Tuesday, November 25, 2014
The day of reckoning has arrived not just in Ferguson, Missouri, but also across America. For some, the grand jury proceedings to determine whether the shooting of a black teenager by a white police officer was justified was never about seeking justice. As widely anticipated in the media, the jury of nine whites and three blacks elected not to indict based on the evidence before them. Sadly, hundreds if not thousands of individuals descended upon this small St. Louis suburb to agitate for an outcome based on their ideology rather than the facts under consideration by the grand jury.
Even though the grand jury elected not to find Officer Darren Wilson responsible for the shooting death of teenager Michael Brown, sadly, I never believed that the gathering protesters gathered in Ferguson were seeking justice or a peaceful resolution to the case, which has roiled race relations in America to levels I haven’t seen in decades....
Finally, someone needs to stand up to denounce the violence, rioting, and looting that has besieged Ferguson since the tragic shooting occurred. I fully support nonviolent demonstration—a right enshrined in the First Amendment of our Constitution. I do not support the belief that violent protest is justified regardless of the outcome of the Ferguson grand jury. But the fact that the Missouri National Guard had to be mobilized, along with thousands of state, local, and federal law-enforcement officers, to quell potential riots and acts of violence is nothing short of a disgrace. That gun sales would skyrocket in the town as shop owners boarded up their places of business to prevent looting is a beacon of clarity that illuminates the fact that for many, Ferguson has become a symbol of lawlessness, civil unrest, and violence rather than one of seeking justice for a slain teen....
◼ Giuliani was over on “Meet the Press” — opening up on Michael Dyson, a Georgetown University professor and frequent critic of policing practices in Ferguson, Mo., and elsewhere in America:
“Ninety-three percent of blacks are killed by other blacks,” Rudy barked. “I would like to see the [same] attention paid to that, that you are paying to [Ferguson].”
“What about the poor black child who was killed by another black child?” Giuliani asked. “Why aren’t you protesting that? White police officers wouldn’t be there if you weren’t killing each other.”
Naturally, polite people everywhere fell into a swoon.
Well, too bad about them. Dr. Giuliani may not have much of a bedside manner, but he’s a first-rate diagnostician when it comes to criminal justice and his anti-crime prescriptions for New York City saved thousands of innocent lives — most of them black and Hispanic. GET THE FACTS.
◼ Rudy Giuliani causes racial firestorm for citing black crime stats in debate on Michael Brown shooting - NY Daily News
◼ 'The white police officers wouldn't be there if you weren't killing each other': Rudy Giuliani provokes anger with TV outburst over black-on-black inner city crime - Daily Mail UK
...There’s more. CNBC reports that though small-business owners may have avoided Obamacare’s regulations and penalties in its first year, they’ll not be able to do that in the second year and beyond. In a recent survey conducted by payroll processing firm ADP, small businesses indicated that health care costs and complexities and the enormity of government regulations are their greatest concerns. One-third of business owners are fined annually for failing to comply with some sort of government regulation. Half of the companies paying fines don’t even know the details of the fines they’re required to pay.
There’s still more. The Department of Health and Human Services is considering changing Obamacare’s auto-renewal rules such that if you don’t take action during the open enrollment window, you may be enrolled into a lower-cost plan. That isn’t so good as it will sound to some, because if you happen to want to stay in your existing plan under these circumstances — and keep your doctors, clinics, cost structures and benefit options — you may be precluded from doing so under the reassignment. And you probably can’t switch back once enrollment is closed. As Reason magazine’s Peter Suderman observed, “a hassle? Maybe. But have faith: They know what’s best.”
And there’s still more. A new report from Avalere Health reveals that insurers have increased premiums for the most popular plans sold on the exchanges after underpricing the policies last year. The average price for the 2015 exchange plans is increasing by 10 percent.
The bad news for Obama and his socialized-medicine disciples continues to pile up. A Gallup poll finds for the third consecutive year that the majority of Americans believe that it’s not the responsibility of the federal government to make sure all Americans have health care.
The more people find out about the horrors of socialism in practice the more they reject it. That is axiomatic — even in today’s America.
“Unfortunately, Democrats blew the opportunity the American people gave them” by electing President Obama and a Democratic-controlled Congress in 2008. “We took their mandate and put all our focus on the wrong problem.”
“The plight of uninsured Americans and the hardships created by unfair insurance company practices certainly needed to be addressed,” Schumer said. “But it wasn’t the change we were hired to make” in the 2008 election. ”Americans were crying out for the end to the recession, for better wages and more jobs — not changes in health care.”
“The Affordable Care Act was aimed at the 36 million Americans who were not covered,” Schumer continued. “It’s been reported that only a third of the uninsured are even registered to vote,” making Obamacare unlikely to win the Democrats any votes at all.
◼ Schumer: Democrats focused on wrong problem – health care reform - Buffalo News
This cultural phenomenon is so obvious, one hesitates to state it so explicitly: “Civil Rights” has been re-defined to mean “whatever gives black people an excuse to hate white people more than they already do,” and the journalistic establishment is committed to inciting such hatred.
Liberalism involves a crude Manichean worldview:
Women, good; men, bad.It is this last distinction — blind loyalty to the Democrat Party — which is the ultimate goal of the attitudinal training we now call “education.” Our government school system annually hands diplomas to teenagers who can barely even read their diplomas, and the bureaucratic mediocrities who run the system don’t care that their “education” teaches kids nothing useful, so long as the student learns to vote Democrat.
Youth, good; adults, bad.
Atheists, good; Christians, bad.
Hedonism, good; responsibility, bad.
Abortion, good; motherhood, bad.
Sodomy, good; normal sex, bad.
Wilderness, good; carbon energy, bad.
Labor unions, good; entrepreneurs, bad.
Government, good; corporations, bad.
Foreigners, good; Americans, bad.
Democrats, good; Republicans, bad.
What did public schools teach Michael Brown? That it is entirely acceptable to get high on dope, steal from a local convenience store and, when apprehended by a police officer, to resist a lawful arrest
◼ link - Brendan Bordelon/National Review
Vice President Joe Biden is less-than-pleased with the way President Obama handled the very-public firing of defense secretary Chuck Hagel.
As a long-time colleague and friend of Hagel from their days in the Senate, Biden appeared frustrated and upset during Hagel’s unusual Monday morning termination at the White House. An administration official told Politico the vice president was “ticked off” by the humiliating way Obama gave his defense secretary the boot.
◼ The Real Reason Hagel Resigned As Defense Secretary - ANDREW L. PEEK/The Fiscal Times
In his speech last Thursday, President Obama had two objectives. First, a dual one: create future votes for the Democrats and gain gratitude from illegal Hispanics for his generosity. The other objective was to set a trap for Congressional Republican by making them so outraged that they would gum up the federal budget with riders that would cause him to veto it, thus creating a government shutdown for which the Republicans would get the blame, thus deflating their momentum from the recent election.
While many elected Republicans denounced Obama’s action as outrageous and an affront to the Constitution, it is also not action that is publicly popular. (A Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll shows that 48 percent oppose it and only 38 precedent support it.)
Although Republican denunciation of Obama’s unilateral move has been heated, cooler heads in the party want to pick their legislative targets carefully so they capitalize on the voters’ desire for positive action in Washington. Actions on tax reform and excessive environmental regulations, for example, are potentially strong ones for the Republicans. Hot heads on the other hand, seem to think that in-your-face confrontations, such as a threat to torpedo the federal budget, will somehow gain popularity with voters. They learned nothing from last year’s suicidal effort to shut down the government.
Time is on the side of the cooler heads, for there is little Congressional Republicans can do between now and the end of the year, for they hold only one leg of a three-legged Washington stool. Come January 3 they will have majorities in both houses.
In the area of immigration reform, there is one thing they could advance now and it is something Obama did not address. While he promised better border security (very likely it was only lip service), he did not mention the fact that government estimates are that 40 percent of the approximately 11 million illegals now in the country came here on legitimate visas — tourist or student — and simply let them expire. The federal government has no orderly means of keeping track of them so, when their visa expiration dates came along they simply disappeared into the population.
While ferreting out people in that category would be very difficult now, creating an effective solution to this problem going forward is achievable and is part of making our borders secure.
Here is how it might work: On arrival at a U.S. port of entry, the incoming person’s visa would be verified, along with a U.S. address, telephone number, and (if the person has one) an e-mail address. The owner or occupant of the address given must also be named (for tracing purposes).
Most importantly, the incoming visitor must have a return ticket in hand.
The Immigration & Customs Enforcement clerk would record the date, flight, and ticket number.
Then, say, 30 days before the visa expires, ICE would telephone the visitor as a reminder of the coming deadline. ICE personnel nearest to the visitor’s address would be alerted to pick up said visitor if he or she has not departed by the date on the return ticket. Any visitor who is on hand and has not left will be held for immediate deportation.
Republicans in the House could easily pass this element of reform and GOP members could introduce it in the Senate. Then, let Harry Reid and Obama explain why it is not a good idea.
Peter Hannaford was closely associated with the late President Reagan for a number of years. He is a member of the board of the Committee on the Present Danger. His latest book is ◼ “Presidential Retreats.”
MO Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder: Did Obama Admin Lean on Governor to Keep National Guard Out of Ferguson? (Video)
◼ Discussion at Lucian
◼ #Ferguson Mayor Called For National Guard – REQUESTS WERE IGNORED! - The Gateway Pundit
Just what America needs... MORE regulations. Are they ashamed? They should be. They hide the announcement by releasing them this week.
While Americans are focused on what delicious foods they’re going to eat for Thanksgiving, the White House is focused on releasing its massive regulatory agenda — marking the fifth time the Obama administration has released its regulatory road map on the eve of a major holiday.◼ link
The federal Unified Agenda is the Obama administration’s regulatory road map, and it lays out thousands of regulations being finalized in the coming months. Under President Barack Obama, there has been a tradition of releasing the agenda late on Friday — and right before a major holiday.
“It’s become an unfortunate tradition of this administration and others to drop these regulatory agendas late on a Friday and right before a holiday,” Matt Shudtz, executive director of the Center for Progressive Reform, told The Hill newspaper....
“It’s unfortunate because it’s an update on protections for Americans of all stripes,” Shudtz told the Hill. “It lays out the administration’s plan and it deserves more attention.”
But the White House may have a good reason to do so because its Unified Agenda for fall 2014 includes some 3,415 regulations– more than the last regulatory agenda, and one that includes 189 rules that cost more than $100 million.
The difference between the Republican Party and the Democrats today is over the rule of law. When President Obama appointed judges without Senate approval, made environmental law without Congress, and rewrote his health law two dozen times, Republicans protested that Mr. Obama was shredding the Constitution.
Most Democratic lawmakers turned a blind eye to the Constitution they swore to uphold. Last Thursday, Mr. Obama opted for lawlessness again, dictating broad changes to immigration law. He made them banana-republic style: one man ruling with the stroke of his pen.
The phrase “banana republic” was invented by the American fiction writer O. Henry, in exile a century ago in Honduras. It was a country where laws were changed frequently by petty dictators. Mr. Obama says he’s acting alone because Congress waited too long. But the Constitution vests all legislative powers, including immigration and naturalization law, with Congress. It doesn’t say “unless Congress waits too long.” There’s no timetable.
Republicans are condemning Mr. Obama’s latest power grab. Predictably, only a handful of Democratic lawmakers have said they were worried about the president’s dictatorial approach. Most are applauding him for getting something done. The framers of the Constitution were worried about presidential power grabs. They were steeped in the history of European despots, and invented a system of checks and balances to keep power-hungry presidents in line.
The problem today is bigger than one lawless man. Democratic Party leaders – half of the nation’s political establishment – talk a lot about rights, but not about the rule of law. The Constitution isn’t on their radar. No matter where you stand on immigration, this growing indifference to the Constitution is alarming. It’s given Mr. Obama license to pursue his dangerous course and future presidents to do likewise. KEEP READING
◼ Obama begs for calm as rioters set fires in Ferguson - Daily Mail ◼ Via Drudge
◼ MAG: Split screen image may endure long after he leaves office - James Elephant/National Journal
◼ REPORT: President Didn't Watch St. Louis County Prosecutor's Announcement - CBS DC
◼ JUAN WILLIAMS: Where is black leadership now? - FOX
◼ Al Sharpton on his way to Ferguson - WAFF
'The fight is not over'...
◼ CASE CLOSED: NO CHARGES - USA Today
'Duty of grand jury to separate fact from fiction'...
◼ Eyewitness told police Brown charged cop 'like football player head down' - The Smoking Gun
◼ Prosecutor: Democrat - Daniel Halper/Weekly Standard
◼ Michael Brown's mother collapses outside station - Daily Mail UK
Ferguson burns: 80 arrested as rioters torch police cars and buildings and looters ransack shops after grand jury decision NOT to indict cop Darren Wilson for killing black teen Michael Brown◼ Michael Brown's Stepfather Urged Protesters To "Burn This Bitch Down" After Grand Jury Announcement - The Smoking Gun
◼ A grand jury decided not to charge Ferguson, Missouri, Police Officer Darren Wilson over the shooting death of black teen Michael Brown this past summer
◼ Wilson shot dead unarmed Brown on August 9, and evidence released after the decision shows he was pursuing the teen in connection to a convenience-store robbery
◼ Brown's family said they were 'profoundly disappointed' with the decision, while calling for peaceful protests
◼ Ferguson protesters turned violent throwing rocks, looting businesses and setting cars and buildings on fire
◼ Police said disturbances in Ferguson 'much worse' than those that erupted in aftermath of the shooting
◼ More than a dozen local businesses were set on fire including a storage center, Walgreens and pizza shop
◼ 150 live gunshots were heard, with reports suggesting police officers were being targeted by rioters
◼ Missouri cop was shot amid the violent protests and is in an unknown condition
◼ There were 61 arrests in Ferguson overnight and 21 arrests in St Louis, according to the police
◼ Demonstrators close down three New York bridges as peaceful protests occur in 90 cities across the U.S
◼ Looting... CHAOS - AP
◼ PHOTOS: Smoldering wreckage - KSDK
◼ Minority-owned businesses hardest hit - Breitbart Big Government
Firefighters battle 25 structure fires...
Turned back by gun shots...
◼ Cars vandalized, overturned - AP
St. Louis airport closed by gunfire...
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Suburb Enlists Private Security Contractors...
Governor sends in more troops...
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POLICE SCANNER UPDATES...
Store Robbed by Brown Looted...
VIDEO: WATCH CUOMO CRY; CNN CREW SWEPT UP IN GAS...
FOXNEWS Reporter In Ferguson Attacked...
MSNBC Anchor Chased Off Air By Gunfire...
CNN Reporter Hit In Head With Rock During Live Shot...
Photos Show Officer Darren Wilson After...
Brown: 'You're too much of a pussy to shoot me'...
◼ Report: Body Found Shot to Death, Set Fire Near Apartment Complex Where Michael Brown Died - CBS St. Louis
◼ ‘We ready for war': Ferguson man tells reporter, ‘We have 9mms, 40 cals, AK-47s’ [Vine] - Twitchy
Canfield Dr resident D White said he, friends are ready for "war." "We have 9mms, 40 cals, Ak-47s. If he's ... https://t.co/wnKUkACopC— Paul Hampel (@phampel) November 24, 2014
◼ In case you missed it, Michelle Malkin NAILED Obama on his outrageous and enraging Ferguson response - Twitchy
@michellemalkin maybe he's doing his stand-up comedy routine tonight?— Elisa (@eduto) November 25, 2014
◼ Missouri Lt. Gov, Ferguson mayor: Where was the National Guard last night? - HotAir
◼ Dear insane Ferguson mob: What did the Panera bread store do to you? [photos] - Twitchy
Monday, November 24, 2014
◼ WILD VIDEO>>> CHAOS IN #FERGUSON- Family Dollar, BP, Walgreens Looted – POLICE ATTACKED With Bricks-Bottles - Gateway Pundit
◼ Read Statement Issued by Officer Darren Wilson Following Grand Jury Decision in Ferguson Shooting - The Blaze
◼ Lovely: Oakland’s social justice mob smashes windows, vandalizes offices for Michael Brown [photos] - Twitchy
◼ Ferguson on fire: Nothing says social justice like this iconic Metro PCS looting selfie [photos, Vine] - Twitchy
◼ ‘Unreal': Obama’s ‘rule of law’ remarks get mocked from all sides - Twitchy
Someone actually just complained to Chris Hayes that the grand jury was given too much evidence.— John Podhoretz (@jpodhoretz) November 25, 2014
This is what left wing media engaging in race-baiting to incite riots and other mob violence looks like. —> pic.twitter.com/WkTmLRecFM— Ken Gardner (@kesgardner) November 25, 2014
.@fillthebook Considered as a group, a Mob does lack free will. Which is why the Founders feared it more than almost anything else.— Moe Lane (@moelane) November 25, 2014
So when a lawless president tells people to respect the rule of law, they riot. Got it.— Josh Painter (I-TX) (@Josh_Painter) November 25, 2014
Someone tell POTUS that rage and fury are not "understandable reactions" to an innocent man not being prosecuted. Justice has taken place.— Nice Deb (@NiceDeb) November 25, 2014
Tear gas flying, fires erupting while Obama speaking. Good thing optics don't matter at all for him.— John Hayward (@Doc_0) November 25, 2014
TV is muted while the Destroyer speaks .. .but i see the fires are starting.— Neal Boortz (@Talkmaster) November 25, 2014
Gunshots. A protester slams me against a brick wall. Another apologized. Now Beauty World being looted. No cops in sight.— Mitch Smith (@MitchKSmith) November 25, 2014
Rudy Giuliani says what Obama wouldn't re Ferguson decision: "An innocent man should not be charged with a crime in America."— Leslie (@LADowd) November 25, 2014
Police car and several other items burning in Ferguson right now as protests turn violent pic.twitter.com/JVIqoQIykS— PzFeed Top News (@PzFeed) November 25, 2014
Despite media hype even now, #Ferguson is not aflame. Most of the crowd is just milling around.— Dan Gainor (@dangainor) November 25, 2014
FACT: President Obama's #ImmigrationAction will boost the U.S. GDP by tens of billions of dollars.— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) November 22, 2014
@BarackObama You mean, 'If you like your border, you can't keep it'?— Michael Hausam (@MPHaus) November 23, 2014
.@BarackObama FACT: calling something a fact doesn't make it a fact.— Emperor Anthony I (@AnthonyBialy) November 22, 2014
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is stepping down under pressure, the first cabinet-level casualty of the collapse of President Obama’s Democratic majority in the Senate and the struggles of his national security team to respond to an onslaught of global crises.
The president, who is expected to announce Mr. Hagel’s resignation in a Rose Garden appearance on Monday, made the decision to ask his defense secretary — the sole Republican on his national security team — to step down last Friday after a series of meetings over the past two weeks, senior administration officials said....
A respected former senator who struck a friendship with Mr. Obama when they were both critics of the Iraq war from positions on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Mr. Hagel has nonetheless had trouble penetrating the tight team of former campaign aides and advisers who form Mr. Obama’s closely knit set of loyalists. Senior administration officials have characterized him as quiet during cabinet meetings; Mr. Hagel’s defenders said that he waited until he was alone with the president before sharing his views, the better to avoid leaks.
◼ How Do You Spell Scapegoat? H-A-G-E-L - Bill Kristol/Weekly Standard
◼ It’s Happened Again: Obama Official Tells the Truth About Inconvenient Subject & Is Promptly Fired - Joseph Perticone/IJReview
Hagel has previously been at odds with President Obama in regard to fighting ISIL, referring to them as:
“[An] imminent threat to every interest we have” and “This is beyond anything that we’ve seen.”Many believe this is exactly why Hagel was pressured to resign (or what is called in common parlance, “fired”)
The White House threw Hagel under the bus then ran over him with the bus and then backed up and ran over him again. http://t.co/N1AhZl99j9— Josh Rogin (@joshrogin) November 24, 2014
CBS reports Hagel was "fed up with micromanagement from the White House" http://t.co/iP59wjB8NQ— National Journal (@nationaljournal) November 24, 2014
◼ Breaking: Hagel fired? Update: Yes - HotAir
That’s what “Mr. Obama’s decison to remove Mr. Hagel” means — Obama canned him. It’s a little silly to pretend otherwise.DRUDGE:
With that said, why now? The White House has been fumbling on ISIS and Afghanistan for months now, if not during Hagel’s entire tenure. Obama denied that ISIS was a threat and kept insisting that the US would pull out of Afghanistan on schedule. Only in the last few weeks has that posture changed, and it’s far from clear that Hagel was the problem in either case. Hagel’s Defense Intelligence group had been warning Congress and Obama since January of the grave danger ISIS posed, and it was the military that wanted a broader mission in Afghanistan after the end of this year....
The question now will be who replaces Hagel, and when. It won’t be in the lame-duck session; there isn’t enough time. That means Obama has to find a candidate who can pass muster with the new Republican majority in January, while still hewing close to Obama’s middle-of-the-road, hesitationist impulses. It’ll be interesting to see who Obama chooses, but don’t expect the GOP to block anyone who’s capable of handling the new policy. They will have lots of room to fight over Obama’s nominees, but not in national-security positions.
Sole Republican on national security team...
NYTIMES: 'First cabinet-level casualty' of election losses...
Blamed for slow response to ISIS, Ebola...
'Wasn't up to the job'...
Rose Garden departure announcement today...
◼ “Fire Hagel,” a Symptom of Obama’s Incompetence - Larry Johnson/No Quarter
This has more to do with the internal dysfunction of the Obama Administration. This is Valerie Jarret and Chief of Staff Denis McDonough trying to do something that makes it appear that Obama is in charge and still has a leadership mojo. And they are going to replace Hagel with who? Michelle Flournoy? You got to be kidding me.