? What does the GOP future look like?

    America’s white majority, 64 percent of the population and 74 percent of the electorate, still declining in relative terms, has begun to decline in real terms. Deaths outnumber births. Among all U.S. births in 2012, white babies were outnumbered by babies of color.

    If Republicans are opposed to what mass immigration is doing to the country demographically, ethnically, socially and politically, there are, as Reagan used to say, “simple answers, just no easy answers.”

    Those answers: No amnesty, secure the border, enforce laws against businesses that hire illegals and impose a moratorium on new immigration so wages can rise and immigrants enter the middle class and start voting as did the children and grandchildren of the immigrants of 1890-1920 by 1972.

    So what are the Republicans doing?

    Going back on their word, dishonoring their platform and enraging their loyal supporters, who gave Mitt 90 percent of his votes, to pander to a segment of the electorate that gave Mitt less than 5 percent of his total votes.

    Whom the gods would destroy they first make mad.

    http://www.wnd.com/2013/06/worst-news-for-republicans-demography/

  • wbboei

    The same snooping tools the government has Schmidt has given to the Obama campaign. Here is one possible answer:

    The big flip-off: Company doesn’t give feds data
    ‘World’s most private search engine’ won’t betray you to Obama

    Published: 3 days ago

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    The federal government may be secretly accessing Americans’ online videos, emails, photos and search histories – with the help of Apple, Google, Microsoft, Yahoo, Facebook, YouTube, PalTalk, AOL and Skype – but “the world’s most private search engine” is staunchly defending its users’ privacy and civil liberties.

    StartPage.com and its sister search engine, Ixquick.com, were launched in 2006 to provide a private way for Americans to conduct Internet searches. StartPage provides a private portal to Google results, and Ixquick allows users to retrieve private results from other search engines.

    WND reported in 2010 when Katherine Albrecht, a Harvard-trained privacy expert who helped develop StartPage, warned, “It would blow people’s minds if they knew how much information the big search engines have on the American public. In fact, their dossiers are so detailed they would probably be the envy of the KGB.”

    It happens every day, Albrecht explained. When an unfamiliar topic crosses people’s minds, they often go straight to Google, Yahoo or Bing and enter key terms into those search engines. Every day, more than a billion searches for information are performed on Google alone.

    “If you get a rash between your toes, you go into Google,” she said. “If you have a miscarriage, you go into Google. If you are having marital difficulties, you look for a counselor on Google. If you lose your job, you look for unemployment benefit information on Google.”

    Albrecht said Americans unwittingly share their most private thoughts with search engines, serving up snippets of deeply personal information about their lives, habits, troubles, health concerns, preferences and political leanings.

    “We’re essentially telling them our entire life stories – stuff you wouldn’t even tell your mother – because you are in a private room with a computer,” she said. “We tend to think of that as a completely private circumstance. But the reality is that they make a record of every single search you do.”

    The search engines have sophisticated algorithms to mine data from searches and create very detailed profiles about Americans. She said those profiles are stored on servers and may fall into the wrong hands – for example, the federal government’s detailed files on unwitting U.S. citizens.

    Just recently, the Washington Post reported it obtained a top-secret document on a government program in which the NSA and FBI are “tapping directly into the central servers of nine leading U.S. Internet companies, extracting audio and video chats, photographs, e-mails, documents, and connection logs that enable analysts to track foreign targets.”

    The program, code-named PRISM, was utilized to obtain information that has become a critical part of President Obama’s daily briefing, according to the Post, which added, “NSA reporting increasingly relies on PRISM as its leading source of raw material, accounting for nearly 1 in 7 intelligence reports.”

    And McClatchy recently reported, “Privacy policies for Google, Yahoo! and other Internet service providers explicitly state that the companies collect users’ data, such as names, email addresses, telephone numbers, credit cards, IP addresses, search queries, purchases, time and date of calls, duration of calls and physical locations.

    “The policies say that companies may use that information to send you targeted advertising or, if necessary, to comply with requests from government authorities.”

    In a December 2009 interview with CNBC, Google CEO Eric Schmidt divulged that search engines may turn over citizens’ private information to the government.

    “If you have something that you don’t want anyone to know, maybe you shouldn’t be doing it in the first place,” Schmidt said. “But if you really need that kind of privacy, the reality is that search engines, including Google, do retain this information for some time. And it’s important, for example, that we are all subject to the United States Patriot Act. It is possible that information could be made available to the authorities.”

    However, StartPage and Ixquick say they have neither participated in PRISM nor shared Americans’ data with the federal government.

    “The privacy of our users rests on three important foundations,” explained StartPage and Ixquick CEO Robert Beens. “We are based in the Netherlands, we use encrypted connections, and – most importantly – we don’t store or share any of our users’ personal search data.”

    A statement from StartPage and Ixquick explained:

    No user data stored: StartPage and Ixquick never store user data, including IP addresses and search queries, so government agencies have no incentive to ask for these. This privacy is so complete; the company doesn’t even know who its customers are, so it can’t share anything with Big Brother.

    Encrypted (HTTPS) connections: StartPage and Ixquick were the first search engines to use automatic encryption on all connections to prevent snooping. When searches are encrypted, third parties like ISPs and the NSA can’t eavesdrop on Internet connections to see what people are searching for.

    Not under U.S. jurisdiction: StartPage and Ixquick are based in the Netherlands, so they are not directly subject to U.S. regulations, warrants, or court orders. They can’t be forced to participate in spying programs like PRISM. The company has never turned over a single bit of user data to any government entity in the 14 years it has been in business, which is not surprising since there is no data in the first place.

    “Unfortunately, it takes a scandal like PRISM to wake people up to the erosion of privacy, ” Albrecht said. “As people get fed up with being spied on, they look for alternatives. We already serve nearly 3 million private searches each day, and we expect that number to grow as people seek shelter from search engines that store and share their private information.”

    This summer, the company plans to launch a new email service called StartMail, which will provide a paid and heavily encrypted private email application. Anyone interested in being a StartMail beta tester can now sign up.

    http://www.wnd.com/2013/06/this-company-doesnt-share-your-online-info/

  • Shadowfax

    SouthernBorn

    Oh, my goodness.
    Who can resist that?

    —–
    Seriously…after all the congress and people of power from every nook and cranny full of lies and bs up to their eyebrows, Trey is like a breath of fresh air and something many of us see too little of these days.

    Seems as though Trey has a cohort of fans here on Hillayis44 😉

  • Shadowfax

    I think this part of what Peggy is saying is a load of cr@p:

    Some of the reaction to the NSA story is said to be generational. The young are said not to fear losing privacy, because they never knew it. The middle-aged, who grew up in peace and have families, want safety first, whatever it takes, even excess. Lately for wisdom I’ve been looking to the old. Go to somebody who’s 75 and ask, “So if it turns out the U.S. government is really spying on American citizens and tracking everything they do, is that OK with you?” They’ll likely say no, that’s not what we do in America.

    —–
    Although older folks are more open about their anger at this snooping in America, many of the tech savvy young are also outraged at having Uncle Sam in their underwear drawer. It’s one thing to want to be safe, we all want that, but the more American’s that lean of this scandal, the majority are outraged and distrust the President and people that hide from the truth with the disguise of ‘national security’.

    Peggy also keeps saying, “If this is true..”, if Snowden is telling the truth about the snooping.
    Well Peggy, do ya really think there would be a class action law suit against the government by Microsoft, Apple, AOL, Skype, Google and a total of 9 huge internet connected companies if this were some crackpot idea a 29-year-old just made up???

  • Shadowfax

    LEARN of this scandal

  • Shadowfax

    Wired has another frightening article out:

    THE SECRET WAR
    INFILTRATION. SABOTAGE. MAYHEM. FOR YEARS FOUR-STAR GENERAL KEITH ALEXANDER HAS BEEN BUILDING A SECRET ARMY CAPABLE OF LAUNCHING DEVASTATING CYBERATTACKS. NOW IT’S READY TO UNLEASH HELL.

    [snip]

    Alexander runs the nation’s cyberwar efforts, an empire he has built over the past eight years by insisting that the US’s inherent vulnerability to digital attacks requires him to amass more and more authority over the data zipping around the globe. In his telling, the threat is so mind-bogglingly huge that the nation has little option but to eventually put the entire civilian Internet under his protection, requiring tweets and emails to pass through his filters, and putting the kill switch under the government’s forefinger. “What we see is an increasing level of activity on the networks,” he said at a recent security conference in Canada. “I am concerned that this is going to break a threshold where the private sector can no longer handle it and the government is going to have to step in.”

    In its tightly controlled public relations, the NSA has focused attention on the threat of cyberattack against the US—the vulnerability of critical infrastructure like power plants and water systems, the susceptibility of the military’s command and control structure, the dependence of the economy on the Internet’s smooth functioning. Defense against these threats was the paramount mission trumpeted by NSA brass at congressional hearings and hashed over at security conferences.

    But there is a flip side to this equation that is rarely mentioned: The military has for years been developing offensive capabilities, giving it the power not just to defend the US but to assail its foes. Using so-called cyber-kinetic attacks, Alexander and his forces now have the capability to physically destroy an adversary’s equipment and infrastructure, and potentially even to kill. Alexander—who declined to be interviewed for this article—has concluded that such cyberweapons are as crucial to 21st-century warfare as nuclear arms were in the 20th.

    And he and his cyberwarriors have already launched their first attack. The cyberweapon that came to be known as Stuxnet was created and built by the NSA in partnership with the CIA and Israeli intelligence in the mid-2000s. The first known piece of malware designed to destroy physical equipment, Stuxnet was aimed at Iran’s nuclear facility in Natanz. By surreptitiously taking control of an industrial control link known as a Scada (Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition) system, the sophisticated worm was able to damage about a thousand centrifuges used to enrich nuclear material.

    [more]

    http://www.wired.com/threatlevel/2013/06/general-keith-alexander-cyberwar/

  • moononpluto

    Heres Turksih Democracy…..

    Hayat TV to close down

    http://www.hayattv.net/

    Hayat TV, a progressive Turkish TV channel of the working people, the youth, women and the intellectuals is facing closure. We believe this is a blow to people’s freedom of information. The decision for the closure is made by the broadcasting regulator RTUK, Radio & Television High Commission with the pretext that Hayat TV has no licence. This is not true. Hayat TV has been broadcasting since 21 March 2007 by ofcom licence via TURKSAT satellite. But a recent change in broadcasting rules via TURKSAT requires broadcasters to obtain a RTUK licence to be able to broadcast via satellite. Our application for a RTUK licence has been submitted and pending for a decision. We have taken all the necessary steps and RTUK agreed that we could carry on broadcasting as it is until a RTUK licence is granted. However, RTUK is now making an arbitrary decision to close down our channel because of, we believe, our broadcast of recent protests in Istanbul and across Turkey. RTUK says they investigated “the complaints received for our coverage of the Gezi Park protests” and made a decision for the closure. We believe this closure is part of the overall repression on the media in Turkey during the more than two-week-long Gezi Park protests. Four other TV channels have been given a fine by RTUK because of their coverage of the recent events. RTUK sent a letter to TURKSAT to put an end to Hayat TV broadcast at 12:00 p.m. on Friday, 14th June 2013. We believe this arbitrary and unlawful decision should be reversed. We call on all democratically minded people to show solidarity with Hayat TV.

    Mustafa Kara
    Hayat TV Broadcast Coordinator

    ………..basically they are going to shut down all opposition. Very 1984.

  • Leanora

    United Nations human rights investigators said they have gathered testimony from outside Syria suggesting that rebels, NOT Bashar Assad’s regime, may have used chemical weapons.

    But as is Obama’s wont, he creates his own narrative to side with jihadists and Islamic supremacists.

    http://atlasshrugs2000.typepad.com/atlas_shrugs/2013/06/obama-promises-more-aid-to-al-qaeda-linked-jihadists-in-syria.html

  • Leanora

    Everything this guy touches or has anything to do with is infected with evil and innocents die!
    ********

    Benghazi descends into chaos under U.S.-backed regime Islamic militia firing indiscriminately

    Benghazi has descended into a state of civil emergency in which lawless militia have begun killing protestors with impunity, in the name of the puppet government the United States has established in Tripoli.

    A group of highly credible Libyan expatriates have provided WND with links to television news video clips from Libya dramatically showing armed militia in Benghazi on June 8, firing indiscriminately on civilians attempting to protest the increasing influence of radical Islam thug groups with loose ties to al-Qaida.

    http://www.wnd.com/2013/06/benghazi-descends-into-chaos-under-u-s-backed-regime/

  • Leanora

    This is child abuse!
    ***

    Third-Graders Introduce Obama at LGBT Pride Event

    http://www.breitbart.com/Breitbart-TV/2013/06/13/Third-Graders-Introduce-Obama-at-LGBT-Pride-Event

  • moononpluto

    Turkey Econ minister: Gezi park protests,backed by interest rate lobby,has prevented Turkey building a spaceship. OK! …….right, just stay there Mr Minister, white coat people will round in a few.

    https://twitter.com/kafa_radyo/status/345177923243892737/photo/1

  • Leanora

    What a dog!

    Sorry Mutts – no insult intended.
    ***

    White House, FEMA stand firm on denying West major disaster aid

    http://www.texasfred.net/archives/21201

  • moononpluto

    Holy Crap….

    Blair Denies Wendi Deng Affair Rumour (Blair and Mrs Murdoch….surely not?)

    The Hollywood Reporter were given a very carefully worded response when they called up Blair’s office this morning:

    “If you are asking if they are having an affair, the answer is no.”

    People have, surely somewhat unfairly, remarked on the use of the present tense…

    …………………..

    The info i have heard is this Robert Peston, the BBC Business editor, tweeted that the “undisclosed reasons for Murdoch divorcing Deng are jaw-dropping.”

  • Leanora

    Obama’s new Deputy CIA Director has no CIA experience and a thing for reading aloud erotic fiction

    So, when your Deputy CIA Director steps down in the middle of a massive scandal, who do you suppose would be a good person to appoint. How about a lawyer with no intelligence experience who used to read aloud at “erotica nights” at her local bookstore. Yeah, that about sums up what Obama just did.

    http://poorrichardsnews.com/post/52876227321/obamas-new-deputy-cia-director-has-no-cia-experience

  • WOW!! That Barack can sure pick em. 😆

  • From IRS targeting to the PRISM program, the Obama administration has disregarded our most basic freedoms as part of a Nixonian campaign to discredit its political enemies, Sen. Ted Cruz said in a speech Thursday.

    “Using the machinery of government to target your political enemies is wrong. It was wrong when Nixon did it, and it’s wrong now,” the Texas Republican told an audience at the Faith and Freedom Coalition.

    Cruz characterized the nation’s current disagreements over religious freedom as part of an unbroken struggle waged since the days of the pilgrims

    Read more: http://dailycaller.com/2013/06/14/ted-cruz-obama-assaulting-freedom-on-every-front/#ixzz2WCV9cuQa

  • Today is the 238th birthday of the US Army. thanks to the soldiers and families who have sacrificed so much to protect us throughout our nation’s history. 🙂

  • moononpluto

    Well of course it would, she was ruining Obama……

    CBS Statement: A cyber security firm hired by CBS News has determined through forensic analysis that Sharyl Attkisson’s computer was accessed by an unauthorized, external, unknown party on multiple occasions in late 2012.”

  • moononpluto

    This is ramping up…..

    CHP vans are out in neighborhoods, calling people to go to Kugulu park tonight. AKP out too for protests tomorrow.

  • moononpluto

    Evidence suggests this party performed all access remotely using Attkisson’s accounts. While no malicious code was found, forensic analysis revealed an intruder had executed commands that appeared to involve search and exfiltration of data.

    This party also used sophisticated methods to remove all possible indications of unauthorized activity, and alter system times to cause further confusion.

    CBS News is taking steps to identify the responsible party and their method of access.”

  • Happy Flag Day- Friday June 14, 2013!

    Hooray for Old Glory–long may she wave above the land of the free and the home of the brave–thanks for our veterans!!! 🙂

  • S

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2013/jun/14/nsa-partisanship-propaganda-prism

    Glenn Greenwald

    snip

    The most vocal media critics of our NSA reporting, and the most vehement defenders of NSA surveillance, have been, by far, Democratic (especially Obama-loyal) pundits. As I’ve written many times, one of the most significant aspects of the Obama legacy has been the transformation of Democrats from pretend-opponents of the Bush War on Terror and National Security State into their biggest proponents: exactly what the CIA presciently and excitedly predicted in 2008 would happen with Obama’s election.

    Some Democrats have tried to distinguish 2006 from 2013 by claiming that the former involved illegal spying while the latter does not. But the claim that current NSA spying is legal is dubious in the extreme: the Obama DOJ has repeatedly thwarted efforts by the ACLU, EFF and others to obtain judicial rulings on their legality and constitutionality by invoking procedural claims of secrecy, immunity and standing. If Democrats are so sure these spying programs are legal, why has the Obama DOJ been so eager to block courts from adjudicating that question?

    More to the point, Democratic critiques of Bush’s spying were about more than just legality. I know that because I actively participated in the campaign to amplify those critiques. Indeed, by 2006, most of Bush’s spying programs – definitely his bulk collection of phone records – were already being conducted under the supervision and with the blessing of the FISA court. Moreover, leading members of Congress – including Nancy Pelosi – were repeatedly briefed on all aspects of Bush’s NSA spying program. So the distinctions Democrats are seeking to draw are mostly illusory.

    To see how that this is so, just listen to then-Senator Joe Biden in 2006 attack the NSA for collecting phone records: he does criticize the program for lacking FISA court supervision (which wasn’t actually true), but also claims to be alarmed by just how invasive and privacy-destroying that sort of bulk record collection is. He says he “doesn’t think” that the program passes the Fourth Amendment test: how can Bush’s bulk record collection program be unconstitutional while Obama’s program is constitutional? But Biden also rejected Bush’s defense (exactly the argument Obama is making now) – that “we’re not listening to the phone calls, we’re just looking for patterns” – by saying this:

    I don’t have to listen to your phone calls to know what you’re doing. If I know every single phone call you made, I’m able to determine every single person you talked to. I can get a pattern about your life that is very, very intrusive. . . . If it’s true that 200 million Americans’ phone calls were monitored – in terms of not listening to what they said, but to whom they spoke and who spoke to them – I don’t know, the Congress should investigative this.”

    Is collecting everyone’s phone records not “very intrusive” when Democrats are doing it? Just listen to that short segment to see how every defense Obama defenders are making now were the ones Bush defenders made back then. Again, leading members of Congress and the FISA court were both briefed on and participants in the Bush telephone record collection program as well, yet Joe Biden and most Democrats found those programs very alarming and “very intrusive” back then.

    more

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    http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2013/06/14/the-sickening-snowden-backlash.html

    It’s appalling to hear the Washington bureaucrats and their media allies trash Edward Snowden as a traitor, when it’s our leaders and the NSA who have betrayed us, writes Kirsten Powers.

    Hell hath no fury like the Washington establishment scorned.

    Since Edward Snowden came forward to identify himself as the leaker of the National Security Agency spying programs, the D.C. mandarins have been working overtime to discredit the man many view as a hero for revealing crucial information the government had wrongfully kept secret. Apparently, if you think hiding information about spying on Americans is bad, you are misguided. The real problem is that Snowden didn’t understand that his role is to sit and be quiet while the “best and the brightest” keep Americans in the dark about government snooping on private citizens.

    more…

  • wbboei

    The IRS, The NSA and Comprehensive Amnesty Reform All Tie Together In a Very Nasty Way.
    Keeping You Down Is Way More Important Than Keeping You Safe

    By: Repair_Man_Jack (Diary) | June 14th, 2013 at 11:38 AM | 1

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    Fifty-seven percent (57%) of voters nationwide believe it is likely the NSA data will be used by other government agencies to harass political opponents. A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey shows that just 30% consider it unlikely and 14% are not sure.

    (HT:Rasmussen Reports)

    The government claims it will keep Americans safe. It says it will do so by establishing the most extensive data surveillance system in human history. It also pushes hard to pass Comprehensive Amnesty Reform. Our political leaders seem deliberately blind to this obvious contradiction.

    Then, on top of the obvious epistemological blindness of building a security state with open borders, they make it worse by knowingly and deliberately unleashing the IRS on their political opponents like an underfed pack of Dobermans. All of this makes the true values of the current administration apparent. Keeping you down is far more important than keeping you secure.
    The IRS Finds Your Faith Disturbing

    The IRS Finds Your Faith Disturbing

    So we build this gigantic security apparatus. Ft. Meade, MD bristles with antennae that listen to all of your phone calls and their analysts can scan through your credit card transactions before you even get mailed your monthly VISA bill. Yet they still wave Dzohkar and Tamerlane Tsarnaev through the door with no problem even after the Russian Government wrote them directly and mentioned the Tsarneavs directly as potential threats. And then stand there like slack-jawed idiots when the pressure cooker goes off at the finish line of The Boston Marathon. Nothing that happens at Fort George G. Meade has the intent of actually protecting my safety. I’m being spied upon instead.

    Our Commander-In-Chief went to The National Defense University and proclaimed that he was winding the War on Terror down. He stated “This war, like all wars, must end. That’s what history advises. That’s what our democracy demands.” This would explain his willingness to open the borders, but it doesn’t explain why the IRS people are getting issued AR-15s. Who are those weapons intended to be used upon? If we no longer have to fear Jihad, why is Peter King demanding that journalists get put in prison for publishing what Edward Snowden gives them on a thumb drive*?

    And while the boot gets put to the neck of productive, law-abiding and decent American Citizens, what will this influx of immigration across our deliberately opened borders bring America? What will we get in return for our amnesty? Dr. George J. Borjas gives us an economic analysis. It isn’t pretty.

    In 1960, for instance, 59.4 percent of immigrant workers were high school dropouts and 9.7 percent were college graduates. This educational mix was only slightly worse than that of native men, where 49.3 percent were high school dropouts and 9.7 percent were also college graduates. By 2000, however, natives were more likely to have a college degree (28.2 percent versus 25.9 percent), and were far less likely to be high school dropouts (29.4 percent of immigrants lacked a high school diploma, as compared to only 7.2 percent of natives).

    Oh, and not only does mass immigration bring in a less well-educated and socialized cohort of people, it also worsens the lives of people already here who struggle to achieve parity with their more educated and wealthy peers. Dr. Borjas explains.

    The evidence suggests an immigration-induced 10 percent increase in the number of workers in each skill group has the following effects: it reduces the wage of native workers in that same skill group by 3.5 percent; it reduces the wage of native workers who have the same education but who differ in their experience by 0.7 percent; and it increases the wage of native workers with different educational attainment by 0.5 percent.

    And this particularly hammers low income American Citizens.

    …the immigrant influx of the 1980s and 1990s lowered the wage of native workers, particularly of those workers at the bottom and top of the education distribution. The wage fell by 7.4 percent for high school dropouts and by 3.6 percent for college graduates. In contrast, the wage of high school graduates and workers with some college fell by around 2 percent. Overall, the immigrant influx reduced the wage of the typical native worker by 3.7 percent.

    It’s almost like Mitt Romney won the last election. Our current President doesn’t seem to worry about the poor as he strongly back Comprehensive Amnesty Reform.

    So why would 57% of the American Electorate believe that the NSA will be used to attack political opponents of Barack Obama rather than military and ideological opponents of the USA? First, he has already ordered his IRS Waffen-SS to do the same. Second, the Comprehensive Amnesty Reform bill that he has voiced his support for is an assault on the economic opportunity and viability of an already-suffering American Working Class. It is obvious through this choice of priorities that President Barack Obama cares a whole lot more about keeping you in your place rather than whether that place affords you any particular safety or hope.

    *-It should be noted that Snowden may well deserve a stay in The Grey Bar Resort and Hotel for violating IT Security laws via the unauthorized thumb drive.
    Tags: amnesty, Barack Obama, George Borjas, Immigration, IRS, national security, NSA

  • Leanora

    I will never be able to look at a crock pot the same way again. What happened to the Hippocratic Oath? I wonder if he was this callous to begin with or if he became so because of what he does.
    ****

    Carhart: Aborting Late-Term Baby ‘Like Putting Meat in a Crock-Pot’

    (CNSNews.com) – In a covertly made tape-recording at a Nebraska abortion clinic, Dr. Leroy Carhart told a pregnant woman that aborting her late-term baby by subjecting the child to a lethal injection inside the womb was “like putting meat in a Crock-Pot.”

    “It’s like putting meat in a Crock-Pot. Okay? It doesn’t get broke – it gets softer. It doesn’t get infected,” Carhart said in response to a question from a Live Action investigator who posed as a potential patient.

    – See more at: http://cnsnews.com/news/article/carhart-aborting-late-term-baby-putting-meat-crock-pot#sthash.diYaQq5e.dpuf

  • wbboei

    There is nothing better than an HONEST man of the left, who believes in the Constitution. He is more different than night and day from the dishonest man of the left who is out for power only and uses the apparatus of the state to enslave us because he fancies himself to be superior. Many of the latter now belong to the internet community and just because they believe they master it therefore it will never be turned against them, the truth is never is a long time.

  • moononpluto

    You see where this is headed folks…..

    AKP mayor Melih Gökçek : ‘Main opposition party must be shut down’

  • moononpluto

    That by the way was the mayor of Ankara.

  • wbboei

    The most important distinction of all for every American to keep in mind: the country is not the government and the government is not the country. The government is the permanent bureaucracy plus a group of people who have succeeded for a while in the competition for power. However, when this group has malign intentions toward the country, as the Obama people do, and is given the technology and information by miscreants like Schmidt, they become a grave menace to the country.

  • wbboei

    S: thanks a million for alerting me to this article in your post above. The entire article is well worth a read. Kirsten is brilliant–and very courageous. For anyone who doubts that there is a washington dc establishment hell bent on running our lives this should wake them up rather quickly:
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    The Sickening Snowden Backlash
    by Kirsten Powers Jun 14, 2013 4:45 AM EDT

    It’s appalling to hear the Washington bureaucrats and their media allies trash Edward Snowden as a traitor, when it’s our leaders and the NSA who have betrayed us, writes Kirsten Powers.

    Hell hath no fury like the Washington establishment scorned.

    Since Edward Snowden came forward to identify himself as the leaker of the National Security Agency spying programs, the D.C. mandarins have been working overtime to discredit the man many view as a hero for revealing crucial information the government had wrongfully kept secret. Apparently, if you think hiding information about spying on Americans is bad, you are misguided. The real problem is that Snowden didn’t understand that his role is to sit and be quiet while the “best and the brightest” keep Americans in the dark about government snooping on private citizens.
    Edward Snowden Backlash

    John Boehner (top left), Edward Snowden and Dianne Feinstein. (Clockwise from top left: Getty (2); AP)

    By refusing to play this role, Snowden has been called a “traitor” by House Majority Leader John Boehner. Sen. Dianne Feinstein called the leaks “an act of treason.” The fury among the protectors of the status quo is so great that you have longtime Washington Post columnist Richard Cohen smearing Snowden as a “cross-dressing Little Red Riding Hood.” The New York Times’s David Brooks lamented that Snowden, who put himself in peril for the greater good, was too “individualistic.” It seems that he wasn’t sufficiently indoctrinated to blindly worship the establishment institutions that have routinely failed us. Brooks argued that “for society to function well, there have to be basic levels of trust and cooperation, a respect for institutions and deference to common procedures.”

    This is backward. It’s the institutions that need to demonstrate respect for the public they allegedly serve. If Snowden or any other American is skeptical of institutional power, it is not due to any personal failing on their part. The lack of respect is a direct outgrowth of the bad behavior of the nation’s institutions, behavior that has undermined Americans’ trust in them. According to Gallup’s “confidence in institutions” poll, trust is at an historic low, with Congress clocking in at a 13 percent approval rating in 2012. Yes, this is the same Congress that has “oversight” of the government spying programs.

    When one major institution (the Washington media establishment) so seamlessly partners with another (the U.S. government) in trashing a whistleblower, it’s not hard to understand why Americans might be jaded. The New Yorker’s Jeffrey Toobin wrote that Snowden is “a grandiose narcissist who deserves to be in prison.” MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell complained about Snowden’s naiveté and “maturity level,” as if only a child would believe the government should be transparent about its activity. Politico’s Roger Simon called Snowden “the slacker who came in from the cold,” with “all the qualifications to become a grocery bagger.” That people feel comfortable sneering about grocery workers—a respectable job—and writing off Snowden’s years working as a security guard as sloth tells you a bit about the culture of the nation’s capital, doesn’t it?

    Some members of the Washington political elite, like John Boehner and Dianne Feinstein, have called Edward Snowden a “traitor” who deserves to be prosecuted.

    But he didn’t finish high school! Actually, Snowden earned a general equivalency diploma (GED), but that hasn’t stopped his detractors from spitting this accusation like an epithet. On Wednesday’s Late Show With David Letterman, Tom Brokaw dismissed Snowden as “a high school dropout who is a military washout.” On Tuesday, Sen. Susan Collins, mocked the 29-year-old man as “a high school drop-out who had little maturity [and] had not successfully completed anything he had undertaken.” Yes, if only he had gone to Harvard or Yale like our last four presidents, who have done such a bang-up job running the country. By the way, according to Glenn Greenwald, Snowden actually worked as a contractor for four years at the NSA, which suggests some level of specialized skill.

    It says something about the lack of a positive case for keeping the NSA spying programs secret that the main line of defense is to attack Snowden for lacking the proper credentials to speak out against the government.

    Apparently we are supposed to “respect institutions” so much that we never feel entitled to information about how they operate, even when it involves our private communications. Only because of Snowden do we know that our government is storing records of our phone data that can be mined for God only knows how long. This same government opted to not prosecute its workers who destroyed CIA interrogation records that might have implicated the government in law breaking. Does this seem right?

    Director of National Intelligence James Clapper blatantly lied to Congress about the activity of the NSA, and there seems to be no ramifications. Yet the Washington establishment wants to put Snowden in jail and throw away the key for telling the truth. We are told to blindly respect an institution that persecutes whistleblowers for leaks of overclassified government information while watching the Obama administration’s leaking of secret government information to aggrandize the president during his reelection campaign. So, please tell us more about how we should have more respect for our institutions.

    Whether one supports or opposes the NSA spying programs, Snowden has done a public service by exposing them and igniting a debate about government surveillance that even the president says he welcomes. There is no reason for the mere existence of either program to have been classified by the Most Transparent Administration in History. The claims that terrorists have been tipped off by these revelations are not credible. Nobody seriously believes that until now terrorists didn’t know the American government is monitoring their email and phone calls. Sen. Jon Tester (D-MT) told MSNBC Wednesday, “I don’t see how [Snowden’s leaks] compromises the security of this country whatsoever.”

    In his 2003 book, Why Societies Need Dissent, liberal law professor Cass Sunstein pointed out that, in society, “a single dissenter or voice of sanity is likely to have a huge impact.” But the problem for dissenters is that they “have little incentive to speak out, because they would gain nothing from dissenting” and in fact might be punished.

    Snowden knew this and he did it anyway. He clearly understands something that those screaming “traitor” do not: the allegiance we have as Americans is to the Constitution, not the institution of government. Snowden summed it up best when he told a South China Morning Post reporter this week, “I’m neither a traitor nor a hero. I’m an American.”

    Like The Daily Beast on Facebook and follow us on Twitter for updates all day long.

    Kirsten Powers is a columnist for The Daily Beast. She is also a contributor to USA Today and a Fox News political analyst. She served in the Clinton administration from 1993 to 1998 and has worked in New York state and city politics. Her writing has been published in The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, New York Post, The New York Observer, Salon.com, Elle magazine, and American Prospect online.

  • Shadowfax

    More opinions of Snowden…

    Government agents spent several days in the field trying to find Snowden, according to the source, but they were unable to do so before the first news story based on Snowden’s revelations appeared in The Guardian and then in The Washington Post. The government did not know Snowden was the source for the stories until he admitted it on Sunday, the sources said. [Reuters]
    Some people believe Snowden is exaggerating his skill level and knowledge, as he apparently inflated his salary and spying capabilities, but in interviews with colleagues, Snowden comes out looking pretty smart. He had a reputation as a very gifted “geek,” a source tells Reuters. “This guy’s really good with his fingers on the keyboard. He’s really good.”

    SEE MORE: Everything we know about the massive explosion at a Louisiana chemical plant

    His prowess with computer networks isn’t a surprise, says John Herrman at BuzzFeed, now that we’ve discovered he’s “a member of a growing and increasingly powerful alumni group: The internet people.” For a few years, and more than 800 posts, Snowden was a frequent contributor to Ars Technica forums — the successor to Usenet and precursor of Reddit — making him “a part of the internet’s relatively small but powerful creative nucleus.”

    Once he opened his mouth, Snowden outed himself not just as the leaker but as an internet person, says Herman, and his forum persona “is instantly recognizable to anyone who spent time in a major forum in the early to mid-2000s.”

    He’s a bit of a know-it-all, a bit of a troll, opinionated about both subjects he knows well and ones he doesn’t. He unsubtly references his sex life, his security clearance, and his mysterious work. He was not shy about giving advice, which is probably the defining trait of the forum power user….

    Most of the people he used to interact with are long gone — like Snowden, they grew up, and receded back into the real world. But he took with him the set of values he either learned or became comfortable expressing online: A keen interest in rights and speech, particularly where they concern the internet and privacy, suspicion of government and authority, a belief in both free markets and free-flowing information, and a set of cultural and aesthetic values that both set him apart from the mainstream and endear him to his people — the internet people. [BuzzFeed]
    A whole group of people out there are just like Snowden, says BuzzFeed’s Herman, and that should make the NSA, and any organization with secrets, a little nervous. Because when you move from how to why, the answer is a little unsettling, Herman says: “This isn’t about ‘hacktivism’ or some kind of unified cause. This is about the children of the internet coming of age.”

    http://news.yahoo.com/edward-snowden-stole-cache-nsa-secrets-072500307.html

  • Shadowfax

    One of the newer geek sites is behind Snowden, all the way.

    http://www.reddit.com/search?q=Snowden

  • wbboei

    CBS probe finds computer of lead Benghazi reporter was hacked
    Published June 14, 2013
    FoxNews.com

    Investigative Correspondent Sharyl Attkisson is seen during a broadcast of ‘CBS This Morning’ in New York. CBS News says private investigators found that Attkisson’s computer was tampered with multiple times last year. (AP/CBS, John P. Filo)

    A probe commissioned by CBS News has confirmed the suspicions of reporter Sharyl Attkisson, who said last month amid revelations the Justice Department snooped on Associated Press and Fox News reporters that she believed her own computer had been hacked, the network said.

    The network said it has not determined who was behind the breach of Attkisson’s computer, but said the hacker “used sophisticated methods to remove all possible indications of unauthorized activity, and alter system times to cause further confusion.”

    Last month, amid new revelations the Justice Department spied on reporters and editors from The Associated Press and secretly obtained phone records of Fox News reporter James Rosen, Atkisson told a Philadelphia radio station she believed her computer had been compromised and that she believed it may be related to the snooping scandal. The announcement from CBS did not draw any connection to the ongoing Justice Department scandal.

    “Evidence suggests this party performed all access remotely using Attkisson’s accounts.”
    – CBS News

    “A cyber security firm hired by CBS News has determined through forensic analysis that Sharyl Attkisson’s computer was accessed by an unauthorized, external, unknown party on multiple occasions late in 2012,” said CBS News spokeswoman Sonya McNair. “Evidence suggests this party performed all access remotely using Attkisson’s accounts. While no malicious code was found, forensic analysis revealed an intruder had executed commands that appeared to involve search and exfiltration of data.”

    The statement said whoever went through Attkisson’s computer “used sophisticated methods to remove all possible indications of unauthorized activity, and alter system times to cause further confusion.” The network said it is working to identify who was behind the breach and how they did it.

    The Justice Department, already under fire over the AP snooping scandal, released a statement at the time Attkisson first raised the issue.

    “To our knowledge, the Justice Department has never compromised Ms. Attkisson’s computers, or otherwise sought any information from or concerning any telephone, computer, or other media device she may own or use,” the statement read.

    Attkisson, who said the investigation also encompassed her home computer, tweeted the CBS statement on Friday

    The veteran reporter, who worked at CNN before joining CBS 20 years ago, was among the few reporters to ask the White House uncomfortable questions about now-discredited talking points it pushed blaming an Egyptian filmmaker for the Sept. 11, 2012 deadly attack on a Libyan consulate in Benghazi.

    Her work won admiration in some quarters, but also drew a backlash from some media outlets. Last month, liberal website Politico, citing unnamed sources at CBS, said Attkisson’s bosses at Blackrock saw her “wading dangerously close to advocacy on the issue.”

    Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2013/06/14/cbs-probe-finds-computer-lead-benghazi-reporter-was-hacked/#ixzz2WDXyVAuX

  • wbboei

    unnamed sources at CBS, said Attkisson’s bosses at Blackrock saw her “wading dangerously close to advocacy on the issue.”
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    Advocacy? Oh, you mean like those “unnamed sources” at CBS do every day in their own biased news programing? Oh, I get it: if it deviates from their own biased reporting, then it is biased. Give me a break. Or, is that too much to ask? And by the way, when unnamed sources try to do a hatchet job, ignore them. If there were being truthful they would not be hiding in the shadows and backshooting. They do not need to know who this dark mover is. It is their head of programming. And the dark mover behind that individual is the president of CBC, whose brother is speaking for Bambi on the Lybia question currently.

  • MOSCOW—The Kremlin criticized the U.S. decision to arm Syrian opposition fighters and said Washington’s evidence that the Syrian regime is using chemical weapons was unconvincing, but said Friday that Moscow is “not yet” discussing its plans to deliver of air-defense missiles to the regime.

    President Barack Obama on Thursday authorized the U.S. to arm fighters against the Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s regime, reversing a policy of giving only nonlethal support to the country’s opposition in the two-year-old civil war. The White House cited confirmation that Mr. Assad’s regime had killed up to 150 people with chemical weapons as the reason for its about-face.

    http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887323734304578545062769525132.html?mod=WSJ_hpp_LEFTTopStories

  • Shadowfax

    Well, with this snooping scandal by the FSA and CIA and their bros in crime, anyone’s secure documents and emails can be manipulated to make the victim seem guilty of what ever charge…and

    …no longer should cyber crackers be blamed for these offenses, we now can point our fingers at our own government doing these dirty deeds.

    How do lawyers prove that the snooping government didn’t alter a private citizens computer documents????

  • Syria was and is essentially an old tribal or civil war that needs to play itself out and could take years. We have no business being there at all. 🙁

  • wbboei

    This writer, J.R. Dunn, does not post too often, but whenever he does I think he moves mountains. I know he moves me . . . with the depth and clarity of his insight and analysis. His point that so many scandals emerging in such a compressed time is akin to the artilleryman’s goal of “time on target” and in this case, the target is the Obama Administration. As for the NSA scandal, the Snowdon disclosure has exposed a level of governmental abuse which is so blatant that for once in their lives the American sheeple may actually wake up and smell the coffee. His final line that Obama has sown the wind is a reference to the biblical line:

    Hosea 8:7 “They sow the wind, and so they will reap the whirlwind!”

    Since Obama is a disciple of the Allah, however, he never bothered to read, much less understand, the meaning of that passage. Nonetheless, it is his fate.
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    The Sheep Look Up
    The nightmare of political modernism.

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    J.R. Dunn

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    Thanks to the media, scandals like the ones dogging the Obama administration are usually viewed through a Beltway lens — how they will affect the current administration, the current Congress, whatever legislation or programs happen to be in the spotlight. The opinions of the country at large are not sought and would not be welcomed

    The reverse is much the same. Most ordinary people — those not directly involved in politics — pay little attention to government scandals beyond their limited entertainment value. The details are generally esoteric, the relevance to daily life difficult to establish. Political scandals are usually ignored amid busy personal and work lives, serving only to once more reassert the ancient truism that all politicians are thieves.

    But there exists a certain class of scandal that defies all the rules, that breaks down the barriers between the Beltway and the country at large. Teapot Dome and Watergate are among these. In the past week, the constellation of interrelated scandals — Benghazi, the IRS, Justice, and NSA — termed “scandalpalooza,” has achieved that status.

    The synchronous nature of this megascandal has played a large role in fixing the attention of the public. Out of ineptitude or bad luck, or most likely a combination of the two, all of them have peaked within weeks of each other. For months, there has been no break from Obama scandals; when the latest one begins to pall, there arises a new revelation about another, and when that one fades, hit the dirt! … Here’s a completely new one out of nowhere!

    Artillerymen have a technique called “time on target,” in which guns from different batteries are synchronized so that the rounds all hit a target simultaneously. Somewhere, something has called “time on target” on the Obama administration.

    But it is the latest scandal involving the National Security Agency that has truly focused public attention. Benghazi had death under terrifying circumstances, the IRS scandal had the most feared federal agency on the rampage against innocent citizens, the Justice Department scandal had reporters targeted for doing their jobs. But it is the NSA scandal that has provided the context for all the others, that has brought them together as a bleak and brooding menace threatening American life as it has always been lived.

    In this age of jihad, Americans understood that some adjustments to everyday habits had to be made. Much as they had accepted rationing during WW II, they acquiesced to the Patriot Act, to random searches, to tightened restrictions at airports (though the notorious “full-figure” scanners aroused serious opposition, particularly after it was learned that they were deliberately selected by the Transportation Safety Administration over a more discreet model. Ironically, the full-figure scanners are being phased out even as the NSA scandal erupts). An effort by the New York Times to harass Bush administration monitoring of terror-related financial transactions went nowhere. Defense of the country has its demands, and Americans have never been reluctant to play their part.

    But this? Tracking every last phone call made in the entire country for months on end? Photographing every last piece of mail? Monitoring all e-mails? And credit-card transactions? None of this can be adequately justified by efforts to combat terror. In the public mind, it raises uneasy memories of teenage readings of The Trial and 1984, of cable reruns of The Prisoner, of that picture with that nice Will Smith being constantly shadowed by satellites.

    What is this but the nightmare of political modernism? The constant watchers with cold, unsympathetic eyes. The men in trench coats falling in step as you leave your home. The knock on the door at three in the morning. The monster state crushing the individual, the “boot stamping on a human face forever.”

    You cannot answer this with legalisms or minutiae. By pointing out that the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) courts have been on the case since 1978, carefully overseeing all government surveillance programs, that the 1986 Electric Communications and Privacy Act (ECPA), the Patriot Act, and its supplementary legislation provided for further and even more rigorous safeguards. Or that the “concept of privacy” is “evolving” under the pressure of new technology, being “redefined” into something vaguer and more metaphysical that it was.

    You can’t make those arguments because, obviously enough, the safeguards didn’t work. If they had worked, nothing like this NSA program would have ever seen the light of day. If FISA courts had any real power, if government attorneys had any serious intention of serving the interests of the public, the NSA effort would have been limited to a paper proposal, like thousands of other crazy ideas. (For their own part, the conservative elite have waltzed their way into the dunce corner all by themselves with the argument that national security trumps everything. Memo to NRO, Commentary et al — it doesn’t. It never has.)

    Americans know full well what “privacy” is. They know it simply involves being left alone, particularly by those in power. They know that it does not “evolve” without turning into something else completely. Privacy is an aspect of human nature and, like marriage, parenthood, ownership of property, or self-defense, cannot be destroyed or modified by legislation or government activity. Those who attempt to do so are challenging the fountains of the vasty deep, and will be washed away in the attempt.

    Involving as it does the NSA, it’s unlikely we will ever learn exactly who was behind this, who gave the orders, and what the precise purpose was. But in a way, that doesn’t matter. We know what the source is, and the rest we can guess.

    In the late 18th century, Jeremy Bentham, progressive patriarch and founder of the doctrine of utilitarianism, came up the idea of the Panopticon, a prison built in an octagonal format in which the prisoners would be watched twenty-four hours a day from a central point. Bentham predicted all sorts of benefits from the Panopticon that don’t appear to spring logically from the idea.

    He spent much of his later life attempting to interest the British and various local governments in building a Panoptican, without much in the way of success. But at the same time his ideas grew more grandiose, and he began picturing whole communities, perhaps even entire societies, based on the concept of total surveillance, with everyone watched constantly to assure they were acting according to plan.

    So there’s nothing new about any of this. All that’s changed is the technology. Our modern Benthams think they have the answer in infotech, and the Internet. The old dream is almost within their grasp.

    They are forgetting that every state in the West built on surveillance, from fascist Italy to Nazi Germany and the entire constellation of Marxist states, excepting only the cesspool that is Cuba, has been destroyed, and destroyed ignominiously.

    And what about Obama, you ask? What about his role? Simply put: he sowed the wind.

  • Shadowfax

    So the Snowden story goes that he just had his last job with that contractor in Hawaii for about 4 weeks, loading the documents he leaked on a usb thumb drive.

    Possibly he knew about the snooping for awhile, but only saw ‘proof’ of this snooping, something that the public could see, at his last job?

  • wbboei

    What is so thoroughly reprehensible about a man like Jeffrey Toobin is that he has not independent point of reference. He sees only Obama, and not the country. Or, in his more manipulative moments he attempts to conflate the two, and insult our intelligence. He uses his credentials as a law professor to do this, but he is not kidding anyone who is closely listening.

  • wbboei

    http://www.dickmorris.com/immigration-reform-turned-on-its-head-dick-morris-tv-lunch-alert/?utm_source=dmreports&utm_medium=dmreports&utm_campaign=dmreports

    Morris is wrong, again. If you grant those who came here illegally a path to citizenship you will never stem the tide of illegal immigration.

    Any more than you will achieve anything by chaos in the middle east if you help this nation’s greatest enemy al Qaeda overthrow the secular leader of Syria.

    When you are as ignorant as our political class, you refuse to admit mistakes, you simply double down on them.

  • admin

    Update II: MoonOnPluto in our comments section reports on what is happening in Turkey from his home there. Syria, the NSA scandals, the IRS scandals, Benghazi, and other scandals continue to dominate the news. For us the most important story of the day in the long run is this report from Bloomberg: Spy agencies sharing data with “thousands” of firms:

    “This raises a number of interesting questions and concerns. First, are cooperating firms gaining competitive advantages against non-cooperating (and/or unaware) firms in the same market? That kind of distortion would corrupt markets in favor of snitching as a survival tactic, would it not? Second, are there political organizations that have this kind of friendly relationship with intelligence services that give them a competitive advantage? Two months ago, one might have laughed off such a suggestion, but after what took place at the IRS, it’s a little more difficult to dismiss.

    The part about the Microsoft bug reporting is especially interesting in light of the Attkisson story today, too.”

    We emphasize the sentence that raises the possibility of “political organizations” getting assistance from intelligence services. “Political organizations” is a polite way to say Barack Obama’s CREEP – the committee to re-elect the president. That was Nixon’s name for his campaign organization, Obama’s was called OFA, although we use OAF. Did the Obama OAFs get data mining information from the NSA or other intelligence organizations. We’ve been discussing that possibility in the comments section this this NSA scandal exploded this past week (yeah, it’s been only a week). We’re not a minority in our thinking: 57% Fear Government Will Use NSA Data to Harass Political Opponents

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  • valleyboy

    I think the “discovery” that Syria has used chemical weapons is a bunk. Chemical weapons can kill more than 150 people! This is at best wag the dog 101. At worst the regime fears the confirmation of gun running via Benghazi to support al qaeda loyalists in Syria, and needs to preemptively justify it.

  • Leanora

    foxyladi14
    June 14, 2013 at 3:22 pm
    Syria was and is essentially an old tribal or civil war that needs to play itself out and could take years. We have no business being there at all. 🙁
    **********************************************************************

    Absolutely agree!

  • Leanora

    This is creepier than a Stephen King novel!

    *****

    It’s For the Kids… Obama’s “Mother of All Databases” Includes Information On Your Children

    This ought to make your day.

    Barack Obama’s massive “mother of all databases” includes information on your children.

    http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2013/06/its-for-the-kids-obamas-mother-of-all-databases-includes-information-on-your-children/

  • words that will get you monitored while using social media. 🙂

    http://tavernkeepers.com/dhs-releases-list-of-trigger-words/

  • wbboei

    Why have the Washington elites taken to attacking Snowden in locked step? Here is the answer, plus the seeds of a counter strategy. This kind of war will not be fought in the political arena. Rather it will play out in cyberspace. It is a war between the uniparty and the American People, which most Americans have been totally ignorant of until now. Now, possibly, they will pay attention, question authority and decide which side they are on. This will require, among other things, jettisoning their love for Obama, but once they learn the truth about him, it will be easier done.
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    SUBOTAI BAHADUR: The federal government has issued a declaration of war against the Bill of Rights

    An interesting debate is occurring over at Legal Insurrection, where Professor William Jacobson asks, “When journalists start a privacy war, where does it end?”

    The publication of the names and addresses of gun permit holders by the NY Lower Hudson Journal News , a Gannett paper, sparked controversy, including publication by a blogger (additional here) of equally personal yet publicly available information about the editors and writers of the Journal News…

    …Which brings me to a comment submitted last night. It was from a first-time commenter, and it contained personal contact information for the Chairwoman of Gannett, including home address, telephone numbers, second home, neighbors, and relatives… I don’t like the tactic, but it is something done by a Gannett newspaper (at least as to names and addresses).

    I’m on board with adopting some of the left’s Alinskyite tactics, like holding them to their own rules, but does this go too far, particularly since she was not directly involved?

    An LI commenter, one “Subotai Bahadur”, offered what I thought was an exceptionally insightful response:

    Professor, we are literally in the end stage of pretending that politics as normal mean something. The Constitutional order has been de facto overturned, while retaining the external trappings of the old order.

    The government is at open war on the Bill of Rights. Congress has lost the power of the purse and no longer represents anything but their own vested interests. The rule of law is gone.

    Who you are and who you are connected to decides if you will be prosecuted for any crime. No connections [means] no mercy and frequently no due process. If connected to the regime, you are immune [Ed: see Jon Corzine].

    Our courts have withdrawn from the fray or have been subverted. In any major issue, it seems that the courts rule that there is no one who has standing to oppose the will of the State; so the State wins. And if a matter does get before the courts, the courts rule based on politics, not law.

    The Supreme Court is no longer a barrier defending the [Constitution]. When Chief Justice Roberts suddenly reversed his entire life’s work to rule that the Federal government could violate the Constitution so long as it did it in the guise of a tax; it was obvious that he has been [co-opted] and is now merely a tool of the regime.

    Moderating our conduct while the country is still on this side of violence will not prevent things going from bad to worse. Things are going to get worse even if we become martyred saints. Our restraint in the face of ongoing attacks merely removes restraints on the conduct of those who seek the destruction of our country and Constitution. If their escalations are only met with feeble responses on our part, they are encouraged to push the envelope until they reach the point of violence.

    So long as no law is broken [after all, that is the standard of combat that they have set; akin to say the real rules on the use of poison gas in warfare] then hit back twice as hard. Make them deal with their families and their neighbors being angry at them. And publicly out the nature of their biases in every thing they publish. Keep in mind that just recently the State got the power to wiretap, investigate, and arrest people without warrant of probably cause. Do you think that they are going to limit what they dig up in the name of “decency”? Look at their record.

    Every employee of the paper should have a full background check, as deep as can be done within the bounds of the law. If a prospective employer can find it, then it should be legal. And publishable. Criminal records, court judgments, membership in various organizations, political contributions, public statements. If the investigation leads to family members, so be it. Reveal it all.

    Publish the ownership/management details of all the companies who advertised in the editions where the permit holders are/were mapped who continue to advertise with them. There will be the implication that they could receive the same detailed attention as the employees. And if Gannett does not rein in the Journal News; move up the corporate food chain.

    Given the nature of the Journo-List 2.0 media; it would be wise for all of their major personalities to be subject to the same investigation as the Journal-News’ staff just to have in reserve for when they next outrageously lie. And every personality in the current administration. There is a lot of work to do.

    Oh, and one more little cross check on the Journal-News’ map. Do not take it on faith that their map was complete. Follow up on it and make sure that they did not “accidentally” forget to publish the names of various politically or otherwise connected individuals that they did not want to offend. If there are political or other celebrities who are calling for the abolition of the 2nd Amendment while themselves being armed; that needs to be Alinsky-ed out.

    If we are to have a hope of stopping the enemies of our country before they physically attack us, we have to make them pay a price and show that they will be opposed if they cross that line. Yielding to them does not accomplish that end.

    I am reminded of a quote by Alexander Solzhenitsyn in his The Gulag Archipelago that seems on point. It was about the greatest regret of those in the slave labor camps:

    What would things have been like if every Security operative, when he went out at night to make an arrest, had been uncertain whether he would return alive and had to say good-bye to his family? Or if, during periods of mass arrests, as for example in Leningrad, when they arrested a quarter of the entire city, people had not simply sat there in their lairs, paling with terror at every bang of the downstairs door and at every step on the staircase, but had understood they had nothing left to lose and had boldly set up in the downstairs hall an ambush of half a dozen people with axes, hammers, pokers, or whatever else was at hand? –Part I The Prison Industry, Ch. 1 “Arrest” (p13, The Gulag Archipelago, Collins 1974)

    The forces of the Left right now know that they attack us short of violence in perfect safety. We cannot let them think that that safety will be there when they inevitably turn to violence. Thus, we must strike back overwhelmingly before that line is crossed.

  • Leanora

    I guess we’re treating them to a trip to Ireland too. Even before their Imperial Tour of Africa. @#$^$@*)!!
    **************

    Obama to give speech in Belfast, family to head to Dublin

    US President Barack Obama will laud the US role in backing Northern Ireland’s peace process in a speech in Belfast on Monday, and his wife and daughters will then head to Dublin.

    Obama will be in Northern Ireland for the G8 summit, but his wife Michelle and daughters Sasha and Malia will skip the dry diplomacy to take up an invitation to head south of the border, the White House said.

    http://www.breitbart.com/system/wire/CNG—5a7effbf456d764851e146bff4a1d0e8—a1

  • freespirit

    wbboei
    June 14, 2013 at 3:42 pm

    What is so thoroughly reprehensible about a man like Jeffrey Toobin is that he has not independent point of reference. He sees only Obama, and not the country. Or, in his more manipulative moments he attempts to conflate the two, and insult our intelligence. He uses his credentials as a law professor to do this, but he is not kidding anyone who is closely listening.
    ____________

    Hell yes. He is one of the worst abusers, imo because of the fact that he is a lawyer, and speaks as if the responses he gives in interviews, and the opinions he expresses, are facts – legal facts. This misrepresents the truth, and constitutes an abuse of his position, and of the constitutional protection provided to the press.

    You can actually tell from the expression on Toobin’s face, when confronted with an opposing view, that his mind is closing. Like Piers Morgan and Soledad O’Brien, Toobin gives off a condescending vibe when talking with someone who believes differently – especially if the issue of debate involves Obama or any of his policies. That condescending – you’re a dumbass, I went to Harvard – attitude reflects a shallowness that is so obvious. The far lefties, like the far right wingers have thought up their pat point of view a long time ago, it was confirmed as correct by some book they read, or some other narrow minded individual with an identical opinion. By damn, they have their answer, and they will not be swayed by relevant argument, new dynamics, changing times – nothing. I don’t care whether someone is educated at Harvard or Podunk U, if their mind is closed and their ideas and views are terminally rigid – they’re stupid.

    BTW – I understand Soledad is joining Bryant Gumbal as a contributor on his sports program. She has been replaced in CNN’s morning line-up. I didn’t know it previously, but read online today that she had a regular morning show, but apparently, ratings weren’t as good as CNN wanted. She has a documentary production business, and will continue to provide documentaries to CNN – such as her Black in America series.

    CNN continues to change people, change time slots of programs, they change everything but the biased rhetoric. Maybe they should consider their message – and have the messenger adjust his/her dogmatic pro-Obama attitude.

  • moononpluto

    Hi folks…..the modd here is quite weird.

    Citizens in Ankara still facing terrible police violence.All the press attention in istanbul but Ankara needs major coverage as well.

    Reports are that some streets in the Tunali district. have lost power and internet again. Police picking up people left and right under cover of darkness, its like rendition gone bezerk.

    TVs only show Taksim square. That’s NOT where the protest is. That’s where police & the piano are………

    The bus are using its horn on the anthem, passengers clapping at 10pm. Busdrivers are being forced to work for akp tomorrow and they really do not like it.

    Received reports that some American cities have seen small protests in support of the turkish people. Awesome!

    Sad day for Turkish media though as BBC suspends partnership with Turkish news channel ntv over ntv’s censorship of report on press freedom. they refused to air it.

    and finally this could be fun…………….Anonymous declared that they will reveal all election fraud of AKP in past years’ elections.

  • wbboei

    CNN continues to change people, change time slots of programs
    ————————-
    They are like the proverbial blind man in a dark room looking for a black cat that isn’t there.

    The core problem is a narrative which fails to reflect reality, and until that changes they are just treading water.

    That is what needs to change, and it is the one thing–the only thing they will not change.

    The problem starts at the top, with the NBC reprobate who is now running CNN.

    But the entire Time Warner AOL daisy chain is involved.

    Guy like Snowden scare the billiebejiggereds out of them.

  • wbboei

    Interesting . . . . where Obama will go next . . . . (according to Dick Morris)

    President Obama’s FY2014 Budget–Nationalized Retirement Accounts!

    Do You Have a Retirement Account or know someone who does?

    Our Government’s Plan to De-Privatize and Seize Retirement Accounts is REAL, and has been in the works since Obama’s 2008 Presidential run.

    ====================================================

    The National Debt, along with the lack of demand for U.S. Treasury (debt) Bonds, leaves President Obama & BIG Government with no other option. Trillions are due in obligations, and the U.S. has no one to borrow from, Except Your 401k & IRA!

    This is Not a conspiracy theory!

    Read the Senate Bills AND the petitions that aim to stop it.

    Discover:

    What government agencies are involved and the meetings being held.
    What President Obama’s FY2014 Budget will Mandate employees and employers to do.
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    What the IRS is implementing in order to convert IRA’s/401ks to “Automatic Government Retirement Account (GRA’s)”
    By now it should be clear to anyone paying attention, Government will stop at nothing:

    Authorized military detention and drone assassination of their own citizens.
    Seizing reporters’ personal records and phone logs.
    Digitally spying on everyone’s emails.
    Using tax offices to harass political opposition groups.
    The Obama Administration & Big Government need our money!

    The wealth in your IRA/401k will be distributed for Social programs!

    Educate yourself BEFORE the de-privatizing of Retirement Accounts takes place.

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  • S

    oh…give me a freaking break…

    wbboei and friends…wait until you see this from our la la land Senate Security Office…these people are crazy…and delusional…

    Senate Staffers Told To Pretend Top Secret Documents Are Not Widely Available On Web

    Senate employees and contractors are still supposed to treat this as classified

    The Senate Security Office sent an email around the Hill Friday afternoon asking Senate employees and contractors to try to ignore the fact that top-secret, highly-classified documents are now floating around the Web freely (and, in the case of a terribly designed NSA Powerpoint, getting facelifts.) The email asks security managers to remind Senate employees and contractors that the documents are still technically classified and should be treated as if millions of people haven’t already read them. The email:


    Please share with your staff the guidance below.

    · Classified information, whether or not posted on public websites, disclosed to the media, or otherwise in the public domain, remains classified and must be treated as such until it is declassified by an appropriate U.S. government authority.

    The director of national intelligence has declassified some information in light of the public debate, but the FISA court order, PRISM Powerpoint, NSA brochure, presidential order, as well as the “dozens” of newsworthy documents that Glenn Greenwald still plans to publish remain technically secret even if it’s a secret that anyone with an Internet connection can be let in on.


    · Senate employees and contractors shall not, while accessing the web on unclassified government systems, access or download documents that are known or suspected to contain classified information.

    Government employees are not supposed to keep classified documents just hanging around on their computers, but at this point, the battle to keep this particular set of documents secure has already been lost thanks to leaker Edward Snowden and his thumb drive. Rules are rules — even if they make little sense in light of current circumstances and seem like a serious impediment for the staffers tasked with supporting senators who need to have a policy debate about the revelations in the leaks.


    · Senate employees and contractors who believe they may have inadvertently accessed or downloaded classified information via non-classified Senate systems, should contact the Office of Senate Security for assistance.

    So, any staffer that’s been reading the Guardian now needs to call the Senate Security Office. Anyone who doesn’t call should be chastised for not keeping up with relevant news.

    The Department of Defense sent around a similar email earlier this week, as reported by Wired. It appears to be standard — if inane — procedure after classified docs go viral. In 2010, U.S. agencies asked unauthorized employees not to access the classified material that came pouring out of Wikileaks in the form of videos and State Department cables. It’s a terrible attempt to chase cats around trying to get them back into bags. And worst of all, puts staffers in the uncomfortable position of breaking protocol by following links on Google News.

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    are they kidding or just clowns???

    so i guess they want their staffs less informed than the average person reading the newspaper…

  • S

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/john-cusack/snowden-principle_b_3441237.html

    The Snowden Principle

    Posted: 06/14/2013 10:45 am

    by John Cusack

    At the heart of Edward Snowden’s decision to expose the NSA’s massive phone and Internet spying programs was a fundamental belief in the people’s right-to-know. “My sole motive is to inform the public as to that which is done in their name and that which is done against them,” he said in an interview with the Guardian.

    From the State’s point of view, he’s committed a crime. From his point of view, and the view of many others, he has sacrificed for the greater good because he knows people have the right to know what the government is doing in their name. And legal, or not, he saw what the government was doing as a crime against the people and our rights.

    For the sake of argument — This should be called The Snowden Principle.

    When The Snowden Principle is invoked and revelations of this magnitude are revealed; it is always met with predictable establishment blowback from the red and blue elites of state power. Those in charge are prone to hysteria and engage in character assassination, as are many in the establishment press that have been co-opted by government access . When The Snowden Principle is evoked the fix is always in and instead of looking at the wrongdoing exposed, they parrot the government position no matter what the facts

    The Snowden Principle just cannot be tolerated…

    Even mental illness is pondered as a possible reason that these pariahs would insist on the public’s right to know at the highest personal costs to their lives and the destruction of their good names. The public’s right to know—This is the treason. The utter corruption, the crime.

    But as law professor Jonathan Turley reminds us, a lie told by everyone is not the truth. “The Republican and Democratic parties have achieved a bipartisan purpose in uniting against the public’s need to know about massive surveillance programs and the need to redefine privacy in a more surveillance friendly image,” he wrote recently.

    We can watch as The Snowden Principle is predictably followed in the reaction from many of the fourth estate – who serve at the pleasure of the king.

    Mika Brzezinski on MSNBC suggests that Glenn Greenwald’s coverage was “misleading” and said he was too “close to the story.” Snowden was no whistleblower, and Glenn was no journalist she suggests.

    Jeffrey Toobin, at the New Yorker, calls Snowden “a grandiose narcissist who deserves to be in prison.”

    Another journalist, Willard Foxton, asserted that Glenn Greenwald amounted to the leader of a “creepy cult.”

    David Brooks of the New York Times accuses Snowden- not the Gov–of betraying everything from the Constitution to all American privacy …

    Michael Grunwald of TIME seems to suggest that that if you are against the NSA spying program you want to make America less safe.

    Then there’s Richard Cohen at the Washington Post, who as Gawker points out, almost seems to be arguing that a journalist’s job is to keep government secrets not actually report on them.

    The Snowden Principle makes for some tortured logic.

    The government’s reaction has been even worse. Senators have called Snowden a “traitor,” the authorities claim they’re going to treat his case as espionage. Rep. Peter King outrageously called for the prosecution of Glenn Greenwald for exercising his basic First Amendment rights. Attacks like this are precisely the reason I joined the Freedom of the Press Foundation board (where Glenn Greenwald and Laura Poitras also serve as board members)

    As Chris Hedges rightly pointed out, this cuts to the heart of one of the most important questions in a democracy: will we have an independent free press that reports on government crimes and serves the public’s right to know?

    It cannot be criminal to report a crime or an abuse of power. Freedom of the Press Foundation co-founder Daniel Ellsberg argues that Snowden’s leaks could be a tipping point in America. This week he wrote “there has not been in American history a more important leak than Edward Snowden’s release of NSA material,” including his own leak of the Pentagon Papers.

    The Snowden Principle, and that fire that inspired him to take unimaginable risks, is fundamentally about fostering an informed and engaged public. The Constitution embraces that idea. Mr. Snowden says his motivation was to expose crimes -spark a debate, and let the public know of secret policies he could not in good conscience ignore – whether you agree with his tactics or not, that debate has begun. Now, we are faced with a choice, we can embrace the debate or we can try to shut the debate down and maintain the status quo.

    If these policies are just, then debate them in sunlight. If we believe the debate for transparency is worth having we need to demand it. Snowden said it well, “You can’t wait around for someone else to act.”

    Within hours of the NSA’s leaks, a massive coalition of groups came together to plan an international campaign to oppose and fix the NSA spying regime. You can join them here – I already did. The groups span across the political spectrum, from Dick Armey’s FreedomWorks to the Progressive Change Campaign Committee and longtime civil rights groups like ACLU, Electronic Frontier Foundation and Free Press.

    As more people find out about these abuses, the outrage mounts and the debate expands. Many in the mainstream media have shown that the public can’t count on them to stand up to internal pressure when The Snowden Principle is evoked to serve the national interest, and protect our core fundamental rights.

    The questions The Snowden Principle raises when evoked will not go away….How long do they expect rational people to accept using the word “terror” to justify and excuse ever expanding executive and state power ? Why are so many in our government and press and intellectual class so afraid of an informed public? Why are they so afraid of a Free Press and the people’s right to know?

    It’s the government’s obligation to keep us safe while protecting our constitution . To suggest it’s one or the other is simply wrong.

    Professor Turley issues us a dire warning:

    “In his press conference, Obama repeated the siren call of all authoritarian figures throughout history: while these powers are great, our motives are benign. So there you have it. The government is promising to better protect you if you just surrender this last measure of privacy. Perhaps it is time. After all, it was Benjamin Franklin who warned that “those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.”

    See what’s happened already in the short time only because the PRISM program was made public, here.

  • wbboei

    kidding or just clowns???
    ————————-
    I do not think they are kidding.

    As clowns go, they are much funnier that that old boar Letterman.

    I was watching Duel in the Sun, a Hollywood movie classic starring Lionell Barrymore, Lillian Gish, Jennifer Jones, Joseph Cotten, Gregory Peck and the estimable Walter Houston. Houston has a bit part early in the movie. He plays a fire and brimstone preacher, a frontier version of the exorcist, he takes one look at Jennfer Jones and preys for her salvation. He notes in passing that she is not protected from temptation by the shape of a sow. By that standard, Candy Crowley has nothing to worry about. Neither temptation or honest journalism will cross her path. Ever.

  • wbboei

    “The welfare of the people in particular has always been the alibi of tyrants, and it provides the further advantage of giving the servants of tyranny a good conscience”–Camus

    “Nothing is more despicable than respect based on fear.”—Camus

    “I would rather live my life as if there is a God and die to find out there isn’t, than live my life as if there isn’t and die to find out there is.”–Camus

  • wbboei

    Shadowfax
    June 14, 2013 at 2:28 am
    ————————-
    You are right on all counts. I do not believe for one minute that privacy is unimportant to young people. They will tell the world what they want to know, through Facebook, etc. But I do think they draw the line. Good old Peggy. She always manages to get to the truth lastest with the leastest.

  • wbboei

    The RINOs are the latter day Bourbons: “they have learned nothing and forgotten nothing”.

    When the Bourbon dynasty was overthrown by the French Revolution, they scattered throughout Europe. After the defeat of Napoleon, they were returned to power under the Treaty of Vienna, thanks to Metternich et. al. When they returned to power they acted like the past 25 years had never happened. And that prompted Talleyrand to say the “Maison de Bourbon” literally, the House of Bourbon had learned nothing and forgotten nothing.

  • gonzotx

    Be safe moon

    Wbb, you are right, the die is cast, Hillary will be President.

    It is so depressing that the media continues to suppress the truth and cover up for the fraud. At this point, I feel we lost the Republic.

  • wbboei

    That saying also applies to the bots and big media where Obama is concerned.

  • wbboei

    Amnesty Watch Fri
    June

    Today: (1) Mini-amnesty amendment pulled in House last night. (2) How did your Senators vote in tabling of amendment that would have required full border security before amnesty work permits? (3) Who needs to hear what from you today?

    GOOD WORK YESTERDAY, FRIENDS.

    1. You made the phone calls into the House of Representatives yesterday to let them know you knew about the surprise amendment to pass a test amnesty. I think you caught them off guard. In the end, the amendment was pulled from consideration!

    Thanks to all of you who turned your attention from the Senate for a few moments and made those calls into the House. (More about this below.)

    2. Under pressure from your tens of thousands of phone calls (and many more faxes), 43 Senators yesterday cast a clear vote for full border security before any work permits and other legalization for illegal aliens.

    Key importance here is that only 57 Senators voted in favor of the bill’s current format of amnesty-first. Only 57? That’s way too many but it is three short of the 60 that will be needed to stop a filibuster on a final vote on the S. 744 amnesty bill. This is a first glimpse of the possibility of defeating this bill in a couple of weeks. (More about this below.)

    Send New Faxes

    We have placed a lot of specialized fax and other action opportunities on your Action Boards.

    One of the special powers of NumbersUSA grassroots activism has always been that you not only urge particular votes but you immediately comment after politicians vote. It keeps them on their toes because it shows that citizens are watching, that they remember and that there can be consequences for how one votes.

    Take a look at fax & action choices

    or click https://www.numbersusa.com/actionbuffet

    Nearly all of you will find one or more new actions. If you don’t, look further down in this email for some things you may want to do.

    NON-GANG REPUBLICANS NEARLY UNANIMOUS IN SUPPORT FOR BORDER-SECURITY-FIRST AMENDMENT

    Don’t read too much into this vote, but it was a very good sign that 41 of the 46 Republicans voted against the pro-amnesty side on the amendment by Sen. Grassley (R-Iowa) that would have required certification that the border is fully secured for six months before any of the 11 million illegal aliens would be eligible to receive legal status and work permits.

    41 is a magic number. On a final filibuster vote on a bill, 41 NO votes kills the entire bill.

    The Gang’s S. 744 bill doesn’t require any border security before giving legal status and work permits. And its promises of border efforts over the next 10 years are full of loopholes and waivers.

    The Gang of Eight insisted on “tabling” Grassley’s amendment so it couldn’t even be debated or directly voted on.

    I don’t know what could be clearer to Senators on the fence that there is no pretending that this bill is serious about border security, especially when the pro-amnesty folks said requiring border security first might mean that illegal aliens never get their amnesty.

    “This is a very provocative act,” Grassley said in decrying the ending of a promised open amendment process on the very first day of amendments. The Democratic leadership’s move on this definitely inspired some strong partisan bickering.

    Tabling is generally a maneuver to kill something without a politician having to be blamed for it. I hope you won’t hesitate to assign blame, though.

    All Republicans voted against tabling/killing, EXCEPT these “border-security-last Senators”:

    Sen. Murkowski (Alaska) 888-995-2057
    Sen. Rubio (Fla.) — 888-995-5431
    Sen. Flake (Ariz.) 888-978-3094
    Sen. McCain (Ariz.) 888-978-3094
    Sen. Graham (S.C.) 888-978-3094

    Adding two more votes against tabling and for border security were Democrats:

    Sen. Manchin (W.Va.)
    Sen. Pryor (Ark.)

    JUST DINING WITH A GANG MEMBER, or cooking up mischief?

    A bit disconcerting later in the day was seeing two of the Republican Senators who voted for border-security-first sharing a booth and dinner at a Hill restaurant with Gang member Sen. Graham. They weren’t chit-chatting but engaged in spirited conversation about immigration.

    Sen. Chambliss (Ga.) 888-995-1975
    Sen. Coburn (Okla.) 8889951952

    There have been too many rumors about the two of them working on some magic border security amendment that might give a number of Republicans cover to vote for the amnesty without actually slowing down the legalization of the illegal aliens.

    LOTS OF DEMOCRATS WHO CLAIM TO BE BIG ENFORCEMENT-FIRST SUPPORTERS VOTED TO KILL BORDER-SECURITY-FIRST AMENDMENT

    All Democrats voted to table (kill) border-security-first, except Sen. Manchin (W.Va.) and Sen. Pryor (Ark.).

    All kinds of Democrats have repeatedly state that border security is a priority with them — especially those in states that voted Republican last year. But most of them ended up voting to table the amendment.

    Because there were sharp partisan words in the bickering over whether this amendment would need just 51 votes to pass — as is customary — or if it would be treated like a final vote and need 60, we are hopeful that several of the following list of Democrats were more sticking with their Party on a procedural vote than tipping their hand that they will vote for this amnesty on the final roll call.

    But part of the argument that Democratic leaders were making against the Grassley amendment was that if it passed the illegal aliens might never get their amnesty — which pretty much makes the point that nobody expects the bill’s provisions to secure the border.

    Democrats who say they are big on border security but voted against really having it:

    Sen. Baucus (Mont.) 888-995-2041
    Sen. Begich (Alaska) 888-995-2055
    Sen. Donnelly (Ind.) 888-995-2034

    Sen. Hagan (N.C.) 888-995-1994
    Sen. Heitkamp (N.D.) 888-995-2048
    Sen. Landrieu (La.) 888-995-2026

    Sen. McCaskill (Mo.) 888-995-2019
    Sen. Stabenow (Mich.) 888-978-3092
    Sen. Tester (Mont.) 888-995-2045

    All are Democrats who have NOT committed to vote YES on the final bill and are thought to be swing votes. At least some of these will be essential for killing the overall bill to make up for any Republicans who were among the 41 on Thursday but who switch to YES on final vote.

    PUTTING OFF THE HOUSE AMNESTY BATTLE TO ANOTHER DAY

    House Speaker Boehner (R-Ohio) has been warming the hearts of the President and quite a number of other global-labor champions by saying this week that he is intent on putting an immigration bill on the President’s desk this year.

    Since it is assumed that no House-passed bill could get through the Senate unless it contains an amnesty, everybody is watching to see just what kind of amnesty Boehner and other House Republican leaders decide to pitch.

    We felt the surprise amendment to give an amnesty to all illegal aliens who enlist in the millitary was mainly an effort to gauge support among Republicans for larger amnesties and to get them comfortable doing so.

    It was fantastic to see so many of you respond immediately to my plea for phone calls yesterday morning. At the same time, our Capitol Hill Team notified Representatives that we would grade the amendment on the defense authorization bill as an amnesty vote.

    I think many Representatives were quite surprised to have you telling them about something they may not have learned about yet.

    A combination of circumstances led to the amendment being pulled before it could be voted on.

    We will be vigilant and inform you as soon as we learn of the next attempt in the House.

    roy beck
    Fri, June 14th

  • wbboei

    gonzotx
    June 15, 2013 at 1:31 am
    ————————-
    If Noonan is right and young people do not care if their privacy is invaded by government and/or Obama then yes we are all dead.

    But if I am right and they do care—and their strong support for Ron Paul tells me this, then they will be on the front line of this battle.

    The question they need to ponder, those who have their whole lives ahead of them, is do they want to be masters or serfs. For if privacy is compromised then their freedom at large will be next. And then it really will be “Darkness At Noon”.

  • freespirit

    Lenora

    “US President Barack Obama will laud the US role in backing Northern Ireland’s peace process…”

    __________________

    The phrase should read, “The role of Bill and Hillary Clinton in facilitating Northern Ireland’s peace process.” In terms of US involvement, they did most of the heavy lifting most of the heavy lifting on that job.

  • Leanora

    On Prism, partisanship and propaganda
    Glenn Greenwald
    guardian.co.uk, Friday 14 June 2013 15.17 EDT

    Addressing many of the issues arising from last week’s NSA stories

    I haven’t been able to write this week here because I’ve been participating in the debate over the fallout from last week’s NSA stories, and because we are very busy working on and writing the next series of stories that will begin appearing very shortly. I did, though, want to note a few points, and particularly highlight what Democratic Rep. Loretta Sanchez said after Congress on Wednesday was given a classified briefing by NSA officials on the agency’s previously secret surveillance activities:

    “What we learned in there is significantly more than what is out in the media today. . . . I can’t speak to what we learned in there, and I don’t know if there are other leaks, if there’s more information somewhere, if somebody else is going to step up, but I will tell you that I believe it’s the tip of the iceberg . . . . I think it’s just broader than most people even realize, and I think that’s, in one way, what astounded most of us, too.”

    The Congresswoman is absolutely right: what we have reported thus far is merely “the tip of the iceberg” of what the NSA is doing in spying on Americans and the world. She’s also right that when it comes to NSA spying, “there is significantly more than what is out in the media today”, and that’s exactly what we’re working to rectify.

    Read more http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2013/jun/14/nsa-partisanship-propaganda-prism

  • Leanora

    Whew! Don’t you feel better now?
    ***

    Janet Napolitano Denies Existence of ‘Orwellian State’

    Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano weighed in on the NSA intelligence leaks on Friday, telling NY1 that fears over government surveillance were overblown.

    “I think people have gotten the idea that there’s an Orwellian state out there that somehow we’re operating in. That’s far from the case,” she told Errol Louis during an appearance on Road to City Hall.

    http://politicker.com/2013/06/janet-napolitano-denies-existence-of-orwellian-state/

  • Leanora

    Syria: Obama-backed jihadists massacre Christian village population

    This is not proprietary information. Obama knows.

    http://atlasshrugs2000.typepad.com/atlas_shrugs/2013/06/syria-obama-backed-jihadists-massacre-christian-village-population.html

  • Leanora
    June 15, 2013 at 7:09 am

    Syria: Obama-backed jihadists massacre Christian village population

    This is not proprietary information. Obama knows.

    _________________________________

    All part of the PLAN!!!! 👿

  • Leanora

    Democratic Congressman: ‘Not Fair’ To Subject Congress To Obamacare Just Like Everyone Else

    When the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (“Obamacare”) was being debated, proponents were accused of saddling Americans with inferior and expensive health care while keeping generous coverage for themselves at taxpayer expense. To rebut that allegation and build confidence in the bill, a provision was added mandating that members of Congress – and their staff members – get there coverage through the new exchange system the bill set up. Now that the time to sign up for exchange coverage is nearing, a Democratic member, Rep. John Larson (D., Conn.), is saying that “this is simply not fair” – as key staff members head for the exits to avoid Obamacare.

    http://www.forbes.com/sites/theapothecary/2013/06/13/democrat-not-fair-to-subject-congress-to-obamacare-just-like-everyone-else/

  • SHV

    ““I think people have gotten the idea that there’s an Orwellian state out there that somehow we’re operating in. That’s far from the case,…..”
    ****
    “however, we are working tirelessly to correct that situation.”

  • moononpluto

    Erdogan screaming at the top of his lungs at his bussed in pr stunt rally…yeah yeah, heard it all before, bad people, int’l lobby group trying to bring us down, small group of terrorist…..That man could blow the froth of a coffee 3 tables down..its like fire and brimstone, seriously OTT. Any wonder the protestors wont stop, they fear if they do, they’ll be hunted down and persecuted and i have no doubt that they would be by this lot.

    That was abysmal, that was not a calming speech from the PM, that was a lit match chucked into a petrol station then he drove off while it exploded, he could have not have said any more to make the situation worse.

    Basically, he blamed everyone he could but himself, no shame whatsoever.

  • Leanora

    This is not about the fraudulent birth certificate, but rather the stolen Social Security number being used by obama. Keep your fingers crossed everybody and hope! A few prayers wouldn’t hurt either.

    *****

    On June 13, 2013, Judge Lamberth Chief Judge for the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia gave leave of court to file 74 pages of motions and exhibits submitted by Attorney Orly Taitz in case 11-cv-402 Taitz v Astrue (Michael Astrue was the Commissioner of the Social Security at the time the case was originally filed, currently it is Carolyn W.Colvin)

    This is significant, as the motions attached herein show that Barack Obama is using a stolen Social Security number of Harrison J. Bounel, born in 1890, immigrant from Russia, who is presumed to be deceased.

    http://redflagnews.com/headlines/alert-chief-judge-of-the-united-states-district-court-for-dc-gives-leave-of-court-to-file-motions-documents-providing-undeniable-evidence-of-obamas-use-of-a-stolen-social-security-number?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=facebook

  • moononpluto

    please everyone get this twitter hashtag trending….

    #1MilyonYarinTaksime

  • moononpluto

    He has united the whole opposition in Turkey. Talk about nation building. Amazing work there AKP….

  • moononpluto

    So according to Erdoğan, CIA-MOSSAD-KGB-Iran-Syria are all in this Gezi park thing to bring him down, he sounds like Assad. Plus actor Alabora and MOSSAD funded moms..

  • The National Defense Authorization Act headed to the Senate after a significantly bipartisan passage in the House today contains a caveat added to remind President Obama of his responsibility to get permission from Congress before using military force.

    “This is not the King’s army,” said Rep. Scott Rigell (R-Va.), who introduced the NDAA amendment in the House Rules Committee.

    http://pjmedia.com/blog/this-is-not-the-kings-army-house-oks-war-powers-scolding/?singlepage=true

  • S

    if more and more doctors opt to ‘go rogue’ from insurance companies…won’t this complicate the whole Ocare/IRS/Insurance mandate scam fiasco?

    ie…if people are actually paying cash or by credit card for doctors visits for their ACTUAL HEALTH CARE…then why do they have to conform to additional mandated health insurance when they are taking care of their HEALTH CARE themselves???

    Ocare begins to seem like entrapment for money for services not rendered…

    any thoughts on this trend with doctors taking health care back to actual health care professionals??

    http://www.breitbart.com/system/wire/upiUPI-20130614-232724-6523

    Doctors dump health insurance plans, charge patients less

    UPI 6/15/2013 3:56:04 AM

    WICHITA, Kan., June 14 (UPI) —

    A Kansas physician says he makes the same income and offers better quality care to his patients after he dumped all health insurance companies.

    Thirty-two-year old family physician Doug Nunamaker of Wichita, Kan., said after five years of dealing with the red tape of health insurance companies and the high overhead for the staff he hired just to deal with paperwork, he switched to a system of charging his patients a monthly fee plus the price of an office visit or test, CNN/Money reported.

    For example, under Nunamaker’s membership plan — also known as “concierge” medicine or “direct primary care” practices — each patient pays a flat monthly fee to have unlimited access to the doctors and any medical service they can provide in the practice, such as stitches or an EKG.

    For adults up to age 44, Nunamaker charges $50 a month, pediatric services are $10 a month, and for adults age 44 and older it costs $100 a month. Although Nunamaker calls the practice “cash-only,” he accepts credit and debit cards for the fees and services.

    Nunamaker and his partner negotiated deals for services outside the office. A cholesterol test costs the patient for $3, versus the $90 or more billed to insurance companies; an MRI can cost $400, compared with $2,000 or more billed to insurance companies.

    (some people are even…bartering…with their doctors…)

    more

    ************************************************************************

    and then there is this…

    http://www.breitbart.com/system/wire/upiUPI-20130614-235806-4920

    U.S. producing ‘abysmally low’ number of primary care doctors

    UPI 6/15/2013 4:52:17 AM

    WASHINGTON, June 15 (UPI) —
    Despite a shortage of U.S. primary care doctors, less than 25 percent of new doctors go into this field, and fewer still work in rural areas, researchers say.

    Lead study author Dr. Candice Chen, an assistant research professor of the George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services, said the study also found only 4.8 percent of the new primary care physicians set up shop in rural areas.

    more…

    ********************************************************************

    so if less and less doctors are going into primary care, and particularly in rural areas…

    how are people supposed to get the basic health care they need that they are going to be forced to pay for with Ocare???

    **************************************************

    my niece is in medical school right now…these students are saddled with very expensive education costs…she tells me that the trend with students these days is toward the ‘concierge’ medicine so that they can still make a decent living and be free of all the restrictions and regulations that are now be placed on the medical community…

    definition:

    also known as “concierge” medicine or “direct primary care” practices — each patient pays a flat monthly fee to have unlimited access to the doctors and any medical service they can provide in the practice, such as stitches or an EKG.

    *************************************

    sounds like the trend is going back to the ‘good old days’ before corporations came in and created HMO’s and their incarnations that have turned medicine into business…

    bottom line…it sounds like doctors and patients are trying to find ways to take back their personal power for their health care…

    any thoughts?

  • S

    also FYI for those following Zimmerman trial (I’m not, however I have seen comments of interest here…)

    this in Palm Beach Post this am:

    http://www.palmbeachpost.com/news/news/dismissed-juror-zimmerman-trial-returns-court-gets/nYL6D/

    http://www.wftv.com/videos/news/potential-zimmerman-trial-juror-dismissed-over/v4QzZ/

    He was asked if he had ever been on or posted on any of the websites discussing the trial…he said NO

    minutes later the judge was presented with comments he had made on ‘Coffee Party Progressives’

    …so he lied and was dissmissed…

  • Moral Lie to Judge get excused. 😆

  • Leanora

    Tough article. Ouch! I’m not a great speller, but I think the word is supposed to be ‘flaunt’ not ‘flout’.
    ***

    All bow for the uncrowned King and Queen of the World no matter how poor, how tattered and how real you are

    With iconic hero Nelson Mandela in declining health, it’s time for President Barack Hussein Obama to go for the photo op of all time. America in Decline will spend $60-100 million for the Obama Act called “reinforcing U.S. commitment to forging strong relationships with emerging democracies in sub-Saharan Africa”.

    Obamas to flout wealth in poorest regions of Africa

    http://canadafreepress.com/index.php/article/55929

  • wbboei

    Russian foreign minister questions Syrian chemical weapons evidence
    Published June 15, 2013
    Associated Press

    MOSCOW – Russia’s foreign minister said Saturday that the evidence put forth by the United States of chemical weapons use in Syria apparently doesn’t meet criteria for reliability.

    Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/world/2013/06/15/russian-foreign-minister-questions-syrian-chemical-weapons-evidence/#ixzz2WJWrvgtj
    ———————-

    Seems pretty simple to me. The act of intervening in the affairs of a sovereign state, and an arming al Qaeda insurgent groups on the mindless premise that they are democratic forces is a presumptive violation of International Law, and the UN Charter. The humanitarian exception cited in this instance is based on evidence that was not authenticated in the prescribed manner, and must therefore be rejected as fruits of the poisonous tree. Absent such evidence the act of arming the insurgents is itself a violation of International Law, a de-stablizing event and a pretext for wider war. It is an act of madness, which is perhaps why McCain and his ilk are 100% behind it, along with Obama who hopes this will provide him with a distraction from the scandals surrounding his benighted presidency. The American People have no dog in this hunt, therefore he should stay his hand.

  • wbboei

    Current Article
    The Incompetence of Obama on Syria

    By Larry Johnson on June 14, 2013 at 11:59 PM in Current Affairs

    First the good news–some liberals are not buying into Obama’s Syria nonsense. The bad news? Cheerleaders like Jonathan Alter, who scorched Bush on the Iraq venture, is urging Obama on and making excuses for his Bush-like actions. The hypocrisy is sickening.

    Regardless of your view on Syria, Obama’s handling of this is pure amateur hour. Let’s start with the issue of arming Syrian rebels. The United States already was involved but was doing so clandestinely. What does this mean? The Saudis and Qatar funded the acquisition of weapons and third country nationals, with little CIA involvement, moved those weapons from Libya. However, elements of the third country nationals were working out of the now infamous Annex in Benghazi. The point of this whole effort, regardless of the stupidity of the policy, was to give the United States and especially the President plausible deniability. If the weapons were used to kill a Russian or some other foreign diplomat, this secrecy minimized the risk of the incident escalating into a broader foreign policy crisis.

    So, look what this inexperienced buffoon did yesterday–he announces publicly, via Ben Rhodes of his National Security Staff, that the United States would start providing arms to Syria rebels. This completely eliminates any possibility of the United States denying responsibility for atrocities going forward in Syria. Instead, it puts us on the hot seat.

    This is especially dangerous with Russian military advisors and diplomats in Syria. Let’s say we get another video like this:

    Only this time, the victim is a Russian soldier and the rebel is wielding an assault rifle provided courtesy of Barack Obama. Or car bombs? If a car bomb destroys a hospital or the Russian Embassy, the Syrians and Russians can have a field day blaming Obama and the United States. But its more dangerous than that. The Russians could face strong domestic political pressure to retaliate against us.

    This kind of naive foolishness on the part of Obama and his juvenile advisors creates a direct threat to the security of the United States. Presidential credibility is not limitless. It is quite finite and, if spent recklessly, is difficult to replenish. It is one thing for us, as American citizens, to criticize the President and make fun of his foibles and miscues. Hell, that’s a birth right of all Americans. Even Bill Mahrer was calling Obama, and I am quoting, “a pussy,” for being goaded into this public stance by Bill Clinton.

    It is a completely different matter to put the President out so publicly on an issue where the criticism can become something far more dangerous. Here is the reality–Assad will stay in power and his position will be strengthened. One consequence of that will be the perception worldwide that the United States is weak. Such weakness can be misinterpreted or misjudged. We still have adversaries in the world who might be emboldened to challenge us in some other location of far more strategic importance because they believe we are weak and incapable of responding effectively. In that circumstance the risk of events spinning out of control and escalating into an actual shooting war goes up significantly.

    Barack Obama’s surrogate declaration to aid the Syria rebels was a step onto that dangerous road.

  • S

    http://www.rappler.com/world/31388-protesters-rally-in-hong-kong-to-support-snowden

    HONG KONG, China – Hundreds of protesters staged a rally in rain-hit Hong Kong Saturday, June 15, to urge the city’s government not to extradite former spy Edward Snowden, and slam the US for its surveillance programs.

    Snowden, 29, has gone to ground in the city after blowing the lid on the US’s vast electronic surveillance operation and has vowed to fight any extradition request.

    The city’s first major demonstration on the issue saw protesters, including pro-democracy lawmakers, activists and a large number of expatriates march to the US consulate holding banners and shouting “Defend Free Speech,” “Protect Snowden,” “No Extradition,” and “Respect Hong Kong Law.”

    Many blew whistles and wore masks with Snowden’s face on it.

    “Today we all blow the whistle,” shouted Tom Grundy, a British blogger and activist who lives in Hong Kong.

    One protester held a sign of US President Barack Obama’s famous ‘Hope’ poster, edited to show the leader as a spy wearing large headphones. Another sign read: “Betray Snowden, Betray freedom.”

    The United States has launched a criminal investigation after Snowden, a former CIA technical assistant, leaked details of Washington’s secret Internet and telephone surveillance programs.

    The protesters, made up of 27 civil society organizations, handed a letter over to the US consulate addressed to Consul General Steve Young, which said: “For many years, the US State Department has publicly supported the cause of Internet freedom and criticized other governments for conducting cyber attacks, surveillance and censorship.

    snip

  • wbboei

    This kind of naive foolishness on the part of Obama and his juvenile advisors
    ———————–
    A president cannot be expected to manage every detail government. Carter tried to do that and he failed miserably. A president must select QUALIFIED people and delegate those duties to them, while he maintains oversight. In order to be deemed qualified, a subordinate must have integrity, expertise and mature judgment. One of the many faults we see in Obama is he elevates loyalty and ideology over qualifications as defined above. Time and again, he has been seen to pick young immature people–academicians and political hacks, and the result is what you see. I can think of no better example of this monumental failing than Ben Rhoades who was the Architect of Arab Spring, and a war criminal. Today, he is the Obama spokesman on Libya, as we prepare to go down yet another rabbit hole in the Middle East.

  • Leanora

    Confirmed: Obama IRS Targeted, Infiltrated and Harassed Christian Churches

    The Obama Internal Revenue Service targeted several Christian groups including a 180 year-old Baptist paper.

    The Obama IRS implemented a program to infiltrate and target conservative, evangelical Christian churches.
    The Examiner reported:

    On Thursday the Examiner provided an exclusive report indicating that the Obama administration had implemented a covert program beginning in 2009 that was intended to spy on conservative, evangelical Christian churches.

    That program involved infiltration ­ sending in government operatives to join churches for the purpose of data collection. The government snoops would keep their eyes and ears open for criticism of the Obama administration, talk of Tea Party participation, conversations about gun ownership, and a number of other issues.

    But a special report issued today by Fox News indicates that the program went far beyond infiltration and snooping. The IRS was used to harass Christian churches if they were identified as places where large numbers of anti-Obama citizens congregated for worship.

    The Obama administration, according to the report, considered any public criticism of administration policies to be political in nature and should therefore impact whether or not these congregations were allowed to gain or keep their tax exempt status.

    http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2013/06/confirmed-obama-irs-targeted-infiltrated-and-harassed-christian-churches/

  • Businessweek calls him a “reformist.” Most other media outlets are calling presidential candidate Hassan Rohani a “moderate.”

    I suppose when the mainstream is made up of clerical fascists, anyone with an ounce of sanity might be considered “moderate.” But, in truth, what makes an Iranian “moderate?” If you ask Rohani, he will still be in favor of wiping Israel off the map, spreading Islam around the world, destroying the West, and denying women any rights.

    Read more: http://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2013/06/its_official_iran_will_elect_a_moderate_president.html#ixzz2WJjanGFR

  • wbboei

    S
    June 15, 2013 at 3:41 pm

    http://www.rappler.com/world/31388-protesters-rally-in-hong-kong-to-support-snowden
    ———————–
    If you think back to the 2008 primary, then you may recall that Obama tried to distance himself as much as possible from this country and its traditions. This could be seen in his refusal to wear a flag pin, his failure to pledge allegiance to the flag, and his fabrication of his own presidential seal. And if that was not enough there was that statement by his wife that his candidacy was the first time she had ever been proud of this country, a statement motivated in part by the prospect of securing a bigger expense account for herself than Oprah.

    Today however, he wears the flag pin, salutes the flag, and pretends to be something he is manifestly not namely a loyal American. Yes, today he literally wraps himself in the American flag, as he and his fellow travelers destroy our constitution and seek to build a secular religion. The game here is to confuse the American People. He believe we are so stupid as to believe that nothing harmful to the country can happen as long as the flag is flying at full mast. More specifically, he thinks we will make the paradigmatic mistake of confusing country with government when in this case they are polar opposites.

    Therefore, we must discipline ourselves to see whatever he does as being in the political interest of his administration rather than in the interests of the country. Granted there may be some situations where the two coincide. But with this joker those congruences are few and far between.

  • moononpluto

    erdogan is a bastard, absolute cruelty going on in istanbul tonight.

  • SHV

    “my niece is in medical school right now…these students are saddled with very expensive education costs…”
    *****
    My great niece and her husband finished medical school two years ago. She will complete primary care residency next year and he has three more years of general surgery training. They both went state colleges and medical schools…their total educational debt is more than $600,000.

  • moononpluto

    Utter madness, gasbombing injured people in hotels in istanbul.

    https://twitter.com/AkinUnver/status/345997690531885058/photo/1

    EU gonna go mad……German MP’s Heike Häsel, Claudia Roth and S. Dagdelen were at Gezi Park when police intervened with tear gas bombs.

    Children teargassed inside Divam Hotel, evil bastards.

    This country is in the hands of a dictator.

    Massive crowds apparently on the march now towards Taksim and in Ankara, disgusted by Govt.

  • wbboei

    their total educational debt is more than $600,000.
    ————————————————–
    How do they feel about Obama care, if I may ask?

  • moononpluto

    Riot police crush protesters in (democratic Turkey) while crowds celebrate a peaceful election in streets of theocratic Iran. Quite a world.

  • moononpluto

    Editor of Huyrriet Gunes Attacked by 2 cops while taking their photos beating protesters, when they said press they kept on attacking them.

  • moononpluto

    What is going on in Istanbul…

    Reports Western side of Istanbul’s major E-5 highway totally blocked. Thousands marching on the highway towards Taksim.

  • wbboei

    I am curious how new doctors entering the field with big financial debts view the prospects for financial success and job satisfaction and patient care under the insurance friendly behemoth that will be hitting the transom in January. Some older doctors are leaving the profession over it, or narrowing the scope of their practice. And then some do feel it will have much effect on their practice.

  • moononpluto

    German Green Party chairwoman Claudia Roth who was just gassed in Gezi park says: This is war against the people of Turkey. The people of Turkey are those in Gezi park.

    For those who curious: No, Istanbul Governor hasn’t apologized, says people should have confidence in Police forces! (tell that to the kids teargassed in Divan Hotel)

  • SHV

    “How do they feel about Obama care, if I may ask?”
    *****
    It’s a multi-trillion dollar corporate welfare program that is financially unsound and will collapse of it’s own weight. The big question is what will come next after Obamacare goes bankrupt in 2020? It’s a follow on to GWB’s unfunded corporate welfare law, Part D Medicare.

  • moononpluto

    This could be construed as crimes by the Intl court.

    Attention: #occupygezi German Hospital at Siraselviler / #Taksim opened its Doors! You can go there

    “Doctors confirm that water sprayed from police canons is diluted with chemicals”

    French school next to consulate has opened its doors for medical support. Diplomatic area..

    https://twitter.com/VOT99/status/346007291704770563/photo/1 people on the march.

  • TheRock

    Moon,

    How does Turkey possibly expect to host the U-21 World Cup next week???

    Hillary 2016

  • 😆

    “A smart fence which is what Senator McCain and I want to build – since he’s from Arizona, I think he knows more about this than the Senator from South Dakota, who only has a border with Canada that is quite different.”

    Landrieu, 57, chairs the Senate Homeland Security Appropriations Subcommittee.

    Her office did not respond to a request for comment about the buzz over the mistake.

    http://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/sen-mary-landrieu-geography-problem-article-1.1372981

  • moononpluto

    At this rate, the Govt may be gone, Erdogan has now painted himself into a corner and made his bed, Int’l community has to intervene now, German MP’s attacked, German hospital and French School opened its doors to protestors, is he gonna bomb them too.

    This could well be a big night in the history of Turkey and its all of his own doing, he could have stopped this last week but his ego has screwed him.

  • moononpluto
    June 15, 2013 at 4:31 pm
    ___________________________________

    I agree Moon Please stay safe. 🙂

  • moononpluto

    Police officers tried to take press badge of foreign journo and delete his pictures. Pressfreedom? not here

    Protesters are trying to negotiate with the police to let ambulances take injured people. Just horrible.Sickening.

    Police still firing teargas and noise bombs into hotels where people taking shelter.

    This is state sponsored terrorism against its own people, Int’l court should indite.

  • Basically, he blamed everyone he could but himself, no shame whatsoever.
    ______________________________

    Gee just like our Big Guy. 😆

  • TheRock

    Turkey is disintegrating into chaos. Curious how our MSM is putting out exponetially LESS information than our sibling Moon. Keep ya head down!

    Hillary 2016

  • wbboei

    foxyladi14
    June 15, 2013 at 5:01 pm
    ————————
    I think the border security thing is a red herring. If you legalize 18 million illegals and give them a path to citizenship which rewards them in any way for flaunting our laws and border, then you cannot build a fence high enough to keep another 50 million out. And just forget about enforcement. Our border agents are serious, but their political overseers and their campaign contributors are not. I posted some comments from Professor Jacobson that have this entire issue analyzed properly. Even Erickson has awakened to the games being played here. But long before him, we had Milton Friedman saying about the same thing.

  • moononpluto

    Bastards

    Pictures of baby’s hit by teargas are coming from the divan hotel on several media.

  • Leanora

    Go Sarah!
    ***

    Palin Slams Military Intervention In Syria: “Let Allah Sort It Out”…
    CAIR cries Islamophobia in 3… 2… 1.

    Former GOP vice presidential candidate and Alaska governor Sarah Palin told a Washington audience Saturday that the U.S. should not get involved in the Syrian civil war.

    Palin argued that the U.S. should not intervene in any Middle East conflict as long as President Obama remains in office.

    “Until we have a commander in chief who knows what he is doing….let Allah sort it out!” she told the Faith and Freedom Coalition.

    http://weaselzippers.us/2013/06/15/palin-slams-military-intervention-in-syria-let-allah-sort-it-out/

  • moononpluto

    This is outside the American Embassy right now in Ankara.

    https://twitter.com/burakdeyimli/status/346005838823051264/photo/1

  • S

    Be careful and safe Moononpluto…

    Fox had some coverage of the water hoses trampling people…it looked very bad…

  • moononpluto

    Turkey main opposition leader Kilicdaroglu says Erdogan is breaking international laws of human rights.

  • S

    Moon…those pictures you are posting are amazing…

  • admin

    Update III: Who knew our Hillary Clinton article would be so timely? The article is especially insightful for those that recall our ides of March article titled Clinton, Bush, Clinton, Bush, Clinton, Bush, Clinton, Bush, Obama, Hillary Clinton 2016, Bush, Clinton, Bush, Clinton, Bush, Clinton, Bush…

    In that article and others we stated that Barack Obama and his thugs will do everything to prevent Hillary Clinton from getting the nomination in 2016. There is no way Obama wants to make himself a tiny footnote in between the Clinton versus Bush national drama. The Obama Chicago thug machine has not found a candidate yet to oppose Hillary, but they will. They will.

    Yesterday and into today DrudgeReport headlined “It Begins”. The link was to an article about Jeb Bush getting ready to run for president in 2016:

    “In an exclusive sit-down interview with The Brody File, Jeb Bush says that, “Hillary Clinton is a formidable force on the left.”

    We sat down with Jeb Bush Friday morning at the Faith and Freedom Coalition event in DC. If Jeb Bush decides to run for president, he will most likely be considered the frontrunner for the GOP nomination.”

    “What the crap” you say? Jeb Bush running for president? Nah! Sure George W. Bush, thanks to the incompetent, treacherous, golfing Boob Barack Obama, has higher popularity ratings that Obama… but, but, but, Jeb Bush for President? That’s insane, right? Well if you think that’s insane try this on for size (and try not to think about that second paragraph above):

    “Is There Another Elected Obama In Our Future?

    Have you noticed first lady Michelle Obama popping up a lot in the media lately? Like announcing the best picture winner at the Oscars? Or promoting healthier eating habits? And she recently touched on economic issues at a Democratic fundraiser for Virginia gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe.

    Is the groundwork being laid for another elected Obama in our future?[snip]

    She continued, “See, because when I was growing up, a family of four living on a single blue-collar salary could build a solid life without debt and without relying on any form of public assistance… But today, for so many families, that’s no longer possible. Folks are working harder than ever before and doing everything right, and it’s still not enough.”

    Sounds like the first draft of a future campaign speech. [snip]

    The White House powers-that-be have a plan, and they will implement that plan on their schedule. First, her handlers wanted to create an image, an endearing and noncontroversial one. They do not want to repeat the Hillary Clinton experience, in which the then-first lady alienated half of the country with her thinly veiled ambition and attitude. [snip]

    Clinton’s political road to bigger things might have been a little less bumpy if she had been guided by some of the remarkable handlers that paved the way for Barack Obama. Michelle will be the number one heir of that machine. In fact, that may be one of the primary — though surely not the only — reasons the machine continues.

    Organizing for America, now Organizing for Action — the president’s personal 501(c)(4) organization that is virtually all political but never seems to be troubled by the fine bureaucrats at the IRS’s nonprofit unit — carries on, raising money to push the president’s message. [snip]

    While Michelle is her own woman with her own accomplishments, she would likely embrace virtually all of her husband’s economic policies — and could be even further to the left.

    If (when?) Michelle Obama decides to run for office, she will have the Obama machine fully engaged to ensure she wins — the Chicago way if need be.”

    Read the entire article if you want to empty your stomach.

    —————————————————————

  • moononpluto

    This is going to be very bad…

    British consulate members are reporting being affected by teargas now too.

  • admin

    http://legalinsurrection.com/2013/06/turkeys-tiananmen-square-moment/

    Turkey’s ‘Tiananmen Square’ moment?

    A man underneath a police car to stop it. Graphic video:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-6TuuhJG-Jw&feature=player_embedded

  • admin

    Livestream from Turkey:

  • admin

    Foxyladi14, it’s a million racists march on Washington!

  • moononpluto

    A boy burned by chemicals in the water cannon…..This is criminal.

    https://twitter.com/eduoliveira98/status/346027359582965760/photo/1

  • moononpluto

    https://twitter.com/_ElifYilmaz_/status/346022881236488192/photo/1

    They have mixed acid into the water….how can they justify this. Beyond comprehension.

  • moononpluto

    NTV finally showing footage of thousands of people heading along istanbul’s main motorway.

    Hearing reports various tv channels hacked and now showing live images, this could get interesting.

  • moononpluto

    So a hotel operating as a hospital and an actual hospital have been attacked now too by Polis. Both confirmed… These are very serious crimes.

    01:07 Police that have blocked their ID no.s and enter Taksim Hilton Lobby.

    At improvised clinic in front of Divan hotel doctor tells 2 of his doctor colleagues were hit by plastic bullets.

    People on Kennedy outside Embassy now chanting “You’ll pay for Ethem” the protester that today’s autopsy confirmed was shot in the head

  • moononpluto

    Dont be fooled with Govt pictures of an empty Taksim Square, that is not where the battles are.

  • moononpluto

    Govt cutting off power in parts of Istanbul, so they cant be seen attacking.

  • admin
    June 15, 2013 at 6:15 pm

    Foxyladi14, it’s a million racists march on Washington!
    _________________________-

    Amen Admin. 🙂

  • admin

    MoonOnPluto, Obama is golfing today. After forcing Israel to apologize to Erdogen because of the Gaza embargo blockade Erdogen supported Obama now won’t say anything on what is going on in Turkey. Obama wants Turkey to continue to sneak in supplies to Syria so Obama remains silent. The secularist of Turkey be damned all because Obama cannot be trusted.

  • admin

    As we’ve written, immigration reform is dead. Others think like we do and provide some additional evidence:

    http://washingtonexaminer.com/morning-examiner-marco-rubios-vote-against-putting-border-security-first/article/2531912

    Forty-three Senators voted for the Grassley amendment yesterday, including two Democrats: Sens. Mark Pryor, D-Ark., and Joe Manchin, D-W.V.

    That means Rubio and his Democratic allies are still three votes short of the 60 they need for final passage. And the search for them was going so badly yesterday that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., halted debate and sent everyone home for the weekend.

    And this is before the bill hits the House.

  • moononpluto

    Spanish correspondent Bondarenko hit by rubber bullet was not injured thanks to bullet-proof vest.

    So tonight, we’ve had German Mp’s teargassed…British consulate swimming in teargas, clashes outside American Embassy, Spanish correspndant shot at with rubber bullet……really ramping up those int’l brownie points.

  • moononpluto

    İstanbul mayor tweets about finding guns at Gezi, oh i wonder who put those there. Government is looking for an excuse to vindicate its attacks or start shooting people. World pay attn!

  • moononpluto

    Chemical burns from water cannons………Bastards.

    https://twitter.com/AkinUnver/status/346042557261836288/photo/1

  • wbboei

    http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2013/06/15/senate-democrats-facing-re-election-in-red-states-stick-with-support-for/
    ———————–
    Big mistake. They have sown the wind and in November of next year they will reap the whirlwind. You don’t just walk away from a trainwreck when you are the engineer.

  • S

    NSA admits listening to U.S. phone calls without warrants

    National Security Agency discloses in secret Capitol Hill briefing that thousands of analysts can listen to domestic phone calls. That authorization appears to extend to e-mail and text messages too.

    The National Security Agency has acknowledged in a new classified briefing that it does not need court authorization to listen to domestic phone calls.

    Rep. Jerrold Nadler, a New York Democrat, disclosed this week that during a secret briefing to members of Congress, he was told that the contents of a phone call could be accessed “simply based on an analyst deciding that.”

    If the NSA wants “to listen to the phone,” an analyst’s decision is sufficient, without any other legal authorization required, Nadler said he learned. “I was rather startled,” said Nadler, an attorney and congressman who serves on the House Judiciary committee.

    Not only does this disclosure shed more light on how the NSA’s formidable eavesdropping apparatus works domestically it also suggests the Justice Department has secretly interpreted federal surveillance law to permit thousands of low-ranking analysts to eavesdrop on phone calls.

    Because the same legal standards that apply to phone calls also apply to e-mail messages, text messages, and instant messages, Nadler’s disclosure indicates the NSA analysts could also access the contents of Internet communications without going before a court and seeking approval.

    The disclosure appears to confirm some of the allegations made by Edward Snowden, a former NSA infrastructure analyst who leaked classified documents to the Guardian. Snowden said in a video interview that, while not all NSA analysts had this ability, he could from Hawaii “wiretap anyone from you or your accountant to a federal judge to even the president.”

    There are serious “constitutional problems” with this approach, said Kurt Opsahl, a senior staff attorney at the Electronic Frontier Foundation who has litigated warrantless wiretapping cases. “It epitomizes the problem of secret laws.”

    The NSA yesterday declined to comment to CNET. A representative said Nadler was not immediately available. (This is unrelated to last week’s disclosure that the NSA is currently collecting records of the metadata of all domestic Verizon calls, but not the actual contents of the conversations.)

    snip

    Rep. Nadler’s disclosure that NSA analysts can listen to calls without court orders came during a House Judiciary hearing on Thursday that included FBI director Robert Mueller as a witness.

    Mueller initially sought to downplay concerns about NSA surveillance by claiming that, to listen to a phone call, the government would need to seek “a special, a particularized order from the FISA court directed at that particular phone of that particular individual.”

    Is information about that procedure “classified in any way?” Nadler asked.

    “I don’t think so,” Mueller replied.

    “Then I can say the following,” Nadler said. “We heard precisely the opposite at the briefing the other day. We heard precisely that you could get the specific information from that telephone simply based on an analyst deciding that…In other words, what you just said is incorrect. So there’s a conflict.”

    Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), the head of the Senate Intelligence committee, separately acknowledged this week that the agency’s analysts have the ability to access the “content of a call.”

    more

    *****************************************************************

    I venture to ‘guess’ they are listening to most of us…just for kicks…

  • S

    the question is now ‘what the hell is the congress going to do about this unlawful spying on americans?’

    …they can’t even fake it enough…after the past intense week…Senators cannot even fake it enough interest to attend security briefings

    http://thehill.com/homenews/senate/305765-senators-skip-classified-briefing-on-nsa-snooping-to-catch-flights-home

    A recent briefing by senior intelligence officials on surveillance programs failed to attract even half of the Senate, showing the lack of enthusiasm in Congress for learning about classified security programs. [WATCH VIDEO]

    Many senators elected to leave Washington early Thursday afternoon instead of attending a briefing with James Clapper, the Director of National Intelligence, Keith Alexander, the head of the National Security Agency (NSA), and other officials.

  • freespirit

    Well, Damn. Who was it around the time of 2012 presidential election that reported Jeb and Papa (I don’t think W got to go on that trip – probably promised to bring him back a surprise, if he would stay in Crawford) were seen leaving the WH, and the speculation was that the Pubs had struck a deal to guarantee Obama a second term, in return for assurances that Obama and his Dims would make sure Jeb won the WH in 2016? Did Big Pink report that or another Hillary blog?

    Oh well, you do have to wonder if games are being played, here. So many of the Dems appear to be hot for Hillary now – this early. Even DU featuring a now, familiar photo of Hillary from the “Ready for Hillary” PAC campaign. Other progressive Dims, as well are all about some Hillary for potus. Should this hype be trusted? Is this just well-coordinated smoke screen, to jerk us Hill supporters around? It would not be unlike the sleazy Obama machine to really hype Hillary, then start some kind of scandal to destroy the viability of a Hillary candidacy.

    I’m not saying I think that is what’s happening. I’m just saying, if you whack me in the back of the head with a 2 x 4 in 2008, I probably won’t trust you not to do it again in 2016.

  • Southern Born

    Aren’t the BO machine in connection with Rove and company ALREADY trying to start the drip, drip, drip of hints of scandals: Benghazi and then the sex thing…State Dept people hiring sex and having sex in the same hotel that Hillary was staying in, underage sex by State Dept people and of course that Hillary should have known about it.

    It’s just the beginning of the revealing some sort of scandal slowly over the next year or so to destroy the viability of a Hillary candidacy.

    Do I think the Bushs via the vile Karl Rove and BO are involved? You betcha!

  • Southern Born

    Also, I seem to remember that right after BO was elected to the U.S. Senate, President George Bush and Karl Rove invited him to a private meeting at the WH with them. It seems that they were supposedly inviting him to congratulate him on being elected but in retrospect some wondered if they were, even at that early stage, helping to set him up to run against Hillary in 2008.

  • freespirit

    Southern Born

    Aren’t the BO machine in connection with Rove and company ALREADY trying to start the drip, drip, drip of hints of scandals: Benghazi and then the sex thing…State Dept people hiring sex and having sex in the same hotel that Hillary was staying in, underage sex by State Dept people and of course that Hillary should have known about it.

    It’s just the beginning of the revealing some sort of scandal slowly over the next year or so to destroy the viability of a Hillary candidacy.

    Do I think the Bushs via the vile Karl Rove and BO are involved? You betcha!

    ____________

    Yep, SB, It’s business as usual with BO and Rove as allies in the effort to scandalize Hillary. It just crossed my mind that some of the previously anti-Hillary liberal democratic senators and representatives who are proclaiming their support for Hillary now, and Hillary hating progressive groups who now seem to love her, might be in on this conspiracy as well. I can see them planning a big Hillary love fest, then pulling out all the stops to discredit and damage her. You know those kindhearted, inclusive ultra-lefties – those bastards are mean and tricky. Maybe I’m just a little paranoid, what with all of the illegal spying the Obama WH is into these days.

  • wbboei

    We worry about all these foreign enemies and that is fine and well.

    But what about the enemy within?

    The enemy at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

    Are our enemies abroad as much of a danger to this country than he is.

    To me, the answer is a resounding no.

    I say that with full knowledge of the damage foreign enemies can inflict on this nation.

    But that damage is as nothing compared to what Obama is doing to this country.

    Based on that, I believe that Snowden is a hero.

    Even if he ends up giving in to China.

    I would rather our country remain a constitutional republic, than that we lose that status just to beat China.

    And I could give a damn what Tom Brokaw say—which tends to be a lie anyway.

  • wbboei

    As long as we learn and move forward.

  • Shadowfax

    Jeb running, that’s when you know Republican’s are desperate and have thrown in the towel.

    Same thing if MO is on the ticket because Hillary decides not to run again.

    Where is ABM94?????

  • wbboei

    Anymore it seems like it is two countries. The beltway and the rest of the country.

  • moononpluto

    Police block funeral of killed protester.

    the Emperor is so furious,that he can not even bear the funeral of a human being killed by his forces!!!

    https://twitter.com/AkinUnver/status/346196819312779264/photo/1

  • moononpluto

    Police arresting Doctors at the Ramada just now..

    https://twitter.com/sinanchakmak/status/346205332076384256/photo/1

    I hope the Int’l court is getting its indictments ready.

  • moononpluto

    You have to applaud the mans creativity: Even Hitler hadn’t thought of turning a whole city into a giant gas chamber. Congratulations Erdogan, you’ve really outdone yourself.

  • moononpluto

    16yo Berkin Elvan shot with teargas capsule. His skull in pieces. Critical conditions. Doctors don’t think they can save him.

    Evil Evil bastards, they should pay for what they are doing.

  • Leanora

    From the New York Post . . .

    **

    Politician seeks answers on Weiner wife Huma Abedin’s private consulting gig

    WASHINGTON ­ One of the Senate’s most aggressive investigators is probing longtime Hillary Rodham Clinton aide Huma Abedin’s employment status, asking how she got a sweetheart deal to be a private six-figure consultant while still serving as a top State Department official.

    Abedin, one of Clinton’s most loyal aides, is married to former Rep. Anthony Weiner, who’s in the midst of a vigorous effort to beat back his own scandal and become mayor.

    The inquiry by Sen. Charles Grassley (R-Iowa), compiled in a three-page letter to Abedin and Secretary of State John Kerry, adds drama to Weiner’s bid.

    http://www.nypost.com/p/news/national/heat_on_huma_GLxXhBHaPfr02d65yvXeoK

  • moononpluto

    Anyone they are not going after…..

    Carsi — Besiktas fan club — members arrested after homes raided by anti-terror police this morning in Istanbul…….

    not a clever move pissing off football supporters, they can be vicious foes in a fight.

  • moononpluto

    TRT Turkish Television Deputy General has resigned.

    Disgusted at press freedom and violence.

  • Leanora

    My question is – why do our young people continue to join the military under these conditions? Actually, if I had a son who was thinking of joining, I’d try my best to discourage him.
    *****

    WHAT A GUY! Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel gets tough…not on Muslim terrorists, on girly pictures

    I guess Chuck Hagel has his priorities. Make sure the military is sharia-compliant by banning pictures, calendars, screen-savers, magazines, and other materials that show women in anything other than a G-rated pose. Think about it – Betty Grable in a burqa.

    Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has ordered a close-up and comprehensive inspection of all military offices and workplaces worldwide to root out any “materials that create a degrading or offensive work environment.”

    http://www.barenakedislam.com/2013/06/16/what-a-guy-secretary-of-defense-chuck-hagel-gets-tough-not-on-muslim-terrorists-on-girly-pictures/

  • Leanora

    AT&T to Load iPhones With Emergency Alerts From Obama – That You Can’t Switch Off

    Just in case you want more Obama in your life…

    So now Barack can track your calls and send you messages, too.

    http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2013/06/att-to-load-iphones-with-emergency-alerts-from-obama-that-you-cant-switch-off/

  • moononpluto

    TRT (Turkish Government Official TV Channel) general manager Zeynel Koc resigns and tweets: ‘That’s enough.’

  • moononpluto

    Using concussion grenades now, what next…Concussion grenade used near Marmara Pera hotel

  • Happy Father’s Day! 🙂

  • moononpluto
    June 16, 2013 at 9:18 am
    _________________________________

    Thank you Moon. Stay safe ((((hugs))))

  • Representative Mike Kelly (R-PA) introduced an amendment last night to H.R. 1960, the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014 (NDAA), to prohibit federal funding for the implementation of the United Nations Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) for one year. The amendment was adopted unanimously by the House of Representatives by a voice vote and included in the final passage of the NDAA, which Rep. Kelly voted to support.

    http://kelly.house.gov/press-release/house-unanimously-adopts-kelly-amendment-ban-funding-un-arms-trade-treaty

  • And the United Nations says it is the Syrian Rebels that are using chemical weapons so who do we believe. And why are we getting involved anyway? Terrorist government against terrorist rebels. 🙄

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-22424188

  • 😆

    This is no joke: Morris, a black-and-white kitten, is a candidate in a Mexican city’s mayoral race — and the candidacy is resonating across the country. His slogan? “Tired of Voting for Rats? Vote for a Cat.”

    http://yhoo.it/13OEcY2

  • moononpluto

    EU, please tell him to F off……….PM Erdogan to European Commission: I told them to take back that resolution! Turkey is not even a member. What did you do in Greece?

    Can imagine EU Accession is all but dead now.

    He’s gone full loon….PM Erdogan says interest-rate lobby, hotels opening doors to protesters, people sending food to occupied park are conspirators.Erdogan levels accusations against shadowy organization without naming names for fueling protests.

  • Leanora

    Double Agent: Marco Rubio Caught Making Different Amnesty Claims to Spanish, English Audiences

    On Monday, a majority of Senate Republicans voted to continue debate of the disastrous ‘Gang of Eight’ amnesty bill, surprising many when the vote easily cleared the required 60 threshold, 82-15.

    The reason many Republicans trust that a bill they haven’t even read will “secure the border first” is because Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) has assured them it would – endlessly. He even wen’t on a record-tying FIVE Sunday news shows to assert this (and a avalanche of other lies), and assured audiences he would never back a bill that did not secure the border first, before amnesty. And Rubio claimed the Gang’s bill did exactly that.

    Yesterday, Rubio made fools of many of his colleagues – who should have known better anyway – and was exposed as a bald-faced liar after being caught making totally different claims about the bill – on Spanish and English media.

    http://standwitharizona.com/blog/2013/06/13/double-agent-marco-rubio-caught-making-different-amnesty-claims-to-spanish-engish-audiences/

  • moononpluto

    Scary….. Turkey to investigate role of foreigners in protests, Erdogan says. (I saw a lot of English teachers there)…so teachers now….

  • moononpluto

    the largest 4 Turkish labor unions declared indefinte strike: KESK, TTB, TMMOB & DİSKRT from tomorrow. This could go mad now.

  • freespirit

    Speaking of Karl Rove. This article from Think Progress was posted at DU:

    Fake ‘Progressive’ Super PAC Actually Backing Conservatives, Run By Former Consultants For Rove

    Source: Think Progress

    A secretive new super PAC with the misleading name “Americans for Progressive Action” has made a $700,000 ad buy on behalf of Massachusetts Republican Senate nominee Gabriel Gomez. But while the group claims it is not partisan and will back independent-minded candidates, the group’s leadership includes Republican consultants with ties to Karl Rove and Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN).

    The super PAC — which will not have to disclose any of its donors until after the June 25 special election to fill the remainder of Secretary of State John Kerry’s Senate term — says it will back “people with a more independent streak who care more about doing what is right, than relying on partisan politics,” and sees Gomez as a “moderate, reasonable candidate.”

    But the committee’s treasurer, Nancy H. Watkins of Tampa, FL, is a prominent Republican accounting and compliance expert who has served for former Reps. David Rivera and Rick Renzi (R-AZ), and Bachmann’s unsuccessful 2012 presidential campaign. Her husband, Robert I. Watkins, is assistant treasurer and a Gov. Rick Scott (R-FL) appointee and was a major bundler for both the George W. Bush (R) and Mitt Romney (R) presidential campaigns.

    More notably, The Hill reported Wednesday, Americans for Progressive Action’s spokeswoman is Sheena Tahilramani. Tahilramani served for several years as chief of staff for Karl Rove’s company and was media liaison for the Republican strategist. She now works as head of marketing and publicity for a consulting firm whose clients include birther Joseph Farah’s WND Books.

    Read more: http://thinkprogress.org/justice/2013/06/13/2148891/rove-protege-progressive-superpac-gomez/?mobile=nc

  • wbboei

    Massive NSA Eavesdropping of Domestic Communications
    Oh yes they are listening to our phone calls, Barry. (Also read Ed Driscoll : “Warrants? The NSA Don’t Need No Steeenking Warrants!”)

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    I guess all the defenders of the NSA PRISM and phone-record surveillance programs will now try to tell us that this latest revelation, that the NSA listens in on our phone calls and monitors emails, text messages, and IM chats — all without a warrant — is the price we pay for preventing terrorist attacks.

    Not only don’t they need a warrant, says the DoJ, but low-level analysts can make the decision to listen to our phone calls for any reason they want.

    CNET:

    The National Security Agency has acknowledged in a new classified briefing that it does not need court authorization to listen to domestic phone calls.

    Rep. Jerrold Nadler, a New York Democrat, disclosed this week that during a secret briefing to members of Congress, he was told that the contents of a phone call could be accessed “simply based on an analyst deciding that.”

    If the NSA wants “to listen to the phone,” an analyst’s decision is sufficient, without any other legal authorization required, Nadler said he learned. “I was rather startled,” said Nadler, an attorney and congressman who serves on the House Judiciary committee.

    Not only does this disclosure shed more light on how the NSA’s formidable eavesdropping apparatus works domestically, it also suggests the Justice Department has secretly interpreted federal surveillance law to permit thousands of low-ranking analysts to eavesdrop on phone calls.

    Because the same legal standards that apply to phone calls also apply to e-mail messages, text messages, and instant messages, Nadler’s disclosure indicates the NSA analysts could also access the contents of Internet communications without going before a court and seeking approval.

    The disclosure appears to confirm some of the allegations made by Edward Snowden, a former NSA infrastructure analyst who leaked classified documents to the Guardian. Snowden said in a video interview that, while not all NSA analysts had this ability, he could from Hawaii “wiretap anyone from you or your accountant to a federal judge to even the president.”

    There are serious “constitutional problems” with this approach, said Kurt Opsahl, a senior staff attorney at the Electronic Frontier Foundation who has litigated warrantless wiretapping cases. “It epitomizes the problem of secret laws.”

    The NSA yesterday declined to comment to CNET. A representative said Nadler was not immediately available. (This is unrelated to last week’s disclosure that the NSA is currently collecting records of the metadata of all domestic Verizon calls, but not the actual contents of the conversations.)

    The NSA has between 500,000 and one million numbers on their target list — perhaps more. All electronic communications belonging to these people are recorded.

    This isn’t “monitoring.” This isn’t “scanning.” This is eavesdropping — exactly what President Obama denied when he said “nobody is listening to your phone calls.” Oh, yes they are, Barry, and lying about it is about the most egregious breaking of trust with the American people that has occurred in your administration.

  • Leanora

    More scandals; more hookers; more cover-ups. Mama Mia! I don’t know how much of this is Hillary’s fault, but her opponents are going to make sure she gets the blame. And the department is quite a mess – there’s no denying that. So, who was watching the store?
    ********

    Whistleblower accuses consul general of trysts with subordinates and hookers

    In the latest black eye for the scandal-ridden State Department, a whistleblower claims she was run out of the foreign service after complaining about a consul general’s alleged office trysts with subordinates and hookers.

    Kerry Howard says she was bullied, harassed and forced to resign after she exposed US Consul General Donald Moore’s alleged security-threatening shenanigans in the Naples, Italy, office.

    As the post’s community-liaison officer, Howard was charged with keeping workplace peace and advising higher-ups on the state of morale, but when she revealed allegations about her boss, State Department officials swept it under the rug, according to an Equal Employment Opportunity complaint she filed with the department’s Office of Civil Rights.

    “It’s cover-up after cover-up. It’s absolutely hideous,” she told The Post. “When our diplomats disrespect the Italians by hiring and firing them because they have seen too much ­ or use them for ‘sex-ercise’ ­ we have to question why we have diplomats abroad at taxpayer expense.”

    http://www.nypost.com/p/news/local/staten_island/new_state_shock_HPvwttBZGMt4KOuO57zPeP?utm_source=SFnewyorkpost&utm_medium=SFnewyorkpost

  • wbboei

    The party of evil (DIMs) vs. the party of stupid (GOP): introducing the party of stupid:
    ——————————————————————————

    The Bell Tolls for the ‘New Majority’

    By: Patrick J. Buchanan
    6/14/2013 11:56 AM

    Next year should be a banner year for the GOP, and may yet be.

    Obamacare, a “train wreck” about to happen, says Democratic Sen. Max Baucus, goes into full effect Jan. 1, with the popular IRS as enforcer.

    The Obama media feel betrayed by the secret intrusions on First Amendment rights. Libertarians see the National Security Agency’s data mining as a massive violation of Fourth Amendment rights.

    The White House is bedeviled by scandals, the second-term curse has caught up with the Obama presidency, and prospects for the U.S. economy seem dicier than a few months ago.

    History is also on the GOP’s side. In the second midterm elections, Presidents Wilson, FDR, Eisenhower, JFK-LBJ, Nixon-Ford, Reagan and Bush II all suffered big losses. It has become a tradition.

    But if the GOP is favored to hold the House and make gains in the Senate, the long-term prognosis for the party remains grim.

    First, libertarianism is breaking up that old gang of mine.

    Sens. John McCain and Lindsey Graham call for air strikes on Syria. But no echo is heard, as the Republican Party becomes anti-interventionist.

    Yet the acid test comes after Friday’s Iranian election, as the neocon war drums begin to beat.

    Libertarian Republicans believe the National Security Agency is Big Brother and the Brave New World at hand. National security Republicans back the agency’s right to access private data banks to protect us from terrorism.

    On how to deal with 12 million illegal aliens — send them home or grant them amnesty and a “path to citizenship” — the party’s rancorous division will be starkly visible when the bill reaches the House.

    But the existential crisis of the GOP, from which it has turned its eyes away since George H.W. Bush, is demography.

    Yet the matter cannot be avoided now, for it is on page one.

    “White Numbers Shrink,” was the headline on the lead story in USA Today. “More Whites Dying Than Being Born,” blared The Wall Street Journal. What does this mean?

    In demographic terms, more white Americans died in 2012 than were born. Never before — not during the Civil War bloodletting, not during the influenza epidemic after World War I, not during the Great Depression and birth dearth of the 1930s — has this happened.

    In ethnic terms, it means that Americans whose forebears came from Great Britain, Ireland and Germany, Southern and Eastern Europe — the European tribes of North America — have begun to die.

    The demographic winter of white America is at hand, even as it began years ago for the native-born of old Europe.

    In political terms, this is depressing news for the Republican Party. For nearly 90 percent of all Republican votes in presidential elections are provided by Americans of European descent.

    In 1960 white folks were close to 90 percent of the entire U.S. population and 95 percent of the electorate. Nixon’s New Majority was created by pulling Northern Catholic ethnics and Southern conservative Protestants, white folks all, out of the Roosevelt coalition and bringing them into a new alliance that would give Nixon a 49-state landslide in 1972, which Reagan would replicate in 1984.

    But since that New Majority gave the Republicans five victories in six presidential elections, four of them 40-state landslides, the political world has turned upside down, and demography is the cause.

    Mitt Romney won 59 percent of the white vote, a 3-to-2 victory over Obama among America’s majority. In any year before 1980, that would have meant victory. But in 2012 whites were only 74 percent of those who went to the polls.

    Thus, Obama’s sweep of 80 percent of the African-American, Asian and Hispanic vote, one-fourth of the electorate and rising, enabled him to coast to a second term.

    Between 2008 and 2012, the Hispanic vote rose 1.4 million, the black vote by 1.7 million, and the white vote fell by 2 million.

    Where is America going? What does the GOP future look like?

    America’s white majority, 64 percent of the population and 74 percent of the electorate, still declining in relative terms, has begun to decline in real terms. Deaths outnumber births. Among all U.S. births in 2012, white babies were outnumbered by babies of color.

    If Republicans are opposed to what mass immigration is doing to the country demographically, ethnically, socially and politically, there are, as Reagan used to say, “simple answers, just no easy answers.”

    Those answers: No amnesty, secure the border, enforce laws against businesses that hire illegals, and impose a moratorium on new immigration so wages can rise and immigrants enter the middle class and start voting as did the children and grandchildren of the immigrants of 1890-1920 by 1972.

    So what are the Republicans doing?

    Going back on their word, dishonoring their platform, and enraging their loyal supporters, who gave Mitt 90 percent of his votes, to pander to a segment of the electorate that gave Mitt less than 5 percent of his total votes.

    Whom the gods would destroy they first make mad.

  • wbboei

    Sarah Palin: D.C. a ‘hot mess’

    Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin outlined her disdain for Washington political culture in a speech Saturday morning, denouncing Democrats’ “religious faith in the power of government” and calling D.C. a “hot mess.”

    “The problem is government grown so big that it intrudes into every aspect of our lives. It’s grown so arrogant that it thinks we work for it instead of it works for us,” she said at the Faith and Freedom Coalition’s “Road to Majority” conference in D.C. “The problem is, that these politicos with these religious faith in the power of government and elitist disdain for the rights of people … the scandals infecting this city, they are a symptom of a bigger disease.”
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    Palin spoke on the final day of the three-day gathering of social conservatives, a crowd by which she’s always been well-received. Her speech comes after Fox News announced that the former vice presidential candidate, who has kept somewhat of a lower profile this year, is returning to the network as a commentator.

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    In discussing the recent IRS and NSA scandals, she made reference to Saturday Night Live’s “Really?!” segment, where they “read some completely absurd news report and then finish it with an incredulous, ‘really?’”

    “Our government’s spying on every single one of your phone calls but couldn’t find two pot-smoking deadbeat Bostonians with a hotline to terrorist central in Chechnya – really?” she said, referring to the two men connected to the Boston marathon bombings in April.

    Palin also made reference to former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush’s comments yesterday that immigration reform is necessary because immigrants are “more fertile,” saying that way of discussing the issue “dangerous territory.”

    “And I say this as someone that’s kind of fertile myself,” she quipped.

    The former governor and vice presidential candidate made reference to her many critics, saying dealing with criticism is “something I do well.”

    “What gives them away is that ‘Re-elect Obama’ bumper sticker,” she said. “That bumper sticker might as well say, yeah, I’m still dense.”

    As for the United States’ involvement in conflicts in the Middle East, Palin said until the country has a president “who knows what they’re doing, I say let Allah sort it out.”

    Palin said she was encouraged by the attendance at the conference, and said the event gave her “great hope” for the country.

    “Not only do you value your freedom, but you are willing to fight for it,” she said. “…We can’t count in our politicians in Washington D.C. to do this for us.”

    Read more: http://www.politico.com/story/2013/06/sarah-palin-dc-hot-mess-92850.html#ixzz2WPYYjDyE

  • wbboei

    When the ruling class tells us that we must surveil the entire population in order to catch terrorist, it is wise to be sceptical. What they are saying is we must search 10,000 haystacks to see if any of them has a pin in it. And then, in the next breath they tell us this information will not be used for any other purpose. But we have seen how such promises are honored by government officials more in the breach than in the observance. The IRS scandal being the prime example, but hardly the only one. They use that information to snuff out dissent. They ask us to trust them, but how can we do that? They have been caught in too many lies for that. They need to present compelling evidence to us so we can evaluate it independently. We can no longer afford to take their word for anything.

  • wbboei

    I do not know if it is true or not, but I have heard that the new generation of I-Phones will have an extra program on it, for weather outlook, disaster notice and message from the President. The weather and disaster channels can be disabled, but the channel to the president cannot be. If this is true, then it is pretty frightening. Someone needs to look into this, to see whether it is true.

  • Leanora

    Unbelievable! This is a joke – except that it’s not very funny.
    ***

    Secret Service Disguising Themselves As Farmers To Protect Obama At G8 In Ireland

    SECRET Service spooks are disguising themselves as FARMERS to protect Barack Obama from terrorist threats at the G8 summit.
    They have even bought a fleet of TRACTORS ahead of the US President’s arrival in Northern Ireland tomorrow for the two-day meeting.

    The agents’ plan is to pose as local farmers in the sprawling fields around the five-star lakeside hotel complex hosting the huge event.

    But locals near the Lough Erne resort reckon it will not take any potential terrorists long to spot the spooks ­ as their sparkling tractors are all brand new.

    One said: “They reckon the vehicles will let them patrol the fields around the hotel unnoticed ­ but they’ll stick out like sore thumbs.

    “It’s comedy gold really, like something out of Father Ted.”

    http://weaselzippers.us/2013/06/16/secret-service-disguising-themselves-as-farmers-to-protect-obama-at-g8-in-ireland/

  • wbboei

    Obama’s pal. This is the guy he overthrew Mubark to install. Go figure.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KQVyJlL4pAE&feature=player_detailpage

  • wbboei

    Let’s dissect one of the biggest lies floating around Washington, perpetrated by Karl Rove. It got repeated on the Sunday talk shows today by two republicans whom I shall not scruple to call traitors to their party and our country. Graham and Rubio threaten us that if there is no amnesty bill, then it will “hurt” the Republican Party in 2016. This lie reflects two core assumptions: #1: that if there is no amnesty for the 17 million illegals in this country, then Hispanics, who are a distinct minority of the electorate will flood to the Republican Party. All available evidence suggests that this is a triumph of hope over experience #2: that this sell-out of core Republican principles, and the rule of law, will not reduce the white turnout–which is currently 74% of the electorate, and 90% of the Republican vote in 2012. These are lies, and Rove knows it. The truth behind this is the Republican Party seeks to migrate away from their white base, because they believe the white demographic is declining. That is a dangerous assumption, which is likely to produce the very result they fear, which is the loss of future elections. Part of the reason for this, is the vaccum between the interests of the elites, and those of the American People. Since the GOP refuses to fill that vaccum, and the dimocarats have long since given up the ghost, the emergence of a third party from their ranks is inevitable. And the only satisfaction to be derived from this is people like Rove will lose their jobs, which they should. His ability to predict future election is refuted by past predictions which turned out to be dead wrong.

  • wbboei

    I think Jeb may be the stupidest of all the Bushes. Granted, W would be a tough act to top, but Jebidiah’s comment about illegals being more fertile therefore legalize all of them, suggests two things: to the party, it suggests a block of votes, and access to political power; to the country however it suggests a growing welfare state and a larger dependent population, which will make it impossible for Jeb’s party to win future elections, unless they become clones of the other party.

  • wbboei

    Rick Moran is a RINO son of a bitch. But even he understands this much:

    “We are past the point of taking anyone’s word for it. If the programs have to be so secret that no one can confirm our constitutional rights aren’t being violated, then they should be scrapped. Most of us are willing to allow government some leeway in collecting data — but not at the expense of privacy or our rights.”

    The ruling class if four square behind this spying. And big media is their handmaiden. They have tried mightily to shift public attention and the frivolous question of whether Snowdon is a hero or a traitor, rather than deal with the serious constitutional issues as stake here.

    But even if we could rein in government, how can we possibly rein in the Obama campaign, when Google is feeding the same information to Obama, thanks to Eric Schmidt and his successors. The answer is a class action law suit against Google, and Schmidt immediately. But who’s to do it?
    ——————————————–

    http://pjmedia.com/tatler/2013/06/16/obama-denies-nsa-surveillance-programs-violate-privacy-rights/#comments

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  • wbboei

    Secret Service Disguising Themselves As Farmers To Protect Obama At G8 In Ireland

    FARMING (Let’s Face It, 1943)

    Here’s a bit of news that’s quite a shocker
    Proving Mother Nature still has charm,
    Quoting Mr. Cholly Knickerbocker,
    “Get in the swim and buy a farm.”
    Acres of alfalfa, fields of clover
    Suddenly enchant our top “Who’s Who,”
    So the moment all this row is over
    What say if we go hay-seed too?
    For

    Farming, that’s the fashion,
    Farming, that’s the passion
    Of our great celebrities of today.
    Kit Cornell is shellin’ peas,
    Lady Mendl’s climbin’ trees,
    Dear Mae West is at her best in the hay,
    Stomping through the thickets,
    Romping with the crickets,
    Make’s ’em feel more glamorous and more gay,
    They tell me cows who are feeling milky
    All give cream when they’re milked by Wilkie,
    Farming is so charming they all say.

  • AmericanGal

    I read that story on the iPhone also. Glad I am with Verizon. Why on Earth would ATT want to have that Presidential override on their phones? And if it’s something Obama thinks is so absolutely necessary why aren’t they pushing for it on other iPhone carriers and other brands? (glad they aren’t though… I’d have to give up cell phones completely)…

  • freespirit

    wbboei

    “The problem is government grown so big that it intrudes into every aspect of our lives. It’s grown so arrogant that it thinks we work for it instead of it works for us,” she said at the Faith and Freedom Coalition’s “Road to Majority” conference in D.C. “The problem is, that these politicos with these religious faith in the power of government and elitist disdain for the rights of people … the scandals infecting this city, they are a symptom of a bigger disease.”

    ______________

    I don’t disagree with Palin’s statement. Generally, the progs do seem to place their faith in the concept of government as the great provider and protector. but to give credit where it’s due, at least some progressives seem to feel that their god, (Obama’s) government, through invasion of privacy, has violated the rights of the governed. Hopefully, this minority of dissenters who have not been parrots for government’s excuses and denials, still values and supports the constitution and the rights of citizens to the protection it affords – regardless of who is POTUS.

    I assume Palin used the phrase “religious faith in the power of government” because she was speaking to the Faith and Freedom Coalition. But the implication seems to be that because the coalition is religious, it is unquestionably right in it’s views, and that all would be well if people had faith in the religion of Sarah and the Coalition.

    This is one of several reasons why I’m not a huge fan of Palin – and right wingers, in general. Not that I’m against religion, or that I don’t hold some religious views, myself. But, one of the most important premises on which this government was founded, imo, is that of separation of church and state. Religious freedom, means freedom of religion, but, also freedom from religion. When Sarah ran as candidate for VP, she spoke very differently about the influence – actually, the lack thereof – her religious views should/would have on the policies she supported, if elected. I, for one, want the freedom to believe in whateverthehell I choose. And, I would think that any group with the word “freedom” in it’s name, would want the same for all Americans.

  • wbboei

    the progs do seem to place their faith in the concept of government as the great provider and protector
    ——————————————————-
    Lord Ralph Harris of Highcross said it best:

    “The assumption that every market ‘imperfection’ can be remedied by political intervention depends on the elementary non sequitur of perfect government.”

    The main proponents of progressive doctrine are government workers, academicians and people on the government dole. That is a very large groups, so it hardly surprising that we have it. What is surprising is that more people who are not part of this self serving cabal fail to see the perverse incentives it engenders, and how in the end you run out of other people’s money.

  • moononpluto

    Now out of Turkey, arrived in N.Ireland. Will still be tracking with my contacts what is happening. Thanks all, so tired off to bed.

  • gonzotx

    Well admin, still think immigration bill will fail?

  • gonzotx

    Good to hear moon!

  • VotingHillary

    Hi, freespirit.

    I agree with you about keeping the separtion of church and state regarding Palin’s comments. I am providing the video for you to see her comments in context rather than just a comment or two provided. I found her speech rather profound. I didn’t agree with all of it, but she makes some great points and even she notes it is BOTH PARTIES at fault. It is 20 minutes and change long, but one of the few highly watchable/listenable speeches I have heard in awhile. She pretty much nails the problems of the nation on the head.

    What I did like about Palin was that she vetoed an anti-gay bill even though she disagreed because it was against her state’s constitution. That told me alot about her.

    “Ms. Palin said she supported Alaska’s decision to amend its Constitution to ban same-sex marriage. But she used her first veto as governor to block a bill that would have prohibited the state from granting health benefits to same-sex partners of public employees. Ms. Palin said she vetoed the bill because it was unconstitutional, but raised the possibility of amending the state Constitution so the ban could pass muster.”

    “http://www.nytimes.com/2008/08/30/us/politics/30palin.html?pagewanted=1&%2334&%2359&_r=2&sq&st=cse&%2359;she used her first veto as governor&%2359;&scp=1

    She can advocate whatever she wants. That is her right as an American. I wish she would rethink her views on gays, but I find it a bit comforting in an odd sort of way that she stood up for her state’s constitution rather than her own opinion. How many in DC do we have that would do that?

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wCX8n-TTe6Q&feature=player_embedded#!

  • Leanora

    Rush Limbaugh: Abortion at The Root of U.S. Cultural Decay

    During his radio show on Friday, Rush Limbaugh told his listeners, “I think abortion is at the root of so much that has and is going wrong in this country.”

    http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2013/06/16/Rush-Limbaugh-Abortion-At-The-Root-of-U-S-Cultural-Decay?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter

    FTA: If you use the popularly accepted figure of 1.3 million abortions a year, go back to Roe vs. Wade 1973, 52 million taxpayers haven´t been born, is the way Washington looks at it. They don´t look at it morally. They don´t look at it in any kind of cultural way or any kind of cultural impact. They just say we´re 52 million people short.

    That´s the way the Third Reich looked at people, in a totally clinical, utilitarian way.

  • Obama’s anti-gun protest in Cali drew….*drumroll*… 3 people…. You may now laugh. I still am
    I hope this happens at the Gate too. 😆

    http://gunssavelives.net/blog/obamas-anti-gun-protest-in-california-draws-a-whopping-crowd-of-three-people/

  • In a bombshell admission that has until now gone unreported, Martin Dempsey, chairman of Joint Chiefs of Staff, conceded that highly trained Special Forces were stationed just a few hours away from Benghazi on the night of the attacks but were not told to deploy to Libya.

    In comments that may warrant further investigation, Dempsey stated at a Senate hearing Wednesday that on the night of the Sept. 11, 2012, attack, command of the Special Forces – known as C-110, or the EUCOM CIF – was transferred from the military’s European command to AFRICOM, or the United States Africa Command.

    http://kleinonline.wnd.com/2013/06/15/admission-special-forces-were-only-hours-from-benghazi-joint-chiefs-chairman-confirms-whistleblower-account/

  • admin

    Supreme Court decisions coming in at 10:00.

  • admin

    GonzoTx, yup. We still think immigration reform is dead.

  • admin

    The big opinions from the Supreme Court on Affirmative Action, Section 5 of the Civil Rights Act, and various same sex marriage decisions not issued today.

  • Retire Senator. 🙄

    South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham told David Gregory on Meet the Press Sunday morning that any talk of GOP candidates for the 2016 presidential race was moot if the party didn’t improve its electoral chances by passing the Gang of Eight’s overhaul of the immigration system.

    http://www.mediaite.com/tv/sen-lindsey-graham-on-nbc-gop-in-demographic-death-spiral-must-pass-immigration-reform/

  • wbboei

    “There are American workers who, for lack of a better term, can’t cut it …. There shouldn’t be a presumption that every American worker is a star performer. There are people who just can’t get it, can’t do it, don’t want to do it. And so you can’t obviously discuss that publicly”.—aide to MARCO RUBIO

    Erick Erickson: “I agree with Marco Rubio on much of the immigration issue, but I think the actual legislation produced is a bad piece of legislation not worth supporting. I KNOW MANY OF YOU ARE DEEPLY HOSTILE TO HIM NOW and the quote that lingered much of yesterday from an aide was not helpful. (snip)

    I told him, I don’t envy him and wouldn’t want to be his shoes. That quote was damaging in and of itself and MANY are not going to give him the benefit of the doubt at this point on ANY issue. That is unfortunate.”
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    If it were just Rubio, the party could maneuver. But the party has designated him as the point man on this immigration debacle. Thus, he has managed to shoot not just himself but the entire party in the foot, except for those who have carved out a bright line on this issue. Damned few have done that. What their Rove lead party will lose over this bill is a sizeable portion of the 74% of the white electorate who will simply stay home. What they will gain is an infintesmal increment of the 16% of the electorate which is Hispanic. To see how stupid this is, do the math. Blacks in particular should take umbrage because they have a high rate of unemployment. Tea party people now loathe him because he got to where he is by posing as one of them. He is a pariah, and the Erickson’s statement that he would not like to be in his shoes is like saying I would not like to be like King Louis XVI, contemplating his future at the scaffold of the guillotine.

  • wbboei

    South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham told David Gregory on Meet the Press Sunday morning that any talk of GOP candidates for the 2016 presidential race was moot if the party didn’t improve its electoral chances by passing the Gang of Eight’s overhaul of the immigration system.
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    This guy is so far off the deep end of reality it is scarey. Light in the loafers Lindsay. This is like saying if you do not swallow that poison pill, you will starve. Immigration is not the issue. The issue is the party has allowed itself to be painted out to be the white man’s party and this poison pill is supposed to cure the problem. It will cure the problem, by killing the party. They have no idea the kind of fire they are playing with here.

  • wbboei

    Rubio has an aide who came from a Soros sponsored organization and Soros is not just an advocate of open borders, he demands them. I suspect the aide who shot his mouth off here is that same individual. Rubio’s reponse is pathetic–and not credible given his current actions:

    “The quote of my staff was a description of one argument used against big labor’s opposition to a guest worker program. (snip).

    My belief is that the American worker is the most productive worker in the world. The purpose of a guest worker program is not to replace Americans, but rather to provide workers in industries where there is a shortage of domestic workers.”

    Syonora Tunney.

  • What is so dang hard about showing that you are indeed a citizen of this great country? Why is it a burden on anyone who is a citizen to pull out their driver’s license? Whether it’s to vote or register to vote, it just doesn’t make much sense that this would be a burden:

    NBC NEWS – The Supreme Court on Monday struck down an Arizona law that requires people to submit proof of citizenship when they register to vote.

    The vote was 7-2, with Justice Antonin Scalia writing for the court. Justices Clarence Thomas and Samuel Alito, two members of the court’s conservative wing, dissented.

    http://usnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/06/17/19003391-supreme-court-strikes-down-arizona-law-requiring-proof-of-citizenship-to-vote?lite

  • wbboei

    When it gets to the point where your own side is measuring your every word, and comparing what you say to different audiences in English vs. Spanish, then you must assume that you are no longer trusted. And that if you do run in 2016, you are booking passage on the Titanic.

  • wbboei

    foxyladi14
    June 17, 2013 at 11:07 am
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    Logically speaking, this should kill the immigration bill. It will increase the pressure for border security first, which the dims are unwilling to do.

  • TheRock

    foxyladi14
    June 17, 2013 at 9:52 am

    This might shed light on your question, foxy. I don’t think it would be hard to assume that the administration made that bureaucratic change to make it more difficult for the operators to get on station. By all accounts, the military operators in the region, to a soldier, would have been chomping at the bit to engage the enemy once they knew compatriots were in harm’s way. The only thing preventing them from going was a very high up CIVILLIAN telling them NOT to go (there are only 2 civilians that can do that – the Secretary of Defence and the President of the United States. The Vice President can do the same in the President’s absence or should he/she be incapacitated). You can probably connect the dots from there.

    Asshats.

    Hillary 2016

    http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2012/10/was-africom-general-replaced-for-his-efforts-to-save-benghazi-security-officials/

    http://gerarddirect.com/2012/10/28/head-of-africom-fired-for-wanting-to-assist-personnel-in-benghazi/

  • TheRock
    June 17, 2013 at 11:29 am
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    Thank You. 🙂

  • admin

    http://washingtonexaminer.com/john-boehner-wont-back-immigration-bill-without-majority-gop-support/article/2531983

    John Boehner won’t back immigration bill without majority GOP support

    House Speaker John Boehner is not going to bring a comprehensive immigration-reform plan to the floor if a majority of Republicans don’t support it, sources familiar with his plans said.

    “No way in hell,” is how several described the chances of the speaker acting on such a proposal without a majority of his majority behind him.

    Boehner, R-Ohio, does not view immigration in the same vein as the fiscal cliff last December, when he backed a bill that protected most Americans from a tax increase even though less than half of the GOP lawmakers were with him, said multiple sources, who spoke anonymously to allow greater candor.

    With economists warning that the deep cuts and higher taxes needed to avoid the fiscal cliff could devastate an already ailing economy, Boehner felt compelled to compromise with President Obama and allow taxes to rise on the wealthiest taxpayers. He feels no such urgency about immigration reform, lawmakers said.

    Boehner has long supported an overhaul of U.S. immigration policy and would like the House to act on it before August. But he also understands the issue’s political sensitivity and the impact it could have on Republicans in the 2014 mid-term elections.

    Rep. Tom Cole, R-Okla., a former pollster aligned with the GOP leadership, said Boehner will not approach to immigration reform the same way he did the fiscal cliff tax bill, or the Violence Against Women Act, which also passed with a minority of the majority.

    “I just don’t think that’s the winning formula here,” Cole told The Washington Examiner. “What the speaker wants to do is have a hopefully bipartisan product — certainly one that has the majority of Republicans — pass the House. This has got too much emotional, political impact and I think it really has to be genuinely bipartisan.” [snip]

    “My goal is always to bring bills to the floor that have a strong Republican majority,” Boehner said. “Immigration reform is a very difficult issue. But I don’t intend to bring an immigration bill to the floor that violates what I and what members of my party — what our principles are.”

    The practice of bringing to the floor only bills that are supported by the majority of the majority party has become known as the “Hastert Rule,” named after former Speaker Dennis Hastert, R-Ill., who used that standard as a litmus test. [snip]

    Boehner has so far maintained a commitment to moving immigration reform through “regular order,” delegating authority over much of the process to House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte, R-Va. The speaker has acted behind the scenes to keep the process from sputtering, but otherwise prefers to foster member involvement and encourage as many as possible to introduce bills and legislate.

    One GOP strategist noted that Boehner is navigating a different set of dynamics than Reid in the Senate. In particular, House Republicans are likely to suffer a greater voter backlash in the 2014 elections is they back the wrong immigration reform bill than they would if they simply did nothing on the issue.

    “There is no national crisis with an artificial deadline the president can trump up and trot out on the nightly news,” the GOP strategist said. “Boehner is under no pressure to put the Senate bill on the floor.”

  • wbboei
    June 17, 2013 at 11:19 am

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    Let it be so!!! 🙂

  • Leanora

    The Supreme Court decision is insane! People can come in from anywhere and vote in our elections?

    I have reluctantly and very sadly come to the conclusion that there is no reason to vote any more. 🙁

  • Hooray!!!! Zippy and bunch is out of the country. 🙂
    Quick close the doors. 😆

  • Shadowfax

    Leanora, the day you give up your right to vote is the day they have stolen your vote forever.

  • Shadowfax

    About time!!!

    Obama’s Popularity Plunges Amid Controversy

    President Barack Obama’s approval rating is plummeting in the midst of American dissatisfaction with the recent privacy controversies and other scandals.

    The president’s approval rating is 45 percent, marking an 8-point drop in the last month
    , according to a CNN survey. Weighing down on the Obama administration are the revelations of government domestic spying programs, the Justice Department’s secret pursuit of journalists’ phone records, the Internal Revenue Service’s inappropriate scrutiny of conservative political groups seeking tax-exemption status, as well as the lingering questions over the deadly attack in Benghazi, Libya, last fall.

    “The drop in Obama’s support is fueled by a dramatic 17-point decline over the past month among people under 30, who, along with black Americans, had been the most loyal part of the Obama coalition,” says Keating Holland, polling director for CNN. “It is clear that revelations about NSA surveillance programs have damaged Obama’s standing with the public, although older controversies like the IRS matter may have begun to take their toll as well.”

    The survey, released Monday, also shows that 50 percent of Americans say they don’t believe Obama is “honest and trustworthy,” for the first time in his presidency, according to CNN. His personal trustworthiness was a measure that shined during his re-election campaign, where he continually outperformed Republican presidential opponent Mitt Romney, bolstering his position despite a struggling economy.

    http://www.usnews.com/news/articles/2013/06/17/obamas-popularity-plunges-amidst-controversy

  • Shadowfax

    SNOWDEN: The Truth Is Coming, And The Government Can’t Even Stop It By Murdering Me

    Avoiding a specific question on the scope of documents he obtained about the National Security Agency’s surveillance programs, former NSA contractor Edward Snowden suggested Monday that he believes the federal government wants to either jail or murder him.

    “How many sets of the documents you disclosed did you make, and how many different people have them? If anything happens to you, do they still exist?” a questioner asked Greenwald in a livechat on the website of The Guardian, to whom Snowden has provided some of the documents.

    Here is his answer:

    “All I can say right now is the US Government is not going to be able to cover this up by jailing or murdering me. Truth is coming, and it cannot be stopped.”

    Many members of Congress have suggested that Snowden is a “traitor” or committed an “act of treason.”

    In the chat, Snowden also said that he fled to Hong Kong over Iceland — his preferred destination for asylum — because of travel restrictions for NSA employees.

    “Leaving the US was an incredible risk, as NSA employees must declare their foreign travel 30 days in advance and are monitored,” Snowden wrote.

    “There was a distinct possibility I would be interdicted en route, so I had to travel with no advance booking to a country with the cultural and legal framework to allow me to work without being immediately detained. Hong Kong provided that. Iceland could be pushed harder, quicker, before the public could have a chance to make their feelings known, and I would not put that past the current US administration.”

    http://www.businessinsider.com/edward-snowden-nsa-murder-jail-asylum-obama-leaker-guardian-glenn-greenwald-2013-6

  • Shadowfax

    Moon

    I’m glad you are in N. Ireland and out of that war zone.

    MO and her BO have come to visit you and I hope you have time to make a big sign!

  • Shadowfax

    MO is not taking a big piece of our pie, she decided to take the whole thing

    Michelle O entourage takes 30 rooms at posh hotel…

    First Lady in $3,300-a-night suite… (Drudge)

  • Shadowfax

    GCHQ intercepted foreign politicians’ communications at G20 summits

    Exclusive: phones were monitored and fake internet cafes set up to gather information from allies in London in 2009

    [snip]

    They reveal that during G20 meetings in April and September 2009 GCHQ used what one document calls “ground-breaking intelligence capabilities” to intercept the communications of visiting delegations.

    This included:

    • Setting up internet cafes where they used an email interception programme and key-logging software to spy on delegates’ use of computers;

    • Penetrating the security on delegates’ BlackBerrys to monitor their email messages and phone calls;

    • Supplying 45 analysts with a live round-the-clock summary of who was phoning who at the summit;

    • Targeting the Turkish finance minister and possibly 15 others in his party;

    • Receiving reports from an NSA attempt to eavesdrop on the Russian leader, Dmitry Medvedev, as his phone calls passed through satellite links to Moscow.

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2013/jun/16/gchq-intercepted-communications-g20-summits

  • Shadowfax

    Adinnerjacket is out and Rouhani is almost in…

    He has a strong resume, wonder how ‘moderate’ this cleric will end up being?

    http://www.cnn.com/2013/06/15/world/meast/iran-rouhani-profile

  • SHV

    “SNOWDEN: The Truth Is Coming, And The Government Can’t Even Stop It By Murdering Me”
    *****
    6 months ago, I would have said Snowden was a paranoid in need of help. That was before others revealed the existence of the NSA Secret Police Directorate, the “Q” branch.

    The “live” Q & A with Snowden is quite interesting:

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/jun/17/edward-snowden-nsa-files-whistleblower

    Out of hundreds of thousands of people who know what is going on, only one had the courage to “spill the beans???

    The environment of fear and threats created by the Obama Admin. and our evolving Police State must be incredible. Cong. Nadler who said that he was told at secret briefing that analysts could listen to phone calls without a warrant, now says he believes whatever the Obama Administrations says.

  • SHV

    Snowden re: public debate

    “Initially I was very encouraged. Unfortunately, the mainstream media now seems far more interested in what I said when I was 17 or what my girlfriend looks like rather than, say, the largest program of suspicionless surveillance in human history.”
    ****
    “the mainstream media now seems far more interested”…The MSM knows that the “story” is the USA is now “1984” but the Obama Ministry of Propaganda had other ideas.

  • wbboei

    They must be very afraid of China getting this information, for the kind of burlesque show they are putting on now, with Cheney coming out of mothballs to say what you would expect him to say, and putting that poor schmuck of his father on tv to give us his hackneyed version of Oh Danny Boy. Again, the critical distinction must be kept in mind: defending government and defending the country are two separate things. The attack on Snowden is the former, not the latter.

  • Shadowfax

    SHV

    The “live” Q & A with Snowden is quite interesting

    Thanks for pointing to this.

  • wbboei

    CNN Poll: Majority Doesn’t Trust Obama, Approval Rating Suffers Severe Drop
    Image: CNN Poll: Majority Doesn’t Trust Obama, Approval Rating Suffers Severe Drop

    Monday, 17 Jun 2013 06:13 AM

    Barack Obama’s approval rating dropped a shocking 8 percentage points over the last month — one of sharpest, fastest plunges in his presidency, according to a new CNN poll released early Monday morning.

    For the first time in Obama’s time in office, more than half of the public doesn’t feel that the president is honest and trustworthy, the CNN/ORC International poll showed.

    Specifically, Obama’s approval rating stands at 45 percent, down from 53 percent in mid-May, CNN reported. A shocking 54 percent of respondents told pollsters they disapprove of how Obama is handling his job. That was up 9 points in just a month.

    Urgent: Is Obama Telling the Truth on IRS, Benghazi Scandals?

    It’s the first time in CNN polling since November 2011 that a majority of Americans have had a negative view of the president, CNN reported.

    The severe drop in Obama’s approval rating was fueled by a sharp 17-point drop among Americans under 30, according to the poll. That’s particularly discouraging heading into 2014 because Democrats have felt they have a lock on the youth vote after the 2012 elections.

    “The drop in Obama’s support is fueled by a dramatic 17-point decline over the past month among people under 30, who, along with black Americans, had been the most loyal part of the Obama coalition,” CNN Polling Director Keating Holland said.

    The president also dropped 10 points among independent voters, from 47 percent last month to 37 percent. Obama’s disapproval among independents jumped 12 points to 61 percent. Again, more bad news for Democrats because those independents are especially important in mid-term elections in which older, more conservative Americans predominate.

    The network pointed to several major scandals as evidence for the drop.

    “The White House has been under siege over telephone and Internet surveillance, the Internal Revenue Service’s targeting of conservative groups, its handling of the terror attack on the U.S. consular post in Benghazi, Libya, and the Justice Department’s collecting journalists’ phone records as part of the government’s investigation into leaks of classified information,” CNN reported.

    “It is clear that revelations about NSA surveillance programs have damaged Obama’s standing with the public, although older controversies like the IRS matter may have begun to take their toll as well,” Holland told the network.

  • WASHINGTON (KGO) — The U.S. Supreme Court will not issue decisions today on two major cases involving gay rights.

    One is California’s same-sex marriage ban Prop 8 that was struck down by a federal judge. If the Supreme Court upholds that decision, same-sex marriage could begin again in California. Justices could also use the case to legalize same sex marriage across the country.

    The other decision is on a challenge to the federal Defense of Marriage Act. It’s a federal law that defines marriage as being only between a man and a woman. The law prevents married gay couples from receiving a number of federal benefits.

    http://abclocal.go.com/kgo/story?section=news/national_world&id=9141815

  • admin

    NEW ARTICLE IS UP.

  • Shadowfax

    Hillary Clinton visits Grand Rapids

    http://www.wzzm13.com/news/article/259073/14/Hillary-Clinton-visits-Grand-Rapids

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    Hmmm, Hillary sure looks like a prePresidantal candidate to me…

  • Shadowfax

    Quoted: Chelsea Clinton on her mother’s tweets

    “I hope she can also relax a little bit and enjoy the cadence of Twitter.”
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    Chelsea and Hillary Clinton at the Clinton Global Initiative CGI America meeting in Chicago Thursday. (Daniel Acker/Bloomberg)

    – Chelsea Clinton on her mother’s overly thoughtful tweets. The former first daughter told MSNBC‘s Alex Wagner on Friday that Hillary Clinton’s debut last week on Twitter has been like everything else her mother does: “Deliberate and intentional and full of so much energy and effort.” Not stupid and reactive like the rest of us. Oh, mom!

  • wbboei

    Out of hundreds of thousands of people who know what is going on, only one had the courage to “spill the beans???

    The environment of fear and threats created by the Obama Admin. and our evolving Police State must be incredible. Cong. Nadler who said that he was told at secret briefing that analysts could listen to phone calls without a warrant, now says he believes whatever the Obama Administrations says.
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    I would not read too much into the Nadler episode. He has always been mercurial, and willing to tow the party line when they turned up the heat. Frankly, I was surprised that he was willing to disclose what he had learned in a secret briefing. That was a clear violation of his oath. Nor do I accept the idea that everything is now 1984. If it were true, then their clumsy attempts to shut down fox news would have succeeded, and while you could argue that they keep them around to create the illusion of a free speech, the fact that FOX a much larger viewing audience than the state run media tends to refute that premise. What I do think is that people need to realize is why the right of privacy is important. The reason it is important is because it can be used for the greatest evil of all which is mind control. For once a government knows what people are really thinking, it can shape its message in such a way as to eliminate any sense of free will, and turn people into little more than robots. This has been the goal of every dictator throughout history, and the Obama administration qua campaign have simply used the latest technology to further that evil end, thanks to Google and Eric Schmidt.