Our Man In Nantucket

There was a man in Nantucket
To important work he said “F*ck it”
“I’ve got yachting to do,
new ketchup flavors to stew”
said the botoxed horseface in Nantucket.

Once caught ‘midst the swells in Nantucket
Our man once again said “oh, F*ck it”
Just lie through our teeth,
there’s no evidence I’m effete,
shout ‘liar’ and ‘he’s not in Nantucket!'”

When pictures emerged from Nantucket
new excuses were heard in Pawtucket
“I’m not windsurfing or soused, I’m here with my spouse – we’re hiding tax money in buckets.”

Psaki at State, not Manhassett,
lied for the man in Nantucket
Sarah Palin she screamed “you lie like a dream
And “What the Hell happened in Benghazi?”

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171 thoughts on “Our Man In Nantucket

  1. Best poem evvvahhhhhh admin!

    [snip]

    To important work he said “F*ck it”
    “I’ve got yachting to do,
    new ketchup flavors to stew”
    said the botoxed horseface in Nantucket

    😉

  2. WTH is he doing?

    The President had no public schedule July 3, July 4, July 5, July 6, July 7, July 8, July 9, July 10, July 11, July 12, July 13, July 14, July 15, July 16, July 17, July 18, July 19, July 20, July 21 (it goes on and on) — he has nothing scheduled for the summer. What the hell does this man do? I don’t expect him to be a Lincoln (even though he compares himself to him). Lincoln would meet and talk to Americans every day of his Presidency. This is absurd.

    http://atlasshrugs2000.typepad.com/atlas_shrugs/2013/07/wth-is-he-doing.html

  3. Poor Horseface, he has wanted the SOS job for 5 years, was only promoted from bridesmaid after Hillary quit and Rice was shamed…

    and he thought with his life of luxury and following in the footsteps of his commander, the best liar-in-chief…

    that he could sail around near shore and not get caught.

  4. http://www.politico.com/politico44/2013/07/kerry-participates-in-egypt-meeting-via-conference-167606.html

    But the State Department said Kerry was not aboard a boat on Wednesday and has spent the day working the phones on Egypt. “Since his plane touched down in Washington at 4 a.m., Secretary Kerry was working all day and on the phone dealing with the crisis in Egypt,” spokeswoman Jen Psaki said. “He participated in the White House meeting with the president by secure phone and was and is in non-stop contact with foreign leaders, and his senior team in Washington and Cairo. Any report or tweet that he was on a boat is completely inaccurate.”

    Jen Psaki used to be spokeswoman of the Obama campaign.

  5. “State Department: Yeah, despite our denial, Kerry was on his yacht during Egypt upheaval,” Mary Katharine Ham writes at Hot Air. Click over for the back story, which involves a pair of Wednesday tweets from CBS producer Mosheh Oinounou, the second of which was a photo of Kerry’s yacht in the dock, captioned, “Secretary Kerry was aboard his yacht, the ‘Isabel’ this afternoon”:

    The second of those two tweets went understandably viral, at which point, the State Department could have issued a statement saying, “The Secretary of State is in Nantucket but is actively engaged in diplomatic blah, blah, blah.” But that’s not what they did. Instead, they unequivocally denied the report:

    But the State Department said Kerry was not aboard a boat on Wednesday and has spent the day working the phones on Egypt. “Since his plane touched down in Washington at 4 a.m.,

    http://pjmedia.com/eddriscoll/2013/07/05/thurston-we-have-a-problem/

  6. Just in case anyone forgets as the tv channels are not doing their job….massive attacks by the police on people tonight in istanbul. Erdogan is still teargassing his people while the world forgets….Turkish TV is broadcasting Egypt while ignoring what is happening in its own cities.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-23213734

    However i hear tonight the brutally is escalating with AKP goon squads out with machetes on the streets…..this thing is gonna to explode soon as i hear public anger towards Erdogan is building rapidly.

  7. MoonOnPluto, there’s a good roundup of Turkey news here:

    http://legalinsurrection.com/2013/07/turkish-police-crack-down-as-protesters-return-to-taksim-square//#more

    We like this:

    http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130705/turkey-pm-blasts-egypt-coup-enemy-democracy

    “No matter where they are… coups are bad,” Erdogan said in televised remarks. “Coups are clearly enemies of democracy.

    “Those who rely on the guns in their hands, those who rely on the power of the media cannot build democracy…. Democracy can only be built at ballot box,” said Erdogan, who had forged friendly relations with Morsi during the Egyptian’s one-year in power.

    Erdogan also lashed out at the West for shying away from calling the military intervention a coup, while welcoming the African Union’s decision to suspend Egypt over the army’s actions.

    “The West has failed the sincerity test,” said Erdogan. “No offence, but democracy does not accept double standards.”

  8. Breaking : U.S. media reports that a Boeing 777 aircraft has made a crash landing at San Francisco Airport

    Anyone else seeing this?

  9. It just won’t go away!!! 🙂

    Marine Corps Col. George Bristol was in a key position in the U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM) chain of command the night of the Sept. 11, 2012, attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya. As such, he’s high on the list of people that some Republican members of Congress want to interview. But they don’t know where he is and the Pentagon isn’t telling.

    Pentagon spokesman Major Robert Firman told CBS News that the Department of Defense “cannot compel retired members to testify before Congress.”

    http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-250_162-57592442/republicans-want-to-talk-to-col-george-bristol-about-benghazi/

  10. Damn they were lucky with that crash, that plane looks a mess, burnt out, looks like everyone escaped, no word on casualties, be surprised if everyone got out but i hope they did.

  11. Thanks for the correction.
    Is that the same site that said Mandela was dead?

    Mandela’s death was reported by The Telegraph and by The Guardian, both reliable sources – or so I thought.

  12. Surreal…..this guy was on the plane….pic at link

    https://path.com/p/1lwrZb

    I just crash landed at SFO. Tail ripped off. Most everyone seems fine. I’m ok. Surreal…
    — David Eun at San Francisco International Airport (SFO) (Airport)

  13. Turkey’s dpt PM Numan Kurtulmus advise Egyptian Army not to interfere Egypt’s demos violently while Turkey’s police just do that at Taksim!

    Honestly the cheek of the man.

  14. There was a man in Nantucket
    Who told the media to “suck it”
    He said “Ive got loads of cash”
    “You are just F**king trash”
    “I can sail while Egypt can go stuff it”

  15. Another accident – this time a train!

    Driverless train torpedos into Quebec town; 30 buildings destroyed, residents missing

    LAC-MEGANTIC, Quebec — A driverless freight train carrying tankers of petroleum products derailed at high speed and exploded into a giant fireball in the middle of a small Canadian town early on Saturday, destroying dozens of buildings and leaving an unknown number of people feared missing.

    The disaster occurred shortly after 1 a.m. (0500 GMT) when the runaway train with 73 cars sped into Lac-Megantic, a picturesque lakeside town of about 6,000 people near the border with Maine, and came off the rails. Witnesses said the town center was crowded at the time.

    Four of the pressurized tank cars caught fire and blew up in a fireball that mushroomed many hundreds of feet up into the air.

    http://www.nypost.com/p/news/international/amazing_photos_quebec_town_evacuated_6eKixLeX6CXxf3UlVHChPP

  16. U.S. media reports two people have died in crash of Boeing 777 plane at San Francisco Airport

  17. Thou speaketh with forked tongue…….

    President Obama has “condemned” & “expressed concern” about violence in Egypt & says U.S. does not support any particular political party

  18. Obama is always stating that he “will not rest” until something or other is done. Then he gets on his litter and transported to the golf course. Kerry says he is working “full time”, “around the clock”. Do these people understand the meaning of words? “Round the clock” means round the clock, not in between kayaking.

    http://bostonherald.com/news_opinion/local_coverage/2013/07/experts_john_kerry_s_credibility_could_sink_with_boat_flap

    Experts: John Kerry’s credibility could sink with boat flap

    John F. Kerry’s credibility took on more water on the second day of his Nantucket vacation flap, as the State Department backed off its initial denial the embattled secretary of state was yachting during the Egyptian military coup — and President Obama tweeted a photo of himself kayaking in a hat, sunglasses and polo shirt.

    The Herald reported yesterday that Kerry spent the Fourth of July cavorting on his island getaway even as chaos from the military’s ouster of Islamist President Mohammed Morsi rocked Egypt.

    In the wake of the Herald story, a State Department spokeswoman admitted yesterday that Kerry was “briefly” aboard his $7 million luxury craft, the Isabel, on the day of the coup, after previously insisting the yacht sighting was “completely inaccurate.”

    “While he was briefly on his boat on Wednesday,” State Department spokeswoman Jennifer Psaki said, “Secretary Kerry worked around the clock all day.”

    The Herald front-page story captured a series of photos of Kerry paddling a kayak in shorts and a polo shirt. Then yesterday Obama posted his own kayaking photo on Twitter, tweeting, “Have a great weekend.”

    It was unclear whether the president’s tweet was mocking Kerry or supporting him. The White House deferred comment to Organizing for Action, which runs Obama’s Twitter handle and did not return emails and calls for comment.

    Meanwhile, Islamist protests over Morsi’s ouster erupted in violence that left at least 30 dead and more than 200 wounded.

    Kerry’s vacation kerfuffle is being seen as the latest stumble in what has already been a rocky five months for the nation’s top diplomat.

    “Kerry is having a pretty tumultuous tenure at the State Department,” Tom Whalen of Boston University said. “It seems everything he touches is not turning out well.

    Said Michael O’Hanlon of the Brookings Institution: “I’m not sure he’s really fully established himself as the go-to guy on foreign policy in the public’s eye here in the United States. I would think he’d want to define his leadership on some of the big crises of the day. Let him have his Fourth of July weekend, but recognize that this is an issue — Egypt — where he’s probably got to step up his game.”

    Kerry’s team has insisted he’s been working full-time on Egypt.

    On Wednesday alone, they said, he took part in a National Security Council meeting with the president and called dignitaries from Norway, Qatar, Turkey and Egypt, as well as placing five calls to Ambassador to Egypt Anne Patterson.

    video at link:

    http://landing.newsinc.com/shared/video.html?freewheel=69016&sitesection=bostonherald&VID=24929673

  19. Admin: very nice poem. Here is one for you:

    As noted, the reign of Emperor Caligula provides a distant mirror of what we see today in the imperious reign of Emperor Barack Hussein Obama, and the utter depravity of his Administration.

    In the first 0-6:20 minutes of the series “I Claudius” we see:

    1. Demise of the Republic under Tiberius, i.e. Bush, then-

    2. Rise of a Dictator who lays claim to the throne, i.e. Obama, then-

    3. Suppression of evidence that his claim to the throne is fraudulent, i.e. doctored birth certificate, then-

    4. Hail Caesar! by the sycophantic Senate and worshipful populous, i.e. Reid, Pelosi, lapdog media, 70% approval. , then-

    5. Proclamation of a New Golden Age, by the courtier class, i.e. the lapdog press, the DNC, and those who would loot the treasury, then-

    6. Resolution by Senior Roman Senator: let us put ALL POWER in the Emperor’s hands, i.e. as Reid and Pelosi did for Obama, then-

    7. Deification, no longer content to be head of state, the Emperor declares himself to be Zeus, i.e. like Obama did in Berlin, then-

    8. Living God, the courtiers and loyal sycophants say, why must we wait until they die to make them Gods (big media), then-

    9. Persecution of external enemies of the Emperor i.e. Tea Parties by the courtiers, i.e. lapdog media, then-

    10. Purge of internal enemies real or imagined who leak information, dissent, by head of Praetorian Guard, i.e. Jarrett, Holder, etc., then-

    11. Squander the public treasury through massive expenditures for no better purpose than to glorify the Emperor, then-

    12. Flashes of contempt for the people, i.e. the hot mike reveals his true feelings about Independence Day, and embarrassing situations were he is caught lying, then-

    13. Avenge those nations and races whom he believes sinned against his ancestors, i.e. innocent white people, western powers, etc., then-

    14. Place the entire population under surveillance, cast aside the Constitution, and look for the Reichstag Fire, i.e. NAS, then-

    15. Corrupt all organs of government and prey upon the people, i.e. IRS, DOJ, HHS, EPA, Roberts, etc.

    Yes, it is all there in this episode and those that follow. If you can stand to watch history repeat itself.

  20. I am a fan of anyone in the military, especially those that don’t HAVE to get in the muck and mess but do out of a sense of duty (see Pat Tilman as an example). For that reason, this story got my attention and I hope makes all of Great Britain very proud. Not that the royal baby isn’t a great PR spectacle/distraction that I am fairly sure those two would rather NOT be a part of, but rather demonstration that ‘royalty’ has nothing to do with being good at your job.

    Could you picture Bumbles doing anything like this at age 28?

    Asshat.

    Hillary 2016

    http://gma.yahoo.com/blogs/abc-blogs/prince-harry-qualifies-apache-helicopter-commander-183940093.html

  21. http://dailycaller.com/2013/07/04/middle-east-experts-find-kerry-focus-on-israeli-palestinian-peace-baffling/

    Try as you may, it isn’t easy finding too many Middle East experts who think Secretary of State John Kerry’s focus on Israeli-Palestinian peace makes much sense or has any chance of success. [snip]

    None of the four scholars who responded to Daily Caller inquiries could understand Kerry’s emphasis on the conflict, and some were outright dismissive of the idea that he could broker any sort of solution.

    “Kerry would have an easier time convincing Greenpeace to dine on whale steak and spotted owl than in brokering peace between Israel and Palestinians,” Michael Rubin, resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, told TheDC.

    What’s more, Rubin said, with all the fires flaring around the world, it makes little sense that Kerry would devote so much time to a problem that isn’t currently in a position to be resolved.

    “Egypt is imploding, and Turkey is going south fast. Antagonism between Europe and America is at an all-time high. China is bullying U.S. allies in southeast Asia. And what is Kerry doing? Off tilting at windmills,” he said.

    Nathan Brown, a nonresident senior associate at the Carnegie Endowment for National Peace, told TheDC he finds Kerry’s decision to focus on the Israeli-Palestinian peace “baffling.” [snip]

    Steven Bucci, a foreign policy scholar at the Heritage Foundation, echoed those sentiments.

    “There is little or no chance of Kerry achieving anything significant between now and September,” Bucci told TheDC. ”This effort is misplaced and cosmetic. The growing tension between Israel and Iran is far more significant and dangerous. That is where Secretary Kerry should be focused.

    Charles Dunne, director of Middle East and North Africa programs at Freedom House, also finds Kerry’s decision to focus on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict bizarre considering the more pressing issues currently at play in the Middle East.

    “I think Secretary Kerry would benefit from a sense of perspective,” he told TheDC. ”Important as the Arab-Israeli talks are — or potentially are — there are two other far more important crises on the front burner: Egypt and Syria. The collapse of the current Egyptian government….and with it a jump into a political void, while Syria has just notched the 100,000th casualty in its civil war….[Y]ou don’t get a sense of urgency from the Secretary on these two crises.

    There has also been a distinct dearth of optimism expressed by experts elsewhere in the media about Kerry’s efforts.

    “The moment for this kind of diplomacy has passed,” Robert Blecher at the International Crisis Group told the New York Times. “He’s working with actors who have acted in this movie before, and the script is built around the same elements. But the theater is new; the region is a completely different place today.” [snip]

    “This is the fifth bid by the leading diplomat of the world’s superpower to persuade these two people to go into a room together, and even that he cannot achieve,” longtime Israeli analyst and writer David Horovitz told the Times in a separate article. “At some point it becomes embarrassing and humiliating for the United States.”

  22. http://directorblue.blogspot.com/2013/07/high-larious-man-with-7-million-yacht.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+DougRossJournal+%28Doug+Ross+%40+Journal%29

    HIGH-LARIOUS: Man With $7 Million Yacht Lectures India on Carbon Emissions, Links Them to Deadly Floods

    There’s hypocrisy, there’s flaming hypocrisy, and then there’s John Kerry.

    After expressing his condolences to the flood victims, Kerry said in a speech in New Delhi on Sunday night that the U.S. had donated $150,000 to the flood relief effort — “not the highest sum in the world,” he admitted, but “a beginning.” He went on to warn India not to dismiss the deadly intensity of the floods as a one-off tragedy. “Perhaps Mother Nature in her own way is telling us to heed some warnings,” Kerry said before a packed auditorium. “Today the science of climate change is screaming at us for action.”

    I’ll treat global warming climate change like a planetary emergency, when the mega-wealthy green profiteers like Al Gore and John Kerry treat it like a planetary emergency.

    You know, when they sell their immense yachts and and multiple mansions.

    Oh, and here’s an idea. How about they use Skype rather than jet-setting around the world?

    And pay their taxes to boot?

  23. Great poem, Admin.

    Having Obama, Joe, and Johnny-boy in charge of this country is like turning the day care center over to the toddlers.

  24. Erdogan’s Jihad: Footage emerges showing assailants with machetes attacking protesters and by-standers

    Obama’s favorite and most trusted ally. Perhaps he thought he would get away with going after those marching for freedom with machetes when the world was watching Egypt. It bears pointing out that Islamic supreamcist Erdogan unhappy with Mori’s ouster.

    Footage emerges showing assailants with machetes attacking protesters and by-standers in Istanbul.

    http://atlasshrugs2000.typepad.com/atlas_shrugs/2013/07/erdogans-jihad-.html

  25. Egyptian Military Takes Away CNN Camera During Live Broadcast

    CNN senior international correspondent Ben Wedeman had a rather shocking thing happen to him while logging a live report from near Cairo’s Tahrir Square Friday.

    Members of the Egyptian military interrupted his report and took away CNN’s camera (video follows with commentary):

    http://newsbusters.org/blogs/noel-sheppard/2013/07/06/egyptian-military-takes-away-cnn-camera-during-live-broadcast#ixzz2YHG90CXQ

  26. In the Beltway, to be sure, the same folks who thought the “Arab Spring” would usher in a golden era of Muslim democracy are wringing their hands over the tragic fate of Egypt’s first democratically elected government. The important matters are now in the competent hands of Prince Bandar (Saudi Arabia), whose judgment I prefer to that of John Kerry or Susan Rice or John McCain any day of the week. The best-case scenario would be for the grown-ups in the region to ignore the blandishments of the Obama administration as well as the advice of the Republican establishment (RINOs), and to do what they have to do regardless. Americans who want to conduct a great experiment in democracy will have to take their laboratory somewhere else.—Spengler.

  27. Obama Admin Specifically Calls For Muslim Brotherhood To Have Role In Government In Egypt

    Nicole Gaouette and John Walcott at Bloomberg BusinessWeek have revealed that the Obama administration has specifically stated that it wants the Muslim Brotherhood to have a role in any new Egyptian government. Meanwhile, other news outlets, particularly the Associated Press, have avoided disclosing that specific detail.

    There are two “little” problems with the administration’s disclosed position. The first is that now-deposed Mohammed Morsi’s final speech on Tuesday was seen as a promise that there would be civil war if he were ousted. The second is that Morsi supporters in the Muslim Brotherhood and other Islamist groups have promised to carry out a campaign of terror until Morsi is reinstalled, and are keeping that promise. Those two factors should objectively disqualify the Brotherhood’s involvement. Excerpts from the Bloomberg pair’s report follow the jump (bolds are mine):

    Keep reading…

    http://weaselzippers.us/2013/07/07/obama-admin-specifically-calls-for-muslim-brotherhood-to-have-roll-in-government-in-egypt/

  28. Let’s take stock: Egypt is in flames, and both sides of the bubbling civil war hate Barack Obama and his foreign policy team. Turkey is descending into an Islamist sinkhole on a more controllable glide path, which means the Islamists aren’t likely to be dislodged by any street protests. Syria is a quagmire where Obama’s declared policies will put American weapons in the hands of people who wave the black flag of al-Qaeda, and behead Christian priests in their spare time. Libya is an unmitigated disaster in which the hinterlands swarm with terrorists, while armed militas are rampaging through the capital, and Team Obama is still lying about what happened on the night of 9/11/2012. Iran draws inexorably closer to its rebirth as a nuclear power. Europe is convulsed with rage over Obama’s spying programs. Russia and China take turns using Obama as the straight man in a geo-political comedy routine.

    http://bit.ly/16gdpUu

  29. What we wrote a few months back – immigration reform is dead:

    http://www.weeklystandard.com/blogs/white-house-doesnt-see-path-passing-immigration-paul-ryans-gone-silent_738735.html

    ‘The White House Doesn’t See a Path’ to Passing Immigration; Paul Ryan’s ‘Gone Silent’

    NBC’s Chuck Todd said this morning that “the White House doesn’t see a path” to passing an immigration bill by the end of this year:

    “The White House, they had been so confident they were going to sign immigration reform this year, for the first time I’m hearing that there is some doubt seeping in, that they think maybe the House won’t act. What they need is, they need something to sort of force Boehner like at the last minute bring it to the floor the same way the fiscal cliff deal happened. The problem is there is no trigger at the end of the year, there isn’t the end of this Congress there isn’t this. So I don’t know how this happens at the end of this year and suddenly now the White House doesn’t see a path,” said Todd.

    Fires all around them, no real second-term agenda when they have to deal with all these problems,” host David Gregory added.

    “Immigration was going to be the one thing they could have pointed to,” said Andrea Mitchell, weighing in. “And I think that conversation with John Boehner and the president, the president doesn’t have a whole well of trust in Boehner saying, you know, hang with me, I can get this done by the end of the summer. Boehner still doesn’t have the support and you heard what Congressman Labrador has been saying, they don’t have a Marco Rubio on the House side who can try to work around this and bring it together.”

    Todd interjected, “It was supposed to be Paul Ryan–”

    “He’s gone silent,” Mitchell added.

  30. Admin, could you please turn off the automatic loading of the video at:

    admin
    July 6, 2013 at 5:35 pm

    Thanks a bunch.

  31. While some people are inclined find fault with John Kerry for playing hooky on his yacht while Egypt is in flames, and for letting his staff lie as to his whereabouts, and for failing to understand that the Arab Palestinian conflict is as nothing compared to what is occurring in Syria, Libya, Turkey and now Egypt, others are inclined to take a relativist view of the man, and defend him vigorously on the grounds that while John Kerry may be stupid, the fact is he is lazy, hence he will do far less harm in the world than Susan Rice who is stupid as well, but is energetic. I would have to say the stupid but lazy defense correlates nicely with Obama’s serial response to scandals which is I knew nothing about this but now that I know I will not rest until the attackers in Bengazi, the targeters in the IRS, or the wrongdoers in fast and furious are brought to justice–but that does not mean I will do anything to investigate, or cooperate with congress when they endeavor to do so/

  32. This is very sad. As far as I know, the Buddhist Monks are among the most peaceful people on earth. They never hurt anybody. They merely want to be left alone.

    Jihadists bomb the holiest site for Buddhists in the world, coordinated terror attack of 9 serial blasts

    Bodh Gaya is the holiest site for the Buddhists world over. It was bombed early this morning in a series of Islamic terror attacks. Their most holy site. The Muslims prohibit the Jews from praying at their most holy site (the Temple Mount), not to mention their false religious claims to Jerusalem. The Muslims are converting one of the most important monuments of Christianity, the 6th-century Church of Hagia Sophia, into a mosque. Tens of thousands of Hindu temples have been destroyed by Muslims.

    http://atlasshrugs2000.typepad.com/atlas_shrugs/2013/07/jihadists-bomb-the-holiest-site-for-the-buddhists-world-over-im-a-series-of-9-serial-blasts.html

  33. John Kerry was not appointed because he was capable, honest or would work hard. He was put in because of the damage he could do. He is a joke, a nothing, a nobody, a tax evader, His recent boat story proves that. 🙄

  34. foxyladi14
    July 7, 2013 at 3:17 pm

    _______________________________________

    Amen!

    Hillary 2016

  35. Obama really owed Kerry a lot: he platform to speak at his own convention in 2004.
    And Kerry was the first to out himself as a traitor to the people when he did this:
    Kerry Endorses Obama as Campaign Goes Nationwide
    By JEFF ZELENY Published: January 10, 2008
    CHARLESTON, S.C. — Senator John Kerry embraced the presidential candidacy of Senator Barack Obama here on Thursday, saying Mr. Obama had “the greatest potential to lead a transformation, not just a transition.”
    More at http://www.nytimes.com/2008/01/10/us/politics/10cnd-campaign.html?_r=0

    Thanks to HRC, Kerry at least had to wait a damned good long time to get his prize. Hope there’s some good giggling going on in the Clinton household over HF’s forays into his own prime time. He must really have a thing for boats.

  36. Homeland Security wants obama to get a new beast!

    Obama’s limo: Heavy armor, blood bank, night vision
    President Barack Obama is looking for a new ride.
    Not that his current limousine – dubbed “The Beast” or “Cadillac One” – isn’t faring well, but it’s a 2009 model, which he takes wherever he travels, and the Department of Homeland Security says it’s time for an upgrade.

    http://www.nbcnews.com/business/obamas-new-limo-have-heavy-armor-blood-bank-night-vision-6C10537698

  37. A quick link dump…..

    It seems that the interim government is acting quickly. Possibly to maintain the flow of U.S. dollars?

    http://news.yahoo.com/egypts-president-asserts-authority-233721478.html

    There is no value in exclusion, even for the most reprehensible, seems to be the new mantra….

    http://news.yahoo.com/egyptian-ambassador-muslim-brotherhood-join-process-164442879–abc-news-topstories.html

    Barky and the Brotherhood….

    http://news.yahoo.com/syrias-brotherhood-says-west-must-step-arms-rebels-134913026.html

    Hillary 2016

  38. Nicole Gaouette and John Walcott at Bloomberg BusinessWeek have revealed that the Obama administration has specifically stated that it wants the Muslim Brotherhood to have a role in any new Egyptian government. Meanwhile, other news outlets, particularly the Associated Press, have avoided disclosing that specific detail.

    There are two “little” problems with the administration’s disclosed position. The first is that now-deposed Mohammed Morsi’s final speech on Tuesday was seen as a promise that there would be civil war if he were ousted. The second is that Morsi supporters in the Muslim Brotherhood and other Islamist groups have promised to carry out a campaign of terror until Morsi is reinstalled, and are keeping that promise. Those two factors should objectively disqualify the Brotherhood’s involvement. Excerpts from the Bloomberg pair’s report follow the jump (bolds are mine):

    The Obama administration’s call for an “inclusive” political process in Egypt with a role for the Muslim Brotherhood has been overshadowed by conflict between security forces and supporters of the Islamist group.

    http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/

  39. What happened and when?

    http://www.politico.com/story/2013/07/john-kerry-wife-93799.html?hp=r1

    A hospital spokesman says Teresa Heinz Kerry, the wife of Secretary of State John Kerry, was hospitalized in critical but stable condition in a Massachusetts hospital.

    Hospital spokesman Noah Brown said Heinz Kerry was admitted into the emergency room of Nantucket Cottage Hospital after 3:30 p.m. Sunday.

    He says the 74-year-old Heinz Kerry came to the facility in critical condition, and remains that way, although she has been stabilized.

    Brown said he could not immediately release any more details about the patient’s condition or her illness.

    Nantucket Police Lt. Jerry Adams says a call requesting medical aid was received just after 3:30 p.m. for a home on Hulbert Avenue, and an ambulance was dispatched. Online records show the property is connected to Heinz Kerry’s family.

    Heinz Kerry is the widow of former U.S. Sen. John Heinz, heir to the Heinz ketchup fortune. The Pennsylvania Republican was killed in a 1991 crash.

  40. “No other details can be released at this time”, according to hospital officials.
    I hope Ms. Heinz-Kerry is ok, and recovers completely.

    And, as tacky as it is to say this – I hope it’s not a diversion from the well- deserved boating criticism of Kerry.

  41. sorry somethings rotten in nantucket, vacationed there many times, if Kerry was really sick she would have been airlifted out to the main land immediately.

  42. Congressman: IRS Scandal Will Widen to Leaks

    by Matthew Boyle 7 Jul 2013
    Breitbart

    In an exclusive interview with Breitbart News, Rep. Mike Kelly (R-PA) said that the next stages of the IRS scandal will likely focus on the tax agency’s alleged abuse of power in areas like politically motivated audits and leaking of personal information.

    “I think what we’re going to find out and I think that the deeper part is not so much the Tea Party and the ‘Patriot’ and those people who were targeted, but the information that has been leaked,” Kelly, a member of the House Ways and Means Committee which is conducting one of the congressional investigations into the matter, said in a phone interview.

    “The information that the IRS has on file on people goes pretty deep into personal lives. It is being leaked out and given to people for very specific political reasons. I think this is something that should be the most chilling thing for Americans to understand.

    “This is a branch of government and it is under the executive branch that can be used for a lot of different intimidation elements. Think of what these people have, think of what they have on everybody. If they leak that out to the right person at the right time in the right movement that’s looking to do something, they can completely destroy individuals.”

    Kelly believes the revelation the IRS targeting of various conservative organizations was just the beginning of a larger scandal that will continue unraveling. Kelly sees this burgeoning scandal cutting to the core of the IRS as a whole, and likely tying in more prominent Obama administration officials.

    Now that the targeting of conservative groups seeking nonprofit status has been exposed, Kelly thinks these other elements of IRS scandal are going to come out.

    Kelly, a second-term congressman who rose to conservative prominence a little over a month ago when he berated the IRS in a committee hearing, also said alleged audit power abuse is likely to become a focus, too.

    “Especially what we’ve seen happening now with the data collection and the depth to which the data collection is going,” Kelly said. “Who is getting this information? There were donor lists that were leaked out. Highly, highly sensitive and private information was leaked out.”

    Kelly said the House Ways and Means Committee has had many whistleblowers and tipsters come forward with information and leads, but committee staff and members need to follow each one through to its end before coming out with any more information.

    “There’s a lot more to come,” Kelly said. “[Acting IRS commissioner Danny] Werfel was in last week or maybe it was a little over a week ago. One of the things he says is he thinks we’re a couple months away from really finding things out. When he came in, he gave us kind of an update with boilerplate stuff of what you would do if you were going in and what you were looking for and what your desired outcomes were. But he really didn’t give us an update or any specifics at all. It was just more or less that he was on the job now and that he was going to be working to get it fixed.

    Kelly added that he thinks “there’s so much more there.”

    “And we’re having whistleblowers come out that are saying things now and we have to make sure everything we’re hearing is in fact true and we can look into it,” he said.

    Kelly also said that he gets the impression IRS officials do not care if they committed illegal activity.

    “I got to tell you, from sitting across from some of these folks [who work for the Obama administration in the IRS], they really do believe they’re above the law,” he said. “You look at them and you can tell by the way they talk to you. They kind of give you a patent answer and probably some talking points they were given and told ‘just stick to this line and don’t go any further.’”

    Kelly noted the fact-finding mission is taking quite some time because there’s a “75,000 page code with 90,000 people—I think 90,000 is underestimating the number of people working for the agency—and now they’ve got an $11 billion budget, and they’re asking for another $1 billion. Part of is to implement the Affordable Care Act. The thing [the IRS] is growing, growing, growing, becoming too involved in our lives and when you look at some of the questions that were asked, you’ve got to sit back and say to yourself ‘what the heck does this have to do with the IRS? And why am I being questioned this way?’

    “I understand people were looking to get certain certifications and so they were asked certain questions, but some of this stuff goes really deep. The fact that they say ‘we also interviewed some progressive groups,’ that’s a wink, wink, nod, nod. I think that was just a light run-through. That didn’t go anywhere near the depth of the information they had when it came to Tea Party groups, ‘Patriot’ groups.”

  43. Rep. Labrador: Immigration Reform Could Mean the ‘Death of the Party’

    by
    Rick Moran, PJ Media

    A Hispanic Republican congressman, Raul Labrador, thinks that if the immigration bill isn’t crafted carefully, it will cost the GOP its base and could lead to the end of the party.

    Labrador is a strong proponent of securing the borders, and told Meet the Press that failing to include strong border-enforcement provisions in any immigration reform bill would lead to more illegals coming into the country, which would be a lose-lose situation:

    If we do it right I think it’s going to be good for us,” Labrador said on Meet the Press. “But if we don’t do it right what’s going to happen is we’re going to lose our base because we’re still going to have a large number of illegal immigrants coming into the United States, and the Hispanic community is not going to listen to us because they’re going to always listen at this point to the people that are offering more, that are offering a faster pathway to citizenship.

    “I think we lose on both grounds if we don’t do it right,” Labrador said.

    The Tea Party favorite and former immigration attorney has been a leading advocate for reform, but in early June left a bipartisan House group working on the issue after he said they failed to reach a consensus on how to keep illegal immigrants from receiving government benefits.

    Labrador has also been a sharp critic of the Senate passed immigration bill, saying it doesn’t do enough to secure the border and fails to offer enough visas for high-skilled workers to enter the U.S.

    Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) has said the Senate bill is dead on arrival, waiting instead for a House measure on immigration reform. Boehner though has cautioned that he will not move a bill that lacks the support of a majority of the GOP conference.

    Are there 121 Republicans who want to bring immigration reform to the floor? Certainly not to vote on the Senate bill, which contains the poison pill of a path to citizenship. But there appears to be enough Republicans who want to vote on visa reform and a guest worker bill. Both bills will pass by a wide margin, as will legislation that would help secure the border. The question is, will the Senate Democrats deal in a conference committee?

    It doesn’t look like it. President Obama made so many promises to Hispanics that anything short of a path to citizenship in a final bill would hurt the Democrats with that ethnic group. So it is likely that Senate Democrats will accept all or nothing and may end up with no immigration reform at all.

  44. The act PPACA remains unpopular, and there are congressional elections in years divisible by two — not even the Obama administration can ignore that constitutional fact — so last Tuesday, the administration said this about the act’s mandate that in 2014, large employers provide expensive health-care coverage for their workers or pay a substantial penalty: Never mind.

    Although the Constitution has no Article VIII, the administration acts as though there is one that reads: “Notwithstanding all that stuff in other articles about how laws are made, if a president finds a law politically inconvenient, he can simply post on the White House Web site a notice saying: Never mind.”

    Never mind that the law stipulates 2014 as the year when employers with 50 full-time workers are mandated to offer them health-care coverage or pay fines. Instead, 2015 will be the year. Unless Democrats see a presidential election coming.

    This lesson in the Obama administration’s approach to the rule of law is pertinent to the immigration bill, which at last count had 222 instances of a discretionary “may” and 153 of “waive.” Such language means that were the Senate bill to become law, the executive branch would be able to do pretty much as it pleases, even to the point of saying about almost anything: Never mind

    http://www.jewishworldreview.com/cols/will070613.php3#.UdpFN23W6-8

  45. Hi hope Horseface’s wife is okay. She had breast cancer, wonder if it’s metastasized.

    He finally becomes a bride and this happens to his wife…sad.

  46. There once was a man from Nantucket
    Whose face was so long he could…

    The rest is left to the reader’s imagination.

  47. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/jeff-cohen/how-do-you-know-when-pres_b_3558857.html

    How Do You Know When President Obama Is Lying? MSNBC Won’t Tell You

    Posted: 07/07/2013 8:43 pm

    I was a young person when I first heard the quip: “How do you know when the President is lying? His lips are moving.” At the time, President Nixon was expanding the war in Vietnam to other countries and deploying the White House “plumbers” to commit crimes against antiwar leakers.

    Forty years have passed. Sadly, these days, often when I see President Obama moving his lips, I assume he’s lying.

    Like Nixon, our current president is prolonging an endless, borderless and counter-productive war (“on terror”) and waging a parallel war against “national security” leakers that makes the plumbers’ burglary of Daniel Ellsberg’s psychiatrist’s office look almost quaint.

    The World War I vintage Espionage Act, originally used to imprison socialists for making antiwar speeches, has been used by the administration against whistleblowers with a vengeance unprecedented in history: eight leakers have been charged with Espionage under Obama, compared to three under all previous presidents. The Obama administration has prosecuted not a single CIA torturer, but has imprisoned a CIA officer who talked about torture with a journalist. National Security Agency official Thomas Drake, who was unable to get abuses fixed internally, now has a criminal record for communicating with a reporter years ago about sweeping domestic surveillance.

    So there I was watching Obama’s lips move about NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden at a June 27 press conference. Saying he wouldn’t be “scrambling military jets to go after a 29-year-old hacker,” Obama added that he would not “start wheeling and dealing and trading on a whole host of other issues, simply to get a guy extradited.”

    I didn’t believe a word of it.

    Given Obama’s war on whistleblowers and journalists who utilize them, and given the Army’s abusive treatment of military whistleblower Bradley Manning (apparently aimed at getting him to implicate WikiLeaks), it’s inconceivable that Obama was truly blasé about Snowden. To deter future whistleblowers, Snowden would have to be caught and made an example of – and probably mistreated (like Manning, in hopes of getting him to turn against WikiLeaks and even journalist Glenn Greenwald).

    As his lips were moving, Obama knew well that he would go to extreme lengths to prevent this articulate young man from securing asylum in some Latin American country, where he could continue to inform the world’s media about the Surveillance State that has blossomed alongside the Warfare State under the Bush and Obama administrations.

    That Obama wasn’t truthful became clear when the U.S. campaign of “wheeling and dealing” led to possible asylum countries retreating in fear one after another (Vice President Biden was deployed to pressure Ecuador’s president by phone). And even clearer with last week’s outrageous, international law-breaking that effectively forced down the presidential plane of Bolivian President Evo Morales.

    And if Obama eventually does scramble jets to force down a plane with Snowden on board, the commander-in-chief will be applauded for taking bold and decisive action by mainstream TV talking heads, “national security” experts and the opposition he seems most intent on pleasing: conservatives. Criticism from civil libertarian and peace voices (or unions and environmentalists, for that matter) has rarely daunted Obama.

    The bipartisan consensus in support of our bloated Military/Surveillance State — which so undermines our society as a whole — is reflected in Congress and both the Bush and Obama administrations, as well as mainstream media.

    When it comes to issues of U.S. militarism and spying, the allegedly “progressive” MSNBC often seems closer to the “official network of the Obama White House” than anything resembling an independent channel. With a few exceptions (especially Chris Hayes), MSNBC has usually reacted to expanded militarism and surveillance by downplaying the abuses or defending them.

    Had McCain or Romney defeated Obama and implemented the exact same policies, treating whistleblowers like Manning and Snowden as foreign espionage agents, one would expect MSNBC hosts to be loudly denouncing the Republican abuses of authority.

    But with Obama in power, a number of MSNBC talking heads have reacted to the Snowden disclosures like Fox News hosts did when they were in hysterical damage control mode for Bush – complete with ridiculously fact-free claims and national chauvinism that we’ve long come to expect from the “fair & balanced” channel.

    As Snowden arrived in Russia from Hong Kong, MSNBC host Ed Schultz blustered on about Snowden as a “punk” and “coward.” Railing about the “security of the country” in tones Hannity would approve of, Schultz questioned Snowden’s patriotism and credibility, asking: “If the United States of America is doing something so egregiously wrong in its surveillance program, how come he’s the only one speaking up?

    In O’Reilly-like blissful ignorance, Schultz seemed unaware of the three NSA whistleblowers who’d loudly spoken up way earlier than Snowden — and gathered for an illuminating group interview with USA Today a week before his tirade.

    I watched one MSNBC host function as an auxiliary prosecutor in Obama’s Justice Department, going after Snowden — while trying to link WikiLeaks and journalist Glenn Greenwald to criminal flight.

    MSNBC’s Melissa Harris-Perry has been condemning Snowden by contrasting him with civil disobedients who “love their country” and submit to arrest — while Snowden just wants to “save his own skin.” She proclaimed: “This is different. This is dangerous to our nation.” Should we similarly dismiss Dan Ellsberg, who leaked the top secret Pentagon Papers to a dozen newspapers in 1971 by going on the lam from the FBI. Or Watergate’s “Deep Throat,” who saved his own skin by hiding his identity for 30 years after leaking secrets that helped crash the Nixon presidency?

    In a bizarre monologue attacking Snowden (who’s risked plenty, in my view), Harris-Perry hailed those who engage in civil disobedience for being willing “to risk your own freedom, your own body in order to bring attention to something that needs to be known. Martin Luther King Jr. was arrested, attacked, smeared. Nelson Mandela went to prison for 27 years.” (My emphasis.)

    Nelson Mandela? He wasn’t a civil disobedient who gave himself up. He was a fugitive, fleeing the apartheid police. He was on the lam domestically, like Snowden is now internationally. And some reports indicate that South African authorities were able to nab Mandela thanks to the U.S. CIA (one of the agencies now on the hunt for Snowden).

    MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow has also disappointed. After doing a typically thorough presentation on the force-down of President’s Morales’ plane, she ended her report by expressing displeasure only that Washington had apparently gotten allies to go out on the limb “for nothing.” Her objection to the harassment seemed to be: it hadn’t succeeded. I didn’t hear opposition to the action had Snowden actually been on board and apprehended.

    The Snowden/NSA story proves once again that — especially on so-called “national security” issues — we need strong, independent media not enmeshed with the corporate/political power structure and not allied with one of the two corporate parties.

    We can’t count on MSNBC to heed the lesson taught by legendary independent journalist I.F. “Izzy” Stone, after years reporting from Washington: “All governments lie and nothing they say should be believed.”

    * * *

    Jeff Cohen was an MSNBC pundit and senior producer in 2002-3 until being terminated for political reasons, along with Phil Donahue, on the eve of the Iraq invasion. He is director of the Park Center for Independent Media at Ithaca College, founder of the media watch group FAIR, and author of “Cable News Confidential: My Misadventures in Corporate Media.” He cofounded the online action group RootsAction.org, which has petitioned for Snowden.

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

    interesting how Jeff Cohen and Phil Donahue were ‘terminated’ on the eve of the Iraq invasion…because if any here recall…in those days, MSNBC was pro war…pro Bush…pro G Gordon Liddy…Tom Delay was a frequent friendly guest…Chris Matthews was getting thrills up his legs from Bush in his leather bomber jacket…he thought he looked so Tom Cruise…(they were anti Clinton and anti hated Al Gore…he was their joke for the day…every day)

    MSNBC are the biggest liars on TV…all agenda, all the time…I will cut Chris Hayes some slack…once in a while…he shows some courage and principles…the rest of them are the biggest hypocrites and frauds going…

  48. We all knew that the whole reason to push obamacare through the way they did was to take the first step to single payer, govt. controlled healthcare. Well, it seems like the next phase is beginning. Now the business mandate is waived for a year. Believe me this was planned to press their agenda on healthcare. Obama can selectively choose what laws he wants to enforce and change others at his or his handler’s whim. He’s been doing it since day 1. They are succeeding in every illegal, anti-Constitutional issue they want to pass or twist to suit their purposes. No response from the masses. No response from the repubs. Nada from anyone. Let ‘em keep going, that’s the ticket. Ruin the country and fight with empty words and no action to stop it.

    They will get so many people into the subsidized plans through fraud, media lies and other means, that they will never get them off. Done, over, locked in more entitlement folks to vote for them and under their control.

    How can this keep going, who’s going to pay for it all and why don’t more people understand what’s happening to them? Wow.

    http://hotair.com/archives/2013/07/07/super-obamacare-subscribers-to-be-on-honor-system/

  49. VIDEO: Security Cameras Catch Break-In at Whistleblower’s Law Firm

    The offices of a Dallas law firm representing a high-profile State Department whistleblower were broken into last weekend. Burglars stole three computers and broke into the firm’s file cabinets. But silver bars, video equipment and other valuables were left untouched, according to local Fox affiliate KDFW, which aired security camera footage of the suspected burglars entering and leaving the offices around the time of the incident.

    The firm Schulman & Mathias represents Aurelia Fedenisn, a former investigator at the State Department’s Office of the Inspector General. In recent weeks, she raised a slew of explosive allegations against the department and its contractors ranging from illicit drug use, soliciting sexual favors from minors and prostitutesand sexual harassment.

    “It’s a crazy, strange and suspicious situation,” attorney Cary Schulman told The Cable. “It’s clear to me that it was somebody looking for information and not money. My most high-profile case right now is the Aurelia Fedenisn case, and I can’t think of any other case where someone would go to these great lengths to get our information.”

    Read More @
    http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2013/07/video-security-cameras-catch-break-in-at-whistleblowers-law-firm/

  50. Why does this Jazz Shaw at Hot Air refer to Obamacare as a “health law”?

    That was the label that maggot Axelrod tried to promote.

    After all, who could be against a health law.

    As opposed to a government takeover of 1/6 of the economy which will increase cost and reduce patient care, but reward Harvard trained bureaucrats who will be as effective in this area as they have been running our Middle East policy.

    We should reject their characterization for two reasons:

    First of all, it is deceptive. It is not about health it is about insurance.

    Second, it is an oxymoron. It will make public health worse, not better.

    Why someone who presumes to criticize the law adopt the loaded language of their adversary?

    Words must be chosen carefully, because we have empirical proof that 46% of the public has proven itself to be utterly and irredeemably unable to connect the dots. Translation: dumb as a post.

    I started to read the article, but the moment I saw that reference, frankly, I lost interest.

  51. wbb, I remember Jazz Shaw from the Rapid Responder days of the 2008 primary. If I’m not mistaken, we were asked to respond to several of Shaw’s articles that disparaged Hillary.

  52. “It’s a crazy, strange and suspicious”
    ____________________________

    That sounds to me like the masthead of a law firm: Crazy, Strange and Suspicious.

    I reckon this lawyer would characterize the Watergate break-in that way as well?

    Sounds more like an Obama plot to me.

    Tricky Choom one ups Tricky Dick.

    Only this time, no impeachment, because big media is on Obama’s side.

    If confronted with a Republican Party with cajones, big media would say impeachment would be divisive.

    Like they ever worried about that–on the contrary they have done everything they can to promote it.

    The problem they have is in their effort to defend Obama, they have become synonomous with Obama.

    When he fails they fail as well, and that is what they bought for their betrayal.

    Obama has the perfect alibi for this break-in—he was on the golf course when the crime occurred.

    But that does not mean that his minions were not behind it.

  53. S, this cracked me up. lol

    “Chris Matthews was getting thrills up his legs from Bush in his leather bomber jacket…he thought he looked so Tom Cruise…”

    Tingles kind of blows whatever way the wind blows, doesn’t he?

  54. Wbboei, many if not most Republican/conservative critics of Obama and his policies attack the periphery, the symptoms of the problem because they cannot see the full strategic landscape. They are not dumb they are just so befuddled they think that saying “Obama is a nice guy but this or that policy is problematic because of this or that policy implication” either gives them credibility for being “fair” or “not personal” and also because they are being “insightful on policy”. These critics are constantly attacking a tree and ignoring the forest.

    As you so astutely write they adopt the language and presumptions of a flim-flam man instead of simply saying “he’s a flim-flam man and this is the latest scam and this is why it is a scam”.

    Ironically these same critics love to attack Bill Clinton and Hillary Clinton on a personal level as if somehow Vince Foster, Juanita or Paula or Bill Clinton’s penis will finally become a winning argument for them.

    We’ve wondered for a long time why that is. We attribute it to a form of beaten child/wife syndrome. Our emerging thesis is that these Republicans/conservatives are so beset by their opposition to the dominant “liberal” culture of Big Media that they need to prove their superiority. They need to prove themselves, to themselves if not to others, that they are “better’ or good. That might be why in opposition to Barack Obama they try to prove they are smarter than Barack is and with Bill Clinton they try to prove they are more “moral” than he is.

    The bottom line is, as you write, that they accept the world-view of the opposition and seek to be measured by the values of the opposition. Our value as critics of Obama is that we feel no alienation from the worldview of the Obama Dimocrats but rather have a deeply ingrained understanding of that worldview until 2008.

    When we “attack” we hit at the foundations not the peripheral outposts of that world-view. In the language of warfare, we understand the enemy because we used to be part of the enemy and understand how the enemy thinks and works as well as the personalities and personality needs of the enemy. Republicans/conservatives only see the enemy from a distance and they believe the hype of the propaganda.

    These are embryonic thoughts not fully developed but ones that we have played with for a long time. After reading your comment and that of others such as Freespirit we see that we are not the only ones poking at this question. The only small bit of good news is that most Republicans have stopped calling Barack obama “a nice guy”.

  55. I read The Moderate Voice occasionally. Since Obama’s inauguration, the writers there have often functioned as Obama apologists. Often, it has seemed that the name should be changed to The Progressive Voice. However, I’ve noticed that changing a little in recent months, as more objective articles offering a more honest look at the Obama Administration, seem to be available there.

    Here are a couple of articles from The Moderate Voice that appear to actually represent a moderate view.

    WHICH EGYPT DO OBAMA, MCCAIN WANT TO SAVE?

    Jul 8, 2013 by ROBERT STEIN

    (SNIP)

    “Confusion abounds. Now John McCain is denouncing the overthrow of the Muslim Brotherhood’s Mohammed Morsi, calling it a “coup” and urging the President to suspend all aid to the country. When our leading hawk rails at Egypt’s military and pushes against a policy that might end with a more pro-American regime, something is askew.

    Obama calls for a “more inclusive” resolution, and John Kerry insists that “we firmly reject the unfounded and false claims by some in Egypt that the United States supports the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood or any specific Egyptian political party or movement.” Does it get any more scrambled than that?” (SNIP)

    HOW WOULD OUR FOREFATHERS JUDGE THE NSA LEADER? (Guest Voice)

    Jul 7, 2013 by Guest Voice

    “With the recent events of the National Security Agency’s leaks, our government is doing all in its power to obtain custody of Edward Snowden. It is without a doubt that I argue this is no longer only a controversy over this one individual. Not be overlooked is the effort our government is putting forth to set a precedent. A precedent that dissuades American’s from this type of behavior in the future.
    However, what would the founders of the United States say to these types of actions?
This is not as straight forward of a question as you might believe.
    (snip)

    However, if I had the opportunity to ask some of these free thinkers, I believe at least a few would look upon the NSA Leaker with somewhat cautious, but admirable respect. Keeping in mind that our country was founded on the basis that too much government is undesirable in a free society.” (SNIP)

    http://themoderatevoice.com/

    *******

    Oh, and just in case the country’s problems are not unsettling and scary enough, particularly on this Monday following a long holiday weekend (for some of us), the headline below will make you want to go back to bed. It was linked at The Moderate Voice from ivillage, and describes some pretty frightening teenage trends. OMG! I work with teens, including some who are pretty troubled, and I was unaware of a few of these tricks.

    It is scary to have or to be a teenager in the 21st century.

    ****

    Drinking Hand Sanitizer, Condom Snorting, Boob Tweets and Smoking Smarties: 31 Dangerous Teen Fads You Should Know About

    Do you know what your teen is doing with her friends? Read on to learn about 31 dangerous, even deadly, teen fads you need to know about (33 Photos)

    -iVillage on Apr 16, 2013 at 9:32AM
    http://www.ivillage.com/dangerous-teen-fads-you-should-know-about/6-b-141376?obref=obnetwork

  56. thank you FS.

    Drinking Hand Sanitizer, Condom Snorting, Boob Tweets and Smoking Smarties: 31 Dangerous Teen Fads You Should Know About

    OMG!!!! 😯

  57. Perry’s out…must be running in 2016 again properly.

    TX Gov Perry: “the time has come to pass on the mantle of leadership” — not running for reelection as Gov

  58. Police state….at it again…..

    Turkish LGBT groups are tweeting that police is in front of their headquarters near Taksim, telling people to come outside. Police are now trying to force its way into LGBT organization Lambda Istanbul’s offices in Beyoğlu.

    Meanwhile the EU and Obama sits silent……..

  59. Calling in the Big Pink medical team –

    Why would someone having seizures be classified as ‘critical’?

    —-

    Teresa Heinz Kerry, the wife of Secretary of State John Kerry, remained in Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston on Monday but was upgraded to “fair” condition, his spokesman said.

    A person in close contact with the family said Kerry was hospitalized Sunday after showing symptoms consistent with a seizure. The person was not authorized to speak publicly about her condition and spoke to the Associated Press on condition of anonymity.

    “She is undergoing further evaluation and Secretary of State John Kerry, her son, and other family members remain with Mrs. Heinz Kerry at the hospital in Boston, as they have been since she became ill,” Kerry spokesman Glen Johnson said in a statement.

    Johnson said Heinz Kerry’s condition was upgraded after tests were conducted overnight and Monday morning.

    http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2013/07/07/teresa-heinz-john-kerry-wife-hospitalized/2497247/

  60. MoonOnPluto, regarding Perry, your reaction is our reaction…2016.

    But at Breitbart they have this sentence: “The 63-year-old ruled out another try for the White House in 2016, but Perry’s decision not to run again for his current post likely clears the way for longtime Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott to make a serious run at the Republican gubernatorial nomination in the March primary.”

    Where did they get that Perry has “ruled out another try for the White House in 2016”?

  61. Yeah i can imagine Perry running a proper organized run in 2016 compared to the last minute rush in 2012….he may well end up the GOP conservative runner then i would imagine.

    They will use the 2 years from 14 to 16 to polish him up, train him like a robot and wipe the record.

  62. Another well deserved honor. As first lady of Arkansas, Hillary worked hard to improve education for the children of that state. And, of course, she has worked to improve the quality of lives for children throughout the country and the world for most of her adult life. It’s appropriate for her work to be honored in this way. Thanks for posting this Shadow.

  63. This was at Yahoo – the info about marijuana in Treyvon Martin’s system is admissible.

    Zimmerman jury can hear Martin had marijuana in system

    Reuters – 3 hrs ago

    SANFORD, Florida (Reuters) – A Florida judge ruled that defense lawyers can introduce evidence in the second-degree murder trial of George Zimmerman that Trayvon Martin had the active ingredient of marijuana in his system when he was shot dead.

    In a defeat for the prosecution, Seminole County Judge Debra Nelson said her reading of case law was that “to not allow that testimony would be reversible error.”
    Toxicology showed slight residue of THC in Martin’s system.

    Medical Examiner Shiping Bao initially reported the level was too slight to affect Martin, but Bao testified outside the jury’s hearing last week that his further research in preparation for the trial indicated the drug might have had a slight but unknown effect.
    (Reporting by Barbara Liston; Editing by Daniel Trotta)

  64. ABC news is reporting this:

    Teresa Heinz Kerry Condition Upgraded to ‘Fair’
    By DANA HUGHES and ABBY D. PHILLIP | ABC News – 6 hrs ago

    Doctors at Massachusetts General Hospital in Bostonupdated Teresa Heinz Kerry’s condition from “critical” to “fair” this morning, a family spokesman said.

    “She is undergoing further evaluation, and Secretary of State John Kerry, her son and other family members remain with Mrs. Heinz Kerry at the hospital in Boston, as they have been since she became ill,” said Glenn Johnson, the personal spokesman for Secretary of State John Kerry.

    Heinz Kerry experienced “seizure-like” symptoms when, accompanied by her husband, she was transferred from her home in Nantucket, Mass., to the hospital by ambulance Sunday, according to sources. “Once doctors had stabilized her condition, she was transferred to Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, again accompanied by the secretary,” said Johnson.

    Doctors have not said what her diagnosis is.(snip)

  65. Drinking Hand Sanitizer,

    Adults do it all the time. Worked on a detox unit.Alcohol…

    It has been confirmed that Teresa Heinz Kerry has a Dx of Post HorseFaceitis…

  66. Rafael Cruz ad libs his whole speech and talks sense while Obama reads nonsense off his teleprompter…

  67. What a mess this Obamacare is. Fitting that it is this adminstration’s “signature” achievement.

  68. Reader’s Digest version of this speech…more internet data mining. Who does he think he is bullshitting at this point?

  69. SITUATION EGYPT: What the MSM is not likely to report to you

    Barack Hussein Obama frowns on the Egyptian army’s alignment with Gulf regimes and Israel as well as the coming crackdown on his Muslim Brotherhood allies.

    DEBKA After US Secretary of State John Kerry was filmed vacationing on his yacht at the peak of the Egyptian crisis, President Barack Obama released this statement early Sunday, July 7: “The US is not aligned with and is not supporting any particular Egyptian political party or group and condemns “ongoing violence across Egypt.” Obama made these points in a telephone conference with the National Security Council from Camp David.

    To further rebut US media criticism, the administration reported that Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel had spoken three times with Egypt’s Defense Minister Abdel Fattah El-Sisi about the military coup which deposed Mohamed Morsi on July 3, to demand the expeditious reinstatement of civilian rule.

    Nothing was said about the general’s response. The military has along denied staging a coup, insisting it only stepped in to avert civil bloodshed and a provisional government would prepare the country for early elections.

    Both parties to this exchange were putting on an act. For President Obama, the Muslim Brothers’ ouster was and remains unacceptable. By denying support for any particular party or group, he was also saying he wants no truck with the generals who made it happen. It was also evident that Gen. El-Sisi rejected Hagel’s demand.

    Indeed, the army chief is determined not to let Washington interfere with his next moves, realizing that the Muslim Brotherhood’s president dismissal was but the first step in a process which must be followed up if it is not to implode in chaos.

    More @
    http://www.barenakedislam.com/2013/07/08/situation-egypt-what-the-msm-is-not-likely-to-report-to-you/

  70. It was later found that there had been no live footage of the assault by the navy seals on the bin Laden “compound”, so what are the people in the picture watching?

    US admiral ordered bin Laden death files purged from Pentagon

    Records about the US Navy Seals’ raid on Osama bin Laden’s hideout were ordered to be purged from Pentagon computers and sent to the CIA – where they could be more easily shielded from ever being made public.

    A draft report by the Pentagon’s inspector-general briefly described the secret move, which was directed by the top US special operations commander, Admiral William McRaven.

    The transfer did not set off alarms within the Obama administration even though it appears to have sidestepped rules governing federal records and circumvented the Freedom of Information Act.

    President Barack Obama has pledged to make his administration the most transparent in US history.

    The CIA said the documents were handled in a manner consistent with the fact that the operation was conducted under the CIA’s direction.

    http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/world-news/us-admiral-ordered-bin-laden-death-files-purged-from-pentagon-29403321.html

  71. Leanora
    July 9, 2013 at 5:39 am

    It was later found that there had been no live footage of the assault by the navy seals on the bin Laden “compound”, so what are the people in the picture watching?

    US admiral ordered bin Laden death files purged from Pentagon
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    I guess all those conspiracy theorists who were deemed “nuts” are starting to look more and more credible.

  72. “I believed in the nobility of our intentions to free oppressed people overseas. But over time, over the length of my career, as I watched the news and I increasingly was exposed to true information that had not been propagandized in the media, that we were actually involved in misleading the public, and misleading all publics, not just the American public, in order to create a certain mindset in the global consciousness”—-Ed Snowden (patriot)
    ——————————————-
    Isn’t that PRECISELY what we saw with big media in 2008?

    “propagandizing true information?”

    “misleading the public?” (we called it dumbing them down)

    “in order to create a certain global mindset” (messiah Obama)

    Yes, it does all fit together . . .

    PRISM

    BOUNDLESS INFORMANT

    HARP

    If you think I am kidding about Harp, go back to that interview with Bob Woodward, if you can find it. I couldn’t although I posted it here a couple weeks ago.

    In my opinion, there is nothing legitimate, nothing even real about Obama. He is a cut out. And our reaction to him, which was not unlike the public euphoria over Hitler, was most likely induced by nefarious means such as this.

    And if the theory is at all accurate, then it is impossible to talk anymore about the cycles of history, and American politics, as Schlessinger did (between dry Bombay martinis, and the pretense of Harvard insight). Its animal farm.

    Thus far, the blood curdling screams of treason by big media supporters of Obama against Snowden, and the jouralist he is working with has been explained in terms of a not invented here syndrome, meaning that they are being upstaged by a journalist who is not a member in good standing of THEIR club.

    I am sure there is some truth to that, knowing how much celebrity counts in their circles, and trumps legitimate reporting at every turn.

    But if Snowden is right, and I rather suspect that he is, then their ultimate motive is to protect themselves, from the revelation that they have degenerated into co-conspirators with government against the American People.

    Roughly speaking, the public gets 55% of its news from television, 23% from the internet, 9% from newspapers, which is why the latter are going the way of the buggy whip. My hometown newspaper, the Seattle Times, is unfit for toilet paper.

    Print media is on the way out. Part of it is technological. But in most cases, they did it to themselves. Broadcast media will die too, but it will take longer. Why? Because big media is the mouthpiece of the elites, and its narrative is no longer relevant to the people outside the beltway. This will be increasingly apparent as time goes on.

    The insularity and self love was manifested to me, upon meeting Evan Westin, former president of ABC News. He came to town to promote his new book, which was a people magazine type account of the thrilling lives that people in Big Media lead, which was thrilling perhaps to them, but not to the rest of us.

    Evan’s remarks were larded with stories about how Barbara Walters scooped an interview with Castro, and I thought to myself other than Evan, Babawawa and the journalist she scooped, who gives a fuck? But that was the kind of crap he was promoting, believing all the while that there is a market for that tripe. The live in a bubble.

  73. Leanora
    July 8, 2013 at 4:39 am

    We all knew that the whole reason to push obamacare through the way they did was to take the first step to single payer, govt. controlled healthcare.
    &&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&

    Actually, “HillaryCare” would have likely been some form of single-payer government run / backed healthcare plan.

    “Obamacare” was a loophole-ridden white elephant written by the healthcare and pharmaceutical industries. Obama put pretty packaging on it by saying it would (allegedly) “help insure 30 million people who currently don’t have insurance”. But we’d very quickly find out that just about every purported benefit in the bill was another mirage.

    So I don’t think this was a first step toward “the real deal”, I think Obama wanted to boost his ego by “again making history” (translation: “No other president before me could get this done…”), and having something to crow about going into his re-election cycle.

    Now he’s just running away from it.

  74. Kill the bill 🙂

    There is no case for the bill, and certainly no urgency to pass it. During the debate over immigration in 2006–07, Republican rhetoric at times had a flavor that communicated a hostility to immigrants as such. That was a mistake, and it did political damage. This time has been different. The case against the bill has been as responsible as it has been damning.

    It’s become clear that you can be pro-immigrant and pro-immigration, and even favor legalization of the 11 million illegal immigrants who are here and increases in some categories of legal immigration—and vigorously

    http://www.weeklystandard.com/blogs/kill-bill_738781.html?page=1

  75. The President of the United States has two roles: first, and foremost, to be the chief executive of the nation. Second, to be the head of the party.

    The role of chief executive requires that the incumbent govern in such a way as to promote the general welfare. The role of head of the party means that the president must advance the interests of his party.

    A great president is one who rises above politics and pursues policies and actions which promote the general welfare. The general welfare is defined as the welfare of the nation as a whole, and the promotion of special interests only to the extent that their demands are consistent with the general welfare narrowly construed.

    A failed president is one who sinks to a level where he promotes special interests and ignores the general welfare, either because he cannot discern where it lies, or because he is indifferent to the fate of the people of the nation. Obama is a paradigmatic example of the latter.

  76. “propagandizing true information”
    ———————————————
    …and that continues within the snail mail domain of former Tea Party candidates: Jim Ryun’s Madison Project equates Cruz/Lee conservatism with Rubio/Toomey’s. Rubio has another envelope out: President Obama doesn’t want you to open this letter. But I do!

    Letter inside says his RubioVictory fund has assisted Ayotte in overcoming backlash concerning her “principled 2nd amdmt stance”.[Or was it immigration?????]
    Lying thieves of nations.

  77. foxyladi14
    July 9, 2013 at 11:06 am
    ———————–
    A couple weeks ago, foxy, I contacted the offices of Senate Republicans in an effort to dissuade them from supporting the Chuck Schumer bill, supported by Rubio, McCain, Flake and Graham.

    In most cases, the responses were pro forma. Tom Coburn’s office was the only one I spoke with who agreed with my concerns and indicated that he would vote against the bill, which he subsequently did.

    Today, he published an article on line, which exposed the deep flaw in the RINO line of thinking on immigration, which was predicated on a Rove induced fear that inasmuch as Romney did poorly with Hispanics, if the Republican Party did not bend over for the Democrats on the issue, then the Republican Party would be history.

    Coburn’s rebuttal to that argument is on point, and devastating:

    “You don’t solve a messaging or political problem with bad legislation. You solve it with good policy that honors our values, respects the rule of law, and improves people’s lives.”

    http://www.nationalreview.com/article/352918/how-house-can-get-immigration-reform-right-tom-coburn

    For political reasons, nothing will happen until after the 2014 election. But after that, Coburn’s comments indicate the proper path forward on the issue.

  78. Jim Ryun’s Madison Project
    —————-
    I am surprised to hear that about the Madison Project. One of their more prominent writers has been critical of Rubio, as I seem to recall. It may well be that this is simply a RINO front organization.

  79. wbboei
    July 9, 2013 at 9:30 am


    That’s a good interview and anyone that harps on Snowden’s not finishing high school and thinks he is just a dumb geek – is kidding themselves.

    This kid is intelligent, believed in the ideal America and it took him less time to do what he could to make American gov. come clean…than anyone in our Congress or Administration have even tried to do.

    Who’s the responsible one here?

    Who really cares that America is the land of the free and home of the brave?

    Snowden is a hero in my book, no doubt about it.

    We could all hope that he came to this conclusion before the 2012 election…but how many of us would give up our family, friends and career to go into hiding from the CIA, FBI, and entire US government to do what he did if we had his background???

    Most of us are not young adults like Snowden, we have more experience and history…and yet, would any of us walk the plank like Snowden did?

    I don’t see any hands raised, yes, we might try a more covert way of exposing the same truth…but it would not be out there, in your face where the public would see as openly as we have seen it. MSM still tries to keep it under the rug.

  80. wbboei
    July 9, 2013 at 11:11 am

    The President of the United States has two roles:

    &&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&

    The current Resident at 1600 (ROTUS) has two roles: enrich himself, seek ego glorification.

  81. Shadowfax
    July 9, 2013 at 12:45 pm

    I agree. Snowden is a great human being. It takes enormous courage to do what he did.

  82. rgb44hrc July 9, 2013 at 10:26 am

    Actually, “HillaryCare” would have likely been some form of single-payer government run / backed healthcare plan.

    Yes, it would have been close to single-payer after a few years or maybe a decade, because it had the public option.

    The public option would keep the insurers’ noses clean by forcing them to operate with low overhead like the government systems Medicare and Medicaid. Such an option would attract a lot of customers and clamp down on the profits insurers could take out of their clientele, which would no longer be captive.

    The result would be that the 1600 medical insurers currently operating in the US would, by merger and/or outright bankruptcy, be whittled down to maybe a half-dozen specialized systems, thus approaching single-payer.

  83. jeswezey
    July 9, 2013 at 1:25 pm

    Yes, it would have been close to single-payer after a few years or maybe a decade, because it had the public option.

    The public option would keep the insurers’ noses clean by forcing them to operate with low overhead like the government systems Medicare and Medicaid. Such an option would attract a lot of customers and clamp down on the profits insurers could take out of their clientele, which would no longer be captive.

    Perfect analysis, jeswezey. One of the papers we were given as an assignment while I was pusuing my MPH was to write a template for how an industrial nation could move towards single payer. My paper mirrored Hillary’s plan. In a country like this where single payer is probably not a good idea, cost controls as well as access for 90%+ can be achieved by providing an option for the public that is NOT profit driven, i.e. a govt. backed insurance package. The caveat to this is the mandate. By mandating that everyone participates, private insurers would be forced to streamline their costs based on the actions taken by the govt. run insurance in the free market. This would include increased access and decreased underwriting. All these hallmarks were in Hillary’s plan. All these hallmarks were co-opted by bumbles campaign, with no attention paid to the details. All he said was that the two plans were similar except for the mandate.

    The thing he didn’t mention (and the thing the MSM buried under a pile of their own spit) was that there was no long term plan to cost reduction. See, Hillary’s plan had two steps. The first step was to get as many people (everybody, really) access to affordable care. This was to be followed by a long term plan to reduce the cost of healthcare by significantly reducing chronic illness. This can be done by incentivising doctors to promote good healthcare among their patients. Extra money for patients that stay healthy, pushes toward more preventative care, use of cheaper healthcare providers like PAs and nurse practioners, etc. Also by rebating in the tax (or premium) code, healthy behaviors. A flat rate can be charged across the board with incentives for people to STOP smoking, to exercise, for seeing the doctor as little as possible (necessary and emergency cases being exempt). By reducing the chronic care needs of the country, the overall cost of care would go down.

    What we got was a hodgepodge of crap from an Asshat.

    Good eye, jes!

    Hillary 2016

  84. …if you want a headache…take a look a the chart the O admin has envisioned as the path to get us all to our “healthcare”…

    http://www.nationaljournal.com/domesticpolicy/white-house-has-known-for-months-obamacare-implementation-wouldn-t-work-20130709

    snip

    To get a sense of what the Obama administration is up against, take a look at this chart, provided by Dan Schuyler at Leavitt Partners, a consultancy helping states build exchanges. (Bear in mind, this chart is supposed to simplify and explain.)

    see link…

  85. oh…and forgot to add that at this writing, the O admin is saying they won’t be able to even “verify” info so everyone is on the “honor system”

    …sure that gives us alot of confidence, especially with the IRS and other agencies ripe with fraud thrown in…

  86. “The public option would keep the insurers’ noses clean by forcing them to operate with low overhead….”
    *******
    The “public option”, that according to Biden was never really on the table, was a fraud with-in a fraud. The so called public option that the progs supported and blame the “Blue Dogs” for defeating would have enrolled a max of 10 million people, not enough to affect the market. The original “public option” that was never even mentioned in the phoney health care debate was based on open enrollment and potentially had 130 million people enrolled and would have required real competition.

  87. Is anyone else concerned about the GZ out come?

    Twitter is already full of people threatening to kill white people if Zimmerman walks. 😯

  88. wbboei
    July 9, 2013 at 11:47 am
    Jim Ryun’s Madison Project
    —————-
    I am surprised to hear that
    &&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&
    I’m guessing that most Tea Party derelictions became obvious rather late for them to find other candidates or perhaps even to change their stationery, so they decided to run with what they had. Or in the case of candidates themselves, Rubio and Toomey, they think they can pull the charade off. That is my fear because it is entirely possible.

    I don’t know that any here had time to notice, but Toomey recently re-raised the gun issue.

  89. Obama’s refusal to enforce the employer mandate at this time, regardless of his reasoning, is unconstitutional. The power to postpone until after the election is, effectively, the power to cancel, just as the power to tax is the power to destroy.
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    Michael McConnell: Obama Suspends the Law
    Like King James II, the president decides not to enforce laws he doesn’t like. That’s an abuse of power.

    By MICHAEL W. MCCONNELL

    President Obama’s decision last week to suspend the employer mandate of the Affordable Care Act may be welcome relief to businesses affected by this provision, but it raises grave concerns about his understanding of the role of the executive in our system of government.

    Article II, Section 3, of the Constitution states that the president “shall take Care that the Laws be faithfully executed.” This is a duty, not a discretionary power. While the president does have substantial discretion about how to enforce a law, he has no discretion about whether to do so.

    This matter—the limits of executive power—has deep historical roots. During the period of royal absolutism, English monarchs asserted a right to dispense with parliamentary statutes they disliked. King James II’s use of the prerogative was a key grievance that lead to the Glorious Revolution of 1688. The very first provision of the English Bill of Rights of 1689—the most important precursor to the U.S. Constitution—declared that “the pretended power of suspending of laws, or the execution of laws, by regal authority, without consent of parliament, is illegal.”

    To make sure that American presidents could not resurrect a similar prerogative, the Framers of the Constitution made the faithful enforcement of the law a constitutional duty.

    The Justice Department’s Office of Legal Counsel, which advises the president on legal and constitutional issues, has repeatedly opined that the president may decline to enforce laws he believes are unconstitutional. But these opinions have always insisted that the president has no authority, as one such memo put it in 1990, to “refuse to enforce a statute he opposes for policy reasons.”

    Attorneys general under Presidents Carter, Reagan, both Bushes and Clinton all agreed on this point. With the exception of Richard Nixon, whose refusals to spend money appropriated by Congress were struck down by the courts, no prior president has claimed the power to negate a law that is concededly constitutional.

    In 1998, the Supreme Court struck down a congressional grant of line-item veto authority to the president to cancel spending items in appropriations. The reason? The only constitutional power the president has to suspend or repeal statutes is to veto a bill or propose new legislation. Writing for the court in Clinton v. City of New York, Justice John Paul Stevens noted: “There is no provision in the Constitution that authorizes the president to enact, to amend, or to repeal statutes.”

    The employer mandate in the Affordable Care Act contains no provision allowing the president to suspend, delay or repeal it. Section 1513(d) states in no uncertain terms that “The amendments made by this section shall apply to months beginning after December 31, 2013.” Imagine the outcry if Mitt Romney had been elected president and simply refused to enforce the whole of ObamaCare.

    This is not the first time Mr. Obama has suspended the operation of statutes by executive decree, but it is the most barefaced. In June of last year, for example, the administration stopped initiating deportation proceedings against some 800,000 illegal immigrants who came to the U.S. before age 16, lived here at least five years, and met a variety of other criteria. This was after Congress refused to enact the Dream Act, which would have allowed these individuals to stay in accordance with these conditions. Earlier in 2012, the president effectively replaced congressional requirements governing state compliance under the No Child Left Behind Act with new ones crafted by his administration.

    The president defended his suspension of the immigration laws as an exercise of prosecutorial discretion. He defended his amending of No Child Left Behind as an exercise of authority in the statute to waive certain requirements. The administration has yet to offer a legal justification for last week’s suspension of the employer mandate.

    Republican opponents of ObamaCare might say that the suspension of the employer mandate is such good policy that there’s no need to worry about constitutionality. But if the president can dispense with laws, and parts of laws, when he disagrees with them, the implications for constitutional government are dire.

    Democrats too may acquiesce in Mr. Obama’s action, as they have his other aggressive assertions of executive power. Yet what will they say when a Republican president decides that the tax rate on capital gains is a drag on economic growth and instructs the IRS not to enforce it?

    And what of immigration reform? Why bother debating the details of a compromise if future presidents will feel free to disregard those parts of the statute that they don’t like?

    The courts cannot be counted on to intervene in cases like this. As the Supreme Court recently held in Hollingsworth v. Perry, the same-sex marriage case involving California’s Proposition 8, private citizens do not have standing in court to challenge the executive’s refusal to enforce laws, unless they have a personal stake in the matter. If a president declines to enforce tax laws, immigration laws, or restrictions on spending—to name a few plausible examples—it is very likely that no one will have standing to sue.

    Of all the stretches of executive power Americans have seen in the past few years, the president’s unilateral suspension of statutes may have the most disturbing long-term effects. As the Supreme Court said long ago (Kendall v. United States, 1838), allowing the president to refuse to enforce statutes passed by Congress “would be clothing the president with a power to control the legislation of congress, and paralyze the administration of justice.”

    Mr. McConnell, a former judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit, is a professor of law and director of the Constitutional Law Center at Stanford Law School and a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution.

  90. Here is what really frosts the collective asses of big media about Greenwald and his newspaper. He is reporting stories that people want to hear, whereas they are not, because they are slaves of corporate plantation–plus they are mind numbingly boring people devoid of imagination or independent judgment, plus he is an honest man of the left whereas they are poseurs whose commitment to anything begins and ends with their own bank account.
    ————————————————————–

    NSA Story Boosts Guardian’s Traffic; Catches up to New York Times

    by John Nolte 9 Jul 2013

    Earlier today I wrote a response to those media critics claiming that CNN’s move into tabloid TV is merely an act of giving the American people what they want. In that article, I point out that CNN gaining under a million viewers in a country of over 300 million is hardly proof that the cable network is giving the American people what they want. The Guardian, however, is giving a lot more Americans what they want: real reporting. A huge spike in traffic is proof of that.

    According to just-released traffic stats, The Guardian’s ongoing reporting surrounding NSA leaker Edward Snowden and President Obama’s wildly hypocritical surveillance state has not only boosted the British paper’s traffic to where the publication now rivals The New York Times, but in a single day The Guardian earned a record 7 million unique visitors. In the U.S., The Guardian’s traffic leapt 41% through desktop computers and 66% from mobile users.

    The Guardian is currently enjoying a huge boost in U.S. traffic for the same reasons Fox News regularly crushes its cable news competitors: people are hungry for legitimate reporting, especially as it pertains to those in power. In other words, people are interested in the kind of journalism the mainstream media now refuse to do.

    Currently, and unfortunately, there is a Narrative Plantation within 95% of the media, which, by accident or design, ensures that most every news outlet in America reports on the exact same stories in the exact same way. Moreover, there is almost always a strong left-wing bias in this reporting that consistently results in media protecting government (and those who enlarge it, like Obama and Democrats) as opposed to the kind of reporting that exposes government excess and corruption. So…

    Simply for the sake of variety, people tune to Fox News (and the Internet). But they also tune in to alternative media because they want to know what is happening outside of what Chuck Todd, Scott Pelley, Brian Williams, David Gregory, and Diane Sawyer are telling them.

    Now that the left-wing Guardian has bolted from the Narrative Plantation and engaged in some legitimate reporting, they too are benefiting from a huge increase in customers. Even some Democrats are hungry for this kind of reporting. How else to explain Fox News winning more Democrat viewers than its cable competitors?

    The mainstream media blame their slow-motion demise on many things, but the success of Fox News and The Guardian can be a template for their return. Unfortunately, the media proved long ago that they prefer a slow suicide over doing their duty.

  91. Great news: White House knew all along ObamaCare implementation impossible
    posted at 9:21 am on July 9, 2013 by Ed Morrissey

    Surprised by the recent waivers from the Obama administration on the Affordable Care Act? Get ready for more, writes Margot Sanger-Katz at National Journal, because the employer mandate is far from the only piece of ObamaCare that’s not ready for prime time. In fact, it might be easier to select the few components that might be ready for the implementation target date than to number those that won’t:

    http://hotair.com/archives/2013/07/09/great-news-white-house-knew-all-along-obamacare-implementation-impossible/

  92. The Guardian, however, is giving a lot more Americans what they want: real reporting. A huge spike in traffic is proof of that.

    —–
    Yuppers, how sad we have to get real news about our country from outside sources because our media is in the corporate pocket.

    A$$wipes

  93. The AKP at this hour are making proposals which would abolish the Chamber of Turkish Engineers and Architects (TMMOB)…notice these are unions which striked in favour of the protestors.

    After objecting to Gezi…The AKP have just now passed a law removing chamber of architects ability to object to urban projects anymore. The ruling party in Turkey is targeting those it sees as ‘enemies’ through overnight court decisions. That is a highly suspicious move at the heels of TMMOB’s objections to Gezi redevelopment. This is Putin-esque. Zoning & development projects won’t go through chambers of architects & city planners approval anymore. They can build and destroy anything they like now.

  94. So where’s all the news about Benghazi, Govt spying, F&F and all the other big issues…

    MSM are asleep at the wheel….again?

  95. Teresa Heinz Kerry, who was hospitalized Sunday after suffering seizure-like symptoms, is in fair condition and improving, a spokesman for her husband, Secretary of State John Kerry, said Tuesday.

    Her condition was upgraded from serious to fair on Monday.

    Doctors have ruled out several possible triggers for the seizure-like symptoms including heart attack, stroke, or a brain tumor, spokesman Glen Johnson said in a statement.

  96. Linchpin for Obama’s plan to predict future leakers unproven, isn’t likely to work, experts say

    WASHINGTON ­ In an initiative aimed at rooting out future leakers and other security violators, President Barack Obama has ordered federal employees to report suspicious actions of their colleagues based on behavioral profiling techniques that are not scientifically proven to work, according to experts and government documents.

    The techniques are a key pillar of the Insider Threat Program, an unprecedented government-wide crackdown under which millions of federal bureaucrats and contractors must watch out for “high-risk persons or behaviors” among co-workers. Those who fail to report them could face penalties, including criminal charges.

    Obama mandated the program in an October 2011 executive order after Army Pfc. Bradley Manning downloaded hundreds of thousands of documents from a classified computer network and gave them to WikiLeaks, the anti-government secrecy group. The order covers virtually every federal department and agency, including the Peace Corps, the Department of Education and others not directly involved in national security.

    Read more here: http://www.mcclatchydc.com/2013/07/09/196211/linchpin-for-obamas-plan-to-predict.html#.UdyyG9h2N0Q#storylink=cpy

  97. It is getting to the point where mainstream media has more to hide and less to talk about concerning the current and future political matters. And the political class as a whole, including Bush’s brain has totally misread the mood of the country, and the wisdom of giving messiah obama the blank check created by the notorious gang of eight.
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    Poll: Hispanics Want Border Security, Interior Enforcement Before Amnesty
    Matthew Boyle @ Breitbart

    A new poll shows that a majority of registered Hispanic voters believe any immigration legislation that becomes law should deal with border security and interior immigration law enforcement before legalization of America’s at least 11 million illegal aliens begins.

    “Among all Hispanics, six in ten, 60%, support granting legal status to those already here only when the 90% goal is reached; 32% oppose,” GOP pollster John McLaughlin’s group said in a release. “Among Hispanic voters, 60% support, 34% oppose.”

    The “90% goal” McLaughlin’s group is referencing is the target of ending 90 percent of current illegal immigration through border security and interior enforcement.

    The McLaughlin poll also found that Hispanics oppose giving illegal aliens access to federal benefits, including Obamacare, “while they are going through the legalization process and before the 90% goal is reached” at a 56 to 40 percent margin. The registered Hispanic voters polled also considered “immigration reform” the lowest priority of four issues when asked whether immigration, the economy, education, or health care is most important to them.

    The National Review’s Andrew Stiles noted too that the McLaughlin poll found, “Generally speaking, registered Hispanic voters were far more likely to support tougher security and enforcement measures than non-registered voters. For example, 64 percent of registered voters said they supported employment verification to determine if job applicants are lawful residents, compared with just 46 percent of non-registered voters.”

    “Additionally, 55 percent of registered voters backed increased border-security measures (fencing, drones, police, etc.), compared with 45 percent of non-registered voters,” Stiles wrote.

  98. Judge Katherine B Forest federal judge, southern district of New York is impressive. She strikes me as someone with sound legal judgment, respect for the Constitution, and the courage to rule accordingly. Look at her bio, and read what Truth dig says about her and you will understand what I mean This is the kind of judge we need on the Supreme Court–one who understands the constitution. That would be novel. In the age of Obama, the Patriot Act, and Justice John Roberts, the qualities she has are critically important. (Note: her injunction was subsequently set aside by the Second Circuit, and he actions were criticized by a Martin Borman sort of security nut at WSJ, but she ruled the right way, twice.)
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    Bio: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Katherine_B._Forrest

    Truthdigger of the Week: U.S. District Judge Katherine Forrest
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    By Alexander Reed Kelly

    U.S. District Judge Katherine Forrest did the right thing for the second time in four months when she permanently affirmed an earlier ruling that blocked a statute giving the government detention powers that could put journalists and activists behind bars.

    “First Amendment rights are guaranteed by the Constitution and cannot be legislated away,” Forrest wrote in her ruling. “This Court rejects the Government’s suggestion that American citizens can be placed in military detention indefinitely, for acts they could not predict might subject them to detention.”

    Forrest ruled in favor of a group of journalists, scholars and political activists, including Truthdig columnist Chris Hedges, who argued that the National Defense Authorization Act passed in the final minutes of 2011 could be used to indefinitely imprison anyone suspected by the government of having “substantially supported” terrorists or “associated forces.”

  99. Turns out the background info for this headline is as interesting as the main story.

    Fort Hood amps up security as murder trial nears
    By ANGELA K. BROWN, Associated Press | July 8, 2013 |
    “…Killeen..2011…Pfc. Naser Jason Abdo was arrested …authorities found pressure cookers and other bomb-making components…Abdo, who became a Muslim at 17, said he planned to blow up a restaurant full of Fort Hood troops — his religious mission to get “justice” for the people of Iraq and Afghanistan… http://www.chron.com/news/texas/article/Fort-Hood-amps-up-security-as-murder-trial-nears-4652807.php

  100. Democrats turn over California to non-citizens

    The People’s Republic of California – The People’s State Senate on Monday approved legislation that would allow immigrants who are not U.S. citizens to “assist” American citizen voters in properly casting their ballots.

    I can see it now. Tens of thousands of “non-citizens” (translation – citizens of foreign nations) will be combing the nursing homes, retirement communities and low income areas to help voters “correctly” fill out millions of absentee ballots.

    America is truly fucked. Our own politicians have sold out American citizens to foreigners.

    http://thefederalist-gary.blogspot.com/2013/07/democrats-to-let-non-citizens-help-you.html

  101. Admin: as you predicted:

    RIP: Politico Concedes Immigration Reform Will Die in House

    by Tony Lee 9 Jul 2013

    Immigration reform will wither and die slowly in the House. So says Politico, the paper that keeps score for the company town that is Washington, D.C.

    As Republican House Members get ready to meet on Wednesday to discuss immigration issues, Politico reporters Mike Allen and Jim Vandehei reported that “Republicans on Capitol Hill now predict comprehensive immigration reform will die a slow, months-long death in the House.” They write that passing a pathway to citizenship now “looks like a pipe-dream.”

    According to Politico, House Republicans are not likely to support “comprehensive immigration reform” because they represent districts with few Hispanic voters, do not believe such a bill will be an electoral panacea in getting the Hispanic vote, and think “they will look like fools” if they trust President Barack Obama—who recently decided to delay implementation of his signature Obamacare legislation—to enforce tough border security measures conservatives will demand in any bill.

    Rep. Tom Cotton (R-AK) told the publication that his constituents have warned him to stay “clear of anything remotely resembling the Senate-passed bill,” and they fear “a Trojan horse in a conference committee for a package that puts legalization first and enforcement later.”

    Republicans are reportedly seeing “momentum swinging decidedly against getting a deal this Congress,” while “private GOP head-counts show only a small fraction of House Republicans” would even vote for a bill.

    Lawmakers like Rep. Steve King (R-IA) have argued that the Senate’s immigration bill, as the Congressional Budget Office estimated, would lower wages for working class Americans and raise the unemployment rate while benefiting “elites who want cheap labor, Democratic power brokers, and those who hire illegal labor.”

    A Center for Immigration Studies report recently found that all of the net gains in employment over the last 13 years went to foreign-born workers. Conservative leaders like former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, Sen. Jeff Sessions, Rush Limbaugh, and Michelle Malkin have insisted that the Senate’s immigration bill would make things worse, devastating working class Americans of all races, ages, and education levels while doing nothing about border security.

    Politico, the purveyor of Washington’s conventional wisdom, could not conceive months ago that there would be fierce opposition among Republicans to “comprehensive immigration reform.” And on Tuesday, two prominent center-right publications—National Review and The Weekly Standard— wrote a joint editorial going all-in against the bill.

    Even when acknowledging that immigration reform is likely to fail, though, Politico still revisits some of the D.C. talking points in favor of the bill.

    Politico asserts that Republicans are “hell-bent” on worsening their “problems” with the Hispanics by not passing a sweeping immigration reform bill. They write that this is driving “the Rubio and Roves of the world nuts,” and “a large number of establishment Republicans think their party will seal defeat in 2016 if it cannot move beyond this issue.” Yet, they also write that even if Republicans “listen to Rubio and Paul Ryan” and “ultimately agree to something Democrats could live with,” Republicans will not get credit from Hispanics.

    Republicans who have championed immigration reform, though, have indeed have not been getting credit from Hispanics. For instance, Rubio’s poll numbers among Hispanics have plummeted.

    Allen and Vandehei quoted a “GOP leadership aide” in the Senate who explained to them why the immigration bill, contrary to what most of the D.C. political class think, will not instantaneously turn Hispanics into Republicans. The aide said just like George W. Bush’s prescription drug benefit, which conservatives hated, did not “fundamentally alter the way seniors” related to Republicans, the immigration bill will not get Hispanics to magically vote for Republicans.

    “The only way you get that is with the candidate, like Ronald Reagan with blue-collar voters,” the aide argued.

  102. Illinois Combine pol, Dick Durbin, known affectionately to his friends, and no quite so affectionately by the rest of us as “Little Dick”, is pushing a media shield law which is intended to preserve the protections of the First Amendment, for big media insiders only. Bloggers, and those who do not draw a paycheck from the big media Goliath are unprotected. What Little Dick wants, is, therefore, obvious.

    The First Amendment language of the First Amendment is clear on its face. Jefferson’s intent was obvious, i.e. to protect the patriot in the basement with the printing press, as opposed to the multinational news organization domiciled in a Manhattan Tower near 57th Street. Consequently, I have no doubt that a jurist of the caliber of Katherine B. Forrest (see above) would find in favor of the blogger as well IF the issue came before her. Unfortunately, perhaps even tragically, there are those above her at the Second Circuit, as well as that trembling tower of tapioca Chief Justice Roberts who would find the sophistry needed to look the other way.
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    Would Durbin consider Paine a journalist? Of course not; he’d consider him an enemy of the state. (snip)

    What Durbin wants is what Little Dick already knows and — back home in Chicago and at the national level in Washington — already has: sycophants, toadies, bum-smoochers and throne-sniffers. And what he doesn’t want is anything that upsets the Jake Lingle-run applecart that keeps NBC and its satellites firmly in the orbit of the Chicago politicians who pay their salaries. Durbin may be using the words “journalist” and “journalism,” but what he means is Establishment Journalism, which oddly enough is populated by the same kinds of people who currently populate government. They’ve all gone to the same schools and today live in the same neighborhoods, and they easily move back and forth between “journalism” and government service, as if they were the same thing. Which to them, they are.

    And which does not affect their coverage at all. Not even a little bit.

    http://pjmedia.com/michaelwalsh/

  103. Isn’t this a violation of the 13th Amendment which bans buying and selling of individuals?

    California set to legalize buying/selling human eggs and embryos

    Back when Proposition 71 was being pitched–which created the California Institute For Regenerative Medicine–opponents warned that making human cloning a state constitutional right would result in the exploitation of poor women for their eggs–needed in every attempt at SCNT cloning. Responding, supporters promised to prohibit egg buying as an expedient to pass the measure.

    Now, it’s promise breaking time! Human cloning has been done and would-be cloners want eggs.

    Enter AB 926, which will legalize egg selling for biotech research–as well as purchase and sale of human embryos, e.g., nascent human trafficking. The bill was passed overwhelmingly in the radical left wing California legislature, and now sits on Gov. Jerry–the last adult state-wide office holder in California–Brown’s desk.

    http://www.lifesitenews.com/blog/california-set-to-legalize-buying-selling-human-eggs-and-embryos?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+LifesitenewscomLatestHeadlines+%28LifeSiteNews.com+Latest+Headlines%29

  104. foxyladi14
    July 10, 2013 at 11:57 am
    Unbelievable!!!!

    It is indeed unbelievable. The canvasser signs in about a half-dozen people before he comes to someone with a brain.

    I love these candid camera type sessions, it shows how stupid most of us are.

  105. Newly Released Documents Detail the Department of Justice’s Role in Organizing Trayvon Martin Protests

    Judicial Watch announced today that it has obtained documents proving that the Department of Justice played a major behind-the-scenes role in organizing protests against George Zimmerman. Zimmerman is on trial for second-degree murder in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin in February 2012.

    Judicial Watch filed a Freedom of Information Act request with the DOJ on April 24, 2012. According to the documents JW received, a little-known DOJ unit called the Community Relations Service deployed to Sanford, FL, to organize and manage rallies against Zimmerman.

    Among JW’s findings:
    http://pjmedia.com/tatler/2013/07/10/newly-released-documents-detail-the-department-of-justices-role-in-organizing-trayvon-martin-protests/

  106. THE RIGHT SCOOP: It’s been revealed tonight that the Obama administration started an ‘insider threat program‘ in 2011 after Bradley Manning gave classified information to Wikileaks. It’s basically a program to get federal employees to spy on each other and report back any ‘suspicious activity’ and it even has its own offices. And it all began with an executive order by Obama himself. See the link above for more information about it.

    Mark Levin finds this program extremely concerning, so much so that he spent his entire 3rd hour discussing it. He said this president clearly has a police-state, totalitarian mindset and that federal employees and contractors should be furious about this program. He says it’s way over the line, calling it ‘absolutely nuts’ and says no one should be defending this program. If they do, they aren’t conservative

    Read more: http://nation.foxnews.com/2013/07/10/levin-unloads-obama-forming-totalitarian-police-state#ixzz2YfdtBWX7

  107. foxyladi14
    July 10, 2013 at 11:19 am
    Shocking :rol:
    ***********

    That judge is extremely hostile to Zimmerman

  108. Documents published online Wednesday by a conservative watchdog group show that the Community Relations Service, an arm of the U.S. Justice Department, spent taxpayer dollars to help organize and implement plans for the initial string of rallies in Sanford, Florida following the 2012 shooting death of Trayvon Martin.

    The protests were openly hostile to George Zimmerman, the volunteer neighborhood watch organizer who killed Martin, 17, after a struggle. Zimmerman is currently on trial in a Florida courtroom, charged with second-degree murder.

    Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2359517/Documents-Little-known-Justice-Department-unit-provided-support-protest-deployment-Florida-initial-Trayvon-Martin-unrest.html#ixzz2Yg4Fbdi3
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  109. Evening all! With the stench that sits in the circles of power, let’s take a moment to recognize and applaud our military’s ever advancing capabilities. We are still the number one target for all of the world’s idiot nations and staying ahead of all of them requires forward thinking by really smart people. Had Hitler not stifled his scientists during WWII, we might all be speaking German right now. That lesson was not lost on this country, and we continue to lead the world in military technology (and this is coming from a pretty liberal-leaning, peace-loving citizen). The linked accomplishment will be celebrated as a giant leap forward by militaries all over the world and SHOULD strike fear (much needed fear) in our enemies pantalons.

    Kudos!!

    Hillary 2016

    http://news.yahoo.com/navy-completes-1st-unmanned-carrier-landing-200130982.html

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