Obama Border Treacheries In America And Israel

Want to know how utterly dead “comprehensive immigration reform” is? Back when everyone was so sure it was sure to pass, we declared “comprehensive immigration reform” dead and we have been proven right. The ultimate proof of the death and burial of “comprehensive immigration reform” is the arrival of the tombstone, courtesy of Scott Brown.

Scott Brown became the senator from Massachusetts when he took on the Kennedy arrogance of power and used as his tool the fight against ObamaCare. Scott won his race because of ObamaCare.

Despite the current polls, Scott Brown has a very good chance to become the next senator from New Hampshire not only due to the American revulsion with ObamaCare but because of a new tool in his tool belt. That new tool is the American revulsion with Obama lies and treachery regarding the southern border of America.



Scott Brown is a Northeast liberal Republican of the type that ordinarily would support the euphemism for amnesty, “comprehensive immigration reform”. That Brown is buying hundreds of thousands of dollars to air this type of ad tells you exactly how dead “comprehensive immigration reform” is.

Expect Scott Brown’s poll numbers to stiffen once he gets the nomination of his party. Expect also his attacks on Obama/Shaheen and their immigration treacheries to harden. It won’t be long until Scott Brown leads his party with attacks reminding the American voters that for many years Obama stated that he could not legally do what Obama treacherously intends to do after his next weeks long vacation this August. The polling on immigration has come back to bite the no-borders crowd led by treacherous Barack Obama. Today 81% of the public is alarmed by what is happening and 77% want the illegal aliens sent back.

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Obama treachery regarding Israel’s borders is still awaiting a champion to challenge Obama/Kerry during this election season.

Obama treachery on Israel and its borders is as clear as the ugly mole on his face:

A few hours before the press conference began, the Israeli security cabinet ministers unanimously rejected Kerry’s cease-fire plan draft. Kerry, as is his wont, seemed and sounded as if he came from a parallel universe. He claimed to have never presented Israel with a formal offer for a cease-fire, slammed the Israeli media’s “mischievous reports” and promised that Netanyahu’s office will issue a clarification.

As if that wasn’t enough, Kerry claimed he made significant progress in the cease-fire talks and said, deadpan, that the disagreements with Israel are purely on matters of terminology. Reality, of course, was completely different. If anything happened on Friday it was another deep crisis in trust between Israeli senior cabinet members and the American secretary of state.

The draft Kerry passed to Israel on Friday shocked the cabinet ministers not only because it was the opposite of what Kerry told them less than 24 hours earlier, but mostly because it might as well have been penned by Khaled Meshal. It was everything Hamas could have hoped for.

The document recognized Hamas’ position in the Gaza Strip, promised the organization billions in donation funds and demanded no dismantling of rockets, tunnels or other heavy weaponry at Hamas’ disposal. The document placed Israel and Hamas on the same level, as if the first is not a primary U.S. ally and as if the second isn’t a terror group which overtook part of the Palestinian Authority in a military coup and fired thousands of rockets at Israel.

On Saturday, the State Department distributed photos of Kerry’s meeting with Qatar and Turkey’s foreign ministers in Paris. The three appear jovial and happy-go-lucky. Other photographs show Kerry carousing romantically with the Turkish foreign minister in the pastoral grounds of the U.S. ambassador’s home in Paris, as if the Turkish official’s prime minister didn’t just say a few days ago that Israel is 10 times worse than Hitler.

Kerry is not a friend to Israel. Kerry is a friend and crony of Barack Obama and Barack Obama hates Israel and the values of the West.

Kerry cavorts with the Turkish ambassador as Turkey descends into Erodogan’s corruptions and madness. This as left of center Haaretz reports that Turkey will send another flotilla to Gaza along with Turkish military escorts.

Kerry is the Botoxed face of Barack Obama and his hatred of Israel:

It seemed inconceivable that the American secretary of state would have drafted an initiative that, as a priority, did not require the dismantling of Hamas’s rocket arsenal and network of tunnels dug under the Israeli border. Yet the reported text did not address these issues at all, nor call for the demilitarization of Gaza.

It seemed inconceivable that the secretary’s initiative would specify the need to address Hamas’s demands for a lifting of the siege of Gaza, as though Hamas were a legitimate injured party acting in the interests of the people of Gaza — rather than the terror group that violently seized control of the Strip in 2007, diverted Gaza’s resources to its war effort against Israel, and could be relied upon to exploit any lifting of the “siege” in order to import yet more devastating weaponry with which to kill Israelis.

Israel and the US are meant to be allies; the US is meant to be committed to the protection of Israel in this most ruthless of neighborhoods; together, the US and Israel are meant to be trying to marginalize the murderous Islamic extremism that threatens the free world. Yet here was the top US diplomat appearing to accommodate a vicious terrorist organization bent on Israel’s destruction, with a formula that would leave Hamas better equipped to achieve that goal.

John Kerry is the heavily Botoxed face of treacherous Barack Obama. Barack Obama is the inspiration for John Kerry’s many treacheries:

What emerges from Kerry’s self-initiated ceasefire mission — Israel had already accepted the Egyptian ceasefire proposal; and nobody asked him to come out on a trip he prefaced with sneering remarks about Israel’s attempted “pinpoint” strikes on Hamas terror targets — is that Jerusalem now regards him as duplicitous and dangerous.

Contrary to his public claim at his press conference in Cairo that his ceasefire proposal was “built on” the Egyptian initiative, it manifestly is nothing of the kind. As indicated by the unconfirmed text reported by Issacharoff, by other subsequent reports of its content, and by the cabinet’s outraged rejection, it is a proposal that, to quote an unnamed official cited by Channel 2, “tunneled under the Egyptian initiative,” a document, to quote from another of those leaked comments, that reads like it was drawn up for or even by Hamas’s Khaled Mashaal.

And Kerry didn’t let up after unleashing his dreadful proposal. Following Friday’s fiasco, he jetted off to Paris and, quite extraordinarily, convened further consultations dominated by countries that overtly wish to do Israel harm. He met with his counterparts from Turkey, whose Hamas-backing leadership has lately accused Israel of attempting genocide in Gaza and compared Netanyahu to Hitler, and with Qatar, Hamas’s funder in chief, directly accused by president Shimon Peres last week of financing Hamas’s rockets and tunnels. Staggeringly, he did not bring Israel, Egypt, or the PA to his Paris sessions.

It’s treachery pure and simple.

Hillary Clinton fought Barack Obama and his treacheries. John Kerry conspired to get Barack Obama the nomination in 2008 and now John Kerry enables the myriad treacheries of Barack Obama:

When Kerry’s predecessor, Hillary Clinton, got involved in the effort to broker terms for ending Operation Pillar of Defense in November 2012, it was self-evident, first, that a ceasefire was at hand, and, second, that the diplomatic work was being coordinated effectively with Jerusalem to ensure that Israel’s vital interests were being served. It is a testament to Kerry’s incompetence (or worse), and to the collapse of faith between him and Israel, that, when he headed ignominiously home on Saturday, neither of those assumptions held sway.

Whether through ineptitude, malice, or both, Kerry’s intervention was not a case of America’s top diplomat coming to our region to help ensure, through astute negotiation, the protection of a key ally. This was a betrayal.

According to the Associated Press, Barack Obama is now threatening Israel for telling the truth about the lies and treacheries of John Kerry and Barack Obama. The truth is always the enemy of scam artists and flim flam con men.

As we head into August this week, November can’t come soon enough.

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238 thoughts on “Obama Border Treacheries In America And Israel

  1. November can’t come soon enough:

    http://www.whitehousedossier.com/2014/07/28/chuck-todd-america-obama-fatigue/

    Commenting on the new CNN poll which shows Mitt Romney handily defeating Barack Obama – but easily losing to Hillary – NBC News correspondent Chuck Todd diagnosed a clear case of Obama fatigue gripping the nation.

    Todd spoke this morning on MSNBC’s Morning Joe. “This is a country that is fatigued from this president,” he said. “The more foreign policy problems that crop up, you see a lack of confidence in him.”

    Obama protector Chuck Todd is vying to be the successor to the floundering David Gregory on Meet the Press. So it is interesting that he lobbies for the job by attacking his beloved Obama.

  2. Remember when Candy Crowley lied to the country in a debate in order to protect her precious Barack Obama?

    Pelosi is nuts.

  3. Despite the current polls, Scott Brown has a very good chance to become the next senator from New Hampshire not only due to the American revulsion with ObamaCare but because of a new tool in his tool belt. That new tool is the American revulsion with Obama lies and treachery regarding the southern border of America.

    Scott Brown is a Northeast liberal Republican of the type that ordinarily would support the euphemism for amnesty, “comprehensive immigration reform”. That Brown is buying hundreds of thousands of dollars to air this type of ad tells you exactly how dead “comprehensive immigration reform” is.

    Expect Scott Brown’s poll numbers to stiffen once he gets the nomination of his party. Expect also his attacks on Obama/Shaheen and their immigration treacheries to harden. It won’t be long until Scott Brown leads his party with attacks reminding the American voters that for many years Obama stated that he could not legally do what Obama treacherously intends to do after his next weeks long vacation this August. The polling on immigration has come back to bite the no-borders crowd led by treacherous Barack Obama. Today 81% of the public is alarmed by what is happening
    and 77% want the illegal aliens sent back.
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    Jay Cost agrees:

    Go back to 1994, and very few of the major pundits saw the GOP wave coming — even until the very end. Michael Barone was a notable exception.

    In other words, big midterm victories are often not apparent at this point in the cycle. And why should they be? In this case, the GOP has only recently selected a number of its nominees, and anyway voters are not yet fully engaged. It’s vacation time!

    So, I would not put the GOP “on the clock” for another month. And my guess is that in a month things will still look roughly the same as they do today.

  4. Obama protector Chuck Todd is vying to be the successor to the floundering David Gregory on Meet the Press. So it is interesting that he lobbies for the job by attacking his beloved Obama.
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    Which only goes to show there is no honor among thieves.

    If memory serves, he was groomed to be Russert’s successor, without the rabbies. . .

    (Note: Rabies is a viral disease that causes acute inflammation of the brain in humans and other warm-blooded animals.)

    Which also goes to show that the Buddhists say is true (sometimes):

    All things come to him who waits.

    Even for pre pubescent goateed pretenders like Chuck.

  5. in addition to what you and others are saying here…I almost choked on my tea this weekend…when I heard O discussing Russia and the Ukraine and he started talking about Russia must respect the borders, etc…

    is he kidding…what freaking moral authority does he have left to tell anyone…any country…anything about their borders when ours are open and it is a free for all for drug cartels and who knows who else…

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    don’t know if anyone else is getting bombarded by Dims for money for this and that…I have unscribed to them all while telling them do not contact me again unless it is for support of HRC…also stated i left the party to become an independent and am disgusted and embarraseed every time I listen to some Dim on TV make indefensible excues for O…the man has wasted the vast opportunities he was given in the last six years and it is time for them to stop making excuses for this arrogant, disengaged, inexperienced man…

    I agree…and said it myself last thread…the Dim party has lost its soul…they profess to care about everything but the american citizens…

    the biggest joke has to be Rahm Emmanuel…the mayor of the city with the highest murder rate in the country…he is opening the doors of Chicago to invite the illegal migrants in…just what they need…to get slaughtered in Chicago…

    as if fleeing the violence of Honduras is going to get better in Chicago…

  6. Many in France were avid anti-semites during the World War II period. Plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose.

    https://news.vice.com/article/in-photos-a-pro-palestine-protest-descended-into-anti-semitism-in-paris-this-weekend

    The French authorities decided to ban a new rally in support of Gaza that had been planned for this past weekend in Barbès — a traditionally working-class area in the north of Paris. Despite the ban, the organizers — which included the far-left party NPA and the organizations Europalestine and Indigènes de la République — insisted on parading under the July sun. Among the crowd was South African politician Ronnie Kasrils, who is known for his strong criticisms of the Israeli government.

    At around 2PM, hundreds of demonstrators started to gather on the avenue, which had been lined with riot police trucks. At first, people calmly chanted slogans such as “Palestine will live, Palestine will overcome,” “Zionists, fascists, you’re terrorists!” and “Israel murderer, [President] Hollande accomplice,” but the mood began to heat up once some Israeli flags were burned on the roof of a nearby building. Organizers had asked the demonstrators not to bring anything other that Palestinian and French flags, but many still exhibited Algerian, Turkish or pro-Muslim Brotherhood symbols. As the march was about to set off, the use of the slogan “Allahu akbar” became more and more frequent and a young man started waving the ISIS flag. At the same time, to the dismay of some non-asshole demonstrators, a team of journalists from the French channel, Télé channel was forced to leave as several individuals were threatening them with violence. [snip]

    When the procession reached the Chateau Rouge district around 4PM, the thousands of demonstrators were faced with a large number of police. It was then that things started to degenerate: Projectiles were thrown, to which the police responded with flash grenades, stun grenades and a lot of tear gas. To counter the effects of the gas, the protesters rubbed milk and saline in their eyes. While many fled the scene or tried to calm things down, others threw rocks at the police and were soon joined by groups of rioters whose main concern seemed to be fighting the “Zionist police.” Some of them decided it would be a great idea to mug and assault some journalists, including Gaspard Glanz — a cameraman for VICE News.

    The agitators built barricades with burning dustbins and smashed pavements in order to make projectiles. The Lariboisière Hospital was attacked, two trucks of the state-owned public transport operator RATP were reversed and torched down in the middle of the boulevard and several storefronts were destroyed. The skirmish lasted nearly three hours, ravaged the whole neighborhood and caused dozens of injuries – among the injured were 17 policemen. The authorities announced they arrested 44 rioters on counts of violence and aggravated damage.

    As the day drew to a close, the police ran out of ammunition. They tried to regain control by calling the units based in the suburbs of Paris, for backup. According to a young protester who was taking photographs of the clashes, the situation worsened because the policemen, “are on the side of the Jews who own all the stores in the area.”

    At about 7PM, passing the Barbès metro station I saw two friends taking pictures of each other while miming the “quenelle” gesture — which is seen by many as anti-Semitic — in front of a couple of exhausted policemen. One of the officers turned to his colleague and said that it’d been a long time since he had last seen such violent riots in Paris.

    On Sunday afternoon, another pro-Palestinian rally was organized in the city of Sarcelles – a suburb that is home to a large Sephardic Jewish community. Just like the rally in Paris the day before, this had also been banned and it also turned violent.

    Clashes with the police erupted outside of the town’s synagogue, cars as well as a police station in the neighboring town were burned down and several shops and a pharmacy were attacked. Helicopters were still flying over the area at nightfall, even as things began to get quieter.

    François Hollande declared, “the Republic’s ability is to co-exist harmoniously […] and not to get side-tracked by conflicts which are too far away to be imported,” but more and more French Jews – who have been automatically categorized as Israelis by rioters in the last few days— are beginning to question their future in the country.

    In an interview with the pro-Israeli website lemondejuif.info, Roger Cukierman, president of the official French affiliate of the World Jewish Congress, said that “this kind of new anti-Semitism could lead to the departure of all Jews.” This might sound like an exaggeration, but there is no doubt that these violent protests will stick in the memory of both the French Jewish community and genuine, anti-racist Pro-Palestinian activists.

    The French have brought unto themselves a silent and deadly invasion. Now they have their own border war. The border is between Paris and its Muslim controlled suburbs.

  7. I’ve always like Scott Brown, besides he is CUTE, he is more of the center of the road kind of guy, and not a preacher. My kind of Rethug.

  8. I don’t recommend visiting sites typically frequented by the lunatic left. I checked out a couple tonight, and the anti-Israeli sentiment is off the chart and more than a little crazy. Not surprisingly, little intelligent thought is applied – only emotion and wild generalizations. Like their radical right counterparts, the lunatic left sees only black or white . Why be bothered by the gray area, especially when you’re lacking gray matter. Don’t consider the bigger picture. Don’t consider the tactics Hamas has utilized in the past. And, by all means, ignore the fact that, as Admin emphasized, Israel is an ally of the US.

    These progressives are convinced that the country has become significantly more liberal, and cite statistics “proving”, at least to their satisfaction, that the country is no longer center right based polling on several issues the far left considers important. If the November elections result in big Repub wins, as some have predicted, it will be interesting to revisit the Kids and the Kooks to see how they defend this premise at that time.

  9. These progressives are convinced that the country has become significantly more liberal, and cite statistics “proving”, at least to their satisfaction, that the country is no longer center right based polling on several issues the far left considers important.
    —————
    The Nazis were convinced that their regime would last a thousand years

    If their poll were accurate then the job performance of Obama, their man, would not be 39%.

    This leads to one conclusion: their poll was taken on a test group on cannibus, and interpreted by those who have limited intellect and totalitarian tendencies.

    Put differently, it is an outlier.

    Or the work product of liars.

  10. Obama will never abandon Jewish donors

    But he is in the process of abandoning Israel

    Regardless of what he says about an unshakeable bond

    His actions prove otherwise

    Why is he anti Israel?

    1. First and foremost, Obama is a Muslim. As such, he has no regard for Israel. Not does he have any regard for the Christians in the middle east who are the victims of Muslim autrocities.

    2. Second, Obama is an anti colonialist. He sees Israel as a western salient in the Middle East. If Israel’s ally was Russia, rather than the United States, he would support them.

    3. Third, Obama detests the United States. Again, that is evident from his desecration of the constitution, to his use of the race card, to the aid and comfort he gives to or enemies, to his refusal to protect our sovereignty, etc.

    In sum, and at all points in the compass, Obama is a vile human being. But he could never has achieved this dismantling on his own. Big media and big donors were and are his mouthpiece and his bankers, respectively.

  11. I will never understand Jim Senegal’s attraction to Obama. Jim is a good guy. It makes no sense to me. Yet Obama stays with him when he is in Seattle.

  12. So much for economic patriotism:

    Learned Hand said it best:

    Over and over again courts have said that there is nothing sinister in so arranging one’s affairs as to keep taxes as low as possible. Everybody does so, rich or poor; and all do right, for nobody owes any public duty to pay more than the law demands: taxes are enforced exactions, not voluntary contributions. To demand more in the name of morals is mere cant.

    Have you got that, Jack Lew?

  13. California child molester shot dead in NYC. Early news reported this of Charles Mozdir’s travels:
    [found] Not in CA — where he’s from — or in Mexico — where he fled to — or in deep south.
    http://pix11.com/2014/07/28/who-was-greenwich-village-shooter-charles-mozdir/

    CBS New York at 5:30 AM confirmed CA to Mehico route in a graphic with big southward-curving arrow. Then northward arrow 🙂 to GA. Then NYC.

    Most reports now list Mexico as remote possibility not taken. How else to defend open border?

    Cannot imagine how admin has the discipline to keep rolling out these great posts, but am grateful beyond measure for them.

  14. Informative article from Marc Rubin regarding Palestine and Israel.

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    SUNDAY, JULY 27, 2014
    Hamas attacks show that Palestinians still want to win more than they want a state.

    As Hamas continues to send rockets into Israel after starting yet another war and the violence in Gaza rages and one side blames the other,  it’s important to remember that for more than five decades, the goal of the Palestinians was not to have their own state but to destroy Israel. It was never about creating but about destroying.

    It was the Palestinians who violated international law in 1948  by rejecting the UN resolution that created the state of Israel and instead went to war with its allies to destroy it. They lost.

    They  tried again in 1956,1967 and 1973. And again lost each war.  Then resorted to terrorism to try and achieve the same goal.  And, after some successes with terrorism, were thwarted at that too. It was only after all these attempts to destroy Israel failed, that their leadership decided to try and negotiate a peace arrangement which would give them their own state.

    The problem is and has been they continue to make demands and insist on conditions only under which they will accept their own Palestinian state but most of those conditions are the same goals they couldn’t get through war.

    So instead of  negotiating their own state, instead of agreeing to peace proposals, the Palestinians have either tried to achieve their goals through terrorism, or have insisted on making demands that would never be met. Because in the end what they really want is to be able to say they “won”.

    And in doing so refuse to accept or acknowledge or take any responsibility for any of their own actions which have led, not to a Palestinian state, but the state they are in.

    What their leadership refuses to accept or acknowledge, is that when you start five wars with the intention of destroying your neighbor and you lose every time, when you resort to terrorism to achieve the same goal and are eventually  thwarted there too,  when you refuse every peace proposal made for decades and instead resort to violence and lose,  it’s not up to you to decide the rules.  You don’t make demands. As losers of wars you start, you don’t insist on the conditions that the other side must accept in order to get what you say you want.

    Even now the violence in Gaza which was started by Hamas launching missiles, continues because Hamas insists on making demands and refusing to stop unless their demands are met.  Demands which include opening the border crossings into Israel which Israel closed because Hamas sent human bombers through those crossings into Israel to kill civilians.

    It is these security measures caused by the Palestinians themselves in trying to kill Israelis that now chafe  and anger them and  that Hamas demands be lifted. As if Hamas  themselves werent the reason for the border closings in the first place.

    That Hamas started this latest round of violence is beyond question even though Palestinian spokesman are allowed to go on CNN and lie about it. What has to be kept in mind is that Hamas is in Gaza because the Palestinians in Gaza elected Hamas to be their government by a  landslide margin. So they elect a virutally psychopathic group of terrorists to be their government who used the concrete Israel shipped to Gaza intended for building schools and homes,but  used it to build terror tunnels, started another war, and now the Palestinians for the benefit of news cameras look at the Israeli offensive and yell “why”?

    This is the biggest problem with Palestinians and their leadership. They refuse to take responsibility for a single act that has put them in the position they are in. They refuse to take responsibility for a single war they started and lost.  They refuse to take responsibility for a single act of terrorism. They chafe under the conditions in Gaza and cry “seige”  in refusing to take responsibility for the fact that Israel closed the borders because of the human bomber attacks that killed Israelis and entered Israel through the border crossings. Which Hamas demands they reopen  so Hamas can claim they won. The rail against the occupation in the West Bank and border closings in Gaza but that exists only because of the attacks Palestinians continue to make on Israel.

    Read the rest of the article at link. A long article, but a good read.

    http://tominpaine.blogspot.com/2014/07/do-palestinians-want-to-win-more-than.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+TomInPaine+%28Tom+In+Paine%29

  15. “Cannot imagine how admin has the discipline to keep rolling out these great posts, but am grateful beyond measure for them.”
    __________

    I totally agree, hold’em

  16. http://washington.cbslocal.com/2014/07/29/israeli-official-to-obama-leave-us-alone/

    WASHINGTON (CBS News/CBSDC/AP) — A top Israeli official wants President Barack Obama to stop meddling with the Jewish state during its conflict with Hamas in Gaza.

    Speaking to Israel’s Army Radio, Housing and Construction Minister Uri Ariel criticized Obama telling Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that there should be an immediate ceasefire in Gaza.

    “Leave us alone,” Ariel told Army Radio, directing his words at Obama. “Go focus on Syria.

    Obama spoke with Netanyahu Sunday about the rising number of Palestinian deaths in Gaza and the worsening humanitarian crisis.

    “Building on Secretary Kerry’s efforts, the President made clear the strategic imperative of instituting an immediate, unconditional humanitarian ceasefire that ends hostilities now and leads to a permanent cessation of hostilities based on the November 2012 ceasefire agreement,” the White House said in a statement, adding that the president reiterated that Israel has a right to defend itself from rocket attacks from Hamas.

    Ariel told Army Radio that Israel’s offensive should be more aggressive.

    “It was obvious that international pressure would mount eventually,” Ariel stated. “We should have acted faster, harder and with more determination. The rocket threat needs to be tackled. The tunnel threat is being addressed, but it is not enough.

    Ariel claimed that the pressure from the White House for an immediate ceasefire was “outrageous” and would “help Hamas,” according to Breitbart News.

    [W]e never thought it would be the Americans who would lead the pressure,” Ariel told Army Radio.

  17. Barack and Kerry need to STFU with the public condemnation of Israel. In their attempts to intervene to protect the Palestinians, their comments are contributing to the tensions and to the threat of danger Israelis are experiencing in Europe.

  18. http://www.breitbart.com/Breitbart-Texas/2014/07/29/Collect-More-Than-7-2-k-Per-Month-for-Fostering-Adult-Illegal-Aliens

    snip

    The Texas-based nonprofit Catholic Charities is currently seeking out foster families for the migrants, most of whom come from Central America. Ruth Braiser, a spokeswoman for the organization, told Breitbart Texas that foster families can receive monthly payments for housing adult immigrants who are under 23-years-old.

    “Most of our children are 15 to 17-years-old,” she said. “But some stay in our program until they are 22-years-old; if they’re still working on getting their high school diploma, they can stay until they’re that age.”

    The revelation that some of the migrants receiving foster care are adults will likely come as a surprise to many; the mainstream media has largely portrayed the border crisis as involving only children and family units.

    Braiser mentioned that foster families will be paid $40 per day for each migrant they take in from Catholic Charities. The payments are funded by the federal government, as Breitbart Texas previously reported.

    Foster parents have the ability to collect more than $7,400 per month, considering that they can house six immigrants at any given time.

    In addition to daily payments, Braiser said that the illegal immigrants are provided with taxpayer subsidized education, health care, transportation, and an “allowance.” She was not specific about the amount of such an allowance or how often it is administered.

    Many have expressed outrage that instead of being turned away at the border, many illegal aliens are being brought to federal facilities where they receive a slew of taxpayer-subsidized benefits: housing, food, vocational training, English lessons, recreation, and legal counsel. Ultimately, most of the migrants are released onto U.S. soil after promising to show up at an immigration court hearing.

  19. PBS Frontline has an up to date story called Losing Iraq that clearly reports the origins of the problem with ISIS, and much to the world’s chagrin, it started with bumbles Farnsworth. I said here a couple of articles ago that I am absolutely beside myself in saying that Bush was right to put a Christian Army in the Middle East. He put it in the wrong place, but it was there nevertheless. And it played a important role in the world.

    It is extremely evident now that a standing army like the one that we took to Iraq was a great buffer between everybody over there. With a base in Iraq, right there in the middle of the powder keg, we had the ability to launch strikes that could quell the efforts of the tyrants anywhere in the area, as well as rebuff – WHILE WEAK – the seeds of Islamic fundamentalism. Its absence has created a vacuum. Nature laws include the fundamental law concerning vacuums – nature abhors them.

    bumbles lack of world view and his puny understanding of history was demonstrated in his moronic demand that American forces be given immunity ratified by the Iraqi parliament. That demand was the egg that was ISIS was fertilized and implanted into the uterine lining that is Iraq. Furthermore, as more and more territory that was paid for with American treasure (and that includes American blood, the value which cannot be paid for with all the gold in the world), the more I demand that the US military turn its back on its CIC.

    http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/iraq-war-on-terror/losing-iraq/david-petraeus-isiss-rise-in-iraq-isnt-a-surprise/

    Next, Tom Donolon was on Charlie Rose tonight. I only caught part of it, but it was eye-opening. Firstly, Mr. Rose’s nose is so far up the president’s ass that he can smell bumbles food BEFORE it starts digesting. Secondly, The former advisor to the president is a great example of the fact that the people AROUND the president for the most part are good very qualified and very dedicated people (I am not including the very inner circle, of course). Mr. Donolon gave a fantastic account of what is going on in the middle east, what should have been done to prevent this chaos and what should be done at this stage. The advise the president is getting is advise. He is making the decisions that are crippling this country and the world in general. How in the name of all that is good and holy do you have the audacity to tell Israel that Hamas will stop firing rockets at them on the honor system?

    (I don’t have the link for tonight’s episode as it is not posted yet. I do however have the transcript via the WSJ of preezy and Benny Light talking about the ‘shoot-or-don’t-shoot’ conundrum over yonder in Gaza.)

    http://blogs.marketwatch.com/capitolreport/2014/07/29/reported-transcript-between-obama-and-netanyahu-fuels-uproar/

    Can 2016 get here any quicker?

    Hillary 2016

  20. freespirit July 29, 2014 at 11:17 am

    Marc Rubin

    … It was the Palestinians who violated international law in 1948 by rejecting the UN resolution that created the state of Israel and instead went to war with its allies to destroy it. They lost.

    They tried again in 1956,1967 and 1973. And again lost each war….

    The problem is and has been they continue to make demands and insist on conditions only under which they will accept their own Palestinian state but most of those conditions are the same goals they couldn’t get through war.

    “Informative?” No, this is one more article that tells only one side of the story, making the whole thing into a we-they situation, thus justifying war — on both sides, I might add, except that the losers have always been the Palestinians so we’re allowed to think that, since they always lose the wars, they must be wrong on the merits.

    He begins by saying the Palestinians violated international law. But a UN resolution is not international law, and we Americans don’t have much respect for anything that comes from the UN anyway, unless it suits our interests — or that of Israel.

    The UN resolution was that the Palestinians’ homeland was OK for a Jewish state. The Palestinians objected to that. Can you blame them? I daresay if the UN passed a resolution today saying that southern Texas was an OK zone for establishing a separate state run by refugees from Central America and Mexico, there would be some hubbub among Texans, and the Texans would be seconded by a lot of other Americans who don’t want their country to be handed over to unwanted immigrants. Excuse me, but that is exactly why the Palestinians objected to the UN resolution of 1948.

    Then there was another UN resolution in 2012 that accepted the Palestinian authority as an observer in its midst. This was a small step toward statehood, but both Israel and the US objected, and Palestine is still not accepted as a state. That postulation before the UN was a peaceful attempt to establish statehood, not by Hamas but by the Palestinian Authority — Fatah.

    Hamas can now point to that failure and say, “We told you so!” — ‘we’ being Hamas and ‘you’ being Fatah — and go back to war.

    Don’t get me wrong: I’m no fan of Hamas and I abhor violence. I also recognize that violence is often the only way to thwart violence. So I have no lessons or advice to throw Israel’s way at this moment of time.

    But while Israel was allowing Hamas to arm and fortify Gaza for the current war, on the other hand it refused to talk with Fatah, continued to expand its colonies in the West Bank and east Jerusalem, and put up impossible conditions for talks even to begin. So Israel’s attitude is, “You’ll lose a war, but you won’t get what you want by peaceful means either.”

    This explains the fact that, “The problem is and has been they continue to make demands and insist on conditions only under which they will accept their own Palestinian state but most of those conditions are the same goals they couldn’t get through war.” The Palestinians just won’t give up, damn them.

    Israel understands war only. Hamas understands war only. So, we-they logic tells us war there will be.

  21. TheRock
    July 30, 2014 at 12:15 am

    The link you posted reveals what was said in the exchange between the leader of a free nation (Bibi) and a fraud (the anti-Christ (Obama). The leader looks out for the future of his nation, and the anti Christ looks for a way to repair his damaged reputation with former allies in the region by attempting to tie the leader’s hands in protecting his nation. Ben Rhoades, a disciple of the anti Christ, who has been caught in so many lies, that like his boss he could not take the oath on a Bible, says the report is false? Frankly, that is all the confirmation I need to know it is true. Nothing–and I mean nothing, zero, nada that Obama and his minions ever say, ever, is true.
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    Barack Obama: I demand that Israel agrees to an immediate, unilateral ceasefire and halt all offensive activities, in particular airstrikes.

    Benjamin Netanyahu: And what will Israel receive in exchange for a ceasefire?

    BO: I believe that Hamas will cease its rocket fire — silence will be met with silence.

    BN: Hamas broke all five previous ceasefires. It’s a terrorist organization dedicated to the destruction of Israel.

    BO: I repeat and expect Israel to stop all its military activities unilaterally. The pictures of destruction in Gaza distance the world from Israel’s position.

    BN: Kerry’s proposal was completely unrealistic and gives Hamas military and diplomatic advantages.

    BO: Within a week of the end of Israel’s military activities, Qatar and Turkey will begin negotiations with Hamas based on the 2012 understandings, including Israel’s commitment to removing the siege and restrictions on Gaza.

    BN: Qatar and Turkey are the biggest supporters of Hamas. It’s impossible to rely on them to be fair mediators.

    BO: I trust Qatar and Turkey. Israel is not in the position that it can choose its mediators.

    BN: I protest because Hamas can continue to launch rockets and use tunnels for terror attacks –

    BO: (interrupting Netanyahu) The ball’s in Israel’s court, and it must end all its military activities.

  22. Obama is utterly incapable of speaking the truth. Anyone who has failed to catch on to that immutable fact by now is a complete fool.

  23. A principled hated of Obama, and everything he stands for, is true and adorable. It falls in the same category as hating a tyrant, hating a liar, hating a puppet, and and hating someone who is committed to the destruction of this nation. Not to hate him is either proof of personal corruption or willful blindness. Because, the evidence of his treason is visible everywhere you look.

  24. When someone represents that something Obama says is true ask them why he failed to do what every other holder of that office since Washington has done as part of the inaugural ritual: take the oath on a Bible. Go back in the record and you will see Obama did not take the oath on the Bible. And neither would the anti-Christ. Correlation? Or causation?

  25. Here is clear cogent and convincing proof that left wing extremists predominate in the money raising game. Not right wing republicans but left wing democrats. Something we knew intuitively, but can now prove, every time the leftist media or that fuck stick Reid wails about the Koch Brothers . . . May Reid rot in hell–rather than in the Senate. Finally, little meely mouthed Ezra misreads the data, and reaches his own pre determined conclusion which bears no relationship to truth or reality, which is par for the course for that little prick.
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    Close to half the Liberal large donors score above 10 points (i.e. the marker for radical and extremist), compared to 10 to 12% of the Conservative side of the spectrum. (I don’t have benefit of the underlying data so all values are estimates.) The typical (median) Conservative large donor would appear to be 5 points or more less extreme than the Liberal counterpart.

    This fits with the analysis that America is a center-right nation. There are lots of large donors on the Right, but most are not political extremists, as much as Ezra Klein and his Juicevoxers would like to represent them (us) as dangerous and radical.

    On the other hand, the Big Money “Progressive” donors (think Soros, Steyer and hard-Left Berkeley radicals) are extreme. The tallest Progressive bar accounts for over 10% of the money represents ideas that are more extreme than those of all but the very most Conservative donors.

    http://www.redstate.com/2014/07/29/vox-coms-ezra-klein-stumbles-bass-ackward-cogent-point/

    My sense for quite some time is that the power and the push (and the President) of the Democratic Party represents thought that is to the Left of 85% of the American people. These graphs pretty much confirm that, and it should be no surprise. Yes, Ezra, these graphs explain much about our polarization, but I don’t think the answer is the one you wanted.

  26. Every argument the professional left advances in favor of this administration is faulty.

    Here is the latest example.

    The problem is it takes time to rebut their lies.

    And the American pubic has no capacity to listen, learn and think–beyond banners and visual images.

    At times I wonder whether the search for objective truth has become a lost cause.

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    Partisan hack and Washington Post writer Greg Sargent has allegedly found a silver bullet that proves that the Halbig decision is erroneous and that the Halbig plaintiffs don’t have a leg to stand on. The gist of Sargent’s point is that an earlier version of the Obamacare bill had language that explicitly provided for subsidies for beneficiaries on Federal exchanges, even though the final version of the bill did not include such language:

    The first Senate version of the health law to be passed in 2009 — by the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee — explicitly stated that subsides would go to people on the federally-established exchange. A committee memo describing the bill circulated at the time spelled this out with total clarity.

    ***

    The disputed language ended up in the final bill because the two versions — both of which intended subsidies in all 50 states, albeit by varying structures — were merged.

    Unfortunately for Greg Sargent, anyone who is either a lawyer or a reasonable person will tell you that his evidence proves the exact opposite of what he contends. Since Sargent is neither a lawyer nor a reasonable person, he concludes that this proves that Congressional Intent (insofar as it matters) was to provide subsidies for those on federal exchanges; everyone else understands that this proves the exact opposite.

    This is not really a close call or a matter of reasonable dispute. Even for people who take legislative history as a thing that ought to be given great weight, the fact that Congress included a clause in an earlier version of the bill but then changed or removed it in the final version is considered to be conclusive evidence that Congress specifically desired the change in question, not that they intended the earlier version. Let’s say hypothetically that you had a bill that said when it came out of committee, “Congress hereby appropriates $10 million for the funding of studies the mating habits of pink salmon and $5 million for the funding of studies of the mating of silver salmon,” but the final version of the bill merely said “$1o million for the funding of studies of the mating habits of pink salmon,” courts (like reasonable people) come to the inescapable conclusion that the clause about the silver salmon was removed per the deliberate intent of Congress otherwise it would have remained in the bill.

    Likewise if a bill comes out of committee that says “The Federal Government and the Several States shall have concurrent jurisdiction over the enforcement of this mandate” but the final bill that gets passed says “The Federal Government shall have jurisdiction over the enforcement of this mandate,” that is considered conclusive, case-ending evidence of Congressional intent to remove State jurisdiction over the enforcement of the mandate in question.

    Don’t take my word for it. My colleague Dan McLaughlin has compiled a list of Supreme Court precedents repeatedly making this exact point – see here, here, and here for just a few examples.

    Make no mistake; Greg Sargent has made a powerful and compelling point about the Halbig decision. The problem for Sargent is that his point is much, much more likely to be cited by the Halbig Plaintiffs on appeal than by the defendants.

  27. The RINOs dismissal of the obvious case for impeachment is to be expected. The RINO is more concerned with his or her own fate, than the fate of the nation. The founding fathers, however, were made of sterner stuff. They feared that the powerful position they were creating in the president could eventuate in the very kind of monarchy which they had just finished fighting a revolution to avoid. Therefore to save themselves, and posterity from that bleak fate, they introduced the safeguard of impeachment. So when Boehner says despite the fact that this president has committed the very transgressions that the impeachment was intended to deal with, there is no talk of impeachment, not today, not tomorrow, not never, it becomes obvious that he and his fellow RINOs are more concerned with their own fate, and the fate of the rent seeking parasites that feed at the public trough, than they are concerned, even remotely, with the welfare of the nation. Simply put, they are whores, not leaders.

    Ed Driscoll has an interview with the estimable Andy McCarthy, who makes these very points, convincingly and persuasively, like he always does. Here is one salient excerpt from that illuminating interview:

    MR. DRISCOLL: Andrew, according to CNN on the day we’re recording this interview, 35 percent of the American public want to see Barack Obama impeached. And while that’s higher than the 30 percent that wanted to see George W. Bush impeached in 2006, it sort of sounds like it’s a non-starter, particularly with memories of Bill Clinton’s impeachment still relatively fresh in everyone’s mind. How do you make the case that it should happen?

    MR. MCCARTHY: Well, you know, I don’t make the case that it should happen under circumstances where a conviction in the Senate is not possible. In fact, what I argue in the book is that the best thing for the country would be for the president not to be impeached, but to create the political conditions where he has a strong inducement and in fact does begin to honor his oath to faithfully execute the law. I think we’d much rather see him finish his term in a lawful manner than impeach him, because we shouldn’t underestimate how much that would be traumatic for the country.

    On the other hand, if he’s going to continue being rampantly lawless, obviously impeachment is something that ought to be on the table, because it’s, in our system, one of very few ways that we have to rein in a lawless executive.

    But really, I think the priority is not so much impeachment, it’s to try to create the conditions politically where the president has a strong inducement to conduct himself lawfully. And that’s the main thrust of the book.

    MR. DRISCOLL: Because impeachment only happened once in the 19th century with Andrew Johnson, and once in the 20th century with Bill Clinton, and President Nixon resigned before near-certain impeachment, the American public tend to think of a president being impeached as a once-in-a-lifetime event, at the most. Is that what the founding fathers intended?

    MR. MCCARTHY: I think they would have expected impeachment to be used more often, although, you know, it’s hard to play that out as a regular event, because one would think if it was used a little more often, and it had some teeth, you wouldn’t have to use it very often.

    But I do think, as Madison put it, impeachment was indispensable in the minds of the framers, as a mechanism for Congress to be able to prevent one of the things that they were extremely worried about during the drafting of the Constitution. Which was the possibility that this incredibly powerful new office that they were creating, the President of the United States, where all of the executive power would be reposed in one official. [The founders worried] that that official could become like a monarch; could become basically what the Revolution had fought against in the first place.

    So they were obviously very concerned about it, and they certainly thought impeachment was ‑‑ was essential to have in the Constitution.

    http://pjmedia.com/eddriscoll/2014/07/29/interview-andrew-mccarthy/

  28. jeswezey
    July 30, 2014 at 5:52 am

    You are wrong and spreading misinformation. Shame on you! “Palestinian homeland”….you don’t know what you are talking about. Palestinian is a recently coined word in a historical context. Jews first settled Israel or Palestine in 1300 BCE when Moses led the Exodus from slavery in Egypt. Many wars and marauding armies followed. Many Jews left or were killed in these wars but a Jewish population always remained in Israel. The period of Arab rule didn’t
    come until 636 and lasted until 1099.
    The descendants of Abraham crystallized into a nation at about 1300 BCE after their Exodus from Egypt under the leadership of Moses (Moshe in Hebrew).
    The people of modern day Israel share the same language and culture shaped by the Jewish heritage and religion passed through generations starting with the founding father Abraham (ca. 1800 BCE). Thus, Jews have had continuous presence in the land of Israel for the past 3,300 years.
    The UN partition into 2 states is comparable to what would happen if Iraq were to be divided into 3 states bases on primarily on ethnic divisions to establish peace between Kurds, Sunnis and Shia. The UN partition divided the area based on existing populations of Jews and Arabs.
    Wars, violence and persecution forced some Jews out of mIsrael during the diaspora…look it up. The early 20th century saw a return to Israel by their descendents.

    Really Jeswezy, your post is not up to the standars of this site. You are entitled to your point of view but please don’t mistake facts and ignore history.
    More historical information is below.

    The rule of Israelites in the land of Israel starts with the conquests of Joshua (ca. 1250 BCE). The period from 1000-587 BCE is known as the “Period of the Kings”. The most noteworthy kings were King David (1010-970 BCE), who made Jerusalem the Capital of Israel, and his son Solomon (Shlomo, 970-931 BCE), who built the first Temple in Jerusalem as prescribed in the Tanach (Old Testament).

    In 587 BCE, Babylonian Nebuchadnezzar’s army captured Jerusalem, destroyed the Temple, and exiled the Jews to Babylon (modern day Iraq).

    The year 587 BCE marks a turning point in the history of the region. From this year onwards, the region was ruled or controlled by a succession of superpower empires of the time in the following order: Babylonian, Persian, Greek Hellenistic, Roman and Byzantine Empires, Islamic and Christian crusaders, Ottoman Empire, and the British Empire.

  29. When I say the founding fathers were made of sterner stuff than the RINOs and DINOs who run our country today, the test would be as follows:

    Can you imagine

    In your wildest dreams

    Any ESTABLISHMENT politician

    Pledging his or her lives, fortunes and sacred honor

    Like the founding fathers did at a time of real peril

    To a nation, a constitution and to the American People

    At the expense of the rent seeking parasites who line their coffers?

    Can you???

    Perhaps you can.

    But I sure can’t.

    Simply put, both parties have abdicated their duty

    Both have abandoned the American People.

  30. I know a guy who is tied in with the Pentagon and uses those relationships to identify and purchase defense industry companies which are on the ropes, at a fraction of their real value, turns them around and sells them to major defense contractors at a huge profit. That is his business model. He hates Jeffrey Immelt, considers him a vile human being, but envies the success Immelt has had in forging a crony capitalist with Obama. That is the mindset of many capitalists in today’s environment. It is also their practice. It goes like this: You help elect big brother, and big brother will take care of you, and help you crush competitors so you can exercise monopoly power.

  31. we Americans don’t have much respect for anything that comes from the UN anyway
    —————
    Actually, I think the UN has a purpose. Its purpose is to give miscreants like Rice, Power etc. a forum to run their mouth, and espouse their absurd ideas, where no one will take them seriously. It is a rubber room. A romper room. And for that, I respect it.

  32. More indication of the FratBrat mentality in DC:

    Mirror mirror on the wall, are Rand Paul and Cory Booker the most beautiful of them all? The answer is yes, at least according to an annual assessment of D.C.’s best-looking people.
    Cory Booker Brings Selfie Obsession to the Senate
    Rand Paul Gave An Entire Speech In A Baseball Uniform
    The Hill released its annual “50 Most Beautiful” rankings today, which included several lawmakers from Capitol Hill, including Sens. Rand Paul, R-Ky., and Cory Booker, D-N.J. The two senators ribbed each other on Twitter for making the list.
    Paul, who came in as the ninth-most beautiful person, made a jab at Booker for being listed in 44th place….
    http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics/2014/07/rand-paul-cory-booker-tease-each-other-on-making-dc-hot-list/

    Lotta fuss lately about Cory who will have to win another election this fall to stay in Senate. See history of his special election win October 16 2013, by going to Youtube and searching “President Obama: Vote for Cory” That link still viable earlier today.

  33. Yesterday, Speaker John Boehner indicated the House Republicans will push back against any attempt to hijack their border bill.

    The bill would allocate $659 million to border authorities, far less than the almost $4 billion President Obama requested.

    Boehner released the following statement (emphasis added):

    “Senator Reid, embarrassed that he cannot strong-arm the Senate into passing the blank check President Obama demanded, is making a deceitful and cynical attempt to derail the House’s common-sense solution.

    So let me be as clear as I can be with Senator Reid: the House of Representatives will not take up the Senate immigration reform bill or accept it back from the Senate in any fashion. Nor will we accept any attempt to add any other comprehensive immigration reform bill or anything like it, including the DREAM Act, to the House’s targeted legislation, which is meant to fix the actual problems causing the border crisis.

    Such measures have no place in the effort to solve this crisis, and any attempt to exploit this crisis by adding such measures will run into a brick wall in the People’s House.

    “While the White House has abandoned all pretense of governing and the Senate is doing almost nothing to address our struggling economy, Republicans remain committed to addressing the American people’s priorities, and that includes passing a responsible bill this week to help secure our border and return these children safely to their home countries.”

  34. “Mirror mirror on the wall, are Rand Paul and Cory Booker the most beautiful of them all? The answer is yes, at least according to an annual assessment of D.C.’s best-looking people.”

    Beauty must be in the eye of the beholder. Rand Paul??? Give me Trey Gowdy any day! Interesting that there is time for an ANNUAL assessment of something as “important” as beauty in Congress but not much time or interest to deal with all the scandals.

  35. Jeff Sessions: House Border Bill Is a ‘Surrender To a Lawless President’
    By Joel Gehrke
    July 29, 2014 4:26 PM

    Senator Jeff Sessions (R., Ala.) denounced the House Republican border bill as a “surrender to a lawless president” because the legislation does not include any language to prevent President Obama from expanding his unilateral legalization of illegal immigrants.

    Here’s the statement:

    The Obama Administration has openly declared its plan to implement a unilateral executive amnesty for 5–6 million more illegal immigrants. This unlawful amnesty—urged on by congressional Democrats—would include work permits, taking jobs directly from millions of struggling American citizens.

    Any action Congress might consider to address the current border crisis would be futile should the President go forward with these lawless actions. Congress must speak out and fight against them. It must use its spending power to stop the President’s executive amnesty.

    That the House leaders’ border package includes no language on executive actions is surrender to a lawless President. And it is a submission to the subordination of congressional power.

    After years of falling wages and rising joblessness, American workers are pleading for someone to hear them. How can it be that our President is brazenly advertising that he will nullify and strip away American workers’ immigration protections, and their own elected leaders will not rise to their defense? Or to the defense of our laws and our Constitutional order?

    There are other grave concerns with the Granger package as well: because it does not fix our asylum rules and loopholes, the end result of the additional judges and hearings will be more illegal immigrants gaining asylum and access to U.S. welfare. It is a plan for expedited asylum, not expedited removal.

    Nor will this package make our rogue President actively enforce anything, coming nowhere close to the kinds of reasonable enforcement activities needed to restore the interior application of our immigration laws.

    And finally, a package that is silent on blocking amnesty creates an opportunity for Senate Democrats to add elements of their party’s open borders and mass immigration agenda.

    This legislation is unworthy of support.

  36. totally disgusted July 30, 2014 at 8:39 am

    Palestinian is a recently coined word in a historical context.

    “Palestine” was a word coined by the Romans based on an Egyptian word for that region. The Arabs in the region have lived there for many centuries and have every right to think of it as their homeland.

    The history and dates you provide come from the sources you prefer to support your thesis. There are other histories based on fact rather than the legends of the Bible.

    I will grant you that the Hebrews founded Jerusalem, had a kingdom and settled in the environs, and some have been living there since. What you don’t want to admit is that other people, non-Jews, have also lived there since time immemorial and, in the mid-1940s, the vast majority in the region were Arabs with every bit as much right to call Palestine their homeland as the Jews streaming in from Europe. Those Jews from Europe, or their ancestors, had not lived in Palestine for thousands of years. They were immigrants, and the Arabs were in their homeland.

    The parallel I drew between that situation and the situation of San Antonio, Texas, which once belonged to the Mexicans and the Mexicans were forced out, is apt: We would be outraged if Mexico claimed a right to San Antonio on the basis of some prior heritage. Or what about the Indians? I mean, we stole the whole fucking continent from the Indians! So do the Indians have some claim to Chicago now, just because the very name of the city comes from an Indian word?

    No, the Arabs of Palestine are not playing with words or with ancient history. In 1947, they were living in homes and on land that belonged to them, and then the US pushes a resolution through the UN that says some immigrants from Europe could settle on their land and in their homes. They were dispossessed by the US and the UK.

    Look, even Israelis who are old enough to know what happened in 1947 very much regret the way the Palestinians were treated at that time. I can tell you that from having spoken to some of them, including Shimon Peres. It’s also recounted in the movie Exodus, even though that is a rather one-sided tale.

  37. I remember when this young congresswoman first took office. Unlike others in her class who have assumed the position of bank benchers–like the one in Indiana I mentioned who has increased his net worth by 62%, she has taken a leadership position and acquits herself well, if this interview is any indication. She comes from a ranching family in the Dakotas and has the same values I do. She compares well to Kathy McMorris Rogers who has climbed the leadership ladder under Boehner, talks a lot and says nothing. Just like that Tea Party pretender Scalise, if you say the Wallace interview.
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    http://video.foxnews.com/v/3704646741001/rep-noem-new-sanctions-will-have-big-impact-on-russia/

  38. A bout of insomnia led me to his video, rerunning at o dark thirty this AM. I caught about the last 40 minutes. It has the advantage of civil discourse; I was stunned to learn the privileges of DACA recipients. It’s likely better if someone else cares to interpret them. 2:30:06 total. I saw, probably, the final 40 minutes of it.
    JULY 29, 2014
    Immigration Services Oversight
    Rodriguez answered questions on were the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, E-Verify, prosecutorial discretion, and the “credible fear” asylum interview process. Among other topics Mr. The hearing was held in an effort to better deal with the influx of unaccompanied children from Central America who were crossing the U.S. border from Mexico. Leon Rodriguez testified about Citizenship and Immigration Services policies regarding deportation, immigration benefits, and the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Program.
    HOSTING ORGANIZATION
    • House Judiciary Committee

    People in video.
    • Bachus, SpencerU.S. Representative[R] Alabama
    • Chabot, StevenU.S. Representative[R] Ohio
    • Chaffetz, JasonU.S. Representative[R] Utah
    • Chu, JudyU.S. Representative[D] California
    • Coble, John “Howard”U.S. Representative[R] North Carolina
    • Collins, DougU.S. Representative[R] Georgia
    • Conyers, John Jr.U.S. Representative[D] Michigan
    • Forbes, J. “Randy” RandyU.S. Representative[R] Virginia
    • Franks, TrentU.S. Representative[R] Arizona
    • Gohmert, Louis “Louie” B. Jr.U.S. Representative[R] Texas
    • Goodlatte, Robert “Bob”U.S. Representative[R] Virginia
    • Gutiérrez, LuisU.S. Representative[D] Illinois
    • Holding, GeorgeU.S. Representative[R] North Carolina
    • Jackson Lee, SheilaU.S. Representative[D] Texas
    • King, Steven “Steve”U.S. Representative[R] Iowa
    • Lofgren, ZoeU.S. Representative[D] California
    • Poe, TedU.S. Representative[R] Texas
    • Rodriguez, LeonDirectorU.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services
    • Scott, Robert “Bobby”U.S. Representative[D] Virginia
    • Smith, Lamar S.U.S. Representative[R] Texas

    http://www.c-span.org/video/?320711-1/hearing-oversight-us-citizenship-immigration-services

  39. I am on the side of Israel, and have a great respect for Bibi, but we have got to be fair in two respects”

    1. first, when Israel was struggling to establish their country, some including Begin did engage in acts of terrorism. The most conspicuous example was the blowing up of the King David Hotel. Something like 249 people were killed.

    2. second, the Palestinian people have been stateless and in a state of limbo since the close of world war II. That is a huge political problem, and it breeds the kind of terrorism we see today.

    None of this justifies the acts of Hamas. It merely recognizes why the ground for such extremism is as fertile as it appears to be.

    But even if there was no Israel, we would still have major problems in the Middle East for two reasons:

    a) first, the existential religious conflict between Sunni and Shia–promoted by state actors in the region

    b) second, the muslim hatred of the west, which challenges their eighth century religion which does not evolve—

    Until people realized that even though entrepreneurs did not build this country, Muslims did-

    According to our big media beloved and mentally deranged Messiah

    To big media whatever the Messiah says is, ipso facto, holy writ.

  40. So Charles (Krauthammer_, you say that

    1. when Obama usurps congressional authority and legalizes all the illegals,

    2. he will be guilty of an impeachable offense,

    3. nevertheless, but the Republicans should refrain from pursuing the singular remedy prescribed by the Constitution

    4. to deal with a president who exceeds his authority in this manner

    4, namely, impeachment

    5. because that would prove to be a political disaster

    6, even though they took a solemn oath to uphold the Constitution????

    In that case, the Republicans are in a quandary:

    if they act they run the risk of a public backlash

    if they act and it goes wrong they will be blamed.

    In my view, if they stop obsessing over the politics and do what is right for the people

    if he does what I think he will

    if they win the senate, and

    if public opinion sees the potential here

    –an outbreak of communicable disease, and/or

    –a spike in gang activity and crime, and/or

    –an act of terrorism, and/or

    –the failure of safety nets

    then the moral and political imperative will be to act

    in the form of something they do not appear to understand, i.e. leadership

    But even then, I have a hard time believing they will act

    Just as I have an equally hard time believing that big media will come around

    There is too much water under the bridge/

  41. http://thehill.com/homenews/senate/213757-vulnerables-balk-at-obama-action

    Democratic senators facing tough reelections want to put the brakes on President Obama’s plan to reform the nation’s immigration enforcement system through executive action.

    Two of the Senate’s most vulnerable incumbents, Sens. Mark Pryor (D-Ark.) and Kay Hagan (D-N.C.), say Obama should not act unilaterally to reduce deportations, arguing it’s Congress’s job to change the law. [snip]

    Hagan said Tuesday that Congress, not the president, has the proper authority to reform the nation’s immigration system.

    Hagan joined the rest of the Democratic caucus in voting for the Senate’s immigration reform measure last year. She praised the legislation as a “strong, bipartisan bill.”

    Pryor agrees with Hagan that Obama should not act unilaterally to change immigration policies.

    “I don’t like government by executive order. I just don’t, generally, so I’d have to look and see specifically what he’s proposing and what he’s talking about,” he said. “Overall, I don’t approve of that approach.”

    Senate Democratic strategists concede that an executive order slowing deportations could play into the Republican charge that Obama is a “lawless” president and further rev up conservative base voters.

    “Politics is a risk business. I can understand Sen. Pryor’s stance on this because that’s an issue that presents a real risk for him in a very tough election,” said Tad Devine, a Democratic strategist.

    “The risk of taking action, I think, is very clear. Conservative Democrats particularly in Southern states can have this issue thrown back at them and it can hurt them in their campaigns,” he said. [snip]

    “They’ve got to think about those consequences for the Democratic Party for the long term,” he said, adding that the lack of executive action “may stop the movement of a group that is moving decisively toward the Democratic Party.”

    No talk of what is good for the country. Obama Dimocrats only think of what is good for themselves.

  42. view the posters that greeted O when he went to CA and the Silicon Valley

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    About freakin’ time!

    The kookaid rehabs were bursting at the seams when Snowden exposed the NSA/Obama snooping. That was the last straw for many geeks in Silicon Valley.

  43. totally disgusted
    July 30, 2014 at 8:39 am

    jeswezey
    July 30, 2014 at 5:52 am

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    Jeeze, two religious cultures of humans fighting over the same land.

    One religious book says this, another says that…and these people will never get along, living side by side.

    This war will never end.

  44. admin

    July 30, 2014 at 3:39 pm

    A surprise:
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    thanks for posting that…I happen to see that yesterday when I was turning the channel and could not believe what I was hearing…

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    mentioned yesterday the House Majority is bombarding with emails multiple times a day asking for money because they are “getting behind the President, they have his back” ‘the repubs want to impeach’ bla, bla,bla

    keep unsubscribing and sending them notes that I do not support O and will not support any Dim that enables him

    if anyone has a direct phone number for the House Majority pac…please share…they don’t seem to get it…

  45. Shadowfax

    July 30, 2014 at 4:37 pm

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    Shadow…it is sad to say but if the young kids on each side had the power to put all the adults on a “time out”…the kids from each side would get along and become friends…they have done it when people have tried to take them away the fighting to go to play at summer camps etc…and it is so heartwarming to see the kids arm in arm and just relating as kids…

    but back in reality and the adult world…the pain, loss, fear, anger and hate are so deep…sigh…

  46. S

    I don’t ever see it ending. Same $hit, different year.

    Israel has it worse because Arabs unite and the Jews are surrounded by people that hate them.

    There is no love between these people and every time a family member is killed, on either side, the hatred grows.

  47. The House voted mostly along party lines Wednesday to authorize suing President Barack Obama, which Republicans called a principled move to rein in an increasingly lawless president and Democrats and the White House dismissed as a taxpayer-financed political stunt.
    The resolution adopted 225-201 would authorize a lawsuit against the president over his implementation of the Affordable Care Act, with five Republicans joining all the Democrats in opposition — Paul Broun of Georgia, Steve Stockman of Texas, Scott Garrett of New Jersey, Thomas Massie of Kentucky and Walter B. Jones of North Carolina.
    GOP leaders plan to sue over his decision to delay the employer mandate without authorization from Congress.
    Republicans say the unilateral employer mandate delay is just one example of the White House’s disregard for the rule of law. Indeed, when Speaker John A. Boehner first announced his intent to sue the president, Republicans weren’t sure which action they would target. They had a menu of options to chose from, which Rules Committee Chairman Pete Sessions, R-Texas, highlighted during the floor debate Wednesday.
    “By circumventing Congress, the president’s actions have marginalized the role that the American people play in creating the laws that govern them,” said Sessions. “Specifically, the president has waived work requirements for welfare recipients, unilaterally changed immigrations laws, released the Gitmo Five without properly notifying Congress — which is the law — and ignored the statutory requirements of the Affordable Care Act.
    “We have chosen to bring this legislation forth today,” he continued, “to sue the president over his selected implementation of the Affordable Care Act, because it is the option most likely to clear the legal hurdles necessary to succeed….”
    http://blogs.rollcall.com/218/house-votes-to-sue-president-obama/

  48. wbboei July 30, 2014 at 2:46 pm

    I am on the side of Israel, and have a great respect for Bibi, but we have got to be fair

    Essentially, we are both saying the same thing here. Let’s see if you fare better with that remark than I have with my several posts on the subject.

    Shadowfax July 30, 2014 at 4:37 pm

    … two religious cultures… One religious book says this, another says that…and these people will never get along, living side by side.

    This war will never end.

    I agree with you too. It’s ‘we’ versus ‘they’. Let’s see if your post sticks to the wall.

  49. S July 30, 2014 at 4:43 pm

    mentioned yesterday the House Majority is bombarding with emails multiple times a day asking for money because they are “getting behind the President, they have his back” ‘the repubs want to impeach’ bla, bla,bla

    keep unsubscribing and sending them notes that I do not support O and will not support any Dim that enables him

    if anyone has a direct phone number for the House Majority pac…please share…they don’t seem to get it…

    I think you mean the Minority, not the Majority. Anyway, I’m getting those emails too (three this morning just before the vote). My reaction is not to unsubscribe or to tell them off, and certainly not to contribute. I just reply in polite language that Obama will have to lawyer up and defend himself on his own nickel because, in my opinion, he is stepping outside the bounds of his constitutional powers. Then I list the senatorial candidates that I am willing to support this year. The overall tone of my reply is very positive-sounding, a sort of “Thanks, but no thanks…,” because I think a positive approach short of support will have more effect than a vitriolic negative. Also, if they actually do un-subscribe me, I lose my place at the table.

  50. S July 30, 2014 at 5:00 pm

    … if the young kids on each side had the power to put all the adults on a “time out”… but back in reality and the adult world…the pain, loss, fear, anger and hate are so deep…

    Yes. There is factual evidence to support what you say. Kids live in a world free of the boundaries they acquire when they reach adulthood. There were two movies of South Africa and several movies from Israel, based on real-life stories, depicting this.

  51. jbstonesfan
    July 30, 2014 at 8:43 pm
    Not a good idea as it will galvanize the left for the midterms.
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    I can see it working for the right too.

  52. 7/31/14. …A new poll from AP-GfK shows more than two-thirds of Americans (68 percent) disapprove of Obama’s handling of the immigration issue in general. Just 31 percent approve — down from 38 percent two months ago…The AP-GfK poll asks issue questions in a slightly different manner than other pollsters, giving people the option to choose neither but then trying to get them to pick a side they “lean” toward. (Other pollsters won’t offer the “neither” option.) This might lead to slightly more negative reviews for Obama and/or fewer undecideds. But even then, the difference is clear.
    http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-fix/wp/2014/07/31/immigration-is-now-president-obamas-worst-issue/

  53. freespirit July 29, 2014 at 1:29 pm
    Barack and Kerry need to STFU with the public condemnation of Israel.

    Absolutely. Public diplomacy is to diplomacy as war is to peace. Even if Kerry condemns Israel, he should shut up about it in public and work behind the scenes. Of course, his “work behind the scenes” in the Middle East has been a major failure from the outset of his tenure at State. Maybe he’s frustrated.

  54. jbstonesfan July 30, 2014 at 4:38 pm

    With due respect to those who disagree, there are no Palestinians…

    The article you reference does not state or imply that “there are no Palestinians.” What it says is that there is no distinct Palestinian culture ripe for statehood the way the Jewish community is, and contends (in the words of Arafat) that once sovereignty is attained that state would join up with Jordan.

    However, everyone agrees (even Golda Meir!) that there are real people who exist, living in and nearby Israel, who are not Jews, and these people have assumed the name “Palestinian”. These people are all suspected of hating Israel and are not allowed near the inner workings of the Jewish State, such as the IDF. They are second-zone citizens living in a gilded cage without taxation. Their neighbors resisted the Jewish State, were killed or deported, joining up mainly with Hezbollah in Lebanon.

    It is true that these people have no historically-based identity of their own. Like the native Jews who have lived in Palestine since ancient time, they too have lived under various empires such as the Roman, Ottoman and briefly the British Protectorate. They don’t have a historic ID card like the Jews have, but they exist, they have Islam, and they have a right to live in their own homes on their own land. Israel by and large has denied them this dignity.

    On my first trip to Israel in 1979, the tour guide spoke proudly about how Israel was going to sweep into Jordan to Amman and move into Lebanon to clean out the Arab terrorists, claiming that the Lebanese wanted them to do so. When someone in the tourist crowd asked him, “What about the Palestinians?” the guide replied “They don’t exist. There aren’t any.” The crowd was shocked, but that was the Israeli line at that time: the guide wouldn’t even pronounce the word “Palestinian” or “Palestine”. Verboten.

    You are doing the same when you say “There are no Palestinians” harking back to that time close to Golda Meir when Israelis denied the very existence of people who were not Jews. And I remind you that, at that time (1979), Israel extended from the Jordan River to the Suez Canal, thus including the West Bank, Gaza and the Sinai Peninsula, thus including an Arab population that was larger than the Jewish population. But to their minds, the Arabs didn’t exist.

    Since then, the Israelis have come around to a more sensible standpoint, at least in their vocabulary. Maybe it was the Intifadas who inspired this change of spirit: Now they are willing to talk about a non-Jewish state with the “Palestinian” Authority. So, at least the vocabulary has changed. No sensible Israeli today would contend that “there are no Palestinians.”

  55. Shadowfax July 30, 2014 at 7:31 pm

    There is no love between these people and every time a family member is killed, on either side, the hatred grows.

    Yup! That’s we-they for you, when it turns violent. And we-they usually does turn violent. It’s a vicious circle. Mutual understanding and peace are the virtuous circle to follow.

    Intra-European quarrels of we-they have produced almost all the wars of the past millennium. It was only when peace was imposed on the exhausted continent from the outside that peace was given a chance, and now there is virtually no possibility of war among EU partners.

    I would suggest that such outside intervention is only way of bringing an end to the seemingly endless conflicts in the middle east.

  56. jeswezey

    July 31, 2014 at 4:34 am

    wbboei July 30, 2014 at 2:46 pm

    I am on the side of Israel, and have a great respect for Bibi, but we have got to be fair

    Essentially, we are both saying the same thing here. Let’s see if you fare better with that remark than I have with my several posts on the subject.
    ————
    What I meant by fair is not condemning Irael for defending its citizens, much less condoning what Hamas is doing. And I don’t think that is what you mean either. I mean seeing behind the public positions of both sides to the underlying interests and the imbalance in power that exists. I think Bibi is a strong leader and he is capable of doing just that. The liberal jews, however, suffer from the same blindness that liberals suffer from the world over. If we have leverage, surrender it to the other side, engage in unilateral disarmament, give them money to make them go away, and give ourselves Nobel Prizes so we can preen in front of a mirror, which is all we really want.

  57. We have surrendered our leverage in the middle east. (Note: this is what good liberals always do, while neocons lust to bomb the enemy back into the stone age. It is like our political system in general: no good choices.)

    Be that as it may, there can be no dispute that one time, we were the mediator and guarantor of the process.

    We had standing, and a certain level of trust with both parties (although in matters of states craft, and an even among friends, trust is a relative, not an absolute term.)

    And when we said something we acted upon our words, lest they be seen as gut wind, and moral preening on our part. We were, as John Quincy Adams intended us to be: a nation to be reckoned with.

    Today, we have no leverage and not mutuality of trust.

    Partly by default, and partly by conscious design, we have ceded our former leadership position to the military government in Egypt who hates us, and the military government in Turkey who hates us as well, and to a moribund European force.

    We are not leading the parade. We are far back and in arrears. Our role in this unholy alliance is to strong arm Israel, while repeating the empty mantra, that the bond between us and them is inseverable.

    The rhetoric fails to match the rhetoric. Why? Because, as with everything else Obama says, it is a LIE. And everybody, friends and adversaries alike know it. His impotence to act, is the undoing of the last great power of the twentieth century, while the rising power of the twenty first century, China, sits back and waits.

    Now that should be the picture which big media is presenting. Instead, they obsess over off color comments by a little known basket ball club owner to his girlfriend which she chose to reveal (nothing is fair in love and war), and the latest Vesuvian eruption by that scholar for the ages Ted Nugent, who decided to sound off on the beloved big media messiah in case someone missed his last 400 iterations on that subject. This is symptomatic of our current state of helplessness that we would settle for such bread and circuses and ignore our fate.

    I was speaking with my friend just the other day–the one who is a seer. I wish you all knew her, because she is truly remarkable. She is certain that this corruption and blindness will have dire consequences. And the elites, who have created the coming breakdown of civilization, whether that be with a bang or a whimper, fail to realize that their money will not protect them, because as Lord Reese Mog and James Dale Davidson noted in their seminal work The Great Reckoning some thirty years ago, the power of the dollar is always subordinate to the power of the gun.

  58. wbboei July 31, 2014 at 9:17 am

    I do think that your condemnation of the “liberal Jews” is a little over the top, but Yes, we do see eye to eye on the subject.

  59. It may be generation, and maybe that is all it is. But I look at these young whippersnappers who presume to represent the United States who are offered up by the Obama administration and I find no one to respect, much less admire. No George Schultzs, no Henry Kissingers, no George Marshalls, etc.

    Power? Rice?

    Give me a fucking break.

  60. wbboei July 31, 2014 at 9:44 am

    AOK, but going over it, I see one more reason per every sentence why HRC should be the next POTUS.

  61. I do think that your condemnation of the “liberal Jews” is a little over the top.
    —————-
    To be clear, the point was broader than just liberal Jews. It relates to the myopia of liberals in general.

    Let me give you one example, but in order to take my point you will need to put politics aside, and just consider the facts.

    Think back to the 1970s when the arms race between the United States and Russia was in high bloom, and strategic arms limitations talks were moving forward with glacial speed, notwithstanding Warnke’s walk in the woods, etc.

    The liberal response here in the United States and across Europe was what? Unilateral disarmament by the United States which would show the world what enlightened people we were and to cause crusty leaders with KGB in their blood, like Yuri Andropff, the life of every party, to throw down his arms lest the world think he was not enlightened too? The only thing missing in the leitmotif was Robert Redford sitting in a hot tub in Vail Colorado lecturing us on how noble we too could be if we merely took the plunge, while Hanoi Jane was beating the hustings looking for the last little commie to embrace, a victim of J Edgar and Roger Vadim, not necessarily in that order.

    What brought sanity to this madness was the real politic approach by the Reagan administration, and the simultaneous emergence of a Soviet leader we could do business with. Those are the factors that move mountains. Not the liberal vision which is a sure recipe for failure, and as we saw with Chamberlain (who was nominally a conservative) worse.

  62. jeswezey

    July 31, 2014 at 9:53 am
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    Exactly right. And that is at the heart of the difference between Hillary and Obama. He has his head in the clouds. She, on the other hand, is pragmatic by nature.

  63. To specify what I contend at 9:53 am (“one more reason per sentence”):

    “We have surrendered our leverage in the middle east. (…what good liberals always do, while neocons lust to bomb the enemy back into the stone age. It is like our political system in general: no good choices.)”

    The neocons view HRC as one of their own (tough) but risk-averse, and liberals see her as an action-ready risk-taking neocon. In fact, she uses “smart power” with an eyes-open use of our whole array of soft and hard power.

    “We had standing, and a certain level of trust with both parties (although in matters of statecraft, and an even among friends, trust is a relative, not an absolute term.)
    And when we said something we acted upon our words, lest they be seen as gut wind, and moral preening on our part. We were, as John Quincy Adams intended us to be: a nation to be reckoned with.”

    ‘A nation to be reckoned with’ for better or worse was the cornerstone of HRC’s policies at State (read her book). Also in the book, you can find a detailed account of how she managed to build and sustain some level of trust with Pakistan in particular, even after the Bin Laden raid, just by being there and taking their fire head-on. Her attitude: punch away. Also, “you don’t make peace with your friends.”

    “We are not leading the parade. We are far back and in arrears. Our role in this unholy alliance is to strong arm Israel, while repeating the empty mantra, that the bond between us and them is inseverable.”

    Again, read Hard Choices but also Vali Nasr’s The Dispensable Nation about AfPak: In the latter, you will find ample evidence of how HRC took Holbrooke’s fight for American leadership on that specific battlefield to an unsuccessful conclusion on the desk of the Oval Office, where Obama just wanted to back down and out. Bob Gates confirmed this in his book Duty.

    “The rhetoric fails to match the rhetoric. Why? Because, as with everything else Obama says, it is a LIE. And everybody, friends and adversaries alike know it. His impotence… is the undoing of the last great power of the twentieth century, while the rising power of the twenty first century, China, sits back and waits.”

    Yes, this is the first part of HRC’s book: The pivot to Asia and engaging with China in particular.

    “… big media… obsess over off-color comments by a little known basketball club owner to his girlfriend…. This is symptomatic of our current state of helplessness that we would settle for such bread and circuses and ignore our fate.”

    HRC shares our “love” for the superficiality of big media. She loathes many of the so-called journalists and chattering class. I anticipate a deathblow to big media if ever HRC gets into the Oval Office, by selective interviews with only those journalists who offer serious questioning and criticism.

  64. jeswezey

    July 31, 2014 at 10:19 am
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    I congratulate you for reading the book.

    (You are a better man than I Gunga Din.)

    An even better source, I think, is the article she wrote in Foreign Affairs magazine a few years ago.

    I commend it to your attention.

  65. foxy @ 10:09 am: That is his nastiest human trait and it’s so hard to remember. Maybe this one bugs Holder a bit.

    Obama Administration Spent Thousands On Strippers, Boxing Tickets In Failed Sting On Border Patrol Agent
    The case against a border patrol agent gets dismissed after his lawyer claims multi-agency corruption task force entrapped his client.
    A federal judge dismissed money-laundering and corruption charges against Customs and Border Protection agent Lauro Tobias Tuesday in response to dismissal motions from both the Department of Justice and Tobias’ attorney, which were filed within hours of each other July 25.
    Tobias, a 10-year veteran of the CBP who also served in the Air Force for two decades, was arrested in March 2013 after he took a trip from Phoenix to Las Vegas for a drug deal — six kilograms of cocaine were exchanged with unnamed persons for $100,000. Tobias was paid $4,000 for working as security during the deal, based on court documents.
    Tobias has maintained he did not know the trip was for a drug deal, and that he was assured the exchange was legal.
    But, based on court documents, the drug deal wasn’t real: Everyone involved, aside from Tobias, appears to have been a part of a federal task force that has been attempting, with little success, to root out corruption within the Border Patrol along the Arizona-Mexico border.
    It’s unclear why the Justice Department abruptly asked for the dismissal the same day as Tobias’ attorney filed his motion….

    http://www.buzzfeed.com/johnstanton/obama-administration-spent-federal-money-on-strippers-fight

  66. HRC shares our “love” for the superficiality of big media.
    —————
    That is what they want you to believe.

    They want you to believe it is not political.

    The truth is, it is all political.

    It is to enforce the commandments of political correctness.

    Which is one of the tools the elites have fastened on to protect their power and privilege.

    Please, do not be mislead into believing these anecdotes, plucked from relative obscurity

    In the midst of everything else that is happening in the world

    Are intended to merely to entertain.

    The real purpose is more ominous.

  67. One of the things that has most definitely CHANGED during the past six years is public perception of the MOTIVES of big media. The shop warn explanations, such as they want to sell newspapers, have yielded to a mature understanding of their motives. Inasmuch as they are now owned by the same multi national corporations that control our political process through campaign contributions, etc. the alternative explanation becomes increasingly credible. That big media is simply one more tool for social control. This insight is hardly novel. If you read the Prison Diaries of the Italian Communist Gramsche, you will discover the same idea, and his conclusion that for this reason, the proletariat should cease and desist in buying bourgeois newspapers. It is why I do not watch big media.

  68. HRC shares our “love” for the superficiality of big media.

    wbboei July 31, 2014 at 10:38 am

    … it is all political.
    *****

    Dunno what you’re driving at. You think HRC hates the media for political reasons?

    I think it’s more personal. I’ve seen her handling tough issues with Greta, Amanpour, Sawyer, Charlie Rose. But she completely avoids assholes like Tingles. She’ll never appear on his show.

    When asked before Congress (2009) why Al Jazeera’s ratings were on the rise, she answered that they had “real news, while US news outlets were a stream of commercials interrupted by arguments between talking heads.” That prompted outrage by the very “journalists” who were guilty of such conduct, but I think was indicative of HRC’s real attitude toward big media.

  69. wbboei July 31, 2014 at 10:48 am

    [Media] are now owned by the same multi national corporations that control our political process through campaign contributions…. big media is simply one more tool for social control.

    Agreed; but that gets us into the discussion of the diminishing ROI on corporate media, and then there would be how to explain the rising ROI of Fox (which is also corporate media but of different orientation).

    My statement was about HRC, though: why she loathes the media generally and how I think the media world would change under an HRC presidency.

  70. wbboei July 31, 2014 at 10:08 am

    Think back to the 1970s when the arms race… was in high bloom, … the liberal response here? … Unilateral disarmament… Yuri Andropoff, the life of every party,… to throw down his arms lest the world think he was not enlightened too… The only thing missing… Robert Redford … Hanoi Jane was… looking for the last little commie to embrace…

    [ROTFLMAO !!]

    What brought sanity to this madness was the Realpolitik approach by the Reagan administration, and the simultaneous emergence of a Soviet leader we could do business with. Those are the factors that move mountains.

    And thereupon another good reason for an HRC presidency — her insistence, once again emphasized in Hard Choices, that personal and personality issues are the stuff of the best diplomacy. She said that once to Greta in defense of her rigorous schedule of travels around the world: You get the most done when you are face-to-face with your adversary and know what he’s thinking. Then he becomes a foreign “leader we can do business with.”

  71. jeswezey

    July 31, 2014 at 10:56 am
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    In bankruptcy there is a priority among creditors.

    In the realm of big media, a moral bankruptcy is in evidence.

    Hence, there is a similar priority or ranking among excuses:

    first defense: we speak truth to power.

    second defense: the public has a right to know

    third defense: we need to sell newspapers

    fourth defense: we need access so we cannot afford to speak truth to power

    fifth defense: we are not lying or distorting the truth: we are entertaining

    Anything to hide the fact that it is all political. They are a tool for social control. Gramci got it right.

    With Hillary, you are quite right. Much of it is personal. Today, since the days of Sherri Lansing, women comprise more and more of the top echelon of entertainment and the news industry. And, as the West Virginia politician told me with too many of them, it is all like high school. The “men” in the media have a teenie weenie problem, and cannot countenance the idea of a woman in charge. Freud would have a field day with them.

  72. National Teachers’ union goes after Arne & Rand!
    “Stupid, absurd, non-defensible”: New NEA president Lily Eskelsen García on the problem with Arne Duncan, standardized tests and the war on teachers
    …Just the latest example of this fly-by-night leadership came from Rand Paul, the senator from Kentucky and expected GOP presidential contender. According to the Politico newsletter, Paul is “planning a major push on education reform, including ‘education choice, school choice, vouchers, charter schools, you name it.”‘
    Gotta love the “you name it” proposal, don’t you? So reassuring to parents. “Relax, we’re enrolling your kid in the ‘You Name It’ program this year. Everything will be fine.”….
    http://www.salon.com/2014/07/30/stupid_absurd_non_defensible_new_nea_president_lily_eskelsen_garcia_on_the_problem_with_arne_duncan_standardized_tests_and_the_war_on_teachers/

  73. Picture this: its an amber evening. The sweet smell jasmine fills the air. The setting sun glows red and casts a dark shadow on the lush green garden. There we find a young woman who bears a striking resemblance to Ava Gardner in her prime. Then the sound of a Spanish guitar which suggests the presence of a troubadour. And then, he appears on the balcony of an adobe structure, over a black Castilian railing, loses his balance, falls to the ground, gets up and screams into the camera: I want that fucking press secretary’s job, or I will make your life a living hell. And, he? Why he bears a striking resemblance to Chris Matthews. No blindfold, no last cigarette, please.

  74. Jes, don’t worry about being “unsubscribed”. They won’t take your name off their list. I’ve tried to get mine removed, but only after sending many return emails, repeatedly venting my anger and outrage about the failure of Dems to support the qualified female candidate in 2008, and DNC’s theft of Hillary’s votes to award to the incompetent.

    I doubt anyone has ever read the many insulting return emails I’ve sent. I’m certain they wouldn’t give a damn if they did read those emails. They really couldn’t care lass about how we regular (former) deems feel or what we think. They only want our money and our vote. They’ll get neither from me, and I delight in telling them so every chance I get – sometimes in very colorful language, depending upon how much rage I’m feeling at the moment.

    A mature, enlightened respons? Obviously not. But, it makes me feel a little better to vent to the perpetrators of the 2008 smack-down of women. The injustice they perpetrated was a huge deal – a deliberate injustice against the only serious female presidential candidate – ever. The party of all social justice all the time doesn’t give a fat rat’s rear end about justice for women. They want only to use us. I want them to know just how little I trust or respect the democrat party.

  75. Jes, don’t worry about being “unsubscribed”. They won’t take your name off their list. I’ve tried to get mine removed, but only after sending many return emails, repeatedly venting my anger and outrage about the failure of Dems to support the qualified female candidate in 2008, and DNC’s theft of Hillary’s votes to award to the incompetent.

    I doubt anyone has ever read the many insulting return emails I’ve sent. I’m certain they wouldn’t give a damn if they did read those emails. They really couldn’t care lass about how we regular (former) deems feel or what we think. They only want our money and our vote. They’ll get neither from me, and I delight in telling them so every chance I get – sometimes in very colorful language, depending upon how much rage I’m feeling at the moment.

    A mature, enlightened respons? Obviously not. But, it makes me feel a little better to vent to the perpetrators of the 2008 smack-down of women. The injustice they perpetrated was a huge deal – a deliberate injustice against the only serious female presidential candidate – ever. The party of all social justice all the time doesn’t give a fat rat’s rear end about justice for women. They want only to use us. I want them to know just how little I trust or respect the democrat party.

  76. The minute anyone mentions Ronny Raygun with admiration…I just laugh to myself.

    He was better at being a B-rated cowboy than a leader. He was better than Baracko, but that’s not sayin’ much.

  77. holdthemaccountable

    July 31, 2014 at 1:03 pm

    A professional in the field of journalism speaks:
    http://www.mediaite.com/tv/cnn-anchor-bill-weir-to-fox-nation-you-willfully-ignorant-fcksticks/
    ————————

    Hey Bill: how are they hanging

    You pride of Pepperdine

    You replacement for Martin Bashir

    Another sicko

    News flash for you Bill:

    Life is tough . . .

    But it is even tougher when you are stupid
    —————

    CNN anchor Bill Weir, who Fox chief Roger Ailes once described as “weird” and “mediocre,” (after Weir attacked Fox News) has hit a milestone at the left-wing cable outlet; the second lowest ratings in nearly 15 years. In total viewers and the all-important 25-54 age demo, Weir almost made history with just 226K total viewers and 48K demo viewers. Lows unseen practically going back to the Clinton-era.
    Mediaite reports that in 15 years, only once did CNN achieve fewer total viewers at the 9 p.m. hour, back in 2000 when Larry King brought only 196K viewers. The lowest demo viewership was earned by Piers Morgan in 2012 — just 39k viewers. Other than that it is all Weir.

    CNN’s temporary ratings bump during the left-wing news network’s exploitation of the missing Malaysian airliner, is almost certainly over. In total day viewers Friday, CNN slid back into third place behind Fox and MSNBC. In the 25-54 demo, CNN slumped to 4th behind HLN.

    In primetime Friday, CNN was slaughtered by MSNC and Fox News. CNN averaged only 270K total viewers. Fox and MSNBC averaged 1.305 million and 414K, respectively.

    Currently, it appears as though CNN is reverting back to its failed pre-missing airliner playbook where they gotcha Republicans like Karl Rove for a remark he made (while giving Democrats like Harry Reid a pass) and obsess over identity politics (Donald Sterling and a gay NFL player).

  78. Shadowfax

    July 31, 2014 at 12:54 pm

    The minute anyone mentions Ronny Raygun with admiration…I just laugh to myself.

    He was better at being a B-rated cowboy than a leader. He was better than Baracko, but that’s not sayin’ much.
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    Oh now Shadow, please . . .

    Tell me he did not restore confidence in our nation

    Tell me he did not push us beyond Carter malaise

    Tell me he was not better in that role than in Bedtime for Bonzo

    Just remember what Napoleon said about the first qualification of a general

    If you forgot let me refresh your recollection

    A strong mind, not a brilliant one

    And, no one who lives in the same world as most of us can doubt his love of the country

    Nor can they doubt Obama’s maniacal hatred for this country

    At this point fools and parasites are his only remaining constituency.

  79. I have a friend who emigrated here from Viet Nam at the end of the Viet Nam war. I went with him to the casino yesterday. I asked him, as I always do, how do the Chinese American, he is Chinese you see, view Obama. He says they do not like him, and even those who supporter him initially are now highly critical. Chief among their concerns is the fact that he has no work ethic, and they do not like the fact that he is the gol darn golfingest president evah/ And, whenever there is a disaster he is either on the golf course or at a fundraiser. It is comical. How can a man who obsesses over his legacy not are what people now think of him? Or will his legacy be one more work of fiction written by Hollywood liberals, hoping to turn chicken shit into chicken soup?

  80. I admit that Carter was a putz, but Raygun with is trickle down economics, and in CA was a terrible governor – he was not a President I ever admired, in any way.

    He is looked at by Republican’s as the gold standard, makes me want to puke.

  81. He is looked at by Republican’s as the gold standard, makes me want to puke
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    Before you do anything as drastic as that

    Bear in mind–everything in politics is relative

    Compared to Bush 41, Dole, Bush 43, McCain, etc. he is the gold standard.

    So what does that make McCain?

    Lead and arsenic perhaps?.

  82. BREAKING: House GOP Pull Their Immigration Bill

    By: Erick Erickson (Diary) | July 31st, 2014 at 12:59 PM | 0

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    House Republican leaders do not have the votes to fund Barack Obama’s amnesty/immigration plan. So they pulled it.

    The House leaders are thus far insistent they will not close the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. They would rather be embarrassed in their failure to do anything than do the right thing and close this program.

    They even had some Democrat support, but could not muster enough votes to give Barack Obama more money to cause more problems. So much for the new McCarthy-Scalise team.

    This, by the way, is a big win for Ted Cruz of Texas and Jeff Sessions of Alabama Both Senators have come out forcefully against the House plan not including DACA. It appears enough Republicans in the House listened.

  83. So much for the new McCarthy-Scalise team.
    ——————–
    Boehner has done what ever weak leader in history has done, which is to surround himself with lieutenants who are even weaker than he is because they are unlikely to challenge his authority. No footsteps behind his back to worry about.

    As I look at this guy Scalise, who his billed as a Tea Party favorite, he looks more to me like an astoturfed Tea Party member, because he is an establishment plant. Look even closer at his and you will find that he looks alot like Dick Head Durbin from the democrat party.

    The uniparty is losing its edge when the candidates from both parties start to look alike, sound alike and behave alike. It suggests that where the American People are concerned there is no substantive choice.

  84. Bear in mind–everything in politics is relative

    —-
    True enough, but besides Bill Clinton and John Kennedy…all the other Dem Presidents in recent years were below a ‘C’ average for me and Barry is an epic fail.

    There hasn’t been a Rethug President in recent years that I have admired. Nixon, Raygun, Bush Jr are all terrible. Each did something decent in their reign, but as a whole, they all sucked.

    Barry is worse then all of them.

    McCain was never President.

  85. Like Father Like Son . . . Hey Mario, where for art thou? Prediction: there will never be a President Cuomo. Even in the graft ridden Age of Obama some things are still illegal, even if you have the protection of the ring.
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    US Attorney to Cuomo: Witness tampering and obstruction are still illegal, you know

    posted at 3:21 pm on July 31, 2014 by Ed Morrissey

    The gloves have come off in New York, where Andrew Cuomo’s easy cruise to re-election as governor of New York has hit a major detour. Last week, the New York Times exposed Cuomo’s attempts to interfere with an anti-corruption commission he had established in August 2013, and then abruptly shut down in March. US Attorney Preet Bharara had cooperated with the Moreland Commission rather than press new investigations out of his own office, but got suspicious about Cuomo’s actions and took over the panel’s files. This led to the discovery that Cuomo’s office had demanded the retraction of subpoenas and the end to probes of people in Cuomo’s administration.

    After the NYT exposé, several figures in Cuomo’s circle have publicly come out to criticize the Bharara probe, and yesterday the US Attorney’s office issued its response — a warning that Cuomo and his aides had better refrain from tampering with witnesses and obstruction of justice.

    Oh, yeah … it’s on (via Jim Geraghty):

    In an escalation of the confrontation between the United States attorney in Manhattan, Preet Bharara, and Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo over the governor’s cancellation of his own anticorruption commission, Mr. Bharara has threatened to investigate the Cuomo administration for possible obstruction of justice or witness tampering.

    The warning, in a sharply worded letter from Mr. Bharara’s office, came after several members of the panel issued public statements defending the governor’s handling of the panel, known as the Moreland Commission, which Mr. Cuomo created last year with promises of cleaning up corruption in state politics but shut down abruptly in March. …

    At least some of those statements were prompted by calls from the governor or his emissaries, according to people with direct knowledge of the situation who were unwilling to be named for fear of reprisal.

    One commissioner who received a call from an intermediary on behalf of the governor’s office said he found the call upsetting and declined to make a statement.

    The letter from prosecutors, which was read to The New York Times, says, “We have reason to believe a number of commissioners recently have been contacted about the commission’s work, and some commissioners have been asked to issue public statements characterizing events and facts regarding the commission’s operation.”

    “To the extent anyone attempts to influence or tamper with a witness’s recollection of events relevant to our investigation, including the recollection of a commissioner or one of the commission’s employees, we request that you advise our office immediately, as we must consider whether such actions constitute obstruction of justice or tampering with witnesses that violate federal law.”

    We often hear presidents and governors say that they have to wait for an investigation to complete its work before offering comment, other than just anodyne expressions of innocence. This demonstrates the wisdom of that policy. This particular example is almost risibly ironic, since it appears that Cuomo and his team did exactly what got them into trouble in the first place — leaned on the commissioners to keep the governor out of trouble. It’s practically a demonstration of how the alleged corruption and obstruction worked. And that would, indeed, risk adding more counts to any indictment that may arise in the future.

    Plus, by going public, Cuomo has given Bharara another opportunity to respond in kind. For a man who wants to win another term in office in just three months, provoking prosecutors into reminding the public of suspicions of corruption seems like a rather curious strategy.

    Republicans may want Cuomo gone for obvious reasons; they want to win control of the governor’s office, and are hoping that Rob Astorino could knock off Cuomo. But on the Left, rising anger over Cuomo’s battles with Bill DeBlasio in New York City and the treatment given to progressive challenger Zephyr Teachout has the bloc already unhappy with the incumbent. Ryan Cooper says it’s time for Democrats to dump Cuomo as well:

    Cuomo has consistently obstructed Mayor Bill de Blasio’s agenda. Six months in, the de Blasio mayoralty looks to be off to a decent start. But the truth is that the mayor of New York simply doesn’t have that much power to institute major policy in the face of opposition from Albany, and getting Cuomo to go along has been like pulling teeth. Instead of raising taxes on the rich, Cuomo wants to cut them. He blocked rental subsidies for the homeless. Worst of all is Cuomo’s atrocious urban policy, particularly on public transportation, whose coffers he wants to raid to alleviate costs for drivers. De Blasio seems to get that New York City is absolutely dependent on its subways and buses, but like most rich people Cuomo is a driving partisan to the bone.

    Third is corruption. Obviously, the Times investigation is the major mark against him here, though his campaign has also admitted to rounding up fake protesters to harass Zephyr Teachout while she is campaigning.

    The bottom line is that Andrew Cuomo is the worst kind of backstabbing, triangulating “centrist” in the wretched No Labels mold. Better for liberals to beat him now, or at least make his victory as unimpressive as possible, before we have to beat him in a presidential primary down the line.

    The presidential aspirations have already dissipated, and now it’s a question as to whether Cuomo can cross the finish line. The problem with Cooper’s advice is that relatively few outside of New York City want a more progressive governor than Cuomo, and the two other options Cooper mentions will have a very difficult time getting traction — especially Howie Hawkins running at the moment on the Green Party ticket. Teachout might do slightly better as the Democratic nominee, but much of New York is Republican, and being to the left of Cuomo is a limiting exercise in statewide races. If Cuomo falls in the September 9 primary because of corruption woes, Republicans will reap the benefit, not progressives. That’s why Democrats will almost certainly stick with Cuomo until it’s impossible to do so.

  86. Obama says he ain’t scared on no stinkin’ GOP House. He’ll do whateverthehell he wants to.

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    By Benjamin Goad – 07/31/14 02:43 PM EDT

    President Obama mocked House Republicans Thursday for approving a lawsuit challenging his use of executive action and said it wouldn’t deter him from using his powers to advance his agenda.

    “It’s not very productive, but it’s not going to stop me from doing what I think needs to be done in order to help families all across the country,” Obama said.

    His remarks came as he signed the latest in a string of executive orders designed to boost workplace conditions, in lieu of congressional action on items ranging from the minimum wage to paid family leave.
    “Think about how much further along we’d be if Congress would do its job,” Obama said, noting that “the big event last night,” the House vote, addressed neither those issues, nor the growing immigration crisis on the southwest border.

    (SNIP)

    http://thehill.com/regulation/administration/213963-obama-mocks-gop-lawsuit

  87. Take that, Republicans!

    President Obama signed an executive order on Thursday designed to protect employees of federal contractors. The order will require contractors to disclose any violations of labor law within the last three years before receiving new federal contracts, and it will adjust procurement procedures to protect contractors with no record of violating the law.

    http://www.cbsnews.com/news/obama-signs-executive-order-protecting-federal-contractors-employees/

  88. Oh vey, when you have lost Debbie Downer, the end cannot be far away.

    Time to pick up the pen and start writing your memoirs.

    Unfortunately that will not happen.

    Batten down the hatches because its gonna get rough.

    He will turn on his own party.

    And that will put big media in something of a quandary.

    If it sinks their ship with all hands on board, oh vey.

    In the meantime, go get’em Debbie.

    (But please leave Grover Cleveland alone. Unlike Obama, he did the best he could.)
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    Debbie Wasserman Schultz issues clear condemnation of Obama

    It appears that President Barack Obama has lost the support of even the members of his own party in Congress. On Wednesday, Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL), the sitting chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee, condemned the president in terms so clear that they cannot be mistaken for anything other than a denunciation.

    In an appearance on MSNBC on Wednesday, while discussing the House’s lawsuit against the White House over what they allege is the ideological and selective enforcement of existing law, Wasserman Schultz issued a stern rebuke of Obama’s managerial and leadership style (via Lachlan Markay):

    Wasserman Schultz accused Obama of “doing his job less often and at a rate that is lower than any president since Grover Cleveland.”

    Sarcasm aside, what she is likely saying here is that Obama has issued fewer executive orders than did most of his predecessors. If that is an accurate interpretation, it is worth noting that Wasserman Schultz disturbingly equated the president issuing executive edicts with “doing his job.” That’s a unique take on the role of chief executive, especially considering that the Supreme Court recently ruled by 9 to nothing that Obama’s take on what constitutes his job violates the separation of powers.

    The Democratic line on the House lawsuit thus far has been to mock and deride it, because mockery and derision is the final refuge of those who are insecure in the merits of their arguments. But even those predisposed to oppose the president’s executive overreach see the lawsuit as a dubious exercise by the House GOP leadership aimed at keeping an unruly conference in line.

    We shall see. For now, enjoy the DNC chairwoman’s vote of no confidence in the leader of her party and the nation’s chief executive. It’s only a joke until it’s no longer a laughing matter.

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  89. freespirit

    July 31, 2014 at 3:40 pm

    Obama says he ain’t scared on no stinkin’ GOP House. He’ll do whateverthehell he wants to.
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    Pride goeth before a fall.

  90. Hamas killing their own but Israel gets the blame. 😡

    More than a third of the 140 rockets fired by Hamas at Israel yesterday fell short and exploded inside the Gaza Strip, according to the Israeli Army spokesman’s office.

    Rocket shortfalls have increased, according to Israeli military sources. They attribute these misfires to the intense pressure Hamas rocket squads face from Israeli air and artillery attacks, as well as poorly assembled rockets.

    http://freebeacon.com/national-security/hamas-rockets-exploding-in-gaza-strip/

  91. Constitutional law professor on separation of powers: “Stop hatin’ all the time”

    posted at 3:21 pm on July 30, 2014 by Allahpundit

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    It is indeed “hatin’,” not “hating,” as both CNN and ABC note, and that’s deliberate. His strategy in answering the GOP’s lawsuit in the court of public opinion is cynical and brilliant: He’s going to laugh the whole thing off as highfalutin nonsense, something the average joe shouldn’t spend two seconds thinking about. Obama the Harvard Law grad knows how significant the underlying separation-of-powers issues are and how weak his case is on the merits. So Obama the politician is going to reassure low-information voters who lack basic civics that the whole thing is basically a goof. That’s where the use of vernacular comes in — he’s as befuddled by this constitutional folderol as you are, America. It’s just “hatin’.” Needless to say, had George Bush responded to liberal worries about presidential signing statements by jovially accusing them of “hatin’,” the media would have dumped in its pants. MSNBC hosts would be demanding his resignation for treating matters of grave constitutional concern so dismissively and lefty bloggers would be wondering if Bush wasn’t showing symptoms of being a “dry drunk” in laughing off something this serious. As it is, hackery will prevail.

    I’ve gotta say, pessimist though I am, I thought the public would be a harder sell on transitioning to a system of government by executive decree than telling them that the opposition’s just “hatin’” and don’t you worry your pretty heads about the details. Evidently it’s time to lower the bar of expectations once again. Here’s today’s clip followed by a blast from the past (2008) back when Obama thought checks and balances meant more than Congress “being mad.”

    http://hotair.com/archives/2014/07/30/constitutional-law-professor-on-separation-of-powers-stop-hatin-all-the-time/

  92. wbboei
    July 31, 2014 at 3:45 pm

    Oh vey, when you have lost Debbie Downer, the end cannot be far away.

    Time to pick up the pen and start writing your memoirs.
    __________________

    Hark!!!What light through yonder window breaks. :LOL;

  93. Obama’s approach to government and his approach to campaigning are essentially one in the same.

    Lesson 1: appeal to fools, get them to the rallies, get them to clap like seals, and give them the big lie.

    Lesson 2: appeal to the parasites, get them to contribute to your campaign, make them think there’s a quid pro quo and that they are insiders.

    Given the current state of the electorate and the greed of our elites, it is a viable strategy to ruin the nation.

  94. OMG, how could I ever forget:

    Lesson 3: recruit big media, turn them into an echo chamber, punish them if they wander off the reservation, reward them with personal gifts and invitations to the white house if they do your bidding.

    Without big media the strategy would fail, and with them it is feted.

  95. I listened to Evan Westin grimace about how the challenge facing big media, and how after succeeding Rune Aldrich as President of ABC News, he has embarked on a serious venture to discover how big media can compete effectively against the internet. What a shame it is, he opines, that people turn for their news not to ABC and its competitors, with deep resources and experienced personnel but to the (expletive deleted) blogging community. In so doing, he scrupulously avoids the apples to apples comparison staring him in the face. It is not a question of why they cannot compete against the bloggers, it is more a question of why they cannot compete with FOX News. Ah, he would say but they are competing. Again, an apples to apples comparison is required. If you compare FOX News to its cable competitors, it cleans their clock. And it will clean the clocks of the major networks as well if it ever decides to make that transition. What is there then about FOX News that draws audience away from the major networks and their bastard children like MSNBC. Is it simply the fact that FOX is a center right network and the electorate at large is center right if for no other reason, they do not want the ground rules of society change abruptly or by executive fiat? Or, is it the fact that there is two way communication between their audience and their people, whereas big media is all top down? Or is it the fact that FOX gives the public substantive reporting whereas big media hides the ball and bamboozles them with bread and circuses. So there Evan go write your book about that, so someone reads it. Better that than the nonsense you reported about how Babawawa scooped Judy Woodruff in the Fidel Castro interview twenty years ago. That may be a fine subject for last call at Manhattan bar, but nobody else gives a shit. Physician heal thyself.

  96. wbboei

    July 31, 2014 at 3:55 pm

    Constitutional law professor on separation of powers: “Stop hatin’ all the time”

    For uncle fluffy to get away with the mess that he calls governing, he has to have friends in high places. I call them Pharisees. Another term could be just idiots. The desire to see Hillary in the White House because she is a woman presupposes that any woman can be good president, just as the obots desire to see uncle idiot in the White House because he is black presupposes that any black person can be a good president. The below article takes both points and stands them on their head.

    Exhibit A – A black ‘leader’ in the House proving that it isn’t enough to just be a tool of this administration, she also has to give both blacks and women a bad name in terms of leadership.

    Congresswoman who co-sponsored Bush impeachment bill said Democrats never tried to impeach Bush

    During a floor speech on Wednesday night, Texas Democratic Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee voiced her opposition to the House Republican lawsuit against President Barack Obama and said that Democrats had never moved to impeach former President George W. Bush when he was in office.

    “A historical fact that President Bush pushed this nation into a war that had little to do with apprehending terrorists,” Jackson Lee said. “We did not seek an impeachment of President Bush, because as an executive, he had his authority. President Obama has the authority.”

    It’s an odd thing for Jackson Lee to say, because it was just six years ago that she helped lead a movement to impeach Bush by co-sponsoring a bill accusing him of high crimes and misdemeanors.

    Read more at http://news.yahoo.com/congresswoman-who-co-sponsored-impeachment-bill-of-bush-said-democrats-never-tried-to-impeach-bush-142528358.html

    Asshat.

    Hillary 2016

  97. It is not bad news. You just are blaming that hole in your pocket and that doctor with a medical degree from Barbados which is best known for dark rum on Obamacare. Admit it. You cannot stand to see a black man in the White House. You racist. You ignorant person. You soon to be IRS target. You to quote Lois Learner emissary from the most transparent administration in history in one of her now found emails–you “asshole”. Sugar and spice and everything nice. Well, okay, maybe it is true. Maybe it is as bad as it seems or worse. Don’t worry. Obama is as outraged as you are. And he will not rest until the problem is solved, unless a fundraiser, a vacation, or a game of golf get in the way. Mind you, in case you did not know this, Messiahs do not live by bread alone and they do not expire due to the daily double. I am sure the Mad Woman of San Francisco, Nanny Poopie, has an even more delusional explanation.
    ———————

    ObamaCare caused some premiums to nearly double in California

    posted at 2:01 pm on July 31, 2014 by Ed Morrissey


    The bad news in California: If you liked your plan and/or your doctor, many of you couldn’t keep either if you had an individual-market plan. The worse news in California: If you liked your premiums, you definitely couldn’t keep those. In the first year of ObamaCare, premiums rose in the Golden State anywhere from 22% to 88% from the previous year — even as insurer networks narrowed so much that consumers had a tough time finding a provider at all. (snip)

    The GAO report shows a more basic problem with government-run command economies. The massive expansion of bureaucracies needed to handle all of these moving parts, even inadequately, disperses accountability and responsibility so far and wide as to make both evaporate altogether.

    http://hotair.com/archives/2014/07/31/obamacare-caused-some-premiums-to-nearly-double-in-california/

  98. There is a cosmic balance at work here after all.

    While Obama is busy mocking the Republican House over this filing a lawsuit and talking impeachment

    The world at large is mocking Obama–even his own party including Debbie Downer and her Grover Cleveland comparison.

    Attention Obama: the world thinks you are a joke.

  99. When Obama met with Swiss Banker and Soros lieutenant Wolfe who planned the Obama campaign in 2008, he was instructed to implement the Soros plan, i.e. climate change, open borders, ceding sovereignty to the UN, abandoning our allies, etc. via executive order, using congressional inaction on these matters due to principled opposition as the justification. He was also told to start rumors about impeachment and dare Republicans to step into that trap, before they take control of the senate, assuming that happens.

  100. …The Richmond Times-Dispatch reported early Friday that Cantor says he will step down Aug. 18 to make sure constituents have a voice during the “consequential” lame-duck session. Cantor tells the newspaper he has asked Gov. Terry McAuliffe to call a special election for his district that coincides with the Nov. 4 general election. That would enable his successor to take office immediately….
    http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2014/08/01/cantor-says-hell-resign-sooner-than-expected/

    He call also avoid a lot of bull shit by leaving during summer break. 🙂

  101. Out and about yesterday, I saw some signage that unleashed a shudder throughout my being. Today? Same reaction but different source.
    Philly schools to be ‘one-stop location’ for government handouts 8/1/14.
    snip A proposed bill by the Philadelphia City Council would make public schools the “one-stop location” for government handouts, including everything from Section 8 housing subsidies to reproductive health services. Snip
    http://paindependent.com/2014/08/philly-schools-to-be-one-stop-location-for-government-handouts/

    PS. Signs yesterday: Revolutionary Home Healthcare; Commonwealth Connections Academy; Pennsylvania Ambulance.
    The first and last were on vehicles, the other near a former Petco store which has been gutted to walls and now ‘real work’ appears to begin.

  102. House GOP leadership is beginning to crack on its position that it would not include any language intended to prohibit the President from expanding the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) executive amnesty in a border bill package.

    Unable to find enough Republicans to pass the bill without the help of Democrats, who are lining up against the border bill, GOP leaders are considering allowing a separate vote on language to prevent a DACA expansion, a GOP leadership aide confirmed.

    The catch is that the second vote would take place only if the underlying bill first passed. It’s still unclear whether the two measures would then be combined into a single bill or sent individually to the Senate, where they are expected to die.

    The answer to that question could be crucial. The demand from leaders like Sens. Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Jeff Sessions (R-AL) has always been that their proposal be a part of the package as a whole, not as a separate piece. Cruz huddled with GOP members Wednesday evening to discuss strategy.

    “They are insulting the intelligence of their rank and file members,” Daniel Horowitz, a conservative activist with Madison Project, told Breitbart News. “It is abundantly clear that they have no intention of using the power of the purse – even on new superfluous spending – to stop Obama’s promised administrative amnesty. His omission of immigration from the list of illegal acts for the House lawsuit speaks volumes. No show vote can hide the fact that they are winking and nodding at this president, essentially giving him the green light to do what he wants.”

    “If the Republican leadership were serious about solving the border crisis, they would have the original Blackburn/Cruz language (not this watered down nonsense) in the House Border Supplemental,” Rosemary Jenks, NumbersUSA’s director of government relations, told Breitbart News. “Instead, they are trying to game conservatives and trick them into voting for a bill that will actually make the border crisis worse.”

    This comes after GOP leaders like incoming House Majority Whip Rep. Steve Scalise (R-LA), who is going through his first big test as incoming whip, expressed confidence this week the Granger bill as offered by Boehner’s working group would pass as-is.

    The Boehner working group plan would spend $659 million between now and the end of the government’s fiscal year on Sept. 30. The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) reported that Obama’s proposal, which would spend $3.7 billion total, would only spend $25 million between now and the end of the fiscal year.

  103. Admin and wbboei,
    I believe your speculation was dead on correct with the recent 4th circuit ruling on Obamacare. It was appealed late yesterday directly to the Supreme Court. No full panel review on the Obama packed DC circuit necessary on Halbig.
    “The justices are almost certain to take this case. If they do, the case will be argued in the first two months of 2015, with a decision by June 2015.”
    http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2014/08/01/BREAKING-Obamacare-Going-Back-to-Supreme-Court

  104. I just called Boneheads office. What a disaster. My guess he got Dems to cross over, hey, if it works in Mississippi, why not D.C.?

    We all know they are one big party anyway, but not the American Party.

  105. when Speaker Boehner says he’s going to get something done from now on, he’d better be checking with Senator Cruz to see if he’s gonna get the votes because clearly the new leadership team isn’t up to the task.”

    It is perfectly understandable that Democrats would be upset at the thought of someone other than them pushing John Boehner around. He has, after all, been theirs to do with what they will for the longest time.

    No one is living rent free in more Democrats’ heads these days than Ted Cruz. He could take the next six months off and they would be blaming everything on his “failure to come to work and show leadership” or something. He is a convenient fall guy because none of the useful idiot Republican senators from the old guard will openly defend Cruz after he failed to spend his first year in office kissing their backsides.

    http://pjmedia.com/tatler/2014/07/31/blame-cruz-is-the-new-blame-bush-for-whiny-democrats/

  106. Last night, the news arrived that Secretary of State Kerry and UN General Secretary Ban Ki-Moon had issued a joint statement announcing a 72-hour truce between Israel and Hamas. Reported the Washington Post:

    GAZA CITY — Israel and Hamas have agreed to an unconditional, 72-hour humanitarian truce to begin Friday morning, diplomats from the United States and the United Nations announced Thursday, potentially paving the way for an end to the 24-day-old conflict.

    Got that? John Kerry has brokered a truce that will be “paving the way for an end to the 24-day-old conflict” between Israel and Hamas, the latter who has openly sworn to “eliminate” Israel. If you believe that this is “the end” of a conflict that is a mere 24 days olds (???), there is always that bridge in Brooklyn for sale (these days waving a white surrender flag). John Kerry has brought peace in the Middle East? Really?

    http://spectator.org/articles/60138/evil-mind-john-kerry

  107. According to Cavuto, Obama is under pressure to raise the stakes with Russia by implementing more severe sanction which will simultaneously hurt the United States.

    This is not a case of first impression.

    I was at the Naval Academy at the height of the Viet Nam War. Our Superintendant was James Calvert. He was an exemplary officer. He was ruggedly handsome, and was the finest public speaker I have ever seen. . During World War II, Calvert served aboard submarines and receives two silver stars, and after the War commanded the submarine that sailed under the South Pole. At 52 years of age he was the youngest Vice Admiral in the Navy and he was slated to become Chief of Naval Operations, which unfortunately never happened due to navy politics.

    One hot summer evening he called the plebe class the auditorium to speak on a subject which was much on his mind. The subject was the Viet Nam War, and what it would take to win it. The opposition to that war was growing, and he among other senior officers, including General Walt USMC, the greatest combat commander I ever met, were firm that in order to win the war, you could not have, as he put it, guns and butter.

    In other words the country must be prepared to accept sacrifice in order to achieve the larger objective, beneficial to the nation.

    Then as now, the president is the only one with the stature to make that request of the citizenry. No one else can do it. And in order for that bugle call to heard he must have moral authority.

    For Mr. Obama that presents no small problem, because he lacks such moral authority. When he tells us we must tighten our belt to save the Ukraine because the rule of law commands it, people will remember that he is the same man who defies the rule of law within the United States.

    In sum, it may or may not be the right message. But the golfing fiend and fundraiser per excellent who fiddles while Rome burns is hardly the right messenger to press the case.

    t.

  108. Mormaer
    August 1, 2014 at 2:45 pm

    The WH filed appeal on DC circuit Halbig today before full panel
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    We knew they would do that. I believe it will take a majority of justices on that court to agree to hear the case en banc. We shall now see whether the damning admission by the architect of Obamacare will discourage them from hearing the case, or if they do hear it, whether it causes them to affirm the decision of the three judge panel. Ultimately, we shal find out whether the judges on that circuit are committed to the rule of law, or the will of a lawless president, who appointed a number of them. The impact of striking down Obamacare is not their problem. First of all it is speculative. Second, under the separation of powers, that is congress’s problem to fix. With an election on the horizon that a remedy from the appropriate branch of government will be forthcoming/

  109. foxyladi14
    August 1, 2014 at 4:49 pm
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    Either Trey is a world class cross examiner

    Or else we have got a hell of a lot of dumb law professors in this country

    Besides Adjunct Professor of the 14th Amendment, Barack Insane Obama

    I suspect it is both

  110. Why is it that no student has come forward to rave about the quality of his instruction. Did he miss half the classes? Did he just run his mouth? Did he lecture on the separation of powers–no not his idiot UN ambassador, who deserves to be separated, the division between the three branches spelled out in the Constitution? Did he read the constitution? Did he give higher grades to minorities? Or was his entire agenda dedicated to the 14th Amendment, and the affirmative action mandates of the 1972 amendments to the civil rights act of 1964 which established that principle in derrogation of the equal protection clause. The fact that no one has come forward to opine on these issues is telling.

  111. Hiring managers look for gaps in resumes, and when there is one they wonder what the applicant is hiding. The public however pays not heed to these tells.

  112. “Hiring managers look for gaps in resumes, and when there is one they wonder what the applicant is hiding.”
    ******
    My wife recently filled out paper work for a re-certification exam and “gaps” of more than a week had to be explained.

  113. Howie Carr vs. The Moonbats

    Or su casa es mi casa, pero mi casa no es su casa

    Fucking trust fund babies

    But Howie’s got the cure

    Let the squat all they want on Pelosi’s bucolic estate

    And let them keep coming, until they take over her house

    She how long her syrupy bullshit lasts then

    Watch how quickly the mad woman of San Francisco becomes

    A big proponent of property rights,

    the law against trespass

    and the need to take affirmative steps to avoid adverse possession

    Besides, they can become unruly and scare the horses

    But we digress

    There are as you know moon bats on the left coast

    So lets check in with them

    Let Howie be our tour guide

    Look, up in the Maine, its a bird, its a plane

    No, it is little Deval Obama . . .

    (Translation: deval means devil–so it is a bit redundant, but so his he)

    —————–

    Gov. Deval Patrick believes in the old saw that charity begins at home.

    Your home — not his.

    You know by now about his tear-filled decision last week to allow 1,000 more illegal aliens to squat here in the Bay State, on our dime, in your neighborhood — 
not his.

    On Monday, he was in Maine with U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud, who is running for governor of Maine, in the Beautiful People enclave of Saco, accepting the kudos of the smug and the trust-funded.

    Deval was introduced by a “community organizer” named Nancy Stolberg.

    “I’m so proud of you, Gov. Patrick,” she gushed, “for the announcement that you made the other day from Massachusetts — ”

    At this point the standing ovation began, drowning her out. Some moonbats even put down their knitting to stand up. What courage! Sending illegals to somebody else’s neighborhoods and schools! Exposing someone else’s kids to contagious diseases! Can somebody shout “Profiles in Courage” award?

    Finally the applause died down enough to hear Stolberg again — “1,000 children from Central America.”

    Would that it were only 1,000.

    Finally the governor got the microphone. Watching the videotape yesterday, I was on the edge of my seat. Surely an important announcement was about to be made. After all, we know about his 77 “rolling acres” in the bucolic community of Richmond.

    He could put 1,000 gangbangers on his back 40. It’s the least he could do, and I do mean least.

    After all, as Stolberg said, “I can tell you, Gov. Patrick is a sincere leader, compassionate, kind, with a vision and inspires everyone who works for him.”

    Just ask Tim Murray. Or Carl Stanley McGee. Or Olga Roche. Or Ron Bell …

    “Deval Patrick and Congressman Michaud believe in the power of people coming together for the common good.”

    Just as long as they‘re coming together in, say, Chicopee, or Bourne, or Springfield, or Lewiston.

    Deval, surrounded by the kind of people who shop at cheese shops like Granny Warren, pontificated that, “We have to be about government that is not solving every problem in everybody’s life but helping people help themselves.”

    Helping people help themselves to what other people worked for, that is. That’s Deval’s philosophy.

    But in Saco, they were lapping it all up with a spoon. If he’d said he was going to cut their property taxes, they’d have bought that too.

    The Democrat rhetoric, though, gets more overheated by the day. You know they’re running scared when they have to send out Deval Patrick as a successful role model. But what’s the alternative? Nancy Pelosi saying, “Baby Jesus was a refugee from violence.”

    Odd thing to say, a pro-abortion Democrat coming out in opposition to violence against children.

    What a situation. The U.S. is becoming a free all-you-can-eat buffet for the Third World. But I guess it’s OK, because Baby Jesus is getting a free meal too.

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  114. So, the House passes a bill to deal with the border crisis, and address the statutory problem that produced it, while the Senate fails to pass a bill on the subject and goes on vacation, and Obama, who despite the efforts of big media to protect him, has 68% of the public saying they disapprove of his handling of the border crisis, is poised to do what? To give blanket amnesty to the invaders, and make our taxpayers the guarantors of the third world. How can this not kill the Democrat party? And with the employer mandate set to kick in, how can that not kill the Democrat Party. Is it possible that the blacks who supported Obama to the tune of 90% are slowly realizing that he is their worst enemies. Of all the demographics who will be hurt by his plan to grant amnesty and work permits, they will be hardest hit. Also, they might even realize that the party in general and Obama in particular will gladly throw them under the bus in order to attract the Hispanics, who have now become the largest minority and will compete with them for jobs and benefits, much like the Italians did to the Irish a generation ago. No. They will not figure it out. And more is the pity for that. At least the Republican base has figured out their leadership is no good. It will be a slow business for the democrat base to wake up if they ever do.

  115. Agreed. The fight between Israelis and Palestinians seems to be without end. However, Israel is an ally of the US, and that relationship is a long and complex one. Barack should not have the prerogative to destroy that long standing alliance. His public conduct relative to Israel and that that of Kerry have served to benefit neither the Palestinians nor the Israelis. Their response has been destructive and has damaged the ability of the US to work effectively and in good faith with Israel in the future. And, it sure as hell hasn’t endeared us to the radical islamic groups that would love to destroy us.

  116. Trey..I would love for him to run for President…soon
    If Hillary wins, I hope she has sense to make him the Attorney General.

  117. freespirit

    August 1, 2014 at 10:49 pm
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    Which just goes to show.

    Even a big media beloved Messiah

    Can have”

    A bad day

    A bad month

    A bad year

    A bad six years

    A bad life

    Pretending

    Pretending to be something he is not

    A patriot

    A leader

    Maybe if big media did– just a little more groveling

    Everything would be fine.

  118. Stop the Coming Obamnesty!

    Friday – August 1, 2014 at 1:59 am

    By Patrick J. Buchanan

    According to Rep. Luis Gutierrez, Obama intends “to act broadly and generously” on behalf of the “millions and millions” of illegal immigrants in the United States today.

    Gutierrez, who meets often with the president, is implying that Obama, before Labor Day and by executive order, will grant de facto amnesty to five million illegal immigrants.

    They will be granted work permits and permission to stay. With his pen and his phone, Obama will do what Congress has refused to do.

    There is a precedent. Obama has already issued one executive order deferring the deportation of “dreamers,” children brought into the United States illegally by their parents before 2007.

    Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions is on to what is afoot. “We must prevent the president’s massive amnesty from going forward,” he says, and urges legislation to block an executive amnesty. But this divided Congress is not going to pass any such law. Nor would Obama sign it.

    Still, would Obama dare deliberately ignite a nationwide firestorm by declaring an executive amnesty for 5 million illegal immigrants?

    Why not? Consider the risks — and the potential rewards.

    On the downside, an Obama amnesty would polarize the country, imperil red-state Democrats and cause even allies to conclude he had become a rogue president who adheres to the Constitution and rule of law only so far as they comport with his agenda.

    And what is his agenda? As he has said: to transform America.

    Obama wants history to rank him among the transformational presidents like Lincoln, FDR and Reagan. And what better way to transform America than to ensure her evolution from a Western and predominantly Christian country into that multicultural, multilingual, multiethnic, borderless land Teddy Roosevelt inveighed against as nothing but a “polyglot boarding house for the world”?

    Obama did not like the America we grew up in.

    As he told that closed-door fundraiser in San Francisco in 2008, that America was too full of life’s losers who “get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy toward people who aren’t like them or anti-immigrant sentiments.”

    What would be the political benefits to Obama of an amnesty?

    It could weld Hispanics to the Democratic Party, would be wildly popular with the ideological and Christian left, and quietly welcomed by those Chamber-of-Commerce Republicans who have silently supported amnesty and secretly want immigration off the table in 2016.

    An Obama amnesty would instantly become the blazing issue of 2014, replacing his foreign policy fecklessness, diffident leadership, and IRS, VA, Benghazi and Obamacare foul-ups and scandals.

    Among Republicans, a roar would arise from the base to impeach Obama, no matter the consequences. But while impeachment would divide Republicans, a Democratic call to arms to save the first black president from impeachment would unite his party and bring the money rolling in.

    Every Republican running for the Senate would face the question: How would you vote on convicting the president, if the GOP House votes to impeach him for high crimes and misdemeanors?

    In the long run, an amnesty that puts 5 million illegal immigrants, most of them from Third World nations, along with their progeny, on a certain path to citizenship, would complete the process of turning America blue.

    How would such a blanket amnesty affect our country’s future?

    After this second amnesty, word would go out to the world that if you can get into America, by whatever means necessary, and lay low for a while, there is a near certainty you will be able to stay.

    The children pouring in from Central America, we are told, are fleeing repressive regimes. But billions of people in Asia, Africa and Latin America live under repressive regimes.

    If all are entitled to come, they will come. And they will remake the West and America in their own image, Obama’s image, the image of that Tower of Babel, the United Nations General Assembly.

    How many more tens of millions of poor and uneducated people can we absorb before we exceed the carrying capacity of the republic?

    How much more diversity can we handle before there is no unity left?

    As we boast of our ethnic, cultural and religious diversity, what still makes us one nation and one people? For it is not religion. Not culture. Not custom. Not history. Not tradition. Not language. Not ethnicity.

    Is it only a Constitution and Bill of Rights — over the meaning of which we fight like cats and dogs.

    What problems of America — from sinking test scores, to collapsing roads and bridges, to endless borrowing to save our social safety net, to income inequality, to culture wars — will be more easily solved with tens of millions more of the world’s destitute arriving?

    The only problem that will surely be solved by the next 50 million immigrants, who follow the 50 million legal and illegal immigrants who have come since 1965, will be the problem presented by the continued existence of the Republican Party.

    Americans should let Obama know what they think of his amnesty now, before he imposes it upon us.

  119. Obama to Take Executive Path on Immigration Crisis

    After urging his colleagues to vote against both the House and Senate border bills on Thursday, Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) said Congress should not adjourn until it stands against Obama’s executive actions that will effectively end immigration enforcement in America.

    “Are we really to recess for August having done nothing—said nothing—offered nothing to oppose the President in this way?” Sessions asked Thursday on the Senate floor. “The American people are asking us for help, pleading with us for help, and we must answer that call. We must fight for the lawful and just system of immigration that we can proud of.”

    He noted that “there is currently no legislation pending for a vote in either Chamber—House or Senate—which passes this test. As a result, both the House and Senate packages should not be supported.” Sessions emphasized that Obama’s executive amnesty has already demoralized law enforcement and made “it almost impossible to enforce the law.”

    “Now imagine, then, if the president expands this amnesty and work authorization program to cover millions of unlawful immigrants of all ages? Sessions said. “It will be an effective end of immigration enforcement in America. You cannot maintain an effective, lawful system of fair immigration enforcement policy with these kind of regulations occurring and these kind of orders from the White House.”

    Sessions said Obama, as the chief executive officer, is “empowered and directed to ensure the laws of the United States are carried out” and “not empowered to violate the laws of the United States.”

    “The president is not entitled to make laws,” Sessions repeatedly emphasized. “Congress should not adjourn until it has firmly stood against the president’s unconstitutional and dangerous action.”

    He noted that immigration and law enforcement officers have stated that the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services has turned into an “approval machine” while immigration enforcement officers have essentially been told to “stand down.”

    Sessions cited conversations with Chris Crane, the President of the ICE Officers’ Council, who mentioned that Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program “basically halted enforcement for anyone who asserted protections under the new administration policy,” including criminals.

    Now, imagine then what will happen when the President expands his amnesty and work authorization program to cover millions of unlawful immigrants of all ages,” Sessions said. “Everyone ICE comes into contact with will assert protections, will claim to have failed an application, will say they are eligible for the new amnesty.”

    “No wonder the American people are unhappy with what goes on here,” Sessions said.

    Sessions said administration and enforcement officials, according to Crane, have been pressured to “rubber stamp applications,” prevented from issuing “notices to appear” to illegal immigrants they encounter, and to not enforce immigration laws.

    “These are breathtaking reports from the front lines of our immigration system,” he said. “From the people who screen and review applications. Now think—just imagine—what will happen to our system if the President goes forward with his executive actions. It would overwhelm a system that is already buckling under the weight of the massive illegality on our southern border.”

    If Obama passes executive actions to grant work permits to millions of illegal immigrants during the recess, Sessions said it will allow nearly every illegal immigrant to say, “I am qualified under the president’s amnesty.”

    “Will the FBI open investigation? Check when they entered the country? Where they came from?” Sessions asked. “They’re not going to do that.”

    He said that he was disappointed that his colleagues have not more forcefully tried to Obama from nullifying federal laws and asked, “How can we not take this position, colleagues?”

    Sessions said the Senate and House border offer nothing to ensure that America’s sovereignty is protected and allows Obama to enact actions that “threatens the separation of powers.”

    He also said Obama’s executive actions that Congress would enable by not taking a stronger stand would be a “direct affront” to American workers, “to every single unemployed American,” and to everyone who has applied to the United States for lawful admission and has not come illegally.

    “What do we say to them when this happens? Sessions said, noting that Obama’s executive actions would be “particularly damaging to those in the poor and the most vulnerable communities.”

  120. Among Republicans, a roar would arise from the base to impeach Obama, no matter the consequences. But while impeachment would divide Republicans, a Democratic call to arms to save the first black president from impeachment would unite his party and bring the money rolling in.
    ————–
    That seems to be the facile assumption of those in Washington. That Obama can commit any crime against this nation and if the republicans pursue impeachment then the democrats will close ranks to save him and destroy the nation.

    The question I have is, are the Democrats really that robotic? Have they no shame? Are they blind to the consequences of what he is doing?

    The operating assumption of the political class is that they will not lift a finger to stop him, they have no loyalty to the nation, and the oath they took to defend the Constitution means nothing.

    This goes far beyond the realm of politics. It suggests that they are bad people. I am not sure that is entirely true. Certainly Landieu, Hagen, and Begich have fixated their minds on the imminent prospect of being hanged. And I am hoping the black community sees that this will imperil their future as well.

  121. freespirit

    August 2, 2014 at 1:35 am

    _________________________________

    Spot on free!!!!!!!! 😀

    Hillary 2016

  122. With nose to the grindstone, forging his dream alone, this gal may know how Barry feels. [nah. not a chance.]

  123. House revives, approves border crisis bill – as Obama vows to ‘act alone’ 2 August 2014.
    … The House legislation was approved on a 223-189 vote. The new version of the bill adds additional funding for the National Guard and includes policy changes meant to speed deportations of illegal immigrant children surging across the southern border… However, a separate Senate bill died on a procedural vote a day earlier, and no more votes in that chamber are scheduled until early September…
    http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2014/08/02/take-2-republicans-draft-new-version-border-bill-in-bid-to-break-impasse/

  124. gonzotx August 1, 2014 at 11:47 pm

    Trey..I would love for him to run for President…soon
    If Hillary wins, I hope she has sense to make him the Attorney General.

    Good ideas, both of them. But I think if HRC becomes POTUS, her choice for AG will be Cheryl Mills.

  125. The public has no concept of what is occurring, unless they have a sense of history. No. Not the history handed down to us by Obama worshippers like Presidential Historian Michael Bechloss who met with Obama and reported back to us that he is “the most intelligent man to ever occupy that high office”, or similar tripe offered up by plagiarist Doris Keanes Goodwin, comparing him to Lincoln. I mean older historians who tell us how Rome passed from a Republic governed by a set of laws, to a dictatorship governed by the will of tyrants who fancied themselves to be judge jury and executioner of all things political, and ignored the senate. The orgies of our political class and elites are reminiscent of those of an earlier era, and in particular their flagrant disregard for the rule of law. Under those conditions political power flows to charismatic leaders who can bamboozle the masses, and bribe them with their own money. Political opposition is destroyed, and liberty along with it. Everyone becomes a slave to the state and the state becomes a slave to the will of the demagogue. The effort to take away our guns is one more step in this road to serfdom. In sum, when the rule of law is gone, when the legislative, judicial and executive function are usurped by one man, and when those institutions bend to his will, as McConnell Boehner and John Roberts do routinely, the future becomes, at best, a slippery slope and a nightmare in red. The public is clueless. The cognoscenti are not.
    This piece is from the best writer at Red State. On the subject of the border crisis, the republicans in congress would be wise to forgo their summer vacation and remain in Washington, so that Obama does not use their absence and a hyping of the crisis by big media now that they are in recess, as a justification to act sua sponte and unilaterally. But the RINO will not stand by his station. He loves his vacations too much. Such is his love for the country.
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    Obama throws tantrum over GOP border bill
    By: streiff (Diary) | August 2nd, 2014 at 09:00 AM | 4

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    obama pointingAs has become standard for Obama, whenever he doesn’t get what he wants he reverts to natural state of a spoiled and petulant nine year-old:

    President Barack Obama criticized House Republicans on Friday for planning to pass “the most extreme and unworkable versions of a bill that they already know is going nowhere” amid an ongoing border crisis.

    “They’re not even trying to actually solve the problem,” Obama said of the House GOP at a press conference from the White House. “This is a message bill that they couldn’t pull off yesterday, so they made it a little more extreme so maybe they can pass it today. Just so they can check a box before they’re leaving town for a month.”

    Obama has requested $3.7 billion in funding so agencies can effectively care for the unaccompanied minors at the border, quickly get through their removal cases and try to deter more from coming. More than 57,500 unaccompanied minors, most from violence-wracked countries in Central America, have been apprehended at the border since October.

    What the House actually did was pass a very clean bill that sought to solve the immediate problem and provide border governors with the resources to cope with the crisis created directly, and apparently consciously, by Obama’s ill-conceived DACA program. What the House did not do was let the administration hit the legislative equivalent of the Lotto by appropriating and enormous sum of money thus rewarding Obama for his lawlessness. Obama also relies on his native talent for dishonesty. Harry Reid’s Senate is on recess and didn’t manage to pass any kind of a border bill so even if the House had caved and given him everything he wanted it would still have to wait until the end of the August recess for action.

    He followed that childish tantrum up with this bit of sophistry:

    “Keep in mind that just a few days earlier, they voted to sue me for acting on my own,” Obama said. “And then when they couldn’t pass a bill yesterday, they put out a statement suggesting I should act on my own because they couldn’t pass a bill.”

    Obama added that he would have to reallocate funding on his own because Congress has not approved funding to address the border crisis.

    “I’m going to have to act alone, because we don’t have enough resources,” he said.

    Actually, he’s being sued for not doing his job which the Constitution defines as carrying out laws passed by the Congress… not making up his own laws despite the laws passed by Congress and, in some cases, signed into law by Obama himself.

    No one doubts that Obama will reallocate funding to do what he wants, despite the fact that it would be facially illegal under the Anti-Deficiency Act and other legislation that requires Congressional approval to reallocate appropriated funds between programs. But if he does embark on that path he will be cannibalizing his own administration because the reallocated money must come from other programs. That isn’t a bad thing. If he does bloat the cost of fixing his self-inflicted wound to the obscene level he requested, $3.7 billion, then it acts as an effective budget cut in other areas.

    His real purpose, other than letting his inner-brat roam free, seems to be trying to build popular support for him to take expansive executive action on immigration… by effectively declaring our southern border to be open to all comers.

    Regardless of the deficiencies of the bill passed by the House, Speaker John Boehner accurately summed up the situation:

    “When it comes to the humanitarian crisis on our southern border, President Obama has been completely AWOL — in fact, he has made matters worse by flip-flopping on the 2008 law that fueled the crisis,” Steel said. “Senate Democrats have left town without acting on his request for a border supplemental. Right now, House Republicans are the only ones still working to address this crisis.”

  126. jeswezey

    August 2, 2014 at 9:13 am

    gonzotx August 1, 2014 at 11:47 pm

    Trey..I would love for him to run for President…soon
    If Hillary wins, I hope she has sense to make him the Attorney General.

    Good ideas, both of them. But I think if HRC becomes POTUS, her choice for AG will be Cheryl Mills.
    ————
    An interesting point, Gonzo.

    But consider the following question.

    If Hillary becomes president, would she be more likely to appoint as her attorney general a person who has been her attorney for years, or someone who was chairman of the select committee investigating among other things her role in the Benghazi debacle?

    Like you, I would love to have my cake and eat it too. Hillary as president, and Trey as Attorney General. It is de rigeur for a president to reach across party lines to fill one position in the cabinet–Bill Cohen with WJC and Chuck Hagel with Liar In Chief. But the Attorney General position typically goes to someone whom the president knows will interpret the law the president’s way, and focus on the issues the president wants. For that reason, she would pick Mills over Trey, even though Trey is far and away the better lawyer/

  127. Impeachment is not something the Dems will have to worry bout unless they lose the Senate in 2014. For the time being at least, they know Harry will protect his idol from a action by the senate, even if the house actually impeaches

    If the Pubs keep control of the House and gain control of the Senate, will they seriously look at impeachment at that time? I’m betting they will still lack the guts to do so, fearing MSM would crucify them loudly and repeatedly, potentially turning African American and Hispanic voters forever against them.

  128. Disagreements between allies are not uncommon. However, they are normally kept behind closed doors. Why? Because they do not wish to project a divided front, lest it give their common enemy a wedge issue. And if those disagreements are uttered in public at all, this is done in the elliptical verbiage of diplomacy.

    Messiahs, however, do not play by the rules which govern the behavior of mortals. And when they have the unconditional support of big media and big donors, and can play the race card at any moment, why messiahs are inclined to go just a tetch wild and crazy. Particularly with a buffoon like John Kerry as the point man.

    Case in point? Why Messiah Obama of course. For six years he has conducted a public relations campaign AGAINST our one time ally Israel. Oh yes, I understand. He has done the same thing against other allies, under the pretense of Arab Spring, and he still calls it Arab Spring even though Arab Spring has sprung and is it now Arab Winter, with all the wholesale slaughter and suffering and genocide he latter term implies.

    What-hath-Obama-Wrought? Let his enablers, i.e. big media, big donors, and all the rubes who voted for him answer that question–if they can.

    This is madness, plain and simple. Thus, in keeping with this new dynamic of diplomacy where we air our dirty laundry, lest we think this is the divine right of Messiahs, our ally Israel has weighed in on the question. Seeing that Obama’s policy is idiots delight, and is failing in every dimension, all he asks is that the gold brick in the White House stay out of his way, and allow him to do what needs to be done to defend his nation.

    Is that really too much to ask. To Obama, big media and fools and parasites who support him the answer is yes. To the rest of us, however, the answer is a clear and unequivocal no:
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    NETANYAHU TO US: DON’T SECOND GUESS ME ON HAMAS
    BY MATTHEW LEE
    AP DIPLOMATIC WRITER

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Following the quick collapse of the cease-fire in Gaza, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told the White House not to force a truce with Palestinian militants on Israel.

    Sources familiar with conversations between Netanyahu and senior U.S. officials, including Secretary of State John Kerry, say the Israeli leader advised the Obama administration “not to ever second guess me again” on the matter. The officials also said Netanyahu said he should be “trusted” on the issue and about the unwillingness of Hamas to enter into and follow through on cease-fire talks.

    The Obama administration on Friday condemned “outrageous” violations of an internationally brokered Gaza cease-fire by Palestinian militants and called the apparent abduction of an Israeli soldier a “barbaric” action.

    The strong reaction came as top Israeli officials questioned the effort to forge the truce, accusing the U.S. and the United Nations of being naive in assuming the radical Hamas movement would adhere with its terms. The officials also blamed the Gulf state of Qatar for not forcing the militants to comply.

    With the cease-fire in tatters fewer than two hours after it took effect with an attack that killed two Israeli troops and left a third missing, President Barack Obama demanded that those responsible release the soldier.

    Obama and other U.S. officials did not directly blame Hamas for the abduction. But they made clear they hold Hamas responsible for, or having influence over, the actions of all factions in the Gaza Strip. The language was a distinct change from Thursday when Washington was focused on the deaths of Palestinian civilians.

    “If they are serious about trying to resolve this situation, that soldier needs to be unconditionally released as soon as possible,” Obama told reporters. He added that it would be difficult to revive the cease-fire without the captive’s release.

    “It’s going to be very hard to put a cease-fire back together again if Israelis and the international community can’t feel confident that Hamas can follow through on a cease-fire commitment,” he said. His comment reflected uncertainty in the U.S. and elsewhere that Hamas was actually responsible for the incident or if some other militant group was to blame.

    At the same time, Obama called the situation in Gaza “heartbreaking” and repeated calls for Israel to do more to prevent Palestinian civilian casualties.

    Despite the collapse of the truce, Obama credited Kerry for his work with the United Nations to forge one. He lamented criticism and “nitpicking” of Kerry’s attempts and said the effort would continue.

    Kerry negotiated the truce with U.N. chief Ban Ki-moon in a marathon session of phone calls over several days while he was in India on an official visit. Kerry had spent much of the past two weeks in Egypt, Israel, the West Bank and France trying to mediate a cease-fire with Qatar and Turkey playing a major role because of their close ties with Hamas.

    Those efforts failed with Israel saying it could not trust Hamas and some Israelis and American pro-Israel groups complaining that the U.S. was treating the group – a foreign terrorist organization as designated by the State Department – as a friend.

    Late Thursday, however, Israel accepted Kerry and Ban’s latest proposal, despite its reservations. Once the truce was violated, though, Israeli officials hit out at not only Hamas, but the United States and Qatar for its failure.

    An Israeli official said the Netanyahu government viewed both Hamas and Qatar as having violated the commitment given to the U.S. and the U.N. and that it expected the international community to take practical steps as part of a “strong and swift response,” especially regarding the return of the abducted soldier.

    In a phone call with U.S. Ambassador to Israel Dan Shapiro, Netanyahu vented his anger, according to people familiar with the call.

    Netanyahu told Shapiro the Obama administration was “not to ever second-guess me again” and that Washington should trust his judgment on how to deal with Hamas, according to the people. Netanyahu added that he now “expected” the U.S. and other countries to fully support Israel’s offensive in Gaza, according to those familiar with the call. They spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the matter by name.

    They said Netanyahu made similar points to Kerry, who himself denounced the attack as “outrageous,” saying it was an affront to assurances to respect the cease fire.

  129. Just a little more about the House dust-up I cited earlier. Only because more recent info puts Nan in a less than flattering light amongst at least one of her own.
    …Illinois Republican Rep. Randy Hultgren, the presiding officer, told Mr. Marino to direct his comments through the chair and not at a fellow member. “Well, it works both ways,” Mr. Marino shot back, Fox News reported.
    As Ms. Pelosi returned to the Democratic side of the chamber, Mr. Marino added, “Apparently I hit the right nerve.”
    Ms. Pelosi immediately turned and marched across the chamber again to confront Mr. Marino.
    Other representatives were stunned by the confrontation. Fox News reported that Rep. Nita Lowey (D-N.Y.), could be heard off-camera saying, “What is she doing?”
    http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2014/aug/2/pelosi-charges-gop-congressman-during-house-immigr/

    When it is all put to rest, it will probably a Dem victory, but for now, it’s a treat.

  130. Impeachment is not something the Dems will have to worry bout
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    It is the absence of an impeachment position prior to the election which they need to worry about. Without it, all the pent up fury against Obama and his fellow democrats will be visited upon them in the election. Impeachment prior to the election would serve as a circuit breaker. Without it Obama has placed them in the cross hairs politically. They need to worry about that, and pray that the Republicans pursue impeachment between now and then. Red state democrats are trying desperately to get on the other side of the issue. But the electorate needs to go to the math. Unless the Republicans win the Senate, Harry Reid will continue his imperious reign, and give Obama all the cover he needs to pursue the remainder of the Soros agenda.

  131. Not for nothing do I call Pelosi “The Mad Woman of San Francisco”. Her behavior in the House, charging across the floor and shaking her finger at a member of the opposing party, over remarks which would are mild compared to what goes on in the British House of Commons, is strong evidence that she is not emotionally stable. What is she doing, asked a member of her own party, stunned by this great unraveling. This, combined with her delusional statements about immigration and her bizarre behavior suggest that she has lost all touch with reality. There is no rationalizing this type of behavior. It is not just politics. It is symptomatic of a mental disorder. And you don’t need Sigmund Freud to figure that one out. Bad medicine.
    ——
    http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2014/08/02/pelosi-confronts-gop-congressman-in-rancorous-house-debate/

  132. Wbb, exactly right. The country needs to think long and hard before giving Dems a majority in either senate or house in 2014. Not likely to happen in the house, but still possible in the senate. Regardless of party affiliation or ideology, at this point, voters need to consider what’s best for THIS COUNTRY, and refuse to give Barack protection and support of either house.

    ____________

    hold’em, more from your article about Nancy’s hissy fit:

    “Mr. Marino told reporters that his remarks were not a personal attack on Ms. Pelosi. He added that reports that Ms. Pelosi’s spokesman that he had apologized for the incident were false.

    “Rep. Pelosi called me an ‘insignificant person’ on the Floor of the House. I’ll ponder that for a while driving to Williamsport tonight.”

    Read more: http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2014/aug/2/pelosi-charges-gop-congressman-during-house-immigr/#ixzz39FkZgPgW

    ______________

    Nan apparently allowed that “insignificant person” to make her lose any cool she actually might possess.

    But more telling than anything in that article, IMHO is Nan’s calling a fellow member of congress an “insignificant person” . In that statement she revealed just how arrogant and self-important she is – and how small and petty.

  133. holdthemaccountable

    August 2, 2014 at 12:23 pm

    Just a little more about the House dust-up I cited earlier. Only because more recent info puts Nan in a less than flattering light amongst at least one of her own.
    ————
    It reflects badly on the entire party. After all she is their leader. This deranged behavior reflects badly on all of them. Really bad. It is like having a drunk pilot in command of a 747. Would you like to be a passenger on that plane. And when someone asks you about it, if you fail to condemn it, you appear to be complicit.

  134. wbboei

    August 2, 2014 at 12:17 pm

    NETANYAHU TO US: DON’T SECOND GUESS ME ON HAMAS
    BY MATTHEW LEE
    AP DIPLOMATIC WRITER

    If the adage ‘great minds thinks alike’ is true, then I must be becoming a great mind! I saw the same article and came here to post it! 😛

    In other foreign policy news, the Pentagon believes as we believe – bumbles is a cancer on the country and is doing everything possible to bring us to our knees.

    Pentagon Official: The Facts Are In, And Obama’s Policy Is A Direct Danger To The United States

    Read more: http://dailycaller.com/2014/08/01/pentagon-official-the-facts-are-in-and-obamas-policy-is-a-direct-danger-to-the-united-states/#ixzz39GIz4jYa

    From Article……

    In 2013, the United States Institute for Peace, “a congressionally-created, independent, nonpartisan institution whose mission is to prevent, mitigate, and resolve violent conflicts around the world,” was asked to assist the National Defense Panel with reviewing the Quadrennial Defense Review (QDR). The National Defense Panel is a congressional-mandated bipartisan commission that’s co-chairs were appointed by Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel.

    On July 31, the National Defense Panel released its long-awaited report on the effects of the QDR and delivered its findings to Congress. The panel pulled no punches — its findings were a scathing indictment of Obama’s foreign policy, national security policy, and defense policy. The panel found that president Barack Obama’s QDR, military force reductions, and trillion-dollar defense budget cuts are dangerous — and will leave the country in a position where it is unable to respond to threats to our nation’s security. This, the panel concluded, must be reversed as soon as possible.

    In particular, the report addresses the need for the administration to return to the flexible response doctrine — a policy where the military was tasked with being capable of fighting two wars at the same time. Given the current state of affairs and the threats posed to our nation, the panel felt that the two-war doctrine was still required to meet our nation’s national security challenges. The man-power reductions and budget cuts are both reflections of this change in policy, so it must be altered before that is possible.

    …………………………….

    Here’s the problem: At the time the Obama administration announced the change in our defense doctrine, the president was also in front of the cameras threatening to use military force in Iran and Syria, announcing a “strategic pivot” toward Asia to counter a rising China, and swearing to uphold our defense treaties with Israel, Taiwan, South Korea, NATO, etc, all while we were still at war in Afghanistan. How can you threaten to take military action that could start a war when you are already fighting one in Afghanistan if you have changed your military doctrine to only fight one war at a time?

    Asshat.

    Hillary 2016

    Read more: http://dailycaller.com/2014/08/01/pentagon-official-the-facts-are-in-and-obamas-policy-is-a-direct-danger-to-the-united-states/#ixzz39GJxio4l

  135. TheRock

    August 2, 2014 at 3:01 pm
    ————
    You ARE a great mind, I promise you that.

    I did a double take on the author of this piece. Young Matt Lee.

    I remember him from his blogging days, when he covered foreign affairs and Hillary’s campaign. Of course I hated all reporters at that time (except FOX) whereas today, but today in hindsight I must admit that he was more objective and less partisan and mean spirited than the AP crew which features such Obama stooges as Beth Fouhey who was a personal and professional disaster, even by AP standards.

    At that time, Matt was not with AP whereas today he is. AP is a delusional shop, and I rather suspect that he is feeling pressure when he says things that are true, but contradict their endless Obama narrative. The president of AP is a degenerate of the lowest order. To watch him genuflect before the liar in chief makes you want to avert your eyes. What an unmitigated disgrace he is to his profession.

  136. foxyladi14
    August 2, 2014 at 4:03 pm
    Sorry double post.
    ————————
    Good to know she’s not twins 🙂 🙂

  137. The center of gravity is a term introduced by Karl Von Clausewitz, the father of modern warfare. His seminal work written in the immediate aftermath of the Napoleonic War is part of the curriculum in every war college throughout the world. It gives us the STRATEGIC framework through which to analyze the conduct of war, and what is required to win. Part of it is having the right general, not just one who wins, but one who has the right mindset, i.e. a strong mind not a brilliant one. Part of it is recognizing that no battle plan survives the first engagement because in every war there is friction, and the countermoves of the enemy are never entirely predictable. But the key to it is the concept of the center of gravity, the core of the opposition, which must be neutralized and if possible obliterated. Big media is the center of gravity of the left. The left is able to work its will on a center right nation because big media controls the narrative, and keeps the public in the dark. It offers bread and circuses in lieu of the truth. A return to the Constitution and a system of ordered liberty is absolutely impossible so long as big media exists. There is no hope until their influence and leverage over the public mind is eradicated.

  138. foxyladi14

    August 2, 2014 at 4:03 pm

    Sorry double post.
    ———–
    Nothing to be sorry about.

    Pelosi is a monster with two heads.

    A perfect soul mate to Freddie Kreuger (Nightmare on Elm Street)

    Your double post is perfect.

  139. More evidence of the mental decline of Nanny Poopie.

    Marino refuses to apologize.

    Whereupon Poopie imagines that he did apologize and accepts it.

    When you are no longer tethered to reality

    Anything is possible

    And a straitjacket cannot be too far off.

  140. foxyladi14
    August 2, 2014 at 5:06 pm
    ———–
    Right.

    No hammers.

    No sharp objects.

    No live ammunition.

    A good candidate for Prozac.

  141. Netanyahu vows to use ‘as much power as needed’ in fighting against Hamas

    ISRAELI PRIME MINISTER Benjamin Netanyahu vows to use as much military power as needed and fight ‘as long as it will take’ against terror group Hamas to restore peace to his country.
    ——–
    How different form our big media beloved messiah who tells the enemy when we will exit, gives them their terrorists back and tries their assassins the protection of the constitution.

    To quote The Madwoman of San Francisco: are you serious?

    No. Obama is not serious. Not about winning the war on terrorism that is.

    Destroying America?

    Oh yes. Obama is quite serious about that.

  142. More detail…and a gem at that:

    …The most offensive aspect of the interchange occurred when Former Speaker Pelosi came back across the aisle wagging her finger at him. During the second incident, according to The Hill, Democrat Charlie Rangle reported that the former Speaker told Mr. Marino “You’re insignificant.”
    …revealing what she thinks about the Americans Marino represents. Her attitude is shameful, but valuable because it shows how little she understands these words “We hold these truths to be self-evident:…
    http://thedavidmadeirashow.com/2014/08/pelosinado-crosses-aisle-twice-calls-rep-marino-insignificant/

  143. I was wrong about Matt Lee.

    He is just another AP maggot.

    Consider his reporting of Kerry.

    Nothing said about Kerry sneaking behind to back of Egypt and the Arab League who initiated the Cease Fire Proposal, running off to Paris (I love Paris in the summer when it sizzles) and meeting with Hamas lawyers, and returning with a long list of draconian Hamas proposals. No. Nothing about any of that. Just this tripe about:

    “Kerry negotiated the truce with U.N. chief Ban Ki-moon in a marathon session of phone calls over several days while he was in India on an official visit.”

    Question: why does he need to negotiate a truce with the UN Chief? Has Power got things so fucked up that Obama has opened another front on the east side of Manhattan where the UN is located? To my knowledge we are not at war with the UN, but Kerry is there in a “marathon session”.

    Cudas for clueless Horseface. No. Better still, a Nobel Prize, preferably up his ass.

  144. Good old Alcee Hastings is playing the race card. In a former life he was a federal judge and was impeached for bribery. So he is a scallywag–so what? Like they say in the Mafia, everybody’s gotta eat, and $150,000 buys a lot of gritz. Moreover, his impeachment for bribery and perjury was racially motivated. Of course it was. That is why it squeaked by in the House 413-3. And it was thereafter upheld in the Senate 2 to 1. So many racists, so little time.

    Well, you will be glad to know he is at it again. Now, the old boy is claiming that white people are to blame for the collapse of amnesty. In other words, the problem was not sovereignty, collapse of safety nets, terrorism, disease–none of the usual suspects. It is all the fault of white people–shades of Ben Jealous and the NAACP.

    He is not alone. At this point, he speaks for the entire democrat party. The central organizing catalyst of the modern Democrat Party: whites are to blame for ________; race is to blame for ______. During the 1930s people like them spoke the same way about Jews. It is called scapegoating, and it has been used for centuries by wicked people.

    No. This is not a quantum leap. Not at all. Think back to Howard Dean (Chairman of the DNC), i.e. the Republican Party is the white people’s party, Chris Van Hollen (Chairman of the DNCC) the Tea Party is racist (with not a shred of evidence to support it. As my friend David Horowitz says–and being a former leftist himself, believe me he knows:

    “The GOP must borrow the morality of the civil rights movement and 1)condemn, 2) isolate and 3) ridicule the sentiments of Alcee Hastings and his ilk. If you ignore the cancerous attitude he expressed this week, it will continue to metastasize and block your timid “growth and opportunity” outreach.”
    ——————-

    Florida Congressman: ‘White People’ to Blame for Collapse of Amnesty in Congress (PJ Media)

    By Christian Adams, attorney and former member of the Justice Department Civil Rights Division

    Matt Boyle has this fascinating piece about the inner workings of the legislative battle this week over the border crisis. The bill pushed by the Republican leadership had a number of serious defects.

    The story recounted by Boyle is how a small group of activists and congressmen drove the immigration narrative, and ultimately the legislative outcome.

    Buried toward the end of Boyle’s piece is a disgraceful statement from Florida Representative Alcee Hastings (D):

    Rep. Alcee Hastings (D-FL) decried the House GOP lawsuit as he addressed “all the white people in here” during the Rules Committee hearing — which was filled with battles between the Democrats and the newly unified Republicans like Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte and Appropriations Chairman Hal Rogers, who both also commented to the Rules panel.

    Forget about Hastings’ impeachable past. What his statement represents is the increasingly open philosophy in Democrat Party circles that race explains everything, including the certain demise of the GOP in time. Instead of acquiescing to this evil, instead of accepting the premise of this immoral racialism, the Republican Party must strike back.

    David Horowitz this week said it’s time for Republicans to start calling out the racists in the Democrat Party. He’s right. The response to those who would support Alcee Hastings cannot be outreach. Instead, the GOP must borrow the morality of the civil rights movement and condemn, isolate and ridicule the sentiments of Alcee Hastings and his ilk. If you ignore the cancerous attitude he expressed this week, it will continue to metastasize and block your timid “growth and opportunity” outreach.

    No matter how much money the GOP spends, you cannot sow the seeds of opportunity on soil where the enemy has sown weeds. The GOP must first bundle the weeds and burn them.

    How?

    Step One is to recognize a coordinated and wicked racial attitude which has become a central organizing catalyst of the modern Democrat Party: whites are to blame for ________; race is to blame for ______.

    Blaming races and groups of people for what ails a nation is a tactic used by the wicked for centuries.

    If the Republican Party wants to make progress on racial issues, it needs to go back to its roots. It needs to echo the universal views of people like Senator Charles Sumner and expose and crush the racialist tropes of the congressman from Fort Lauderdale. Without aggressively confronting and exposing the immoral (and sadly far too popular) attitude expressed by Hastings, timid outreach efforts are doomed to fail.

    Will it happen? Maybe, if the Republican Party ignores those who think silence about racial issues is the way to win. Meanwhile, the other side enforces groupthink.

  145. Nannie Poopie’s buffo performance on the House floor is drawing critical acclaim. It sent everyone present scurrying for cover at a rate not seen since the London Blitz. Champaign and long stemmed roses for this barroom diva are in order. Mario is insignificant she hisses. And so are the rest of you, my little chickadees.

    Memo to Mad King Lear: greetings. You now have a queen. The next time you scream at the heavens, you will have company.

    There’s no people like show people
    They smile when they are low
    Even with a turkey that you know will fold
    You may be stranded out in the cold
    Still you wouldn’t ‘change for a sack of gold
    Let’s go on with the show

    Hey Poopie: stop hiding your light under a bushel barrel.

    ————-

    http://www.redstate.com/2014/08/02/former-speaker-pelosi-lost-mind/

  146. Does it seem to you that the Obama conspiracy is starting to unravel?

    Let us hope the country does not unravel first.

    Before you answer, remember the psychological profile done on Obama.

    The angry ossified child has come out.

    The act out stage is just beginning.

  147. President Obama… if you’ve lost Barney, you’ve lost your base.
    ———————-

    Barney Frank on Obamacare: “they just lied to people”

    Posted by Bruce Carroll @ legal insurrection: Saturday, August 2, 2014 at 6:00pm

    Stalwart liberal slams President for lying about Obamacare

    Former Democratic Congressman and outspoken liberal Barney Frank has some surprisingly harsh words for President Barack Obama.

    Frank was interviewed recently by The Huffington Post:

    “The rollout was so bad, and I was appalled — I don’t understand how the president could have sat there and not been checking on that on a weekly basis,” Frank told HuffPost during a July interview. “But frankly, he should never have said as much as he did, that if you like your current health care plan, you can keep it. That wasn’t true. And you shouldn’t lie to people. And they just lied to people.”

    “He should have said, ‘Look, in some cases the health care plans that you’ve got are really inadequate, and in your own interests, we’re going to change them,’” Frank said. “But that’s not what he said.”

    Frank was a 16th term Congressman from Massachusetts who retired from career politics in 2012. But he has always been an outspoken supporter of Obama and the Obamacare law itself.

    In fact, just four years ago, Frank equated Obamacare opponents to bullies that drive teenagers to suicide.:

    However, just this week the Kaiser Family Foundation released poll numbers showing a steep drop in support for Obamacare among the American public at large.

    After remaining steady for several months, the share of the public expressing an unfavorable view of the health care law rose to 53 percent in July, up eight percentage points since last month’s poll. This increase was offset by a decrease in the share who declined to offer an opinion on the law (11 percent, down from 16 percent in June), while the share who view the law favorably held fairly steady at 37 percent, similar to where it’s been since March.1 Republicans continue to be the group with the strongest opposition to the law, but the increase in the share with an unfavorable view between June and July was similar across the political spectrum and different demographic groups.

    Now the liberal lion Barney Frank has joined the masses and lost faith in Barack Obama and is angry at the lies. President Obama… if you’ve lost Barney, you’ve lost your base.

    http://legalinsurrection.com/2014/08/barney-frank-on-obamacare-they-just-lied-to-people/

  148. Article from Marc Rubin calling out CNN for doing what CNN does best – biased reporting. Pics referred to in article are posted at link. Pretty rough. Too much suffering on both sides.

    FRIDAY, AUGUST 1, 2014
    The Israeli Gaza conflict images CNN doesn’t show.

    While CNN  shows nothing but video of the casualties in Gaza  they forget about the casualties Hamas caused blowing up buses, a Sbarros crowded with mothers having lunch with their children, a Passover seder at a large Israeli hotel, or a crowded street, cafeteria, or school, in Israeli cities like Tel Aviv, Jerusalem and Haifa.

    For weeks CNN and some other news outlets having been showing the Gaza video,provided mostly by Hamas or with their permission, of the destruction that is taking place in Gaza, the rubble,and  the civilian casualties, something CNN eats up judging by how many times they show it. The rubble is the story, only giving lip service to the fact that Hamas used civilian homes and structures and civilians themselves to fire rockets and dig their tunnels.

    (snip)

    http://tominpaine.blogspot.com/2014/08/the-gaza-conflict-images-cnn-doesnt.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+TomInPaine+%28Tom+In+Paine%29

  149. Where would I be if I lost my pal (Nannie Poopie)
    Fifteen miles on the Erie Canal
    Like to see a mule as good as Sal (Nannie Poopie)
    Fifteen miles on the Erie Canal

    Tom Marino sure got her sore
    Now he’s got a broken jaw
    Cause Poopie let go with an iron toe
    Kicked him back to Buffalo

    Low bridge everybody down
    Low bridge cause were’re coming to a town
    And you’ll always know your neighbor
    You’ll always know your pal
    If you ever navigated on the Erie Canal

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Koj5yGigFNU

  150. For Nannie Poopie, this could be a Dean Scream moment, which makes everyone all at once see her in the cold light of day, as she really is, with no illusions.

  151. Springsteen supported Barack Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign, announcing his endorsement in April 2008[47] and going on to appear at several Obama rallies as well as performing several solo acoustic performances in support of Obama’s campaign throughout 2008,[48] culminating with a November 2 rally at which he debuted the song “Working on a Dream” in a duet with Scialfa.[49] At an Ohio rally, Springsteen discussed the importance of “truth, transparency and integrity in government, the right of every American to have a job, a living wage, to be educated in a decent school, and a life filled with the dignity of work, the promise and the sanctity of home…[50]
    —————-
    The working class hero has spoken.

    If that is what he believes then he must have a lethal case of buyers remorse for supporting Obama.

    Obama is truthful? Every time he opens his mouth we get a new lie. If you like your plan you can keep it. If you like your doctor you can keep him. Your premium will go down by $2500 per year, just for starters.

    Obama is transparent? Ya sure youtbetcha. Fast and Furious, Benghazi, Border Crisis, IRS scandal, NASA etc. He is as transparent as lead.

    Obama practices integrity in government? See above. What he practices is crony capitalism and pay to play. He shirks the responsibilities of government to fund raise and vacation.

    Obama has ensured the every American has a job? Under Obama 2 out of 5 people of working age not working.

    I understand why Springsteen and his ilk bought brand Obama in 2008. But after seeing him in action, or rather inaction, illusion should have yielded to reality, and a cold pragmatic re-appraisal.

    Simply put Obama has no loyalty to the working class in this country. He is an elitist. It is clear from his words and deeds that he holds them in contempt. The entertainment community should have figured that out by now.

    Evidently, they have not. And that means that they are in denial just as Obama is.

  152. I am so done with these Kennedy bastard traitors…..They need to be destroyed…who the hell do they think they are, why do they think they are still relevant?

    http://nypost.com/2014/08/03/kennedys-pushing-warren-to-run-against-hillary-in-2016/

    In an echo of 2008 — when Ted and Caroline Kennedy backed upstart Barack Obama over Hillary Rodham Clinton — members of the Kennedy clan have been quietly wooing Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren and encouraging her to throw her hat in the ring, sources tell me.

    The question of whom to back in the 2016 presidential race has split the Kennedys down the middle. Robert Kennedy’s widow, Ethel, and their eldest son, former US Rep. Joe Kennedy II, favor Warren — the darling of the party’s left-wing base who now sits in Ted Kennedy’s old seat — while Bobby Jr. and Max Kennedy remain loyal to Hillary Clinton.

    Over the past several weeks, the Kennedys have tried to settle their family quarrel by inviting Clinton and Warren to their compound in Hyannis Port, where each woman has been put through a kind of audition for the role of party standard-bearer.

    Clinton and Warren were feted on separate occasions at a catered buffet lunch under a large tent. In addition, Hillary and Bill Clinton were treated to a sail aboard the Kennedy schooner, the Maya.

    Despite the death of the family patriarch, Ted, the Kennedys still consider themselves the torchbearers of the Democratic Party.

    “A Kennedy endorsement matters,” said a family member. “It’s not just the aura of being compared to JFK, Bobby and Ted. But it’s also the use of the Hyannis Port compound and the JFK Library, which are magnets for fund-raisers.”

    Some members of the Kennedy family see an opportunity to repeat the kingmaker role they played in 2008, when they helped the then-little known Illinois senator snatch the nomination away from front-runner Clinton.

    The Kennedy courtship of Warren follows a story, first reported by me in this newspaper, that President Obama views the populist Warren, famous for her rants against big banks and the “1 percent,” as his “Mini-Me.”

    My sources say Obama authorized chief political adviser Valerie Jarrett to hold a series of secret meetings with Warren to encourage her to challenge Clinton.

    Though Warren has yet to make a commitment about 2016, she and her advisers have been secretly sounding out wealthy Democratic donors about a potential run.

    What worries Hillary even more is that Bill Clinton’s private polling shows Warren gaining on Hillary in precincts in key states.

    “Bill and Hillary take the threat from Elizabeth Warren very seriously and are doing everything in their power to neutralize her,” said a member of the Clintons’ inner circle. “In July, they cut short their vacation in the Hamptons and flew by private jet up to the Cape, where they had lunch with Bobby and his fiancée, [actress] Cheryl Hines, Ethel, Joe, Rory, Max, Doug and Bobby Shriver and Chris Lawford.

    “Bill was in full campaign mode,” this source added. “He made a point of talking to every member of the family, shook every hand, and remembered the names of everyone from the youngest to the oldest.

    “Hillary was pretty reluctant about sailing on the Maya, but Bill told her that you can’t visit the Kennedys and not go for a sail. The outing on the choppy waters of Nantucket Sound was pretty rough, and Hillary was a little green around the gills.”

    A week after the Clintons left Hyannis Port, Joe Kennedy invited Warren to the family compound.

    “Joe meant Liz’s visit to be a countermove to Hillary’s,” said a Kennedy family member. “He wanted to expose Liz to the family to gain their support. And, sure enough, she came to the compound breathing fire about the need to rein in corporate America.

    “Joe thinks Hillary has too many ties with Wall Street,” this source added. “He loves Liz because she’s a full-throated liberal like his Uncle Ted. She has Ted’s voice — loud and angry and triumphant.”

  153. freespirit August 3, 2014 at 1:19 am

    Article from Marc Rubin calling out CNN for doing what CNN does best – biased reporting.

    Well, it’s true that it amounts to biased reporting; but CNN can’t have cameras on every street corner in Israel waiting for a rocket to hit (often with no injuries or kills) weeks ago; but it’s possible to have a few reporters concentrated in Gaza filming incoming tanks and soldiers, collapsing buildings and the far more numerous casualties in Gaza than in Israel.

    Of course, I get to be stand-offish about the whole thing despite this conflict being 3500 miles closer to me than to you, because I don’t watch CNN or any other media outlet. So, I sympathize with you. Sorry.

  154. wbboei
    August 2, 2014 at 10:59 pm

    Some people were surprised at Poopie’s irrational outburst.

    Not me.

    I knew she had it in her.
    ________________________

    Me too Wbboei I always knew she was the
    Wicked witch of the west. 👿

  155. “Joe thinks Hillary has too many ties with Wall Street,” this source added. “He loves Liz because she’s a full-throated liberal like his Uncle Ted. She has Ted’s voice — loud and angry and triumphant.”

    ________________

    In talking about his his Uncle Ted, there are a number of other less than flattering descriptive phrases Joe could have used.

  156. freespirit August 3, 2014 at 9:58 am

    “Joe thinks Hillary has too many ties with Wall Street,”

    HRC has one big-money tie that trumps them all: to Lynn Forester de Rothschild. With that link, the money river will never run dry.

  157. moononpluto August 3, 2014 at 6:57 am

    I am so done with these Kennedy bastard traitors…..They need to be destroyed…who the hell do they think they are, why do they think they are still relevant?

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

    Yeah, that article kinda scares me too because I don’t take it as some kind of Ed Klein-generated hearsay. It sounds like it really happened, and I wouldn’t put it past the Kennedys to try to play kingmaker.

    Maybe the worst part of it for me is that the Kennedys are uber-rich and they criticize someone for having “too many ties to Wall Street” !!! If JFK hadn’t had the family fortune to fuel his campaign, he wouldn’t have been president.

    Plus, you’ve got to be rich to run for POTUS, or plead for money (get on your knees, kiss ass, suck dick) to get the necessary funds. Financially, HRC stands to run a well-funded campaign without stooping so low – as I said to freespirit, she can always count on Lynn Forester at the very least.

  158. moononpluto August 3, 2014 at 6:57 am

    I am so done with these Kennedy bastard traitors…..They need to be destroyed…who the hell do they think they are, why do they think they are still relevant?
    ——–
    I agree on all points.

    To put Hillary and that upstart Warren on the same stage, with the shanty Irish side of the Kennedy clan behaving like Caligula turning thumbs up or down on the two gladiators is degenerate and obscene.

    John and Bobby have passed to dust. Teddy is in hell where he belongs. The best part of the Kennedy clan is gone. The successors are living off past glory. With the exception of Bobby Jr. and Katherine Townsend, both of whom support Hillary, all that is left is the name and the flotsam and jetsom.

    Today, the Kennedy political machine is old and rusty. Their fundraising arm however remains.

    Hillary and Bill know this meeting will resolve nothing. The battle lines in the Kennedy family remain drawn. Caroline and her ilk are determined, just as her mother was, to preserve the name and hope to maintain the power that once went with it. As Darrow told a judge–you are entitled to hope, but that has no bearing on what will happen. Where the Kennedy family is concerned, their power is in the ebb.

    Hillary’s attendance at this meeting can be explained in one sentence: keep your friends close, and your enemies closer.

  159. As far the Kennedy’s are concerned…all Hillary had to say was……”well look at the mess you created in 2008, you really want to repeat that”

    But yes I agree, she needs to keep a close eye on these fuckers for all the treachery that committed in 2008, i’d sleep with one eye open and a knife ready in my hand sleeping around that compound.

  160. Gotta pen and gonna use it. 👿

    President Obama is expected to take executive action to help illegal immigrants stay in the country while Congress is away on a five-week recess, pro-immigrant advocates said Saturday.

    Obama and his allies believe his authority to act without legislative approval has been strengthened by congressional gridlock over comprehensive reform.

    “I’ve heard not to expect anything until toward the end of August.

    http://thehill.com/homenews/214150-obama-preps-next-border-action

  161. The best ad the GOP could run for Nov would be……..

    “With 2 years left, forget impeachment of Obama or you’ll get Joe Biden as President and nobody wants that, please just make sure Obama does not have control of the House and Senate come Nov, this way his actions can be tempered and held to account”

  162. The goddamn Hill.

    All they do is read Obama emails and publish them.

    They never ask follow-up questions:

    For example: allies claim congressional gridlock strenthens Obama hand

    1. Who are these allies? staffies? lobbyists? the open borders crowd? big media?

    2. Does this mean any time Congress deadlocks over an issue, the President is empowered to act however he pleases.

    3. If so, then these allies will be estopped when a future Republican president does it too?

    4. Why did the Senate leave town before passing a bill to alleviate the problem?

    5. Who will appropriate the money for the fix that the Liar in chief contemplates?

    6. What effect will a unilateral decision of this nature have on future illegal immigration?

    7. What effect will it have on the upcoming election?

    8. Since these are obvious questions, why does the Hill duck them?

    9. Is it because they are corrupt people who care more about prosperity in Washington that the fate of the country?

    Congress strenghens Obama’s hand.

    1. Does that mean whenever Congress gridlocks over an issue, the president can cure the problem through executive action, any way he wants.

    Two problems:

    1. the House did its job. The senate did not. Who controls the senate.

    A mid term election

  163. wbboei

    August 3, 2014 at 2:36 pm

    The battle lines in the Kennedy family remain drawn. Caroline and her ilk are determined, just as her mother was, to preserve the name and hope to maintain the power that once went with it. As Darrow told a judge–you are entitled to hope, but that has no bearing on what will happen. Where the Kennedy family is concerned, their power is in the ebb.

    Hillary’s attendance at this meeting can be explained in one sentence: keep your friends close, and your enemies closer.

    Amen.

    Hillary 2016

  164. This posting at PJ Media is from a founder of American Thinker blog. It is pretty good, as far as it goes. The subject is whether immigration will drive the 2014 mid-term election. A couple parts of it caught my eye:

    Amazing . . . Administration officials seem to think that announcing a new work program for millions of illegals in the fall right before the election will galvanize a large Hispanic turnout and shift the political landscape. The “dreamers” push in 2012 helped the Obama re-election effort, but the jury is out on whether something more massive, which will get significant blowback from those arguing the step is either illegal or bypasses Congress’s role in legislating, will be a net positive for Democrats. . .

    In wave election years — 1994 and 2010 for the Republicans; 2006 and 2008 for the Democrats — the party riding the wave won almost all the close House and Senate contests, including a few surprise victories. If Republicans have such a year in 2014, part of the tide will be due to concerns about border security. But it will just reinforce a growing sense that the country is lacking a leader.

    http://pjmedia.com/blog/will-the-immigration-issue-play-a-major-role-in-the-midterms/2/

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    Will the Immigration Issue Play a Major Role in the Midterms?

    If 2014 is a wave election, part of the tide will be due to concerns about border security.

    by RICH BAEHR

    August 3, 2014 – 12:11 am

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    The Hispanic share of the American population (over 16%) and registered voters (over 10%) is increasing rapidly. Barack Obama’s decisive win over Mitt Romney among Hispanic voters in 2012 — by about 73% to 27%, if the exit polls are to be believed — was a far wider margin than Obama achieved in 2008 and John Kerry or other Democrats won with this voting group in earlier presidential election cycles.

    An attempt to reverse that trend was one reason why several Republican senators were part of the Group of 8 that attempted to draft a comprehensive immigration reform bill, and why more than a dozen Republican senators signed on to the bill that passed the Senate in 2013 by a vote of 68 to 32. Several Republican congressman participated in a similar effort in the House, though with less success.

    The Senate bill stalled in the House, where a large majority of Republicans were opposed to what they viewed as amnesty with a path to citizenship for illegals in the United States and a continuation of chained immigration policies that would lead to a mix of new immigrants favoring family unification over skilled immigrants.

    There was support for immigration reform from some major Republican financial contributors, the K Street crowd, and many businesses and Chamber of Commerce types who were happy to make low-wage labor legal and more widespread. Silicon Valley supported immigration reform, but really cared mainly about expanding the number of skilled workers they could hire.

    President Obama attempted to apply pressure to House Republicans to get on board by stripping off “dreamers” as a separate group who would not be deported (in other words, for whom immigration laws would not be enforced). The dreamers are a group of illegals who were brought here as children and either served in the military or attended college.

    Then came the recent flood of Central American young people crossing into Texas, and to a lesser extent California and Arizona. The supporters of immigration reform have argued that the new wave is attributable to terrible conditions in the migrants’ home countries (high murder rates among them), which presumably would argue for Chicago’s South Side and West Side youngsters to be fleeing north to Canada, seeking asylum to avoid the gang murderers in their midst.

    Tea Party members and their media supporters, but also many other Americans if recent polls are to be believed, have been angered by the latest wave of illegal immigrants, which they believe is in large part a result of a green light issued by the Obama administration when it announced its policy on “dreamers” and promised amnesty to illegals. When a country no longer has effective borders, it is certainly less of a sovereign country.

    The Obama administration, as was to be expected, asked for more money (about $4 billion), only a small part of which was to be applied for deportations (returning the young people to their countries of origin). Now, there are rumors that President Obama will soon issue a new executive order that will provide the right to work for millions of illegals, since immigration reform is going nowhere in the current Congress, with prospects further reduced beginning in 2015 if Republicans win control of the Senate (a slightly better than 50% prospect at this point). Several lawyers are convinced that such an action by the president would be illegal on its face, and politically, it would be certain to create a strong reaction among those already unhappy with the administration (well over 50% at this point). A recent survey asking about a re-vote of the 2012 race gave Romney a decisive 9% point victory.

    The recent opinion polls on immigration suggest that even Hispanics prefer deportation of the latest wave of young illegals. This will make it easier for Republicans to take a firm line.

    A comprehensive Economist/YouGo poll on various issues includes immigration results beginning on page 38. A large majority (2/3 of those who have an opinion) believes the recent wave of immigrants is a result of a perception that amnesty would be available to them if they made it to the United States (page 44) . Only 11% would prefer that the newly arrived be allowed to stay (page 45).

    These are very problematic numbers for the administration, which has operated with a Katrina-style befuddlement for weeks over what to do. Obama’s approval numbers have slipped again, at least in part due to the visibility of the border problem, compounded by his mishandling of pretty much every overseas issue.

    How will all this impact the midterms? In general, embattled Democratic Senate incumbents in red states (Landrieu, Hagan, Pryor, Begich) have tried to de-nationalize their campaigns, stressing local issues and their “moderate” record. Landrieu may even get an endorsement from the Chamber of Commerce for her generally pro-business record in the past. The closest Senate races remain these four, the Kentucky seat of Mitch McConnell, Colorado (Udall), and the open Iowa seat. A few others — the open Georgia and Michigan seats — also seem competitive, though turnover of the seats seems less likely.

    The recent immigration brouhaha would seem to be another hot poker iron that Democrats will try to avoid, much as they have generally run from the Affordable Care Act, a bill every Democratic senator supported. While it is not the key issue in any of the tight Senate races, it probably is worth a point or two to Republicans in each of them, maybe more in Colorado, with its rapidly growing Hispanic population. The states on the frontlines of the border with Mexico where Central Americans are crossing — Texas, California, Arizona and New Mexico — are not states where any close statewide races seem likely to be defined by this issue this year, though in a few tight House races in Arizona and California, Democratic incumbents may get hit a bit (5 of the 17 tossup House races according to RealClearPolitics.com are Democrat-held seats in the two states).

    Democrats, to some extent, are trying to hold on in the Senate, and not lose much in the House, while facing a near perfect-storm environment. Their president is regarded as having either checked out or chosen to ignore the lawn on issues he still cares about; Obamacare is under new assault in the courts and remains at about a 40% support level nationwide; the immigration debate has shifted against the party due to the latest border crossings and the president’s visible indecision about addressing the issue; and foreign policy failures are everywhere.
    Administration officials seem to think that announcing a new work program for millions of illegals in the fall right before the election will galvanize a large Hispanic turnout and shift the political landscape. The “dreamers” push in 2012 helped the Obama re-election effort, but the jury is out on whether something more massive, which will get significant blowback from those arguing the step is either illegal or bypasses Congress’s role in legislating, will be a net positive for Democrats.

    In wave election years — 1994 and 2010 for the Republicans; 2006 and 2008 for the Democrats — the party riding the wave won almost all the close House and Senate contests, including a few surprise victories. If Republicans have such a year in 2014, part of the tide will be due to concerns about border security. But it will just reinforce a growing sense that the country is lacking a leader.

  165. Jesweezy

    “Maybe the worst part of it for me is that the Kennedys are uber-rich and they criticize someone for having “too many ties to Wall Street” !!! If JFK hadn’t had the family fortune to fuel his campaign, he wouldn’t have been president.”

    ___________

    I had the exact same thought. Scary isn’t it, Jes.

    This privileged brat worried about Hillary’s ties to Wall Street?! The arrogance of this lot is overwhelming. They actually believe the media hype from back in the day equating the Kennedy family with royalty. Those days are gone – if they ever existed. Although some of the Kennedy clan seemed to consider themselves to be too elite and too powerful to have to follow the same rules as the rest of us. They considered themselves to be above the law.

  166. Foxy, that cartoon depicting the shrinking Barack was spot on.

    Wbb, your assessment that the Clintons honored the Kennedy invitation as a way to “keep their enemies closer” makes perfect sense. Bill was said to have felt much resentment toward Teddy for his major support of Barack in 2008. No way would they trust the Kennedys to be huge supporters of Hillary. I think in 2008 Robert supported Hillary pretty strongly, though I can’t really recall with certainty. But, as we know, Caroline and Teddy showed themselves to be idiots and were all over Barack like cheap suits.

  167. ADMIN: THIS IS FAR AND AWAY THE BEST ARTICLE I HAVE SEEN ON ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION AND WHAT IT PORTENDS FOR ALL OF US. IT IS FROM POWERLINE WHO I KNOW YOU LIKE. THIS IS WHAT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE NEED TO UNDERSTAND ABOUT THIS ISSUE, NAMELY THAT THEY ARE ABOUT TO GET FUCKED, BIG TIME, WITH THE FULL COMPLICITY OF BIG MEDIA.
    ——————
    AN IMMIGRATION TRIO

    Jeff Sessions is mounting a heroic campaign to persuade Congress to block President Obama’s apparently imminent decree legalizing, in essence, five to six million illegal immigrants by granting them work permits. The Obama administration has been lawless in many ways, but this is stark illegality even by its standards. This is what the actual law says:

    INA Sec. 274A– Unlawful Employment of Aliens

    (a) Making employment of unauthorized aliens unlawful

    (1) In general

    It is unlawful for a person or other entity—

    (A) to hire, or to recruit or refer for a fee, for employment in the United States an alien knowing the alien is an unauthorized alien (as defined in subsection (h)(3) of this section) with respect to such employment, or

    (B)(i) to hire for employment in the United States an individual without complying with the requirements of subsection (b) of this section…

    President Obama proposes to nullify the law by executive degree. He has no constitutional power to do so. If the roof were not falling in on America in so many ways, this kind of usurpation would precipitate a constitutional crisis.

    Senator Sessions has tirelessly made the legal and policy arguments against the administration’s promotion of illegal immigration, but today he stepped out of character, just for a moment, to note the political consequences of sneering at the will of voters on this topic:

    A reader who has been a dogged critic of the illegal immigration celebrationists writes:

    Glenn linked to the Volokh Conspiracy:

    And even for America, the influx of millions of new citizens — both the potentially legalized current illegal immigrants and the many others who are likely to come in the wake of the legalization — can affect the society and the political system in considerable ways. It seems to me eminently sensible to be concerned about the illegal immigrants who may well change (in some measure) your country even if your ancestors were themselves…immigrants who changed the country as it once was.

    There are two big questions:

    (1) What’s in it for us?…..native-born, existing Americans?

    ANSWER: Nothing. Actually, worse: grotesque giantism, crowdedness, ecological destruction as future population levels not too far in the future approach those of India and China not so long ago…plus unwanted and unnecessary demographic and cultural change. John O’Sullivan writes:

    [M]ost of us faced up honestly to that question a long time ago when the electoral consequences of immigration seemed less immediately threatening than today. Our answers then included the following: Immigration was not necessary for the growth of the U.S. economy; its net economic advantages for native-born Americans were at best nugatory, at worst slightly negative; its fiscal costs outweighed any such advantages; it was reducing the wages and job opportunities of low-paid and poorer Americans, including minority Americans; it was weakening the social bonds of Tocquevillian America; and it was a carrier of multiculturalism which, as Samuel Huntington argued in “Who are We?”, was a kind of program for the deconstruction of America’s national identity.

    (2) When did we vote for New Transformed America?

    ANSWER: Never. In fact, we have been systematically lied to, misled and deceived by political and media elites acting in bad faith who want unlimited immigration. What we did vote for, a restrictive immigration and labor law regime, has been systematically subverted by an unholy alliance of scofflaw employers, unscrupulous cowardly politicians, crazed ideologues, race hustlers and a feckless MSM all conniving to effect a regime we were told would never come about–all while treating resistance as racism and displaying unbridled contempt for opposition to their connivance.

    The current border crisis is only a microcosm of a much broader problem, but it is revealing:

    “I don’t usually get into the political part of it,” explained Chris Cabrera, now a vice president in the National Border Patrol Council Local 3307, “but I find it odd that their whole thing is, ‘We are going to get amnesty when we get here. Where is my permiso? Where is my permission to go north so I can get my medical care and my schooling and all that? President Obama is going to take care of us and make sure we’re all OK.’

    “Whether it’s the adults or the young kids, one thing we consistently hear is, ‘Obama will take care of us,’” Cabrera said.

    Meanwhile, if you live in Baltimore, there is nowhere to go for asylum.

    http://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2014/07/an-immigration-trio.php

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