We now know that Cantor will resign his leadership post as of July 31. Is this long good-bye a scheme designed to help Cantor and Boner join in a suicide pact to pass immigration reform by then? Or is the July 31 date a phony designed to buy time so that the “leadership” can thwart the Tea Party in any leadership fight?
We love illegal immigrants. The ones we have had contact with, yeah, we love illegal immigrants. We’ve spent more than one night at bars, conversing occasionally, with the most delightful bartenders and waiters, enraptured with their lilting Irish brogues. Yup, they are here illegally. Trendy French restaurants filled with knowledgeable oenophile young waitresses here illegally – yup, we’ve been there. Hardworking, conscientious, construction workers and landscapers here illegally from Mexico and Central America performing excellent work at cheap cheap prices? Yup, we see them all the time working hard and well. We love illegal immigrants. So does the Chamber of Commerce.
Cheap labor is good for business. If it were up to the Chamber of Commerce and Big Business (and many small businesses) there would be a thousand workers for every job racing to the bottom line of wages. Every job would be a minimum wage job. Minimum wage jobs would no longer be starter jobs for students and those just starting out. Minimum wages jobs would be the bottom and top rung of the ladder.
Yes the academy, lawyer associations, and medical profession would try to keep their practitioner numbers artificially low in order to keep their wages high but eventually even they would succumb to the flood. Besides no minimum wage worker could afford their fees anyway so everyone would deflate their wages – except for the Chamber of Commerce. As Bob Dylan wrote, it is “Jack the Ripper who sits At the head of the chamber of commerce.”
The Chamber of Commerce wants low wages. Makes sense. We don’t blame them. The position of the Chamber of Commerce makes sense from their purely mercantile perspective. The counter will be the opposite of the Chamber right?
The bottom line of the bottom line: the Chamber of Commerce wants cheap wages and Big Labor has betrayed the working class. No one is fighting for the working class. No one can resist the destruction of the working class. Until last night.
It was late in May of this year when something similar happened – there was a “European Earthquake“. Watching as multiculturalism failed and faraway bureaucrats refusing to listen as they implemented their five year plans of great leap forwards the voters said “no”. Hey that was a clue.
In America, nightly news showed chaos on the southern border planned by Barack Obama in order to force his own five year plan of a great leap forward. It was lawlessness breeding helplessness. Barack Obama was creating chaos and the opposition party appeared to be helping Obama create the chaos.
Oh sure, the opposition party lied. “We’re not for amnesty” they claimed. But that was not the issue. The issue was the American people were being treated as vassals instead of Lords and Ladies.
In America the people rule. But now the servants think they can tell us what to do. The servants think they know better than us. The servants think they rule and the servant living in the White House thinks he rules by divine right. Um, no. In America,
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.–That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, –That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.
Now, we know that the carnage in Iraq was almost impossible to find on American Big Media. GM is in trouble but Al-Qaeda is alive and well in Iraq. There was some coverage in print but on television it was as if Iraq doesn’t exist. But there was lots and lots and lots of coverage in Big Media about the carnage in Virginia. It was non-stop coverage on television and news stories in equal number to Obama’s lies – which is quite an accomplishment considering the number of Obama lies.
In Wake Of Cantor’s Defeat, Rand Paul Says He’s Still For Immigration Reform
The tea party senator rejects immigration hawks’ argument that the Virginia race was a referendum on the issue. “I say everywhere I go that I am for immigration reform.”
In the wake of Rep. Eric Cantor’s stunning primary defeat Tuesday night, many conservatives have rushed to declare the outcome a referendum on Republican efforts to pursue immigration reform, a key wedge issue in the race. But tea party hero Sen. Rand Paul isn’t buying it.
In a teleconference with Grover Norquist, a conservative champion of immigration reform, Paul told reporters Wednesday he wouldn’t back off his position on the issue.
“I still am for it,” Paul said. “I say everywhere I go that I am for immigration reform.”
Rand Paul Teams Up with Michael Bloomberg Group to Discuss Amnesty [snip]
Earlier this year at the University of Chicago, Paul told David Axelrod, the director of the school’s Institute for Politics, that he would “expand the work visa program to include” all of the country’s illegal immigrants. Paul also told students at Harvard University that amnesty legislation could pass Congress this year.
His lurch to the left still did not appease Hispanic groups, though. They called him “offensive” after he supported allowing all of the country’s illegal immigrants to remain in the country.
Keep pulling those teeth Rand. We’re sure you will strike gold!
Drudge Report Shows Effort by Paul Ryan, Mario Diaz-Balart to Pass Immigration Bill
The Drudge Report is highlighting an article that outlines efforts by Republican Congressmen Mario Diaz-Balart of Florida and Paul Ryan to pass an immigration bill before the summer recess starts.
Drudge is a popular conservative webpage that links to various articles.
The article in question was published on Breitbart, a popular political website that skews toward conservatives.
The article says that Ryan and Diaz-Balart are leading the effort to try to get an immigration bill passed in the few weeks left before the summer recess, and have been joined by a young conservative lawmaker, Rep. Mick Mulvaney of South Carolina.
“Absolutely,” Mulvaney told Breitbart. “I have been talking about immigration with my colleagues for months. Talking about important issues is part of my job.”
Eric Cantor tried to resurrect it. Instead he got killed.
Now Rand Paul with a long, pointed, velvet, decorated with planetary oddities hat on, thinks he will perform a wackadoodle Aqua Buddha ceremony over the corpse and try to breathe life into the rotted carcass. Um, make that two long, pointed, velvet, decorated with planetary oddities hats for the two headed dentist.
Paul Ryan is busy checking his own pulse before trying his hand at a seance designed to bring back “immigration reform”.
The norm since World War II is for presidents to score their highest job approval ratings in their first term, then slump dramatically in their second. [snip]
Who knows—the economy could take off again, boosting Obama along with it. The Republicans could overreach on some matter of major import. Or a sudden “rally around the president” event, such as (God forbid) a major terrorist attack, could propel the president’s approval rating dramatically upward.
Get millions of monkeys typing for millions of years and one of them might type out the text to the Gettysburg Address. But is it likely to happen? No. Is it at all likely that Barack Obama might become popular again. No.
Why is it not likely that Barack Obama will become popular again? Didn’t he get elected twice?
Barack Obama got elected twice after Republicans spent millions of dollars beating themselves up followed up with Obama spending hundreds of millions of dollars to beat them up some more. The effect of all this is comparable to bad tasting, nutrient deficient dog food sold utilizing an advertising campaign of hundreds of millions of dollars. Yes, you can sell the dog food but the problem is the dogs won’t eat it:
He has been elected twice to the White House, with 53 and 51 percent, respectively. But his presidential approval rating has often been below 50 percent, since the end of his brief honeymoon in 2009. Obama has been saddled throughout his presidency with a sluggish economy, which featured an unusually high unemployment rate of at least 9 percent for more than two years, from April 2009 to September 2011. [snip]
Obama’s approval score rose above 50 percent for a time around the 2012 election, after his campaign spent hundreds of millions of dollars to promote his reelection. It was not long afterward, though, that his approval mark drifted back below 50 percent, burdened by a series of woes that included the lingering unpopularity and botched rollout of his signature achievement, Obamacare.
The first quarter of 2014 featured an economy that contracted. Claims that the economy is recovering and might rescue Barack Obama are without substance.
What about, as the author muses, a terrorist attack that brings about a “rally around the president” effect? Is that likely? No. Why? Bergdahl.
Big Media has thus far protected Barack Obama from the consequences of his failure to protect Americans from terrorist attacks such as the Fort Hood shootings and failed attempts such as the Christmas bomber and the Times Square bomber. But the next terrorist attack in America will be sponsored by Barack Obama and his release of terrorist Taliban masterminds.
Any terrorist attack on America will cause a Pavlovian response – the American people equating Barack Obama with the terrorists he released to freedom to cause carnage. Even Big Media will be forced to ask whether Obama’s Terrorists of L’Áffaire Bergdahl had anything at all to do with the terror.
Obama’s Terrorist Squad. Keep that phrase in mind headline writers – you will need it.
What about Republican overreach? Will Republican “overreach” help Obama in the same way Republican panty-sniffing overreach hardened Bill Clinton’s polls? Doubtful.
Have you noticed how Trey Gowdy has disappeared from the news? It’s not because he is at rest. It’s because Gowdy, like most Republicans who have resisted attempting to impeach Obama even though there are plenty of good reasons to do so, understands that overreach will kill Republicans while evidence and reason will help them.
And is there really anything like “Republican overreach” now? The days with only us accurately describing Barack Obama as a treacherous boob and only some few Republicans critiquing Barack Obama are long gone:
From one of the most powerful Democrats in Washington, a close adviser to the White House, the missive amounted to an electronic eye roll. “Even I have had enough.”
Another Democrat had quit on President Obama.
The tipping point for this person was the Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl case—not the soldier-for-Taliban swap itself as much as how the White House mishandled its obligation to communicate effectively and honestly to Congress and the public. More than that, Obama’s team had failed once again to acknowledge its mistakes, preferring to cast blame and seek cover behind talking points. [snip]
To this senior Democrat, the Politico story showed the White House to be both tone-deaf and arrogant, two vices that are undermining what could have been a great presidency.
I share this email to make the broader point and to offer a disclosure: In the 18 months since I began writing columns focused on the presidency, virtually every post critical of Obama has originated from conversations with Democrats. Members of Congress, consultants, pollsters, lobbyists, and executives at think tanks, these Democrats are my Obama-whispers. They respect and admire Obama but believe that his presidency has been damaged by his shortcomings as a leader; his inattention to details of governing; his disengagement from the political process and from the public; his unwillingness to learn on the job; and his failure to surround himself with top-shelf advisers who are willing to challenge their boss as well as their own preconceived notions.
“Dem Party is F****d,” wrote a Democratic consultant with strong ties to the White House and Capitol Hill during the botched rollout of the Affordable Care Act website.
A Democratic House member whose endorsement in 2008 helped lift the Obama candidacy told me in January, “He’s bored and tired of being president, and our party is paying the price.”
“Talented guy but no leader,” said a Democratic lobbyist and former member of Congress in March. “If he could govern half as well as he campaigns, he’d be a good-to-great president.”
Is Dianne Feinstein part of a “Republican overreach”?
Hillary Clinton’s challenge: Her relationship with President Obama
In private meetings and public statements ahead of her book’s publication, Hillary Clinton and her allies have presented a united front with President Barack Obama, highlighting their transition from campaign rivals to Cabinet confidants.
Yet in the weeks before her memoir, “Hard Choices,” hits the shelves, news accounts have detailed instances of substantive foreign policy disagreements between the two while she was secretary of state – from the Russian reset to Syria to the U.S. embargo against Cuba.
Clinton’s relationship with Obama presents a delicate challenge for the former secretary of state as she rolls out her book this week and potentially a presidential campaign months from now. She does not want to appear disloyal to her former boss but could use some separation given his anemic poll numbers. She’d have to have Obama supporters enthusiastically on board a presidential campaign, while fending off Republican attempts to depict her as representing a third Obama term.
We welcome all the belated discussions on what we termed long ago as a “muddled message mess” from Hillary Clinton 2016. The past few days have been a series of confusing data points to add to the record.
First, there was the release of Obama’s Terrorist Squad in exchange for Bergdahl. Hillary’s initial response was a mushy statement which was proffered by noxious Maggie Haberman and other Big Media Obama Praetorian Guard as evidence of Hillary Clinton support for the “prisoner swap”.
The next day came a blistering insider history leak of Hillary Clinton in opposition to the release of Obama’s Terrorist Squad. Immediately Hillary pal Leon Panetta made strong statements which confirmed that Hillary (and Panetta) opposed the release of Obama’s Terrorist Squad. Hillary’s new book was further confirmation of her opposition to the release of Obama’s Terrorist Squad.
Republicans rejoiced. In one interview they saw Hillary Clinton 2016 tied to an unpopular Obama decision that might have dire consequences if at any time Obama’s Terrorist Squad in any way violates the terms of their release or is involved in any kind of terrorist activity or terrorist assistance activity. And we all know that will happen. It’s not like a million monkeys typing Shakespeare. It’s as sure as knowing that a million diarrhetic monkeys inside the White House will soon make a mess.
Muddled message mess? Is it time for a change or time to stay the course? It’s bizarre:
Clinton allies insist they aren’t trying to have it both ways by creating competing narratives. [snip]
A prime example was a recent Wall Street Journal article that revealed that Clinton, as she was getting ready to depart Foggy Bottom, wrote Obama a memo that the attempted “reset” in the relationship with Russia had crumbled and should be abandoned. Obama stayed with it for many months, only fully abandoning the effort when Russia invaded Crimea.
The memo is significant because Clinton became the face of the “reset” policy, and took the most heat after a botched effort at handing a Russian official an actual button that was supposed to say “reset” but had been translated to a different word.
On all the issue that matter – Russia, the Middle East, terrorism, the world is learning that our reporting and analysis has been correctly documenting the war between Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton.On all these issues, the issues that matter, Hillary Clinton has been correct and Barack Obama has been, at best, wrong.
As the long war waged by Barack Obama against Hillary Clinton comes into sharper focus; as the proof emerges with rapidity that Hillary knew what she was doing and Obama is a treacherous boob; as Obama is revealed to the American people (Democrats, Republicans, and Independents) as the problem; as the Obama Terrorist Squad will likely strike before election day 2016 thereby hurt anyone who in any way supports the release of the Obama Terrorist Squad – why would anyone do anything to be seen as an ally of Barack Obama in 2014 but especially 2016?
It’s worth noting that German radio was the source for most of the information in the early hours of the invasion. The eyewitness accounts are vivid and it’s worth listening to Quentin Reynolds’ analysis on how the Allies learned from disastrous surprise invasion at Dieppe in 1942.
The VA waiting lists are no way to repay heroes. Obama as C-in-C shames these heroes too.
Forlorn in hospital beds, trapped in death dealing waiting lists, with memories of Normandy, Korea, Vietnam, Iraq, Afghanistan, and combats too long to list, it is almost as if an army of American veterans is rising to once again save the nation.
Like a Grand Army of the Republic, this army of veterans, horrified by the hostility of Barack Obama and his minions to the values they cling to so dearly, began to gather in force as the VA scandal welded their previously quiescent suspicions to the undeniable harm treacherous Barack Obama has done to the nation. Then came the release of five of the worst of the worst terrorist leaders.
If not for veterans Barack Obama would have gotten away with it. The White House had a double dare strategy to defend the release of the terrorists and future release of more terrorists by assuming the false cloak of not leaving a solider behind along with the image of parents happy their son was coming home.But then the veterans spoke up. Even the soldiers that served with Bergdahl, commanded to sign vows of omerta, shook off the silence.
Outraged by Bergdahl case, fellow soldiers break secrecy pledge to tell story
One of the most striking elements of the Bowe Bergdahl affair is word that top Army officers were so anxious to keep the matter a secret that they directed Bergdahl’s fellow soldiers to sign a pledge of silence about his 2009 decision to walk away from duty in Afghanistan. “Many of Bergdahl’s fellow troops…signed nondisclosure agreements agreeing to never share any information about Bergdahl’s disappearance and the efforts to recapture him,” wrote CNN’s Jake Tapper, who first reported the agreements last Sunday.
Now, with Bergdahl back in U.S. hands, many of those former soldiers are ignoring the agreement they signed. They feel strongly that they must give their first-hand accounts of Bergdahl’s acts so the public will see him as the deserter they believe he is, and not as a hero.
In a conversation Wednesday afternoon, Josh Cornelison, who was the medic in Bergdahl’s platoon, described how — in the middle of an intense search for Bergdahl — the Army brass approached his harried colleagues with the nondisclosure agreement. [snip]
“Once Bergdahl left, we were very busy for the following two and a half months chasing him around,” Cornelison recalled. “We were driving around for 20 hours a day. We would get some sort of intel report, and we would have to go to that spot, and if it were a four hour drive, we would do that. When we got back to FOB [Forward Operating Base] Sharana, we were on very limited time frames. We would pull in, and we would have 90 minutes. So you wanted to take a shower, get hot food, go to the PX.”
“In those times at Sharana, we were approached by the commander and people in CID [the Army Criminal Investigation Command], and they wanted us to sign documents basically saying that we wouldn’t talk about Bergdahl’s disappearance,” Cornelison continued. [snip]
“When the president was there with Bergdahl’s parents, we got this feeling that the American people needed to be told the truth,” Cornelison, who believes Bergdahl deserted his post, explained. “We were there, this is not hearsay, we were on the ground, the first ones to go looking for him. The American public needs to know the truth about Bergdahl before treating him like any kind of war hero, because that is completely false.”
In its initial reporting on the weekend release of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl from Taliban captivity, the Associated Press quoted Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel telling a hangar full of soldiers what a happy day it was because, “We got one of our own back.”
The soldiers’ reaction, according to the AP: crickets.
The AP has since nixed that passage, cutting Hagel and the silent soldiers out of its final version, and while the AP is defending the move as standard practice, Tom Blumer at the conservative media watchdog NewsBusters contends that the retroactive content-scrubbing is revisionist history — and could be aimed at helping reduce embarrassment for the Obama administration.
The Obsma protection scrubbing by Big Media began quickly and would have been successful but for those veterans putting themselves in legal peril in order to once again save the nation by telling the truth to the American public.
The Big Media protection squads attempting a rear guard action to protect Obama are failing because of veterans and soldiers. Barack Obama is increasingly alone refusing to apologize for his illegal actions:
There are no bones about it: In trading five Taliban detainees at Guantanamo Bay for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, President Obama willfully broke a law. And this wasn’t an old law, or a law that was passed before he became president. It was his law — or more accurately, successive versions of the military budget bill called the National Defense Authorization Act.
Now, Obama did not like the provision that required him to give Congress 30 days of notice before transferring detainees out of Guantanamo. [snip]
Congress absolutely did want to constrain the president from using detainees to make national security policy decisions. No matter what circumlocution the administration hangs on to, it violated the law and the express will of Congress.
And I wish that Obama would admit it. I wish he would admit that he intended to break the law and then face the consequences.
The first high level loss for Obama was Hillary Clinton. At first Hillary provided a vague statement of something or other followed up by a scorching behind the scenes leak to Big Media. [Note to Hillary and Hillary Clinton 2016: don't think Obama and his henchmen won't retaliate for that leak. As we continue to write, get away from Obama and attack him brutally with the truth.]
Panetta, who was in the Cabinet for four of the five years Bergdahl spent in Taliban custody, said he opposed a swap for the terrorists held at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, when he was Defense secretary.
“I said, ‘Wait, I have an obligation under the law,’” Panetta said during a lunchtime address at the Hart Energy Developing Unconventionals DUG East conference at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center, Downtown. “If I send prisoners from Guantanamo, they have to guarantee they don’t go back to the battlefield. I had serious concerns.”
He said talks fell apart because the Taliban “asked for five top guys.” He did not say when during his 2011-13 tenure in the Pentagon that discussions took place.
“I just assumed it was never going to happen,” Panetta said.
Not even the vice president supported the trade of the Taliban 5 for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl. According to a new report, Vice President Joe Biden remained “neutral on the prisoner swap.”
“While Vice President Joe Biden was neutral on the prisoner swap,” Reuters reveals, “Obama and two top White House advisers, then-national security adviser Thomas Donilon and his deputy Denis McDonough, were all in favor, one official said. Donilon resigned a year ago, but McDonough went on to become Obama’s chief of staff.”
It does not appear that Biden has publicly commented on the controversial trade so far.
Senators Show Frustration After Briefing on Ex-P.O.W.
WASHINGTON — White House officials failed Wednesday night to quell rising anger and frustration in both parties on Capitol Hill after a senators-only classified briefing about President Obama’s decision to free five Taliban prisoners in return for the release of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who military officials say walked off his base in Afghanistan five years ago. [snip]
But Republican and Democratic senators emerged from the secure basement room in the Capitol Visitor Center saying that officials did not provide further evidence that Sergeant Bergdahl’s health had deteriorated recently or that his life was in immediate danger. Deeply skeptical lawmakers insisted that the exchange of the Taliban prisoners for Sergeant Bergdahl put American lives at risk.
Democrat Senator Joe Manchin III, Senator Kelly Ayotte, RINO Republican Senator Mark S. Kirk, Senator Saxby Chambliss, are among those expressing anger at the Obama/Taliban recruitment success while Harry Reid continued to claim that it was Republicans to blame for all the trouble.
Poll: Obama administration less competent than Bush’s or Clinton’s, more Americans say [snip]
Sixty-eight percent say the Obama administration is less competent that the Clinton administration. Forty-eight percent say it is less competent than Bush’s, compared to 42 percent who say it is more competent. Seven percent judge Obama’s and Bush’s the same.
Fifty-five percent say that the Obama administration has made the country weaker; 35 percent say his administration has made it stronger.
Thanks to the newborn grand army of veterans and soldiers loyal to the republica and now speaking up and fighting for truth, once again putting themselves at risk, our nation has a chance to survive even an audacious abomination like Barack Obama. Thanks to our veterans we have hope.
On the June 6, 2011 anniversary of the D-Day invasion at Normandy, France we wrote a tribute to our veterans. It was 67 years ago in 2011, 70 years ago this week that the forces of freedom stormed the beaches. Thursday June 5 was the 10th anniversary of the death of President Ronald Reagan. We come full circle in our tribute to The Boys of Pointe Du Hoc
“The evening of June 5, 1944, we knew it was the real thing when we put on our equipment and Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower walked through the ranks and talked to the troops. As light began to fade, we walked to our places and put on the more than 100 pounds of equipment.
Those veterans can be proud of those that have followed. Those veterans had FDR as president and future president Dwight D. Eisenhower standing with them. Today’s veterans have Barack Obama to salute.
“We’re here to mark that day in history when the Allied armies joined in battle to reclaim this continent to liberty. For four long years, much of Europe had been under a terrible shadow. Free nations had fallen, Jews cried out in the camps, millions cried out for liberation. Europe was enslaved and the world prayed for its rescue. Here, in Normandy, the rescue began. Here, the Allies stood and fought against tyranny, in a giant undertaking unparalleled in human history.
We stand on a lonely, windswept point on the northern shore of France. The air is soft, but forty years ago at this moment, the air was dense with smoke and the cries of men, and the air was filled with the crack of rifle fire and the roar of cannon. At dawn, on the morning of the 6th of June, 1944, two hundred and twenty-five Rangers jumped off the British landing craft and ran to the bottom of these cliffs.”
The Boys of Pointe Du Hoc can be proud of today’s veterans. Today’s veterans told the nation the truth at a time that truth is the most dangerous of weapons against gangster government.
It was the deep knowledge — and pray God we have not lost it — that there is a profound moral difference between the use of force for liberation and the use of force for conquest. You were here to liberate, not to conquer, and so you and those others did not doubt your cause. And you were right not to doubt.
You all knew that some things are worth dying for. One’s country is worth dying for, and democracy is worth dying for, because it’s the most deeply honorable form of government ever devised by man. All of you loved liberty. All of you were willing to fight tyranny, and you knew the people of your countries were behind you.”
If the American Congress wants to honor the Boys of Pointe Du Hoc and the veterans and soldiers that have spoken the truth in direct opposition to Barack Obama there is one thing the Congress can do to make Obama “face the consequences”. Obama protectors say there is nothing that can be done at this time. But there is something that can and must be done. Barack Obama, as a first step, must be censured.
Censure Barack Obama and honor the rule of law as well as the Boys of Pointe Du Hoc and their successors. It’s the least, and first step, that must be taken to save the republic.
Hillary Clinton Was Skeptical of Taliban-Bergdahl Swap
In 2011 and 2012, Hillary Clinton’s State Department negotiated directly with the Taliban over a swap for Bowe Bergdahl, but Clinton was not a fan of the idea.
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was personally and intensely involved in the debate over swapping five Taliban commanders for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl in 2011 and 2012. But she had severe reservations about the potential deal, and demanded stricter conditions for the release of the prisoners than what President Obama settled for last week.
It’s a great article for Hillary Clinton 2016 which all should read (Hillary’s conditions were tough and reality based) to see the difference between treacherous boob Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton. But it comes too too late. This should have been the initial response not the day later response.
Once again, as we write below, Hillary Clinton must realize that Barack Obama is a spraying fountain of Ebola and Hillary Clinton and Hillary Clinton 2016 must keep completely and totally away from him. Barack Obama is a poisonous, radioactive, blob of treacherous boobery.
So why was the White House wrong? We think a great deal of the answer is HERE.
June 2014. Republicans have finally developed a brain. Will Hillary Clinton 2016 likewise grow some gray matter?
We have pounded on this point for years. The formula for victory in 2016 is simple. For Republicans the key to victory is to tie the 2016 opposition nominee to Barack Obama. For Hillary Clinton 2016 the key to victory is to think of Barack Obama as an Ebola saturated sprinkler system that kills all who approach even at a distance.
In recent days we see the Republicans have stopped helping Hillary Clinton 2016 by no longer talking about brain traumas, Monica Lewinsky, or age. Instead Republicans have gotten a clue and started to tie Hillary Clinton to Barack Obama. As Republican strategists rejoice and embrace our formula for victory, Hillary Clinton 2016 is caught woefully dumbfounded.
It’s a devilishly clever ploy by Republicans. Hillary met with Obama last week in a somewhat odd way. The meeting might have been to discuss Obama’s latest vacation in Europe (he’s in Poland today further embarrassing this nation) or how to neuter Bo the dog. But the subject matter of that meeting, um, makes no difference at this point. What matters is that Hillary Clinton still has not learned that she needs to stay the Hell away from Barack Obama.
Hillary Clinton must have nothing to do with Barack Obama. Hillary Clinton must realize that Barack Obama is using her to bolster his flabby self. Hillary Clinton must realize that any association with Obama by phone, meeting, communication of any sort, harms her. And that is where we are today.
Last week, the White House caused a stir among the press corps by failing to announce that Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton had met for a private lunch. Reporters began questioning the White House after People Magazine tweeted about the Thursday lunch meeting, which was not part of the public presidential schedule. People Magazine deleted the tweet, but the White House finally confirmed that “The president enjoyed an informal, private lunch with Secretary Clinton at the White House this afternoon” later in the day.
Now Republicans are wondering just how informal that lunch was. Obama and the White House failed to notify Congress of the release of five high-value Taliban detainees in exchange for Bowe Bergdahl until Monday despite statutory requirements for 30 days’ notice, although the White House managed to get Bergdahl’s parents to the Rose Garden by Saturday. Did Obama tell Hillary Clinton about the trade on Thursday?
We don’t think it matters substantively if Barack Obama told Hillary of his nefarious plans. But politically it is very destructive to Hillary Clinton. Why? Because it ties her closer and closer to Barack Obama. Republicans saw this and they leaped. The Hill explains:
Prisoner swap: Did Hillary know?
Republicans are raising questions about whether Hillary Clinton knew about the White House plan to release senior Taliban commanders in exchange for the last U.S. prisoner of war.
President Obama met with his former secretary of State for lunch on Thursday, two days before it was announced that Bowe Bergdahl had been released from captivity in exchange for five high-profile Taliban prisoners.
Republicans are furious that they were not told of the deal in advance, and argue that this broke U.S. law.
They are also suspicious that Obama may have informed Clinton, the likely Democratic frontrunner for the White House in 2016. [snip]
“If Mrs. Clinton remains politically active, people will want to know what her advice was on the subject,” said Sen. Jeff Sessions (Ala.), a senior Republican on the Senate Armed Services Committee.
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, said questions about the meeting are fair game.
“It’s fair game to ask her, “Did she know about this, what does she think about it, does she agree with the decision to withdraw troops in 2016?” he said. “These are all really good questions potential candidates for president need to answer.
“These are major policy decisions. This has ramifications long term for the U.S., this prisoner swap,” he added.
The House Armed Services Committee will hold hearings because the Obama prisoner exchange “violates the National Defense Authorization Act, which required the administration give Congress 30 days of advanced notice.” The Chairman of the Senate Armed Forces Committee, Carl Levin (D-Michigan) will also host a hearing on June 10, the publication date for Hillary’s new book.
This is a Hillary Clinton 2016 self inflicted wound. A Carl Levin hosted hearing is not good news and not a propitious beginning for a book sales tour. Add CNN’s Jake Tapper to the bad news because he too wants answers.
“This young man, whatever the circumstances, was an American citizen — is an American citizen — was serving in our military,” Clinton said in response to a question about Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, whose release was announced Saturday.
“The idea that you really care for your own citizens and particularly those in uniform, I think is a very noble one.”
That is the Hillary quote that is getting attention. It’s a rather anodyne response that does not say anything anyone can really disagree with. But the headline for this Maggie Haberman Obama protection article is: Hillary Clinton defends Bowe Bergdahl exchange.
“You don’t want to see these five prisoners go back to combat,” she said, according to the Associated Press. “There’s a lot that you don’t want to have happen. On the other hand you also don’t want an American citizen, if you can avoid it, especially a solider, to die in captivity. I think we have a long way to go before we really know how this is going to play out.”
As we have noted before, this is another example of a too cute by half response. The headline ties Hillary to toxic Obama and the substance of the comment is a mushy distancing from Obama.
What all this mushy muddled message mess does is help Barack Obama by tying him to Hillary and helps Republicans by tying Hillary to Obama. Hillary? She gets hoisted along with Barack the boob.
Who is the culprit that suggested that Hillary Clinton meet with Barack Obama as she prepared her book tour? Hillary Clinton 2016 is increasingly infested with offensive clods. The “dude” (Tommy Vietor) who was so close with the gropers (Jon Favreau) in the Obama 2008 campaign is part of the toxic Obama crowd now ensconced in Hillary Clinton 2016 as Obama protectors.
The lesson from this Bergdahl mess for Hillary Clinton and Hillary Clinton 2016 is to keep away from Barack Obama because he is more toxic than Ebola on a hot day in a steam room. Barack Obama has once again defecated on America but wants the stink to stick to someone else.
James Clapper, the director of National Intelligence, according to three U.S. intelligence officials flat out rejected the release of the five detainees, saying there was too high a risk these Taliban commanders would return to the battlefield and orchestrate attacks against Americans.
Clapper was not alone. Leon Panetta, who was then the Secretary of Defense, declined to certify that the United States could mitigate the risk to national interests of releasing the Taliban commanders.
A lot has changed since 2012. To start, President Obama won reelection. Panetta is gone, and in his place is Chuck Hagel, a Republican former senator who has been much more in sync with Obama’s views on the war on terror than his predecessors. [snip]
“This was an example of forcing the consensus,” one U.S. military official said. “The White House knew the answer they wanted and they ended up getting it.”
The White House did not even consult or inform Congress until after the prisoner release had begun. Dianne Feinstein, the Democratic chairwoman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, told The Daily Beast, “Should we have gotten advance warning? I actually think so.” She added, “We had participated in a number of briefings some time ago [on a possible future deal] and there was considerable concern.”
Obama’s decision to phase out U.S. combat operations in Afghanistan by the end of this year has raised legal questions about the basis for keeping prisoners from that conflict locked up after the U.S. declares itself done with the war. [snip]
Obama has hinted repeatedly that those prisoners related to the Afghanistan conflict will have to be let go soon. The transfer of the five Taliban could be a harbinger of future releases.
Why would anyone attach themselves to the author of that policy?
We can easily see how Barack Obama arrived at the Bergdahl release decision. After weeks of news about the Veterans Administration scandal and with his looming vacation in Europe, including a June 6 Normandy invasion commemoration, Barack Obama figured he would not only blow those scandals away but also be hailed a hero for masterminding the release of Bergdahl.
Obama figured no one would dare challenge his decision. Obama probably figured that politically he would devastate anyone who did not like his exchange of the terrorist dream team (as Lindsay Graham terms them) for a deserter if not traitor. The cherry on top was inviting the mother and father of Bergdahl to the White House for a hug. Who could resist a mom and pop welcoming home sonny boy?
But it did not work out as Obama planned and expected. There is a firestorm in the country that added to the other Obama scandals feeds upon itself.
Republicans saw the political firebomb Obama ignited and they pounced. Not only did they fight Obama (with lots of help from patriotic Democrats) on the release of the terrorist dream team, they grew a brain and are now trying to ensnare Hillary Clinton. Republicans are wisely trying to tie Hillary Clinton 2016 to Barack Obama 2014. It’s smart politics and smart policy.
The question now is will Hillary Clinton 2016 learn to keep the Hell away from Barack Obama? If Obama calls to talk about the weather, Hillary should not answer the phone. Hillary Clinton must realize that from now on Republicans will exploit every publicized and secret contact between Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton.
No doubt Barack Obama will try to tie himself closer to Hillary Clinton. Obama benefits from such a connection. Obama operatives in Hillary Clinton 2016 will try to keep Hillary bound to Barack too. Hillary Clinton’s job is to keep the Hell away from Barack Obama.
June 2014 reminds us of April 2007 when we first published. Back then we warned about everything that was to come. Hillary Clinton 2008 listened but did not act accordingly. Will they listen now?
Will those at the VA who lied in order to get bonuses be forced to return those bonuses before they are fired? Will those who held up the VA as a health-care model for glorious ObamaCare be tarred and feathered and driven out of the national discourse? Will Barack Obama be held to account by Big Media? The answer to all is likely “no”.
The big news Thursday was that America’s economy shrank during the first quarter of 2014, its worst performance in three years — but reporting that news apparently didn’t sit well with several major media outlets.
“U.S. economy shrinks, but it’s not a big deal,” read a headline on CNNMoney.com.
“Blame Old Man Winter: economy contracts for first time in three years,” NBC News tweeted.
The U.S. Commerce Department’s Bureau of Economic Analysis revised the numbers downward from prior estimates to show the nation’s GDP contracted at an annual rate of negative 1 percent. It was the first negative quarter since 2011, and one more three-month stretch in the red would put the U.S. is back in recession. But nightly newscasts sought to present the data as a blip, blaming it on the weather — if they mentioned it at all.
“All that snow and ice froze business, but most economists believe it sets the economy up for rebound this quarter and there are some encouraging signs in the numbers,” CBS News’ Anthony Mason reported.
Neither ABC nor NBC reported the disappointing numbers at all. The preliminary quarterly estimate from the U.S. Department of Commerce had been that the economy grew at a modest 0.1 percent rate.
CBS News did report that the housing statistics are evidence of real problems because for 99% of the housing market “the recovery is running out of gas.” Also, “wage and job growth have failed to keep up.” Megan McArdle also noted that “this is a sign of an economy that is still very weak” especially as the Fed keeps pumping money six years after Obama occupied the White House. At CNBC the question was Time for Democrats to panic over economy? But for most of Big Media it is still imperative to protect Barack Obama.
Bad Obama economic news? Big Media says “not a big deal”.
Big Media will defend Barack Obama by making noise about the bad waiters instead of focusing on the poisonous food of the head cook. The problem is not the waiter with big clown feet tripping over himself at the podium. The problem is not the hero soldier waiter given a job he was not fit to handle no matter how well intentioned he was. The problem is Barack Obama.
New waiters serving the same poisonous food will not fix the failing restaurant. Moving chairs on the poop deck of the Titanic won’t change the deadly course towards the iceberg.
The problem is Barack Obama. Shinseki, Sebelius, Carney are not enough. One more resignation is required.
Rove is not the only Hillary Hater that has brought us to laughter lately. Barack Obama supporters that hated Hillary in 2008 make us laugh in 2014. Remember 2008? Hillary was the enemy that had to be destroyed. Barack Obama was the future Reich that would last a thousand years along with his coalition of the ascendant storm troopers. Now, professional blowhard Charles Cook informs us that for many of those that proclaimed Obama the forever future and Hillary Clinton the dead turn-the-page past, the question is “Does Hillary Owe It to Democrats to Run?”:
The question of whether Clinton runs certainly evokes strong emotions in many people. At a dinner recently, a friend—one with clear Democratic sympathies—argued to me that if Clinton declined to run for president in 2016, the Democratic Party would have a right to feel angry with her, suggesting that she had an obligation to run.
How the worms have turned! Now the very Hillary Clinton they spurned, that evil corporatist Iraq warmonger dynast MUST RUN! Ya gotta laugh!
Wasn’t Hillary a racist? These Hillary Haters from the left accused Hillary of darkening pictures of Barack Obama and making dog whistle racist attacks. But now Hillary Clinton must run???? Ya gotta laugh.
Micheal Tomasky back in December 2012 demanded that Hillary run for president because, because:
And in this context, this context of keeping history moving forward, Hillary Clinton has not just the chance to run in 2016. She has the obligation to do so. Her party, and her country, will need her then, to consolidate gains and prevent the backsliding that the backsliders just can’t wait to commence. In other words, if the next four years go the way I suspect they might, it will be of the most fundamental importance that the Democrats hold the White House thereafter, and the burden of so ensuring falls squarely on the shoulders of Hugh Rodham’s rebellious daughter.
Here’s what I mean. I suspect that the next four years will go rather nicely for my side. The economy shows every sign of turning around and, one hopes, going like gangbusters three years hence. Obamacare will be implemented. Taxes—tax rates—will have been hiked. Immigration reform may well have been enacted. With a ridiculous amount of luck, a carbon tax. And all that will have been on top of Dodd-Frank, the equal pay act, and the other first-Obama-term accomplishments. We stand a decent chance, come 2016, of looking back on a pretty darn good eight years.
Ya gotta laugh! The economy turning around? Ha, ya gotta laugh. Economy going gangbusters in 2015? Ha ha, ya gotta laugh! ObamaCare working, tax hikes, immigration gates flooded, carbon taxes imposed, what a world what a world. Hasn’t exactly worked out as Tomasky imagined has it? Tomasky’s argument for Hillary then is that Hillary should run in order to keep in place Barack Obama’s obaminations and disasters. Harrddy harrddy har har. Ya gotta laugh. Hillary’s gotta run as the vestal virgin to Zeus Obama, stomps Tomasky and other Obama-the-lightbringer acolytes. We laugh and laugh.
Clinton Apostates Trip Over Themselves to Get in Line Behind Hillary
Democrats who passed over Hillary to endorse Barack Obama in 2008 know they’re on the enemies list—and they’re jumping on the Clinton 2016 bandwagon as early as possible.
Ya gotta laugh. They know they are on the “S” list. They want Hillary and us to forget and forgive. Some of them also want to be able to stick a knife in Hillary’s back if/when something like Elizabeth Warren 2016 emerges. Don’t trust them Hillary. Gull ‘em then cull ‘em. We would invite these vermin to dinner only to poison them.
To these vermin Barack Obama was the future, Hillary Clinton was the hated past. To these vermin Hillary Clinton was a racist blocking halfrican-American Barack Obama. These vermin still think it is racist to not worship Obama.
In Arkansas, Obama Is a Four-Letter Word Hampering Democrats
What Bill Clinton’s home state says about racial politics, control of the Senate, and Hillary Clinton in 2016.
LITTLE ROCK, Ark.—For five decades of Saturdays, Jerry’s Barber Shop has been a center of Arkansas politics, servicing receding hairlines for governors, legislators, and judges alongside the voters who elect and reject them. “I know how to make a politician tell the truth,” owner Jerry Hood says, “put a razor to his neck.” [snip]
“People are sick and tired of the path we’re taking. They’re sick and tired of Obama and Obamacare,” Hood says. His customers are mostly progressives from the shop’s affluent Heights neighborhood. “A lot of people coming in here talking about voting against every Democrat. They’re pissed off at Obamacare.…”
“How small businesses are treated …,” interrupts a customer with a shock of white hair.
“And Keystone,” chirps barber Doug Boydston.
Waving scissors like a conductor, Hood declares, “Folks around here are over that President Obama.”
Jerry’s Barber Shop is one the few places left in America where liberals and conservatives can be found together, laughing together, and talking politics. [snip]
A few minutes later, I pay for my haircut, say my goodbyes, and walk out. The bald man is waiting outside for me. He introduces himself as Robert Smith, then nods toward the barber shop. “How much of that do you think is about race?” I tell him the folks at Jerry’s are good people, but racial tensions are infused into much of American politics.
“I think it’s about race and the fact that Obama hasn’t done the greatest job,” Smith says. “I’m a Democrat. I voted for him twice. I’m not one of them,” he says, nodding again toward Jerry’s shop. “But I may not vote Democrat this time.”
The bald guy, Robert Smith, voted for Barack Obama twice. This bald guy thinks opposition to Obama is racial. But this bald guy does not intend to vote for Democrats in 2014. So is the bald guy a racist? Or is the bald guy a race baiting hypocrite who impugns others as racists when they cannot defend themselves. Yup, a holier than thou race baiting hypocrite. We stop laughing.
But then we hear about some murders in California and start to laugh again. Yeah, we have to say we feel bad for the murdered and the community. But the person we call “The Snowflake Killer” is such a cartoon we gotta laugh.
Such is the state of masculinity in America that fey Barack and the 22 year old have the audacity to believe they are in any way masculine or even “alpha male”. Here’s the notorious Youtube uploaded by The Snowflake Killer:
He’s a cartoon isn’t he? He laughs/smirks like a super-villain in a bad He-Man cartoon. Think Skeletor with a pronounced swish. He’s so self-unaware he presumes himself to be an “alpha male”. We suppose SnagglePuss was not available. We are crude to observe that The Snowflake Killer should be as sexually alluring to women/girls as Richard Simmons’ corpse. It is a relief to know that no girl was so self-abasing as to give this creep the time of day. He died a virgin. He deserved to die a virgin. He died a love-less virgin with all the sex appeal of Barack Obama at his stinky morning best.
We suppose we will be condemned for being so callous to point out that The Snowflake Killer was a fey little thing. We call him The Snowflake Killer because he thought himself so special, so humpy, so masculine:
Authorities have identified the killer, who left various video and written manifestos saying that he was seeking to kill sorority women and others at the university as revenge for the way women had rejected him. The killer — who subsequently shot himself — has been identified as a student who enrolled but frequently dropped out of classes at Santa Barbara City College.
Rodger posted a video on YouTube prior to the killings. In it, he outlined what he was going to do and said that the women deserved it for rejecting him. The Los Angeles Times published a transcript of the video. “On the day of retribution, I am going to enter the hottest sorority house at UCSB and I will slaughter every single spoiled, stuck-up, blond slut I see inside there. All those girls I’ve desired so much. They have all rejected me and looked down on me as an inferior man if I ever made a sexual advance toward them, while they throw themselves at these obnoxious brutes,” the video says. “I take great pleasure in slaughtering all of you. You will finally see that I am, in truth, the superior one, the true alpha male.”
A “true alpha male”? Really? Who writes like that? Who talks like that? He’s a cartoon, like Barack Obama is a cartoon.
Oh, and RACISM too. Yeah, the half Indonesian, half British cartoon is also a racist because… well he’s angry that “ugly” black boys got sex while he, descended from British aristocracy couldn’t get a girl to give it up. It gives us hope that the white girls he craved had enough sense to give him the heave ho. What a loser!
“I am beautiful….” writes the privileged Hollywood half-wit. Sounds like Barack Soetoro Obama. Ya gotta laugh.
We need to point out something that is obvious, something staring everyone in the face. That seems to be our job lately, which is a pleasant change.
For years our job was to drag ignored or unknown facts into the open and then connect the dots. Recently though, much of what we wrote for years is being regurgitated by blogs and Big Media so all we have to do is shove the narrative along and point out the obvious – that all too many miss or choose not to declare. And there is one obvious fact that needs to be underlined and bolded and capitalized because sometimes you just have to clearly state the obvious – as the little boy did when he saw a naked emperor parading by.
Since April of this year the Veterans Administration scandal has taken the center stage and swallowed almost all the wattage of the Klieg lights. In the penumbra, the Benghazi scandal, valiantly kept on stage by the survivors of the dead. Occasionally highlighting the corrupt Lois Lerner is the only way the IRS scandal has gotten any attention. The rising oceans of ObamaCare corruptions assures all that killer ObamaCare will continue to stay in the light regardless of what Big Media does. Sadly, the Fast & Furious scandal fell into darkness along with others such as the oily devastation in the Gulf coast.
For years Barack Obama and allied Big Media have kept stories like Rezko, the missing boxes of Obama records, Michelle and Jarrett’s patient dumping past, all the promises of the Obama campaign (when was the last time Big Media noted Obama’s broken promises of posting legislation on line days before a vote, or his lies on FISA, renditions, etc.?) quiet and forgotten. Ron Fournier of National Journal, who once so assiduously protected Barack Obama is now raising many of the points we raised for so long:
You helped elect an untested presidential candidate, a man almost as liberal as you. He promised to heal the oceans, make health care an inalienable right, and transform Washington’s toxic culture. You mocked Republicans, independents, and squishy Democrats who had the audacity to criticize your guy, much less doubt the inevitability of his victory. President Obama won—twice—and then didn’t live up to anybody’s expectations, including his own.
What do you do? Well, if you’re Ezra Klein and a coterie of inflexibly progressive pundits, you repurpose an attack used against President George W. Bush’s bombastic approach to geopolitics. You call anybody who questions Obama’s leadership style a Green Lanternist. In a post for Vox stretching beyond 2,500 words, Klein makes his case against Obama critics.
“Presidents consistently overpromise and underdeliver,” he begins, a fair start. [snip]
Now, wait. A Harvard-trained lawyer and constitutional scholar like Obama didn’t stumble into the 2008 presidential campaign unaware of the balance of powers, the polarization of politics, the rightward march of the GOP, and other structural limits on the presidency. He made those promises because he thought those goals were neither unreasonable nor unattainable. Either that, or he was lying.
Notice that the broken promises are pawned off to nonhuman forms (“his 2008 campaign” pledged … “It also promised … “) rather than Obama himself. The verbal gymnastics are an early hint that the main purpose of the essay is to shelter Obama from blame.
Barack Obama lied. It’s the obvious truth. There is no need for Fournier to provide an alternate explanation. To provide an alternative is to “shelter Obama from blame”. Journolister Ezra Klein is solely in the business of Obama protection but why doesn’t Fournier call a liar a liar? It’s not as if there is no evidence. There is evidence in abundance sufficient to move “liar Obama” from theory to fact.
Remember in 2008 when Barack Obama swore up and down the campaign trail that he would lead a filibuster against FISA and telecom immunity? Once he was sure of the nomination Obama voted FOR FISA. Remember all the Obama attacks against the Patriot Act? Obama and the congress he controlled voted to reauthorize the Patriot Act. The NSA?
Remember Obama screeching against the unitary executive? Instead of fighting against executive branch expansion Barack Obama is a proven despot happily attaching non-constitutional signing statements to laws he signs, ignoring laws he does not like and not enforcing them, and despotically twisting laws he has signed.
“Shelter Obama from blame” is the priority for many in Big Media and in the party once called the Democratic Party. The self-proclaimed “fact checkers” at PolitiFact claimed in the election year of 2012 that Barack Obama’s promises on the VA had indeed been kept. PolitiFact waters that down now to a promise that has been “stalled”. WTF?
And herein lies the problem for the left: the failures at the VA, including its bureaucratic incompetence, its waiting lists, and its deaths, all debunk the notion that a government-run healthcare system will work. It’s a fresh slap in the face to all those commentators who, in pushing Obamacare, endorsed the VA as a model.
Virtually all members and the leaders of both parties in both houses of Congress owe veterans an apology. The media owes veterans an apology. Shame on them. I owe veterans an apology for not having written a column this brutally blunt the moment I learned that every day, 22 more vets commit suicide. Shame on me.
I do not call for the resignation of Shinseki, but the president owes veterans more than another White House staff, spin and stall operation, which he offered on Wednesday with the same cast of characters waiting for yet another report. Congressional Republicans, who share responsibility for the VA scandal, owe vets more than another attack, deride and exploit operation that plays politics with the health of those who serve.
Budowsky shames himself further by blaming others. Why bring Republicans into the shame distribution? The VA scandal belongs entirely to Barack Obama. Barack Obama is the president. Barack Obama is the one who made the promises. Barack Obama is the one who lied. Barack Obama is the one to blame.
“Shelter Obama from blame” is what Budowsky is up to. Are problems with the VA long term? Yes. And Obama promised to fix them. “The buck stops here” is now “pass the buck by Barack Obama’s desk because he is too busy with celebrities and other distractions.”
What is Barack Obama up to? Well the other day he took time off from fundraising, vacations, and golf to finally pretend in public that he cares at all about the VA scandal. Immediately afterwards Obama went to meet with burly tall men with arms as muscular as Michelle’s. Barrack Obama always has time to rub shoulders with muscular men:
Obama is making a week of it, celebrating games large and small. A day after feting the National Football League champion Seattle Seahawks at the White House, Obama is going to the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Cooperstown, New York, today to promote tourism and economic development.
He started the week by dropping in on co-ed Little League players at a neighborhood recreation field in Washington, tossing a ball and posing for photos. [snip]
Obama, who calls Chicago home, stepped in to belatedly honor that Bears team at the White House in 2011. He reached into the past again last year to hold a ceremony for the 1972 Miami Dolphins, the only NFL team to compile an undefeated record for the season.
Obama, 52, an avid basketball fan and golfer, has expanded the scope of the spotlight presidents put on athletes.
Soccer teams, men’s and women’s professional and collegiate basketball teams, hockey teams and NASCAR champions all have been accorded the White House treatment by him.
Obama has also given Super Bowl Sunday interviews with the network broadcasting the NFL championship and appeared each year on sports cable channel ESPN to reveal his picks for the National Collegiate Athletic Association basketball tournament. He even took U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron to an NCAA tournament game in 2012 in Ohio before a state dinner.
Flanked by Seattle’s first Super-Bowl-winning squad yesterday, Obama talked about a sports team exceeding expectations with a reference to his own story.
It’s always about “his own story”. But hearing Barack talk about how excited he becomes when watching burly men “overcome the odds” is ugly. We don’t object to Barack Obama desire to sniff the testosterone infused air surrounding muscular sweaty men but thinking about him whimpering about these men like a lonely dog finally getting attention we can’t help but recall his homophobic campaign of 2008.
As with Budowsky’s Obama protection blame shifting, many attempts will be made to shift the blame from Barack Obama to someone/something else. Eric Shinseki is a hero to the left so he is safe from Obama’s blame shifters.
In order to “shelter Obama from blame” others will be blamed. George W. Bush will be blamed. Bill Clinton will be blamed. George H. W. Bush will be blamed. George Washington will be blamed. “Shelter Obama from blame.”
On the day of her resignation we wrote that Kathleen Sebelius was not the one to blame for ObamaCare. The one to blame for ObamaCare is Barack Obama. It is also Barack Obama who is to blame for the corruption and lies at the VA. It is Barack Obama to blame for Fast & Furious. Barack Obama is to blame for Benghazi. Barack Obama is to blame for the IRS scandal. Barack Obama is to blame for low esteem the U.S. suffers in the world. Barack Obama is to blame for the weak American response in the Ukraine. Barack Obama is to blame for the faltering economy. Barack Obama is to blame. Barack Obama is to blame for all of it.
That is the obvious truth few will dare speak. It’s not Shinseki, Sebelius, Kerry (although he has 2008 to pay for), Clinton, Geithner, Summers, Holder, or any of them to blame. It’s Barack Obama that is to blame.
It is the corrupt, treacherous, boob that cares only for his self-advancement and profit that is to blame.
Consider: imagine Hillary Clinton is the worst person in the world. Imagine Hillary Clinton is to blame for everything bad that happened at Benghazi. Is Hillary Clinton to blame for the IRS scandal, the NSA scandal, the Rezko scandal? No. Is Sebelius responsible for the IRS scandal or Benghazi, or the NSA scandal? No. Is Eric Holder responsible for Benghazi or the NSA or the IRS or ObamaCare? No. The one variable that appears in all the equations of potential blame is Barack Obama.
In midterm elections one of the most important data points to determine the results is the popularity or non-popularity of the president. An unpopular president destroys the party in midterm elections. That’s the #2 reason why so many will attempt to “shelter Obama from blame.”
The #1 reason why so many will attempt to “shelter Obama from blame?” It’s a cult with no where else to go. The cult will blame Hillary or anybody but not Obama. But it is Obama that is to blame. It is Barack Obama that is to blame for it all.
We think Karl Rove was stupid to mention anything about Hillary Clinton’s health. Assume for a moment that Hillary Clinton has brain damage or traumatic brain injury or whatever. Wouldn’t that make her the perfect Republican opposition candidate? Wouldn’t it???
Just picture it: doddering ol’ Grandma Hillary decides to run for president – (roll of thunder, lightning crackle) then due to the grueling campaign schedule – keels over and dies. Wouldn’t you want to run against a candidate that won’t live through the campaign? Hells bells, that’s how TV crooner Clay Aiken got the nomination for a House seat just the other day.
If Karl Rove or any Republican/conservative/DailyKook leftist thinks Hillary Clinton is too feeble to function – Jeez Louise shouldn’t they do anything possible to get her to run? It’s Tonya Harding’s dream but without Jeff Gillooly with his incriminating bat!
Why would Tanya Rove Harding bother to try to kneecap an opponent when the likelihood is that Nancy Hillary Kerrigan is going to fall flat on her face? That’s if you believe the allegations have merit. If you know the allegations have no merit then you’re just helping your opponent which is what happened this past week in the Rove v. Hillary show.
It is possible that Tonya Rove thought he could scare Hillary Kerrigan from running in 2016. But really… scare Hillary? Harrdy harrrrdy har har!
If Hillary Clinton does decide to run in 2016 she will have to release her medical records but more importantly she would have to campaign and that campaign would be the ultimate testimony as to health of the candidate (see Reagan, Ronald). In the meantime this past week Hillary Clinton got lots of defense/offense exercise and her Benghazi detractors lost whatever lost credibility they had with their “Benghazi flu” theories.
At the end of the week, Hillary got backup from those dying for the 2016 follies to start and Karl Rove came off as an uglier Matt Damon.
Matt Damon? In 2008 we defended John McCain against Obama supporters (see idiot Matt Damon) who smeared the war veteran as too old, probably unhealthy, and likely to die in office. Hypocrite public school advocate Matt cited actuarial tables for his anti-McCain ugliness and dinosaurs as “reasons” for why Sarah Palin was not qualified to be president once McCain succumbed to Matty’s tarot card analysis. In 2014, John McCain is still alive. Matt Damon’s career is mostly over.
It was a laugh then to listen to the educated Damon ramble so about dinosaurs and actuarial tables. Not for a second did Damon consider that dinosaurs do not have much to do with modern day public policy and that Governor Palin did not suspend evolution as a subject in Alaska schools. Damon also did not bother to notice that McCain’s mom was still alive and kicking in a most healthy and vigorous way and that maybe, just maybe, the guy who survived North Vietnamese tiger cage camps might have inherited mommy’s Kryptonian genes.
[As an aside, it is ironically damning now, that Matt Damon thought Sarah Palin could not face down Vladimir Putin. Yeah, the meathead really said that after his dinosaur reasoning for why Palin was beneath him. Matty did not realize that Sarah Palin fights like a girl which is more than enough to send Putin to the hospital whereas Barack Obama frights like the cowardly boob he is.]
In everything Matt Damon said then about politics there was scant evidence. Damon made a fool of himself but no doubt believed that he was brilliant. We’re hearing much the same these days from those who think Karl Rove was brilliant to insert Hillary Clinton’s health into 2016 considerations. It ain’t so.
Instead of focus on the Veterans Administration hospital scandal, instead of a focus on ObamaCare’s continuing destruction, instead of a focus on everything else going wrong in the country because of Barack Obama, Karl Rove diverted the national discussion to the focus function of Hillary’s eyeglasses. That’s not brilliant. That’s dumb.
The magnificent Sultan of Brunei deserves much praise. Many Obama acolytes thought Barack Hussein Obama was the Messiah, the Lightbringer, in 2008. But all praise and glory to the real and Promethean Lightbringer – his overwhelming majesty the Sultan of Brunei!!!
Last week, celebrities including Jay Leno, Ellen DeGeneres, Sharon Osbourne, Richard Branson and Clive Davis united for an unlikely cause: a boycott of the Beverly Hills Hotel, because its owner, the Sultan of Brunei, recently announced the implementation of Sharia law in his tiny South Asian nation.
A few hardly souls, like us, have been denouncing the imposition of Sharia Law in the West only to be denounced as Muslim haters or worse. In the past when we have denounced the Mosque of Doom at the World Trade Center 9/11 site we came under attack for stating that the Mosque of Doom should not be built. We noted at the time that the Muslims agitating for such a monstrosity had the legal right to build their Mosque but we thought decency should preclude such a provocation. We cited sensible Catholic clerics who aborted their planned and well intentioned sites at Nazi death camps with predominately Jewish victims as precedent.
Those of us who repeatedly call for “good” Muslims to attack and confront Islamic terrorists and Muslim extremists every time Islamic atrocities are perpetrated by Muslims are again accused of not being sufficiently “sensitive” to the plight of silent Muslims who by their silence lead many to wonder if it is the entire religion that fosters terrorism.
“Theory states that Allah’s law is cruel and unfair,” said Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah, “but Allah himself has said that his law is indeed fair.”
Under Sharia law, the following is considered criminal behavior, punishable by fines, jail, amputation of limbs, public flogging or death by stoning: absence from Friday prayer services; becoming pregnant out of wedlock; wearing indecent clothing, and for women, refusal to wear a hijab; employing a non-Muslim babysitter; the use of the word “Allah” by Christians and the discussion of faith by any non-Muslims; publicly eating or drinking during Ramadan; theft; homosexuality; and adultery.
We find ourselves indisputably guilty in the eyes of Sharia Law. If it was not for the Lightbringer Sultan of Brunei the public discussion which points to our guilt and the guilt of most if not all in the West, would not be known. All Hail the wise Lightbringer Sultan of Brunei:
The Sultan, now 67, has slowly been moving Brunei in this direction for decades, but this recent, drastic declaration has no clear motive. Brunei is so rich with oil it’s fully independent; nor is it a target of Islamic extremists.
So, why now?
“Who knows?” says Reza Aslan, religious scholar and author of “Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth.” “This is obviously not coming from a place of religious devotion, since the Sultan himself is in violation of every single rule of Sharia law you could possibly imagine.”
Indeed, the Sultan and his equally decadent brother, Prince Jefri, were dubbed “constant companions in hedonism” in 2011 by Vanity Fair. He lives in a palace with 1,788 rooms, 257 bathrooms, five swimming pools, a mosque, a banquet hall that holds 5,000 people and a 110-car garage. When he turned 50, the Sultan built a stadium, invited Michael Jackson to perform in it and paid him $17 million for three concerts.
Jefri, 59, maintains a separate pleasure palace and once owned a 152-foot yacht called “Tits”; he named its tenders “Nipple 1” and “Nipple 2” and could never understand why others often found that juvenile and crass. Here and abroad, the brothers are infamous for their sex parties and their harems composed mainly of underage girls.
All hail the Sultan of Brunei who rules by blood right not one of these phony “democratic” elections wherein lies are told and believed by the populace. All hail the Sultan of Brunei for bringing light and reason to those that usually shout “RACIST!”:
Maher: “Islamophobic Is A Word Created By Fascists, And Used By Cowards, To Manipulate Morons”
BILL MAHER: They draw support from the general population. There was a Pew poll of Egypt — which is a leading Muslim country, maybe the leading Muslim country — and something like 80- or 90-percent believe that death is the proper punishment for leaving [Islam]. If they did a — we had the Sister on at the beginning of the show. If 84% of Brazilians thought that death was the proper penalty for leaving Catholicism, wouldn’t that be a bigger story?
ARIANNA HUFFINGTON: But the point is that you can not put all that together with the entire Islam, or all Muslims. I mean that’s where it becomes dangerous. And that’s where, unfortunately, a lot of conversation goes –
MAHER: Where it becomes dangerous is that liberals like yourself do not stand up for liberalism. Liberalism means, one, mostly equality for women, free speech, no death threats. You know? [snip]
MAHER: This group, Boko Haram, this group, their whole reason for coming into being was to install Sharia Law in Nigeria. In Brunei, the Sultan of Brunei just last week installed Sharia Law.
Okay. Failure to perform Friday prayers could get you whippings or amputations, because it is a religion of pieces. I know. I’m the bad guy because I’m against the people who cut your arms off for not praying. That’s me, I’m the bad guy.
THURSTON: No, no, you’re not the bad guy for that. You’re the bad guy because you’re saying it’s inherent in the religion and exclusive, and you’re not allowing for this opportunity and this possibility… [snip]
DINESH D’SOUZA: What’s going on here is there is a civil war in the mind of the liberal. On the one hand you have the defense — [snip]
D’SOUZA: On one hand you’re a defender of individual rights and if this were the Catholic Church –
D’SOUZA: If this were the Catholic Church, you’d be all on it. But on the other hand, you’re committed to multiculturalism and Islam is a victim and we don’t want to make Muslims feel bad. And so these two impulses have got to be brokered, one against the other, and that’s why there is a protection of Islam. The problem isn’t the Muslims; the problem is the multiculturists on campus who protect and defend them. [snip]
ARIANNA HUFFINGTON: That’s ridiculous. This is like saying that all Muslims are guilty.
D’SOUZA: I’m not saying that.
MAHER: We’re not saying that! You’re hearing that, but we’re not saying that.
THURSTON: What you’re saying that Islam is the problem.
MAHER: Islam is the problem, correct; all religions are the problem, but especially this one. [snip]
MAHER: You know, speaking of the campus, Ayaan Hirsi Ali, we all know Ayaan Hirsi Ali, right? A brilliant woman. She was born in Somalia, underwent gentile [sic] mutilation.
HUFFINGTON: At the age of 5.
MAHER: Which almost all woman do in that country, and many other Muslim countries.
HUFFINGTON: And a fatwa against her.
MAHER: Right. So, you know, that’s not a good thing. So, she was going to speak at Brandeis, but she called Islam the new fascism, so they said she could not speak. And they said she is Islamophobic, who my friend Sam Harris reminded me today our deceased friend Christopher Hitchens said Islamophobic is a word created by fascists, and used by cowards, to manipulate morons.
Because to be phobic means to be scared of something that you’re not usually scared of, like the great outdoors. But to be phobic about honor killings, about throwing acid in girls’ faces, or marrying them off when they are eight-years-old. (HBO’s Real Time with Bill Maher, May 9, 2014)
All Hail the Sultan of Brunei. Without this Lightbringer we would not be having a discussion on Sharia Law and the non-innocence of Muslims who tolerate such required barbaric behavior.
All Hail the Lightbringer Sultan of Brunei who chose to bring his light unto the world at the same time as his fellow Muslims busied themselves in Nigeria.
The Nigerian terror group reflects the general Islamist hatred of women’s rights. When will the West wake up?
Since the kidnapping of 276 schoolgirls in Nigeria last month, the meaning of Boko Haram—the name used by the terrorist group that seized the girls—has become more widely known. The translation from the Hausa language is usually given in English-language media as “Western Education Is Forbidden,” though “Non-Muslim Teaching Is Forbidden” might be more accurate.
But little attention has been paid to the group’s formal Arabic name: Jam’at Ahl as-Sunnah lid-da’wa wal-Jihad. That roughly translates as “The Fellowship of the People of the Tradition for Preaching and Holy War.” That’s a lot less catchy than Boko Haram but significantly more revealing about the group and its mission. Far from being an aberration among Islamist terror groups, as some observers suggest, Boko Haram in its goals and methods is in fact all too representative.
The kidnapping of the schoolgirls throws into bold relief a central part of what the jihadists are about: the oppression of women. Boko Haram sincerely believes that girls are better off enslaved than educated. The terrorists’ mission is no different from that of the Taliban assassin who shot and nearly killed 15-year-old Pakistani Malala Yousafzai—as she rode a school bus home in 2012—because she advocated girls’ education. As I know from experience, nothing is more anathema to the jihadists than equal and educated women.
The values of the West are under attack. Those that defend the liberal democratic values are now termed racists or proponents of “white privilege”. Thanks to the Sultan of Brunei a few of the most privileged and wealthy are waking up to the danger and are boycotting a luxury hotel. From Beverly Hills these haters of the West and Western values have an opportunity to learn a bit more if they look beyond the Beverly Hills Hotel Sharia Law oasis:
How to explain this phenomenon to baffled Westerners, who these days seem more eager to smear the critics of jihadism as “Islamophobes” than to stand up for women’s most basic rights? Where are the Muslim college-student organizations denouncing Boko Haram? Where is the outrage during Friday prayers? These girls’ lives deserve more than a Twitter hashtag protest.
Organizations like Boko Haram do not arise in isolation. The men who establish Islamist groups, whether in Africa (Nigeria, Somalia, Mali), Southwest Asia (Afghanistan, Pakistan), or even Europe (U.K., Spain and the Netherlands), are members of long-established Muslim communities, most of whose members are happy to lead peaceful lives. To understand why the jihadists are flourishing, you need to understand the dynamics within those communities.
So, imagine an angry young man in any Muslim community anywhere in the world. Imagine him trying to establish an association of men dedicated to the practice of the Sunnah (the tradition of guidance from the Prophet Muhammad ). Much of the young man’s preaching will address the place of women. He will recommend that girls and women be kept indoors and covered from head to toe if they are to venture outside. He will also condemn the permissiveness of Western society.
In 2011, Boko Haram launched its first terror attack in Borno. Four people were killed, and from then on violence became an integral part, if not the central part, of its mission. The recent kidnappings—11 more girls were abducted by Boko Haram on Sunday—join a litany of outrages, including multiple car bombings and the murder of 59 schoolboys in February. On Monday, as if to demonstrate its growing power, Boko Haram launched a 12-hour attack in the city of Gamboru Ngala, firing into market crowds, setting houses aflame and shooting down residents who ran from the burning buildings. Hundreds were killed.
I am often told that the average Muslim wholeheartedly rejects the use of violence and terror, does not share the radicals’ belief that a degenerate and corrupt Western culture needs to be replaced with an Islamic one, and abhors the denigration of women’s most basic rights. Well, it is time for those peace-loving Muslims to do more, much more, to resist those in their midst who engage in this type of proselytizing before they proceed to the phase of holy war.
It is also time for Western liberals to wake up.
The murder of 59 boys did not engender the outrage the kidnapped girls have all too slowly received. Shouldn’t those dead boys have had some tears shed for them or are we, this website included, so politically correct that our bigotries pile on other bigotries? It took kidnapped girls and vivid video to spur to Twitter those that ordinarily would be drowned in Champagne at the Beverly Hills Hotel and those that in 2008 so ridiculously shouted “Yes we can!”
Michelle Obama, Ellen DeGeneres and John Kerry took to Twitter to tell Nigerian kidnappers it’s time to bring back hundreds of schoolgirls.
Neocons have another message: Send in the troops.
Some conservatives are skeptical of the show of force on Twitter, rather than on the ground.
Twitter is not going to persuade these Muslim thugs to do anything. Yet the list of Hollywood celebrities taking to Twitter to get Muslim thugs to #BringBackOurGirls is nauseatingly long.
If troops and military action are to be taken they should be from the region. Where is the African Union? Why isn’t the African Union on the job and in a lead role? Also, the former colonial powers such as France, which still has influence in the region, should step up and take the lead role.
The United States role? Obama is too busy beating up on Israel and reaching out to the Muslim world to bother with anything other than publicity stunt deployments and publicity stunt Twitter wars. If you want to scare Boko Haram don’t send in American troops with eunuch Obama in charge. Send in the Légion étrangère, the French Foreign Legion.
Also, the Nigerian people have a strong role to play. If the West is to fight back against Islam and not be a cowering weakling then the fight must be taken for Western values and expose the Islam that has taken hold in the world today. Nigeria and Nigerians can play a role in the larger world-wide battle.
By some estimates Nigeria is more Christian than Muslim (49.3 – 48.8). Christianity is growing in Nigeria. Muslims against Boko Haram (if any) and Christians surely are a majority of the population that can not only bring back those girls, but bring back Western values.
“Bring back our Christian girls” will not be a popular message because it tells the greater truth. Meanwhile those Christian girls are getting converted the old fashioned way:
Nigeria abducted girls: Boko Haram leader claims captives converted to Islam
A Boko Haram video emerged Monday purportedly showing some of the kidnapped Nigerian girls in Muslim headdresses and the terror group’s leader declaring they have converted to Islam.
The video, released by French news agency Agence France-Presse, was shot in a nondescript bush area and showed about 100 girls.
In the 27-minute footage, the terror group’s leader, Abubakar Shekau, says he is willing to exchange the schoolgirls for Boko Haram prisoners.
It shows girls dressed in black and gray hijabs, and reciting the Quran as they make Islamic declarations of faith. Shekau appears in a separate part of the video, but never with the girls.
“Praise be to Allah, the lord of the world,” the girls in the video chant.
By the way, that “Zionist entity” that Obama attacks and John Kerry denounces as an Apartheid state? “Israel plans to send a team of counterterrorism experts to help“.
For some of us the events in Nigeria hit very close to if not directly home:
This has been an extremely tough month in my country. I have an uncle that lives in Abuja that missed being killed by the bus bomb at the motor park by about an hour. Christians had been threatened in the north all the time in the past, but Boko Haram have just lost their minds because now they are targeting their own. One of the things that I remain mad at til today is how long it took President Clinton (and I really love him) to go see what was happening in Rwanda. The same applies to uncle idiot in the White House now. Unfortunately, leadership I my country still cannot be trusted. That said, bumbles could have easily sent an investigative team along with an interdiction team and those girls could be home now. I am encouraged by the outpouring of support as a result of the protests. I look forward to the world dedicating the resources to match that support. I would ask from everyone here continued prayers. No resources as at yet. Can’t be sure of where any donations would end up.
Charlie Rose interviewed a nun this week that talked about not just the girls in my county, but across Africa that are invisible. I wish there was a way to get her in touch with Hillary. Please take a few minutes and watch. Thank you.”
The world needs the United States to lead. The world needs the values the United States once so proudly lived by. The liberal democratic values of the West must be defended.
In 2008 we lost more than we will ever know. But we will recover and by then the phony Lightbringers will be back in their little caves in the darkness.
May brings flowers and sunshine – as well as a lot of news. This first full week of May is event filled.
Monday began the week with the news of leaders held accountable even if they were not entirely at fault. Target’s massive data breach has now cost the company’s CEO his job. Wow, a chief executive held accountable! What a concept! Lo, and behold, the wrong Obama loses his job:This looks like a sad day for the Obama family. Sports Illustrated is reporting that Oregon State has fired basketball coach Craig Robinson, the brother-in-law of first lady Michelle Obama. It’s the wrong Obama!
First of all today Boner, er, Boehner names Trey Gowdy chairman of Benghazi select committee . Gowdy is not a fool or incompetent like Darryl Issa. Gowdy knows how to examine a witness and how to stay focused on what matters. Which leads to the second reason why the threats from Obama and henchmen don’t frighten anyone interested in finding out what happened on September 11 in Benghazi.
Second, imagine a committee and hearings populated only with Republicans. Without Obama shills to distract and shout RACISM! and fog up the place with lies, witnesses in public hearings would be grilled like bacon in a blast furnace. More importantly imagine only Republicans present at the behind the scenes depositions of witnesses. If Obama henchmen are not present at those private depositions they won’t know what fresh Hell could break loose. So, we don’t take the threats seriously and if the threats materialize there will be Hell to pay as facts are extracted from witnesses.
CBS News President David Rhodes described what the “government” believed about the Benghazi attack the day after it happened, saying it was not just a “mob reaction” to a film. [snip]
At this point, Rhodes interjected a parenthetical note about the “pretty alarming” situation saying, “Our government thinks that, you know, there’s a really good chance this was not just a spontaneous mob reaction to what some thought was an offensive film but actually a coordinated effort timed to the 9/11 anniversary.”
“Pretty alarming” but since then CBS news is pretty sleepy.
Later this week there will be a vote to establish the select committee. We will also find out sometime this week who will be on that committee and whether or not the Obama protection squads will cut their noses to spite their faces.
Obama? This week Obama if trolling for dollars once again. Repeatedly. On Wednesday it’s California that will welcome the big fleet of climate changing planes. Los Angeles on Wednesday. Four fundraisers on Thursday in LA, San Diego, and San Jose. Climate change Air Force 1 style. Tax payers will get the bill as fig leaf events are gilded on to make it all legal.
On Tuesday, there will be primaries. Ohio, Indiana, and North Carolina are the featured attractions. In Ohio John Boner has a primary challenger which has cleverly mashed “boner” jokes with erectile dysfunction commercials. Boner will have a hard time with this ad:
Boner will likely win his primary even as his challenger has lost his job at a Christian college due to the contents of the ad.
Also on Tuesday we will learn if North Carolina Senator Kay Hagen will succeed with her Clair McCaskill style tactic of choosing her opponent. Hagen’s top opponent is Thom Tillis but unless Tillis gets 40% of the vote there will be a run-off and Hagen will have that much more time to get money and divide the opposition. To that end Kay Hagen has been lying without restraint:
As previously noted, Sen. Kay Hagan (D., N.C.) has attacked her presumptive GOP opponent, Thom Tillis, as a hypocrite for wanting to repeal Obamacare despite having once described it as a “great idea.”
It’s completely dishonest. Tillis did say that, but here’s the full context: ““The majority of the stuff that is in Obamacare is bad, because it’s not fiscally sustainable. It’s a great idea that can’t be paid for.”
Now, Hagan’s campaign is repeating the attack in fliers mailed to Republican voters ahead of the GOP primary on Tuesday. It’s a pretty blatant effort to undermine Tillis’s standing among conservatives; he currently leads the GOP field with 40 percent of the vote, according to the Public Policy Polling, which is precisely the amount he needs to avoid a runoff.
That’s Monday and Tuesday in the big news category. While we lament the poor Californians who will suffer later on in the week we will keep our eyes on events scheduled for Wednesday:
Contempt Vote Coming Down on Lerner
The House of Representatives will vote this week on whether to hold former head of tax exempt groups at the IRS Lois Lerner in contempt of Congress. Back in April, the House Oversight Committee voted to hold Lerner in Contempt after she plead the Fifth for a second time in March. Many lawmakers argue Lerner waived her Fifth Amendment rights the first time she testified the first time last year due to making an opening statement before claiming she wished to remain silent.
Since pleading the Fifth for a second time, emails have surfaced showing Lerner was in contact with the Department of Justice about the possible criminal prosecution of conservative tea party groups her special interest friends wanted “shut down.”
Last week, Lerner’s attorney said it would be “un-American” to hold her contempt and asked for a special opportunity to defend and make her case in front of Congress before the contempt vote this week. That request was denied.
So what’s next after the contempt vote? POLITICO has the details:
After the vote, the matter will then most likely move to court, where a judge will determine whether Lerner had a right to invoke her Fifth Amendment right to refuse to answer House GOP lawmakers’ questions about her role in the controversy.
Indeed that is what Politico wishes would happen. What should happen - we wrote about. Congress should prepare for a congressional trial against Lois Lerner because the Department of Justice will do nothing to prosecute the contempt citation which is coming and so richly deserved. Put Lois Lerner in the docket and clone Trey Gowdy for the prosecution.
If the president wants to witness a refutation of his assertion that the survival of the Affordable Care Act is assured, come Thursday he should stroll the 13 blocks from his office to the nation’s second-most important court, the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals. There he can hear an argument involving yet another constitutional provision that evidently has escaped his notice. It is the origination clause, which says: “All bills for raising revenue shall originate in the House of Representatives; but the Senate may propose or concur with amendments as on other bills.” [snip]
What will be argued on Thursday is that what was voted on — the ACA — was indisputably a revenue measure and unquestionably did not originate in the House, which later passed the ACA on another party-line vote. [snip]
In June 2012, a Supreme Court majority accepted a, shall we say, creative reading of the ACA by Chief Justice John Roberts. The court held that the penalty, which the ACA repeatedly calls a penalty, is really just a tax on the activity — actually, the nonactivity — of not purchasing insurance. The individual mandate is not, the court held, a command but merely the definition of a condition that can be taxed. The tax is mild enough to be semi-voluntary; individuals are free to choose whether or not to commit the inactivity that triggers the tax.
The “exaction” — Roberts’s word — “looks,” he laconically said, “like a tax in many respects.” It is collected by the IRS, and the proceeds go to the Treasury for the general operations of the federal government, not to fund a particular program. This surely makes the ACA a revenue measure.
Did it, however, originate in the House? Of course not. [snip]
Two years ago, the Supreme Court saved the ACA by declaring its penalty to be a tax. It thereby doomed the ACA as an unconstitutional violation of the origination clause.
It will be fun to watch the legal gymnasts support ObamaCare now that it is a tax but if it is a tax then it could not be a tax which originated in the Senate so it is a non-tax tax that will tax the legal system’s alleged logic. The lawsuit is HERE.
So, in one week, we get Benghazi, the IRS, ObamaCare. Festering lilies of May.
Let’s not forget the poll released on Monday which is the bill to be paid for Benghazi, the IRS scandal, and the ObamaCare scam:
This Just Might Be The Worst Poll Yet For Democrats
The Republican Party is at its strongest point in two decades heading into midterm elections, according to a new Pew Research-USA Today poll, the latest daunting sign for Democrats ahead of campaign season.
The GOP is at an even stronger point than in previous “wave” elections in 1994 and 2010 and looks poised to make major gains — and possibly take control of the U.S. Senate.
According to the poll, out Monday, Republicans have a 47-43 lead on the generic congressional ballot. That’s a 10-point swing from October, when Democrats, boosted by GOP blame for the federal government shutdown, held a 6-point lead in the Pew poll.
Barack Obama is killing off the party. Perhaps Harry Reid and Nancy Pelousy only care about their national power but we suspect that many other office holders are beginning to realize Obama is going to kill them all:
Control of five state Senates would swing to the GOP with a gain of no more than three seats, and the party is targeting four additional state legislative chambers, believing the political environment favors Republicans this year. …
“Republicans are at something of a high-water mark,” said Tim Storey, who tracks elections at the nonpartisan National Conference of State Legislatures. “However, there are still a number of states where Republicans could flip chambers and come out even stronger than they came in.”
Colorado, Nevada, Iowa, Oregon, New Hampshire, Kentucky, West Virginia, and Maine are all targets of opportunity for Republicans. In November we will know.
For now, this week in May is planting a lot of seeds that will flower in six months.
Born into slavery as one of the youngest of thirteen children of James and Elizabeth in Ulster County, New York, in 1797, Sojourner Truth’s given name was Isabella Baumfree. As almost all of her brothers and sisters had been sold to other slave owners, some of her earliest memories were of her parents’ stories of the cruel loss of their other children. [snip]
In 1843, she changed her name to Sojourner Truth – her name for a traveling preacher, one who speaks the truth – and left New York. She traveled throughout New England, where she met and worked with abolitionists such as William Lloyd Garrison, and Frederick Douglass. Her life story, The Narrative of Sojourner Truth: A Northern Slave, written with the help of friend Olive Gilbert, was published in 1850.
While traveling and speaking in states across the country, Sojourner Truth met many women abolitionists and noticed that although women could be part of the leadership in the abolitionist movement, they could neither vote nor hold public office. It was this realization that led Sojourner to become an outspoken supporter of women’s rights.
In 1851, she addressed the Women’s Rights Convention in Akron, Ohio, delivering her famous speech “Ain’t I a Woman?” The applause she received that day has been described as “deafening.” From that time on, she became known as a leading advocate for the rights of women. She became one of the nineteenth century’s most eloquent voices for the cause of anti-slavery and women’s rights.
NoLimits.org will "keep you up to date with news about issues on which Hillary took a lead and we know you care so much about," group President Ann Lewis said in an e-mail to as many as 2 million people culled from the Clinton campaign database.
Because No Limits is a registered nonprofit, "it cannot do anything political. It has to be nonpartisan," said Lewis, a longtime senior adviser to Clinton.
In Clinton's job as secretary of state for President Obama, her political dealings are highly restricted.
For example, she shut down her political action committee.
Some, like Democratic consultant and former Bill Clinton aide Chris Lehane, dismiss talk that the group could be a springboard for Clinton to try again for the White House in, say, 2016.
"Sometimes a cigar is just a cigar," Lehane said. "I think this is just [a] group of folks who developed relationships in an intense [electoral] environment and want to stay together."
But the University of Virginia's Larry Sabato countered: "Whenever a group like this says it's not a political organization, you just know it is."
"Maybe [this] is Hillary's answer to Obama's new 'change' group that controls his golden mailing list. Maybe it's a way for Secretary of State Clinton to mobilize backing for her objectives at the State Department," he said. "And maybe [it's] a standby committee of supporters in case Hillary decides to get back into elective politics."
Democratic consultant Hank Sheinkopf said NoLimits.org is "one way to make sure that she - and/or the former President - still have political leverage."
Hillary World-Wide January 26, 2009
Secretary of State Hillary R. Clinton Meets Afghan Women Lawyers. Secretary of State Hillary R. Clinton met today at the State Department with fourteen prominent Afghan women judges, prosecutors, and defense attorneys. These jurists were in Washington to participate in a training program arranged by the Department’s Public-Private Partnership for Justice Reform in Afghanistan. Secretary Clinton told them: "Your American friends greatly admire your bravery and courage. It is your work in the tough environment of Afghanistan for women lawyers that will bring real reform and the rule of law to the Afghan people. As President Obama made clear yesterday in his first foreign policy announcement, we are committed to supporting your efforts to bring security and stability to your country."