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6 Reasons Barack Obama Is A Failed President

John_Hawkins_Updated by John Hawkins

It’s easy to just chalk up Barack Obama’s terrible performance as President to “liberalism” or “incompetence,” but it goes so much further than that. Obama is a ballerina running a steel mill, a fight fan working as a bouncer, a go cart aficionado racing in NASCAR. Barack Obama was elected because Americans were frustrated with the Republican Party, because he did a good job of reading uplifting speeches, and because Americans thought that if they elected the first black President, it would be a seminal moment for race relations in America. Unfortunately, GOP awfulness didn’t translate into Democratic goodness, those speeches got dull in a hurry, race relations have gotten worse, and none of that has anything to do with Obama actually being capable of handling the most important job on the planet. Maybe next time, voters will ask the most basic question about the candidates running for President: are they competent to do the job or will we end up with another Obama?

1) He was unprepared for the job: As Sarah Palin said back in 2008, “My fellow citizens, the American presidency is not supposed to be a journey of personal discovery.”

Yet, that’s exactly what the presidency was for Barack Obama. He had never run a business. He had never been a governor. His performance as a state senator in Illinois and during his very brief time as a senator was undistinguished.

There was nothing about Barack Obama’s background that should have led anyone to think that he would be up to the job of being President and as it turns out, he isn’t.

2) His aims are ideological and political, not practical: Barack Obama’s only concerns are…

A) Is this good for me? B) Is this good for the Democrat Party? C) Is this good for liberalism?

Whether it’s good for the country or not doesn’t even enter into the equation perhaps because Obama starts with the assumption that anything that’s good for him, the Democrat Party, and for liberalism must be good for the country by default. Sadly, the long line of broken promises, mishaps, and disasters that have defined his presidency say otherwise.

more: http://townhall.com/columnists/johnhawkins/2014/09/23/6-reasons-barack-obama-is-a-failed-president-n1895258/page/full

Who Wants War?

thomas_sowell by Thomas Sowell

Some pundits are saying that President Obama has been floundering in his response to the ISIS crisis because public opinion polls show most Americans don’t want another war.

In all my 84 years, I cannot recall a time when most Americans wanted war. That is something we should be proud of. But wars are not always optional.

Even World War II — which some have called “the good war” — was not something that most Americans wanted. But the Japanese took that decision out of our hands when they bombed Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. And Hitler removed any possible doubt when he declared war on us shortly afterward, making sure that we were in the war all over the world.

No one has promoted the dangerous notion that war is optional more than Barack Obama. He declared peace in Iraq when he pulled American troops out, and he declared victory over Al Qaeda because his administration had killed bin Laden (with an assist from the Navy SEALS). But all this make-believe has come back to haunt him, as make-believe often does.

Make no mistake about it, make-believe wins elections — and winning elections is Obama’s thing. The big problem is that the things that win elections are not the things that win wars.

With an eye on the upcoming Congressional elections, Barack Obama has assured all and sundry that there will be no American “boots on the ground” in the fight against ISIS. But telling your enemy in advance what you will or will not do is not the way to win wars.

This is not rocket science, and Obama either already knows it or he has military advisers who will tell him, if he will listen. But the military have their priorities and Obama has his, even if his political priorities can end up costing far more American lives than hitting ISIS with everything we have got ASAP.

The longer the war drags on, through half-measures and tentative tactics, the longer ISIS has to recalibrate its strategies and to sneak its agents into the United States, to launch terrorist attacks inside the American homeland. We can either kill them over there now or have them kill Americans here later.

more: http://townhall.com/columnists/thomassowell/2014/09/23/who-wants-war-n1895094

I don’t want war. I hate the very idea of war. However there are times when you don’t have a choice. When someone is waging war against you it is insanity not to fight back. Once that decision is made is is, in my opinion, only sane to fight back with all your might. Smash them. Kill them. Take from them their very ability to wage war against anyone. Half measures and fiddling around will never be successful. And I swear if I hear the phrase “boots on the ground” one more time my damn head will explode.

Report: Administration’s Efforts to Cut Red Tape Cost Economy $23 Billion

Mechanism for ‘streamlining’ regulations actually used to increase burden on businesses, taxpayers

 by Elizabeth Harrington

Administration efforts to cut red tape have actually added $23 billion in costs to the economy this year, according to a new report released by the American Action Forum (AAF).

Cabinet agencies are required to issue a “retrospective review” every six months on how they are improving burdensome regulations, in order to comply with Executive Order 13563, which was issued by President Barack Obama in January 2011. However, AAF has found that these efforts rarely reduce the costs of regulation.

“Despite attempts to reduce red tape and ‘promote economic growth,’ recent regulatory reform plans from the administration actually added more than $23 billion in costs and 8.9 million paperwork burden hours,” AAF said. “Only three agencies managed to reduce costs.”

The report analyzed agencies’ regulatory plans from January through early August, which included a review of 529 regulations, an average of 22.5 per agency.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) contributed the most in costs to the economy with $14.4 billion added from the 21 regulations it reviewed. The costs are mostly attributed to its “Tier 3” rule to reduce the sulfur content in gasoline, which will add 150,000 hours in paperwork.

The purpose of the executive order is for the government to modify “outmoded, ineffective, insufficient, or excessively burdensome” rules, though AAF has found that retrospective reviews allow agencies to expand regulations.

“In the past, AAF has found that not all regulations are ‘streamlined’ or ‘repealed,’ but rather many are expanded,” the report said. “In fact, that’s the main reason why many cabinet agencies are actually adding regulatory burdens in these biannual plans.”

AAF also found that federal agencies have only reviewed one third of the more than 400 regulations identified for reform earlier this year.

more: http://freebeacon.com/issues/report-administrations-efforts-to-cut-red-tape-cost-economy-23-billion/

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Lefty journalists circle wagons around whining Politico reporter, attack Stephen Hayes

more: http://twitchy.com/2014/09/22/lefty-journalists-circle-wagons-around-whining-politico-reporter-attack-stephen-hayes/

If you didn’t see the panel that the Politico writer is whining about you would believe that the poor little dear was attacked viciously by Stephan Hayes. I did see it and it was no such thing. Problem with poor dear thing is that she can’t seem to take the heat. There is a remedy for that.

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Andrew Klavan – How to Speak Racist

“Feminists” versus the Truth

The Climate March to Nowhere

columnist avatar Rich Lowry by Rich Lowry

Anti-climate-change marchers took to the streets of Manhattan in the hundreds of thousands over the weekend to demand international action to fight global warming.

The throng would have better advised to parade in downtown Beijing, assuming the Politburo wouldn’t have called out the infantry.

China is the locus of the alleged crime against the planet that is carbon emissions, yet the marchers staged their event in the United States, where prior to last year emissions had been declining (thanks, in part, to the natural-gas revolution, which oddly didn’t get much love from the climate marchers).

China is responsible for 27 percent of carbon emissions, more than any other country, and uses as much coal as the rest of the world. Since 1990, it has matched the U.S. in cumulative carbon emissions. China is representative of a developing world that is taking the global lead on emissions, at nearly 60 percent of the total.

There are many things we should be attempting to persuade China to stop doing: Arbitrarily ruling over its own people. Imprisoning and torturing dissidents. Occupying Tibet. Making aggressive territorial claims in its region.

Compared with all of these, availing itself of the wonders of the industrial economy is welcome. And if we can’t stop China from doing these other things — self-evidently violations of human rights or international norms — how are we going to keep it from continuing to ramp up its economic growth, as any rational society would?

The answer is that we almost certainly aren’t. Anti-global-warming activism consists of symbolic protests against a highly complex planetary phenomenon we understand poorly and don’t control.

more: http://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2014/09/23/the_climate_march_to_nowhere_124075.html#ixzz3E8qOpgPy

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Worth A Look

3 Killed, 30 Wounded in Chicago Weekend Violence

link: http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2014/09/22/3-Killed-30-Wounded-in-Chicago-Weekend-Violence

Lois Lerner’s Sob Story

 If she’s so distraught about her damaged reputation, she might consider confessing.

link: http://www.nationalreview.com/article/388627/lois-lerners-sob-story-ian-tuttle

the absurdity of itThis is true. In L.A. we’re having something called “Vegan Oktoberfest.” Man, we really know how to take the fun out of everything! Do you have beer with kale in it? Do you have organic schnitzel? ~ Craig Ferguson

Last But Not Least…

Do Statistical Disparities Mean Injustice?

walter_e_williams by Walter Williams

How many times have we heard laments such as “women are 50 percent of the population but only 5 percent of Fortune 500 CEOs” and, as the Justice Department recently found, “blacks are 54 percent of the population in Newark, New Jersey, but 85 percent of pedestrian stops and 79 percent of arrests”? If one believes that people should be represented socio-economically according to their numbers in the population, then statistical disparities represent injustices that demand government remedies. Before we jump to conclusions about what disparities mean and whether they are indicators of injustice, we might examine some other disparities to see what we can make of them.

According to a recent study conducted by Bond University in Australia, sharks are nine times as likely to attack and kill men than they are women. If sinister motivation is attributed for this disparity, as is done in the cases of sex and racial disparities, we can only conclude that sharks are sexist. Another sex disparity is despite the fact that men are 50 percent of the population and so are women, men are struck by lightning six times as often as women. I wonder what whoever is in charge of lightning has against men.

Another gross statistical disparity is despite the fact that Jews are less than 3 percent of the U.S. population and a mere 0.2 percent of the world’s population, between 1901 and 2010, Jews were 35 percent of American and 22 percent of the world’s Nobel Prize winners.

There are other disparities that we might acknowledge with an eye to corrective public policy. Asian-Americans routinely score the highest on the math portion of the SAT, whereas blacks score the lowest. The population statistics for South Dakota, Iowa, Maine, Montana and Vermont show that not even 1 percent of their populations is black. In states such as Georgia, Alabama and Mississippi, blacks are overrepresented in terms of their percentages in the general population. When this kind of “segregation” is found in schooling, the remedy is busing.

There are loads of international examples of ethnic disparities.

more: http://www.frontpagemag.com/2014/walter-williams/do-statistical-disparities-mean-injustice/


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Liberals’ Refusal To Secure Our Borders Invites Ebola . . . And Worse

 by Kurt Schlicter

“Are you sick, señor?” the coyote asked, eyeing his customer. “You look sick.”

Michael Nbume wiped the sweat from his face with his sleeve and leaned on the tailgate of the battered truck. Inside its sweltering back, a dozen Latin Americans waited to head north, staring at the African.

“No, it is just the heat. It is drier than in Liberia. I am not used to it,” Mbune lied in fluent English. He knew he was sick; he had seen so many die around him as the epidemic swept through the packed slums of Monrovia. When he first felt the severe headache and fever, he knew that to stay would be to die and be bulldozed into the mass graves like all the others. America – yes, there they could help him.

He was lucky; he had the money not only to buy the airline ticket but to pay the bribes that let him avoid any questions at customs. Not in America, of course; they would catch him at the airport and send him back to die. Instead, he came through Mexico, where a $1,000 bought him a wave through the turnstile. Now was the easy part – to cross into America through its porous southern border and claim asylum while he sought treatment. Even in Africa, he had heard that American hospitals were required by law to treat anyone who asked for help, including those in America illegally.

The coyote nodded and helped Mbune up into the truck as the others took his arms and pulled when he faltered. African crossers were unusual but not unknown; while most were Latin American, he had taken over Asians, Arabs and everyone else. To him, pollos were pollos, and their dollars – he only took dollars – all spent the same. With the promise of amnesty in the air, business was good.

As the coyote walked to the cab, he noticed a smear of blood on his hand. The coyote figured he had cut himself and thought no more of it. He started the truck and drove out of Ciudad Juarez.

At the drop-off point an hour later, the other crossers were upset. Mbune had begun coughing up blood in the packed compartment. The coyote told them to shut-up, grab their packs and follow him north on the desert trail. He had them pause at the border to he observe. As usual these days, the Border Patrol was nowhere to be seen, so he led them across and into the United States. There was no fence to stop them.

A couple hours and several hard miles later, Mbune fell to his knees and vomited out a great gush of red. “Sangre!” one of the women said in horror.

more: http://townhall.com/columnists/kurtschlichter/2014/09/22/liberals-refusal-to-secure-our-borders-invites-ebola—-and-worse-n1894134/page/full

While I appreciate the horror of an outbreak of ebola, and the traitorous government and media that does not, will not warn us if it causes political problems, I have some smaller, minor concerns.
I don’t want my grandchildren to be exposed to head lice and scabies either. Not deadly and not life threatening but something we didn’t worry about before. Now, with all these illegals forced on us, we do. And it seems the left just doesn’t care. Which tells me either their children aren’t doing to public schools or they don’t care much about their kids. Maybe “Nanny” can treat their head lice. If Nanny isn’t sick with something worse.

Branco cartoon from Legal Insurrection http://legalinsurrection.com/

The Cause of Black Violence in Ferguson Schools

by Colin Flaherty

The Post-Dispatch finally figured out who is responsible for the relentless violence and mayhem in black schools in Ferguson, MO: The white teachers.

This is basically the same story the paper ran last year about St. Louis, with the same explanations: White teachers cannot handle the constant chaos in black classrooms. So they quit, many on the first day.

This week, the mayhem reached such epic levels in Ferguson that two schools were forced to suspend 20 percent of their student bodies. All black.

“Many new teachers are white and previously taught in more affluent suburban schools,” explained the paper. “Some are struggling to connect with their students, most of whom are black and come from impoverished backgrounds.”

One of these schools removing students from the classroom at bulk rates is Normandy High, which produced America’s latest and greatest poster child for the war on black people, Michael Brown, the gentle giant of Ferguson.

The penalty for teachers who fail “to connect” is to become the victim of assault, taunting, harassment, threats, official indifference and the stress from living day to day in such a violent environment. One of the unconnected teachers, reports the Post-Dispatch, was recently taken to the hospital after a student hit her in the head with a book.

more: http://www.frontpagemag.com/2014/colin-flaherty/the-cause-of-black-violence-in-ferguson-schools/

“Arab civilization has collapsed. It won’t recover in my lifetime.”

Blaming Israel and Zionism for the Arab world’s problems is a distraction from the Barbarians inside the gates.

William A Jacobson by William A. Jacobson

So reads the sub-title to an article at Politico Magazine by Hisham Melhem, the Washington bureau chief of Al-Arabiya, the Dubai-based satellite channel, and a correspondent for Annahar, the leading Lebanese daily.

The title is The Barbarians Within Our Gates (h/t Sunanda Vashisht), and here is an excerpt:

Yes, it is misleading to lump—as some do—all Islamist groups together, even though all are conservative in varying degrees. As terrorist organizations, al Qaeda and Islamic State are different from the Muslim Brotherhood, a conservative movement that renounced violence years ago, although it did dabble with violence in the past.

Nonetheless, most of these groups do belong to the same family tree—and all of them stem from the Arabs’ civilizational ills.

The Islamic State, like al Qaeda, is the tumorous creation of an ailing Arab body politic. Its roots run deep in the badlands of a tormented Arab world that seems to be slouching aimlessly through the darkness. It took the Arabs decades and generations to reach this nadir. It will take us a long time to recover—it certainly won’t happen in my lifetime.

My generation of Arabs was told by both the Arab nationalists and the Islamists that we should man the proverbial ramparts to defend the “Arab World” against the numerous barbarians (imperialists, Zionists, Soviets) massing at the gates. Little did we know that the barbarians were already inside the gates, that they spoke our language and were already very well entrenched in the city.

You mean Israel isn’t to blame for all the Arab world’s problems?

And therein lies the peace problem.

While Western leftists (including many academics behind the BDS movement) dishonestly or naively focus on Zionism, people like Melhem recognize the root cause is internal to the Arab world.

http://legalinsurrection.com/2014/09/arab-civilization-has-collapsed-it-wont-recover-in-my-lifetime/

Sept. 17, 2014

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CNN’s Candy Crowley Calls Dems ‘The Party of Women’ In Lamenting Wasserman Schultz Hit Piece 

Tim Graham by Tim Graham

On Sunday’s State of the Union, Candy Crowley teased into a commercial break: “Next, this week’s jaw-dropping moment in politics.The party of women slamming the woman who is supposed to be in charge. We’ll ask our political panel who is behind the backstabbing.” That’s not “what they call the party of women,” just “the party of women.” The Female Party. – See more at: http://newsbusters.org/blogs/tim-graham/2014/09/21/cnns-candy-crowley-calls-dems-party-women-lamenting-wasserman-schultz#sthash.tyBg8lxX.dpuf

Crowley explained the Politico hit piece: “The chairwoman of the Democratic Party is finding herself the target of some particularly vicious backstabbing through the use of unnamed sources in the Washington way. I’ll tell you what stunned me was the attack was, I thought, pretty vicious in Washington standards and it was that old woman thing: She wants us to pay for her clothes so it makes it look heavy.”

more:  http://newsbusters.org/blogs/tim-graham/2014/09/21/cnns-candy-crowley-calls-dems-party-women-lamenting-wasserman-schultz#sthash.tyBg8lxX.dpuf

Funny how Crowley didn’t rush to Sarah Palin’s rescue about the “paying for clothes” thing. But once again, that’s a conservative woman and they don’t count in the “woman’s party”.Any resemblance between Candy Crowley and a newsperson is purely fiction. She was, is, and ever will be a Dem activist and a damned obvious one.

How Wisconsin Prosecutors Became Campaign Partisans

Their raids on conservatives have chilled political speech and amount to a huge donation to Democrats.

 by Richard M. Esenberg

Last year Wisconsin prosecutors—at the behest of Milwaukee’s Democratic District Attorney John Chisholm —launched a secret criminal investigation involving almost every conservative advocacy group in the state. Armed law-enforcement personnel executed pre-dawn searches of the homes of consultants for the Wisconsin Club for Growth. The organization had engaged in “issue advocacy”—running ads that do not call for the election or defeat of a candidate—both before and during the extended cycle of recall elections for state officials following Gov. Scott Walker’s collective-bargaining reforms in 2011. At the same time, subpoenas were directed to approximately 30 other conservative advocacy organizations and their bankers and accountants.

The investigation has been stopped by a preliminary injunction in O’Keefe v. Chisholm, and it is the subject of legal wrangling in state and federal courts, but if Mr. Chisholm’s efforts were politically motivated, then he can already claim victory. As midterm elections near, Wisconsin conservative groups have been sufficiently intimidated amid the uncertain legal climate, or their money has been so depleted by courtroom fights, that they are not the force in the state that they were in 2012.

more: http://online.wsj.com/articles/richard-m-esenberg-how-wisconsin-prosecutors-became-campaign-partisans-1411167181

Meet The Democrats

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So, It Seems Sen. Hagan Chose A NYC Fundraiser Over A Classified Hearing On ISIS

Matt Vespa by Matt Vespa

A new Elon University poll found something interesting regarding the most important issue on the minds of North Carolina’s likely voters [emphasis mine]:

When asked “what is the most important issue in the United States?” many likely voters mentioned something related to international affairs or national defense. Not since 2007 has the Elon Poll found foreign affairs to be a top issue on the minds of North Carolinians. Tillis and Hagan supporters tend to differ on what is the most important issue. Hagan supporters seem to see education as the most important issue, while Tillis supporters were more likely to mention international affairs and national defense.

So far, Democratic Sen. Kay Hagan has been leading her Republican opponent, Thom Tillis, in the polls, but a recent revelation that she skipped a classified hearing on ISIS to attend a New York fundraiser may not sit well with voters (via Washington Free Beacon):

Records indicate that Sen. Kay Hagan (D., N.C.) did not attend a classified hearing that focused on the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL or ISIS) due to a fundraiser that was held for her in New York City.The issue of ISIL has been thrust into the spotlight of the race between Hagan and her Republican opponent, Thom Tillis, who accused Hagan of not doing enough to stop the terrorist group during its rise.…

On the morning of Feb. 27, Hagan missed an Armed Services committee hearing that began at 9:36 in the morning.

Later that day, the subcommittee held a closed-door hearing on “current and future worldwide threats” at 2:30 p.m. The meeting was a classified continuation of an open hearing on Feb. 11 that Hagan also did not attend.

Attendance records are not made available for closed-door Senate hearings, but Hagan may have had other plans for the night of Feb. 27.

That night there was cocktail reception fundraiser for Hagan in New York City with tickets going for up to $5,200. It was scheduled to begin at 7 p.m.

Hagan’s office did not respond to multiple requests for it to clarify Hagan’s attendance at events on the day.

Yeah, talk about bad optics.

http://townhall.com/tipsheet/mattvespa/2014/09/21/so-it-seems-sen-hagan-chose-a-nyc-fundraiser-over-a-classified-hearing-on-isis-n1894720

Mike Lester

The White House said Monday it’s going to bomb ISIS oil trucks on the roads of Iraq while they are en route to black market oil depots. Is it possible for the U.S. government to keep anything a secret? We are the only country that sends out a Save the Date before we invade you.

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President Obama visited a hospital in Atlanta that treats Ebola victims Tuesday. He took advantage of their top-notch burn center. Last week in his address to the country, Obama said the radical Islamists who fight for the Islamic State are not Islamic, and his pants caught on fire.

Worth A Look

Obama’s Undersecretary on Science Casts Shadow on Global Warming Junk Science

link: http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2014/09/obamas-undersecretary-on-science-casts-shadow-on-global-warming-junk-science/

Iran Facing Leadership Crisis as Supreme Leader’s Health Worsens

Major power shift brewing as Khamenei’s cancers worsen, intel report claims

link: http://freebeacon.com/national-security/iran-facing-leadership-crisis-as-supreme-leaders-health-worsens/

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the absurdity of it Ukraine began building a wall on its east and southern border Monday. The White House gave them the money. The good news for Republicans is that President Obama has finally built a border wall, the bad news is, it’s to keep the Mexicans from even considering going to Ukraine.

Last But Not Least…

Obamacare Architect Finds Cure for Old Age

Ezekiel Emanuel repackages health care rationing.

If George Washington was the father of our country, Benjamin Franklin was its grandfather. While the former was fighting the British at home, the latter was on the other side of the Atlantic securing the money and arms that kept the revolution alive. It is no exaggeration to say that, without Franklin’s indefatigable diplomatic efforts in Europe, the American Revolution would have failed. What has this to do with Obamacare? When that conflict was officially ended by the Treaty of Paris, Franklin was 77 — well past the age when key ACA architect Ezekiel Emanuel says we should all embrace death.

Last week the Atlantic published an essay by Emanuel titled, “Why I Hope to Die at 75,” wherein he avers that “families — and you — will be better off if nature takes its course swiftly and promptly.” Note the words “you” and “families.” Its title notwithstanding, Emanuel’s article isn’t really about himself. It is actually a none-too-subtle attempt to make us feel guilty for burdening our families, and society in general, by clinging to life past what he considers the optimum age to die. In other words, it is you whom he hopes will go gentle into that good night after three-quarters of a century.

more: http://spectator.org/articles/60461/obamacare-architect-finds-cure-old-age


 

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Obama’s half-hearted war on terror

columnist avatar Michael Goodwin by Michael Goodwin

The quote of the week comes from James Clapper, the director of national intelligence. Noting that criticism of surveillance programs forced the government to “throttle back,” he told The Washington Post that means “we are accepting more risk.”

Tapping a deep well of sarcasm, he continued: “We are supposed to keep the country safe, predict anticipatory intelligence, with no risk, and no embarrassment if revealed, and without a scintilla of jeopardy to privacy of any domestic person or foreign person. We call that ‘immaculate collection.’ ”

Bingo!

Clapper’s mission-impossible statement is more than justified, and not just in matters of intelligence gathering. He might have been talking about the public’s view of fighting terrorism, too.

Americans are against terrorism, wholeheartedly. And want to do something about it — halfheartedly.

As such, the public has been in sync with the president, meaning we have the government we ­deserve.

Barack Obama’s heart was never in the war on terror, and he burst onto the national scene with an anti-Iraq War riff. He called it a “dumb war,” a phrase that echoes still in his foreign-policy slogan of “don’t do stupid stuff.” The latest declaration, “No boots on the ground,” is cut from the same cloth. As faculty-lounge wordsmiths go, he’s top shelf.

Voters were with him big time in 2008, and a majority stayed with him in 2012 as he promised to get out of Afghanistan, too. He had OK’d the assassination of Osama bin Laden, a fact he waved like a bloody scalp, and it shielded him from direct hits after the Benghazi terror attack.

more: http://nypost.com/2014/09/21/obamas-half-hearted-war-on-terror/

Michael Goodwin is far more of a “hawk” than I ever was or ever will be. But I agree about one thing, either go in it to win it or stay the hell out. A toe in the water is foolish and ultimately, IMHO, will do more harm than good.And this line made me laugh and shake my head sadly, “Clapper’s sarcasm about intelligence gathering describes a nation that wants to be safe, as long as it’s not too much trouble and doesn’t require sacrifice.” ,  laugh because it is funny and sad because it is true. What have we become?

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Gird Your Loins, It’s The War On Women. (Again)

By Clarice Feldman

Since the U.S. is largely moderate to conservative, it was hard to imagine how someone as far left as Barack Obama twice won the presidency. After the election was over, we learned how the Democrats’ data mining operation succeeded in bringing to the polls the outlying constituencies he needed to win (given the normally low turnout of the rest of the voters).

Part of that mining for voters involved targeting messages designed to emotionally appeal to them, given that “belief” once formed in these peoples’ minds defeats any rational arguments. The big (and unfortunately successful) target of these emotional appeals was women voters — especially single heads of households who were led to believe that the opposition was at war with them and their interests. The claims, of course, were poppycock, but they are back and it’s time we girded our loins (or for the distaff side, hitched up our pantyhose) and did out best to disabuse the ignorant of these notions.

To start, we must emphasize the fallacies that underlie this notion of women as moral arbiters — a special sector of the species that motherly like rocks the cradle and cares only for our best interests.

1) Women politicians are as dishonest and hypocritical as the men. Their sex is not immune from such things

This week, California Senator Barbara Boxer seemed to need a fainting couch installed in her office. She telegraphed her delicate sensibilities when someone dared to call out Secretary of State Kerry on his inconsistent statements:

Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA) was left “shaking and trembling” in shock.

Boxer said, “I think it is shocking and a sad state of affairs that we heard just now, such angry comments aimed at you, Mr. Secretary, and through you, at our president instead of at ISIS, a savage group who decapitated two Americans and have warned, and I quote, that their thirst for more American blood is right out there.

“I think it’s shocking,” she continued. “I’m actually shaking and trembling. This is not the time to show anger at the people who are working night and day, whether you agree with them or not, to protect our people.”

Sarah Hoyt smartly has characterized this kind of thing as neo-Victorian feminism.

Lest you think Boxer is too sensitive to have to endure criticism — no matter how justified — of government officials, a trip down memory lane should disabuse you of that notion. Here she is browbeating General Michael Walsh who referred to her as “ma’am”:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f0CprVYsG0k

And then again she is even more vicious to former Secretary of State Condi Rice:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J2PhUQTLpo0

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5LfZypqW2to

…even accusing her of endorsing reckless policies because she had no children to lose in the war. I shook and trembled at this, not because one government official dared to criticize another, but because this was such a low-down, uncalled for attack on an unmarried woman.

more: http://www.americanthinker.com/2014/09/gird_your_loins_its_the_war_on_women_again.html#ixzz3DwWViN6S

 Democrats Are Poised To Hold The Senate, And It’s Conservative’s Fault

Derek Hunter by Derek Hunter

I know a lot of people are giddy at the prospect of Republicans taking the Senate this November, but that’s becoming less and less likely. It’s not because Democrats are rallying around a particular mission or set of candidates; it’s because Republicans and conservatives aren’t.

It seems like I’m always writing on issues no one wants to hear are mistakes, such as messaging or social issues. But I don’t care. These things have to be said. If these columns are received like a gaseous cousin on a long car trip through the desert, so be it. Crack a window…

If things continue on their current course, the GOP will not retake the Senate. Anyone telling you differently is selling something.

There are many reasons for this: tough primary fights, the “establishment vs. Tea Party” meme, stubbornness, arrogance, ignorance, ego. You name it, a segment of the center-right coalition suffers from it.

Too many people and groups on the right are content to take their ball and go home because their candidate lost a primary and/or the nominee doesn’t pay enough attention to whatever pet issue they care about most. They may vote, but their email lists sit idle and their wallets remain closed.

GET OVER YOURSELVES!

As upset as you may be, this election is not about any of the candidates you dislike. This election is about the following things, and the following things only – Barack Obama, Harry Reid and the Supreme Court.

I don’t care where someone lives or who their Senate candidate is … if you don’t support the Republican candidate, for whatever reason, with everything you have, you are voting to retain Harry Reid as Senate Majority Leader.

In spite of what you may have heard, the Senate is very much in play and too close to call. As unpopular as Barack Obama is, that isn’t enough to win. You have to be involved – through donations, volunteering, talking to everyone you know – or else Democrats will win.

I’m not making this up, I’m not trying to scare you; these are real numbers in real races that will make the difference. And they don’t look good.

more: http://townhall.com/columnists/derekhunter/2014/09/21/draft-n1894439/page/full

It might get more people to the polls in Novemeber if they weren’t constantly hearing, whether true or not, that the GOP is going to take over the Senate. As if it was already a fact. The lazy and not very committed will then believe their vote isn’t needed and stay home. Others of course will stay home and pout because they didn’t get the candidate they wanted.

Thus they will return a lunatic like Harry Reid as Senate Majority Leader.

As an Independent I am seldom happy with my choices. Especially those self-styled “Independents” who are no such thing – just liberals in Independent clothing.

So if you can’t get out and vote “for” then get off your dead backside and vote “against”. Otherwise it will be your fault that the GOP, bad as it is, didn’t defeat the Dems, who are much worse.

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Press Ignores Errors, Inaccuracies in Burke’s Plagiarized ‘Jobs Plan’ 

columnist avatar Tom Blumer  by Tom Blumer

The real problem with Wisconsin Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mary Burke’s “jobs plan,” the detailed version of which appears to be no longer available at her campaign’s web site, isn’t its plagiarized material. It’s the content. The presence of certain obviously wrong facts and patently pathetic assertions indicates that Ms. Burke, a successful entrepreneur who one would think should have known better, hardly scrutinized her plan at all before allowing its publication.

Thursday evening, BuzzFeed reported that “Large portions of Wisconsin Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mary Burke’s jobs plan (saved separately by BuzzFeed — Ed.) for Wisconsin appear to be copied directly from the plans of three Democratic candidates who ran for governor in previous election cycles.”

As would be expected, the Associated Press’s Scott Bauer attempted to come to the rescue, finding an “elections expert” who said that “it’s not really plagiarism because the person working for her did it.”

But Bauer also noted that Burke “has no plans to change the material, which she called a small part of the 40-page plan,” so criticism of its content remains fair game. Burke’s plan claims that “small-and medium-sized businesses have been hiring new employees at a faster rate than large companies since the beginning of the economic recovery in 2009.”

more: http://newsbusters.org/blogs/tom-blumer/2014/09/20/press-ignores-inaccuracies-burkes-plagiarized-jobs-plan#sthash.i9sm455O.dpuf

Mary Burke has been given so much leeway by the media she hardly needs to run a campaign at all. They run it for her. And she is a desperately flawed candidate who has lied again and again. Are we supposed to elect Burke because it’s time for Wisconsin to have a woman governor? What hogwash! As if women politicians are not a stupid, venal, dishonest and corrupt as male politicians.
I hope, after Scott Walker serves his second term, that we do elect a woman Governor. I would like to have a chance to vote for now Lt. Governor Rebecca Kleefisch; not because of her gender, but because I think she’s a good person who would do good things for Wisconsin. 
I do not think good things would happen if Burke is elected. Burke would be Doyle revisited and we all know how badly that worked out for Wisconsin.

Robert Ariail

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Report: Demonstrator(s) Allegedly Hit By White Man With Car In #Ferguson, Pics Look Like Demonstrators Surrounded, Blocked Car…Update: Dem State Senator Behind Incitement

http://weaselzippers.us/200288-report-demonstrators-allegedly-hit-by-white-man-with-car-in-ferguson-pictures-look-like-demonstrators-surrounding-car/

Evidently the rabble rousing done by a State Senator by the name of Maria Chappelle NadalI It is bad enough when the likes of scumbags like Sharpton and Jackson incite people to riot but when it’s an elected official? This woman needs to be impeached and immediately. Unfortunately this is likely to cause her to be re-elected overwhelmingly. Because it seems, at least to me, that most blacks care nothing about the law or about the truth. They are too busy playing victim.
This is in such contrast to the good, hard-working, decent, honest, self-suffiecient AA woman name Deelors who has been my friend for over 25 years that I hate writing those words. But blacks are not all alike any more than whites. Dee represents the best in her race and culture. Maria Chappelle Nadall does not.

Video Mensaje de la Casa Blanca

columnist avatar Keith koffler by Keith Koffler

For about a year now, far as I can tell, the White House has been producing a weekly Saturday morning propaganda message in both English and Spanish.

Obama, of course, handles the English part. And the Spanish part is spoken by . . . someone who speaks Spanish.

Now, I really want Spanish speaking people in this country to have access to the Weekly Address. I really do.

And that is why, of course, I want them to learn English.

Obama is fond of saying we are a nation of immigrants, and immigrants make us stronger, and everything else no one really disagrees with. Except, he assumes, repressed Republican racists. Because he really does think conservatives, in their hearts, are racist.

Conservatives are not racists. They just don’t believe in allowing the United States to become El Salvador.

We are a nation of immigrants, but we are not, and have never been, a nation of immigrants who don’t speak or learn English.

more: http://www.whitehousedossier.com/2014/09/20/video-mensaje-de-la-casa-blanca/

Worth A Look

Report: GOP Leadership Considering Rules To Punish Party Disloyalty

Kevin Glass  by Kevin Glass

link: http://townhall.com/tipsheet/kevinglass/2014/09/19/report-gop-leadership-considering-rules-to-punish-party-disloyalty-n1894224

If the GOP is going to act like the Dems, after all the outrage over the Dems trying to curtail free speech, then why vote for a Republican? confused smiley shrugs

Scott Brown riding an anti-Obama wave in N.H.

Brown gains on Shaheen as he ties senator to the president

link: http://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2014/09/18/scott-brown-closing-jeanne-shaheen/nWCnqQdhlCzct3GgeXTUZI/story.html

the absurdity of it Matt Damon is planning to shoot a fourth “Bourne Identity” movie. It tells the story of an actor who gradually remembers he has four kids to send to college. ~ Jimmy Fallon

And who suddenly remembers that he hasn’t had a major “hit” since his last Bourne movie.

Last But Not Least…

Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel to Me and Others: Don’t Live Past 75!

Ron Radosh by Ron Radosh

Dr. Ezekiel J. Emanuel has just announced that he plans on dying at age 75 and implies that the rest of us should work toward achieving this too. His article [1] is perhaps the single most outrageous and despicable screed written this entire year. One must also consider that this proposal is not being made by just any medical doctor. Dr. Emanuel, brother of Mayor Rahm Emanuel of Chicago, is a major advocate of universal health care and was a key advisor to the president on formulating the Affordable Care Act, or as we know it, Obamacare.

Indeed, a few years ago, Emanuel was accused by Betsy McCaughey [2] and Congresswoman Michele Bachmann, among others, of favoring euthanasia and death panels for individuals. Dr. Emanuel argued that in fact he is a well-known opponent of euthanasia, and that, as the details in his Wikipedia entry [3] note, his talk about “rationing” medical treatment concerned only the “allocation of very scarce medical interventions such as organs and vaccines,” not preventing the elderly who want medical treatment for illnesses from getting what they need. Emanuel said he was angry that what he wrote was taken out of context: “I find it a little dispiriting, after a whole career’s worth of work dedicated to improving care for people at the end of life, that now I’m ‘advocating euthanasia panels.’”

There is a serious discussion about how much treatment should be given at the very end of life, especially if a terminally ill patient would be worse off as a result. But in his Atlantic article, Dr. Emanuel makes us revisit the charges made against him some years ago and reevaluate whether his critics were not so far off in their claims.

Here is his argument neatly summed up at the start of his lengthy essay:

But here is a simple truth that many of us seem to resist: living too long is also a loss. It renders many of us, if not disabled, then faltering and declining, a state that may not be worse than death but is nonetheless deprived. It robs us of our creativity and ability to contribute to work, society, the world. It transforms how people experience us, relate to us, and, most important, remember us. We are no longer remembered as vibrant and engaged but as feeble, ineffectual, even pathetic.

And later:

I am talking about how long I want to live and the kind and amount of health care I will consent to after 75. Americans seem to be obsessed with exercising, doing mental puzzles, consuming various juice and protein concoctions, sticking to strict diets, and popping vitamins and supplements, all in a valiant effort to cheat death and prolong life as long as possible. This has become so pervasive that it now defines a cultural type: what I call the American immortal.

If young Zeke wants to stop living at 75, that’s fine with me. But the arguments he lays out are not really meant to be just about himself. He argues that essentially, one should stop living after he or she has led a complete life. According to him, by 75, people have passed their creative peaks. It is all downhill from there. They are being kept alive by the likes of flu and pneumonia shots, vaccines, antibiotics, and better medical care, which keeps them going instead of allowing nature to take its course. That is why, he says at one point, he does not believe people should get flu shots in their 60s: because each one taken by an elderly person is depriving a younger person who needs it to live a full life from having access to it. (He does not explain why both cannot get them.)

It is a myth, he says, that the 70s are the new 50s. To Zeke, longevity has been accompanied by “increases in disability.” He brags that he, in his mid-50s, just climbed Mount Kilimanjaro with his young nephews. He realizes that in twenty years he probably will not be able to accomplish this. Well, good for him. That certainly strikes me, however, as a shallow reason to hope to die.

My own mother, an average citizen who worked hard her entire life, lived to the ripe old age of 93. To her late 80s, she walked all through New York City, went to theaters, enjoyed concerts and films, and read books. She enjoyed the time she had with her grandchildren, who loved her and whom she adored. They benefited from the time they spent with her.

Clearly, by Dr. Emanuel’s logic, that is not enough of a reason to live. After all, she had what he calls “a progressive erosion of physical functioning.”

more: http://pjmedia.com/ronradosh/2014/09/19/dr-ezekiel-emanuel-to-me-and-others-dont-live-past-75/?singlepage=true

 If being “unproductive and a burden to society” is the measure of a person’s worth then welfare recipients should be denied all medical treatment, just us old folks. Let’s face it people, Emmanuel really is talking about eliminating those of us who are not part of his “elite” world.

Personally I have felt for some time that the sooner Emmanuel and all his ilk shuffle off this mortal coil the better a place the world would be. But I, not being an elitist, would not deny him medical care. However, I would require him to pay for it.


Saturday’s Sob Stories

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Political Cartoons by Michael Ramirez

Articles of Interest

‘Hate Speech’: the Left’s Term for ‘Opposing Viewpoints’

Yale’s Muslim Students Association joins the quest to silence Ayaan Hirsi Ali.

by Spencer Klavan

Last week, a mass email went out at Yale University (my alma mater) protesting an upcoming visit from Ayaan Hirsi Ali, a political activist and staunch critic of Islam. The subject line reads, “Dear Friends: More Speech, Not Hate Speech.” The email reveals that by “hate speech,” the writers mean what the Left usually means when they use that term: “opinions we don’t agree with.”

Thirty-two student organizations signed the email under the leadership of Yale’s Muslim Student Association (MSA). That’s a revised number after the MSA was forced to reveal that its original list of 36 organizations was falsified. So, not a good start.

The signees announced that they feel “highly disrespected” by the mere fact of the invitation, because Ali stands accused of “hate speech” against Islam. Her very presence on campus, they argue, would be “marginalizing” and “uncomfortable” for Muslim students and their allies.

Let’s get a few things straight.

At five years old, Ms. Ali suffered protracted genital mutilation at the instruction of her grandmother, who “circumcised” the defenseless child according to the traditional practices of her Islamic clan. The MSA refers to these events as “unfortunate circumstances.”

 

With unimaginable bravery and resourcefulness, Ali escaped a forced marriage in Africa and sought asylum in the Netherlands. She rose from desperation and obscurity to obtain a seat in the Dutch parliament. After painful introspection and extensive academic analysis, she began courageously speaking out against the institutionalized rape, mutilation, and murder of Muslim women and girls. She argued that those atrocities are supported by the principles of Islam.

In this, according to the MSA, she “overlooked the complexity of sociopolitical issues in Muslim-majority countries.” Presumably it was somewhere in between working as a translator for a Rotterdam refugee center and obtaining an advanced degree in political science that Ali allowed the finer points of intercultural analysis to slip her mind. Luckily, a clique of twenty-year-old undergraduates sheltered behind the walls of one of the world’s wealthiest institutions is here to remind her.

more: http://pjmedia.com/blog/hate-speech-the-lefts-term-for-opposing-viewpoints/?singlepage=true

Political Cartoons by Chip Bok

Saving Private Kerry

columnist avatar Daniel Greenfield by Daniel Greenfield

Secretary of State John Kerry didn’t appear before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee to lay out an offensive strategy for defeating ISIS. Instead his real mission was a defensive strategy to protect Obama from critics on the right and the left.

Obama’s delayed strategy hasn’t won over liberals and conservatives. It certainly hasn’t won over the American people. For the first time, Obama’s counterterrorism policy no longer has the support of a majority of Americans. Americans don’t believe that Obama can keep them safe. They suspect that he’s just trying to protect the last shreds of his fading popularity by bombing ISIS. And they’re right.

more: http://www.frontpagemag.com/2014/dgreenfield/saving-private-kerry/

It was suspected from the gitgo that Kerry’s determination to be SoS was all about him. Having finally realized that he was never going to be president he apparently decided the next best thing was to go into the history books as the Secretary of State who brought peace to the Middle-East. At whatever cost to the Middle-East so long as it brought glory to Kerry.All this makes Kerry quite the despicible character as well as a not very bright one.
There have been SoS who can make a large impact and make the world a better place. Kerry is not one of them. Nor was Clinton. Nor is Obama apt to appoint anyone that would outshine him. We now have a country governed completely by narcissistic fools thanks to the fools that vote for them.

Political Cartoons by Nate Beeler

The Unwisdom of Barack Obama

Is he weak? Arrogant? Ambivalent? Don’t overthink the president.

Peggy Noonan by Peggy Noonan

At this dramatic time, with a world on fire, we look at the president and ponder again who he is. Mr. Obama himself mocked how people see him, according to a remarkable piece this week by Peter Baker in the New York Times The Unwisdom of Barack Obama

“Oh, it’s a shame when you have a wan, diffident, professorial president,” he reportedly said, sarcastically, in a meeting with journalists before his big Syria speech. Zbigniew Brzezinski told Mr. Baker the president’s critics think he’s a “a softy. He’s not a softy.”

Actually, no one thinks he’s a softy. A man who personally picks drone targets, who seems sometimes to enjoy antagonizing congressional Republicans, whose speeches not infrequently carry a certain undercurrent of political malice, cannot precisely be understood as soft.

But we focus on Mr. Obama’s personality and psychology—he’s weak or arrogant or ambivalent, or all three—and while this is interesting, it’s too fancy. We are overthinking the president.

His essential problem is that he has very poor judgment.

more: http://online.wsj.com/articles/the-unwisdom-of-barack-obama-1411076703

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NBC Reveals Latest Poll on Scandal-Plagued Administration…Of the NFL 

On Friday’s NBC Today, co-host Matt Lauer brought on political director and Meet the Press moderator Chuck Todd to discuss the latest NBC News/Marist poll on a major American institution being rocked by scandal. It wasn’t the Obama administration getting the bad press, it was the National Football League. That’s right, NBC News conducted an entire poll just on the controversies surrounding the NFL and then put its chief political expert on air to analyze the findings. Not a single mention of President Obama’s sinking poll numbers was mentioned during the Today segment, not even any reference to politics. – See more at: http://newsbusters.org/blogs/kyle-drennen/2014/09/19/nbc-reveals-latest-poll-scandal-plagued-administrationof-nfl#sthash.kNsmSVHf.dpuf

http://newsbusters.org/blogs/kyle-drennen/2014/09/19/nbc-reveals-latest-poll-scandal-plagued-administrationof-nfl

Political Cartoons by Gary Varvel

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Top Syrian Warns Congress “Moderate” Rebels May Sell Weapons

In letters addressed to the Democratic and Republican leaders in the House of Representatives, the Syrian Speaker of Parliament calls on the United States to refrain from arming and training so-called moderate Syrian rebels and from entering into a coalition with countries whose religious ideologies, the Speaker says, has fueled the growth of ISIS. Speaker Jihad al-Lahham also writes that one of the two American journalists beheaded by ISIS was sold to the militant group by the moderate forces.

“What is called moderate opposition sold to ISIL the innocent, beheaded U.S. journalist,” Lahham writes to House Speaker John Boehner and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, using an alternative acronym for ISIS. “There is nothing to prevent those groups from selling the U.S. weapons to ISIL as it is their proven common practice.”

more: http://abcnews.go.com/International/top-syrian-warns-congress-moderate-rebels-sell-weapons/story?id=25539314

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Still gonna be combat because some of the locals are killing those who are fighting the virus. Ignorant and frightened people can be counted on to do stupid things. And we are putting our people in the middle. At least when fighting ISIS you know who the enemy is. Well, except in the case of those Syrian “moderates”.

MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski Call for Equal, ‘24-hour’ Media Coverage If Christie is Officially Cleared

On Friday morning, MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski joined the Huffington Post’s Sam Stein in calling for equal news coverage if Christie is officially exonerated in numerous investigations into his involvement of the scandal known as Bridgegate to the non-stop coverage when it broke in January.

During a discussion with their panel on Friday’s Morning Joe, they discussed news that a source informed NBC News on Thursday that a federal investigation has found no evidence that New Jersey Governor Chris Christie (R) knew of or ordered lane closures on the George Washington Bridge in September 2013. [Audio available here]

At the conclusion of the first of two segments on Christie, Stein strongly emphasized that: “You should continue the probe and you should see to it to its conclusion, but if it turns out that it exonerates him, then we, in the media, owe to cover it as much as we covered the accusations.”

Both Brzezinski and Scarborough agreed as Brzezinski called for “24-hour coverage” if Christie is officially cleared of all charges and Scarborough took a jab at his own network (and a few others) by saying declaring that the media coverage of Christie’s innocence should run for “12 nights in row at a certain network.”

more: http://newsbusters.org/blogs/curtis-houck/2014/09/19/msnbcs-joe-scarborough-and-mika-brzezinski-call-equal-24-hour-media

Good for Scarborough and Brezninski – it shows more integrity than I thought either one of them was capable.

Worth A Look

Dem Senate Candidate Passed Just One Sponsored Bill After Four Terms in Congress

 Bruce Braley’s signature legislative achievement: ‘Plain Writing Act of 2012’

link: http://freebeacon.com/politics/dem-senate-candidate-passed-just-one-sponsored-bill-after-four-terms-in-congress/

Multiculturalism Is a Failure

Walter E. Williams  by Walter E. Williams

link: http://townhall.com/columnists/walterewilliams/2014/09/17/multiculturalism-is-a-failure-n1891941/page/full#!

the absurdity of it A bachelorette party missing since Monday after a hurricane hit has been found and safely returned to California. When asked about the ordeal one of the girls said, “We were screaming, everything was spinning, there were bodies everywhere — and then the hurricane hit.” ~ Seth Meyers

Last But Not Least…

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reporter accused of harassing “John Doe” whistleblower

William A Jacobson by William A. Jacobson

In our post on September 9, we asked Was Prosecutor’s union-operative wife behind “John Doe” investigation of Scott Walker?.

That post was based on a report by the well-regarded legal reporter Stuart Taylor about anti-Scott Walker political bias in the office of Milwaukee District Attorney John Chisholm, who has led the “John Doe” investigations against Walker and a wide-range of conservative activists in Wisconsin.

In his report, District attorney’s wife drove case against Wis. Gov. Walker, insider says, Taylor reported, among other things:

…. Walker became a national figure in 2011, when his “Budget Repair” bill cut state spending and sharply curbed public employee unions — perhaps the biggest reversal of public union power in U.S. history. Conservatives were delighted and liberals alarmed.

Now a longtime Chisholm subordinate reveals for the first time in this article that the district attorney may have had personal motivations for his investigation. Chisholm told him and others that Chisholm’s wife, Colleen, a teacher’s union shop steward at St. Francis high school, a public school near Milwaukee, had been repeatedly moved to tears by Walker’s anti-union policies in 2011, according to the former staff prosecutor in Chisholm’s office. Chisholm said in the presence of the former prosecutor that his wife “frequently cried when discussing the topic of the union disbanding and the effect it would have on the people involved … She took it personally.”

The reaction to Taylor’s report was furious and aggressive, but from an unlikely source: The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, which not only outed Taylor’s confidential source, but personally attacked the source in a detailed column by reporter/columnist Daniel Bice, Source who accused Chisholm of vendetta has troubled past.

more: http://legalinsurrection.com/2014/09/milwaukee-journal-sentinel-reporter-accused-of-harassing-john-doe-whistleblower/


The Friday Follies

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Articles of Interest

Democrats Hold #AskDems Twitter Townhall. It Goes About as Well As a Savvy Twitter User Would Expect.

Bryan Preston by Bryan Preston

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more: http://pjmedia.com/tatler/2014/09/18/democrats-hold-askdems-twitter-townhall-it-goes-about-as-well-as-a-savvy-twitter-user-would-expect/?singlepage=true

Read the “tweets” they are hilarious.

Bridgegate Update: Not Christie’s Scandal?

9 month DOJ probe not finished, but coming up short so far

by Amy Miller

The nearly-year long investigation into New Jersey Governor Chris Christie’s involvement in “Bridgegate” has revealed no evidence so far connecting Christie to last year’s George Washington Bridge lane shutdown that caused complete gridlock for commuters traveling between New York and New Jersey.

From NBC New York:

“My experience with federal law enforcement is that once you reach critical mass if you don’t have it within nine months or so you’re not likely to ever get it,” former federal prosecutor Robert W. Ray said.

When the final report is issued, Christie may still face complications from the scandal, said Lee Miringoff, Director of the Marist Institute for Public Opinion

“That’s good news for him,” Miringoff said. “The bad news remains that politically as chief executive it looks like he was not in control of his administration at the time when this occurred. So that remains the downside for him. That doesn’t go away but this panel provides greater credibility barring any further revelations coming out.”

more: http://legalinsurrection.com/2014/09/bridgegate-update-not-christies-scandal/

So this would be the same DOJ that doesn’t bother to investigate the IRS. The Christie “scandal” inconvenienced some in New York and New Jersey while the IRS impacts every citizen of this country. It is therefore perfectly logical in this political world that the DOJ spends a year on investigating Chris Christie knowing that just tying his name and scandal does him irreparable harm.
DOJ? Department of Politics  and nothing to do with justice. And that would be under both parties. There is NO justice in politics and nothing but politics in the DOJ. It should be scrapped. And so should the position of Attorney General. They both work for the White House and not the American People. My disgust is bottomless.

Nine Senate Dems Vote ‘No’ On Syria, Shocked That Dingy Scheduled A Vote.

This makes the mid terms interesting.

Via The Hill
Nine Democrats, 12 Republican and independent Sen. Bernie Sanders (Vt.) voted against the government-spending measure that includes authority for the president to arm and train Syrian rebel groups.

The measure was approved in a 78-22 Senate vote.

Here is the list of “no” votes.

Democrats

Tammy Baldwin (Wis.)

Mark Begich (Alaska)

Sherrod Brown (Ohio)

Kirsten Gillibrand (N.Y.)

Patrick Leahy (Vt.)

Joe Manchin (W.Va.)

Ed Markey (Mass.)

Chris Murphy (Conn.)

Elizabeth Warren (Mass.)

Independent

Bernie Sanders (Vt.) (caucuses with Democrats)

Independent my ass!

Republicans

John Barrasso (Wyo.)

Tom Coburn (Okla.)

Mike Crapo (Idaho)

Ted Cruz (Texas)

Mike Enzi (Wyo.)

Dean Heller (Nev.)

Mike Lee (Utah)

Jerry Moran (Kan.)

Rand Paul (Ky.)

Jim Risch (Idaho)

Pat Roberts (Kan.)

Jeff Sessions (Ala.)

more: http://weaselzippers.us/200102-nine-senate-dems-vote-no-on-syria-shocked-that-dingy-scheduled-a-vote/

Never thought I would be in agreement with the likes of Tammy Baldwin (ugh), Mark Begich, Sherrod Brown, Kirsten Gillibrand (ugh), Patrick Leahy (ick), Joe Manchin, Ed Markey (double ick), Chris Murphy, and Fauxcahontus herself, the despicable liar Elizabeth Warren.

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Double Standard: NBC Gives News Christie Innocent In Bridgegate Scandal 38 Secs; Spent Nearly 5 Mins When Story Broke 

An enormous development in the Bridgegate scandal broke late Thursday afternoon when federal officials reported that they have cleared New Jersey Governor Chris Christie (R) of any wrong-doing relating to the closure of lanes on the George Washington Bridge in September 2013.

When it came to the major broadcast networks covering this huge development, ABC and CBS punted on the story and refused to cover it in their Thursday night newscasts. NBC Nightly News did cover the story, however, but only in the form of a news brief that lasted for 38 seconds.

more: http://newsbusters.org/blogs/curtis-houck/2014/09/18/double-standard-nbc-gives-news-christie-innocent-bridgegate-scandal-38#sthash.kRea0kqi.dpuf

If it weren’t for double standards the liberal media would have no standards at all!

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Everyone Hates Debbie

Democrats, Republicans, Americans hate DWS

Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D., Fla.) has become the black sheep of the Democratic Party, with liberal leaders from President Barack Obama to those in Congress doing all they can to distance themselves from the longtime Democratic National Committee (DNC) chair, who Democrats say has become a major liability.

Wasserman Schultz, known as of late among Democrats by her more popular name, “political kryptonite,” was exposed as an incompetent leader who is not well liked by her colleagues, and, in particular, the president, Politico reported on Wednesday in a lengthy exposé about the DNC head’s many professional failures.

The Free Beacon has been present at many points in Wasserman Schultz’s embarrassing political demise.

Among the more significant revelations in the Politico story is that Obama first grew disgusted with Wasserman Schultz’s behavior in 2011, when she tried to hire a major campaign donor’s daughter for a key DNC post—a decision that proved politically costly when it was revealed by the Washington Free Beacon that the staffer in question had posted inappropriate photographs on her Facebook page.

Hillary Clinton’s supporters are calling on her to be more herself, after some of her recent appearances seemed to be too scripted. Hillary said, “I don’t know where you guys get this stuff. Shrug and shake head.” ~ Jimmy Fallon

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A Michigan funeral home is offering a drive-thru viewing option. Or as they’re calling it, “Jack Actually in the Box.” ~ Conan O’Brien

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For GOP, importance of Scott Walker race equals any Senate matchup

Bryron York by Byron York

link: http://washingtonexaminer.com/for-gop-importance-of-scott-walker-race-equals-any-senate-matchup/article/2553646#!

Scotland votes no to independence

link: http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-29270441

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the absurdity of it Apple today released the iOS 8 mobile operating system, which means we finally have more versions of iOS than “Police Academy” movies.

They’re saying iOS 8 is going to revolutionize the way we ignore our friends and family. ~ Jimmy Kimmel

Last But Not Least…

Former Navy SEAL: 90 Percent Of US Troops Disapprove Of Obama



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Articles of Interest

The View From Hell: Nicole Wallace And Hostility To Conservative Women

columnist avatar Mollie Hemingway by Mollie Hemingway

For a long time before I became a reporter, I never paid attention to bylines — the announcement of who wrote a given article. That all changed for me one day when I was sitting at Jimmy T’s Diner in Washington, D.C., reading a hate-filled “fashion” column that was nothing more than the projection of angry liberal political views. It was so awful that I wanted to know who wrote it. The author, Robin Givhan, of course went on to win a Pulitzer. I’m part of a profession that rewards liberal political views above most all else.

Along similar lines, the woman who made me pay attention to the names of political operatives is Nicole Wallace. Her behavior of simultaneously serving as Sarah Palin’s aide while dishonestly sabotaging her to a gleeful liberal media was so disloyal, self-aggrandizing and despicable that I decided to write her name down so I would remember to be wary of anyone who ever hired her.

Nicole Wallace was recently hired by The View, a talk show that tends to feature three or four super-liberal hosts and then, supposedly, one conservative one. That’s always been a silly model, considering how unfair a fight it is and how it “others” conservative women despite the fact that we exist in the same percentages as liberal women.

But the notion that Nicole Wallace could serve in this role is laughable and speaks to how completely out of touch with reality the producers of The View are. Of course, they also brought back a host who believes that fire can’t melt steel, so they’re not known for their grasp of reality.

Let’s get the Nicole Wallace business out of the way. Basically there were two staffers on the John McCain for President campaign back in 2008 that leaked unhelpful information to pliant media like broken sieves. If various accounts are to be believed, these individuals were Steve Schmidt and Nicole Wallace.

more: http://thefederalist.com/2014/09/17/the-view-from-hell-nicole-wallace-and-hostility-to-conservative-women/

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Hatred Masquerading as Scholarship in the Classroom

By Sarah N. Stern

“[T]hey will bomb Gaza back to the Stone Age they said, and that they did–and yet there are very few spots on planet earth today nobler to the human spirit of resistance to tyranny and injustice than Gaza–now held like a shining jewel on the loving ring of humanity around the globe–I kiss that noble ground and hold it dearer than cities full of ignoble postmodern architecture built on the stolen land of other people.”

– Hamid Dabashi, Hagop Kevorkian Professor of Iranian Studies and Comparative Literature at Columbia University, referring to Israel’s Operation Protective Edge; Facebook, August 6, 2014. (link to source)

The above quote, replete with biases and omissions, does not simply represent the viewpoint of one lone professor. It represents an extensively held perspective that has become a rigid orthodoxy that permeates through many of our nation’s Middle Eastern Studies Departments. This bias is being spoon-fed to our nation’s college students and sold to them as scholarship. As American parents who save for years for their youngsters’ college tuitions, many of us should be outraged that this bigotry is masquerading as solid erudition to our youngsters.

As American citizens, we should be outraged that this sort of thinking is being subsidized by the American government in the form of Title VI grants to universities, and is shaping the thinking of our current and future American thinkers and leaders.

In fact, so blatant are the biases of the program, that 218 scholars from Middle Eastern Studies programs across the country, ranging from Columbia University and New York University on the East, the University of Chicago University of Illinois, and Michigan State University in the Mid-West to University of California in Los Angeles, Berkeley, Davis, Irvine, San Diego, Riverside, Santa Cruz, and hundreds of points in between, have all recently signed a petition for an academic boycott of Israeli Universities and any joint program with Israeli scholars.

How did this come about?

Title VI of the Higher Education Opportunities Act, which had formerly been known as The National Defense Education Act was implemented in 1958, during the height of the Cold War, in order to ensure that we were prepared to confront the challenges of the Soviet threat. At that time, it was felt that our students were woefully ill-equipped to be competitive in the world against the Soviets in their knowledge of foreign languages and regions. It was then determined that certain universities were to be granted sizeable sums of money from the federal government in order to establish and help maintain regional or area studies centers, such as African Studies, Asian Studies, Latin Studies, and Middle Eastern Studies etc. in order to ensure that our nation had a generation of well-trained regional experts to meet the national security and defense challenges arising out of the former Soviet Union.

Our government therefore provided tax payers’ dollars to give birth to a regional studies industry in order to meet a specific national and security need. However, with the ensuing years, the original legislative intent of Title VI was totally ignored, and the universities simply took the money without any sort of oversight.

Universities have always been the vanguard of the latest political fashions and trends. The very first institutions in Germany to willfully adopt Nazism were the universities. Indeed, Martin Heidegarr who was a famous philosopher and a Nazi sympathizer, fired the James Husserl, the father of phenomenology because he was a Jew.

more: http://www.frontpagemag.com/2014/sarahnstern/hatred-masquerading-as-scholarship-in-the-classroom/

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Where Have All the Allies Gone?

columnist avatar Victor Davis Hanson by Victor Davis Hanson

The so-called Islamic State has left destruction everywhere that it has gained ground. But as in the case of the tribal Scythians, Vandals, Huns or Mongols of the past, sowing chaos in its wake does not mean that the Islamic State won’t continue to seek new targets for its devastation.

If unchecked, the Islamic State will turn what is left of the nations of the Middle East into a huge Mogadishu-like tribal wasteland, from the Syrian Mediterranean to the Persian Gulf. And they will happily call the resulting mess a caliphate.

It is critical for United States to put together some sort of alliance of friendly Middle East governments and European states to stop the Islamic State before it becomes a permanent base for terrorist operations against the U.S. and its allies. Unfortunately, it appears unlikely that the U.S. will line up a muscular alliance — at least until the Islamic State reaches the gates of Baghdad or plows on through to Saudi Arabia and forces millions of Arabs either to fight or submit.

Why the reluctance for allies to join the U.S.?

Most in the Middle East and Europe do not believe the Obama administration knows much about the Islamic State, much less what to do about it. The president has dismissed it in the past as a jayvee group that could be managed, contradicting the more dire assessments of his own secretary of defense and the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

When Obama finally promised to destroy the Islamic State, Secretary of State John Kerry almost immediately backtracked that idea of a full-blown war. Current CIA Director John Brennan once dismissed as absurd any idea of Islamic terrorists seeking a modern caliphate. It may be absurd, but it is now also all too real.

Such confusion sadly is not new. The president hinges our hopes on the ground on the Free Syrian Army — which he chose not to help when it once may have been viable. And not long ago he dismissed it as an inexperienced group of doctors and farmers whose utility was mostly a “fantasy.”

more: http://townhall.com/columnists/victordavishanson/2014/09/18/draft-n1893202

Street gangs are toning down their colors in order to be less noticeable to law enforcement. So now there are three gangs walking around in L.A. — the Crips, the Bloods, and the Earth Tones. ~ Conan O’Brien

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CBS, NYT Ignore Own Poll Showing Obama Job Approval At 40%, Foreign Policy at Only 34%

On Wednesday, CBS and The New York Times made the point of omitting results from their own poll which show President Obama’s job approval at 40 percent and his approval on foreign policy at only 34 percent from the newscasts and print newspaper, respectively.

CBS This Morning and the CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley only mentioned the latest CBS News/New York Times poll in regards to how 57 percent of Americans do not feel as though the President is being tough enough in dealing with the threat posed by the Islamic terrorist group ISIS. At the other end of the spectrum, only 31 percent of those asked said they approved of his handling of ISIS.

Both programs also cited Obama’s approval/disapproval rating on terrorism, but then moved on discussing proceedings on Capitol Hill from Tuesday about ISIS on CBS This Morning and criticism of the Obama administration from former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates on the CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley.

more: http://newsbusters.org/blogs/curtis-houck/2014/09/17/cbs-nyt-ignore-own-poll-showing-obama-job-approval-40-foreign-policy#sthash.05VxaOUF.dpuf

Just one more example of why I do not read the NYT, and never will, and why I no longer watch any “news” coming from CBS. Their bias is grotesque given that they are supposed to be about the “news” not about their own political ideology.
Ditto pinhead actor Viggo Mortenson who decides he must needs tell us how he “feels” about conservative media. I don’t care how he feels. Never did care and never will care how some Hollywood fool feels about anything except acting. I wish he had been able to keep his big mouth shut. Now there is one more set of discs off to Goodwill. I vote with my money and no big mouth liberal actor/actress will ever get any.

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Hillary Clinton also gave a speech in Iowa. She fueled speculation that she’ll run for president when she admitted that she’s “thinking about it.” And next week, she’ll be “thinking about it” when she’s in New Hampshire before she spends a few days “thinking about it” in Florida.  ~ Jimmy Fallon

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Have You Heard About Hillary ?

Derek Hunter by Derek Hunter

We hear where she goes. We hear what she wears. We hear how much she makes. But what we don’t ever seem to hear about Hillary Clinton is what she would do as president. Her every move is reported, every speech covered as if it were a decree brought down from a mountaintop. But what does she want to do?

There’s no doubt she’s running. No one goes to Iowa to watch corn grow or spend time with Sen. Tom Harkin. Yet there she was last weekend at Harkin’s “Steak Fry,” an annual “kiss the ring” event for the Democratic senator and a must-attend event for any Democrat thinking of running for president. Hillary even brought Bill, and the two of them in public at a non-Clinton Foundation event is about as rare as a solar eclipse.

In addition to the two Clintons at the Steak Fry, there were roughly 200 members of the media on hand. Of all those journalists in attendance, not a single relevant question was asked or answered. The Clintons got the b-roll they wanted – them looking like normal Americans enjoying a cookout, not the out-of-touch filthy rich elitists they are. And the images of them being “normal” were eaten up by the media almost as fast as the food.

But when a human being eats something, it eventually becomes something else. For the media, that visual Clinton meal became their reports.

The vast majority of the coverage of Bill and Hillary’s trip to Iowa was about speculation – is she running or isn’t she? Again, she’s in Iowa, she’s running. But why?

more: http://townhall.com/columnists/derekhunter/2014/09/18/have-you-heard-about-hillary-n1893201

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Forgiving Biden

Media that lean left will react differently to their friends than to their enemies.

By Charles C. W. Cooke

Vice President Joe Biden, who in our kingless nation has been sent to play the role of Britain’s Prince Philip, condemned unscrupulous bankers earlier this week and, in doing so, caused something of a flap. While eulogizing his son Beau, Biden spun into a roving digression, lamenting that the United States was being torn asunder by a class of unscrupulous and avaricious bankers — dastardly men who spend their days tricking the public to take “bad loans,” taking advantage of the ignorant and the needy, and foreclosing the homes of military heroes while they serve overseas. Searching for a verbal shortcut with which to button his image, Biden plucked a Shakespearean name from the air: “Shylock.”

more: http://www.nationalreview.com/article/388248/forgiving-biden-charles-c-w-cooke

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House Committee Launches Benghazi Probe

 by Amy Miller

link: http://legalinsurrection.com/2014/09/house-committee-launches-benghazi-probe/comment-page-1/#comment-542138

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the absurdity of it  Paris Hilton has a new dog. But not just any dog. A dog she paid $13,000 for. The breeder that she bought it from named the dog “Mr. Amazing” — I guess because it’s amazing they were able to get somebody to pay $13,000 for a dog.

The reason Mr. Amazing is so expensive is that he’s one of the world’s smallest Pomeranians. For another $4,000, they will sell you no Pomeranian at all. ~ Jimmy Kimmel

It disgusts me that this pinhead is allowed to have a “pet” at all. She uses them as accessories and then moves on leaving the animal behind. The only thing Paris Hilton cares about is Paris Hilton and getting her name in the news. Hey, she sounds perfect to run for president.


Wednesday’s Windbags

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Jihadi Work Accident: 14 ISIS Fighters Killed When Rocket They Were Filling With Chlorine Explodes Prematurely…

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Baghdad, Sep 16 (IANS/EFE) – At least 14 members of the Islamic State (IS) terrorist group were killed Tuesday near Baghdad when a rocket whose warhead they were filling with chlorine gas exploded.

Iraqi security officials said seven more IS militants were injured in the incident, which occurred near the town of al-Dhuluiya, about 90 km north of Baghdad.

more: http://weaselzippers.us/199930-jihadi-work-accident-14-isis-fighters-killed-when-rocket-they-were-filling-with-chlorine-explodes-prematurely/

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Obama needs to clarify murky Middle East mission

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Can President Barack Obama lead a coalition to degrade or destroy the terrorists of the Islamic State?

He stared resolutely into the camera from the White House last week, talking of war and threats. He’s a good talker. He enunciated. But the ideas weren’t clear. And that lack of clarity is frightening.

And after the speech, his administration struggled for days to determine whether we were at war or not. This is embarrassing. This is dangerous.

In his threats to bomb the Islamic State in Syria, are we moving against Bashar Assad, the dictator and killer who prompted that red line that Obama scuffed out a year ago with the help of Russia’s Vladimir Putin?

Only a year ago, Obama wanted to bomb Assad. Now, he seems destined to help him. It’s as if the president of the United States is some helpless cork bobbing on the waters, swept by currents too strong for him.

“You heard the president reaffirm we’re not going to work with Assad, officially that’s still a regime that we say ought to go, and yet they are the other major player and the major potential beneficiary of any action against ISIS in Syria,” said 28-year CIA veteran Paul Pillar, now of the foreign policy blog The National Interest, in an interview on my WLS-AM program last week.

Still, Obama’s resolute talk of dropping bombs and training fighters against the Islamic State warmed the frozen extremities of the neocons in the War Party. They can feel their fingertips again. These are the same folks who convinced us years ago that Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction, and persuaded us to push the war against him in the dream of democracy.

more: http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/columnists/sns-201409151030–tms–amvoicesctnav-a20140915-20140915-column.html

It’s Only Kinda Gonna Maybe Be Combat

columnist avatar Keith koffler by Keith Koffler

Poor President Obama. He’s trying so hard not to have a war. War is so George W. Bush. Obama won the Nobel Peace Prize. He learned all about Republican warmongers in college and, over bong hits with his poli sci professor, discussed how he was so much better than nutjobs like Ronald Reagan who would invade Granada and finance the Contras and so forth.

But now there are these bad guys in Iraq WHO WON’T LISTEN TO REASON and who want to hurt Americans. And the Iraqi army is too pitiful to defeat them. And so Obama had to send over American troops. But, goodness, they’re only going to offer “advice,” like, Hey, you point the barrel of the gun away from you. Stuff like that. But no combat! That’s for people like Bush and Reagan.

more: http://www.whitehousedossier.com/2014/09/16/kinda-gonna-combat/

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MRC Study: TV Buries the Bad News on Obama’s Collapsing Polls

by Rich Noyes

It’s no secret that television news has long been addicted to public opinion polls; decades ago, all three broadcast networks decided to partner with an influential newspaper (ABC News with the Washington Post; CBS News with the New York Times; and NBC News with the Wall Street Journal) to sponsor their own regular surveys for use in their political coverage.

That’s why it’s so extraordinary that polling news has practically vanished from the Big Three evening newscasts in 2014 as President Obama’s approval ratings have tumbled and the public opposes defining administration policies like ObamaCare. Just last Thursday, for example, Gallup found Obama’s approval rating at a record low of 38 percent, yet none of the three broadcast networks bothered to mention this on their evening or morning newscasts.

more at: http://newsbusters.org/blogs/rich-noyes/2014/09/08/mrc-study-tv-buries-bad-news-obamas-collapsing-polls#sthash.eaQkkna1.dpuf

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Can you even begin to imagine the outrage is a Republican Leader had used some derogatory term for blacks or Hispanics? The media would be in full fauxrage mode for weeks.
Let the Vice President of the United States us a derogatory term for Jews and there is silence. Even from most of the Jews. They seem to have decided that they are Democrats and liberals first and Jews second or last. Not to worry though liberal Jews, those who hate you won’t forget. Ever.

Jewish Group Condemns Biden’s ‘Offensive’ Reference To ‘Shylocks’

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Maine Democrat Would Allow Illegal Immigrants to Continue to Receive Government Assistance

Mike Michaud agrees with cities defying governor’s order to halt payments

by Elizabeth Harrington

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mike Michaud supports the position of allowing illegal immigrants to continue to receive welfare in Maine.

Michaud, a U.S. congressman who has represented Maine’s 2nd district since 2003, is in line with state Senator Eloise Vitelli, who recently said illegal aliens are entitled to taxpayer-funded benefits.

In June, Republican Governor of Maine Paul LePage issued a directive for local governments to stop providing welfare to illegal immigrants, or face having their state funding withdrawn.

At the time Rep. Michaud said he agreed with cities like Portland, Maine, which vowed to defy the Governor’s order, and continue allowing illegal aliens to receive benefits. Portland disburses approximately $215,000 each month in welfare payments to individuals not eligible to receive them.

“Portland, South Portland and other cities say they will defy the directive because state law refers only to financial need and such a policy change should be made through the Legislature,” the Portland Press Herald reported.

Michaud “did not directly answer” whether illegal aliens should receive benefits, but condemned the Governor’s efforts.

The Democrat “criticized LePage for ‘over-simplifying a complex matter’ and supported the position staked out by Portland and other cities,” the Press Herald said.

Michaud also said stopping illegal aliens from receiving welfare payments puts local communities in an “untenable position.”

“They do not have the resources to scour their local communities to determine everyone’s immigration status,” he said. “With that in mind, I do not believe they should have to choose between providing financial services to those living in their communities, and facing financial repercussions from the state for doing so.”

more: http://freebeacon.com/politics/maine-democrat-would-allow-illegal-immigrants-to-continue-to-receive-government-assistance/

Supporting all these invaders from south of our porous border is going to be a very expensive proposition. And as these people sit on their ass and collect all those benefits that hard-working Americans provide those still in their cesspool countries will certainly head this way.
Give them nothing and many will self deport. Load the rest on buses and ship them back where they came from.
If we want more immigrants then speed up the process for those who do it the right way, the legal way. These criminals should never be allowed to stay in our country.
Every idiot like Michaud makes a mockery of the notion that we are a “Nation of Laws”. When it comes to immigration we are no such thing. And we are telling those who enter legally and become citizens the right way that they are suckers.

Freedom from Speech

arnold ahlert by Arnold Ahlert

“Freedom From Speech,” a 61-page broadside written by Freedom for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) president Greg Lukianoff, deftly illustrates the evolving assault on free speech. “The public’s appetite for punishing attempts at candor gone wrong, drunken rants, or even private statements made in anger or frustration seems to be growing at an alarming rate,” Lukianoff warns.

The author cites a range of incidents to make his initial point, covering a large and diverse cast of characters. They include former Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling, Duck Dynasty’s Phil Robertson, chef Paula Deen, actors Gary Oldman and Mel Gibson, media’s Don Imus and Juan Williams and others, all of whom elicit varying degrees of sympathy, even as they have all fallen prey to the “modern American censor” who demands that “there must be zero tolerance for anything that anyone might find offensive, regardless of the context.”

more: http://www.frontpagemag.com/2014/arnold-ahlert/freedom-from-speech/

Vice President Joe Biden will travel to Iowa this week, three days after Hillary Clinton’s high-profile return to the state. He’ll spend two days there — one campaigning and another stuck in a corn maze. ~ Jimmy Fallon

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 The FBI debuted its new facial recognition software which will archive the faces of tens of millions of Americans every day. This groundbreaking, amazing new software is called Facebook. ~ Conan O’Brien

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De Blasio must explain why he did not apply for security clearance

columnist avatar Michael Goodwin by Michael Goodwin

link: http://nypost.com/2014/09/17/de-blasio-must-explain-why-he-did-not-apply-for-security-clearance/

Is the Mayor of NYC inelligible for a security clearance? Or is he being briefed without that clearance? Either way De Blasio and the Dems got some explaining to do. A competent media would be all over this. But as we know…

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the absurdity of itIt’s a hot day here in Los Angeles. It was so hot, I saw lizards doing the ice-bucket challenge.

It was so hot, the Real Housewives injected their foreheads with cold lemonade.

It was so hot, CBS nearly replaced me with a camel.

It was so hot, people came to this show just for the air conditioning. ~ Craig Ferguson

Last But Not Least…

Why Everyone Isn’t Special, as Told by the Iliad

In democracy, there are no participation trophies.

by Spencer Klavan

For the past three weeks, I’ve been dusting off the one of the West’s oldest thrill rides: the Iliad. I’ve looked at the best, the worst, and the bloodiest parts of what it means to be a hero in the legendary war stories of Homer. This week, I’d like to put it all together and see if I can’t find some of Homer’s heroism wrapped into the ideas that made this country, our country, what it is. In short, I’d like to make the case for why democracy is the government of heroes.

The Greeks invented democracy, but their bible was a poem about kings. To read the Iliad, you’d think the common man shouldn’t be trusted to tie his own shoelaces, let alone make complex political decisions. Homer composed the poem in the 700s BC, and it’s about a war between bronze-age monarchies. In it, kings are the god-appointed rulers of men. Everyone else is born to obey. That’s what the Athenians were reading when, for the first time in Western history, they handed the government over to the people. So where on earth did they get that idea?

There’s no question of equality in the poem. The royals are the main characters, kings and princes and generals with names you’ve heard like Hector and Achilles. They’re statuesque, with washboard abs and gleaming armor — Abercrombie and Fitch models who can decimate troops of lesser men and probably make a perfect omelette, too. Most importantly, they’re “beloved of Zeus” or even “fed by the gods”: they’re divinely appointed from birth to rule.

But every king needs subjects, and in the Iliad they’re a dime a dozen. Homer’s foot soldiers are the ancient equivalent of cannon fodder: slack-jawed, usually unnamed lemmings who move as a herd. Their poster child is Thersites, a sniveling, balding hunchback with a club foot, as ugly as his superiors are dashing. That’s the world of the Iliad: some men are worth more than most. There were no participation trophies given out at the Trojan war.

more: http://pjmedia.com/lifestyle/2014/09/14/why-everyone-isnt-special-as-told-by-the-iliad/?singlepage=true

While “all men are created equal” is supposed to mean that they are the same before the law we all know that’s b.s. Rich people can afford the best in the way of defense lawyers and such the rest of us have to rely on the second, third, whatever best and down to Public Defenders who are usually little better than no representation at all.
Others are smarter, better looking, have more talent and/or are born with a silver spoon in their mouth. Does anyone believe for one minute that Paris Hilton would be worthy of note if she hadn’t been born rich and semi-good looking?