The Squealing Pig

Update: Before next month’s long Martha’s Vineyard Obama vacation Obama is taking another $100 million Obama vacation to Africa which starts today:

“In a move that can only fuel charges that his week-long trip to Africa is a de facto vacation, President Obama is taking his mother-in-law Marian Robinson and niece Leslie Robinson with him on Air Force One, which departed the United States this morning. Leslie is the daughter of First Lady Michelle Obama’s brother Craig.

Obama is already being accompanied by Mrs. Obama and their daughters Sasha and Malia. [snip]

The Obamas have been criticized for the massive expense of the trip, which reportedly could reach up to $100 million. Obama was ridiculed when news surfaced that he had been contemplating a safari that would have required Secret Service agents to act as snipers in case animals tried to attack the first family.”

Obama is a boob in government and in everyday life. But in terms of self-advancement, looting taxpayers, days off for parties and golfing in between vacations – Barack is a genius.

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Has there every been such a boob???

A treacherous boob in a sea of scandals? It’s like pigs in a huge warehouse filled with slop. The pigs will eat-defecate-eat-defecate- and eat and eat until they explode. That’s the Barack Obama warehouse of horror.

Rolling Stone Mick Jagger knows Obama is a boob and mocks him with an NSA joke while in D.C. “I don’t think President Obama is here tonight… But I’m sure he’s listening in.” Expect an audit Mick.

Jay Leno knows Obama is a boob too:President Obama got some good news today. The IRS ruled he can write off the first half of his second term as a total loss.”



America brought so low by Barack Obama and leaders of other nations openly mock him. Consider, Obama and the lynch-Snowden-mob declare that Eddie Snowden is a Benedict Arnold that imperils the security of the nation and yet Obama does not have the respect of neither China nor Russia sufficient to extradite the great national threat. Quite the contrary.

The President of Russia Vladimir Putin proudly displays for all the world to see his loathing and contempt for the boob in the scandal warehouse White House. Putin in multiple levels of meaning mocks, slaps, and bathes Barack Obama in guano:

“It is true that Snowden has arrived to Moscow, and it really came as a surprise for us. He arrived as a transit passenger, and didn’t need a visa, or any other documents. As a transit passenger he is entitled to buy a ticket and fly to wherever he wants.”

“We can only extradite any foreign citizens to such countries with which we have signed the appropriate international agreements on criminal extradition.” “Snowden is a free person. The sooner he chooses his final destination, the better it is for him and Russia.”

“Just like Snowden, he [Assange] considers himself a rights advocate and fights for sharing information. Ask yourself: should or should not people like these be extradited to be later put to jail?

In any case, I would like not to deal with such issues because it is like shearing a pig: there’s lots of squealing and little fleece.”



Has any American president ever been so insulted? It’s a pussy riot of laughs from powerful Putin. A proud and strong Russian President representing Russian interests insults Barack by lecturing on civil rights and freedom while at the same time effectively calling Barack Obama a “squealing pig”. The proud, powerful, and strong Russian President is hard to argue with. We certainly won’t try.

China and Russia are having a grand old time slapping Barack Obama’s puss openly and with glee. Michael Vick treated his poodles with greater respect.

On Syria, Snowden, and elsewhere, Putin is cleaning Obama’s Kookoo clock. It’s like the latest fashion trend – high school anal hazing.

There is a theory coming from some that Obama at this point really truly does not want to get Eddie back from wherever it is he roams. This theory holds that Obama rather not be embarrassed further and that as with Bin Laden and other terrorists Obama does not want the legal and political headaches a return home of Eddie Snowden would bring (what would Occupy Wall Street do? what would Hollyweird say? would the DailyKooks get upset?).

We think this theory protects Obama with the “three dimensional chess” defense that Obama supporters always use to defend something stupid Obama has done as a really smart thing that ordinary minds can’t grasp. It’s a form of Stockholm Syndrome. What these theorists fail to fathom is the depths of Obama’s boobery.

Paul Ryan, might be an amnesty supporter on immigration but on Eddie Snowden it appears Paul has his wits about him:

“Paul Ryan: Snowden Affair ‘Reveals an Administration That Seems More and More Incompetent

CHARLIE ROSE, HOST: I realize you’re a House Republican and therefore you’ve had your moments of opposition to the president. This is from Politico this morning: “Six months into his second term, Barack Obama’s presidency is in a dead zone.” Now does what’s happening with Edward Snowden even emphasize that as well?

CONGRESSMAN PAUL RYAN (R-WISCONSIN): It does because it just reveals an administration that seems more and more incompetent by the day. When you see scandals such as the IRS or intimidation such as the Department of Justice…

ROSE: What would you have done that the administration has not done with respect to Edward Snowden?

RYAN: Well, first of all, how is it that a 29-year-old contractor with one year at Booz Allen Hamilton can get this kind of security clearance, get this kind of access to this kind of intelligence, walk out with a thumb drive and give it to the world? I mean, how is it that our security clearances are so low that something like this can happen? That’s number one. Number two, once we’ve discovered that this person has stolen our secrets, has leaked them, you’d think we’d have a better job of following up with that in China and these other countries.

ROSE: Now they talk about consequences and that the relationship with China and Russia may change. What tools does the United States have and what would you recommend the president do to instill those consequences?

RYAN: Well, I don’t want a knee-jerk, but I would say that we have extradition treaties. We have relationships. We should use those relationships. And if we’re not able to convince our allies or other countries to actually help us with this, that doesn’t speak very well to how we’re being viewed in the world. That doesn’t speak very well to our credibility. And if we try to leverage our credibility and we’re not successful, that does not help our image whatsoever.



The Washington Post is perplexed that it’s hero has a “hands-off approach to extraditing Snowden” that is drawing “criticism”. Ya think?

It’s not just Republicans, world leaders, rock and roll icons, and comedians that have contempt for Barack Obama. Even Obama Dimocrats are willing to publicly insult Obama, as Obama fanszine Politico documents:

“Not yet six months into his second term, Barack Obama’s presidency is in a dead zone. [snip]

But in a damning appraisal, a wide variety of congressional Democrats and presidential scholars said in interviews that there is another decisive factor behind Obama’s current paralysis: his own failure to use the traditional tools of the presidency to exert his will.

Obama does not instill fear — one of the customary instruments of presidential power. Five years of experience, say lawmakers of both parties, have demonstrated that there is not a huge political or personal cost to be paid for crossing the president.

Barack Obama wants to be loved. Daddy the sperm donor couldn’t stand to be near Obama for more than ten minutes for his entire life. Mama dumped the fat little kid in grandma’s custody. So Obama is driven by a narcissistic need to be loved because Obama knows deep down that he is a pig that nobody wants. That has led him to a life of flim-flams designed to advance himself in the deluded hope that would lead to love. At first the predisposition is to like or tolerate Barack. But eventually, as night follows day, to know him is to loathe him:

Obama cannot count on friendship. There are plenty of politicians who would love the political and psychic benefits of favored status from the president. But Obama’s distant style and his insular West Wing operation have left congressional Democrats resigned, many said in interviews, to the reality that they will never be insiders and, therefore, have no special incentives to stay on Obama’s good side.

Obama is not buoyed by the power of ideas. When President Ronald Reagan hit a similar second-term dead zone, during the Iran-Contra scandal in 1986, he was still regarded by conservatives as the godfather of a historic movement. Obama, while retaining wide support among progressives, remains known for a personal brand rather than an ideological one — a status that has not helped much when he is looking for friends in a storm, such as the recent uproars over alleged politicization at the Internal Revenue Service and National Security Agency surveillance.

Finally, Obama is standing in a presidential pulpit that recently has proved to be the opposite of bully. So far in 2013, he has tried to harness public opinion to bring Congress to heel on both the budget sequestration and gun control debates. In both cases, Republicans — and in key instances, moderate Democrats — shrugged it off with apparent impunity. [snip]

But in interviews in recent days, numerous congressional Democrats in background and, significantly, on-the-record comments made plain their view that it is not simply the hostility of Republicans responsible for the languid state of Obama’s presidency. [snip]

In fact, some see him as politically ham-handed. Many House Democrats have lingering resentment over what they see as his subpar effort to help them keep the majority in 2010. Democrats who voted for the bulk of his agenda lost, and Obama was perceived as abandoning them while he saved his political capital for his own reelection bid in 2012.

“I think he could’ve done more to help those Democrats get reelected,” said Rep. Henry Waxman (D-Calif.), who has served in Washington since the Ford presidency. “They walked out on a plank for him and his program, but there was a huge tidal wave of opposition, and I don’t think it could’ve been overcome.”

Obama Dimocrats bought a pig in a poke in 2008 and 2012. The pig is now squealing and so are they.

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142 thoughts on “The Squealing Pig

  1. Well she finally got booted out….

    Julia Gillard ousted by Kevin Rudd as leader of Australian Labor Party and will be new PM soon.

    Gillard will resign parliamentary seat at election and retire.

  2. NewMexicoFan, DOMA to us was always unconstitutional on “full faith and credit” clause of the Constitution. It appears the SCOTUS struck down the parts that were challenged but the rest lives on. We want to read the full opinion and dissents before writing about this because it appears that the Kennedy opinion relied on certain federalism arguments that might complicate the picture.

  3. We should also add that there is language in the DOMA case that might lead to a punt on the California gay marriage case. SCOTUS might say there is no standing.

  4. Admin: fine analysis. You have done a superb job of marshaling the evidence to prove that a few months into his second term, Obama is “in irons”, as the nautical expression goes, and this listless state is the inevitable result of his character defects and leadership vacuum.

  5. The California case broke along non-ideological lines. Roberts and Scalia joined Ginsburg, Kagan, and Breyer. The court wrote that because the state of California did not defend Proposition 8 the District Court decision stands as law. The District Court struck down the Proposition 8 ballot initiative. So gay marriage in California is now legal.

    On DOMA, states that have gay marriage will also now have federal benefits granted to all married couples. States against gay marriage apparently can still be against gay marriage.

  6. The left wing of the Court forgets there is a 10th amendment. They want every decision in this society to be made in Washington by Harvard trained justices and bureaucrats. The single advantage of going to Harvard is not the education your receive or even the ring they give you that you can knock on the table at inappropriate times when you want to impress people, or the Harvard stories you can serve up to adoring audiences. It is the fraternity you join, which is really no better than any other fraternity, other than the fact that the elite families are overrepresented in it. That fraternity has done fantastically well under this Administration when you see who got the judicial cabinet and political appointments in the bureaucracy. The uber incompetent Obama is a product of their institution and it shows. One thing for you to ponder however, if you so choose, would be this. Any institution of its size and prominence will have its share of successes and failure, honest men and downright crooks. This is not a reflection on the institution per se, but how they market themselves. We hear about the success stories and a few words after their name, we see the words Harvard trained or their equivalent. Do we ever hear about their failures, or the crooks that graduated from that institution? They are there alright, but they are not spoken about in society at large, only in hush whispers between insiders. What makes Harvard unique is the marketing job they have done, and that is why parents seeking to guarantee a lifetime of material success to their children do everything they can to get them into Harvard. They know it ain’t what you know but who you blow. As for me, I would have no problem with it, if I could see that this arrangement was beneficial to society. After all, final authority must be lodged somewhere. But first, please, show me the evidence that this Harvard heavy administration has done anything to promote the general welfare, besides just serving their own classmates. It does not exist. It strikes me that when they tried to make this administration another Kennedy Camelot it was the Harvard alums who were looking for their second bite at the apple. Instead they took a large bite out of the nation’s ass and the rest of us are poorer for it.

  7. Diversity ought to mean less Harvard people in positions of influence. That would be a healthier arrangement for society and it would serve the democratic principle. What we have now is more akin to an oligarchy.

  8. Lots going on in the Zimmerman trial too. A juror has been dismissed and the previous calls by Zimmerman to police will be allowed in as evidence.

  9. Pentagon Touts “Gay Pride” Event In Afghanistan… A Country Where Homosexuality Is Punishable By Death…
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    Yet they take away pornography from young soldiers because they do not wish to offend the culture of these Islamic nations.

    No wonder we no longer win wars.

  10. previous calls by Zimmerman to police will be allowed in as evidence.
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    The prosecution wanted this evidence entered, in order to build its circumstantial case. Now they will get their wish. However, the calls themselves reveal a respectful and law abiding Zimmerman, not the mad racist dog that the prosecution is angling to portray in order to get a conviction of murder 2/. Therefore, I am not sure this evidence will achieve the objective which the prosecution is after.

    It is early, but it does not appear to me that the case for the prosecution is going too well.

  11. Putin has a lot more on the ball than Ryan. Ryan should have questioned the very basis of the accusations against Snowden, but didn’t. Instead, he assumes that Snowden was badly screened for access to top secret info and basically accuses Obama or his administration of letting the wrong people into the NSA. So, basically, he agrees with Obama on the merits of the case. Bad narrative.

    As for Putin, you gotta admire the man. I do and always have. It’s not because he always gets his way that he’s a dictator. He’s a strong leader and that’s why the Russians are happy with him and follow him. There is opposition, of course, but that’s what democracy is all about. His comment about fleecing a pig also refers to Obama’s lipstick-on-a-pig comment in 2008.

  12. wbb: “…another Kennedy Camelot it was the Harvard alums who were looking for their second bite at the apple.”

    Oh, come one, it wasn’t the second bite – at least the third, because there was FDR before Kennedy.

    There’s something to be said about the Yale alums too – notably the Bushes and the Clintons, but the Bushes are Skull & Bones men on top of it. Now, Skull & Bones, there’s a fraternity to worry about!!

  13. jeswezey
    June 26, 2013 at 11:18 am
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    True.

    The thing that stand out in my mind however was the side by side pictures of JFK and Precious, both that the desk, listening on the phone with their children hiding under the desk. It is the same goddamn picture. Only the actors are different. And there have been so many other attempts by those assholes to draw that connection and plant it in the collective consciousness. Today, you could walk into the White House and you would be more likely to find Obama and his brood on a $100 million vacation, and Carolyn Kennedy still hiding under that desk along with the owner of the NYT–young Arthur as Murdock calls him derisively, with neither of their spouses anywhere to be found. Meanwhile, a stuffed manikin would be sitting at the ambassador desk in Tokyo/

  14. The Constitution stood tall today with the two rulings from the Supreme court. I for one never had a doubt that the rights of all people would shine through – because it was about the constitution.
    So God Bless America. 🙂

  15. foxyladi14
    June 26, 2013 at 11:22 am
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    I do not always agree with John Boehner’s politics, but anybody who knows him will tell you that on a personal level he is a nice guy, or as nice as you can be in the position he holds. I do not mean his policies, I mean his demeanor. I think most people would like him personally. I would say the opposite about McConnell. Mitch is one cold fish, and he inspires little or no empathy. We needed some help from him once on a legitimate cause, and he would not lift a finger to help us unless we threw a fundraiser for him. We wanted the same help from John on the House side, and he gave it because the cause was just, no preconditions.

  16. Update: Before next month’s long Martha’s Vineyard Obama vacation Obama is taking another $100 million Obama vacation to Africa which starts today:

    “In a move that can only fuel charges that his week-long trip to Africa is a de facto vacation, President Obama is taking his mother-in-law Marian Robinson and niece Leslie Robinson with him on Air Force One, which departed the United States this morning. Leslie is the daughter of First Lady Michelle Obama’s brother Craig.

    Obama is already being accompanied by Mrs. Obama and their daughters Sasha and Malia. [snip]

    The Obamas have been criticized for the massive expense of the trip, which reportedly could reach up to $100 million. Obama was ridiculed when news surfaced that he had been contemplating a safari that would have required Secret Service agents to act as snipers in case animals tried to attack the first family.”

    Obama is a boob in government and in everyday life. But in terms of self-advancement, looting taxpayers, days off for parties and golfing in between vacations – Barack is a genius.

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  17. jeswezey
    June 26, 2013 at 11:12 am

    Putin has a lot more on the ball than Ryan. Ryan should have questioned the very basis of the accusations against Snowden, but didn’t. Instead, he assumes that Snowden was badly screened for access to top secret info and basically accuses Obama or his administration of letting the wrong people into the NSA. So, basically, he agrees with Obama on the merits of the case. Bad narrative.

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    I was thinking the same thing.

  18. Glenn Greewald has rendered as much of a service to the profession of journalism as his source Snowden has rendered to the nation. Each man, in his own separate way, has shown us the ugly underbelly of two American institutions, previously assumed to be immaculate and servants of the American People.

    FOX has many faults, but by dint of its politically inspired opposition to Obama, has grown to become something more than it was in its beginnings, and especially during the Bush years, when it failed the test of journalism but never to the degree we see today with big media in general and NBC/CNN in particular.

    Today, FOX represents the beacon of freedom for media personalities who wish to practice their profession, without submitting to the conventions and constraint of big media, and without worrying about the protocols of the royal court of big media journalists, who are nothing more than courtesans to Obama.

    Therefore, it is hardly surprising that we should see people like Lou Dobbs, Howard Kurtz and others migrate to that networks. And as I look at a rag like Politico for example, I am struck by how daintily they comport themselves in describing anything negative about Obama–the qualifiers, modifiers, etc.

    I live for the day when Sharyl Attkisson makes that same journey to a place where she can do her work without White House operatives looking over her shoulder, hacking her computer and preventing her work from being broadcast.

    If you were Murdock, who would you choose to interview Obama. O’Reilly would be your last choice. Those that know him know he is a bully, a blowhard, and a coward. Chris Wallace would be considered but he does not always do his homework. The best choice would be Bret Baier. He made Obama sweat.

  19. President Obama is taking his mother-in-law Marian Robinson
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    Oh yes. Mommy Dearest II. The story I read about her is she does not like white people. She resents the fact that her husband held a low level patronage position in the Daley machine, delivered the precinct votes, but was never given the recognition she felt he deserved. She is reported to be a hostile, in your face type of person. I have no independent knowledge of this, but if it is not true, it is surprising that they have kept her under wraps as much as they have. But now it is uhra. Off she goes to Africa, at taxpayer expense, to get even with whitey.

  20. http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2013/06/26/Exclusive-Palin-Tells-Breitbart-News-Rubio-Ayotte-Should-Be-Primaried

    Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, who has the most influence among conservative voters in Republican primaries, told Breitbart News on Tuesday that Sens. Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) should be primaried for their support of the Senate’s immigration bill.

    “Conservatives are getting ready for the 2014 and 2016 primaries. We have long memories, and there will be consequences for those who break campaign promises and vote for this amnesty bill,” Palin told Breitbart News. “Competition makes everyone work harder, be better, and be held accountable. This applies to politics, too. No one is ‘entitled’ to anything.

    She continued, “Rigorous debate in competitive primaries allows candidates the opportunity to explain their flip-flops. So think of contested primaries as a win-win for politicians and their voters.”

    Palin responded to Breitbart News’s request for comment about an interview she did earlier on Tuesday with John Gibson on Fox News radio in which she said Rubio and Ayotte “turned their back” on voters and should be primaried to be held accountable. Rubio and Ayotte will be up for reelection in 2016.

    Every politician should be held accountable for breaking their campaign promises,” Palin said during an interview on the “John Gibson Radio Show” on Fox News radio. “They turned their back on the American public, so why should they not be held accountable?

    Palin said Rubio had promised that “border security would come first,” and he would not support “legalization of illegal immigrants” and “amnesty” before border security while running in the Florida Republican Senate primary against Charlie Crist in 2010. She said Ayotte, whom she endorsed, had on her campaign website in 2010 that there were “no excuses” not to secure the border and also said she would not support amnesty.

    I think that they should be challenged. I don’t have a problem with heated debates and contested primaries where they have to answer to constituents regarding their flip-flopping on such a fundamental position as amnesty for illegal immigrants,” she told Gibson. “I don’t have a problem at all with contested primaries. In fact, competition makes us all better and makes us be held accountable and I’d like to see them held accountable and answer as to why it is that they flip-flopped.”

    Palin also told Gibson that she had said “nice things” about Rubio before he “reneged on his promise” on the bill because she thought he was “an honest politician.” She remarked, “honest politician” is too often an oxymoron.

    Marco Rubio has blatantly flip-flopped on his position on immigration, on amnesty, and border security,” Palin said to Gibson, before noting the Senate’s Gang of Eight bill he orchestrated would reward law breakers and give President Barack Obama “a victory in his mission to fundamentally transform America economically.”

  21. When a good trial lawyer cross examines an evasive witness, he does not ask the court to instruct the witness to answer the question he is seeking to avoid. Instead, he asks the evasive witness the identical question over and over again . . my question to you sir is . . . which shows the jury the witness is being evasive. That is exactly what Baier does the one time Obama consented to be interviewed by him. It is why Obama will never make that mistake again. Evah. With O’Reily it is different. When Obama ducks the question he lets him. When O’Reilly sees Obama, you can see there is candlelight in his eyes and violins in his speech.

  22. foxyladi14
    June 26, 2013 at 12:32 pm
    The Obama bunch left for Africa this morning Maybe they will stay. 😆
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    Finally, an economic stimulus plan I could support.

    A billion dollars in exchange for resignation and permanent exile.

    If Bush had had the brains to offer that deal to Saddam, just think of the lives and treasure that could have been saved.

    And think of the graft that would not have gone to Haliburton and other Bush favored contractors.

  23. From above linked article by Peter Wehner:

    Russia is defying [EMPHASIS MINE] America by granting Edward Snowden, who exposed some of the most classified secrets of our government, safe haven as he continues to elude capture.

    Great post admin. Greetings all. How much hubris is it to say that a world leader is defying another world leader as though the interests of his OWN people don’t matter? And how great is it that Hillary is nowhere near this administration now that we see that the lemmings follow in the stripes of their leader? Recall that Kerry gave a terse statement from India that there would be ‘consequences’ if the Russians didn’t turn Snowden over to the U.S., only to basically recant that statement the very next day!!!!!! (Recall the 2008 campaign stop at AIPAC where bumbles said that Jerusalem should be unitarily for the Jews, only to recant it to a Palestinian newspaper the very next day)

    wbb – The United States is suffering from cancer. The tumor is the MSM. That FOX is now the bastion of journalism in America is a shame that knows no bounds. That Frontline and documentaries on HBO and others like the award winning ‘Dirty Wars’ are the only places where journalists actually do justice to the fourth rail is nothing short of pathetic. That the embarrasment that is david gregory still has a job is currently making Edward R. Murrow NOT be able to rest in peace.

    I am waiting for Sarah Palin to jump on Putin’s pig statement (when I read it yesterday, nothing but joy and laughter filled my heart, and I thumbed my nose in the faces of almost all my obot friends) with some kind of a retort to further impale dear leader.

    If she does, he probably wouldn’t hear about it anyway. He’ll be on vacation.

    Asshat.

    Hillary 2016

  24. http://www.forbes.com/sites/theapothecary/2013/06/26/massachusetts-democrats-to-force-governor-to-seek-waiver-from-obamacare-provisions/

    Massachusetts Democrats To Force Governor to Seek Waiver from Obamacare Provisions

    A very interesting ACA development is taking place in Massachusetts today as the state that “inspired” Obamacare tries to reconcile its current law with the new federal law. Push back in the compliance effort is coming from an unexpected source, the senior Democratic budget writer in the State Senate, Senator Stephen Brewer, presumably with support from the Senate President as well. The amendment that was filed would force President Obama’s good friend Governor Deval Patrick (D), and his Administration, to seek a waiver from certain elements of Obamacare. The move could come to a head if the provision lands on the Governor’s desk, resulting in an embarrassing political moment for the Obama Administration since the ACA is forcing significant changes to a state law they claim acted as a model in Washington.

  25. Tweet from right:
    @senbobcasey staffer admitted majority of calls are against #amnesty will he listen to his constituents? Will the ruling elite listen?
    Reply:
    @BeanfromPa @SenBobCasey http://Hard2Say.PUMAPAC.org ,ManyOtherPUMA protested loud&long over @TheDemocrats shoving #HRC out. CaseyNeverFlinched.
    Retweet.

  26. jeswezey
    June 26, 2013 at 11:12 am

    Putin has a lot more on the ball than Ryan. Ryan should have questioned the very basis of the accusations against Snowden, but didn’t. Instead, he assumes that Snowden was badly screened for access to top secret info and basically accuses Obama or his administration of letting the wrong people into the NSA. So, basically, he agrees with Obama on the merits of the case. Bad narrative.
    &&&&&&&&&

    Exactly. Putin is lecturing Obama about American concepts (freedom of speech). And Putin gets extra “style points” for this nice little dig (from NY Post article): “I hope this won’t affect the cordial nature of our relations with the U.S.”.

  27. wbb, in answer to your question: “If you were Murdock, who would you choose to interview Obama”. I would choose none of the men you mentioned. Greta is the one to interview Barack. She would ask the tough questions, but in an understated, tenacious manner. By the time it was over, the dude would know he had been interviewed. It would not be a love fest with stupid questions about Michelle’s garden or his golfing – or their damn dog.

    Orielly’s ego is too cavernous to allow him to effectively interview anyone with more status than himself. His little habit of asking the interviewees for opinions of him – like what they thought of his interviewing skills, if they expected him to be too tough, how they liked his hair, etc. – is just so embarrassing. The man just can’t resist making it all about him. Plus, he would not be tough on Barack.

    Tingles couldn’t do it for obvious reasons. It would be embarrassing when he offered Barack a lap dance, or something equally inappropriate.

  28. He really thinks he has this kind of power? Maybe he really is the anti-Christ. Many people think so!
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    Obama: I won’t make churches conduct gay marriages

    President Obama, in his statement hailing the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn the Defense of Marriage Act, promised that he wouldn’t try to force religious institutions to conduct gay marriages.

    “On an issue as sensitive as this, knowing that Americans hold a wide range of views based on deeply held beliefs, maintaining our nation’s commitment to religious freedom is also vital,” Obama said. “How religious institutions define and consecrate marriage has always been up to those institutions. Nothing about this decision ­ which applies only to civil marriages ­ changes that.”

    Here’s guessing that the Roman Catholics and other religious groups that are in the midst of fighting the contraception mandate are skeptical of that pledge.

    http://washingtonexaminer.com/obama-i-wont-make-churches-conduct-gay-marriages/article/2532418

  29. Fascinating press release.
    Statement by President and Secretary Clinton on Today’s Supreme Court Decisions on Marriage Equality
    Jun 26, 2013 | President Clinton and Secretary Clinton | New York, NY | Statement
    By overturning the Defense of Marriage Act, the Court recognized that discrimination towards any group holds us all back in our efforts to form a more perfect union. We are also encouraged that marriage equality may soon return to California. We applaud the hard work of the advocates who have fought so relentlessly for this day, and congratulate Edie Windsor on her historic victory.
    http://www.clintonfoundation.org/main/news-and-media/press-releases-and-statements/statement-by-president-and-secretary-clinton-on-todays-supreme-court-decisions-on-marriage-equality.html

  30. “Next, we learned about Rep. Jordan’s behind-the-scene’s role in the uncovering the Internal Revenue Scandal.

    It was Jordan who requested the audit that led to the admission by the IRS that it targeted tea party-related groups for close scrutiny.

    He pressed forward for the audit even after being assured “there was nothing to be suspicious of” by Lois Lerner, a top level IRS director.”

    (from the Lima Ohio newspaper, May 13 edition.)
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    In other words, the IRS did not call for the Inspector General’s Audit. It was done by Congress, who did not believe the lies which the agency leadership was perpetrating. Jordan is one of the two young lions that Issa has on his A-Team. The other one, obviously, is Trey. I am sure this was audit was authorized over the strenuous objections of Elija Cumming’s, who has been remarkably tolerant of IRS corruption and eager to close the book on the entire matter. Today, I have been watching another hearing involving the IRS, and Cummings is trying to protect their deputy commissioner who has been obstructionist with the committee. Also, Issa says this that to a reasonable prudent person, these disclosures and so many others like them raise serious doubts about the wisdom of entrusting the enforcement of Obamacare to an organization like this. Cummmings bleats our it is the law and we are Americans we don’t give up. Stupid comments. It has nothing to do with giving up. It has everything to do with the law of holes, which says when you are in one, stop digging.

  31. Obama does not instill fear — one of the customary instruments of presidential power. Five years of experience, say lawmakers of both parties, have demonstrated that there is not a huge political or personal cost to be paid for crossing the president.“
    *****

    Unless you are a Tea Party person

  32. I think Lame Cherry has gone off his meds.

    Talks about morals and religious beliefs while posting near pornographic photos of women and saying some of the most vile things possible…while complaining about people not donating to his blog.

    I don’t know about this guy…

  33. http://dailycaller.com/2013/06/25/immigration-reform-critics-flood-senate-with-phone-calls/

    Immigration reform critics flood Senate with phone calls

    Critics of the Democrat-led immigration rewrite are bombarding Senate offices with thousands of phone calls, and advocates say those calls are keeping numerous wayward GOP Senators from joining the Democrats’ immigration bill.

    Five hundred [calls] yesterday, and right now, they’re just ringing non-stop,” said an upset staffer at the office of Mississippi Republican Sen. Roger Wicker, who has voted on both sides of the dispute.

    Protestors have sent “hundreds or thousands” of calls to Ohio Republican Sen. Robert Portman’s Republican office, a staff member told The Daily Caller.

    “That vast majority of calls today have been on that… [and] we’ve been getting calls on that for a couple of weeks,” said a staffer working for Pennsylvania Democrat Sen. Robert Casey.

    The calls have stiffened the spine of GOP Senators who might otherwise bend to pressure from business groups and from influential people in their home state, such as editorial writers and clerics, said Roy Beck, executive director of NumbersUSA, which provides a free phone service for Americans who oppose the massive rewrite.

    “Our lines sent in hundreds of thousands of calls in the last month,” said Beck. “The senators spend most of their time with big-time donors, and lobbyists and leaders of special-interest groups, and they don’t have much time to spend with voters in their states… [so] faxes, phone-calls and emails are virtually the only way that voters can have access, “ Beck said.

  34. NumbersUSA

    So many of you are phoning Talk Radio this morning that I am getting calls from them asking that you use social media rather than the phone.

    Because nearly all of these radio hosts are allies of the American people on this S. 744 amnesty monstrosity, we want to be accommodating and not disruptive as we continue to press all of them to drive every phone call to the Senate they can today.

    Please look at the social media contact information below and use that to press hosts to constantly give out the Senate switchboard number through the final cloture vote, expected tomorrow morning?

    202-224-3121

    There will be all kinds of distractions from Supreme Court rulings today. Talk Radio cannot allow those stories to dominate on a day when the nation must be mobilized to act against the corporate establishment’s war on middle-class and wage-earning Americans through the S. 744 immigration bill.

    Below, you will find contact info for many of the biggest shows. And I encourage you to contact any others that you follow on a regular basis.

    Most of these hosts are on our side but many of them haven’t fully focused on this amnesty disaster as something that would change everything else about this country.

    Or, they are stopping short of giving out the phone number:

    202-224-3121

    The message today is simple: Please give your listeners the phone number to call their Senators to vote NO on the S. 744 amnesty bill.

    You can go to our home page for the latest information and talking points on our news stories and blogs:

    http://www.NumbersUSA.com

    What I hear from the Hill is that the only reason we still have a chance to beat this thing in the Senate is the tremendous outpouring of opposition phone calls the last two weeks.

    We must do all we can to try to beat this thing at the last minute. And if we don’t succeed at that, we have to have made so much noise that the House will be reluctant to deal with a Senate-passed bill at all.

    HERE IS THE CONTACT INFORMATION

    (Make sure some of you start contacting from the bottom and the middle so that everybody gets attention.)

    (And remember to thank them for all the help they have given in the past to spotlighting the problems with comprehensive amnesty legislation.)

    Rush Limbaugh
    ElRushbo@eibnet.com

    Mike Church Show
    http://www.mikechurch.com/contact/

    Glenn Beck
    stu@glennbeck.com
    me@glennbeck.com

    Wilkow Majority
    @WilkowMajority

    Sean Hannity
    http://www.hannity.com/contact/

    Mark Levin
    marklevin.show@citcomm.com
    http://www.marklevinshow.com/common/more.php?m=33&r=3

    David Webb
    @davidwebbshow

    Andrea Tantaros
    @AndreaTantaros

    Mancow
    http://www.mancow.com/askmancow

    Rusty Humphries
    http://www.talk2rusty.com/pages/Email_Rusty

    Sara Marie Brenner
    contact@thebrennerbrief.com
    @TheBrennerBrief

    Rodger Hedgecock
    @RogerHedgecock

    Phil Valentine
    @valentineshow

    Chris Plante Show
    @ChrisPlanteShow

    THANKS FOR HELPING WITH THIS MOST IMPORTANT TASK.

    roy
    beck

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  35. Moira Forbes reports on Hillary’s Toronto talk last week:

    …. Although electing a female president would, according to Clinton, require a “leap of faith” on the part of American voters, such an historic occasion also “really depends on women stepping up and subjecting themselves to the political process, which is very difficult,” admitted Clinton. She referenced former First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt who noted, “If women want to be in politics, they need to ‘grow skin as thick as a rhinoceros.’” “And I think there is still truth to that, so you have to step up, you have to dare to compete,” Clinton added.

    Then she ruminates on the slowness of the process in the U.S.:

    …. the presence of more women in positions of political power around the world does serve as a powerful affirmation of what’s possible for others. Women, for example, are at the helm of some of the world’s largest economies such as Brazil and Germany….

    Despite these global political role models, are women in America willing to “step up” and throw their hat into the brutal, rough-and-tumble world of politics as candidates? The paths may be getting paved faster than ever before for future generations of women to ascend in the political ranks, yet are these the paths women are looking to follow?

    A recent study of 18 to 25-year-old men and women found a “persistent gender gap” when it came to the political ambition between sexes. Women surveyed were not only less likely to express interest in or consider running for office than their male counterparts, they were also far less likely to consider an elective office as a desirable profession.

    The study goes on to cite a number of cultural forces influencing these attitudes, including the fact that women report feeling less qualified to run for office, and consequently require significant convincing from others rather than independently raising their hands. Even at the earliest of ages, women report receiving less encouragement as their male peers.

    What’s more, in today’s new media environment, there are far more ways to influence the political agenda than running for office or punching your card at the voting booths. Thanks to social media, for example, women can impact policy and leverage their voice in ways that were never possible a decade ago.

    The bottom line though is that in order to effect real change in this country, women now more than ever need to “dare to compete” and take active roles at the center of our political process. At the recent Forbes Women’s Summit in New York, I asked Secretary Napolitano to identify the most under-utilized tool that women possess to impact meaningful reform in this country. Her answer was decisive and immediate, “Run for office. There are frustrations and it’s hard. Take the risk and run. You can’t win if you don’t run.” I only hope that more leaders such as Napolitano and Clinton amplify this critical message.

    As women, we can’t just “lean in” to the political process — we have to “step up” (even if this means developing that “rhinoceros skin” Eleanor Roosevelt deemed so imperative.)

  36. WPIX aired a gawdawful dress Mooch wore when deplaning with family. WPIX is not known for sharing so I tried bing. Got this ntirely different matter:
    Barack Obama to face protests in South Africa after years of laissez-faire
    Trade unions, students and Muslim groups are among those determined to give the US president a bumpy landing
    … Many in Africa had impossibly high hopes for Obama, the son of a Kenyan. But Masuku added: “I’m not disappointed because I didn’t expect anything. It’s not about the individual; it’s not about the race he came from. It’s about the class he represents. It’s like he’s the gatekeeper for white monopoly capital. He promised things we knew he wouldn’t be able to do….”
    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/jun/25/barack-obama-protests-south-africa

  37. HK says US got Snowden’s middle name wrong. AP. 3 hours ago.
    …[Justice Secretary Rimsky] Yuen said Hong Kong immigration records listed Snowden’s middle name as Joseph, but the U.S. government used the name James in some documents and referred to him only as Edward J. Snowden in others.
    “These three names are not exactly the same, therefore we believed that there was a need to clarify,” he said Tuesday.
    Yuen said U.S. authorities also did not provide Snowden’s passport number….
    http://news.yahoo.com/hk-says-us-got-snowdens-middle-name-wrong-064609730.html

  38. Paula Deen campaigned for Obama now she is called a racist. As far as we are concerned, just desserts. Here is another table full of just desserts – this time for Hollyweird:

    http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/obamacare-hits-hollywood-studios-brace-574162

    Obamacare Hits Hollywood: Studios Brace for the Affordable Care Act

    As payroll companies struggle to predict the impact of new laws on movie and TV shoots, one insider says the act “wasn’t written with this industry in mind.”

    Three letters have been giving the payroll-services industry fits for several months now: ACA. That’s the semi-acronym for the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, better known as Obamacare, and it’s up to the payroll industry — which cuts checks to production workers and offers related financial services to TV and film studios — to help educate its clients on the rules before a good portion of the law kicks in Jan. 1.

    “It’s a morass of regulations and requirements, and everyone’s trying to figure out what their exposure is,” says Eric Belcher, president and CEO of Cast & Crew Entertainment Services. Adds Mark Goldstein, CEO of Entertainment Partners, which has held 16 seminars to help studios understand ACA: “It’s going to be a very big deal.”

    Determining the exact nature of the new laws has been difficult, given that many ACA terms have yet to be worked out. Hollywood productions, for instance, might find it irksome simply trying to categorize employees as full- or part-time, seasonal or variable, and it’s important that they get the classifications right lest they face hefty fines. “ACA is thousands of pages, and it wasn’t written with this industry in mind,” says Belcher.

    One of the unintended consequences, say some industry insiders, is that it could lead to productions running to foreign countries, given that ACA doesn’t apply to U.S. citizens working abroad. Some also say the number of production days in the U.S. are likely to be cut due to ACA because there’s a 90-day waiting period before productions must either pay a penalty or offer health insurance to full-time workers. That rule provides big incentives for a production to wrap in less than three months. While big-budget movies and season-long TV shows might not have such a luxury, smaller films or TV pilots could easily rush their schedules to make sure they come in at under 90 days.

    But like much about ACA, the 90-day rule is subject to interpretation, says Daniel Cox, controller of payroll-services company PES Payroll. “Historically, if an employer had a 90-day wait period,” says Cox, “the benefits would kick in on the first day of the fourth full month of employment. Thus, that 90-day wait period was, in reality, as long as 119 days. The ACA is unclear on this. Does 90 days mean 90 days? If so, it really means 60 days.”

    In order to dial down the frustration level, the major payroll-services companies are hiring outside tax, legal and benefits consultants — Cast & Crew has engaged Henehan Co., for example — and are setting meetings with production clients. Payroll firm Entertainment Partners has authored a 39-page report that includes 81 frequently asked questions. FAQ No. 7, for example, contains the seven steps to determine whether or not a production employs 50 full-time workers, which would trigger an “employer mandate” for health coverage. In a nutshell, if you’ve got about 40 employees who work 130 hours a month and an additional 20 who work 65 hours monthly, you’re probably subject to the mandate.

    Payroll can represent as much as 45 percent of a production’s cost, and payroll-services companies are still crunching the numbers to figure out how much ACA could add to the budget of a typical production. While the administrative costs might rise a bit for the payroll companies, the costs of extra health coverage or penalties fall to the production companies. Nonunion productions might be hit hardest because workers aren’t already covered, but even union shoots typically employ many nonunion workers who might need health coverage under ACA.

    The mandate dictates that full-time employees be offered insurance that is “affordable,” defined as not more than 9.5 percent of an employee’s household income. The insurance must also be “adequate,” meaning it covers at least 60 percent of health care costs incurred. Also, Cox says, “no more discrimination among employee levels, no more negotiated benefits,” so if a production pays $1,000 a month to subsidize insurance for a top production worker, it must pay that much for its lowest employees as well. If a production deems it too costly to meet the guidelines, it can opt instead to pay a penalty tax of $166.67 per month for each full-time employee, with the exception of the first 30 of them. In some cases, “the penalty option may be the cheaper alternative,” says the Entertainment Partners report.

    Do I expect the cost of doing business to go up? Yes, I do,” says Mike Rose, CEO of Ease Entertainment Services.

    Rose, though, doesn’t expect studios to follow the route taken by Regal Entertainment Group, which operates the nation’s largest chain of movie theaters. In order to rein in the costs of supplying health benefits associated with ACA, Regal said in April it would cut the hours of some employees so that they aren’t classified “full-time.” Productions on tight schedules and in need of highly skilled workers and artists, though, don’t usually have the luxury of micromanaging an employee’s hours, says Rose.

    “The ACA is on everybody’s lips,” says Cox. “The only way to gear up for the ACA is to build the tools.” That means creating charts to determine whether clients are governed by the ACA and what the economic ramifications of electing not to offer insurance will be.

    Our clients need to know that the days of 100 percent employer-paid benefits at a certain executive level can no longer exist,” Cox adds. “Their employees will need tools to navigate the state-sponsored insurance exchanges. In short, we have had to build a toolbox that accommodates our incredibly diverse client base.”

  39. Why is nothing posting. I keep refreshing and the last post is 7:30 last night. Not normal. Could this stream update real time, instead of us reloading like facebook is??????

  40. Interesting, I refreshed and refreshed and noting. I post a comment and the whole stream updates. My question stands. Is it possible for messages to post without refreshing on the readers part, like facebook?

  41. Time To “Document” House Members on Illegal Immigration

    By: Daniel Horowitz (Diary) | June 27th, 2013 at 08:38 AM | 0

    It is quite clear that an overwhelming majority of the Senate couldn’t care less what the people think on illegal immigration. These people live and die by polling, but when it comes to polling on an issue that will create a permanent Democrat majority, they will never listen to us. According to the latest FoxNews poll, Obama is completely under water on the immigration issue – white voters disapprove of his job on the issue by 60-32, Independents disapprove by 59-32, and non-college educated disapprove by 56-36. Yet, Republicans are hell-bent on snatching defeat from the jaws of victory, especially at a time when Obama is stewing in a heaping pile of scandals.

    They might not vote for amnesty personally, but Mitch McConnell and John Boehner are undocumented supporters of immigration deform. McConnell’s duplicity has been well documented by now. He lobbies hard for it in private meetings, but refuses to vote for it. John Boehner has long said that he wants to pass “comprehensive immigration reform.” Radical nutcase Luis Gutierrez seems to think Boehner is an ally in his fight to radically transform this country. They are convinced that this political winner is actually a political loser, and they want to unload this issue immediately. They will never see the light on the politics of this issue, unless they somehow fire all their consultants and hire Sean Trende.

    To that end, the members of leadership will do everything in their power to make this happen on some level. Whenever they feel something is a political liability, irrespective of the veracity of that estimation, they act out erratically.

    Here are my concerns and here is how I see this playing out.

    There is no way leadership can slam the Senate bill on the floor following the July 4th recess. There will clearly be a revolt. However, they will slowly bleed the conference dry by refusing to go on offense against this lawlessness and agreeing to the premise of “we must pass something” or “the status quo is worse than anything.” Paul Ryan will work indefatigably with Gutierrez and other gangsters to craft a different bill that is fundamentally permanent defacto amnesty and legalization first, albeit with some shiny objects. Those shiny objects will include provisions to require that illegals declare their guilt in court, delay the path to citizenship or retroactively revoke their status if the enforcement is not implemented! They can and will bring this bill to the floor and say with a straight face that it is not the Senate bill.

    Alternatively, they can reject comprehensive bills but opt for piecemeal amnesty instead of piecemeal enforcement. Eric Cantor can try to bring a Dream Act or Ag worker amnesty to the floor. Without first removing the incentives for future waves, such expedited paths to citizenship for some of the poorest people would balloon the welfare state. Based on all the things leadership is saying in private, they are incorrigibly committed to passing some form of amnesty this year. We are the only ones who can stop it.

    Most of the House members have been awfully quiet on this issue. It is disappointing that so many House delegations in states where GOP senators are selling out have remained silent. They should be doing media in their states every day disavowing their senators. Yes, we’re looking at you in the Tennessee delegation.

    It’s time every member come out of the shadows and state unambiguously where he/she stands on the issue. All conservative members need to unite against any effort to bring any form of legalization to the floor until Obama begins enforcing the laws on the books. They should shame and embarrass the administration with hearing and with cutting off funding for DHS during the budget battle this fall. They should also campaign on this issue and make it the Obamacare of 2014.

    The House members are a lot closer to the people than the Senators, but only if they hear from us.

  42. NewMexicoFan
    June 27, 2013 at 10:08 am
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    Run a virus and Spyware scan also just rebooting sometimes solves the problem.Good Luck. 🙂

  43. For those not glued to the Trayvon Martin case:

    http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2013/06/26/fox-news-poll-66-percent-worried-about-their-health-care-under-obamacare/

    Fox News poll: 66 percent worried about their health care under ObamaCare

    A record number of voters want the 2010 Affordable Care Act repealed entirely, while sizable majorities say they are worried about their health care under the new law and expect their medical costs will go up, according to a new Fox News poll.

    The poll, released Wednesday, finds that 58 percent of voters favor repealing all (39 percent) or some (19 percent) of President Obama’s signature legislative achievement.

    Another 19 percent would leave the law as is, while 17 percent would expand its coverage further.

    The 39 percent who want to repeal the health care law entirely is a record high, up from 30 percent who felt that way in March 2013. [snip]

    Concern is widespread, as more than 60 percent in every age group feel worried about their health care in the future. It peaks at 70 percent among those ages 65 and over.

    Overall, 65 percent of voters think their health care costs will increase under the law. Few — eight percent — say their costs will go down, while 24 percent thinks costs will stay about the same.

    The president gets poor marks for the job he’s doing on health care: 41 percent approve, while 55 percent disapprove.

  44. Although my original theory was that Soros was the godfather of Obama, and in some policy respects that is obviously the case–global warming, open borders, ending American exceptionalism and leadership, and Soros was instrumental in arranging for the Nobel Prize before Obama has done a goddamn thing as president, somewhere in my deliberations I also came to appreciate the possibility that Saudi money and influence could have been a substantial contributing factor as well, and I noted that here as early as 2008, in connection with two things: the help which the Saudi Royal family provided in getting him into Harvard Law School in the form of a letter of recommendation, and where they have two endowment seats; and in addition, the wall of untraceable money which was funnelled into his campaign from foreign sources, which has become an object of close scrutiny by others only recently. Today, the American People have no intellectual or emotional investment in the covert CIA operations in the Middle East to aid the al Qaeda forces who are aiding the Syrian rebels. There is no American strategic interest in doing that, particularly when it invites a confrontation with Russia and China, and thereby undermines any alliance we might hope to forge with them on the Security Council–which is cloud cuckoo land anyway. There is, however, one country which does benefit from our doing so and that is Saudi Arabia. They are paranoid about the spread of shia regimes in the Middle East and worried about Iran’s growing interest. Their interests, more so than ours, appear to be the one consistent explanation for our misguided policy in that part of the world. Today, Saudi bribes and money are a controlling factor in our political system, and the Democrat Party and the RINOs are committed to serving them. It even reaches people who you would not respect, however, I have been hearing the exact same story that Horn qua Morris relates here for about six months. Suffice it to say, I do not like it, but just because I don’t like it does not mean it is untrue.

    http://www.dickmorris.com/was-saudi-money-behind-benghazi-cover-up-dick-morris-tv-lunch-alert/?utm_source=dmreports&utm_medium=dmreports&utm_campaign=dmreports

  45. admin
    June 27, 2013 at 11:36 am
    For those not glued to the Trayvon Martin case:
    ****************************************************

    good luck with following that…

  46. This is a story MO tells poor children in Africa.

    MO didn’t seem to think taking out student loans or working to put herself though school was her responsibility.

    Those of us that did, can’t imagine putting this burden on a working father with MS.

    MO disgusts me even more than before with this story…

    “My father worked at the city water plant nearly every day of his life — a job made more difficult because of his illness called Multiple Sclerosis, which damaged his muscles and made it harder for him to walk as he got older. But no matter how tired he was, no matter how much pain he was in, every morning, my father would pull himself out of bed would go to work to support our family.

    And my father sacrificed and saved so that he could pay my university tuition. (Applause.) He even took out loans when he fell short. And let me tell you, there is not a day that goes by when I don’t feel the weight of my father’s sacrifice on my shoulders.”

    http://www.weeklystandard.com/blogs/michelle-obama-likens-her-upbringing-senegalese-childrens_737979.html

  47. Ecuador tells Barry, ‘Screw You’, in more polite words.

    Ecuador’s government gave the Obama administration a defiant response in the face of warnings not to grant asylum to NSA leaker Edward Snowden, sending the message that it does not need U.S. aid and assistance.

    According to Reuters, Ecuador said Thursday it was waiving favorable trade rights under a trade agreement with the U.S. In a dig at Washington, officials there also offered the U.S. $23 million in aid for “education about human rights.”

    The moves were a signal that Ecuador was not considering its own U.S. benefits in weighing Snowden’s asylum request.

    In Washington, some analysts have said the U.S. could use both its direct aid and the trade benefits as leverage against Ecuador. That’s because in recent months, Ecuadorean officials have made trips to Washington, jockeying for preferential treatment for some of its country’s key native products like frozen broccoli and fresh-cut roses.

    Favored political status, which breaks down to more jobs for Ecuadoreans and cheaper goods for Americans, was considered a potentially powerful negotiating chip.

    But that may be off the table now that Ecuador is waiving those agreements.

    Officials told Reuters that Ecuador was giving up the benefits “unilaterally and irrevocably. ”

    Obama, speaking in Senegal on Thursday, said he has no intention of “wheeling and dealing” with other nations over Snowden. He said he was not getting personally involved because he “shouldn’t have to.”

    http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2013/06/27/ecuador-turns-away-us-trade-benefits-makes-defiant-offer-amid-snowden-asylum/

  48. Shadow,

    “I don’t know about this guy…”

    I’m glad someone said it. My objection is the objectification of women and implied sexism that I’ve seen there. Obviously, his blog, his right to post what he chooses, mine not to view it. But, you’re right. It’s a little out there.

  49. You may recall the exchange where Senator Feinstein scolded Ted Cruz for presuming to ask her some Socratic questions about the Constitution, by denying that she was a sixth grader and implying that he was.

    Some sixth grader he is. Take a look at his bio. What galls the elites most about someone like him is one of their own refused to play by their conventions. He was supposed to be one of the oppressors, like they are. Instead, he forgot his lines, and sided with the American People. How disgusting.

    It is no different from the gauntlet big media is forcing Greenwald to walk through. It infuriates them that one of their own would break with their conventions, expose their game, and honor the Constitution. Now, they have resorted to blackmail. http://www.breitbart.com/InstaBlog/2013/06/27/Greenwald-The-Media-Is-Persecuting-Me

    In both cases the elites should no better. Movie buffs will remember the John Wayne western The Searchers, which Speilberg called the greatest movie every made. On the trail of an Indian chief named Scar, who has massacred his family, he remarks there is such a thing as a critter that keeps coming after you and never gives up. That is the situation the elites are now in, and they are despised by more and more of the population. It is not enviable.

    Recently, Hillsdale College featured Cruz as its key note speaker. The subject: The Miracle of Freedom. His bio is as follows:

    “In 2012, Ted Cruz was elected as the 34th U.S. Senator from Texas. Prior to that, he served for five years as Solicitor General of Texas and was for five years a partner at one of the nation’s largest law firms.

    He has authored more than 80 U.S. Supreme Court briefs and argued 43 oral arguments, including nine before the U.S. Supreme Court. He has also served as Director of the Office of Policy Planning at the Federal Trade Commission and as Associate Deputy Attorney General at the U.S. Department of Justice.

    Senator Cruz graduated with honors from Princeton University and with high honors from Harvard Law School, and served as a law clerk to Chief Justice of the Supreme Court William Rehnquist.”

  50. For those who are following the case:

    George Zimmerman Witness Can’t Read Letter She ‘Wrote’ About Shooting

    A teenage friend of Trayvon Martin was forced to admit today in the George Zimmerman murder trial that she did not write a letter that was sent to Martin’s mother describing what she allegedly heard on a phone call with Martin moments before he was shot.

    In a painfully embarassing moment, Rachel Jeantel was asked to read the letter out loud in court.

    “Are you able to read that at all?” defense attorney Don West asked.

    Jeantel, head bowed, eyes averted whispered into the court microphone, “Some but not all. I don’t read cursive.”

    It sent a hush through the packed courtroom.

    http://abcnews.go.com/US/george-zimmerman-witness-cantt-read-letter-wrote-shooting/story?id=19504826#.Ucx969h2N0Q

  51. Interesting comment: “If Paula Deen got fired from Food Network among others for saying the “n” word 20-25 years ago, does this mean that Barack Obama should be fired for doing something ILLEGAL like drugs 25 years ago?”

  52. Shadowfax
    June 27, 2013 at 12:38 pm

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    Clearly, the BEST news of the day so far!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (Along with the fact the NGR is through to the second round in Turkey)

    Hillary 2016

  53. Interesting comment: “If Paula Deen got fired from Food Network among others for saying the “n” word 20-25 years ago, does this mean that Barack Obama should be fired for doing something ILLEGAL like drugs 25 years ago?”

    Southern Born, I wonder if people who have referred to Southern folks as rednecks, hicks, etc. should be fired. Should blacks who call whites “honky” and “white cracker” be fired?

    There are many words used in popular culture to stereotype and/or identify a group. Many are insulting. I’m sure even Matt Lauer has used a few of them. Why is it that some will get you fired, while others – not so much?

  54. I got in a heated argument on the way to work this morning.

    Could I have avoided it?

    Only if I were intimidated by a self righteous, black woman who is the typical mindset of the Obot and halfwit union member.

    She was passing out flyers as to why massive transit will be shut down when they probably go on strike next week.

    We are talking about shutting down the system completely, an electric train that transports between 400,000 to 600,000 people a day.

    This woman did not mention the 23% wage increases they wanted, and when I said there was a difference in striking and shutting down public transportation, I have a real issue with it.

    When she told me I should be ‘ashamed of myself’ and got in my face with her obnoxious manner, she didn’t expect this boomer would unleash a verbal beatdown on her entire dialogue. Maybe that comment worked on guilty white people in the area, but she pulled her bullshit on the wrong woman.

    I’m sure she wished this ‘conversation’ had taken place in the hood…not in a very public place where she expected to be lifted off the ground in a mass of group hugs.

    She had hatred in her eyes as I walked away for work.

    Either people stand up to these selfish assholes or they will take advantage of everyone, just like their BO and MO do to all Americans.

    I gave up being PC in 2008.

  55. Ecuador’s government gave the Obama administration a defiant response in the face of warnings not to grant asylum to NSA leaker Edward Snowden, sending the message that it does not need U.S. aid and assistance.

    According to Reuters, Ecuador said Thursday it was waiving favorable trade rights under a trade agreement with the U.S. In a dig at Washington, officials there also offered the U.S. $23 million in aid for “education about human rights.”
    ———————–
    Damned good.

    Then there is the second half of the article, which suggests that the Obama Administration will bring economic the pressure of the behemoth to bear on tiny Ecuador, while the other behemoth–the one wasting $100 million luxuriating in Africa, and waxing about the evils of colonialism while big media wallows in his shit. Whereupon, Mr. Wonderful tells us he is not going to wheel and deal (as everyone knows by now he is no good at it–just look at how ineffectual he has been with Congress)on Snowden, and he should not have to. In other words, work is beneath the Messiah.

    What I would say about that is this: first, the treaty he is talking about is modeled on the Bush era, and it funnels US jobs out of the country. Second, for that reason, if he does try to renege on the treaty, I sincerely hope that Ecuador rubs his nose in it twice, by entering into a treaty with Russia, China or Cuba to replace our deal.

    It is a curious state of affairs when you can no longer depend upon a president or Congress to protect the American People, and must rely on foreign nations and one time adversaries to do so. But is that not what it has come down to, in the glorious age of Obama, when ignorant armies march and attack in the dead of night. You might even say it is unsettling.

  56. Ecuador said Thursday it was waiving favorable trade rights under a trade agreement with the U.S. In a dig at Washington, officials there also offered the U.S. $23 million in aid for “education about human rights.”
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    So they called Obama’s bluff and raised him $23 million.

    His response now? No easy victory here. So it is off to Africa. I wash my hands of this messy affair. Too many good anti-Apartheid speeches in the pipeline for a god like me to worry about such trivia.

    Flash forward to the bedside of Mandella. Enter Obama, who notices Mandella’s eyes are closed. Send for a navy corpse man, the Monarch of world declares. Then he leans over to Nelson and whispers in his ear: are there any good golf courses left down here?

  57. Jeb Bush will present Hillary Clinton with the 2013 Liberty Medal this fall in Philadelphia.

    It could be an awkward encounter for the two, both of whom are mentioned as 2016 presidential nominees for their respective parties.

    Bush, the former Republican governor of Florida, is chairman of the National Constitution Center, which is giving Clinton the award in honor of her career in public service and her advocacy efforts on behalf of women.

    The former secretary of State is considered the frontrunner for the Democratic nomination in the next presidential election, but has made no political moves since leaving the Obama administration. Instead, she has focused on charity work through The Bill, Hillary & Chelsea Clinton Foundation.

    Clinton would beat Bush by 7 points, 50 percent to 43, in Bush’s home state of Florida, according a Quinnipiac poll released earlier this month.

    Bush has not ruled out a presidential bid and would be seen as a top-tier candidate if he runs.

    He praised Clinton on Thursday for her service.

    “Former Secretary Clinton has dedicated her life to serving and engaging people across the world in democracy,” Bush said in a statement announcing the award. “These efforts as a citizen, an activist, and a leader have earned Secretary Clinton this year’s Liberty Medal.”

    The ceremony takes place Sept. 10 in Philadelphia. It will be the first of two honors for Clinton this fall.

    http://thehill.com/blogs/ballot-box/presidential-races/308269-jeb-bush-to-present-award-to-hillary-clinton#ixzz2XRbEz3Qu

  58. Did you catch this? she can’t even read a letter she wrote because she “wrote” it in cursive. So, she can write in cursive, but she can’t read it? What a circus! 😆

    http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2013/06/27/Jeantel-witness-transcript-wrong
    ——————
    I wish she had simply told the truth:

    “I cannot read Reverend Al Sharpton’s cursive handwriting.”

    As Glenn Greewald has accrately reported: “With their selectively edited videos and audio, NBC News is currently a hotbed of journalistic malpractice unlike anything I have ever seen before.”

  59. admin
    June 27, 2013 at 4:11 pm

    Senate about to vote on DOA immigration bill.
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    Any bets? 63 ayes? or north of there?

  60. Gonna be a lot of republicans primaried soon……

    Immigration passes Senate 68 to 32. TO THE HOUSE……..

  61. These guys are gonna get their backsides primaried…..

    Alexander (R-TN)
    Ayotte (R-NH)
    Chiesa (R-NJ)
    Collins (R-ME)
    Corker (R-TN)
    Flake (R-AZ)
    Graham (R-SC)
    Hatch (R-UT)
    Heller (R-NV)
    Hoeven (R-ND)
    Kirk (R-IL)
    McCain (R-AZ)
    Murkowski (R-AK)
    Rubio (R-FL)

  62. So the Senate finally passed a bill…and had bipartisan support for amnesty. Ain’t it great.

    Too bad, so sad…it now goes to the House to be torn up into shreds.

  63. What happened? We were told by 2×4 Schumer and Rubio that they would get at least 70 votes. Last week speculation was that they might get over 85 votes. Today they don’t even make the 70. The idea was that with 70 votes there would be pressure on the House and with 80 or more the House would have to, have to, absolutely have to, vote on the Senate bill. Instead… a wet noodle that you cannot nudge.

  64. Damn, Shadow – you are on a roll today.
    _____________

    “Either people stand up to these selfish assholes or they will take advantage of everyone, just like their BO and MO do to all Americans.”

    I gave up being PC in 2008.

    _______________

    I’m with you, and so done with this fake bullshit of some people’s rights, feelings, behavior get protected and excused, while others can just go to hell. It is what it is.

  65. http://www.politico.com/story/2013/06/gang-of-eight-stops-wooing-saxby-chambliss-on-immigration-93431.html

    Gang of 8 backs off 70-vote goal

    The Senate is poised to forge ahead Thursday with final votes on the immigration bill, as an impasse over amendments all but ensured that the elusive goal of 70 votes will slip from the Gang of Eight’s grasp.

    Potential swing GOP votes began to peel away from the reform effort Wednesday. A source familiar with the discussions told POLITICO that the negotiators are no longer trying to woo Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R-Ga.) because they see his demands on agricultural workers as an insurmountable hurdle. Two other Republicans, who had backed a so-called border surge plan, then turned around to reject a procedural move to advance the bill.

  66. Big Media for sale (in more ways than one):

    http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Journalism/2013/06/27/NYT-To-Sell-Boston-Globe-For-One-Tenth-Purchase-Price

    ‘New York Times’ Likely to Sell ‘Boston Globe’ for 1/10th Purchase Price

    Bloomberg News reports that the New York Times Company, that bought the Boston Globe for $1.2 billion in 1993, is now accepting bids in the range of $100 million, or about a tenth of what it paid just twenty years ago. Complicating matters further is $110 million in pension liabilities:

  67. http://www.politico.com/story/2013/06/immigration-bill-2013-senate-passes-93530_Page2.html

    The Gang of Eight fell just short of an ambitious, 70-vote mark set by some of its members, who had believed a broad bipartisan majority would force the Republican-led House move on its bill. Last-minute efforts to lure Republican Sens. Saxby Chambliss of Georgia and Rob Portman of Ohio failed — negotiators viewed Chambliss’s demands as too onerous and Portman’s request for a vote on toughening E-Verify provisions got snagged in the procedural rules of the Senate.

    If they don’t get 70, it’s a strategic defeat for them,” Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) said. “Not because 68 is a whole lot different than 70, but because they were touting that they were going to get 70 votes and be able to shove it down the throats of the House of Representatives.”

    Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), a member of the Gang of Eight, told reporters that the bill did not secure 70 votes because of “procedural shenanigans” that consumed the legislation’s final days in the chamber. Both parties scurried back and forth to strike a deal on amendments, but repeatedly faced objections.

    Still, “I consider this an astounding success,” a jubilant Graham said Thursday. “You could ratify a treaty or override a veto. This is as good as it gets in the Senate.”

    But the conservative majority in the House is moving on a different track, passing separate pieces of legislation to revamp the nation’s immigration system. The House Judiciary Committee has cleared a handful of bills, but has yet to release any legislative solution for the estimated 11 million immigrants living illegally in the United States.

    The GOP leadership in the House, as well as its conservative rank-and-file, have stressed repeatedly that the Senate bill faces almost certain death in the chamber.

    The House is not going to take up and vote on whatever the Senate passes,” Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) reemphasized on Thursday. “We’re going to do our own bill, through regular order, and it’ll be legislation that reflects the will of our majority and the will of the American people.”

  68. I wanted to post this as i want it made aware what they are doing….

    https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=201003980055737&id=125654047590731

    PHOTOGRAPHY FOUNDATION ANNOUNCES a LIST of JOURNALISTS and DOCUMENTARY PHOTOGRAPHERS INJURED and DETAINED in the PAST 30 DAYS in TURKEY.

    With deep concern, we, the members of the Photography Foundation, Turkey, are following the members of the Turkish Republic’s 61st government making announcements that aggravate societal distinctions and provoke violence, and insisting on utilizing discourses that preclude consensus and societal peace.

    In a democratic country, such violence fueled by the statements and practice of the political actors of the government is unacceptable. Violence upon hundred thousands of people using their democratic rights guaranteed by the constitution is unacceptable. And violence upon and unlawful practices to stop hundreds of photographers and press members working to capture, report and document this extremely important social and historical process are unacceptable and unjustifiable.

    Since the first police intervention in Gezi Park, more than hundred photographers, cameramen, and journalists have been reported to be injured, battered, and prevented from working in various ways including detention.

    In democratic countries, practices towards preventing photography and reporting in public spaces are unacceptable. Holding a government issued press card is not a requisite for photographing the various aspects of public life, and our right to reproduce and distribute our photos cannot be violated.

    Bound by law, government officials are obliged to respect and protect the citizens’ rights. And they cannot and should not tolerate those violating the law.

    Governor’s offices and the police should immediately take necessary action to stop such practices limiting our freedom to gather information and report news. Comprehensive and transparent investigation into those responsible is urgent.

    Especially in the past ten days, many photographers, cameramen and journalists were asked to present government issued press cards, and unlawfully, press cards issued by news organizations were unrecognized, seized, destroyed, and used as a reason of detention. On the other hand, those holding government issued press cards were also subject to similar practices. Many press members holding government issued press cards have been reported to be detained, severely battered, injured, and have their cameras broken by the police.

    Names listed in reports published last week by the Reporters Without Borders (RSF) and Turkish Journalists Association (TGC) constitute only a small portion of the actual list of photographers, cameramen and journalists detained, injured and battered in the past 30 days. Therefore the Photography Foundation has been compiling and updating the list through testimonials and personal reports.

    To limit the below list, the names of photographers, cameramen, and journalists that were severely exposed to tear gas intensely used by the police; or subjected to verbal violence by the police and at times by some protesters; or not injured although hit by some objects including tear gas canisters and stones were not included.

    list at link……

  69. What a BOOB!!!! 🙄

    During his first visit to Africa as president, Barack Obama took the opportunity to champion same-sex marriage, despite the fact that he was speaking in a country where homosexuality is forbidden and a punishable crime.

    Senegalese President Macky Sall rebuffed Obama’s urging by saying that although his country is “very tolerant,” it is not ready to decriminalize homosexuality.

    Obama’s advocacy for gay rights in Africa came within

    Read more: http://dailycaller.com/2013/06/27/obama-makes-same-sex-marriage-gaffe-in-senegal/#ixzz2XSHyuMFb

  70. The House is not going to take up and vote on whatever the Senate passes,” Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) reemphasized on Thursday. “We’re going to do our own bill, through regular order, and it’ll be legislation that reflects the will of our majority and the will of the American people.”
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    I used to think the word Rubio meant ruby.

    Well . . . I was wrong.

    Rubio passed Schumer’s bill

    The bill written by Schumer’s staff

    The bill whose provisions Rubio did neither read nor understood.

    I now know that the word Rubio means in English

    Rubio means RUBE.

  71. But there are probably enough safe Republican seats to prevent full blown amnesty from passing both houses of Congress. What might emerge from a conference committee (if the Dems drop their insistence on a path to citizenship) is half a loaf for Obama – visa reform, guest worker provisions, and DREAM act expansion.

    That will probably be enough for most voters to let the GOP off the hook
    ———————–
    As usual, Rick Moran is full of shit. The issue for grass roots republicans is rewarding an illegal act. Republicans who adopt that principle are toast with their base. Nothing could be more clear than that. Furthermore, if you look at the prior statements of the RINOS who crossed the line and voted for the Schumer bill, you will not how when they ran for election they promised they would not vote for amnesty. That means they have broken a key pledge to constituents, which is of the same tenor as “read my lips–no new taxes”. Moran is a Chicago resident.

  72. S

    June 27, 2013 at 9:47 pm

    …no way in hell that jury in Zimmerman trial comes in with a second degree murder verdict…
    _____________________________________________________

    Yea, we thought there was no way OJ would be found not guilty either.

  73. Posting excerpt from article found at Common Dreams. The author does a decent job of taking MSM to the woodshed for functioning as an arm of government on Snowden issue.

    Snowden Coverage: If US Mass Media Were State-Controlled, Would They Look Any Different?

    by Jeff Cohen

    “The Edward Snowden leaks have revealed a U.S. corporate media system at war with independent journalism. Many of the same outlets—especially TV news—that missed the Wall Street meltdown and cheer-led the Iraq invasion have come to resemble state-controlled media outlets in their near-total identification with the government as it pursues the now 30-year-old whistleblower.

    While an independent journalism system would be dissecting the impacts of NSA surveillance on privacy rights, and separating fact from fiction, U.S. news networks have obsessed on questions like:  How much damage has Snowden caused? How can he be brought to justice?

    Unfazed by polls showing that half of the American rabble—I mean, public—believe Snowden did a good thing by leaking documentation of NSA spying, TV news panels have usually excluded anyone who speaks for these millions of Americans”

    snip

    http://www.commondreams.org/view/2013/06/26-0

  74. TODAY has coined the phrase “Michelle’s effortless style.” Wonder if they’ve seen the dress shown in first two pictures of the First family deplaning in Senegal.
    http://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/president-obama-summer-trips-family-article-1.1383856
    I wish I could find the closeup which aired on tv.
    In the first picture of this still, it appears that the dress has a huge white area across her abdomen and possibly further down too.
    In reality, it IS a huge white area across her abdomen and somewhat further down too.
    I keep thinking “Diaper?”

  75. Finally the dems admit that obama is not eligible. And guess what? They don’t give a shit!
    **

    Dems Admit Obama’s Not Eligible

    Weary of defending in court the Constitutional eligibility of their man at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, the Democrat Party has finally admitted Barack Obama is not qualified to be president of the United States– and that it doesn’t matter.

    According to a motion filed by Party attorneys in a Tennessee eligibility lawsuit, “…Defendants [the Tennessee Democrat Party and the Democrat National Committee] assert that the Tennessee Democrat Party has the right to nominate whoever it chooses to run as a candidate, including someone who is not qualified for the office.”

    In numerous previous lawsuits questioning the Constitutional eligibility of Barack Hussein Obama, Democrats have maintained that voters, not the Constitution, should be the final arbiters of presidential eligibility. Though a disgraceful assertion on its face, such mindless rambling was about all that desperate Democrat attorneys had in their arsenals, apart from the perpetually employed “plaintiffs lack standing” defense.

    But now, the cat is out of the bag, and the true sentiments of Democrat Party officials have finally been aired. It seems that, according to the left, as long as the acting president has the requisite contempt for the United States, is willing to work tirelessly to destroy the national economy, and will ignore both the rule of law and his Constitutional duty to enforce it, he is eminently qualified to hold the country’s top job.

    Read More @ http://www.westernjournalism.com/dems-admit-obama-not-eligible-dont-care/

  76. The GOP Stabs America in the Back
    90,000,000 Americans not working
    The “Conservative” GOP could care less about Americans trying to feed their kids.

    With an economy plagued by underemployment, unemployment and outsourcing the GOP refused to block the Gang of Ohco bill written in secret that would legalize and import millions of new workers to compete directly with American citizens for a limited number of jobs.

    The GOP had the power to block the bill and protect the jobs of American citizens. They refused.

    After three weeks of debate, there was no doubt about the outcome. Fourteen Republicans betrayed America and joined all 52 Democrats and two independents to support the bill.

    http://thefederalist-gary.blogspot.com/2013/06/the-gop-stabs-america-in-back.html

  77. Why is Obama So Out of Touch?

    By Larry Johnson on June 27, 2013 at 3:55 PM in Current Affairs

    Why is Barack Obama now so obsessed about the constitutional right to participate in homosexual acts and shutdown coal production? Are those really the top priorities for this nation? While he is celebrating those “hot button” issues, Obama is running around Africa, taking his family on a sweet vacation at taxpayer expense. Meanwhile, festering foreign policy issues remain front and center–Syria, the collapse of the Arab spring, heightened tensions with Russia and China, the revival of civil war in Iraq and the failure to secure Afghanistan.

    The erosion of American power and influence in the Middle East is alarming and unprecedented. I have noted in prior pieces that the mess Obama confronts in the Middle East was not of his making. George W. Bush and his crowd sowed those seeds. They enabled Iran to become the dominant force in the region and unspooled the simmering civil war between Sunnis and Shias, which is slowly and inexorably spreading throughout the region. But the feckless response to the rise of radical Islam in Egypt and Tunisia and Libya is all on Obama. That was not the work of George W. Bush.

    We now have the spectacle of the Obama Administration publicly inserting itself into the Syrian civil war. It is one thing to pursue a clandestine program to arm and train rebels. That approach preserved plausible deniability for the President. But to publicly announce a “secret” program to arm and train rebels, which Obama has done. That is crazy and incompetent. Such a naive policy puts us squarely on a collision course with Russia. That is a dangerous policy.

    Obama’s missing-in-action Presidency poses a direct and significant threat to America’s national security. He needs to get his butt out of Africa, on the plane and get back in the Oval Office and start doing his job.

  78. About That Leverage We Had Over Ecuador in Snowden Case… Never Mind
    Obama urged “to send a clear message to Correa that his ill-considered actions will not go without consequences” as Correa calls off trade deal, offers us human-rights training grant.

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    Bridget Johnson

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    Just call him Rafael… Chavez.

    Ecuador’s leftist president, Rafeal Correa, signaled that he’s the next Latin American strongman-in-chief as he very publicly dismissed what Washington thought it held as leverage over Quito in making sure that NSA leaker Edward Snowden wouldn’t find refuge in the same country that granted asylum to WikiLeaker Julian Assange.

    And yet Ecuador is still on the books to receive tens of millions of dollars in aid from Washington — though it wants to bounce some of that back in a “human-rights training” grant.

    “Our government will not reward countries for bad behavior. If Snowden is granted asylum in Ecuador, I will lead the effort to prevent the renewal of Ecuador’s duty-free access under GSP and will also make sure there is no chance for renewal of the Andean Trade Promotion and Drug Eradication Act,” Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) said on Wednesday.

    “Trade preferences are a privilege granted to nations, not a right. I urge President Correa to do the right thing by the United States and Ecuador, and deny Snowden’s request for asylum,” he continued.

    “The Obama Administration must let Correa know that his actions will have consequences and the Administration must not renew the trade preferences with Ecuador that expire next month,” said Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.).

    No worries. Ecuador backed out of the 1991 treaty on Thursday, renouncing “in a unilateral and irrevocable way these trade preferences,” Communications Secretary Fernando Alvarado said at a press conference.

    “Ecuador reminds the world that tariff preferences were originally granted as compensation to the Andean countries for its fight against drugs, but soon became a new instrument of blackmail,” Alvarado said.

    The State Department brushed off Ecuador’s move.

    “In terms of the trade relationship with Ecuador, I mean, those are really congressional, unilateral trade preferences granted by the U.S. Congress to Ecuador,” State Department spokesman Patrick Ventrell said on Thursday. “So I’m not sure that you can really withdraw from them one way or another, but we are Ecuador’s largest trade partner representing 35 percent of Ecuador’s total trade. That’s somewhere in the range of a $10 billion economic relationship, and so we are an important economic partner of theirs. And Congress has, going back since, I believe for a number of years, had these unilateral trade preferences.”

    Prodded by reporters at the daily briefing, Ventrell tried to carefully walk around Quito’s nose-thumbing move and cautioned the media not to read too much into it. “Where we can have a positive economic relationship, that’s a good thing,” he said. “But I’m just not going to characterize the reaction.”

    In a country where Correa has promised to build “socialism of the 21st century,” the government vowed to compensate producers of broccoli, tuna, and flowers who would be hardest hit.

    Correa slammed “the insolence and arrogance of certain American industries that have lobbied to remove the tariff preferences for the Snowden case.”

    To top it off, Ecuador offered the U.S. a $23 million grant so that we can conduct human rights training.

    “Ecuador ofrece 23 millones anuales a E. Unidos para capacitar en respeto a D. Humanos, evitar torturas, ejecuciones extrajudiciales y otros,” tweeted Ecuador’s foreign minister Ricardo Patiño Aroca.

    Correa got a public pat on the back for the double snubs from Hugo Chavez’s successor in Venezuela, Nicolas Maduro, during a ceremony at Miraflores Palace.

    Praising his Ecuadorean “compañero” for being “brave” in the face of the U.S., Maduro said Correa could “count on us to go together for all the support they need.”

  79. Zimmerman trial: John Good the witness who saw Trayvon Martin on top of George Zimmerman is on the witness stand.

  80. Ladies and gentlemen we have a President in Africa and a PREZ on vacation, one is working to save lives and the other is on an outing… 🙂

    George W. Bush
    Just landed in Zambia to a very warm welcome. President and Mrs. Bush are here to renovate a women’s cancer clinic with the Bush Institute and Pink Ribbon Red Ribbon.

  81. foxyladi14
    June 28, 2013 at 10:38 am
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    Great video.

    One of the things that struck me watching these IRS witnesses was how evasive they were. Either they took the Fifth Amendment, or else they engaged in the word salad game Krauthammer describes. Time and again they were asked close ended questions that called for a simple yes or no. Time and again, they ignored the question and launched into speeches about all the loyal dedicated people at the IRS and/or sought to explain, in highly stilted language, the mysteries of their Kafkaesque bureaucracy, culminating in a bland statement that mistakes were made, nobody was at fault, and essentially, shit happens.

    I particularly liked the part where Krauthammer said that if this Werfel creature (German for werewolf, I expect) showed up at an emergency room and babbled that kind of stuff, he would be pronounced psychotic. I can picture Werfel being escorted out of the emergency room in a staitjacker, baying at the moon. You wonder whether this is reality, or some film noire account of the world that Orwell warned us against. If so, then we are seeing some Academy Award performances.

  82. “California Schools To Train Kids To Sell ObamaCare”

    “Should the LAUSD avoid wasting valuable classtime on training kids to promote the Affordable Care Act?

    The Los Angeles Unified School District will use a state grant to train teens to promote ObamaCare to family members. Covered California, the state’s health insurance exchange, announced grants of $37 million on May 14 to promote the nationally unpopular law.

    LAUSD will receive $990,000. The district listed as a primary outcome for its project, “Teens trained to be messengers to family members.”

    Covered California spokeswoman Sarah Soto-Taylor said staff have not questioned this goal.”

    http://www.kfiam640.com/pages/billhandel.html?article=11436832

  83. VotingHillary
    June 27, 2013 at 10:36 pm
    S

    June 27, 2013 at 9:47 pm

    …no way in hell that jury in Zimmerman trial comes in with a second degree murder verdict…
    _____________________________________________________

    Yea, we thought there was no way OJ would be found not guilty either.

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

    Voting Hillary…

    imho…I said…the jury won’t come in with a verdict for second degree murder…

    there could be a lesser charge…maybe manslaughter

    but there is way, way too much ‘reasonable doubt’ and flimsy prosecutor witnesses to get a verdict for second degree murder…

    the case just seems so weak…the prosecution overcharged in the whipped up Al Sharpton frenzy…

  84. I got an email from Roy Beck at Numbers USA asking us to call the Senators who broke their campaign pledges and voted for this bill. I did a little of that before the fact, but I fail to see where it will do any good now. I have a bone to pick with each of them, and copies of the very pledges they broke. Guys like Bernie Sander who claims to be a socialist and pro American Worker voted for the bill and showed his true colors. What am I going to do? Call their office, and speak to the receptionist and tell them I am mad as hell and will not take it anymore? These traitors do not take us seriously. They would be more inclined to laugh their heads off with Schumer. Should I go to their local newspaper, write an editorial that will never be published? Should I contact the ignorant RNC, who thinks this improvident bill will win over Hispanics, and not lose the base? Every direction you look is a dead end. About all you can do, and I have done it, is support people who are on the side of the American People–like Cruz for example. There are a few others, i.e. Lee, Paul, Johnson, Coburn etc. If the Republicans.

    On the subject of the 2016 election, my crystal ball tells me it will be Hillary vs. the fat man, i.e. Christy. Therefore, the sooner we can start the effort of taking down the fat man, the better. That is something I am perfectly willing to do. For starters, he would gut Social Security. He is more ruthless that that dumpy amiable exterior would suggest. The only thing that could change my mind is if some of the traitors showed up as her supporters. Whether I would support Hillary at that point would depend on who she brought in as her team, and who supported her. But as a candidate, she is the best of the lot. It is clear to me that the Republican leadership will thwart efforts to run a Constitutional conservative, so my first priority will be to ensure that the RINO does not win.

  85. Clarification: if the traitors showed up as her supporters, that would not cause me to vote against Hillary. But it would mean I would not campaign for her. The statement about Christie however is an absolute. I would never vote for him under any circumstances. Nor any other RINO.

  86. Reports: Nelson Mandela Is Dead

    Nelson Mandela has died according to several sources.
    Obama will visit South Africa today.

    The Guardian reported:

    South Africa – several sources, other than online, have confirmed that the great Nelson Mandela has passed away last night. The reasons to keep this under wraps was because the family needed time alone and because of several political issues. The primay issue being that US president Barack Obama will visit South Africa this Friday. The visit could be overshadowed by the passing of Mandela and therefore the family and government agreed not to tell the world just yet. Therefore keeping Nelson Mandela’s passing away under wraps because of Obama’s trip. But we continue to wait for official verification.

    http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2013/06/mandela-dies-before-obama-visit/

  87. “Teens trained to be messengers to family members.”
    ———————-
    That is an absurd proposition. Young parents may listen to their young children on matters that do not matter. Why? Because they are cute. But older parents deferring to teenagers. Maybe IRS Commissioner Danny Werthel does that, but he is psychotic. So let’s be clear on what is going on here. This is a disguised bribe, plain and simple. Using taxpayer money to promote a political agenda is cancer.

  88. South Africa – several sources, other than online, have confirmed that the great Nelson Mandela has passed away last night. The reasons to keep this under wraps was because the family needed time alone and because of several political issues. The primay issue being that US president Barack Obama will visit South Africa this Friday. The visit could be overshadowed by the passing of Mandela and therefore the family and government agreed not to tell the world just yet. Therefore keeping Nelson Mandela’s passing away under wraps because of Obama’s trip. But we continue to wait for official verification.
    ———————
    Knowing that Mandela was near death, it does not reflect well on Obama that he failed to go there first. He had intended to turn this into a publicity event, so big media would bleat out here comes the comeback kid. Now that will be slightly harder to do. Nevertheless, he will try.

  89. freespirit
    June 28, 2013 at 1:43 am

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    and in addition to what you posted freespirit…I don’t know where the USA gets the moral high ground to dictate and condescend to other countries when our own behavior is exposed…free speech, 4th amendment, free press…???

    instead we have a consuming secret society ruling over us…and withholding information from the very people that are fighting for our rights…

    http://www.montereyherald.com/local/ci_23554739/restricted-web-access-guardian-is-army-wide-officials

    Restricted web access to The Guardian is Armywide, officials say
    Security concerns cited in blocking Guardian news

    By PHILLIP MOLNAR

    Herald Staff Writermontereyherald.com
    Posted: 06/27/2013 03:12:16 PM PDT
    June 28, 2013 4:11 PM GMTUpdated: 06/28/2013 09:11:43 AM PDT

    The Army admitted Thursday to not only restricting access to The Guardian news website at the Presidio of Monterey, as reported in Thursday’s Herald, but Armywide.

    Presidio employees said the site had been blocked since The Guardian broke stories on data collection by the National Security Agency.

    Gordon Van Vleet, an Arizona-based spokesman for the Army Network Enterprise Technology Command, or NETCOM, said in an email the Army is filtering “some access to press coverage and online content about the NSA leaks.”

    He wrote it is routine for the Department of Defense to take preventative “network hygiene” measures to mitigate unauthorized disclosures of classified information.

    “We make every effort to balance the need to preserve information access with operational security,” he wrote, “however, there are strict policies and directives in place regarding protecting and handling classified information.”

    In a later phone call, Van Vleet said the filter of classified information on public websites was “Armywide” and did not originate at the Presidio.

    Presidio employees described how they could access the U.S. site, http://www.guardiannews.com, but were blocked from articles, such as those about the NSA, that redirected to the British site. (this sounds like communist china)

    Sources at the Presidio said Jose Campos, the post’s information assurance security officer, sent an email to employees early Thursday saying The Guardian’s website was blocked by Army Cyber Command “in order to prevent an unauthorized disclosure of classified information.”

    (information that is now in the public domain and on the front page of newspapers worldwide)

    NETCOM is a subordinate to the Army Cyber Command, based in Fort Belvoir, Va., said its website.

    Campos wrote if an employee accidentally downloaded classified information, it would result in “labor intensive” work, such as the wipe or destruction of the computer’s hard drive.

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